October 10th Program
Author David Williams on the Ballard Locks
Marilee Fuller introduced our speaker, David B. Williams, who spoke about his new book “Waterway – The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal”. The book was published as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Ballard Locks.
The book covers the local geology and native history in the area of the Ship Canal, and the various paths that were planned and started before settling in on the North Route through Salmon Bay and Lake Union. Shipping coal was also a big part of why they built the canal.
The area around Lake Union was homesteaded by Thomas Mercer and David and Louisa Denny. Harvey Pike acquired some of this land. It is said that he began to cut the channel with a pick and a shovel.
The Army Corps of Engineers thought that Lake Washington would make a great fresh water port for navy vessels.
Army Corps of Engineers' Hiram M. Chittenden supported the funding of masonry instead of wood locks for the ship canal. He was supported by the Lake Washington Canal Association, a group led by Burke, McGraw and Greene.
The canals used turned out to be a boon for the commercial and recreational boat and shipping industry but not a large naval facility as the Corps had imagined.
More Club Meeting Photos
Joseph Grief works as cashier for the meeting.
David Williams signs a book for Steve Stansfield.
Pete Scott, left, chats with Lance Georgeson.
Britt Olson, left, hugs Bev Washburn.
Jennifer Muzia chats with Ed Robinson.
From left, Lance Georgeson, Chris Davis, and James Raptis. In background, Pete Scott and Kathleen Davis.
September 26th Triple Treat Program!
September Students of the Month
At the September 26th meeting, Keven Wynkoop, club member and Principal of Ballard High School, kicked off another year of Ballard Rotary honoring outstanding students. He introduced the September Students of the Month, Trinity Cho and Beck Svaren, both student officers in the ASB.
Vintage Ballard Rotary: Visiting RCB History
Four past presidents of Ballard Rotary recently met to chat about old times. From left, David Hiscock (1989-1990), Alan Hovland (1990-1991), Fred Richard (2006-2007), and the man behind the camera, Oly Wise (1978-1979), met at the Mirabella Retirement Home.
Alan Hovland writes of this meeting: "Oly, thank you, I had such a great time. And David. What a great Rotarian, and his wife Connie. Many times in meetings it would be me and Connie. I represented Ballard Rotary and Connie represented the Ballard Hospital Foundation. And what a successful auction! Thank you, David, for picking me up as a very new Rotarian, and carrying me along in Rotary. We were co-presidents for our two consecutive years. Ballard Rotary was in a big crisis, and the leadership that David helped me to provide in our two years saved the club. There are so many stories."