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Alexander Prentice of Quebec, WI and WA

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Alexander Prentice of Quebec, WI and WA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2000 and Revised: 23 Apr 2006

1. Alexander Prentice, b. Apr 1857 in Canada (English) (Quebec?) and d. 1936, Glenwood, Snohomish Co., WA, age 79 years. He emigrated to the USA c. 1883. He first appears in the 1900 Phillips, Price Co., WI census with his wife and family. He was a Laborer-Mill. 1905 in Westboro, Taylor Co., WI. 1910 census in Hartford, Snohomish Co., WA; 1920 census in Lake Stevens, Snohomish Co., WA, and 1930 in South Lake Stevens, Snohomish Co., WA.

He m. Wilhelmina "Minnie" Merbs c. 1891, Price, WI. Born 21 Mar 1877 in Germany (per Hugh Neil Berguson, email, 22 Mar 2003). She d. 20 Nov 1963, McMurray, WA oer Ancestry.com. Both parents were b. in Germany and she emigrated in 1888. He also appears in the 1920 Snohomish Co., WA census and in the 1930 census in South Lake Stevens, Snohomish Co., WA. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com . Children:

  1. Alexander H. Prentice, b. Sep 1892, WI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Daniel E. Prentice, b. 1 Apr 1897, WI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. Gladys Marie Prentice, b. 16 Mar 1899, Phillips, Price Co., WI, and d. 19 Jul 1979, Mt. Vernon, Skagit Co., WA. She m. 1st James Noble Farr on 5 Dec 1916, Snohomish Co., WA. 3 children. She m. 2nd Unknown. She m. 3rd James Curren (1888-1970) after 1935. She again my James Noble Farr on 19 Oct 1946, WA.
  4. Eva Belle Prentice, b. 28 Nov 1900, Phillips, Price Co, WI, and d. 27 Jun 1993, Grants Pass, Josephine Co., OR. She m. Fred Moore and had 2 sons.
  5. Harvey J. Prentice, b. 8 Nov 1902, WI and d. Sep 1980, Silverdale, Katsap Co., WA. . . . . . . . . . . . [4]
  6. Roland K. Prentice, b. 6 Oct 1910, WA and d. Feb 1983, Burlington, Skagit Co., WA (per SSDI). Bur. Hawthorne Mem. Park, Mt. Vernon, Skagit Co., WA. Not in 1930 census.
  7. Stanley Prentice, b. 26 Dec 1916, WA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .[5]

He may be a brother to Blanch Prentice, b. May 1882 in WI, who is also a boarder in Phillips in the 1920 census, but it is unclear if it is the same boarding house.

He may also be a brother to Hugh Prentice who also appears in the 1900 Phillips census.

2. Alexander Hugh Prentice, b. 20 Sep 1892, Phillips, Price Co., WI, and d. Feb 1966, Everett, Snohomish Co., WA. He appears in the 1920 Everett, Snohomish Co., WA census and 1930 Lake Stevens, Snohomish Co., WA census with his wife and family.

He m. Grace M., b. c. 1900, AR. Children (per 1920 and 1930 census):

  1. Melvin B. Prentice, b. c. 1919-20, WA. Not in 1930 census.
  2. Jack B. Prentice,b. c. 1920, WA.
  3. Marilyn D. Prentice, b. c. 1926, WA

3. Daniel E. Prentice, b. 1 Apr 1897, Price Co., WI and d. Aug 1974, Everett, Snohomish Co., WA (per SSDI). Not in 1920 or 1930 census. 1940 in Glenwood, Snohomish Co., WA, with 2 years of High School.

He m. Freda, b. c. 1905, WA. Children:

  1. Eileen Prentice, dau., b. c. 1921, WA. 1940 at home in Glenwood, WA.
  2. Calvin Prentice, b. c. 1925, WA. 1940 at home in Glenwood, WA. He m. Betty Jean Jameson, b. c. 1923, probably Monroe, WA, and d. 11 Oct 2011. She was the dau. of Oliver and Marian Jameson. Her obituary reads as follows:

      Betty Jean Jameson Prentice: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Daily Herald, The (Everett, WA) - Sunday, October 23, 2011

      Deceased Name: Betty Jean Jameson Prentice. On October 11, 2011 Betty Jean Prentice passed away at the age of 88 after a long battle with cancer. Born to Oliver and Marian Jameson, Betty grew up in Monroe, Washington. She graduated from Monroe High School and the University of Washington.

