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A6 ,:- The Adington Times Lakewood the past, present future of a historic community Ilrlan Kin s~g_~_r~_ The Marysville Globe LAKEWOOD -- Historically, Lakewood (North Smokey Point as those who don't live in the area refer to it) has lost more than a few buildings throughout the years, but somehow it has man- aged to maintain its small-town appeal. Lakewood was once a logging town more populated than both Marysville, located directly south; and Arlington, located directly north. As a typical logging town in the 1900s, Lakewood was home to sev- eral stores including a blacksmith shop, hotel, tavern, hardware store and post office. It eventually got its name when a real estate company opened near Lake Goodwin and a post office called Lakewood opened in John. D. Blacken,s store in 1908. Although it was surrounded by seven lakes (Good- win, Ki, Martha, Crab Apple, Howard, Shoecraft and Loma), the lack of a river forced Lakewood to use the English Cross- ing Railroad to transport its lum- ber. The railroad crossing back then ran a passenger train called "The Flyer'. The crossing was named after Ed English who first began logging the town in 1907 and was the namesake to Lakewood's Eng- lish Crossing, English also logged the Warm Beach area. Lakewood resident Leroy John- son grew up in the upstairs of the Lakewood Grocery Store. He said he can remember flagging down "The Flyer" to catch a ride from Lakewood to Everett -- it cost a quarter. He also remembers when the biggest house in Lakewood was bought out of the Sears and Roe- buck catalog by Olie Hansen for $1,500. Lakewood flourished as a log- ging town in the early 1900s before it was eventually logged out and the Depression took its toll in the late 1920s. With a history as ragged as an old pair of blue jeans, Lakewood nearly met its demise in 1927 when a fire leveled all but two buildings. Those last two original buildings are now the Lakewood Grocery and Hardware Store and Jamie's Small Engine Repair Shop. The 1927 fire blazed down nearly all of the town when Lake- wood and the rest of the nation were in the midst of financial "1 like to believe [the fire] was started from the explosion. It just makes it seem more romantic to me." Dick Jensen Lakewood resident hardship. The mys- tery surrounding the origin of the fire remains unknown to this day. Longtime Lake- wood resident Dick Jensen said the blaze started at dinner time in the Blacken Brothers' Store and that some . people believe it was an insurance scam conjured up by the Blacken Broth- ers to claim the $30,000 in dam- ages, while others maintain it sparked from the explosion of a safe during a bank robbery con- ducted by clumsy looters "I like to believe it was started from the explosion," Jensen said. "It just makes it seem more romantic to me." Jensen is related to Jens "Ras- mus" Jensen who opened the origi- nal blacksmith shop next to the Lakewood Grocery Store. I I i i I i Pharmacy News Today by Dale Duskin, RPh. CABINET SHAKEUP As part of its Medicine Cabinet Safety Campaign, the American Pharmaceutical Association recommends that consumers use the start of the flu season as a catalyst for cleaning out their medicine cabinets and restocking them. With this in mind, remem- ber the "three Rs"-- Review your medicine cabinet contets, Remove expired medi- cines, and Restock essential medicines m meet your family's needs. Many people are simply no in the habit of checking the expiration dates of medica- tious in the medicine cabinets. Medicines tend to have relatively short shelf lives, Formulations degrade over time and can become either ineffective or not well toler- ated in terms of ingestion. In hospitals and clinics, when medicine has expired, it is dis. carded immediately. It's never too late to become an informed consumer about your health. At ARLINGTON PHARMACY, we are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about generic drugs as welt as prescriptions and over-the-counter medica- tions. For more information about our prod- ucts and services, call 435-5771 or see us at 540 West Avenue. We are open weekdays, 9 to 7; Saturday, 9 to 6; and Sundays and hol- idays, 10 to 5. HINT: The best place to store medica- tions is a dry, dark closet out of the reach of children. Most medicine cabinets are sub- ject to high amounts of humidity and sun- light, which pose threats to medications' life expectancies. ARLINGTON GUlL CEDA CUMULUS PARK Stlllagulmleh ~lUam 435-5771 Marysville 653-4857 Smokey Point 663-2500 Open Every Day Open Every Day Olxm Mon. - Frl. [ i Rasmus was known as a kind man