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Immigration timeline of arrival to Whidbey Island

Indigenous people dates back about 10 - 12, 0000 years.

Whidbey & Camano Islands, as well as the San Juan Islands, were occupied by several groups of Coast Salish Indians including Skagit, Snohomish, Duwamish and a small number of Clallam. 

1792 – Captain Vancouver first explored Whidbey Island 

1848 – Scottish Thomas Glasgow built a cabin on Ebey’s prairie and began farming on a small scale. Glasgow was from Scotland. 

1849 – Switzerland and Norway Sumner, Freund, and Taftzen settled in Oak Harbor. Freund was born in Switzerland and Taftzen Norwegian. 

1850 – Irish immigrants began to settle in the Oak Harbor area.

1870 – Irish immigrants settle on South Whidbey Michael Lyons settled in the Useless Bay area. Lyons is of Irish descent.  

1880 – 1920 – Chinese Chinese immigrants arrived on Whidbey Island and mostly settled on farms centered on Ebey’s Prairie farmlands.  

1889 – Finland Finnish family named Kyllonen settled on South Whidbey 

1890 – Germany and the Netherlands Jacob Anthes who is of German descent settles in Langley, WA.  Dutch immigrants began settling in the Oak Harbor area.  

1900 – Scandinavians began to arrive in large numbers to Whidbey Island 

1920 – Finland A group of Finnish families settles in Greenbank, WA. The first to come was Elias and Mary Autio lived amongst a community of Finnish on South Day Rd.  

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March 16, 2020

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