Whatcom County Obituaries

Surnames Beginning with "Pa-Ph"

PACKARD, Adeline (d. 1899)

The death of Mrs. Albert Packard, aged 53 years, occurred at her home at Lynden, Saturday morning, after a long illness with paralysis. Funeral services were held at the family residence at 2 o'clock Sunday. Interment was made in the Lynden cemetery. She leaves a husband, two sons and a daughter. Her death is mourned by a large circle of sympathizing friends.
(From The Blaine Journal, March 17, 1899) Submitted by site coordinator.

PACKER, J. J. (d 1890)

J. J. Packer, well known to all the old settlers, died at the Pacific house at 2 p. m., Sunday, of old age and bronchitis, aged 76. His death was painless. He passed away as quietly as one falls asleep. He took to his bed but a few hours before death. He was buried from Brackett's undertaking parlors, at the expense of his son, yesterday. J. J. Packer was born in Ohio in 1814, when that state was an almost unbroken wilderness. He followed the trade of a house painter. In 1849 the gold fever caught him, and deserting his wife and family which consisted of a boy 5 years of age, a girl 3 years old, and an unborn baby, he traveled overland from St. Joe, Mo. He disappeared to his family for years, as though the earth had opened and swallowed him. During this time he sluiced in the American and Feather rivers; he was at Angel's, Sherlock's, Table Mountain, Hangtown, and other camps of the Argonauts. His prospector's hammer was heard in the coves of the mountains as far north as Shasta. He finally drifted to Whatcom in 1872, and went up on the North Fork prospecting; but nearly starved to death in the big timber. He afterward worked for the B. B. Co. for a year or two and then returned to California. He came back here in 1883 and has been here ever since, painting signs, etc. In 1860 (sic) he sent for his family. His wife has been dead some years. F. M. Packer, the son resides at Whatcom; his daughter, the wife of Rev. C. P. Jones, a Methodist minister, lives at Kent, Wash. He leaves no property. He had saved up a little money a year ago when, nearly in his dotage, and a sharp little adventuress wheedled him out of it under a promise of marriage. She was clerk in a peanut stand in the Glass block. As soon as she acquired his money she went to Seattle and married another man. This embittered the old gentleman. He slept at his son's home for the last six months, but would speak neither to his son or his son's wife. The man knew that he was not long for this world. Last week he told the reporter that unless he was relieved of his bronchitis he did not expect to live sixty days. The remains lay at the undertaking parlors yesterday in a handsome casket.
(From The Daily Reveille, September 30, 1890) Submitted by site coordinator.

PACKER, Katie (d. 1960)

Katie Packer, age 77 years of Rt. 2, Everson passed away in a local hospital Thursday, June 23, following an extended illness. Mrs. Packer had been a resident of Whatcom County since 1915 and was preceded in death by her husband Ray in 1950. Surviving are 3 sons, William of Gaston, Oregon, George of Los Angeles, and Mason of Amarillo, Texas; 3 daughters, Mrs. Frances Vadose and Mrs. Alma McKnight, both of Portland and Mrs. Helen Lacariere of San Francisco; and a half brother, Pete Goldbarrough in Maryland; also 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held in the Gillies Funeral Home in Sumas Monday, June 27, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Claire Richards officiating. Burial will follow in Greenacres Memorial Park.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 24, 1960) Submitted by Tamra (Packer) Buchanan

PACKER, Ray (d. 1950)

Ray Packer, 77, of route 2, Everson, died at his home Monday, August 14. Surviving relatives include his wife, Katie; three daughters, Mrs. Anna Swafford and Mrs. Frances Vadose, both of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Helen Lacariere, of Los Angeles; three sons, William R., of Portland, George W., of Los Angeles, and Pfc. Mason G., U. S. A. F., Wichita Falls, Texas; a brother Aubrey, Medical Lake; and eight grandchildren. The remains rest at the Gillies Funeral Home in Sumas.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 14, 1950) Submitted by Tamra (Packer) Buchanan

PADDEN, John J. (d. 1998)

John J. Padden, 79, of Burlington died Tuesday, March 17, 1998 at Home Place in Burlington.
He was born February 18, 1919 at Raymond, Wa., the son of John V. and Abbie (Lynn) Padden. While still a young boy, the family moved to Bellingham. The Padden family were longtime settlers in that area, Lake Padden having been named for John's grandfather, Michael Padden. John served proudly in the US Naval Reserve for 33 years before his retirement. He was called to active duty in World War II and Korea, and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, William Matthews Post #1585 in Bellingham. He was employed as a log scaler for the Puget Sound Log Scaling Bureau. He was a member of Saint Charles Catholic Church in Burlington were he served as an usher. He was also a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program for several years, and a member of the Elks, Mount Vernon Lodge No. 1604. John was a good and caring man and will be greatly missed by his friends and family. Survivors include his wife, Gilda at home; one daughter and her husband, Catherine and Ernie Atkinson of Reno, Nv.; one son and his wife and granddaughter, John J. Jr., Arlene, and Cristy Padden of Castro Valley, Ca; three step-sons and their wives, Randall Kelly, Mark and Carolyn Kelly all of Clear Lake, and Joe and Donna Kelly of Edison, six grandchildren, Chris, Ken, Phillip, Peter, Jennifer, and McKenna Kelly; and one sister Anne Padden of Seattle. Graveside inurnment will be held at 10:00a.m., Friday, March 20, 1998 at Bay View Cemetery in Bellingham. Arrangements are by Hulbush Funeral Home, Burlington. Remembrance are suggested to your favorite charity. Submitted by Cathy Padden Atkinson

PADDEN, John (d. 1969)

Requiem Mass for John V. Padden, 89, 443 14th St., will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church. Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Bingham & Jerns Funeral Home. Mr. Padden died Thursday. He was a lifetime resident of Bellingham and a retired lumberman. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and Charter member of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Padden was the first white boy born in Fairhaven. Lake Padden was named for his father, Michael Padden. He also served on the Bellingham City Council in the early 1930's. Survivors include a daughter, Anne Padden of Seattle; a son, John J. Padden of Bellingham; a brother Harry Oeser of Cheney; two sisters, Mrs. M. P. Flannery of Spokane and Mrs. H. W. Gillespie of Bellingham; and two grandchildren. The Rev. Jan Bogusz will be celebrant. Burial will be in Bay View Cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 23, 1969) Submitted by Cathy Padden Atkinson

PADDEN, Mary A. (d. 1960)

Mrs. Abbie Lynn Padden, 79, a resident of Bellingham for the past 35 years, died Sunday in local hospital following an extended illness. She was the wife of John V. Padden, 443 14th Street, Bellingham. They were married in 1911. Mrs. Padden was a 1904 graduate of Washington State Normal School here. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, the Altar Society and the Arch Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. In addition to her husband, John, Mrs. Padden is survived by one daughter, Miss Anne Mary Padden of Seattle; one son, John James Padden of Bellingham; one brother, Clarence C. Lynn, and two grandchildren. Rosary will be recited in the chapel of Bingham and Jerns Funeral Home tomorrow at 7:45 p.m. Requiem High Mass will be in Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. with Rev. Father Thomas R. Hanley as celebrant. Interment at Bay View Cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, November 21, 1960) Submitted by Cathy Padden Atkinson

PAGE, William (d. 1925)

William Page Succumbs to Long Illness Here Today.
William Page, a veteran of the Civil War, who had been a Bellingham resident for five and one-half years, died early today at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. A. Miller, 2305 Utter street, aged 83 years. He had been ill about two years. Mr. Page enlisted as a private in 1862, serving with Company D, 15th regiment Illinois Volunteers, and in Company F, 141st Regiment Illinois Volunteers. He was honorably discharged on October 10, 1864, with the rank of sergeant. Mr. Page was a graduate of the University of Michigan where he earned his degree of bachelor of laws. He was a member of the First Presbyterian church, of the G.A.R. at Butler, Mo., and of the following Masonic lodges of that city: Butler lodge No. 76, Royal Arch Masons. For many years he practiced law in Butler, Mo. The surviving relatives, aside from the daughter, are one brother, George R. Page, Toppenish, Wash., one nephew and four nieces. Funeral announcements will be made by Homer Mark's mortuary.
(From The Bellingham Herald, October 28, 1925) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

PAINE, George E. (d. 1939)

One more of the few local surviving Civil war veterans answered the last call when George E. Paine, 92, died Saturday morning at his home, 3019 Orleans street, following a long illness. His passing leaves just three other survivors here: Daniel H. Thompson, 99; Daniel Nichols, 91, and Alvah L. Peck, 89. Mr. Paine was commander of J. B. Steedman Post No. 24, Grand Army of the Republic, at the time of his death. He was a member of the Garden Street Methodist church. Surviving relatives are one son, Charles Paine, Concrete, Wash.; one daughter, Mrs. Frank Grenier, of this city; two granddaughters, Mrs. Helen Kissner and Gladys Paine of Seattle, and five great grandchildren. The remains are resting at the funeral home of Harlow-Hollingsworth where services are being arranged.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 4, 1939) Submitted by site coordinator.

PAINE, Helen F. (d. 1921)

Mrs. Helen Frances Paine, aged 73 years, passed away at a local hospital Wednesday afternoon, February 2, after several weeks' illness. Mrs. Paine had been a resident of Bellingham for the past eight years and during that time had endeared herself to a host of friends, who will deeply sympathize with the bereaved ones. Surviving her are her husband, George E. Paine, at the home, 3010 Orleans street; one daughter, Mrs. Florence E. Greiner, Concrete, Wash.; and two sons, Charles and Lewis, of Bellingham; also one sister, Mrs. Ettie Danbury, of Eugene, Ore.; and one brother, Warren Baker, of Cedar Springs, Mich. The body of Mrs. Paine is being cared for at the parlors of Arthur C. Harlow, 1055 Elk street, where funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, February 4, at 1:15 o'clock, with the Rev. William R. Marshall, of the First Congregational church, officiating, after which interment will be made in Bay View cemetery, with the Clara Barton circle No. 41, Ladies of the G.A.R., of which Mrs. Paine was an ardent member, giving their ritualistic service at the grave.
(From The Bellingham Herald, Feb. 3, 1921) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

PALMER, James (d. 1927)

Former State Senator Passes at Age of 82.
James Palmer, 82, former state senator and veteran of the Civil war, a resident of this city for the past nineteen years, died early this afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. E. Grant, at Beach, Lummi island, following an illness of several weeks. Mr. Palmer was born in Maine and at the age of 17 enlisted in the Union army, going to the front with the First Maine heavy artillery, serving three years. After serving later in Indian wars, he moved to California and in 1877 came to Washington, settling in the southeastern part of the state. In 1892 he came to the coast, residing at Port Angeles and was twice elected to represent Clallam county in the state senate. In 1908 he closed out his realty interests and moved to Bellingham, where he has lived since. He was a Republican and served as chairman of the Republican state convention in 1904.

Mr. and Mrs. Palmer resided at 912 Laurel street. For the past few weeks he had been visiting his daughter at Beach. He was a member of J. B. Steedman post, Bellingham. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Frances M. Palmer, city; one brother, Robert Palmer, Holten, Maine; three daughters, Mrs. G. E. Pingrey, Paris; Mrs. Lucille Douglas, London, England, and Mrs. Grant, and one niece, residing in Maine. The body is being cared for at the Arthur C. Harlow mortuary where funeral arrangement will be announced later.
Interment was made in the family plot in the Beach cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 23, 1927) Submitted by site coordinator.

