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Originally published in the MVHS Bugle, December 2005

By Barbara Nilson

Francis Niemela displays a sketch of the cabin his father Charles built of railroad ties on Lake Francis in 1915.

Francis Niemela displays a sketch of the cabin his father Charles built of railroad ties on Lake Francis in 1915.

Eighty-four years of memories will be on tap, Sunday, Feb. 12, [2006,] at the Grange Hall, when Francis Niemela recalls life with the Finnish community on Lake Francis. His parents, Charles and Katri Niemela, came to Maple Valley and purchased 20 acres at the lake in 1915.

During that time there was a railroad that came around the lake and his Dad picked up railroad ties and built his first house out of them. Later that building was converted to a sauna and also used for smoking salmon and bacon when they constructed a large loghouse in 1918. That home was later purchased by the Dufenhorst family.

The Finns at Lake Francis had little stump ranches and their saunas in place of indoor plumbing. Niemela said the greatest sauna was the Lahtinen’s. It was open house every Saturday night and Mrs. Lahtinen would serve coffee and goodies. “Some of the offspring of those Finns like Walt Sipila and Walt Miller are still here,” he said. (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS Bugle, December 2000

By Richard C. Rose

A few months ago, Richard C. Rose of Cle Elum provided the Historical Society with some deeds and other material relating to a small store in Ravensdale operated by his parents about 50 years ago. He writes, “As in many businesses then and now, they had little capital with which to operate. After a few months they sold out, unable to make it pay. I have a story concerning the store and my dad that I will write and mail to you.” His story and other comments follow.

Curator:
I promised you a story involving the property described in the deeds I sent you. Here it is: (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS Bugle, December 2007

Collected by Barbara Nilson

Christmas lists for Santa were very different 70-80 years ago. They were more wish list that never came because the Depression was rampant and an orange in one’s stocking was a wonderful, glorious discovery on Christmas morn.

The Christmas that June (Corkins) Kuhuski most remembered was in 1930. She was 10 years old and scanned the Sears Wish book and found this wonderful “Patty” doll. She said she knew it would be her last doll because she was getting older. She showed the picture to her mother who responded, “That is too expensive, better pick another one.”It was all of $2.00.

So June picked a less expensive one but really had her heart set on “Patty.” (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS Bugle, December 2006

By Wayne D. Greenleaf

My parents, Glen and Vera Greenleaf, moved to Maple Valley in August of 1937. I was 9 years old, my brother Kenneth was 11½. We were born in Centralia during the Great Depression. My Dad was a plasterer and bricklayer—no jobs in Centralia. My grandfather on my mother’s side and three of his children had bought land east of Fiddler’s Comer. He talked my folks into coming up and looking.

We bought 40 acres from Weyerhaeuser, northeast of Fiddler’s Corner, 1½ miles back in the woods. $600 total, no interest and $15 a month; if you couldn’t make the $15 month, they let it go. I think at one time we were over two years behind. (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS Bugle, December 2000

By Barbara Nilson • Photos by Sherrie Acker

Bill and Irene (Maes) Bogh, Tahoma class Taylor class of 1939, at the Taylor program.

Bill and Irene (Maes) Bogh, Tahoma class Taylor class of 1939, at the Taylor program.

Taylor as a company town was discussed at the reunion Oct. 17. Dale Sandhei said he thought they had it better than a lot of people at that time—they had a sewer system, pumped in water, electricity, and the coal was delivered to their homes.

The company was very benevolent; they built a swimming pool and cleaned it out once a year. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, August 14, 1995

By Lyle Price
Valley Daily News

Maple Valley grade school’s exterior hasn’t changed much in 75 years. (Valley Daily News photos by Marcus R. Donner.)

Maple Valley grade school’s exterior hasn’t changed much in 75 years. (Valley Daily News photos by Marcus R. Donner.)

MAPLE VALLEY—At 75, the former Maple Valley Grade School may be showing its age, but it is far from retired.

In fact, it could get a face-lift to extend its life well into the next century.

No longer home to students, the eye-catching brick building serves as headquarters for the Tahoma School District’s maintenance and transportation operations.

In addition, the Maple Valley Historical Society operates a museum on the top floor, under a 10-year lease from the district. (more…)

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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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