Great Grandson and others Visit Historic Hartley Mansion


A Visit Made Possible by a former Everett Herald Newspaper Boy.    

Thursday, March 10, 2022.  SJW.
Web & Graphic Design by Brandon Tutmarc.


[Drawing of the Historic Hartley Mansion by Artist Gerald Lee “Jerry” Newport with only a pen and ruler]


As I was waiting at the front door of the “Historic Hartley Mansion” for the Roland Hartley’s Great Grandson, Neil Anderson, and supporters of Historic Everett preservation to arrive, many memories raced through my mind. Such as moving my 1979 neurosurgical office, including office manager, Patti Larson, from the Medical Dental Building on Colby Avenue to the former Sound View Nursing Home aka LeGault Nursing home that had been transformed into the Historic Hartley Mansion,  and henceforth recognized professionally as “The Everett Neurological Center”.

It was then that I was struck by incredible reality that Neil Anderson and supporters of Historic Everett preservation would be entering through the front door of the Hartley Mansion that over the past 39 years had welcomed 50,000 – 70,000 patients with family members and friends, additional thousands of attendees associated with private fundraisers and political campaign events not to mention countless other local, county and state related gatherings.

There were the many Hartley Mansion rehearsals for the Christmas Spectacular (2001-2020), an initial creation of the Board of Directors of the Everett Performing Arts. As the years went by this show was later supported outstanding Master of Ceremonies, artists and guests talent from California, New York, Florida and Russia. With names like KING 5 Evening Magazine and New York Discovery Channel, Brian Tracey, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and Cassie Franklin, Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine, Dehner Franks, pianist, singer and composer, Jack Klitzman, Musical Director of the Seattle Theater Group, Ivyann Schwan, Katy Tomlinson, Carl Kelley, Megan Chenovick (Parker), Victor Benedetti and many, many others.  From the rehearsals at the Hartley Mansion these wonderful performers would later headline the Christmas Spectacular, starting 2001 first at the Historic Everett Theater and later at the Everett High School Civic Auditorium about a decade later.

The rehearsals of the Christmas Spectacular at the Hartley Mansion would never had happened if it were not for my mother’s passion for the performing arts and the creation of the Dorothy Jayne Wright Foundation 501(3), which was named after her. She was honored with the 2nd Snohomish County Arts Commission “Richard Wendt Award of Excellence”. And not to forget the reality of wonderful, local piano recitals initiated by Judy Baker, Alan Park and others that have taken place over the decades in the third floor or “ballroom” of the Hartley Mansion.

With anticipation of seeing Neil Anderson, Roland Hartley’s great grandson, my memories began to focus upon the amazing 100th Anniversary of the Hartley Mansion that took place here in 2010. It was attended not only by Neil Anderson, Roland Hartley’s Great Grandson, but also many generations of the Hartley family both from the community as well as out of state. Their personal stories including those of Janny Hartley Hartley and Hartley Paul breathed a life into the old Hartley Mansion in a way that could not have even been imagined prior to this occasion. The video documentation of that event preserved by Puget Sound Video founder Richard Eaks may be found on the Hartley Mansion Website.

 At this point, my flood of memories was interrupted, when I was joined in the entry by Patti Larson, just moments before the supporters of Historic Everett preservation Guests knocked on the door. It was Patti, my office Manager and Business manager of 40 years, who actually initiated this “Historic Everett” visit through her friendship with Neil Anderson, Roland Hartley’s great grandson!

[Photo of Neil Anderson, great grandson of Roland Hartley, and Patti Larson]

Back in July 2021, Patti and Neil agreed that it would be mutually rewarding for “Historic Everett” to visit the “Historic Hartley Mansion” at some point. Although there was enthusiasm on both sides, the final date for the visit turned out to be February 1, 2022. For such a “Historic” gathering, the wonderful Hartley Mansion Christmas Tree, Santa and Decorations beautifully assembled by the Mansions “own” maintenance manager extraordinaire, Bob Brown, were left up for the enjoyment of our guests.

These memories were interrupted by the knock on the front door by Neil Anderson, Roland Hartley’s great Grandson. He was surrounded by about a dozen supporters of Historic Everett preservation. Patti and I were gradually introduced to the other guests that included Dave Ramstad, Joni Smith, Bob, Donna and Jill Mayer, Jack and Mary O’Donnell and Jeff and Shawna O’Donnell. During the preliminary introductions, Patti and I looked at each other, excited, but also a little wide-eyed, because we hadn’t thought the visit would require much in the way of organization or logistics. 

[Photo of Neil Anderson and supporters of Historic Everett Preservation]

Again, my mind was racing. Will it be best to simply invite in supporters of Historic Everett preservation and let them roam around the premises Ad Hoc? Or do the opposite. Drill down on a really serious, extensive Historical restoration Tour?

Another option would be to focus upon my late father, Sanford Wright Sr., a retired general building contractor, who put together the team of Peter Newland of Newland Construction along with Bob Butterfield, architect, Butterfield design, that headed the incredible team that transformed the tired old Le Gault nursing home of 1983 into the beautifully restored Hartley Mansion of 1984 that Historic Everett came to see?

[Monday December 3, 1984. The HERALD]


Or, perhaps focus upon establishment of the Everett Neurological Center in the Historic Hartley Mansion with the help of many medical colleagues that initially included neurologists Tobae McDuff MD, Crispin Wilhelm MD and Richard Knudson MD and the initial neurosurgeons, Mike Geier MD, Karen Woncik MD and others.  

