Stanwood Area Veteran’s Memorial is now complete!

Stanwood Area Veterans Memorial to All Who Served in War and Peace

Stanwood Area Veterans Memorial to All Who Served in War and Peace

Stanwood Area Veteran’s Memorial is now complete!
Three and 1/2 years ago Bill Keller and Jim Joyce began the project of creating a small park at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center to be dedicated to the memory of local Veterans who lost their lives in the wars protecting American interests all over the world.
The memorial area has a new flagpole and granite monuments to these heroes and now it is a quiet place to stop and reflect on our history and role of our men and women who have served.
To fund this small park, individuals, students, community organizations and businesses have donated their time and funds towards its construction. The wall has been completed with the first 120 bricks we had engraved before construction. The Stanwood Area Historical Society will continue to sell blank bricks for the Veterans wall and they will engraved on site periodically with a minimum order and good weather conditions. The form for ordering is available here.

Stanwood Area Community Veterans Memorial

Stanwood Area Community Veterans Memorial

Stanwood Area Community Veterans Memorial

Once a town – East Stanwood, 1922-1960

East Stanwood 1909

Stanwood was once two towns.  The original pre-1890s riverfront “town” grew during the 1870s and 1880s at the mouth of the Stillaguamish River.  Then when the railroad went through a mile east, a new commercial district formed around the depot referred to as “East Stanwood.”  The photos are then and now views of East Stanwood before the commercial buildings were built.

East Stanwood was platted in 1906 but not incorporated until 1922.  In the meantime the commercial area we now know grew as the railroad provided more direct transportation than the steamboats that served the original Stanwood near the Twin City Foods area.  In the top photo the H&H railroad tracks are visible on the left.

The two story building on the left still exists but was moved to 27122 88th Ave. N.W. It was known as the Peterson Apartments.

“East Stanwood” 2018

The early buildings in the top photo seem much closer to the tracks than they appear in this contemporary view.

Visit the museum for more of the story.  See also other articles  East Stanwood businesses , Historic city hall,

By appointment or for more info, call 360-629-6110
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Official Dedication of Stanwood’s Community Veterans Memorial May 28th 

Monday Memorial Day May 28th Thanks to all the businesses, volunteers, students, organizations who contributed to the construction of this memorial. Almost all of it was donated.
1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Official Dedication of Stanwood’s Community Veterans Memorial 

May 28, 2018 will mark the dedication of Stanwood’s Community Veterans Memorial in conjunction with the national holiday.  The Memorial is located on the campus of the Stanwood Area Historical Society at 27130 102nd Ave. NW, adjacent to the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center.  The event begins at 1 p.m.
The schedule for the ceremony is:

 
                                Welcome – SAHS President
                                American Legion Posts Colors
                                National Anthem
                                Pledge of Allegiance
                                Blessing – Pastor Scott (Camano Lutheran Church)
                                Post Service Flags
                                Keynote Address – Mike Ballard
                                Reading of the names of the Fallen
                                Stanwood Middle School Band – God Bless America
                                21 Gun Salute
                                Taps
                                Adjourn
 
Keynote speaker Mike Ballard served six years in the military.  He was a member of the 101st Airborne in Vietnam where his awards included a Silver Star and Bronze Star with Oak Leaf cluster.  After the service he joined the Seattle Police Department and worked as a patrol office and teacher at the Police Academy for almost 30 years. The names of all the 49 fallen honored on the Veterans Memorial will be read aloud following Mike’s comments.  This dedication is the culmination of years of planning, fund raising and construction.
The Historical Society would like to offer our sincere appreciation to those businesses and professionals who so generously provided financial or in-kind assistance in the building of the Memorial.  They include in part:
Designs NW–Dan Nelson and Jayme Zold
Consultant Kevin Weiderstrom
The Crab Cracker–Jim and Malynda Shipley
Taylor’s Excavators–Harry Taylor
Stanwood Redi-Mix—Ken Christoferson & Eric Flones
Island Masonry Co.–Bruce Aalmo
Structural Engineer Chris Nickerson
Jay Lien
Lervick Family
Running Construction– Dan Runnings                          
Blue Chip Concrete– Shawn Wiles                             
Mad’s Electric– Chuck Suffern                        
Lenz Enterprises– Jason Lenz                              
Apollo Concrete Sawing– Gordon Oglesby                    
Gene’s Well Drilling–  Gene Hitt 
Alpine Communications Systems– Stan Labore                                                           
 
Members are encouraged to help with the event and bring cookies or cupcakes.
For more information, call 360-629-6110, e-mail 
SAHSRH2@aol.com or follow us on Facebook.

Community Veterans Memorial Dedication

Thanks to all the businesses, volunteers, students, organizations who contributed to the construction of this memorial. Almost all of it was donated.

Thanks to all the businesses, volunteers, students, organizations who contributed to the construction of this memorial. Almost all of it was donated.

