June
photo challenge
This one is very straightforward. Where is the bridge in the photo located?

If you can't tell where it's located, at least try to guess when the photo was taken. Hint: click the photo to view a larger version and take a look at the vehicles that are partially visible.
Last month's challenge proved more difficult than intended. We were looking for the connection between the 1970 Osaka World's Fair and Washington. Only one reader came up with the Washington State Pavilion built at the fair, which is the answer we wanted. The background photo in the newsletter header was a hint. Another reader was able to tell us there was a Washington State Day on May 7, 1970.
by Jordan Hughes, Central Regional Branch Intern

May 18, 1980, a day many Pacific Northwesterners vividly remember, was the infamous day Mount St. Helens erupted and left much of the state in complete darkness. This day was coined “Black Sunday,” and during the following week, nearly 200,000,000 cubic yards of soot and ash were dumped across Washington and covered nearly half the state.

The City of Yakima was in the direct path of the ash plume. To make matters worse, the volcano would continue to emit ash for the next eight days, which halted the normal processes of the city. In a letter to President Jimmy Carter that outlined the extent of the city’s cleanup efforts, Betty L. Edmondson, mayor of Yakima at the time, stated all the city’s resources were committed to return the city to functional levels.

However, this was not enough ... keep reading
Archives research reveals facts about old Reliance and Nippon hospital
Archives Olympia Branch Researcher Dr. Jewell Lorenz-Dunn came across some interesting information about an old Seattle hospital while digging through the State Archives collections last month.

Many Chinese and Japanese immigrated to the Pacific Northwest to work as laborers as early as the mid-1800s. The Asian workers were met with resistance and discrimination which led to the labor riots of the late 1880s in Seattle. Many of these laborers were credited with some of the hardest work in the region on the ship canal that connects Lake Washington to Puget Sound.

It is unclear if the growing Asian population created a need for their own hospital, or the board of the hospitals seized an opportunity to sever them. The Reliance Hospital was created in January of 1913 and the Nippon Hospital Association came about in July 1917, then was disincorporated in 1925.

The trustees for the Reliance Hospital Association were Hoshin Fujii, Benj. S. Ohnick, and Selma Anderson.

The trustees for the Nippon Hospital were Shoichi Okamura, Chojiro Fujii, Tatsujiro Akiyoshi, Masijiro Mori, and Kojiro Takeuchi.

Both hospitals were to give medical and surgical attention to the sick and injured and to be in the greater Seattle area. They were also to supply and maintain drugs, medicine, and lotions to the patients of said hospital.

The building the hospitals were located in became the Moose Hotel.

Expect a more in-depth article in the coming months with additional information.
Archives
webinar
Who said
that?
State Archives Southwest Regional Branch Archivist Tracy Rebstock hosted a webinar on Wednesday, June 10. The presentation, titled "State Archives - Why do we matter?" was given to Olympia's Gateway Rotary Club.

We will share a recording of the presentation when it's available.

If you have a club or a group that is interested in a similar (free) event, please contact us to discuss availability and details.
With consideration for the safety of the public and our staff, all branches and facilities of the Office of the Secretary of State remain closed to the public until further notice, in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

During the closure, the State Archives still allows state and local government agency staff to research records on an emergency basis only.

" I would rather cross the political aisle than cross the people. There are no Republican schools or Democrat highways, no liberal salmon or conservative parks ."

Who said that?

Hint: The man in the photo above has nothing to do with this quote.

Last month's quote is from Howard Schultz, former Starbucks President and CEO.
Out of the Archives, June 2020 banner photo: Mamie Eisenhower and Arthur Langlie in Seattle . General Subjects Photograph Collection, 1845-2010 , October 17, 1956.