The pressing need to “Do something” in the expectant eyes of Neil, Patti and the others forced a decision. Not one as large scale as the Historic Everett Home Tour of the Hartley Mansion in 2007. I thought: “Maybe just do what I have been doing for friends, colleagues and visitors over the years. Give them the ‘GUEST TOUR?’”  But – Yikes! I would be placing my limited knowledge of Everett History under the magnifying glass of the Historic Everett experts! One way or the other, I needed to make a decision.

[A  large Community Historic Hartley Home Tour on September 8, 2007, 9am-4pm, arranged by Historic Everett]


So, I emotionally blurted out “How about if I give you my usual ‘Hartley Mansion Guest Tour’?” I could see that there no other suggestions forthcoming. So, I breathed a quiet sigh of relief, when Neil and the other supporters of Historic Everett preservation seemed to like the idea. At this point, they were all invited into the Mansion entry from the front porch and “Guest Tour” began.

The Guest Tour involved leading a group of about a dozen supporters of Historic Everett preservation from the Hartley Mansion entry into the old dinning room, then to the old living room, and back and forth between the two main floor rooms before moving to the 2nd floor via the main staircase or the elevator. And from there to the 3rd floor “ballroom.” And finally, down via stairs and/or elevator to the basement to conclude the Guest Tour.


Not only were the Hartley Mansion Christmas Decorations left up for the Historic Everett visit but they were intertwined with the residual ‘Roaring Twenties’ decorations from my daughter Dascha’s 19th Birthday organized by impassioned, extraordinary efforts on the part of Olga and Dascha. The birthday party featured wonderful piano music in the old living-room. And it wouldn’t have been complete without the true, world class Cirque du Soleil Juggler, engaged the guests with a spinning disc-on-a-stick balance challenge that Mascha mastered better than many adults.

[A reminder of the recent ‘Roaring Twenties’ Birthday Decorations]

Keeping all supporters of Historic Everett preservation together was a little more challenging than the usual Guest Tour made up of 1 or 2 individuals. Also, there was the need to keep enthusiastic voices low so as not to have our conversations drift into the rooms occupied by the hard working Mental Health Therapists, who lease office space in the Hartley Mansion.

[The Everett Neurological Center. 1986. Caludette Bargreen Dibert. National Memorial Color Photography Competition. The antique car is a reminder of the Roland Hartley’s Pierce Arrow.]

The Guest Tour began- as always – by asking the group if they could recall who won the American Revolutionary War. (pause). Correct! – The Americans! Which therefore required the defeated British soldiers, who couldn’t catch a ship bound for Jolly Old England, to find an alternative option. After the British defeat, soldier George Hartley discovered the option of exiting America for Canada, and especially, New Brunswick. This became the beginning of a family tree that would eventually lead to the Historic Hartley Mansion.

[Photo of the Historic Banners in the Historic Hartley Mansion Entry]


[Roland Hill Hartley 1864-1952. Hartley Genealogy and Plowboy to Governor.]


[The 100th Anniversary of the Historic Hartley Mansion.]


[Historic, Everett Neurological Center, Arts and Music, Community, Recognition and other related Events.]

Highlights of the Guest Tour Commentary:

  • To Repeat – I pointed to the large historic banners in the Hartley Mansion entry. I drew attention to the name of George Hartley, a British Soldier defeated by the American patriots, who established a family ancestry in New Brunswick, a member of whom, was Roland Hartley. Roland would eventually build the Historic Hartley Mansion in 1910, become an owner of major Everett waterfront mills and regional timberlands and also become Everett’s Mayor (1910), a State Legislature (1914) and finally a Washington State Governor (1924-1933).
  • The Historic Everett group were shown an old photo of Roland Hartley’s New Brunswick house that was home to a family with 12 children, Roland Hartley’s 11 brothers and sisters.

    [The farm house at Shogomoc, York County, New Brunswick, in which Governor Hartley was born June 26, 1864. One of 12 children.]

  • At one point, at as the story goes, there was a disagreement that transpired between Roland’s brother and his father, a farmer minister. This disagreement caused that brother – and later Roland among other family members – to journey West along the Canadian border and finally down into the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
  • In Minnesota, Roland gradually became very involved in the logging, mills and even political interests of Minnesota Governor David Clough, culminating in Roland becoming the Governors special secretary.
  • In fact, this involvement led to Roland’s marriage to Clough’s daughter, Nina.
  • On the old dining room wall hangs Roland’s Application for US Citizenship (1878) and Roland’s Document confirming his America Citizenship (1888).

    [Application for American Citizenship 1878. Donated by Gretchen Hartley Hoffman on May 2, 2010]


    [American Citizenship Granted 1888. Donated by Gretchen Hartley Hoffman on May 2, 2010]

