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Haskell, Edwin N.

    For more than twenty years prior to his death in the spring of 1913 Edwin N. Haskell had been prominently identified with the commercial and industrial life of the city of Bellingham and had done good work here. It is but proper therefore that in this history of the region in whose development he had taken so much interest there should appear some slight tribute to his memory, together with some reference to his life and services. Mr. Haskell was born in the city of Sauk Center in Stearns county, Minnesota, August 21, 1867, a son of Fred A. and Mary Haskell, natives of Maine and pioneers of that section of Minnesota and the former of whom was a merchant in Sauk Center. Reared at that place, he acquired his education in the Sauk Center schools and early learned the plumber's trade, becoming a skilled craftsman. After working for some time as a journeyman plumber in Minnesota and Colorado, he came to Washington in 1890, being then twenty-three years of age, and settled in what now is the city of Bellingham, opening a plumbing shop. In 1896 he admitted H. L. Munroe to partnership in that business and this mutually agreeable arrangement was continued until terminated by death. Meanwhile, in 1895, Mr. Haskell also had engaged in the cannery business, establishing a plant at Fort Bellingham and doing business as the Bellingham Bay Canning Company, but he retained his interest in this concern only a few years, his chief interest being in his plumbing and sheet metal business, to which in time was added a general line of hardware, and he became one of the successful business men of the town. Mr. Haskell died April 21, 1913, and his partner, Mr. Munroe, died in the following year. Mrs. Haskell sold her widow's interest in the hardware and tinning department of the business be retained the plumbing establishment, which has since been continued and is now being operated by her son, Frank M. Haskell, a successful and energetic young business man of the city. The late Edwin N. Haskell was a member of the Knights of the Maccabees and of the Golden Eagles.

    In 1893, in this county, Edwin N. Haskell was united in marriage to Miss Mahala A. Shell, who continues to make her home in Bellingham, residing at No. 2015 B street. This has been her home for many years, and she has converted it into a modern apartment house which she manages. She has two children - the son, Frank Morton Haskell, mentioned above as proprietor of the plumbing and sheet metal establishment in Bellingham; and a daughter, Lois Elizabeth, who married Edward H. Gibson, now residing in Seattle, and has a son, Edward Jr. Frank M. Haskell was graduated from the Bellingham high school and has since his boyhood been interested in the plumbing and sheet metal line, being a competent craftsman and successful contractor. He married Miss Lucinda Lockwood and has two sons, Edwin S. and Francis Murray. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, in which he has attained to the fifteenth degree, and he and his wife are members of the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

    Mrs. Mahala Haskell was born in Indiana, a daughter of William Henry and Elizabeth Shell, both of whom also were born in Indiana, members of pioneer families in the Hoosier state. The former was a veteran of the Civil war, having rendered service during the four years of the war as a member of one of the more than one hundred and fifty regiments of Hoosier soldiers who fought for the Union during that struggle. In the early '80s William H. Shell closed out his interests in Indiana and with his family moved to Kansas, where he remained until 1889, when he came to Washington, that being the year in which it was admitted to statehood. He took up a homestead near Lake Whatcom and was making a good farm out of the place when death interrupted his labors. His widow is now making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Anna Dawson. Of the nine children born to William H. and Elizabeth Shell four are still living, but of these only Mrs. Haskell and Mrs. Dawson reside in this county. Mr. Shell was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal church, as is his widow, and their children were reared in the faith of that communion. Mrs. Haskell is a member of the Ladies of the G. A. R., the Pythian Sisters and the Royal Neighbors and in the activities of these several organizations takes an active and helpful interest.

History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pgs. 916-917

Haskell, Frank M.

    Frank M. Haskell, a scion of one of the old and prominent families of Bellingham, enjoys an enviable reputation as a plumbing contractor and is successfully following in the business footsteps of his father, who was long a leader in this field of endeavor. A son of Edwin Nelson and Mahala (Shell) Haskell, he was born December 11, 1894, and has always resided in Bellingham. The mother was born in Topeka, Kansas, and has lived in this city since 1888. The father was a native of Stillwater, Maine, and became an expert plumber. In 1889 he opened a shop in Bellingham, forming a partnership with a Mr. Bonnie, and in 1892, at Fort Bellingham, established the first fish cannery on Puget sound. He operated the industry for two years and then returned to the plumbing business, in which he continued until his death in March, 1913, having been a member of the well known firm of Monroe & Haskell.

    Frank M. Haskell was graduated from the Bellingham high school and under the careful training of his father mastered the technicalities of the plumber's trade. He was an apt pupil and at the age of nineteen took charge of the business, which he has since managed. It was conducted for many years at No. 1163 Elk street and in 1924 was moved to its new home at No. 1223 on the same thoroughfare. The company takes contracts for plumbing and sheet metal work and furnishes employment to nine men. In work of this description the firm has no superiors, and under the progressive management of Mr. Haskell the business has been greatly enlarged.

    In 1918 Mr. Haskell was united in marriage to Miss Lucinda Lockwood, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Lockwood, early settlers of this locality. Mr. Lockwood is chief engineer for the Bellingham Light & Power Company and stands high in his profession. Mr. and Mrs. Haskell have two sons, Edwin and Murray. Mr. Haskell is a Mason and has taken the fourteenth degree in the Scottish Rite. He is also identified with the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Lions Club. Politically he is not bound by party ties but casts his ballot for the candidate who he considers best qualified for office. A young man of substantial worth he has brought additional prestige to an honored name, and his record is a credit to the city of his birth.

History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pg. 934

Hatton, Charles E.

