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Skagit pioneers made Good lives on Fir Island

There are about 200 families living full-time on Fir Island. The Goods, this year’s Skagit County Pioneer Family of the Year, were among the first of those to put down roots, arriving before Washington was a state.

There have been Goods on the island since the 1870s, when settler Edward Eady Good came from New Brunswick to farm some of the richest soil on the continent.

“He bought up claims and owned almost all of Section 14 on Fir Island,” says Laurie Good Olds, a descendant who has collected, preserved and studied much of the family history.

Other members of the family knew a Good thing when...


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