Selections from the Snoqualmie Valley Record archives | Past Time, Oct. 19-25
October 21, 2008 · 2:25 PM
25 Years Ago
Thursday, Oct. 20, 1983
• North Bend is having its most competitive races in years for three seats on the city council and the mayor’s post. Of particular interest is the race for mayor, pitting veteran council members Helen Trostel and Obe “Max” Healea Jr. Both are campaigning hard, with signs placed in dozens of local yards, a rarity in the generally low-key political races here.
• There may be a school board race in Snoqualmie Valley District 410 after all. Following a hectic year that has seen a bond issue fail, a financial crisis, the departure of the longtime superintendent and business manager, layoffs of numerous staff members and a bitter teachers strike, a group of citizens is sponsoring a write-in campaign against three unopposed incumbent candidates on the board.
• The Rainier Bank branch in North Bend will close permanently at the end of next month, bank officials have confirmed. The local branch has not been economical to operate, they said.
50 Years Ago
Thursday, Oct. 23, 1958
• At the Snoqualmie Falls YMCA Community Hall, all Valley youngsters who want to come will be welcome at the party which begins Friday, Nov. 1. Children are encouraged to come in costume, funny and pretty, original — anything they can think of, just so it’s a costume.
• The town of Snoqualmie was shrouded in darkness during the early morning hours on Monday, Oct. 20, when households were arising to begin another work week.
Flashlights and candles gleamed weakly — enough to allow hasty breakfasts to be prepared. In some cases, there was not even time for this as the electric alarm clocks were silent and householders overslept.
75 Years Ago
Thursday, Oct. 19, 1933
• A large bear weighing 400 pounds was shot with a .22 rifle last Saturday evening, the owner having the expert assistance of a dog belonging to the Wyrsch family of North Bend.
The bear had been destroying fruit in local orchards for some time, having spent the two previous nights in Harold Gardiner’s orchard. Nearby neighbors, sighting the big brute between the Schweingruber and Humes homes, gave chase and with the assistance of the dog treed Master Bruin, held him in that position for half an hour while someone rustled the gun.
• The city fathers of North Bend, disgusted over the many unseemly pranks played in town on previous Hallowe’ens, have asked that notice be served through the columns of the Record that this year no lenience will be accorded to anyone on the night who is found mutilating property and causing disturbances of any kind.
Additional police will be on the watch. Not only will the offenders be thrown into the city bastille, they will be hauled into court, tried and fined according to the seriousness of the misdemeanor.