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December 9, 1971

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IN CHARGE OF MAINTENANCE of North Mason School district's fleet of school buses, Ormand Ormiston (right) watches as Ron Manweiller raises one of the buses preparatory to doing some minor repair work. By LENNIA CATES -- CR 5-2245 The recent passing of Tib Godwin was a great loss to many of us here. She was a grand lady, and for those who never knew Tibby, may you indeed find such a friend in your lifetime. A "Tib Godwin Memorial Fund'" was suggested and close to $50 has already been donated. Monies received will be used for the care of graves at Twin Firs for those from the Tahlaya and neighboring areas. Donations may be sent c/o Clare Nelson or myself to P.O. Box 3, Tahuya. The St. Nicholas Guild expresses its deep gratitude to all who made the "silent auction" such a huge success. Although complete figures are not in as yet since orders are still being filled for some of the more popular items they ran out of, the figure will run well over $300 after expenses. Again, thanks so very much! Congratulations are in order for Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ceccanti of Tacoma, whose daughter Jan Marie was recently wed to Michael Brewer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Brewer also of Tacoma. A popular family, the Ceccanti's had a trailer at Sandy's Resort for many years and more recently purchased property of their own here in Tahuya. Captain (retired) Tom Healy and wife Vera, have purchased a new mobile home and are now living in Gig Harbor. They will still spend some week-ends and the summer months at their home here on the Canal. Happy travelling ahead for some. Mrs. Clarence (Wilma) Baker of Bald Point will join son- Phfllip this week for a month's tour of Austria Phillip is on an extended tour of Europe, but has set a month aside just to entertain his mother. Skiing tops the list! Art and Elizabeth Grant have an exciting month and a half ahead of them. They are also leaving this week oil a Canadian tour by train. After touring Europe by plane this past spring they are looking forward to the change of pace by hitting the rails! Yours truly received an early Christmas present - air fare for a trip to Colorado come January! Emory Sills finally arrived home from the hospital and is recuperating nicely. He has 20 pounds to put back on, but Babe will get that job done. For the many cards and good wishes, Emory and Babe say thank you ? I wonder if I took my new issue of the Farmer's Almanac back to the drugstore if I'd get a refund - the first snow wasn't due until January 28th! It isn't enough to have good fire-fighting equipment - men are needed to operate it properly. Your Tahuya Fire Department needs volunteers badly - won't you help? If interested, drills are held at 7:00 p.m. each Monday to which you are invited to attend, or for further information please call Claude Hudson at CR5-2456. Happy birthday to Jeanette Southerlund, Marty O'Brien and Terry Sills! An old French proverb -"To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue"! ? TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISOR Ormand Ormiston checks the interior of North Mason School district's brand neyv bus before its first run. > BELFAIR BUILDERS SUPPLY { \\ // VACATION - VILLAGE (1 ,, \ // ~) ~ OPEN FOR INSPECTION / HOURS: ~ Phone BROCHURES -- PRICES SA;ES~A2~3sO i~ cR 5-2090 /2 ,NFORMAT'ON For a glamorous Christmas. 100% Dacron Polyester Multi-colored acrylic yarn embroidered waistline. Drawstring closing. $25 Burnt Cork, Deep Purple, Ruby. # / Permit asked Application for a permnt to repair and preserve an existing bulkhead, to drive piles and construct a pier with a ramp and float, has been received by the Army Corps of Engineers from William Ellison, Rt. l, Box 300, Tahuya. Interested parties may write letters, before December 27 pro or con, for consideration by the Corps. TOOLS TAKEN Assorted tools, including ten inch saw blades, skillsaw, drill, block plane, wrench, socket and a chalkline box were among items missing from the Brown residence at East Stadium Beach following a break-in. BLACK LAB FOUND A female black lab, wearing a choke collar was found in the Lynch Cove area on December 5. Owner may contact local Sheriff's office. HELP! Aide needed for PLAYGROUND SUPERVISION During Lunch