Past Time

25 Years Ago

25 Years Ago

Thursday, Sept. 1, 1983

• The first day of school for all students in Snoqualmie Valley School District 410 has been set for Wednesday, Sept. 7. School will start at 9 a.m. and dismiss at 3:05 p.m. at Fall City and North Bend elementaries.

• Ground should be broken early next year for a winery to be built on a hillside overlooking Mount Si and the Snoqualmie Valley. The Snoqualmie Falls Winery Development Corporation and the City of Snoqualmie signed leases Friday covering the next 99 years for the city-owned tree farm property just off Exit 27 at I-90.

• Local Weyerhaeuser workers apparently can put thoughts of a strike in the back of their minds, with an agreement reached on a new three-year contract. Lumber and Sawmill Workers Local 1845 members ratified a contract Aug. 17 addressing local issues after agreeing to an industrial package earlier in June, a local union official announced.

50 Years Ago

Thursday, Sept. 4, 1958

• The white cross erected atop Mount Si has probably caused more comment than any other incident which has occurred in the Valley, with the exception of the now-historic parachute leap from the top of Snoqualmie Falls. Mountain gazing has been on a par with Sputnick-spotting since the cross mysteriously appeared July 30. Amateur sleuths uncovered the identity of the man who lugged the heavy timbers and ready-mix cement up the mountain: Dr. Valentine Skirgilia, who had the help of his 13-year-old son Teddy and brother-in-law Richard Siskin of Seattle. The doctor, a Lithuanian refugee now serving with the Air Force in Fort Campbell, Ky., said the project was undertaken out of gratitude “for the Lord and this wonderful country.”

• Early risers living in the vicinity of the Mount Si High School football field were treated to the sight of 42 varsity candidates going through their paces in the first turnout of the season, Labor Day morning. The air rang to a collection of grunts and groans as sturdy, active young men learned that football conditioning probes every inch of the the muscle structure.

75 Years Ago

Thursday, Aug. 31, 1933

• The old logging company bridge and trestle at Stillwater has been purchased by several individuals and is being cut up into wood and hauled to Seattle to be sold as fuel this winter.

• Valley precincts reported about the same ratio on the “Repeal” vote as outlined in other rural districts throughout the state, about two to one in favor of the disbanding of the 18th Amendment.