1893 Biographical Sketch of Ingebright. A. Wold

From Illustrated History of the State of Washington, by Rev. H. K. Hinds, D.D.

I. A. Wold, the founder of the town of Inglewood, Washington, has for several years been connected with various interests in King county. A brief sketch of his life is herewith given.

I. A. Wold was born in Norway, November 27, 1841, son of Andrew and Barbara (Delathmit) Wold. He came to America in 1864, landing in Quebec in June. Shortly afterward he went to Chicago, whence he directed his course to San Francisco, where he spent one year. He then came to Seattle, Washington, arriving here in June, 1866. He opened a shoe establishment on Commercial street, and some time later removed to Yesler avenue, where he did an extensive business, furnishing shoe supplies to smaller dealers throughout the Sound country.

Mr. Wold, in company with his two brothers, Peter and L. A. Wold, and with J. J. Jones, bought 160 acres of land in the Squak valley, for which they paid $5,000. This was in 1867. In 1868, they planted half an acre in hops, purchasing the required two thousand plants from Ezra Meeker, of Puyallup. These were the first hops ever raised in King county. From time to time they have planted more until now they have fifty acres in hops. In 1891 they built a hop house. L. A. Wold had been managing the place for the company, and it was not until the spring of 1868 that the subject of our sketch came here. Shortly afterward he took up a claim where the town of Gilman now stands, his claim comprising 160 acres. He got title to this tract of land under the preemption law. It was not, however, until five years later that he secured his title. After securing his title he returned to the hop ranch, where he lived until 1887. That year the railroad was built into Gilman, and the following year the first coal was shipped from the mines of this place. In 1887 Mr. Wold returned to his pre-emption claim, and in the fall of 1888 platted the town of Inglewood, the town site covering forty acres. The mines know as the Gilman mines were named in honor of a Seattle capitalist, and by general consent the town is now known by the same name. The post office has still another name, Onley, there being already a post office by the name of Gilman in this State.

Mr. Wold was married January 1, 1893, to Amelia Walter, a native of Denmark.

Source: Illustrated History of the State of Washington by Rev. H. K. Hinds, D.D., published by the Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1893. Now in the Public Domain.

Note: This document has been typed in literally as originally printed. The manuscript seems to contain a couple of mistakes. For example, the town’s post office was known as “Olney” rather than “Onley.” Bagley’s History of King County reports that the Wolds paid $500 for their Squak Valley acreage – not $5,000 as reported here. (Issaquah: Early History – From Bagley’s History of King County.)

Additional Note from Eric Erickson: The platted town of Inglewood was a plat only and no town by that name was formed. The Plat became the town of Gilman in 1892 and the name was changed to Issaquah in 1899– The Plat of the Town of Inglewood should not be confused with the Plat of Englewood which is on the East side of Lake Sammamish about 1/2 way between Issaquah and Redmond. (where the Englewood Hill Road intersects with E. Lake Sammamish Parkway N. E.)