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The Davenport Times Tribune, October 25, 1951, Thursday

   Espanola community was saddened by the death of GEORGE ALBERT who passed away Wednesday morning, following a six weeks illness during which time he was confined in the hospital.  George was born and raised in Espanola and spent this entire life here except for the four years he served with the Coast Guard during World War II.  He had belonged to Espanola Grange for 25 years.  He was also a member of the Lutheran church.  He is survived by his wife, JOYCE, and a daughter, DEANNA, and a son, DAVID.  Also surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. HENRY ALBERT of Spokane, and three sisters.  Mrs. ANITA MANN and Mrs. MARGARET WICKS of Spokane and Mrs. BERTHA PRUYN of Missoula, Mont.   A very large crowd of friends and neighbors attended the funeral, which was on Friday, October 19, from the Sunset Memorial Chapel in Spokane.  Interment was in Riverside Park cemetery.  Pallbearers were OSCAR MUSSER, DAVE PETERSON, MARTIN HENDRICKSON, OSCAR REITMEIER, CLARENCE HENNING and VIRGIL TILSON.*


The Lincoln County Times, Friday, June 28, 1901

   HOMER D., son of H. D. BARBER, died at the home of his parents in Davenport, Wednesday afternoon, after an illness of two weeks with typhoid pneumonia.  He had been unwell for about two months, and two weeks ago typhoid developed.  He came to town last November, and since then has been employed in his father's grocery store.  He had been prominent in the K. of P. order, and during his illness members of the order had rendered him willing assistance.  Funeral services will be conducted at the home of his parents Friday morning at 8 o'clock, by REV J. J. TICKNER, of the First Baptist church, and his remains will be taken to Greenwood Cemetery, Spokane, for burial.  The following sketch is handed in by his pastor:  Homer D. BARBER was born in Clayton county Iowa, February 3, 1873.  Spent eleven years of his life in Post Falls, Idaho.  Previous to that time he had resided with his parents in Iowa.  One year ago he went to Sumpter, Oregon, to look after mining claims in which he was interested.  He returned to Davenport last November.  Recently he made public confession of Christ, and during his last days expressed perfect trust in his Saviour. *


The Lincoln County Times, February 1, 1918   

JUDGE JACKSON BROCK, native of Ohio, veteran of the Civil war and trail breaker of Lincoln County, died Sunday, January 21 at Long Beach, California and was buried from the Davenport Presbyterian church, Wednesday afternoon.  Associated for thirty years with the social, economic and political history of Lincoln county, the death of Judge Brock marks the passing of one of those pioneers who contributed their brains and energy to the development of the Big Bend.*


The Lincoln County Times, Friday, June 28, 1901

   JOHN CORMANA, Sr., a well-known Harrington pioneer, died Tuesday of this week, after a long illness..........Mr. Cormana was 86 years old, and had lived much of the time with his son west of Harrington, where they located about fifteen year ago.  He had two sons and a daughter, the latter being the wife of CHARLEY BETHEL.  He was receiving treatment in  the hospital at Harrington at the time of his death.*


The Lincoln County Times, Davenport, Wa, Friday, February 08, 1918

   FRANK E. DUNNING age 55 years , died in the Sacred Heart hospital, Spokane, Tuesday afternoon, just one week to the day and hour after his mother's death in this city.  The deceased had made his home in Davenport for about eighteen years and funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Christian Church, REV. O. A. ADAMS officiating.  Deceased was born in Richmond, Minnesota.  He was married about three years ago and is survived by his widow, a brother, WILL of Spokane, and a sister, Mrs. HANSON, also of Spokane.

   Mr. Dunning carried a life insurance policy with the Western Union Life Insurance company of Spokane which is represented in this city by Cashier FRED S. WELLS of the Lincoln County State Bank who delivered a check for the principal of the policy the day after Dunning's heart. ( as per the paper) *


The Lincoln County Times, February 1, 1918

   Funeral services for Mrs. SIDNEY DUNNING, aged 82, were held Thursday afternoon from the Christian church REV. O. A. ADAMS officiating.  The deceased passed away at her home at 1/30 last Tuesday afternoon following a stroke of paralysis about a week ago.

