Gene Henke likes to keep up with current events in Burien. Once a truck driver for Scarsella Brothers, Mr. Henke in retirement dabbles with the many figures and spinning in his yard on 149th Street S.W.
Things keep spinning for Gene and Ann Henke
Gene Henke lives on 149th Street and 8th S.W. in a home he first occupied 28 years ago. During most of those years, he drove truck for Scarsella Brothers. You may remember name Scarsella Brothers as the company that hauled most of the dirt for the third runway. Gene Henke had the honor of hauling the first load and he has rock in his house as a memento of that event. And you may have slowed down to take a look or even stopped to talk to Mr. Henke, whose yard is decorate with many different examples of spinning things. Some are actuated by the wind, some by electricity. And some are static. But most move.
Not long after he moved into the house, he began decorating the yard. His first piece was a water wheel. It still runs today. Later, he added a windmill, a Ferris wheel, many things that spin in the wind (and sometimes get damaged in high wind) and even a little snowman waving an American flag. One mobile features a shark in the center chasing two dolphins as it spins in the wind. Mr. Henke said he did not really know how many items he had in his yard, but is in the dozens.
On other holidays such as Christmas and Easter, Ann Henke, Gene's wife, decorates the water water with special items of the season.
Mr. Henke said many people stop by to comment on his ever-changing display.
Mr. Henke is a long-time fan of the Highline Times. He said the first thing he reads every week is the column by Publisher Jerry Robinson.
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