    A native of the south, Charles E. Hatton has profited by the countless opportunities of the Pacific northwest and is now rounding out a long and useful career in the enjoyment of those comforts which are the legitimate reward of earnest labor and right living, making his home in Deming township. A son of Manley and Katherine (Mitchell) Hatton, he was born November 14, 1853, and is a native of North Carolina. His father was an agriculturist and also followed the carpenter's trade. He sacrificed his life in defence of the Confederate cause, and when very young Charles E. Hatton assumed his share of the burden of providing for the family. He was faithful and dependable in the performance of his duties and his employers soon recognized the fact. He was made foreman of the Cramberry Iron Works and filled the position for a considerable period. He followed the occupation of farming in Kentucky for sixteen years and then went to Minnesota, spending two years in that state. On the expiration of that period he came to Washington, preempting a claim in Whatcom county, and subsequently took over the property of three other homesteaders. He gradually increased his holdings until he became the owner of six hundred and twenty acres of land in the county, but he has sold a portion of the tract to good advantage and his present ranch contains three hundred and twenty acres, eighty of which are under cultivation. The rich soil yields abundant harvests and his place is improved with a fine home and good barns, clearly indicating the thrift and prosperity of its owner.

    In 1871 Mr. Hatton married Miss Caroline Hicks, of North Carolina, and ten children were born to them, namely: Julia, who lives in Seattle, Washington; John, whose home is in British Columbia, Canada; James, a resident of Whatcom county; Ida, who married Fred Bailey, a farmer of Mountain View township; William, of Seattle; Katie, the wife of Ted Gillan [Gilliland?], who lives on the Hatton homestead; Manley, who is employed by one of the large lumber firms operating in Whatcom county; Lee, who lives in Deming; Susie, the wife of Sigurd Johnson, a Californian; and Webb, a resident of Bellingham.

    Mr. Hatton is not bound by party ties but casts his ballot for those men and measures that he deems will best conserve the public weal. He served for many years on the school board and in all matters of citizenship is loyal and public-spirited. When he came to the township there were no roads and the land was covered with dense forests of pine. With cables he built a foot bridge across the river, and he is thoroughly appreciative of the improvements and advantages of modern times. He has learned many valuable lessons in the school of experience and enjoys the esteem of many friends, whom he has gained by a life of industry and rightly directed endeavor.

History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pgs. 699-700

Hawley, Robert Emmett

    I was born in Salem, Ohio, May 18, 1862.  I came to Washington Territory in Sept. 1872, from Cedar County, Iowa.  Came by emigrant train to San Francisco; by ocean steamer to Seattle; Sound Steamer Libby to Sehome (Bellingham); then by Indian canoe up the Nooksack River to Judson's landing.  Our party consisted of my father, Enoch Hawley, my mother, Mary C. Hawley; sister, Lida; brother, Leo; myself and my mother's sister, Aunt Rachel Craven.

    This was sure quite a romance for the Hawley family, coming from a well settled state right into a dense wilderness with only a half dozen settlers within a distance of twenty miles, and only one white woman (Mrs. Judson) this side of Bellingham Bay.  We received a hearty welcome from our new neighbors, even the Indians seemed glad to have the "Bostons" (whites) settling in their hunting grounds.

    My schooling was mostly acquired from my mother, who was formerly a teacher, but owing to my lack of interest, I never got beyond the eighth grade, which I have many times regretted.

    When fifteen years of age I got a fiddle and learned to play some old time dance tunes and in consequence was in demand at house-warmings for many years.  At the age of sixteen I weighed 160 lbs. and it took a mighty good man to keep up with me at any common labor.  Mother thought I should be trained for something else than just ordinary hard labor, and so bought me a couple of pair of forceps and showed me what she could about pulling teeth, but I never got very far in the line of dentistry; but those old forceps sure did relieve a great many people of some terrible toothaches.

    Another of my experiences was freighting with a shovel-nose canoe.  (The shovel-nose is a type used on the river, smaller and of a different style than the salt water canoe.)  When my folks started the first store north of Bellingham Bay, at Lynden, the merchandise had to be transported from there by canoe.  A canoe load was about a ton, and with the help of an Indian it took me about three days to make the trip.

    On becoming 21 years of age, on the 18th of May, 1883, I lost no time in locating and filing on a pre-emption claim (160 acres), about two miles north of Lynden on Benson Road.  This was about the last piece available at that time, as home seekers had been coming fast, that about all available land had been squatted on.  Most of my work for that year was on slashing and clearing contracts for the new settlers, and paddling the shovel-nose with freight for the store.

    In 1884, I assisted in getting steamboat traffic for the Nooksack River and got the first steamboat up to Hawley's Landing, at Lynden.

    On June 1, I was married to Lydia E. Sheffer of Whatcom (now Bellingham).  I then bought a relinquishment to 160 acres in the Timon district, which I homesteaded, and made a farm of, and lived there for fifteen years.

    In 1887 I built a sawmill at Lynden which I operated for three years.  Price of lumber was from $8.00 to $16.00 per M.

    In 1890 I helped to get the Timon School District organized, built the schoolhouse, and assisted as Director and Clerk for six years.

    In 1897, the river, washing and overflowing had so ruined our farm that I decided to sell what was left and only got $400.00, though I had been offered $10,000.00 for it a few years before.  We then moved to town (Lynden), on property acquired from my parents' estate.  This was during the exceedingly hard times which had started some four of five years before, and having six children, made it the most difficult time of my experience.

