Whatcom County Obituaries

Surnames Beginning with "Di-Dy"

DICKERSON, George (d. 1909)

George Dickerson shot himself in the presence of his wife and children at the wife's mother's home in Bellingham Tuesday night, dying instantly. Dickerson was the son of J. L. Dickerson and the brother of John Dickerson of the Union Manufacturing company, located near Lynden. He had been married about 10 years. His wife was formerly Miss Carrie Ball. He has another brother Edward Dickerson and a sister Mrs. L. Engles, living near Lynden. He is a father of two children, George aged 9 and Loraine aged 7. The couple had agreed, it is reported to separate and divorce proceedings were under way. It is reported that he had threatened suicide before, and his friends believe he was mentally deranged. The funeral was held in Lynden, yesterday, Rev. Wilder officiating.. His widow and her family attended the funeral services, as well as his family and a large number of friends from in and around Lynden and Bellingham.
(From The Lynden Tribune, June 17, 1909) Submitted by site coordinator.

DICKERSON, John L. (d. 1919)

John L. Dickerson, sr. soldier of the Civil War and a lovable citizen of Lynden, passed away at his home Monday afternoon at five o'clock. To pay a final tribute to him, a great crowd of friends gathered at the M. E. Church Wednesday afternoon, where funeral services were conducted by the Lynden Masonic lodge. Mr. Dickerson had been in poor health for some time, and about three months ago contracted the influenza, which terminated in his death. He realized that his span of life was nearly spent, and was ready and willing to go and meet the dear ones gone before. He was of a sunny disposition, a good husband and father, and lived to make others happy.

John Louis Dickerson, sr., was born at Perry, New York, Jan. 20, 1841. He was the son of Daniel and Lucretia Dickerson. In 1847, his parents moved to Oakland, Michigan. At the age of four, his mother passed away, and he was left in the care of kind relatives until sixteen. At that time, he went to Howell, Mich., where he had made arrangements to work on a farm for his cousin, James W. Dickerson. In the fall of 1850, he became dissatisfied with farming and resolved to make another venture farther West. He went to Saginaw, Mich., where he entered the lumbering business. In 1861, he answered the call of his country and joined the First Michigan Lancer Cavalry Regiment. In 1865, he was united in marriage with Miss Lida Weston of Saginaw, Michigan. Two years later, he become interested in lumbering, and for many years was a successful logging contractor, continuing in that business until 1890. In that year, he came to Washington, and again he became active in the lumber and shingle business until 1890 (sic), when he retired. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lida A. Dickerson, and three children, Ernest W. Dickerson of Bellingham, Mrs. Jessie D. Engel of Lynden, and John L. Dickerson, jr., of Winthrop, Wash., and eight grandchildren. Mr. Dickerson had been a member of the F. and A. M. for fifty years, and took an active part in the G. A. R.
(From The Lynden Tribune, April 10, 1919) Submitted by site coordinator.

DICKESON, William (d. 1918)

William Dickerson (sic) passed away at the family home on A Street, this city, on Dec. 23, 1918, after a short illness from influenza. Deceased was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, 64 years ago, but had lived in this section for about 30 years, except seven years spent at Honolulu, where he worked at his trade as a mechanic. In 1906 he was married to Miss Sarah Olson, of this city. Four children were born to the union: Wallace, who passed away at the age of 9 months, and for whom the father mourned, has now been joined by him beyond where there is no grief. Besides the wife, three sons are left to mourn: Darwin, age 10; Danna, age 7 and Lawrence, age 3 years. He was a good husband, a devoted father and an excellent provider. Although not a member of any church or Christian organization, of recent years he lived the life of a Christian - a good, upright, honest character. Always ready to help and uplift a weaker brother or sister and smooth their way if possible. In his trade as a mechanic he had rare ability and genius. He has for several years been employed at the Seely factory here.
(From The Blaine Journal, January 10, 1919) Submitted by site coordinator.

DICKINSON, Phillip E. (d. 1906)

Phillip E. Dickinson, aged 66 years, died at his home, 2421 Henry street, land night at 12:10 o'clock, of heart failure. Mr. Dickinson's health had been good until less than two hours before he breathed his last. Mrs. Dickinson returned from the Episcopal church service at about 10 o'clock, up to which time her husband had offered no complaint. At about 11 o'clock Mr. Dickinson complained of the shortness of his breath and felt distressed on account of indigestion. Dr. Keyes was called, and the gravity of his patient's condition was soon apparent. Everything was done for the afflicted man that could be done and he died shortly after the physician arrived at his bedside.

Mr. Dickinson came to Bellingham in 1883 from Fargo, North Dakota. With L. G. Phelps, he established the first banking house on Bellingham bay, known as the First Bank of Whatcom, it being operated under the name of L. G. Phelps & Co. This bank was first located in the Marcy building, and later the firm erected the frame building on the southeast corner of West Holly and C street where a banking business was continued until about ten years ago. Mr. Dickinson retiring from the business at that time.

In 1887, Mr. Dickinson was united in marriage to Miss Susanah Jenkins, daughter of J. R. Jenkins, a pioneer of this city, who died in December 1903. There are two children surviving this union, a daughter, Retta and a son, Eugene, both residing with their mother in this city.

Mr. Dickinson served on the city council during the years 1886 and 1887. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal church. The only near relative living aside from his immediate family is a sister, Mrs. Barnett, of New York city. The body lies at the private receiving rooms of W. H. Mock & Sons in the Slade block. The funeral announcements will be made later.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 16, 1906) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

DICKSON, May (d. 1916)

Funeral services for Miss May Dickson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Dickson, who passed away Saturday, were held Monday at the Dickson home. The Rev. A. Johnson of Delta officiated. Many beautiful flowers were sent, and a large crowd of friends attended the services. Miss Dickson was 29 years old, and was born in Pomeroy, Garfield County, Washington. The Dickson family have been residents of Lynden for eighteen years. In addition to her mother and father, she leaves to mourn her loss her sister, Mrs. E. L. Meeker, and brothers, C. R., Osa, Clarence and Max Dickson, together with a large circle of friends.
(From The Lynden Tribune, August 10, 1916) Submitted by site coordinator.

DILL, Albert T. (d. 1937)

Was G. A. R. Veteran, Aged 91 - Only Six Left
Leaving only six members of the J. B. Steedman post No. 24, G. A. R., death Monday evening summoned Albert Thomas Dill, the post's officer of the guard, at his home, 2624 Grove street. Mr. Dill was 91 years of age and had been ill two years. Mr. Dill had lived in Bellingham fifty years. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Eva Dill. In the Civil war Mr. Dill was a private in Company H, Twentieth regiment of Maine Infantry Volunteers. Homer Marks mortuary will make the funeral announcement.
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 18, 1937) Submitted by site coordinator.

