• Baist's Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Seattle, Wash - Plate 16

    Baist's Real Estate Atlas of Surveys of Seattle, Wash - Plate 16

    Baist, G. Wm

    Baist Real Estate atlases of Seattle were published in 1905, 1908, and 1912. The atlases show property ownership (for large tracts), plats, block and lot numbers, streets, buildings, sewers, water mains, electric railways, and steam railroads.

    Identifier: spl_maps_341191.16

    Date: 1905

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  • Kenneth Callahan Interview, 1984

    Kenneth Callahan Interview, 1984

    Kenneth Callahan (1905-1986) was a noted Washington artist, known for his work in painting and sculpture. Together with Mark Tobey, Guy Anderson and Morris Graves, Callahan was part of the “Northwest Mystics” or “Northwest School” a group of artists formed during the 1930s who embraced Asian aesthetics and the natural environment of the Puget Sound. Callahan was born in Spokane, Washington and raised in Glasgow, Montana. His family moved to Raymond, Washington in 1918 and then Seattle in 1920. Callahan attended Broadway High School and, briefly, the University of Washington. He moved to San Francisco where he had his first one-man show and worked as a ship’s steward before returning to Seattle in 1930. In the same year, he married Margaret Bundy. The couple’s home quickly became a meeting point for many figures in Seattle’s art scene. During the Great Depression, Callahan worked as an artist for the Federal Arts Project. In 1933, Callahan’s work was included in the First Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum and Callahan began working as a curator at the Seattle Art Museum, a role he continued until 1953. In 1954 he won a fellowship from the Guggenheim. He traveled extensively through Europe and South America and focused on his painting. In 1961 Margaret passed away after a battle with cancer. Callahan remarried Beth Inge Gotfredsen in 1964 and the couple moved to Long Beach, Washington. Callahan returned to Seattle in 1984, shortly before his 1986 passing. Callahan’s work is included in the collections of several prominent museums including the Seattle Art Museum, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and the Chicago Art Institute.

    Identifier: spl_ds_kcallahan_01

    Date: 1984

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  • Anne Gerber Interview, November 8, 1987

    Anne Gerber Interview, November 8, 1987

    Anne Gerber (1910-2005) was a local art collector known for her patronage of unique artists. Gerber attended Garfield High School, Roosevelt High School and Edison Technical School. She studied painting and sculpture at the University of Washington and began collecting artwork after marrying her husband, Sidney Gerber (-1965). Together, the two acquired artwork by artists such as Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Mark Tobey and Guy Anderson. They also built a large collection of Native American artwork which now resides at the Burke Museum. In 1965, Sidney was flying a plane carrying Seattle City Councilmember Wing Luke and his secretary Kay LaDue over the Cascade Mountains. They ran into bad weather conditions and the plane crashed, killing all those aboard. After his death, Anne continued her work the arts community. She was a member of the Contemporary Art Council of the Seattle Art Museum and of the Seattle Art Commission. In 1984 she received the Governor’s Art award. Anne was also active in civic causes, fighting against housing segregation in Seattle, working with the American Civil Liberties Union and serving as president of the Neighborhood House which provides assistance for low-income families.

    Identifier: spl_ds_agerber_01

    Date: 1987-11-09

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  • Dale Turner Interview, February 27, 1986

    Dale Turner Interview, February 27, 1986

    Rev. Dr. Dale Turner (1917-2006) served as the pastor of Seattle’s University Congregational Church from 1958 to 1982. Turner was born in Glen Dale, West Virginia and his family moved to Ohio shortly afterwards. Turner attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and pursued a career in coaching before deciding to change directions and study religion at the Yale Divinity School where he graduated in 1943. In 1948 he married his wife, Leone, and the couple moved to Kansas where Turner became the pastor for Lawrence’s Congregational Church and taught at the University of Kansas. In 1958, Turner moved to Seattle to become the minister for the University Congregational Church. He held the role for 24 years and was a vocal supporter of pacifism, gay rights and civil rights.

    Identifier: spl_ds_dturner_01

    Date: 1986-02-27

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  • Stan Pocock Interview, September 1986

    Stan Pocock Interview, September 1986

    Stan Pocock (1923-2014) was a prominent rower and coach in Pacific Northwest rowing. He was born in Seattle and had an interest in rowing from an early age thanks to the legacy of his father, George Pocock (1891-1976) who was renowned for his design and construction of rowing shells. George Pocock was responsible for the construction of the rowing shells used by the University of Washington in their 1936 Olympic championship and supplied collegiate rowing shells across the nation. Stan attended the University of Washington and graduated with a degree in engineering. Stan carried in his father’s footsteps and became known for his own innovations, creating the first fiberglass rowing shell in 1961. He also became a successful rowing coach, leading eight crews to the Olympics during the 1950s and 1960s; coaching the University of Washington rowing team and acting as the first coach of the Lake Washington Rowing Club. In 2012, USRowing awarded Pocock the Medal of Honor, honoring his lifetime achievement in the field.

