As I was wandering through Kirkland’s cemetery, unsuccessfully searching for the graves of my husband’s ancestors, Caroline Mary & William Friedrich Wendt, I stumbled upon this fountain. It appears to have been out of commission for a season or two, although if the plan was to only have it on during the nice-weather-season, it should be on now. It sits in the center of the cemetery, surrounded by benches and picturesque plantings, and I could envision the glory that once was. The little plaque says it was dedicated December 11th, 1999, so that glory couldn’t have been all too long ago. The City of Kirkland Parks & Recreation website (they are the owners of the cemetery) refer to it as “Centennial Fountain,” but this can be a bit confusing as there is a very large (& more well known) sculpture in a nearby park bearing the same title.
Here is a transcription of the contributors listed on the plaque:
$1,000 or more – City of Kirkland; Corrine Rose Hieb, In Memory of Henry Hieb; Kirkland Women’s Club GFWC; Robert & Marigene Curry; Kirkland City Council; Kirkland Herritage Society; Kiwanis Club of Kirkland
$100 to $999 – Bank of America; S.J. Barrett & Company; Patricia Boyd, In Memory of Ralph Boyd; John & Stephanie Christman; Ralph & Doris Cooper; Fraternal Order of Eagles #2681; John Havekotte & Patty Hieb; Carl & Joanne Hieb Matz; Mary Lou Henning; Audrey Huey & Donald Dery; Shirley Johnson; Kirkland Eagles Auxiliary #2681; Jerry & Patti Marsh; Charles & Florence Morgan; Robert & Christine Neir; Steve Ohrt & Christine Matz; Bill Petter; Rose Hill Study Club; Alan Stein; Herbert & Jean Swanson & Family; Patricia M. Pierce Watson; Anna Yon, In Memory of Colonel Frank E. Yon; Dale & Dorothy Anderson, In Memory of Dorn Anderson; Robert G. Burke; Jim & Pat Carter; Sants & Sue Contreras; Hulda Emils; Audrey Haroldson; Alan Michael Hieb; Jim & Teri Hieb, Christopher, Austin & Shelby; James & Madona Henwood; Jean Jayne; Link & Ginny Kaiser; Kirkland Lodge #150 F&AM; Ann McLaughlin Oban; The Mueller Family; Nordice Nicholson; Muriel Olson; Bea Richardson; Friends, In Memory of Marian Sandner; Michael & Sharon Vanderslice; Westgate Lodge #128 F&AM
Update – I just found this photo online of what it looked like at one point:
If anyone has more information on this little gem, I would love to know!
9-2-15 Update: I just received an email from the Kirkland Parks Operation Manager, Jason Filon-
The fountain was donated by the Kirkland’s Women’s Club. Specially there was this wonderful gal by the name of Corrine Hieb that was most instrumental in bringing the fountain to the Kirkland Cemetery.
The City of Kirkland is currently under a ‘water advisory’. What this means to our Parks operations department is that we are making every effort to not only conserve water but also be an example to the Community in the stewardship of the resource. Some of the examples included: reducing and or shutting off some park watering, shutting off all fountains, discontinued washing our pick-up trucks, discontinued power-washing, etc..etc…. Basically any and all things to help save water. Thankfully these past couple of days have really been a blessing. Once the agencies that set water policy and restrictions remove the advisory we will most likely turn the fountains back on.