DILL, Eva J. (d. 1945)

DILLINGER, Mayme T. (d. 1992)

Mayme T. Dillinger, 83, of 3250 Mount Baker Highway, died Feb. 12, 1992, in Bellingham. She was born April 16, 1908, in Bellingham, to Ernest & Bessie Teshera. She married Clyde L. Dillinger in February 1955 in Santa Cruz, California. He died in January 1984. She was a member of Unity Church of Bellingham and the Rome Grange. Survivors include her son David Nichols of Bellingham, daughters Nancy MacMillan of Bellingham, and Mary Nilson of Santa Clara, California; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A time of sharing will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Unity Church of Bellingham, 1095 Telegraph Road. Private burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to one's favorite charity. Arrangements are by Jones-Moles Funeral Home.
Submitted by Annie (Teshera) Glass

DILLON, Lester F. (d. 1920)

Lester Frank Dillon, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin E. Dillon, who live about six miles east of Blaine, was killed instantly last Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock when the horse Mr. Dillon was driving, bringing his family to town for a visit over Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. N. Swanson, old friends, became unruly as they came down the steep H street hill and kicked over the dash board. The horse's hoof struck the boy in the face and broke his neck. Another son, Edward, aged 4 1/2 years, was injured, but not seriously. The horse had never caused any trouble before, it was stated, but was probably made uneasy by the holding back down the steep hill. The injured lads were at once removed to the Jordan home near by and Dr. Keyes called. Later the family secured an auto and drove to Bellingham where the injured were attended by Dr. Boynton and taken to the home of Mrs. Dillon's sister, Mrs. Bone. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from Bingham's undertaking parlors and burial made in the cemetery there. Mr. Dillon came from Bellingham about three months ago and bought an interest in a mill east of Blaine. They had another son, Norman, aged three, with them, but he was not injured. The family has the sympathy of all in their sad hour.
(From The Blaine Journal, July 16, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.

DIX, Fred (d. 1891)

DIXON, Robert (d. 1934)

Funeral services for Robert Dixon, 3105 Northwest avenue, aged 53 years, passed away at a local hospital June 20, after a short illness, will be held in the Cathedral chapel of the Homer Mark Mortuary Friday afternoon, June 22, at 4 o'clock, with Rev. Earl Hanson Fifer pastor of the First Christian church officiating, and interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery. Surviving relatives are his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Rickard, British Columbia; one daughter, Mrs. Edith McDonald, California; one son, Robert Dixon, Alaska; two brothers, Thomas and John Rickard, British Columbia; two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Sanders, Brynmawr, B. C.; and Mrs. Mary Short, White Sulpher Springs, Mont., and three grandchildren.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 22, 1934)

DOAN, Ralph A. (d. 1908)

Ralph Arden Doan, aged 22 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Doan, of 2402 Walnut street, was accidentally drowned in Union Bay, British Columbia, Friday afternoon. The accident occurred while Mr. Doan, in company with a Japanese, was rowing a light boat after provisions for the logging camp, which Mr. Doan's father had been operating. A heavy swell caused by a passing steamship struck the canoe, capsizing it and throwing its two occupants in the water. The Japanese managed to swim to the shore, which was about one-quarter of a mile distant, but Mr. Doan immediately sank and did not come to the surface again. The accident was witnessed by the young man's father, who hurried to his rescue, but could do nothing.

Mr. Doan was married and leaves a wife and a 6-months-old child, also his parents, one brother and four sisters. He had been at the logging camp with his father only six weeks, coming from Ferndale in company with his wife and baby. The body was recovered from the water about seventeen hours after the accident occurred and was brought here Sunday night. The funeral was held from the chapel of W. H. Mock & Sons in the Maple block yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. W. B. McMillin, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church officiating. Interment took place in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Morning Reveille, July 14, 1908) Submitted by site coordinator.

DOANE, Achsah M. (d. 1926)

Mrs. A. M. Doane died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. A. McDonald on the morning of July 10, 1926. She was born in Cook county, Ill., February 13, 1842, where she spent her girlhood days. Here on Oct. 17, 1863 she was married to Mr. Frank Doane with whom she lived happily for nearly fifty years. To this union four sons and four daughters were born, all of whom survive her except one daughter.

The first ten years of her married life was spent in Illinois and Wisconsin. About 1872 she removed to Iowa where she remained until 1906, when she came to Whatcom county. The first great grief of her family life came to Mrs. Doane when in 1909, her husband passed into the beyond. Since then she has lived for the greater part of the time in Custer, going to Iowa for a few years to take charge of a son's home. In early life she was converted and united with the M. E. church of which she ever remained a loyal, faithful member. A good woman has passed away, one full of years and also "full of good works and alms deed which she did." Besides her children she leaves 16 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren to mourn her loss. "She rests from her labors; her works do follow her."
(From The Ferndale Record, July 15, 1926) Submitted by site coordinator.

DOANE, Francis W. (d. 1909)

Francis W. Doane was born in Bakersfield, Vt., January 25, 1838, and died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Randall, in this city, November 23, 1909, aged 71 years and 10 months. The first eighteen years of his life were spent in his native state; then he came with his father to Walworth county, Wisconsin, where he lived until 1870, except one year spent in Illinois. In that year he moved to Mitchell county, Iowa, remaining there until some three years ago, when because of failing health, he sought the milder climate of the State of Washington, settling in Whatcom county.

Mr. Doane was married to Miss A. M. Thornton, of Walworth county, Wis., October 17, 1863. To this union eight children were born, four boys - Lon M., Leonard A., and Thornton F., of Little Cedar Iowa, and Earl M., of Alberta, Canada - and four daughters - Mrs. Gay Hadfield, of Custer, Mrs. William Newbery and Miss Jennie, of Pleasant Valley, and Mrs. Guy Linderman, of Hazelton, N. D. These , with his widow and 12 grandchildren, remain to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. The deceased had lived in Washington but a short time, but during that time he had won many friends. He was of a peculiarly genial disposition and won his way to the hearts of young and old. He was a devoted husband, a kind father and a good man. Over three-score and ten years he lived among men and during all these years he sought to lighten the burdens of his fellows to impart cheer to those with whom he mingled. Ever hopeful, he breathed hope about him until "God's finger touched him and he slept."
(From The Blaine Journal, December 10, 1909) Submitted by site coordinator.

DOBEL, Hulda A. B. (d. 1912)

Hulda Anna Bertha Dobel, aged 39 years, wife of E. A. Dobel, passed away at the family residence, 609 York Street, Thursday morning at 4 o'clock, death being due to organic heart disease. Mrs. Dobel came to this city with her family from Manastee, Mich., six years ago. She was the mother of thirteen children, three of which have passed away, ten children surviving her, together with her husband, all of whom reside in this city, Mrs. Perry N. Caufman being the eldest child. Funeral services will be conducted at the new chapel of Mock & Hill, 1051-1055 Elk Street, Sunday afternoon, May 26, at 2:30 o'clock. The Rev. Fred M. L. Nitz, pastor of the Trinity German Evangelican Lutheran Church, to which Mrs. Dobel belonged, will be the officiating minister. Interment is to be made in Bay View Cemetery. The private electric funeral car will leave from Iron and East Champion Streets Sunday at 2 p. m., conveying the funeral party to the chapel.
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 24, 1912) Submitted by site coordinator.

