Photo Challenge
The list of guesses reads like a tour of Washington's coast
Westport Marina, c. 1960.
We got everything from Friday Harbor to Ilwaco. 

Good eye, to those of you, including the Grays Harbor County Auditor, who recognized this marina in Westport!
Independence Photo Challenge
by Jamison Murphy, Archives Outreach
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Happy independence month! I hope everyone had a great, safe Fourth of July.

Now, I can't gauge how well this gentleman will be recognized, but I'm thinking a couple hints are in order. 

Aside from the obvious hint that he was in the military, he was a member of 1st Washington Infantry; and he is not Rossell O'Brien.  Send us your guess!

Cracking the Archives
Olympia mayor started tradition of standing during National Anthem. Or did he?
by Jamison Murphy, Archives Outreach
Brigadier General Rossell G. O'Brien in a full-body portrait from the Military Department, 1892.

Rossell Galbraith O'Brien was an accomplished veteran and public official. Born in Dublin, in 1846, his family uprooted and found themselves in Illinois when Rossell was still a boy. Before the age of 17, he was serving in Chicago's "Governor's Guard" as a private.

At 18, the Irishman enlisted with Company D, 134th Illinois Volunteer regiment, as Second Lieutenant, fighting in the Civil War, helping to conquer General Sterling Price's Missouri Campaign in 1864. After mustering out and serving as First Lieutenant until 1870, he was hand-picked by Washington Territory's newly-appointed governor, Edward S. Salomon, as the territory's Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue.

O'Brien's new life in Washington would lead him through a winding path of public service... keep reading

Property of the Month
by Midori Okazaki, Archivist, Puget Sound Regional Branch

Seattle's oldest house, Alki Point, c. 1910.
The real estate listing for this West Seattle house gives no clues as to its remarkable history. The house is regarded by many to be the oldest in Seattle. It is said to have been built (in 1865, according to the PRC) for "Doc" Maynard, one of Seattle's earliest non-native settlers, after his first house burned down. A few years later, Maynard sold his Alki Point property to Anna and Hans Hanson and brother-in-law Knud Olson. It was here in Alki that the Hansons' daughter, Daisy, was born in 1870. She would marry Johan Ivar Haglund and give birth to a son, Ivar. When Ivar was a boy, the house was altered and moved from its original location on the beach to its current site. The list price for the house was $630,000; a sale is currently pending.

Employee Spotlight
Scott Sackett, Electronic Records Management Consultant.
Scott, the Electronic Records Management Consultant for the Washington State Archives, goes in depth about his position with the organization in this month's Employee Spotlight.

Read the entire interview to get a strong dose of Scott's sense of humor, find out that his favorite sequel is a movie you have probably never heard of, and to learn about his unusual path to "the coolest of professions."
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Out of the Archives banner photo: Fourth of July parade, Forks, WA, 1962.