Sunday, February 7, 2016

Snowy Sumas - 1950 - Part 2 of 2

 More snowy Sumas Pictures from Mr. John Linn.  These were taken by his father, proprietor of the Linn Hardware Stare,  Vern Linn.  The first two pictures were believed to be taken in 1950 but the last photograph was probably taken in 1952. 
 picture 1
 Posted with permission from the John Linn Collection.  Photograph taken by Vern Linn.
A truly snowy Sumas looking north up Cherry Street towards the Canadian border.  This is taken from in the middle of the block between First Street and Garfield Street.  You can see on the west (left) side of the street a cafĂ© with a well lit Darigold Ice Cream sign.  On down the street is Post's Cash Grocery located where Bromely's parking lot currently is. On the east (right ) side of the street is the Grand Hotel  which has the International Drug Store and the Caribou Tavern on the ground floor.  

Picture 2
Posted with permission from the John Linn Collection.  Photograph taken by Vern Linn.
This view is looking south down Cherry Street taken from the Northeast corner of the Cherry and First Street.  You can see the Lapp Store behind the post on the west (right) side of the street.  Further on down you can see the Sumas Bank which is now the WOW Hair Salon also on the west side of the Street.  This picture is taken from the front of Linn's Hardware and Groceries under the protection of the overhang that is attached to the front of the store.

Picture 3

posted with permission from the John Linn Collection.  Photograph taken by Vern Linn. 
This picture was probably taken in 1952.  The photograph  was taken from the middle of the intersection of First and Cherry Street.  Linn's Store was located on the Northeast corner of First and Cherry St.   This location is now a parking lot of a small strip mall.  You can see the Grand Hotel next to Linn's Store.

Again, thanks to Mr. John Linn for his generous sharing of some awesome photographs.

Snowy Sumas - 1950 - part 1 of 2

 These two photograph of the 1950 blizzard were generously shared by former Sumas resident, Mr. John Linn. 

Picture 1

Posted with permission from the John Linn collection. Photograph taken by Larry Linn.
According to Mr. John Linn, this photograph was taken looking east towards Vedder Mountain and Cultus Lake between Hillview Dairy and Floyd Anderson's Farm.  This was located on the Hillview Road. The man next to the panel truck was John Linn's father, Vern Linn.  (Vern Linn was the proprietor of  Linn's Hardware Store in Sumas).

Picture 2


Photograph posted with permission from the John Linn Collection. Photograph taken by Vern Linn.
This picture is looking northwest up the valley towards Chilliwack in Canada.  John Linn's brother, Lawrence Linn is standing on top of a snow drift.  Floyd Anderson's roof is visible under the snow. 

Picture 3
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Illustration using Google Earth to put the location in context.

Thank you Mr. Linn for reminding us about the strong blizzards we used to get in Sumas that used to bring everything to a halt.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Snowy Sumas - 1980

Another set of snowy Sumas pictures.  These were taken in 1980  by Ivan Miesuk on his commute into town to the Border Chevron which he owned and worked.  

Picture 1
 Photograph posted with permission from photographer, Ivan Miesuk.
Photograph taken in 1980. This is the old route into Sumas. We are looking east on West Front Street towards where the road crosses the railroad tracks and turns on Cherry Street.  

Picture 2
Photograph posted with permission from photographer, Ivan Miesuk.
Downtown Sumas during a northeaster!  This is taken from the SE corner of  1st Street looking south down Cherry Street. You can see the brick building in the background that is currently the WOW Hair Salon.  At the left is Lo's Garden Chinese Restaurant. This was taken during the 1980 storm.

Picture 3
 Photograph posted with permission from photographer, Ivan Miesuk.
Looking south down a snowy Cherry Street from the front of  the Border Chevron Station.  The gas station was located at 608 Cherry Street on the SE corner where it  intersects with 2nd Street.

Picture 4
 Photograph posted with permission from photographer, Ivan Miesuk.
 A snowy Border Chevron Gas Station and Garage!.  It was located at 608 Cherry Street which was on the SE corner where Cherry and 2nd Street intersect..  This is looking NE where you can barely see the steeple of the old Methodist Church behind garage.   

Monday, January 11, 2016

Icy Sumas - January 1975

The silver thaws that use to hit the Sumas region was always an awesome and dangerous sight.  Often accompanied by downed power lines and broken limbs, the  simmering surreal landscape was a beautiful to look at.  However, driving or walking was nearly impossible as all surfaces were encased in ice.  One could hear the snapping of the branches and the tinkle of the ice as they broke and fell to the ground.  

Picture 1
 Photograph posted with permission from photographer, Ivan Miesuk
Photograph taken in January of 1975.

This is looking north up Cherry Street towards the border.  The left side of the street is where the Pay and Run Gas Station currently is located.   At this time there was no business there and the trees lined the street.   Every few years the city would trim the tree back so they would be trunks with hardly any branches.  

Picture 2
Photograph posted with permission from photographer, Ivan Miesuk. 
 Photograph taken in January 1975.

Looking the opposite direction from picture 1. This is looking south on Cherry Street towards the end of the town.. Today Pay and Run Gas Station is on the right side of the street and the Sumas Drug Store is just pass it.  The trees and vacant lots are long gone.

Tomorrow I will be posting more winter wonderland pictures of Sumas.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Snowy Sumas - January 1969

As we are enjoying beautiful sunny days here in Sumas this week it is interesting to remember the storms of days gone by.  I am sure many of us remember the blizzard of January 1969.   The Arctic wind blowing down the Fraser Canyon and dumping it's snow in our town. The sound of the wind howling and blowing under the door.  Many housewives were busy trying to insulate the gaps with towels to hold the warmth in the their homes.  Of course there was power outages as well.  The lucky families had generators that provided light.  The school children were delighted to have an unexpected school break.

Picture 1
Photograph posted with permission from the Rev. Carl Crouse's Collection.  
Photograph taken in January 1969, Looking east on the East Badger Road. This picture was taken about 4 miles southeast of Sumas, WA.

Picture 2
Posted with permission from the Rev. Carl Crouse's Collection
Photograph taken January 1969, looking east from the Schuett Road towards the mountains. The large barn on the right is still standing on East Badger Road by Garrison Road.  The highway has been redirected and Schuett Road is now an extension of East Badger Road. 

Picture 3
Photograph posted with permission of Rev. Carl Crouse
Photograph taken January 1969, of the Nooksack Valley High School with snow drifts obstructing the front entrances.  This is looking east from the parking lot in front of the school. The High School is located on the corner of East Badger Road and Nooksack Road.

Photograph 4
Photograph posted with permission from the Rev. Carl Crouse's collection.
Photograph taken January 1969 of the Sumas Elementary School on the corner of Lawson and Mitchell Street.  Rev. Earl Crouse posing in front of the school where the road was freshly plowed.

Photograph 5

Photograph posted with permission from the Rev. Carl Crouse's collection.  
Photograph  taken January 1969 after the storms were over. The snow drifts became dirty and and muddy.  The exact location near Sumas of this photograph is not known.

I would love to see some stories of the blizzards that used to be common here in Sumas.  Please share what you remember!