C.A. Taylor – 1975

By C.A. Taylor

Innis Arden was put on the market in October 1940. The Boeing Company bought the land from the Puget Mill Co (Pope and Talbot). The land had been logged off and was just plain stump land. Boeing cleared the land, laid out the streets and then plotted the first addition. The highest priced lots in October 1940 were $1,750.00 and some as low as $1,000, according to location. Hugh Russel was the sales agent on the ground. I asked Mr. Russel where they got the name “Innis Arden.” He told me that it was named after Mrs. Boeing’s girlhood home in Connecticut. The first homes built in Innis Arden were near the entrance at Innis Arden Drive and Richmond Beach Road.

The first two homes were built by a Mr. Allard and the Perrfield Sisters. Allard on the south side of Innis Arden Drive and the Perrfield Sisters were on the north side of Innis Arden Drive. This was in 1941.

Pearl Harbor came along in 1941 and the government put an end to all building. I had nearly all of the material bought and on hand and because I had not started the basement, I had to wait until November 1943 before I could get a government 0. K. to build. So the Taylors started home number 3 in Innis Arden in early November of 1943. We moved into our new home in August 1944.

From Shoreline Memories by the Shoreline Historical Society, 1975