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The Stanwood Hotel

The Stanwood Hotel, one of our oldest buildings still serves beer, food and occasionally has had music.  The original building was built shortly after the 1892 fire that destroyed most of the buildings in Stanwood at the time.  The Hotel is not officially on our 2020 Historical Sites Tour but It has witnessed floods and many changes since that time.  It was a gathering place for businessmen, loggers, millworkers, hunters and the occasional tourist.

It’s first owners named it the “Hotel Cottage Home”  according to Allan Anderson.  It usually had restaurant that served meals.  About 1904-06 it was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Ira Galloupe (Stanwood Story,  v. 2 p. 88.) Allan Bartz owned it until 1911 when he went over to East Stanwood and built the Bartz Hotel near the depot. Before 1922 it was on the Pacific Highway until it was re-routed past East Stanwood. The next owners we know of were George Bellow and Chris Papps.  They sold at some point to Sverre Landray followed by Thomas and Irene Craig in 1955.  In 1961 the Craigs sold it to Mr and Mrs. S. N Benjamin from Seattle.  Vicki Tanner owned some time in the 1970s???.  In the 1990s it was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Esterbrook.

As always, we are seeking other owners to pull together this building history, Contact us if you know more.  (Source: ) )

Stanwood City Hall

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The news-clipping reproduction on the left shows a photograph of the original Stanwood Town Hall presumably built when Stanwood incorporated in 1903 but perhaps earlier.  It faced the same direction (north) as the front entrance on Irvine (270th) as the current City Hall.
At the time, there was no S. R. 532.  It had three houses behind it which were replaced by 532.
According to the 1910 Anderson Plat book of Snohomish County, there was a jail behind this building and it was labeled “Court Room and Jail”.

Oliver was the first homesteader here whose land became Stanwood. Irvine owned the Thompson House before S. A. Thompson and had a ranch just east of the Oliver land.

 

 

The “new/current” Stanwood City Hall building was completed in 1936 and was a special project of 5-term Mayor Charles Dockendorf. It was partially funded by the Work Progress Administration (WPA). In 1944 it was paid off “with virtually no extra cost to the taxpayers, representing an investment of about $20,000.” (Twin City News, Jan 6, 1944)

Stanwood City Hall, 2012;      In 2012 Stanwood made many interior and exterior improvements with assistance and planning by Dave Eldridge, Rebecca Lind, Pearl Schaar, and Mayor Dianne White. Contractors included Tom Regney of Snohomish and Pioneer Masonry of Seattle repairing and sealing cracks in the stucco and repainting.

Taftezon Memorial

In 1939 the Crown Prince Olav and Queen Marthe visited the United States. They stopped in Stanwood to place a wreath at the memorial for their Norwegian emigrant who came to the United States.

Taftezon Memorial and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Snohomish County – 1849

Zacharias Martin Taftezon and his family came from Trondelag, Troms and Finnmark area of northern Norway.  After learning the shoemaking trade in Germany and returning to Norway to find life not to his liking, he traveled via England to New Orleans and then on to the Pacific Coast in search of a better life.  He sailed up to Whidbey Island and landed in what is now Oak Harbor with two other men in December 1849 or January 1850.  It was paradise to him.  He adapted well to life here and was a friend to many.  He liked it so well that many in his family came to join him.

For more information on his amazing journey,

see the Historylink.org article

and check out the other stories and sites on the 2020 Stanwood Camano Historic Sites Tour.
The Memorial is not officially on the tour, but it is place to go if you are interested.
There is also a walking tour in Oak Harbor waterfront that includes a little of his history there.

The Pastime Confectionary

In 1906, East Stanwood was platted near the new depot (now the Stanwood Station).  At the time it was a mile east of the original Stanwood which was located by the river.  For context, this was 15 years after the Great Northern Railroad began providing transportation using rail replacing steamboats to the waterfront.

