Kristel's mother, Mrs. Eugene Kishen, went into labor during the wee hours of the morning in their home on Vashon Island. Mr. Kishen, pastor of Vashon Island's First Baptist Church, called Washington State Ferries requesting an emergency run to Seattle, hoping to have the baby delivered at Doctors Hospital.
Baby on Board
Just as the ferry left the slip, baby Kristel couldn't wait. Mr. Kishen acted as midwife as his wife gave birth in the back seat of their small car at 4:55 a.m. Mrs. Kishen's parents, Mr. And Mrs. Roy Hutsell met the threesome at the Fauntleroy ferry terminal and escorted them to the hospital, where the healthy baby was weighed in at nine pounds.
At the time, Washington State Ferries charged $25 for emergency runs. Mrs. Kishen considered this a bargain, stating that it, "hardly paid for the salary of one man."