Whatcom County Obituaries

Surnames Beginning with "Da-De"


DAGNER, Ellsworth (d. 1930)

Ellsworth Dagner, aged 23, an employee of the pulp mill at Anacortes, died Wednesday night, Jan. 8, at midnight after an illness of two months. Having a stroke the 11th of Nov., he was helpless up to the time of his death. His right side was paralyzed and lost his voice. He was a native of Minnesota, coming West to live with his mother ten years ago. The family lived in Maple Falls for three years and the past seven years in Anacortes.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Gilhousen, and three brothers, Gail, Derald and Donald Gilhousen of Anacortes; his father, Robert Dagner, and three sisters, Violet, Evelyn and Gladys Dagner, all of Hector, Minnesota; grandmother, Mrs. Louisa Breitkreitz; two uncles, William and Chas. Breitkreitz; two aunts, Mrs. John Ferry; Mrs. Harry Gilhousen, all living in Washington. His sister Evelyn Dagner came to his bedside two weeks before his death. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon from Hangen's chapel and interment was made in Grand View cemetery. Six chums acted as pall bearers: Frank Brown, Harold Wade, Jimmie Crowder, Marian King, Lafe _oe and Bob Haynes. Gail Gilhousen has been staying with his uncle, William Breitkreitz and Derald with his aunt, Mrs. Ferry during the illness of their brother, Ellsworth Dagner.
(From The Deming Prospector, January 17, 1930) Submitted by site coordinator.

DAHL, Charles H. (d. 1923)

Charles Henry Dahl passed away at his home in Seattle Monday morning after an illness of several weeks. Deceased lived many years in Blaine and was well known to all older residents. The body was shipped to this city and funeral services were held in the Congregational church yesterday afternoon, Rev. H. Orville Jones officiating.

Charles Henry Dahl was born in Freeport, Ill., April 27, 1865, and came to Blaine about 36 years ago and made this city his home until about10 years ago. He was married to Miss Eliza Jane Scott in 1898. To this union two children were born, one of whom, Mrs. Sterling Monroe, of Okanogan, Wash., survives, along with the widow. He also leaves two brothers, Lendis Dahl of Los Angeles, Cal., and William Dahl of Portland, Ore., also four sisters, one of whom, Mrs. T. J. Spohn, resides in Blaine, and another, Mrs. Anna King, resides in Seattle. The deceased was engaged in business in this city for many years and at the time of his death was engaged in business in Seattle.
(From The Blaine Journal, December 20, 1923) Submitted by site coordinator.

DAHL, Elisebe M. (d. 1926)

Mrs. E. M. Dahl, a former Blaine resident, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herman King, at Aberdeen, Wash., Friday, April 9th, after several months' illness. Funeral services were conducted at the Episcopal church here at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon with Rev. F. M. Nitz of Bellingham in charge. The following out of town relatives attended the funeral: Mrs. Ada Dahl of Seattle, Mrs. Sterling Monroe and son of Okanogan, Mrs. Herman King of Aberdeen, Mr. and Mrs. Homer King of Bellingham and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mosier of Ferndale. Interment was made in the Blaine cemetery.

Elisebe Margarette Hansen was born in Holstein, Germany, in 1840. She came to America when she was a young girl. She was married to Claus F. Dahl in Freeport, Illinois, in 1864 and came to Blaine in 1884, residing here until four years ago. Her husband died here in 1897. Mrs. Dahl leaves six children, Anna King of Aberdeen, Emma Eskew of Seattle, Ella Wagner of Portland, Ore., Lena Spohn of Blaine, William Dahl of Crescent City, Cal., and Lendis Dahl of Los Angeles. Sixteen grand children and six great grand children survive her. Mrs. Dahl was a member of the Lutheran church.
(From The Blaine Journal, April 15, 1926) Submitted by site coordinator.

DAHLEN, Inger H. (d. 1918)

Inger Helena Dahlen, a resident of Whatcom county for over twenty-eight years, passed away at the family home on the Northeast Diagonal road, September 11, at the age of 71 years, 10 months, 13 days. She is survived by K. H. Dahlen, four sons, Herbert, of Seattle and Walla Walla; Harold, of Walla Walla; Anton, of Bellingham, and Frederick Dahlen in the United States service, at Camp Mead, Maryland; three daughters, Mrs. J. R. Walton, of Bellingham; Mrs. H. O. Mullins, of Acme; and Mrs. J. J. McPherson, of Vancouver, B. C., besides eight grandchildren and one sister in Wisconsin. Mrs. Dahlen was a member of the First Presbyterian church. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday forenoon, September 14, at 10 o'clock, from the undertaking parlors of A. G. Wickman, 1146 Elk street, Rev. B. K. McElmon officiating. Interment will be made in the family plot at Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 12, 1918) Submitted by site coordinator.

DAHLQUIST, Arthur G. (d. 1925)

Arthur G. Dahlquist Summoned by Death After an Operation
Following an operation at a local hospital, Arthur George Dahlquist, 36, died Thursday afternoon, after a residence of twenty-five years in Whatcom county. Mr. Dahlquist was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America at Lynden and resided at 1209 East Maplewood avenue. He is survived by one son, Wilfred Arthur, 10; one daughter, Florence Ida, 12; his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. G. F. Dahlquist, Bellingham; one brother, Clarence of Portland, Ore., and two sisters, Mrs. W. B. Nobles, Port Angeles and Miss Josephine Dahlquist, Bellingham. Funeral services will be held at O. R. Hollingsworth's chapel Sunday at 2 p. m., with Rev. Luther Cornay officiating. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 6, 1925)

DAHLQUIST, Blenda C. (d. 1941)

DALY, John W. (d. 1927)

BILL DALY PASSES
Pioneer Homesteader of this County Summoned Today.
John Williams Daly, 81, known among his numerous friends as “Bill” Daly, died in Bellingham today. He was a Civil war veteran, having served in Company M, Eighth New York cavalry, and had lived in Whatcom county since the early ‘70s, when he took up a homestead northwest of Lynden. He was widely known. Mr. Daly was a member of J. B. Steedman post No. 24, Grand Army of the Republic. he was born in Rochester, N.Y., on March 28, 1846. On November 25, 1886, he married Miss Sadie McCrea. In 1912 Mr. Daly removed to Bellingham, where he had since resided. Mr. Daly is survived by the widow, Mrs. Sadie Daly; one son, C. M. Daly, Seattle, and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Stillwell, of Bellingham. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on May 3 at the Knapp undertaking parlors in Lynden.
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 2, 1927) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

DAMERON, Lena Henrietta (d. 1913)

Lena Henrietta Dameron passed away at the home of her parents Adam and Alice Rauch on December 5, 1913 in Wiser Lake, Whatcom county, Washington. Lena leaves to survive her husband Leslie Lee, her parents, 7 sisters and 2 brothers all of Whatcom county. The death of Mrs. Dameron came as a shock to family and friends due to acute nephritis. The day of her burial was on her 21st birthday being December 7, 1892 in Canistota, S. D. On July 3, 1913 she married Leslie Dameron. Reverend Schmock of North Bellingham Lutheran Church conducted the funeral service.The interment was at Lynden Cemetery.
Submitted by John Rauch

DANIELS, Jeremiah (d. 1917)

Jeremiah Daniels, for twenty-six years a resident of Bellingham, died very suddenly in the office of Dr. B. F. Brooks at Sedro Woolley on Saturday, June 9. Funeral services were held in Bellingham from the Church of the Assumption Tuesday morning. Mr. Daniels, who was a son-in-law of I. B. Carman, was employed as knot sawyer for the Clear Lake Lumber Co. at Clear Lake. As he was on his way to Bellingham Saturday to spend Sunday with his family he stopped at the office of Dr. Brooks stating that he was "all in" and desiring professional assistance. Death, resulting from heart failure caused by congestion of he lungs came within ten minutes. A widow, one son and four daughters survive him.
(From the Nooksack Reporter, June 15, 1917) Submitted by site coordinator.

DANIELSON, Andrew (d. 1929)

Andrew Danielson, aged 87 years, beloved father if Mrs. John Swanson, city; Mrs. Fred Carlson, Concordia, Kan.; Mrs. A. G. Peterson, Portland, Ore.; Levi Danielson, Minneapolis, Minn.; Alpheus Danielson, Seattle, passed away at a local hospital Sunday evening, June 30, after a short illness. Surviving besides his sons and daughters, are nineteen grandchildren and twenty-nine great-grandchildren. Mr. Danielson resided at 2800 Orleans street and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, J. B. Steedman Post No. 24, the Swedish Baptist church, and had resided in Bellingham for the past eighteen years. The body rests at the Homer Mark Mortuary and funeral announcements will be made later.
(From The Bellingham Herald, July 1, 1929) Submitted by site coordinator.

DARLING, Clara (d. 1920)

MRS. J. M. DARLING, PIONEER OF CITY, SUMMONED
Mrs. J. M. Darling, one of the most esteemed pioneers of Bellingham bay, died at St. Joseph's hospital at 5 o'clock this morning at the age of 84 years. She resided at 925 Twelfth street and had been at the hospital less than a week. Mrs. Darling was one of the leading women of the bay during its early days. She came here thirty or more years ago and, with her husband, took a prominent part socially and civically. Mr. Darling died about six years ago. Mrs. Darling was a charter member of St. Paul's Episcopal church and belonged to the W. C. T. U. and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The survivors are two sons, Dwight, of Everett, and Captain Charles A. Darling, commander of a steamship running to the Orient. The captain is somewhere in Eastern waters now. One grandchild, Miss Dorothy Darling, daughter of Dwight Darling, also survives. The funeral may be held next Friday, but arrangements will not be complete until after the arrival of Mrs. Charles A. Darling from Spokane tomorrow noon. The body is in charge of Harry O. Bingham.
(From The Bellingham Herald, July 14, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.

