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Barber, Jean Bartell (b. 1953)
Jean Bartell Barber currently (2013) serves as vice chairman and treasurer of the Bartell Drug Company, which was founded in 1890 by her grandfather George Bartell Sr. (1868-1956). She spent the early years of her career in banking, first with Seattle's Seafirst Bank and later with North Carolina National Bank. She joined Bartell Drugs in 1993, and has used her banking experience to help improve the company’s operations and contribute to its success.
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Bartell Candy Kitchen
The Bartell Candy Kitchen, located at 1906 Boren Avenue in Seattle, served many a sweet tooth for about 25 years during the early twentieth century. By the late 1920s, it churned out an average of a ton of candy per day and employed between 20 and 40 people, depending on the season. Candies came in a wide variety of flavors and consistencies, but Bartell's Golden Peanut Brittle is remembered as being one of the favorites.
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Bartell Drug Company
George Bartell Sr. (1868-1956) opened his first drugstore in 1890 in Seattle, and grew his business from a small fledgling enterprise to a thriving chain of pharmacies that by the 1920s were scattered throughout the city. Bartell Drugs continued to prosper into the 1940s, but subsequent changing times made it necessary for the company to reorganize its operations and resulted in the closing of some of its stores. Rapid growth returned by the late 1970s, and today (2010), the Bartell Drug Company has 57 stores throughout the Puget Sound region. It enjoys the distinction of being the oldest drugstore chain in the United States, and has remained in the Bartell family during its long history.
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Bartell Drugs: A Slideshow
From small beginnings as a single drug store on Seattle's Jackson Street in 1890, Bartell Drugs has grown to 58 stores serving the Puget Sound region in 2011. Its longevity has earned the company the distinction of being the oldest drug store chain in the United States. This slideshow presents the rich history of the Bartell Drug Company, and was written and curated by Phil Dougherty.
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Bartell, George David (b. 1951)
George D. Bartell is the third Bartell to manage the Bartell Drug Company, which was founded in 1890 by his grandfather, George Bartell Sr. (1868-1956). He first began meaningful work for the company at its downtown Seattle triangle store in 1968, and over the years gradually assumed more responsibility. He succeeded his father, George Bartell Jr. (1916-2009), as company president in 1990, and since that time has become known for continuing the company's traditionally conservative fiscal policies while encouraging gradual but steady growth. As a result, the company has grown and prospered to become larger and more successful than at any time in its history.
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Bartell, George Henry (1868-1956)
George Bartell started his pharmacy career as a teenager while living in Kansas. He relocated to Seattle in the summer of 1887, and in 1890 opened his first drugstore in the city. He took a breather in 1897 to join the Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon, but after an adventurous year returned to Seattle and his drugstore. Bartell's business grew, and by the 1920s had expanded from a single drugstore to a thriving chain of pharmacies scattered throughout Seattle. By the time of George Bartell's passing in 1956, the Bartell Drug Company had 23 stores operating in the greater Seattle area.
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Bartell, George Henry Jr. (1916-2009)
George Bartell Jr. assumed the presidency of the Seattle-based Bartell Drug Company in 1939, but maintained the status quo until his father, George Bartell Sr. (1868-1956), passed away in 1956. Faced with a moribund company when his father died, Bartell implemented a series of initially unsuccessful changes before finally finding the right mix and putting Bartell Drugs back on the road to recovery. A quiet, reserved man, Bartell is remembered more as an effective manager than an aggressive leader. He turned the presidency of the company over to his son, George D. Bartell (b. 1951), in 1990.
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Business and Industry in Seattle in 1900
A look at Seattle area businesses in 1900 indicates that the economy was simpler, life less complicated, labor harder, travel slower, and that opportunities to enhance one's quality of life were rarer. The modest turn-of-the-century Seattle
skyline was that of a town, but within a decade steel-framed skyscrapers poked high crowns into the heavens above a true city. Historian James R. Warren (1925-2012) surveys local industries and businesses at the beginning of the twentieth century in this special essay, adapted with permission from the Puget Sound Business Journal
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Gold in the Pacific Northwest
The discovery of gold in California in 1848 sent would-be millionaires on a quest for treasure throughout the West. By 1900, major strikes had been made in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Alaska, and western Canada. Although prospectors found relatively little gold within the borders of what is now Washington state, their very presence, as they rushed from one rumored bonanza to another, created new patterns of transportation, settlement, and commerce. Miners traveling to gold fields on tributaries of the upper Columbia River in the 1850s stimulated development along the lower Columbia. Walla Walla was the largest town in Washington in the 1860s and 1870s because of its position as a supply center for mines in north central and southern Idaho. Spokane boomed as a result of discoveries in northern Idaho in the 1880s. The Klondike Gold Rush of 1897 yanked Seattle out of a recession and transformed both the city's infrastructure and character. Gold rushes were defining events not only for the places where the gold was found, but for the places the miners passed through in search of gold.
