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Catalog Number WF 0555.A,B,C
Caption White farm
Description Barn on White farm, which bordered southern end of Fidalgo Bay, the present-day (2011) site of Similk Beach Golf Course. (See view of Fidalgo Bay from farm, WF 0566.) George P. Inslee was the first white to own this claim, a traditional canoe portage for Indians between Fidalgo and Similk bays. He settle there c. 1869. The 10-18-1873 BELLINGHAM BAY MAIL reported Inslee's death from tuberculosis; his Samish Indian wife, Mary, was not allowed to inherit his claim and it passed to Henry and Elizabeth White. (See FIRST VIEWS: AN EARLY HISTORY OF SKAGIT COUNTY, p. 28-29) Henry White was well-known in the county as the probate judge. In 1883 he and his family moved to the west side of Fidalgo Bay where they build a new home and dock. (See WF 0223). The farm on south Fidalgo Bay remained in the family's possession into the 1900s. In 1927 Similk Bay Development Company purchased this site for development as a resort site, complete with golf course and cabins.
Date 1905 c.
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Photograph
Place - Fidalgo Island
Structure
People
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Fidalgo Island, WA
Search Terms Similk Beach Golf Course
canoe portage
Fidalgo Bay
Similk Bay
tuberculosis
Indian wife
probate judge
Object Name Print, Photographic