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May 25, 1887 Puget Mill Co. Right-of-Way Deed to the
Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway

(Transcription of Significant Elements documented by Affidavit of Richard Welsh)

by John Rasmussen

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Note from John Rasmussen:

         This webpage presents the May 25, 1887 Puget Mill Co. right-of-way deed to the Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway (SLS&E). The granting clause, secondary grant, and habendum are shown below. These elements of the deed may be confirmed from the Affidavit of Richard Welsh to King County Superior Court, July 8, 1985.. The Welsh Affidavit was an important exhibit to the Washington State Supreme Court in Lawson v. State (1986).



Transcription of Significant Elements of the Puget Mill Co. Deed:

    Granting Clause: May 25, 1887 Puget Mill Co. right-of-way deed to the SLS&E

      "This indenture made this 25th day of May AD 1887 between the Puget Mill Company a body corporate under the laws of the State of California and doing business in the Territory of Washington the party of the first part, and the Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway Company a body corporate under the laws of Washington Territory the party of the second part. Witnesseth that said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar lawful money of the United States in hand paid by the said party of the second part the receipt where of is hereby acknowledged and in further consideration of the benefits and advantages to accrue to said party of the first part from the location construction and operation of the Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway in the County of King in Washington Territory do by these presents grant bargain and convey and confirm onto said party of the second part and to its successors and assigns a right-of-way fifty(50) feet in width through lands in said King County described as follows to wit:"
      (Confirm this granting clause in the full transcription below.)

    Secondary Grant: May 25, 1887 Puget Mill Co. right-of-way deed to the SLS&E

      "And this right-of-way is granted under the following conditions to wit: That of the above described right-of-way passes through any canyon, pass, or defile said Railway Company shall not prevent any other Railway Company from the use and occupancy of such canyon, pass, or defile for the purposes of its road in common with said Seattle Lake Shore-and Eastern Railway or the crossing of other Railroads at grade provided however that no other Railway Company shall have any right in common use or any use of the tracks of the said Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway or interfere with or obstruct the operation of said Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway. That where said party of the first part has timber lands in the vicinity of the above described right-of-way and shall desire to ship timber or lumber therefrom by said railway, the said Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway Company shall offer every reasonable facility therefore and shall furnish side tracks along said railway line whereon cars may be loaded, such side tracks to be of sufficient extent to accommodate four cars at a time. In case said party of the first part should at any time desire to ship any timber or lumber by water and to do so it became necessary in the judgment of the said party of the first part to haul or transport logs or other timber across the above described right-of-way, or the track of said Company that may be laid thereon, the said party of the first part expressly reserves the right to go upon said right-of-way for that purpose, not interfering with the running or operation of said Railway and in such case the said Railway Company upon thirty days notice from said party of the first part shall make or caused to be made at it own expense a suitable passage for logs or timber under said Railway track on said right-of-way. And the said party of the first part hereby expressly reserves to itself its successors and assigns all riparian rights and all rights as waterfront proprietors along the shore of said Lake Washington subject to the right-of-way herein granted."
      (Confirm this secondary grant in the full transcription below.)

    Habendum: May 25, 1887 Puget Mill Co. right-of-way deed to the SLS&E

      "To have and to hold said premises with the appurtenances unto the said party of the second part and to its successors and assigns forever."
      (Confirm this habendum in the full transcription below.)



Full transcription of the Puget Mill Co. Right-of-Way Deed and
photocopy of Affidavit of Richard Welsh:


    Vol. 124, Page 538           Recording # 77095

        Puget Mill Co.
        (now Pope and Talbot)

               To                                                                                               Right-of-Way Deed

    Seattle Lake Shore and E Ry. Co.

