Redmond Historical Society: Frank & Miye Yoshitake: A Lifetime Of Service

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Fairfield golfers tee off to support the Maritime Aquarium

2021-09-08

Frank (1916-2013) and Miye (nee Shiogi) (1923-2011) moved from the Beacon Hill area of ​​Seattle to Redmond in the summer of 1955 in search of “good soil” and a home. Frank & Miye bought land on Avondale Road and gave up some of the acreage when it was condemned by the government to build NIKE / Coast Guard homes. After building their home on the property, they built the Sunset Gardens Nursery, a home for Frank’s parents, and the Lil ‘Augusta Golf Course. Frank said Redmond is a welcoming and friendly place, a “hub with spokes on a wheel” that leads to Kirkland, Bellevue and other Eastside areas. The Lil ‘Augusta Golf Course had an 18-hole, par 3 course, which is beautifully landscaped with specimens and fruit trees throughout. It was not uncommon for golfers to pick an apple, Asian pear, or berry while playing golf. A pond on the property froze over in winter, reminding Sharon’s classmates of ice skating. As a self-taught landscape planner, Frank gained much of his experience at the Minidoka Relocation Camp outside of Jerome, Idaho. The 6-hole, par 23 course was cleared by hand; Fairways covered with earth and sagebrush and was completed in 1943. After moving to the Eastside and building Lil ‘Augusta, Frank’s name was attached to a number of other local golf courses as an architect, builder or landscape designer, including Carnation Golf Course (now The Blue Heron Golf Club). Frank bought the land for Carnation Square in October 1966 and opened the square in May 1967 to all exclusive tee times. Frank & Miye raised daughters Teresa (Hall), Sharon (Gilbert) and Linda (Hussey) in Redmond; all three girls attended schools in Redmond and participated in girl scouts. Miye was appointed to the City of Redmond’s first Redmond Parks & Recreation Board. She was also active in gardening clubs and organizations, including the Marrowstone Garden Club on Marrowstone Island, while living there. “Yoshitake’s Garden” is remembered with a plaque when you enter Marrowstone. The garden was laid out and tended by Frank and Miye until they moved to Redmond to live with their daughter Teresa. In October 2004, Frank, Miye, their children and grandchildren gathered for a ceremony to inaugurate Sunset Gardens Park across from Conrad Olsen Road on Avondale Road. Frank and Miye are buried in the Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue. Daughter Linda Hussey became an In Memoriam for Life Membership in March 2021 and continues to recognize her lifelong service from her parents. Frank & Miye Yoshitake have left a lasting legacy in every community; Her list of accomplishments, memories, and devotions to these communities is fondly remembered to this day. Left: Carnation Golf Course Opens Carnation Golf Club History Blue Heron Golf Club The Redmond Recorder November 2004, Pages 1 & 2 Minidoka National Historic Site
Minidoka camp
Minidoka Irrigator April 10, 1943 “Start of work on the nine-hole course”
Minidoka Irrigator (All Editions – Library of Congress)
Minidoka NHS News, Dec 2015, p. 2 “Golf in the Desert” Frank Yoshitake Obituary Jan 20, 2013 Marrowstone Briefs, Letter 3 Miye Yoshitake Obituary Jan 8, 2012 North American Post May 5, 1967 The Redmond Recorder Apr 2012, p. 6 The Redmond Recorder February 2013, p6 SVN April 17, 1968 “New Golf Course Always Challenges Golfers” SVN May 7, 1964 Advertisement for Sunset Gardens SVN February 7, 1967 “New Park Board Members Announced” SVN May 10, 1967 “Carnations -Golf Course Opens; Exciting Terrain “SVN April 24, 1968 Advertisement for Lil ‘Augusta Pitch & Putt SVN April 17, 1968 P16 Lil’ Augusta Course w / Photo SVN August 2, 1972 P14 Hartman Park Phase 1 Miye (misspelled as Mae)

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