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An early Snoqualmie Mill Company steam engine stops in Snoqualmie in 1895. Snoqualmie Mill Company preceded the Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company, starting in the 1890s. Logging railroads were used to get men and equipment up into the woods, and to return logs to the mill. This picture and other historic Valley images may be purchased at www.snoqualmievalleymuseum.org by clicking on the “order photos online” link. - Courtesy photo
An early Snoqualmie Mill Company steam engine stops in Snoqualmie in 1895. Snoqualmie Mill Company preceded the Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company, starting in the 1890s. Logging railroads were used to get men and equipment up into the woods, and to return logs to the mill. This picture and other historic Valley images may be purchased at www.snoqualmievalleymuseum.org by clicking on the “order photos online” link.
— image credit: Courtesy photo

25 Years Ago

Thursday, Jan. 19, 1984

• A dramatic increase of 500 students is projected over the next five years in Snoqualmie Valley School District 410. Superintendent Gerald Post unveiled school enrollment projections for the next five years to the board. If those projections are accurate, a new elementary school will be needed, and the district will have to begin planning soon for a new facility.

• Reconstruction of the Mount Si High School track is out of the starting blocks with the hiring of two contractors to perform the work. The projects will restore the track to the premier track it once was, commented Superintendent Gerald Post. The decision to move ahead came under fire from several citizens, who contend that other items, such as replacement of two roofs, should be done first.

• Grumbling about the Snoqualmie Police Department has again come public with a couple of concerns from a citizen heard by the city council Jan. 9. “I’m concerned with the police department, because we as a city are having problems balancing budgets, and at the same time, we are allowing police to use police vehicles as transportation to and from home,” civil service commission member John Sheppard said. Sheppard added that he had seen two instances in which a patrol car was parked in front of an officer’s home.

50 Years Ago

Thursday, Jan. 22, 1959

• G. Gordon McIntyre, new superintendent of School District 410, came to the Valley last Friday to confer with retiring Superintendent E. R. Opstad, to become acquainted with other school officials and to look over the “plant” he will run for two years. A genial man with 11 years of administrative background at Concrete, Wash., Mr. McIntyre made a favorable impression on those he met.

• Outgoing Superintendent Ed Opstad gets “recess” after 36 years of school. A chance to make the acquaintance of a granddaughter he’s never seen, an opportunity to visit the rugged coast of Norway which was the homeland of earlier generations of Opstads, and the desire to enjoy some of the things at 56 years of age that he might not enjoy so much at 65 — these are behind Opstad’s decision to leave his post with Snoqualmie Valley School District.

75 Years Ago

Thursday, Jan. 18, 1934

• Rev. M.R. Gallaher of Snoqualmie has been very active the past two weeks as local representative, distributing Red Cross supplies in this vicinity. Since Jan. 1, five tons of flour have been given to deserving families, this flour having been on hand for several months. A number of families have been outfitted with new clothing and others with garments that have been made over or neatly mended.

• The Northwest’s finest woman skier is to be queen for a day. She will be chosen for her short but happy reign next Sunday at the opening of Seattle’s great municipal ski playground, and she will royally preside over the dedication ceremony in a pageantry of color.

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