This week in Snoqualmie Valley history: Masons at school's cornerstone, Burhans murals show Valley faces, raising sinkers at Weyerhaeuser

Explore stories from the past 25 and 50 years in the Valley, from the pages of the Snoqualmie Valley Record. This week's entries include:

Thursday, April 4, 1988

• After a year and a half of work, North Bend artist Richard Burhans completed six murals for the Anderson-Magruder Co. The focus is on employees of the University of Washington Hospital and Madison Blood Center. But most of the faces are of Burhans’ Valley friends.

• Local Masons will conduct a centuries-old ceremony, inviting the governor to the laying of the cornerstone of the future Opstad Elementary School in North Bend. Namesake Edwin Opstad was deeply involved in the Falls City Masonic Lodge.

Thursday, April 7, 1963

• Millions of board feet are being salvaged from Weyerhaeuser’s Snoqualmie Falls pond. The company had to raise the sinkers—2.5 million board feet of mostly hemolock logs—because they were impeding movement of all logs in the lake.

• A rehearsal for the Fall City Passion Play grew too long for one of the members of the cast. Three-year-old Jimmy Pratt, the youngest performer, slept peacefully in the arms of Fred Bronemann, 86, the oldest. Jimmy is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. George Pratt.


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