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The Monroe Historical Society & Museum has more than 3,500 photos of Monroe and the surrounding area, including businesses, industry, historic buildings, people and community, many of which no longer exist except for their presence in our collection.
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Moving off the right edge of photo is John (Jack) Dennis’ black mules pulling a chariot built for the parade. He was an uncle of Henry A. (Babe) Dennis. Parade is traveling north on Lewis Street. House (center, back) and Congregational Church (just visible on left) still present in 2000. Teeple photo. See also #271. 1/03
Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; 9/76; 5.5x3.5 pp; O; CN3,7;
B: Okanogan County Historical Society; 4/2010; 5.5x3.5 pp; O: C
Photo take about 1930 at Weishaupt’s by Maude Jensen with Henry A. (Babe) Dennis at the wheel. He said the truck is a “White” (1925 Fageol or Federal). 1/03
Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; 9/76; 8x5; O; CN13; F, T; fair condition, smudged
Original 23A information identifies this as taken at the Hayes Family Homestead in the Woods Creek Valley (across from Boyden's) c1903-04 in front of an enormous stump (probably same as #26 & #27). Written on the back of 23B is conflicting information: “Taken at Tualco. Father & aunts & uncles of Thelma Micheau.” In a different hand: “At top Uncle Fred Hayes; 2nd row: Geo. Johnson, Uncle Geo. Hayes, Aunt Addie H, Aunt Bertha H; 3rd row Aunt Mary Lindley, Leila H & other kids unknown” 1/03
*Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; 9/76; 6.5x5 m; O; CN7
B: (formerly #394): 6/88; 6.5x5 m; O; CN7,L, P
This photo was taken before the 1901 fire which destroyed this building. The Dennis family is at center. The building, with the barber shop, was rebuilt as a two story structure. 1/16
Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; 9/76; 5x7 m; O; CN10,13; B; good condition
Kinsey & Kinsey photo taken c1895. Front row, let to right: Josephine Hayes, Alex Hayes, Bertha Hayes (Babe’s aunt), Nan Odell, Elizabeth Odell, Mathilda Dennis, and Hattie Dennis (Babe’s mother). Back row, left to right: unknown, “Grandpa” Brown (related to Mathilda), Fred Hayes, Joseph Dennis, Bill Phillip (related to Mathilda) and Henry Dennis Sr. with dogs (Babe’s father). Babe is Henry A. Dennis. See next entry (25-Back) for Kinsey & Kinsey Ad on the back of the mount. 1/03
Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; 9/76; 8.5x6 m; O; P; fair condition, faded, small tear, spots
On the back of the Hayes Family Portrait #25 (c1895) is printed: “Do you want some views of Washington Forrest (sic) scenes? If you do, remember that we have the best – having had five years experience making such pictures in all parts of the Puget Sound Country. From our large collection of negatives we have selected twelve of the best, which represent the largest trees, the highest trees, biggest logs, etc., etc., also the manner in which the trees are felled, sawed up, hauled out of the woods, and loaded on the car. Among this collection is a beautiful picture of the Snoqualmie Falls; also, one of Mount Rainier. All of them are the same as this one and can be had at the following prices: One, for 50 cents; three, for $1, seven for $2, twelve, for $3. Prepaid. Address: Kinsey & Kinsey, Official Artists S. & I. Ry., Snoqualmie, Wash.” 1/03
Probably the same tree as in #26 & #23, which indicates it might be the Hayes Homestead in the Woods Creek Valley (or Tualco?). 1/03
Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; 9/76; 5x7 m; O; L, H
The school was built in 1878 and a room was added on the right in 1902. It was replaced by a later building a few years later. Bob Stretch and Mrs. Dennis are in the picture at 7 or 8 years of age. The composite version, which is the one generally used, is a digitally merged and enhanced version C; the lower left corner was taken from B to cover severe damage and a spot of severe damage in the sky on the upper right was muted. 4/04
+Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; 9/76; 9.5x7.5; old copy of 30C: CN3; fair condition, bent
+B: Harold Laduke; 6/88; 9.5x7.5 m; O
+C: 6/01; 9.5x7.5 ml; O: S
James MacBean “Mac” Busfield, moved to Snohomish County with his parents and siblings in 1913 at the age of 16. He had already been working for the Great Northern for a couple years, and continued to work for the railroad for over 50 years, retiring in November of 1962. In 1939 he married married Ruth Raven, Mrs. Edith Thedinga’s daughter by her first marriage. They lived at the house Mac had purchased in 1920 at 328 S. Blakeley St the rest of their lives, Mac passing in 1967 and Ruth in 1978. 10/2018
1/03;5.5x3.5 pp; O; T
Prior to 1889. Daughter of Andrew Johnson; Aunt of Earl Lindley She played piano for silent movies in various movie houses in town until the mid-1930’s. “G. D. Norton’s, Palace Floating Gallery, Puget Sound, W. R.” stamped on the back. 1/16
Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; 9/76; 2.5x3.5 m; O; CN13,50; P; good condition
Taken c1908, the east side of the 100 block of Ferry Street as seen from Fremont Street. Houses from left to right: 111 S. Ferry, the Art Sprau residence; 121 S. Ferry, the C. L. Barlow residence; 129 S. Ferry, the Henry Dennis residence and birthplace of Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; and 137 S. Ferry, the W. C. White residence. The Barlow residence, with the gambrel roof, has been Cascade Animal Hospital for many years (2016). 3/16
Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; 9/76; 5x3 pp; O; M
Although identification is not clear from the original accession entry, it suggests that from left to right are: Arthur Udell, Charlie Diamond (with horses), Grandpa Dennis and Grandma Dennis, with a dog sitting up in front of them. Under the photo is handwritten “Grandpa & Grandma Dennis.” 1/03
Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; 9/76; 5x3 pp; O; CN7,10,13; P
Although identification is not clear from the original accession entry, it suggests that from left to right are: Charlie Diamond (with horses), Arthur Udell, Grandpa Dennis, Grandma Dennis, and an unidentified woman. Under the photo is handwritten “On Curry Rd.” 1/03
Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; 9/76; 5x3 pp; O; CN13; M
The western of three views of Monroe looking south taken from where the Safeway Shopping Center is now. Ferry Street is easily seen at center right running from the west side of the two grammar school buildings (currently the site of the school administration building a.k.a. Old Central School) at the center back to the railroad tracks at the right front. Hotel Pearsall is at the center right on the southwest corner of Main and Ferry. Taken between 1904, when the third Grammar School Building was built and 1908 when Old City Hall was built. (See also #38-40 composite, #39 and #40). 7/04
Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; 9/76; 5x3 pp; O; CN19; M
Three photos, #38 (right), #39 (the sliver in the middle) and #40 (left) have been digitally combined to give a sweeping view looking south of downtown Monroe east taken from the hill on the north side of Monroe where the Safeway shopping Center is now. This composite is best viewed on computer screen. Please note that alignment is not precise. 1/03
Photographic Image Collection
Master Accession File
The information in the accession file entries is often incomplete, occasionally contradictory, possibly inaccurate, and subject to continual updating. And in the case when much is known, it certainly is not exhaustive. For more information, please consult the FAQ, the Copyright Policy, and other documents that accompany this file. There is also an Accession Number Index for all images in the collection, and a detailed Subject Index for those images that have been scanned. The Accession Numbers of photos not yet scanned are marked with an asterisk (*). Those marked with # following the number have had negatives scanned at 300ppi and should eventually be improved. If you can clarify an entry, or wish to donate photos (either the original or to be scanned and returned), or need a specialized copy or scan of a photo, or have other questions about the collection, please contact us.
The first line of the accession information is the accession number in bold. The second line, also in bold, is a brief description of the photo. Other descriptive information may follow on the next line(s) in regular type. The last entry in regular type (e.g. 1/03) is the date of the last update of the entry if it is different from the date of accession. The last line(s) in italic type is the technical information about the photo, with one line for each copy in the collection. (*) Indicates the copy generally used when more than one copy of an image is in the collection. (+) Indicates a copy that has been scanned when more than one copy of an image is in the collection. In the files section copy “a” is generally assumed rather than so marked. An extra indent indicates a different scan of the same image, usually because the original became available for scanning after a copy was scanned.
The technical information generally begins with the donor name followed by the date of accession. Next is the size of the original if known in inches, width first and whether it is mounted (m), photo postcard (pp), large (l), oversize (o) or oversize-wide (w). Next the primary type of image in the collection, which was also the one scanned (O-Original to MHS; ON-Original Negative; OS-original slide; D-digital; AP-archival or copy print; CN-copy negative; CS-copy slide; PC-Photocopy; fm means found in museum with no source and “r-“ means the original was returned to donor). Then follows the copy negative information if any: CN with a number indicates 35mm and links it with a proof sheet file; CNL indicates larger format that is filed with the original images. Finally, if a better quality image can be found in one of the themed binders in the museum it will be noted with these codes for those binders:
- B—Business, industry and government (except for logging and farming)
- C—Community activities
- F—Farming and related activities
- H—Human interest to include non-school sports
- L—Logging and related activities
- M—Monroe area images, primarily outside views of streets, buildings etc.
- P—People – portraits and group photos
- S—School related to include school sports
Example technical information
For example, this is the technical information for #1: Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; 9/76; 7×5; O; CN13; B
Which tells us that the image was donated by Henry A. (Babe) Dennis; it was accessioned September 1976; the original was approximately 7 inches wide and 5 inches high; the Original photo is in the collection; a 35 mm copy negative of the photo exists and is on proof sheet 13; and a better inkjet copy of the photo can be found in the museum in the themed binder on Business, industry and government.