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Redmond Historical Society Newsletter June 2015. Redmond, Washington. http://redmondhistoricalsociety.org


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    Summer in Redmond is just around the corner!Please join us on Saturday, June 13 for our annual potluck picnic

    at the Anderson Park picnic shelter, where we will celebrate another successful year and honor this years History Hero honoree, Tom Hitzroth.

    Meanwhile, gear up for Derby Days. The annual series of events will mark its 75th year this summer on July 10 and 11. Participate by joining our parade convoy, either walking or inside a historic vehicle. Contact us at: info@redmondhistoricalsociety.org or 425.885.2919 to sign up.

    Also in this issue, volunteer opportunities, and an exciting new 4Culture grant award to record the history of Redmond poultry farms.

    Every town has a history. Discover ours. June 2015


    Every town has a history. Discover ours.

    upcomingAnnuAl poTluck picnicSaturday, June 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Anderson Park Picnic Shelter, 7802 168th Ave. N.E., Redmond

    celebRATe SummeR wiTh The SocieTy

    The annual Redmond Historical Society picnic is a great time to connect with members and enjoy the start of the summer season. 2014 picnic photo courtesy HeadSpinner Photography.

  • June 2015 Every town has a history. Discover ours.

    EXECUTIVE BOARDJoe Townsend PresidentMary I. Hanson Senior Vice-PresidentEd Dint OBrien Vice-President FinanceSherry Stilin Interim Secretary

    BOARD OF DIRECTORSJudith SimpsonSherry StilinKris SwansonMargy RockenbrockSteve JohnsonBill McKenzieMichael Benavidez

    OFFICE MANAGER Jlean McDonaldATTORNEY Charles DiesenOur finances are public record and may be viewed at the office.

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    Major SponSorS


    Derby Days is a summer Redmond tradition that began as a bicycle race around Lake Sammamish in 1939. It was held as a fundraiser for downtown holiday decorations and school athletic equipment. The outgrowth of a small towns community spirit, the Derby now hosts the nations longest running bicycle race, marking its 75th year this summer.Today, Derby Days also includes a Parade in downtown Redmond as well as outdoor concerts, kids activities, carnival rides and fireworks.

    Were always looking for people to join us, either in the school bus or fire truck, or carrying our banner.

    Derby Days 2015 Friday and Saturday, July 10 & 11 For details:http://www.redmonderbydays.com

  • Every town has a history. Discover ours. June 2015

    Tom hiTzRoTh:2015 hiSToRy heRo

    preSidentS notebook

    The Redmond Historical Society is pleased to announce that the 2015 History Hero Award recipient is Tom Hitzroth. Tom is a respected Eastside historian and a specialist in Redmond history. Those of you who have enjoyed one or more of the Societys Walking Tours know Tom and appreciate his in-depth knowledge of Redmond history, and Redmonds historical buildings in particular.

    In addition to his investigation of Redmonds early history, Tom initiated the walking tours in 2003. He designed the route, developed the script, and continues to refine the narrative as more information is turned up. Tom has done two or more Old Town tours every year, and for the Redmond Centennial in 2012 he added haunted tours and cemetery tours to the mix. We honor Tom for developing and conducting these Walking Tours several times a year. Thank you, Tom!

    Tom has contributed to the Redmond Historical Society in other ways as well. He served on the Board of Directors for five years, 200308. Tom presented Lost Redmond: Once Here, Long Gone at the September 2013 Saturday Speaker Series program, and in 2007, Tom told the story of the James Manning Colman murder. Stay tuned for an update on that mystery at the November 2015 Saturday Speaker Series Program.

    Tom is a true student of Eastside history. In addition to his work with the Redmond Historical Society, he also serves as the Chair of the City of Chair of the City of Redmond Landmark Commission, is past Chair, a current member of the King County Landmarks Commission and King County landmarks commissions. We all very much appreciate Toms total involvement in local history, the mark of a true History Hero.

    The award will be presented at the 2015 Redmond Historical Society Picnic to be held at Anderson Park on Saturday, June 13. Im looking forward to seeing you all there again this year, to share potluck dishes and music from the Old Time Fiddlers.