    Identifier: spl_ds_spocock_01

    Date: 1986-09-14; 1986-09-17

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  • Ancil Payne Interview, January 19, 1988 and April 11, 1988

    Ancil Payne Interview, January 19, 1988 and April 11, 1988

    Ancil Payne (1921-2004) was the president and CEO of the KING Broadcasting Company. Payne was born in Mitchell, Oregon and attended both Willamette University and the University of Oregon. During World War II, Payne joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific. After returning from the war, he enrolled at the University of Washington. Following graduation, he was active in politics, becoming a top aide to Congressman Hugh B. Mitchell. In 1959 Payne began working at King Broadcasting, serving a number of roles including managing the company’s stations in Portland, Oregon before returning to Seattle and becoming president of the company in 1972. Payne played an important role in reviving the company and supporting its expansion into new markets. During his time at the company, he increased employee diversity, hiring more minorities and women to major roles, and took stances on controversial topics, speaking out against the Vietnam War, homophobia and the gun lobby. Payne retired from his role in 1987 but remained active with organizations such as the ACLU. He also established the Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism at the University of Oregon along with additional scholarships at Dalles High School and Willamette University.

    Identifier: spl_ds_apayne_01

    Date: 1988-01-19; 1988-04-11

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  • Symbolic realism

    Symbolic realism

    Juvonen, Helmi, 1903-1985

    Helmi Juvonen was born in Butte, Montana on January 17, 1903. She worked in many media including printmaking, painting and paper-craft. She attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where she met artist Mark Tobey with whom she was famously obsessed. Although she was diagnosed as a manic-depressive in 1930, she gained wide appreciation in the Northwest for her linocut prints depicting Northwest Indian people and tribal ceremonies. She worked with a number of artists on the Public Works of Art Project including Fay Chong and Morris Graves. Over the years, her mental health deteriorated and in 1960 she was declared a ward of the state and was committed to Oakhurst Convalescent Center. She was much beloved and had many friends and benefactors (including Wes Wehr) and was able to have exhibitions despite the confinement. She died in 1985.

    Identifier: spl_art_J989Sy1

    Date: n.d.

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  • Jesse Epstein Interview, January 22, 1988

    Jesse Epstein Interview, January 22, 1988

    Jesse Epstein (1910-1989) was a lawyer and the first director of the Seattle Housing Authority. Epstein was born in Russia and his family moved to Great Falls, Montana in 1913. Epstein attended the University of Washington where he graduated with a degree in political science in 1932 and a law degree in 1935. He became the director of the Seattle Housing Authority in 1939 and held that role throughout World War II until 1945. During his tenure as director he supervised the development of Yesler Terrace which was the first housing project in Seattle. Yesler Terrace also notable for the fact that it was not segregated according to race (in contrast to many other housing options in the country). In 1945 Epstein became the Regional Director for the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and became the West Coast Director the following year. In 1948 he left his position at FHA and refocused on his legal career. Epstein was heavily involved in multiple community organizations including Neighborhood House, the Mountaineers and the Washington Wilderness Association.

    Identifier: spl_ds_jepstein_01

    Date: 1988-01-22

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  • K. Alvin Merendino Interview, 1988

    K. Alvin Merendino Interview, 1988

    Alvin Merendino (1914-2011) was a noted thoracic surgeon, known for his innovative contributions to surgical techniques. Merendino was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia and attended Ohio University, Yale and the University of Minnesota to receive his undergraduate, M.D. and Ph.D. During his time in Minnesota, he worked as a research Assistant to Dr. Owen H. Wangensteen in the Experimental Surgery Laboratory. He came to Seattle in 1949 and joined the University of Washington as a professor of surgery. In 1950 he became directory of UW’s Experimental Surgical Laboratory where he remained until 1972. During his time he also became professor of surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery. 1956 Merendino became the first person on the West Coast to perform open heart surgery. His wife, Shirley, was a nurse to whom he attributed much of his career success. Together the couple had five children. In 1976, Merendino took a leave of absence from UW to take on responsibilities at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh where he soon became director of medical affairs and during a later stay, directory of the Cancer Therapy Institute and the King Faisal Medical City. He was also active in the medical community, serving as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and as chair of the American Board of Surgery. In 2002 Merendino and his wife, Shirley, established the Merendino Endowed Fellowship at the University of Washington to support talented and impactful surgeons.

    Identifier: spl_ds_amerendino_01

    Date: 1988-04-14; 1988-05-12

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  • Robert J. Block Interview, July 30, 1987

    Robert J. Block Interview, July 30, 1987

    Robert Block (1922-1996) was a managing partner of the accounting firm Laventhal and Horvath and an active civic leader in Seattle. Block grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois. He served in the Navy during World War II and was stationed in Seattle which was where he met and married his wife, Marian Friedman. Over the course of his accounting career, Block acted as president of the Washington State Board of Accountancy, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the Washington Society of CPA’s. Block was also active in his community, serving as president of Temple De Hirsh and vice president of the Seattle Opera.

    Identifier: spl_ds_rblock_01

    Date: 1987-07-30

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