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Kenmore Voices

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Kenmore Voices
March 20, 2020

Inglewood Country Club

Inglewood Golf and Country Club we caddies didn't look like much in our hung out to dry jeans and t-shirts, but we were hired by some of Seattle's finest citizens--- the two dollar fee and dollar tip, made three. at first we were mules, shouldering a heavy load, or silent…
Kenmore Voices
March 19, 2020

Sink, Sank, Sunk ?

One summer on Lake Washington at Kenmore, which is on the north end of the lake. I was with my friend from high school, Gary Jang. I enjoyed those lazy summer days water skiing the lake or up to the Sammamish Slough when the lake was choppy from the wind.…
Kenmore Voices
March 25, 2019

Kenmore’s Busiest Intersection

Kenmore’s busiest intersection was less hectic in the good old days! The main intersection in downtown Kenmore, at 68th Ave. NE & Bothell Way, has seen many changes over the years. One of the earliest known enterprises was a dance hall, built by S.E. Hitsman, that opened in 1917. Only…

Historic Kenmore

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Business & Industry
October 25, 2018

Dygert/Telquist Garage

Al Telquist (right) operated Kenmore's first auto-repair garage, at 65th Avenue NE and Bothell Way, beginning in 1922 with his father-in-law Dan Dygert.  The large sign above the door reads "Kenmore Garage, Shell Gasoline, Day and Night Service." (Man at left is unidentified).     Photo courtesy of the Telquist…
Schools & Libraries
March 25, 2019

Kenmore Junior High

Kenmore Junior High opened its doors in 1961 to students who formerly traveled to Bothell for their junior high classes. The school houses 700 to 800 students at 20323 66th Avenue NE. Photo courtesy of Northshore School District
Restaurants & Roadhouses
February 7, 2019

Henry’s Hamburgers

Henry Lemm built three eateries as he moved westward along Bothell Way in the 1920s and '30s. Starting with a hot dog stand at the Wayne Curve, he operated a tavern and cafe at 73rd Avenue NE before settling in 1931 at 6215 Bothell Way with this building that offered…
Pioneer Families
April 18, 2019

Bannisters -1930s.

Bob, Shirley and Virginia Bannister, 1930s. Photo courtesy of Bannister family.

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