In 1927, this group of Issaquah High thespians posed for a picture. Stage make-up and costuming suggest that the play may have featured pirates or gypsies – or both.

Issaquah High Drama Class

Issaquah High School offered opportunities for young thespians as well as athletes. This 1927 photograph shows the drama club in costume. Pictured from left to right are, (front row) Gertrude Castagno, Betty Beck, Bess Mamie Maness, Harold Kehoe, Clara Johnson, ? Kangas, Esther Garner, Ann Monti, Alice Lundquist, and Sofie Walen; (middle row) Annie Boehm, Steve Krall, Margaret Lindsay, Ethel Isotalo, May Lindstrom, Hilding Halvanson, and Harry Pearson; (back row) Ferol Tibbetts, George Kinnune, Svea Zingmark, Alvin Kerola, Elma Erickson, Florence Jones, Ruby Lundquist, Helen Smith, Thelma Olsen, Lila Erickson, Doris Zingmark, Esther Erickson, Thelma Bush, Clarence Palm, Algot Nygren, and Albert Karvia. Many of the students shown here were members of the class of 1928. [IHM 2002.020.001]


The IHS Exhaust was a regular publication of Issaquah High School. This 1926 issue publicizes an upcoming concert, discusses school spirit, and reminds students of appropriate stairway safety, among other topics. #Issaquah125


By 1925, the Issaquah Depot was closed to passenger service, largely because automobiles were becoming more widespread. One stage, operated by Lorenzo Francis, had a regular stop in front of the Grand Central Hotel.

 Stage in Front of Grand Central Hotel

Lorenzo Francis’ stage in front of the Grand Central Hotel circa 1925. [IHM]


In 1924, Andy Wold opens his hardware store in the Wold Building. The Wold Building still exists today, on the northeastern corner of Front & Sunset. You can visit the location and learn more about it by taking our self-guided walking tour.

Andy Wold’s Hardware Store on opening day (November 29, 1924). Wold’s store was located in what is still (as of 2012) known as the Wold Building, at the NE corner of Front Street and Sunset Way. Charlie Smith is behind the counter and Walfred Isotalo is in front. [IHM]

Bill Evans


In 1923, Bill Evans is born in Issaquah, WA. Bill lived most of his life in Issaquah, and he participated in a 2006 oral history project shortly before his death. Bill’s easygoing nature, flair for telling stories, and affection for his hometown are all evident in the interiew. #Issaquah125


In 1922, Elsie Wendt, the wife of an Issaquah miner, makes the papers when she goes to the mines to learn her husband’s job. #Issaquah125


In the early 1920s, John Fischer opened his “John Fisher Cash Market.” This market was the precursor to Fischer’s Meats. You can visit the location and learn more about it by taking our self-guided walking tour.

John Fisher Cash Market with a 1920s era truck. [IHM]

Ben Legg


In 1920, Ben Legg made a name for himself in the Seattle newspapers. Read about the real person behind “Bad Ben Legg.” #Issaquah125


In 1919 an ordinance was passed prohibiting cattle from running at large in the streets. Violators were subject to fines as high as $25.

Livestock in downtown Issaquah. [IHM 72-21-14-90b]


Minnie Wilson and her sweetheart, Jake Schomber, wrote to each other during the time he was in the army. This dramatic scene from their love story took place in 1918. . #Issaquah125