Joseph Berg Memorial

This archway looks simple enough – a bit of art tucked away in a cute little courtyard of sleepy little Mount Vernon, Washington, but when you get closer, you can see the plaques about Joseph Berg. Here are their transcriptions:
Joseph Berg Plaque 1

Joseph Berg
Pvt. Co. F, 161st, Inf.
Sgt. Co. G, 167th, Inf. 2D, Eng. U.S.N.

Enlisted May 9th, 1916.
Honorably discharged Nov. 7th, 1919.
Enlisted in U.S.N. Aug. 12th, 1922.

Killed in service aboard U.S.S. Mississippi
June 12th, 1924.
TWICE WOUNDED IN ACTION
Cited for extraordinary heroism
in action
and decorated as follows:

U.S. Distinguished Service Cross: Mch. 23, 1919.

French Medaille Millitaire: Apr. 13, 1919

Posted as a lookout, he exposed himself to heavy machine gun and artillery fire and succeeded in killing or disabling crews of three machine guns, thus saving his company from heavy casualties.  From citation

Erected by his shipmates of U.S.S. Mississippi and comrades and friends of Mount Vernon.

Joseph Berg Plaque 2

Moved and Dedicated
October 6, 2005
Generous Support of:
In Memory of Ken and Miriam Harris
City of Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon Arts Commission
Mount Vernon Towing – Doug Faber
Hawthorne Funeral Home – Dick and Kirk Duffy

Wow! Sounds like an amazing man! I found some Navy records that say, “At 11:40am fire in #2 turret occurred, caused by flare back, killing:” and it goes on to list Joseph Berg, along with 47 other names. 48 men killed by accident. That’s pretty sobering.

I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1995. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Professional Child Development. In my free time, I love LEGO, ballet, ballroom dancing, eating out, traveling, history, architecture, genealogy, and people.

Kirkland Arts Center Buy-A-Brick

While visiting the Kirkland Art Center the other day, I couldn’t help but notice the all of the engraved bricks surrounding the building. They were lining the sidewalk in front of the historic building, and they create a lovely courtyard on the building’s side. I looked around for an indication of what they were for, but to no avail. I asked the director what they were for, and she said they were from a fundraising program a few years ago, but she was a bit vague on the details. It appears many of them were purchased as a memorial for a loved one, so in honor of them, I am transcribing their names here. I am leaving out the businesses named on bricks, as well as the ones that were illegible for various reasons.

Note: As I was transcribing these, I found one that said “E.A.F.A. 10 Years,” which I am assuming refers to the Eastside Association of Fine Arts, which was founded in 1975 & still in existence today. That would make these bricks more than just “a few years” old!

Front Walk: In memory of William M. Allen; Dan & Jan Soto, 29 July 1983; Charlie – Mary – Joe Silvernale; Jacquelyn Dye, My Love May 86; Dr. Peter Hashisaki; Matthew and Linda Gregory; Megan & Justin Smith; In memory of Dina Lee; Swain 7-11-86, Dan & Kelly; Morris Oliver; Traci Marie Goodwin; Carol Gose; Jason Sullivan; Scott Bradner; Jim & Shirley, Phillip & Lynn; Arielle Riley; Justin Locke, Scott Locke; Russ Edwards; Sanford Hanson; Joe Samponi; Peter Oliver; Cynthia Snider; Eric Scott; Bill – Jeremey Bedford; Callie Marie Owen; Bruce – Connie Hanson; Donald B. Servin; Kelli Anne Goodwin; Jeanette Merki; Dorothy & Charles Fox

Nancy L. Marson; Caroll Vrba; William Cross Sikes; William F. Porter; Lori & David Wright; Patricia Klinker; Paul Helen Kirk; Jeanne & Dennis, Kim & Nicole; John W L Bedford; Chloe & Rosie Klinker; Linda Lee and Allen R. Foster; Carol & Carl Youngberg; Fred & Karin Munro; Tom B. Escott; Jeanette and Randy Walton; Paula & Kim Lyle; G Erik Meyer, March 7, 1980; Dot & Fred, El Touristos; Dr. & Mrs. M. L. Redfern; Adam Wright; David & Hahid Prakken; Paz & Chaaca Klinker; John, Michael, Jamie Kennedy; Jack, Marilyn, & Jon Olson; Malaccai & Rap Klinker; Silver Willow & Hannah; Beth Adams, Frank Hannigan; Katy Lyle; Steve & Wendy Walton; Georgia Farris; Jeanette Prakken; Stephanie Prakken; Nancy S. Escott; In memory of Joe Niebrugge; Constance Falk; Chelsea Anne Owen; Amanda Rose Owen; Bette Butler Klinker; Catherine Greene; Lesley Wright; Ross Elmer; Connie Falk; The Monk Man, Bradley Cooper; David James Sikes III; Jane & Jack Adams; Agnes O’Neil Butler; Georgie Kilrain; Mary Flynn.

