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One ferried passengers on the Quartermaster run in the 1920s. The other is active in island life.
Islander Marsha Morse follows the footsteps of the first woman steamship pilot on Puget Sound.
The old Cove Store, now a residential apartment building, is a part of island history.
Sandy Mattara has been the longest-serving proprietor of the Burton Store.
This is Terry Donnelly and Bruce Haulman’s 50th Time&Again article for The Beachcomber. As such, they felt it appropriate to recognize something iconic on the island, the main intersection in Vashon Town.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Dec. 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was attacked, “a date which will live in infamy.” But there is another, lesser known date that also lives in infamy because the two days are inexorably linked. The first led directly to the second.
Reading the article in last week’s Beachcomber about the state of Washington’s effort to test and clean up 700 Vashon-Maury Island homes, (“State begins wide soil cleanup effort, Oct. 9”) caused me to reflect on the debt of gratitude we owe three heroic islanders who made this all possible.
As a boy growing up in Washington D.C., I used to love my summertime trips to visit my grandparents in New Jersey or the beach at Ocean City — in part because these excursions meant a ferry ride across Chesapeake Bay. The ferry crossed the four-mile stretch from Sandy Point on the western shore to Kent Island on the eastern shore — the narrowest point in the bay. Little did I know that 60 years later I would ride the same ferry every day across the 1.4 miles from Tahlequah to Point Defiance.