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St. Joseph Catholic Church

John Hircko

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Children and adults standing in front of St. Joseph Catholic Church, ca 1920. The priest next to the high official is Father Carey. Also present in the photo are Joseph Rutkowski (front row, far left), Joe Neukirchen (adult male in back row, beneath window), Joseph Donlan (directly in front of Joe Neukirchen), John Hircko (the closest to the front of the four boys between the Bishop and Father Carey), Mary Lotto (just behind the Bishop’s shoulder, the first of the little girls), Alice Neukirchen (back row, standing on something to make her the tallest in the back row, closest to the window on the right), Anne Rutkowski (directly behind the shorter girl in the front row), Marie Neukirchen (to Annie Rutkowski’s left), and Anna Suess (Mrs. Joe) Neukirchen (second from the right, wearing the white hat). [IHM photo 96-15-1]

Clark Elementary Staff 1966

Eleanor Wicklund Hope

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Clark Elementary Staff 1966

This candid photograph of 1966 Clark Elementary staff offers a glimpse of the camaraderie among some of Issaquah’s best-known and much-loved residents at that time. Pictured from left to right are, (front row) Jean Jaekel, Luella Grant, Bob Eiene, Sue Smith, Polly Heft, Janie Link, Louise Quistorff, and Ron Reed; (middle row) Clella Menold, Emma Crow, Mary Boyden, Sylvia Bender, Pearl Deering, Agnes Hammond, Carol King, Joan Krivasha, and Bob Reed; (back row) Mary Whelus, Betty Evans, Ruth Colingham, Shirley Hayes, Marian Oules, Eleanor Hope, Margaret Medalon, Agnes Houdek, Mabel Miles, Cleo Somsak, Joe Zimmerman, and Ray Upton. [IHM photo 72-21-14-22h; caption and photo from p107, #165 Arcadia Book]

Jake Jones Jr.

Jake Jones Jr.

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Jake Jones Jr.

Jake Jones Jr. in detail from Squak School photo. [IHM photo 91-7-34]

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.

Ruth Kees and Fred Nystrom

Ruth Kees

Ruth Kees and Fred Nystrom

Ruth Kees (left) and Fred Nystrom (right) walk along Issaquah Creek ca late 1980s. [IHM photo 2009-3-12]

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.
Mary Colton Lucus

Mary Colton Lucas

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Mary Colton Lucus

Mary Colton Lucas in 1973, at age 75 [IHM photo 94-41-4]

Mary Colton Lucus lived from 1898 to 1982. She was  a teacher in the Upper Squak School. In this interview, she discusses her experience there in 1917-18.