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Bigelow House Photograph Collection

Seven Oars Photo—Women on beachfront holding oars with small girl. Margaret Bigelow at far right.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation., we have been able to scan over 200 items from the Bigelow House‘s collection of family photographs. Over one hundred of these have now been added to our website and convey a sense of the family, home, friendships, and daily life. Click on the following links to be taken to individually-themed webpages. Contact us if you would like more information,  higher resolution images, or other details, or if you have additional identifications or corrections. 

 

Bigelow Family
       Daniel Richardson Bigelow
       Ann Elizabeth White Bigelow
            Tirzah Bigelow
            Evaline Bigelow
            Margaret Bigelow
                  Korean Girls’ Seminary, Hawaii
            Ruth Bigelow
            Duncan Bigelow
            Ray Bigelow
            George Bigelow
                 Daniel Sylvester Bigelow
                 Mary Ann Campbell Bigelow
Bigelow House
Bigelow Garden
Pastimes
       Fun with Friends
       Boating
       Camping
The White Family
Friends and Neighbors

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Friends and Neighbors

In addition to family photos, the Bigelow family collected dozens of photographs of friends and neighbors in the form of “cartes de visite,”  a type of photographic calling card popular in the 19th century. This page shows a few of these, all Olympia area residents. Each image provides a link to the page of our Who Are We? feature where you can find out more about the person in the photo. 

Digitization and posting of these images from the Bigelow House Collection funded through the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation.

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Korean Girls’ Seminary, Hawaii

In 1916 and 1917, Margaret Bigelow went to Honolulu, Hawaii by boat to teach at the Korean Girls’ Seminary, established by Syngman Rhee in 1916 in the Puunui area on the island.  The school was to improve the educational opportunities for the daughters particularly of those working on sugar plantations in the area. These photographs show Margaret with her students at the school and the Hawaiian area at the time.

Digitization and posting of these images from the Bigelow House Collection funded through the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation.

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Pastimes – Camping

Many Olympia families took to campsites in the summertime for fun, recreation, and get-togethers. The images on this page show a beachfront shack that the Bigelows repaired to in the early 20th century summer. 

Digitization and posting of these images from the Bigelow House Collection funded through the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation.

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Pastimes – Boating

Living close to Budd Inlet and Priest Point Park, the Bigelow family enjoyed waterfront activities.  These images are iconic snapshots of water sports that many families around Olympia enjoyed during the summer.

Digitization and posting of these images from the Bigelow House Collection funded through the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation.

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Pastimes – Fun with friends

The Bigelow children enjoyed a wide variety of friends and social activities. The images on this page show some of the many get-togethers they experienced as young adults in the early 20th century. 

Digitization and posting of these images from the Bigelow House Collection funded through the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation.

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Bigelow Garden

Daniel R. Bigelow claimed and was granted 160 acres under the Oregon Donation Land Law.  The property included a spring which remains flowing on the property.  Daniel and his wife established the “Bigelow Orchard” and raised a variety of crops and livestock, according to early agricultural census records.  The property had a variety of outbuildings but only one remains. The Bigelows exhibited produce at local fairs and were mentioned in early newspaper articles about their crops.  In later life Ann Elizabeth with her family were noted for the “show place” at their home which included naturalized daffodils and tulips, dahlias and especially roses.  Ann Elizabeth exhibited the prize-wining roses at the local Rose Carnival. Many of the featured photos show the family in the garden, especially during the height of the blooming season and their enjoyment of the property.

Digitization and posting of these images from the Bigelow House Collection funded through the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation.

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Bigelow House

The Bigelow House, listed on local, state and national registers of historic places, was built by 1860 and is a fine example of the Carpenter Gothic style.  The house, which was restored in the 1990s, retains the signature elements of the style on the exterior.  The house interior features authentic furnishings and artwork as well as the records of the long residence of the Bigelow family.  Focused on the territorial period of Washington, the house includes elements the continued residency of the family to 2005.  The house is open to the public for docent guided tours.  The photographs in this collection, on this and other pages, show both the interior and exterior of the house and grounds over the years.

See also Bigelow House in Where Are We? feature; The Story of the Bigelow House

Digitization and posting of these images from the Bigelow House Collection funded through the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation.

