WIBURG, Christina E. (d. 1918)
Mrs. Christina Ellen Wiburg, aged 40 years, passed away at the family residence, 1207 Jersey street, at an early hour Sunday morning, September 22, after an illness of several months. Mrs. Wiburg had been a resident of this city for the past sixteen years and has made a large number of friends who will deeply sympathize with the bereaved family. She leaves to survive her, husband, Adolph Wiburg; one son, Arthur; one sister, Miss Martha Hemnes, in Norway; five brothers, Knud Hemnes, of Norway; Andrew Hemnes, of Seattle, Peter Hemnes, of Tacoma; Mandry Hemnes, of the United States army, and Rasmus Hemnes, of this city; two aunts, Mrs. Carril Olsen and Mrs. Martha Wiburg; and two uncles, Nels Wiburg and Lars Oleson, all of this city. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, September 24, at 2 o'clock, from the chapel of Arthur C. Harlow, 1055 Elk street, with Rev. J. Torval Norby, of the United Lutheran church, officiating. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery, proceeding from the chapel by automobile.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 23, 1918) Submitted by site coordinator.
WICKENBERG, Lydia Frombley (d. 1945)
Lydia Frombley Wickenberg, age 86 years, passed away at a local hospital,
Friday, July 27. Mrs. Wickenberg had resided here in the past three years
coming here from Oconto, Wisconsin where she resided 65 years. Deceased
was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wisconsin, and leaves the
following survivors: five daughters, Mrs. H. L. Lind, Bellingham;
Mrs. Olga Hawkins, Blaine; Mrs. Edith Foster, Klamath Falls, Oregon;
Mrs. Lulu Matson, Bellingham; and Mrs. Mildred Finnegan, Walla Walla;
three sons, Carl, Rte 3, Bellingham; Walter at Tacoma; and Oscar,
Saginaw, Michigan; fifteen grand and eight great-grandchildren;
also a brother, Leontin Linmark in Sweden. The remains are at the
funeral home of Harlow-Hollingsworth.
Submitted by Greg.
WICKERSHAM, Thomas M. (d. 1916)
Thomas M. Wickersham, aged 62 years, passed away at a local hospital Sunday, September 10, after a few days' illness. Mr. Wickersham had resided in Bellingham and Whatcom county for the past thirty-one years. He was a member of the Seventh Day Advent church, of Bellingham Bay lodge No. 44, F. & A. M. and of Hesperus Commandery, No. 8, of Bellingham. The surviving relatives are Mrs. Wickersham, two sons and one daughter, Walter Wickersham, of Fowler, Mont.; Lee and Doris Wickersham, at the family home, Bellingham; five brothers and one sister, E. T., of Fall River, Kan.; W. Q. and N. V. of Seattle; L. G. Clallam, Wash., and J. F. Wickersham, residing at Everett, and Mrs. Ella McClure, Cloud Craft, N. M. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 13, at _ o'clock p. m. from the funeral parlors of Undertaker Harry O. Bingham, 1319 Dock street, with Rev. Hans M. Hansen officiating. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery, according to the ritualistic burial service of the Masonic fraternity, conducted by the officers of Bellingham Bay lodge No. 44, with the members of Hesperus Commandery No. 8, Knights Templars of Bellingham, acting as escort.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 11, 1916) Submitted by site coordinator.
WICKERSHAM, William G. (d. 1932)
WICKLUND, Anna (d. 1913)
Anna Wicklund, aged 44 years, passed away at a local hospital October 25, after a sickness of over three months. She is survived by her husband, C. A. Wicklund, and one son, Gustav, of 1114 West North street, one daughter, Mrs. Hilda Hughes, and two grandchildren, of Wickersham, Wash., also parents and two sisters in Stockholm, Sweden, and two brothers in Chicago, Ill. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, October 29, at 2 o'clock, from the parlors of A. G. Wickman, 1146 Elk street, Rev. Axel Lindgren, pastor of the Swedish Baptist church, officiating. Interment will be made in the family plot in Bay View cemetery. The funeral car will leave from North and Meridian streets at 1:45 p. m. for the convenience of family and friends.
(From The Bellingham Herald, October 27, 1913) Submitted by site coordinator.
WIFLER, John W. (d. 1921)
John W. Wifler, pioneer farmer of Whatcom county and a Civil war veteran, died Sunday at 8 a.m. at his home in Ferndale, where he had resided two months. Funeral services will be held at Harry O. Bingham's chapel Tuesday at 3 p. m. The body will be shipped to Tacoma for interment.
Mr. Wifler was born in Buffalo, N. Y., April 10, 1842. When two years of age his parents removed to Plymouth, Wis., and there he lived until nearly grown. Early in the Civil war he enlisted in Company B, Eighth regiment of Wisconsin Volunteers, and served with it until the war's close. After his discharge he went to Uniontown, Ala., where he entered the mercantile business, and there he married Miss Mary E. Anchors on October 31, 1866. Subsequently he returned to Wisconsin, thence after a time to Minnesota and then to Iowa. On March 7 1883, he landed in Tacoma, where he lived many years. Finally he took up a homestead near Custer and there he resided until twelve years ago, when he removed to Bellingham. He lived in this city until tow months ago, when he removed to Ferndale. The survivors are the widow, Mrs. Mary E. Wifler; one daughter, Mrs. R. W. Brunson, Ferndale; one son, Frank G. Wifler, Bellingham; one sister, living in Wisconsin; two brothers, residing in Michigan, and seven grandchildren.
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 9, 1921) Submitted by site coordinator.
WIGHT, Clarence H. (d. 1904)
WILBUR, Walter (d. 1934)
Forty-seven years ago when a giant growth of virgin timber covered the territory where Lynden now stands, a log canoe was paddled to the north bank of the Nooksack River, and a young doctor, an honor graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine, stepped upon the shore to begin the long period of service to his community which was ended by his death Thursday evening. Born in the Province of Ontario, Canada, on May 20, 1850, Walter Wilbur was raised in the town of Bowmanville, where he attended school. He was graduated from Albert College after which he attended the University of Michigan, from which he received his degree of Doctor of Medicine. After practicing for two or three years in Wisconsin, Dr. Wilbur started west and in 1887 landed in the little frontier settlement of Lynden, tucked away in the vast silent forests of the far Northwestern corner of the United States. Dr. Wilbur's territory was not restricted to Lynden and the districts immediately adjacent to it. He received calls from Sumas, Blaine, the north fork of the Nooksack River, Deming, and Southern British Columbia. The physicians of New Westminster hesitated to cross the dangerous Fraser River, so it was necessary for the doctors of what is now Whatcom County to treat the people across the line. The common method of transportation for a doctor in those days was on the back of an Indian pony, a cayuse, and the visit generally meant an overnight trip. The price charged for a professional call was generally $2.50.
Although he had long ago relinquished his active practice to the younger doctors of the community, Dr. Wilbur had many who still came to him for professional advice. A keen scholar, well versed in classical literature and scientific research, Dr. Wilbur spent most of his time during the last years of his life reading in his bachelor cottage on West Main Street.
The aged physician was stricken with a heart attack Thursday noon, brought on, it is believed, by overwork during the heat of the morning. Recovering sufficiently during the day to carry on a normal conversation with friends who came to see him, Dr. Wilbur suffered a second attack the same evening from which he failed to rally.
Primarily interested in recent years in promoting the health of Lynden and its citizens, one of the last acts of the doctor's life was to prepare for The Tribune an article warning parents of the prevalence of infantile paralysis, and suggesting precautionary measures for them to take.
Surviving relatives include one sister, Mrs. Martilla Tom of Collingwood, Ontario, and several nephews and nieces. Dr. Wilbur never married. On the day of his death, he was 84 years, three months and three days old.
(From The Lynden Tribune, August 30, 1934) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILCOX, Daniel (d. 1909)
Daniel Wilcox, 80 years of age, died in his home in Lynden, Saturday evening at 9 o'clock. The funeral was held on Monday, Rev. Wilder officiating.
"Absolutely honest, and a life long member of the Methodist church. One of the most conscientious men I ever knew." Such was the reputation given by an acquaintance of many years.
Mr. Wilcox was born in New York, May 4, 1829. He moved to Michigan and married Miss Mary Rich Dec. 24, 1862. Later on he moved to Kansas where he lived for 15 years and in 1887 he moved to Wisconsin from where four years ago he came to Lynden. He leaves his wife and a large number of friends. One of these friends who knew him back east says:
"I have known many honest men but few who are so conscientiously honest as Mr. Wilcox. When he moved to Wisconsin he owned a mortgage on some property in another state. He was not well to-do, and he was working at such work as bucking wood for a living. Yet, when the assessor came around Wilcox would always list his mortgage of which there was no record in that state, and insist on paying taxes on it. He paid as much taxes as the ordinary business man of the town."
