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Linn Lancaster Bassett

Male 1875 - 1954  (79 years)


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  • Name Linn Lancaster Bassett 
    Born 14 Jul 1875  Walla Walla, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Aug 1954  Washtucna, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1920 Federal Census of Washtucna, Adams County, Washington (3 Jan 1920)
      Leon L. Bassett 44 M WA TN TN Head Manager ??? Store
      Clemma 43 F MO WA MO Wife
      Robert H. 16 M MO WA MO Son
      Esther C. 16 F MO WA MO Daughter
      Louise L. 14 F MO WA MO Daughter
      Gertrude 12 F MO WA MO Daughter
      Sara Hale (Wd) 83 F TN TN TN MotherL


      BACK FROM THE FROZEN NORTH

      Return from the Alaska Gold Fields (early 1900's): Mayor L.L. Bassett
      and E.A. Dinsmore, president and vice-president of the Culross Island Mining
      and Milling Company returned from Alaska Monday on the steamship Alamed
      While at Valdez they chartered a launch to take them to the company's property
      on Culross Island, a distance of seventy miles from the mainland. Although
      greatly hampered by ten feet of snow at tide-water (which is exceptional at
      this time of year) they managed to get into the mouth of the tunnel and
      examined the lead from point of discovery to the face, a distance of 245 feet.
      They brought home some very fine specimens of ore taken from this lead. Mayor
      Bassett states that mining in the "land of the midnight sun" has been at a
      standstill due to the fact that the exodus of all classes of miners to the
      States, drawn by the high wages in the ship yards, and other contingencies due
      to the war.
      Now that the war is over, the boats going north are crowded and
      reservations must be made weeks in advance. This year will mark the resumption
      of that great activity in mining for which Alaska is noted. It is the aim of
      the Culross Island Mining and Milling Company to continue the development work
      as rapidly as possible. The main object of the trip north was to inspect the
      titles and to bring them down to date, which gives company nine claims,
      consisting of about 180 acres. Mayor Bassett returned with a slight cold which
      he contracted in the frozen north, otherwise he is feeling fine and says he
      gained two pounds in weight during the trip. Mr. Dinsmore went Mayor Bassett
      "one better" by gaining three pounds. He says that he was just beginning to
      "fatten up" when he got off the boat and if he had remained on the water a
      month longer he would have made Same Glenn turn green with envy.


      A History of The State of Washington
      Volume III 1937, by Lloyd Spencer

      Linn L. Bassett - In attaining distinction as one of the most
      prominent and successful merchants, stockraisers and civic leaders of Adams
      County, Linn L. Bassett, resident of Washtucna now retired, emulated the
      illustrious career of his distinguished father, listed as one of the earliest
      and most widely known pioneers of this section, where he resided for over half
      a century. As one of the most influential figures of this part of the State,
      Mr. Bassett has been called upon to serve in several important and responsible
      public offices, including that of mayor of Washtucna, a post held by his
      father and now occupied by his son, making the third generation of this family
      to hold this office.
      Linn L. Bassett was born in the city of Walla Walla in 1875, the son
      of George W. and Alice C. (Lancaster) Bassett, who were of English-Welsh
      descent. His father, who was born in the State of Iowa in 1845, and died in
      Washtucna in 1928, struck out for the Far West by ox-team during the early
      eighteen-sixties, and originally settled in Montana, where he work
      freighter, operating between the aforementioned State, the city of Walla Walla
      and Idaho until 1879, when he came to what is now Washtucna, took over a
      preemption claim and entered the stock business. One of the interesting events
      that transpired during this time was the offer he received to take over the
      land that now forms the site of the city of Spokane. He declined explaining
      that the territory in question did not appear to be good cattle land. T
      elder Bassett was the founder of Washtucna, served as mayor, was postmaster
      and ranked as one of the earliest merchants here. In this connection he
      founded a hardware and implement business in 1901, which he conducted until
      his retirement about 1910. Though he gave up mercantile pursuits at this time
      he still retained an active interest in stock-raising and engaged in this work
      until 1919. In public life he not only served as mayor and postmaster of
      Washtucna but also was named a member of the State Legislature, was a member
      of the board of county commissioners for several terms and during one campaign
      was chosen presidential elector. He fraternized with the Masonic Order, was a
      Republican in politics and worshipped at the United Presbyterian Churc
      Mr. Bassett's early education was under the expert tutelage of his
      devoted mother. School facilities had not yet been developed in this section
      and the young boy was to master rudimentary subjects at home. Later, however,
      a small school was organized at a farm located on Rattlesnake Flats. Mr.
      Bassett and his sister rode horseback to and from this pioneer institution
      until a small school was established about three miles from the present site
      of Washtucna. He attended Whitman College. As a young man, Mr. Bassett became
      interested in teaching and originally served in this capacity, acting as an
      instructor for one term. At the expiration of this period he attended business
      college in Portland, Oregon, and then became associated with his father in the
      hardware and implement business and eventually acquired the store, taki
      possession in 1910. At this time he formed a business partnership with Fred
      McKissick, who he bought out a few years later. Mr. Bassett continued to
      manage this firm and his wheat ranch until 1932, when he retired and turned
      the establishment over to his son. Like his father, Mr. Bassett has
      consistently supported the Republican party and is a member of the Independent
      Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. He worships at the
      United Presbyterian Church. The keen interest he has manifested in the civic
      and political affairs of his surroundings led to his election as may
      Washtucna, an office in which he served for many years and which is now
      occupied by his son.
      In 1901 Mr. Bassett married Mary C. Haile, who passed away in 1932.
      They were the parents of four children: 1-2 Robert H. and Esther H., twins,
      born in managing the business founded by his father, was graduated from the
      Washington State College with the class of 1927. After completing his studies
      he engaged in mining for one year in the State of Idaho. He then went to Los
      Angeles, California, where he was associated with the Pacific Manifolding Book
      Company as assistant sales manager, continuing here until 1932, when he
      returned to take over the hardware and implement business in Washtucna. He is
      a member of the Community Commercial Club and during his college days belonged
      to the Theta Chi, social fraternity, and Sigma Delta Chi, honorary journalism
      fraternity, and was a member of the Crimson Circle, honorary campus society.
      2. Esther H. Bassett attended Otis Art School in Los Angeles before she was
      called home, on the death of her mother, to keep house for her father, as she
      is now doing. 3. Gertrude J., born in 1905, now married to L.A. Bury,
      assistant graduate manager at the Wasington State College. 4. Louise L., a
      teacher in the local high school. All of the children attended the Washington
      State College, and are members of Zeta Tau Sorority.