    My wife, Lydia E. Hawley, died Dec. 12, 1910.  The deaths of my brother, Leo, and of my father and mother, had each been a sad experience, but the loss of my wife, the mother of my children, was a greater sorrow than I had known before.  Ernest, 18 years of age, was in the last stage of tuberculosis and confined to his bed.  We did not think it was advisable to have him with the other children, and arranged to care for him in another house until his death, April 14, 1911.  During that summer, my troubles affected me so, that I really expected to follow my wife and son in a very short time.  Finally, deciding that I might feel better if I would leave my surroundings for awhile, I rented a house in Blaine, and moved the family over; hired a housekeeper, and lived a great deal more contented for four months.  During that time I helped Dave Larson, my son-in-law, build a new house.  During this time, I got to feeling so much better, that I sort of gave up the idea of dying for awhile and decided that the proper thing to do would be to get another wife.  I had got quite well acquainted with Irene Long, whose husband had died a short time before my wife's death.  I really had a great deal of sympathy for her, not having a home and three small children to care for, and I suppose her sympathy for me was greater, because I had more kids to care for.  Anyway, when marriage was proposed, I very soon got a favorable answer.  So we went to Bellingham, and were married on Feb. 10, 1912, without giving any notice or asking the children's consent.  We immediately moved back to the old home, and began arrangements for a life program.

    Having fifty acres of land adjoining the townsite on the north, which had been logged off several years before, and now with a new growth of trees started, I decided to clear this land and start farming again.  One very important proposition was moving the old barn, that stood on the corner of Grover St. and Nooksack Avenue, to the farm, but this gave me a good lesson in the house-moving business, which I followed for a number of years in this locality, just whenever a job showed up.  As the land was cleared, the stock increased, and I milked 16 cows for several years.  Having a trifle more land than I felt like clearing, and there being a demand for one acre tracts, I had the North Lynn Addition to Lynden laid our, and lots sold readily for $200.00 per lot.

    In 1913, I bought the A. H. Wampler property, at the corner of West Main and Third Sts., and built a small store and service station which I rented to A. C. Palmer until 1924.  The Dairy and Poultry Co-ops increased the business in that part of town to such an extent, that I considered it practical to extend my service station business and built the station, store and shed that are now used.  These I built principally from lumber from the old Grade School, which I bought and tore down.  These buildings cost me $6,500.00.

    Dec. 11, 1925, our daughter, Ruby, was born, which was the last of what we called our second crop, thus making me the daddy of thirteen children; and although thirteen is considered an unlucky number, I decided that enough is enough, so Ruby was our last child.

    Now in my eighty-third year, as I look back over the vista of years, much of my past life seems a fading dream.  The trials and difficulties of my part in the pioneer experiences of the early days on the Nooksack, have mellowed with the years, and the many pleasant features stand out in bold relief on the pages of memory's album.  Compared with the momentous events of the present day, the lives of the pioneers seem dull and monotonous, but to the actors who took part in the drama of the seventies, when their vary existence depended upon a struggle for survival, seemingly casual occurances loomed large and consequential.  There were no dull days in their lives.  Small favors were gratefully received and acknowledged, and contentment was a constant guest in most homes.

    We of the past have lived our lives; the grim reaper has removed most of us from the scenes of action; a few, like myself, as last leaves, still cling to the "bough", awaiting the final gust that we know, fullwell, will scatter us among those that have fallen before.

    And now I have come to my story's end.  If the reader gets from these simple annals a fraction of the pleasure I have derived from compiling fond memories in the minds of my old friends, and awaken an interest in days long past, in the thoughts of my young ones, then my efforts shall not have been in vain.  

Skqee Mus, R. E. Hawley, pub. 1945, pgs. 172-175

Hawk, Lewis B.

    The qualities which have made Lewis B. Hawk one of the successful and popular citizens of Ten Mile township are those of sound judgment, persevering industry and honesty of motive, traits which in the great majority of cases will insure success even in the face of unfavorable conditions. Today no man in his community enjoys to a more marked degree the admiration and respect of the people generally than he. Mr. Hawk was born in 1864 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and is a son of G. P. and Caroline (Smith) Hawk, both of whom were natives of Maryland, the father following the business of storekeeping and huckstering. Our subject secured his education in the public schools of West Virginia and Ohio, and during his early years he was employed in various lines of work, clerking in stores, working in coal mines and doing farm work. In 1900 he came to Whatcom county, and remained at Geneva about a year, after which he located at New Whatcom, where he lived until 1907, being employed in the sawmills of that locality. He then bought and moved onto his present farm of seventeen and a half acres in Ten Mile township, on which only enough clearing had been done to accommodate a small shack. During the subsequent years he applied himself to the improvement of the property and now the greater part of the land is in shape for cultivation. Mr. Hawk has given the major portion of his time and attention to the chicken business, in which he has been very successful, now running about a thousand laying hens, and also keeps a few milk cows. His farm produces plenty of hay, grain and other feed for the stock, and he is very comfortably situated, his present prosperity being the fruition of years of hard and consecutive effort.

    Mr. Hawk was married, in Ohio, to Miss Eva L. Beebe, who was born and reared in that state, a daughter of William and Sybil (Richardson) Beebe, both of whom also were natives of the old Buckeye state, their respective families being numbered among the old pioneer settlers of that locality. Her father was a veteran of the Civil war, having been in the service during the greater part of that struggle, excepting the time he was confined in a hospital. To Mr. and Mrs. Hawk have been born four children: Ralph, who is married and is living near the home place, is a veteran of the World war, having served overseas with the Ninetieth Division. He took part in the St. Mihiel drive and other prominent engagements, and just before the signing of the armistice he was gassed from the effects of which he was confined in a hospital. Frank, who lives at Long Beach, California, was also overseas, as a member of the Sixty-fifth Regiment of Coast Artillery. Howard was in the training camp at the University of Washington during the war but did not get into active service. Hazel is the wife of C. L. Simonson, of Ten Mile. Mr. Hawk is a member of the Whatcom County Dairymen's Association and the Whatcom County Poultry Association, while fraternally he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He has taken an intelligent interest in local public affairs, especially such as relate to educational matters, and served for several years as a member of the Victor school board. He is a man of fine public spirit, giving his support to all movements for the betterment of the community welfare, and because of his industry, right living and genial disposition he has long enjoyed general confidence and good will.

