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June 11, 2008 at 5:36 am #625602
Oddly enough, there was a family with 7 children that lived in the Rainbow House all through the 1970s,and the 80s, and the 90s and their father did painting and roofing, and advertised his business with all the colors on the house. The people across the street (long since departed for a better world) kept their blinds down all the time and complained about their property values.
The West Seattle Herald frequently printed stories with complaints from the neighbors during that period of time.
I know the name of the family that lived there, but I don’t want to publish it on the blog, they deserve their privacy.
The story about Rose at West Seattle reminds me of moaning Myrtle from the Harry Potter books.. Odd how family members and myself attended West Seattle and never heard word boo about the story. Only thing we ever heard about was the 4th floor swimming pool at Madison Jr. High. Want to buy a ticket to ride the elevator to go see it? ;)
All those endless mornings I walked across Hiawatha through the rain and gloom and fog. Imagining the unpleasantness of the day awaiting me at West Seattle was a reality. Never saw any ghosties or ghoulies.June 11, 2008 at 6:55 am #625603
That’s funny! I was just recently talking with a guy who said that was the story they tried to sell him on way back in the 1930’s at James Madison. Amazing how long those stories last. Although that one didn’t come out until I was at WSHS. That story must have transfered over at some point.
The seniors tried to sell tickets to us freshmen to go and see the pool on the 4th floor as well, but I mean really, who’s going to pay to see a pool?? Anyways they directed us to the stairs that had double doors at the top; I tried, door knobs were locked and I was duped. :)
Interesting that you know the actual story about the rainbow house rather than the silly haunted ones. So do you know what the A represented? Just curious.June 11, 2008 at 6:59 am #625604June 11, 2008 at 7:07 am #625605
He/she used to take Barbie dolls to Alki in the summer and set them around in the sand like friends. Hard to explain to my preschooler, I remember. But interesting. I’ve seen him/her riding the bike down on Dearborn near Goodwill and on a bike trail near Southcenter. Most recently (and fairly frequently) near the Thriftway.
I’ve always wondered what the story is, but haven’t been close enough to start a conversation. I heard secondhand that he grew up on Vashon and was known by WS kids who used to go over there to pick strawberries.June 11, 2008 at 1:49 pm #625606
I grew up on Vashon (1974-1992) and never saw/heard of him until I moved over here. we had Old Marshall and Crazy Gary, though… ;)June 11, 2008 at 4:03 pm #625607
The letter on the roof of the rainbow house was the first initial of the first name of one of the members of the family.
The saga of the house that Frances Farmer lived in is a real life odd story. The home is still occupied, but the chimney stack has fallen on the the roof after the big wind storm of 2006. Most of the chimney fell in the neighbor’s yard. Real life harm could easily have resulted.June 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm #625608
Keep them coming everyone. Thanks!June 11, 2008 at 5:47 pm #625609
Oh, this is a great thread!
The bicycle guy! I haven’t seen him/her in ages, but s/he used to ride past my house quite frequently.
I grew up a block away from “Gertrude.” (I don’t know if that was her name, I know her as Mrs. L but will keep the family name to myself because I believe members of her family still live in the area.) I waited for the bus in front of her house and got many an interesting earful from her.
As for native burial grounds, don’t know about that but I do know there are some legends about some of the big glacial incidental boulders on the beaches in Fauntleroy Cove and in front of Me Kwa Mooks Park. The story is that a sea monster like creature (called something like an A-ha-yoos) lives in the stones and if you look at them the creature will make the earth shake. There’s a really interesting discussion of this in the book “The Street Smart Naturalist” that correlates the glacial incidentals with seismic activity along the Seattle Fault.
My daughter and I stayed at Camp Long a couple weeks ago and heard rumors of haunted cabins. Living here all my life, I never heard of that before (or most of the hauntings mentioned here, actually). Anyone else heard about Camp Long hauntings?
