BEACH, Henry C. (d. 1922)
Judge Beach, a brilliant attorney when a young man, and an unusual character, was noted for his attention to duty during the late years of his life. He was a man who took determined stands politically and otherwise, and while his aggressive policies caused him to have political enemies, he had a huge following of friends. Equipped with a splendid education, having been graduated from Princeton and Columbia universities. Judge Beach came West thirty-three years ago. He came to the Territory of Washington in October, 1889, and practiced law at Tacoma, where he was one of the best known attorneys, until 1900, when he came to Whatcom. He was in the United States customs office for a time and became police judge for Whatcom in 1902, but was legislated out of office a year later when Whatcom and Fairhaven consolidated into Bellingham. He was this city's second city attorney, holding office in 1906 and 1907. In 1909 he was elected justice of the peace and held this office continuously twelve years, part of the time also serving as police judge. He was defeated in 1920 by Judge W. H. Heaton, who then made him clerk of the court.
Since the death of his wife, about two years ago, Judge Beach often expressed that wish that he might follow her to the grave soon. He was greatly attached to her and the mention of her always brought tears. Soon after her death Judge Beach wrote out his own obituary and left it with Harry O. Bingham. He made out a will and left it with Attorney Charles Sather. From time to time he changed the will, the final changes being made rather recently. He left instructions with Attorney Sather as to what he would like done in the event of his death. While Judge Beach always held good positions, he was unable during the closing years of his life to accumulate wealth after having been, as he often said himself with regret, a "reckless spender" until he steadied down the last few years of his career. He died, it is said, practically penniless, but had wanted for nothing, the Elks lodge, of which he was a member, attending to all of his needs. Judge Beach had no relatives in or near Bellingham, the nearest being a cousin, it is understood, living in California. In his will the only relatives he mentions are two nephews, Donald Wallace, of New York city, and William V. Buton jr., of Toronto, Canada.
Attorney Sather, who was named executor of the will, says that Judge Beach was under the impression that he had a $1,000 fraternal insurance policy payable upon his death, but investigation has disclosed the fact that that the insurance police was payable to his wife in the event of his death, and her death caused the insurance policy to lapse. Consequently he left nothing, as far as known, but personal effects. The will was made out November 1, 1921. Under date of June 3, 1920, he sent instructions to Sather to notify a relative, Mrs. William L. Wallace, of East Orange, N. J., in the event of his death. He asked that Harry O. Bingham be the undertaker and that the following be the pallbearers: F. F. Handschy, representing the Elks and Knights of Pythias lodges; Richard Pierron, representing Knights of Pythias and Odd Fellows' lodges; H. Cowden, representing Knights of Pythias; Walter A. Martin, representing Odd Fellows and Whatcom County Bar association; Ed E. Hardin, representing Odd Fellows and judiciary. "I would like to be buried from the Elks' lodge hall with their ritual, conducted by Rev. James M. Wilson, and the I. O. O. F. ritual at the grave," he wrote, also requesting that he be given decent burial in Bay View cemetery by the side of the remains of his wife. Arrangements are being made to carry out his wishes.
Judge Beach was born in New York city on November 28, 1852. In 1860 he moved to Orange, N. J. He attended private schools and went two years in Riverview military academy, later entering Princeton university, where he became prominent in athletics, having played on the Princeton baseball and football teams. Graduating from Princeton in 1874, he then went two years to the Columbia university law school, graduating with the class of ____.
In his "History of American Football," Walter Camp devotes considerable space to the efforts of Judge Beach to organize inter-collegiate football, while captain of the Princeton gridiron team between the years 1872 and 1875. He was captain of this team when the first inter-collegiate football game was played in the United States, at which time Princeton defeated Rutger's college. It is also known that Judge Beach was an enthusiastic baseball fan and played on the Princeton team, helping to organize the sport in that college. About fifteen years ago he was presented with a small "Princeton Tiger" by the alma mater, the significance is known only to the Princeton college man. All his life Judge Beach was keenly interested in athletics, especially baseball. For many years, until about five years ago, he was official scorer here and never missed a game until his feeble condition during the past two years forced him to remain indoors.
In his will Judge Beach bequeathed his watch, chain and locket to Donald Wallace, a nephew of New York city, to William V. Ruto_ jr., also a nephew of Toronto, Canada, a stickpin and a pearl set in a gold ring; to the Whatcom County Bar association, his law books; to Harrison Cowden, city constable, his fountain pen; to Edward B. Dean, of the Leopold buffet, miscellaneous books as a nucleus of a library, together with a gr_p full of duplicate city ordinances; to Charles A. Sather his scrap books of ordinances, eight in number; to Mrs. Robert Shaw, of Bellingham, all furniture, clock, silverplated ware in his room at the Elks club; to the Salvation Army his wearing apparel.
Judge Beach asked that the estate be managed and settled without the intervention of the courts, giving all power to executor.
While conscious to the last, it is believed Judge Beach's condition became critical about a week ago and slight hopes for his recovery were entertained. Many friends called to visit him including some last night, but often the Judge preferred to be left alone. Illness forced him to bed several times during the winter previous to the last sickness, but each time he rallied when there seemed to be practically no hope for his recovery. He loved to compile records of all sorts and was seldom __ at his desk or in his room. Recently he engaged in a newspaper word contest that kept him busy more than a month.
Persons coming into police court before Judge Beach learned of his remarkable memory. Oftentime the men charged with speeding or drunkeness attempted second or third appearances before him in an attempt to avoid a heavier fine, but Judge Beach was seldom if ever, misled, having a keen knack of recalling faces and names and other details.
Funeral announcements will be made by Harry O. Bingham.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 17, 1922) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEAL, Charles N. (d. 1920)
Charles Napier Beal, well known republican of Bellingham and during 1914 and 1915 water superintendent in this city, died this morning at a local hospital at the age of 65 years, after a few days' illness. Mr. Beal served for five or six years as deputy state fish commissioner under former Commissioner John L. Riseland, of Bellingham. Mr. Beal had lived in Bellingham for the last seventeen years. At one time he was state oil inspector. He was a member of Bellingham Bay lodge No. 44, F. & A. M., Bellingham chapter No. 12, R. A. M., and of the A. O. U. W. in Kansas. He also was a member of the Presbyterian church at Enid, Okla.
The survivors are the widow, Mrs. Frances A. Beal, 2211 A street; three sons and two daughters, Fred N. Beal, Wallville, Wash.; Malcolm J. Beal, Seattle; Clarence M. Beal, Golconda, Nev.; Miss Harriet C. Beal, Seattle, and Mrs. Ira V. Wilson, Bellingham; also two brothers, Frank Beal, North Plain, Ore. Harry O. Bingham will make the funeral announcements. Mr. Beal was born in Boston, Canada, April 7, 1854. At an early age he went to Kansas, where he spent most of his life. His well known hospitality and genial disposition won the hearts of all who knew him and the family has the sympathy of a host of friends all over the country. The widow is a sister of the late Governor Albert E. Mead.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 2, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEARSE, Mary (d. 1903)
At 2 o'clock a. m. August 17, 1903, Mary Hindman Bearse, daughter of William and Elizabeth Elder, and wife of James M. Bearse, died very suddenly of heart failure. She was born in Maryland, December 13, 1828, and was married to Mr. Asher, August 16, 1846, of which one son, W. L. Asher, of Whatcom survives her. Later she was married to Frances Hindman of whom she was bereft. November 24, 1899 she was married to James M. Bearse, who survives her.
Mary Elder, while still a young girl, embraced the faith of the Swedenborgian
church of which she has been a faithful, earnest follower, until the time
of her death. Most of her life was passed on the frontiers among the pioneers
where she endured all the vicissitudes and privations incident to such a
life, but wherever she went she was ever zealous for the advancement of her
faith and was continually distributing tracts and papers, published by her
church, and trying to interest others in the book she loved. She was for
many years an invalid and suffered much, but her last moments were peaceful
and the last she fell asleep in her arm chair to waken only in the land of
her hope. The deceased had a wide circle of friends in Ferndale, Whatcom
and Seattle, who join with the bereaved husband and son in mourning the loss
of their loved one.
(From The Ferndale Record August 21, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEATTY, Forbina (d. 1931)
Mrs. Forbina Beatty, who, as Mrs. J. D. Wheeler, was a pioneer resident of this community for more than forty years, was buried Sunday afternoon after a large crowd of relatives, friends and old pioneers had paid their last respects at a service held at the Methodist church. Rev. Dow Delong officiated. Interment was made in the Enterprise cemetery under the direction of the Monroe mortuary.
Mrs. Wheeler, her husband, the late J. D. Wheeler, and five children came to this county forty-eight years ago, locating in Ferndale. Mr. Wheeler purchased a general merchandise store from D. Rogers, on the banks of the Nooksack river on the site of the present Ferndale Creamery, the spring after their arrival. He was also postmaster for three years, the family assisting.
The old homestead of eighty acres was the family home for many years, where Mrs. Beatty passed away Wednesday evening, located across from the Columbia Lumber Co. yard. Most of this homestead has been sold off, Mrs. Beatty only retaining ten acres at present. Mr. Wheeler passed away thirty years ago.
Seven years ago Mrs. Wheeler was married to W. H. Beatty, who survives her, and lived for seven years in Bellingham, only recently moving to Ferndale. She had been ill a year, although very active until then for a lady so old - eighty one years of age when she died.
Mrs. Beatty had been a member of the Methodist church for many years and also always interested in the Old Settlers association of which she had been a member for some time.
Mrs. George Hamilton, Mrs. Beatty's daughter, recalled Monday that her mother was a very capable practical nurse. Mrs. Hamilton can remember her mother being away many times for days at a time nursing some neighbor or friend.
The deceased is survived by four children, besides her husband, Mr. Beatty; four daughters, Mrs. T. B. Wynn, Mrs. George Hamilton, both of Ferndale; Mrs. Henry Slater of Bellingham and Mrs. William Hanlon, Seattle; a sister in Oakland, Calif., and another in Seattle; two brothers, one in San Jose, Calif., another in Vancouver, B. C.; twenty-one grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, survive her. Many relatives and friends attended the services Sunday.
(From The Ferndale Record, January 22, 1931) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEATTY, James R. (d. 1926)
The Ferndale district lost a true pioneer Monday, when a man who had been a resident of Pleasant Valley for forty-eight years passed away. The present generation can not imagine the hardships and discomforts this man must have felt - neither can they visualize what this country must have been in those days. Ferndale mourns the loss of one of her oldest pioneers.
