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Title Ruth Kees
Collection Oral History Collection
Object Name Transcript
Date 2006/09/29
Year Range from 2006
Year Range to 2006
Narrator's name Kees, Ruth
Interviewer McLeod, Maria
Description Transcript of Ruth Kees oral history as interviewed by Maria McLeod on September 29, 2006.

Ruth Kees, interviewed by Maria McLeod, 09/29/2006. Ruth Kees discusses her childhood on a farm, learning to fly an airplane, her various jobs, her home on Tiger Mountain, and environmental concerns for Issaquah.

In this interview with Ruth Kees recorded on September 29, 2006. Ruth Kees describes:

Page 1: A Squak Mountain joke, recharge water to Lake Sammamish, and Issaquah's water sources;

Page 2: Her German roots, her parents, the Kees Manufacturing Company, and her childhood home in Beatrice, Nebraska;

Pages 2-4: The family farm, her siblings, and an Oregon Trail marker;

Page 5: Critters on the farm - rattlesnakes, chickens, rabbits, and mocking birds;

Pages 6-7: Her brief study at the University of Nebraska, World War II, and her job as an ordinance material inspector for Dempster Mill;

Page 8: How she worked with a doctor;

Pages 9-10: How her sister introduced her to flying, their airplane, and her farm chores;

Page 11: Her grandparents' chairs, how she flew her husband to Nebraska City, and her husband's various jobs during World War II;

Page 12: How her husband earned his pilot's license;

Page 13: The history of her airplane, and how she was a pilot-for-hire;

Page 14: How she and her husband were both hired by Boeing, and how they bought 20 acres on Tiger Mountain;

Pages 15-16: Tiger Mountain State Forest;

Pages 16-19: Building their house, its materials, and their physical labor;

Page 20: Her environmental interests - fighting a sand and gravel pit, and water resources;

Pages 21-22: Creeks, wetlands, and wild salmon spawning;

Pages 22-23: Friends of Issaquah Creek, and the impact of I-90 on salmon and recharge areas;

Page 23: How she helped try to save Pickering Farm and Skyport;

Page 24: The Issaquah Environmental Council, and the Issaquah Alps parks;

Pages 24-25: How she has kept rainfall totals since November
1986, and her thoughts on Lake Sammamish being connected to Lake Washington;

Page 26: Native Kokanee salmon, and water quality;

Pages 26-27: The impacts of roads on ground water, and Kees Creek Number 0199;

Page 28: Her thoughts on the lack of concern for the environment by local government, and how Issaquah is built on wetlands;

Pages 29-30: 1965 earthquake, the impact of the salmon hatchery, how she is against a park on the shores of Lake Sammamish, and how Issaquah Highlands is not an urban village;

Page 31: Her greatest success - Tiger Mountain State Park;

Page 32: How she was the grand marshal of Salmon Days, and the Mountains to Sound Greenway;

Page 33: Her concerns for Issaquah's future, and the southeast bypass.
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Subjects Beach
Cougar Mountain
Environmental Issues
Farming, General
Fish and Fisheries
Gravel Pit
Interstate 90
Issaquah Alps
Issaquah Chamber of Commerce
Issaquah Creek
Issaquah Environmental Council
Issaquah Hatchery
Issaquah Highlands
Lake Sammamish
Lake Tradition
Lake Washington
Pickering Farm
Population Growth
Round Lake
Rural Life
Salmon Days
Salmon Hatchery
Southeast Bypass
Squak Mountain
State Salmon Hatchery
Streets and Roads
Tibbetts Creek
Tiger Mountain
Tiger Mountain State Forest
Tradition Lake
World War II
People Boyle, Brian
Campbell, George
Frisinger, Ava
Kees, Ruth
Manning, Harvey
Sligh, Langston
Taylor, Robert
Catalog Number 2006.034.001t
Transcriptionist Miller, Penny