History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pg. 346

Hawkinson, John

    Wholly devoted to home and domestic duties, doing through all the best years of her life the sacred work that comes within her sphere, there is not much to record concerning the life of the average woman. And yet what station so dignified, what relation so loving and endearing, as those of home-making wifehood and motherhood. In creating a new home, under strange conditions among strange people, it required a good deal of fortitude and patient toil and woman has notably borne her part of the burden. As man's equal in every respect save the physical, and his superior in the gentle and tender elements of life, she deserves her share of notice in the record of the community which she has honored by her life. Mrs. Ragla Hawkinson, who for a number of years has been one of the most highly esteemed women in Ferndale township, is a native of Norway, and a daughter of Nels and Olina (Gunderson) Nelson, both of whom were natives and lifelong residents of that country, where the father carried on farming. She was educated in the public schools of her home neighborhood and, on April 8, 1896, was married to John Hawkinson, who was a native of Norway and the son of Hawkin and Thala Hawkinson, also natives of Norway where they died.

    Three days after their marriage, Mr. Hawkinson left his bride in the homeland and came to the United States to establish a home for her. He soon engaged in the fishing industry and went to Alaska as foreman for a big fish-packing plant. After awhile he returned to Norway, where he remained for two years, but again came to the United States for a few years, going to work for the Astoria Packing Company, with whom he remained for three years. For two years he was in the employ of the Portland Packing Company and five years with the Pacific American Canning Company, being with he last-named company at the time of his death. He was considered an expert in the fishing and canning business, his services always being in demand, and he commanded a splendid salary. He was steady, industrious and intelligent, diligent in all his work and considered unusually competent in handling men. He always set an example of indomitable energy and commanded the respect of the men under him and the confidence of his employers.

    In 1910 Mr. Hawkinson brought his family to the United States, locating in Whatcom county, Washington, where he bought thirty acres of land near Mountain View. They lived there seven years, and then he bought five acres of land on the Guide Meridian road, which he cleared and cultivated and improved with a good set of farm buildings. After living there five years, in 1920 he bought eighty acres of land in Ferndale township, sixty acres of which is cleared, and here his widow and her children are now living. The ranch is well improved in every respect, the home is comfortable and attractive, and Mrs. Hawkinson is very nicely situated. They keep eleven good cows, some of them thoroughbreds, a pure-bred bull, and about three hundred laying hens. They carry on general farming operations, raising wheat, oats, corn and potatoes, and from the farm, a very satisfactory income is derived. To Mr. and Mrs. Hawkinson were born seven children, namely: Mrs. Lena Jacobson, who has a daughter, Bernice; Mrs. Thala Dyrland, who is the mother of two children, Ervin E. and Jean; Nels, Hawkin, Lewis, Jessie and Ruth, who are at home. Mrs. Hawkinson and her children are members of the United Lutheran church.  Miss Hawkinson, with the assistance of her children, is very capably managing the ranch, raising fine crops and carrying on the work so well inaugurated by the husband and father.

History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pgs. 651-652

Hawthorne, Martha Allan (Dennison)

    A man's equal in every qualification save the physical, and his superior in the gentle, tender and loving amenities of life, woman fully merits a much larger notice than he ordinarily receives, for she in the present day, more than ever before, playing a most important part in life's drama and she will through the coming years be accorded her proper place in history and biography. Because of what she has accomplished and for her gracious personal qualities and sound business ability, Mrs. Martha Allan Hawthorne, of Ferndale township, is clearly entitled to specific mention in a record of Whatcom county. Mrs. Hawthorne was born in New Brunswick, Canada, and is a daughter of Michael and Mary (Crawford) Dennison, both of whom were born at Nashwaak, New Brunswick, where they spent their lives and died. They had ten children, of whom five and living, namely: Mary, Martha, Matilda, Abigail and John.

    Martha Dennison received her early education in the public schools of New Brunswick, and when about ten years old moved to the state of Maine, where she lived for a number of years. In 1869 she was married there to Thomas Allan, also a native of New Brunswick, and soon afterwards they located at Calais, Maine, where he obtained employment in a mill. Mr. Allan died in Pennsylvania in 1895, leaving a son, Willis C. Allan, who was born in Maine, April 27, 1870, and is now operating his mother's ranch at Ferndale. He was married October 18, 1893, to Miss Laura E. O'Brien, a native of New Brunswick and a daughter of William J. and Rachel C. (Haymon) O'Brien, also natives of New Brunswick. Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien had four children: Laura E., Clarence A., William D., and Alma M., and also an adopted daughter, Leona H., all of whom excepting Mrs. Allan are living in the east. Willis C. Allan and wife have a daughter, Eva May, who is the wife of Thomas Bulmer, a successful young business man in Bellingham.

    In 1898 Mrs. Hawthorne came to Whatcom county, Washington, and bought twelve acres of land near Ferndale, to which she has added from time to time until she is now the owner of sixty-five acres of splendid land, well improved and in a high state of cultivation. She keeps fourteen milk cows, besides a number of young cattle, some of the animals being pure bred. She also has five hundred laying hens. She carries on general farming and has met with a very satisfactory measure of success, due mainly to her indomitable energy and her sound business judgment. In 1899, at Seattle, she was married to David Hawthorne, whose death occurred in December, 1905. Mrs. Hawthorne has bravely carried on the affairs of the home, ably assisted by her son Willis, and, because of her success, splendid character and her kindly and genial qualities, she enjoys the esteem and good will of the entire community. She is of a generous and sympathetic nature and no worthy cause appeals for her support in vain, while in the social circles in which she moves she is deservedly popular.

