The Marrowstone Island Briefs offer a glimpse of island life. They are an ongoing dialogue about life on Marrowstone Island from the viewpoint of its resident historian, Karen Russell. While the Briefs were authored between 1999 and 2004, they still reflect the "flavor" of Marrowstone Island.
Topics range from a history of the road naming on the
island to various happenings like Christmas and spring time
flowers. There's lots to learn from these pages and it will
help you learn about this special place.
School's out. Summer's here.
Where are all the children? Many of us raised children on
the island, or hired a neighbor's child to cut the lawn, or
bought a candy bar from a Little Leaguer. Children have the
habit of growing up and moving on. So where are some of them
now? Amy Goetz is visiting parents Shirley & Jerry Goetz
of Mumby Road. She has returned from Guatemala with 9 month
old daughter Camilla, and husband Roberto Costa Ribiero.
They will be attending brother Eric's wedding in July. Eric
lives in Kirkland and works for Verio NW.
Dean and Darlene Sanders' daughter Julie taught English at the University in St. Petersburg, Russia three years ago. On her return trip she stopped in Askim, Norway to marry Marshall Keymer in the same church her great, great grandmother was married. They live in Walla where Julie works for Coffey Communications, and the Walla Union Bulletin writing feature stories. Julie's sister Holly is a senior at San Jose State majoring in art and photography.
Cee and Gary Rowe's son Andrew is home on Griffiths Point Road. He completed the sophomore year at the American University in Washington D.C., and is working at Fort Worden for the summer. He will be attending the Frei University in Berlin in the fall for one semester studying German. Andy was a Rotary exchange student to Japan in '95 and speaks fluent Japanese. Andy's brother Gabe will be a senior at Chimacum High School, and sister Abby will be a junior.
Marcie and Steve Van Cleave's daughter Brie was valedictorian of Chimacum High School's class of '97. She spent the past year living three months in Belgium studying French, travelled throughout the Mediteranean and Aegean side of Turkey for six weeks, visited Eygpt for two weeks, and trekked Ireland with friend Shelby Smith. She returned to Skelleftea, Sweden visiting her host families when she was a Rotary exchange student there in 1996. Brie is working at Swan Farms for the summer, and will attend Smith College in Massachucettes in the fall.
Teri and Steve Grace of Robbins Road have two sons, Brian, and Brendan, who were schooled in the off campus program called Pi. Teri and son Brian, 15, will be going to the largest youth soccer tournament in the world held in Stockholm, Sweden in August. There will be 52 countries represented and Brian will be one of 20,000 soccer players. Brendan, 14, has been apprentice instructor for the Wooden Boat Foundation sailing program this summer.
What do island residents Pearl Thompson, Ray Thompson, Natalie Wyman, Clara Lybeck, Katy Johnson, Roberta "Bootsie" Hendrix, Marsha Wiechert, Helen Constantine, Carl Johnson, Elmer Stevens, and Aubrey Redling have in common? They were students of either the Nordland or the Adventist schools on Marrowstone Island. The Nordland School, in operation since 1893, closed in 1944-45, after which the kids were bussed to Chimacum. The Adventist School ended its operation in 1985-86, moved to Hadlock, and is named the Cedarbrook Adventist Christian School on Kennedy Road. An early Adventist School pupil, Pearl Thompson, 86, arrived on Marrowstone in 1916 at the age of four and is the longest lived island resident. Pearl's daughter Natalie Wyman remembers sitting on the fence that fronted the Nordland school yard when the soldiers from Fort Flagler marched by. They would sometime toss gum or candy to the kids. She also remembers when the two holer outside toilets were replaced by flushing ones in 1943.
An early Nordland School pupil, Clara Lybeck arrived in 1924 and remembers when the children were asked to bring the ingredients for the soup that was served for lunch. A pot belly stove was used as a space heater and a cooktop for the soup. Katy Johnson, who owns the Beach Comber's Beauty Shop on the island attended the 2nd grade at the Nordland School in 1942. When the Nordland School closed in 1945 the name of the last teacher was Miss Severance.
LOFT Learning Opportunity for Thinking People, rented the vacated Adventist school house in 1990. Julie Marston is teacher/facilitator of the school. It is an approved Washington State private school for grades 4-12. The tenet of the curriculum is for a multi-age group of students to delve into one subject. Through the instructor's guidance the students learn the subject from a math/science, language, social studies, and art perspective. LOFT is not having a summer program this year. Julie and her staff are working on next year's curriculum which will include a 10 day trip to the Olympic Coast. Information: 385-5284.
MICA is out for the summer after a celebration of it's annual Strawberry Festival on June 27th. There were 113 people enjoying the free strawberry shortcake and turkey served under a brilliant blue sky. Many thanks to those who volunteered to make it another successful event. President Carrie Rice's MICA project for the next year will be to get island residents to replace faded house numbers. In an emergency the reflective numbers on the post boxes need to be visible from the road. New signs can be purchased for a nominal fee. There will be a notice sent out in the fall informing residents of where and when the new signs will be available.
The Marrowstone Music Festival
had its beginning back in the late 40's when a summer camp
for young musicians was started in North Bend called the
Pacific Northwest Music Camp. In 1952 the organization under
the directorship of Villem Sokol moved to Fort Flagler State
Park and was called the Marrowstone Music Festival. Mr.
Sokol conducted and directed the youth symphony for more
than 25 summers with concerts held in the Chimacum High
School auditorium. The Marrowstone Music Festival was world
reknown, with students coming from across the country,
Europe and Japan, and attracting guest instructors from the
New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and the Julliard
School of Music.
When Mr. Sokol retired in 1989, the Marrowstone Music Festival moved to Fort Worden. It is presently co-sponsored and produced by Centrum and the Seattle Youth Symphony. The Marrowstone Music Festival offers fine classical music played by talented young musicians, and is a premier concert to attend this summer. Call 385-5320 for tickets.
Turtle Bluff Orchestra was founded in June, 1994 by Gwen Moore with Roth Mason doing the organizational paper work. It is a non-profit organization benefiting young musicians, ages 12 - 19 who come from Auburn, Bainbridge Island, Ollala, Port Angeles and Port Townsend. During concerts, professionals who make up two thirds of the orchestra, play along with young musicians on scholarships. The present orchestra's conductor, Dominic Johnson, 24, is from Port Townsend. Nico Snel, conductor of the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra is artistic advisor. Now in its 5th season, the Turtle Bluff Orchestra performs three concerts a year. Gwen's coffee concerts on Mondays and Tuesday mornings at 9:30 (admission $6), are a major supporter of the orchestra. With other supporters there were $9200 raised for scholarships last year.
What's the origin of the name Turtle Bluff? It was a birthday joke on Gwen's friend, Pat Britt who also resides at Turtle Bluff. Pat's nickname is Turtle, and when she was enroute from California to Marrowstone Gwen had a gateway built by Greg Lalish with the name emblazoned in the cross piece. The turtle which ponders upon the peak of the roof was the architect's idea when the conservatory was being designed. Kurt Steinback of East Marrowstone was commissioned to create the turtle for the roof four years ago.
Other professional musicians live on Marrowstone. Alice McAdoo is a bundle of energy and loaded with musical talent. She is the only child of Forrest & Mary Shumaker who lived on Beach Drive for 30 years. Both are deceased. After her mother died three years ago, she moved from Florida into their house. She plays alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, oboe, clarinet, and the Appalachian bones. She joined the Stardust Band in Sequim, Take Five of Port Angeles, the Will Mack Band of Sequim, and the Chetzemoka Summer Band. She volunteered once to tutor band students at Chimacum High School for one semester, played in the Port Angeles Symphony for 5 years, and went to China on a cultural exchange tour 15 years ago.
