Cedar River Watershed newsletter, Issue 19
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Marguerite Harman: Matriarch of a Bygone Town

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Marguerite and Fred Harman outside their North Bend home, where they moved after Fred retired. Photo courtesy Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum.

One-hundred years ago, the town of Cedar Falls existed just a half-mile from the Cedar River Watershed Education Center. One important (yet often unrecognized) resident was Marguerite Harman, wife of Fred Harman, Chief Operator at the Cedar Falls power plant. Through music and merriment, Marguerite created a spirit of community and camaraderie within the town.

Marguerite (Dresser) Harman was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 5, 1888. She majored in Music at Wheaton College, later becoming the Head of their Music Conservatory. An accomplished pianist and organist, Marguerite played at several large churches before moving to Washington.

A friend of Marguerite’s enticed her to move west, where they started a musical kindergarten in Bellingham, WA. Through mutual friends, Marguerite was introduced to Fred.

After marrying Fred on September 25th, 1917, Marguerite settled in Cedar Falls, where she continued her music performance and teaching career for many years. Both Fred and Marguerite were prominent members of the Cedar Falls Dance Orchestra. Marguerite instructed local children in piano and held recitals at her home.

Typical for the time period, Marguerite Harman spent long days caring for her two sons, cooking, canning, providing enrichment activities for the neighborhood children, washing and starching the laundry, darning holes in stockings, and hosting dinner and bridge parties. She was a multi-tasking super woman, an unsung super-hero of her day.

Join us on September 27 and October 11 to learn more about the people of Cedar Falls.

Did You Know?

watershed resevoir

In the early years of the Cedar River Watershed, Seattle officials had to contend with the poor sanitary conditions of homesteaders, livestock, and company towns manufacturing lumber and clay products. The private towns of Taylor and Barneston, as well as the City settlements of Cedar Falls and Camp 2, all posed immediate and long-term risks to Seattle’s water quality and supply. Today, all but Cedar Falls are gone, and to protect water quality, the watershed is closed to all unsupervised access. Join us for tours into the twilight towns of Taylor and Cedar Falls this September.

Breaking News

Upcoming Programs

Twilight Towns of the Watershed: Taylor
September 19 & 26
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Twilight Towns of the Watershed: Cedar Falls
September 27 & October 11
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Adventures in Forest Ecology
September 19
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cedar River Salmon Journey
Weekends in October
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fascinating Fungi
October 17 & 18
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Paul Bannick: Owls & Woodpeckers
November 7
Owls: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Woodpeckers: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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19901 Cedar Falls Rd SE
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19901 Cedar Falls Rd SE
North Bend, WA 98045
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