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Catalog Number WF 1343
Caption Funeral at Elks Lodge
Description This view looks west on 6th Street at a line of hearses. This image, and WF 1344, probably document the funeral procession 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 10-19 and 10-26 -1933 ANACORTES AMERICAN. Henry Cassidy owned Cassidy's Richfield on the corner of 17th and Commercial 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). The photo shows the cars heading west toward Commercial Avenue. The Elks Lodge on the northwest corner of 6th and Q is visible at right; further west the Vendome Hotel is visible on the northeast corner of 6th and Commercial. Pioneer Hotel is across the street on the northwest corner of 6th and Commercial.
Many of Anacortes' fraternities and industrial unions provided funeral and burial services for their members. A funeral notice in the 3-22-1906 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."
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Organization - Fraternal
Event - funeral
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms funeral
Eagles' Hall
Great Northern Railroad
Haugen Funeral Parlor
burial service
Shingle Weavers Union
Elks Lodge
Cassidy murders
Richfield station
Vendome Hotel
Pioneer Hotel
Object Name Print, Photographic