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Seattle Neighborhoods: Fauntleroy -- Thumbnail History
Fauntleroy sits along Puget Sound's Fauntleroy Cove in Seattle's extreme southwest corner. The community faces Vashon Island and the Olympic Mountains to the west. The site was valued by Native Americans, explored by Lt. Charles Wilkes, and named by Lt. George Davidson for his future father-in-law, R. H. Fauntleroy. In 1905, pioneer John Adams acquired 300 acres there, and development began in earnest. Other key developers were John Adams, James Colman (1832-1906), and Dr. Edward Kilbourne (1856-1959). Today Fauntleroy is a small West Seattle community adjoining Lincoln Park on the waterfront. Two points of land, Point Williams to the north and Brace Point to the south form the cove where the ferry to and from Vashon Island docks.
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White Center -- Thumbnail History
At the southwest edge of Seattle, in King County, a plateau stretches from Puget Sound in the west to the Duwamish River in the east, home of the White Center neighborhood that straddles SW Roxbury Street, the southern boundary of Seattle. In 1870 pioneers tried farming among the forests, stumps, and swamps, but logging became the area's first successful enterprise. By 1900 logging roads began to link the area to the outside world, and logged land was then sold to small-scale farmers and real-estate speculators. In 1912 a streetcar line connected the area with Seattle, which spurred the development of a small business community. World War I then World War II brought waves of working-class people to the area to work in the war industries along the Duwamish River. Unincorporated and little regulated, White Center was perceived as untamed and independent. In the words of White Center poet Richard Hugo (1923-1982), "White Center had the reputation of being just outside the boundary of the civilized world." The postwar years produced a boom in affordable housing that stimulated new businesses, new schools, and a nearby shopping mall. From the 1970s on, the federal housing projects, built for wartime workers, evolved into homes for low-income families and eventually immigrant families, resulting in one of the most diverse communities in the Northwest. After 2000, investments in White Center by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Starbucks, the White Center Community Development Association, and others began a revitalization of the community that continues to this day.
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Lost and Found -- A Japanese Flag's 65-year Journey Home
When Morey Skaret, resident of Fauntleroy (King County), now 95 years old, returned to Seattle after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, he brought with him a Japanese banzai flag he had come across in the South Pacific. These flags were carried into battle by Japanese soldiers. Over the years the feeling grew in Morey that the flag should be returned to the family of the soldier to whom it had belonged. This People's History, written by Morey Skaret's friend and neighbor Ron Richardson (d. 2011), recounts the inspiring story of how total strangers from Seattle, the Aleutian Islands, Japan, and even Toledo, Ohio, worked together to help Morey complete what he considered an act of reconciliation. When they started, the name of the Japanese soldier was unknown, and the only clues were markings on the flag written in a form of Japanese that was no longer in use. But through perseverance, kindness, and the power of the Internet, this band of allies was able to determine the soldier's home village, and this led to his two surviving children. Finally, after 65 years, the flag made its way home, and Morey's act of reconciliation was complete.
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Morey Skaret: Lifeguarding at Lincoln Park in the 1930s
Morest L. (Morey) Skaret (b. 1913), a longtime resident of West Seattle, worked for several summers in the early 1930s as a lifeguard at the original swimming pool at Lincoln Park, earning 30 cents an hour. The pool was built in 1925 at Point Williams, where there was a natural lagoon. It was part of a package of city-financed improvements prompted by a Knights Templar convention in the park that summer. A creosoted wood sluice gate allowed the dirt-sided pool to be filled with salt water at high tide and drained at low tide. The pool was replaced in 1941 by a heated concrete pool and brick bathhouse named after Fauntleroy-area philanthropist Laurence J. Colman. In this article, published in the Summer 2000 edition of the Fauntleroy Community Association's quarterly newsletter, Neighbors
, Skaret explains how the first pool was built and operated.
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Morey Skaret: Riding the Rails in the 1930s
Morest L. (Morey) Skaret (b. 1913) moved to West Seattle with his Norwegian immigrant parents in 1923. He was a student at West Seattle High School in the early 1930s, when the Great Depression was tightening its grip on Seattle and on the rest of the nation. Because of the scarcity of jobs, the Seattle School District offered graduates an extra year of high school. Skaret took advantage of the extra year and then, in 1933, he briefly "went on the bum." In this account, excerpted from a forthcoming book about his life, Skaret describes his experiences as a young vagabond. Now retired after careers with both the Seattle Police Department and the Coast Guard, Skaret still lives in West Seattle.
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Morey Skaret: The Story of the Bootlegger
Morest L. (Morey) Skaret (b. 1913), a 1932 graduate of West Seattle High School who retired in 1981 after careers with both the Seattle Police Department and the Coast Guard, had several other interesting jobs earlier in his work life. One of his early employers was Waterman Tug and Barge, which operated towboats on Puget Sound. His duties included procuring "alkee" (bootleg alcohol) from a bootlegger on Blake Island, not all of which found its way to his boss. In this account, published in the Winter/Spring 2001 edition of the Fauntleroy Community Association's quarterly newsletter, Neighbors,
Skaret describes his experiences with the bootlegger.
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