Twice a month at the Public House Owen Mulkey meets with a cadre of two other musicians for the improvisation clinic helping budding musicians improve their skills. Between the hours of 5-7 on the first and third Sundays Owen is there to help students from ages 13 to 60. Owen and wife Nan live on Flagler Road. He is a retired Boeing electrical engineer but has been involved in dance bands since 1943. Primarily a drummer, Owen occasionally plays the guitar. Dixieland, jazz, and swing are his favorites, and is part of the Stardust Band, Take Five, and sometimes stands in as drummer for the Dukes of Dabob. Owen is also a member of the Duwamish and Emerald Jazz Band, both of Seattle. 385 -5374.
The Marrowstone Jazz Quartet was organized by Rex Rice. Rex has a repertoire of 6 to 7 thousand tunes from which he can recall when playing in 12 or more festivals throughout the year from Canada to California. He is a man on the go. Besides the festivals he plays swing music in Snohomish twice a month at the Oxford Saloon, occasionally joins the band playing at the New Orleans Cafe in Pioneer Square, and once in a while plays old style Dixieland tunes in a Sacramento County festival with 110 bands. Music was not Rex's affinity as a child. He joined the Air Force's big dance band and was forced to perfect his musical skill. The harder he worked at music the more fun he was having. After the Air Force, he worked at Boeing in between his music stints. He is retired today with wife Carrie on E. Beach Road and music is his advocation. 379-0593
The Fort Flagler Folk Harp Festival was founded by Paula Lalish twelve years ago. Paula started as the cook for the festival and a friend agreed to be the treasurer. From such humble beginnings, harpists from western Washington, the Greater Puget Sound area, and Canada began meeting in January on Super Bowl weekend. A sister festival was started by one of the participants of the Fort Flagler Folk Harp Festival, and meets in June at Crystal Mountain. Paula started playing the harp 17 years ago, but her interest in it began when she was ten. As a child, "I had a gun to my head to learn to play the piano. I really wanted to learn how to play the harp after watching a Marx brothers movie," said Paula. Today, she plays the Celtic harp, a gothic (reproduction 17th century) harp, and a Paraguayan harp (the national instrument of Paraguay.) Her Gothic harp was made in Port Townsend by Cathy Campbell. Paula plays for weddings and other special occasions. 385-4265.
A multi-talented young musician is Christine Pisarcik of Flagler Road. Her side jobs at Hadlock Building Supply, a gardener for hire, and flower arranger are occupations during her free time from music. Her passion is music. She is one of a 5 person band called Pay Day Daddy. The group has been together for 3 years playing classic rock and roll. Christine is the singer/entertainer for the group. They will be playing at the Hilltop Tavern on August 7th & 8th, and on opening night at the Kitsap County Fair on August 25th. 385-7321.
If music is an abiding interest a person can learn it at any age. After retirement from United Airlines, pilot Dick Savold began clarinet lessons then took up the guitar. He interested friend Joe Lovato into taking up the clarinet. On a warm summer evening, when clear notes emanate from somewhere on Marrowstone Island, music evokes the primal souls of the coyotes, and a cantata begins.
Hello, neighbors, welcome to
Marrowstone Island. When many of us are on a daily walk on
East Marrowstone Road, we meet new neighbors as well as the
Stephanie & Stephen Gale and daughter Cecilia moved into their Salt Box house in September of '96 after purchasing it from the Andres who had moved to England after residing in it for only four months. Clyde and Grace Newman had owned the land for years, and the four aromatic cedar trees Grace planted many years ago were part of the perimeter of trees left standing after the Andres completely cleared a large section of the five acres and built the two storey New England style house. Last February, the Gales planted 80 seedling firs and a few other variety trees and plan to landscape their five acres at their leisure.
Just a squirrel's hop, skip, and jump from the Gales lives Joe Schaefer, boat captain. He moved into the former Bill and Helen Pittis's house. His attraction to the property was the large garage which came with the house. Joe plans to build an even larger building to store the cars he loves to work on.
Now take a brisk jog further north from Joe and meet John Adam and Gary MacMillan. John works at the Nordland General Store, and Gary is a retired librarian from the University of Hawaii. The house they bought two years ago was built by Dr. and Mrs Ralph Pearson in 1970. John and Gary are landscaping their front yard with rockery, and hired Duane Hagerty to build raised beds for gardening.
Across from John and Gary live Lorraine Limardi and Doug Darrock who moved two years ago into the house Earl Woods had built in the '60's. Lorraine is doing extended studies at WSU and Doug works part time at Willow Creek Windows.
For at least twenty five years now, Carl and Harriet Larson's rhodies, azaleas, pieris, lilacs and heather have exalted passersby on East Marrowstone at spring time. Carl is the gardener. When past windstorms blew down large trees on his place Carl had them pushed to the side and personally dug out the rootwads. The root systems were sometimes as large as a small sized car but Carl is Atlas himself. He looks like a man in his seventies, not someone who is a score more. His bones are the trellis for strong muscles. The garden which wraps around his house is only a hint of the larger one behind. The blooms are in vibrant colors and in good health.
The Nordland Garden Club held its biannual flower show on May 23 with displays of spring flowers, foliage, and weeds. Liz Hazen won the most blue ribbons for horticulture and design. In the horticulture department Liz Hazen, Alma Taylor, Billie Fitch, and Joan Buhr won awards. In the design section Joan Buhr walked off with the Sweepstakes, and Tricolor awards, and the Designer's Choice award went to Liz Hazen. If you missed the show you have deprived yourself of seeing artistry and creativity with flowers, and an excellent wildflower educational display. You missed show chairman, Gisela Mathisen's silver tea with the best cookies and sandwiches ever made. And, you missed the opportunity to meet Clara Lybeck, the only charter member left in the club (which was organized back in 1938). She won the most blue ribbons in the horticulture department.
Mona Lisa is smiling because she is the mother of six females and six males. German Shepard pups, that is. Mona Lisa is one of the Hagerty's two German Shepard dogs. She was sired from a champion working Shepard brought from Germany, and bred to a champion who won in both the Canadian and American kennel competitions.
The females are coming! The females are coming! As the words to a familiar song goes, there'll be a fun time in the old town tonight. The female Rufous Hummingbirds, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Brown headed Cowbirds have arrived to join the males at the watering holes. To regale the females' arrivals, there were the primal cries from a fly by of 36 Canadian Geese heading north. These sightings were reported by Billie Fitch.
Welcome back Nels & Mary Johnson. When two of their 12 children moved to Kansas with their families, Nels and Mary decided to move to Kansas last August '96 to help with two newly born grandchildren. This also gave Nels an opportunity to do volunteer work at St. Mary's Academy Land College. St. Mary's is the largest Catholic school in the country with students from Europe, Mexico, and everywhere. It is located 30 miles from Topeka. The Academy started as an Indian missionary school run by the Jesuits, and was built on the Oregon Trail. When the Indians were moving away and using it less the mission was turned into a college, and during the depression it became a Jesuit seminary.
Nels and Mary returned in March to take up residence on Garden Club Road. Everybody knows Nels. He is Peter and Mark's dad, and grandfather to all his grandkids, and friends to every one in the community. Who can resist Nels' warm smile and strong handshake.