DODGE, Emerson F. (d. 1922)

Emerson F. Dodge, aged 79 years, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. M. Dennison, 3812 Idaho street, Tuesday afternoon, October 31, after an illness of but a few hours. Mr. Dodge was a resident of Minneapolis, Minn., and had been here on a visit to his daughter for the past three weeks. Mr. Dodge was a corporal in Company G, First Minnesota regiment, and held a membership in the Grand Army of the Republic. Surviving Mr. Dodge are four daughters, Mrs. Dennison, of Bellingham; Mrs. A. F. Bloom and Mrs. Willis Hamilton, of Minnesota, and Mrs. Frank Hantzell, of Montana; two sons, Charles E. and Clarence, both of Minnesota, and eight grandchildren. The body is being cared for by Arthur C. Harlow and will be taken at a date to be announced to Minneapolis for interment in the family plot.
(From The Bellingham Herald, November 1, 1922) Submitted by site coordinator.

DODGE, James W. (d. 1911)

The remains of J. W. Dodge, whose home was between here and Ferndale were buried in the Lynden cemetery Saturday. The funeral was held from the Baptist church. Dodge was in the Eastern part of the state and dropped dead in the depot at Starbuck, Monday. According to word received from there he was waiting for a train when he felt an attack of pain and went into the waiting room where he died in a few moments. Apoplexy is given as the cause. Mr. Dodge was 57 years of age. He leaves a wife and several children.
(From The Lynden Tribune, July 20, 1911) Submitted by site coordinator.

DODSON, Leonard T. (d. 1929)

Leonard T. Dodson, aged 80 years, beloved father of George and Harley Dodson and Mrs. W. D. Stevenson, passed away at a local hospital Tuesday, August 13, after an illness of one week. Mr. Dodson until his retirement from business in 1924, was a partner in the men's clothing firm of Gage-Dodson. Mr. Dodson, a native of Missouri, was born in 1849, coming to the Pacific coast in 1874. In 1878 Mr. Dodson was married to Miss Ella Miner, who preceded him in death in 1926. Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Sue Pratt, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Mrs. Thomas Galbraith, La Plata, Mo.; two brothers, Joe Dodson and George A. Dodson, of La Plata, Mo.; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be at the Hollingsworth-Dahlquist Funeral Home with the Rev. James M. Wilson officiating. Cremation will follow.

Funeral services for Mr. Dodson will be conducted at the Hollingsworth-Dahlquist Funeral home Thursday at 4 p. m. The Rev. James M. Wilson, minister of St. James Presbyterian church will officiate. Cremation will follow. Mr. Dodson, until his retirement from active business in 1924, was a partner in the men's clothing firm of Gage-Dodson. Mr. Dodson was a native of Missouri, born in 1849. He came to the Pacific coast in 1874 and for seven years was engaged in the cattle business in Oregon. Later he opened a store in Heppner, Oregon, where he remained for seven years until he came to Fairhaven. He was engaged in the mercantile business in that town, associated with M. C. McDougal. In 1893 they merged their interests with those of George E. Gage, Sehome merchant, and the business was incorporated as the McDougal-Gage Company. In 1900 Mr. Gage acquired the stock of the senior member of the firm which then became the Gage-Dodson Company with Mr. Dodson as president. In 1878 Mr. Dodson was married to Miss Ella Miner, a daughter of Ellis Miner, an Oregon pioneer. Besides his two sons now associated in the local store, Mr. Dodson is survived by a daughter, Mrs. W. D. Stevenson, of Seattle.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 14, 1929) Submitted by site coordinator.

DOE, James M. (d. 1909)

James Marshall Doe, aged 69 years, died at his apartments at 707 Astor street, last night at 10 o'clock, after an illness of one week. Mr. Doe was a veteran of the Civil war, having served three years as a private of Company A, First regiment of Maine cavalry. He was a member of J. B. Steedman Post No. 24, Grand Army of the Republic, of this city. Mr. Doe is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Doe, proprietress of a lodging house at 707 Astor street, and by one brother, Parke Doe, a resident of Boston, Mass. Mr. Doe came with his wife to this city one year ago from Bay City, Mich., where he had formerly resided for more than twenty-five years. Funeral services will be conducted at the chapel of W. H. Mock & Sons, 1055 Elk street, Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, under the auspices of J. B. Steedman Post No. 24, G. A. R. By special request of the widow, W. H. Mock will officiate as minister. Interment will be in Bay View cemetery, where the G. A. R. burial service will be conducted. The funeral car will leave the corner of D and West Holly streets at 2:30 p. m. conveying the funeral party to the chapel. All members of J. B. Steedman post and Woman's Relief corps have been requested to attend the funeral.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 24, 1909) Submitted by site coordinator.

DONLEY, Frank J. (d. 1905)

Frank J. Donely died from hemorages of the stomach yesterday at 1 p. m. at the home of I. N. Thomas, over the Northern Pacific depot. He was attacked with serious illness last Saturday, which resulted in his death yesterday. Mr. Donley was the senior member of the firm of Donley & Farley, hay and grain merchants on Railroad avenue and owners of the Spokane house. A wife and four children survive him in Marcus, Wash., and one son resides in San Francisco. He was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges. The funeral arrangements will be decided on receipt of word from the family. Mrs. Donley has been notified, and she is expected to arrive here today. Mr. Donley came here in the fall of 1903, with Mr. Farley erected the Spokane building, and has since been identified with the business interests of Bellingham.
Mrs. Donley took the body to Marcus, Wash. for burial.
(From The Bellingham Reveille, February 7, 1905) Submitted by site coordinator.

DONLY, Clarence J. (d. 1909)

Clarence J. Donly is dead. Tuesday he was down town and insisted upon remaining in the drug store until about 6 o'clock. Two hours later he had passed into the beyond. The funeral is being held today. Mr. Donly had been sick about three months. He didn't give up work until about two weeks ago, and even since that time he has been coming down town to the drug store frequently. Tuesday afternoon he was at the store and insisted upon waiting upon some customers. On the way home he fell in a faint just in front of his house on Grover street. Neighbors carried him in the house and Dr. Mulder was summoned. He regained consciousness and joked with some of the neighbors who were at his bed side, remarking that he felt all right if he could only have something to eat. About 7:30 he had another fainting spell from which he did not recover. The doctor was summoned again but it was too late. His young wife is nearly or quite prostrated.

Mr. Donly was about 40 years old, and for 20 years he had been a resident of the West. For three years he has been employed as a druggist in E. Edson's store. He had worked before that in Bellingham and Sumas drugstores. He was born in Pennsylvania. At one time he owned a ranch in the North Bend country where he first met his future wife. During the gold rush he was one of the first to the Klondike country. He has no relatives or family saving only the young wife to whom he was married in Bellingham a year ago in April, and the son born to them about four months ago. His wife, who was Laura Jaycox was also alone in the world, her nearest living relative being an uncle, C. B. Roberts, of Seattle, business man who came to her at once as soon as he was notified of her bereavement. The two were lovers in the truest sense of the word. He had known her as a child and since the death of her mother she had clung to him as her all on earth. They were so happy in their married life that even friends who knew them well wondered how there could be so much joy, and do not wonder now that there is so much sorrow.

