Helen Rushton Interview


Helen Rushton Interview


Helen Rushton

Document Type



Krueger, Frederick


Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement


Helen (Valesco) Rushton (b. December 4, 1914) talks about her life in Cle Elum and Roslyn, Washington. While looking at historic photographs, she describes the geography of Cle Elum and Roslyn, including previous businesses and local families. She notes that she and her husband, Charles Rushton, lived more than 60 years in Roslyn.

The cover image shows Roslyn, circa 1940. The photographer was looking northeast down Pennsylvania Avenue toward First Street. Most of the wooden buildings and brick structures seen here were built during the 1890s when coal mining brought hundreds of mining families to the area. Businesses that lined both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue during the late 1930s were the Brick Saloon, Roslyn Bank, Gustna-Ponerio-Ramsay Barbers, Jean's (Jeans) Beaute Shoppe, Cuculick Beer Parlor, Log Cabin Beer Parlor, Pioneer Parlor, Slim's (Slims) Place, the Masonic Temple, the Medical-Dental Building, Pine Cone Confectionery, Low Dentist Office, Central Drug, Northwestern Improvement General Merchandise, Pioneer Grocery, Hartman's Meat Market, Public Meat Market, and Cascade Telephone Company. Many homes were built on the slopes of the surrounding foothills.

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Oral history, Cle Elum (Wash.), Roslyn (Wash.), Businessmen--Washington (State)


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Helen Rushton Interview