Irene S. Reed High School Memorial Wall


November 25, 2021

Courtesy of Mason County Historical Museum

Jim Nutt of Bob Kimbel Construction carefully saves the lintel from Irene S. Reed High School.

In mid-summer, 1985, as demolition was about to begin on the Irene S. Reed High School building at Seventh and Alder Streets, the Mason County Historical Society (MCHS) put forth a proposal to save symbolic parts of the building. MCHS wanted to preserve the lintel above the front door that featured the name of the school and the year it was built, plus ornamental blocks, to eventually build a memorial wall somewhere on school district property. The high school had been a gift to the town in 1923 from Mark E. Reed, head of the Simpson Logging Company. It was named after his wife Irene, wh...

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