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Catalog Number WF 0069.A,B,C
Description The Huntoon Building was located on the SE corner of 6th Street and I Avenue. It was part of a development centered around James McNaught interests in this section of Anacortes. The building was erected May 1890 by contractors Trafton & Anderson for John Huntoon. The 1892 Washington Territory census of Anacortes listed, "Huntoon, John, 63: real estate; wife Mary, 41, daughter Carlyn, 21." By 1893 Huntoon had moved on. The 7-13-1893, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported he had a 1500 acre ranch 20 miles SW of Spokane. His building had 6 retail spaces on the ground floor and 10 rooms on each of the upper floors. Numerous building were housed here including Austin Lathrop's "Horseshoeing & General Blacksmith" business (10-16-1890 ANACORTES AMERICAN), and Young Sylvester & Company's "Groceries, provisions, produce, hay & grain, Island Bakery" (2-9-1893); it is probably their business sign visible on right side of photo. By 1893 a portion of the building was known as Fidalgo Hotel. William and Mary Beard acquired and renovated the building by the mid-1890s; it served as the home for their family of 9 children. They are listed as living there in the 1901 directory. This photo shows their daughter Lila Beard Claghorn in front of the building with a bicycle; she later lived and operated an antique store there. Signs for hotel and real estate (probably Beard's business) are also visible on the building. Beard contemplated moving the building to P/Commercial Avenue, but decided it was too costly (ANACORTES STORY, p. 11). For additional views of the Beard family see WF 0070, 0071, 0072, 0109.

Note the 1890 planking on the street is badly worn. On 5-15--1890 the ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "I Avenue has been planked: roadbed is 60' wide from McNaught's wharf to intersection w/10th." Other structures visible: home of Mayor F. V. Hogan, built 1891 at 1613 7th (still standing as of 9/2001); Anacortes Hotel on SW corner of 8th and J, right side of the photo (see also, WF 0055, 0114). The Huntoon Building was demolished in the spring of 1965. See 2-11-1965 ANACORTES AMERICAN.

Date 1890s, c. mid-
Photographer EWING, David B. - possibly
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Structure - Business
Structure - Residence
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Huntoon Building
Island Bakery
Fidalgo Hotel
antique store
real estate
Anacortes Hotel
Object Name Print, Photographic