Weed Family Papers, 1896-1965 PDF
- Weed Family
- Weed Family Papers
- 1896-1965 (inclusive)18961965
- 2 boxes plus 1 oversize folder, (.84 cubic feet)
- Collection Number
- 2000.3 (accession)
- Photographs, papers and ephemera related to Melvin A. Weed, owner of Weed's Pharmacy in Seattle, and the Weed family
- Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open to the public by appointment.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Melvin Albert (Bert) Weed was born on April 3, 1882 in Jackson, Iowa to Charles Albert and Gertrude Tyler Weed. The Weed family relocated to Seattle around 1890. After finishing high school in 1898, Melvin Weed worked as a clerk at the Bartell Drug Company before enrolling in the University of Washington’s School of Pharmacy. Weed completed the two-year program and graduated with a Ph.G. (Graduate in Pharmacy) degree in 1902. Weed first partnered with businessman Albert G. Keene at the Lake Washington Pharmacy, renamed Keene & Weed, and later as the sole proprietor of Weed's Pharmacy, which he ran at 2601 Jackson Street in Seattle until his retirement in 1958.
In 1906, Melvin Weed married Mamie Luella Keene (1881-1970), the daughter of his business partner. A daughter, Luell Weed, was born to the couple in 1911.
The Weed family was well known in the Seattle community thanks to Melvin Weed’s involvement and membership in many community associations, including the Freemasons, the Nile Temple, and the Sons of the American Revolution. He was also a member of the Washington Pharmaceutical Association. As the numerous documents and letters pertaining to these organizations show, Melvin was heavily involved in his local chapters. Besides these national organizations, Weed remained involved with his Seattle High School Cadet association, attending every reunion.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Collection of materials concerning the Weed family, particularly Melvin Weed. Newsletters, programs, and personal letters detail Weed's involvement with the local chapters of organizations including the Freemasons, the Nile Temple, and the Sons of the American Revolution, as well as with the Washington State Pharmaceutical Association. The collection also include clippings, papers and a scrapbook about Seattle High School Cadet reunions. Student notebooks belonging to Melvin Weed contain chemistry and toxicology notes from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. Photographs depict Melvin, Mamie and Luell Weed, and Mamie Keene Weed's father Albert G. Keene. The collection also includes a typescript account of the Seattle Fire, narrated by Mamie Luella Weed.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
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Weed Family Papers, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Ephemera and correspondenceReturn to Top
.1: Newspaper clippings
Folder 1 includes articles about Edwin Keene, uncle of Luella Keene Weed, and about early Seattle history Folder 2 includes articles about the Seattle High School Cadet Company reunion. The Company was organized in 1891 at old Seattle High School. Bert Weed was a Corporal in the 1898-1899 Cadet Corps. The cadets from three Seattle high schools held a 50th anniversary reunion in December 1953.
Letter to Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Weed from Stanley R. Bray, J. Russell Bates and Albert L. Curtis, stationed at the Pacific Coast Torpedo Station (P.C.T.S.) in Keyport, Washington. Includes two photographs of the three men.
|1918 December 9|
Wedding invitation to marriage of Weed's daughter Luell to Frank Donald Guthrie, 1949; and acceptance letter from the Daughters of the American Revolution for membership to Mrs. Lura Ella Kelly Keene, Mrs. Weed's mother, 1904.
.5: Beer mats
Names of "M.C. Weed" and "Luell" written on back. Also written on one mat: "the Lorelei," and on the other "Ivan Frank Hofbrau."
OrganizationsReturn to Top
Materials pertaining to various organizations of which Melvin Weed was a member.
Notices about 2nd Washington - 161st Infantry reunions; letter and blank letterhead from The Washington Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America.
.7: Freemasons -- Lafayette Lodge No. 241 of the Scottish Rite Temple
Correspondence and ephemera. Also includes a death notice for John Henry Cowles of the Inspectors General Knights Commanders of the House of the Temple of Solomon
.7b-c: Freemason membership certificates
Certificates for Melvin Weed and Mamie Luell Weed.