      FUNERAL HELD FOR BASSETT, SPOKESMAN REVIEW, August 31, 1954
      Washtucna Man, Early Pioneer

      Funeral services were held here Tuesday morning for Linn Lancaster
      Bassett, 79, Adams County pioneer and one of Washtucna's most beloved
      citizens.
      Bassett died Saturday morning at the Adams County Memorial hospital
      following a long illness. Bassett's father, George W. Bassett, was the first
      white man to settle on the present site of Washtucna. His son, Linn, was three
      years old when the family, attracted by the region's mild climate and three
      springs of soft water, moved there in 1878. Russell Booher officiated over
      the services for this early-day resident whose childhood home had served as an
      informal way station for travelers on the old Mullan military road. Burial was
      Tuesday afternoon in the Mountain View cemetery at Walla Wall
      Born July 1875, at Walla Walla, Bassett grew up on his father's place
      at Washtucna where he ranched for many years and later established the
      Washtucna Hardware Company. He served as Washtucna's mayor in the early 1900's
      and was a member of the Modern Woodman and Rimrock Grange. Bassett was married
      to Mary Clemantine Haile on July 17, 1902, at Cunningham. His wife preceded
      him in death in 1931. Bassett also was a charter member of the Washtucna
      Community church, serving as a church officer ever since he joined in 1901. He
      was an elder of the church at the time of his death.
      Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Loyd Bury of Pullman, Mrs. Bert
      Burkland of Kelso, Miss Esther Bassett of Washtucna; one son, Lt. Robert A.
      Bassett with the Air Force at Sacramento; a brother, C.S. Bassett of Pullman;
      a sister, Alice G. Bassett of Ritzville and two grandchildren. During t
      morning services, Mrs. Don Sperline sang "The Lord's Prayer" and "The Lord is
      My Shepherd." Active pall bearers at the funeral were Walter and Delbert
      Gildersleeve, both of Baker, Ore.; Sherman McGregor of Hooper; and C.R.
      Morrison, John Gray and L.R. Sutton, all of Washtucna. Honorary pall bearers
      were Dr. J.W. Sherfey of Spokane, H.F. Bachman of Ellensburg, Everett Kiehn of
      Ritzville, and Kenneth Day, Earl Snyder, Frank Daugherty, Walter Little, Paul
      Helme, W.E. Delano, Mason Ray and James Woodyard, all of Washtucna. It was
      reported some local residents have contributed money towards purchasi
      church pulpit as a memorial to Bassett. "Father of Washtucna" had lived in the
      area for 76 years.

    Person ID I12359  1A William Bassett of Plymouth
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2011 

    Father George Washington Bassett,   b. 31 Dec 1845, Wrights Grove, Clinton County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1927, Washtucna, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Alice Carey Lancaster,   d. Deceased 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 24 Aug 1874  Virginia City, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F03224  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Clementine Haile,   b. 1877, Billings, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1931, Washtucna Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 17 Jul 1902  Scott, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Robert Herschel Bassett,   b. 11 Dec 1903, Washtucna, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1968, Walla Walla, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Esther H. Bassett,   b. 1903,   d. Deceased  [Natural]
     3. Gertrude J. Bassett,   b. 1905,   d. Deceased  [Natural]
     4. Louise L. Bassett,   d. UNKNOWN  [Natural]
    Family ID F05085  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart