Veteran’s Day Memories by Elmer W. Carlberg
“When this writer was in boot camp, he had the satisfaction of knowing he had all the measurements of a physically perfect average man, but there were those about who could hardly handle a rifle. I saw one of my buddies, a little skinny fellow, holding on to his rifle for dear life, while a big officer was giving him heck. After the war I met the little fellow, a store keeper in the Portland Public Market. He told me of this same big officer who had given him such a hard time, coming in one day and asking him for a job. He gave him the hardest work he could find. After an hour’s work he quit. I told him, ‘A man has to work in this man’s army!’”
[Elmer Carlberg (1894-1987) was a WWI veteran and long-time Woodinville resident. He never owned a car and drove a horse and buggy into the 1950s. He was a Woodinville historian who called himself "Son of the Stumpland" due to the stumps left behind by tree cutting around Woodinville. For 40 years the silver-bearded man, who wore a black trench coat and brimmed hat regardless of the weather, served as the curator of the Woodinville Cemetery. (From findagrave.com)]
She Knitted Socks for Our Warriors by Oscar Roloff
On April 6, 1917, our nation declared war against the German nation. Immediately Mrs. Susan Woodin of Woodinville decided on the homefront to back up the boys overseas, to do her part in the war effort.
Warm attire was needed. Though she had many home tasks, Mrs. Woodin began knitting socks to be sent overseas to those on the front lines. When she’d complete a packet of socks, she’d send them to a known U.S. Army base to be forwarded.
When the war ended on November 11, 1918, Mrs. Woodin ceased knitting socks and returned to her regular home and community chores. [Susan, her husband Ira Woodin and their two daughters settled in Woodinville in 1871.]
Hollywood Schoolhouse is King County Landmark
On Nov. 20, the King County Landmarks Commission designated the Hollywood Schoolhouse a King County Landmark, basing its designation on the building being an outstanding example of an early 20th century schoolhouse.
It was built in 1912 on land donated by Fred Stimson, a wealthy Seattle lumberman who built Hollywood farm (now Chateau Ste. Michelle). The brick, fired in a kiln in Woodinville, was transported to Hollywood by horse and wagon.
It has also served as a community center, Grange Hall, and currently is an event venue. [Today it is occupied by the Maryhill Winery Tasting Room and Bistro.]
Post Office Operating on Heightened Sense of Awareness and Security
To combat the threat of anthrax moving through the mail, post offices around the nation have taken many steps to ensure employee safety and calm customer anxieties.
Even in Woodinville, thousands of miles away from the epicenter of the recent crises, postal employees are operating on a heightened sense of awareness.
The 63 employees at the Woodinville Post Office have participated in information and training sessions on specific procedures for handling anthrax and other biological agent threats, most are wearing protective gloves and some are even wearing face masks.
The Woodinville Weekly – Celebrating 25 Years of Community News
The front page of the first edition of The Woodinville Weekly is dated Nov.1, 1976. The incorporation of Woodinville and the historic Saginaw Sawmill were top stories. [Carol Edwards was the first publisher, guiding The Woodinville Weekly from 1976 to 2004.]
Summer Concert Series to Stay, but Where and When Unclear
The Woodinville City Council discussed whether or not to continue the summer concerts, and if so, should they stay as a noontime series at DeYoung Park or move to a nighttime series at Wilmot Park.
The City Manager said, “Right now we’re getting maybe a couple hundred people for $20,000 of expense. If we spend $20,000 and get a couple thousand people, that’s a huge benefit.” With unanimity it was agreed to continue the series, but the “undecideds” and the “not sure yets” ruled the day among the other questions.
More to come. Currently, each Wednesday night concert at Wilmot Park attracts about 1,500 people!