One of the earliest of the buildings built near the depot was the Pastime Confectionary building (now known as the Stanwood Grill 8628 271st St).  There were many “confectioneries” all over the country which provided candy, tobacco, hair and cleaning products and basic sundries necessary for travelers and residents.  Some were even called “Pastime” as was the one on Olympic St in Arlington which also had a “card room”.  They seemed to serve the purpose the convenience stores do now.

In its early years the Pastime was interesting for its “lack of dignity” and was usually avoided by some members of the community. Yet the building has survived over 110 years.  Originally it  was divided into two storefronts with a barber shop on the east side that has since been incorporated into the current restaurant.

The Bartz Hotel on left with the Pastime in center. The Rygg Building is on the right.

The Pastime Confectionary and Pool Room started in 1907 selling cigars, tobacco, fruits, soft drinks, Royal Ice Cream, candles etc. It was built by Iver Johnson.  According to a 1909 Polk Directory, it’s earliest proprietor was John Johnson of Stanwood who soon turned it over to Ed Edlund. Both left to work in the mills as they started up again.  Ed Edlund’s brother, Oscar Edlund, purchased the Pastime in about 1914 at the beginning of World War I and in 1916 prohibition went into effect in Washington State (three years before the rest of the country).  The local news wrote the following in special news supplement featuring local businesses and businessmen.

“A Visit to East Stanwood would not be complete without calling on Pastime Confectionary and Billiard Hall, owned and managed by Messrs. Ed and Oscar Edlund.  This store has been established two years and is one of the successful business places of the town.  Cigars, tobacco, fruits, soft drinks, Royal ice cream, and a stock of choice candies … Good pool tables are also in evidence, and if you sometimes roll the ivories you will find the Pastime a place you will feel at home and also know that you are in a respectable amusement resort. “    (Stanwood News Achievement Number 1916 Special Edition)

In 1936 the Eastside Tavern was built between the Pastime and the Pure Food Market/Bartz Hotel. (Eastside later became the Wishing Well and now is the Boxcar.)

In 1922 East Stanwood incorporated as a separate town and it began to grow.  In 1933 when when prohibition was repealed Edlund decided to make it a bar though it is hard to imagine the pool room without a bit of whiskey in stock in spite of prohibition. In 1936 county records indicate that the Eastside Tavern was somehow squeezed in between the Pastime and the Pure Food Market (remodeled Bartz Hotel Dinning room at the time.)
In 1941 Axel Krogstad became a partner. Presumably it was still a pool room or card room and one source said they also played pinochle.  Mr. Krogstad was later on the East Stanwood City Council and discontinued his connection with the business.

“The Old West look comes to Stanwood, Oct 25, 1972 Stanwood News.

According to 1972 article Edlund brought in new manager-partners Roy and son Dick Davis who remodeled the business with a cowboy western theme and renamed it the Buckboard Tavern.  

 

 

 

 

 

A 1981 photo of the building when it was the Sundowner Tavern which had live music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.  The barber shop is on the left and Eastside Tavern is on the far left.

It was also know as the “Sundowner” according to a 1981 phone book.  In 1982 the name of the business changed again to the Buckboard is listed in the phone books until about 1983 and it disappears from advertising until 1994 when it is listed as the Scoreboard Bar and Grill and possibly KJ’s(?)

New owners took over in 1997 and in 1998 the Everett Herald reviewed the Stanwood Pub and Grill as a “recently restored space which for years housed a somewhat funky watering hole called the Scoreboard.  At some point before 2001 the separate barbershop became part of the main tavern and restaurant.

Former Pastime Confectionary, built in 1907 according to County records now the Stanwood Grill, 2020

New owners in 2001 continued the name as the Stanwood Grill.

As usual with our building histories, we welcome information about the buildings and their stories, contact us if you are willing to share!  For more background, join us after Sept 17th for the 2020 Historic Sites Tour of Stanwood and Camano Island.

Compiled by Karen Prasse, ever searching for more details…especially in writing or even photos….