Category Archives: Fremont neighborhood in Seattle

Fremont Drug Company in Seattle, Part Two: the Brothers and the Business

The census of the year 1900 showed that at age 24, Thomas W. Lough had already experienced extremes of joys and heartaches in his life.  At age 21 in January 1898, Thomas married Vina Graham in a ceremony at the … Continue reading

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Fremont Drug Company in Seattle, Part One: Beginnings

In the 1880s the City of Seattle had been growing slowly and was only the second-largest city in Washington Territory, after Walla Walla.  At the end of that decade, Seattle experienced a growth spurt from an unexpected source:  a major … Continue reading

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Doctors and Drugstores in Early Fremont, Seattle

The story of Seattle’s Great Fire of June 6, 1889, was widely publicized in national newspapers, including the response of Seattle leaders who pulled together immediately to commence rebuilding the downtown business zone. Across the USA people recognized the opportunity … Continue reading

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The Canney Family and the Lake Union Presbyterian Church

The Fremont neighborhood of Seattle is located at the northwest corner of Lake Union, which Seattle’s early-arriving white settlers recognized as an ideal location for industries such as sawmills. Even though the future-Fremont site was the 1854 homestead claim of William … Continue reading

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Freedom in Fremont: An Early Gas Station in Seattle

In the early 1900s nationalist fervor built up in Europe until the tensions exploded into the First World War from 1914 to 1918.  When Germany declared war on Russia, it set off power struggles within that country which ended Russia’s … 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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Neighborhood Beginnings of Fremont in Seattle: William Strickler’s Homestead Claim

The history of the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle is unique in that the future-Fremont land was tied up in legal problems so that no one lived there until 1888.  Then, with investors and promoters advertising the first one hundred lots … Continue reading

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