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Wednesday October 30, 2013


Kiwanis honors Dan Anderson for 50 years perfect service

Squak Mountain man helped supply victory in the Pacific during World War II By Dan Aznoff


eroes come in many shapes and sizes. For Kathleen McNicol, her hero is a 92-yearold man who spends his days in the workshop attached to his home on Squak Mountain. That man is her father, World War II veteran Earle H. Jones. The retired staff sergeant disagrees with his daughter’s personal bias. He described his role in helping to transport fuel from airfields in India as “playing a small part in the team effort” it took to win the war in the Pacific. Jones spent 20 months in the control towers at the air bases Shamshernager, Jorhat and in Santa Cruz near Bombay to coordinate the delivery of 100-octane fuel through the narrow passes in the Himalayas to Allied troops stationed in China. It’s not that Jones did not want to be a hero. He was turned away twice when he tried to enlist before the start of the war. Ironically, he was finally drafted into the Army Air Corps a full year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Born in the house on his family farm in Lost Springs, Kansas on April 4, 1921, Earle Jones grew up during The Great Depression and spent two “memorable years” working in Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps. He also

rode the rails between his hometown in Kansas and Boise, ID until he eventually ended up in New York in 1940 selling pretzels for 10-cents on the boardwalk at the World Fair. With a little encouragement from his daughter, Jones can still bark out the rhythmic words of the enticement he used to peddle the salted snacks. “Here they are. Genuine Alpine pretzels. Tasty, tempting and delicious. Try them once and you’ll try them again. Three pretzels for just 10 cents. Yes I said 10 cents.” It was during his stay in New York in the days leading up to the war that Jones tried to follow on the footsteps of his older brother, Don, who was a Marine assigned to Hickam Field near Pearl Harbor. After two unsuccessful attempts to join the Army voluntarily, Jones moved to California to take a job with an airplane manufacturer. It was only after he had settled into his new career in December of 1942 that Jones received his notice from the draft board and was ordered to report to the Presidio in Monterey. The young recruit was immediately shipped off to the Army Air Corps base in Florida but was shipped out after only three days of orientation and no real combat training to Sioux City in South Dakota to learn to become a radio operator as part of the


Earle Jones (right), in his Army Air Corps uniform, and his brother Don, in his Marines uniform, pose in 1942 for a family photo in Patrick, Ark.

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Earle Jones (left) wears his garrison cap as his daughter Kathleen McNicol wears his World War II Army Air Corps uniform in front of his Issaquah home. Army Airways Communication System (AACS). His technical training continued in Alabama. Jones finally received his infantry training and intense instruction on jungle survival at the Jefferson Barracks Military Post south of St. Louis. “That’s where they taught us how to use a

bayonet,” he said. Jones received his orders for deployment in February, 1943. His military journey brought him back to where he started in Southern California aboard the USS Mt. Vernon. The former cruise ship had been commissioned as a troop carrier to transport 8,000 soldiers plus 2,000

sailors and Mariners across the Pacific. Jones recorded details of the 33-day journey to Australia in his diary, but did not need his notes to remember that the weary soldiers were not allowed to leave the ship when it docked in Melbourne. Jones was finally able to sleep in a bed on solid ground when the ship arrived in Bombay and the soldiers were assigned to barracks at the British base known as Camp Whorley. First blood It was during his stay in the port city that Jones witnessed the first casualties See WWII, Page B3

Cello brings out the passion in student, teacher By Evan Pappas It’s not often that a birthday present can change your life in a meaningful way, but that’s what happened to Shari Van Cise. The Sammamish preschool teacher loved music and had always wanted to play the cello. She had originally purchased a cello online and tried to learn, but it never worked out for her; other responsibilities got in the way. However, on her 50th birthday, Shari’s husband bought her cello lessons from Valerie Doerrfeld and

changed her view of the cello forever. As a child you have a vast amount of free time and are much more adept at learning new things. As an adult with important responsibilities and little free time, the prospect of learning an instrument can seem impossible. But Valerie Doerrfeld, a professional cellist and instructor, wants to encourage more adults to pursue their dreams of learning an instrument. “Many people think they can’t do it after a certain age, but they can,” she said.

