Wedgwood in Seattle History

Albert Balch, developer of the View Ridge and Wedgwood neighborhoods of northeast Seattle, did not start out to work in real estate.  As many college grads do, at first Balch struggled to find a suitable career.

Albert Balch graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1926, and for the next two years he was employed by the national organization of the fraternity he had belonged to, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

In his job as travelling secretary Balch reviewed organizational records and the functioning of the fraternities, whose mission statement was to “turn promising young men into true gentlemen.”  Judging from the activities of Balch and his fraternity brothers after graduation, it appears that having been in Sigma Alpha Epsilon gave the men social advantages as the men went on to respectable careers and civic involvement.  In the period after his graduation Balch was many times noted in the Seattle…

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