A spectacular two-car collision in October 1970, as told in the Spokesman 50 years ago. It happened at the corner of Sixth Street and Highland Avenue, in which seven were injured, none seriously, and came only a day after City Administrator Ed English had told Rotarians of the dangerous situation at that and other traffic control problem areas in the city. The driver of the overturned bus was cited for having no driver’s license; the driver of the station wagon was cited on a charge of running a stop light.

100 years ago

Oct. 21, 1920 — Bobby Stagg Kidnapers Ask Immunity to Return Child Known in Redmond

With messages from the New York Elks lodge to the effect that the baby Bobby Stagg had been recovered, proven false, Seattle authorities believe they scent a plot on the part of the kidnapers to return the child from New York to the home of the mother in Tacoma in an effort to obtain immunity from prosecution planned by Mrs. Edith Stagg.

Mrs. L.C. Marion of Redmond, Mrs. Stagg’s aunt with whom she visited in Redmond with her 21-month-old son last summer, returned Sunday from Tacoma where she had been comforting her niece since the kidnaping of Bobby, September 14, and assisting in the search for him. Yesterday she had had no further report since the false message from New York and the news Seattle telling of the suspected plan to return the child to Tacoma, Saturday.

George T. Stagg, of Tacoma, father of the child, and several prominent friends of Tacoma and Seattle and hired accomplices, are charged with complicity in the kidnaping. Miss Betty Brainerd has been arrested in New York charged with having a part in the kidnaping, and extradition is to be asked of the governor of that state Saturday that she may be returned to Tacoma.

Mrs. Marion said that the father and Bobby had been traced through Canada to Ontario definitely, and that the child is believed to be in New York. Messages from New York to Tacoma have assured Mrs. Stagg that the child is safe and will be returned.

Authorities refuse to offer immunity to the kidnapers should Bobby be returned. When told of the messages containing this plea, Mrs. Stagg said she wanted the child returned above all else, according to news dispatches from Tacoma.

Editor’s note: George Stagg, divorced father of the kidnapped child, pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and received a 10 year sentence, according to a Dec. 23, 1920 Spokesman article, which also noted that Mrs. Stagg requested he be pardoned. Betty Brainerd was exonerated.

75 years ago

Oct. 25, 1945 — Mail Delivery In City Limits To Be Surveyed

Petitions requesting city mail delivery for Redmond will be circulated by members of Redmond volunteer fire department, starting on or about November 12, it was announced this week by Kenneth C. Vadnais, who is in charge. Vadnais appeared before the chamber of commerce Tuesday and told of the project for which the firemen have volunteered.

Residents of the town who wish to petition for city mail delivery will be asked to sign the papers which the firemen will circulate. In addition to business houses and residences within the city limits, those at the edge of town will be contacted, as many persons living just outside the city limits might have mail boxes across the road in town.

For some time, as Redmond has grown rapidly, there has been increasing talk of endeavoring to get city delivery of mail.

50 years ago

Oct. 21, 1970 — Two-vehicle collision verifies traffic warning

Seriousness of Redmond’s traffic control situation was emphasized by a spectacular accident Friday, just one day after City Administrator Ed English had called to the attention of the Redmond Rotary Club the hazardous intersection at Sixth and Highland, and of Redmond’s three railroad crossings.

English advised Rotarians at their regular Thursday meeting at The Brand Restaurant, pointing out the problems which appear to him to be the most pressing at present.

The sewer situation heads English’s list. The problem might be solved, with maximum participation from both government and state, for about $3 1/2 million, according to studies recently completed for the city by the engineering firm of CH2M, English indicated.

To this he added the traffic situation, adding that a study is now under way toward the solution of the city’s crossing and intersection control problems.

Also facing the city is the pressing need for less congested and inadequate office space. The smallness of the present quarters makes it very difficult to have private interviews with people who bring their serious problems in for consideration, English said, adding that even when there is room for all to gather, telephone and radio interruptions and other distractions make the conducting of business difficult and even impractical.

Tentative plans for relief from this situation under consideration include cutting off a part of the council room for office use; a new library building, which would add to the available office space in the present building, and a realignment of present space.

25 years ago

Oct. 25, 1995 — Ease off on the gas, residents plead

Neighbors in the Redhawk and Skyline subdivisions off NW 19th Street would like people to slow down.

Several of them took to the street last Thursday morning to make their point. They stood at the roadside waving to motorists and holding signs asking people to slow down, especially during the hours children are walking to school at Hugh Hartman Middle School.

Norm Peterson, city councilor and neighborhood resident, came up with the idea after going door-to-door to listen to people’s concerns. Speed on NW 19th seemed to be on everybody’s mind, he said.

Another neighborhood resident, Elizabeth Weilacher, said the speed on the road is dangerous, not only for children walking to school, but for bicycle riding and people trying to turn left into the residential areas developing along 19th.

The road divides county land to the east and city land to the west. The state must approve lowering speed limits, Peterson said of the effort to have the limit lowered from 45 miles per hour. The neighbors would like the limit set at 25 mph but say 35 mph would be a start. They also would like a double yellow line painted in the road so motorists don’t pass.

Currently reduced speed signs are posted near the school, but that’s too late, Peterson said. “We have almost a mile before that with kids walking on the shoulders to Hartman.”

The city is being very helpful in the effort, he said.

Mary Meloy, who heads the public works department, said the city is trying to find out from the state which Redmond streets the city can lower speeds on without a speed study. Northwest 19th Street, SW Obsidian Avenue in the area from 23rd to 35th streets, and SW Salmon from Canal Boulevard west are streets where the city would like to see lower speeds, she said.

If the state decides no study is required, the process of establishing lower speed limits on those streets will move quickly. If speed studies are required, the state must do them, and “we’re at their mercy,” Meloy said.


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