Issaquah History Museums

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Memory Book Project

This month our Memory Books are in the spotlight! During the year 2001, the Issaquah Historical Society collected memories from a number of long-time Issaquah residents, which we have gathered her for you peruse in their entirety.

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.

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

Les Adair

Les Adair (1914-2004). His family first settled here in 1889 and 1903. His family has occupied the same property since his grandfather moved here in 1903. Les graduated from Issaquah High School in 1933. He worked for many years for the Seattle Fire Department. He also drove the night delivery truck for Darigold from 1968-1976.

Kerry Anderson

Kerry Anderson served as Issaquah’s City Park Director from 1971-2000. Some of his accomplishments while in this position include Tibbetts Valley Park, and landscaping along Gilman Boulevard and Rainier Boulevard. Kerry currently resides in Manson, Washington.

Donna Pedegana Arndt

Donna Pedegana Arndt was born in Issaquah in 1930. Donna’s father was born and raised here as well, and worked as a coal miner for many years. Donna’s mother moved to Issaquah in 1930. Donna’s husband worked for many years as a logger.

Marilyn Dodge Batura

Marilyn Dodge Batura (b. 1944) is a lifetime resident of Issaquah. Marilyn’s family moved to Issaquah during the Depression. They purchased a farm where her father raised milk goats. Marilyn graduated from Issaquah High School in 1962. This was the last class to graduate from the school’s location “on the hilltop”.

Clint Brady

Clint Brady (b. 1960) lived in Issaquah from 1960 until 2000. Clint’s grandparents first moved to Issaquah in the early 1920’s. Many Issaquah resident fondly remember his father’s clothing store, Brady’s. Clint graduated from Issaquah High School in 1978. Clint and his family recently moved to Maple Valley.

John T. Brady

John T. Brady (1925-2005) lived in Issaquah his for all but a few years of his life. He moved here with his parents, who later owned and ran a local business, Brady’s Dry Goods.

Delores Kinnune Busby

Delores Kinnune Busby (1929-2009) was a lifelong resident of Issaquah. She graduated from Issaquah High School as did her father, brother, and aunt on her mother’s side. Delores’s father and grandfather owned Kinnune’s Shoe Repair Shop in town for many years.

Sue Bush Cameron

Sue Bush Cameron (b. 1943) has lived in Issaquah her entire life. Sue’s great grandparents, James and Martha Bush, were some of the earliest pioneers of Issaquah, arriving in 1864. Sue still lives on the family homestead. This homestead has been occupied by her family for 137 years. Sue volunteers at the Issaquah Historical Society

Lawrence Campbell

Lawrence Campbell (1917-2002) lived in Issaquah his entire life and saw it grow and change over the years. Larry’s grandparents came to Issaquah from Pennsylvania in 1884. His father was a miner and worked for several mines in the area. He graduated from Issaquah High School in 1937. Larry worked at Boeing before and during World War II, and later joined the Marine Corps. After the war, he worked in the retail lumber business until retirement.

Richard Carlson

Richard Carlson (b. 1926) worked in the Issaquah School District for thirty-four years, from 1948 to 1982. He served the community as a teacher for fourteen years, a vice principal for five years, and a principal for fifteen years, all at the Junior High School level. Richard currently lives in Bellevue, Washington