Long tradition comes to an end

Letter to the Editor

  • Friday, October 3, 2008 3:26am
  • Opinion

There comes a time in life when you know it’s close to the end of the glorious journey. However, LeRoy (90) and Lillie (83) are still “hanging in there” and are still on the journey. We have both been blessed with so much goodness from the community of Fall City. LeRoy, born in Waterville, Wash., came with his family (another story) to Fall City in 1927, and I came as a war bride of World War II from New York in January of 1946.

As you all know by now he was your Fall City postmaster from 1940-1978, and I operated my Fall City Service Bureau from 1951 until I was burglarized here in Fall City (believe it or not!). I also helped out at the post office (even as a rural route carrier when needed) until we retired at the same time on Aug. 24, 1978.

The memorial monument for Charles V. Hanson on the Snoqualmie River bank is in memory of a pioneer and also the first appointed rural carrier in Fall City when we established our first rural route. The monument was designed by Henri Dubuis, who resided on the rural route in the Spring Glen area; the quarry stone from the Hans Nelson Farm was donated by Willis Campbell, the owner at that time. The stone was selected by Lonnie Ewing (Fall City born) and was built by Vernon Landon, a talented Fall City masonry worker. Herman Zimmerman of Fall City (a Puget Sound Power & Light worker) assembled the pole and the first flag was raised and dedicated in 1969. The plaque on the memorial was donated by Bill Flintoft of Issaquah Funeral Home.

We always put up a flag each morning at the monument while we were still working at the post office, so it was only natural (after retiring) to continue the same procedure for another 26 years, until now.

Time marches on. We all get older and things change and have to be modernized to keep up for the future of the next generation. Even our flag needed replacement on the river bank, so we replaced it with a brand new one for the Fourth of July – did you notice?

Thanks to the Fall City Community Club and their electrical engineer, Bill Aggenbach, there is now a light shining on the flag each night so it can fly day and night with respect and love of and for our great country.

It has been our honor to have done our duty and a privilege. May our U.S. flag fly forever on the banks of the Snoqualmie River in Fall City.

LeRoy and Lillie Bronemann

Fall City




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Dr. Jayendrina Singha Ray’s research interests include postcolonial studies, spatial literary studies, British literature, and rhetoric and composition. Prior to teaching in the U.S., she worked as an editor with Routledge and taught English at colleges in India. She is a resident of Kirkland.
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