Contributed by Susan
Description: J. B. Folkes, Mason County Pioneer, DiesDate: October 5 1905
Newspaper published in: Olympia, WA
J. B. Folkes, Mason County Pioneer, Dies
Shelton, Oct. 5. J. B. Folkes, one of Mason County's pioneers, died near Kamilchie Wednesday. Mr. Folkes has been prominent in the county almost from its organization, having come here to live in the early days. He was the first sheriff of the county and had the distinction of bringing to the Sound the first threshing machine which was used first on the Cowlitz and later at Chambers prairie, near Olympia.
Mr. Folkes was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1832, and came to America when a child. He crossed the plains in 1852, locating in Mason County where he engaged in farming and lumbering. He married Sornelia Taylor of Chehalis County in 1873. The widow and three children survive him. The children are W. H. Folkes, living at Ellensburg, and J. B. Folkes and Mrs. Hattie Bartel of Mason County.
The funeral will occur tomorrow.