Monday, September 8, 2014

Sumas Roundup - "See 'Em Buck!"...part 12 of 15

Just when I thought I was almost finished posting about the Sumas Roundup I received wonderful e-mails from two different gentlemen who had more information on the subject.  Thanks to their generous contributions I have a few more postings and revisions to make.

Photograph posted with permission from the collection of Mr. M. Miller.
This is a photograph of Art Linn entertaining the crowd with a tomahawk dance.  Arthur Linn was the secretary for the Round-Up Association and a respected  businessman in Sumas.  
The following biography is  in the History of Whatcom County, Volume 2, Lottie Roeder Roth, Published 1926, page 262.  It is also available on the following on-line link:
"Linn, Arthur W.
    Arthur W. Linn, one of the representative business men of Sumas and formerly mayor of the town, received no assistance at the outset of his career and all that he now possesses has been won through the medium of his own efforts. He was born January 12, 1884, in the state of Minnesota, and is a son of John and Mary (Linnell) Linn, natives of Sweden. They have lived in Minnesota since pioneer times, and the father has reached the ninetieth milestone on life's journey, while the mother is eighty-four years of age.
    Arthur W. Linn received his education in the public schools of his native state and in 1901, when a youth of seventeen, came to Washington. He attended a business college of Seattle and worked for several years in Whatcom county, filling various positions. He saved as much a possible from his earnings and in 1911 embarked upon an independent venture. In partnership with Roy C. Tudor he opened a grocery store in Sumas, and they have since conducted the business. Their stock is always the best that the market affords, the prices are reasonable and the business in conducted in accordance with the highest standards of commercial ethics. The members of the firm are enterprising business men of good judgment and have established a large trade.
    In 1907 Mr. Linn married Nannie Holmberg, who was born in Minnesota and came to Seattle during her girlhood. Six children were born to them, but Willard, the second son, died in infancy, and Ray, the fourth in order of birth, is also deceased. The others are: Vernon, a student at the University of Washington and a member of the Beta Kappa fraternity; Ruth, aged twelve years; and Leonard and James.
    Mr. Linn is allied with the republican party and for three years was a member of the Sumas board of aldermen. He served as mayor for two years and his administration was strongly commended, being directed by a loyal and sincere regard for the people's interests. He is secretary and one of the trustees of the Sumas Roundup Association, which he aided in organizing, and along fraternal lines is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is loyal to every cause which he espouses and faithful to every duty, and the respect accorded him is well deserved."

Many thanks to a generous anonymous contributor for sharing this fascinating expansion to the "See Em Buck" series! Look forward to more postings...   

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