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Catalog Number WF 1346
Caption Funeral at Elks lodge
Description This image documents the funeral for the victims of the Cassidy murders. On May 20, 1933, gas station owner Henry Cassidy shot his wife Gena, his brother Mike, and a friend, Ed Bennett, in the small motor court cabins that were located behind Cassidy's service station. 13-year-old Irene Cassidy testified against her father, stating he had often threatened her mother, and Cassidy was sentenced to life in prison; see articles in the October 19 and October 26, 1933. Henry Cassidy owned Cassidy's Richfield on the corner of 17th Street and Commercial Avenue and lived there with his family. The gas station was erected in 1928, and the 1930 U. S. Census lists Henry (45), Gena (28), Lester (14), Irene (9), and Helen (7). This exterior view of the Elks lodge (904 6th Street) shows three hearses parked in front of the building and a crowd gathered. Note the balcony over the doorway of the building. This structure later became City Hall; see WF 1198.

Many of Anacortes' fraternal organizations and industrial unions provided funeral and burial services for their members. A funeral notice in the March 22, 1906 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Johnny Johnson laid to rest by Shingle Weavers Union. One of the strongest unions in existence and known for the beautiful manner in which the dead are cared for." The Oddfellows, (begun in 1891), Masons (1891), Fraternal Order of Eagles (1902), and Elks (1910) provided funeral and burial services for their members as well. Note this advertisement in the 1924 RHODODENDRON (Anacortes High School annual); "Anacortes [Eagles] Aerie #249 ... has now grown to over 1000 members. FOE furnishes a doctor to members and their families. It buries its dead and gives life insurance at a fee."
Date 1933 May
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Organization - Fraternal
People
Event - funeral
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms funeral
Eagles' Hall
Great Northern Railroad
depot
hearse
Haugen Funeral Parlor
fraternities
unions
burial service
Shingle Weavers Union
Oddfellows
Masons
Rhododendron
Elks Lodge
Cassidy murders
Richfield station
Vendome Hotel
Pioneer Hotel
Object Name Print, Photographic