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 Rallis

From the time he was in the eighth grade, George Rallis wanted to be a football coach. His dream came true and he credits much of his success to a work ethic learned from his father. He and his brother John share their stories.

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Petro and Colleen Farmasonis

Ask Petro Farmasonis where the best Greek food can be found in Seattle, Washington, and he will point to his own kitchen. From 1966 to 1979 Petro and Colleen Farmasonis operated Seattle’s successful Greek-themed restaurant, the Eleniko Horio, Greek Village.

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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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Nitsa Rockas

Eleni or “Nitsa” (the familiar of Elenitsa or little Eleni) Rockas (nee Rotous) was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington, on November 6, 1933. She is seen here holding her autobiography, “Reflections of an American-Greek Life,” which she completed in May of 2013.

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John Kouklis

While Fr. Kouklis conducted baptism or funeral services in the church, his son was in court for an adoption or a will probate.

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Alexander Pantages

The story of Alexander Pantages is one of an epic struggle of poverty-to-riches against the backdrop of business treachery, anti-immigrant sentiment and butting of titanic egos involving Joseph P. Kennedy and press baron, William Randolph Hearst.

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Carkonen Family

For the three Carkonen brothers, a learned work ethic, emphasis on family values and strong relationships within the Greek community have aided their success in both business and in life.

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Theodosios Katramadou

The Museum has been fortunate to receive an article written by Michail Diamianos Katramados in Thessaloniki, Greece, and translated by his daughter Fotoula Katramdou. It pays tribute to Michail’s uncle, Theodosios Katramadou, who immigrated to Tacoma, Washington, during the early 20th century and subsequently became a benefactor for his family in Greece. It is a poignant snapshot of the life and works of an “anonymous” Greek American who touched many lives in the old country, without ever seeing them or expecting anything in return.

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George Serpanos

George Seraphim Serpanos may not share the ingredients for his salad dressing but his recipe for success in Seattle’s restaurant business is no secret. He has owned seven restaurants, operated or worked in seven others and has relatives operating three more.

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Dina Salagianis Baker and Pete Salagianis

Born just a year apart, Dina (Constantina) Salagianis Baker and Pete (Panagioti) Salagianis recall their early life in Yakama and Spokane while they enjoy retirement in Walla Walla, Washington.

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