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Catalog Number WF 2565.A,B
Caption Anacortes' 1st teacher & school
Description Montage of images related to history of Anacortes School District, created in honor of the new high school building's opening, September 2, 1931, and published in 1931 AHS Annual (yearbook), RHODODENDRON. Picture has the following images: "First school house, 1875-1876" [upper left corner], "First school teacher, Jennie Howard," [upper right corner], and the new high school at the bottom. NOTE: "first school house" and "first school teacher" do not reflect the school history of Fidalgo Island, but of Anacortes. The first school house opened in 1868 on March's Point and its first teacher was Almina Richards Griffin. At that time, Fidalgo Island was part of Whatcom County and Griffin's school on Fidalgo resulted in the formation of the second school district in that region: Whatcom County School District No. 2 [See FIRST VIEWS: AN EARLY HISTORY OF SKAGIT COUNTY, p.29]. In January 1872, Almina's sister, Jennie Richards Howard, moved to Fidalgo Island with her son Ernest. Howard, a widow, began teaching in a "small cabin near Mr. Marsh's boarding house," and is thus credited with being the first school teacher in the Anacortes area. NOTE: G. B. and Rachel Marsh ran a boarding house on 30th Street according to the 1900 U.S. Census, Sheet 17A]. Jennie Howard died April 14, 1892. Jennie's son, Ernest, and his wife Alice, were the parents of Fred Howard, the artist who created this image: his name is in the lower right corner of this montage. Fred was born in Anacortes on May 18, 1899 and died March 3, 1941 in New York City, where he had become a successful commercial artist. He was also an accomplished musician: his father, Ernest, noted purchasing a piano, and drawing lessons by mail, for Fred.
Date 1931
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Organization - School
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
People HOWARD, Jennie
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms first school house
first school teacher
Anacortes High School
Object Name Print, photographic