Washington Pioneer Dead of 1915
By Edith G. Prosch
Allen, Robert Perry, who crossed the
plains in 1854, died in Griggsville, Illinois, at the age of 86.
He was on Puget Sound during the early fifties, but of late
years has made his home in Illinois.
Gilbert, died at her home in Seattle, June 21. She was born in
San Francisco nearly sixty years ago. When she was two years old
her parents decided to return to New York. Their vessel was
wrecked while passing Cape Horn and her father was lost. She was
married to Judge Bogue in Iowa, and the family came to Seattle
in 1892. Nation, Mrs. Matilda, who has lived on the Pacific
Coast since 1860, passed away on June 22. She was a native of
England and was 88 years old at the time of her death. She lived
in San Francisco for a number of years, coming to Seattle in
W., was born at Eugene, Oregon, in 1859. He was taken from
Oregon when two years old to the valley adjacent to Waitsburg.
There his father took up a claim. The son followed farming and
acquired valuable agricultural holdings in the Walla Walla
country. Strong, Gen. James Clark., was born in Ontario County,
N. Y., on May 6, 1826. At his death, in Oakland, Cal., September
3, 1915, he had nearly reached his ninetieth birthday. He came
to Oregon in 1849 with his brother, William, who had been
appointed a judge for the new Territory. James Strong was living
at Cathlamet, Wahkiakum County, when the representative to the
first Territorial Legislature of Washington from that county
died. Another was elected and died as he took the oath of
office. Then Strong was elected. When he died, the last survivor
of that first Legislature had gone. He had had experience in the
Indian Wars and later in the Civil War.
Nathan, a pioneer of 1859, died at his home near Eagle Harbor,
September 11. He was born in Maine in 1839. His first home on
Puget Sound was at Seabeck, moving from there to Eagle Harbor.
W., was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Byrd, who came to Puget
Sound in 1853. His father took up a claim on Lake Steilacoom,
and built the first grist mill in the county. Byrd's Mill was a
landmark for many years. George Byrd was born in Illinois, March
7, 1843 and died at his home at Fern Hill, June 17.
Thomas Hart, died October 25. He was a native of Illinois. He
went to California in 1854. He followed a gold rush from
California to the Snake River in Washington. He became express
messenger for Wells-Fargo, carrying gold between the mines and
Lewiston. It was a perilous life, full of thrilling adventures,
which the Judge enjoyed recalling in later years. He moved to
Seattle thirty-five years ago, after pioneering in California,
Oregon, Idaho and Washington.
Lydia, died May 1 9 at her home at Camas, Washington. She was
born in 1848 and went to California in 1853. She came to the
Northwest forty years ago.
Caroline, died in Olympia, March 5, at the home of her son, Mr.
C. D. King. She came to Puget Sound in 1855 and has resided in
Olympia ever since that time.
H., who died August 16, was born in Georgia in 1847. At the age
of twelve he came to Puget Sound on the vessel of which his
father was master. His stay was short at that time (1859), but
he returned to Seattle to make it his home in 1874. He was a
marine engineer. Mr. Collier is survived by a widow, four
daughters and two sons.
Charles, of Cooper Brothers Logging Company, died at the logging
camp on Hood Canal, December 28. He was born in 1860, near Port
Ludlow, Washington. He went to Alaska in 1900, where he remained
four years, after which he returned to Hood Canal, where he has
since been continuously engaged in the logging business.
Isaac died suddenly in California, where she had gone to sec the
Exposition. Mrs. Cooper was widely known for her work in church
and philanthropic circles. She was born in San Francisco in
1856, and she resided in Idaho before coming to Seattle, her
home for many years. Her death occurred on May 5. She was
president of the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society for many
years, and also president of the Council of Jewish Women and
Ladies' Auxiliary of the Temple de Hirsch, and she was an active
worker in the Charity Organization Society. Constable, Mrs.
Frances, who died at Cathlamet, Washington, May 20, crossed the
plains to Oregon in 1849. She was twelve years old at the time.
She has resided in Wahkiakum County for forty years.
Margaret Lenora, daughter of Arthur A. Denny, founder of
Seattle, was born in Illinois in 1847, and came with her parents
to Oregon in 1851. The family embarked at Portland on the
schooner Exact and landed at AIki Point November 13, 1851. Miss
Denny was well-known and beloved for her gifts to charity, never
failing to respond to the many calls upon her sympathy and
generosity. The extent of her gifts to charity, and to affairs
of historic interest in the State, will never be known.
Evelyn Babb, widow of Rev. John F. DeVore, the builder of the
first Protestant Church in Washington, died in Tacoma. March 15.