PALMER, Paul (d. 1911)

Mr. Paul Palmer, an old resident, of Whatcom County, passed away at his home in Ferndale, last Saturday, at the age of seventy years, having been born in Indiana, August 7, 1841. Mr. Palmer was married to Nancy Smith, in 1863 at Quincy, Illinois, moving then to Kansas and later to Oklahoma, and after several years, to this state. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer had nine children, seven of whom grew to manhood and womanhood, and six of whom are still living. Leander, one of the four sons, died about four years ago, while Albert, Ernest, Marion, Mrs. W. H. Giles and Mrs. J. N. Alexander are residents of Lynden, and another daughter, Mrs. A. W. Dumas lives in Ft. Worth, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer were separated many years ago, Mr. Palmer marrying Sarah Follis in 1888. Left a widower in 1893, Mr. Palmer was married to Bina Wheeler in 1908, who survives him. Mr. Palmer lived in Bellingham for sixteen years and was loved and respected by all who knew him.
(From The Lynden Tribune, October 26, 1911) Submitted by site coordinator.

Mr. Paul Palmer, a resident of the east side, died Saturday morning last. Deceased was quite old and feeble, and died of senile decay. The funeral was held at the Congregational Church and the interment at Lynden. Deceased was 70 years old. He leaves a wife, six children and 13 grandchildren to mourn his loss.
Card of Thanks signed by: Mrs. Paul Palmer, Albert Palmer, Ernest Palmer, Mrs. Cora Giles, Marion Palmer, Mrs. Daisy Alexander, Mrs. Ida M. Dumas.
(From The Ferndale Record, October 27, 1911) Submitted by site coordinator.

PALMER, Ruth S. (d. 1918)

Old friends crowded the Methodist Church Saturday to pay a final tribute to a pioneer of the district, Mrs. Ruth Scoville Palmer, who passed away Thursday morning. Rev. W. O. Benadom conducted the services. Ruth Scoville was born June 16, 1851 in Dane County, Missouri, where she lived until after she was married. When a girl, she united with the Methodist Church and always took an interest in its work. She was married to Samuel L. Palmer January 19, 1872, when they moved to Iowa. To this union, ten children were born, eight of whom are living and were present at the funeral. They are Carrie L. Scribner of Nooksack, N. A. Palmer, of the Merchant Marine Service, Leola B. King of Addy, Wash., Olive A. Mock of Wickersham, Wash., Roy F. Palmer, Kendall, Wash., and Archie R. Palmer, Mary E. Swope and Arza C Palmer, who reside near the old home. There are twenty-three grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer after residing in Iowa, Wisconsin, Dakota and Minnesota, moved to Washington in December, 1887, where they have made their home since. During the years that Mrs. Palmer resided in the Lynden district, she made a host of friends, her kindliness and splendid character making her beloved in all sections, and her loss is mourned in scores of homes here.
(From The Lynden Tribune, September 26, 1918) Submitted by site coordinator.

PALMER, Samuel L. (d. 1928)

Pioneer of Lynden Is Called to Last Rest
LYNDEN, Jan. 5. - Samuel L. Palmer, Lynden pioneer, died last week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. H. Swope. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the M. E. church and burial was in the Lynden cemetery. Rev. T. A. Graham conducted the services in the presence of a large gathering of pioneer friend, among whom Palmer was held in the highest esteem. Palmer is survived by eight sons and daughters, Mrs. C. H. King, of Addy, Wash.; Mrs. Olive mock, Bellingham; Mrs. Carrie Scribner, Nooksack, and Mrs. J. H. Swope, and _ay Palmer, of Los Angeles, and Archie and Arza Palmer, of Lynden; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Nace, of Lynden, and Mrs. Florence Rodgers, of Custer, and two brothers, Millard and George Palmer, of Lynden; twenty-five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 5, 1929) Submitted by site coordinator.

PALMER, Sarah J. (d. 1926)

Mrs. Whitman Palmer, one of the early pioneers of the Blaine section, passed away suddenly at her home at Drayton Sunday morning. She was in the act of lacing her shoes when heart failure brought sudden death. She had apparently been in her usual health up to the sudden fatal blow. Sarah Jane Thompson was born in Ohio July 24, 1853 and was therefore 72 years, 6 months and 13 days old at the time of her death. Aug. 30, 1874, she was united in marriage to Whitman Palmer at Eau Galle, Wisc., and he still survives. To this union of over 50 years was born one son and three daughters, Carlton of Drayton, Mrs. Jenkins and Mrs. Scott of Seattle, and Miss Ethel of Drayton. She also has three sisters living, Mrs. Cassel of Wisconsin, Mrs. York of Tacoma, and Miss Thompson, who resided at the Palmer home.

Mr. and Mrs. Palmer located here over 35 years ago and have lived at Drayton all these years except three spent in Alaska. Deceased was a member of the Methodist church for the past 25 years. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, Rev. F. M. Bushong officiating, and interment was made in the Blaine cemetery. Music was furnished by the Drayton choir. Mrs. Palmer was highly esteemed by everyone who knew her and in her passing a kind and loving wife and mother has passed beyond.
(From The Blaine Journal-Press, February 11, 1926) Submitted by site coordinator.

PALMER, William H. (d. 1920)

SUMAS, Dec. 23. - William Henry Palmer, a well known and respected resident of Sumas, died on Tuesday morning at his home at the advanced age of 89 years and 26 days, after a short illness. Mr. Palmer was born in Donnington, England, November 25, 1831, and was married to Miss Nancy Ann McIntyre, in Hamilton, Me., in October, 1864. Two sons were born to them. His wife died April 30, 1908. On November 5, 1912, Mr. Palmer married Miss Mary E. Boyer, of Manchester, England, and his widow survives him.

Mr. Palmer was one of six brothers, each being over 6 feet 2 inches in height and he served in the British army for seven years before migrating to America. He joined the Sixteenth United States Maine infantry in the spring of 1862 and was mustered in as principal musician. He was present at Antietam when President Lincoln inspected the troops on the battlefield. He was afterwards ordered to Virginia, and marched to near Stafford's Court House, where he was mustered out of the army by the order of the war department, after which he returned to Maine. It was only a few days before he again re-entered the service and joined the Ninth Maine infantry at Hiltonhead, S. C., where he was attached to Company A. A few days later he received the appointment of principal musician and drum major of that regiment, in which capacity he served with honors until the end of the war.

Mr. Palmer was also a member of the Eastern Frontier lodge No. 112, Fort Fairfield, Me. The funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon, December 26, at the Federated church, the Rev. O. Congdon officiating. The interment, following in the I. O. O. F. cemetery. The funeral will be under the direction of Undertaker Gillies. The services at the grave will be conducted by the Masonic lodge.
(From The Bellingham Herald, December 23, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.

PALMER, William W. (d. 1923)

Lynden lost a sturdy pioneer and honored veteran Saturday, when William Wallace Palmer passed away at his residence after a long illness. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at Knapp's Parlors, with an exceptionally large gathering of friends in attendance. Rev. E. O. Grimes conducted the services. William Wallace Palmer was born in Girard, Erie County, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1843, and died at his home in Lynden, September 8, 1923. When about 13 years of age he left Pennsylvania and came to Southern Wisconsin, where he was married to Miss Nancy Pierce of Oregon, Dane County, May 27, 1868. Of this union two children were born: Addie M. Palmer and Cary Alfred Palmer, both now living. Mrs. Palmer died Nov. 17, 1894, and Mr. Palmer was again married to Mrs. Elizabeth Satterthwaite, who faithfully ministered to his needs in his last illness. In 1861 he enlisted in Company F, Wisconsin Cavalry, and reenlisted in 1862, serving till the close of the war. After the war he went to Iowa and from there to Minnesota. He came in 1887 to Olympia, Washington, and the following year to Whatcom County, where he has since resided. Mr. Palmer had been ill for the last six months and through it all seemed cheerful and courageous. He was a carpenter by trade, and as a pioneer helped to fell the trees and build the houses in and around Lynden. Uniting with the M. E. Church, he remained a member and attendant in the communion till his death. As a husband, father, friend and pioneer citizen he had a large place in the hearts of the community.
(From The Lynden Tribune, September 23, 1923) Submitted by site coordinator.

PALUS, John aka POLUS, Joseph M. (d. 1908)

PANCOAST, Albert (d. 1935)

Pioneer Grocer Passes After Short Illness
Albert Pancoast, 76, pioneer Bellingham grocer, died at his home, 1511 E. street, Friday night following a short illness. A resident of this community for the past forty-six years, Mr. Pancoast devoted all of that period up to the time of his retirement a few years ago, to the operation of a grocery business. Born in 1856 at Alameda, California, Mr. Pancoast was educated at Swarthmore college of Pennsylvania. Returning to California he devoted fourteen years to his father's fruit ranch in the Santa Clara valley, finally leaving to accept employment at Seattle in 1883. Six years later he came to what is now Bellingham, entering the employ of Harrington & Smith, proprietors of the Whatcom Grocery Company and in the same year purchased the business in partnership with David Ireland, manager of the store, and for many years the firm prospered as the second oldest of its kind in the state.

Although devoting considerable time to his private business, Mr. Pancoast found time in which to enter into public and civic life. He served a two-year term as a member of the City Council and was active in Chamber of Commerce work. He was a member of the Elks and the Knights of Pythias lodge. Surviving relatives are four sons, Walter F. Pancoast, city; John R., A. E. and Ira Pancoast, all of Seattle; one daughter, Mrs. Mildred B. Borchardt, city; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Wheeler and Clara Pancoast, both of California; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Funeral services will be held at the Harlow-Hollingsworth funeral home Monday at 3 p. m. Rev. James M. Wilson will officiate.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 2, 1935) Submitted by site coordinator.

PANGBORN, Lorenzo D. (d. 1927)

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p. m. for the late Lorenzo Dow Pangborn, pioneer of Lynden. Rev. T. L. Blaisdell officiated. Mr. Pangborn passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Tremain in Seattle Wednesday, Sept. 14, after a few weeks' illness, at the age of 82 years, 5 months and 9 days. He was born at Onarga, Iroquis County, Illinois, March 5, 1845. He enlisted in Company G, 134 Illinois Volunteer Infantry of the Civil War on April 27, 1864.

He came to Eastern Washington in 1884, remaining there two years, when he joined his relatives in Lynden. Mr. Pangborn edited and published the first newspaper in Lynden, the Pioneer Press, later joining his sister, Miss Olive Pangborn on her homestead two miles west of Clearbrook, near Pangborn Lake, named for them, where he lived until July 1919, when this pioneer home, built of logs, which had given hospitality so freely to friend and stranger, was destroyed by fire. They again made their home in Lynden. Mr. Pangborn joined the Methodist church in early manhood, remaining a faithful member until his death. He organized the first Methodist Sunday School in Lynden, and was its first superintendent. The surviving relatives are one brother, C. A. Pangborn of Bellingham; one sister, Miss Louise Pangborn of Chicago; two nephews, Hal. R. Pangborn, San Francisco, and Arthur L. Swim, Twin Falls, Idaho; three nieces, Olive M. Baxter, San Jose, Calif., Margaret L. Tew, Lynden, Margaret E. Tyler, Clearbrook; three grand nieces, ten grand nephews, and a host of friends.
(From The Lynden Tribune, September 22, 1927) Submitted by site coordinator.

