Issaquah’s Irish history is focus on St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 1 p.m. March 17, 2011

Issaquah is Irish — or, more accurately, the city has important Irish roots.

Experts at the Issaquah History Museums used Thursday — St. Patrick’s Day — as a chance to reflect on the city’s connection to Ireland.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, as the city — named Gilman and then Olney and, finally, at the turn of the century, Issaquah — boomed as a farming and mining community, many Irish settled in the area.

Historians highlighted Irishmen John McQuade, Issaquah’s town marshal from 1892-99 and mayor from 1900-01; Archie Adair III, a town councilman, town treasurer and saloon keeper; and Peter McCloskey, the donor responsible for providing land for Issaquah’s first Catholic church, in addition to other Irish settlers to the area.

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