She was born in Ohio in 1829 one of thirteen children. Her
sister, Jane, married John F. DeVore, a Methodist minister. They
came to Puget Sound in 1853, Evelyn accompanying them. In 1860
Mrs. DeVore died, and in 1861 Evelyn married her brother-in-law.
They lived at Steilacoom, Olympia and The Dalles, Portland,
Seattle and Tacoma, where Mr. DeVore died in 1889. Mrs. DeVore
was one of the first school teachers in Steilacoom. She is
survived by one son, George. Prosch, Thomas W., who with his
wife. Miss M. L. Denny and Mrs. H. F. Beecher, lost his life on
the 30th of March in an automobile accident at Allentown, on the
Duwamish River, was born in Brooklyn, New York, June 2, 1850. He
was the only surviving child of Charles and Susan Prosch, and
came with his parents to the Pacific Coast in 1855.
Robert M., a resident of Pierce County since 1853, died in
Tacoma in May, 1915. The Downey family settled in Pierce County,
taking up a donation claim. Warned by friendly Indians of an
intended massacre of the whites, the family moved to Steilacoom,
where they resided for many years. Mr. Downey was born in
Kentucky, November 23, 1841.
Michael, aged 85, died in Puyallup early in November. He was the
last of a pioneer family, who settled in Pierce County
sixty-five years ago. They took up a claim at Spanaway and
Michael Eustace lived there continuously until a year ago, when
he moved to Puyallup. He was a native of Ireland. His wife was a
daughter of John Rigny, another of the early settlers of Pierce
Frederick W., died on March 8 at Junction City, Oregon. He went
to California in 1857. He remained there for only a month,
coming that year to Portland and Walla Walla. His residence in
Washington was of short duration, most of his life being spent
in the Willamette Valley.
Jared, a native of Philadelphia, came to this coast by way of
the Isthmus of Panama in the year 1852. In 1865 he made a
horseback trip from San Francisco through Oregon to Puget Sound,
and from there to Walla Walla. He moved to Seattle in 1901. Mr.
Forbes was the last of five brothers, all of whom lived to be
octogenarians. Masterson, Mrs. M. G., died at her home at Grand
Mound, Washington, July 26. She was born near Centralia in 1857,
her parents being early French-Canadian settlers there. From San
Francisco the family moved to Steilacoom in 1859, where his
father published the Puget Sound Herald. In 1872 Thomas W.
Prosch became the owner of the Pacific Tribune, then published
Mrs. Rebecca, died February 26 at the home of her sons near
Crawford, Clarke County, Washington. She was born in Mississippi
in 1837 and came to Oregon in 1843. She resided for a number of
years in Douglas County, Oregon. The last years of her life were
spent with her sons on a farm in Clarke County, Washington.
Mary E., a resident of Clarke County since 1850, died November
28 at Yacolt, Washington, aged 81. She came to Oregon by way of
the Isthmus of Panama, when she was 16 years old.
S. B., died in Olympia on July 5, at the age of 73. He crossed
the plains in 1852 with his parents. His father, Anson B. Henry,
was surveyor-general of Washington Territory, receiving his
appointment from President Lincoln.
John S., died at Wallace, Idaho, June 19. He was a sea captain
and came around the Horn in 1850. He settled at an early date on
Commencement Bay. Captain Hill was one of the first men to
operate a steamboat on Puget Sound. He was 83 at the time of his
William Robert, was a pioneer of 1857. He was born in
Philadelphia, but early was taken to Canada. He was sent to
England to finish his education and from there went to New
Zealand and Australia. From Australia he went to California, and
at the time of the Caribou gold excitement he visited the mines
in British Columbia. In 1860 he moved to Seattle, where he
established his home. He was 81 years old when he died, December
Agnes Woolery, of Walla Walla, died in Seattle, November 28.
Mrs. Laman was a member of the Ezra Meeker party which came to
Steilacoom in 1853. She was then a child of eight. She was born
in Missouri. After her marriage to J. D. Laman, she moved to
Walla Walla, which thereafter was her home.
was born in Arcadia, Quebec, Canada, December 5, 1827. His
family were among the earliest of the French settlers of that
province. Landry went to St. Louis in 1847, and in 1850 he
crossed the plains to California. The Fraser River gold
excitement brought him to the Northwest and he lived at
Fruitland, Washington, for thirty years. He died in Colville
early in April, after a lingering illness of many months.
Eva Hanselman, died in Tacoma, March 11. She was born in
Vancouver, Washington, November 30, 1854, the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Phillip Hanselman. Her father was a veteran of the
Mexican and Indian Wars. He came as a soldier to the United
States garrison at Steilacoom in 1 859, and his family resided
there until his term expired, when they moved out on the prairie
near the Flett homestead. After Mrs. Leonard's marriage to
Winfield S. Leonard she moved to Steilacoom and later to Tacoma.