Mr. Donly was a lover of nature and all things beautiful. A walk in the woods with his wife and baby was a choice of all earthly pleasures. He was a man who had friends in all who learned to know him. Dr. Mulder feared his case was serious. He believed his friend was suffering with cancer of the stomach and told him so. Mr. Donly realized that he was in a serious condition, but it was characteristic of him that he made no fuss of it, that he hid the fear of himself and physician from his loved ones and many of his friends. He did not realize that the end was so near, or that it was certainly coming soon. No one did. He was a lover of art which he developed as an amateure photographer and as a worker in wood. His home was decorated with his own photographs, some of which are masterpieces and with furniture of quaint and original designs of his own make. The funeral services were conducted this noon by Rev. Randall, a Baptist minister, of Everett, and a friend of the family's. Burial services are being held at the Bellingham cemetery where Mrs. Donly's mother was so recently interred.
(From The Lynden Tribune, July 29, 1909) Submitted by site coordinator.

DONOVAN, Charles (d. 1936)

County Pioneer,

Widely Known Old-Timer Dies at Age of 85
Was Once Mayor of New Whatcom
Charles Donovan, 2201 C street, one of Whatcom county's earliest citizens, who had filled many of its public offices, and who once knew the description of every piece of land in the county, died at a local hospital at 7 a.m. Sunday, after three weeks' illness. Had he lived until September 27, he would have been 86 years of age. He was widely known in Northwest Washington. It was said of him that for years he was acquainted with every person in Whatcom county, outside Bellingham. Of late years he was a familiar figure in Bellingham as he took his daily walks, bareheaded and serene. Funeral services will be held at the Harlow-Hollingsworth chapel Tuesday at 3 p.m. Rev. James M. Wilson, minister of St. James Presbyterian church, will officiate. Mrs. William Gardiner will sing. In accordance with Mr. Donovan's expressed wishes, his body will be cremated and the ashes will be scattered in Bellingham Bay, where he had resided sixty-three years. Honorary pallbearers will be Hugh Eldridge, Charles I. Roth, Victor A. Roeder, John Delford, C. F. Fitzgerald, of Ferndale and Jack Simpson, of Everson. Mr. Donovan is survived by one son, Charles Donovan, superintendent of the Bloedel Donovan Lumber Mills at Sekiu, Olympic peninsula; four daughters, Mrs. George H. Bacon, Bellingham; Mrs. L. Mead Johnson, Port Angeles; Miss Sidney Donovan and Mrs. E. R. Myers, Seattle; seven grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. William Golden, Seattle. Mrs. Bacon is chairman of the city library board.

Charles Donovan was born on the ship "Sailor Prince," enroute from England to New Orleans. He was named after the ship, but he always wrote his name Charles Donovan. From New Orleans the family went to St. Louis, where the lived a number of years. In that city Mr. Donovan's mother joined a Mormon wagon train to Salt Lake City. In that city Charles Donovan grew up and eventually entered the freighting business, which took him to Montana and Idaho.

Ultimately he helped take a string a mules from Boise, Idaho, to Yale, B. C., where they were sold to prospectors bound for the Peace River country. While waiting for the party to return to the United States, the young man found work with telegraph linemen, who were restoring the Western Union line, which had been abandoned 800 miles above Yale when it was telegraphed around the world that the Atlantic cable was a success. The line was being restrung by the Canadian government. The government line followed the old abandoned line to Yale and then branched to Vancouver and New Westminster, B. C. Another branch connected New Westminster with Seattle via Blaine, and yet another crossed Puget Sound by cable from LaConner to Victoria, B. C.

While in Canada, a wire man taught him telegraphy and after a short time he was placed in charge of a station at Clinton, B. C. From there he was transferred to an Indian reservation in Southern British Columbia, and it was while there that he exchanged stations with a young Englishman quartered at Sehome. Arriving in Sehome, Mr. Donovan took charge of that part of the coastal telegraph line extending from Lummi reservation to Wildcat Cove. His duties included that of lineman. When there was trouble on the line, in this section, he walked to the reservation. There he would hire and Indian to take him to Wildcat in a canoe. From there he always walked back to Sehome.

For five years prior to his marriage, in 1878, to Miss Sarah Crocket, of Whidby island, Mr. Donovan lived at the Keystone hotel, which for many years stood near the corner of Laurel and State streets. Mrs. Donovan died many years ago.

Early in his career on Bellingham Bay, Mr. Donovan began taking an active interest in politics. From 1876 to 1880, he was county treasurer; he was auditor from 1882 to 1886; county clerk from 1885 to 1883, and county commissioner thereafter until 1891, when he was elected mayor of New Whatcom. While he was commissioner the first plank roads in Whatcom county were built. For many years Mr. Donovan was a deputy in the county assessor's office. It was while he was in that office that he retired from an active life.

Pioneers of the county still recall that Mr. Donovan, of recent years an inveterate pedestrian, was widely known in the county as a fine horseman. Mounted on a spirited black saddle horse, he was often seen on Whatcom's roads and trails.

In 1914 Mr. Donovan married Mrs. Mary Thornton de Fremery, daughter of the late Dr. A. W. Thornton, of Ferndale. She died about a decade ago. The couple made a trip to Europe, visiting in Ireland and going to Paris when the World war broke out and both offered their services to the field hospital corps, but because of delays, due to red tape and confusion, they tired of waiting and returned to Bellingham.

Mr. Donovan was honored in the summer of 1930 when the Old Settlers' association of Whatcom county, at its annual picnic in Pioneer park, Ferndale, presented him with the old settlers' cup, a trophy donated many years ago by Federal Judge Jeremiah Neterer, of Seattle.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 7, 1936) Submitted by site coordinator.

DONOVAN, Clara I. (d. 1936)

Mrs. J. J. Donovan, a beloved pioneer resident of Bellingham, who came here in 1888 as the bride of a young Northern Pacific railway construction engineer, passed away early Saturday morning at the family home on Garden street, after an illness of several months.

Mrs. Donovan was born in 1858 at Haverhill, New Hampshire, a member of a pioneer New England family. One of her great grandfathers was the first governor of New Hampshire and another was a member of the first graduating class of Harvard university. As Miss Clara Isabel Nichols, she was married April 29, 1888 at her home in Melrose, Mass., to John Joseph Donovan, who for several years had been employed in the construction of the Northern Pacific in the Pacific Northwest. After living for a short time in Tacoma, Mr. and Mrs. Donovan came to Bellingham bay, first residing in Fairhaven and later in Whatcom. Mrs. Donovan was an active member of the First Congregational church, and of the Monday club, of which she was a charter member, and for many years she was a member of the board of the Young Women's Christian Association.

