|Catalog Number||WF 3722|
|Caption||DEMOPOULOS, Efthimios "Mike"|
Efthimios "Mike" Demopoulos was born in Ballos, Greece, on July 24, 1889. He immigrated to the United States in 1907, traveling to Portland, Oregon, to live with his cousin. He wanted to be more than a dishwasher, so he moved north and worked at various jobs including digging the original Anacortes sewer lines. He also worked at the Seattle Shipyards of Robert Moran, who built Rosario Resort, in Tacoma, and in Vancouver, B. C. In 1913 he returned to Anacortes to make his permanent home. He borrowed $14 and gathered junk and scrap in a wheelbarrow, later using a horse and wagon, and finally trucks. Anacortes Junk Co. was later re-named Marine Supply and Hardware and moved to 1009 2nd Street. He operated the business for 68 years until his death on June 29, 1981, making it the longest established business by any one person in Skagit County at that time.
In 1921 he married Ellen Fenerly who had also immigrated from Greece. They had three children, Chris, Themo, and Vasilo "Billie". Ellen died in 1967. Following her death, Mike married Filitsa.
In 1956 he donated ten square city blocks of waterfront property to the Port of Anacortes, enabling them to establish the Cap Sante Boat Haven. He held many pieces of property in Anacortes; it was something he wouldn't have been able to do in his native Greece, and it was very important to him.
He was a charter member of the Kiwanis Club, a life member of the Elks Club and the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, a member of Anacortes Park Board, and served on the board of the American Red Cross. At his death he was a current member of the Orthodox Churches of the Assumption, Saint Demetrios of Seattle and the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Sophia of Bellingham.
|Date||1930s c. late|
|Collection||Wallie Funk Collection|
Place - Anacortes, WA
|Credit line||Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection|
DEMOPOULOS, Efthimios "Mike"
Marine Hardware and Supply
Anacortes Junk Co.