1999 Maple Falls Grade School Photo courtesy Donette Studio
Reflections from the Heart
of a Small Community
Prompted by the closing of Maple Falls School in
the spring of 1999, Laura Jacoby, a Mount Baker School District
mother, wanted to capture the memories of the historic school and
its community as a legacy mainly for her son Nicholas, but also for
all the other citizens of the small Washington town of Maple Falls.
The result was the book
Reflections from the Heart of a Small
Community: Mount Baker Foothills and Maple Falls Schools
1889-1999, researched and written with the aid of Maple Falls
friends Dawn Buckenmeyer, Cindy Brown, Gayle Landreth, Danna Beech,
and Becky Raney. Inspiration for the effort was Jacoby's
historian/photographer grandfather, Galen Biery, who took photos in
the Bellingham area between 1940-1990 which are now part of the
collections of the Whatcom Museum of History and Art. Jacoby
gathered photos, stories and remembrances of other community
members which make up the "memory book."
In the late 1800s, Maple Falls was a thriving
community based on local lumber and mining industries; its
population of 2,000 enjoyed a railroad depot, several saloons, and
had their own electric and phone companies. The book comprises
historical eyewitness accounts of Maple Falls events, class photos
and memorabilia, and photographs portraying the essence of each
decade of the area schools' history. Local history teachers have
enhanced their curriculum with Jacoby's slides depicting the old
Mount Baker Marathon, the logging industry and gold mining in the
Mount Baker foothills.
The project is documented by two copies of the book
and local newspaper articles highlighting its production.
Originally submitted by: Patty Murray, Senator.
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