DARLING, James M. (d. 1914)

James M. Darling was born on January 12, 1838 in Sullivan County, New York, to Adolphus and Rachel (Masten) Darling. He was 5 feet, 10 and 1/2 inches tall, had brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted on September 15, 1861 at Towanda, Bradford County, PA for the duration of the war. He was mustered into the regiment at Camp Curtin in Harrisburg, PA on October 25, 1861 as color sergeant of Company G. He was 24 years old at the time. On May 20, 1862 he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant of Company G. On October 7, 1862 he was detached from Company G and transferred to command Company K by Lt. Col. Birney (General David Birney's brother.) Company K was a company of sharpshooters. On January 24, 1863 Darling was promoted to Captain of Company H. He commanded this company at Gettysburg. On August 12, 1863, at the request of his brigade commander, H. F. Madill, he was appointed A.A.I.G. (Acting Assistant Inspector General) of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Third Corps. In June, 1864, in front of Petersburg, VA, Darling was court martialed for "disobedience of orders," and "misbehavior before the enemy." Evidently, a higher ranking officer, whom Darling despised, ordered him to accompany him on a charge. This was contrary to Darling's job description as A.A.I.G., and he flatly refused. He accompanied the charge, but not as the officer's orderly. He went in the ranks. He was found guilty and cashiered the service in August, 1864. On December 15, 1904, by an act of congress, James Darling was exonerated and held to be honorably discharged from the service of the U. S. James was married to Miss Clara Caswell Kellum by Benjamin J. Douglas, Rector of Christ Church, Towanda, PA, on August 1, 1865. After the war, he lived in Towanda, PA for 3 years, Portage, WI for 5 years, Salt Lake City, UT for 15 years before coming to Fairhaven in 1888 where he took charge of the store of the Fairhaven Land company. In 1890 he was elected councilman of Fairhaven and in 1893 elected Treasurer. James Darling died July 6, 1914 at his residence, 925 Twelfth street. He was survived by wife and sons, Dr. Charles A. Darling of Bellingham and Dwight Darling of Everett. He was buried in Bayview Cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, July 7, 1914) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

DARRIN, Caroline (d. 1912)

Mrs. Darrin Is Called By Death
At the family residence at 2820 Eldridge avenue, death came this morning to Mrs. Caroline Darrin, aged 49 years, wife of Dr. C. B. Darrin. Prominent in social and educational circles, Mrs. Darrin has made many friends during her eight years of residence here and her death will be deeply mourned. Besides her husband she leaves behind one son, Marc Darrin, and one daughter, Miss Dorothy Darrin, and two sisters and a brother living in the eastern part of the state. Mrs. Darrin was of French descent and for some years has been head of a French club, a social organization, in this city. Prior to her marriage she lived in New York City. For several years the family has lived in the brick residence at the extreme end of Eldridge avenue, standing on the bluff above Squalicum creek. Mrs. Darris was a member of the Church of the Assumption, where the funeral service will be held on a date to be announced later. The remains are being cared for by Harry O. Bingham, the Dock street undertaker.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 23, 1912)

DARWIN, Miriam (d. 1905)

Miss Miriam Darwin, a graduate of the Whatcom High school and one of the popular teachers at the Franklin school died yesterday afternoon of pneumonia after an illness of ten days. Miss Darwin's death was unexpected. Had she lived she would have been 25 years old today, her death coming one day before her birthday. Miss Darwin resided in this city with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Darwin, coming to this city from her birthplace in Pilot Point, Texas, fifteen years ago. Miss Darwin taught in the public schools of this city for three years. She was popular among the younger society set of Bellingham.

Miss Darwin is survived by her parents, one sister, Miss Irene, and two brothers, Leslie H. of this city, and Walter, who is residing in Canada. Miss Darwin was a member of the First Congregational Church. Funeral services will be held at the family residence, 2221 I Street tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Wark and Rev. Mr. Flesher officiating. The news of Miss Darwin's death was received at the teacher's institute this morning and a committee of the following was appointed to draft resolutions: Miss Spencer, Dr. Bechdoldt and Miss Lucile Fobes. Out of respect for Miss Darwin's funeral a resolution was passed dismissing the city section of the teacher's institute tomorrow morning so that the teachers may attend the funeral. A special car will be in waiting for the teachers of the city section, to convey them to the cemetery.
(From The Puget Sound American, October 2, 1905) Submitted by site coordinator.

DAVIDSON, Thomas J. (d. 1923)

Thomas Jefferson Davidson passed to the great beyond on Wednesday, Jan. 31st. and was buried from the M. E. church here on Sunday at two o'clock, Rev. G. C. Squire officiating. Deceased was born in Hamilton, Ill., June 1, 1850, and was united in marriage to Ella T. Golden in Hancock county, that state, in 1875. They came to Blaine 14 years ago and have made their home here since, with the exception of a few months' residence in Seattle. They came here from Tuscon, Arizona, but had lived for many years at Portal, N. D. The surviving relatives are the wife and six children, as follows: W. G. Davidson of Portal, N. D., J. V. Davidson of Lodge Grass, Mont., D. D. Davidson of Casper, Wyo., Mrs. A. W. Runkle of Wenatchee, Mrs. Belle Armstrong of Sedro Woolley, and Mrs. G. P. Makee of Moose Jaw, Sask. Three sisters and three brothers, as well as 15 grandchildren and one great-grandson survive also. Mr. Davidson had been in the U. S. Immigration service for the past 15 years. He was a member of Portal lodge I. O. O. F. No. 82 and of the Encampment of Blaine, of which he was chaplain at the time of his death.
(From The Blaine Journal, February 8, 1923) Submitted by site coordinator.

DAVIS, Harriet (d. 1931)

Following an illness of two weeks, Mrs. Harriet Rhem Davis, wife of President R. A. L. Davis of the Bellingham Candy Company, died at a local hospital early Monday, aged 59 years. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Garden Street M. E. church, and of the Women’s Foreign Missionary, the Women’s Home Missionary and the Ladies’ Aid society of that church; the Women of Rotary, the Woman’s Music club and the Delphian club. Aside from the husband, relatives surviving are two sons, Lloyd L., Penea, Oklahoma, and Harold R., Bellingham; two daughters, Mrs. Mary D. Gillies, Scarsdale, N. Y., and Mrs. Charlotte D. Hall, Walla Walla; one sister, Mrs. C. A. Bogardus, Carmon, Oklahoma; four brothers, R. M. Rhem, Hutchinson, Kan.; F. H. Rhem, Salina, Kan.; George H. Rhem, Indanapolis, Ind., and W. R. Rhem, Tacoma, and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Garden Street M. E. church Wednesday at 2 p.m., with the Rev. T. W. Jeffrey, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Bay View cemetery, under Homer Mark’s direction.
(From The Bellingham Herald, December 31, 1931) Submitted by Kolby LaBree

DAVIS, John W. (d. 1931)

PIONEER LUMBERMAN PASS AWAY SATURDAY
Ferndale suffered the loss of one of its pioneer and prominent business men in the death of J. W. Davis, who passed away August 23, aged 95 years and 8 months. Funeral services were held at the Monroe chapel Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Floyd Green officiated. The Ferndale Masonic lodge assisted in the service. The body was shipped to Portland that evening, where it was buried Wednesday beside the grave of Mrs. Davis. Pall bearers at the funeral were D. L. Baillie of Bellingham, Robert Clarkson, W. S. Bailey, T. B. Wynn, George Trigg and Percy Hood. Mrs. C. S. Hood, Mrs. William Fell, Pauline Hood and Miss Grace Query motored to Portland Tuesday evening to attend the funeral there. Mr. Davis was born at Marietta, Ohio, December 23, 1836. He spent his boyhood in Virginia from which place he went to California in the Fifties at the time of the second gold rush. He returned in a few years to Iowa where he was married to Miss Pauline Pratt, who preceded him in death several years ago. He is survived by five daughters, one son, nine grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters. The children are: Mrs. Nora Fell, Mrs. C. S. Hood of Ferndale; Mrs. Addie Roe, of Oakland, California; Mrs. Emma Stanley, of San Jose, Calif.; Mrs. Grace Pendleton, Dunsmuir, Calif.; and Charles L. Davis of Mt. Hood, Ore. His brothers and sisters are: Henry Davis and Oscar Davis of Enid, Oklahoma; Charles Davis of Witchita, Kan.; Mrs. Marietta Miller of Rome, Iowa; and Mrs. Martha Pangborn of Fairfield, Iowa. Mr. Davis with his family came to Washington in 1889 and to Ferndale in 1895. He built a shingle mill and continued in the shingle manufacturing business for many years. Later he sold his mills to an eastern lumber company and moved to New Westminster, B. C., where he again entered the shingle business. Mr. Davis spent most of his active life on the frontiers of this country. He operated lumber mills in California in the very early days; spent several years in Kansas on the prairie and came to Washington to assist in the opening of this state to development.

His outstanding characteristic was unfailing honor and integrity in all his acts. He formed his opinions after careful reasoning and was outspoken in defense of what he believed was right. He insisted that the output of his mill be an honest product and directed all his employees to consider only quality material. He was kindly and considerate of those with whom he did business but would not tolerate sharp practices. He was a competent mill-wright and though trained in the old methods, his mind was open to new and better appliances. He was much interested during all the years of his long life in the progress of the world, especially in the development of science, discovery and invention. Mr. Davis was a good citizen, a kind husband and father and loyal friend. Many Ferndale friends pay tribute to his memory and extend sympathy to the members of his family.
(From The Ferndale Record, August 27, 1931) Submitted by site coordinator.

DAVIS, Robert A. L. (d. 1936)

Robert Abraham Lincoln Davis one of the founders of the Washington Grocery Company and pioneer business man of this city passed away Thursday at Banning, Cal., after failing to rally from a heart attack with which he was stricken several weeks ago. He was 74 years of age. Mr. Davis, who was president of the Washington Grocery Company before its merger with the Northern Grocery Company, retired several years ago. Mr. Davis was a member of the Garden Street M. E. church. Suffering from a heart ailment, he left for California early in November for his health and while there suffered a heart attack in his sleep and failed to rally. He was widely known in the Northwest and leaves hosts of friends. The body will be returned to Bellingham Sunday. Immediate survivors include two sons, Harold and Lloyd L. Davis, Bellingham, and two daughters, Mary Davis, of New York, and Mrs. Charles M. Hall, of Walla Walla, who was with her father at the time of his death. Funeral services will be conducted at the Homer Mark mortuary Monday at 2 p.m. Rev. E. A. Wolfe, pastor of the Garden Street M. E. church will officiate. Interment will follow in Bay View Cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, December 18, 1936) Submitted by Kolby LaBree

DAVY, May Florence (d. 1931)

Mrs. May Florence Davy, aged 38 years, beloved wife of Neill M. Davy, 3106 Northwest Avenue, passed away at Lynden this morning, March 6, after about one year illness. Mrs. Davy had been a resident of Bellingham for the past eleven years and was a member of the Nooksack Methodist Church. Surviving, beside the husband and one son, Neill Jr., at home; two brothers, Frank J. Pennell, Lynden and H.G. Pennell, Reading, England, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Pennell and one sister Miss Margaret Pennell, all at Middlebrough, England, and three neices, Florence and Dorothy Pennell, Lynden and Vera May Pennell, Reading, England. The body rests at the Homer Mark Mortuary where funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, March 3, at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. J.H. Avery, pastor of the Eureka Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be made in the family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 7, 1931)

DAWSON, Alice (d. 1908)

Mrs. Alice Dawson passed away yesterday afternoon at her home about six miles southeast of Blaine, at the age of 19 years. We are unable to get further particulars except that the deceased was a sister of Frank Bice, whose wife died here last week under the same circumstance.
(From The Blaine Journal, April 3, 1908)

The funeral of Mrs. Alice Dawson of whose death appeared in last week's Journal, occurred in Custer, Saturday last, at one o'clock, a large number from here attending. The burial was made in Enterprise cemetery.
(From The Blaine Journal, April 10, 1908)

DAWSON, Ellen (d. 1915)

Mrs. Ellen Dawson, aged 71 years, passed away at the family home 1606 F street, at an early hour Sunday, December 19, after an illness of several months. Mrs. Dawson, with her family, had been a resident of Bellingham for twenty-six years and has a large circle of friends and acquaintances who will deeply mourn her loss. Mrs. Dawson was a member of the First Congregational church and of J. B. Steedman Woman's Relief corps No. 31. She is survived by her husband, three daughters and one son, George Dawson, Mrs. Henry Schroeder, of Bellingham; Mrs. J. W. Platt and John Hartere, of Seattle, and John Dawson, of Cable, Ill. Funeral services will be held Tuesday December 21, at 2 o'clock p.m. from the First Congregational church, corner of Clinton and H streets, with Rev. Warren Morse officiating. The remains will be entombed in the Bellingham Community Mausoleum, under the direction of Undertaker Harry C. Bingham, 1319 Dock street.
(From The Bellingham Herald, December 20, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.

