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Roger Smith

One of Kenmore's more visible citizens during a fifty-year period was Roger Smith, more familiarly called Bottles because he collected beverage containers to turn in for cash. His favorite observation post was seated on his wheelbarrow watching the passing traffic near Kenmore Pre-Mix, where he lived in a small building.…
SuzanneG
February 10, 2019
Community Life

Kenmore Art Show

Visitors view exhibits at the 2001 Kenmore Art Show, held in conjunction with the community's annual Good Ol' Days celebration. Photo courtesy of Roland Lindstrom.
SuzanneG
February 10, 2019
Community Life

1959 KenFair Days Parade

The royal float for the 1959 KenFair Days parade proceeds along NE 181st Street. Queen Nora O'Donnell sits above her court of princesses (left to right): Pam Pick, Jean Smoot, and Lynn Gorthos. A fourth princess, Barbara Heald, is hidden behind Jean Smoot. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Droge  
SuzanneG
February 10, 2019
Community Life

Annual Frontier Days

One of the fund-raising features of Kenmore's annual Frontier Days celebration was the practice of "jailing" prominent citizens and asking their friends to bail them out. Here, Gil Roundy, manager of Shoreline Savings, is looking for some friends to help during the 1983 celebration. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Droge.
SuzanneG
February 10, 2019
Community Life

Inglewood Golf and Country Club

Inglewood Golf and Country Club was chartered in 1919 and celebrated its grand opening on August 6, 1921 (pictured here). The clubhouse, built where the putting green is today, burned in the fall of 1924. A newer, more-splendid clubhouse opened in 1925 and continues operating today. Photo courtesy of Inglewood…
SuzanneG
February 10, 2019
Community Life

Kenmore Community Club

An integral part of the Kenmore scene over the years has been the Kenmore Community Club. The club was begun by a number of residents in 1925 and first met in the vacant schoolhouse to plan Kenmore improvements. By selling bonds, they were able to build their own clubhouse in…
SuzanneG
February 10, 2019
Community Life

Holiday Party

The Kenmore Community Club has hosted numerous functions including this 1951 Christmas party. Bob Smeltzer plays Santa Claus and Bonnie Smeltzer, his wife, is behind him as Mrs. Claus. Standing in front with his back to the camera is Bob Millman. Front row, left to right, are Barbara Kramer, Rosalie…
SuzanneG
February 10, 2019
Community Life

Alvin Erho “The King”

Alvin Erho, dubbed the King of NE 181st Street because he spent most of his time under the giant fir tree on NE 181st Street east of 68th Avenue NE, braces against a 1985 winter snow. His death came two years later after being hit by a car. Photo from…
SuzanneG
February 10, 2019