History Project

FHNA History Project

We explore, document and preserve the history of our area through the gathering of oral history (conducting interviews and learning the stories of our long term residents) and by researching existing literature, and archives. We live in a wonderful neighborhood and ours is a fascinating journey of discovery. Anyone wishing to join us is welcome. To participate contact Barbara Radford by email (baradford@comcast.net) or by phone (home: 425 820 2413, cell 425 442 4908).

Anyone who has photographs or artifacts relating to the greatrer Finn Hill area in times past that they would like to share please also contact Barbara Radford using the above listed email address or telephone numbers.

Three Daughters of First Generation on Finn Hill

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Blog, History Project | 1 comment

Three Daughters of First Generation on Finn Hill

It was a rainy day in February 2012 that several us sat down for coffee with three special ladies who talked about the early, very early Finn Hill years.  Loita Hawkinson of the Kirkland Historical Society was there taking several pictures. She took notes and received copies of several historical papers that will become part of the Finn Hill archives. The three ladies are Mrs. Doris Raine Snow who lives on Finn Hill, Sandy Haug, who works with the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard and Kay Lindquist-Leary lives in Kenmore but lived for a very...

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Wednesday, April 22 a Little Piece of Finn Hill history fell to the ground

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Blog, History Project | Comments Off on Wednesday, April 22 a Little Piece of Finn Hill history fell to the ground

Wednesday, April 22 a Little Piece of Finn Hill history fell to the ground

“I had known this barn and house for my entire life,  because I lived across the street from them. I loved them. They had many sentimental and historical values to me. Upon seeing that many of the older houses in my neighborhood were being demolished, I decided to try and preserve the history in my neighborhood, particularly the barn and house.”  by Victor Bahna Here is the latest issue of the Kirkland Heritage Society newsletter. This edition features a story by Victor Bahna about a Finn Hill barn and house built in 1910. This...

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The Farr Family Story

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Blog, FHNA History, History Project | Comments Off on The Farr Family Story

The Farr Family Story

The Farr Family Based on an Interview with Grant Farr by Bonnie Rimawi, on May 24, 2013 “My full name is Sheldon Grant Farr, Jr., but I go by Grant because my dad was Sheldon; that way we didn’t get each other confused.” So begins the interview about a boy, Grant Farr, growing up in the family home in the forest of what is now known as part of O.O. Denny Park. The story was told to two members of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA), and is replete with descriptions of the family’s property, their house and landscape and their friends...

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May 28th at 7 PM: “First Families of Juanita” History Project Event

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Blog, Events, History Project | 2 comments

May 28th at 7 PM: “First Families of Juanita” History Project Event

FHNA History Project & Kirkland Heritage Society Present: Christina Brugman’s “First Families of Juanita” When: Wednesday, May 28th at 7PM Where: Heritage Hall in downtown Kirkland, 203 Market St., Kirkland, WA 98033 Christina has prepared a power point presentation of her “First Families” collection of extraordinary photographs documenting the history of our area dating back to the eighteen hundreds. Some highlights: Photographs taken in 1894 when the Shaffer Brothers and the Woodins logged Big Finn Hill. An 1895 photograph of the Ole...

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1952 Anti-aircraft Battalion at Juanita Beach in Blackberry Preserves Newsletter

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Blog, History Project | Comments Off on 1952 Anti-aircraft Battalion at Juanita Beach in Blackberry Preserves Newsletter

1952 Anti-aircraft Battalion at Juanita Beach in Blackberry Preserves Newsletter

Take some time to page through the latest  “Blackberry Preserves” newsletter, produced by the Kirkland Heritage Society (KHS.) Inside is a request to the community about a past Anti-aircraft Battalion stationed at Juanita Beach. The newsletter features a photo purchased on eBay. Do you remember this Battalion and know exactly its location? Looks like the photo might have been taken at the southern end of Finn Hill. If you know, please give Loita Hawkinson, President of KHS, a call or email. Kirkland Heritage Society contact information:  ...

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Kirkland Historic Property Inventory – Annexed Areas

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Blog, History Project | Comments Off on Kirkland Historic Property Inventory – Annexed Areas

Kirkland Historic Property Inventory – Annexed Areas

Funded by a grant from the State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, a dedicated group of volunteers is working with the Kirkland Heritage Society, the City of Kirkland, and the King County Historic Preservation program to update the city’s Historic Property Inventory Progress on the Kirkland Historic Property Inventor A meeting is set with the City of Kirkland’s Senior Planner & the County’s Preservation Architect on March 20 to go through the finalized documents to pick out 50 properties from the total...

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Name the First Kirkland Mayor 1905

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Blog, History Project | Comments Off on Name the First Kirkland Mayor 1905

Name the First Kirkland Mayor 1905

[by Loita Hawkinson, President of the Kirkland Heritage Society] An old African proverb reminds us that when a person dies, it is like a library burning down. Many families wish they had asked more questions, listened more intently and kept notes. They wish their loved ones had written a history, even a brief history, of what they knew about their ancestors and their own life. The information available on the web lulls people into a false sense that family history is there for all to find. That is true as far as genealogy goes, but it tells...

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Join us Dec 16! See Images of Christmas Ships & Bonfires Over 22 Years

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Blog, Christmas Ships, Events, FHNA History, History Project | Comments Off on Join us Dec 16! See Images of Christmas Ships & Bonfires Over 22 Years

Join us Dec 16! See Images of Christmas Ships & Bonfires Over 22 Years

Learn about the history of the Bonfire and Christmas Ships.  Who makes the bonfires? How many Christmas Ships have come to O.O. Denny Park? Join us on December 16th to learn about this and much more. This is the time of year when we get together with friends and family to celebrate and share our many holiday traditions. One such tradition is our sojourn to O.O Denny Park to greet the Christmas Ship with its carolers and entourage of smaller vessels that come to the park’s shores to serenade us each December. An important part of this event is...

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O.O. Denny Park and The New Deal

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Blog, History Project | Comments Off on O.O. Denny Park and The New Deal

O.O. Denny Park and The New Deal

In 1922, the Denny family donated their summer estate on Lake Washington, now known as O.O. Denny Park, to the City of Seattle for a public park.  For several years, local residents tried to get Seattle to provide some improvements, but little was done.  In 1926, the Navy decided to develop an air station on what is now known as Sandpoint.  At that time, the area was called Carkeek Park and housed a City Park Department overnight camp, however, the Navy purchased a replacement site for the camp on Puget Sound. The City did not want a camp on...

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Blackberry Preserves, July-Aug Ed.

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Blog, History Project | Comments Off on Blackberry Preserves, July-Aug Ed.

Blackberry Preserves, July-Aug Ed.

Take some time to page through the “Blackberry Preserves” newsletter, produced by the Kirkland Heritage Society, for its members and those interested in Kirkland’s past. Inside the July/August 2013 edition you’ll find articles on: The Miller home from 128 12th Avenue in Norkirk on its way to Vancouver BC Special tribute to Bob Burke, 1934 – 2013. Friends and Colleagues celebrate the ‘dash’ in Bob’s life. Kirkland Historic Property Inventory Kirkland lost another icon in June. The American Legion Hall was torn down to make room for...

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