THOUGHTS AND IMAGES OF OUR FAMILY IN ANACORTES

THOUGHTS AND IMAGES OF OUR FAMILY IN ANACORTES

The Anacortes Museum has an incredible collection of material about Anacortes which includes photos and videos. See collection at: http://www.cityofanacortes.org/museum.   Here are a few that have a connection to my family.                                                      

This is a photo of my dad Paul Luvera, Sr. who took up totem pole carving in his retirement. The story has been recounted elsewhere in this blog but this photo captures it well

Totem

    Mother & dad were married 64 years. He immigrated from Italy & mother's family from the tiny island of Brac off the Croatia coast.
They met and  married  in Anacortes.  This is their wedding  photograph.Mother

 

It's  hard  to imagine any couple  looking  more old  world Italian then dad's parents. Nicola & Philipa Luvera

 Nonnoi

 

 

   Here's  a picture of  mother's parents Peter and Marie  Babarovich, both from the tiny island of Brac in Croatia Peter

                                               

 

 

 

                                                        Here is a photo of Nonno, working for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, holding his shovel while installing  tracks with other immigrants from Italy. The next photo with my  arm around him demonstrates that he was barely over 5 feet tall. The last one of Nonno, I and dad shows his wonderful handlebar mustache.

Dad

Noono paul

Nonno ry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John b

 Not everyone has a relative whose honesty was so  well known in Anacortes that it was  noted  on his headstone: "Known among men as honest  John." John was my mother's father's brother who had owned the first purse seine boat in Anacortes  that had power instead of sails and rowing.

 

Purse seinling

 

You can' talk about Anacortes without noting it's connection to purse seine  fishing. Here's the way it was  done when I was commercially fishing and there were abundant salmon everywhere.

 

1952 basketball

This  is the 1952-1953 basketball team. I'm in the back row with my hero and mentor coach William Taylor behind me. That's manager Romaine Soucy, my classmate in the front

 

Paul graduation

I wasn't selected as class  speaker  at my high school graduation because of my grades, that's for  sure,  but because I was student body president.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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