Arthur Washington


Personal and Family Information

Arthur was born on 5 MAY 1896 in Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas, the son of James Washington and Harriet Jane Wilkinson.

He died on 1 OCT 1979 in EverGreenSanitar, Temple City, Los Angeles, California.

His wife was Isabelle Jahn Wilhelmina Trebbe, who he married on ABT 18 MAY 1916 in Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas. Their two known children were Cleo Maxine (1917-1997) and Emarie (1920-?).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Arthur Washington


James Washington


John Washington


Thomas Washington




Mary Hersfield


Thomas Hersfield




Harriet Jane Wilkinson


William Harry Wilkinson


Hanah Barber



Birth5 MAY 1896
Place: Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas
Death1 OCT 1979
Place: EverGreenSanitar, Temple City, Los Angeles, California
Burial5 OCT 1979
Place: RoseHillsMmrlPrk, Whittier, Los Angeles Cnty, California


Note 1

!Notes: Arthur was the eleventh child, and the first born of twins, to Harriet and James Washington. He and his sister, Artie, were born on 5 May 1896, at their home, one miles south and one mile east of the downtown Burlingame intersection of Main Street and Auburn Road. Their home was located on a forty acre farm with a coal mine. Arthur attended school in Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas, and graduated from the eighth grade in spring of 1910.

!P: After graduating from eighth grade, even though he was only fourteen years old, he started working in his father's coal mine. This was a common practice in those days. Arthur worked in the position on the top of the coal mine known as the hoisting engineer or top man. This position oversaw the operations of dock loading of the railroad coal cars, and the local horse-drawn coal wagons. He also attended to the book-work required for accounting for the sale of coal to various customers. Some of these were purchasing coal for shipment by railroad as far away as Kansas City, while local customers were purchasing coal for their own homes or businesses, and hauling it away in wagons. In addition to these duties, the hoisting engineer had to weigh and account for the amount of coal each coal miner mined each day, or the total sum he earned that day's work.

!P: Arthur Washington and Isabelle Jahns Trebbe were married on about18 May 1916, in Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas, where they made their first home. Their first daughter, Cleo, was born on 20 May 1917.

!P: The United States entered World War I on 6 Apr 1918, and Arthur joined the army. During this time Isabelle and their daughter Cleo stayed at the home of Isabelle's maternal grandparents, the Jahns, in Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas. Arthur was sent overseas to Europe during the war. On the way to Europe he stopped off in England to visit a cousin. This was thought to be either Mary Oaks [Harriet Washington's sister in Congleton], or Emily Buckley [Harriet Washington's sister in Oldham].

!P: Following the end of the war, on 11 Nov 1918, Arthur Washington returned home to Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas. He was employed, at that time, by the Burlingame Electric Light Plant, and Arthur and Isabelle made their home one block to the west of the Electric Light Plant.

!P: Their second child, Emma Marie was born in 1920. Cleo started school, in Burlingame, in 1923. Emma Marie started school, in Burlingame, in 1926. At this time, Arthur and Isabelle moved their home to one and one half blocks west of Burlingame High School, and straight west of the corner where the Methodist church is today.

!P: In January of 1926, when Arthur's mother Harriet Washinton, passed away, his father, James Washington, then 75 years old, was no longer capable of managing the family farm and coalmine by himself. In addition the property had become heavily mortgaged. The children, acting together, decided to pay off these debts. It was decided that James, who was the largest contributer, should move in with his father, and take over management of the farm and mine. Presumably there were additional terms to the agreement. However, it is apparent that all of the members of the family at the time, including the father had agreed to this proceedure. However, at the last minute, James Washington reneged on his part of the agreement, leaving his children with no way to recover their investment. Thus, the family home, farm and coalmine passed out of the family's hands.

!P: Arthur and Isabelle Washington moved to the Los Angeles, California area in 1928. They made their home in El Sereno, Los Angeles County, California. Arthur was employed as a manager of a hardware store or company. James A. Hotchkiss heard him refer to trucking trips to the vicinity of San Francisco, and crossing the Golden Gate Brifge.

!P: Both of the children, Cleo, and Ema Marie went to school through high school in El Sereno, and married and settled down nearby.

!P: Arthur retired in 1965. Arthur and Isabelle lived to see their children married and in well established homes, within driving distance, where they could see their granchildren whenever they desired. Arthur and Isabelle were kind, gentle hearted people, well liked in Burlingame and in their California community. Isabelle passed away in about Oct1977, shortly before her husband Arthur, who died in a Rose Mead, California nursing home on 1 Oct 1979. They were buried next to eachother at Rose Hills Memorial Park, in Whittier, California. They were survived by their children and three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.