(From The Lynden Tribune, June 17, 1909) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILCOX, David Porter (d. 1914)
Porter Wilcox passed away at two o'clock last Friday morning, at the home of his sister, Mrs. B. W. Huntoon, in South Bellingham, after a lingering illness. Intestinal trouble was the cause of death. It was known for some time that recovery was impossible, the nature of the disease being fatal, and the end came not unexpected. The funeral services were held from Bingham's undertaking parlors, in Bellingham at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, and internment made in the Hillsdale cemetery south of Blaine, with short services Monday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock.
David Porter Wilcox was born in the state of Minnesota, September
5, 1886, but spent most of his life in this county. May 24, 1910, he was
united in marriage to Miss Amy Vogt, of Birch Bay, and most of the time since
they have resided near Blaine, the deceased being the manager of the Drayton
Harbor Oyster Co. One child, a girl, under three years of age, was born to
this union. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. L. W. Nestelle, of Seattle,
a sister, Mrs. Huntoon, of South Bellingham, and a half-brother, Fred Nestelle,
of Seattle, in addition to the little daughter and the sorrowing wife. Mr.
Wilcox had a faculty of making friends and keeping them, and in this vicinity
a host of friends joining with this paper in extending to the bereaved wife
their sincere sympathy.
(From The Blaine Journal, January 23, 1914) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILCOXEN, Charles B. (d. 1915)
Charles Baxter Wilcoxen, Civil war veteran, passed away Friday morning at age 74 years and 10 months. Before a gathering that crowded the Methodist Church, funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, with the Rev. P. H. Davies officiating. Members of the Lynch Post G. A. R. and the Women's Relief Corps were present in a body.
Mr. Wilcoxen was born at Seneca Falls, New York, March 9, 1840.
He enlisted in the United States Army, August 12, 1862 and remained in the
service until the close of the war. He joined the Baptist Church at Seneca
Falls in 1857. At Chatfield, Minn., August 8, 1865, he was married to Mary
L. Pinney. In 1889, he came to Seattle where he served as a deacon of the
Ballard Baptist Church. He was a comrade of the Post. He leaves a widow and six children to mourn his loss, Mrs. M.
C. Sorley of Lynden, Mrs. Avery of Portland, Fred Wilcoxen, Seattle, Frank
Wilcoxen, Tacoma, Charles Wilcoxen, Santiago, Cal. and Mrs. Simpler of Anacortes.
One brother and two sisters also survive him. The great crowd that gathered
to do him last honors showed the respect in which Mr. Wilcoxen was held in
the community, and is testimony to the worth of his long and useful
(From The Lynden Tribune, January 14, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILDER, Charles (d. 1904)
Chas. Wilder died at his home in Pleasant Valley last Tuesday.
He was 50 years of age. The cause of his death was pneumonia. Mr. Wilder
came to this section of Michigan in 1889. He afterward returned to Michigan
but soon came back to Whatcom county. Mr. Wilder owned a fine farm at Pleasant
Valley. He left surviving him a wife and eight children. The funeral occurred
at Custer Church Thursday and the interment was at Enterprise cemetery.
(From The Blaine Journal, December 9, 1904) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILDER, Dora E. (d. 1928)
Mrs. J. L. Wilder passed away at 3:30 o'clock Monday afternoon after an illness covering the past two years. Funeral services were held at 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the Free Methodist church, of which she was a member, with Rev. H. V. Haslam officiating, and burial was made in the Haynie cemetery. The four sons were the pallbearers and funeral arrangements were in charge of Purdy & Sons.
Dora E. Bingham was born Oct. 28, 1861, at Lansing, Mich. In 1881
she was united in marriage to J. L. Wilder at Potterville, Mich. They came
to the coast in June 1889 and settled at Bellingham, coming to Blaine in
1892. Here they have resided since, being among the pioneers. Surviving are the husband and six children as follows: Dan Wilder
of Seattle; Mrs. Maude Herrin of Clinton, Wash., C. V. Wilder, Mrs. Edith
Taplin, Arthur Wilder and Howard Wilder, all of Blaine. Three brothers also
survive as follows: Jas. K. Bingham of Fargo, N. Dak., Wm. Bingham of Kensal,
N. Dak., and Delbert Bingham of Bellingham. Deceased was a woman of beautiful
Christian character and lived according to her profession. It truly can be
said that the world was better for her having lived in it.
(From The Blaine Journal-Press February 23, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLARD, Arvilla (d. 1915)
Mrs. Arvilla Willard, aged 88 years, passed out from this life at an early hour Wednesday evening at a local hospital. Mrs. Willard has been a resident of Bellingham for more than twenty-four years, coming here from Michigan. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. T. H. Carson, of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. J. S. Calloway, of Bellingham, two sons, S. B. Willard, of Everett, Wash., and W. C. Willard, of Bellingham, and a large circle of friends. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 29, at 2:30 o'clock, from the funeral parlors of Undertakers Harlow & Livingston, 1051-1055 Elk street. The Christian Science service will be used. The private funeral car will leave from Prospect street and Central avenue at 2 o'clock p. m. for the convenience of the family and friends, conveying them to the parlors.
(From The Bellingham Herald, January 28, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLARD, Charles F. (d. 1905)
Charles F. Willard, M. D., aged 75 years, died at the family residence, 805 Twenty-fifth street, yesterday at 2:30 p. m. A cancer, with which the doctor had suffered seven years, caused his death. He is survived by his widow and two sons, Frank and Arthur, the latter a student of the State Normal school here.
Dr. Willard graduated from West Point in 1851 and served with distinction during the civil war, being captain of Company I, Second Regiment New York Cavalry. When finally discharged from the army in 1865, he was brevetted a major. After the war the doctor took up the practice of medicine and continued in that profession until forced to retire on account of enfeebled health. He was a native of New York state, and came to this city from Seattle early in the present year.
The body has been embalmed by W. H. Mock & Sons, and is now lying at their mortuary chapel pending the completion of funeral arrangements, which will be announce later. Dr. Willard was a member of Stevens Post No. 1, G. A. R., of Seattle, and that organization has been notified of his death.
(From The Bellingham Reveille July 1, 1905) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLET, Edgar C. (d. 1931)
Edgar Clarence Willet, aged 71 years, passed away at his residence
R. F. D. No. 1, Smith road, Wednesday evening, September 16, after an illness
of about three months. Surviving relatives are three daughters, Mrs. Axel
Sundquist, route 1, Bellingham; Mrs. William Barriball and Mrs. Albin Tobiason,
both residing in this city; four sons, Charlie Willet, Kalama, Wash; Fred
Willet, Plain, Wash., and Howard and Orrin Willet, both residing in Bellingham;
one sister, Mrs. Ella Vine, Walkerville, Mich., and eleven grandchildren.
Mr. Willet was a member of the North Bellingham Grange and a member of the
Whatcom County Dairymen's association, and had resided in Whatcom county
for the past thirty years. The body rests at the Homer Mark Mortuary, at
Cornwall avenue and Halleck street, where funeral services will be held Sunday
afternoon, September 20, at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. J. R. Macartney, pastor
of the First Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment will be made in
the family plot in Ten Mile cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 17, 1931) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLET, Lawrence (d. 1904)
WILLET, Mary J. (d. 1922)
Mrs. Mary Jane Willet, aged 60 years, passed away at a local hospital
at an early hour last evening, Friday, August 11, after a short illness.
Mrs. Willet had resided in this county for the past twenty years, living
for the last eighteen years at the family home in the Ten Mile district.
She was a member of the Church of God of this city, and is survived by her
husband, Edgar C. Willet; four sons and four daughters, Charley Willet, Kalama;
Fred Willet, Cashmere; Howard and Oren Willet, Bellingham; Mrs. Ruby Barriball,
Mrs. Cary Snodgrass, Miss Ella Willet, Bellingham, and Mrs. Hazel Adrin,
Waldron island. The remains are being cared for at the Harry O. Bingham funeral
parlors, 120-122 Prospect street, where funeral services will be held Sunday
afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Rev. W. B. Crowell officiating. Interment will
be made in the family plot in Ten Mile cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, August 12, 1922; maiden name was Dragoo or Draggoo) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLEY, George A. (d. 1928)
The Lynden district lost another of its pioneer settlers a week
ago last Tuesday when George A. Willey, a resident for the last forty-six
years, passed away at the E. W. Bayes place. Funeral services were held last
Thursday from Knapp and Knapp's Parlors, the Rev. A. R. Bell of the Seventh
Day Adventist church of Bellingham officiating.
