Welcome to a brand-new column on MyGreenLake.com — The Green Lake Archives.
At the Green Lake Library, sandwiched between the over-sized books and the exit that leads to the bathrooms, is a small wooden cabinet. Contained within is a bonanza of information relating to the history of our neighborhood. The material cannot be checked out of the library and much of it is not available online.
Starting today and happening at some frequency, but with no promise of any kind of set schedule, we will be sharing some of the gems of this collection with you.
Our debut historical nugget is taken from the “Anniversary Number” of The Green Lake News, Vol. III, No. 1, November 26, 1903. The Green Lake News was a weekly publication which ran from 1902-1919 and cost 10 cents. It’s tagline read “Chronicling the Past and Present of Seattle’s Most Flourishing Suburb.”
The excerpt below, titled “A Milestone Passed” and authored by Capt. Salmon M. Allen, celebrates the one-year anniversary of The Green Lake News. HistoryLink.org makes mention of the 1903 anniversary issue, but does not report on this front-page story, which we find especially charming:
A year ago today the Green Lake News was launched upon the uncertain sea of journalism.
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There are matters in suburban life that meet with total neglect from the large dailies in the very nature of things. Then there are other matters which are very important in the mind [and] attention but which the large journal can give only a passing notice. Then there are matters that receive attention enough from the big dailies, but from a purely commercial standpoint – clashing with suburban interests.
The suburban paper finds its field and plenty to engage its powers in serving the suburban public in all of these matters.
Look in the coming weeks for more tidbits from our hyperlocal forebearers, The Green Lake News, as well as from the many other sources contained in the Green Lake Archives.
Is there a topic of local historical interest that you’re especially interested in hearing about? Let us know and we’ll dig through the archives for you.