Alexander Adair and his wife Mary (nee Noble) arrived 9 Sep 1868 in Washington Territory and lived in Seattle for 2 years at the old Occidental Hotel, which was located in Pioneer Square.
On 19 Sep 1871 they settled at Novelty on their 160 acre homestead.When Alexander Adair canoed to Snohomish to do his trading, he had become friendly with John Harvey and may have introduced John Harvey to his sister-in-law, Christina Noble.
John Harvey m. 10 July 1872 Christina Noble (b. 9 Mar 1839, Fredericton, New Brunswick ) at Presbyterian Church, Seattle, Washington, which was one of the first marriages noted in Snohomish County.
In 1872, a regular steamboat service was established between Snohomish City and Seattle. This service continued until 1890.At that time, Snohomish was the main river port and logging center on the Puget Sound.