Out of the Past: Woman scraper driver breaks into male trade; Microsoft donation

The following items made the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Snoqualmie Valley, as reported in the Valley Record:

May 21, 1964

• Manuscripts for two books, numerous notes, research papers, clippings and scrapbooks belonging to Mrs. Charlotte Paul Groshell were destroyed by fire Sunday in the small house on the South Fork Road where she did her writing. Groshell, who had moved to Olympia, and her son Hi were moving some belongings. She was burning some papers in the fireplace, and had left the house when a gust blew burning scraps, igniting the fire. A neighbor called for help.

• Construction began this week on a new drive-up restaurant at the west end of North Bend on Highway 10. It is being built by for Mr. and Mrs. Don Tifft, and will be named the "Tifft House."

May 18, 1989

• Denise Wade, now a scraper operator at the Cedar Falls Landfill in North Bend, says she wouldn't go back to a desk job for anything. Wade is King County's delegate to the Women in Trades Convention in Chicago, an annual event that teaches women how to get into traditionally male trade unions.

• Carnation Elementary School received five computers from Microsoft, donated with help from the parent of a first grader.


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