Looking back: Law enforcement in Snohomish County 74 years ago.

By Betty Lou Gaeng/For Lynnwood Today In the late 1930s and early 1940s the incorporated town of Edmonds had its own police department, but a few miles to the east, the unincorporated communities of Lynnwood, Alderwood Manor, Cedar Valley, Seattle Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods depended on the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department to provide most…

Looking back: Carl Eisen – Fire Engines and Automobiles

By Betty Lou Gaeng/For Lynnwood Today When Carl Eisen died in January of 1993 at the age of 91, those who knew and remembered him mourned a man whose career as a fire fighter and automotive garage owner/mechanic spanned decades. For those who remember, Eisen’s Corner and Eisen’s Garage at Seattle Heights, his is a…

Looking back: Summertime at Hall’s Lake

By Betty Lou Gaeng/For Lynnwood Today Hall’s Lake is a pretty little lake along 212th Street Southwest in Lynnwood, about a mile east of Highway 99. Long ago a resort on its eastern shore was one of the special places for people to gather and enjoy the days of summer. For some of our older…

Looking back: Eyesore or history?

By Betty Lou Gaeng/For Lynnwood Today Relegated to the status of an eyesore, an old building sits empty near the busy intersection at 196th Street and 36th Avenue West in Lynnwood. Visible in the background of a recent photo, the Lynnwood Convention Center provides a sharp contrast between the old and new.  Many who pass…

Looking Back – Changes and Memories

By Betty Lou Gaeng/For Lynnwood Today This is a different column than the one I had originally prepared. That one can wait until next month. You can blame Super Bowl Sunday and shopping at Alderwood mall on Sundays for the change in plans. Birthdays and growing older seem to trigger memories. For me, another birthday…

Looking back at Lynnwood: Side by side – the Old and the New

By Betty Lou Gaeng/For Lynnwood Today Before his early death in 1992, Australian song-writer and entertainer Peter Allen wrote some great lyrics. Fitting for this article are those words he wrote for the timeless song, Everything Old is New Again: “Don’t throw the past away—You might need it some rainy day—Dreams can come true again—When…

Looking Back at Lynnwood: Heritage, history and small-town newspapers

Have you ever noticed that Lynnwood is a city of parks? There are large parks, small parks, neighborhood parks and still others which honor our history. One park that does honor this history is Lynnwood’s Heritage Park on Poplar Way. A visit to Heritage Park presents an opportunity to look back at Lynnwood’s development from…