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RHS Newsletter 03 2005

RHS Newsletter 03 2005

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Redmond Historical Society Newsletter March 2005
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 History is Happening in Redmond!The Redmond Recorder 3/05
The Redmond Recorder
 March 2005 Vol. 7, No. 3 Redmond Historical SocietyOur mission:
To discover, recover, preserve, share and celebrate Redmond’s history
16600 NE 80
St, Room 106, Redmond, WA 98052 425-885-2919www.redmondhistory.orgredmondhistory@msn.comOffice hours: Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, 1-4pm, or by appointment
President’s Corner
2005 is off to a great start, with more tocome.At our first meeting, we heard from the
Carlson siblings
of coming to Redmond andstarting one of the first grocery stores.I missed the February presentation bythe Sammamish Heritage Society, but knowthat
Miguel Llanos
videotaped it. We havemany of our meetings on tape, so if you havemissed one you can give us call and we willmake the tape available.
Heidi Bohan
is scheduled for the Marchmeeting. She will talk about our NativeAmerican heritage and her life as an artistliving at the Slough House Park on LearyWay.In April
Norman Blye
, who was born inBellevue in 1916, will tell his “Ferry Tales”.He claims to be the oldest living man born inBellevue. His father worked the ferries onLake Washington and he’ll have a specialguest with him,
Bernadette Horiuchi
. Someof us remember riding the ferries from theeastside to Seattle and have some ferry talesof our own.I’m still working on lining up programsfor the May meeting and the rest of the year.Suggestions are welcome.Some other great plans for 2005 are inthe making. Our book “RedmondReflections,” edited by
Naomi Hardy
, willbe published and available.
Continued on Page 2
Heritage Art Contest
We’re proud to sponsor, along with the RedmondArts Commission and the Eastside Association of FineArts, the first ever (as far as we know!) RedmondHeritage Art Contest.Whether you’re new to the art world or established,we encourage you to enter ($8 fee for up to 10 pieces).First ($300), second ($200) and third ($100) place prizeswill be awarded and selected entries will be displayed inthe Old Schoolhouse lobby from June to July as part of Derby Days.The Society hopes to acquire one or more pieces andits aim for the event is to promote our mission – in thiscase via artwork!E-mailredmondhistory@msn.comor phone MiguelLlanos at (425) 869-9806 for an entry form. Deadline toenter is May 28.
Our next speaker: Heidi Bohan
The local artist, educator and expert on NativeAmerican uses of plants and herbs will talk about Nativeculture and the need to protect Slough House Park -- aproperty on Leary Way and the Sammamish River that’stied to Native salmon harvests as well as to contemporaryartists Dudley Carter and Ralph Bennett.Heidi lived at Slough House when King County hadan artist-in-residence program. The county is transferringthe property to the City, but obstacles remain. Join usMarch 12, 10.30-noon, at the Old Redmond SchoolhouseCommunity Center.
 History is Happening in Redmond!The Redmond Recorder 3/05
2005 Meetings
All @ 10:30 am
Old Redmond SchoolhouseCommunity Center16600 NE 80
Second Saturday of the month:March 12, April 9,May 14, June 11,Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12
2005 Executive Board
Judy Lang,
 Naomi Hardy,
 Miguel Llanos,
 Teresa Becker,
 Margaret Wiese,
Corresponding Secretary
 Beryl Standley,
Recording Secretary
Board of DirectorsTerri GordonTom HitzrothJon MagnussenAmo MarrDaryl MartinDoris Schaible
90 or Better?
Are you at least 90years young? Or do youknow someone with linksto Redmond who is?If so, the Societywould like to sendbirthday cards to thesevery special people.Please phone
at 425-868-4094 toget added to the list.
Old Redmond Walking Tours Return
Want to impress friends/family with Redmond trivia like which buildingwas both an undertaker’s premises as well as a bordello? Or just want to enjoysome really entertaining stories? Then sign up for the walking tours along LearyWay led by Society board member Tom Hitzroth. This year’s dates are:
 April 17, May 15, June 19 and Sept. 18.
Tours run from 1-2:30 p.m. and walkers meet on the front steps of theJustice White House. Walks won’t be held in the rain!Pre-registration is required. To do so, e-mail Tom atthitzroth@msn.comorphone our office at (425) 885-2919.----------------------------------------------
The President’s Corner
Continued from Page 1
Brad Solomon
, one of ournewest members, is working on aKen Burns style video on earlyRedmond. This is another greatproject and we are thankful to havehis talents.
Tom Hitzroth
will continueoffering walking tours of Redmond.Let’s not forget the RedmondSaturday Market.
Joanne Westlund
 has asked that we participate againthis summer season. It is another funway to visit with folks and to showoff what we are all about. We taketwo hour shifts starting at 9 a.m. Callus if you would like to booth sit.
Amo Marr
and her committeecontinue with plans for improvementsto the Old Redmond Cemetery.We are also thinking about apicnic in June. We plan to take part inthe Bike Derby parade again this Julyand are organizing a Heritage ArtShow around Derby Days.We will be asking for more oralhistories. If you know of someone weshould interview, be sure to tell us.So get involved, join us. We havelots of fun and we are always learningsomething new about “oldRedmond.”
 Judy Aries Lang
A Library is Born
This item ran in the East Side Journalon Sept. 23, 1926 and in 1927Redmond’s first library was operatingon Leary Way between today’s Half Price Books and Western store!
 History is Happening in Redmond!The Redmond Recorder 3/05
Mystery of the Month
Sammamish Valley News editor
Bob Bailie
is seen at far left.
Fred Springsteel
wrote to identify
next to Bob, and then
Ralph James
in the center and “likely”
Arch Nelson
to the right of Ralph. Themen in suits haven’t been identified (Fred thinks they might be agriculture department officials), but Fred’sready “to bet a Bike Derby dollar” that the occasion was when Ralph leased his land on Willows Road to theNelson brothers for York Farm.Ralph bought the property in 1946 and, as Fred notes, “sold the farm” to Rocket Research in 1967. Therest is history, with Rocket Research becoming Redmond’s first high-tech company -- two decades beforeMicrosoft!
So, any confirmation of the occasion and who the two suits are? If so, e-mailredmondhistory@msn.com or call the office at (425) 885-2919.
And if you have mystery photos of the Redmond area, contactredmondhistory@msn.comor mail acopy(ies) to our office, care of Miguel Llanos. We’ll try to get some answers via the newsletter!

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