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Welcome to 2021

The Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center on Oct. 28, 2020 –  restoration .  If you looked at it now it would be painted

At this writing we can happily report that the Floyd Norgaard Restoration Project 2020 (Part 1) is in its last stages in spite of setbacks!  Though 2020 will go down in history as one of worst years we anticipate that a vaccine and practicing social distancing/masks will bring us an opportunity to provide our services and a historic place to be proud of.  We have many many people to thank for this success, most especially ARA Construction, D G Hopkins Painting, Bill Keller, Jim Joyce and Richard Hanks.

Our museum will remain closed for another couple months but members are planning for resuming activities by late spring and summer so consider helping us.  Our board meeting are being held on Zoom.  You may contact us for history research help and we will refer or assist as we can.  Renew or join now to participate and contribute your expertise and time to our re-opening later this year.  Membership will guarantee you will receive our next newsletter with details of our accomplishments and future plans.

Thank you again!

Karen Prasse

Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center restoration

A progress photograph taken on Dec. 1st of the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center of the restoration and repairs by ARA Construction and D. G. Hopkins painting. The project will continue as funds are available and weather weather allows.  (Photograph courtesy Jack Archibald)

A recent photo of the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center awaiting repainting after meticulous repairs by ARA Construction and painting by D & G Hopkins Painting.   Thanks to all who helped with a supporting donation for restoration costs of the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center this Tuesday, Dec 1st.  during SCGIVE.org.

Many generous donors have contributed, our list of recent donors is in progress.

Though currently closed until COVID is under control, efforts towards preservation of our historic public hall building for future events are well underway.  Please help if you haven’t had a chance yet.

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New book on our Fallen Heroes

SAHS announces a new book on the history of the Stanwood Camano Island area.  Dr. Richard Hanks has researched and compiled this thoughtful and inspiring book on the lives and sacrifices of our local military.  There will be a chance to meet the author and purchase a copy on Veteran’s Day at the SAHS Tolin House on November 11th from 10am to 2pm.

All proceeds from the sale on Veterans Day or online at Amazon will go to SAHS.  Price will be $21.00 plus tax

Sales will be conducted safely and socially distanced, purchasers must wear masks, no more than 5 people in the Tolin House, it may be necessary to wait in your car.

East Stanwood Busy Corner

This view shows North side of 271st St NW in Stanwood looking northwest.   From left the buildings are the Granary (distant left, originally known as the People’s Union), an unknown storefront, the N. V. KIng Building (1921), the 1918 Mercantile (behind the telephone pole), a cafe and the Depot Service Station garage with its East Stanwood Busy Corner sign. The cafe and service station burned in 1997. Photograph from the SAHS Collection 1995.28.21.

Some might be aware that Stanwood was once two towns: Stanwood (near river) and “East Stanwood” (near the railroad tracks).

The corner just east of the Stanwood Station had a small gas station with an awning that advertised itself as East Stanwood Busy Corner.   It was a popular stop on the Pacific Highway between Everett and points north before Stanwood was bypassed in the 1930s,

In August 1997 the historic buildings that were once the Depot Service Station, a garage and the café (next door) burned in a two alarm fire.  The businesses in the buildings at the time were the Eastside Salon, the gift store Emma’s Cottage and the antique shop, Yo Mama’s Attic.  Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to other businesses but managed to save the 1918 Mercantile.  The owner at the time had to demolish the fire damaged buildings and currently that space is a grassy open space across from the Stanwood Railroad Station.  Read on..

The white concrete building is the East Stanwood Mercantile popularly know as the Stubb Mercantile.

When the museum opens again for visits, you can see a small exhibit that displays more photographs of this story but for now, perhaps this property can be the first East Stanwood Busy Corner Park as part of the City of Stanwood’s Main Street Revitalization Program.

The Mercantile.  Photo taken in 2003.

The original 1914 East Stanwood Mercantile store business was established by Otto Stubb and Andrew Frederickson. In 1917 Frederickson sold his interest to Otto Stubb but in 1918 the building was destroyed in a fire. The new concrete building that still stands was completed in October 1918.  But there could be no grand opening ceremony because of the Influenza epidemic. (Stanwood News Oct 18, 1918).  One month later, the Armistice was signed ending World War I.      See below…

Opened to the public Oct 19…”The building is certainly a credit to the community … [who] will wish the proprietors, Messrs. Otto Stubb and O. C. Amundson the best of luck…”  Stanwood Tidings Oct 18, 1918.