The Pink Toe REDMOND HISTORICAL SOCIETY FEBRUARY 2012 NEWSLETTER VOL. 14 NO.2. OUR PURPOSE: To Discover, Recover, Preserve, Share and Celebrate

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1 REDMOND HISTORICAL SOCIETY FEBRUARY 2012 NEWSLETTER VOL. 14 NO.2 OUR PURPOSE: To Discover, Recover, Preserve, Share and Celebrate Redmond s History The Pink Toe Truck That Made History! Please join us on Saturday, February 11th when Ed Lincoln, the man behind one of the most recognizable Seattle area s icons and author of Life Through the Rearview Mirror, is our guest speaker. Ed has lived on the Eastside for 40 years and recalls that his famous Lincoln s Pink Toe Truck was in Redmond s Derby parade one year. My talks are filled with local history, inspiration, and lots of humor, he says. I am having a lot of fun sharing my book and I encourage others in the audience to consider writing their own life story. Life Through the Rearview Mirror by Ed Lincoln February General Meeting: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 10:30 A.M. TO 12:00 NOON Old Redmond Schoolhouse NE 80th Street History is Happening in Redmond February

2 2012 EXECUTIVE BOARD Chris Himes President Miguel Llanos Senior Vice-President Joe Townsend Vice-President Finance John Phillips Vice-President Collections Mary Hanson Secretary BOARD OF DIRECTORS Rosemarie Ives Judy Aries Lang Janice LeVeck Jon Magnussen Doris Schaible Patti Simpson Ward Margaret Evers Wiese OFFICE MANAGER Monica Park ATTORNEY Charles Diesen Our finances are public record and may be viewed at the office. FREE NEWSLETTER If you don't subscribe, please sign up. Call the office at or State your preference of or U.S. Mail. (We prefer as it's inexpensive and photos show up better online.) THE REDMOND RECORDER is published nine times annually. Miguel Llanos Editor Patti Simpson Ward Art Director Janice LeVeck Asst. Graphic Designer MAJOR SPONSORS What s New Online The Centennial Chronicle is a decade-by-decade look back at our heritage. We ll add images and a timeline from each decade monthly to our website and alert folks via when the latest decade is available. Those who already receive our newsletter via should be getting those notices. If you d like to be added to that list contact our office at or Thanks to Webmaster Richard Morris, Office Manager Monica Park and Membership Chairman Janice LeVeck for making it happen. Table of Contents PAGE COVER FEATURE & WHAT S NEW 1 Ed Lincoln s Toe Truck RHS Officers & Board 2 What s New Online 3-5 Memorial Tribute: Noami Jean Hardy RHS NEWS 6 Winner! Centennial Quilt Raffle 7 Thank You s & Cemetery Plot 8 Order Now: Redmond Reflections, plus Books, Cards & Gift Ideas from RHS MEMBERSHIP & CONTACT INFO 9 New Lifetimer Members & Full List 10 January 2012 Meeting Attendees 11 Membership Form 12 Address & RHS Contact Info 2 February 2012 History is Happening in Redmond

3 Our Founder & Guiding Light: Naomi Jean Hardy July 3, 1945 ~ January 16, 2012 MEMORIAL TRIBUTE The Society lost its founder and Redmond lost its most passionate citizen. Below are words written by Nao s family, followed on other pages by reflections from board members and a proclamation issued by the City. RHS Guidling Light, Nao Hardy Naomi Nao Hardy passed away on January the 16th, 2012, after a short battle with lung cancer. Nao is survived by her husband of 45 years, Jerry, her children Natalie and Jeffrey, and her grandchildren Benjamin and Elizabeth. Naomi was an accomplished writer. She published a mystery novel, wrote humorous editorials for several newspapers and had her poetry recognized in contests and magazines. In 1999 she founded The Redmond Historical Society, and for more than a decade she worked tirelessly to preserve, document and share the history of Redmond. Since its inception, the organization has grown to become one of the largest and most active civic organizations in the city. Nao wrote the book Redmond Reflections: From Settlers to Software. Nao will also be remembered for her wit, smarts, and collections. She collected rocks, bears, tins, green glass, hats and much more. She was an old soul who died too young. Love you Mom ~ Natalie Naomi did not wish to have a memorial service or funeral but the Society will be celebrating her life at the February general meeting. The family also notes that friends may give contributions in her name to the Redmond Historical Society. History is Happening in Redmond February

