"Tales to Tell"
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"Tales to Tell"

The Stump Ranch welcomes submissions for stories, folklore, poems, talltales, profiles that fit the theme of the pioneer spirit and/or local Skagit County History.
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Pioneers Liked Stumping around for Pics
by Dick Fallis

June Burn and Mountain Katy Her Skagit pal
Catherine Savage Pulsipher
by Noel V. Bourasaw Skagit River Journal

Stories of Loggers bring back funny memories
by C. Holmes aka Corrine Pape
The Stump Ranch would love to recieve more logging stories from readers.
Real life or tale tales welcomed.

A Farmer's Wife
by Mollie Dowdle

from her book "My Best Loved Stories." Profile included from Hamilton 100 Years by Carol Bates

The Land of the Silent Shadows
By Catherine Savage Pulsipher
A great tale of adventure during early Skagit Counties brush with its own Gold Rush.

  • "Winters Becoming Milder, Says Klement; Wonderland Right Here in Skagit Co., Pioneer Declares" article from Skagit Co. pioneer Otto Klement in 1927 posted 22 Feb. 2004
  • The Rest of the Story "The Black Prince"
    -excerpts from STERNWHEELERS AND THE SKAGIT RIVER by Helen Barrett plus the story from John W. Savage, shared by Betty Savage- remembrances of the days when sternwheelers navigated the Skagit River

    "Stumps By The Million"
    by Ray Jordan from Ray's Writin's

    Preview excerpt from
    Mabel's Brood or Ten Years On A Stump Ranch
    I'm pleased to present for your reading pleasure; a bit of History 101 on pioneer women and their contributions to the winning of the west-

    by Julius Debuschewitz-
    Pressentin Family Christmas with the Savage Family
    "Early Historical Incidents of Skagit County"
    by Paul v. Pressentin
    Cascade Pass Cascade Pass Adventure 1877
    From: "Early Historical Incidents of Skagit County,"
    by Otto Klement
    Published by the Mount Vernon Daily Herald, First one, Oct. 19, 1926
    This story is already posted at "Skagit River Journal", but Barb Halliday updated the story recently with some beautiful pictures at her website, so this link is where I'm sending you.

    Poems by Mabel Boyd Royal-Steen©

    At writing I'm far from an expert,
    These poems are nothing so fine,
    But they've given me moments of pleasure
    And filled in spare hours of time.
    I could not stir the world by my writing
    For nothing so great could I do,
    So I'll just play the part,
    Write the thoughts of my heart,
    And send them along to you.

  • CHRISTMAS NIGHT A poem for the Christmas Holidays that all parents can relates to.
    Written by Mabel Boyd Royal-Steen, Christmas 1947

  • Winter

  • Pioneer Days

  •      I needed a dedicated place to showcase the vast array of stories, poems, & history written by cousins Catherine Savage Pulsipher & Mabel Boyd Royal.(click link for quick profile) Thanks to Katie and Mabel, Savage and Boyd descendants have an amazing amount of dedicated source material for our family trees.
         I've debated quite often with my wife whether or not the modern feminist women could live the life of the pioneer. I personally think it's a myth that the pioneer woman were just subservient little hausfraus to their husbands. The pioneer women weren't always dependent on the men in their life for sustenance, they couldn't afford to be. The love of Mabels life, Tom Royal, was a lifetime logger and a bit of a rolling stone. He went to where the work was. Mabel simply got tired of following him with the kids from camp to camp and finally decided to settle down at the place of her birth, Birdsview, Washington. Katie lived the bulk of her life with husband Henry (Happy) Pulsipher, in Bellingham and Birdsview, but didn't let that stop her from being her own woman.
          While it is true Katie & Mabel were the daughters of pioneer women, [Read Torrey Girls] they were taught the same survival skills, which you'd be hard pressed to find in use today. Terms I've heard used about the strength and character of these amazing women and their lives have been; hardy, zest for life, adventurous spirit, outdoorsman, delight in their children, love of music, cooks, homemakers and herbalist. Not suffering fools gladly, they both had green thumbs and loved tending their gardens.

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