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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 11, 1977

By Diana Kalanquin

The Petersen sisters by their parlor stove along with the author of this article, Diana Kalanquin.

The Petersen sisters by their parlor stove along with the author of this article, Diana Kalanquin.

Ellen and Anna Petersen have lived in Maple Valley for 80 years—all their lives.

They remember the Indians, sleigh rides in the winter, the old-time schools, all-day trips to Renton, and much more.

The Petersens started school shortly after the turn of the century at Crosson School, which is now the Judd home.

“We remember,” they said, “when the Indians came every October to pick cranberries on Otter Lake. He could hear the rigs come in some way off, and our teacher, Miss Carrie Smith, would tell us, “You better be good or the Indians will get you.”

“Believe me, you could hear a pin drop in that school!” Anna recalled. “Everybody ducked their heads under their desks.”

This interviewer was given the impression that the arrows were going to start flying any minute.

Asked if they were afraid of the Indians, the two sisters replied, “We weren’t scared of them; we were scared of what we’d heard about them.” (more…)

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