Category: Community Memories

  • Displays at the Centennial Party

    Displays at the Centennial Party

    We were challenged with creating a way to display without making a mark on the beautiful walls of the Manke Barn.  In the end, we painted 4’ x 8’ insulation boards with black chalkboard paint and used extra-strength adhesive mounting squares to attach them to the walls.  We held our collective breath each time we…

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  • The Centennial Party

    The Centennial Party

    On August 13th, 2022, the Holly Community came together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Holly Schoolhouse, built in 1922.  Tragically the grand building burned down in her 100th year but the celebration was still held thanks to the generous offer of the Manke Family on Old Holly Hill Road to lend their family…

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  • The Howard Clark Baby Grand Piano

    The Howard Clark Baby Grand Piano

    The Schoolhouse baby grand piano, recently donated by the Howard Clark family in his memory, and tragically burned in the fire, is seen here played by Holly child Daisy Lerner at the Holly Christmas party of 2015.

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  • Easter Egg Hunt 2022

    Easter Egg Hunt 2022

    A successful Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday transpired despite the tragedy of the burning of the Schoolhouse, and our Children’s Activity Coordinator on the HCC Board Marin Metz, held the Easter Egg hunt at the Holly Community Club down by the cove.  The kids made ‘Thank you’ cards for the donors who gave extra funds for the children’s activity fund.  A good…

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  • The Final Holly Christmas Party 12/21/21

    The Final Holly Christmas Party 12/21/21

    On December 12, 2021 the old Holly Schoolhouse hosted it’s last Christmas party and potluck. The year before for the first time in many years there was no Christmas party due to the pandemic,  but finally we were able to have an in person party and what a party it was. As usual Holly cooks presented…

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  • Petersen & Hanson History

    Petersen & Hanson History

    Our Mother’s maiden name was Lauralee A. Petersen. Our uncles names were Louis Petersen and Gerald Petersen, and as I said earlier our Mother and Uncles we think, would have attended in the early 1930’s, as our Mother graduated from Issaquah H.S. in 1940. Our grandparents probably rented a cabin along the water, as I…

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  • The Hanson Brother’s

    The Hanson Brother’s

    Just a short bit of history, that goes a ways back. Jerry Hanson and John Hanson’s grandparents lived in Holly around 1930 or so, with their three children. My grandfather worked in the logging industry, for a man named McHugh, logging the old growth timber up the hill to the South of Holly. The three…

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  • Aaberg-Johnson Wedding & Memories

    Aaberg-Johnson Wedding & Memories

    I’m Arlen and Linda Johnson’s daughter, long-time members of the community who moved a few years ago. The news of the fire was devastating to us all. Holly, the community members, and the schoolhouse are special to all of us, but especially to Mom and Arlen. We had many weddings and family events at the…

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  • A Memory from Brandon Elsey

    A Memory from Brandon Elsey

    Saddened that this beautiful building is now gone. This is somewhere I enjoyed seeing and visiting every time I went to Holly. My grandparents had the key to the building and would take us there. A big rope came down from the ceiling going up to a bell house and they would let my brother…

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  • A Memory from Sue Elsey

    A Memory from Sue Elsey

    I grew up there as a child and remember my dad lifting me up to grab the rope that was connected to the big bell and ringing it to start the annual rummage sale. This tradition passed down to my children when they were old enough to ring the bell also. Christmas dinners and Spring…

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