Saturday, February 8, 2014

Top 10 Records in the Digital Collections from 2013

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

 Mary, Mattie, and Ferol (and an unknown young boy) are wearing swimwear of the day. A railroad trestle is able to seen from the background, but it's unknown where the photo was taken. This photo is from one of Ferol Tibbetts' photo albums. Clicking "Tibbetts Family" from the list of tags on the left will take you to more blog entries about the Tibbetts' family. Full Record

9. Friend of Josephine Cornick, 1915

An unknown woman stands in a field with overalls, straw hat, and a shovel. From the Josephine Cornick Ross Collection we featured a bit in our blog this year. Full Record


8. Ray Robertson, Town Marshal, 1949

Ray Robertson was Town Marshal in 1949. In this picture he's with his two oldest sons and perhaps Issaquah's first squad car, which he was instrumental in purchasing. Read more about Ray Robertson on our websiteFull Record

7. Lew on Lewbea and Bojo on Rusty, 1964

Bojo the horse-riding dog. There isn't much more to be said. Full Record

6. ”Finding the Site of the Attack on Chinese Laborers in Squak Valley”

A document prepared by Tim Greyhavens where he worked to find the exact location of where the 1885 attack on Chinese laborers occurred. The document, available in our Digital Collections, contains photos, transcripts, and is a fascinating read. Full Record

5. Halmar Foldvik Mine Training Certificate, 1924

A new addition to our collections in 2013 - this is a "Certificate of Mine Rescue and First-Aid Training" for Halmar Foldvik. A fascinating piece and great addition to our collection of mine information. Full Record

4. Letter from Fran Pope to Rita Perstac, Jan. 5, 1989 - Greater Issaquah Coalition

 This is one of those records that surprises me. Our Greater Issaquah Coalition collection is important, but I'm always surprised when it's letters that get a lot of traffic and not photos. This letter and accompanying report outlines the importance of preserving Pickering Barn and ideas for connecting it, Gilman Village, and the Depot via train tracks. Full Record

3. Minnie Wilson Schomber Letter, August 31, 1916

Another surprise in the top 10. Having been the one to scan, read, and catalog the entirety of Minnie Wilson Schomber's letter collection (including hers and her husband's), I always groan a little when one pops up. Her sappy, sweet letters are always good for a laugh - especially when she writes "I would give anything if I had you and the big leather chair here tonight. I suppose you could guess what I would do."  Full Record

2. Friend of Josephine Cornick Modeling her Gym Bloomers, ca 1918

Another picture of a friend of Josephine Cornick - this time in her gym bloomers, standing in front of what appears to be Issaquah High School. Two gals behind her appear to be wearing the same outfit. At least they're pants and not skirts! Full Record

1. Opening of Vasa Hall in Upper Preston, ca 1950

We had a lot of requests for Preston photos this year and did a lot of work in making sure our Preston records were uploaded to our Digital Collections. This must have been the most popular of the bunch! A group photo of the "Order of Vasa" at the opening of the new Vasa Hall in Upper Preston. Unfortunately, no one in the photo is identified - send us any information you may have! Full Record

In-depth cataloging of letters, journals and other documents was made possible by a grant from 4Culture. Yet another grant from 4Culture, along with generous support from individual donors, makes it possible for us to scan these items and share them through our Digitial Archives.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Photo Mystery!

Unidentified image from the Anderson Collection
photo 2010.011.051
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

Hearing History: James "Pinky" Hailstone

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
ca 1930s
Unidentified woman and man

Bob Evans:  Did you ever hear anything about that hanging over by the Marchettis, a maple tree?
James "Pinky" Hailstone:  Oh, yes.   My older brother witnessed that.
Richie Woodward:  Uh-huh.
JH:  I asked him, oh, a few different times, you know, about the deal.  And he was the only one that I could find in this community who could tell me different parts of that.  
You see, they – what I wanted to know was what they did with the bodies of the two men that were blown up in this explosion.  And he told me that they were buried in that little corner, where they had that … uh … public building there, across the creek from the fish hatchery, that apartment house.

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].

RW:  Uh-huh.