Mrs. Abbie Denny, daughter of Mrs. Louisa Boren Denny, was born
August 29, 1858, in Seattle, seven years after her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. David T. Denny, had helped to found the city. She was
well known as a writer, using the pen-name, Chelana. She was
also skillful as a painter. Mrs. Lindsley had been seriously ill
for two years before her death, at her home on Lake Chelan.
Beside her husband, three daughters and a son, she leaves her
mother, a sister. Miss Emily Inez Denny, and two brothers, D. T.
Denny and Victor Denny.
Elcaine, proprietor of the famous Longmire Springs, and a member
of one of the oldest families of Pierce County, died at the
Springs after a year's illness, on June 21. He was born in
Indiana and came to the Sound with his parents in 1853. He was a
member of the first immigrant train that crossed the Cascades by
way of the Naches Pass. He was 74 years old, and is survived by
a widow and eleven children. Lloyd, Mrs. Jane, aged 77, died at
her home in Colfax, June 26. With her husband, she crossed the
plains from Iowa to Benton, County, Oregon, in 1851, moving to
Waitsburg, Washington, in 1860, and to Colfax in 1871. Her
husband died twenty-nine years ago. She leaves six sons and
Mrs. Adaline, died at the age of 80 years on March 11, at her
home in Tacoma. She was born in Pennsylvania and in 1853 came
with her family to Oregon in the pioneer train of Capt. Medorem
Crawford. She was married in 1859, and in 1882 located on a farm
near Tumwater. She was the mother of eleven children.
Elizabeth Trullinger, was a pioneer of 1848. She crossed the
plains with her parents, Daniel and Elizabeth Trullinger, in
that year. The family settled in the Willamette Valley ten miles
from Salem. In 1852 she married Runa Mattoon. She was born April
16, 1838, and died at the home of her son near Walla Walla,
February 26, 1915.
Capt. Thomas H., died in Seattle in April. He was the son of
Rev. and Mrs. D. R. McMillin and was born in Marion County,
Oregon, in 1858. The family moved to Washington in 1862,
residing at Kent for many years. Captain McMillin early became
interested in steamboating, and followed this calling for thirty
years. He built nine steamers during his life.
Captain George W., died at his home in Oak Harbor, December 23.
Captain Morse came of a ship-building, sea-faring family of
Maine. At the age of nine his father took him on a voyage to
Europe. In 1850 the young man shipped on the Macedonia to San
Francisco, and then by India, around the world. On his return he
again shipped for California. At the Golden Gate he gave up
sailing, going in to the mines, where he engaged in freighting.
In 1858 he visited the Fraser River mines. When that excitement
was over he moved to Washington, living for a time on the
Nooksack River, and later at Oak Harbor. For a time he was
sub-Indian agent at Tulalip. He was a member of the first State
Legislature, and was returned to three of the later sessions. He
was 85 years old.
Murray, Mrs. Hester Clark, a pioneer
of 1852, died at the old homestead at American Lake, December 5,
at the age of 75. She was born in Missouri and when she was
fifteen she came to Oregon. The party in which she traveled was
visited by cholera; and she lost her parents and a brother. The
other children were taken to Rickreal, Oregon, and were cared
for by the Nesmith family. In 1871 she married Garm Murray, and
they moved to Pierce County, where they took up a claim on Muck
Creek, near American Lake.
Franklin, a native son of Washington, died August 28. He was
born in King County in 1857. His family came to the White River
Valley in 1856, taking up a claim near Kent. The Indian War
compelled them to abandon their claim for three years, the
family living in Seattle during that time.
Gustav, was a pioneer of 1 849, going to California with the
gold seekers. He was born in Norway in 1828, and came to America
in 1842. He came to Seattle in 1867, but business necessitated
his return to California, where he remained until 1887. He spent
much of his time, during the later years of his life, at his
home on Bainbridge Island. He died in Seattle. April 28.
Patton, John C, a native of Cowlitz
County, died at his home in Kelso, the latter part of October.
Mr. Patton was born on the Leonard homestead, which now forms a
part of West Kelso, November 15, 1859. His widow, a daughter and
his mother survive him.
William C, a pioneer of Oregon, died at the home of his son at
Toppenish, Washington, March 10, 1915, as a result of injuries
received when a conveyance in which he was riding was struck by
a passenger train near Toppenish. He was born in Indiana in
1827, moved with his parents to Missouri, and crossed the plains
with his bride in 1853. They located near Portland on a donation
claim. Later he moved to LaFayette, then to North Yamhill, and
still later to Polk County, Oregon. His four children settled in
central Washington, and this brought him from his Oregon home to
the country around North Yakima, where his life was ended.
