Tuesday, March 8, 2011
1952 Seattle Street Fight
Ah yes; the good old-fashioned neighborhood street fight.
Back in the day when there were no lawsuits and few guns or knives, this is how grudges were handled.
I know, I had my share.
Stan Stapp, publisher of a small local paper shot this photo at North 42nd Street near Ashworth Avenue North. The back story appeared in Paul Dorpat's "Now & Then" column via the Pacific Northwest Magazine of The Seattle Times.
The fight took place two blocks from Lincoln High School in Wallingford, and Stapp published the photo and a summary of the incident in "The North Central Outlook".
Stapp wrote that Wallingford's juvenile officer Walter J. Hauan arrived and settled the dispute:
"Hauan's fatherly manner of approach has helped clear things up for thousands of local youth in the past."