Almira Cemetery  

                                                                                              Submitted by Marge Womach

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Located one-half mile west of Almira on Highway 2, Almira Cemetery is  in the SW corner of section 32 township 26N, range 31E, and approximately 4.25 acres in size. Founded in 1886 when the child of Charles Davis died , Davis himself  was buried there in 1899. His widow sold the two acres to the town and another two acres were purchased.  

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This is only a partial listing...and is a work in progress.

Taylor, Mrs. E. T.,:  (b. 1874, d. Nov 14, 1909) 155/3  Martha J.--Mrs.  E. T. Taylor living northwest of Almira, suicided Nov 14th. She leaves 5 children and a husband. Despondency caused her to commit the deed. (Citizen, Nov 26, 1909)(Martha J., w/o Edward Thomas Taylor)  

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Thomas, Wm Henry: ( b. Feb 12, 1893, d. Jun 25, 1978) 52/4  “William Henry Thomas. Died: 6-25-1978. Birth: 2-12-1893, WA. Spouse: Mary A Hughes. Father: Hugh Thomas. Mother: Catherine Williams. Burial: Almira Cemetery, Almira, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) “The Rev Albert Hausauer went to Almira on Wednesday to conduct the funeral services for William Thomas. The Thomas family were well known in this area in that Mrs. Thomas was the moderator of the UCC Conference of Eastern Washington-North Idaho for many years.” (Odessa Record: 7-06-1978)    

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Thompson, Henry M.,: ( b. 1862, d. Feb 9, 1911) 174/1   By placing the muzzle of a shot gun under his chin and pressing the trigger with a stick, Henry M. Thompson of Almira, took his own life at the family residence in the southeastern part of that town last Sunday morning, while his wife and children were attending Sunday School a few blocks away. The children arriving home first, found their father’s body crouched in one corner of a room and surrounded by a pool of blood. Others of the family and neighbors were quickly summoned by the terrified children. Coroner O. L. Adams, Prosecuting Attorney J. S. Freece and Deputy Sheriff Brink went to Almira Sunday evening and after a short investigation, decided that an inquest was unnecessary.  Mr. Thompson was a well known pioneer resident of Lincoln County, having settled on a homestead between Wilbur and Govan, March 15, 1889. His cash capital at that time was $15.00, but through hard work and good management he added to his holdings until he owned a section and one-half of fine wheat land, all in a high state of cultivation. He continued in charge of his farm until 1902 when he sold it for $22,000 and moved to Almira, where he built one of the finest residences in the county. He was instrumental in organizing the Almira State Bank and served as one of the officers of the institution for some time. He also promoted the Almira Brick & Building Company, a venture that proved a financial failure and in which Mr. Thompson lost heavily. Shortly after this time he was stricken with a nervous disease that rendered him almost helpless. Financial losses and ill health are believed to be the cause of his rash deed. Mr. Thompson was elected county commissioner of the third district at the November election of 1900 and served creditably for two years. He leaves a wife and seven children. (LCT)  

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Tolonen, William B.: ( b. 1925,  d. Aug 05, 1999)  20/15William B. Tolonen, ‘Bud’.—Passed away August 5, 1999 in Spokane, WA. His home, Spokane, WA, formerly of Almira.  He is survived by two sons, William McKay, Almira, WA and Robert McKay, Sprague, WA; 5 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren; one sister, Enza Smith and one half-brother, John Mills, both of Seven Bays, WA; his step-father, Roy Walter, Odessa, WA. He was a graduate of Almira High School in 1943 and a WW II Veteran of the US Navy. No services will be held at his request. Inurnment Almira Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman-Aug 1999)

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Wallace, F. H.: ( b. 1846, d. 1906) 151/5   F. H. Wallace, a well known rancher and merchant, living 22 miles northwest of Almira, died suddenly of heart failure last week. This is the fourth sudden death to occur in the vicinity within six months. (Davenport Tribune)( s/w S. Elizabeth & Robert)

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Wallace, Janet F .: ( b. Feb 24, 1904, d. Feb 12, 1995)  29/6 Janet F. Wallace. Died: 2-12-1995. Birth: 2-24-1904, CO. Buried: Almira Cemetery, Almira, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial permit)

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Warehime, Henrietta: ( d.  Aug 29, 1902-notes)

"Mrs. Henrietta Warehime died at her home near Hesseltine on Aug 25, 1902. She was born in Boston 62 years ago and is survived by 6 sons and 2 daughters. The remains were interred in the Almira Cemetery. (Wilbur Register

