Friday, January 5, 1900:
John BUTTON, a recent arrival from North Dakota, who is employed in a shingle mill at Ferndale, had $110 stolen from his valise last Friday. He did not miss the money until Saturday, and on Sunay he came to town and reported the matter to the police. He suspected his room mate, Ben MILLER, who saw him put the money away on Friday. MILLER came to town the next day, and had a twenty-dollar bill changed in a saloon. The employer says he had no money of his own. MILLER cannot be located here, and is believed to be in Ballard.
P. H. MABRY, one of the well-known farmers of the county, committed suicide at his home eight miles east of here last Saturday morning at 4 o'clock. Mr. MABRY had been sick for about eight days with grip and throat trouble, which augmented a moroseness which had been growing on him for about a year. He retired as usual Friday night to his room, which was on the first floor, off the parlor. Mrs. MABRY and family slept upstairs. About 4 o'clock the family was awakened by the explosion of a revolver in Mr. MABRY's bedroom. Mrs. MABRY started downstairs, and just as she reached the parlor another shot was fired in her husband's room. Fearing the worst, and without opening the bedroom door, the family summoned their nearest neighbor, Mr. John KULP. After Mr. KULP had arrived, the room was entered, and Mr. MABRY was found lying dead on the bed with a 44-calibre old-fashioned Colt's revolver still clutched in his hands. He had fired both shots into his mouth, the second one penetrating the base of the brain and causing instant death. Mr. KULP came to Blaine in the morning, and notified Coroner WARINNER. The coroner visited the scene of the tragedy Saturday, but found no reason for an inquest, as it was undoubtedly a case of suicide. Mr. MABRY was 67 years old, and leaves a wife, two grown sons, and a daughter. He had resided on his homestead in the northern part of the country for eighteen years.
Justice A. A. GALBRAITH, of Acme precinct, Whatcom county, arrested three burglars the other day. He covered them with an empty revolver, and after they had surrendered, seven revolvers were taken from them.
LOCAL NOTES-We understand that D. FERGUSON has purchased a one-half interest in J. W. SHINTAFFER's logging business.
-W. H. SMITH and H. B. POTTER have been awarded the contract to build a store room 16x50 feet on the north side of the Rutledge building.
-Miss Ethel THORNTON and Mr. Joseph MORRISON, both of Ferndale, were united in marriage on December 28th, 1899, at the resident of the bride's parents.
-Capt. ROBERTS and family have moved to Anacortes where they will reside in the future.
-V. E. STAEUBLI will commence next week the erection of a business building at the corner of Washington avenue and H street. The building will be 25 by 60 feet.
-Miss Hattie GILBERT, daughter of Ex-Senator W. H. GILBERT of Dayton, Wash., is visiting friends in this city the guest of Mrs. C. F. HUNTER and Mrs. E. J. TOLFORD.
Friday, January 12, 1900:
Chas. THORNTON Jr., ha presented the Swedish Baptist Church of Ferndale, with a corner lot on his farm near Ferndale and the erection of a church thereon will commence in the near future.
The WADHAMS SULLIVAN Canning Company is a newly incorporated venture. The company being composed of Chas. L. WADHAMS, late manager for Messrs. AINSWORTH & DUNN, and D. P. SULLIVAN of this city, who has been with the firm for the past year or two. They will engage in the general cannning business. Mr. WADHAMS is the owner of three-fourths of the stock and Mr. SULLIVAN the remainder.
Mary A. EAHART yesterday filed suit for divorce from her husband, Ellis EAHART, alleging non-support.
The petition of L. D. PIKE for permission to construct a wharf at Point Robert was granted.
Soldier's Relief Fund - S. WATKINS, 10; A. J. TAYLOR, 8.
Friday, January 19, 1900:
Mable Y THOMPSON, of Delta, was granted a divorce from her husband, S. R. THOMPSON, Wednesday. Defendant was represented by counsel, but made no defense. The decree was granted upon the evidence of Mrs. THOMPSON and her mother, who makes her home with her daughter. The testimony showed the husband to be a man of quick and violet temper toward his wife and otherwise made life unpleasant for her. Mrs. THOMPSON was granted $1,000 alimony, and the custody of the one child, a son, was awarded to the father.
