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HISTORY IS HAPPENING IN REDMOND • April 2013

Redmond HistoRical society
apRil 2013 • neWsletteR • Vol. 15 • no. 4
Our PurPOSE:
To Discover, recover, preserve, shAre AnD celebrATe
reDmonD’s hisTory
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norDics in The norThwesT
April GenerAl meeTinG:
SATURDAY, APRIL 13 10:30 A.M. TO 12:00 NOON
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th Street
The wave
of immigrants
from Scandinavia
in the 1800s
reached across
the Northwest, and
Redmond was no
exception. It’s a rich
cultural history, and
one that the director
of the Seattle-based
Swedish Cultural
Center,
Kristine Leander,
will share with us on
Saturday, April 13.
The grand-daughter
of Swedish pioneers to Skagit Valley, Kristine will focus on Norwegians and
extrapolate from there on the broader Scandinavian experience. “I’ll try to
bring in the Swedes,” she says. “They’re a more diffcult group to categorize
because they ‘blended’ and wanted to ft in. The Norwegians clumped
together and that makes them easier to study and more able these days to
express their heritage. It’s all history!”
Scandinavian Americans in national costumes visit Seattle’s Alaska Yukon Pacific
Exposition in 1909. In the front row, a couple poses with their fiddler for a mock
wedding, one of the highlights of AYP’s Norway Day. (Photo courtesy Nordic
Heritage Museum)
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ExEcutivE BOard
Chris Himes • President
Judy Lang • Senior Vice-President
Joe Townsend • Vice-President Finance
John Phillips • Vice-President Collections
Mary Hanson • Secretary
BOard Of dirEctOrS
Rosemarie Ives
Janice LeVeck
Judith Simpson
Sherry Stilin
Kris Swanson
Margaret Evers Wiese
OfficE ManagEr • Monica Park
attOrnEy • Charles Diesen
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Miguel Llanos • Editor
Patti Simpson Ward • Design Consultant
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Janice LeVeck • Graphic Designer
janiceannleveck.com
2013
MaJOr
SPOnSOrS
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whAT’s new
online

DestinationHeritage.org, a
website produced by 4Culture,
continues to add content about
Seattle-area history. From the
homepage, which brings up
a clickable map of the region,
choose “Northeast” to zero in on
our region. The content includes
great audio summaries of these
histories:
• Lake Washington Shipyards
• Marymoor Park
• Carnation Farm
• Dougherty Farmstead
COVER FEATURE & WHAT’S NEW
1 Nordics in the Northwest
2 2013 RHS Offcers & Board
2 What’s New • Online
DestinationHeritage.org
RHS NEWS
3 Candid Cameras Exhibit
4 Slough Races Event
5 Stilin Joins Board • Paul Bark Tribute
6-7 The Redmond Trading Company as
Time Machine
8 Historical Thank You’s • Saturday
Market • Walking Tours
9 Gift Ideas from RHS
MEMBERSHIP & CONTACT INFO
10 March Meeting Attendees
• List of RHS Lifetimers
11 Membership Form
12 Address & RHS Contact Info
TAble of conTenTs
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what’S
nEw
showcAsinG our hisTory:
cAnDiD cAmerAs
An exhibit of cameras outside
our offce tells stories not just about
how the technology has evolved,
but about the local folks who owned
the cameras—among them Dr.
John Way and Angela Aries Lang.
Cheryl and Gene Magnuson did
an incredible job captioning each
artifact. Stop by any time this month
for a close-up look!
(All photos by Miguel Llanos)
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sAluTe To sAmmAmish slouGh rAces
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Inspired by the colorful
history of the Sammamish
River/Slough races, artist
Gaul Culley has organized
a multi-city tribute with
speakers, an origami boat
building workshop and, of
course, race boats. The free
event is Sunday, April 7, from
12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. at
Kenmore City Hall.
