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Please give credit to proper owner of truck stop | Letters

I'm writing you in regards to your article dated Jan. 12, 2012, titled "Remembering a pioneer: Doug Clerget shaped Federal Way."

I was very upset when I saw that Clerget was being credited with ownership of Evergreen Truck Stop. I grew up two houses away from the Clerget family, and Doug and his first wife Beverly were friends and business partners of my parents, Kenneth and Lorraine Brown.

Our families attended church together, catholic school, vacations, and as I said, our parents were in business together. I posted the following comment on your article back in March 2012:

"Hmm, just noticed this article in March. While Doug Clerget was quite the go-getter, the article falsely credits him with owning and operating Evergreen Truck Stop. Evergreen Truck Stop, along with the Chevron station in Seattle next to the Rainier Brewery and two other truck stops in Missoula, Montana and Verdi, Nevada were all built, owned and operated by my parents Ken and Lorrie Brown. At the time they were the biggest truck stop owners on the West Coast. Doug was only a co-owner with my dad of the land Evergreen was built on, but had absolutely nothing to do with the business itself. We've made numerous attempts to correct the records with the historical society with no success."

I would like to see my parents get the credit they deserve for being one of the earliest business owners in the Federal Way area and influential in the early days of Federal Way.

My dad was president of the Kiwanis Club for many years. He employed many many people in the area, starting with the original Evergreen Truck Stop on Pacific Highway at about 328th (it was called Ernie's for years after he sold it), which he owned from the early 1950s until he and Clerget bought the property at Highway 18 and Meridian in the late 1960s. He also owned the only truck stop in Seattle on 6th Avenue next to the Rainier Brewery starting in the early 1950s. My parents solely owned and operated Evergreen Truck Stop, while Clerget owned and operated the restaurant (Gee Gee's, run by the Gees, who were other neighbors of ours) and the motel.

I've contacted the Historical Society of Federal Way. They plan on writing a new book on the history of Federal Way in the near future and they're very interested in any materials we have regarding our parents and pictures or video that they may have taken.

My brothers and sisters and I will be compiling a packet and delivering it to them in the near future so that the story of their involvement in early Federal Way can be told.

I hope that your newspaper will take into account what I've shared with you and stop crediting Doug Clerget with ownership of the truck stop. I would also appreciate a correction or retraction of that claim in your newspaper.

Kendra Brown Dotson, Issaquah

 

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