Mr. and Mrs. Otto

Joseph Otto was born on June 29, 1893 in Italy. He came to the United States in May 1909. When he applied for citizenship in 1918, he listed his place of residence as Camp Lewis and occupation soldier. According to his military service records, he served overseas from July 16, 1918 to April 14, 1919 and was discharged on May 2, 1919.
Sometime between his discharge and 1922, Joseph married Fannie Colasurdi (born December 28, 1899). The couple was not found on the 1920 census or in Seattle city directories for 1919-1921.  No marriage record was located in King County. One theory I have is that Joseph returned to Italy, married Fannie, and brought her back to Seattle.  By 1922, they found a home at 1830 Weller Street. Joseph found work as a laborer for Seattle water department. He would hold this job for the span of his career.
Sadly, on October 11, 1928 Fannie passed away at the young age of 29.  No obituary could be found. No birth records or death records could be found for an infant Otto.  It is unknown how Mrs. Otto perished.
Joseph never remarried and lived in the couple’s home until August 30, 1953 when was reunited with Fannie.
The couple is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle. The fact the couple is listed Mr. and Mrs. Otto on their headstone emphasizes to me the strong love the two had for one another making their story so sad and tragic.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto

Sources:
U.S., Naturalization Records – Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project). Ancestry.com.

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Ancestry.com.

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans’ Bonus Records, World War I Service Statement Cards

United States Federal Census:
Year: 1940; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T627_4382; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 40-276.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: 2500; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 175; Image: 903.0; FHL microfilm: 2342234.

Seattle City Directories
1922, 1925, 1926

Scherrer Family

A few weeks ago I went with a friend to the Washington State Genealogical Society’s Conference in Port Angeles, Washington. We spent some time going through the antique shops. One shop had a collection of old photos. I scanned through them and came across the following photo:

The back of the photo had the following information:
G.P. Scherrer 1st /1851
G.P. Scherrer 2nd Born 9/25/86
Louise ” ” 10/25/84
Augusta ” ” 11/11/60
Came from Germany
G.P. Scherrer 1st came Chicago ILL when he was 12 years old. Had a twin brother name Jacob who had a boy & girl – Granite City, ILL.
Moved to Lincoln, Nebr.
Move to Butte, Mont about 1891
” ” Colfax, Wash about 1912 G.P. Jr
Died in Coflax, Wash April 18, 1914

I was intrigued by this photo and the amount of detail transcribed. I purchased it for $1. It had sat in my conference notebook until this morning when I decided to do a little research on the Scherrer family. Here is what I uncovered.

No immigration records were found for George Scherrer. He first appears in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska working as a carpenter. No records could be found to verify that he went to Chicago first. If as the photo details, he immigrated at age 12, he would have come to the U.S. in the early 1860s.  Further research will need to be done to determine if there are any records to put George in Chicago in the 1860s.

On November 12, 1883 George married Augusta Krone, daughter of H.W. Krone and Louisa Seivers, in Lincoln. On October 25, 1884 the couple welcomed daughter Louise. In the 1885 Nebraska State Census, the family is found in Lincoln. George is listed as a butcher. Living with them is Augusta’s mother Louisa and a 27 year old woman name L. Hart who is listed as a sister. It is not known if this was a sister of George or of Augusta.

On September 25, 1886 George Jr. is welcomed into the family.

Sometime after the birth of George Jr. the family left Lincoln and settled in Butte, Montana. The earliest city directory that could be found in Butte was 1899 where George is listed as a butcher living at 348 East Granite.   By the 1904 city directory, the family had moved to 216 W. Gelena. They would reside in this house until George and Augusta moved to Washington State. The exact date of the move is unknown.  The last Butte city directory that the couple appear is 1911.  The back of the photo seems to indicate that George Jr. moved to Colfax in 1912 but does not list any source for that information.

On April 18, 1914 George Sr. passed away at the age of 62 in Colfax, Whitman Washington.

Augusta is found living with George Jr.’s family in the 1920 and 1930 census in Spokane, Washington.  On November 2, 1937 Augusta passed away at the age of 77. Her death record lists her father as Frederick which is different than what is listed on her marriage record.

