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The Arlington TIMES --. Arlington, WA 98223 --, ions an in loneer By Mildred Spoerhase As one probes through the veil of forgetfulness, there comes to mind, like flashbacks from some late, late movie, scenes of yester-year. My mother, Marie Blacken Spoerhase, recalls that in 1889 when she was nine years old. she spent a year at the Lee Rogers Camp on the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River. Her Aunt Anna had been hired to cook for the logging crew and took her favorite niece along to stay with her. There were no white children to play with and her constant companions were Lizzie, Alexander and Mary, children of the Bob Harveys, whose property the Lee Rogers crew were logging. She remembers Mrs. Bob as she was taught to call the Indian woman, with deep affection. The Harveys are the maternal grandparents of Paul Jackson, Arlington barber. Mother recaLls having Sunday dinner at theJ.L. (F rank) Kent home several times during her stay at the logging camp. Historical records credit Kent with being one of Arlington's earliest pioneers (1877). Records say he married a 16-year-old girl in 1884, which would place Mrs. Kent's age at 21 when my mother was her guest. Kent's Prairie was named in their memory. Nils (Neal) Swanson was the camp foreman. Mother recalls that on summer evenings Swanson used to enter- tain the crew by standing upright onRoger's riding horse while it loped around the clearing. Romance blossomed at the camp, for after they left the camp, her Aunt Anna married Swanson at Stanwood and in 1894 built the Silvana Hotel. In December of 1889 when the work of logging the Rogers and Harvey properties was finished, the crew moved to other timber. When young Marie and her Aunt arrived at the forks of the river they were amazed to find a city of tents had mushroomed up on the south bank of the river. The entire town was in mourning because its founder, Maurice Haller, had drowned that day. According to historical records, in May of 1888 John- son and Tvete established a store at the forks of the Stillaguamish River, with Nils Johnson and his bride, the former Elsie Hagen, as managers. JosephSmithhad been the original owner of the land and in June 1888, had ap- plied for and est8blished a post office known as Smithlyn. The title of land had transferred from Smith to John Irving. Maurice Hailer had purchased the land from him, platting the town. Maurice Haller and two companions had lost their lives when their canoe had upset off Whidbey Island, The project of the new town was carried on by Maurice's brother, Theodore, who named it Haller City in Maurice s honor, The plat of the town was filed April 24, 1890. A feed store, saw mill and other buildings soon sprung up. The first newspaper, the Hailer City Times, was pub- lished in the building that had been Smith's home. Tom Roe. a logger, built a hotel near the Tvete and Johnson Store. Edward Walker built the second hotel called the Walker House, Although it had a later beginning, the plat for Arlington A customer gave the coon a cube clean animals, coons always wash animal carefully washed the cube of s~ of the customer and the amazement melted. I seem to remember the my uncle's story) as John C. JONES. Fred Fingarson recalls the John C. stood where the White Horse Tavern The store was lighted by kerosene recalls going in frequently to buy two worth of candy. Jones delivered horse and spring wagon. was filed March 15, 1890, just a month earlier than The building at the corner of second Hailer City. A newspaper, The Stillaguamish Star, was housing the R and L Auto Rebuild is a the very first business to be established in Arlington, story frame structure built in 1890 by according to William Whitfidd's History of Snohomish Fingar~on recalls. The building stood County. Hardware, was partially dismantled and ! The Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad first construction train reached Arlington June 13, 1890 and in October of the same year the depot was located here in the spot where it still stands. This may be pioneer Arlington's greatest victory over its rival city. The forty-acre tract lying between the two towns. known as McMahon's addition, was platted and filed Sept. 14, 1891, leading the way to their unity, although the two towns struggled along side by side. Their combined population in 1893 was 500. in its infancy, Arlington was a lumber town with four shingle mills, three sawmills and 15 loggingcampsin the vicinity employing 442 men and 50 men working as bolt cutters by 1895. Henry Schloman of Marysville, whose grandmother was credited with the first white woman to enter the upper valley arriving in the year 1881, recalls that when he was a boy he came to Arlington to celebrate Independence Day. The celebration stretched over a number of clays according to ScMoman. Railroad Avenue was wet and muddy, the horses and wagons sinking deep in the street as they moved along. Where the Valley Medical Clinic now stands, maple trees grew, their trunks protected by little pyramid- like coverings to keep the hogs that roamed free from injuring the bark. In recalling the early years in Arlington, my tmcle, the late J.G. Spoerhase, used to tell of an Arlington grocer who owned a pet raccoon. On sunny days the grocer tied the coon to the leg of a chair out on the wooden sidewalk. He placed a pan of water near by so the little animal could help himself to a drink. present location in September 1939. In its original location it housed hardware store, also served as a post Department Store, and the various times. Pioneers found woods In going about, the pioneers had to not to lose their way. In the upper valley of the Still~ Knutson either lost his way or was limb. Rifle shots were heard and a He was not found, however, for several skeleton was found sitting against a tree. ~ Poll tax paid by The first road settlers in the Arlington area paid a worked it out on the county road at $2 a days each year to pay their tax. Regular wages for county road of ten hours. One year the road budget was $800 for the upkeep of 24 miles of road. ARLINGTON ONCE had the highest hydroelectric dam in the world, structure built in 1906 on Jim Creek. The Arllngton Light and organized and incorporated by NeLl Brown, Thomas Moran 11, 1905. They obtained franchise and built the Jim Creek Dam and ! seven miles east of the city. It was washed out during the 1907 work began on a concrete structure. This too, following winter, It was rebuilt and placed In operation in 1909. 1935. THIS MARYSVILLE NORTHERN RAIL/ROAD bridge across the Stillaguamish River at the old Danielson place (Fred Albert farm) was built in 1905 for the Stimson Mill Company. The logging railroad went from Marysville to Bryant and eastward into a~ virgin stand of timber. This logging operation continued until 1926. pictured is the --W-..G. Hiatt construction crew repairing the approach to the river in 1910. The two men in the back are Hiatt and Henry Schloman. THIS HUGE TREE with Walter Shannon and l Oy pictured inside had to be dynamited because enormous size. This photo was taken at the pete Cedar Camp at Hazel in 1920.