Hugh Mitchell (SBOH#021)

This interview is another in a sequence of interviews students have conducted with Hugh Mitchell over the past few years (see also SBOH#006). In this interview, Hugh spends some time describing the community he first encountered when he arrived in the early 1970s, and even delves into some of the older history of the Salmon Beach community. At various points of the interview, he also points to the community ethos that he and many others at the beach value, and speculates about some of the features of the beach community that contribute to that ethos.

Key Information:
Name: Hugh Mitchell
Age: 63
Current Cabin: 100
Date of Interview: February 10, 2017
Interviewer: Amairany Bautista (Puget Sound)

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SBOH#021: SBOH 021 Hugh Mitchell 2017 transcription

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Marilyn Mahoney and Roger Edwards (SBOH#020)

In this interview — another in the sequence of interviews with Roger and Marilyn collected by the SBOH project — Marilyn talks at some length about her own arrival at Salmon Beach and the history of cabin 46. With Roger contributing to the conversation, they’re able to place accurate dates on numerous events that underpinned Salmon Beach’s evolution to the community we experience there today. Marilyn also provides the project with a bit of background to her interest in sculpture, including the mermaid sculpture located at one of the mid-beach gaps. Marilyn also repeatedly points to the community ethos of Salmon Beach as the real treasure of the community. This interview contains a bevy of valuable detail.

Key Information:

Names: Marilyn Mahoney and Roger Edwards
Age: 80 and 76.
Current Cabin: #46
Date of Interview: February 18, 2017
Interviewer: Noelle Reed (Puget Sound)

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SBOH 020 Marylin Mahoney and Roger Edwards 2017 transcription

 

Dave Maxwell (SBOH#019)

It was an honor to have Dave participate in this project. For several years we had attempted to schedule an oral history interview with him, but hadn’t quite found the right timing until this semester. Dave has been at the beach since the early 1970s, which makes him one of the residents with the longest history and recollections of the beach. In this interview, he talks about the Salmon Beach that he first encountered in his youth, and then the circumstances of his move to the beach in the early 1970s. There’s also much discussion about some of the vulnerabilities the community has to fire and landslides. He talks quite a bit about he and his wife’s experience raising three boys at the beach, and he frequently mentions the community aspect of Salmon Beach.

Key Information:

Names: Dave Maxwell
Age: 80+
Current Cabin: 75
Date of interview: February 27, 2017
Interview: Lee Nelson (University of Puget Sound)

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SBOH 019 Dave Maxwell 2017 transcription

Emelie Peine and Jack Sasser (SBOH#018)

Emelie and Jack are fairly recent arrivals at Salmon Beach, and their cabin is notably unique in its location and construction, as they detail here. In this interview, Emelie and Jack talk about the history of their cabin, some of their experiences moving into the Salmon Beach community a few years ago, and the significance of their particular cabin. They also detail some of the regulations and strictures that are affecting Salmon Beach and the ongoing construction and maintenance of the community. This conversation touches upon some of the longstanding attitudes that characterize the community of Salmon Beach. Finally, Jack and Emelie also discuss at length some of the attractive elements of living in community at Salmon Beach.

Key Information:

Names: Jack Sasser and Emelie Peine
Age: 37 and 40
Current Cabin: 73
Date of interview: February 5th, 2017
Interview: Jessica Brady (University of Puget Sound)

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SBOH 018 Emelie Peine and Jack Sasser 2017 transcription

Dave and Jennifer Peterson (SBOH#017)

Dave and Jennifer Peterson have been on the beach for several decades. In this interview, they describe their purchase of the original cabin, and some of the rebuilding and improvements that resulted in the large and wonderful house they now maintain at the bottom of the south stairs. They also describe the changing tenor of the beach, raising their two girls at the beach, and the plethora of children that are now found at the beach. They’re also able to weave in quite a few points about the community ethos that pervades life at the beach.

