Northwest Logging Camps

Northwest Logging Camps

Do you know what a faller and a bucker do? What a misery whip was? What a steam donkey was used for? The purpose of a spar tree? These are all logging terms which a person working in one of South Whidbey's numerous logging camps would understand. While we don't have...

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Ike & Kittie Bainter

Ike & Kittie Bainter

The Ike and Kittie Bainter family left their mark on Langley, being remembered for their hospitality, music, and civic involvement in the early days of the city’s incorporation. Their 18-acre farm was a social center for community parties and potlucks.  In...

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The Poet of Whidbey. September 18, 1929.

The Poet of Whidbey. September 18, 1929.

While researching another topic for our upcoming Fall newsletter, we came across this gem from the September 18, 1929 Tacoma Ledger newspaper about Bay View resident Paul Cunningham, then 83 years old. He represented Whidbey Island's agricultural display...

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The Big Blow of October 12, 1962.

The Big Blow of October 12, 1962.

Do you remember The Big Blow of October 12, 1962? It was one of the worst windstorms in the Pacific Northwest in a long line of windstorms. (See Wikipedia article below.) If you have any recollections, we would love to have you share them here. Sunday's storm may not...

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Scams January 30, 1915.

Scams January 30, 1915.

Scams are nothing new. Consider this cautionary tale from January 30, 1915 from the Island County Times... "Mike the blacksmith [who helped Anton "Blackie" Anderson run the blacksmith shop in Langley for some time] left for California January 1 intending to spend some...

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Langley 130 Years Ago…

Langley 130 Years Ago…

Wonder what was going on in Langley 130 years ago? Well, just like today, there was a bear around, real estate was being sold, tourists were visiting, berries were ripening, and fish were abundant.Read on for this August 14, 1891 Island County Times...

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Double Bluff Resort

Double Bluff Resort

Before it became a public picnic area, the entrance to Double Bluff Beach was a fishing resort known for fly-fishing of silver salmon. It was originally owned by Chris Jensen and later sold to Esther and Crawford Johnston, and still later to Orie and...

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