Alderwood Manor Heritage Association presents history of Paine Field program with author Steve Bertrand

When President Franklin Roosevelt took office in March of 1933, unemployment had reached a high of 25 percent and he had promised to put the people back to work. One of his many acronym creations, the WPA (Works Progress Administration) did just that for many of our local men.  By 1936, several hundred men went to work building the Snohomish County Airport. Now known as Paine Field, it is a reminder of our past and the Great Depression era.

United Airlines 21-passenger Mainliner, 1939
United Airlines 21 passenger Mainliner, 1939

Shown here is United Air Lines 21-passenger Mainliner which took off from the Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field) April 28, 1939, on a courtesy flight with Snohomish County officials on board. The plane had a cruising speed of 190 miles per hour. (Source: Edmonds-Tribune Review, May 5, 1939.)

Join Alderwood Manor Heritage Association (AMHA) on Saturday, Feb. 28 for a program featuring Steve K. Bertrand as he discusses the history of Paine Field, the subject of his 2014 pictorial Arcadia published book Paine Field.


Date: Saturday, Feb. 28

Place: Alderwood Boys and Girls Club — 19719 24th Ave. W., Lynnwood

Time: 10 a.m. — Social, and general meeting

11:00 a.m. — Program with Steve Bertrand

Noon — Potluck lunch

Steve Bertrand grew up in Everett. He graduated from Everett’s Cascade High School in 1974, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in 1978, and then earned a degree in Education from Western Washington University. After college, he went to work for the Everett School District and for 35 years has taught and coached at Cascade High in the fields of English, history, physical education and music. Bertrand also coaches cross country and track and field. He is a prolific writer and has published his writing extensively for the past 35 years.

Among his many interests and projects, Bertrand is a great champion of local environmental causes, particularly Mukilteo’s Japanese Gulch. In 2011 his Arcadia book “Mukilteo” was published, and Bertrand is now working on another book about our history; this one entitled ‘Mukilteo: Then and Now.’  Bertrand and his wife Donna live in Mukilteo.

By Betty Lou Galeng 

  1. This is very timely as the future of Paine Field is being decided right now. Remain as it is, or expand to allow scheduled airline service?

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