PANGBORN, Ransom B. (d. 1905)

In Keene township, Essex County, New York, at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, was born in 1812, Ranson (sic) Belden Pangborn. When four years of age his parents emigrated to Ohio, where he grew to manhood. In 1837, with family and friends, he again moved to new and untried scenes, locating in Iroquois County, Illinois. One brother, Cyrus S. Pangborn of Burr Oak, Kansas, is the only member of his family living.

June 21, 1838, he was united in marriage to Margaret K. Harper, whose death occurred March 19, 1871. He was married September 24, 1874, to Mrs. Cornelia E. Lash, who survives him. They came to Washington in June, 1900. At twenty-six years of age Mr. Pangborn was happily converted, united with the Methodist Church, and has lived a faithful and consistent life. About two years ago he entered into a richer experience of grace. Judge Williams, an old-time friend, said of him and the little band of pioneers that it was due to them that the foundation of the Church in that section was laid broad and deep on a firm and enduring basis. Very few are left of the representatives of a grand race of pioneers. They wrought faithfully and their words do follow them. They found the country wild and unproductive; they left it a rich legacy to their children. The weary itinerant received cordial treatment in the home of the subject of this sketch. His was a religion that spoke eloquently in generous, kindly deeds rather than words. His life and personality were a living embodiment and illustration of the simple life, a life hid with Christ in God.

In 1863 he helped to organize a school in Onarga, Illinois, and he never lost interest in everything pertaining to it. Since coming to Washington he has dictated messages of greeting and reminiscence to the friends of what is now an important and endowed institution, growing, as he expressed it, into a giant oak from the acorn which he assisted in planting so many years ago. The influence of his personality upon the plastic minds and hearts of the younger generation will be a constant and potent factor for good, extending in ever widening circles as time rolls on. Gladly he obeyed the summons of the Master, "Thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many."
(From The Pacific Pilot, April 13, 1905) Submitted by site coordinator.

PARISH, Gilbert R. (d. 1903)

Gilbert Rose Parish was born in Pennsylvania April 10, 1842, died at Index, Wash., March 17, at 9:50 p.m., 1903, being sixty-one years of age. Mr. Parish served three years as a private soldier in the Civil War in Company C., Twenty-seventh Regiment, Iowa Volunteers. He moved with his parents from Pennsylvania to Ohio, thence to Michigan and later to Iowa. Here in August 1865 he was married to Margaret Ann Gipe and in 1871 he moved with his wife and three children to Nebraska where he took up a homestead which has been his permanent home ever since, thus be has spent the greater part of his life in a frontier country. He has always taken an active part in politics from a Republican standpoint, being one of the organizers and first treasurer of Harlan County, always working for the best interest of the county and the people concerned.

To Mr. and Mrs. Parish were born nine children of which six are still living, Jane Elizabeth at Elm Creek, Nebraska, Byron at Goodland, Kansas, Harlan and Lee at Alma, Nebraska and Vern and Jed who reside here. Amon the oldest boy died at Lander, Wyoming, in March, 1895, leaving a wife and two sons, Lloyd Anson and Everett, all of whom reside near Lynden. Deceased also leaves twenty-one grand-children and four great-grandchildren. He was a patriotic citizen, a kind father and a loving husband.

(additional article on April 2, 1903)

Death came to Mr. Parish while on the Northern Pacific train near Index, while on his way to his old home in Nebraska. He had been out in this part of the country for the benefit of his health and with his wife was returning to the old home when he died. After consultation with the county sheriff the remains were returned to Snohomish for the coroner's inquest. Death was declared to be due to heart disease. Physicians have stated his ailment to be traced to a gunshot wound in the breast, received in battle. The body being embalmed, Mrs. Parish returned with same to Whatcom on Wednesday evening train. There the body remained until Saturday March 21, when it was conveyed to the Lynden cemetery, where the funeral services took place at 11 a. m. under the auspices of the G. A. R. post of Lynden.
(From The Pacific Pilot, March 26 and April 2, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.

PARKER, David S. (d. 1919)

David S. Parker, aged 85 years, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. M. Aultman, residing at the Manning Mill, Northeast Diagonal road, on the morning of Monday, April 21, after a few weeks’ illness. Mr. Parker was a veteran of the Civil war, serving in Company I, N.Y. volunteer regiment. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, at Buffalo, N.Y., and is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Grace Aultman, Bellingham, R.F.D. 4; one son, Robert Parker, residing at Solo, Wash. The remains are being cared for the funeral parlors of Harry O. Bingham, 1319 Dock street, where funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 23, at 2 o’clock p.m. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 22, 1919) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

PARKER, John E. (d. 1902)

J. E. Parker died Friday night of heart disease. He was 58 years of age and had lived in Whatcom about sixteen years. Mr. Parker was a member of the G. A. R. and the funeral will be conducted by the Whatcom post. The services will be held from the residence on D street at 10 o'clock Monday morning.
(From The Daily Reveille, October 26, 1902) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

PARKER, Martin B. (d. 1907)

Martin B. Parker, aged 63 years, a private of Company K, Twentieth Regiment, Indiana volunteer infantry, during the Civil War, died at his home in Ferndale yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Mr. Parker formerly resided in this city. He is survived by three sons and two daughters, residing in the state of Colorado, except one son, Eugene Parker, whose home is in Ferndale. Mr. Parker came to Whatcom County from Colorado five years ago. He is a member of J. B. Steedman Post No. 24, Grand Army of the Republic, and an honorary member of Oasis Lodge No. 67, A. F. & A. M. of Fort Morgan, Colo.
(From The Morning Reveille, March 5, 1907) Submitted by site coordinator.

PARKS, Frances (d. 1929)

Miss Frances B. Parks, aged 43 years, daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Parks, of Clipper, passed away Tuesday afternoon after a long illness. She was said to be the first white child born on the South Fork of the Nooksack river, and was a graduate of the Bellingham high school and had attended the Normal school in Bellingham. She was a former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Surviving are the mother, two brothers, Charles, of Port Angeles, and E. W. Parks, of Montague, Montana; one sister, Mrs. Rose Smoot, of Park, and twelve nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Nazarene church at Van Zandt, Friday morning, September 13, at 10 o'clock, with the Rev. J. W. Frazier officiating. Interment was made in the family plot in Van Zandt cemetery.
(From The Deming Prospector, September 13, 1929) Submitted by site coordinator.

PARR, William (d. 1905)

Last Monday morning at two o'clock, Mr. William Parr, of Pleasant Valley died at the hospital at New Westminster. Mr. Parr was in the hospital for some time and had undergone an operation. His wife and several of his children were at his bedside at the time of his death. William Parr was born in England June 12th 1829. He came to this country at the age of twenty-one and settled in Wisconsin. There he married miss Rosie Bray, the wife who survives him. In 1860 he migrated to California and followed gold mining. In 1884 he came to Blaine and settled on the ranch at Pleasant Valley, where he has resided since that time. He leaves a bereaved widow and six children, Mrs. Davisson of New Westminster, Mrs. W. R. Tarte of Blaine, Mrs. L. W. Dahl of Snohomish, Geo. Parr of Pleasant Valley, John Parr of California, and Richard Parr of Pleasant Valley. He is one of the oldest A. O. U. W. members in Whatcom County.

There is hardly a man, woman or child in Blaine who did not know William Parr. And as the news of his death was worked around the city it was felt that a true man, upright citizen and loyal friend had passed over the great divide. That staunch hearted whitehaired old Yorkshireman was as honest as the day was long. He came here when this county was a forest and demonstrated that a living could be made on the land. And while the community has lost a good man, yet the work done by Mr. Parr for this part, in showing the possibilities of the land here will never be lost. He was an educator in the highest sense of the word. The funeral occurred at Pleasant Valley on Wednesday at one thirty o'clock. The floral tributes were exceedingly beautiful, and the processional that followed the remains to the cemetery was one of the longest ever seen in this country. All the relatives were present. The services were conducted by Rev. J. W. L. Kaufmann, the Congregational minister at Pleasant Valley, and the interment was at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
(From The Blaine Journal, October 20, 1905) Submitted by site coordinator.

PARROTT, Thomas W. (d. 1917)

Funeral services were held Wednesday, at Knapp's Funeral Parlors for the late T. William Parrott of Everson, formerly of Lynden, who passed away October 12. May friends attended. T. William Parrott was born in Iowa, on the 25th day of June, 1871. On reaching his majority he left Iowa and located in Woonsocket, South Dakota, where he entered into business for himself. He was married on August 8, 1896 to Miss Alvena Barth. To this union two sons and one daughter were born. The oldest son died in infancy. After some years spent in Woonsocket, Mr. Parrott moved with his family to Elk Point, South Dakota, where they resided for two years and then moved to Lynden, Wash. Last April Mr. Parrott became Station Agent for the B. and N. Railway Co. in Everson, Wash., where his family joined him and where they have since resided. He leaves a wife, daughter, Genevieve, and son, Robert, in Everson, a father and brother in South Dakota, and a host of friends to mourn his departure. Mrs. Barth, Mrs. Parrott's mother, and Oscar Barth, her brother, of Woonsocket, South Dakota, attended the funeral.
(From The Lynden Tribune, October 18, 1917) Submitted by site coordinator.

PATTEN, Mary C. (d. 1908)

Funeral services for Mary C. Patton (sic), wife of W. F. Patton, who died at the residence, 1013 Donovan avenue, South Bellingham, Monday night, will be conducted at the chapel of W. H. Mock & Sons, in the Maple block, tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. James M. Wilson, pastor of the Fairhaven Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment is to be made in Bay View cemetery. The funeral car will leave Harris avenue and Eleventh street at 1:30 p.m., conveying the family and friends to the chapel. All members of the W. R. C. and G. A. R. have been requested to attend the funeral.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 16, 1908) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

PATTEN, Wyman F. (d. 1909)

Wyman Frazer Batten, (sic) aged 66 years, a veteran of the Civil War, and a well known member of J. B. Steedman post No. 24, Grand Army of the Republic, of this city, died very suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mona Ball, at White Salmon, Wash., last Wednesday, death being due to organic heart disease. Mr. Patten was en route to his home in this city, having been on a visit to his brother, Charles W. Patten, of Watson, Mo. He decided to stop at White Salmon on his return home and visit his daughters and a son residing there, when he was suddenly attached with the illness that caused his death. Mr. Patten came with his family to this city eight years ago from Fort Morgan, Colo. He is survived by eleven children, Elnora Ryan, Cripple Creek, Colo.; Mattie Engils, South Bellingham; Mona Ball, White Salmon, Wash.; May Brookins, South Bellingham; Thomas E. Patten, Sydney, Neb.; John J. Patten, South Bellingham; William Patten, White Salmon, Wash.; Goldie Smith, White Salmon, Wash.; Clarence Patten, South Bellingham; Robert Patten, White Salmon, and Clinton Patten, South Bellingham. There is one brother surviving Mr. Patten, Charles W. Patten, of Watson, Mo., and one sister, Anna Stafford, of the same place. There are also twenty-three grand children surviving the deceased. Mr. Patten served as a private in company F, 101st Illinois volunteer infantry, throughout the war of the rebellion.

Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Mock & Hill, 1055 Elk street, Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock under the auspices of J. B. Steedman Post No. 24, Grand Army of the Republic, to which Mr. Patten belonged. Rev. Edward J. Smith, of the Fairhaven Methodist Episcopal church, will be the officiating clergyman. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery by the side of Mrs. Patten’s body, she preceding her husband in death by about one year. The funeral car will leave the corner of Eighteenth street and Harris avenue Thursday at 1:30 p.m. conveying the family and friends to the chapel. All veterans of the civil war have been requested to attend the funeral.
(From The Bellingham Herald, November 15, 1909) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

PATTERSON, William, Capt. (d. 1898)

Captain William Patterson died at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Fairhaven, Wash., on May 4th. The shock and other effects of the amputation of his wounded limb were too severe for his advanced years and enfeebled condition. The public is fully advised of the tragic circumstances leading up to the death of our old pioneer and fellow citizen. As the Atkinson-Patterson embroglio is to be fully ventilated in the superior court at no distant day, no comment will be made further than to report the progress of the suit until its termination.

As the name of the deceased would indicate, the captain was an original product of the Emerald island. In his younger days he was a sailor in Canadian waters, on the lakes and the St. Lawrence river. While a young man he joined the army of gold seekers, and went with the crowd to California in the days of '49. After following the fortunes of gold hunting in California and in the northwest for a score or more of years, and leading a life of adventure, excitement and hardships, he decided to become a husbandman and located on a ranch on Dakota creek, a couple of miles east of Blaine, where he was a transient resident up to the time of the Blaine boom. During the boom Uncle Billy made an excellent sale of his property. The proceeds of the sale has practically been the source of his support, but his property at the time of his death had become about exhausted.

As a street talker and all around story teller Patterson had no equal in the Pacific northwest. He was always on deck to spin a yarn or relate an old time experience. In his quaint, droll and inimitable way he could tell a joke on a friend or acquaintance that would always draw a crowd. When the old gentleman got wound up to tell a story or have his say he brooked no interference. When called as witness in any of the cases in our courts neither the attorney's objection nor the stentorian voice of the court could stop him from telling what he and the whole neighborhood knew about he case. An attempt was made at one time by a court stenographer to take his testimony in an important case, but the words rolled off from his Irish tongue with such rapidity that the reporter threw down his pencil and paper in despair. ...

Captain Patterson had passed the three score and ten limit in years, but in experience in the rough and tumble of life on wave and frontier, he had seen more, and endured more of its changes and vicissitudes than would fall to the lot of most men if they had lived ten centuries. ... His funeral in Blaine on Thursday was generally attended, and his remains find a resting place in the cemetery on the hill.
(From The Blaine Journal, May 6, 1898) Submitted by site coordinator.

PATTISON, Harry (d. 1898)

Last Monday evening at 9 o'clock Prof. Harry Pattison, city superintendent of schools of New Whatcom, passed away. Friday last Mr. Pattison was taken with a pain in the stomach, which at the time was thought to be but a temporary affair and but little attention was given it. No particular change for the worst occurred until Sunday, when it was decided by the attending physician, Dr. Birney, after consulting with Drs. Biggs, Compton, Cross, and Appleby that an operation would be necessary for appendicitis, which was performed at noon that day. Dr. Biggs, assisted by the other physicians did the work and it was found that the case was one of the worst possible, an intense inflammation resulting in a malignant condition that made blood poisoning and death unavoidable. Mr. Pattison lingered until Monday evening, when death came to his relief.

Prof. Pattison was born in Jefferson county, Pa., about 37 years ago, and received his early education in the common schools of his native state and Illinois. He began teaching in Indiana county, Pennsylvania, in 1880, and afterwards graduated from the Clarion State Normal School, Pennsylvania, in the class of '88. He came to New Whatcom in May, 1891, and began work as superintendent of the Sehome schools in August of the same year. When the two cities were consolidated in 1892 he was made principal of the New Whatcom high school, and after the death of Superintendent G. B. Johnston, in 1894, he was elected superintendent of the city schools. He was married to Miss Edie Finley, a classmate in his normal school work, in 1892, and their infant daughter is now a few day's old. Prof. Pattison was a member of the Oddfellow lodge, a Knight of Pythias, and of the Royal Arcanum, in which latter association he held an insurance of $3,000. The interment of the remains took place from the First M. E. Church on I street, New Whatcom, on Wednesday last, at 2 p.m. The services were conducted by Rev. W. A. Mackey of the Presbyterian church, of which Mr. Pattison was an honored member. The attendance included the members of the various societies with which he affiliated and an immense concourse of friends and fellow citizens. Mr. Pattison was well and favorable known throughout the entire county, and many will mourn with the widow and relatives upon their loss. From an acquaintance of some years with deceased we can speak of him as a man in every sense of the word, and one who will be sorely missed by his many associates.
(From The Blaine Journal, January 21, 1898) Submitted by site coordinator.

PAUL, Bruno (d. 1894)

PAUL, Matthew J. (d. 1992)

Matthew J. Paul, 53, 2653 S. Red River Road, died at home after a long illness Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1992. Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. today at Moles Funeral Home. Vigil service will be today at 7 p.m. at Moles Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Chief Cornerstone Church, with the Rev. Phil Zapata officiating. Burial will be at Lummi Reservation Cemetery. Mr. Paul was born Dec. 31, 1938, to Ray and Mary Paul in Bellingham. He was trained as a barber in Tacoma. Survivors include his son, Gabriel Paul; daughter Lena Paul; parents Ray and Mary Paul of Lummi; brothers Eugene Paul and Johnny Paul, north of Ferndale; sisters, Marilyn Irwin of Bellingham, Virginia Johnson of Ferndale and Naomi Perez and Ramona Machuca, both of San Jose, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Matthew Paul Fund, care of Moles Funeral Home, 2039 Main St., P. O. Box 279, Ferndale, WA 98248.
(From the Bellingham Herald of September 10, 1992) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

PAULSON, John (d. 1923)

John Paulson known to many in Ferndale as "Dutch John," died at the county farm Jan. 4 from cancer of the jaw, with which he had long been suffering. He was about 64 years old and a sister, Mrs. Paul Johnson, of Sheffield, Ill., is the only known survivor. In the death of John Paulson, Ferndale has lost a familiar figure. Most communities have some distinctive character and Paulson was a character in this town. A native of Denmark, he came to America about 40 years ago. In 1892 he took out naturalization papers in Burian county, Illinois. He registered as a citizen here in 1920. He lived alone but was a familiar figure on the streets. He was human, but honest and faithful in all his dealings his friends declare, and that he had many friends was proved by the large number who attended his funeral from Monroe's chapel Saturday. There was a profusion of flowers and many eulogies of regard for this man. The Congregational choir sang several selections and the services were conducted by A. F. Palmer, pastor of the Congregational church. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.
(From The Ferndale Record, January 12, 1923) Submitted by site coordinator.

PAUS, Henry A. (d. 1918)

H. A. Paus, a Bellingham pioneer and the father of Herbert Paus, a nationally known artist, died at his home, 1800 Lake street, today at the age of 81 years. Mr. Paus was a Civil war veteran and was a member of J. B. Steedman post No. 24, G. A. R. He is survived by his widow, one son and one daughter, Herbert and Mrs. J. S. Stangroom, residing in New York and by two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held at A. G. Wickman’s parlors Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with the Rev. Addison Baker, pastor of the Unitarian church officiating.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 28, 1918) Submitted by Debby McCabe.

PAYNE, Clara M. (d. 1946)

PAYNE, Henry S. (d. 1912)

Henry Silas Payne, aged 75 years, passed away Tuesday morning, March 12, at an early hour at the home of his son, W. E. Payne, 613 1/2 Forest street after an illness of several months. Mr. Payne was born in Delhi, Delaware county, New York, November 15, 1836. The greater part of his active life was spent in the lumbering business until about four years ago he moved with his sons, W. E. and S. D. Payne, to Bellingham, where he has resided until the time of his death. Besides W. E. Payne and S. D. Payne, residents of Bellingham, there is one son and two daughters surviving, residents of the East. The funeral services will be held Thursday, March 14 from the funeral parlors of Undertaker Harry O. Bingham, 1319 Dock street, at 2 o'clock p. m., Rev. J. E. Sterling, pastor of the Immanuel Baptist church, corner of Lynn and Jefferson streets, officiating. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 12, 1912) Submitted by site coordinator.

PAYNE, Isaac S. (d. 1905)

I. S. Payne, One of the First Settlers in the County, Dead.
At the ripe old age of 95 years and 7 months, I. S. Payne, one of the first settlers of Whatcom county, died Sunday of senility. He passed away at the residence of his son, A. F. Payne, on Fielding avenue. Another son, A. R. Payne, resides at Silver Beach. Funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon at Maulsby's undertaking parlors under the auspices of Spiritualists of Seattle. Mr. Payne was buried in Bay View cemetery.
(From Bellingham Reveille, October 17, 1905) Submitted by Gay Wickersham Davis

PAYNE, James G. (d. 1941)

PAYNE, Miller D. (d. 1928)

PAYNE, Robert C. (d. 1910)

This week we are pained to announce the death of our old comrade in arms, Capt. Robert C. Payne, well known, well liked and well respected in Ferndale and the Northwest.
Washington Soldiers' Home,
Orting, Wash., May 19th 1910.

Ferndale Record:

Gentlemen - Capt. Robert C. Payne died at the Home Hospital May 18th, 1910. He was born in Hudson, New York, June 27th, 1836. He was a single man, engaged in the Livery Business. He enlisted in Company E. 1st Cavalry, April 6, 1864, and was Honorably Discharged November 18th, 1865. He became a member of the Home June 1st, 1909, coming here from Ferndale.

Yours very truly,
Geo. W. Tibbetts, Supt.
(From The Ferndale Record, May 27, 1910) Submitted by site coordinator.

PEARSON, John (d. 1938)

PEASLEE, Mabel H. (d. 1928)

PEBLEY, John F. (d. 1929)

John Franklin Pebley, aged 75 years, passed away at his home at Deming at an early hour this morning, November 1, after a residence in Whatcom county of thirty-nine years, during which time he had made a host of friends. He leaves to survive him, two sons, Walter L. and Lon Pebley, of Anacortes and Deming, respectively; four daughters, Lois and Ina Pebley and Mrs. P. F. Tucker, of Deming, and Mrs. W. C. David, of Bellingham; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Sims, Sedan, Kan., and Mrs. Margaret Morton, of Sedan Kan.; two uncles, James Sharp, Kansas, and Andrew Sharp, of Oklahoma, and five grandchildren. At the time of his death Mr. Pebley was a member of Nooksack lodge No. 192, F. & A. M. (charter member). The body is being cared for by the Arthur C. Harlow Mortuary, Forest and Holly streets, where funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock p. m. Sunday, November 3, with the Rev. O. A. Quall, of the Fairhaven Methodist church officiating, after which interment will take place in Deming cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, November 1, 1929) Submitted by site coordinator.

