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PAG TWO THE ARLINGTON TIMES, A]L](I0N, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 1939 ii r l lll i [ f i ............. i i i i i i if" L FACTS ABOUT THE PIONEER TOFTEZEN FAMILY The following article presents facts about the Toftezen pioneer family. The first one of the family to arrive on the Puget Sound area was Zakarias Martin Toftezen. Several others of his relatives ar- rived later and settled on Whid- by Island and in the Stillagua- mish Valley. A qbrief history will be given of the six individuals who were intimately connected with history of the first pioneers of Puget Sound in the locality of the lower Stillaguamish Valley and adjacent islands. Zakarias Martin Toftezen was born at Levanger, Norway, Sep- tember 17th, 1821. His father was a merchant in Levanger, but young Martin sailed from Ham- merfest, Norway, in the spring of 1847 to become a seaman. He ar- rived in England and later that year proceeded to New Orleans, U.S.A. Joins Gold Rush. The gold rush to ,California had already begun and news of it at- tracted Martin and a friend who set out together on horseback via the Santa Fe Trail for Califor- nia. However, the two met with hostile Indians and were forced to separate. Tqftezen then set out alone, lost the Santa Fe Trail, picked up the Oregon Trail, came to Portland, and fin, ally took the trail to Fort Steilacoom, Washing- ton, arriving there in the fall of 1849. At Fort Steilacoom, Martin be- came friendly with a Mr. Freund and a Mr. Sumner. Together, the three men purchased a small boat and set out to cruise among the islands of Puget Sound in order to find a suitable location for a home. One sunny day in Decem- ber, 1849, they sailed up the Sara- toga Pass directly towards the present site of Oak Harbor, Whid- by Island. This location, the men decided, was the most beautiful spot they had discovered in all their travels, and they went ashore. They soon made peace with the Indians residing in the village established there, and re- ciprocal offers of peace were made and accepted. Shortly after the arrival of the three home- seekers, Mr. Toftezen filed on 320 acres of land, and so did his part- ners, Mr. Freund and Mr. Sum- ner. The next page of the Toftezen history is blank. No more is known of Martin until the year 1858 when another Norwegian, Eilert Graham, of Lindesnes, Norway, sailed around Cape Horn to San Francisco, and thence to Oak Har- boi. Graham and Toftezen be- came close friends and the former settled there. Martin Toftezen was made a citizen of the United States in the District Court at Port Townsend, April 25th, 1863. Later that year records will show that Martin Toftezen's mother, Emmerence, a daughter, Bernhardine, a brother, Ole Christianson, with his wife, Sophia, and a stepdaughter, Ma- rie, erabarked on a sailing vessel from Norway for Oak Harbor, via New York, Cape Horn, and San Francisco. The Ole Christianson family came only as far as New York, remaining there for some years, but the other members of the party sailed on, finally ar- riving at Oak Harbor in 1865. Bernhardine Married in 1866. It appears in the records that on the 22nd day of October, 1866, Bernhardine Toftezen was mar- ried to Eilert Graham at Victoria Cathedral, Victoria, Vancouver Island, and that on December 1st 1867, Mr. and Mrs. Eiler,t Graham and Emmerence Toftezen moved to from Oak Harbor across the sound to Utsaladdy, Washington. City Market Easter Specials SIRLOIN ANg RIB STEAKS, PER LB, - 20c GROUND BEEF, PER LB, - - - 15c SHORT RIBS, PER LB, - - - 12c BEEFLIVERS, PER LB, - - - 15c LAMB STEW, PER LB, - - - 12c GET OUR PRICES ON CANNING BEEF GEORGE MURPHY ARLINGTON, WASHINGTON PA I IN.T SALE FAMOUS OLD HOUSE PAINT SWP No. 450 UND[RCOATrR Stucco AND Concrete Paint SHERWIN- WILLIAMS SEMI-LUSTRE QUICK DRYING DEX FOR LINOLEUM PORCH and DECK PAINT For lasting beauty and pro- Per Gals. In 5s tectlon. 