And I’ll admit, I was looking here to see if anyone had reported seeing my husband trimming our hedge with his katana last week. (It turned out to work better than the electric hedge trimmer or the hand clippers, but it was definitely an odd sight!)June 11, 2008 at 6:03 pm #625610
Katana hedge trimming?! Yes! I hope there was an appropriately overabundant amount of posing and theatrics associated with that.June 11, 2008 at 9:13 pm #625611
All the “haunted” blogs call it Andrew’s Rainbow House and repeat the same story. No sources or further info that I can find.June 11, 2008 at 10:01 pm #625612
If I ever get a chance to go to a WSB gathering that involves drinking, I will talk more about the Rainbow House. But most of what I know might be considered slander, or dragging up old news. Don’t want to put information on the internet. But would talk about it in person.June 11, 2008 at 10:01 pm #625613
Hey Gina –
Where abouts is Frances Farmer’s childhood home?
I remember when I watched the Jessica Lange movie years ago, I was unfamiliar with West Seattle. But, I do remember that, in the movie, anyway, there were lots of steep hills around her mom’s house. I’ve wondered about that from time to time…June 12, 2008 at 1:50 am #625614
The Frances Farmer house is in the 2600 block of 47th. Overgrown shrubbery, fallen down fence. And a chimney flat on the roof…
The movie filmed on Pigeon Hill, just up the hill from Delridge. the filmakers thought the houses looked more depression era.June 12, 2008 at 2:04 am #625615
Pigeon Hill???!!!! Yeah, it DID look definitely depression era on screen. But, wow…that is such great creepy, local history!!!
I’ll drive by the old Farmer house to have a look see. Tragic, but what a story, eh?June 12, 2008 at 2:23 am #625616June 12, 2008 at 3:14 am #625617
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JT – thanks for the link.
Some quotes from Francis Farmer:
“if a person is treated like a patient, they are apt to act like one.”
“It was pretty sad, because [after the publication of God Dies] for the first time I found how stupid people could be. It sort of made me feel alone in the world. The more people pointed at me in scorn the more stubborn I got and when they began calling me the Bad Girl of West Seattle High, I tried to live up to it.”June 12, 2008 at 4:13 am #625620
The house on 47th belonged to Frances Farmer’s parents. My brothers remember seeing Frances, dragging herself home from the local bars. This would be in the late 40s/early 50s.
Her mother, Mrs. Farmer, was quite a character herself. She bred dogs. And thought much more of her dogs than she did of her daughter. (once again, second hand family info.)June 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm #625621
More Frances Farmer trivia: Shadowlands, the new place on California, is also the name of a biography about her.October 6, 2011 at 4:55 am #625622
OCTOBER 05, 2011.
THIS IS TOO GINA:
FROM RAINBOW HOUSE:
MY FATHER J.G. PLIEGO HAD A MASTERS IN ART FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MEXICO.
HE PAINTED .
HE PAINTED EVERY THING.
HOUSES, RACE CARS, SIGNS, STATUES IN GOLD LEAF PAINT, A BOARDS SIGNS, STORE FRONT WINDOWS IN WEST SEATTLE.
BATTLE SHIPS ( MURALS) FOR CAPTAINS IN THE U.S. NAVY OF A TYPE OF SHIP CALL A LPD.
HE PAINTED IN BUSINESS OF ALL KIND THE SEATTLE, AREA.
HE EVEN PAINTED A HOUSE IN BALLAD IN RAINBOW COLORS.
HE TEACH CLASSES IN DRAWING.
THIS MAN LIVED TO PAINT STUFF, IN THE SUN, IN THE RAIN,
IN THE COLD, IN THE WIND.
HE WAS AN ARTIST A PAINTER.
HE DIED OF A HART ATTACK IN SEATTLE, WA.
THE LAST TIME I HAD LOOKED AROUND OUR FAMILY HAD 2 PARENTS AND SIX CHILDREN NOT 7 CHILDREN.
I THINK I SHOULD, PROBABLY CHECK WITH YOU BEFORE I WRITE SOMETHING HERE ABOUT THE RAINBOW HOUSE.
WHAT DID YOU SAY ABOUT THAT SLANDER THING?
GINA WHAT DO YOU THINK?
THE ROOFING WAS CONTRACTED AND INSTALLED BY A WEST SEATTLE COMPANY CALLING THEM SELF RYAN PROOF ROOFING.
NOT MY FATHER J.G.PLIEGO HE DID NO ROOFING WORK.
SO IF I GOT WHAT YOUR TELLING PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVE MY 70 OLD PLUS FATHER TEARING OFF ROOFING AND HAULING UP BULK ROOFING??
RYAN PROOF ROOFING TOLD MY MOTHER ANITA CASTILLO THAT THEY COULD DO THE TARE DOWN ON THE ROOF TO THE SHEETING.
