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Cowchips to Microchips pages 1 - 10

Cowchips to Microchips pages 1 - 10

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After four years in the making, Redmond Reflections, the Society's 800-plus photo essay of Redmond, is available for purchase!
After four years in the making, Redmond Reflections, the Society's 800-plus photo essay of Redmond, is available for purchase!

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Published by: Richard Morris on Jun 10, 2009
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Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center16600 NE 80
Street—Room 106, Redmond, Washington 98052
This book is dedicated to Redmond’s greatest historian: 
Bob Bailie
 – 2004
Herein abbreviated SVN, Bob’s Sammamish Valley News has forever documented the road we’ve traveled.
o much history, so little time! We regret that this book can only be a sampling of our community’srich, lively history. Every category within these pages presented painful choices for inclusion, atrifling price for our wealth of Society members whose generosity of spirit makes such a publicationpossible. Our mission is to discover, recover, preserve, share and celebrate Redmond’s history.
Memoria simper 
: If we don’t know where we’ve been, we can’t know where we are.
ith special thanks to…Project Manager Miguel Llanos; Dan Aznoff for participating in many facets of this project with enthusiasm;Dale A. Martin for donating the full range of his photographic talents; KayShoudy for her organizational skills, good judgment, and warm scanner;Margaret Evers Wiese for her superior, indefatigable proofreading. And toall the history buffs, too many to name, who helped create this book of images.
Funding for this publication provided by 
Brad BestCity of RedmondKing County Cultural Development AuthorityRedmond Historical Society
First Printing: 2004
Printed in Bellevue, Washington by 411 PrintersGraphic Design by Angie Wean of Redmond, Washington
Redmond Reflections
 from cowchips to microchips 
Compiled and Edited byNaomi Hardy
“I’m worried, too,” Chuck Bowser tellshis cousin John Balmer. “It’s only1950, and we gotta wait another49 years for the Redmond HistoricalSociety to be founded so we can join.What are we going to do till then?”
Frances McEvers collection
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“Indian Houses,” woodcutby Richard Bennett
Helen Bennett Johnston collection
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Business and Family Have Come Together
Redmond has always had a specialblend of vitality and a spirit that unites usas a community of dedicated citizens. Thisvitality can be traced from City Hall toevery resident living in the greater Redmond area.“Redmond Reflections: From Cowchips to Microchips” is an excel-lent example of Redmond citizens working together. This book, whichcelebrates the City’s 90th anniversary of incorporation, was made pos-sible by a group of dedicated individuals who share a love of historyand the drive to preserve our local heritage. The publication was cre-ated by the Redmond Historical Society and compiled thanks to hundreds of volunteerhours from its members and friends of the Society.In comparison to other “old timers,” I am a relative newcomer to this community. Myfirst introduction to Redmond took place in 1955 when I purchased a little brick building atthe corner of Leary Way and Cleveland Street that had been home to the original RedmondState Bank. The building was built in 1911 by banker Fred Roberts and insurance agentFrank Shinstrom. Today, as we approach the end of our first century as members of the Redmond com-munity, we can only speculate on what future editions of this book would look like. Let usall hope and pray that our beloved city becomes an even more prosperous, peaceful placefor coming generations.In the early 1960s, the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce adopted a phrasethat has become an appropriate expression of our sentimentfor the City, and for members of its business community.“Redmond: Where Business and Pleasure Go Together.” Howright they were. For me, Redmond has truly become a place where business and family have come together in beautifulharmony.
Brad Best
The Best family, from left: Joan,Florence, Karen, David, Brad,Gregory.
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Helen Bennett Johnston collection
“Indian Women,” woodcut by Richard Bennett
ife in early Redmond would have been impos-sible without help from the Indians. They wouldtrade a large salmon for a brass button. A little redflannel material would secure potatoes, berries,clams or venison. Indian neighbors showed thesettlers how to preserve and prepare fruit withoutsugar or any cooking process. They taught themto cook food very slowly and thoroughly over aperiod of days in the Indian manner. They taughtthem how to make moccasins and leather leggingsfor use in the cold winter, and when the pioneers’children became ill, it was the tribal healer ormedicine man who knew how to brew the specialherbs to bring the fever down and ease the pain.The Indians of this area were very religious. Theirgraves had small shelters built above them tokeep off the rain, and they were decorated.—Joan Appleby, librarian
Dwenar Forgue and son, 1917
Katherine Barker Forgue collection
 wenar Forgue, 79, amember of the SnoqualmieIndian tribe, said thepeople’s numbers havedwindled to about 340members. Except for EdDavis of Fall City, a bishopof the Indian ShakerChurch, Forgue believesshe’s the next oldest mem-ber. Now a widow, Mrs.Forgue was married in1916 at the age of 18. Atthat time she lived inMonohon, a logging community near Redmond whereshe was born and grew up. Muckleshoot Indians alsoresided along the east shores of Lake Sammamish. Allof her ten children attended Redmond schools. She said,“I have 37 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. They’re all good to me.” Mrs. Forgue’s grandmother,Mary Louie, was a well-known local figure in the earlydays. Before passing away at the age of 125, Mary Louie was a familiar sight in the Northwest as she walkedcountless miles. All alone, she’d walk to Renton,Issaquah (then Squak), Seattle, even over the moun-tains to Yakima to pick hops. In fact, in 1889, she had walked to Seattle from Carnation and arrived just intime to see the great fire. “I took care of her in her later years of life,” Mrs. Forgue said of her grandmother. “Shehad two sons, Charlie and Johnnie Louie who was myfather. My stepfather, the late Jerry Kanim of Carna-tion, was the chief of our tribe. The last time we had agreat powwow was in 1933. It was held in the oldFillmore logging camp cookhouse at Monohon.” Mrs.Forgue is herself a princess. An easy-going, affable lady,Mrs. Forgue spends much of her time sewing, crochet-ing, watching television, and taking care of her plants.Life’s been kind to her, she said, as she glanced at pho-tographs on the mantle of the many descendants she’sleft to follow in her footsteps. Hopefully, there’ll beenough to carry on the name and spirit of the tribe.
 —Oscar Roloff, 1978
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Katherine BarkerForgueChief Jerry Kanim and his wife, Jennie Horn Kanim
Katherine Barker Forgue collectionKatherine Barker Forgue collection
 Jennie Horn LouieNelson KanimMary Louie was known by manyEastsiders accustomed to seeing her walking with a cane far and wideacross the countryside. In 1910, sheposed here for a photographer on theporch of the Monohon store on Lake Sammamish.With her are storekeeper Mr. Valentine, right, andGuy Baty wearing a hat.
Katherine Barker Forgue collectionKatherine Barker Forgue collection
Evelyn and Jennie Kanim, 1922
 Jerry and Kate Borst

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