Wilma Nikko Hill

Name:Wilma Hill

Birth Date or Year (optional):April 28, 1917

Your history in Issaquah/How long lived here, etc.:

I lived here my entire life -84 years

If you have lived here all or most of your life, why did you choose to stay?

It’s Home – Why go away?  Most of my family all lived here.

 

Issaquah or area school(s) attended:

12 years in the Issaquah Schools.

Family History in Issaquah:

Uncle Ed Nikko – cousin Floyd Nikko

Brother Toivo and Larry Nikko (twins)

Sister Helen Mattila

One brother Arvo died of polio at the age of 14

 

Education—Coming of Age

What are your memories of Issaquah High School?  Which teachers were influential?

Mr. Edgerton and Harold Byrd stand out in my mind. I told Mr. Edgerton I didn’t want to take geometry anymore because it didn’t make any sense to me. Mr. Byrd was my civics teacher and he was good.  I remember one assignment he gave us. He asked us what kind of  person would we want to marry.   Our class of 1935 was the first freshman class in the new high school which was located where the pool is now.

 

What memories do you have of Minnie Schomber, or another favorite teacher?

I didn’t  know her as a teacher. I never had her.  I remember one teacher, Marie Lesher. She had a big ruler and would whack the kids on the top of their hands.  The kids all knew she was “in control” You probably call that abuse today.  No parents came to school to complain about it.  Most of the parents were immigrants and didn’t really question the teacher’s discipline.  They probably were just glad that their children were in school.

 

Were you affected by earthquake damage to the schools in 1949 or 1965?

My son was in school in 1949.  There was extensive damage to the school.

 

What kind of extracurricular activities were you involved in?  Did you play football or chess, or did you act in the school plays?  What were memorable games or plays?

We didn’t have that many extra curricular activities. Transportation was a problem.  Everyone went on the same bus (K-12th grades) so about the only activities were playing  baseball at recess.  I do remember a story about the bus driver, Mr. Jensen, the manual training teacher.  He use to tell us if we didn’t behave on the bus we could get out and walk.

I do remember being in a play in the 3rd grade.  We were “rain drops” with come kind of paper outfits.  I remember I couldn’t participate in the play because my brother had died of polio and our whole family was quarantined for two weeks.

 

Where did you and your friends spend your free time as teenagers?  What kind of mischief did you get into?  How did your parents or teachers punish you when you got into trouble?

In the winter time we’d go sledding at George Goode’s corner.  He had a big bobsled and he would pull us kids around with his car.  There wasn’t very much traffic then, maybe a car here and there.  We played baseball, tag, hid-in- go-seek, auntie-I-over (throwing the ball over the house) and walking on stilts.

I learned about mischief from my brothers, Larry and Toivo, also, the neighborhood boys, Cliff Olsen, Al Kerola, and Elvin Barlow. They use to go out and “fool cars”.  They did this by putting an old tire out in the roadway which had a rope tied to it.  When someone would stop they would pull the tire off the road with the rope.  Someone must have reported them to the police because they came by one night and shown the spotlight in the woods trying to find the mischief  makers.  So, one day I thought I would “ fool the cars” so I got an old purse and tied a string to it.  And guess who came by, Preacher Lundell. He stopped and got out and was so surprised to see the purse move. I pulled it and then realized who he was and I was scared to death.  That cured me of fooling “fooling the cars”.

 

Local businesses

What local businesses do you remember?  What items did you purchase there?  Who owned the business?  Where was it located?  What do you remember most about it?  (see below)

1.     I remember Fisher’s Meat Market and going to town in a horse and buggy to shop.. This was one of the meat markets in town before Tony and Johnny’s store.  I can remember A.I. Garner working there and giving us a “wiener” …..the good old fashioned wieners.

2.     The other meat market was Finney’s.  It was located next to Fishers.

(My father would take my sister, Helen, and me shopping on Saturday.  My mother didn’t go because she couldn’t speak English.  Dad worked in the mines and learned some English, so he could communicate at the stores.)

3.     I remember going to the dentist, Mr. Holland.  His office was his home which is located next to the Historical Town Hall Museum.

4.     We also would to Cussac’s Shoe Store, located on the north side of Drylies.  His home was located on the 2nd level.

5.   Another store was Coutts dry Goods.  I would buy some thread there for my Mom.

Behind Coutts Store was Talus’s “ Country Store”, it was owned by a Finnish couple.

6.   The old bank building housed Dr. Gibson’s office and the telephone operator on the second floor.  The bottom floor had the telephone operator and the Post Office. The operator was Mrs. Morgan.  She knew everyone’s business because she could and would listen to every ones conversations.

 

What barbershop or beauty shop did you frequent?  What do you remember about these places?  What were the popular hairdos when you frequented the beauty shop?  Did you do a lot of socializing at the barber and beauty shops?

I think I went once to a barbershop, Paul Bensen’s.  They didn’t have a beauty shop in the 20’s and 30’s in Issaquah.  My mom would just give me a “Dutch boy” haircut, but the barber gave me a shingle layered haircut.  I guess I was trying to assert my identity.  I was probably  twelve or thirteen years old.

Most people were too busy to hang around the barbershops. It didn’t seem like they were places with a lot of socializing.

I do remember my mom having the neighbor girls, Mabel and Myrtle Olsen come over and curl our hair for a special occasion. like a school fair.  They would give you what was called a “Marcel” ….bumps in your hair.  They would take a curling iron and heat it with a kerosene lamp and then wrap your hair around the iron.

 

What is memorable about Lewis Hardware?  What items did you purchase there?

Joe Lewis owned it originally and then his son, Tom, took it over. He probably had items for the miners to purchase.  I can remember when I was married and I walked to town to buy a grindstone for my husband Earl for Christmas.  I still have it.  I wish I still had my grandfather’s grindstone.  It was huge and I can remember having to turn the grindstone while my father sharpened the mower blades on his hay mowing machine.  Sometimes I turned it really fast so I could stop and rest a few seconds, but, my dad would chastise and say, “Just go steady all the time!”  We also used to buy carbide for the miner’s carbide lamps and other household tools.

 

Where did you go to buy your groceries?  Did you go to Tony and Johnny’s, or RR Grocery on East Sunset? Do you remember your favorite clerk?  Were there any items that these grocers specialized in?

We shopped at the Grange store.  Ethel Stickney , Imogene Woodside, and Joan Karvia were the clerks and “Pick” (Ellsworth Pickering) was the manager.  There was also the Mile’s grocery which became the “Red & White Grocery.  Leonard (Chubby) Mile’s dad owned it and worked there also.  I can remember walking down to Mile’s grocery store at lunch time with my friend Emma Salo to buy a marshmallow cookie or a chocolate éclair.  We never had any special cookies like that at home.  Emma’s parent, had a charge account at the store so we put the cookies on her parent’s account.

As a child I  can remember a man coming by weekly to sell pastry.  My favorite was the butterhorns.  They were huge and had big walnuts on them.  You can’t find butterhorns like that anymore.

On Fridays another man would drive by with fresh fish—probably from Seattle.  My mom would walk down to the road and buy it.  It would be wrapped in newspapers.

There was also Tony the Peddler.  He came around about once a year.  Usually in the Spring.  He had a suitcase filled with clothes.  I can remember my folks buying me a dress from him when I was in the sixth grade.  It was for my violin recital.  That was such a special dress because it wasn’t a “hand-me-down”.  The only reason I took lessons was because they were free!  Mr. Miller was the teacher and he would give the “free” group lessons in the hope you would sign up for private lessons.

 

Did you purchase things at the Grange Mercantile Building?  What type of things did you get there?  Did your family rent a frozen food storage locker?

That was “the store” in town for buying groceries.  They had other items too, like boots.  It was kind of a Fred Meyer store of today.  My dad would buy flour and sugar in one hundred -pound sacks for the baking.  My folks did not rent a locker, but, I did after I was married.  We would buy a quarter or half a beef from Mike Kacir.  If my dad butchered beef, my mother would can the meat.  She also made salt pork.  When a beef was butchered, my mother would collect the blood and make “blood bread”.  It was considered a staple.  It was baked into a flat bread that was cup up and put in milk.  That’s what we had for breakfast.  When I was in the eighth grade, one of the boys in my class announced to everyone that the Finns made blood bread.  All were flabbergasted.  The Finns also made lutefisk which was a Christmas specialty.

 

What restaurants or soda shops did you enjoy going to?  Did you go to Rena’s Café, or XXX Root beer?  What was your favorite food?  Were there memorable waiters or waitresses?

The Barrel was located next to Fink’s Garage (Stonebridge Chevrolet).  It was a chain restaurant like McDonald’s.  I would order a ten cent hamburger and a pineapple milk shake, which was my favorite.

There was also Drylie’s Soda Fountain.  Mr. Drylie was a sour puss.  He belonged to the “dry squad”.  He would search the community for “bootleggers”.  There was a roadhouse in our neighborhood which was known as a bootlegging operation.  I can remember the adults telling about it. One day when we were playing by the road a car stopped and asked us about the roadhouse.

 

Did you go to Boehm’s Candies?  What candies were your favorites?

Boehm’s did not come to town until the early fifties.  I never went then.  I don’t go now.

 

What saloons or local bars did you and your friends frequent?

I remember Bill Doherty and Blumberg owning the Union Tavern.  Before that it was called Blumberg’s, then Doherty took it over.  I don’t know if Johnnie’s Tavern was owned by Johnnie Hircko. (The same man who was a partner in Tony and Johnnie’s Grocery.)  Paul Koss owned the Rolling Log Tavern, I think in the thirties.

 

What do you remember about Grange Supply?

That was in more “modern” times.  My brother, Larry, drove truck and delivered oil for them.  It was a co-op that farmers joined.  It was affiliated with the G range Mercantile.  We used to even buy tires there.  But, mainly it was oil, gas and automotive supplies.

 

What do you recall about Lawill’s drug store?

Mr. Lawill was a pharmacist and his wife would help run the store.  They also had a daughter who would help out too.  Before Mr. Stevenson became the postmaster, there was a Stevenson’s Drugstore.  He and his wife Myrtle ran a drugstore.  It was located in the building which became the Shamrock owned by Mike and Rena Shain.

 

What important local political issues of Issaquah are memorable?  Do any particular politicians stand out?  Why are they memorable?  What did they accomplish while in office?

Political issues were usually discussed “behind closed doors”.  I remember Bill Flintoft coming to Issaquah  in the early fifties and later becoming mayor.  I also remember Rem Castagno being one of our mayors.  There was also a Mayor Lee Buck.

 

What do you recall about Mayor Stella Alexander, the first female mayor of Issaquah (elected in 1933)?  Were there any other local politicians or political activities that drew scandalous attention?

I don’t remember anything other than what was written in the paper at that time.

 

Do you recall Ordinance No. 752 that changed most of the street names in town?  What were your feelings about this change at the time?

I remember the names changing and people were not too happy about it.

 

The Great Depression

What are your memories of the Great Depression?  Did you have a job at this time?  What ways did you try to save money?  What did you eat?

Most of our lives were pretty austere, so the depression didn’t seem to make a big impact on my life.  I can remember the Red Cross or some such similar welfare  organizations asking my sister , who was in school, to take a bundle of clothes to a neighbor family.  They only had one child and we thought it strange that they were chosen to receive this welfare package.

I remember getting bread for just five cents.

During this time my father worked at the Grand Ridge Mine.  He would go to work on his bicycle with his lunch pail.

