In 2017 I purchased a collection of photo postcards which had originally belonged to Hazel Estella Alberts Peterson (1898-1989). Some of them may have come from the estate of her older sister, Florence Bernice Alberts (1894-1987). Hazel and Florence both married, but neither had children. They also had a younger sister, Tressa Ferne Alberts (1901-1993), who had two children.
All three sisters attended Seattle Seminary, a Free Methodist college preparatory school. College-level classes were introduced in 1910, and in 1915 the school’s name was changed to Seattle Pacific College. In 1977 it became Seattle Pacific University.
Hazel’s father, Rev. Birney Hoyt Alberts (1870-1927), was closely involved with the school during the 1910s, serving on the Board of Trustees and in other administrative roles. Hazel’s mother, Eva Estella Cusick (1869-1933), had been a Free Methodist evangelist since the early 1890s. With all three girls attending the school, the Alberts family was at the center of the Seattle Pacific community. In 1922 Hazel married Charles Wallace Peterson (1893-1972), the youngest child of Nils B. and Karen Peterson, who had donated land for construction of the first school building.
In the photo above, Hazel is seated in the middle of the front row, while Florence is standing directly behind her, in the middle of the back row.
I plan to upload photos from Hazel’s estate, a few at a time, to galleries on this page. To see additional photos which have been uploaded as separate blog posts, click on the Seattle Pacific College tag in the bottom right of any page.
The gallery below contains Seattle Pacific administrators, faculty and graduates. Hazel’s father is in the first image. If you recognize anyone who isn’t identified, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page or send me a message using the Contact link at the top of the page.
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