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Kenmore Heritage Society officers:

Elmer Skold, President
Ed Straw, Vice-president
Jeanie McBee, Secretary
Annette Eaton, Treasurer

Board of Trustees:

Jeanie Bower, Char Crawford, Jo Ann Evans, Gary Jang, Don Ivanhoe, Mathew Martin, Maureen O'Neill

Membership Chair:

Priscilla Droge 


KENMORE HERITAGE SOCIETY
PO BOX 82027
Kenmore, Washington, USA 98028-0027


A nonprofit organization - Celebrating and Recording Kenmore's History - Founded 1998


GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Kenmore Community Club
73rd Avenue NE at NE 175th Street


EVENTS

HELEN WARBURTON
1914 - 2014
Helen Warburton

Kenmore Heritage Society member Helen passed peacefully at about 8:30AM Tuesday, November 11, 2014. At her request, there will be no memorial services scheduled. She was a lovely lady and lived her long and active life to the fullest.

Helen, we will miss you and your golden personality.


Kent Sturgis

Was presented the 2014

McMaster Heritage Award
for
outstanding volunteerism and service
to the
Kenmore Community

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014


2013 Founder's Day Celebration
The 2013 McMaster Heritage Award was given to  Harrold Thompson on February 6, 2013.
McMaster award 2013
In the nearly forty years since Harrold and Cleda Thompson established Mr. T's Trophies, Kenmore has experienced numerous positive changes. For many of those years, Harrold has played a prominent role in these efforts.

He served as president of the Kenmore Chamber of Commerce, was instrumental in organizing the Kenmore Lions, and helped spearhead the vote for a new fire station.

He worked on the effort to raise $25,000 for the purchase of a new aid car.

He and his wife were original organizers of the Gunslinger's Drill Team, with 55 girls ranging in age from 9 to17. The team is still in existence. To help fund the drill team they revived Kenmore's Frontier Days festival, featuring a parade, art show, crafts fair, tepee village and carnival. Harrold created a 32-page festival program, selling advertizing which funded the festival for five years. Frontier Days continued through 1986.

Harrold was a founder of the Kenmore Businessmen's association, was involved in a NW Art program at Bastyr University, and worked tirelessly to enhance cooperation among Kenmore Businesses.

He and his wife ran their trophy business 33 years, retiring in 2007.

Please click here to view a slide show of the presentation. 

Prior award recipients are listed below.


PREVIOUS McMASTER HERITAGE AWARDS
Award Recipients

2014: Kent Sturgis
2013: Harrold Thompson
2012: Staci Adman
2011: L.G. "Bud" Eaton
2010: Dick Taylor
2009: Dave Maehren
2008: Priscilla Droge
2007: Jo Ann Evans
2006: Roland Lindstrom
2005: Tom Traeger
2004: Richard Ramsey
2003: LeRoy Anenson
2002: Ralph Swanson


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
200th
                        Street in the 1950s, click to view large image.
Click to view larger

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.

I have a higher resolution scan of this if you are interested.

Steve Prestek




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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE for Fall, 2013

Greetings from the President, Officers, and Trustees: 
 
I think most of us would agree that we had one of the best summers in many years. At the last of Kenmore's  summer concerts, we had the honor of presenting to the City a letter from President Clinton, dated September, 1998. The letter offered his congratulations to Kenmore on becoming a City. The picture frame was furnished by the Arts of Kenmore, and the letter is to be displayed at City Hall.

Our meeting in November will be on November 6 at the Kenmore Community Club at 7 pm. This will be our annual Harvest Celebration, and refreshments will include fresh apple cider, pumpkin or apple pie, and a 'dollop' of ice cream. Our featured speaker will be Karen Meador. She will tell us about the Military Road, one of the earliest roadways in Washington Territory; it was begun shortly after Washington became a Territory in 1853. Ultimately, the road stretched from Fort Steilacoom to Fort Bellingham. Jefferson Davis was an advocate for roads (military commerce, settlers) and, of course, later became president of the Confederacy. Other men who were junior officers at that time, but became better known during the Civil War, included Ulysses Grant, Philip Sheridan, George McClellan, and George Pickett.

This year we have a bonus program on December 4th. Many of you will recall a program by Book-It Repertory Theater about two years ago. Actors reenacted events from 50 years ago as we all prepared for the anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair, 1962-2012. Many of those in attendance shared their World's Fair memories, and the Book-It actors brought to life memorable events from 50 years ago. Now, here is the good news. 4Culture paid for the World's Fair actors, and it is also 4Culture that arranged for Book-It actors to provide the program on December 4. Many of you are familiar with Timothy Egan, a New York Times reporter, who lives in Seattle and is a Pulitzer prize winning author. His most recent book is, "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher". The book is a biography of Edward Curtis, a famous photographer, whose aim was to photograph American Indian life in the early 1900's. If you 'Google' or 'Bing' this you will see some outstanding examples of
American Indians and Life. Anyone with an interest in Native Americans is in for a real treat.

Please note the list included in this newsletter for the four officers and four Trustee positions for 2014. Elections will be held November 6. And, enclosed is a pamphlet giving qualification information and nomination forms for the McMaster Heritage Award. Nominations are due by December 1 - they can be mailed to our Post Office box or given to any officer or Board member. Please give serious consideration to anyone who you feel is fully qualified.

I look forward to seeing you at our last two meetings
of 2013.

Best regards,
Elmer Skold,
President.



THE KENMORE HISTORY PATH

CLICK HERE FOR A SLIDE PRESENTATION ABOUT THE KENMORE HISTORY PATH INTERPRETIVE SIGN PROJECT ... This is a large file, it may take a few minutes to load!

  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.

4
                      Culture

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.



"KENMORE BY THE LAKE, A Community History"
a great gift!

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.

CLICK 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.)
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Awards for our History Book

NATIONAL AWARD FOR KENMORE
The Kenmore Heritage Society has received a prestigious Certificate of Commendation for its book Kenmore by the Lake: A Community History from the American Association for State and Local History in September. The Kenmore Heritage Society is a young organization in a new city, but it has produced a publication that is an outstanding contribution to our region's historical record, and a model for other young community heritage organizations. Click on this image to view large.




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.