The 1920's

Following the creation of the national organization in 1919, Spokane contractors recognized the need for a unified voice as the country sat on the edge of a building boom. AGC Founding father Daniel Garber sent out a call to action to contractors nationwide to organize and our local industry answered the call. The goals established early on remain the focus of our efforts today - convincing the general public that contracting is an honorable profession; building a better relationship with labor; and playing an effective role among the councils of government and industry.

Original AGC Logo
Original AGC Logo

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AGC's First Meeting in Chicago
AGC's First Meeting in Chicago

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Davenport Hotel Addition
Davenport Hotel Addition

Photo courtesy of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture

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Original AGC Logo
Original AGC Logo

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1921

Spokane and Portland Contractors vote to separate from the Pacific Northwest Master Builders to become a chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. An office was opened in the Hyde Building and was run by Thomas Neill.

1928

National AGC advocates for Congress to invest up to $500,000,000 a year to build a national highway system.

1922

AGC Contractor Payne & Doust were awarded the contract for the construction of the Trent Ave. Bridge for $60,370. While paving the city’s connection to the bridge, the company set a record for laying concrete - paving 1.5 miles in 16 and a half working days.

1929

After strike at Davenport Hotel project, Spokane Contractors and the Spokane Building Trades agree to $1 per day wage increase for all trades.

1925

Thomas Neill, Secretary for the Spokane AGC Chapter, reported to the Chamber of Commerce that $6,000,000 was spent locally on construction the previous year and highlighted other large projects coming to the area, including the Lewiston dam, Priest Rapids development and the electrification of the Great Northern railroad.

1927

AGC of America works with chapters to organize a National Safety Drive. The AGC worked to organize meetings between state officials and contractors because “state officials realize it is easier to accomplish desired results by a movement within the industry than through the passage of laws with inflexible provisions”.

Highlights

Presidents

1921 - D.G. Munro

1922 - S.G. Morin

1923 - John M. Clifton, Clifton, Applegate & Toole

1924 - J.M. Dougan - Portland

1925 - C.A. Carlson, Siems & Carlson

1926 - Natt McDougal - Portland

1927 - O.J. Amberg, Standard Asphalt Paving Co.

1928 - S.G. Morin - Spokane

1929 - R.C. Alloway, Alloway & Georg

New Members

1921 - N. A. Degerstrom