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Herman Sherman Bassett

Male 1869 - 1965  (95 years)

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  • Name Herman Sherman Bassett 
    Born 27 Oct 1869  Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID CB9BD4B477226D4F9908F1772450A772D9CD 
    Died 2 Apr 1965  Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Hillcrest Cemetery, Lincoln County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Citizen
      April 15, 1965
      Hillcrest Cemetery Obituaries
      Herman Sherman Bassett
      Herman Sherman Bassett was born October 27, 1869 on a farm in Fairfax County, Virginia son of Wilbur Fisk Bassett and Adelia Lenora Lewis Bassett. When he was nine months old his parents went to Walla Walla, Washington Territory. In the 1870's they resided on a homestead near Four Lakes, Washington. When 15 years, Herman apprenticed himself to George Stewart of the former Cheney Herald. He worked on the Medical Lake Ledger, the Sprague Herald, partners in the Wilbur Register; he purchased the Edwall Press in 1905; Harrington Citizen in 1907. He was mayor of Wilbur in 1904; town clerk at Harrington; Justice of the Peace 13 years. Mr. Bassett operated the Citizen until 1959. In 1890 he married Nettie Judd. Three children were born to them, Edwin died in infancy; Adelia and Florence, survive their parents. Nettie died in 1932. In 1937 Mr. Bassett married Mrs. Sadie Scott Smith Baer. She died in 1944. In Aug 1962 Mr. Bassett was seriously ill for several months. Last March, he grew weaker and death came quietly April 2, 1965. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

      1870 Federal Census of Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia (29 Jun 1870)
      Adelia L. Bassett - 18 - F - Connecticut - Keeping House --- 100
      Herman S. - 8/12 - M - Virginia - At Home (born October) --- 30

      1880 Federal Census of District 1, Spokane County, Washington
      Wilber Bassette - 50 - M - CT-CT-CT - Head - Farmer
      Adelia - 28 - F - CT-CT-CT - Wife - House Keeper
      Herman S. - 10 - M - VA-CT-CT - Son - At Home
      Wesley - 6 - M - WT-CT-CT - Son - At Home
      Jennie J. - 4 - F - WT-CT-CT - Daughter - At Home
      Ida M. - 1 - F - WT-CT-CT - Daughter - At Home
      (WT - Washington Territory)

      1900 Federal Census of Wilbur, Lincoln County, Washington (4 Jun 1900)
      Herman S. Bassett - 30- M - Oct 1869 - VA-DC-CT - Head
      Amelia - 30 - F - Jun 1870 - WI-NY-VT - Wife
      Adelia M. - 4 - F - Aug 1895 - WT-VA-WI - Daughter
      Florence - 2 - F - Jun 1898 - WT-VA-WI - Daughter
      Jessie Ethel Judd - 21 - F - Dec 1878 - OR-NY-VT - SisterL
      (WT - Washington Territory)
      (Married 7 years, 3 children, 2 living)

      Wilbur Fisk Bassett
      1829 - 1901
      The subject of this sketch, father of H.S. Bassett, was born in Washington, Connecticut, October 24, 1829; died at the home of his son at Wilbur, Washington, February 4th, 1901, in his 72nd year. He and two sisters were left orphans when he reached the age of 13 years. He received a good common school education and then learned the carpenter and joiners' trade, after which he served an apprenticeship of three years at ship carpentering. Being possessed of the natural American instinct for pioneering, he turned his face to the Pacific early in life, having traversed the continent twice by water, around Cape Horn and three times via Isthmus of Panama by boat and by rail. Much of his life in the west was devoted to mining and he ammassed a total, at different times, of $10,000 to $12,000, but it was all dissipated in a continued search for the hidden treasure. After several years of western life he determined to settle down to the quiet life of the older states, and in pursuance of that resolve, returned to Washington City, where an uncle, then in Congress, promised to obtain for him, a goverment situation. On December 31st, 1867, he married Adelia Lenora Lewis, bought a farm eight miles from Washington City in Fairfax county, Virginia and there he sojourned one year, but the appointment failing him, he once more became restless with the western fever, and came to Portland, Oregon, where he worked at his trade during the summer. He then returned to his Virginia home, sold his farm and brought his family to the Pacific coast. He soon drifted north to Spokane, which was then little more than an Indian village. There, in the employ of Downing and Scranton, he "framed" the timbers for the first sawmill built at the Falls. Early in the spring of 1871 he located a claim on land midway between Medical Lake and Cheney in what was then known as the "Four Lakes" country. To three of these lakes, Mr. Bassett gave the names of Granite, Silver and Clear Lakes.
      In those pioneer days, all who lived within fifteen miles were near neighbors, and Walla Walla, over 100 miles away, was the base of supplies. There he lived until 1887, and during the time of his residence on the farm, the Northern Pacific Railway was built, passing only four and one-half miles away, and he saw settlements spring up as if by magic.
      After the death of his wife in 1887, he sold his farm and taking his daughter, Bertha, then a little girl, he went to Grangeville, Idaho, and from that time on, the greater part of his life was spent in the mountains of Idaho, where he lived the life of a prospector, though his relatives believe that during his latter years he sojourned among the mountains more to be nearer the heart of nature than for any hope of uncovering Earth's riches. This love of nature's dwelling places is set forth in the following verses, selected from many which he penned during the days of his solitary life:
      Many are the interesting and thrilling tales he could relate, of his experiences in the wilds of Montana and Idaho. Early in the winter he began a series of articles in a reminiscent strain, which grew more interesting from week to week, but which were cut short by the old prospector's illness.
      Mr. Bassett led an industrious, blameless life, and a host of old friends in western Spokane county will be filled with sorrow by news of his death. Mother Earth has been his closest friend and she, at last, affords him his first and only perfect rest.
      Surviving him are one son and two daughters, Herman S. Bassett and Bertha R. Bassett, Wilbur, Washington; and Mrs. James O. Taylor (Jennie Josephine), Tacoma, Washington.
      Reprint from the Wilbur Register of an early February date in 1901.
    Person ID I2169  1B John Bassett of Connecticut
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2013 

    Father Wilber Fisk Bassett,   b. 24 Oct 1829, Washington, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1901, Wilbur, Washington Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Adelia Lenora Lewis,   b. 4 Sep 1851,   d. 1887  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 31 Dec 1867 
    Family ID F527  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Amelia (Nettie) S. Judd,   b. 17 Jun 1870, Horicon, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1932, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 14 Jun 1893  Sprague, Washington Territory Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Adelia M. Bassett,   b. 19 Aug 1895, Washington Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1974  (Age 78 years)
     2. Florence W. Bassett,   b. 22 Jun 1898, Washington Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1987, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     3. Edwin Bassett
    Family ID F794  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sadie Scott Smith,   b. Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1944, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 14 Jul 1938 
    Family ID F795  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] SSDI.