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…

Looking back: Gertie Perrin’s Perrinville

When Carl Perrin returned to their comfortable home in downtown Edmonds and told his wife Gertie they had just become owners of a few acres of land a few miles northeast and they were moving. Gertie’s comeback to him was “If I am moving to the sticks, then I am starting me a town.” True…

Climb aboard for a trip down memory lane at Lynnwood’s Heritage Park

Lynnwood’s Heritage Park final open house event of the summer is set for Saturday, Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 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 offer a unique opportunity for park visitors…

Looking back: Old Settlers Picnic

It was a beautiful sunshine and blue-sky day on Sunday, Aug. 10, when a group of diehard old settlers of south Snohomish County gathered at Edmonds City Park to celebrate a gathering that had its beginning 115 years ago. Through the years the numbers have declined — less than 40 people attended this year.  We all…

Check out Heritage Park tours on Saturday, Aug. 2

Lynnwood’s Heritage Park will host an open house events from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2. 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 offer a unique opportunity for park visitors to tour the various historical…

Historical Commission seeking volunteers

The City of Lynnwood’s Historical Commission is looking for a new member to fill a vacancy. The Historical Commission plays a pivotal role in preserving Lynnwood’s historical and cultural resources. Members undertake research and fact-finding and make recommendations for City Council action to recognize and preserve historic sites, structures, artifacts, trees and landscapes. The commission also serves…

Korean War Memorial officially dedicated at Veterans Park

  After a year of hard work, the official unveiling of Art Winton’s Eagle Scout project took place before a large gathering of United States Veterans, their families and supporters Wednesday at Veterans Park in Lynnwood. Winton, a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 49, decided that for his Eagle Scout project he would…

Korean War Memorial to be dedicated on Wednesday, June 25 at Veterans Park

  The Korean War Memorial will be dedicated at 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 25 at Veterans Park, located at 44 Ave. W. & Veterans Way (194 St. SW) in Lynnwood. The ceremony will be attended by Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith and Lynnwood City Council members, as well as, Veterans and especially Korean War veterans, and Boy Scouts…

Looking back at Wilcox Park

With the opening of Lynnwood’s Farmers Market at Wilcox Park on June 12, I could not help but think that Charlie Olson would be pleased. Wilcox Park, a community park where people of all ages can picnic and play was once the home of Charlie Olson’s Countryside Dairy, and was located in what was known…

Reminder: Heritage Park tours start Saturday, June 7

Lynnwood’s Heritage Park will host a series of open house events from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. starting on Saturday, June 7. Open Houses will be the first Saturday of June, 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…

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…

Open Houses coming soon to Lynnwood’s Heritage Park

Lynnwood’s Heritage Park will host a series of open house events from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. starting on Saturday, June 7. Open Houses will be the first Saturday of June, 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…

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…

Sno-Isle Libraries photo project puts region’s history online

One photo at a time, Sno-Isle Libraries is putting the region’s history online with its Digitize Our Community History Project. With 530 images in its catalog and more added daily, the project is celebrating the end of its first year and inviting new partners. The archive includes photos from the collections of the Snohomish, Edmonds,…

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…

City looking for Arts and Historical Commission volunteers

The city is currently seeking volunteers for the Arts and Historical Commissions. The Arts Commission meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. There currently are two openings. The Historical Commission normally meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Wicker’s Building in Heritage Park, located at 19921 Poplar Way. For more info visit…

Veterans Day tour set for Monday, Nov. 11 at Memorial Cemetary

The Edmonds Memorial Cemetery will once again host a Veteran’s Day tour, during which attendees can learn and share information about the veterans buried there. The tour will be lead by Dale Hoggins, Cemetery Board Member, and Betty Deebach Gaeng, Alderwood Manor Heritage Association member at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11. The cemetery identifies the…

Final open house at Heritage Park will be Saturday, Sept. 7

The city hosts its final open house at Heritage Park on Saturday,Sept. 7. Visitors are invited to experience life in early Alderwood Manor. The park’s historic buildings and Interurban Car No. 55 will be open for tours. Trolley tours will be scheduled every hour. The new Wickers Museum offers a glimpse into the life of…

Alderwood Manor Grade School students reunite at Heritage Association picnic

By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor Saturday’s annual Alderwood Manor Heritage Association picnic brought together not only members of the organization but served as a reunion for students who attended Alderwood Manor Grade School. The large group of classmates gathered on the steps of Heritage Park for a class photo before enjoying a picnic lunch and…

Upcoming: City hosts open house at Heritage Park on Saturday, July 6

The city hosts a Summer Open House at Heritage Park on Saturday, July 6. Visitors are invited to experience life in early Alderwood Manor. The park’s historic buildings and Interurban Car No. 55 will be open for tours. Trolley tours will be scheduled every hour. The new Wickers Museum offers a glimpse into the life…