Osborn’s Corner, Mill Creek


Intersection of 132nd Street and Seattle Hill Road, Mill Creek

Israel Day Osborn (sometimes spelled Osborne) was one of Snohomish County’s pioneer farmers. He was born in 1853, in New Jersey, to Elias and Eliza (Pearson) Osborn. Israel’s father was a wagon maker and a farmer. Israel attended schools in New Jersey and Indiana. In 1884, he moved to Kansas; in 1890 he moved to Snohomish County where he spent a year cutting cordwood for the electric company near Red Crossing. In 1891, he bought 160 acres of woods, which would become Osborn’s Corner. Osborn lived in a shack while he cleared the land and sold some of the timber to a manufacturing firm in the county. At this time, he also worked at the Lowell paper mill. In 1884, he married Adeline Dunkelberger, who was from Indiana. She was the daughter of Joel and Harriet Amanda (Slight) Dunkelberger. Adeline’s father died serving in the Union Army during the Civil War. Adeline and Israel had six children: Edmund, Grace May, Rose Belle, Russell George, Ada Viola, and Harriet. Israel also worked on the donation road as a road boss. He died on March 1, 1926, after being sick for three weeks. (65) Adeline died in February of 1977. (66)

One of the Osborns’ daughters, Grace May, married Arthur Larson of Startup. Grace and Arthur’s daughter, Adaline, married Clarence Ziebell and had two sons. Adaline and Clarence owned and operated Ziebell’s Grocery on Highway 2. Grace died in 1982 and her daughter, Adaline, died in 1991. (67)

(65) Whitfield, William, ed. History of Snohomish County, Washington. V2 Chicago: Pioneer Historical Publishing Company, 1926. pp. 547-48
(66) “Social Security Death Index, Washington, Adeline Osborne,” Washington State Archives
(67) “Osborn, Russell 1854-1926-Message Boards,” Ancestry.com April 2001-March 31, 2013