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Title George "Skip" Rowley, Jr.
Collection Oral History Collection
Object Name Transcript
Date 2006/10/11
Year Range from 2006
Year Range to 2006
Narrator's name Rowley, George "Skip" Jr.
Interviewer McLeod, Maria
Description Transcript of Skip Rowley oral history as interviewed by Maria McLeod on October 11, 2006.

Skip Rowley, interviewed by Maria McLeod, 10/11/2006. Skip Rowley discusses the history of Rowley Properties, his father's business philosophy, the challenges of developing Squak Mountain, people who helped him, and how his family would like to be remembered.

In this interview with Skip Rowley recorded on October 11, 2006. Skip Rowley describes:

Page 1: His roles with Rowley Properties and its history;

Page 2: How his father came to Issaquah, and how his parents met;

Pages 3-4: His father's background in development and building, and pre-Gilman Boulevard Issaquah;

Page 5: A story about George Campbell, a story about Frank Fasano, and the post office;

Pages 6-7: Developing Squak Mountain, and how difficult it was to develop;

Page 8: How his father was deputized;

Page 9: How a house was built on a cemetery, how his father
gave St. Joseph's Church their property, and how he grew up in Issaquah;

Page 10: How his mother helped with home interiors, and how his father surveyed land;

Page 11: How it was an era of competent people, the Depression, World War II, and challenges for development;

Page 12: The Bergsma farm;

Page 13: How his father was active in the community, sponsored events and donated land;

Pages 13-14: The Flintoft administration, and I-90;

Pages 15-17: The Metro Sewer transmission lines, and I-90;

Pages 17-18: Residential building verses commercial building;

Page 18: His father's business philosophy, and his daughters;

Page 19: How he graduated from the University of Washington (1963);

Page 20: How he slowly took on more responsibilities in the family business, but his father never retired;

Page 21: Development of the Bergsma, Pickering, Wallace and Barlow land;

Page 22: Drainage District Number Four;

Pages 23-26: The flood of 1990, and the Tibbett's Creek Greenway project;

Pages 27-30: People who helped - Kerry Anderson, Ingi Johnson, Leon Kos, Blaine Boyden, Roy Peterson, Bill Flintoft, Chuck Fallstrom and Tom Deering;

Page 30: Sidewalks, curbs and gutters;

Pages 31-32: His daughters - Kari and Kelly, and his second wife Debra;

Page 33: Hyla Crossing, the "John L. Scott building;"

Page 34: LEED standards;

Page 35: His work in the community;

Page 36: Issaquah then and now;

Page 37: A moratorium on development, and what should be

Page 38: how he fought rezoning by building on land, and how he wants the family to be remembered - mural and parks, the community center;

Pages 39-40: The Bergsma Barn and a tribute statue.
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Subjects Art
Barlow Farm
Bars & Saloons
Business History
City of Issaquah
Cougar Mountain
Environmental Issues
Front Street
Gibson Hall
Historic Preservation
Interstate 90
Issaquah Chamber of Commerce
Issaquah Creek
Issaquah High School
Issaquah Historical Society
Issaquah Volunteer Fire Department
Kiwanis Club
Labor Day Celebration
Ordinances and Laws
Pickering Barn
Pickering Farm
Police Department
Population Growth
Santa Claus
Squak Mountain
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Streets and Roads
Tibbetts Creek
People Anderson, Kerry
Ballantine, Bill
Bergsma, Bill Jr
Bergsma, Henry
Bergsma, Ida Mae Lee
Boyden, Blaine
Bradeen, Don
Bradeen, Norma
Buckner, Steve
Campbell, George
Connor, Dick
Deering, Tom
Fallstrom, Chuck
Fambles, Cheryl
Fasano, Frank
Fasano, Nick
Flintoft, James William
Hansen, Eric
Hansen, Keith M.
Hepler, Lee
Hindman, Amanda
Irwin, Kay
Irwin, Kay
Johnson, Inge
Kos, Leon
Lee, Alting R. "Buck"
Magill, Kari Rowley
Malone, Jerry
McGill, Ann
McKay, Paul
Morris, Rita
Peterson, Roy
Reams, Bill
Rowley, George W. Jr. "Skip"
Rowley, George W., Sr.
Rowley, Kelly
Rowley, Mary Patricia Greene "Pat"
Sessions, Tom
Shain, Mike
Shain, Rena
Spivak, Boris
Stevenson, Jim
Valdez, Ted
Way, Bill
Wold, Andrew L.
Catalog Number 2006.057.001t
Transcriptionist Miller, Penny