“I’m estimating about 20
to 30 boats” will be there,
says Gaul, who designed
the poster at right. They’ll
include “Rapid Robert”
Waite’s boat and Bill
Boeing’s “Miss Wahoo”.
Steve Greaves of the
Seattle Outboard Association
will be the keynote speaker
and moderate a panel that includes former Kirkland resident Bob Pinney
representing racing in the Redmond-area. The public will be invited to
share their stories as well.
Gaul—whose father-in-law Dave Culley won the slough race—has
two long-term goals:
• Creating a yearly event “that celebrates the ‘Builders’ of our
communities and the Sammamish River as elemental to the cities of
Kenmore, Bothell, Woodinville and Redmond.”
• Creating artworks that narrate the history of the Sammamish River.
Support for Gaul’s goals thus far have been from the City of Kenmore,
4Culture, The Kenmore Heritage Society, Bothell Historical Society/
Museum, Redmond Historical Society, the Seattle Outboard Association,
The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, and local businesses.
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sherry sTilin Joins socieTy boArD
Lifetime member Sherry Stilin last month accepted a board position, but
weeks before that she was already shaking things up—in a great way. She’s
heading a marketing campaign to better brand what we do, so expect some
announcements soon. “We are working on a plan to make a much bigger effort
to promote the Saturday program to the public with the goal of attracting new
members,” she says.
Sherry, a Wisconsin native who had a sales/marketing career in the computer
industry, raised three sons with her husband John in Redmond.
Her history inspiration? “My father was a teacher and loved history,” Sherry
says. “My family spent many summers pulling our travel trailer all over the country
with a focus on historic sights and museums!”
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A sTuDenT’s TribuTe To
TeAcher pAul bArk
“Mr Bark, 91? There must, it seems, be
a terrible mistake, a misprint. I last saw him,
in passing, where in the world would it have
been—at our 20th Lake Washington High
School reunion, maybe—and he had scarcely
aged. ...And his hair was slightly thinned but
still oiled and swept up into a graceful curve,
rather like the front bumper on the old XK150
Jaguar. I’m sure I wasn’t the only Junior High
school boy who envied him his slick but manly
hair style. But more important was his kindly
impassioned interest in teaching us not only
History but teaching us also how to learn—and
to value learning for its own sake, not just for
grades. That was a new concept for some of
us. And a precious one.”
“Each of us had, at one time or another,
a teacher who instilled in us that sense of
learning being not just a duty but an opportunity,
something exciting and important.”
A memorial service for Paul is being held on Saturday, April 20,
2013, at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center Auditorium from
12 noon to 3:00 p.m. All are welcome.
Paul Bark, retired Redmond
Junior High teacher (Photo
courtesy of David Bark)
The mention last month about the passing at age 91 of retired Redmond
Junior High teacher Paul Bark prompted Bill Root, one of his many
students, to send along a tribute. Below are excerpts:
The mention last month about the passing at age 91 of
retired Redmond Junior High teacher Paul Bark
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reDmonD TrADinG compAny ...
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The late, great journalist Lucile McDonald specialized in all things
Eastside. In 1993, Marymoor Museum published “Lucile McDonald’s Eastside
Notebook: 101 Local History Vignettes”. Edited by Lorraine McConaghy,
it contained columns written for the Journal-American when Lucile was in
her 80s. Below is Vignette 98, frst published on November 7, 1977, as a
snapshot of days gone by. The building itself still stands—today it’s Half Price
Books Store!
More than a decade ago, Redmond boasted a store which was the
joy of shoppers of old-fashioned commodities, particularly the grocery
line. Curiosity seekers looked in there just for the pleasure of viewing
what merchandising was like when their parents were young. The place
was known to Seattleites as well as Eastside residents and many must
have regretted when the Redmond Trading Company closed its doors.
The owner, William Howell, died after a long illness and Leary Way has
never been quite the same since his demise.
