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Catalog Number WF 5780
Caption HOWARD, E. Luella Hurd - 1st Anacortes librarian
Description E. Luella Hurd Howard was the daughter of Emma and William Hurd. She came west with her father in 1890, settling in the upper Skagit Valley, and taking a preemption claim near Sauk. She taught school in a one-room cabin at Sauk for five years; most of her pupils were Indians. She later taught school at Milltown and then Hamilton before marrying Henry C. Howard; he was the co-owner of Hurd and Howard Grocery in Anacortes. The November 3, 1910, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported that Howard had been hired as the city's first librarian at the new Carnegie Library for $40.00 per month. The December 28, l939, paper reported her retirement after more than 29 years. Her death was reported in the January 19, 1948, edition of the 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!" This image was probably taken on the occasion of her retirement from the Carnegie Library in December 1939.
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