Prepared by Ethel M. Haines –  n7kra@aol.com

LAWCO Gen Soc Mbr #152

 Thomas Fox, his wife, and daughter Norma Inez Fox left Lawrence County, Ohio for Oregon in 1890.  They left for the Pacific Northwest about 7 years after the immigrant train and it is possible that the John Fox with that group was related to Thomas, and that they were encouraged to make the trip because of word they received from the earlier travelers.

 Norma Inez was born April 17, 1873 at Canons Creek, Lawrence County, Ohio.  She married on January 29, 1898 Charles Nelson Haines, son of John C. and Mary Jane (Worthington) Haines.  Charles Nelson was born in Hanging Rock on January 2, 1870 and was 11 years of age when he made the trip to Oregon with his parents.

 Children of Charles Nelson and Norma Inez (Fox) Haines:

 (1)  Charles Belmont (1901-1901) – died of cholera infantum.

(2)  Margaret Doris (1902-1981) – married William A. Paddock at Port Townsend, Washington.

(3&4)  Helen and unnamed twin (1905-1905)

(5)  Izetta Jewell (1908-1985) – married Carl McNulty and had two children.

(6)  Mary Catherine (1910-1953) – married Powell.

(7)  Richard Nelson (1912-1988)  – two children.

 “History of the Lake Oswego Police Department” by Ann Vickery states that Charles Nelson was the first Marshal of Oswego, Oregon (from January-May 1910).

 1926 Obituary:


Mrs. Norma Inez Haines, wife of Charles N. Haines, passed away in this city, Friday, December 24, at the age of 53 years.  Funeral services are to be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning at the Lyden-Freeman Funeral parlors and burial will be at the Masonic Cemetery, Port Townsend.

Mrs. Haines was born April 17, 1873, in Ohio and came to Port Angeles five years ago.

The late Mrs. Haines is survived by her husband, Charles N. Haines, of Port Angeles, her mother and father, Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Fox, of Oswego, Oregon; three daughters, Mrs. Margaret Paddock, Port Townsend, Mrs. Izetta McNulty, Everett; Miss Mary Haines, Port Angeles, and a son, Richard Haines of Port Angeles.

There are three brothers, John C. Fox, Altoona, Wash.; V. V. Fox and Ray Fox, Oswego, Oregon, and six sisters, Mrs. Bessie Whitten, Altoona, Wash.; Mrs. Maude Murray, Oswego, Wash.; Mrs. Alice Rathbun, Portland, Ore.; Mrs. Eva Holt, Jennings Lodge, Oregon; Mrs. Clarence Skeel, Altoona, Wash. And Mrs. Addie Spitzer, Gaston, Wash.

(Note: Another obituary states that Inez Haines was born at Canons Creek, Lawrence, Ohio April 17, 1873.  It also stated that she taught school in Oregon for a number of years and was well known in Clackamas and Washington counties.)


1949 Obituary:  Port Townsend, Washington newspaper.

FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE FRIDAY FOR C. N. HAINES.  Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at Carroll’s Mortuary Chapel for Charles N. Haines, Olympic Peninsula resident since 1917, whose death occurred Tuesday morning at the age of 79.

The service will be conducted by Jefferson Lodge No. 107, Free and Accepted Masons of Hadlock, of which he was a member, assisted by the Rev. Linden B. Jenkins of the Methodist Church.

Mr. Haines, who followed the carpentry trade for many years, had been retired since 1943, and was last employed at the Cotton Engineering and Shipbuilding Corporation yard here.  He engaged in bridge carpentry work many years in Oregon and worked at Irondale after his arrival in this county 32 years ago.

He was born January 2, 1870 in Hanging Rock, Lawrence County, Ohio, the eldest of 11 children of John C. and Mary Jane Haines, and came west with his parents to Oswego, Oregon in 1880.  He was married at Oswego January 29, 1898 to Norma Inez Fox, a school teacher in communities of that district.

The family moved to Irondale in 1917 and two years later came to Port Townsend, where Mr. Haines spent the rest of his life, except for a few years in Port Angeles.  Mrs. Haines passed away at Port Angeles December 24, 1926, and he afterwards made his home here with his children.

Mr. & Mrs. Haines had seven children, four of whom survive.  They are Mrs. William A. Paddock and Mrs. Mary Powell of Port Townsend, Mrs. Carl McNulty of Coos Bay, Oregon, and Richard N. Haines of Moville, County Donegal, Eire.

He leaves three brothers, T. R. Haines, Portland; Clarence L. Haines, Canby, Oregon, and Wesley Haines, Beaver, Oregon, and three sisters, Mrs. Carl Bethke and Mrs. Grant White, both of Canby and Mrs. Eva Buzzard, Portland. 

Other survivors include seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren, besides numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr Haines recently was honored at a family reunion at Canby.  A total of 69 of his relatives attended.  Mr. Haines attended the Methodist Church and was long a member of the Knights of Pythias, besides the Masonic Lodge at Hadlock.

Interment will be in Laurel Grove Cemetery here.


Exerpts from “In Their Own Words ‘ Reminiscences of early Oswego Oregon.”  Quote from the Forward:    “This is a book of reminiscences, not a history.  This means that people told us what they remembered, sometimes more than 75 years later. 


1880’s Iron Era – page 39.

“….Odd Fellows Lodge….And the Foxes, there was a half dozen of the Foxes who belonged to the lodge.  They were always There.”                  Interviewee: Mr. Blanken


1920’s The Growing Town – page 8.

“The Beginning of the American Legion….in 1821….the vice-commander was Charles Austin; second vice-commander, Roy Fox….                Interviewee: Herbert Letcher Nelson


Page 56

“Cook’s Station (originally Cook’s Switch) was named for James F. Cook who came from southern Ohio in 1883 to work in the iron furnace.  According to his son, William Cook, this was a time when other well-known Oswego men came west for this specific purpose.  The group included Thomas Fox and John Ball.”

 Prepared by Ethel M. Haines –  n7kra@aol.com

LAWCO Gen Soc Mbr #152