One of the more frightening memories from living in the Couche place in Wilsonville, was the earthquake of 1949. It happened April 13, at 11:56 a.m. The epicenter was in Puget Sound, between Tacoma and Olympia, Washington, but its effects were felt throughout western Washington and Oregon. Cleo was hanging clothes on the line outside the house, Boyd was in the field plowing, Dorothy was home sick from school, Monty and Gary were inside the house playing. As soon as it began, Cleo yelled, “kids come outta that house now!” Dorothy thought that her mother was banging on the outside walls of the house just to tease them. Monty ran out through the kitchen and remembers watching the old wood shed and tall trees around the house swaying back and forth. Boyd was in the field trying to figure out why the tractor wouldn’t stay down in the furrow. When it all ended and all were safe, Boyd came in from the fields only to be asked by little Gary, “Daddy, did you hear that big windshaker?”
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