This Month in Edmonds History: ‘About Town’ in 1918

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Washington Coast Utilities advertisement, printed in The Tribune-Review January 4, 1918.

My Edmonds News is proud to present a monthly look at Edmonds history, straight from the archives of the Edmonds Historical Museum. For the month of January, we’ll revisit 1918.

Like many newspapers of its time, the Edmonds Tribune-Review often printed the comings and goings of its residents in a column called, “About Town.”  Each story—no more than one or two sentences—gave a snapshot of life at that time. Topics included residents’ travels, visitors, politics, and any other newsworthy items at the moment. In January 1918, this is what was happening “about town” in Edmonds:

Miss Clara Everton, student in the University of Washington, spent the holidays at home with her parents.

Young pigs for sale.  Home Stores Company.

The Misses Bea and Bessie Sutton, of Seattle, and Levi Sutton of the State College at Pullman, visited their grandmother, Mrs. P.R. Reynolds, and aunts, Mrs. R.T. Roscoe, Mrs. D.M. Yost and Miss Phoebe Reynolds during the holidays.

Some railroad men are trying to figure out whether they are working for the same old railroad superintendents or the U.S.

Joe Knowles, who has been working for the Saginaw Timber Co., at Saginaw, Wash., is at home on account of the mill shutting down night work.

Merchants and business men generally are taking stock this week.

Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Olsen visited friends in Tacoma and Seattle last Sunday.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Yost, on December the 30th, a boy.  Sam is still proffering the cigars.

Last Saturday afternoon in the city of Seattle, Edward Hagan of the city and Miss Lena Keuhl of this place were married. They will make their home in Seattle

Pat Cull of the Arlington Branch of the Washington Coast Utilities was in Edmonds for a few days last week assisting O.M. Carter with the office work during the temporary absence of Miss Minnie Burbank (see ad inset).

Mrs. Mabel Thorpe Jones, formerly music and art teacher in the public school of this place, but now holding a similar position in Mt. Vernon, visited friends here during the holidays.

Claude Smith, secretary of the Richmond Beach Telephone & Power Co., transacted business in Edmonds Wednesday.

Read every word in this issue, and especially the advertisement of your local merchant, and then make up your mind that in the future you will patronize them. They will sell you goods just as cheap as the city merchant, and are in a position to favor you, should you ever need one.

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