All roads lead to Bayview
June 25, 2008 · Updated 2:16 PM
"Bayview School students pose in front of the Cash Store at Bayview Corner. The Bayview History Project is gathering pieces of history through oral interviews and photographs to record the early days of Bayview. Bayview Corner liveHear stories about the island's history from the people who lived them in a series of community events beginning on Sunday, Sept 23 at 3 p.m. at the Bayview Cash Store at Bayview Corner. Light refreshments will be served. Other dates in the series are Friday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., with a potluck dinner; Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch; and Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m., with light refreshments.Bring favorite family recipes for a cookbook and old photographs for the archives, which will be copied on the spot and returned immediately. For more information call Mary Ann at 321-4535. The words of some of South Whidbey's most venerable citizens will breathe life into the historical facts of Bayview Corner's early days, as the new Bayview History Project gets under way.The Goosefoot Community Fund, which has been involved in renovating and restoring Bayview Corner, has initiated an oral and photographic recording of the area's life just after the turn of the century, and will present the first of several public programs next week, starring some of the people who were part of Bayview's history.Who built the old Bayview Cash Store? Why was it located so far away from the water? Who threw a classmate's cap down the Bayview School's outhouse? Why were thieves unable to escape after stealing the Cash Store safe? People can come and find out the answers to these and other questions about the history of Bayview Corner, said Frances Wood, history project coordinator. Goosefoot wants to take time this fall to look back at Bayview's historical roots as the changes at Bayview Corner go forward.The series of community events is sponsored In cooperation with the South Whidbey Historical Society. Columnist Sue Frause will interview members of some of the notable families in a fireside chat with a live audience. The first program will take place Sunday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. in the Bayview Cash Store. Answering the questions will be Ron Johnston, whose father owned the Cash Store, and Johnston's sister Judy Thorsen, who has vivid memories of working in her dad's store, Wood said. Others who will be invited include Eva Mae and Ray Gabelein, Janice Witsoe and her brother Bob Kohlwes, Harry Josephson, and Art and Dorothy Burke. A display of old photos and memorabilia will be on view in the Cash Store during the seven week period surrounding the gatherings, and members of the community are encouraged to share their photos and memorabilia. And don't be afraid of losing those priceless photos. During each program, someone will be available with a scanner to copy the photos -- even if they're in an album -- and return them immediately, Wood said. The scanned photos will become a part of the collection of the South Whidbey Historical Society.After the series of interviews, the stories from the Bayview Live gatherings will be compiled into a written history of Bayview. The book will be for sale at the South Whidbey Historical Society and the Cash Store.The programs will also be audiotaped and later broadcast over radio station KSER 90.7 FM.Light refreshments or a potluck social will follow the interviews. For more information call the Bayview Corner at 321-4535. Seniors needing a ride may call the Senior Center at 321-1600. "