Island County Fair

Island County Fair

The Whidbey Island Fair runs Thursday through Sunday.Help support the South Whidbey Historical Society and Museum by using our parking lot directly across from the Fair next to the Fire Station.The McLeod Cabin, Brooks Hill Cabin and the Ray Gabelein Antique Farm...
ONE MATCHING GRANT MET; A NEW ONE OFFERED…

ONE MATCHING GRANT MET; A NEW ONE OFFERED…

Sometimes seeds are planted in young lives which continue to bear fruit years and even decades later. Such is the case with Derel Gabelein, a 32-year-old South Whidbey resident who operates his own wood slab cutting business for furniture making.(His Facebook page is...
Thomas John Johns and Mary Jane Johns

Thomas John Johns and Mary Jane Johns

Thomas John Johns arrived as a 19-year-old on South Whidbey in 1859, shortly after Ed Oliver, but a little before William Johnson.He was born New Year’s Eve 1840 in Plymouth, England, the son of a British sea captain. Young ‘Tommy’ as he was called, became a ship’s...
Austin ‘Deke’ Marshall

Austin ‘Deke’ Marshall

In 1937, Austin Marshall opened “Austin’s Store in Freeland. It was located along the highway and is more recently remembered as the Gay 90’s pizzeria.“Deke” was born in Langley in 1894 and died in Freeland in 1974. When asked why friends called him “Deke,” he...