A Farmer's Wife
"Mollie was born in Haywood County, North Carolina, she came to the Hamilton area with her family and her grandfather, Malcolm Wood, who also brought his three daughters and their families in 1908. She spent most of her younger days iwth her grandfather. Just a scrawny little red headed hanging tightly to the gnarled hadn of an old man, whose secret ambitions were just short of reaching the moon. He couldn't read or write, he had no checking account, and being in Washington now he had no worries. Mollie was with him when he slashed out trails into Grandy Lake so they could go fishing. She learned to fish, set traps and shoot a gun before she was barely five years old. She was 14 when he passed away, but no teacher on earth could have taught the things she learned from Grandpa Wood.|
Mollie graduated from Hamiton High School in 1925 with Ellen Steen, Howard Wolfe, harry Tatham, Wesley Bloom, Francis Freeman, Orray Snider, Martin Steen, James Savage, Cyrus Cooper, Lester Hunt and Jack Stephens. She then married Ralph Dowdle whose family had been around Hamilton for many years. To this union two sons were born, Barney is a teacher and professor and Wallace lives with his mother. Ralph passed away in 1953. Mollie is well known in the Skagit area for her vignettes, friends and neighbors and her customs of her "By Gone Years" which have been published in the Skagit Valley Herald for a number of years. She is almost 90 now and nearly blind but she loves to reminisce of the days in the Dempsey camp and fun she has had around Hamilton." Profile written for Mollie by Carol B. Bates Hamilton 100 Years
Mollie Dowdle, a resident of Hamilton, for the past 55 years, passed away Jan. 10, 2002, at the Mira Vista Care Center in Mount Vernon at the age of 97 years. She was born Oct. 3, 1905, in North Carolina. She resided in Darrington for many years prior to moving to Hamilton in 1948 and was married to Ralph in 1929. He preceded her in death in 1953.
Mollie enjoyed gardening, fishing, and she also wrote articles for the Skagit Valley Herald and Redbook magazine for many years. She is survived by her sons; Walley Dowdle of Hamilton and Barney Dowdle of Seattle; four grandchildren and a half sister, Phyllis Boulton of Twisp, Washington. graveside services will be Jan. 17, 2003 at the Hamilton cemetery with Pastor Ron Schenk of the Lyman Baptist church officiating. Mollie Dowdle Obituary, Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times, Jan. 16, 2002