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Originally published in the Issaquah Press, April 29, 1970

By Gene Woodwick

Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway’s Engine No. 2, the D.H. Gilman, photographed on Independence Day, 1895.

Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway’s Engine No. 2, the D.H. Gilman, photographed on Independence Day, 1895.

The recent merger of the railroads will soon affect the rail system through the Issaquah and Snoqualmie Valleys.

Eighty-one years ago the big news in both valleys was that the railroads were coming through. Now there would be a way to ship the hops, dairy, and forest products to markets and the area could really be opened for settlement.

In 1885 the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad company was formed by some citizens in Seattle, headed by Daniel Heine Gilman. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, April 29, 1921

Man using an axe to destroy a vat of alcohol, ca. 1925. (University of Washington Special Collections.)

Man using an axe to destroy a vat of alcohol, ca. 1925. (University of Washington Special Collections.)

Deputy sheriffs this noon raided the farm of Tony Susnar, eight miles from Black Diamond on the old Auburn-Black Diamond road, and found a ten-gallon still in operation.

Susnar was arrested and 100 gallons of mash were seized, together with a quart of moonshine whiskey. The mash was destroyed.

Susnar’s wife ran to an outhouse when the deputies approached the place and kicked over a quantity of completed product. The deputies allowed the still to operate during their search, the quart they held as evidence being distilled while they were there.

Susnar was taken to the county jail and the still and other evidence were locked in his vault by Sheriff Matt Starwich.

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