Weed Family Papers, 1896-1965  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Weed Family
Title
Weed Family Papers
Dates
1896-1965 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 boxes plus 1 oversize folder, (.84 cubic feet)
Collection Number
2000.3 (accession)
Summary
Photographs, papers and ephemera related to Melvin A. Weed, owner of Weed's Pharmacy in Seattle, and the Weed family
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Languages
English.


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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Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

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

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1-2
.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.
1896-1965
1/3
.3: Correspondence
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
1/4
.4: Invitations
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.
1904; 1949
1/5
.5: Beer mats
2
Names of "M.C. Weed" and "Luell" written on back. Also written on one mat: "the Lorelei," and on the other "Ivan Frank Hofbrau."
1934

OrganizationsReturn to Top

Materials pertaining to various organizations of which Melvin Weed was a member.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/6
.6: Miscellaneous
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.
1953-1959
1/7
.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
1937-1959
box:oversize
1
.7b-c: Freemason membership certificates
2 certificates
Certificates for Melvin Weed and Mamie Luell Weed.
1918
Box/Folder
1/8
.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.
1935-1963
1/9
.9: Nile Temple (Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine)
Correspondence and ephemera. Also includes a photograph of members seated at a table.
1936-1961
1/10
.10: Nile Temple monthly publication "Smile with Nile"
7 issues
1935-1936
1/11
.11: Sons of the American Revolution
Correspondence and ephemera.
1958-1959
1/12
.12: Washington State Pharmaceutical Association
Correspondence; 40th Annual Convention program (1929)
1929; 1958-1960

PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/13
.13: Family members and home
12 photographs
circa 1900-1940
Box/Folder
1/13
.13a-b: Interior of residence, presumably the Weed family home
undated
1/13
.13c: Boy and man, perhaps Melvin Weed as a boy
C.R. Savage (photographer)
undate
1/13
.13d: Melvin Weed as a young man
Janes Bushnell (photographer)
undated
1/13
.13e: A.G. Keene and Olive Hopwood
A.G. Keene was Mrs. M.A. Weed's father.
undated
1/13
.13f: Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Weed and daughter Luell
circa 1930
1/13
.13g: Luell Weed
circa 1940
1/13
.13h: Mamie Luella Keene Weed (Mrs. M.A. Weed) as a young woman
Merrihew Studio (photographer)
circa 1900
1/13
.13i: Melvin and Mamie Weed
circa 1950s
1/13
.13j: Exterior of L.G. Shroat's residence
Neighbors of the Weed family
undated
1/14 circa 1900-1910
1/15
.15: Miscellaneous
11 photographs
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.
circa 1900-1930
1/16
.16:  Seattle High School Class of ‘98
Framed in glass with black and gold ribbon.
Mamie Luella Keene (Mrs. M. A. Weed) in group.
1898

Seattle High SchoolReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/17
.17: School bulletins
2 items
"Seattle School Bulletin," June 1919; The Leschi Kolah publication of the Kolah Society of Leschi School, June 1919.
1919 June
1/18
.18: Seattle High School Cadets Reunions
Correspondence and notices
1946-1955
1/19
.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.
1953

ScrapbooksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/20
.20: Mamie Keene Weed's scrapbook on her Seattle High School class of 1898 reunion
1948
1/21
.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.
1936
2/12
.22: Scrapbook on Seattle High School Cadet reunion
1955

University of WashingtonReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/3
.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.
1927-1931
2/4
.25: Melvin A. Weed's University of Washington Chemistry exam booklet
1902
2/5
.26: Melvin A. Weed's University of Washington Chemistry class notebook
1902
2/6
.27: Melvin A. Weed's University of Washington Toxicology class notes
Removed from notebook
1902
2/7
.28: Melvin A. Weed's University of Washington Toxicology class notebook
1902

MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/2
.23: Typescript account of Seattle Fire narrated by Mamie Luella Weed
2 pages
circa 1930-1960

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
  • Freemasons
  • Seattle High School (Seattle, Wash.)
  • University of Washington. School of Pharmacy
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Ephemera
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks