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Name Porter Fish Company

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Image of E.IV.063.003 - Map

E.IV.063.003 - Map

Anacortes Sanborn map #3 of November 1907 locates and diagrams to scale some important businesses including Curtis Dock, G.E. Vincent's Shingle Mill, Burke's Shingle Mill, Coast Fish Company, Porter Fish Company, and Anacortes Steam Laundry. The Great Northern Spur Track is also shown.

Image of D.VIII.035 -

D.VIII.035 -

36,000 salmon in Porter Fish Company cannery. Porter Fish Company was located at the foot of M Avenue at 3rd on the Guemes channel. It was the former Rosario Straits Packing Company, purchased by Porter in 1905. See 7-20-1905, ANACORTES AMERICAN. In 1911, when Robinson Cannery (next to Porter) moved to the Anacortes Creamery and Produce site in preparation for building its new plant at the foot of Erie Avenue, Porter purchased the Robinson Cannery. See 9-7-1911, ANACORTES AMERICAN. Porter Fish Company was sold in 1915. By 1921 The cannery was Northwestern Fisheries by 1921.

Image of WF 0282 - Orca whale

WF 0282 - Orca whale

This whale was shot in July 1914 when it got inside a fish trap operated by the Porter Fish Company. Fred Fulton, then manager of the Porter Fish Company, stated the whale "refused to leave" the trap, so the men on the trap "decided to kill him." "We improvised two harpoons but needed something more than that to complete the job. We took a large rifle and finally managed SETROCANA tow "the monster" to Anacortes. "The whale was so heavy that the SETROCANA had a hard time getting him to town. The boat listed considerably to one side when the heavy monster was lashed to it." The whale was taken to the Porter Cannery and at high tide, 10-15 men managed to get it slid onto a scow, where this pict

Image of WF 0394.A,B - Robinson Fisheries

WF 0394.A,B - Robinson Fisheries

Robinson Codfish Company (left) and Porter Fish Company (right). They were located at the foot of M Avenue at 3rd on the Guemes Channel. The Robinson Cannery was built c. 1905; the Porter Cannery was the former Rosario Straits Packing Company, purchased by Porter in 1905. See 7-20-1905, ANACORTES AMERICAN. In 1911, when Robinson Cannery moved to the Anacortes Creamery and Produce site in preparation for building its new plant at the foot of Erie Avenue, Porter purchased the Robinson Cannery. See 9-7-1911, ANACORTES AMERICAN. Porter Fish Company was sold in 1915. The cannery was Northwestern Fisheries by 1921. See WF 0430. It appears that the Robinson schooner, ALICE, is at dock in

Image of WF 0425 - Robinson Codfish Co.

WF 0425 - Robinson Codfish Co.

Robinson Codfish Company (left) and Porter Fish Company (right) at the foot of M Avenue on the Guemes Channel [at 3rd]. The Robinson Cannery was built c. 1905; the Porter Cannery was the former Rosario Straits Packing Company, purchased by Porter in 1905; see the 7-20-1905, ANACORTES AMERICAN. In 1911, when Robinson moved to the Anacortes Creamery and Produce site in preparation for building its new plant at the foot of Erie Avenue, Porter purchased the Robinson Cannery; see 9-7-1911 issue. Porter Fish Company was sold in 1915, and the cannery was owned by Northwestern Fisheries by 1922. Note the large pile driver rising above Porter Fish. Also see WF 0394, 0424. Large pile driver rising

Image of WF 0430 - Northwest Fisheries Co.

WF 0430 - Northwest Fisheries Co.

Northwest Fisheries Company was located at foot of M Street, former site of Porter Fish Company. Not listed by 1934 city directory. Porter Fish Company was located at the foot of M Avenue at 3rd on the Guemes channel. It was the former Rosario Straits Packing Company, purchased by Porter in 1905. See 7-20-1905, ANACORTES AMERICAN. In 1911, when Robinson Cannery (next to Porter) moved to the Anacortes Creamery and Produce site in preparation for building its new plant at the foot of Erie Avenue, Porter purchased the Robinson Cannery. See 9-7-1911, ANACORTES AMERICAN. Porter Fish Company was sold in 1915. By 1921 The cannery was Northwestern Fisheries by 1921

