The Sounder is undergoing some editorial changes as the SIGS budget for
2012-13 takes effect. To save on paper and printing costs, fewer
paper copies of the Sounder will be printed; these paper copies,
moreover, will be printed “in house.” It’s sad for me personally
to see the end of SIGS’ long and happy association with Ted Kolak of
Northwest Print and Copy, who served us professionally and consistently
for many years. Thank you, Ted.
The Sounder will
become leaner and meatier. With Lent upon us, this would seem a
contradiction (leaner, AND meatier?). This means that there
will be fewer pages per issue. It also means that some
serialized material will be discontinued:
The “100+ Years
Ago” page will not appear this time but I am debating whether I should
bring it back as more of a timeline than a collection of miscellaneous
items. In April 1912 (100 years ago!) both sides of the
Atlantic were mourning the Titanic disaster; in 1937 Snohomish
County citizens were gearing up for Social Security; in 1961 the
debut of President John F. Kennedy was making headlines, and in 1986
SIGS was in its infancy.
- Snohomish County in the War, which is readily available online.
- Snohomish County Business Directory from Polk’s 1903-1904 Everett and Snohomish County Directory.
- The Monroe Cemetery survey, which is also available online.
Material to be retained:
Finally, I want
to say thank you to Betty Gaeng, who is retiring from making regular
contributions to the Sounder, as well as from the SIGS board.
Betty’s perspective on local history and her research into her family
roots will be missed. Thank you, Betty!
- The ongoing extraction of Everett Herald obituaries
from the early 1900s. As time goes on, the Sounder will of
necessity devote more space to extracted obituaries. SIGS should
be better known for its obituary collection, whether in these pages, or
in the files of our library, or online at our web site. This
collection is one of our strengths and should be hailed!
- Our feature articles in every issue, the original work of your editor and other contributors.
- The serialized History of Snohomish County, Washington, vol. 1, ed. William Whitfield (1926).
I welcome your comments and suggestions.
Margaret Robe Summitt.