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Alexander Baillie-Founder of Tacoma Golf and Country Club

October 24 2007 at 7:04 PM
Gail Watson  (no login)
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Hello:

I am emailing from Ontario Canada. My Great Grandmother was Susan Baillie from Brechin Angus Scotland. Her brother was Alexander Baillie founder of the Tacoma Golf and Country Club. I am doing my Genealogy and was very interested in Alexanders endeavours. If anyone has any pictures of him or knows who or where his extended family would be, I believe most of them living in the United States I would love to here from you.

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Gail Watson
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Geoff Mangum
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November 3 2007, 6:14 AM 

Dear Gail,

Try these websites about Alexander Baillie:

Lakewood WA book

This is the book, Lakewood, and it has a fine portrait photograph of Alexander Baillie on page 46.

Town of Lakewood WA

This is the Town of Lakewood's website and perhaps the town has some historical materials or knows what library does.

Alexander Baillie's B&B

This Seattle Bed & Breakfast was formerly owned by Alexander Baillie and so likely has some photographs.

USGA news mentioning Alexander Baillie

The USGA has an historical archive of photographs that likely includes Alexander Baillie. Photo Archive at PhotoRequests@usga.org or (908) 234-2300, Far Hills NJ. USGA Photo Archive

Morton Rothstein, agronomic history of Pacific Northwest, including article on Baillie's firm Balfour, Guthrie & Co.

Morton Rothstein of the University of Wisconsin's History Department is a specialist in foreign investment in American agrarian business, and this article on the firm that Alexander Baillie worked for covers the capital investment of Balfour, Guthrie and Company in the Tacoma / Steattle area at the time Alexander Baillie was their "man in Tacoma." I think Professor Rothstein may be deceased, but perhaps the History Department at the University can help (History or the general University site).

The corporate papers of the firm, Pacific Loan & Investment Co., of Balfour, Guthrie & Co., a division of Balfour Williamson & Co. Ltd., are in the University College London archives.

Baillie correspondence re Mt Ranier

This link reveals some correspondence between Alexander Baillie and US federal bureaucrats about land issues in the Mt Ranier area.

Pacific Northwest Golf Association

The Pacific Northwest Golf Association may have more detailed information.
Tacoma G & CC site

And of course the Tacoma Golf and CC may have some information useful to you.

1910 Census entry for Alexander Baillie, Pierce County WA

This is the Washington State Archive, where a digital archive search for "Alexander Baillie" reveals solely a 1910 federal census entry for him in Pierce County at age 50.

Last Name: Baillie First Name: Alexander Age: 50 Birthplace: Scotland County: Pierce Precinct: Tacoma W2P5 Enumeration District: 224 Page Number: 207A Line Number: 1 VolunteerNotes:

Citation: For information about this census, email Sue Ericksen at ericksen@nwinfo.net.

Database: 1910 Federal Census. ONLINE. 2003. Washington Secretary of State. Transcribed and Proofread by the Washington State Genealogical Society.

Source: 13th census, 1910, Washington [microform]. Washington, D.C.: Micro-Film Lab., Bureau of Census, [195-?] 1 microfilm reel; 35 mm. <a href="http://cals.evergreen.edu/search~S2/o41691155?For

This is the Archive statement re research:

State Government Archives Research Services

Records transferred to the Archives are open to the public for research under the terms of the Public Disclosure Act. Providing access to these records is the top priority of the State Records research staff.

Contact the State Government Archives

Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding state holidays) Location: 1129 Washington Street SE, Olympia, WA 98504 Mailing Address: Washington State Archives State Government Archives PO Box 40238 Olympia, Washington 98504-0238 E-mail: research@secstate.wa.gov Telephone: (360) 586-1492 Fax: (360) 664-8814 Research & Copy Fee Schedule:

There is no charge to request and to view these public archival documents; however, certain fees do exist for document copies, photographic reproductions, and for special research services by Archives staff.

Research Policy & Fee Schedule

1909 map of Tacoma area with railroad lines


This is a great big old 1909 map of Pierce County Washington showing Tacoma and the railroads and other details, including American Lake CC 10 or so miles south of Tacoma.

Tacoma area aerial photography of American Lake, north shore

This is a very detailed aerial photography databank for the Tacoma area. American Lake's north shore is under Steilacoom NW and Tacoma SW images (about 35-40 MB each) with zooming very close in onto building and golf courses. The Tacoma G & CC is north of the northern shore of American Lake (oriented east west) about a half a mile at the top left of the Steilacoom NW images and the bottom right of the Tacoma SW image. The greatest part of the course, including the clubhouse and parking lot, is in the Tacoma SW image.



Washington State University, Pullman WA, historical photography collection

This is the historical photography collection at Washington State University (Pullman, WA, southeastern Washington State near Idaho) -- perhaps they have something of interest.

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Gail Watson
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Alexander Baillie Research

November 3 2007, 9:15 PM 

Hello Geoff:

I just want to drop you a line and thank you again for your efforts and providing me with so much information on one person. I tried to look at the Lakewood WA Book to see the portrait of Alexander on page 46 however 45-60 was not part of the book preview unfortunately.

All the best
Gail

 
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Geoff Mangum
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November 4 2007, 4:52 AM 

Dear Gail,

It's there! Either look at the link above and "edxpand" the Table of Contents (click its + sign) and then click the Famous People section and scroll down to page 46, or use the "Search this Book" form on the right side and search for "Baillie" and you will see links to two page (pages 44 and 46) show up directly beneath the seach window -- click on Page 46 and scroll down once.

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Gail Watson
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Alexander Baillie Research

November 4 2007, 8:17 AM 

Geoff:

Guess what, Rick and I forgot to set the clocks back an hour before we went to bed last night, so we were up at 0600 hrs. as if it was a work week. Rick got to the gym, no one there. One more question for you my friend, do you know of any relatives in the area or maybe ones that have visited the golf course? I know he had 4 daughters, grandchildren and Grt. Grandchildren. I will try and not bother you anymore.

Thankyou
Gail

 
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Gail Watson
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Alexander Baillie Research

November 4 2007, 7:08 AM 

Good morning:

I found it thanks to you. Now if I could print it off, this would be wonderful. What a handsome man. Where would he be in that pic above at the Halloween part, do you know? Am I able Geoff to purchase that book and do you know how Much it would be? The golf club he has in hand, I wonder if that was his 1st club he brought over?

Have a good day
Thankyou
Gail

 
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Geoff Mangum
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November 4 2007, 5:41 PM 

Dear Gail,

You can buy the book Lakewood on Amazon.con here (click this live link) for about $13.

As to the earlier question, you should contact the Bed & Brekfast in Seattle via the link above, and also contact the Tacoma golf course directly by the link to that above, and also use your telephone.

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Chatham Baker
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Alexander Bailie

August 23 2015, 12:37 AM 

Hi Gail

Alexander Bailie was my great grandfather and I can help shed some light on his film tree.

 
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