James Robert Beatty, who died at Pleasant Valley on July 12, was born at Mount Morris, New York on the 15th day of May, 1840, the youngest of twelve children. His mother died when he was three years of age, and when he was about six years of age, his father, William Beatty moved with his family to Gray county, Ontario, where he took up a homestead on the shore of a beautiful lake which afterward took the name of Beatty's lake, where the family lived for many years. In 1865 James Robert Beatty moved to Iowa Falls, Iowa, and was married in 1866 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Mary Ann Brown, whose family had come to Iowa Falls at the same time from the same locality. In 1871 the family moved to a farm west of Crete, Nebraska, and remained there until 1877 in which year Mr. Beatty moved to the state of Washington, and in 1878 took up a pre-emption claim six miles west of Ferndale in the then almost impenetrable forest, where he resided forty-eight years up to the time of his death. His wife passed away in May, 1884. He leaves to mourn his loss the following sons: W. H. of Seattle, James R. of Ferndale, David of Custer; one daughter, Margaret McCourt of Custer.
In the passing of Mr. Beatty Whatcom county has lost one of its most
enterprising citizens, whose efforts have ever been for the upbuilding of
the community. In the early days of the county he served many times as school
director and did much towards assisting in the building of roads and highways;
it can be truthfully said that he was a friend to all and an enemy to none.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at two at George Monroe's
chapel, Rev. J. W. Moles of Custer officiating. Interment took place at the
(From The Ferndale Record, July 15, 1926) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEAUDET, Josephine (d. 1928)
Mrs. Josephine Beaudet, wife of Immigration Inspector T. F. X. Beaudet, veteran of the local office, passed away at her home here last Friday night. While she had been in very feeble health for the past two years, and had suffered a recent sick spell, still her passing came as a shock to the many friends of the family. Funeral services were held in the chapel of Purdy & Sons' establishment Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Dr. Robert Pallen of Vancouver, B. C., officiating. The funeral was largely attended and the floral tributes most extensive and beautiful.
Josephine Beaudet was 70 years of age and had lived in Blaine for the
past 16 years. Previously she had lived in Sumas for six years. She was married
to Mr. Beaudet June 17, 1880, in Minneapolis, Minn., and they made their
home in that city for many years afterward. Mrs. Beaudet was a member of
Eastern Star and was loved by all for her gentle, kindly disposition. Nieces
and nephews from Seattle and friends from Sumas attended the funeral.
(From The Blaine Journal-Press March 15, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEAVER, Anna E. (d. 1926)
Mrs. Anna E. Beaver, 52, for eleven months a local resident, died at her home, 2921 Kulshan street, early today. She is survived by five sons, Carl F. Ehle and Oliver J. Ehle, of Aberdeen; Frank J. Ehle, of Seattle; Morris H. Ehle, of Anacortes and Clarence W. Ehle, of this city; four daughters, Mrs. Irene Trecker and Miss Beulah Beaver, of this city; Mrs. A. W. Nordeck, of Deming, and Mrs. Mabel Rogers, of Castle Rock; four sisters, Mrs. A. G. Sterhein, of Lynden; Mrs. Josephine Dickenson of Okanogen; Mrs. A. Loubenhein, of Amherst, Neb., and Mrs. Elizabeth Corhem, of Burlington, Iowa; one brother, George Brucker of Amherst, Neb., and fifteen grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p. m. at the Harlow mortuary. Interment will be made in Greenwood cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, October 9, 1926) Submitted by Annie (Teshera) Glass
BEAVERS, Cary A. (d. 1903)
The sad news reached the city yesterday that Mr. C. A. Beavers had died while out hunting. He, in company with Mr. N. Bame of this place, and Mr. A. M. Vannetta of Aldergrove, B. C., went out hunting Tuesday to be gone for a couple of days. When the other two gentlemen stopped hunting for the day they could not find Mr. Beavers. They immediately began to shout and search for him, thinking him lost in the woods. They received no response to their calls and so continued the search until about midnight when it became cloudy and they could not see. Early yesterday morning the search was renewed and he was found lying dead. It is supposed that he died suddenly of heart failure as he had suffered before with that trouble. He evidently dropped dead without a struggle. The remains were brought to his home here last afternoon.
Cary Allan Beavers was born near Canton, Ohio, Feb. 27, 1832. He lived for a number of years in Villisca, Iowa, and later at Wakieney, Kansas, where he engaged in real estate business. He came to Lynden in 1888 and established a real estate business to which he devoted himself till his death. He was treasurer of Lynden from its incorporation in 1891 until last year. Mr. Beavers was a member of the Gospel Mission Church which he aided largely in establishing. He was also a prominent member of the local G. A. R. He was a good Christian man and was straight and upright in all his dealings with his fellowmen.
He leaves surviving him a widow, Mrs. Emma Beavers, here and a brother in Ohio. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at ten o'clock from the Mission church. Mr. Beavers was one of the pioneers of this section and has always been interested in the growth and development of this place. He always had a good word for everybody and he will be greatly missed. To the sorrowing widow the entire people extend condolences.
(From The Pacific Pilot, October 8, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEAZLEY, Thomas I. (d. 1946)
Thomas Isaac Beazley, age 42, of 3511 Chuckanut Street, passed away at
the Providence hospital in Everett Saturday, Aug. 10, following a railroad
accident. Mr. Beazley had been with the Northern Pacific Railway, doing bridge
construction, for a number of years, and leaves to survive his widow, Hazel,
at home; one son, Thomas, and one daughter, Fay, both at home; two sisters,
Mrs. Clara May Sherry, of Bellingham, and Mrs. Tressia Gorton, of Burlington;
three brothers, Hollis, of San Francisco, Calif., Howard, of Portland, Ore.,
and Clifford, of Bellingham, father, Burgess Beazley at Portland, Ore., and
mother, Stella May Sherry, Bellingham. The remains are at the funeral home
of Harlow-Hollingsworth, where services will be conducted by the Rev. James
M. Wilson, Tuesday, August 13, at 1:30 p. m. Final resting place, Bay
(From The Bellingham Herald; WGS collection)
BEBB, John (d. 1901)
John Bebb, age 42 years, died in the Sisters' hospital on Tuesday. The immediate cause of death was pneumonia, which attacked him on Monday morning. Bebb was a physical wreck from the effects of liquor. He came here from Michigan in 1889 and settled on a ranch near Wickersham. Last June he sold the ranch for $2,500 cash and since that time he had been carousing almost constantly in this city. He spent the $2,500 in less than eight months and at the time of his death he hadn't a dime left. His mother, a half-brother and two sisters reside in Travers City, Michigan. Funeral services were held in Warinner's chapel at 2 o'clock this afternoon, interment taking place in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Weekly Blade, February 20, 1901) Submitted by site coordinator.
BECK, John (d. 1903)
John Beck, an old soldier living at Acme, was found dead in his bed about 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Acting Coroner Gifford was summoned and states that after an investigation, it was decided that Mr. Beck's death was due to a cold on the lungs and old age. The deceased has no known relatives and came from Illinois about eight years ago. He built himself a home in Acme and has resided there until the time of his sudden death. He ate his breakfast at the Canedy home, where he boarded, and appeared to be in his usual health. He did not appear at dinner, however, and at 2 o'clock Mr. Canedy went to Beck's home and was surprised to find him dead. Mr. Beck left a will in which he leaves a small estate to E. M. Kennedy [Canedy] and Josephine M. Kennedy [Canedy]. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. White officiating.
(From The Weekly Blade, October 7, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.
BECK, Marie E. (d. 1920)
Funeral services were held in Lynden Tuesday afternoon for the late Mrs. Marie E. Beck, wife of John Beck, who formerly resided in Lynden. Rev. W. O. Benadom conducted the services at Knapp's Parlors, and the Eastern Star ritual was read at the cemetery. Mrs. Beck passed away Saturday at Revelstoke, B. C. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. J. A. MacMillan of Vancouver, B. C., and Mrs. E. A. Dixon of Revelstoke, B. C.; her father, G. W. Quimby; two sisters, Mrs. D. F. Smith of Bellingham, and Mrs. W. R. Parker of Lynden, and three brothers, Walter of Vancouver, B. C., and Willard and Fred of Bellingham.
(From The Lynden Tribune, February 26, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.
BECK, Susan A. (d. 1923)
After an illness of three days, Mrs. Susan A. Beck aged sixty-eight years passed away at her home on Lincoln street at an early hour Wednesday morning. Funeral services will be held from the home Saturday morning at ten o'clock. Burial will be made in the Nooksack cemetery beside her husband William L. Beck, who passed away six years ago. The survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Eugene Conrad, of Blackwell, Oklahoma, Mrs. Ethel Wheeter, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Mrs. Bertha Trowbridge, of Everson and Miss Errol Beck, of Everett.
(From The Nooksack Sentinel, November 29, 1923) Submitted by site coordinator.
BECKWITH, Nora L. (d. 1902)
Miss Nora L. Beckwith, a well known and popular young lady of Whatcom, died on Bright's disease last Sunday morning in St. Luke's hospital. The young lady had been ill only a week and the critical stage assumed fatal aspects so suddenly that her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Beckwith, did not realize her danger until a very few hours before her death. Funeral services were held in the home of the bereaved parents, J and Fifteenth streets, on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. Sulliger conducting the services. A large number of sympathizing friends joined in the final rites. The floral tributes were beautiful and profuse and the entire burial service was one of affecting gentleness and tender sorrow.
