Clarence and Minnie Nichols Family Collection Description

CLARENCE A. (1855-1933) AND MINNIE NICHOLS FAMILY. Photograph Album; n.d., 1901, 1905, 1925-1942. .2 cu. ft.

Clarence A. Nichols was born in Essex County, New York, in 1855. His family settled in Postville, Iowa, in 1865. At the age of 21, Nichols moved to Alma, Nebraska, where he met and married Minnie Merry. In 1888, the couple and their five children traveled west and settled in Geneva near Bellingham, Washington. Clarence worked as a carpenter in the Bellingham area, where they had four additional children. Six of the Nichols’ children survived to adulthood: Guy and Relta of Seattle, Washington; Matie of Vancouver, British Columbia; Lucille of Paso Robles, California; and Lyda and Richard of Bellingham, Washington. The couple had eight grandchildren: Clyde and Vera Walsworth, Margaret and Robert Nichols-Byrnes, Charles and Mary Jean Cook, Marion Nichols, and Martin Kuehl. Clarence Nichols was also a member of the Fairhaven Yeomen lodge. Clarence Nichols died in Bellingham, Washington, in 1933.

The collection consists of a photograph album of the Clarence and Minnie Nichols Family of Bellingham, Washington. The 24-page album contains 61 black and white prints, a newspaper clipping of Clarence Nichols’ obituary, and a clipping of a poem entitled, “Four-Leaf Clover.” There are 24 prints on the front sides of the album pages, two of which are dated 1901 and 1905. Subjects of these photographs include: the bark Big Bonanza in Unimak Pass, Alaska; Cape Flattery and Tatoosh Island, Washington; the interior of St. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, the church graveyard, and a barabara at Nushagak, Alaska; and the following Bellingham, Washington scenes: Chuckanut Bay, Third Point, Whatcom Creek, Deception Pass, Bellingham Bay, Dead Man’s Point, an Indian canoe race, the Pacific American Fisheries Co. Cannery in Fairhaven, the Nichols’ cabin on Lake Whatcom, and the Nichols Family seated for dinner inside their house on 24th Street. The other family photographs in the album were added later, and date from 1925 to 1942. Subjects of these photographs include: Clarence Nichols’ grave; Minnie Nichols; Vera Walsworth’s wedding; a pioneer’s day parade in Paso Robles, California; and the Nichols’ children, grandchildren and friends in Washington and California.

The collection was acquired by the archives in 2005.


JAS (7/2005)

Photograph list:

Single photographs mounted on the front side of album pages:

1. “Bark Big Bonanza, Unimak Pass, Alaska.” Distant view of ship (4 X 5 inch).

2. “Cape Flattery and Tatoosh Island” View from ship (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

3. “Interior Greek Catholic Church. Nushagak, Alaska” St. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

4. “Indian Dug Out. Nushagak, Alaska.” Barabara (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

5. “Greek Catholic Grave Yard. Nushagak, Alaska” Grave markers in church cemetery (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

6. “Chuckanut Bay.” Scenic view near sunset (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

7. “Third Point.” Rocky shoreline scene (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

8. “In the woods near Chuckanut Bay.” View of cabin on path in woods (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

9. Rocky shoreline scene (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

10. “Chuckanut Falls, Whatcom Creek.” Two people at end of small waterfall (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

11. “Blue Canyon Falls. Whatcom Creek.” Man standing at base of waterfall (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

12. “Chuckanut Bay looking north. Dot Island in distance.” (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

13. “Deception Pass.” View of island passage from boat (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

14. “Deception Pass.” Another view of island passage from boat (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

15. “Indian Canoe Race. 4th of July.” Three canoes in race (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

16. “Surf on Third Point. Bellingham Bay.” Scene on rocky coastline (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

17. “Sunset June 22, 1901. Showing Third Point in distance” View from hillside (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

18. “115,000 Salmon in P. A. F. Cannery” Interior view of Pacific American Fisheries Co. Cannery in Fairhaven (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

19. “Point north of Sheet Metal Works. Bellingham Bay.” Man standing on rocks at point (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

20. “In the woods in Skagit Co.” Large trees (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

21. “Snow scene at the foot of Chuckanut Mt.” Woodland scene (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

22. “Dead Man’s Point.” (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

23. “Your old log cabin home. Lake Whatcom.” (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

24. “Our dining room, ready for dinner on 24th St., about 1905.” Family of eleven men, women and children seated around table (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

Photographs added to album, primarily to the reverse side of album pages:

Page 1, Reverse (2 prints):

1a. “Arrilla, 3 yrs.” Small girl in white dress on steps (3.25 X 5.25 inch).

