About the StoryShare Project:

Stories are the fabric that makes up a community. Bainbridge Island is a tight knit community with a rich history and a strong sense of identity. Founded in February of 2014, the StoryShare project aims to capture the spirit of Bainbridge through stories that will be cataloged for current and future generations to explore. This collection of stories will serve the dual purpose of connecting community members across generations and preserving the history of Bainbridge through recording and archiving and sharing such stories.

Do you have a story from Bainbridge Island’s history that you wish to share with us? If so, fill out this form here.

Spotting Fire From the Sky (1960)

In the late 1950s and early 1960s a small group of Bainbridge Island pilots founded the organization Bainbridge Flyers. Taking off from the air strip at Raber Field, the pilots flew small single engine planes. Pat Egaas tells the story of her husband and his friend, a volunteer firefighter, who spotted a burning house while in the air and rushed back down to put out the fire.

Recorded at a StoryShare event on July 25, 2015 at the Bainbridge Island Waterfront Community Center.

Play Spotting Fire From the Sky (2:49)

Zeke (1962)

Islander Gary Loverich tells the story of an unlikely friendship which arose during his senior year at Bainbridge High School. While today raccoons are often considered pests by Bainbridge residents, Gary’s anecdotes reveal that this was not always the case — at least not for the Loverich Family.

Recorded at a StoryShare Event on July 25, 2015 at the Bainbridge Island Waterfront Community Center.

Play Zeke (5:46)

Good Times on the Agate Pass Bridge (1950)

The Agate Pass Bridge was constructed in 1950 and serves as a landmark in the history of Bainbridge, connecting the island to the rest of the Kitsap Peninsula. Bob Olsen tells the story of driving a Model T across the bridge before it was complete, accompanied by his dad who “liked to have a good time.”

Recorded at a StoryShare event on July 25, 2015 at the Bainbridge Island Waterfront Community Center.

Play Good Times on the Agate Pass Bridge (2:43)

“I’m not sure I’d want to be anywhere else, really.” (2003)

Walt Hannon, of Walt’s Lynnwood Market, shares the benefits of being a small business owner in a great community, from getting help from the Fire Department to moving his entire store in a weekend to getting the opportunity to surprise his son at his son’s college football game.

Selection from an oral history interview conducted by Christy Carley, July 27, 2015 at Walt’s Lynnwood Market.

Play Anywhere Else (3:04)

Ferry in the Dark (1943)

During World War II, blackouts were used to minimize light that could be seen by enemy aircraft. Rod Chuka recalls one night in 1943 when he and his father had an eerie encounter with the ferry, Shasta, while fishing during a blackout.

Recorded at a StoryShare event on January 24, 2014 at the Bainbridge Island Waterfront Community Center.

Play Ferry In The Dark (2:57)

The StoryShare Project was produced by a partnership of the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center, the Bainbridge Island Metro Parks and Recreation District, the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and Bainbridge Community Broadcasting.