Farm, Folly and Fame

by John Goldwood, Contributing Writer

In July of 1927, Seattleite Anne Elizabeth Campbell Bard married Bob Haskett, a Marine Corps veteran of World War I.  With no prior experience, the young couple decided to enter the poultry business and purchased a forty-acre farm in the ‘wilds of the Olympic Peninsula’ in what is now Chimacum, only six miles from Port Ludlow.  Although the young couple invested significant effort trying to make the chicken ranch venture successful, both the farm and their marriage eventually failed. The couple separated in 1931 and were divorced in 1935. Betty Haskett, along with the couple’s two young children, moved back to Seattle to live with her mother, while Bob relocated to Oakland, California.

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Canada Day – Fête du Canada

by Kathy Robertson, Guest Writer

What’s going on north of the border on July 1? The noisy uproar you may hear will be a countrywide celebration of the beginnings of Canada as a country. One hundred and fifty-four years ago, The British Parliament approved the British North America Act and on July 1, 1867, the Dominion of Canada was formed. It united the colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Upper & Lower Canada (Ontario & Quebec) and included provisions for other colonies/territories to join in the future. The Act served as Canada’s constitution until 1982 when it was repatriated from the British to the Canadian Parliament, and Canada became a fully independent country.

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Orcas Island: Yes, You Can Get There From Here

by Marie Bogan, Contributing Writer

Welcome sign showing the unique Orcas Island horseshoe shape, and
Eastsound Village in the mid-section.

With a little plotting and planning, you’ll see that there are in fact a few ways to get to Orcas Island from Port Ludlow. While you can arrive there directly by boat or plane, this article outlines a more zigzag 85-mile trip by car. And it happens to be one of the prettiest trips you’ll ever take.

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Meet Your Firefighters

by Ron Dawson, Contributing Writer

Meet Wicus McGuffey, Lieutenant, Training Officer, Volunteer Coordinator, and Union President, with Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue. Wicus has been a professional firefighter for twenty-two years and spent two years as a trainee. Originally from Ohio, he grew up with a family that moved frequently, allowing him to see many states.

He came to Washington in a family move, and after having moved away, returned as an adult to stay and raise a family, now living with his wife and three children in the Port Angeles area. One son is a firefighter in Sequim, his daughter is just graduating from college, and his youngest son, a high school junior, is pursuing a U.S. Naval Academy appointment. When at home, Wicus is involved in athletics, has coached baseball and basketball for fifteen years, and enjoys fishing, hunting, and kayaking, and spends time outdoors as much as possible.

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Port Ludlow’s First Fire Station

by Tim Rensema, ContributingWriter

Carl’s Repair Shop, Photo 3.49, Jefferson County Historical Society
Submitted photo

In Port Ludlow, we are blessed with a tremendous Emergency Services organization that we hear almost daily driving down Oak Bay Road. We certainly have our share of accidents (probably most at Paradise Bay Road and 104). The Fire Department was formed in the 1960s by local residents who understood the need for the service. The land that the current Fire Department resides on was donated by Pope and Talbot, as was $7500 for a new fire engine.

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National Clerihew Day

by Carol Riley, Contributing Writer

Each year on July 10, we joyfully celebrate Clerihew Day—at least some people do—I had never heard of it before I started researching national observances for July.  The day is named after Edmund Clerihew Bentley, 1875-1956, who as a 16-year-old student in science class at St. Paul’s School in London, was suddenly moved to write this poem.

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Amelia Earhart, Trailblazer

by Jim Gormly, Contributing Writer

“… women get more notoriety [than men] when they crash.” Amelia Earhart

How prophetic; 84 years after her and Fred Noonan’s disappearance, interest still exists about what happened after they departed New Guinea on July 2, 1937, bound for tiny Howland Island in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, in her attempt to be the first woman to fly around the world.

Unable to find Howland, and running low on fuel, she tried to communicate with the USS Itasca, a Coast Guard ship stationed just offshore Howland, hoping it could pinpoint her radio signal. Did they land on Nikumaroro (formerly Gardner Island) and survive to celebrate her birthday three weeks later? Wild theories abound: she was on a spy mission and died on Saipan as a Japanese prisoner; she died in New Jersey in 1983; or she’s on a Pacific island, alive and well today. Well, unlikely; she’d be 124 years old this month.

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14th of July – Bastille Day – France National Day Celebration!

by Patrick Gellé, Guest Writer

Storming of La Bastille – Jean Pierre Louis Laurent Houel.
Submitted photo

Everyone has heard about Bastille Day, the French National Day celebrated on July 14, but what really happened that day that makes it so special for the French people? First and foremost, and to put things into context, the event that took place in Paris that 14th of July in 1789 is thought to be the turning point that would accelerate the fall of the French monarchy and collapse of the royal administration. It was seen as the real beginning of the French revolution and as a symbol of the French people taking power over their destiny and country, leading to a more democratic and eventually republican way of governing. As such, that event had a huge impact in the entire country and even beyond the French borders.

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by Eline Lybarger, Contributing Writer

Ceanothus is a member of the Rhamnaceae or Buckthorn family and various species grow from Canada to Guatemala. This is a genus of 50 to 60 shrubs that fix nitrogen in nodules on their roots. They bloom in the spring in every shade of blue, violet and, white and come in all shapes and sizes, from low and spreading, bushy, to upright and angular. Most common varieties have small, bright evergreen leaves.

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Ripple Rock and the Explosion of 1958

by Milton Lum, Contributing Writer

The Inside Passage extends from the Washington border to southeast Alaska along the eastern shore of Vancouver Island. Cruise ships ply these waters transporting millions of visitors from ports in Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle to Alaska. Most passengers are likely unaware that their dream trip was due to a massive explosion in 1958.

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