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Location: Snohomish County WA

Biography of J. P. Comeford

J.P. COMEFORD. – The original owner and builder of the pretty village of Marysville is a native of Ireland, and was born in 1833. While he was a child, his parents emigrated to Canada, and in 1849 came to the United States, going directly to Wisconsin. They resided first at Milwaukee, and then at Fond du Lac, and seven years later removed still farther west to Minnesota. Here he grew up on a farm, driving cattle and learning all the ins and outs of agriculture. In 1861, when the war broke out, he went to St. Louis and joined an independent company of sappers and miners, who were offering their services to the government. For two years he saw hard service at the front, but upon the outbreak of the Sioux war was detailed by General Grant at Memphis, Tenn., at his own request, to return to Minnesota, where his parents resided, to assist in quelling the ferocious savages who had terrorized the whole state. He went to Fort Snelling; and, on receiving a recruiting commission, he, assisted by George Rubles, raised a company of one hundred and ten men for the First Minnesota Mounted Rangers. While in Minnesota, he was present at the hanging of the forty Sioux at Mankato, who participated in the massacre of the Whites. After the company he assisted in recruiting was sworn in,...

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Biographical Sketch of Clark Ferguson

CLARK FERGUSON. – This gentleman was born in Putnam county, New York, October 13, 1835, and lived at his birthplace until the age of twenty. In April, 1855, he came with his brother Yates via the Nicaragua route to the land of gold, arriving in San Francisco in May. After two years of life in California, he returned to his Eastern home, but one year later again came west via the overland route. On reaching Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and receiving the intelligence of the Mormon troubles, he located in that place, remaining two years. He then came to the mines of Pike’s Peak, but not being very successful in his operations, entered the government employment as wagon-master on trains billed to New Mexico, continuing in that service three years. After a time spent in the mines of Idaho, he came to Washington Territory and joined his brother, Honorable E.C. Ferguson, at Snohomish, and makes that flourishing city his home, owning a large amount of valuable real estate...

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Biography of Hon. Emory C. Ferguson

HON. EMORY C. FERGUSON. – Mr. Ferguson, whose portrait is placed in this history, was born on a farm in Westchester county, New York, March 5, 1833, and is the son of Samuel S. and Maria (Haight) Ferguson. He resided in his native county and learned the trade of a carpenter until reaching his majority. April 5, 1854, he with his brother Yates (who came to California in 1849 and had returned East) started via the Isthmus of Panama for the Golden State, arriving in San Francisco in May. Our subject immediately proceeded to the mines on the middle fork of the American river, where he followed merchandising and mining until 1856. He then embarked in the sawmill business in Greenwood valley, El Dorado county, which he conducted until the Frazer river excitement in 1858. He then came north, but a short time in the mines convinced him of their worthlessness; and he began to retrace his steps. Coming down the Sound, he located in Steilacoom, where he followed his trade until 1860. He then conceived the idea of cutting a trail across the Cascade Mountains to reach the Rock creek and Smilikamun mines, he locating on the present site of Snohomish city, where he built a log cabin which he used as his headquarters, and also kept a small general merchandise store. The cutting of the trail proved...

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Backlund, Richard A. “Dick” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Richard A. “Dick” Backlund, 71, of Baker City, died June 1, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There will be a celebration of his life from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St. Richard, or “Poppy,” as his grandchildren called him, was born on Feb. 26, 1931, at Everett, Wash., to Leonard and Berniece Backlund. He attended schools at Everett, Wash. He served in the U.S. Army in 1949, and was in the Korean War. He then was stationed at Fort Belvore, Va. He worked as a mechanic at Chet Smith Garage, at the Ellingson mill and at St. Elizabeth Hospital until his retirement in 1994. Dick enjoyed life and always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his blue eyes. He also enjoyed his garden, which he shared with his wife, Donna. They were married in 1991. Dick liked fishing, camping and carpentry work and very much loved his dog, “Sassy.” He had been a member of the Moose Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Eagles Lodge. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Leslie, William and Roland Backlund; and his parents, Leonard and Berniece Backlund. Survivors include his wife, Donna Backlund; sons, Rick Backlund of Fort Royal, Va., and Rob Backlund and his wife, Lorrie, of Baker City, sons by...