Some of the miners at this time went to Alaska to better work.

I picked strawberries, raspberries and green beans for Al Kerola.  He would sell them to the freezer markets.  I also worked for Vern Bradley picking cucumbers for the pickle factory.  He also hired me to pick filberts. (hazelnuts)

Almost everything was homegrown so our diet did not really change much during this period.

 

How did World War II affect the town of Issaquah?  Did you know men or women who went to fight in the war?  Did you leave Issaquah to join the war efforts?

I know we had a blackout when Pearl Harbor was bombed.  You would have to drive without lights (car).  You had to close the drapes at night so the light would not shine outside.

I think the barber’s son, Clifford Benson was a pilot who was lost in the war.  He went to school with me.

 

How did the Japanese Internment affect Issaquah?  Did you know men and women who were taken to Internment Camps?

I heard about it over the radio, but there were not that many Japanese people living around here. (Issaquah)

 

What kinds of jobs did the War bring to the area?  Where did you work at this time?

Most people had to get into some kind of defense work.  Coal mining was not considered defense work.  My husband had to go work at the shipyard.  I wanted to go work for Boeing, but my husband wanted me to stay at home with my two year old son.

 

Issaquah Round-Up—Salmon Days—Labor Day Celebrations

What do you remember about Labor Day Celebrations or Salmon Days?

It seems like it has rained a lot on many Salmon Days.  The whole town would go the Labor Day parade, but, I’ve never even been to a Salmon Days parade.

 

Was there any year that these celebrations were especially memorable to you?

In 1960, my son, Ron, was in the parade as a fireman from White Center.  I remember getting so mad at him because he took his daughter who was none even one yet and held her while he was driving the fire truck.  I can remember how she bawled, probably because of the noise of the sirens.

 

What special activities were there at Labor Day Celebrations, or at Salmon Days?  How has Salmon Days changed over time?

Labor Day included a parade.  There would be girl scouts, the school band, and home made floats.  I remember our church made a float out of live flowers, and crepe paper.  Sunday school kids would ride on the float.

A carnival would also come to town.  There would be rides, and an arcade with kewpie dolls.  They were a choice prize.  They also had baby ducks as prizes.  On Saturday night there was the Labor  Day Queen’s Ball. Five or six girls would be chosen by the Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Grange, etc.  These girls were asked to sell tickets for a “fund raiser”.  The girl  who sold the most was the Queen.  She would be crowned at the dance in the Firemen’s Hall.  Both of my nieces were Labor Day princesses and Arlene Nikko was Labor Day Queen.  We had a large family in Issaquah and they all bought tickets and helped sell them.

Salmon Days is changed mostly because of becoming commercialized.  Now it’s mostly crafts.   It was also the start of the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue.

 

What are your memories of the Rodeo?

I was pretty young then so I don’t remember very many details.  Memorial field was fenced in and that’s where the rodeo was.  I remember there were gypsies who came and lived in tents at the rodeo grounds.  These gypsies were fortune tellers and I can remember Henry Bergsma going into one of the tents and when he came out he acted like he had been “ripped off”.  The crowds were large for those days, but it was not commercialized.  I remember looking through the board fence to see the rodeo.

 

Special Occasions

What were some of the other memorable special events and occasions in Issaquah?

On Memorial Day there was a parade of veterans who would march up to the cemetery  and have a special service.  The band would play music.  I remember Tauno and Camilla Erickson , Rod Anderson and Avis Yourglich marching in the parade.  Wives would march with their husbands.  It was quite a hill to march up.

 

Recreation

Did you spend a lot of your free time outside?  What do you remember about fishing, hunting, or hiking in the area?  What was your favorite hiking trail?

