Category Archives: Historic Photos

Thomas Alvord

Pioneer Thomas Alvord built his home in the 1880’s. It was located at 78th Ave S. The faint photo, if you look close, is all of his cows in front of the house!

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Danny Pierce

We are lucky enough to have two Danny Pierce pieces on loan at the Museum! Read about him here, then come visit us to see them in person!

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Longacres’ Last Race Day

This program was from the last day at the races at Longacres Park, Sept. 21, 1992.

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A.M. Playford General Blacksmith Shop

This is the A.M. Playford General Blacksmith Shop c.1880’s-1890’s. The horse garage was the parts store of the time, selling things like horseshoes and other accessories. Shown left to right is : Alex Playford, (maybe) A.P. Meredith, and Sol Kunkel. … Continue reading

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Bowling in Kent

Here are some photos that were donated to us of bowling teams. Bowling has been around in Kent as a pastime since the 1900’s! The first photo is from c.1900 of a bowling alley located on RR Ave. It was … Continue reading

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1896 Lumber Delivery Contract

This is a contract between the City of Kent and E. Molkie to deliver 75 cords of 4 ft. slab wood to the Light Plant from the Kent Mill on Oct. 12th, 1896, all for $25. Very interesting read and … Continue reading

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Kent High School Band c.1930

Here’s a great photo of the Kent High School Band in either 1930 or 1931.

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Fireman Saves Child on Cliff

A terrifying story that ended well was printed in the Kent News-Journal on March 13, 1968.

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Grandfather Hull’s Office

There is a lot of notes on this photo, but not where it is from precisely. We know it is “Grandfather” Hull’s office/consultation room and the “secretary” is looking through the doorway from her “workshop”. It seems to be a … Continue reading

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Pat Hayes’ Hop House

This is a hop house that belonged to Pat Hayes Farm in Orillia. Hop farming was really big in the early 1900’s in Kent until the hops louse ruined the crops and people transitioned over to lettuce farming.

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