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Catalog Number WF 0053
Description First wharf and house of Timothy and Flora (Woodcock) Mangan. They homesteaded around 1871 on the south shore of Guemes Island. Three people are in photo at left. Note evidence of forest fire. (Fire swept through the island in 1885; see photographer notes below.) Mangans also established the first store on Guemes. By the early 1880s they were involved in several businesses with the help of their sloop TOP, including sheep, livestock, farming, store, and lumber yard supplied by Port Madison mills. The 4-8-1882 PUGET SOUND MAIL reported, "Capt. Mangan of Guemes Island, is doing a rushing business in the trading line with his 10-ton sloop TOP. He will devote a good share of his time to the lower Nooksack, the Islands and Gulf trade. He will carry an assorted cargo of supplies to trade for produce in the out-of-the-way districts." On 8-26-1882, the NORTHWEST ENTERPRISE reported Mangan was enlarging his store to turn the second story into a "hall for public entertainments." On 5-19-1883 it reported Mangan was building a new wharf. He had "rented the Anacortes pile driver and commenced the construction of a substantial wharf at Guemes: that was completed that summer. Timothy Mangan had died by 1900. On 10-19-1911, Flora Mangan died and the ANACORTES AMERICAN remembered her as "A widow who struggled hard during times", raised vegetables and fruit, made butter. About 60. No resident of Guemes took a more active or earnest interest in the development of the island and the maintenance of the highest citizenship."
Date 1880s, c. mid-
Photographer BOOEN, J. O. (probably, see notes)
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Photograph
Place - Guemes Island
People
Structure - Wharf
Structure - Residence
Natural History - Flora - Forest Fire
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms wharf
Guemes Island
Guemes store
farming
lumber yard
Port Madison mill
sloop TOP
Object Name Print, Photographic