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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,
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013, 7pm
ARTS OF KENMORE
KENMORE HERITAGE SOCIETY presents "The Arts of Kenmore" at its monthly event at the Kenmore Community Club on Wednesday, July 5th. The Arts of Kenmore was founded in 1998, the year we became a city. The organization has encouraged an appreciation of the arts, and has exhibited juried works of art on an annual basis. Last year and this year they have partnered with Bastyr University, allowing for the presentation of a significant increase in types of exhibits, including works of art from students in the Northshore schools. The works of art will be on exhibit from June 27 to June 30. We are privileged to have as speakers past president Roland Lindstrom, and current president, David Maehren. Please also extend a cordial invitation to your friends.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5th, 2013, 7pm
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 Spring, 2013
Greetings from the President, Officers, and Trustees:
So, one might ask, "What's new of late?" Somewhere in our collective memory was an awareness that speedboat races took place on the Sammamish Slough, from 1933 to 1976. Races started near the mouth of the river, roared upstream to the neighborhood of Marymoor Park, then turned around to finish where the race started. Some years there would also be water-ski races. One of the newer members of the Kenmore Heritage Society, Amberly G. Culley, had heard her father-in-law talk about the races, both as a spectator and participant.
Over a several month period, she contacted us, Kenmore city officials, others from Redmond and Bothell, King County 4Culture, and past boat racing enthusiasts. A program took place at Kenmore City Hall from noon to 4 PM on Sunday, April 7th, everyone being welcomed by Mayor David Baker. Adjacent to City Hall were boats on display which took part in the races from yesteryear. At one time, all seats were occupied in the council chambers, and people were standing on three sides of the room. Given the enthusiasm, one could ask whether this might be the start of an annual program with participants from Kenmore, Bothell, Woodinville, and Redmond commemorating our sharing of the Sammamish River, as an early means of transportation as well as recreation. We owe a big 'thank you' to Amberly for her enthusiasm and hard work in bringing everything together.
Another form of transportation was the railroad.The Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad came through Kenmore in 1887, going as far as Preston, Snoqualmie and North Bend the following year. It was purchased by the Northern Pacific in 1892. Then the Burlington Northern Santa Fe took over, and in the late 1970's the tracks were lifted and the old rail bed now is the home of the Burke Gilman Trail.
We are fortunate to have Gary Tarbox, Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive, for our membership meeting on May 1st.
The Railroad Archive is the official depository for the Northern Pacific, Great Northern and Milwaukee Road railroads. He will discuss the first railroad in Kenmore and the role railroads played in the development of Kenmore and our surrounding communities.
We hope to see you all at our next meeting on May 1st.
Elmer Skold, President.
P. S. As a bonus, an official Kenmore Railroad crossing sign will be on display.
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.