First, Merry Christmas from my family to all of the readers. Since the Herald doesn’t publish on Friday, we’re presenting this week’s Bits and Pieces a little early.
Grant County history
The Grant County Historical Society has compiled several volumes of Grant County history. The books are available for purchase at the Historical Society Museum gift shop in Ephrata.
I bought the series in 2009 and secured permission to relay some of the history through this column.
Memories of Grant County, compiled from taped interviews by the Grant County Historical Society.
Today we continue with the early history of Krupp, by Henry Kallenberger.
There were two saloons, two banks, two grocery stores, a hardware store, Krupp Signal newspaper, two hotels, The Urquhart Inn and Parol Hotel and Restaurant, blacksmith shop, livery stable, post office, two lumber yards, garage, Bill W.C. Dashiell Drug store (Dashiell was also a barber), Joshua Elmer Studio (with his now-famous pictures that recorded much of Krupp history, many of which are still around), the Great Northern Depot, furniture store, butcher shop, doctor, lawyer, Krupp jail (still around and am trying to get it for Grant County Museum), two churches (Salem Lutheran and Presbyterian; both churches have recently celebrated their 75th anniversary).
The school was built in 1910, a four-room brick building, one of the first high schools in Grant County. Students came from as far as Wheeler, Irby and the Ruff area.
In the early 1930s, John Erickson moved the Farmers Bank of Krupp to Odessa. Two big fires in 1909 and 1914 destroyed most of the town, each time being rebuilt. In 1930, fire burned the grocery store and West’s Garage. Last lumber yard burned in 1940. In 1953, the Krupp Grain Elevator burned, but it was rebuilt.
In 1911, Krupp was incorporated. During World War I, the name of the town was changed to Marlin. Later on the post office and depot were also changed to Marlin. The town was still known as the Town of Krupp, Marlin, Wa. The reason the town changed the name was because of the Krupp gun factory in Germany. Grandpa Hose as a young man, worked for the Krupp factory in Germany when they employed only 25 workers.
Dennis note: My research has shown the name of the town was never changed, just the post office and train depot. One year I picked up a proclamation from the town clerk. This document was from the Town of Krupp.
After having to discard the name Crab Creek, as there was already a post office named Crab Creek, the name Marlin was decided on after the early settler Henry Marlin.
The school closed in 1966 when the district split, part to Odessa and part to Wilson Creek. The last graduating class was in 1964. The school was torn down in 1970.
The population of the town in 1984 was 75. We still have a grocery store, wheat elevator (Krupp Union Grain Co-Op) and post office. The school gym was purchased by the town and is being used as a community center.
The town was written up in the Seattle Times as “The smallest incorporated town in the state of Washington.”
I have served on the Marlin Town Council for 40 years.