Mr. Willey was born in Millbridge, Maine, on July 29, 1850. He
came west in 1880 and two years later settled on a homestead at Willey's
lake. He lived on the farm until four years ago when he came to the Lynden
district. Mr. Willey passed away in his seventy-eight year, death being caused
by a stroke. He is survived by his widow and five daughters, Mrs. Mabel Martin
of Sumas, Mrs. Evelyn Jeffcott of Bellingham, Mrs. Florence Chapin of Rockport,
Mrs. Jessie Rader of Lynden, Marian Willey of Lynden and nine
(From The Deming Prospector, December 28, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLFORD, Sanford S. (d. 1923)
Sanford S. Willford passed away Wednesday noon, October 31, at the family residence, 1910 West North street, after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Willford was born in Hancock county, Ohio, January 31, 1844. When a lad of 10 years he moved with his parents to Minnesota, where he spent the greater part of his life as a farmer. He married Hannah Onstine December 10, 1872. Soon after the death of his only son, Frank, in 1909, Mr. and Mrs. Willford came to Bellingham and established a home at 1910 West North street. A great lover of nature, Mr. Willford had devoted his time to the cultivation of fruit and flowers with phenomenal success. He had a wide circle of friends, to whom he was familiarly known as "Uncle San," and who delighted to visit him and his wife, "Aunt Hannah," in their pleasant home. Mr. Willford had a most pleasing personality and his genial ways endeared him to all who knew him. He was a member of the First Christian church. He is survived by his widow and one brother, Charles Willford, of Canton, Minn. The body rests at the Harlow mortuary home, Holly and Forest streets, where funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon, November 3, at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. Vander Mel officiating, after which entombment will be made in Bay View Abbey. The pallbearers will be Richard Bailey, Ray Halliday, Elmer Ebright, I. N. Cone, C. A. Toler and Virgil Peringer.
(From The Bellingham Herald, November 1, 1923) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLIAMS, Alfred (d. 1909)
Funeral services for the late Alfred Williams, father of Mrs. E. D. Morlan and Mrs. C. M. Hall, of this city, who died at Orting, Wash., last Sunday, will be conducted at the chapel of W. H. Mock & Sons, in the Maple Block, Saturday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, under the auspices of J. R. Steedman Post, No. 24, G. A. R., to which Mr. Williams belonged. W. H. Mock will officiate. Interment is to be made in Bay View Cemetery. All members of J. H. Steedman Post and Relief Corps have been requested to attend the funeral.
(The American Reveille, January 16, 1909) Copied by Merrily Lawson.
WILLIAMS, Andrew (d. 1925)
WILLIAMS, Catherine (d. 1903)
WILLIAMS, Clara B. (d. 1934)
WILLIAMS, Effie (d. 1914)
Mrs. John P. Williams passed away at the family home on April 21. The funeral services were held from the Congregational church, Rev. Nicolls officiating. Interment was made in Bellingham. The deceased was born March 6, 1854, in Bucyrus, Ohio. Later she moved with her parents to Iowa where she received her education. She also attended the Iowa state University and was a teacher for a number of years. In 1881 she married John P. Williams. They settled here in 1893. she is survived by her husband, John P. Williams and five children - Mrs. Claude Cadwell of Union, Oregon; Mrs. Morris Williams of Olympia; Mrs. Eli Heaton of Bellingham; Mr. Robert Williams of Chicago, Ill. and Mrs. Leon R. Sells of Portland, Oregon. Mrs. Williams was a true, lovable woman and will be mourned by her host of friends.
(From The Lynden Tribune, April 30, 1914) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLIAMS, Elidia R. (d. 1919)
WILLIAMS, Frank (d. 1920)
Frank Williams was born in Ohio, Jan. 6, 1861, later living in
Illinois and Iowa. He was united in marriage at Panora, Iowa, to Anna Roberts,
Jan. 1, 1890, and came west to Blaine that same year. They have made their
home in Blaine most of the time since, removing to Burlington a couple of
years ago. Deceased served as councilman here, on the school board, and as
city marshall (sic). He was taken sick in October, 1919, with the flu, from
which he never recovered. For two months he was confined to a hospital. Bright's
disease developed and he steadily declined until the end came as a
The surviving relatives are the wife, Mrs. Anna Williams, two
daughters, Mrs. Ruth Albanos of Vancouver, B. C. and Bertha of Blaine, and
a son, Albert of Wenatchee. A brother, Levi Williams, resides in Springfield,
Minn., and visited him at Burlington a year ago. A sister, Mrs. Kate Kinney,
resides in Bayard, Iowa.
(From The Blaine Journal October 1, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLIAMS, Hamblin B. (d. 1908)
Judge H. B. Williams, a pioneer and one of the most highly esteemed citizens of this city, died at 12 o'clock last night of heart failure superinduced by the injuries he received last Sunday in a fall from a streetcar. Since the accident he has suffered agony from pain and the summer heat which denied him sleep and rest, making his sufferings the more intense. His vigorous constitution gave rise to the hope that he would outlive the effects of the injury in sprite of his years, but the strain so wore upon him that his heart succumbed in the struggle.
At the time of his death Judge Williams was justice of the peace of this county, and United States Commissioner of Immigration for the Whatcom district. Taking up permanent residence in Bellingham in 1883, he was first elected justice of the peace here in 1890, which position he held until his death, with the exception of two years in which he did not seek election. Following the withdrawal of Col. Frederick Adams from the editorship of The Reveille, Judge Williams, in 1895, became editor of the newspaper, resigning at the end of the next year. In 1893 and 1894 he edited The Bulletin, and during these editorial years filled the duties of United States commissioner and justice of the peace.
Mr. Williams was born September 13, 1840, in Michigan. July 13, 1864, he was married to Miss Catherine M. Peabody at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. His second marriage was solemnized with Mrs. Kate N. Wilkins, September 6, 1904. He practiced law at Glenwood, Iowa, for twenty-nine years, first came to Bellingham in 1883, but did not take up permanent residence here until five years later. He served in the Twenty-first Wisconsin Infantry, and was severely wounded in his first engagement, the battle of Perryville, from which he never fully recovered. Judge Williams was a prominent Mason, a member of the G. A. R. and of the Knights of Pythias. He is survived by his widow; J. H. Williams of Portland, Mrs. Mary K. Henderson of this city, and Fred Williams of Seattle, two sons and a daughter, all of whom were at his bedside when death came.
Last Sunday afternoon Judge Williams stepped off a lake line car
on the corner of Dock and Holly Streets. The car was in the curve and
had stopped. Just as Judge Williams stepped off, the car moved slightly forward,
and as it was moving in the curve he was struck and knocked down, his right
hip coming so violently against the brick pavement as to break the hip
(From The Morning Reveille, July 9, 1908) Submitted by site coordinator. Civil War records give his name as Hamblin, while Bay View cemetery recorded his name as Hamlin.
WILLIAMS, Henry L. (d. 1924)
WILLIAMS, Iola (d. 1906)
WILLIAMS, James (d. 1899)
Died, at Providence hospital, New Westminster, B. C., on Sunday evening, James Williams, of dropsical affliction. Mr. Williams had been a resident of Whatcom county for the past 24 years, and was a native of Ireland. Early in life he settled in the state of Massachusetts, where he was engaged in the mercantile business and amassed a fair competency, with which he emigrated to Colorado where he remained until 1883 when he came to the territory of Washington, taking up a claim near Lynden, in the section now known as Delta, which he died possessed of. His death was not wholly unexpected, for Mr. Williams had been in failing health for some months past. Deceased leaves four brothers and a sister(?) who reside in the east. Mr. Williams was 51 years of age at the time of his demise. During the past five years he, in connection with J. D. Gardner, has been engaged in business in this city. Mr. Williams was known to all the pioneers of Whatcom county, who will long remember his many acts of a kindly nature. His remains were brought over on the train Tuesday and interred in the Blaine cemetery, amid a large concourse of sympathizing friends, Rev. W. E. Dawson officiating.
