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Hefting bricks for the new monument plaza in Snoqualmie, Lee Prewitt, Kathy Kerr and Dave Battey are helping build the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial. Kerr bought the first brick sold for her father, Silver Star honoree Clifford Gohkle. The monument will honor all Valley soldiers, including the men who served in industrial roles at the Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company during World War I, pictured below.

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Recalling valor, brick by brick Momentum, donations grow as volunteers gather names, deeds for all-Valley monument

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Clifford Gohlke never talked much about what he did during World War II. It took 50 years for his daughter, Kathy Kerr, to find out that her father had earned a Silver Star medal for valor. “He said he used to chase Rommel around the desert,” said Kerr, a North Bend resident and American Legion Auxilliary officer. “That was all he would tell me.” It took many years and the discovery of newspaper clippings and discharge papers to tell the tale of Private Gohlke, who spent nearly

A Tolt Middle School student has been held in a juvenile detention center for four weeks during an investigation into his alleged threats to family members, students and teachers. Arrested on Wednesday, Oct. 6, the 12-yearold boy was charged with felony harassment of family members October 11 in King County Juvenile Court. According to charging documents, Carnation police learned that the teen had talked about wanting to kill his family during a call to his home for a runaway complaint. Family members discovered that the boy had been staying in a neighbor’s camper and called police, who found two shotguns and a loaded handgun inside.

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all of his married life in the Valley and died in 2006 at age 83. From his papers, Kerr learned that her father had spent Word War II in North Africa and Italy with an 105-mm artillery company. A cousin sent her a 1943 clipping from the Belle Plaine, Minn., Herald detailing Clifford’s bravery. Gohlke’s Silver Star was earned

in 1943 when he and two other soldiers volunteered to find an enemy artillery observation position that was calling down heavy fire on their unit. The three men crossed a minefield and four miles of open Tunisian terrain to find the enemy nest, then relayed coordinates to SEE MONUMENT, 5

For 37 years, the arm of the law in North Bend has worn a King County Sheriff ’s uniform. Now, rising costs have North Bend city officials wondering whether Snoqualmie Police might be a better fit. The North Bend City Council voted Oct. 19 to approve a letter of intent to terminate its county police services contract. King County has 45 days to respond; the contract’s cooldown terms say the county would cease police services 18 months later. SEE BEAT, 3

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MONUMENT FROM 1 big guns to destroy it. Gohlke was cited for gallantry in action. During the war, he would be promoted only to wind up getting busted back for one lapse or other. Returning stateside to raise a big family, his soldiering days were simply not a topic of family conversation. Like many soldiers, Gohlke was tight-lipped about his past. When Kerr learned about a memorial brick program undertaken at the new Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial, she knew right away that her father’s name needed to be there. The brick with Clifford Gohlke’s name on it was the first one sold.

A place for all Kerr and other veteran’s organization members have desired an all-Valley memorial for three decades. While localized memorials exist at Mount Si High School and some Valley cemeteries, other monuments have come and gone. Large memorials once stood at the Weyerhauser mill entrance and at the Bendigo intersection in North Bend. But they vanished decades ago. “All the temporary monuments to those who died have been lost,” Kerr said. “It is so very important to make a permanent memorial for them, one that will withstand time and can be viewed and enjoyed by all.” Two years ago, the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial Committee formed to push for a new monument in association with the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum, American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 9476, the Tolt Historical Societies and the city of Snoqualmie. The project would memorialize veter-

ans from Snoqualmie Pass, North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City, Preston, Carnation, Duvall, surrounding areas and the nation at large. Committee members pored over monthly newsletters from the Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company, which listed fallen local soldiers in World War II, and explored records from the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Historical Society member Dave Battey explained that some Valley residents were so eager to fight the Axis even before Pearl Harbor, they went to Canada and volunteered. Twelve Valley residents died in World War I, six in the Korean War and eight in Vietnam. One name, Mount Si graduate and Marine Lance Cpl. Eric Levi Ward, is on the list for the current Iraq-Afghanistan conflict. Forty people—38 men and two women—gave their lives for their country during World War II. Battey said that number seems like a dramatic sacrifice for so small a community.

Shape of Si Ground was broken for the project on Veteran’s Day, 2008, on land next to the Snoqualmie Legion Post, donated by the city directly across from city hall. Committee members considered places like Tollgate Farm, Meadowbrook Farm and the Fall City roundabout, but chose the Snoqualmie site for its easy access, association with veteran’s groups and lack of cost. Plans call for a central stone monument, carved in the likeness of Mount Si, surrounded by seven flag poles, benches and a brick plaza. Stone columns will display the emblems of military branches. Part of the stone will be carved with a tribal symbol reflecting Snoqualmie Tribe members’ sacrifices for the larger nation.

