Submitted by Marge Womach 


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Anstis, Charles      8-03-1950

“Charles Anstis.—Home at E2704 Sharp. Survived by 2 sons, Everett Anstis and Marvin Anstis, both of Spokane, 2 grandchildren. He had lived in this community 40 years. Funeral Friday, Aug 4, at 1 p.m. in the Sunset Memorial Chapel (Ball & Dodd).” (Spokane Daily Chronicle: 8-03-1950)


Basler, Timothy           5-10-2001

“A private memorial service for Timothy T Basler was held Saturday, May 5, at the Marshall Cemetery.  Mr Basler died Sunday, April 29, of injuries he suffered when he was hit by a snag tree on April 24 while working on Browns Mountain . He was 60.  He was born in Davenport , WA, to Ralph and Sailel Basler on March 26, 1941. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1959. He served in the US Coast Guard in the Caribbean Sea from 1962-1966.  Following his discharge, he worked for Longview Fiber in Tacoma, where he operated the printers. He moved to Colville in 1972, and began a long career as an independent logger. He is survived by two brothers, Gene Basler and Rick Basler, both of Four Lakes ; two sisters, Linda Basler of Four Lakes and Renea and her husband Richard Coleman of Davenport; and 10 nephews and three nieces. Hi parents preceded him in death.”  (Wilbur Register: 5-10-2001)


Carter, Melvin F          8-03-1950

“Melvin F Carter.—Passed away Aug 3 in Spokane. He was a resident of Route 2, Moscow, Idaho. Survived by his wife, Betty; 2 daughters, Nancy and Nola Carter; 2 sons, James and Robert Carter, all at the home; parents, Mr and Mrs J D Carter of Pullman; 3 sisters, Frances in Seattle, May and Jennie, both in CA; 4 brothers, Wyatt of Pullman, Walt of Spokane, Kenneth at Moses Lake Air Base and Gordon in CA. The deceased will be sent by the Smith Funeral Home to Pullman, WA, where funeral services will be held an interment made.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle: 8-03-1950)


Coleman, Frederick J          8-24-1950

“Funeral services for Frederick J Coleman, retired Great Northern railway employee, will be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Hazen & Jaeger’s. Burial will be at Riverside. Mr Coleman had been a resident of Spokane for the last 41 years. His home was at N5317 Crestline. He died in a hospital here Tuesday after suffering a stroke. For the last 11 years he had been employed as a maintenance man at the Old National Bank building. He is survived by his wife, Florence, at the home; three daughters, Mrs Doris Boster and Mrs Edith Costello of Spokane , and Mrs Mildred C Nichols, San Diego, CA.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle: Thursday, 8-24-1950)


Dahly, John F    8-03-1950

“John F Dahly.—Passed away Aug 2 at his home at Paradise Hill , Wash.   Survived by 2 daughters, Mrs Theresa Everson, Rt 1, Spokane, and Mrs Myrtle Larson, Beaverton, OR; 3 grandchildren; one brother, Bert Dahly, of California. He was a member of the AOUW, Fargo, ND, the Modern Woodman of America and the Lutheran church. The Sunset Memorial Chapel (Ball & Dodd), Spokane, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle: 8-03-1950)


Deach, Thomas Robert Sr  1995

“A memorial service for Thomas Robert ‘Tom’ Deach Sr will be held at the United Methodist Church in Davenport (Sixth and Sinclair) at 2 p.m. this Saturday. The Deach family will be receiving visitors at the church from noon to 1:50 p.m.  Mr Deach passed away Tuesday.  He was 77. He was born in Enderlin, ND, on April 17, 1917. Mr Deach lived in Woodinville and Sultan, Wash. , for 44 years with his wife, Betty.  He worked as a driver for Washington Asphalt for 30 years before his retirement. In 1991, Tom and Betty moved to Davenport. Mr Deach is survived by his wife, Betty; three children, Joann and husband Jon Hall of Veradale, John and wife Theresa Deach of Snoqualmie, and Thomas Jr and wife Carol Deach of Camano Island; seven grandchildren, Jon and Julie Hall of Veradale, Robert, James and Johnette Deach of Snoqualmie, and Marnie and Thomas Deach of Camano Island; two sisters, Hazel Hawkins and Ruth Deach, both of Seattle; and one brother, John Deach of Centralia.” (Strate’s Funeral Home in charge. Davenport Times: 2-16-1995)


