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Catalog Number WF 0726
Caption Benjamin F. and Will McCracken
Description Benjamin F. (1852-1916) and his son Will McCracken (1894-1977). B. F. McCracken came to Anacortes c. 1892 and opened the Eureka Saloon on the corner of 4th and Commercial in 1893. The 2-23-1893, ANACORTES AMERICAN noted, "Application for a liquor license by B. F. McCracken who desires to start a saloon." See WF 0192. That same year, he married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Klement whose mother ran a local boarding house; see WF 0122. Lizzie gave birth to their only child, Will, the following year. The 8-26-1897, paper reported, "Frank McCracken has opened a new saloon on the corner of 4th and P and has the place very handsomely fixed up. It is the finest fitted up saloon in the city and Frank's reputation is an assurance that it will be well looked after." The 3-16-1899, edition reported the death of Lizzie McCracken. "Mrs. Lizzie McCracken, wife of B. F. McCracken, died at her home in his city, aged 24 years, three months and two days after a week's illness. Deceased leaves a husband and son of six years, a mother and sister to mourn her death." B. F. McCracken took pride in maintaining a respectable place of business. The 1900 SOUVENIR ANACORTES noted, "Those who enter the Eureka Club leave care behind, and for a time at least spend their time pleasantly in pleasant company. The place has been running for nine years under the proprietorship of B. F. McCracken, who takes pride in the fact that no rowdyism is allowed." He supported the business community's efforts to attract farmers' business as well. The 2-23-1905, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Farmers can now find shelter for their horses while trading in the city ... Mr. E. S. Martin and others ... have succeeded in getting a fine horse barn erected on the McCracken property back of the Eureka building. This is the first step toward the accommodation of farmers taken in this city. The saw mills contributed the lumber ... Mr. B. F. McCracken kindly allowed the projectors of the enterprise to place the building on his vacant lots until such time as he desires to use them. The sheds are placed there for public use and not for private parties and will be maintained as a place where the farmer can place his team during his stay in town. About a year ago, the AMERICAN began agitating ... for the farmer's horse and it is pleasing to note that men of enterprise have caught inspiration and at last succeeded in fixing a respectable place for the accommodation of the farmer. The new place will be known as Hoss Traders Paradise." McCracken owned numerous properties in the city and built the McCracken Block on the east side of Commercial between 5th and 6th. The 2-12-1916, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported his death. "B. F. McCracken dies at age of 58 in Anacortes ... He had been an invalid from a nervous affliction for seven years, during which, in spite of physical infirmities, he retained that keen mentality that made him a successful businessman. In recognition of the loss the city sustains in his passing and as a tribute to his years of public spiritedness, all business houses were closed Tuesday afternoon during the hour of the funeral." Will McCracken, B. F.'s son, gained renown for his contributions to the community in his own lifetime. The 1-7-1926, paper announced that William McCracken was building a new business block on the southwest corner of 5th and Commercial. The structure housed the Bank of Commerce and Snyder's Drugstore. In addition to his business activities, McCracken served in the Washington State legislature starting in 1929 and worked to pass legislation that permitted the construction of Deception Pass Bridge. He was a member of the Anacortes City Council as well. See WF 4269. Will McCracken was the father of well-known sculptor Phil McCracken; see Wallie Funk photos of Phil McCracken; see also the Brady portrait of Phil, WF 4267.
Date 1899 c.
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects People
Place - Anacortes, WA
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
People McCRACKEN, Benjamin Franklin "B. F." "Frank"
McCRACKEN, William "Bill" "Willie" "Will" Sr.
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Eureka Saloon
McCracken Block
Eureka Club
Hoss Traders Paradise
horse barn
Bank of Commerce
Snyder's Drugstore
Washington State legislature
Deception Pass Bridge
Anacortes City Council
Object Name Print, Photographic