There are other fine citizens on the island. Frank and Miyo Yoshitake have a grand place on Garden Club road. From raw land with towering maple and evergreen trees, dense underbrush and weeds they cleared and cultivated the land into an immaculate garden with a large irrigation pond & putting green. Their garden requires high maintenance, especially the putting green yet they find the time to work the triangle where the welcome sign sits. They can often be seen weeding and nurturing the plants they donated there.
Another fine person who works the triangle is Bill Anliker who lives on Scwartz Road. He keeps the horse tails at bay. With the combined efforts of the Yoshitakes, and Bill Anliker plus the labor of the Nordland Garden Club members we have a lovely setting for the sign. To our friends, and family who come to visit the island, and for us who drive back home every day, the warm greeting says, Welcome to Marrowstone.
In Marrowstone's microcosm there
are seven retired librarians who all enjoy the peculiar
quality of island living. A brief background reveals a
nonstereotypical librarian, and answers to the question, "If
you have only one book to recommend which would it be?"
Marian Richey of E. Marrowstone Road, graduated from the University of Washington with an English degree, married a gentleman named Ed Richey in 1937, and shared life together until retirement brought them to Marrowstone in 1966. During Captain Richey's career in the Coast Guard, Marian worked part time in the public libraries of Alameda, California, and Falls Church, Virginia. Most of the time was spent in raising their three daughters. Marian's recommendation for a good book on a rainy Northwest day is Ken Follet's "Pillars of the Earth".
Kay and Bill Goodhue moved from Kailua, Oahu/Hawaii to Marrowstone in July, 1981. Ten years was spent building their timber frame house, interspersed with trips, volunteering, and helping to better the island community which resulted in being selected Marrowstone's Citizens of the Year in 1987. Kay graduated from the University of Hawaii with a library degree, and worked in Kailua for 16 years at a branch of the Library of Hawaii. She recommends "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. "It was the most influential book which opened my eyes to the undercurrent of my idyllic life. I was raised in a strict religious home, and ATLAS SHRUGGED got me thinking of other people's idea of their community."
Marty Van Etten grew up in upper New York State. She attended Wheaton College where she received a BA in English Literature. In 1947, she received a Masters degree in Library Science from Syracuse University Library School. A library career tracked her through Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, Michigan, and California; she was in charge of running the city and county libraries where she lived in the latter three states. During the 70's a push was begun helping mothers get into the mainstream of the labor force. Marty held workshops in California helping women with Ccollege degrees re-enter the professional field since many stopped midstream to marry and raise children. In 1953, while working in Munising, Michigan, she met and married biologist Bob Van Etten. Their three children were born there. Bob and Marty retired in '82 to Marrowstone Island. She recommends a series of books by Ray Stanard Baker, pen name, David Grayson. His books are philosophical essays about people, nature, and life.
Rose Ellen and Joel Leonard had been visiting the island since 1970 and residing at Smitty's for 10 years before buying property on Griffiths Point Road. They retired in June, 1995, moved to Marrowstone and are in the process of building a house. Rose Ellen was a law librarian. She worked as director for the Butte County, California law library until her retirement. As a law librarian she needed to get information ASAP for the judges, court staff, lawyers, the public, and other county departments who made requests for legal information, often while trials were in process. The knack of knowing where to find the answers had to be at hand. Joel was the Business and Law librarian at California State University, Chico, for 26 years. He also taught library research and writing in geography and business departments. His choice for recommended reading is "Atlas Shrugged" because "It's the greatest philosophical novel I've ever read. Ayn Rand is one of the great novelists of the 20th century. Her book is still a best seller." Rose Ellen's choice is "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan. "Now that I'm retired, it's a book I can spend time on reading and perhaps get the answers to all the questions I've accumulated about the world, and life in general."
Gary MacMillan spent 15 years as Associate Director of the library at the University of Hawaii where he and his staff successfully automated the two University libraries in Honolulu and Hilo as well as all the community colleges in the state. He also specialized in creating historical Hawaiian databases for both the Hawaiian Collection and Bishop Museum. He retired in 1994, moved to E. Marrowstone Road in May of 1996. In 1965, he was one of 200 young librarians to be chosen to work in the New York World Fair's "Library of Tomorrow". During the two months' stint he performed a speil introducing people to a library that ran on computors. Although the concept of extracting information from a computor was ahead of the time, the actual devise was primitive in comparison to that available today. After the World's Fair Gary was hired by Cornell University to organize the library at the University of Liberia in Africa. Unfortunately, the library and the University as well as most of the city of Monrovia were destroyed in a recent civil war. Gary subscribes to 40 magazines and is only now perusing the spring issues. "I listen to music written in the 30ies and 40ies, keep in touch with friends via e-mail, work in the garden, and like to cook. I don't have time to read books other than an occasional mystery." "Cooks Bible" by Christopher Kimball is Gary's recommended reading.
Carolyn Mueller of Flagler Road was librarian at the K-12 Library in Chimacum from 1968 to 1995. She had the unique experience of working for her Bachelor of Arts degree while substitute teaching at Chimacum. She attained her Master of Arts degree in 1975 concurrently acquiring a certification in library science. Carolyn's preference was to teach and since Chimacum needed a librarian, she worked in a position of teacher/librarian providing her with the opportunity to work with the young people of the community, an opportunity she misses in retirement. While in the position of librarian, Carolyn took inventory of both the print and non-print materials in the library, creating card catalogs for both and preparing the tapes, records and other instructional materials for transer to a MAC computer system with computerized CLAN catalog, a system which is shared by several area school libraries and the city and county library systems. Since Carolyn's preference is for children and young adult books, her favoites are those which deal with folklore and YA authors such as Susan Cooper, Cynthia Voight, Katherine Patterson. The one picture book which she recommends is RUN AWAY BUNNY by Margaret Wise Brown. For adult reading Carolyn recommends FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand "..because it makes the reader evaluate who they are, and questions why they believe what they believe." Libraries have evolved from the quiet, book lined sanctuaries to sedate gathering places with machines capable of connecting people to information from various sources. For the mobile people who spend hours driving, reading can be done verbally through books on tape. The libraries are stocking them. To quote Chuck Russell about books, "I don't read anything I can't hear." What a brave, new world!
Christmas comes but once a year
and now it's fast upon our heels. For those at a loss for
gift ideas look no farther than the shoreline of
Marrowstone. There are unusual, practical, and the
consummate gifts only a phone call away, or less than six
miles distant from your door.
Denise Justus of Robbins Road operates a travel agency from her home. She is affiliated with Edmonds Travel and has experience with the Princess Cruise Line. Her fluency in Spanish helps in preparing a latin vacation. This holiday season follow the sun, and for all other travel needs call her at 385-7364, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a sharp, smart gift, think of Denny's Saw Sharpening service. For a gardener friend or relative who possesses every tool in the book, buy a Christmas gift certificate from Denny's and have the tools sharpened anytime during the year. He caters to home craftsmen, gardeners and contractors, and will "sharpen anything but your wits." He has a drop box on the deck by his shop in Nolton's Addition at 172 Nolton Road, or call 385-5536.
Darlene Good of E. Marrowstone Road has the Victorian Quilting. She will finish your handwork on her commercial quilting machine with batting and backing by Christmas. Or, if you wish to present your quilt to someone for a birthday, or any other special occasion, Darlene can be reached at 385-5933.
