Jonathan Salisbury had left Pennsylvania like most young men in the early 19th century, convinced that “Going West” for a young man meant a destiny filled with prosperity. They made it as far as Tacoma.
It was, quite literally, a “two-liner” announcement in the Island County Times of May 11, 1900: “ H.B. Campbell, late owner of the Clinton Hotel property, left for Boston last Saturday,” and further down, “Jonathan (and Lucinda) Salisbury, former hotel operator in Tacoma, took possession of the Clinton Hotel last week.” For the hamlet of Old Clinton, on Brighton Beach, this was a major economic event to have the local hotel change hands.
The Clinton Hotel was popular for visitors of Chautauqua at Maxwelton, the annual cultural event which drew up to 5,000 tourists. Jonathan and Lucinda packed up their belongings and accompanied by their two boys, were off to Whidbey Island. They would manage the hotel along with their grown sons, Frank and Dallas. During the summers of 1909, 1910 and 1911, Frank and Dallas could be seen ferrying those hotel guests attending Chautauqua from Clinton to Maxwelton in their launch.
On one of these Clinton-Maxwelton ferry trips, an attractive Everett school principal caught young Frank’s eye. The romance between Margaret Clark and Frank Salisbury bloomed and blossomed into marriage. They started their new life together in a small house off Maxwelton near Franks’ shingle mill.
In 1916, Margaret and Frank moved to a small white house just north of the Presbyterian Church in Clinton with their 3 year old son, Clark. The Presbyterian Church was located at the base of Hinman Hill. Hinman Hill and the Hinman family home was located approximately half a mile down Bob Galbraith Road.* Initially, Frank moved his shingle mill operations to what is now Brighton Beach, but then sold it and purchased a steam-driven donkey engine with logging truck. Frank logged various properties near the Waterman Mill. His business grew successfully, and with success came expansion. He hired Alex, Bill and Bob McDonald to help with operations.
The year Frank and Margaret moved into Old Clinton, Jonathan passed away. Lucinda continued to live with Frank and Margaret until her passing in 1926. Clark worked for the ferry system while he and his wife Isabelle lived in Clinton, and retired in 1975.
*Conversation with George Simmons of Dec 4, 2015.