Image of WF 0435 - interior of Porter Cannery

WF 0435 - interior of Porter Cannery

View of men in interior of Porter Cannery. The Porter Cannery was the former Rosario Straits Packing Company, purchased by Porter in 1905 [See 7/2/0/1905, ANACORTES AMERICAN]. In 1911, when Robinson moved to the Anacortes Creamery and Produce site in preparation for building its new plant at the foot of Erie Avenue, Porter purchased the Robinson Cannery. [See 9/7/1911, ANACORTES AMERICAN]. Porter Fish Company was sold in 1915; cannery was owned by Northwestern Fisheries by 1922. Fred Fulton is on the right; more about Fulton in WF 0401. Chinese workers appear to be in this view as well.

Image of WF 0445.A,B - Salmon in Porter Fish Co.

WF 0445.A,B - Salmon in Porter Fish Co.

Thousands of salmon on floor of Porter Cannery. Caption on image originally read, "36,000 salmon in Porter Fish Co. Cannery, Anacortes." Photo taken by Anacortes photographer Charles Judd to promote the proposed Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley and Eastern Railroad, a line which was never built. The photographs of Skagit Valley scenes from Anacortes to Concrete were published in an undated book titled, "Views Along the Line of the Proposed Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley & Eastern Railway", C.L. Judd Photo, Anacortes, Wash. (D.XVI.020) The following article, found in the 7-3-1913, ANACORTES AMERICAN, helps date the images. "Anacortes & Eastern Railroad is progressing. Reports from Whidbey and LaConner in

Image of 2007.054 -

2007.054 -

Photocopy of home of Rowland Edwin Davis at 1220 32nd St. This Queen Anne style Victorian era home was built c.1890. Rowland E. Davis was a local cannery owner of the North American Fisheries cannery, and later purchased Porter Fish Company.

Image of WF 1174 - 1501 12th Street

WF 1174 - 1501 12th Street

WF 1174-1181 is a series of 8 photos of this house at 1501 12th Street. It is on the southwest corner. It was built in 1902, per the Skagit County Assessor, and was still standing in 2017. It was owned by Fred Fulton who was manager of Porter Fish Company c.1914-1929 and worked at Northwestern Fisheries Company. See his photo and the story of the orca whale jaws that he buried in the yard of his home - WF 0282, 0401. Later the house was owned by the Douglass and Hume families. The Humes lived in the home in 1934 and were well-known for their son Don, one of the "Boys in the Boat," who won a gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics with the University of Washington rowing crew.

Image of WF 1175 - 1501 12th Street

WF 1175 - 1501 12th Street

WF 1174-1181 is a series of 8 photos of this house at 1501 12th Street. It is on the southwest corner and is still standing as of December 2008. This view shows the living room. The house was owned by Fred Fulton who was manager of Porter Fish Company c.1914-1929, worked at Northwestern Fisheries Company, and was possibly mayor of Anacortes. See his photo and the story of the orca whale jaws that he buried in the yard of his home - WF 0282, 0401. Later the house was owned by the Douglass and Hume families. The Humes lived in the home in 1934 and were well-known for their son Don's participation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics where he won a gold medal with the University of Washington rowing crew

Image of WF 1176 -

WF 1176 -

WF 1174-1181 is a series of 8 photos of this house at 1501 12th Street. It is on the southwest corner and is still standing as of December 2008. This view shows the living room. The house was owned by Fred Fulton who was manager of Porter Fish Company c.1914-1929, worked at Northwestern Fisheries Company, and was possibly mayor of Anacortes. See his photo and the story of the orca whale jaws that he buried in the yard of his home - WF 0282, 0401. Later the house was owned by the Douglass and Hume families. The Humes lived in the home in 1934 and were well-known for their son Don's participation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics where he won a gold medal with the University of Washington rowing crew

Image of WF 1177 - 1501 12th Street

WF 1177 - 1501 12th Street

WF 1174-1181 is a series of 8 photos of this house at 1501 12th Street. It is on the southwest corner and is still standing as of December 2008. This view shows the living room. The house was owned by Fred Fulton who was manager of Porter Fish Company c.1914-1929, worked at Northwestern Fisheries Company, and was possibly mayor of Anacortes. See his photo and the story of the orca whale jaws that he buried in the yard of his home - WF 0282, 0401. Later the house was owned by the Douglass and Hume families. The Humes lived in the home in 1934 and were well-known for their son Don's participation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics where he won a gold medal with the University of Washington rowing crew

