My Pacific Northwest

Columbia River ferry

Via: Library of Cogress – American Memory

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/I?detr:1:./temp/~ammem_3CDg::displayType=1:m856sd=det:m856sf=4a16785:@@@det

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July 10, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Railroad Avenue, Tacoma Eastern R.R., near Elbe, Wash.

Date: c. 1908

http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/postcard/postcardfull.asp?db=3027

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June 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Helga and Clara Estby begin walking from Mica Creek, Spokane County, to New York City on May 6, 1896.

Via: HistoryLink.org

On May 6, 1896, 36-year-old suffragist Helga Estby (1860-1942)  and her 18-year-old daughter Clara (1877-1950) begin an unescorted trek from their home in Mica Creek to New York City. Their walk is a publicity wager that they expect will bring them $10,000 and save their family farm from foreclosure.

Following the railroad tracks east, they will walk between 25 to 35 miles a day on a seven-month trip across 1890s America. They will cross mountains, battle severe storms, survive bitter cold and heat waves, encounter hobos and highwaymen, a mountain lion, and rattlesnakes.

Along the way they will meet famous politicians, Native Americans, journalists, and suffragists, collecting autographs of many notables.  Helga and Clara will keep a trip journal that they hope to publish.  Surviving the trip of 4,600 miles, they will reach New York on December 23, 1896, . . .

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You can read about their amazing journey, HERE:

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=9847

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June 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Postcard: ‘Broadway, Tacoma, Washington’

Via: Tacoma Public Library

http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/postcard/postcardfull.asp?db=2759

And printed on the back, it reads:

“Metropolitan Tacoma, ideally located on the shores of beautiful Puget Sound with it’s 2,000 miles of forrest border waterways comprising a delightful vacation land, is known as ‘Forest Products Capital of America”

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And hand-written on the back, references the Roxy, it reads:

“1947 – Ghost and Mrs Muir”

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June 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Congressman Marion Zioncheck (December 1, 1901 ~ August 7, 1936)

Via: wikipedia

Marion Anthony Zioncheck (December 5, 1901 – August 7, 1936), an American politician, served as a member of the United States House  ofRepresentatives from 1933 until his death in 1936. He represented Washington’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat.

Zioncheck was born in Kęty, Poland, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and arrived in Seattle, Washington with his parents four years later. He attended the University of Washington where in 1927 he became president of the student government (ASUW ). He also earned a law degree from the University of Washington while making a name for himself as a left-wing leader in the Democratic Party and the Washington Commonwealth Federation, which supported his election to Congress in the 1932 election.

As a U.S. Representative, Zioncheck was known mostly for ardently championing Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal policies.

But his tireless work in behalf of the New Deal often was overshadowed by his many personal escapades, which included dancing in fountains and driving on the White House lawn.

Beset by the press and by critics of Roosevelt’s policies, Zioncheck became depressed and hinted that he might not seek reelection to a third term in 1936.

In his diary entry for April 30, 1936, Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes recounted how Zioncheck had asked him to officiate in a marriage with his fiancee, Miss Nix. Ickes demurred, saying that he had no authority to do so. Ickes was aware of Zioncheck’s reputation and simply did not want to get involved.

Ultimately, Zioncheck went to Annapolis, Maryland for the marriage. On August 1, Zioncheck’s friend and ally, King County Prosecutor Warren G. Magnuson, took him at his word and filed to run for Zioncheck’s seat.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Zioncheck

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Via: HiistoryLink.org

‘Congressman Zioncheck commits suicide on Augus 8, 1936’

On August 8, 1936, U.S. Representative Marion Zioncheck (age 35) leaps to his death from his 5th-floor office in the Arctic Club building in downtown Seattle.

The suicide of the two-term Congressman opens his 1st District seat to a bid by King County Prosecutor Warren G. Magnuson (1905-1989), who is elected the following November.

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=5528

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June 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Scow with 622 TONS of ammunition goes blooy! in Elliot Bay – May 15, 1915

Via: HistoryLink.org

On May 30, 1915, a few minutes before 2 a.m., the scow T.T.B., warehousing 622 tons of Hercules power (i.e., ammunition) and tied to a city buoy at the Elliott Bay end of Harbor Island, ignites. In Seattle, the few locals and tourists still awake get the frightful scare of a flash so brilliant it seems directly overhead. Within a second or two the city’s majority — ­ its sleepers ­– is shaken awake by a roar likened to the collapse of several large buildings combined with a percussion of “heavy air” hitting like a fist.

People were knocked from their beds. Motorists, lifted from their seats and separated from their steering wheels, had the air dragged from their lungs as the percussion first hit and then withdrew. More than 5,000 windows splintered and separated from their sashes, searching for the vacuum that followed the wave of combustion.

Nearly 500 plate-glass windows cracked or shattered. Along the east side of streets in the central business district — ­ the side facing the explosion — windows crashed to the nearly deserted sidewalks. In minutes thousands of people in bathrobes and overcoats milled in the downtown streets on a carpet of glass shards, thinking earthquake, meteor, or sabotage. Adding to the confusion were fire trucks chasing in all directions the false alarms set off by the blast.

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EVERY authority available for interview was sure it was a plot. Probably a plot by two German agents whom the Burns Detective Agency had been hired to trail by Japanese shippers contracted to haul the dynamite to Vladivostok.

