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Catalog Number D.VI.053.A,B
Caption W. M. Rodgers Saw Mill/Factory
Description Sign in front of photo: "W. M. RODGERS SAWMILL AND BOX FACTORY." Located on west side of Fidalgo Bay at the foot of 17th Street between Q and R avenues. W. M. Rodgers came to Anacortes from Seattle in 1896 and acquired the former McCann mill "when it was a mere shell." The 7-14-1898 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported on "sawmill and box factory man W. M. Rodgers." On 4-13-1898 it reported that Rodgers Mill was shipping boxes to Alaska Packers Cannery at Blaine..On 5-24-1902 it stated, "W. M. Rodgers mill shut for equipment replacement: men induced to strike for advance of 24 cent raise on $1.75 day." The men lost their fight for a pay raise and "were discharged." 1902 SEBRING'S SKAGIT COUNTY ILLUSTRATED reported that the mill had recently been fitted with electric lights and had an "annual capacity of 12,000,000 board feet." On 6-8-1905 the ANACORTES AMERICAN wrote that, "Rodgers Box Factory has turned out 50,000 boxes since it started up only a couple months ago and is not yet running at full capacity as much machinery is to be added." The same issue reported, "Mr. William Rodgers, whose fine modern sawmill is now running to perfection, has just received an order of 4,100,000." He apparently also had Rodgers Store in business for his workers. On 3-3-1910 a downturn in business was noted. "Power has been turned on at the Rodgers sawmill which has been idle for the past 18 months. Once the mill is in full production, it will employ about 200 men producing 100,000 BF. A team of machinists, carpenters, and millwrights has been working since last Nov. to install new equipment." The following year the mill was sold to Adams, Chapman, and Henderson, who renamed it the Old Oregon Mill. (See WF 0499) In 1918 Old Oregon was sold to the Morrison brothers who then called it the Morrison Mill. (See 0500) Note rain barrels on roof.
Date 1898 c.
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Structure - Business
Industry - Mill - Lumber
People ADAMS,
RODGERS, William M.
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Rodgers Sawmill and Box Factory
board feet
box factory
saw mill
Alaska Packers Cannery
McCann Mill
worker strike
Rodgers Store
Old Oregon Mill
Morrison Mill
Object Name Print, Photographic