PEBLEY, John N. (d. 1911)

PEBLEY, Lois I. (d. 1937)

Miss Lois Inez Pebley, a prominent community worker at Deming where she has been principal of the grade school for the past twelve years, died monday at a Bellingham hospital following along illness. Miss Pebley has been a constant worker in this community for several years. Her health forced her to give up her school activities about a year ago. Recently she seemed to be much improved and hope was high that she might soon be able to be about again. Her passing was greatly mourned by loved ones and friends. Final rites were held Wednesday afternoon at the Harlow-Hollingsworth chapel with Rev. Merle F. Ramage reading a very beautiful and comforting service. Mr. Robert Delsman sang two solos, "The End of a Perfect Day" and "Goin' Home." Honorary pall bearers were Messrs. John R. Macauley, Lowell Duling, Harvey Marshall, Joe Mitchell, Ruben Doren and J. N. Niles. The many beautiful floral offerings bore mute testimony to the high regard her friends and pupils had for her.

Lois Inez Pebley was born in Greenwood, Kansas, in 1895. She came with her parents to Deming when 7 years old. She completed her formal schooling at the Bellingham Normal in 1912 and taught for twenty-seven years in the schools of the county. For the past twelve years she had been principal of the Deming grade school. Throughout a prolonged illness she was always cheerful and courageous, and will be greatly missed by the school children and others of the community to who she had endeared herself. Surviving are two brothers Walter L. of Anacortes, and A. F. of Deming; three sisters, Mrs. W. C. Davis, Point Roberts, Mrs. Fletcher Tucker and Miss Ina Pebley, both of Deming.
(From The Deming Prospector, November 26, 1937) Submitted by site coordinator.

PECK, Alvah (d. 1940)

An American flag flew at half-mast at 515 Myrtle street Friday afternoon, honoring Bellingham's last G. A. R. Civil War veteran, Alvah Peck, and marking as well the passing of J. S. Steedman post No. 24, G. A. R. Mr. Peck, ill for the past six months and unable last week to attend the funeral of his comrade, Daniel Nichols, passed away quietly at 1 p. m. at the age of 97 years. The venerable soldier had retained his remarkable alert mental youthfulness to the end, even though he had been bed-ridden for half a year, his family said. Born in July, 1842, in Seneca county, New York, Mr. Peck enlisted in Company C, Twenty-second Michigan Infantry, in 1862 and served in the Union forces until injured at Chickamauga in September, 1863. A knee wound suffered there handicapped him physically in later years.
He lived in Michigan, farming and logging, following the Civil war and twenty years ago came to Bellingham. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Richard Lamont, city, and two grandsons, Richard Lamont, city, and Alvah Peck, St. Clair, Mich. Funeral arrangements are being made at the Harlow-Hollingsworth funeral home. Mr. Peck was preceded in death thirteen days by Daniel Nichols, who died March 2 at the age of 92 years. Daniel Thompson, eldest of the G. A. R. veterans, died in July, 1939, aged 99 years. George Paine, fourth of the quartet that represented Bellingham's waning G. A. R. forces for many years, passed away in the spring of 1939. The J. B. Steedman post was organized May 30, 1885.
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 15, 1940) Submitted by site coordinator.

PEEL, John (d. 1926)

John Peel, aged 81 years and a resident of this county for the past twenty years, passed away at a local hospital Thursday morning, August 12, after an illness of a few days following a paralytic stroke. Mr. Peel has been a member of Hoquiam lodge No. 64, F. and A. M., for many years, and in 1921 was made an honorary member of that body. He was also a member of Mizpah chapter No. 30, O. E. S., and of the I. O. O. F. of Hoquiam. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Fred Esty of this city, and Mrs. Ada Louzer of Medford, Ore.; three sons, Kenneth V. Peel, Bellingham, Percy Peel of Myrtle Point, Ore., and John R. Peel of Stockton, Ca.; one sister, Mrs. Sarah Laurk, Elma, Wash.; two brothers, Louis Peel of Seattle, and William Peel of Hollywood, Cal., besides nine grandchildren. They body rests at the Harlow mortuary home, Holly and Forest streets, where funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, August 15, at 3 o'clock, with the Rev. James Wilson officiating and the officers and members of Whatcom lodge No. 151, F. and A. M. of this city in charge, after which interment will be made in the family plot in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 12, 1926) Submitted by Joene Peel

PEHRSON, Erick (d. 1931)

Never regaining consciousness after being struck by an automobile while riding his bicycle from Bellingham last Tuesday, Erick Pehrson, pioneer sawmill man of Ferndale, passed away Saturday night. He was 66 years of age, a native of Sweden. In 1920 Mr. Pehrson came to Ferndale to be associated with his brother, August, Erick Westlund and others in a sawmill located on the river. After three years the two brothers went into business for themselves establishing a new mill on the familiar site on Bridge street, the last of the old mill being torn down a few years ago. After eleven years of operating the mill, which later took on the side line of operating a community light plant, the two brothers decided to split the business, August taking the mill which later took on the light plant. Mr. Pehrson operated the plant for three years from 1916 to 1919, when he sold it to the Stone & Webster company. With his son, Herman, he bought a ten-acre ranch near North Bellingham, but continued ill health forced him to dispose of his interests to his son. Since that time Mr. Pehrson has been ill several months a year having just been able to get out again after being sick all winter.

The deceased was a member of the Ferndale Methodist church for many years. Mr. Pehrson was a familiar character in Ferndale, as the old-timers knew him after his years of being in business here. Of late years he has continued to ride his bicycle on which he was riding Tuesday when struck by an automobile that he failed to hear approach from behind. A large crowd gathered at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon, when funeral services were held. The pastor, Rev. A. W. Smith, officiated, assisted by Rev. G. E. Landen. Interment was made in the Enterprise cemetery under the direction of the Monroe Mortuary. Surviving him is his widow, Mrs. Olga Pehrson; two sons Charles of Alameda, Calif., and Herman of Bellingham; three daughters, Mrs. Jess Vandemark, Lynden; Mrs. Ray Janitscheck, Bellingham, Mrs. W. J. Van Etten, Lynden. His brothers, August, of Ferndale, and John, of Oakland, also survive him, besides two sisters Miss Sophia Pehrson of Ferndale and Mrs. Mathilda Soderholm, Minneapolis. Mr. Pehrson was quite active in civic affairs in the early days having served as councilman and another term as police judge besides taking part in other activities.
(From The Ferndale Record, August 27, 1931) Submitted by site coordinator.

PENCE, Catherine E. (d. 1903)

Monday morning G. A. Pence of the Record was called to Whatcom by the sudden illness of his mother, Mrs. Catherine E. Pence of that place. Mrs. Pence breathed her last at about 1 o'clock in the afternoon, surrounded by members of the family and friends. The immediate cause of her death was a severe stroke of paralysis from which she never rallied, and although medical aid was summoned, all efforts to revive her failed. Mrs. Pence had not been sick and was in good spirits Monday morning, having visited her son in Fairhaven at half past ten. Shortly after returning home she complained of a dizzy, fainting sensation and a moment later, with her daughter Ada at her side, sank to the floor unconscious. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. N. Smith, pastor of the First Christian church, at the family residence on C street at 2 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. A large concourse of sympathizing friends were present. The floral tributes were varied and beautiful. Interment was made in Bay View cemetery.

Mrs. Catherine E. Pence was fifty-eight years of age, having been born in Keosauqua, Van Buren county, Ia., July 4, 1845. She had been a resident of Whatcom for the past 17 years. Besides her husband, A. J. Pence, seven children survive her: Orlando E., Gage A., Arthur, Eugene, Mark, Ada and Mrs. G. W. Felker.
(From The Ferndale Record, August 7, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.

PENDLETON, Angeline (d. 1890)

PENDLETON, Charles T. (d. 1935)

PENDLETON, Robert M. (d. 1905)

Robert M. Pendleton, a prominent farmer of Whatcom county, aged 60 years, died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Ederer, 1601 Donovan avenue, yesterday at 9:15 a. m., cardiac paralysis being the cause of death. Mr. Pendleton had been staying at the home of his daughter the past three weeks, undergoing medical treatment. He had not been confined to his bed during his illness, and it was thought that he would be able to return to his home at Custer in a few days, as his condition appeared to be favorable to his ultimate recovery, but a sudden turn for the worse came unexpectedly yesterday morning and he passed peacefully away.

He had resided on a farm near Custer for twenty years, and is survived by a wife, three sons, Emmett, Luther and Walter, and a daughter, Mrs. Joseph Ederer, all being residents of this county. The body lies at W. H. Mock & Sons' mortuary chapel. Funeral arrangements have not been completed owing to the absence of one of the sons, who is in the Mount Baker mining district. A messenger has been sent to the mountains to notify the son of his father's death. Interment is to be made in the cemetery at Blaine.
(From The Bellingham Reveille, September 13, 1905) Submitted by site coordinator.

PENFIELD, Sarah A. (d. 1911)

Mrs. Sarah A. Penfield, aged 58 years, a member of the old Washington Colony and a Whatcom County pioneer, died yesterday at her residence, 1615 J Street, after suffering from an attack of acute indigestion for three weeks. Mrs. Penfield came to Bellingham Bay with her husband and their family more than twenty-nine years ago, the family being the tenth to make a home of the site of the present City of Bellingham. In 1880 Mrs. Penfield came West with the Washington Colony from Southern Kansas, arriving in Seattle in that year. Two years later she moved to the Bay. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of this city and a charter member of the J. B. Steedman Relief Corps, No. 31. She was married at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Her husband, William H. Penfield, died four years ago. Surviving relatives of the deceased are: Mrs. Laura B. Lang and Mrs. Eva A. Lang, of Lemars, Iowa; Mrs. Bertha G. Marshand, Danville, Washington; and Albert R. Penfield, of this city. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. The ceremony will be performed at the late residence of the deceased, Rev. C. H. Burdick, pastor of the First Congregational Church, officiating. Ritualistic services will also be held by the Woman's Relief Corps. Interment will be made in Bay View Cemetery.
(From The American Reveille, May 5, 1911) Submitted by site coordinator.

PENFIELD, William H. (d. 1907)

William Henry Penfield, one of the pioneer resident of this city and county, died at his home, corner of J and Dupont streets, last evening, with dropsy, after an illness of several months. The deceased was nearly 70 years of age, and was well known, not only in this city, but throughout the Northwest. In the twenty-five years he has lived in this city he has always been looked upon as a great leader in municipal affairs. The deceased was born in Ashtabula county, Ohio, August 24, 1837, but when a very small boy his parents removed to Lee Center, Ill. Young Penfield was educated in the schools of that village, but later was sent to Buffalo to finish his education, where he remained until 1859. That year he again decided to go West, but stopped at St. Joseph, Mo., where he accepted a position as a mail carrier for the United States government. The regular run was one of the most important at that time, running from St. Joseph, Mo., to Stockton, Cal. During his later life Mr. Penfield could relate many thrilling experiences as a mail carrier, may of which have become history in the development of the Western country.

In 1861 he resigned the run to enlist in the Union army, and the following year entered the service of the Second Iowa cavalry, Company L, under General Thomas, in which company he remained until the close of the war. In 1868 he went to Council Bluffs, where in that year he married Miss Alice Barton. Later he moved to a farm near that city, where the family lived until 1880, when he decided to join the Washington colony, and in the fall of that year he and his family were in Seattle. In 1882 he came to Whatcom, which was Whatcom in name only, and ever since has been identified with the general progress of the city. His wife and four married daughters survive him, all of whom live in this city or county, while one son resides in an Eastern state. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the house.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 15, 1907) Submitted by site coordinator.

