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Barack Obama: from Capitol Hill to Capitol Hill
CapitolHill Times.com ^ | 1/9/2009 | By Charlette LeFevre

Posted on 01/12/2009 6:07:04 PM PST by Fred Nerks

The president-elect's Seattle residence in 1961. (Photo courtesy of the Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch, King County Assessor Property Record Card collection photograph (1937).

Very little has been written about President-elect Barack Obama's mother Stanley Ann Dunham's time here in Seattle. Brief articles and even briefer accounts from schoolmates make the person who was the most influential person in Obama's life all the more intriguing. A single mother who enrolled in the University of Washington in 1961 and signed up for 1962 extension program, she likely came across many social prejudices in the predominantly all-white campus.

Perhaps Ann Obama felt more at ease in the diverse neighborhood of Capitol Hill, which housed many students from the neighboring colleges.

Recently located was a listing for Stanley Ann Obama in the 1961 Polk directory at the Seattle Public Library: "Obama Anna Mrs studt h516 13th Ave. E. apt. 2"

So it seems there is no denying the fact that the next president of the United States' had a residence here in Seattle on Capitol Hill Seattle, albeit as a diapered infant.

The apartment house was in the 500 block of 13th Avenue East between East Republican and Mercer streets, but it no longer exists.

This 1937 photo of the apartment house shows a three-story, 21-room house. Stanley Ann Obama and an infant Barack, it is believed, lived on the second floor.

Of note, Roy Olmstead, 76 ¬¬- Seattle's famous bootlegger - lived just up the block at 535 13th Ave. E. And Bruce Lee was then attending the University of Washington at the same time as Stanley Ann Obama.

So drive by and take a look at the neighborhood and when you pass by an infant, stop and say hello. You never know, one of these kids could grow up to be the next president of the United States.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 1961; obama; residence; seattle
Credit Chief Engineer for the research.
1 posted on 01/12/2009 6:07:04 PM PST by Fred Nerks
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To: Fred Nerks

And any future president coming out of that neighborhood will be just as liberal as Obama. That’s a given.


2 posted on 01/12/2009 6:12:14 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Fred Nerks

Thank-you kindly Fred! Glad someone has more agile arms than I do!


3 posted on 01/12/2009 6:12:19 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: Chief Engineer; LucyT

obama was born August 1961. In Hawaii? Stanley Ann listed in a 1961 Seattle directory. Something sure doesn’t add up.


4 posted on 01/12/2009 6:13:27 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: anniegetyourgun

You are missing the point of the article that shows the fairytale Jr “wrote” is nothing but a lie, as have been so many articles published in various places!


5 posted on 01/12/2009 6:13:51 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: Chief Engineer

What I would like to know is - when was the information for the directory gathered and when was it printed. Stanley Ann must have been living there either before or during the time she was pregnant.


6 posted on 01/12/2009 6:19:31 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: Fred Nerks
aha, born in Canada? where was Sr. bo a newborn and sr. not anywhere around? come on peeps, something isn't right
7 posted on 01/12/2009 6:19:45 PM PST by mojitojoe (Not my president.)
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To: Fred Nerks
when ann enrolled in school in wa in fall of 1951, did she have jr with her or did she leave him in Hawaii after she got the colb?
8 posted on 01/12/2009 6:23:04 PM PST by mojitojoe (Not my president.)
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To: Fred Nerks

obama was born August 1961. In Hawaii? Stanley Ann listed in a 1961 Seattle directory. Something sure doesn’t add up

no it does not, it never did add up


9 posted on 01/12/2009 6:28:01 PM PST by mojitojoe (Not my president.)
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To: Fred Nerks

All I know is that cut off date for inclusion in the directory is Oct.10th, I don’t know when the information was collected, although from my experience it was collected from May through June for the directory where I used to live.


10 posted on 01/12/2009 6:29:20 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: mojitojoe

Ann had Jr wih her all the time she was in WA state until her return to HI in early 1963. Didn’t you notice the complete absence of infant photos? No first time grandparent would try to avoid taking as many pictures as possible of their first grandchild, unless that grandchild was not near where the grandparents lived!


11 posted on 01/12/2009 6:31:53 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: mojitojoe
The directory lists her but it says nothing about Barak. She must have had to fill out forms for school....and did she apply for any aid?? On what basis?

When they show me a picture of her with her new baby sitting on the apartment house step with a dated newspaper, I'll call the matter cleared up.

Look up the 1960 census records.

12 posted on 01/12/2009 6:32:23 PM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: mojitojoe

dunno, sorry...but we are getting closer to the answer.


13 posted on 01/12/2009 6:33:12 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: Chief Engineer

Thank you Chief, there are so many lies they are hard to sort out. In the end bo will probably whine and claim he only knew what his pinko mom and old toot told him


14 posted on 01/12/2009 6:34:19 PM PST by mojitojoe (Not my president.)
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To: Fred Nerks

Need some PI’s. Good ones


15 posted on 01/12/2009 6:36:57 PM PST by mojitojoe (Not my president.)
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To: Chief Engineer
Absolutely agree with you...Where are pictures??

My childrens' birth were published in the local newspaper. Has anyone checked to see if perhaps Hawaii was doing that also.

