We know from our research of Stickley’s Washington, D.C. store that Gustav traveled to DC several times. One of those trips is covered in a Washington Post story1, describing a University Club banquet held at the New Willard Hotel on February 27, 1912. A master’s thesis written by Carol Hooper2 documents the close relationship between S. Hazel Bond and Gustav Stickley, and Stickley’s frequent stays at Dumblane – Mr. Bond’s residence located a short distance from The Craftsman store. In researching her thesis Ms. Hooper interviewed Alma B. Bond –the second wife of Hazel Bond. During these interviews Mrs. Bond noted that Stickley “…appeared to have had relatives in the [DC] area.” This assertion always interested me and I wondered how I could confirm it. Well, I recently had the opportunity to spend a few hours with one of Gustav Stickley’s granddaughters and her son – one of Stickley’s great-grandsons! Needless to say, I asked them if they had any relatives in the area. They thought carefully on the question, and stated, that in that era, there were no Stickley family members in the Washington, D.C. area.
Another Stickley store mystery solved! And a great example of how arbitrary or haphazardly answers to the many Stickley store mysteries present themselves.
The quest for knowledge continues…
1Pities Lonely Man; Feb 28, 1912, The Washington Post
2 All True Work is Sacred: The Influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Washington D.C. by Carol E. Hooper; May 8, 1989