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Historic Laurel Grove Cemetery Tour

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Hidden : 5/26/2006
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Find cache at N 48 07. ABC W 122 47. DEF

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A Prussian emigre, Charles Eisenbeis arrived in Port Townsend in 1858.

Imbued with a strong entrepreneurial drive, he was also infected with the popular delusion that Port Townsend would become a major seaport. To this end he established and operated, among other enterprises, a cracker factory, a brickyard, and the first brewery in Washington Territory.

Eisenbeis was the town’s first mayor, and served three terms.

During the late 19th century he was involved in almost every large scale political and economic project in Port Townsend, including such star-crossed ventures as the Port Townsend Southern Railroad and the Eisenbeis Hotel. The latter, completed just weeks before the big bust, never served a single guest.

Although of relatively humble beginnings, Eisenbeis projected such archetypical Prussian demeanor that he was often referred to as the “Baron”. He had a penchant for grand style, and was never satisfied with anything but the biggest and the best. He modeled his home, now known as Manresa castle, after the great estates of Bavaria.



As did many of his contemporaries, he lost most of his wealth in the depression of 1890. Despite the economic reversals, he never conceded his pride or dreams. When he died he was buried, true to form, under the biggest tombstone in town.

Find the last digit of the year son Fred was born in, and subtract 1 =A




Sarah Cheney was one of the 11 young women in the first group of "Mercer Girls", who sailed from Massachusetts in 1863. These were young women brought to Washington by Asa Mercer, the first president of the University of Washington. Some say it was a lack of teachers, and some say a lack of marriageable young women that drove him to travel to the east coast.

Sarah was to teach art at the university, but no students enrolled for her class. She also had been trained in music and was further discouraged by the appearance of only three students after being given alternate assignment to that department. She applied for a job teaching in Port Townsend, and was welcomed with open arms by the young city. Many of Port Townsend’s children received their first training under her tutelage.

During a dance at Fort Townsend, Sarah met Charles Willoughby, then serving as master of the coast survey ship Fauntleroy, and they were married October 5, 1865. He was a widower with a three year old son. They had five more children together. He later spent time as the Indian agent on the Makah reservation at Neah Bay. The older children learned to speak both the Makah and Quinalt tongues.

After Captain Willoughby’s death in 1888, Sarah returned to Port Townsend and invested in real estate and the Call newspaper, where various of her sons worked in later years. She died of ptomaine poisoning at the age of 72.

The third digit in the year Sarah was born=B



L B Hastings was born in Vermont, came to Oregon in 1849 and settled in Portland, where he worked for a time with F W Pettygrove. In 1851, Hastings and Pettygrove left Portland en route to Puget Sound.

In a little flat bottomed skiff they paddled down the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, and up the Cowlitz as far as they could go. From here they trudged sixty miles through unbroken wilderness, carrying their food and blankets, to the headwaters of Puget Sound.

They settled on Port Townsend Bay as their future home, and returned to Portland. Hastings purchased the pilot boat Mary Taylor which brought the two families and a few additional settlers to Port Townsend, arriving in February of 1852. Lucinda Hastings is credited with being the first white woman in town, as she preceded Mrs. Pettygrove off the boat.



The Hastings and Pettygroves were fortunate to have Alfred Plummer awaiting them with the cabin he had constructed - as it was recalled in later years that a foot of snow fell during their first night on shore. The then single Plummer and Charles Bachelder shared the 15 by 30 foot cabin with the two families for that first winter.

Loren B Hastings lived 66 years, 6 months and 2"C" days




Perhaps James Swan should be counted as one of Port Townsend's most famous citizens, but there are many here who would not recognize the name of this incredible and paradoxical man. Friend of the Puget Sound Indians, Swan is perhaps best remembered as a frontier scientist whose interest in Native American culture led him to collect many of the Smithsonian Institution's most valued artifacts from this area.

But Swan was not a person of single dimension. His occupations and preoccupations included anthropologist, student of nature and literature, promoter, historian, ethnographer, folklorist, naturalist, lawyer, legal legislator, doctor, cook, schoolteacher, musician, artist, journalist, boat-builder, commission merchant, justice of the peace, diplomat, linguist, notary public, county school superintendent, railroad speculator, customs official, homesteader and explorer.

He was an obsessive diarist, and an indefatigueable man driven by a flywheel of curiousity.

Swan's life was filled with failed enterprises and false starts that led to crankiness, bouts of excessive drunkenness and poverty. Still, it is hard not to love a man whose imaginative ambitions included a fantasy of making paper from Puget Sound seaweed.

The same hindsight that notes his failures shows us a lifetime of continuous curiosity and dedication that provided a fund of knowledge and collection of artifacts that simply would not have been preserved if he had not lived as he did.

When he died, his debts were greater than his assets, and his executer had trouble raising enough money for his gravestone.

The last digit in the year of Swan's death = D




Alfred Augustus Plummer came to Port Townsend in April of 1851, attracted by the deep harbor for purposes of logging.

A native of Maine, Plummer had come to Puget Sound via Texas, traveling across northern Mexico to Mazatlan in 1849, just after the conclusion of the Mexican War.

Uninterested in prospecting, Plummer became a hotel keeper in San Francisco.There he met Captain Lafayette Balch, who had made several trips to Puget Sound for piling and squared timbers. He advised Plummer to head north.

Plummer is generally acclaimed as the "founder" of Port Townsend by virtue of the date on his land claim, filed in Olympia in 1851.

Plummer became county auditor, an office that gave him the distinction of recording the first marriage license - his own, to Anna Hill.

Add the last digit in the year of Alfred's birth to the last digit in the year of Anna's birth = E




Oregon's largest city is something of a half-sister to Port Townsend, as they were both cofounded by Francis Pettygrove.

With a good friend from New England, Pettygrove established the Oregon settlement in 1844. Pettygrove wished to name the new city for the largest city in his native state of Maine, while his partner wanted to call it Boston. They flipped a coin, and Pettygrove won.

In 1851, Pettygrove sold his holdings and joined Loren Hastings to settle farther north in Port Townsend. Here he helped lay out the town and became it's first postmaster. He was later superintendent of schools.

The day in October of Pettygrove's death =F


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We came with a small cache to hide here, but ended up feeling uncomfortable having a trading cache in the cemetery. So, this is just another film canister. We'll give you history here, and trinkets someplace else. Please bring your own writing instrument. Enjoy!

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