I find your quest interesting and would like to help, but need moreinformation. I read your other postings on this family and see you already had researched all the census information, so I won't bother to do that research again.The posted obituary of Andrews sister did help.
I did a search for "Snohomish Lake" and could not find one in Washington State.I used the Geological Survey and other search methods.There is a Lake Snohomish and North Snohomish Lake identified in the State of Alaska. - So, if you have the letter available, could you read it and identify what further information was possibly written about his location?I find several lakes in the area; and also the future town of Lake Stevens. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Ewasigs/localityIP.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Ewasigs/localityIP.htm
In the letter, you wrote "he had to pack his thing(s) in by Mule and saw the Indians kill a bear on his place." With this sentence in mind, I strongly doubt he would be listed in any Snohomish County directory for the period of 1901.If he is, he would have had to have OWNED his land, the ownership had to have been known by the County Assessor's office, that office would have sent a tax statement (showing his address).Then, the Polk Company would have had to obtain that information for publication in their directory.If he only owned land for a couple of years, he might have been missed.If he was just renting, he probably would not have been listed.But, those directories should be checked. If you still have the letter, is there also an envelope?The envelope should have a postal cancellation stamp at the place of the postage stamp.If readible, it should identify the place where it was mailed.Also, is there a return address?Even a General Delivery address could identify where he was living.To whom was it addressed? --If you have the letter, could you scan it and email to me RBestrom@earthlink.netThe same for the envelope if you have it.
For "1901" is that the date on the letter or envelope?Is there a "FULL" date? As noted, I see from your other postings that you have done all the census reviews.But, for this, I noted the 1900 Census was enumerated on 8 June 1900.It shows Andrew Fuchs born Aug 1825. If that is correct, then this person would have been over 75 when he went out to Washington State.While this is rare, as a genealogist, I have to have proof before accepting all facts.So, again the letter itself is important.How it is signed is important.If sent to Catherine, was it signed, "Andrew" or "Your Brother?"If sent to Mary, was it "Dad?"If it was signed "Andrew Fuch", that helps.If just "Andrew", that limits.If it was signed anything else, that could raise suspicion, such as cousin, etc. Again, you write, "was trying to get family to come live with him."Does he say who, or infer who?I wouldn't think a man of 75 would be attempting to get his sister, of age 64, to come out for a mule ride to the outback to his place.
This scenario brings me to the question of the letter writer.If identified as just Andrew, could it be another person than Andrew the brother of Catherine?In the 1900 Census I find other Andrew Fuch or Fuchs.Could an Andrew (or the letter writer) have been a son of Andrew or his brother Frederick?
Now, I've read your grandmothers obituary.It identified was born November 15, 1836.She immigrated in 1863, married the same year in Hannibal, her husband John died in 1899.She died Jan 12, 1913, leaving behind Andrew of Hannibal, Missouri, and Frederick who still resides in Germany; twelve grandchildren, eight sons and one daughter...(Unfortunately she does not identify any family members of Andrew or Frederick).
Now as to the reference to "his place".Any information in the letter that would lead to identification of at least the area where it was located would help.I did do a search for possible land being obtained by him via the Homestead Act http://www.legendsofamerica.com/AH-Homestead.htmlhttp://www.legendsofamerica.com/AH-Homestead.htmlLand obtained in land patents in this manner is identified in a database provided by the Bureau of Land Management.There is two "Fuchs" that obtained land in Skagit County, Frank C in 1898; and Karl F in 1899.Both land patents are close to Cavanaugh Lake in Skagit Co, near Frailey Mountain in Snohomish Co. Was there any family members known to have been out here with Andrew?
Now, barring additional clues in this letter, you need someone local in Snohomish County.There are a number of volunteers at the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness http://www.raogk.org/washingt4.htmhttp://www.raogk.org/washingt4.htm MOST do tombstone photo's, not what you need.Ed Bullock does public record lookups (Assessor's office).He could also do the Polk Directory search.READ the guidelines first.