Brandstrom’s Corner, Stanwood


Intersection of 300th Street NW & Old Highway 99, Stanwood

Thought to be the former Stave’s Tire Shop at Davis and Stave’s Corner (now Brandstrom Corner), this structure (seen here) was built in 1934 and has continued to be a service station. (117) The corner is reportedly named for the Brandstrom brothers—Kenneth, Francis, Ansel, and Ray— who ran the service station and store from 1945 to1981. In 1945, Kenneth, Francis, and Francis’ wife (Katherine E. [Denis] Brandstrom), purchased the property. They operated the Brandstrom’s Corner Service until 1981, when they sold it. (118)

The oldest brother, Kenneth Brandstrom was born June 14th, 1907, and died February 6, 1983 (no record found). His brother, Ansel Clifford Brandstrom, died on March 12, 2012, at the age of 91. Ansel graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1939 and joined the Army Air Corps after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

He served as a B-26 pilot in the 386th Bomb Group, which was active in Normandy on D-Day. He later served in the Air Force Reserve until 1954. Ansel married Betty Ewing, whom he met on a blind date. They were married two weeks later. Ansel also served as a rural mail carrier for 27 years. (119)

Kenneth and Ansel’s brother, Ray R. Brandstrom Sr., was born in the family’s farmhouse in Skagit County’s Harmony district. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1941. Like his brother, Ray also served as a B-17 pilot in the armed forces—he was stationed in Thurleigh, England. Ray was married to Vernita Hatvedt. After returning from the war, he served as the first fire chief for the consolidated cities of East and West Stanwood, as well as a volunteer firefighter for 25 years. Additionally, Ray worked for the US Postal Service, first as a mailman and then as post master, for 30 years. He was instrumental in the decision to create the current post office in Stanwood and he served on the Stanwood Planning Commission. Ray died on November 22, 2011. (120)

Sister, Mildred M. (Brandstrom) Bunney was born on February 2, 1915. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1933. She was married to Robert T. Bunney for 64 years. She passed away on December 9, 2008, in Mount Vernon. (121)

The Brandstroms were the children of Oscar and Beda Brandstrom, who emigrated from Sweden. (122)

(117) “Parcel 3204100040004000,” Snohomish County Assessor
(118) “Katherine E. Brandstrom,” The Herald. December, 28, 2003
(119) The Herald, Obituaries. March 14, 2012
(120) The Herald, Obituaries. November 26-27, 2011
(121) Skagit Valley Herald, Obituaries. January 13, 2009
(122) The Herald, Obituaries. March 14, 2012

  • Brandstrom’s Corner (Snohomish County Assessor, 1973)

    Brandstrom’s Corner (Snohomish County Assessor, 1973)

  • Brandstrom’s Corner (Snohomish County Assessor, 1996)

    Brandstrom’s Corner (Snohomish County Assessor, 1996)

  • 3005 300th Street NW (Hoogkamer, 2013)

    3005 300th Street NW (Hoogkamer, 2013)