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In 1855, Snoqualmie warriors fought on the side of Washington territory’s white settlers. “There were losses,” Battey said. “Nobody knows who they were. But we still want to honor them.”

Big night While progress has been slow, monument boosters have recently begun an energetic series of pitches to Valley service clubs and regional groups. The project requires about $72,000 in cash and in-kind donations. To date, the committee still has $27,000 in cash to raise. The main brick fundraiser sells memorial blocks for $100. Bricks can be inscribed with the name of any loved one who served their country, regardless of whether the Valley was their home. The memorial project should get a big boost from an upcoming dinner and auction fundraiser. The Veteran’s Memorial Foundation hosts a silent auction, wine tasting and dinner benefit, 3 to 8:30 p.m. on Veteran’s Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Fall City Roadhouse, 4200 Preston-Fall City Road, Fall City. Reservations can be made by calling (425) 222-4800. The dinner and action is being cosponsored by Donna Padilla and the Ward and McNeal family, survivors of Marine LCpl. Eric Ward. Monica McNeal, mother of Eric, said the all-Valley memorial is long overdue. When ground was broken in 2008, “it just didn’t have the momentum,” she said. “The momentum is behind it now. We’re hoping we can get it up and running.” “11/11/11 is my goal,” said committee chairwoman Chris Chartier. “I see that ribbon being cut in my mind on Veteran’s Day of 2011.”

Remembering the fallen Members of the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial Committee have gathered the following names of those who gave their lives in service to the nation.:

World War I

Arthur William Lyford Battista Pasini David Renton Edward Clements Koester Peter Erickson Alfred Parenti Bert Smith William Swen Carl Larson Albert Emery Lester Pickering Virgil Detrick World War II Richard Dunn George Webb-Venniksen William Hronek, Jr. Bernard Briggs William Borden Lloyd Scheel Jack Dubey Frank Martindale, Jr. Harvey Kierstins Rodney Boalch Roy Hackney Victor Hartley Elizabeth Erickson Herman James Jensen Vincent Robel Loyal Bright Clarence Church Robert White

Norman Christiansen Eugene Smith James O’Neil Donald Olson Charles Scheuchzer Thomas Soister Robert Hatcher Claude Brown Stephenson James Machan Leo Harry McGrath Lawrence Carmichael Theron White Dean Aschin F.O. Goebel Carol Cameron James Kennedy Jack Odlin Joe Sheppard Martin James James Barber Richard Carol Hall Lawrence Crotts

Korea

William Scott John Carlson Gordon Bothell Albert Barfuse Charles Englehart Donald B Cameron

Vietnam

Donald Gene Davenport Robert Allen Montgomery Timothy Demos James David Nansel James Sanders Ronald James Johnson Larry Michael Heen Joe Sweetman

Iraq-Afghanistan Eric Levi Ward

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reserving memories has been a common thread in recent Valley Record stories. Last week, we met members of the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial Committee, who are spearheading a drive to build a new monument to those who served and sacrificed for their nation. The push for an all-Valley memorial started ramping up two years ago, but the desire for one special, public place dates back decades. This week, our front page story catches up with the Fall City Historical Society’s local SETH TRUSCOTT memory book Valley Record Editor efforts. Society members spent three years interviewing Lower Valley residents and have completed a thick tome full of memories of Fall City life, “Preserving Fall City’s Stories.” Our lives and communities are always in transition. Yet the pages of the memory book and the stones and bricks of the veteran’s memorial provide a still point and concrete reminder, telling us about who came before, what they prized,

and what they sacrificed. Both of these projects are helping connect the Valley’s past with its present. With Veteran’s Day upon us, I urge Valley residents to reflect on their own memories of loved ones who have served our nation. Tomorrow, please take a moment to think about the soldiers or servicepeople in your own life, and how they have affected you and the greater communities around us. If you would like to do something more tangible, consider attending the Veteran’s Memorial Foundation benefit dinner and auction, 3 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Fall City Roadhouse, 4200 Preston-Fall City Road. Tickets can be reserved at (425) 222-4800. Beyond that, you can also get involved with the foundation itself. The group is considering a number

of fundraising options, and if your family or group can help, reach out. The most critical fundraiser for the monument is the foundation’s memorial brick sale. These sturdy blocks can be inscribed with the names and deeds of loved ones who served their nation, and will become part of the Snoqualmie plaza. Each brick speeds the monument toward completion, and preserves that memory in an important site for our community. As they build momentum, Valley veteran’s groups hope to see completion of this important project in the next year. With your help, the flags will wave atop the foundation’s finished monument on Veteran’s Day, 2011. As we connect with our memories, we must also preserve them.

