Whatcom County Obituaries

Surnames Beginning with "A"


ABBOTT, George F. (d. 1939)

George F. Abbott, resident of Lynden and vicinity for more than half a century, passed away at his home on Liberty Street Tuesday at 4 a.m. following an illness of several years' duration. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p. m. from Knapp and Knapp's Parlors. The Rev. T. E. Summers, pastor of the Lynden Baptist Church, will officiate. Interment will be made in the Lynden Cemetery and the body will be entombed in a specially constructed mausoleum. Genial, friendly, George Abbott numbered his friends throughout the community by the hundreds. His ready smile, his kindly words and cheerful disposition endeared him to all those with whom he came in contact during the long span of 52 years that he spent in the Lynden district.

Mr. Abbott was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, on February 12, 1857. He lived there until he was 21 years of age. As a youth he learned the tinner's trade, but he was unable to stand the confining indoor work of the tin shop. From Northampton, Mr. Abbott went to Denver, Colorado where he spent eight years. In 1887 at the age of 30, he came to the little pioneer settlement of Lynden and spent the remainder of his life in the community. In 1882, Mr. Abbott was married to Miss Minerva Cavender, who survives him. For a time after coming to Lynden, he was in the livery business. Later, he moved to the farm on the river bottom, one mile from Lynden, on the Hannegan road, which is still known as the Abbott place. He improved the land and developed a fertile farm. In 1917, Mr. Abbott retired from farming and moved to Lynden. In later years, he took a great interest in fishing and spent many hours on the banks of the Nooksack. He had been in failing health for several years, but he was not taken gravely ill until four weeks before his passing. Mr. Abbott was 82 years, one month and two days old. The only surviving relative is the widow, Mrs. Minerva Abbott, at the family home.
(From The Lynden Tribune, March 16, 1939) Submitted by site coordinator.

ABBOTT, James (d. 1903)

James Abbott died at his home in this city Sunday night after a protracted illness. He was born April 7, 1848, at Vandalia, Fayette county, Ind. [Ill.?] His parents migrated to Minnesota where he enlisted in the first Minnesota heavy artillery and served during the war with distinction. For many years after the war he resided in the city of Minneapolis. He came to Whatcom some years ago and made his home there for a time.

He was commander of the G. A. R. Post at Whatcom for one term. Last fall he moved to Blaine with his family and resided here as a respected citizen since that time. The funeral occurred Wednesday morning at the Methodist church under the auspices of the I.O.O.F. and G.A.R. of this city. Rev. McGill officiated. The remains were taken to Whatcom for interment at the Bayview cemetery. The funeral arrangements in Whatcom were in charge of the G. A. R. of that place. The casket was taken to H. S. Noice's parlors and there were held impressive service; by the G. A. R. The Whatcom lodges of Odd Fellows and Junior order of Mechanics turned out in honor to the departed. The funeral procession was taken to the cemetery in the funeral car. Mrs. B. N. Kingsley and S. B. Hughes accompanied the bereaved wife to Whatcom and home. Tom Ames, of Blaine, attended the funeral at Whatcom.
(From The Blaine Journal, March 13, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.

ABBOTT, Waddington (d. 1909)

Waddington Abbott, aged 20 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Abbott, and one of the most prominent young men of this city, died at the family residence, 606 Garden Street Sunday morning at 5:30 o'clock, death being due to scarlet fever. Mr. Abbott was stricken with the fatal malady last Wednesday. He had not been well for several days, and on Wednesday took to his bed, being forced to discontinue his work at the First National Bank, where he held a position of trust. The family physician was called and he immediately pronounced the ailment as scarlet fever. The house was placed under quarantine, and everything was done for the young man by skilled physicians. A turn for the worse came Saturday evening and he gradually sank until the end came Sunday morning. Mr. Abbott was a bring and amiable young man, prominent among the younger social set of the city, and well liked by everyone with whom he came in contact. He is survived by his parents, one brother, W. H. Abbott, a member of the firm of Hadley, Hadley & Abbott, and two sisters, Miss Nellie H. and Miss Florence H. Abbott, all being residents of Bellingham. Mr. Abbott came with his parents to this city fourteen years ago.
(From The Morning Reveille, January 12, 1909) Submitted by site coordinator.

ADAMS, Charles (d. 1925)

WAR VETERAN DIES
Charles Adams, Civil War veteran with twenty years of residence in Bellingham, and former member of J. B. Steedman post, G. A. R., passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ida Field, in Fergus Falls, Minn., Tuesday morning, according to word received here. Death claimed the veteran in his 81st year, after an illness of about a week. Frank Adams, a son, of this city, was at his father's bedside when he died. Mr. Adams, who was predeceased by Mrs. Adams here about two years ago, had since made his home with Mrs. Field at Fergus Falls. Three daughters, Mrs. Field, Mrs. LeRoy Swartwood, of Waldron island, and Mrs. Mathew Mark, of this city, survive with two sons, Frank and Alfred, both of this city, and eleven grandchildren. The body will arrive in Bellingham Saturday, accompanied by Frank Adams. Funeral services will be conducted from the Homer Mark chapel on Elk street Sunday afternoon, the hour to be announced later. Interment will follow at Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 10, 1925) Submitted by site coordinator.

ADAMS, Elijah M. (d. 1926)

E. M. Adams, Blaine Pioneer Passes in Bellingham
E. M. Adams, for many years a resident of Blaine up to about 18 years ago, passed away Sunday evening in a Bellingham hospital. Funeral services will be held in Bellingham next Sunday, Oct. 17th. The surviving relatives are his widow, Mrs. Caroline Adams, Bellingham, a son, V. G. Adams of Cleveland, O., two daughters, Mrs. Portia Ortwein of Maple Falls, and Mrs. Daphne Lund of Seattle, three brothers, George Adams of Vancouver, Wash., John Quincy Adams of Kansas, and Elisha Adams of Oregon.

Deceased came to the coast in 1884, driving a photographer's wagon from Kansas. He slashed 20 acres of what is now the site of Blaine and was a charter member of Blaine lodge No. 80, I. O. O. F. After leaving Blaine he was state factory inspector for seven years.
(From The Blaine Journal-Press, October 14, 1926) Submitted by site coordinator.
(The Bellingham Herald of October 11, 1926 adds that his name was Elijah Madison Adams; that he transferred from Olive Branch lodge in Seattle in 1890; that he was born in Versailles, IL; a grandson, Gustav Albert Lund, jr., was a survivor and that he operated the first photographer's gallery on Bellingham bay.)

ADAMS, Jack (d. 1904)

BOY DROWNED LAST FRIDAY
Young Jack Adams Drowned While Swimming With a Companion in the Micklemkl Last Friday -- Body Not Recovered Till Monday
A sad accident occurred across the line last Friday. Young Jack Adams, son of James Adams of Elgin, B. C., together with Charley Martin were swimming in the Micklemkl. Jack Adams got into the channel and was drowned. He could not swim and the Martin boy seemed to be so scared he could not help the drowning boy. The boys were alone at the time Jack Adams body disappeared and was not found till Monday. His companion became so frightened that he seemed distracted. He took the drowned boy's clothing and concealed it near the scene of the accident. Then he went to the nearest house and told them that there was a boy drowned in the river but that he did not know his name. He repeated this falsehood to several others. The clothes of Jack Adams were afterwards discovered by a searching party and the body came to the surface Monday. The funeral was Tuesday morning and the interment at Blaine cemetery. Jack Adams was about fifteen years of age and a good trustworthy boy.
(From The Blaine Journal, May 27, 1904)Submitted by Hugh Adams

ADAMS, James H. (d. 1940)

The death of James Henry Adams, 72, of Adna occurred this morning in a Centralia hospital. Seven children, 11 grandchildren, two brothers and a sister survive. The children are Frank Adams, Blaine; J. R., Centralia; Taylor, Kamloops, B. C.; Walter, Bellingham; Mrs. Dora Conn, Vancouver, B. C.; Mrs. Peal Bourne and Mrs. Bess Mord, New Westminster, B. C. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p. m. at Newell-Hoerling chapel, Rev. A. D. Bruce officiating. Graveside services will be held at Blaine Saturday at 2 p. m.
(From The Centralia Chronicle, May 1, 1940) Submitted by Hugh Adams

ADAMS, Josephine (d. 1928)

Mother of Eugene M. Adams, Former Councilman, Dies.
Following an illness of a few weeks, Mrs. Josephine Benson Adams died Friday evening, aged 86 years. She was the mother of Eugene M. Adams, of Kelso, for many years a South Bellingham merchant and former member of the Bellingham City Council. Christian Science services will be held at the Harlow mortuary Monday at 1:30 p. m. Interment will follow in Bay View cemetery beside the body of the husband, who died about twenty years ago. Mrs. Adams was born in Gasport, Niagara county, New York, November 15, 1842. She came West in 1900 to make her home in what was then Fairhaven and has spent most of her life since then in Whatcom county, making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Arthur Carter, at North Bellingham, at the time of her death. She leaves to mourn her loss three daughters, Mrs. Mary Wilson Warsing, of Lynden; Mrs. Cora B. Gibson, of Salem, Ore., Mrs. Charlotte Carter and one son, Eugene M. Adams, of Kelso.
(From The Bellingham Herald, December 15, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.

ADAMS, Lucy A. (d. 1927)

Funeral services for Mrs. Lucy Ann Adams will be held here Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the E. E. Purdy & Sons' chapel. The Rev. T. H. Torgerson, of the Methodist church will officiate. Mrs. Adams was 58 years of age and passed away at her home in White Rock, B. C. on Wednesday, December 28. She had resided at that place for the past seven years. Surviving are her husband, J. H. Adams and seven children; four sons, Frank of Vancouver, B. C.; Robert of Centralia; Taylor and Walter at home; three daughters, Miss Pearl Adams of Kamloops; Mrs. Dora Conn of Vancouver, B. C., and Miss Bessie Adams at home. Many floral offerings will be sent to the chapel and interment will be made in Blaine cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald; Special to The Herald, Blaine, Dec. 30.) Submitted by Hugh Adams

ADAMS, Warren G. (d. 1909)

Warren Gates Adams, aged 61? years, a resident of this city for nineteen years, died at the residence, 1313 Humboldt Street, this morning at 5 o'clock after an extended illness. He came here with his wife from Darian, Wis. Mr. Adams is survived by his wife, who lies in this city, also his mother, a resident of Darian, Wis., who has reached the age of 92 years, and two sisters, Ellen S. Blakely, who resides with her mother, and Adelaine Weaver, whose home is at Aberdeen, Wash. The body of Mr. Adams lies at the reception parlor of W. H. Mock & Sons, in the Maple Block. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
(The American Reveille, January 20, 1909) Copied by Merrily Lawson.

