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Jane Barfoot-Hodde honored

Jane Barfoot-Hodde is pictured at her Olga home in 2003. - Ted Grossman / Staff photo
Jane Barfoot-Hodde is pictured at her Olga home in 2003.
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Jane Barfoot-Hodde was named the first Orcas Island Historical Society’s “Historian of the Year” at the society’s annual meeting Dec. 13 at Camp Orkila.

Jane is a member of the Willis Family that first came to Orcas Island in 1887, and whose descendants remain here today. She was born in the family home in Olga in 1913, and spent virtually every moment of her formative years on the eastern side of the island during a time when families raised virtually all of their own food. It was also a time when Eastsound was hours away by horse and buggy. Jane attended a one-room elementary school house in Olga.

As an adult, she maintains a selfless devotion to island history. Her contributions to the society’s Capital Campaign, now in progress, have provided sufficient funds to pay for an Entry Way to the new museum building. It will be dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Charles Hodde.

Jane has been museum volunteer for many years, and she continues to help out there every Saturday during the summer. She is also a member of a select group of seniors who work on the museum’s Oral History project that, for the past three decades, has been documenting the life stories of island elders.

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