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Tella-Pix photo features, Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times
Chapter 1, Part 3, Sedro-Woolley businesses, 1960s
Grocers, Furniture, TV, Appliances, Jewelers

      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.

(Grocery stores)
These were three active grocers at the time. Left is Paul Woollen, the butcher at Pete's Cash Market on the west side of the 800 block of Metcalf. Second from left: Al Mungia, the independent grocer at Bob Parker's Dependable grocery on the east side of the 700 block of Metcalf street. Back then most stores had butchers with their own business; that was mandatory for a long time. Second from right: Mrs. Drake at Drake's grocery, now a convenience store on West State street at the southern dead-end of Borseth. Right is Pete Hegg at Pete's Cash Grocery.

(Safeway store)
Old-timers will recall when Safeway stood on Ferry street where various hardware stores have stood for the past 30 years. Do you remember when this was later briefly a Prairie Market, where we wrote our own prices on the grocery items with grease pencils. Note that the old Northern Pacific depot is in the background in the left center, and behind that is the Lentz feed and seed store, which had not yet been razed. We wish the photographer had turned just a little to his or her left. Special points to anyone who knows the history of the Lentz business and who especially can answer: when did it change from Lentz & Nelson to just Lentz?

(Grocery stors)
(Ferngren Furniture)

Bill Ferngren's Furniture store was on the west side of the 800 block of Metcalf street. In a few years, Bus Jungquist would buy the store and stay there until 1985, when he moved it across the street to the northeast corner of State.
You will have to be relatively long in the tooth to remember these two grocery stores on the upper left. At the top was what was called Gene's market at that time, for Gene Kriskov, who was also mayor. It had formerly been Danny's Market when Danny McClennan owned it, and a member of the Marihugh family owned it before that. It has continued as a convenience, just a block around the corner from my house. We shopped there when I was a boy and I shop there now, 55 years later. At the bottom is the Tradewell Market, in the building at the east end of Woodworth street that now houses the Sedro-Woolley Museum and was built in 1924 for Jech's Universal Motor Ford garage.>

(Hollywood Furniture)

      The gentleman on the top left is Bob Smith, owner of Hollywood Furniture. We have no memory of him nor do we know where his store was. Do you?
      In the right hand panel, the five grocers include three out of the four grocers downtown at the time. And a fifth would appear three years later when Thrifty opened in what was for many years recently Marketplace Foods, at the northeast corner of Eastern and State. Those were all in addition to the five other grocery stores within eight blocks east or west.

(Grocery stores)
      In the right hand panel: Upper left was Bob Parker, who owned Parker's Dependable Grocery on Metcalf street, next to the Liberty Cafe, in the Swastika Building, succeeding West's Dependable. Upper right was the Hyldahl family, who then owned the Central Grocery a block north of the school. "Only five kids in the store at one time," was the rule and those of us who didn't cause trouble for them all year got a special Christmas treat of a choice of candy.
      Center left was Fred Leber at the L&M Market on the 800 block of Metcalf, in the Odd Fellows building, now occupied by a video store. Center right was Mrs. Glad of the McDugle-Wagner Dairy Drive-in on State street (see part 4). Lower left was Bus Jungquist, when he was a grocer on Jameson street, before he switched to the furniture business downtown. Can you remember when he had the only license in town for off-premises sale of beer? Lower right was Arnold Hoffman; he and his wife Anne gave me monthly credit while I was a freshman and sophomore at Western.

(Jungquist family)
This is a charming family photo of the period at Christmas. Both Bus and Berniece (Benson) Jungquist passed away two years ago and were both descendants of historic families. I miss our many conversations. This photo was taken with their daughter Christie, who now lives across the Atlantic. Their son, Craig, still lives in Sedro-Woolley.

(Johnson's Furtniture)
(Jack Holt's TV)
Upper Left: This is the interior of Johnson's Furniture on the west side of the 800 block of Metcalf street. It was located in what was originally Albert E. Holland's drugstore annex, the southern wing of the Bingham Bank building, on the west side of Metcalf Street where Skagit Surveyors is located in 2012. In 1919 J.C. Penney moved across the street to that location and that store was there until 1939 and the next tenant was the Ely Dry Goods store. In a Sept. 10, 1951, Courier-Times the grand opening was announced for the Charles Johnson Appliance store in the same building, replacing the Ely Co. A dime store replaced Johnson's later on.
Upper Right: We bought both TVs, record player and other appliances from Jack Holt's TV and Appliance, also on the same side street as Johnson's, but we cannot recall which building.

(William Hunter TV)

We also draw a blank for William Hunter TV and Appliance above. Can you recall?
(Knudsen jeweler)

I faintly remember this Knudsen Jewelery shop being across the post office. Do you remember?

(Glenn Allen)

Glenn Allen in his traditional bow tie, with two clerks whom we cannot recall. Can you? His father opened the shop on the west side of the 800 block of Metcalf in 1941. And Glenn's son, Glenn, kept it open until 2009.
(Ziebell repair)

Carl Ziebell had a repair shop back then, which may have been the alley behind Oliver-Hammer, where Jimmy Worthern had his shop a decade or so later. With his assortment of pipes, he always looked like the quintessential Dutchman.

(Glenn Allen)

This is the exterior of Glenn Allen's shop. We have always wondered what was covered behind that remodel. Have you ever seen the original building, personally or in a photo?
(Malone Music)

Malone Music was where we bought those 45s that would now be worth a fortune in mint condition: Elvis, Chuck Berry, Dion, Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper. Pat Malone is not in the photo. That is his wife, Opal, on the right, and Bud Schulze, whom I do not remember. They were in the brick building, later occupied by Al Armstrong appliances and now by Domino Pizza, on Ferry street next to Hammer Heritage Square.

      At right you see some other folks who you would have spied on the streets of Sedro-Woolley a lot during those days. Back in 1948 the American Legion George Baldridge Post 43 sponsored the new Loggerodeo and they were the prime promoters for five decades. In this photo of a Loggerodeo committee from 1962 that is Chuck Carroll on the left, who owned a mill on Township street and another facility on State. The last I heard he is still living on the Olympic Peninsula. We hope so. We want to profile the family and their mill in the near future. Center is my dad, Victor Bourasaw, who headed up the Loggerodeo three different years and made it our family occasion of the year. In the back is barber Hank Geary when he was a youngun; you will also see him on the barbers page in this issue. He still lives next door to the Old Timer's, when he isn't snowbirding, and he was very active in helping my dad with Loggerodeo back then.
Do you have other photos of these business or their competitors from any year? We are always interested in seeing scans and copies of such for these photo sections.

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