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Port Gamble in Kitsap County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

M.S. Drew House

1860

 
 
M.S. Drew House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, December 30, 2012
1. M.S. Drew House Marker
Inscription. As timber agent for Puget Mill Company, Mike Drew bought so much land the company became the largest owner of timberland in Washington. By 1880 he and his wife Susan lived here with their five children.
 
Location. 47° 51.287′ N, 122° 35.029′ W. Marker is in Port Gamble, Washington, in Kitsap County. Marker is on North Rainier Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Gamble WA 98364, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Port Gamble Market (a few steps from this marker); Morrill S. Pope House (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel B. Jackson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Clarence R. & Lulu (Hovey) Cranmer House (within shouting distance of this marker); Leo & Goldie Hammersmith House (within shouting distance of this marker); New York House (within shouting distance of this marker); WM. Walker - E.G. Ames House (within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin Lodge No. 5 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Gamble.
 
Regarding M.S. Drew House. The National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form provides additional history: Michael S. Drew,
M.S. Drew House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, December 30, 2012
2. M.S. Drew House Marker
a native of East Machias, Maine, reportedly arrived at Port Gamble in 1858 and worked for Puget Mill Company much of the time until 1889 when he moved to Seattle and entered the real estate business. For a period of time around 1870 he served as customs agent at Port Townsend, apparently retaining ownership of his house at Port Gamble. During the years he worked for Puget Mill, Drew held a variety of jobs including timber agent and "overseer in mill" - in 1877 the Puget Sound Weekly Argus (Port Townsend) termed him "the gentlemanly 'Boss' of the mill." As the company's timber agent, he purchased so much land on its behalf that it became the largest owner of timberland in Washington. Company history relates that Drew married Belle Biles, the first schoolteacher hired at Port Gamble. This, however, is not supported by federal census schedules which show that Michael Drew was married for many years to a woman from Kentucky named Susan. By 1880 the couple had five children, four sons and a daughter, a likely reason they enlarged their house sometime then and 1885.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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