Their daughter Louise is not found in 1920 and 1930 census with the rest of Scherrer family.  She passed away in July 1976 in Spokane. It is unknown when she arrived in the city.

Death information for George Jr. and his wife Emma could not be located. They did have at least two sons. Their first son, Frederick George was born on Nov. 5, 1914 and on September 11, 1918 Robert Hamet was born.

I would love to know how this photo ended up in a antique shop in Port Angeles. Did George Jr. or Louise or their descendants move to the Port Angeles from eastern Washington? Did the antique dealer pick up an estate sale in his travels or on Ebay? I would love to return this photo to any descendants of this couple out. If you or someone you know has this family in your tree, please send me an email and I would be happy to mail this photo to you.

Sources:

“Nebraska, Marriages, 1855-1995,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X5ZF-9BG : accessed 23 Sep 2012), George Scherrer and Augusta Krone, 12 Nov 1883.

National Archives and Records Administration; Nebraska State Census; Year: 1885; Series/Record Group: M352; County: Lancaster; Township: Lincoln; Page: 24

United States Federal Census
Year: 1880; Census Place: Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; Roll: 751; Family History Film: 1254751; Page: 136D; Enumeration District: 229; Image: 0457.Year: 1900; Census Place: Butte Ward 3Silver BowMontana; Roll: 914; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 107; FHL microfilm: 1240914.
Year: 1910; Census Place: Butte Ward 6Silver BowMontana; Roll: T624_836; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0108; Image: 882; FHL microfilm: 1374849.
Year: 1920; Census Place: Spokane, Spokane, Washington; Roll: T625_1940; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 160; Image: 875.
Year: 1930; Census Place: SpokaneSpokaneWashington; Roll: 2518; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 95; Image: 310.0; FHL microfilm: 2342252.

Butte, Montana City Directories 1899-1911 Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

George Scherrer Death Record. Washington State Death Certificate Index 1907-1960 http://digitalarchives.wa.gov/Record/View/0EF65571BA0CAD42704DA059BD523496

August Sacherrer Death Record. Ancestry.com. Washington, Deaths, 1883-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.

Ancestry.com. Washington, Births, 1883-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.

Forest Lyman Berry 1892-1968

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Forest Lyman Berry was born on March 18, 1892 to John and Martha Berry in Sedalia, Missouri.   He joined older sisters Iva and Audrey and an older brother Harley.  The growing family is found in the 1900 U.S. Census still living in Sedalia. A younger sister Lora joined the family around  1893. By the 1910 census, Iva had moved out of the house but the rest of the children were still living with John and Martha.  Forest’s older sister Audrey’s husband Albert Lacky was living with the family as well.  On October 14, 1912, Forest married Elsie F. Smith. According to the marriage certificate, Elsie was under 18 at the time of the wedding but her father G. A. Smith gave his consent.  Their first daughter, Evelyn, was born between 1913-1914. A second daughter, Cecil, was born between 1915-1916. By 1918, he had found work with the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railway as a fireman on Locomotive23.  The family is found still living with Forest’s mother and father in the 1920 census.   The family moved from Sedalia to Seattle sometime before the 1930 census.  In this census, Forest is no longer working for the railroad but is working as a laborer for a poultry house.  He changed careers again by the time of the World War II draft in 1942 when he is listed as working for the Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation.  Forest passed away on July 7, 1968 in Puyallup, Washington and is buried at Bonney-Watson in Seatac, Washington. Forest’s wife Elsie passed away two years and was laid to rest next to Forest in Bonney-Watson.

To view a map with the location of Forest Berry’s grave, visit: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/73832609

Sources:
1900-1930 United States Federal Census
Missouri Marriage Certificate
World War I Registration Card
World War II Registration Card
Social Security Death Index
Death Announcement – Seattle Times. July 9, 1968 page 30

 

Wilbur William Scruby 1883-1964

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Wilbur William Scruby was born on March 31, 1883 in Wheeling, Livingston, Missouri to Frank Scruby and Anna Belle Fenstermacher.  He was the middle child of three children. He had an older sister, Nina Bella and a younger brother Charles A.  The family moved to Chillicothe, Missouri where he spent his childhood.  In 1901, Wilbur found work as clerk in the office of the auditor of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad in St. Joseph, Missouri.  In 1903 he entered a career in banking at the National Bank of Commerce in Kansas City.   Only a year later in April 1904, Wilbur moved to Seattle and found a job in the officer of the city treasurer, S.F. Rathbun.  Wilbur’s brother moved to Seattle in 1908 and both found positions with the Washington Trust Co.  When the Washington Trust Co. was absorbed by the Dexter Horton National Banks the brother continued their careers. In the 1910 census, the brothers are found living as boarders in the house of Charles A. Thorndike.  In 1912, he married Katherine Hemrich, the daughter of Andrew and Amelia Hemrich.

