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.

 

Join ‘Civil War Reader’s Theater’ on April 12

April 8, 2014

Come hear and participate in a dramatic performance of the Washington Territory’s Civil War connections April 12.

The free event starts at 1 p.m. at the Train Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.

The Issaquah History Museums has partnered with Humanities Washington to invite the community to “Territorial Voices, A Civil War Reader’s Theater,” an engaging conversation with historian Lorraine McConaghy, a member of the 2012-14 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

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Opening the archives

April 1, 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.

2002.001.020 Ida May Tibbetts Goode and John Maurice Goode sat for a portrait about a month after their Feb. 11, 1893, wedding. Ida, the daughter of George Washington Tibbetts, was 19. Pearl Tibbetts was close to her cousin, Ida. Taken by Hardy, 314 Pike St., Seattle.

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Ida May Tibbetts Goode and John Maurice Goode sat for a portrait about a month after their Feb. 11, 1893, wedding. Ida, the daughter of George Washington Tibbetts, was 19. Pearl Tibbetts was close to her cousin, Ida. Taken by Hardy, 314 Pike St., Seattle.

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.

Join ‘The Residue of History: Olde Town Mine History Walk’ on March 29

March 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 25, 2014

Join Issaquah History Museums history hike leaders at the depot museum March 29 to explore the mining history that continues to shape downtown Issaquah.

Get a new perspective on Issaquah’s Olde Town neighborhood through historic photos, maps and observation of the changing landscape.

The first in a series of three mining history-themed interpretive walks will showcase the mine areas on the edge of downtown Issaquah.

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