Puget Power Photos

(Vashon Island Submarine Cable Repair - circa 1967)

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The B&W images on this page were scanned from 35mm negatives. The color images are from 35mm slides. I took the pictures in either 1967 or 1968. The construction images were taken during the repair of a shore-end splice in an underwater electrical cable running from the mainland to Vashon Island in Puget Sound, Washington. The images are not presented in any particular sequence. At the time, I (Mardon Erbland) was working for Puget Power as a Junior Engineer.  I joined Puget in 1967, just after graduating from Ohio State University.  I continued with them until the Fall of 1968, when I left to join Consumers Power in Michigan. I subsequently migrated through a couple of other utilities until retiring in 2003. I now live in Newfoundland

I sent a couple of these images to Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and subsequently they published one of them in The View.  I have since received requests from readers of The View for other images, so I decided that it would be easiest to put them all on this web page. People who are interested can then download them at their convenience. If you recognize any of the people, or if you participated in the project, or if you should happen to remember me from my days at Puget, I would love to receive an email!  Even though I retain copyright to the pictures, this is only done to discourage unscrupulous or commercial use.  I encourage people who have a genuine personal interest in the pictures to take a copy.  For people in this category, I grant blanket permission to download and use the images for your personal use. This is especially true for anyone connected with Puget Power or PSE.

First the 'business' stuff...

And some personal stuff too...

These are a few personal photos, taken during the time that I was working with Puget Power.  The yellow car was Fleet No. 85. It was the vehicle that I was assigned while working with the company.  I worked out of the Renton office. The brown house, with the white station wagon in the driveway, is the first house that we occupied in Washington.  It had just been built and we were the first to rent it.  The address was 24804 128th Place SE, Kent.  The 1968 night shot at the Boeing plant is of an airplane lined up in the area where Boeing painted the planes.  The night view of the Seattle skyline makes it clear that there were none of those orangeish-colored High Pressure Sodium street lights back in '67/68.  The blacked-out area in the foreground of the picture is the roof and chimney of a house that blocked my view.  In '67/68, the best part of Seattle was the harbor where the fireboats berthed. Why?  Because that's where Iver's restaurant & take-out was located. What good clams they had!  Yummy!  The Puyallup Daffodil Festival, in April 1968, had a parade and lots of flowers.  The B&W house photo is the second place we rented while I was working at Puget Power.  It was located in King county but almost directly on the county line between King and Pierce counties.  It had room for our horse and a barn too. The B&W landscape photo at the lower left is a circa 1967 view of Kent Washington, taken from "East Hill". The hill on the far side of the picture is "West Hill" and the Kent Valley is in between. The Green River runs along the west side of the Kent Valley. This picture is taken about 1/2 way up East Hill from a point somewhat near the house at 24804 128th Place SE, Kent. In the Mount St. Helens photo, that's me on my skis near the lower left corner. There's 2 people and I'm the one on the right.  It was taken near the parking lot at the end of the Spirit Lake road.  I remember asking some local people if there was any danger of the mountain erupting and I was told not to be so silly. Regrettably, it turned out not to be such a dumb question. I even visited Harry Truman's lodge in Feb '68.  It was an interesting place. Having been there, I wish that I could recall more details.  Even with only the sketchy memories that remain, I feel like they give some credence to the newspaper accounts of why  he chose to stay, even after the mountain's eruption became imminent.  The pastoral scene at the lower right was just northwest of the house at 24804 128th Place SE.  In fact, that house is just out of sight of this picture. It was located about 200 feet south of the clump of evergreen trees that can be seen in the right of the picture, just above the centerline.

If you are interested in family history and genealogy, you may want to visit my Erbland / Brown family history website.

All Images (c) 2004 Mardon Erbland - Note: Download for personal use by people associated with Puget Power and/or PSE is encouraged. See 2nd paragraph on this page for details.