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 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

Discovering history sources of Edmonds and surrounding area

Editor's note: Look for more stories from Betty Lou Gaeng, a local historian who now lives in Alaska, in the new year. Clues to historical stories can be found in records from many... — Updated 12/13/2020

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

A 1953 fire department tragedy on a summer night

It was a routine call for Fire Station No. 1 late Sunday evening, July 26, 1953 – a brush fire was burning at Talbot Park near Meadowdale. Answering the call from Station No. 1:... — Updated 11/29/2020

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

A pandemic, never-maskers, open-air meetings: Welcome to 1918

Editor's note: 102 years ago, the world experienced another worldwide flu pandemic. Among the casualties were three Edmonds soldiers. In October 1918, the world was still fighting... — Updated 8/29/2020 Full story


Edmonds High School history, and Frances Anderson

I was a student at the old Edmonds High School – now the Edmonds Center for the Arts – for six years. Yes, you read it right, six years. No, I was not a slow learner – at one... — Updated 3/12/2020

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

Remembering schoolteacher Adrienne Margaret Caspers

Beginning her career as a public-school teacher in the fall of 1917 at a one-room school in the small village of Alderwood Manor, a few miles east of her Edmonds' home, Adrienne... — Updated 2/21/2020

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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. A... — Updated 10/17/2019

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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... — Updated 10/16/2019

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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... — Updated 7/18/2019

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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 progr... — Updated 5/25/2019

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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... — Updated 5/17/2019

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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... — Updated 4/10/2019

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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... — Updated 12/14/2018 Full story

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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... — Updated 12/7/2018

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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... — Updated 11/19/2018

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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... — Updated 11/2/2018

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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)... — Updated 8/24/2018 Full story

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

'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... — Updated 7/13/2018

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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.... — Updated 5/31/2018 Full story

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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... — Updated 4/27/2018

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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... — Updated 4/5/2018

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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 cerem... — Updated 3/24/2018 Full story

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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 19... — Updated 3/5/2018 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... — Updated 1/18/2018

 By Betty Lou Gaeng    News

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... — Updated 11/8/2017


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 Edmon... — Updated 9/18/2017


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