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  • June 2013 History is Happening in redmond

    Redmond HistoRical societyJune 2013 neWsletteR Vol. 15 no. 6

    Our PurPOSE:To Discover, recover, Preserve, share anD celebraTe reDmonDs hisTory


    if iTs June, iTs Time for our Picnic

    rhs June Picnic :SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 11:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M. Anderson Park, 7802 168th Avenue N.E.


    The Old Time Fiddlers perform at the 2012 Redmond Historical Society picnic.

    Join us rain or shinesince were in The anDerson ParkPicnic shelTer.

    Music, friends, potluck and soft-serve ice creamwhat else could you ask for on June 8th? Thats part of whats on tap at our annual picnic, where well also hand out the 2013 History Hero award (see Page 4). The Society will contribute burgers, hot dogs, pop and coffee, but feel free to impress others with your own potluck goodies to share. The Old Time Fiddlers, seen above and led by David and Elsie Bartley, will be back as will the ice cream machine contributed by Fred and Fran Stray!

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    ExEcutivE BOardChris Himes PresidentJudy Lang Senior Vice-PresidentJoe Townsend Vice-President FinanceJohn Phillips Vice-President CollectionsMary Hanson Secretary

    BOard Of dirEctOrSRosemarie IvesJanice LeVeckJudith SimpsonSherry StilinKris SwansonMargaret Evers Wiese

    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. 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.com




    whaTs new online Heritage events across the Seattle region are easy to find via the website of the Association of King County Historical Organizations. It has a great calendar at akcho.org/calendar/, and while there sign up for the free, emailed Heritage Advisor newsletter.

    AKCHOs own membership meeting is on June 25 at the Neely Mansion, an 1892 Victorian farmhouse in Auburn. All are welcome for the presentation on preserving Neely amid rapid development.

    AKCHO is also known for its annual history awards and this years list of winners is online at akcho.org/AKCHOAwards-2013.pdf.

    COVER FEATURE & WHATS NEW1 RHS Annual Picnic2 2013 RHS Officers & Board2 Whats New Online Seattle Area HeritageRHS NEWS3 Silhouette Dance Club4 2013 History Heros: Cheryl & Gene Magnuson5-6 Our New Looks, Speaker Series6 History Day Students/City Council7 Eastside Heritage Events8 Historical Thank Yous Derby Saturday Market9 Redmond Reflections Gift Ideas from RHSMEMBERSHIP & CONTACT INFO10 May Meeting Attendees List of RHS Lifetimers11 Membership Form12 Address & RHS Contact Info

    Table of conTenTs PAGE

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    whatS nEwshowcasing our hisTory:

    leTs Dance

    Society member Tony Emmanuel contributed this reflection on a Redmond tradition from the 1950s-1980s.

    Trees, lakes, streams, creeks, mountains, woods, farms and the people were the reasons we moved to Redmond from North Hollywood, Calif., when the population of Redmond was 1,400. There was one other development that made those ideal conditions complete: The Silhouette Dance Club. Anybody who was anybody was in the clubthere were also a few nobodys like me. We had the dances at the Pine Lake Community Club up Thompson Hill Roada place that then had a Redmond address but now is in Sammamish. A half dozen dances were held through the year when everyone was huddled down for the winter. Some of the younger folks would ski the next day, but most would rest their feet the rest of the day after church. Committees would decorate, provide food and (ahem) refreshments, contact and arrange the band, make all the purchases and pay the bills out of the treasury, which was supplied by dues. We had a president, treasurer and board, all elected by the members. Just like Boeing, Weyerhaeuser or Puget Power -- the only difference was our treasury had fewer zeros! There is something we had that they didnt: a mayor, chief of police, city attorney, doctors, dentists, lawyers, farmers, business owners, trades people and teachers. Also, our one single purpose was to have fun. It was our fun time during the dreary doldrums of wintertime. The dance club may have dissolved on the surface, but not deep in my mind.


