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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Thirty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 45, Wednesday, November 9, 1983 i bodies from Sammamish ila and Bill Pattie, The King County Coroner of Alexander's was scheduled to give an on Lake Sam- autopsy report late Tuesday. had some unex- The autopsy is expected to excitement on their reveal the identity of the vic- Monday after- tims and causeof death. i two apparent murder from75 Lyla Pattie said police near the resort, have been out on the lake police, assisted by looking for stolen items divers, recovered several days before the of a man and bodies were discovered. She at about 6:15 p.m. said they once found a safe in Both were in sleep- the water. She noticed the and both had four police efforts seemed to in- blocks tied to their crease last Friday. On Men- said Lyla. "Some- day, a more powerful boat did not want was launched from the resort 0be found, in roder to drag up the discovery of the weighted and water-logged the apparent cul- bodies. of an investigation "I just hope they catch police and whoever did it," she con- several other agen- cluded. "Whoever did it police did not probably thought no one in the investigation, would ever find out." Dept. will test water near dump water from private wells or springs, plus an additional small number of households that are on three to four small community water systems. Based on the information supplied by respondents, the Health Department, with the assistance of the En- vironmental Protection Agency (EPA), will select 20 to 30 strategically located wells for sampling and fur- ther chemical and biological testing. The Queen City Farms disposal site, located near the Cedar Grove Road five miles south of lssaquah, is the tar- get of an existing investiga- tion by the EPA. "Due to the Continued on Page 6 who live around !Ueen City Farms site, south of lssa- Will be receiving a this week from County De- of Public Health : about the quality of Water. Dr. Jesse W. Health Department notes that "this has considerable im- the pub- and concern re- the area's ground- '." Assisting in are the State De- of Ecology, the of Social and the Protec- SUrvey is being mailed residences that draw Gros$onbacher Bros. 6 N,W', 6th Ave. Portl.nd, Oregon 97209 Mayor's budget asks for road repairs, city vehicles, plans checker, jailer Nature's jewels Beads of water hang on strings of cobweb in the early morning light. Photo by Debble Brusius. Mayor A.J. Culver has presented to the Issaquah Ci- ty Council a proposed "base building" budget for 1984 which focuses on a major city street repair and construction effort in 1984. In addition, the budget proposes adding one full- time and two part-time employees to the city payroll and significantly upgrading a police dispatcher to jailer of the new city facility soon to break ground. Culver is also proposing special equipment replace- ment funds be spent next year to buy three new police cars, a new four-wheel drive emergency vehicle and $170,000 in new street and utilities vehicles for public works use. All of this, Culver says, can be obtained without additional taxes or tax hikes, and despite an estimated $130,000 cutback in sales tax revenues from the end of the sales tax on food. The total proposed budget is about $8.6 million, but the "spending budget" is about $6 million, approximately 10 percent greater than in 1983, the mayor says. Culver's proposals are but administrative guidelines for the seven member council which has complete control of spending and revenue rais- ing. Council members have been meeting with Culver on the proposals since November I. A major work session with the various city department heads will take place November 15. The lone public hearing on the budget will be held before the council at its first regular- ly scheduled meeting in December, Monday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Community Hall. In his budget message to the council, Culver wrote "it offers a select number of additional services, but a sizeable percentage of the total outlay is toward capital expenditures.., projects that will make the delivery of services more efficient and provide a working base upon which we can build in the future years." He explained that $1.7 million of the $6 million spending budget is for capital equipment and $1.2 million is for the upgrading of streets. Early suggestions for the street work include the completion of Wildwood Boulevard, the installation of a signal at Front and Sunset, the resurfacing of Second Avenue S.E., the reconstruc- tion of Rainier Boulevard behind Darigold and rework- ing of 56th