Wilder Wellington Hartley

Wilder Wellington Hartley

Canterbury, York County, New Brunswick, Canada
Death 10 Jun 1931 (aged 81)
Mountain View, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot Garden/Building: ES-H, Lot/Section/Panel: 161, Grave: 1
Memorial ID 143794827 · View Source
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Arrived in the fall of 1870.

•See Morris C. Russell.
•See James Dewar.
•See Thomas Richardson Congdon.
•See Maud Sleeper Hazen.
•See Dr. Werner Hemstead.

      W. W. Hartley became the Clerk of Court sometime in 1872. While he was Clerk of Court he sold real estate, owned and edited the Brainerd Tribune, and sold various brands of sewing machines along with all their accouterments. In 1879 he became Postmaster and resigned as Clerk of Court.

                Hartley Brothers & Co.

      Are fast pushing their fine store-building toward completion. We have before referred to this new firm, and it gives us great pleasure to note their progress. They have a handsome location on Front street near Fifth, and the fine building they are putting up will be a credit to the location and the town, and the firm will be among the soundest and most popular in our young city. (Brainerd Tribune, 23 March 1872, p. 3, c. 2)

      Hartley Bros. have their fine new store-building enclosed and it will very soon be ready for occupation. (Brainerd Tribune, 06 April 1872, p. 1, c. 5)

      OUR FRIEND W. W. HARTLEY, who is frequently in our office, and takes pleasure to putting his shoulder to the wheel when we are “in the drag,” met with a severe accident, the result of his own cleverness. Taking hold of our Gordon jobber to see if he could print some on it, and succeeding very well, he was permitted to run along, everybody else being busy. His presence was almost forgotten until a startling outcry told us that he had caught his hand in the press. He suffered very severely, and is now going about d--nouncing that press for its pressure. (Brainerd Tribune, 06 July 1872, p. 1, c. 5)


      IN other words, the gentleman who has stood at the head of this great family journal since its existence commenced, must now bid adieu to his kind readers and numerous friends, and we trust but few enemies. A man is known by his works; we hope, taking all our work in Brainerd into consideration, as a journalist, we may be considered a tolerably good fellow, and one who has, at least, been no particular detriment to our beautiful young “City of the Pines.” It is with a deep sigh of regret that we give up our pet TRIBUNE, and sink from the sight of the public as the editor and founder of the first paper on the Northern Pacific Railroad east of the Rocky Mountains. We love the Northern Pacific country, and all the multitude of good things we have ever said in its praise, we hereby fully and unequivocally confirm.
      We thank our friends for the numerous kindnesses we have received at their hands and regret exceedingly that circumstances over which we have no control render our separation necessary.
      We have one consoling comfort, however, and that is, we leave our TRIBUNE in good and trusty hands. We have sold our newspaper and its good will and business to our fellow citizen, W. W. Hartley, Esq., who is well known as one of our oldest and best citizens. He will more than fill our shoes as a journalist, as soon as he gets his hand in, and will be entitled to the support of all our good people, which we ask for him with all our heart. We shall ever remember our friends in Brainerd and the Northern Pacific country with kindness and wish them all the good things in the catalogue of earthly glory. Good-bye. (Brainerd Tribune, Morris C. Russell, 01 May 1875, p. 1, c. 6)

      W. W. Hartley of the TRIBUNE has received the appointment of postmaster in this place, vice S. V. R. Sherwood removed, and has obtained his bondsmen, and forwarded his bond, for approval. His commission will be forwarded when the bond is approved, when he will take possession of the post office in person, certain rumors to the contrary, notwithstanding. (Brainerd Tribune, 09 August 1879, p. 1, c. 1)

      The TRIBUNE is somewhat delayed this week, but entirely unavoidably so, in due to the removal of the post office to the TRIBUNE building our presses, cases, desks, counter, stove, etc., had all to be removed to the rear, giving room in front for the office, and in addition to this came the intricate job of removing the post-office and attending to the mails meantime, so that, as can be readily imagined, our time has been considerably interrupted during the entire week. We expect soon to get matters and things settle once more, however, when business will progress with the usual regularity. (Brainerd Tribune, 23 August 1879, p. 4, c.'s 1 & 2)

      Many are the kind words of congratulation extended through our exchanges to the editor of the TRIBUNE upon the event of his appointment to the office of postmaster in this city, to all which we acknowledge our deepest gratitude and add the desire that every brother “Slocum” in the State had a similar billet. A better hearted, more deserving class of men do not exist, however, than the generality of the Minnesota editors, and the power that sets all things right will eventually reward all. (Brainerd Tribune, 30 August 1879, p. 1, c. 1)

