Name: Frederick Ward Hurlbut
Given Name: Frederick Ward
Birth: 17 Aug 1863 in Madison, Jefferson, IN
Death: 24 Jun 1936 in Bellevue, King, WA
Burial: Seattle, King, WA, Lakeview Cem.
Source: 1920 census, Seattle, King Co., WA.
Change Date: 23 Oct 2012 at 09:31:22
1880 census, New Albany, Floyd Co., IN.
1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census, Seattle, King Co., WA. Fred was a hardware merchant. In 1920, a private nurse was living with the family.
Letter of introduction, Hart Hardware, 28 Dec 1889.
Obituaries of F. W. and Nellie Hurlbut.
Biography of the Hurlbuts by Robert Hurlbut, written in 1973.
Hurlbut Bible Record for marriage and children.
On the 1880 census, Fred was working in a mill. He was 16 years of age. About 1882, F. W. Hurlbut began working in a hardware store in New Albany, IN. In 1886 he went to work as a traveling salesman for Hart Hardware in Louisville, KY, where he remained three years. He met Nellie Wade, who was working in her father's store when Fred called on Isaac to sell him some hardware. Nellie was home from college on vacation. Fred's letter of introduction from Hart Hardware stated that he was entirely trust-worthy, reliable, energetic and faithful in the discharge of his duties. They cheerfully recommended him to be a young man of good morals, and entirely honest. About the time of the Seattle Fire, 1890, he and a friend, Frank Spelger, moved to Seattle after receiving a letter from a friend telling about the Seattle fire and suggesting that they come west and establish a needed hardware store. The Spelgers and Hurlbuts were married about the same time, in Indiana before setting out for Seattle, and each was best man for the others' wedding.
The first 7 or 8 years were difficult, but after the Alaska Gold Rush, they made a small fortune selling picks and shovels to men on their way to Alaska. Spelger and Hurlbut was known as "The Dear Firm." By 1900 the "Dear Firm" had prospered so that they could bring relatives west from Indiana. By 1920, annual sales were over $1,000,000 in hardware, sporting goods, chinaware, crockery, garden tools and supplies, toys, etc. It was similar to a department store without clothing or dry goods.
In 1919 the Hurlbut's celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a trip to California. The Hudson car was an anniversary present from Fred to Nellie. It was named the Tripple XXX.
In 1920, Nellie's arthritis became so painful in her knees she couldn't walk, so became confined to a wheel chair for the next 21 years until her death in 1941. She had a nurse-companion during the day but Fred had to help her change sleep positions frequently at night. But she never complained. On the 1920 census, cousin Oscar Reed with living with the family. Wade wasn't with the family, but Bob was a bank teller.
In 1928, Spelger and Hurlbut sold out to Ernst Hardware, and the Hurlbuts invested in the stock market. They owned a home on Hunts' Point as well as a house on Capital Hill. F. W. Hurlbut ("Ha Ha" to his grandsons) was a member of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Rainier Club, and the Seattle Golf and Country Club. His obituary described him as a pioneer Seattle hardware merchant.
In 1900, Mary M. Rodgers, age 14, b. Indiana, was living in the Hurlbut household. She was probably a daughter of William Rogers, son of Sarah Headley Rogers, Elizabeth Headley's sister. She is probably the girl in the picture with Elizabeth Headley, and the gentleman is probably her father, William Rogers. She was b. Sept 1885. In 1920, Oscar Reed was with them. He was 72, b. Ohio, parents b. Ohio. He was undoubtedly the son of Isaac Wade's sister Mary Wade who married William Reed.
Nellie Wade attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where she affiliated with Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She was one of the founders of the Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter at the University of Washington.
Both sons Wade and Robert developed diabetes in their later years, and both had legs amputated.
Father: Ward Burney Hurlbut b: 13 Mar 1827 in Madison, Jefferson, IN
Mother: Mary Julia McCaine b: 20 Oct 1835 in Louisville, Jefferson, KY
Mary Ellen Fletcher Wade b: 12 Jul 1866 in Needmore, Brown, IN
22 Oct 1889
in , Brown, IN
- Wade Frederick Hurlbut b: 16 Jun 1891 in Seattle, King, WA
- Robert McCaine Hurlbut b: 17 Jun 1895 in Seattle, King, WA
- Mary Elizabeth Hurlbut b: 14 Aug 1899 in Seattle, King, WA