Life in Bay Center on Willapa Bay

Living in a maritime fishing village in Southwest Washington state on Willapa Bay

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Mrs. June Bochau and her son, Merrill Bochau

Posted by Lietta on October 3, 2007

Our neighbor who was raised in Bay Center, shared with us some of the old photographshe acquired from his parents. This photo shows the owner of our rather well know Bochau’s Chateau house; Mrs. June Bochau taking her little son, Merrill Bocha for a walk – crossing the bridge – in Bay Center.

Mrs. June Bochau and her son, Merrill Bochau

Mrs. June Bochau and her son, Merrill Bochau

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Where the dock was and no longer is..

Posted by Lietta on October 3, 2007

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This dock would have been one block down from the house where we now live, if this dock still existed. It doesn’t but the photo does show life before in this fishing community on the bay.

Photo shows a lively ‘bay’ community. Before the county roads and state highways, the communities on Willap Bay used boats more often than vehicles. As a bay community, people would boat over to other communities to do visiting, shopping, and for get-togethers.
The communities on Willapa Bay included Long Beach, Tokeland, Shoalwater, Bruceport, and where Willapa Bay becomes Willapa River, communities of South Bend and Raymond.
In this photo, the dock has freshly been built, and does not yet have railings, and shows the use of boats by the locals in their everyday endeavors. The dock is no longer there, and with roads and highways now, people drive more than boat in going about daily business.

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