Katherine

Wilbur and Katherine welcomed their first child on April 2, 1915 when Amelia Katherine is born.

WilburScruby In December 1918, Wilbur was promoted to assistant cashier. The picture on the left is from the announcement of the promotion featured in Seattle Times on Monday, December 2, 1918.  Later that month, Wilbur’s second daughter, Annabella was born.  The young family is found in the 1920 census living at 3907 McCellen Street.  Also living with the family is Katherine’s widow mother, Amelia. That same year, Wilbur received a promotion to cashier at Dexter Horton and Charles Scruby leaves Seattle and settles in Los Angeles, California.   Wilbur Jr. is born on January 22, 1924.  Wilbur received another promotion at Dexter Horton in 1927 when he is elected vice president.  He continued this position when Dexter Horton and other banks are consolidated into Seattle First National Bank in 1929.  His position with Dexter Horton allowed his family to take vacations and socialize with the affluent social circle. The Seattle Times calls his wife Katherine ‘one of Seattle’s most popular society matrons’ and details the many afternoon teas, lunches, and other social events hosted by the couple. In May 1930, Wilbur took his wife and daughter Amelia for a 1 month trip to New York.  That same year we find the family in the federal census residing in the family home at 3907 McCellen Street. Living in the house with the family is Jane Craigen, their private servant.  Wilbur’s mother-in-law is no longer living in the house with the family but has moved in next door.  His daughter Amelia was the talk of the town when she married Edward M. Argersinger in a lavish fall wedding. Wilbur faced tragedy in 1938 when his only son Wilbur Jr. passed away at the age of 15 after being admitted to the hospital with a streptocci infection.  In 1939, the family enjoyed a 3 week vacation to Alaska where they stayed on a dude ranch just outside Wrangell, Alaska.  Another tragedy was faced by the family in May 1944 when Wilbur’s daughter Amelia lost her twin infant daughters to atropine poising only two months after being born.  In 1947, Wilbur was named an honorary state senator for his 32 years of work as a lobbyist for the State Banking Association.  A year later, he retired as vice president of the Seattle First National Bank after 40 years.  In March 1950, Wilbur and his wife paid a visit to his brother in California where all three were involved in a head on collision. Wilbur suffered two broken ribs and his wife sustained severe cuts.  Only 4 months later, Charles Scruby passed away in Hollywood, California. It is unknown if this was from injuries sustained in the car accident or from other causes.  Not much of Wilbur’s later life is documented. On November 18, 1964 he passed away at the age of 81 in a Seattle hospital.  In his obituary, it noted that in addition to his career at First National, he was also “a director and vice president of the Marion Realty Co. here and of C.E. Blackwell & Co. Okanogan ; a director and treasurer of Lawyers Title Insurance Corp., Seattle  and a director of the First Realty Corp., Seattle. He was past president of the Rainer Club and treasurer-emeritus of the Nile Temple of the Shrine.”  He left behind his wife Katherine, his two daughters Annabelle Crandall and Amelia Argersinger, his sister Nina, eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.  He is buried in Lake View Cemetery in his wife’s family plot.

Sources:
United States Federal Census. Year: 1900; Census Place: Chillicothe Ward 2, Livingston, Missouri; Roll: T623_872; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 93.

United States Federal Census. Year: 1910; Census Place: Seattle Ward 7, King, Washington; Roll: T624_1661; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0144; Image: 124; FHL Number: 1375674.

United States Federal Census. Year: 1920;Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T625_1930; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 297; Image: 409.

United States Federal Census. Year: 1930; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: 2502; Page: 44A; Enumeration District: 193; Image: 754.0.

