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Originally published in The Seattle Times, July 21, 1974

By Patricia Latourette Lucas

Lizzie Polli, 91, turned the pages of a family Bible.

Lizzie Polli, 91, turned the pages of a family Bible.

“WHAT’S THE difference?” said Lizzie McDonald Shafer Maxwell Polli. “So much bull comes out of my mouth, you could use it to fertilize your garden. It’s all bull.”

And yet as the afternoon wore on and we sifted through her little stacks of papers and pictures, I began to believe what the little 91-year-old lady who lives in the last remaining homestead in Maple Valley was saying.

Lizzie Polli doesn’t mince words; she has worked in coal mines, a slaughter house and at race tracks. And still she has a certain dignity.

She served popcorn, candy bars and chocolate cake as she sat in a straight-back chair at a rickety old table, her blue eyes growing dim as she searched the past for memories. (more…)

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