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Women's Christian Temperance Union Float

Looking back: Woman’s Christian Temperance Union

Published in the Issaquah Press on December 22, 1999

Women's Christian Temperance Union Float

Women’s Christian Temperance Union float on Independence day. The image has been variously dated at 1904 and 1910.

Our look at past celebrations continues with Independence Day in 1910. No float that year was as well represented as that of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Each of the children on the float wore a banner with the name of a state on it. The Temperance Union was founded December 22, 1873, in Fredonia, N.Y., out of concern for the damaging effects of alcohol. The organization is the oldest non-sectarian women’s group in the world, and is still in existence today. In front of the wagon is Martha Wood, current Issaquah resident Walt Seil’s grandmother. Two more faces, the girls kneeling in the back row, centered between the two girls standing in white, are recognizable. The one on the left is Josephine Wood, Seil’s mother, and the one on the right is Mabel Miles.

Labor Day Parade 1924

Looking back: Labor Day Parade

Published in the Issaquah Press on January 5, 2000

Labor Day Parade 1924

Labor Day Day Parade on September 1, 1924. [IHM photo]

Our continuous look at past celebrations take us this week to Issaquah’s first Labor Day Parade. In this Sept. 1, 1924 photograph, the Labor Day Rodeo cowboys lead the march south on Front Street. Following is a band led by William Harris, visible just to the right of the band, in a suit, holding a book. The Issaquah Cafe on the left is where the new library is under construction. The railroad tracks in the foreground led from the depot to the coal mines behind the fish hatchery. Also of note is the white drinking fountain located next to the telephone pole on the right corner.

1939 Labor Day Royalty

Looking back: Labor Day Royalty

Published in the Issaquah Press on January 12, 2000

1939 Labor Day Royalty

This photo was taken on September 4, 1939 during the Labor Day Parade. The 1939 Labor Day celebration was held on September 2, 3, and 4th and celebrated the state’s Golden Jubilee, in honor of 50 years of Statehood.

As we move forward into a new millennium, we continue to look back at past celebrations.  This week’s photo is of Issaquah’s Labor Day royalty in a Nash convertible, circa 1940. From left is June Lindsay, Labor Day Queen Carman Scamfer, Marjorie Darst, Anne Kochevar, and an unidentified gentleman. In 1924, Issaquah changed its major celebration from the Fourth of July to Labor Day weekend and called it Issaquah Roundup.  The first Labor Day parade was in New York City on Sept, 5, 1882.  In 1894, the federal government made it a holiday for federal employees to honor the “American working man.”

Rebehah Float

Looking back: Gilman Rebekah Lodge Float

Published in the Issaquah Press on January 19, 2000

Rebehah Float

Circa 1950s Labor Day foat built by Gilman Rebekah Lodge No. 59. From left to right: Velma Chevalier, an unidentified woman, Ann Anderson, Joan Karvia and Ethel Clark. The children are unidentified. [IHM photo.]

The Press concludes its review of Issaquah Celebrations with this week’s photograph of the float built by Gilman Rebekah Lodge No. 59 for a Labor Day parade in the early 1950s. Riding on the float are (from the left) Velma Chevalier, an unidentified woman, Ann Anderson, Joan Karvia and Ethel Clark. The children are unidentified. The float is decorated with flowers and tree boughs, typical of parade floats of that time.

Grangers at Steel Lake

Looking back: Outing to Steel Lake

Published in the Issaquah Press on January 26, 2000

Grangers at Steel Lake

Group of Issaquah Grangers at Pomona Meeting at Steel Lake Grange, circa 1916. [IHM photo 72.021.014.117]

This week, we conclude our look at past celebrations by noting that not all of them involving people occurred here. This group of residents was on a 1916 outing to Steele Lake, which is now in what is known as Federal Way. The truck’s banner indicates that they are representing the Grange Mercantile Association. Appearing in the photograph are (from left) William Pickering, Hazel Bush, and unidentified man, Orpha Lyne, Elmer Becker, Roy Pickering, Del Darst, Pete Erickson, two unidentified men, Art Tibbetts, Floyd Bush, Gladys Peterson, and Agnes Bush.

Volunteer Fire Hall

Looking back: Issaquah Volunteer Fire Department Hall

Published in the Issaquah Press on February 2, 2000

Volunteer Fire Hall

Issaquah’s Volunteer Fire Department Hall was built in 1933. [IHM photo.]

The Issaquah Volunteer Fire Department Hall once was one of the community’s most important gathering places. Located where the current library building is now, the hall was a site of numerous Saturday night dances and its basement served as an indoor gun range. The structure was built in 1933 of lumber donated by the Wood and Iverson Mill in Hobart. The lumber was something of a reward to the fire department which had fought a big fire at the mill that torched everything before firefighters could control it—–except the lumber supply. The building was torn down in the 1960’s.

Barlow Farm

Looking back: Barlow Farm – House and Lake View

Published in the Issaquah Press on February 9, 2000

Barlow Farm

Barlow farm house and view toward Lake Sammamish. [IHM photo]

During the next few weeks, we’ll explore the Barlow Farm that was located near the southern tip of Lake Sammamish many years ago. This photo, looking north, shows the Barlow house between 1910 and 1920. Some interesting points in the photo are the old wagon trail to Factoria in the foreground at the far right (now the path of Interstate 90 ), the stand of trees on the point in the background (now the South Cove neighborhood), and the children’s swing in the front yard of the house.)

Barlow Kerola loggers

Looking back: Barlow Farm – Loggers

Published in the Issaquah Press on February 16, 2000

Barlow Kerola loggers

Loggers felling a Western Red Cedar,circa 1900. [IHM photo 95.16.1]

In this early 1900’s photograph, John Barlow and Alfred Kerola are standing on spring boards, as they start the undercut in preparation for felling this large Western red cedar tree with a crosscut felling saw and axes. The location of the tree is unknown, but it is possible it was on the Barlow farm grounds.

Barlow Farm

Looking back: Barlow Farm – Looking toward Cougar Mountain

Published in the Issaquah Press on February 23, 2000

Barlow Farm

Barlow Farm [IHM photo 96-16-3]

The Barlow dairy farm and farmhouse was formerly located on what is now the south side of I-90 going up the hill westbound toward Eastgate in Bellevue. This photograph most likely dates before 1920, as the paved Newport Way, which is now in the area behind the former farmhouse, is not there. Construction of U.S. 10 in the late 1930’s cut the farm property in half. A hand-piled hay stack is located in the right corner of the photo next to the split rail fence.

Wagon Load of Wood

Looking back: Men on a wagon load of firewood

Published in the Issaquah Press on March 1, 2000

Wagon Load of Wood

From left, Elmer Anderson, Jack Tamborini, Jack Favini, John Favini and John Kranick. [IHM photo]

Before trucks became the prime mover of firewood, a horse-drawn wagon was the favored mode of transportation. In this photo, circa 1915, Issaquah residents (from left) Elmer Anderson, Jack Tamborini, Jack Favini, John Favini and John Kranick haul wood that appears to be left over from a local cedar shake cutting operation. It is clear based on the muddy wheels, that the road wasn’t paved at this point.