Oral History

The Oral History videos on this page were produced by the Edmonds Historical Society volunteers and by the Edmonds Woodway High School History Club.


Mary Dianne (Stewart) Van Meter

Mary Van Meter is a member of the South Snohomish County Historical Society. Her love of history developed over time but was sparked by her father’s interest in history. She grew up in Oklahoma and participated in swimming, track, soccer, cheerleading, and archery. She was also involved with the Girl Scouts and her entire brownie

Mary Elizabeth “Bette” (Royson) Vincent

Bette Vincent was born in Washington D.C. She graduated from Phoenix Union High School in Phoenix, Arizona. She then moved to Los Angeles, California. Later she moved to Ballard with her husband who was in the Navy. She excelled in school and went on to become an accountant. She also played basketball, volleyball, and track

Billie (Buckley) Stenson

Billie Stenson was born in Rockfort, Montana and grew up in Great Falls, Montana. She graduated high school in Great Falls and continued on to college at Northern Montana College on full scholarship. She played basketball and archery in high school. She married in 1941 and moved to Bremerton, Washington where her husband received a

Jewel (Rudd) Stabler

Jewel Stabbler grew up in Seattle in Phinney Ridge near Greenlake. She had 4 sisters and her mother raised them after her father passed away in a shipwreck when she was 8. She attended John B. Allen Elementary School in Seattle. As a child, she would go to the movies and swim in Greenlake in

Jo Ann (Smith) Rossi

Jo Ann (Smith) Rossi was born in Seattle on July 3, 1933. When she was three years old her father bought a 10 acre poultry farm in the Alderwood Manor. She was an only child and helped her father on the farm where there were approximately 10,000 chickens. Her farm chores included kitchen work and

Rod Neff

Rod Neff is an Edmonds High School Golden Tiger graduate, class of 1953. He was born in Burbank, California and moved to Washington with his family in 1943. His family settled in Martha Lake. He grew up on the family farm with his 4 siblings. He went to Alderwood Manor Elementary School and talks of

Harry & Ada Robinson

Harry and Ada Robinson both grew up in the Alderwood Manor area. Both went to Alderwood Manor Elementary school and then proceeded in to Edmonds High School. Harry graduated in 1955 and Ada in 1957. Harry grew up in the rural Floral Hills area with a total of 8 children in his family. Ada grew

Dr. Desmond Neff

Dr. Desmond Neff grew up in the Alderwood Manor area near Martha Lake. His parents owned 2.5 acres of land where they raised cows, pigs and fruit trees. He and his wife meet in high school while attending Edmonds High School. He his 5 siblings were all EHS graduates. He played football in high school

Barbara Magneson

Barbara Magneson always loved learning growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas. She received a scholarship to Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri where she earned a degree in Physics and Education. At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, she received her master’s degree. She did research in Controlled Fusion and later on rocket engines.

Air Mail Week 1938

This video was supplied to the museum by a donor. Footage shows the postmaster in 1938 (name not known). At the end of the video the camera pans the Edmonds waterfront showing the shingle mills in operation.

4th of July Parade

This video was supplied to the museum with no year attached. If you recognize this footage or the people in it and can supply any additional information, please contact the museum.