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Redmond Historical Society Newsletter



OUR PURPOSE: To Discover, recover, Preserve, share anD celebraTe reDmonDs hisTory


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This road would later become West Snoqualmie Valley Road. The view is near the old Vincent Schoolhouse, looking north. (Photo used courtesy of Courtesy of King County Archives)

Can roads tell us anything about our heritage? King County hasproven they can, having designated nine Historic and Scenic Corridors, some of which date back to wagon trails and Native American footpaths. At our February 12th meeting, Julie Koler, King Countys historic preservation officer, will take us on a virtual trip down three corridors, all in the Snoqualmie Valley. She will also talk about Redmonds Red Brick Road, which isnt its own corridor, but has a place in history as part of the former Yellowstone Trail roadway stretching from Seattle to Boston (see Page 6 for a short history). Please join us at our February General Meeting. More about the corridors is online at: HistoricScenicCorridorsProject.aspx. History is Happening in redmond February 2011





2011execuTive boarD boarD oF DirecTorsMary Hanson Nao Hardy 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


haTs new online?

ur dedicated board cant do it alone, especially as we build up our collections ahead of Redmonds Centennial in 2012, so were looking for a few good volunteers. Weve got links to the volunteer positions were looking to fill right at the top of redmondhistoricalsociety.org. The links have details on what the work entails, and the roles are for: Grant writer Board secretary Data entry Collections care


oFFice manaGer Monica Park aTTorney Charles DiesenOur finances are public record and may be viewed at the office.

Free newsleTTerIf you don't subscribe, please sign up. Call the office at 425.885.2919 or email info@redmondhistoricalsociety.org. State your preference of email or U.S. Mail. (We prefer email as it's inexpensive and photos show up better online.)

Table oF conTenTsPAGE

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Cover article: Roads to History Whats New Online? Whats New in Our Collection? Quiting Squares Needed

The reDmonD recorDeris published nine times annually. Miguel Llanos Editor Patti Simpson Ward Society & Newsletter Graphic Designer


6-9 RHS News Our Red Brick Road Love, HIstory & World War II In Memoriam and Thank You 9 Order Now Books, Cards & Gift Ideas from RHS 10 Membership Attendees 11 12 Membership Form Address & RHS Contact Info


February 2011 History is Happening in redmond


haTs new in collecTion?




Tom Hall let us scan this Codeof Conduct and school procedures that belongs to his sister Thursa, who graduated from RJH in 1946 and now lives in Enumclaw. Its quite the read, not only because of what sounds quaint today (see excerpt below and full manual on our website), but because of the schoolmate signatures on the inside covers! Some examples: Arthur Sorweide, Clara Morelli, John Wallace and Pauline Olson.Redmond Junior Highs Manito Code of Conduct

Neither Thursa nor Tom (who went to school in Kirkland) know anything about the origins of the manual or where Manito comes from. If you do, please let us know at 425.885.2919 or info@redmondhistoricalsociety.org.


aniTo on

slanG anD swearinG

Most of us realize when our language is assuming objectionable

proportions, and we are quick to discard slang which has proven to be offensive; those of us who dont soon find ourselves labeled in our own slang terms as hot-shots or loud-mouths. We dont want to sound like Puguglies when we talk, so lets flavor our speech with a little colloquial slang and let it go at that, and be in good taste. Swearing is a mark of ignorance and only the most crude and uncouth of men swear in the presence of a lady. No girl need tolerate rough talk from any boy. No girl should hesitate, when necessary, to put a boy in his place.

History is Happening in redmond February 2011



uilT squares cenTennial

neeDeD For 2012

eres your chance to be quilted into history! We still need quilt squares showing some aspect of Redmonds heritage. Society outgoing Treasurer Joanne Westlund will turn those into a huge quilt to raffle or auction off during 2012 Redmonds Centennial. The names of all those whose designs are used will be incorporated into the quilts border. For more info, contact Joanne at jmwestlund@frontier.com or at 425.898.0399. The deadline to turn them in is January 2011.

insTrucTions:Design quilt 8 inches square. Add an additional 1/4-inch seam allowance to all sides of the quilt piece. The actual overall size will then be 8-1/2 inches. Use 100% quilting cotton fabric with a thread count of 68x68 threads per square inch. Pre-wash the quilting materials, using cold water.

When designing your quilt square, you can use appliqu technique, hand or machine piecing, or a combination: HAND-STITCHING: Weight: Use 50-weight, 100% cotton or cotton/polyester Needle: Thin needles such as sharps or betweens are best Stitch Length: About 1/8 inch of 8 stitches per inch MACHINE STITCHING: Weight: Use top quality 50-weight, 100% cotton or cotton/polyester Seams: Use exactly 1/4-inch seams Needle: 75/11 or 80/12 Stitch Length: 10 to 12 stitches per inch Tension: Balanced APPLIQU: Make templates the exact size of the finished pieces. The 1/4-inch seam allowances are added when you cut the appliqu pieces. Appliqu pieces can be hand stitched or machine stitched. NOTE: Do not add batting to your quilt square. This will be done when we have assembled the quilt pieces together.


February 2011 History is Happening in redmond


elP save SammamiSh

Valley NewS imaGes

We need volunteers to help scan negatives. No experience is needed,as well 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 Redmonds Centennial in 2012. Contact Office Manager Monica Park at 425.885.2919 or info@ redmondhistoricalsociety.org to volunteer or for more information.


PloTs For sale

The Society is selling two side-by-side plots in Redmonds Cedar LawnsMemorial 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. History is Happening in redmond February 2011






reD brick roaD

Located just off Union Hill Road, the states last stretch of the Yellowstone Trail linking Seattle to Boston would have been paved over in the 1970s were it not for local residents who lobbied to preserve it. Heres a brief history as stated at a 1988 bricklaying ceremony for the restoration:

Over the years, 196 AvenueNortheast has been known by several names: Mattson Road, the Old Red Brick Road and the Yellowstone Trail. The original dirt road was established in 1901 by James Mattson. Then in 1913, paving bricks were laid to increase efficiency and provide for all-weather travel and the road was renamed Redmond-Snoqualmie Road. In 1926, the Tourist Service Department of Mohawk Rubber Company referred to the Yellowstone Trail as a well marked transcontinental highway that is not marred by hot desert, excessive travel or severe mountain grades. From Seattle to Minneapolis, this road is very dominant and has no near rival. During intervening years, this 1.3 mile section of road has changed very little. The Audubon Society referred to this section as the Miracle

Mile due to numerous bird species found here. During the 1920s, people would drive to this picturesque rural setting for wedding photos. More than 70 years later, this road along Evans Creek near Redmond would be declared a King County Landmark in response to local community interest in the rich history of the road. The 1971 Bear Creek Middle Plan recommended preservation of 196 Avenue Northeast by restoring major portions of its brick surface. It was not until 1974 that the Red Brick Road would earn a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1987, King County set out to meet the most significant challenge of allfinding the type of bricks needed to restore the road. Following a nationwide search, the necessary 70,000 paving bricks were located, clearing the way for restoration of the 1.3 mile stretch of road.


February 2011 History is Happening in redmond



hisTory anD worlD war ii



CONTRIBUTED BY CHERYL MAGNUSON: My parents (Joyce and John Strong, Redmond residents from 1963-83 and then in their last years at Cascade Plaza in 2005-06) saved about 5 years worth of love letters during WWII, although my moms letters up to June 1942 were lost in the Battle of Midway, when they sank with my dads ship, the Yorktown.

elow are some excerpts from the l