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A supplement of the

2019

Ferndale Almanac

Fun features, facts and figures about Ferndale Published

April 24, 2019


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Table of Contents

Page 2: Ferndale facts and figures Page 3: Ferndale's own Blanket Bill Jarman Page 8: Parks: Ferndale's great outdoors Page 12: The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Page 15: Ferndale events for all seasons Page 18: Ferndale School District emphasizes educational options Page 22: Flow Motion provides a Ferndale sanctuary Page 24: Ferndale has its own brewery, on the FrinGe

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What is an almanac?   Traditionally, an almanac is an annual publication containing dates, statistical information and tables relating to the coming year. For our purposes, the Ferndale Community Almanac is a

little different. This publication is a snapshot of Ferndale as it exists in the year of publication. In this case, of course, that year is 2019.   Looking back at the city of Ferndale any number of years in the past reveals a very different city. Businesses move

in and out of town, longtime mainstays switch up their locations, and different city officials and volunteers make Ferndale what it is. Time changes much of what makes Ferndale tick, but a great many of those factors stay the same each year too. Ferndale's his-

tory is constant, and the Ferndale Community Almanac is intended to show readers, both in the present and in the future, not only what makes Ferndale what it is, but what makes Ferndale special as well.

— Ferndale Record staff

Ferndale facts and figures City Census Figures Population (2017): 14,026 Population (2010 census): 11,415 Female: 54.4 percent Male: 45.6 percent Military veterans: (2016-17): 687 Foreign-born people (2012-16): 13.1 percent High school graduates or higher: (2012-16): 88.4 percent Bachelor’s degree or higher (201216): 25.3 percent Median value of owner-occupied houses (2012-16): $252,600 Monthly gross rent (2012-16): $881 Median household income (201216): $56,859

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Ferndale School District Figures October 2017 student count: 4,846 May 2018 student count: 4,853 Male students (2017): 51.3 percent Female students (2017): 48.7 percent Four-year cohort graduation rate (Class of 2016): 80.1 percent Four-year cohort graduation rate (Class of 2017): 80.3 percent Unexcused absence rate (2017-18): 0.85 percent English learners (2018): 6.8 percent Low income (2018): 47.8 percent Students with Disabilities: 16.7 percent Migrant: 1.2 percent

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Ferndale's own Blanket Bill Jarman

Whatcom's first pioneer also remains one of its greatest mysteries    William Robert Jarman was not born in Ferndale, nor Whatcom County for that matter, but his life remains indelibly linked to the city he called home for much of his life.    Widely known by his nick-

name “Blanket Bill,” many tall tales exist from throughout Jarman’s life, and none are quite as well-known as the time he was captured by Indians and ransomed.    However, there’s no way to know just how accurate the story is, because Jarman told it many different ways to many different people.    “The horizons of western frontier life are rife with halflegendary characters, who, from

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the very mystery that haloes them, keep themselves fresh and intriguing to modern writers and readers,” wrote historian and author Percival R. Jeffcott in his definitive biography of Jarman: “Blanket Bill Jarman: Northwest Washington Mystery Man.”    Jarman is believed to have been born in Gravesend, England, in 1820. At age 17, he supposedly set out for Australia, exiting at Tasmania. He rode a whaling ship to the Pacific Northwest, arriving

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Ferndale Community Almanac • Ferndale Record on land around 1846.    “Of his family and early life, we can largely only surmise,” Jeffcott wrote.    In his book, Jeffcott carefully notes many times that the facts are not certain on Jarman, and part of that is due to his own tall tales.    No tale seems taller, however, than the aforementioned capture and ransom of Blanket Bill on Vancouver Island. Accounts vary, including those given to various people by Jarman himself.    In one account, Jarman claimed he was held from 1846 to 1848 and eventually ransomed for 32 blankets by Governor Douglas at Fort Victoria. This is purportedly where his nickname “Blanket Bill” came from, though even that is up for debate. Jarman also claimed to someone else that he was held on Graham Island in the Queen Charlotte Islands located farther to the north in B.C. In yet another account, Jarman said he was held on the Olympic Peninsula. Someone else claimed that Jarman said he was taken captive in the San Juan Islands.    Another account of these events noted by Jeffcott involves Jarman being captive for nine years and taking an Indian wife who saved him during an attack and nursed him back to health after an arrow pierced the roof of his mouth.    “The above is far from being historically accurate, but it does contain some facts not given by others, and serves well to illustrate the wide variance in the several records of Jarman’s life,” Jeffcott writes at the conclusion of these accounts.    These accounts con-