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King County -- Thumbnail History
King County, located in Western Washington, covers some 2,100 square miles extending from the crest of the Cascade Range to Puget Sound, including Vashon Island. It is Washington's most populous county and contains its largest city -- Seattle. It is the commercial center of the Pacific Northwest with public and private enterprises including Boeing, Costco, Group Health Cooperative, Washington Mutual, Starbucks Coffee Co., Amazon.com, University of Washington, Microsoft, PACCAR Inc, Weyerhaeuser, Seattle City Light, and the Port of Seattle, which operates the nation's eighth-largest port as well as Sea-Tac International Airport. King County also retains some 1,500 farms, most under 50 acres. For millennia the area was home to peaceful, culturally rich, Lushootseed-speaking tribes. Settlement came in 1852, with lumber, hops, coal, and fish constituting first industries. Historical milestones include the founding of the University of Washington (1861); the Great Seattle Fire (1889); the Klondike gold rush that boomed Seattle (1897); the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909); the founding of Seattle City Light (1910) and the Port of Seattle (1911); construction of the Lake Washington Ship Canal (1917) and the Lake Washington Floating Bridge (1940), the latter resulting in the bourgeoning of Eastside communities; the Century 21 World's Fair (1962), and the creation of the county-wide agency Metro (1958) to deal first with water quality and later (1972) with public transit. King County boasts a diverse population, vibrant arts communities and institutions, an expanding economy, an increasingly green outlook and policy orientation, as well as high housing costs and traffic-clogged roads.
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Northern Life/Seattle Tower (Seattle)
The Northern Life Tower, an Art Deco landmark in downtown Seattle, was designed and built to be "A Modern Office Building of Distinction and Character Combining Beauty and Utility" (Casteel). Erected by the successful Northern Life Insurance Company, the 27-story tower at 1218 3rd Avenue became the company's new home on March 18, 1929. Designed by architect Abraham Horace Albertson (1872-1964) with Joseph Wade Wilson (1878-1968) and Paul David Richardson (1888-1939), and constructed primarily by local contractors, it cost about $2,000,000 and took a year to build. Brothers David Bruce Morgan (1869-1943) and Tasso Mayne Morgan (1862-1918) founded the Northern Life Insurance Company in Seattle in 1905. The business, family-operated through two generations, was sold in 1977, and has disappeared through various mergers since. The building, now called the Seattle Tower, continues to grace Seattle's downtown. The Seattle Tower is City of Seattle Landmark number 137 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975.
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Pharmacy in Washington State: A History
Pharmacy has evolved considerably since its days in Washington state in the nineteenth century. From small community pharmacies that sold pharmacist-compounded prescriptions derived primarily from plants, today's (2010) pharmacies are far more sophisticated operations that not only provide a wider array of prescriptions (now manufactured primarily by large pharmaceutical companies), but also offer a range of clinical care options directly to their customers.
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Pharmacy in Washington State: The Retail Business
Retail pharmacy has grown during Washington’s history from small (and occasionally haphazard) operations, sometimes run out of grocery stores or doctor’s offices, into a sophisticated industry handling hundreds of millions of dollars of prescriptions and retail products annually. This essay tracks the history of retail pharmacy in Washington from early stores that sold a handful of drugs, along with retail products such as lamp oil and paint, to the pharmacies of today (2011), where you can buy anything from prescriptiono drugs and early-pregnancy-test kits to office supplies, greeting cards, cosmetics, toasters, and socks.
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Seattle Neighborhoods: West Seattle Junction -- Thumbnail History
The West Seattle Junction was little more than boggy woodland until April 1907, when two streetcar lines were connected at California Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street (then 9th Street). Within a month, a dozen real estate agents had opened offices at what quickly became known as "the Junction," selling newly drained and cleared land to customers literally brought in by the carload. The lots sold at a pace that would become legendary in local real estate circles. By the end of the decade, the upstart Junction had displaced the older Admiral district as the commercial heart of West Seattle. Like other Seattle neighborhood business districts, it has gone through cycles of boom and bust since then, but it has remained, as the West Seattle Enterprise confidently predicted in 1907, "the center of Greater West Seattle" (West Side Story, 45)
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