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McDonald, Lucile S. (1898-1992)

Lucile Saunders McDonald distinguished herself in the fields of journalism and popular history through a prolific lifetime career that produced several thousand news features and columns, 13 published...

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McElroy, Colleen J. (b. 1935)

Before she was an internationally acclaimed poet, Colleen J. McElroy was a speech pathologist. In 1970, living in the Midwest, in landlocked Kansas, and the single mother of two young children, she wa...

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McGaffin, Donald Edward "Don" (1926-2005)

Donald E. "Don" McGaffin pursued a full, often-controversial 30-year-career as an investigative reporter and commentator, including 16 years in Seattle, where he was a major player in the golden years...

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McGraw, John H. (1850-1910)

John H. McGraw was elected Washington state's second governor in 1892. He arrived in Seattle from Maine during the 1870s at the age of 26, and got a job as a clerk in the Occidental Hotel. He joined S...

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McIntyre, Gertrude Schreiner Robinson (1896-1978)

This is a biography of Seattle tennis champion and Seattle Times sportswriter Gertrude Schreiner, written as a People's History by her great-niece, Suzanne Livingston Hansen. Schreinerâ€&tr...

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McIver, Richard J. (1941-2013)

Richard Jeffrey McIver (1941-2013), a Seattle city councilman from 1997 to 2009, was descended from African American settlers who came to the Northwest in the nineteenth century. He was born in Seattl...

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McKay, William O. (1887-1956)

William O. McKay was a Seattle automobile dealer and civic leader, involved in Community Fund drives, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and automobile-business organizations. He was involved in Seattl...

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McKinney, Samuel Berry (1926-2018)

Reverend Samuel Berry McKinney served as pastor of Seattle's Mount Zion Baptist Church from 1958 until his retirement in 1998 and provided the longest continuous pastorship in the history of the churc...

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McLoughlin, John (1784-1857)

John McLoughlin was once the most powerful man in the Pacific Northwest. As Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company's Columbia District from 1824 until 1846, he ruled a domain that stretched from the...

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McMichael, Ed "Tuba Man" (1955-2008)

With a brassy "street name" like that of some improbable superhero, Ed "Tuba Man" McMichael, made a remarkable impact on his fellow townsfolk during a two-decade-long career as a Seattle musician who ...

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McNary National Wildlife Refuge

The McNary National Wildlife Refuge, on the east bank of the Columbia River near its confluence with the Snake, was established in 1954 in an effort to compensate for the loss of wildlife habitat due ...

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McNaughton, Stanley O. (1921-1998)

Seattle business leader and philanthropist Stanley Otto McNaughton held positions with Seattle University and Safeco Insurance before he was in 1961 recruited by Robert J. Handy (1901-1984) to help re...

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McNeil Island and the Federal Penitentiary, 1841-1981

McNeil Island, located in southern Puget Sound, was named in 1841 by Lt. Charles Wilkes of the United States Exploring Expedition in honor of William Henry McNeill. McNeill (the name, but not the isla...

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McNeil Island Corrections Center, 1981-present

The McNeil Island Corrections Center, located in southern Puget Sound, 2.8 miles from Steilacoom, Washington, was the oldest prison facility in the Northwest. Built in 1875, it began as the first fede...

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McRoberts, Patrick (1952-2010)

Patrick McRoberts was a writer, editor, public affairs consultant and political strategist, a biographer, historian, musician, cultural vivant and gadfly, spiritual advisor in the way of the Tao, and ...

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Meadows Race Track

In the first decade of the twentieth century, The Meadows Race Track, located in King County south of Georgetown along the Duwamish River, was the premier venue in the Northwest for horse racing. The ...

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Meany, Edmond Stephen (1862-1935)

Edmond Meany was one of the University of Washington's most notable history professors. His passion for state history helped promote the region at the 1893 Columbian Exposition and at the 1909 Alaska-...

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Medal of Honor Recipients from Washington, Part 1: Civil War to Early Twentieth Century

In the early 1900s Washington had 20 living Medal of Honor recipients. They had come to the state seeking opportunities or they retired from military service here and stayed. Some became active in loc...

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Medal of Honor Recipients from Washington, Part 2: World War I and World War II

One Washington resident was awarded a Medal of Honor in World War I and 21 Washington residents were World War II Medal of Honor recipients. A Washingtonian became the only U.S. Coast Guardsman to rec...

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Medal of Honor Recipients from Washington, Part 3: Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan

Three Washington residents were awarded the Medal of Honor for exceptional valor in the Korean War. During the Vietnam War 12 Washington men of valor received the medal. This included the only Seabee ...

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Medical Care on San Juan Island: A Brief History in Art

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, established to serve residents and visitors on San Juan Island in the far northwest corner of Washington, opened its doors to patients on November 26, 2012. Am...

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Medical Lake -- Thumbnail History

Medical Lake is a city in Spokane County 15 miles southwest of Spokane on the shores of the lake that bears the same name. The region's tribes believed the mineral-rich lake had curative properties. T...

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Medical Lake: The Inland Empire's First Spa

Edward J. Kowrach was a Catholic diocesan priest who retired in 1973 after serving 35 years as pastor of St. Anne's Church and as a chaplain at Lakeland Village, the state institution for the mentally...

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Medina -- Thumbnail History

The small city of Medina in King County is blessed with an almost pristine location on the eastern shore of Lake Washington, a short bridge crossing (ferry ride in earlier years) away from the pleasur...

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