History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pg. 820

Healy, Timothy

    Timothy Healy is one of the rising young lawyers of Bellingham and represents an honored pioneer family of this district. He was born July 18, 1896, in Whatcom county, and his parents, Patrick and Bridget (Brogan) Healy, were both natives of Ireland. The latter journeyed to Skagit county, Washington, in the '90s in company with her mother and later came to Fairhaven, where she was married. The father arrived in New York city in 1871 and subsequently worked in the mines of Colorado. He went from that state to California and lived for a time in San Francisco. He came to Whatcom county as a pioneer of 1884 and entered a quarter section near Goshen. There were no roads in that locality and provisions were carried through the timber on the backs of men. The tract was covered with timber, and after years of arduous labor Patrick Healy finally succeeded in clearing his land and preparing the soil for the growing of crops. His patience and perseverance were rewarded by abundant harvests, and as time passed he erected good buildings upon his place, dividing his fields by well kept fences. Eventually he sold the ranch and spent the latter period of life in the enjoyment of a well deserved rest. He was a leader in all worthy public projects, being especially interested in educational matters, and aided in establishing the Rome school district, one of the first consolidated districts in Whatcom county, while he also served on the school board. His was an upright, useful life and closed in 1915. The mother is still living, making her home in Bellingham.

    Timothy Healy attended the old school house which was built on his father's ranch and completed a course in the Fairhaven high school. He was next a student in the law department of the University of Washington and was graduated with the class of 1922. Since his admission to the bar he has practiced in Bellingham, and he is well qualified to cope with the intricacies of the law. He is thorough and painstaking in the preparation of his cases and has already established a lucrative clientele. Mr. Healy is an adherent of the republican party and a communicant of the Catholic church. He is identified with the Knights of Columbus and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and with the Delta Upsilon and Phi Alpha Delta college fraternities. A young man of sturdy physique, clear mind and forceful personality, he is ready to meet the obligations of life with confidence and courage, and his future gives every assurance of being a most promising one.

History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pg. 744

Heathers, William S.

    It is by no means an easy task to describe within the limits of this review a man who has led an active life and by his own exertions has reached a position of honor in the line of work with which his interests are identified; but biography finds justification, nevertheless, in tracing the record of such a life, as the public claims a certain proprietary interest in the career of every individual. Among the citizens of Whatcom county whose careers have entitled them to representation in the history of their locality is William S. Heathers, of Nooksack, who has long stood among the enterprising and influential men of his community.

    Mr. Heathers is a native of the state of Illinois and was born on the 20th of September, 1867. He is a son of William F. and Mary E. (Skiles) Heathers, the former of whom was born in Cass county, Illinois, in 1842, while the latter was born in Schuylkill county, New York, in 1845. The father is now living in Sekiu, Washington, while his wife passed away August 8, 1925. The paternal grandfather, William F. Heathers, was a native of Scotland, who came to this country and located in Illinois. The subject's father was reared to the life of a farmer, which pursuit he followed in Illinois for a number of years. Eventually he went to Nebraska and took up a homestead, on which he lived until 1888, when he came to Washington and took up a claim of one hundred and sixty acres on Lake Whatcom. Later he sold this right and went to Bellingham to live. Subsequently he went to Sumas and engaged in farming, following that occupation until 1916, when he retired, and he is now living at Sekiu, although he still owns his Whatcom county farm. To him and his wife were born eleven children, namely: Francis M., deceased, William S., George W., Sarah Syrena, Walter Lee, deceased, E. K., Perry, Archie, Homer, who died in the service of his country in France during the World ward, and Harry and Curtis.

    William S. Heathers received a good, practical education in the public schools of Illinois and Nebraska and then assisted his father in farm work for several years, practically managing his father's Nebraska ranch. In 1890 he came to Whatcom county and for twelve years was employed in the lumber camps. In 1896 he bought twenty acres of land in Sumas, part of which he cleared, and then sold the place and bought eighty acres at Van Buren. He kept this tract a few years, building a house and clearing part of the land, but eventually sold it, and in 1901 he bought twenty acres of land south of Van Buren, which was partly cleared and to which he later added thirty-five acres. He built a house and barn on this place and cleared twenty acres of the land. In 1910 he sold the ranch and went to Idaho, where he was engaged in farming for about one and a half years, when he sold out there and, returning to Whatcom county, bought twenty acres of good land on the highway four and a half miles southwest of Sumas. He cleared all of that land, built a good house and barn thereon and lived there until 1920, when he sold it and bought seven and a half acres, all cleared, within the city limits of Nooksack, and there he is now living. There was a good set of buildings on the place, but in 1920 he built a new henhouse and in 1924 built a cellar. He keeps a few cows, for which he raises plenty of feed, and he has six acres of his land in berries, which yield him a very satisfactory income. He also has a nice flock of laying hens, and he is now very comfortably situated.

    On December 10, 1889, Mr. Heathers was married to Miss Cora Morgan, who was born and reared in Illinois, a daughter of D. J. and Mary Jane (Wells) Morgan, the former a native of Indiana and the latter of Illinois. Mr. Morgan went to Nebraska in 1879, homesteading one hundred and sixty acres of land in Harlan county, where he lived until 1891, when he came to Sumas, Whatcom county, and bought a ranch, to the cultivation of which he devoted himself until his death, which occurred May 30, 1921. His wife passed away March 23, 1920. They were the parents of four children, namely: N. C., of Sumas; William, who died in 1894; Cora, the wife of our subject; and Mary Agnes, who died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Heathers are the parents of six children, namely: Mrs. May Sills, who is the mother of two children, Virgil E. born July 5, 1917, and Veda Irene, born September 5, 1922; Virgil R., who is married and has three children - Ward, born June 25, 1918; Norman, born August 5, 1919, and Pauline, born October 31, 1921; Sherman R., who is married; Mrs. L. Wilson, of Olympia, Washington; and Ada Fern and Rena Berle. Mr. Heathers is a member of the Whatcom County Dairymen's Association and the Whatcom County Poultry Association. He is eminently public-spirited, giving close attention to all public affairs affecting the welfare and prosperity of his community, and is particularly interested in the public schools and the building of good roads, both of which he considers of prime importance to the general welfare. He is generous in his attitude toward benevolent and charitable objects and is genial and friendly in his relations with his neighbors, so that he enjoys marked popularity throughout his community. He enjoys a widespread reputation as one of the substantial and dependable citizens of Nooksack and is a representative citizen of the county.

