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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS A6 WEDNESDAY9 MARCH 25, 2009 4. 4* 9 BY ERICA S. MANIEZ In honor of Women's History Month, we look back at some in- teresting women in city history. Stella Alexander (1881-1960) Issaquah's first female mayor generated a great deal of contro- versy and many newspaper arti- cles. Alexander was elected mayor in 1932, on a platform of fiscal conservatism. While some female politicians of that era were careful to behave deferentially to- ward male colleagues, Alexander had no such compunction. Being referred to as the "petticoat mayor" just raised her hackles. She might have used soft, femi- nine charms to smooth the City Council's ruffled feathers when its members refused to work with a woman. Instead, she fired and re- placed them. Politics in general - and not just in Issaquah -- were not ready for the likes of Alexan- der. She was voted out of office in 1934, but not without a fight. It took three tries for her recall to succeed. Following her recall, she and her husband moved to Ren- ton, where they ran a hotel. Bessie Wilson Cralne (1882-1964) Craine came to Washington with her family at age 5. A mischievous tomboy with alove of animals, her early life was classic pioneer mate- rial. Her later life was no less inter- esting. After one year of college edu- cation, she took a nanny position Stella Alennder with a woman traveling to Dawson City, Alaska. In Alaska, she worked as a telephone operator, and later traveled to the St. Louis World's Fair -- with a team of sled dogs. There, she met Dick Craine, who was run- ning the Eskimo Village at the fair. They married and spent much of their life trave ,,g. In her later years, Craine penned' Squak Valley: A Girl and the Valley Grow Up," which re- lated stories of her early life in Is- saquah. In 1963, Craine (who was by then in her 80s} contacted Ed and Harriet Fish in an effort to lo- cate a family photo. Through their correspondence, the Fishes learned of Craine's manuscript. The Is- saquah Historical Society published the slim volume In 1983. Mary Wold (1886-1961) Wold was trained In two profes- sions, traveled around the world Bessie Wilson Craine CHECK IT OUT To learn more about one of Issaquah's fascinating females, go to www.issaquahhistory.org or visit the files at the Gilman Town Hall's research center. and enjoyed an independent life. She grew up in Squak Valley, and later received teacher training at the Ellensburg Normal School. She taught elementary school, first in Sumas and later in Issaquah. In 1914, she entered nurse's training. During World War I, Wold traveled to Siberia to serve with the Ameri- can Red Cross. The war must have made a deep impression on her: In 1934, she wrote an editorial MaryWold against disarmament, which ap- peared In The Issaquah Press. Af- ter she returned from Siberia, she worked at the Firland Sanitarium, a tuberculosis facility in Seattle, and later acted as the Seattle School District's director of nurs- ing. She eventually moved back to Issaquah, working as a school nurse in the school district. Minnie Wilson Schomber (1897,1983) Schomber was born, raised, married and buried in Issaquah. Her life spanned Issaquah's boom- town days -- where miners walked to work in the mornings and drank in her grandmother's hotel bar at night -- through Is- saquah's second boom as a bed- room community. Though they never had children, Schomber and her husband Jake Schomber were Minnie Wilson Schoeber devoted to each other, as evi- Rmkle denced by their correspondence during World War I, and they en- tirement in 2001. Like Schomber, joyed hunting and fishing together. Reuhle was devoted to the commu- She was active in the community nity and was an active, energetic -- she started the first local Camp- participant in a number of commu- fire Girl chapter, was the first nity organizations. She blazed a woman Kiwaniian and served as a trail for other women in the Kiwa- member of the local draft board nis Club, as the organization's first during World War II. She also female president. She was known worked as the town clerk -- and for her sharp attention to detail was fired by Stella Alexander. and the way she wielded her red pen when called upon to edit any- Unda Reuhle (1941-2005) thing. She was also known for her Reuhle began working for the infamous, somewhat tongue-In- city of Issaquah in 1971 as deputy cheek quote, "You can agree with city clerk. At that time, there were me, or you can be wrong." 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