Grandpa was a “furniture salesman”. In Kansas, the “furniture store” he was employed at appears to have been a secret meeting ground for underground American Communists. The FBI began to surveil these types of establishments.
When Grandpa and others got wind of the FBI watching, he hurriedly relocated to an island near Seattle, where he attended a hidden Communist church known as the “Little red chuch on the hill”.
While in Washington state, he continued his “furniture salesman” job, and Communist headquarters was around the block.
Stanley Ann Dunham’s teachers in Washington state were also Communists. I’ll get their names to you later.
When the FBI got close again, Grandpa moved the family to Hawaii, where he again took on a Communist “furniture salesman” position, and met Frank Marshall Davis.
The facts in Washington state I’ll have to clarify for you. They lived in 2 different places there, in short amount of time between.
Great research! I knew there were rumors out there but I couldn’t find any hard evidents.
I got some of that about the “little red church”. The Unitarians did get some FBI attention during the Vietnam war years - for excellent reasons.
I’d sure like to see some verification of the secret meeting place furniture store, etc.
I read somewhere that Grandpa moved several times as you stated, and that he chose the particular location in WA state after it was featured in a magazine article as having “the reddest high school in America,” where the principal was a unrepentant commie/lefty, who was tolerated by the locals even in that era.
On that basis, Grandpa moved his family to that school district, so that his daughter could attend “the reddest high school in America.”
Great info at 35.
The school on Mercer Island, to which they sent Stanley Ann, was rather well known and “experimental,” too. They knew where they were going, just as they knew where they were going when they went to Hawaii. Frank Marshall Davis was not there by coincidence, just as Barack Obama did not go to Chicago by coincidence. They were and are part of a network, and remained comfortably within it all along, imho.
Pinging a few of you to this comment by prismsinc.
Wow, amazing. No wonder he, the great commie, was always jobless and had all that time to smoke weed and drink whisky with the pervert Frank. He was a full-time professional communist.
When Grandpa and others got wind of the FBI watching, he hurriedly relocated to an island near Seattle, where he attended a hidden Communist church known as the Little red chuch on the hill
You left out a few years -- about nine or ten, actually. After Dunham's 1945 discharge, the family moved to communist Berkeley, CA, where he took classes on the GI bill, but didn't graduate. Two years later, they moved to Ponca City, OK, where he worked in yet another communist furniture store (because everyone knows furniture stores are hotbeds of communism). Stanley Ann attended first through third grades in Ponca City, according to records of the Ponca City Schools Administration offices (who are probably also communists, of course). From there, the family moved to another hotbed of communism, Wichita Falls, TX, where they lived for three years, before moving to communist Seattle, WA, where Stanley Ann attended the last year of grade school in communist Eckstein Middle School, before moving to communist Mercer Island, where she attended communist high school. And all the while Frank Dunham worked in communist furniture stores.
The Dunhams had to move frequently, of course, with J. Edgar Hoover hot on their furniture trail, for sure. I wonder why Hoover didn't just close down all furniture stores? That would have nipped communism in the bud, for sure.
The Little Red Church on the hill was "hidden?" How did anyone know it was red, or on a hill, then? Very confusing.