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HISTORY IS HAPPENING IN REDMOND February 2013Redmond HistoRical societyfebRuaRy 2013 neWsletteR Vol. 15 no. 2Our PurPOSE:To Discover, recover, Preserve, share anD celebraTe reDmonDs hisTory1Al DeYoung (Photo courtesy of the DeYoung family.)a sammamish valley liFe:al Deyoungs sTory February generalmeeTing:SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 910:30 A.M. TO 12:00 NOON Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center 16600 NE 80th Street Bringing logs down from Lake Sammamish to Woodinville on the familys tug boat . . . delivering groceries and sugar to moonshiners. Playing with friends at his fathers shingle mill. Those are some of the memories that Al DeYoung will share with us on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Please join us from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon when Al refects on his familys strong ties to Woodinville and the entire Sammamish Valley. Born in 1929 and the youngest of six siblings, Al was part of a family that owned Teagarden Mercantile in Woodinville. His brother Lowell owned T&D Feeds in Redmond. Al and his family have also been community leaders, working with local schools and hospital services. In 2008, Al and Lowell donated their parents home, a City of Woodinville landmark, to the Woodinville Heritage Society as a museum.February 2013 History is Happening in redmondExEcutivE BOardChris Himes PresidentJudy Lang Senior Vice-PresidentJoe Townsend Vice-President FinanceJohn Phillips Vice-President CollectionsMary Hanson SecretaryBOard Of dirEctOrSRosemarie IvesJanice LeVeckJudith SimpsonKris SwansonMargaret Evers WieseOfficE ManagEr Monica ParkattOrnEy Charles DiesenOur fnances are public record and may be viewed at the offce.frEE nEwSlEttErIf you don't subscribe, please sign up.Call the offce at 425.885.2919 or email info@redmondhistoricalsociety.org. State your preference of email or U.S. Mail. The historical society prefers email as it's inexpensive and photos are enhanced online.thE rEdMOnd rEcOrdEris published nine times annually.Miguel Llanos EditorPatti Simpson Ward Design Consultantpattisimpsonward.comJanice LeVeck Graphic Designerjaniceannleveck.com2013MaJOrSPOnSOrS2WhaTs neW online The City is drafting a master plan for Old Townthe historic downtown corridor along Leary Wayand is seeking public input on what they value about the area. Please fill out the online survey at: redmond.gov/Government/HistoricPreservation. What do you like in Old Town today? What do you suggest enhancing in the historic core? What are your thoughts for the future of Old Town? COVER FEATURE & WHATS NEW1 A Sammamish Valley Life: Al DeYoungs Story2 2013 RHS Offcers & Board2 Whats New Online Old Town SurveyRHS NEWS3 Vintage School and Farm Displays Badges of Honor4 City Centennial Finale5 Redmond Historical Society 20126 In Memoriam: Frank Yoshitake Why Did Microsoft Choose Redmond?7 RHS Inspiration from New Lifetimers 8 Historical Thank Yous Hardy Family Donates Redmond Cemetery Plot 2013 Calenders 9 Gift Ideas from RHSMEMBERSHIP & CONTACT INFO10 January Meeting Attendees List of RHS Lifetimers11 Membership Form12 Address & RHS Contact InfoTable oF conTenTs PAGEHISTORY IS HAPPENING IN REDMOND February 20133whatS nEwshoWcasing our hisTory vinTage school anD Farm DisPlaysaT reDmonD ToWn cenTer School display, above left. Farm display, above right from the windows at the previous Borders Book Store in Redmond Town Center. (Photos courtesy of Miguel Llanos.)baDges oF honor The Eastside Heritage Center and the Redmond Town Center helped us celebrate Redmonds Centennial last year with schools and logging/farming exhibits set up in December and running through February at the old Borders store across from Macys. The Society just completed a large panel describing Redmonds frst schools that was added to the exhibit. The panel is one of several funded by our major sponsor, 4Culture, as part of the Centennial events. Thanks to all our Centennial partners! RHS member Tony Emmanuel donated two Chiefs Choice button artifacts that were given to Redmond Elementary School children in the 1960s as a prize for outstanding work. How did Tony come across them? Tonys children, Tracy and Susie received several over the years, of course!February 2013 History is Happening in redmond4rEdMOndcEntEnnialcommuniTy evenT memories caPTureDRedmond Centennial Birthday Candle at City Hall. (Photos courtesy of Brian Ranck, headspinnerphotography.com.)ciTy cenTennial Finale Redmonds Centennial ended in famesbeautiful ones that captivated, and warmed, the hundreds who gathered at the City Hall campus on December, 30, 2012. Mayor John Marchione, right, kicked off the event. Small fre pits, like the one at left, were set up around the City Hall campus for cooking smores treats! Thanks to Brian Ranck of HeadSpinner Photography for sharing these images.HISTORY IS HAPPENING IN REDMOND