ADKINS, Christine B. (d. 1943)

Christine B. Adkins, aged 66 years, residence Leopold Hotel, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Helen Johnson, Mount Vernon, Wash., Monday, June 15, following a lingering illness. Mrs. Adkins had been a resident of Bellingham for the past forty years, was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran church and of the Holly Rebekah Lodge, No. 153. Surviving relatives include two sons and two daughters, Marian B., at Blanchard; Harry M., in Alaska; Mrs. Florence St. John, Bellingham, and Mrs. Helen Johnson, Mount Vernon; three sisters, Mrs. Helen Noggle, Anacortes, Mrs. Ida Haggen, Bellingham and Miss Elizabeth Hovland, Chehalis, Wash.; one brother, Chris Hovland, Iron Mountain, Mich.; also six grandchildren. The remains are resting at the Bingham-Dahlquist Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon, June 22 at 2 o'clock, with Rev. James M. Wilson, officiating. Interment will follow in Bay View Cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 17, 1943)

AHARENDT, Margaret (d. 1925)

AHRENS, Claus H. (d. 1907)

Clause (sic) H. Ahrens, aged 62 years, a veteran of the Civil war, died at his residence in Marietta at an early hour Monday morning of chronic nephritis. Mr. Ahrens is survived by his widow, two daughters, Miss Annie Ahrens, of Tacoma, and Mrs. Rose Reed, of Marietta, and two sons, Lester Ahrens, of Linwood, Minn., and Arthur Ahrens, of Marietta. Mr. Ahrens had been a resident of this county for six years. He served as a private in Company A, Thirty-ninth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, holding his membership in Sheridan Post No. 44, of Tacoma. Funeral services will be conducted at the late home of the deceased tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock under the auspices of J. B. Steedman Post No. 24, G.A.R., of this city. The interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery, near Ferndale, under the direction of W. H. Mock & Sons.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 26, 1907), Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

AHRENS, John (d. 1917)

John Ahrens, a pioneer of West Delta passed away very suddenly of apoplexy Saturday morning, at his home while at work. He leaves to mourn his loss, a wife, and daughter, Mrs. Frank Lipps, a granddaughter, Mrs. Bruce Shippe and a son-in-law, Frank Weidkamp. Funeral services were held at his home Sunday and interment made at the Blaine cemetery.
(From The Lynden Tribune, West Delta section, July 22, 1917) Submitted by site coordinator.

AHRENS, Marietta (d. 1927)

MARIETTA AHRENS, 80, MEMBER OF CHURCH and RELIEF CORPS, SUMMONED
Mrs. Marietta Ahrens, 80, a life member of Phil H. Sheridan Relief Corps No. 88, of Tacoma, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Rose Reed, R. D. 2, Lynden, where she had resided about one month. She also was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church in Kankakee, Ill. Mrs. Ahrens had lived in this state 27 years, most of the time at Tacoma. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Anna Hand, of Tacoma; two sons, Lonnis and Arthur, Tacoma; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Mark mortuary, with the Rev. Charles MacCaughey officiating. The local Women's Relief corps will give its ritual. Interment will follow in Woodlawn cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 12, 1927), Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

AITKEN, John (d. 1907)

WHATCOM PIONEER PASSES TO REST
John Aitken of Enterprise, Succumbs to Apoplexy.
(Special to The Herald.) Ferndale, Wash., August 9.-- John Aitken, of Enterprise, died this morning, aged 65 years, following an attack of apoplexy. Mr. Aitken was one of the pioneers of Whatcom county, having spent twenty-six years in and near Ferndale, emigrating while a young man to Pennsylvania, later to Quincy, Ills., and thence to Washington. He was an organmaker by trade. The deceased leaves a widow, son and three daughters, Mrs. A. S. Wilson, of Bellingham; James Aitken, Mountain View; and Mrs. A. A. Baker, Ferndale, and Miss Effie Aitken, of this city.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 9, 1907) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

AKIN, Lewis (d. 1914)

Lewis Akin, aged 78 years, passed away at his home, 816 Twenty-first street, Tuesday, July 21, after a very serious illness of more than two years. Mr. Akin has resided in Bellingham for seven years, coming here with his family from St. Cloud, Minn. Mr. Akin was a member of the G.A.R., Sedgwick post No. 52, of Mount Ciello, Minn. He enlisted at Toledo, O., on the 22d day of August, 1864, regular 182, Company B. Mr. Akin leaves to mourn his loss his widow, Mrs. Mary Akin; four sons, William Akin, of Yellow Pine, Ala.; John Akin, of this city; Frank Akin, of this city; Jasper Akin, of this city; one daughter, Mrs. Emma Powmall, of Monroe, Wash., and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the chapel of Arthur C. Harlow, 1051-1055 Elk street, Thursday at 1:45 p.m., the Rev. James Wilson officiating. The funeral car will leave from Twenty-first street and Harris avenue at 1:15, conveying the family and friends to the chapel. The pallbearers are as follows: Jacob Jenkins, George H. Ames, D. L. Hopkins, Z. Worden, E. M. Day and Birney Shaw.
(From The Bellingham Herald, July 22, 1914) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

AKIN, Mary (d. 1927)

With the Rev. James M. Wilson officiating, funeral rites will be spoken at the Homer Mark mortuary Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. for Mrs. Mary Akin, who died Monday afternoon, aged 80, after a residence of twenty years in Bellingham. Interment will occur in Bay View cemetery beside the remains of her husband, who died thirteen years ago. Surviving relatives are three sons, John N. Jasper L., and Frank L. Akin, Bellingham; one daughter, Mrs. Emma Murphy, Mountain View; one brother, Jasper Whitesol, Crawfordsville, Ind.; one sister, Mrs. Martha Handy, Lawrenceburg, Ind.; one sister, Mrs. Martha Handy, Tenn., and seven grandchildren. Mrs. Akin was the widow of a Civil war veteran and was a member of the G.A.R. at Monticello, Minn. Pallbearers at the services will be H. Richcreek, Austin Stravahay, Normal Hines, Oscar Johnson, Axel Johnson, Johnny Wilson.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 14, 1927) Submitted by Merrily Lawson

ALBRECHT, Fred (d. 1925)

SUMAS, July 18 - Fred Albrecht, for the past thirteen years a resident of Everson and vicinity, passed away at the state hospital at Sedro-Woolley on Thursday, July 16, at the age of 75 years. J. C. Gillies of Sumas was called to take charge and the body was brought to the Gillies mortuary home, where it will rest until Sunday, when services will be held at 3 o'clock, with the Rev. F. M. L. Nitz of Bellingham officiating. Interment will be made at the Nooksack cemetery. Mr. Albrecht is survived by his wife, four daughters, Mrs. G. B. King, now on her way here from her home in Moccasin, Mont.; Mrs. J. H. Shoop of Lynden, Mrs. Chancie Fletcher and Mrs. Edward P. Jones, both of Everson; two sons, Henry and William of Amherst, Neb.; a stepson, Lewis Strandt of Everson; two brothers who reside in the East, and fourteen grandchildren.
(From The Bellingham Herald, July 18, 1925) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALDRICH, Chester (d. 1943)

Chester Aldrich, aged 46 years, beloved husband of Mrs. Ruth Aldrich, 162 Lakeview Avenue, passed away at a local hospital, Wednesday, June 16, after an illness of five weeks. Mr. Aldrich had spent almost his entire life in Bellingham, was a member of the First Christian Church and was employed as vulcanizer for Pearson Auto Repair. Besides the widow and a host of friends he leaves to survive one son, William Clair and one daughter, Virginia, both at home; his parents, Mr. & Mrs. F. W. Aldrich, of Bellingham; one brother, Frank Jr., of Everett, and one sister, Mrs. Ethel Brown, of Bellingham; also numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mr. Aldrich will be held at the Bingham-Dahlquist Funeral Home, Saturday, June 19 at 1:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. Ray S. Wagoner, pastor of the First Christian Church. Cremation.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 17, 1943)

ALEXANDER, Annie (d. 1943)

A resident here the past forty years, Annie Alexander, aged 86 years, of 2101 Alabama street, passed away at a local hospital Monday. She was a member of the Eureka Methodist church and the Women's Relief Corps. Surviving are a son, Roy, at Seattle, and one daughter, Mrs. Lora C. Foster, of Corvallis, Ore., tow grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Frank R. Gillett, assisted by the Women's Relief Corps, Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Harlow-Hollingsworth funeral home. Interment will follow in Greenacres Memorial Park.
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 5, 1943) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALEXANDER, Foster D. (d. 1900)

Last Tuesday morning, F. D. Alexander, a prominent business man of Whatcom and a brother of former county attorney G. V. Alexander was found dead in his room in New Whatcom by Norman Tucker, superintendent of the street car line. An examination showed that the gas jet feeding a small stove which the deceased had there had been left open and the death was caused by suffocation. He was well known throughout the county having for years been engaged in the real estate and insurance business and later in the shingle industry. No object could be found for suicide as his accounts were straight at the bank, although the manner of his death would lead to that conclusion. No inquest was held over his remains after in investigation by the coroner. The funeral will take place today.
(From The Blaine Journal, July 27, 1900) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALEXANDER, Frederick A. (d. 1933)

VETERAN IS CALLED
A few hours after he was to have given an address at the Memorial day exercises at Bay View cemetery Tuesday afternoon, Frederick A. Alexander, retired furniture dealer, who served four years and nine months in the Civil war as a member of the Eighteenth New York cavalry, died Tuesday, died Tuesday evening at his home, 2101 Alabama street. He was 86 years of age and had lived here thirty years. He retired twelve years ago. Mr. Alexander was a member of the Eureka M. E. church and was a past commander of J. B. Steedman post No. 24, G. A. R., filling the post of commander four times and holding other offices in the organization. When he died he was officer of the day. He had been ill a month. Mr. Alexander was so eager to enlist in the Civil war that he ran away from his home in Watertown, New York, to do so. He was wounded once, a bullet leaving a scar beneath his right ear. Relatives surviving are the widow, Mrs. Annie Alexander; one son, Roy Alexander, Bellingham, and a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Foster, Corvallis, Ore. Funeral announcements will be made by the Harlow-Hollingsworth funeral home.
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 31, 1933) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALFRED, Stella (d. 1908)

Stella Alfred, wife of William H. Alfred, whose home is at 1220 Ellis Street, this city, died in a Seattle Hospital Monday from shock following an operation. Mrs. Alfred had been in Seattle about one week under medical treatment. Mr. Alfred was called to Seattle last night, being advised of the serious condition of his wife. The body was accompanied to Bellingham last evening by Mr. Alfred, and the funeral will be conducted at the chapel of W. H. Mock & Sons, 1055 Elk Street, this forenoon at 10 o'clock. Rev. James A. Sutton, pastor of the Fairhaven Methodist Episcopal Church, will be the officiating clergyman. Interment is to be made in Bay View cemetery.
(From The American Reveille, June 10, 1908) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALFS, John F. (d. 1921)

Chairman of Lummi Island Township Board Summoned.
BEACH, Feb. 18. - John F. Alfs, a resident of Lummi Island for the past seventeen years and formerly propriety of a hotel in Fairhaven, passed away at his home near here last night after a lingering illness of nearly a year. Cancer of the stomach was the cause of death. Mr. Alfs was one of the best known men on the island and at the time of death was chairman of the township board of supervisors. Deceased is survived by his widow, two sons, Herman and Emil, and one daughter, Mrs. Mattie Granger, all of whom live on the island. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Beach Congregational church. Bellingham friends who want to attend the funeral can arrive at the funeral in time by taking the 12 o'clock steamer from the Citizens dock. Burial will take place in the Lummi island cemetery, under Arthur C. Harlow's direction. Mr. Alfs was 74 years of age.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 18, 1921) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALLEN, Arthur H. (d. 1934)

The death of Arthur Herbert Allen of this city, in the Provident Hospital in Seattle on Wednesday evening of last week, came as a great shock to the entire community. Mr. and Mrs. Allen had left the Saturday evening before by auto to spend over Sunday and celebrate the wedding anniversary of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Tolford, of that city, on Monday. Mr. Allen was taken suddenly ill on Wednesday morning, and taken to the hospital where he later died of a hemorrhage of the stomach. Arthur Allen was a man of sterling qualities, a good friend and a neighbor--always cheerful and he having lived here for the past 34 years, had a large circle of friends in this city and vicinity. He built the house on Cherry street where his family had made their home. For a number of years, Mr. Allen was in the picture show business in Blaine, operating the Crystal Theatre on Martin street. Of late years, he had a paint and paper shop and was an interior decorator at the time of his death.

