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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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Originally published in the Maplevalley Messenger, October 27, 1921

Burglars, believed to be operating with an automobile or light truck, broke into Gibbon’s store late Friday night or early Saturday morning and stole about $500 worth of merchandise of all description.

Tobacco, in the amount of $300, was the major portion of their loot. Other articles stolen include two sacks of sugar, all the hams and bacon, six pairs of shoes, socks, shirts, inner tubes, etc. Entrance was effected through a warehouse window. Deputy sheriffs are investigating. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Sunday Times, October 19, 1952

Seattle Sunday Times, October 19, 1952The view of Maple Valley in autumn depicted on Page 1 of this Magazine Section appealed to Parker McAllister, Times staff artist, as most appropriate for inclusion in his series of rural scenes in the Puget Sound country. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 26, 1978

By Bill Ziegner

What’s new in the valley? This $600,000 all-steel building promises to be the latest and one of the really famous attractions in this area. It will house the Cedar Downs Equestrian Center, largest privately-owned facility of its kind in the Northwest. It is scheduled for completion September 1, and the first function will be a show for the benefit of the Greater Maple Valley Community Center, according to Richard Burke, Equestrian Center president. —VOICE photo by Bob Gerbing.

What’s new in the valley? This $600,000 all-steel building promises to be the latest and one of the really famous attractions in this area. It will house the Cedar Downs Equestrian Center, largest privately-owned facility of its kind in the Northwest. It is scheduled for completion September 1, and the first function will be a show for the benefit of the Greater Maple Valley Community Center, according to Richard Burke, Equestrian Center president. —VOICE photo by Bob Gerbing.

The largest privately-owned equestrian center in the Northwest is nearing completion at Cedar Downs, off Witte Road in Maple Valley. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 29, 1971

By William A. Ziegner

Joe’s old Maple Valley General Store being moved (top) to make way for Serve-U’s expansion in 1959. And below, of course, the area as it looks today.

Joe’s old Maple Valley General Store being moved (top) to make way for Serve-U’s expansion in 1959. And below, of course, the area as it looks today.

Once in a while, the Voice gets around to what is called a personality sketch. It’s high time we came up with another one and past high time that we bang out a few words about the now 75-year-old civic leader, who has often been called (and still is) “the Mayor of Maple Valley.”

He’s Joe Mezzavilla, of course, who still makes his own wine, still keeps on the go every day, all day, and still has the same friendly smile and charm he had with this writer first met him in about 1952.

Joe at that time was proprietor of the old Sure-Fine Cash Store, occupying a frame building next to where the present Serve-U is located, at first about half today’s size. Joe waited on his customers himself most of the time. (more…)

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