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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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Originally published in the MVHS’s The Bugle, November 1996

Dear Bugle and Maple Valley Historical Society:
I might be able to give a little more history of Maple Valley and Hobart. Hobart was where the Sidebothams finally homesteaded or staked their claim to live.

I am not sure who came into the area first, Sidebothams or Peacocks—a few generations passed before it got to me. I would be the last to carry the Sidebotham name until my sons came along. I married Erma Lissman, graduate of Renton High School and a native of Roundup, Montana. We have four grown kids. I moved from Hobart fourteen miles to Kennydale.

Pacific Coast Railroad No. 12 leads eastbound freight at Hobart, ca. 1942.

Pacific Coast Railroad No. 12 leads eastbound freight at Hobart, ca. 1942.

Hobart and Maple Valley were just four miles apart, then (going east) came the town of Taylor. The town of Kerriston was the last little settlement or community in the timber.

Hobart thrived on logging. Wood & Iverson had a sawmill, a company store, and a bunkhouse that housed (board and room) about 100 loggers. There were three rows of company houses for loggers and families to live in. Many people had a little stump ranch with a few livestock, worked at the mill or logging camp, and went to Alaska for the fishing season for salmon. (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS’s The Bugle, November 1997

By Eva Litras

Dale Coal Company in Ravensdale, a typical small mine of this area early in the century. Photo supplied by Maple Valley Historical Society Museum.

Dale Coal Company in Ravensdale, a typical small mine of this area early in the century. Photo supplied by Maple Valley Historical Society Museum.

This is a story about the Elkcoal Mine—located off the Kangley-Kanasket Road. We moved there in 1929 and lived in a small house on Sugarloaf Mountain. (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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