(From The Blaine Journal, September 29, 1899) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLIAMS, John (d. 1932)
Funeral services for John Williams, age 68 years, who passed away at the family home Friday evening, June 10 after a lingering illness, were held in the Gillies chapel at Sumas Monday afternoon with Rev. Wilson of the Everson Presbyterian church officiating. Mr. Williams lived here twenty-six years. He worked for the Carnation Products Company as night watchman for a number of years until his health failed and he had to retire. Surviving relatives include two daughters, Merial Williams, of Louisville, Kentucky; Goldie Dunean, Los Angeles; two step-daughters, Mrs. Floy Breehenridge and Mrs. Russel Davis; one step-son, Paul King, residing in Everson.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 24, 1932; Everson section) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLIAMS, John F. (d. 1925)
WILLIAMS, Joseph H. (d. 1899)
Joseph H. Williams, father of M.E. Williams, superintendent of the Sunset Telephone Co., this city, died at his home at Laurel at 8:30 o'clock yesterday morning of pleurisy of the heart. Mr. Williams was conscious that a severe attack of pleurisy was coming on and requested one of his neighbors to go to town for a doctor, but before medical assistance could be secured he expired. Deceased was 66 years of age at the time of his death. During the past three months he has resided at Laurel on the Dellinger farm. He leaves seven children to mourn his loss: Mrs. R. T. (Emma) Lamb and Mr. William George Williams of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Mrs. R.N. Doyle (Mary), Revelstoke, British Columbia; Mrs. J. T. (Margaret) Wilson, Portland, Oregon; Ed and Bert Williams, Seattle; Milton E. Williams of this city. The funeral services will be held at Brackett & Judson's funeral parlors at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, Rev. W. A. Mackey officiating. Interment will be made in Bay View Cemetery. Cars will be waiting in front of the undertaking parlors to convey the remains and friends of the deceased to the cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Blade Tri-Weekly, Saturday November 25, 1899) Submitted by Sandra Williams.
WILLIAMS, Lucy C. (d. 1933)
Mrs. Lucy Catherine Williams of Van Zandt, 73 wife of Pyatt Williams,
passed away in Bellingham on Sunday and funeral services were held on Tuesday
at 1:30 with Captain I. P. Hood, of the Salvation Army officiating.
Burial was made in the Bayview cemetery. Mrs. Williams had resided in
the county for 30 years and was an active member of the Garden street
M. E. church. She was a charter member of Federal Aid Union lodge no. 136.
Others surviving her are three sons, L. E., Howard A., and Jack A. Williams,
all of Van Zandt; five daughters, Mrs. Charles Helms, of Blaine; Mrs. H.
M. Lawstom, of Bellingham; Mrs. C. F. Livermore of Bellingham; Mrs. C. G.
Squire of Shelton; Miss Eda Williams of Bend, Oregon, and 11 grandchildren
and five great grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Williams celebrated their golden
wedding anniversary six years ago in June.
(From The Deming Prospector, April 28, 1933) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLIAMS, Milton E. (d. 1938)
(From The Bellingham Evening News, January 19, 1938) Submitted by Sandra Williams.
WILLIAMS, Phineas C. (d. 1918)
Phineas C. Williams aged 60 years, died at the family home, 1421 Franklin street, at an early hour Friday afternoon, May 24, after a short illness. Mr. Williams had been a resident of this city for the past twenty-two years and for the past sixteen years has been engaged in the grocery business. During his residence here he has made a host of friends who deeply sympathize with the bereaved family. He leaves to survive him, his widow, Mrs. Mattie Williams; one daughter, Miss Mabel Williams, of Brawley, Cal.; two sons, Kirk, with the United States forces now in France, and Drexel, in the United States navy; two sisters, Mrs. Myra Tracy, of Wyoming, and Mrs. Ellen Rowe, of Seattle, and two brothers, Newton Williams, in Iowa, and Lon Williams of California. At the time of his death Mr. Williams was a member of the Church of the Assumption and of Yeoman lodge No. 195, of this city. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon, May 26, at 2:30 o'clock, under the auspices of the Yeoman lodge, No. 195.
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 25, 1918) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLIAMSON, James (d. 1915)
Funeral services for James Williamson, who passed away Sunday, were held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from Knapp's Funeral Parlors under the direction of the Millenial Dawn class of which Mr. Williamson was a member.
The body was taken to Bay View where services were again held with the Rev. Mr. Pollock of the Bay View Methodist Church officiating. Many beautiful floral tributes were sent by the many friends of the Williamson family.
Mr. Williamson was 71 years old. He was born in Scotland, and came to Victoria when nine years old. He moved to Skagit County in the early days, and was at one time a customs officer at Port Townsend. Forty years ago, he was married to Eliza Bradley, who died eleven years ago. With his family, he moved to Lynden nine years ago.
Surviving him are three sons, Lee and Warren of Lynden, Elton of Bow; three daughters, Mrs. Andrew Osgoodby, Mt. Vernon, Mrs. L. E. Bradley, Lynden, Mrs. R. W. Osgoodby, Lynden; a half-sister, Miss C. Downie, La Conner, and a half-brother, S. Downie, Richardson.
During his residence in Lynden, Mr. Williamson made many friends, who join with the family in mourning his loss.
(From The Lynden Tribune, April 29, 1915) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLIAMSON, Villas A. (d. 1905)
The funeral of Villas A. Williamson was held on Wednesday afternoon from the Lutheran Free church, the Rev. T. J. Moen, officiating. The deceased leaves a wife and four children. Villas Williamson was born in Norway, in 1838. He came to the United States in 1867 and settled at Wilmar, Minn., but later, in 1901, he moved with his family to Bellingham. He was a willing worker in the church and it is there that his death will be felt nearly as much as in his own family.
(From The Bellingham Reveille, March 25, 1905) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLISON, Creighton (d. 1932)
Creighton Willison, aged 76 years, passed away Wednesday evening, December 7, at his home in Ferndale, where he has been a resident since 1911. He leaves to survive him two daughters, Mrs. Mabel E. Daly, of Bremerton, and Mrs. Helen Greene, of Bellingham; one son, Howard Willison, of Ferndale; three brothers, Jasper and Henry, of Iowa, and Charles, of Illinois, and one sister, Clara Willison, of Illinois. He was a member of the W. O. W. lodge of Bremerton. The body rests at the Monroe mortuary of Ferndale, where funeral services will be held Saturday, December 10, at 2 p. m. Interment will follow in Enterprise cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, December 9, 1932)
WILLISON, William (d. 1920)
The death summons came to William Willison at eight o'clock last Friday night at his home here. The end was expected at any moment because of his gradually failing health. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon at two o'clock with Dr. C. E. Heard of Vancouver, B. C. officiating.
William Willison was born May 21, 1864, in eastern Canada. At the age of 15 years he came west to North Dakota and for years was engaged in wheat farming on a large scale. In October, 1910, he came to Blaine and resided here until his death. He has been engaged in several lines of business here and served as mayor of the city. Over a year ago failing health compelled him to give up active work, but this failed to stop the gradual decline which had started. In 1883 he was married to Miss Annie Anderson at Grandin, N. Dakota. To this union three children were born as follows: Miss Rae of Blaine, Mrs. Ethel Erickson of Angusville, N. Dak.; and William Jr. of Blaine. Mrs. Willison died in 1906. Two brothers, James of Oakland, Cal., and Sir John of Toronto, Canada, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Richards of Bay City, Mich., also survive.
(From The Blaine Journal, April 16, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILLS, Anthony (d. 1890)
WILMORE, John W. (d. 1916)
Death claimed a good citizen of Lynden Saturday, when J. W. Wilmore, pioneer and Civil War veteran passed away at his home. He had been sick for some time, and the cause of death is laid to ailments of the heart. As a pioneer stage driver between Lynden and Bellingham J. W. Wilmore was a well-known figure throughout the county, and the news of his death was received with genuine sorrow by friends in all sections. He would have celebrated his seventy-ninth birthday Tuesday had he lived. Funeral services were held Monday morning, at Knapp's Funeral Parlors, the Rev. Paul Ashby officiating.
(From The Lynden Tribune, September 14, 1916) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILMS, Walter (d. 1923)
Walter Wilms, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Wilms, of Ferndale, died early
Wednesday evening in a Bellingham hospital, where earlier, he had undergone
an operation for appendicitis. His death came as a shock to his relatives
and friends, as he was a young man of excellent physique and had been employed
in a logging camp up to the time the operation was found
Wilms was born in Minnesota on Dec. 1, 1901 and was thus 21 years
and 7 months old. He had lived in Ferndale several years, his father being
section foreman on the Great Northern here. Besides his parents one brother
here and a brother in California as well as a sister in British Columbia
survive. The body is being cared for by George A. Monroe and funeral services
will probably take place Sunday. Arrangements had not been completed Thursday.
