Markham-Abel Family scrapbooks, 1945-1961  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Abel, Don, 1920-2008
Title
Markham-Abel Family scrapbooks
Dates
1945-1961 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.02 cubic feet (11 boxes)
Collection Number
6029 (Accession No. 6029-001)
Summary
11 scrapbooks created by Don and Jane Markham Abel, who lived in Aberdeen and Seattle, Washington
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Jane Markham Abel was born on January 9, 1920, in Tacoma, Washington. She graduated from Centralia High School in 1937 before attending the University of Washington, where she was President of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority until her graduation in 1941. In March 1942, Jane Markham married Don G. Abel. The couple had three children: Steve, Shelley, and Bruce.

Jane Abel was active in numerous civic organizations throughout her lifetime. She was involved with the AK Chapter of P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Lillian Delanty Orthopedic Auxiliary, the Young Mother's Club, the Mountlake PTA, and numerous other social and philanthropic organizations in both Aberdeen and Seattle. She also served on the board of the Seattle Opera and the Salvation Army, was a volunteer at the Puget Sound Blood Bank and with the Visiting Nurse Service, and was an active member of the Seattle Tennis Club. Jane Markham Abel died on July 20, 2010.

Don Abel was born in Chehalis, Washington, in 1920 to parents Marion Ross and Don Abel. He attended Chehalis High School prior to moving to Seattle with his family, where he graduated from Garfield High School in 1938. He then enrolled at the University of Washington. Following his graduation in 1941, he began studying at the University of Washington School of Law until he enlisted in the Army during World War II. He served for three years in the Quartermaster Corps of the Army in Saipan, where he and Jane also lived for a short period after the war. Upon their return to Seattle, Don resumed his studies in law school and graduated in 1948.

Following Don's graduation from law school, the Abels moved to Aberdeen, Washington, where Don worked as a prosecuting attorney from 1948 to 1954. Don then took a position in private practice in Seattle. In addition to his law career, Don was also involved in many civic affairs throughout his lifetime, and served as President of the Metropolitan Democratic Club, President of the Municipal League, President of the World Affairs Council, President of the English Speaking Union, and Scout Master for the Cub Scouts. He also served as a board member of the Arboretum Foundation and the Puget Sound Blood Bank. Don Abel died on December 13, 2008.

Jane Abel's father, John Howard Markham, was born in 1892 in Wisconsin. He moved with his family to Washington in 1899. Markham served in the Army during both World Wars and was a forest engineer responsible for preparing maps and surveys. He also served as one of the principle business partners in the Markham & Callow Logging Company in northern Oregon. John Markham was also an avid hunter and fisher and owned land in British Columbia and Oregon. He traveled to India and other exotic locales in pursuit of large game trophies, such as tigers, bears, and other wildlife. He played basketball and football in high school and joined the football team at the University of Washington in the early 1910s.

Jane Abel's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Young, were early pioneers in Washington state and helped to found the town of Aberdeen. Their early contributions have been honored with the naming of Alexander Young Elementary School in Aberdeen. Their daughter, Grace Mary Young, married John Howard Markham in 1918.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Eleven scrapbooks from the Markham-Abel family. Eight scrapbooks are related to Jane Abel and three scrapbooks pertain to Don Abel. The scrapbooks contain clippings, directories, ephemera, letters, maps, menus, newsletters, post cards, programs, and prints from 1892 to 1961. Also included are clippings detailing Don Abel's career as a lawyer, involvement in the Democratic Party at the state government level, service posts held with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Aberdeen Elks, and support of the Alumni Association of the University of Washington. Jane Abel's involvement in the AK Chapter of P.E.O. Sisterhood and the Lillian Delanty Orthopedic Auxiliary in Aberdeen, Washington is also documented. Also included are programs from sporting events, local theatre productions, and invitations to social events.