  • The story was told about how J.J. Hill built the transcontinental Great Northern Railway from St. Paul to Seattle via Everett, which was completed on January 6, 1893.
  • J. Hill arranged for a special car to take Roland’s father-in-law, David Clough, along with others, on a trip out West to Everett a few years after 1893. The hope was that the Governor might be able to build a timber business that would create “back haul” for the railroad.
  • David Clough, his son-in-law and Roland Hartley decided to take up residence in Everett and build the Clark-Nickerson saw mill on the Everett Waterfront, which could latter be seen from windows of the Hartley Mansion.
  • Since J.J. Hill’s railroad was built during the most severe financial crises in the history of the United States, it may not be surprising that the collective Clough-Hartley bank account, hard hit by the financial panic of 1893 -1897, required a loan to build what was to become their timber, logging and mill legacy.
  • So, given that they were not personally eligible for a bank loan of that magnitude, they arranged funding of their business interests through a “Straw man”.
  • As it turned out the “Straw Man” found an excellent attorney, who helped “officially” take over the ownership of the Clark-Nickerson Mill, thereby, leaving the Clough-Hartley team to find “another pathway forward” as the saying goes.
  • Having established credentials in the lumbering and logging business, funding was found to build the Clough-Hartley Cedar Siding Cedar Shake Mill on the Everett waterfront that was said to be the largest in the world in its time. Also, the Clough-Hartley Mill on the Everett waterfront could be viewed from the windows of the Hartley Mansion.

    [Clough-Hartley Company, Everett, Washington. Cedar manufacturing capacity for 10 hours, 1,300,000 shingles, 80,000 feet of cedar siding. Required capitalization of $1,000,000 in 1906, and once on line employed 165 men.]


  • A measure of the success achieved by Roland-Clough logging and timber mill interests may be seen in the following family photos on the old living room walls:
      • A 1908 photo of Roland with wife, Nina, their two sons, David and Edward, and their father-in-law David and mother-in-law Nina Clough, all sitting out in front of a small, white tent that is these days safely stored in the Historic Hartley Mansion!

        [Visitors in Camp. On Sunday, August 16, 1908, we were close to a country road and wrote Nina that if they would come up on the Sunday train, we would have a team meet them and bring them out to our tent and we would cook them a Sunday dinner. You can see the satisfied look on all but the cook, which answers for itself. Roland Hartley.]

      • A 1910 photo of Roland with wife, Nina, young daughter Mary, sons David and Edward and mother-in-law Nina Clough alone (husband David Clough passed) sitting on the front steps of the Historic Hartley Mansion. (Mary Paul was the mother of Hartley Paul, who joined other family members for the Hartley Family Reunion at the Hartley Mansion in 2010.)

        [Hartley family sitting on the front steps of family home, 2320 Rucker. (Left to right) Edward, Mr. Hartley holding daughter Mary, Mrs. Hartley, son David and Mrs. Hartley’s mother, Mrs. David Clough. Photo circa 1910.]


      • The Hartley family pictured at the entry to the Hartley Mansion 7 years later.

        [A 1917 photo of Roland, Nina and daughter Mary sitting down in front of their sons, David and Edward, in US Army Uniforms standing behind them.]

        [August 22, 1917. These pictures were taken August 22, 2017 the day David M. Hartley leaves for the East. Lieutenant Edward N. Hartley, also in the picture left for Camp Taylor Louisville, Kentucky August 25th 1917 and from there assigned as 2nd Lieutenant in Battery F. 15 1st Field Artillery “Rainbow Division” at Camp Mills Long Island.]


    • Finally, a photo of Roland, Nina, daughter Mary, sons David and Edward surrounded by grandchildren on the steps of the Washington State Governor’s Mansion in Olympia (1929).

      [A family portrait of the Hartley Family at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia circa 1929. Back row: Little Jeanne Hartley in the arms of her father, Edward Hartley, Edward Hartley’s wife, Mary Bell, Roland Hartley’s wife, Nina, Governor Roland Hartley, Roland Hartley’s daughter Mary, David Hartley’s wife, Gretchen, and David Hartley. Front row: Edward’s daughter Judith, Edward’s daughter Marcia, David’s daughter Gretchen, David’s son, David Jr. and David’s daughter Sue.]


  • Before going up to the 2nd floor there was always the attention getting photo of the 1910 Hartley Pierce Arrow and the association of the car with the Hartley Garage. As always, the guests were put to the test: “Back in the late 30’s, who was contacted, when the old garage auto turn table became stuck?” (After waiting expectantly for an answer that never arises, I supplied the name of the “young building contractor” – my dad, Sanford Wright Sr.)
  • On the 2nd floor, the supporters of Historic Everett preservation were told that the nursing home renovations entailed totally enclosing or ‘walling off’ the beautiful main staircase and installing a metal ‘push bar’ door at the top of the stairs. One of the first orders of business for Newland Construction was to immediately tear out and remove this wall and door and then to rebuild the main stairway with excruciating historical detail.
  • With pride the 2nd floor bathroom containing the original shower and tub was showcased to the supporters of Historic Everett preservation. I explained that a few crew members of the HMS Bounty Replica that visited Puget Sound in 2008 were included in a social gathering at the Historic Hartley Mansion. Perhaps, they enjoyed the party a little too fully. Or perhaps it was their curious “historical interests” that led them astray. In any case, it seemed that they cut off and departed the Hartley Mansion with the handles of this historic Tub. If true, most likely, 4 years later, the handles may have “gone down with the ship,” when the replica of HMS Bounty sank 100 miles off of Cape Hatteras!

    [Original tub. Replaced handles.]


