If you lived around Beach Drive SW in the 50’s & 60’s, one of these children’s book characters may have been modeled after you!
As it turns out, a famous author named Elizabeth Rider Montgomery lived in this home located in the 4800 block of Beach Drive SW.
The address has changed around a little but this is where Elizabeth wrote/collaborated on many of her books.
Among many other publications to her name, Elizabeth co-authored on several of the iconic Dick and Jane book series. The first coming in 1940…
Ms Montgomery landed a staff writer position with the Scott Foresman Company and published 14 more books as well as a series entitled Heath for All between 1940-1965.
A more complete bio of the author and her life’s work can be found at this site published by Western Washington University where she enrolled in 1925 when it was then called Washington Normal School. The West Seattle Herald also published an excellent story about her in December of 1969.
She passed in 1985 and is buried next to her husband in Poulsbo’s city cemetery.
It just goes to show you, it’s good to know…
Special Note: The long time current resident of this home informed me that she purchased the home back 1987 from the, at the time, manager of famous Seattle area rock group Queensryche! He also played a key role (founder) in opening Easy Street Records at the “Junction”.
Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog