Front Porch: Edmonds museum exhibit explores shingle mills, Wobblie movement

  • Wed Jan 11th, 2012 7:55pm
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Museum opens

The Edmonds Historical Museum opened its first exhibit of 2012 with “Weavers, Wobblies and Woe: The story of shingle workers in Snohomish County.” The exhibit runs through March 4.

Shingle mills were once Snohomish County’s economic backbone, and shingle weavers were often regarded as the elite workers of the lumber industry. Their jobs were dangerous — often resulting in death — and the constant struggle between mill owners and unions made work unpredictable at best.

The Edmonds Historical Museum located at 118 5th Ave. N. in downtown Edmonds offers more about these people and this industry. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Suggested donation is $2 per adult and $1 per child For more information, go to

Feb. 14 election deadlines: Monday is the deadline for Washington residents to register online or via mail to vote in the Feb. 14 special election if they haven’t registered or updated their address yet.

People need to remember to get their mail-in registration postmarked before Monday since there won’t be any postal service on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. People can register to vote or update their address online at People can register online using the MyVote feature on Monday even though it’s a holiday.

People can still register for next month’s election up until Feb. 6 but they need to go in person into the county elections department. A link to find those elections offices is at

Counties are sending out military and overseas ballots by Jan. 15 for the February election.