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Old 10-15-2014, 06:40 PM   #1
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Need to Locate a Cabin - Canyon Creek - Granite Falls

I'm trying to locate a house/cabin, or at least close to it. My father grew up in an abandoned mill site that included some homes (shacks) very near Canyon Creek in Granite Falls.

His notes say he grew up on the Stilly on a piece of land owned by Pete Chappel, and that's where he wants his ashes deposited, but he has several notes referencing another place on Canyon Creek where he is a bit more descriptive of how he grew up (cutting cascara bark, cutting cedar shakes and moonshining). I don't know if the Stilly and Canyon Creek run into each other or not. What I'd like to do is take his ashes to the Stilly or maybe as close to Canyon Creek as possible, so I know I'm near where he used to spend his boyhood days.

He talked mostly about the shack on Canyon Creek, being well past a dead-end county road that had a locked gate across it and his family was given a key to gate since they lived up that road. He states it was a two-track, not even a gravel road at the time and the shack may have been several miles up from the gate and maybe six or more miles from school in Granite Falls. This would have been in the 1940s.

I'm trying to get my dad as close to where he wanted to be "buried" as possible, but I was there once 35 years ago as a small kid. All I remember is we couldn't get to the "cabin" because the road had a large mud-hole that we couldn't get through. My dad said it was the same mud-hole that was there in the 1940s/1950s they used to drive a Model A through as kids. He also states there was a Navy plane crash on a mountain (maybe Pilchuck????) that he and another kid were able to "guide" authorities to.

If anyone has suggestions on a Benchmark Atlas with road numbers or some other identifiers that sound familiar, I'd much appreciate it (I know, there's probably too many areas identified). He also said several of the other "shacks" had fallen over by the time they moved into one still standing, in the 1940s.

I'll be there in two weeks trying to get as close as I can to where I think the shack he grew up in was, or a cabin on the Stilly, or maybe I'll toss the ashes off the Jordan Creek Bridge (I remember him saying they used to jump off the (rope) bridge as kids).

Thanks in advance. As I'm sure you can tell, this is important to me.
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Old 10-15-2014, 07:31 PM   #2
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:13 PM   #3
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The Navy plane (PBY or something) went down on Sept 16, 1946. I can't find a location online, but if anyone knows where the wreckage is located and can let me know, I'd appreciate it. My dad and another kid from school were the ones to find the wreckage and my dad grew up near (relatively) there.
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:20 PM   #4
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I don't know if the Stilly and Canyon Creek run into each other or not. What I'd like to do is take his ashes to the Stilly or maybe as close to Canyon Creek as possible, so I know I'm near where he used to spend his boyhood days.
Canyon Creek does flow into the South fork of the Stillaguamish, just ENE of where Jordan Road crosses the Stilly.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:25 PM   #5
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Thanks!
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:13 PM   #6
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Try here:
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/...52/Washington/

Zoom in on sect. #9 in the NW corner....shows property owned by that "Pete" dood....dunno if that helps or not....
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:50 PM   #7
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Wow, I don't know how you found that, but that's probably real near, since it is very close to the river. Thank you.
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Old 10-18-2014, 07:22 PM   #8
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I found where he would have fished on the Stillaguamish. That was perfect. What's funny is there was a picture that looks almost exactly like the Google satellite image that hung in my grandmother's house. I never realized the connection. Thanks.
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Old 10-18-2014, 07:32 PM   #9
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This map here is probably too far back time wise, but it shows locations of unimproved(?) roads and buildings...

click to zoom in map...

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/...amish-1899.jpg

The "fo" in south fork stilaguamish is in the section where the property probably was...look in the NW corner of it...
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I searched some public documents and found that Pete Chappel is actually Peter Chappell, son of Dr. Francis Chappell. The good Dr. Francis Chappell was a businessman and opened up the Chappell Shingle Company in Granite Falls presumably along Canyon Creek. My guess is that his son Peter had ownership of the property or business for awhile but I cant confirm this.

One of the possible locations I found is now a neighborhood, the other appears to be undeveloped. I’m leaning towards the undeveloped location because of your description about having to drive for 6 miles along a dirt road to a dead end.

Unfortunately I couldn't find the exact location of the shingle company on the internet because it looks as if the Chappell family owned many pieces of land in that area for many years.

Possible location.
https://www.google.com/maps/@48.1126...!3m1!1e3?hl=en

Like STTG I found most of my info on the links below.
1934 Township map section 12 shows the land near the Stillaguamish owned by Josephine G Chappell.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/...fley++Lochloy/

1943 Township map section 12 shows the land near the Stillaguamish owned by Peter Chappell.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/...+Lake+Cassidy/

Then in the 60's the land looks like it is being divided.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/...oy+++Page+030/

This is the map I found that is further up the road like you describe. It was also owned by Josephine in 1936 section 6. Perhaps the cabin was here.
http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/...guamish+River/
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Old 10-18-2014, 07:44 PM   #11
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Looks like there is a Lime Kiln trail that might be on the wrong side of the river, but same place.

I'm also going to try to find the place on Canyon Creek, more remote, while up there.
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I really want to find the property by Canyon Creek because of how my dad described his lifestyle, moonshining and dynamiting the creek for fish. To hear my dad tell the stories, it was quite the poor upbringing, dynamiting and then canning fish for the winter. The place on the Stilly was the "fancy" cabin.
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:27 PM   #13
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I have to say, thank you all so much. Very helpful.
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Check this out...gives approx locations for the shingle company and the shingle and lumbermill "at" Blackman Lake

http://books.google.com/books?id=0LA...s%20Wa&f=false

Also to note that the "Chappell Shingle Mill was succeeded by John Spithill around Oct 3, 1914...??

http://books.google.com/books?id=kjg...s%20Wa&f=false
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I guess my google-fu sucks. I tried to find this stuff, but have been unsuccessful. Thank you.
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