Dobson, George I               6-21-1957

“Mr and Mrs George Kloster, Mrs Emma Dobson and their guest, Mrs Oliver Dobson (Cora) of Los Angeles attended the funeral services for George I Dobson at Hazen & Jaegers in Opportunity last week Thursday.  Mr Dobson, uncle of Mrs Kloster, died in a Spokane hospital last week Tuesday. He was a brother of the __e Wilbert, Oliver and George Dobson, all identified with Harrington and Odessa communities in early days. Survivors include his wife, Hallie Dobson; son, J Everett Dobson; two grandchildren, three nieces, two nephews and three sisters-in-law, Mrs Emma Dobson, Mrs Cora Dobson and Mrs Mary Dobson, Odessa.” (Citizen: 6-21-1957)


Dube, Arthur J            4-06-2006

“A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Apr 7, 2006, for former Wilbur resident, Arthur J Dube, who passed away Friday, March 31.  The service will be held at St Pius X Catholic Church in Coeur d’Alene at 625 East Haycraft Avenue. Mr Dube, who was 82, was a resident of Hayden Lake, Idaho. He graduated from Wilbur High School in 1941. His father operated a grocery store in Grand Coulee during the initial construction period of Grand Coulee Dam. Among his survivors are his wife, Robert. We will try to have a more complete obituary in next week’s Wilbur Register.” (Wilbur Register: 4-06-2006)


Dunning, Lois           8-08-1950

“Car Wreck Kills Spokane Woman.  Lois Dunning, 19, Oxford Hotel, was killed instantly last night when the convertible in which she was riding went off the road and overturned 10 miles north of Ritzville, the state patrol reported. Elsie Burdick, 17, Otis Orchards, driver of the car, suffered shoulder and head injuries, and George Stohr, 19, Ritzville, owner of the car, suffered a leg fracture and bruises. Ronald Shelton, 22, S673 Stone, a passenger, was not injured. State Patrolman H J English said Miss Dunning came to Spokane from Aurora, IL, about a year ago. She had been employed as a waitress in a South Side café, he added.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle: Tuesday, 8-08-1950)


Dyke, Johanna                5-09-1930

“Mrs Johanna Dyke, 87, a resident of Davenport for 19 years and a pioneer of the Big Bend , died Thursday night of last week at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr and Mrs Charles E Ivy, after a several weeks’ illness. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church in Davenport Monday and interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in Spokane.  Mrs Dyke was born in Hyda, Schleswig-Holstein , Germany , May 22, 1843, and came to the United States by sailing vessel in 1850, the trip requiring seven weeks.  She lived with her parents in Milwaukee , WI , for many years, and also resided in Madison ,WI, where she was married to Henry Dyke in 1868. Mr Dyke died in 1878 and is buried at Madison. In 1888 Mrs Dyke settled near Keystone, in Adams County. She lived there until 1892 when she moved to Harrington, WA, where she operated a hotel for many years. For 21 years she made her home with Mr and Mrs Ivy. She is survived by the daughter; one son, Herman Dyke, Spokane; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.” (Citizen: 5-09-1930)


Eaton, Vera Lane      3-01-1990

“Vera Lane Eaton, 85, formerly of Davenport , died Feb 19, 1990 in Anaheim, CA.  Mrs Eaton was born Sept 5, 1904 in Davenport to Walter Lane and Elizabeth Plummer Lane, territorial pioneers who farmed north of  Davenport. She graduated from Davenport High School in 1922. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star. Most of her adult years were spent in Spokane and later Western Washington . Her husband, Gordon Eaton, preceded her in death on Feb 11, 1989 and she then moved to a retirement center in Anaheim Hills, CA. Mrs Eaton is survived by a daughter, Helen Kurz McAferty of Orange, CA; her son, Deral Kurz of Kirkland; two granddaughters, Sheila McAferty Scott of Beaverton, OR and Patricia Kurz of Everett; one grandson, Garland Kurz of Lake Stevens; a brother, Howard Lane, and a niece, Audrey Lane Carey, both of LaGrande, OR; and six great grandchildren. A grandson, James McAferty, preceded her in death in Jan 1989. Inurnment will be in the Hillcrest Burial Park in Kent.” (Davenport Times: 3-01-1990)