Why not pamper the cook on your Christmas list with quality kitchen tools? The Pampered Chef product line and Pampered Pantry Specialty Foods feature exclusive products designed to meet the needs of the chef. Order by December 8th for guaranteed delivery by Christmas. To request a free catalog, or to place an order call Valerie Reardon of Meade Road; 385- 2820. She is an Independent Sales Director for the Pampered Chef.
Mike Hann, the "Stone Man", does sand cut art and etching on stone, be it river rock, polished marble, or granite. He does pet memorials, garden stones, candle holders, door stops, backsplash and fireplace borders, signs, and carvings on boulders for landscape accents. Other services include sandblasting glass, and computer cut vinyl graphics and ,lettering. Mike can be reached at 379-1958.
Thinking of wallpapering a large area? Consider a mural instead, or as the French call it, trompe l'oeil. Branan Ward of Griffiths Point Road can change your stupid walls into interesting facades. Call him and he will respond with alacrity: 385-4748.
Mary Tenn Brick of E. Beach Road is a massage therapist. She does deep tissue, and therapeutic massages in the comfort of your home. A relaxing massage would be a gift from heaven. Mary offers gift certificates and she can be reached at 379-0593.
Jo Beachy's jewelry creations can be seen at the Open Studio in Port Townsend. For shoppers on Marrowstone she has silver earrings, bracelets and other lovely accessories available just a phone call away at 379J-5309. Opening a gift with one of her beautiful design pieces would be a delight on Christmas day.
A treasure to own is Gwen Moore's book, DESTINATION GALAPAGOS. It is about her trip to the Galapagos Islands with Pat Britt and three other friends. Read about their adventures beginning in a single engine Cherokee E6 and finding themselves in places where they were not permitted. It relates the interaction of five people who organized their own tour to visit the unique islands first by acquiring permits to land on air strips in various countries between L.A. and Quito, Ecuador. The funny moments, fears, and personalities of each member of the group are related in Gwen's own style.
Also, Gwen and Pat's triannual publication of The Pangolin Papers, is another book for good reading on a wintery Northwest day. It has a selection of literary short stories by authors from around the world. Both the PANGOLIN PAPERS, and DESTINATION GALAPAGOS are available at Turtle Bluff ll. Call them at 385-3626.
Marrowstone's history written by Karen Russell and Jeanne Bean called MARROWSTONE is another book to put on your gift list. The Nordland General Store has them for sale and there are less than a case left of the books. Better get them while they are available. The PANGOLIN PAPERS is also sold at the Nordland General Store.
For that traditional Christmas oyster stew call Carolyn and Bernie Mueller for fresh oysters. They also sell clams and mussels. Call ahead for orders at the Scow Bay Oyster and Clam Farm, 385-4312.A The Beach Comber Hair Styling is Katie Johnson's beauty shop on LipLip Lane at the end of Moen Road. Buy a gift certificate for a stocking stuffer, and it'll be a gift guaranteed to please the recipient. For appointments call 385-7004.
Duane Hagerty of E. Marrowstone has won awards for his furniture designs. He was also selected to adjudicate in the Northwest Craft Fair in Bellevue. Although Duane favors working with pine wood, he will design Hand custom build anything for your home with the wood of your choice. Call him at 385-7294.
For your holiday eggnog, buy farm fresh eggs from Brianne Hagerty. She is Duane's 10 year old daughter and can be reached at the same number. Think big this season and consider surprising your spouse with removing that pesky tree that's been crying its leaves on your car all these years, or have those spine jarring pot holes grated flat with one call to Jake Johnson, man with the muscle machines. Jake and his cat driver John Hoffstater can waltz those graters and back hoes and get a job done to perfection. Call them at Johnson Trucking and Excavating 379-9709.
Tom and Sue Rose have contacted Santa for a visit to the Nordland General Store on December 5th Saturday at 12 noon. The TOWNSEND, a 26 foot traditional wooden long boat (courtesy of the Wooden Boat Foundation) will be the means of delivering Santa with his elves at the oars. A photographer will be on hand to take pictures of loved ones with Santa ($5.00) while wishes are being made. Everyone is invited to be on hand at the pier to welcome Santa.
There will also be a host of chorus "angels" singing Christmas carols, and the Nordland General Store's warehouse will once again be opened to local craftsmen and artists to accommodate Christmas shoppers. Everyone is invited to come and join Tom, Sue, John, Carrie and Joanne in celebrating Christmas, 1998 at Marrowstone's happy meeting place, the Nordland General Store. Merry Christmas!
ROAD GENESIS: In the 1860's
Marrowstone Island was sparsely populated by bachelors,
fishermen, tenants hired by land speculators, and
homesteaders. They arrived by boat, and cleared land within
sight of the water. Along the meandering shoreline of
Marrowstone and Indian Islands were niches of occupancy.
These sparse hovels were tenuously connected by a foot trail
that ran from the sand spit at the northern tip of
Marrowstone (where a colony of fishermen lived near a fish
It continued down along the shores lapped by the waters of Kilisut Harbor, past Mystery Bay and over the slough where the tide action severed Marrowstone from Indian Island, and across the natural land bridge K(passable at low tide) to the mainland. This was the rudiments of Flagler Road. It's name would originate thirty years later after Congress enacted the Puget Sound Defense System in 1896 and purchased the north end of Marrowstone Island for the construction of one of three forts. It was named after Brigadier General Daniel Webster Flagler who earned fame for %his gallantry during the Civil War.
When rumors of Port Townsend becoming a major port city spread wide, T. J. Nolton layed out Nolton's Addition on Marrowstone in 1889. Nolton's 10 acre development was on the hillside above his Puget Sound Fish Preserving Company. Fishermen came to sell their catch at Nolton's cannery. Among them were Norwegian fishermen who saw the wisdom of living near the cannery, and moved their families to the island. Nannie and Robert Johnson made their move to Nolton's Addition and other families soon followed. The white cabin on Nolton Road is the oldest structure on the island and it was the first house the Johnsons lived in.
An arm of land which hugs Mystery Bay, called Griffiths Point, was purchased in 1855 by an astute young man of 15 from Wales named James Griffiths. He sent for his mother and stepfather, Frank Knight, to live on his land although he never lived on it himself. Frank Knight died in the @1870's and his grave site can be seen from Griffiths Point Road.
During the 1930's Flagler Road was re-routed in several places and is the existing highway route today. It veered up the hill, away from the shoreline as more people moved on the island and pushed back the wilderness. The wooden bridges which connected Indian and Marrowstone Islands were replaced with a culvert and fill, and a similar bridge across the mud flats of Mystery Bay was removed and fill dirt used to build a wider roadway into the bay. The natural land bridge which was the sole connection for the islanders to the mainland was dredged out in 1915, and a replacement bridge was not built until 1952.
Tinius and Paul Sole were born and raised on the island after their parents Tollef and Pauline moved to Marrowstone in 1890. They logged the south end of the island in 1927, and each had built a house at the end of their logging road called Sole Road. Eventually it was connected with the road to Bob and Grace Robbins' residence on the southeast end of the island and called Robbins Road.