(From The Fairhaven Times, January 3, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEEBE, Lemmon G. (d. 1922)
Dr. Lemmon G. Beebe, aged 71 years, passed away at a local hospital at an early hour this morning, March 13, after an illness of several months. Dr. Beebe had resided at the family home, Silver Beach, for the past eighteen years, and leaves many friends who will mourn his loss. He was a member of the Presbyterian church at his former home, Winnebago, Wis. Besides his wife, Mrs. Frances A. Beebe, he is survived by one son, William J. Beebe, residing at the family home; two brothers, C. H. Beebe and Lewis Beebe, Bellingham, R. F. D. No. 4. The remains are being cared for at the service parlors of Harry O. Bingham, 120-122 Prospect street, where funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 15, at 10:30 o'clock a. m. with Rev. H. S. Templeton, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 13, 1922) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEEBE, William (d. 1910)
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 27, 1910) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEERNINK, Lydia (d. 1913)
Mrs. Lydia Beernink passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. H. Jamieson, in Everson at 8 p. m. Friday, February 21, in her seventy-ninth year. She had been ill but a few days with a heavy cold. Death resulted from this and her advanced years in addition to the shock of a fall sustained a few days before. Her husband passed away twelve years ago, at the home in Wisconsin. Surviving the deceased are seven children, nine grandchildren, and a brother and sister these last and two sons and two daughters living in Wisconsin. Two sons, James, of Lynden, and Henry of Everson, and her daughter, Mrs. Jamieson, were with their mother at the time of her death. Mrs. Bernink (sic) had lived more than the allotted span, and all of her life had been a devoted Christian. The family is bereaved, but should we not rather rejoice that one so? ready to respond to the Master's call has passed into rest? Mrs. Beernink came to Lynden from Wisconsin eight years ago and for the past six years has made her home with Mrs. Jamieson. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Reid officiating with the solemn and beautiful ritual of the Presbyterian church. Many friends from Everson, Lynden, and vicinity were in attendance. The floral offerings were beautiful. Interment was in the Nooksack-Everson cemetery.
(From The Lynden Tribune, February 27, 1913) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEESON, Effie (d. 1901)
News reached the city yesterday of the drowning of Miss Effie Beeson at Sunnyside, Lake Whatcom. Miss Beeson had been engaged as teacher of the school at Sunnyside, but owing to illness had not taught for two weeks. She had been in town at the home of her mother, corner of Iron and Kentucky streets, and Sunday afternoon went to the residence of Mrs. A. L. Meeker at Sunnyside, where she was to board, intending to resume her duties at the school Monday morning. Monday morning Miss Beeson went to the small wharf where steamers landed, and as she did not return search was made for her, with the startling result of finding her body floating on the water of the lake. Miss Beeson was only away from the house about 20 minutes before she was found in the lake. It is generally believed that she fainted and fell into the water, and probably from heart failure. Miss Beeson was an estimable young lady and had many friends. She was about 23 years.
(From The Weekly Blade, September 18, 1901) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEHME, Anton (d. 1913)
BEHME, Evelyn L. (d. 1990)
Private family services will be held at Greenacres Memorial Park for
life-long Whatcom County resident Evelyn L. Behme, 74. Mrs. Behme, of 1979
1/2 Lake Whatcom Boulevard, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born
to William and Nora Allen Feb. 9, 1916, in Blaine. She worked at Malahan's
in Bellingham as a retail clerk for eight years. In 1945, she married Claude
Behme, who survives at the family home. Other survivors include a daughter
Shelly Oshie of Everett; sisters Helen Walser of Marysville and Bernice Lindal
of Blaine; and two grandchildren. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.
Arrangements are by Jerns-LeVeck Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
(From The Bellingham Herald Thursday, September 6, 1990) Submitted by Dianne Bird
BEHME, Julius C. (d. 1924)
Julius C. Behme, a pioneer settler of the Custer district, died Wednesday
evening, June 18, in a Bellingham hospital, after an illness of three weeks.
Behme was born at Tontogany, in Wood County, Ohio, Feb. 18, 1855. He was
thus, at death, 69 years of age. He had been a resident of this county for
the past 21 years.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Deborah Behme; three sons, Robert, of Okanogan,
Wash.; Boyden, of Seattle, and Orville, at the family home; two daughters,
Mrs. Lena Pearl Ogle, of Bellingham, and Mrs. Ruby Benefield, of Custer;
a sister, Mrs. Mary Jeffers, of Custer, and six grandchildren. He was a member
of Haynie Grange. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, June 21
from the M. E. church at Custer, the Rev. J. W. Moles officiating. Interment
was in Haynie cemetery.
(From The Ferndale Record, June 27, 1924) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEHME, Nathaniel (d. 1914)
Nathaniel Behme died at his home in Custer Friday last, September 4th, at 9:30 a.m., after an illness of five years. He was born in Ohio and was 63 years of age June 18th last. He resided at Custer 12 years. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 in charge of the Odd Fellows and the Rebeckah's, Rev. Wood officiating. Three children survive, a daughter, Mrs. J. L. Jensen of this city and two sons, Fred and Samuel, of Custer. One brother survives, Julius at Hayne, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Jeffers, at Custer.
(From The Ferndale Record, September 11, 1914) Submitted by site coordinator.
BELKLE, Herman (d. 1940)
BELL, Jesse H. (d. 1916)
BELL, Mary (d. 1901)
News has reached this city of the death of Mrs. J. H. K. Bell at Oakland,
California. Mrs. Bell was Mary Bird of Everson and was a charming and loveable
lady. Mr. Bell is employed in the postal service at Oakland and is rapidly
rising in the service to prominence. Mr. Bell and Miss Bird were married
last fall and Mrs. Bell's death will be heard of with great sorrow by her
many friends in Whatcom county. She died in the East May hospital. Mrs. Bell's
mother, Mrs. J. W. Bell of Everson, left for Oakland on Sunday. Mrs. Joyce
of Everson, a sister, was visiting Mrs. Bell at the time of her sickness.
(From The Weekly Blade, July 31, 1901) Submitted by site coordinator.
BELLEW, Patrick (d. 1899)
Dr. and Mrs. S. N. Kelly received the sad intelligence today of the death of Patrick Bellew, Mrs. Kelly's father, on the Mayon river 150 miles above Dawson City, May 24. Death was caused by heart failure. Mr. Bellew left this city a year ago last May for the Klondike gold fields. He was born in County Meath, Ireland, in 1843. He came to America at the age of 12. Mr. Bellew arrived on the Bay about ten years ago. He had charge of the water mill from 1889 to 1895 and afterwards was manager of C. T. Moore's mill at Blaine. He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. S. N. Kelly, both residing this city. Mr. Bellew was a highly respected citizen, held in high esteem by all who knew him. Requiem mass will be celebrated for him at the Church of the Assumption Monday morning at 2 o'clock.
(From The Blaine Journal, August 18, 1899) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEMIS, Charles E. (d. 1933)
News of the death of Charles E. Bemis, age 88, who passed away on Sunday, was received here and graveyard services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Blaine Cemetery where the body was laid to rest in the family plot. Funeral services were held in Seattle on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Bemis and family were formerly of this city and quite a number of their old friends remember them. The body was accompanied by his two daughters, Mrs. Cora Shafer, of Mount Vernon, and Mrs. Adeline Chapman, of Seattle, and a son, Ed. Bemis, residing in Victoria, B.C.
(From The Blaine Journal, February 23, 1933) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.
BEMIS, Susan (d. 1897)
After an illness for upwards of one year Mrs. Susan Bemis, wife of our townsman Chas. Bemis, died at her home in Blaine at five o'clock on June 21st, 1897. Mrs. Bemis was 48 years of age. Mr. Bemis' family came from Muskegon, Mich., to this state in 1890. Chas. Bemis, husband of the deceased, is engaged as a filer in the Taylor & Ferguson shingle mill. Until a few weeks ago the family resided at Edmunds. Mr. Bemis was a member of what was known several years ago as the "Michigan Syndicate," being one of several shingle operatives, who came to Blaine from Michigan to work in the Chown shingle mill. With the exception of Mr. Bemis and a few others all of the syndicate have returned to their heath in Michigan.
The deceased was the mother of two daughters and a son. The son, Edward, now resides in Hamilton, Wash. Impressive funeral exercises were held at the Congregational church on Tuesday afternoon under the direction of Rev. Bailey. Wives and daughters of brother Odd Fellows of Mr. Bemis, skillfully arranged beautiful tributes that were placed upon the bier of the deceased, representing crosses, a heart and anchor and the three links. A wreath containing the picture of Mrs. Bemis and a general profusion of white roses were also contributed. The Odd Fellows attended in a body and extended their sympathy and assistance to the husband who is a member of the order. Burial ceremonies followed at the Blaine cemetery. Mr. Bemis is a reliable and industrious workman and has many warm friends in Blaine. He and his family have the sympathy of the entire community in the hour of their deep distress.
(From The Blaine Journal, June 25, 1897) Submitted by site coordinator.
BENCE, William (d. 1918)
Bence had been employed in the camp about two months. He came from Seattle and had worked at Everett and other camps. He was a Spanish war veteran and a member of the Bolo club of Seattle, an Auxiliary of the Vets. He served in the war in Company H, Second Battalion, Second Regiment, North Carolina. He carried a Vet's card in George Fortson Camp No. 2, of Seattle, and was a member of the Loyal Legion of Loggers. Relatives of the dead man have not been located, but friends will arrive from Seattle and Everett today to take charge of the body which is at the Harlow parlors. Coroner N. W. Wear investigated the case.
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 25, 1918) Submitted by site coordinator.
BENEDICTSON, Bjorn (d. 1931)
Bjorn Benedictson for nearly 28 years a resident of Blaine, passed to the Great Beyond Monday night of this week. He had been sick for several months and for four months confined to bed and suffered much.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Icelandic Free church with Rev. F. A. Fredrickson and Rev. H. E. Johnson officiating, and burial was made in the Blaine cemetery.
Deceased was born in Iceland Sept. 14, 1858. He was married in 1882 in that country to Kristin Johnson and they came to Canada in 1888, later moving to Blaine in 1903. Besides the widow six children survive as follows: Paul of Blaine, Mrs. Roy Dodd of Bellingham, Barney C. of Naches, Wash., Mrs. A. M. Farnum, Mrs. Percy Willoughby of Bellingham, and Mrs. Don Bourne of Portland. Also 14 grandchildren.
Mr. Benedictson was a kind husband and father and leaves many friends here to mourn his passing.
(From The Blaine Journal-Press, January 8, 1931) Submitted by site coordinator.
BENEDICTSON, Kristin (d. 1933)
Kristine (sic) Benedictson, a resident of Blaine for thirty years, passed away at the home of her son, Paul Benedictson, Monday, October 2nd. She had been confined to her bed for the past three weeks. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, in the Icelandic Free Church with the Rev. Albert Kristjanson officiating, and burial was made in the Blaine cemetery under the direction of E. E. Purdy & Sons. Mrs. Beneditson (sic) was born in Iceland June 8, 1856. She was married in 1882 in that country, to Bjorn Benedictson, who passed away January 5, 1931. They came to Canada in 1888 and moved to Blaine in 1903. Surviving are six children, Paul, of Blaine, Mrs. Roy Dodd, Mrs. A. M. Farnham, Mrs. Percy Willoughby and Mrs. Don Bourne, all of Bellingham, Wn., and Barney C. of Naches, Wn., also sixteen grandchildren.