Doerrfeld studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and eventually moved to Issaquah, where she joined the Northwest Sinfonietta and Yakima Symphony. Alongside performing, Doerrfeld also teaches music to students of all ages. She started teaching on the East Coast and continued when she moved to Issaquah. “I didn’t know it would be a passion until I started to teach,” she said. “It went from income, to

Cello instructor Valerie Doerrfield leads student Shari Van Cise through a recent lesson. BY JOHN VASKO

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Plain brown leaves? By Jane Garrison


The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email

Halloween postcard, 1912: This postcard from Aunt Minnie (Butte, Mont.) to Master Bennie Trigg (Issaquah) was postmarked Oct. 24, 1912. 72.001.001B

It’s funny how I feel when summer ends and fall starts. I think, “NO! Don’t let this happen yet.” Then I get the feeling of autumn, and I revert to a crazed fall fever. Harvest time, autumn smells, colorful leaves and crisp air just win me over every year. When I come to my senses I have more rational thoughts, such as why and how do the trees change so drastically from summer to winter? Why do leaves change color? The science behind that particular subject is fascinating and more complicated than you would think. Gilman Boulevard is a great place to see varieties of red maple. Most of the red maples, Japanese maples and trees bred for bright color produce brilliant reds every year, but our native cottonwoods, some maples and alder just

Master gardener’s corner With Jane Garrison

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turn brown and drop their leaves. Disappointing for sure, but why? Research on leaf color has indicated it’s not sunshine or the temperature that make a difference but the light level. Lack of light with the low sun angles and short days means chlorophyll is not produced. No chlorophyll means the leaves lose their green color. So, what we are seeing every fall is a loss of green in the leaves rather than the gaining of reds, yellows or browns —

Dan Anderson was honored recently by the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah for 50 years of perfect attendance. Anderson’s Kiwanis career began in Newhall, Calif., where he served in many leadership roles, including the presidency. In 1963, he led his Newhall club in a project to donate and move a two-man, fully equipped Kiwanis dental clinic to Tijuana, Mexico. The clinic was donated and manned by two dentists with a history of providing free dental service to poor, itinerant workers’ kids in the local elementary school. Anderson and his wife, Portia, accompanied the clinic on its voyage to its new home, where it continues to be of service to this day, taking care of the dental needs of Tijuana’s poorest children. Kiwanis provided the means and the Mexican government provides the dentists, who are required to perform some public service. Anderson transferred to the Issaquah club in 1976. In 1978, he helped organized the club’s first successful auction. In 1979, the club’s 50th anniversary year, Anderson was president, membership doubled and he was awarded the International Diamond Award for club growth and service projects. He initiated the high school scholarship program that year and continues to serve on the committee that awards funds to graduating students. Anderson was named Kiwanian of the Year in 2005. He is also a Hixson Award Recipient, a life member and was elected as the second director emeritus of the board. When he’s not traveling, he still attends the board meetings. “Although I have been on theater, school and water boards, am an Eagle Scout, and have had a satisfying special career, nothing has been as rewarding and continuously pleasant as my membership in Issaquah Kiwanis,” Anderson said. “And obviously, I am extremely proud to have been associated with it during its many years of development into the uniquely great club that it is.”

just the opposite of what we usually think. All trees go through a process of transferring nitrogen from their leaves to their roots for winter storage. If a lot of sunlight is produced in the fall, trees need to protect themselves from it while they are in this process. Trees that turn red protect themselves with anthocyanin. Most of the trees that turn yellow produce carotenoid for protection, but only when threatened by too much sunlight. The result is bright leaf color every year in red trees and usually only when the sun shines brightly in yellow trees. If we have a rainy fall, the native plants don’t need to protect themselves, so they don’t go through the colorful stage; they just turn brown and drop their leaves. Bummer. Many of the trees being bred for color produce red because it’s the most popular and reliable for fall color. The yellow and See LEAVES, Page B3




Wednesday October 30, 2013

Liberty fails to solve the riddle of Bellevue Patriots are latest victim to Wolverines