    Members of the Silhouette Dance Club, circa 1968. (Cory DeJong Collection)

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    2013 hisTory heros: rhS


    Cheryl and Gene Magnuson pose after the 2012 Derby Parade. (Photo by Miguel Llanos)

    Each year the Society presents a History Hero award recognizing exceptional efforts to share Redmonds heritage. This year its the dynamic duo of Cheryl and Gene Magnuson. In her congratulatory letter, Society President Chris Himes wrote that they have managed in one year to surpass all of our expectations. Here are just a few of the things accomplished:

    Reorganized our office, adding name tags for all artifacts. Regularly update our bulletin board. Created a photo album with flip pages of now/then pictures. It can also be displayed on large panels. Set up multiple displays at the library, the schoolhouse community center and downtown businesses. Wore period costumes in the 2012 Bike Derby Parade, helping us secure the best Centennial theme entry. Volunteered at Saturday Market booths.

    Since they never get tired, they even did a complete inventory of all the items we have stored at Leroy Olsons barn, Chris stated. At our monthly programs, Chef Gene comes with trays of homemade yummy treats for the members. They are a dream come true, noted Society VP Judy Lang. Its amazing to see them taking on a project, working in sync and seemingly effortlessly, added Society co-founder Miguel Llanos. We also have another name for them: The Magnificent Magnusons! Now is it any wonder, concluded Chris, that they are our 2013 History Heros?

    cheryl anD gene magnuson

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    our new looks:


    Over the past few months your Board has been working hard to freshen and update our wonderful Redmond Historical Society image. The Societys longevity depends on having a growing membership and an increased stable source of funding. To that end I would like to let the membership know where we are and what we are doing to accomplish this.

    rhS nEwS

    logo, online facelifT, sPeaker series By Chris Himes, Redmond Historical Society President

    First, we will have a new logo (above) thanks to the design work of Graphic Designer / Board member Janice LeVeck. We felt it was important to keep the penny-farthing bike and the same typeface, but with a contemporary twist to our icon.

    Also, we are updating our website (header mock-up above) to make information easier to find. Janice, as well as Board member Sherry Stilin (marketing), Richard Morris (webmaster) and Monica Park (office manager), with input from the rest of the Board and Miguel Llanos, have been working hard on the website updates. Finally, we have been searching for ways to create additional awareness about the Society, as well as share our wonderful speakers with more people. We believe we have found the key. Continued on page 6...


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    our new looksContinued from Page 5

    rhS nEwS

    naTional hisTory Day winners honoreD

    As part of National Preservation Month in May, Mayor John Marchione and the City Council congratulated Redmond High and STEM school students whose research projects won National History Day awards. The City also honored Tom Hitzroth for his dedication to the walking tours and researching Redmond history. (Photo by Miguel Llanos)

    And now, an appeal to you, our supporters. Please let us know of businesses, churches, etc., that would put up a Speaker Series poster and/or take some flyers to help us spread the word. We would relish your input, help and enthusiasm. We are very excited about these changes and hope you will embrace them as well.

    What changes will you see? First, we will announce speakers for half theyear, instead of one month at a time. Secondly, we will spend some program time letting folks know why it is important to support historical preservation. Ultimately we hope they will be interested enough to join the Society. In addition, we will be asking non-members to contribute a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

    In the past, by referring to our monthly get-togethers as meetings we realized that we may have scared off people who love history but hate meetings. So moving forward we will call those programs and name them The Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series. The poster draft (right) displays our new look.

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    easTsiDe heriTage evenTs rhS


    Historian Tom Hitzroth is the man with the stories, gossip, and names that make Redmonds early history so interesting. A $10 per person suggested donation supports Society programs and is payable by credit card on our website, or by check sent to our office. Registration is required by June 14. The tour will not be held if it rains.

    hisToric reDmonD walking Tour

    norThwesT railway museums Train sheD Tour

    Board a train to a building that includ