Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Making a Living

The Greeks in Washington supported themselves and their families as entrepreneurs, professionals, artists, musicians and in public service.

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George Prekeges

George Peter Prekeges has earned this title not only through his physical presence, but by his contributions to Spokane’s community.

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Marina Dochios Plastino

At three years of age Marina Dochios Plastino followed her older sisters to school as she felt she belonged there with them. Eighty-three years later, at 86, she is still on the go.

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Pete Koutlas

Agriculturist, businessman, author, cook and community leader all describe this man who began his life in Everett’s tough Riverside district and rose to prominence.

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Spedo Southas

Spiro “Spedo” Southas spent a lot of time as a cop in Bellingham, Washington, but he probably spent as much time visiting fellow Greeks throughout the state.

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Angelina Larson

For Angelina (nee Mulenos) Larson, it was her voice and musical talent that brought a zest for life that remains to this day.

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Christto Tolias

Why does this man spell his name with two “t”s and what were the keys to his happiness as a Greek in the city of Seattle?

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Jerry Costacos

Two signs hang on Jerry Costacos’ office door. On his 40th birthday, one of his employees put a sign saying “THE GOLDEN GREEK – O CRISO ELLHN.” Another sign saying “GO GREEK GO” had been placed there by a good friend.

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Spiro Nicon

In the 1900s many Greeks found financial success in the food and beverage businesses. Spiro “Spin” Nicon’s entrepreneurial skills, honesty and friendly personality made him one of those Greeks in Seattle.

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Nicholas Oeconomacos

If one saw Nicholas Oeconomacos on the streets of Seattle in the 1920s he appeared as a character from an old, scary Transylvanian movie. Rather, the Greek musician was the principal clarinetist with the Seattle Symphony.

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Takis Dotis

How better to keep community than through music and food. Demetrios “Takis” Dotis, one of the true masters of the bouzouki and experienced restaurateur, does both.

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