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In 1868 they moved to the main- land and filed a claim which was located on the north side of HaLt Slough below the present HaLt Slough bridge. Here Emmerence Toftezen died October 22, 1871, and was buried on the homestead, for there was no established cem- etery at that early date. Later, when a cemetery was established on the Hunt place north of Stan- wood, her remains were moved to it. Emmerence Totezen, who was born in 1792, is the only known white person who has lived in this district wh was born in the 18th century. Mr. and Mrs. Ole Christianson Totfezen and the daughter Marie cme from New York and settled at Coupeville, Washington, in 1874, later moving to Utsaladdy, where they. lived a short time, and finally settled at Stanwood. Ole Christianson Toftezen died in 1884 and was buried beside his mother in the Hunt cemetery. His wife, Sophia, continued to live at Stanwood until her death in 1894. She was buried in the Lutheran Cemetery at East Stanwood. The Graham family moved to Camano Island, residing there permanently until their deaths Mr. Graham died in 1884 and Mrs Graham in 1906. Both of them were buried in the Camano Island Cemetery. Zakarias Martin Tof- tezen lived continuously at Oak Harbor for fifty-one years. He died there August 13, 1901, and was buried in the Freund ceme- tery. Then a few years ago, friends of the Toftezen family found that the graves were not properly car- :ed for. As a consequence, a few ,public spirited men of East Stan- wood called a meeting and organ- ized what is known as the ToG ,tezen Memorial Committe for the purpose of moving the remains from the abandoned cemeteries to ,the Lutheran Cemetery at East Stanwood, a task now completed. Memorial Service May 27. The Toftezen Memorial Com- mittee realized that this family repzesented the ,beginning of the white man's history in this part of Northwes,t Washington, and the Norseman s distinguished part in the history. Therefore, the committee felt that this commem- orative task deserved more than local recognition. The matter was ,brought before the attention of the Sons of Norway Lodges, which have as one of their ob- .jectves the peservation of Norse history. The different Sons of ,Norway Lodges in the Northwest BOOMERANG" COACHED The Class of 1939, A. H. S. pre- sented a well-coached cast in the three-act play, "The Boomerang," last Friday evening, and ,the per- formance was much enjoyed by an attentive audience. The two leading parts, those of "Dr.. Gerald Sumner" and "Vir- ginia Xelva," a nurse who final- ly "captured" the young doctor, were very cleverly interpreted by Earl Verbeck and Betty Bird, who displayed 'both perfect memoriz- ing and good acting. Two other leading parts, those of "Budd Woodbr|dge" and "Grace Tyler" were competently presented by Bill Fowler and Betty Berton, whose task it was to portray the pangs of jealousy. The comedy features of the play were presented 'by Bob Hage, as the very formal butler, and Bab Leach as Cbing, the Chinese ser- vant. Other members of the cast, each fittifig into a particular role, were Valeta Walcher, Louise Wrage, Phyllis Tiland, Frank Ryman and Ragnhild Swalling. Between-acts features included music by the High School orches- tra directed by Thorild Swanson and a vocal duet by John Keast and Gloria Lloyd, who very pleas- ingly rendered an echo song. The cast was coached by Miss Anne E. ,Knudson. REPAIRING DRAG-LINE The drag-line shovel, having completed bank sloping work at the Hunter-Peltier bend, is now undergoing extensive repairs, fol- lowing which it ,will be moved to the Silvana district. appointed a member each ,to co- operate with the Toftezen *Memor- ,ial Committee of East Stanwood. ,The greater committee is now working out plans for financing the erection of a monument, and ,the individual markers for the ,Toftezen family. The larger com- mittee will also have charge of .the program for unveiling and dedication of the Toftezen Mem- orial. These exercises will be held ,at the Lu,theran 'Cemetery, East Stanwood, Washington, May 27, 4939 STANDARD OIL COMPANY OF C/UJIFOIIMIA PRiflNT$ LITTLE EL K They're offf How merrily they go Plumb full of joy and hi-de-ho! "Turn here," two happy porkers say "Our svtimmin' hole is down this way." "Tushl Tushl You boys, don't make me nervous," :l'he third one yells--"First, Standard Scrvicel" Test Standard Gasoline and Servlee -- you'll like the result.. Get our hte "[RAVEL 'TTKES WEEKLT, free while they lastat Standard Stations, " Inc., Authorized Distributor8 and Standard Oil l:)ealet's, USE OUR NATIONAL CREDIT CARD-- GOOD IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND FROM COAST TO COAST STAN00D A mer RESEeVED - New Laws 4-H FAIRS AIDED. One of the minor measures en- acted by the Legislature was that providing an appropriation of $25- 000 to be divided among five state and di, strict 4-H club fairs. This money will. be divided between a Northwest