REDMOND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

MARCH 2011 • NEWSLETTER • VOL. 13 • NO. 3

OUR PURPOSE: To Discover, recover, Preserve, share anD celebraTe reDMonD’s hisTory

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ick-sTarTing a

carToon career

David Horsey
made a name for himself as the editorial cartoonist at the Seattle PI, winning two Pulitzers ~ the top United States
A David Horsey cartoon in the Sammamish Valley News

journalism award ~ along the way! (See davidhorsey.com for his recent work.) Did you know he started off right here in Redmond? “I worked at the Sammamish Valley News for three months in 1976 and then at the Daily Journal American from 1976 to 1979 where one of my early assignments was covering Redmond City Hall,” he tells us. On March 12th, David will talk about his journey, including his Redmond days which overlapped with Society President Chris Hime’s term as a Redmond planning commissioner (and then later as mayor!) So please join us at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, from 10:30 a.m. to noon for some recent history that lots of locals will remember. History is Happening in redmond • March 2011

general MeeTing
SATURDAY, MARCH 12 10:30 A.M. TO NOON
OLD REDMOND SCHOOLHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTER

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execuTive boarD boarD of DirecTors
Mary Hanson Nao Hardy Rosemarie Ives Judy Aries Lang Jon Magnussen Doris Schaible Joe Townsend Patti Simpson Ward Margaret Evers Wiese

Chris Himes • President Miguel Llanos • Senior Vice-President Joe Townsend • Vice-President Finance John Phillips • Vice-President Collections Beryl Standley • Secretary

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haT’s new online?

office Manager • Monica Par aTTorney • Charles Diesen
Our finances are public record and may be viewed at the office.

e now have 1,600 names on our searchable list of obituaries, with list manager Margaret Wiese having added about 100 recently. “If folks see a name in which they’re interested, they contact the office,” Mew explains. Office Manager Monica Park then “forwards the queries to me and I send them the scanned obits and any additional info that I have. Hard copies of the obits are also in the office.” To find the list, go to redmondhistoricalsociety.org and then click History Collection on the left side column.

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Cover article: Kick-Starting a Cartoon Career What’s New Online? What’s New in Our Collection? Bulletin Board • Local Events

The reDMonD recorDer

is published nine times annually. Miguel Llanos • Editor Patti Simpson Ward • Art Director pattisimpsonward.com

MAJOR SPONSORS

5-8 RHS News: Euc LaBrie • Cemetary Plots • Life on Bear Creek • In Memoriam and Thank You’s 9 Order Now: Books, Cards & Gift Ideas from RHS 10 Membership • Attendees 11 12 Membership • Form Address & RHS Contact Info

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haT’s new in collecTion?

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WHAT’S

Liz Coward recently donated the
money changer (below) used by her dad, Harry Carlson (at right in his work

“My father worked on the Seattle Streetcars from 1919 to 1928,” she says. “He was on the Madison Street run and during that time he met my mother. She was teaching in Orillia and traveled from there to Seattle to take the ferry to the Eastside and used the streetcar to get to the ferry. “They were married August 14, 1926, and lived in Seattle until about 1928 when they moved to Redmond on the Red Brick Road where my dad built a house. He had a few jobs until he opened Harry’s Market in the mid 1930s.”
Harry Carlson in uniform

Antique money changer

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BULLETIN BOARD

redmond • evergreen medical center
Grand Opening: March 11 • 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There’s a heritage reason to visit the new Evergreen center at Bella Botega in Redmond: six large watercolors based on historic Redmond images grace some of the walls there! Some of the artists will be there to talk about their work. A similar art project was done at the recently built Evergreen center in Woodinville as well. Here’s a look at what’s happening at our neighbor societies:

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ocal evenTs

issaquah hisTory MuseuMs
There are no regular general meetings, but board meetings are the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. either at the Depot or Gilman Town Hall. The public is invited, but participation is limited to board members and those on the agenda. Call 425.392.3500 for more information.

kirklanD heriTage socieTy
General meetings are at Heritage Hall, usually the last Wednesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. March 30th Presentation: Matt McCauley He will show photos and talk about the treasures (including planes and ferries) that he found while scuba diving in Lake Washington.

saMMaMish heriTage socieTySammamish Heritage Society
Board meetings are at 7:00 p.m. on the secondWednesday of each month. They are held at the Pine Lake Community Center at the corner of SE 20th and 212th. For program information, call: 425.260.9804.

wooDinville heriTage socieTy
General meetings are at 10:00 a.m. on the third Saturday of January, March, May, July, September and November. Meetings are at the Woodinville Museum at 14121 NE 171st Street. For more information, call 425.483.9250. March 19th Presentation: Susie Egan She will speak about the history of Cottage Lake.

