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Advertisements, the Cleary brothers from Kansas
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Inaugural Issue, Part 4 of 4
Bow, Oct. 10, 1908, Vol. 1, No. 1, B.M Frederick, Publisher
      See the links below for the three other sections of this issue and suggestions for more background reading. We have reproduced the stories with very light editing for clarification, and links and annotation are added in [ ] brackets and underscored items. More detailed annotations will be marked: [Journal ed. note]. We welcome additions by readers, along with copies of documents and photos that will make this section complete.

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      This photo of Crenshaw's Bow Department Store was taken in 1915, when a horse pulled the delivery wagon, just a few years before autos would take over. The book, Skagit Settlers — still for sale at the Skagit County Museum at LaConner, identifies the people as, l. to r., W. Nelson Crenshaw, the owner; Flossie Shadle Rains, the clerk and a daughter of butcher Lou Shadle; and Clyde Des Noyer at the reins of the delivery wagon. We are not sure why the sign reads: "Foot Schulze & Co.," but that may have been advertising for a product. Photo from the Paul Shadle collection.

John Cleary and the Cleary brothers
      Journal ed. note: The Cleary brothers were among the dozens of people who moved to Skagit County from the tiny town of Lincoln Center, Kansas, in the 19th Century. If you have read the Journal story about George Green and Emerson Hammer of Sedro-Woolley, you know that Lincoln Center was the cradle for many of Woolley's pioneers. We are pleased that Mike Day of Kansas recently read that site and responded with many details about the Lincoln City emigres. He informed us that John Cleary moved his family of nine to Burlington sometime before March 4, 1894, the date that his youngest son was born in Mount Vernon. Many Kansans moved to Washington for jobs in the logging industry after the 1893 Financial Panic.
      In John Cleary's case, however, he left Kansas for different reasons and earlier. The impetus for people moving to Skagit County was the decision to move by Green, who was a major cattleman back there. He sent Hammer, his son-in-law, out here first in June 1889. Green also happens to have been shot by Cleary's older brother, Patrick Cleary, back in Kansas in 1869. Two years later, after murdering at least two other men, Patrick was taken out of his jail cell and hanged until dead. John Cleary's obituary in the Lincoln Sentinel indicates that John moved his family out here sometime afterward. We are still investigating whether John owned his own mill, separate from his sons, after moving here. We do know that he came to a sad end out here in 1907, dying in the drunk tank of the Burlington jail.
      For a 1960s story about Bow, Ray Jordan interviewed old timers and identified three of John's sons who were involved in the Cleary Bros. mill at various times: Ben and William, his eldest, and Grover, the baby of the family, later on. (See the Journal transcription.) You can read other details about the mill in other articles in this section in Issue 33 about the 1908 issue. In another story, about the Cook ranch in Olympia Marsh, Jordan recalled that, during his boyhood in the nearby village of Belfast in 1902, the Cleary brothers had a store and a post office in Sam Bell's town of Belleville, four miles north of Burlington, and that they had a small shingle mill near the Samish River.]



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The goblins that sent shivers up the spines of Edisonians on Halloween 2005
when Jean Sherrard came armed only with his camera and lenses. [Shudder]

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