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and then,

Roy Lillico, the private launch operator in charge of the scow, assured reporters that cased dynamite was “as safe as so much brown sugar.” Lillico declared “it was exploded by someone with a desire to injure the cause of the Allied armies. I¹m sure of it.” Lillico recounted that soon after the dynamite arrived from San Francisco on May 14, the captain of the Kaifuku Maru, the Japanese vessel scheduled to carry it to Russia, received an anonymous letter threatening to blow up his ship if he followed through with this plan. As a precaution, Lillico had hired a day-labor watchman ­– his friends called this watchman “Fat” — to watch over the T.T.B. Certainly, some thought, Fat had been blown-up with the barge. Others thought the saboteurs had persuaded him to disappear.

A FAT WATCH was organized with public pleas to look out for him.

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and then, and then,

The Alleged Mr. Brown and His Alleged Wife (Mrs. Brown?)

Every available agent — federal, state, county, local –­ was sent running down clues. The first break came from Tacoma (the blast had been heard, seen, or felt from Port Townsend to Tacoma.) On the day before the explosion, a man calling himself Walter Brown had purchased 500 feet of fuse from a local company.

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If you dare, you can read the rest of the whacky report, HERE:

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?displaypage=output.cfm&file_id=1503

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“Nearly 500 plate-glass windows cracked or shattered, along the EAST side of streets in the central business district — ­ the side facing the explosion”

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Q: It’s been awhile since I’ve been in Seattle, but I thought Elliott Bay was WEST of the central business district; so, did they move the bay, or what?

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May 31, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Fruit Crate Art

Via: Shorpy: “Always Something Interesting”

From the 1900s to 1950s fruit crate labels were used to market fruit packer brands at farmer markets across the United States.

circa 1940

“Yakima Chief ‘Choice’ Evaporated Apples.  All the properties of the Apple except the water. Washington Dehydrated Food Co. Yakima, Washington, U.S.A.”

http://vintagraph.com/fruit-crate-labels/

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Yakima Nation – wikipedia

The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, or simply Yakama Nation (formerly Yakima), is a Native American group with nearly 10,000 enrolled members, living in Washington. Their reservation, along the Yakima River, covers an area of approximately 1.2 million acres (5,260 km²). Today the nation is governed by the Yakama Tribal Council, which consists of representatives of 14 tribes and bands.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakama_Nation

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Photograph of a Yakima man by Edward S. Curtis

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/lewisandclark/record_tribes_063_13_34.html

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May 30, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Memorial Day – Washington State Roll of Honor

Via: HistoryLink.org

HistoryLink is honored to offer the first Web posting of a comprehensive roster of Washington state citizens — more than 9,000 as of 2007 — who gave their lives in the service of their communities and country. The Roll of Honor includes men and women who died during the  Philippine Insurrection (1899-1904) and subsequent military conflicts, as well as Public Safety Personnel — law
enforcement officers and firefighters — who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Names are listed alphabetically for each category. Given its length, the roster (6,302) of World War II casualties is further divided into alphabetical sections.

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?displaypage=output.cfm&file_id=7092

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My Uncle Dave is listed here, as he is on the wall of the ‘Manila American Cemetary and Mermorial’ (photo).

The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines occupies 152 acres on a prominent plateau, visible at a distance from the east, south and west. It contains the largest number of graves of our military dead of World War II, a total of 17,202, most of whom lost their lives in operations in New Guinea and the Philippines.

The headstones are aligned in 11 plots forming a generally circular pattern, set among masses of a wide variety of tropical trees and shrubbery.

http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/ml.php

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“Praise the Lord, and Pass the Ammunition”

http://jonsfamily.wordpress.com/2009/06/04/praise-the-lord-and-pass-the-ammunition/

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May 29, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tacoma – George H. Weyerhaeuser (age 9) is kidnapped on May 24, 1935

Via: HistoryLink.org

On May 24, 1935, George H. Weyerhaeuser (b. 1926), age 9, is kidnapped off the street in Tacoma, Washington, in broad daylight.

His captors mail a note to the Weyerhaeuser family demanding $200,000 for the boy’s safe return.  After George’s father, John Philip Weyerhaeuser Jr., pays the ransom, the boy is released in rural Issaquah on June 1, 1935, unleashing “the greatest manhunt in the history of the Northwest.”  The kidnapping is one of the most sensational crimes in Washington state history.

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The article goes on to tell a fascinating tale about the ransom payment, and the return of the kid; which you can read, HERE:

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?displaypage=output.cfm&file_id=7724

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You can read about the arrest and trial, HERE:

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?displaypage=output.cfm&file_id=7750

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my thoughts:

I think it would be a stretch to call it ‘CSI-Tacoma’; but hey, the FBI did a terrific job.

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May 25, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Fruit Crate Art

Via: Shorpy.com – “Always Something Interesting”

http://vintagraph.com/fruit-crate-labels/single-gallery/4013923

This fruit crate label was used on Fashion Plate Northwest Apples, c. 1940s: “Fashion Plate Northwest Apples. Distributed by Boehmer Inc. Wenatchee, Washington. Contents One U.S. Bushel by Volume. Produce of U.S.A.”

Crate labels were a frequent means of marketing fruit and vegetable packer brands at the turn of the century.

May 22, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment