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Howard L. Bill

Howard L. Bill, representing industrial activity at Chimacum as proprietor of a blacksmith and auto repair shop and also carrying a full line of auto- mobile supplies and accessories, was born in Lockeport, Nova Scotia, November 7, 1870. His father, Caleb R. Bill, a native of Nova Scotia, was of Scotch descent and was a successful blacksmith and wagon maker. He became a pioneer resident of Port Townsend, where he established and conducted the second black- smith and wagon shop in that place. He arrived in Washington in 1872 and for a long period was thus connected with industrial interests but is now living retired in Chimacum, making his home with his son Howard. He married Carrie Wood, a native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, and of Irish lineage. She died in Chimacum in 1903 at the age of seventy-three years, leaving two sons and two daughters: John, of Chimacum; Janie, the widow of H. B. Rice, of Santa Rosa, California; Howard L.; and Mary C, the wife of William H. Pufifer, of Santa Rosa, California.

Howard L. Bill was but two years of age at the time of the removal of the family to Washington and his education was acquired in the public schools of Port Townsend and in the Calhoun school of Chicago, Illinois. When but thirteen years of age he began to earn his own living, being employed in the office of Storm & Hill, wholesale dry goods merchants of Chicago. Returning to Washington, he clerked in Irondale for the Puget Sound Iron Company, remaining in that connection for two years. He afterward learned the trade of blacksmithing and wagon making with his father and succeeded to the business at the time of his father's retirement in 1894. He not only does expert work in blacksmithing but also conducts a complete auto repair shop and carries a full line of supplies and automobile accessories. His business has now reached satisfactory proportions and in addition to his industrial interests he owns a sixty acre farm near Glendale.

In 1893, in Chimacum, Mr. Bill was married to Miss Clara Peterson, a native of Chimacum and a daughter of Olaf Peterson, one of the pioneer settlers there and a prominent farmer of Jefferson county for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Bill have four children: Howard L., who was born in Chimacum, January 29, 1894; Gordon De Wolf, born August 27, 1906; Caroline Mary, born August 6, 1909 J. and Clara Olive, born October 29, 1912.

Mr. Bill exercises his right of franchise in support of the principles and candidates of the republican party but has never been an office seeker. He holds membership in Hadlock Lodge, F. & A. M., and has also taken the degrees of chapter, commandery and Mystic Shrine. He likewise has membership connections with the Foresters and his life is further guided by the teachings of the Methodist church, of which he is a communicant.

Source: Washington, west of the Cascades; historical and descriptive; the explorers, the Indians, the pioneers, the modern; (Volume 2); by Herbert Hunt; Publisher: Chicago, Seattle, etc., The S. J. Clarke publishing company; 1917.

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