History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pgs. 204-205

Heaton, G. N.

    As one who stands as a splendid type of the progressive and loyal citizens who are making the state of Washington one of the best in the Union, G. N. Heaton, of Delta township, is entitled to personal mention in this work. He has realized large and substantial success, the result of his own well ordered endeavors, for he has been in a significant sense the architect of his own fortune. He is a man of action rather than words. He is eminently utilitarian, and energy of character, firmness of purpose and unswerving integrity are among his chief characteristics. Mr. Heaton was born in Prince Edward county, Ontario, Canada, on the 21st of March, 1856, and is a son of Lyman and Caroline (Brown) Heaton. His father was born in Quebec, Canada, August 5, 1821, and died May 14, 1888, and his mother who also was a native of Quebec, born January 14, 1826, died August 26, 1886. The Heaton family originated in England, whence members of the family came to America in the Mayflower, settling in New England. The subject's paternal grandfather, James Heaton, was born in Quebec, Canada, February 26, 1776, and died September 7, 1866, while his wife, whose maiden name was Lucinda Huntington, was born May 29, 1797, and died July 9, 1868. Lyman Heaton was a carriage worker by trade, following that vocation during the major portion of his life. To him and his wife were born six children, namely: Robert, G. N., Harriet, Minerva, Lewis, and Stewart, deceased. Robert lives in Bellingham, Whatcom county.

    G. N. Heaton received a good education in the public schools of Ontario and then learned the carriage making trade with his father. He remained at home until he was twenty-six years of age, when he went to Winnipeg, Canada, where he remained about a year, being employed at the carpenter's trade, and also as an engineer. From there he went to Saskatchewan and Alberta and from the last named place went to Yale, British Columbia, at the head of navigation. He was there employed at bridge building during one season, and he then went to Westminster, British Columbia, where he worked as a millwright for one year. He then built another mill for Burnett and served as foreman in the mill for some time. Later he became foreman for the McLaren Ross mill, near Westminster, which had a capacity of two hundred and fifty thousand feet. He was next for a while employed at carpenter work and was then hired to rebuild a sawmill and box factory, three hundred and fifty miles north of Victoria, British Columbia, after which he was in charge of that plant for five years. He next went into business on his own account, buying a sawmill at Fort Simpson, British Columbia, which he ran for four years and then sold. In 1901 Mr. Heaton came to Bellingham, Whatcom county, and in partnership with his brother, Robert Heaton, ran mills at Wahl, Van Zandt and Lynden. They closed out the mills in 1918 and Mr. Heaton then located on a ranch at Weiser lake. Later he sold that place and bought one hundred and fifteen acres of land in Delta township, about forty acres of which were cleared. He was very successful in the management of this property, but he now has the greater part of it rented. He has about ten acres in a fine, bearing cherry orchard, which demands his attention most of the time. For a while he kept a herd of milk cows, but the cows and the orchard together required too much of his time, so he disposed of the cattle. He is a man of energetic methods, up-to-date in his ideas and sound in his judgment, and he has gained a splendid reputation because of his enterprise and discrimination.

    Mr. Heaton was married, November 16, 1886, to Miss Bethany Pollard, who was born in Ontario, Canada, a daughter of Henry and Mary (Alcock) Pollard, the father a native of Canada and the mother of England. Mrs. Pollard came to Ontario, Canada, with her parents, when she was six months old. Her father was a pioneer business man of that locality and was engaged in the manufacture of shoes. Mr. and Mrs. Pollard were the parents of six children: Bethany, Robert, John, Rose Mary, Harry and Ada. The parents of these children are both dead, the father dying in 1908 and the mother in 1920. In 1894 they had moved to New Westminster, British Columbia, where the father was engaged in business up to the time of his death. To Mr. and Mrs. Heaton have been born five children: Mrs. Amy Alberg, who lives in Tacoma, Washington, is the mother of three children, Arthur Dorr, Ursula and Mildred. Mrs. Edith Ecker, who lives in Bellingham, Whatcom county, is the mother of four children, Merlin, Clarice, Evelyn May and Marion. Harry is a veteran of the World war, having enlisted in November, 1917, in the Machine Gun Corp of the Canadian army. He served overseas two years and went "over the top" seven time, unwounded, though in a later engagement he was badly gassed. He won the French military medal for signal bravery in action. He served until the close of the war, when he was honorably discharged, and is now living in Los Angeles, California. Ogle is the next of the family. Loraine also is a veteran of the World war, having served tow years in the United States Marines, but was not sent overseas. He now lives in Seattle, is married and has tow children, Bethany Jane and Robert.

    G. N. Heaton is a man of marked force of character, though entirely unassuming in manner, and has long been numbered among the representative men of his locality. He is eminently public-spirited, giving his earnest support to all measures for the advancement of the public welfare and giving generously of his means to all worthy benevolent objects. As a man of ability, sturdy integrity and usefulness, and as a citizen representative of the utmost loyality, he has fully merited the high place which he occupies in the confidence and esteem of his fellowmen, who recognize in him the essential qualifications of good citizenship.

History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pgs. 231-232

Heeringa, Thomas

    Although Holland has not sent as many of her people to Whatcom county as have some other nations of Europe, those who have honored this locality with their citizenship have become conspicuous in view of their enterprising and progressive spirit and have become valued citizens in every respect, for while advancing their individual interests they have not been neglectful of the general good. Thomas Heeringa was born in Holland in 1878 and is a son of Peter and Sadie Heeringa, the former of whom died when the subject was quite young. The mother is now making her home in Lynden, Whatcom county.

