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Catalog Number 2008.006.008
Caption Gus Hensler
Description Portrait of Gus Hensler. "The Breakers," the home of Anacortes businessman Gus Hensler and his wife Hessie, was at 2011 8th Street (F Avenue and 8th), on a lot overlooking Guemes Channel. It was well-known for its extensive gardens which covered an entire city block until the property was broken up into smaller lots. Gus Hensler was born in Missouri in 1864 to German immigrants. He came to Seattle in 1889 and that same year took a claim on Fidalgo Island, beginning a lifelong association with the Anacortes community. He was the first Skagit County Commissioner ever to be elected from Fidalgo Island. For almost forty years Hensler conducted his own real estate and insurance business, and during that time he worked endlessly for the welfare of his community. His efforts ranged from securing a dependable water system for the town to attracting new industries to Anacortes. Hensler's efforts also were expended to beautify the city. He worked to secure Cap Sante Park and was a leader in the effort to purchase and dedicate Causland Park in honor of the community's World War I veterans. So extensive were Hensler's efforts on behalf of Anacortes that in 1926 the ANACORTES AMERICAN proclaimed, "Every improvement since the foundations of Anacortes were laid thirty-five years ago bears the imprint of his personality." Hensler died somewhere between 1934 and 1937; the latter city directory lists his wife as a widow in 1937.
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Credit line Donated by Deana Murray
People HENSLER, Gus
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms people
Object Name print, photographic