Kenmore to observe History Week and Founders Day
by Tom Traeger
KENMORE - The 100th anniversary of the naming of Kenmore will be celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 10. In a special proclamation, the Kenmore City Council has also designated that date as Founders Day.
It was on Jan. 10, 1901, that John McMaster, lumberman and shingle mill operator, officially named the area after his hometown of Kenmore, Ontario, which in turn had been named after Kenmore, Scotland. He had moved from Ontario to the present Kenmore in 1889.
The Kenmore Heritage Society has planned many special activities during Kenmore History Week, Jan. 7-13, and a special event on Founders Day, Jan. 10.
There will be historic photo displays at Kenmore City Hall and Kenmore Library. In addition, information about Kenmore's early history will be provided to Kenmore area teachers to share with their students.
The Kenmore Heritage Society Board of Trustees will be hosting a special event at the Lake Washington Grillhouse on the evening of Jan. 10 with city officials, school principals and leaders of various church and community organizations invited to attend. Kenmore business, professional and other Kenmore residents are also welcome and are asked to R.S.V.P. by calling 481-9272.
The Founders Day evening at the Lake Washington Grillhouse will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a special program at 7:45 p.m. There will be hors d'oeuvres, dessert and refreshments including no-host wine and cocktails.
A special guest at the Founders Day evening will be Dee Squire Dickinson who is the granddaughter of Watson C. Squire, Washington's first Territorial Governor.
Her father, Shirl Squire, platted Kenmore's streets in 1923 naming many after family members and pioneers. Idalice Ave., which is now 64th Ave. NE, was named after Dickinson, and for years Bothell Way was known as Squire Blvd., named in honor of Watson C. Squire. McMaster St., named for John McMaster, is today's 65th Ave. NE.
Dickinson who lives in Seattle is looking through family archives for photos and documents relating to early Kenmore.