Established and operated several local movie theatres. Benjiman Fey was born on June 4, 1874, in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he later worked as a barkeeper and stock keeper. He married Lillie Huppert, who gave birth to their only child, Erwin J. Fey, on August 13, 1900. He was working in the steel business in 1919, when Lillie persuaded him to sell their house and go west. After traveling through California, the family settled in Seattle, where Ben would buy half-interest in the Madison Theatre on Capitol Hill at Madison and Broadway. He later sold his interest in the Madison in 1924, and moved to Renton, where he operated the Rainier and Grand Theatres on Wells Street and established the new Renton Theatre. In 1930, he opened another theatre in Renton. Located at 504 S. 3rd Street, the new Roxy Theatre was built and decorated in the then-popular art-deco style, with an eight-sided dome in the ceiling and staircases with sweeping chrome railings. Inside the auditorium were art-deco light fixtures in the shape of four-point stars, which, when dimmed, would leave just enough of a glow to silhouette the chrome stars on the ceiling. Even the stairwells had magnificent art-deco chandeliers of slim, stately milk glass columns topped with stacks of little chrome trumpets. While the Roxy is well-remembered by many locals as one of their fondest childhood memories, the Renton Theatre, also located on S. 3rd Street just one block up from the Roxy, may be less remembered, perhaps because it had to be demolished after it was damaged in the 1965 earthquake. Ben, who also built the Roxy Apartments, owned and operated both theatres until his death on December 7, 1938.
Archive for July, 2011
Reportedly started the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896 after spotting a gold nugget while fishing. George Carmack, whose father was a Forty-Niner, was born on September 24, 1860, in Contra Costa County, California. An orphan since age 11, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served on the USS Wachusetts in 1882, but deserted the military later that same year. Shortly thereafter, he traveled to the Alaska Territory to fish, trap, and trade. Although he wasn’t a serious miner, Carmack would occasionally swirl a bit of river sand in his prospector’s pan. And he did find a coal deposit near what later became his namesake, the town of Carmacks, Yukon. Not well liked by the miners, however, Carmack became known as “Lyin’ George,” because of his propensity to exaggerate. His close associations with the native people, as well as his common-law marriage to a Tagish First Nation woman called Kate, also earned him the nickname, “Squaw Man.” In August 1896, Carmack and two friends, Skookum Jim and Tagish Charley, were salmon fishing at the mouth of the Klondike River when a prospector named Robert Henderson came by. He had been mining gold on the Indian River just south of the Klondike and suggested they try fishing in Rabbit Creek. Whether he was trying to be helpful or simply wanted to prospect the area in which they were fishing is unknown, but they took his advice. On the evening of August 16, 1898, after setting up camp along the Rabbit, Carmack is said to have spotted a thumb-sized nugget of gold jutting out from the creek bank. It is also reported, however, that Carmack was napping when one of his companions found the nugget while washing a dishpan in the creek. Either way, the find sparked our nation’s massive Klondike Gold Rush, where gold deposits were later said to be “lying thick between the flakey slabs of rock like cheese in a sandwich.” Rabbit Creek was later renamed Bonanza Creek, for obvious reason. Carmack’s gold claim amounted to a reported million dollars.
A History Tour sponsored by Evergreen Washelli and the Museum Of History And Industry
The beautiful grounds of Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park serve as the final resting place for some of Seattle’s most influential and memorable figures, including the Denny party who arrived on Alki beach over 150 years ago. You’ll join Paul Elvig, former General Manager of Evergreen Washelli, and Adrian Leal to explore the lives of pioneers, activists, soldiers, and entrepreneurs who helped shape the diverse history and culture of the Puget Sound region. The tour includes the Washelli Columbarium as well as the exploration of the cemetery grounds.
The tour is from 10 am – 12:00 pm. Saturday, August 27, 2011.
Meet at: Memorial park entrance at 11111 Aurora Ave. North, on the east side of Aurora Avenue North, Seattle. Participants will be directed to parking upon entering the park.
Tickets are $15 for MOHAI Members and $20 for General Public. To purchase tickets, please click here.
For more information, please email us.
