A forum for posting information on any person of the POTTER surname, any place and any time. A continuation of a surname-booklet-series published 1985-1995 and now available at www.GenealogyToday.com. Please share your POTTER surname/family information and we will discover answers together.
Mary POTTER, age 20, of Spokane, Washington, married on 5 Jul 1891 at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to
Samuel SPRINGER, age 27, of Wardner, Idaho. Witnesses were J.P. Schell and Mrs. C. Hill Morris.
Ref: Kootenai County Marriages, 1891-1900, Vol. 1, citing Book B, p. 304.
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, just 30 miles east of Spokane, Washington, was, in the 1890s, and situated on the lake of the same name, was a booming town due to all the silver mining in the Silver Valley to the east of the town. Samuel was most likely a miner and most likely came from "back East." I did not locate them in the 1900 census.
Case #19402, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, dated 3 Sep 1904. Frank J. POTTER is divorced from Jennie M. POTTER and she is restored to her maiden name, Jennie May LILLIE. And neither party could re-marry for six months!
2 Linear Feet of Shelf Space, (4 boxes) : Some documents in this collection were damaged by water and/or mold prior to being donated to Washington State University. These items were photocopied, and the originals discarded.
Cage 737 (collection)
Frank Fraser Potter (1879-1959) was a member of the faculty at Washington State College from 1912 to 1949. He was WSC's first professor of philosophy. Irene Eleanora Michet (1889-1971) joined the faculty of the WSC English Department in 1927. She married Frank Potter in 1929. Both of the Potters were actively involved in the campus community. This collection consists of materials related to Frank and Irene Potter which came into the possession of Ruth Slonim, their colleague and friend, after Irene Potter's death.
(This series began with the 23 May 2016 post.)
There was a point of land extending into Lime Lake a little south of the dam, on which was built an ashery, a place where ashes were made into some form of potash. The building itself, I do not remember, but some of the boards soaked with lye, and leached ashes, were there in my recollection. Our swimming hole was at the old ashery. Timber in those days was largely a nuisance and was cut, logged and burned as rapidly as possible, and the ashes were used as a sort of currency, about the only thing the early settlers had that would bring money---markets, there were none around then.
The men would start out in the latter part of June to get into the Genessee Country to help in harvesting, and the grain was cut with sickles. It was long before machines were thought of and they could not have used machines had there been any because of too many stumps.
Along about 1836, Joseph Potter and Mary Eunice Wylie were married. I believe their acquaintance was formed one of these times when the young man had gone to Covington to work in the harvest fields. Joseph took Mary from the town of Covington in Wyoming County to his Cattauaugus home on horseback, posterior fashion, and they were said to have been a very handsome couple.
Mother Potter was known as the best housekeeper in the community and she carded, spun, knit and wove the material and cut and made the garments for the whole family and never had a sewing machine and no hired help, in my recollection.
She was more than a remarkable woman. There were few people her equal in a full understand of current events, and our national history. She was a great reader, always reading when knitting, and when churning for butter with the old dash churn, would have the Christian Advocate, The New York Tribune or Harpers Weekly pinned against the wall where she could read until the butter came. She was a patriot and always prepared to meet and worst any rebel sympathizer or copperhead. There were ten children born to them, seven of whom lived to maturity.
Cassandana Louise was born Dec. 22, 1838, and is now living at Pearl Creek, Wyoming County, New York, the widow of Samuel Orlando Parks. She much resembles her mother in likeness and character. The story is told that when an infant but a few weeks of age, in those strenuous times of her young parents, Father, in his sleep, picked her up and threw her clear across the living room of the log house, likely dreaming that he was throwing a brand into some burning log heap. She took no harm from this sort of treatment and I think never held any grudge on account of it.
She took every advantage of such opportunity as were to be had for an education and was a good student and developed into an excellent school teacher and with better than ordinary government. Oh, this dear sister has always been of the truest sympathetic nature, always of high ideas, always true in friendship, and loyal to her own. She has more the right to the reward offered in the first commandment of promise, "Honor they father and they mother that thy days may be long upon the land that the Lord thy God giveth thee."
((To be continued...next child was Edgar Wylie Potter, bo. 25 Mar 1840, Machias, NY.))
The following, which will be the first part of a multi-part posting on this blog, was published in my Potter Profiles, Volume 11, back in March 1987. It was a "chapter on the Potters written by Clayton Buell Potter, grandson of Daniel and Lydia (Hale) Potter. It was included in a hand-written book compiled in 1909 by Edward Augustus Parks, the step-son of Clayton's sister, Cassandra Potter Parks. Page 1: "The Potter family is a large one. They have been long in the promised land and have followed the admonition to "increase and replenish the earth." "I'm not to tell all about all the Potters, for it would be too much to read if it wee written. If you search the records, however, you may find that the Potter family in America sprang from two brothers who left England for America about 1636, both landing in what is now known as the New England states. One remained there while the other went into the more southern colonies. Our branch if from that one who remained in the Eastern States. "Daniel Potter and Lydia, his wife, my grandparents, lived at Granville, Washington County, New York, probably as late as 1813. They had nine children, Allen, Clarissa, David, William, Daniel, Joseph, Hannah, Silas and Achsah, and our family record shows that Joseph, the sixth child, was born at Granville. Once when stopping at Whitehall in Washington County, I called on Judge Joseph Potter, one of the Judges of the Supreme Court, and in talking on the matter, his records of the family in general were the same as what I had learned of my own ancestors. He was of the same Granville stock. "The family of Daniel Potter were pioneers, for they went far west when the virgin forest covered the western part of New York state. They settled in the town of Machias, Cattaraugus County, at what is now the foot of Lime Lake, an artificial lake made by my grandfather when he dammed the stream that was of considerable volume, flowing from immense springs and filled with speckled trout. He built a sawmill below the dam, which I believe was later carried away by a freshet breaking the dam. Grandfather and all the family were hard workers, they had to be to clear that heavy clay soil of trees, stumps, roots and stones. In logging, grandfather got one of his legs broken below his knee and had not been long recovered when a log rolled against the same leg and crushed it so badly that about six inches of the bone was lost and ever after he wore a thimble on that leg to stiffen it so that he could get about. "Personally, I knew but little of him. I never became much acquainted with him. He was old and a broken man when I knew him and seemd quite unsocial to me. But I believe the family was credited as of good standing and sterling integrity. TO BE CONTINUED..........................