Monday Memorial Day May 28th 2018
1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dedication of the Community Veterans Memorial

Three and 1/2 years ago Bill Keller and Jim Joyce began the project of creating a small park at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center to be dedicated to the memory of local Veterans who lost their lives in the wars protecting American interests all over the world. The memorial area has a new flagpole and granite monuments to these heroes and will soon be a quiet place to stop and reflect on our history and role of our men and women who have served.
To fund this small park, individuals, students, community organizations and businesses have donated their time and funds towards its construction. There is a wall to be completed soon with commemorative bricks with the names of any Veteran, from anywhere, who served in war or peace.

Though the bricks will not be on the wall yet, they will be on display in the FNCC at the event and it is possible to still order bricks with names of veterans.
Contact us or Bill Keller or Jim Joyce for details.  Click here for Bricks of Remembrance Order Form.

Irvine, Thompson, Sons of Norway Hall History

Sons of Norway Hall 2018.

Sonner Av Norge or Sons of Norway Hall 2018; Fritjov Lodge, #17 – Organized April 24th, 1910. Building dedicated in 1914.

Sons of Norway Hall, dedicated in 1914.

Cropped from a street view of Main Street in 1917 showing the two story Thompson Hall moved across the street by the Sons of Norway and converted to their hall.

Cropped from a street view of Main Street in 1917 the two story Thompson Hall has been moved across the street by the Sons of Norway and converted to their hall.

The Sons of Norway Hall has a long history in Stanwood. Its members were vital to the local culture as singers, musicians as well as business and religious leaders and Stillaguamish Valley farmers.

The hall building was originally located across the street west of the “Stanwood House” which was Thompson’s residence.
According to Gustav Joergenson (in his “History of the Twin Cities” article series)  “Mr. Irvine’s new hall and warehouse was built on the North side of Irvine Slough during 1889-90” and used by the Masons until they built their own in 1895. J.  H. Irvine sold the business and hall to Norwegian immigrants Thompson, Alfred Ryan and Carl Ryan in 1903 according to Grace Ryan Cornwell.   In 1914 The Sons of Norway bought the hall from S.A. Thompson and moved it over to its present location where they rebuilt the hall a few years later.

The Sons of Norway Hall and the Stanwood House are on the Stanwood Historic Sites Walking Tour and will be open April 7 (in conjunction with the Camano Historic Sites Tour. They are both recognized as one of the historic places in Stanwood’s Historic Plaque program.

The store itself remained where it was evolving into the Hitching Post/Thriftmart IGA which burned in February 1978. Its location is now an empty lot  (scroll down).

For more of the story—-

Original the Irvine store business was establish in about 1878 near the waterfront, was sold to S.A. Thompson. Circa 1903 which is possibly the occasion of the photograph.

Original the Irvine store business was establish in about 1878 near the waterfront, was sold to S.A. Thompson. Circa 1903 which is possibly the occasion of the photograph.

The “modernized” Hitching Post, formerly the Thompson Store in Stanwood, burned in February 1978. At that time is was known as the Thriftmart IGA.

(Refer Stanwood Story, v.1, p63(il.),80, v.2, p103(il.); hall, v.2, p89; v. 3 p. 48)

 

Historic brick buildings alive and well

Brick buildings on the brick street, circa 2004; Both buildings are recognized in our Historic Plaque Program.

The photo above shows two of Stanwood’s historic buildings on Main Street.
Main Street is one of the few brick streets left in Snohomish County and the street itself is historic!
The “First National Bank” building on the right was built in 1930 when the original brick Bank of Stanwood outgrew its original location. It had several owners since 1967 when it moved again and is now the First National Professional Center.

The Antique store (brick building on the left) was long known as Hartney’s Style Shop.  The building was built by Jeremiah Hartney in 1925.  He came to Stanwood in 1906 as a tailor and had a shop on Market Street in his early business years.  Hartney died in 1945. Clyde Tolin managed the shop until his death in 1948 and according to the Stanwood Story (v.3 p. 31) it was sold to George Hammer and operated by Bill Bradford.  Women’s wear was brought to store in the 1960s Bradford sold it to Ken and Audrey Carlson in 1974. It went out of business in October of 1997 after Ken Carlson died.

Circa 1904 view of Stanwood’s Historic Banking corner – Was Market Street and Broadway and is now 102nd Ave and S. R. 532.

1995 View of Stanwood's 100 year banking corner.

1995 View of Stanwood’s 100 year banking corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1967 the National Bank of Stanwood moved back to its original corner and merged with the Bank of Stanwood.  Through a series of mergers and owner changes, the Bank of Stanwood and the National Bank of Stanwood became part of Seafirst Bank which was ultimately (in 1998) acquired by Bank of America.  Along this timeline, the National Bank of East Stanwood was also part of the complicated series of mergers and acquisitions of the local banks.