Hour at Belfair Elementary 11:30 to 1 p.m. $2.10 an hour Contact Ken Anderson, Principal iiii i lU Page 6 - Huckleberry Herald section of Shelton-Mason County Journal - December 9, 1971 Next to PUD Building At Belfair MOPAR PRODUCTS 4 x 4 Parts and Accessories 9 to 9 Weekdays and Saturdays 9 to 2 CR5-2174 Sunday Emergencies i" I STOVE AND DIESEL SALES AUTOMATIC DELIVERY BUDGET TERM8 AItJUCrlc )IICIIFIE N P.O. BOX 566, BELFAIR, WA. 98528 TEL. CR 5-6($88 BOB MAESNER TOM HANLEY Zenith Color/B & W TV-Radio$-Hi-Fi's CHANNEL MASTER ANTENNAS SERVICE ON ALL MAKES Have Tubes -- Will Travel HOURS: 10 " 6:30 DALLY -- SAT. ONLY: 10 - 1:30 ONE PERSONAL RECOLLECTION of earlier days in the Grapeview area told by Mrs. Anne Eacrett (right) of Stretch Island at last week's meeting of the Historical Society was of hurrying home from school the day a telephone was installed in the family home and making her very first phone call to a friend, Millie Okonek. Here the former Miss konek, now Mrs. Ted Rauschert, shares some old family photos, which she brought to the meeting, with her long-time friend as her husband, Ted Rauschert looks on. A LARGE AERIAL picture of Stretch Island brought to last week's meeting of the Historical Society by Bill Somers of Grapeview, helped locate places mentioned during the evening's talks on early history of that area. Did you know that a city to rival in size its namesake, Detroit, Michigan, w]s planned just north of the present site of the Grapeview School? Did you know that Allyn House Nursing Home in Allyn was once a hotel in this township of Detroit, which, when plans for a large city fizzled out, was moved by barge to Allyn? Or that the first white settler oJ Stretch island, Lambert Evans, did not marry until he was 80 and then died within a year? These are but a few of the facts included in a talk by Mrs. Anne Eacrett, guest speaker at last week's meeting of the Mason County Historical Society of BELFAIR -- Two bedroom apartment. Utilities furnished $100 per month. BILL G RIFFITH REAL ESTATE, CR5-2433. Belfair. Mrs. Eacrett is the granddaughter of Adam Eckert who brought his wife and five children from New York in 1890 to forty acres on the north end of Stretch Island, which he had purchased the year before when he had come west to look the area over. He had been invited here by Charles Gould, a friend who had also purchased land on Stretch Island from Lambert Evans and had written his friend about the mild weather and beautiful scenery of the northwest. His family wasn't too impressed by the mild weather on their arrival, being dumped out on a floating dock by the steamer which brought them from Tacoma on a chilly rainy March day. To make matters worse, their stove was temporarily lost in the move and going ashore into the primitive cabin Eckert had built for them with five wet and hungry children was a depressing FOR CHRI Extra brush is needed at Whitehead Evergreens in Belfair. Top prices paid plus 10 bonus on salal. FUNERAl. CHAPEl. SERVING FAMILIES IN THIS COMMUNITY SINCE 1909 Call Us Collect From Anywhere 5303 Kitsap Way ES 7-3836 Lester M. Lewis, Sr. Lester M. Lewis, Jr. INN Pool Tables Shuffleboard Sandwiches Short Orders Dancing Daily 10 a.m. til 2 a.m. Sundays 12-12 ewe start for Mrs. Eckert's life in new surroundings. A heater was borrowed and eventually their stove was located in Vaughn but there were other hardships to face before civilization caught up with them again. One was the fact that there was no school closer than the one in Vaughn and the two oldest children had to row three and a half miles across the water to attend it. Mrs. Eckert later told her granddaughter that there were times when the waves were so high she lost sight of her children when they had gone only a short distance from shore. Many times they stayed with friends in Vaughn rather than risk a dangerous trip home. By 1893, through Eckert's efforts, a school was built in the township of Detroit and the distance to row was cut down considerably. A large comfortable home, still standing but no longer belonging to the family, was also built for his family, so life took a turn for the better. Mrs. Eacrett told of her grandfather's efforts to use his land to raise grapes and his development of the Island Belle strain, now used throughout the Pacific Northwest. She broke down the history of the Detroit-Grapeview area into three distinct