|Birth: ||Mar. 30, 1843|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 1913|
Arlington News 9-20-1913
LEADING CITIZEN LOST IN PASSING OF A.L. BLAIR
Reaching, by a valiant struggle with the grim destroyer to and a little beyond his allotted three score years and ten, A.L. Blair, one of the fathers of Arlington and a man known and respected in almost every household in the Stillaguamish Valley, passed away peacefully at 3 o'clock p.m. Wednesday, September 17, at the age of 70 years, 5 months, and 18 days. He had been extremely feeble for many months and only an optimistic spirit and unusually strong will had served to prolong the struggle with the ravages of disease and old age during recent month. His last public appearance was on the occasion of the Pioneer picnic, September 1st, and then he was unable to leave his carriage. Those at the bedside when the call came were Mrs. Blair, William Blair, his son, and Mrs. Minnie Blair, his daughter-in-law, also the nurse and housemaid. Funeral services were held from the house at 9 o'clock a.m. Friday, September 19, Rev. Fred W. Soper officiating. Even at that early hour a large concourse of friends were present, the services being simple and impressive. Relatives from out of town present were Mr. Frank Neff of Everett, Mrs. Merrill of Seattle. The following served as pallbearers in connection with the intermant which occurred in the GAR cemetery at Snohomish beside a son, daughter and grand children, M.M. McCaulley, Jasper Sill, Mart Everts, Geo. D. Wallace, B.H. Hanse and Thos. Moran.
Aaron L. Blair was born March 30, 1843, in Fountain Co., Ind, a son of John and Sarah (Crystal) Blair. He was the youngest of a family of seven. His father was a native of Tn. who settled in Ind. when a young man. His mother was a Ky and came to Ind. when a young woman making the trip on horseback. When a child, his parents moved to Ia, of which state he was a resident until the outbreak of the Civil War. Though but 18 years of age when the drums sounded the call to arms, he at once enlisted in Co. C., 7th Iowa Vol. Cavalry, in which he served for three years and seven months, being honorable mustered out at Omah, Ne., in Feb.1866. He was married July 11, 1861, to Cynthia A. Morgan, the daughter of a prominent Ky. family, born at Pleasant Grove, Ia. in 1842. Her father, Abraham Morgan later moved to Walla Walla, this state, where he resided for several years. To the couple were born seven children, Catherine J., Calvin B., Louisa L., James W., Walter A., Aaron F., and Alice May. Of these three survive, namely, Mrs. Catherine Merrill, Mrs. Louisa Neff and James W. Blair. Aside from these and his wife who also survives him, he leaves five grand children and two great grand children. After the close of the war, Mr. Blair returned to Ia. and followed farming until 1870, when he moved to Pleasant Hill, Mo., and engaged in contracting in connection with the County, construction of a railroad from that point to Lawrence, Ks. In 1878, he moved to Ia., to which state he had returned two years previously, and settled at Howard, in Elk county, Ks. Here he took up a pre-emption claim and followed farming until 1887, when he imigrated to Washington, arriving at Stanwood on Septmeber 26th of that year. The next year he took his household goods to Oso by canoe, Mrs. Blair walking to that then wilderness point by trail. After stopping at Oso for a short time, he took up a pre-emption claim a short distance north west of Arlington. Here he made substantial improvements, but after residing on the claim for 18 months, bought 80 acres of land on the marsh west of Arlington. This was the home of the family for two years, and during that time Mr. Blair had erected a comfortable home and cleared 20 acres of land. In 1892 he moved into Arlington, or rather the part of Arlington then know as Haller City, and engged in the real estate business as the agent of the Haller Townsite Company, with which he continued to be affliated until his retirement from business on account of his health. he was a man of great diligence in business, winning his way by his energy and native ability, though lacking a school education. He was indefatigable in working for all kinds of improvements and was well adapted by nature for the task of meeting and overcoming the impediments of pioneer life. Throughout his life deceased was adherent of the Republican party, and was an enthusiastic and tireless political worker, taking an active and influential part in every campaign in Snohomish Co. since he became a resident thereof. Notwithstanding his political influence, he never held office, nor made any special effort to obtain political preferment. He was active in the counsels of E.M. Stanton Post, G.A.R., having been its commander for several terms. He has been a member of the Methodist church since the age of thirteen. A.L. Blair, while a forceful and active citizen and a true American, had no claim to respect so potent as that inspired by his devotion to his wife and family. We can pay his memory no greater compliment than by saying that his attitude toward his family and general bearing hin his home approached the ideal. There is a vacant chair that can never be filled.
SnoCo: "The Karyn Project"
Snohomish GAR Cemetery:
Blair Aaron L. Sept. 17 1913 "Card says"" West of lot 1"" Co. C 7th IA Cav."
Blair C. A. "'""West of lot 1"""
12 Dec 1862 - 31 Jan 1866
Section Original, Lot 1, Grave 1
Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery
Plot: Row 1
Created by: C&P * LaPlante Files
Record added: Mar 31, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13798256