By Christina Corrales-Toy There is only so much a team can do when it goes up against the juggernaut that is Bellevue High School football. District powerhouse Skyline couldn’t find an answer for the Wolverines, enduring a 45-7 drubbing in a Sept. 7 nonconference matchup. This time it was Liberty’s turn to take on Bellevue, and after a 38-7 Patriots defeat, the question of how to stop the Wolverines still remains a mystery. “Bellevue is Bellevue, and they are one of the premier teams in the country,” Liberty coach Steve Valach said. “When you play them, you ask yourself, ‘How are you going to measure success,’ and I think it’s all about your fight, your effort and your finish.” Valach said he saw plenty of fight in his team on the cool, foggy Oct. 25 night, when the school celebrated both Homecoming and senior night. “It’s been a small senior class, but I think they’ve really taken their leadership role seriously,” Valach said. “Shoot, when they were freshman, I don’t know if we won a game, and they’ve won four games their senior year, and we’re not done yet.” The Patriots kept pace with the Wolverines through the first quarter, showing some stout defense on Bellevue’s first possession of the game. Liberty made a critical stop, forcing the Wolverines to try for a field goal they ultimately missed. Heading into the next quarter, Liberty was down just 7-0, but things turned ugly as Bellevue gained control, scoring 24 unanswered points in the second quarter. Bellevue would go on to add one more score, but Liberty did not find the end zone until there were

UP NEXT Liberty at Mount Si 47 p.m. Nov. 1 4Mount Si High School just four minutes left in the game. Senior Lorin Archibald caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Solly. Senior Sam Dodt and junior Russell Boston led the Patriots on defense. Dodt posted five total tackles, while Boston had seven and an interception. The loss comes a week after Liberty captured what Valach called the team’s “most significant win since 2010,” when they scored a come-from-behind victory on the road against Mercer Island Oct. 18. The Patriots were down 28-20 heading into the fourth quarter, before scoring 15 unanswered points to take the 35-28 win. Boston rushed for 208 yards and scored three touchdowns on runs of 67, 27 and 17 yards. Drew Hall and Romney Noel each added touchdowns of their own. “We went in knowing that was a game that if we played well, and we got a few breaks, we felt that it was a game we could win,” Valach said. After giving up points to the Islanders, the Liberty defense stepped up in the second half of the game. Defensive lineman Charles Hansen had a key sack of Mercer Island’s quarterback and junior linebacker Kacy Thomas forced a fumble that led to the game-tying score. Liberty will head on the road to Mount Si Nov. 1 where a chance at a playoff spot is on the line. While Liberty hopes to come home with a win against the Wildcats, ranked fifth in the state, Valach said, no matter what, he has enjoyed leading the 2013 Patriots. “I think these guys have one agenda and their agenda is team, and their motto is fight,” he said. “I love the fight in them.”


Liberty senior Lorin Archibald catches a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Solly in the Patriots’ 38-7 loss to Bellevue Oct. 25.


Derek Loville, Skyline High School junior wide receiver, pulls in a 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kilton Anderson to get the Spartans on track in the third quarter for their come-from-behind 30-17 win Oct. 25 over Issaquah.


Spartans dig out 30-17 win over pesky Eagles By Neil Pierson npierson@ sammamishreviewcom

When the Spartans left their locker room to play the second half of their regular-season finale, they were a different team than the one that entered the room trailing by a touchdown. Facing the rival Issaquah Eagles with a berth in the KingCo Conference title game on the line, the Spartans struggled in the first 24 minutes. Their offense stalled and committed three turnovers, and they went to the break in a 10-3 hole. The message from Skyline head coach Mat Taylor was simple, his players indicated: Get motivated, put the ball in the end zone, and take some pressure off the defense. “The defense was doing their part, but the offense needed to step it up,” senior lineman Josh Wright said. Skyline found its rhythm and scored 27 straight points in the third quarter to earn a 30-17 victory Oct. 25 at Issaquah High School. The Spartans (7-1) haven’t lost since their opener with Bellevue, and they’ll face Bothell (7-1) in the Nov. 1 KingCo championship game, a 7 p.m. start at Skyline High. Bothell has won six straight games after losing to Bellevue in Week 2. The Cougars will be looking to avenge two defeats – 33-21 and 34-7 – to Skyline in 2012. There wasn’t a magic potion that helped Skyline overcome a slow start, said Chandler Wong, a junior running back who carried 17 times for 65 yards and a touchdown. “We just decided to pick it up, and we just got a spark in us,” Wong said. “We just got after it in the second half.” After throwing a pair of interceptions in the first half, Spartans quarterback Kilton Anderson made two big plays to get his team going. He hit Collin Crisp for a 26-yard gain, then scrambled to his right and found Derek Loville in the back right corner of the end zone for a 26-yard score. Jason Twaddle missed the extra point, keeping Issaquah ahead 10-9, but it was the start of a momentum shift. On their next series, the Spartans drove 62 yards in nine plays to grab


Derek Chapman, Issaquah High School senior wide receiver, gives the Eagles the early lead in the second quarter on a 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jack Neary as Skyline’s Michael Cowin pursues.

