Quasquicentennial: Issaquah’s 125th

On April 29, the City of Issaquah kicked off a year-long celebration of Issaquah, in honor of the town’s  quasquicentennial – or 125th birthday! The festivities will include a time capsule full of things that symbolize Issaquah as it is today. The time capsule will eventually rest beneath one of the school cornerstones behind the Gilman Town Hall, and will be opened in 2092 for Issaquah’s bicentennial celebration.

A time capsule is a great way to represent Issaquah as it is right now. The Issaquah History Museums created their own digital time capsule, filled with items from Issaquah’s past. For each of the first 100 years since Issaquah’s incorporation, we have shared a photograph, artifact, oral history, article, or other history-related goody.

Remember: it’s your history, Issaquah. We’re just keeping it for you.



In 1993, after a ten year restoration undertaken completely by volunteers, the Issaquah Depot is placed on the National Register of Historic Sites. #Issaquah125



In 1992, Issaquah celebrates its centennial. Among the related swag is a cap, now part of the Issaquah History Museums collection. #Issaquah125



In 1991, teachers in thirty-eight districts – including Issaquah – go on strike . #Issaquah125



In 1990, the first Mountains to Sound March is held, and thus the Mountains to Sound Greenway is born. #Issaquah125



In 1989, a certificate is awarded to Iva Eastlick Jones McKilrath, a descendant of the Mercers, Eastlicks, and Vaughns, to celebrate her turning 100 years of age “before or during Washington State’s Centennial Year.” #Issaquah125

Image courtesy of Lorraine Morton.


In 1988, Issaquah School Superintendent Kateri Brow is named Washington State Superintendent of the Year. Brow transformed the Issaquah School District after several years of tumult. #Issaquah125



In 1987, Sharon Dean is selected a Miss Issaquah. She went on to win the Miss Washington competition in the same year, and competed in the Miss American pageant. #Issaquah125



In 1986, Carl Darchuck re-opens the Issaquah Theatre as a venue for his troupe of community players. This group would go on to become the renowned Village Theatre. #Issaquah125

Ruth Kees and Fred Nystrom


In 1985, Ruth Kees founds the Issaquah Environmental Council, which is still active here in Issaquah. #Issaquah125



In 1982, Issaquah resident Dorothy Jackson captures old Issaquah in a one of a series of paintings. #Issaquah125



In 1980, Issaquah’s Waterhole Tavern blows up, leaving many suspicious of mob activity. #Issaquah125

Issaquah ordinance 1297


In 1978, Issaquah passes Ordinance 1297, which deals the the remnants of Issaquah’s mining heritage. #Issaquah125



Between the late 1960s and late 1970s, the The Issaquah High School Jazz band, led by William Klein, put out annual albums. #Issaquah125



In 1976, the Seattle Biomedical Center (today’s Center for Infectious Disease Research, in Seattle) is created — in Issaquah! #Issaquah125

Issaquah High Trestle


In 1975, the Issaquah trestle is slowly dismantled to make way for an I-90 overpass. #Issaquah125



In the 1970s, rapid development encourages concerned citizens to found Issaquah Residents for Environmental Quality (IREQ). #Issaquah125



In 1973, Under the direction of Chief Ron Procise, the Issaquah Police Department purchases a white Dodge patrol car. It was just one of a few changes that Procise made as Police Chief in the early 1970s. #Issaquah125



In 1972, Betty Konarski, owner of the Country Mouse consignment store, convinces Marvin and Ruth Mohl to scrap their plans to create another strip mall, and to create what would be Gilman Village instead. #Issaquah125



In 1972, Ithe Issaquah Historical Society (today’s Issaquah History Museums) is founded by a group of long-time residents. #Issaquah125

Salmon in Issaquah Creek,


In 1970, the first Salmon Days celebration is held and roughly 2,500 people attend. Salmon Days has continued to grow and change over the years. #Issaquah125

Gibson House


In 1970, Dr. W.E. Gibson’s home, built circa 1900, is razed. The rare gingko tree, planted by Gibson circa 1910, is spared thanks to petitioners. Issaquah’s gingko is considered one of Issaquah’s Treasures. #Issaquah125



In 1969, the last Labor Day celebration takes place in Issaquah. The following year would mark the beginning of Issaquah’s Salmon Days tradition. #Issaquah125



In 1968, the new sewer treatment plant pump station opens. The event is presided over by Miss Issaquah Colleen Dixon and Mayor Bill Flintoft. #Issaquah125

Han Jensen (1888-1957) left his property to the State of Washington. Today it is part of the Lake Sammamish Park in Issaquah.


