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Archive for November 23rd, 2014

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 2, 1992

By Barbara Nilson

MARY SANDHEI, who celebrated her 85th birthday, August 13, with a trip into her former homesite at Taylor, recalls those early days looking at her photo albums. (Photo by Barbara Nilson)

MARY SANDHEI, who celebrated her 85th birthday, August 13, with a trip into her former homesite at Taylor, recalls those early days looking at her photo albums. (Photo by Barbara Nilson)

Mary Sandhei, former owner of Sandhei’s Cafe in Maple Valley in the ‘50s, celebrated her 85th birthday, Aug. 13, with a family reunion and a nostalgic trip to Taylor, her former home.

Her oldest daughter, Alene O’Brien, hosted the reunion of 70 family members at her home on Mercer Island.

“If everyone could have come there would have been 100 relatives,” Sandhei reported. Besides Alene, she has a daughter, Mary Anne, in Napa, Calif.; and son, Dale, who lives in the home they moved from Taylor to Maple Valley; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and two more on the way.

Mary married Albert Sandhei in June 1928, and moved to Kerriston a year later to live in a tent in the woods on the Raging River while her husband and brother, Jack, trapped for furs in the winter and worked in the shingle mill. (Albert’s trapping knapsack and photos are on display at the Maple Valley Historical Society.) (more…)

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