(From The Blaine Journal, October 12, 1933) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.
BENJAMIN, David (d. 1905)
BENNETT, Alonzo L. (d. 1935)
Alonzo L. Bennett, aged 88, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. D. L. Baillie, 1414 J street, Friday, January 25, following a three months' illness. Mr. Bennett had been a resident of this county for the past twenty-eight years and was a member of J. H. Steedman post No. 24, G. A. R., holding the office of officer of day in the past; also an affiliated member of the Spanish-American War Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and of the United Brethren church, of Putnam, Ohio. Surviving relatives aside from Mrs. Baillie are one son, Herbert V. Bennett; two daughters, Mrs. F. P. Marsh and Mrs. Mabel Manning, all of this city; also ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and two sisters in the East. The remains are resting at the Harlow-Hollingsworth Funeral Home, where funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. R. L. Peterson, pastor of the Christian Advent church. Sunday, January 27, at 3:30 o'clock, followed by the ritualistic services of the Spanish-American War Veterans. Interment in Bay View Abbey.
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 26, 1935) Submitted by site coordinator.
BENNETT, Charles (d. 1899)
This community was startled Saturday morning by the announcement that Charles Bennett was dead. He had been suffering for some time with a slight attack of la grippe but at no time was he thought to be in a dangerous condition. A few days ago he had some trouble with his heart, suffering intense pain. And at one time he thought he would not live, but the trouble passed away and he looked, hopefully forward to the time when he could resume his work. On Saturday morning he went to the barn to feed his cow, and while handling some hay he was attacked with a severe pain in the region of the heart. He went to the house, and his wife prevailed on him to get into bed. Remedies that had been used successfully in the previous attack, were applied but without visible affect. And in a few moments he breathed his last.
Deceased was born in the Providence of Ontario, Canada, in 1835, and continued to reside there until sometime after his marriage which occurred in 1855. He then removed to the United States, coming to Blaine 13 years ago, where he has since resided.
He left a wife and four children, who have the sympathy of the entire community in their hour of affliction.
Mr. Bennett was a faithful and consistent member of the M. E. Church of this City and this society will feel deeply his loss. His funeral was held from the church, which was filled to over flowing by the citizens of the town, the sermon being preached by the pastor, Rev. J. W. Kendall.
(From The Blaine Journal, January 13, 1899) Submitted by site coordinator.
BENNETT, John (d. 1901)
In geology he was also a great student and in the early years of his residence here he took many trips into dense forests, hills and jungles. Some time in the '60's he an a party of four or five made a journey to Mt. Baker which Mr. Bennett was always delighted to describe.
In the '70's his niece, now Mrs. McAlpine, came from the East and remained
with her uncle until her marriage a few years later to Mr. McAlpine
and her removal to Skagit county. In 1885 Uncle John built a new residence
and Mr. McAlpine and family removed from their Skagit county home to
the new residence. Mr. Bennett survived, him however, his wife and several
children remaining to mourn this last affliction. In the death of Uncle John
Bennett the county loses a good citizen, upright in his dealings and a benefactor
to our people. The funeral will take place from his residence on the Marietta
road tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock and the remains deposited in Bay View
cemetery. Rev. N. R. Cox will officiate. Cars will run from the end of the
line at Squalicum creek.
(From The Weekly World-Herald, Fairhaven, WA, June 21, 1901; WGS collection)
BENNETT, Sally (d. 1905)
Mrs. Sally Bennett, wife of Amos G. Bennett, died at the family residence, on Fifteenth street, between Mill and Knox, on the south side, at 2 o'clock yesterday morning of a complication of diseases, aged 50 years. Her husband arrived here about a week ago from Wrangle, Alaska, where he has been in business for some time. She also leaves brothers and sisters. Deceased was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock today from the family residence. Interment will take place in Bay View cemetery under the direction of A. R. Maulsby.
(From The Bellingham Reveille, April 21, 1905) Submitted by site coordinator.
BENSON, Anna L. (d. 1954)
In the passing of Mrs. Anna Laura Benson Thursday, death stilled busy little hands that kept performing useful tasks nearly a century. Ninety-two years old last August, Mrs. Benson enjoyed what she called perfect health until about eight months ago when she suffered a slight stroke. A recurrence made her a hospital patient. But until that time, at her home at 1112 Roland St., she went about household tasks and busily pieced quilts, for one thing. She couldn't stand to be idle. Until a few years ago she chopped her own kitchen wood, bought it by the load, split it and stored it away. On her 85th birthday she posed for a news picture sailing into a big pile of wood. She swung the ax with swift precision and said she had been chopping wood since she was a child on a huge Eastern Washington farm. At the time of this exhibition of skill and strength she only weighed 100 pounds, was snowy-haired but erect and quick in her movements and her black eyes snapped with interest in everything that went on. That is the way she remained until a few months ago. The last few years, however, she had passed up the wood chopping.
Also she rode horseback until a few years ago. She had learned to ride a horse as a child of five on the Eastern Washington farm, rode and drove all through her girlhood and young womanhood, as that was the chief mode of transportation. She had vivid memories of spirited horses she had ridden and pictures of herself in long flowing riding habits when she rode sidesaddle. It was unheard of then for a woman to ride astride, but she confessed, with a twinkle and a smile, that she like riding with a blanket and surcingle, completely minus saddle, best of all.
Mrs. Benson was born Aug. 23, 1862, in the Walla Walla valley
to which her parents had come the years before from Kansas. Her father
was R. C. Newland who became a large landowner in that part of the state,
and her mother's brothers, the Day brothers, were doctors and lawyers. The
town of Dayton, Wash., took its name from her uncle, Jesse Day.
She was widowed in 1936 with the death of her husband, Charles D. Benson.
They came to Bellingham to live in 1924. She is survived by two sons, former
Police Chief C. Fred Benson and Dean (Jack) Benson of Ferndale; twin daughters,
Miss Vester Benson and Mrs. Esther Sapp, both of Bellingham, and another
daughter, Mrs. Edna Westerland of Snoqualmie; eight grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren. Funeral services have been arranged for Monday
at 2 p. m. in the Cathedral Chapel of the Westford funeral home. The
Rev. C. Eugene Sabine of the First Christian Church will officiate, and burial
will follow in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, November 5, 1954) Submitted by site coordinator.
BENSON, Charles A. (d. 1925)
CLEARBROOK, June 3. - Funeral services for the late C. A. Benson who passed on at his home at North Bellingham Thursday evening were held at the Clearbrook Lutheran church Sunday at 1:30 p. m. Rev. O. Westling, pastor of the church and Rev. L. Cornay of Bellingham, former pastor, officiating. The church was crowded to overflowing with friends and neighbors. The deceased was 54 years of age and leaves a wife and three children, two sons, Alvin and William, and one daughter, Anna, all at the family home, to mourn his loss. Mr. Benson and family were residents of this locality since 1911 coming here from Montana and locating on what was known as the Titus place on the Clearbrook-Everson road, living there until one year ago when due to failing health he sold the farm and moved to the home where he died. Four of his old neighbors here were among the pallbearers, Messrs. A. Gillis, P. J. Rasmussen, Otto Swensen and Carl Loreen. A large concourse of friends followed him to his last resting place in the Nooksack cemetery, with the Sumas funeral home in charge.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 3, 1925) Submitted by site coordinator.
BENSON, Mary Katherine (d. 1922)
Mrs.Mary Katherine Benson, a prominent member of St. Pauls' Episcopal church, died Saturday afternoon at the home of her sister, Mrs. H. B. Paige, 1020 Garden street, at the age of 50 years, after several weeks' illness. Private funeral services were held this morning at that church, with the rector, the Rev. W. B. Turrill, officiating. The body was shipped to Seattle, accompanied by relatives and Arthur C. Harlow, local undertaker, for cremation at the Bonny Watson chapel.
The survivors are the husband, W. H. Benson; three children, John F. Benson, a member of the Reveille staff; Mary Rees and Harding, all living at 814 High street; three sisters, Mrs. H. B. Paige and Miss Waldrip, Bellingham, and Mrs. R. W. Peters, Seattle, and two brothers, Elmer Waldrip, of Florida, and Frank H. Waldrip, of this state.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 7, 1922) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.
BENTHIEN, John J. H. (d. 1911)
J. J. H. Benthien, who had been at the point of death for several days, passed away last Friday night at his home here at the ripe age of 78 years. An aged wife, three sons, who reside at Milltown, Skagit County, and two daughters, one a teacher in the local schools, and one a returned missionary from Indian (sic), survive him. The funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the home by Rev. C. B. Seely and the body taken that evening to Milltown for burial.
John Jochin Herman Benthien was born in Lubeck, Germany, November 1, 1832, and when a young man learned the ship carpenter's trade and followed the sea for many years. He was a man of great travel and of unusual natural talent, there scarcely being a place that he could not describe with interest from personal observation. September 7, 1865, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Linford at Liverpool, England, where they resided for four years. They removed to the State of Illinois and lived there for thirty-eight years and came to Whatcom County in 1906, making their home here since. All the the children were present at the funeral.
(From The Blaine Journal, May 19, 1911) Submitted by site coordinator.
BENTLEY, Daniel (d. 1899)
The funeral of Daniel Bentley, aged 55 years, whose death occurred at St. Joseph's hospital Saturday, was held at the Church of the Assumption yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Father Boulet, assisted by Father Williams of Tacoma. The burial service was conducted by Undertaker Warinner. Interment was made in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Blade, May 18, 1899) Submitted by site coordinator.
BENTLEY, Edward H. (d. 1914)
Edward H. Bentley, aged 73 years, passed away at the family residence, 2430 Franklin street, Sunday, July 19, after an illness of several years. He was a member of the Christian church and of the Ancient Order of United Workmen of Sweet Springs, Mo., and of J. B. Steedman Post No. 24, Grand Army of the Republic, Bellingham. He is survived by Mrs. Bentley and one son, T. C. Bentley, of this city. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 21, at 10 o'clock a. m. from the funeral parlors of Undertaker Harry O. Bingham, 1319 Dock street, Rev. F. B. Culver, pastor of the Evangelical church officiating. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery. The funeral car will leave from the corner of North and Franklin streets at 9:50 for the convenience of the relatives.
