Cornflake King and Handmade Lace – Part 4

Shall we move on from lace, now? Let’s consider new ideas and free thinkers for a time.
Are we ready for the Cornflake King? Of course, there is some history to be covered here, too; background is required. Let’s talk about the Puget Sound in Washington State and in particular, let’s talk about the Kitsap Peninsula at the turn of the century. Not this one, the last one; the 1900s. Back then, it was a place ripe for folks with different ideas. Some of them are outlined here: Utopias on Puget Sound . Henry Stein is one you’ll find in this book (when I have time this summer, I’ll get it from the library and read it cover to cover). Henry was Kate’s father. He sold land to a Socialist Party group which wanted to form the “Brotherhood” colony there on the Kitsap Peninsula in the late 1800s. The colony thrived for a time. It came to be referred to as the “Burley Colony”. Free thinkers come in many forms. Can you see, yet, where this is heading, with corn flakes at its root? Maybe it makes sense to you, perfect sense, that in exploring the history of a beloved relative, I would be reading about W.K. Kellogg. Hmmm. The two ideas – Socialists and corn flakes – are related, in a way. How do they relate to Kate? That is for another day… I’m still reading post cards.

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About vst3in

I am a writer, avid reader, library techie, birder and runner. I make felt and teach others. I love colors and textures and birds and books. I'm working on a historical novel and reading lots of books for young people. I am running to get stronger, and I sail with my husband. This blog contains thoughts about all these things.
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