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Japanese Farming

Most early Japanese immigrants to the Pacific Northwest came to work in the labor-intensive industries of timber, railroad construction, fish processing, and agriculture. As they became more settled t...

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Japanese Immigration to the Puget Sound Region

Japanese immigrants began arriving in the Puget Sound area in the 1890s to work in the labor-intensive industries of railroad construction, logging, mining, fish processing, and agriculture. The Immig...

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Jean Kurosaka Sano: War, Peace, and Friendship

The eventful life of Jean Kurosaka Sano, a Japanese American from Seattle who became a close friend of Joe and Ruth Caldbick soon after they moved to the city from rural Northern Ontario in 1929, is t...

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Jefferson County -- Thumbnail History

Jefferson County, located on the Olympic Peninsula in northwestern Washington, was created by the Oregon Territorial Legislature on December 22, 1852, from a portion of Lewis County. It was named in h...

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Jefferson Park Municipal Golf Course (Seattle)

The Jefferson Park Golf Course opened in May 1915. It was the first municipally owned golf course in Seattle and the third golf course in King County. The course is located at 4101 Beacon Avenue S in ...

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Jensen-Grimm Farm (Arlington)

In 2002 Snohomish County chose the Jensen-Grimm Farm in Arlington as one of its designated Centennial Farms, those operated by the same family for more than 100 years. The following article, written b...

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Jerden Records (1960-1969): When the Seattle Music Biz Got Serious

History will always remember Jerden Records as the Seattle company that foisted the Kingsmen and their infamous "Louie Louie" on the world back in 1963. But there is much more to the saga behind the f...

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Jewish Community of Spokane

The first synagogue in the state opened in Spokane in 1892, but the city's Jewish history began even before the little village of Spokane Falls existed. In 1879, Indians told Simon Berg, the first kno...

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Jewish Community of Walla Walla

Although the history of Judaism in the Far West is largely connected with the development of urban centers, Jews did move to and settle small towns on the frontier. The first wave of Jewish immigratio...

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Jewish Education in Seattle (1894-Present)

The history of Jewish education in Seattle dates back to 1894 when Congregation Bikur Cholim sponsored the establishment of the first Jewish educational program in the city, the Hebrew Free School. In...

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Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle was created in January of 1928. Called the Seattle Jewish Fund, it served as the city's first centralized Jewish umbrella institution. The Seattle Jewish Fund ...

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Jim Creek Naval Radio Station

In late 1953 the United States Navy came to Jim Creek Valley in Snohomish County and built the most powerful radio transmitter the world had yet seen. It was designed by the Radio Corporation of Ameri...

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Jing Chuan Ling remembers her father's Chinese apothecary in Tacoma's Japantown neighborhood and the disappearance of her Japanese playmates and neighbors in the 1942 incarceration

Given Tacoma's expulsion of Chinese immigrants in 1885 and the resulting lack of a Chinatown in the city, it's perhaps surprising to find the existence of a Chinese apothecary in the Columbus Hotel in...

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Jive Bombers jazz band of World War II

In January 1943, the U.S. Naval Military Band transferred from the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois to Sand Point Naval Air Station in Seattle. A group of these musicians formed their own...

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John D. Parker recalls the 1921 explosion of the Hitt's Fireworks factory in the Rainier Valley.

In 1999, 90-year old John Parker of Port Ludlow penned this account of the 1921 explosion of the Hitt's Fireworks factory in the Rainier Valley. One woman working at the plant was killed.

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John Luther Murray: Synopsis of My Life

John Luther Murray (1859-1949), a longtime resident of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Northwest Washington, served as auditor and treasurer of San Juan County, as a state legislator, and as mayor...

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John Spellman: King County Politics in the Sixties, Seventies and Beyond

The long career of John Spellman (1926-2018) in local and state politics began in 1967 when he was elected a King County Commissioner. His term overlapped the controversial Forward Thrust capital impr...

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John Williamon's Sordid Story

Melody Barker shares her great grandfather John Williamon's slightly scandalous story.

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Johnson, Albert (1869-1957)

Albert Johnson rose from his position as editor of the Daily Washingtonian, based in Hoquiam, Washington, to become one of the most powerful congressional leaders in the United States. In 1913 he was ...

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Johnson, Charles V. (b. 1928)

Charles Vernon Johnson, retired presiding judge of King County Superior Court, played an influential role in Seattle's civil rights struggle during the 1960s and has spent almost 40 years in a leaders...

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Johnson, Guela Gayton (1927-2018)

Guela Gayton Johnson was the first African American librarian to head a University of Washington departmental library. She was the oldest grandchild of John T. Gayton (1866-1954) and Magnolia Gayton (...

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Johnson, Philip G. (1894-1944)

Seattle-born Philip G. Johnson oversaw the The Boeing Company during two of its most crucial periods: The growth and expansion of its airmail and commercial transport business in the 1920s and 1930s, ...

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Jolly Entertainers: The Draper Children's Home Band (King County)

In 1907 Herman M. Draper (1858-1927) and his wife, Annie Draper (1860-1927), founded a privately run orphanage, the Children's Industrial Home and Training School -- initially in Seattle's Ballard nei...

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Jones, Fay (b. 1936)

Most Northwesterners have encountered the work of artist Fay Jones at one time or other: Her paintings and prints can be found on the walls of local museums, restaurants, and hospitals; her images hav...

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