(From The Bellingham Herald, July 20, 1914) Submitted by site coordinator.
BENTZEN, Per (d. 1918)
Per Bentzen, one of the respected pioneers of Whatcom county, died at the family residence at Ferndale Monday, August 12, at 8:45 p.m., at the age of 75 years, 10 months and 27 days. He leaves to mourn his loss his widow, Johanna Bentzen, and one daughter, Mrs. E. W. Swanson, of Ferndale. He was born in Sweden September 16, 1842. He came to Utsalady, Wash., in 1873, and one year later removed to Lynden, where he resided until about ten years ago, when he came to Ferndale, where he has since lived. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 15, at 10 o'clock a. m. from the chapel of George A. Monroe, and burial will be at the Bellingham mausoleum.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 12, 1918) Submitted by site coordinator.
BERG, Ellen (d. 1927)
Mrs. John Berg passed away at her home Friday after a long illness, at
the age of 61 years. She leaves beside her husband, one son Fred, of Bellingham,
and one daughter Mrs. Arthur Bargewell, of Nooksack; also five brothers and
two sisters. Her brothers; Charles Nelson of Anacortes, Columbus Nelson and
wife of Salem, Ore., Harvey Nelson and wife of Bellingham, Hugh Nelson of
South Bend, Wash., and one sister, Mrs Welty of Enumclaw, were here to attend
the funeral Sunday. It was held at the Advent Christian Church, with Rev.
Keepers, officiating, and interment was made in the Nooksack cemetery.
(From The Nooksack Sentinel, September 1, 1927) Submitted by site coordinator.
BERG, Priscilla (d. 1914)
Mrs. Priscilla Berg, aged 82 who came to Whatcom County in 1883? and has since then continually resided on the farm near Nooksack, which her husband homesteaded, died on Tuesday, June 16 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. M. Germain. She leaves seven children to mourn her loss.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 25, 1914) Submitted by site coordinator.
BERGE, Hans (d. 1967)
Hans Berge, 87 of Route 2, Ferndale passed away Sunday, July 30. Mr. Berge had been a resident of Ferndale for 61 years and was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Ferndale and the WCDA. He is survived by 1 daughter, Mrs. Helen Mauler of Ferndale; 2 granddaughters, Mrs. Karen Redelf of Bothell; Miss Twila Mauler of Ferndale; 1 grandson, Robert Mauler of Bothell; 2 sisters in Norway; 2 aunts, Mrs. Anna Hauger of Ferndale; Mrs. Olinda Ulvestad of Lodi, Wisc.; numerous other relatives. Funeral services will be held in Moles Funeral Chapel Wednesday, August 2 at 1:30 p. m. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 1, 1967)
BERGER, Mary M. (d. 1942)
BERGMAN, Reuben H. (d. 1924)
Reuben Herman Bergman, aged 14 years, beloved son of Mrs. N. J. Tangvald, passed way at the family home, 1452 Grant street, after a short illness. Reuben was a student of the Whatcom high school, belonging to the freshman class and a member of the Swedish Baptist church. Besides the many friends who will sadly mourn his loss he is survived by the mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Tangvald, and four sisters, Mrs. Hazel Anderson of Arthur, Iowa; Helen and Vancel Bergman and Caroline Tangvald; and one brother, George Tangvald, all at the family home. The remains are resting at the O. R. Hollingsworth funeral home and funeral announcements will be made later.
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 28, 1924) Copied by Merrily Lawson.
BERKMAN, Hannah (d. 1905)
Miss Hannah Berkman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Berkman, of Bellingham, died at the Parker Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, last Wednesday, March 15th, 1905, of tumor. The burial was made in the cemetery west of this city Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. George R. Varney, of the First Baptist Church of Bellingham, conducting the services.
Miss Berkman was born November 25, 1871, in the county of Saunders, Nebraska, and with her parents came to this state in 1884. In the year 1889 they removed to Lynden and this place was their home for nearly thirteen years when they went to Bellingham. Miss Hannah went to Michigan two years ago and remained there until her death. She was a member of the Baptist Church, having united with a Church of that denomination in Portland, Oregon, in 1885. Her brother, Herbert, went to Detroit a couple of weeks ago, and was with her during the last week of her illness. The parents, brother and two sisters, Mrs. J. S. Cederberg, of Chehalis, and Mrs. J. F. Miller, of Bellingham, are left to mourn her loss. The members of the family were all present at the funeral here except the mother, who was unable to make the trip out from Bellingham on account of her poor health. During her residence in this city, Miss Hannah made a host of friends who are deeply grieved over her untimely demise. The PILOT joins with friends of the family in extending sympathy and condolence to the bereaved ones.
(From The Pacific Pilot, March 23, 1905) Submitted by site coordinator.
BERRY, Anita W. (d. 1954)
Mrs. Anita W. Berry, age 59 years, of Ferndale, passed away in a
local hospital, Wednesday, Dec. 15, following a short illness. Mrs Berry
was home economics instructor at Ferndale High School and a member of the
First Methodist Church of Kelso; the Bellingham A. A. U. W., the National
Educational Association and the Alpha Chi Omega. She is survived by one
son, Robert W. Berry of Cambridge, Mass.; two daughters, Miss Mary Lou
Berry of Longview and Mrs. William P. Beall Jr. or Berkeley, Calif.; her
mother, Mrs. Mary Worth of Longview. Funeral services will be conducted
Friday, Dec. 17, at 4:30 P. M. within the Cathedral Chapel of Westford
Funeral Home with the Rev. Harry Martynse, pastor of the United Church of
Ferndale, officiating. The remains will be forwarded to LaGrande, Oregon,
(From The Bellingham Herald, December 16, 1954) Submitted by Clyde Senger.
Some additional notes from Westford Funeral Home records: In Ferndale since 1947; Born 25 Jan 1895 LaGrande, Oregon. age 59 years 10 months 20 days; Father William Worth, mother Mary Farris; Graduated 1916 Washington State - Masters in Home Ec.; Member 1st Methodist of Kelso Wn.; La Grande Oregon arrangements by Snodgrass Funeral Home.
From Union County, Oregon History and Genealogy Project site: Interred next to parents in Hillcrest Cem. near La Grande, Union Co.,Oregon; William R. Worth, born 1855, died 1902; Mary M. Worth, born 20 Nov 1874, died 30 Dec 1956, father Joe Harrison.
From a relative: Anita Worth married John Franklin Berry who was born 20 Feb 1876, Butler Co., Kansas, died 15 July 1947 Kent, King Co WA; 3 children Mary Lou, Jacqueline, and Robert.
BERTRAND, Charles (d. 1958)
Mr. Bertrand is survived by his wife, Minnie, at home; two
daughters, Mrs. Marion Mulhern of Bellingham and Miss Blanche Bertrand
at the family home; three brothers, Philip of Clinton, Iowa and Henry and
Adelor of Jefferson, S. D.; one sister, Sister Mary Alfreda, Fort Dodge,
Iowa; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 30, 1958) Submitted by site coordinator.
BERTRAND, James C. (d. 1933)
Whatcom county's oldest resident, J. C. Bertrand, died Monday night at the home of his son, Jenks Bertrand, in this city, Monday evening at the age of 103 years. Mr. Bertrand, who defied old age as he passed the century mark, has been for many years a famous character of this city and his popularity extended to other sections of the county. In 1858 Mr. Bertrand arrived in Blaine from his home in Exeter, Illinois. His first work was along the boundary line slashing. He moved to Chilliwack in the spring of 1859, where he was engaged in the mercantile business. He was married November 3, 1859 and to the union were born nine children, Mrs. Bertrand having departed this life in 1918. In March, 1871, Mr. Bertrand again returned to the United States and went to Bertrand Prairie near Lynden, which part of the county now bears his name. He returned to Blaine in 1866 (sic) [1886?] and opened a store, continuing in business for twenty-five years. He also dealt in real estate. The call of the wanderlust attracted him in 1900 and he went to Alaska and later was one of the explorers of Northern British Columbia.
Up to the time of his death he was unusually active for his age, up to
the last year or so, devoting part of each day to the cutting of wood. He
had not been ill, but developed a cold several days ago, which is believed
to have resulted in his passing. Survivors, in addition to his son are three
daughters, Mrs. Arthur Marshall and Mrs. Frank Glenn of Bellingham, and Mrs.
Frank Adams of Blaine. Funeral services were held this Thursday afternoon
at the Purdy funeral chapel and interment was made in the Blaine cemetery.
Rev. Clarence B. Seely was in charge of the services. The entire community
regrets the passing of this old pioneer and its sympathy is extended to the
(From The Blaine Journal-Press February 16, 1933) Submitted by site coordinator.
BERTRAND, Lucy A. (d. 1920)
Friends gathered Tuesday at the Knapp Parlors to attend the funeral services for the late Mrs. Lucy A. Bertrand, who passed away at St. Joseph's hospital in Bellingham Sunday following an operation. Rev. W. O. Benadom conducted the services. Mrs. Bertrand was 52 years old. She was born at Lower Sumas, B. C. On June 4, 1888, she was married to Charles Bertrand. Most of her life was spent on a farm at South Aldergrove, B. C. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Myrtle.
(From The Lynden Tribune, March 25, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.
BERTRAND, Samuel (d. 1888)
BERTRAND, William (d. 1930)
BERTSCH, John (d. 1913)
John Bertsch, who passed away in Providence hospital, Seattle, last week, was buried from the Congregational church Saturday afternoon last, Rev. O. P. Avery officiating.
The deceased was one of the earlier settlers of Blaine, for many years conducting a blacksmith shop here. Born in Switzerland in 1846, he came to this country with his parents when 10 years of age and settled in Illinois. Later the family removed to Wisconsin. In 1873 he was married to Miss Louisa Mosher, to which union five children were born, all of whom with the mother survive. They are: Mrs. Bert Upson, Mrs. H. H. Snow, Mrs. Thos. Nicoll, and Raymond Bertsch, all of Blaine, and Mrs. N. R. Messerly of Tacoma.
Mr. Bertsch has been in poor health for many months and about a year ago had to abandon active work. Several weeks ago he went to Seattle for treatment, but without relief.
The bereaved family has the sympathy of everyone in the loss of husband and father.
(From The Blaine Journal, April 4, 1913) Submitted by site coordinator.