Funeral services were held from the Purdy Chapel on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock with his nephew, the Rev. R. J. Allen of Seattle, officiating. Favorite hymns "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In The Garden" were rendered by Mrs. Ninna Stevens who played her own accompaniment. Arthur Herbert Allen was born in Algona, Iowa, June 22nd, 1875 and is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ida Allen, a son, Arthur G. Allen of Auburn, Washington, and a daughter, Mrs. H. J. Tolford, of Seattle, and three grandchildren. There are two brothers, Frank Allen of Tolt, Wn., and George Allen, of Tacoma, Wn., and a sister, Mrs. Nancy Rohrbecker of Multnomah county, Oregon, and a number of nephews and nieces. Pallbearers were old friends, L. A. VanLuven, J. W. Webster, Carl Kruse, James A. Willison, A. J. White and Carl Avila. Many beautiful flowers were sent to the chapel and twenty or more cars followed the hearse to the Blaine cemetery where burial was made in the family plot. Sympathy of the entire community is extended to the family at this time.
(From The Blaine Journal, October 4, 1934) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

ALLEN, Caroline (d. 1987)

Caroline Emma Allen, 77, previously a Bellingham resident, died Thursday in Forks of coronary artery disease. Born Feb. 21, 1910, in Mission City, B. C., she lived in Bellingham 40 years before moving to Forks four years ago. She was a homemaker who enjoyed needlework. Her husband preceded her in death in 1973. Survivors include a sister, Evelyn Mason of Bellingham; a brother, Harold Thomas of Everett; two sons, Gordon Allen of Forks and Warren Allen of Mount Vernon; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephew. Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Bayview Cemetery in Bellingham with arrangements by Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel of Port Angeles. Memorial contributions may be made to Long Term Care Unit, Forks Community Hospital, Rural Route 3, Box 3575, Forks WA 98331
Submitted by Debbie deHoog

ALLEN, Clinton W. (d. 1932)

Clinton W. Allen, aged 71 years, beloved husband of Alberta Allen, passed away at his home, Route No. 3, Bellingham, Sunday afternoon, July 24, after a short illness. Mr. Allen had been a resident of Whatcom county for the past twenty-seven years, and leaves many friends to mourn his passing. Other survivors are: two sons, Sidney Allen, at the family home, and Elmer Allen, of Everett; three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Whipple, of Route No. 3, city; Mrs. Carrie Freeman, of Bellingham, and Madge Allen, at the family home; three brothers, Alvin Allen, of Maple Falls, Wash.; Wm. Allen, of Blaine, and John Allen of Sardis, B. C.; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Taylor, of Sumas, and Mrs. May Plunkett, of Corvallis, Ore.; and eight grandchildren. The remains are resting at the Harlow-Hollingsworth funeral home, where funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon, July 26, at 1:30 o'clock, with the Rev. James M. Wilson, pastor of St. James Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment will be made in a local cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, July 25, 1932) Submitted by Debbie deHoog

ALLEN, George W. L. (d. 1903)

Ex-Sheriff, George W. L. Allen Dies at Samish Island After a Long Illness.
Wednesday of this week the news of the death of George Washington Lafayette Allen was brought to his daughter, Mrs. J. P. Jones of Semiahmoo. Mr. Allen died at Edison, Skagit county on Tuesday May 12 after a protracted illness. He was one of the honored pioneers of this county, having held the office of sheriff of Whatcom county for ten years. His home has been of late years at Edison, Samish Island. His children are Mrs. J. P. Jones of our city, Mrs. L. L. Andrews LaConner, Mrs. Kate E. Gray Seattle, Mrs. Marie Feman Seattle, Mrs. Alice M. C. L Jordinson Spokane, Mrs. Carrie E. Johnson Portland, Ore., George L. Allen Seattle. He was seventy-five years old at the time of his death. Mrs. J. P. Jones left on the Monday morning train to attend the funeral.
(From The Blaine Journal, May 15, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALLEN, James W. (d. 1907)

APOPLEXY CAUSES THE DEATH OF J. W. ALLEN
Well Known Citizen of Bellingham Passes Away After Illness of Only Two Hours.
James W. Allen, a well known citizen of this city, died at the family residence, 1333 Grant Street, last evening at 6 o'clock at the age of 58 years, death being due to a stoke of apoplexy, which occurred about two hours before. Allen came to this city with his family seventeen years ago from the state of Michigan. He is survived by his wife, who was at his bedside when the end came, and one daughter, Mrs. Clifford S. Roray, wife of a prominent shingle manufacturer of Skagit County. Allen was prominent in fraternal circles, being a member of Bellingham Bay Lodge, No. 44, F. & A. M., Bellingham Bay Court, No. 1957, Independent Order of Foresters and the local lodge of Yeomen. The body lies at the residence. The funeral arrangements are to be announced later.
(From The Morning Reveille, October 22, 1907) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALLEN, Lucas P. (d. 1911)

At one of the local hospitals on Sunday afternoon, July 16, at 5 o'clock, Mr. Lucas P. Allen, aged 34 years and 4 months. Mr. Allen has been a resident of this city for some time, having been employed at the Loggie Milling company. His death was a very sudden one, having been sick only three days with acute dilation of the heart. His home was in Wetzville, (sic) Mo., where his mother now resides. His brother, C. L. Allen, of Tacoma, arrived in the city today and made arrangements with Mock & Hill to have the body shipped to Seattle tomorrow for cremation.
(From the Bellingham Herald, Tuesday, 18 Jul 1911) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

ALLEN, Lydia C. (d. 1912)

Lydia Comfort Allen, aged 64 years, widow of the late William Allen, a pioneer of Whatcom county, passed away at the family home at Laurel, this county, last night at 12 o'clock, after an extended illness. Mrs. Allen came to Whatcom county with her family more than twenty four years ago from Fannin county Texas. She was a member of the Laurel Methodist Episcopal church, and is survived by three sons, George Allen, of Laurel; William M. Allen, of Wilcox, Wash., and Levi Allen, of Grangeville, Idaho, and three daughters, Mrs. A. J. Schwarz, of Grangeville, Idaho; Mrs. Laura Atkinson, of Laurel, and Mrs. Charles Hess, whose home is near this city. One brother, James M. Mullins, of Shelbyville, Tenn., also survives Mrs. Allen. Funeral services will be conducted at the Laurel Methodist Episcopal church Wednesday forenoon at 10 o'clock, the Rev. Charles R. Boree, of the Bellingham Gospel Mission, officiating. Interment is to be made in the Woodlawn cemetery under the direction of Mock & Hill, the local funeral directors.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 2, 1912) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALLEN, Martha A. (d. 1948)

Martha Alberta Allen, age 76, of 1919 Iron Street, passed away in a local hospital Sunday, November 21. Mrs. Allen had been a resident of this community for the past 30 years and leaves to survive, her husband, Alvin R., at home; three daughters, Mrs. Carrie Freeman, Mrs. Hazel Whipple and Mrs. Madge Davatz, all of Bellingham; two sons, Elmer, of Everett, and Sidney, of Vancouver, Wash.; three step-daughters and one step-son; one sister, Mrs. Bessie Dougherty, of Hood River, Ore., and one brother, Sidney Ott, of Vancouver, Wash.; also numerous nieces and nephews. The remains are at the funeral home of Harlow-Hollingsworth where services will be conducted by the Rev. James M. Wilson on Wednesday, November 24, at 1 p. m. Final resting place, Woodlawn.
(From The Bellingham Herald, November 22, 1948) Submitted by Debbie deHoog

ALLEN, Mary J. (d. 1908)

The friends and neighbors of Grandma Allen were shocked to learn of her death, which occurred suddenly Friday morning of last week from heart disease, from which she has long been a sufferer. She has not been in good health for a long period, but her death was not looked for and came as a shock to those who were aware of her condition. Funeral services were held at the house on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and the interment made in the Blaine cemetery. A large number of old friends and acquaintances paid their respects to the deceased on the occasion of her burial.

Mary Jane McConnell was born in Scotland July 6, 1840. She came to this country with her parents when a small child and settled in Columbus, Wis., where she spent her girlhood days and was married to George A. Allen, who died about 15 years ago in San Jose, Cal. Of this union eight children were born, all of whom were present at her funeral except two, who died in their infancy. After the civil war, in which her husband served, they moved to their new home in Algoona, Iowa, and in 1891 Mrs. Allen moved to the Pacific coast and settled in Blaine, where she has resided since. The surviving children are as follows: Mrs. Nancy E. Nash of Bellingham, Mrs. Etta Hackman of Portland, Or., Frank E. Allen of Kirkland, Wash., Robert J. Allen of Seattle, and Arthur H. and George M. Allen of this city, who are left to mourn a kind and loving mother.
(From The Blaine Journal, September 4, 1908) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALLEN, Solomon (d. 1895)

Though not unexpected, the death of Solomon Allen of this place, which occurred on Wednesday evening last, was a severe shock to his many friends and neighbors. As is well known, Mr. Allen was the father and founder of our little berg. He was a greatly respected gentleman and by his generous deeds and many noble traits endeared himself to those who knew him. Mr. Allen was born in Lafayette, Randolph county, Illinois in 1827. After the Mexican war, of which he was a veteran, he emigrated to California. During the Frazer river excitement in 1858 he went to the Caribou gold fields, and a few years later was married. there. After his marriage he came to Whatcom and selected the ground which has been his home ever since. After fifteen years ago he had that portion of his land which is now the village of Marietta surveyed and platted and named after his only daughter, who died some years ago. Mr. Allen leaves behind him a widow and five sons, three of whom are married. The funeral, last Friday was attended by dozens of Pioneers, and a great number of his other friends. Rev. J. B. Boulet, of whose church the deceased was a devout member, officiated, and in a few well chosen words spoke of his charitable and noble character. To the grief-stricken widow and sons we join their numerous other friends in extending our deepest and heartfelt sympathy.
(From The Bellingham Bay Reveille, February 1, 1895) Submitted by Donna Sand

ALLEN, Sterling J. (d. 1983)