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Ferndale Community Almanac • Ferndale Record verge around 1848, when Jarman arrived at what would later be called Port Townsend via canoe. He spent some time in California during the 1849 gold rush, and married Alice, daughter of a Klallam chief, in 1854.    Jarman later spent time hunting, fishing and trapping around Whatcom County. Some say he wore Indian blankets as clothing, further bolstering his nickname. He supplied construction crews for the Western Union and California State Telegraph companies as they laid lines.    Jarman, his wife and their daughter eventually staked a homestead claim on a prairie near Bow Hill, which still bears his name to this day. He then worked for the Bellingham Bay Coal Jarman, on the right, stands near a cabin at an early Old Settlers Picnic.

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Ferndale Community Almanac • Ferndale Record Company as a saloon bartender.    Jarman ran into some legal troubles in early 1871, when saloon patron Jim Farmer reportedly made an indecent remark about Jarman’s sister. Jeffcott’s book details the confrontation, which eventually ended with Farmer taking a bullet to the chest and dying of his wound. Jarman was jailed, tried and eventually released when the verdict of justifiable homicide was landed on. He and Alice returned home, and she died the following year.    In 1880, Jarman married Emily Plaster, the halfLummi daughter of wellknown Ferndale probate judge John H. Plaster. The couple lived on the Lummi Reservation for two years before Emily left Jarman. He then traveled to Waldron Island, where he worked as a smuggler.    In the early 1890s, Jarman went back to England, later returning to Whatcom County with his niece, Minnie Vine. He moved in with his niece and her husband on their Ferndale farm in 1894.    In 1896, Jarman was a charter member of the Old Settlers Association, and became the third person to be awarded the Neterer’s Cup for distinguished pioneering in Whatcom County.    “Slow to adopt the convenience of modern society, he preferred to walk rather than ride; and thought nothing of a jaunt to Bellingham and back for a day’s exercise,” Jeffcott wrote. “It has been said that winter or summer, he was want to start his day with a plunge in the icy waters of the glacier’ed Nooksack; that at such times 6

"Blanket Bill" Jarman was the third winner of the Neterer's Cup for distinguished pioneering in Whatcom County.

he swam across the stream, climbed out and shook himself, then dove in again for the return. This tradition, vouchsafed by some, is disputed by others as

strongly.”    Jarman was 92 years old when he died in June of 1912 of a stroke. He was buried at Ferndale’s Woodlawn Cemetery, and Jeffcott

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notes that even his gravestone adds to his mystery. It lists 1818 as his year of birth, a date that is as unclear as the tales that defined the life of "Blanket Bill" Jarman.


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Parks: Ferndale's great outdoors

Centennial Riverwalk Park Pioneer Park    A 12.8-acre park that was deeded to the city in 1972, Pioneer Park has three Little League baseball fields, two picnic shelters, playground equipment, a performing arts stage and a collection of historic cabins containing artifacts, all owned by the Old Settlers Association and maintained by the Ferndale Heritage Society. Also on site is the Tillicum House, which is used for meetings, weddings, parties and classes.

