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Olympia Daily Recorder
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Description: Funeral of Mr. Alexander

Date: August 14 1916

Newspaper published in: Olympia, WA

Page/Column: 4

Funeral of Mr. Alexander

The funeral of John S. Alexander was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock in the McClintic Chapel, Mrs. Duncan Bigelow of the Christian Science society, officiating. The Ladies of the G. A. R. Milroy Circle attended the funeral in a body. Mr. Alexander was a pioneer resident of Olympia and died after a lingering illness.

Mr. Alexander was 80 years of age. He leaves six children and his wife, Mrs. Anna Alexander. The children are: Mrs. Francis Goin, Mrs. Fred McElroy, Martin E. Alexander, Emery Alexander, Mrs. McLean, Mrs. M. Bateson, and Abraham L. Alexander, of Coupeville. Death was brought on by paralysis.

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, of Irish parentage, Mr. Alexander came to Puget Sound when Washington was a territory and landed at the famous Denny colony at Alki Point, near Seattle, in November of 1851, and came by prairie schooner to Olympia. He was a boy of 15 when his parents crossed the plains. Later they took up a donation claim on Whidbey Island. When still a boy, he served in the Indian Wars of 1855-56, being stationed at Fort Ebey on the Snohomish River.

Later he went into business in Whatcom, now Bellingham, but abandoned business to become a shipbuilder in 1860. One of the boats he built is the little steamer Success, which operated between Sound ports for a number of years and is still in use as a tug on Lake Washington. Mr. Alexander joined the Masonic Lodge in Coupeville and was master of the lodge for a number of years. He served as assessor and sheriff of Island County and was in the state legislature in 1881.

After farming for a number of years and following up shipbuilding, he moved to Olympia several years ago to make his home where his family first settled in this state.


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