Adelaide Stoves Interview


Adelaide Stoves Interview


Adelaide Stoves

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Krueger, Frederick


Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement


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Adelaide Stoves (b. June 14, 1886) talks about her family's arrival in Roslyn, Washington, and her father's work in the Northwestern Improvement Company coal mines and in his own local business. She talks about home life and schools in Roslyn, nationalities in the classroom, and her own teaching career. She talks about settling at Lake Cle Elum, and describes fires, strikes, snowstorms, Presbyterian churches, African American families, Chinese families, and breweries in the area.

Stoves makes reference to Home Steam Laundry, which is featured in the cover image, taken circa 1911. The proprietor of the laundry, C.S. Enright, advertised in 1909: "Our collector will call. Mail or express consignments will receive immediate attention." Clean clothes were a challenge in a coal mining town. Running water and efficient electric machines were not available to most home owners. Banker Frank Carpenter did own an early copper tub-and-plunger device, now on display at his restored home. Three of the young women in this image have been identified as Mary Sitko, Ann McKerman and Mary Long.

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Oral history, Coal mining, Roslyn (Wash.), Immigrants--United States--History


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Adelaide Stoves Interview