The immediate surviving relatives are the husband, J. J. Donovan; two sons, John N. Donovan, of this city, and Philip Donovan, of Portland, Ore.; one daughter, Mrs. Leslie Craven, of Chicago, who arrived in Bellingham last week, and eight grandchildren. The remains are resting at the family home on Garden street, where private funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock by the Rev. James M. Wilson, minister of St. James Presbyterian church. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery under the direction of the Harlow-Hollingsworth funeral home.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 27, 1936) Submitted by site coordinator.

DORR, Laura B. (d. 1892)

DORR, Marguerite L. (d. 1914)

Mrs. M. L. Dorr passed away at her home her at 1:30 o'clock Monday morning, after lingering several days following a stroke of paralysis. From the first it was realized that she could not survive the stroke and her family was summoned to her bedside and many of them were with her when the end came. The funeral services were held from the Baptist church Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Cloyde officiating and the burial made beside the remains of the son and daughter who had preceded her.

Marguerite L. Dorr was born in Eddyville, Iowa, March 13, 1859, and was 55 years of age at the time of her death. August 8, 1877, she was married to Joseph W. Dorr, at Des Moines, Iowa, and they came to Blaine in November, *1889 [1885?]. To this union 11 children were born, two of whom have passed to the great beyond. The children living are Eloise Engleson of Seattle, Justin of Valdez Island, B. C., Margaret Roan of Seattle, Jane D. Pritchard of Quesnel, B. C., Miss Ruth of Blaine, Joseph N. of Calgary, Canada, and the Misses Mary and Naomi of this city.

Mrs. Dorr was an unique character in this community. She was a lover of the great outdoors, and lived a simple life. She was possessed of a kind disposition and many were her acts of kindness both to man and beast during her life in this community. In the early days she, with her husband, conducted the Journal for a number of years. She learned from dear experience of the trial and vicissitudes connected with the publication of a country newspaper and in the intervening years never lost interest in the publication in which she saw some of the hardest trials of her life. To her credit, and to her husband's credit, who survives her, can it be said that they conducted a creditable newspaper and a newspaper that stood for the highest citizenship. And the writer is inclined to give them much credit for the position assumed by this newspaper in the years that have passed since, for almost without exception the early position of Mr. and Mrs. Dorr has been maintained. In the death of Mrs. Dorr this newspaper feels that it has lost its mother, and we mourn with the bereaved family. May she rest in peace. *She was mentioned in the Blaine Journal of May, 1887. Her husband was a juror in 1886.
(From The Blaine Journal, July 17, 1914) Submitted by site coordinator.

DORR, Richard (d. 1911)

Richard Dorr passed away at St. Joseph's hospital in Bellingham Saturday last, the immediate cause of his death being heart failure. Dick was taken sick about three months ago and later was removed to the hospital where he could have constant care.

Richard Dorr was born Jan. 24, 1880, and for more than 20 years has made his home in this city. For several years his father published the Journal and he spent several years of his boyhood working at the trade in this office. He leaves a father, mother, eight sisters and two brothers, this being the first death in a family of eleven children. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. I. Case from the Baptist church yesterday afternoon aft the arrival of the afternoon train, and interment was made in the Blaine cemetery.
(From The Blaine Journal, August 4, 1911) Submitted by site coordinator.

DORR, William H. (d. 1919)

W. H. Dorr, one of the pioneers of Whatcom County, and father of Wm E. Dorr of the stage line, passed away at his home near Wiser Lake Sunday at the age of 69 years. Mr. Dorr came to the county 37 years ago and has lived on the original homestead he filed on since that time. He is a brother to J. W. Dorr, who owned the Journal years ago, and figured prominently in politics in the county back in the Populist days.
(From The Blaine Journal, January 10, 1919) Submitted by site coordinator.

DORR, William H. (d. 2002)

William H. (Bill) Dorr, age 86, passed away in Yuma, AZ on March 13, 2002. He was born to William E. and Bessie (Constant) Dorr on February 23, 1916 in Lynden, WA. A memorial service was held in Yuma on March 16. Local services are pending with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery. Bill graduated from Ferndale High School in 1933 and attended Bellingham Normal School (WWU) for one year. He married Margaret Hammer of Mt. Vernon, WA in July 1939. They were married nearly 51 years before Margaret preceded him in death in May 1990. In his early adult life, Bill was stationed with the Border Patrol at El Centro, CA and later returned to Washington to buy his father's Ferndale - Bellingham bus line. He then sold that to his brother Phillip Dorr and became involved in buying and selling real estate locally. He and three others built and operated the Pioneer Ridge Nursing Home in Ferndale. Through most of his life, his great love was music and he played his drums with various dance bands starting with Arthur Hoeruegel and then Al Mendenhall (for 10 years at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club). In the ten years he lived in Yuma, AZ, he was involved in bands with many retired professional musicians and often with his brother George Dorr, who plays piano. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Yuma. Family was very important to Bill and there were many fun family reunions over the years at his cabin at Birch Bay.

Besides his wife, he was predeceased by his parents and his brother & wife Phillip and Edythe Dorr. Bill is survived by his daughter Gladys & husband Scott Williams of San Antonio, TX; 3 grandchildren: Joe Flaherty and Mary Ann & husband Clayton Klauzlaric, all of Seattle and Ray Flaherty of Loshoto Tanzania, Africa; sister Priscilla & husband Walter Tanguy and brother Robert & wife Echo Dorr, all of Bellingham; brother George & wife Joan Dorr of Yuma, AZ; and many other relatives, including numerous nephews and nieces who will greatly miss their "Uncle Bill". Memorials may be made to Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 31, 2002)

DOTY, Zeno (d. 1921)

Coast's Crack Rifle Shot Passes to Beyond
    Zeno Doty, said to have been at one time the Pacific coast's champion rifle shot, died this morning after a brief illness at the home of Mrs. M. C. Ransford, 1910 James street, at the age of 65 years. Mr. Doty was one of the best known characters in this part of the country. For years he had lived on a fine farm on Cottonwood island and he resided in this section for thirty-five years.
    For years Mr. Doty did a thriving business trading with Alaska Indians, selling them a varied merchandise and taking furs and other articles from them. He had a genial disposition and had many friends. On his farm he always like to have a crowd of friends about him and his table at such times always was set with the best of everything, says an old comrade. Mr. Doty was an expert with the shotgun as well as the rifle and like pigeon shooting. He came to Bellingham from Nebraska in 1887.
    The survivors are the widow, Mrs. Anna Doty; one son, George Doty, of Urban, Cottonwood island, and two daughters, Mrs. Angelia Appleby, Seattle, and Mrs. Ruth Allen, Waldron island. The funeral announcements will be made by Harry O. Bingham.

Zeno Doty, aged 65 years, passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Ransford, 1610 James street, on the morning of Monday, January 10, after a brief illness. Mr. Doty had resided in Bellingham and Whatcom county for the past thirty-five years and leaves many friends who will regret the news of his death. He is survived by Mrs. Anna Doty, one son, George Doty, of Urban, Wash.; two daughters, Mrs. Angelia Appelby, of Seattle, and Mrs. Ruth Allen, Waldron island. The remains are being cared for at the service parlors of Harry O. Bingham, 120-122 Prospect street. Funeral announcements will be made later.
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 10, 1921) Submitted by site coordinator.