In 1966, a new youth camping area is dedicated in Lake Sammamish State Park. #Issaquah125

Irving Petite with bovine companion, 1978.


In 1963, Irving Petite, a Tiger Mountain resident since 1941, publishes a book called “Mister B,” about the orphaned bear he took in. Petite authored a number of other books inspired by his life on Tiger Mountain. #Issaquah125



In 1962, the Issaquah Junior High School football team wins the district’s first junior high football championship. #Issaquah125

In this 1961 photograph, a new sign is installed on the corner of Tenth Avenue and Sunset Way. Bill Bergsma is replacing the signs and the lady in the background is Gladys Lelane with her husband. [IHM]


In 1961, Bill Bergsma, Sr. changes the street sign from Front Street to 10th Avenue after the 1960 Issaquah City ordinance 752 changes the names of many downtown streets. Mill Street, for example, became Sunset Way. Main Street became Andrews Street. #Issaquah125



In 1958, Labor Day “I’m a Booster” pins are given to those who donated funds towards Issaquah’s Labor Day celebrations. #Issaquah125

Jake Jones Jr.


In 1959, Jacob Jones, Jr. passes away. Before his death, Jones’s grandson recorded an oral history of his grandfather in which Jones shared some of his earliest memories of the Issaquah Valley in the 1880s. #Issaquah125

1958 telegram announcing closure of the Issaquah Depot.


In 1958, Freight service to Issaquah Depot is discontinued and the Depot is officially decommissioned. #Issaquah125

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In 1956, Labor Day Queen contestants include Lois Nissley, Jackie Deering, Myrna Treharne, Barbara Johnson, Patricia Yourglich, and Ronaele Hellum. Lois Nissley was chosen as Queen. #Issaquah125

Labor Day Queen and her court in 1955. [IHM fic-2002-46c]


In 1955, Labor Day Queen Daisy Santa is crowned. In this photo she is surrounded by her court. #Issaquah125

1054 Labor Day Parade Grand Marshals [IHM 2005.032.002]


In 1954, Will and Anna Brooks are Grand Marshalls of the Labor Day Parade that ends on Memorial Field. The Brooks owned a dairy farm in the Issaquah Valley. #Issaquah125

Washington State Bank


In 1953, this photo is taken of the the Washington State Bank. Formerly the Bank of Issaquah, the bank was remodeled in 1949. The unfinished north side of the building indicates a belief that an adjacent building would be constructed in that location. 50 years later, the side is still exposed and still unfinished. #Issaquah125

James Hooker "Pinky" Hailstone, far right, with wife Dorothy and children Candy and Don.


In 1952, Labor Day “criminals” peer from behind bars. They were convicted of being caught without a beard, and were not released until bail, a hefty one-dollar fine, was paid. #Issaquah125

Mayor Bill Flintoft


In 1951, Bill Flintoft is appointed to Issaquah’s City Council. He goes on to serve as Issaquah’s Mayor, a position he holds longer than any other before him. #Issaquah125

July 25 1950


In 1950, Malinda, the daughter of Issaquah High band director Bill Klein, wanders off and is lost for 4 hours, inspiring a number of townspeople to join the hunt. #Issaquah125

Ray Robertson


In 1949, Raymond J. Robertson serves as Town Marshal. One of the changes he brings about is the purchase of Issaquah’s first squad car. #Issaquah125

Kiwanis Follies program


In 1948, the Issaquah Kiwanis Club hosts the Kiwanis Follies, a variety show emceed by writer Richard Erickson, publisher of the Town Crier newspaper. Soda sales at intermission benefit the Issaquah High PTA. #Issaquah125

Introducing 1948 Ford models at Hepler Auto Sales


In 1947, Hepler Auto Sales premieres the 1948 Ford models at this community celebration. #Issaquah125



In 1945, Rose Koss Croston owns this handkerchief. She jas three sons (James, Roy, and Elsworth) who serve in the military during World War II. #Issaquah125

