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Lee, Gary & Hugh

December 2, 2009; interviewed by Cheri (Stadler) Ryan

Cheri Ryan (Alderwood Manor Heritage Association): It’s December 2nd, 2009, this is Cheri Ryan at the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association cottage in Lynnwood, Washington, and today I’m interviewing brothers Gary and Hugh Lee, and Gary, if you could introduce yourself first— Continue reading


Rossi, JoAnn (Smith)

January 26, 2009; interviewed by Cheri (Stadler) Ryan

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Cheri Ryan, Alderwood Manor Heritage Association: It’s January 26th, 2009. I’m Cheri Ryan at the Alderwood Manor Heritage cottage in Lynnwood, Washington, and I’m doing an oral interview with—

JoAnn Rossi: JoAnn Rossi, and my maiden name is Smith.

CR: And JoAnn, can you give me your birth date, and tell me how old you are and your address, please?

JR: I was born in July—July 3rd of 1933. I’m 75 years old—young. [laughs] And my address is Continue reading


Seattle-Everett Interurban Railway Memories

Seattle-Everett Interurban Trolleyby Kent L. Haley, Keizer, Oregon, date unknown

The latest publication (Alderwood Clippings) was of interest to me . . . as you know, my father had his first teaching job at Alderwood Manor, I think the years 1920 and 1921.  Maybe until 1922.  I was four and a half when I first boarded that high-flying interurban car, and never got over it!  Sometimes the parlor car (the ones obtained in 1920 from the Spokane & Inland Empire) came along, and I can remember hanging over the brass railing Continue reading


Chicken Farming—The Way It Really Was—REALLY!

by Ray Pennock, June 1999

So you have all studied history and know all there is to know about the history of the chicken farms and early Alderwood Manor!  Certainly the number of chicken houses that were built, the thousands of baby chicks and their incubators are well documented.  The millions of nourishing eggs that were produced is also legendary.  And the fryers—well, no picnic could possibly be called a success without three or four ladies bringing delicious servings of fried chicken.  End of story? Continue reading


Early Doctors

by Norm Nelson, undated

In the early years of Edmonds there were two doctors, Dr. H. H. Kretzler and Dr. A.W. Schmidt.  Both of whom had a somewhat disparaging opinion of the other.  Dr. Schmidt at one time saying he didn’t see how anyone could put any trust in Dr. Kretzler, Dr. Kretzler having a somewhat similar opinion of Dr. Schmidt.  Both probably of about equal ability.

Dr. Kretzler could frequently be seen tooling his big Chrysler down Main Street, Continue reading


City Newspaper Delivered Promptly to Settler’s Homes

The following is from the 1922 Spring Edition of the Alderwood Manor Countryside newspaper.

When one stops to think that three years ago Alderwood Manor was but the beginning of a great project, and that today it has among its many other conveniences that of having the big city dailies delivered to the homes, one can in a measure guage (sic) the wonderful Alderwood Manor spirit of which every visitor speaks. The industry, and energy of the Little Landers is no better evidenced than in the new business venture of P. Wigen, a resident of subdivision 4. Continue reading


Boyle, Brian

May 24, 2009; interviewed by Sandy (Forsgren) Konikson

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Sandra Konikson, Alderwood Manor Heritage Association: This is Sandra Forsgren Konikson with the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association and I’m doing an oral interview with—

Brian Boyle: Brian E. Boyle.

SK: And Brian, when were you born?

BB: Born the 30th of October, 1918.

SK: And what is your age now?

BB: My age is 90.

SK: Okay. And you were born when—where? Continue reading


Wickstrum, Mary (Humble)

May 26, 2009; interviewed by Cheri (Stadler) Ryan

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Cheri Ryan: [tape starts mid-sentence] —2009, this is Cheri Ryan at the Alderwood Manor Heritage Cottage in Lynnwood, Washington, and today I am interviewing –

Mary Wickstrum: Mary Wickstrum. Humb—Mary Humble Wickstrum.

CR: And Mary, can you tell me your age and your address, please?

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Neff, Rodney

May 23, 2007; interviewed by Cheri (Stadler) Ryan

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Cheri Ryan, Alderwood Manor Heritage Association: [tape begins mid-sentence] – May 23rd, 2007, this is Cheri Ryan doing an oral interview with Rod Neff at the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association. Rod, if you could give me your full name, your address, and your age, please.

Rod Neff: Yeah, my name is Rodney Lee Neff, age 71, born in May 6th of 1935, presently live—and have lived there for almost, I think, 50 years—it’s [edited for web publication] and that’s in Lynnwood, and—

CR: Well, tell me, when did you start living in Alderwood Manor? Continue reading