What Brought you to Enumclaw?

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I had an opportunity to start my own business, manufacturing commercial cabinets for schools, hospitals and laboratories. This was in 1970. An article in the Seattle Times about Enumclaw, “the Camelot of King County” caught my eye. I found a 4.5 acre piece of property at the corner of Cole & Battersby streets which I purchased and have been in Enumclaw ever since.

We found the archived Seattle Times article.

Hugh has so many great stories including of a time when he nearly crashed an airplane, won an invention contest for 3D printing and many hunting adventures.

Stay tuned for more from this wise and adventurous neighbor of ours.



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I’ve always been a small town country boy at heart. I grew up in rural Kitsap County between Bremerton and Silverdale. When not playing sports, I spent a lot of time hunting and fishing with my dad and his friends. I also had two uncles who had ranches where I learned to ride horses. I also had a love of Harley Davidson motorcycles. My first vehicle was a 1947 HD Panhead.

Upon graduation, I spent six years in the Marine Corps. I then had several jobs including commercial fishing in Alaska, cowboying in Nevada and logging.

I married in 1975 while living in Black Diamond and logging.

In 1978, our beautiful daughter as born and I had found work on the Seattle waterfront.

In 1980, we but I still desired to be part of my daughter’s love. I moved to Covington and had custody every-other weekend and shared holidays. In 1992, I moved to Selleck adn continued to be part of my daughter’s life. We rode horses and spent quality time together. I watched her graduate and walked her down the aisle in 1999.

Shortly after my retirement in 2002, I moved to Enumclaw. I got tired of long periods without power during wind storms in Selleck (sometimes 7-10 days). I chose Enumclaw so I could be near my daughter. Also, I found Enumclaw to be neat and well-kept and there lived my kind of people – good ol’ country folk.



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My parents – who came to Enumclaw looking for a new life. It wasn’t easy and they worked hard just to survive.

Looking back, I worked hard farming and, for spending money, worked for Weyerhauser in the woods.

I remember a friend of my folks who was in the Merchant Marines and traveled the world told me that Enumclaw was hard to beat!


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