  • It was also explained that in order to provide true public access to the 3rd floor “ballroom” a grand stairway was needed, for which a 2nd floor lobby closet had to be ‘sacrificed’.
  • Once up the stairs onto the 3rd floor, until recent repairs made this impossible, I have would have guided the Guest Tour to opposite side of the room to reveal a special private elevator with a brass gate and swing handle control. It was especially constructed to travel up and down between my 2nd floor office and the 3rd Floor. One of the first uses of this elevator was to lift a handicapped George Ducey, at that time Co-owner of Everett Sand and Gravel off Glenwood Avenue, to join his many special guests on the 3rd Floor Ballroom for a celebration of his life. Since then, this property has been turned into a huge, new Amazon warehouse and parking development.
  • I flipped back of corner of the carpet in the center of the 3rd floor ballroom, thereby revealing a dance floor. I explained that this dance floor was dedicated to Stanislav Popov, President of the Russian Dance Union and producer of the Annual World Cup Ballroom Dance extravaganza in the Kremlin Palace that he created in 1995. It was Stanislav in 1992, who introduced me to Olga Foraponova, who later became my wife. Olga and I now have a family with two wonderful children, Dascha and Mascha!

    [3rd Floor Ballroom with covered grand piano, a glimpse of the central dance floor dedicated to Stanislav Popov and performance seating]


  • Near the 3rd Floor Dance space rests a Steinway Grand Piano that was hoisted up there by a fork-lift in about 1987. Many incredible pianists have played that piano over the years, including the late Greg Foltz MD, then a neurosurgeon with the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, who saw patients at the Hartley Mansion “Everett Neurological Center”. This was certainly an honor considering that Greg was not only acclaimed neurosurgeon, but he was also a very talented classical pianist and composer. Though this may seem hard to believe, Greg arranged for his wedding to take place on-stage at Seattle Symphony Hall. And that was not all. Greg composed the music for his own wedding that was played by members of the Seattle Symphony.

    [Greg Foltz MD would have enjoyed the Hartley Mansion Concert of January 24, 2021. Allan Park, Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra, featuring pianist, Jason Nam. Chopin Concerto no.2 in F minor, 2nd and 3rd movements along with the other wonderful performances of that day as well.]


  • Finally, the Tour of the 3rd Floor always ends upon the enclosed West viewing porch created during the 1987 restoration. This porch looks out toward the Everett Navy Base. After a pause for the breathtaking view, I asked my usual question: “Who initiated the move to put the Navy Base in Everett?” (pause; puzzled faces). Answer: “The Hartley Mansion Newspaper Boy. “And his name?” (another pause; puzzled faces).  Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson.

    [Strong proponents of the Naval Station Everett were Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson and Everett Mayor, Bill Moore]


  • And the follow-on question: “Actually, why am I a Neurosurgeon leading you around this restored Hartley Mansion?” (Pause; more puzzled faces). Same answer: Senator Henry M ‘Scoop’ Jackson. Then, I explained. During a visit with Senator Henry M. ‘Scoop’ Jackson in the Old Senate Office Building in about 1969, upon my request, he checked and found that my existing US Navy Berry Deferment Program for plastic surgery could easily be changed to the US Navy Berry Deferment Program for Neurosurgery. Over the next decade, I completed a neurosurgical residency program at Boston University and the University of Vermont Medical School; then I became Lt. CMDR Sanford Wright, National Naval Research Institute, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland; followed by a change of service from US Navy to US Army, after which I became Lt. Col. Sanford Wright at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington DC and finally, I became a Board Certified neurosurgeon in Everett Washington!

    [This moment probably would never have happened without the support of the Historic Hartley Mansion’s Everett Herald Newspaper boy, Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson. Having been in the US Navy made me particularly proud of first wife’s father, Richard Pfannensteil. Kathy Pfannensteil’s father, Richard Pfannensteil, served a sailor onboard the USS Finback. (See “Background”)]


  • The final leg of the Guest Tour always reminds me of the 100th Anniversary of the Historic Hartley Mansion, when Roland Hartley’s grandson, Hartley Paul, VP of Intentional Software, created by Charles Simonyi, the designer of Microsoft’s Office, shared his experiences with his grandfather, Roland, in the basement.

The Guest Tour drew to a close in the basement across from the elevator, where I briefly established my personal quarters in 1983 until the Newland Construction company restoration work drove me out to the old nursing home owners quarters in the Hartley Garage. That is where I remained until moving to the Moody Mansion on Rucker Hill in 1987. Time changes things. Now this room houses one of four Historic Hartley Mansion pianos. After I finished my US Walter Reed Army Medical Center military obligation, this old upright piano moved with me from my house on A Street Southeast behind the Library of Congress in DC, to Everett, Washington in 1979. 

Although, by this time, a few of the supporters of Historic Everett preservation guests had left for other commitments, Neil Hartley, Roland Hartley’s great grandson, Dave Ramstad, Jack O’Donnell and most of the others stayed with the Guest Tour.

I explained to all of them that I heard an old, second-hand story. A previous owner of the house next door to the Hartley Mansion on the corner of 24th and Rucker was thinking of tearing down the old Hartley Mansion to make way for a new apartment building or something.

My reaction to this horrifying thought was to immediately provide a 501 (c) organization governed by a board of directors to include carefully selected community members that could protect this community treasure for future generations. After holding that plan for a long time, I finally realized that this was no longer practical because I was married to Olga and we had two children. This turn of events left the future of the Historic Hartley Mansion uncertain. I began to realize more and more that a commercial sale of the property would not necessarily favor the interests of historically minded individuals in the community.

If action to preserve the Hartley Mansion for future generations is not pursued, the value of this wonderful mansion, the people who built it and its place in Everett History may be recognized too late. I shared with the supporters of Historic Everett preservation, that I have not been able to identify a philanthropic individual or organization that can help with this goal.