Linda Hagemann; Lilly May Anderson; Dawni Cunnington; Bev & Bob Anderson; The Meith Family; Jeff & Marsha; Eric Snyder 1985; Amy Sullivan; Thomas M. Tredway; John & Marcia Cochenour; Ron & Shirley Hutchinson; Marv Scott; Jason T. Stutzman; Stephanie Snider; Jeanne Ostrander; S. Pearsall, E.A.F.A. Pres. 83-85; Todd & Gavin Williams; Corey Drenkow 1986; Michael Maxfield; Brooke Ludwig; Ed & Ella Sieler; E.A.F.A. 10 years; Rick & Vicki Walton; Lee Helen Kim Warren Raven; Barbara Chuck Loomis; Donna J. Marsh; Doug Beck; Nancy & Grant Silverdale; Stetson Hazlerig; Mildred Servin; Clayton & Mabel Burnard; Dottie & Tim Delaney; Eric Dahl; Chris Drenkow 1986; Scott Goodman 1986; Sarah and Bill, My Children; Gregory S. Tredway; Bob & Noreen Smith; John Betrozoff; Barbara Nickerson; Greg & Dorothy Harris; Kristen Dahl; Joan Rita Goodwin; Dick & Mary Walker; Dee & Wilbur Pierce – 49th Anv.; Alan Zumwalt … some names are missing… ; Inga Click; Caroll Vrba; Kenneth R. Drewelow M.D.; In Memory of Frances Blair; Clarence O. Servin; Judith Barnes; Ethelmae and Ed Eckert; Andy Scott; Lt. Col. Roy Lee Larson; Jerry Louise Sampont; R. Drennon Family; The Landweers; Galen Burghardt; Gary J./Joy D. Walter JN.14:6; Brandon Williams; Randall F. Ekins 2  27  62; Van and Kari Schoessler; Rodger A. Fish, ILWU Local 19; John Fischer Local 2 Sea. Wa.; John & Martha Nygard; Sarah and Susan Jones; Cleo & Jerry Sterling; Kyla and Kiira Schoessler; Robert H. Ely; Gladys Littell Boyer; Sunny & Alan Ashworth; Kelsey Grace Menagh; Daniel Gaard Goodwin; Jim & Roberta O’Brien.

Courtyard Area: Erik Barron Kerkam; Timothy Kirgan; P. G. Phillips; Tom & Louise Vey; Lucille Hanson; Michael Royal; Jeanyne C. Locke; Nels and Rite Jensen; Deedie & Rick; Katya M. Blum, Northstar 85; Kathleen Hearne; Marc and Di Langdon; Nancy L. Mork Friends 1985; Faux Pas Sutter; Colin Danielson; Colleen Marie; Donna J. White; Waldo Belles; Capt. John R. Busby; Kelly & Betty Reed; George Graham; Kirkland Rainbow Girls; Dana Kirgan; Buzz & Barb Fleener 1985; Claire Knutson; Earl E. Edmisten; The Cart Family; Jason R. Huff, Devin D. Huff; Jennifer A. Secord; Alice M. Savage; Floyd Hardenbrook; Jessica Anne Brister; Gloyia Bickley; Abby Marie Wong; Keith & Beth McManus; Adrienne Karen Pouncy; Joel O. Skirvin; Fay and Ken Lowthian; Michael Fishbaugher; Arre Reynolds; James & Menell Wilson; Christopher Sutton; M. G. and Hank Melton; David Sather; Mutsu Okada; Marilyn & George Parker; Lindsay and Jim Bristow; A. J. Phillips Saubert; Virginia L. Harris; Craig Weitz, Kristi Weitz; In Memory of J. W. Tregilgus; Kumi Kilburn; Scott & Connie Neish; Lee Kilburn M.D.; Alex Carlson; Joan Ronk; Bob Neir, Mayor “74 – 79″Dana Mellin; Linda Hammond; Nicholas Kirgan; David John Morgan; Mark Fisher; Dieck Phyllis Dieckmann; Bill & Cathy Conn; T. Lawson Ferguson; Keven Franklin Kerkam; Brad Fisher; The Family of Commander R. A. Foucht; Bill J. Harris; Helene Eloise Marie Barnett; Tom Zimmerman; Judy Smith; David Bark; Bill Woods; Don & Merrily Dicks; B. Fay Dunlap; Dan Ramirez; Annapurna Gose; Fred & Carly; Craig & Laurie Owen; Chuck & Sue Fitch Family; Dwight Phillips; Don Moesch and Family; Kevin & Kandy Mason; Jennie J. M. Skirvin; Melinda Breland; Curt Warner; Lynn Lisenby.

