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Title Bill Evans
Collection Oral History Collection
Object Name Transcript
Date 2006/09/28
Year Range from 2006
Year Range to 2006
Narrator's name Evans, Bill
Interviewer McLeod, Maria
Description Transcript of Bill Evans oral history as interviewed by Maria McLeod on September 28, 2006.

Bill Evans, interviewed by Maria McLeod, 09/28/2006. Bill Evans discusses his genealogy and how his grandparents came to Issaquah; his grandfather's work as the Superintendent of the Issaquah Water Department; his father's work in the coal mines; his many and varied jobs; his time in the Army; his wife and children; and his contributions as President of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and President of Issaquah Church & Community Services.

In this interview with Bill Evans recorded on September 28, 2006, Bill Evans describes:

Pages 1-2: His father's lineage (Evans - Scottish, Welsh), his mother's lineage (Willig - German), and how his grandparents met in Pennsylvania;

Page 3: How his grandfather (Thomas Evans) was an adventurer - landed in Ellis Island; settled on 10-acres in the Oklahoma Territory; moved to a German community in Bow, Washington; and came to Issaquah in 1900;

Pages 4-5: His grandfather as the Superintendent of the Issaquah Water Department - wooden pipes, city water limits, and how he was twice broadsided by a train;

Page 6: How scary his grandfather could be;

Pages 6-7: How he is an only child, and how his family allowed the Volunteer Fire Department to burn their home for practice after they moved to Seattle;

Pages 8-9: How his parents had built their home in Issaquah, general characteristics of his parents, his father's work as a coal miner, and visiting his favorite mules;

Page 10: How his father developed water on the knee from the mines;

Page 11-13: Accidents in the mines, how his father twice broke a leg, and how they moved to Seattle during the Depression;

Page 13: How his father started as a night janitor for the County/City Building and worked his way up; and how he worked as a bailiff and janitor under his father;

Page 14: His various jobs - Alaskan Copper Works warehouseman and teamster before he entered the Army, and his elementary school teachers;

Pages 15-16: How he was discouraged from playing football, played in the school band, and still meets with a group of high school friends for a monthly breakfast;

Page 16: How he went in to a music store to purchase a saxophone and left with a clarinet;

Page 17: The original name of the school teams was the Issaquah Indians, later changed to Issaquah Eagles; and how the Alpine Dairy team was the city team;

Page 18: Hans Forester's dairy which was later sold to Darigold, Hans' death by automobile accident, his own bowling alley, and how he lost the bowling alley;

Pages 19-20: Running the Hi-Ten bowling alley from 1960-1965/66, and fun places to go when he was a teenager - Busy Bee restaurant, Ten-Cent Store, Drylie's Confectionary, a gas station run by Chuck Kinnune, and Shamrock;

Page 21: How he did not own a car until well after high school, how he worked at Hailstone Feed Store; and how they dammed Jordan Creek for swimming;

Page 22: Jordan Creek saltwater trout and salmon; how there are still deer, bear and cougars in the Issaquah area;

Pages 23-24: Memories with Walt Seil - high school graduation;

Pages 25-26: How he worked at a dime store after high school;

Pages 27-28: How he worked at Schwabacher Hardware as a mailboy and warehouse man, and at Alaskan Copper Works;

Page 28-29: The Depression - how they lowered root beer bottles into the well to keep it cold, how new industries were created, and how women began working outside the home;

Page 30: Work at the Alaskan Copper Works, and how he saw Walt Seil off to Pearl Harbor;

Page 31: How he tried and failed to enlist with the Army Air Force, Navy Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy;

Page 32-33: How a doctor recommended Vitamin A to temporarily fix his vision, and how he finally was accepted by the Merchant Marines;

Page 33-34: How he never entered the Merchant Marines due to a draft notice, and lifeboat training;

Page 34-35: How he memorized the eye chart and entered the Army;

Page 36: Infantry training, and message center and code work training;

Pages 37-38: Amphibious training, jungle training, and medical training;

Pages 38-42: Being a medic in New Guinea and the Philippines;

Pages 43-44: Training at a station hospital;

Page 44: Working with Pygmies at Luzon, and how the chief gave him a spear when the war ended;

Page 45: Korea;

Page 46: How he was wounded in the Philippines and received a Bronze Star, turning down a Purple Heart;

Page 47: Difference between Wounded In Action (WIA) and Injured in Action (IIA), and his war souvenirs;

Page 48: The Eisenhower jacket, and how he was afraid of people after the war;

Page 49: How one only thought about living through each day, and his work decommissioning Naval ships;

Page 50-51: How he met and courted his wife Betty, life as a newlywed, and how he attended college while working as an elevator operator and a night janitor;

Page 53: How Betty is Phi Beta Kappa and has a teaching degree, his own business law degree and how he did not attend law school;

Page 54-56: Interviewing after college and his jobs - RCA, Bendix, Motorola, as a salesman at a furniture store, as a hairdresser and salon owner (Evans Salon & Beauty), and how he co-built an office building;

Page 57: Changes in Issaquah from 1941 to 1958, his work as President of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce;

Page 58: How he encouraged development - Bank of the West, Associated Grocers, Rexall Drugs; how he surveyed the townspeople for business ideas; how he started a bowling alley;

Pages 59-60: The only resistance to development was the outcry after the old Puget Power substation was torn down;

Page 61: His last job as the Washington state sales manager for Lindal Cedar Homes;

Page 61-61: Serving as President of Issaquah Church & Community Services, his home address in 1958, and how his dog played with Julius Boehm's dog.
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Subjects Alpine Dairy Football
Barbers & Salons
Barbers & Salons
Business History
Grand Ridge Mine
Issaquah High School
Issaquah Volunteer Fire Department
Mine Hill
Mine, Grand Ridge
Miners, Coal
Mining, Coal
Social and Personal Activity
University of Washington
World War II
People Boehm, Julius
Chevalier, Dave
Evans, Craig
Evans, Ella Willig
Evans, Sarah Jane Crowe
Evans, Thomas J.
Evans, William C. Jr.
Finney, Don
Flintoft, James William
Forster, Hans
Gibson, Dr. William Elry
Hailstone, Don
Hailstone, James Hooker "Pinky"
Holmes, Norman
Kinnune, Charles "Chuck"
Law, Betty
Luck, Marvin
McQuade, Mrs. John (Jack) (Margaret Lewis McQuade)
Morgan, George
Parrot, Jimmy
Perrault, Blanche
Powers, Chuck
Seil, Walter Wood
Tucker, Virl T.
Walen, Sophie
Willig, August
Catalog Number 2006.049.001t
Transcriptionist Miller, Penny