Hugh Mitchell, 2014 (SBOH#006)
Like many of our team’s first interviewees, Hugh Mitchell has one of the longer histories at Salmon Beach. He moved to Salmon Beach in 1974, and he’s another of the Peace Corps alumni in the community. In this interview, Hugh discusses some of the handful of cabins that he’s lived in over the years. There’s quite a bit of discussion of community at Salmon Beach, and some great points about the meaning of community. He talks about the changing face of the community, gentrification, the absence of a renter population at the beach, and the “hippie” generation of the lat 60s and 70s. He mentions the first peoples at Salmon Beach — the Puyallup Indians, Chinese labor for the railroad, and then fishing cabins. He talks about some of the property arrangements behind the North/South divide on the beach, and describes some of the environmental risks and events that occur at the beach. There’s some discussion of Jacques Cousteau’s visit to the Narrows long ago, as well as mention of the formerly robust population of octopuses in the Narrows. He talks about the challenges of the extreme cold snap in the winter of 2013, he discusses the history of vandalism and theft at Salmon Beach, and he reviews a bit of the history of Galloping Gertie. Near the end of the interview, he talks about his career as a schoolteacher, his time in the Peace Corps in Micronesia, and his recent work with Habitat for Humanity.
Cabins Discussed: 100, 102, 92, others
Name: Hugh Mitchell
Current Cabin: 100
Date of Interview: October 16, 2014
Interviewer: Robin Temple (Puget Sound)
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SBOH#006: Hugh Mitchell 2014 Transcription