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Catalog Number WF 0051.A,B,C,D
Description Photo of John and Belle Edens farm on Guemes Island showing two homes and at least ten people. They probably include John and Belle Edens family with one or more of John's brothers (Thomas, William, Henry) who also settled on Guemes. John J. Edens, native of Kentucky and a 3 year veteran of the Civil War, took claim on the northeast beach of Guemes in 1871. Edens Brothers lumber business was active for more that 10 years. In 1881 Rev. E. O. Tade married John to Isabelle Eldridge, daughter of Whatcom pioneers Edward and Teresa Eldridge. They had four daughters: Maude, Olive, Annette, and Mary Theresa. Maude Edens Henderson was a contributor of photos to AAHPP. On 10-11-1884, the NORTHWEST ENTERPRISE reported, "Mr J. J. Edens has put up a good house of the eastern front of the island". In 1890 Edens served as a senator in the first state legislature convened in Olympia. On 4-4-1912, the Edens homestead was sold to a "wealthy Bellingham syndicate" that planned to erect "modern bungalows." The log home at left of photo may be WF 0013 to which clapboard siding has been added. See also WF 0013, 0052.
Date 1880s, c. late
Photographer BOOEN, J. O. (probably, see notes)
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Structure - Residence
Place - Guemes Island
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
People EDENS, Annette
EDENS, Henry
EDENS, Isabelle "Belle" ELDRIDGE
EDENS, John James, Colonel
EDENS, Mary Theresa
EDENS, Olive
EDENS, Thomas P.
EDENS, William
TADE, Ewing O., Reverend
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Guemes Island
Belle Edens farm
Object Name Print, Photographic