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Please use the Query Form to post queries to this page. Queries must mention a connection to Cowlitz County, WA. For best results, include as much information as you can in your query - for example, approximate time periods, locations within Cowlitz County, etc. Please note that queries are not automatically posted to this page. I generally update the site on weekends, so your query will appear no later than the first weekend after I receive your query. I will notify you as soon as your query is posted.
Bonnie Newman 25 Feb 2017
I am researching the time period in my father's life (@1922-1924) when he worked as a lumberjack in Washington. I believe he worked for E.S. Collins Silver Lake Railway and Lumber Company. I am trying to find more detailed information. From a 1919 obituary I know they had at least two camps. In January 1922 they were about to "reopen" one. I'm also trying to locate a map of the line's route from Castle Rock to Silver Lake. Could you suggest a resource (i.e., book/ article/author) that I could follow for a more detailed history of the company's camps and rail line? I have a photo my father took of some of his coworkers grouped around an engine. I have been unable to locate pictorial records relating specifically to the company. Would you happen to know if one exists?I am extremely grateful for any assistance you could provide.
Jerry Olson 18 Dec 2016
I am looking for descendants or relatives of Helen Laati, Woodland High School, Class of 1930. Her parents were farmers in the Little Kalama area, and they are all buried in Abel cemetery on Hwy 503. She was a family friend, died in 1959, and I just came into a box of photos and notes that I would like to share with someone that would care. Her mother died in Portland later in a nursing home. My aunt, who was the best friend of Helen, would visit her often, and is the source of these mementos. [Editor's note: Helen was the daughter of Tobias and Hilja Laati.]
Dianna 10 Aug 2016
i'm looking for information on Lizzie FULLER née HOWELL who died in Cowlitz County, 1945, and her husband, William Edward FULLER 1872-1929. Both buried in IOOF Cemetery Cowlitz county, WA. This couple had at least 7 children. William is the son of Sherwell Nelson FULLER, b 1848 in Armstrong County PA.
Editor's Note: within a week, I received three separate queires (that could be connected) about the Cowliz County Farm & Hospital in Lexington. These queries are grouped below. If you have additional information, please let me know, too.
Ruth (Ashford) Ballentine 24 Jun 2016
I am looking for the street address for the Cowlitz County Farm and hospital or maybe it will be referred to as Poor Farm. My half brothers were there in the early 40's 1941 until they died. Their names are Wallace R. Jr. and Grant Ashford. Their parents are Wallace (Wally) and Jennie (Hango) Ashford. The only written information I have found online proving the it existed is from the 1940 censes (Lexington Election Pct 9, Lexington, Institution(s): Cowlitz County Farm and Hospital). By the entries in Wallace's journal I believe it to have been on or near the West Side Highway - near enough to see the military vehicles drive by, close enough to the Cowlitz river to watch it rise high enough to worry about it cresting and close to the train tracks to watch the trains go by. Thank you.
Leona Johnson 24 Jun 2016
Do you have any idea where I could find information on a business from the 1940's. The name of it was "Cowlitz County Farm and Hospital" it was in the Lexington area? It was run by a Isaac Chuinard, it had several nurses, maids, gardeners and inmates, according to 1940 census records on Chuinard.
Brenda Ashford 24 Jun 2016
My husband had two cousins who were born with genetic anomalies that made them unable to care for themselves as they grew up. It was a muscular disabiity, not a mental disability. In 1941 they were both young men in their late teens or early twenties. They were confined at the Cowlitz County Farm & Hospital. I have located that institution in the 1940 census with an address on West Side Parkway, Lexington, WA. It had a staff and about 25 inmates In the 1930 census it was listed as the Cowlitz County Farm on Lexington Road. There was a head, some lodgers, and about 25 inmates. Does anyone know anything about this institution?
9 Jun 2016
I am looking for information re: Charles Henry Windnagle and wife Bessie Shaw who lived in Kalama, WA from about 1918 until their deaths in 1966 and 1971 respectively. They are buried in the IOOF Cemetery. Charles was an assistant bank clerk and rose to Manager of National Bank (per 1940 census). They had 3 children: Dorothy b: 1915 in Portland, OR; Maxwell Robert b: 1916 also Portland, OR; Lois Marian b: 1926 in Kalama, WA. Very interesting tidbit that I'd like to learn more about: I found a marriage record for Dorothy married to Kenneth Seller or Sellers "at the Bride's house Kalama, WA" on 6 May 1939. Lois Marian, little sister to Dorothy died that same day. If anyone knows what happened on 6 May 1939 or any other information about the Charles and Bessie Windnagle family, please contact me. Thanks!
Ralph Clark 9 Jun 2016
Looking for a death notice or obit for Maxine L. Hoepfer who died approx 1982-1984.
Thomas 4 Mar 2016
I have been able to trace my great-grandfather to the Kelso area around 1915. I believe he worked for the McLane Lumber and Shingle mill. If you could give me any info on the mill that would be wonderful.