ALL Timeline

The Bruns-Madan Legacy Story

The Bruns-Madan Legacy Story

Carolyn Harrison Sisley – Founding Member Family

Early OPALCO – From a Child’s Memory I was three years old when we moved to Orcas. My Dad, John E. Harrison, was born and raised in Eastsound, … Read More

Katie Jensen – Member Family Since 1953

Katie Jensen wrote (April 2012): “The Jensen connection to OPALCO began in November, 1953, when we rented a house on North Beach Road with Tina (age 6), Judy … Read More

Mildred Sandwith, Member Family Since 1943

Mildred was born and raised in Friday Harbor, where her grandfather was a doctor and owned the local pharmacy. As the youngest of four, Mildred did not have … Read More

Jane Barfoot Hodde, Member Family Since 1937

Jane is a long-standing member of OPALCO herself, having joined the Co-op with her late husband Jack in 1947. She is also a member of the Willis family, … Read More

“To Date” Poem by Zoa H.Cowden, 1940

From the collection of Buyral and Ellen Madan TO DATE When it’s candle lighting time in Crow Valley Everything is up in whirl. But most of the time … Read More

Coffelt Family – First Recorded Membership

  Vern Coffelt comes from a long line of OPALCO founders and supporters. His grandfather, John Gus “JG” Smedberg, a pioneer Orcas farmer known for his prize-winning apples … Read More

2004 Cable Install Photo Story

A .pdf album of the 2004 Orcas Landing Fiber Cable Install in cooperation with Caldwell Marine.

OPALCO Beacon Newsletter October, 1956

OPALCO has communicated with members in a variety of ways over the years.  Early on, OPALCO had a regular spot in the local papers.  Later, the monthly OPALCO … Read More

1955 Submarine Cable Break Story

“SUBMARINE CABLES AT THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS” (Internal OPALCO memo) “…At approximately 7:00 P.M., on April 13, 1955, the submarine cable between the San Juan Island and Lopez … Read More