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.
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.
Farm fields in the foreground were once a boggy wetland in the early days and the barn in the distance originally belonged to Mr. Terry. This local landmark was located on the west side of Sunrise Drive and collapsed in 1978. Photograph taken in 1974 by Howard Hansen, Stanwood News photographer
The commercial triangle of land bordered by North Camano Drive, Sunrise Drive, and S. R. 532 became known as Terry’s Corner for William Terry. Terry owned the farm at the intersection of North Camano Drive and Sunrise Drive since 1929. Prior to that it was known as MacEacheran’s Corner. MacEacheran was the local doctor who owned the farm there in 1912 on North Camano Drive. (In the map below, this was the Fay Miller property just out of the photo in the aerial view.)
According to early accounts the lowland farm fields south of Terry’s Corner had once been a peat bog of cranberries with a small slough draining into it. It was diked by early homesteaders. Wagon roads replaced the skid roads as the surrounding area was cleared of trees in hopes that could eventually be farmed. Early accounts also said the bog was burned and stumps dynamited to create the farm fields that are still productively cultivated.
In 1918 Aubrey Nelson bought the land that is still cultivated south of S. R. 532. It had been an early logging camp employing 40-50 men operated by Alfred Leque. The farm fields on had to be cleared of the peat bogs that were said to have cranberries. Eventually after years of burning and removal of the peat and stumps, the fields were cleared and workable.
S. R. 532 was dedicated in October 1969 bypassing many indirect curves and intersections from I – 5 through Stanwood ending at Terry’s Corner. This bypass created a more direct access to the south part of the Island. It had to cross the bog that was probably pretty impassable so a significant berm or levee was built to raise it across the wetland. For those us who drive past this view every day, we still can note the wild rose, cherry, salmonberry and thicket of other native plants that now include the blackberry and other invasives, but so far we have not found cranberries.
An Internet search for cranberry bog pictures (Vaccinum oxycoccos) what this area might have looked like originally.
By B.Lezius – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8798492
Stay tuned for part 2
Early accounts of the history of this area were published in our newsletter Stanwood Area Echoes no. 18: “LIvingston Bay, Camano Island 1862 – 1920” and “Profile of an Early Settler on Camano Island” by Elizabeth Nelson. Copies are available by request, click Contact Us.
Happy Thanksgiving !
Sixty years ago, the Williams Turkey Farm was among the few agricultural businesses on the Island. It is remembered by many local residents, please send us your stories of this or any local Camano Island or Stanwood business!