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Name CURTIS, Melville

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Image of 2006.045 - Records

2006.045 - Records

Abstract of Title No. 6206, for Lots 18, 19 and 20, Block 89, original plat in the City of Anacortes, Washington, made at the request of A. B. Spradley, Esq, Realtor, 1417 - 6th Street, Anacortes, WA, from the Abstract of Title, No. 4940; land located at Ship Harbor, 139.45 acres, legal description of land, Abstract compiled by W. H. Beard, Mt. Vernon, WA at the request of D. M. Jones, Oakland, CA. This summary of the legal holdings of this property, 1876-1923 shows the original document copy, including: blueprint of plat map; Patent of Land from the United States to Richard B. Wooten, Dec 1, 1876, filed Nov 23, 1880; "mortgage" -- sale of land, Richard B. Wooten and Ellen Wooten to John S. C

Image of 2013.077.398 - Abstract

2013.077.398 - Abstract

This abstract of title was for lots 1 - 10 of Block 198 of the original plat of the City of Anacortes. The first 56 pages were completed on January 20, 1923, and the additional 4 pages were created November 29, 1926. W.H. Beard was the abstractor for Skagit County Abstract and Trust Company. The first record of note was a certified copy of receiver's receipt from George D. Hill dated August 26, 1872. He also received a patent for 167.05 acres from the Land Office in Washington, D.C., on October 1, 1875. On July 26, 1886, George and Ellen K. Hill took out a mortgage of $5000. The mortgage was satisfied on June 22, 1889. On September 24, 1887, HIll was paid $700 for fir, spruce and cedar tim

Image of fic.0727 - Map

fic.0727 - Map

Soundings in fathoms at mean lower low water for waters surrounding northeast Fidalgo Island, east Guemes Island, and Fidalgo and Padilla Bays. This map was created by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey July 18, 1891, and copied from the original sheets in the Archives of that survey. It may have been owned by Melville Curtis as his name is written in ink on the bottom of the parchment.

Image of 2017.026 - Ledger

2017.026 - Ledger

Melville Curtis, an Anacortes town founder, kept a ledger of various accounts from 1897 to 1903. The spine is marked "Melville Curtis, No. 2." It includes costs for Dexter-Horton, Compton house, Skagit lumber mills, rents, repairs, food, etc. The "Journ'l" is leather-bound and embossed in gold.

Image of D.I.012.002 - Melville Curtis

D.I.012.002 - Melville Curtis

Portrait of Melville Curtis in military uniform (newspaper clipping).

Image of WF 0174 -

WF 0174 -

Office of Curtis Wharf Company on the Curtis Dock at the foot of O Street on Guemes Channel waterfront. Melville Curtis started the business at the Curtis Wharf sometime between 1903 and 1905 by establishing a "coal and builders supply" at the foot of O Ave. Fred Stafford (died 8-13-1947) stands at left; he was an important leader in Anacortes civic, business, and political circles and the husband of Madge Stafford (who assisted Wallie V. Funk on the historic photo project in the 1950s) as well as the father of Charles Stafford, who became chief justice of the Washington State Supreme Court. Next to Stafford is Melville Curtis, and the man at far right is Fred Baker. The woman is unidentified

Image of D.IV.043.A,B - American Express office

D.IV.043.A,B - American Express office

This American Express Office was based at the Curtis Dock at the foot of O Street on Guemes Channel waterfront. First mention on the office in city directories is in 1917, but the date of c. 1906 is from the Madge Stafford collection. Stafford was married to Charles F. Stafford who took over management of the Curtis Wharf after the death of Melville Curtis in 1925. Melville Curtis started the business at the Curtis Wharf sometime between 1903 and 1905 by establishing a "coal and builders supply" at the foot of O. By 1910 the Curtis Dock was listed regularly in the City Directory, a listing that continued through the 1962 phone book; there is no listing in the 1975 directory. The wharf was d

Image of WF 0699 - Melville Curtis

WF 0699 - Melville Curtis

Melville Curtis, 1849-1925, was the younger brother of Annie (aka Anna, Anne) Curtis Bowman. See WF 0693 for information on her. Melville Curtis built the Curtis Wharf at the foot of O Avenue in 1903 and was one of the organizers of the Anacortes Ice Company located there. He married Fanny Backus Wright in California in 1883 and in 1885 they purchased property on Fidalgo Island. In 1887 the family moved to Port Townsend where Melville managed the Puget Sound Blast Furnace at Irondale. The family moved to Anacortes in 1890. The couple had four daughters: Morri, Louise, Alleen, and Helen. Melville served as the mayor of Anacortes in 1893 and 1895, and for eight years he was a city councilman.

Image of D.I.004 - Melville Curtis

D.I.004 - Melville Curtis

Melville Curtis was the brother of Annie Curtis Bowman and founder of Curtis Wharf Company, which was later owned by William McCracken.

Image of D.I.008.001 - Photograph of Melville Curtis

D.I.008.001 - Photograph of Melville Curtis

Melville Curtis, 1849-1925, was the younger brother of Annie (aka Anna, Anne) Curtis Bowman. See WF 0693 for information on her. Melville Curtis built the Curtis Wharf at the foot of O Avenue in 1903 and was one of the organizers of the Anacortes Ice Company located there. He married Fanny Backus Wright in California in 1883 and in 1885 they purchased property on Fidalgo Island. In 1887 the family moved to Port Townsend where Melville managed the Puget Sound Blast Furnace at Irondale. The family moved to Anacortes in 1890. The couple had four daughters: Morri, Louise, Alleen, and Helen. Melville served as the mayor of Anacortes in 1893 and 1895, and for eight years he was a city councilman.

Image of D.IV.183.001-.005 - Curtis Wharf, 1992, before demolition

D.IV.183.001-.005 - Curtis Wharf, 1992, before demolition

Curtis Wharf Company on the Curtis Dock at the foot of O Street on Guemes Channel waterfront. Melville Curtis constructed the dock in 1903 as a terminal for daily passengers and freight service to the San Juan Islands and Seattle. He later establishing a "coal and builders supply" at the foot of O Avenue on Curtis Wharf. By 1910 the Curtis Dock was listed regularly in the City Directory, a listing that continued through the 1962 phone book; there was no listing in the 1975 directory. The wharf was demolished in September 1992 despite efforts to preserve it. The 1917 City Directory listing [below] is the most extensive for the Curtis Wharf Company, and gives a good idea of the type of activiti