Out of the Past: Wicky Wacky Candy creates signature taffy in Snoqualmie, Fall City Elementary honors 33-year custodian

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

  • Friday, January 27, 2017 8:53am
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Thursday, Jan. 25, 1992

• The Mount Si Senior Center accepted a hefty donation from Puget Sound Power last week and had some good news from the federal government, too. During the Jan. 16 luncheon announcements, center director Ruth Tolmasoff told the seniors that a $106,000 federal grant had been approved, as had a reimbursement of up $79,000 for flood damage repairs. The grant money will be used to physically elevate the building above flood level. The senior center was invaded by 18 inches of water during the Thanksgiving 1990 flood. Tolmasoff estimated the building would be raised three-feet above the existing flood level.

• Every day at the Wicky Wacky Taffy Company in Snoqualmie, about 600 pounds of sugar, 400 pounds of corn syrup and a few secret ingredients are mixed with any one of more than 100 flavors. What comes out are 51,200 pieces of taffy, about 800 pounds. Not a bad day’s work for Everette Burd and Dennis Rodia Jr., who make all the candy in what was once the Mt. Si Car Wash. Wicky Wacky is one of two places in the U.S. that makes signature taffy, with its name running through the center of the candy.

Thursday, Feb. 2, 1967

• Thieves broke into Hix Market in Duvall some time during the night of Jan. 25, according to a report from the King County Sheriff’s Department. The intruders used a crow bar to pry open the back door, sawed through a 2×4 which had been used by the proprietor for additional security, and then forced their way through a second door. The thieves stole household items valued approximately at $525.

• “I’ll miss the younger children the most,” said Lewis Prescott of Fall City as he reflected on more than 33 years as custodian of the grade school. He officially retired on Jan. 1. The faculty, students, the parents’ club and the community will show their gratitude for his many years of service at a reception to be held in the multi-purpose room of the new school. Since he first reported for work at the school in July 1933, “Louie” has done a good deal more than keep the buildings in order.

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