Sterling Allen, age 60 of 8537 While Road, Blaine passed away Wednesday, February 2, 1983 in a local hospital. He was a Veteran of WW II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War. He was a Chief Warrant Officer in the Army, was a member of the Elks Lodge of Mt. Vernon. Those wishing may make memorials to the Cancer Fund or to Hospice. He leaves to survive his wife, Laura; 2 sons, Robert S. Allen of Kansas City, Missouri; Richard R. Allen of Blaine; 1 daughter, Mary Allen Claycomb of St. Louis, Missouri; 3 sisters, Evelyn Behme of Bellingham; Bernice Lindal of Blaine; Helen Walser of Marysville; 1 granddaughter, Jennifer Lee Claycomb of St. Louis, Missouri. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 7 at 3 p.m. in the Jerns-McKinney Funeral Chapel, Blaine with interment to follow in Enterprise Cemetery. Submitted by Dianne Bird

ALLEN, Vernon (d. 1928)

Blaine Man victim of Accident near Everett.
Vernon J. Allen, 19, Fatally Injured When Caught Between Donkey Engine Drums

(Special to the Herald.)
Blaine, March 12 - Vernon J. Allen, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Allen of California Creek, south of Blaine, was fatally injured this morning at the Morrison & Allen Logging camp at Robe, twenty-two miles northeast of Everett. He was caught between the drums of a donkey engine while supervising the winding of a cable. Allen died on the way to the Everett hospital. The body was shipped to Blaine and E. Purdy & Sons will make the final announcements.
Submitted by Dianne Bird

ALLEN, William (d. 1905)

William Allen, age 69 years, died at St. Luke's hospital yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, senile decay being the cause of death. Mr. Allen has been a resident of Whatcom county for seventeen years, living on a farm near Laurel. He was a veteran of the War of the Rebellion, serving with the Confederate forces. A wife, four sons and three daughters survive him, all being residents of this county with the exception of one son, who lives in Klickitat county, this state. Mr. Allen was a member of Bellingham Bay Lodge No. 31, I. O. O. F. This order will have charge of his funeral, the arrangements for which has not been completed. The body lies at the private receiving rooms of W. H. Mock & Sons. The time of the funeral will be announced later.
(From The Bellingham Reveille, September 8, 1905) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALLEN, William E. (d. 1970)

William "Babe" Edwin Allen, 57, of 4731 Carlton Road, died March 7 at his home. Mr. Allen was born October 7, 1912, in Blaine and lived in Bellingham for 10 years. He attended school in Custer, Wash. He had been a resident of Everett for the past 20 years and had been employed as a machine operator for the Great Northern Railroad for 22 years. He was a member of the Maintenance of Way Union No. 1426 and Everett Aerie No. 13, FOE. He leaves his wife Cecille at home; one daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Cummins of Bellevue; one brother, Sterling J. Allen of Leavenworth, Kansas; three sisters, Mrs. Bernice Lindal of Blaine, Mrs. Donald (Helen) Walser of Edmonds, and Mrs. Evelyn Behme of Bellingham; and three grandchildren. Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home of Purdy and Walters. Private cremation and interment will follow at View Crest Abbey. Submitted by Dianne Bird

ALLEN, William R. (d. 1950)

Long time resident of Blaine and well known logger, William R. (Bill) Allen, 76, of Route 2, Blaine, died at a local hospital Sunday, following a lingering illness. Mr. Allen had started in the logging business in 1890, following it most of his life. He made several improvements and inventions connected with the industry. He spent several years in Nome, Alaska, working for the Laman Reindeer company and the government. He served four years as foreman for the Whatcom county road department, during which time he was superintendent of the "Mine to Market road" at Ruby dam. Funeral arrangements are pending at the McKinney funeral home in Blaine. Surviving relatives include four daughters, Mrs. Bessie Freeman, Blaine; Mrs. Evelyn Behme and Mrs. Helen Walser, both of Bellingham, and Mrs. Bernice Lindal, Custer; three sons, Tom, of Glendale, Calif., William E., of Bellingham, and Sterling, Blaine; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A brother, Alvin, of Bellingham; and a sister, Mrs. Rose Plunkett, of Portland, Ore. also survive.
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 15, 1950) Submitted by Debbie deHoog

ALLEN, Willis C. (d. 1901)

ALLISON, Alexander D. (d. 1909)

Funeral services for the late Alexander Dowd Allison, the well known pioneer of South Bellingham, whose sudden death occurred at his home on the Lake Samish road Monday afternoon, will be conducted at the chapel of W. H. Mock & Sons, 1015 Elk street, Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock under the auspices of C. R. Apperson post No. 50 Grand Army of the Republic, to which Mr. Allison belonged. The Rev. Edward J. Smith, pastor of the Fairhaven Methodist Episcopal church, will be the officiating clergyman. Upon conclusion of the services at the chapel the body will be shipped to Tacoma, where interment will take place in the family burial plot. Numerous relatives of Mr. Allison will accompany his body to Tacoma. All veterans of the Civil War, especially members of C. R. Apperson post, have been requested to attend the funeral. Mr. Allison is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sonia Allison; four sons, Alexander and Harry L. Allison, of South Prairie, Wash.; John C. and Benjamin F. Allison, of this city, and two daughters, Mrs. J. R. Ewing, who resides on the Lake Samish road, and Mrs. William Hilby, of Tacoma, Wash. There are also two sisters, Mrs. J. A. Vance and Mrs. H. B. Blake, and two brothers, Benjamin F. and Joseph M. Allison, all residents of Tacoma.
(From The Bellingham Herald, November 10, 1909) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

ALLOWAY, John (d. 1936)

Aged 91 years, John Alloway, 2439 Orleans street, died at a local hospital Tuesday evening, after a year's illness. He had lived here thirty-eight years and attended the Free Methodist church, whose pastor, Rev. L. W. Northup, will officiate at the funeral services, which will be held at the Homer Mark chapel, Thursday at 2 p. m. Burial will follow in Bay View cemetery. Mr. Alloway is survived by three sons, Robert C. and Al G. Alloway, Spokane, and Lester L. Alloway, Portland, Ore.; two daughters, Mrs. Nora L. Hubbard, Hayward, Calif., and Miss Alice Alloway, Bellingham; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth White, North Liberty, Iowa, and Mrs. Susan McLain, Harrisburg, Penn.; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
(From The Bellingham Herald, October 7, 1936) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALSTIEN/ALSTEIN, Frances (d. 1943)

Frances Alstien, aged 62 years, passed away at a local hospital Monday, June 14. Mrs. Alstien resided at 1301 W. Holly and had been a resident here for thirty years. Deceased was a member of the Royal Neighbors and leaves the following survivors: her husband, William at home; three sisters, Mrs. J. H. Kindall, Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Mrs. J. J. Toone, Oakland, Calif., and Mrs. C. C. Caps, Bellingham. The remains are at the funeral home of Harlow-Hollingsworth where services will be conducted Friday, June 18 at 3 p. m. by the Rev. William J. Holland. Cremation.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 17, 1943)

ALSOP, Robert V. (d. 1929)

Robert V. Alsop, a salesman at the Pelican cigar store and a Bellingham resident thirty-nine years, died suddenly at his home, 818 Fourteenth street, early today. The cause of death apparently was heart trouble. He complained early Sunday evening that he did not feel well. Alsop, who was 56 years of age, was the brother of J. H. Alsop, Samuel M. Alsop and Miss Nellie Alsop, Bellingham, and of Arthur Alsop, Burbank, Cal. Other survivors are an uncle Joseph Alsop, city, and nineteen nieces and nephews. Homer Mark will make the funeral announcements.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 26, 1929) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALTMAN, Homer E. (d. 1937)

H. E. Altman, founder of the commercial filbert industry in this county, and a long time resident of the Nooksack district, died suddenly Tuesday morning at his home south of Nooksack. Mr. Altman has lived in the Nooksack district since 1910, coming here from Agate Bay, Lake Whatcom. For several years he was publisher of the Nooksack reporter. Later he acquired the Olin farm where he has since made his home. In 1925 he introduced the commercial growing of filberts in the county. Prior to that time he was a noted berry and poultry raiser. Surviving relatives are his widow, a son, Willard H., who will carry on the filbert industry, a daughter, Mrs. E. K. Mott of Seattle; a brother E. A. Altman of Bellingham; two sisters and a brother in Ohio, and one grandchild. Funeral services were conducted from the Gillies' chapel in Sumas and interment was in the family plot at the Nooksack cemetery.
(From The Deming Prospector, August 6, 1937) Submitted by site coordinator.

ALVERSON, David (d. 1908)

PIONEER DRUGGIST DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS
David Alverson, proprietor of the Alverson Drug Company's store, South Bellingham, died at the family residence, 531 Forest Street, Sunday night at 10 p. m., death coming very suddenly and without warning. Mr. Alverson suffered a paralytic stroke about one year ago and had never recovered from its effects, being confined to his home the greater part of the time. His condition had become improved and he was able, with assistance, to visit his place of business. He was unusually cheerful Sunday, entertaining a friend at his home, and apparently enjoying life. He retired at 8 o'clock and about 10 o'clock Mr. Alverson, who was in an adjoining room, heard her husband gasping and hurried to his side. A physician was hastily called but Mr. Alverson had passed away before the arrived. Cerebral apoplexy was given as the cause of death.

Mr. Alverson was born at Saline, Mich., March 21, 1842. He was a veteran of the Civil war, having served in Company G, Seventh Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He came with his family to this city from Earlham, Ia., in 1891, opening up a drug store in what was formerly Fairhaven, soon after arriving here. Mr. Alverson is survived by his widow Mrs. Carrie Alverson, who is engaged in the millinery business on West Holly Street, also two brothers, Emmett Alverson, of Spokane, Wash., and Emory Alverson, a resident of Alma, Mich., and three sisters, Mrs. Ellen Track, Bakersfield, Cal.; Mrs. H. H. Sheldon, Victor, Ia., and Mrs. Mary Welch, of Spokane, Wash., who has been living at he home of her brother since the death of her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Tarbox, who died in this city about four months ago. Mr. Alverson was a member and past post commander of C. R. Apperson Post No. 59, Grand Army of the Republic, of South Bellingham, also a member of Fairhaven lodge No. 79, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Fairhaven lodge No. 115, of Rebekahs. He served on the Fairhaven board of education nine years, retiring just prior to consolidation. The body lies at the private reception room of W. H. Mock & Sons, in the Maple Block. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
(From The Morning Reveille, December 22, 1908) Submitted by site coordinator.

AMES, George H. (d. 1922)

George H. Ames, once treasurer of the city of Fairhaven and for thirty years or longer a resident of Bellingham, died in Seattle Sunday at 1 a. m. at the age of 79 years. Mr. Ames had lived in that city about a year. He was a veteran of the civil war and was a member of the C. R. Apperson post and the Ladies of the G. A. R. on the South Side. One of his sons, Walcott is a captain in the American army, receiving that commission in the world war. He is now serving in Hawaii. Other survivors are the widow; one daughter, Mrs. Lydia McCane, and one step-son, Melvin Parker, of Seattle. The funeral was held in Seattle this morning and was in charge of the G. A. R.
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 14, 1922) Submitted by site coordinator.

AMES, Horace J. (d. 1913)

Horace J. Ames, aged 79 years, a Civil war veteran and a resident of Whatcom and Skagit counties for more than thirty-five years, passed away at St. Luke's hospital Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, after a lingering illness. Mr. Ames formerly resided at Anacortes, Wash., where he leaves one brother, Edward Ames, and a sister, Mrs. Charlotte Russell. Mr. Ames was a member of J. B. Steedman post No. 24, G. A. R., under whose auspices the funeral was held this Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, from the new chapel of Mock & Harlow in the Maple block. Mr. Ames served throughout the war of the Rebellion in company K, Twenty-ninth regiment of Wisconsin infantry volunteers. Interment took place in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 8, 1913) Submitted by site coordinator.

