Edmonds pioneers reconnect, reminisce and reacquaint at annual Old Settlers’ Picnic


    More than 40 long-time residents gathered Sunday at City Park to share memories, laughs and good times at the annual Edmonds Old Settlers’ Picnic.

    A tradition stretching back 119 years, the first Old Settlers’ Picnic was held in 1899. It pre-dates even the senior member present at Sunday’s event, Helen Clousten, who will turn 104 later this summer.

    Amid tables scattered with potluck food offerings, old newspaper clippings, high school yearbooks, photos and sundry memorabilia, participants spent the day laughing, hugging and sharing stories of times past, friends, teachers, classmates and the events that shaped our town.

    For more information on the event, see Betty Lou Gaeng’s recent article in My Edmonds News here.

    — Story and photos by Larry Vogel


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