(Jane Eberharter, circa 1948)
Our story will start in England, with Ellen Trembath from Penzance in the extreme southwest of Cornall . . . almost at Lands End. She married Mr. Downes. Ellen bore three boys for her husband, Ted, Jack and Tom (the youngest).
Mr. Downes moved to one of the prairie provinces in Canada to homestead a farm. He was to call for her when it was ready. Tired of waiting, Ellen took her boys to Canada. Apparently Mr. Downes enjoyed the companionship of an Indian woman during her absence, but nevertheless Ellen moved in with them.
Then Mr. Downes had to leave for a while on a business trip. While he was away he asked his business partner, Robert East, to look after her. Indeed he did.
Discovering that Ellen Trembath Downes was pregnant with his child, they left the prairies for Vancouver and quickly moved into the United States and settled at Colby, Washington, in Kitsap County. Since Tom was of such a tender age, they took him with them. Later the older boys, Ted and Jack (name unsure) moved into a town south of Vancouver, BC, where their descendants reside to this day.
Here is a picture or Robert East's mother.
In Colby, Ellen and Robert had three girls. Mary was born to them in 1894, Alice in 1896, and the Charlotte in 1898. Charlotte, known affectionately as Aunt Lottie, never wed nor had children.
Alice East grew up in Puget Sound, first at Colby, then near Fort Lawton on Magnolia bluff, and then in Bryn Mawr were they settled for good.
After finishing high school, Alice East went to a trade school to learn business bookkeeping. Completing this, she worked for a CPA firm in Seattle, and then went to work at Eberharter's Garage. Here she met Adolph, and they married.
Alice and Adolph had three children, James, Richard, and Jane (born 3 March 1930). Here is a picture of the family along with some of Adolph's family.
Meanwhile, near Innsbruck Austria, Jacob Eberharter was born into a family of tailors. They were Roman Catholic. Before moving to Pennsylvania Jacob lost his leg in a train accident. He married Louise Raymer, who was from an Amish family in northern Pennsylvania. They had six surviving children, one girle and five boys, including Adolph Jacob Eberharter.
Adolph Jacob Eberharter left Pennsyvania as a teenager and travelled to California to work in the timber industry. He soon moved to Seattle got got a job in hotel management. Soon, though, he began a series of businesses, inclucing real estate development, rental properties, and automobile sales and repair.