Hailstone Feed Store – the closest thing IHM has to a picture of James “Pinky” Hailstone
(left to right: Frank Hailstone, Nell Hailstone Falkenstein, Emma Greenier Hailstone [wife of James Hailstone])
Did you ever hear anything about that hanging over by the Marchettis, a maple tree?
James “Pinky” Hailstone: Oh, yes. My older brother witnessed that.
RW: Oh, yeah.
JH: They were buried in that corner.
BE: What explosion was that?
JH: Well, you see, why, they hanged the man. He went down and blew up part of a house. Of course, the whole history of the thing was, at the time then, why, we had instead of – we did have hotels in this town. I don’t mean that, but we had many of the men that worked in the mine were single men. And a lot of the women had what they called “rooming houses.” They would have board and room for so much a month.
And this fellow came to one of those boardinghouses and he and this woman that was operating it had known one another in Europe. I think in Austria or one of the German you know, close to Germany. And he wanted to board there with her, but she wouldn’t let him.
So, her and her daughter lived in a little sort of a lean-to built onto the house. They slept in that. And, of course, he got that information. And when she had refused him two or three times to let him come in there and stay, why, he brought powder from the mine, and one night he blew up this part of the house. And during the time from when he had talked to her until he was ready to blow it up, she had moved her bedroom upstairs and moved a couple of her boarders in there. And, of course, they were the ones that were killed; and that’s what the hanging was about.
The town folk just organized and got the guy and took him up there and hung him. They had a trial in the little union hall up there.
RW: Where did they hang him at?
JH: Well, they just took him down over the hill … now, what would that … let’s see …
BE: That was Marchetti’s there, wasn’t it?
JH: Yeah, that was Tom Marchetti’s place, right just across the alley from the Tom Marchetti –
BE: Where they built the schoolhouse and [inaudible].
JH: You know, from the school, it’s on that side, on the west side. That was the original school grounds, of course. But they just held their court, and they found him guilty, and they went down there and strung him up and left him.”
Note: the transcript and record are incorrect in their use of the name “John” Hailstone. The correct and full name is James Hooker Hailstone, Sr. Records will be updated to reflect this.
James “Pinky” Hailstone was born in British Columbia in 1898 to Francis Hailstone and Ester Hooker Hailstone. He was interviewed in 1975 by Richie Woodward, a student at Issaquah High School. His interview has a lot of interesting stories including he and some friends burning a “fiery cross” and the KKK being blamed for it, the story of the only hanging in Issaquah, and a story about Ben Legg.
Last week we wrote about James “Pinky” Hailstone’s daughter – Dorothy Hailstone Beale.