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Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1 Jane Abel Scrapbook 1
Scrapbook features clippings, ephemera, letters, newsletters, postcards, and programs, including documentation of Jane Markham Abel's travels on the U.S.A.T. President Buchanan from San Francisco to Honolulu, Saipan, and Guam in 1946 to accompany her husband, Lt. Don G. Abel, back to Army duty in Saipan.
1945-1948
2 Jane Abel Scrapbook 2
Scrapbook includes clippings, letters, menus, postcards, programs, and five black and white prints detailing significant events in the life of the Abel family and friends, including the announcement of the University of Washington law degree awarded to Don Abel in 1948.
1947-1950
3 Jane Abel Scrapbook 3
Scrapbook features clippings, ephemera, letters, postcards, and two black and white prints related to local social events, including announcements for dinners, births, graduations, and weddings, as well as birthday and holiday greeting cards sent to the Abels.
1950-1951
4 Jane Abel Scrapbook 4
Scrapbook contains clippings, ephemera, letters, postcards, and two black and white prints, including invitations, programs, and publicity for social events related to Jane Abel's involvement in the AK Chapter of P.E.O. Sisterhood and the Lillian Delanty Orthopedic Auxiliary in Aberdeen, Washington. Also includes birthday and holiday greeting cards from friends and family.
1951-1953
5 Jane Abel Scrapbook 5
Scrapbook includes clippings, letters, postcards, programs, and two black and white prints related to the Abel family's social outings and events, including theater and sporting programs, and a vacation to California in 1954. Also includes birthday and holiday greeting cards from friends and family.
1953-1954
6 Jane Abel Scrapbook 6
Scrapbook features clippings, ephemera, letters, postcards, and programs from Jane Abel's involvement in the Mountlake PTA and other local community organizations. Also includes birthday and holiday greeting cards from friends and family, invitations, and local theatre and sporting programs.
1955-1956
7 Jane Abel Scrapbook 7
Scrapbook includes clippings, ephemera, letters, postcards, programs, and seven black and white prints from Abel family events, such as a family trip to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm in California. Also includes birthday and holiday greeting cards from friends and family, invitations, and local theatre and sporting programs.
1956-1958
8 Jane Abel Scrapbook 8
Scrapbook features clippings, letters, ephemera, postcards, programs, one black and white print related to the Abels' trip to Victoria, B.C. in 1958, invitations to social events, and programs for local theatre productions. Also includes a number of cards expressing sympathy at the loss of Jane Abel's mother, Grace Young Markham, in December 1958.
1958-1959
9 Don Abel Scrapbook 1
Scrapbook features clippings, letters, ephemera, postcards, programs, directories, six black and white prints related to the Abels' trip to California in 1954, materials related to Abel's service posts held with the VFW and Aberdeen Elks, election campaign materials, and programs for local theatre productions and sporting events. Includes a number of articles detailing when Don passed the bar in 1948, his early legal cases, and his candidacy for Prosecuting Attorney in the 1950 election.
1948-1957
10 Don Abel Scrapbook 2
Scrapbook features clippings, letters, ephemera, postcards, programs, directories, six black and white prints related to the Abels' trip to Mexico in 1958, invitations to social events, materials from Abel's civic activities on the behalf of the Alumni Association of the University of Washington and the Washington State Senate, and programs for local theatre productions and sporting events. Also includes one black and white print of Don Abel with a large group of fellow University of Washington students.
1957-1961
11 Don Abel Scrapbook 3
Scrapbook features clippings, letters, ephemera, postcards, and programs related to Don Abel's political involvement with the Democratic party and the Alumni Association of the University of Washington. Also includes a number of articles concerning proposed legislation to shorten Don Abel's tenure as Chairman of the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
1961

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Families--Washington (State)--Aberdeen
  • Personal Names :
  • Abel, Don, 1920-2008--Archives
  • Abel, Don, 1920-2008--Family
  • Abel, Jane Markham, 1920-2010--Archives
  • Abel, Jane Markham, 1920-2010--Family
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Washington--Alumni and alumnae