|Birth: ||Aug. 8, 1874|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 21, 1975|
Inscription off back of tombstone:
Jasper and Lulu were married in July 1900 in North Carolina. Shortly after, they started west to join her people, who on the death of her father Dr. Larkin P Blackburn in 1896, had migrated to Washington. They were living in St. John on what was known as The Old Clark Ranch. Lulu's mother, the former Charlotte Ray, brothers William, Walter and Rosco, sister Minnie, Bessie and Lillian, wife of John Rotan were all there.
Lulu and Jasper lived for a time in St. John then on a ranch near Steptoe Butte, before moving to Thornton in 1908. Jasper, known as J.W. started his well drilling career with a drill acquired in 1904. J.W. drilled wells for 67 years. While building their new home in Thornton, the family survived an epidemic of scarlet fever and diphtheria, crediting their health with eating onions every day.
The Queen children were Anne Mabel, Frank Benjamin, Lavada Nikki, Daniel Markus and Patrick Stevens. Frank was a doctor in Canton, Ohio and Daniel a doctor and pathologist in San Antonio, Texas. Nikki was married to Dr. Ronald A. Greene and lived in Laguna Beach, California. Anne Mabel lived in Spokane and traveled frequently around Idaho, California and Washington and was interested in mining and investment. She was especially fond of precious metals.
As a devoted mother, Lulu taught school, worked as a roust-about, cooked for a work crew and continued her education to help put Frank and Daniel through medical school.
J.W. was accomplished blacksmith and well driller. His deepest well was 1205 feet and he drilled actively until 1971. He put in the cistern that for many years was the Thornton water supply.
The Queens moved to Spokane in 1927 where he continued his business.
Lulu Martish Blackburn Queen (1880 - 1971)*
Lavada Virginia Queen Greene (1907 - 1988)*
Created by: John F Covey
Record added: Oct 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22134460