.8: Freemasons - Rainier Lodge No. 189
Correspondence and programs. Also includes 3 photographs: 2 photographs of the Rainier Masonic Temple and 1 photograph of members wearing lodge aprons.
.9: Nile Temple (Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine)
Correspondence and ephemera. Also includes a photograph of members seated at a table.
.10: Nile Temple monthly publication "Smile with Nile"
.11: Sons of the American Revolution
Correspondence and ephemera.
.12: Washington State Pharmaceutical Association
Correspondence; 40th Annual Convention program (1929)
PhotographsReturn to Top
.13: Family members and home
.13a-b: Interior of residence, presumably the Weed family home
.13c: Boy and man, perhaps Melvin Weed as a boy
C.R. Savage (photographer)
.13d: Melvin Weed as a young man
Janes Bushnell (photographer)
.13e: A.G. Keene and Olive Hopwood
A.G. Keene was Mrs. M.A. Weed's father.
.13f: Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Weed and daughter Luell
.13g: Luell Weed
.13h: Mamie Luella Keene Weed (Mrs. M.A. Weed) as a young woman
Merrihew Studio (photographer)
.13i: Melvin and Mamie Weed
.13j: Exterior of L.G. Shroat's residence
Neighbors of the Weed family
.14: Women in from of Leschi Heights Improvement Club
Seattle, family friends, family members. Identified people in individual portraits: Nellie McFarland (child); Mrs. Stewart Reid; pastor's wife Mrs. Reed; Lu Fuller; Fred Fuller; William Guy Riley (1909); Fred Fisher. Also includes 2 photographs of people aboard the steamer City of Seattle and 2 postcards of early Seattle.
.16: Seattle High School Class of ‘98
Framed in glass with black and gold ribbon.
Mamie Luella Keene (Mrs. M. A. Weed) in group.
Seattle High SchoolReturn to Top
.17: School bulletins
"Seattle School Bulletin," June 1919; The Leschi Kolah publication of the Kolah Society of Leschi School, June 1919.
.18: Seattle High School Cadets Reunions
Correspondence and notices
.19: Seattle High School Cadet reunion publication
Book published by the Seattle High School Cadet Association. Includes photographs; historical information; chapters on organization of the cadet corps, corps officers, uniforms, equipments and manuals and other topics; and roster of Seattle High School Cadets.
ScrapbooksReturn to Top
.20: Mamie Keene Weed's scrapbook on her Seattle High School class of 1898 reunion
.21: Scrapbook on Nile Shriners
Scrapbook of clippings and ephemera from Nile Shrine events in 1936, including the 62nd council session of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, held in Seattle in July 1936.
.22: Scrapbook on Seattle High School Cadet reunion
University of WashingtonReturn to Top
.24: University of Washington publications
These materials are probably dated from Luell Weed's time at the University of Washington.One copy of The Washington Alumnus (November 1927); two copies of the University of Washington Daily (April 1930), one copy of University of Washington Columns (November 1930) and one copy of a catalog of fraternity jewelry "the Book for Modern Greeks" (1931) belonging to Luell Weed.
.25: Melvin A. Weed's University of Washington Chemistry exam booklet
.26: Melvin A. Weed's University of Washington Chemistry class notebook
.27: Melvin A. Weed's University of Washington Toxicology class notes
Removed from notebook
.28: Melvin A. Weed's University of Washington Toxicology class notebook
MiscellaneousReturn to Top
.23: Typescript account of Seattle Fire narrated by Mamie Luella Weed
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Fraternal organizations--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Reunions--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Personal Names :
- Weed, M.A. (Melvin Albert), 1882-1964
- Weed, Mamie Luella Keene, 1881-1970
- Corporate Names :
- Sons of the American Revolution
- Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America
- Seattle High School (Seattle, Wash.)
- University of Washington. School of Pharmacy
- Geographical Names :
- United States--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Form or Genre Terms :