who would sit out on the front porch of his shop rocking back and forth in his rocking chair. Like Rasmus, Dick also left a legacy on Lakewood He taught Washington state History and was Lakewood High School's athletic director from 1963 to 1993. He started the adopt-a-stream pro- gram in the 1980s and was respon- sible for naming the Cougar Creek. "l remember Rasmus as a really nice man," Lakewood resident Wayne Vroman said of Lakewood's longtime blacksmith. "I can remember one time when I was a kid he came out of his shop and fixed a flat tire on my bike for me." Vroman also knows a little about Lakewood's history. He is the son of Harold and Katheline Vroman. The Vromans owned and managed a research turkey farm from 1937 to 1952. The farm was located where Safeway now stands. The Vroman home sat on the site of today's 7-11 on the southeast corner of State Route 531 and Smokey Point Boulevard. "My parents held onto the prop- erty until the 1970s," Vroman said. "That's when sewer access came into the area and the cost of the property became too much so they had to sell it." Vroman said his parents sold the 15 acres to an investment group that held onto it for six to eight years before selling it to Safeway. He worked as a butcher at B & M Foods for 12 years before Safeway bought it out and he transferred on to Johnny's Food Center, now Gold's Gym, for the remainder of his career. Entering the Lakewood Grocery Store today, now owned by Dennis Bray, the scent of feed often sends one back in time. Bray said the scent makes people think of their small-town childhood memories. Memories during a time of con- venience store innocence -- when the comer grocery store was home to owners who knew the neighbor- hood kids, called patrons by their first names and still had time for idle chitchat. Although the store has changed ownership more than a dozen times in the last century, Bray said he still owns and manages the store in the same manner of many of its previous owners. In the last 100 years the store also has been home to Lakewood's post office (which has shifted loca- tions three times). In 1945 a tele- phone was added to the store. In the 1960s the gas pump was taken out and the owner committed sui- cide. In the 1970s it became renown as a hardware store and later an auto parts store. Through its many changes, Lakewood's Grocery Store has always remained a historic land- mark. "It helps me to remember that i'm from the clean Lakewood, the real Lakewood -- where we have a zip code," Jensen joked. The demise of Lakewood's last historic buildings might be slow, but Bray said it seems to be an inevitable transition since big busi- ness and development have taken over. Johnson said that in his time living in Lakewood he has wit- nessed summer homes on the lakes suddenly become permanent homes because the rise in their prices made them too expensive to keep as an occasional-use vacation home. "I don't think there's going to be much of a future for [historicl Lakewood," Bray said. "With con- tinued growth, roads are going to have to widen and we'll become yet another community that has fallen to progress." Bray said he finds it ironic that it is the development and growth of the schools in Lakewood that is contributing to wiping out his Lakewood Grocery Store, one of the most historic landmarks in Lakewood. While the future of Lakewood is still uncertain, logging and even Live the Good Life! Lakewood~ first Post Office, The Store, Hotel, Maybe Hensens and Nelsons pictured before the fire of 1927 leveled the Oley Blacken (right) and Raymond following the 1927 fire. The fireg damage The Oley Blacken and Rasmus Jensen Lakewood Grocery Store remain uns farming m Lakewood has become a 531 and rarity. Bray Road construction projects are these currently being imposed by the State's Environmental Protectionable Agency. They are to make lane improvements at the intersectionwood'S of Sta~ Route 531 and 16th Drive, a directional signal on 16th Drive to route parents coming to school man onto 19th Avenue and to add a done to 1OO-yard westbound left-turn lane becaUSe and a northbound right-turn lane of at the intersection of State Route and INJURIES* FAMILY LAW* WILLS "Lawyers Helping LAw OmC~S HANSEN, MCCONNELL &: Affordable, Professional 1636 3rd St. Marysville 1085 Beach Ave I I Indde Fred Meyer II I II]1 I I I I ! i MARYSVILLE Inside Fred Meyer 9925 State Ave. 360-653-3498 HEY KIDS! RE@SIER TO WIN A $1,000 BACK-TO-SOK SPIEE Flat Iron Steak S ad $ I0 "In House" Smoked Salmon Fettuccine GREAT WEDNESDAY SPECIALS J.R.'s NIGHT CL 8p.m. to 11 p.m. $ 1.1313 Wells $ 1.00 Domestic Drafts