BERTSCH, Louisa (d. 1931)
Louisa Moser was born in Zurich, Switzerland, Feb. 7, 1851. She migrated with her parents to America at the age of five years and settled in Alma, Wisconsin, where in 1873 she was united in marriage to John Bertsch, a native of her mother country. Two children were born to them in Alma, Ida and Lillie. Mr. and Mrs. Bertsch with their small family later removed to Minnesota where another daughter, Clara, was born. In 1882 they came West to Blaine taking up a homestead in the district now known as Excelsior, so named by a committee of three of which Mr. Bertsch was one. In these early days there were only a few other families here besides their own and the only store was on Semiahmoo Spit. Three children were born at the homestead here: Emma, Bertha and Raymond. Mr. Bertsch passed on 18 years ago and of the six children four survive, Mrs. Ida M. Snow having passed on at her home here April 2nd of this year and Emma in young womanhood, passed on Feb. 11, 1907 at the family home. The surviving children are Mrs. M. B. Upson of this city, Mrs. Norman Messerly of Van Nuys, Calif., Mrs. Thomas Nicoll of Roy, B. C. and Raymond Bertsch of Anacortes, Wash. There are also eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. ...
(From The Blaine Journal-Press, May 28, 1931) Submitted by site coordinator.
BEVER, James (d. 1936)
BEYER, Elsie (d. 1925)
BEYER, Hebe G. (d. 1908)
Miss Hebe G. Beyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Beyer, passed away at the residence, 1207 West Holly Street, yesterday forenoon at 8:50 o'clock, after a lingering illness of nearly four years. Miss Beyer was born in Kerney (sic), Nebraska, July 10, 1882, being 26 years old at the time of her death. She came to this city with her parents 23 years ago, and has resided here continuously ever since, excepting one year spent in Colorado. Miss Beyer was a graduate of the Bellingham High school of the class of 1901; and graduated from the University of Washington in 1905. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Her surviving relatives are her parents, two sisters, Mrs. W. H. Bland and Miss Cecelia Beyer, and three brothers, William C., Fred W. and Earl Beyer, all being in the city with the exception of Mr. Beyer, Sr. and Fred W. Beyer, the former being in California and the latter in Alaska. Funeral services will be conducted at the chapel of W. H. Mock & Sons in the Maple Block Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. A. W. Cheatham, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment is to be made in the family plot at Bay view Cemetery. The funeral car will leave the corner of G and Ellsworth Streets at 2 o'clock, conveying the family and friends to the chapel.
(From The Morning Reveille, October 2, 1908)
BICE, Frank E. (d. 1956)
Frank E. Bice, age 78 years, a pioneer resident of Blaine passed away
Thursday, April 26 in a local hospital. He leaves to survive one daughter,
Mrs. Leota Jones of Blaine, and one son, Ralph Bice of Seattle, two
granddaughters, Elizabeth Jones of Blaine and Carolyn Cook of Seattle, two
sisters, Mrs. Olive Bainter and Mrs. Edith Eckrem, both of Blaine; three
brothers, George and Bert, both of Custer and William of Rt. 2, Blaine.
Numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted in the
McKinney Funeral Home at Blaine, Monday, April 30 at 10:30 a. m. with
Rev. Clarence Lund officiating. Graveside services will be held at Enterprise
Cemetery by the Kulshan Masonic Lodge No. 186.
(From The Bellingham Herald; WGS collection) Relative Robert Mix
BICE, Lois M. (d. 1940)
(From The Bellingham Herald, July 23, 1940) Submitted by site coordinator. Relative Robert Mix
BICE, Olive (d. 1908)
Mrs. Frank Bice died Saturday morning last at the home of her aunt,
Mrs. Boblett, on Fourth street. The direct cause being blood poisoning.
Mrs. Bice had not enjoyed good health for some time. The remains were shipped
to Custer on Monday mornings' train, where the funeral services were
held by Rev. Berringer. The interment was made in the Enterprise cemetery.
A number of friends and relatives attended the funeral from this
(From the Blaine Journal, April 3, 1908) A funeral notice for Mrs. Olive Bice appeared in the Ferndale Record, April 3, 1908.
BICE, Ora (d. 1951)
Mrs. Ora Bice, age 68, passed away Saturday, August 18, at Sedro Woolley
following a lingering illness. Mrs. Bice was formerly a Bellingham resident.
Surviving relatives include on daughter, Mrs. Opal Hudson, of Bothell; one
son, Lloyd Bice,fof Seattle; four sisters, Mrs. Otto Hoier, of Blaine,
Mrs. Pearl Moon of Blaine, Miss Allie Wyrick of Blaine and Mrs. Edna
Duranceau of Anacortes; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. from the
chapel of the McKinney Funeral Home in Blaine with the Rev. Frank Thompson
of National, Wash., officiating. Interment, Blaine Cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald; WGS collection)
BICE, Susan G. (d. 1977)
Susan G. Bice, age 84, of 1011 School Rd., Ferndale, passed away in
a local hospital Sun., Dec. 25. She had been a resident of the Blaine
and Whatcom Co. area since 1916. Survivors include a step son, Lloyd
Bice of Seattle; a step daughter, Opal Hudson of Fenton; also numerous
nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held in Veroskes McKinney Funeral
Home, Thurs., Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Julia Brand officiating.
Burial in the Enterprise Cemetery.
(From the WGS collection)
BICE, Thomas H. (d. 1911)
Thomas Bice passed away at his home near Custer Wednesday morning from cancer, at the age of 73 years, 7 months and 9 days. He has suffered from cancer of the face for the past five months. Thomas Bice was one of the earliest settlers in this part of Whatcom County, first coming to this section from California in 1858. He lived on the old place where he died for about 37 years, and was esteemed by every one who knew him. He was a native of Cornwall, England. An aged wife, four sons and three daughters are left to mourn the loss of husband and father, all of whom reside near the old home place just north of Custer. The funeral services will be held at Custer this afternoon at 1:30 o'clock and the burial will take place in the Enterprise cemetery.
TO MEMORY OF THOMAS H. BICE
With the death of Thomas H. Bice, which occurred November 29th, another of the few remaining pioneers who prepared the way in the wilderness many years ago, has crossed the divide from whence no mortal ever returns, and his face will be seen no more. Stricken by a malignant disease several months ago, medical attention and solicitous care proved of no avail, until enfeebled by long suffering, peacefully the end drew near, and with the birth of the new day, on the wings of the morning, his spirits took flight to the eternal realms above.
When a mere boy, deceased emigrant with his family moved from England to the United States. Together they crossed the plains in 1852 on their way to California, where his father had preceded them three years before, and took up their residence in Grass Valley. Later on he traveled extensively and toiled several years in the Cariboo mines in British Columbia. It was in the early spring of 1872 that Tom Bice blazed a trail in the boundless forest from the banks of California creek to his future homestead, where by indomitable courage, ceaseless labors and untold privations, he at last succeeded in the establishment of a comfortable home noted for thrift and hospitality. During his long sojourn among us he affiliated with the Methodist church.
He attained the age of 73 years and seven months, and leaves behind him
to mourn his loss, his wife, four sons and three daughters, besides one brother
and two sisters who reside in California. Respected by all who knew him,
Thomas H. Bice will long be remembered by his pioneer associates as a true
friend, by his neighbors as an honest man, and by the present generation
as an exemplary citizen.
(From The Blaine Journal, December 1 & 8, 1911) Submitted by site coordinator. Relative Robert Mix
BICE, William R. (d. 1981)
William R. Bice, age 79 of 8362 Portal Way, Blaine, died January 13, 1981
at Stafholt Nursing Home. He was born January 21, 1901 near Blaine [in Custer]
and lived all his life on the farm that his parents homesteaded. Before his
retirement, he spent many summers in Alaska as a cook and a baker for
the Pacific American Fisheries. In later years he raised strawberries.
He was also active playing drums for the Jet Star Band at the Ferndale
Senior Center. Surviving are his wife Edna; 1 son, Raymond Bice of Homer,
Alaska; 4 daughters, Rosalie Martin of Bellingham; Dolores Clark of Seattle;
Marlene Korenek of Vashon; Lorelie Jensen of Snohomish; 7 grandchildren;
2 great granddaughters. Private graveside services will be conducted under
the direction of Moles Funeral Home at Enterprise Cemetery. Visitation at
Moles Funeral Home Thursday, January 15 from 3 pm to 5 pm. Remembrances may
be made to the Stafholt Nursing Home.
(From The Bellingham Herald; WGS collection)
BICKFORD, Anna C. (d. 1909)
Anna C. Bickford, aged 67 years, wife of M. Bickford, died at the residence, 2603 Woburn Street, at an early hour this morning after an extended illness. Mrs. Bickford came to this city a little more than one year ago from the state of Missouri. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, Miss Lizzie Bickford, Mrs. Frank Eizea and Mrs. John M. Warnick, also two sons, Frank and Morris Bickford, all residents of Bellingham with the exception of the latter, whose home is in Webb City, Mo. Aside from the above, Mrs. Bickford leaves sixteen grandchildren, thirteen of whom reside here. Mrs. Bickford became the wife of Matthew Bickford the 15th of February, 1866. The body lies at the private reception rooms of W. H. Mock & Sons in the Maple block. The funeral will be held at the chapel of W. H. Mock & Sons Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, W. H. Mock officiating. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery. The funeral car will leave Verona and Kentucky Streets at 1:30 o'clock conveying the funeral party to the chapel.
(From The Morning Reveille, February 2, 1909) Submitted by site coordinator.
BICKFORD, Matthew (d. 1918)
BIDDELL, John (d. 1915)
Members of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges and many friends gathered
Sunday afternoon at the Methodist Church to pay their last respects to John
Biddell, who passed away Thursday morning. The Rev. Paul Ashby, who conducted
the services, spoke of Mr. Biddell's many good qualities. Services at the
cemetery were in charge of the Odd Fellows, of which lodge Mr. Biddell had
been a member for 38 years.
Mr. Biddell was born in England Sept. 1, 1845, and came to Ohio when 8
years old. In 1865, he carried supplies by ox-team to western forts. In 1877,
he was married to Lovina Gifford, and in 1885, he moved to California, where
he resided 25 years, coming to Lynden five years ago. His sterling character
won him a wide circle of friends, who join with his widow in mourning his
(From The Lynden Tribune, October 14, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.