Ellis, Claude D               4-16-1948

“Claude D Ellis was born Nov 15, 1869 at Evansville, Michigan. As a small boy, he moved with his parents, Mr and Mrs James Ellis, to Wichita , Kansas where the family farmed. When young “Ellis was 13 years old, he came to Dayton, Washington and was employed by the Portland Flour Mills. IN 1893 he married Nettie Gough. IN 1901 the Ellis family came to Harrington and Mr Ellis was with the flour mills for several years. However, he terminated his employment with the company to become a member of the Harrington State Bank force.  Later he was a partner with Mr Miller in the Ellis-Miller Mercantile business, and a stockholder and officer of the Harrington Factory during the 1920’.  Mr Ellis was a prominent citizen of the town during his residence here and was active in town and civic affairs; as a musician he promoted musical activities in the community. He was affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and Off Fellow lodges, but in recent years discontinued active work in them.  In 1929 the family moved to Walla Walla , and in 1940 to Dayton . Mr Ellis was a member of the Dayton Congregational church. Stricken with a heart attack Sunday, Mr Ellis seemingly was recovering satisfactorily when death came to him at 8:30 o’clock Wednesday evening. The Ellis’ daughter, Claudine Gwinn, was with her parents during her father’s illness and at the time of his death. Funeral services were held from the Watson-Rogg Mortuary at Dayton , Saturday, April 10 at 11 a.m.  Burial was in the Dayton Cemetery where Mr Ellis’s parents are buried. Surviving Mr Ellis besides his wife at the family home, are his children, Mrs Rex Gwinn (Claudine), Walla Walla, James Ellis, Spokane, Ward Ellis, Pasco, and Robert Ellis; three grandsons and one granddaughter (Patricia Ellis); an done sister, Mrs Iva McCleary, Long Beach, CA. Mrs Warren Gough (Grace Smalley) of Sprague, a sister-in-law of Mrs Ellis, is staying with Mrs Ellis at Dayton for a while.” (Citizen: 4-16-1948)


Frank, Wilma               10-15-1987

“Wilma Clouse Frank of Freeland died Oct 9, 1987, in  her home after a long illness. She was 66. Mrs Frank was born March 1, 1921 in Dalkena, WA, to Jesse M Clouse and Elta M Klingler Clouse. She moved to the Reardan area in 1929 with her family and graduated from Reardan High School and Northwestern Business College . She worked for various insurance companies and Associated General Contractors of Spokane. On Oct 15, 1943, she married Lt Albert Sikkenga who died in Holland in 1944. On May 25, 1946 she married James Austin, who also later died. In 1962, Mrs Frank moved to Seattle to work for S S Mullens Construction Company. On Oct 31, 1970, she married Lloyd Frank. The couple retired and moved to Freeland on Whidbey Island . He preceded her in death. Mrs Frank was a 52-year member of the Spring Hill Grange #909, a member of Lambda Chapter of Alpha Iota Honorary Business Society, Eastern Star Chapter 188 in Spokane and Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club of Langley. Survivors include a foster son, Ralph Boyd, of Kirkland ; a sister, Grace Stevens of Salem OR ; three brothers, Wayne, Ernie and Gene, all of Spokane;  and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Orville. Services will be held in the Ball and Dodd North Funeral Home chapel today, Thursday, Oct 15, at 10 a.m., Rev Walter Clouse will officiate.  Ball & Dodd Funeral Home is in charge.” (Davenport Times: 10-15-1987)


Fredrickson, Oscar        8-03-1950

“Oscar Fredrickson.—Passed away Aug 1 in Spokane. He was a resident of W301 Main. Survived by one brother, Fred Fredrickson of Bellflower, CA. His last services have been entrusted to the care of the Smith Funeral Home.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle: 8-03-1950)


