Saturday, January 3, 2015
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Click the pictures to see them in larger format. The custom engraving is much less visible than the bell’s maker markings.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
At the end of every year we're able to see what the top records from our Digital Collections are - meaning which photo, document, letter, etc. was accessed by the most people. It always fascinates me to see what records make this list and it is never what I expect. The following are the top 10 records accessed during the year 2013.
10. Mary Pedegana, Mattie Tibbetts, and Ferol Tibbetts in Swimwear, 1910s
9. Friend of Josephine Cornick, 1915
8. Ray Robertson, Town Marshal, 1949
7. Lew on Lewbea and Bojo on Rusty, 1964
6. ”Finding the Site of the Attack on Chinese Laborers in Squak Valley”
5. Halmar Foldvik Mine Training Certificate, 1924
4. Letter from Fran Pope to Rita Perstac, Jan. 5, 1989 - Greater Issaquah Coalition
3. Minnie Wilson Schomber Letter, August 31, 1916
2. Friend of Josephine Cornick Modeling her Gym Bloomers, ca 1918
1. Opening of Vasa Hall in Upper Preston, ca 1950
Friday, November 15, 2013
|Unidentified image from the Anderson Collection|
Downtown Issaquah, cars, people, and a man with a lottery style cage on a platform
We've had this image in our collections for a few years now, and it hasn't been added to our digital collections for the sole reason that we're not sure exactly what we're looking at. And so we can't properly date and catalog it.
I first assumed that it was part of the draft in World War II since it came with a collection with many other items related to the war. However, it could be something else completely.
I'd love to know more specifics of what's going on here. It's an obviously important event, with cars lining the streets and people filling the sidewalks. If it is draft related, what exactly am I looking at?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
|Hailstone Feed Store - the closest thing IHM has to a picture of James "Pinky" Hailstone|
(left to right: Frank Hailstone, Nell Hailstone Falkenstein, Emma Greenier Hailstone [wife of James Hailstone])
|Hailstone Feed Store |
Unidentified woman and man
RW: Oh, yeah.
JH: They were buried in that corner.
BE: What explosion was that?
JH: Well, you see, why, they hanged the man. He went down and blew up part of a house. Of course, the whole history of the thing was, at the time then, why, we had instead of – we did have hotels in this town. I don’t mean that, but we had many of the men that worked in the mine were single men. And a lot of the women had what they called “rooming houses.” They would have board and room for so much a month.
And this fellow came to one of those boardinghouses and he and this woman that was operating it had known one another in Europe. I think in Austria or one of the German you know, close to Germany. And he wanted to board there with her, but she wouldn’t let him.
So, her and her daughter lived in a little sort of a lean-to built onto the house. They slept in that. And, of course, he got that information. And when she had refused him two or three times to let him come in there and stay, why, he brought powder from the mine, and one night he blew up this part of the house. And during the time from when he had talked to her until he was ready to blow it up, she had moved her bedroom upstairs and moved a couple of her boarders in there. And, of course, they were the ones that were killed; and that’s what the hanging was about.
The town folk just organized and got the guy and took him up there and hung him. They had a trial in the little union hall up there.
RW: Where did they hang him at?
JH: Well, they just took him down over the hill … now, what would that … let’s see …
BE: That was Marchetti’s there, wasn’t it?
JH: Yeah, that was Tom Marchetti’s place, right just across the alley from the Tom Marchetti –
BE: Where they built the schoolhouse and [inaudible].
JH: You know, from the school, it’s on that side, on the west side. That was the original school grounds, of course. But they just held their court, and they found him guilty, and they went down there and strung him up and left him."
Oral History Transcript / Full Record
Note: the transcript and record are incorrect in their use of the name "John" Hailstone. The correct and full name is James Hooker Hailstone, Sr. Records will be updated to reflect this.
James “Pinky” Hailstone was born in British Columbia in 1898 to Francis Hailstone and Ester Hooker Hailstone. He was interviewed in 1975 by Richie Woodward, a student at Issaquah High School. His interview has a lot of interesting stories including he and some friends burning a “fiery cross” and the KKK being blamed for it, the story of the only hanging in Issaquah, and a story about Ben Legg.
Last week we wrote about James "Pinky" Hailstone's daughter - Dorothy Hailstone Beale.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
|Student Body of Squak School|
Jake Jones (believed to be 3rd from right, in front)
Full Record 2
Jake Jones: And furring and trapping and trading, so they created what they called the Chinook language. It had something like about a hundred words. And many of them words, the way you used them, meant two or three different things, depending on how you used it.
And the Indians, the younger Indians, they learned the Chinook, and they also began to learn more of the English language than they did Chinook. But not being – uh – they couldn’t pronounce the English words very good, so you might say theirs would be part Chinook and part jargon, with the Indians.
When an Indian would meet you on the road, or you’d meet an Indian, he’d say [sounds like] klahowya. Well, that meant hello. And when he went after you’d talked with him a while, he’d say klahowya again. That meant good-bye. And that’s the way, they didn’t have many words and they used the same words.
If he had something to sell – he wanted to sell the whites some clams one time – and [sounds like] nika – nika means either the Indian himself or it means you that’s talking to him, or whoever the other party is. Nika means either party. He’d say, “Nika tikke clam.” If you wanted to buy something, buy potatoes, he’d call them hopatoes. He’d say, “Nika tikke hopatoes.”
So they accumulated more of a jargon of the white man’s language, but they couldn’t pronounce the English words very good, so it become more of a jargon with the younger Indians. That was my time then when I associated with them.
Jacob Jones Jr. was born in 1881 to Jacob Jones Sr. and Mary Anderson Jones. He was born in Washington and lived in Issaquah until his death in 1959. His interview is from 1958 and contains many first person accounts of Issaquah’s early days. His interview is a fascinating picture of what life was like in early Issaquah.