DAWSON, John (d. 1915)

John Dawson, aged 90 years, passed away Saturday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alice M. Goble, at Wickersham, Wash. Mr. Dawson was born at Little Carleton, England, February 4, 1825. He was the last but one of a family of nine children, his brother, Matthew Dawson, and two daughters, Mrs. Alice M. Goble, of Wickersham, Wash., and Mrs. Emma Coombs, of Toronto, Canada, survive him; also four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Dawson was a resident of Bellingham for nearly five years, coming here from Iowa in 1903. Mr. Dawson was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian church of this city. Funeral services will be held at the funeral parlors of Undertakers Harlow & Livingston, 1051-1055 Elk street, Tuesday at 1:30 p. m., the Rev. B. K. McElmon officiating. Interment will be made in the family lot at Fremont, Iowa.
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 11, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.

DAWSON, William E. (d. 1912)

On Friday afternoon, October 25th, while at Semiahmoo, Rev. W. E. Dawson was suddenly stricken with death. He had gone on a short hunting trip and had just let the cannery building for the head of the Spit, when he was seen to fall and before assistance could reach him, had expired. Medical aid was brought as soon as possible, but he was beyond all skill, sudden death being attributed to an affection of the heart which had been troubling him for some time.

Rev. William Edwy Dawson was born in Livingston county, Michigan, January 26, 1846, at which place he lived until about 12 years of age, when his father took his family to Iowa, settling near Dubuque. When 18 years of age he enlisted as a soldier for the remainder of the Civil War, entering the 7th Iowa Infantry, and being wounded within eight months of his enlistment. In the spring of 1869 he graduated from law school and on the 19th of October, the same year, he married Miss Ada Adams. Afterward he moved to Leon, southern Iowa, where he opened a law office and where his only child, a son, the now famous "bird man," William Leon Dawson, was born Feb. 20, 1873. Shortly after he moved to Kansas where he continued the practice of law. He was prime mover in the organization of Ruch county of that state, where he was elected the first county attorney and also the first superintendent of public instruction. It was here that he began his first public speaking. While occupying the office of justice of the peace he had rendered legal aid to a man in whose family a death had shortly afterward occurred. At this time Kansas was simply a cattle country, rough and comparatively unsettled, ministers were few and scattered far apart, and this man, in his trouble, instinctively turned to the one who had befriended him and requested him to perform the burial service over his loved one. Mr. Dawson, after much hesitation, consented, preaching from the text, "If a Man Die Shall He Live Again?" Job. 14th chapter, 14th verse. Soon after a little child died and he was again called upon to perform the same service, and from this beginning he was led step by step to enter the work for which his character so well fitted him. After graduating from Theology in Chicago, he became not only a soldier of our earthly warface, but most truly a "Soldier of the Cross."

During his residence in this state he had been pastor in several cities, including Seattle, Tacoma, Atahnum and Blaine. In 1890 he became pastor of the Congregational church of this city, which position he held for three years and a half, when he was obliged to retire from the ministry on account of failing health. Shortly after his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Dawson went to Columbus, Ohio, remaining 18 months. Then they returned to Blaine where their home has been for the past ten years. During his residence here he has held respectively the offices of mayor, and police judge and was for three years a member of the school board. His death is a great shock to his many friends in Blaine, his long residence here and his pastorate of the Congregational church having made him well known throughout the community. His devoted wife and son are left to bear the loss of a husband and father, but in their sorrow they are not alone; many hearts are mourning with them the loss of a faithful,, tender friend every ready to help with kindly advice and to assist in any way possible those who sought his aid. A man of wide learning and intelligence, of spotless integrity, of true christianity and dignity of character, he was an honor to the community in which he has lived so long and which now so deeply regrets his loss. The funeral services were held in the Congregational church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. O. P. Avery, officiating. The business houses of the city closed for two hours and the public schools were closed for the afternoon. An impressing sight was the lining of hundred of school children at the church, when the remains were being taken into the house of worship. Following Rev. Avery's discourse, W. Leon Dawson, the surviving son, made an eloquent address over the body of his honored father. Hundreds of friends paid their last respects to the life of one of our most honored and respected citizens. Rev. George A. Sheafe, who held the pastorate of the M. E. church here during Mr. Dawson's pastorate, came up from Anacortes to attend the funeral and assisted in the services. Rev. Sheafe and the deceased were very close friends.
(From The Blaine Journal, November 1, 1912) Submitted by site coordinator.

DAY, Birdie (d. 1921)

SUNSHINE, Sept. 28. - The community was shocked September 19 to hear of the death of Mrs. Herbert Day at her home near here. Mrs. Day was formerly Miss Birdie Bussard and was born October 5, 1886, in Lynden and spent almost all her life in this community. She attended the Lynden schools and spent some time at the University of Washington. Later she taught in the Sunshine school here and she was one of the first telephone operators when the telephone line was established in Lynden. She was married in 1908 to Herbert Day. To them were born seven children, six of whom are living. The surviving relatives are the husband, Herbert Day; three daughters, Dorothy?, Phyllis and Bernice; three sons Harold, Curtis and Elwin; her father J. O. Bussard; two brothers, ___ and Victor Bussard, of Lynden; two sisters, Mrs. Mae Beach, of ____, Cal. and Mrs. Ethel Sackett, of Tillamook, Ore. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church next Sunday.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 28, 1921) Submitted by site coordinator.

DAY, Edwin M. (d. 1929)

AGED JURIST DIES
JUDGE E. M. DAY IS CALLED AWAY AT AGE OF 83
Noted for geniality of character and deep and unswerving patriotism, Judge Edwin Mahlon Day, pioneer Journalist, Lawyer, justice of the peace and former judge advocate general of the State of Washington, died Sunday evening at 8:45 o'clock at his home, 931 Sixteenth street, after an illness of two and one-half years. For the last three months he had been critically ill. Judge Day, who was a veteran of the Civil war, was 83 years of age and had lived in Bellingham since 1890. Funeral rites will be held at the Arthur C. Harlow mortuary at 2 p. m. Wednesday.

Born September 25, 1845, at Princeton, Ill. Judge Day attended the public schools of that state and Lombard university at Galesburg, Ill. He and another university student raised a company of infantry for service in the Civil war. It was mustered in as Company H, 146th Illinois Infantry. He enlisted on August 5, 1864, at the age of 18 years and on August 10 of that year he was made as corporal. Judge Day was assistant chief clerk to the mustering and disbursing officer, Captain S. S. Sumner, of the regular army. His regiment had charge of President Lincoln's funeral and Corporal Day had charge of the guard at the tomb at Oakland cemetery. He also had charge of Lincoln's remains as relief guard at Springfield, Ill. At Camp Butler, Ill., her received his honorable discharge from the service.

Attacked by Indians
In 1865, in company with others, he traveled overland from Illinois to Denver, Colorado, spent two years in the city and vicinity and then returned to Illinois. During their journey across the plains they beat off an attack by Indians. Judge Day, during his long career engaged in many newspaper adventures. Among the publications he founded were the Des Moines, Iowa, State Granger; the Des Moines Monthly Magazine; Big Springs Journal, Nebraska; the North Platte Electric Light, Nebraska; Washington Resources and the Fairhaven News. In 1877, Judge Day removed to Sidney, Nebraska, from Iowa, studied law and was admitted to the bar. He followed his profession twelve years before he came West. In 1890, he came to Washington, arriving at New Whatcom, now Bellingham.
Established Post
Besides following his profession, Judge Day was connected with many business enterprises. He was elected justice of the peace and police judge of Bellingham, in which capacities he served many years. He was appointed by Governor John R. Rogers on his staff as judge advocate general, with the rank of colonel. Judge Day was member of the Grand Army of the Republic. At North Platte, Nebraska, he established the Stephen A. Douglas post, of which he was elected commander. He also organized the J. M. Thayer post at Ogalalla, Nebraska. He served as vice commander of C. R. Apperson post, of Fairhaven. He was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

On December 3, 1867, Judge Day married Mary A. Sisson, at Manlius, Illinois. To this union were born five children, Mrs. M. T. Summers, Edwin S. Day, Bryant J. Day, mrs. O. T. H. Randle and Mrs. J. P. Geddes. Among other relatives surviving is a brother, Attorney John Mills Day, of Auburn, Wash. The Rev. Cannon E. B. Smith, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church, will officiate. Officers of J. B. Steedman post No. 24, G. A. R., will give its ritualistic service at the chapel. Cremation will follow. Pallbearers will be selected from the Whatcom County Bar association and J. B. Steedman post.
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 7, 1929) Submitted by site coordinator.

DAY, Elwyn N. (d. 2001)

A memorial service for Elwyn Neil Day of Deming will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Greenacres Funeral Home chapel near Ferndale, with the Rev. Donald Walter officiating. Mr. Day died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at his home. He was 82. Born on Feb. 25, 1919 in Lynden to Herbert and Birdie (Bussard) Day, he was a lifelong Whatcom County resident. Mr. Day enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 after graduating from technical school. He returned to Blaine after World War II, became a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local No. 709 and worked for the Alaska Packers Association for approximately seven years. He then went to the Air Force radar station in Blaine and retired from civil service at the station in 1982. Mr. Day enjoyed hunting . He was preceded in death by his first wife, Freda (Conn) Day, in 1993. Survivors include his wife, Leta Edin Day, of the family home; daughters Joanne Day of Blaine and Maureen Day of Rochester; brother Harold Day of Ferndale; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, 4414 Woodland Park Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98103, or to a favorite charity. Arrangements are by Green-acres Funeral Home.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 4, 2001) Submitted by Debbie deHoog.

