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O O ' O ' O 6 - Mukilteo Beacon MUKREVISITED An old church ukilteo is a small town rich in history. In 1855, Gov. Isaac Stevens met with the 82 different Native American leaders in the area, resulting in the Snohomish Tribe, who inhabited what is currently Mukilteo, signing the Point Elliot Treaty. In the M u K Snohomish . Tribe language REVI SITED meant two 31 KIERAN different things, GAMBLE one being good MUKILTEO mzi'éiliflisllt'ilm as Mukilteo was a fishing village for the Snohomish and its neighboring tribes, and the other meaning narrow passage. The name Mukilteo was fitting because the town was located on a narrow passage of water that connected the Puget Sound and a big lake in the middle of town, which currently is the beach parking lot and a portion of old town. Like other small towns in the area at the time, local leaders such as Emory C. Fer- guson, Monis Frost and Jacob Fowler were trying to establish an empire with logging, trade business and hotels to-encourage and support local growth. Sense of community and spiritual growth is important when establishing a new city. Between 1907 and 1919, several churches were built to service the spiritual needs of the people. In 1907, a Presbyterian Church was built. Next was the Christian Missionary Al- liance church in 1915. In 1916, the Nazarene Church was built In 1919, a chapel initially referred to as the Church of the Holy Rosary, later to be known as St. Iohn’s Church, was constructed. St John’s is currently the oldest active church in the city and is celebrating its 100th year since its official dedication in 1920. tweaking ter EXPERIENCE YOU CAN TRUST? Let Sharon 8: Steve Go to Work fer YCtti “today! u ODAY 42246, {if www.harrissteam.com t i Photo courtesy of Kieran Gamble St. John’s Church has played a major role in the history of Mukilteo. Before St John’s was constructed, the small 1 Catholic community consisting of approxi- mately 83 people worshipped in a building ' on 2nd Street in Mukilteo. There was a chap lain from Providence Hospital in Everett that attended the mission during 1908 through 1915. Due to the chaplain, the mission associ- ated itself for a period of time with Perpetual Help, located in Everett ' St Iohn's was constructed at a total cost of $4,238.17 A local supporter in the commu— nity, Mary C. Mahoney, provided a grant of $500. An additional $500 was received in December 1919 by the Catholic Church Extension Society of the United States of America, located in Chicago. In total, by August 1920 the community collected the additional funds needed to pay off the remaining $3,238 in construction costs and to purchase adjacent land to the church. The church was built by the community and for . the community without any debt. Father Leo Hansen said the first Mass on Christmas Eve in 1919, but it was not until August 20, 1920, that the church was offi- cially dedicated with a high Mass officiated by Father O’Brien. Approximately 20 local children made their first Holy Communion during the Mass. The church was completely filled with visitors from Everett and other'sur- rounding towns. After the services, a dinner was served for approximately 200 people by the ladies of the parish in the beautiful garden of Mr. and Mrs]. A. Cameron. For four years from 1923 through 1926, St John’s congregation was served by priests that traveled all the way from St Martin’s Abbey in Olympia. From 1928 to 1932, Father Edmund Long was St IOhn’s priest Father Long walked each Sunday to church from his home, the McNab Hogland house which, at the time, was an Ursuline convent During this time St John’s opened its doors to the greater Mukilteo community in times of need. When the original Rosehill School burned down in 1928, their classes were held at St John’s, as well as Hawthorn Hall, now the Boys and Girls Club. The mission also helped the greater community when Crown Lumber closed down and the Pow- ... MBARDI’S italian restaurant 8; wine bar Bellingham ‘ Everett Marina A wwaombardisitaliamcom Milt Creek Stepping Out 3"?“ T June 24, 2020 TRAVELS KETCHER houghts of a tiny village in France eing the Travelsketcher my mind is often off to other plac- es. This Eze, France. A tiny village perched in the mountains above SKETCHER the Mediterranean, well worth a visit. Hope you are all well, and enjoying getting out a bit. Terry the Travelsketcher is a Mukilteo resident who sketches any- TERRY THE TRAVELSKETCHER thing interesting that MUKILTEO RESIDENT catches his eye. Tb “D “m” see more of Terry’s sketches, visit http:// wwwpeninkandpaint. com or follow him on Instagram at ”thetravelsketch— er Email him at terrylchristo@gmail. , com der plant exploded in 1930. This was during the Great Depression, which impacted the entire Mukilteo community. Despite the loss of the lumber industry in Mukilteo, other industries that started at the same time still were present and growing. Transportation was something that was very important, as Mukilteo was cut off from oth— er parts of the mainland. Boats became very popular in the area, as that was the number one way of getting into town. During this time of transition between the focus on lumber to transportation, Father William Fitz— gerald guided St. John's in 1936 to become ' attached to Immaculate Conception Parish in Everett Father Fitzgerald was the priest until the early 19505. Mukilteo saw a surge of growth when the United States entered into the second World War. In 1936, Paine Field Was originally a commercial airport that provided ’another entry point into Mukilteo other than by boat. When Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, Paine Field was turned into an Air Force base. The government bought out the Mukil— teo Lumber Company's old lumber yard and built ammunition testing sites to help train ' soldiers for the war. The US. government used Mukilteo to train approximately 600 soldiers until 1946. In early 19405, St John's children received their Catechism instruction in the basement of the mission, as well as in the homes of parishioners, attended by the Sisters at Im- maculate Conception. The priest at the time was Father Bennan, who also served at Paine Field for soldiers during the second World War. Due to the war effort, St John's Church was a place that drew many Catholic soldiers and employees of The Boeing Company to ' its doors. The Boeing Company experienced signif- icant growth with their plane manufacturing during the war effort The Boeing Company brought many jobs and people to the city of Mukilteo during this time. In the 19605, The Boeing Company began to build Commercial airplanes like the 737 and 747. The Boeing Company has become one of the biggest companies in Snohomish County and continues to impact the city of Mukilteo’s economy. St lohn’s Church has played a big part over the past 40 years in my family’s history. In 1983, my grandparents and mother moved to Mukilteo from eastern Washington. With their Catholic background, they were drawn to attend the quaint little church. My mother received her Catholic Confirmation there in 1986. In 1999, my parents were married inside St. John’s Church. My brother and I were baptized at St John's in the early 20005. My first years as a child, I went to church at St. John’s with my grandparents. Ironically, the priest at the time was Father Thumbi, the priest I altar—served with for four years at St. Thomas More Church in Lynnwood. Even though I am not a consistent attendee at St John's, it is rare for 'my grandparents to miss a Sunday at church. Both my grand— parents serve St John’s in various ways. My Grandpa has helped over the years with ' maintenance and supporting firndraising events. My Grandma is an Eucharistic Minis- ter and is a part of the Women's Guild which oversees the church events, plants, funeral support, decorations, etc. St. Iohn’s has a solid place in the history of Mukilteo. It has served and supported the'community for 100 years, not only in a religious capacity, but as a fixture in the well-being of the town as a whole. I feel very fortunate and proud to be a part of this com— munity and to have been a part of St. Iohn's my whole life. I This is the winning essay submitted for the Mukilteo Historical Society's 2020 scholar- ship program. Kieran Gamble is a graduating Kamiak High School senior who plans to attend the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles starting this fall. ' Mukilteo Foursquare Launches Sunday Services On Facebook Live The Covid-19 shutdown has changed how churches conduct services without gathering members into church buildings. in response to the restrictions on public gatherings Mukilteo Foursqure has started live streaming their Sunday services on Facebook Live at 10 am. This presents a good opportunity for newcomers to sample our services from the comfort of their own homes. We hope you’ll join us on Facebook.com/MukilteoFoursquare this coming Sunday. llllllllltllllilllll MUK I LT E “g? 1'77; FOURSQUARE CHURCH Nmywrgbfi'fijefiw Scan me to watch online 4424 Chennault Beach Road 425-347-1211 mukilteofoursquareorg