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Historic Sites Tour 2022

www.historicsitestour.org
CARS AND QUILTS
AUGUST 26 & 27
New this year is the “In person tour”, antique cars and quilts will be at multiple locations to help tell the stories.

Thanks to Humanities Washington for an Opportunity Grant to support this event and Camano Island Chamber of Commerce, SAAL Brewing Coastal Community Bank and the many donations dropped off in our previous tours!
The Stanwood Area Historical Society is planning a program featuring Richard Hanks “The Men Who Built the Floyd: Stanwood’s Historic Public Hall“.
All the buildings will be open
12 noon -4 pm Friday, August 26th,
10am to 4pm on Saturday, August 27th.

D. O. Pearson’s gardens

Flaval Pearson, daughter of Fred Pearson, granddaughter of D. O. Pearson in their garden north of the FNCC.   2004.79.01

Our recent clearance of the lot on 102nd Ave just north of the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center has opened up a large city lot that apparently had been empty until 1971 when the house was built.   Just by chance we happened to discover these two photographs in our collection and some notes that show this garden on lot in the 1920s – 40s.

Apparently D. O. Pearson and perhaps his son Fred, used this lot as a garden.  Here are two photograph of his Fred’s daughers, Claire and Flaval in the garden.

The snapshots were donated by Claire Payne in one of her visits to the Pearson House from her home in Spokane.  The lower photograph is her sister Flaval who became the Anacortes librarian in 1939.

1948 cropped aerial photograph of the gardens north of the FNCC (former I.O.O.F. Hall ) Photographer: J. Boyd Ellis.   By 1948 the roofline of the FNCC is no longer peaked.  The house in the top right photograph was moved one lot north of the gardens in 1976.