Descendants of James L. Langille
Generation No. 1
1. James L.8 Langille (Christopher7, David6, Jean-Jacques 1st5, David4, Daniel III3, Daniel II2, Daniel I1) was born March 25, 1845 in River John, Pictou Co, N.S., and died 1920 in Hood River, Oregon, USA. He married Sarah Harding June 27, 1868 in Tusket, Yarmouth Co, N.S., daughter of Israel Harding and Elizabetyh Flint.
Notes for James L. Langille:
Sarah Stets has a family bible from her grandmother, Helen Langille of River John. It confirms his marriage to Sarah Harding of Tusket.
His marriage certificate is on-line at NS Vital Stats
he was a wheelright in Tusket in 1868
in Gilroy, Santa Clara, California in 1870 census Langill, carpenter
with wife & son Will
he is boarding at the Fulton home in 1900 census in Hood River, Oregon (Langille), his wife and son Douglas are also in Hood River, Oregon, in 1900 living in a different house, son Herbert also in Hood River, living with his wife
from article on-line of him: they came to California in 1869, remained 3 years, then returned to Nova Scotia. In Nov 1880 they moved to Chicago, from there to Hood River in 1883, They settled on a homestead in the Upper Valley near Mt. Hood post office. He was a contractor and house builder, and kept busy at his trade in Hood River and valley.
Cloud Cap inn was built in 1890, within 1/2 mile of Eliot Glacier. Mrs Langile was employed as hostess to look after the welfare of the guests. She worked for 16 years in that capasity. In her later years she spent much of her time in Portland, but was a frequent vistor in Hood River where she had many friends. While visting at the home of Mr & Mrs D.E. Rand in Hood River on May 16, 1924, she was taken seriosly ill and died Monday morning at the age of 80.
Children of James Langille and Sarah Harding are:
+ 2 i. William Alexander9 Langille, born August 18, 1868 in Tusket, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia; died August 21, 1956 in Multnomah Co, Oregon, USA.
3 ii. Herbert Bamford Langille, born January 27, 1871 in Tusket, Yarmouth Co, Nova Scotia, Canada; died February 02, 1950 in Alameda Co , California. He married Teresa M. (Langille) 1898.
Notes for Herbert Bamford Langille:
known as Bert
birth cert. online at NS Vital Stats
in WW1 he was in the Navy
head of the mechanical department of the University of California at Berkley
in Hood River, Hood River, Oregon in 1910 census
he was a civil engineer, general practice
in Berkeley, Alameda, California in 1920, 1930 census
he immigrated in 1880
she immigrated in 1893
he is a teacher at University of California
buried in U.S. Veterans Cemeteries, with his wife Theresa
Name: Herbert Bamford Langille
Veteran's Rank: LT
Branch: US Navy
Last known address: 1300 Sneath Lane San Bruno , CA 94066
Death Date: 9 Feb 1950
Interment Date: 13 Feb 1950
Cemetery: Golden Gate National Cemetery
Buried At: Section N Site 2427
Herbert Bamford Langille, Mechanical Engineering: Berkeley
Herbert Bamford Langille died suddenly on February 2, 1950. He received his early education in Tusket, Nova Scotia where he was born January 27, 1871. His secondary training was received at Hood River, Oregon, the region which in his later years he considered as his home. In 1891 when Stanford University was organized he matriculated as a member of its first freshman class. After completing his third year at Stanford he spent 10 years in industry, returning in 1904 to complete the work for his baccalaureate degree in 1905.
Practical work in various fields related to engineering occupied the time between the beginning and end of his undergraduate work. Various job titles held during this period included carpenter, electrical wireman, power plant operator, machinist and draftsman. This experience was extremely valuable to him later in the teaching of machine design.
Following graduation at Stanford, Mr. Langille held a number of positions which further prepared him for the teaching he was later to undertake. During the period 1905 to 1912 the titles of his positions included those of chief draftsman, chief engineer, surveyor, city recorder. This period of his activity culminated in service as Assistant Mechanical Engineer for the Panama Pacific International Exposition.
