Oral history interview with Sophie Altose, 1972  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Altose, Sophie
Oral history interview with Sophie Altose
1972 (inclusive)
1 sound cassette (ca. 60 min.); transcript: 21 pages
Collection Number
1967 (Accession No. 1967-001)
Oral history interview of Bellingham Jewish community member discussing her family business, other families and about Jewish activities
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Mrs. Altose came to Bellingham from Odessa in 1913 to live with a cousin. She soon met her future husband, Max, and was married in 1913.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Oral history interview conducted by Karyl Winn.

Mrs. Altose talks about the family business, a mattress factory operated by her husband and his brothers in partnership with a Mr. Gurlick. She mentions other families in Bellingham and their businesses and discusses organized Jewish life in the community. She tells about the building of the new schul, about the Hebrew schoool, how Kosher meat was obtained, how a local chapter of Hadassah was organized, and how the cemetery was organized. Describes the fire caused by lightning at the mattress factory. Mrs. Altose died in Seattle 8/3/93 at the age of 103.

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Alternative Forms Available

Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights retained.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Bellingham
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Inverviews
  • Personal Names :
  • Altose, Sophie--Interviews
  • Levinson, Elsa K
  • Corporate Names :
  • Bellingham Bedding Company
  • Beth Israel (Bellingham, Wash.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Winn, Karyl, 1942- (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington) (creator)
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)