E.U. "Bob" Robbins was a soldier at Fort Flagler when he met Grace Disney in 1911. Although Grace's father did not look upon the couple's marriage with delight they lived with Tex and Mary Disney on their 35 acre farm. The property was later sold to Gustav Johnson who in turn sold Fit to Frederick and Ruth Baldwin in 1955. The Baldwins purchased the property with the agreement that Mary Disney would live out her life on the farm till her death which came in 1956. In Ruth Baldwin's eyes, Mary Disney was a "grand lady." Baldwin Road is less than a quarter mile long Hand dead ends at the driveway to the house where the Robbins once lived.
In 1970, fire numbers were allocated to each residence in the county Gin an effort to help the fire department pinpoint residences during an emergency call. At the same time, islanders Ed Richey and Bill Jansen 'worked to set up official road names. F Merle and Nancy Turner's property on Indian Island was exchanged for Eproperty on east Marrowstone when the Navy bought out all the Indian Island land owners in 1938. Their easement ran along the north line of the Disney 's acreage and was an extension of Robbins Road. When Baldwin Road was officially named in 1970, Ruth Baldwin asked to have the easement on the north side of her 35 acre property named Disney Road. It remains a private road.
The roadway at the end of Disney Road (which followed the old trail where the illegal Chinese used to seek refuge) was also used by the turners for their driveway and it was called Turner Road. Katy Johnson, I(daughter of the Turners) named it Lip Lip Lane. It was named after Lip Lip Point the site of Katy and husband Ray Johnson's residence and Katy's business The Beach Comber Beauty Salon. Lip Lip Lane connects to Moen Road named after Al & Thelma Moen who lived on the island between 1965-75.
Merry Road is not a county road. It was previously referred to as Springer Road after Otto Springer who lived there and was a mail carrier in 1936. The road was named after William Merry who bought property off Springer Road in 1960.
Beveridge Lane is a 16 foot wide county easement which extends up the hill behind the Nordland General Store to David and Debbie Abercrombie's house. David's stepfather, Tom Beveridge, was a road construction worker in Oregon, and had read an ad about a 10 acre property with a house for sale on Marrowstone. He bought it from Grace Johnson in 1957 and rented the house to tenants for $25 a month then returned to Oregon. In Salem, he met Margaret Abercrombie, owner/operator of three restaurants. They were married in 1962 and in 1966, he brought her to the island with Margaret's son David. At the time of Tom's death in 1989, the original ad for the property was still in his wallet.
Al and Mary Hoyt bought 40 acres from A.M. Hoidale in 1944. They built a house on the jut called Nodule Point. Hoyt Road is a private driveway and is maintained by the Hoyts and other residents of the road.
John P. and Nina Heinzinger purchased 16 acres in 1936 near the Mystery Bay Marina. Next to them lived Helmer and Emily Johnson who bought 10 acres in 1918 from A.M. Hoidale. In 1987, the access road shared by both the Johnson and Heinzinger families was deeded to the County and named Blue Heron Road. It is a short county road which becomes a private driveway called Heinzinger Road.
The right of way to Cemetery Road was donated by Anna Nordby, and Jit crossed the island from Flagler Road to the Sound View Cemetery on the east side. Since it traversed the wetlands called China Pond it was a chronically muddy road. When East Beach Road was paved Cemetery Road was closed.
Up to 1960, East Marrowstone Road stopped a half mile north from Meade Road. In 1962-63, work had begun to extend it north to meet with East Beach Road which was also being paved. The right of way on East Beach Road was donated by Jacob Johnson and Carl Jensen in the '30's. It was a narrow dirt road used by islanders to reach East Beach Park. A well and hand pump existed on Bill and Betty Grace's property fronting E Beach Road. The Thorniley's property was the site of the Community Club Hall. The foundation was started but the building was never completed. When East Beach Road was paved the well was covered to widen the road.
The jog in East Marrowstone Road near East Beach was made after Ralph Johnson appealed to the road workers to pave around the maple tree which held his grandson's tree house rather than cut it down. A history of more road names can be found in Jeanne Bean's "Marrowstone Memories", sold at the Nordland General Store. It is a compilation of other island road histories.
CALLING ALL POLAR BEARS! The Nordland General Store's 5th annual Polar Bear Dip is on New Year's Day at NOON! The goal is to reach a hundred participants from a previous goal of 97. COME AND GET IN!
GARDEN CLUB meeting on Jan. 6, 10 AM, Wednesday. The program will be a demo on creating hypertufa planters. All members are asked to bring their own molds (not fungus but disposable pots and pans, etc., plastic bags and decorative rocks. Hostess chairman is Gladys Heinzinger. For more info call Billie Fitch, program chairman, at 379-9242.
FREE FALLS OFF MARROWSTONE'S
CLIFFS. Throughout the years, the high banks of Marrowstone
have captured victims unmindful of where the land ends, and
have dropped like falling stars. At the turn of the century
when The Stump Saloon stood adjacent to Fort Flagler,
soldiers leaving the saloon sometimes missed the beaten path
and fell off the bank. They were the lucky ones who were
seen falling. Skulls have been occasionally found on the
beach below but it had not been determined whether or not
they were of the soldiers', or from preceding victims of
once warring Indians.
Sometime in the '30's, Merritt Duncan age 10, fell 60 feet to the beach while playing near the cemetery and sustained long lasting injuries. Finis Stevens (who moved on the island in 1927), wrote in his autobiography of hiring Dana Packard, a farmer from Chimacum, to bale the hayfield behind his house on the east side of the island near the cemetery. Dana disappeared over the bank with his Farmall tractor pulling a super 8 baler. Major Stanley Kolwalski, a resident of the island stationed at Fort Flagler in 1950, arrived with the Army's crane and barge to pull the tractor and baler off the beach. Although Dana survived the fall, the machinery was totalled.
Willian Schwartz, known formally as "Mr. Schwartz" was a Sunday school teacher who was frequently seen walking as he recited psalms and Lbible proverbs. In the 50's he lived on the road named after him, Schwartz Road. He, too, was surprised by a fall when he edged too close to the bank to cast out a pan of dirty dishwater.
A trail leading down to the beach from the cemetery grounds in bygone times still remain in the memories of a few long time residents. The powerful winter tide action possibly washed it out as many residents with access to the beaches soon discovers.
Marrowstone Island is basically made up of two soil types, according to Bob Simmonds, resident geologist. When the glacial cover began to melt and recede to colder climes it deposited a mix of odd size rocks called glacial till. The other type is sand which settled from the melt water. Both of these types can be seen in the bluffs south of East Beach Park where the sandy layers are at the base of the bluff, and the till forming the top 15-20 feet. The sandy layers show "cross-bedding" which are tilted layers caused by the currents which deposited the sand. From East Beach Park, facing south, there is a corridor across the water clear to Edmonds through which the southern winter winds, and wave action slam into the vulnerable sand bluffs of Marrowstone. It undercuts the soft soil and causes frequent landslides.
It was from this changing edgeline, in 1976, where June and John Anderson fell one winter night watching the mesmerizing display of the northern lights. A neighbor's call sent them out into their yard to view Ithe rapture of the heavens. To escape the bright light pouring out from their house, (which dimmed the view), they looked skyward walking backward into the darker recesses of their yard. Then June disappeared over the bank, and John anxiously ran after her only to fall off himself. They miraculously survived the 70 foot drop to the beach suffering a few broken bones, and stoically made the half mile trek to East Beach Park where June waited at the shelter while John walked back home to get the car.
