Allbin vs. City of Seattle

The internet is a great tool for access to many older items previously unavailable.  One local example is the picture archive for the City of Seattle.  Now any of us can peruse hundreds of pictures that were previously available only on old glass plates.  And that’s where I first saw him.  According to the date on the image, it was May, 1914. There he was–standing on a small ledge of a very large house in Queen Anne, looking out at the view.

Allbin Boarding House, May 18, 1914
Allbin Boarding House, May 18, 1914

It was hard to understand just what he was doing, but also the bigger question existed–why did someone from the City of Seattle think they needed to record the scene?  “Allbin vs. City” the description on the photo read.  And where was this grand old house today?  Was it still there? …Continue reading “Allbin vs. City of Seattle”

Board Member Spotlight – Kim Turner

I was born in Seattle’s Providence Hospital on June 7, 1943.  At that time, my parents lived at 1202 Fifth Ave. N.  In 1945, we moved into a house at 910 Third Ave. N, where we remained until February 1952.  I began school at Warren Avenue Elementary School in 1948.  I remember all of my teachers very well.  Evelyn Reisig, my fourth grade teacher, was one of my favorites, as it was in her class that I got to listen to the Standard School Broadcasts, kindling a love for music which has not died.   Carolyn Silva, my sixth grade teacher, encouraged my reading abilities, and I was often called on to read from the books, our “treat” after studies were over. …Continue reading “Board Member Spotlight – Kim Turner”

Five Corners Hardware – 305 W McGraw St

Five Corners Hardware, 2015
Five Corners Hardware, June 27, 2015

75 Years & Going Strong!

Five Corners Hardware, Marilyn Monroe, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition and your author all share a June 1 ‘birthday.’ The hardware store celebrated a 75th birthday with cake and special sales. Open every day of the week at the five corners of Third West, W. McGraw and W. McGraw Place, it is surely one of few Seattle businesses still operated by the same family. …Continue reading “Five Corners Hardware – 305 W McGraw St”