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Get a look at history at Pioneer Days


September 13, 2017 | View PDF

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Matthew Grindy, left, learns the old-fashioned methods of washing your clothes from Joann Gray, right, a member of the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers, during the organization's Pioneer Days event on Sept. 17, 2016.

Kids can see how pioneers lived by using old-fashioned devices like butter churners and clothes washers at the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers' annual free Pioneer Days on Sept. 16.

The event is held at the Pioneer Hall at 20722 67th Ave. NE, Arlington. It is held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

There is no charge for the event.

The Pioneers will bring out many of their old artifacts including decades-old toys and a variety of items for ordinary chores.

Volunteers will help visiting kids spin yard, milk a wooden replica of a cow, churn butter, wash clothes and saw logs.

Kids can take home pieces of the logs they cut and can taste the butter they churned as well.

The activities help families see how pioneers to the area would have lived in the early 1900s.

"We run this for the kids to learn how things were done in the old days," said Myrtle Rausch, president of the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers.

It helps kids see some of the difficulties of life without the benefits of washing machines, electricity or other modern conveniences, "whether it be milking a cow, churning butter or working a sewing machine," said Rausch.

Kids can participate hands-on with many of the items in activities set up by the Pioneers, including churning butter, washing clothes, sawing logs or milking the wooden cow.

"I think they have a lot of fun," said Rausch.

"Most of the kids have a lot of fun milking the cow or churning the butter. Especially the butter because they get to taste it afterward," she said.

Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers members and volunteers help show kids about the items that they may have never seen before and don't know how to use.

"We always catch a new group of young kids who come out and see how things used to be done that they had never seen before," said Rausch.

Rausch said she enjoys seeing kids learn about the items, and both the parents and the younger kids get to learn about the old methods for cleaning clothes or making butter.

"It's fun to see the kids learn about these old-fashioned items, and we get younger adults as well who are no longer familiar with these items," said Rausch.

Volunteers can help children and parents with any questions they have about the items as well.

While Pioneer Days is free, there is a charge for anyone visiting the Pioneer Museum which is located behind the Pioneer Hall.

The Pioneers organization is over a century old and is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the Stillaguamish Valley area.

More information about the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers or their museum is available at


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