World War I Registration Card. Registration Location: King County, Washington; Roll: 1991930; Draft Board: 10.

Unites States Son of the American Revolution Membership Applications. Volume 344; SAR Membership Number 68712

The Seattle Sunday Times. Wilbur Scruby and Katherine Hemrich Engagement Announcement. July 14, 1912. Pg. 4

Seattle Daily Times. ‘W.W. Scruby Named By Directors Assistant Cashier of Dexter Horton National Bank of Seattle’  December 2, 1918. Pg. 13

The Seattle Sunday Times. ‘Amelia Scruby will marry Mr. Argersinger’. October 6, 1935 Third Section. Pg.1

Seattle Daily Times.  ‘W.W. Scruby’s Son, 14, Dies in Hospital’ November 10, 1938.

The Seattle Times. ‘Twins’ Death Cause Revealed’ May 28, 1944. Pg. 2

The Seattle Times. ‘W.W. Scruby, 81, Retired Banker, Dies’ November 18, 1965. Pg. 73

History of Seattle: From the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Volume III. S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. 1916. Pgs. 136-37

Alice Clarissa Joy Pinney

     Alice Clarissa Joy was born on December 13, 1879 in Springsport, Jackson, Michigan to Ben A. Joy and Clarissa Ferris.  She was the youngest child in a family of 4 girls.  Alice followed in her oldest sister M. Grace’s footsteps and went to Albion College.  After graduating from Albion in 1898, she continued her studies by completing a post graduate study at the state university in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She earned a Masters of Arts in June 1900.   
     She married Henry Louis Pinney on September 9, 1902 and the couple settled in Cass City, Michigan. By 1910, the pair had moved to Seattle, Washington. The 1910 United States Federal Census shows the couple living at 1910 Alder Street in Seattle with their young daughter Gertrude. Gertrude was born on March 10, 1909 and was the couple’s second daughter. Their first daughter arrived on April 9, 1908 stillborn. Their third daughter, Grace Joy, was born on September 12, 1912.  In Febuary 1914, Grace came down with whopping cough and died shortly there after.  Later that same year, Alice gave birth to Doris Hope on November 4.  Their only son, Edmund Joy, was born on August 19, 1917.  Their sixth and final child, Barbara was welcomed on August 2, 1919. In the 1920 United States federal census, the family is found living at 1430 35th Ave at Seattle. 
    Alice’s life was cut short when she passed away on Christmas Eve 1926 at the age of 46.  She was laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery next to her daughters who preceeded her in death.
Alice Joy Pinney
Daughters of Alice Joy Pinney

Sources:
United States Federal Census – 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920
Cass City Chronicle Cass City, Michigan Friday March 6, 1914 pg. 1
Deland, Charles. Deland’s History of Jackson County, Michigan. B.F. Bowen. 1903
Alice Joy Pinney Obituary. Seattle Times. December 24, 1926 pg.16
Ancestry.com. Washington Births, 1891-1907 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.

John Waddell

John Waddell

John Waddell was born October 3, 1714 in Dover, England.  Details on his immigration to the United States are not known but according to marriage records he married Anne Kirton on Nov. 30, 1736 in the chapel in Fort George, New York. This was located at the southern tip of Manhattan.   Anne was the daughter of Ann Hony and William Kirten.  Between the years of 1737 and 1738, Waddell was enrolled as part of Capt. Van Horne’s foot company militia. After this time, Waddell became a merchant and spent his time sailing between London and New York City. Newspaper records showed he sailed ships by the names of Oswego and Dover.  The Dover is ‘said to have been built at the foot of that street in New York, this occasion given rise  to the name of that street’ (Jordan, 800).  

Google Map of Dover Street

John and his wife had 7 children.

William -July 16, 1737 – ?
John – August 7, 1739 – December 3,1771
Mary – September 28, 1741-1789  (married John Taylor)
Henry – December 4, 1744-January 20, 1811
Ann – October 30, 1748 – Feb 13, 1816 (married Eleazer Miller, Jr. & John Taylor)
Sarah – Febraury 14, 1750 (died young)
George – November 15, 1752 – 1767
Sarah – December 5, 1755 – ? (married Joseph Taylor)

During his lifetime, he was a warden to the port of New York, a founding member of  St. Andrew’s Society of New York, and a orginal subscriber to the New York Society Library.  He died prior to the library’s establishment but his wife stepped in his place and her name appears on the document of incorporation by George III. 

