Discovering the Truth

I found this little gem in the Monroe library (part of the Sno-Isle library system of Snohomish & Island Counties in Washington state) the other day and thought it was such a great idea! The 4th grade class of John Luvera from Coupeville, WA  (under the guidance of their student teacher, Rachel Smith) found interesting local elders, listened to their stories, and wrote a little biography on them. They published the book to give to the library’s local history collection so these stories could be preserved for future generations. Unfortunately, it is labeled as a reference book, so you can only view it at the Monroe library. If you are interested, here are the elders who were featured:

Bob Podraza, Jean Paul Combettes, Marjorie Thornton, Virginia Herdesty, Ellen Schell, Ryan Samplawski, Gale Sims, Betty Strickland, Tom Thorton, Irene Moisin, and Peggy Gleason.

And if you happen to be planning a trip to the Monroe library, be sure to bring your young children because they have an absolutely wonderful, brand new play space designed for families, filled with toys to enhance literacy development. As an added bonus, children are never required to use a whisper voice in the library…if you want a quiet space, you can go to a quiet room.

Library play area


In doing some research for my Overseas Highway blog (which I happened to start on Labor Day weekend), I became quite interested in this event in the Highway’s history, so I thought it deserved a separate entry.

I keep seeing estimates of how many died in the storm, but no one seems to list the actual victims by name. They were never listed on either memorial in the Keys, nor were they listed at the gravesite.

Here is a transcription of the list of civilians that lost their lives as a result of the storm, from a census done by the state of Florida after the storm:

Islamorada: Robert W. Ingraham (36), Learami E. Ingraham (27), Ervin Ingraham (10), Everette Ray Ingraham (7), Alfred J. Adams (19), Roy C. Adams (17), Henry Pinder (48), Thelma C. Pinder (32), O’Niel A. Pinder (8), Edwards A. Williams (35), George E. Hall (62), Elizabeth Hall (61), Leonard G. Hall (17), Lawrence B. Hall (15), J. Wade Dumas (45), Marie Polk Dumas (41), George Henderson (39), James W. Wood (57), Herbert Saunders (60), Culnver Kewley (48), Andrew J. Booth (27), Ruth D. Booth (20), Charles F. Foyle Jr. (16), Sophie Ann Foyle (9), Marjorie C. Spitz (22), Raymond S. Spitz Jr. (4), Emma L. Russell (45), Irene M. Russell (14), Rose Mary Russell (7), Rosa Lee Russell (70), Doris M. Eubanks (23), James A. Eubanks (4), Eugene H. Russell (42), Gladys A. Russell (33), Howard E. Russell (8), Alberta Tay Russell (4), Richard H. Russell (42), Caroline E. Johnson (65), Russell R. Johnson (24), Henry O. Russell (60), Ruby Elizabeth (34), Catherine E. Russell (15), Bernice May Russell (14), Sarah Ellen Russell (12), Charles Otis Russell (9), William Henry Russell (8), Doloria I. Russell (4), Hilton Leroy Russell (3), Carl Edward Russell (1), Clyde B. Russell (33), Mary F Russell (28), Lorraine I. Russell (11), Emory Clyde Russell (6), William H Russell (65), Charlotte I. Russell (39), Glenwood C Russell (7), Phyllis M. Russell (5), Florine I. Russell (3), James L. Russell (9mo), James Carey (55), Charles L. Carey (24), Maud Carey (27), Rose Jacques Carey (8), Beverly June Carey (2), Edward Watts (51), Edith Watts (50), Don Frazsur (42), Mary Pinder (61), Margaret Busrzic (55), Sarah Higgs (70), John Mingo (68), Camille Pinder (34), Robert I. Roberts (74), James Woods (50), Effie E. Woods (40), Beverly E. Woods (1).

Click here to see photos of the Edna & Edny Parker family (that lived on Islamorada & survived the storm), as well as “Pinderville” where many of the Pinder family lived before the storm hit.

Plantation Key (a.k.a. Tavernier): William A. Tyree (66), Louise Tyree (16), Mazell Tyree (13), Mr. & Mrs. Harry Wroten.

