Out of the Past: Money received to preserve Meadowbrook Farm; House fire burns Snoqualmie man

The following stories happened this week, 25 and 50 years ago, as reported in the Snoqualmie Valley Record. From the Record’s archives:

Thursday, Feb. 25, 1993

• A partially paralyzed Snoqualmie man is in serious condition at Harborview Hospital’s Burn Center after suffering serious second- and third-degree burns when the home he was watching became an inferno early Sunday morning. Richard Oostmeyer crawled across a burning carpet to escape the fire started in his friend Donald Meier’s house. According to Snoqualmie Police Sergeant Jim Schaffer, the four-alarm fire on Spruce Street in Snoqualmie started when two 12-year-old boys, Meier’s son and a neighbor’s son, were practicing Boy Scout techniques with a candle in a bedroom and the situation got out of control.

• Four years ago North Bend celebrated the award of a $300,000 grant to buy a portion of Tollgate Farm and preserve it as open space. This spring award of that same money could be celebrated again, only this time for the current conservation cause, Meadowbrook Farm. Reallocation of the Tollgate Funds has become one of the most talked about strategies in the effort to buy the 462-acre farm that stretches between North Bend and Snoqualmie.

Thursday, Feb. 29, 1968

• Mr. and Mrs. Al Abel of Fall City are the new owners of the old Pleasant Hill School on its acre-plus site. Enclosed by a modern fence, the area will be used for storage of impounded cars. The landmark school was built in 1904. Plans are to paint, repair windows and save the building on the land given by the pioneer Neal family for school purposes.

• Army 1st Sgt. Clarence O. Folsom, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Folsom of Snoqualmie, has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service and leadership in an artillery battalion in Alaska. “As survey section Chief, he welded his men and materiel into ‘a cohesive organization able to accomplish its diverse missions in a most commendable manner’” the citation read.