Archive for June 9th, 2017

Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 9, 1897

Receiver C.J. Smith of the Oregon Improvement Company, has already started work on the task of broadening the Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad, for which he recently obtained authority from the Federal court.

Monday he let a contract for the materials to be used in the construction of the eighty coal and flat cars which will be built here. A force of men has already been set at work preparing the roadbed for the forthcoming change.

Three truss bridges will be practically rebuilt. That at Renton, another at Maple Valley, and a third east of Renton and known as No. 12 will be treated in this manner.

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 8, 1977

City of Seattle’s Masonry Dam on the Cedar River.

City of Seattle’s Masonry Dam on the Cedar River.

Construction of the low level discharge control valve at the Cedar River Masonry Dam at Morse Lake, which had been planned for this summer, has been postponed for one year, according to a letter received recently from Gordon Vickery, superintendent of Seattle City Light.

The letter was sent to A.B. (Bud) Veleke, president of the Cedar River Home Owners’ Protective Association.

Vickery explains that the disastrously low water conditions affecting City Light’s power supply in 1977 has made the postponement necessary. (more…)

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Other days

Originally published in the Maplevalley Messenger, June 9, 1921

On the first day of June 1879, Mr. G.W. Ames came to Maplevalley. He was the first one to take up a homestead, and his selection was the land now owned by Mr. Colkett, and that joining him. Two days later, Mr. C.O. Russell located next to Mr. Ames, on the farm now belonging to Rodger Williams.

Such a wilderness would not have appealed to any except the strong-hearted. In those days the tall firs seemed to meet the heavens and there was not any underbrush to impede the clearing. Wild animals roamed everywhere, so providing meat for the home was a simple as well as a cheap pastime. (more…)

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