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~#.~r~ Ave 8E 11/79 1i/72 I1/73 ll]Tg FATE DEALT a terrible blow to a Bothell man, Thomas Weirmac, when a cedar tree fell across the cab of his truck on U.S. 2 three miles east of Monroe killing him Two separate U.S. 2 accidents claimed the lives of Karen R. Shepardson of Monroe and Thomas J. Weirmac of Bothell this past week- end. Mrs. "Shepardson, 23, was killed instantly when the car driven by her husband, Donald K. Shepardson, also 23, and a car driven by Ray- mond G. Anderson, 32, 4505 106th NE, Marys- vtlle, crashed head on approximately two miles west of here. The Shepardsons were traveling eastbound and Anderson westbound when the 10:30 p.m. Sunday accident occured. Shepardson sustained head injuries and is confined to Valley General Hospital. No report was made as to whether or not Anderson was injured. The 36 year old Bothell man, Weirmac, died No record Will kept of the mpeeda In the street racea during last Sat- urdaly'li competition, I~ut the young- sterI litill have to ma, ke way for Carl BJorling shown above all he came In to the tape,stepping high In t)le men-over-40 race. PracUcally in his back pocket a~d with one foot Ihowing on the left First In' "One-Block" At the time of the fabulous foot race, he was working for Bror Thompson who built the fire- hall. He logged for the Nelson Brothers and C It is only fitting and proper on this 199th anniversary of the Dec- laration of Independence that we pause a moment in our busy lives to remember why this nation de- clared itself independent from British rule. Our forefathers believed in gov- ernment only with the consent of the governed, the consent we give in the privacy of a voting booth. They believed that each one of us had the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness° They believed that we should have cer- tain freedoms among which are speech, assembly and religion° Another freedom that we enjoy is the freedom to disagree. No where Time was when Monroe commemorated the Fourth of July with a three day extravaganza called the "Golden Barrel Days" during which there were foot races down Main Street. The picture at the far left was on the front page of the Monroe Monitor published July 7, 1949 and was taken at the conclusion of the foot race for men over 40 at the annual cele- bratton. Carl BJorling is breaking the tape with Ed Stucky on the right, who was third. Of the five contestants, we could contact only two to reenact the start of that famous contest. They are Babe Dennis, left and Carl BJorltng crouching in the right hand picture for another go at the tape. Babe was born in Monroe and after hauling milk and freight for 26 years and spending one fishing season in Alaska, he bought a gas sta- tion next to Milady's and was running it at the time of the famous foot race. He and Catherine have been married for 53 years and every year they return to the site of their honeymoon, Con- conneUy, Washington where they were heading on this earth except in our United States can the people criticize the government with little fear of re- taliation. Open expression of opin- ion is inherent in the American way of life and this right is freely utilized in our town which is healthy. The news content of this par- ticular issue of the Monitor is prepared by the women staff mem- bers which points up another right guaranteed by our founders, the right of equality which is evi- denced more than ever by the em- ployment of women in jobs that once were considered only for men. The document pictured above is a parchment replica of the Dec- laration of Independence loaned to us from the Monroe Public Li- brary and we are grateful to Mrs. Marilyn Yirta, librarian, for her efforts in securing the copy for our use. --Nellie Roberts.n, acting Monitor News Editor for vacation- ing Dick Baldwin, subsequently owned the Sunset Tavern. His name is synonymous with cribbage in Monroe. Carl is retired came out of retirement re- cently to supervise a three acre spread for three days which had seven head...2 yearling, 2 dogs, a cat and a gander. His grandson did the cooking. Both Babe and Carl remember the race very well; Carl entered it to encourage his son David to enter the bike race and Babe says if he hadn't slipped on loose gravel and if the race had been longer, he would have won. They were neighbors for better than 20 years. when the picture on the right was taken. The Dennis' still live in the house they've Two of the original racers are deceased and inhabited for 48 years and Babe's garden is a the third, Ed Stucky, is living with his son tn sight to behold. Last year he had to use a step Eastern Washington. ladder to pick the peas. . Incidentally, the three day celebrationgot its Winner of the original race,• Carl BJorltug, name fromthecolorofthebarrelthatwas thrown came to Monroe In 1911 from Sweden with his' into the Skykomtsh River at Index. Local resi- dents would then lay wagers on the length of parents. He went to Alaska, the last frontier intime it took for the barrel to reach the Lewis 1937 by "first class steerage". He married in Alaska and, sending his family Street Bridge in Monroe, with a mile by mile out ahead of him returned to Monroe in the earlyreport recorded in the Monitor. The '%2 olden '40's. Barrel Days" celebration was sponsored by the American Legion and The Eagles during the .'40'S. Is George ArmItrong who came In a fairly close lecond. The stroller on the right who really did the most work and barely flnllhed In the money II Ed etucky. Babe Dermic Babe Dennis and Carl B]orling crouch for another and George Buholtz comprllled the remainder of the field, but neither try at a foot race, --Staff Photo c~me within camera range of win- ning, Photo By Willy Short 10704 NE 143rd Street, Bothell. The tumbling cedar carried out power and utility lines putting the Sultan-Gold Bar are out of electrtcty for over an hour. Also, according to P.U.D. officials, part of North Everett was without power for over a half hour. A second occupant of the truck was also injured and he is berg treatedat Valley Gen- eral Hospital. He is William D. Hollcraft, 30, thick cedar tree broke loose from Fern Bluff and tumbled onto and crushed the cab of Weir- mac's pickup truck which was eastbound. Spec- ulation was that heavy rains had loosened the soil from around the tree roots. in a highly unusual accident about 7 a.m. Sat- urday.According to the state patrol a two-foot- enable Schilaty's Towing to remove the vehicle. --Staff Photo " o " c9, -. ....... outright, The tree was cut allow free passage of traffic on the highway and to o m rn e nt...