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Bratnober, John (1879-1951)

Say the name Bratnober to anyone living on the Sammamish Plateau in the first half of the twentieth century (or to a Plateau historian) and their face will light up in instant recognition. Bratnober w...

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Bresemann, E. J. (1881-1971) -- Tacoma's architect of schools

In this People's History, Steilacoom resident Nancy Covert outlines the life and works of Tacoma's Emanuel J. Bresemann, one of Washington state's first 20 licensed architects and the designer of more...

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Bretz, J Harlen (1882-1981), Geologist

J Harlen Bretz was a geologist who launched one of the great controversies of modern science by arguing, in the 1920s, that the deep canyons and pockmarked buttes of the arid “scablands” of easter...

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Bridge, Herbert "Herb" Marvin (b. 1925)

Herbert M. "Herb" Bridge has lived a full, well-traveled life as a successful businessman, a naval officer in two wars, and a Seattle civic leader and philanthropist whose boundless energies earned hi...

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Broderick, Henry (1880-1975)

Henry Broderick was a highly respected Seattle civic leader and the longtime president of the city's largest real estate firm. From the time he arrived in town in 1901 until his death seven decades l...

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Brotman, Jeffrey H. (1942-2017) and Susan R. (b. 1949)

Jeffrey and Susan Brotman were long one of the most dynamic public-spirited couples contributing to the region’s well being, their efforts ranging over the arts, health care, education, and dive...

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Brougham, Royal (1894-1978), Journalist

A 68-year veteran of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, journalist Royal Brougham was once dubbed "Dean of American Sportswriters." Brougham's column, "The Morning After," was a fixture of P-I sports pa...

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Brown, Amos (1833-1899) and Alson Lennon Brown (1868-1942)

Amos Brown was a prominent early citizen of Seattle. He was a pioneering lumberman in the Puget Sound region beginning in the 1850s and had substantial real estate holdings in present downtown Seattle...

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Bryant, Alice Franklin (1899-1977)

Alice Bryant was a life-long peace activist and advocate for justice, based in Seattle. She was a world traveler, a prolific writer of letters to the editor, a lecturer, poet, essayist, and an author ...

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Bull, Walter Alvadore (1838-1898)

Walter Alvadore Bull was in the first wave of non-Indian settlers in the Kittitas Valley just east of the Cascade Range in Central Washington. A 30-year-old bachelor and Union veteran of the Civil War...

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Bulley, William A. (b. 1925)

William Arthur Bulley served as Director of Highways for the Washington Department of Highways from 1975 to 1977. In September 1977 when the Legislature created the Washington State Department of Tra...

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Bullitt, Dorothy Stimson (1892-1989)

Dorothy Stimson Bullitt purchased a small Seattle radio station with almost no listeners in 1947. She expanded it into one of the finest broadcasting empires in the nation. She was a Seattle civic lea...

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