So, I told them that it seemed very reasonable at the end of the Guest Tour to bring up this subject, “Help Preserve The Hartley Mansion Project.” In so doing, I let all of them know that I will gladly offer a “Finders Fee” for any individual or group that can help trigger a philanthropic purchase of the Hartley Mansion from me, and thereby place it in a final ‘resting place’ within a 501 (c) Trust governed by a board of community directors for the decades and centuries to come.

As mentioned by supporters of Historic Everett preservation, maybe the “Finders Fee” could benefit Historic Everett, possibly the Everett Rotary Club or any number of other community organizations or historically minded individuals for that matter.  Please take a moment to listen to the impromptu discussion by Historic Everett that this proposal generated.


[Video of Historic Everett Commentary at the conclusion of the Guest Tour]

Before the supporters of Historic Everett preservation departed, they all gathered for a group photo in front of the Christmas Tree and decorations in the old living-room. I felt that after interacting with them that afternoon, they shared the feelings of Patti Larson, Bob Brown and myself. That same feeling Patti, Bob and I discuss on a daily basis. “Let’s save the Historic Hartley Mansion!  It’s an important part of Everett’s History. There must be a way!”


[Supporters of Historic Everett preservation Group photo in front of the Christmas Tree]

I did provide historical handouts from tables at the Hartley Mansion entry to supporters of Historic Everett preservation as they were departing. The handout lists the Historic Hartley Mansion Website: And I reminded them to also view for wonderful recordings of classical music featuring extremely talented young artists taught by community piano teachers. And also remined them of the strong connection between the Hartley Mansion and the Christmas Spectacular 2001-2020.

MORE TO COME: – I reminded a few of the Historic Hartley Mansion guests to tell the others to keep checking this Website for the upcoming video interviews of Neil Anderson, Roland Hartley’s great grandson and Joni Smith, who actually worked in the LeGault Nursing Home as a teenager before it became the restored Historic Hartley Mansion!

ALSO, PLEASE E-Mail Hartley Mansion Stories To: [email protected]

[Photo of Roland Hartley’s postcard to his Granddaughter, Sue Hartley Brown]

[“Life wasn’t meant to be easy”. Quote by George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). Award winning photograph by Tenso.]

This Award Winning Photo of my brother Richard Wright’s Hands hangs in my office at the Historic Hartley Mansion. The photo reminds me of growing up and hearing our mother, Dorothy Jayne Wright, endlessly repeat the above quote to Rich, Bob and myself. The Hartley Mansion Guest Tour was a reminder that over the centuries, Historic progress in this community as well as others has always been based upon the Achievements and the Challenges faced by countless individuals.


Sanford Wright MD EHS GEN
(Everett High School; Grateful Everett Native)

[Pencil Portrait by 16 yo Artist. 10-27-18.]


PS: This “GUEST TOUR” of the Historic Hartley Mansion touched upon a broad area of information to include “Historic Everett,” members of “Historic Everett, Roland Hartley, Hartley Paul, the HMS Discovery, Cirque du Soleil, The Everett Herald, Henry M. Jackson, USS Henry M. Jackson, the Everett Port Commission, Greg Foltz MD, Stanislav Popov, Gerald Lee New Port, The Everett Home Tour, Piano Entertainment at the Historic Hartley Mansion and “Flyboys: A True Story of Courage. You are invited to delve into some of this wonderful Background Information! (Please see below):





(D). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Replica of the HMS Discovery.

(E). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Roaring 20’s Birthday party: The guests, piano, Cirque du Soleil jugular, Clues to Murder Mystery and Dinner. (12-5-21).


(G). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson



(J). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Gerald Lee “Jerry” Newport, Artist

(K). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Everett Home Tour Interviews at The Historic Hartley Mansion. September 11, 2010

(L). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Piano music entertainment at the Historic Hartley Mansion. July 17, 2017

(M). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Flyboys: A True Story of Courage


(A). ABOUT – Historic Everett:

The mission of Historic Everett is to encourage preservation and rehabilitation, and to advocate for and educate our community about the heritage of the city of Everett, Washington. This important and valuable heritage and character includes historic buildings, architectural artifacts, landscapes and other cultural items. Past Board Members have included Jack O’Donnell and Dave Ramstad. 2112 Rucker Avenue #8. Everett WA 98201.
[email protected].


Neil Anderson. Historic Everett.

a. A Nostalgic Glimpse at how Trains Shaped Everett.
Dec 3, 2020 — At 66, Everett native Neil Anderson has memories of boyhood train rides and learning of his hometown’s past. His grandfather, Edward Hartley.

b. Mukilteo Fish and Ships by Neil Anderson
A Publication of the Mukilteo Historical Society. Summer 2013. On the crisp autumn afternoons of. September, I enjoy the drive to Muk- ilteo. Neil Anderson.

c. Recalling Everett’s ‘complicated’ day |
Oct 31, 2015 — Neil Anderson, a member of the Everett Historical Commission, has a unique perspective. He is a descendant of a mill owner. Neil Anderson.


Jack O’Donnell. Historic Everett.

a. Keeper of Everett’s past to be honored.
By Julie Muhlstein Herald Columnist. Thursday, April 2, 2015 8:38pm. Jack O’Donnell.

b. Everett, Washington: A Picture Post Card History Hardcover – January 1, 1992
by Jack O’Donnell (Author)

c. Riverside Neighborhood self-guided history tour
Everett, Washington. Jack O’Donnell Collection.

d. LIVE in EVERETT: Good Thing Happen Here. Podcast Ep. 19: Jack O’Donnell from Historic Everett. 8-17-17. Jack O’Donnell.

