Fenwick Fishing Pole-FEEL THE ACTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The name Fenwick comes from a lake in Washington State. As the young company searched for a site to build its innovative new rods they found an unused double garage at a friend’s home on Lake Fenwick near Kent. It was 1952 in Kent, Washington that a group of five Seattle businessmen and avid flyfishermen formed a fishing rod company using the new fiberglass blanks that were becoming available at the time.

For over 50 years, the Fenwick name has been a legend among fishermen all over the world. The company’s fascinating history dates back to the Pacific Northwest in the late 40’s where men returning from the “big war” had only one thing on their minds: to get back to the sport of fishing they so loved. Washington State would become the spawning ground where names like Don Green, Clarence Shoff, Lamiglas and Fenwick would write the first chapters of the history of the modern fishing rod.

Guided by Phil Clock’s instincts, energetic personality, drive and leadership, Fenwick quickly became known world-wide for producing the highest quality rods for, in Clock’s words, “the above average fisherman” and commanded nearly half of the fishing rod market.

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Buy your Raffle ticket for a chance to win a Fenwick Fishing Pole. Drawing on May 1st, 2019!

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Who is Ezra Meeker?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ezra Meeker

was an American pioneer who traveled the Oregon Trail by ox-wagon as a young man. He worked to memorize the trail. Once, he was known “Hop King of the World”, and was first mayor of Puyallup, Washington.He started a business in the Yukon that provisioned the miners with tons of canned goods and fresh vegetables grown and processed in the Green/White River Valley-and even today, you will find the Meeker name attached to local schools, streets, and buildings.
That is what the book, Slick as a Mitten describes; Ezra Meeker’s experiences during the Klondike Gold Rush.

 

This is Ezra Meeker’s Cabin in Puyallup.

 

Sign up for the book discussion and walking tour, Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

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Keep scrolling for more Ezra Meeker photos!

This is an exhibit from 2013, from the Washington State Historical Society Museum, in 2013.
They are Ezra Meeker’s ox in 1906 named Dave and Dandy!

This is Ezra Meeker’s Wagon, from The Washington State Historical Society Museum in 2012 when it was open for temporary view to the public.

Book Discussion & Historic Kent Walking Tour All in One! Bookmarks & Landmarks: Reading Slick as a Mitten

Saturday, April 13, 10:30am

Greater Kent Historical Society Museum

855 E Smith Street, Kent

Registration required. Register online at kcls.org or by calling your local library.

 

Slick as a Mitten: Ezra Meeker’s Klondike Enterprise, by Dennis M. Larsen

This book chronicles local pioneer Ezra Meeker’s experiences during the Klondike Gold Rush. He started a business in the Yukon that provisioned the miners with tons of canned goods and fresh vegetables grown and processed in the Green/White River Valley-and even today, you will find the Meeker name attached to local schools, streets and buildings.

 

Read Slick as a Mitten in advance, then come to the Museum to join the discussion about how that get-rich-quick period in the Far North influenced development in our area. Following the book talk, join us on a walking tour of historical downtown Kent, where you’ll see several buildings constructed with funds gained during the Klondike Gold Rush. Wear good walking shoes and come dressed for the weather. This is a two-hour program.

Fenwick Exhibit

Gone Fishin’! You’ll be hooked by our exhibit: History of the Fenwick Fishing Pole. You’ll be reeled in by our fishing artifacts. You’ll explore the early Kent, WA company, Fenwick, which is known for their high-quality fishing poles. Cast your ticket in our raffle for a chance to win a Fenwick trout salmon fishing pole!  Dive into the Fenwick history for our opening date April 6th at the Kent Museum, 855. E. Smith St., Kent, WA, 98030. Open Wed-Sat 12-4pm.

Fenwick Fishing

We need your help!
We are creating The History of the Fishing Pole Exhibit here at The Greater Kent Historical Museum.
If you have anything related to Fenwick, fishing items, or Shoff’s Sporting Goods items, we would be grateful for your loan!
Email us at: kenthistoricalmuseum@gmail.com
Give us a call at: 253-854-4330

 

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How Electricity Came to Kent, Washington

Gabriella Johnson, a new staff member of The Greater Kent Historical Society presented on How Electricity Came to Kent, Washington on January 15, 2019.
She presented on how electricity powered: transportation, companies, jobs, and entertainment in Kent, WA. Before electricity, work was done by hand, cities were dangerous, transportation was difficult and farming fueled the economy. Once electricity came to Kent: telephones were invented, electricity came into homes, railroads were made, and cows even listened to the radio!
Gabriella Johnson is a junior at Kent-Meridian High School in the International Baccalaureate Program. Her future plans include attending college and majoring in history.
Thank you, Gabriella, for all your hard work on this presentation!