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The full story of the naming of the city:

One story: Amos Bowman, who platted the town in 1876, chose the name of his wife, Anna Curtis Bowman. The postal authorities altered the post office name to the present form. As it happened, however, the family name of Curtis had a Spanish origin of Cortes, which nullified the error of postal officials. Earlier names for the place were Ship Harbor, Squaw Harbor and Magic City.

The 1880 Census of Ship Harbor, Whatcom Co, WA
Amos Bowman, age 40, born in Canada, merchant
Anna, 30, born in New Jersey to father born in Mass, mother in Canada
Three sons, Wendell 7, CA; Dau: Clytie 6, WA; Benjimine(as transcribed) 4, WA; Menno 1, WA

Amos died in 1894 in Anacortes, Skagit Co (now Grays Harbor). Anna in 1906. Both buried in the Grand View Cemetery. Newspaper obits for both, picture of Anne:
This identifies that Amos named the plot of ground Anacortes.

Anne Bondfield Curtis was born 28 Jan 1846 in Belleville, Essex Co, NJ, died 7 April 1906 in Pacific Grove, Monterey, CA. She was daughter of Melville Curtis, 1806-1858 in Anacortes. (She had a sibling Melville, 1849-1925).
Married Amos Clemens Bowman in 1862 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Son: Melville Curtis Boman, NFI
Son: Wendell Curtis Bowman (see below), married Eliza Maude Hill, 1894 in Seattle.
Dau: Clytie Lucretia Bowman, born 1874 in San Francisco, died 6 Aug 1956 in Sumas, BC
Bondfield Ben Bowman was born 7 Dec 1876 in Seattle
Minot Menno Bowman, born 24 June 1878 in Anacortes, died 28 Dec 1943 in San Rafael, Marin Co, CA.

Canadian Soldiers of WWI:
Wendell Curtis Bowman, born Jan 1, 1873, married to Eliza Bowman, living in Huntingdon, British Columbia, a farmer. On Jan 18, 1916, signed his willingness to serve in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force.

Wendell C. Bowman, born in San Francisco, CA, living in Vancouver, Canada, enroute to Anacortes, WA to visit his uncle Melville Curtis. Served in WWI for Canada, discared April 1, 1919. Arrived at boarder crossing, Blaine, WA, 1 Aug 1919.

Wendell Curtis Bowman died 21 April 1937 in Sumas, BC.
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