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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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George Bartell Sr. opens the first Bartell Drug Store in Seattle in June 1890.
In June 1890 George Bartell Sr. (1868-1956) purchases his first drugstore in Seattle. By the 1920s he will have grown his business from a small fledgling enterprise to a thriving chain of pharmacies scattered throughout the city. By 2010 Bartell Drug Company will have 58 stores throughout the Puget Sound region. It will enjoy the distinction of being the oldest drugstore chain in the United States, and will have remained in the Bartell family during its 120-year history.
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Bartell Drugs duels the Seattle Drug Trust in 1902.
During 1902, a series of ads runs in The Seattle Times
describing the Bartell Drug Company's battle with the "Seattle Drug Trust," a group of local drug stores controlled by the National Association of Retail Druggists, said to have joined together to either force the fledgling company to raise its prices or drive it out of business. Bartell Drugs successfully resists the cartel and will go on to become a flourishing company.
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Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle celebrates Elks Day, Port Townsend Day, W.C.T.U. Day, and Baker City Day on July 28, 1909.
On July 28, 1909, Elks Day, Port Townsend Day, and W.C.T.U. (Woman's Christian Temperance Union) Day are celebrated on the grounds of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle. Baker City, Oregon, also celebrates its own day in a much smaller celebration. The exposition took place between June 1 and October 16, 1909, drawing more than three million people. Visitors came from around the state, the nation, and the world to view hundreds of educational exhibits, stroll the lushly manicured grounds, and be entertained on the Pay Streak midway, while Seattle promoted itself as a gateway to the rich resources of Alaska, the Yukon, and Asia. Each day (except Sunday) of the
A-Y-P was designated as a Special Day for one or more groups. Special Days drew people involved in the featured organizations, and the resulting programs, lectures, ceremonies, parades, and athletic competitions gave local people a reason to visit again and again. Elks Day kicks off with a large parade through downtown Seattle in the morning and concludes with both an afternoon and evening circus in the A-Y-P Stadium. Port Townsend also celebrates with a parade through the A-Y-P grounds in the morning; not to be outdone, the W.C.T.U. has its own parade in the afternoon. A power outage as darkness falls only adds to the day's fun.
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Fire guts Times and Denny buildings at 2nd Avenue and Union Street in Seattle on February 13, 1913.
On February 13, 1913, the printing plant of The Seattle Times
at 2nd Avenue and Union Street is gutted by fire. The adjoining Denny Building also suffers major damage. No lives are lost but businesses suffer a combined loss of $400,000. The cause of the fire is never determined.
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Bartell Drugs opens a photo lab in 1917.
In 1917, Bartell Drugs opens a photo lab at the company headquarters at 1906 Boren Avenue in Seattle. The lab will operate for about 40 years and will become a model for other drugstores looking to install similar labs.
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King County Sheriff Matt Starwich and posse thwart a bank robbery in Carnation in a shootout that leaves two dead on August 13, 1924.
On August 13, 1924, King County Sheriff Matt Starwich (1876-1941) and a posse of six deputies thwart a robbery at the Snoqualmie Valley Bank in Carnation (King County). In the ensuing shootout the robber and an informant are killed and a deputy injured. It's a big day in East King County history, and further burnishes the reputation of the flamboyant Sheriff Starwich.
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Bartell Drugs declines a buyout offer from the Louis Liggett Company on November 12, 1925.
On November 12, 1925, George Bartell Sr. (1868-1956) announces that Bartell Drugs has declined an offer of approximately $1 million (nearly $13 million in 2011 dollars) to purchase Bartell’s 10 drug stores from the Louis Liggett Company, a large drug store chain. Bartell explains that he has declined the offer because Bartell Drugs is proud to be a Seattle institution and intends to stay that way.
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Seattle Police Officer Fred Ivey is shot and killed by a robbery suspect on May 10, 1928.
On May 10, 1928, Seattle Police Officer Fred Ivey (1879-1928) is shot and killed by a robbery suspect.
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Ex-convict Ted Bradley kills Genzo Ikeda and wounds Seattle Police Detective William D. Rehmke during an attempted robbery on March 17, 1932.