    Thomas Heeringa secured his education in the public schools of his native country and in Iowa. He came to this country at the age of thirteen years, celebrating that birthday while on the ocean. He located in Sioux county, Iowa, where he joined a brother, Lee Heeringa, and remained in that state until 1899, during which period he was employed at farm work. In that year he came to Whatcom county and was employed at various occupations until the following year, when he bought his present place, his first purchase comprising twenty-five acres, to which he later added ten acres. When he secured this land it was covered with stumps, logs and brush and he worked hard in clearing it up, but in the course of time he developed a good, productive farm, of which he is justifiably proud. He is giving his attention mainly to the dairy business, keeping fourteen good grade milk cows and a registered sire. He also keeps four hundred chickens, and has found both lines of work very profitable. He keeps everything about his farm in fine repair and gives careful and painstaking attention to every detail of his work.

    In 1901 Mr. Heeringa was married to Miss Ciena Ossink, who was born in Wisconsin, a daughter of Herman and Diena Ossink, the former of whom now lives in Lynden, his wife being deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Heeringa have been born the following children, namely: Mrs. Diena Van der Kooe, whose husband is a contractor at Lynden, and they have one child; Mrs. Sadie Radder, of Lynden, who is the mother of two children; and Hermina, Peter, Herman, Lewis, Henry, Gerret and Thomas. Mr. and Mrs. Heeringa are earnest members of the First Christian Reformed church, of which they are liberal supporters. Mr. Heeringa is a member of the Whatcom County Dairymen's Association and the Whatcom County Poultry Association. He is keenly alive to everything affecting the welfare or progress of his community. Genial and companionable, he enjoys a wide acquaintance throughout this section of the county and has a large circle of warm and loyal friends, who esteem him for his genuine worth as a man and citizen.

History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pgs. 439-440

Hegg, P. L.

    In perusing the list of the men who have had a part in the clearing of the land and the development of the agricultural resources of Whatcom county, it is found that many of our most successful and enterprising farmers are natives of Sweden, a fortunate thing for the county, for these people are steady, industrious and reliable, have become splendid citizens of our republic and have contributed of their efforts to the development and progress of their respective communities. Among this number is P. L. Hegg, one of the best known citizens of Park township, with the farming interests of which he has been identified since 1913. Mr. Hegg was born in Sweden in 1865 and is a son of John and Brita (Ericksdotter) Hegg, who brought their family to the United States in 1881. They located in central Wisconsin, where the father worked in sawmills in the summer months, while during the winters he worked in the woods. Eventually he engaged in farming, and he and his wife spent their remaining years in Wisconsin, the father's death occurring there in 1924.

    P. L. Hegg secured his education in the public schools of his native land and on coming to this country worked with his father in the woods and mills of Wisconsin until January, 1890, when he came to Whatcom county, locating first at Sehome and coming to his present place on Lake Whatcom in 1913. For a while after coming to this county he was associated with his brother, E. A. Hegg, who conducted a photograph studio. In 1897 he bought out his brother, who went to Alaska, and he conducted the business until 1907, when he closed the studio, the building being town down to make way to the new Alaska building. He then went to Alaska, where he remained during the years 1908 to 1910, working in a store, and then returned to Whatcom county and established a store in Bellingham, which he ran until 1913, when he bought fifty-six acres of land, comprising his present farm at Lake Whatcom. The only clearing done was a small space around the house which stood on the tract, and he at once applied himself with vigor to the further improvement of the property, erecting a barn  and other necessary buildings and then removing the timber, logs and brush which covered the land. He now has about eleven acres cleared and in cultivation, hay, potatoes and berries being his principal crops. He is giving some attention to dairying, keeping five cows, for which he raises sufficient feed. He also has a nice bearing orchard, which adds to the value of the ranch.

    Mr. Hegg is a member of the Whatcom County Dairymen's Association. He has taken an active interest in the public affairs of Park township, of which he is now treasurer. He served for six or seven years as township clerk and was for three years a member of the board of supervisors. Fraternally he was for a number of years a member of the Improved Order of Red Men. He owns a number of very interesting and valuable photographs of early scenes in Whatcom county, and he has long been interested in the splendid progress which this county has made since he first came here, and in which he has done his part. He is a man of sterling character, his strict integrity and fine public spirit having gained for him the unbounded confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens throughout this section.

History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pgs. 618-619

Helder, Anna (Wright)

    Mrs. Anna Wright Helder, a member of the faculty of the Bellingham School of Music and Art, a teacher of years of experience and widely known in art and musical circles throughout the northwest, may properly be accounted as a member of one of the pioneer families of Whatcom county, for she has been a resident here since 1887 and has thus been a witness to the amazing development that has been brought about during the past forty years. From the days of her girlhood Mrs. Helder has been interested in musical and artistic expression. She was about ten years of age when she came with her parents, the family settling at Lynden, and her formal education was finished in the Northwest Normal School and in Puget Sound University, in both institutions majoring in art and music, specializing in oils, china painting and wood carving. Her initial training in artistic expression was gained under the direction of Mrs. Hugh Eldridge, then Dilly J. Bowers and continued under Professor Gilstrap, and Max Meyer, Puget Sound University, Tacoma, Washington. From the time she left school she has been engaged in teaching, her influence in the social and cultural development of the community, thus having been one of marked benefit for years. In 1923 she became formally connected with the staff of the Bellingham School of Music and Art and is now thus serving that admirable institution, a teacher of wide experience of long approved methods.

