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Advertising Goods and Services to the San Juan Islands Community, 1909

In 1909, the island residents of San Juan County in Northwest Washington relied on their two newspapers, the San Juan Islander and the Friday Harbor Journal, to keep them apprised not only of local, r...

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Barr, Roberta Byrd (1919-1993)

Roberta Byrd Barr was an African American educator, civil rights leader, actor, librarian, and television personality. She was born in Tacoma and lived for much of her life in Seattle.

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Blethen, Alden J. (1845-1915)

Alden J. Blethen purchased The Seattle Daily Times, a newspaper with a minuscule circulation, in 1896. Moving from Minneapolis to Seattle, Blethen then built the paper's circulation by introducing lar...

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Brougham, Royal (1894-1978), Journalist

A 68-year veteran of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, journalist Royal Brougham was once dubbed "Dean of American Sportswriters." Brougham's column, "The Morning After," was a fixture of P-I sports pag...

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Bullitt, Dorothy Stimson (1892-1989)

Dorothy Stimson Bullitt purchased a small Seattle radio station with almost no listeners in 1947. She expanded it into one of the finest broadcasting empires in the nation. She was a Seattle civic lea...

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Bullitt Family, The

The family of KING Broadcasting founder Dorothy Stimson Bullitt (Seattle's First Citizen for 1959) continued her tradition of community service and philanthropy and each family member has distinguishe...

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Bunting, Kenneth Freeman (1948-2014)

Ken Bunting was a Texas native who became Seattle's highest ranking African American daily newspaper executive. He worked as a reporter, bureau chief, and editor in various other media markets before ...

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Cayton, Horace (1859-1940)

Horace Cayton was the African American publisher of the Seattle Republican, a newspaper directed toward both white and black readers and which at one point had the second largest circulation in the ci...

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Chesley, Frank (1929-2010)

Frank Chesley’s long career in journalism put him in the front row of some of the most tumultuous years of the American mid-twentieth century, reporting in the era of the civil ri...

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Chief Seattle's Speech

In addition to his namesake city, Chief Seattle (178?-1866) is best remembered for a speech given, according to pioneer Dr. Henry Smith, on the occasion of an 1854 visit to Seattle of Isaac Stevens (1...

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Cigarette Prohibition in Washington, 1893-1911

The first Washington state elected official to make national history in a crusade against cigarettes was not Attorney General Christine Gregoire, who brokered a settlement between the tobacco industry...

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Collins, Dorothy Priscilla (Patsy) Bullitt (1920-2003)

Dorothy Priscilla "Patsy" Bullitt Collins, a member of one of Seattle's oldest and wealthiest families, devoted much of her life to working for the public good, donating first her time and energy and ...

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Connelly, Dolly (1913-1995)

Dolly Connelly was a journalist and photographer in the Pacific Northwest. As a stringer for Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated, she covered topics that included the new outdoor recreational activitie...

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Cotterill, George Fletcher (1865-1958)

George Fletcher Cotterill served Seattle and the state of Washington for more than 40 years as a civil servant and elected official. He advocated woman suffrage, parks, port districts, Prohibition, an...

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Edelstein, Alex (1919-2001)

Alex Edelstein was a noted communications theorist and a professor at the University of Washington School of Journalism, where he taught for a third of a century and served for eight years as director...

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Eulogy for Stan Stapp (1918-2006)

Stan Stapp (1918-2006) was the longtime publisher of the North Central Outlook, one of Seattle's most respected and influential community newspapers, and a mentor to two generations of "underground" a...

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Fassio, Virgil (1927-2018)

From 1978 to 1993, Virgil Fassio was publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, one of Seattle's two daily newspapers at the time. A first-generation Italian American from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ...

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Flowers, Robert J. (b. 1943) and Micki Flowers (b. 1948)

Bob and Micki Flowers have a history of breaking down racial barriers. She was the first female African American broadcaster at KIRO television; he was the first black executive at Washington Mutual b...

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Frank Chesley: A Newsie Remembers Seattle Years at the P-I, 1969-1975

In this People's History, Frank Chesley (1929-2010) recalls his six years working for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as a TV columnist. From 2003 until his retirement in 2009, Frank was a staff histor...

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Frazier, Prentis (1880-1959)

Prentis Frazier, a son of former slaves, arrived in Seattle in 1916 and operated a number of businesses which included real estate, insurance, bail bonds, and publishing.

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Friday Harbor in a Nut-shell -- A Community's Diary

For more than 65 years "Friday Harbor in a Nut-shell," a much-loved column in the local weekly newspaper, recorded just about everything anyone would want to know about life on San Juan Island in the ...

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Frits, Virgil (1882-1971)

Generations of residents of Friday Harbor, the county seat of San Juan County in Northwest Washington, have had vivid memories of Virgil W. Frits, editor and publisher of the Friday Harbor Journal fro...

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Gale, Hiram R. (1846-1951)

When he died at the age of 104, Hiram R. Gale was the last Civil War veteran in the Pacific Northwest. Born in Vermont, he joined the Union Army in 1864 and served until after the war ended the next y...

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Gayton, John Jacob (1899-1969 )

John Jacob Gayton, the oldest child of black pioneers John T. Gayton (1866-1954) and Magnolia Scott Gayton (1880-1954), was a leader in the African American community and raised eight children who hav...

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