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Kittitas County’s Celebrity Connections

Kittitas County boasts a wealth of people with name recognition across the region, the country and in some cases the world. Here are just a few.

William Craven

Washington state’s first African American mayor
Website: Article about William Craven's appointment to Mayor in 1975
Photo of William Craven

Biographical Info

William Craven (b. 1938) was born and raised in Roslyn. He became Washington’s first black mayor on June 10, 1975, as an appointee the city council selected to fill the vacancy. Shortly thereafter Craven was elected with 272 votes to the 33 his closest competitor garnered. He served until 1980. Craven made his living as a maintenance man for the school district and also moonlighted as a caretaker-gravedigger-sexton for one of Roslyn’s cemeteries. Today at the age of 76 he is retired and still living in Roslyn. In this photo Craven just finished a day volunteering to clean up the Roslyn City Cemetery at the site where his son Tom and wife Virginia rest.

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  • Intro to Square Dancing
    Free, intro to square dancing followed by desserts. Located at the Swauk-Teanaway Grange, 1361 Ballard Hill Rd. Cle Elum.
  • Haunted Family Bingo
    Come to the Haunted Ronald Schoolhouse…if you dare! Play 15 games of bingo (3 on 1), and win great prizes from local businesses! Your $20 ... Read More
  • COAL’s Clothing Center
    COAL’s Clothing Center is open to the community. Everyone that uses the Clothing Center will receive 3 outfits of their choosing, per person. We also ... Read More
  • AHA First Aid-CPR-AED Class
    American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED Class (CPR includes, Adult, Child and Infant).  Cost includes AHA card.  Registration Required.
  • Kittitas County Veteran’s Coalition
    Open and available on Fridays from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum.
  • FREE Medicare Open Enrollment Presenation
    FREE Medicare Open Enrollment Presentation from the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SHIBA Program.  Hosted by RSVP and Volunteer Center and Aging and ... Read More
  • Free Medicare Open Enrollment Presentation
    Come and listen to a presentation about the upcoming Open Enrollment time for Medicare.  Information about deadlines, changes, updates and more so you can be ... Read More
  • Kittitas Audubon Program: Birding in Cuba!
    Join us for an evening of wonder as we explore the mysterious island of Cuba and it’s inhabitants, including, of course, the birds! Traveling with a ... Read More
  • Women’s Health Forum
    Join us for our Women’s Health Forum. Have a chance to talk with the experts, tour the new digital mammography suit, enter to win a ... Read More
  • Pinochle
    Join us for Pinochle. Every Thursday, 12:00 Noon at the Cle Elum Eagles Club, 220 Pennsylvania Ave. Everyone Welcome! For more info, call Josey at ... Read More