   The deceased has made her home in Davenport and vicinity for about nineteen years and for many years has been known by her most intimate friends as "Grandma: Dunning.  She had been a member of the Christian church for almost seventy years.  Mrs. Dunning was left a widow about eight years ago when her husband died here.  She is survived by two sons, W. C. DUNNING of Spokane and FRANK DUNNING of Davenport; and a daughter Mrs. HANSON of Spokane.  Frank Dunning was sick in a Spokane hospital at the time of his mother's death. *


The Lincoln County Times, Davenport, Washington, Nov 16, 1917

   ROBERT FORTANIER, 77, died Tuesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. FRED HUESMAN.  Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the German Methodist church, REV. HILLMER officiating.  The deceased has been ill for more than two months.  He was a pioneer of Lincoln County.  Four children survive, Mrs. FRED HUESMAN of Davenport; CHAS. FORTANIER of Davenport; MRS. KLOSTER of Harrington and MRS. NEALKIE of Spokane.  *


The Odessa Record-May 9, 1924

"MRS.( ALICE E. THOMPSON) HILL, mother of W T HILL of Peach, died in her sleep Sunday night or early Monday morning. Mrs. Hill had been in good health and retired apparently as well as usual." (Odessa Record-May 9, 1924) Submitted by Marge Womach, January 20, 2005.


The Odessa Record-1937

"MRS. J. F. HINK, Sprague, died unexpectedly Monday from heart failure. She was on her way to Spokane when she suffered an attack and was rushed back to Sprague. She was born at Walla Walla in 1903. She came to Sprague six years ago. She leaves seven children and her widower and her stepfather." (Odessa Record: 2-11-37) Submitted by Marge Womach  


The Sprague Advocate, December 31, 1915

   MRS. JOHN KELLY of Lamont died Monday, December 27, at Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane after an illness which kept her in the hospital for most of the time for three years.   Her illness was caused by bowel trouble and she had undergone three operations.  Her husband in valiant efforts to save her life gave her the best treatment he could find.  The couple spent about 6 months in California in 1913 but this proved of no avail. The funeral was held Wednesday from the M. E. Church and burial was in the Maccabee Cemetery, REV. J. F. COOK officiating.   JENNIE L. POST was born at Touchet, Washington on August 6, 1884, being 31 years, 4 months and 21 days old at death.  On June 30, 1904, occurred her marriage to JOHN A. KELLY and a girl KATHERINE, was born to them who is now 7 years old. The husband, the child, her mother, MRS. NIX of Bissell, a sister, Mrs. J. H. WINTERS of Cheney and a brother HARRY POST of Granite, Idaho, Survive. Mrs. Kelly was a woman of deep religious convictions.  A loving wife and mother and many good friends attest her kind and gentle nature.  She was well beloved by all who knew her and the mourning relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in their great loss. 


The Sprague Times, September 12, 1902

   The three-year-old son of Mr. JOHN MCMAHON died at Wheatland Tuesday and was buried from the Catholic church in this city the following day.  Mr. McMahon's cup of sorrow is surely full to the brim; one week ago today his wife was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery of this city.*


The Lincoln County Times, Friday, June 28, 1901  

 Ex-Chief of Police MEREDITH, of Seattle, was shot and killed in a drug store in Seattle, Tuesday, by JOHN CONSIDINE, a well known gambler.  Meredith had been the agressor, but Considine jerked away from the officer who had hold of him, and fired three shots into the body of the ex-chief, killing him instantly.



