Alexander C. Mayfield Family
Alexander Campbell MAYFIELD was born in Greene County, IN to Reuben and his wife Charlotte (BOONE) MAYFIELD, as their 9th child. He married Winnie Tate SHORT, who was born in 1836, daughter of Milton and Winnie (TATE) SHORT. The family came to Whatcom County in March 1884 settling in an area that became Ferndale. The family members traveled by train from Indiana to San Francisco, CA, and then from San Francisco to Seattle. In Seattle, they boarded a steamer for the trip north to Whatcom county, to the mouth of the Nooksack River. From there, the family walked up the river to Ferndale, where the two sons, Reuben and Wesley, had established a store. They had been in the west earlier (1882), first in California, and then in Seattle, and were responsible for the family migrating. They were attracted by the homestead land in Whatcom County. They thought there were a lot of opportunities for people in this "new country".
The Mayfield store was located on the Nooksack River at Ferndale, very near the present bridge. The MAYFIELDs felt the need of more than just a drugstore, so they carried general merchandise, "a little bit of everything", suitable to the needs of a pioneer country town. A. C. sent to Seattle for the nicest silk dress material to be had. Winnie apparently assisted A. C. with the store, and the family residence was above the store. The business, however, was abandoned by the family shortly after A. C. was shot and instantly killed on the porch of the store, on 21 Sep 1885. Son Wesley was also shot at this time, but he eventually recovered. The shooter was John GUILDY. Reuben was running for County Auditor, and for some reason, GUILDY took an extreme dislike of him, so decided to take election matters into his own hands. Inda MAYFIELD, was 17 ½ at that time, and at the time that her father and brother were shot was hanging up the family wash, and witnessed the shootings.A. C.'s widow, Winnie MAYFIELD, eventually remarried to Wilson JONES, and lived in Ferndale until her death in 1919. Winnie was the first white woman to live at Ferndale. Both Alexander and Winnie are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Submitted by Doy Gronenberg
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