Rock Harbor: Taylor Jackson Miller (45)

Key Largo: Frank K. Newton (58)

Here is a list of the positively identified veterans that lost their lives due to the storm, taken from a transcription of the Florida Hurricane Disaster hearings:

J. Ackerman, Walter S. Allen, B. W. Allspaugh, Chas. C. Almond, H. R. Austin, Payton B. Baber, Joe Barbee, Edward Roy Barnes, Andrew Beganake, R. A. Blanford, William L. Bolton, Clyde Boyce, George Carr, Edward F. Case, C. G. Cherry, William J. Clark, James F. Conway, Edward D. Costello, James Dawson, Frank P. DeAlbar, John T. Deaver, L. W. Delamater, G. Deverman, Thomas Donlon, George Ducott (2 of them are listed, but they have different serial numbers), George C. Dow, Thomas H. Dunn, K. W. Edwards, Jack Noel English, Michael Fogarty, Jack Foster, Sam Gatta, William Geary, John Patrick Gill, Joseph F. Golding, Elmer Graham, Russell Gwin, Edward J. Hammond, John James Healy Jr., George W. High, Walter E. Hoffman, Massey Hough, Benjamin B. Jakeman, Frank Jeffers, John Austin Johnson, Otis Johnson, Albert R. Jolly, John W. Jones, William A. Jones, Thomas F. Keenan, Paul Kendrick, Peter Kjar, E. Kreitzburg, R. E. Laughter, A. R. Lawrence, Frank Leslie, W. G. Lever, Brady C. Lewis, Ernest Lones, John Lynch, J. O. McClain, George B. McCoy, James A. McGinn, James E. McGough, Sylvester J. McGuire, Joseph McKinnon, M. P. McQueen, Michael Marik, Frank Masterborts, Edward U. Mathieu, Harry Matlock, Harry Mayhew, Charles R. Metzler, T. K. Moore, William J. Mulholand, James H. Mulvehill, Edward M. Murphy, Frederick M. Murphy, James Murray, John T. Neel, Osip Nepsha, Stephen U. Parrotte, Ralph H. Peacock, Paul C. Powell, James Pridgen, Robert H. Ramer, John C. Rawlings, Charles Reeves, John T. Reginiak, Michael J. Ryan, Frederick Schneider, Robert Shantz, George Sherman, Orson C. Shope, Harry P. Sickler, Abraham Silverman, Elisha Smith, Fred D. Sowerville, John Stuik, Samuel E. Starnes, William F. Staude, Edward R. St. Clair, Guy Milton Stone, Edward D. Sweeney, Eugene I. Tyler, Benjamin H. Van Ness, Albert K. Viar, Henry P. Wagner, Robert W. Weaver, W. E. Wenger, Samuel C. Westfall, Richard White, Rex Wilkerson, H. G. Williams, Walter J. Wimmer, Walter J. Wise, Harry Wrotten, F. Griset.

This is the list of the missing veterans that were presumed dead, taken from that same transcription of the Florida Hurricane Disaster hearings:

John H. Ambrose, Roy H. Anderson, Frank Barker, James W> Blaylock, James T. Bohnis, I. Broderick, Paul Brown, Harry Burrows, Joseph Caisse, Joseph Chickle, Winter I. Clapp, Harry F. Clarens Jr., Robert I. Clemons, Eugene H. Conner, John J. Conroy, George Cox, Roy Dane, Frank S. Davis, Robert H. Davis, William A Davis, John H. Dew, Willie Dodgins, Herbert W. Duran, Sam Emerson, John Fitzgerald, Leo Fogarty, Joe E. Galloway, William T. Granfield, Eugene G. Gray, Dewey E. Green, Stanley Grimoch, George H. Hardych, Mark O. Hilton, Arthur F. Holmes, Everard C. Jewett, Emil M. Johns, James A. Johnson, Peter John Jolien, Frank Kaminiski, Michael Koshula, Leo J. Larney, C. E. Lee, Harrison A. Letson, George W. Long, Regan N. Long, Steve Lukr, Thomas G. Lunny, James H. McConlogue, Henry Carroll McCord, A. H. McCuin, Fred J. Magiley, Leo F. Mahoney, Thomas Matthais, Sheridan Maupin, E. J. Mayers, Joseph E. Mitchell, Richard S. O’Brian, William M. O’Donnell, John H. Oldham, Stephanos Paschalis, Henry H. Pennsyl, Joseph William Pitts, Arthur L. Proctor, Hermanansgilde Proulz, Patrick F. Reilly, Harry F. Remington, Clinton W. Rhodes, Frank Rice, David J. Richardson, Herman Sauter, Allie T. Scott, Maurice Scott, Charles M. Slager, Frank J. Smith, John B. Smith, Louis Smith, Joseph Steppits, William P. St. John, B. H. Taylor, W. H. Turner, Lawrence W. Walters, Ernest Warren, Roy E. Washington, Nevel P. Webb, Clifford G. Webster, Hiram Weimer, Fred H. White, Dora B. Woodward, Harry S. Williams.

