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Langston, Helen A. (Keller), MRS. LANGSTON, ‘89 HEROINE, DIES - Braved Seattle fire - Funeral services for Mrs. Helen A. Langston, pioneer King County resident, who sailed around Cape Horn seventy-seven (sic) years ago on her way to Seattle and who rode a horse through the flames in lower Second Avenue at the height of the Seattle fire of 1889, will be held at 1 o’clock tomorrow at Bonney-Watson’s.  Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery in the plot owned by the family since 1883.  Mrs. Langston died Friday night at her home, 1138 19th Ave. N., of a heart ailment which had troubled her the past five years.  Rounded Horn at 3 - Born in Machias, Me., eighty years ago, Mrs. Langston was taken around Cape Horn at the age of 3 in a sailing vessel captained by her father, Capt. Goddard Keller.  The party landed at Steilacoom (sic).  Captain Keller gave up the sea and settled where Kent is now and spent the rest of his life farming.  Mrs. Langston’s husband, the late John Langston, also was a King County Pioneer.  He crossed the plains by wagon to California in five months and later sailed to Port Townsend in a sloop in a voyage lasting thirty-one days.  They were married July 30, 1870, in Kent.  Mr. Langston opened the first store in King County, outside Seattle, at Kent in 1867.  In 1870 he established a ferry across the White River near Kent and in 1882 he and his young wife moved to Seattle.  Pioneered Rail Line - In the spring of 1883 Mr. Langston took the contract for clearing eight miles of right-of-way for the Northern Pacific Railroad between the White and Black Rivers.  The Langstons established their home at Eighth Avenue and Union Street upon moving to Seattle.  Eighth Avenue at that time was just a creek running through heavy timber, Mrs. Langston’s daughter, Mrs. Nellie C. Watson, recalled last night.  During the height of the Seattle fire, Mrs. Langston rode side saddle on a horse down Second Avenue to her husband’s livery stable in Washington Street to salvage valuable papers and take them to their home.  Daughter Recounts Heroism - Mrs. Watson, who was a school girl at the time, recalled that her mother’s horse continually had to jump over and around stoves and other articles of furniture during the ride.  She said her mother was seriously burned before she left the livery stable–but she saved her husband’s papers.  Mr. and Mrs. Langston were noted for their hospitality and they fed and rested the volunteer firefighters at their home until 4 o’clock in the morning the night of the big fire.  Seattle’s water supply was cut off during the fire, Mrs. Watson recalled, and people gathered from Belltown and other outlying sections to get water from the Langston’s well.  Artistry Widely Known - A talented artist, Mrs. Langston was widely known for her pen and ink sketches of horses and other animals and scenic views.  Moving to the 1138 19th Avenue North in 1922, Mrs. Langston was active in keeping up her home and even mowed the lawn and spaded her garden at the age of 75.  Her husband died August 4, 1910.  Surviving Mrs. Langston besides her daughter, Mrs. Watson, are a son, C.A. Langston, and a granddaughter, Mrs. Bessie Sievert of Seattle, and a great-granddaughter in Los Angeles.  (Seattle Sunday Times, Nov 7, 1937, p 9, col 3 of the classified sec.).  (Helen's photo page).

Mrs. Helen A. Langston died Fri in Seattle.  She came here when she was 3.  Her father, Capt. Goddard Keller, settled at Kent.  She married John Langston in 1870.  She is survived by daughter Nellie C. Watson and son C.A. Langston. (Another obituary lists Gr. Dau. Mrs. Bessie Sievert of Seattle and grgrdau. in Los Angeles as survivors.).  (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mon Nov 8, 1937, p 4, cols 6-7).

Helen Langston, wife of first Kent store keeper, died last Fri, age 80 (89).  She came to Kent with her parents in the late 1860s (1850s).  Her husband's store was located near Langston's Ferry a mile northwest of Kent.  (The Kent News Journal, Fri Nov 12, 1937 p 7, col 6)

(Mr. John Langston has just finished a new ferry across White river about 20 miles from this city.).  (Puget Sound Dispatch, Dec 29, 1877).

Langston, Hugh Edward, Hugh Edward Langston, age 21, d Seattle, on Sat. eve. b Kent, member Y.M.C.A. and Plymouth Cong. Ch.  Survivors; Father and Mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Langston, sister Nellie, brother Cecil, two aunts Mrs. Betsy Voris and Mrs. Emily Monson (Munson), and uncle John Keller and grandmother Betsy Keller.  Injured internally while playing football on Wed.  He was a great athlete.  His parents took up a ranch in 1859 and eleven years ago sold it to Ezra Meeker and moved to Seattle.  (Obituary extracted from White River Journal, Thu, Nov. 4, 1893).

Langston, John, John Langston fell dead upon the street.  He had just returned from Mexico where he'd been looking after investments.  (The Seattle Times, Aug. 4. 1910, p 10, col 2).