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labrie: a sPorTs legenD

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Redmond’s baseball heritage can be traced to a few locals, among them Euc LaBrie, who passed away on February 3rd. Born Canadian (St. Edward, Alberta, 1918), “Euclid” soon became a local boy when his family moved in 1923 to the Carnation and then Redmond areas. His family celebrated his life with the tribute below. At far right is Euc with the late Roy Buckley, center, and Gary LaBrie, Euc’s son. They were sharing a bit of Little League history at a RHS meeting in September 2002.

“He was able to go through
the 8th grade before he had to quit school because of the Depression. He worked on the family farm in Arlington and also worked as a logger. In 1940 he married Loretta Recor of Kirkland and in 1950 they settled in the Redmond area. He worked for the Lake Washington School District Transportation Department until his retirement in 1977 and was the director of transportation from 1967 to 1977. He was a volunteer fire fighter in Redmond for many years. “Euc loved sports and played baseball as a youth for town teams back in the 1930s and ’40s. He was a tireless worker in support of youth activities. He took great pride in being one of ten people who helped start Redmond Little League in 1954. He also helped start the Redmond Babe Ruth League in 1955. Euc built the first “meals on wheels.” a trailer that was used as a concession stand to help raise money for the league. In 1964 he helped RBA build Hartman Park for Babe Ruth, Connie Mack and Semi-pro age groups. The field is also home to the Redmond Mustangs baseball team. Euc also helped start the Redmond Little League basketball program in 1957. “Euc was always a big supporter of Redmond High School sporting events and could be seen watching Redmond High football, boy’s and girl’s basketball, baseball, softball, or volleyball. He loved watching and supporting the kids ~ and loved even more helping give them the opportunity to play and participate. “Euc loved the outdoors. Whether it was hunting on Mt. Annie or the Chiwawa, fishing on Lake Pearrygin or at Pillar Point, or clam digging and crabbing on Whidbey Island, he loved being outdoors and with his family and friends.”

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NEWS

RHS

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elP save SammamiSh NewS iMages

Valley

We need volunteers to help scan negatives. No experience is needed,
as we’ll provide the training! We have the entire collection of Sammamish Valley News photo negatives and need to start digitizing them so as to share them with artists and others looking for visual ideas to celebrate Redmond’s Centennial in 2012. Contact Office Manager Monica Park at 425.885.2919 or info@ redmondhistoricalsociety.org to volunteer or for more information.

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eMeTery

PloTs for sale

The Society is selling two side-by-side plots in Redmond’s Cedar Lawns
Memorial Park. Donated by the Reed family, they include endowment care and are located in the Garden of Christus section (225, 3&4). Cost is $3,499 for one or $6,699 for both. The current value is $5,495 each. Cedar Lawns will handle all the necessary paperwork. Contact us at 425-885-2919 for info. Contact the Society at 425.885.2919 for more information.

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Frank and Marge Mann were among our first members and with Margaret Wiese’s help Frank in 1990 provided an incredible account of a time not so long ago. The 15-page biography is on our website (search for Frank Mann) and we’ll be excerpting from it over time. Here’s his opening section:

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ife on

bear creek

NEWS

RHS

I was born into a backwoods family of seven kids. My father loved the wilderness. He hunted and was a crack shot. He had a sixth grade education, so to earn a living he operated a donkey engine that hauled logs from the woods. It was Prohibition, but he spent most of his income on whiskey. The first thing I remember was living in the Dosewallips River Valley. I could not have been over three years of age. Our home was a board frame and floor with a tent cover. One day we went up to the Ranger Station where I saw one bright red and one blue shotgun shell lying on the ground. They were my first possessions of anything with color. Another thing I remember was standing in a wash boiler and my brother shoved me out into the stream. My other brother was supposed to catch me on the downstream side of the pool. However, the current carried me out too far and he missed. . . . My sister caught up and fished me back to dry land. The next time I was impressed with color was on my fifth birthday. My baby sister was born that day. I don’t remember what the baby

looked like, but I remember that beautiful pink blanket. In the meantime, we moved to the Bear Creek area in Redmond, Washington. Our home consisted of an old deserted logging camp and 140 acres of brush. There was an old orchard, plenty of garden space, and an old barn. We rented this for $5 a month. Many things happened in the next nine years while we lived there. I remember the 4th of July. My Dad got drunk. He gave me a big, shiny silver dollar which I promptly gave to my Mother without a second thought. Speaking of the 4th of July, we would set sticks of dynamite on top of fence posts and shoot them with a 25-20 rifle. That was where I learned about dynamite. Also, one day I learned about fire. A gunny sack was tacked up on the side of a building. We had dried a mink pelt on it. The sack was fuzzy from the weather because it had been hot and dry. I thought, “Gee, that ought to burn like a punk ~ just smolder.” I touched a match to it and it exploded into flame. Fortunately there was a rain barrel on the corner and someone grabbed a bucket and put out the fire.