    This indenture made this 25th day of May AD 1887 between the Puget Mill Company a body corporate under the laws of the State of California and doing business in the Territory of Washington the party of the first part, and the Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway Company a body corporate under the laws of Washington Territory the party of the second part. Witnesseth that said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar lawful money of the United States in hand paid by the said party of the second part the receipt where of is hereby acknowledged and in further consideration of the benefits and advantages to accrue to said party of the first part from the location construction and operation of the Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway in the County of King in Washington Territory do by these presents grant bargain and convey and confirm onto said party of the second part and to its successors and assigns a right-of-way fifty(50) feet in width through lands in said King County described as follows to wit:

    Lot three (3) in Section ten (10) township twenty-six (26) North of Range four (4) East, Lots five (5) six (6) seven (7) and eight (8) in section twelve (12) township twenty-six (26) north of range four (4) east, and lots three (3) and four (4) in section eleven (11) township twenty-six (26) North of Range four (4) East. Such right-of-way strip to be twenty-five (25) feet in width on each side of the center line of the railway tracks as now located across said lands by the Engineer of said Railway Company, which location is described as follows to wit: Commencing 2040 feet East of the South West corner of Section ten (10) Township twenty-six (26) North Range four (4) East thence north 18 degrees 49 minutes East 740 feet thence on a 6 degree curve to the right 656 feet thence North 58 degrees 13 minutes East 200 feet to the North boundary of said lot three in section ten, 1520 feet East of the Northwest corner of lot three in section ten township 26 North of Range 4 East. Also commencing at a point 1740 feet South of the Northwest corner of section twelve in township twenty-six North of Range 4 East thence South eighty-one degrees and thirty-seven minutes East 3280 feet thence on a three degree to the right 690 feet thence South fifty-seven degrees and forty-one minutes East 1700 feet to the East boundary of section twelve township twenty-six North R. 4 E. at a point 900 feet South of the quarter corner, and commencing at a point 2030 feet South of the Northwest corner of section eleven township twenty-six (26) North Range 4 East thence on a seven (7) degree curve to the right in an easterly direction 140 feet
                                                                          (continued on page 539)

    thence North seventy-five (75) degrees and two (2) minutes East 869 feet thence on a six (6) degree curve to the right 570 feet thence South seventy-six (76) degrees and forty-seven (47) minutes east 286 feet thence on a seven (7) degree curve to the left 442 feet thence North seventy-two (72) degrees and eighteen minutes (18) East 245 feet thence on a four (4) degree curve to the right 272 feet to the East boundary of said lot three 1680 feet South of the quarter post between sections two (2) and eleven (11) township twenty-six (26) North of range 4 East. And this right-of-way is granted under the following conditions to wit: That of the above described right-of-way passes through any canyon, pass, or defile said Railway Company shall not prevent any other Railway Company from the use and occupancy of such canyon, pass, or defile for the purposes of its road in common with said Seattle Lake Shore-and Eastern Railway or the crossing of other Railroads at grade provided however that no other Railway Company shall have any right in common use or any use of the tracks of the said Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway or interfere with or obstruct the operation of said Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway. That where said party of the first part has timber lands in the vicinity of the above described right-of-way and shall desire to ship timber or lumber therefrom by said railway, the said Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway Company shall offer every reasonable facility therefore and shall furnish side tracks along said railway line whereon cars may be loaded, such side tracks to be of sufficient extent to accommodate four cars at a time. In case said party of the first part should at any time desire to ship any timber or lumber by water and to do so it became necessary in the judgment of the said party of the first part to haul or transport logs or other timber across the above described right-of-way, or the track of said Company that may be laid thereon, the said party of the first part expressly reserves the right to go upon said right-of-way for that purpose, not interfering with the running or operation of said Railway and in such case the said Railway Company upon thirty days notice from said party of the first part shall make or caused to be made at it own expense a suitable passage for logs or timber under said Railway track on said right-of-way. And the said party of the first part hereby expressly reserves to itself its successors and assigns all riparian rights and all rights as waterfront proprietors along the shore of said Lake Washington subject to the right-of-way herein granted. To have and to hold said premises with the appurtenances unto the said party of the second part and to its successors and assigns forever. In Witness whereof the Said Puget Mill Company has caused its corporate seal to be affixed hereto and these presents to be signed, executed, acknowledged, and delivered in its name and behalf of its President and Secretary this 25th day of may A.D. 1887.

    Signed, Sealed and delivered in the presence                                                         Puget Mill Company
    of W.n. Kempton, Jno Craig                                                                                C.F.A.Talbot,Pres.
                                                                                                                             and A.P. Talbot.Sec.


    [Affidavit of Richard Welsh to King County Superior Court, July 8, 1985]