4 MEMORIAL TRIBUTE Redmond-iscing About Nao You have persevered in all directions and, in so doing, have left a brilliant legacy to your community. You were able to show us how to proceed no matter what. You have been ahead of us the whole time. We have been simply following you. ~ RHS President Chris Himes Nao Hardy at the RHS Kiosk She is the true history hero. ~ Judy Lang Naomi had a great sense of humor which she needed during those crazy early days of RHS She put her heart and soul into Redmond Reflections. The book stands as a testament to her writing and organizational skills. I miss her. ~ Margaret Wiese Naomi was the epitome of the Power of One!!! She had this great vision for a historical society and she gathered folks who shared that vision -- she was persistent and resilient... and most of all she loved Redmond. ~ Former Mayor Rosemarie Ives She started us on our way as a historical society, and she has always been a fountain of new and good ideas for our work. We will be following up on her thoughts and plans for years to come. ~ John Phillips When I think of Naomi, I think of a beautiful, delicate flower who brings out the fragrance in others. There were a number of times when she gave me credit for projects/accomplishments that actually we had accomplished together. She was anything but selfish and self-serving. ~ Doris Schaible 4 February 2012 History is Happening in Redmond

5 The City Honors Naomi Hardy with This Proclamation MEMORIAL TRIBUTE WHEREAS: Naomi Hardy s encyclopedic knowledge has been an invaluable resource for the City of Redmond and staff, as well as the general public; Understanding the value of preserving a community s heritage, Naomi Hardy has applied her endless enthusiasm, combined with a unique leadership style to give vision to the Redmond Historical Society; Under Naomi s continuing leadership, she has given the Community of Redmond a brilliant legacy; With Naomi s perseverance, she has shown us what the Power Of One can do; Naomi Hardy s passion for the history of our city and the countryside around us has been a priceless gift; Naomi Hardy has given the community an incredible collection of documents and photos which we use daily; Naomi Hardy has brought to light whole areas of our history that would have never been remembered; The Redmond Historical Society and the City of Redmond owe Naomi Hardy our gratitude and remembrance; NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN MARCHIONE, Mayor of the City of Redmond, do hereby proclaim that the City of Redmond recognizes Naomi Hardy for her immense contribution to discovåering, recovering, preserving, sharing, and celebrating Redmond s history, and for her support and assistance to this city through her work and dedication. History is Happening in Redmond February

6 RHS NEWS We Have a Quilt Winner! Dan Waham, co-owner of Couzin s Café in Kirkland, was the lucky one to have his ticket pulled out of hundreds by Mayor John Marchione at our January meeting. Dan had lived in Redmond for years, but recently moved to Woodinville and told us his quilt inspiration came from his mom, who was an avid quilter! 6 February 2012 History is Happening in Redmond

7 THANK YOU MAYOR JOHN MARCHIONE for attending our last general meeting to honor Naomi Hardy with the proclamation and to draw the quilt winner. JUDY LANG for creating a display on Redmond s history for the Redmond Library. LINDA JATON for the picture of the Lutheran Church members at Anderson Park. ANGIE LANG, GEORGE LYONS, and DUANE ISACKSON for inviting new folks to our January meeting. Cedar Lawns Cemetery Plots FOR SALE The Society is selling two side-by-side plots in Redmond s Cedar Lawns Memorial Park. Donated by the Reed family, they include endowment care and are in the Garden of Christus section (225: 3 & 4). The price is $3,499 for one or $6,699 for both with the current value at $5,495 each. Cedar Lawns will handle all the necessary paperwork. If you are interested, contact us at for info. History is Happening in Redmond February

8 ORDER NOW Redmond Reflections $15 (INCLUDES TAX) * SHIPPING & HANDLING: Please add $5.00 shipping & handling surchage for any order that you would like mailed. ORDERING INFO*: NAME PHONE NUMBER # OF BOOKS ORDERED AMOUNT ENCLOSED (CHECK PLEASE) _$ SHIPPING INFO: NAME STREET ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP NOTE: Redmond Reflections is also available at the REDMOND HISTORICAL SOCIETY OFFICE at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center. (Hours of operation on page 12) 8 Artwork of the historic windmill at Marymoor Park, Ring Around the Marymoor Windmill is the work of fine artist Patti Simpson Ward. See more images of Eastside settings on Great Gift Ideas for History Lovers Need something special for someone who appreciates our history? These are available at our Society office: GREETING CARDS, MAGNETS & NOTE CARDS featuring artwork by local artists: PATTI SIMPSON WARD DORISJEAN COLVIN TERRI GORDON PAT DUGAN OUR TOWN A history of Redmond, by Nancy Way Our VIEW OF HISTORY DVD February 2012 History is Happening in Redmond

