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Mount Vernon Record

October 7, 1897 . . . Volume 4, Issue 48 [Published on Thursdays]
Publisher: Al Sebring

(sebring Illustrated Cover)
      "Al Sebring, Editor and Proprietor. Subscription $1/year. Subscribe to five papers at once for $2.05/year. Seattle Weekly Times, the Record and Thrice Weekly World of New York." He claimed the largest circulation of any paper in the county, but that is debatable since the Skagit News is generally recognized as the biggest seller in those early days.
      In the late 1880s and early '90s, Al Sebring was assistant editor for the Skagit News in Mount Vernon. He then rode the Populist tide and on Nov. 2, 1893, he launched the Record, initially using the plant and resources of the James Power's Avon Record, which had failed in the first days of "Hard Times." The nationwide Financial Panic of 1893 killed off many banks and newspapers. He rode out hard times for almost exactly four years until he joined the Mount Vernon Argus organization in the late fall of 1897, just weeks after this issue.
      Five years later, Sebring rose again when he launched the Sebring's Skagit County Illustrated magazine, a boon for we historians. It was used as a promotional piece back then to attract investment in Skagit county. Unfortunately the magazine only survived its inaugural issue of December 1902. You can look in used book stores for the reprint that the Washington State Genealogical and Historical Review published in 1983 with a cover price of $4. You can read a comprehensive history of Skagit County — which Sebring wrote in 1902 in his short-lived magazine, Sebring's Skagit County Illustrated — in Issue 21 in the archives of our optional Subscribers Edition.
      In this issue of the Record, we separate the stories by the city or area to which they pertained. Our supplement notes or explanations are enclosed within brackets [ ].

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon advertisements

Greater Mount Vernon area
(Davis Barn)
B.N.L. Davis's famous barn near the Great Northern trestle over the Skagit river in the old Riverside District. Seattle Times painting

Rexville [Pleasant Ridge]


      [Ed. note: Please note that we spell LaConner without a space for consistency throughout our web pages. It was spelled both ways by both newspapers and authors back in those days. Angry adherents for both ways still rave on today. In this issue, Mount Vernon, our preferred spelling, was not used. Instead, Mt. Vernon was the preferred spelling then.]

West Skagit county rural

[first upriver town in 1878, began as Ball's Landing]

Woolley and Sedro


Puget sound


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