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ANACORTES CHILDHOOD THOUGHTS

ANACORTES CHILDHOOD THOUGHTS

At age 87 years, my memory of childhood is far from perfect, but some things stand out. I was reflecting on how blessed our family was for living along the shoreline of Guemes Channel and a  childhood before summers were totally occupied by children’s commitments of their summer vacation time. These are a few memories I was reflecting upon that I’ll share. There is nothing profound here. Just pleasant thoughts that were significant to me. Anacortes Fish Canneries I was…

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MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER MARIJA BABAROVICH 1863 – 1953

MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER MARIJA BABAROVICH 1863 – 1953

On August 8, 1953 my maternal grandmother, Marija Babarovich died in Anacortes, Washington at age 90. It was the year of my high school graduation at Anacortes.  She was born September 21, 1863 in Splitska, Brac, Croatia. She was a woman of great courage, faith and personal sacrifice.  Her husband, my grandfather,  Peter, had died the year I was born in 1935 at Anacortes. He was born in 1861. I remember her vividly. A tall, erect woman with hair piled…

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IMAGES OF THE LUVERA FAMILY IN ANACORTES

IMAGES OF THE LUVERA FAMILY IN ANACORTES

Here is a collection of photos from the Anacortes History Museum collection regarding the Luvera family Paul, Anita & Phyllis Luvera  Anacortes High School 1952 varsity basketball team.Pat Adams, sophomore guard Gerald Guthrie, junior guard Tom Rowan, senior guard Bill Card, senior forward Don Francin, freshman forward Dale Brannon, senior forward Paul Luvera, Jr., junior center (No. 88) Jim Berentson, sophomore forward Gale Marrs, sophomore guard Larry Lunsford, senior guard, team captain Gordon Hill, senior guard Duane Breckenridge, senior Coach…

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CHILDHOOD MEMORIES of ANACORTES

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES of ANACORTES

At 86 years of age I have some childhood  memories of growing up in Anacortes Washington. Memories that have no particular significance but which have stayed with me. For example, when I was a youngster, Anacortes had a large commercial salmon fishing fleet. The skippers of the purse seine boats used cotton nets which had to be tarred for preservation during the fishing season. Later the cotton nets were replaced with Nylon that did not need treatment. There was a…

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MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER MARIJA BABAROVICH 1863 – 1953

MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER MARIJA BABAROVICH 1863 – 1953

On August 8, 1953 my maternal grandmother, Marija Babarovich died in Anacortes, Washington at age 90. It was the year of my high school graduation at Anacortes.  She was born September 21, 1863 in Splitska, Brac, Croatia. She was a woman of great courage, faith and personal sacrifice.  Her husband, my grandfather,  Peter, had died the year I was born in 1935 at Anacortes. He was born in 1861. I remember her vividly. A tall, erect woman with hair piled…

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MARY THELMA BABAROVICH LUVERA

MARY THELMA BABAROVICH LUVERA

On an early Friday morning, July 7th 2000, my mother Mary Thelma Babarovich, died in her sleep at the San Juan Care Center. Her death was not unexpected. After all, she was born on December 28, 1905 and was ninety four years old when she died. She had been in failing health for some time. Her passing was, in fact, a personal blessing to her as she had been ready to meet her maker for some time. She and dad…

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NICOLA LUVERA

NICOLA LUVERA

My paternal grandfather, Nicola Luvera, was born in Valanidi, Calabria Italy November 23, 1860 and died in Anacortes, Washington on July 4, 1956. His father, Paolo Nicola and mother Rosa Luvera were sheepherders and sharecroppers in Gallina Italy. Grandfather worked with his father until he was 16 years old when he moved to Reggio Calabria where a cousin Antonio working in a slaughterhouse. He was able to get a job with his cousin and lived with their  family for four…

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MY TRIBUTE TO LITA BARNETT LUVERA ON HER BIRTHDAY

MY TRIBUTE TO LITA BARNETT LUVERA ON HER BIRTHDAY

For over forty years my essential soul mate and I have been married. She has endured it all with a response of patience, love and understanding. I can say with total honesty and accuracy she has been an equal partner in every achievement I claim for myself . The same is true with regard to every accomplishment we have had professionally, financially and personally. As we are fond of saying “Together we make a winning team.” On February 27th we…

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HOLLIS BARNETT 1907 – 1990 – An Extraordinary Man

HOLLIS BARNETT 1907 – 1990 – An Extraordinary Man

My father in law, Hollis Hall Barnett died in Puyallup, Washington at the age of 83 on March 22nd, 1990. He was a unique and wonderful man. You can read about his extraordinary wife Betty Barnett and more about this couple who I grew to love.  https://paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2010/03/i-write-this-in-memory-of-my-wifes-father-hollis-hall-barnett-whodied-in-puyallup-washington-on-march-22-1990-at-the-a.html Hollis was born in Buckley, Washington on May 3, 1907 and spent his younger years at Mt. Rainier National Park where his father, Herman “Herm” Burke Barnett, was a National Park Ranger. Hollis…

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THE NEW WASHINGTON STATE PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR IS FAMILY MEMBER PETER MAYER

THE NEW WASHINGTON STATE PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR IS FAMILY MEMBER PETER MAYER

My  sister Anita’s son, and my nephew, Peter Mayer was just named by the Washington State Parks Commission as the agency Director after a nation wide search. Peter’s history involved spending five years as chief operating officer of the Snohomish County health agency, which serves 772,000 residents with an annual budget of $16 million. Before that he devoted 16 years to running parks and recreation operations in Clark County, Mercer Island and Skagit County. He also is past president of…

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