Friday, May 2, 2014

Hotel Sumas and the Howell Family...part 2 of 3

Posted with permission from the Cregan Marmont Collection
This is a great photograph of the Howell family in Sumas, WA. 
Listed left to right as followed:
Front row: Teresa Howell (1885-1963)  and Henry Robert ( Hank)  Howell (1883-?)
Middle row:  James T. Howell (1868-1937),  Grandma Ellen (Shanahan) Howell  (1847-1919),  Thomas James Howell (1843-1920), Ellen Nellie Howell (1869-1942)
Back Row:  Mary Howell (1885-1963),  John (Jack) Shanahan Howell (1877-1948),  Thomas William Howell (1875-1918), Margaret Dorothy Howell (1874-1942)
The babies don't appear to be identified.
Posted with permission from the Cregan Marmont collection.
 The Howell family home in Sumas, Washington.  The exact location of this house in Sumas is not known.  As many of the original houses in Sumas they were usually torn down to make room for progress .  It looked like it was well kept and had what appeared to be a delightful garden in front .  
Posted with permission from the Cregan Marmont collection
This is a lovely picture of Margaret Dorothy Howell, a daughter of the proprietor of the Hotel Sumas.  If you observe the picture above you will recognize the fencing around the porch of the family house.  Margaret is seated next to the fencing enjoying the adoring gaze of the dog next to her.  If you look at the picture of the Hotel Sumas in my last posting you will see the same dog poised with the people on the front boardwalk. 
 I wonder if the Hotel Sumas is the white building in the background of this photograph.  I have no way of knowing for sure but it has the same basic shape.  Without knowing where their house was located we will probably never know. 
In my next posting we will learn about how young Margaret Howell met her future husband.

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