Sou’wester Magazine

Published quarterly (or more recently, semi-annually) by the Pacific County Historical Society since 1966, this publication is the best single source of Pacific County history available.  I am proud to have written six of these treasured magazines and list them here as another possibility for history buffs to delve into local history.  All are liberally illustrated with vintage photographs. Back issues are available for purchase from the Pacific County Historical Society, P.O. Box P, South Bend, WA 98586-0039 or at their PCHS Museum in South Bend.

Published quarterly (or more recently, semi-annually) by the Pacific County Historical Society since 1966, this publication is the best single source of Pacific County history available.  I am proud to have written six of these treasured magazines and list them here as another possibility for history buffs to delve into local history.  All are liberally illustrated with vintage photographs. Back issues are available for purchase from the Pacific County Historical Society, P.O. Box P, South Bend, WA 98586-0039 or at their PCHS Museum in South Bend.

Medora

Written for the Summer 1985 issue (under my then name, Sydney LaRue) this is a compilation of letters and diary entries that I was just beginning to consider for a future book. $3.00

Growing Up in Oysterville

This double issue (Winter 2005 and Spring 2006) was edited by me and includes stories by many of the “kids” who grew up in Oysterville in the late 1930s and early 1940s. $8.00

Gin’s Tonic

Another double issue (Summer, 2007 & Fall, 2007) based upon my friend Virginia Williams Jones’ memoir written for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren – a history of the family and an account of her growing-up years in Ilwaco In the early third of the 20th century.  $8.00

A Summer Camp on Willapa Bay

This double issue (Summer 2008 and Fall, 2008) is the story of Dorothy Elliott’s summer camps on Willapa Bay – Sherwood Forest (for boys) and Camp Willapa (for girls) from 1918 – 1959) and its successor, Camp Sherwood Forest (1960 – 1985) owned and operated by former camper Alan Greiner and his wife Barbie. $8.00

The Oysterville Church

Written in 2011. This Sou’wester issue is a paean to my Espy forebears and to the small Historic Village of Oysterville for their tenacity, hard work, and good humor in keeping this iconic little church in operation since 1892.  $6.00

A Sense of Place – Names of the North Beach Peninsula

My intent in compiling this double issue for 2014 was to gather in one place, as much as possible, some of the old place names of the Long Beach Peninsula – names that have been gradually replaced by more modern references, even though by so-doing we’ve lost much of the charm and history of this unique “sandspit.”  In writing this issue, I drew liberally from the work of Larry Weathers who did a similar, though more limited, version of place names in the Centennial Sou’wester edition. $8.00