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POULSBO — Nestled quietly in her home on the shores of Liberty Bay, Pauline Rindal has seen many things change, but the overall feeling of the city has remained the same.

From the construction of the Poulsbo Fire Department headquarters on 10th Avenue to the completion of the Poulsbo Library on Iverson Street and even the birth of State Route 305, Pauline has enjoyed a front row seat as Little Norway has become not so little anymore.

Before the highway cut its wide swath through the area, Poulsbo was largely rural except for its downtown core, she said. Some of that changed when the Keyport Torpedo Station swung into action during World War II.

“The men all worked for the government, so women had to run their own farms, and there were a lot of little farms at the time,” Pauline said.

Her son Bjarne Rindal Jr. remembers those farms as “stump farms” from his childhood days.

“Chickens and a couple of cows,” he said. “They used to cut down the trees and leave the stumps for later.”

After the war, things began changing in town, but until SR 305 and the Agate Pass Bridge were built in the 1950s, the only real means of transportation was by boat, Bjarne Jr. said.

“The only road was right along the water,” he said.

As a child, Bjarne Jr. recalls his mother driving down that road to catch the ferry at Suquamish.

“If they were just leaving there, they would toot the horn a little and she would go down to Lemolo, because they’d stop at Lemolo,” he said. “Apparently the people running the boat would see the cars and wait for them at Lemolo.”

That all changed when the highway was built and cars became the predominant mode of transportation. Along with the traffic, it brought some positive changes, Pauline said.

“It didn’t bother us because we were down over the hill,” she said. “The people that moved in were generally the business people that were needed in town.”

Of all the additions made to the city over the years, the new library is one of those nearest to her heart.

“It was nice to have big place for a library for the people,” Pauline said. “I worked hard as many others have.”

For those worried about Little Norway losing its heart and soul, Pauline has her own opinion.

“I liked it then and I like it now,” she said. “It has nice surroundings and it’s on the water.”

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