Author Archives: Wedgwood in Seattle History

About Wedgwood in Seattle History

Valarie is a volunteer writer of neighborhood history in Seattle.

Centennial of the Seattle General Strike of 1919

The Labor Archives of Washington will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Seattle General Strike with a series of events in coming weeks and in an exhibit on the University of Washington campus. There will be book readings, documentary … Continue reading

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The Northeast Branch Library in Seattle

In the early 1900s the land area around the Northeast Branch Library at 6801 35th Ave NE was owned by Marvin & Isabella Jones, who wanted to share their wealth by giving portions of their land for use of charities … Continue reading

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Remembering Shearwater: Cynthia’s Story

The Wedgwood neighborhood is only a mile-and-a-half from the (former) Naval Air Station at 7400 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle.  There was still so much available land in Wedgwood in the 1940s, so during World War Two a lot … Continue reading

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A Plat of Modernist Architecture in Wedgwood

When World War Two ended in 1945 some American cities experienced an economic slump as wartime production ceased.  Seattle continued to prosper in the post-war period because of its industries, including production of airplanes.  After World War Two, Boeing Aircraft … Continue reading

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December 2018 in Wedgwood: The Holidays

In December 2018 the Wedgwood neighborhood of northeast Seattle is bright with lights, holiday decorations, charitable giving and local shopping options.  Wedgwood’s walkable business district features great gift ideas and opportunities to share holiday cheer through charitable donations.

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A Plat of Traditional Architecture in Wedgwood

After Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered an increase in military preparedness in the USA.  This directly affected the Seattle area due to its nearby military bases and production of war-related materials like … Continue reading

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William Strickler in Early Seattle

When I (Valarie) was growing up and attending Wedgwood School in northeast Seattle, city and state history was part of the curriculum of fourth grade.  That was when I first heard the amazing stories of “the pioneers,” Seattle’s first white … Continue reading

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