    Mrs. Helder was born in Van Buren county, Michigan, daughter of James S. and Eliza M. (McIntyre) Wright, and was about two years of age when in the early '80s her parents moved with their family to Smith county, Kansas, settling on a homestead. James S. Wright, a veteran of the Civil war with a record of three years service in the navy, proved up on a homestead claim and in 1887 disposed of his holdings and with his family came to Washington Territory, settling in Whatcom county. He established his home in the Lynden settlement and there opened a hotel, the first one in the town. His son, Fred S. Wright, presently opened a drug store in Lynden, the first in the town, and the Wrights thus became definitely connected with the commercial and social development of that place. James S. Wright continued in the hotel business in Lynden only a short time and then leased the place, afterwards converting it into a residence, where his last days were spent, one of the best known men in the county, his death occurring June 27, 1914. He was treasurer of Lynden for a number of years and was an active member of the local post of the Grand Army of the Republic and of the Masonic order and his funeral was conducted under the auspices of these organizations. Both he and his wife were natives of the state of New York and members of colonial families there.

    On May 9, 1899, in Lynden, Anna Wright was united in marriage to Rynard R. Helder, present secretary-treasurer of the Americanadian Mining Corporation, and they have two children, Z. Vanessa Helder and R. Wright, the latter of whom now (1926) is pursuing his studies in the high school, taking a science course. Miss Vanessa Helder, under the capable preceptorship of her mother, has become an artist of considerably more than local reputation, the highly original treatment of some of her designs having gained for her the praise of competent critics throughout the northwest. She specializes in water colors, and her entries exhibited in the Northwestern Artists Exhibition in seattle in 1926, were the subject of much admiring attention and high praise. Miss Helder's education was finished in the University of Washington, which she entered following her graduation from the Bellingham high school. She is now engaged as a teacher in art, with particular reference to Batik and water color and has an interesting class of pupils in Bellingham. In ethics Mrs. Helder and her daughter incline to that system of philosophy promulgated by the Theosophical Society and are numbered among the most interested and helpful students of this school of thought in this region. The Helders are republicans and take an interested part in general civic affairs as well as in the general social and cultural activities of the community, helpful in all movements having to do with the promotion of the common good.

    Rynard R. Helder is of European birth but has been a resident of this country since the days of his infancy and thus has ever accounted himself an American. He was born in the kingdom of Holland was was but two years when he was brought to the United States by his parents, Jan D. and Trintje (Roseboom) Helder, who settled in Holland, Michigan, where he was reared and educated. His father was a shoe merchant and he grew up with a mercantile training, associated with his father in Holland until that business was sold in the middle '90s, when the family came here into the Sound country and settled on Whidbey Island, moving from there in 1898 to Lynden, where in the next year Mr. Helder was married. He has long been connected with mining operations and since 1925 has been associated with the Americanadian Mining Corporation as secretary and treasurer, being widely known in mining and general commercial circles. The Helders reside at 2001 G street, Bellingham, where they are very pleasantly situated.

History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pgs. 309-310

Helgath, J. F.

    The life of J. F. Helgath, well known farmer of Delta township, has been characterized by industry, honesty and steadfastness of purpose. He is essentially a man of affairs, careful of his plans and exercising judicious foresight, and he not only possesses energy, but a concentration of purpose and a discernment that bring him a large degree of success in whatever particular line he devotes his attention to. He is public-spirited and lends his aid in the furtherance of all movements having for their object the general upbuilding of the community. Mr. Helgath was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on the 27th of October, 1874, and is a son of Mike and Mary Helgath, both of whom were born in Austria. They came to the United States in 1860, locating in St. Paul, Minnesota, where they lived until 1886, when they came to Tacoma, Washington. After a year there they returned to St. Paul, but again came to Washington, locating in Bellingham. The father acquired forty acres of land in Columbia valley, and there he spent the last years of his life, dying in 1901. His widow still lives on the Columbia valley farm, at the age of eighty-six years.

    J. F. Helgath secured his education in the public schools of St. Paul and then accompanied the family on their several moves until 1889, when he bought one hundred and sixty acres of  land in Delta township, Whatcom county, the tract being practically covered with timber and brush. He cleared eighty acres of this land, developed it into a good farm and then sold it in 1899, buying one hundred acres five miles northwest of Lynden. He now has this tract all cleared and under an excellent system of cultivation, hay and grain being his principal crops. He also keeps thirteen good grade Guernsey cows and has six hundred laying hens, deriving a nice income from both of these sources. He thoroughly understands the several phases of farm work and is intensely practical in everything he does. The success which has crowned his efforts has been well earned, and he is well worthy of the high esteem in which he is held.

    On February 19, 1899, Mr. Helgath was married to Miss Josephine Berger, a native of Taylor Falls, Minnesota, and a daughter of Fred and Magdalena (Remmele) Berger. Mrs. Helgath's parents were natives of Baden, Germany, whence they came to the United states in 1875, settling in Wisconsin, where they lived until 1886, when they came to Whatcom county. On their arrival here the father took up a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres in Delta township, nine miles west of Lynden, and in the course of time cleared it of the brush and stumps which covered it, creating a good farm, on which the family home as been established continuously since. The father died there in May, 1907. Mr. and Mrs. Helgath are the parents of four children, namely: Paul, who is married and lives in Seattle; Carl, who lives in eastern Washington; Thelma, who teaches school in Pleasant valley, Whatcom county; and Fred, who remains at home and is now a student in high school. Thelma is a graduate of the State Normal School at Bellingham. Mr. Helgath is progressive and up-to-date in his methods, and his success has been commensurate with the efforts he has put forth. He is a member of the Whatcom County Poultry Association and the Whatcom County Dairymen's Association, in the activities of both of which organizations he takes a deep interest. Friendly in manner, accommodating in his relations with his neighbors, upright and honorable in conduct, he has won his way to an enviable position in the confidence and regard of the entire community in which he lives.

History of Whatcom County Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, pub. 1926, pgs. 860-861



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