Local students use spring break to volunteer

April 1, 2014

Bridget and Eric Rowe, of Renton, are spending their spring break with Putting Love Into Action, a group through Dordt College, Iowa, that focuses on community service around the nation.

Bridget will travel to New Orleans while Eric goes to Inez, Ky.

Students honored at piano competition

April 1, 2014

Several students from Issaquah and Sammamish were awarded prizes at the 17th annual Helen Crowe Snelling Memorial Awards Piano Competition on March 9.

Division one winners from grades six through nine include second-place winner Athena Dai, of Pine Lake Middle School, and third-place winner Lisa Zhou, of Beaver Lake Middle School.

Division two winners for grades nine through 12 include first-place winner Lisa Tang, of Skyline High School, second-place winner Lisa Zhou, of Issaquah High School, third-place winner Kristin Yose, of Skyline, and honorable mention Austin Chang, of Skyline.

 

 

Opening the archives

March 25, 2014

An ongoing look at memorable images from Issaquah’s past

Baseball, circa 1940-1955

Paul Koss and his baseball team decided to dress in drag for a game. The ensemble was completed by very large tennis shoes that flapped when he ran. The other team, whose pitcher was E. Croston, got wind of the cross-dressing and did the same.

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The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica.maniez@issaquahhistory.org. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email editor@isspress.com.

Is spring here yet?

March 25, 2014

“Beware the Ides of March.” What’s that supposed to mean? It seems so important, so relevant, but no. It’s only the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, not the beginning of spring, as we might hope.

Around here, we should celebrate the sun’s arrival into the northern hemisphere, not the passing of an emperor 2,000 years ago. We need something reliable to tell us spring is here.

My husband says he can tell spring has arrived when the taxes are due. I thought, I can do better than that: I know it when I see the Indian plum blooming in the woods. But wait. I really know Indian plum will bloom way before spring starts, even under cover of snow.

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Marathon two-step

March 25, 2014

IHS graduate to dance for 26 hours for charity

Contributed Casey Kovarik (second from left), attending a ballet dance class as a first-grader, hopes to help children the age she was then, as she plans to join the Dance Marathon at UCLA for the Pediatrics AIDS Coalition.

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Casey Kovarik (second from left), attending a ballet dance class as a first-grader, hopes to help children the age she was then, as she plans to join the Dance Marathon at UCLA for the Pediatrics AIDS Coalition.

Eliza Doolitle sang she could have danced all night in “My Fair Lady.” Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney and Julie Andrews sang the same claim.

However, Casey Kovarik, a 2013 graduate of Issaquah High School and now a student at UCLA, hopes to make good on that claim April 5 and 6, when she attempts to dance 26 consecutive hours as part of a fundraiser for the Pediatrics AIDS Coalition.

For the past 12 years, students have organized a 26-hour Dance Marathon to raise money and educate individuals regarding pediatric HIV and AIDS, Kendall McManus, an event publicist, said.

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Mustafa Masud is named to honor roll

March 25, 2014

Mustafa S. Masud, of Issaquah, has been named to the honor roll at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., for the winter term.

Caitlin Doxsie makes dean’s list

Caitlin Doxsie, of Issaquah, was named to the dean’s list at The University of Puget Sound for the fall 2013 semester.

 

New Eastside Friends of Seniors director sees vision come true

March 25, 2014

Retired transportation economist and Redmond City Councilman Hank Myers is the new director of the volunteer organization Eastside Friends of Seniors.

He was doing volunteer work in his community when he proposed the idea of creating a nonprofit organization to help seniors maintain their independence by providing essential services that allow them to remain in their own homes.

“My friend said that agency already exists,” Myers recalled. “That’s when she told me about Eastside Friends of Seniors.”

The organization operates out of offices in the basement of Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church on the Sammamish Plateau.

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Lying with legends

March 18, 2014

Local barbecuer is immortalized on quilt

Throughout the ages, tribute to the greats have been immortalized in art of all genres — Abraham Lincoln has his 98-foot sculpture at the center of the Washington, D.C., memorial; Gilbert Stuart’s unfinished painting, the portrait “Athenaeum” of George Washington in the National Gallery of Art; and the godfathers of competition barbecue in a quilt.

