NOBODY HOME – April 6, 2015

I started the week off with a nice walk out to the Ebey Prairie and back. I saw some interesting things along the way that I’d like to share as you walk with me.

Just up the hill from our house I spotted a “herd” of deer. While I’m not sure what actually constitutes a “herd” there were six deer which I think is the most I’ve seen roaming together in one group around town.

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One of them was just begging me to take his photo so I obliged.

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I always get a kick out of this “knit” bicycle that’s out in front of Whidbey Isle Yarns. Someone put a lot of work into it.

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One of my blog followers mentioned that they’d like to see more old houses around Coupeville so I thought I’d do just that. I’m sorry I don’t remember the person’s name.

This is the Jacob Jenne home built in 1889. I was built for Jake, as he was called, by H. B. Lovejoy who built many beautiful old Victorians around Coupeville. Jake moved to Whidbey Island in 1876 and was a farmer up until 1886 when he purchased the Central Hotel on Front Street. He died in 1908.

It currently is a Thai restaurant called “Pra Nakorn Thai Cuisine”.

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Here’s a photo of it from around the time it was built. This photo came from “Images of America, Coupeville” by Judy Lynn, Kay Foss and the Island County Historical Society and Museum.

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Unfortunately I couldn’t get a very good photo from that side of the building because there are too many tall and bushy trees.

And finally I saved the best for last and the reason this edition is called “Nobody Home”. I do believe the photograph is self explanatory. I really liked it and I hope you do as well.

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Thanks for walking with me, I hope you have a great week ahead and come back again soon.

COUPEVILLE VICTORIAN’S

Once again it was a chilly walk at 30 degrees F. I know for many of my readers that’s down right “balmy”. In fact, I grew up in Nebraska so I do know what “cold” can really be. After 50 plus years in Washington I guess my blood has thinned. I was going to show you some the frost around town but found that it is hard to make a good photoblog out of “frost”.

Instead I thought I share some of the late 1800’s Victorian homes around Coupeville. There are actually quite a few and there must have been a real building surge around 1880. Here are a few that I’d like to share. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

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Captain Joseph Clapp – 1886

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Ernest and Nellie Lovejoy – Watson House – 1886

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Jacob Jenne – 1889

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Todd Parker – 1886  Now the Lovejoy Bed and Breakfast

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John and Jane Kenith – 1887  Now The Blue Goose Inn

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Coupe – Gillespie 1881

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Will – Jenne – 1890  Now the Compass Rose Bed and Breakfast

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Zylstra – 1889

I hope you enjoy the history I share of my little town from time to time.