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.
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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.
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.
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!
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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!
Kent Historical Museum installs 129-year old church bell
Story by Michelle Gehlman-Teeter
Photos by Tom Worrell
The Greater Kent Historical Society and Museum recently procured a big old church bell, and they needed a place to display it properly.
The First Presbyterian Church of Kent donated their 129-year old bell to the museum, when they closed their doors in 2017. The church had been a part of the Kent faith community since 1889, the building on Smith Hill being built in 1962. Unfortunately, their membership had dwindled and the building had aged to the point that it was too expensive to maintain so they made the difficult decision to close their doors. The historic church bell, some memorabilia, all of their folding chairs, and a portrait of one of their pastors were donated to the Kent History Museum.
It took five men to move the bell into the museum’s storage until a proper installation could be built. After several estimates that were out of reach of the small non-profit, Kent’s own C & G Construction Services, Inc. offered to donate their time and materials to build the outdoor installation.
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