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Catalog Number WF 1014.A,B
Caption Mooney's Service Station
Description Located at the corner of 5th and Commercial, this business began c. 1927 as Mooney's Service Station and operated until c. 1939. The date of this photo is based on the sign for "1934 Hudson" at far left. Several members of this family ran different businesses that related to the automobile trade. John and Mary Mooney emigrated from Saskatoon, Canada, to Washington c. 1905. The family settled in Blaine. Their two sons, Ed (1897-1972) and Dave (1904-1947 [see WF 4993]) moved on to Anacortes in the early 1920s, where their parents joined them. Ed Mooney, described by his family as a "mechanical genius," was known as the "Anacortes Aviator" for his love of flying, and he helped bring flight to Fidalgo Island in the early 1920s. The 7-19-1923 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported that Ed had purchased a Curtiss Biplane and would "conduct a school of instruction in flying as well as do commercial flying and give air excursions." This plane was used in an infamous flight in November 1924, detailed by Wallie Funk in the 10-15-1997 ANACORTES AMERICAN, in which Ed and Dave departed Seattle in fog for a one-hour flight to Anacortes; a week later, with several stops in Canada and Blaine, they finally arrived home! Mooney was in the "Air Corps" during World War II, but saw no action. Throughout 1928, as the ANACORTES AMERICAN reported the efforts of the Anacortes Kiwanis Club to build an airport at March's Point, Ed Mooney, "Anacortes Aviator", regularly appeared in the paper's columns because of his efforts to help bring an airport to Fidalgo Island. For more information, see articles in the 10-1-1997 and 10-8-1997 ANACORTES AMERICAN, as well as WF 0168, 0169, 2414.
Date 1934 c.
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place -Anacortes, WA
Structure - Business
People
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Mooney's Service Station
mechanical genius
Anacortes Aviator
flying instruction
air excursions
March's Point
Object Name Print, Photographic