July 4, 1907: The Day the World Came to Queen Anne

Independence Day, 1907
Independence Day, 1907

For one summer day in 1907, Queen Anne Hill was the center of attention not just of Seattle, but of two continents. With a spectacle the likes of which has not been seen before or since, Seattle’s Japanese community hosted the city’s Independence Day festivities at just west of what is now Kerry Park on West Highland Drive. …Continue reading “July 4, 1907: The Day the World Came to Queen Anne”

Rocks of Ages

I was meditating on the past the other day and a memory came to mind, which led me along familiar paths to stand on some interesting surfaces. When I was about four years old, the woods on the northwest side of Third Avenue North were being excavated for the eventual construction of an apartment complex. During the excavation they uncovered a (to us) huge stone upon which my sister and I took turns standing. I think my Mom took our pictures, as my dad would have been at work. It was a small boulder which an ancient glacier had deposited there during its retreat. …Continue reading “Rocks of Ages”

New Years, Good Years

Somewhere in time, New Year’s parties are still going on, reminding me that with each new year, I am just a little bit older, with memories of past celebrations on the Hill. My first recollections of New Year’s festivities are ones with family, usually with a festive dinner and more than a few uncles, aunts, cousins and my immediate family celebrating. I still have the copper cowbell which we rang immediately at midnight New Year’s Eve, which I did again for this New Year. It is noisy, and should frighten away any number of bad spirits, along with the nearest neighbors, and any dogs or cats in the vicinity. …Continue reading “New Years, Good Years”