(From The Ferndale Record, July 20, 1923) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILSON, Caleb T. (d. 1916)
Caleb Taylor Wilson, aged 86 years, passed away at his home, 1439 Iron street, at a late hour Thursday evening, June 1, after a lingering illness of several months' duration. Mr. Wilson has been a resident of Bellingham for the past twelve years, coming here at that time from Missouri. He leaves to survive him his aged widow, Mrs. Isidore Wilson; four sons, Frank Wilson, Augustus Wilson, of Bellingham; Franklin Wilson, of Dundee, Ore., and Edward Wilson, of Victoria, B. C.; four daughters, Mrs. G. A. Bremner, Bellingham; Mrs. W. S. Liston, Marietta; Mrs. F. R. Easterbrook, of Leland, Idaho, and Miss Olive Wilson, of Bellingham; also fifteen grandchildren. Mr. Wilson has been a lifelong member of the Methodist church and at the time of his death was a member of the Trinity M. E. church of this city. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, with the Rev. E. N. Askey? officiating, from the funeral parlors of Harlow & Livingston, 1051-55 Elk street. The private funeral car will leave from Champion and Iron streets at 2 o'clock for the convenience of friends of the family. Interment will be made in the family plot at Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 2, 1916) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILSON, Daniel J. (d. 1922)
WILSON, Edward M. (d. 1915)
WILSON, George (d. 1941)
WILSON, Isidore (d. 1929)
WILSON, Joseph L. (d. 1920)
Mr. Joseph L. Wilson, age 60 years, passed away at the home of his stepdaughter, Mrs. Kittie Brush, resident at 2935 Flint street, city, at an early hour on the morning of Monday, Dec. 20, after an illness of about one month. Mr. Wilson had resided in Whatcom county for the past ten years. Resident near Custer for a number of years, then later near Deming, his present residence. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. at Custer, the Canadian club of Bellingham and the Orangemen in Manitoba. Besides his wife, Mrs. Emma M. Wilson, he is survived by five sons and three daughters - Mrs. W. L. Herndon, White Sulphur Springs, Mont.; Mrs. E. H. Colkett, Cadillac, Saskatchewan; Miss Irene Wilson, Tacoma, Wash.; Mr. D. L. Wilson, Cadillac, Saskatchewan; J. F. Wilson, Admiral, Canada; Fred Clifford and Milton Wilson, at the family home near Deming; two stepdaughters and one stepson, Mrs. H. B. Bennett, Deming; Mrs. Kittie Brush, Bellingham; Mr. H. D. Colkett, Cadillac, Saskatchewan. Also three sisters and three brothers - Mrs. Maggie Dell, Seattle; Mrs. Mary Logan, Vancouver, B. C.; Mrs. Alice Ferguson, residing in Canada; Mrs. Samuel Wilson, Langdon, Alberta; Mr. Milton Wilson, of Saskatchewan, and Isaac Wilson, of Seattle. There are twelve grandchildren surviving. The remains are being cared for at the service parlors of Harry O. Bingham, 120-122 Prospect street. Funeral announcements will be made later.
(From The Bellingham Herald, December 20, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILSON, Maggie B. (d. 1895)
WILSON, Washington W. (d. 1912)
Washington W. Wilson, aged 76 years, passed away at the family home, on Guide Meridian Road, yesterday noon, after a lingering illness. Mr. Wilson was a veteran from the Civil War. He was born in Pennsylvania and has resided in Bellingham twenty-two years. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. F. J. Hintz; two sons, J. F. and J. A. Wilson, of this city. Funeral services will be conducted from the parlors of Undertaker A. G. Wickman, 1146 Elk Street, this afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. N. M. Temple, pastor of the First Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be made in the Bay View Cemetery. Special car will leave from the corner of Monroe and Meridian Street at 1:30 p. m., conveying the funeral party to the chapel.
(From The American Reveille, February 9, 1912) Submitted by site coordinator.
WILSON, William B. (d. 1927)
WILSON, William W. (d. 1921)
William W. Wilson, aged 75 years, passed away at the family residence, 2624 Queen street, Wednesday, September 28, after an illness of two years. Mr. Wilson had resided in Bellingham for the past eighteen years, and besides his widow he is survived by six sons, William W. jr., Richard S., Thomas W., John L. and George A., all of Bellingham; James A., with the United States marines, now in Siberian waters. There is also one grandson. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 30, at 2:30 o'clock p. m. from the service parlors of Harry O. Bingham, 120-122 Prospect street, with Rev. H. V. Haslam officiating. Interment will be made in the family plot in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 29, 1921)
WINCHELL, Elizabeth E. (d. 1922)
Mrs. Elizabeth E. Winchell, aged 56 years, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. H. Colby, 3012 Meridian street, this city, yesterday afternoon, after five weeks' illness. Mrs. Winchell had resided in this city for the past twenty years, where she has many friends who will mourn her loss. She was a member of the First Christian church and the Maccabee lodge. Surviving are the husband, C. H. Winchell; two sons and one daughter, Philip M. and George A. Winchell, Mrs. M. H. Colby, all of this city; also three sisters and four brothers, Mrs. J. Adanson, Seattle; Mrs. C. W. Early, Cleveland, O.; Mrs. T. S. Lowery, Warren, O.; John D. Phillips, Yakima; B. H. Phillips, Warren, O.; George Phillips, Hammond, Ind.; Thomas Phillips, Youngstown, O. The remains are being cared for at the Harry O. Bingham funeral parlors, where funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon, July 18, at 2 o'clock, with Rev. W. F. Reagor, pastor of the First Christian church, officiating. Interment will be made in the family plot in Bay View cemetery.
(From The Bellingham Herald, July 17, 1922) Submitted by site coordinator.
WINERD, Claude L. (d. 1928)
The Haynie community was rudely shocked Saturday evening upon learning of the death of Claude Winerd in a Bellingham hospital that afternoon. He had taken sick Monday morning, but not until Tuesday was a doctor called. His ailment was pronounced influenza and he was given treatment for that malady. Thursday morning he complained of an intense pain in his head and Saturday morning it was deemed best to remove him to a Bellingham hospital, where his case was diagnosed as Influenza-Spinal meningitis. He passed away at 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Claude lived most of his life at Haynie and was loved and respected for his sunny disposition and his love for his family. He leaves to mourn his untimely departure his wife and five year old son, John, his mother, Mrs. J. A. Winerd, one brother, Ray, and two sisters, Mrs. P. I. Chamberlain of Reedley, Cal., and Mrs. Frank Willison of Drayton, besides a number of other relatives and a host of friends. The family has the sincere sympathy of everyone in their sorrow, this death coming within a month of the passing of Claude's father.
Claude Leo Winerd was born in Medina, N. Y., 39 years ago. He
came to this section with his parents over 20 years ago. On Nov. 13, 1917,
he enlisted in the U. S. Medical Corps as a seaman and saw service in foreign
waters during most of his enlistment. He was mustered out Sept. 5, 1919.
He was united in marriage to Miss Elsie Plewf of Leeds, England, March 10,
1920. One son, John, now 5 years old, was born to this union. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the
chapel of Purdy & Sons, Peace Arch Post No. 86, American Legion, of which
he was a member, having charge with their full service including the firing
squad at the cemetery. Interment was made in the Haynie cemetery near the
scenes of his boyhood and young manhood.
(From The Blaine Journal-Press, November 15, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.
WINERD, John A. (d. 1928)
John August Winerd, for the past 25 years a well known and highly
respected resident of Haynie, passed away at his home there Monday morning.
He had been in feeble health for several months. Mr. Winerd was well known
in this section and took an active part in all the affairs of his community
for many years. Deceased was born in Medina, N. Y., in 1860, coming to this section
from South Dakota 25 years ago. He is survived by his widow, Ella Winerd,
two sons, Ray and Claude, both of Haynie, two daughters, Mrs. P. Chamberlain
of Reedley, Cal., and Mrs. F. Willison of Drayton, one brother, Fred Winerd,
of Ipswich, S. Dak., and one sister, Mrs. James Coleman, of Buffalo, N. Y.
Funeral services are being held this afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at
Purdy's chapel here with the Masonic lodge in charge. Burial will take place
in the Haynie cemetery.
(From The Blaine Journal-Press October 11, 1928) Submitted by site coordinator.
WINES, Lena (d. 1916)
Mrs. Edgar Wines passed away at the family home on the Larson ranch just east of Everson, following a prolonged attack of sickness.
Mrs. Lena Wines was born at Louries, Wisconsin, and was married to Mr. Edgar Wines, at Stevens Point, Wisconsin. They came to this section of the country in 1900, moving here from Lynden in March of this year. She passed away Tuesday, April 25th at the age of 41 years, 10 months and 10 days.
A husband, three sons and one daughter are left to mourn her loss, the latter being Mrs. Lottie Knitle? of Lynden.
