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Jones, Johnpaul (b. 1941)

One of perhaps 100 Native American architects in the United States, architect Johnpaul Jones has manifested his Choctaw/Cherokee heritage in the creation of an internationally significant legacy of pr...

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Jones, Quincy (b. 1933)

With humble roots tracing back to Chicago's ghettos and later the segregated World War II-era housing in the navy port of Bremerton, Washington, teen trumpeter Quincy Jones rose quickly through the ra...

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Jones, Robert C. (1930-2018)

After moving to Seattle in 1960 to teach at the University of Washington School of Art, Robert C. Jones established himself as one of the Northwest's most prominent abstract painters. A superb coloris...

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Jordan -- Thumbnail History

The little settlement of Jordan, Snohomish County, is set in a rural and picturesque valley on the south fork of the Stillaguamish River. Named for the hometown of an early pioneer, it lies halfway be...

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Journey from Puyallup to east Lewis County (1885): A Reminiscence

This is an account by Gus A. Temple of a March 1885 journey from Puyallup (in present-day Pierce County) to Davis Lake Valley in east Lewis County near present-day Morton. Temple was 14 years old at t...

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Joyner, Robert Nathaniel, M.D. (1913-1999)

Dr. Robert N. Joyner was one of Seattle's first African American physicians. At his retirement in 1998 after almost 50 years in private practice, his office on East Madison was the only remaining medi...

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Juanita Beach Park (Kirkland)

Juanita Beach Park, located along Juanita Bay in Kirkland, has been a popular summer destination for most of a century. Originally settled by Dorr and Eliza Forbes, the park blossomed as a resort in t...

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Judson, Phoebe (1831-1926)

Phoebe Judson was the first non-Indian woman to settle in the Lynden area (in northern Whatcom County) and became known as the "Mother of Lynden" during the half century that she lived there. Born in ...

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Jules, Charles (Schay nam'kin) (1846-1935)

Chief Charles Jules (Schay nam'kin) was held in high regard by members of the Snohomish and related bands that would eventually become the Tulalip Tribes, as well as by his white contemporaries. Jules...

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Julesberg, Elizabeth Rider Montgomery (1902-1985)

Elizabeth Rider Montgomery Julesberg (1902-1985), known professionally as Elizabeth Rider Montgomery, was the co-author of many of the "Dick and Jane" reading primers published from the 1930s through ...

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Junior Safety Patrol: A Reminiscence of Loyal Heights Elementary School (Seattle)

Former Seattle resident John M. Leggett offers this account of participating in the Junior Safety Patrol during the 1930s while attending Seattle's Loyal Heights Elementary School. Called the Schoolbo...

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Juvonen, Helmi (1903-1985)

Helmi Juvonen is an enigmatic figure in Northwest art history. Diagnosed as manic depressive in 1930, she had a life-long obsession with Mark Tobey (1890-1976), whom she met while attending Cornish Co...

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K2 Corporation (K2 Sports) -- a History

This history of the Vashon Island firm K2, manufacturer of fiberglass skis, and later of snowboards and in-line skates, was submitted by Andy Luhn, marketing director of the firm. Company founder Bill...

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Kachlein Jr., George F. (1907-1989)

George F. Kachlein Jr. was a Seattle attorney who volunteered tirelessly for many civic organizations. He was active in the Washington Good Roads Association, the Washington division of the American A...

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Karle, Theo (1893-1972)

Theo Karle Johnston was the first musical talent to emerge from the Pacific Northwest and become an international star. While still a teenager, Johnston worked as a church soloist in Olympia before mo...

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Katims, Milton (1909-2006)

Milton Katims was a violist and orchestral conductor of world renown. From 1954 to 1976 he was Music Director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. During that time he worked to build the organization fr...

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Kauffman, Claudia (b. 1959)

Claudia Kauffman was the first woman Native American elected to the Washington State Senate. She was raised in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle where her mother, Josephine, championed American ...

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Kaye, Carol (b. 1935)

A native of Everett, Washington, Carol Kaye (b. 1935) hailed from a musically talented family and went on to become one of Hollywood's so-called "Wrecking Crew" -- a stable of the finest recording-stu...

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Kelso -- Thumbnail History

The town of Kelso, Cowlitz County, with a population in 2018 of 11,925, lies 125 miles south of Seattle and 80 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The town was founded by Peter W. Crawford (1819-1889), a...

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Kenmore -- Thumbnail History

Located along the northernmost shore of Lake Washington, Kenmore began as a mill town, and grew to become home to a variety of businesses and industries. Like many Seattle suburbs, the community saw t...

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Kenmore Library, King County Library System

The King County Bookmobile began serving Kenmore in the 1940s. Before long, as more people began raising families in the community at the north end of Lake Washington, residents decided that they need...

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Kennewick -- Thumbnail History

The site of Kennewick, on the west side of the Columbia River between the mouths of the Yakima and Snake rivers, has long been an ancient area of human habitation. The bones of the so-called Kennewick...

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Kennewick Man

A man who lived more than 9,000 years ago along the Columbia River in what is now central Washington's Tri-Cities area became the center of worldwide attention and heated controversy following the 199...

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Kenney, Leo (1925-2001)

The painter Leo Kenney, born in Spokane, came with his family to Seattle in the 1930s. Seattle Art Museum director Dr. Richard Fuller gave him a solo show at the museum in 1949 -- when he was just 24 ...

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