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Posted by: Kay Doolittle (ID *****2643) Date: February 22, 2004 at 14:13:49
In Reply to: Re: DOOLITTLES IN MALTBY, WASHINGTON by anonymous of 789

Dear People,

I was cruising on the net and stumbled into your chat room. (Actually, I thought I would "ask Jeeves" who Edward P. Doolittle was.)

Maltby Washington has become a whistlestop and is no longer a "real" town, altho there is a movement for it to become incorporated due to large businesses moving in, the state feeling that they can cut it up for their road-building pleasure and those residents there are a bit paranoid about "Big Brother."

Maltby was originally called "Earl" and is located on Hwy 522 in Western Washington between the towns of Bothell/Woodinville and Monroe. It is located in Snohomish County. Direction from a major city is North Northeast from Seattle.

So now you sorta know about Maltby.

In 1887, a man by the name of Henry Davis homesteaded about 76 acres just south of Maltby in what is now King County (same county as Seattle). In early 1890, his granddaughters Josephine and Edith Protheroe came to visit from Russell Gulch Colorado. They never went back home again.

Jo married a good looking fellow called Fred Grant Doolittle and they moved onto the property near Maltby.

Edith married Herman Randall and turned out more children than her older sister, Jo.

Jo and Fred produced three sons and a stillborn around 1900. Sons were Edward Protheroe, Lynne Arden and Henry Lamont. The stillborn (don't know the sex) was produced nine months after Fred came back from the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska.

Son Edward married Leonora Mattsen and produced a son, Edward "Eddie" Philemon and a daughter, Marjorie Arlene.
Eddie married Barbara Jean Norelius and had five children: Carol, April, Tom, Kay and Shirley.
Arlene married Gordon Duane McDonald and had three children: Gordon "Gordy", Andrew "Andy" and Bruce.

Son Lynne married Rena Brown and had a son, James. James married three different women and produced three children. Jim died early in his third marriage. The family has lost contact with these three children.

Son Henry married Bessie Pulver and had two sons, Lynne Henry "Hank" and Gerald. Hank married Helen Marsfield and adopted a girl, Patricia and a boy, Frederick and then produced two birth children, both girls: JoAnne and Nancy.

Son Gerald married Florence and had a girl, Sandra and a boy, Lawrence. Sandy is married and Larry is still single.

So where do I fit in?

My father is Edward "Eddie" P. Doolittle and presently I live on the family homestead just south of Malby by about three miles. My dad traded property with a nearby housing development and the homestead acres have grown to 100. There is a lake on this property that the original surveyors didn't know about. Our family has enjoyed the cold clear waters of Paradise Lake for generations. It is a springfed lake, although the creek that feeds into it is a major salmon spawning ground. And the creek that leaves the lake continues to spawn salmon.

My great, great, great grandfather Henry Davis was an episcolalian minister and he donated two acres of ground for a cemetery for his family and those pioneers that settle around him. Later he built a church, which burned down during a hot summer, two years later. Only the organ and a pew were saved. The organ sits in the entry of my father's house.

The cemetery is still there and still in use. Reading the headstones give one the idea of who the major homesteading families were. These were only those that homesteaded Paradise Valley.

Maltby's cemetery is really Bear Creek Cemetery. It is located southwest of Maltby on State Route 9 (Woodinville-Snohomish Hwy). It is much larger than Paradise Valley (and has more active "spirits" in it, I've been told). It is still in use, also.

So, now you know about the Doolittles in Maltby, Washington.

Kay Ellen Doolittle
daughter of Edward P. Doolittle and Barbara Jean Norelius

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