January Question of the Month – an irregular series

 I would like to know how long it would have taken to travel by train from Seattle to Boston in 1910. Thank you for your assistance.

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October Question of the Month: an irregular series

The reference librarians at Seattle Public Library are pretty darn amazing. They don’t know everything, instead they know where to find everything. As part of an irregular series of posts we salute the talented and dedicated reference staff at your local library. Names and other identifying information have been removed from the questions we showcase. Got a stumper? Click on Ask a Librarian. It’s what we do.

I have a Steinway Model O baby grand piano, serial number 145183, and understand that its age may be determined using the Pierce Piano Atlas. Do you Continue reading “October Question of the Month: an irregular series”

September Question of the Month: an irregular series

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Back in the early 1980s, the Christian Science Monitor published a book review of a book that featured great, but overlooked, books. We loaned it to a friend and, as you can guess, never saw it again. I can’t remember the title, but among the books reviewed was Indian Summer by William Dean Howells. A sweet little read. I’m trying to figure out if I’m defining it correctly, as an anthology. It was really more like a book by Nancy Pearl, or Michael Dirda. It might have Continue reading “September Question of the Month: an irregular series”

July Question of the Month – an irregular series

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I am trying to pinpoint the exact dates of hearings that were held in Lake Crescent (near Port Angeles) by the House Committee on Public Lands. These hearings lasted for two days in September 1947 and were around the subject of bills in congress to reduce the area of the Olympic National Park.

I would like to know the exact dates of the hearings, where they were held, and any other information about them that you may be able to furnish me.

We checked various hearings publications by the House Committee on Public Lands.  According to the catalog record for “Public Lands Committee Hearings, Lake Crescent, Wash.”, the hearings were held on Continue reading “July Question of the Month – an irregular series”

June Question of the Month – an irregular series

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 I need to know the value of some old stock at the time it was purchased and when it may have gone out of business. It was Garrison Mining Co (State of Washington) dated 2/17/1948 & 7/26/1949. Can you give me the values and tell me where you found it? Thanks very much.

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In our Washington Company File card index we found an entry for Garrison Mining CO indicating it was formed/incorporated Feb 1946 in Seattle for $300,000 – filing was with Dodd and Russell, 1411 4th Ave Suite 923 Principles listed were: Rupert Garrison, Alvin Jennings Sommers and Robert Continue reading “June Question of the Month – an irregular series”