Wilbur Pickering in uniform in 1944


In 1944, Wilbur Pickering is one of many young men in Issaquah who enlists to serve their country during World War II. Wilbur served in the Marines. #Issaquah125

World War II ration book of stamps used to purchase certain items during the war. Was issued to Andrew L Wold by the Office of Price Administration. [IHM 88.010.001]


In 1943, this ration book was issued to Andy Wold, as World War II continued. #Issaquah125

Four men of varying ages stand backstage at the Village Theatre in Issaquah in 1942. Left to right: Theatre owner John D. Brunsberg, Lester Alvin "Smiley" Burnette, Gene Autry, and John Daniel "Danny" Brunsberg. The oral history that came with the image is that Danny is 17 in the picture; he was born in 1925. His father, John D., died in 1943. Gene Autry left his Hollywood career for military service in World War II in July of 1942, so this picutre was probably taken earlier that year.
The black and white image was probably a professional p.r. shot, taken as part of a personal appearance tour done by Autry and Burnette to promote one of their many films together. They are both in western costume, as they would be for their film characters. The comic Burnette is in a silly hat with extra-large turned-up brim and loose neckerchief over a checked shirt, and Autry is in his trademark white hat above a neat neckerchief, striped and piping decorated shirt, fancy belts and holster. The Brunsbergs were dressed for working the front of the house, with Mr. Brunsberg in a three-piece suit and tie, carrying a white fedora, and Danny in a plaid sports jacket over a loose-necked white shirt. At the left background, in soft focus, two women and another man in western gear are seated. Stage lighting and equipment are visible at the top and right sides of the image. [IHM 2016.018.001]


In 1942, a promotional image featuring Gene Autry is taken at the Issaquah Theatre. #Issaquah125

World War II ration book of stamps used to purchase certain items during the war. Was issued to Andrew L Wold by the Office of Price Administration. [IHM 88.010.001]


In 1941, World War II starts, and many young men leave to join the armed forces. Issaquahns at home helped with the war effort through planting victory gardens, watching for enemy aircraft at the fire station, and selling war bonds. #Issaquah125

Although photographs from the mid 20th century seem to show the town of Issaquah as small and timeless, by the 1950s, change was already occurring. The Lake Washington Floating Bridge, the first bridge across the lake, opened in 1940. This new path dramatically shortened the time needed to get from Issaquah to Seattle. The opening of the bridge meant that more Issaquah residents could find employment in Seattle - and that more Seattle residents could move to the east side of Lake Washington and still commute to work. During the 1950s, Seattle's population dropped from 700,000 to 550,000 as a migration to the suburbs began. This program is a souvenir of the bridge's dedication ceremony, held July 2, 1940. [IHM 74.009.161]


In 1940, the first floating bridge over Lake Washington is built, making it possible to travel quickly from Issaquah to Seattle. #Issaquah125



In 1939, the State of Washington celebrates its Golden Jubilee. Issaquahns celebrated with the rest of the state. Pictured here in their Jubilee Hats are (left to right) Jacob Wilfong, Ray Schneider, Jacob Schomber, Dan Davies, Clint Brady, Walter Ek, G. B. Monce, and George Ek. #Issaquah125

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In 1938, Ivor Morgan, the son of an Issaquah coal-miner, attends George Washington Medical school in Washington, DC. #Issaquah125



In 1936, the Town of Issaquah formally deeds City Park land over to the State Department of Fisheries, for the construction of a salmon hatchery. #Issaquah125

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In 1935, Mona Jane Beers holds a third birthday party at the home of her grandparents, Edith and Charles Beers. #Issaquah125

Issaquah's Main Street in 1934 [IHM 2002.0041.31ab-2]


In 1934 this property map is published, showing who owned property on Issaquah’s Main Street (which is today Andrews Street). #Issaquah125



In 1933, the Issaquah Alpines win their first regional championship. They would go on to win another 7, setting a regional record. #Issaquah125

Donna Pedegana in her senior portrait, 1948.


