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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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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