This article appeared in The Issaquah Press, May 14, 1997
Here is a chronology of major events during the Issaquah Historical Society’s first five years, as recorded by Harriet Fish (note: the group was called the historical commission at that time and the Gilman Town Hall Museum was known as the History Center) :
- May 21 – First meeting for forming the Issaquah Historical Society. Plans made for P.R. through exhibits throughout the year in the local bank, etc. winding up at Salmon Days (in October)
- Sept. 12 – At the request of Mayor Keith Hansen, a project to document the Issaquah Mayors by photographs (at that time 17 mayors had held office) was completed by Harriet Fish and presented to the city.
- Sept. 21 – Old Gilman Town Hall becomes available.
- Oct. 19 – Letters sent to prospective members for building the society.
- Nov. 15 – City Council voted to purchase property at 165 SE Andrews St.
- Nov. 20 – Historical Commission appointed.
- November – During this fall, Andy Wold died.
- Dec. 19 – City forwards earnest money on purchase of Old Gilman Town Hall property.
- Jan. 8 – Realtor (Robert Caterall) conducted sale of property to city as “a service to the city and to the Historical Society with no commission.”
- Feb. 14 – City Historian appointed by Mayor Hansen – Harriet Fish.
- March 13 – Issaquah Historical Society met in the History Center for the first time, heat and lights now being available. (City had rewired some of the building.)
- April 15 – Fire proof file drawers requested for vertical file materials which had been acquired and collected by Ed and Harriet Fish during the years of book research. Also requested alarm system.
- May 22 – Items … were moved from the Bergsman Barn to the History Center.
- July 10 – Cabinets of shelves were removed from the Public Library to the History Center. (two made of birch with glass sliding fronts).
- July 19 – Chemical Fire truck and hose cart defined as belonging to Issaquah Historical Society were to be returned by the Washington State Historical Fire Museum. (Whether these ever arrived is questionable)
- Sept. 25 – Police Docket book of early years received from city. Brochure published giving historical background of Old Gilman Town Hall and Jail. Four drawer file cabinet purchased, (used) for $62.00.
- November – Bud Settem died; Felicity Lowe appointed to fill spot on Historical Commission; Joanne Berry was appointed to fill another vacancy on Commission.
- Newsletters being printed, possibly started in 1973.
- Historical Commission expenditures 1/1/1973 to 3/18/1974: $7,488.77.
- Influenced the saving of the large maple tree in the Safeway parking lot.
- Started to produce a 200 slide P.R. show of history of Issaquah. (some funds came from Fred Glandon in March) Oct. Antique Sale and Show in Junior High Building, Dick Matilla in charge.
- Bessie Wilson Craine manuscript, which had been secured by Ed Fish before he died, is completed by typing in office practices classes at the Issaquah High School.
- Drive Yourself tour plans started, Joanne Berry and husband in charge.
- Anita Page appointed to Historical Commission.
- City installed new furnace in center. (oil).
- By-laws of Society amended for I.R.S. purposes.
- Drive Yourself Tour being developed for use over Salmon Days.
- June 9 – $500 grant from Seattle Arts Commission to be used for Tour Brochure.
- Monthly rather than bi-monthly meetings scheduled.
- Notified of bequest by Bernice Wold Estate; ultimately received $4,614.
- Dick Matilla appointed to Historical Commission.
- Non-profit status received from I.R. S. through Cushman & Holt.
- Drive Around Tour brochure completed and in use.
- Talk of printing the Bessie Wilson Craine manuscript into book to be called “Squak Valley.”
- May – Directional signs to be installed for finding museum.
- June – $2,400 received from Wold Estate; kitchen renovation at center being planned.
- Aug. 6 – First talk with Burlington Northern about saving Depot.
- Aug. 24 – $600 budget from city to paint exterior of center. Plans for remodeling front of center are considered.
This Article © 1997 Issaquah Press. Used by permission