Northwest NEWS

January 8,2001

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Life was challenging in the Snoqualmie Valley a century ago

by Valley View staff
   Now that the new millennium has finally begun, we at the Valley View thought it would be interesting to look at what life was like in the Snoqualmie Valley a century ago.
   The following are dates of significance and quotes from newspaper articles that have been compiled by the Duvall Historical Society.
   * Nov. 2, 1899 A new bridge has been built across the Snoqualmie River at Novelty. Cost $6,000. A "great accommodation to the people of that place. We Cherry Valley people would like to have one as good."
   * 1900 Wagon road completed between Snohomish and Fall City.
   * Mar. 8, 1900 St. Patrick's party to be held at the Valley House by "the fun-loving people of the valley."
   * Mar. 15, 1900 Sternwheeler "The City of Denver" comes up the river. Returns a week later for "another load of hay."
   * Aug. 8, 1901 O'Neill brothers of Stillwater, Minnesota, who have bought the logging outfit at Cherry Valley, are starting to carry on logging operations on an extensive basis. Track men are repairing the railroad track. Two (steam) donkey engines are coming up the river as far as steamboats can take them, where they will be put on rafts. It is estimated that there is work for 100 men for three years.
   * Sept. 19, 1901 Thirty men now working at the Cherry Valley camp. The locomotive was run over the road for the first time Tuesday. They expect to start putting logs in the river about the first of the month.
   * Oct. 17, 1901 Healy & Joyce's camp at Cherry Valley will commence operations in about two weeks. Will be one of the largest camps in the county. Six hundred acres are now "under control." The logs will be put into a lake and floated into the river, "making a splendid proposition for handling logs." One donkey engine is in, and more coming. Later track and locomotive will be put in. About 50 men will be employed.
   * Nov. 7, 1901 Accident at the Irvine logging camp at Cherry Valley. Geo. Kittle Jr. and Sr. were driving the train when it went out of control. Sr. jumped from the train but Jr. stayed with it until it left the track. Jr. suffered a broken hip and jaw. Locomotive badly damaged.
   * Feb. 27, 1902 James Joyce of Healy & Joyce's Cherry Valley camp is badly hurt by a falling limb, breaking his arm and "badly crushing him." Herb Drake, engineer of the donkey at the Irving Cherry Valley camp, had both legs crushed when he was caught between a log and the engine.
   "One of the inspiring sights in this neighborhood is to stand on the little bridge over the chute from Pendleton & Fitfield's camp, and watch the huge logs come down and make the leap into the river. The chute is something like a mile long, and rises at an angle of 45 degrees, and the way the logs come down is worth seeing."
   * July 31, 1902 Valley House announces dance and social party for Sept. 9. Dancing and supper free. Everybody invited.
   * Sept. 12, 1902 Forest fires turn the skies over Puget Sound green, day into night. "In many respects the most remarkable day ever seen on the Sound ... an atmosphere that was suggestive of the unearthly."