Matt and I are both enthusiastic members of the Kirkland Heritage Society. One of the benefits of membership is the Blackberry Preserves newsletter, which is published six time per year. The May/June 2019 issue features a look at Mary Hanson, who was quite a remarkable person. She wrote a column called Our Town in the East Side Journal for many years, worked as a scaler at Lake Washington Shipyard during World War II (where her poetry was published in their weekly On the Ways paper), and somehow still found time to be a caring mother for 11 kids. Be sure to check out the link above for the full story and please support KHS by becoming a member and volunteering!