Ida's story: Kept busy in Hoodsport, buried in Shelton

Part Two


Mason County Historical Museum

Ida with grandchild in 1938.

In 1913, Ida Finch had only her youngest son to care for and was beginning to feel lonely and unneeded. For most of her life, activities in Hoodsport had rotated around Ida and her family. She had created the school, the Sunday School and the Literary Society, entertained, provided lodging to travelers heading for Lake Cushman (even managed the Antlers Hotel for one summer), helped with the births of babies, made trips to Seattle to bring back supplies for the school. Now, at age 47 and knowing no help was coming from [her absentee husband] Vincent, she was unsure of her resources and of ho...

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