For years I have scratched my head at the plaque on Davis Bay Road commemorating the "First White Child Born on Lopez Island." The plaque was given by the Lopez Garden Club in 1961. Does anyone on Lopez have information regarding why this commemorative plaque was created and attached to a large rock by the side of the road?
In these days of re-evaluating statues and the celebration of events, and cultural norms that may no long be appropriate, I wonder why this particular event was memorialized in the first place.
Any insight would be appreciated.
Juliene Gschwend: First White Child on Lopez
I haven't seen this plaque, but I don't think it's offensive. As mentioned, some commemoration of Native settlements or events (or historically accurate sites) could be erected, if we knew more about what happened pre-contact, because the.... Read all
Steve Hoedemaker: First White Child on Lopez
As the second "white family" living in this house we have always felt a little queasy about what exactly is being memorialized here. There is certainly a really important piece of island history that is being acknowledged and the question.... Read all
Jim Parker: First White Child on Lopez
Its my understanding that the family paddled over in a freight canoe from Port Angeles when she was pregnent to homestead on Lopez. It is history. Of course there was history before that day, but folks didn't write it down. Its left for people to.... Read all
Linda Hudson: First White Child on Lopez
This kind of thing was very common in the olden days. I remember visiting North Carolina, Virginia Dare County...named after the first child born to English settlers in the New World...in other words, the first "white" child. We see this kind of.... Read all
Mike Allen: First White Child on Lopez
Thank you Patrick.Political correctness is really starting to nit pick
Patrick Mullin: First White Child on Lopez
Davis Bay is named after a pioneer family on Lopez. At the time of initial settling, there were few to no women on the islands and when the Davis family moved out they marked the first true, permanent homestead settlement of a family on the island.
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