.Charles H. Bakeman.

contributed by:  Pat Drees

.Snohomish County Tribune (Washington) .
. October 2, 1952.

.Charles Bakeman

Pioneer Merchant

Dies Here Tuesday.

.Snohomish lost another of its old-time pioneers Tuesday when Charles H. Bakeman, 92, passed away at his home here after a brief illness.

Long a figure in Snohomish's business and civic life, Bakeman had made his home here for almost 70 years. Until a few days before death, he kept regular business hours at his furniture store and retained a keen interest in community and business affairs.

The funeral will be held Friday at 3 pm from the Bakeman-Whyte Funeral Home. many local businesses will be closed during the hour of the funeral.

Bakeman came to Snohomish in 1883 just a few months after he came west from his birthplace in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. He established a carriage and furniture shop, the first of its kind in the county, and therein manufactured many items of furniture needed but not easily obtainable in those early days.

About a year later he added casket manufacture and undertaking to his line when ice on the river  made importation of caskets difficult. He continued in that line through much of his business life in Snohomish, selling the undertaking department to his business in the middle-twenties to A.C. Whyte. Mr. Bakeman then returned to the retailing of furniture until last week.

At various times, Mr. Bakeman was mayor, council member, school board member, and took and active part in community, civic and fraternal organizations.

Mr. Bakeman is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Inez Fulton of Mercer Island and Mrs. Frances Hodge of Snohomish; one son, Charles T. of San Francisco, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

.(Note: The Bartels and the Bakeman Families came from Crivitz, Mechlinburg (also Mecklenberg), now part of Germany.  Louisa Dorothea Bartels Bakeman, her husband John, father Crist Bartels, three sons, George, John, Charles and one daughter Emily lived in town of Peshtigo, surviving the Great Peshtigo Fire of October 8, 1871. They continued to live there until 1883 when the family moved to Snohomish, Washington) Please also see:  Peshtigo Fire Home Page


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