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Star Park   The largest playground in Ferndale, Star Park was designed by kids and built entirely by volunteers. Centennial Riverwalk Park    The Centennial Riverwalk and fountain is a main downtown attraction that is part of the Main Street Urban Park corridor. The fountain includes public art commissioned by the city. The Ferndale Public Market uses the Riverwalk on Saturdays from April

through October. Ferndale Friendship Community Garden    Tucked away to the south of Star Park and next to the Bergsma House on Ferndale Road, the Ferndale Friendship Community Garden occupies over 19,000 square feet of land and provides low-cost garden plots to families. It operates as a program of the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative. VanderYacht Park    Located on 17.7 acres

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west of the Nooksack River at 1945 Washington St., VanderYacht Park can be accessed from the north at Portal Way and the south at Bass Street. Amenities include a large open grassy area, a half-mile walking trail with interpretive signs, picnic areas, a disk golf course and river access points. Griffintown Park    This stretch of land was donated to the city and converted into an urban park as 2nd Avenue was renovated. Griffintown


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Griffintown Park Park was formerly owned by BNSF Railway Co. and features a Veteran’s Memorial and plaques of historic Ferndale figures. Phillips 66 Sports Complex    Formerly known as the Tosco Sports Complex 10

and then ConocoPhillips Sports Complex, this 61.5acre site sits adjacent to Pioneer Park and includes numerous baseball fields and two soccer fields.

Park sits on a 0.6-acre panel in the Horizon View subdivision, which was approved in 1972. The park features an open grassy area and variety of trees.

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Ridge Park includes a half basketball court, children’s playground equipment and limited parking. Oxford Park    Sitting on 1.2 acres at 6160 Malloy Ave., Oxford Park was dedicated to the city in August 1991. On site


Ferndale Community Almanac • Ferndale Record is a half basketball court, a picnic table and a bench, children’s playground equipment and an open grassy area. A small creek runs through a section of the park.

Pioneer Park

Michael Moore Park    Michael Moore Park was dedicated to the city in 1999 and includes 2.9 acres with playground equipment and a half basketball court. The park is located on the east side of Interstate 5 at 5300 Shields Rd. Flair Park    The 0.9-acre Flair Park is located at 5610 Poplar Dr. and includes a half basketball court, playground equipment, open grassy areas and picnic tables. It was dedicated to the city in February 1971.

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Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Makayla's Street Jam

Chamber hosts variety of events throughout the year    The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce seeks to bring together the community and its commerce, striving for quality, integrity, fiscal responsibility, pride, balance, excellence 12

in customer service, and teamwork.    In short, the Ferndale Chamber goes to bat for businesses in and around Ferndale, and it does so in a variety of ways.    The Chamber keeps a running community calendar on its website detailing the various happenings in Ferndale, including a variety of events and promotions put on by the Cham-

ber itself. These include: Makayla’s Street Jam 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament    The Chamber joined up with the Nicolaas family to help coordinate Makayla’s Street Jam, an annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament honoring the memory of Makayla Nicolaas, who died after a hard-fought battle with cancer in 2012.

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One of Makayla’s favorite pastimes was participating in basketball tournaments, and Makayla’s Street Jam was the perfect way to remember her. The Nicolaas family ran the event themselves for five years before asking the Chamber to take over its management and organization. The tournament raises money to fight childhood cancers.


Ferndale Community Almanac • Ferndale Record Spring Run-Off 5K & 10K    This fun run/walk/ stroll begins at Pioneer Pavilion Community Center and takes participants through various routes around Ferndale. It ends back at Pioneer Pavilion for an awards ceremony. The

event took place in March of this year, complete with warm-ups led by Ellie Margulies of Flex Movement Lab. Ferndale Street Festival    O n e o f t h e m o s t prominent community

events held in Ferndale, the Ferndale Street Festival takes place Aug. 23-24 this year. On Friday night, the Chamber shuts down one Ferndale street and brings in food vendors, live music and a beer and wine tent. Saturday sees

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Community Holiday Tree Lighting

brought to town, drawing thousands of people to downtown Ferndale for a weekend of fun. It is set for Aug. 23-24 this year. Downtown Trick-or-Treat and Haunt the Park    The city of Ferndale closes down its streets 14

downtown to allow kids to visit more than 45 business participants in Ferndale’s annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat, hosted by the Chamber. Once the candy runs out, Pioneer Park is open and decorated for Halloween, featuring candy at each cabin, a

haunted barn and people in costume. Community Holiday Tree Lighting    The Chamber brings Santa and Mrs. Claus to Centennial Riverwalk Park for the lighting of the Ferndale Holiday Tree, com-

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plete with hot chocolate and candy canes.    The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce also offers a wide variety of services, weekly and monthly events and much more throughout the year. For more information, visit ferndale-chamber.com.


