We have quite a few pictures in our collection which show where a Hood River resident was born. This is the birthplace of Adaline (or Adelaide) Tostevin (later Mrs. Harry Brown) at Saint's Bay, Isle of Guernsey. I wonder if she was ever homesick for this treeless landscape?
I'm finding the history of the Tostevins in Hood River a bit confusing, so hopefully someone can fill us in. It looks like Adelaide/Adaline was one of 11 siblings, and least of few of whom wound up very far from the Channel Islands. We have a 1910 postcard to "Adelie Brown" with a photo of a "1902 Tostevin Home on Tucker Rd." so we have a rough timeframe.
There was Nico Tostevin and his wife Sarah Wemple. He was from Guernsey and I am familiar with the Wemple family as they were from the same local in New York where some of my family came from. I find no reference to this Adaline. If she was born in Guernsey she could not have been a daughter to Nico and Sarah. Wonder if she might have been a sister to Nico.
I think "Doc"Benson's wife, may have been their daughter, as it appears the Tostevn farm would have been there next to Schlosser's as that is where Doc Benson lived.
Charlott on 3rd May 2016 @ 7:16am
Doc Benson's mother was Nico and Sarah's daughter, Lillian (
Charlott on 3rd May 2016 @ 7:20am
I knew an elderly lady who was brought from Texas to Portland to live with her daughter.
She hated it. She said she couldn't see anything. There were always trees in the way.
L.E. on 3rd May 2016 @ 8:37am
The Hood River Glacier, April 29, 1915
Harry Brown, Pioneer, dead
The death of Harry Brown, a pioneer of the valley, having homesteaded the Osborne place in the Oak Grove district, in 1884, occurred at his home on the Heights Saturday. The funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon from the residence, by Ashley B. Cash.
Mr. Brown was born at Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 26, 1835. For 25 years Mr. Brown was a sailor and circled the globe nine times. His marriage to Miss Adelaide Tostevin occurred here in 1887. One son, Clarence Brown, of this city, survives.
Interment took place at Idlewilde cemetery.
The Hood River Glacier, April 18, 1918
Mrs. Adelaide V. Brown Passes
Following funeral services at the Bartmess chapel Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. L. Hershner officiating, the body of Mrs. Adelaide Victoria Brown, aged 74, was interred at Idlewilde cemetery. Mrs. Brown, whose death, following a prolonged illness, occurred Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Copper, was an Oregon pioneer. She was born in Scotland.
Mrs. Brown is survived by one son, Clarence Brown, of this city.
The Hood River Glacier, April 8, 1915
N. Tostevin Passes Away
Nico Tostevin, who has been a resident of the valley since 1899, passed away at the Cottage hospital Tuesday night, after suffering from a stroke of paralysis.
Mr. Tostevin, who was 74 years of age, was a native of the island of Guernsey. In 1847 he came to the United States, settling first at Racine, Wis. He went later to Chicago where he was employed for many years.
Mr. Tostevin is survived by his widow and three children, N. Y. Tostevin and Mrs. E. N. Benson of Hood River, and C. I. Tostevin, of Portland.
The funeral services will be conducted Friday morning.
The Hood River Glacier, September 23, 1915, page 7
Mrs. N. Tostevin Passes
The funeral services for Mrs. Catlyna Tostevin, widow of the late N. Tostevin, who passed away last spring, will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family residence on the West Side by Rev. J. L. Hershner.
Mrs. Tostevin, who has been a resident of the valley since 1899, was a member of the old Dutch family, the Van Wemps, of New York. She was the last surviving member of the pioneer New York family. She was born at the little village of Fonda on the Mohawk river April 6, 1847. Mrs. Tostevin was stricken with apoplexy last week.
When eight years of age Mrs. Tostevin removed with her parents to Chicago. Her wedding to Mr. Tostevin occurred April 9, 1867. she and her husband resided in Chicago until their removal to this valley. For many years the husband was superintendent of the Chicago Union Stockyards.
Mrs. Tostevin leaves surviving three children, Mrs. E. N. Benson and Norman Tostevin, of this city, and Charles L. Tostevin, of Portland. Six grandchildren survive her.
The Hood River Glacier, June 1, 1905, page 7
Death of James Graham
James Graham, an old and highly-respected resident of Hood River, died at the family residence on last Saturday morning, at the ripe age of 81 years, 2 months and 16 days.
Deceased was born in the isle of Guernsey, March 11, 1824. When 23 years of age he crossed the Atlantic for the United States, and became a resident of Racine, Wis., where he was married to Margaret Tostevin. Later he resided in Chicago.
In 1884, with his family, he came to Oregon, and for a number of years lived in the upper Hood River valley. About nine years ago he sold his farm there and moved to Hood River, where his latter days were spent in peace and quiet.
Mr. Graham was a most loyal and highly-respected citizen, a kind and considerate neighbor, an affectionate husband and dutiful father. Although his death was expected in the deep but mellow eventide of life, yet his loving and benign presence will be greatly missed. Of him it may be said, Truly, a good and noble man has gone to his well-earned reward.
Funeral services were conducted at the family residence Monday morning by Rev. J. L. Hershner, assisted by Rev. W. C. Gilmore. Burial was made at Idlewilde cemetery.
He is survived by a wife and five children. They are A. J. Graham, G. W. Graham and Mrs. G. E. Williams, of Hood River; Mrs. W. B. Fitch, of Chicago, and Mrs. Chris Bartsch, of Calgary, Canada. The children were all present except Mrs. Bartsch.
The Hood River Glacier, September 6, 1917
Pioneer Is Dead
Mrs. Margaret Graham, aged 81 years, pioneer of the mid-columbia, who with her husband and family settled 32 years ago passed away Saturday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alice Williams, of this city. Up to a few months ago, Mrs. Graham, despite her age, was known to her many friends for her activity and good health. She was accustomed to walk to the city and attend her own shopping wants. While visiting in Portland last winter she fell injuring one of her hips, and since has been confined in bed, an invalid.
Mrs. Graham, was a native of the Isle of Guernsey. She has been a resident of America for 55 years. In addition to Mrs. Williams, she is survived by two other daughters and two sons. They are: Mrs. Grace Bartch, of Gleason, Alta; Mrs. W. B. Fitch of Chicago; G. W. Graham, of Portland; and A. J. Graham, a merchant of this city.
The funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the residence of Mrs. Williams, interment following at Idlewilde cemetery.
Rev. J. L. Hershner preached the funeral sermon. The funeral was directed by S. E. Bartmess.
Jeffrey Bryant on 4th May 2016 @ 6:25pm