David Ramstad Historic Everett

a. Everett Downtown Historic Preservation Plan
Mar 1, 2011 — Brenda Stonecipher. Everett Historical Commission. Barb Hardman, Chairperson. Neil Anderson. Mark French. David Ramstad. Chandra Sadro.

b. In Everett, trail dedication another way to honor city’s 125th
May 30, 2018 — EVERETT — A historic trail is receiving an official name as a way to honor the city’s 125th Anniversary according to the Everett Historic Commission member, Dave Ramstad.

c. 100 years ago: 1916 Snow Storm – Historic Everett
Feb 1, 2016 — Research by Dave Ramstad: Perhaps the biggest snow storm in Everett history starting January 31 for three days in 1916.

d. New Book Revives Everett History: An Interview with Richard …
Aug 30, 2018 — Dave Ramstad (from the Everett Historical Commission) gave me some books that the Snohomish County Historical Museum.



Significant People of Lumber & Shingle: Roland H. Hartley
Son-in-law of David Clough, Roland Hartley was the other key member of the family lumber and shingle dynasty. Born in Shogomoc, New Brunswick, on June 26, 1864, Hartley was on his own at age 13, working in a northern Minnesota lumber camp. By the time he was 21, he was a bookkeeper for the Clough Brothers lumber firm of Minnesota. He married Clough’s daughter Nina in 1888 and later was secretary to his father-in-law when the later was Minnesota’s governor. During that period he was a member of the military forces of Minnesota and the governor designated him a colonel. It was a title Hartley carried with pride the rest of his life.

Hartley came to Everett in 1902 when he collaborated with David Clough and entered into enterprises on his own. Like his father-in-law, he was an outspoken advocate for the mill owners’ interests and frequently clashed with the unions. And like his father-in-law, he ventured into the world of politics. He was elected Everett’s mayor in 1910 and served until January 1912. In 1914, he was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives. After unsuccessful gubernatorial attempts in 1916 and 1920, he was elected state governor in 1924. David Clough died shortly before Hartley’s election and Roland Hartley assumed the presidency of the Clough-Hartley Company. With the pressure of his governorship duties, it appears he turned the day-to-day operation of the company over to his sons, David and Edward.

A rock-ribbed Republican, Hartley was a straight talking, but controversial, governor. He preached capitalism, opposed tax increases, and railed against anything he considered socialistic. He was re-elected governor in 1928 and then failed in 1932 to get his party’s nomination for the office. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 1936 but he lost the election. He returned to his magnificent north Rucker Avenue home where he could view the Everett bayfront. Hartley died on September 21, 1952 and was interred in Everett’s Evergreen Cemetery by David Clough’s grave site. It may be one of the few places in the United States where two former governors are in the same burial plot.


Roland H. Hartley. Wikipedia.

Roland Hill Hartley (June 26, 1864 – September 21, 1952) was a Canadian-American politician who served as the tenth governor of Washington from 1925 to 1933. A member of the Republican Party, he was defeated for a third term during the Great Depression, and was succeeded by a Democrat.

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, he moved to Minnesota in the United States as a young man and entered the timber industry. In 1902 he moved to Everett, Washington, where he ultimately had interests in several timber companies and a tugboat company.

In 1910 he entered electoral politics, serving one term as mayor of Everett. Later he was elected to the State House, where he served one term.

As of 2022, he is the last socially conservative Republican to serve as governor of Washington.[a]

Early life

Hartley, the eighth of twelve children, was born at Shogomoc in the British colony of New Brunswick on June 26, 1864. (It became the Province of New Brunswick after Canadian Confederation in 1867).[1] He was the son of Rev. Edward Hartley and Rebecca Barker (Whitehead) Hartley.

Hartley moved to Minnesota about 1878, joining older brothers Wilder, Benjamin, and Guilford in Brainerd, Minnesota.


After moving to Minnesota, he worked summers on bonanza farms in Dakota Territory and winters in the logging industry. He later relocated to Minneapolis, finding work as a bookkeeper for Clough Brothers Lumber Company.

In 1888, he married Nina M. Clough, daughter of David Clough, cementing his ties to Clough Brothers. The couple had three children, Edward, David, and Mary.[2]

Hartley rose to become manager and then Vice President of Clough Brothers. His father-in-law was elected Governor of Minnesota in 1895, and in 1897 Hartley began serving as his private secretary.[3] During the Spanish–American War of 1898, he additionally served as the Governor’s representative and staff aide to the Minnesota National Guard, acquiring the honorific title of Colonel.

In 1900, David Clough moved to Everett, Washington to establish a new sawmill. Hartley, in turn, managed development of the new Cass Lake, Minnesota townsite for his older brother Guildford Hartley.

Hartley rejoined his father-in-law in Everett in 1902, eventually assuming roles as either manager or owner of Hartley and Lovejoy Logging Company, the Clark-Nickerson Lumber Company, the Everett Logging Company, the Clough-Hartley Mill, and Everett City Tug Boat Company.[4]

Hartley had joined the Republican Party. He was elected mayor of Everett, Washington, serving one term from 1910 to 1912. He was next elected in 1914 to the Washington House of Representatives, serving from 1915 to 1917.

