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Kenmore Heritage Society officers:
Elmer Skold, President
Board of Trustees:
Jeanie Bower, Char Crawford, Jo Ann
Evans, Gary Jang, Don Ivanhoe, Mathew Martin,
A SPECIAL PROGRAM: #DIGIT@L HISTORY!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM
at the KENMORE COMMUNITY CLUB
7304 N.E. 175th Street, Kenmore, WA
Margaret Turcott and Sue Kienast from the Bothell Historical Museum will present a program about the digitizing of the Bothell Sentinel and Citizen newspapers. This process makes historic newspapers available on a searchable website, allowing people to easily find what relatives were doing 100 years ago!
The project was made possible with a grant from 4Culture. In the future, both the Woodinville and Kenmore heritage groups will obtain similar grants so that all the historical local newspapers will be digitized and available to us all.
Was presented the 2014
McMaster Heritage Award
outstanding volunteerism and service
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
2013 Founder's Day CelebrationThe 2013 McMaster Heritage Award was given to Harrold Thompson on February 6, 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
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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Kenmore Heritage Society
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
Elmer Skold, President.
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.