Here are my great grandparents, Edwin and Stella Muzzall. They brought their family to Whidbey only to have Edwin die in 1912.
Short in stature, but tall in character, and with two children still at home, she ran this farm with two of her older sons. But do not be fooled, she ran the purse strings and did her share of the physical work. The cream separator was in her basement where she could keep track of the cream.
Eventually my grandparents and parents bought her out in 1946. She lived until 1948, 36 years longer than her husband.
This time between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day is a great time to remember the strong independent women who made this farm a go, especially in the toughest of times.
- The Happy Farmer