Mr. Langille came to the University as instructor in mechanical drawing and machine design in the spring of 1914. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in the fall of 1914 and served the university faithfully for the next 22 years, retiring in 1936 as Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus. Throughout his teaching career he was a prodigious worker, taking his obligations to the students most seriously and spending much time and effort in the tasks related to teaching. He was instrumental in promoting the activities of the student branch of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and served for a number of years as the faculty sponsor of that group.
Mr. Langille was greatly interested in the instruction of young men in the field of marine engineering, as practiced in the U. S. Navy. He spent the period 1917 to 1919 during World War I on active duty in the U. S. Naval Reserve as an instructor in this field, training the college graduate officer candidates in the operation of naval machinery. Returning to the University after the war he aided in the instruction in naval machinery and tactics during the formative years of the naval R.O.T.C. unit on the campus. This instructional load was carried as an addition to his already heavy schedule in Mechanical Engineering, a token of his keen interest in the instruction of young men. Summers for a number of years found him present on the naval R.O.T.C. cruises, aiding in the shipboard instruction in naval machinery.
Mr. Langille's interest in teaching did not cease upon retirement. He not only kept in touch with affairs on the campus but also promoted the development of graduates through his support of the junior members program in the San Francisco section of the ASME. He also remained active in the Pacific Southwest Section of the American Society for Engineering Education, a section which he helped organize in 1932. During World War II Mr. Langille was not content to play the part of a retired teacher but sought and obtained appointment as an instruction officer at Mare Island Navy Yard. Later in the war he held a part-time assignment supervising War Training courses in the field of engineering under the jurisdiction of the University.
To summarize in a few words Mr. Langille's contribution to the University: he possessed an unswerving loyalty to the University and to the teaching profession, a loyalty that found ample expression in his work with students in the classroom, in student meetings, on inspection trips arranged by him and in the meetings of the several professional engineering societies in which he was active. Unfailing optimism characterized all of his activities and enabled him to exert a marked influence on those whom he served.
He is survived by his widow, Teresa M. Langille.
Notes for Teresa M. (Langille):
buried in US Veterans cemetery
Name: Theresa Langille
Veteran's Rank: LT
Branch: US Navy
Relation Name: Herbert Bamford Langille
Last known address: 1300 Sneath Lane San Bruno , CA 94066
Birth Date: 7 Oct 1872
Death Date: 7 Mar 1965
Interment Date: 10 Mar 1965
Cemetery: Golden Gate National Cemetery
Buried At: Section N Site 2427
Wife of Langille, Herbert Bamford
4 iii. Harold Douglas Langille, born September 19, 1874 in Tusket, Yarmouth Co, Nova Scotia; died January 16, 1954 in Marion, Portland, Oregon, USA. He married Florence D. (Langille) 1925.
Notes for Harold Douglas Langille:
birth certificate on-line at NS Vital Stats
known as Douglas
graduate of Yale Forestry School
he was in WW1, a major overseas
in the timber business in Portland
Langille Peak in the Sierra Mountain Range named after him.
LANGILLE PEAK (11,981) [Mount Goddard]
Harold Douglas Langille, formerly forest inspector, U. S. General Land Office, Department of the Interior; now residing in Portland, Oregon; visited Sierra Forest Reserve on inspection tour in 1904. Peak named by U.S.G.S. at suggestion of Charles H. Shinn. Pronounced Lan'jill.
I think it was not more than ten days that the Inspector and the Head Ranger [Charles H. Shinn] rode the Sierra trails, but they saw every ranger, every timber-purchaser, almost every stockman, and to all three classes of men, H. D. Langille made clear what the Government was driving at, what the regulations meant, and why they should be observed. Thoroughly familiar with similar forests in Oregon, from his boyhood, and an early graduate of the Yale Forest School, he was able to act as the ideal inspector should, showing in his reports as well as in his talks with the men, exactly where the weakest places in their work were,—and also where the good work had been done; and, as we afterwards learned, showing the Washington men what unnecessary hardship some of their regulations worked on the western users of the forests.” (Letter from Julia T. [Mrs. Charles H.] Shinn, December 15, 1925.)
