Events from the 1930s

Building a world-class region

The "Monday Group" came into existence when Chamber General Manager Christy Thomas asked the publishers of Seattle's three daily newspapers if they would meet, off-the-record, with a group of civic leaders on a regular basis. In the 75 years since then, business and media leaders have continued to meet weekly as the Community Development Roundtable to discuss issues of importance to the community.

Chambers' Hopes Realized in Cross-State Highway

Completion of the final link of a cross-state highway in 1937 ended the Chamber's campaign, begun in 1928, for a paved route joining Eastern and Western Washington. Seattle Business reported that "The Sunset highway is paved from Seattle, over Snoqualmie Pass to Prosser—, a distance of 207 miles —with the exception of a 14-mile stretch from Teanaway to Thorpe, just west of Ellensburg."

Also in 1937, the Alaska Division saw years of work speed towards a climax when President Roosevelt authorized the construction on the Alaska section of the International Highway from the United States to Fairbanks, by way of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.

The following year, Seattle Business reported that "83 outstanding Seattle businessmen traveled through Eastern Washington—, Seattle's indispensable hinterland, —on a business goodwill tour the week of October 21. Ten Eastern Washington towns, who contribute a great volume of business to Seattle each year, were visited and closer business relations formed."

Egyptian Minister Entertained

Members of the Chamber's Foreign Trade Committee, the Members' Council, and the State Development Committee assisted in the entertainment of the Egyptian Minister to the United States, M. Amine Youssef, and his commercial attaché. The minister was interested in agriculture and taken to several places in the city before leaving for Yakima on May 1 to learn about fruit production and agricultural projects.

Sources: Seattle Business Special Edition: Seattle Chamber Celebrates 100 Years; Seattle Business.

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