Press Editorial

May 8, 2012

Park bond should include new museum

The Issaquah City Council is considering asking voters to approve another park bond, either this fall or in 2013.

Voters last passed a park bond six years ago.

The city will soon launch a public opinion survey to gauge residents’ interest in what the bond might include. The survey should reach residents by late spring or early summer.

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Popular film series pulls into Issaquah Train Depot

May 8, 2012

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series includes Hollywood classics and stars from a bygone era.

Films play at 7 p.m. at the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency 4Culture.

“Quicksand” starts the series May 12. In the 1950 film, auto mechanic Dan Brady (Mickey Rooney) meets a blonde temptress (Jeanne Cagney) and tries to impress her. But Brady gets into trouble as minor embezzlement escalates into more serious crime.

On June 9, audiences can see “My Man Godfrey” — a 1936 film about a high-society scavenger hunt gone awry. Socialite Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard) stumbles upon a vagabond named Godfrey (William Powell) and offers him a position as a butler. But the bum is, in fact, the heir of a well-to-do family.

“Bluebeard” concludes the series July 14. In the 1944 film, John Carradine stars as Gaston, a puppeteer — and a wanted serial killer. Gaston has high expectations for his models, and he strangles them if they fail to please him. Model Lucille (Jean Parker) vows to bring the monster to justice.

120 years of Issaquah

April 24, 2012

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  • Issaquah is founded as Gilman. The city is named for railroad baron Daniel Hunt Gilman.


  • The postmaster called for mail sent to Gilman to be addressed to Olney, Wash., to avoid confusion between Gilman and Gilmer, another city in the state.


  • Townsfolk start calling the frontier town Issaquah, or “the sound of water birds” in the language of the American Indians native to the region.


  • State lawmakers approve official name change from Gilman to Issaquah.


  • Wilbur W. Sylvester founds the Bank of Issaquah in a clapboard building.

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‘Easter Parade’ ends Issaquah Train Depot film series

April 10, 2012

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! departs the station soon.

The last film in the spring series plays at 7 p.m. April 14 at the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency, 4Culture.

“Easter Parade” concludes the series. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire sing and dance across the screen. In the romantic musical classic from 1948, a dancer (Astaire) and a chorus girl (Garland) join forces in order to show up his former dance partner, Nadine (Ann Miller).

Check out Washington history with historian’s new book

April 3, 2012

Lorraine McConaghy

A public historian for the Seattle Museum of History & Industry, Lorraine McConaghy describes her new book as an “exhibition between book covers.”

For “New Land, North of the Columbia,” McConaghy visited at least 50 archives, from national registries to small-town history museums. Very little of the research was done on the Internet. One reason is that some of the items she hoped to gather just aren’t available electronically, she said.

But probably more importantly, McConaghy said she wanted to actually see and feel the documents, wanted to see the context from which they emerged.

“I wanted to look at the material, to hold it in my hands,” she added.

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Historic Issaquah trolley car departs for restoration in Iowa

March 13, 2012

Don McWhirter, with the Issaquah Valley Trolley Project, lops overgrown brambles at the railroad track beside the Darigold plant so the trolley could be moved March 12 onto a tractor-trailer for the trip to Iowa for restoration. By Greg Farrar

The historic trolley car on display at the Issaquah Train Depot departed the station March 12, as the long-planned effort to restore and run the car in downtown Issaquah inched ahead.

The 87-year-old Lisbon No. 519 trolley car left for Ida Grove, Iowa, and the Gomaco Trolley Co. — a trolley car manufacturer and restorer. If the restoration plan unfolds as scheduled, the trolley should return to Issaquah in September.

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KIDSTAGE offers summer camps, classes

March 6, 2012

Opportunities abound in the Village Theatre KIDSTAGE program for children and teenagers interested in the performing arts.

The popular program includes a series of summer camps and theater classes for students of all ages.

In Issaquah, the class lineup includes popular classes throughout the summer. The summer camps in Issaquah start June 11.

The program makes KIDSTAGE students eligible for half-price single student tickets to any Village Theatre Mainstage production on sale during the course of the camp.

Village Theatre holds classes at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., the First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St. N., and the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

Find a complete listing of classes on the Village Theatre website,

Experience life in Issaquah 100 years ago — outhouses, saloons and all

February 21, 2012

Forget the buttoned-up suburb, circa 2012, to envision Issaquah from a century ago.

Issaquah in 1912 included more saloons than churches. The coalmines and logging camps attracted a tough-as-nails crowd. The era required a little more steel in the backbone.

Townsfolk eked out a hardscrabble life, but still managed to loosen up at the Stockholm Hotel & Saloon or Clark’s Place. In homes, simple conveniences — indoor plumbing, for instance — ranked as unheard-of luxuries.

Imagine a typical day from 1912.

The chill February air is a bracing alarm, almost as difficult to ignore as the crowing rooster outside.

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Community members unearth artifacts for museums’ collection

February 21, 2012

Mary Scott was looking for stock at a yard or estate sale when she found it.

As a local antique dealer and Issaquah History Museums volunteer, she knew there was more to the old 16-by-16-by-26 inch wooden box on wheels than what probably met the eye.

And while officials with the museums are still trying to figure out the technical term for it, for now it’s been dubbed the hot box — a contraption meant to keep large amounts of food warm while it’s transported en masse to railroad workers or loggers at mealtimes. It is thought to have been used between 1890 and 1920.

Scott joined more than 40 other donors in 2011 to bring in artifacts and photographs that help piece together Issaquah’s rich history one item at a time. Items donated to the organizations must, first and foremost, be linked to Issaquah, and they must also have unique appeal.

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Issaquah Train Depot film series returns

February 7, 2012

The popular Films @ the Train Depot! series includes Hollywood classics and mega-stars from a bygone era.

Films play at 7 p.m. at the historic Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. The program is free, due to support from the city Arts Commission and the King County cultural agency 4Culture.

“My Favorite Brunette” launches the series Feb. 11. The 1947 film stars Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.

The classic “His Girl Friday” is scheduled for March 10. “Easter Parade” is due to conclude the series April 14.

Since the film program launched in October 2009, it has featured series of Bing Crosby films, train-themed films, films set in Washington and noir classics.

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