DAY, George W. (d. 1915)

George W. Day, aged 76 years, passed away at his home 1422 Iron street, at an early hour Thursday February 11, after an illness of one week. Mr. Day had resided in this city for the past five years. He was a veteran of the Civil war and a member of the First Christian church of Bellingham. Those who survive him are his wife, Mrs. Mary E. Day; one daughter, Mrs. D. L. Anderson, of this city; two sons, W. A. Day of this city, and C. V. Day, of Pool, Neb. The remains are being cared for at the funeral parlors of Undertaker Harry O. Bingham, 1319 Dock street. Funeral announcements will be made later.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 11, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.

DAY, Willard A. (d. 1924)

W. A. Day, well known Mt. Baker packer, was drowned early Tuesday morning, May 13, in the north fork of the Nooksack river, when he was swept from his horse while fording that stream near the Heisler ranch. The body was found late in the afternoon by Joe Coblentz and "Chuck" Mills, fire wardens on the timber claim of W. W. Seymour, a former mayor of Tacoma. Day was forty years of age and is survived by his widow. The body was taken to Arthur C. Harlow's mortuary. Dr. Max Mehlig, county coroner, who investigated the accident, reported that Day with his wife lived at the St. Paul & Tacoma company's camp, on the Heisler ranch. Once a week he delivered mail and provisions, on a horse, to Coblentz and Mills on the Seymour claim, about five miles northeast of the Heisler ranch. He delivered his load about 5 o'clock Tuesday morning and started on the return trip at 8 a. m., riding rapidly as was his custom. The wardens had tried to persuade him not to attempt the ford on account of high water. Watching, they saw his horse emerge riderless on the opposite bank and immediately began a search. It took practically all day for them to get across the high water, it being necessary to fall a big tree to an Island and cross on this and to fall another on the island and cross on this to reach the opposite shore where Day's body was finally found about a mile down stream. Day's watch had stopped at 6:20 a. m. No one was known to have seen the accident so as to be able to tell how Day came to lose his seat on the back of the horse.

Funeral services were held at Harlow's mortuary Sunday at 4 p. m. The remains were cremated. Mr. Day was a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge at Deming. Aside from the widow, Mrs. Pearl Day, the survivors are: parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Day, Ellensworth, Maine; one brother, H. J. Day, and two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Churchill and Mrs. Mary Walker, all of Ellensworth, Maine.
(From The Deming Prospector, May 23, 1924) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEAL, Timothy N. (d. 1932)

After sounding the alarm for the fire which destroyed the residence of his son, Clarence Deal, at Bell Creek, Sunday morning, T. M. (sic) Deal, 77, lay down beneath a tree and died. Death was believed due to a heart attack, aggravated by the excitement of the fire. The son Clarence, was working on the farm when his father, who lives in a nearby house noticed the flames break out on the roof of the residence. He rushed to the farm bell and wrung it vigorously to attract his son's attention to the fire. Then he walked over to a tree and laid down. When the excitement of the fire had died down his son found him dead. The fire completely destroyed the Deal residence. A few personal articles were saved. A short circuit in the wiring was believed responsible for the fire. The fire loss was partly covered by insurance.

Mr. Deal is survived by his widow, Mrs. Samantha Deal; two daughters, Mrs. Hugh House, St. Paul, and Mrs. Daisy Olson, Lind; one son, Clarence; two brothers, Jake Deal, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Eli Deal, Oklahoma; three sisters, Mrs. Theodore Jones, Oklahoma; Mrs. Hanna Woods, Nebraska and Mrs. Jane Jones, Ia. Mr. Deal had lived near Deming eighteen years and was a member of the Primitive Baptist church. Funeral services will be held at the Homer Mark mortuary at 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows' cemetery at Deming.      Image
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 9, 1932)

DEAL, Samantha L. (d. 1935)

Mrs. Samantha L. Deal, aged 79 years, passed away at the family home, Deming Star Route, Sunday, March 24. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, March 27, at 2 o'clock with Mr. David Burch of the Primitive Baptist church officiating and interment was made in the family plot in the I. O. O. F. cemetery at Deming. Mrs. Deal had resided in the Deming district for the past 15 years and was a member of the Primitive Baptist church at Loveland, Iowa and the Whatcom County Dairymen's Association. She leaves to survive two daughters, Mrs. Daisy Olson, Lind, Washington; Mrs. Maud House, Deming Star route; one son, Clarence Deal, Deming Star route; two brothers, Allen Epperson, Port Angeles, Wash.; W. J. Epperson, Missouri Valley, Iowa; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. The relatives have the sympathy of many friends and acquaintances in this section in their bereavement.           Image
(From The Deming Prospector, March 29, 1935)

DEAN, Eugene D. (d. 1906)

Eugene D. Dean, aged 18 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Dean, a student of the High school, died at the family residence on the Guide Meridian road, just outside the city limits, yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, of pneumonia. Mr. Dean was taken ill last Tuesday while at school. He returned to his home, and grew rapidly worse until death occurred. The young man is survived by his parents, six brothers and five sisters, this being the first death in the family. The family has resided here sixteen years, coming from the State of Arkansas. A sister of Mr. Dean, a student of the State University at Seattle, arrived here last evening to attend the funeral, as did Dr. O. T. Dean of Blaine and Dr. Frank M. Dean, of Anacortes. All the brothers and sisters will be present at the funeral excepting Oscar Dean, who is attending a medical college at St. Louis, Mo. The funeral will be conducted at the mortuary chapel of W. H. Mock & Sons, in the Maple Block, tomorrow, at 12 o'clock, for the convenience of the High school students who wish to attend the services, which will be in charge of Rev. T. H. Cornish, pastor of the First Baptist church. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery. -Herald.
(From The Blaine Journal, October 26, 1906) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEATHE, Robert G. (d. 1909)

The funeral of Robert G. Deathe, a former banker of this city, who died at his apartments, 309 ˝ West Holly Street January 3rd, will be held from the chapel of W. H. Mock & Sons, 1353 Elk Street, Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, the services to be under the auspices of J. H. Steedman Post, No. 24 G. A. R., to which Mr. Deathe belonged. By request of Mrs. Deathe, W. H. Mock will act as officiating minister. All members of the G. A. R., W. R. C. and I. O. O. F., have been requested to attend the funeral. The body will be shipped via the Great Northern to St. Paul, Minn. Saturday evening, where interment will be made, Capital City Lodge, No. 48, I. O. O. F. to which Mr. Deathe belonged for more than thirty years, will take charge of the body upon its arrival at St. Paul. The widow will be unable to accompany the body to St. Paul.
(The American Reveille, January 16, 1909) Copied by Merrily Lawson.

DEBEELD, Cornelius R. (d. 2001)

Funeral services for Cornelius R. DeBeeld of Othello, formerly of Whatcom County, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Greenacres Funeral Home near Ferndale. Burial will follow in Sumas Cemetery. Mr. DeBeeld died Sunday, April 8, 2001, in Othello. He was 72. Born Aug. 10, 1928, to Cornelius R. and Antonia (Hordyke) DeBeeld in Lynden, he lived in Whatcom County until he moved to Othello in 1999. He married Bertha Mead in Lynden on May 12, 1950. Mr. DeBeeld worked for Western Washington University for 25 years. Son Robert DeBeeld and brother John DeBeeld died previously. Survivors include his wife of Othello; son Darold DeBeeld of Bellingham; daughter Christina Ortiz of Othello; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Arrangements are by Jones-Moles Funeral Home.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 11, 2001) Submitted by Debbie deHoog.

DEBOER, Gerbin (d. 1903)

Mr. Gerbin De Boer was born in Ill. Jan. 4, 1874. Living there until 4 years of age he then moved to Nebraska. After living there 24 years he moved to Washington in 1902. He has been in very poor health since coming to this state. He was very low last spring and summer, gaining strength a little this fall. Having a relapse he was taken to the hospital in Whatcom where he died Sept. 30, 1903, age 29 years 8 mo. 26 days. He leaves a wife 1 daughter and 2 sons to mourn his loss. He was a devoted husband and affectionate father. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all in the hour of grief.
(From The Pacific Pilot, October 8, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.

DECHAMPLAIN, Louis (d. 1911)

EARLY PIONEER BUILDER OF CITY IS DEAD
Deceased Had Been Mariner, Miner, Mill Man, Druggist, Carpenter and Builder of Business Blocks in Bellingham.
Stricken with heart failure, Louis DeChamplain, another of Bellingham's pioneer builders, passed away suddenly in Anacortes last night. Death occurred at about 10:45 o'clock in the Taylor hotel, where Mr. DeChamplain was living. Although he was only 53 years of age Mr. DeChamplain has been in failing health for some months and the news of his death does not come wholly unexpected. He leaves a wife and daughter, Miss Edna, DeChamplain, who have been living in this city.

Louis DeChamplain was the descendant of a notable French family that settled in Quebec, Canada, many years ago. His father owned and conducted a shipyard in St. Luce, Quebec, and at the same time carried on a mercantile business. It was here that Louis DeChamplain was born in the year 1858. The youth spent his early life in this country, making many trips on his father's vessels, that sailed from the little shipping port at the mouth of the River St. Lawrence to various points along the Atlantic coast. His summers were spent on the sea; his winters in a little French school at St. Luce, here he attempted to secure an education. The time came when his father's ships were lost in the ice floes off the Northern Atlantic coast and young DeChamplian migrated to Danville, Labrador, Canada, in search of employment. He remained there for five years, learning the carpenter trade and attending a school where English was taught.

DeChamplain's next move was westward and he settled in Cadillac, Mich., where he went to work in the logging camps and mills, learning the various details of the great lumber industry. In that city, in 1883, he was married to Miss Ada Haynes, the daughter of a prominent lumberman in that state. DeChamplain soon afterward purchased a general merchandise store in Cadillac and lived there with his bride for four more years. In 1887 Mr. DeChamplain decided to come still further westward, and after visiting various places in the Territory of Washington he settled on Bellingham bay. He purchased a tract of land on what is now Eldridge avenue and built a home there for himself and family. He launched into a real estate and insurance business and has located a number of timber claims. With associates he leased the property at the corner of Dock and Holly streets. The old Great Northern hotel building, on the corner of Dock and Chestnut streets, was built by DeChamplain and his associates. This was one of the first frame buildings constructed on Bellingham bay. Mr. DeChamplain also became interested in the Gold Queen Mining company, whose property was located near Yale, B. C., and erected a small stamp mill there. When the gold excitement in Alaska broke out he joined in the rush to the North.

