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Sharing Our Memories:Jamestown S'Klallam Elders
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Sharing Our Memories:
Jamestown S'Klallam Elders

Honoring Elders for their Lives and their Wisdom.

 
 

 

 

 
(Top) Tillie Campbell Norton Baker, Age 19 (Bottom) Tillie Campbell Norton Baker
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Tillie Campbell Norton Baker
 

Born:
January 1, 1928 in the Davidson-Hay Hospital in Port Angeles, Washington and delivered by Doctor Davidson.
Parents:
John and Mercedes Reyes Hubman Campbell
Grandparents:
Bartolo and Annie Jacobs Reyes


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Berry Picking  [617KB .mp3]
When They Built Highway 101  [703KB .mp3]

 



Tillie’s family was living on the farm at Blyn, also knows as the Reyes Ranch, when she and her twin sister Annie were born. The family’s property was acquired by her grandmother, Annie Jacobs Reyes, and her grandfather, Bartolo Reyes, who was born in Chile.
 
On the farm at Blyn she remembers her folks had a big two story house. “Then the highway department decided for the 101 highway to go right through the ranch. So they bought the property and they went right through the house. ”
 
Tillie and her sister Annie did all kinds of chores on the farm. They didn’t have to milk cows like their brother Walt did. Their mother always had a big garden “so we had to weed, hoe and feed the pigs morning and night with two five-gallon cans.”
 
“I started school in Blyn and we had to walk a mile in the morning to school and after school we walked another mile back home so we always had to wear what we called boy’s shoes because they lasted, nothing fancy about ‘em because of all the walking. Then we would get home and feed pigs.”
 
The Blyn school was on Zaccardo Road. “There were fifteen to twenty kids in that one room school house. I was never so happy in all my life as when Blyn consolidated with Sequim schools when I was in the fourth grade. So we got to ride the bus then to school right from in front of our door. When we had recess we played baseball or else found somebody and sat and admired the boys.”
 
Blyn had a grocery store and a church. The grocery store is now the Tribe’s Art Gallery and Tribal Library.
 
Tillie remembers when her mother used to go down to Jamestown and visit Jake Hall and “it seems like we always just sat at her side and behaved ourselves.” “We always went to the beach at Blyn, Reyes’s Landing they used to call it.” They swam and because of the bay “the water really wasn’t that cold.” They always had a fire and clam bakes and marshmallows.
 
Tillie’s Mom made all of Tillie’s and Annie’s clothes “We dressed alike.” Her father worked day and night. He dug clams for income at Discovery Bay for Johnson and Gunstone. He also worked in a logging camp and used to separate the milk from their cows for sour cream.
 
Tillie Baker passed away in 2007.
 

 

 

Jamestown Elders featured in this Exhibit.

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George Woodman
Adams
 

Harriette Lorraine Hall Adams
 

Tillie Campbell Norton Baker
 
 

Robert C.
Becker
 
 
Meredith
Delores Kardonsky Bridges
 

DeEtte William "Bill" Broderson
 
 

Ray
Cook
 
 

Ruby Prince George
 
 

Walter Joseph Hubman
 
 

Helen Becker Jarvis
 
 

Lyle
Prince
 
 

Lincoln T.
Sands
 
 

 
Image of Exhibit companion book cover: 'Sharing Our Memories' Jamestown S'Klallam Elders; Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Official Federal Recognition of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
In 2001, with funding from the National Park Service Historic Preservation program, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe conducted interviews with Tribal Elders and transformed these oral histories into the book “Sharing Our Memories:
Jamestown S’Klallam Elders.”