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Historical Matinee features the ‘real’ McCoys and life at sea

February 15, 2013 · Updated 10:57 AM

This month’s Monthly Historical Matinee will feature the real McCoy’s (Miles and Louellen), Sunday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m. at the Senior Center.

Long-time Orcas residents, they met and married in 1961.They still drive the 1956 Volkswagen, bought new in New York. He was interested in boats since he was a young lad, and ran a charter business. His vessel the beloved Sharon L., was purchased with his father after WWII.

Miles did a stint with the Marine Corps Reserve during the Korean War. He and Louellen built a spectacularly situated house on pilings along West Sound.

Louellen was the accompanist for the Orcas Choral Society since its founding, retiring just a few years ago.  Miles is the Senior Past Commander of the Orcas Island Yacht Club, past fire fighter, master mariner, sail-maker and casual maritime historian.Their friend Dan Wilk will act as moderator. Sponsored by the Orcas Island Historical Society and Museum.

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