Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Military

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Barbas Family

Tom, Helen and Demetra Barbas’ family moved to Seattle, Washington, in November of 1944 from a protective Greek “bubble” in Detroit, Michigan.

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Basil and Jim Anton

Despite their father’s admonitions, Basil and Jim Anton have spent over 40 years together in the restaurant and catering business.

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Steve and Anna Athan

Steve and Anna Athan spent over 30 years combining hard work and his tailoring skills to achieve a successful career in Seattle, Washington.

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John Skimas

John Skimas has found relatives with the original family name of Skamnias, a derivation of the Greek word for sycamore or mulberry tree. This discovery was made while visiting Greece and using a DNA kit to determine that there was a 99% match with his relative.

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Panos Takis

In his youth, Panos George Takis (Tsiknes) learned to share what he had with others. He was taught the spirit of generosity on the family farm in Machias, Washington, which was a gathering place for many Greeks. Today he continues to help others in need.

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John John and Voula Dodd

For sister and brother, Voula Dodd and John John, life in Tacoma included much of the culture and traditions of living on the island of Marmara.

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Steve Mallos

Steve Mallos is not one to brag about his life. Growing up in a rather poor family, he retired as a Vice President of the American Automobile Association (AAA) of Washington despite several injuries and serious illnesses along the way.

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John Sakellaris

John and Penny Sakellaris’ summer home on Blue Lake in central Washington has, according to Penny, “as much electrical wiring as The White House.”

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Fran, Alice, George, and Paul Plumis

Four children, 13 men named George, a happy family life and unselfish dedication to their church and community.

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