Aug. 3 Pioneer Picnic salutes coach, Benson-Berentson clan


August 2, 2023

A historic black and white photo of grain threshing

Courtesy of Skagit County Historical Society

COOPERATION POWERED PIONEER HARVESTS – Back in Edison around 1900 farmers and laborers worked together to gather the season's bounty. The evidence is captured here: "Threshing crew near Edison." There was steam power, horse power and people power to bring the crops in.

What's old is new again tomorrow: the 119th annual Skagit County Pioneer Association Picnic, a longtime La Conner summer tradition.

Starting at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pioneer Park, everyone is invited to attend. State Hall of Fame La Conner High volleyball coach Suzanne Marble and members of the Benson/Berentson Family will be special honorees.

Marble will receive the Pioneer Spirit Award for her tireless efforts on behalf of students and athletes here over the past 30 years.

Descendants of Atlag Berntsen Dragaland and Anton Berntsen Dragaland, both of whom were born in the early 19th centu...

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