Oysterville Daybook Archives

Do people make the place… or vice-versa?

Do people make the place… or vice-versa?

As I've been reading and sharing information about Little Creatures Everywhere by Mary Brindle, I am struck by some of the quirky history of the Moby Dick Hotel.  Yes.  Quirky since its very beginnings.  And I can't help but wonder how certain...

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In 1991 – “Little Creatures Everywhere”

In 1991 – “Little Creatures Everywhere”

If you lived on the Peninsula in 1991, you may remember a rather poorly written murder mystery centered on the Moby Dick Hotel, thinly disguised as the "Grey Whale."  Also thinly disguised were a number of well-known Peninsula northenders who...

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Visiting… and Broadening My Horizons!

Visiting… and Broadening My Horizons!

Yesterday I went visiting -- clear to Chinook!  In some ways it seems ridiculous to think of a community with so many similarities to Oysterville  (and only 22.8 miles distant) as being "far away."  Especially when I drive through it several times...

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When Commissioners Worked for Pennies!

When Commissioners Worked for Pennies!

I'm not advocating that our county commissioners -- or anyone else for that matter -- work for pennies in these days of struggle and strife.  But when I was writing my column for yesterday's Chinook Observer, the question did come up concerning...

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Attn:  All History Buffs!!

Attn: All History Buffs!!

If there had been space, the title of today's blog should have been:  ATTENTION ALL HISTORY BUFFS -- ESPECIALLY LOVERS OF COMMUNITY HISTORY AND OF AUTHOR LOUISE PENNY!! And, although the passage I will quote below is from her latest book, A World...

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No they didn’t, Mr. Webb!  L.B. didn’t “win”!

No they didn’t, Mr. Webb! L.B. didn’t “win”!

This morning I stopped by the Heritage Museum and enjoyed a walk around their April 9- July 9 exhibit "The Grand Hotels of the North Beach Peninsula."  I felt like I was visiting old friends -- so many familiar photographs of the old hotels of Long...

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Attention Local History Buffs!

Attention Local History Buffs!

If you are interested in local history, especially the history of early Ilwaco, Community Historian Michael Lemeshko and the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum are offering you a fabulous opportunity!  Walking tours of historic Ilwaco beginning in...

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Coming Soon!  May 2nd, to be exact!

Coming Soon! May 2nd, to be exact!

According to the Arcadia Publishing website, my newest book with them makes its debut on May 2nd, two weeks from this coming Monday.  WOOT! WOOT!  Look for it beginning that day on the shelves at your local book stores! The book is called The...

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A Lingerie Party for the Quinquagenarian!

A Lingerie Party for the Quinquagenarian!

The year was 1986 and I was at the half-century mark.  So, of course, another party was in order!  It's been a few memory-dimming years since then, so thank good ness I have pictures!  They were annotated (!) and pasted ever-so-carefully in a...

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The Fort North of Oysterville

The Fort North of Oysterville

The story of Fort Oysterville is one of my favorites!  I think my Uncle Willard told it best so I will give his version here.  From Oysterville, Roads to Grandpa's Village: By the 1850s, reports of Indian uprisings sent spasms of apprehension...

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I probably didn’t read carefully enough…

I probably didn’t read carefully enough…

...but I don't think I saw the words "kids" or "learning" or even "students" or "education" when I read that front page article in today's Observer, Citizen group endorses $90M+ school bond.  The entire report seemed to be about public dollars and...

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Walking In A Wachsmuth Wonderland

Walking In A Wachsmuth Wonderland

No sooner had I posted my (very late) blog yesterday, than I received a couple of photographs from Collections Manager Betsy Millard and a short note regarding the exhibition of Tucker's Christmas Cards at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.  So,...

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