Let it Snow!

With the chill in the air we have been wondering if we will have snow this year and looking back at snowfalls past. Some have added to the natural beauty of the Northwest, while others were more menacing. Do you have any winter wonderland stories to share?

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‘Tis The Season for Getting to Know Your Local Businesses

With all of the unavoidable advertising of sales, specials and internet deals that can’t be beat, we have been thinking about all of the joys we miss when not venturing out to our local businesses. It is a way to meet our neighbors and personally spread holiday cheer. Sometimes something as small as a friendly conversation with someone new, can be the difference between a good and a bad day.

As Amazon works towards delivery drones, taking humans completely out of the picture, it is interesting to note that one our our first major retailers worked with the opposite business model. Starting as a catalog retail business, Montgomery Ward opened their first retail outlet in 1926. Just three years later, on December 5, 1929 their doors opened at 2818 Wetmore in Everett. For more information please see wikipedia.

Here are a few of your local business from days past.

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A Time for Gathering

As the holiday season begins, most of us are planning to gather with friends and loved ones. For hundreds of years we have gathered, not only for Thanksgiving, but for homecoming ceremonies, family reunions and holiday parties. One of the most enjoyable tasks of reviewing the numerous historical images donated to the museum, is to investigate the people and events they document. When unable to discover the origin of the image, it is also quite fun to imagine the events. Here are a few of the gatherings which remain a mystery.

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Some of these people look as though they have had enough gathering for the day. Most of us can find a similar moment in our own photo books.
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Three men out for a stroll, or walking off their holiday meal?
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A family gathered outdoors in the sunshine. Shall we all cross our fingers and hope for the same?
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An early senior living facility? 
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How much holiday travel has improved!

For more interesting information on Thanksgiving, I encourage you to visit wikipedia. Many of us may not know that tradition can be traced to England.

Happy Gathering!

Progress Report

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Our diligent and hard-working volunteers continue to make huge strides towards creating a digital inventory of all of the objects in the Collection. This is an exciting and necessary step in progressing our museum toward our final goal of having a permanent home.

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The Museum, established in 1954, has gone through several stages of development – and has had some tremendous set-backs. It is comprised of more than 40,000 artifacts – some large, some small. While the Museum has been located in several buildings, it has never had a permanent home that would allow it to be a destination museum. This is what we are striving to achieve – creating a permanent exhibition and storage facility accessible to the public.

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The Museum will serve the greater City of Everett community through leadership and collaborations with local organizations and the operation of the Museum. We will strive to educate all demographics about their cultural heritage and enhance the lives of youth and adults by providing educational programming that appeal to everyone. The Museum will engage individuals who both have an interest in historical preservation, as well as those who are new to the idea and to entertain them with new and unusual programs and exhibitions. The organization will work to enhance and preserve the permanent collection, as well as evolve the idea of what a historical museum is to a community.

Please help us reach our goal by volunteering your time and/or resources. We need you to make us a success!

A Peak Inside one of the Museum’s Storage Areas

Here is a peak into our storage at the Everett Mall, who have been so kind to give us, for a very nominal fee, a safe and secure location for our artifact storage. There are some pretty interesting objects!

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A glimpse into the Mall’s cavernous space full of large- and small-scale artifacts
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A closer look at the furnishings we have stored
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Derby Cars, these are actually made from wood, metal, and painted paper
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Shelves full of interesting and intriguing objects
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An extremely detailed ship’s model in the collection

Request from a Reader

We are hoping someone can help out Wendell, who submitted this comment (below) looking for information on the current owners of the Fratt Mansion. There is a lovely informative article about the home, its current owners, and its restoration on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website. If anyone has more information for Wendell, please let us know.

Wendell Affield

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I am the great grandson of Charles Diller Fratt. My grandmother was Elsie Fratt Philips. I recently came into a treasure trove of historical information including a wedding photo taken in the parlor of the Fratt Mansion on Dec 10, 1917. This evening I wrote a blog post about it. It can be seen at:
http://www.wendellaffield.com/category/chickenhouse-chronicles

I would like to get in contact with the present owners of the Frat Mansion. I have read about the renovations they have done and I believe they would be interested in the information I have.

Thank you.

Museum Volunteers

We just wanted to give a big THANK YOU to our volunteers who have been helping us organize and catalog our wonderful collection of artifacts – a big project. We couldn’t do it without you!

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Did You Guess Correctly?

Saloon Tokens, c. 1890-1915. In the Collection of the Everett Museum of History.
Saloon Tokens, c. 1890-1915. In the Collection of the Everett Museum of History.

Early Pharmacy in Washington


Washington Territory’s first doctors prescribed and made their own medicines compounded from plants.  Plant leaves, roots and seeds were ground into powders and made into pills, liquids and plasters.  Widely used were belladonna for headaches and cramps, bloodroot for throat infections and foxglove (digitalis) for the heart.  Each prescription was “tailor made” and dosages often varied as well as plant combinations.

But there were early drug stores as well, such as the one run by Lot Wilbur in Snohomish who first set up at a temporary location and then settled in to a permanent place at 1201 First Street.   By the time of the first Polk’s city directory in 1893, Everett listed the Everett Drug Co., Hawley’s, Lytle & McCauley, Watkin’s Brothers and Webb’s.  Two pharmacies that would have a long life were Tozer’s (1901) and City Drug (1917).

The Eli Lilly Company, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, was one of the earliest large pharmaceutical companies, its roots going back to the Civil War.  More large companies formed in the U. S. in the early twentieth century.  Gradually chemical drugs began to be made available, under professional supervision, insuring greater consistency and safety.  At the same time, many pharmacists continued to compound their own medicines for decades.  By 1970, only about one percent of prescriptions were compounded.  Today medicinal compounding is continued mainly through traditional Asian, homeopathic and folk medicine.

Polk’s Directory listing for Everett

1893 Everett Drug Company, Hawley’s, Lytle & McCauley, Watkin’s Brothers and             Webb’s.

1901-02 Everett Drug Company, Hardy Rice, Tozer’s

1905 Everett Drug Company, Pioneer Drug, Quaker and Tozer’s

1910 Owl Drug Store added to the 1905 list

1918 City Drugs, Dean’s Pharmacy, Eagle Pharmacy, the Owl Drug Store and Quaker             Drugs

1922 City Drugs, Owl Drug Store, Lowell Drugs

1933 During the Great Depression, there were 17 pharmacies in Everett and 16 others in the county.

1947 City Drugs (with Herb Knudsen), along with 21 others.

Text Courtesy Margaret Riddle

Images Courtesy Margaret Riddle and and O’Donnell