I can remember doing chores as a youngster.  One of my worst chores was going “eeling”.  I had to put on my boots and walk through the pasture (where the Sammamish Tennis Club is) to Tibbetts Creek.  I hated walking through the pasture because I was scared of snakes.  We would catch the eels, (actually they were leeches) and sell them to the fishermen for bait.  I hated to touch the leeches.  My dad would tell us we could go home when our buckets were full.

We were mad one day when we were picking berries because we heard fireworks and knew it must be the 4th of July, but, we had to pick berries.

The big treat for the week was to get five cents from Dad on a nice Sunday afternoon and then walk up to the corner store and get some gum.  I can remember my sister Helen walking to the store with me and making me go into the store.  She’d tell me not to get blackjack gum, but since I was only two I would get confused and end up getting blackjack!  She would be so mad!

In the summer we used to go down to Barlow’s property on Lake Sammamish.  We never had swimming lessons.  We would walk out on the dock and along would come some of the older boys and push us off the dock.  That’s how we learned to swim!

We used roam the woods behind and near our house looking for lilies and pussy willows as well as wild blackberries. (Where the Cougar Mountain Zoo now is.)

We never had a lot of free time outside.  I can remember my brother Larry doing the wash and my brother Toivo baking.  My sister and I were too young to to do these things.

Our social life was centered around visiting the neighbors, because we had no cars.

 

What type of fish did you catch?   How many trout did you catch in the Issaquah Creek and what was the biggest?  Did you fish in the kids fishing derby held in Issaquah?  Were your methods for fishing and hunting any different than they are today?

I can remember catching a seven-inch trout with my hands in the creek near where the Lake Sammamish Vet off ice is.  Tibbetts Creek was full of “red fish” in the fall, but they were not salmon.  The creek was full of coal tailings which created the sandbar as it dumped into Lake Sammamish.  I can’t remember any of our family men hunting.

 

What are your memories of Vasa Park?  What did you do while there?

I can remember going to the mid-summer festival in the summer.  The roads were gravel and the cars used to go right by our house to the park and create a lot of dust.  At Camp Sambica they used to have “tent revivals”.  Families would come from Seattle and camp for the weekend.

 

Did you go swimming in the local lakes in the summer?  Or ice-skating at the Horrock’s Farm in the winter?

I can remember going ice skating on Pine Lake in the late 20’s.   My father had bought a second hand (used) 1927 Buick. He didn’t drive so my brother was driving home going down “Snake Hill” or Pine Lake Road by Alexander’s beach.  He rode the brakes all the way down the hill so by the time we got to the bottom of the hill, the car was smoking pretty good.  I don’t think you needed to have driver’s licenses then.

 

Logging and Sawmills

How did the logging industry affect Issaquah?  How did it change?  Did you work in logging?  For what logging camp or sawmill?  What do you remember of your logging days?  What type of machines did you use for logging?  How did you transport logs? How large were these logs?

I remember there use to be a logging camp between I-90 and W. Lake Sammamish Road at the south of Lake Sammamish.  They would have forest fires all the time in the summer. There was a fire behind our house and I can remember one night my Mom an Dad were up all night carrying water in milk cans to our fence line.  There was no “fire department” in those days. I also remember my Mom putting all our clothes in milk cans and setting them down by the road because they were afraid the house might burn.  The fires were just allowed to burn.  I don’t know if they were burning slash or what.  There were several logging camps around the area.  One called Shyler’s (?) on Pine Lake another one on Hobart.

 

Do you remember the Monohon Mill, the Red Hall sawmill by the fish hatchery, the High Point Mill, the Preston Mill, or the Issaquah Lumber Company Mill on Front Street South?

I remember hearing the stream from the Monohon Mill across the lake (Sammamish). There was no traffic noise and sound carries so well over the water.  My brother-in-law, Einer, and his brothers worked in the mill. My son worked there also for a short time. He had gotten a job working on the green chain after he graduated from high school. His job was to feed the lumber into the saw, but he got cut an had to quit because he was too young to be working there. The mill burned down at least three times.

