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Name Curtis Wharf Company

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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 WF 0175 -

WF 0175 -

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. 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 activities occurring there. Curtis also started the Anacortes Ice Company at the

Image of WF 0176.A,B,C -

WF 0176.A,B,C -

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 Avenue. 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. By 19

Image of D.IX.008 - Curtis Wharf

D.IX.008 - Curtis Wharf

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. 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 activities occurring there. Curtis also started the Anacortes Ice Company at the

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