DOUGLASS, Ella (d. 1920)

The funeral of Mrs. Ella Douglass, who died last Friday morning, was held from Bingham's Undertaking Parlors in Bellingham last Saturday afternoon at 2:30. The service was Christian Science, deceased being a member of the Mother church of Boston, Mass. The body was shipped to Seattle for cremation. Deceased was 37 years of age and had made her home in Blaine most of the time for the past ten years. She won many friends here who extend heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved husband.
(From The Blaine Journal, December 24, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.

DOUGLASS, George W. (d. 1934)

DOUGLASS, Martha E. (d. 1921)

DOWLING, Eliza Jane (d. 1939)

DOWNIE, Adeline D. (d. 1906)

Mrs. Adeline D. Downie, aged 76 years, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. F. C. Plantz, 2507 Eldridge avenue, Sunday afternoon at 2:50 o'clock, a cancer being the cause of death. Mrs. Downie was the widow of the late Major William Downie, one of California's earliest pioneers. Mrs. Downie went from Prince Edward Island to Victoria, B. C., fifty-three years ago, and was there married to Major Downie. The surviving members of her family are two daughters, Mrs. F. C. Plantz of this city and Mrs. A. D. Hardin of Billings, Mont., a son, W. J. Downie of Oakland, Cal., and her sister, Mrs. M. H. Shaw, who resides here. The only grandchildren of Mrs. Downie live in this city. They are Margery and Frederick Plantz. Mrs. Downie has been making her home here for twelve years. The funeral will be conducted at the mortuary chapel of W. H. Mock & Sons in the Maple block, 1055 Elk street, this afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. William Orr Wark, pastor of the First Congregational church, will be the officiating clergyman. The interment will take place in Bay View cemetery.

The death of Mrs. Adeline Davison Downie at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T.[F.] C. Plantz, 2507 Eldridge avenue, on last Sunday at 3 o'clock, is an incident which deserves special mention. In 1853, Miss Adeline Davison came to Vancouver, B. C., from Prince Edward Island, and a few years later met and became the wife of Major William Downie of California. Major Downie came to the Golden State in '49 and cleaned up a fortune in the Sierras when forty ounces of the yellow metal represented a fair day's work. Downieville was named after this pioneer, and he became a familiar figure in all the coast cities.

Through all the hardships attendant upon the life of a miner, Major Downie remained loyal to all the substantial qualities of manhood which he had embraced in his youth. When he died in 1894 his body was interred in the pioneer burial ground in San Francisco, and his picture occupied a conspicuous place in the recently destroyed Pioneer building in that city. Major Downie had a companion of grace and strength of character in his wife, whose remains were interred in Bay View cemetery yesterday. She shared the hardships peculiar to pioneer life. She was happy when her husband was a man of fortune, but none the less so when his wealth was swept away. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. T.[F.] C. Plantz, in this city, and a son, W. J. Downie, of Oakland, Cal. Margery and Frederick Plantz are the only surviving grandchildren. The funeral service, conducted by Rev. William Orr Wark, pastor of the First Congregational church, there was a large attendance of the friends of this woman, who, in her seventy-ninth year closed a life of rare goodness.
(From The Bellingham Reveille, May 29 & 30, 1906) Submitted by site coordinator.

DRAIN, Jesse W. (d. 1935)

Jesse W. Drain, one of the organizers of the Albert J. Hamilton post of the American Legion and until several months ago for nine years the Legion's state adjutant, died suddenly from a heart attack in Seattle Wednesday night. Mr. Drain had recently retired as state adjutant of the Legion, a post to which he was appointed in 1925 by Frank N. Brooks, of Bellingham, then state commander. He was recognized as one of the leaders in veterans affairs on the Pacific coast.

Mr. Drain was born at Pilot Point, Texas, March 3, 1884, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Drain. He was a member of the Second company Washington coast artillery at the outbreak of the world war and was mustered into the federal service with the Sixty-fifth coast artillery corps. He became a second lieutenant and later was promoted to first lieutenant in the field artillery. Lieutenant Drain saw action in the Argonne and Toul sectors. He was discharged from service at Camp Lewis May 22, 1919. Following the war, Mr. Drain returned to Bellingham and became the first adjutant of the Albert J. Hamilton post of the newly organized American Legion. He later engaged in the automobile business and moved to Tacoma where he was residing at the time of his appointment as state adjutant.

Of his immediate family Mr. Drain is survived by his widow, a son, Robert, and two daughters, Mrs. Cliff Erickson and Mrs. John Leslie, all of Seattle, and five brothers, Anthony Y. Drain and Richard Drain, Seattle; Samuel Drain, Castle Gas, B. C.; Winston Drain, Bellingham, and W. L. Holman, Aubrey, Texas. Thursday afternoon Mr. Brooks received a telephone call from Seattle, informing him that the funeral will be held at the Butterworth mortuary at 2 p. m. Saturday.
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 3, 1935) Submitted by site coordinator.

DRAKE, John F. (d. 1929)

John F. Drake, age 70 years, beloved husband of Mrs. Lucy S. Drake, and father of Mary C. and Justine F. Drake, passed away at the family home, 2205 Washington street, Tuesday evening, July 16, after an illness of four years' duration. Mr. Drake was a member of the Steilacoom Masonic Lodge No. 2, Steilacoom, Wash., and had resided in Whatcom county for the past thirty-nine years. Until five years ago, when he retired for business, he had been postmaster and general merchant at Glacier. Surviving relatives other than the widow and two daughters, are: one sister, Miss Caroline Drake, and two brothers, C. H. and F. A. Drake, all of New York City, and a brother, E. F. Drake, Bellingham. The remains are being cared for at the Hollingsworth-Dahlquist Funeral Home, 120-122 Prospect street, and funeral announcements will be made later.
(From The Bellingham Herald, July 17, 1929) Submitted by site coordinator.

DRAKE, Mary A. (d. 1921)

Mrs. Mary A Drake, aged 60 years, passed away at the family residence, 1108 Harris avenue, on the evening of Wednesday, February 2, after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Drake had resided in this city for the past nineteen years, where she has a large circle of friends who will mourn her loss. She was a member of the First Christian church and is survived by two sons and two daughters, Howard Drake, Sand Point, Idaho; Mrs. Mamie Seim, Seattle; Mrs. Mabel True and Frank Drake, of this city; also two grandchildren survive. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 4, at 2 o'clock p. m. from the service parlors of Harry O. Bingham, 120-122 Prospect street with Rev. W. F. Reagor officiating. Interment will be made in the family plot in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 3, 1921) Submitted by site coordinator.

DRANEY, Martin (d. 1909)

Martin Draney died at his home on the shores of Wiser lake last Friday. He was one of the most highly respected farmers in this part of Whatcom county, and while his death was not entirely unexpected, it threw a gloom over that neighborhood. Mr. Draney had lived in this county only about four years, but in that time many had learned to know and respect him. He came to the Sound country from Eastern Washington in search of health five years ago and lived in Seattle a year before coming to Lynden. He has never been well since his break down on his wheat farm near Dayton, and though at times was able to be about it has been known for months that the end was near.