Key Information:

Names: Dave and Jennifer Peterson
Age:
Current Cabin: 73
Date of interview: February 5th, 2017
Interview: Sophia Howard (University of Puget Sound)

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SBOH 017 Dave and Jennifer Peterson 2017 transcription

Sasha Conlon, 2017 (SBOH#16)

Sasha Conlon has a fascinating history at the beach. As he describes in this interview, he was born at Salmon Beach, and through a confluence of events, he now resides in the very same cabin in which he was born. This interview includes plenty of fascinating detail about children’s experiences growing up at the beach, and about the pack of kids who roamed the beach in the 1970s and 1980s. The interview also includes some detail about the current situation with Cabin 84 — that cabin is currently owned by the bank, and Sasha is gamely waiting for that process to reach its conclusion, and to potentially purchase the cabin. Notably, in addition to growing up on the beach, Sasha has also been involved in constructing, reconstructing, or improving many of the other cabins on the beach, and that substantial reservoir of experience percolates through this interview.

Key Information:
Name: Sasha Conlon
Age: 38
Current Cabin: 84
Date of Interview: February 17, 2017
Interviewer: Julia Lin (Puget Sound)

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SBOH 016 Sasha Conlon 2017 Transcription

Scooter and Willi, 2017 (SBOH#015)

Scott and Kristin, or Scooter and Willi, as they’re familiarly known at the beach, are members of the last crews of students from the University of Puget Sound who populated the cabins in the 1990s. This interview contains quite a bit of detail about the known history of their home — cabin 82. Moreover, together they’ve significantly rebuilt and improved cabin 82, and there’s quite a bit of detail in this interview about some of the changes they’ve made, and some of the challenges they faced in rebuilding the cabin.

Key Information:
Name: Scott “Scooter” Wurster and Kristin “Willi” Williamson
Age: 45 and 51
Current Cabin: 82
Date of Interview: February 4, 2017
Interviewer: Arielle Kligman (Puget Sound)

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SBOH 015 Scooter and Willi 2017 Transcription

Ralff Somoff, 2017 (SBOH#14)

Ralff Somoff is a longtime Salmon Beach resident and craftsman with a substantial history in the community. He is responsible for the creation of his astonishing cabin — cabin 58 — but as this interview confirms, he was also involved in the construction and repair of numerous other cabins at the beach. Because of our theme this semester, the focus is trained on the history of cabin 58, but he also discusses cabins 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 64, and 92. As a builder himself, he’s also able to talk about some of his projects and constructions in a level of detail that’s unusual in this collection of interviews.

Key Information:
Name: Ralff Somoff
Age: 64
Current Cabin: 58
Date of Interview: February 18, 2017
Interviewer: Ashley Coyne (Puget Sound)

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SBOH 014 Ralff Somoff Transcription 2017

 

Galen and Richard Turner, 2017 (SBOH#013)

We caught up with Galen at his art studio near Wright Park in Tacoma. Galen grew up on the beach, and his studio is located on the property his father, Richard, owns. Luckily, Richard was around for this interview, so the two of them had lots to say about many different aspects of Salmon Beach’s history. They talk about some of the history behind cabins 64 and 69, and they talk about the Chicken Coop a bit as well. Equally as valuable, they both talk about some of the changes that they’ve experienced over many years at Salmon Beach.

Key Information:
Name: Galen and Richard Turner
Age: ??
Current Cabin: 64
Date of Interview: February 13, 2017
Interviewer: Kanchan Armstrong (Puget Sound)

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SBOH 013 Galen and Richard 2017

Bob Reinhart, 2017 (SBOH#12)

Bob, or “Uncle Bob,” as he’s familiarly known on the beach, has been a resident of Salmon Beach longer than most of his neighbors. In this interview, he talks about the history of his cabin (Cabin 62), his history building and living in an assortment of other cabins, and some of the aspects of Salmon Beach that he’s seen change over the years. This interview yields a particularly clear picture of what conditions at the beach were like in the early 1970s, and Bob’s also able to describe some of the technical achievements that construction at the beach entails.

Key Information:
Name: Bob Reinhart
Age: 68
Current Cabin: 62
Date of Interview: February 16, 2017
Interviewer: Ilana Hertz (Puget Sound)

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SBOH 012 Bob Reinhart 2017 Transcription