February 2013reDmonD hisTorical socieTy acTiviTies in 2012Redmonds Centennial was our focus. Events included: Worked with the City Arts Commission to create an anthology of poems describing Redmonds early history. Worked with Redmond Library to host a Then & Now photo contest. Worked with the City and Feet First to host a walk around Redmonds Centennial Trail and downtown. Expanded the walking tours led by Tom Hitzroth to include cemetery and haunted history themes. Raffed a Centennial Quilt as a fundraiser. Staffed booths at the Centennial by Day event and at Derby Days. Received the Best Centennial Theme award at the annual Derby Days parade. Displayed a photo history of the late artist Dudley Carter and helped organize the dedication of Dudley Carter Park. Added an audio component, with the help of Kim Dietz, to our cell phone walking tour app.In addition, we were busy with these activities: Held nine general meetings attended by 50-90 people each, and at which presenters gave talks on local history. Created displays at our offce and the Bill Brown Garage, todays Premium Wine & Spirits, largely thanks to Cheryl and Gene Magnuson. Volunteers led by Judy Lang also set up displays at the library. Published nine issues of this newsletter, which reaches around one thousand readers. Scanned and cataloged thousands of photos, documents and other artifacts with the help of a grant from the City. Staffed a monthly booth at the Redmond Saturday Market, answering questions about our history and selling our merchandise. We also started 2012 by mourning the passing of our founder Nao Hardy. She continues to inspire and guide us, and donations received on her behalf are being set aside for a future tribute.5 rhS nEwSFebruary 2013 History is Happening in redmond6in memoriam: Frank yoshiTakerhS nEwS A neighbor and friend to hundreds in Redmond, Frank Yoshitake passed away on January 11, 2013 at the age of 96. Frank and Miye Yoshitake owned the Sunset Gardens nursery on Avondale. They later built the par 3 Little Augusta golf course on the site, part of which today is a park named Sunset Gardens in their honor. He had a great love for golf and gardening and did both right up until his last few weeks, his family said in a notice. Before he passed away, Frank said hed lived a very good life and was ready to join Miye, the family added. Miye passed away in 2011 after 67 years with Frank. The Yoshitakes are survived by daughters Sharon Gilbert, Teresa Hall and Linda Hussey. Frank requested no service. Memorials may be sent to Group Health Cooperatives Hospice Program or King County Fire District 34.Why DiD microsoFT choose reDmonD? Lifetime member Fred Springsteel is writing a book about Microsofts co-founders, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, and their relationship, in part because they split as partners and became co-philanthropists. The frst chapter deals with Microsofts move to Redmond in 1986, when Allen was still on the frms board. He would like to augment it with any RHS members information about the actual move or the background of WHY they chose the Evergreen East site, which changed Redmonds history. In 2014 when Fred expects his book to be published, please share any information to help him with his RHS presentation. If you know any of the original 12 Microsoft employeeslike Andrea Lewis, Steve or Marla Woodwho are still in this area, it would be especially noteworthy. Please contact Fred via fspringy@gmail.com or 573.239.1305.Frank Yoshitake (Photo courtesy of Yoshitake family.)HISTORY IS HAPPENING IN REDMOND February 20137insPiraTion From neW liFeTimersrhS nEwSDORIS TOWNSEND: Society Treasurer Joe Townsend purchased one for his wife last month, saying he wanted to do something for both Doris and the Society. He had to think twice about the expense, but did it.TONY EMMANUEL: A regular at our general meetings, Tony values the community created by the Society. He also submits great stories for our newsletter. (See page 3, for example!) Hes a cheerleader for our annual picnic: Friendly people, ah, the people, he said of last years event. Friendly music, ah, the Bartleys. Friendly food, ah, the hot dogs, beans, salad and ice cream. You must always come to the picnic. This is how wonderful it was this year.CHRIS HIMES: The Societys president and past mayor has a penchant for our history that goes back to 1976, when she and Dorothy White Hanscom created Redmonds frst historic walking tour. From the beginning of Redmond Historical in 1999, I admired and supported Naomi Hardy in her endeavors, she adds. Her efforts inspired many. I wanted to make sure Naomis work and the work of all the founders and supporters would continue.JOHN & ROxIE PHILLIPS: For the Phillips, who also have donated much of their time, the Society is a gateway toward understanding our new citys traditions and future We continue to be amazed by the enthusiasm of the Societys members, its unmatc