Funeral services were held this afternoon at 1:30 from the Presbyterian Church, Rev. John Reid officiating, and interment made in the Nooksack cemetery.
(From The Lynden Tribune, May 4, 1916) Submitted by site coordinator.
WINES, Randles (d. 1914)
Randles Wines aged 32 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Morse, passed away at the residence, 1039 Lenora Court, South Bellingham, Monday evening, May 4, at 5 o'clock, death being due to a sudden stroke of apoplexy, which occurred last Saturday. Mr. Wines came to this city from Waupaca county, Wisconsin, more than fourteen years ago. He was a millman by occupation, and leaves to mourn his loss a mother, at whose home he died; four brothers, George Wolfe, of Junction City, Wis.; Edgar Wines, of Lynden, Wash.; Forest Wines, of this city, and William Wines, a resident of Everson, this county; also two sisters, Mrs. Sadie Penney?, residing at Sedro-Woolley, Wash., and Mrs. Mary Gardner, of Vancouver, B. C. Funeral services will be held from the family home, 1039 Lenora Court, South Bellingham, Thursday afternoon, May 7, at 2 o'clock, the Rev. C. B. Sears officiating. Interment will be in Bay View cemetery under the direction of Mock & Harlow, 1051-5 Elk street.
(From The Bellingham Herald, May 5, 1914) Submitted by site coordinator.
WITTER, Clara C. (d. 1921)
Mrs. Clara Clotilda Witter, aged 71 years, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Archie McLean, Seattle, Sunday, April 17, after an illness of a few days. Mrs. Witter with her family, resided in Bellingham and Whatcom county for twenty-nine years, until three years ago, since which time she has resided in Tacoma, with her daughter, Miss Martha Witter. Mrs. Witter was a member of the First Christian church of Bellingham, and is survived by three sons and two daughters, Mrs. Archie McLean, Seattle; Miss Martha Witter, Tacoma; Elmer N. Witter, Tacoma; M. W. Witter, Bellingham R. F. D. No. 4, and John S. Witter, of Bellingham. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 19, at 2 o'clock p. m. from the service parlors of Harry O. Bingham, 120-122 Prospect street, with Rev. W. F. Reagor officiating. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery in the family lot beside the grave of Mr. Witter, who passed away October 30, 1916.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 18, 1921) Submitted by site coordinator.
WOLAVER, Alonzo M. (d. 1901)
A. M. Wolaver, a prominent citizen and member of James B. Steadman
post, G. A. R., died in his home on Lake street last night, aged 64
years, leaving a wife and son, George Wolaver, to mourn his death. He
had been failing gradually for six months past and during the last two months
he was confined to bed. Mr. Wolaver served with distinction during the
war of the Rebellion and fought in many of the great battles of that struggle.
He came here with his family from Dakota in 1889. He served as
councilman from the Fifth ward for two successive terms. The funeral services
will be held at the residence at 10 o'clock on Thursday
(From The Weekly Blade, February 6, 1901) Submitted by site coordinator.
WOLFE, Mary (d. 1934)
WOLFE, Vance (d. 1932)
Vance Wolfe, age 39 years, passed away at his home in Seattle, Washington at 2429 E. Valley street, Aug. 29, 1932 after a long illness. Mr. Wolfe had been a resident of Blaine, Washington for 16 years, later moving to Seattle.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mary Dorr Wolfe, two sons, Vance, Jr., and Darrell, and a daughter, Earline, all living in Seattle, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Wolfe, one brother, Hubert, five sisters, Mrs. Robert Delia, Mrs. Luther Barricklow, Mrs. Jack Monroe, Mrs. Gerald Clumpner, Mrs. Axel Rudburg, all of Bellingham, Wash.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 2, in Seattle from the Johnson & Hamilton Funeral Home and burial was made in the Evergreen cemetery.
(From The Blaine Journal, September 15, 1932) Submitted by John Rausch, typed by Merrily Lawson.
WOLFF, Bonita (d. 1981)
Bonita L. (Bunny) Rittenberg Wolff, 35, of Lake Stevens, died March 24, 1981, in a local hospital after a brief illness. She was born March 26, 1945, in Bellingham, Washington. She had lived in this area for the past 25 years. She leaves her husband Charles; five daughters, Tamera, Rebecca, Marni, Libby, Erin; and two sons, David and Matthew, all of the home; her mother, Maxine Adler of Everett; step-mother, Mrs. Edwina Turner of Selah, Washington; seven sisters, Shelly Prater of Everett, Susan Crane of Marysville, Jean Rewoldt of Everett, Lynn Hess of West Richland, Cheryl Rittenberg of Rolling Bay, Wash., and Helen Mullinex of Spokane; four brothers, Ed Rittenberg of Kennewick, Reg Rittenberg of Granite Falls, Mark Peterson of Granite Falls and Tom Ketchum of Tacoma; also numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Saturday, 10 a.m., in the Assembly of God Church, Lake Stevens under direction of Bauer Funeral Chapel, with burial in the American Legion Cemetery, Granite Falls.
(From The Everett Herald, March 1981) Submitted by Reg Rittenberg
WOLTEN, Nellie D. (d. 2001)
A memorial service for Nellie Dean Wolten of Blaine will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the United Church of Christ Congregational in Blaine, with Rev. Judy Edwards officiating. Ms. Wolten died Sunday, April 1, 2001 in Blaine. She was 76.
Born in Blaine on May 7, 1924 to Paul A. and Roxie (Wilson) Wolten, she graduated from Blaine High School in 1942 and joined the Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service in June of 1944. Ms. Wolten worked in the Seattle and Tacoma area until her retirement, when she returned to Blaine. She was a caregiver for children, family and friends. She enjoyed her home and working in her yard and garden. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, Women's Fellowship and Peace Arch Post No. 86 of the American Legion.
She was preceded in death by brothers Paul, David and Wayne Wolten and sister Laura Colley. She is survived by her brother Gordon Wolten of Wrangell, Alaska; sisters Leona Hawley of Ferndale, Norma Kruse and Juanita Freeman of Blaine and Alice Gardner of Bellingham; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements are by The Jerns McKinney Funeral Chapel of Blaine.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 4, 2001) Submitted by Debbie deHoog.
WOOD, Charles W. (d. 1935)
Charles Warren Wood, 75, pioneer in the Whatcom county lumbering industry, died at a Bellingham hospital late Monday night. Mr. Wood resided in Bellingham for 40 years previous to removing to near this city four years ago. He was a millwright and foreman of the E. K. Wood mill in Bellingham for years and was well known among the mill operators and workers of this locality.
Surviving relatives are the wife, Louisa, two sons, Harvey L and Warren G., of Bellingham; two daughters, Mrs. Sylvia Leghorn, of San Francisco, and Mrs. Florence Pixner, of Seattle, and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Bellingham today at 2 p.m. with Rev. A. O. Quall, pastor of the South Side Methodist church, officiating. Burial followed in the Bay View cemetery.
(From The Blaine Journal, August 1, 1935) Submitted by John Rausch, typed by Merrily Lawson.
WOOD, Florence O. (d. 1979)
Florence O. Wood, age 87, of Darrington, WA., passed away Wed.
June 6, 1979. Mrs. Wood was a resident of this community most of her life
& is survived by 2 daughters: Mrs. Winnona Hamlin of Darrington &
Mrs. Wilda Stenger of Olympia; 1 brother, Earl Hamilton of Forks, Wa.; 1
sister, Mrs. Mae Potter of VanZandt; 6 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren.
Services will be conducted Sat., June 9 at 3 p. m. at the Jones Funeral Home
with Pastor Darrel Beebe officiating. Interment Greenacres, Mon., June 11
at 11 a. m.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 8, 1979) Submitted by Debbie deHoog
WOOD, Frederick J. (d. 1937)
Born at Stanton, Michigan, in 1869, the son of the late E. K. Wood and Marian (Thayer) Wood, Frederick J. Wood received his higher education at the Olivet College of Michigan, from which he graduated in 1890. He then became associated with his father, who was one of Michigan's largest lumber producers and later a power in the lumber industry on the Pacific coast. When his father died in 1917, Mr. Wood took entire charge of the business of the E. K. Wood Lumber company, which was incorporated February 5, 1895.
