San Juan County


 Early Obituaries

Obituary Extractions


March 25, 1897  Died - Mary A. BASSINGER, wife of Richard N. BICKELL, age 39, Sunday, March 14 at East Sound.


April 15, 1897 -- Died - Mr. John BLIGIN at home, Wednesday last week. Buried Valley Cemetery, age 24 years. Mr. BLIGIN was single.


May 6, 1897 -- Died - F. M. BREEDLOVE, Monday, May 3 at the home of Dr. W. W. MALLORY in Seattle, age about 54 years. He came to San Juan Island about 5 years ago from Emery, SD. Burial in Valley Cemetery, Rev. T. L. DYER officiating.

Thomas DAVIS

28 Mar 1908 - Thomas DAVIS - Veteran of Civil War born 30 Apr 1830 in Knox Co, Indiana; died 22 Mar 1908 in Olga, Orcas Island, WA; moved to Livingston Co., Illinois during early manhood; married Elizabeth A. PHILLIPS 2 Jan 1859; 1861 enlisted in Co. K, Third Illinois Cavalry and served 3 years a First Sergeant; after the war moved to Bates Co., Missouri and lived there until 1889; came to Washington in March 1890 and located at Olga; wife died 23 Apr 1898 at age 61; eight children were born to them and five survive - Thomas E. in Seattle; John S. in Kearney, Nebraska; Mrs. T. D. SONDEN of Astoria, Oregon and N. B. and S. P. DAVIS of Olga. Interment in the family plot at Olga Cemetery.

Oscar W. DAY

April 29, 1897 -- Died - Mr. Oscar W. DAY, at home, Saturday afternoon. He was 48 years of age. He had two brothers, A. A. DAY of Blaine and B. A. DAY of Hastings, MN.
(both Flemming and Fleming were used)
4 Jul 1908 - Thomas FLEMMING - born 20 Sep 1819 Glasgow, Scotland; died 29 Jun 1908 San Juan Valley, WA; was an 1840 immigrant to Australia; in 1844 married Mary J. MATIER in Australia; they were married nearly 60 years. His wife died in 1902. 12 children were born to them - first a son who died in Australia at age 18 months. They arrived in San Francisco in 1849 where he was a baker for a time, then settled on a tract of land in Contra Costa County, CA. From there they came to San Juan Island in April 1863. The family located upon the land which now comprises the Archibald FLEMING farm, to which Mr. FLEMING, the elder, acquired title under the pre-emption act, after the boundary question was decided by Emperor William of Germany, as arbitrator. He also homesteaded the place where he died and which was his home for many years.
Mr. FLEMMING was one of the founders of the Valley Presbyterian Church. The only public office he held was that of Justice of the Peace. He was a member of the Masonic Order and of Odd Fellows. Five sons survive - Jas. M., Archibald, Thos. A., Robert F. and Charles A. all residing on San Juan Island. Two sons William and Edward live in California. John T. lives in the Cariboo mining district in B.C., Canada where one daughter, Mrs. Jane BOYD also resides. The oldest daughter, Mrs. Rebecca MURHEAD, lives in Victoria, B. C., Mrs. Mary J. FRASER, lives on San Juan Island. Funeral services from the Valley Presbyterian Church.


April 15, 1897 -- Died - Mr. Peter FRECHETTE, old settler of Crow Valley age about 75. He was born in lower Canada near Montreal. For a number of years he hunted and trapped for Hudson Bay Co. in Northwest Territory. He was married 31 years and lived on Orcas Island 25 years. Burial in Valley Cemetery, Rev. William J. DICKSON officiating.

Michael FRY

June 10, 1897 -- Died - Mrs. Michael FRY at her home in East Sound, Friday.

William T. GLOSSOP

6 Jun 1908 - William T. GLOSSOP born 22 May 1831 in Sheffield, England, died 28 May 1908 on Shaw Island. When he was 16 years old he came to the United States and located in Illinois. Five years later he married Hannah M. FERGUSON in Jacksonville. In 1868, with children that had been born to them, they moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where Mrs. GLOSSOP died 30 years ago. He has spent many years in newspaper work and was, for a number of years, assistant editor of The Leader at Eau Claire. Four sons survive: Henry, John, Edward and William and one daughter, Mrs. D. McKENNEY. Mr. GLOSSOP came to Shaw Island five years ago to make his home with his sons. Funeral at Emmanuel Church, San Juan Valley on May 30.


4 Apr 1908 - Calvin E. HARTMAN born 30 Dec 1871 in Pennsylvania; died 30 Mar 1908 at Lewiston, Idaho; one of eight children born to his parents who are still living; when 19 years old came to Washington and soon after settled in Snohomish County. On 1 Nov 1905 he married Miss Debbie SMILEY. He was in the lumber, shingle and mercantile business for some time at Van Horn, Skagit County. In Feb 1906 he bought the WHITMAN store on Lopez Island; wife and two children survive; funeral to be held at Van Horn April 4.


Edgar HILL
April 15, 1905 -- Mrs. Edgar HILL, born Port Huron, Michigan 11 Jul 1845 and left an orphan at an early age, died at Roche Harbor, 7 Apr 1905. Her maiden name was Jerusha HATTON. She was married 17 Jul 1862 to Edgar HILL at Port Sanilac. Most of her life was spent at Lexington and Downington, Michigan. The family moved to Roche Harbor a little over a year ago. Termed "A Mother of the Old School," her home was her first thought. Survivors are her husband and the only three children that were born to them, Mrs. Alma CONRAD of Forrester, Michigan and Nettie and Ensign of Roche Harbor.


