General Mark Clark bridge

This images is from a photographic postcard of the Mark Clark Bridge built dedicated in 1950.

For those who have been here more than ten years, you remember the replacement of the 50 year old Mark Clark Bridge over West Pass to Camano Island.  In 1950 with WWII still on people’s mind the bridge was dedicated to  General Mark Clark and his wife who had a second home on Camano Island for a few years.  Today, in remembrance of the December 7th Pearl Harbor attack, his name was remembered in a recent story on National Public Radio about Mark Clark’s recognition of an all Black battalion :  [The following is a quote from the program that you can listen to here.

In the Army, Robert Madison faced segregation and marginalization. But Madison has a profound memory of a white general, Mark Clark, who acknowledged his all-Black battalion.

Robert MADISON: He (General Mark Clark) noticed that the commanders of these companies were just first lieutenants. And he said, why are these commanders not captains? And they sort of shrugged their shoulders. So he said to his aide-de-camp, give me the bars. And sure enough, right there on the parade ground, Mark Clark put the captain’s bars on these commanding officers. That was the first time anybody had recognized that we were there to fight and do battle like anybody else.
GREENE: His battalion was not the only one that had long been overlooked.
MADISON: On my left flank was the for 4-42nd. They were the Nisei, the Japanese troops. But these boys are out there doing what we were trying to do. They were trying to prove something like we were.

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.

The Stanwood Hotel

The Stanwood Hotel, one of our oldest buildings still serves beer, food and occasionally has had music.  The original building was built shortly after the 1892 fire that destroyed most of the buildings in Stanwood at the time.  The Hotel is not officially on our 2020 Historical Sites Tour but It has witnessed floods and many changes since that time.  It was a gathering place for businessmen, loggers, millworkers, hunters and the occasional tourist.

It’s first owners named it the “Hotel Cottage Home”  according to Allan Anderson.  It usually had restaurant that served meals.  About 1904-06 it was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Ira Galloupe (Stanwood Story,  v. 2 p. 88.) Allan Bartz owned it until 1911 when he went over to East Stanwood and built the Bartz Hotel near the depot. Before 1922 it was on the Pacific Highway until it was re-routed past East Stanwood. The next owners we know of were George Bellow and Chris Papps.  They sold at some point to Sverre Landray followed by Thomas and Irene Craig in 1955.  In 1961 the Craigs sold it to Mr and Mrs. S. N Benjamin from Seattle.  Vicki Tanner owned some time in the 1970s???.  In the 1990s it was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Esterbrook.

As always, we are seeking other owners to pull together this building history, Contact us if you know more.  (Source: ) )