Mrs. N. S. SHETTLER, a well-known resident of the county died Wednesday at her home near Ferndale. Mrs. SHETTLER was about 78 years of age and leaves a daughter, Mrs. ARGO, who lived with her, and four sons residing in the county.
Manager GRAY has moved the Western Union Telegraph office into the new quarters adjoining LAMAR's paint store. He has a neat and convenient office.
Chas. POPPLE has purchased the TANNER property on H street.
Friday, January 26, 1900:
Chas. ELLSPERMAN arrived Saturday from Edwardsville, Illinois, and intends making Blaine his future home. He says there are a great many people coming west, the majority of which are making for Puget Sound.
Mrs. Barbara McDONALD and Mr. and Mrs. William BARRETT, left for their home at Marblemount Tuesday. They have recently been visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. BARRETT.
J. J. PINCKNEY, the popular agent of the Great Northern Railway has tendered his resignation and will be succeeded in a few days by H. C. COTTELL.
Mr. and Mrs. John HEIZER? rejoice in an acquisition to their household of the male gender. Its birth dates from Sunday last.
Friday, February 2, 1900:
Frank BYLAND has moved into the WADHAMS house on H street, adjoining the M. E. Church.
J. W. HUNTER is now a member of the school board, vice I. LIVINGSTONE, resigned.
Mrs. C. E. COLE has recently opened a restaurant on Martin street and is serving a large number of the hungry each day.
J. W. HALL will occupy the quarters recently vacated by the City Bakery on Washington avenue.
Paul A. WOLTEN has disposed of his building on the corner of Washington avenue and H street to H. L. BROWN.
Fred J. HORNE has disposed of his bakery to WOLTEN Bros. who will hereafter conduct the business, using one side of their store as a salesroom.
Mr. Alex SJOSTEDT, the furniture man reports business on the increase, and reports a $200-day sale one day this week.
Mrs. W. J. GILLESPIE left on Thursday for Shelton for a weeks visit to her sister.
E. G. BARBER of St. Paul was in town this week looking over a pail and tub factory location.
Peter NEILSON has constructed for himself a workshop for carpentry on E street between Washington avenue and Third street.
The courts in Seattle have granted J. B. WEBSTER a divorce.
Frank BATSTONE, aged 12 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. James BATSTONE, died Sunday evening at the home of his parents, near Ferndale, of typhoid fever, after an illness of one month.
William ROHART has retired from the Klondike livery stable.
Otto HAIL and Dee STEPHENSON have decided to cast their fortune with the Cape Namn contingent, and will soon depart for the far northern latitude. They are now in Seattle arranging for an outfit. Mrs. HAIL and daughter will spend the summer with her parents at Ilwaco.
D. S. MILLER is now owner of the Klondyke livery stable.
Fred HORN the baker, has accepted a position with WOLTEN Bros., and will have charge of the bakery department of the establishment. The former standard of bread, cakes and pies will be maintained.
H. L. COTTELL has assumed the duties of station agent of the Great Northern at this point, vis J. J. PINCKNEY, resigned.
Cash patents have been issued at the Seattle land office to the following settlers in Whatcom county:
W. L. and Frank FOX have purchased the Foster brick on Washington avenue, now occupied by the Barnes Drug company, paying $1150 for the same.
February 9, 1900:
Mr. and Mrs. Paul JONES are the proud parents of twins, a boy and a girl born on Friday.
The Wheeler property on Boblett street, has been purchased by J. B. KAYLOR.
Frank PLAFF now a resident of Fairhaven, was accidentally shot in the left foot while hunting ducks at Deadman's point, near Fairhaven, a few days since. Two of his toes are missing, and his foot was otherwise badly mangled by the heavy load of buck shot.