PENNINGTON, Emma (d. 1928)

Mrs. George Pennington An Early Pioneer, Passes
Mrs. Emma Wiggington Pennington passed away in a Bellingham hospital Tuesday at 11:40 a. m. after a lingering illness due to old age. She had been gradually f ailing in health for several years, but for the past 10 days grew very weak and her end was expected at any time. Deceased was born Dec. 5, 1852, in Bedford county, Virginia. She was married to George Pennington March 7, 1871. Later they resided in Missouri for 13 years, coming to Washington in 1884 and settling at Haynie. After a residence here of 30 years they moved to Blaine and have lived here since. Besides the husband, six married daughters survive, as follows: Mrs. Anna Moscrip of Bellingham, Mrs. Wm. Lambert of Blaine, Mrs. Frank Speckert of Seattle, Mrs. P. T. Bratt of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mrs. W. S. Bonnalie of Methow, Wash., and Mrs. W. H. Call of Everett. Also 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Pennington was loved and respected by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held in the Methodist church here this afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. C. B. Seely officiating, and interment will be made in the Haynie cemetery under direction of Purdy & Sons.
(From The Blaine Journal-Press December 6, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.

PENNY, Rilla M. Fouts (d. 1954)

Rilla Martha (Fouts) Penny, 85, of 1907 "G" Street, a pioneer Whatcom county resident having lived here for 81 years, died Saturday October 30, 1954 at a local hospital. Survivors include three grandsons, Arnold Elston Stenger and Marvin True Stenger both of Bellingham, and William Palmer of Seattle; a granddaughter Mrs. Betty Peterson of Portland, Oregon; seven great-grandchildren and a sister Mrs. Grace Hughes of Phoenix, Arizona. Arrangements are pending at Bingham-Dahlquist & Jerns Funeral Home. Interment at the family plot in Bayview Cemetery.
Submitted by John Rauch

PENNY, Thomas Harrison (d. 1936)

Thomas Harrison Penny, 71, 1907 "G" Street died at a local hospital Monday February 17, 1936 following a lingering illness. Mr. Penny, for many years a resident of Bellingham, was a member of Bellingham Bay Lodge No. 44 F. & A. M. Immediate survivors are the widow Mrs. Rilla (Fouts) Penny, at the family home; two step-sons, Ernest Stenger and Fred Sauxauer, both of Bellingham, and one step- daughter Mrs. Lucille Palmer of Seattle. Funeral services will be held at Bingham-Dahlquist funeral parlors, the Rev. J. M. Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Bayview Cemetery.
Submitted by John Rauch

PEPPER, Leslie H. (d. 1914)

Leslie Hamilton Pepper, aged 78 years, a well known resident of this city for more than twenty-three years, passed away at the residence, 2101 A street. Sunday morning at 6 o'clock, pneumonia being the cause of death. Mr. Pepper is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Arrie A. Bryan, and two granddaughters, Miss Mabel Bryan and Mrs. Harry P. Dawson, residents of this city, and one brother, Seymour H. Pepper, of Ames, Iowa. Mr. Pepper was a veteran of the Civil war, having served as a private of Company B, Second regiment, Iowa volunteer cavalry for more than three years. He was a member of J. B. Steedman post No. 24, Grand Army of the Republic, funeral services to be held under the auspices of that organization Wednesday afternoon, February 18, at the chapel of Mock & Harlow, 1051-1055 Elk street, at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Fred Alban Weil, minister of the Unitarian society, officiating. The burial service according to the ritual of the Grand Army will be conducted at the grave in Bay View cemetery, where interment will be made. The private funeral car will leave from the junction, corner of Dock and Kentucky streets, Wednesday at 1:45 p. m. for the convenience of the family and friends. All veterans of the civil war and members of the Woman's Relief corps have been requested to attend the funeral.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 16, 1914) Submitted by site coordinator.

PERLEY, George P. (d. 1906)

After suffering for over fourteen years from the effects of rheumatism George P. Perley passed away shortly after midnight last Monday night. Mr. Perley was born in Harrison, Maine, in 1844 and came to Blaine at the beginning of the boom in 1889. He had a large part to do with the early history of the Town of Blaine, having been interested in the platting of the Clark Investment Company's, Perley's First and the Blaine Land Company's additions to the town. Funeral services were conducted at his late residence on Clark street by Rev. W. E. Dawson at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest in the Blaine Cemetery.
(From The Blaine Journal, November 23, 1906) Submitted by site coordinator.

PERLEY, William (d. 1910)

William Perley, more familiarly known here as Grandpa Perley, passed away Monday afternoon at 11 o'clock after a short illness which assumed seriousness Saturday. The deceased was surrounded by the members of the family when the end came. Death was apparently caused from a breaking down of the iron will which has kept body and soul together for the past year. About a year ago the deceased slipped from a chair and suffered a fractured thigh from which he never recovered and since which time he has been bed-ridden. He bore his confinement and suffering with extreme patience, but on Saturday last his lungs seemed to fill up and his breathing grew shorter until death came.

William Perley was born in Harrison, Me., June 6, 1816, making his age at death 94 years and 6 months. In 1838 he was united in marriage to Miss Lois P. Brackett, who passed away here in November, 1897. To this union two children were born, George P. and Chas. O., the former having answered the final summons in 1907, and the latter making his home here and in Oregon. The family came west to California, and in 1889 removed to Blaine, where the deceased has resided continuously since. The deceased was exceptionally strong up to the time he suffered a broken thigh, a year ago, and might still be in vigorous health had he not been confined so closely on account of his crippled condition. During all his life he was a man of strict temperate habits, never having used tea, coffee, tobacco or liquor. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. O. P. Avery at the home of Mrs. G. P. Perley Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and the burial made in the Blaine cemetery.
(From The Blaine Journal December 9, 1910) Submitted by site coordinator.

PERRY, Amanda V. (d. 1921)

Mrs. Amanda Van Fleet Perry, mother of Mrs. William Walker, of Ferndale, passed away Friday, Sept. 9 after an illness of seven months. She was born April 18, 1834, in the city of Tyrone, N. Y., and was, at the time of her death, aged 87 years 4 months and 21 days. For the past 16 years Mrs. Perry lived in and near Ferndale, coming from Michigan with her husband, George Perry in 1905. She was the mother of five children, three girls and two boys. They are: Mrs. Stella Brown, of Lakeview, Ore., Mrs. Maud Cook of Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Catherine Walker, of Ferndale, Charles Perry of Hamilton and Claud Perry of Bellingham. Funeral services were held Monday from Monroe's parlors Rev. R. C. Day officiating. Interment was made in Woodlyn (sic) cemetery.
(From The Ferndale Record, September 16, 1921) Submitted by site coordinator.

PERRY, Coletta (d. 1938)

PERRY, Emily A. (d. 1929)

SUMAS, Jan. 5. - Emily Ann Perry, widow of the late James B. Perry, passed away at the family home east of Sumas, Thursday evening, January 3, after a brief illness. Mrs. Perry was 73 years of age. She had been a resident of this district fifty years. She was born at Peoria, Ill. She leaves four daughters, Mrs. E. M. Minaker, of Port Clemet, B. C., Mrs. A. P. Bublitz, of Tacoma; Esther Tyner, of Sumas; Annie Saterlee, of Bellingham; four sons, Chas. A. and Ira B., of Sumas; Ellis H., of Eugene, Ore., and Lester, of Seattle. The body rests at the J. C. Gillis mortuary home where the funeral will be conducted Sunday, January 6, at 2 p. m. with Rev. H. L. Richardson officiating. Interment will take place in the family plot in the I. O. O. F. cemetery with oldtime friends and neighbors as pallbearers.
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 5, 1929) Submitted by site coordinator.

PERRY, Mary (d. 1909)

Mrs. Mary Perry Passes Away Sunday After Suffering Paraletic Stroke
Settled With Her Husband at the Mouth of California Creek in 1871
Mrs. Mary Perry, whose serious illness from a stroke of paralysis was announced in last week's Journal, passed away Sunday evening without having regained consciousness. In the death of Mrs. Perry this section of the country loses one of its very early settlers, she having moved here with her husband, Captain Perry, from what is now Seattle in 1870, and lived here ever since. Her age was about 70 years. She leaves no relatives here and it is not known whether there are any in this country or not.

In the year 1870 Captain Perry came up to Birch Bay to the H. B. Bruns claim with a schooner load of lumber, which came from the Yesler mill, in Seattle. Captain Perry returned to Seattle that year and came back in 1871 with Mrs. Perry and located a claim at the mouth of California creek, now the H. Hanson farm. At that time the land was still unsurveyed and Perry had much trouble with adjoining claim holders over his boundary stakes. Finally he sold all but 17 acres of the land and left for part unknown, and nothing has ever been heard of him since. Mrs. Perry secured a divorce and possession of these 17 acres as well, which in time she sold and purchased a place in this city, where she has since lived.

B. N. Kingsley recalls the facts and has furnished them to the writer. At that time lumber for building settler's homes was rafted around from Birch Bay from the Bruns place. Many years ago two young men entered Mrs. Perry's home at California creek and tying her, proceeded to rob her of everything of value. The young men were later apprehended by Constable Kingsley and upon trial were given five years each in the state penitentiary. The old settlers are fast disappearing and there are but two now living here that were here when Mrs. Perry arrived with her husband, Mr. Kingsley and Mr. Salsbury. The funeral of Mrs. Perry was held on Tuesday and the interment made in the Blaine cemetery. The will of the late Mrs. Mary Perry was presented to the superior court in Bellingham Saturday last by W. B. Whitcomb for probating. The estate is valued at about $1,500 and is partly in British Columbia and was willed to the Catholic church of this city.
(From The Blaine Journal, January 15 and 22, 1909) Submitted by site coordinator.

PERSONS, Elvero (d. 1912)

Rev. Dr. Elvero Persons died at his home at 715 High street yesterday afternoon at 8 o'clock. The cause of his death was heart failure. Dr. Persons was the father of Miss Persons, one of the teachers in the High school here. Mrs. Persons was in Seattle at the time of the death and was notified of the sad occurrence by telegram. A son of Rev. Persons is a physician located on Whidbey island. Another son lives in California and one in the East. Dr. Persons was 70 years of age and had been prominent in church and educational circles for a number of years. He lived in Ohio a number of years and while there served two terms as presiding elder over the conference of the Methodist church. Since coming here he has not been actually engaged in ministerial work, but has been one of the leading advisors of Trinity Methodist church. His death came suddenly and was a great shock to his many friends.