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The White Family

Margaret Stewart was born in Ohio in 1819, the daughter of Ann McLaughlin (1795-1847) and Reverend William Stewart (1794-1885).  Margaret married William Nathan White in Illinois in 1835.  William Nathan White came over the Oregon Trail in 1850 and Margaret White followed in 1851.  After living in Oregon and then Chehalis area, they moved to Chambers Prairie where White was killed during the Puget Sound Indian War in 1856.  Margaret married Stephen Ruddell (1816-1891) in 1857. 

In 1871, she joined her daughter Ann Elizabeth Bigelow in calling for a Suffrage Convention and attended the Washington Territory Woman’s Suffrage Association convention in Olympia in November 1871.  The Whites had a large family:  Ann Elizabeth, William Nathan, George, Mary Ellen (Byrd), Anson, Clara (Dunbar) and John Lee.  Mrs. White had a son Rigdon after her marriage to Stephen Ruddell. Margaret and Stephen, and Margaret’s three daughters all lived in close proximity on Olympia’s East Side, and their homes are all still in existence. 

See additional photographs of the family in our Who Are We? collection, as well as locations associated with the family: Dunbar House, Byrd House, and Ruddell House

Digitization and posting of these images from the Bigelow House Collection funded through the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation.

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Mary Ann Campbell Bigelow

Mary Ann Campbell Bigelow 1913-2005

Mary Ann Campbell married Daniel Sylvester Bigelow in 1935 and moved into the Bigelow House sharing it first with Margaret and then for many years with Ruth and her husband.  It was not until Ruth’s death in 1950 that the family lived in the entire house.

Mary Ann and Daniel were stewards of the historic house and were recognized with a statewide preservation award for their care in 1993.

 Mary Ann led her family to Florida as the Washington State representatives in the All America Family Search; in 1964, she was named Washington State Mother of the Year; in 1999 she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Olympia YWCA; and in 2001, she was celebrated as a Living Legend of Thurston County by the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Thurston County.

Digitization and posting of these images from the Bigelow House Collection funded through the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation.

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Daniel Sylvester Bigelow

Daniel Sylvester Bigelow 1911-2005

Daniel Bigelow was the oldest child of George Royal and Edith Sylvester Bigelow.  He followed in the family tradition of law, graduating from the University of Washington Law School.  He worked for the State of Washington.    He married Mary Ann Campbell in 1935.  They had four sons:  George, John, David and Tim.  They lived in the Bigelow House from the time of their marriage.  Both were active in the Methodist Church. He followed his father’s interest in the YMCA.

Digitization and posting of these images from the Bigelow House Collection funded through the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation.

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George Royal Bigelow

George Royal Bigelow 1881-1961

The youngest of the D. R. and Ann Elizabeth White Bigelow family attended Tacoma High School (with Margaret) and Ohio Wesleyan University before graduating from the University of Washington Law School.  He married Edith Sylvester (1881-1973) in 1910.  They had four children. He was a long- time attorney in Olympia, including serving as the city attorney for many years.  He was a partner in the firm of Bigelow and Manier for over 50 years.  George Bigelow was very active in the Methodist Church and YMCA, including working for the Y in France in 1918-1919.  Their home was just east of the Bigelow House on Glass Avenue.

See also links at Who Are We?

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Richardson Lee (Ray) Bigelow

Richardson Lee (Ray) Bigelow 1873-1967

Ray Bigelow married Belle Knox (1878-1927) in 1900. They had one child.  Ray was working as a dairyman in 1910 and he worked at Sloan Shipyards in Olympia in World War I.  He was later an insurance agent and built the Bigelow Apartments in 1922 and continued to manage them into the 1940s.

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Duncan Jotham Bigelow

Duncan Jotham Bigelow 1871-1945

Duncan Bigelow attended the Olympia Collegiate Institute, graduating in 1892.  He later owned a large dairy farm on land near Bigelow Lake where he had an award winning herd and also farmed in South Bay.    He married Sarah Markham (1872-1965) in 1893.  Duncan Bigelow also ran unsuccessfully for Thurston County Sheriff.

See also listing in  Who Are We?

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Ruth Bigelow

Ruth Bigelow 1860-1950

Ruth worked at the Territorial Legislature as a “Messenger” in 1879 and was attending Union Academy  also in 1879. She passed teacher exam that same year.  It is unclear if she taught locally.