Finally, here is he list of veterans that were tentatively identified as dead after the storm, from the same transcription of the Florida Hurricane Disaster hearings:

Roy E. Barnes, Edward F. Bently, Charles H. Bott, Arthur J. Bouquet, Marcus W. Boyles, Richard A. Brady, Fred Clark, Harold W. Crockford, Michael B. Davis, John L. French, William A. Genomi, C. Guzoski, George G. Harrell, Charles B. Jensen, G. A. Jones, Frank G. Keith, J. Kochersperger, Charles R. Langrehr, Rufus N. Lavender, R. E. Lawson, J. J. Lewis, D. McAlister, Lee McDonald, Floyd A. Martin, Dilbert M. Meredith, John Moran, William E. Murtha, Peter Parliewicz, D. D. Perry, W. M. Phillips, William W. Porter, Edward P. Quinn, George Edward Rains, E. H. Renswick, Harold V. Rice, C. S. Rodeheaver, Alfred Scales, Michael Selenack, Joseph Sherlock, Cyrus Shoop, E. E. Stocklager, Stewart Veile, S. Warman, V. Zavash.

This is the most comprehensive list I can create of those that died in the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, and I hope it helps others who have the same curiosities that I do!

Overseas Highway


Wow, what a beautiful drive! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this incredibly scenic drive was originally the Overseas Railroad, envisioned by Henry Morrison Flagler and completed in 1912.

"Florida east coast causeway to Key West (CJ Allen, Steel Highway, 1928)" by Andy Dingley (scanner) - Scan from Allen, Cecil J. (1928) The Steel Highway, London: Longmans, Green & Co., pp. facing page. 72 (I). Licensed under Public Domain via Commons -,_Steel_Highway,_1928).jpg#/media/File:Florida_east_coast_causeway_to_Key_West_(CJ_Allen,_Steel_Highway,_1928).jpg
“Florida east coast causeway to Key West (CJ Allen, Steel Highway, 1928)” by Andy Dingley (scanner) – Scan from Allen, Cecil J. (1928) The Steel Highway, London: Longmans, Green & Co., pp. facing page. 72 (I).

While exploring this area, I found an interesting building located on Spanish Harbor Key that I believe is an old storage building from the construction of the original building

Unfortunately, the railroad met a tragic and dramatic demise in 1935 with the great Labor Day Hurricane. I highly recommend reading the Wikipedia article on the storm for a brief summary, or if you have time for a more detailed account, I really liked the one found here by Willie Drye. You can also read the statements before congress about the event of Honorable James Hardin Peterson, Honorable J. Mark Wilcox, Julius F. Stone Jr., Conrad Van Hyning, Ray W. Sheldon, Ivan R. Tannehill, Willis Ray Gregg, Charles P. Albury, Dr. James T. Googe, Hubert G. McKenzie, Frederick Bruce Ghent, Edwin A. Pynchon, David W. Kennamer, George E. Ijams, General Frank T. Hines, M. E. Gilfond, Harry B. Wirin, Aubrey W. Williams, Joseph F. Fecteau, S. C. Cutler, Harold Langlois, Laura Van Ness, and Governor David Sholtz in the hearing proceedings here.

After the railroad was destroyed, the government bought the land & immediately began work converting it to a road for cars. This is a road filled with bridges and scenic vistas, the most impressive of these is “Seven mile bridge” connecting the city of Marathon to Little Duck Key. Cars currently drive on the second iteration of the bridge, the first being unsafe to drive any longer. Old 7 mile bridge cross section

Every April, the bridge is closed for one Saturday morning for a bridge run to commemorate the completion of the newer bridge sections. The old bridge has had sections removed to allow for unrestricted sailboat passage, but it is still accessible to pedestrians and bicycle traffic from the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trailhead.

Lee Johnson Field


Kirkland has been a baseball-loving town for a very long time, and the beautiful Lee Johnson Field is a lovely testament to a proud baseball history & future. The field’s namesake has a plaque dedicated in his honor, engraved with a very flattering remembrance of him.

Lee Johnson PlaqueTranscription:


To honor the memory of Lee Johnson, on Dec 9, 2003 the mayor of Kirkland and the city council unanimously adopted a resolution to name the baseball field at Peter Kirk Park “Lee Johnson Field.” This memorial plaque is being presented and dedicated on the opening day of baseball March 20, 2004.

