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Curtis, Edward S. (1868-1952), Photographer

Edward Curtis was one of the most prominent figures in the cultural history of Washington state. He is acknowledged as one of the leading American photographers of his time and has produced iconic por...

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Cutter, Kirtland Kelsey (1860-1939), Architect

Kirtland Kelsey Cutter was primarily a Spokane architect with a significant practice in Spokane, Seattle, and Southern California, as well as commissions as far away as England. Of Spokane's many prol...

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Daniel Corbin and the Spokane Falls & Northern Railway

John R. Fahey, the author of this essay, was born and educated in Spokane. He graduated from Gonzaga University and went to graduate school in journalism and political science at Northwestern. During ...

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Daniel Drumheller: Good Genes and a Bit of Luck

The writer of this article on Daniel Drumheller was Norman Bolker, a retired physician in Spokane who was interested in western history. This story of one immigrant's battle with disease originally ap...

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Danz, Fredric A. (1918-2009)

Some may have been born into show business, but for Fredric Danz, it's more accurate to say that he was born into the business of shows. The son of pioneer Seattle film exhibitor John Danz (d. 1961),...

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David Rodgers: The Crafting of Boats and Building of Seattle's Legacy

David Rodgers (1864-1923) was a master shipfitter who lived in the Puget Sound region from around 1900 until his death in 1923. He made significant contributions to the nation's war efforts during Wor...

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Davis, Aubrey (1917-2013)

Health care reformer, public transportation advocate, politician, civil servant, businessman, inventor, environmentalist -- Aubrey Davis affected the lives of Northwesterners for more than half-a-cent...

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Dawes, Janet (b. 1932)

You could say that Janet Dawes is an accidental, though effective, environmentalist. Initially attracted to environmental groups by her love of nature, Janet, soft-spoken and unassuming, worked on Haw...

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Day, William Scott (1923-1984)

William Scott Day served as a Democrat in both houses of the Washington State Legislature during a durable 22-year political career. He was born in Rockford, Illinois, but before his first birthday th...

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DeCoster, Dotty (1944-2015)

Dotty Beum DeCoster was a longtime community activist, researcher, writer, and historian based in Seattle. Over her lifetime she turned her considerable organizational and administrative skills to the...

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Dederer, Michael (1905-1995)

Michael Dederer -- "Mike" to his closest friends -- devoted his life to the Seattle Fur Exchange, building it into one of the foremost fur auctions in the country and an international presence in the ...

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DeLaCruz, Joseph "Joe" Burton (1937-2000)

Joseph "Joe" Burton DeLaCruz Jr., long-serving president of the Quinault Indian Nation, brought intelligence and charisma to the struggle to bring effective self-governance to his tribe and to Indians...

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