Martin Draney was born in Ontario, near Coberg, Feb. 2, 1851. In 1856 his father moved his family to Clinton, Iowa, and that same fall died. The widow moved her family of six boys and one girl the next spring to Nemaha county, Kansas, where three of the boys and one girl still live. In 1873 Martin came west to Oregon where he remained but a year before moving to Dayton, where he met with more than ordinary success as a wheat grower. What his family and friends prized more than his financial success, however was the reputation he builded for honesty. In the times before 1893 when his success was at the highest he helped many poorer farmers to get started. Then came the hard times and many farmers failed. Mr. Draney though he had opportunity to do so did not shirk a single obligation, paying more that $4,000 that was owed by farmers he had backed. That together with his own losses badly crippled him at the time, but it won him a reputation far above par.

The funeral was held Tuesday, the Catholic priest from Ferndale officiating. Interment was in the Lynden cemetery. A few days before he died the family realized that he must go soon and a telegram was sent last Thursday to the brothers in Seneca, Kansas. John and Hugh and the sister, Mrs. Elizabeth McQuaid started at once, but arrived Monday, too late to see their brother alive. One other brother lives in Seneca and one is living at Kansas City. The sixth brother is dead.
(From The Lynden Tribune, April 8, 1909) Submitted by site coordinator.

DRAPER, Jennie (d. 1931)

DRYER, Sarah E. (d. 1921)

DUNBAR, John F. (d. 1914)

Spinal Meningitis Takes Young Man
John F. Dunbar, better known as Jack, died quite suddenly Monday morning at the Hotel Blaine, where he had been stopping temporarily. For a week the young man had been sick with what seemed to be neuralgia, but it suddenly shifted to the back of his head and death came shortly after. The deceased was born in Michigan 31 years ago, coming to this state about eight years ago. He leaves a mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Brown, of New Westminster, and two brothers, also residing in the same city, all of whom were present at the funeral. The funeral services were held in the M. E. church Wednesday afternoon in charge of the Eagles lodge of which the deceased was a member. Rev. R. C. Harley, officiating.
(From The Blaine Journal, April 3, 1914) Submitted by site coordinator.

DUNCAN, Celia J. (d. 1939)

DUNCAN, Florilla (d. 1921)

DUNCAN, Henry I. (d. 1942)

DUNCKEL, Manley (d. 1924)

Manley Dunckle (sic), aged 76 years, residing at Thirtieth street and Mill avenue, passed away at a local hospital Friday morning, May 30, after a short illness. Mr. Duckel (sic) had been a resident of Bellingham for the past twenty-five years and was a veteran of the civil war, having served with Company 8, Iowa infantry No. 66, and was a member of the Methodist church in South Dakota. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. May McGill, Goldfeid, Nev., and Mrs. N. J. Beaver, Palo Alto, Cal.; two sons, Stanley and William, of Palo Alto, Cal.; one brother Edward Dunckel, San Diego, Cal.; four grandchildren, Manley Beaver, Edna Swain; Dema Dunckel and Clarence McGill and five great-grandchildren, Gladys and John Swain, Gwendolyn, David and William Beaver. The body is resting at the Harlow mortuary home, Holly and Forest streets, where funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon, June 4, at 2 o'clock, with Rev. Hixson of the Fairhaven Methodist church officiating, followed by interment in the family plot in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 3, 1924) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

DUNGAY, Cornelia (d. 1917)

Mrs. Cornelia A. Dungay, aged 69 years, passed away at the family home, 2831 Peabody street, on the evening of Monday, February 26, after an illness of several months. Mrs. Dungay had resided in the home where she died for twenty-nine years and in Whatcom county for thirty two years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal church and of J. B. Steedman Relief Corps No. 31, Grand Army of the Republic. Mrs. Dungay is survived by Mr. Dungay, one son, Harry C. Dungay, at home; one daughter, Mrs. E. A. Sutter, Union, Ore.; one sister and two brothers residing in New York. 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 27, 1917) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

DUNGAY, Henry L. (d. 1929)

Henry Lester Dungay, aged 83 years, beloved brother of Mrs. Sarah Jones, Port Angeles, Wash.; Mrs. Lillian E. Masset, Portland, and Moses L. Dungay, Longview, Wash., passed away at Port Angeles at an early hour this morning, November 1. Mr. Dungay was a Civil war veteran, having been a member of the Minnesota volunteer heavy field artillery, and previous to his going to Port Angeles had resided in Bellingham for forty years. He also was a member of the Episcopal church. The remains will be received by the Hollingsworth-Dahlquist Funeral Home, 120-122 Prospect street, where funeral services will be held Sunday, November 3, at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. Canon E. B. Smith, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church, officiating, and interment will take place in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, November 1, 1929) Submitted by site coordinator.

DUNLAP, Alexander I. (d. 1938)

Friends and relatives of A. I. Dunlap, familiarly known as "Tide" were shocked Wednesday morning to learn of his sudden death. Mr. Dunlap, who seemed in his usual good spirit, had just returned from his daily trip to the bank and postoffice, when he suffered a stroke and fell to the floor in the Hardware store. Doctors were immediately summoned and Coy Kern arrived soon after with the ambulance and took the stricken man to his home where he passed away about 11:00 a. m., a little over an hour after his collapse.

Born June 10th, 1863 in a covered wagon, while his parents were enroute from Iowa to California. He was educated in the public schools of California and LaConner, and later attended the Territorial University in Seattle. He was married to Miss Minnie Rice at Colfax, Washington on December 24th, 1898 and has resided here since. Mr. Dunlap bought an interest in the Hayton-Dunlap Hardware in 1891. In 1898 he went with a party of LaConner citizens to the Klondike region and in 1899 he purchased an interest in the Polson Implement Co., which was operated under that name until 1914, when Mr. Dunlap organized the Dunlap Hardware Company. He has been president and manager ever since. Mr. Dunlap was always a civic minded citizen, donating much of his time and money to the building up of the community he loved. He served on the City Council and School Board for many years, and was a member of the Delta Lodge No. 32, I. O. O. F. He was also a member of the Swinomish chapter, No. 17 of A. O. U. W.; the Commercial Club, and was prominent in party circles, being a lifelong follower of the Republican party, but never seeking public office.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Dunlap, two children, Frank Dunlap and Mrs. Art Ring both of LaConner. One brother, Samuel Dunlap of Mount Vernon, three sisters, Mrs. M. L. Best of Bellingham; Mrs. A. W. Flagg of Ridgeway and Mrs. Mary McFarlane of LaConner, besides several nephews and nieces and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted from the Kern Funeral Home Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Interment will be in Pleasant Ridge cemetery.
(From The Deming Prospector, May 27, 1938; He appears to have died in LaConner; no connection to Deming is evident) Submitted by site coordinator.

