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Kenmore Heritage Society officers:
Annette Eaton, President
Board of Trustees:
Jo Ann Evans, Don Ivanhoe,
Maureen O'Neill, Bob Otto, Karen Thompson, Kent
Many thanks to Char Crawford, long
time Board member, who retired her position in
May 4th, 2016 Program
Ron Gehrke will speak about the history of
public water service in Kenmore
Come and Ieam more about Kenmore's history!
The Heritage Society's monthly programs are for the entire community
and are free of charge.
This month's program features Ron Gehrke. who will give the history of public water service in Kenmore, which officiaily became Water District 79 in 1953 and in Iater years. Northshore Utiiity District.
Mr. Gehrke was the water and sewer district manager for thirty years.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7pm
KENMORE COMMUNITY CLUB
7304 N.E. 175th
Street, Kenmore, WA
Ron GehrkeMcMaster Heritage Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the Kenmore community.
was presented the 2016
At the Annual
Kenmore Founder's Day Observance
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
PREVIOUS McMASTER HERITAGE AWARDS
2015: Dr Daniel
EAGLE INN PHOTOS
Philip Krebs has submitted 26 photos of Kenmore restaurant Eagle Inn, which later became the Porterhouse, at the current location of a Starbuck's cafe on Bothell Way. Click here to view these photos. Page 4 of our 2005 Newsletter has a very fascinating historical article about the Krebs family and the Eagle Inn.
Photo submitted by Kenmore
resident Steve Prestek
Shown is an old picture I
scanned that was hanging on an older Kenmore
resident's wall. The road is 200th at the 6100
block, The small shed in the field is actually still
there (in a field) but the house and flat garage
have been replaced by a yellow split level. Looking
at the cars, this was probably shot around 1957 or
'59. I believe that these buildings were the
remnants of a truck farm operated by a Japanese
gentleman that was interned in WWII. The people
shown in the photo purchased the property sometime
after WWII. The area across the street from the
house used to be called "The Goat Farm". The small
creek is now gone. The photo was taken from a Navy
helicopter by John Yeaman.
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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE by Annette Eaton
2015 in review
In 2015, the Kenmore Heritage Society presented some interesting and informative free public programs at the Kenmore Community Club.
In February 2015 we presented Dr Daniel Church, President of Bastyr University for the past 10 years, our Annual McMaster Heritage Award for outstanding volunteerism and service to the Kenmore Community. This award is presented each year at our Founder's Day Celebration, and the recipient is selected from nominations by community citizens with the final selection by the Board of Directors of the Heritage Society.
March was a special program that was presented by Mark Miller, Treasurer of the Steamship Virginia V Foundation. He reflected on the long service of the Virginia V, which is the last operating steamship of the original "Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet" that operated in Puget Sound in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
We traveled away for our April program to Bastyr University for an in-depth tour of the buildings; special refreshments were served by Bastyr students. This was our second tour of that facility.
Our very own Northshore Fire Department was the focus of our May program with Fire Commissioner Dave Maehren presenting the History of the Kenmore Fire Department (King County Fire District No. 16). A tour of the building followed.
Back to Kenmore Community Club in June where Don Swanson, Manager of Plywood Supply, gave an interesting history with many photo slides of the company's past. Don is the son of Ralph Swanson who started the family business which moved to Kenmore from Lake City in 1956.
July was the 12th Annual All Non-Profit Picnic hosted by the Community Club. Participants are The Arts of Kenmore, Kenmore Senior Center, Friends of the Kenmore Library, Kenmore Heritage Society and the Kenmore Community Club.
Instead of a program in August, the Heritage Society, along with Kenmore Camera, held the first annual "A Day in the Life of Kenmore" Photo Contest. We had many entries and presented 13 total prizes including a "Best of Show" chosen from the six category 1st Place Winners. It was a perfect day for photo taking, and we received beautiful entries from spots we didn't know existed in Kenmore. Watch for our 2016 contest, which is scheduled for August 6. Thanks to Jim Donovan at Kenmore Camera for his wonderful support.
In September we sponsored, along with the (Northshore) Kenmore Senior Center, a trip to the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum in downtown Seattle. The museum has a large collection of Seattle Police and King County Sheriff artifacts dating back to the 1880s, and our guide presented a fascinating narrative on the history of law enforcement in the Seattle area. This museum is located across from the newly renovated King Street Station.
A little German history came along with our program in October. Ursula Parr, a part of the family of the owners and a previous employee of the Schnitzelbank Restaurant, gave us a history of the family, the construction of the building and its beautiful carvings, German cuisine, and dancers. Owner Elizabeth Poessinger came here from Germany in 1954.
Our Annual Harvest Celebration was held in November, with a brief election of officers and trustees for 2016 followed by a special movie presentation of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, "Sons of the Desert". Thanks to Russ Evans for showing us the classic film from his collection of Laurel and Hardy escapades.
Beginning a new year
The January program was the history of Murphy’s Auction, presented by Bob Hensel, a long time employee. In Kenmore for 45 years, the James G. Murphy Company is a family-run business and a great asset to the community. They deal with a vast array of items at their auctions from heavy equipment to forestry products to art and antiques. Bob gave an "auctioneer's spiel" to show how to sell a Kenmore Flag and told us from beginning to end how an item goes from their warehouse to buyer. Another of our interesting community programs!
Our annual February program is the presentation of the McMaster Award. This year’s recipient was Ron
Gehrke (see photo/article on front page).
March brought us an interesting program on Barns of Camano Island and other surrounding areas. Jerry Magelssen, professor emeritus from Shoreline Community College, presented this well received presentation, which included a slide show of photos he’s taken for over 50 years.
The upcoming April program is highlighted on the front page. The May program is tentatively scheduled for Ron Gehrke to present a program on the history of Northshore Utility District, formerly the separate entities of Water District 79 and the NE Lake Washington Sewer District.
As you can see, the Kenmore Heritage Society continues to share history with the community, both historical happenings within the community and from the region, as well. Programs are scheduled on the first Wednesday evening of most months and are free to the public. We invite community members and friends to be a part of these informative gatherings.
THE KENMORE HISTORY PATH
The KENMORE HISTORY PATH Dedication
was held Saturday, October 11, 2008 at Log Boom Park in Kenmore
The Kenmore History Path features a number of panels depicting significant events in Kenmore's history.
awarded a $7500 grant for the Kenmore History Walk at Logboom Park . The grant application was written by project co-chairs Tom and Bobbi Traeger and committee members Char Crawford, Fran Owen and Elmer Skold. The grant supplements funds already committed by the City of Kenmore and the Kenmore Heritage Society toward the project.
BY THE LAKE, A Community History"
Award-winning Books are for sale at $25 per copy at the Kenmore City Hall, Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, and Ostrom's Drug and Gift in Kenmore.
HERE to view and print the brochure and order
form for Kenmore's new History Book, Kenmore By The
Lake, A Community History. (
Acrobat Reader needs to be on your computer
for this. Your computer may already have it; if not,
you can download and install it from here,
at no cost.)
Awards for our History Book
AWARD OF PUBLICATION EXCELLENCE
The Washington Museum Association Excellence committee has chosen the book Kenmore by the Lake, A Community History as a recipient of the Award of Publication Excellence. Research for the book was funded in part by a Special Projects Grant from Heritage 4Culture.