Category Archives: community club (old)

Shearwater part three: Shearwater victories and setbacks in the 1960s

The administrative wheels turned slowly but finally in 1959 the Navy got ready to release some of its property in Wedgwood for the site of a much-needed elementary school.   In September 1961 Decatur School opened at 7711 43rd Ave … Continue reading

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Shearwater part two: the Wedgwood Community Club fights Shearwater in the 1950s

In the 1950s the very active Wedgwood District Community Club made its voice heard in issues such as the completion of streets, water and other utilities, business district development in Wedgwood, and trying to get the Seattle Parks Department to … Continue reading

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Shearwater part one: Navy housing in Wedgwood in the 1940s

Decatur Elementary School at 7711 43rd Ave NE in Wedgwood is on the site of what was Navy housing from 1945 to 1966.  The first part of the school building was completed in 1961.  With a later addition to the … Continue reading

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The Eastwood and Wedgwood Community Clubs

During the years of World War Two from 1941 to 1945 all Seattleites had some concerns about the possibility of bombing, since Seattle is a coastal city.  For this reason people took civil defense training and organized their neighborhoods to help one another in … Continue reading

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Apartments in Wedgwood: Oneida to Jasper

In the early 1900s in Seattle, apartments were built along trolley routes to close-in neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill.   Wedgwood was a remote neighborhood which didn’t begin to form an identity until the 1940s and was never served by a streetcar system.  Wedgwood … Continue reading

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Snow in Wedgwood

Wedgwood’s Wartime Snow Ted & Gerry Valaas were married on December 6, 1941 — the day before the Pearl Harbor attack which plunged the United States into World War Two.  As a pharmacist Ted was exempted from military service, and … Continue reading

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Welcome to Wedgwood!

Wedgwood in northeast Seattle is a residential neighborhood with a vibrant commercial district along its central north-south arterial, 35th Ave NE.  The neighborhood still had large tracts of vacant land until after World War Two ended in 1945.  Then the … Continue reading

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