Martin Van Buren Stacy was one of the early movers and shakers in Seattle, making a name for himself as a real estate pioneer. He used inherited wealth to construct two mansions, which are part of Seattle's real estate history. The Stacy Mansion, was perhaps the best known of these two homes - being built on Seattle's Third Avenue in 1885 and then moved - turning it 90 degrees to face Marion Street. The Stacy's only lived in the home a short time before relocating to another home on Seattle's First Hill. Historical stories paint the Stacy marriage as an unhappy one. For many years the building housed a famous restaurant before being demolished in 1960, after the restaurant suffered an extensive fire.
Note that today's Seattle's International Gateway Railroad Yard, prior to1985, used to be known as the Stacy Street Yard - in honor of Martin Van Buren Stacy.
The Seattle Times: Pacific Northwest Magazine Article on Martin's work
M.V.B. Stacy Dead
Martin V.B. Stacy, 63, a pioneer real estate agent of Seattle, died Saturday at the Green River hot springs from apoplexy. He leaves a widow. The remains were brought to this city yesterday for interment.
The Seattle Star, April 16, 1901, Page 3
THE FUNERAL OF M. V.B.STACY
Funeral services for the late M. V. B. Stacey were held at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon from the parlors of the Rainier-Grand hotel. Rev. J. P. D. Llwyd officiated. The pallbearers were M. R. Maddocks, S. L. Crawford, Rolland H. Denny, Dexter Horton, M. J. Carkeek and Capt. Hanford. The obsequies were under the supervision of Eureka lodge No. 20, F. & A. M. Interment was at Lakeview cemetery.
The Seattle Star, April 17, 1901, Page 4
GOOD MAN GONE.
The pioneer residents of this city seem to be passing away unusually fast this season, as already since January 1901, many deaths among them have been reported, not only in this city, but all over the state. One of the most notable of the pioneers who have recently passed away was Mr. M. V. B. Stacy, who for many years was one of Seattle's most noted real estate dealers. Mr. Stacy died at Green River Hot Springs last Saturday, which was quite a shock to the many persons who know him in this city, and was buried under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity in this city last Wednesday afternoon. The remains were followed to their final resting place by a host of old pioneer friends and acquaintances. Speaking about Mr. Stacy to a large number of old pioneers, all were of one opinion as to him being one of God's noblemen. 'The greatest compliment that I can pay him," said an old pioneer, "is that his word was his bond, and if he would give you his word to do a thing or to pay a certain sum of money or to make a transfer of property, it was just as good as his deed, or his check, or the cash. Before the transaction was closed he might see that he had made a bad bargain, but he never changed, but stuck to his bad bargain. He was one of the most reliable real estate men that ever walked the streets of Seattle." The same strain of kindly words were heard during the entire week, not only from pioneers, but from persons who more recently have had dealings with him. He lived a most commendable life, and one that most young men should feel proud to take as an example to fashion their lives after. Mr. Stacy never had an ambition to "skin a man," as the vulgar term runs, but his ambition was to do the fair thing by all men, which should be the highest ambition of every man.
The Seattle Republican, April 19, 1901, Page 1
Bio by: Bonnie Huish
Elizabeth A Briggs Stacy
1824–1904 (m. 1864)
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