In this city at the residence of the bride, on Thursday February 5th, by Rev. W. E. DAWSON, of the Congregational Church, Paul A. WOLTEN and Miss Roxie A. WILSON. ...
Mrs. D. M. KERSEY died Tuesday morning at an early hour at the Protestant hospital. Mrs. KERSEY recently submitted to an operation for abdominal tumor, from which she has been suffering for several years. The operation was her only hope, but she was too week to recover from the shock.
Mrs. FOX, mother of Will, Frank and John FOX, has arrived from Iowa and will make her home here.
The Alaska Packers association have purchased two lots of Mrs. WALLER.
Alfred WHITE has an addition to his family.
Married at the residence of the bride on E street, by Judge PRUNER, on Sunday last, Herbert CLOFLIN and Miss Florence RELPH(?).
Percy H. LEWIS of St. Louis, was in the city this week.
Friday, February 16, 1900:
E. C. STACY and wife of Avon, Wash., were in town this week.
John JOHNSON, of Luverne, Minn., evidently likes to be the ice man, for he is going to start an ice plant in New Whatcom.
T. G. SCOTCHLER of Point Roberts, was in the city this week. Mr. SCOTCHLER is connected with the George & Barker Fishing company, who are constructing a cannery at this point. They are to drive 700 feet of wharving for the new enterprise.
W. L. WADE has secured a position with the Messrs. Seely Bros.
A defective chimney caused a fire in the roof of the unused school building on the Warren addition yesterday. The timely assistance of Rev. A. J. WHITFIELD and Mr. MATHEWS soon extinguished the flames. A portion of the roof was destroyed.
Friday, February 23, 1900:
S. P. THOMPSON has sold his big team to Kennedy A. CONKLIN. The price paid was $400.
C. H. PAUL brought his household effects from Douglas, B. C. Wednesday.
A Beautiful WeddingMiss Iola LOOMIS was married to Bardette L. WILLIAMS on Wednesday the 21st by Rev. R. D. NEVIUS, D. D., in the pretty chapel of Christ Church. ...
Garnet KENDALL, daughter of Rev. J. W. KENDALL, formerly of this city, is visiting Blaine.
The newly appointed immigration inspector, H. C. BEACH of Tacoma, has been stationed at New Whatcom, and will assume his duties at once.
The remains of W. H. RADCLIFFE were interred at New Whatcom. Deceased left many friends here who will sympathize with the widow and orphans.
Friday, March 2, 1900:
L. D. PIKE of Point Roberts was over yesterday. He says he has the wharf completed and a portion of the lumber will arrive to-day to begin work on the new cannery in which Mr. PIKE is interested.
School terms closed last Friday at Roeder, Weiser and Van Wyck. The teachers were, respectively, W. A. WILLIAMS, Miss Esther STARK and W. S. BULLA.
Alex SJOSTEDT, the furniture dealer, has moved from the opera house to the Barnes brick on Martin street. He has a large and well-assorted stock of everything in his line, and those in need of furniture can purchase there as well as at Whatcom.
Friday, March 9, 1900:
The will of F. H. MABRY was probated Monday, and Frank MABRY and Mrs. F. H. MABRY were appointed executors. A. E. MEAD i their attorney.
Marriage licenses were issued Monday to James GAIRNS, of Seattle, and Miss Florence HARDLY, of Fairhaven; to Fred STAUFFNER and Miss Edna JOHNSON, both of Blaine.
F. J. JOHNSON of New Westminster was in town this week in the interest of a new lumber mill.
Will WADHAMS was in town this week. He will soon depart for Rivers Inlet to assume management of the Wadhams cannery.
A little son arrived Tuesday morning to grace the home of Mr. and Mrs. John CROSS.
Married at Blaine, March 7, at 8 p.m. by the Rev. W. E. DAWSON, Mr. Frederick W. STAUFFER and Miss Edna C. JOHNSON.
Eighty-five China men, the first installment of the P.A.F. Company's crew, arrived on the steamer George E. Starr.