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Ferndale events for all seasons Whatcom Old Settlers Grand Parade

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Olde-Fashioned Christmas

Olde-Fashioned Christmas    Take a ride back in time during this festive holiday event, sponsored by the Ferndale Heritage Society. Members dressed in pioneer costumes greet visitors and share a look into how the Christmas holiday was celebrated years ago. Historic log homes at Pioneer Park house various activities during the weekend event. Santa and Mrs. Claus also stop in for a visit. In 2019 the event takes place beginning on Dec. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. and continues on Dec. 7 from 1 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets will be $4 for adults and $3 for children.

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Ferndale School District emphasizes educational options A wide variety of options exist for students and families in the FSD

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  The Ferndale School District has seen a great deal of change over the past couple of years.    The district permanently closed Windward High School following the 201718 school year due to low enrollment numbers year over year.    However, despite one

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Ferndale Community Almanac • Ferndale Record kind of education for their kids.   The Ferndale School District also has offerings such as talented and gifted programs, evening high school, Ferndale Virtual Learning Academy, and other programs that bolster the district’s array of options for its kids.    The district also offers a variety of extracurricular activities for students to participate in, including sports, drama and more.    To cap it all off, the Ferndale School District succesfully passed its longsought facilities bond in early 2019, the culmination of years of attempts to get a new high school built in Ferndale. Some bond money will also go toward necessary upgrades district-wide.

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Flow Motion provides a Ferndale sanctuary    It all started years ago when Alyssa Springs became interested in salt lamps. Springs, the owner of Flow Motion, a yoga sanctuary and healing spa in Ferndale, began researching the healing benefits of salt. It led her to a salt cave in Bellevue, Washington, and she fell in love with this concept.    She wanted to build her own salt cave for her business, so she and her boyfriend, Adrian Hilde, owner of Bellingham Professional Office Cleaning, traveled around the country last summer, visiting 15 salt caves across 21 states. They eventually landed at the first annual Salt Therapy Association Conference in Delray, Florida.    By August 2018, they were framing what would be Whatcom County’s first Himalayan salt cave, with the next closest one located in Vancouver, British Columbia.    “We picked up all kinds of little details from all the places we really liked. We learned what we didn’t like, then we brought it back to incorporate in this one,” Springs said. “It’s going to be even more unique and special with what we’re offering than the average salt cave we visited.”    With Springs bringing the vision and Hilde providing the handiwork, the grand opening for the Ferndale Himalayan salt cave and salt sauna is set for April 27-28.    The cave will feature walls adorned in Himalayan salt imported from Pakistan, and an infrared-heated, crushed-salt floor about a foot deep so weary guests can bury themselves in the floor. But the most important aspect is the healing properties that accompany it.   There’s a machine called a halo generator that 22

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help open you up.”   People are already booking sessions for May, coming from as far away as Auburn for a mother-daughter birthday session, for instance.    “People in the area are really excited,” Springs said. “From a business perspective, I’m really excited. I’ve always had the challenge of ‘How do I get people from outside of Ferndale to come here? What’s the reason to leave Bellingham?’ I can already see a big difference where people are excited

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because this is so close to them.”    Flow Motion also offers an Amethyst Cave. Springs and Hilde drove over to the Denver Gem and Mineral Show and bought three pallets of amethysts to adorn the walls. The cave also has a salt-waterfall called a graduation tower, which is a stack of sticks and twigs with a saltwater brine cascading over it that puts a saltwater mist into the air, as if you were at the ocean. It helps the upperrespiratory system, the nose and throat, Springs


