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25 Years Ago
Thursday, Nov. 17, 1983
• Thomas Ray Bell, 35, last known to have lived in the North Bend area, was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Jerry Earl Haynes, whose body was found in North Bend Nov 5. The victim, 44, apparently had lived in a wooded area in North Bend for some time. His body was found near the railroad trestle over the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River by two motorcyclists.
• Snoqualmie Valley Hospital will need a quick infusion of cash in order to survive in the wake of the resounding defeat of a tax measure at the polls Nov. 8. Defeat of a measure to raise the tax lid has left the 28-bed hospital short of funds for continued operations.
• The Hmong community of the Eastside celebrated a New Year celebration at Tolt High School Saturday. The Hmongs, most of whom were farmers in Laos, were forced to leave when the Communists took over in the 1970s. They crossed the Mekong River into Thailand and lived in refugee camps before emigrating to America. New Year guests in Carnation included Hmongs from many Washington cities and several Western states. The Hmongs follow the lunar calendar. Nov. 12 is not the actual new year date, but was picked for convenience.
50 Years Ago
Thursday, Nov. 20, 1958
• The Williams Addition is complete — for the winter at least — and 57 of the mill houses have crossed the river. Tom Williams, the enterprising contractor on the job, stopped in at the Record office this week, settled back in a chair and practically heaved a sigh of relief. “Yes,” he said, “I was mighty lucky to get the bridge out when I did. Another eight hours and it surely would have gone out.” He was grateful for Mr. Harry Morgan Jr., prodding him along to get it out before high water poured down.
• Mrs. R.N. Hoialmen of Preston told the Record Wednesday morning that the late-model car, owned by her son Duane and stolen from a downtown parking lot in Seattle Sunday, had been reportedly located in Mount Vernon. “Duane and his father left early this morning to see if the car really is Duane’s,” Mrs. Hoialmen said. Duane, a 1957 graduate of Mount Si High School, bought the car less than a year ago.
75 Years Ago
Thursday, Nov. 16, 1933
• Peter Maloney of Maloney’s Grove, North Bend, one of the country’s best known and most colorful personalities, does not let modern ideas interfere with the code of the frontiersman, which he continues to practice. Two weeks ago, at his home east of North Bend, when he noticed the Snoqualmie River developing a serious flood, he did not adjourn to the town gathering place to discuss the situation with his neighbors. No, he grabbed his telephone and proceeded to warn the people of Fall City and the Lower Valley of conditions hours in advance of the time the flood would reach them. Farmers in that territory had not anticipated high water, and the timely advice of this pioneer was the means of saving their stock and avoiding much of the damage resulting from these floods.
• While workers hauled their diesel shovel across a partly disabled bridge Saturday afternoon, as the engine was well onto the bridge, it gave way, causing the engine to fall on its side and the shovel to plunge into the river. Engineer Hain, with great presence of mind, stayed with the engine and was not injured.