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Tella-Pix photo features,
Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times Chapter 1, Part 1,
Sedro-Woolley businesses, 1960s
Clothing stores and other businesses and people

(Aerial photo Sedro-Woolley)
This is an aerial photo of the northern and western parts of downtown Sedro-Woolley, centered on the Skagit Steel and Iron Works, which was thriving in 1960 when this photograph was published in the Courier-Times in 1960. We are looking west. The White strip running up and down at a five-degree angle is the F&S Grade road, named for the Fairhaven & Southern Railway, which laid the tracks on a diagonal through town from Sedro, and then winding through the hills to Jarman Prairie, Lake Samish and Fairhaven.
      You can see the indentation extending to the lower left of the photo. At the time of the photo the tracks from old Sedro by the river up to State street. I can recall that Johnson's Feed Store (State street where Sedro Villa Apartments stands today) loaded blackberries, and other things that we picked, into box cars when I was in high school. Topped out at 4 1/2 cents a pound for blackberries. We very much want to see any of the old F&S route photos, if you will kindly share scans or facsimile copies from your collection.
      For people who love details, look at the white road in the photo at the right. It is of course Moore street, destined to be Hwy. 20, curve and roundabout and railroad trestle, et al.

By Noel V. Bourasaw, Skagit River Journal
      This section will grow through 2012 and onwards. The 91 (and growing) photos are of Sedro-Woolley businesses, businesspeople and various personages are mainly from the June 30, 1960, and May 26, 1960 special insert to the Courier-Times, both rich with detail and names. You will find more than a hundred people, mostly business owners, in more than 80 photos in five parts. We originally planned one section and then it exploded. Courier Publisher Frank Evans realized back in the 1950s that the Seattle Times Sunday Rotagravure section — now the Sunday Pacific magazine — was a really good idea about instilling a sense of place, of extolling the community in a format different from the weekly newspaper. He combined the Tella-Pix photo-reproduction process with a special glossy, high-bright stock and the editions immediately became a hit.
      Over the years many people at history shows have given us various Tella-Pix editions, and the late Howard Miller gave us key numbers from the 1950s through '70s. Any photos that are not from that edition are identified when possible. You can find more of the editions at the Sedro-Woolley Museum in their fine library, with heavy old chairs and a marvelous wooden table, just like in the old Carnegie Library. We hope that other readers will donate more editions, or provide copies or scans. Many editions were "Progress" issues, which featured dozens of people and businesses. We especially seek those and the 1965 Progress Edition because we have only read transcripts and they are most interesting. Future editions will include Sedro-Woolley businesses in other years, along with features on communities as far flung as Marblemount, Alger, Bow and Burlington. Please share any of your memories of these stores in our guestbook below or in an email. Do you have photos of other stores in Sedro-Woolley or nearby towns? Please enjoy these stories.

(Sondale Shop)

I cannot recall this store except for a brief glimmer, and I certainly did not realize their wholesale connections. Do you?
(Lederle Shoes)

Chuck and Dorothy Lederle in the family business that occupied the store for more than six decades in the east side of the 800 block of Metcalf street that is now occupied by R & E Engineering, which completely restored the building in 2008. It once housed Skagit Realty and J.C. Penney.

(Black's Quality Shop)

Joe Fisher was the amiable clerk and later partner in Black's Quality Shop, on the east side of the 700 block of Metcalf; that location is now part of the Janicki Corporation offices.
(J.C. Penney)

Stan Smith was the manager of J.C.Penney, in the store owned by the Masonic Lodge at the northeast corner of State and Metcalf streets. Sav-On Furniture now occupies the building, following 24 years for Bus Jungquist Furniture. It opened in the fall of 1923 as the Ludwig-Wuest store.

(Stanley store)

Above: We do not recall this Stanley's gift shop on Metcalf street but we suspect it may have been the Stanley family who originally owned a Christian book store in the original Livermore Ford building (1915), now occupied by the Christian Teen Fellowship.

Right: Hermsmeyer Photo Studio stood on the south of State street, in the building just east of the Old Timers Tavern. That is now a barber shop. Note the old entrance to the Old Timers, which opened in 1937, after Repeal of Prohibition, as the Cook & Adams Tavern.


(Berg Sewing)

This was Mrs. Berg's Sewing Center with the Vogue tailoring shop in the back. We cannot remember its location. Can you?
(Mode o' Day)

This photo along with others on the page are from the 1962 Kumtux Annual, the year we graduated from Sedro-Woolley High. These were our charming classmates, Karen Berg, probably the daughter of Mrs. Berg, and Beth Barclay, daughter of attorney Con Barclay.

Do you have photos in your family collection of these kind of stores in old Sedro-Woolley, or any other stores? We would love to see scans or copies of any such photos, documents or articles. We never ask for your originals.
I wonder how many readers remember what a cobbler was. I remember ours well in 1960. You will have to drive a long ways today to find someone who will actually repair your shoes, but back then there were two cobblers, as you see above. At the left is Lawrence Burmaster, our family's choice; he was a descendant family who were the namesake of Burmaster road. I can still remember walking into the shop on Ferry street — now the eastern half of the Overflow/Four Aces Tavern. The belts were whirring and the aroma of polish and saddle soap was everywhere. Many times we got replacement heels for my dress shoes, for 75 cents or a dollar, instead of throwing the shoes away, as most people do today. At the right is Fred Lipsey at Skagit Shoe Shop on Woodworth street. We wonder if he is related to Ma Lipsey from the Sedro-Woolley Drive-in.

(Arctic Lockers)
In this photo you see the City Fuel & Lumber in a building that was torn down in favor of the Laundromat that stands there today. Next to it is the old Arctic Locker building, managed by Wilfred Dow, where many of us stored our cut beef and pork. Roger Anderson has recently totally remodeled the lockers building and it is available for lease in a condition almost like new.

(NBC bank)
      Upper Left: I cannot remember these handsome gentlemen flanking him, but who can forget that bald head and smile of Pinky Robinson at the Oliver-Hammer Clothes Shop. My dad used to say: "you will have a very hard time leaving the store without Pinky selling you something." We love any photos of Oliver-Hammer, in any of three locations on the eastern half of the 800 block of Metcalf street: the original in the present location of the silver shop; the location from 1958-2009 in the original Livermore Ford building; and their location since then in the original Masonic Lodge building.
      Upper Right: Another Robinson, the son of the famous Lyman Timber family, Doug Robinson was in 1960 the manger of the National Bank of Commerce. That bank was located in a building that was erected after the old Dream Theater on the north side of Woodworth street was razed in 1964. NBC evolved from Fred Fellows' original Lyman State Bank, then his Skagit Valley State Bank in the old Gateway Hotel corner.

(Puss Stendal)
Maybe the most-seen person around town at this time was Percy "Puss" Stendal, who had been a multi-term mayor after being a cook, teacher, principal, coach and clerk. He became the best known man in town and he left us three fine sons. The only one still alive is our beloved William "Billy Ray" Stendal, also a mayor, teacher and principal and a pretty fair cook. We will profile the Stendals in the new year.

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