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Washington :  Nat W Washington, prosecuting attorney of Grant County , residing at Ephrata, his sister, Peachy, and brother James Washington, were drowned in the Columbia River while in bathing Saturday. The body of James has been recovered but dynamite was used without success in an endeavor to raise the other brother and sister and ferrymen down the river have been notified to be on the look out for their bodies...James and Peachy Washington were operating a stock ranch north of Almira.” (Excerpt: Odessa Record: 7-16-1926)  “The bodies of N W Washington and his sister, Peachy who were drowned in the Columbia River near Seaton Ferry, July 10 were found Saturday morning near Bridgeport in Douglas County , 75 miles below the scene of their death.  They were taken to Almira where a triple funeral service was held for James, Peachy and Nat Washington last Wednesday and their remains were laid beside those of their father and brother in the Almira Cemetery .” (Odessa Record: 7-23-1926) Jacob Oster took Chris Musselman to Soap Lake Sunday. Mr Oster brought back the news to Ruff that N W Washington had drowned in the Columbia River .”  (Odessa Record: Ruff Column: 7-16-1926) {Edit: Placements of burials in Almira Cemetery for the Washington family members was taken from a list provided by Pat Rice while she was researching the burials of the north portion of Lincoln County and surrounding cemeteries beyond the county burials.}

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Washington, Nathanial W; d. 7-16-1926, age 45, drowning; burial in S-29.

Washington, Peachy Ryland; d. 7-10-1926, age 42, drowning; burial S-61.

Washington, James C; d. 7-10-1926, age 43, drowning; burial S-61.

Washington, Gladys F; d. 6-17-1969, age 79; burial S-29.

Washington, Janet Fairleigh; d. 1911, age 43; burial S-61.

Washington, Hanna Lee; d. 1917; age 46; burial S-61.

Washington, Emma W; d. 1930, age 87; burial S-61.

Washington, Bushrod C;  d. 2-24-1919, age 80, influenza; burial S-61.

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Weir, Thomas G.: ( b. 1878, d. 1901) 104/6  On Friday, the morning of the 15th, Thos G. Weir was thrown from a horse, or rather fell with it, on one of the streets of Almira, and sustained a fracture of the brain, which resulted in death early the next morning. Tom had come to town in the morning and, after taking several drinks, was given a dollar to ride J. E. Keener’s horse. It is the almost universal opinion that had all heads been clear, the error in judgment would not have been made, for he was one of the best horsemen in the country. He started the horse on a dead run to avoid any possibility of bucking, but about the time they crossed the railroad track, he told the young man named Bell who was riding by his side that he could not stop the horse, threw the rope across to Bell to stop him, which the latter immediately did, hurling the horse and rider to the ground with great force, launched him into the beyond, for he never regained consciousness.—Big Bend Outlook (Citizen, Mar 29, 1901)  

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Welborn, J. Leonard: ( b. Sep 17, 1885, d. Sep 30, 1935)  2/12  “Funeral services for J. Leonard Welborn, 45, pioneer Almira attorney, were held Wednesday by the American legion. Mr. Welborn died Monday of a self-inflicted gun shot. The tragedy was witnessed by his wife, who is the postal clerk, and Mrs. Francis Hilton, who came in just before the shot.  Mr. Welborn had been ill some time and the suicide was attributed to that.”  (Odessa Record: 10-04-1935) “A petition for letters of administration of the estate of J Leonard Welborn, Almira attorney, was filed in superior court this week by his widow, Beulah. The heirs are Mrs. Welborn and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Welborn, Everett.” (Odessa Record: 10-11-1935) “Almira Lawyer Shoots Himself.  J. Leonard Welborn, 45, an attorney at Almira for many years, walked into the post office vault at Almira while Postmaster H Milner was at lunch on Monday, grabbed a postal service revolver, and, before the clerk could stop  him, had fired a shot through his chest.  He lived 20 minutes, but said only that he was sorry. He gave no motive for his act. It is believed he was despondent over illness. Mr. Welborn was well known in Lincoln County . He had been a democratic committeeman for many years and had been city attorney several years. He was a World War veteran and was wounded in the Argonne drive. He graduated from the law school at the University of Washington .” (Odessa Record: 10-04-1935)

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White, Delmer V. ; ( b. 1899,  d.  Nov 14, 1974; S-183, Lot 2)   Delmer V. White.—Of Almira, WA. He is survived by his wife, Lucile H. White; one daughter, Mrs. Marilyn Sorenson, Almira; one brother, Bernard White, Almira; one sister, Mrs. Ada Keener, Almira; 3 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Almira Community Church, and a life member of the National Trapshooters Association. Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov 22, at 1 p.m., from the Almira Community Church, The Rev Gerald M. Stinson officiating. Interment, Almira, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 11-22-1974)  “White, Delmer V; Birth: 2-08-1899, WA; Death: 11-19-1974; Spouse: Lucile Maxwell; Father: John M White; Mother; Jessie B Bernard; Buried: Almira Cemetery, Almira, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)   “Funeral services were held for Delmer V White on Nov 22, from the Almira Community Church. The Rev Jerald M Stinson officiated and music was provided by the organist, Mrs Carolyn Hyde. Mrs Betty Wetzel was the soloist and sang two favorite hymns. Pall bearers were Dwaine Childers, Herb Blunk, Ken Hyde, Al Sample, Bernard Kendall and Minor Wetzel. The final resting place was the Almira Cemetery. Delmer was born at Hesseltine, about 8 miles north of Wilbur on Feb 8, 1889. He was the son of John M and Jessie B White. He passed away Nov 19, 1974 at the Lincoln Hospital , Davenport, Washington. He attended school at the country school of Grand Coulee, later attending Spokane College for one year. He returned to the farm, later to start farming for himself. On Oct 14, 1928 he was married to Lucile H Maxwell. To this union was born a daughter, Marilyn White Sorensen. After farming more than 25 years he bought the present home in Almira. He was a member of the Almira Community Church and a life member of the National Trapshooting Association. The sport of trapshooting was a highlight in his life and he won many honors in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Canada. Delmer is survived by his wife, Lucile; his son-in-law and daughter, Don and Marilyn Sorensen; one brother, Bernard White; one sister, Ada Keener, and by 3 grandchildren, Mitch, Randy and Daryce plus nieces and nephews.” (Wilbur Register: 11-28-1974)

