Richard Turner, 2014 (SBOH#004)
Richard Turner is another member of the most senior cohort of Salmon Beach residents, and well known to most on the beach. He’s also the Commodore of the annual 4th of July boat race. This interview includes a fairly detailed history of the annual boat race. As this interview makes clear, he has a constellation of stories — both old and new — to tell about the beach. In this interview, he talks about mid-beach ethos — caught between the residents of the north and the residents of the south beach. He describes buying his first Salmon Beach house for $44.50 in 1962. Many of his stories illuminate the central role that alcohol played in Salmon Beach culture, even after Prohibition. Indeed, alcohol is a factor in some of the stories he tells about cabins that burnt down over the years. He describes the early roll of Foss Tug and Barge at the beach, and talks about how renowned the beach was for the readily available salmon that could be caught off the decks. He mentions the longstanding connection between the beach and the University of Puget Sound. He discusses some of the changes he’s witnessed in the beach over the generations, and discusses the steady gentrification of the community. He provides a history of the chicken coop (the cabin on the hill that he built), and the overall value of the community ethos of the beach. He concludes with the story about the group of strangers who tried to fake a drowning at the beach as part of an insurance scam. He discusses the histories of many cabins, including 69, 82, 91, 95, and 38.
Name: Richard Turner
Current Cabin: 69 (Chicken Coop)
Date of Interview: October 10, 2014
Interviewer: Kasey Janousek (Puget Sound)
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SBOH#004: Richard Turner 2014 Transcription