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25 Years Ago

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Superintendent E.S. Hill lays the cornerstone for the new North Bend High School in this 1916 photo. This picture and other historic Valley images may be purchased at by clicking on the “order photos online” link.

Superintendent E.S. Hill lays the cornerstone for the new North Bend High School in this 1916 photo. This picture and other historic Valley images may be purchased at by clicking on the “order photos online” link.

25 Years Ago

Thursday, Sept. 8, 1983

• For the first time in years, Snoqualmie Valley School District 410 will spend less to educate students than the previous year. The major reason why spending is down this year is because of a decrease in staff prompted by financial problems last year.

• Snoqualmie Valley teachers were manning picket lines Tuesday morning after contract negotiations broke down earlier that morning. The teachers agreed Thursday to go on strike if the dispute wasn’t settled by Tuesday For the 2,900 students of the school district, it means a longer summer vacation.

• There’s a lot of money to be made from recreational tourism in the Upper Valley, according to a report written for King County. Local economic benefits from camping, sightseeing, hiking, golf and other activities could total $15 to $30 million over the next decade.

50 Years Ago

Thursday, Sept. 11, 1958

• A serious problem confronting School District 407 was brought to light at Tuesday’s meeting, when it was revealed that 76 children are enrolled in the first grade this year, more than can be adequately housed in existing facilities. Board members voted to hire another first grade teacher, so that a third first-grade class could be established in the district.

• Valley candidates stimulated the voters to turn out in unusual numbers for a primary election. John Speer is in a photo finish with Dock Poff for the 47th District legislative office.

• The “biggest” football show of the year — and the very first football game to be played in the Snoqualmie Valley this season — is all set for Thursday evening, Sept. 11. At 8 p.m. sharp, the Blue Devils and the Red Hornets, 22 of them 100 pounds each, will square off on the Mount Si High School field for another great Kids Day classic sponsored by the Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Club.

75 Years Ago

Thursday, Sept. 7, 1933

• Marvin “Shorty” Whipp of Snoqualmie left Monday for Portland, accompanied by his trainer, Ralph Colhour of North Bend. Whipp has held his place at the top of the athletic ladder throughout the contest to determine the best boxers on the Pacific Coast, to date, and now battles the best from other districts in that area.

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