Photo by Pete Kinch,
Everett Herald December 13, 1965.
Martha Solie Muckey ~ Career Social Worker ~ 1895 - 1967
By Sandra Schumacher
has been very good to me, and I’ve had an interesting life.”
Martha Muckey made that understatement in 1952. But the life that this
woman lived was more than interesting. It was remarkable.
Martha Muckey, who was born in Wisconsin
in 1895, studied music at St. Olaf’s College in Minnesota,
then journeyed west during the Depression to teach high
school music. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints,
music teachers were not in demand. Rather than wring her
hands and bemoan her fate, she found a job at a bank in
She married and settled into family life, but was widowed
when her twin sons were only eight years old. Knowing she
needed a career that would support her children, she
enrolled at the University of Washington and studied social
work. She spent twenty-eight years working for the
Department of Welfare, twenty-five them as a case worker on
the Tulalip reservation.