AMES, Lewis R. (d. 1934)

Funeral services for Lewis R. Ames, beloved husband of Mrs. Ivy Ames who passed away at the family home, 1116 1/2 State street, Friday, October 19, 1934, will he held in the Cathedral chapel of the Homer Mark Mortuary, Monday afternoon, October 22, at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Mrs. Ethel Deamer, pastor of the Foursquare Gospel church officiating, followed by cremation. Mr. Ames had been a resident of Bellingham for the past six years, and leaves to survive, besides his widow, two sons, Frank and Ross, city; two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Campbell and Miss Ella Ames, city, and one sister, Mrs. Lula Roberts, city.
From the WGS collection.

ANDERSON, Andrew J. (d. 1925)

Andrew J. Anderson, aged 72 years, beloved husband of Elsie Anderson, passed away at a local hospital Sunday evening, July 26, after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Anderson had lived in Bellingham and vicinity for the past fifty years, and recently made his home at Glacier. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and besides his widow is survived by seven daughters, Mrs. Frank Carpenter and Mrs. Dewey Jones of Skykomish, Mrs. E. J. Barratt, Sumas; Mrs. E. J. Manley, Lake Samish; Mrs. Walter Pancoast of this city, Mrs. W. A. Moore and Mrs. Victor B. Jones of Glacier, besides eight grandchildren. The body is resting at the Harlow mortuary home, Holly and Forest streets, where funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon, July 28, with Rev. J. C. Harrison of the Garden Street Methodist church officiating, after which interment will be made in the family plot in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, July 27, 1925) Submitted by site coordinator.

ANDERSON, Andrew K. (d. 1938)

ANDERSON, Bengta (d. 1903)

Mrs. Bengta Anderson was born in Skonne, Sweden Aug. 5th 1859. Living there 14 years she then moved to Stockholm, and remained there 7 years. Then she came to her sister in Michigan and from there to Seattle, where she lived 14 years when she was married to Earl Anderson Sept. 1, 1898. They came to their farm 4 miles North West of Lynden, where she lived until the time of her death which occurred Sept. 30, 1903. She leaves an infant daughter, a husband, one sister two brothers in this country, and an aged mother, two sisters and one brother in Sweden. She was a devoted wife, a kind mother, and an affectionate sister, making her loss a heavy burden to bear. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all in their grief.
(From The Pacific Pilot, October 8, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.

ANDERSON, Charles (d. 1915)

ANDERSON, Charles (d. 1939)

ANDERSON, Earl (d. 1917)

Earl Anderson passed away suddenly last evening at his home north of the city. Heart failure was the cause. Mr. Anderson, who owned one of the finest farms of the Delta district, had been in apparently good health, and the news of his death came as a shock to his many friends in the county. He had been about his work as usual Wednesday. At ten o'clock, he passed away suddenly. Funeral services will be held Saturday from the family residence.
(From The Lynden Tribune, October 11, 1917)


Funeral services were held at the Delta church Saturday morning for the late Earl Anderson, Lynden pioneer. The Rev. Andrew Johnson of Delta conducted the services, assisted by Rev. Osbrink of Badger. Interment was in the Lynden cemetery. Mr. Anderson died Wednesday evening after an illness of only a few hours. He is survived by a widow and by seven children - five daughters, Elizabeth, Ellen, Mary, Ruth, and Mildred, and two sons, Arthur and Philip. One son, Elmer, died a year ago.

Mr. Anderson was one of the original settlers in Lynden having taken up his homestead in the early days. He was a charter member of the Delta Swedish Church, which was founded in 1886. He was highly respected in the community, and leaves behind him many friends. Earl Anderson was born Dec. 5, 1859 in Dalsland, Sweden. He came to America in 1879, living first in Michigan, later in Colorado, and then in Washington. He was the last of his family, his father, one brother, Martin Anderson, and two sisters, Mrs. John Axling and Miss Lizzie Anderson, having passed away in Lynden. Miss Elizabeth Anderson returned Thursday from Oregon, and Arthur Anderson from Seattle, to attend the funeral.
(From The Lynden Tribune, October 18, 1917) Submitted by site coordinator.

ANDERSON, Gus (d. 1901)

Gus Anderson, a logger, was found dead in his room over the Mint saloon last evening at 8 o'clock by the porter who has charge of the rooms. The body was lying in a reclining position on the bed and the man had evidently died without a struggle. He had been bleeding at the mouth but that was probably caused by the rush of blood to the head. Dr. Kirkpatrick, the city health officer, was called and after an examination decided that the man had died of heart disease, which opinion was acquiesced in by Coroner Warinner when he arrived. Anderson was a native of Sweden. He was about 40 years of age and nearly six feet in height. He had been employed on the construction of the B. B. & E. extension around the lake, but quit there on Thursday and came into the city. He expected to go to work for Contractor Lind tomorrow. The deceased leaved two brothers who are working on the steamship City of Seattle.
(From The Daily Reveille, May 19, 1901) Submitted by site coordinator.

ANDERSON, Helen A. (d. 1934)

Helen A. Anderson, aged 74 years, beloved wife of Antone Anderson, passed away early Thursday morning at the home of her son Albert Anderson, 2622 Elm street, following a long illness. Surviving besides her husband are five sons, James and John, at home, 2431 Yew street; Albert and Alfred, of Bellingham, and William of Seattle; three daughters, Mrs. J. W. Dolin, city; Mrs. H. A. Shealds, Port Angeles; Mrs. W. B. Lauri, Astoria, Ore. There are twenty-one grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The remains are resting at the Harlow-Hollingsworth Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Earl H. Fife officiating. Interment will follow in the family plot in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 22, 1934)

ANDERSON, Jennie S. (d. 1923)

Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie S. Anderson who died Friday, February 2, at her home in Clipper, were held at the Arthur C. Harlow undertaking parlors in Bellingham Sunday, February 4, at 1:30 p.m. A large number from Climax Rebekah lodge of Acme, of which the deceased was a dearly loved and honored member, as well as many other friends from the Valley were in attendance. Rev. P. M. Ford of Acme delivered the sermon, and at the cemetery the impressive burial service of the lodge was given as a last tribute to the beautiful character of this deeply mourned sister. Mrs. Anderson had lived for many years in this valley where her sweet disposition and gentle kindly manner had made for her many close friends, who extend to the bereaved family their sincere sympathy. Interment was made in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Deming Prospector, February 9, 1923) Submitted by site coordinator.

ANDERSON, Lissa (d. 1916)

The death occurred Monday, Jan. 3 at Delta of Miss Lissa Anderson, age 59 years. She was born in Dalsland, Sweden. She was a member of the Delta Baptist Church. Her brother, Earl Anderson, with whom she lived for the last 25 yrs. is the only surviving relative. Funeral services will be held at Knapp's Parlors Saturday at 1 p. m. the Rev. P. H. Davies officiating.
(From The Lynden Tribune, January 6, 1916) Submitted by site coordinator.

ANDERSON, Martin (d. 1903)

Martin Anderson was born in Sweden, March, 1854. He came to this country about fourteen years ago, and made his home with his brother Earl Anderson up to the time of his death which occurred Thursday morning, April 2nd, 1903. He had been sick about six weeks. He was an ernest christian and ready to go when he was called. He leaves two sisters and one brother in this country. The funeral was conducted from the house Friday by Rev. Engstrom. The remains were laid at rest in the Lynden Cemetery.

Card of Thanks signed by Mr. and Mrs. Earl Anderson and Miss L. Anderson.
(From The Pacific Pilot, April 9, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.

ANDERSON, Michael (d. 1926)

EX-LEGISLATOR DIES
Michael Anderson Introduced Normal School Bill.
Michael Anderson, who as a member of the state legislature from Whatcom county introduced the bill establishing the Bellingham State Normal school, died at Seattle on Tuesday, aged 89. He was a Civil war veteran and was a member of the John F. Miller post of the G.A.R. of that city. For eight years Mr. Anderson was a member of the state legislature. He introduced his Normal bill in 1893 and it was passed at that session of the legislature. It carried an appropriation of $40,000, but this section of the bill was vetoed by Governor John H. McGraw. At the next sitting of the legislature, in 1895, an appropriation was secured and Governor John R. Rogers allowed it to become law without his signature, recalls Charles I. Roth, who was in the house then. The other Bellingham legislator was Mr. Sherman, once city attorney of Fairhaven. A. E. Mead was one of the county representatives; Tom G. Nicklin, of Whatcom, was chief clerk of the house and Frank Kinghorn, of Fairhaven, was assistant secretary in the senate.
Had Homestead Here.
Mr. Anderson resided in Whatcom county forty years. For many years he lived at the head of Lake Whatcom, where he took up a homestead. Two of his daughters attended the Normal school. He removed to Seattle several years ago. Mrs. Anderson died in 1903. Funeral services will be held at the E. R. Butterworth & Sons mortuary at Seattle, after which the body will be brought to Bellingham. Services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the graveside in Bay View cemetery, with the officers of J. B. Steadman post No. 24, G.A.R., in charge. Arrangements are in charge of the A. C. Harlow mortuary.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 30, 1926) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

ANDERSON, Mrs. Michael (d. 1903)

Mrs. Michael Anderson, one of the pioneers of Whatcom county, died at her home on 17th and H streets on Sunday night of consumption. Mrs. Anderson was 49 years of age and had lived in this county twenty-three years, coming here from Minnesota when a young woman. Probably no family in this county was more prominently identified with its early settlement and advancement than that of Michael Anderson. They were among the advanced guard that prepared the way for metropolitan life. Coming here in 1883 while the country was new they went to work with a will to make it habitable. Mr. Anderson was one of the chief factors in the country's advancement, being at all times prominently identified with such movements. He helped to start our city and is in reality the father of the Normal school which stands as a living monument for all time. He served two years in the legislature and while in this capacity secured the passage of a measure creating a commission to establish a normal school in Whatcom county. As a result of that bill the present site was selected.

During their residence of twenty years in the state of Washington, most of it has been in this county, the family residing at Bossburg for a short period. Mrs. Anderson leaves a husband and four daughters to mourn her loss. The funeral will be held this morning at ten o'clock.
(From The Weekly Blade, August 26, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.

ANDERSON, Nels (d. 1910)

Nels Anderson, a resident of this city for the past three years, died this morning at an early hour at his residence on Twenty-fourth Street, after a long illness. Mr. Anderson was born at Christiana, Norway, September 16, 1844. He was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church, of South Bellingham. He is survived by his wife and three children; two sons and one daughter. The funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p. m. from the Norwegian Lutheran Church, Nineteenth and Donovan Streets. Rev. J. O. Bjerke, will be the officiating clergyman. Interment will take place in Bay View cemetery under the the directions of Stokes & Wickman, 1146 Elk Street.
(From The American Reveille, May 1, 1910) Submitted by site coordinator.

