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Re: Ebenezer Dorr - Wiser Lake
Posted by: Ron Bestrom (ID *****2263) Date: January 29, 2009 at 22:52:33
In Reply to: Ebenezer Dorr - Wiser Lake by Robert Van Alstine of 391

Wiser Lake is in the middle/top portion of a triangle between Bellingham, Ferndale and Lynden.

So, first question is not where he died, but where he lived. That would be the location of an obit.

Second, obituaries were not common at all during that period of time. They were usually written by reporters about the rich, famous, imfamous, or victims of homicide, or extreme accident. A death notice might be placed by a funeral home, but it was basically, a name, date of death and an advertisement for the home.

Third, what newspaper microfilms are available for that time period.

First question:
The 1900 Census for Ferry Precinct, Whatcom Co, WA
William Dorr, Dec 1849, born in Iowa
Ida, wife, born June 1855 in New Jersey
Maurice 1881, William 1885, Howard 1887
Ebenezer, father, born May 1822 in New York.
--Not much help there.

Ebenezer is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, Whatcom County. A copy of his stone:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=dorr&GSfn=ebenezer&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSst=50&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=6832372&
His wife is there also, as is William his son, and others.

Greenwood is a bit east of the lake in the same triangle.

Now, in the listing of newspaper archives for Whatcom County,
http://www.secstate.wa.gov/library/catalog.aspx (Click on Washington Newspapers, and enter a city name, or Whatcom).
the Bellingham Herald microfilm is available from 1904. The Bellingham Bay Reveille 1889-1891. The Daily Reveille did publish 1890 to 1904, but no microfilm after 1895, starts again in 1904.
--The Weekly Reveille, microfilm from 9/6/1901 to 12/26/1902 is available.
The Lynden Pioneer Press is online from 1888 to 1890. But, no microfilm found for papers for 1902.
Ferndale microfilms start in 1903.

So, based on the fact few obits were written, the location where he died, a local newspaper can't be found on microfilm for that time period, I do not suspect success.

But, do contact the Washington Library about your request. Identify the name of the lake, where he is buried and the specific date of death. They might have something that isn't on their listing.:
The Washington State Library has a free research service, the ask-a-librarian program, where they will look for information in the archives, in this case the newspaper microfilm for an event, such as an obituary. They will look up to an hour and send you the results. Contact them at: http://www.secstate.wa.gov/library/ask.aspx .

You could also try the volunteer:
http://www.raogk.org/washingt4.htm

Ron Bestrom


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