A year of anniversaries:  helped a friend’s mother celebrate her 100th and will help my sister celebrate her 75th birthday at the end of August.  It has been more than 20 years since we first began exploring Mount Pleasant Cemetery, but the ensuing years have given us depth and understanding of many lives whose remains were placed in this cemetery.  Some of the founders of Seattle and its neighborhoods, some of the movers and shakers from then until now, and some of the stories of disasters, tragedies and triumphs, all rest within a forty-acre location. …Continue reading “Anniversaries”

Shooting at SPU, Ross and the Streetcar Barn

Mourners, June 6, 2014
Mourners, June 6, 2014

The scourge of campus shootings came to Queen Anne on June 5, 2014 when 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra opened fire in Otto Miller Hall.  Ybarra wounded three students — one of whom, 19-year-old Paul Lee, died.   Ybarra was subdued with pepper spray as he tried to reload his gun by 22-year-old SPU student Jon Meis, who restrained him until the arrival of Seattle Police.  Meis was treated at the hospital and later released, along with another victim, Thomas Fowler, 24, who suffered pellet wounds to his chest and neck.  The third victim, Sarah Williams, 19, was hospitalized after suffering wounds to her abdomen.

The tragic event at Seattle Pacific University astounded Queen Anne residents.  The Christian university maintains a generally quiet and peaceful place in the community’s mind.  The school’s low profile hides the fact that it is one of Seattle’s oldest institutions of higher learning — established in 1891.  SPU is typical of so many seminaries associated with a church and established for the elementary education of congregation children.  In fact, Nils Peterson, a member of the Free Methodist Church with which the university is still associated, donated the land for the school as a place for his children.  Today Peterson’s farm, which originally tumbled down the northern side of Queen Anne, is mostly intact and now known as Mount Pleasant Cemetery. …Continue reading “Shooting at SPU, Ross and the Streetcar Barn”

Mount Pleasant Cemetery – 700 W Raye St

Mt Pleasant Office, 1900
Mt Pleasant Office, 1900

Excerpt from
Staying on Queen Anne Forever

by Del Loder
Chapter 7 of Queen Anne:  Community on the Hill  (1993)

Note:   Loder’s article reviews the early history of Seattle funeral practices before telling this story of Queen Anne’s majestic burial grounds.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery commands an outstanding view on the north side of Queen Anne Hill at 700 W. Raye Street.  A walk through the cemetery is a pleasant experience at any time of the year. It is filled with large, mature maple and chestnut trees as well as beautiful yews, cedars and other evergreens. The grounds are well maintained by the current owners…. The northeastern slope affords a panoramic view stretching from Ballard past the George Washington Memorial Bridge, the University District and the Cascade Mountains.  A study of the grave markers takes one back to the pioneers and leaders of early-day Seattle, as well as illustrating the ethnic and religious diversity of the city. …Continue reading “Mount Pleasant Cemetery – 700 W Raye St”