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Title Walter Wood Seil
Collection Oral History Collection
Object Name Transcript
Date 2006/09/22
Year Range from 2006
Year Range to 2006
Narrator's name Seil, Walter Wood
Interviewer McLeod, Maria
Description Transcript of Walter Wood Seil oral history as interviewed by Maria McLeod on September 22, 2006.

Walt Seil, interviewed by Maria McLeod, 09/22/2006. Walt Seil worked a ranch on Tiger Mountain, worked as a civilian to rebuild Pearl Harbor, owned and worked in the Grand Central Hotel in Issaquah, worked as a logger, and worked in a creosote plant.

In this interview with Maria McLeod recorded on September 22, 2006, Walt Seil discusses:

Pages 1-2: His basic family structure (he is one of eight children!) and where he lived as a child;

Pages 2-3: The drowning of his older brother, Leonard;

Page 4: His grandparents at the Tiger Mountain Ranch, and the Grand Central Hotel;

Page 5: His childhood job as a paperboy;

Pages 6-8: Various logging jobs with his father;

Page 9-11: His childhood on Tiger Mountain Ranch and how it was his responsibility to milk the cows;

Page 12: How he knocked out his front teeth and how he shot off his hand;

Page 13-17: His school days playing basketball, and playing football for the Alpine Dairy team;

Page 18-21: How he met and married his wife, Olga;

Page 21: When he co-owned with his parents the Grand Central Hotel in Issaquah;

Page 22-24: His reconstruction work in Pearl Harbor during WWII and how he argued with an officer;

Page 25: How he worked in logging camps and how his mail was moved by the railway;

Page 26: How Issaquah had only two groceries, but five bars(!);

Page 27-29: His co-ownership of the Grand Central Hotel and renting out the Log Cabin Tavern;

Page 30: His two daughters; and how he worked in the creosote plant;

Page 31: His father as a town marshal;

Page 32-33: The Issaquah rodeo;

Page 34: Religion as it applied to the women in his life;

Page 35: Birthdays as a child, and physically moving two houses to create a single, large house;

Page 36: How he misses the ranch on Tiger Mountain.
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Subjects Alpine Dairy Football
Births
Celebrations
Children
Christmas
Church
Depression
Electricity
Farming, General
Hobart
Hotels
Houses
Immigrants
Issaquah High School
Logging
Marriage
Military
Mortality
Mortality, Child
Pearl Harbor
Police Department
Religion
Rodeo
Salmon Days
Schools
Snoqualmie Falls
Social and Personal Activity
Sports
Students
Tiger Mountain
Wedding
Weyerhaeuser
World War II
People Campbell, Tommy
Seil, Walter Wood
Seil, Edward "Nogs"
Seil, Josephine Wood
Seil, Katurah
Seil, Leonard Henry
Seil, Rex
Seil, Wm. (Bill)
Seil, Mabel
Seil, Chet
Seil, Jack Raymond
Seil, Michael
Seil, Adam Edward
Seil, Elinor Price
Marion, Mary Z.
Hillery, Dr, Dana
Wright, Carl
Evans, William C. Jr.
Morgan, George
Seil, Olga
Wood, Bjorn
Wood, Sophie
Wood, Bill
Miles, Jim
Jarvinen, William
Bennett, Schaller
Bennett, Elwell
Catalog Number 2006.036.001t
Transcriptionist Miller, Penny