Yesterday, August 18th, marked an amazing day in the long history of the Patos Lighthouse: we celebrated a triple birthday! First, we celebrated the 120th year since the lighthouse was built in 1893, second, the 100th year since the formation of Washington State Parks, and last but not least, the 81st birthday of Patos Bill.
Patos Bill LaVergne was stationed at Patos Lighthouse in the early 1950s. He was there at t he same time as Clarence “Tee” Titterington and his wife Elaine with whom we are also in regular contact. Patos Bill always and stories and reminiscences for us and how we do enjoy these glimpses into the past!
In addition to all of the birthday excitement, we were presented with an amazing Traveling Library Box, hand-crafted and donated by Lopez Island resident and Patos Island fan, Ross Pomerenk. The traveling library box, which will be on display in the lighthouse during the summer season, is a recreation of the book boxes that used to travel from lighthouse to lighthouse in days gone by. They were stocked with reference, educational and fiction books, and we imagined with what anticipation must have been received. We had some children in the crowd place the vintage books I have been collecting on the waiting shelves.
At 12:30 we gathered outside for a photo op, a flyover arranged by Lime Kiln’s Erin Cora and her friend from Teren Photography. We held up our letter/number signs and waved like mad as he flew over and recorded our wonderful day for posterity.
I close with more pictures of our day. Thank-you for everyone who could be there and to those who were with us in spirit.