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Historical Society: The Cahails of Guemes Island

The Cahails of Guemes Island
From Stump Farming to the United Nations

Please join the Guemes Island Historical Society in welcoming Barbara Spaeth on Monday, March 9 as she recounts the history of the Cahail family of Guemes Island. Ira Earl Cahail was a self-made man, rising from grim childhood poverty in Washington Territory, to become a respected building contractor in Skagit County.

Cahail built his house on Guemes as a bachelor, working at the Sloan shipyard during WWI, then shocked his mother, who lived with him, by marrying a widowed “schoolmarm” and starting a family while in their 40s. The Cahails became Guemes community leaders during the tough years of the Great Depression – then launched their son Earl into a post-WWII career at the United Nations.

Barbara's presentation begins at 7pm at the Guemes Island Community Church.

The regularly scheduled GIHS business meeting begins at 5:45 preceding the program. All are welcome to attend. Hope to see you there.

Earl, Bubbles and Margaret in 1929

Photo credits: Barbara Spaeth Collection.

07:00 PM


Guemes Island Community Church