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Catalog Number WF 0881
Caption Wallie V. Funk [Sr.]
Description Formal studio portrait of Wallie Valentine Funk [Sr.] in his Army uniform prior to heading to Europe to fight in WWI. [Note: Wallie Funk [Sr.] never used Sr. as part of his name; it is used here solely to distinguish him from his son.] The 4-29-1918, ANACORTES AMERICAN published one of his letters home from the front, "Wallie Funk write of advance toward front ... Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Funk have just received a letter from their son, Corporal Wallie V. Funk who is in France. After explaining the difficulty of keeping up a regular correspondence while he is moving about, he tells of movement toward the front. The letter in part reads: 'The big drive is now on in full swing and the Germans are still on the run -- and believe me, they are giving them no rest. They have the Crown Prince's army in a beautiful jackpot and if he gets out, it will be a wonder. We are located on the main road to the front and an endless, absolutely endless, line of men, guns, and material is passing night and day. I can look out the door and see them pass. There is a bunch of infantry and a band passing now. The band is not playing and the boys look pretty tired, but they are happy. I think the war is nearing its end. I believe the winter will see its close. It can't come any too soon to suit any of us and home will surely look good.' " He was born on 8-8-1892 in the Vendome Hotel to Barbara and Valentine Funk, grew up in Anacortes, served in WWI, and purchased the Wilson Hotel in 1916. The 1-6-1916ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "The New Wilson in New Hands. Purchased from Cohen and Sheedy by Wallie Funk, son of V. Funk, owner of the building." Wallie married Gladys Irene Brown on 6-6-1921. They had three sons: Wallie V. Funk, born in 1922, James Funk, 1925, and Charles Funk, 1927. Wallie Funk [Sr.] built the Paramount Theater at 801 Commercial in 1929 (see WF 1122); he lost the building during the Great Depression of the 1930s, as well as the family home. They moved to Lake Campbell in the summer of 1931. Wallie Funk [Sr.] operated the Pay N' Sav Grocery in the Wilson Building in 1932 for a few year (see WF 3397). He worked in the Wilson Hotel until his retirement, (see WF 3398) and died on 12-4-1955 in a Seattle hospital at the age of 63; his obituary is in the 12-5-1955 ANACORTES BULLETIN.
Date 1917 c.
Photographer JUDD, C. L. (Charles LeRoy)
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects People
Place - Anacortes, WA
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
People FUNK, Wallie Valentine [Sr.]
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Vendome Hotel
Wilson Hotel
Paramount Theater
Lake Campbell
Pay N' Sav Grocery
World War I
France
corporal
Object Name Print, Photographic