16 posted on 01/12/2009 6:37:00 PM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: mojitojoe

LOL His entire story is a fairytale but he had to have known his mother was a consumate liar! I must point out that the cut off date of Oct 10th for inclusion in the directory is for now, it may have been in the spring for fall release back in 1961. I also believe that great aunt Virginia’s story of Ann being born in WA state is very close to the truth but she meant Jr and named the state closest to where he was actually born!


17 posted on 01/12/2009 6:38:00 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: mojitojoe
Getting my Columbo coat out of the closet as I write.

Uh, one more thing...Why no pictures of Mommy and Daddy?? No wedding pictures?? No Mommy, daddy and baby??

18 posted on 01/12/2009 6:40:58 PM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: Sacajaweau

When approached “The Honoulu Advertiser” mentioned what the criteria are for printing birth announcements now, they didn’t contact anyone who worked at the papers back in 1961. The mere registration of a birth would have generated the birth announcement. I have a feeling the story great Aunt Viriginia told of Ann( instead of Jr) being born in WA state is close to the truth using the state closest to where Jr was actually born.


19 posted on 01/12/2009 6:41:15 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: Sacajaweau

Aaaaaaaaaaa so Columbo! Now you are beginning to realize about the absence of photos!


20 posted on 01/12/2009 6:42:36 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: Chief Engineer
If it exists, it should be in the Hawaii Newspaper archives...very searchable. Just might have to head to Hawaii...

Alas, too warm for a trench coat....unless....

The 1960 census is probably available on line.

21 posted on 01/12/2009 6:47:29 PM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: mojitojoe

When did Stanley marry? She’s listed as Mrs....and a student.


22 posted on 01/12/2009 6:50:15 PM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: Chief Engineer
Here is what I think and I may be completely off base. I think she and Sr, didn't work out, if he is indeed the father( I think he is), She was sent to Canada to have Jr. and give him up for adoption but decided last minute not to. Knowing her parents would be livid, she went to her friend's in WA. That's why she didn't know how to change a diaper and why he was still very pink. I won't rule out Kenya, but I doubt it, my guess is Canada. Then she eventually told her parents and went there and filed for colb. However, do we know that Jr.s birth date is for sure the date on the colb?
23 posted on 01/12/2009 6:51:32 PM PST by mojitojoe (Not my president.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Uh, one more thing...Why no pictures of Mommy and Daddy?? No wedding pictures?? No Mommy, daddy and baby??

BINGO


24 posted on 01/12/2009 6:52:30 PM PST by mojitojoe (Not my president.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Sorry 1960 census records will not be available for another while yet, the 1930 census records have just been released. The City Directory is the only source of info until then. Ann had Jr with her the entire time she was in WA state as many of her former high school classmates have stated. The story as written does have an error in it, Ann took extension/correspondence courses for two semesters and actually attended classes in spring of 1962. Classes began in March of 1962. She could register as an in state student considering she had graduated from a WA state high school. Also please note she did NOT take a full load of courses each semester, she took two courses per semester as indicated by a letter of confirmation from UW posted last year at FR and other websites.


25 posted on 01/12/2009 6:55:51 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: mojitojoe; Fred Nerks

LOL you have just told me the theory I have held for quite some time. I posted that theory quite awhile ago as Fred and other Freepers can atest to!


26 posted on 01/12/2009 6:57:53 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: Sacajaweau

You are coming quite late to this story aren’t you? The 1960 census will NOT be released until 75 years after it has been taken, ask any genealogist. The birth announcement was printed in both “The Honolulu Advertiser” and “The Star Bulletin” but the address given(6085 Kalanianaole Hwy) was a home owned by Orland and Thelma Lefforge.


27 posted on 01/12/2009 7:02:17 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: Chief Engineer

Thanks for the info..


28 posted on 01/12/2009 7:04:08 PM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: Chief Engineer

Yes, I’m late and have forgotten a lot about this story.


29 posted on 01/12/2009 7:05:21 PM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: mojitojoe

I don’t believe she even returned to HI to register the birth. I believe Madelyn registered the birth using an address she knew would be a “safe address” Remember Madelyn was in essence the mortgage department at Bank of Hawaii. At that time the word of a relative was enough to register a birth and who more reliable than the mortgage administrator at the “white bank” of HI?


30 posted on 01/12/2009 7:07:45 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: Chief Engineer

No mystery here, the Polk Directory which lists Ann’s address is actually the 61/62 Directory.
It can be found in the main Seattle public library or the Univ. of WA library for verification.


31 posted on 01/13/2009 8:30:58 PM PST by Charle
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To: Charle

Which means someone should also check the 1960-61 Polk’s Seattle City Directory.


32 posted on 01/13/2009 8:59:53 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: Chief Engineer

Of course the single year 1960 and 1963 Polk directories were also checked. No listings for Ann under the names of Dunham or Obama.

Locals recall Ann as a very intelligent and determined young woman. She gets my vote.


33 posted on 01/14/2009 1:37:09 AM PST by Charle
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To: Charle

For any mention of the Dunham family in the city directory for 1960 one would have to look under the Bellevue section. Ann returned to Hawaii in early 1963 and lived in apt 110 1427 Alexander St, an apartment rented for her by her parents for her return to Hawaii with Jr. There would be no mention of her in the dirctory for 1963.


34 posted on 01/14/2009 1:50:20 PM PST by Chief Engineer
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To: Charle

Is she running for office?


35 posted on 01/14/2009 5:40:12 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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