Lee Johnson was a hard working, dedicated athlete and an avid sports enthusiast who applied a respectful competitive spirit to everything he did.

This field became an integral part of Lee’s life’s he grew up playing sports here on the following teams:

1951 Kirkland’s original Little League team

1952 Kirkland’s first Youth Football team

1953 Kirkland’s first Babe Ruth team

1954-55 Kirkland Junior High School Varsity football team

1956-58 Kirkland’s American Legion team

1956-58 Lake Washington High School baseball team, as a star pitcher

1959-63 The Kirkland Town Team

Lee’s other athletic achievements

1956-58 Varsity basketball at Lake Washington High School

1956-58 Record setting quarterback and leader at Lake Washington High School for three undefeated seasons

1958-59 Football scholarship to the University of Idaho, where he also played baseball

1961-63 Pitcher for the University of Washington

Lee wholeheartedly encouraged young people of all abilities to participate in athletics, and felt especially connected to those who played, or dreamed of playing, the game of baseball.

An honest, caring and dedicated man, Lee was revered by family, friends, and the community for his integrity and respect for people. He quietly touched thousands of people’s lives as a friend and benefactor.

Lee’s generous support of youth activities included coaching baseball, basketball, and football, and sponsoring numerous athletic teams in Kirkland and on the Greater Eastside.

Lee was a major contributor to the Kirkland Performing Arts Center, and he and his father, Leroy E. Johnson, were the first contributors to the Peter Kirk Swimming Pool. Lee played a key role in reinstating Kirkland’s Fourth of July parade. He also donated “The Natural” statue currently located on the knoll down the left field line.

Leroy M. “Lee: Johnson January 17, 1940 – November 23, 2002

“Lee, we will always think of you as being a positive force in all areas of life. Your presence will be felt forever.”

L.J. Field concession stand

The adorable concession stand also has a little plaque with a dedication:concession stand dedication plaque

Dan Whedon; “Dan the Fan” KBC Hitting Instructor And #1 Fan; Thank You From KBC And The City Of Kirkland: 1991

While doing some research on Kirkland baseball, I found this wonderful article by historian & Kirkland native Matthew W. McCauley in the book “A Look to the Past: Kirkland,” published in 2010:
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It includes recollections from Orville “Deep” Higginbotham, a former player for the Kirkland team, and a cool photo from the Ostberg family property in Juanita where many games were held.



Snohomish’s Centennial Trail


What used to be railroad tracks that brought life to this city is now a beautiful paved multi-use path that improves life within the city. When Centennial Trail was dedicated in 2012, a sign was erected along the path to explain to users more about the history of the train tracks. centennial trail signThe sign is located right next to a re-creation of the old train depot that used to lie next to the original tracks. old snohomish depot

snohomish train depotHere is a transcription of the sign, as well as the back of the sign which lists the members of the city council at the time of the installation:

Centennial Trail

When the first train arrived in 1887 there were no roads to Snohomish…and no cars.  Milestones 1887: Seattle Lakeshore & Eastern Railway arrives in Snohomish; becomes the Northern Pacific, then BNSF.  1889: City of Snohomish incorporates.  1895: Estimated 300 cars exist in the USA.  1898: First “Bicycle Age” in Snohomish.  1991: Snohomish County begins Centennial Trail on rail corridor from here to Arlington.  1998: Last rail shipment to Central Feed Mill.  2003: Sno-Isle Library opens at 311 Maple.  2008: Estimated 250 million cars in USA.  2012: Bowen to Pine Avenue trail completed.

Snohomish City Council: Karen Guzak, Mayor; Derrick Burke; Greg Guedel; Tom Hamilton; Paul Kaftanski; Dean Randall; Lynn Schilaty

Scattered along the trail are several benches, gardens, and even a dog watering station! Many of them were financed as memorial gift. Here are some of those memorials:

Lovingly gifted by the family and friends of Katie Bettzig 2-22-27 7-17-98
Lovingly gifted by the family and friends of Katie Bettzig 2-22-27 7-17-98
Centennial trail dog fountain

Kirkland Arts Center


The Kirkland Arts Center is an absolutely beautiful restoration of an historical building that was almost demolished at one point in its history. Take a look at these photos of the art gallery inside & you can see that the original brick has all remained exposed, the original ceiling beams are visible, and every effort has been made to keep as much of this building’s original character as possible. You can really feel the history in the walls here!