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

Hearing History: Dorothy Hailstone Beale

Hazel Hircko (left) and Dorothy Hailstone Beale (right)
ca 1936

Dorothy Beale (right)
ca 1993

Dorothy H. Beale: But I knew Dorothy.  And Dorothy Miles.  And Dorothy Castagno.  When I went to school, I went by “Margaret.”  
I said, “No, I’m not [going to be called Dorothy].  They’re going to get all mixed up!”
And so my first grade teacher, Mrs. McMaster she called my mother – or talked to my mother, we didn’t have phones – and she said, “Is it all right if she goes by Margaret?”  And my mother said, “If she wants to.”
So I went eleven years to school as Margaret.  And then when I was a senior, I wanted my first name on my graduation.  So the teachers sure raised Cain with me.  [chuckles]  Made me write my full name.
And you can imagine, on a sheet of paper like this, and you write Dorothy Margaret Hailstone, you’ve got half a page done!  [laughter]
MM:  That’s a long name.  So Margaret was your middle name that you decided to go by?
DHB:  Uh-huh.
MM:  That’s probably smart of you.  Because otherwise, they would have gotten mixed up.  That’s a lot of Dorothys.
DHB:  Oh, it was a funny situation.  I went all that time as Margaret.  And never thought anything about it until my senior year, and I thought, Oh, I want my first name on my diploma.  
I went twelve years to school and never missed a day.
MM:  Really?  You had perfect attendance?  Were you ever sick?
DHB:  No.
MM:  You were never sick?
DHB:  Not when I was young.
Dorothy Hailstone Beale was born in 1919 to James H Hailstone and Emma Greenier Hailstone. Dorothy was interviewed in 2006 by Maria McLeod as part of IHM’s oral history project. Dorothy talks about growing up in Issaquah, logging, and the Hailstone family. Her extensive interview covers many families in Issaquah as well as some fascinating discussion about the KKK and cultural and race relations in Issaquah.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hearing History: Jake Jones

Student Body of Squak School
Jake Jones (believed to be 3rd from right, in front)
Full Record
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] nikanika 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.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hearing History: Ruth Kees

Ruth Kees (left) and Fred Nystrom (right) walk along Issaquah Creek
ca late 1980s

Maria McLeod: So I wanted to ask you about the Issaquah Creek, I wanted to ask you about the watershed, and I wanted to ask you about water quality, and what you’ve noticed about water quality, and what ways water quality has been compromised, or that you fear it’s been compromised since doing your work. 

Ruth Kees:  Well … mainly I think what’s affecting this country now is that the fermenting of little urban areas, areas of urbanization.  They permit people to dig a well, and if the well will produce 5,000 gallons a day –  

And I don’t think they’ve ever run a test on any of them to make sure that they would produce 5,000 water a day.  They figure, we can put six houses on 5,000 gallons of water a day.  And we’ll group them all in one little spot, and that will keep them from sprouting out all over the country. 

Well, I think I’d rather see one house per 5 acres than these little urban areas, which require all kinds of amenities that these other houses don’t require.  And you won’t get people watering their lawns.  In other words, we’re urbanizing the area whether it wants to be urbanized or not, by permitting these little colonies.  [Sounds of material being rattled around in the background] 

MM:  Are you worried about the kind of growth that’s occurred in Issaquah since you’ve – I mean, in recent years, and that compromising water quality and the environment here? 

RK:  Every road that they put in is putting a dike in the ground.  And this disrupts the transmission of ground water.  Or every little urban area that they put into, also disrupts – uh – it increases runoff because of having more – uh – gosh what do you call it?  Ground that won’t permit … 

MM:  Impermeable? 

RK:  Impermeable surfaces.  Every road is an impermeable surface.  And this creates runoff.  And the water doesn’t get back into the ground where it does any good.   

And look at Lake Sammamish now.  Lake Sammamish used to be a lake that did not respond to rainfall.  It was fairly static.  People have built docks and they’ve built all kinds of wood structures along the edge of Lake Sammamish, and by golly, now some of the – after a rainfall, they’re under water!   

And this never happened before.  And that’s because of increased runoff.  So that all the water has just poured into Lake Sammamish, instead of going into the ground where it will replenish the aquifers. 