ANDERSON, Nels (d. 1917)

ANDERSON, Siversen (d. 1904)

DROWNED IN SILVER LAKE
Silvereen (Siversen) Anderson, of the logging firm of Doan and Anderson at Kendall, was drowned in Silver lake, near Maple Falls, Thursday evening. The known details of the accident are very meager, but it was ascertained that he was fishing on the lake in company with one of his employees, his camp having shut down for the day. Along about 6 o'clock they in some manner overturned the boat. He was evidently taken with cramps, as he was only a short distance from the shore and sank almost instantly, and never came to the surface. His companion succeeded in clinging to the boat. The body was recovered late last night in 15 feet of water. The deceased came to this county about a year ago, from Pennsylvania, and engaged in the logging business at Kendall. The remains were brought to this city yesterday by Coroner Gifford, the widow accompanying the boy, and the funeral will be held at 9:30 o'clock tomorrow at Gifford's parlors.
(From The Daily Reveille, April 9, 1904) Copied by Merrily Lawson.

ANDERSON, Swan (d. 1922)

Funeral services for Mr. Swan Anderson, who was called at the family home, "Evergreen Farm," one and one-half miles north of Clearbrook, Monday morning, July 3, at the age of 69 years, nine months and 13 days, was held at 9:30 at the home and 10:30 o'clock at the Swedish Lutheran church Wednesday morning with Rev. M. L. Swanson of Mt. Vernon officiating. The deceased leaves to mourn his death a wife, five daughters, Mrs. Anna Nordquist, of Bellingham, Mrs. Clara Anderson of Edmonds, Mrs. Lydia Anderson of Skykomish, Mrs. Selma Anderson of South Bellingham, Miss Esther Anderson, St. Luke's hospital, Bellingham, two sons, Anton and Elmer at the home, twelve grandchildren, two brothers and one sister, one brother and sister living in Minnesota and August of Clearbrook. In the home he was a kind and loving husband and father, in the neighborhood a friend, tried and true, always ready to do his bit for the betterment of the community.

Mr. Anderson came to Clearbrook in 1901. For a time was connected with A. Swanson in the Clearbrook general merchandise store, later selling to Mr. Swanson and settling on the farm home from which he was summoned. In 1914 he was a candidate on the democrat ticket for state representative from his home district. Took an active part in the world war work, was an earnest church worker, being one of the founders of the Swedish Lutheran church here, of which he had held various offices. Was school director for six years, during which time the modern school building of Clearbrook was built, compelled through failing health to decline public offices the past few years. The pall bearers were Messrs. Andrew Swanson, Oscar Swanson, Carl Loreen, Lewis Carlson, Robert Kirkman and Harry Hinton. The floral remembrances were most beautiful and attested the love borne him.
(From The Bellingham Herald, Clearbrook section, July 10, 1922) Submitted by site coordinator.

APPLEBY, James K. (d. 1908)

At the age of 64 years J. K. Appleby passed away at 2 o'clock yesterday morning at his home on Samish Island. The cause of death was cancer of the throat which has troubled him for the past year. Apparently feeling very well, considering the nature of the affliction, Mr. Appleby read the daily papers Saturday night and discussed the news of the day with his family. During the evening he attended the duties of the farm in the usual manner. Early Sunday morning he was attacked with a choking sensation. His condition became alarming and he grew from bad to worse until relieved by death at about 2 o'clock.

Deceased was born in Lafayette, Alabama, August 29, 1844. At the age of 16 years he enlisted in the Confederate army and served until the close of the war. In 1899 he came to Bellingham with his family where he resided up to the time of his death except for a few months' residence at Samish. He served six years as city clerk of the former city of Whatcom and two years as county clerk. He is survived by his widow, three sons, Dr. J. K. Appleby, of Seattle, Dr. Winston Appleby, of Anacortes, Hugh Appleby, of South Bend, Wash., and Mrs. Nellie S. Wetherell, of this city. Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but will be arranged upon the arrival of Dr. Appleby, of Seattle, tonight. Deceased was a member of the Order of Yeomen and of the Knights of Honor.
(From The Morning Reveille, November 10, 1908) Submitted by site coordinator.

ARCHER, Alfred W. (d. 1936)

Funeral services for Alfred W. Archer, aged 71 years, who passed away at 2200 J Street, August 28, after a four years' illness, will be held in the Cathedral Chapel of the Homer Mark Mortuary Wednesday afternoon, August 2, at 2 o'clock, with Dean T. DeWitt Tanner, pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal Church officiating. Interment will be made in the family plot in Greenacres Memorial Park. Mr. Archer was a pioneer resident of Whatcom County, having lived here for the past forty years. Prior to this time he resided in Everett, Wash. He was a former employee of the Moore Lumber Company of Deming, Wash. and the Warnick Lumber Company of this city. Mr. Archer was a member of the Redmen of Everett, Wash. Surviving relatives are a half-sister, Dora Weigley, one cousin, Sarah Jane Archer, both in Canada and one niece, Lillian Stephen, Lincoln, Ohio. Casketbearers will be Hermany Harvey, Bert Benson, E. J. Barrett, Frank Carpenter, H. K. Anderson and W. A. Moore.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 1, 1936) Submitted by site coordinator.

ARCHER, Charles A. (d. 1903)

ARNDT, Daniel (d. 1908)

Mr. Arndt died Sunday morning at 2 o'clock after an illness of about six months. the funeral was held at the house Monday at 2 o'clock. Mr. Barriger of Custer preached, then the G. A. R. took charge and the service was held at the grave. He was buried in the Haynie cemetery. Mr. Arndt was one of the oldest settlers here, having lived here for the past 25 years. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and his wife has the heartfelt sympathy of the whole community.
(From The Blaine Journal, November 13, 1908) Submitted by site coordinator.

ARNOLD, George W. (d. 1915)

WISER LAKE, May 22. - Word has been received here of the sudden death of Mr. Arnold, at the home of his son, Alvis Arnold, on Everson-Goshen road. It appears that Mr. Arnold was in the yard, accompanied by his son, when he suddenly fell to the ground, death occurring almost instantly. Funeral services were held Friday at the home of his son and under the direction of Frank Knapp, of Lynden. Interment was made in the Lynden cemetery. Mr. Arnold leaves a widow and four sons, Alvis, Elmer, Wilfred and Clarence, the first three living here and the latter in Montana.
(From The American Reveille, May 23, 1915; Wiser Lake section) Submitted by site coordinator.

ARNOTT, Corbin K. (d. 2001)

A private, family funeral service for Corbin Kaleb Arnott of Everson was held April 11 at Kendall Chapel in Kendall, with the Rev. Glenn Newton Officiating. Burial was in Kendall Cemetery. Corbin died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome on Sunday, April 8, 2001, at his home. He was 24 days old. Corbin was born March 15, 2001, to Michelle Arnott and Travis Sowers in Bellingham. Survivors include his parents and sister Maya Arnott, all of Everson; grandparents Troy and Coeur' D Sowers of Everson, John and Sonja Arnott of Coupeville and Jasper and Debbie deHoog of Umatilla, Ore.; great-grandparents Gerrit and Dingetje deHoog of Sumas, Cliff and Diane Russell of Sedro-Woolley, Richard and Sharon Osorio of Coupeville, Ted and Elinor Sowers of Idaho and Ron and Patti Comfort of Kansas and great-great grandparents Lucy Hamilton of Deming, Ester Gates of Coupeville and Dorothy Russell of Great Falls, Mont. Arrangements are by Jones-Moles Funeral Home.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 12, 2001) Submitted by Debbie deHoog

ARNTZEN, Andrew (d. 1914)

Andrew Arntzen, aged 69 years, passed away at his home at Cherry point Friday morning at 2 o'clock. Mr. Arntzen was a resident of South Bellingham for more than twelve years, coming here from Port Townsend, Wash. About three years ago he moved to his place at Cherry point. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sarah Arntzen, of Cherry point; two daughters, Mrs. Della Olsen, of this city, and Mrs. Olga Flengstead, of South Bellingham; three sons, Sig. Arntzen, of Alaska; John A. Arntzen, of Cherry point; George Arntzen of South Bellingham. Funeral services will be conducted at the chapel of Arthur C. Harlow, 1051-1055 Elk street, Sunday afternoon, June 28, at 1 o'clock, the Rev. G. O. Lane, of the Zion Lutheran church, officiating. Interment will be made in the family plot at Bay View cemetery. The private funeral car will leave from Harris avenue and Twenty-third street conveying the funeral party to the chapel.
(From The Bellingham Herald June 27, 1914) Submitted by Jeanne (Brandt) Arntzen

ARNTZEN, Grace E. (d. 1937)

Grace Edith Arntzen, aged 51 years, passed away at a local hospital, Sunday, April 25, following a long illness. Mrs. Arntzen, whose home is at 920 Twenty-sixth Street had been a resident here for the past thirty-seven years and was a member of the Pentecostal Mission. Surviving relatives are the husband George H. Arntzen and one son, Gerald V. Arntzen, Bellingham, one daughter, Mrs. Stanley A. Williams, Eatonville, Wash.; two sisters, Mrs. Dan Markham, Ilwaco, Wash., and Mrs. Al Knott, Sweetgrass, Mont.; two brothers Conrad and Ernest Graham, Bellingham, and two grandchildren. The remains are resting at the funeral home of Harlow-Hollingsworth where funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. F. G. Copley, Wednesday, April 28, at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be made in Bay View Cemetery. The following will act as pallbearers: Walter Grinton, Harold Arntzen, Melvin Haugen, Leslie Eakin, Charles Young and Earl Knott.
(From The Bellingham Herald April 26, 1937) Submitted by Jeanne (Brandt) Arntzen

ARNTZEN, John (d. 1956)

John Arntzen, age 73, of Rt. 1, Blaine, passed away at a local hospital Monday June 25, following an extended illness. Mr. Arntzen had been a resident of the Whitehorn community for the past 47 years. He was a member of the W. C. D. A. and attended the Whitehorn Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife, Dora; three daughters, Mrs. Hester Haugen, of Blaine, Mrs. June Grinton, of Bellingham, and Mrs. Beulah Gullette, of Mount Vernon; three sons, Harold, of Blaine, Ronald and Donald at home; one sister, Mrs. Olga Flengstead, of Los Angeles; one brother of San Clemente, Calif.; 23 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, numerous other relatives. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, June 29, at 1:30 p. m. from the Monroe Funeral Chapel in Ferndale with Rev. E. P. Dreyer officiating. Final resting place, Greenacres.
(From The Bellingham Herald June 26, 1959) Submitted by Jeanne (Brandt) Arntzen

ASHER, Alice B. (d. 1934)

Funeral services for Mrs. Alice B. Asher, 2106 Young street, who passed away at a local hospital April 19, after a short illness, were held in the Cathedral chapel of the Homer Mark Mortuary Saturday afternoon, April 21 at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. T. Dewitt Tanner, rector of the St. Paul's Episcopal church, officiating, followed by ritualistic services by officers and members of Maple Leaf chapter No. 58, Bellingham Order of Eastern Star at the graveside in Bay View cemetery. Casketbearers were Glenn Madison, Walter Pancoast, Kenneth Ireland, James H. Spencer, Henry Jukes, John Hickok. Honorary casketbearers were Fred Offerman, Charles M. Graham, Albert Pancoast, William J. Griswold, Cliff Barlow, Charles Roth, Charles M. Adams, L. H. Darwin.

