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Catalog Number WF 0676
Caption Rio Vista Lodge
Description Photo of gathering at Rio Vista Lodge tea house, across the Skagit River from Birdsview, WA. All of these people were guests of William V. Wells, who stands at the center, just to the right of a woman kneeling down in front. William Alden McLean is the tallest in the picture wearing his white beard. Robert Sandall is to the left of Wells. Charles Beil is second from extreme right. Stella McLean Beil is the lady wearing the floor-length duster, a coat used during early automobile days for protection against the dust. Lois Beil is the lady in a hat standing to the right of Wells and holding a purse. Jeannette Johnson is the short lady in white in front of Robert Sandall to the left of Wells; she was his housekeeper. Ed McLean is the man in the peculiar hat behind Stella Beil. Verna Wolverton Wells is the fourth person from the left, next to Stella Beil. The man next to Charles Beil with a fishing pole may have been Charles Stapp. The lady on the far left may have been May G. McLean.

Wells, 1866-1951, was an Anacortes attorney who came to town with the Boom of 1890. The May 15, 1890, ANACORTES AMERICAN advertised, "Wells & Joiner, Attorneys-At-Law, corner of P and 4th." On May 20, 1897, Wells lost his wife Daisy in childbirth after she had delivered twin boys; the babies both died as well. Wells then headed north to the Yukon and participated in the Klondike Gold Rush; see FIRST VIEWS: AN EARLY HISTORY OF SKAGIT COUNTY, p. 103. Wells returned to Anacortes and continued to practice law. He purchased the Platt Building at the SW corner of 4th and P/Commercial, which subsequently became known as the Wells Building; the building became the home of many professionals, from lawyers to doctors and dentists. Wells served as Anacortes mayor in 1909, and in 1912 he was elected to the state legislature and served until 1921, during which time he lobbied heavily for the construction of Deception Pass Bridge. He married Verna Wolverton (1894-1979) in 1916. For another portrait of Wells, see WF 4858.
Date 1915 c.
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Birdsview, WA
Structure - Business
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
People BEIL, Charles
BEIL, Lois
JOHNSON, Jeannette
McLEAN, May G.
McLEAN, William Alden
STAPP, Charles "Charlie" Poling
WELLS, William Virgil, Sr., Mayor/Attorney
Place Birdsview, WA
Search Terms Birdsview, WA
Rio Vista Lodge
Klondike Gold Rush
Platt Building
Wells Building
Anacortes mayor
state legislature
Deception Pass Bridge
Object Name Print, Photographic