KAC gallery

KAC historical marker

KAC interior looking to rear wall

Interior of KAC entryway
Interior of KAC entryway
Interior of KAC gallery
Interior of KAC gallery

KAC Side Entrance

Chandelier hanging in Kirkland Arts Center gallery
Chandelier hanging in Kirkland Arts Center gallery

Outside of the building, the Kirkland Historical Society has erected this plaque to let passers-by learn a little more about the history of this place:

KAC Dedication Plaque
KAC Dedication Plaque


The Peter Kirk Building – Founded Upon A Dream

The Peter Kirk building was conceived as the keystone of English entrepreneur Kirk’s steel empire and as a major spoke in the hub of activity on the corners of Market & Piccadilly (now Seventh Avenue).Ground was broken in 1889 for the two-story brick building, which was raised upon a foundation of dizzying optimism in a period of economic expansion. Kirk and his Seattle business partners, Seattle Post-Intelligencer owner Leigh S.J. Hunt, A. A. Denny, George Heilbron and with fellow Englishman Walter W. Williams as Secretary, envisioned the Moss Bay Iron and Steel Works of America as the “Pittsburg of the West.” Together they forged the Kirkland Land and Improvement Company, incorporated in 1888, as the administrative aegis for the iron works.

Bricks for the building were produced from locally dug clay and fired at Kirk’s brick works, which which was located in what is now Peter Kirk Park. The building, a quintessentially Victorian construction, was designed in the Romanesque Revival style, which borrowed elements from European architecture of the eleventh and twelfth centuries such as semi-circular arches, turrets, recessed doors and windows, and heavy materials like rusticated stone and brick. Initially, the first floor housed the Guptil and Evans Dry Goods Store and Elder Drug. Kirk’s offices occupied the second floor.

Kirk’s dream for an industrial magnet on the shores of Lake Washington were thwarted by economic realities and crashed with the financial upheaval of 1893. Although the steel mill never opened, Kirk remained an active town booster. He eventually retired to the San Juan Islands where he died in 1916 at the age of 76.

Fortunately, the beautiful Peter Kirk building did not vanish with Kirk’s faded dreams. The structure changed ownership and usages, but remained a central component of the Kirkland landscape. The second floor was later converted to apartments. Over the years, the first floor housed a butcher shop, a grocery store, and a furniture store, including the Eastside Furniture Store, owned by Kirkland’s youngest mayor, Al Leland, in the 1940’s.

By the early 1960’s, the Peter Kirk Building was deteriorating due to years of neglect. The owner was barely able to make ends meet. Without intervention, the structure was likely to be demolished. But hope was just around the corner. Or, rather, on the second floor.

In 1973, the Peter Kirk Building was listed in the National Historic Register. In 1977 the first major renovations were undertaken, supported by local and state funding.

William Radcliffe – Building Community Together

William Radcliffe was a visionary and a pragmatist. He was also a teacher for the Lake Washington School District from 1949-1967. In 1958, he rented the Cupola Room (Kirk’s former office) on the second floor of the Peter Kirk Building, which he used as an art studio. It was one of the few spaces that did not leak in an otherwise dilapidated structure. But Radcliffe saw beyond broken windows and saggy plaster and visualized a community arts center.

It was no wonder he emerged as the instigator and inspiration of the Creative Arts League. As the founder of the Cellar Gallery, Radcliffe was a driving force in the realization of an active Eastside arts community. He and his cohorts called the Peter Kirk Syndicate, a group of attorneys, architects, educators and physicians, rescued the crumbling building from certain demise and were instrumental in establishing a truly community-oriented arts center. In 1961, the Peter Kirk Syndicate organized to purchase the building and, in 1962, to form the Creative Arts League, convened to provide local opportunities in the arts and to address preservation of a Kirkland historic landmark. The enthusiastic support of local businesses, media, artists and other citizens helped realize Radcliffe’s vision.

The Creative Arts League, dedicated volunteer artists and art lovers, as well as members of the Peter Kirk Syndicate, cleaned the building and initiated critically needed repairs. In the meantime, the League offered classes in frame making, ceramics, painting, poetry, drama, dance, puppetry and life drawing as well as operating a small theatre.

Radcliffe’s philosophy, that democracy entails giving people the opportunity to make positive changes in their communities, still fuels the Kirkland Arts Center (KAC) today. A supportive Board of Directors, talented instructors, hardworking staff and dedicated volunteers all contribute to maintaining the Kirkland Arts Center as a vibrant and vital creative hub of the community. KAC continues to offer a range of visual arts classes to students of all ages, as well as the opportunity to learn about new and challenging visions of the world in the Peter Kirk gallery.

