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Previous resident fondly recalls her home

I was given the March 19 issue of The Beachcomber and was exited to see our former home featured as for sale. My husband was ordained into the Lutheran ministry at Vashon Lutheran Church on July 27, 1947, and moved into that house. It had been a rental for many years and once more became a parsonage. We were married in January 1948, so that is when I moved there. We used it for Sunday school classes, potlucks and any other meetings, as the church was the only other building. We had a wood-burning range in the kitchen with an attached water heater (I remember the lids rattling and the heater swaying during the earthquake of 1949), a wringer washer in the cellar (no cement floor), and an oil range in the living room heated the house. I have so many nostalgic, wonderful memories of our years on Vashon.

A couple years ago when we were on the island, I asked the present owners if I could take a peek at our old home. They graciously and proudly showed me the wonderful efforts of restoration. We were thankful it was being maintained and would love to see it continue to be a part of the heritage museum so they are kept together.

— Elaine Rodning

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