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n Aaro By FRANCES CATTO Easter Sunday, John Aaro, the man who has lived in Lilliwaup 81 years (longer than any other resident) celebrated his 83rd birthday. With his wife, Ernesta, the birthday was spent quietly and contentedly in their mobile home on the south bank of the Lilliwaup river. Of Norwegian parentage, John is the eldest of four children, three sons and a daughter. Ills brother Ragnvald, a bachelor, lives in Lilliwaup and Klause Aaro near Holly. Their sister Julia died after marrying and having children. Their father, George Aaro, moved to Lilliwaup from Canada with his family when John was two years of age. The Aaros' first Lilliwaup home was on ihe north side of the river in the area for years called "the ranch", in 1916 George Aaro built a home and a combination store and postoffice at Lilliwaup. The two-story home is the one now occupied by Bob Moffet and his wife, the former Ellen Aaro, daughter of Klause. Ellen assists at the Lilliwaup post office as temporary clerk. When the Aaro family arrived here it was the year that the town envisioned a big city in their area. It was platted in 1890 by the Lilliwaup Falls Townsite Company which had purchased logged-oil land along the little bay to the south. (l.illiwaup was known to lhe Indians as "Lelayupa" meaning big bay and little bay, ('hrisline Ahl tells us.) This was the short-lived boom encouraged by ~,[ealnship lines and land promoters with publicity in Eastern papers about !ulure opportunities accompanying proposed railroad building along the ('anal to Port Townsend. Many buildings, hotels, saloons, a drug store, cabinet shop, lumberyard and department store were built during the boom, only to be moved later to other (.'anal locations or to be left to decay. Those were the days of trails instead of highways, the days when you crossed the river on a footlog. Even in 1916, the mail Postmaster Aaro sorted came in on a launch. John and his brother Ragnvald know more, past and present, ofLilliwaup and its hinterland,its hunting and fishing, than any other citizens. They were always called "The Aaro Boys" as they were closely associated in a life pattern that found them fishing and hunting, prospecting (during a mining-fever time) and later working as powder men, among the best in the business. They both have the gentle ways and quiet poise of men who know the' mountain forests and streams. Salmon lishing took "The Aaro Boys" to Alaska before the days of power boats, John sailing in 1907 in a "square-rigger" from Seattle to Kodiak. In 1949 John forsook his bachelor life to marry an attractive widow, Ernesta Ward. Adoption ot her grandson. John, who shared their home until his marriage, gave the Litliwaup man tile added experience of parenthood and recently thai ol being a grandfather. Wc shared a piece of birthday cake with John and Ernesta, served with coffee made by John, who makes such good coflee that Ernesta always asks him to make it for guests. Lilliwaup's oldest resident has survived injuries from two automobile accidents, but still takes his daily walk to the post office to greet friends, tie nlade the transition froln cottage to mobile dwelling happily because he still lives by the river which he has known since days when Indians in their canoes were visitors. Petitions For Fire District Circulated By ANN WHEELER Mr. and Mrs. Robert Caineron PIONEER Petitions for ot Pickering traveled to annexation to Allyn fire district Bainbridge Island Saturday to No. 5 have been placed visit their son and family Mr. and {~.~. throughou~tthe areas involved and Mrs. John tlarrall who are ~ ~w~it t~-I signattt~es of the building a new home there. ~~'"~tstered ,~ters. S h e r r y K e n n e ~y.