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Historical Society, 2017 - April Meeting Minutes

GUEMES ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

April 10, 2017

 

Present: Carol Deach (pres), Janice Veal (treas), Tom Deach, Win Anderson, Barb Ohms, Mark Ohms, Shirley Margeson, Holiday Matchett, Bob Anderson, Max Benjamin, Dave Margeson, Sue O’Donnell (sec)

 

SHOW & TELL:  Max brought a mounted, 1972 aerial view of Guemes Island.

PROGRAM:  Tom has been working with Skagit County to collect images of the aerial views the county has on file of the islands.  The Skagit County collection is not complete since some originals have been lost in the years of moving offices from one place to another & another . . . 

 

Presented were views of Guemes from 1956, 1969, 1978 and 1993.  Tom projected these images on the large, church quilt-room viewing screen so that he could enlarge and zoom in on areas of interest.  He could easily switch from one year’s image to another for comparison purposes. 

 

Tom began the discussion with some humorous, historical perspectives from 1956 – the year Elvis recorded “ain’t nothin’ but a Hound Dog”; the first computer with a hard drive (huge, heavy & pricey); first container ship sailing from Port Newark N.J. to Houston TX.

 

As we would expect, in the 60 or so years since, Guemes Island has added many driveways, cleared areas, roads and structures (plus, losing some along the way).  The edges of Guemes have shifted also and we could see where roads used to be along bluffs but have since been relocated inland. 

Some landmarks – such as Cayou Creek, Guemes Mountain, North Beach tide flats, Square Bay (or Harbor), “the ol’ Guemes swimming hole”, other ponds, structures now gone (Guemes school house, barns, etc) – helped us find and identify landmarks. 

 

Many family names and areas of historical significance to those of us attending the meeting were mentioned as we studied the changes from year to year: Clark Point, storm of 1990-’91, Kingston Heights, Holiday Hideaway, Evergreen Lane, Strickland’s road, Greenlaw’s road, Mack Lopp’s gravel pit, Hammill’s horse farm, Cook’s Cove, Veal farm, “Granny Veal”, Bush farm, Charlie Gibbons, Jack & Dorothy Schiller, Ocean Acres, Kager farm, Shoultz farm, Lewis Lane, Lervick Lane, the Bloxoms llama farm, Gould property, DNR Rd., No Name Rd., Glencoe, Anderson properties, parks, etc.

 

If only we’d had the benefit of memories of those, now passed on, to help our own memories . . . (also would have been fun to have more of the current Guemes residents present to add their knowledge of Guemes names and places).

 

Barb has come across a 3-D map of Guemes Island at the Community Center.  She will bring it to the May meeting.  Who made it? When was it made?? For what event???

 

Treasurers Report (attached):  Previous balance - March: $24,243.83 plus our 2 CDs (around $2,200 each) at Washington Federal.    Current balance: $26,251.05 + the 2 CDs. 

 

Next meeting: will be our annual election of officers.  Carol Shoultz Deach will be stepping down as president.  Nominations are open.

 

Storage:  Guemes Island Community Church is generous to allow storage of historical documents, books, pictures, news papers, etc. in a room off the Fellowship Hall.  Church has made it clear that no property other than church items are insured.   Bob Anderson will do some research on this.  He believes we can buy a rider on the church insurance policy.  Bob will take the request to church Council.

 

In a discussion of archiving our historical items and documents, Win proposed we find a space to erect a temporary, dry and safe shelter for the items which are stored in the garages & barns of various members.

 

Carol has looked over our current storage space in the church and has determined that the storage cases are not adequate for our collection of papers, maps, newsletters & books.  Most documents need to be flat and not rumpled!  A discussion of ways to safely preserve news clippings, for instance, led Janice to agree to approach Bayshore for suitable boxes until we decide on some permanent containers.

 

Carol wants to work on organizing the items that have been piling up.  Once she retires from Society President position, she will have more time to devote.  Others are available to help her with this task. 

 

“New Museum” Report: because of the Historical Society crisis of storage-space lack, we are very interested in working with those wanting to improve the Community Center.   We are hoping there will eventually be a space devoted to historical storage & display.  A sub-committee to the Guemes Island Community Club Association [GICCA] – the “Second Century Vision Committee” (SCVC) – was approved at their March meeting.  Name of the sub-committee was proposed by Win, and references the Hall's first 100 years and a mandate to plan for the long term.

A local architect has been approached to work with the “Second Century Vision Committee” as they explore the scope of the project.  Tom has agreed to be the rep from Historical Society; the other four representative groups are C.E.R.T. (Barb Ohms & Gail Nichols), GICCA (Rob Schroder), Library (Carol Pellett) and Member-at-Large (Gary Curtis).

 

Newsletter Update:  Win has approached the local post office about distribution of our proposed quarterly offering.  He was given a pile of regulations to read through.  He will report back.

 

Coming Events:

Strawberry Social – on Father’s Day, June 18.  Hist. Soc. has been asked to set up a display for the event.  We will gather together pictures of Fathers and Their Children from the Guemes archives.  The community-at-large is welcome to submit pictures.

 

Growing Up Guemes – Tom would like to identify participants who lived and grew up on Guemes during the 40s.

 

Luminary Parade – April 22 event will be to celebrate Earth Day.  Carol & Barb have been attending the workshops Loalynda Bird is teaching.  Carol took her granddaughter; so all generations will be represented.  Carol showed pictures of some of the beautiful art work.  All are welcome, starting at 7:15pm.

 

Possible programs to come:

Children of Madge Welch

The LaVeque/Gould families

West  Beach settlements

 

Sue Stapp O’Donnell, secretary                     4-10-2017

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Cryin' all the time
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
And you ain't no friend of mine

Well they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
Yeah they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
And you ain't no friend of mine

You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Cryin' all the time
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
Cryin' all the time
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
And you ain't no friend of mine

Well they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
Yeah they said you was high-classed
Well, that was just a lie
Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
And you ain't no friend of mine
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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