Mrs. Stevens’ A-B-Cs
by Sydney Stevens
The “Approachable History” of Southwestern Washington
Suitable For All Ages
Mrs. Stevens’ ABCs, organized in a basic a-b-c format, present well-researched information about topics of interest to those residing or visiting in the Pacific Northwest. Each book is uniquely illustrated and is written in a direct and easy-to-understand style – the perfect choice for anyone who enjoys knowing the facts but does not have time or inclination to do the research.
C is for Cranberries: The A-B-Cs of Cranberries on the Long Beach Peninsula
Did you know that cranberries are one of only three berries native to North America or that it takes 4,400 cranberries to make one gallon of juice? From “A is for acres” and “B is for bogs” all the way through the alphabet to “Y is for yield” and “Z is for zzz” – this book will amaze you with facts about cranberries, a fruit once thought edible only as a holiday condiment.
O is for Oysters: The A-B-Cs of Oystering on Willapa Bay
As popular in the 19th century as hot dogs are today, the native oysters of Shoalwater (now Willapa) Bay were responsible for the first settlements in this part of the Northwest. The oyster industry, greatly changed over the last 150 years, still thrives in S.W. Washington and this book tells all about it then and now.
K is for Kidnapping The County Seat: The A-B-Cs of Early Government in Pacific County, Washington
Did you know that Pacific County, Washington, was created when the area was still a part of Oregon Territory? The county pre-dates both Washington State and Washington Territory and the stories about the various county seats are as colorful as those about any area of the pioneer west.
P is for Papa Train: The A-B-Cs of the Long Beach Peninsula’s Narrow Gauge Railroad, 1889-1930
Old-timers still remember when the little “railroad that ran by the tide” was the only transportation available on the peninsula. In the era before roads and automobiles, the North Beach Peninsula was a popular tourist destination. This charming book tells why the weekend trains were filled with men and why they were dubbed “papa trains.”
O is for Oysterville: The A-B-Cs of the Peninsula’s Oldest Community
This book is written from an insider’s perspective. The author is the great-granddaughter of one of Oysterville’s founders and has spent a lifetime listening to the stories of the early days told by relatives and old-timers. The book is filled with anecdotes, reminiscences and interesting facts about Oysterville ‘then’ and now.
P is for Peninsula: The A-B-Cs of The Long Beach Peninsula and Vicinity
If you can answer all of the questions on the ‘Q is for Quiz’ page, you are probably a native, or at least a local, according to Peninsula parlance. Learn about the history, the communities, the festivals and special quirks that endear this tiny sandspit to residents and visitors alike. The book is an updated version of the author’s earlier book, The Peninsula Primer.
I is for Indians: The A-B-Cs of the Chinook People in the lower Columbia River Region
Master fishermen and extraordinary canoeists, expert traders, and highly skilled woodworkers, these Native Americans dominated the lower Columbia for thousands of years. Unlike the Hollywood Indian stereotypes, the Chinooks didn’t wear leather, didn’t live in teepees and didn’t use sign language. This book provides a respectful look at their unique and compelling lifestyle.
D is for Discovery: The A-B-Cs of the Lewis & Clark Expedition’s Winter on the Pacific Coast 1805 – 1806
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Q is for Quicksand: The A-B-Cs of the Corps of Discovery’s Exploration Of the Sandy River Area, Autumn 1805 and Spring 1806
William Clark’s discovery of ‘quick sand’ at the mouth of the large river along the south shore of the Columbia resulted in its subsequent name, The Quicksand River. It is the Oregon river we know today as The Sandy River.
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