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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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Community Life
February 10, 2019

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.
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…
Schools & Libraries
March 25, 2019

Kenmore Elementary

The first school built to serve Kenmore's growing 1950s' population is admired by some of its new occupants in the fall of 1955. Kenmore Elementary is located at NE 191st Street and 71st Avenue NE. Photo from the Bothell Citizen
Restaurants & Roadhouses
February 7, 2019

Bob’s Place

A new building in 1945 is ready for customers of the popular Bothell Way roadhouse called Bob's Place. Originally opened in the 1920s by Swiss chef Bob Steiger in a smaller building, Bob's Place was sold to Charlie and Hazel Gaugle in 1936. The Charles Sarvis family operated the restaurant…

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