Funeral services for the late Rev. Elvero Persons, who died Sunday afternoon at the family residence, 715 High street, will be held at Trinity Methodist Episcopal church tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. The members of the local Ministerial association will attend in a body. Rev. A. A. Luce, of Trinity, will be in charge of the services, and will be assisted by Dr. George A. Landen, presiding elder of this district; Rev. J. A. Alexander, of the south Bellingham Presbyterian church; Rev. N. M. Temple, of the First Methodist Episcopal church, and N. F. Turner, of the Y. M. C. A. The scriptural reading will be read by Rev. J. F. Cropp, of the First Baptist church; Rev. John Robertson Macartney, of the First Presbyterian church, will offer the prayer and Rev. W. E. Cox, of the Fairhaven Methodist Episcopal church will give the benediction. The music for the occasion will be furnished by the Trinity church singers. The pall bearers have been chosen among the friends and the members of the Men's Bible class of Trinity, of which the deceased was the instructor. Among the floral tributes which will be sent will be a casket cover from the members of the Associated Press staff of San Francisco. C. E. Persons, son of the deceased, is night editor of the Associated Press bureau in San Francisco, Cal.
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 25 & 26, 1912) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

PETERSON, Alie (d. 1961)

Alie Peterson, 84, of 5414 Fairview Street, a former resident of Bellingham, died at a local hospital Saturday morning. Mr. Peterson was born in Freeborn County, Minnesota, June 17, 1877, and had lived in Bellingham for 24 years, moved to Everett four years ago. He was a retired farmer. His wife, Emma Elizabeth, one daughter, Olivia, and two sons, Clarence and Marvin preceded him in death. Surviving relatives are four daughters, Mrs. William Macrea Smith of 5414 Fairview, Mrs. Robert L. Andrews of Auburn, Mrs. Ingmar Boe of Bellingham, Mrs. William C. Hess of Pasadena, California; two sons, Arnold Peterson of Everett, Alfred Peterson of Bellingham; three brothers, Oscar, Henry and Wendon, all of Kalispell, Montana; two sisters, Mrs, Clara Dixon of Ray, North Dakota, Mrs. Laura Boots of Williston, North Dakota; 30 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced later from the Solie Funeral Home.
(From The Everett Daily Herald) Submitted by Reg Rittenberg

PETERSON, Anne O. (d. 1913)

Anne Olea Amundsen, wife of O. A. Peterson, was born in Sandsver, Norway, Feb. 10, 1861. With her parents she removed to this country when a child of eight years old, settling in Minnesota. May 16, 1879, she was married to Mr. O. A. Peterson. She leaves to mourn her husband, eleven children, her father, two sisters, three brothers and other relatives. In 1901 the family came to Bellingham, soon removing to a farm two and one-half miles northwest of Ferndale, in which community they have lived and built up a commodious home. Three years ago last November Mrs. Peterson was taken violently ill with a complication of diseases, and it seemed that she could not live long. All that medical skill and careful nursing could do, was done to ease the intense suffering so patiently borne. Life seemed to be prolonged to make manifest her faith in God and submission to His will. The end came peacefully at 3:30 p. m., Friday, March 14, 1913. Mrs. Peterson has been a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church since she was sixteen years of age.

Her children are:
Mr. E. A. Peterson of Ferndale, Mrs. O. T. Aubol of Mohrweis, Wash., Mr. W. E. Peterson of Enumclaw, Wash., Mrs. A. C. Manning, Bellingham, Joseph Peterson also of Bellingham, Mrs. Wm. Nelson of Edmonton, Alberta, Mrs. Will Hamilton, of Ferndale, Otto, Daniel, Gidda and Carl who are still at home. The funeral was held in the S. D. A. church near the family home. Elder L. Johnson from Seattle conducted the services. Undertaker Monroe of Ferndale directed the funeral. Before her death Mrs. Peterson made all the arrangements for the funeral; selecting the hymns to be sung. They were: "The City Four Squares," "The Beautiful Land" and "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder."
(From The Ferndale Record, March 21, 1913) Submitted by site coordinator.

PETERSON, Charles E. (d. 1988)

PETERSON, Memorial services for Charles E Peterson, age 84 of 4206 Anker Park Dr, B'ham, will be Tues, June 14, 2pm at the First Congregational Church, B'ham. Mr Peterson died June 7, 1899 in Madrid, Spain. The body was cremated. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, B'ham. Mr Peterson was born in Spokane & was a graduate of MIT Architectural Dept & was a member of the Architectural Institute of America. Mr. Peterson was employed for 40 years by the Milwaukee Railroad. Upon retirement he lived in Athol, Idaho until moving to B'ham in 1982. His survivors include a daughter, Freya Jones of Waxhaw, NC; one brother & two sisters of the Spokane area; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 13, 1988) Submitted by Reg Rittenberg

PETERSON, Cornelia (d. 1933)

Mrs. Carmelia (sic) Peterson aged 92 years, passed away at the home of her son, Mr. Carl Johnson, 2012 Cowgill avenue, this city, last evening, January 11, after several months' illness. Mrs. Peterson had resided in this city for the past thirty years and was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran church. Other surviving relatives include two sons, Mr. Carl Johnson, city, and Henry Johnson, Blaine, route No. 1; three daughters, Mrs. Josie Turnberg, Wenatchee, Wash.; Mrs. Sophia Dahl, Tacoma, Wash., and Mrs. Kala Marten, Superior, Wisconsin; one brother, Mr. Hans Kvalnes, Fort Ranson, North Dakota; twenty grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. The body is resting at the Homer Mark mortuary, Cornwall avenue and Halleck street. Funeral announcements will be made at a later date.
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 12, 1933)

PETERSON, Elias (d. 1924)

Elias Peterson, an old resident of Mountain View, died at his home in Mountain View Friday, June 20 at 1 p. m., at the age of 70 years and 17 days. He was born at Elsborlain, Sweden, June 3, 1854. He resided in Sweden until 26 years of age, when he came to the United States, settling in Minnesota. There he worked at his trade of stone mason. Peterson was married in Minnesota on Sept. 20, 1890, to Miss Christina Ekman, who survives him. To this union were born four sons. The surviving sons are Gus and Richard Peterson, both of whom live at home. The others, Fritz and Elmer, both died, Fritz in early childhood and Elmer, in 1917. In addition he is survived by two brothers, and one sister. He leaves a host of friends to mourn his passing. The deceased lived 21 years in Mountain View and was highly respected. Funeral services were held Sunday with the Rev. C. A. Bartlett officiating. Interment was made in Mountain View cemetery under George A. Monroe's direction.
(From The Ferndale Record, June 27, 1924) Submitted by site coordinator.

PETERSON, Harriet (d. 1893)

Mrs. Harriet Peterson, wife of John Peterson, died last evening at her residence on Railroad ave., between Oak and Pine streets. Mrs. Peterson was 69 years old, and one of the oldest settlers, having resided in this vicinity for nearly thirty-five years. She has been suffering with asthma for the past month. The funeral will take place from the residence tomorrow at 2 p.m.
(From The Bellingham Bay Evening Express, May 24, 1893) Submitted by site coordinator.

PETERSON, Jennie (d. 1923)

Stricken with pleuric-neuralgia that affected her heart, Mrs. E. A. Peterson, of Alder Grove, passed away Thursday, July 26, after a brief illness. Her death came quite unexpectedly both to family and friends, as she had been ill but a short time and her illness had not been considered serious. Mrs. Peterson was loved and respected by a large circle of friends, made through 20 years of continuous residence in the Alder Grove district. She was a professional nurse and many times during the past two decades both she and Mr. Peterson had endeared themselves to neighbors by their helpfulness and cheerful attitude in ministering to the sick.

A native of Minnesota, Mrs. Peterson was 40 years of age. She is survived by her parents and two brothers, residing in Minnesota, her husband and eight children, four boys and four girls. The oldest of the children is 17 and the youngest a baby of six weeks. The baby is being cared for by relatives of Mr. Peterson's in Pleasant Valley. Funeral services for the deceased were held Tuesday afternoon from the Seventh Day Adventist church in Alder Grove, Rev. Al Johnson, of Seattle and Rev. Hanson of Bellingham, officiating. Burial was made in Enterprise cemetery, George A. Monroe directing.
(From The Ferndale Record, August 3, 1923) Submitted by site coordinator.

PETERSON, Martin (d. 1905)

Well-Known Whatcom Man Passes Away at Wiser Lake
Martin Petersen (sic), age 37 years, died at the family residence at Wiser Lake yesterday morning at 3:30 o'clock of tuberculosis. He leaves a wife and two children, and a brother H. Boyd Petersen, a resident of this city. He had been a resident of Whatcom county for seventeen years, coming to this country from Germany, his native land. He was a member of the Sons of Herman, a German fraternal society. The body is at the private receiving rooms of W. H. Mock & Sons, pending the completion of funeral arrangements.
(From The Bellingham Reveille, April 14, 1905) Submitted by site coordinator.

PETERSON, Marvin G. (d. 1959)

Marvin G. Peterson, 42, 2807 1/2 Hewitt Ave. died in his home Friday. He was born in Tioga, N. D., May 10, 1917, was a resident of Bellingham from the end of World War II until the five years when he moved to Everett. Mr. Peterson was a veteran of World Was II with the U.S. Army serving on Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands. He is survived by two daughters, Susan and Shelly Peterson of 1919 Grand Ave.; one son, Mark Peterson of 1919 Grand Ave.; his father, Allie Peterson of 616 Casino Rd.; four sisters, Mrs. Agnes Macrae Smith of 616 Casino Rd.; Mrs. Pearl Boe of Bellingham, Mrs. Lila Hess of Pasadena, Calif., and Mrs. Evelyn Andrews of Seattle; three brothers, Clarence Peterson of Bellingham, Arnold of R 3 Everett, and Alfred of Bellingham. Funeral services will be in Jones Funeral Home, Bellingham, at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Friends wishing to see Mr. Peterson should call at the chapel of Challacombe-Fickel & Precht before 6 o'clock Wednesday evening. Burial in Green Acres Memorial Park, Bellingham.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 31, 1959) Submitted by Reg Rittenberg

PETERSON, Nels (d. 1936)

Nels Peterson 82 years old, passed away in San Francisco, California, September 25th. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. M. Knipschild where he had been visiting for the past year. Mr. Peterson was born August 21, 1854 in Bjarlof, Kristianstad, Sweden; coming to Minnesota in 1880 and then to Washington in 1901. He lived in Ferndale for several years, later moving to Bellingham where he resided for 23 years. He was a widower, his wife dying four years ago. Mr. Peterson leaves to mourn his death, thirteen children: Ernest Peterson, Seattle; Charlie, of Bellingham; George and Ed, of Blaine; Frank and Miller, of Snoqualmie; Eber, of Kirkland; Mrs. Arthur Garanson, of Fort Bragg; Mrs. C. M. Knipschild, Mrs. E. E. Cooper, Mrs. Mark Young, Mrs. Ed Goach, all of California; Mrs. Clyde Campbell, of Bellingham. Thee are also thirty-five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Mr. Peterson was a member of the Swedish-Baptist church of Bellingham. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 29th, at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Gordon Carlson, assisted by Rev. Charles Asplund at Monroe's Chapel, Ferndale. Burial will follow in Enterprise cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 29, 1936) Submitted by site coordinator.

PETERSON, Robert M. (d. 1935)

PETERSON, Ruth (d. 1988)

PETERSON, Memorial services for Ruth Ireland Peterson, age 90 of 4206 Anker Park Dr, B'ham, will be held Tues., June 14, 2pm at the First Congregational Church, B'ham. Mrs Peterson died June 2, 1988 in Madrid, Spain. The body was cremated. She was born Dec 3, 1897 in Wilmont, SD, and was a retired school teacher. After her retirement she spent a year serving the Vista Program. Her love of travel took to many parts of the world. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, B'ham. Survivors include a sister, Susan Hays of B'ham, nieces, Marjorie Alderson of Bellingham, Dorothy Johnson of Eugene, OR & Bette Laws of Council, AK; nephew, Tom Day of Seattle. Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 13, 1988) Submitted by Reg Rittenberg

PETHERAM, John W. (d. 1928)

Taken ill when he was enroute to California John W. Petheram, Bellingham resident since 1904, died Sunday in Portland at the home of his son, Dr. Charles Petheram, aged 79 years. He and his wife left Bellingham about a week ago and he was taken ill while visiting his son. Other surviving relatives are one son, Paul Petheram, of Blaine; two daughters, Dr. Ethel Petheram Gould, Berkeley, Cal., and Mrs. Elsie Petheram Snow, Petaluma, Cal.; one brother, G. W. Cole, and one sister, Miss Josephine Petheram of Bellingham, and four grandchildren. Mr. Petheram was a member of the Garden Street M. E. church and of Rising Star lodge No. 202, Bellingham. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the Harlow mortuary, with Dr. J. C. Harrison, former pastor of the Garden street church, officiating. Dr. Harrison, now pastor of the Wilbur-Centenary church, Portland, will make a special trip to Bellingham to officiate. Entombment will occur in Bay View Abbey.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 24, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.

