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THE ZIEGLER FAMILY - 1893

By Blanche King


Like his parents, Franklin A. Ziegler was born in Pennsylvania, on August 30th, 1858. He came to Grays Harbor about 1889 and located on a claim at Quinault Lake. His place is now known as Locke's Landing. Robert and Electa Locke. In the early days he carried the mail between Quinault and Humptulips on foot over a trail. Later, he used a pack horse.

Ida Hoffman's mother was Catherine Whalen, born in Indiana. Her father was Jacob Hoffman, born in Germany. He came to the United States when he was fourteen years old and spent the remainder of his life here.

Franklin Ziegler and Ida Hoffman were married at Clearwater, Nebraska, July 5, 1893, and resided on his claim at Quinault. Their two daughters, Blanche Frances and Catherine Eliza, were born there.

Later the Zieglers sold their claim at the lake and moved to Hoquiam and Humptulips until the fall, 1899, when he sold his interests and moved to Clearwater, Nebraska. There he engaged in farming until the year of 1909 when he returned to Grays Harbor County, bought the old Dunning home at Humptulips, and engaged in the chicken and berry business.

In the summer of 1926 his health failed, and the following spring the family moved to Hoquiam where they resided until his death, June 6th, 1927. Later that summer Mrs. Ziegler move to Coalinga, Cal, then to Hollister, Cal., where she made her home until her death, April 17, 1933. She last visited in Grays Harbor county in the summer of 1932 when she attended the Pioneer picnic at Humptulips.

Catherine Eliza (Kate) Ziegler, was married to Clarence Guy Fillmore, of Bellingham, Wash., Dec. 21, 1914, at Montesano, Wash. Mr. Fillmore was born at Mossy Rock, Wash. (I think) Dec. 4, 1890. He was a graduate of the Ellensburg Normal School, class of 1912. Mr. and Mrs. Fillmore lived in Grays Harbor county (Now Chehalis) where Mr. Fillmore was employed by the Polson Logging Co.

To them was born Franklin LaBlanche Fillmore, June 23rd, 1916, at Hoquiam, Wash. They were residing at Humptulips at the time of Mr. Fillmore's death, May 21, 1921. In 1926 Mrs. Fillmore and Franklin moved to California and now reside at Hollister where Mrs. Fillmore is employed.

Franklin graduated from high school and has now enrolled in Hollister Junior College. During his school career he has become accomplished in music - playing the violin - and had been a member of the high school band and orchestra for four years.

According to Old-timers, Catherine married very young and was not content to live away from her parents. So, Mr. Fillmore brought her back, saying, "Here's your baby." For some time he paid her board there instead of maintaining a separate home.