Looking back: 2 history notes to start the weekend


First — WSB contributing photographer Matt Durham says he discovered that sign greeting “visitors to a home at the corner of SW Forest and Fairmount SW. The neighbor in the background (who wished to remain nameless) believes the cart was from a family business that was once on California Ave SW. According to a Google search, Abe’s Place was located at 2310 California Ave SW and served ‘American Turkish’ cuisine.” (Prints of Matt’s photos are available at his site, MattDurhamPhotography.com.)

Second note – Fauntleroy’s Judy Pickens sends word of her book chronicling the history of Fauntleroy Church, as it celebrates its centennial:

Since its inception in 1908, Fauntleroy Church has been an integral part of its community. Church founders and neighborhood founders were one and the same, as were founders of the Fauntleroy YMCA and Camp Colman.

Former and current Fauntleroy residents will find much of interest in Guided by the Light, published for the congregation’s 100th anniversary. Before you nod off at the very thought, know that it is a centennial book with a twist: The standard chronological march through time is enlivened by personal stories from past and present members who lived that history.

Written by Judy E. Pickens, author and church member, Guided by the Light traces the United Church of Christ congregation from a rustic Sunday school “built in a day” to today’s outward-looking ministries. The 236-page quality paperback includes more than 100 photos and illustrations and features dozens of personal stories gleaned from archives and recent interviews.

The book is available for $25 at the Log House Museum, the Original Bakery in Fauntleroy, and the church office (932-5600 or info@fauntleroyucc.org).

6 Replies to "Looking back: 2 history notes to start the weekend"

  • M December 29, 2007 (10:01 am)

    Abe’s Place had the best Turkish meatballs and Mango Lemonade. It was a real shame to see it go. Abe’s was great!

  • Gina December 29, 2007 (12:20 pm)

    oooo, their meatball sandwich…yum.

  • roddy December 29, 2007 (5:30 pm)

    oh yeah, the meatball sand was to die for! Anyone know what happened to Abe?

  • Q December 29, 2007 (8:05 pm)

    Abe’s Place was by the Admiral Pub and owned by a family who lived/lives? right by where that photo was taken. Abe was their son who died as a teenager in the late nineties [comment shortened by WSB].

  • Ron December 30, 2007 (12:46 am)

    I really miss that place!
    Mehmet (Abe’s father), was SO nice and made the most delicious meatball and BBQ beef sandwiches and killer lentil soup and lemonade and .. oh, everything was a hit (to me)!

    “You like spice?” — unforgettable!

  • roddy January 2, 2008 (11:16 pm)

    My apologies, I thought the man who ran it was Abe. I think Abe’s was one of the best West Seattle secrets around. Everything I ate there was so delicious. I think he needs to try again at a different location (chuck & sally’s?)

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