Washington fair, a Southwest Washington fair, a Northeast Washington fair, a Southeast Wash, ington fair, and a state 4-H fair to be held on the state fair grounds at Yakima. The appropriation supplants the for- mer grant for the one state fair. District fairs will be held in the following ,places a,s provided in the act. Chehalis, Lynden, Walla Walla and Yakima. It is specific- ally provided that the Yakima dis- trict fair can be held simultane- ously with the state fair. All the districts provided for in the bill except Yakima are requir- ed to hold thoir shows prior to the Washington State 4-H fair. This should mean a much larger and better exhibit of 4-H work at Yak- ima. The premium list for this year is now being revised and should be in the hands of agents and availble for leaders by the end of April. Dairy Advertising Bill. Another measure of interest to agriculture is that providing for advertising dairy products, with the idea of increasing consump- tion thus, perhaps, improve re- turns to producers. 'Carrying out of the plan will ,be in charge of a commission of five actual producers to be appointed by the governor. The state direct- or of agriculture, and the super- visor of dairy and livestock, will be ex-officio memlbers of the com- mission. A manager will be employed by the commission. Financing the plan is to come from deductions from cream checks amounting to one-tenth to one-fifth of a cent a ,pound of butter-fat. This, it is estimated will cast the average dairy farm- er from 25 to 50 cents per cow per year. While the proposed effort de- pends on other dairy states join- ing in a national drive to promote greater use of milk and dairy products, the lead which can now be taken by the dairymen of this state is expected to hasten dairy people of other dairy states into the program. !HANS HAGEN ATTRACTS J CROWDS WITH FAMOUS DIAMOND DISPLAY Replicas of the most famous dia- monds of history are now on dis- play in ,the windows of Hans Ha- gen's Jewelry Store. The total val- ue of the originals is over nine million dollars. The display is set in a colorful background of regal splendor rep- resenting the pomp ,and luxury of the fabulously rich courts of an- cient monarchs. Sculptured mod- els of slaves kneel down in horn- age bearing on velvet cushions brilliant gems, the originals of which are each worth a king's ransom. Among the interesting exhibits is the giant Kohinoor, which for many centuries has ,been ,a sym- b ol of outstanding worth and beauty. It was discovered four or five thousand years ago. In 1304 A. D. it fell into the hands of the Moguls. In 1839 Nadir Shah, the Persian conqueror, gained posses- sion of ,the Mogul capitol. He learned that the dethroned Mo- hammed wore the jewel hidden in his turban, adir offered Moham- med back his throne then, as a token of fealty and friendship, he cunningly offered to exchange turbans with him. Mohammed dar- ed not refuse so Nadir through, his artifice gained possession of this giant diamond which weighs 106 carets and is estimated to be worth $400,000. Other diamonds in the exhibit bear long and interesting stories of adventure and romance. "The surprising thing about these famous diamonds," said Mr. Hagen in commenting on the ex- hibit, "is that the diamond of to- day surpasses in perfec,tion and color these famous diamonds of history. :So the miss of today will cherish and treasure a gift of a modern diamond ring just as much as these famous diamonds of history." In conjunction with the display a special guessing contest is be- ing held. In the center of the ex- hibit is a mystery diamond. The one who most nearly guesses the correct weight in carats of the or- iginal diamond will receive a Genuine Registered Keeps.ake Dia- mond Ring. The contest closes Saturday evening, May 6 at 6 o'clock and the judging will take place immediately. The winner will be announced at  p. m. Times classified ads. are inex- pensive, and they bring results. Telephone 493. Honey Regulation. Also of interest to farmers was a bill regulating the packing and selling of honey. The control of foul brood and other bee diseases is also aimed at. Another bill which will affect the farm income indirectly was a commission merchant law, com- pelling commission merchants to carry liability insurance. This will, it is believed, help put the commission salesmen on a more even basis with deliverymen for farm co-operatives. Still another measure of inter- est