This Month in Edmonds History: The Locals

Postcard of shingle mills on Edmonds Waterfront, with Keeler Shingle Company sign on right, 1910.

Postcard of shingle mills on Edmonds Waterfront, with Keeler Shingle Company sign on right, 1910.

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 February, we’ll revisit 1910.

In February 1910, The Edmonds Review informed its readers that it was no longer “a Sunday School Paper,” and would not be edited for children. Instead, the paper was to be offered to the 2,100 “intelligent” residents of Edmonds – one of the fairest cities on the Sound. Readers were invited to subscribe to the paper for $1.50 per year, and payments could be made to F.H. Darling at City Dock, where he was ready for cash or conversation.

While many changes appeared in the newspaper at this time, the social happenings column remained the same. On Feb. 9, 1910, this “Locals” column included the comings and goings of the town’s most interesting folks and also provided a glimpse into the thriving shingle industry that dominated Edmonds waterfront at this time.

B.F. Wasser is making a new dry-kiln, besides doing much necessary work about the Queen Mill.

Harry Wiley, Jr., has accepted a position in the Nut and Bolt Works, where he is running the big heading machine.

A quartet of black fish passed Edmonds, making toward Seattle Monday morning.

The Monday night fire at 11 o’clock burned up the old Konnerup shack east of town. The bell and whistle routed out lots of people, all of whom are glad that the loss is so small.

C.H. Packard, secretary of the Everett Chamber of Commerce, was in Edmonds, Monday, gathering statistics of the shingle industry.

The Keeler Shingle Co. and the Edmonds Mill Co., are turning out all shingles produced in town just now; our numerous mills are all getting ready for a busy season.

The dike is giving no further trouble at present—it is holding the high tides out nicely—so we can attend to other troubles uptown—sewers, for instance.

The new school house is making slow progress on account of cold weather and slow railroad service. Finishing bricks—the yellow boys—are bagging—an occasional carload so the job is slow. The building is now sufficiently tho so it looks a good, substantial brick building – give it time.

Master Kenneth O’Neil is now up and can take an occasional meal at the table. Not so fat as formerly.

G.M. Nelson is on the mend; our sanitary reporter met him in the post office lately, when G.M. said he was doing fine.

 

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