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.

Thanks for using our Ask a Librarian service for your question.

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”

April Question of the Month – an irregular series

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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?
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Seeking the death dates and obituaries for two women, who were killed by a speeding car about 1965-1966 when crossing HWY 99 across from the Spanish Castle Dance Hall in south King County.

Their names are Fran (probably short for full name) Griffin and Heidi Schubert.

Hello!

Thank you for your request for the death dates and obituaries for Fran Griffin and Heidi Schubert.

Our history librarians were able to discover the following information – The “Washington State Death Index” on microfilm for the years 1965-1969 showed Continue reading “April Question of the Month – an irregular series”

March Question of the Month – an irregular series

bnr_askaquestion 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?
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I’m looking for information about how Northwest Coast tribes transported people—specifically, large groups of people—around the region. In other words, did they use any forms of group/mass transportation, either on land or on the water?   If there isn’t an easily available answer, do you know where I might start looking?  Thanks in advance for your help.

Thank you for using our Ask a Librarian service requesting information on how Northwest Coast tribes traveled.

The following quote is from the book, “Indians of Washington State” published in 1991 by the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Office (Call number: 979.70049 In2): page 62, Transportation Coastal and Puget Sound Region:
“Dense forests made inland travel difficult, but there were plenty of rivers and streams in this region; and the Indian people who lived there used these waterways like roads. Indian villages were always located near a stream or Continue reading “March Question of the Month – an irregular series”

March Question of the Month: Eating Mummies

I’ve heard that back in the 1920s, rich people would buy and ingest ground up mummy bones because they believed it would help them remain youthful. It is possible that during this time period a product containing ground up mummy bones was marketed under the name Mumia? I’ve done some searching online but haven’t been able to find any information. Would you be able to recommend a good place to get started?

Thank you for your question in regards to Mumia. Apparently, this was a practice that dates back to ancient times.

We were not able to find substantial information on this subject in our collection. When we searched online there are snippets of information in several books, but again, nothing substantial. We excerpt several online sources and list several books below where we found some discussion on the subject of “mumia “.  Our recommendation is that you visit the University of Washington where all these books can be found and where you can perhaps find other references as they are mentioned in Continue reading “March Question of the Month: Eating Mummies”

February Question of the Month: Across the Black Sea.

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I would like to know the distance from Port Yuzhny on the Black Sea to Chennai in India. I would also like the distance from Port Vostochny in Russia to Chennai.

Thanks for contacting The Seattle Public Library to ask about distances between Chennai, India, to Port Yuzhny, Ukraine, and from Chennai to Port Vostochny, Russia.

              black sea by visibleearth.nasa.gov

We used an online distance calculation tool and came up with these distances:

Please note that we used the alternative spelling of Yuzhne for Yuzhny in order for the tool to work.

Please let us know if we can help in any other way.

              ~Library Staff