Sno-Isle Genealogical Society donates books to California library destroyed in fire

The Sno-Isle Genealogical Society recently donated six boxes of used books — for a total of 110 books — to the genealogy society in Paradise, Calif. The society’s library was completely destroyed in last year’s wildfires. According to the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society announcement, the books were duplicates of what is on the shelves at the Heritage…

Sunday: South Snohomish County Old Settlers Picnic at Edmonds City Park

Whether you actually have old-time roots in South Snohomish County or you have become an old settler in your heart, everyone is welcome to the 120th annual South Snohomish County Old Settlers Picnic Aug. 11 at Edmonds City Park, 600 3rd Ave. S. The event will run from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kitchen #2 at…

Lynnwood celebrates 60 years with a new playground

In honor of Lynnwood’s 60th birthday, the city celebrated the installation of a new playground at Heritage Park — the perfect gift, city officials said, to a city known for its many parks The park ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this week recognized the 60 years since Lynnwood’s incorporation. Heritage Park located at 19921 Poplar Way, serves…

On video: Meet and greet with historian Betty Gaeng

The Lynnwood-Alderwood Manor Heritage Association on March 23 sponsored a meet and greet with local historian Betty Gaeng, columnist for Lynnwood Today, My Edmonds News and MLTnews. Gaeng, age 92, is moving to Alaska after spending years documenting the history of Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. You can read more in our earlier story.  

As Lynnwood nears its 60th anniversary, city historian Betty Gaeng says farewell

As the City of Lynnwood prepares to turn 60 years old, the Lynnwood-Alderwood Manor Heritage Association (LAMHA) Saturday presented a program looking back on the city’s history — and also featured a meet and greet with local historian Betty Gaeng, columnist for Lynnwood Today, My Edmonds News and MLTnews. Presented by LAMHA President Cheri Ryan, “Looking…

Save the date: Historic Pacific NW weather focus of Feb. 7 presentation

Sno-King School Retirees and Humanities Washington invite the community to “Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State,” an engaging conversation with Feliks Banel, a member of the 2019-2020 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. This free event takes place Thursday Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. at Edmonds School District Educational Service Center, 20420 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Banel’s…

Reminder: State Veterans Affairs Director to speak Jan. 10

Lourdes E. “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos, Director of Washington State Veterans Affairs, will discuss how her office assists military veterans during a presentation at the Edmonds Historical Museum from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Alvarado-Ramos will address help for veterans experiencing homelessness, suicide prevention and employment, among other transitioning issues. Her talk is part of the museum’s…

Meadowdale history book printed in 1960 available now

Have you ever wondered what the Meadowdale Good Eats Club members looked like in 1906? Or the history of Lund’s Gulch, and the local blue clay that started Meadowdale Pottery company? The answers can be found in ‘With Angels to the Rear: An Informal Portrait of Early Meadowdale,’ written and published in 1960 by Delmar…

Genealogy for Beginners class offered Saturday

Sno-Isle Genealogical Society offers Genealogy 101 for Beginners this Saturday, June 6, 10-11 a.m., at the Genealogical Research Library, 19827 Poplar Way, Heritage Park, Lynnwood. This free class is offered the first Saturday of each month. No registration. Drop-ins welcome. Info: 425-775-6267 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Heritage Park hosts Open House on Saturday

Lynnwood’s Heritage Park hosts an Open House event on Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and again on the first Saturday of July, August and September. The park, located east of I-5 at the SE corner of Poplar Way and Alderwood Mall Parkway, is a cultural, heritage and visitor resource. The open house events…

Lynnwood Eagle Scout project highlights Perrinville history

Lynnwood Troop 304 Scout David Laush is one step closer to achieving Eagle rank with the completion and installation of his Eagle Scout project, a new historical marker in Perrinville. “I got the idea for this more than a year ago,” said Laush, “but really got working on it earlier this spring.” Under the guidance…

Alderwood Manor plaque to be dedicated on Friday at Lynnwood Convention Center

May is National Historical Preservation Month and the Lynnwood Historical Commission is dedicating a plaque to honor the history of Alderwood Manor at 2:30 p.m., Friday, May 29, at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Mayor Nicola Smith will be dedicating the plaque, which will be located outside the main entrance. The planned community of Alderwood Manor emerged between Everett…

Looking back: Lynnwood’s Heritage Park and its beginning

A few years ago as volunteers for Sno-Isle Genealogical Society at Heritage Park’s Humble House, Bob Welling and I walked the grounds of the park as we interviewed Mary (Humble) Wickstrum. Heritage Park is part of what was the Humble’s family home and farm from 1934 until shortly before the City of Lynnwood acquired 2.82…

Reminder: City hosts Black History celebration on Thursday at Lynnwood Fire Station 15

The Lynnwood Neighborhoods & Demographic Diversity Commission and the City of Lynnwood are hosting a Black History Month Celebration, Building Bridges in Our Community With Trust and Inclusion, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26 at Fire Station 15, 18800 44th Ave. W. The keynote speaker will be Snohomish County Executive John Lovick. Also appearing are Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, Fire…

South Snohomish County Historical Society storage is history — can you help?

The Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society needs your help! Thanks to generous donations from citizens and businesses over the years, the society has added many family treasures and community artifacts to the Edmonds Museum collection. While some of these are on permanent display, most are kept in storage and brought out for special exhibits like…

Looking back: A joining of the past and the electronic age

For many people microfilm and microfiche may appear too antiquated to even bother with anymore. Especially, since it may seem as if everything that is important from the past in the way of books and other written material has now been digitized and is available to all. However, if you are a historian, a writer,…

Looking Back: The 1870 federal census and yet another genealogy pitfall

A very puzzling roadblock came to light with the 1870 decennial federal census when I was gathering information while writing the book Chirouse, I could find no listing for Tulalip in Snohomish County. At this same time, I was also researching the history of the pioneering Spithill family. I ran into the identical problem in…

Looking Back: Genealogy and booby traps

In 1790 the first decennial United States federal census had its beginnings with a simple purpose — to count people. The main objective was to determine the number of representatives to Congress from each state. The framers of the Constitution did not have genealogy in mind when they called for the enumeration of residents of…

Looking Back: My father Walter Deebach and WWI

While attending the very impressive Veterans Day ceremony held by Lynnwood Post 1040, Veterans of Foreign Wars, on Nov. 11, I could not help but remember my father and how much his service in the military during WWI had impacted his life. Within a few months of our move to Alderwood Manor in 1933, my…

Looking back: Rollin and Robert Border – Together forever

As another Veterans Day approaches, it is that special time to remember and honor the men and woman who have served our country in the armed forces during war and peace. This Veterans Day “Looking Back” highlights two young brothers Rollin and Robert Border, who grew up on Poplar Way in what was once Alderwood…

Looking back: Tugboats on Puget Sound

If you have ever been enthralled by the many tugboats that ply the waters of our Puget Sound, and wondered about their history, join the members of Lynnwood’s Alderwood Manor Heritage Association (AMHA) as Olympia resident and author Chuck Fowler tells us about his book Tugboats of Puget Sound. Date: Saturday, Oct. 25 Place: Alderwood Boys…