The Changing Face of Oysterville

Mar 8, 2011 | 5 comments

Oysterville Boys Club, circa 1945

     It’s hard for newcomers to realize that there were once so many kids in Oysterville that there was actually a Boys’ Club here.  In my memory, that wasn’t so very long ago but, in reality, we haven’t had enough children to keep the school running since 1957.  And for many years now, there have been no kids here at all.  Our median age in the Historic District is somewhere in the high 60s.
     I miss the sound of children’s voices coming from bay and woods and meadows.  I miss the trick-or-treaters on Halloween.  I miss having the ‘neighbor boy’ come and mow the lawn on Saturdays.  So, now that the rumor on the street is that there may be six houses placed on the market by summer – SIX! – I have the fantasy that most of them will be purchased by families with children.  Let’s see… two or three kids per household would change the face of Oysterville, much for the better as far as I’m concerned.  Once again we would feel like a real community instead of a retirement village.
     The houses that are said to be coming up for sale run the gamut in age and size.  One is on the historic register so it is the oldest and probably the smallest of the six.  Two are associated with businesses, and the other three are fairly new by Oysterville standards – built within the last twenty-five years or so. Their ownership is evenly divided between full-time and part-time residents.
     So, as long as I’m dreaming, my desire would be that the houses would be purchased by families with children, and that they would make their one-and-only residence right here in Oysterville.  They would be people who would become involved with the community, would appreciate its past, and would feel strongly that they have an investment in its future.
     Of course, if I step away from my fantasy for a moment, I find that in reality I will miss our current neighbors and the ‘face of Oysterville’ as we have known it for a good many years.  Whatever changes are in store will be difficult; change always is.  But, as they say, it’s the only thing we can count on.


  1. Karla Webber

    I love your blog!

  2. Tommy Driscoll

    Sydney, do you have the names of the boys in the pic??
    tommy d

    • sydney

      From the left: Peter Heckes, Rex Davis, Larry Freshley, Vernon Andrews, Floyd Day, Alvie Davis, John Holway, Bill Radford, Bob Hudson (of Ocean Park). Pierre Cooper was their leader.

  3. Stephanie Frieze

    I will join you in your wishful dreaming, Sydney. It would be a wonderful place to raise children, especially if there were more than one household with children!

  4. Lee Knott

    We would love to live in Oysterville, however we had to buy property to do exactly what you are talking about (family farm, be community sustaining) in Long Beach near 132nd to afford the amount of land we needed. And because of historical restraints, I don’t think we could do a wind turbine. But we are the family you are talking about. Three children, all vibrant and love living here. We want to grow food, have chickens, a few goats, space for kids to explore and neighbours to be role models.

    I love your blog, I am reading it like a book tonight. The history of this place is incredible, and you are a wonderful story teller. You have bite!


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