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George Brackett, revealed – part two

Editor's note: This is part two of the historical timeline of George Brackett, the founder of Edmonds. Part one was published Oct. 10. Both are available at www.edmondsbeacon.com. Along the shores of...


George Brackett, revealed

Editor's note: This is part one of the historical timeline of George Brackett, the founder of Edmonds. Part two will be published Oct. 17. As a child, did you ever play the game Pass It On? One boy...

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News    July 18, 2019

Teachers remembered at annual Walk Back in Time at Edmonds Cemetery

The City of Edmonds’ annual Walk Back in Time and Open House returns to Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium 1 p.m. Thursday, July 25. Members of the cemetery board and some of their friends...

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News    May 25, 2019

MIA for 75 years, but not forgotten

An Edmonds native and grandson of city pioneers will be honored when the City of Edmonds has its annual Memorial Day celebration Monday at the Edmonds Cemetery. This year, the program will be dedicate...

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News    May 17, 2019

Place names from Edmonds and Meadowdale’s past

As the years pass, the names of places, roads and intersections often change and eventually just disappear, most no longer remembered. However, a few of the old names are still actually in use....

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News    April 10, 2019

Martha Kraencke, the Walking Lady of Edmonds

Every town usually has its colorful characters. But you’d have to go far to find one more intriguing than Martha Kraencke, the walking lady of Edmonds. Martha was not just different; she had an...


Early Edmonds newspaper history, and a controversial editor

Starting in 1890, when the Edmonds Chronicle began publishing the first newspaper in the newly incorporated city, Edmonds has had a love affair with the news that continues today with the Edmonds... Full story


Back in the day: Edmonds School District bus safety in the 1930s

Reading a recent article about school bus inspections failing, I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit about how things have changed since I was a little 6-year-old girl in 1933, all ready for my first day of school. As I have written before, our...


The old Edmonds City Jail, and a jailbreak

Maybe life was a lot simpler 80 or so years ago when the population of Edmonds was more or less 2,000 souls. Most of the news back then often seemed a lot more fun. Even the stories of happenings at the local jail were mostly amusing. If you have...


The stuff of nightmares: Edmonds’ Alligator Bus

It was often called the Alligator Bus. To me, it was the bus of my nightmares. Invented by George W. Yost, one-time bookkeeper and manager of the Yost Auto Company in Edmonds, the bus went into...


50 years ago: Edmonds High School graduation, and a special senior

At 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 1968, on stage at the Everett Civic Auditorium, 442 seniors from Edmonds High School received their diplomas from school board member Mrs. Ramon (Sue) Gould. On Saturday,... Full story

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News    July 13, 2018

'Walk Back in Time' with Edmonds trailblazers

Whether you are new to Edmonds or perhaps a long-time resident, you probably realize that downtown Edmonds, also known as the Edmonds Bowl, is a special and vibrant place – a modern town with a...

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News    May 31, 2018

Memorial Day: Remembering Maj. Philip Dave Ambard

Over seven years ago, Maj. Philip Ambard, a former Edmonds resident, lost his life along with eight others in a mass shooting at the International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ambard was one of... Full story

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News    April 27, 2018

The mystery of Reed Lake solved

For years now, those driving on 196th Street SW just east of Edmonds city limits have been stared down by surely one of the loneliest signs in the county – the one reading “Pet Parlor.” It’s...

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News    April 5, 2018

Edmonds veterans memorial monument has a new beginning

The south Snohomish county veterans memorial monument has found a new home, just in time to celebrate its 70th anniversary on Memorial Day. No longer at its longtime location in downtown Edmonds, it...

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News    March 24, 2018

Remembering Larry Hubbard and his gift to Edmonds

The Edmonds Memorial Cemetery Board is made up of volunteers responsible for the operation of Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium, as well as planning and overseeing the ceremonies and programs... Full story


Through the years: Fads, trends and craziness

With the passage of time, this country has experienced numerous interesting fads and trends. It seems as if most of these had beginnings in the late 1950, the 1960s and the early 1970s. Or, perhaps I... Full story


James Brady: Popular mayor had an unfortunate demise

In Edmonds from 1890 to 1912, when people mentioned Big Jim, everyone in town knew immediately that Big Jim was the well-known charismatic and jovial Irishman, James Brady. Brady was one of the men...


By George: A Brackett mystery solved

In the Oct. 19 Edmonds Beacon, Tim Raetzloff in his Taking Stock column titled “Edmonds creation myth? Let’s get real,” mentioned that it was a mystery as to how Edmonds founder George Brackett...


The story behind Edmonds Community College's relay station

Two buildings recently razed at Edmonds CC were originally used by the Army during World War II. The other day, when the bus I was on pulled into the passenger loading zone at Edmonds Community Colleg...

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News    August 4, 2017

Growing up in Lynnwood and Edmonds during the Depression

Editor’s note: Betty Lou Gaeng writes about local history for the Edmonds Beacon and is a member of the Edmonds Cemetery board. Having been born in January 1927, over 90 years ago, I am definitely...

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News    July 7, 2017

Katherine Knowlton: Timberline Kate | History Files

Even though (or maybe because) longtime Edmonds resident Kate Knowlton remained single and alone, she lived a full life. She was a World War I Army nurse, a silent-film actress, a private nurse, a real estate agent, the proprietor of a tearoom, a...

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News    May 26, 2017

MIA no more: Remembering Ronald Page Paschall

For over 20 years, Ron Paschall’s earthly remains were lost in the jungles of South Vietnam. Long after he died a hero’s death in Vietnam, Ronald Page Paschall was found, and he finally came home to be put to rest at Arlington National Cemetery....

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News    May 26, 2017

The story behind cemetery pioneer Thomas White

Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium is a beautiful, well-kept cemetery situated in a parklike setting in the Westgate area of Edmonds. It offers a historical pathway to remind us of the people who settled not only Edmonds, but all the communiti...


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