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At the museum: Whale bone of a tale

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 26th, 2013

Gene Wobbe and Dick Smith present their research during the museumís Story Time.

What do the backbone of a whale, Shelter Cove subdivision and a man born in Scotland have in common? Local author and historian Dick Smith and a cast of characters connected the dots Friday night during the Siuslaw Pioneer Museumís Story Time.

Smith told a large crowd how in the throes of his historical research about local canneries, one name kept cropping up, Duncan, a man that Smith knew little about.

He became obsessed with finding out more about the elusive Duncan, whose first name, he learned, was George.

ďIt absorbed me,Ē he said.

Duncanís sojourn in Florence was only a blip on the screen of history ó a few years ó but his contribution to the start of the town and its industry was significant.

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