Category Archives: Historical Places

Celebrating the Community Heritage Grant

Snohomish County Clouncilman Nate Nehring and Richard Hayes presenting Community Heritage Grant check for historic preservation repairs and maintenance of D. O. Pearson House.

Snohomish County Councilman Nate Nehring and Richard Hanks presenting Community Heritage Grant check for historic preservation repairs and maintenance of D. O. Pearson House.

Councilman Nate Nehring presented to SAHS President Richard Hanks the check for the Community Heritage Grant funds that will be received this year for repairs and improvements to the historic Pearson House.
With matching funds from past Giving Tuesday donations for contractor work and volunteer labor the outside work on the D.O. Pearson House has been completed.  The interior of the Pearson House kitchen will be painted and will more closely match an 1890s era of the house. Wainscoting will be added to the interior walls of the living room. Safety and structural repairs on the SE corner of the Eldridge Center (museum) exterior stairway were also made. See previous posts for accounts of the progress made throughout the last few years. Though not a part of this project emergency replacement of the 20 year old gas furnace was necessary also recently. Minimal heating is necessary to preserve artifacts and prevent moisture damage in historic houses.  Thanks to all who are unnamed who have contributed to the project this year and remember(ed) us on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday Nov 27th, 2018

Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center July 2017

Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center July 2017

The Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in 2004

The Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center is one of the oldest historic buildings in Stanwood, established as a public hall in 1902.  Its success as a community center over the last decade is attributed to the many volunteers and donors over the last years.  This year’s planned maintenance includes refinishing the hardwood floors (after many dancing feet and thousands of visitors) the repair of the North wall and ultimately re-roofing and repainting.

Read more details here and you can stop by from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27 to learn more.
Your contribution will be added to the funds accumulated with donations, grants and many volunteer work hours for this project.  Please help now by clicking on the Giving Tuesday link below.  Or Contact Us

https://scgive.org/2018_sahs

 

 

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)

 

Then & Now – Stanwood’s Pacific Coast Condensed Milk Company

The Pacific Coast Condensed Milk Company (built in 1914), later known as the Carnation Milk (1916) was a major employer in East Stanwood and the surrounding area.  It was later a vegetable cannery with a succession of owners and operators.  This photograph and others like it made popular postcards featuring the attractions and the economic viability of the Stanwood and East Stanwood area.

We had hoped to get a now photograph from the hillside to repeat it more effectively but it wasn’t possible.

But this shows the building now from across the street.  It is not clear exactly what changes were made but we think the building on the left is now gone and the North Star Cold Storage now occupies a remodeled facility in the same footprint.  See the aerial below. (If you click on the images they will enlarge for a closer view.)  Later occupied by Bozeman Canning (about 1933) followed by Stokely Van Camp PIctsweet vegetable processing.

Pearson House Gardens – Then & Now

The two views below of the D. O. Pearson House backyard were taken between 80 – 100 years apart. The pear tree in the lower contemporary (July 2017) view is the same tree as the one in the historical  (circa 1929) photograph. This comparison reveals to us also how little about the house has changed. The porch window has been closed in and it appears there were two back doors.

The building behind the back section is long gone.  See previous post for info on the repair of these 100+ year windows and history of the house in newsletter Echoes no. 21

This digital image was donated by a Pearson Family descendant who owns the rest of collection.

This digital image was donated by a Pearson Family descendant who owns the rest of collection.

Windows being repaired at the D. O. Pearson House

If you’ve driven by the D. O. Pearson House recently you might have noticed some of the windows boarded up.  Thanks to 2016 Giving Tuesday donations and a Snohomish County Community Heritage Grant this year we are able to repair or “refurbish” the leaking old Pearson House windows to avoid costly replacement. This helps us retain the character of the historic building which has now survived over a century.

The twelve windows were made of cedar and they have withstood a century of weather and not rotted. But old putty was replaced where necessary to seal them and they have been repainted.  To do the job correctly, they must be removed, repaired off-site and re-installed.

They return secure and cleaner brightening up the rooms with light.  And once again they can slide up and down to open.

They can be held open with pins in hot weather. They slide much better now even without pulleys, ropes and sash weights that provide a smooth sliding counter balance in later double hung windows. Some of them also have unusual interesting decorative locks and catches.

Repairing wood windows can be cost effective and energy efficient so if you are considering replacing old wood windows, consider repairing them.  For more information on how to proceed, click here.  And here “Top Ten Reasons to Restore or Repair Wood Windows.  Also another new study on window treatments.

The windows are original to the house. We are lucky to find someone with the special skills and patience to work with the windows so we didn’t have to replace them. The Window King company, specifically, Jeff Zoloth, has 20+ years of experience refurbishing historic windows currently including the Macy’s building in Seattle.  See his website for more examples of historic preservation projects he has worked on throughout Western Washington.