Sun, salmon, memories brighten Pioneer Picnic


August 9, 2023

A woman speaks at a podium

Bill Reynolds

FAMILY HISTORY - Betsy Christianson speaks at the 119th annual Skagit County Pioneer Association Picnic about her relatives in the Benson/Berentson families. They were the honored family this year.

La Conner's Pioneer Park basked in sun, salmon and song last Thursday, a perfect combination for the 119th annual Skagit County Pioneer Association Picnic and Business Meeting here.

Ideal conditions drew more than 300 people on a sun-splashed day that honored championship La Conner High School volleyball coach Suzanne Marble and members of the Benson/Berentson family, who association president Peggy Stowe said "have been connected to every vocation imaginable" since emigrating from Norway to Skagit County – via Minnesota – more than a century ago.

Marble grew up in Spokane and attend...

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