Many of the houses that make this place home for so many were constructed during the building boom of the 1960s and 70s. It was during that time that Oliver “Squeak” Pogreba came west to Gig Harbor-to make a new home for himself and to, literally, build this community.
Mr. Pogreba’s life in the Harbor began with the urging of a good friend, Harold Kjorli, who asked if Squeak would be willing to join him in the construction business around the then tiny town of Gig Harbor. Anxious to leave the cold of Montana, Squeak’s wife said, “Let’s go!”-and the adventure began.
One of the first projects of Mr. Pogreba was building a clinic in downtown. He continued with several houses in the area, eventually joining Armstrong Homes and working on one house a week! Progress and new construction continued until in 1982, when Squeak retired and spent his days with his wife, Dot, on smaller projects. Squeak was very active in the Elks Club of Gig Harbor.
In 2010 Squeak and Dot decided it was time to let someone else take care of the yard and do the cooking. A Kjorli was once again involved in a decision to move: Elda Kjorli, wife of Harold, whose invitation had brought Squeak and Dot to the Harbor, told them about Sound Vista Village Retirement Community, where Squeak calls Gig Harbor’s original retirement residence “home”.
Pictured: Oliver “Squeak” Pogreba