The original of the latter was bought at auction for $800 at the 2013 National Barbecue Association trade show. But a copy of the quilt, featuring digitized images of 16 of the earliest and most honored barons of barbecue, can be found atop Bob Lyon’s bed.

Photos by David Hayes Bob Lyon, of Issaquah, stands over a quilt featuring his and other likenesses of barbecue legends. Atop his bed is the only place big enough to fully display the 71/2-by 6-foot quilt in his appartment in the Timber Ridge at Talus retirement community.

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Atop Bob Lyon’s bed is the only place big enough to fully display the 71/2-by 6-foot quilt in his appartment in the Timber Ridge at Talus retirement community.

“It’s the only place big enough in our apartment to display it,” Lyon said.

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Espionage and coal: Mining Issaquah’s World War I history

March 18, 2014

It was July 29, 1914. Austria launched a bomb attack on Serbia, and Russia commenced mobilization for an attack on Austria. The German “Count” Gustav Konstantin Alvo von Alvensleben was in Germany, where the government was about to declare war on France and Russia.

On that same day, in the small town of Issaquah, Dave and Ann Morgan welcomed their first child, Ivor, into the world. He was born in coal company housing owned by von Alvensleben.

File This is most likely an occasion described in a Seattle Times article from July 19, 1013, which read in part, ‘Two hundred fuel dealers and their wives... were the guests of the Issaquah & Superior Coal Mining Company at its mines in Issaquah... The trip was made in a special train of three cars that left King Street Station at 9:30.’ The article describes the procession from the Issaquah Depot to the mine offices, where Issaquah Mayor P.J. Smith gave a rousing speech. The coal company’s sales manager, J. F. Grant, replied with the interesting (if not true) fact that Issaquah meant ‘beautiful maiden,’ whereupon he welcomed Blodwyn Watkins, ‘the pretty daughter of Superintendent J. R. Watkins, dressed in Indian costume, who emerged from a stand erected for the purpose.’

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This is most likely an occasion described in a Seattle Times article from July 19, 1013, which read in part, ‘Two hundred fuel dealers and their wives… were the guests of the Issaquah & Superior Coal Mining Company at its mines in Issaquah… The trip was made in a special train of three cars that left King Street Station at 9:30.’ The article describes the procession from the Issaquah Depot to the mine offices, where Issaquah Mayor P.J. Smith gave a rousing speech. The coal company’s sales manager, J. F. Grant, replied with the interesting (if not true) fact that Issaquah meant ‘beautiful maiden,’ whereupon he welcomed Blodwyn Watkins, ‘the pretty daughter of Superintendent J. R. Watkins, dressed in Indian costume, who emerged from a stand erected for the purpose.’

While von Alvensleben made plans to return to North America, Dave Morgan tended donkeys for von Alvensleben’s Issaquah and Superior Coal Mine on the west side of town. The donkeys hauled carts of coal from the dark, dusty, noisy and wet depths of the mines to the surface, where the coal was crushed, sorted and cleaned in preparation for shipment.

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Opening the archives

March 18, 2014

An ongoing look at memorable images from Issaquah’s past

78.059.004 Interior Issaquah State Bank, 1914 p39, #57 Arcadia book caption:  The interior of the Bank of Issaquah was rich with detail. Note the art deco trim along the ceiling. The building was known as one of the most sophisticated in Issaquah. Its current appearance is due to a renovation in the 1940s, which covered up its ornate detailing. By the time this picture was taken in 1914, the bank had changed hands and had become the Issaquah State Bank.

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Interior Issaquah State Bank, 1914
p39, #57 Arcadia book caption:
The interior of the Bank of Issaquah was rich with detail. Note the art deco trim along the ceiling. The building was known as one of the most sophisticated in Issaquah. Its current appearance is due to a renovation in the 1940s, which covered up its ornate detailing. By the time this picture was taken in 1914, the bank had changed hands and had become the Issaquah State Bank.

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at .orgerica.maniez@issaquahhistory. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email editor@isspress.com

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