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Growing Up in Auburn: The Great Depression Hits Home

Joseph Koch (1920-2000) was a longtime resident of Auburn, a small town located in south King County only a few miles from the Pierce County border. From the time of his retirement in 1962, Joe was on...

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Growing Up on Holcomb Farm, Life as a Schoolteacher, and More: A Reminiscence by Lulu Shircliff Kombol

Lulu Mildred (Shircliff) Kombol was born on August 27, 1885, in Walla Walla.She wrote her autobiography at age 89 while living in Seattle with a daughter. Her original account has been slightly expand...

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Happy Valley Grange (Redmond)

Granges were an important political force through much of rural America through the first half of the twentieth century and were responsible for a number of progressive agricultural and political refo...

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History Day award winner -- Combine Harvester: Innovating Modern Wheat Farming, Impacting the Way the World Thinks About Bread by Christoper Wiley

This essay by Christopher Wiley on the development of the combine harvester won the 2010 Washington State History Day award presented by HistoryLink.org for Outstanding Essay on Washington State Histo...

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History Day award winner -- The Bracero Program: Crossing the Border to a New Life, by History Day winner Cameron Holt

Cameron Holt's paper won the HistoryLink.org Junior Paper award for her 2012 essay submitted in the Washington state History Day competition. Cameron was a student at Housel Middle School in Prosser, ...

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HistoryLink Elementary: Wine Industry in Washington

Wine grapes were one of the first cultivated fruits grown in the Pacific Northwest. Now wines made from Washington-grown grapes are among the best in the world. There are more than 750 wineries in Was...

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Hollywood Farm (Woodinville)

Seattle timber-baron brothers Frederick Spencer Stimson (1868-1921) and Charles Douglas "C. D." Stimson (1857-1929) acquired a rural parcel at Derby, near Woodinville, for use as a country retreat and...

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Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, WSU Prosser

Washington State College (later WSU) established the Irrigation Experiment Station at Prosser in 1919. The Washington Irrigation Institute recommended such a program to study problems faced by farmers...

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Irrigation in the Walla Walla River Valley

Irrigation has been the single most crucial element in the Walla Walla Valley's agriculture since 1836, when pioneer missionary Marcus Whitman (1802-1847) dug the first irrigation ditch near his Walla...

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Japanese Farming

Most early Japanese immigrants to the Pacific Northwest came to work in the labor-intensive industries of timber, railroad construction, fish processing, and agriculture. As they became more settled t...

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King County Farmland Preservation Program

King County's Farmland Preservation Program protects farmland and open space in the rapidly developing county by using tax money to buy development rights on farms. It is one of the oldest such progra...

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King County Historical Bibliography, Part 01: Agriculture

This bibliography on the history of agriculture in King County was prepared as a community history resource by staff of the former King County Office of Cultural Resources, now 4Culture (King County C...

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