Ruth Moore Kees was born in Nebraska in 1923 to Paul Moore and Myrtle Schultz Moore. Ruth was interviewed in 2006 by Maria McLeod as part of IHM’s oral history project. Her interview covers her work as a government inspector during WWII, getting her pilot’s license and working at Boeing, and the impact Issaquah’s development has had on the environment and her effort to protect it. If you're interested in local environmental issues, both of Ruth's interviews are amazing reads.
You can also visit the Ruth Kees Big Tree Trail on Tiger Mountain if you're in the mood for a hike. See the City of Issaquah's Heritage Trees page for more information.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Hearing History: Bill Evans

Gil Abbott congratulates Bill Evans on his election as Chambers President
(left to right) Isobel Sanders, Vivian Pederson Stocklin, William C. Evans, Gil Abbott
ca 1965
Full Record

Maria McLeod:  ...Tell me a story about you and Walt Seil.  I know you guys ran around together, and I’m sure there’s a lot of stories.  Some you could probably tell, some you can’t.  [laughter]  But what’s a memorable moment with your friend Walt? 

Bill Evans:  Well, of course, we graduated in the same class.  On graduation night, we – big stuff – I was president of my senior class – so we tried to arrange a party.  But we graduated on June 3, 1941.  It was a Tuesday night.  It was raining to beat heck.  Usually, the first part of June, I always remember the rain.  We didn’t get good weather constantly until July.

 ...So I had a class meeting the day before we graduated, and I said, “It’s our last time together as a group.  How are we going to celebrate?” 

Well, a lot of them had family parties on graduation night.  I had a graduation party, too, with my family.  But we all decided well, after the party is over – and it’ll probably be over about ten o’clock – we’ll meet back at the high school and go to a party in Seattle.  We’ll find something that’s really good to do. So Walt and I and another fellow, I don’t remember who the other fellow was, but we had our dates, and we met back at the school at ten o’clock.  And we went to Seattle.  We thought, “This’ll be great!  We six will do something that nobody else does.” 

So we went down to Boeing Field.  We were going to rent an airplane and take our first flight over the city.  Well, we got down to Boeing Field and, of course, Tuesday night, ten o’clock, everything was pitch dark!  There was nobody there. 

“So what do we do now?”
“Well, let’s be daring.” 

And there happened to be a bottle club on First Avenue in Seattle, with entertainment and so forth.  But it wasn’t a club like you think of nowadays.  But still, you had to be 21 to get in.  Of course, we looked like we were eighteen.  [chuckles]  So we got stopped at the door!  And that took care of that. 

“What do we do now?  It’s midnight!” 

“Well, there’s all-night shows.” 

“Big deal.” 

So we went to an all-night show.  We parked Walt’s car up on somebody’s rooftop parking downtown.  We went to the nearest all-night show.  We enjoyed the show.  And our dates were kind of worried, because they’d never been out this late before. 

MM:  No, that’s probably about two in the morning by that point. 

BE:  By the time we got out of the show, it was almost dawn.  The girls were hungry, naturally – like my wife – and so we went to breakfast.  My girl lived in Upper Preston.  There’s a Lower Preston we all know, but in those days … and still, people live up there.  It’s further up toward Echo Glen, fairly close to that.  And it’s a little Swedish flicka that I went with.  Her mother was at the door when I brought her home, and the sun was shining bright.  And she was a sweet little lady. 

She said, “Now, Bill, you know that Frances is younger than you are.” 

“Yes, I know.” 

She said, “And we live in a community where everybody sees everything that goes on.” 

I said, “Well, nothing went on.  Things didn’t work out, and we ended up at an all-night show and went to breakfast.” 

She said, “Well, please don’t bring her home in the daylight anymore.”  [laughter] 

“I promise.”  [laughing] 

MM:  Did the other guys get in trouble, or the other girls?  Do you remember? 

BE:  I don’t remember, because I was sweating enough!  [laughter]

William C. Evans Jr. was born in 1923 to William G. Evans Sr. and Ella Willig Evans. Bill was interviewed in 2006 by Maria McLeod as part of IHM’s oral history project. Bill talks about his grandfather’s work with Issaquah Water Department, growing up in Issaquah, and WWII. His interview is extensive and he provides a lot of information that’s impossible to summarize. See the Full Record for a complete list of people and subjects discussed.
Bill has been written about a few times on this blog before - check out previous blog entries: