Northwest History Room Archives

This is the official tumblr of the Northwest History Room of the Everett Public Library. Each week we will be bringing you a variety of images, documents, and more related to the history of the Pacific Northwest.
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Indian Shaker Church - Tulalip, WA

Date built: 1924

Formerly registered on the National Register of Historic Places

Notes: The Indian Shaker Church (opens PDF), unrelated to the better known Protestant sect of the same name, is a messianic, healing cult founded in 1881 and peculiar to the northern Pacific coast. Harshly suppressed on the reservations, followers endured years of persecution before being able to practice their beliefs openly. Built by church members, the Tulalip structure was one of the best preserved examples of Shaker architecture in the region. Its stark exterior incorporated a belfry; inside there was a prayer alcove. Design was expressive of the Shaker sect’s combined Christian and Native American traditions. The structure was destroyed by a fire in 2008.

Photographer: David Dilgard

Digital Collection: Places of the Past

Mobil Oil promotion in front of J. O. Fisher Motor Company - December 4, 1933

Photographer: J. A. Juleen

J. O. Fisher Motor Company (J. O. Fisher, president and Frank M. Scott, vice president), service station and Plymouth and Dodge sales company, was located at 2902 Rucker Avenue in Everett, Washington.

Scanned from an 8 x 10 original nitrate negative

2 young girls on porch in 1892

Photographers: R. King and D. W. Baskerville

Scanned from original 5 x 8 glass negative

Rights: Everett Public Library

Toboggan water slide at Silver Beach, Silver Lake - 1920s. How refreshing!

Photographer: J.A. Juleen

Order # J516

Scanned from an original 5 x 7 nitrate negative

Rights: Everett Public Library

Snohomish Bicycle Tree, ca. 1900

Photographer: George W. Kirk

The photo is titled “Everett Bicycle Path,” but it is actually the famous Bicycle Tree south of Snohomish, a favorite destination for decades of cyclists in the area. It was located next to the juntion of present-day S. R. 9 and the Airport/Springhetti roads, across the highway from the end of the Marsh Road. According to Riverside Remembers, vol. 1, the arch was eight feet wide by fifteen feet high, and cut by Messrs. Milligan and William Tetzloff. The western red cedar was on the Abel Johnson place and accessible by road. Snohomish druggist and bicycle fan Lew Paramore came up with the idea of creating the arch. Following the demise of the tree early in the twentieth century, another cedar across the road to the east kept the name alive. (Information contributed by Dr. David A. Cameron) #11 in a mounted photo series issued by Kirk Studio.

Scanned from original brown-toned 6 x 8 mounted prints

Rights: Everett Public Library

Everett Fire Department Fourth of July parade demonstration ca. 1909

Photographer: J. A. Juleen

Scanned from a 5 x 7 Glass Plate Negative

Rights: Everett Public Library

Have a safe and happy 4th! If you happen to be in the area tomorrow, come see the Everett Public Library’s staff in the annual 4th of July parade in Everett. Roof sitting and pole climbing are generally frowned upon these days, but there’s plenty of sidewalk room to set up some chairs along the route. 

Great Northern Railway log flat car and worker at the Delta Yards in Everett, Washington. July 28, 1933

Photographer: J.A. Juleen

Rights: Everett Public Library

Mugshot of Everett Massacre I. W. W. Prisoner 4863. Jack Leonard (aka Jack Miller) - November 5, 1916

Jack Leonard, here aged 27, was a laborer from Kentucky. More widely known as Jack Miller, this defendant was the last known surviving Verona passenger until his death in 1986. A spirited and eloquent spokesman for the I.W.W. until the end, Jack was frequently the subject of Seattle-area newspaper interviews and appeared in the documentary film “The Wobblies.”

Rights: Everett Public Library

Funeral of Everett police officer, John H. Fox (1883-1920), who was killed in a Colby Avenue gun fight on November 24, 1920.

Site Number on Podcast Tour: 38

Evergreen Cemetery Block and Lot: 30:168

Date Interred: 1920-11-28

More information about the Evergreen Cemetery can be found here


Here is another great photo from the tree collecting expedition to Oregon.

© The Field Museum, CSB32989, Photographer Huron H. Smith.

Man with pipe in his mouth, undercutting a larch tree to keep from splitting when cut through.

5x7 glass negative