Mrs. Asher had lived in Bellingham for the past forty-five years and was the widow of William L. Asher, former secretary of the Bellingham school board, and daughter of Robert Knox, pioneer customs collector for many years and builder of the Knox block; was a member of the Maple Leaf chapter No. 58, Bellingham, Order of Eastern Star. She was one of the best known business women in this city, being an employee of Ireland & Pancoast for over thirty years, until their retirement from business, and leaves a host of friends to mourn her passing. Surviving relatives are one daughter, Mrs. Isabelle A. Conlee, city; three sisters, Mrs. Emma Musser, Plainfield, N. J.; Mrs. R. L. Barr, city, and Mrs. A. S. Clark, city; one grandchild, Derwent Conlee, city; several nieces and nephews, of whom Mrs. Claire L. Dwyer resides in Bellingham; Mrs. Arlene Wilson, Plainfield, N. J.; one grand-niece, Mrs. N. A. Lidstone, San Diego, Cal. and one grand-nephew, Jack Musser, city.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 20, 1934) Submitted by site coordinator.

ASKLUND, Knut (d. 1928)

After many years residence in this vicinity Knut Asklund passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 1928. He was born in Norway 76 years ago, in which country he was married in 1875. In 1905 Mr. and Mrs. Asklund came directly from Norway to Nooksack, where their three oldest children were living, bringing the rest of their family and have resided here ever since. They were the parents of ten children, five of whom are living, all in Glen Echo district. He leaves, besides his widow two sons, Halvor and Hans, and three daughters, Mrs. Alice Thompson, Mrs. Annie Thompson and Mrs. Oline Sams. They celebrated their golden wedding three years ago in the Lawrence church, where Mr. Asklund preached in the absence of the regular pastor, for many years. The funeral was held in this church, with his pastor, Rev. Lowther of the Methodist church in Nooksack preaching in English, on Saturday, March 3, and the burial in the church cemetery.
(From The Nooksack Sentinel, March 8, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.

ASPLUND, Brita M. (d. 1912)

Brita Maria Asplund, age 84 years, passed away at the home of her son, Otto Asplund, 1627 Humboldt street, April 3, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Asplund has resided in this city nearly three years, with her son, coming here from Sweden. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Christina Erickson in Michigan; Mrs. Betty Anderson, of Little Falls, Minn., and six sons, John P. and Otto, in this city, Johan in Mount Vernon, Wash.; Ola, in Michigan; Anders, in Sweden, and Rev. Charles Asplund, of Spokane, Wash., also several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, besides a large circle of friends that mourn her loss. Funeral services will be conducted from the Swedish Baptist church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Axel Lindgren, the pastor, officiating. The funeral car will leave from the corner of Humboldt and Champion streets at 1:30 for the convenience of family and friends. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery, under the direction of A. G. Wickman.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 3, 1912) Submitted by site coordinator.

ASPLUND, Hilda G. (d. 1942)

AUSTIN, Ann (d. 1915)

Mrs. Jacob Austin, who died at Custer last Monday, was well known in the city, as was her husband, who conducted a shoe store here a few years ago. The Austins came to the Northwest some time in the 80's and had resided in different parts of the county prior to the time at which they came to Bellingham. About six years ago Mr. Austin closed his store here and moved to Custer, where he opened a general merchandise business. A year ago he died and his wife sold the store and spent the remainder of her life on a farm near the town. Much of the time she was confined in bed and at all times she was an invalid. Death released her from her suffering Monday, and she was laid by her husband's side in the Custer cemetery Tuesday afternoon. She leaves no relatives in the Northwest, but several distant kin the East. She was highly educated and one of the scholarly women of the Northwest.
(From The American Reveille, February 25, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.

AUSTIN, Banning N. (d. 1951)

Banning N. Austin, age 88 years, of 1504 Washington Street, passed away in a local hospital Friday morning, December 21, following a lingering illness. Mr. Austin had been a resident of this district for the past 64 years and was a retired surveyor. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 44. He is survived by two sisters, Miss Frances M. Austin, of Seattle, and Miss Gladys C. Austin, of Bellingham; one brother, George, of Seattle. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Westford-Beck Funeral Home.
(From The Bellingham Herald December 21, 1951) Submitted by site coordinator.

AUSTIN, Catherine (d. 1902)

Mrs. Catherine Austin, aged 71 years, wife of Harry Austin, died this morning at the family residence at 1504 Washington street. Her illness has been prolonged dating back to June, when she was attacked with muscular rheumatism, which gradually grew worse until her death ensued. She is one of Whatcom's pioneer ladies, having located here with her family about 20 years ago. She leaves a husband and nine children to mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother. Mrs. C. E. Bowman, a daughter, who resides in Seattle, and Geo. R. Austin of San Francisco, have been notified of their mother's death; Harry and Banning left about three weeks ago of Alaska; Luella, Fannie, Gladys, Thomas C. and Will reside in Whatcom. Mrs. Austin was a kind woman and was loved and respected by all who knew her and her demise will be mourned by a host of sympathizing friends on Bellingham Bay and in Whatcom county. Funeral announcements will be made later.
(From The Evening Herald, May 2, 1902)

AUSTIN, Eliza J. (d. 1916)

Funeral services were held last Thursday at the family residence for Mrs. Eliza Jane Austin, wife of J. W. Austin, who passed away Monday following a brief illness. The Rev. Paul H. Ashby officiated. Many beautiful floral tributes were received from a wide circle of friends. Eliza Jane Smalley was born in Adams County, Ohio, Feb. 21, 1856. The Austin family moved to Washington seven years ago, and Mrs. Austin's noble character won for her many friends in the district, who join with the family in mourning her loss. She is survived by her husband, six daughters, Mrs. J. H. Ware of Kansas, Mrs. J. O. Murphy of Oklahoma, Mrs. W. M. Clark of Snohomish County, Mrs. Nettie Jacoby, Mrs. Effie Bateman and Miss Lucy Austin of Lynden, and two sons, A. N. Austin of Deming and Lee Austin of Lynden.
(From The Lynden Tribune, August 3, 1916) Submitted by site coordinator.

AUSTIN, Gladys (d. 1954)

Miss Gladys Austin, 1504 Washington Street passed away in a local hospital Friday, November 5, following a short illness. Miss Austin had resided in this community since 1887 and was a well known retired teacher. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the Eastern Star, O. E. S. Sehome Chapter and was a graduate of the University of Washington. Miss Austin is survived by one sister, Miss Francis M. Austin at home and one brother, George Austin of Seattle. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, November 8 at 3:30 p.m. within the Cathedral Chapel of the Westford Funeral Home, with the Rev. W. Robert Webb, Rector, officiating. Interment Bay View.
(From The Bellingham Herald November 7, 1954) Submitted by site coordinator.

AUSTIN, Harry R. (d. 1935)

Funeral services for Harry R. Austin, who passed away at the family home, 1504 Washington Street, Saturday, November 2, after a brief illness, will be held from the Bingham-Dahlquist Funeral home, 210 Prospect Street, Tuesday November 5, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Thomas DeWitt Tanner of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church officiating and interment will be made in the family plot in Bay View Cemetery. Mr. Austin had resided in Bellingham since boyhood and was one of the pioneers of this district. Aside from the many friends who will mourn his passing, he leaves to survive him, four sisters, Miss Gladys Austin, Miss Luella Austin, Miss Frances Austin, of this city, and Mrs. C. Bowman, of Seattle; two brothers Mr. George Austin, Seattle, and Mr. Banning Austin of this city. The remains will lie in state at home until time of services.
(From The Bellingham Herald November 4, 1935) Submitted by site coordinator.

AUSTIN, Henry (d. 1910)

HENRY AUSTIN DIES OF OLD AGE
The city was bereft of one of its foremost and most highly respected citizens yesterday when Henry Austin, of 1504 Washington street, who has been a resident here for a large number of years, passed to his rest. Mr. Austin died yesterday at 3:45 in the afternoon, death being due to old age. He had lain down on the sofa to take his accustomed afternoon nap directly after dinner and passed into a sleep from which he never awakened. He had been in good health up to the time of his death and never complained of sickness to the family. Henry Austin had been a resident of this city for twenty-seven years, coming here with his family and settling on a homestead on the shores of Lake Whatcom in 1883. During his long residence here he has made a wide acquaintanceship and has been an active worker as an independent citizen as well as a public servant. He was once street commissioner for the city and discharged his duties with merit and trustworthiness.

He was born in England on December 14, 1823, and removed with his parents to America when he was 2 years of age. His parents settled at Mount Vernon, Ohio. In 1854 they moved to Illinois and in 1876 to Kansas from whence they came to Bellingham. He was a member of the Bellingham Bay lodge No. 44 F. & A. M. and has been a member of the Masonic fraternity for forty-seven years. The ritualistic services of the fraternity will be exemplified. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery beside his wife, who died some years ago. Funeral announcement will be made later. Those who survive to mourn their loss are: Sons--Thomas C. Austin, Wallace, Ida.; W. C. Austin, San Francisco; Banning N. Austin, Fairbanks, Alaska; George R. Austin, Seattle, and Harry R. Austin, Bellingham. Daughters--Mrs. C. E. Bowman, Seattle; and Misses Lulu, Gladys and Fanny Austin, all of this city.
(From The Bellingham Herald September 30, 1910) Submitted by site coordinator.

AUSTIN, Jacob (d. 1914)

Mr. Jacob Austin passed away Wednesday afternoon at his home, at the age of eighty-two years. He had resided in Custer for about fifteen years, having conducted a general store here until about three years ago when he was compelled to retire on account of ill health. He is survived by an invalid wife, a brother, Martin Austin, of Bellingham, and a brother and a sister in California. the funeral was held on Thursday afternoon, interment being in the Enterprise cemetery.
(From The Lynden Tribune, June 18, 1914) Submitted by site coordinator.

AUSTIN, Jerome (d. 1934)

LYNDEN PIONEER RESIDENT PASSES
Jerome Austin, father of W. E. Austin and a pioneer resident of Lynden, passed away Tuesday morning at the Soldiers' Home at Orting after a long illness. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from Knapp and Knapp's Parlors. Burial will be made in the Lynden Cemetery beside the grave of his wife who died a quarter of a century ago. Mr. and Mrs. Austin were among the early pioneers to come to this district. Mr. Austin was born in Pennsylvania in 1843. After serving one enlistment period in the Union army during the Civil War, he re-enlisted and served for the remainder of the war, receiving his final discharge papers in July 1865. Coming to Lynden in 1887, Mr. Austin lived here continuously until 1911, when he entered the Orting Soldiers' Home, after which he spent part of his time in Lynden with his son's family and the remainder at Orting. Since 1931, he had been confined to the hospital at Orting. Mr. Austin was known and respected throughout Whatcom County, and his passing brought sorrow to hundreds of friends. During the latter part of his active years in Lynden, he ran a carpenter shop with the late Miles Rittenberg on the corner of Seventh and Front Streets on the site where the Herbert Eerkes home now stands. Surviving relaltives in addition to Mr. Austin include a niece and a nephew.
(From The Lynden Tribune, August 9, 1934) Submitted by site coordinator.