~, a ? " : granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. "Mud" Clay, is very much improved at Seattle's University llospital where she has fought Cards of Thanks hard to ow'rconle aplastic anemia. Mr. and Mrs. Meacham of We wish to thank all our Spencer Lake report their many friends & relatives for the Shethmd pony came home after kindness and comfort shown us during the recent loss of our being gone a week b e t o v e d d a u g h t e r a n d Mr. and Mrs. Warren (;ray and granddaughter Candy Jacobson. family of Bellevue spent the Mr. & Mrs. Frank E. Johnsonweekend with Mr. (',ray's mother & family Bea (;ray of Spencer Lake. Mr. & Mrs. Ned N. Jacobson & family Mr. and Mrs. John Riter and Mr. & Mrs. Elmer B. Jacobson family of Puyallup spent the & Ted weekend improving their property Mr. & Mrs. Otto Baumann on Phillips Lake and visiting Mrs. 4/29 Riter's sister and family the Card of Thanks Martin Auseths of Phillips Lake. To all the friends who A change has been made in remembered me with so many the starting time of the Pioneer lovely cards and to all the staff and doctors at Mason General School carnival May I. It has now Hospital for such good care -- I been set fron| 3 p.m. to q p.m. to wish tosay"ThankYou." give every one a better time to attend, someone will be at the Bernard Ristine 4/29 school to accept items of all kinds Saturday. Bring trees, shrubs, seeds, plants, tools, we can sell Card of Appreciation everything from buttons to The kindness and sympathy of neighbors and friends in our antiques it you will donate then]. recent sorrow will always remain Also baked foods plus everything with us as a precious memory, mentioned in earlier issues of the Our sincere thanks and gratitude Journal. f or the flowers, donations to organizations and all comforting Donna Stout - 426-2844 or acts. Mrs. Lill LaMont 426-6863 will Mr. & Mrs. Dumont Portman have charge of plant sale. Carl Portman Ann Wheeler of Phillips Lake 4/29 enjoyed a weekend of fun with ~-----------~------~- her son and family Robert and Phyllis Wheeler and grandson Brad from Port Angeles, Scott Wheeler. grandson from ttacienda tteights Calif., Jan Wheeler and Dennis Mc('rory trom Lacey, Laura and tlans Sauness from ---_- ---- -- - -- ------ (; r a p e v i e w. ii iiiil AT CAPITAL SAVINGS Buy-Build-Remodel 8 kinds of home loans. Stop by today and let a Capital Loan specialist tailor a loan to fit your needs. ./~. ~; FSLIC Insurance A Now IncreaseO r o $20,000.00 ..~ pcj ~l'l'l~ SHELION - First & Railroad, 426-8211 ......... : ....... o ....... ::r,::w,: ........... J JOHN AARO of Lilliwaup, who recently celebrated his 83rd birthday stands in front of the Lilliwaup Post Office. Aaro has been a Lilliwaup resident for 81 years. Arts AI At Vaug The Key Peninsula Civic ('enter, Vaughn, will host The Arts and Crafts Market, May 1 and 2. The Market is an art and craft exhibition which boasts of seventy-five individual exhibits including the Penmsuhl's first inter-tribal Indian Art display shown in cooperation with the Seattle Indian (:enter. Sovereign Chief of the Ozette Indian Tribe, Thomas E. Edwards will display his paintings and be available to explain some of the lore behind the characters employed m Indian art. Featured artist, wood carver, Alex Jackson, of the Tlingit Tribe will be among the many artists who will demonstrate his techniques as well as show his finished works. The multi-media Indian exhibit will include weaving, painting, carving, leathercraft, beadcraft, a newly developed technique employing thin slivers of abalone shell and many others. The doors to the Key Peninsula Civic ('enter will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday, May I and 2. The public is invited to enjoy the talents of their friends and neighbors and perhaps show their own craft in a future exhibit. Trouble with tractor tTansmissi0ns? Your Standard Man, C. C. COLE & SONS, INC. Can Solve Your Problem. He's In Shelton - 426-4411 rh~ton Standard Oil Company of California Life insurance is a much better buy when you have the facts. And the fact is, we (':m prot,:ti~ly I)oint out some ways t/, (.Olilbirle ec,)tlOiliy with l tie lllaXillltllll benefit program you need to plolect 3;~)ui' wife and children. /For inst;m,,'e, fi~." a y,mng father, a special kind of plan that provides sizeable benefits with reasonable tgremiums.' ],at us give .',(,z~ the facts. 