This entry first appeared as an article in the Past Times newsletter in Spring of 2003. The Reard/Freed house is still standing, but continues to be under threat.
The most exciting moments in any local history career are those when the pieces of history fall together and have a real impact on people in the present. One of those moments occurred in January 2003 when Paul Thomas donated an old family photograph. The photograph dates to 1893 and depicts Thomas’s family members standing in a field planted with celery and cabbage. In the background is the familiar form of the Pickering Barn, not more than a few years old. Thomas’s grandparents, who were tenants on the Pickering Farm, had passed down to him the oldest known photograph of the Pickering Barn.
As a result of this brief meeting, the Issaquah Historical Society received the oldest known photograph of the Pickering Barn, the Sammamish Heritage Society received more information on the Reard family from