Local history ‘doodle’ book is aimed at kids

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.

 

Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

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.

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Opening the archives

November 12, 2013

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.

2007.22.54/ 2010.004.001 Everybody’s Doin’ It, 1910 Postcard format of two young women (left) and two young men posed on a half-moon cut-out under an Issaquah pennant. On the moon’s chin is printed, ‘Everybody’s Doing It.’ Looks like a school dance or school event photo. Both young men are wearing dark suits with light shirts and ties that match the shirts and have fedoras over fairly short haircuts. The photos were with others found on eBay.

2007.22.54/ 2010.004.001
Everybody’s Doin’ It, 1910
Postcard format of two young women posed on a half-moon cut-out under an Issaquah pennant. On the moon’s chin is printed, ‘Everybody’s Doing It.’ Looks like a school dance or school event photo.  The photos were with others found on eBay.

Opening the archives

November 5, 2013

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.

72.021.014.022G Clark Elementary School Teachers, 1966 Pictured in their staff photo from left to right are (front row) Jean Jaekel, Luella Grant, Bob Eiene, Sue Smith, Polly Heft, Janie Link, Louise Quistorff, and Ron Reed; (middle row) Clella Menold, Emma Crow, Mary Boyden, Sylvia Bender, Pearl Deering, Agnes Hammond, Carol King, Joan Krivasha, and Bob Reed; (back row) Mary Whelus, Betty Evans, Ruth Colingham, Shirley Hayes, Marian Oules, Eleanor Hope, Margaret Medalon, Agnes Houdek, Mabel Miles, Cleo Somsak, Joe Zimmerman, and Ray Upton.

Clark Elementary School Teachers, 1966
Pictured in their staff photo from left to right are (front row) Jean Jaekel, Luella Grant, Bob Eiene, Sue Smith, Polly Heft, Janie Link, Louise Quistorff, and Ron Reed; (middle row) Clella Menold, Emma Crow, Mary Boyden, Sylvia Bender, Pearl Deering, Agnes Hammond, Carol King, Joan Krivasha, and Bob Reed; (back row) Mary Whelus, Betty Evans, Ruth Colingham, Shirley Hayes, Marian Oules, Eleanor Hope, Margaret Medalon, Agnes Houdek, Mabel Miles, Cleo Somsak, Joe Zimmerman, and Ray Upton.

Hear the story of ‘Schaller Bennett, rodeo cowboy’ Oct. 12

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.

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Off The Press

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.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

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.

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History Museums receive grant from 4Culture

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.

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History museums to host volunteer orientation

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.

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Issaquah’s trolley is ready to roll

August 6, 2013

All aboard!

By Peter Clark After the trolley presentation July 23, attendees were invited to tour No. 519 on its track and ask questions of the conductors.

By Peter Clark
After the trolley presentation July 23, attendees were invited to tour No. 519 on its track and ask questions of the conductors.

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.

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Trolley open house is July 23

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 future service of Issaquah Valley Trolley Car No. 519 will be discussed at an open house July 23. By David Johnson

The future service of Issaquah Valley Trolley Car No. 519 will be discussed at an open house July 23.
By David Johnson

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.

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Issaquah History Museums presents the story of ‘Bad Ben Legg’ on July 13

July 12, 2013

NEW — 6 p.m. July 12, 2013

The past of every community is enriched by fascinating individuals who actively participated in events that had a lasting impact.

Issaquah is no exception. Join Issaquah History Museums’ director Erica Maniez for a colorful tale of such a person from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 in the historic Train Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.

On March 28, 1920, Ben Legg had reportedly been drinking moonshine when he grabbed his gun and set out after his neighbor, Tom Hall. By the end of the day, shots had been fired, Legg was in jail and a Seattle Times headline blared, “Bad Ben Legg Has An Aim That Matches His Heart!”

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