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She knows Grace's history and more

In this 1920 photo, Vera is holding potatoes grown in the garden of her Grace home.
Photo courtesy of Oscar Roloff.

Vera Henning recalls yesterday's Grace.
Photo by Oscar Roloff/Woodinville Weekly.

Oscar Roloff by Oscar Roloff
The other day I motored up to Grace to visit Vera Henning, who'd come from Everett to meet me at her sister's place, that of Joe and Laverne Bauer, located near Turner's corner.
   The spry 83-year-old lady told me, "I left Grace in 1931 and haven't returned except for brief visits."
   "Originally, when I was seven, we left Seattle in 1919 to settle in Grace," she said. "I went to Grace grammar school from the 1st to the 6th grade, then to Bothell. Mrs. Morris was my first teacher, and she boarded at the Paines' near the school."
   Grace School had two rooms: One was for church worship, meetings, and funerals, etc., Vera explained.
   "I remember the Wrights, who had a large vineyard, the Ball family, and a moonshiner who sold a lot of booze," she said. "Then in 1921 a deputy sheriff came out from Seattle to see how things were going."
   "Al Layton was my pop. I recall the Eggers goat ranch and was scared that Mom would put us on goat's milk. The Pearson place was near the Eggers and Pearse place. Then there were the Turners' place and the Bear Creek Cemetery," Vera continued.
   "Mary Turner taught school in Kirkland. Turner had three sons: Clark, George, and Craig and daughter Mary, of course."
   Vera had a sheet of paper showing the Grace roadway and had dots on both sides. She could recall all the families along the road.
   Marrying in 1931, Vera left Grace for good. They had a son, Dale. Her husband has passed away. She has two grandchildren.
   Vera's mother set a Bothell school record. For 27 consecutive years, she had an offspring in a Bothell School.
   As I listened, Vera said she knew Ernie Wellington, the Crim family, Ted and Josh Hooven, Josh and John Widdop, Agnes Carlson, Helen Munson, Mildred Gordon, Warren Nelson, and a host more.
   Vera laughed upon telling me how she'd gotten into trouble when she told Wilma Ingerson that there wasn't any Santa Claus. Wilma told her mother and she told Vera's mother. Quickly she told Vera not to do it again lest the younger hear of it.
   After the interview, which was held at the kitchen table, a place I normally seek because of the friendly environment, sister Laverne offered a lunch of excellent salmon, a salad, buttered rolls, coffee, and dessert. Sure was good.
   Such nice memories I have of those I interview.
   Oh yes, I asked her which Grace girl had married a train robber. I'd been told his name by Elmer Carlberg but failed to write it down and forgot the name. She couldn't recall it, either. Does any reader recall?