BIDLACK, William O. (d. 1926)
William O. Bidlack, aged 85 years, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. N. J. Rafter, 2115 Franklin street, early Saturday morning, October 23, after a residence in Bellingham of twenty-one years. Besides his daughter, Mrs. Rafter, with whom he made his home, Mr. Bidlack is survived by one son, George L. Bidlack, also of this city; one sister, Mrs. Sarah Lundy of Michigan; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Bidlack was a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted at Fort Wayne, Ind., November 22, 1861, in Company G, Forty-fourth volunteer regiment, at the age of 20 years, as was mustered out as a lieutenant at Nashville, Tenn., September 14, 1865. He was a member of J. B. Steedman post, G. A. R., a past department commander of the State of Michigan, and a past commander of Apperson post of South Bellingham. The body rests at the Harlow mortuary home, Holly and Forest streets, where funeral services will be held Monday afternoon, October 25, at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. Charles MacCaughey of the Garden Street Methodist church officiating, after which the ritualistic service of the Grand Army of the Republic will be given by officers and members of J. B. Steedman post, and interment made in the family plot in Bay View cemetery. Pallbearers will be members of the Sons of Veterans.
(From The Bellingham Herald, October 23, 1926) Submitted by site coordinator.
BIEBER, Conrad (d. 1920)
Conrad Bieber, aged 60 years, the well-known leader of the juvenile band here, passed away quite suddenly at 7:30 Wednesday morning. He was taken sick about six o'clock in the morning. Death was caused by the bursting of a blood vessel in the throat or chest. Mr. Bieber had not been in vigorous health for some time, but was able to continue his work, and only the night before lead his juvenile band at the musical given in the Congregational church. Deceased was a talented musician and made himself prominent here in a short time by organizing and training a large juvenile band, a work that required skill as well as infinite patience. He came here seven months ago from Mansfield, Wash., but formerly resided in Seattle. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Congregational church, Rev. Congdon officiating, and the remains taken on the evening train to Seattle for burial. The surviving relatives are the wife and two daughters, who attended the funeral from Seattle. Deceased was a life member of the musicians union of Seattle, a rare attainment, and was a member of the Woodmen of the World lodge.
(From The Blaine Journal, February 6, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.
BIEHLE, Carl W. (d. 1927)
BIGGERSTAFF, Hugh (d. 1923)
Hugh Biggerstaff, aged 88 years, a Civil war veteran and a resident of this county for the past thirty-three years, passed away at a local hospital Tuesday afternoon, October 30, after a very short illness. Mr. Biggerstaff resided at Marietta at the time of his last illness and was one of the pioneers of this county. Besides many friends, he leaves to mourn his passing three sons and five daughters, Charles and Thomas Biggerstaff of Bellingham and William Biggerstaff of Concrete; Mrs. Maggie Lefler and Mrs. Florence Book of Bellingham, Route 2; Mrs. Aurora Henry, Gold Beach, Ore.; Mrs. Dillie Stenberg, Seattle and Mrs. Amy Duppenthaler, Redmond, Wash. The remains are in the care of the O. R. Hollingsworth funeral home, 120-122 Prospect street, where funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon, November 1 at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. D. M. McPhail, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating. Interment will be made in the family plot in Woodlawn cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, October 3, 1923)
BIGGERSTAFF, Margaret (d. 1916)
Mrs. Margaret Biggerstaff, aged 75 years, passed away at the family home at Marietta Monday, January 3, after an illness of only a few days. Mrs. Biggerstaff, with her family, had resided at the place of death for the past twenty-four years. She is survived by her husband, Hugh Biggerstaff; five daughters and three sons, Mrs. Florence L. Book, Marietta; Mrs. Fred Duppenthaler, Ferndale; Mrs. Robert Lefler, Bellingham; Mrs George Henry, Golden Beach, Ore.; Mrs. Herbert Bartch, Cedar Falls, Wash.; Charles H. and Thomas W. Biggerstaff, of Marietta, and William H. Biggerstaff, of Concrete. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 5, from the home at Marietta, with Rev. H. L. Townsend, pastor of the South Bellingham Methodist church, officiating. Interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 4, 1916) Submitted by site coordinator.
BINGHAM, Harry O. (d. 1922)
Harry O. Bingham, one of the best known undertakers and funeral directors in the Northwest, died at his home, 730 High street, early this morning as the result of a severe attack of heart trouble, with which he had been affected for a long time. The exact time of his death is uncertain, as he was dead when Mrs. Bingham went to his bedside about 8 a. m., but possibly it occurred about 7 o'clock. He had been feeling badly for the last six months and his last attack was so severe that Dr. S. R. Boynton was called and remained with him nearly all night. Mr. Bingham had made preparations to take a rest and planned to leave tomorrow for the East, intending to go as far as Vermont and later visit his sisters in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He intended to be absent several weeks. Mr. Bingham's death came unexpectedly. He was at his place of business yesterday. The report of his death spread rapidly about the city and could scarcely be credited by those who had seen him within a few hours of his demise. Mr. Bingham's friends are legion. He was one of the most popular funeral directors Bellingham has ever had and it is generally agreed that he was ideally fitted for that capacity, being always sympathetic and careful in all the details of a funeral.
Mr. Bingham is survived by his widow, Mrs. Etta Bingham; two sons, Vernal D. Bingham, of Mount Vernon, and Clifton, the younger, of this city; three sisters, Mrs. Lola Trent, of San Diego; Mrs. Mary Wadsworth, of Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Tom Johnson, of Cleveland, Ohio, and two brothers, Frank E. Bingham, of San Diego, and Herbert O. Bingham, of Tacoma. The latter will attend the funeral, arrangements for which had not been made today. Mr. Bingham belonged to many fraternal societies among them Whatcom lodge 151, F. & A. M., the Odd Fellows, Nile Temple of the Shriners, Elks' lodge No. 194, Olalla camp No. 383, Woodmen of the World, the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, Eagles'aerie No. 31, and the Tribe of Ben Hur. He also was a member of the Rotary club.
A resident of Bellingham since 1907, when he established his business
here, Mr. Bingham about two years ago built the finest mortuary chapel and
embalming establishment north of Seattle, at a cost of about $30,000. Prior
to his entrance into the undertaking business Mr. Bingham was a locomotive
engineer, serving in that position for seventeen years on the O. R. &
N. railway. He was born at Sugar Grove, Pa., November 23, 1866. After a busy
boyhood he clerked in stores in Elyria, O., and in Colorado. Then he was
seized with a desire for travel and went to New Mexico, and from there to
Eastern Washington. In 1888 he became a fireman on the O. R. & N. in
that part of the state and after firing for three years became a locomotive
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 19, 1922) Submitted by site coordinator.
BIRD, Andrew B. (d. 1909)
Andrew Breeding Bird, aged 53 years, proprietor of the Hotel Bird at Wickersham, this county, died at St. Luke's Hospital yesterday forenoon at 10:15 o'clock, death being due to peritonitis. Mr. Bird was brought to this city from Baker, Wash., last Wednesday for medical treatment. He came to Whatcom County eleven years ago from Trenton, Texas. He was former mayor of Trenton, and a fellow townsman of John R. Shelley, city jailer of this city. Mr. Bird is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sallie W. Bird, of 2521 Utter Street, and one daughter, Mrs. Lillie M. Amos, a resident of Baker, Wash. Funeral services will be conducted at the chapel of W. H. Mock & Sons in the Maple Block Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Earle Maftzger, pastor of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, will be the officiating clergyman. The Trinity quartet will have charge of the music. The pallbearers will be selected from the membership of Whatcom Lodge No. 109, Knights of Pythias, to which order the deceased belonged. Interment will be made in Bay View Cemetery.
(From The Morning Reveille, April 13, 1909) Submitted by site coordinator.
BIRDSELL, Reuben (d. 1923)
BIRDWELL, Matthew (d. 1927)
Matthew Birdwell, 78, who was a resident of Whatcom county for 35 years,
prior to 5 years ago, when he removed to Bow, died in Bellingham Tuesday
morning, Feb. 15. He had been ill three weeks. He was a member of the
Masonic lodge at Nooksack and of the First Christian church, holding his
membership in the East. The surviving relatives include one son, William
R. of Bow; two daughters, Mrs. C. B. Walker and Mrs. Fannie Renswold, Bellingham;
two brothers, Frank Birdwell, Bend, Ore., and Robert Birdwell, Youngsport,
Texas; one sister, Mrs. Rebecca Boozer, Spokane; seven grandchildren. The
funeral took place from the Hollingsworth Funeral Home Thursday afternoon,
and interment was made in the cemetery at Kendall, where he has relatives
(From The Deming Prospector, February 18, 1927) Submitted by site coordinator.
BIRDWELL, Samuel H. (d. 1925)
Samuel H. Birdwell, former resident of Kendall, age 52, collapsed
at the wheel of his auto just outside Klamath Falls, Ore., Saturday afternoon
and died 30 minutes later at the hospital in that city. His wife and
daughter were with him in the auto. Mr. Birdwell was for many years a resident
of Kendall, his father, Matt Birdwell, having taken up a homestead there
in the early days. During recent years Samuel had lived on a farm in
Ten Mile district, but recently removed to Oregon. The remains were brought
to Bellingham and funeral service held at the O. R. Hollingsworth chapel
at 10 o'clock Thursday morning, Rev. Barton officiating. Interment was made
in the Kendall cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic lodge of Lynden
of which he was a member. The funeral was attended by a large number of
friends in this vicinity. Mr. Birdwell is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma
Birdwell; two daughters, Mrs. Irene Colley and Miss Hazel Birdwell; father
Matt Birdwell; brother, W. R. Birdwell, and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Walker
and Mrs. Fannie Renswold all of Bellingham.
(From The Deming Prospector, August 7, 1925) Submitted by site coordinator.
BIRKES, Martha A. (d. 1925)
Mrs. Martha A. Birkes, aged 68 years, widow of C. R. Birkes, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. H. Kooksetter (sic), 1414 West Illinois street, Friday afternoon, June 26, after a residence in Bellingham of about four years. Mrs. Birkes had lived in Walla Walla for many years previous to coming to Bellingham to make her home with her daughter, after the death of her husband in 1921. She was a member of the Christian church of Walla Walla. Besides her daughter, she is survived by four sons, Albert of Spokane, Elvan and Richard of Walla Walla, and Cleve of Portland, and nine grandchildren. The body rests at the Harlow mortuary home and will be taken by Mrs. Gookstetter (sic) to Walla Walla, where funeral services will be held and interment made in the family plot beside the body of her husband.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 27, 1925) Submitted by site coordinator.
