March 18th Clara Stanwood Pearson Day

Among Clara Stanwood’s many accomplishments was the construction and building of public school building on North Street which she lived to see become a high school. At the time this school was thought of, Mrs. Pearson was elected director and against a large opposition she led the fight for the school and won.

For Women’s History Month, we once again honor Clara Stanwood Pearson whose influence in Stanwood deserves more recognition.

In 1877, D. O. Pearson and his wife, Clara and young children had recently arrived to establish a general merchandise store. D.O. also took over as Postmaster – he was the 7th in 7 years at this outpost. He submitted his wife’s maiden name, Stanwood, and it was made official.
Clara Jane Stanwood was born in Lowell Massachusetts and raised by her grandmother because her mother died when she was only 4 years old. Her father left to serve in the Union Army in the Civil War and never returned. She must have formed an attachment to D. O. Pearson and his family because she followed them out to Whidbey Island in 1868 on her own at the age of 19. They married and farmed for seven years until D. O. invested in the mercantile at the mouth of the Stillaguamish River and brought his family there to live.  Please read more here

In 2001 the Stanwood City Council proclaimed March 18th as the town’s Clara Stanwood Day. In September 2003 an honorary marker was placed at the D. O. Pearson House in her honor by the Ann Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

For more women’s stories, visit our exhibits on the third floor of the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center.


Music traditions continue!

Music has always been part of our history – the Stillaguamish Band was always on hand for events to celebrate our community!

Thanks to the South End String Band for their great lively music Saturday nite!
They win our local Grammy award for best band.  And thank you to all of those attendees who supported the Stanwood Area Historical Society with their donations!

This weekend was also the Camano Schoolhouse Foundation’s unveiling of its new Jack Gunter mural for the former fire station building which will become an exhibit area for Camano Island history.  Along with that they are preparing to raise the school bell to the roof of our local historic schoolhouse.

Support preservation of our local history ! If you couldn’t make it to the concert, you can still support our local history and its preservation with your membership or donations!
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Also – note that Seattle music historian and recent SAHS speaker Peter Blecha posted a bio about local musician Zona Lillian McConnell (1884-1977) who lived on Madrona Beach on !