Victims List – Wellington Avalanche, March 1, 1910

The Dead – Passengers

1. Richard M. Barnhart, 40, attorney from Spokane. Survived by wife and small child.
2. George L. Beck, 40, from Marcus, Wash.
3. Ella A. Beck, 30, wife of George.
4. Erma Beck, age 4, child of George and Ella
5. Harriet Beck, age 6, child of George and Ella
6. Leonard Beck, age 2, child of George and Ella
7. R. H. Bethel, 44, contracting and consulting engineer of firm of Bethel & Downey, Seattle. Survived by wife.
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Dillis B. Ward House – 104 Aloha Street

Dillis B. Ward, was a Seattle pioneer. In his published travel journal “Across the Plains in 1853”, he recalled his travel on the Oregon Trail from his homeland of Kentucky to Oregon.

This grand Queen Anne mansion was built in 1889 for Ward and his family. They left the residence after the 1893 panic. …Continue reading “Dillis B. Ward House – 104 Aloha Street”

S.S. Valencia Shipwreck Monument

Valencia Monument
Valencia Monument

On January 22, 1906, the ship S.S. Valencia with 108 passengers and 65 crew on board wrecked off Beale Point, Vancouver Island on its way from San Francisco to Seattle. Strong currents in deep fog pulled the ship onto the rocks after a 250 foot sounding just three hours before the wreck. The tragedy that killed 136 people was compounded because rescue boats fearing their own wreck on the rocks could not get close to the Valencia. Many men and all the women on board refused to go into lifeboats after seeing one capsize as it was being loaded, tossing all in to the sea. In total, only 37 people survived, They included two officers, 23 crewmen, and 12 male passengers. All of the women and children perished in what were later characterized as avoidable circumstances.

As indicated on the tombstone, ‘Organized Labor brought the bodies of unknown passengers and crew that were recovered to Seattle and buried them at the  Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

The Valencia shipwreck was a tragic loss of life. Following the wreck many reforms were undertaken regarding lifeboats and ship safety. …Continue reading “S.S. Valencia Shipwreck Monument”