      We are handed a copy of the Brainerd, Minn., TRIBUNE, edited and published by W. W. Hartley, a young man who seven or eight years ago was employed in a condensing factory here. From the appearance of his paper and the fact that he is also postmaster of Brainerd, we judge he is prospering.—[Elgin, (Ill.) Daily News.
      And Will A. Eakin, local editor of the News, was our co-laborer. Shake, old boy. (Brainerd Tribune, 18 October 1879, p. 1, c. 1)

      W. W. Hartley sent his resignation to Judge Stearns on Tuesday last as Clerk of the District Court, being informed by instructions from the post office department that he could hold no other office with that of post master. The office is therefore among the vacancies to be filled at the coming election. The Judge has made no appointment as yet. (Brainerd Tribune, 25 October 1879, p. 4, c. 3)

      The President has sent the following nominations to the Senate for postmasters in Minnesota: David Day, St. Paul; Luke Marvin, Duluth; W. W. Hartley, Brainerd; Martin B. Soule, Worthington; and Charles C. Harris, Luverne. (Brainerd Tribune, 06 December 1879, p. 1, c. 1)

      Capt. [sic] W. W. Hartley, postmaster at Brainerd, and editor of the Tribune, was successfully treated by Prof. Burner last night, at the Nicollett House, and relieved of a large tape worm, head and all, that measured some 30 feet in length. The Captain [sic] has suffered some four or five years, and has been treated by a number of eminent medical men, but they failed to cure him. We congratulate the Captain [sic] upon his good luck in being relieved of his old enemy, and the Professor upon his ability and successful treatment.—[Minneapolis Tribune. (Brainerd Tribune, 13 December 1879, p. 1, c. 1)

      The Biennial readjustment of postmasters’ salaries, just completed, raises the salary of the Brainerd office to $1,600 per annum from July 1st, 1880. (Brainerd Tribune, 26 June 1880, p. 4, c. 1)

      We have just received a copy of the Belding (Mich.) Home News, giving quite an extended notice of a surprise picnic at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. F. Moorman, given in honor of a visit from Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Hartley, of this place. Evidently, the postmaster has enjoyed himself hugely while gone. (Brainerd Tribune, 03 September 1881, p. 5, c. 3)

      Mr. W. W. Hartley, wife and children, returned last Wednesday noon from and extended trip through the provinces, and Michigan. They are all looking well, and have apparently had a glorious time. W. W. will again appear at his official post, and carve sections of postage stamps, etcetera, in the old time manner. (Brainerd Tribune, 10 September 1881, p. 5, c. 4)

      Judge J. M. McKelvy appointed W. W. Hartley clerk of the district court in 1870, which was the first office Mr. H. ever held in this county. The first term of court was held in this county at Crow Wing in 1871, in Peake & Wakefield's store. Judge McKelvy presiding, and G. W. Holland county attorney, the position he now holds. (Brainerd Tribune, 25 March 1882, p. 6, c. 4)

In 1882 W. W. Hartley built what became the First National Bank building in 1916.

                Post-Office Prosperity.

      The recent improvements made in the Brainerd post-office are worthy of comment and many are the words of praise that are being expressed in regard to them. The boxes and panel work was received on Monday, and on Monday night the entire inside workings and boxes were torn out and the new outfit was put up. As you enter the post-office on 6th street, six feet from the door you are confronted by a glass front nine feet wide with a passage way on each side running back as far as the money order office. At the left hand corner as you go in is the ladies’ window, and at the right hand corner the gents’ delivery. Both sides of the frame-work is filled with boxes, there being something like 1230 new call and lock boxes added to the old capacity, the lock boxes that were formerly used being moved to the further side of the office, the whole being raised two feet from the floor instead of resting on it as before. The new lock boxes are of an improved pattern and to say the least are elegant. The wood-work partitions, etc., are of ash, the whole presenting a very pleasing appearance. When it is completed the enclosure will extend to the ceiling the balance being principally of glass. The money order office is located in the same place as before, being more commodious and handy, and at the left of it are the boxes for receiving mail, separate ones for papers, drop letters, and mail going east or west, which makes it very convenient for the postmaster. The apparatus was manufactured by Yale & Company, of Chicago, and costs $3,650, which we are informed is paid out of Mr. Hartley’s pocket. Truly his efforts to furnish the public of Brainerd with as fine a post office as there is in the state should be appreciated by all. (Brainerd Dispatch, 22 August 1884, p. 3, c. 5)

                  School Meeting.