Image of WF 1178 - 1501 12th Street

WF 1178 - 1501 12th Street

WF 1174-1181 is a series of 8 photos of this house at 1501 12th Street. It is on the southwest corner and is still standing as of December 2008. This view shows the dining room. The house was owned by Fred Fulton who was manager of Porter Fish Company c.1914-1929, worked at Northwestern Fisheries Company, and was possibly mayor of Anacortes. See his photo and the story of the orca whale jaws that he buried in the yard of his home - WF 0282, 0401. Later the house was owned by the Douglass and Hume families. The Humes lived in the home in 1934 and were well-known for their son Don's participation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics where he won a gold medal with the University of Washington rowing crew

Image of WF 1179 - 1501 8th Street

WF 1179 - 1501 8th Street

WF 1174-1181 is a series of 8 photos of this house at 1501 12th Street. It is on the southwest corner and is still standing as of December 2008. This view shows the kitchen. The house was owned by Fred Fulton who was manager of Porter Fish Company c.1914-1929, worked at Northwestern Fisheries Company, and was possibly mayor of Anacortes. See his photo and the story of the orca whale jaws that he buried in the yard of his home - WF 0282, 0401. Later the house was owned by the Douglass and Hume families. The Humes lived in the home in 1934 and were well-known for their son Don's participation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics where he won a gold medal with the University of Washington rowing crew.

Image of WF 1180 - 1501 12th Street

WF 1180 - 1501 12th Street

WF 1174-1181 is a series of 8 photos of this house at 1501 12th Street. It is on the southwest corner and is still standing as of December 2008. This view shows the kitchen. The house was owned by Fred Fulton who was manager of Porter Fish Company c.1914-1929, worked at Northwestern Fisheries Company, and was possibly mayor of Anacortes. See his photo and the story of the orca whale jaws that he buried in the yard of his home - WF 0282, 0401. Later the house was owned by the Douglass and Hume families. The Humes lived in the home in 1934 and were well-known for their son Don's participation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics where he won a gold medal with the University of Washington rowing crew.

Image of WF 1181 - 1501 12th Street

WF 1181 - 1501 12th Street

WF 1174-1181 is a series of 8 photos of this house at 1501 12th Street. It is on the southwest corner and is still standing as of December 2008. This view shows a bedroom. The house was owned by Fred Fulton who was manager of Porter Fish Company c.1914-1929, worked at Northwestern Fisheries Company, and was possibly mayor of Anacortes. See his photo and the story of the orca whale jaws that he buried in the yard of his home - WF 0282, 0401. Later the house was owned by the Douglass and Hume families. The Humes lived in the home in 1934 and were well-known for their son Don's participation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics where he won a gold medal with the University of Washington rowing crew.

Image of D.XVI.031 - CHAMPION - Porter Fish Co. 1914

D.XVI.031 - CHAMPION - Porter Fish Co. 1914

Many postcards of shipwrecks in photograph album (black 7.25 x 11.5). Photograph .031 is the Cannery tender CHAMPION sinking at the dock in 1914. Owned by Porter Fish Co. One of the men in the photo is Wm. H. Bessner.

Image of 2016.062.024 - drying codfish

2016.062.024 - drying codfish

Fish drying in front of Robinson Codfish Company (left) and Porter Fish Company (right), located at the foot of M Avenue on the Guemes Channel [at 3rd]. The Robinson Cannery was built c. 1905; the Porter Cannery was the former Rosario Straits Packing Company, purchased by Porter in 1905; see the 7-20-1905, ANACORTES AMERICAN. In 1911, when Robinson moved to the Anacortes Creamery and Produce site in preparation for building its new plant at the foot of Erie Avenue, Porter purchased the Robinson Cannery; see 9-7-1911 issue. Porter Fish Company was sold in 1915, and the cannery was owned by Northwestern Fisheries by 1922. See similar views of these canneries, WF 0394, 0424.001, 0425.