History Museums gets reinforcements

May 20, 2014

The Issaquah History Museums was one of four area museums that recently received the 7th annual Reinforcement Crew award provided by the American Alliance of Museum Registrars Committee.

On May 17, museum registrars from donated their time to help care for the History Museum’s artifacts.

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Issaquah Valley Trolley service starts soon

May 13, 2014

The vintage Issaquah Valley Trolley resumes service downtown May 17.

The car will run from the Train Depot to the east fork of Issaquah Creek and back from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Passengers purchase boarding passes at the depot ticket window, 78 First Ave. N.E. Fares, a suggested $5 donation per person, includes admission to the Depot Museum and Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children 5 and younger are free, as well as History Museums members with membership cards.

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Opening the archives

May 13, 2014

An ongoing look at memorable images from Issaquah’s past

2009.006.080.084 Boating on Pine Lake Two young women, Gertrude Goode and Bea ?, sit in the stern of a small boat at Pine Lake; hills and trees are in the background. Handwritten beside photo: ’Bea & Gertrude Goode’ and ’Boating on Pine Lake.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album, dated 1911-1921.

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Boating on Pine Lake
Two young women, Gertrude Goode and Bea ?, sit in the stern of a small boat at Pine Lake; hills and trees are in the background. Handwritten beside photo: ’Bea & Gertrude Goode’ and ’Boating on Pine Lake.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album, dated 1911-1921.

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.

Letters

May 6, 2014

Tiger Mountain

Librarian hopes school will continue for years to come

My personal experience with Tiger Mountain Community High School was limited to about an hour and a half on Dec. 7, 1992.

I was at that time the young adult librarian at the Issaquah Library, and I visited the school to present a program to a group of young parents.

I didn’t know what would be of interest, but I took along cloth books, board books, books about making toys or clothes or baby food — everything I could think of.

In my entire career as a librarian, I’ve never addressed such an interested, even rapt, audience! Those students were so keen to see the materials I’d brought. They loved the hand puppets (which at that time were for circulation), and some decided then and there to convert the stuffed toys they were scheduled to make into hand puppets instead. Their teacher agreed to help them with the project.

I was able to give every parent a copy of “Goodnight Moon,” (and incidentally, I’d really had to work to persuade the library administration to let me have those books for that particular audience).

The teenagers were happy to show me their lovely babies after the program, and to tell me how they were caring for them — only 15 or 16 years old, but devoted caregivers.

I’ve often thought of those students and their children, children who would now be much older than their parents were in 1992. I do hope their lives turned out happily. I’m sure that attending Tiger Mountain Community High School helped a lot in that respect, and that the school will continue to assist all its students for years to come.

Marnie Webb

Issaquah

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Issaquah’s unique heritage is on display for History Month

May 6, 2014

“Every community has its own weird, wild and wonderful stories, and Issaquah is no exception,” according to Erica Maniez, director of Issaquah History Museums.

This is the fourth year the museums will spotlight Issaquah’s unique heritage throughout the month of May for Local History Month.

The organization operates two museums people can visit, Gilman Town Hall, 165 S.E. Andrews St., and the Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.

Town Hall has exhibits on display that show the history of the town; the Depot Museum highlights the role the railroad played in the town’s development.

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Opening the archives

May 6, 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.

2009.006.080.062  Three of a Kind Three smiling guys, enjoying the sunshine, wearing three-piece suits and driving caps, are ‘Petch, Art Anderson, Sellers.’ The photo is from Ferol Tibbetts’ album dated 1911-1921.

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Three of a Kind
Three smiling guys, enjoying the sunshine, wearing three-piece suits and driving caps, are ‘Petch, Art Anderson, Sellers.’ The photo is from Ferol Tibbetts’ album dated 1911-1921.

Opening the archives

April 29, 2014

98.010.005  Gilman Baseball Team in Uniform The 1893 Gilman Baseball Team from left to right was back row: Fred Ryerson, Herman Settem, James Wilson, Tom Patterson and Joe Settem; middle row: William Francis, John Francis and Al Beisel; and front row: Hugh Fitzhugh and ‘Doc’ Garner.

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Gilman Baseball Team in Uniform
The 1893 Gilman Baseball Team from left to right was back row: Fred Ryerson, Herman Settem, James Wilson, Tom Patterson and Joe Settem; middle row: William Francis, John Francis and Al Beisel; and front row: Hugh Fitzhugh and ‘Doc’ Garner.

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.

Opening the archives

April 22, 2014

An ongoing look at memorable images from Issaquah’s past

 

87.040.001  Gibson Hall, under construction, circa 1948 A group of men work on Gibson Hall during its construction. On the roof, left to right, are Frank Castagno (auto freight), Ed K. Erickson, Clifford Johnson (elementary school principal) and Joe Santa (Ed’s brother-in-law at the time). On the ground, left to right, are Ed Merritt, Bert Dahl (high school president), Mike Shain (real estate), Hec La Chance (Highway 10 Lumber), Clyde Matters (president of Hastings College), Tony Walen (food center), Tim or Jim Brooks (Fox Movie Tone Pictures), unknown, Pod Stonebridge (construction co-owner) and Dick Erickson (local writer).

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Gibson Hall, under construction, circa 1948
A group of men work on Gibson Hall during its construction. On the roof, left to right, are Frank Castagno (auto freight), Ed K. Erickson, Clifford Johnson (elementary school principal) and Joe Santa (Ed’s brother-in-law at the time). On the ground, left to right, are Ed Merritt, Bert Dahl (high school president), Mike Shain (real estate), Hec La Chance (Highway 10 Lumber), Clyde Matters (president of Hastings College), Tony Walen (food center), Tim or Jim Brooks (Fox Movie Tone Pictures), unknown, Pod Stonebridge (construction co-owner) and Dick Erickson (local writer).

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.

 

Opening the archives

April 18, 2014

An ongoing look at memorable images from issaquah’s past

2001.017.015  Easter Bunny at the Skyport Sports Field For nearly 30 years, the Skyport provided recreation for jumpers, and spectators of all ages. In this photograph, circa 1967, Ed Thomas, aka the Easter Bunny, waves cheerfully while his parachute settles onto the field. The annual jump was sponsored by the May Valley Lions Club.

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Easter Bunny at the Skyport Sports Field
For nearly 30 years, the Skyport provided recreation for jumpers, and spectators of all ages. In this photograph, circa 1967, Ed Thomas, aka the Easter Bunny, waves cheerfully while his parachute settles onto the field. The annual jump was sponsored by the May Valley Lions Club.

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.

Opening the archives

April 8, 2014

72.021.014.129 Lawill’s Rexall Drug Store interior p89, #138 Arcadia book caption: Lou and Gertie Lawill ran Lawill’s Drug Store, on Front Street. Long-time residents recall purchasing everything from comic books and candy to gifts and medication at the store. Notice the sign for Alpine ice cream in the bottom right corner of this 1951 photograph. Gertie and Lou Lawill stand behind the counter. The store was located on the southeast corner of Front and Alder streets.

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Lawill’s Rexall Drug Store interior
p89, #138 Arcadia book caption:
Lou and Gertie Lawill ran Lawill’s Drug Store, on Front Street. Long-time residents recall purchasing everything from comic books and candy to gifts and medication at the store. Notice the sign for Alpine ice cream in the bottom right corner of this 1951 photograph. Gertie and Lou Lawill stand behind the counter. The store was located on the southeast corner of Front and Alder streets.

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.

 

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