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Some history on Mr. Frostad

Regarding Lori Taylor’s letter (Whidbey News-Times, Dec. 26).

Years ago probably before you were born the Navy disposed of their oil by dumping it in the slough running across Pete Frostad’s farm. Mr. Frostad had a dairy herd and sold their milk to Darigold. When the Navy dumped oil in the slough Mr. Frostad’s cows’ udders would drag in the Navy’s oil and contaminate the milk. Darigold standing by their high standards declined to purchase Mr. Frostad’s milk. Mr. Frostad lost his income due to the Navy’s lack of consideration.

Mr. Frostad was a very resourceful man. He waited until the Navy dumped oil in the slough. Mr. Frostad went down to the slough with a match and lit the oil on fire. The fire was reported to the commanding officer at the Navy base. The CO, assuming it was a burning plane, was driven out to Pete’s farm by his aide. Pete met the CO at the gate stopping him to ask where he was going. The CO said he was going down to the fire to see if it was a plane. Mr. Frostad said no you are not, I have to go to a great deal of effort and get permits to come over to your place. The CO’s aide was consumed with laughter. The CO was driven away without visiting the fire.

Pete Frostad took action and implemented proper disposal of the Navy’s oil. Mr. Frostad recovered his income with dignity. We do not know about the CO.

So Lori, you complain about dust from a gravel pit, perhaps you should look in your own backyard. Since you are so concerned about the environment why don’t you look into the fuel contamination at NAS Whidbey?

Just thought you would like to know a little about the man Frostad Road is named after. You see it has nothing to do with frosty roads.

Mari Anderson lives in Titusville, Fla.

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