She married Albert Wright (1860-1953)  in 1910 at the Bigelow House and lived her entire life there.  The Wright Family were local saddle makers.

See additional links in Who Are We?

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Margaret Bigelow

Margaret Bigelow 1878 -1937

Margaret was the youngest of the Bigelow daughters.  She graduated from Tacoma High School and taught in several schools locally.  She later graduated from Ellensburg Normal School, attended Ohio Wesleyan University and later attended Columbia University and secured a Master of Arts there in 1914.  She returned to teach in Olympia and then went to Hawaii from 1916 to 1917 where she taught at the Korean Girls’ Seminary in the Honolulu area (a separate page of this Photograph Collection is devoted to her time at the Seminary). 

A musician, she gave piano lessons and was active in local music and theatrics.  Notably, she was part of the “Jubilee” at the Methodist Church in 1910 when Washington women permanently won the vote.

Margaret lived out her life in the Bigelow House.

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Evaline Bigelow

Evaline Bigelow 1858-1959

Evaline attended the Union Academy and taught in schools in several areas of western Washington before her marriage to William Bonney (1856-1945) in 1882.  Both William and Evaline were active in the Washington State Historical Society, where William was a curator. The Bonneys had two children who lived to adulthood.  Zaidee (high school teacher at Lincoln High School in Tacoma) and Victor (government chemist)/ Eva Bonney was Charter member of Nesika Women’s Club in Tacoma and active in the Daughters of Pioneers.

See additional photo in Who Are We? feature

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Tirzah Bigelow

Tirzah Bigelow 1855-1927

Tirzah  was the oldest of the Bigelow children.  She attended Union Academy, founded by Daniel Bigelow, and taught in the Olympia and Tacoma area.  She married the Union Academy Principal, Miller Royal (1852-3?-1910) in 1877 and they had two children–Ethel Royal Hardman and Bonnie Royal Gastra. Tirzah and Miller were later divorced and she retook her maiden name. Tirzah owned property in the Bigelow House area and is buried in the Forest Cemetery as Tirzah Bigelow.

See also Tirzah Bigelow in our Who Are We? feature

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Daniel Richardson Bigelow

Daniel Richardson Bigelow 1824-1905

Daniel Bigelow was born in New York and graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York and read law at Harvard before coming west in 1851 via the Oregon Trail to Portland, Oregon and then north by ship to Olympia.  Active in politics, he was a member of the first Territorial Legislature of Washington in 1854, held a number of other county and territorial offices and advocated for women’s voting rights.  He married Ann Elizabeth White in 1854.  They later built the Bigelow house and reared a large family.  He was instrumental in founding the Methodist Church in Olympia and related ventures. Bigelow lived to be last survivor of the first legislature. 

See also additional images on this page in our Who Are We? feature; Searchable PDF of Bigelow materials at State Library, including Daniel Bigelow’s diary, pages from family Bible, and photographs. (Caution: large PDF file; diary is handwritten so may not be searchable) Link to State Library catalog page

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The Bigelow Family

The Bigelow Family

After their marriage in 1854, Daniel Richardson and Ann Elizabeth White Bigelow raised a large family at the Bigelow House. Click on individual pages in the Bigelow House Photograph Collection to see images of family members, mostly at the Bigelow House and at other important events in their lives.  There are also photos of Ann Elizabeth’s mother, father, sisters and grandfather, as well as descendants of the original settlers.

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Ann Elizabeth Bigelow

Ann Elizabeth White Bigelow 1836-1926

Born 1836 in Springfield, Illinois, Ann Elizabeth White traveled with her family over the Oregon Trail in 1851.  After teaching for a number of years, she married Daniel Bigelow in 1854 at her parents’ home.  Daniel and Ann Elizabeth Bigelow were stalwarts in both the Methodist Church and the local Temperance Group.  The Bigelows were both active in the Territorial women’s suffrage movement. Notably in 1871 Susan B. Anthony had dinner at the Bigelow House and declared Mrs. Bigelow “Splendid.”

After Daniel Bigelow’s death in 1905 she continued to live on in the Bigelow House until her death in 1926. She was interested in gardening and managed her own property. 

See also entry for Ann Elizabeth White in our Who Are We? feature 

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