Mr. DeChamplain remained only a year in Alaska and then returned to Bellingham and resumed his drug business, which he had engaged in before going North. A short time later he formed a partnership with Charles R. Graham, who is now at the head of the Owl drug store on the corner of Dock and Holly streets. In the early part of the year 1906 Mr. DeChamplain disposed of his interests in the Owl drug store and went into the real estate and automobile business. Still later he became interested in a logging and mill business at Thatcher, on Blakely island. For the last three or four years he has been located in Anacortes, where he has recently been conducting a small merchandise store under the name of the "Anchorage," named, undoubtedly, from the memories of his early life on the Atlantic coast. The body of Mr. DeChamplain will be brought to Bellingham this afternoon and prepared for burial by Mock & Hill. Funeral announcements will be made later.
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 17, 1911) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEEDS, James (d. 1936)

James Deeds, aged 95 years, who passed away Saturday, February 1, at the home of his son, George H. Deeds, Puyallup, will be held Wednesday, February 5, at 1 o’clock p.m., at the Baptist church in Ferndale, with Rev. James R. L. Haslam officiating. Burial will follow in the Mountain View cemetery under the direction of the Hill Mortuary of Puyallup. Mr. Deeds was a Civil war veteran. Surviving relatives are two sons, George H. Deeds, Puyallup, and Charles F. Deeds, Bellingham, and three grandsons, H. F. Wood and W. C. Wood, Ferndale, and E. F. Wood, Van Zandt; also a niece, Mrs. Clara Nell, Vancouver, Wash.
(From The Bellingham Herald, 4 Feb 1936) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

DEEM, Louanna (d. 1917)

The Rev. Paul Ashby conducted funeral services Thursday afternoon for the last Mrs. W. J. Deem, who was stricken with paralysis Tuesday morning, and died a few hours later. Mrs. Deem is survived by her husband and four children, Mrs. C. Haddon and Miss Laura Deem of Seattle, and Miss Chloris Deem of Van Buren, and a brother, C. W. Riddle of Lynden. Many friends attended the services, which were held at the family residence.
(From The Lynden Tribune, April 12, 1917) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEETS, Charles T. (d. 1926)

Charles T. Deets, one of the state's prominent Masons and timekeeper for the Bloedel Donovan Lumber Mills, died early today at his home, 916 Liberty street, aged 52 years. He had lived here about four years. Mr. Deets was a member of the Garden Street M. E. church, also of the following fraternal societies: Almira lodge F. and A. M., Almira, Wash., of which he was past master; Davenport chapter 5, R. A. M., Davenport, Wash.; Cataract Commandery No. 3, Spokane; El Kettle Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., Spokane, and of the I. O. O. F. and M. W. A. of Harrington, Wash. From 1906 to 1910, two terms, he was treasurer of Lincoln county. The surviving relatives are the widow, Mrs Iona L. Deets; two sons, Walter of Newman, Cal., and Howard of Bellingham; five daughters, Mrs. Ethel M. Isaac, Anacortes; Mrs. Esther R. Teck, this city; Mrs. Ada May Garber, Sand Point, Ida.; Miss Helen and Miss Loretta, at home; two brothers, James M. and Willis of Emerson, Ill.; one sister, Mrs. Lizzie A. Johnson, Pullman, and four grandchildren. Funeral announcements will be made by Arthur C. Harlow.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 13, 1926) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEGOLIER, Edgar A. (d. 1912)

The funeral of Edgar Almarion DeGolier was held Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Herbert Jones conducting the services. The deceased was born at Bradford, Pennsylvania, on December 24, 1855. In 1871 he, with his parents, moved to East Lincoln, Polk County, Wisconsin, where in 1876, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Heartford, who died in 1889. From this union there was born one child, now Mrs. Stella Porter, residing at Kalispell, Montana. The deceased married again in 1891 Miss Ida Stimson being the second wife. To them five children were born, Kenneth, Sidney, Irene, Vere and Vernon. The family resided in Wisconsin until 1899 when they moved to Washington, locating at Colfax in Whitman County, remaining there three years, when they came to Whatcom County, and have lived here since that time, the deceased being engaged in agriculture. Mrs. DeGolier survives her husband who also leaves the daughter, Mrs. Porter, of Kalispell, Montana, and his grown up children here. The funeral was attended by a large number of friends of the deceased and family.
(From The Lynden Tribune, March 14, 1912) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEHON, Myrtle J. (d. 1918)

Myrtle Jane DeHon, aged 37 years, passed away at the family home, 2730 Peabody street, at an early hour Friday morning, March 15 after an illness of about three months. Mrs. DeHon came to Bellingham with her parents in 1890 and has resided here continuously since that time. She leaves to survive her husband A. W. DeHon, and three children, Cecelia, aged 9 years; William, aged 7 years, and Doris, aged 11 weeks; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Jackson; two sisters, Mrs. Clark, of Aberdeen, and Mrs. Myers, of Seattle; and one brother, Norman Jackson, of this city. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. Funeral services will be held at the family residence Saturday afternoon, March 16, at 1:30 o'clock, with Rev. Shives officiating, and interment will be made in the family plot in Bay View cemetery, under the direction of Arthur C. Harlow, 1055 Elk street.      Image
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 15, 1918)

DE HOOGH, Dirk J. (d. 1930)

Sorrowing friends paid their final respects to a highly esteemed citizen of the Lynden district yesterday afternoon when funeral services were held for D. J. De Hoogh who passed away at his home on the Glendale road early Sunday morning. Following a private service at the home at 1:30 p. m. the body was taken to the First Reformed Church for the final rites. The Rev. G. De Motts officiated. Interment was made in the Monumenta Cemetery. Mr. De Hoogh was an active worker in the First Reformed Church, and at the time of his death he held the office of elder in that church. Born in the Netherlands on March 2, 1862, Mr. De Hoogh came to the United States about forty-five years ago, coming to this country on the same vessel that brought the Vander Griend family. After living in the states of Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas for a number of years, Mr. and Mrs. De Hoogh moved to Lynden. They have lived here for the last eighteen years. Although he had been complaining of not feeling well for some time, Mr. De Hoogh was not seriously ill until two days before he died. Death was attributed to a disorder of the heart and arteries. Surviving relatives include the widow, a daughter, Mrs. John Zevenbergen; two brothers and three sisters.
(From The Lynden Tribune, January 1, 1931) Submitted by site coordinator.

DE JONG, William F. (d. 1920)

In the presence of a large gathering of friends and relatives, funeral services for the late William F. De Jonge were held Wednesday afternoon at the family residence and the First Reformed Church. The Rev. H. K. Pasma conducted the services. Mr. De Jonge passed away Saturday, following an attack of influenza and pneumonia. He had been ill less than a week. Mr. De Jonge was born at Almeloo, The Netherlands, in 1876. He left for America in May, 1896, and settled in Douglas County, South Dakota, where he resided until December, 1919, when he moved to Lynden. He was married on Jan. 28, 1902 to Anna Le Cocq. Besides his widow, he is survived by four children, Marie, Frank, Cora and Antonetta, one sister and one brother in India, four brothers and two sisters in Holland, and one brother who is captain of a vessel of the Holland-American line between New York and Rotterdam. His father was a Minister of Justice in one of the Netherland provinces.
(From The Lynden Tribune, March 11, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEKKER, Peter C. (d. 1915)

Peter Dekker was drowned in the Nooksack River Saturday morning below the Lynden bridge, when he slipped from the bank while fishing and was unable to regain the shore. Mr. Dekker was 51 years 9 months and 21 days old. He is survived by two nephews, D. B Dekker and B. Kolff both of Lynden. Mr. Dekker had planned to go to Lynden Saturday, and arose early. It was his custom to bring fish as a present to his friend in town, and he was engaged in dipping from the bank when he fell in. Bert Troost who was also fishing, passed the spot at ten o'clock and saw Mr. Dekker's lantern burning faintly on the bank. Observing signs the clay that told of the efforts of someone to escape from the river, Mr. Troost made inquiries and found that Mr. Dekker was missing. With Gene Potts, George Knittel, Mr. Sterling and Mr. Lindquist, he fished for the body. At four o'clock it was taken from eighteen feet of water. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, the Rev. Breen officiating. Mr. Dekker left no will.
(From The Lynden Tribune, January 7, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.

Peter Cornelius Dekker, a well known Nooksack valley farmer, was drowned in the Nooksack river, two miles below the high bridge at Lynden, early Saturday morning. A lighted lantern on the river bank led to the discovery of the body late in the afternoon. Dekker was 51 years old and a bachelor. He was in the habit of going to the river that runs through his farm early each morning and fishing. Saturday he had a business engagement in Lynden and when he failed to appear at the appointed hour it was feared something was wrong. In the afternoon a party of neighbors started a search. Dekker's lantern standing on the bank of the stream gave the first clue to his fate. About 4 o'clock the body was located in nearly forty feet of water. It was taken to Lynden, from where the funeral will be conducted. The dead man had lived near Lynden for a number of years. Some time ago he purchased a sixty-acre farm from Kale Brothers, of Everson. The farm he conducted at the time of his death was leased, it is said. He was not known to have other relatives in this part of the country. Coroner Henry Thompson was called to Lynden soon after the body was found.
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 4, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.

DE KOSTER, Fillip A. (d. 1920)

FRIENDS GATHER AT SERVICES FOR LATE F. A. DE KOSTER
Friends and relatives gathered on Thursday afternoon at the Christian Reformed Church to attend the funeral services for the late Fillip A. De Koster. Rev. A. J. Brink was in charge of the services. Mr. De Koster was born in the Province South Holland, The Netherlands, May 13, 1856. He was married Jan. 1, 1888, to Jannigje Van Ryn in Holland. Four sons and a daughter were born to them. In 1900, the family moved to the United States, remaining at Hull, Iowa, for four months before coming to Lynden. Besides his widow, he is survived by four sons, John C. of Oakland, Cal., Lucas and Anthony of Lynden, and Cornelius of Bremerton; a sister in the Netherlands, and a brother at Hull, Iowa.
(From The Lynden Tribune, December 30, 1920) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

DELINE, Frances (d. 1914)

Sad Death by Drowning.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Deline, who live on the Mutchler place, just below the Guide Meridian bridge, was saddened on Tuesday evening by the accidental drowning of their little daughter, Frances. At about supper time, the older girls were playing "hide and go-seek" near the river, and Frances was told to go call them for supper. The little girl ran happily along to do as bidden, and as she got to the river's edge, in all likelihood she ran off from the bank into the water, her foot prints there so indicating. When Frances failed to return, a search was instituted - the older girls had returned to the house without having seen her. Shortly afterward Ezra Showers of the searching party, found her body in the river, it having caught in some small willows. The little girl was of sweet disposition, loved by all. She hardly ever left the yard to play and appeared always within calling distance of the home, which is now so saddened by her untimely departure. The funeral will probably be held from the family home tomorrow.
(From The Lynden Tribune, March 19, 1914) Submitted by site coordinator.

