Walk back in time with some trailblazers of Edmonds during July 19 event

Leroy Keeton, courtesy of the Edmonds Tribune-Review.

Whether you are new to Edmonds or perhaps an old-time resident, you probably realize that downtown Edmonds, also known as the Edmonds Bowl, is a special and vibrant place — a modern town with a unique quality that takes us back to a long-ago time. Members of the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery board and some of their friends invite you to journey back with them to meet and hear the stories of the trailblazers who helped shape the town we know and appreciate today.

The event is the annual Walk Back in Time program, which starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery, 820 15th St. S.W. in the Westgate area — one block north of QFC.

Dale Hoggins will be on hand to greet the visitors, and Tracy Little will be the facilitator-guide. Refreshments will be served.

During the walk you will meet these Edmonds trailblazers:

Cemetery board member Melissa Johnson portrays Ruth Belle Hyner Hough (1877-1956), the first Edmonds telephone operator. Ruth tells the story of her father Matthew Ellison Hyner (1846-1929), Edmonds’ first merchant, as well as early postmaster.

Joan Longstaff, another cemetery board member, portrays Myrtie Mabel Rynearson Otto (1892-1981), early-day Edmonds resident, 1911 Edmonds High School graduate, respected bookkeeper and store owner.

Larry Vogel, longtime friend of the cemetery board, plays the role of Leroy Sylvester Keeton (1868-1966). Mr. Keeton was a former Seattle and Edmonds butcher, historian, early resident of Fruitdale-on-the-Sound (North Edmonds), and a very friendly man-about-town.

Ed Cornachio, a new friend of the cemetery board, portrays Fred A. Fourtner (1876-1965), Edmonds schoolboy and pioneer — and long-time and very colorful former Edmonds mayor, as well as city councilman, businessman and theater owner.

Betty Lou Gaeng, cemetery board member, introduces Ruth Catherine Caskey Sater (1902-2001), Edmonds businesswoman; and as the very first chairperson for the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery board, Ruth Sater was instrumental in the beatification of the cemetery which was a gift to the city by family friend, Edmonds real estate man Larry Hubbard in 1982.

— By Betty Lou Gaeng


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