Bob & Marge Yeats; Daryl Lee Burnett; Erik Shannon Svege; S  S  N  B  C  Estad  1952; Keith & Ardis Gowing; Darci Jill Kitchel; Charles and Florence Morgan; Clifford R. Cooper Jr.; Jo Ann Wilcox, Debbie Becky; Deanna Bill Hazard; Richard Hanson; Darin-Curtis Goldsberry; Brian A. Reynolds; Lisa Elliot Ridgway; Jane Mary Lisenby; Lady Evelyn; Robert Shelts; Geoffrey & Lisa Owen; Kitty Webster; Sondergaards, July 1985; The Sampson Family; Gregory Cowan; Luke Hitch Taylor; Sue Terao, Friends 1985; Twigg Zumwalt; Joe & Glenna Kellie; Erik Overleese; The Decher Family; Nick – Jeff Lyle; Libby Jim Bradford; James R. Innes “Spike”; Cynthia Innes; The Benardout’s; Marilyn Biggs; Greg Marilyn Zick; Tom Burke – A Man O Heart; Jimmy Pat; Ralph Rena Watson; In Memory of Gus Tierney; Bea & Barry Griffiths; Christina Griffiths; Teepee Gove; Ethel M. Compton; Al & Nancy Botz 10/2/1971; Betsey Laster; Jim & Susanne Ridgeway; Walt Simpson; Wilbur & Dee Pierce; Margaret Lincoln; Al Speed Wilson; Art & Laura Case & Family; John & Paula Ebner; Allen B. Locke, City Manager; Nancy & Gus; Mitshell T. Shepherd; Elsie Hallberg Anderson; Cliff & Marth Miller, 35 / 85; Bruce & Donna Holm; Bob & Mary Billington; Curt Blake; Mark Burgess; Jason Overleese; Rory Schwinn; Peberdy Family; John & Betty Rueter; Herb & Lou Ault; Cindy Brouillette; Chris Gray; Bettyla ?eed; Steven Brouillette; Matthew Bradley Schafer; Jack Haines; Florian Family; Frank & Pat Lacy; Shawn and Lisa Billington; John & Laura Pyles; Mr. & Mrs. Runion, Jenny & Brian; Chuck Fowler; Walt Simpson; Alan & Betty Kitchel; Corinne Cowan; Ron Richardson; Bill & Judy Gehring; Paul & Helen Kirk; Sandra Hanson Mitchell; Ethan Peter Wong; “Heart” Ann Wilson; Genevieve Karen; Ruth Herron; In Memory of ??ie Janssen; Mary Fowler; Dave, Gerilyn & Ryan Moynihan; Eric Ganz; The Rudkins; Mayor Doris Cooper; William & Anne Owen; Christina Smith; Shannon Sean McPhee; Andy Okada; In Memory of Joan Hovey; R.A.A.  E.H.A.  My Parents; Maggie Mitchell; In Memory of Shannon Dale; Bob & Betty Lightfeldt; Carolyn & Jim Hitter; Lou Wilson; McCauley Jean; Art Knutson; Teddy Overleese; Pat and Roy Deede; Mollie Hearne; Leslie & Jim Price; Lady Melicent Fishcake; Soren Ryherd, Majken Ryherd; Richard W. Shinstrom; Heather Hanson, Birth 4-2-85; Myron – Marlene Lewis; Mr. & Mrs. Mark E. Caton 10/05/85; Sandra Keyes C. F. P.; Terry Phillips; Irene – Roland Zimmerman; Leona Stanton Loved Kirkland; Devin Paul Kitchel; Dr. Agencourt Underfoot; Sarah Lisel Cooper; John Cowan; Deidre Barben; Marion Hardenbrook; To Our Father, E. L. Morris Jr.; Roberta – Glenn Greer; Sprague and Phyllis Vigus; Paul Secord; Keegan Tatman Brown; Stephanie L. Secord; Cassandra Tom Hearne; Phil Phillips; Gibson Phillips; Burt – Nelle Schwanke; Andy – Judy Breland; Noziroh 1944 – 1947; Kristi All My Love Deborah; Anna Kunkel Engbrecht; Buffy Sutter; Debbie Warner; Lorene Tredway; Ray Washburn; Jim Brennan; Bob Fowler and Family; Sierra+Heights, Preston Gold; Tony – Shelli Lauderdale; Merrill Mittge; Darlene and Paul Secord; The Yarbroughs; David & Susan Pitkethly; Andrew & John Ebner; Sven & Elna Hansen; Marla Royal; Carolyn J. Cooper; Shawn Bonner Brister.