(Langille Mountain is named after brother William A. Langille)
Mount Hood is Oregons, highest peak, on Mt Hood, is Langille glacier, which lies just west of Langille Craig,
He and Will Langille skied to Mount Hood in 1890 (see William A. Langille)
in Hood River, Oregon in 1900 census, with mother Sarah (widow) (Douglas Langille)
immigrated with mother in 1880
in Portland, Oregon in 1920 census, with mother Sarah (married 32 years) (Douglas Langille)
immigrated with mother in 1883
he was a manager for a lumber company
in Portland, Oregon in 1930 census, with wife (H. Douglas Langille)
he immigrated in 1879
was a broker for lumber
More About Harold Douglas Langille:
Date born 2: 1877
Died 2: Portland, Oregon, USA
Died 3: USA
Generation No. 2
2. William Alexander9 Langille (James L.8, Christopher7, David6, Jean-Jacques 1st5, David4, Daniel III3, Daniel II2, Daniel I1) was born August 18, 1868 in Tusket, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, and died August 21, 1956 in Multnomah Co, Oregon, USA. He married Maria S. (Langille) May 12, 1911 in Multnomah Co, Oregon, USA.
Notes for William Alexander Langille:
birth listed in N.S. Vital Stats on-line
he applied for US Passport in 1912, lived in Portland, Oregon
also for wife and unnamed daughter born Dec 3, 1911
immigrated Nov 1880
he was a 6 feet tall, in the timber business
was to be at Dept of Agriculture, Buenos Airies, Argentina
was Naturalized US Citizen in Oregon in 1894
he is in Portland, Multnomah Co, Oregon in 1920 census,
with wife and children Helen, Jean, Elizabeth
he is an orchardist, apple orchard
immigrated in 1883
in Baldwin, Hood River Co, Oregon in 1930 census
with wife and children Helen and Jean
he was a general farmer
immigrated in 1890
known as Will
graduate of Yale Forestry School
he served as fiscal agent in the U.S. Forestry Service in Alaska for several years
Oregon Republican League:
Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 233.
LANGILLE, W. A., of Hood River, was born in Tusket, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, August 18, 1868, and came to Oregon in 1883, settling at Hood River. Mr. Langille, is best known as one of the managers of Cloud Cap Inn, and for his number ascents of Mount Hood and other snow peaks. He was one of the founders and is an officer of the Mazamas. He has always been a Republican, and was a delegate to the league convention in 1896.
history of Langille Mtn:. since the time in 1904 Teddy Roosevelt sent W. A. Langille to investigate timber in Alaska and his discovery of the Dall Sheep in great numbers on the south face of the local mountains. He proposed to Pres. Roosevelt that the entire area from Juneau Creek to Devil’s Creek be preserved forever for sheep viewing. In 1952, USFS closed that same area to protect public viewing of the sheep. This same area from Juneau Creek to Devil’s Creek is still listed as “Closed”. Now, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly plans to sell a critical piece of this area to a private party who intends to build an estate across the highway from the “Sheep Lookout Pullout Are”. This area was specifically created to permit visitors to safely park their cars and observe these beautiful animals in their natural habitat. This particular property has become notoriously known as Tract A.
The movement to create a game range on the western Kenai had been a long time in coming. Back in 1904, when forester William Langille made his initial venture into the area, he was quick to note that big game was an important peninsula resource; moose, caribou, sheep, and bear were all noted. Langille noted that the game of the region should be a source of revenue to the people and of pleasure and sport to the outsiders who wish to hunt, and there should be some meeting place where the game can be conserved, clashing interests harmonized and trophy hunting permitted.  Nothing came of Langille's recommendations, but they were not ignored. In 1916, forester Arthur Ringland, worried about game poaching by trophy hunters, repeated those recommendations.
