Opening the Archives

December 9, 2014

2002.027.011 Riders on the Issaquah Valley Trolley Inaugural Run, 2001 p121, #191 Arcadia book caption: Various dignitaries attended the Issaquah Valley Trolley’s inaugural run on April 30th, 2001. These included King County Executive Ron Sims (left-hand seat, third from front), Issaquah’s Chief of Police Dag Garrison (standing at back of car, in sunglasses) and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger (across the aisle from Sims). The trolley runs from the depot to the Issaquah Visitor’s Center; in the future, the Issaquah Historical Society hopes the trolley will continue to points beyond. Actually, as of 2012, the trolley itself is in the process of being restored. It is anticipated that it will eventually run between the Depot and Gilman Village.

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Riders on the Issaquah Valley Trolley Inaugural Run, 2001
p121, #191 Arcadia book caption:
Various dignitaries attended the Issaquah Valley Trolley’s inaugural run on April 30th, 2001. These included King County Executive Ron Sims (left-hand seat, third from front), Issaquah’s Chief of Police Dag Garrison (standing at back of car, in sunglasses) and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger (across the aisle from Sims). The trolley runs from the depot to the Issaquah Visitor’s Center; in the future, the Issaquah Historical Society hopes the trolley will continue to points beyond. Actually, as of 2012, the trolley itself is in the process of being restored. It is anticipated that it will eventually run between the Depot and Gilman Village.

History finds a new home — Newcastle’s past comes to life in new museum exhibit

December 3, 2014

The first thing visitors see upon walking into the Renton History Museum’s Newcastle exhibit is, appropriately, a tribute to a man that means so much to the city’s history.

By Greg Farrar Rich Crispo, Newcastle council member, stands next to a display case with Milt Swanson’s coal miner helmet and an information poster honoring the late 95-year-old Newcastle native’s contributions to preserving the city’s history. The Renton History Museum’s Newcastle retrospective exhibit is on display until Feb. 7.

By Greg Farrar
Rich Crispo, Newcastle council member, stands next to a display case with Milt Swanson’s coal miner helmet and an information poster honoring the late 95-year-old Newcastle native’s contributions to preserving the city’s history. The Renton History Museum’s Newcastle retrospective exhibit is on display until Feb. 7.

Milt Swanson’s mining helmet emblazoned with his name along the side greets museumgoers while sitting in a clear display case.

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Exhibit examines Prohibition in Issaquah

October 28, 2014

If you find yourself in downtown Issaquah the night before Halloween, you may catch a glimpse of a gaggle of historical characters rampaging through the area.

Issaquah History Museums Local residents are photographed at an illicit Prohibition party during the 1920s.

Issaquah History Museums
Local residents are photographed at an illicit Prohibition party during the 1920s.

The History Pub Crawl is a partnership between the Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums to diversify the way local history is taught and to bring Issaquahans out in downtown on a Thursday night.

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Opening the archives

September 16, 2014

72.021.014.066A Alpine Dairy trucks and drivers p74, #113 Arcadia book caption: In 1909, dairy farmer John Anderson founded the Northwestern Milk Condensing Co., which became the Alpine Dairy Co. in the 1930s. A number of small farms sold milk to Alpine, which produced and distributed a variety of dairy products. Alpine also sponsored the town football team. Pictured from left to right are Everett Harrington, Gordon Crosby, Carl Walker, Jake Borman, Rod Anderson, and Keith Pickering in front of the Alpine Dairy, circa 1950.

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Alpine Dairy trucks and drivers
p74, #113 Arcadia book caption:
In 1909, dairy farmer John Anderson founded the Northwestern Milk Condensing Co., which became the Alpine Dairy Co. in the 1930s. A number of small farms sold milk to Alpine, which produced and distributed a variety of dairy products. Alpine also sponsored the town football team. Pictured from left to right are Everett Harrington, Gordon Crosby, Carl Walker, Jake Borman, Rod Anderson, and Keith Pickering in front of the Alpine Dairy, circa 1950.

Opening the archives

August 19, 2014

2001.015.001 1947 IHS graduating class The girls in the Issaquah High School class of 1947 received locking Lane cedar hope chest boxes. They are standing in front of Reggie Thomas’ furniture store. Thomas is standing at the far left.

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1947 IHS graduating class
The girls in the Issaquah High School class of 1947 received locking Lane cedar hope chest boxes. They are standing in front of Reggie Thomas’ furniture store. Thomas is standing at the far left.

Opening the archives

July 22, 2014

2002.041.010 Edna Anderson  Edna Prue Anderson was elected Miss Spirit of ’76. She was born in 1889 and died in 1980.

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Edna Anderson
Edna Prue Anderson was elected Miss Spirit of ’76. She was born in 1889 and died in 1980.

Opening the archives

July 15, 2014

72.021.014.064I 1919 Model Ford truck on showroom display, circa 1940s  Two trucks on display in dealer’s showroom, most likely Hepler Ford. The second truck is much newer and may have been one of the new 1948 models that were revealed at Hepler’s in another series of photographs.

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1919 Model Ford truck on showroom display, circa 1940s
Two trucks on display in dealer’s showroom, most likely Hepler Ford. The second truck is much newer and may have been one of the new 1948 models that were revealed at Hepler’s in another series of photographs.

Last harvest — Development ends four generations of Issaquah farmers

July 8, 2014

Issaquah lost one of its last working farms June 30.

Up on Vaughn’s Hill, south of the Klahanie neighborhood, four generations have owned and operated the self-sustaining McBride Farm since 1891. Age, skyrocketing property taxes and nearby development caused the family to vacate the 660-acre section of land at the end of June, bringing an end to one of the final remnants of Issaquah’s rural past.

By Peter Clark Celia McBride, the youngest of the four generations to live on the farm north of Issaquah, stands under a canopy of apple trees on the land, which the family refers to as ‘Hobbiton.’

By Peter Clark
Celia McBride, the youngest of the four generations to live on the farm north of Issaquah, stands under a canopy of apple trees on the land, which the family refers to as ‘Hobbiton.’

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Opening the archives

July 1, 2014

An ongoing look at memorable images from Issaquah’s past

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.

2009.006.080.070 First prize car in July 4th parade Handwritten beside photo: ’First Prize, one 4th of July.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album dated 1911-1921.

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First prize car in July 4th parade
Handwritten beside photo: ’First Prize, one 4th of July.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album dated 1911-1921.

Opening the archives

June 3, 2014

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.

2005.017.001 Men dressed up and sitting on a truckbed parade float One man is wearing a Nazi insignia-patterned robe and hat; one is dressed in black robe and hood, with an ax; one with long white hair and beard with a walking stick or shepherds cane; one in military regalia; and several men in lodge or club decorated robes and caps. The truck license is from 1940, and the flag has 48 stars. In the background is another float decorated with trees, greens, people sitting at a picnic table with Pepsi-Cola visible.

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Men dressed up and sitting on a truckbed parade float
One man is wearing a Nazi insignia-patterned robe and hat; one is dressed in black robe and hood, with an ax; one with long white hair and beard with a walking stick or shepherds cane; one in military regalia; and several men in lodge or club decorated robes and caps. The truck license is from 1940, and the flag has 48 stars. In the background is another float decorated with trees, greens, people sitting at a picnic table with Pepsi-Cola visible.

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