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Catalog Number WF 0728.A,B
Caption William and Arminda Munks
Description Portrait of William and Arminda Van Valkenburg Munks, who married on 8-11-1881. William Munks, 1822-1897, was born in Canton, Ohio. He fought in the Mexican-American War, took part in the California Gold Rush, served as a scout and interpreter for the Indian Department of Oregon Territory, traded along the Columbia River, served on the International Boundary Commission in 1857 as it established the boundary between Canada and the U. S., and participated in the Fraser River Gold Rush when he operated a trading post at Yale. Munks visited Fidalgo Island in 1859 and returned to stake a claim on Enoch Compton's old homestead in late-1869; see WF 0003 for a picture of his home. Munks established a trading post in 1871, where Fidalgo Island's first post office opened in February of 1871; he served as postmaster. See "New Post Office," in the 2-25-1871 DAILY TIRBUNE. He built his wharf in 1872 and Munks Landing served as the focal point of the island's boat traffic for the next decade. He met Arminda "Minda" Van Valkenburg in the early 1880s when her parents moved to March's Point and her father purchased the Munks Store. The 9-2-1884 NORTHWEST ENTERPRISE reported, "The store at Fidalgo has changed hands, Wm Munks having disposed of his interest to F. Van Valkenbug and Co." Minda gave birth to three sons between 1882 and 1885. In March 1887, following her delivery of twin boys, she and the babies died. William remarried on 8-23-1888 to Olive Benson. He had two sons with her, Chester and Gerald, also known as Gay. For additional information on Munks, see FIRST VIEWS: AN EARLY HISTORY OF SKAGIT COUNTY, p. x, 18-19, 37-40. Also see WF 0552, 0553.
Date 1881 c.
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects People
Place - Anacortes, WA
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
People MUNKS, Arminda "Minda" Van Valkenburg
MUNKS, William
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms March's Point
trading post
post office
postmaster
wharf
Object Name Print, Photographic