Rausch saves totem pole made by Gordon Robb
August 28, 2008 · Updated 9:00 AM
A totem pole that was displayed in Legion Park from 1976 until the late 1990s has been restored by Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer member Marty Rausch and is now displayed in the garden at the west end of the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum. The pole was removed from Legion Park because it was so seriously rotted that it was unsafe for public display. After Raush discovered that it was stashed in a pile of timber he spent more than a year working to restore it to its original form.
The totem pole was carved by Gordon Robb and donated to the city in 1976 by Mary Halling. Rausch studied the imagery of traditioinal Native American totem poles and he searched for materials that he could use to restore and rework the wood. Rausch and his wife, Myrtle, are caretakers of the museum, spending their entire lives surrounded by the history of the Stillaguamish Valley.