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Selections from the Snoqualmie Valley Record archives | Past Time, Oct. 5-11
25 Years Ago
Thursday, Oct. 6, 1983
• The sounds of the German language are wafting through the halls of Mount Si High School and Valley homes as 27 teenage students from the Hamburg, West Germany area continue on their five-week cultural exchange here. All 27 speak English to some degree; most speak it fluently. The students are living with local families and attending classes at the high school.
• North Bend will probably only have to pay back about $12,000 in grant money if Environmental Protection Agency officials agree with a letter sent last week by city officials. An audit report received by the city last month pointed out $207,000 in questioned costs for planning, design and construction of North Bend’s sewage treatment plant.
50 Years Ago
Thursday, Oct. 9, 1958
• When duty calls, three Valleyites are there, aboard the U.S.S. Whitehurst. When the Whitehurst, a destroyer escort, steamed into Puget Sound one recent Sunday morning, she wasn’t pursuing submarines nor guarding a convoy. Fore and aft, her decks bristled with heavy guns, but they were silent. This was a training cruise. Among the Whitehurst’s crew of 165 naval reservists are David Lake of Snoqualmie, and Kenny Martin and Ray Sampson of Fall City.
• The Snoqualmie River suddenly and dramatically rose to nearly bank-high level in the early morning hours Wednesday, encouraged in its rise by heavy rainfall. Immediately, interest focused on the “Bridge Across the Kwai” in Snoqualmie, the span erected in August for the firm moving mill houses to their new sites in the Williams addition. Before nine o’clock, a large crane was hard at work clearing debris away from the bridge, while citizens lined the river bank “supervising” the proceedings.
• Mrs. Edith Wise of Snoqualmie was named the 1958-59 Woman of Achievement by the Mount Si Business and Professional Women’s Club. The honor, so richly deserved, left her almost inarticulate with surprise, but it didn’t surprise her friends. Wise has devoted more than 35 years to teaching at grade schools in the Valley.
75 Years Ago
Thursday, Oct. 5, 1933
• James Bennett of Snoqualmie surprised the Record force Saturday, when he presented them with a box of potatoes of three different varieties, many of which weighed two pounds. They were just about the finest “spuds” ever displayed here. Mr. Bennett grew the mammoth tubers under the hill where the river had risen over the sod.
• Great interest is being shown in the Lower Valley in the establishment of one of the Civilian Conservation Corps camps to be established on the site of the Cherry Valley Logging Company’s headquarters near Pleasant Hill in the Tolt district.