      She and her husband, Calvin Prentice, were residents of Vancouver, Washington during the last several years and celebrated 63 years of marriage shortly before her death. Betty was a loving daughter, mother and sister and in turn was easy to love back. She had a great sense of humor and a wicked smile.

      She is survived by her husband, Calvin Prentice; her four children, Corey Prentice of Marysville, WA, Joleen Skarberg of Vancouver, Daunell Stirkins of Shoreline, WA and Dan Prentice of Kirkland, WA; and her brother, Ray Jameson of Seattle. She leaves behind seven grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

      Betty made the world a better place for her family and friends. She will be missed by all. A very private gathering was held graveside in Vancouver. Please consider donating to the American Cancer Society in her memory.

    Children of Calvin and Betty:

    1. Corey Prentice, 2011 of Marysville, WA,
    2. Joleen Prentice. She m. Mr. Skarberg, 2011 of Vancouver, WA,
    3. Daunell Prentice. She m. Mr. Stirkins, 2011 of Shoreline, WA,
    4. Daniel Prentice, 2011 of Kirkland, WA.

  3. Wayne D. Prentice, b. c. 1927, WA. 1940 at home in Glenwood, WA. He served in the Army in Ft. Lewis, WA. 1993-2005 lived in Marysville, WA. 2005-8 lived in Everett, WA.

4. Harvey Prentice, b. c. 8 1902-4, WA and d. Sep 1980, Silverdale, WA (per SSDI). He appears in the 1930 Everett, Snohomish Co., WA census with his wife and family.

He m. Viola Foshay(?), b. c. 1903, WA. and children:

  1. Berniece Prentice, b. c. 1926, WA.
  2. Louis Prentice, b. c. 1927, WA.

5. Stanley Prentice, b. 26 Dec 1916, WA, and d. 28 Nov 1989, Burlington, Skagit Co., WA.

He m. LaVonne "Bonnie" Higbee, b. 9 Jan 1924 at Havelock, IA and d. 7 Mar 2003 at her home in Sedro-Woolley, Skagit Co., WA. She was the dau. of Frank and Mamie Albaugh Higbee. Her obituary in the Skagit Valley Harold of 16 Mar 2004 contains the following additional information:

    LaVonne "Bonnie" Prentice, 80, a resident of Sedro-Woolley went to be with her Lord on Sunday, March 7, 2003 at her home with her family at her side.Bonnie had been a resident of Sedro-Woolley since 1949 coming here from Seattle. She worked as a cook at various restaurants for many years and she enjoyed reading, her family, and she attended the Big Lake Church of the Nazarene.

    Bonnie is survived by:

    1. her son, Larry Prentice and his wife Sherlinde of Sedro-Woolley.
    2. her daughter, Diane McGowan of Sedro-Woolley. By email of 23 Apr 2006, Larry Prentice advises that she is the dau.of Stanley W. Prentice.
    3. her daughter, Kathy and her husband Rolan Raymond of Birdsview. By email of 23 Apr 2006, Larry Prentice advises that she is the dau.of Stanley W. Prentice.
    4. 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

    Her siblings include: her brothers and sisters: Frances Mishler and Larry Higbee both of Winthrop, WA, Eugene Higbee of Gold Bar, WA, and Gayle Boyd of Lacey, WA.

    She was preceded in death by husbands George Latimer and Stanley Prentice; her parents; her daughter and son in law, Karen and Rick Manion; a great-great-granddaughter, Sierra Manion; and three brothers: Norman, Lowell, and Royal. Memorial Services will be Saturday, March 20, 2004 at 2:00PM at Lemley Chapel with Pastor Keith Luna of the New Life Lutheran Church of Mount Vernon officiating.

Who are Alexander Prentice's Parents?

According to the 1930 census, the 1857 Alexander Prentice's father was b. in "Nova Scotia" and his mother in "Canada English." A review of the LDS 1881 Canada census does not disclose an Alexander b. in the 1855-59 time whose father is shown as b. in Nova Scotia, but does show 2 born in Ontario in that period.

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