DUNN, Ellen Jane (d. 1932)

Mrs. Ellen Jane Dunn, widow of the late George T. Dunn, a pioneer resident of Boundary Bay and New Westminster, B.C., died last Thursday afternoon after a long illness, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Admela Chambers on B street, of this city. Mrs. Dunn was born in DeKalb county, Illinois, April 11th, 1848, and is survived by two sons, C. C. Dunn, who resides on the Bell-Meade Farm at Hall's Prairie, B.C., and George L. Dunn, of Los Angeles, California, and one daughter, Mrs. Chambers, of Blaine, two grand-daughters, two grand-sons and one great-grandson.

In the spring of 1876, Mrs. Dunn with her husband, George T. Dunn, a U. S. Civil War veteran, came west by the covered wagon route, from Cass County, Iowa, over the Old Oregon Trail to Tacoma, where they remained until 1882 when they came to Pleasant Valley, near this city and took up a homestead. In 1885, while Mr. Dunn drove teams over the trail to Boundary Bay, B.C. Mrs Dunn with two small children crossed Semiahmoo Bay in a small canoe paddled by an old Indian. In 1889 Mrs Dunn moved to New Westminster, B.C., taking up her residence at 725 Royal avenue, and there she lived for many years. She was a member of the Olivet Baptist church.

Funeral services, conducted at the chapel of the Columbia Funeral home in New Westminster, B.C., by the Rev. C. B. Seely of Blaine and Rev. Sloat of New Westminster, were held on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock and interment following in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Sympathy is extended to Mrs. Chambers and her two brothers at this time.
(From the Blaine Journal, December 8, 1932) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

DUNN, Zema L. (d. 1925)

As the result of several months' illness, Mrs. Zema Lydia Dunn, 38, died this morning at 12:35 at her home, 723 North Forest street. She was a resident of this city since 1901, was an active member of the First Presbyterian church and sang in the church choir. She also was a charter member of the Women's Music club. J. H. Dunn, Jr., husband of the deceased, is an accountant for the Iddins Buick company. There also are three sons, Robert, Donald and Edgar, and one daughter, Doris, all at home; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Fegley, and two brothers, Walter and Francis, all of this city; and two sister, Mrs. Merle Montgomery, of Bellingham, and Mrs. Paul S. Tatman, of Vancouver, B. C. Funeral announcements will be made by Homer Mark.
(From The Bellingham Reveille, June 13, 1925)

DUNNING, Mary V. (d. 1920)

News has just been received of the death of Mrs. N. G. Dunning, a former resident of this city, at Olympia. Mrs. Dunning was well known here, having resided in Blaine for 14 years. She leaves many friends here to mourn her death, as she was beloved by all who knew her. Her true, upright, unwavering Christian life was an inspiration to all. Mary Victoria Dunning was born near Lake George, New York state, Nov. 14, 1844, and died May 18, 1920, being 75 years, 6 months and 4 days old. When still a young woman she moved to Illinois and then to Minnesota, where she lived for 25 years, moving to Blaine, Wash., in 1902. In 1882 she was married to Nathaniel Greene Dunning, who died in Olympia Jan. 30, 1917. She leaves six children--Clarence, Mae, John, Guy and Roy to mourn her demise.
(From The Blaine Journal, May 28, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.

DUPRAY, Fredrick M. (d. 1914)

Mr. F. M. Dupray, father of Mrs. George Vinup, died at his home between Lynden and Ferndale last Saturday at the age of 82 years. The funeral was held Sunday and was attended by a large number of friends of the deceased. Mr. Dupray was a pioneer resident of the valley having resided on the farm on which his death occurred for the past 23 years. Deceased was the father of 12 children and had 76 grand children. Five of his children were present at the funeral. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.
(From The Lynden Tribune, January 15, 1914) Submitted by site coordinator.

DURANCEAU, Louis (d. 1920)

Louis Duranceau, who had been lying helpless for several weeks as the result of a stroke of paralysis, passed away Saturday last, and the funeral service was held on Monday afternoon at the family home, Rev. Ed C. Cofer officiating. Interment was made in the Blaine cemetery. Mr. Duranceau was born in Fon du Lac, Wisc., April 13, 1853. In 1905 he came to Blaine and resided here until his death. He is survived by his wife, four sons, Chester of Anacortes, Percy, Louis Jr. and Forest, all of Blaine, four daughters, Mrs. Lois Marcom of Anacortes, Mrs. Frank Autrieth of Seattle, Mrs. W. E. Bond and Mrs. Jas. Rolph of Blaine, also six brothers and three sisters.
(From The Blaine Journal, December 24, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.

DURBIN, Ruth M. (d. 2001)

Ruth Margaret Durbin, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother succumbed to cancer August 9, 2001, at her home, surrounded by family and hospice staff. Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband for 60 years, George, on August 27, 2000. Mom was a lifelong resident of northwest Washington and loved her gardens, ceramics, traveling, reading, and shopping for gifts for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mom is survived by her eight children; three sons, Gary Durbin, Ronald & Kay Durbin, Tim & Debbie Durbin, five daughters, Barbara & Ron Ira, Patricia & Herb Schuetze, Pinky (Ruth) & Larry Montgomery, Joyce Durbin, and Deanna Durbin & her husband Herb Iversen. Mom has 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at Jones-Moles Funeral Home in the Whatcom room at 3:00pm Friday, August 17, 2001. Donations to Hospice Staff, 600 Birchwood #200, Bellingham, WA 98225, in Mom's name will be appreciated. Greenacres Funeral Home.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 15, 2001) Submitted by Debbie deHoog

DURHAM, Richard R. (d. 1933)

Richard Ray Durham, 27, Logging Accident Victim
Port Angeles, Nov. 2 --(AP)-- Richard Ray Durham, 27, of Sappho, a settlement west of here, died today from injuries received Monday when struck by a cable at a logging camp. He formerly lived at Maple Falls. His widow and three children survive.

Richard Roy (sic) Durham, aged 27 years, passed away at the Port Angeles General Hospital November 1 as the result of an accident. Surviving relatives are his wife, one daughter and two sons, of Sappho; mother, Mrs. Frank Hyler, of Maple Falls; three sisters, Mrs. Grant Nugent, of Bellingham; Mrs. Dennis Frost and Miss Roxy Hyler, Maple Falls; two brothers, Ralph Durham and Fred Durham, of Granite Falls. Graveside services will be held at Maple Falls, Sunday, November 5, at 1 o’clock.
(From The Bellingham Herald, Friday, November 3, 1933) Submitted by Bob Witherspoon.

DUVALL, Delia (d. 1935)

DYKSTERHUIS, Jacob (d. 1917)

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Christian Reformed Church for the late Jacob Dyksterhuis, who passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 84 years and 11 months. The Rev. E. Breen conducted the services in the presence of a large gathering of friends. Besides the widow, Mr. Dyksterhuis is survived by two sons, G. E. Dyksterhuis and Klaas Dyksterhuis, and a daughter, Mrs. Rein J. Zylstra of Oak Harbor. His youngest daughter, Mrs. D. J. Zylstra, passed away nine years ago.
(From The Lynden Tribune, November 29, 1917) Submitted by site coordinator.

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