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Inhale the healing said.    A group from Bellingham last week rented the amethyst cave and hung out and chatted in front of the waterfall for a birthday celebration.    “It’s probably going to be people’s favorite room here,” Springs said. “When they walk in they’re amazed. They can’t believe it exists in Ferndale.”    Springs says Flow Motion is a community-oriented space. Along with the current amethyst cave and upcoming Himalayan salt cave, the company offers a zero-gravity massage lounge and a relaxation lounge, as well as a full schedule of yoga classes. Most people come for yoga, but there is also a hiking club and a book club.   “Having community spaces where people can gather and relax at the same time is our goal, rather than just coming in for a spa day and never coming back,” Springs said. “It’s not a treat; it’s something you’re doing on a regular basis for your health.”    Everything at Flow Motion has two purposes: stress management and therapeutic care.   “When you walk in the door, we’re here to help you forget about all the life that’s happening and try to recharge your batteries,”

Springs said. “Every rock, every mineral has a vibration or frequency. A lot of people feel like their batteries are being recharged by being around nature. That’s why we’re trying to bring nature inside as much as possible, with the salt and the amethyst.”    You can buy either a single session, punch card of visits, or membership. You can pay one price per month and you have access to everything except the yoga classes, which are on a separate membership. Day passes for the healing spa, which includes the salt and amethyst caves at certain hours, is $34. Month-to-month unlimited healing spa memberships are $109/month and yearlong memberships are $999.    “This is something not only unique to the state, but all the things we’re offering I haven’t seen — not to say they don’t exist — but I haven’t seen them anywhere on my travels or in my research online,” Springs said. “People are excited about the different stuff here.”    Flow Motion is located at 1920 Main St., Suite 19, second floor, in Ferndale. You can reach Flow Motion at 360-393-8829, or on its website at www.MoveInFlowMotion.com. — Eric Trent

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Ferndale has its own brewery, on the FrinGe    Craft beer enthusiasts in Ferndale don’t have to make the drive to Bellingham anymore to get their fix. FrinGe Brewing officially opened back on March 19 and there’s been plenty of buzz about it in the Ferndale community.    Founders Jeff Lazzari and Scott White were initially aiming for an opening late last summer, but the opening was pushed back. Lazzari said finally being openfor business has felt very satisfying.    “It was such a long process,” Lazzari said. “It was over a year and a half. Me and Scott pretty much did everything ourselves and it was just a year of exhaustion. Being open and finally seeing it come to be was probably the coolest thing.”    In its first month of being open, Lazzari has heard people comparing FrinGe to Maggie’s Pub, which permanently

closed in August 2017.    “A lot of people were missing that whole Maggie’s Pub vibe where you can bring your kid and have some good beer,” he said.   FrinGe started with six beers originally. Once it opened, Lazzari and White were able to see what people were drinking and not drinking and went from there. It dictates what’s currently being brewed and what gets cycled out.    Lazzari said a lot of testing has been done in the early stages of being open. The plan is to have five of their own flagships and five rotating ales available all the time.    Themes of Ferndale show up in the names of certain ales at FrinGe. Lazzari said they’ll save the Ferndale-themed names only for the ales they want to keep on tap all the

time, mostly because they’d eventually run out of names.   Staying within the community, though, is what they want to do with everything they brew.    “We want this to be tied to Ferndale,” Lazzari said. “Our number one priority is the taproom. We’re not here to make a big distribution operation and just pump out beer everywhere. The room here is what’s important to us, and we need to be tied to everyone around us. Local is going to be key.”    The Ferndale community isn't the only one to respond warmly to FrinGe. The Bellingham brewing faction has also stopped in to acknowl-

edge Ferndale’s first and only brewery.    “Guys from Chuckanut, Menace and Boundary Bay have popped in,” Lazzari said. “The brewery community is like ‘Cool, you did something up here.’”    FrinGe will be making an appearance and have its beers available at Bellingham’s April Brewsday on April 27 and other events later this summer. — Hailey Palmer

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Bible Believing, People Caring Church Phone: (360) 384-6741 6300 Portal Way, P.O. Box 99 Ferndale, WA 98248 portalwaychurchofchrist.org

Times of Worship: Sundays 11am & 6pm Classes: Sundays 10am & Wednesdays 7pm

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PO Box 698 • 6041 Vista Drive • Ferndale, WA 98248 • (360) 383-9200 • ferndalesd.org @FerndaleSchools @FerndaleSD_WA @ferndaleschools_wa


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