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NEWS

RHS

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MeMoriaM: kay ThoMas
n

Our condolences to the family of Kay Thomas, who passed away last
month. Kay was married to the late Tom Thomas, who volunteered at our office in the early years. Her mother is Elma McCormick, who has been a regular at our general meetings, and Kay herself attended over the years as well.

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hank

you!

Thanks to
Julie Koler (pictured here) for the February presentation on Heritage Corridors. It sure got folks talking. Here Dave Bartley shares some stories about the Yellowstone Trail. A group thanks to the new volunteers helping scan our huge archive of Sammamish Valley News images. The recruits, whom John Couch corralled at our last general meeting, are Sylvia Bernauer, Joyce Fowler, Jean Etta Goshorn, Jerry Hammersberg, Jackie Nelson, Jutta Rhinehart, Vivian Robinson and Tom Hall (who was actually a prior recruit but is now part of “The S Team”!) Thanks also to Bob Bailie, Jr. for sharing his photos, stories and newspaper clippings about his dad, Bob Bailie, who ran the Sammamish Valley News.
Julie Koler presented the February program on Heritage Corridors. (Photo courtesy of Brian Ranck • HeadspinnerPhotography.com)

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✂ greaT gifT iDeas for 2011
Need something special for someone who loves our history? These items are available at our Society office: GREETING CARDS, MAGNETS & NOTE CARDS featuring artwork by local artists: • • •
Artwork of the historic three-story building adjacent to the Redmond Saturday Market grounds entitled: “Walking Dogs at the Judge White House” by fine artist Patti Simpson Ward (more Eastside images on pattisimpsonward.com)

PATTI SIMPSON WARD DORISJEAN COLVIN PAT DUGAN

“OUR TOWN” A history of Redmond, by Nancy Way Our “VIEW OF HISTORY” DVD

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MEMBERSHIP

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ebruary MeeTing aTTenDees
Carol Trapp Arlyn Bjerke Vallene Juanita Verschuyl BOB WALKER Wendy Walsh Joanne Westlund

Were you at our February meeting? These folks were! First time attendees are noted in bold caps. Ruth Adams Ray Adams Sharon Free Ballisty Elsie Bartley David Bartley John Couch Liz Carlson Coward Jim Coward DOUG EGLINGTON Tony Emmanuel Joyce Fowler Lillian Garland Jean Etta Du Goshorn Frank Gwerder Charlotte Eve Hahnlen Suzanne Hall Tom Hall Jerry Hammersberg Roy Hanson Marge Hanson Chris Himes Jo Ann Ingersoll Elaine Keeley Bruce Kenyon Cheryl Kenyon JULIE KOLER Judy Aries Lang Janice Le Veck Miguel Llanos Jackie Lyons George Lyons Cheryl Magnuson Bob Martin Doris Hebner McFarland Helen McMahon Larry E Miller Richard Morris Eileen Morris Alexa Munoz Jackie Nelson Robert Nelson Monica Park Virginia Porte Pickett AILEEN POTTS MIKE POTTS Brian Ranck Jutta Rhinehart Vivian Robinson Margy Rockenbeck Patsy Cook Rosenbach David Rossiter Julianne Rossiter Nina Sheldon Beryl Standley Fred Stray Fran Stray Kris Swanson Harvey Tollfeldt Anne Tollfeldt Joe Townsend

our lifeTiMe MeMbers
Eric Anderson John Anderson Barbara Neal Beeson Brad Best Marjorie Stensland Costello John Couch Liz Carlson Coward Frank Garbarino Edward L. Hagen Lucille B. Hansen-Bellings Naomi Hardy Patricia Weiss Jovag Barbara Weiss Joyce Glenn Lampaert Roy Lampaert Judy Aries Lang Miguel Llanos Jon Magnussen Charles Reed Clare “Amo” Marr Daryl Martin Allison Reed Morris Frances Spray Reed Vivian Robinson Laurie Rockenbeck Margy Rockenbeck William Rockenbeck Fred Stray Doris Bauer Schaible Arlyn Vallene Don Watts Rose Weiss Joanne Westlund Margaret Evers Wiese James Windle

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