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Pickering Farm Silo 1911

Looking back: Pickering Farm – 1911

Published in the Issaquah Press on October 4, 2000

Pickering Farm Silo 1911

Pickering Farm scene, circa 1911. Two silos, horse and wagon, five men and one child in scene. On photo’s reverse is written, “Gary Beetz, Pickering original.” [IHM photo 86-18-272a]

In this circa 1911 photo of the Pickering farm silos, the salesman shown in last week’s photo is standing at left. Meanwhile, two children are at the base of the silo holding corn stocks which appear to be 12- to – 13 feet tall. What is believed to be two members of the Pickering family are on the wagon at the right.

Pickering Farm Silos

Looking back: Pickering Farm – 1911

Published in the Issaquah Press on October 11, 2000

Pickering Farm Silos

Pickering farm silos and unique crawler tractor in 1911. [IHM photo 86.18.272B]

It’s storage time at the Pickering Farm in this circa 1911 photo. A. salesman on the right watches as corn stock silage is blown into the silo on the left. The silo is about half full. as the lower windows are boarded up and a man sits in the third window above the tractor. Roy Pickering is in the middle of the photo, standing between the two silos. The tractor is a Holt caterpillar with a 4-cylinder engine and a single front wheel for steering. The current Caterpillar Tractor Co. was formed in 1925 when it bought out the Holt and Best tractor companies.

Pickering Barn Interior

Looking back: Pickering Farm – circa 1910

Published in the Issaquah Press on October 18, 2000

Pickering Barn Interior

Interior of Pickering Barn [IHM photo 86.18.272D]

Part of the Pickering Farm herd of approximately 100 milk cows are eating hay in the milk barn portion of the barn. The milking herd consisted of Holstein and Gurnsey breeds of cattle. The stantions which hold the cows heads were set up so that pulling a single lever would open all the stantions on one side at a time.

Pickering Farm Cows

Looking back: Pickering Farm -1911

Published in the Issaquah Press on October 25, 2000

Pickering Farm Cows

Pickering Farm. Cows are penned in the foreground; corn and silos are visible in the background. [IHM photo 86-18-272c 001]

[The text, which discussed a 1911 images of cows in pens outside the Pickering Barn, has gone astray.]

Looking back: Pickering Farm

Published in the Issaquah Press on November 1, 2000

[The image and text, which  related to a view of Pickering Farm and all the old buildings, have gone astray.]

Looking back: Pickering Farm – 1980

Published in the Issaquah Press on November 8, 2000

In this circa 1980 photo the view is southeast from what is now 10th Avenue Northwest. The silos previously located west of the barn are long-gone by this time. A house trailer is parked at the left front of the barn. In the foreground is the horse race track used for horse training.

 

 

Pickering Farm in 1980

Looking back: Pickering Farm – 1980

Published in the Issaquah Press on November 22, 2000

Pickering Farm in 1980

1980 view of Pickering Barn with horse race track. [IHM photo 91.7.97]

‘Looking Back; concludes its reflections of the Pickering Farm with a couple of more modern looks at the historic barn. Above in a circa 1980 photo, the grain silos have been removed and the farm is operating as a horse stable. The garage building on the left and the hay and dairy barns remain. A 1955 International truck is shown at the right. A light dusting of snow confirms this is a winter picture.

A more recent shot of the barn, taken in February 1999 is at the left [not shown on web site version].  Many aspects of the dairy barn have been restored, and the surrounding land awaits future development. Costco Wholesale, one of the primary tenants of the Pickering Place retail center is visible in the background at right.

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Grand Central

Looking back: Grand Central Hotel – 1903

Published in the Issaquah Press on November 29, 2000

Grand Central

This 1903 photo shows the hotel soon after it was constructed west of the Snoqualmie Falls Power Company’s Gilman Substation. The substation was constructed in 1899, and stood until 1967. (Photo courtesy of Denny Croston)

As we start the next series, we will look at the only remaining hotel building of the many that were built in Issaquah near the turn of the last century.

The Grand Central Hotel was built in 1903 by James Croston Sr., on land purchased from Isaac and Mary Cooper on May 29, 1902. In this circa 1903 winter photograph, believed to be the earliest showing the hotel at the left of the Snoqualmie Falls Power Company’s Gilman substation, we see the elevated board sidewalk, square porch posts, the hotel sign on the railing above the porch and the small tree with no leaves located behind the picket fence between the buildings.

 

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Grand Central

Looking back: Grand Central Hotel – Circa 1910

Published in the Issaquah Press on December 20, 2000

Grand Central

In this photo, taken in 1910, members of the Croston family posed on the porch. [IHM photo 72-21-14-226,courtesy of Denny Croston]

n this 1910 photo, a number of improvements have been made to the Grand Central Hotel. The original square porch, marquee posts and rails have been replaced with fancy turned posts and rails. The Hotel sign has been relocated from the marquee rail to above the entrance door in the center of the building. The small tree from the Nov. 29 looking back photo is now almost as tall as the building.

The dog and man at the left are unidentified. Next from the left are James Croston Sr., Joseph Croston and James’ wife Anna Croston. A small telephone cross arm with four insulators is now located below the power line cross arm on the power pole.

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Grand Central

Looking back: Grand Central Hotel – Circa 1924

Published in the Issaquah Press on January 10, 2001

Grand Central

This photo, taken in the late 1920s, shows the addition of the “Grand Central Cafe” on the west (left) side of the building. (IHM photo 95.23.1)

In this early 1924 photo, more changes have been made to the front of the Grand Central Hotel. New wider windows were installed, the entrance door has been moved to the left side, and the hotel sign has been moved back to the marquee rail. A cafe addition has been added to the left side of the hotel by Joseph Alfred Marion, who purchased the hotel from the Crostons on Oct. 26, 1920. Mill street in front of the hotel, now East Sunset Way, has been paved with concrete. The wooden side walk is in the process of being replaced with concrete. It was completed prior to Labor Day 1924.

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