Named for his great-grandfather Roger Sherman, who co-signed the Declaration of Independence, he was assigned to the Colored Infantry during the Civil War and later tried to single-handedly prevent a lynching in Seattle. Roger Sherman Greene was a deeply religious man who read his Bible that was written in Greek.
While attending Dartmouth College, he largely supported himself by teaching school during winter breaks. After graduating in 1859, he began studying law and was admitted into practice on May 21, 1862, but abandoned his new career that September to volunteer for the Union Army. On May 22, 1863, during the general assault on Vicksburg, Greene received a gun-shot wound through his right arm while in command of his company. In August of that year, he was assigned Captain of Company C, 51st U.S. Colored Infantry Volunteers, where he served as judge advocate until his resignation from the military in November 1865. Two months later, he was practicing law in Chicago, where he remained for the next five years.
He married Grace Wooster on August 17, 1866. In 1870, Greene and his young family moved to Olympia because President Ulysses S. Grant had appointed the 30-year-old associate justice on the Supreme Court of Washington Territory. Ten years later, he was commissioned chief justice, whereby he settled in Seattle. In January 1882, he alone tried to prevent the lynching of two men in Occidental Square, but was restrained by force. During the anti-Chinese riots in 1885, he pleaded with the White mob and assured the Chinese that they would be protected by the full force of the law.
A newspaper article once described Judge Greene as “tall and slender and as erect as a pine tree,” then added, “He was as upright in his moral and spiritual fibre (sic) as in his physical body.” At one point during his career, the U.S. Attorney General wired Judge Greene and asked that a certain case be dismissed, at which point the judge wrote back, “I belong to the judicial, not the executive, branch. The case will be heard …and decided as the rights of the parties require.” Judge Greene presided over the case and nothing more was heard of the matter.
Evergreen Washelli presents Randy Ky as the featured artist of August and September in our Art in the Columbarium series.
Evergreen Washelli presents Randy Ky as the featured artist of August and September in our Art in the Columbarium series. Randy’s highly textured paintings truly connect the viewer with the human condition and intrinsic beauty present throughout our everyday lives.
Her artist statement reads, “I am a constant seeker of beauty in things big, small, attractive and strange. I find this everyday in real life from pictures, magazines,observation and I am driven wild every day by how amazing real life is and I try to capture this with color, texture and by letting my emotions drive.
Enjoy, ask questions, leave constructive feedback and take time to see the world through new eyes… Explore”
Visit my website at www.Etsy.com/shop/randyky
Email me at Randy@savorthesound.com
Randy’s artwork will be on display beginning Saturday August 6th through September at Evergreen Washelli’s Columbarium. The Columbarium is located on the east side of 11220 Aurora Avenue North, and is open to the public Monday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm.
Evergreen Washelli would like to thank everyone for making yesterday’s Medal of Honor Ceremony a success.
This special ceremony paid tribute to our Medal of Honor Recipients: Lewis Albanese (Vietnam), William C. Horton (Spanish/American), Robert Ronald Leisy (Vietnam), William Kenzo Nakamura (World War II), Orville Emil Bloch (World War II), Harry Delmar Fadden (Spanish/American), and Silver Star recipient Vesa Juhani Alakulppi (Vietnam).
Please enjoy the KOMO news story and our photos below, and take a moment to read Glenn Ledbetter’s blog of the event.
Please join us in honoring our Medal of Honor and Silver Star recipients on Saturday, July 16th at 11:00am.
Evergreen Washelli is proud to have in our care several Medal of Honor Recipients. Please join us on July 16th to honor them at a special ceremony. We pay tribute to these Medal of Honor and Silver Star recipients on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and we are now creating a permanent marker that will tell each medal recipient’s heroic story. This permanent tribute is our way of thanking each medal recipient and their families for their selfless and courageous service to this country.
On July 16th, the ceremony will be preceded by the Washington Letter Carriers’ Band performance at 10:30am, and the ceremony will commence at 11:00am in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery located within Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park. Our guest speaker is MG James M. Collins, Jr.
This special ceremony will pay tribute to our Medal of Honor Recipients: Lewis Albanese (Vietnam), William C. Horton (Spanish/American), Robert Ronald Leisy (Vietnam), William Kenzo Nakamura (World War II), Orville Emil Bloch (World War II), Harry Delmar Fadden (Spanish/American), and Silver Star recipient Vesa Juhani Alakulppi (Vietnam). We invite you to attend the ceremony and witness the unveiling of their permanent memorials, to visit their graves, read their stories and see images of the medals received.
