Leon J. Amon oral history interview, 2002  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Amon, Leon J., 1914-
Leon J. Amon oral history interview
2002 (inclusive)
1 sound cassette (45 min.); transcript: 16 pages
Collection Number
5442 (Accession No. 5442-001)
Interview of a Sephardic Jewish community member of Seattle, Washington who discusses his family and his business
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Sephardic Jewish community member of Seattle, Washington.

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Amon discusses his family and the Yesler Way area, but focuses on his father's restaurants and card rooms. Albert Amon opened his first establishment at 16th Avenue and Yesler Way in what was the center of the Turkish Sephardic community at the time. The establishment was a gathering place for Sephardic men who would drink Turkish coffee and play cards, backgammon, or dominoes. There was no hard gambling and no food was sold except for one yogurt delicacy. Leon Amon recalls obtaining the city license for the restaurant in his own name when he was just 14 years old. Albert Amon moved his business to 20th and Yesler around 1927 because the Sephardic population was moving eastward. Other businesses mentioned are Morris Tacher's Cozy Corner Restaurant, the Alhadeff family's Palace Fish at Pike Place Market, and Abraham Berg's card room. Amon also relates some of his family history.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Jewish businesspeople--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jewish businesspeople--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Sephardim--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Sephardim--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Personal Names :
  • Amon, Leon J., 1914- --Archives
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Halfon, Sol (creator)
    • Stiefel, Doris J (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)

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