I remember buying lumber from the Preston Mill in the 1940’swhen e built our house.  When the Pearson’s owned the Monohon Mill we bought lumber from them to build another house in the 50’s.  Joe Dodge moved onto the property after that and had a goat farm.

 

Do you remember when there was a fire at the mill?  Did you help fight it?  Did you see the fire?

We saw the Monohon Mill fire from across the lake (Sammamish ).

 

Salmon hatchery

How has the salmon hatchery affected Issaquah?

I don’t remember when the hatchery was built.  I worked there when I was married. I was hired to clip their top fin off to mark the fish.  There were nets over the holding tanks and we just grabbed the minnows.  I remember our boss getting irritated when some of the lady workers almost cut the minnows in half.  You had to be careful to just clip off a fin.

 

Farming and Dairy

Were you involved with farming in Issaquah?  What farm did you work on?  What was grown or raised there?

Yes, I lived on a small ten-acre farm.  We had seven or eight cows and a few chickens.  We sold the milk.  Mom would do the milking morning and night.  The cans were put in a stand out by the road and the milk truck would come by and pick them up and take them to the creamery or it was called the “condensery” We had a large vegetable garden for our own use.  Mom would can the vegetables.  We also sold a few eggs and potatoes to the neighbors.

 

Do you have any memories of Pickering Farm?

I never went there.

 

Did you work at the Issaquah Creamery, or what is now Darigold?

I only worked there for a few weeks as a temporary helper.  I think I worked in the office separating the milk for some kind of testing of the butterfat.  Then I worked on the cottage cheese assembly line possibly putting on the lids.  My boss was Mr. Hemingson.

 

Railroad—Transportation

Did you travel frequently into Seattle?  How did you get there?  What did you do while in Seattle?

I remember going to Seattle via Renton.  We didn’t have a car, so we must have gone with our neighbors, the Barlows.  Then in Renton we took a streetcar that went along Lake Washington.   My aunt lived in Seattle so I can remember going to her house.  We had to change streetcars in Seattle.  The streetcars went on either side. I can remember holding on to my Mom’s hand and being afraid to cross the street. I was scared of the traffic.

 

How did the construction of I-90 change life in Issaquah?

People could travel more quickly to Seattle and find jobs there.  I-90 kind of put Issaquah on the map.  I can remember driving to the toll bridge on I-90, parking my car and taking the bus from the toll plaza.  A lot of people did that.  Before that time, everyone had to go around via Renton.

 

What was your first car?  Did you buy it from Hepler Ford Motors, Stonebridge Chevrolet, or the Kaiser-Frazier dealership?

A 1932 used Chevrolet.  We bought it from S. L. Salvage in Seattle.  I told my husband I wouldn’t marry him until he bought a car.  I think he paid $300.00 for it.  Our first car from Stonebridge was a 1949 Chevrolet.

 

Fraternal Organizations—Local Halls

What are your memories of the fraternal organizations?  Did you belong to the Elks Lodge, or Lions Club, etc?

None of Them

 

Did you attend the Sportsmen’s Club?  Do you remember when it was built in 1937?  What did you do at the Sportsmen’s Club?

It was originally called the “Gun Club.”  The boys in our neighborhood were called the “Hoot Owls” and there was a party for Alvin Kerola at the Gun Club.  Other than that, mostly men went there.

 

What types of events did you attend at the Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) Hall?  Did you use the shooting range located in the basement?

They use to have dances there very Saturday night.  That’s where I met my husband. The place was packed. People came from the surrounding communities. The firemen organized it and they had an orchestra.  Hans Jensen was a regular attendee.  He was quite the bachelor in town and loved to dance (swirl the ladies around)

I never heard of a shooting range in the basement.

During the war, the air raid signal was located at the top to the building.  The local minister of the community church asked if I would “take a turn” at “manning” the air raid station.  I had to go sit there for a number of hours.

