Shelton-Mason County Journal - Dedicated to the citizens of Mason County, Washington since 1886

The brief life of Shelton's Lake Farley


April 27, 2023

Courtesy of Mason County Historical Museum

This story is from a series of articles in 1936-1938 issues of the Shelton Daily Spokesman.

In June 1936, Shelton Postmistress Jessie Knight received a telegraph from Congressman Martin Smith announcing a federal allocation of $80,000 for a new Shelton post office. After several months were spent on selecting and preparing a site on Railroad Avenue, a contract was awarded to A. F. Mowatt of Seattle, and on Oct. 26, 1937, Mowatt's crew began excavation for the building's basement.

November 1937 was the third wettest on record in Mason County. The combination of rainfall and extreme high tid...

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