22 Feb 1908 - Ole HOLM of Lopez Island and President of Lopez Island Lumber Company; born 1866 in Bergen, Norway; died 15 Feb 1908 near Port Stanley on Lopez Island; came to America in 1888 and to San Juan County in 1904; lived in Skagit County a number of years; married Eva Van FLEET in Skagit County, daughter of one of Skagit's best known pioneers; a son 7 and a son 6 months survive as well as his wife; funeral and burial at Sedro Woolley.


June 8, 1899 - Died Etta GLASSCOCK JONES, wife of Sheriff Newton JONES, at her home Tuesday, June 6; born Iowa Sept. 21, 1870; came west with parents about 20 years ago, first on Lopez then after 6 years moved to Port Townsend. There she married Newton JONES Dec. 11, 1887. They moved to Shaw Island in 1890 and to Friday Harbor in 1893. She leaves three children: Irwin 10, Edith 7, Harold 4; her father, a brother in Alaska, a brother who is quartermaster on Steamship Empress of China; two sisters, Mrs. Thomas GRAHAM, Richardson and Mrs. McKAY, Port Townsend. Burial Lopez Island.

William MOORE

Feb. 25, 1897  Died - Mr. William MOORE, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of San Juan County, last Friday, Feb. 19, 1897; buried Olga Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 22, Rev. I. A. MILLS officiating. Mr. MOORE was born in Greenville, South Carolina, March 30, 1827. He resided with his parents in Georgia until 1851 when he moved to California where he lived for 7 years. He moved to Hope, B. C. and then to Puget Sound for 2 years. He settled on Orcas Island in the latter part of 1860 where he lived until his death. He leaves a widow and 9 children.

Daniel W. OAKES
June 17, 1905 -- Daniel W. OAKES was born 16 Mar 1831 in Maine and died 11 June 1905 at the age of 74 years. Surviving are his wife, three sons, and three daughters. He was one of the little band of pioneer settlers who first hoisted the American flag on San Juan Island on 1 Jul 1859.


Feb. 25, 1897  Died - Mr. J. M. ROSE of Shaw on Saturday last. Burial Valley Cemetery on Sunday. A native of Kentucky, he resided many years in California, came to Washington in 1889 where he resided a short time at Port Townsend, then to San Juan County, in 1891. He resided at Shaw; was age 48 years; leaves a wife and 2 children.

Frederick S. SCHROCK

March 25, 1905 -- Frederick S. SCHROCK d. 21 Mar 1905 at San Juan Valley. He came to this country 14 or 15 years ago from Butte, Montana, where he worked as a mason for a number of years. He was born in Switzerland and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was twice married. He had two daughters by the first marriage who are now living, one in Ohio and one, Mrs. KENNEDY, in Chicago. His second wife, Mrs. SWEENEY, was a widow when he married her, and survives him. She has two children: Mrs. B. F. HANNAH and Arthur SWEENEY who is employed at the powder works on Vancouver Island. Mr. SCHROCK was 71.

Elizabeth Tuson Pearson SEARLES --  Jan. 29, 1899 Roche Harbor San Juan County, Washington

Elizabeth Tuson Pearson was born January 10, 1860 in Alverstoke, Hampshire, England to Charles Reid and Mary Ann Hunter (Searles) Pearson. She had one sibling; Charles M. Pearson (b. ~1859, Alverstoke, Hampshire, England). Their parents died while they were young, so they lived in Alverstoke and then Portsea Island, Hampshire with their aunt Isabella Searles. According to family history Elizabeth began teaching at age 16. The 1881 British Census shows Elizabeth teaching at the National School, Bisley Green, Bisley, Surrey, England.

In late 1881 or early 1882, she emigrated to the U.S., first visiting her Searles relatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and then moving to Nebraska where she met and married William George Searles on 14 Oct 1882, in Niobrara, Rock County, Nebraska.

Elizabeth and William moved from Rock Co., NE to Castle Rock, Cowlitz, WA about 1885; to Ellensberg, Kittitas, WA about 1893; to Roche Harbor, San Juan, WA about 1897. Elizabeth was the Superintendent of Public Schools for a short period of time before passing away on 29 Jan 1899 at Roche Harbor.

According to the San Juan Islander January 12, 1899, page 3, Roche Harbor News Briefs

"Mrs. G. W. [Elizabeth Tuson Pearson] Searles died at her home here, Tuesday morning, of heart trouble, after a long and painful illness, and was buried Wednesday afternoon, Rev. J. W. White conducting the services. She leaves a husband and seven children who have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.

Elizabeth and is buried in a stand-alone grave between the McMillin Mausoleum and the pioneer cemetery near Roche Harbor. 

Find A Grave Memorial# 141716876 courtesy Jerry Sehlke Elizabeth's great grandson


Richard H. STRAUB

April 29, 1897 -- Died - Richard H. STRAUB, the Blakely Island murderer, hanged Friday last, April 23.


June 17, 1897 -- Died - Annie SWANSON at Fairhaven, WA June 9, 1897. Burial was at Bayview Cemetery, Whatcom, WA.  She was an only child. Her parents reside between Olga and Doe Bay.


June 24, 1897:
Died - B. W. HALLOWAY June 20, 1897. Came here with wife July 1895. Age 36 years., member of K. of P. and I. O. O. F. lodges. Embalmed at Whatcom, interment in Chicago. Mrs. HALLOWAY's brother is C. H. HORN of Crete, Ill.
Died - brother of Mrs. GRAUL of Lopez, at Snohomish.
Died - Miss Ivy Pearl BURKE age 8 years, dau of Mr. James BURKE at Vancouver, Wash.
July 8, 1897:
Died - Frank SHIPMAN, drowned in Skagit River near Mt. Vernon.
Died - Belle DIXON, Pleasant Valley, at West Sound, ae 10 yrs. 6 mos.  Rev. Mark JUKES of Whatcom officiating.

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Whatcom County GenWeb Coordinator


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