On March 17, 1932, Ted Bradley, also known as George Everett Slate (1908-1934), age 23, enters Ikeda’s Green Grocery in Seattle’s Broadway District intending to rob the proprietor, Genzo “George” Ikeda (1876-1932), at gunpoint for the fourth time in two weeks. Ikeda escapes and telephones Seattle Police headquarters from the drug store next door. The same day, two detectives, William D. Rehmke and Felrom G. Sands, assigned to investigate, are in the back room talking with Ikeda’s wife, Konme, when Bradley tries to rob the store for the fifth time. A fierce gun battle ensues during which Ikeda is killed and both Detective Rehmke and Bradley are wounded. Although shot three times, Bradley escapes, but is found an hour later at his girlfriend’s apartment and taken to the hospital. In July 1932, Bradley will be convicted of first-degree murder in King County Superior Court and the jury will vote for the death penalty. On appeal, the Washington State Supreme Court will uphold the verdict and Governor Clarence D. Martin (1884-1955) will deny Bradley executive clemency. He will be executed at the Washington State Penitentiary on May 11, 1934.
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Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler signs new contraceptive-coverage rule, which requires insurers to cover birth control in prescription-drug plans issued for state policyholders, on September 5, 2001.
On September 5, 2001, Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler (b. 1943) signs a state administrative regulation requiring insurers to cover contraceptives in prescription-drug plans in health-insurance policies issued for policyholders in the state. The rule follows a federal court decision in Seattle three months earlier ordering Seattle-based Bartell Drug Company to provide contraceptive coverage in its self-insured health care plan.
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Historic Seattle heat wave peaks at a record 103 degrees on July 29, 2009.
On July 29, 2009, a scorching weeklong heat wave across the Pacific Northwest peaked with record high temperatures being set in various area towns. Seattle reached 103 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time in recorded history while Olympia hit 104 degrees; Kent hit 106 degrees; Winlock hit 110 degrees; and Chehalis hit 111 degrees. Well into a season whose generally sunny weather had already been notable for tying Seattle's driest spell ever recorded -- no measurable rain for 29 days (in May and June, until some showers on June 19th) -- the heat suddenly ratcheted up during the final week of July.
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From Bust To Boom: How Bartell Drugs Got Its Groove Back
The Bartell Drug Company, the oldest drugstore chain in the United States, has thrived throughout most of its 120-year history, with the exception of several decades spanning the 1950s to the 1970s. This essay explains the circumstances that led to the pause in the company's prosperity in the mid-twentieth century, and how it successfully addressed the issues and returned to robust and sustained growth. The essay is based on written histories of Bartell Drugs, as well as an August 2010 interview by HistoryLink.org of Val Storrs, who served in several upper-level management positions in Bartell's operations department between 1965 and 2007.
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Nordic Heritage Museum Vanishing Generation Interview with Margaret Long
Margaret Long (b. ca. 1914), of Finnish/Swedish heritage, was born in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard and has lived there her entire life. June Smith interviewed her on August 11, 2000 for the Nordic Heritage Museum Vanishing Generation Oral History Project. Margaret worked at her father's shop, Koll & Wicks Grocery, through the 1930s and 1940s. She describes the shops and markets in Ballard during those years and the many changes Ballard has undergone in her lifetime.
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Phyllis Lamphere Oral History, Part 5: MOHAI, Lake Union, and Horizon House
Phyllis Lamphere (b. 1922), a native Seattleite, has been deeply involved in the city's civic life for more than 50 years. She served on the city council from 1967 to 1978, where she was instrumental in pushing through multiple reforms and worked on many of the most contentious issues of a contentious era. After an unsuccessful run for mayor in 1977, Lamphere went on to work for the federal government, and she later formed her own public-affairs consulting firm. Among many other achievements, she was a driving force behind the creation of the Washington State Convention & Trade Center and served on its board for more than 20 years. In July and August 2013, Lamphere was interviewed at her apartment in Seattle's Horizon House by HistoryLink.org intern Callan Carow. In these People's Histories, organized by topic, Lamphere recounts some of the important events of her career in politics and public service and provides an inside look at the workings of government and the life of an extraordinary woman. In this last segment, Lamphere tells of her role in the relocation of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) to a new home in South Lake Union Park, her lifelong connection to the lake, efforts to preserve the most recent 50 years of Seattle's history, and her work to enrich the lives of her fellow residents at Horizon House.
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Williamson, Joe D. (1909-1994)
Over the course of his lifetime, much of it spent on the water, Joe D. Williamson (1909-1994) documented a wide swath of Northwest history with his camera, yet he did not consider photography his primary vocation. Photography was the means to an end, and that end was spending as much time as possible on and around boats. Williamson did everything from delivering photo orders by motorcycle to running a darkroom to patrolling for fish pirates off the coast of Alaska. He traveled throughout the Northwest, wherever water could take him. He took a lot of photos and collected others. For 25 years he also held court at a small photography shop on the Seattle waterfront. In 1948 he spearheaded the launch of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society (PSMHS) and in 1980 his vast collection of maritime photography transformed that society into a valued resource for West Coast maritime history.
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