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.
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.
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We are creating The History of the Fishing Pole Exhibit here at The Greater Kent Historical Museum.
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This is the Dream Theater from 1912 in Kent, WA.
Silent movies were a great source of entertainment for the community. Before this, The Magic Lantern was a light source device that would project images on the wall. Many were hand painted and photographs. With the use of live music, and constantly moving pictures, theaters became very popular. The Dream Theater used a pianola to add music to the movie. Also called a piano player, it had pre-programmed music recorded on metallic rolls. But, the trick is that there has to be a pianola player to push the pedals of the instrument. That became the main source of employment for musicians back in this time. But, the pianola player had to be careful. On the opening night of a thriller show, the scenes would be so terrifying that the pianola player would stop playing out of shock! Therefore, you would never want to go to the opening night of a thriller, because you knew the music would be unpredictable.