George Brackett returns to Edmonds

John Harquist in character as George Brackett.
John Harquist in character as George Brackett.

Edmonds founder George Brackett dropped in for visit to the town he founded, putting in an appearance at the Saturday, Aug. 3 Edmonds Saturday Market to help commemorate the Museum’s 40th anniversary.

tn_DSC_6725Speaking from the steps of the old Carnegie Library (now the Edmonds Museum) Brackett regaled the crowd with stories of how he came to Edmonds, his adventures logging off the Edmonds Bowl, and his legal battles, political maneuverings, and business dealings as he transformed Edmonds from a logging settlement into a major city.

tn_DSC_6730Portrayed by local actor John Hartquist, Brackett’s lively 30-minute talk was part history lesson, but all entertainment. Hartquist clearly did his homework, bringing Brackett to life with facts and anecdotes that engaged the crowd and kept their attention.

Hartquist, a veteran actor, has appeared in a number of local productions at the Wade James Theater, the Phoenix Theater in Firdale Village, and other area venues.  His one-man Mark Twain show has been performed several times locally, and is not to be missed.

–Story and photos by Larry Vogel

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