Mt Hood, Oregon, The winter of 1889-90 was harsh and many feared the Cloud Cap Inn would be blown away or crushed by heavy snows. To see how it fared, Will and H.D. (brother Harold Douglas) Langille set out on homemade skis in February, 1890, to visit the inn. They reached Elk Beds cabin the first day and the inn the next. This was the first recorded skiing trip to the north side of Mt Hood. Lewis H. Adams, the Langilles, Theodore Dallas, and photographer A.B. McAlpin went to the inn in March to photograph winter scenes. "The success of these winter trips induced others to follow, and this recreation became increasingly popular." The inn had eighty-eight registered guests that summer season.
he is written about in the document, it includes photos of him and his hand written notes.
Langille came from a family that played an important part in the history of forestry and conservation in Oregon. He was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in 1868. His family moved to Hood River, Oregon, in 1880. The Langille family became interested in mountaineering. Will and his younger brother, Harold Douglas Langille, made winter trips to the north side of Mount Hood on skis, dispelling the myth that the winter climate at timberline could not be endured. Their father, James Langille, helped construct Cloud Cap Inn, and in 1891 the Langille family took over its management. At that time it was one of the most attractive alpine inns in the country.
Will and Harold became guides on the mountain, taking part in such patriotic rituals as illuminating the summit with red fire on the night of the Fourth of July. They pioneered many new routes to the top of the mountain, were charter members of the Mazamas (the first mountaineering organization on the Pacific Coast), played a part in the creation of the Cascade Range Forest Reserve, and guided the Forestry Commission when it visited the Mount Hood area in 1896.
At Cloud Cap Inn, the Langilles became acquainted with professors and scientists who visited the area, including William H. Brewer, Henry Gannett, J. G. Lemmon, Frederick V. Coville, and C. S. Sargent. Years later, Will Langille wrote, "These men were the inspiration that awakened better things in our young lives.
In 1897 Will joined the gold rush for the Klondike. He summarized his Alaskan experience as follows:
Left Cloud Cap Inn July 23, 1897. Left Portland on S.S. G. W. Elder July 27, 1897. Left Lake Bennett for Dawson Sept. 11, down Yukon in an open boat. Arrived at Dawson Sept. 25, 1897. Left Dawson for Nome Jan., 1900, with dog team. Arrived Nome March 26, 321/2 hours travel time. Left Nome Nov. 10, 1902. Left Washington D.C. for Ketchikan April 6, 1903. Left Washington D.C. April 1, 1904. To Nome July 1904 via Prince William Sound and Dutch Harbor. Left Seward January 1905 to Fairbanks via Matanuska Pass & Mt. McKinley region.
Left Fairbanks May 10 walked to Circle City arrived May14. Then to Dawson, Juneau & Wrangell. Left Alaska September 1911.
Thus, briefly, Langille summarized a northern career with enough adventure in it to fill a book. In the Klondike, he shared a cabin with Jack London and became acquainted with the dog "Buck," the hero of London's story, The Call of the Wild. He hunted game for the market on the Stewart River, cooked in a restaurant in Dawson, and later became night man for the Alaska Commercial Company. Finally, feeling his "string had played out," he traveled over the winter ice to the black sands of Nome. He was prospecting there in 1902 when he received word that Pinchot wanted him to work in Alaskan forestry. Langille went to Washington to confer with Roosevelt and Pinchot on the Alaskan forests.
Pinchot employed Langille as a forest expert. In April of 1903, Langille returned to Alaska to report on the administrative needs of the forests. There he made his headquarters at Yes Bay, a cannery settlement near Ketchikan. He traveled up the Stikine River by canoe to the Canadian boundary, visited mills on or near the reserve, and sailed up Portland Canal, the southern boundary with British Columbia, to investigate timber theft by Nass Indians on the American side. He returned to the states in the fall. Early in 1904, he examined and reported on a proposed addition to the Sierra (North) National Forest in California. Then in April he made a long reconnaissance from Juneau to the Controller Bay and Prince William Sound areas and thence north to Norton Bay. He returned to Valdez in the fall and spent most of the season and early winter making an examination of the Kenai Peninsula and writing up reports. Between January and March of 1905, Langille traveled by dog team from Seward to Fairbanks to examine the forests of the interior. He then returned to Ketchikan to take on new duties as forest supervisor of the Alexander Archipelago Forest Reserve.