Did you attend dinners, dances, banquets, or other events in the upstairs Grange Meeting Hall?

The coal miner’s union use to have a Christmas Party for the families there. They would buy treats and toys of the children.

It was the Grangers would have their annual meeting and fellowship there.

It was the Community Center in the earlier day.

 

Mining

Do you have any memories of Issaquah’s mining days?  Were you involved in mining?

Yes, my father and husband worked in the mines.  My dad worked at Grand Ridge.  My husband, Earl, worked in the Ravensdale Mine.  Superior Plant was located near Mine Hill.  I can remember the rows of houses for the miners.  On State Route 900 there was the Harris Mine and that’s where Mr. Kerola died in a cave in.  I remember his funeral and there was so much snow they couldn’t get to the cemetery.  Further down the Renton – Issaquah road was the Baima Mine.

 

What were the working conditions like in the mine? Which mine did you work for, and what was your job?

I don’t know what the working conditions were like but one time my husband and brother were going to take us to see down one of the air shafts.  We never did go.  I remember there was a mule down in the mine who pulled the coal cars.  The mule never left the mine.

My husband’s job was ”shot lighter”.  He would have to light the dynamite.  He also would bring the coal cars up out of the mine.

 

Entertainment

What movies did you go to see at the Issaquah Theatre (the Old Movie House) to see?  How much did movies cost?  Did you ever go to the back upper corner of the theatre to kiss?

We went to the show with the Bergsma’s.  They would go every week and sometimes  we got to go.  I remember going later on when I took my son, Ron, to see Heidi and Snow White.

I remember when the Brumbergs owned the theater and lived upstairs.  The Brumbergs would walk up and down the aisle policing the audience. Every time their back was turned there were plenty of people smooching in the back.

The first time I went to the theater was for the high school graduation of a friend, Ellen Jussila. I was in grade school at the time.  My Mother gave her a bottle of “Three Flowers” perfume for graduation.  My sister, Helen, had bought it at the drug store.

The original theater in Issaquah was located in the Masonic Hall.  My  Mom went with Mrs. Kerola and my Dad was upset with her.

When the high school had operettas they would walk all the way from the school down to the theater (old Post Office and Masonic Hall) to have their performances.

 

Churches

What church did you attend?  What memories do you have of this church?  Were there any pastors, reverends, or church leaders that stand out in your memory?

I went to the Finnish Church with my parents.  That was in the 30s.  It might have started out as a Methodist Church.  Then some Finnish families bought the Church. A Congregational pastor would come out twice a month.

In the 40’s when I moved to downtown Issaquah, I started to attend the Community Church. Mr. and Mrs. Dahlby were the pastors.  Mr. Dahlby had Parkinson’s.  Then Rev. Bill Reed was the pastor.  And Bob Larson followed him.  Russell Hendrickson came next and then Dick Birdsall.

I really remember Bill Reed because he started the “Golden Age Group” and the youth groups. Church members flourished.

 

Additional Memories

I can remember having to go “watch the cows”. I was about 8 or 9 years old.  I had to make sure of the cows didn’t wander over in the other part of the field. This was kind of a boring job so the Olsen sisters who were older would give me a “True Story ”magazine.  The were probably the precursor of “True Confessions” and even my sister Helen would “sneak and read” them upstairs Saturday morning when she was suppose to be cleaning.  I can remember my Mom calling upstairs and asking Helen what was she doing because it was so quiet.

I remember Koski’s chicken farm located on the old Sunset Hwy.  My two brothers Toivo and Larry use to work there cleaning out the chicken coops.  They use to ride there on their bicycles.  Later on, my brother also worked for Bergsma’s Dairy and Barlows in a little house and milked cows.

There was also the Englebright farm.  It was located near Pickerings farm.  The Englebright Farm became the C.W. Peters Farm.. They were both dairy farms.  I can remember the dinner bell ringing at the Englebrights out over the valley when I was a youngster.

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