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Catalog Number WF 1774
Caption WCTU picnic - Bowman's Bay
Description This is a series of five photos of the annual Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) summer picnic on July 16, 1937, at Bowman's Bay. The WCTU was an extremely influential organization in Anacortes that began in 1884, led by Carrie White who lived south of Fidalgo Bay at the present site of Similk Beach Golf Course. The 7-28-1883 NORTHWEST ENTERPRISE reported, "There will be an outdoor meeting next Sunday in Anacortes for the purposes of organizing a WCTU branch. It is expected that a meeting will also be held at Fidalgo." White was elected the second Washington Territory president of the WCTU. The 7-11-1885 issue reported, "Carrie White has been elected territorial president of the WCTU." The organization did more than campaign for the abolition of liquor. It worked to enact pure food and drug laws, child labor laws, and to abolish domestic abuse. Throughout the early 1890s the WCTU had its own column in the ANACORTES AMERICAN. The WCTU lost much of its membership in the decade following the end of prohibition in 1933, and with it, an important women's organization on Fidalgo Island. It was active in Anacortes until at least 1939. The 7-20-1939 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "WCTU holds picnic at Bowman Bay." The article mentioned that the picnic was one for all WCTU unions in Skagit County, and representatives from 13 different unions attended. WCTU members purchased a statue and fountain in White's memory following her death in 1904. It now stands in front of the Anacortes Museum. For more information on the WCTU, see "First Views: An Early History of Skagit County", p. 48. See also WF 1772-1776.
Date 1937, July 16
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place -Anacortes, WA
People
Recreation
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Women's Christian Temperance Union
WCTU
picnic
Similk Beach Golf Course
Statue
Fountain
Prohibition
Bowman Bay
Object Name Negative