John died in New York City on May 29, 1762 and is buried in the Trinity Churchyard in Manhattan.  The New York Historical Society has a painting of  John and Anne Waddell in their collection. 

John Waddell
Anne Waddell

Sources:
Jordan, John W. 1978. Colonial and revolutionary families of Pennsylvania: genealogical and personal memoirs. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co.

MacBean, William M. 1911. Roster of Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York: with biographical data. Part 1, From its organization to the end of the American Revolution : 1756-1783. New York: The Society.  Accessed at http://www.archive.org/details/roster01stan

Public Advertiser (London) April 13, 1762
Whitehall Evening Post (London) Sept. 12, 1749

Isaac Newton England 1870-1904

Isaac Newton England

Lucinda Haun married Joseph England when she was around 16 years old in 1867. By the age of 19, she is found in the 1870 census with her husband and two young boys.  Elijah is 2 years old and Isaac Newton was born in Janauary of that year.

Isaac loses his mother Lucinda at early age. By 1880, Joseph is listed as a widow and has a household of 4 boys: Fred (age 11),  Newton (age 10), Ruben (age 7), and Harry (age 3). From the age of Harry, we can guess that Lucinda passed away between 1877 and 1880.  She is not found in the 1880 mortality census. 

Isaac marries a woman by the name of Sarah. Her maiden name was not located.  The couple has 4 children, 3 who survive infancy. Gladys is born in August 1894, Gertrude is born in August 1895, and Joseph Newton was born in July 1898. Given the span between Gertrude and Joseph, it is believed that the child listed on their headstone Florence was born sometime between 1896 and 1898. No records were found for baby Florence.

Isaac was a housekeeper at a rooming house at 1009 Powell Street in San Franscico. On the 1900 census, he is living with his wife and children at this location.

At the age of 34, Isaac passes away and leaves behind his family. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, Calfornia.  Sarah Esther England, his wife, passed away in 1958 and is buried with her husband and infant daughter Florence.

Records:
United States Federal Census 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910
California Voter Registrations, 1900, San Francsico
California Marriages, 1850-1877 (Ancestry)

