Title: Stuff your mind (and your gift list) with these local history books
Author: Richard Walker
Publisher: Journal of the San Juans
-- "Lopez Island," by Susan Lehne Ferguson and the Lopez Island Historical Society and Museum (Arcadia, 128 pages).
The story of Lopez Island is a story of community. And this book tells the story well, with 128 pages of never-before-published photographs.
"Skilled, brave, generous people like Sampson Chadwick, Mother Brown, Captain Barlow, and Amelia Davis carved a spirited, nurturing community out of seaside wilderness," the book description states.
"Homesteaders cleared forests, built farms, grew food, and raised large families, surviving then thriving together. The hamlets of Port Stanley, Richardson, and Lopez emerged, creating hubs with stores, post offices, and schools as well as thriving fishing, canning, and shipping industries.
"The community fostered education, music, writing, dances, chivarees, baseball, quilting, a birthday club, and grand Fourth of July celebrations. Living self-reliant lives while helping friends, neighbors, and newcomers, Lopezians created a unique community character that abides today."
"Lopez Island" is available at the Lopez museum and in local bookstores.