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Catalog Number WF 5780-5786
Caption HOWARD, E. Luella Hurd - 1st Anacortes librarian
Description Seven images of E. Luella Hurd Howard. The first librarian at the Anacortes Carnegie Library, she is pictured in the library's shelves and at a desk working with books in this series of photos by Cornelius Root of the Anacortes American, which were probably taken for her retirement in December 1939. While not candid, they are much more informal than her Brady portraits and show some humor. 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 1939 c.
Photographer ROOT, Cornelius
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
Anacortes Public Library
Object Name Negative