M., was born in Ohio, September 23, 1835, and died at Oak
Harbor, January 11, 1915. He came to Olympia from Iowa in 1859
and eventually settled as a farmer on Whidby Island.
Thomas W., who with his wife. Miss M. L. Denny and Mrs. H. F.
Beecher, lost his life on the 30th of March in an automobile
accident at Allentown, on the Duwamish River, was born in
Brooklyn, New York, June 2, 1850. He was the only surviving
child of Charles and Susan Prosch, and came with his parents to
the Pacific Coast in 1855. From San Francisco the family moved
to Steilacoom in 1859, where his father published the Puget
Sound Herald. In 1872 Thomas W. Prosch became the owner of the
Pacific Tribune, then published in Olympia. Later he moved it to
Tacoma, and still later to Seattle. Selling that paper, he, with
Samuel L. Crawford, bought the Intelligencer in 1879. In 1881
they bought the Post and merged the two into the
Post-Intelligencer. When he sold his interest in this paper he
devoted his time to his private affairs, and to writing articles
concerning the Pacific Northwest. For two years he was
postmaster of Seattle, receiving his appointment from President
Virginia McCarver, was born April 17, 1851, at Oregon City. She
was the daughter of Gen. Morton M. McCarver, who founded Tacoma.
Her father was a pioneer of 1843, and her mother of 1847. The
family lived in Oregon and Idaho before coming to Washington,
the final home.
Amory, 88 years old, died in Seattle, December 26. Mr. Reed went
to California in 1849, where he engaged in mining for a number
of years. He moved to Seattle in 1891.
a native of Germany, was a gold seeker of 1849. Mr. Rudio was
born near Strasburg in 1825, coming to the United States in
1825. He was married at Corvallis, Oregon, in 1854. He died at
Centralia, September 25, and was buried in Walla Walla.
Elizabeth Fulton, died in Walla Walla on the 5th of February at
the age of 72. She came with her parents, Colonel and Mrs. James
Fulton, from Mississippi in 1847. The family settled in Wasco
County, Oregon, where they lived for half a century. She was
married at The Dalles in 1 863, to Louis Scholl, following his
retirement from the United States Army. He afterwards took part
in the Nez Perce War and was draftsman for General O. O. Howard.
She is survived by three sons, Carl,
Bismark and Louis.
Henry A., a pioneer physician, who was prominently identified
with the development of the Pacific Northwest, died August 17,
at his home at Smith's Cove, in Seattle. He made the trip by ox
team from Ohio in 1852. Dr. Smith took part in the Indian Wars,
being one of the last survivors of the Battle of Seattle. At one
time he was resident physician at the Tulalip Indian
Eliza J., who has lived on the Pacific Coast since 1849, died at
the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. H. Irving, on the 7th of
March. She was born in Ireland and came to America when she was
two years old. Her husband was one of the first barbers in the
North-west She came to Puget Sound from California in 1863, and
has resided in Olympia and Seattle.
Mary Jane Mrs., was the daughter of Lot Whitcomb, who, with
Berryman Jennings and S. S. White, built the steamer Lot
Whitcomb at Milwaukie in 1850, the first American-owned steamer
to run on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Mrs. Torrance was
born in 1833. Her husband was also one of the earliest steamboat
men of Oregon. In 1875 the Torrance family removed to Eastern
Washington and Mrs. Torrance died in Spokane on March 8.
Esther Tallentire, was the widow of Captain David Wallace, a
well-known sea captain of the Pacific Coast. Mrs. Wallace was
born in Portland in 1846, her parents, Thomas and Agnes
Tallentire, having crossed the plains in 1845. Her parents moved
to Steilacoom m 1851. Her husband was master and pilot on the
Sound as early as 1858, and later sailed to California for many
years. Mrs. Wallace died October 11 at the home of her daughter.
A., a native of England, died in Ellensburg at die age of 82. He
came to America from England in 1854, and joined the regular
army. In California he enlisted in Company G. Third Artillery,
in 1855 and was sent the following year to the scene of Indian
disturbances, near Spokane. After the Indian War he engaged in
business at The Dalles, and in 1883 he went to Ellensburg, which
has since been his home. There he engaged in the mercantile
business. He died on the 13th of December.
Source: Washington Historical Quarterly,
Volume VIII, Number 2, January 1917. [Miss Prosch has continued
the work begun by her father by again furnishing this annual
feature of the Quarterly. Owing to sad afflictions in her own
family, she fears that she may have omitted some records, but
she has done the best she could. -Editor.]