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High waters flood the Valley and swell Snoqualmie Falls in the late 1930s or early 1940s, as captured in this aerial photo by a photographer named Ellis, who frequented the Valley. Notice the water near where the Snoqualmie Parkway would be now. Also of note is the camp in the upper left of the photo, a Japanese community that served the lumber 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
High waters flood the Valley and swell Snoqualmie Falls in the late 1930s or early 1940s, as captured in this aerial photo by a photographer named Ellis, who frequented the Valley. Notice the water near where the Snoqualmie Parkway would be now. Also of note is the camp in the upper left of the photo, a Japanese community that served the lumber 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, July 21, 1983

• Dr. Gerald Post was the unanimous choice of the school board to become the new superintendent of Snoqualmie Valley School District 410. The board took its vote last week after the public had a chance to meet Post and Serve Wilson, the other finalist, at receptions held at Snoqualmie Middle School.

• An ultra-sophisticated telecommunications system that enables U.S. military personnel to communicate directly with any military location in the world was officially inaugurated Thursday at the Cascade Autovon site near North Bend. The new switch will greatly improve telecommunications services in the Pacific Northwest.

• Snoqualmie’s city government is not paying enough attention to the needs of merchants, according to some business owners. Snoqualmie Falls Chamber of Commerce members voted unanimously last week to send a letter to the city protesting that lack of attention. Concerns were fueled by the decision last month by the Snoqualmie City Council to purchase a former auto dealership building on Railroad Avenue for use by two city departments.

• Business owners in Carnation got their first look at the proposed city sewer project when Eastside Consultants Inc., of Issaquah, made a presentation to them last week.

50 Years Ago

Thursday, July 24, 1958

• The fate of the Snoqualmie Falls YMCA Community Hall, long a hub of recreation and entertainment for Valley children and adults, is to be decided at a meeting Monday evening at the Y Hall. The continuation of the hall and its programs, so vital to everyone, will hinge on the number present at the meeting. If an energetic, interested group responds, the varied hall facilities are to be deeded outright to the community by Weyerhaeuser Timber Company. Its management and financing will be a community enterprise.

• The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Mr. and Mrs. Elwood M. Coles of Hamilton, Ont., in a flight aboard their Bonanza Beechcraft plane in 1954 was solved when two timber cruisers from Weyerhaeuser were sighting a direct route over the top of Preacher Mountain near the Snoqualmie River’s Middle Fork. Walt Tovey found the wreckage and the bodies. He and John Downer came out with the Coles’ billfold and Mrs. Cole’s wedding ring for purposes of identification.

• A week from tonight, the carnival will come to town for the opening gun of the big celebration, Snoqualmie Days. The flags are already flying down Snoqualmie’s main street and merchants and members of the VFW are making final plans.

75 Years Ago

Thursday, July 20, 1933

• State patrolman Earl Henry announces that he will conduct examinations for those wishing to obtain driver’s licenses every Tuesday and Friday at Fall City. Although this is compulsory only to those that have not obtained a drivers’ license before in this state, Officer Henry says that everyone driving a car should take the examination.

• Lovers of beautiful flowers would do well to spend a short time visiting the garden at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Kring of Snoqualmie. The Regal lilies are now at their best and the perfume from these flowers greets the passerby long before he reaches the garden. Mr. Kring makes a hobby of raising lilies and has large beds of both the Regal and Madonna varieties.

• Sallal Grange at North Bend was so well satisfied with the results of the first annual fair last September that they have decided to sponsor a like undertaking this year at Snoqualmie. This grange has decided upon September 2 and 3 as the dates and the place as the Snoqualmie High School gymnasium, where ample space will be available for the large exhibition of farm produce expected.

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