Illustrated History of Skagit and Snohomish Counties, their people,
their commerce and their resources. with an outline of the early
history of the State of Washington, [s. l.] Interstate Pub.
Co., 1906. Recently reprinted and
indexed by the Stillagaumish
Valley Genealogical Society,
this intimidating tome (5 inches thick) contains some of the earliest
memories and descriptions of settlement of the area. It
contains information about the diking, early farming, logging and
biographies of the Stillaguamish River Valley and its settlers.
It is a subscription history, and as a result has little negative to
say about anyone and leaves out a lot, yet it is invaluable for its
early accounts. See pp. 256-7, 268-269, 479. Don't overlook
the biographies of local pioneers which also contain significant bits
of their area histories. The full text of this book is searchable on Heritage Quest, an
online resource - check with your local library. It is also free on archive.org
Bruseth, Nels, Indian
stories and legends of the Stillaguamish, Sauks and allied tribes .
Fairfield Washington, Ye Galleon Press, 1977
(reprint of earlier 1950 publication).
Buse, Penny Hutchison. Stuck
in the Mud: The History of Warm Beach, Washington.
Snohomish, WA: Snohomish Publishing Co, 2011.
M. Buerge and Peter Henning. The Builder: The Life of Peter
Henning, 1868-1955. 2003. Includes
history of East Stanwood.
M Buerge and Peter Henning "The Son: Peter Henning Jr." more
history of farms, family and career of physicist, Peter Henning, Jr.
Cameron, David, et. al. Snohomish
County / An Illustrated History Kelcema Books, Index, WA 2005.
welcome new updated history of all of Snohomish County including the
pre-history and Native American language and culture. Covers "new"
history of suburban era of Mountlake Terrace and Mill Creek and
Lynnwood as well as older communities of Stanwood, Mukilteo and
Conroy, Dennis. Pioneers of
the Stillaguamish. Cascade Writing, Camano Island WA. 2005.
(Available at the Snow Goose Bookstore &
bookstores in Everett, Marysville and Mt. Vernon and local Sno-Isle
Conroy, Dennis & Marlys Jolley A
Boater's Guide to the Historic Westside of Camano Island -
2001 booklet by the Center of Wooden Boats
and the Stanwood Area Historical Society. Available from SAHS
Cook , Jimmie Jean. "A
particular friend, Penn’s Cove"; history of the settlers, claims and
buildings of central Whidbey Island. Coupeville, Wash., Island
County Historical Society,  Contains many
references to Stanwood/Camano historic connection to Coupeville. See
pp. 38, 64-66, 75-76, 133.
Essex, Alice The Stanwood
Story, Stanwood, WA., Stanwood/Camano News. In 3
chronological and pictorial history of the Stanwood area, including
Camano Island, . Volumes 1 and 2 were written by Alice Essex, the
third was written by Mrs. Essex and completed by Cliff Danielson,
former publisher of the Stanwood News. Alice Essex was
the daughter of D. G. Bennie, an early day pioneer logger and mill
is an index for the three volumes available at the Stanwood Area
Historical Society and the in Local History Reference at the Stanwood
branch of the Sno-Isle Libraries.
Hawes, E.M and Lou Clark.
Island County - A World Beater
, [1911 or 1913] F. B Hawes Co., Everett
Wash. Promotional booklet Reprinted
by Frayn Print. Co, 1968. and the South Whidbey Historical Society, Langley,
about communities in
Island County. It can be found online at the University of Washingtons
Washington State Pioneer Life Database
Kellogg, George Albert, A history
of Whidbey's Island (Whidby Island) State of Washington. Whidby
Island. [n.p., Island County Historical Society] 1934.
Kimball, Art and John Dean. Camano
Island : life and times in island paradise [Stanwood, Wash.?]
: A. Kimball, 1994.
Mattson, John Lyle. A
Contribution to Skagit Prehistory
/ A thesis submited in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the
degree of Master of Arts. Washington State Department of
Neil, Dorothy. By canoe and
sailing ship they came / edited and compiled by Lee
Brainard. Oak Harbor, Wash. : Spindrift Publishing,
Osmundson, John Skinner, Man and
his natural environment on Camano Island, A
thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the
degree of Master of Arts in Anthropology, Washington State
University, 1964. This is the most complete resource on
Native American life on Camano Island and includes many dates and and
details about various eras of Camano history.
Osmundson, John, "Camano Island -
Succession of Occupation from Pre-Historic to Present Time" The
Washington Archaeologist Vol. V, no. 4 April 1961, pp 2-18.
Prasse, Karen, River Rail
and Road A Pictorial History of Stanwood and East Stanwood.
Stanwood, WA., Stanwood Area Historical Society, 2003. A short history of Stanwood and the role of transportation in
its evolution as a town. Available from SAHS
Prasse, Karen. Camano Island.
Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 2006.