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Wilken, Mary Edith;  ( b. 1892,  d. Feb 07, 1970; age 78; L-23, Lot 4Mary E. Wilken.—Her home, Almira , WA. A 40-year member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Almira. A member Past Noble Grand of Almira Rebecca Lodge and Highland Grange. Survived by 3 sons, Donald, Walter, and Clay Wilken, all of Almira; one brother, Earl C Walter, New York City; 2 sisters, Mrs. Olive M McLain, CA; Mrs. Harriett A. Jones, Sedro-Woolley, WA; 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services Wednesday, Feb 11, at 1 p.m. from Our Savior Lutheran Church, Almira, WA. The pastor C. E. Dyrud officiating. Interment Almira, WA, Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 2-10-1970)

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Zimbelman, Leo: ( b. Feb 17, 1923, d. Jul 24, 1987) 137/4  Leo ‘Snooks’ Zimbelman, of Almira, born in Odessa Feb 17, 1923 to Gus and Emma Zimbelman, died July 24 at Deaconess Hospital, Spokane. A graduate of Marlin High School, he served a year in the Army Medical Corps, stationed at Fort Jackson, SC. In his early years, Mr. Zimbelman sang for a Moses Lake radio station and played in area dance bands. He played on town baseball teams and coached Little Leagues. He was married to Shirley Mobley in June, 1950, and the couple lived and farmed in the Almira area for 37 years. he drove school buses as well, first in Marlin and then for 14 years in Almira. He was a member of the Almira Community Church and of the Wilbur VFW. Preceded in death by a son, Curtis, Mr. Zimbelman is survived by his wife, Shirley, at the family home; by a son Michael, a daughter-in-law Joan, and a granddaughter Karie Kae and a grandson Cody Curtis, all of Almira; by four brothers: Don Zimbelman of Othello, and Melvin, Herb and Bob Zimbelman, all of Odessa; by four sisters, Rhea Strate and Viola Syring of Spokane, and Ione Zeiler and Florence Schlimmer of Odessa; by numerous nieces and nephews, and by a host of friends. Funeral service was held July 28 at Almira Community Church, the Rev David Zaworski officiating. Concluding services and vault interment followed at the Almira Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home was in charge. Casket bearers included Charles Yirak, Charles Madison, David McKay, Minor Wetzel, Philip Kelley and Karl Jones. Honorary bearers were Elten Klein, Allyn Hughes, Alan Cochran, Richard Heathman, Richard Carstensen and Walter Wilkin.” (Odessa Record: 8-06-1987)

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Zimbelman, Curtis;  ( b. 1953,  d.  May 27, 1969; S-137/6)  Curtis G. Zimbelman, (16 years).—His home, Almira, WA. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo K. Zimbelman, one brother, Michael L. Zimbelman, all at the home; his grandparents, Mrs. Thelma Mobley, Almira, WA; Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zimbelman, Marlin, WA; numerous aunts and uncles. A member of the Almira Community Church, a student at Almira High School. Funeral services Tuesday, May 27 at 1 p.m. from the Almira Community Church. Interment Almira, WA, Cemetery. Curtis will be in state at Almira Community Church from 11 a.m. until 12:30. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 5-27-1969)

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Zimmerman, Clarence Arthur;  ( b. Aug 13, 1869,  d.  Jun 25, 1975; S-197) 197/6   “Zimmerman.—Private family services for Clarence A. Zimmerman, 78, of 4510 Snowmountain Road, who died June 21, will be held at 9 a.m. June 24 in Keith & Keith 9th Avenue Chapel. Rev Howard F. M. Childers, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Interment will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, at the Almira Cemetery Mr. Zimmerman was the beloved husband of Mrs. Marie Zimmerman; father of Mrs. Roger (Lois) Williams of Mercer Island, Dr James E. Zimmerman of Yakima, and Clarence Robert Zimmerman of Almira; brother of Albert Zimmerman of Everett; grandfather of 10 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.” (scrapbook item: undated) 

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Almira Cemetery Obituaries, Almira, Lincoln County, WA, 

submitted to the WAGenWeb by Marge Womach, Aug 2009

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