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Fred Slipper Soliloquies

Soliloquy: The act of speaking while alone, especially when used as a theatrical device that allows a character's thoughts and ideas to be conveyed to the audience.

Published on the internet with the permission of Fred Slipper, 30 April 2006.

Date Title Executive Summary
1980
May 14 The Newspaper Process How they made newspapers before computers.
May 21 Remembering the Old Roads Memories of the old roads before today's highways.
July 2 The Fourth of July Fred reminisces about shooting off fireworks.
July 9 You've come a long way, baby "It has been quite some time since I have had the privilege of helping to organize the first Loggerodeo back in 1948. It is gratifying to see the celebration still going strong."
July 30 Fate works in mysterious ways History of the local banks and John Higgins' missing oar.
Sept. 10 How come it took so long to get started? Reminiscing about changes in last 100 years.  One may want to think about changes since Mr. Slipper wrote the article 27 years ago.
Dec. 17 The Joys of Christmas Past A soliloquy about Christmas and Santa Claus.
1981
Jan. 7 Floods, the Headache of Hamilton Fred Slipper reminisces about how Hamilton coped with the floods of yesteryear.  Also says, “I thought when all the dams were built up river our floods were supposed to be controlled.  At least that is what they told us in the old days.”
Jan. 28 Politics A soliloquy about the beginnings of Skagit Valley State Bank
Feb. 11 February 11, my First Anniversary Fred Slipper talks a bit about his resume and how he started writing his soliloquies.
March 18 Early Days on the Skagit Reprint of letter from J. Lee Lindamood about the Black Prince, “a flat bottom paddle wheel steamer that towed booms of logs out of the Skagit River to salt water mills in Bellingham, Anacortes, Everett or Seattle.”
March 25 Loggerodeo Discusses the logistics of setting up the annual Sedro-Woolley July 4th festival.
April 22 Duke's Hill The tale behind the name of Duke's Hill.
May 27 When Hamilton Burned Describes 1931 fire, “With no fire department, the entire community turned out with garden hoses and hand pumps to fight the flames until the Mount Vernon and Lyman Fire Departments arrived.”
July 1 Fourth of July!!! Takes the opportunity to write about the weather.
1982
Jan. 20 From England to Hamilton (Pt. 1) Fred Slipper remembers how his father came from England to Canada.
Jan. 27 From England to Hamilton (Pt. 2) Fred Slipper finishes up the journey from England to Hamilton, and tells of how his father made a living in Hamilton, Washington.
Feb. 17 Flood Talk in Hamilton Further reminiscences about floods in Hamilton.
May 30 Memorial Day Reflections The genuine intentions and history behind Memorial Day.
1983
April 6 Neal Dameron Slipper recounts his early childhood memories.
May 4 Tarheels The story of the Tarheels.
June 16 Fir Slab Slipper writes about Skagit County trees that grew over 800 years ago.
June 30 Mortimer Cook The beginnings of Mortimer Cook, the founder of two of the predecessors to Sedro-Woolley.
July 13 Mortimer Cook, the Entrepreneur Mortimer Cook's adventures as a life-long entrepreneur.
August ?? Post Office Resignation Memorable The spectacular resignation of Mortimer Cook as Postmaster of Sedro, one of the ancestors of today's Sedro-Woolley.
1984
Jan. ? Old Papers Profile of proposed shingle mill for Hamilton and other items in a March 26, 1910 issued Hamilton newspaper.
May 17 100th Anniversary of the Founding of Sedro Discussion of history of the Courier-Times, the hyphen in Sedro-Woolley and the City Hall in Sedro-Woolley.
May 24 Sedro-Woolley Planning Commission A Fred Slipper Soliloquy about service on the Sedro-Woolley Planning Commission, such as hearing permit applications and "helps to formulate plans for land use, streets, parks and aspects of future growth, as well as any revisions to our planning-related ordinances that are necessary."
July 11 Slipper and Loggerodeo Details Slipper's involvement with Loggerodeo over the years and his thoughts on the Carnival run by Rainier Shows.
July 18 Loggerodeo Financial Details Slipper explains the finances and events of Loggerodeo, circa 1984.
Sept. 18 Touring a Sandmill Slipper tours a sandmill and explains how they work.
Dec. 18 Nina Cook Diary for Dec. 30, 1886 "Fred Slipper comments... It is apparent that 100 years ago the giving and receiving of gifts wasn't judged by the monetary value. but the love behind each one."
Jan. 8 Ray Jordan Fred Slipper republishes a Ray Jordan essay - "A Changing World".
Mar. 13 Some Short Stories Short stories about volcanoes, Hamilton and 22-cent stamps.
Sept. 11 On the banks of the mighty Skagit Fred Slipper republishes a poem - "The Tale of Two Cities" - about how Sedro-Woolley came to be by Mrs. W.T. Odlin.
Sept. 18 The streets in Sedro Woolley weren't always the way we know them now An explanation as to how some of the streets in Sedro-Woolley were named.
Dec. 25 Christmas was hot in the old days Fred Slipper republishes a Ray Jordan short story, actually a collection of Christmas "recollections" from Jordan's "I Remember" column "30 years ago" in 1956.
Jan. ? Cold Weather Memories of Hamilton Slipper discusses how homes were heated in the good ole days.
May 14 2 Different Rivers Are In the Skagit Explains how the river is two different characters, one from Hamilton upstream that is “something also to be feared” and another downstream that is “so much broader and smoother”.
Sept. 3 Honoring a fallen, faithful few officers' of the law Remembering two police officers killed in the line of duty in Skagit County, Edward Luton and Carl Strom.
Sept. 10 When down in the dump wasn't such a bad place Memories of the old Sedro-Woolley dump.
Further soliloquies published each month...