Author Archives: Wedgwood in Seattle History

About Wedgwood in Seattle History

Valarie is a volunteer writer of neighborhood history in Seattle.

The Trees of October in Wedgwood

Wedgwood in northeast Seattle enjoys the autumn colors of leaves in October and November.  Street trees called Flame Ash will turn a deep red along 35th Ave NE. The Flame Ash street trees which line 35th Ave NE were planted … Continue reading

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September in Flight: Bird Migration

As the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to change color, birds begin their annual migration.  This article reprinted from All About Birds tells, how, why and where birds migrate. “Geese winging their way south in wrinkled V-shaped flocks … Continue reading

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A Headstone for Captain John M Hoyt at Last

Guest article from the Emerging Civil War blog:  the story of how the unmarked grave of a Civil War veteran was discovered and honored in Seattle.

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Far Beyond the Sounds of Battle: Seattle’s Civil War Legacy

This guest article by Seattle’s Civil War Legacy is reposted from the Emerging Civil War blog of June 29, 2021. A letter received in Seattle in 1863, telling of actions during the Civil War, was reprinted in the local newspaper.  … Continue reading

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Honoring a Civil War Veteran

Although Washington State did not send troops to the Civil War (1861-1865), after the war veterans from all over the USA chose to come to the Pacific Northwest to start new lives. Cemeteries all around the Seattle area contain graves … Continue reading

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Aretha Curtis and Maple Leaf Gardens

In the years 1915 to 1945 the lives of Americans were bracketed by two world wars with an economic depression in the middle. For a few years in the 1920s, after the First World War and before the stock market … Continue reading

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Laurette Stanley in Wedgwood

Laurette Augusta Young and Moses Terrell Stanley married in 1869 in Sweetland Township, Muscatine County, Iowa.  Each had come to Iowa as children when their parents migrated from other states to take advantage of the rich farmlands on the expanding … Continue reading

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Martha Hawks, Real Estate Agent in Morningside Heights

In the 1920s the (future) Wedgwood neighborhood first began to be known as Morningside Heights, the name of a real estate development.    Growth was facilitated by the new Victory Way highway, today’s Lake City Way NE, which made it much … Continue reading

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Alexandrina McKenzie and Real Estate in Early Wedgwood

In the year 1900 Alexandrina McKenzie was a 43-year-old farm wife in Bingham Township, Huron, Michigan, with five of her six children still at home. Ten years later, Alexandrina was a widow in Seattle, supporting herself and her children with … Continue reading

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Old-Time Stores and Gas Stations on Sand Point Way NE

Establishment of the Naval Air Station on the shore of Lake Washington in 1927 was the catalyst for street improvements and commercial development along Sand Point Way NE.  The City of Seattle officially named Sand Point Way and coordinated with … Continue reading

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