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Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Closed Sundays Stella Alexander, the 'fighting mayor of Issaquah', took the town for apolitical roller coaster ride by Melody Steele Halstrom Special to the Press Fifty-one years ago, in March, 1932, Issaquah voters elected their first woman mayor. That woman, Stella Alexander, created a town hall tempest that lasted near- ly two years. From the begin- ning it was Mayor Alexander vs. the town fathers, an lssa- quah version of the Hatfields and McCoys. The mayor was a big hefty woman who wasn't afraid of anything. She was ready for battle, and apparently, so was the town. With the fire chief's an- nouncement: "No woman is going to run this city," the fight was on. By the time the smoke had cleared, Mayor Alexander had lost two coun- cilmen, a marshall, the fire chief, a police-judge and the town clerk. The "fighting mayor of lssaquah" developed her combative spirit during a childhood marked with aban- donment and betrayal. She was born on July 2, 1881 in Lancastor, Pennsylvania, the youngest of six surviving children born to Issac and Elizabeth McCutcheon. After her parents' separa- tion, she was abandoned in an orphanage. And then in- dentured to a man who deserted her. The man she married turned out to have another wife. For the next 14 years, Stella supported herself, though no one knows how. She finally married an English man who adored her and she and Jack moved to Issaquah, where he opened a blacksmith business. In Issa- quah, Stella developed a reputation for frugality, especially in collecting her husband's past due accounts. After gaining experience in town politics as a coun- cilwoman, Stella ran for mayor in 1932. Her frugal reputation dovetailed with her pre-election promise to find a legal loophole to free citizens of their sidewalk assessments. During the poor economy of the thirties, Stella promised Issaquah voters the best financial deal for their vote. Her election in 1932 made headlines across the nation. The Boston Herald and New York Daily Mirror carried pictures of Mayor Alexander washing windows. The caption stated Mayor Alexander was going to clean up city hall. Actually she cleaned it out. Her en- trance marked the begining of a mass exodus of city of- ficials. The self-reliant mayor took control of the situation when one elected councilman refused to take office and two others resigned. She ap- pointed new councilors. However, the reluctant coun- cilmen did not want to be left • out so city hall meetings were attended by two sets of representatives, the old holdovers and the new ap- pointees. During one frustrating meeting in July of 1932, Mayor Alexander ask- ed marshall Paul Henry to remove a disruptive holdover, councilman Mc- Quade. The marshall refused so she gave him the option of removing the disruptive fellow or handing over his badge. Without hesitation, the marshall surrendered his badge. At another heated July meeting, Mayor Alexander squabbled with fire chief Rem Castagno. Apparently the town fire insurance was invalid if the model T chemical truck was outside city limits. So Mayor Alex- ander wanted the fire truck to remain within the city limits. The fire chief was in- clined to fight any blaze, anywhere, which resulted in the scuffle. She won the spat, the fire chief's badge and the keys to the model T. "The mayor," huffed the chief, "is going to have to fight her own fires." In sym- pathy with the fire chief, the town police-judge sur- rendered his badge, too. Minnie Schomber, the town clerk also had a run-in with the mayor. According to Minnie, Mayor Alexander had asked her to issue invalid warrants but Minnie declin- ed, saying, "I refused to follow orders which I con- sidered illegal." She resigned instead. By the end of July, 1932, Mayor Alexander had replac- ed the uncooperative coun- cilors, driven the fire truck, hired a new police judge, a new marshall and a new town clerk. And then the mayor in- tensifed the strife with a most unmayorly deed. During another stormy summer meeting, she "seized a chair and attempted to render councilman McQuade hors de combat," according to newspaper accounts. That at- tack made headlines and the irate citizenry organized a recall petition. They obtained the required number of signatures on the petition for a recall election but were countered by a court injunction based on a legal technicality. Once again the determined townsmen at- tempted to oust the mayor the called "Madame Mussolini." And once again the mayor won a court in- junction based on a legal technicality. 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She re- mained active in the Rebekah Mayor .Alexander and' the' Eodge and showed her Man- town fathers officially ended January 2, 1934, the dispute continued to simmer. Stella refused to relinquish the keys to city hall. The Seattle Daily Times pursued the story to its final curtain by running the headline, ,All is Well in Issa- quah; Men Have the Keys." In the meantime, Stella sued the initiators of the recall churian terriers in dog shows. The "fighting mayor of Issa- quah" continued to fight -- in fact, she ran unsuccessful- ly in 1940 for secretary of state. Stella's life began with struggle and likewise it ended with struggle. Following her husband's death, she was forced to sell her home to died in 1960 but of an indomitable mains. Even as her ship sank, Stella weat firing her guns. "Next I the undaunted nounced, 'Tll go big job. One that money -- sheri something." 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