BIRNEY, Homer J. (d. 1927)
As a physician and surgeon, Dr. Birney was popular, revealing to his patients a kindly, affable and cheerful manner. Born in Cadiz, Ohio, in 1855, he migrated with his parents to Illinois in 1878, settling on a farm. Entering Rush Medical college at Chicago, Dr. Birney was graduated from that institution in 1882. He opened his first office at Heyworth, Ill, in the same year and practiced his profession there eight years. He located in Whatcom, now a part of Bellingham, in 1890. After a successful practice here, he removed in 1917 to Ferndale, in which district he owned a farm. A student by inclination, Dr. Birney took frequent post graduate courses in Chicago, at Johns Hopkins university, Baltimore and in Europe. For a year he remained abroad.
In 1883 Dr. Birney married Miss Mae Kelley, of Normal, Ill. She died in 1916. On July 4, 1922, he married Miss Sophia Richards, who survives him. Other surviving relatives are one daughter, Mrs. Fred E. Laube, Bellingham; three grandchildren, Katherine Mae, Ethefred and Frederick Laube Jr., and one sister, Mrs. Hester Brinley, Chillicothe, Mo. Funeral announcements will be made.
(From The Bellingham Herald, November 8, 1927) Submitted by site coordinator.
BIRNEY, Mae (d. 1917)
Mrs. Mae Birney was born on a farm near Heyworth, McLean County, Illinois,
on June 4, 1858, being the daughter of Joshua R. and Mary Kelley. Later the
family moved to Normal, a suburb of Bloomington. She was educated at the
Illinois State university at Normal, and for several years prior to her marriage
to Dr. Birney taught school in McLean county. Her marriage to the doctor
occurred on June 23, 1882, at Normal, where they resided until their removal
to Bellingham, Washington, in 1890. While in Illinois she was a member of
the Christian church; in Bellingham she attended the Congregational church.
In her social activities her unswerving loyalty to her many firm friends,
and the societies with which she was connected, together with her unusual
qualities of mind made her a valued member of the Aftermath Club of this
city, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Chapter AB, P. E. O.
Her freely expressed opinions on public questions, in all of which she was
deeply interested, were always founded on an intelligent and just judgment.
Those whose loss can not be expressed in words are her husband, one daughter,
Mrs. Fred Laube, her mother, Mrs. Mary Kelley, two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Goodheart,
all of this city, and Miss Katharine Kelley, of Bloomington, Illinois, and
a brother, William H. Kelley, of Indianapolis, Indiana.
(From The Bellingham Herald April 7, 1917) Relative: Zach
BISHOP, James L. (d. 1919)
BISHOP, William J. (d. 1923)
SUMAS, Dec. 25. - The funeral of William J. Bishop, pioneer, was conducted from the Presbyterian church at Everson yesterday afternoon. The Rev. H. M. Course officiated, assisted by the Rev. B. K. McElmon, of Bellingham. Interment was made in Nooksack cemetery. Mr. Bishop was born in 1832 in Prince Edwards island, coming West while still a young man. He settled on what is now known as the David Wright (sic) farm at Hampton station, fifty-one years ago, and was one of the sturdy old pioneers of the Nooksack valley, hewing out for himself a home in the then wilds of this district. Eight years after locating here he was joined by his nephew, David Wight (sic), with whom he has made his home during all these years. Retiring from active work some years ago, he with Mr. and Mrs. Wight, moved to Everson, where they have since lived. He will be remembered by the oldest settlers as a man of sterling character, of wonderful physique, a man who might be pointed out among a thousand as carrying his age well. With all the laborous work of clearing land and tilling the soil, he stood tall and erect.
A staunch Presbyterian, he with James Harkness and Peter Gillies sr., became the first elders of the Presbyterian church organized by Rev. B. K. McElmon, the pioneer missionary, in 1883 at the old trading post at Nooksack Crossing, and has continued active in church work until he became too feeble to carry on. The occasion of his ninety-first birthday being the last time he was able to attend, at which time he attended Sunday school, placing his ninety-one pennies in the birthday box. Mr. Bishop was a well informed man, being a great reader and in his declining years spent much time in this way. A beautiful memorial window was placed in the church at Everson in his honor upon his attaining the age of ninety years, by a host of friends as a token of regard and esteem in which he was held, and of which he was very appreciative.
His nearest surviving relatives are David Wight of Everson, W. D. McLeod of Bellingham and their families.
(From The Bellingham Herald, December 25, 1923) Submitted by site coordinator.
BISSELL, Wilbert (d. 1932)
Wilbert Bissell, aged 82 years, passed away at his home, route 2, Sedro-Woolley, Wash., near South Bay, Lake Whatcom, Friday March 11, after a short illness. Surviving relatives are one sister, Mrs. J. T. Comstock, Glendale, Cal., and several nieces and nephews, of whom Helen Phillips resides at Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Walter R. Scott resides at Kansas City, Kan. Mr. Bissell was an attendant of the First Christian church, city, a former member of the Masonic lodge at Topeka, Kan., and had resided in Bellingham and vicinity for the past forty-two years. The body rests at the Homer Mark Mortuary at Cornwall avenue and Halleck streets and funeral announcements will be made later.
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 12, 1932) Submitted by site coordinator.
BITTERMAN, Marie (d. 1930)
Mrs. Marie Bitterman passed away at her home in Ferndale at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7, after a lingering illness. She was born in Germany May 9, 1859, and moved to Wisconsin in 1904, where she married Valentine Bitterman. In 1908 she and her husband came to Whatcom county, and three years ago to Ferndale. She was 71 years of age at the time of her death. Surviving her are her husband and two children, Mrs. L. Lowrey of Bellingham and William Bitterman of Lynden. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Floyd Green from the Knapp & Knapp funeral parlors in Lynden today, interment taking place there.
(From The Ferndale Record, October 9, 1930) Submitted by site coordinator.
BIXBY, Mirth V. (d. 1925)
Burns received at Marysville Tuesday night when her clothing caught fire from an explosion of gasoline resulted in the death of Mrs. Mirth V. Bixby, 28, wife of Earl J. Bixby, at St. Luke's hospital at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The accident occurred about 11 p. m. Tuesday when Mr. and Mrs. Bixby and their children, 7 and 2 years of age, were camped at a Marysville auto camp en route to Portland, Ore., where Mr. Bixby intended to enter a dental college, in which he had already registered. The family stopped there when engine trouble developed in their car and they had found it impossible to have repairs made because the garages had closed. They had retired when the explosion occurred, the children sleeping in the car and Mr. and Mrs. Bixby occupying separate cots in a side tent. On the running board of the car, alongside Mrs. Bixby's cot, was a gasoline stove, which had been used earlier in the evening to heat water. Apparently Mr. Bixby had failed to close the cock tightly, for the gasoline was sprayed over the cot and Mrs. Bixby's clothing. The dampness awake her and she informed Mr Bixby. He struck a match to discover the cause, not knowing that gasoline had escaped, and the explosion followed. Mrs. Bixby's clothing and the bedding caught fire, but it is believed the flames would have been extinguished quickly by Mr. Bixby had she not become hysterical and run from the tent. By the time her husband was able to overtake her and roll her on the ground she had been badly burned on the body. Mr. Bixby also suffered burns on his hands in fighting the blaze. Mr. Bixby called a Marysville ambulance and his wife was rushed to the local hospital, arriving about 3 a. m. Wednesday.
Aside from the husband and the children, Mary Earl and Barbara Ann, Mrs.
Bixby is survived by her mother, Mrs. Anna Packwood, 2122 Iron street, city;
four brothers, Guy Holliday, Burlington; Ray E. and Joy A. Holliday, Bellingham,
and Leo S. Holliday, Bremerton; four sisters, Mrs. S. S. Hallmark, Oklahoma
City, Okla.; Mrs. Lulu E. Morrow, Liberty, Mo.; Miss Sylvia S. Holliday and
Mrs. Glee C. Moon, Bellingham. Mr. Bixby is a son of Attorney Frank W. Bixby,
president of the Whatcom County Bar association.
Mrs. Bixby was born in Sumner county, Kansas, January 28, 1897. She attended
the Columbia grade school here and in 1913 graduated from the Whatcom
High School. Two years later she received a diploma from the Bellingham
Normal school and taught school at Doe Bay and Marietta. She was a member
of the Methodist Episcopal church at Des Moines, Wash. Funeral services
will be held at 1:30 p. m. Sunday at Arthur C. Harlow's chapel with
Dr. J. C. Harrison, pastor of the Garden Street M. E. church, officiating.
Interment will follow in Lynden cemetery. The cortege will leave the Harlow
mortuary at 2 p. m.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 17, 1925) Submitted by site coordinator.
BIXBY, Zuba M. (d. 1933)
Following a brief illness Mrs. Zuba M. Bixby, prominent member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and wife of Attorney Frank W. Bixby, died Friday night at a local hospital, to which she was removed from her home, 1212 Garden street, Thursday. Mrs. Bixby was well known in Bellingham and Lynden, where she resided several years prior to coming to Bellingham. She was 62 years of age. Mrs. Bixby was matron of the O. E. S. at Lynden and at her death was a member of Sehome chapter No. 17, O. E. S., and of that chapter's Past Matrons' club. She also was a member of the Garden Street M. E. church and of the Gleaners' division of that church's Ladies Aid society.
Born in Hammond, Wis., Mrs. Bixby came West with her husband about thirty-two
years ago. The couple were married in Hammond. After a short residence in
Seattle they removed to Lynden, where they resided until twenty-three years
Mrs. Bixby is survived by her husband; one son, Dr. Earl J. Bixby, Portland,
Ore.; two daughters, Mrs. Florence M. Nelson, Bellingham, and Mrs. Miriam
L. Bonney, Seattle; one brother, Ernest Jacobs, Shore Acres, and six
grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Harlow-Hollingsworth
funeral home Monday at 1:30 p. m. Dr. H. F. Pemberton, Mount Vernon,
superintendent of the Puget Sound district of the Methodist Episcopal church,
will officiate in the absence of Dr. T. W. Jeffrey, pastor of the Garden
Street M. E. church. Officers of Sehome chapter No. 17 will then give the
ritualistic services of the Eastern Star. Burial will occur in Lynden cemetery.
Casketbearers will be Curtis E. Abrams, Charles A. Sather, G. Sidney Stark,
H. A. Taylor, Floyd Shenenberger and John L. Hogberg.
(Died November 24, 1933; From the obituary collection of WGS)
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