Reporting on the Mount St. Helens eruption 40 years ago

In Edmonds that Sunday morning 40 years ago, my wife Sonja and I almost slept through the instant that Mount St. Helens blew its top at 8:32 a.m. May 18, 1980. Almost. But, a “pop,” a thump, as if someone had dropped a big garbage bin, woke us for a moment. We dozed off. Minutes…

On this day in MLT: Roger’s Marketplace demolished March 18, 2019

After more than half a century as a grocery store, the former Rogers Market Place was demolished on March 18, 2019. The tear-down of the building started at 9:30 a.m, and within two hours almost half the building was in a rubble. The site is now being used for temporary bus commuter parking while Sound…

Sno-Isle Genealogical Research Library closed until April 25

The Lynnwood-based Sno-Isle Genealogical Research Library at Heritage Park is closed until April 25 due to COVID-19 concerns. General genealogical information or any queries may be emailed to info@snoislegen.org and they will be answered in a timely manner. “The staff will miss the patrons and look forward to helping them with their family research in…

On this date in Mountlake Terrace history: Calvary Church demolished

On March 9, 2017, the Calvary Tabernacle Church in Mountlake Terrace at 236th Street Southwest and 56th Avenue West was demolished to make way for a five-story mixed-use apartment complex. The congregation has moved to a different location in Lynnwood. The property sold for $2 million. (Photos by David Carlos)

Sunday: South Snohomish County Old Settlers Picnic at Edmonds City Park

Whether you actually have old-time roots in South Snohomish County or you have become an old settler in your heart, everyone is welcome to the 120th annual South Snohomish County Old Settlers Picnic Aug. 11 at Edmonds City Park, 600 3rd Ave. S. The event will run from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kitchen #2 at…

City of Brier awarded $10,000 grant to create city history book

The City of Brier has received a grant from the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission to create a book of the city’s history. At the July 9 Brier City Council meeting, Snohomish County Councilmember Terry Ryan presented a check for $10,000 to the city council to fund the project, which will include a collection of…

On video: Meet and greet with historian Betty Gaeng

The Lynnwood-Alderwood Manor Heritage Association on March 23 sponsored a meet and greet with local historian Betty Gaeng, columnist for Lynnwood Today, My Edmonds News and MLTnews. Gaeng, age 92, is moving to Alaska after spending years documenting the history of Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. You can read more in our earlier story.  

As Lynnwood nears its 60th anniversary, city historian Betty Gaeng says farewell

As the City of Lynnwood prepares to turn 60 years old, the Lynnwood-Alderwood Manor Heritage Association (LAMHA) Saturday presented a program looking back on the city’s history — and also featured a meet and greet with local historian Betty Gaeng, columnist for Lynnwood Today, My Edmonds News and MLTnews. Presented by LAMHA President Cheri Ryan, “Looking…

Rogers Market Place, now being demolished, is where Mountlake Terrace started

The following article is being republished with permission from NextMLT.com Demolition of the former grocery store at 23120 56th Ave W has begun to make way for temporary transit center parking during construction of the light rail station. The building now being demolished had operated as a grocery store for over half a century prior…

Reminder: Historic Pacific NW weather focus of Feb. 7 presentation

Sno-King School Retirees and Humanities Washington invite the community to “Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State,” an engaging conversation with Feliks Banel, a member of the 2019-2020 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. This free event takes place Thursday Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. at Edmonds School District Educational Service Center, 20420 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Banel’s…

Genealogy for Beginners class offered Saturday

Sno-Isle Genealogical Society offers Genealogy 101 for Beginners this Saturday, June 6, 10-11 a.m., at the Genealogical Research Library, 19827 Poplar Way, Heritage Park, Lynnwood. This free class is offered the first Saturday of each month. No registration. Drop-ins welcome. Info: 425-775-6267 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wednesday’s Superintendent’s Roundtable: Update on legislative session

The Edmonds School District’s Superintendent’s Roundtable features an update on the legislative session with Dan Steele, assistant executive director for government relations, Washington Association of School Administrators. The roundtable will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Educational Service Center boardrooms, 20420 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Listen in to live stream audio and send questions at:…

Looking Back: Reuben Hunter and an early-day mystery

Over 70 years before there was a City of Lynnwood, and even before Alderwood Manor, a few pioneer families were living on land that is now part of Lynnwood. They were the homesteaders, and three of the most well-remembered family names were Hunter, Breed and Morrice. Without a doubt, the most interesting of these was…

Looking Back: 50 years ago – February 1965

Fifty years ago this month on Feb. 3, one of the major events taking place was the opening of Interstate 5 from Seattle to Everett. Two o’clock ceremonies at the Northeast 145th Street Interchange in Seattle included the U.S. color guard from Fort Lawton and the Queen Anne high school band. Following was an address by…

South Snohomish County Historical Society storage is history – can you help?

The Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society needs your help! Thanks to generous donations from citizens and businesses over the years, the society has added many family treasures and community artifacts to the Edmonds Museum collection. While some of these are on permanent display, most are kept in storage and brought out for special exhibits like…

Looking back: A joining of the past and the electronic age

For many people microfilm and microfiche may appear too antiquated to even bother with anymore. Especially, since it may seem as if everything that is important from the past in the way of books and other written material has now been digitized and is available to all. However, if you are a historian, a writer,…

Looking Back: The 1870 federal census and yet another genealogy pitfall

A very puzzling roadblock came to light with the 1870 decennial federal census when I was gathering information while writing the book Chirouse, I could find no listing for Tulalip in Snohomish County. At this same time, I was also researching the history of the pioneering Spithill family. I ran into the identical problem in…

City Council meeting on Dec. 1 to include 60th anniversary presentation

The City of Mountlake Terrace is celebrating 60 years since its incorporation (November 29, 1954) during the first week of December. At the end of the Dec. 1 City Council meeting, a PowerPoint presentation will include a walk down memory lane since the 1950’s. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Interim City Hall, 6100…

Looking back: Three young men served their country well

The eleventh month, eleventh day at the eleventh hour is a special time for us to commemorate those who gave their all in the service of their country. First called Armistice Day, we now know it as Veterans Day. It is a day to remember sacrifices made and lives lost. Three young men from Mountlake…

From HistoryLink.org: On this day in 1954, Mountlake Terrace was incorporated

From our friends at HistoryLink.org, on this day in 1954, Mountlake Terrace formally incorporated. According to the website: On November 29, 1954, Mountlake Terrace, located in south Snohomish County, formally incorporates, after a close vote approving incorporation the preceding week. The fledgling city has mushroomed from a few scattered homes in 1949 to a tightly packed…

On this day in history: Brier incorporates on Feb. 11, 1965

From HistoryLink.org On Feb. 11, 1965, the City of Brier (Snohomish County) officially incorporates.  The incorporation comes after a brief but intense legal battle seeking to derail the incorporation, followed by a city councilman’s high-speed flight to Olympia to file the incorporation papers with the Secretary of State before his office closes for the day….

Free tours of Interurban Car 55 begin this weekend

This comes from our friends at Lynnwood Today: Back in the early 1900s, when Lynnwood (and parts of Mountlake Terrace) was known as Alderwood Manor, electric trains brought passengers from Seattle and Everett. Starting this weekend you can get a tour of Interurban Car 55, one of six rail cars on the line. The trolley…