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Catalog Number D.I.098.A,B
Caption Caroline Kavanaugh aka Tol Sto
Description Portrait of "Grandma" Kavanaugh. She was an early pioneer of the Anacortes area. Born on March's Point approximately 1836, died February 9, 1919 and is buried at Fern Hill Cemetery in Anacortes. Princess Tol Stola was the daughter of a Swinomish chief; her mother died when Tol Stola was young so she went to live with a white family on Bellingham Bay where she met her first husband, the nephew of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. They lived at Ft Bellingham where she acquired the name Caroline and became a Catholic; even when old, she regularly walked 6 miles to LaConner to attend church on the reservation. One time her grandson passed her on his motor bike and jokingly asked her if she wanted a ride. "My grandmother without the least bit of hesitation, climbed up on the back seat and with seeming great enjoyment, rode the white man's gas pony to her home." She had a son, Samuel. Davis left to fight in the south and never returned. Caroline later married James Kavanaugh and they moved to March's Point in 1865. James died 20 years later, but she continued to live in a small house on March's Point and friends and neighbors "began to call her Grandma Kavanaugh as a sign of their respect for her." When a friend of hers died while Tol Stola was ill, it was harvest time with lots to do so they said nothing to her about it but buried the deceased the next day." Two days later, when Tol Stola found out about it she got out of bed, rode her horse to the reservation, ordered the body exhumed and a second funeral service was conducted.
Date 1913/02/
Anacortes, WA
Native American
People KAVANAUGH, Caroline / Grandma Kavanaugh / Princess Tol Stola
TOL STOLA - see KAVANAUGH, Caroline / Grandma Kavanaugh / Princess Tol Stola
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Indian
Native American
Object Name Print, Photographic