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FORMATION OF WHATCOM COUNTY CEMETERY DISTRICT NO. 10

In November 1973 an election was held to determine whether or not Whatcom County Cemetery District No. 10 should be formed and to elect commissioners. A majority vote of two-thirds (2/3) was necessary to form the Cemetery District.

One Thousand Eight Fifty Seven (1,857) votes in all were cast; One Thousand Three Hundred Sixty two (1,362) votes were cast in favor of the organization of the Cemetery District; Four Hundred Ninety Five (495) votes were cast against. The proposition passed.

The first Commissioners were elected with the following votes:
Elbert Isom 1,516
Theodore M. Weidkamp 1,504
Paul Hugdahl 1,485

On January 28, 1974 the Board of County Commissioners of Whatcom County, Washington passed a resolution that Whatcom County Cemetery District No. 10 was now a duly organized Cemetery District under the lawss of the State of Washington.

The Board of County Commissioners futher resolved that the three individuals named above were the duly elected Commissioners of Whatcom County Cemetery District No. 10.

The legal description of the boundary of the newly formed Cemetery District was shown in the resolution.
HISTORY OF THE GREENWOOD CEMETERY

Greenwood Cemetery is located on the south side of Wiser Lake Road. It was started as a community project and later the Methodist Church assumed responsibility until a Cemetery Association was formed in 1948 per the Articles of Incorporation. Over the years the Association was unable to properly maintain the upkeep and the cemetery fell into a state of neglect. Today the cemetery is part of Whatcom County CemeteryDistrict 10.

The earliest death recorded in the cemetery is William Y. Earle who, according to his tombstone, was born in Vermont and was a Freemason. He was born in 1796 and died in 1887. His birth date of July 19, 1796 is the earliest recorded date in Cemetery Distirct 10 and the only person born in the 18th century.

Other notable burials in the Greenwood Cemetery include the Dorr family. They were well known as musicians and early homesteaders.

Members of the Bartlett also are buried here. The Bartletts are best known for the resort called "Bartlett's Beach" on Wiser Lake. This was a popular local inn and beach resort from the 1920s through the 1950s.



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