'Walk Back in Time' with Edmonds trailblazers

By Betty Lou Gaeng | Jul 13, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel 524 Main St., now home to Rogue, was built in 1890 and was home to the pioneer Rynearson family.

Whether you are new to Edmonds or perhaps a long-time resident, you probably realize that downtown Edmonds, also known as the Edmonds Bowl, is a special and vibrant place – a modern town with a unique quality that takes us back to a long-ago time.

On Thursday, July 19, members of the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery board and some of their friends invite you to journey back with them to meet and hear the stories of trailblazers who helped shape the town we know and appreciate today.

The annual “Walk Back in Time” is 1 p.m. at the Edmonds cemetery, 820 15th St. SW.

During the walk you will meet:

• Matthew Ellison Hyner (1846-1929), postmaster and first Edmonds’ merchant – his story told by his daughter Ruth Belle Hyner Hough (1877-1956), the first Edmonds’ telephone operator;

• Leroy Sylvester Keeton (1868-1966), businessman, affable man-about-town and historian;

• Fred A. Fourtner (1876-1965), colorful mayor of Edmonds, city councilman, business man and theater owner;

• Myrtie Mabel Rynearson Otto (1892-1981), Edmonds native, bookkeeper and business woman; and

• Ruth Caskey Sater (1902-2001), business woman, innovator and Edmonds Memorial Cemetery’s first board chairperson.

The pioneer Rynearson family lives in one of the oldest houses in Edmonds, at 512 Main St. Built in 1890, the downtown Edmonds house was where Mr. Rynearson conducted his blacksmithing business.

It was home to daughter Myrtie Rynearson Otto for most of her life. However, by 1976, William and Bunny Hammersla had purchased the house and opened an art gallery on the lower floor.

In 1983, the house was again sold – this time to realtor Joan Longstaff, and it became the home of Joan Longstaff & Associates.

Still attractive and well-tended, the building is now occupied by the Rogue clothing store.

During the Walk Back in Time program, Longstaff will portray early-day Edmonds resident and trailblazer Myrtie Otto.

 

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