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Announcing Digital Newsletter Opt-in

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November Mystery Book Club

On November 8th at 10am we will be discussing the book: "Folly" by Laurie King. We will also be deciding… [more]

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Mystery Book Club

Our next Mystery Book Club meeting is Wednesday, October 11th at 10 am! Stop by to discuss "In The Bleak… [more]

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GKHS Annual Fundraiser Gala this Saturday September 30 from 5:30-9:00 pm

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GKHS Annual Fundraiser Gala this Saturday September 30 from 5:30-9:00 pm GKHS Annual Fundraiser Gala this Saturday September 30 from 5:30-9:00 pm

Kent Jr. High Honor Society

Kent Jr. High Honor Society 1931. Left to right: Charlotte Oliver, Betty Fae Williams, Ellen Gray, Toye Louise Nakatsuka, Giulia Reano, Jane Rawdon, Alma Booher, Imogene Bush, unknown, Virginia Meridth, Tillie Ann Hallock, & Natalie Dubois.
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O’brien Elementary School

O’brien Elementary School. One of the photos was noted the year 1919, another 1900, the others are unknown. Note the background in the second photo- farmland as far as you can see!

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Happy Halloween!

This was found shoved inside the 1905 school records we have been scanning. The Great Pumpkin, even back then or more likely a scarecrow or costume?

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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. Exact address unknown.

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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 noted that Emil Nelson was 3rd from the right.
Next is a photo from 1954 of the American Bowling Congress in Seattle. It was noted that Ed Reitan Sr. is 2nd from the right.
The third photo was at Kent Bowl in 1960, showing the team sponsored by Edlines-Funeral Home. It was noted that Ed Reitan Sr. is 1st on the left, then was Bill Nyseth, Dick Mortenson, Al Strom and Rich Pohl.
Lastly is a color photo of Edline’s Funeral Home’s team at Kent Bowl, date unknown.
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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 what a treasure to have the original in our archives!

 

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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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