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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 10, 1977

Retired train dispatcher Don Vernor of Maple Valley was honored by friends and co-workers at a recent reception. He has been “on the job” here since 1945 and prior to that worked as a dispatcher and telegrapher in Nevada. — Voice photo by Bob Gerbing

Retired train dispatcher Don Vernor of Maple Valley was honored by friends and co-workers at a recent reception. He has been “on the job” here since 1945 and prior to that worked as a dispatcher and telegrapher in Nevada. — Voice photo by Bob Gerbing

A number of friends, co-workers, and their spouses brought refreshments and gifts on Saturday afternoon, July 30, to the Maple Valley railroad station to wish Don Vernor well upon his retirement as dispatcher and telegrapher after nearly 33 years at that post.

He had been “on the job” in Maple Valley since January 1945. For three years prior to that he worked as dispatcher and telegrapher in Nevada.

“A train dispatcher’s job,” Vernor explains, “is to keep track at all times of the trains in his area. We always have telephone contact station to station.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 27, 1977

By George and Dianne Wilson

Beer mug from the Morganville Tavern

Beer mug from the Morganville Tavern (photo by Bob Dobson).

At the city council meeting last week, it was announced by Mayor Gomer Evans that the council had made the decision to support Police Chief Jack Berge regarding the issuance of a liquor license to Rick King, owner of Morganville Tavern.

In a tersely worded statement, Evans declined to entertain any further discussion in the matter.

Desiring to more fully understand the process involved in obtaining a license, we called Mr. Doug Alexander, public relations officer for the Liquor Control Board in Olympia. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 25, 1973

Up it goes! The long-awaited reader board and bus shelter is on its way! Lions’ Club workers hope to have it completed soon.

Up it goes! The long-awaited reader board and bus shelter is on its way! Lions’ Club workers hope to have it completed soon.

The Maple Valley Lions Club has received authorization from Burlington Northern Railroad, the State of Washington, and King County to proceed with the construction of a new lighted reader board and bus stop in downtown Maple Valley.

The reader board will scale 16 feet in height and will be about 14 feet wide. It will be located at the Lions’ Park across from the Maple Valley Serve-U store. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 9, 2014

By Bill Kombol

Lake Sawyer log dump, 1928. Courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, C. Kinsey No. 1684

Lake Sawyer log dump, 1928

This photo by Clark Kinsey shows one of the log dumps of the Lake Sawyer Mill Company, circa 1928. This log dump facility was located on the west shore of Lake Sawyer at the current site of the Sunrise Lake Sawyer Resort. This old log dump is now a short peninsula at the resort which juts out into the lake. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 16, 1975

By D’Ann Pedee

Like the Olympia slogan, maybe “it’s the water.”

Then again, it could be the woods, or the peace, or the pace. Whatever “it” is, there is definitely a “something” which lures Maple Valley people back to Maple Valley.

And so it has been with Kathreen Mechem, an attorney who lives on Lake Sawyer. Although it took her thirty years, she is now back with a home on property which her family has owned for fifty years. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 12, 1978

By Bill Ziegner

Recognize it? The above photo shows Wilderness Village as it looked nearly 25 years ago. A lot has happened since, as indicated by today’s appearance as seen in the recent photo below. This coming Saturday, July 15, merchants of the Wilderness Village Shopping Center will be observing their 16th anniversary.

Recognize it? The above photo shows Wilderness Village as it looked nearly 25 years ago. A lot has happened since, as indicated by today’s appearance as seen in the recent photo below. This coming Saturday, July 15, merchants of the Wilderness Village Shopping Center will be observing their 16th anniversary.

Sixteen years of steady growth and progress will be observed by the merchants of the Wilderness Village Shopping Center this coming Saturday, July 15.

The “Village” is the largest operation of its kind in the Greater Maple Valley area, its land area consisting of ten business zoned acres with nine more potential business acres in reserve. Its buildings, which contain over 57,000 square feet, house 29 business firms employing some 150 persons. The Village’s net worth is in excess of 2 million dollars.

Additional expansion is being planned for the near future, according to owner Joe Flynn, on five adjoining acres south of the Village. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 5, 1978

Only rubble was left in the aftermath of a spectacular fire which destroyed the Four Corners Trading Post last Wednesday. – Courtesy Pony Photo

Only rubble was left in the aftermath of a spectacular fire which destroyed the Four Corners Trading Post last Wednesday. – Courtesy Pony Photo

A well-known landmark on the Kent-Kangley Road near Highway 169 was lost last Wednesday afternoon when the Four Corners Trading Post was destroyed in a spectacular fire.

The owner, Jim Junivicz, was working in a nearby shed when he noticed fire in the back of the main building and called the fire department. When firemen arrived on the scene, the building was fully involved, with flames and smoke shooting more than fifty feet into the air. (more…)

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