May 16: Paid a long overdue visit to David Whitener. He is a direct descendent of some of the people in the book Katie Gale’s Tombstone. I had some of my earliest conversations about the project with David. He inspired me with his own talks of the history of the area. He even arranged a trip to Squaxin Island during an Evergreen summer faculty institute. I showed him the printed (xeroxed, not yet published) book with the dedication to him. He reminded me that he had heard Katie spoken of as “Kitty.” He recalled some other stories from that era and about his family.
On April 17: Yukiko Abo passed at age 91. I will miss her very much. I look across the Bay at her home and wonder who will be there this time next year. I’m sorry my article that features her life had not yet been published. Hers was a rich life, a large part of it spent on her wonderful Oyster Bay home.