    Joe Townsend~ Redmond Historical Society President

    Tom Hitzroth has been the face of the walking tour in Redmond since 2003. Photo by Jlean McDonald


  • June 2015 Every town has a history. Discover ours.

    celebRATe SummeR AT The SocieTyS AnnuAl poTluck picnic

    Society newS

    Please join us at Anderson Park June 13, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for food and fun! Well provide the hotdogs, so load up the family and bring a dish to share!

    We will also present long time volunteer Tom Hitzroth with our History Hero award for all the work he has done to make the Redmond Historical Society Walking Tours a great success!

    DetailsAnnual Society Potluck PicnicSaturday, June 13 , 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Anderson Park Picnic Shelter, 7802 168th Ave. N.E. Redmond, WA

    We hope to see you there!

    Pictured from the 2014 picnic, from top: Fred Stray with his famous ice cream machine; Christine Himes and Miguel Llanos, 2014 History Hero; Fran Stray and Joe Townsend. Photos courtesy Cheryl Magnuson


  • Every town has a history. Discover ours. June 2015

    Society newSRecoRding RedmondS

    poulTRy hiSToRy The Society is pleased to announce

    it has received a $6,840 grant through 4Cultures 2015 Heritage Projects program to document and share the history of chicken farming and poultry breeding in the Redmond area.

    The funding will allow the Society to hire a historian(s) to help document and interpret the findings as well as provide historical context. The results of the research project will be presented as part of the Saturday Speaker Series program, mostly likely Fall 2016. The project is a joint effort. The Redmond Historical Society will be providing volunteer assistance with oral histories and project management as well as other aspects. Two interviews have already been conducted with Marion Curry and Pierre Bruneau who both had family owned poultry farms in the North Redmond area.

    Poultry, especially egg producing, was once big business in our state. It is the story of immigrants, family farms, co-operative marketing associations, exports, and scientific breeding. The Redmond area participated in the poultry business over many decades. Historian Clarence Bagley reported in 1929 that there were about thirty-five good-sized chicken ranches in the vicinity. However, today little physical evidence remains. Moreover, with the exception of the Morelli farm, there is scant written information. The only known narrative is one page in the book Our Town Redmond.

    4Culture is an important supporter of the Redmond Historical Society, says Society President Joe Townsend. This grant is one of the largest awarded to the Society to date, and will help the Society document this vital facet of Redmonds history.

    Sherry Stilin, Chair of the Saturday Speaker Program, will be the project manager. If you have any information related to the history of chicken farming in our area that you would like to share, please contact our office.

    Pierre Bruneaus younger brother, Don, and his mother, Mae, pose with chicks and their chicken dog, Nero, circa. 1952. Photo courtesy the Bruneau family.


  • June 2015 Every town has a history. Discover ours.

    Volunteer opportunitieS Join The club

    VolunTeeR!SocieTy SeekS Vice pReSidenT collecTionS mAnAgemenT

    Redmond Historical Society President Joe Townsend has announced an opening for a volunteer Vice President Collections Management, Society Officer and Board Member

    Qualified, interested, persons may request a position description and volunteer application by writing to info@redmondhistoricalsociety.org.

    We are a small non-profit with a working board.

    This position calls for: Proficiency in oral and written communication. Interpersonal skills Demonstrated organizational skills Skills with MS Office software A love of local history


    Executive Administration Project Management History Basic Computer Skills Microsoft Office Suite Management

    Requirements & Commitment

    Background Check Must be at least 21 Orientation or Training 10 - 20 hrs/ month Handle Artifacts Without Damage. Ability and manual dexterity to

    handle objects and photographs without damage

    Good Match For People 55+


  • Every town has a history. Discover ours. June 2015

    Society newS

    Dont forget to mark your calendars for the June 2015 Walking Tour. There is a $10 voluntary suggested donation for each person, that benefits the Redmond Historical Society.

    2015 wAlking TouR Schedule:Sunday, June 21, 2015 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pre-register for the event by calling our office at 425.885.2919Please drop in our office or mail in a check to 16600 NE 80th St. Room 106,