Big Lake Historical Society met Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Big Lake Community Church of the Nazarene. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM and a short business meeting was held, with discussion centering on the date and location of the biennial display.
The business meeting was followed by a presentation by Jim Farmer, formerly of Montborne. Jim shared his research into the life of Nelson Bennett, best known for building the railroad tunnel through Stampede Pass. Bennett, next to Mortimer Cook, was most responsible for opening up Sedro-Woolley to settlement and commerce with the construction of the Fairhaven and Southern Railroad.
Jim also read a poem he had written of his memories of sounds while growing up at Montborne.
Walker Valley Farms
Garden, Orchard, Chickens
Couple cows for milk
Extra for neighbors four-bits a gallon
Thick cream on top.
Up and down the hill each morning
The Darigold truck rattled.
Empty cans for full at the stoops
Evening and morning milk for the creamery.
Gravity, chains, washboards, and milk cans
It’s a symphony from Grandmother’s yard.