Over 200 photographs of Camano Island and
its logging, sawmill agricultural and resort history. Available
from SAHS and
Sampson, Martin J., Indians of
Skagit County, [n.p.] Skagit County Historical Society 
Stine, Thomas Ostenson. Scandinavians
on the Pacific, Puget Sound
[Seattle, Wash, n.d. 1910?] This source contains biographical
information on many Scandinavian settlers in the area who were a large
proportion of the new population of this area. (online version)
Suttles, Wayne and Barbara Lane.
"Southern Coast Salish" Handbook of North American Indians, Washington
D. C. Smithsonian Institution, 1978-1990. v. 7, pp. 485-502.
White, Richard. Land use,
environment, and social change : the shaping of Island County,
/ Rev. ed. Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1992. Very
comprehensive account of land use, ecological and economic changes in
Island County. Extensive bibliography.
Whitfield, William. History of
Snohomish County, Washington,
vols. I & II. Chicago : Pioneer Historical Pub. Co., 1926. Contains
references to early Utsalady history as well as Stanwood area history,
though some information is contradictory to other sources.
Articles (copies available at SAHS)
Various articles published in the newsletter Stanwood Area
Echoes covering topics relating to resorts, logging, diking, log
jams, agriculture, historic places, and people. There
is an index for available at the Stanwood Area Historical Society and
the in Local History Reference at the Stanwood branch of the Sno-Isle
For online written
history of the Stanwood Camano area, see
Local Newspaper Holdings -
Back issues for obituaries, dates, business & organization
histories, events, etc. Please let us know if this information is
incorrect or you have copies that might fill in our missing
holdings. Disclaimer: Microfilmed reels done in the 1980's
newspaper microfilming project are available as listed, there are many
missing issues. Also the many name changes confuse things.
There are no indexes of these papers. It is possible to use the Stanwood
Story to get a date range to search through issues.
Stillaguamish Times, 1889 -1890?,
moved to Haller City / Arlington.
1890-1895: sporadically published with different publishers. Only
existing issues known are one fragment published in 1891.
Stanwood Press, 1897 - 1900: one existing issue
reprinted by the Stanwood Camano News, also available at SAHS
Stillaguamish Valley News, 1902: one existing issue
available at SAHS
Stanwood Tidings, 1903 - 1917: Microfilm available
at WSL, EPL (Snohomish County Misc Reel #1) and SVGS; scattered issues at
Stanwood News, 1920 - 1930 Microfilm
(1923-1978) at UW, WSL, SVGS; scattered issues at SAHS and
SCNEWs and Sno-Isle Libraries Marysville Branch.
Twin City News, about 1930 - 1959: Microfilm
UW, WSL, SVGS, SnoIsle Libraries Marysville Branch; scattered issues at
SAHS, and SCNEWs.
Stanwood News, 1960-1980: Microfilm
(1923-1978) UW, WSL,SVGS.
Stanwood / Camano NEWS,
1976 - date. Bound volumes are at available at the Stanwood
Public Library and SCNEWs and scattered paper issues at SAHS.
Obituaries of Stanwood Tidings 1904 -
compilation of death notices from Stanwood's early newspaper is
available at the Stanwood Public Library & SVGS and SAHS (published
and available for purchase from SVGS)
Obituaries are also collected by the Camwood
Other newspapers have existed briefly -
very few copies exist:
Camano Enterprise, 1908-1909 - a few issues of this
newspaper published at Camano [City] on Saratoga Passage at SAHS.
East Stanwood Bulletin, 1914 - 1916 (a
prohibitionist paper) : WSL, scattered issues at SAHS.
Camano Island Sun: 1980 - 1982. A few
issues at SAHS - sort of a neighborhood weekly. Merged with Stanwood
East Stanwood Sun, 1937 - 1942. A few issues
For Camano history, microfilm of the Island County Times is
also helpful and available at UW.
[SVGS = Stillaguamish
Valley Genealogical Society
UW = Univ. of Washington Microfilm Newspaper
WSL= Washington State Library;
- may request reels through interlibrary loan from Sno-Isle Regional
SCNEWs = Stanwood Camano NEWS
EPL = Everett Public Library
SAHS=Stanwood Area Historical Society]
Maps & Atlases
Plat book of
Snohomish County, Washington
/ "compiled and published from actual surveys and the county records by
Anderson Map Company"; Seattle, Wash. : Anderson Map Co.,
1910. S hows structures, property owners, plats
and homesteads of early Snohomish County. Copies of original located at
the Everett Public Library Northwest
Room and at SAHS.
Maps, 1867 - 1970 includes Stanwood ( & Everett and some other
Snohomish County towns ). Everett
Public Library Northwest Room also has copies (Microfilm only). These
historical maps show the past structural foot prints and layouts of the
towns for insurance purposes. They are now used by local
historians, planners, geographers, genealogists to document community
and social history. Some of our local cities still have these
maps. Sno-Isle Libraries used to have a subscription to the digitized
versions that were reproduced from original copies submitted to
the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.
Some back issues of Metzger and Kroll plat books and
maps are available at SAHS and EPL Everett Public Library Northwest Room.
has only a few city directories and phone books. The most complete
collection is at Everett Public Library's Northwest Room, Seattle Public, UW etc plus Ancestry.com and other genealogy websites.