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Women by Pool

Colman Pool--we didn’t get down there very often. It was a long ways from home. It was a big mud puddle, not a pool like this, this is the new Colman Pool. The old Colman Pool was a mud puddle; the tide would come in, it would fill the pool and we’d swim in warm water, then it’d go back out again. But we thought Alki was a far better place to swim. Janet Backman

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What was the year the woods started to burn? It started on the east side of 35th. It must have jumped the road because it was just across the street from our house. All the people from all over the hill came to fight the fire, and Mom made buckets of lemonade. They made me go to bed, but Ruth and Fred got to stay up to help serve the men. The men put gunny sacks around their legs to protect them. It was a terrible fire and the city [Seattle] Fire Department wouldn’t come out because we were in the county. Then the fire jumped Pilgrim Street and started to burn on the south side, the side our house was on. We called the city fire department and they said to let them know when the house started to burn and they would come out. Lorraine Schwier