Category Archives: Seattle History

Mary Boman: Seattle and Beyond

George Boman was only 46 years old when he died in Seattle on December 19, 1890.  He had grown up in Tennessee and after fighting in the Union Army in the Civil War, he never went back home.  He journeyed … Continue reading

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George Boman in 1890 in Seattle

George Boman, originally from Tennessee, was a Civil War veteran who made the classic American western migration across the USA in search of opportunities.  After his Civil War service ended in 1865, Boman went to Kentucky, spent a few years … Continue reading

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George Boman in the Prosperous 1880s in Seattle

In 1882-1883 George Boman split up with his second wife, Adelia, and started a new life in a house on the north shore of Lake Union, on what is now Woodland Park Avenue North near Stone Way.  Those streets did … Continue reading

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A Civil War Veteran in Seattle: George Boman

As of 1874 George Boman had done a lot of living in his thirty years of life.  He’d already been married and divorced in Tennessee, had fought for the Union in the Civil War, had made a new marriage in … Continue reading

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The 2022 Season of Cheer: Candy Cane Lane in Ravenna

The lights and decorations of Candy Cane Lane begin on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 4 PM.  Candy Cane Lane is a circle of houses all decked out for the holidays, located on Park Road NE off of NE Ravenna … Continue reading

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Robinson Tile and Marble Company

The year 1909 was a busy, exciting time in Seattle in preparation for a world’s fair event called the AYPE. The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition was to open in June 1909 on the campus of the University of Washington in northeast Seattle. In … Continue reading

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Seattle During and After the Civil War

During the American Civil War of 1861-1865 the struggling outpost of Seattle in Washington Territory anxiously watched and waited as to how the war’s outcome would affect not only national issues but how it would affect federal influence in the … Continue reading

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The Spiger Family in Ravenna

The life story of Henry Spiger tells of the western migration of Americans after the Civil War, and the attraction to the growth opportunities in Seattle in the 1880s. Henry Spiger, born before the Civil War, gradually migrated from his … 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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Along the Road: From Pontiac to Sand Point Way NE

There was not yet a road called Sand Point Way NE when the first commercial activities began at about NE 70th Street on Lake Washington.  In the 1880s Edward F. Lee had a boat-building shop there, and Osborn M. Merritt … Continue reading

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