In 1930, following the crash of 1929, the nation is plunged into a Great Depression. Like others nationwide, Issaquah residents are impacted by the Depression in a variety of ways. #Issaquah125

Issaquah Kiwanis 75 Years


In 1929, the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah is formed in 1929 – and continues to service the Issaquah community to this day. #Issaquah125

Issaquah Valley Dairy truck with driver [IHM 2011.035.001]


In 1928, Henry Bergsma founds the Issaquah Valley Dairy, which delivered milk throughout the area until the dairy farm closed in 1962.. #Issaquah125



In 1927, this group of Issaquah High thespians poses for a picture. Stage make-up and costuming suggest that the play may have featured pirates or gypsies – or both. #Issaquah125



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 is closed to passenger service, largely because automobiles are becoming more widespread. One stage, operated by Lorenzo Francis, has a regular stop in front of the Grand Central Hotel. #Issaquah125



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. #Issaquah125

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

From the December 31, 1922 Seattle Times.


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

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


In the early 1920s, John Fisher Cash Market, precursor to Fischer Meats, opens. #Issaquah125

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

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


In 1919, an ordinance is passed prohibiting cattle from running at large in the streets. Violators are subject to fines as high as $25. #Issaquah125

Jake Schomber and Minnie Wilson, circa 1917


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

Alvo von Alvensleben


In1917 Alvo von Albensleben, manager of the Issaquah & Superior Mine, is named as a suspected spy after the United States became involved in World War I. Albensleben and his family were interned for years beyond the end of World War I. #Issaquah125

Circa 1916 photo of Nikko family. [IHM 2001.022.001]


In 1916, this photograph of the Nikko family is taken. The Nikkos are one of a number of Finnish immigrants who found their way to the Issaquah area to settle. #Issaquah125



In 1915, George W. Tibbetts drafts the bill for a Snoqualmie Pass highway and pushes it through state legislature. #Issaquah125

April 141914 Seattle Times


In1914, in an effort to convince county officials that the north end of Issaquah is in need of a drainage system, Issaquahns bring a great number of frogs to a meeting at the Town Hall to prove their point. #Issaquah125

Alvo von Alvensleben


In 1913, Issaquah & Superior Coal Company begins operations under the management of the colorful German Alvo von Albensleben. #Issaquah125

Issaquah High School graduates, 1911. Left to right: Mary Gibson, Olive Gibson, and Mabel Ek.


In1911, the first three graduates of Issaquah High School receive their diplomas; Issaquah’s newest high school is named after these three young women. #Issaquah125

Letter from John Neukirchen to Superintendent, Northern Pacific Railway Company. January 4, 1910.


In1910, John Neukirchen seeks to have a rail spur built just south of town for use by the Neukirchen Brothers Mill. A collection of railroad documents chronicles the challenges both the Neukirchens and the Northern Pacific encounter in this seemingly simple request. #Issaquah125



In 1909, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opens. This pass allows George Day to see the Exposition for up to seven days #Issaquah125

Paul Koss


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…. #Issaquah125

S[arah] A McPherson Wilson, November 4th 1822


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

Dr. Hiram R. Corson came to Issaquah to work for the Issaquah Coal Company in the role of company doctor. He served as mayor for two terms from 1901 to 1905. [Image ; Issaquah History Museums]


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

Detail of The Issaquah Independent's eighth anniversary edition.


In 1900, The Issaquah Independent newspaper begins publication. The Issaquah Independent later became the Issaquah Press, which closed its doors in February of 2017. #Issaquah125



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. #Issaquah125



In 1898, the town of Gilman purchases the Gilman Town Hall building from Ingebright Wold for use as the town’s seat of government. #Issaquah125

1897 letter from Walter Lorin Lane to Bertha Wold.


In 1897 William Lane, of California, sends one in a series of letters to Bertha Wold. Lane courted Bertha by mail for years, but did not win her heart. #Issaquah125



In 1896, a team of oxen would skid a load of logs on the east side of Lake Sammamish. After unhooking the team from log, the men would use peavies to roll the log down the skids and into the lake for rafting to the mill. #Issaquah125

William Wold


In 1894, William Wold of Eastern Washington senda one in a long series of correspondence to his sister Bertha, in what was then Gilman, WA. #Issaquah125



In 1893, the earliest known image of the Pickering Barn is taken, featuring members of the Reard and Geise families, who worked on the Pickering Farm for a time. #Issaquah125

Gilman's Depot, circa 1892


The residents of the rapidly-growing Squak Valley settlement vote to incorporate their settlement as the town of Gilman, named after railroad founder Daniel Hunt Gilman. #Issaquah125