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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 1988

By Rick Fardig

The first Cedar River Boat Race was held in the early 1940s as an endurance race. The racers traveled down river from Maple Valley to Renton. In 1962 the Cedar River Boat Race Association altered the course to begin at Landsburg and finish at the Cedar Grove Bridge. This change in the course was done so that the Maple Valley community could enjoy the race from start to finish. The course also presented a greater challenge for the racers. (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, May 10, 1978

By Dianne Wilson

Civil War picture—before and after restoration by Frank Shay.

Civil War picture—before and after restoration by Frank Shay.

Talented. Creative. Artistic. Professional. These adjectives only begin to describe the many abilities of Frank and Irene Shay of Shay’s Photography and Printing. The Shays live and work in Morganville in cluttered simplicity with their two “dumped” dogs and their 13-year-old cat, Sydney.

Frank and Irene have an impressive record as photographers and printers as well as an international reputation for restoring old pictures. (more…)

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Maple Valley Historical Society, March 1987

Here’s where me and the railroad got together.

My brother went up to Maple Valley for some reason or other and saw this gang of railroad men working to save the track that was being washed out. Being nosy, he went up to the foreman and asked if they were hiring anybody and he said yes, and get anyone else you can.

He came home and got me and we started work filling gunny sacks with sand at 4:00 p.m. and didn’t stop til 4:00 p.m. the next day. The rain never let up and gunny sacks got hard to get because everyone else needed them too for the same reason we did. We wound up using sacks that had been filled with rock salt and the salt cut our hands making them very sore. We didn’t have the little bags they use nowadays but the 100-pound size which we about two-thirds filled. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 7, 1999

By Barbara Nilson

The Gibbon/Mezzavilla store now sits at its new home on the historical society site off of Witte Road. Work parties will begin this summer to bring new life into the historic building. – Photo by Barbara Nilson.

The Gibbon/Mezzavilla store now sits at its new home on the historical society site off of Witte Road. Work parties will begin this summer to bring new life into the historic building. – Photo by Barbara Nilson.

Cameras flashed in the snowy darkness of March 28 as the historic Gibbon/Mezzavilla store was pulled from its meadow resting place to breathe new life as a Maple Valley Historical Society project.

As it was towed past its second home site at 2 a.m. at the corner of the Maple Valley Highway and S.E. 216th Way, cameras tried to record the historic moment. Manning some of the cameras were Gary Gibbon and his son Lance, descendants of the store’s original owner, William Gibbon. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 17, 2004

By Barbara Nilson

The class of 1938, first row: Betty Howatson, Roxie Vey, Vivian Kelley, Vivian Peterson, Delores Disanti, Marion Stonko, Katy Bowman, and Geza Hock. Second row: Emmett Donckers, Jim Marchetti, June McQuade, Angeline Armeni, Veronica Riley, Juanita Kochevar, Dorothy Thies, LaVerne Hansen, Sture Benson, and Mr. Dobson. Third row: Clarence Lundberg, Henry Downs, Orville Hagen, Pete Ploegman, Howard Erickson, Bill Floberg, and George Rotman. (Photo from Maple Valley Historical Society collection.)

The class of 1938, first row: Betty Howatson, Roxie Vey, Vivian Kelley, Vivian Peterson, Delores Disanti, Marion Stonko, Katy Bowman, and Geza Hock. Second row: Emmett Donckers, Jim Marchetti, June McQuade, Angeline Armeni, Veronica Riley, Juanita Kochevar, Dorothy Thies, LaVerne Hansen, Sture Benson, and Mr. Dobson. Third row: Clarence Lundberg, Henry Downs, Orville Hagen, Pete Ploegman, Howard Erickson, Bill Floberg, and George Rotman. (Photo from Maple Valley Historical Society collection.)

A historical treasure was unearthed in an old cabin on Lake Wenatchee recently by Willard Walter, a 1939 graduate of TaHoMa High school. While cleaning out the back bedroom, he came across a copy of the 1938 TaHoMa High school newsletter, the Tahoma Herald, in good condition. Walter sent the “relic” to Tahoma High School and Judy Gilara of the Tahoma Athletic Department donated it to the Maple Valley Historical Society. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, February 16, 1927

Residents of Hobart and Taylor join in dedication of Union High for district

Five hundred residents of Maple Valley, Hobart, and Taylor last night joined in a program dedicating the $65,000 high school building at Maple Valley.

A.S. Burrows of Seattle, King County superintendent of schools, reminded the audience of the development which had taken place in their communities since he first made his way by trails and poor roads to visit schools there. He lauded the people for keeping step with this development by organizing the Tahoma Union High School District and erecting the building. (more…)

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