J. C. JACOBSON is now engaged in supplying customers in the city with good milk of a superior quality from his wagon.
Dell SMITH is prepared to plough gardens for those in need of such service.
Messrs. SHINTAFFER and FERGUSON has dissolved partnership in their logging camp enterprise.
The family of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. HUGHLETT was increased Sunday by the arrival of girl twins.
Friday, March 16, 1900:
The PARKINSON place on the hillside, near Sumas, was the scene of a big landslide Friday night. A portion of the orchard in front of the house slid down the hill, causing considerable damage.
A sad and deplorable accident happened at Delta last Saturday afternoon, whereby the elder son of O. L. FOSS, one of the pioneers of that locality lost his life. The lad was about ten years of age and was engaged in riding a horse to water, having tied the halter around his waist. The horse evidently started to run and threw the lad off, when he was literally dragged to death. This deplorable accident cast a gloom over the entire settlement at the parents were widely known and the lad a universal favorite. The body was interred in the cemetery at Enterprise on Monday last.
A bill of sale given by James O. SPENCER has been filed, conveying the YOUNG & WILLIAMS cannery at Blaine, with buildings, wharf and dock facilities, steamer Edna, and the YOUNG & WILLIAMS pile driver and machinery. The consideration named is $75,000 and the purchaser is the J. W. and V. COOK Packing company.
Francis L. PENNINGTON, through, his attorney, J. B. CRITES, Tuesday began suit for divorce from Rhoda L. PENNINGTON. They were married in 1888(?), soon after which plaintiff alleges that defendant deserted him without cause.
M. J. PARSONS, late of the Willemette (sic) valley, Oregon, is about to open a boot and shoe store here, having rented the Martin front store in the Pike building recently vacated by E. M. DAHL. The gentleman comes to us well recommended, and will at once bring his family here with him.
Messrs WOLTON Bros. are enlarging their store on Washington avenue. The stairway has been taken out, which gives them some eight feet more of store room and will increase their floor space materially. The move has been rendered necessary by the increasing trade of the firm, which demanded more room to exhibit goods. They will soon have their annex on the corner of Third and Martin streets in running order, to supply the trade of the southern part of the town.
The elegant steamer Sehome is being repaired and fitted up with new cabins. The work is being done in Tacoma, and just as soon as the repairs are completed Capt. W. H. ELLIS will place the big side wheeler on the route in place of the Bay City which will be laid away or sold to other parties.
The following Whatcom county teachers have been granted certificates as a result of the last examination:
Hon. S. D. REINHART died Wednesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. D. CHANDLER, in New Whatcom. Mr. REINHART['s] demise was due to cerebral suffering, from which affliction he had been suffering for about one year and one half. He had been here for several days and the end Wednesday afternoon was not unexpected. Mr. REINHART was one of the pioneers of the state as well as Whatcom county.
Florence WEBB filed for divorce from Otis Webb.
Mr. COTTELL is now the Great Northern station agent at this point.
Mrs. C. B. PARKINSON of Iowa, accompanied by her son, who has been here on a visit to her father, James BARNES, the druggist, left on Tuesday's train for home. She will visit with relatives for a short time at Seattle, en route. She will be accompanied to Seattle by Mrs. W. H. BARNES.
Died -- In this city Tuesday, March 13th, of general disability, Dewitt STEWART, father of Mrs. C. B. HOVEY, aged 74 years. Deceased leaves a widow, three daughters and two sons, to mourn his departure. Mr. STEWART was a native of Michigan and was visiting here since December last, failing health bringing him to the coast. The funeral was held from the residence on E street, on Thursday, Rev. W. E. DAWSON, of the Presbyterian church officiating.
Thomas ROWE and D. A. GRIFFEN had a narrow escape from drowning in the Nooksack river near Deming Saturday morning. They were working around a boom of logs in a canoe when it suddenly capsized, throwing the occupants into the water. They remained in the water nearly two hours before they were rescued.
The Geo. E. Starr brought up 83 Chinamen for the AINSWORTH & DUNN cannery yesterday.