Other residents have suffered similar fates. In the bright spring sunshine, Bill Jansen was mowing the lawn with his self-propelled mower when his knees buckled. The power mower pulled him over the edge. His bank was at a 45 degree angle to the beach where the vegetation thrived in the lee of Nodule Point. It was the buffer he needed to survive the 60-70 foot fall. When Bill appeared back at his house with scratches and scrapes his wife Frankie called their neighbor, Joe Lovato, to help retreive the mower. Joe found the machine hanging on sapling trees with the throttle running on full. Olof Ford was a lucky man who also survived the same fate a mile south of Bill Jansen. He, too, was mowing the lawn on a tractor with a 24 Finch swath. Turning in a narrow space near the bank, Olof backed the machine to where one of the rear wheels slipped over the edge. His wife Zelma was close enough to attempt grabbing him but failed. Olof and the tractor parted on their fall down the bank, he landed on a jut and the tractor continued to the water's edge.
In April of 1979, eighteen month old Bo Russell escaped his dad's vigilance and walked to the bank to watch the waves lapping the beaches 70 feet below. A young dog with a nervous habit of jumping on people pushed Bo over the edge. He fell half way down the bank where the cliff's gentle incline was softened with vegetation. Bo clutched the sides with tiny fingers, calling out, "Come, come, daddy!" Chuck Russell does not remember how he slipped down the sheer first half of the bank without shoes, but it was a slow walk over rocks for a couple hundred feet to the nearest trail up the bank.
The west side of Marrowstone lapped by the waters of Kilisut Harbor and Scow Bay are mostly low waterfront. The land is mainly rocky as evident along the low bank of Indian Island when crossing the bridge.
In 1987, Gunner Scholar, who lived on Griffiths Point Road was learning to operate his new lawn mower. As he was acquainting himself with the machinery, during a moment's inattention, he drove over the 13 foot embankment. He lay on the beach unable to move, and his calls for help were absorbed by the distance of his neighbors. His wife June was gone helping at the Jefferson County Fair, but since she was expected back in a short time he waited for her return. In the meantime, their dog, Fred, ran to neighbor Chuck Sample's house and alternately offered up his paw, and licked Chuck's hand. Chuck did not detect anything awry although he thought it unusual for Fred to dally from his own yard. Meanwhile, the tide was lapping closer to where Gunner lay, unable to move because of a broken back. The incoming tide became a teasing threat but June returned in time to find him on the beach and called for help.
BLUE MOON OVER MARROWSTONE: Folks living on the east side of Marrowstone have been witnesses to a spectacular monthly event: The rising of a gigantic orange orb over the silhouette of Whidbey Island. Whether it's an orange moon, silver moon, honey moon, or pumpkin moon, a rare moon happening called the blue moon will occur on January 31st and March 31st. There will be two full moons in each of the months, the second rising being referred to as the blue moon (although the color of the moon is not blue). What makes this occurance rare is that it will happen twice in one year and the last time this happened was in 1915. Be a witness, you'll never see it happening in your life time again.
WSU LEARNING EXCHANGE. Bob Simmonds of E. Beach Road has been a volunteer instructor for the Learning Exchange program since it's inception. He has taught geology, astronomy, and tides and currents. For anyone who is interested in the program as a volunteer instructor or student call the WSU extension office: 379-5610.
Wild Clovers, where do you grow?
We grow on Marrowstone, seven in a row. Wild Clovers, Wild
Clovers, what do you know? There's an important meeting on
February 4! 4-H leaders Betty Grace, Linda Gately, Sue Rowe
and Laura Johnson are anxious to gather their group, the
Wild Clovers, to a regular monthly meeting on the 4th of
February at Betty Grace's house on E. Beach Rd. at 6PM. The
Wild Clovers of Marrowstone are Josh Johnson, Simon Rowe,
Rachel Koschnick, Heather Gately, Monty Grace, Michael
Grace, and Marisa Grace.
MYSTERY BAY YACHT CLUB is a loose organization sprung from the camaraderie evolved while building the canoes for last year's July Fourth races. Jerry Rowe ordered a book from a sporting magazine which gave directions for building a canoe which teens could easily build in six hours with the supervision of someone experienced in woodworking. Jerry, a builder, helped his son Simon build one for his 4-H project. Jerry's daughter, Randi, helped with the painting. Jerry's friends Greg York and Pat McNerthney of Griffiths Point Road were also building the canoes, later joined by Tom Rose. The July Fourth launching of the six canoes was also the coalescing of the Mystery Bay Yacht Club. Members are, Jerry Rowe, Greg York, Pat McNerthney, Tom Rose, Simon Rowe, Randi Rowe and Breanna York (who helped paint the canoes). There is interest from others on the island to join the club. The initiation is to build a canoe. For further information call Jerry Rowe at 385-2073, (who was appointed president while I was interviewing Tom Rose), or Tom Rose 379-5471, (ex officio when Jerry is unavailable.)
CANINE OLYMPICS. Tess, a year and a half old Border Terrier belonging to Dick and Kay Savold recently placed first and second in the Portland trials for the AKC Novice Agility title twelve inch division. This, added to a previous title, earned Tess three "legs" to qualify her for the Open category. If Tess aces the Open she will go for the Excellent category and ...well, folks, we have a canine olympian candidate on the Kisland. Close to Tess's heels is Corey, a Wheaten Terrier, who is showing superb ability in his agility trials. Dick and Kay have both Corey and Tess, two well loved canines who respond to anything their mom and dad are willing to do with them. For more information on agility trials write to Dick and Kay: email@example.com.
Y2K is an acronym that is as haunting to some of us as it was to Chicken Little when he thought the sky was falling. To some who have heard half truths with extrapolations of computor meltdown effecting power companies to airborne planes, the scenario is that of Armageddon. So I have taken a survey of a few people around the island. While in the Nordland General Store I asked the question of Tom Rose and Lil Lovato. Tom gave a desperate look and said, "I'd get a gun!" Then he grinned to show he was only joking, and added, "because I've got the food!"
Lil Lovato doesn't anticipate anything dire but had heard there may be a shortage of champagne. Since many more people are planning on a new year's bash to welcome in the next century buying a supply of -champagne early in the year was advised.
People who fear the possibility of power outages when computor controlled systems fail, have begun buying generators for back up. Thus generators were rumored to be in short supply. It brings to mind when in the early 70's, a similar panic accounted for a shortage of canning lids. There wasn't a logical reason for the panic but rumor sent folks hoarding. The lid companies were puzzled over the shortage but were glad for the windfall. However, Patty Fiedler has good grounds for looking ahead and buying a generator. Should there be a prolonged blackout she is assured her respirator will continue working at night to alleviate her apnea.
Some people are buying up essential items to the extent they are running out of storage space in their homes. Others are fatalists doing nothing and hoping to ride out the crisis should there be one. Others feel the Y2K bug is a hoax perpetrated by the THEY's to start a panic. To quell the wondering hoards the Y2K question was posed to Pat Britt, a woman well heeled in computor experience and knowledge. Despite Pat's new year wish of..."hope there will be a few days in 1999 in which no one mentions the Y2K bug", she has kindly shared the following opinion: "Although there will doubtless be some problems, there is a tremendous amount of hype about the Y2K bug. Like any sky-is-falling story, it makes good copy. Some computer programmers are making a good living helping people sort out old systems that would have problems. Certifying current systems is also a big business: but this consists mainly of making sure that relatively minor problems do not occur.
