Saturday, March 27, 1875:
Funeral Obsequies of Robert A. CRAIG of Semiahmoo.Services at the residence of Elder A. W. STEWART, of Semiahmoo, W. T. ... Mr. Robert A. CRAIG ... was a native of Canada, was born November 27, 18_3 of Presbyterian parents. He emigrated to the States about nine years ago. He married Miss Annie STEWART, of Tacoma on May 22, 1873. He was a farmer by profession ... About three months before his death he was taken with a cold and cough, which soon showed symptoms of fatality. It was thought his health might be improved by medical aid and a visit to Tacoma. Son on Friday, Jan. 30, 1875, he took passage on the Steamer Phantom, where he was well cared for, but on Jan. 30, at 5 p.m., as the boat neared Port Townsend, he calmly breathed his last, without a struggle. ... He leaves a wife, one child, and many friends to mourn their loss. He was buried in Port Townsend on Feb. 1st by the kindness and at the cost of the Free Masons of that city.
Information Wanted.Any person having knowledge of the whereabouts of one Thomas N. BALLARD would confer a favor by sending the same to his brother, William H. BALLARD, Charles City, Floyd Co., Iowa.
Saturday, April 10, 1875:
Drowned.The sad intelligence of the drowning of J. P. ELLIS, of Cypress Island in this county, was received here last Sunday, through Mr. John McGLINN, sub-agent at the Lummi Reservation. ... "Cap" ELLIS, as they call him, came in from Cypress Island in a small boat on Tuesday evening 30th ult., and spent the following day at Sehome, transacting business and purchasing supplies at the B.B.C. Co's. store for himself and two of his neighbors, Messrs. TILTON and KITTLE. He started home on Thursday morning. That day it blew pretty stormy in the bay outside the point, but not enough to deter an experienced boatman to cross over to the islands. The following day the Indians on the Reservation picked up a boat right side up, three miles south of the village, with mast and said set, containing a coat, blankets, some groceries, mail matter, etc. The Indians turned the boat and contents over to the agent who came to town on Sunday and reported the facts. Mr. BAXTER has identified some papers which he had given Mr. ELLIS, so there can be no doubt of the casualty of the person lost. ... His body has not yet been found.
Sad News.Mrs. A. E. SMITH, wife of our County Auditor, on last Tuesday received the sad intelligence from Ohio of the death of her father.
Saturday, May 1, 1875:
Gone to Ohio.Mrs. ROEDER, of this place, left our midst on last Monday to visit her relatives in the distant State of Ohio. This lady came to Washington Territory about twenty years ago and was, with her husband, Capt. H. ROEDER, one of the earliest pioneers of Bellingham Bay. Her mother (whom she is about to visit, and whose family were pioneers of the Western Reserve in Ohio, on the borders of Lake Erie) has still a vivid recollection of the famous operations of Commodore PERRY on that Lake ... Mrs. ROEDER is accompanied by her two younger children, Victor and Lotta. They will spend a week on Whidbey Island visiting friends before taking the steamer for San Francisco.
Saturday, May 8, 1875:
A Surprise Party at Semiahmoo.A correspondent at Semiahmoo sends us the following:
"... My birthday happened to come on the 24th day of April, and everybody seemed to know it; so ... they deliberately set about playing off a joke on me ... So they all came, all unasked by me, bringing with them baskets, buckets, dishes, platters, pigs, chickens, ducks, cakes, pies, hats, bonnets, shawls, cloaks, babies, pleasant faces, a valuable book and many articles that need not be named. It was plain that they were in for a good time, all because it was my 82d birthday.
Wm. M. STEWART
Saturday, May 15, 1875:
Died - George FORBES, of Samish, this county, who has been in delicate health for some years past, was brought to Sehome by friends on last Saturday, with the intention of taking passage to San Francisco. On Sunday about 4 o'clock p.m., he breathed his last and departed for the "other shore." He was buried at Poe's Point cemetery on Monday at 5 p.m. His funeral was well attended, Capt. CONWAY conducting the services. Deceased was about 40 years of age.
Married - At Guemes, Whatcom County, W. T., May 13, 1875, by Justice J. J. EDENS, John W. SHRIVER, of Guemes Island, W. T., to Miss Amanda HAMMOND, of Newton County, Indiana.
Saturday, May 22, 1875:
The following land patents for citizens of Whatcom County are now at the Olympia Land Office.
Letters for the following named persons remain uncalled for in the Whatcom post office:
Saturday, June 19, 1875:
Fatal AccidentLast Wednesday, Samuel McCARTY, of Fidalgo, while working at DINGWALL's logging camp at Samish in this county, was instantly killed by a falling tree. We are unable to give any particulars of this sad accident except as above stated by telegraph.
Mr. HANNITH, of San Francisco, arrived at Sehome last Tuesday for the purpose of visiting his daughter, Mrs. BAXTER. Mr. S. BAXTER went as far as Victoria to escort him to this place.
Saturday, June 26, 1875:
Death of Preston C. ANDREWSIt is this week our painful duty to chronicle the untimely and unexpected death of the above-named young man; untimely for he was just entering the prime of life; and unexpected, for about three weeks ago he visited our office in the full enjoyment of youth and vigor. On the 8th inst. Mr. ANDREWS left here and went to Samish telegraph station, where a few days after, he received an attack of bilious fever, culminating in the inflammation of the bowels in such a manner as to prove fatal, and on last Wednesday, at about 5 o'clock, he breathed his last. He died at the residence of Edwin STEVENS, of Samish ... The steamer Libby was chartered by his brother (L. L. ANDREWS of Swinomish) to convey the remains to Seattle, where his parents reside, to be interred. "Press", as his friends familiarly called him, was a young man of about 24, a telegraph operator by profession, and being genial, courteous and industrious, made friends of all his acquaintances. We, in common with his many friends in Whatcom and Sehome, deeply sympathize with his family in their loss.
Born. At Fidalgo, June 8, 1875, to the wife of James GRAHAM, a son.
Born. At Fidalgo, June 17, 1875, to the wife of William HEWITT, a daughter.
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