|Ceremony for 100 year old Clise Family Bell planned for April 18|
at Redmond High School . The bell weighs 1100 pounds.
Installation ceremony for the Clise "touchdown" bell at Redmond High is planned for Redmond's 100 year Anniversary on April 18.
History: Anna Clise was the founder of Seattle Children's Hospital and owned Marymoor. She donated the land for the city's oldest park, Anderson Park. Anna commissioned the bell in 1912.
By Amy John, Redmond resident
March 18, 2012
On Wednesday, April 18th at 2:00 at the Redmond High School football field there will be a Ceremony marking the completion of the new home for the 100 year old Clise Family Redmond Bell. My son, Logan John, planned this project for his Eagle Scout leadership project.
Some notables at the event will be the Mayor, who will briefly speak, and Mr. Al Clise, the great grandson of Anna Clise, who commissioned this bell. Anna Clise was the founder of Seattle Children's and owned Marymoor. She donated the land that is now Anderson Park. The Historical Society is also going to speak to give a history of the bell.
The Redmond High football boosters contacted our Troop 612 about this project. The bell had been sitting over by the fence on the ground since the football field was replaced years ago. It's new home is by the outside fence near the new concession stand, just outside the track closest to the road (104th). If you ride by that way, take a look over and you'll see it, and hear it at games! Read More >>
Logan drafted some potential drawings. One of the drawings was selected by the LWSD, and approved by RHS vice principal Lloyd Higgins. Logan was the leader of the whole project but had a lot of help:
Reel Construction is building the wing of RHS and donated time to to pour concrete for the pad. Reel Construction also donated their forklift to move the 1100 pound bell. The stadium fund donated the money for the cement. The cement donation was coordinated by John Bailie of LWSD. He's been involved from the beginning and couldn't have been greater. Sheri Sanders has been the project manager from the LWSD's side of things for approvals.
The cool factor was that we contacted Mr. Al Clise, the great grandson of Anna Clise, about the project. He thought it was a very interesting project and donated funds to assist in the completion of the project.
The bell was made by the McNeeley family in Troy, New York. They were world famous bell makers. For example, they made the Women's Suffrage bell that is at Valley Forge, to name one.
By Amy John
Edited By Yoder