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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 20, 2007

The former railroad depot, built in 1886, in Black Diamond now houses the Historical Society Museum. Down Railroad Avenue the current book store is visible. It has also been King’s Tavern. — Photo by Barbara Nilson.

Featured speaker at the Maple Valley Reunion, Sunday, Feb. 25th, will be Mayor Howard Botts of Black Diamond. The 1 p.m. program at the Grange Hall on Highway 169 at 216th is sponsored by the Maple Valley Historical Society.

Mayor Botts, who was born and raised in Black Diamond, will relate the histories of the two towns and how they have been connected over the years by the highway, the railroad, once upon a time, as well as other similarities. He’ll also discuss, “what is coming down the road; hopefully, new homes and new businesses.”

He said, “It is always interesting to talk about my home town.” Botts has served as mayor for 24 years and before that served several terms on the City Council in the 1960s and then during the 1970s, he was a member of the Planning Community. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Bugle, February 2000

Story and photos by Barb Nilson

William D. Gibbon descendants attend historical society program January 17: grandsons Gary and Ronald Gibbon; great-grandson Lance Gibbon, great-great grandson Noah, granddaughter Dorothy Church and great granddaughter Carol Church.

The pot belly stove was missing but the memories were warm as pioneers gathered in a circle January 17 to recall swapping gossip around the stove at the Gibbon/Mezzavilla store, buying penny candy, selling cascara bark, etc.

Six descendants of W.D. “Billy” Gibbon, including his three grandchildren, brought old-time photos, the actual glass jars that held the coveted penny candy, and a metal carrying box that held cookies.

Present were the offspring of Chester Gibbon, W.D.’s only child: two sons, Ronald of Seattle, and Gareth (Gary) of Edmonds; daughter, Dorothy Church, Renton, and her daughter Carol Church, Arlington; great grandson Lance Gibbon of Maple Valley and his son, Noah. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 13, 1989

Maple Valley Day’s Cedar River offers a mecca for summer fun as these youngsters have discovered. — VOICE photo by Teresa Hensley. This young Sonics fan had a prominent spot in the recent Maple Valley Day Parade.

The judges had a difficult task in trying to decide winners among the many excellent entries in the June 2 Maple Valley Day Parade. Their final category decisions are listed below.

DRILL TEAMS, Section 1: 1st, Renaissance “A” Team; 2nd, Drill-A-Rines; 3rd, Ballard Eagles Jr. Drill Team.

DRILL TEAMS, Section 2: 1st, Burien Eagles Drill Team; 2nd, Renaissance “B” Team.

JEEP UNITS: 1st, Green River Valley Jeepers; 2nd, Powerline Pounders. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maplevalley Messenger, April 12, 1923

Local banks and Renton agency co-operating in new Ford plan

A new plan for purchasing Ford cars whereby prospective purchasers may avail themselves of banking facilities and start an account with which to buy a car is announced today by the Ford Motor Company and by banks with whom Ford dealers do business. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maplevalley Messenger, July 14, 1921

Dobson says work will be done as soon as possible and when money is available

The overhead bridge across the Milwaukee railroad in Maplevalley will be installed as soon as possible, said Commissioner Thomas Dobson in an interview Wednesday.

“Granges may pass resolutions from now until doomsday but without the money it is impossible for us to do the work at the present time although we realize the necessity for it and would like very much to see it built,” he said. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 31, 1978

Maple Valley Day 1978 will unfold this coming Saturday, June 3, and all indications point to another big fun and family day for valleyites and visitors.

Grand Marshal for the parade will be Don Testerman, running back of the Seattle Seahawks. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 28, 1979

(The following article is the first in a series on people and organizations in Maple Valley written by students in the Beginning Journalism class at Tahoma High School. Diana Kalanquin, sophomore, interviewed Grange members and read Morda Slauson’s 100 Years on the Cedar for information on this Cedar Grange feature story.)

The Cedar Grange, 216th and Highway 169, is more than an empty hall but an institution dedicated to the well-being and prosperity of the community.

The Cedar Grange, 216th and Highway 169, is more than an empty hall but an institution dedicated to the well-being and prosperity of the community.

By Diana Kalanquin

Cedar Grange is more than an empty hall to the Valley. It is an institution interested in the well-being and prosperity of the community.

The Grange is the oldest farm organization in the country. Organized in 1867 it is non-partisan and does not contribute to any political party, support particular candidates, and is not owned by or obligated to any political figure, party, or administration. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 14, 1979

By Bill Ziegner

Ground-breaking ceremonies for Four Corners Square, a shopping center now under construction at the intersection of Highway 169 and Kent-Kangley Road, were held last week. Participating, left to right, were Stan and Tina Johnson of Coast-to-Coast Hardware; Jim Norman, president of Evergreen State Construction, Inc.; Ardis Johnson Spasoff of Coast-to-Coast and Four Corners Square; Andy Anderson, president of the Greater Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce; Ernest Vogel of the Prudential Mutual Savings Bank, Seattle; Marlin Gabbert, architect; and Ken Marshall.

Ground-breaking ceremonies for Four Corners Square, a shopping center now under construction at the intersection of Highway 169 and Kent-Kangley Road, were held last week. Participating, left to right, were Stan and Tina Johnson of Coast-to-Coast Hardware; Jim Norman, president of Evergreen State Construction, Inc.; Ardis Johnson Spasoff of Coast-to-Coast and Four Corners Square; Andy Anderson, president of the Greater Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce; Ernest Vogel of the Prudential Mutual Savings Bank, Seattle; Marlin Gabbert, architect; and Ken Marshall.

Substantial improvement of traffic conditions at the intersection of Highway 169 and S.E. 216th (Maple Valley-Hobart Road) is still scheduled for no earlier than 1981, members of the Greater Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce were informed at a luncheon meeting here last Thursday.

Appearing as guest speaker and making this statement was Jerry D. Zirkle, District Administrator of the State Department of Transportation.

“I understand that some of you are not too enthusiastic about the 1981 date,” Zirkle told his audience.

The schedule still stands, though, he added, explaining that a 20 percent yearly inflation hike is hurting his department.

Zirkle declared, however, that the problem at this intersection will not be completely ignored in the meanwhile.

“By next spring we’ll do something,” he said, “and we’ll let your Chamber know of our plans in about a month from now.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 7, 1977

Cedar River turned big, brown, and ugly again on December 2nd and 3rd this year on the exact anniversary of the 1975 major flood. (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS newsletter, The Bugle, October 1991

(Some of the old-timers of Maple Valley have been asked to write down recollections of earlier days. Most of what I recall is family history and there are times I cannot trust my memory. Also, much of it reflects a child’s point of view. Even my sister Ruth and I have entirely different recollections.)Inez (Williams) Merritt

1927 Tahoma High School. Inez Williams is in the second row, fourteenth from the left. (Courtesy Maple Valley Historical Society.)

1927 Tahoma High School. Inez Williams is in the second row, fourteenth from the left. (Courtesy Maple Valley Historical Society.)

My father, Roger Williams, became disabled in the summer of 1925 with what was diagnosed as inflammatory rheumatism. He was staying with relatives in Renton and mother had to cope with running the farm and an infant daughter born April 8th (Ruth).

Jean was 15 years old and I was 10 years old. We were able to do the everyday chores but the haying was beyond our capabilities.

One warm day in July, a parade of teams (horses) and wagons of all sizes and description came through the front gate and up to the barn.

These were neighbors who cheerfully gave up a day’s work on their own farms to give us a hand. There was even a team of mules among the others. It is the hardest job anyone would want to do and the hot, dry days of summer make it even worse. (more…)

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