"There are a vast number of computer applications for which the Jdate is irrelevant. The fact that some piece of equipment keeps track of the date doesn't matter if the date isn't used for anything. For example, many people with older systems that may not handle four digit years properly are just using them for word processing or spread sheets. In fact, if the battery in the computer goes bad, it doesn't stop working, it just stops reporting the correct date. Anyone who wants to know what will happen to a personal computer need only set the date forward to 2000 and try it. "So far as the country's infrastructure is concerned, the electric utilities are well along in testing, the stock market systems have been tested, and social security seems to be OK. The IRS system has been a mess for years, but who cares. I would worry a little about the FAA. Their system is also antiquated. I wouldn't plan to fly anywhere for the first few days of 2000. And then there are the banks: many are well along in testing, but it might be a good idea to have a reasonable supply of cash on January 1, 2000. On the other hand, the nation's burglers may be counting on this. Major companies are extremely concerned about possible legal problems resulting from using a system that is not "Y2K compliant", and have a strong incentive to do careful testing. Fixing a problem is not hard, except in the case of software that is many years old and not well documented.
"As for advance planning, normal winter storm preparedness is Iprobably sufficient: food, water, wood, flashlights, candles, whatever. Some people always hoard if they think there may be some kind of disaster, but that doesn't make it either sensible or civic minded. On the other hand, some degree of self-sufficiency is a good rule for us all.
"My prediction for January 1, 2000? Either it will be a tremendous anti-climax, or people will be so focused on the relatively minor problems that do occur that it will seem like something happened. I don't expect any disasters.
Nate Rowe, 17 year old son of Jerry and Sue Rowe, attends Olympic College in Bremerton studying computer science. He doesn't have a strong opinion about the Y2K bug because he says, "...I don't think too much will happen, if anything at all." He feels that if chaos occurs it'll come from people believing it will happen and their reactions will precipitate it. Others with opinions prefer to remain anonymous but one who doesn't mind being quoted says, "I'll just wait till the panic settles, then I might pick up a generator cheap!"
Two extensive greenbelt areas in
the Marrowstone community are Fort Flagler and Indian
Island. Once an Army base, Fort Flagler was purchased by the
Washington State Department of Parks and Recreation in
April, 1954 from the General Services Administration. Indian
Island was purchased by the Navy in 1940 from individual
land owners. Today, the keepers of the gate at Fort Flagler
State Park, and the Naval Ordnance Center, are Mike
Zimmerman, park manager, and Cdr. John Paul Johnston Officer
in Charge of the Hadlock Detachment on Indian Island.
Mike and Hope Zimmerman have planted their hearts in Fort Flagler State Park. They moved in June, 1998, into a former Army Officer's house with their two sons Clayton, 11 and Reid, 10. The house faces the panoramic view of Admiralty Inlet with the rim of the Cascades framing the outline of Whidbey Island. Prior to their move they lived a year in Port Elliot, 40 miles south of Adelaide, south Australia. Mike took a job exchange for a year with a ranger from one of Australia's National Parks. A unique experience from living in a different culture for the Zimmermans was the abundance of "chooks" or chickens of every variety. Rather than the ubiquitous dogs and cats running about in an American neighborhood, chooks were everywhere in their Australian neighborhood. The chooks were mostly Bantam or other small species. Having become accustomed to chickens Clayton and Reid began raising them after moving to Fort Flagler. Their efforts have grown into a small egg business. Since there are a variety of chickens the eggs come in different colors. Clayton and Reid ride their bikes to deliver the eggs to customers. Often their delivery is accompanied with a small homemade gift. It may be a flower picked along the way to their customer's house, or an oyster shell filled with suet for the birds. For a delivery of farm fresh eggs call them at 385-1259.
Mike Zimmerman harbors a special feeling for Fort Flagler State Park. He and wife Hope feel a kinship to it that extends beyond the bounds Iof the park and into the Nordland community. They have both joined MICA and want to encourage the islanders to share the same concern they have for the park.
Presently, Fort Flagler State Park is closed four months out of the year to campers. The museum is open 11-4 on weekends during the winter. The park's potential for operating year round with multi-purpose facilities open to the public is recognized by Mike. As park manager he plans to keep the island community informed of future plans for the park and would encourage everyone to become involved.
April will be the month when a team of planners arrives to do a study on how to improve the visitors' and tourists' facilities, and services. In addition there will be an open house for the public to participate in the planning. The barracks, a theatre, miles of beaches, and a fishing pier are some places on the list for improvements to be made. Everyone is invited to come and offer an opinion to which direction the fort should take in making these changes.
The park's budget allows for physical improvements and maintenance, however, as any entreperneur knows, the cost of labor takes a chunk out of any budget. The park needs volunteers from the community to man the museum during open hours, and for other sundry chores.
Bob and Marybelle Brown of Fort Gate Road walk the trails daily. They have volunteered their time to help keep the trails clear of debris. Like any other community, it's as good as it's people make it. The Browns help to keep the park clean and enjoyable for everyone. Volunteers like the Browns are needed.
The park's large officers' housing have recently been improved and they are available to rent. They are ideal for anyone looking for housing during a family reunion or to house guests coming from out of state to a wedding. For more information call the office of Fort Flagler State Park at 385-3701.
Mike would also like to remind everyone that the campground reopens on February 26th; the museum will be open seven days a week beginning the first of May.
Indian Island has always been part of the Marrowstone community. After World War II Navy ships were mothballed in Kilisut Harbor and islanders were hired as watchmen or civil servants on the base. During the Cold War years it stood separate as a Navy entity and its seclusion was looked upon as a barrier between the Navy and the Nordland community. After the Cold War was won, the barrier was down. The Navy has participated in the Hadlock Days celebration by running tours around Indian Island and opening the roadways for the Fourth of July Deer Run. After the demise of Hadlock Days, the Navy has been a major participant in the Jefferson Days Celebration in conjunction with the members of the Tri-Area Chamber of Commerce.
On the 4th of July, the Navy has opened its gate to civilians welcoming them to join in the Deer Run, Duck Egg Contest, old fashioned games for adults and children held at Crane Point, tours around the island; and an evening fireworks display from a Navy barge is the Fourth of July finale.
Commander John Paul Johnston and his wife Brenda moved to Indian Island a year ago. He began his career as a Navy diver and is the last co-holder of the Navy's deep diver record who is still on active duty. In December, 1979, Cdr. Johnston volunteered to participate in the Navy's Experimental Diving Unit's largest hyperbaric activity held in Panama City, Florida. They were the guinea pigs locked in a pressure chamber at 1800 feet for 37 days. Cdr. Johnston did not suffer adverse effects other than cummilative aches and pains from his diving career.
Since becoming the Officer in Charge of the Indian Island Idetachment, Cdr. Johnston has not done any diving however, in four weeks he will be assisting in an under water survey of the longest Navy pier on the West Coast which was built 20 years ago at Indian Island. There is an Jettringite intrusion on the concrete pilings caused by a reaction of saltwater to cement. The pilings will eventually be replaced.
After 28 and a half years in the Navy this is Commander Johnston's twilight tour of duty. His orders to the Naval Ordnance Center at Indian Island have been extended another year, adding two years before his retirement when he and Brenda plan to settle in the area.
