HISTORY, FISH, AND THE ECONOMY
Much as today's economy is affected by the disappearance of salmon runs, this 1930 letter foreshadows how the loss of salmon impacted the people on Decatur Island and San Juan county. Fish traps were outlawed in Washington state in 1934, but not before some traps were abandoned by their owners, who had reaped thousands of dollars from the fishing industry. This letter was written to Helen Howell, elected clerk of School District 20, to inform her that funding for the school was lowered, in part because of abandoned fish traps:
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