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Skagit River Journal

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Home of the Tarheel Stomp (bullet) Mortimer Cook slept here & named the town Bug

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Skagit County Logger, June 5, 1890
Hamilton, Washington, Vol. 2, No. 3
Part 2: Advertisements and Homestead legals

      Clear Lake historian Deanna Ammons met the owner of this very rare newspaper at the memorial service for a descendant of the Bartl family. This is the oldest issue of any upriver newspaper found so far from Skagit county. With the volume number, we now know that this newspaper was launched on May 21 or May 23, 1889, months before any newspaper was published in Sedro. In Issue 24 of the Subscribers Journal online, you will find these three parts of our complete transcription of this issue:

(Jacobin house and saloon)
      This 1908 photo of the Jacobino farmily home, the Yellowstone bar that they owned and a hotel with balcony between, shows structures built on Water street in the 1890 period. That was the main street for businesses in Hamilton until the monster floods of 1894, 1896 and 1897 destroyed many of the buildings and chased many business owners up to Maple street, the present downtown main street. Part of Water street is now under water.

Part 2: Advertisements and Homestead legals




Mount Vernon


Whatcom county


Sternwheelers on the river

Legal Land and proof notices

      If one of the listings is for someone in your family or you know the background of the claim, please email us and we will give you the exact legal description. Sec. stands for Section. Twp stands for Township. HApp stands for Homestead Application. Where we cannot read a name exactly, we insert a ?. Thomas S. Reed Jr. is the lands registrar on most of these documents. A Princeton graduate, he was an early law partner of Washington heavyweights, Elwood Evans and James F. McNaught of Tacoma. After moving to Olympia for another private practice, he was named by Republican President Benjamin Harrison in 1889 to be Register of the Land Office, with headquarters at Seattle. His district covers the public domain of northwestern Washington, extending 130 miles south from the British line and from the Cascade mountains to the sea. He served there until Harrison was defeated by Grover Cleveland in the 1892 election.

In accordance with Congress Act of June 3, 1878, for sale of
timber land in California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington territory.
For land more valuable for timber or stone than agricultural

Homestead applications and Preemption proofs

Story posted on Sept. 14, 2004
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