John Overleese; Ken Claire Damon Zick; NeilSutter; Al Locke Park; Jim and Barb Phippard; Bob and Carol Bement; Richard Cheryl Mehs 12/21/85; Jack Marilyn John Olsen; Erik Strande Hammond; Lucile Nelson; John Wilson; K. H. S. Class of 1936; Kathleen B. Cooper; George Waters; Sara Jo Betrozoff; Bill Biggs; Jim – Nancy Sutter; Job’s Daughters Bethel 57; Jason Andrew Kitchel; Diane Royal; Dixie Breland; Rose Ferguson 1912  1965; Peter and Lonnie Yee; Jay and Kathy Pearson; Rexford Remembered; Thomas Elliot Hammond; Clem Reynolds; Genevieve Erickson; Hannah Lacy Cooper; Ben & Marla Kerkam; D. J. and P. K. are in love; Deloma Davis; Ralph Cooper; Adam Schwinn; John Knapp; Memory – Ruth Kelley’s Cafe; Bill Marlene Burdue; Vern Koenig Lynn Koenig; Neva Janssen; Al and Chris Vnuk; Cheri & Ron Moll; Brian Lurie Brian Const.; Donna Emsel Schill; Andrea Beatty Riniker; Ray M. Dunlap; “Heart” Nancy Wilson; Anthony Wilen; Robert G. Norman; Fritz Wicklund, Master Mason; Vern – Joye Newport; Ed Gray; Dona Felt, Artist; Carrie Adams 1985; Louis G. “Jerry” Marsh; Douglas Cowan; Stuart Fursman; Lorraine Wittenmyer; Jack – Charmaine Jovanovich; Lisa M. Deen, Wendy R. Deen; Shelley Schwinn; Ted Tax Family; The Bruggeman’s; The Smiths Family; Isaac Leavitt; Jackson Leavitt; Ian Leavitt; Sindy Leonard Dean Troy; Al & Roy Sutter; Joe Sindy Erin Galen; Gregg Johnson; Don & Ann McPhee; The Landry Family; Larry W. Huff, Cherie L. Huff; Kenneth Christopher; Skip Lisenby; Paul Millie Hall; Hermina Ehrlich; Linda Opitz Nafia Bauman; Ralph Craig Erikson-Bell; Scott Brower and Family; In Memory of Angela R. Bean; Jena & Elice Skirvin; Mateer Family; John- Patti Eggleston; Dick & Sandy Ekins; Amy & Jill Waters; Mark C. Shinstrom.

There was also a nice bench with a memorial plaque on it:

In Memory of Bettyla and Kelly Reed, Patrons of the Arts
In Memory of Bettyla and Kelly Reed, Patrons of the Arts

I hope that these bricks will keep the memories of these loved ones alive!

I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1995. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Professional Child Development. In my free time, I love LEGO, ballet, ballroom dancing, eating out, traveling, history, architecture, genealogy, and people.

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:

LEE JOHNSON FIELD

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.

 

 

I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1995. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Professional Child Development. In my free time, I love LEGO, ballet, ballroom dancing, eating out, traveling, history, architecture, genealogy, and people.