Langston died of heart disease yesterday near Pike Place, age 67.  He came to Puget Sound in 1860 and settled at Kent.  He is survived by his widow and two children Cecil and Nellie.  (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Aug. 5, 1910, p 9, col 3).

Lawrence, Edward John,  died, Nov. 1, 2002 - Ed was a free spirit who lived life to the fullest.  Sky diving, parasailing, hiking, hiking, snow skiing and roller coasters were some of his favorites.  Photography was also one of his loves, and his pictures of family, friends and nature, reflected his zest for life.  Ed attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, then went on to pursue a dancing career which was cut short by a broken knee during a rehearsal.  He then became a finish carpenter in upstate New York where he excelled at the trade, as he did in most of his endeavors.  He made a table of inlaid wood that showed his talent in carpentry.  Working on new construction sites in the winter with no heat and freezing his buns off in the cold weather was not his idea of a career. Therefore, when a friend asked him to join him in a jaunt to Dallas, off he went.’ from extreme cold to extreme heat.  Getting a carpentry job in Dallas was not easy (being a northerner), so Ed went into the home health care field and found he loved it.  That precipitated his decision to become an RN.  He received a BS degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1998.  He completed his internship in the ICU at Baylor Medical in Dallas. Ed had always felt a calling to Burlington, Vermont, and since Dallas had never become his home, he moved to Burlington, taking a position in the Medical ICU at the Fletcher Allen Health Care hospital which is affiliated with the University of Vermont.  Burlington soon became Ed’s ‘home’.  He loved the pristine beauty of the surrounding area, the climate, the mountains, Lake Champlain, the people he worked with and the many friends he made in three short years.  He became involved in the Unitarian church and volunteered many hours of his free time to various organizations including the Vermonters for Civil Union, Inc.  Ed recently told his Dad his dream was to retire in the Burlington area and become a writer.  Anyone who has received a letter from him, or read some of his writings, knew he had a way with the written word.  Just before he died, Ed told his parents he was planning a bike trip to Thailand and Laos with one of his co-workers.  His Mom told him that many years ago she expected he would someday be a world traveler which would enhance his ability to he a writer, Ed was one of Life's lights blown out before it was time and we will miss his laughter, the special hugs, his sense of humor, his fun loving way with his nieces, and nephews, his thrill at riding roller coasters but most of all him.  (Above text is from his Memorial Service Program).  (Edward's photo).

Leach, Eila Riutta, Eila Riutta Leach, 83, of Warren died of cancer on April 22, 2011 at Windward Gardens in Camden.  She was born May 17, 1927 in Warren, the daughter of Antto and Hilma Riutta. Eila was a graduate of Union High School.  On June 28, 1947 she married Miles “Pete” Leach. The couple made their home in Warren where they operated a poultry farm. Later Pete became a land surveyor and Eila was his field assistant. Earlier in life Eila enjoyed active outdoor pursuits including skiing at the Snow Bowl, canoeing with Pete and friends down rivers throughout Maine including the Allagash, swimming at the cottage on North Pond, moose hunting in Newfoundland, climbing Mt. Katahdin and boating among the islands of Muscongus Bay. Pete and Eila enjoyed travelling throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1994 they drove from Maine to Alaska in their van exploring remote areas of the Alaskan wilderness. Eila and her sister Elvi toured Finland visiting with relatives and discovering the childhood villages of their parents. Eila was active in a number of civic and social groups including Extension, PTA, and 4-H.  In later years Eila enjoyed combining both social and creative interests by doing needlework, crocheting, quilting and most recently rug hooking with the “Happy Hookers”. She was also an accomplished gardener and active in volunteer efforts with the Warren Library and the Finnish Heritage House. Throughout her life Eila was a passionate reader and instilled her love of reading in her children.  Eila was predeceased by her husband, Miles S. Leach. She is survived by her two sisters Elvi Hudson, Owls Head and Eini Johnson of Tucson, AZ; daughters Cynthia Kalloch (Donald) of Otis, ME; Patricia Leach (Gary Talcott) of Seattle, WA; Valerie Root (Bryan) of Apple Valley, MN; Sylvia Faulkner (Paul) of Deer Parks - Menan, ID, grandchildren Aaron Kalloch (Donna); Matthew Kalloch (Darnell); Alexander Roberts, Megan Roberts, Sam Root (Mindy); Brandon Root, Justin Root; as well as 8 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Friends and relatives are invited to an open house to remember Eila on Saturday, April 30 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at The Belmont Inn, 6 Belmont Avenue, Camden. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society or Warren Free Public Library. The Hall Funeral Home, Waldoboro, has been entrusted with arrangements. A private burial will be in the family cemetery.  (From Hall Funeral Home).

LeBlanc, Marc A., 77 SEARSMONT- Marc A. LeBlanc, 77, died May 2000, at his residence in Searsmont.  He was born in Nova Scotia, July 16, 1922, the son of Simon and Minnie (Bois) White.  Marc worked most of his life as a fisherman.  A lifelong seaman, he loved the sea.  He was a US 8th Army Air Force veteran of World War II, a member of the Am Vets, the VFW and the American Legion.  He is survived by his wife, Marion Fitzgerald LeBlanc of Searsmont; two daughters, Patricia and Patrick Woodbury of Morrill and Elaine and Melvin Box Jr. of Belmont; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Hoban and Mary Cotilda Hooper, both of Massachusettes; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; two special nephews, Bernard Raynes of Owls Head and Barry White of Massachusettes; and many other nieces and nephews.  Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m.Friday, June 2, at Mountain View Cemetery, Camden, with Rev. Paul Harwood officiating.  Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the Children's Cancer Program, 100 U.S. Route One 107, Scarborough, ME 04074.  Arrangements are under the care of Rackliffe Funeral Home, 54 Church St. Belfast.  (Bangor Daily News, Bangor, Maine; Publish Date: Monday, May 29, 2000).

Litchfield, Thorndike, Thorndike Litchfield of Duxbury, formerly of Abington, a pension plan consultant for the Bank of Boston and co-owner of Computer Dynamics, Inc. of Boston, died Monday at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth.  He was 67.  Born in Cohasset, he attended Cohasset schools and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. in 1950.  He resided in Abington for 20 years before moving to Duxbury 21 years ago.  Mr. Litchfield was a former vice president, budget director and senior technical advisor for the New York Power Authority.  He began his career with the power authority in 1971 and was the first engineer assigned to the technical overview support department.  From 1986 to 1988, he served as director of public works for the town of Duxbury.  Mr. Litchfield was an architect and representative for the Sheraton Boston Tower and a junior field engineer for the commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He was a former member of the Abington Planning Board, the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society, the Duxbury Republican Town Committee and the Duxbury Camera Club.  He was the registrar of voters in Duxbury.  From 1943 to 1946, Mr. Litchfield served in the U.S. Army.  He is survived by three daughters, Sandra L. Owen of North Reading, Juliette L. Brown of Hingham and Donna E. of Duxbury; a brother, Alfred F. of Camden, Maine; a sister, Charlotte T. of Zepherhills, Fla.; and five grandchildren.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Shepherd Funeral Home, Kingston.  Burial will be in Mayflower Cemetery, Duxbury.  (Boston Herald, March 18, 1992).

Long, Mildred, SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Mildred (Gilmore) Long, 87, of 1711 Cleveland Avenue died Monday, January 4, 1988, at her home.  Born September 26, 1900, in Exeter, the daughter of John and Nettie (Keller) Gilmore, she was a graduate of Robinson Seminary and a 1922 graduate of University of New Hampshire, moved to California in 1929 and resided there all her life.  A retired high school teacher, she taught for 38 years in San Jose.  A member of National Retired Teachers Association, she was also a member of Eden Chapter, OES, of Ware, Mass.  She attended Calvary Methodist Church.  She is survived by several cousins including Edward Gilmore, Leonard Gilmore, Marion Dudley and Florence Smith, all of Exeter, and Marjorie Goodrich of Stratham.  Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Exeter Cemetery with the Rev. Daniel Weaver of the United Methodist Church officiating.  Memorial donations may be made to the music Department of Exeter High School.  Arrangements are by the Brewitt Funeral Home, Exeter.  (Photo page).

Lynch, Lois Coombs, - 104, of Rockport, in Camden, Sept. 3, 2010. Graveside service, 12:30 p.m., Oct. 16, West Rockport Cemetery, Park St., West Rockport. Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.  (Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, October 13, 2010).

Lynch, Peter Matthew, Age 66, of Marblehead, MA died unexpectedly at home on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010.  He was born in Boston, Sept. 9, 1943.  Peter Graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1966 and from University of Massachusetts in Environmental Engineering - Water Quality Option in 1972.  He was an officer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers and served in Vietnam from October 1968 to October 1969.  He leaves a bereft family including his wife Dorothy of 38 years, two wonderful children Erin Butters and Matthew J. Lynch, Erin's family, including husband Jamie, Jamie's daughters Jordan and Kaeli and our granddaughters Rowan and Emery Mattea (Emery born the day after Peter's untimely death).  He also leaves his mother Lois Coombs Lynch, of Camden, ME, who will be 104 in February, his mother-in-law Joanne W. Latta, and brother-in-law Tom Latta and family in Newport Center, VT.  Please visit the online guestbook at www.mem.com for information on the memorial service in upcoming weeks as well as charitable donations.  Arrangements by the Eustis Cornell Funeral Home Marblehead 781-631-0076.  (The Boston Globe, February 1, 2010).  (Photo from obituary).


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