Howell arrived in Redmond from North Carolina in 1910 when
the population was less than 800 people. Three stores served the
little logging community. Customers often pulled up in horse-drawn
conveyances and at least six hitching posts were installed in front of
the trading company. Howell preserved one as a novelty after the early
wooden sidewalk was replaced by cement. When the store was new it
had a shed roof extending over the walk.
Inside the building, Howell divided his wares in two sections, one
for groceries and dry goods, the other for feed and hardware. Here
the customer in the late 1950s could fnd such rarities as tin milk pans,
crocks, kerosene lanterns and pitcher pumps.
In the line of dry goods Howell carried a few cotton stockings for the
little old ladies who still asked for them. In a drawer were button hooks
and shoe buttons. On the counter stood wooden spool cabinets and
one for packages of dye. Nearby was a pot-bellied heating stove like
those every railroad station formerly had.
Behind the grocery counters were open bins, intended for dried
prunes, beans, suger, dried apples and the like. Three large tin
canisters stood on top labeled Mocha and Java, Tapioca, and S.C.
Japan. Howell handled only roasted coffee but for a long time he had
a coffee mill. After everyone began buying coffee in cans he gave the
mill to a chicken rancher to grind bones. He also got rid of the cabinet
of spice drawers after customers ceased to ask for whole nutmeg,
cinnamon sticks and sarsaparilla.
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… As Time mAchine
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On the counter
stood glass cases
that held rock
candy, jawbreakers,
licorice whips,
jelly beans and
wafer candies with
mottoes. Children
with pennies took
considerable
time making their
selections.
Howell learned
his store-keeping
in Redmond. The
business started
with four partners
but one left and two
others died, leaving
Howell alone with
his memories of
what the place had
been like when
he began there.In
those days sugar
generally was sold
in hundred-pound
sacks and no one
bought less than
ffty ponds of four
at a time. Molasses
came in ffty-gallon
barrels and that customer brought a jug to carry some home in. Lard was in tin
pails and items did not arrive in cellophane-wrapped packages.
A storekeeper knew what to order then; goods remained in style a long time
and loggers’ families were not going out to Seattle over a muddy road through the
woods and across the lake by ferry every week to shop. Howell outlived the era,
but it was strange how many people called at his store in the 1950s for the old-
fashioned wares he continued to stock.
Lucile McDonald also wrote about The Redmond Trading
Company for The Seattle Times in 1955, just as William Howell
was winding down the business. This illustration accompanied her
article and both are archived in our offce!
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huGe hisToricAl
ThAnk yous To:
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4Culture for awarding us $3,000 a year over the next two years. The
Sustained Support Grant acknowledges our success in building and
maintaining a heritage society with the help of our members
Tamara Moen for donating dozens of slides of the boat races on the
Sammamish Slough and even on Lake Sammamish. We’ll be showing those
at the April 7 Slough Races event in Kenmore (See Page 4).

wAlkinG Tours Are bAck!
May will mark the start of the 2013 Redmond Saturday Market, where we
staff a booth on the frst Saturday of each month. It’s a great place to see old
friends and make new ones, especially folks who have recently moved to
Redmond. People love stopping at our booth to check out old photos and pick
up newsletters.
We’re looking to staff two-hour shifts. If you can help, please contact Judy
Aries Lang at lang.judy@comcast.net or 425-823-3551.
sATurDAy mArkeT neArs,
Any volunTeers?
We’re pleased to announce the 10th anniversary of the Old Redmond
Historic Walking Tours! This year’s tours are on Sunday afternoons, April 21,
May 19, and June 16 from 1:00 p.m.to 2:30 p.m. A haunted history tour on
September 15 will be held in the evening.
Historian Tom Hitzroth is the man with the
stories, gossip, and names that make Redmond’s
early history so interesting. Tours begin at the
Justice White House, 7730 Leary Way NE. A $10
per person suggested donation supports Society
programs and is payable by credit card on our
website, or by check sent to our offce at 16600
NE 80th Street, Room 106, Redmond, WA, 98052.