AUSTIN, Lizzie (d. 1915)

Mrs. Lizzie Thorne Austin died at her home in Nooksack, September 17. buried the 18. at at 4:00 p. m. Age 76 yrs. 7 mo. 14 days. Sister Austin was a devoted Christian and was always patient and cheerful during her long and painful sickness. Brother and Sister Austin live(d) together 47 years. She united with the M. E. Church in her youth. Later in life united with the Christian Church. But 22 years ago they heard and embraced the Advent fair under the labor of Michael Welcome and have been in good fellowship since. To them was (sic) born four children, all but one dying in childhood. One daughter, Mrs. Maggie Flood and four grandchildren live in Minneapolis, Minn. Sister Austin has been an invalid for nearly six years and the kindness and patience of brother Austin is commendable. May the Lord bless him in his declining days and keep him unto His heavenly Kingdom. Services of R. B. Shannon, Pastor of the Advent Christian Church of Nooksack, assisted by Elder S. P. Hayward. -R. B. Shannon.
(From The Nooksack Reporter, September 24, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.

AUSTIN, Martin V. (d. 1917)

Martin V. Austin, aged 76 years, while on the way to the home of his daughter at 1612 Broadway. Mr. Austin was overcome with a sinking spell. He was hurried into the home of a neighbor, 2317 Walnut street, where he passed away in a few minutes on the evening of Sunday, February 25. Mr. Austin had been a resident of Bellingham for a number of years, being associated in business with his stepson, L. C. Countryman. Mr. Austin was a member of the First Congregational church and is survived by Mrs. Austin, one son, A. W. Austin, Ada, Minn.; one daughter, Mrs. W. J. Compton, of this city; one stepson, L. C. Countryman, of this city; also two brothers and one sister, A. L. Austin, Long Beach, Cal.; and Willard Austin, Salinas, Kan., and Mrs. Julia McDermid, Spokane. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 27, at 1:45 o'clock p. m. from the funeral parlors of Undertaker Harry O. Bingham, 1319 Dock street, with Rev. W. F. Reager, pastor of the First Christian church, officiating. Interment will be made in the family plot in Bay View cemetery. The funeral car will leave from the corner of Eldridge avenue and Utter street at 1:30 o'clock for the convenience of the relatives.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 26, 1917) Submitted by site coordinator.

AUSTIN, Nellie (d. 1917)

Nellie Austin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Austin, passed away Sunday following a brief illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday, and were attended by many friends, who sent beautiful floral offerings. The Rev. Paul Ashby conducted the services, and pall-bearers were Mildred Bay, Thelma Ramsey, Reba Slade, and Gladys Parrish. Nellie was ten and a half years old. She is survived by her parents and one sister.
(From The Lynden Tribune, July 5, 1917) Submitted by site coordinator.

AUSTIN, Wilbur P. (d. 1911)

Mr. Wilbur P. Austin, aged 52 years, died August 13, at his home , 1901 Thirty-second Street, after an illness of more than one year. Mr. Austin has been a resident of Bellingham but a few months, coming here from Gem, Idaho, where he was employed in work in connection with the Gem Concentrating Company, but had been a frequent visitor of Bellingham, for a number of years past. He is survived by Mrs. Austin and daughter. The funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 15, at 3 p.m. from the funeral parlor of Undertaker Harry O. Bingham, 1319 Dock Street. The burial services of the Church of Christ Scientist will be read by Mr. A. E. Caswell. Interment in Bay View Cemetery.
From the WGS Collection

AXLING, Sophia (d. 1915)

Several scores of friends came yesterday to the Delta Church to pay a last tribute to Mrs. Peter Axling who passed away last Thursday morning. Services were read by the Rev. A. Swartz of Mount Vernon. Many beautiful floral pieces were grouped in the church. Mrs. Sophia Wall Axling was born June 10, 1842, in Sweden. She was married to Peter Axling, and came with him to Brooklyn in 1869, traveling west to South Dakota two years later. In 1889, she came to Lynden, which has been her home ever since. Her loss is mourned by her husband, Peter Axling, three daughters, Mrs. Lydia Blomquist of Alberta, Mrs. Mary Ericson of Lynden, and Mrs. Edith Axlund of Lynden, and four sons, John and Conrad of Lynden, and Phillip and Joseph of Portland. Mrs. Axlund was in South Dakota when she received news of her mother's death, and hurried back, arriving Monday night. Mrs. Axling had been sick but six days. During her long residence in Lynden, her kindliness, hospitality and sterling character won her a host of friends, who join with the family in mourning her loss.
(From The Lynden Tribune, February 11, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.

AXLING, Peter A. (d. 1923)

The whole community was sadly shocked on Friday evening, Feb. 23, to learn of the passing of Peter A. Axling at his home at Delta. It has been expected for some time but it left its sting. Mr. Axling was born in Sweden July 4, 1838, was married to Miss Sophia Wall in 1866 and came to America in 1867, locating at New York City. In 1870 they went to Big Spring, South Dakota where he took up a homestead and tilled the soil until 1889 when he, with his family of wife, three daughters and four sons, came to Whatcom county, locating at Delta, which has been his permanent home. Mr. Axling was converted and united his forces with the Baptist church, at 27 years of age and has always followed it very closely and done all in his power to promote the good work. His wife, Mrs. Sophia Axling, preceded him eight years to the month. He was again married Aug. 4, 1916 to Miss Marie Magnuson where she most devotedly and kindly cared for her aged husband to the last. Mr. Axling had lived to the ripe age of 89 years, seven months and 19 days. His sweet character had won a place in every one's heart that knew him. Funeral services were held from the Baptist church at Lynden Wednesday, Feb. 28, at one o'clock, conducted by Rev. Asplund of Ferndale, Rev. Swartz of Stanwood, assisted by Rev. Baker of Lynden, which was listened to by a large gathering of friends, interment being in Lynden cemetery. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Marie Axling, John Axling, of Delta, Phillip Axling, Omaha, Neb., Mrs. Lydia Bloomquist, Ferndale, Mrs. Mary Ericson, Delta, Conrad Axling, Lynden, Joe Axling, Raymond, and Mrs. Edith Axlund, Lynden, fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, besides a host of friends who most keenly mourn his passing. The bereaved families have the deepest sympathy of all.
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 7, 1923, Delta-North Prairie section) Submitted by site coordinator.

AXLING, Viola (d. 1909)

A particularly sad and sudden death was that of Mrs. John Axling, Monday between 12 and 1 o'clock. Only last week the Tribune announced the birth of a baby boy, the first, to Mr. and Mrs. Axling. The baby was only six days old at the time of the mother's death. Mrs. Axling seemed to be getting along nicely. Her mother-in-law and her husband were both in the house. She was sitting on the edge of the bed to wash, when suddenly she toppled over in a sort of faint. The husband ran to her assistance, and raised her up. She seemed to regain consciousness and asked: "What is it?" It was her last word. As he laid her back she breathed her last. The doctors say death was due to embolism.

Mrs. Axling was Viola Johnson. She was born in Nebraska in 1885, March 15. She was married last June 3. Besides the infant son and the husband she leaves two brothers and one sister. The body is being held for burial Sunday in the hopes that these relatives may arrive from the east. The services will be held in the Delta Swedish Baptist church of which she has been a member for a year. She has been an earnest christian for years. Mr. Axling is nearly prostrated with grief of his sudden loss. This was his second wife. By the first wife he had no children and he was very happy over the arrival of the son a week ago, and now that it is left motherless he is heart broken.
(From The Lynden Tribune, April 8, 1909) Submitted by site coordinator.

AXLUND, Andrew P. (d. 1915)

A host of friends and relatives gathered Saturday at the funeral services for the late A. P. Axlund at the Delta Church. Interment was made in the Lynden cemetery. After living in this community for the past 16 years, Mr. Axlund suddenly died at his home in Delta last Wednesday morning at 7 o'clock after an illness of about 3 hours. Mr. Axlund retired in apparently good health Tuesday evening, and was suddenly taken with violent pains in his head and neck which soon proved fatal. He was well known throughout this part of the county and won many friends. A. P. Axlund was born in Sweden, March 21, 1862, and emigrated to this county at the age of 22, settling in Albert Lea, Minn., where he married Miss Christine Engman, June 3, 1885. This tie was blessed with five children. He moved to Lynden with his family in April, 1899. Nine years later the home was darkened by the sudden death of his wife. He was married the second time to Miss Hilda Carlson of Portland, Ore., May 24, 1911. He leaves to mourn his death, a widow, one daughter and four sons, two brothers and two sisters, one brother and one sister who are residing in Sweden, one daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.
(From The Lynden Tribune, December 9, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.

AXLUND, Christine (d. 1908)

Mrs. Christine Axlund, wife of A. P. Axlund of Delta, died very suddenly, Wednesday evening, at the home of Rev. Anderson of Badger, where she and her husband had gone to attend a party. Soon after they arrived, Mrs. Axlund became very sick and a doctor sent for. However, he could do no good, and she passed away shortly before mid-night of acute uremia. She leaves to mourn her demise, a husband, four sons, Bernard, Levi, Joe, and Reuben; a daughter, Esther, who is attending school in Lynden and did not hear of her mother's death until Wednesday morning. The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon from the Swedish Baptist Church of Delta, and the remains will be said to rest in the Lynden Cemetery. The deceased was about fifty-five years of age, and leaves many warm friends to mourn her, as her own family for she was a beautiful Christian woman.
(From The Lynden Tribune, November 12, 1908) Submitted by site coordinator.

AXTON, Luther C. (d. 1909)

By the death of Luther C. Axton at his home near Ten Mile at 3 o'clock yesterday morning, Whatcom county loses one of its most influential citizens, one who was an important factor in laying the foundation for the upbuilding of not only the county, but the city of Bellingham as well. Always on the frontier and possessed of a high degree of justice and equity he was at once a leader in affairs political; commercial and social, and such is the part he played in the formation of this county, as well as the other new localities. He was of that sort of men who made friends, due to his indomitable courage to aid in the right and to put a veto to that which seemed to partake of crookedness, especially in the official affairs of the county, state and nation.

Mr. Axton came to Whatcom County in 1883, with his family. He at once located on a homestead near Ten Mile, where he resided continuously to the time of his death. He was a charter member of the local Masonic lodge as well as a charter member of J. D. Steedman Post, G. A. R. At his wish expresses before death the member of both lodges will officiate at the funeral ceremonies. Mr. Axton was born in Kentucky seventy-five years ago. When a young man he moved to Indiana, where in 1855 he married Miss Cynthia Ann Wheeler. Later he moved his family to Missouri, where he joined the Union army and served three and one-half years in various capacities as private and officer. He was one of the few secret service men who were entrusted with important missions in the conduct of the warfare in that state which was infested with an element extremely adverse to the Union army. He is survived by a widow and a son, Milton C. Axton, who were with him at the time of his death, besides two granddaughters, Miss Zulu Jenkins and Miss Crickett Axton; two grandsons, D. C. Jenkins, of the Seattle P. I., and Will D. Jenkins, a member of the mill firm of Axton & Jenkins, operating a lumber plant near the Axton homestead. Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but will be held under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity in this city.
(From The American Reveille, October 21, 1909) Submitted by site coordinator.


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