|Birth: ||Apr. 7, 1881|
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 1961|
Grays Harbor County
Vidette Mar 16, 1961
Parker Askew Valley Leader Rites Friday
The Montesano and Wynooche communities are mourning the passing of Parker Askew, prominent dairyman and rural leader of the county for many decades.
He died Tuesday morning at the Broadway Rest Home where he and Mrs. Askew have been living for the past year. Stricken with a stroke last Thursday he was taken to the hospital and returned to the rest home only this morning.
During his long career in the Wynooche Valley, he served as director of the old Wynooche school board, an organizer of the original Wynooche telephone company, a member of the board of the Grays Harbor Dairymen's Assoc. and of the Jersey Cattle Club and the Washington State Jersey Cattle Club.
He was intensely interested in the Grange having twice served as a master of the Wynooche Valley Grange and as treasurer of the Grays Harbor Pomona Grange. He was a member of both state and national Granges.
He was born in Iowa on April 7, 1881, his parents Benjamin and Lydia Askew, being of Quaker stock. As a boy, he came west with them, first to Pasadena, Ca., and in 1897, to South Montesano. Aside from a brief residence in Wenatchee, he lived in Grays Harbor the rest of his life.
He began farming 16 miles up the Wynooche Valley, soon after he married Margaret Reinkens at South Union on Aug 25, 1905. Starting with one purebred Jersey cow, purchased from Mrs. Mary Larson, Mrs. Askew's sister, he developed one of the outstanding Jersey herds in the state, which won honors not only at the Grays Harbor fair and county shows, but also at the Western Washington fair at Puyallup.
The early days on the them remote valley farm were rugged. It was virtually a self sufficent operation, since the long trip to town was by horse and wagon on a narrow road. Muddy in winter, dusty in the summer.
The first farm, purchased from the Fred Carter family, was on the west side of the river which could be forded in summer. Before the construction of a foot bridge, a cable was stretched across the stream so that cans of sour cream could be started on their way to market, in Montesano. Sometimes the cans were carried across the river by canoe.
The Askews required more land and in 1934, moved their residence across the river. In 1955 they sold Cloverdale Dairy Farm to Mr. and Mrs Frank Ziegler but remained living in a smaller house on an adjoining quarter acre.
Benjamin Askew (1837 - 1923)
Lydia Jane Bailey Askew (1847 - 1931)
Margaretha Reinkens Askew (1880 - 1964)*
Mildred Catherine Askew Hampton (1909 - 1996)*
Mary Lydia Askew LaBreck (1913 - 2003)*
Edna Bernice Askew Lukin (1914 - 2002)*
Grays Harbor County
Plot: Lot 59 6th addition
Created by: Thomas Moak
Record added: Jan 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83582612
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