UP NEXT Skyline vs. Bothell 47 p.m. Nov. 1 4Skyline High School Issaquah vs. Redmond 47 p.m. Nov. 1 4Redmond High School the lead. Wong had a 22-yard catchand-run, then plowed into the left side of the line for a 3-yard TD. A year after relying on all-state quarterback Max Browne for the bulk of their offense, the Spartans have evolved into a ground-based attack. Along with Wong’s 65 yards, Anderson carried 11 times for 55 yards and sophomore Rashaad Boddie had 11 touches for 57 yards. “Our ‘O’ line is really picking it up, and we’re just power running,” Wong said. The wheels came off for Issaquah (5-3) on its next possession. Quarterback Jack Neary was called for intentional grounding, then threw an interception to Drew Lunde that gave Skyline the ball at the Eagles’ 6-yard line. On the next play, Boddie scored, and the Spartans’ lead grew to 23-10. It got worse in the final seconds of the third period as Issaquah muffed a punt return, and Skyline recovered the ball in the end zone. “We were just our own worst enemy,” Issaquah head coach Chris Bennett said. “You can’t fumble a punt. You can’t throw an intercep-

tion. It seemed like that third quarter lasted forever, and we were just in that funk and we couldn’t get out.” Derek Chapman, a senior wide receiver, nearly put the Eagles on his back to get the win. He hauled in seven passes for 147 yards and two scores – a 44-yard bomb in the second quarter and a 7-yard toss early in the fourth. Chapman also had a 57-yard kickoff return. But after Issaquah narrowed its deficit to 30-17, Skyline was able to run the ball effectively, chew up the clock and rest its defense. Issaquah’s Tommy Nelson barely missed catching what would’ve been a 40-yard TD pass, and the Eagles turned the ball over on downs with less than 5 minutes to play. Neary had been putting up huge numbers, but Skyline held him to 15-of-28 passing for 182 yards. Behind Wright and Elliott Welnak, the Spartans finished with seven sacks, and they also held Eagles running back Jack Gellatly to 37 yards. “Once we shut down the run, it was pretty much easy sailing from there,” Wright said. Issaquah travels to Redmond Nov. 1 for what it hopes is the first game of an extended playoff run. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. “We have a lot of disappointed kids, and I know the coaches are frustrated a little bit,” Bennett said. “But like I told them, no one’s going to feel sorry for you. We’ve got to pick ourselves up and we’ve got a week to correct the mistakes, and then we’ve got to go play a loser-out game to qualify for state, and that’s the goal.”

Spartans girls volleyball downs Wolves in four sets By Neil Pierson npierson@ sammamishreviewcom Skyline High volleyball coach Callie Wesson is confident in her team’s ability to have a successful postseason run after the Spartans surged to 10 wins in their first 12 matches. Skyline’s only losses have been to a pair of state-title contenders – 4A KingCo Conference rival Newport and 3A powerhouse Mercer Island – and the Spartans continued

their run of good form on their home court on Oct. 21, downing the Eastlake Wolves 3-1. With the KingCo championship tournament beginning Nov. 2, Skyline has a chance to knock Newport from its perch, but Wesson isn’t concerned about the opposition. “We always need to just keep worrying about us and not focusing on what they’re doing on the other side of the net,” she said. “If we can take care of us and meet our standards of our hitting-percentage

goal and passing-percentage goal, we should be able to beat any team.” The Spartans (10-2 overall, 7-1 conference) met those standards against Eastlake (7-5, 5-3). They took charge early and didn’t allow the Wolves to push the match to a fifth set, winning 2519, 25-8, 20-25, 25-19. Crystal Anderson was a key to Skyline’s performance. The senior outside hitter racked up a matchhigh 17 kills, including four in the fourth set to clinch the victory.

Anderson said it was important for the Spartans to refocus mentally after Eastlake won the third set, which may have been the result of Skyline’s lopsided win in the second set. “I think we kind of stepped back the third game and thought we’d just win it,” Anderson said, “but the fourth game, we knew we had to put more effort in.” “You win the second (set) 25-8, and you kind See VOLLEYBALL, Page B5

Skyline Spartans setter Megan Wedeking gets the ball in a good position as teammate Emily Anne Owen looks on. BY NEIL PIERSON