John Doney and Chuck Russell of East Marrowstone Road are Rotarians who recently returned from a 10 day visit to North Vietnam. Both men are veterans of the Vietnam war of 30 years ago. Their aim was to help establish a Rotary club in Hanoi from which monetary funds could be channeled to help the orphanages and handicapped children. Unfortunately, they could not accomplish this since there was a Tet celebration in progress and all businesses were closed for the holiday. Chuck's tour of the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison camp built by the French for Vietnamese dissidents, and later used for American prisoners of war was a chilling experience. Ironically, a new Hilton Hotel now exists next to the prison camp museum. An interesting discovery for Chuck happened in the Ho Chi Minh museum where he saw 10 American squadron or unit patches on display under a glass case. Of all the thousands of different patches worn by the men and women in the military, one of the ten picked for display in the museum was Chuck's "squadron, HC-7's three headed dog.
Valentine Day's Massacre. Pet owners beware of the coyotes. They are brazen creatures who pick off little pets right from your front door. My mixed breed Chihuahua/terrier Minnie was masscared on Valentine's Day. At another time Darlene Good lost her Pomeranian to the wiley predators. Beware.
Artist: Marjorie Illman
Marjorie Illman will be the feature artist at the Bruskin Gallery in Port Townsend for the month of March. On Marrowstone, Marjorie has the Little Island Gallery, where she markets her works in acrylic, watercolor, sumi-e, scratchboard, colored pencil, pen and ink, pastels, and combinations of these. Her gallery was started five years ago after her neighbor, Kay Savold, gave her the suggestion. Since there was a space in the Illman's former trailer port they build a little gallery.
Marjorie's interest in art evolved with drawing lessons at the age of nine. Her career began after graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Fine Arts. A short course in commercial art at Edison Vocational School landed her a job in the advertising department of Shoenfield's Department store in Seattle doing layouts, and art work. A notable accomplishment was her completion of over 100 scientific drawings for a book on Puget Sound fishes her father, Professor Trevor Kincaid, intended publishing. These drawings were later given to the Burke Museum.
After her marriage to John Illman in 1943, they moved to California where her experience secured a job doing advertising art for a chain of furniture stores based in Oakland. At this time, she illustrated a children's book for a Seattle author. While busy raising their three children, Marjorie sought other art fields, studying mosaics. pottery, photography, copper enameling, and silk screening. Eventually, she returned to painting and was often the single featured artist in several shows in the San Francisco Bay area.
Marjorie and John Illman settled on Marrowstone in 1977. Retirement is never in the realm of an artist, and Marjorie soon helped organize the Marrowstone Art Guild which is active today. Her creative hands have also produced jewelry, quilts, quilted garments, various embroidered items, note cards, calendars and calligraphy. her art has been used in posters, signs, logos, brochures, program covers, year book covers, etc. for the Nordland Garden Club, Marrowstone Emergency Medical Services, Marrowstone Island Community Association and the Friends of Fort Flagler.
The Bruskin Gallery, located above the Imprint Bookstore, will have an openhouse for Marjorie Illman on March 4 from 5-8 PM. For information call 385-4561.
GAIA'S GARDEN on Strawberry Lane opened for business in November, 1999, and is operated by Gaye Veenhuizen. Jerry and Gaye moved from Enumclaw to Marrowstone Island in 1995 after buying the property from Barbara Wilson.
In 1985, Barbara bought a small cabin from Randy Cherrier, then moved it from Eaglemount to Marrowstone. When Gaye saw the cabin, she thought it a perfect setting for a gift shop. She envisions selling locally handcrafted items, herbs and plants in the spring and summer, and seasonal items during the rest of the year. Presently Gaye sells her own hand-poured scented candles, beeswax candles by Rosita of Hadlock, interior decorations, sun catchers, and a large selection of Gaye's own brand of shampoos, and body lotions. She also carries an assortment od aromatherapy and massage oils.
Local artists and crafters are invited to bring in their products on consignment, and a few collectible items are accepted. For more information, contact Gaye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist: Branan Ward
AN ARTIST who has lived Walter Mitty's dreams of adventure is Branan Ward. The needle of his life's compass has always pointed to art and the sea. In 1946-47 he attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, but by then he was already an experienced sailor taking small parties of people on fishing boats in the Chesapeake Bay after having passed his safety and navigational tests at the age of 18. During World War II he served as an electrician aboard Navy submarines. After the war he skippered a tugboat in the Bering Strait from Nome to Kotzebue. In 1949-50 he lived in Thule, Northwest Greenland, for 15 months working for the weather bureau, and even endured one winter at Point Barrow.
During all of his bounding about Branan decided he needed to focus on getting a higher education and in 1951, he enrolled at Los Angeles City College as a year round student. In 1955 he acquired his masters degree from California State University at Los Angeles. With credentials in hand, Branan trekked to Alaska and eventually to the Artic where he made adventure-documentary films of Eskimo life which were televised. In 1965 he repeated a 2000 mile trip down the Mackenzie River in a canoe which took ten weeks. He started in Edmonton, Canada, crossed Great Slave Lake, rounded Lake Athabaska, and finished at Inuvik in the Beaufort Sea of the Artic Ocean. The same trip was first accomplished in 1947. In 1979 he joined a party of ten people who charted a Twin Otter to fly to the North Pole. In doing so, Branan joined the ranks of only 70 people to have reached the North Pole (albeit, not b y dog sled). A member of the party was a philatelist who stamped envelopes as certification that the ten were present at the top of the world.
In the interstices of his adventures he painted. Branan researched details of tall sailing ships of the 19th century and painted them to exact detail. He has had showings in the Biltmore in Los Angeles, the Jones Gallery of La Jolla, the Saddleback of Santa Ana, and the Village Gallery of Lahaina, Maui. One of his ship paintings was hung in the Western White House. During his adventures to Alaska and the Artic, Branan painted the faces of the Eskimo. Portraits of people, animals, and ships are his forte. He has recently expanded to doing murals.
Before his retirement, Branan accumulated thirty years of teaching experience at several high schools, and a period at Mt. Saint Mary's College in his major of anthropology and geography. He is a member of the Royal Geographical Society of London, the Explorers' Club of New York, and the Adventures' Club of Los Angeles. Today he is sharing his accrued knowledge and experience with 5th graders in the Chimacum Choice Program every Friday for four weeks. The phenomena of Sun Dogs, the reason ivory won't fossilize, the people of the Artic, and the ice around the North Pole are all described by Branan, backed by maps not commonly seen in classrooms. Branan welcomes guests to his studio/greenhouse. For information on his experiences, or to have a portrait painted by Branan Ward call: 385-4748.
Artist: Suzan Tipton
SUZAN TIPTON zigzagged across the United States before settling on Marrowstone Island with her husband, Bob. Their son, Austin, was born soon after their move in September 1988. Their daughter, Hannah, arrived in 1992. Suzan herself was born and raised on an island; Oahu, Hawaii, but left to attend the University of Kansas in 1974. There she met her husband, Bob.
After graduating from U of K, a severe recession in the mid-west forced the couple to move to southern California where Suzan established herself as a graphic designer, and Bob found a teaching job. At Maranatha! Music Suzan designed record album covers. Then a move to Bright and Company had her designing corporate images, and doing diverse advertising for companies such as Toshiba, Fluorocarbon, and Beckman Technologies. The company she liked best to design for was Disneyland doing their special event campaigns.
The Tiptons began a wide search for places with a rural quality since they had planned having a family. They happened upon Marrowstone when visiting a friend in the area.
Suzan works for Storm Productions in Port Townsend as a designer/illustrator for silkscreen and embroidery machines. Where does she get her inspirations? Suzan answers"...the beautiful Northwest landscapes and weather feed my designee/illustrator's soul."