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!  





Thursday, November 19, 2015

Historic Houses of Sumas, WA - Part 4 of 4.....The Gillies House

The Gillies house was one of the houses featured on the 2015 horse-drawn historic house tour.  The current owner has done a great job of restoration in a successful attempt to return the house to its original splendor.

This gorgeous house, with the circular drive, was built in 1910 by John Campbell Gillies.  John and his brother George operated several sawmills and the local Funeral Home.  George also built a Sumas home located across the street at 416 Garfield Ave.

Picture 1
Posted with permission from the Custer collection
Photograph taken 14 June, 1911 ....looking SW.

Picture 2
Posted with permission from the Custer collection
John and Alice Gillies
married 29 June, 1898
(buried in the Sumas cemetery).



Lizette Custer (the Gillie’s house current owner) kindly provided an informational sheet on the history of the house:
Posted with permission from Custer collection.

Picture 3
Posted with permission from the Custer collection.
Gillies Funeral Home as it looked on the NE corner of Cherry Street and Harrison Ave. in Sumas, WA
photograph taken circa 1930?

Picture 4
posted with permission from the Custer collection.
A winter landscape with the Gillies house.
Date unknown.

Picture 5
Posted with permission from the Custer collection
An interesting photograph of the interior of the Gillies house.  The ladies are busy shelling peas.

Picture 6
Posted with permission from the Custer collection.
A delightful picture of Alice in her garden.

Picture 7
Photograph taken by Deborah Morgan, October 24, 2015
The Gillies house as it looked for the historical house tour sponsored by the Friends of the Sumas library.  



Sunday, November 15, 2015

Civil War Veteran, Harvey Canfield in Sumas - 1898

Civil War veteran, Harvey Canfield in Sumas, WA...1898
picture 1
posted with permission from the J. West family collection
This is an rare, very early photograph taken 14 March, 1898. According to the faded handwriting on the back of the photograph this site is located "1 1/2 miles from Sumas, WA" and the gentleman posing is Harvey Canfield.  The landscape is flat with no hills visible which probably means that the photographer is facing southwest away from the mountains.  The field looks newly logged off and there is still lots of large trees nearby.  It looks as if a little orchard is planted to the right of the cottage. The ground in front of the cottage looks rough and full of  discarded plant debris. (cabbage leaves?)  Certainly a bachelor quarters. 

picture 2
posted with permission from the J. West family collection

This detail of picture 1 shows Mr.Harvey Canfield. He is posed with a 4 button coat, tall muddy boots and bowler hat outside the cottage. 

Harvey was a veteran of the Civil War having served in the Union Army. In the 1880 United State Census, he (who was born in either 1848 or 1849 in Michigan) was working as a farm hand in Oakfield, Michigan and was single.  According to the 1910 United State Census (twelve years after picture 1 was taken), Harvey owned his own land and home. He was listed as a single widower, living in Sumas and as having fathered a child, who was not living with him. 

Upon further research on Ancestry.com I found that he served in Company A, 18th Michigan Infantry. He also served for a time in Co A. 9th Michigan Infantry.  He was mustered out of the army 16 September, 1865. Due to numerous health issues he was admitted to the National Home for Disabled Soldiers in Tennessee February 1916.   Later, he was transferred to another Soldiers Home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was cared for from August until October.

In the records of the National Home for Disabled Soldier's his closest relative was listed as a nephew named William Canfield who lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There is no listing of a son or daughter.   Harvey Canfield died 7 November, 1916 and was buried in the Marion National Cemetery in Marion, Indiana.

Please watch for my next posting about another historical house in Sumas.