Street near the state park. If the Gilman Boulevard local improvement district begins work in 1984, then more than $3 million in street projects could be undertaken in just one year, constituting the biggest one-time road push in city history. The other big item in the budget is salaries, and Culver's proposal begins with the position of building inspector. Where a half-time "plans checker" now sits the city would hire a second full-time official to help oversee the massive new development now facing the city staff. In addition, Culver says, senior building inspector Pat White will spend most of next year "wearing his owner's hat" in overseeing the construction of the new city police station and jail complex. Inside that jail would reside the town's first "jailer," a person respon- sible for inmate control and care, and for transporting ar- rested persons to King Coun- ty jail, or to court when necessary. The four-wheel drive vehicle shown in the budget will double as a jailer's vehicle, Culver says, with the installation of a prisoner transport section in the rear. In addition, a part-time secretary at three hours per day, may be hired to help cut down the burden now being placed on the dispatchers who handle radio traffic for city police and fire, as well as police dispatch for Carnation and Snoqualmie, in addition to the jail and secretarial duties. There are some pet pro- jects of council members and others that did not make Culver's first proposal. The biggest turndown came in his failure to support a $35,000 request from the ci- ty Historical Commission to renovate the old railroad depot on Burlington North- ern land downtown. Com- mission members want to turn the depot into a museum, but Culver said he thought the $35,000 was "only the tip of an iceberg." Other projects prominent- ly mentioned during 1983 and not recommended by the mayor include funding for a new home for the food bank and a $12,500 study to evaluate the city's storm- water runoff problems. ly woman on Issaqt00(00h's war memorial was killed flying a plane over Texas cMcLafferty they might find in the way ferent, something unfriendly ists. Sister Charlotte, now bookkeeper. She fell in love flight training in Yakima that Seattle's Lake View "Lib" Erickson she flew her planes, in the skies above Avenger Mrs. Charles Sandusky, therewith a young man nam- spring and began service Cemetery. home to her baby But Erickson's instructors Field, Sweetwater, Texas, came along three years later, ed Don Smith Soon after training in Ellensburg. She Tributes were many, in- that thecom- hadn't found much to com- that Sunday morning, April and brother James three that, Technical Sergeant Don wrote home the official odds eluding a long sad memorial in her new life was plain a, bout in her per- 16, 1944. yearsafter that. Smith went off to war. It was against graduation were from her former employees '"horrible." formance. Erickson was flying an Their grandfather, C.J. to leave a big hole in Lib's "l,000 to l." Two-thirds at the bank, and from .top of that, she said, Elizabeth Erickson, Issa- AT6 training plane, her goal Erickson, was an engineer life, her family remembers, washed out of this first class, numerous national military t to work every day in quah High debutante, of a "Santiago Blue" uni- from Sweden who arrived in One day, while out on a "The training here is as officers. suit under which I daughter of a prosperous mill form and silver wings less Seattle in 1889, in time to drive, Elizabeth told her sis- tough as for the male avia- Her friend and fellow pairs of longjohns, owner, artist, was an Air than two months away. A help rebuild after The Great ter that driving wasn't much tion cadets," she wrote :f woolen slacks, a ForceWASP pilot, friend, Marjorie Edwards, Fire. He was a major force in of a challenge anymore. "I'd home, "It's just the pay and the baggy The skies she flew over the daughter of a California the earthmoving projects of rather have my hands on the that's not asgood." t." broad range of Texas are orange grower, was also air- the Denny Regrade and the wheel of an airplane," she On January 5, 1944 she ar- of all this," she notoriously blue and clear borne, shaping of the Mountlake said. rived atSweetwater, Texasto "there is no pos- and even today, some forty As ferry pilots, they were Cut. Lib Erickson had been begin formal military flight tllOvement from my years after the Second World studying how to manhandle Father, Charles E. Erick- reading the exploits of the training. She wrote many let- legs." It would War, there are II bases to everything from small attack son, attended the UW and famous Jackie Coehran, a ters, including one detailing logical, she