After moving from Nebraska, Inez Howell, daughter of a Midwestern doctor, had high hopes for their new life in Seattle, a progressive city in 1907. Trusting that she and her husband, Lewis, shared the same goals, they built a home on Queen Anne Hill with a view of Elliott Bay. She made sure their oldest daughter, Mary, pursued a teaching degree at the University of Washington, while Inez joined a church and a women’s literary group. If anyone had told her she would soon be living in a primitive environment with no telephones, electricity, church, library, or full-time school, she would not have believed them. Travel with the Howell family and share their experiences.
They might briefly wonder again,
why anyone would want to live on Decatur . . .