Fife, Washington (Images of America Series)

Fife, Washington (Images of America Series)

by Susan Kaelin


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When the citizens of Fife voted to incorporate the town in 1957, they sought to control their destiny and retain their idyllic community. However, Fife’s location between the burgeoning cities of Tacoma and Seattle and proximity to Commencement Bay presented challenges of eminent domain, which ultimately brought about the transformation of the fabric of the land. This history documents the transformation of Fife from the establishment of the Puyallup Indian Reservation through that of the pioneer farmers who worked the rich, volcanic soil while developing a close-knit community of families and friends.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738588940
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 01/23/2012
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Susan Kaelin, the granddaughter of an early Fife pioneer, has compiled photographs from a variety of sources to tell the story of Fife between the 1890s and the mid-1960s. Like her father and other family members, Susan is a graduate of Fife High School. She pursued further education at Western Washington University and, upon graduation, taught first through eighth grades before becoming an elementary principal. She is an associate faculty/field supervisor for City University of Seattle. Before beginning this project, Susan served for three years on the board of the Fife Historical Society and was the curator of a number of early exhibits for the Fife History Museum.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early Fife Families 9

2 Gardenville 21

3 Fife Farms 29

4 Fife Schools 55

5 Fife Businesses 69

6 Life in Fife 97

7 The Naming and Incorporation of Fife 121

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