Charles Xavier Larrabee and Frances Frazier Larrabee (Payne)

CHARLES XAVIER LARABEE, 1892

CHARLES XAVIER LARABEE, 1892

FrancesLarrabee_andchildren_1908

Frances Larrabee and her children, 1908

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FRANCES LARRABEE, 1890S.

CHARLES XAVIER LARRABEE

BORN: November 19, 1843, Portville, New York
MARRIED: August 3 1892, to Frances Frazier Payne
DIED: September 16, 1914, Bellingham, Washington

SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS PERTAINING TO BELLINGHAM

  • Formed the Fairhaven Land Company with Nelson Bennett (the founder of Tacoma, WA). The company was chiefly financed by Larrabee.
  • Bought out the land company and retained it until his death
  • Founded and acted as president of the Citizen’s Bank of Bellingham.
  • Funded development of Bellingham Area coal mines
  • Helped with funding to bring the railroad to Whatcom County.
  • Hired architect Carl Gould of Seattle to build his home, now known as Laimont Manor (he died before construction even started, and the construction ws overseen by his wife).The historic home is now a trust of the city of Bellingham, used for civic functions, weddings, etc.
  • After his death family donated 20 acres of land to the State of Washington to create a park in his name; Larrabee State Park, a park much used and much loved by citizens of Bellingham

FRANCES FRAZIER LARRABEE (PAYNE)

  • BORN: 15 Jan 1867, St. Louis, Missouri
  • DIED:¬† June 11, 1941, Bellingham, Washington
  • CHILDREN: Charles Francis, Edward Payne, Mary Adele, and Benjamin Howard.
  • INTERMENT: Charles and Frances are interred at the Acacia Mausoleum, near Seattle.
Mrs. Larrabee and her children, ca 1930

Mrs. Larrabee and her children, ca 1930

SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS PERTAINING TO BELLINGHAM

  • Prominent and influential Bellingham clubwoman – leader in numerous women’s clubs
  • Civic minded with a keen sense of responsibility to help the less fortunate.
  • Played a key role in the founding of the Bellingham Bay Home for Children, a safe haven for homeless children.
  • Was the main benefactor and driving force in establishing a YWCA in Bellingham.
  • Transformed local literary club into a medium for discussing some of the most pressing social issues of the day.
LAIRMONT MANOR

LAIRMONT MANOR

ENTRANCE TO LARRABEE STATE PARK, CHUCKANUT DRIVE, NEAR BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

ENTRANCE TO LARRABEE STATE PARK, CHUCKANUT DRIVE, NEAR BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


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Photo credits: Center for Pacific Northwest Studies at Western Washington University (Larrabee Family Papers)

1 thought on “Charles Xavier Larrabee and Frances Frazier Larrabee (Payne)

  1. a young female came to Bellingham at 15 and began as a house servent for The Larabees She met and married a young Canadian man last name Clayton. She remained employed by the Larabees. He died after two yrs or marriage. She had a child by Mr Clayton and due to the death this child was sent to live with the young girls mother in Ferndale. Mrs Clayton remained employed for several yrs to the larabee family. I take care of this young child now 83 yrs old. Her daughter is a railroad engineer for the local Canada Portland run. Where did the name Clayton beach come from. Was it owned by the Larabees and named or given to Mr and Mrs Clayton as a wedding gift. Just a crazy thought……..please reply if able. daniellejh@comcast.net

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