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Armen Napoleon Stepanian

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HomeStreet Bank

601 Union Street Suite 2000

Seattle, Washington 98101

United States

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Banking, Mortgage Lending, Insurance, Investment Services ... more

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Unofficial Mayor
Fremont Public Association

Founder
Washington State Recycling Association

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On Saturday, May 31st, at 2p, ...

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On Saturday, May 31st, at 2p, at History House, enjoy the next in the Fremont Fireside Chat series of free presentations - this time out, learn about the history behind 'Fremont Month' (a.k.a. 'June' in common vernacular.) Sponsored by HomeStreet Bank, Fremont's own Mayor, Armen Napoleon Stepanian, will talk about what led to the start of the Fremont Fair and our month long celebration of all things Fremont!

Stepanian started the first-ever curbside recycling effort for the City Of Seattle from Fremont, and served as Fremont's Mayor during many of the communities most transformative years - including during the installation of the 'People Waiting for the Interurban' by Rich Beyer, and the painting of the Fremont Bridge blue and orange. (If Stepanian cannot attend due to health issues, hear about the history of this incredible mayor - and humble carpenter - from Fremocentrist.com's own Kirby Lindsay.)


History « FREMOCENTRIST News

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On Saturday, May 31st, at 2p, at History House, enjoy the next in the Fremont Fireside Chat series of free presentations - this time out, learn about the history behind 'Fremont Month' (a.k.a. 'June' in common vernacular.) Sponsored by HomeStreet Bank, Fremont's own Mayor, Armen Napoleon Stepanian, will talk about what led to the start of the Fremont Fair and our month long celebration of all things Fremont!

Stepanian started the first-ever curbside recycling effort for the City Of Seattle from Fremont, and served as Fremont's Mayor during many of the communities most transformative years - including during the installation of the 'People Waiting for the Interurban' by Rich Beyer, and the painting of the Fremont Bridge blue and orange. (If Stepanian cannot attend due to health issues, hear about the history of this incredible mayor - and humble carpenter - from Fremocentrist.com's own Kirby Lindsay.)


The Fremont Fireside Chat for January ...

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The Fremont Fireside Chat for January 24th at 2p at History House with Fremont's Mayor, Armen Napoleon Stepanian, celebrating the 140th anniversary of Fremont's first platting.


Fremont, Seattle | Dressing up the Interurban Sculpture

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Rumor has it that the face on the dog is that of another local legend, Arman Napoleon Stepanian. He was the unofficial Mayor of Fremont in the early years and the "Christopher Columbus" of curbside recycling.


The Fremocentrist

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Nearly anyone who knows anything about the neighborhood of Fremont knows the Honorary Mayor of Fremont to be Armen Stepanian. Decades after Stepanian moved to Ocean Shores, Washington, mythic stories his legendary deeds have firmly established him in Fremont history.

Honorary Mayors of Fremont
Yet, in an interview with Stepanian, he revealed that he actually stands as the fifth mayor of Fremont.
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The notice made no mention of Mr. Lough's connection to the neighborhood, although Stepanian recalled Lough as a fire official, and that another former mayor, from the 1920's or 30's, served as a State Representative.
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Stepanian didn't achieve his title so easily, but by 1973 nothing in Fremont came easy.
The Fremont U.S.A. newspaper sponsored an election, as a blatant publicity stunt intended to spark interest and boost public opinion of the area. According to Stepanian, Greg Click, the paper's publisher, "thought it would give us a jolt."
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Stepanian described Fremont of the early 1970's as "a comatose lady who had her day but is down in her cups. Our small business district consisted mostly of 11 taverns that earned us the nickname Tavern Town, Washington. "The druggies were preying on the hippies," Stepanian explained, and nothing was done about it since the victims didn't want to talk to the authorities.
The infant mortality rate in Fremont was the second worst in the city, Stepanian went on.
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Stepanian agreed to run as the newspaper's candidate, although being bearded and roughly dressed he appeared to be a joke.
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Voters needed to do nothing to prove their eligibility to vote and wild accusations flew, including one about Stepanian bussing in voters from Ballard. An examination of votes did reveal one irregularity - a family of four people registered five votes because they'd counted their family dog. Stepanian gave his closest competitor the dog's vote - and still won.
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As newly elected Honorary Mayor, Stepanian heard a mandate - "Do all the good you can, and don't expect to get paid. He threw his considerable, and not inconsequential, energy into neighborhood rescue, and revitalization. He attended City meetings, issued challenges to Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman and talked to the media every chance he got. "Anything that had any kind of humor," Stepanian used to draw positive attention to our neighborhood concerns, anything "with something besides death and mayhem."
Legacy of Fremont's 'Last' Mayor
Perhaps we are overdue for another election, but until the neighborhood replaces him - Stepanian remains Mayor here. Certainly, he'd be a tough act to follow. While he didn't single-handedly change the course of Fremont, it did change after he took a ceremonial title and put it into action.
In 1972, the Fremont Street Fair began as a sidewalk sale, held in April. As Mayor, Stepanian helped promote and build the event, which hosted 184 booths the year he 'took office.' Yet, the night before the Fair the Fremont Hotel (once located at 3415 Fremont Ave N - current location of Starbucks and Willow & Bloom) burned down. Fair attendance increased, even as Stepanian rebuffed accusations that he had started the fire to promote the event.
He also rebuffed those folks who came up and told him, "Hey, Mayor, you know what you should do? Stepanian would hand them his mayoral business card, with a statement on the back that roughly said, 'If you have a suggestion, please write it down, give specific details and tell me how you would like to help.' He cannot recall receiving a single written suggestion.
Stepanian worked tirelessly for years, on Fremont, his mission as the Christopher Columbus of recycling and supporting the Fremont Public Association. For good or for bad, depending on whom you ask, Stepanian made waves and stirred things up here. He also proved, in Fremont, that sometimes even the smallest election - one that involved slash marks on a chalkboard to count ballots - can spark revolutionary changes.

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