The Cheney Free Press, August 20, 1926

   THOMAS WALKER MERRIMAN was born at Apple Creek, Wayne county, Ohio on October 12, 1857 and passed away on August 11, 1926 at 1 p.m. at his home near Cheney. On August 18  1883, he married MINNIE BELLE ARMSTRONG.  To this union ten children were born, four of whom survive.  He moved to Lind, Wn., on June 8, 1887, where he resided until June 1905, when he moved to Cheney.  He and his wife united with the Christian church at Lind in December 1896.  He leaves his widow, two sons, CLARKE and DEAN; two daughters, GRACE and Mrs. LAURA GRAHAM; four grandchildren, MAXINE, NORMAN and MARGARET GRAHAM and BAYARD MERRIMAN, all of Cheney; two brothers, R. G. at Wooster, Ohio and H. E. at Kelso, Wn; one sister Mrs. E. S. DOYLE at San Francisco, Calif; a niece Mrs. Lela SWARTS of Lind, Wn.; a nephew, HORACE MERRIMAN, Cheney.  Services were conducted at the home and nieces and nephews in the east on August 13, REV. O. A. ADAMS officiating. Besides the immediate family, H. E. MERRIMAN, Mrs. SWARTS and a cousin, Mrs. SICKAFOOSE were in attendance at the services.  Interment at Ritzville cemetery. *


The Davenport Times-Tribune, Nov 02, 1939

   Funeral services were held at Nespelem Saturday morning for Mrs. ANNA C. POOLTON, age 72, wife of the REV JAMES W. POOLTON, retired Methodist minister.  She died at Nespelem August 25 after a long illness.  The REV. T. EARL POINDEXTER, pastor of the Davenport M. E. church and the REV. O. A. BURRIS of Nespelem had charge of the service, Saturday.  Mrs. Poolton resided at Sprague about 25 years ago when her husband was pastor there.  She is survived by her husband, two daughters and two sons.*


The Cheney Free Press, Cheney, WA. July 28, 1933

   MRS. MARTHA W. POWER, 47, wife of CHARLES A. POWER, general contractor, died Wednesday in a Spokane hospital.  Mrs. Power was a resident of Spokane for 19 years and formerly lived at Lamont.  Mr. Power has had several road contracts in this vicinity. *


The Cheney Free Press, Cheney, WA, July 28, 1933  

MRS. IRENE RATLIFFE, age 55, of Lamont died July 26 in a Spokane hospital.  She is survived by four sons, PAUL and HOWARD of Seattle and WILBUR and HARRY of St. John; also her one sisters, MRS. EVA OLIVERS, St John; two brothers, ORA REES, St JOHN, and CHARLIE REES, Evanston, Ill.; also four granddaughters and three grandsons. *


Davenport Times-Tribune, Jan 3, 1935

   Mrs. JULIA SCHILLE, age 87, who suffered a stroke in October, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. FALLERT, in Harrington.  Mrs. Schille and her husband came to Harrington in 1917 and he died in 1918.  The funeral was held at Harrington Wednesday.  She is survived by six sons and three daughters.*


The Davenport Times-Tribune, Nov 02, 1939

   FINIS SMITH, age 64, a resident of Harrington since 1901, died in a Spokane hospital Sunday evening.  A native of Missouri, he married Stella Armstrong there in 1900 and came to Harrington the next year.  When he was 18 years old a bullet lodged in his hip and arthritis developed about two years ago from the shifting of this bullet.  An operation followed and Mr. Smith has been ailing ever since.  Funeral services were held at the Harrington Community church yesterday with interment in Hillcrest cemetery.  He is survived by his widow, four daughters, Mrs. Olie HUGHES< Los Angeles; Mrs. ERNEST KLOSTER, Harrington; Mrs. EDNA HOLMES, LaVita, Colorado; and Mrs. BETTY HANKEL, Spokane, and two sons, GEORGE SMITH of Portland and LESTER SMITH of Harrington. *