The E. K. Wood Lumber company established yards in Los Angeles and San Francisco and operated a mill at Grays Harbor. Eventually, the company desirous of acquiring another mill in Washington, sent Frederick J. Wood north to investigate. He recommended the purchase of the "Red Mill" in the event William McKinley was elected. In 1900 the mill was purchased from the Bellingham Land company. Later the lumber concern bought large timber tracts in this vicinity and remodeled the plant which soon gained a reputation as a profitable mill. Its capacity was 175,000 feet in eight hours. It continued in operation, shipping largely by water, until its destruction by fire in 1926. Subsequently the company built and placed in operation at Anacortes one of the most modern electrified lumber plants on the coast. In addition to its extensive manufacturing and retail yards operations, the E. K. Wood Lumber has for many years owned and continues to operate a fleet of steam schooners. Once the five-masted sailing schooner, Vigilant, was a unit of the fleet. Retail yards are maintained now in Oakland, Berkeley, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, San Pedro and other Southern points. A buying and selling office is maintained at Portland.
Mr. Wood's interests at the time of his death extended to British Columbia, where he headed the Nimpkish Timber Co., Ltd., owner of extensive timber tracts and operator of mills and logging camps. Mr. Wood was highly esteemed as an employer on both side of the international boundary line. The remains are resting at the Harlow-Hollingsworth funeral home. Funeral services will be held at St. James Presbyterian church at 2 p. m. Thursday.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 22, 1937) Submitted by site coordinator.
WOODARD, Paul R. (d. 1915)
WOODBURY, Nancy (d. 1911)
WOODY, Agnes F. (d. 1898)
Mrs. Agnes Ford Woody, aged 79 years, died Tuesday morning very suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. R. Price, in Lynden. Mrs. Woody received a stroke of paralysis some time ago from which she never recovered, and which was the immediate cause of her death. She was an old resident of Lynden, having come there ten years ago with her husband, who died three years ago. She was born in Philadelphia. She leaves to mourn her departure three sons and one daughter. They are O. P. Woody of Whatcom, Jos. Woody of Lynden, R. O. Woody of Washington, Kan., and Mrs. T. R. Price of Lynden. Funeral services were held at Lynden.
(From The Blaine Journal, July 29, 1898) Submitted by site coordinator.
WOODY, Joseph F. (d. 1921)
After about a year's illness, Joseph F. Woody, Civil war veteran and resident of Whatcom county for thirty-one years, died last night at his home, 1210 Ellis street, at the age of 78 years. The immediate cause of death was apoplexy. For nine years Mr. Woody lived at Lynden and then came to Bellingham, where for a time he was employed by the city water department. He was a member of the G. A. R. and the United Workmen lodge of Kansas. The survivors are two sons, Bert and Earl, and one daughter, Mrs. Hattie Vanderford, all of Bellingham, and one brother, O. P. Woody, former chief of police of Bellingham, whose wife died this week in Okanogan county. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 p. m. at Harry O. Bingham's parlors, with the Rev. William R. Marshall officiating. Burial will occur at Lynden cemetery.
WOODY, Levi (d. 1890)
WOOLRIDGE, Alpheus R. (d. 1916)
WOOTTON, Reuben (d. 1936)
WORLEY, John P. (d. 1925)
John Philip Worley, aged 82 years, passed away at his home on the Smith road Friday, June 26, after a short illness. Mr. Worley had been a resident of Whatcom county for the past forty years, and for thirty-three years of that time had made his home with his old friends, Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Marsh. He was a member of J. B. Steedman post No. 24 and leaves a host of friends who will sadly mourn his passing. The remains are resting at the O. R. Hollingsworth funeral home, where funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Father James F. Barrett officiating, after which the ritualistic services of the G. A. R. will be given by the J. B. Steedman post No. 24. Interment will follow in the family plot in Bay View cemetery. Comrades are asked to attend by order of Commander B. F. Grimes.
(From The Bellingham Herald, June 27, 1925) Submitted by site coordinator.
WORTHEN, Carrol A. (d. 1903)
A message was received here during this week announcing the death
of C. A. Worthen, at Rialto, San Bernardino county, California, on Saturday,
July 11, 1903, of quick consumption. Carrol Alfred Worthen was born in West
Charleston, Vermont, July 24, 1871, and came here fourteen years ago last
October and has made this place his home since. Last winter he was sick with
the measles, just after which he caught a severe cold and has never been
well since. In February he made a trip into Southern California for a few
weeks and grew better, when he returned to this place. He grew worse here
and in April he returned to California in company with his brothers Edward
and Ralph, but gradually sank until his spirit took flight. The funeral was
held on Monday, July 13, and interment made in the San Bernardino cemetery.
Later his brothers expect to remove the body to the cemetery here. His parents,
Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Worthen, four sisters and four brothers are left to mourn
his death. His parents and two sisters, Miss Naomi, and Mrs. Edith Kimball,
still reside in the old home at West Charleston, Mrs. Viola Gustin of South
Lancaster, Mass., and Miss Ethel, Willis and George, of this place, and Edward
and Ralph, who were with him. Mr. Worthen has made many friends in this part of the state during
his life here, who will miss him much. He was a big hearted young man, of
pleasing character and well liked by those who knew him. The bereaved ones
have the sympathy of the entire community.
(From The Pacific Pilot, July 23, 1903) Submitted by site coordinator.
WORTHEN, Charles F. (d. 1926)
With a crowd of pioneers and friends in attendance, funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for the late Charles F. Worthen, who passed away at his home Sunday morning after a week's illness. Mr. Worthen was the father of three Lynden pioneers, and had himself resided here for more than twenty years. He had always taken a lively interest in community affairs, especially in the interests of the farmers, and had a host of friends throughout the county.
Charles F. Worthen was born May 14, 1837, at Sandwich, N. H., and when only a few months of age, went with his parents to Charleston, Vermont, where much of his life was spent. Oct. 12, 1859, he united in marriage with Miss Mary Laura Boyd. To them were born twelve children, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. In 1862, he enlisted with the Vermont Volunteers in the services of his country. Following his discharge from the army he settled with his family at West Charleston, Vt., where he carved a home from the forest. Here he made his home for more than forty years.
In 1905 he came with his wife to Lynden to visit his sons and was so well pleased with this part of the country that he decided to make his home here.
In May, 1913, his wife passed away. A year and a half later he was married to Mrs. Lucy B. Williams of Hartland, Vt., who died in 1922. Mr. Worthen was a member of the G. A. R. and was warmly attached to all the old comrades. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church in which he had worked untiringly for more than sixty-five years.
Mr. Worthen is survived by two sons, George W. and Willis Worthen of Lynden, two daughters, Mrs. Edith Kimball of Vienna, N. Y., and Mrs. Viola W. Gustin of Lynden, a brother G. W. Worthen of San Jose, Cal., seventeen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
(From The Lynden Tribune, March 25, 1926) Submitted by site coordinator.
WORTHEN, Charles W. (d. 1901)
Charles W. Worthen while at work in the Nolte Bros. logging camp near Lawrence met almost instant death today at about 1:30. Mr. Worthen was struck by a link of a chain that was fastened to the end of a flying cable, which chain became loosened from a stump around which it was fastened and encircled around another stump behind which he was standing, striking him just below the heart and causing almost instantaneous death. Mr. Worthen had taken the place of the man who usually attended to this work and was standing in the same place this man always stood. It was simply an accident that was no ones fault.
Charles Worthen was married January 26, 1893, and leaves a wife and four sons in sorrow. He was one of a family of seven sons and three sisters. Four of his brothers and one sister are living in Whatcom county. The seven brothers all measure over six feet in height. He was born in West Charleston, Vermont, where his father and mother still reside, 41 years ago. He death occurred within three days of the seventeenth anniversary of the drowning of a brother.
Mr. Worthen has been a prominent contractor in Whatcom county for a number of years and his home was at Lynden. He was a candidate for the nomination of county commissioner before the republican county convention last fall.
(From The Weekly Blade, June 26 and July 3, 1901) Submitted by site coordinator.
WORTHEN, Ethel L. (d. 1904)
Miss Ethel Laura Worthen died Friday evening, June 10th, of tuberculosis, after an illness of a few months. The funeral was held from the M. E. church Sunday afternoon, the services being conducted by Elder Sharp of Bellingham. Interment was made in the cemetery west of the city.
Miss Ethel was born Jan. 19, 1880, at West Charleston, Vermont, and was the youngest daughter of C. F. and M. L. Worthen. She was the twin sister of Edward Lawrence Worthen, who died a few weeks ago of the same disease. After attending the common school Miss Worthen attended the South Lancaster, Mass., academy, from which three of her sisters had previously graduated. She was working her way through this academy. Her health was not very good so her brothers, who lived here, persuaded her to come to this state, hoping the change of climate would benefit her. She came here three years ago last fall and grew much stronger and healthier the first year.
