Thursday, November 19, 2015

Historic Houses of Sumas, WA - Part 4 of 4.....The Gillies House

The Gillies house was one of the houses featured on the 2015 horse-drawn historic house tour.  The current owner has done a great job of restoration in a successful attempt to return the house to its original splendor.

This gorgeous house, with the circular drive, was built in 1910 by John Campbell Gillies.  John and his brother George operated several sawmills and the local Funeral Home.  George also built a Sumas home located across the street at 416 Garfield Ave.

Picture 1
Posted with permission from the Custer collection
Photograph taken 14 June, 1911 ....looking SW.

Picture 2
Posted with permission from the Custer collection
John and Alice Gillies
married 29 June, 1898
(buried in the Sumas cemetery).



Lizette Custer (the Gillie’s house current owner) kindly provided an informational sheet on the history of the house:
Posted with permission from Custer collection.

Picture 3
Posted with permission from the Custer collection.
Gillies Funeral Home as it looked on the NE corner of Cherry Street and Harrison Ave. in Sumas, WA
photograph taken circa 1930?

Picture 4
posted with permission from the Custer collection.
A winter landscape with the Gillies house.
Date unknown.

Picture 5
Posted with permission from the Custer collection
An interesting photograph of the interior of the Gillies house.  The ladies are busy shelling peas.

Picture 6
Posted with permission from the Custer collection.
A delightful picture of Alice in her garden.

Picture 7
Photograph taken by Deborah Morgan, October 24, 2015
The Gillies house as it looked for the historical house tour sponsored by the Friends of the Sumas library.  



1 comment:

  1. My Grandmother Ethel B Bristol (Gillies) is pictured in the picture Shelling Peas dressed in white and sitting across from her mother Alice.

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