went take advantage of these ideal and pursuit planes to B-29 later Cornell University, woman aviator whose ex- the glorious feeling of her at her instructors conditions, bombers. Their job was to where he too became a civil ploits in speed and daring first"ehandelle,"aloop. this a wonderful It can only be assumed that pick up these craft at their engineer. After working in were overshadowing many When Elizabeth died, her for any deficiencies there was something dif- factories and fly them to war Bremerton, on shipbuilding male pilots, and who found- body was sent home for jumpoff zones, where male wharfs, he moved his family ed theWASPS, burial accompanied by a pilots, trained to no stricter to Preston in 1935 and took One day Lib came home to military escort. Services were regimen would take over and over as manager of the Pres- her father with a proposal: conducted by Rev. Edwin C. fly into glory, ton Mill. she wanted to become an Air Nelson, at Preston Baptist On that Sunday, however, Elizabeth was a sopho- Force pilot. "She wanted, Church. She was buried at YOUARE INVITED... to our 18th ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Sunday, November 13 Noon to 5 p.m. ents Door Prizes We've filled the shop with hundreds of ideas.., plus aH those warm & tradi- symbols of Christmas that make the complete. Please stop by. We want to part of your holiday season .... the career and the life of Lib more when she enrolled in somehow, to be a part of the %,, Erickson ended in the Texas Issaquah High. "She was in- effort, to give a little more," ,:.: skies. She and her friend terested in almost every- Charlotte says. Perhaps Don 2 - Marjorie collided. The air thing," Charlotte remem- Smith was on her mind more iiiiil over Avenger was tightly bers. "She played most than anyone knew. packed, her sister remem- sports, and had a lot of boy- "I remember being so put bers, and the young pilots friends." She dated Bill out that Dad would allow her had been advised to fly with Boyee and Randall Nelson. their eyes straight ahead Mable Nyberg, who was in when taking off or landing, the same class, calls her "a It is the military's only guess super girl who was popular that one of the pilots looked with everyone." Early in- away. No guilt was ever terest in an art career led to assigned, no details ever of- many posters announcing fered. This was war time. school events, Mabel says. "SANTA WILL BE HERE TOO!" UAH FLORAL & GIFT SH@ 94 Front. St. N. 392-7566 Elizabeth Erickson is the only Issaquah woman known to have given her life for her country in wartime, and is the only woman whose name is carved on the marble me- morial which sits among carefully tended foliage on Sunset Drive adjacent to City Hall. Lib Erickson was born in Seattle on April 4, 1921, in a hospital which no longer ex- "I used to idolize her for all the things she could do," her sister remembers. The feelings were not lessened denly telling her that she when Elizabeth enrolled at didn't need to go because he the University in 1939, and didn't need the insurance began to study art. "Her money,"shesays, softly. sketching was wonderful," Charlotte says. On December 31, 1943 In support of her studies, Elizabeth joined the Elizabeth began working Women's Auxiliary Flying part-time at the National Service, the WAFS. She had Bank of Commerce as a taken 48 hours of private to go," her sister says. "But Dad said she was old enough to make up her own mind. I really tried to talk him out of it." Mable Nyberg remembers a more prophetic conversa- tion between daughter and father. They had been talking about things like rate of pay and insurance and such, and "I remember her Dad sud- Erlckson with the AT6 airplane In Sweetwater, Texas. Above, "Lib" shows off a bulky flying suit. pilot, Elinor Fairchild, who had accompanied Elizabeth home, had her own form of tribute. In a deft and ex- pressive poem, she wrote of the surprises they had dis- covered in the skies, and of the special people who had died in pursuit of flight. In one line she prophesized about Elizabeth Erickson's reward for her service, both among her remaining friends and in the afterlife she believ- ed in. She wrote, "You have found tomorrow." Elizabeth Erickson in her college year. Clothing Bank needs warm kid's clothes The Clothing Bank is in urgent need of blankets, sheets and warm sleepwear for all ages. It is particularly short on warm garments size 0-5 as well as maternity clothes. Since September, the bank has had more than 600 indivi- duals sign in, receiving cloth- ing for themselves and other family members -- totalling 1100, with more coming in weekly, all in need of winter clothing. Donations are tax-de- ductible.