Each Valley community should take note of what the Fall City Historical Society has accomplished. Individuals spent years collecting tales of work and play, service and sacrifice, through good times and bad. Each interviewed family received a written record of their elders’ recollections, while the best stories were shared with the community. If you’d like to meet the people behind “Preserving Fall City’s Stories,” consider attending a book launch party, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Fall City Masonic Hall, 337th and 43rd Streets, Fall City. Let’s keep these memories of local life, love and sacrifice alive around us. • Contact Valley Record Editor Seth Truscott at editor@valleyrecord.com

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“I think people should display the flag. We all used to go that a lot more often.” Sean Lehan Snoqualmie

“Support the monument at the American Legion hall and the Vietnam memorial at the high school. Pause to remember all our veterans’” Carol Mosher Snoqualmie

“Individually, I have friends and family who have served. I’d thank them personally.” T.J. Hoving Snoqualmie

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is collecting new toys for the “Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children” nonprofit organization. Stockings will be delivered to more than 3,500 homeless children in the greater Puget Sound region. Donations must be received Toy collection for by Dec. 7 at collection sites. In the Valley, toys are accepted homeless children at the North Bend QFC. To at North Bend QFC learn more, e-mail to umiThe North American bushi@yahoo.com. Self-Defense Association This visit includes the well-known local Santa who appears at Northwest Railway Museum’s Santa train.To find out more, call Marylin Thompson at (425) 736-9589 or call Janelle Kelly at (425) 281-3499.

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Allyson Rosman pours a bottle of Bogle Petite Syrah during a wine night fundraiser on Nov. 11 for the SnoqualmieValleyVeteran’s Memorial. The benefit at Fall City Roadhouse raised $1,000 toward the monument. The project’s chief fundraiser, a $100 memorial brick sale, continues. Bricks can be inscribed with the name of any loved one who served their country, regardless of whether the Valley was their home. To order a brick, contact Chris Chartier at (425) 888-9152 or by cell at (425) 802-5174.

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NB mayor to seek third term BY VALLEY RECORD STAFF

North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing will seek a third term in 2011. Hearing, a North Bend businessman who has held office since 2004, announced campaign plans during a forum with Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson and Snoqualmie Tribe Administrator Matt Mattson held Friday, Feb. 18, before the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce. Hearing said he accomplished a lot in seven years, meeting major objectives to get water flowing and end a growth mora-

Grassroots group reaches fundraising milestone, work to begin soon BY SETH TRUSCOTT Editor

Forty-three years ago this month, Marty Kester survived the worst that the Viet Cong could throw at him during the Tet Offensive. A 23-year-old weather observer and artillery spotter with the United States Air Force, Kester witnessed the sneak attack in Hue and Phu Bai during one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. “That was not good,” Kester summed up his experience. “It’s one of those things you forget for a reason.” When his tour was up, Kester rotated home, leaving the Air Force in 1969—one of the worst times to be a veteran and an ex-soldier. At an off-base latrine outside of Travis Air Force Base in California, a long-haired patron had the nerve to call him “nothing but a hired killer.” “We weren’t getting any respect, coming back from Vietnam,” Kester, a three-decade North Bend resident, remembers. “The guys who came back from ‘Nam had this stigma, this cloud, over the top of their heads, especially in ‘68 and ‘69. We were the bad guys, as far as the students were concerned.” Today, the atmosphere has changed for vets like Kester. Americans draw together to support the troops; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall, finished in 1982, gives those affected by that

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Backers of the planned Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial are nearly ready to begin construction. Above, contractors Stewart Germain and Jack Johnson, left, and Martin Kester, second from right, meet with committee members Lee Prewitt, Kathy Kerr, Dave Lake and Chris Chartier at the Legion Post. Below, an artist’s conception of the monument and park. conflict a place to come together. Kester, who owns Mr. K’s Construction in North Bend, is doing his part to give the Valley just such a place. Kester is donating his time and resources as the builder of the new Snoqualmie Valley Veterans Memorial. Slated to open this Veteran’s Day, the monument recognizes all local men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. The monument replaces and continues the legacy of older veteran’s monuments spread throughout the Valley. Forty years ago, such a monument would have made a world of difference to Kester. SEE MEMORIAL, 7

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“It brings to your heart the reason why I’m standing here, and somebody else isn’t,” he said. “You feel that camaraderie. You’re not alone.”

