In 1907, Paul Koss is born to Austro-Hungarian immigrants. He lived in Issaquah for more than 99 years, and participated in a Memory Book project in 2000. #Issaquah125

The Drylie Family


In 1906, John Drylie serves as Town Marshal. Issaquah’s marshalls didn’t receive much in the way of formal training, and were responsible for things like herding cattle out of the street and replacing light bulbs in the street lights. #Issaquah125


In 1905, someone creates this wallet, which eventually finds its way into the collections of the Issaquah History Museums. Who was Ricardo? What do the B and C stand for? There are still many mysteries within our collections...


Cross-stitched wallet, dated 1905. This wallet’s exterior is worked in tiny cross-stitch, 16 stitches to the inch. One half has a pink background of stitches with a large flower (resembling a cross between a rose and a tulip) emblazoned across the center; two shamrocks fill space under the stem, and each corner has a geometric snowflake-like pattern in pale blue. There is some loss of pink background thread at the points of greatest wear. The other half has a deep red background of stitches, with “1905” in the upper left-hand corner in yellow and blue, two birds rendered in pink, green and blue, and two shamrocks. There is a fancy capital “B” in yellow, a fancy capital “C” in yellow set against a heart-shaped background of tweeded pink and blue, and a name, “Ricardo” along the bottom in yellow and green between two geometrics that look like quilt designs in yellow and blue with a few pink accent stitches. The edges of the cross-stitch work were turned under, and a blue silk lining was sewn in to form two functional pockets inside. The edge of the whole piece was finished with blue cording. [Catalog # FIC.2008.008; Issaquah History Museums]


On this day in 1904, the wedding of Wilhilmena Stevens and John J. Eastlick is celebrated in Issaquah. Friends and relatives of the bride collaborate on this bridal quilt. #Issaquah125

Grand Central


In 1903, James Croston finishes construction of his new hotel, the Grand Central. The Grand Central is the only one of Issaquah’s many early 20th Century hotel buildings to survive into the 21st Century. #Issaquah125

Alexander House in 1999


In 1902, the Alexander House is constructed. The (relocated and expanded) building now serves as headquarters for the Chamber of Commerce. #Issaquah125


In 1901, Hiram R. Corson is sworn in as Mayor of Issaquah. Dr. Corson served as the official mine physician for many years. #Issaquah125


In 1900, The Issaquah Independent newspaper begins publication. The Issaquah Independent later became the Issaquah Press, which closed its doors in February of 2017.

Detail of The Issaquah Independent's eighth anniversary edition.

Detail of The Issaquah Independent’s eighth anniversary edition. The full edition is available at http://isq.stparchive.com/Archive/ISQ/ISQ01041908P01.php.

For Issaquah Press articles on Issaquah’s history, see our compilation at https://www.issaquahhistory.org/dig-deep/issaquah-press/.


In 1899, the Snoqualmie Power Station is constructed on Mill Street to provide power to the town – which also changes its name from Gilman to Issaquah in this year. Later the Power Station has a minor appearance in the story of Bad Ben Legg.


Snoqualmie Falls Power Gilman Substation. [Image; Issaquah History Museums]


In 1898, the town of Gilman purchases the Gilman Town Hall building from Ingebright Wold for use as the town’s seat of government.


Built in 1886, the structure was intended to serve as a public hall. According  to local lore, it began to serve its purpose before the roof was finished, when it hosted a wedding celebration. On April 4, 1898 the town of Gilman bought it for $225 and began to use the main front room as council chambers. The local firemen used part of the building starting in 1911. In 1918, the library moved out of Enos Guss’s barber shop into the town hall, remaining there until mid-1950s. Today, the structure serves as the Gilman Town Hall Museum.