Ravenna ParkÂ’'s most sublime attractions were its big trees. Like Adam and Eve, the Becks had the privilege of naming them. They gave one ancient fir the name Adam. They named another Paderewsky after the Polish pianist who was a friend of Mrs. Beck.
They puckishly titled two giants that crowded one another Mark Matthew and Hi Gill after the local Presbyterian pastor and the Seattle mayor, who were usually fighting.
They named the tallest fir -- a spectacular tree that rose nearly 400 feet to about two-thirds the height of the Space Needle -- Robert E. Lee.
And what Mrs. Beck humorously referred to as the "Â“big stick,"Â” a giant with the largest girth, she named Roosevelt for the president who visited the park and whispered his sublime approval.