DELL, Minnie (d. 1907)

After over four days of the most intense suffering from cerebro-meningitis Miss Minnie Dell died at about one o'clock last Sunday morning. Miss Dell was taken sick on Tuesday evening at the Blaine Bakery, where she was employed. She complained of having a severe headache and Mr. Wilkinson told her to go home. She supposed her illness was only a headache, and the disease did not develop rapidly until too late for her recovery.

Funeral services were conducted at the Congregational church Monday afternoon, Rev. G. D. Hyden officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Blaine cemetery. The Rebekah lodge of which Miss Dell was a member, had charge of the services at the grave. Six young lady members of the order, the Misses Edith Brown, Christina Bjornson, Ora Wyrick, Edna Marr and Bertha and Alma Clausen acting as pall bearers. Miss Dell was in her twentieth year. She was very popular with all who knew her and had many friends in Blaine - a fact that was clearly proven by the many anxious inquiries regarding her condition during her brief illness and the beautiful floral offerings sent to her home following her death. She was a young lady for whom everybody had but words of praise and Blaine has lost one of its finest young women in the death of Minnie Dell.
(From The Blaine Journal, May 31, 1907) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEMENT, Elizabeth (d. 1918)

Mrs. Elizabeth Dement, mother of W. A. Wyrick, passed away Friday last at 11 o'clock at the home of her son here at the advanced age of 86 years. While she had been in feeble health for several years, her last illness continued but a week. The funeral was held from the Wyrick home Sunday afternoon, Rev. Long of the M. E. church officiating. Elizabeth McMillen was born in Tennessee. Thirty-three years ago she came to Blaine with her husband, Mr. Dement and continued her residence here since. Some 20 years ago her husband passed to the great beyond. When she came to Blaine the present site was virtually a primeval forest and the old Dement home in the north part of the city was one of the first structures built. In addition to W. A. Wyrick, a son, six grand children and seven great grandchildren survive.
(From The Blaine Journal, January 18, 1918) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEMENT, Frank (d. 1902)

LOST ON THE GULF
Frank Dement is Caught in Storm While Duck Hunting and Loses His Life -- Boat Found Capsized at Stewart Island.
Frank Dement, of this city was probably drowned in the Gulf of Georgia during the heavy northeast storm that raged over the Gulf on the 7th inst. He left here two weeks ago Thursday for a hunting trip to Birch Bay in a sail boat. The following afternoon he was seen to leave there for home. He never reached home. One of the worst storms of the season was raging over the Gulf of Georgia at the time and his many friends in this city had no thought that he had made the attempt to return in the face of such a storm.

Sunday however it was learned that he had left Birch Bay for home. On the receipt of this news, steps were at once taken to go in search of the young man by the members of the local lodge of Foresters, of which order he had recently become a member. The Ben Hur was chartered but on account of the heavy weather could not get out of the harbor until Wednesday morning. After following along the shore of the gulf as far as Birch Point and no trace of either Dement or his boat being found the boat was headed for Stewart Island where it was learned that an Italian fisherman had picked up a boat, answering the description of Dement's boat, the day following the heavy northeast storm. Investigation proved that it was the boat. The boat when found by the fisherman was capsized and had denble reefed mainsail and jib set. There is a possibility that Dement may have reached some place of safety in the small dory tender that he had with him. The dory has not been found yet and the search will not be given up until it is definitely known that there is no further hope of finding him alive.

The young man whose parents live here has been a resident of this city for the past thirteen years. For the past two seasons he has been employed as retort man at the Pacific Northwest Packing Company's cannery better known as the "red cannery." He is very popular in Blaine and the fear that he may have been drowned weighs heavily on the entire city.
(From The Blaine Journal, November 21, 1902) Submitted by site coordinator.


DEMENT'S BODY FOUND
Though it was thought last week that Frank Dement was lost, until last Saturday there was still hope. At that time his friends fears were confirmed by the recovery of his body at Deer Harbor, Orcas Island. He was found lashed in the small dory which he had with him when he put to sea. He had evidently done all in the power of man to save himself. When the storm overtook him he had double reefed the mainsail and set the jib in the sail boat. When it became apparent that he and boat could not weather the gale, he had lashed himself in the dory and cut loose from the sail boat, but the wind was too strong for the little boat and she was overturned. There is some doubt as to whether the young man perished with the cold or was drowned. He had been dead some time when found Saturday afternoon.

To the earnest work of the Foresters lodge, and especially to the efforts of P. M. Taylor is the recovery of the body due. On Friday a week ago P. M. Taylor and George Snell, representing the Foresters lodge of Blaine, went to Whatcom accompanied by William Lewis and George Black. There the tug Carlyle was chartered by the Foresters, which with the party on board proceeded to Reed's Harbor, Stewart Island, where Frank Dement's said boat had been picked up last week. No trace of the drowned man was to be found. Lewis and Black had in their possession a search warrant authorizing them to look for Dement's property, and landed on the island to institute a search, while the Carlyle proceeded to Roche Harbor. Here word was received that a dead body had been picked up at Deer Harbor, Orcas Island about two o'clock in the afternoon Saturday and had been taken to Friday Harbor for coroner's inquest. Meanwhile the searching party had discovered that Joe Manuel, of Stewart Island, had endeavored to appropriate the fun and some other property of the late Frank Dement. Manuel was taken aboard the Carlyle and the boat proceeded to Friday Harbor, reaching that place 11:30 Saturday night. The body was found in the hands of the coroner, who had already placed it in its coffin and had the grave dug. The body was claimed and placed on board the Carlyle. Manuel was taken before a San Juan county official, who seeing that the search warrant had been issued at Blaine stated that the prisoner must be taken before the magistrate at Blaine. At seven o'clock Sunday morning the Carlyle was on its way to Blaine reaching here safely the same day. The party was out for twenty four hours incessant search. This was the work of the Foresters, and particularly of the committee engaged in the search. The lodge expended $200 in the search, besides a large amount spent by the members.

The funeral was held Monday at the home of the bereaved parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Dement. The arrangements were in charge of the Foresters lodge. Rev. McGill conducted the services. The interment was at Blaine cemetery. There was a large number in attendance at the funeral, and many more arrived too late for the services, there being some mistake as to the hour. The deceased was a man of 23 years of age, and leaves to mourn his loss a mother, father, two sisters and a brother.
(From The Blaine Journal, November 28, 1902) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEMENT, Frank (d. 1908)

Frank Dement Stricken Suddenly While Out on Gulf and Falls Overboard
Stricken with a sudden attack of heart disease, from which he was a sufferer, Frank Dement fell from the deck of the launch Panther about 11 o'clock last Sunday morning and when taken from the water a short time after was beyond the help of any assistance. The news when received here cast a pall of gloom over the city, as the dead man was well known and had many friends. He was a member of both the Odd Fellows and Masonic lodges.

Mr. Dement was employed as watchman at the fish trap of Ainsworth & Dunn, near Birch Bay, and at the time he was stricken had just boarded the Panther to come to Blaine to spend the day, the trap being closed for the day. H. H. Snow, who went after him, had gone below to start the engine and on coming up missed the deceased at once. The thought immediately struck Mr. Snow that he had possibly been seized with one of his attacks and he immediately proceeded to keep a lookout for the body in the direction the tide was running, soon being successful. The dead man's lungs contained no water, which indicated that he was dead when he fell into the water. The body was brought to this city and at once taken charge of by the Masons, which order also conducted the burial arrangements. The funeral occurred from the M. E. church at 10 o'clock Tuesday forenoon, Rev. C. B. Seely officiating, and the remains buried in the Blaine cemetery. The deceased is survived by one brother, Wallace Dement, of this city; two half-sisters, Mrs. A. C. Crawford, of this city, and Mrs. Rose Dutcher, of Seattle, and a wife, who is now in Washington, D. C. He was about 50 years of age at the time of his death.
(From The Blaine Journal, August 14, 1908) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEMENT, George D. (d. 1897)

DIED - At his home in Blaine, Washington, on Wednesday morning, December, 29th, 1897, Dr. George Dow Dement, aged 73 years, 8 months and 10 days. Dr. Dement was born in Dyersburg, Dyer County, Tennessee, April 19th, 1824. His father was for a number of years a druggist and physician in Memphis, Tenn. The Dr. lived in Memphis for a number of years, and was educated there. He afterwards removed to Greene County, Ia. There he reached his majority and was married there to Sarah B. Waterbury, who was the mother of the following children: Daniel and John Dement, now deceased, Wallace E. Dement, an old-time and present resident of Blaine, two married daughters, Phoebe and Louisa, now Mrs. Bunno and Mrs. Dallam, both residents of Denver, Col., Helen Dement, an unmarried daughter residing in Polo, Illinois, and Frank L. Dement, who has until recently been a resident of Blaine but is now in the employ of a Seattle Transportation Co. at Ft. Wrangel, Alaska Ter. The Dr.'s first wife and mother of the above named children lived in Ogle County, Illinois up to the time of her death, about two years ago.

Dr. Dement married his second wife, Azrilla Dalbey, while he was living in Iowa. From the latter state he removed to Illinois and then to Missouri and from there to Kansas, where he lived for 17 years. He was located at Jacksonville near Ft. Scott, where his second wife died in 1878. His second wife bore him the following children: Mrs. Rosie Black, wife of Chas. Black, a resident of this city, Mrs. Rhoa Malone, who died at Parsons, Kansas, Arabella and Isabella, twins, died in childhood, Warren, Jay and Luther, sons, who died in infancy, and Lessie V. Dement, now living in Blaine. Doctor Dement migrated from his Kansas home to Whatcom in 1881, where he and his daughter Miss Lessie resided for two years, when he returned to Kansas on a visit. While there he married Elizabeth Moss, and removed with her direct to Blaine, where he has resided since. His wife, who survives him and followed him to the grave, is the mother by a former husband of W. A. Wyrick a resident of this city. The Dr. built up one of the first homes in the original townsite of Blaine. He was the original owner of block number I, and through his personal efforts cleared the entire block. The doctor originally practiced the allopathic system of medicine, but changed to the eclectic system for a number of years, and then finally took up with the homeopathic school. He practiced medicine in Blaine until about five years ago, retiring account of ill health. In the religious world he was a faithful and conscientious follower of the spiritualist doctrine, and was a member of the North American Spiritualist Association. His death resulted from pernicious anemia, or in plain language, that condition of the system where then blood turns to water. The funeral was largely attended by the people of this city on Thursday, Dec. 30th, at the old home. John Wagner, J. H. Milhollin, J. D. Gardner and A. Geery acted as pall bearers. Interment at the Blaine cemetery. The doctor was conscious to the last in his illness, and realized fully that the fatal hour was upon him. His last words to those at his bedside were: "I am satisfied and almost through."
(From The Blaine Journal, December 31, 1897) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEMENT, Katherine (d. 1940)

ANOTHER BLAINE PIONEER HAS PASSED TO BEYOND
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. DeMent have just returned from Santa Rosa, Calif. where they were called because of the serious illness of Mr. DeMent's mother, Mrs. Katherine DeMent. Mrs. DeMent was confined in the hospital the past three months and passed away April 18th. Funeral services were held at Santa Rosa with the Rev. A. W. Farlander officiating. Interment followed at the Chapel of the Chimes. Mrs. Katherine DeMent was born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, August 7, 1850, and passed away April 18th 1940, age 89 years 8 months and 14 days. With her parents she moved to Polo, Illinois. In 1876 she married Wallace E. DeMent and of this union six children were born, four of them living. Mrs. Katherine DeMent with her husband and family moved to Cosmopolis, Washington Territory, in 1887, and then to Blaine in April 1889. For the past nine years she has made her home in Santa Rosa. Mrs. DeMent leaves four surviving children, who are: Mrs. Ora Brown, Ladner, B. C.; Mrs. Jessie Hale, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Sadie Tesconi, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Chas. DeMent of Blaine; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
(From The Blaine Journal, April 25, 1940) Submitted by site coordinator.
From the CA Death Index: father's last name - Miller; mother's maiden name - Botth.

