This headstone is located in the Woodinville Mead Memorial Cemetery in Woodinville, WA. If some of you are thinking the name sounds familiar, you’re right. Woodinville is home to Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Red Hook microbrewery.
But long before these all came about, this area of King County was so heavily forested that tree stumps were used as shelters and even temporary housing. Sawmills sprouted at various sites throughout what was to become Washington Territory so that by 1889, the year of statehood, 310 mills from the Columbia to the Canadian line, were cutting 1.06 million board feet of lumber.
Yet loggers had little use for the cleared land. As they moved deeper into the forests, the farmers came along and discovered the rich soil.
Thus, the farming community of Woodinville came about.
The original “cemetery” was located on the Ira and Susan Woodin property. First used for burials in the late 1870s, it was officially deeded to the citizens of Woodinville on April 4, 1898, ten years after this unknown tenant took up residence.
Stones like these are like catnip to cemetery enthusiasts and mystery writers alike. Who was he? Did he play a part in Woodinville’s history or was he just passing through? More importantly, isn’t it interesting how an ostensibly simple community cemetery still manages to retain a fascinating sense of mystery for its visitors?