PETTERSEN, Fred (d. 1929)

PETTY, T. A. (d. 1904)

The young man called T. A. Petty, who was injured at Custer two weeks ago Sunday, as exclusively reported in the Journal, died in Bellingham last week. The remains were brought to Custer last Thursday and interred at the cemetery at that place. The funeral was one of the largest ever seen in this county. Petty was a stranger in a strange land. He came from the east in ill health and without means, under the advice of physicians. At Custer he opened a small barber shop and picked up barely enough to afford him a scanty living. When he suffered the accident in the runaway Sunday, money was subscribed to sent him to Bellingham for treatment. But a weakened vitality together with his broken leg caused his death. Instead of leaving his funeral charge upon the county, the Custer people, principally the young men who had associated with Petty while he lived there, subscribed sufficient money to pay all expenses of a private funeral. Consequently the body of the homeless man has been respectably buried at the Custer cemetery.
(From The Blaine Journal, June 24, 1904) Submitted by site coordinator.

PHILBRICK, Franklin (d. 1918)

Franklin Philbrick, aged 90 years, passed away at the family home, near Forest Landing, on Lakeway drive, on the evening of Tuesday, March 5, after an illness of several months. Mr. Philbrick had resided at the place of death for the past sixteen years. He was a member of J. B. Steedman Post No. 24, Grand Army of the Republic, and of Bellingham Bay lodge No. 44, F. & A. M. of Bellingham. Besides a large circle of friends, there are left to mourn his loss Mrs. Philbrick, two sons and five daughters, Charles C., of Heber, Cal.; Fred P. Philbrick, of Bellingham; Mrs. S. M. Wirig, of Bellingham; Mrs. J. T. Williams, and Mrs. J. J. Banta, of Corning, Cal.; Mrs. F. U. Jamison, Kinder, La., and Miss Canda Philbrick, Paris, Cal. There are also thirty-two grandchildren to survive. the remains are being cared for at the funeral parlors of Harry O. Bingham, 1319 Dock street. Funeral announcements will be made later.
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 6, 1918) Submitted by site coordinator.

PHILBRICK, Sarah (d. 1920)

The remains of Mrs. Sarah Philbrick, who passed away at Modesto, Cal., on March 1, were received Sunday, March 7, by Harry O. Bingham. The remains were accompanied by her son, Fred Philbrick, of this city. Mrs. Philbrick was a resident of Bellingham until a short time ago; she was a member of J. B. Steedman post, W.R.C. and is survived by two sons and four daughters, Fred Philbrick, of Bellingham; Charlie Philbrick, Mrs. Essie Williams and Mrs. Bertha Banty, residing in California; Mrs. Susie Jamison, whose home is in Louisiana, and Mrs. Wight, of Seattle. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 9, at 2:30 o'clock p.m. from the parlors of Harry O. Bingham, 120 Prospect street. The officers of the Woman's Relief Corps will take part in the services. Interment will be made in the family plot in Bay View Cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, March 8, 1920) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

PHILLIPS, Albert H. (d. 1910)

Albert H. Phillips, a civil war veteran who went through as much of the strife as one man could possibly experience, died at his home 1704 G Street, early Sunday morning. He was 73 years old and for nineteen years a pioneer of Whatcom County. Death came after an illness of many years. Phillips fought in fifteen battles, marched with Sherman to the sea and was on review with Sherman's Ragmuffans in Washington, D. C. in 1865. He served from 1861 to 1865. The battles which the veteran participated in were Shilo, Corinth, Clayville, LaVerne, Stone River, Liberty Gap, Missionary Ridge, Rocky Face, Resseca, Rome, Dalla, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Siege of Atlanta and Jonesboro. Seldom does a civil war veteran come to notice who has a longer war record than Phillips had. He enlisted on August 26, 1861, in the thirty-fourth company of Illinois infantry from Bureau County, and was mustered out in Chicago in July 1865.

Phillips was born on April 2, 1837, at Rochester, N. Y. At the age of 21 he moved to Bureau County, Illinois, where he was married in 1860 to Miss Ellen A. Nichols. The next year he left his young wife to answer the call of his country. After the war he went back to farming in Whiteside County, Illinois. Two years later he moved to Kossuth County, Iowa, and took up a soldier's homestead where he lived until 1891, when he came to Whatcom County and settled in what was then New Whatcom. The widow, Mrs. Ellen A. Phillips, is a very active member of the Women's Relief Corps. Besides the widow two sons, Cyrus A., of Bellingham, and Henry E., of New Hampton, Iowa, survive. Funeral services will be held at the undertaking parlors of Harry O. Bingham on Dock Street probably Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The Rev. Charles H. Burdick, of the First Congregational Church, will officiate. Interment will be made in Bay View Cemetery. At the cemetery the ritualistic services of J. B. Steedman Post No. 25 [24], G. A. R., of which Phillips was a member, will be held. The active pall bearers will be George Foltz, Amos Zimmers, F. C. Offerman, Albert Pancoast, John Diehl and E. C. Countryman. Honorary pall bearers will be chosen from the G. A. R.
(From The Morning Reveille, July 12, 1910) Submitted by site coordinator.

PHILLIPS, Ellen A. (d. 1918)

Mrs. Ellen A. Phillips, aged 78 years, passed away at the home of her son, 1704 G street, at a late hour on the evening of Saturday, February 23, after an illness of seven weeks. Mrs. Phillips had resided in Bellingham for twenty-five years and leaves a large circle of friends to mourn her departure. She was a member of the First Congregational church and of J. B. Steedman post No. 31, Women's Relief Corps, of the Grand Army of the Republic. She is survived by two sons, Cyrus A. Phillips, of Bellingham, and Harry E. Phillips, of Oelwein, Ia. Also by three grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 26, at 2 o'clock p.m. from the funeral parlors of Harry O. Bingham, 1319 Dock street, with Rev. W. R. Marshall officiating, together with the officers of the Woman's Relief Corps, who will read the ritualistic burial service of same. Interment will be made in the family plot in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 25, 1918) Submitted by Merrily Lawson.

PHILLIPS, Helen J. (d. 1909)

Mrs. Helen J. Phillips, wife of Judge J. N. Phillips, president of the Humane society, passed away at 7 o'clock this morning at the country home at Rusticana, Lake Whatcom, at the age of 62 years. A general nervous breakdown is said to have been the cause of death. Mrs. Phillips has been gradually declining since the holidays. In the death of Mrs. Phillips the community loses one of its noblest women. She leaves a great number of friends who mourn her loss. Mrs. Phillips was a great reader, being an ardent student of Shakespeare. She was also an able public speaker.

Mrs. Helen Phillips was born at Rochester, N. Y., November 26?, 1847, and in 1865 married Mengo Gates. Of this union two children were born, both of whom are living, Herbert M. Gates, who was with his mother at the time of her illness and Ida Gates Sexton, of Marshfield, Wis. With her husband Mrs. Phillips came west to Menasha, Wis., in 1875, where several members of her family were engaged in business. After the death of her first husband in 1893, Mrs. Phillips followed her son to San Francisco, where she met Judge Phillips, a former friend of the family. On May 24 of the same year they were married. A brief trip was made to Oregon, where the judge closed up his business, and the couple went to Los Angeles, at which place Mrs. Phillips was made a member of the Morning club. The judge made a visit to Bellingham in 1902 and becoming enamored of the climate, returned to Los Angeles for Mrs. Phillips. Soon after their arrival in Bellingham Mrs. Phillips became a member of the Aftermath club, and has been actively engaged in the advancement of the club. ... (resolution of Aftermath club) ... The funeral will probably be held Sunday, but until several of the children are heard from this will not be definite.
(From the Bellingham Herald, May 14, 1909) Submitted by site coordinator.

PHILLIPS, James H. (d. 1905)

J. H. Phillips, aged 65 years, died at Deming yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock, catarrh of the stomach being the cause of death. Mr. Phillips had been making his home in this city for some time past, residing with his son, C. C. Phillips, at 1110 Ellis street. He came here from Deming with his wife for the purpose of procuring medical treatment, and remained until two weeks ago, when be returned to his home at Deming. He was a veteran of the civil war, having served in Company C, Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry. Mr. Phillips came to Deming eight years ago from Nebraska. He is survived by his widow, one son and a daughter. The daughter, Mrs. Jessie Bell, resides at Deming. The funeral will be held from the late residence of the deceased at Deming today at 2 p. m. W. H. Mock, commander of J. B. Steedman Post No. 24, G. A. R., will officiate at the funeral by special request of Mr. Phillips before his death. A number of the old soldiers will attend the services from this city. Interment will be made in the I. O. O. F. cemetery at Deming under the direction of W. H. Mock & Sons.
(From The Bellingham Reveille, June 25, 1905) Submitted by site coordinator.

PHILO, Edwin M. (d. 1925)

Pioneer of Lynden Taken By Death At Age Of 67.
LYNDEN, Feb. 3 - Death early today claimed one of Lynden's most widely known pioneers - Edwin Morris Philo - who died at his home here at the age of 67 years. Mr. Philo was born in Aldan, Hardin county, Iowa, November 21, 1858, and in 1876, moved to Minnesota with his family, where he married Miss Mary Arbuckle. With Mrs. Philo he removed to Washington in 1885 and took up his residence in Lynden, where he had since resided. The deceased leaves two brothers and a sister in Minnesota, his wife here and a son, Charles B., also at the family home. Funeral services will be held from Knapp's undertaking parlors Wednesday at 2 o'clock p. m. and interment will be made in the family plot in Lynden cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, February 3, 1925) Submitted by site coordinator.

PHILO, Louis G. (d. 1902)

The community was shocked Monday night to hear that Mr. Louis G. Philo had passed to the great beyond. The shock was greater for the reason that but few were aware that he was sick. He had been sick in bed for only three days, with inflammation of the bowels and stomach. Mr. Philo was born in Alden Hardin county, Iowa, April 15, 1863. He removed with his parents to Wadena, Minn., in November, 1876, and resided there ten years. In 1886, he came west and settled at Lynden, which has since been his home. He was married to Miss Beatrice Wampler the 14th of September, 1890, and to them three daughters have been born. They are Leona, aged eleven, Mabel, aged ten, and Florence, aged four, who with the widow, and a brother, Ed, are left to mourn his loss. His parents, two brothers, and a sister still reside at the old home in Minnesota. The funeral was held from the M. E. church Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. Kern conducted the services. Interment was in the cemetery west of town. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved ones in their affliction. Mr. Philo was one of the pioneers in these parts and was well known and liked by all.
(From The Pacific Pilot, November 27, 1902) Submitted by site coordinator.

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