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.

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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