Joseph “Uncle Joe” Foster

Foster Family Plot              

          Joseph Foster was born April 10, 1828 in Ontario, Canada to Rev. Thomas Foster and Rosetta Laska.  He appears to have been the oldest of six children.  His father was born in England and his mother was born in New Brunswick, Canada.  One of his biographies recalled that “He was found of music and traded a rifle for a violin, but his father made him dispose of that instrument of the devil and he never learned to play” (The Seattle Times. June 17, 1948. Page 16). The Foster family moved to Geauga County, Ohio when Joseph was a young child.  At the age of 14, he began an apprenticeship as a tailor. He became a journeyman and worked as a tailor for 12 years. 
          In early 1852, Joseph and his brother Stephen decided to go west. They crossed by ox-cart and completed much of the trip on foot.  They reached the West Coast by July of 1852.  Some accounts have them arriving in Portland, Oregon while others put the brothers in Vancouver, Washington.  They arrived in good health but with little finances.  The brothers soon found work.  Joseph found work on small flatboats that were moving freight from the mouth of the Columbia upstream.  Stephen found work as a bricklayer, an occupation he held back east.  After securing some finances, the brothers were on the move again and found themselves in Oregon City. They worked in the gold mines for a time before moving south again to try their luck in the gold fields of Shasta City, California.  When funds dried up, the brothers were hired to do farm labor on the Sutter Farm despite a complete lack of agriculture experience. Newspaper accounts report that the brothers did so well that at the end of the season fellow farm laborers and the owner of the farm were shocked to learn that the brothers had lied about their background. Their next move took them to San Francisco. “They purchased tickets for the trans-Pacific crossing to Australia but as the last moment Stephen changed his mind and Joseph wouldn’t go without him. They managed to sell their tickets and arranged instead for passage on the brig ‘Carib’ sailing to Puget Sound. (Spencer & Pollard, 500). 
          In April 1853, the brothers arrived on Alki Point and were taken ashore by C.C. Terry.  They took up land claims at the forks of the White and Black rivers. “They cleared and logged, selling their logs to Yesler’s mill.”(Seattle Times. June 17, 1948, pg. 16).  One biography claimed that Joseph Foster was part of a group of men that took the first log into Yesler’s mill.  In 1854, Joseph made the first tailored suit in Seattle when he made a wedding outfit for John Thomas. The suit was made in L.B. Wycoff’s blacksmith shop on First Avenue between Washington Street and Yesler Way.
          In 1855, Joseph enlisted in the Indian War at Fort Steilacoom under Lieutenant Nugent and served as a packer and scout. At the end of the conflict, Joseph returned home to find that his log house had been burned to the ground.  This did not deter him and he soon rebuilt the house.  At this point, Stephen’s whereabouts could not be determined. While Joseph is found in the 1857 territorial census, Stephen is nowhere to be found.
          In 1858, Joseph was elected to the Territorial Legislature in Olympia.  He would be elected eleven times in his lifetime. He made his early trips to Olympia by canoe.  In December 1860, he introduced a bill to build a military road from Seattle by way of Snoqualmie Pass to Colville.  It became the first road over the mountains.  Prior to 1861, the territorial legislature had pushed the idea of a territorial university with two locations.  Joe introduced and got a bill passed in 1861 “locating a united, or single, university in Seattle” on the condition that the city would donate 10 acres to house the university.  A donation from Arthur Denny, Charles C. Terry, and Edward Lander provided the land at the core of the business district of Seattle and the cornerstone for the university was laid in May 1861. In addition to these two milestones, Joseph was also known to be a fighter for women’s suffrage and was seen in high regard from both parties. One article even stated that he was offered the governorship of Washington which he denied for personal reasons.
          The Steele family took up the land across the river from Joseph Foster.  The family included James and Jane, their daughters Martha and Susannah, Susannah’s husband Milton Robbins, and Susannah’s two young daughters from his first marriage, Jane and Ella Fenton.  Joseph soon fell for Martha and he began “crossing the river so often that Martha’s father nailed the front gate shut” (The Seattle Times. June 17, 1948).  This did not deter Joseph and the two were married in June 11, 1865.
            Joseph and Martha Foster
         Their first son, Charles, was born in 1866 followed by a daughter, Rosetta, in 1868.  A second daughter,  Emily A., was born in 1873.  Details from his biographies indicate that Joseph and Martha loved being parents. 
“Besides doing the housework, cooking, and caring for an increasing family, Mrs. Foster regularly milked 10 or 12 cows night and morning, while Joe milked even more. He made the children’s clothes and helped to wash and iron. They worked together, shared the same interests and ideals, and throughout their lives the family was a closely knit organization, held together with strong ties of affection and understanding.” (The Seattle Times. June 17, 1948. Page 16)
          Tragedy struck the family in 1877. The Puget Sound Weekly Argus reported the following on Friday, October 26, 1877:
                “Hon. Joseph Foster, member of the legislature from King County, and his wife have been grievously afflicted recently in the death,   from diphtheria, of all their children, three in number.  A little girl, aged 9 years, died October 9, and a little girl, age 4 years, and a lad, aged 12, died on the 22nd. The Legislature adjourned last Tuesday, as a token of respect to their fellow member, and the stricken parents have the tenderest sympathy of their friends and the public, all over the sound.”
Charles, Rosetta, and Emily A. Foster
          Despite the tragic loss of their three children,  Joseph and Martha found a way to move on.  In November 1878, Joseph Jr. was born followed by another son, Hillory Adams, in 1880. 
          By the 1885 census, we find two of Joseph’s brothers and their families living near Joseph and Martha. Stephen is living with his wife Josephine and their 4 year old daughter Nora. Charles is living with his wife Matilda. By this time, the area became known as Foster, Washington in honor of Joseph and his family.
        Joseph and Martha Foster enjoyed opening their house for dinner parties.  Several newspaper articles were found in the Seattle Times that highlight the events at the Foster Mansion.  Here is one example from July 26, 1902.
                “There will be a large summer night’s gathering at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Foster this evening.  After a hearty repast at the Foster Mansion, the people will go to the school house, where they will watch the younger generation trip the light fantastic”
        Another tragedy hit the family in January 1905 when Joseph Jr. passes away after an illness at his father’s house.
Joseph T. Foster (Jr.)
         On January 16, 1911 after fighting a cold “Uncle Joe”, a nickname many in the community knew him by, passed away at his home.  He left an estate of around $500,000 including many business and residence lots in Seattle and Georgetown. He was buried several days later in Lake View Cemetery. 
Joseph Foster
Foster family headstone
His wife Martha passed away in 1924. She is buried with her husband in the Foster plot at Lake View Cemetery.
Martha Steele Foster
Foster family headstone
The area known as Foster is now part of Tukwilia, Washington. There is a Joseph Foster Memorial Park and a Foster Golf Course.

