Edmonds Museum 125th Anniversary essay contest winner: 3rd place, Peyson Smith

George Brackett, in a 1926 photo, courtesy of the Edmonds HIstorical Museum.
Edmonds founder George Brackett, in a 1926 photo, courtesy of the Edmonds HIstorical Museum.

Earlier this year, the Edmonds Historical Museum launched an essay contest open to all fourth graders who live and/or attend public or private school in Edmonds, or who are home-schooled at a comparable grade level. This contest was held in conjunction with the City of Edmonds 125th Anniversary, which is being formally celebrated this Tuesday, Aug. 11 in downtown Edmonds.

The topic: What were the three most important events in Edmonds’ history and why were they important? Judges were members of the Edmonds Museum Board.

Leading up to Tuesday’s celebration, My Edmonds News will publish one winning essay each day, starting with the third-place winner, Peyson Smith, 9, from Ms. Rose Short’s class at Holy Rosary Elementary School.

Edmonds, Wash., a town on the shore of the Salish Sea, has a very interesting history This essay will be focusing on my top three most historical events.

The first important event that I will e telling you about is the arrival of George Brackett. In the 1870s, Brackett was paddling in the Puget Sound (now known as the Salish Sea) and a very large storm washed Brackett on the shore of Edmonds. As a young man at the age of 34, he was a logger. Brackett stayed because he saw big trees, thought he could make good money, make houses for himself, and make some houses for his workers. After a few years Brackett had a few houses and people came over to Edmonds. More and more people came until Brackett thought that there were enough people that he could make this place a town. When he turned in the contract he was two people short, so he signed the names of his two lead oxen and that is how Edmonds became a town. I think this was an important event because Brackett started Edmonds.

The next important event I will be telling you about is Frances Anderson becoming a teacher. Frances Anderson moved to Edmonds when she was only a year old in 1891. She moved here because of her father’s job as a railroad worker. Frances Anderson grew up to be a teacher. I think this was an important event because in my opinion, she inspired people in Edmonds to come to school here and become a teacher.

The last important event I will be telling you about is the new things and growth in the present day of 2015. In the present day the population is about 40,000 people and the second largest town in Snohomish County. In the present day there are a lot more railroads for trains so people can go places. Also there are many roads for cars to drive on. Also in the present day there are many businesses. You can get a good job for a good amount of money. I think this is an important event because it was a big change from the start of Edmonds.

As you can see, Edmonds has a very interesting history.

— By Peyson Smith



  1. Good job, Peyson. Nice to know more about Edmonds’ beginnings. Interesting that two animals were considered “citizens” at that time.




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