As South Whidbey developed, small stores and mercantiles dotted the coastline at Langley, Bush Point, old Clinton, Possession Point, Glendale, Maxwelton, Holmes Harbor and Austin (off Mutiny Bay). Later, as roads were developed, additional stores opened.
Did you know that there once had been a store at the corner of Bush Point and Mutiny Bay roads? From 1920 until it burned down in 1934, Ma Baker — Helen Gurine Baker, a Norwegian immigrant who was widowed with four children — operated Baker’s Corner Grocery.
It was not only a small grocery with bulk dry goods, but also had a small restaurant, served baked goods, carried hay and later gasoline, and sold shoes, overalls, women’s dresses, children’s clothes and hardware items.
There will be more about Baker’s Corner Grocery in the next South Whidbey Historical Society newsletter. Do you have a memory of an early store on South Whidbey to share?