Preserving the Memories of Issaquah

During the year 2001, the Issaquah History Museums collected memories from a number of long-time Issaquah residents, and published a book entitled Preserving the Memories of Issaquah, which contains selected memories from the project.
The material below supplements the book by allowing you to read and search through all the memories that were submitted.

Please note that the memories recorded here are the personal recollections of members of the Issaquah community. No claims are made by the Issaquah History Museums as to their absolute accuracy. Opinions and views presented are those of the writer, not necessarily the Issaquah History Museums.

About The Project

Since 1972, Issaquah History Museums has been working to preserve the Issaquah’s history, with an emphasis on saving photos, artifacts and historic buildings. During 2001, in an effort to record the stories and personal memories of long-time Issaquah residents, the Society conducted this Memory Book project.

A committee worked together to develop “memory-sparking” questions, and to locate individuals who would be willing to write down their memories. Fifty-six participants wrote about their memories, community events, local businesses, and previous ways of life. Topics ranged from sobering memories of the Depression and World War II to light-hearted memories of Labor Day parades and high school mischief. While we selected only a fraction of these passages to make up the published Memory Book, in our archives, and here on our web site, we are able to offer the complete text of each contributor for you to read.

Word of Thanks

Special thanks go to the Memory Book Committee, made up of Sue Cameron, Eric Erickson, Linda Hjelm, Nancy Horrocks, Faye Green, and Walt and Olga Seil. The committee was instrumental in compiling lists of potential questions and sources, contacting and following-up with contributors, and selecting passages. Their time and energy has been greatly appreciated! We would also like to thank other volunteers who helped with transcription and workbook distribution: Jean Cerar, Fran Hoganson, JoAnne Matsumura, and Jo-Dee Rockwell. Finally, we owe a debt of gratitude to Pat Filer of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, and to Cathy Fulton of Capturing Memories for sharing their experiences creating the SWSHS Memory Book

We would also like to thank everyone who took the time to complete and workbook, and who were so generous with their memories. With your assistance, the events and character of Issaquah over the years will be preserved in the local historical record.


The development of the Issaquah Memory Book Project was funded by the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission. Other individuals and businesses made donations which covered layout and printing costs.

King County Landmarks & Heritage Commission – Hotel/Motel Tax Fund

Support from the following Corporate Sponsors helped to make the publication of this Memory Book possible:

Bellewood Retirement Community
Eastside Mobile Auto Glass
Issaquah Cafe
Gilman Village
Graphic Technologies
Issaquah Glass
Port Blakely Communities
Rowley Enterprises
Schroeder Co. Materials & Supplies
Craig Smith Construction
Sushiman Restaurant

Additional thanks go to:

David Bangs
Bank of America, Issaquah Branch
Boehm’s Candies
Jacquie Brown
Lisa Clapper
Front Street Market
Faye Green
Hayes Nursery
Issaquah Signs
Nancy Horrocks
Erica S. Maniez
JoAnne Matsumura
Megon Noble
O’Brien and Associates
Edith & David Tully