Community Cornerstone

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.

Issaquah History Museums FIC.2000.049   The 1921 Issaquah High School women’s basketball team are (from left) May Wilkinson, Alix Sween, Erma Brown, Pearl Peck, Marie Chevalier, Alene O’Connor, Julia Erickson and Mildred Thompson.

Issaquah History Museums FIC.2000.049
The 1921 Issaquah High School women’s basketball team are (from left) May Wilkinson, Alix Sween, Erma Brown, Pearl Peck, Marie Chevalier, Alene O’Connor, Julia Erickson and Mildred Thompson.

After all, the three were about to make history, representing the very first graduating class of Issaquah High School.

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Opening the archives

February 18, 2014

72.021.014.071 Burt’s Hamburger Station, 1951,  p99, #154 Arcadia book caption: With the increase in auto travel came drive-thru restaurants and roadside attractions. Burt’s Hamburger Station on Highway 10 (today’s Gilman Boulevard) catered to travelers looking for a quick bite to eat. Pictured are, from left to right, Roy, Mabel and Clarence Burt, proprietors. Clarence and Mabel Burt started the roadside burger business in 1950 on the spot where Pogacha Restaurant stands.

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Burt’s Hamburger Station, 1951,
p99, #154 Arcadia book caption:
With the increase in auto travel came drive-thru restaurants and roadside attractions. Burt’s Hamburger Station on Highway 10 (today’s Gilman Boulevard) catered to travelers looking for a quick bite to eat. Pictured are, from left to right, Roy, Mabel and Clarence Burt, proprietors. Clarence and Mabel Burt started the roadside burger business in 1950 on the spot where Pogacha Restaurant stands.

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.

 

Issaquah History Museums presents ‘Cougar Mountain in the Cold War’ on Saturday

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.

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Editorial

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.

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Opening the archives

December 17, 2013

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection at http://bit.ly/issaquahpics. 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. Send your history photos to editor@isspress.com.

95.028.038B Issaquah High School in the snow Clarence Bagley wrote of the building in his ‘History of King County,’ ‘The handsome structure, which now houses Issaquah consolidated district No. 205 was built in 1915, chiefly from the proceeds of a $30,000 bond issue. The old building still stands at the rear and is almost completely occupied.’

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Issaquah High School in the snow
Clarence Bagley wrote of the building in his ‘History of King County,’ ‘The handsome structure, which now houses Issaquah consolidated district No. 205 was built in 1915, chiefly from the proceeds of a $30,000 bond issue. The old building still stands at the rear and is almost completely occupied.’

Opening the archives

December 10, 2013

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection at http://bit.ly/issaquahpics. 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. Send your history photos to editor@isspress.com.

93.020.006.003 Santa Claus Coming to Town in a Covered Wagon Bill Bergsma Sr. was well-known in Issaquah for his role as the town’s perennial Santa Claus. Bergsma, a lifelong Issaquah resident, passed away in 1997. Here, Santa rides down Front Street in a covered wagon.

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Santa Claus Coming to Town in a Covered Wagon
Bill Bergsma Sr. was well-known in Issaquah for his role as the town’s perennial Santa Claus. Bergsma, a lifelong Issaquah resident, passed away in 1997. Here, Santa rides down Front Street in a covered wagon.

Opening the archives

December 3, 2013

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection at http://bit.ly/issaquahpics. 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. Send your history photos to editor@isspress.com.

2001.036.001 Ice Skating at Horrocks Farm Ice-skating at Horrocks’ Farm was a popular winter pastime for several generations of Issaquah residents.

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Ice Skating at Horrocks Farm
Ice-skating at Horrocks’ Farm was a popular winter pastime for several generations of Issaquah residents.

Opening the archives

November 26, 2013

94.010.011 Tibbetts-Goode families about to go to Florida Issaquah’s first car was shipped by rail and assembled in 1911. In this 1916 photograph, the Tibbetts and Goode families prepare for a car trip to Florida, more than 3,000 miles away. Pictured from left to right are Gertrude (Goode) McKinnon, George W. Tibbetts, Ida Maude (Goode) Walimaki, William Goode, Cora Bea (Goode) Lassen, Rebecca (Wilson) Tibbetts, Ida Mae (Tibbetts) Goode, John Maurice Goode and Edward John Goode. The cars are 1915 (left) and 1916 (right) model Fords.

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Tibbetts-Goode families about to go to Florida
Issaquah’s first car was shipped by rail and assembled in 1911. In this 1916 photograph, the Tibbetts and Goode families prepare for a car trip to Florida, more than 3,000 miles away. Pictured from left to right are Gertrude (Goode) McKinnon, George W. Tibbetts, Ida Maude (Goode) Walimaki, William Goode, Cora Bea (Goode) Lassen, Rebecca (Wilson) Tibbetts, Ida Mae (Tibbetts) Goode, John Maurice Goode and Edward John Goode. The cars are 1915 (left) and 1916 (right) model Fords.

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.

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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.

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