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Jim Pinkerton & the Fireside Lounge
By Betty Lee Lien Marl


January 02, 2013
Wednesday PM

Jim Pinkerton was an odd fellow and for sure no one knew of his childhood or his hardships. He was a very hard worker and smart as a whip. In 1962 my husband, Stan Marl, was killed in a hunting accident leaving me with 4 very young children. The town rallyed around me and my family. My mother, Anne Evensen, was a waitress at the Blue Fox Cafe. Jim always ate lunch there. One day he asked my mother what he could do for me. She didn't know what to tell him. A few hours later one of the employees from the cold storage wheeled in a hand truck with this enormous plastic bag, easily 25 pounds or more, of frozen halibut cheeks. He knew that I loved halibut cheeks and this was his way of helping me out. He was a very private person and when my mother called me and told me to come and get this huge bag of halibut cheeks I was dumb founded. Luckily I had just bought a freezer! It was a very compasionate thing for him to do.

Regarding the story about the Fireside, my husband, Stan Marl, played the piano at the first Fireside Lounge in Ketchikan as well as the Elk's Club, Eagle's Club, etc. He also played for a number of our local musicals which I also participated in, singing and dancing. Stan was a cost accountant at the Ketchikan Pulp Mill. What great memories.

Betty Lee Lien Marl
Auburn, WA

About:"I was born and raised in Ketchikan (1933). I married Stan Marl in 1956. He was a cost accountant at the pulp mill and a part time muscian. He played the piano at the first Fireside upstairs of the now sandwich place."

"I knew Jim Pinkerton. My mother was Anne Evensen and my father was O. M. Lien."

Received January 01, 2012 - Published January 02, 2012

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