Recollections of Early Days on Whidby Island

  • Recollections of Early Days on Whidby Island is a compellation of newspaper articles written by early resident, Flora Pearson Engle. Well known to our museum community, Flora was an avid writer. For two years, in 1928 and 1929, Mrs. Engle wrote a weekly column in the Island County Times that chronicled her memories of the early pioneers and life in Central Whidbey.


    Flora arrived on Whidbey Island in 1866 at the age of 16. She manned the lighthouse with her father Daniel Pearson. Not one to sit idle, Flora also began to teach music lessons to many of the families that had already settled on the island. Flora quickly became involved in the local women’s clubs. These clubs played an important role in shaping Central Whidbey, from sidewalks and parks, to the establishment of the local library.   With financial support from the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, Washington Chapter and the generous donation of the text by Joanne Engle Brown and the use of family photos from David Engle, these recollections are again available for you to enjoy. Our rerelease of Flora’s writings includes select images from the Janet Enzmann Library and Archives. We have honored the editing work of Joanne Engle Brown and reformatted the text for publication. We extend our sincere thank you to Joanne, David and the NSCDA for making this project possible and we hope that you enjoy it! 

    290 Pages.

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