Seattle Pacific College

I have a number of photo postcards from the estate of Hazel Estella Alberts Peterson (1898-1989).  Some of them probably once belonged to 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 in the 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, please scroll down to the Tags section below and click on the “Seattle Pacific College” tag.

The following gallery contains Seattle Pacific administrators, faculty members and a few graduating students.  Hazel’s father is in the first image.  Click on any thumbnail to enlarge.




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