The Davenport Times Tribune, October 25, 1951

   Funeral services for DAVID O. STILES, 84, were held from the Community church in Harrington Tuesday with the REV. E. R. MADSON officiating.  Burial was in the Hillcrest cemetery.  Stiles passed away in Spokane after several years of poor health.  Born in Sauk Center, Minn., he married in the east and in 1907 with his family moved to Gooding, Idaho.  In 1910 the family came to the Harrington-Mohler area and moved to town in the late 1930s.  Mrs. STILES died in 1940 and Stiles moved to Spokane in 1941. He later married Mrs. LAVINA GILMORE who died in February 1948.  Stiles was a member of the Community church at Harrington but transferred his membership to Corbin Park Methodist church in Spokane.  He was a member of the Woodman of the World. Surviving are three sons, ALDRED, Harrington; FRANCIS, Davenport, and LEONARD, Spokane; three daughters, Mrs. VERN MCKELLIPS, Spokane; Mrs. STONE FISKE, and Mrs. DARRELL TURNER, Harrington; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, FRANK and ARTHUR, Spokane, and GEORGE, Gooding; one sister, Mrs. CORA CROSS, Big Stone City, S.D.


The Sprague Times, October 21, 1904

   A large concourse of sorrowing friends followed the remains of WILLIE WITT to their last resting place in the Maccabee cemetery last Monday.  The funeral services were held at 2 p.m. from the Methodist church, REV. MR. KOCH officiating.  WILLIAM WITT was 14 years, 11 months and 12 days old at the time of his death, Wednesday, Oct. 12, and was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. AUGUST WITT.  He was a favorite among his young friends and was beloved by all.  The circumstances surrounding his death were particularly sad.  His parents were in the east at the time, having left home with no thought that their home coming would be so sad.  While kind friends did all that was possible to make his last hours peaceful, there is none like a mother's hand to soothe the fevered brow in a last illness.  Willie was taken seriously ill on the Saturday previous to his death with an attack of appendicitis, the direct cause of his death, however, being peritonitis.  DR. HAMLEY performed an operation, but the disease had gained too firm a hold before his serious condition was realized.  Upon being called the doctor immediately had him brought in from his home six miles north of Sprague and the operation followed.  Dr. Hamley expended every effort and his work was unceasing to save, his patient, but to no avail. The deep sympathy of many friends go out to the afflicted parents in this the greatest trial of life. * Card of Thanks: We desire to express our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the kind friends who assisted in caring for our beloved son during his illness and death.  Your kindness will never be forgotten. Mr. and Mrs. A. WITT...*

Born: 21 Jan 1917, Keller, Ferry Co., WA Died: 07 Aug 1943, Wilbur, Lincoln Co., WA
The Wilbur Register. Wilbur, WA - Thursday, August 12, 1943 Young Matron Dies Suddenly
The Wilbur Mission Church was well filled Monday afternoon when the funeral service of Mrs. Miller (wife of Samuel Guyler Miller) was conducted by the pastor, the Rev. W. A. Kincaid.  Mrs. Miller died very suddenly at her home in Wilbur, Saturday. She was 26 years of age, a daughter of Cecil Jerred and his late wife and a member of their family of 21 children. Her childhood home was in the Keller region, but she lived in Wilbur about two years, her husband having bought the Monaghan cottage on the south hill. Besides her husband and small daughter (Raedine Carole Miller), she is survived by her father (Cecil Enoch Jerred); and 17 brothers and sisters. (Margaret Schiminske-Jerred, Mrs. Miller's mother, preceded her in death Jan 17, 1939.) Music for the funeral service was provided by Mrs. Guy Hansen, with Mrs. Vance Davidson as accompanist. Pallbearers were A. V. Squire, Jake Stare, Jack Snodgrass, Joe Kennedy, J. K. Alderson, and an intimate friend of the bereaved husband, Lonnie Williams of Keller. Interment was made in the Wilbur Cemetery, with the Phillip Funeral Home in charge.
Submitted by Raedine Miller, daughter,  December 28, 2008.


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