Native American families on Stilly River ~1907

Native American families were disappearing from their familiar sandspits along the Stillaguamish River during the beginning of the last century. Scenes like the Indian family shown here became more and more scarce as civilization encroached on their land and culture.

EARLY HISTORY: In the earliest days of settlement along the river, two of the popular Indian folks still around were California Jim, a Siwash Indian, and Tommie.

The third monthly market day in Stanwood in 1909 was a success, with the Stillaguamish Band playing music.

100 YEARS AGO (1919)

Harry Parson was the Great Northern Railroad station agent in Stanwood for nine years.

W.J. Fenlason, among Stanwood’s founders, sold his farm to John Ellingson.

Stanwood Lumber Co. was running continuously since 1903.

90 YEARS AGO (1929)

The Stanwood debating team of Jennie Kjelstad, Mable Knutson and Leah Carr argued the affirmative side of the “installment buying” question and won points over Marysville.

A flagpole and electric sign were installed on Viking Hall at Silvana.

80 YEARS AGO (1939)

The annual Christmas festival of the Warm Beach School was held at Greenwood Grange.

Fred Misner was the new station agent at Stanwood.

70 YEARS AGO (1949)

Land’s Hill on Camano, the first hill after the bridge, had gravel spread the length of the hill, and gutters were cleaned of rubbish.

At the Kiwanis dinner, a charter presentation was made for the Sea Scout Ship.

60 YEARS AGO (1959)

In spite of heavy rain, 200-300 people visited the office of Twin City News’ open house and new stationary department in west Stanwood.

Bob Nemo was president of the Little League Baseball program on its fifth anniversary. Sponsor was the Lions Club.

50 YEARS AGO (1969)

SHS was awarded a charter for Mu Alpha Theta and received national attention.

The bid of over $300,000 for alterations and additions at the high school went to a Seattle firm.

40 YEARS AGO (1979)

Ice was thick enough on Lake Ketchum on New Year’s Day to support skaters.

Famed actor Bob Cummings (“Love that Bob!” TV show) and his family were living on Camano Island.

Grade-schoolers Allese Anderson and Athena Schmidt were winners in the “What my home means to me” contest sponsored by National Association of Realtors.

30 YEARS AGO (1989)

Stanwood students were the best of north and east county schools in state achievement tests.

Because state law mandated judges’ retirement at age 75, Judge Patrick had to leave his bench in Island County.

20 YEARS AGO (1999)

Travel was cold and icy after a winter blizzard over the area.

Camano Island Fire and Rescue needed daytime volunteers for medical calls.

Some people were opposing the new NOAH pet shelter east of Stanwood as a nuisance.

Fire blackened the Eagles Hall near the fairgrounds.

Four deputies beefed up the new city police force.

10 YEARS AGO (2009)

Publisher Dave Pinkham commended the community in working together during the historic snowfall as 2008 exited – looking in on the elderly, rides to the store, lending a hand for snow shoveling, pushing cars out of the ditch, etc.

A mobile pet-grooming business caught fire on SR 532 near Terry’s Corner.

The more than 30 inches of snow, freezing temperatures and icy roads of last week delayed mail delivery to some rural folks for almost a week.

Television viewers were alerted to the fact that free viewing would go the way of the dinosaur in February, when analog TV stations switched to digital.

As a community service, Boy Scout Troop 46 collected discarded Christmas trees for recycling.

— Pick up a set of the Stanwood Story to see many photos and stories from early-day Stanwood and Camano Island — $20 per volume or $50 for all three.

Stop by the SC News office at 9005 271st St. NW, Stanwood, or call 360-629-2155.

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