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Sharing Our Memories:Jamestown S'Klallam Elders
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Sharing Our Memories:
Jamestown S'Klallam Elders

Honoring Elders for their Lives and their Wisdom.




Meredith Delores Kardonsky Bridges



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Meredith Delores Kardonsky Bridges

November 19, 1918 in Sequim Hospital on Washington Street
Louis and Lillian Cook Kardonsky
Maternal Grandparents:
John and Nora Johnson Cook

Meredith, who was also called “Babe” and “Dee,” lived at Jamestown until she was six or seven years old. She went to school at the Jamestown Day School when Mr. Taylor taught all the grades.
At Jamestown, Meredith liked the “fun things we used to do and never got in trouble, we did kid stuff, like rowing a boat and lots of swimming in the bay.”
She remembers how she would help her mother wash clothes with the old washboard. Lillian (her mother) would take flour sacks “and boil and wash and wash them until they weren’t so stiff.” Then she would make Meredith flour sack underpants and crochet a lace edging so they would look prettier.
Her very favorite time was when she went camping on the Dungeness Spit with Grandma and Grandpa; “he fished.” The fishing was better at the Spit than at Jamestown so they rowed over there in a canoe that her grandfather made. He also made his own fishing gear to “jigfor halibut. ” They would stay two days and sleep on the beach in “some kind of a lean-to with blankets.” Meredith recalls her biggest thrill was watching “Gramma” cook bread on hot rocks at the beach. While the bread was cooking her grandmother would weave baskets and wait for “Grampa” to return from fishing. On the third day they would row back to Jamestown and Meredith would go with Grampa in a horse and buggy to sell his fish to nearby farmers and others living in the area.
During clam season they would go to Washington Harbor where her grandma, grandpa and mother worked in the Bugge Cannery. They worked there for a couple of months and lived in houses provided by Mr. Bugge.
“Gramma always spoke Indian as she couldn’t speak English very much.” Meredith says her Grampa talked Indian to her and she used to really understand but doesn’t any more. “My Gramma and Grampa were very special to me.”
Meredith’s best friends at Jamestown were Micky Prince Judson and Annie Wood Cobbaruvias. She and “Mick” used to fight all the time so once their teacher, Mr. Taylor, put them in a closet and told them to fight it out.
The families she remembers living at Jamestown were the Colliers, Halls, Princes, Solomons, Allens, Johnsons, Woods and Dicks.
Meredith went to school at Jamestown until the third grade when she was about eight years old. Her family moved to Port Angeles where she attended Lincoln School. She had five sisters and three brothers; one of the brothers died when he was a baby boy.
Meredith Kardonsky Bridges passed away in 2002.



Jamestown Elders featured in this Exhibit.

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George Woodman

Harriette Lorraine Hall Adams

Tillie Campbell Norton Baker

Robert C.
Delores Kardonsky Bridges

DeEtte William "Bill" Broderson


Ruby Prince George

Walter Joseph Hubman

Helen Becker Jarvis


Lincoln T.

Image of Exhibit companion book cover: 'Sharing Our Memories' Jamestown S'Klallam Elders; Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Official Federal Recognition of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
In 2001, with funding from the National Park Service Historic Preservation program, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe conducted interviews with Tribal Elders and transformed these oral histories into the book “Sharing Our Memories:
Jamestown S’Klallam Elders.”