November 24, 2015

Fashion Week in Washington State 1956

Fashion Week 1956

Here I am with our neighbor Patty Jones as we sport our latest fashions right out of Patty’s suitcase. As you can see, the suitcase is also of vintage age as was the falling-down old chicken coop behind our house on Dennis Street in Tumwater, Washington.

I don’t know what ever happened to Patty Jones. Maybe she moved away, there’s just no way of knowing. She was obviously older than me. She must have been desperate for someone to play with to have come over to our house. Maybe it was someone my brother went to school with. When she came over we would do unbelievably ‘wild’ things like crawl the depth under the chicken coop and come up inside. I don’t know who had that idea, but of course I was thrilled to be in on it. Never did I consider running into spiders or that I was crawling through old chicken poop. Ack!

Eventually, the chicken coop was torn down and probably became a bonfire and another source of entertainment. Having said all that, I’m glad my mom let us just be kids and take chances. Tetanus shots, what are those?

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Carol and Clown

Or, the short title should read, “I may be smiling, but I was really mortified”. I think this photo was taken in either 1962 or 1963. It was taken at Southgate Market in Tumwater, Washington and if the clown is any of my schoolmate’s father or other male relative, I’m sorry, but I just found this photo ambush so embarrassing. I don’t even know what it was all for. You can see me holding my arms in “protection mode”. Here’s the thing I took away from this event. Just because I was young in age doesn’t mean I was immature. That said, I always became wary of anyone in costume who might want to invade “my space”. I think most clowns are embarrassing, probably because they have to act stupid in public.

I will say, I did enjoy the clownish antics of Emmett Kelly (Weary Willie) and Red Skelton (Freddy the Freeloader) though.

English: Red Skelton as Freddie the Freeloader...

English: Red Skelton as Freddie the Freeloader, Carol Sydes, Frank McHugh from Skelton’s 1959 television show. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tumwater High School 50 Year Reunion 2011

An all years Tumwater High School (WA) reunion is coming up soon for all alumni. Here’s a copy of the email I received today from Kim Marquette. Please download the fact sheet at the end of this article.

THS 50th Celebration Reminder

Please mark your calendar for the 50th Celebration of Tumwater High School…We have many fun activities planned for 3 days of celebration, September 16-18, 2011 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Please see the attached flyer regarding planned activities.  If you are interested in the 5K run or the golf tournament please get registered ASAP.

If you are interested in purchasing 50th merchandise please go to the THS website and follow the link to Winning Seasons.  We also have merchandise available in the ASB office here at Tumwater.

We hope to see you there!  Please forward this email to all your alumni friends.

For any questions please feel free to contact me at the number below.

Kim Marquette

Tumwater High School

Athletic/Administrative Secretary

700 Israel Road SW

Tumwater, WA 98501


360.709.7602 fax


THS 50th Fact Sheet (PDF file)

You Know You Are From Tumwater, WA If…

Please Come Join This New Tumwater Group On Facebook

I’ve created a new group on Facebook for those of us who grew up in Tumwater, Washington.  The name of it is You Know You’re From Tumwater, WA If… and it’s an open group. I was born in the 50’s when Tumwater was still a popular stop on the Old 99 Highway so I remember some of the old businesses and a few of the people around town.

My Background

My brother Dave and I grew up on Dennis Street where we seemed to have the run of the area for miles around once we both got bikes. We both went to Tumwater schools from K-12 so we also remember quite a few of the kids we went to school with too.  I went to Michael T. Simmons grade school for the first grade (Mrs. Dalrymple) and then for all the other elementary years I went to Peter G. Schmidt grade school located on Old 99 and East Dennis Street. For junior high it was back to M. T. Simmons for two years and then Tumwater High School (within walking distance for me) for the next four years.

Anyway, if you remember anything about living in Tumwater how about joining the group and sharing your memories with us?

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