MG James M. Collins, Jr., known to many as “Jimmy”, is Principal with Jimmy Collins & Associates in Washington state. He recently completed his military service as Major General in the U.S. Army. Collins is an experienced executive and opinion leader in the business, military, and volunteer communities of Washington state and the nation. Collins’ military experience reflects over 35 years in active duty Army and Reserve leadership roles. In his last active duty assignment from 2002 through 2005, he was Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff for I Corps at FT Lewis, WA. In that role he led over 30,000 soldiers and employees. He also spent substantial time deployed in Asia and working with America’s allies in Thailand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the Philippines. His military awards include the Army’s Distinguished Service Medal. His formal education includes a BS in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; as well as an MA in Social Sciences from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Department of Defense’s most senior military training course, the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course. As to volunteer roles Collins serves as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Washington state as well as a member of the TriWest Healthcare Executive Advisory Board. Jimmy is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America. Regionally, he serves as Board Chair-Elect with Seattle’s SeaFair Festival connecting and celebrating community spirit of Puget Sound. Jimmy was a founding board member for Hire America’s Heroes to connect major corporations with military veterans, Guardsmen and Reservists as an excellent source of employees. He and his wife Linda have two grown children and reside in Steilacoom, Washington.
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for bravery that can be given to any individual in the United States of America. The deed of the person must be proved by incontestable evidence of at least two eye witnesses; it must be so outstanding that it clearly distinguishes his or her gallantry beyond the call of duty from lesser forms of bravery; it must involve the risk of his or her own life; and it must be the type of deed which, if he or she had not done it, would not subject him or her to any justified criticism.
Silver Star is the U.S. Army’s third highest award for bravery. It is awarded to those individuals whose gallantry in action was performed with distinction, but was not sufficient to warrant the Medal of Honor or the Distinguished Service Cross.
A Story by: Alice Wisler
There’s the joke about the cemetery. “How many dead people are in there?” The answer: “All of them.” Or, “People are dying to get in there.” It brought a smile to my lips the first time a ten-year-old told me. But after my son died, I was wondering why there are so many jokes about death and being dead. “We joke about what we fear,” Daniel’s pediatric oncologist at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hospital told me.
Well, I don’t fear the cemetery anymore. The movies and TV shows, especially around Halloween, like to depict the graveyard as a scary place with ghosts and goblins. For me, the graveyard is a place of peace. My children have named the one where four-year-old Daniel is buried Daniel’s Place. On cool autumn mornings I like to take a steaming cup of coffee and blanket and visit Daniel’s Place. Beside his marker I have created many poems about longing, laughter, memories, and hope. Beside his marker I have seen life through a misty, but realistic pair of eyes.
On his death date and birth date, we send up colorful helium balloons with attached messages. Often we add stickers of animated characters that he liked. We’ve eaten sweet slices of watermelon, spit the seeds as he used to, had picnics and played softball – all at the cemetery. For a few years after Daniel’s death, his father would go to Daniel’s Place every week to reflect while smoking a cigar. The cemetery is a part of our lives now. We’ve yet to see a goblin.
I travel to other places of rest. In New Bern, North Carolina, we took a trolley tour of the city and one of the stops was the cemetery. The stories of the Union and Confederate soldiers told by our guide were fascinating. But the words on the tombstones of children were what I remember the most. They used to write on the infant graves the exact age of the child who died – “Jeremy Hawthorne, infant son of Zachary and Millie Hawthorne, nine months, two weeks and three days old.”
In the nearby town of Hillsborough, my family and I took a walk through The Old Town Cemetery, by the Presbyterian Church. The city has deemed this place, constructed in 1757, a historical site. I’m sure one of the reasons is because fame has been buried here: the body of William Hooper, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
While that impresses me, I am more taken with the engraving on the creamy white tomb of a young woman. Someone chose to inscribe the following thoughtful words and within the whole cemetery there is no sentiment that compares:
Sacred to the memory of Mary Shaw, 24 years, March 9, 1840
She needs no formal record of her virtues on this cold marble. They are deeply graven on the tablets of many warm and loving hearts, in which her memory is tenderly and sacredly cherished.
