Individuals Pictured in the Husky Union Building Mural at the University of Washington
Bro. Adam S. Alsobrook, AIA
University Lodge No. 141, F. & A. M.
27 October 2020
The author identified six of the individuals pictured in the mural at the Husky Union Building using books, newspaper reports, and firsthand recollections of the event. Brief biographical sketches for each of these individuals appear below, but the reader is strongly encouraged to seek additional information on these historical figures. As of today, the author is not aware of any document that identifies all of the persons depicted in this mural, so he opted to focus on the six individuals that could be positively identified.
Information about Most Worshipful Daniel Bagley was obtained from The Fountain and the Mountain: The University of Washington Campus in Seattle by Norman J. Johnston and History of St. John’s Lodge No. 9, F. & A. M. of Seattle Washington, by Worshipful Brother Laban H. Wheeler.
Biographical information on Most Worshipful Brother Joseph Marion Taylor and Worshipful Brother Thomas Milton Gatch can be found in the History of St. John’s Lodge No. 9, F. & A. M. of Seattle Washington, by Worshipful Brother Laban H. Wheeler.
Worshipful Brother Edmond S. Meany stood six-feet-six-inches tall and had a full head of red hair, so the tall figure holding a sheet of paper is certainly him. His long list of achievements and activities over his career are impossible to capture in a brief biographical sketch. Information about Worshipful Brother Meany can be found in the History of St. John’s Lodge No. 9, F. & A. M. of Seattle Washington, by Worshipful Brother Laban H. Wheeler and on HistoryLink.org online. His personal recollection of the laying of the cornerstone of the Administration Building (later Denny Hall) can be found in the University of Washington Special Collections online.
Arthur A. Denny was revered as the “father” of the University of Washington. Much has been written about Denny, but the brief biographical sketch is based on information obtained from HistoryLink.org online.
Finally, Adella Parker (alternately Adele Parker, Adela Parker, and Adele Parker-Bennett) is the woman in the mural holding a parasol and the notes for her speech. Biographical information on this fascinating woman is scattered widely, and it appears that some sources contain incorrect dates of important events in her life. Her obituary in the Seattle Daily Times on April 9, 1956 confirmed that she appeared in the Husky Union Building mural and also provided key details about her life and career. Her exploits as a journalist for American newspapers in Communist Russia during the 1920s are especially captivating. Additional information about Parker can be obtained from online sources such as Ancestry, Wikipedia, and HistoryLink.org.