Goldsberry, Ethel         7-03-1959

“Mrs Mel Goldsberry Dies.  Mrs Ethel Goldsberry died July 1 in Spokane. She and her husband, Mel Goldsberry, were residents of this area a number of years ago when they were employed at the Luther Turner farm.  She was a resident of Spokane 33 years. Besides her husband, two sisters survive. She was a member of the Church of Christ Scientist. Funeral arrangements were to be announced by Hazen & Jaeger.  The Goldsberrys were visitors here occasionally, calling particularly on the Henry Swensons and Buriage Armstrongs.” (Citizen: 7-03-1959)


Gordon, Duffy Carl    8-08-1950

Chehalis , Wash. , Aug 8.—A 25-year old Morton, Wash. , man burned to death following an automobile accident about midnight when a match lighted by his friend set fire to gasoline from a shattered tank, coroner Joe Chytil reported today.  Chytil identified the victim as Duffy Carl Gordon. Gordon and his wife, Marie, were riding in a car with H R Taylor, a friend, Chytil said. Taylor ran into a fog bank, pulled off to the side of the road where the car hit a soft shoulder and overturned. Taylor and Mrs Gordon climbed from the car, which was lying with its wheels in the air. Chytil said that when Taylor struck a match to try and locate Gordon, gasoline fumes exploded and set fire to the car. The coroner said Gordon called out his wife’s name just before he died.” (Spokane Chronicle: 8-08-1950)


Guernsey , Ida N             8-03-1950

“Ida N Guernsey.—Passed away Aug 2 at her home in Seattle, WA. She was a former resident of Spokane.  Survived by 2 daughters, Mrs Clara G VandeWater and Mrs Grace C Newton, both of Seattle, WA; one granddaughter, Mrs Malcolm Nelson; one grandson, Ellery W Newton; and 3 great grandchildren. Her last services have been entrusted to the care of the Smith Funeral Home.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle: 8-03-1950)


Hamlin, James G         5-09-1912

“Former Times Editor Dead. James G Hamlin, former editor of the Lincoln County Times and one of the most brilliant journalists this county has ever had, died Saturday at the Spokane General hospital at the age of 64. He was a Civil War Veteran and is survived by a widow at Blue Earth, MN, from which city he came to Davenport to take charge of the Lincoln County Times. Since leaving here he has been employed by Spokane newspapers and printing offices. IN addition to the widow, he is survived by a son, a member of the Daily World staff of Aberdeen, and a daughter residing at Vancouver, BC, both of whom were at his bedside. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Smith & Co, chapel under the direction of the Reno post GAR. Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery .” (Davenport Times: 5-09-1912)


Harrington, Edyth      10-07-1965

“Mrs Royce Williams has word of the death of Mrs Edyth Harrington May 5 at Yakima. Last rites were May 10 and cremation followed. Mr and Mrs Harrington were early-day teachers in the Mohler school. Mr Harrington and their son LeMayne passed away some time ago. A son, ‘Happy’ sent Mrs Williams the In Memoriam folder.” (Citizen: 10-07-1965)


Irish, Agnes                   9-08-1955

“Widow of Irish Taken by Death. Mrs Agnes Irish, S618 Jefferson, Spokane business woman, died today in a hospital where she had been for the last month. She had been ill since the death of her husband, William H Irish, last June.  The former Agnes Goodwin, Mrs Irish was associated with the Grandma’s Kitchen Bakery at W923 Riverside for many years.  She came here form her birthplace, St James, MN, in 1900 and attended the Lincoln grade school when it was at Fifth and Spokane and South Central high school. A  member of Our Lady of Lourdes church for 50 years and of the Altar society. For many years she had been active in St Vincent de Paul charities and had managed their retail store. Daughter of Farmer. Mrs Irish was the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Frank T Goodwin of Spokane and Sprague. Her father had farming interest in Sprague. Survivors are four sisters, Mrs W D Edmunds, Spokane , and Mrs W P Pullen, Mrs Grace O;Connor and Mrs J Edward Doyle, all of Portland ; three brothers, Lloyd Goodwin, Portland , R C Goodwin, Long Beach, CA, and F P Goodwin, Seattle, and 11 nieces and nephews. The body is at Hennessey’s.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle: Thursday, 9-08-1955)


