February 21, 2014
May 30, 1911, was a special occasion for Issaquah resident Mabel Ek.
So special, in fact, that the moment called for a new outfit. Ek arrived at Issaquah’s Baptist Church, near what is now the Darigold plant, wearing a new dress, knitted gloves and shoes specially ordered from Oregon.
City residents, of which there were only 500 at the time, arrived in droves to honor Ek and her classmates Mary and Olive Gibson.
After all, the three were about to make history, representing the very first graduating class of Issaquah High School.
January 17, 2014
NEW — Noon Jan. 17, 2014
The Issaquah History Museums will host its first program of 2014 with its presentation of “Cougar Mountain in the Cold War: Issaquah’s NIKE Missile Base.”
Local expert Doug Bristol will present the story of the strategic missile site that was located on the site of present-day Radar Park in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
December 31, 2013
2014 goals for a better Issaquah
The Issaquah Press presents its annual list of goals for the Issaquah area. A few are repeats from last year, still waiting to be accomplished but worthy of repeating.
February elections — The trio of school district levies, the Klahanie annexation decision and the repeal of the plastic bag ban are all up for a vote. The only good thing about the dismal turnout of voters in the November election is the easy assurance of getting enough voters to validate the school levy election. Let’s hope Issaquah voters get back on track and return their ballots in higher numbers in 2014.
Central Issaquah Plan — The redevelopment plan is in place and developers now know how to maximize the use of their property. One project has already been proposed. It will be interesting to see what other plans come forward and whether the CIP is achieving its goals.
November 26, 2013
Once a small logging village, Issaquah was settled in the 1860s and officially incorporated in 1892. Landmarks still exist around town from the early days, reminding citizens of the area’s rich heritage.
The problem is, the histories of these sites have been slowly fading away, and newer residents — including families — likely have no idea what they represent.
Enter Tom Anderson, a software engineer and secretary of the board of the Issaquah History Museums. Two years ago at an ArtWalk, Anderson was wandering with his daughter when he hit upon an idea of a “doodle” book for children so they could learn more about their historic town.
October 8, 2013
In the 1920s, people from around the region flocked to Issaquah to attend its rodeo. On Oct. 12, the Issaquah History Museums will host a special program featuring the story of one of its most fascinating rodeo cowboys, Schaller Bennett.
The program starts at 11 a.m. at the Issaquah Train Depot, 78 First Ave. N.E. It is free to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Born near Issaquah in 1897, Bennett grew up in a logging family. Although he worked as a logger on and off for decades, Bennett’s real calling was cowboy, and by 1925 he had relocated to Ellensburg to run his own ranch.
September 24, 2013
Go places, learn new things on the cheap
Do you have a King County library card? At the low price of free, it’s one of the best values on the planet.
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little kid. Oh, the lives and worlds I’ve escaped into. Books can do that.
I still have my first library card, which I got when I was 5. I also have my library awards from reading contests when I was a child. If they said read 50 books, I read 100. Ahh, nostalgia.
September 17, 2013
4Culture’s Heritage Collections Care program recently awarded $4,850 to the Issaquah History Museums for its Move Ready project.
The award was part of 4Culture’s sixth annual Heritage Collections Care Funding Program.
In total, 4Culture donated $63,655 to 23 King County nonprofit organizations to support the conservation of their historic collections. The awards ranged from $977 to $5,000, with the Issaquah History Museums receiving the second-largest grant.
August 20, 2013
Become a volunteer with the Issaquah History Museums by attending an upcoming orientation session.
From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 14, the history museums will hold a museum volunteer orientation at the Train Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E. The orientation includes an overview of the organization and the community of Issaquah, as well as of upcoming events.
August 6, 2013
The Issaquah Valley Trolley, a committee of the Issaquah History Museums, invites the public to hop on renovated streetcar No. 519 as it begins 2013 service Aug. 10.
Traveling a half-mile from the Issaquah Train Depot to the bridge near the Darigold Creamery, the trolley will carry passengers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends through summer and into fall.
July 16, 2013
There will be an Issaquah Valley Trolley open house July 23 to inform the public about future trolley service in Issaquah and volunteer opportunities for everyone who loves vintage streetcars.
The event is at 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E. The event is free.
The open house will feature displays and videos about car No. 519 and the history of the trolley project, as well as speakers and a question-and-answer session, according to a press release from IVT, an all-volunteer operation.