Langille was a man of magnificent physique, an accomplished mountaineer, and a skilled hunter. On his long overland reconnaissance trips, he lived off the land on rabbits and ptarmigan shot with his .22 rifle or grayling caught with improvised flies. He was a good field botanist and mammologist, an expert on mining law in Canada and the United States, and an able cartographer. His skill as a photographer dated back to his Oregon days when he took many scenic views of Mount Hood. He had a bluff, hearty manner, highly acceptable to most Alaskans. He was utterly honest and carried out his work in the face of attempted intimidation. His letters to reserve users were blunt, forceful, and at times undiplomatic. A perfectionist, he was impatient of shortcomings in others, found it hard to delegate authority, and at times seemed to his subordinates to be overbearing. Like his brother Harold, he was an accomplished writer, having a keen sensitivity to natural beauty coupled with a somewhat sardonic sense of humor. His reports are the best sources available for an accurate picture of forestry in a unique setting.
In Alaska, he had as many duties as Pooh-Bah of Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado. "I can tell you of the travels of Langille and Wernstedt," wrote Melvin L. Merritt; "these stories read almost like those of the early explorers, as indeed they were." Langille traversed and mapped boundaries for the reserves, traced down timber trespass, made timber sales, acted as disbursing agent, examined mining claims, made out special occupancy permits, enforced game laws, and did cooperative work with such federal agencies as the Biological Survey, the Fish Commission, and the Geological Survey. He kept a meticulous set of books and records under the most difficult of circumstances. In addition, he explained to the Alaskans the purposes and uses of the reserve, and he kept the Washington Office informed of its needs-all on the magnificent salary of $1,800 to $2,000 per year.
Langille first set up headquarters at Wrangell, but he soon moved to Ketchikan, which was a larger trade center and where the mail boats stopped more often. He shared offices with a customs collector at first but within a month wrote, "Quarters are scarce, but I have secured a good isolated place built on pilings for twenty dollars a month, heat light water and caretaker furnished."
His main problem was to secure a boat for travel around the islands and to use as an office afloat. Much of the correspondence between Langille and the Washington Office dealt with the need of a boat and its specifications, but not until 1909 was one obtained. Meanwhile, Will improvised. Records show that he traveled by mail boat a good deal and at times chartered boats at $10 per day. During the Olmsted inspection trip of 1905, he rented a launch, the Walrus. For much of his work he chartered a sloop, the Columbia, from Peter Makinon, a Nova Scotian, at $5 per day; it had no engine. Langille was often stormbound and sometimes he and Makinon had to row the vessel for long distances because of adverse winds and tides. In 1908, however, a large gasoline launch, the Tahn, was built to Langille's specifications; it was put into service the following year.
see article for photo of Langille at Cloud Cap (c. 1895). Moody-McKeown Collection, Oregon Historical Society
William Langille is regarded by many as the father of forestry in Alaska. During his time there he mapped boundaries for the forest reserves, traced down timber trespass, made timber sales, acted as disbursing agent, examined mining claims, made out special occupancy permits, enforced game laws, and did cooperative work with such federal agencies as the Biological Survey, the Fish Commission, and the Geological Survey. Langille kept a meticulous set of books and records under the most difficult of circumstances. In addition, he explained to Alaskans the purposes and uses of the new reserves, and he kept the Washington Office informed of its needs.
These unique written records can be seen in the following pages, which are digital scans of selected pages from one of Langille’s journals. The nine pages previewed below are from a 226 page volume of Langille’s handwritten journal entries and financial transactions during the time period from 1905 to 1907. The volume also includes records of timber sales and other business dealings in Alaska, as well as notes on timber trespass cases.
