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Ten Years Ago

November 25, 1998

Les Johnson is excited to be back holding the reins for the city of Enumclaw’s Planning Department. Johnson, who left his position as planning manager in 1996 to pursue a business venture, is back, and said he is refreshed and ready to go.

Photo: Eric Stoneburner and Amber Davis load up some of the more than 6,000 items of food they and their schoolmates at Enumclaw High School collected for Northwest Harvest. The school also collected nearly 3,000 items, such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other hygienic necessities, for victims of Hurricane Mitch.

Twenty-five Years Ago

November 24, 1983

A retirement party honoring Dr. J. Gordon Adams, longtime Enumclaw physician, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, between the hours of 2 and 5 p.m. at the Victor Graham home, 1600 Griffin Ave., in Enumclaw, it was announced this week. Friends of Dr. Adams are invited to attend. Dr. Adams recently announced his retirement from 51 years of practice as of Dec. 1, most of which has been spent in Enumclaw.

On The Corner: Tom Poe and family lunching at Ellison’s… George Hubbard musing about a computerized system of handicapping horses… Ann Prothero greeting guests at the opening of the new English tea shop… And Herman Pedersen doing the weekly marketing at the Food Center.

Enumclaw High School placed several players on the All-Seamount football team. They are Ken Fallen, outside linebacker; Karl Osborn, tackle; Dane Stookey, running back; Kevin Knutson, receiver-punter; Mike Dowling, safety; Rob Gunderson, cornerback; Tom Bergstrom, offensive guard; and Lance Powers, offensive tackle.

Fifty Years Ago

November 27, 1958

State fire marshals in their investigations are still proceeding on the theory that incendiarism was responsible for the $50,000 fire which burned two big milking barns to the ground at the Rainier State School at Buckley in the early morning of Nov. 19, according to Wesley White, superintendent of the institution. The belief that the fire was deliberately set stems from the fact that all phases of the investigation indicate that the blazes started simultaneously in the twin buildings, and apparently in the middle of each structure, fire officials state.

Weary but suffering no ill effects after a harrowing week during which they were snowbound at French Ridge near Dayton in the Blue Mountains of eastern Washington, five Enumclaw hunters were welcomed home by their respective families Monday. On Oct. 24, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Nachtsheim, Wayne Nachtsheim, Arley Moeller and Joe Fantello set out on a three-week hunting trip. Caught in a severe blizzard, the hunters were unable to get out of their camp for a period of seven days. During the isolation a guide employed by the hunting party rode 20 miles on horseback through snow 4 and 5 feet deep to assure Enumclaw relatives and friends that the hunters were safe, but snowbound. In the meantime a tractor with a blade cleared a road into the camp of the hunters. During the snow removal operation it was also necessary to remove 233 trees which had blown down across the road.

Seventy-five Years Ago

November 24, 1933

Mrs. Oscar Johnson (Edith) has been appointed chairman of the Christmas Seal Sale for Enumclaw.

Honoring Frank Hurup, dean of the local Danish settlement, over 200 friends gathered Saturday evening at the Danish Hall to pay their respects on his 80th birthday. Those making talks were A.C. Johansen, Petrus Nelson, B.R. Kibler, Ben Johansen, Mrs. A.H. Martina, Mrs. Hans Pagh, George Nelson, Nels Hansen and Dr. Frolund of Seattle. Toastmaster was J.P. Holm.

Granting of a permit for the erection of a service station by Sand and Forler at Griffin Avenue and Porter Street was the principal item of business passed by the Enumclaw City Council Tuesday evening.

Mrs. Andrew Houston was a dinner guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Slott on Wednesday. Mrs. Houston is leaving after Thanksgiving to join her husband in Nebraska.

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