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Catalog Number WF 3990
Caption HOWARD, E. Luella Hurd - librarian
Description E. Luella Hurd Howard, the first librarian at the Anacortes Carnegie Library, is pictured in a c. 1930 portrait by Ferd Brady. She wears glasses and a severe black dress with a lace white collar and pin, and her white hair is pulled back and up. Her look is penetrating. The daughter of Emma and William Hurd, she came west with her father in 1890, settling in the upper Skagit Valley, at a preemption claim near Sauk. She taught in a one-room school at Sauk for five years; most of her pupils were Indians. She later taught at Milltown and Hamilton before marrying Henry C. Howard, the co-owner of Hurd and Howard Grocery in Anacortes. The Nov. 3, 1910, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported that Howard was hired as the first librarian at the new Carnegie Library for $40 per month. The Dec. 28, l939 paper reported her retirement; her death was reported in the Jan. 19, 1948 paper. Wallie Funk recalled that Howard ruled with a strong hand over the library. "One look from her and your chair better not dare squeak!"
Date 1930s c.
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects People
Place - Anacortes, WA
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
People HOWARD, E. Luella HURD
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms people
Object Name Print, Photographic