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Biography of Bedford L. Martin

BEDFORD L. MARTIN – In the features of Mr. Martin we see another of those who passed through the fire and hardships of our Civil war. Born in Arkansas in 1847, he was bereft of both parents at the age of four years, and was taken to Indiana and brought up by an uncle. At the age of seventeen he enlisted in Company A, Tenth Indiana Cavalry, and served in the hard campaigns subsequent to 1863. At Hollow Gap he was in the charge where two hundred and fifty men were shot down from his regiment. At Nashville, he was taken prisoner, and spent four months and a half in Andersonville and other prison pens, being finally paroled at Lake City, Florida, so reduced in flesh as to weight but seventy-two pounds. After a month in the Union hospital at Jacksonville, and another at Annapolis, he was stationed at Fort Chase, Ohio, and was honorably discharged in August, 1865. After the war he led a wandering life for some years, seeking the best state in the union for a permanent home. He was stock-raising in Kansas, and was also in California, Georgia and Colorado. By the year 1871 he had passed through Portland to Puget Sound, locating a homestead at Steilacoom. In 1872 he was at Olympia, and afterwards at Seattle, but found a suitable location with J.C. Conner...

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Dalke, Stephen Arnold “Steve” – Obituary

Stephen Arnold “Steve” Dalke, 49, of Hammett, Idaho, died Feb. 22, 2002, after battling cancer. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Steve was born on Dec. 2, 1952, at Omaha, Neb., to Arnold and Doris Dalke, who were missionaries with Village Missions in the Western states. He graduated from Yreka High School at Yreka, Calif., in 1971. He attended Montana Institute of the Bible where he met his future wife, Carla Sue Claiborne of Boise. They were married at Cole Community Church on May 22, 1976. Throughout the next 25 years they served with Village Missions at Machias, Wash.; Callahan, Calif.; Portland, Mohawk and Unity in Oregon; DeBeque, Colo.; and at Hammett and Bruneau, Idaho. Steve had a great love for life, people and animals. His strongest desire in life was that everyone would come to know and understand God’s great love and acceptance. He not only preached it, but lived it. Steve loved spending time with family and friends. He was well- known for playing pranks on people, and had a great sense of humor. One of his hobbies was raising and training horses. He enjoyed helping area ranchers or just pleasure riding. Steve is survived by his wife, Carla Dalke; his mother, Doris Dalke of Dallas; his children, Bryan Dalke and his wife, Nellie...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Mallett

JOSEPH MALLETT. – The proprietor of the Penobscot Hotel, in Snohomish, Washington, indicates the place of his birth in the name of his house, Penobscot county, Maine, is his native place; and the year of his birth was 1855. At the age of twenty he came to the Pacific coast with a brother, and after a short stay in California continued the journey to the Sound, locating first in Tacoma, and after a few months finding employment at Port Gamble. At Snohomish he began by logging, and increased his means by clerking for Mr. Cathcart. Returning to the logging business on an enlarged scale, he formed a partnership with S.H. Cyphers; and the practical avails of his operations have been ninety acres of land a mile from Snohomish, and a nice residence in town. In 1888 he built the hotel of which he is manager. He is married and has two promising...

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Welter, Karen E. Knee Mrs. – Obituary

Funeral services for Karen Elizabeth Welter, 23, were conducted at 3 p.m. today at the Presbyterian Church in Baker. Mrs. Welter died July 23, 1970 at Physicians and Surgeons Hospital in Portland. A native of Weiser, Idaho, Mrs. Welter moved to Baker in 1957 and graduated from Baker High School. In 1965, she moved to Portland and lived in Monroe, Wash., for the last two years. She is survived by her husband, Dale Welter, Monroe, Wash.; a daughter, Debbie Welter; her mother Janis Warren, Portland; her father, Clifford Knee, Baker; her grandfather, William Turnipseed, Weiser, Idaho; Three sisters, Dorothy Osborne and Julie Gardner, Baker; and Fran Beaman, Minneapolis, Minn.; a half brother, Clifford Knee, Baker. The Rev. Lawrence Roumpf officiated at the services and internment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Used with permission from: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker, Oregon July 25, 1970 Transcribed by: Gary...

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Ferree, Albert J. – Obituary

Albert J. Ferree, 82, died Jan. 6, 2007, at Arlington, Wash. His private graveside service was Jan. 13 at Seattle, Wash. Albert was born at Union April 5, 1924, to George and Anna Ferree. He was raised in Baker City where he attended schools. Albert was just 17 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was sent to San Diego for boot camp for eight weeks and as he finished, Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was assigned to the USS Nautilus submarine and sent directly to Pearl Harbor to help with cleanup. He spent 12 years in the Navy. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnne; and his parents, George and Anna Ferree. Survivors include two brothers and their wives, Elmer and Nancy of Eugene and Robert and Nancy of Baker City; a sister, Anne, and her husband, Stuart Barnes, of Burien, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 26, 2007 Transcribed by: Belva...

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