Looking back: Hepler Motors

Published in the Issaquah Press on July 22, 1998

Hepler Motors 1948

Big debut of 1949 Ford models at Hepler Auto Sales, 1948. Lee Hepler is at left. Girl on right is Beverly Morril, whose father was a salesperson at Hepler. Woman in center is Minnie Schomber. [IHM photo 72.021.014.064H ]

The original site of the 1888 Bellevue Hotel at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way became home to a Ford dealership, Hepler Motors, in the late 1940s. The last standing portion of the hotel was removed and a new concerte three-bay service area was added to the brick building. Lee Hepler sold the business on his 60th birthday, and the dealership continued as Foothills Ford, Eastage Motors and Malone Ford before it was demolished following damage suffered in the 1965 earthquake.