ECKROAT in Bremerton, Washington
Our family has a rich heritage in the city of Bremerton (Kitsap County), Washington.
Following are places of interest and photos from the beloved port city.
The patriarch of our family, George ECKROAT, came from California and settled in this town in 1907.
George Joseph ECKROAT (1883-1949)
From Barbara ECKROAT WILD: Dad was a barber, always maintaining his own shop. His first barber shop was located outside the main gate of the Bremerton Navy Yard for several years. For 21 years, his three-chair shop was located on Pacific Ave. (Main St.) in the Elks Bldg., Bremerton, WA. Dad worked six days a week, yet he managed to keep a beautifully landscaped yard. George's father, Lewis Eckroat, also lived in Bremerton (dates not known).
From Obituary, October 1949: One of Bremerton’s pioneers, Mr. Eckroat came here in 1907.
G.J. Eckroat Passes at 66
George Joseph Eckroat, 66, well-known retired barber and member of a prominent Bremerton family, died yesterday at a local hospital. His death followed an extended illness. One of Bremerton’s pioneers, Mr. Eckroat came here in 1907. His marriage to Valera Coffey of this city took place Oct. 12, 1914.
For many years Mr. Eckroat operated the barber shop in the Elks Temple and was an active member of the B.P.O. Elks No 1181. He also was a member of the local Barber’s union and had been affiliated with Eagles Aerie 192.
Born in Dodge county, Nebraska, March 3, 1883, Mr. Eckroat was educated at schools in Lincoln, Neb.
The family home is at 703 Veneta Ave.
Surviving are his four daughters, all of Bremerton: Mrs. Patricia Applegate, Mrs. Barbara Wild, Georgia Eckroat and Valerie Eckroat. Also, three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Matilda Sturbaum, Santa Ana, Cal., and Sister M. Constantia of Lincoln, Neb.; and a brother, Charles L. Eckroat of Seattle. Rosary will be said at 7:30 o’clock this evening at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic church and requiem mass will be held at the church at 9:30 o’clock tomorrow morning. Interment, under direction of Lewis chapel, will be in the Calvary section of Forest Lawn cemetery.
Note: 1928 Bremerton High School yearbook has an ad from the "Temple Barbershop" located in the Elks Building.
Valera Margaret COFFEY ECKROAT (1894-1941) More about the ECKROAT-COFFEY FAMILY
From Barbara Eckroat Wild: Mother attended Washington State College, probably a business major. Her first job as a buyer in a department store brought her to Bremerton. Mother was very involved in church, civic affairs and worked on election boards. She was a big influence in establishing the Catholic school in the original 1926 structure. Mother was instrumental in getting a traffic light installed at the corner of the school. She even convinced her former teacher to come to Bremerton and teach. She was one of very few mothers who drove a car. I always felt she was ahead of her time!
From obituary, January 1941: Death Claims Mrs. Eckroat
A host of friends today mourned the passing of Mrs. Valera Eckroat, 46, long-time resident of the community who died last evening at 5:30 o'clock at the family residence, 703 Veneta Ave. Death came after an extended illness. Mrs. Eckroat was born in Snohomish, Wash., June 9, 1894, and attended schools in that community, graduating from the Snohomish high school. She also attended the Washington State College. She was a member of the Altar Society and the Parent-Teacher association of Our Lady Star of the Sea church, was a past president of Ladies of Elks and an active member of the Gamma study group.
Members of the bereaved family include the husband, George Joseph Eckroat, well-known Bremerton barber, and four daughters, Patricia, Barbara, Georgia and Valera; and two aunts, Miss Abbie Buckley and Miss Kathleen Buckley of Bridgeport, Maine. Requiem mass will be said by Rev. Fr. Joseph Camerman at 8:30 o'clock Wednesday morning at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Rosary will be said at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening. The body is at the Lewis Funeral chapel.
ECKROAT Family Home - 703 Veneta Ave. (corner of 7th Ave.)
George & Valera had this home built in 1935.
Valera oversaw the construction details of the house daily. The original cost was $8,500.
George took great pride in the landscape and flowers of his home.
Many family photos were taken in the front entry way and along the brick walls.
Newlyweds, Babs & David Wild, lived here along with their daughter, Kathleen,
to help care for her ailing father.
The Eckroat family also lived at:
270 5th Street (bef.? 1922-28)
276 5th Street (1928-1935)
Our Lady Star of Sea Catholic Church
George Joseph ECKROAT & Valera Margaret COFFEY were married in this church
along with their daughters, Babs, Pat and Georgie.
The children attended the Catholic School affiliated with this parish.
George Joseph ECKROAT & Valera Margaret COFFEY had 5 children: More about the ECKROAT-COFFEY FAMILY
1. Elizabeth Patricia ECKROAT
2. James Joseph ECKROAT
3. Barbara Ann ECKROAT
4. Georgia Joan ECKROAT
5. Mary Valerie ECKROAT
Bremerton Places of Interest to the ECKROAT family:
Our Lady Star of Sea Catholic Church & School - http://www.starofthesea-bremerton.com
Bremerton Navy Yard - http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~eckroat/BremNavyYard.htm
Forest Lawn Cemetery - http://www.lewischapel.com/index.html
Bremerton WA History - http://bremertonwa.com/heritage
Kitsap Sun Newspaper - Bremerton - http://www.thesunlink.com
Kitsap County Links:
Kitsap Co. Historical Society Museum - http://www.waynes.net/kchsm
Kitsap Co. Rootsweb - http://resources.rootsweb.com/USA/WA/Kitsap
This webpage created: 08/17/2005 * Last edited: 08/19/2005
By Tammy Wild firstname.lastname@example.org
Our line: George ECKROAT>Lewis ECKROAT>Jacob ECKROATE>Daniel ECKROATE>George ECKROTH>Johann(es) ECKROTH