This Month in Edmonds History: Local happenings about town

Business advertisements placed in the May 25, 1916 issue of the Edmonds Examiner.
Business advertisements placed in the May 25, 1916 issue of the Edmonds Examiner.

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 May, we’ll revisit 1916.

On May 25, 1916, the Edmonds Examiner published the first edition of its newspaper in Edmonds. Ralph Emerson served as editor and publisher at this time, but it appears that his tenure was short-lived. Within a few weeks, the paper was repossessed and published under the name Edmonds Tribune-Review once again.

As with many newspapers of this time, the Examiner published a weekly “Local Happenings” column that highlighted business and personal events of the town’s residents. A selection of those activities are featured below:

Lester Wilson was in Seattle on business Tuesday.

F.W. Peabody was a business visitor on Tuesday.

Beeson Hall is being painted and considerable improvement made.

Mr. F.J. Fletcher and children went to Meadowdale Sunday where he has organized a Sunday School.

Mr. and Mrs. N. Dow, of Pinehurst, Everett, are nicely settled in one of the Lund Cottages.

The Edmonds Junior baseball team will go to Richmond Beach next Sunday afternoon to cross bats with the local team there.

Maurisce Rogers and Roy Venn are opening a logging camp near Meadowdale. They have roads built and will soon be in working order.

J.S. McCann has purchased the five acre tract belonging to the Ward estate. It is reported that the price is about $5,400.

Mrs. August Johnson is showing her patriotism by placing a 65-foot flag pole in her yard at Fourth and Bell streets, from which Old Glory will wave.

Zophar Howard, III., for several years a loyal citizen of Edmonds, who with his family went to Philadelphia last year, expresses a desire to return. They just can’t stay away after once living here.

May_ad1W.R. Ammon is busy these days. It is a labor of love. He is making a new altar and Master’s desk for the Edmonds Masonic Lodge of which he is a prominent member. They are of quartered oak and finished in the natural wood. Mr. Ammon is taking great pains with them and the result will be more than a surprise. These new pieces are beauties of the highest type and would be a source of pride to any lodge room in the country.

Read more about the local business happenings at the Edmonds Historical Museum’s new exhibit, “Open for Business,” which opens Saturday, May 3, along with the museum’s Garden Market.

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