to agriculture is that regulat- ing the sale and distribution of feeds, fertilizers and livestock remedies....i__. BLOSSOM FESTIVAL FRIDAY, SATURDAY The famous Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week. Three days of dances, parades and special events, o cele- brating thousands of acres of ap- ple orchards in bloom. Queen and 60 princesses. Homecoming and dedication ,by Gov. !Clarence D. Martin. Concerts, track meet, Gol- den Jubilee pageant, fireworks. This spectacular festival has been nationally-famous for 20 years. The ,big apple ,blossom parade is Saturday morning. WEAVING EXHIBIT Announcement is made by the Seattle Weavers' Guild of its sec- ond annual exhibit to be held in the Frederick & Nelson auditori- um, Seattle, for one week com- mencing May 31, 1939. The exhibit will attract entries from Washington, Oregon, 'Cali- fornia "and British 'Colunbia and will consist not only of work done recently by weaving enthusiasts but also the showing of numerous heirlooms. Mrs. E. B. Cox, 207 North 47,th street, Seattle, is chairman of the exhibition. Hitting Sensation ST. PETERSBuRG, Fla .... Pat- rick (Pete) Harold Reiser, 19- year-old Brooklyn Dodgers rookie, who, in nine times at "bat has walked once, hit three home runs and five sLgles. rlin01on Zim Successor I;0 TIIE HALLER CITY TIMES VOL. LI. No. 37 Issued Every Thursday Thursday, April 27, 1939. Published at Arlington, Wash. Subscription price 1.50 Per Year. Editor ............. C. L. Marsh Business Manager, J. C. Carpente Entered as secona-cmss matter, Sept. I 1888, in the Pcmt Office at Krllngtoxl. Wswffi "INVITE A MILLION" CAMPAIGN ON Gov. Clarence D. Martin today announced the week of May 13-20 as "Invite a Million" week and urged all citizels of the state to participate by mailing picture postcards to fiends inviting them to visit Washington state this summer. Word has been received here that the scenic postcards may be obtained from the Washington State Progress Commis:mn at Olympia or the State Junior Chamber of Commerce at Seattle. In urging people to send the postcards, Governor Martin said, "Is promotes the geeral welfazc of our state and the Pacific Northwest to urge tourists to come to Washington and see the many scenic wonders of this great state." OPENS FARM MACHINERY SHOP HERE L. B. French, who has farmed on R. 1 for 12 years, has rented his 40-acre ranch near the Pacif- ic highway to Herman Kazen and has opened a farm machinery bus- iness in the building a,t rear .of the Snyder lumber shed, former- ly occupied Iby Ingram's Fifth Street Garage. Mr. Freanch ,announces that he will handle Case and Graham farm tractors, mowers, rakes, plows, manure spreaders, culti- vators, etc., also an extensive line of used trucks suitable for farm use. The meeting for the Boy Scout Mothers and Cub Mothers of Troops 28 and 29 is scheduled for May 1st at 2 p. m. in the base- ment of the Congregational church. The main diversion for the afternoon will be ,the making of curtains for the ooys' club rooms. Tea will be served. Prices Effective Friday, Saturday and Monday Oats Alber's Rlled 9or Minit BagLB' CHEESE Full Cream American Per lb... 14c ISIt 0R T[NIN6 Swift's Pearl Brand LB  "2 OC Pkg. MACARONI Or Spaghetti 3 tbs00; Small White or Red 4 lbs... 19c Miracle Whip SALAD DRESSING For Real Flavor Full qt... 29c KRI:MFL PUDDING 4 Delicious Flavors SUGAR Pure Cane--Fine Gran. 10 LB. Bag 49c TOILET TISSLI[ Silver Cross--Silk Tissue 4 Rolls.. 15c SUPER SUDS Red Pkg. Regular Size 2 for... 15c COCOA The Economical Size to buy 2 Lb. can 15c NALL[Y'S Mayonnaise At a Real Saving I=ull qt... 39c GRAHAM CRACKERS Honey Flavored 3 Pkgs, . . 10c 2 [b, box 19c Prince Albert Tobacco ket IOc or Velvet BULL DURHAM-GOLDEN GRAIN OR DUKES MIXTURE 4 pkgs 15c Hypro Bleaching qt. lOc WEST BEST COFFEE. Fresh Gr. for real flavor Lb. 25c DARIGOLD MILK. Tall Cans ............... 3 for 19c SOUPS. Assorted No. 1 tall cans ............. 4 for 15c CORN PEAS BEANS BEETS No. 2 can No. 2 can No. 2 can No. 2 can HOMINY SAUER KRAUT No. 2 Can No. 2 Can 3 for .... 25c Per Dozen . . . 95c We Reserve the Right to Limit Quantities FRESH PRODUCE HAWLEY'S MARKET POTATOES No. 2 Yakima Gems Price Advancing 50 Lb. sack 49c New Peas ......... Lb. 5c New Potatoes ..6 lbs. 25c Oranges. Med. 3 Doz. 29c GRAPEFRUIT Large Texas Pinks 3 for . . . 19c Swifffs Bacon Half lb. pkg. 1 5c MUTTON STEW Lb. 7c MUTTON ROAST lb. 14c Bacon Sq's. lb. 121/2 c Back Bones 3 Ibs. 25c