Centenary celebrations planned for Birch Island

In September of 1915, Mrs. Sara Holt, at the request of railroad officials, named the station “Birch Island”

The community of Birch Island will hold a 100 year anniversary celebration on Saturday, Aug. 8, organizers report.

Activities will start with registration at Birch Island Park (the site of the former school) at 11 a.m., to be followed by a welcome to guests.

During the day there will be a fun-style ball game, other games for adults and children (including a crib tournament), local entertainment, and historical displays.

There also will be plenty of socializing with past and present Birch Islanders. A concession will be on site, plus there will be a door prize and silent auction.

A beef-on-a-bun dinner will be at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at Dee’s General Store.

Linda Moss and Carol Jensen are compiling a historical map of Birch Island, which should be interesting.

A pancake breakfast will be served on the Sunday at 9 a.m. The coffee will be on, in case there’s more socializing to be done.

According to the local history book “North Thompson Reflections,” in September of 1915, Mrs. Sara Holt, at the request of railroad officials, named the station “Birch Island” – and so the hamlet was born.