Edmonds Museum 125th Anniversary essay contest winner: 2nd place, Jessie Tong

Edmonds High School in 1913. (Photo courtesy Edmonds Historical Museum)
Edmonds High School in 1913. (Photo courtesy 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 is publishing one winning essay each day. Today we feature second-place winner and Edmonds resident Jessie Tong, 10, from Ms. Deborah Caldwell’s class at Terrace Park K-8 School.

Three historical events that have occurred in Edmonds, Washington are, the opening of the Edmonds ferry, shingle mills, and the Edmonds High School. The automobile ferry, City of Edmonds, made its first run from Edmonds to Kingston, using a new route across the Puget Sound. Shingle mills was the first mill built in Edmonds. The Edmonds High School was the first school in Edmonds.

First, we will talk about the Edmonds ferry. On May 26, 1923, the Edmonds ferry took its first run across the Puget Sound. The boat could hold 12-14 cars and 76 passengers on each trip. For the cost, it was $1.50 for car and driver each way, or $2.50 round trip. They charged $0.25 for a walk-on passenger each way. The Edmonds ferry was important to Edmonds because it created transportation across
the Puget Sound.

Shingle mills was also an important part of Edmonds. During the early 1900s, Shingle mills stretched out across the waterfront. The number of mills in Edmonds grew rapidly because there was a large stock of red cedar nearby. In its heyday, 10 mills stretched out along the water, some cutting over 20,000 shingles per year! Shingle mills was also important because it made money for the people of Edmonds.

The Edmonds High School opened on September 10, 1910. In 1957, the old school became the city’s junior high. By 1939 the population of the Edmonds High School had grown to 750 students. The contract to build the two-story brick classical revival structure went to Ward & Robertson, of Seattle. The Edmonds high School was important to Edmonds because it educated the people of Edmonds.

Those are three main historical events in Edmonds. Those three events were, the Edmonds ferry, shingle mills, and the Edmonds High School. The Edmonds ferry was a great addition to Edmonds and still uses that route across the Puget Sound today. Shingle mills was a very useful contribution to Edmonds because it made money for the city. Edmonds High School was an amazing school that worked as the city’s junior high. There were many more events in Edmonds; these were just three events I included.

— By Jessie Tong

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