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Catalog Number WF 1083
Caption William McCracken and Ed Clausius
Description Anacortes Ice Company was established by E. Van Buren in 1906 at the foot of O Avenue on Curtis Dock. In 1911 the company officers were listed as E. A. Phillips, president, Melville Curtis, secretary and treasurer. The 4-30-1913 ANACORTES AMERICAN advertised it as selling, "Cypress Brand Ice Cream, carbonated drinks, and Cypress Island Mineral Water." An article also stated the business, "owns and operates the largest feed mill in Skagit County with daily capacity of 25 tons." In 1917 the directory listed Edgar Van Buren as manager of the business, described as "Ice manufacturers and bottlers." That same year, William "Bill" McCracken bought an interest in the company from Van Buren and Curtis. The business expanded by opening plants in Sedro-Woolley (1922) and Mt. Vernon (1942). By the mid-1960s the plant serviced all of Skagit County, Whidbey Island, and the San Juan Islands. It was not listed in the 1975 business directory. William McCracken (1892-1977) is pictured standing in center. He was elected to the Washington State Legislature in 1929 and 1931 and introduced the first Deception Pass Toll Bridge bill with Pearl Wanamaker of Whidbey Island. McCracken also served on the Anacortes City Council for ten years. Ed Clausius, office manager, stands at far right. For additional McCracken family history, see WF 0112, 1693.
Date 1940s - c. early
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Structure - Business
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
McCRACKEN, William "Bill" "Willie" "Will" Sr.
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Anacortes Ice Company
Curtis Dock
Cypress Brand Ice Cream
carbonated drinks
Cypress Island Mineral Water
feed mill
ice manufacture
Deception Pass Toll Bridge bill
Anacortes City Council
Object Name Print, photographic