May 3rd – Picker’s Row


Antiques & Vintage Collectible Spring Show
Friday May 3rd – Sunday May 5th 2019
Friday & Saturday – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center
27130 102nd Ave NW, Stanwood Wa 98292….read more

Historic Gas Stations

Glass Tech building about 2003

Signal Gas Station

Image donated by a member of the Pearson Family who lived across the street. 2010.40.09

The window company Glass Tech has been at corner of 271st and 102nd NW (west side of Stanwood) since about 1997.  This building and location once served travelers along the Old Pacific Highway (before I-5) .
Before 1924 or so the Old Pacific Highway once wound through the Stillaguamish River Valley towards East Stanwood across the railroad tracks. From the East Stanwood the road went west as it does now toward the waterfront that was the original Stanwood town.  At the corner of 102nd and 271st NW it is said there was a Red Lion Gilmore Gas station that also provided automotive services.  We have little information on this era of the building though the 1918 Sanborn plat map shows the buiiding footprint at this location much as it is today with its storage building in the back.

Manser Wangsness took it over in about 1933 on the rented land from Helen McDougall O’Melia. It was at that time known as the Signal Gas Station.  Manser Wangsness was proprietor until about 1960 and it was locally referred to as Wangsness station or the Stanwood Station.

1964 or 1965 view of the Flying A gas station era. Image donated by then owner’s daughter. 2015_04

Image of Flying A gas station in 1964 or 65. 2010_40_09

Image of Flying A gas station in 1964 or 65. 2010_40_09

In 1964 it became known as the Signal Gas station and auto repair service and operated by Dick Aldrich.  From the photographs it appears he added the garage on the north side of the building.  In 1972 Howard Moffet opened How D Glass in this building. An article in the Stanwood News Dec 27 1972 says that by then the hand pumps had disappeared. Moffet began in the glass business in Lynnwood before moving to Stanwood in 1971.  (How D Glass moved to another location nearby some time before 1981.)

In about 1981 it was a Steve’s VW Service. Another early business in the building was Bingo Auto Polish and in 1997 Glass Tech operated by Susan and Aaron James took it over though the property is leased by an owner who purchased in 2002.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you know more about this building.

Glass Tech – Gas Station turned window company, 2018.

Current Glass Tech building.

Current Glass Tech building.

Program : She Traveled Solo

Program She Traveled Solo March 17 Floyd Norgaard Cultural CenterShe Traveled Solo: Strong Women in the Early 20th Century
Sunday, March 17th,  4 – 6 p.m.
Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center

To honor Womens History Month join us for a program by writer, artist and outdoorswoman Tessa Hulls.  Her presentation features stories of intrepid early 19th century travelers who defied expectations and embarked on adventures and journeys that have remained largely untold.  Inspired by early documents and photographs Tessa Hulls provides a new perspective on these adventurers before they could vote or own property.

The program is co-sponsored by the Camano Island Library Friends , Humanities Washington and hosted by the Stanwood Area Historical Society as part of it H & H Hors d’oeuvres & History program series.  (Scroll below)
More resources produced by Library Staff
Snohomish Womens Legacy Project Biographies of Snohomish County Women.

Program She Traveled Solo March 17 Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center