506 W. FRAINKLIN 426-3357 SAFECO INSURANCE ttomr (tffi~," .';cattle, 14'ash. Page 14 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, April 29, 1971 op By NANCY BLOOMFIELD HOODSPORT - Spring, which has been hovering for some time, broke through Sunday in full bloom. Hopefully it will be with us yet May 4, when th,' Blanche Radtke Orthopedic Guild has its Spring Bazaar at Holiday Beach Club House, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For the browser there will be booths containing arts, crafts, and a flea market. A luncheon will be served and for the art lover, an art show. This year Tiny Tim Orthopedic Guild will join in with a dollar booth and if that isn't enough, they will also have prizes. Mrs. Etta Phipps and Mary Masonholder made several stops on their Olympic Peninsula Loop Trip. One was in Hoodsport to Local Two Mason county authors were among the 122 Washington writers who had works published last year are listed in "Washington Authors-1970," just published by the State Library. ]'hey arc Marjorie Furlong, of Hoodsport, and Virginia Pill, of Potlatch, who co-authored "Starfish: Methods of Preserving and Guide to Identification." The 104-page book of scientific material is illustrated with maps and pictures. The books have been added to the Washington Authors Collection in the Washington -Northwest Room of the State Library in Olympia. About 500 state authors are now represented by more than 10,000 publications in the collection. Washington's published writers of last year will be special guests at the 6th annual (,overnor's Writers' Day April 25, ic Gu spend the evening with Mae Hooven, Robbie and Etta. Wednesday, Mae spent the morning taking her mother and aunt sightseeing to Lake Cushman, before they started on their return trip to Mount Vernon. Jim and Sandy Thurman recently had house guests from E1 Cajon, Calif. Vicky and Ron Hartley and children, Ty and Terina. Sandy s sister was very impressed with our weather. It rained the whole week they were here. A successful and very interesting Saturday was spent by the Gordon Dickinson family, Jack Smith, Ray and Maxine Peterson andMrs. Joe Bourgault, hunting for fossils and agates. froln 1 to 3 p.m. at the State Library. The event, sponsored by the State Arts Commission and the State Library Commission, is a part of the annual Governor's Festival of the Arts. ]'he public is invited to the program which will be highlighted by the presentation of Commendation Awards to several of the authors by Governor Dan Evans. Award winners will not be announced until the program. Members of the awards jury this year are John S. Robinson, Olympia attorney and free-lance writer; Beth Bentley, Seattle poet; William Gulick, Walla Walla novelist; Jo Pardee Hallauer, Oroville, and Phoebe Harris, Seattle. Following the program at the library there will be the opening of the exhibit, "Seven from Washington: Printmaking Today," at the State Capitol Museum. OI aar The group, part of the evening Geology class at the Shelton High School traveled to an area around Centralia, where they were able to study geological glacial terrain and agates and then on to Malone to study fossils. l,. xt week-end a field trip is planr,,~d to Ellensburg, where they will hunt for the very rare Ellensburg Blue. This agate is valued at $52 an oz. Saturday night, the Crystal Ball Room in the Winthrop Hotel, was the Place if you were a Stadium High, class of "36" graduate. Out of a class of about 500, Merle Smith, Nancy Winters, and Eldon Farcy froln the canal area were among the 150 grads who turned out. During the evening the Winter's, Smith's and Farcy's renewed many friendships and Marilyn discovered her cousin was the manager of the hotel. Nancy won a prize for having the most grandchildren. On the return trip Nancy and Emery stopped in Spanaway to visit their children Jimmy and Dixie Brown and the Browns two little prize winners. If not by the weather, you can tell spring is here by the return of the birds, Starlings in particular. Monday evening the Hood ('anal Hi Riggers 4-H Club met at Delores Drake's home. Harold Drake showed slides of local mountain terJ campgrounds, hows and whys of and conservation. One pair show an mountains with a covered with a lon~ greenery. The s! showed the same fire had been set on was laying in the once beautiful and blackened. The had an unpleasant viewer. After the slides punch were served. WOMEN, WHO all doubt, the mischief, also nurse sleep when he is Richard Your Standl C. C. COLE & Can Solve He's In SheltOn Standard Oil of COME TO THE MOTHER'S DAY Mother's Day 8 A.M. - 1 P.M. at SHELTON Sponsored SHELTON KEY There's more to Washington than you may know. That's what makes it a wonderful place to revive a weekend or put pizazz in a close-to-home vacation. 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