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Omar Wilson Lynch

  • Birth 3 Dec 1843 Racine County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 5 May 1920 San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 63807386

son of Oliver Leslie Lynch and Sarah Cross, married Arabella M Farnham,16 March 1870 and Constance Bradley, 10 November 1880, father of Elva Ada Lynch, Leslie Stephen Lynch, Claire S Leimbach and Josephine May Burdon Sparks.



O.W. LYNCH, one of the leading furniture dealers in Seattle, was born in Racine,
Wisconsin, December 3, 1843. His parents, Oliver and Sarah (Cross) Lynch,
natives of New York and England respectively, of Scotch, Irish and English
ancestry. They located in Wisconsin, about 1838, where Mr. Lynch followed his
trade as carpenter and builder. In 1854 he crossed the plains to California,
followed mining a short time, then engaging in trade and farming in the vicinity
of Stockton, where he was joined, in 1856, by his family, who made the trip via
the Panama route. In 1863 they removed to the San Jose valley, and in 1870 to
Puget Sound and located a claim of 160 acres on Fidalgo island near Deception
Pass, where he has since been engaged in agricultural pursuits. Our subject was
reared upon the ranch, with but limited privileges in the line of educational
advantages. When old enough to carry a gun, he began hunting through the marshes
about San Francisco bay for duck and game, which occupation proved so profitable
that he continued it for fourteen years, spending his summers in various
occupations. He began his mercantile experience in the clothing store of E.C.
Dake of San Francisco in 1864, working only through the summer, while his
winters were passed in hunting. He was married in Chicago, in 1870, to Miss Bela
M. Farnham, of Michigan. Returning to the coast, Mr. Lynch then located 160
acres on Fidalgo island, and followed farming for five years, when, because of
the ill health of his wife, he took her to San Francisco, where she died in
April, 1877, leaving two small children, Elva and Leslie. In 1879 Mr. Lynch
returned to Puget Sound, locating at La Conner. He was married at Stanwood, in
1880, to Miss Constance Bradley, a native of Missouri. He then located in
Seattle, following carpenter work for one year. Then, becoming clerk for Clark &
Anderson, in the furniture business, he continued up to September, 1882, when
was formed the partnership of Lynch & Vahlbusch, which firm engaged in the
furniture business, opening a small store, the present site of the Grand Hotel
on Front street. There being no railroad communication with the East, all
furniture was purchased at Portland and San Francisco. After fourteen months the
firm changed to Lynch & Wood and so continued until May, 1878, when Mr. Wood
retired and our subject continued operations alone. On the first of January,
1888, he sold one-fourth interest to N.A. Veline and continued under the firm
name of' O.W. Lynch & Co., up to the disastrous fire of June, 1889, when they
were burned out, entailing a net loss of $25,000. Business was resumed on the
12th of July, in a warehouse on West street between University and Spring, and
there conducted until the completion of the Arlington Hotel Block, into which
building the firm moved on March 1, 1890. They have since occupied six stories
in this block, utilizing a floor space of 20,000 square feet. They carry a full
line of furniture of the most noted manufacturers of the East, among them being
Berkey & Gay, the Widdicomb Furniture Company, Grand Rapids Chair Company,
Phoenix Furniture Company and Gunn Folding Bed Company, all of Grand Rapids,
Michigan; also the lines of G.W. Wilkins Company, J.S. Ford, Johnson & Co., A.
Peterson & Co., and Frank Winter, all of Chicago, and products from many other
manufactories of Wisconsin and Indiana. Their business is chiefly by retail
through the Sound district, furnishing the leading hotels of Seattle and
conducting a very extensive trade. Mr. and Mrs. Lynch have two children, Clair
and Josephine.

Submitted to the WA. Bios Project in January 2004 by Jeffrey L. Elmer


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  • Added: 6 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63807386
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