She then attended the Normal at Bellingham for two years as she
was very desirous of securing an education. Last fall she went to Walla Walla
to attend college there but had to give up her studies this spring because
of ill health. However, she was well advanced in her work and was granted
a diploma from the scientific course even if she could not complete the school
year. Not being able to continue her studies she came back here a few weeks
ago, but could not get any better. Miss Worthen was a good, Christian young lady and was a member
of the Seven Day Adventist Church, of which her father is the elder. She
was also an active member of the Epworth League of this place. She was of
a very ambitious disposition and eager to fit herself for her life work,
that of a teacher. Her parents live in West Charleston, Vt., where one brother
is also. Three sisters reside in the East and two brothers live here. It
is indeed sad that she should be taken away just as she was prepared to begin
her work. Her many friends here and elsewhere, are grieved to hear of her
(From The Pacific Pilot, June 16, 1904) Submitted by site coordinator.
WORTHEN, Mary L. (d. 1913)
After an illness of several months, Mrs. C. F. Worthen passed away at her home early Saturday morning, and was buried from the Methodist Church Sunday afternoon, interment being in Lynden cemetery.
Mary L. Boyd was born in Dorchester, New Hampshire, November 5, 1840. She was married to C. F. Worthen on October 12, 1859. After her husband's return from service in the civil war, in the fall of 1863, they moved to the place in which they had previously started a home, Charleston, Vermont, where they remained until 1905. To Mr. and Mrs. Worthen were born twelve children, all of whom lived to manhood or womanhood, and four of whom survive their mother. These are George and Willis Worthen, Mrs. George O. Gustin, of Lynden, and Mrs. Edith Kimball, of Tappan, New York. Prior to the autumn of 1905 seven of their children had been called away by death, the youngest three having died within a period of thirteen months. This so saddened Mr. and Mrs. Worthen that hey disposed of the old home where they had expected to spend the remainder of their days, and came to Lynden to visit their two remaining sons, and Mrs. Worthen's sister, Mrs. John Bussard. They were favorably impressed with the country, and wishing to be near their sons, they purchased a ranch half mile north of Worthen Station, where they lived for two years, when they sold and moved to Lynden, which has since been their home.
In early life the deceased gave her life to God, and in 1864, she with her husband united with the church of the Seventh Day Adventists, of which she remained a worthy and faithful member until the time of her death. She was also an honored member of W. C. T. U. On the evening of May 2, Mrs. Worthen calmly fell asleep, and at 6:30 the next morning, May 3, 1912 , she breathed her last without having had a struggle. The funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon, May 4, conducted by Elder L. W. Boysten, of Bellingham, assisted by Rev. Herbert Jones, pastor of the Methodist church here. The remains were interred by the side of her daughters, Ethel and Naomi, the latter having been buried in the Lynden cemetery three years ago.
(From The Lynden Tribune, May 8, 1913) Submitted by site coordinator.
WORTHINGTON, Jacob (d. 1913)
WORTHINGTON, Paulina (d. 1934)
WORTHINGTON, Richard (d. 1925)
WRIGHT, Albert H. (d. 1912)
Mr. Albert H. Wright, aged 56 years, after an illness of four years passed away at the family residence on the Geneva road at an early hour Friday, September 27. Mr. Wright had been a resident of Whatcom county for the past 23 years and a greater part of which time has been in Bellingham. He was a veteran of the Civil war and a member of the Christian Advent church. Those who survive are: Mrs. Wright and two sons, Albert O. Wright, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Byron A. Wright, Kamploops, B. C. The funeral service will be held Sunday, September 29, at 2 o'clock p.m. from the funeral parlors of Undertaker Harry O. Bingham, 1319 Dock street. Rev. Charles Haffenden, pastor of the Christian Advent church, will officiate. Interment will be made in Bay View cemetery under the direction of Mr. J. C. Gillis, of Sumas, Wash.
(From The Bellingham Herald, September 28, 1912) Submitted by site coordinator.
WRIGHT, Byron L. (d. 1920)
Byron L. Wright, aged 73 years, passed away March 31, 1920, at Milton, Ore., after a few days illness. Mr. Wright resided in Lynden for a number of years, where he made many friends, who will mourn his loss. He was a member of the Masonic lodge at Milton, Ore, having held a membership for about fifty years. Surviving are one son and five daughters, H. F. Wright, Walla Walla; Mrs. C. J. McKenzie, Mrs. F. A. Wormington, Milton, Ore.; Mrs. E. S. Stowe, Seattle, and Mrs. F. M. Galley and Mrs. Walter Grove, Bellingham. Funeral services will be held at the graveside Sunday afternoon, April 5, at 3 o'clock, with the Lynden lodge No. 56, F. & A. M. officiating. Interment will be made in the Lynden cemetery, under the direction of Harry O. Bingham, 120 Prospect street.
(From The Bellingham Herald, April 3, 1920) Submitted by site coordinator.
WRIGHT, Clarence H. (d. 1904)
Clarence H. Wright died at Bellingham Saturday morning, Jan. 27,
1904, of apoplexy. He was stricken with that disease about a week prior to
his death. Six children, four daughters and two sons, survive him. His wife
died about five years ago. Mr. Wright was born in La Prairie, Rock County,
Wisconsin, in 1854, and had been a resident of this state for less that a
year. The family resided on a ranch between this city and Everson. Funeral
service was held Saturday at Bellingham and on Sunday the remains were shipped
to Janesville, Wis., for interment. Miss Edna Wright, one of the teachers
in the Lynden schools, is the eldest daughter of Mr. Wright, and has the
sympathy of her many friends here.
(From The Pacific Pilot, February 4, 1904) Submitted by site coordinator.
WRIGHT, James S. (d. 1913)
James Smith Wright was born at Unadilla, New York, March 31, 1835, and died at National City, California, May 27, 1913, at the age of 78 years, 1 month and 27 days. He was married to Eliza Mavilla McIntyre, of Unadilla, New York, on December 3, 1854, and their golden wedding was celebrated in 1904. Mrs. Wright died in this city about three years ago. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wright, all of whom survive. They are Etta A., wife of William J. Forbes, formerly of Lynden, but now living at San Diego, California; Fred S. Wright, of Tacoma, and Anna, wife of R. R. Helder, of Lynden. Besides the three children the deceased leaves seven grand children.
Mr. Wright was one of Whatcom County's pioneers, having come here twenty-six years ago. The first hotel in Lynden was built and operated by him. He was a member of the G. A. R., having enlisted as a volunteer from Pennsylvania, serving in the naval branch of the union army. Forty-six years ago, he took the degrees as a mason, having been raised to the degree of Master Mason at Watertown, Minnesota, in the Year 1867.
Mr. Wright's last request was that funeral services be held from his former Lynden home, and that Rev. Rinehart, of Custer, deliver a short sermon, followed by the Masonic ritualistic work. The funeral was held in accordance with his wishes, on Monday afternoon. A quartet composed of Misses Noteboom and Tromp, and Messrs. LeCompte and Jones, with Mrs. Ruth Staight as accompanist, rendered appropriate music. The remains were laid to rest in the Lynden cemetery.
(From The Lynden Tribune, June 5, 1913) Submitted by site coordinator.
WYLD, L. H. (d. 1925)
WYLIE, Joseph (d. 1907)
Joseph Wylie who was taken to Bellingham Wednesday last, apparently insane, died at the hospital there Friday. He was accompanied by Thomas Brennen, an old friend, who made arrangements to have the remains shipped to Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Wylie's old home, as no relatives were living in this state. It seems that Mr. Wylie was suffering from a growth in one of his ears, which made him violently insane at times, necessitating careful watching to keep him from doing himself bodily injury. This growth was the immediate cause of his death.
(From The Blaine Journal, January 18, 1907) Submitted by site coordinator.
WYRICK, Angeline E. (d. 1913)
Angeline E. Wyrick, wife of W. A. Wyrick, of this city, passed away in a Bellingham hospital last Friday morning. She was 63 years of age. For years the deceased has been an invalid and helpless, and about a month previous to her death was taken to Bellingham for treatment. The remains were brought to the family home in this city last Friday and the funeral services were held there Sunday afternoon, Rev. P. A. Kleen officiating. Besides a husband five daughters and two sons survive as follows: Mrs. Bele Hoier, Mrs. Ora Bice and Miss Allie, residing in and near Blaine; Mrs. Edna Duranceau, of Anacortes; Mrs. Hattie Brownson, of Colousa, Cal., and A. G. and C. J. Wyrick, of Blaine. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the family in the loss of wife and mother.
(From The Blaine Journal, May 30, 1913) Submitted by site coordinator.
WYRICK, William A. (d. 1920)
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