May 18, 1998
Andrew Walgamott photo
The new DeYoung Park, a downtown park across from Molbak's, was officially dedicated in ceremonies held last Thursday at the park. Named in memory of pioneers John and Ellen DeYoung, the park will serve as a rest, picnic, performance, and play area. Local councilmembers, Woodinville park commissioners, business people and residents attended the event.
Phyllis Keller, president of The Woodinville Historical Society, related the DeYoung's early history. "John DeYoung bought the Teegarden Mercantile from Clara Jacobsen Teegarden in 1925 and renamed it Woodinville Mercantile. "The DeYoung family built their home on the property where Washington Mutual stands today," said Keller.
Lucy DeYoung, Woodinville's first mayor, introduced the DeYoung family. Al DeYoung, one of John and Ellen's sons, spoke on behalf of the family. He chronicled the history of his parents' life in Woodinville and told of the many businesses that they formed. In addition to the store, the DeYoungs had a feed and grain business, a shingle mill, and other businesses.
"The house that formerly stood on this property was built in the 1920s and surrounded by these wonderful old trees. The Coopers later bought the house. In 1979, The Woodinville Weekly rented the house and was the last occupant," said Keller. Patti McDougall, president of the Friends Garden Club, announced that they will maintain the park. Egon and Laina Molbak donated several plants in the DeYoung's memory.