DEN ADEL, Abraham (d. 1915)

DEN ADEL DIES FROM INJURIES
Abraham Den Adel, died Wednesday morning at five o'clock, after lingering four days in an unconscious condition as a result of injuries received when he was struck by an automobile. Den Adel never rallied after the accident, and Dr. F. L. Wood, the attending physician, held out scant hopes of his recovery. Den Adel was engaged in cleaning the pavement Saturday afternoon on West Front Street. He was running his scraper from South to North on the street in front of the Hanover residence, when a machine driven by Sam Palmer, going west, drew near. Mr. Palmer turned out to the left to pass him. Den Adel, who had not heard the automobile swung around suddenly to retrace his steps. Mr. Palmer made a heroic effort to avoid striking him, but was unable to make the turn quickly enough. The fender knocked Den Adel in the left hip, and threw him against a high bank at the side of the street, where he fell on his head. The machine ran into the bank, damaging the front wheel. Den Adel was carried to the Ben Hoftiezer home, where he was cared for. Death came as a result of concussion of the brain.

Mrs. Oldenmeyer, Jack Jacoby, Marie Bauman, and Miss Betsey Hoffiezer were eye-witnesses of the accident. Mrs. Oldenmeyer said that Palmer was driving at ordinary speed and that Den Adel turned in front of the machine so suddenly, that it was impossible to avoid striking him. Den Adel would have been thirty six years old Saturday. He was a native of Kansas. His loss is mourned by a widow and four children, Alvin, Gladys, Peter, and the baby, four weeks old, who has been named Abraham in memory of his father. Other relatives are his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Den Adel, his brothers, William Cornelius and Peter, and his sisters Mrs. F. G. Knott, Mrs. H. Bol and Mrs. Tony Leenders, all of Lynden, and a brother, Henry, who lives in Minnesota. A sister Jennie, died on Jan. 27, 1913, exactly two years before him. General sympathy is expressed, not only for the Den Adel family, but also for Mr. Palmer, who during the many years of his residence in Lynden, has won the esteem of the community. No provision is made for street cleaners under the industrial insurance act of the state. In the larger cities the street cleaning department is under the civil services and is provided for in that way, but at the time the law was passed, no attention was given to those in third and fourth class cities. Funeral services will be held in the Reformed Church Friday afternoon at 1:45, the Rev. J. G. Brouwer conducting the services in the Holland language and the Rev. J. G. Breen in English. Six members of the Volunteer Fire Department, of which Den Adel was a charter member, will act as pall bearers. The firemen will attend the funeral in a body.
(From The Lynden Tribune, January 28, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEN ADEL, William (d. 1917)

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for the late William Den Adel, who passed away on Sunday following a continued illness. The Rev. C. Heines of Seattle conducted the services at the Reformed Church on Grover Street which was filled by a gathering of relatives and friends. Den Adel is survived by a widow, and father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Den Adel. He was 29 yrs., 8 months old. He was born in Iowa, and came to Washington twelve years ago.
(From The Lynden Tribune, March 8, 1917) Submitted by site coordinator.

DENEHIE, Mahlon M. (d. 1925)

M. M. Denehie, Volunteer Fire Fighter, Is Called.
Mahlon Manson Denehie, 65, one of the original members of the city's volunteer fire department, formed more than thirty-five years ago, died Monday evening at his home, 2414 Kulshan street, after forty-four years' residence here. He had been ill more than a year. In the early days of Whatcom he was employed as a butcher in the West Holly street market of Nolte Bros. Mr. Denehie was a member of Ohalla camp No. 383, W. O. W. Surviving relatives are the widow, Mrs. Anna Denehie; two sons, Austin and Linus Denehie of this city; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Niela Lyman, San Francisco; one sister, Mrs. Louis Evans, Terre Haute, Ind., and one granddaughter, Jerry Anne Denehie. Funeral services will be held at Arthur C. Harlow's chapel at 1 p. m. Wednesday, with spiritualistic services. Cremation will follow.
(From The Bellingham Herald, November 10, 1925) Submitted by site coordinator.

DENNIS, Marie (d. 1905)

Marie McCullough Dennis, wife of Edward Dennis, died yesterday at 4 p. m. at the residence of her aunt, Mrs. Edward L. Gaudette, 2736 Eldridge avenue, where she had been undergoing treatment for the past ten days. The deceased was twenty years of age. The cause of death was tuberculosis of the bowels. Mrs. Dennis was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. McCullough of this city. She is survived by her husband and a little girl fourteen months of age. The funeral arrangements have not been completed.
(From The Bellingham Reveille, April 12, 1905) Submitted by site coordinator.

DENNISON, John (d. 1927)

John Dennison, Local Poultry Farmer, Dies At Geneva Residence
John Dennison, 63, a bachelor, died at his home, 159 Cable street, at 4 a. m. today. He was a poultry farmer and had been ill several months, being in a local hospital part of the time. By profession, he was a stationary engineer according to a certificate issued to him in Canada. He had lived here about four years and during his illness was cared for by Mrs. Gardner Brown and other neighbors. Mr. Dennison was born on March 8, 1864, at Coburg, Ont. He is survived by one brother, A. Dennison, Red Deer, Alberta, and two sisters, Mrs. H. J. Gaetz, Red Deer, and Mrs. Agnes Moore, Mission, B. C. Funeral announcements will be made by the Arthur C. Harlow mortuary when directions have been received from Mrs. Moore.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 3, 1927) Submitted by site coordinator.

DENNY, Nell W. (d. 1928)

DES AULNIERS, Lawrence P. (d. 1915)

Lawrence P. DesAulniers, aged 42 years, passed away at a local hospital Thursday, January 7. Mr. DesAulniers had resided in Bellingham for the past two years. He was a member of the Church of the Assumption, and is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary McPherson, residing at 2416 I street; three sisters, Mrs. Louise Byers, of Edmonton, Alberta; Mrs. T. E. Bean, of Fernie, B. C. and Miss Frances DesAulniers, of Bellingham; two brothers, William E. DesAulniers and Andrew F. McPherson, of Bellingham. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 9, at 9 o'clock a.m., from the Church of the Assumption, with Rev. Father James F. Barrett officiating. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery under the direction of Undertaker Harry O. Bingham, 1319 Dock street.
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 8, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.

DETERMAN, Helen L. (d. 1928)

Mrs. Arthur Determan, 34 years of age, of Sedro-Woolley passed away Thursday, July 12, in a Tacoma hospital. Undertaker J. C. Gillies met the late train in the evening and the remains were taken to Gillies' mortuary home, Sumas, where they rested until Sunday, when funeral services were held in the Methodist church at Nooksack, with Rev. Bradshaw officiating. Immediately after the services the remains were taken to Bellingham, where Eastern Star ceremonies were conducted at the Hollingsworth chapel, cremation following. Pallbearers were Dr. E. S. Clark, C. D. Soule, Charles Brown, N. J. Olsen, J. Simpson and Archie Mathews.

Helen Lucille Olin was born on February 12, 1894, (a memorial day that was cherished by the deceased, as she was an ardent student of the great Emancipator) at Staples, Minn. When Helen was four the family moved to western Washington, and for a short time lived at Sumas, Seattle, Sedro-Woolley and finally Nooksack. Here her parents have resided since 1902, and this she has always considered her home, although she was living in Sedro-Woolley up until the time of her untimely death. Practically all her schooling was rounded out at Nooksack. We say rounded out, for Helen never knew what it was to complete a regular school year, although she was in senior year when her health gave out, and much to her great disappointment, her school days were never finished.

She was married to Arthur Determan on December 25, 1915, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Olin, here in Nooksack, and a daughter, Carol, was born to them. Helen was one of the charter members of Chapter 171 O. E. S., and during her membership filled all the chairs of office, finally attaining the highest honor, that of being one of the past worthy matrons of the chapter she was initiated into. Surviving are the husband, Arthur Determan, daughter Carol, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Olin of Nooksack; one sister, Mrs. Palmer Hendrickson, who resides near Sumas; two brothers, Lyle Olin of Beaver, Wash., and J. W. Olin of Cle Elum.
(From The Nooksack Sentinel, July 19, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.

DETERMAN, Henry L. (d. 1928)

Henry L. Determan, aged 81 years, 4 months and 23 days, passed away at the home of his son in Sedro-Woolley on Tuesday, December 4, at 11:30 a. m. following a prolonged illness. Mr. Determan was a resident of of Nooksack for many years, going to the home of his son after the death of his wife on July 5 last, and is survived by one sister living in California, besides his son, Arthur H. Determan, of Sedro-Woolley, and one little granddaughter. He was a volunteer in Company K, 112th Illinois infantry, serving during the Civil war, receiving his honorable discharge at Alexandria, Virginia, on February 2, 1865, Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 9, from the M. E. church in Nooksack at 2 o'clock p. m., with Rev. H. L. Richardson officiating. Interment will follow in the Nooksack cemetery, under the direction of J. C. Gillies, of the Gillies Mortuary Home, of Sumas.
(From The Bellingham Herald, December 8, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.

DETERMAN, Kate (d. 1928)

Kate Squires Determan was born Sept. 28, 1859, at Painted Post, New York. She died July 5, 1928, at her home in Nooksack, Washington, living to the age of 68 years, 9 months and 7 days. When a young woman she accepted Jesus as her Savior and united with the church. She remained steadfast in the faith until her death. She was united in marriage to Henry Determan, January 22, 1876. One child, Arthur Determan, was born to the union. Mrs. Determan came to Nooksack with her husband in September of 1903. For the past twenty-five years she has been a resident of this place. She has deeply imbedded herself in the affections of this community. She was a tireless woman in her ministering. Through these years she was very active in the work of the church. She united with the Presbyterian church on her arrival in this place and when that church ceased to function she transferred her membership to the Methodist church. She took great delight in decorating the church, and adding so far as was possible beauty and cheer to the house of the Lord. For years she kept charge of the communion set and prepared for use the elements of the sacrament. Her many services have won for her the deep love of all who have known her. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, Henry Determan of Nooksack; her son, Arthur Determan of Sedro-Woolley, and a brother, Mr. H. Squire, of Frederick, Iowa.
(From The Nooksack Sentinel, July 12, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.