1b. “Freddie Billenger, 9 month old baby” Woman holding baby in vegetable garden (2.75 X 4.5 inch).

Page 2, Reverse (4 prints):

2a. “Lucille in her flower garden” (2.75 X 4.25 inch).

2b. “Vera wedding Nov. 1938” Wedding party in living room (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

2c. “Pioneer day 1938” Wagon and horse team with parade sign, “Coffin Carriage and Paso Robles 1892” (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

2d. “Another view of the mules” Mule team in downtown parade (2.75 X 4.5 inch).

Page 3, Reverse (one print):

3a. “1st summer time 1925, 336 N. Laust Nichols Hall” Group photo of sixteen women and girls in front yard of house (3.5 X 5.5 inch).

Page 4, Reverse (3 prints):

4a. “Mother & Lucille in her back yard Jan. 1939” (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

4b. “Lucille in her back yard.” Lucille standing in front of automobile, same day as above (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

4c. “Lucille in her chaps” Lucile in broad-brimmed hat standing in yard (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

Page 5, Reverse (3 prints):

5a. “C. A. Nichols grave 1933 June 25” Clarence A. Nichols grave in cemetery with headstone and flowers (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

5b. “For her father’s grave June 25, 1933, the wreath Lucille sent” Man in hat holding large wreath of flowers (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

5c. “My 77 Birthday, Aug. 1, 1936” Large family group around picnic table. Birthday may have been for Mrs. Minnie Nichols, wife of Clarence A. Nichols (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

Page 6, Reverse (3 prints):

6a. “Relta past, before she left Lucille when she was on her trip” Group photo with dog at side of road; July 1938 (3 X 3.75 inch).

6b. “Otto in the back yard” Man in front of car, same as in Photo No. 4b (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

Page 7, Front and Reverse (4 prints):

7a. “Lucille” Lucille in same outfit as in Photo No. 4c (Front of page, 2.5 X3.5 inch).

7b. “Minnie Nichols, Marie Scanland, January 18, 1939, 7620 Waring Ave. Hollywood, California” (2.75 X 4.5 inch).

7c. “Carl S. Scanland, Jr. ‘Buddy’ January 20, 1939, 7620 Waring Ave., Hollywood, Calif.” Small boy in yard (2.75 X 4.5 inch).

7d. “Minnie Nichols, Marie Scanland, Lucy Scanland. Taken January 18, 1939. 7620 Waring Ave., Hollywood, California” (2.75 X 4.5 inch).

Page 8, Front (2 prints):

8a. “Austin, Nell, Jimmie & the baby, July 1936” Group photo of family next to house (2.75 X 4.25 inch).

8b. “Martin & Fred & Vera at San Miguel Mission” Woman, man and boy standing next to large bell (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

Page 9, Reverse (3 prints):

9a. “Carl S. Scanland & Carl S. Scanland Jr., January 1939, 7620 Waring Ave, Hollywood, Calif.” Man and small boy in car seat (2.75 X 4.5 inch).

9b. Woman and small girl sitting on front lawn of house (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

9c. Same woman and small girl in dresses and hats standing at side of house (2.75 X 3.75 inch).

Page 10, Reverse (3 prints):

10a. “Vera’s wedding, minister & wife” Wedding photo in living room (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

10b. “Joe, Matie, Vera, Kenney” Wedding photo in living room (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

10c. “Vera & Kenny’s wedding, minister & wife & others” Wedding photo in living room (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

Page 11, Reverse (3 prints):

11a. “Barbara as flower girl at Arrilla’s wedding” (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

11b. “Barbara in front of her play house, 1338 Garden St.” (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

11c. “Mother & Barbara” Elderly woman in coat and girl on tricycle (2.75 X 3.75 inch).

Page 12, Reverse (2 prints):

12a. Two women in Sunday hats standing on sidewalk (2.75 X 4.5 inch).

12b. Woman and man in Sunday dress standing on sidewalk (2.75 X 4.5 inch).

Page 13, Reverse (3 prints):

13a. “There were 12 mules on this wagon. Driven with a jerk line.” Mule team and wagon in parade (2.75 X 4.5 inch).

13b. “Barbara & her cat” Small girl and cat on house steps (2.75 X 3.75 inch).

13c. “Martin & Barbara , 338 N. Garden” Man and small girl in yard of house (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

Page 17, Reverse (1 print):

17a. “Mr. & Mrs. Staajlon [?]” Elderly couple in garden (3.75 X 4.75 inch).

Page 23, Reverse (1 print):

23a. “Kenny, Vera & ‘Punky’ April ’42, Richmond, Calif.” Couple on bicycles with small dog in basket (2.75 X 3.75 inch).

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