White Center News Extracts, 1943-1949

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White Center News Extracts, by N. P. Maling, is a collection of newspaper birth, marriage, death, and other entries from The White Center News, covering a 6¼ year period. The newspaper, published on Fridays (with variations), had a coverage area including the 35th Avenue, Arbor Heights, Beverly Park, Boulevard Park, Burien, Cedarhurst, Dumar, Delridge, Five Corners, Hazel Valley, Highland Park, Mt. View, Riverton Heights, Seahurst, South Park, Sunnydale, Three Tree Point, and White Center neighborhoods. There is also news from West Seattle, to the north of these neighborhoods.

From the Introduction

News coverage of births, marriages, and deaths in the years 1943 through 1949 is spotty. Some events were reported months after their occurrence, and some issues include no birth, marriage, or death news events at all.

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The information here is derived from microfilm available at University of Washington’s Suzzallo Library, in Seattle. The university library catalog describes the White Center News collection as “incomplete.” For the years included in this book, the collection is complete, except for 1943 which begins with mid-October.

In many of the birth announcements the child is named. I’ve changed the name to “Son” or “Daughter” to protect the privacy of anyone who may be living. Marriage events are entered by both the bride and groom. Death events include in many cases the date of death, but some didn’t. In these cases, the funeral service date is given in the comments to give an idea of when the death happened. In general, although this period includes World War II, only local deaths are listed here. A few articles in the paper covered overseas war deaths of local people who were later buried in the area.

There are forty pages of listings. Information given includes the primary person’s name; the event; the event date; optional age at death; the parent(s), spouse name, or comments; the publication date, and page number.

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Edited 27 October 2019


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