2011 Find of the Month Archive
- Alaskan Way Viaduct
- Spanish-American War veterans
- Chinese Exclusion Act
- Air parks
- Urban livestock
- Swimming pool technology
- Ball bouncing ban
- Elk gone rogue
- World War II dam protection
- Chinese New Year fireworks
- Seattle Supersonics
Livestock of various types was a common sight in early Seattle. In 1894, a Mr. Wolfe wrote to the City Council requesting that he be refunded the two dollar impound fee he had paid to reclaim his lost cow. He explained that dogs had driven the cow out of his pasture at 22nd and Lane "through no fault of his own," at which point the cow "was seized upon by the poundmaster." The file shows that the police chief investigated the matter and agreed that the petitioner's facts were correct, and therefore recommended that the refund be given.
The same police chief had previously written to the Council requesting reimbursement for money spent recovering a stolen police horse. The horse went missing from a pasture in south King County, and Chief Rogers "sent two men up White River on horseback to look him up." After the search went as far as Tacoma, Rogers presumed the horse was not lost but stolen. He printed up flyers offering a $25 reward for its recovery, which resulted in the horse being located in North Bend and returned. Concerned about being reimbursed - he apparently did not get prior authorization to offer the reward - Rogers explained, "I took upon myself to offer the Reward as time is a very important factor in a matter of that kind," and further noted that $45 was a good investment to gain the return of a $150 horse.
Ten years later, animals were starting to be pushed out of the city limits. Mrs. George Sgorzelski wrote to Council in 1903 asking that something be done about cows running loose. She complained that several neighbors "have bells on their cows and they are running at large both night and day and are a nuisance to us." Her husband, who worked nights, was unable to sleep during the day because of the noise, which "we would like…to be stopped at once." She also requested that the boundary of the cow-free zone be moved north to 52nd Street; not coincidentally, she lived on 51st.
Clerk File 257656 contains the following resolution adopted by the Washington State House of Representatives on March 4, 1967:
WHEREAS, Basketball is a great sport for the youth of our United States; and
WHEREAS, The State of Washington is a great basketball state; and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle has wisely awarded a franchise to the National Basketball Association for a basketball team to be known as the "Seattle Supersonics"; and
WHEREAS, The Seattle Supersonics is the first major league team to represent the Pacific Northwest;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the House of Representatives, that the City of Seattle, Mayor Braman, members of the City Council, and the officials of the Seattle Center are congratulated on their foresight and efforts to bring a major league team to the City of Seattle;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives wishes the greatest success to the men responsible for bringing the major leagues to our state, namely Seattle Supersonics owners, Eugene V. Klein and Samuel Schulman; Seattle Supersonics general manager, Don Richman; and Seattle Supersonics business manager, Richard Vertlieb;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the City of Seattle and to the Seattle Supersonics.