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...
The Primavera Family

The Primavera Family

Joseph Primavera was born in Bologna, Italy and came to Seattle in 1899 where he owned and operated a saloon. Ten years prior, Victor’s mother, Martina had left Italy, to come to Seattle to work in her aunt’s boarding house.Joseph and Martina met, fell in love and...
Warren Farmer remembered…

Warren Farmer remembered…

Warren was honored as a tribal elder by the S’Kallam tribe. His family roots go back to the earliest written history of Whidbey Island.His great-grandmother, Emily Lowe Madsen, was a full S’Klallam tribal member from Sequim. She was married to Christian Madsen, a...
Ma Baker and Baker’s Corner Store

Ma Baker and Baker’s Corner Store

As South Whidbey developed, small stores and mercantiles dotted the coastline at Langley, Bush Point, old Clinton, Possession Point, Glendale, Maxwelton, Holmes Harbor and Austin (off Mutiny Bay). Later, as roads were developed, additional stores opened.Did you know...