Hartley was elected, in 1925, as tenth governor of Washington.[5] His father-in-law David Clough arranged to have the gavel used for his swearing-in as governor of Minnesota to be the one used for the swearing-in of his son-in-law Hartley as governor in Washington.

Hartley’s major accomplishments during his governorship were the creation of a centralized state highway department and passage of new state timber laws. He was the first Washington Republican governor to serve two terms and to run for a third. Hartley lost the Republican primary to lieutenant governor John Arthur Gellatly and was succeeded by Clarence D. Martin.



Hartley Paul. VP: Operations/General Counsel, Intentional Software Corp. UW Law School. BA University of Alaska. MBA Western Washington University. Son of Mary Paul; Grandson of Roland Hartley.

Charles Simonyi. Head of Microsoft’s Application Software Group; oversaw the creation of Microsoft’s Flagship Office Applications. Now has own company, with the help of Bellevue bases, Intentional Software Corp. (  in 2002. Fifth space tourist and the second Hungarian in Space. Hartley Paul, VP of International Software Corp.


(D). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Replica of the HMS Discovery.

a. MAKE WAY FOR TALL SHIPS July 3-7, 2008. Everett Herald. Sank off North Carolina Coast during Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012.

b. “Reckless Decision to Sail” Sank the Bounty During Hurricane. USA Today.
Tri-mast ship built for the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty sinks in Hurricane Sandy 100 miles South of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, October 29, 2012.


(E). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Roaring 20’s Birthday party: The guests, piano, Cirque du Soleil jugular, Clues to Murder Mystery and Dinner. (12-5-21).

[The 1920’s party is about to Roar]


The Everett Herald 
The second incarnation of the Herald, originally named the Everett Independent, was sold to James B. Best in 1905. The newspaper established a satellite news bureau for Southern Snohomish County in May 1954, which later became the Western Sun edition in 1970. The Best family owned the newspaper until it was sold in 1978 to the Washington Post Company. On February 6, 2013, the Washington Post Company announced it was selling the paper to the Sound Publishing division, based in Everett, Washington, of Black Press, based in Victoria, British Columbia.


(G). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson.

a. Henry M. Jackson.  
Born: 5-31-12. Died: 9-1-83.

b. Scoop’s nickname was just one of his ties to paper | l Everett Herald Newspaper Carrier
From about age 12 to 18, he worked as newspaper carrier with a route across Everett. In that first job, Jackson showed the wits that would serve him in his political life.

c. Butler-Jackson House: Everett Landmark. Newspaper boy to US Senator.
In 1967, Democratic United States Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson (1912-1983), his wife Helen Hardin Jackson (1933-2018), and their two young children moved into the home. Demonstrating industriousness (if not the class background) that the older man might have admired, the young Henry not only delivered the Everett Herald, but after completing his route sold the paper on downtown street corners.

d. New name keeps Everett’s past in the present. (Everett Mayor Bill Moore). December 12, 12.
Clair Olivers is an engineer who worked for the city for 25 years, eventually as public works director.

“What I think was unique about Bill Moore, when he ran for mayor, was running on a platform of fixing up the city infrastructure to prepare Everett for economic growth,” Olivers said. “It really did pay off in the near term back then, but it’s still paying off today in terms of Everett’s ability to respond to growth demands and attract new employment.”

Olivers was working for the city, when Moore was first contacted by U.S. Sen. Henry M. Jackson about the possibility of a Navy base coming to Everett. “The Navy seemed to me an unexpected and kind of amazing thing — to think that something like that could happen,” Olivers said. “With Scoop Jackson and Warren Magnuson in the Senate, it was entirely possible.”

“Bill Moore had a very close relationship with Scoop Jackson,” Koenig said. He recalled hearing how the senator had called Moore very early on to gauge interest in an Everett Navy base.

e. SSBN 730 – USS Henry M. Jackson.
Henry M. Jackson originally was to have been named Rhode Island. The contract to build Rhode Island was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation at Groton, Connecticut, on 6 June 1977 and her keel was laid down there on 19 January 1981. Shortly after Senator Jackson suddenly died in office on 1 September 1983, Rhode Island was renamed Henry M. Jackson, and the original name transferred to another Ohio-class boat, hull number SSBN-740

Type, class: Ballistic Missile Submarine, nuclear propulsion – SSBN; Ohio class
planned and keel laid as USS Rhode Island – renamed USS Henry M. Jackson in 1983
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut, USA 
Awarded: June 6, 1977
Laid down: January 19, 1981
Launched: October 15, 1983
Commissioned: October 6, 1984
Homeport: Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Bremerton, Washington
Namesake: Senator and Congressman Henry Martin Jackson (D) (1912-1983)

f. Port of Everett Commissioners approve the sale of land to the U.S. Navy for an aircraft carrier base on May 5, 1987.
On May 5, 1987, Port of Everett Commissioners unanimously vote to sell 143 acres of Port property for $43.5 million to the U.S. Navy for the purpose of building a homeport for the carrier USS Nimitz and up to 12 other ships. The decision ends months of controversy and negotiation and clears the way for the state to lease tidelands to the navy for waterfront development. Groundbreaking for Naval Station Everett takes place on November 9, 1987, and the official opening is held in April 1994.

On November 10, 1987 Everett Mayor Bill Moore broke ground for the homeport. He threw one shovel of dirt in honor of the late Henry M. Jackson (1912-1983) and one for the city of Everett.