Friday, March 23, 1900:
Charles W. WORTHEN has finished his contract of building two miles of road along Lake Samish.
The Fairhaven council committee has at last secured a pest house of suitable dimensions and sufficiently isolated. It is located near Lake Padden, and the small pox patience are to be removed.
The colonist rate of $25 from St. Paul to the sound will be canceled on March 25th by all western roads.
Judge NETERER, as attorney of Arthur KIRKMAN, guardian, filed a petition in the superior court asking for an order of the court to sell 160 acres selected near Sumas of land belonging to his wards, Elizabeth, Mary and Robert Duncan.
The side wheeler Sehome is expected to take the Bay City's run about the first of April. Capt. McALPIA will continue in command, and Capt. Geo. Jenkins, who has had previous experience on the Bay City, will act as mate of the Sehome.
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. G. A. GOTCHY early this week. Dr. KING was in attendance and reports the mother doing nicely.
Messrs. MALOY and LARKIN, of the International Shingle mill have purchased the interest of their partner, CALHOUN, who retires to engage in the drug business at Ballard.
Capt. SUMMER has purchased the STORY house in the south eastern part of the town and expects his family in about a week to occupy it. The Captain will be connected with the GEORGE & BARKER Canning Company at Point Roberts.
Blaine is very much in need of a score of medium priced cottages to supply calls from eastern emigrants who are arriving every few days. The writer knows of three tenants this week who were unable to secure houses to dwell in. So soon as the fishing season is fairly under way the demand will materially increase.
A pension of $6 a month has been granted to Henry GATES, of Acme.
Blanche RAMMAGE is the new clerk in the postoffice.
Council Proceeding: Soldier's Relief Fund - Samuel WATKINS, 10; A. TAYLOR, 8; Frank N. BARNEY, 10.
Harry NORRIS, a resident of Blackin Spit, B. C. dropped dead from heart failure last Tuesday, on the beach. He had come over to consult Dr. SUTHERLAND in regard to his ailment and on returning was suddenly over come. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his death. Mr. NORRIS is spoken of as an exemplary young man and has many friends here.
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. SMITH were called to Snohomish this week to the bedside of Mr. SMITH's mother, who is suffering from pneumonia, and has been pronounced beyond recovery by the physician. At last accounts the patient was somewhat easier.
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Mrs. David KITZEL died at her home at Hall's Prairie, B. C., last Monday of peritonitis, aged 38 years. This is a sad bereavement as the lady leave seven children. The widowed husband has the sympathy of the entire community in his loss. The interment took place Wednesday at the Blaine cemetery.
The Point Roberts Hotel, with most of its contents, was burned to the ground Wednesday morning about 10 o'clock, and it was only by the hardest kind of work that the GEORGE & BARKER cannery, which is about fifteen feet from the hotel, was saved. The cannery was only slightly damaged. The hotel building and furniture were owned by Robert RUNYON, of Point Roberts, but were under lease to Robert LORD, who was running the hotel. The building was worth about $2,500 and was insured for $1,000(?) with ALEXANDER & STEWART, of this city. Mr. LORD kept a saloon in connection with the hotel, the license for which expired on Monday. Mr. LORD closed the place that day and came to Whatcom to secure another license from the commissioners. His complete stock, valued at about $900 was burned. There was no insurance. The origin of the fire is unknown, but is supposed to have originated in Mr. LORD's room in the hotel. Mr. LORD said yesterday that he could not imagine how this could be as he left there Monday and there was consequently no light or fire in the room. He says he will try to make arrangements for re-building the hotel. He had about fifteen regular boarders. -Reveille, Tuesday.
Mrs. A. L. PICKETT and Mrs. M. KILROW will open an establishment next Monday in the rooms adjoining QUIRT's restaurant for the sale of home-made bread, pies and cakes, and solicits a share of the patronage of the public. The ladies are also prepare to do plain sewing.
Friday, September 28, 1900:
Transcribed by Susan Nahas
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