KAC Board 2000.

The Kirkland Arts Center nurtures the Eastside arts community, in its home, the historic Peter Kirk Building, where, through classes, workshops,  special events and gallery shows, artists and art lovers of all ages can come together, build creative skills, and broaden their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.

Paul Hughes, President; Susan Glass, Vice President; Tracy Thorleifson, Secretary; Ken Sparks, Treasurer; Merrily Dicks, Historian; Kelli Adam; Marijune Haggard; Judy Harris; Julie Johnson; Susan Street; Jac Wyman; Elizabeth Umbanhowar, Executive Director.

Peter Kirk Syndicate 1961

Shirl & Pat Restemayer; Desmond & Betty Lou Charouhas; Donald & Tatiana Davidson; Jane Gosselin; Robert & Gladys Hayes; Paul & Helen Kirk; Carl & Evelyn Lercher; Maurice & Annette Powell; William & Mary Ann Radcliffe; Raymond & Iris Sievers; J. Earl Taylor.

This interpretive marker was installed in April 2002 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Kirkland Arts Center. Funding for this project was made possible by Kelli, Daniel and Nicholas Adam.

Photo Caption: Contrast between the old Leland Hotel (right) and Creative Arts League Building across the street was caught in the above photograph. Both were build in the same era by the founding fathers of Kirkland, who came here to establish a steel mill. The steel mill didn’t survive but Kirkland did. Citizens expressed consternation this week that the Leland Hotel was to be razed to make way for a service station. Restoration of the Creative Arts League building by a group of civic-minded citizens shows what can be done to preserve landmarks. (Journal Photo)

“The artist’s role in the community is to lead, the artist’s role is to get people to think things or see things differently, to help get people beyond where they are… to joy, enthusiasm and some sorrow as well.” -William Radcliffe

Kirkland Cemetery Fountain


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.

Located in Kirkland Cemetery
Dedication plaque with list of contributors

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:

Former glory of Centennial Fountain
Former glory of Centennial Fountain

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.

Thanks, Jason!

From FamilyFun Magazine


I read these excerpts from an article in the May 2015 issue of FamilyFun Magazine, published by, and they really hit the nail on the head for what I endorse in a road trip:

Make Personal Connections

By Laura Billings Coleman

Our family’s vacation road map began to materialize last summer, when 9-year-old Finn asked for a membership to (go figure). The two of us went right down the rabbit hole, turning up sailors and Puritan settlers up and down the East Coast, including in Groton, Massachusetts, the destination for an October family wedding.

Thus inspired, we took 10 days off from school for a study of colonial America, diving deep into the places tied to our forebears’ arrival in the New World. Starting on Cape Cod, we tracked familiar names around Massachusetts, from Concord (my tenth great-grandfather was a founder of that town in 1635), to Salem (where the wife of our eighth great-uncle was the first to be hanged at the witch trials), to Boston-area Revolutionary War battle sites (where some of our forebears fought as minutemen, and others sided with the crown). My three sons, ages 9, 11, and 12, dutifully documented their discoveries for their history teachers at home, but we were happy being tourists, too, watching whales, visiting art galleries, and eating lobster rolls.

New England in the fall is a fantastic destination for many reasons, but having family connections to uncover gave our travels there an added dimension that kept all three boys curious and full of questions. Seeing family names on gravestones — and even watching a reenactment of the trial of our “Auntie” Bridget Bishop in Salem — brought history home in a whole new way.

Build on a Child’s Passions

By Alisson Clark

Older kids can be notoriously hard to please on vacation. There’s no instant joy from a newly discovered playground, no napping in a stroller while mom and dad take in a museum. So when our son, Owen, started playing trombone in middle school, we planned a trip around his passion for jazz. Our destination: New Orleans, which offers plenty of kid-friendly opportunities to explore the city’s legendary musical heritage.

We arrived during a free festival that drew performers from around the world and began our visit watching a parade of middle- and high-school brass bands. We also saw drum circles and dance groups. And when a strolling band broke into an impromptu show on a street corner, Owen saw that performances don’t have to wait for an end-of-year school concert. Sharing music can always be part of your life.

We had envisioned the trip as a way to deepen Owen’s interest in music, but my husband and I learned things, too. Playing to our son’s expertise meant that he got to teach us (a great way to get older kids to open up). Not only did he explain the difference between a tuba and a sousaphone and what puts the swing in a swing rhythm, he shared more about band, and his life in general, on that trip than he had the whole year!