Registration is required by the Friday before the
tour. A tour will not be held if it rains.
Tom Hitzroth, Historian and
Walking Tour Guide (Photo courtesty
of HeadSpinnner Photography)
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SHIPPING & HANDLING: Please add $5.00 shipping & handling surchage
for any order that you would like mailed.
ORDERING INFO*:
NAME____________________________________________________ PHONE NUMBER_____________________
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NOTE: REDMoND REfLEcTIoNS is also available at the RHS OFFICE at the Old
Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center. (Hours of operation on page 12.)

REDMOND
REFLECTIONS

$
15
(INCLUDES TAX)
*
Need something special for someone
who appreciates our history? These
are available at our Society offce:
GREETING CARDS, MAGNETS
& NOTE CARDS
featuring artwork by local artists:
• PATTI SIMPSON WARD
• DORISJEAN COLVIN
• PAT DUGAN
“Our TOwn”
History of Redmond by Nancy Way
“View Of HisTOry” DVD
This painting of Marymoor Park, flying Kites at the clise
Mansion, is the work of fne artist Patti Simpson Ward.
Visit her website to see more images of Eastside settings—
pattisimpsonward.com).
OrdEr
nOw
GreAT GifT iDeAs for hisTory lovers
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mArch meeTinG ATTenDees MEMBErShiP

Elsie Bartley
David Bartley
Sylvia Bernauer*
VALORIE BORDON
DOROTHY BRASHEARS
BOBBIE JO CONORS
GAUL CULLEY
Tony Emmanuel*
Lillian Garland*
Evelyn Gilbert*
BONNIE HALBERT
Tom Hall
Suzanne Hall
Thomas E. Hansen*
Mary Hanson*
Roy Hanson*
Marge Hanson*
Jerry Hardy*
Chris Himes*
Pat Jovag*
Elaine Keeley*
Bruce Kenyon*
Judy Aries Lang*
Miguel Llanos*
Cheryl Magnuson*
Gene Magnuson*
SHARON MARGARET
Larry E. Miller*
Urla Morgan*
Richard Morris
Alexa Munoz*
Monica Park
Virginia Pickett*
Fernando Ramos*
Patsy Cook Rosenbach*
David Rossiter*
Julianne Rossiter*
Anne Salmi*
Judith Simpson
Beryl Standley*
Sherry Stilin*
Fran Stray*
Fred Stray*
Kris Swanson*
Jerry Torell*
Joe Townsend*
Judy Turner*
Arlyn Vallene*
Andrew Weiss
RAYMOND WEISS
LANCE WEISS-DAUPHIN
LOGAN WEISS-DAUPHIN
our rhs lifeTime members
Eric Anderson
John Anderson
Barbara Neal Beeson
Brad Best
Marjorie Stensland
Costello
John Couch
Liz Carlson Coward
Tony Emmanuel
Frank Garbarino
Edward L. Hagen
Lucille B.
Hansen-Bellings
Wayne Hansen
Jerry Hardy
Naomi Hardy
Chris Himes
Patricia Weiss Jovag
Barbara Weiss Joyce
Glenn Lampaert
Roy Lampaert
Judy Aries Lang
Miguel Llanos
Jon Magnussen
Clare “Amo” Marr
Daryl Martin
Allison Reed Morris
John Phillips
Roxie Phillips
Charles Reed
Frances Spray Reed
Vivian Robinson
Laurie Rockenbeck
Margy Rockenbeck
William Rockenbeck
Beryl Standley
John Stilin
Sherry Stilin
Fred Springsteel
Fred Stray
Doris Bauer Schaible
Herb Swanson
Doris Townsend
Arlyn Vallene
Patti Simpson Ward
Don Watts
Rose Weiss
Joanne Westlund
Margaret Evers Wiese
James Windle
First-time attendees are in BOLD ALL CAPS.
*
Indicates 2013 membership paid by mid-March.
(Please notify us of any errors.)
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