One Hundred Years of
Typical of change
on Whidbey Island since its first white settlement in 1848 is this old
photograph of soldiers from Fort Casey, riding in the 1918 version of the
army jeep. The island is the site of a number of military establishments,
Fort Casey being the oldest, and there was a time when its shores and woodlands
were the scene of Indian battles. Today the government maintains on Whidbey
Island one of its most important military establishments--the
Naval Air Station near Oak Harbor, a permanent base for which a program
of improvement and enlargement has been laid out.
supplement, commemorating the first annual Oak Harbor Turkey Festival and
Whidbey Island Centennial celebration of July 2 and 3, 1948, was produced
at the plant of The Whidbey Press at Oak Harbor, Washington, by the photographic
method of printing, and is issued free of charge to subscribers of the
three Island county newspapers--The Farm Bureau News of Oak Harbor, The
Island County Times of Coupeville, and the Whidbey Record of Langley.
The Centennial celebration year for Whidbey Island is fixed by the established
fact that the first white settlement on the island was made by Thomas Glasgow,
who cultivated land and planted crops near the present-day town of
Coupeville in the spring of 1848.
of this special edition are indebted to many Whidbey Island pioneers and
the descendants of pioneer families for facts and photographs illustrating
highlights of the island's hundred-year history which appear in these pages.
Worthy of special mention in this connection is Johnny Maylor, who before
his death in 1913 followed photography as a hobby and among whose collection
of priceless old-time photos are the two Oak Harbor street scenes which
are reproduced elsewhere in this edition.
Among the other island old-timers who rendered invaluable services in digging
up half-forgotten facts was Harvey T. Hill, who willingly lent a helping
hand despite his advancing age and illness. Space forbids individual
mention of all, but this acknowledgment will convey to them our appreciation
of their help and their good will.
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