Site founded Sept. 1, 2000. We passed 3 million page views on Feb. 10, 2009
The home pages remain free of any charge. We need donations or subscriptions to continue.
Please pass on this website link to your family, relatives, friends and clients.

(S and N Railroad)

Skagit River Journal

of History & Folklore
Subscribers Edition
The most in-depth, comprehensive site about the Skagit

Covers from British Columbia to Puget Sound. Counties covered: Skagit, Whatcom, Island, San Juan, Snohomish & BC. An evolving history dedicated to committing random acts of historical kindness
Noel V. Bourasaw, editor (bullet) 810 Central Ave., Sedro-Woolley, Washington, 98284
Home of the Tarheel Stomp (bullet) Mortimer Cook slept here & named the town Bug

(Click to send email)

Obituary of Louisa Ann Conner, undated 1932

(Louisa Ann Conner)
(She died Mar 11 1932 aged 89 years)
      [Text missing] Here, In 1862, she met John S. Conner. The young people were immediately attracted to each other, and a few months later, in 1863, they were married. After three years' residence at Lexington, they sold their holdings and again took the westward trail, locating this time in Central City, Colorado, where Mr. Conner soon I made a place for himself among the community's leading citizens, operating a hotel and general merchandise establishments, as well as handling contracting work on the then building Union Pacific railway. But in 1867 disaster overtook them, when their holdings in Central City were wiped out by a fire.
      With a covered wagon equipped with a trailer — the first "six-wheeled" vehicle known to the Oregon trail — drawn by a team of oxen and four cows, and With half a sack of flour and no money for another, they started for the Pacific Northwest. Arriving in Olympia in 1868, Mrs. Conner immediately established that city's first millinery store, which she operated for a short time, while Mr. Conner sought for a location on Puget Sound. In 1868 he found the location he wanted and on, New Year's day, 1870, they came to the little trading post [near] the mouth of the Skagit river.
      The land on which they located, much of which is still in possession of the family, is to classed by the Department of Agriculture as "the most fertile in the United States, if not in world." On this land Mr. Conner began raising oats, being among the first of the settlers to dike land to hold back the tide waters of the Sound. In 1875 family moved to Seattle to begin the education of their children. [James] D. Lowman, later a member the firm of Lowman & Hanford stationers and printers, being employed as tutor. Continued successfully in oat-raising, together with the rapid advance in realty values in Seattle and on the LaConner Flats brought quick prosperity and the beginnings of fortune.
      The Town of LaConner was platted in 1871, the name been made by taking Mrs. Conner's initials, "L.A." as a prefix with the family name of Conner [post office established under that name March 29, 1870]. The Conner estate still owns many buildings and building lots in the city. Mr. Conner died in 1885 while temporarily residing with his family at Oakland, California. In 1886 Mrs. Conner returned to LaConner and built the beautiful home place which was known for many years as "Clover Law," one of Skagit County's showplaces. This was on the tract purchased a short time ago by Edward Wells, the house standing in a grove of trees on the edge of which the new Wells cottage now stands, about a mile from LaConner. The home burned in 19[illegible] since which time Mrs. Conner made her home in Seattle, at 21st Avenue North.
      Mrs. Conner is survived] by her children: Mrs. Ida Talbott, Herbert S. Conner, Mrs. Lillian Kendall, Frank J.S. Conner, G.W. Conner and W.W. Conner. Three children, Martin, Louis and Mary Viola, preceded her in death.
      Funeral services were held Monday morning at St. Joseph's Church in Seattle, mass being said at the morning service. At two o'clock services were held in Sacred Heart Church in LaConner, the rite of Final Absolution being conducted. Rev. Father Durgin of Seattle was in charge of the services and was assisted by Rev. Fr. Barry of Sacred Heart Church. The funeral was directed by the Bonney-Watson Company of Seattle, assisted by Coy R. Kern of the Kern Funeral Home. Interment was made in the family plot at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.


Relatives surviving
      Louisa's [unknown first name] sister married Ed Wells, once sheriff of the county. She appears to have another relative who moved to the county, but the records are very confusing. Two sources record that Archibald Seigfried of Bay View was her husband's cousin, but the book, Chechacos All, states that Seigfried was Louisa's brother. But then again, the latter book misspells his name Siegfried, which is disputed by his burial record. We hope that a reader or a Conner descendant can provide a family tree.] [Return]

Links, background reading and sources

Story posted on May 13, 2009 . . . Please report any broken links so we can update them
This article originally appeared in Issue 48 of our Subscribers-paid Journal online magazine

Return to the new-domain home page
Links for portals to subjects and towns
Newest photo features
Search entire site
(bullet) See this Journal website for a timeline of local, state, national, international events for years of the pioneer period.
(bullet) Did you enjoy this story? Remember, as with all our features, this story is a draft and will evolve as we discover more information and photos. This process continues until we eventually compile a book about Northwest history. Can you help?
(bullet) Remember; we welcome correction & criticism.
(bullet) Please report any broken links or files that do not open and we will send you the correct link. With more than 550 features, we depend on your report. Thank you.
(bullet) Read about how you can order CDs that include our photo features from the first five years of our Subscribers Edition. Perfect for gifts.

You can click the donation button to contribute to the rising costs of this site. You can also subscribe to our optional Subscribers-Paid Journal magazine online, which has entered its seventh year with exclusive stories, in-depth research and photos that are shared with our subscribers first. You can go here to read the preview edition to see examples of our in-depth research or read how and why to subscribe.

You can read the history websites about our prime sponsors
Would you like information about how to join them?

(bullet) Oliver-Hammer Clothes Shop at 817 Metcalf Street in downtown Sedro-Woolley, 88 years.
(bullet) Peace and quiet at the Alpine RV Park, just north of Marblemount on Hwy 20, day, week or month, perfect for hunting or fishing
Park your RV or pitch a tent by the Skagit River, just a short drive from Winthrop or Sedro-Woolley
(bullet) Joy's Sedro-Woolley Bakery-Cafe at 823 Metcalf Street in downtown Sedro-Woolley.
(bullet) Check out Sedro-Woolley First section for links to all stories and reasons to shop here first
or make this your destination on your visit or vacation.
(bullet) Are you looking to buy or sell a historic property, business or residence?
We may be able to assist. Email us for details.

Looking for something special on our site? Enter name, town or subject, then press "Find" Search this site powered by FreeFind
    Did you find what you were seeking? We have helped many people find individual names or places, so email if you have any difficulty.
    Tip: Put quotation marks around a specific name or item of two words or more, and then experiment with different combinations of the words without quote marks. We are currently researching some of the names most recently searched for — check the list here. Maybe you have searched for one of them?
Please sign our guestbook so our readers will know where you found out about us, or share something you know about the Skagit River or your memories or those of your family. Share your reactions or suggestions or comment on our Journal. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit our site.

View My Guestbook
Sign My Guestbook
Email us at:
(Click to send email)
Mail copies/documents to Street address: Skagit River Journal, 810 Central Ave., Sedro-Woolley, WA, 98284.