25 Years Ago
Thursday, April 7, 1983
• The Lower Snoqualmie Valley School District 407 has taken steps to correct health insurance overpayments despite rejection of a tentative contract by classified employees. The Public School Employees of the Lower Valley district have worked without a contract since the old pact expired on Aug. 31, 1982. A tentative agreement reached by union negotiators and district officials was rejected by the union membership on March 14.
• “Pachinko,” a pinball game popular in Japan, was the lucky winning word for Lower Snoqualmie Valley District 407’s spelling bee winner Christa VanDerFange. The bee was held March 30 at Carnation Elementary. This is the second year in a row that Christa will represent her school at the regional spelling bee.
• Mathematical findings that will “shake the world” have been unveiled by a Fall City-area man. Quantum arithmetic can explain many of the myths and artifacts carried down to us today from ancient civilizations, writes Ben Iverson in his new book, “Pythagoras and the Quantum World.”
50 Years Ago
Thursday, April 10, 1958
• A three-seater Stinson 105 plane piloted by Wayne Smith, former Valley resident, was totally wrecked in a crash shortly after takeoff from the North Bend air field on April 6. Smith had flown out from Seattle and picked up his passenger, Miss Nancy Patterson of North Bend, at 9:35 a.m. The difficulty, possibly a downdraft, caused the crash several blocks off the air field, in some trees. The passengers were not hurt, and hitched a ride to North Bend, where they walked into the state patrol office and reported the accident.
• The Easter Bunny was extra generous with the James W. Wallace family this year, for at 6:20 a.m. Easter morning, a tiny bundle weighing six pounds, 10 ounces, was delivered to the Wallaces at the Kirkland hospital. Brothers Robert and Jimmy were mighty pleased with their new little sister. Sharon Lee is her name, but daddy Jim says, “Think we’ll call her ‘Bunny.’”
• An organ concert in a grocery store? A three-hour concert is in store for IGA Food Center shoppers this Saturday when Verlin Lane from Sherman-Clay in Bellevue demonstrates the Hammond chord organ. Mr. Lane says that anyone, even without previous knowledge of music, can learn to play this wonderful instrument, and he’s willing to prove his statement.
75 Years Ago
Thursday, April 6, 1933
• The lake on the old Adair place at Novelty is a thing of the past. Last Thursday morning, the water broke through a narrow strip of land and poured into the Snoqualmie River, which has been cutting and carving its way inward toward the lake for years. The lake will be missed as a landmark by Lower Valley residents and as a joy to skaters and fisherman from near and far.
• The junior prom at Snoqualmie High School last Friday evening was one of the outstanding social affairs of the year. No effort was spared by the young people and their advisor, Ms. Ilabelle Shanahan, to make this party a real success, and in this they were ably seconded by the patrons and patronesses, Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Bashaw of Snoqualmie Falls, and Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Max of Snoqualmie. The class, being limited as to funds for decorations, decided to stress the newspaper idea, which certainly proved unique and effective. From the ceiling fluttered strips of old newspaper, the walls were graced with cartoons from the comics section, and the orchestra from new Washington Hotel, Seattle, was stationed on a raised platform in what proved to be a typical magazine stand.
• The card party given Saturday evening to celebrate the opening of the enlarged and redecorated clubhouse at Mount Si Golf Course was attended by over 80 persons. Sunday, the opening day, found a large crowd on the links.