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Seattle's Rainier Club was organized on February 23, 1888. One of its earliest members was photographer Edward S. Curtis who paid for his membership by taking photographs of other club members. Some of these photos, as well as a few other Curtis rarities, remain in the club's collections.
On February 20, 1914, Auburn celebrated the opening of the city's new Carnegie Library. The structure served as Auburn's library until the city opened a new building 50 years later. And on February 22, 1957, the Black Diamond Library, which had been located in the waiting room of the former Pacific Coast Coal Depot, moved into an old cottage that was once used to house school teachers. In doing so, it became the only library in King County to have its own bathtub.
On February 23, 1921, Liberty Orchards in Cashmere, using fruit from its farm, began marketing Aplets, a candy composed of apples, honey, and walnuts. The confection was an immediate success, and the orchard soon introduced Cotlets, a similar candy made from apricots and walnuts. To this day, Aplets & Cotlets remain a tasty ambassador for Washington's fruit industry.
On February 22, 1932, the George Washington Memorial Bridge was dedicated and 15,000 people attended to witness the opening of Seattle's first major-highway span. At 2 p.m. that day, President Herbert Hoover turned a telegraph key in the "other" Washington, which unfurled flags on the bridge. Sirens blared, a 21-gun salute interrupted a speech by Governor Roland Hartley, and cheers rang out from the crowd. Within a month, more than 11,000 cars were traveling across the bridge each day.
On February 25, 1975, the Vatican appointed The Most Reverend Raymond G. Hunthausen archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Hunthausen's outspoken anti-war stance and his defense of gay rights would later vex many church officials, including Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who rose to become Pope Benedict XVI.
Photographer John Stamets happened to be taking pictures of Husky Stadium on the morning of February 25, 1987, just as the new, nearly completed north stands suddenly began to fold in on themselves. His is the only photographic record of its downfall in progress. More than four years later, Stamets also captured images of the collapse of Hammering Man during the statue's installation at the Seattle Art Museum.
"The battle we have fought, and are still fighting for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong, and we cannot expect to see the end of it ... So we must count on watching and striving for these trees, and should always be glad to find anything so surely good and noble to strive for."
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