DETWEILER/DETWILER, Elnora/Lenora (d. 1903)

Mrs. Elnora Detweiler, of Northwood, died at her brother-in-law's home in Whatcom Sunday of pneumonia, aged 30 years. She leaves a husband and six little boys to mourn her untimely death. Her illness extended over a period of several weeks. The funeral was held from the Methodist church in this city Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. J. Kern officiating. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of the entire community. Mr. Detweiler is sawyer at the Northwood Cedar Company's mill at Northwood. The entire plant was closed down Tuesday and nearly all the the town attended the funeral. Mrs. Lenora Detwiler, wife of John H. Detwiler, died Sunday night May 10th, at eleven o'clock of pneumonia. She was born Feb. 25, 1873, in Trumansburg, Tompkins Co., New York. She was married October 20th, 1888 to John H. Detwiler. Six boys were born to them. A devoted father and step-mother, two brothers, three sisters and a beloved husband and six boys are left to mourn their loss. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Lynden.
(From The Pacific Pilot, May 14 and 21, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.

DE VOS, Willempje (d. 1914)

Mrs. De Vos passed away Sunday, January 25th, at 12:40 P. M., at the age of 83 years, 1 month and 25 days. Funeral services were held yesterday at the Christian Reformed church, Rev. A. Brink conducting the services, and the remains were interred in Monumenta cemetery. Mrs. De Vos was born in Gelderland, Netherlands. Her husband Wm De Vos, died six years ago. Eight children were born to them, five of whom survive. They are, Mrs. John Hanover, of Lynden, Mrs. J. Vandermey, Mrs. H. Vandermey, of New Era, Michigan, Mrs. A. Schadenberg, of New Era, and Mrs. J. Koster, of Hudsonville, Michigan. Mrs. De Vos came to Lynden in 1910 with Mr. and Mrs. N. Bronsmea. After the death of Mrs. Bronsema she made her home with Mr. and Mrs. J. Hanover. Mrs. De Vos lived a Christian life in the days of her youth she chose the Lord as her Master, Jesus as her Saviour. In her old age the word of God remained firmly in her mind and she had no fear of death. She passed away peacefully and rejoicing in her faith.
(From The Lynden Tribune, January 29, 1914) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEWEY, Luella (d. 1938)

DEWISPELAERE, Clara E. (d. 1994)

Clara Ernestina Dewispelaere died Friday, Sept. 23, 1994, at Alderwood Park Convalescent Center. She was 91. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Westford Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bayview Cemetery. She was born July 4, 1903, to Marie and Alfones Gernay in Bellem, Belgium. She married Henri Dewispelaere in Belgium on Nov. 5, 1925. They settled in Minnesota in 1926 and lived in Moline, Ill., and North Dakota before moving to Whatcom County in 1936. Mrs. Dewispelaere was preceded in death by her husband in September 1975. Survivors include sons Edmond Dewispelaere and Donald Dewispelaere, both of Bellingham; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.
(From the Bellingham Herald of September 24, 1994) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

DEWITT, Arthur (d. 1913)

Arthur DeWitt passed away at 6 o'clock on Tuesday evening, April 29, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham, after a lingering illness. Deceased was born in Virginia City, Nevada, 35 years ago. He came with his parents to Ferndale in the year 1882, and has resided continuously here for 31 years. His honest, industrious habits coupled with his charitable, cheerful nature had won for him a large circle of friends, and made him respected and liked by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his loss, his father, John DeWitt; his brothers, William and Henry, and his sister, Mrs. George A. Maltz, besides his faithful and devoted wife and five small children, the eldest being only nine years of age. The funeral services took place on Thursday last, from Mousoe's [Monroe?] undertaking parlors, and the interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved members of this family in the sad and untimely loss.
(From The Ferndale Record, May 2, 1913) Submitted by site coordinator.

DEXTER, Amos (d. 1896)

Amos Dexter, one of the old pioneers of this section, died at his home on Drayton Harbor last Saturday morning, April 18th, 1896. His death resulted from a complication of diseases, chief of which being rheumatism and a trouble of long standing with his lungs and heart. He had been confined to his bed for about four weeks prior to his death. The best medical aid was summoned, but all efforts to arrest the progress of the disease and restore his health were futile. Amos Dexter was born in the year of 1821 in the state of New Hampshire. After leaving the state of his birth he resided in Wisconsin, and there married Miss Eliza Whitcomb, the maiden name of Mrs. Dexter, who has been his life companion since. Mr. Dexter and our respected townsman, Samuel Wade, while young men, worked together in Wisconsin, way back in the forties.

After leaving Wisconsin the deceased lived in Colorado, Nebraska and Dakota. In company with Preston Hotchkiss he operated a saw and grist mill for a long time at Elk Point, Union county, Dakota. In 1870 Mr. Dexter and Mr. Hotchkiss came to Washington territory and entered more than 500 acres of what was known as "offered land" that is situated on the south side of Drayton Harbor. The greater portion was purchased by Mr. Dexter, and with the exception of a few acres that have been sold, most of the original tract now forms the estate left to Mrs. Dexter, as there are no children. Mrs. Dexter is the daughter of Grandma Whitcomb and sister of Mrs E. A. Boblett and Mrs. Sarah Hotchkiss. The Journal voices the sentiment of the whole community in expressing sympathy for Mrs. Dexter in her hour of bereavement. While she mourns the loss of a kind, noble and faithful husband, the community regrets the loss of an estimable, enterprising and industrious citizen. Mr. Dexter has been one of the pioneers of this new commonwealth and has assisted in blazing the way that lead to the formation of a new state. The greater portion of his life has been spent upon the frontier battling with the rugged forces of nature. By hard labor and close economy he has carved out from a wilderness of woods a substantial and serviceable home on Drayton harbor. He devoted a great deal of attention to horticulture, and was instrumental in rearing an excellent orchard on the home place. He has been a constant visitor to Blaine ever since there was a Blaine. His familiar figure on our streets and at our places of business, marketing his products and purchasing his supplies has gone into history.

The passing away of an old pioneer, born in the rugged hills of one of the old New England states and moving along "Westward as the course of Empire takes its flight," opens up a field for reflection. Mr. Dexter was a young man when the war with Mexico was fought, he was in the zenith of his manhood when the Confederates commenced firing on Fort Sumter (sic). He has seen the steam locomotive supplant the old stage coach and the pony express from ocean to ocean. He was attending to his humble duties as a husbandman, while a dozen new states west of the Mississippi river were admitted into the Union. He has said "Good bye old world I am going home" just at a time when the forces of electricity are about to revolutionize the social business and commercial world. He was one of the great legion of American citizens whose industry and patriotism permit us to call this country the greatest nation on earth. He has joined his ancestors in the "Undiscovered Country."

Deceased was buried from the Methodist church on Sunday morning last, the edifice being filled to overflowing to pay the last sad tribute to the deceased. The remains was (sic) brought to the church at 11 a. m. M. Rosbrough, I. M. Scott, A. J. Loomis, Jas. Cain, John Wagoner and S. P. Hughes acting as pall bearers. The services opened with a reading of a scriptural selection from the fifteenth chapter of first Corinthians by Rev. Mr. Whittlesey of the Congregational church. This was followed by an eloquent and telling sermon from Rev. Mr. White of the M. E. church, who dealt feelingly upon the many virtues of the deceased, and held forth the pattern of his life as an example to the many in our midst on the declining side of life. The remains were conveyed to their last resting place by a large number of sorrowing friends, who had been his associates through a decade of years.
(From The Blaine Journal, April 24, 1896)    Relative Robert Mix

DEXTER, Eliza (d. 1897)

The death of Mrs. Eliza Dexter, relict of Amos Dexter, which occurred at the home of her sister, Mrs. E. A. Boblett, in this city, last Sunday, August 29th, 1897, removes one of the earlier pioneers of Whatcom county. For several years past this devoted christian woman has been a constant sufferer from a complication of diseases, which finally triumphed over life, and the gentle patient, suffering spirit, with calm, supreme christian resignation, succumbed to the inevitable and winged its flight to that far away land from whose borne no traveler has ever returned.

Deceased was born near Concord, N. H., April 7, 1827, therefore had passed her seventieth year. She was married to Amos Dexter on Sept. 8th, 1848, near Madison, Wis. Soon after their marriage they removed to Iowa, from whence they emigrated to Nebraska, then to South Dakota, then westward to Colorado, from whence they were soon attracted to the promising territory of Washington, locating on the place at the head of Drayton harbor, where they resided continuously for a period of 28 years. In the true sense of the word they were pioneers, precursors of western civilization, and had experienced all of the excitements, adventures and thrilling incidents that enter into the life of the frontiersman. They had tasted the joys, experienced the disappointments and suffered the self-denials of the pioneer. They had seen the great western wilderness by the magic touch of civilization transformed into a great industrial empire. Even more marvelous than all this, they had witnessed the wonderful development of peerless Washington. When they first settled in Whatcom it was almost an unbroken, trackless forest. Now the homes of an industrious people dot hill-side and valley, and on the shores of the inland sea growing cities eloquently attest the commonwealth's vast wealth of varied natural resources. To contemplate the national development, the thrilling events and the remarkable advancement occurring during the period closing a biblical lifespan - three score and ten - seems almost miraculous. Since 12 years of age she has been a devoted christian, embracing the Free Will Baptist persuasion. During the past five years she accepted the faith of her husband - that of a Seven Day Adventist. To the faith of a christian she clung with a fidelity, zeal and steadfastness, that impressed all with whom she came in contact that with her it was genuine, abiding conviction. Her live was one of truth, of earnestness, of sincerity. Her conception of duty lofty - to it she proved faithful to the end.

The funeral services were conducted at the home of E. A. Boblett by Rev. A. Warren, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The services were impressive. The speaker paid a touching tribute to the memory of the departed. Her remains were interred in the city cemetery by the side of the remains of her husband, the late Amos Dexter. Her departure is mourned by a mother, who recently passed her 93 year, two sisters, Mrs. E. A. Boblett of this city, and Mrs. Preston Hotchkiss of Ouray, Col., and a host of old-time neighbors and friends, who extend sympathy to the sorrowing family in the hour of bereavement.
(From The Blaine Journal, September 3, 1897) Relative Robert Mix


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