The Forest History Society Archives houses four bound volumes containing Langille’s journal entries, copies of letters, and various business transactions. The books cover the period from 1903 to 1907 during which time Langille was working throughout Alaska for the Bureau of Forestry and The U.S. Forest Service. Digital scans also exist of the complete Langille journal from 1905 to 1907.
Children of William Langille and Maria (Langille) are:
5 i. girl10 Langille, born December 03, 1911 in New York City, USA.
6 ii. Elizabeth Langille, born 1913 in Sao Paulo, Brazil; died September 26, 1994 in Seattle, Washington. She married Webb Ware Trimble 1943.
Notes for Elizabeth Langille:
Elizabeth Langille Trimble, 82, `Old-Style Teacher,' Nature-Lover
The name Katharine Hepburn comes to mind when contemplating Elizabeth Langille Trimble.
Mrs. Trimble - a highly regarded teacher, athlete and nature-lover - had that same New England-ramrod posture and ethics.
Slim from daily swims at the Seattle Tennis Club, her hair swept up in a dramatic roll, she revered proper diction and grammar.
And although keen on politics, history and literature, she balanced her intellect with mountain hikes or children's picnics, serving the tots special treats on her finest china.
Her daughter, Cassandra Trimble of Seattle, said Mrs. Trimble even looked like Katharine Hepburn. Her husband knew Hepburn in the 1930s in New York. So when the actress visited Seattle, they all got together and took walks in the Arboretum.
Mrs. Trimble, disabled by a stroke, died Sept. 26 at 82.
"She had a series of hospice nurses," said Merideth Tall, one of her former fourth- and fifth-grade students at St. Nicholas Academy. "A New Age one said she hoped Mrs. Trimble had resolved all her issues. But I doubt Mrs. Trimble was the kind to have had issues!"
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where her father was a forestry consultant - he later surveyed and named Alaska's Tongass National Forest - she moved with the family to Hood River, Ore., as a child. Having earned a history degree at the University of Oregon, she taught history and modern dance.
"Always active in the out-of-doors," said her daughter, "in the
'30s she was a member of the Nile River Yacht Club, the tongue-in-cheek name of a group of young Oregonians interested in skiing, mountaineering and conservation."
She married Webb Ware Trimble of Seattle in 1943 and went to Alaska to teach in the 1950s.
Those days Mrs. Trimble was fond of strapping on wood skis and hiking three miles up a mountain to ski down.
When she returned to Seattle, she taught at Saint Nicholas School from 1960 to 1970.
Tall said when they were studying trees, Mrs. Trimble marched the girls in neat rows up to Volunteer Park Conservatory. Other times, she led them on mountain hikes.
"She left us with strong values, and a lasting impression. She was an old-style teacher. After retirement, she taught adult literacy, and tutored at the Seattle Indian Center," Tall said.
Edith T. Rowe, former headmistress at Saint Nicholas School, said Mrs. Trimble "could always be counted on to keep her class in order yet know they were loved. She had them reading Shakespeare and acting it out in fourth and fifth grade, and they thought that was pretty great."
Mrs. Trimble is survived by her husband and daughter.
A service has been held. Remembrances may be sent to Friends of the Columbia Gorge, P.O. Box 40820, Portland, OR, 97240-0820, or to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 98109, Seattle, WA, 98109.
7 iii. Jean Langille, born 1917 in Oregon, USA.
+ 8 iv. Helen H. Langille, born November 14, 1919 in Portland, Oregon; died June 01, 1994 in Portland, Oregon.
Generation No. 3
8. Helen H.10 Langille (William Alexander9, James L.8, Christopher7, David6, Jean-Jacques 1st5, David4, Daniel III3, Daniel II2, Daniel I1) was born November 14, 1919 in Portland, Oregon, and died June 01, 1994 in Portland, Oregon. She married Clyde Patrick Carroll November 23, 1946 in Salem, Oregon.
Children of Helen Langille and Clyde Carroll are:
9 i. Patrick William11 Carroll.
10 ii. David Langille Carroll.
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