Nearly ready to roll With help from Kester, as well as landscape architect Jack Johnson with Outdoor Studio LLC and architect Stewart Germain of Miller Hull— who are also providing services pro bono—construction on the memorial is expected to begin this spring. After a three-year fundraising campaign, the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial Committee has raised nearly $34,000, enough to start work. The group raised $10,000 alone in a gala dinner and auction held on Veteran’s Day 2010. Major contributors include the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9476, the Snoqualmie Tribe, the Whitaker Foundation, the Lions Club and the Fraternal Order of Freemasons. The group was raising funds in one of the most challenging economic environments. At first, the going was slow. “All of a sudden, bang!” said committee member and veteran Lee Prewitt. “I’ve been surprised by how suddenly it came together. We had Marty and (the architects) come on board, money started coming in. But it won’t be unstoppable until we cut the ribbon.” November 11, 2011—11-11-11— is the “absolute date” to dedicate the memorial, committee member Kathy Kerr said. To get there, the group is continuing to push on fundraising, campaigning for memorial brick sales to fill out its plaza and seeking donations to pay for upkeep and maintenance. For instance, Kerr and company are approaching the Seattle Mariners in hopes of starting a matching-funds rivalry with memorial sup-

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porters on the Seattle Seahawks. She’s also seeking a $15,000 grant from the state patriotic license plate fund. “We need to push bricks sales,” said Kerr, who wants enough to make an impact. “We could always use help.”

What is the monument? Right now, the monument is just a plan on paper and in the heads of the committee members. But soon, Kester and company will start work, transforming a grassy, open space at the American Legion post, next door to the Snoqualmie post office, into a shaded, grassy space for reflection as well as education. Committee members combed the pages of the Valley Record, the Weyerhaeuser newsletter and other sources, gathering more than 70 names of locals who fell in service to their nation. For such modest communities, “We said, ‘Wow, there’s a lot of names,” Kerr said. The names will be inscribed on a block of stone, whose peak will be cut by Quiring Monuments into the shape of Mount Si. The monument will be visible from the street, but visitors must enter the park to see the names. The United States and armed services flags will fly, and a legacy tree, a plane or sycamore planted as a living memorial, will be surrounded by boulders from each Valley community. “We’re actually bringing the Valley in,” Germain said. “It’s multiple levels of symbolism.” The stone wall will be built from stone excavated from under Snoqualmie Falls during the current hydropower plant remodel. “It’s about as local as you can get,” Kerr said. Kester, Germain and Johnson said their donation of work is important and personally relevant. “The Valley’s helped us,” Kester said. “The people in this Valley are behind veterans. They embrace them. It was

silent auction and local entertainment. The event, “Working on the Railroad,” is Friday, March 4, at the Salish Lodge & Spa, and includes a no-host bar, meal and auction and a prog-

What happened to the North Bend veteran’s memorial? Construction of a proposed City of North Bend veteran’s memorial is in a holding pattern. City Administrator Duncan Wilson said the project is a victim of steep 2011 budget cuts. The city had no discretionary money with all the budget problems, and only made human services contributions to the local food bank, senior center and Encompass. The project won’t be discussed again until at least September, when the next budget cycle starts. easy for me to say yes.” To Germain, the monument “brings an important subject downtown. It adds to the city.” “It’ll raise awareness for people who aren’t expecting it, who maybe have forgotten about veterans in their own families,” Johnson added. “When you walk to the front door of city hall, you’re looking right at the monument. “Anything on this level of symbolism and grassroots, we take very seriously,” he added. “The mission that these people are carrying forward is serious, it’s important to get that story out. They’re going to have repercussions 100 years down the line.” Fundraising efforts continue for the Snoqualmie Valley Veterans Memorial, including the memorial brick sales. For $100, a brick paver can be inscribed with the name of any loved one who served the nation, regardless of whether the Snoqualmie Valley was their home. To order a brick or get involved, contact committee chairwoman Chris Chartier at (425) 888-9152 or by cell at (425) 802-5174. Or, e-mail her at cchartier@centurytel.net.

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