9 2012 Starts with Four New Lifetimers! MEMBERSHIP The recession has taken a toll on our finances (we ve even had to reduce office hours from five days a week to three), so we re especially pleased to announce four major new contributors. Three are close to home : Society President Chris Himes, Society Collections VP John Phillips and his wife Roxie Phillips. City Councilman John Stilin joins the quartet. John s been very active in Redmond, previously chairing the City Arts Commission and volunteering at schools. John says he and his wife, Sherry, support several historical societies. So we figured we need to make a stand for our home town group! Our Lifetime Members Eric Anderson John Anderson Barbara Neal Beeson Brad Best Marjorie Stensland Costello John Couch Liz Carlson Coward Frank Garbarino Edward L. Hagen Lucille B. Hansen-Bellings Wayne Hansen Chris Himes Naomi Hardy Patricia Weiss Jovag Barbara Weiss Joyce Glenn Lampaert Roy Lampaert Judy Aries Lang Miguel Llanos Jon Magnussen Clare Amo Marr Daryl Martin Allison Reed Morris John Phillips Roxie Phillips Charles Reed Frances Spray Reed Vivian Robinson Laurie Rockenbeck Margy Rockenbeck William Rockenbeck Fred Springsteel John Stilin Fred Stray Doris Bauer Schaible Arlyn Vallene Don Watts Rose Weiss Joanne Westlund Margaret Evers Wiese James Windle History is Happening in Redmond February

10 MEMBERSHIP January 2012 General Meeting Were you at our last meeting? These folks were! First time attendees are noted in BOLD CAPS. Ray Adams Ruth Adams GEORGE ANDERSON Carolyn Banning Lon Banning David Bartley Elsie Bartley ROBERT BEAR Sylvia Bernauer BRUCE BIGLEY JOHN CHANEY Ursula Craig Cory De Jong MICK EMDE Stan Frey Evelyn Gilbert Frank Gwerder Charlotte Everson Hahnlen Suzanne Hall Tom Hall Tom Hansen DAVID HANSON Marge Hanson Mary Hanson NATALIE HANSON Roy Hanson JERRY HARDY Chris Himes Tom Hitzroth Carol Hudson Rosemarie Ives Linda Jaton Elaine Keeley Bruce Kenyon Cheryl Kenyon Angie Aries Lang Judy Aries Lang JUDY LANKFORD Janice LeVeck George Lyons Jackie Lyons Kathy Lyons Cheryl Magnuson Gene Magnuson John Marchione Pat Marrs Rosemarie Matthes Larry Miller Mary Montgomery Richard Morris LEAH MORRISON Alexa Munoz Helen Bengtson Nash Robert Nelson Jan Norvold Alexis O Donahue Monica Park John Phillips Roxana Phillips Virginia Porter Pickett Brian Ranck Patsy Cook Rosenbach Anne Salmi Doris Schaible Judith Simpson Don Stensland Fred Stray SUE STURGEL Kris Swanson Anne Tollfeldt Jerry Torell Joe Townsend Judy Gilbert Turner Arlyn Vallene Juanita Verschuyl MARILYN VINIP Wendy Walsh Joanne Westlund Margaret Evers Wiese Audrey Williams Larry Williams Lois Williams 10 February 2012 History is Happening in Redmond

11 Join the Redmond Historical Society To Discover, Recover, Preserve, Share and Celebrate Redmond s History MEMBERSHIP RENEWING MEMBERS, PLEASE SEND IN YOUR 2012 DUES! LEVELS OF MEMBERSHIP (Check one only.) $5.00 TRAILBLAZER (Student) $20.00 PIONEER (Individual) $35.00 HOMESTEADER (Family) $ ENTREPRENEUR (Supporter) $ CORPORATE (Business) $1, HISTORY MAKER (Lifetime) ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: REDMOND HISTORICAL SOCIETY Fill out the form below, cut if out and mail it with your check to: Redmond Historical Society Attn: Membership ORSCC, Room NE 80th Street Redmond, WA NAME If FAMILY MEMBERSHIP, OTHER NAMES TO BE INCLUDED PHONE NUMBER ADDRESS STREET ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP BIRTHDAY(S) NEWSLETTER DELIVERY (CHECK ONE): U.S. MAIL History is Happening in Redmond February

12 Redmond Historical Society NE 80th Street, Room 106 Redmond, WA :30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by appointment PHONE WEB SITE HOURS Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: February 2012 History is Happening in Redmond