Tag Archives: 1950’s in Wedgwood

Wedgwood Memories: If a House Could Talk

If houses could talk!  We can just imagine all the memories of Wedgwood neighborhood life from our childhood days, which a house could tell. In this guest post from Carleen Ormbrek Zimmerman who is one of the Seattle Urban Sketchers, … Continue reading

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From Morningside to Wedgwood Presbyterian Church

In the 1920s and 1930s before Wedgwood acquired its name, its sense of identity and defined boundaries, the name Morningside was often used for the neighborhood.  Beginning in 1913 the Morningside Heights plat on the west side of 35th Ave … Continue reading

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Working for Mr. Balch

The developer of the Wedgwood neighborhood, Albert Balch, was born in Gem, Idaho, finished high school in Blaine, Washington, and graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle.  In 1934 Balch was thirty years old, married and about to become … Continue reading

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The Beginnings of Wedgwood School

The story of Wedgwood School at 2720 NE 85th Street shows how dramatically the population of the neighborhood increased after World War Two ended in 1945.  Wedgwood teemed with young families and children during the post-war “Baby Boom” years, and … 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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Growing Up with Balch

In the summer of 1953 sixteen-year-old Jon Jarvis, newly possessed of a driver’s license, enjoyed chugging around Wedgwood in a Model T Ford he had acquired.   Lack of a driver’s license did not stop Jon’s thirteen-year-old brother Terry from driving … Continue reading

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