Hear first-hand accounts of Everett’s early days

It’s a fair bet that no one is left who can give a first-hand account of the great Everett courthouse fire of 1909, and few can tell you about seeing the national champion Everett High School football team of 1920. Luckily, we can still hear accounts from those who witnessed history.

Historians David Dilgard and Margaret Riddle recorded a series of interviews in the 1970s to preserve people’s memories of the early 20th century in Everett. Dozens of full-length interviews can be found at the Oral History section of the Everett Public Library’s website.

The library also edited some of the interviews for a fascinating series of podcasts, called “Everett Voices.” You can find those here.

We first wrote about the “Everett Voices” recordings a few years ago. Since then, the collection has grown to 11 podcasts on topics as varied as baseball, circus performers and prostitution in the city’s rough early days.

The narrator on one of the podcasts notes that downtown Everett was a “carnival of whores and drunks.” Something to think about next time you stroll down the nice, mostly quiet streets of today.

More in Local News

Firefighters come to the rescue and give mom new stroller

Donations to the Good Neighbor Program covered the $143.20 cost.

To get drug money, Lynnwood man says he cut 911 wires

Those wires happened to be the ones used by 911 dispatchers, but emergency services weren’t affected.

February trial set for suspect in deadly Marysville shooting

There had been questions about Wayne Alpert’s mental health.

Fatal car crash reported on Highway 92 near Lake Stevens

The 3 p.m. accident and investigation stopped traffic in both directions near Machias Road.

Motorcyclist killed in crash had high level of THC

A motorcyclist had more than eight times the legal limit… Continue reading

Police: Driver threatens pedestrian, ends up in drug bust

Meth, cocaine and heroin were found in his car, along with a loaded pistol and cash, police say.

Son arrested for hitting father on head at Marysville home

The father grabbed a metal rod and struck his son in the head, too. Both needed medical treatment.

Ian Terry / The Herald Westbound cars merge from Highway 204 and 20th Street Southeast onto the trestle during the morning commute on Thursday, March 30 in Lake Stevens. Photo taken on 03302017
Pay a toll on US 2 trestle? 10,000 say no on social media

A GOP lawmaker’s chart shows theoretical toll rates of up to $6.30 to cross the trestle one way.

Angel of the Winds pays $3.4M for Everett arena naming rights

The casino replaces Xfinity as the lead sponsor for the publicly owned downtown Everett events center.

Most Read