eras. From 1872, when Evans first settled on Stretch Island until 1920 life was fairly primitive, logging of the virgin timber ensued, all transportation was done by boats and population growth was slow. The second era was from 1920 when roads were built in the area and a bridge to Stretch Island until the middle 1950's. Lights and telephones followed the roads so communication with the outside world was easier. Population growth was still slow, however, until the middle '50's when the bridge to Treasure Island went in and development of the area by summer people increased. Many of-the summer people, after the 50's, have retired or moved to the area permanently and commute to work in Olympia, Tacoma or Bremerton. Roads are better and distance doesn't seem so important. Following Mrs. Eacretrs talk, Bill Somers, also of Stretch Island, pointed out places mentioned by Mrs. Eacrett on a large aerial photo of the Island and surrounding land. He also added some historical notes of the area, some from a thesis written by his son while in Junior tligh School. tte gave the names and dates of the early families of the (,rapeview area, mentioning that "Old Man" Anderson was the second white man to settle on Stretch Island, then Charles Gould the third in 1888. Among other early settlers named was Lou Rauschert who brought his family to the Grapevicw area in 1889. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Rauschert of Grapeview attended the meeting and had brought the original land grant signed by President Grover Cleveland. The increase in land prices was noted by Somers who mentioned that Reach Island was bought by Alfred Zizz for $600 around the turn of the century and was sold to developers who changed the name to Treasure Island in 1954 for $50,000. Many persons at the meeting lamented the fact that so many of the vineyards of Stretch Island were being abandoned. GUITARS UP TO OUR NECKS $15 and Up ROBERTS MUSIC 822Vz Park ES 3-6116 Bremerton Legal Publications BAZAAR REPEATED Because of the snow storm last Saturday, the turnout for the Bazaar held at St. Hugh's Episcopal Church in Allyn was less than hoped for. Many of the unique hand-made items offered for sale were unsold by day's end so members of St. Hugh's Guild will repeat the Christmas Bazaar this Saturday, from 10 to 2. NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed bids will be received b the Board of Directors of Nort Mason School District No. 40" until 8:00 p.m., Monda~ December 13, 1971 at the scho( administration office or at th North Mason High School Eibrar where bids are to be opened and read during the regular meeting of the Board of Directors, for the construction of a concrete sidewalk between the High School Classroom building and the School Gymnasium consisting of approximately three hundred eight {308') lineal feet by ten feet (10') wide or approximately 3080 square feet-of concrete. I nterested contractors may obtain Specification & General Instructions by contacting the school administration office during normal working hours. Bidders are also urged to visit the construction site prior to submitting bids and each bid shall be accorrkoanied by certified check, bid bond, or bank cashiers check made payable to NORTH MASON SCHOOL DISTRCT in the amount not less than FIVE PERCENT (5%) of the amount of the bid. The Board of Directors of North Mason School District No. 403 reserves the right to award the contract to whomsoever it wishes, to reject any and gll bids, and to waive any informalities or irregularities in any bid or in the bidding. No bidder may withdraw his bid after the hour set for the opening thereof, or before award of contract, unless said award is delayed for a period exceeding forty-five (45) days. By Order Of The Board of Directors North Mason School District No. 403 By Norman E. Sanders Secretary/Clerk Of the Board 12/2-9-2t D & G TREE SERVICE TOPPED, TRIMMED OR REMOVED FULLY INSURED Wes Griffey CR 5-2117 Lou Dobbs TR 6-4783 / L & D CONSTRUCTION We Specialize in Your Needs By Hour or Contract Nothing Too Small or Large John Levang CR5-3053 George Dinovi CR5-3358 Free Estimates BELFAIR SERVICES SEPTIC TANKS -- DRAIN FIELDS TOP SOIL -- SAND -- GRAVEL -- FILL DIRT INSURED -- LICENSED FRANK DeMIERO CR 5-6155 Belfair, Wash. December 9, 1971 - Huckleberry Herald section of Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page 3