Sources:
A History of the State of Washington (1937). Lloyd Spencer and Lancaster Pollard . The American Historical Society. Volume IV Pg. 499-501

The Seattle Times.  July 27, 1902 Page 27 ;  January 17, 1911 Page 7; June 17, 1948. Page 16 ; September 12, 1954 Page 8 

Puget Sound Weekly Argus. October 26, 1877 Page 5

Washington State Territorial Census – 1857, 1881, 1883, 1885, 1887, 1892

United States Federal Census – 1850-1880, 1900-1910

Obituary: Henry Peterson

Henry was born in Lom, Norway in September 1843.  Although his parents are unknown and little in known about his childhood, records do indicate that he had two siblings Lewis/Louis (b. Oct. 1846) and Regina (b.1835).  He immigrated to the United States in 1857 and settled in Chicago with his brother and sister.  Some records claim that his mother joined her children to Chicago but an 1860 census for the family could not be found to verify this information.

Henry served in the Civil War from July 1862 – April 1863. In 1866, he married Mary Thompson in Chicago. She was born in November 1846 in Chicago to John Thompson and Bertha Kettleson.  Henry and his wife Mary shared a household in 1870 with Henry’s brother Lewis. Henry and Lewis were both photographers.

Henry’s sister Regina married Ole Schillestad in Chicago and moved to Seattle in 1875. It is unknown the exact date but Henry, Mary, and Lewis soon followed Regina to Seattle. The first evidence comes in the 1879 Washington census that shows Henry, Mary, and Lewis living in Seattle. Records from the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle indicate the brothers opened one of the first photography galleries in Puget Sound.  Here is an example of work done by the brothers.

Seattle. View of Front Street.

Mary’s sister Teenie passed away in August 1884 in Chicago. Teenie’s husband George passed away only a month later. Death records for the couple hint that both died after fighting tuberculosis for about a year.  The couple left behind two small children: Lucy May (b. 1876) and George H. (b.1881).  Guardianship was granted to Mary and the two children moved to Seattle in 1885.  The Washington State 1885 census taken in April show the two children living with Henry and Mary.

By 1900, Henry is listed in the census as a landlord. Reports indicate that he gave up the photography business following the great Seattle fire of 1889. Although, he is still listed as a photographer in the 1891 Seattle City Directory and the 1892 Washington State census. Living with him in 1900 are his wife Mary, two adopted children Lucy May and George H, brother Lewis, mother-in-law Bertha Thompson, and boarder Margaret Beatty.  None of the individuals living in the house are depicted as paying rent.  Henry’s brother Lewis is still  listed as a photographer.

Henry and his wife Mary moved to a farm in Maltby, Washington by 1910 as reported by the Federal Census.  For the first time, Lewis is not living with the couple but is found living as a boarder in Seattle. After Henry fell ill in summer of 1910, the couple moved back to Seattle. Five months later on January 1, 1911 Henry passed away at the home of his adopted daughter Lucy May Schillestad.

Sources:

1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 U.S. Federal Census (Ancestry and HertiageQuest)
1879, 1885, 1887, 1892 Washington State Census (Ancestry and Washington Digital Archives)
Seattle Times January 2, 1911
Washington Death Records (Washington Digital Archvies)
The Schillestad Family (HistoryLink)
Cook County Death Records (FamilySearch)
U.S. Civil War Soldiers (Ancestry)