Naval Station Everett was built in several stages and opening ceremonies were held several times as it was being built: one for the completion of a pier, another for the arrival of the first ships, and a ribbon cutting to commemorate a $14 million road project. The Home Port was officially opened on April 8, 1994, with a full military ceremony held at Everett’s Marina Village. The event was attended by top military dignitaries and nearly a thousand citizens.



a. Greg Foltz – One of A Kind – Video Interviews and Presentations | The Historic Hartley Mansion.
Highlighting Greg’s interest in piano music and tireless personal advocacy for his patients with malignant brain tumors. Dehner Franks, pianist and composer, was asked to perform a piece of his music dedicated to those with personal struggles, “Help Me To Stand”.

b. Seattle’s Top Brain Cancer Doc Loses His Own Battle to Cancer.
Last September I introduced you to Dr. Gregory Foltz, director of the Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. I told you the amazingly inspiring story about why he became a neurologist.

About 25 years ago, Greg Foltz was a talented concert pianist on his way to Juilliard when a very close friend was diagnosed with brain cancer. A year later, she passed away.

“Her father was a brain surgeon, was the chairman of a university department,” Dr Foltz told KIRO Radio. “He mentioned to me, in the process of his grieving, that nothing really was being done. And that what needed to happen was someone needed to devote their life to this.”

c. Musical memorial for researcher Dr. Greg Foltz draws huge crowd – Puget Sound Business Journal
The service July 15 at Benaroya Hall was full of music, which was one of Foltz’s passions. He had been an accomplished pianist for the St. Louis Opera headed toward Julliar School of Music in New York City before he changed direction and shifted to a lifelong mission to eradicate brain cancer. This shift was caused by the untimely brain cancer death of a friend. At the time, Foltz said the ailment was an orphan disease, one that got little attention and certainly little research.



a. Stanislav Popov: The World Cup is an important part of my life!
World Latin Cup, The World Cup in Latin American Dance among professionals, is known and significant for the entire world sports community. Among the many ballroom dancing tournaments, it is distinguished for the venue, and this is only the Kremlin floor; for a highly professional organization, when the participant and spectator feel like dear guests; always for the stellar line-up, and this is an opportunity for duets to “measure” dance among the strong, and for the audience to see the champions and finalists of the world and Europe at the same tournament. Since 1995, the creator and organizer of the World Cup has been the President of the Russian Dance Union (RTS), Honorary Vice President of the World Dance Council (WDC), Honored Art Worker of Russia Stanislav Popov, and on October 30 the tournament will celebrate its 25th Anniversary at the State Kremlin Palace! About the significance of the World Cup in the life of Stanislav Popov and about the Jubilee itself in an interview for “Soviet Sport”.


(J). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Gerald Lee “Jerry” Newport, Artist

“Gerald Lee “Jerry” Newport is the supreme artist, who created the incredible black and white drawing of the Historic Hartley Mansion with only a pen and a ruler.”


(K). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Everett Home Tour Interviews at The Historic Hartley Mansion. September 11, 2010

A measure of the success of “Historic Everett’s” Home Tour September 11, 2010 may be found in the comments of the guests and participants. Please enjoy the interviews provided by Rick and David Eaks of Puget Sound Video. They include comments from “Historic Everett” (Ed Morrow, Valerie Steele and others), some of Everett’s foremost historians (Larry and Jack O’Donnell), guests of “Historic Everett’s” Home Tour, Judy Baker and Students, contributing artists (Gerald Newport, Charles Henri Avelange, Ovid Stavrica & Taylor Baker) and members of Sanford Wright Jr. M.D.’s staff.

Sanford Wright Jr. M.D.


(L). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Piano music entertainment at the Historic Hartley Mansion. July 17, 2017

Over the past 25 years many, many events of all kinds have taken place at the Historic Hartley Mansion. (See floor banners just inside the entrance of the Historic Hartley Mansion next time you visit. Also, banner content may be found under “Hartley Family Reunion May 2, 2010″ on this website.) These events  have included piano recitals and performances of Judy Baker’s students. Therefore, Judy was asked if she could salute the many artists and performers that have passed through the Mansion and provide piano music entertainment for the guests of Historic Everett’s Home Tour. Her students response may be found in the nearly 6 hours of piano music that was recorded by Rick and David Eaks of Puget Sound Video (below).  Please enjoy the presentation of Judy’s students.

Sanford Wright Jr. M.D.


(M). BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Flyboys: A True Story of Courage

The book documents the backgrounds of several American airmen who flew raids over Japan during World War II, and includes interviews with Japanese veterans of the conflict as well as the family and friends of some of the American airmen. It describes an air raid over the island of Chichi-jima in which ten crewmen survived being shot down, with nine captured and subsequently killed and cannibalized by their captors. The tenth crewman and future US president, Lieutenant George H. W. Bush, eluded capture. These atrocities were discovered in late 1945 following the conclusion of the war and were investigated as part of the war crimes trials. In 1946, 30 Japanese soldiers were court-martialed on Guam and four officers (Maj. Matoba, Gen. Tachibana, Adm. Mori and Capt. Yoshii) were found guilty and hanged.

Bradley also devotes part of the book to describing the advance of military airpower during World War II, and describing the American bombardment of Japanese cities with napalm, which brought more death and devastation than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Sanford Wright Jr. MD EHS GEN
(Everett High School, Grateful Everett Native)

February, 16 2022


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