Ironically this card was mailed to Wisconsin in 1905 and it has now made a round trip back to the Seattle area almost 110 years later! Buckley is a small town east of Tacoma. It now has a long history of logging industry and still has a large logging festival every year! It's fun to know that the relatives had a part in this. And the father of Chester, Leslie and Willard -- Chauncey Doud, -- died and was buried in Buckley in 1912.
Robert D Martin, Jr. a descendent of Leslie's daughter Geneva, "In early 1906 they decided that they wanted to have a mill nearer civilization and shipping facilities (both rail and cargo) and bought a site on the waterfront, just south of the Tacoma smelter. The Defiance Lumber Company incorporated that year with a capitalization of $275,000 and the mill was soon built. By 1907 the company owned 18 acres with 1,400 feet of shoreline and employed 150 men." There are also photos of the Defiance Lumber business available on the internet from the Tacoma Public Library.
This was Chester Doud around 1920. He only lived another year from when this photo was taken.This photo below and the close up from it above, was taken at Chester and Grace's house at Mason Street in Tacoma.
On the back of this photo it says "March 21st, 1920." Sam Sherwood (brother of Grace) wrote on the back that the "Doud-Sherwood clan all get together and having a bit of a summer weather decided to have their pictures took". He also said "We were sorry that Bird and Binder could not be with us." The couple in the back right are DEFINITELY Ella Jane and William Sherwood, and the couple in front on the left are DEFINITELY Sam and Daisy Sherwood. I believe the couple standing in back on the left are Chet and Grace (Sherwood) Doud and that the two people in front on the right are Elmer Sherwood (married to Birdette) and his sister Marian (married to William Binder). The photo says that "Bird" (Elmer's wife) and "Binder" (Marian's husband) were not there. Elmer's wife, Birdette, was another Doud cousin to these three men so there were at least two connections between the Sherwood and Doud families.
Grace lived until 1959 -- this photo has my mother walking behind her was taken 1946. It's ironic that when I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1977 that I had no idea that I had distant relatives from the Midwest who had been significant players in the history of the Pacific Northwest. These included the Doud Brothers as well as the Rhodes Brothers with their three stores in the Tacoma and Seattle area. But that's another story for another day.
I have a letter from Grace Doud to Will and Ella Jane Sherwood -- written from Buckley during the time they lived there. Copied below:
1904-0214 – Grace Sherwood Doud to Will & Ella Sherwood,
Buckley, Feb 14, 1904
My dear bro, sister and family
I feel like I had neglected you shamefully for so long and that I must thank you for the picture you send me at Christmas. I take it down and look at it often and find something new every time. I think the porch over the dining room door such an improvement. I hope you are all well this winter. I never see Lill Cady hardly any more. So I don’t get the news of
vicinity. We have had a good deal of
sickness here since November. There has
been seven deaths. Think of it, in a
little place of this size. Three died of
typhoid fever. There are no new cases
for which we are so thankful. There
seems to be a great deal of it everywhere this year. We are having such stormy weather. It snows and blows and rains. This time of year is always our worst part of
the winter. But in spite of that my
daffodils are peeping through the ground, in fact a couple of inches high. Richard is going to school in Glendale Tacoma this winter at .
He is in his first year of high school work.
Is doing well and likes it but wishes he could live at home, he is a
home boy. And reminds me so much of your
Will. I hope he grows up as good a
man. Whitworth College is like his papa and thinks his father
perfect and if he grows up and makes as good a man as his father I shall be
pleased and grateful. Roy is harder to control than Richard. Susie and George must be getting tall and
strong. I can see them trudging off to
school over the road we used all to go when Jack Frost was nipping at my toes
and ears. In those days I little thought
I would be away out in Wn [Washington] with boys of my own going to school. If all goes well Chet and I will see you next
fall, but I don’t dare plan very far ahead.
Aunt Grace, Sam and Daisy are coming out here next June. The mill has been shut down since
Christmas. They have been putting in a
railroad for logging purposes. They have
just completed it and commence running this week. All the mills about here have been shut down
so there are a great many idle men. The
first of the winter we had a regular housebreaking epidemic, till finally they
put men on the streets at night to watch.
No great amount was ever stolen. Roy
Well, I can’t think of any more to write and guess you are tired of reading this so will say good by hoping to hear from you.
I am your loving sister, Grace Doud Buckley, Wn
Alas, Chester only lived to be 56. Grace did not remarry, but lived with her niece, Grace Sherwood Pautsch, until she died in 1959 at the age of 96. The home where Grace and Chet were married and where her brother and sister-in-law lived at the time of this letter was called by the family "Spring Brook Farm" in Kendall, Wisconsin.
This photo was taken around 1900. The R. Sherwood parents on the marriage announcement were Richard and Grace (Gulvin) Sherwood originally of England.
CORRECTION: After looking at the wedding announcement again, I realized that the Richard Sherwood's WERE NOT living at the farm at this time. It was the "Mauston" address that reminded me that after William (their son) and Ella Jane were married they officially rented the farm from the parents and the parents moved out for a few years. They probably wanted their own lives as much as the newlyweds! When Richard Sherwood died in October of 1889 (two years later) Grace, his wife, stayed in Wisconsin and moved to Wonewoc, Wisconsin by 1900. Sometime before 1909 Grace Sherwood, Richard's wife, moved to the Pacific Northwest and she passed away in 1909 in Tacoma, Washington.