Josiah Merritt

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Josiah Merritt (? - 1882), sometimes known as "Uncle Si" was an early pioneer of the Pacific Northwest. Mount Si and Little Si near North Bend, WA were named in his honor. Merritt built a cabin at the base of the peak in 1862.[1] He raised vegetables and hogs and kept an orchard. According to local historians, he was a rugged man who sometimes hauled bacon to the large settlements.[2] "He had a native American wife but when his legitimate spouse, 'Aunt Sally' as the settlers called her, arrived from the east, the native woman had to go back to her people."[3] He was known for playing the fiddle.[4] Josiah Merritt is buried in the old Fall City cemetery.[5]