Monday, May 30, 2016

The first Decoration Day at Sumas City - 1891

The first Decoration Day in Sumas City 1891!  It looks as if the town was having a delightful picnic in the forest to commemorate Decoration Day. Notice on the left hand side of the photograph the musicians seated with their band equipment.  Sumas obviously hasn't been totally logged off yet and was still heavily wooded. 

Decoration Day was first established in 1868  by the Grand Army of the Republic.  It was a time to decorate the  Union Civil War veteran's grave and later convene for community picnics.  It was considered a day of remembering.  Finally by the turn of the 1900s the Confederate descendants merged their own day of remembrance and it became a time to remember all the fallen veterans.

Picture 1
 Picture posted with permission from the Jim West Collection

This photograph is probably the first picture taken of a Sumas town function. there is a penciled notation on the mat of the photograph stating, "The First Decoration Day at Sumas City, 1891".  This would have been taken in may of 1891 and Sumas was formally incorporated in June of 1891.  A truly historical moment! 

Now maybe we can try to identify some of the founding individuals of our town.

Picture 2
Posted with permission from the Jim West Collection

This is a cropped and enlarged section of Picture 1.  It is the far left side in which you can see the band members seated with their instruments.  Also notice the well dressed ladies seated on the bench with their back to the camera.

Picture 3
Posted with permission from the Jim West collection

This is another enlargement from picture 1.  This is also on the left side of the photograph but to the right of the band.  Again, everyone seems to be in their church going clothes.

Picture 4
Posted with permission from the Jim West Collection

Again, cropped from picture 1, a gathering of men and boys on the right side of photograph next to the large stump in the foreground.

Picture 5
Posted with permission from the Jim West collection

The speaker's stump in the foreground of the photograph.  I found a copy of this picture in another collection which labeled the two men as follows: " On the stand, Judge Rysdorph, speaker and Tom Nicklin, Master of ceremonies."

Picture 6
Posted with permission from the Jim West collection

The dapper gentleman on  the far right of the photograph. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sumas Historical Society Meeting - Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Sumas Historical Society is meeting at the Sumas Senior Community Center this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.  We have lots to plan.  We need to plan the Sumas Community Picnic and Reunion celebrating Sumas 125th Birthday!

Sumas Historical Society
Meeting are at 7:00 P.M. on the 4th Thursdays of the Months at the Sumas Senior Center.
For more information, please contact Deborah Morgan
 Phone: 360-988-7829

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Difficulty for law enforcement in Sumas, WA - April 3, 1925

Picture 1

Sumas News, April 3, 1925

Before we complain about the budget restraints of the Sumas Police Department, let review the issues that were at hand in 1925.  Sumas Deputy Gaston didn't even have a car in which to assist him in enforcing the laws.  It must have been a sad sight to see the poor Deputy at the side of the road watching the speeding traffic and unable to do anything about it.  It would be interesting to know what kind of a car finally was provided for Sumas law enforcement.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sumas Historical Society Meeting at 7:00 - Thursday, April 28th, 2016 - Sumas Senior Center

Just a reminder that the next Sumas Historical Society Meeting is at 7:00 p.m.  next Thursday, April 28th, 2016.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Roger and Company Millinery Shop Opening in Sumas - 1910

This is a beautiful advertising postcard announces the newly opening Roger and Company Millinery Shop in Sumas, WA.  The shop celebrated it's opening March 16, 1910. This card was sent to Russ Lambert's wife, Carrie and was postmarked March 15, 1910.

Picture 1
 Posted with permission from Mary Lou Yurovchak Jones Collection.
Front side of the postcard.

Picture 2
Posted with permission from Mary Lou Yurovchak Jones's collection.  
reverse side of the postcard.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Playground at Sumas Grade School - 1963

Who remembers playing at the playground at the Sumas Grade School?  Recess was such a special time to enjoy the sunshine and to hang out with our classmates. Of course, I remember enjoying visiting our favorite playground monitor,  Mrs. Straka.

Picture 1
 Sumas News , September 12, 1963
Posted with permission from the Betty Snider Collection.