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Snohomish street names to honor early residents

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SNOHOMISH — Builders who create new streets in Snohomish no longer can name them.
Snohomish staff, specifically the city manager, get that privilege.
Under the new policy approved last week, new roads and those annexed into the city get assigned a numeral if they run east-to-west and a historical name if they head north-south.
Streets now within the city’s boundaries keep their names.
The city manager gets to pick street names from a pre- approved list of city’s earliest movers and shakers.
“I think this validates and values the historical nature of our city,” councilwoman Karen Guzak said.
The list includes early settlers, businessmen, journalists, Snohomish’s first mail carrier and a priest. Three Indians also made the list: Pilchuck Jack, Pilchuck Julia and Patkanam, the head chief of Snohomish and Snoqualmie tribes.
Multiple members of several prominent founding families appear including three Fergusons and three Blackmans.
The City Council also may name a street for a person historically significant to the town. To be eligible, a person must be deceased at least five years.
A committee of mainly city employees put together the list of street names.
“It wasn’t exactly scientific,” said Corbitt Loch, city planning director. “We went through history books for the city to gather names for people that seemed in our mind adequately significant.”
The list isn’t exclusive: other names can be added.
They tossed out names that already had streets named for them, such as Bickford, and those that didn’t sound right.
A more consistent street name policy should make it easier to get around town and for emergency response, Loch said.
Councilman Doug Thorndike also pointed out the new policy clears up “oddities” in Snohomish’s naming system, such as when to use “court” or “street.”
The City Council asked the city staff in May to come up with some guidelines after they were faced with what to do with 87th Avenue SE, a major road running into town the city annexed. The street didn’t match other numbered streets in town.
Until now, naming streets had been an informal process often driven by who was pouring the asphalt.
That’s how it should remain, argued R.C. “Swede” Johnson, the lone council member to vote against the proposal. “If someone wants to develop a 40-acre plot and name the street, then why shouldn’t he or she have that right?” Johnson said.
City manager Larry Bauman has already chosen a new street name: 87th Avenue SE is now Sinclair Avenue after founding settler Mary Low Sinclair.

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Approved street names

Here is a list of approved street names in the City of Snohomish and who they are recognize.

Alonzo Avenue: Alonzo Morgan, early settler

Alanson Avenue: Alanson Blackman, early logger, settler, mill owner

Bailey Avenue: Earl Bailey, early settler, farmer

Bakeman Avenue: Charles H. Bakeman, mayor, longtime resident

Cady Avenue: Edison Cady, early settler

Casimir Avenue: Casimir Chirouse, priest, founder of mission for Tulalip children

Canda Avenue: Emory Canda Ferguson, early settler

Cecil Avenue: Cecil Ferguson, son of E.C. Ferguson, established Ferguson Canning Co.

Clemans Avenue: George Clemans, proprietor of harness business; Howard Clemans, high school basketball coach

Dolsen Avenue: W.O. Dolsen, local agent for Great Northern Railroad

Eldridge Avenue: Eldridge Morse, editor of The Shillalah newspaper and co-publisher of Northern Star newspaper

Elhanon Avenue: Elhanon Blackman, early logger, settler, mill owner

Emory Avenue: Emory Canda Ferguson, founding settler

Ferguson Avenue: Emory Canda Ferguson, founding settler (will require Ferguson Park Road to be changed to 14th Street)

Folsom Avenue: Albert Folsom, co-publisher of Northern Star newspaper

Harley Avenue: Harley Trowbridge, manager of Snohomish Dairy Products

Harvey Avenue: John Harvey, founding settler

Haskell Avenue: Claude Haskell, early resident

Hazeltine Avenue: Robert Hazeltine, early mail carrier

Horton Avenue: Gilbert Horton, pioneer photographer, owner of the Palace Floating Gallery

Hume Avenue: Mrs. Fred Hume, resident

Hyrcanus Avenue: Hyrcanus Blackman, early logger, settler

Jack Avenue: Pilchuck Jack, prominent Native American, husband of Pilchuck Julia

Julia Avenue: Pilchuck Julia, prominent Native American, wife of Pilchuck Jack

Kinsey Avenue: Darius Kinsey, early photographer, resident of Sedro-Woolley

Lucetta Avenue: Lucetta Ferguson, wife of E.C. Ferguson

Merz Avenue: George Merz, early resident

Moran Avenue: Winifred and Marguerite Moran, early residents

Noble Avenue: Noble Harvey, son of John and Christina (Noble) Harvey, established Harvey Airfield

Packard Avenue: Clayton H. Packard, editor of the Snohomish Eye newspaper

Patkanam Avenue: Patkanam, head chief of Snohomish and Snoqualmie tribes

Pettit Avenue: W.W. Pettit, Snohomish’s first mail carrier

Sinclair Avenue: Mary Low Sinclair, founding settler, first white woman and first teacher

Stinson Avenue: Ulmer Stinson, member of Centennial Lodge No. 25 F&AM, donated land for Masonic Cemetery

Steuber Avenue: Joseph Steuber

Tamlin Avenue: Tamlin Elwell, operator of early logging camp

Tucker Avenue: Egbert Tucker, early settler

Wilbur Avenue: Lot and Jennie Wilbur, early settlers

Whitfield Avenue: William Whitfield, early historian, journalist

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