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Catalog Number WF 0029
Description William H. Halpin (b. 1842) and Hannah Halpin (b. 1848) and their children William S. (b. 1877) and Ida (b. 1878) lived at Pass Lake, known in the late 1880s as Halpin's Lake. They came to Fidalgo Island in the spring of 1883, having known the Frank and Mary Benn family in Montana. Halpin was in poor health there and after Benn came to Fidalgo he persuaded Halpin to more to the island. On 12-22-1893 the NORTHWEST ENTERPRISE reported, "Mr. W. H. Halpin, residing near Deception Pass Lake on Fidalgo is an example of what the salubrious climate of the island will do for invalids suffering from lung diseases. He came to the island last spring very much emaciated and apparently far gone with consumption. During his residence here the past season he has steadily improved in health and gained in flesh so that now he feels almost restored to perfect health. No treatment except an outdoor life in this delightful climate has brought about this result." Halpin operated a store at Deception [Fidalgo City/Dewey] which was listed in 1889-1890 R. L Polk OR, WA, ID GAZETTEER. (See WF 0031) this photo shows five people in a canoe in the lake in front of a house and barn. Photo is very similar to WF 0028, obviously taken the same day but a slightly different view of Halpin home and the lake.
Date 1890 c.
Photographer BOOEN, J. O.
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Photograph
People
Recreation - canoe
Structure - Residence
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
People BENN, Frank
BENN, Mary
HALPIN, Hannah
HALPIN, Ida
HALPIN, William H. "Bill"
HALPIN, William S. "Bill Jr."
Place Fidalgo Island, WA
Search Terms Halpin's Lake
Pass Lake
Deception Pass Lake
consumption
barn
Object Name Print, Photographic