I wonder what kind of friend, parent or spouse this Mary was. Truly many must have loved her, been devoted to her, and agonized over her early death.
Beauty is written within the walls of cemeteries for beauty was lived on this earth. Graveyards are places of remembrances, love and warmth. Cemeteries are not scary… …unless we fear what others will say about us and place on our stones when we are six feet under – perhaps there lies the anxiety. Will I be remembered lovingly? Will anyone miss me? Will friends and family sacredly cherish who I was to them? What legacy have I left behind?
While no one has been perfect and surely we leave behind those who may not have understood why we did the things we did like own a pit bull or hang our laundry out to dry at 2 a.m., hopefully we aren’t so far despised that one would choose to have inscribed on our tomb the words on the grave of Gussie of Ocanto, Wisconsin: Here lies the body of a girl who died, Nobody mourned and nobody cried. How she lived and how she fared, Nobody knew and nobody cared.
We all get one chance here on this terrestrial ball. Cemeteries speak of that loudly, yet solemnly. Near Daniel’s stone is one of an infant who died only days after he was born. What kind of life did he have? What kind of impact? His epitaph proclaims for all who learn from the words on tombs – in this generation and for those that follow – “We’re so glad you came.” I imagine his parents devastated over the brevity of their son’s life and yet, at the same time, delighted to have known him.
I prefer to take my coffee to the cemeteries. I do learn from the dead. Gone are my days of being ruled by fear and trying to laugh the inevitable off. At the cemeteries I learn how I can best live with each day I am given. Now.
The Annual Bereaved Parents Awareness Month is in July, to promote support for bereaved parents. Often people do not know what to say or do for grieving parents. We encourage people to turn back and begin to reach out to bereaved parents and their families by listening to them without advising them; by giving them a shoulder to cry on; and/or by giving them a hug when appropriate and needed.
After the death of loved one, especially a child, many people need continued support from other family members. The American Hospice Foundation encourages families and friends to remember a few key ideas when helping a loved one who is grieving.
Be patient and understanding. Grief will diminish with time, but there is no ‘right’ length of time to grieve. Continue being supportive long after the rest of the world has stopped sending cards.
Expect the unexpected. Some people experience delayed grief, especially if the loved one was ill for a long time or there were many details to arrange after the death. Grief usually surfaces at some point, and he or she may still need help even if it’s weeks or months later.
Don’t neglect physical needs. Grief puts stress on the immune system, leaving the body more susceptible to illnesses. Suggest an appointment with a primary care physician who knows that he or she is grieving.
“People who are grieving often feel alone in their grief,” said David Weiss, Passages Hospice chaplain. “To receive the support of others helps them realize that they don’t have to carry the whole burden themselves. There are others who are truly interested and willing to listen. It’s okay to have that feeling of loss, and to recognize and accept it. In essence, it’s a reflection of the love we have for that person and their memory.”
For more online resources, please visit:
The Bereaved Parents of the USA
The Dougy Center
The Open to Hope Foundation
There are five weekends in July 2011. In honor of Park and Recreation Month, plan to visit a local park, trail, playground, swimming pool, natural area or other public space every weekend.
This month, we invite you to visit the largest cemetery in Seattle, Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park. Evergreen Washelli is a final resting place for many historical and notable persons. It is most easily recognized by the rows of towering trees lining both sides of Aurora. Drop by to pick up a self guided tour guide at the Evergreen Washelli office, 11111 Aurora Avenue North, or click here: Self Guided Walking Tour
Check out what reviewers are saying about Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park on Yelp:
“Want to get away from it all? Want to lose the crowds yet be surrounded by people? Want a nice quiet spot on Aurora to eat lunch and contemplate the meaning of life? This is it. There are several sections to this park. I like the war memorial area and also the place where the old timers are buried.”
“It is a nice, peaceful place to take a walk, contemplate life in a serene setting, or just get some exercise because there are some hills in this place!”
“I really enjoy walking through here and I regularly see other people riding their bikes, walking their dogs, or jogging through here so I’m happy to know that other people frequent this place and treat it like a park.”
“I just like strolling around through it. It’s quite peaceful, and is like a park without the swingset.”