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Kenmore Voices

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Kenmore Voices
March 16, 2021

Kenmore History Path at Log Boom Park

The History Path Committee considering designs for the large entry sign. Left to right: Fran Owen, Char Crawford, Elmer Skold, Bobbi Traeger, Tom Traeger   Preserving Kenmore History It was 2007. Four years had passed since Kenmore Heritage Society published its award-winning Kenmore by the Lake, a Community History. Tom and…
Kenmore Voices
March 8, 2021

Hot Cake King and Memories of Henry Jang

Henry Jang was my childhood rival and mentor at the game of Checkers. I was eleven years old when we started playing. That year was 1958. Checkers was popular then with children. My family moved to Kenmore, from Lake City, in 1953. Our home was 1.5 miles north of the…
Kenmore Voices
March 8, 2021

New Kenmore Library – 1961

As children, we loved our new library and our remarkable librarian, Mrs. (Jean) Smith.  We never had a library in Kenmore, so this was something new and special in our lives.  On weekends, it was a popular destination...warm, cozy and kind Mrs. Smith always had a way of finding a…

Historic Kenmore

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Community Life
February 10, 2019

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…
Public Services
February 7, 2019

Kenmore Fire Department

The Kenmore Fire Department displays a variety of equipment in the late 1950s at its first station, located at 67th Avenue NE and NE 181st Street. The vehicles are (left to right) the "whoopee wagon," a 1954 Ford panel truck remodeled as an aid unit, a 1944 Mercury ladder truck,…
Community Life
February 10, 2019

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…
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…

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