      The board of education met at the office of W. W. Hartley on Monday night with a full attendance. The meeting was for the purpose of accepting the new high school building which was done on motion of W. W. Hartley, seconded by J. S. Gardner, with the promise that contractor F. A. B. King put in the rostrum which had been overlooked. The president, treasurer and clerk were authorized to settle with the contractor on the building contract, and storm doors were ordered to be put up on the new building. (Brainerd Dispatch, 16 January 1885, p. 3, c. 3)

      The First National Bank Building located on the southeast corner of Front and Sixth Streets, better known as the First National Bank building, is built in 1882 by W. W. Hartley. (Brainerd 1871-1946, Carl Zapffe, Colwell Press, Incorporated, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 1946, p. 22)

      W. W. Hartley has gone to Tacoma, W. T., to engage in the real estate business. W. W. is a rustler and will probably meet with success. (Brainerd Dispatch, 05 April 1889, p. 4, c. 3)

             WILDER W. HARTLEY
                        WED SWEETHEART

       Bride and He Taught School in the
            Early Sixties in Queensbury
                        Parish, N. B.


          Mr. and Mrs. Hartley Will Make
          Their Home at Mountain View,
           Calif., Where He is Merchant

      W. W. Hartley, of Mountain View, California, returned on Saturday from a very enjoyable up river trip, visiting his old home at Shogomoc and going as far as Woodstock and Houlton, and spent Sunday with his cousin, N. W. Brown, University avenue.
      Mr. Hartley went west in 1869, and spent his early years in Brainerd, Minn., where he was editor of the Tribune, then its only paper. He is now the president of the Hartley Hardware Co., and his son, Charles, is another member of the firm. He and his wife, since deceased, visited his native province in 1884, and now after 41 years of absence, he has been renewing old acquaintances. He has noticed very many important changes in these 41 years&mdashthe buildings of the Valley Railway, which runs through the back field of his father's farm at Shogomac; the installation of the telephone, better roads, automobiles, daily mail service, etc.
      Tonight he leaves for Boston. On his arrival at Winthrop, Mass., he will be married to Mrs. Amelia Atherton Ingraham at the home of her sister, Mrs. Eva Lugrin. After the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Hartley will proceed west via the C. P. R., stopping off with friends and relatives at Seattle, Everett and Tacoma; thence they will go to their future home at Mountain View, California. Fifty-three years ago Wilder Hartley and Miss Amelia Atherton taught school in the adjoining district of Queensbury. After the event at Winthrop the last of the week, they will both teach in one house and each will be the pupil of the other.
      A host of friends wish them "Bon Voyage" and a happy wedded life. (Daily Gleaner of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Monday, 16 October 1922)

                  Father of S. C.
                        Man Buried At
                              Mountain View

      MOUNTAIN VIEW, June 12.—Private funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at Cypress Lawn for Wilder W. Hartley, 81, prominent retired businessman of Mountain View, brother of Roland H. Hartley, governor of Washington, and father of Charles F. Hartley of Santa Cruz.
      Hartley moved here in 1910 where he and his son, Charles, purchased the Parkinson Hardware company which has since been known as the Hartley Hardware company. Since the senior Hartley's retirement in 1922 the company has been headed by Charles who also maintains a hardware store in Santa Cruz. In 1922 Hartley married Amelia Atherton, a sweetheart of 50 years previous, while on a visit to New Brunswick. His first wife, Mary Moosman [sic] [Moorman], died after moving here.
                        Three Sons
      Mr. Hartley is survived by his widow; two daughters, Mrs [sic]. Clara Hartley of Los Angeles and Mrs. Hattie Bacon of Seattle; three sons, Alfred W. Hartley of San Pedro; James E. Hartley of New York state, and Charles F. Hartley of Santa Cruz. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He leaves a second brother beside Governor Roland Hartley of Washington, Heber H. Hartley of Duluth, Michigan [sic] [Minnesota], and a sister, Mrs. Louis G. Rogers of Buffalo, New York.
      All of Mr. Hartley's children with the exception of James E. Hartley of New York were at his bedside at the time of his death. (Santa Cruz Evening News, Santa Cruz, California, 12 June 1931) [Contributed by Karen Day]


      Early Pioneer of Brainerd, Cousin of
                  R. J. Hartley, Dies at
                     Age of 82 Years

      Word was received here today of the death of Wilder Wellington Hartley, 82 year old brother of Governor Hartley of Washington and cousin of R. J. Hartley, 403 North Fourth street, Brainerd.
      Mr. Hartley passed away June 10 at Mountain View, California.
      Wilder Hartley was a pioneer of Brainerd being at one time editor and publisher of the old Brainerd Tribune, also postmaster for a number of years, municipal judge and hotel operator. (Brainerd Dispatch, 19 June 1931, p. 3, c. 2)

Gravesite Details No stone or marker was located for Wilder Hartley.

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