THEN TO SAVE HER MONEY THEY COULD USE LEFTOVER SHINGLES OF MIXED COLORS TO MAKE AN ARTSY ROOF JOB SIMILAR TOO THOSE SEEN IN EUROPE.
ANITA AGREED TO THE PROPOSAL FROM RYAN PROOF ROOFING BUT STIPULATED THAT THEY PLACE THE FIRST INITIALS OF HER NAME ON THE ROOF OF THE HOUSE IN BLACK.
THE LETTER A FOR ANITA. SOUTH SIDE.
THE LETTER C FOR CASTILLO. NORTH SIDE.
MY MOTHER ANITA CASTILLO DIED OF LIVER CANCER IN HER HOME THE RAINBOW HOUSE, LOCATED AT 2131- 46 TH AVE S.W. SEATTLE, WA 98116 IN JULY 2010.
YOU CAN VIEW HER YOU TUBE VIDEO.
( ANDREWS RAINBOW HOUSE)
ANITA WOULD STILL GO OUT AND MEET THE PUBLIC EVEN WHEN SHE WAS SICK AND DIEING.
SOMETIMES PEOPLE WOULD HARASS HER EVEN WHEN SHE WAS DIEING FROM THE CANCER. WHO KNEW YOU GINA WAS BUSY ON THE OLD BLOG ADDING TO HER STRESS.
I DO NOT BELIFE THAT I NOR ANY MEMBER OF THE PLIEGO FAMILY HAS EVER BROKE BREAD WITH YOU NOR HAD A COLD ONE.
BUT YOU ARE HERE IN THIS WEST SEATTLE BLOG SPACE REPRESENTING I WOULD THINK YOURSELF INSTEAD OF OUR FAMILY.
HEY MAYBE YOU ARE THE 7TH KID/CHILD AND WE NEVER KNEW ABOUT YOU?
OH WELL YOU MENTIONED YOU GO TO PARTYS AND DRINK AND SPEAK WITH PEOPLE HOW YOU ARE SOME SORT OF LIVING TOTEM POLE OF WEST SEATTLE. PASSING THE TRUTH OF WEST SEATTLE.
SO THIS WOULD EXPLAIN OR EXCUSE YOUR BLOG AUTHENTICITY.
I WAS BORN HERE IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON IN THE 1960S.
SCHOOLS : OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE ON 35 TH AVE IN WEST SEATTLE.
LAFAYETTE ON CALIFORNIA AVE.
HOLY ROSARY IN W.S.
JAMES MADISON W.S.
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL.
J.F. KENNEDY IN BURIEN,WA..
GINA ARE YOU FROM WEST SEATTLE?
OH FRANCIS FARMER SISTER WROTE AND PUBLISHED A BOOK ABOUT HER SISTER AUTOGRAPHED IT AND PRESENTED HER SIGN WORK TO THE FEMALE OWNER OF THAT FARMER HOME.
THE REASON THEY DID NOT ROLL TAPE ON THAT FRANCIS FARMER HOME ON 47 TH S.W. WAS : THE MALE OWNER OF THE HOME ASKED TO GET PAID TO USE HIS HOME IN THEIR MOVIE.
THE PRODUCERS OF THE MOVIE REFUSE TO PAY THE OWNER OF THAT FARMER HOUSE.
AND SO THEY SEARCH WEST SEATTLE AND PICK OUT A HOUSE AND MISS REPRESENTED THAT HOME AS MISS FAMERS HOME.
HEY HOW DO I KNOW THAT?
ANSWER : I KNOW THE OWNERS OF THE HOUSE THAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BEEN HERE IN WEST SEATTLE FOR OVER 40 YRS.
HEY GINA WHAT WAS THE OWNERS NAME OF THAT FARMER HOME??
DID YOU EVEY READ ABOUT MY BROTHER GABRIEL GONZALEZ?
HE WAS MURDERED HERE IN WEST SEATTLE, WA. 1996.
THAT IS ONE YOU MISSED LADY.
OK, YOUR ARE JUST TO FUNNY FOR ME AND I GOT TA RUN.
BEST WISHS AND REMEMBER AA AND MODERATION GINA FOR YA.
R.M.G. “HAVE A RAINBOW DAY”.
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