Jessen, Audrey A.   d. 10-23-2004

“Audrey A. Jessen died peacefully in her sleep Oct 23, 2004 at Marysville Car Center. Born June 7, 1910 to Ben and Ella Sailor in Lincoln County, WA and was raised from age 5 on her parents’ farm along the Spokane River in Tum Tum, WA. She was the eldest and last surviving of four children. Preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, Palmer (Polly) Jensen in March of 1994. They lived most of their married life in' Seattle, where she retired from teaching (Bryant Elementary) in 1993. Audrey was a loving and caring wife and mother and a gracious friend to many. She enjoyed traveling, fishing, family activities and social activities with her friends. She also believed in keeping up with the times and was an open-minded thinker who could relate with and understand her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved sports and watched the Mariners and Seahawks regularly. Audrey is survived by her daughter Yvonne (Glen ‘Skip’) Melum, son Jay (Linda) Jessen, 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday, Oct 30, 2004 at 12 noon in the chapel of Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home, 11111 Aurora Ave N. , Seattle, WA. Private interment, Washelli Cemetery.” (submitted; no source)


Johnson , Kent P.    d. 3-08-2010

“Kent P. Johnson. Kent passed away suddenly at home on March 8. He was born Nov 9, 1913 in Davenport, WA to Kirke and Etta. He was a 1931 graduate of Lewis and Clark and went on to attend classes at Gonzaga University. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Mamie (Skok); son Stephen of Seattle; and daughter Etta Jean of Spokane. He was preceded in death by his daughter Joan. He was also preceded in death by brothers: Fred, Bert and Marco, and sister Matie. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. He worked on the Grand Coulee Dam project then went on to enjoy a long career with the Washington Water Power Company (now Avista). He was an avid low handicap golfer and continued playing until age 92. He enjoyed spending time with his wife’s 14 brothers and sisters and their families. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, March 13 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 34th and Perry. Arrangements by Hennessey Smith, Funeral Home & Crematory, 2203 N. Division, Spokane, WA.” (submitted; Spokesman Review: March 2010); “Kent Pettigrew Johnson. Born: 9 Nov 1913. Died: 8 March 2010. Last Residence: Spokane, Spokane Co, WA.” (SS Death Index)



Johnston, Emma            2-07-1913

“Mrs Emma Johnston, who made her home at Harrington with her sons, Fred L and Robert Johnston, at their Observation Heights Poultry Farm located at the outskirts of the city to the west, died at Medford, Oregon, on Thursday night, Jan 30, 1913, whither she went some time ago and was enjoying a visit with her son Arthur Johnston.  Death came peacefully after two weeks illness with asthma and complications, and claimed her at the age of 64 years, 11 months and 21 days.  She was the mother of eleven children, three of whom lie in the churchyard at Manning, Iowa , beside her deceased husband. Of the eight children now living, six were able to attend her last days on earth. Robert, of this city, accompanied the remains to their last resting place, and Fred and Bessie returned to this city on Tuesday of this week and are at the Johnston home in company with their sister Mable. The Johnston brothers and sisters have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their beloved mother.” (Citizen:  2-07-1913)


Killmer, Elizabeth         4-11-1912

“Girl Suicides at Coulee City . Pretty Spokane Maid Jilted by Married Man Ends Her Despondent Career With Chloroform.  Grieving because she had been evaded by Martin Whitney, with whom she was evidently in love, Miss Elizabeth Killer, a pretty Spokane maid of 18, committed suicide in a Coulee City hotel last Wednesday night by taking chloroform. Miss Killmer had arrived on the evening train and after registering, inquired of the land lady, if Martin Whitney was stopping there. When informed that he had gone to the country with another party she said: ‘I saw him in Spokane Sunday and he promised to meet me here tonight on business.’  She seemed to think that he had gone to Wilbur where she supposed his home was, but when told that he did not live there, but his wife’s relatives resided near Keller, she expressed a pained surprise to learn that he was married. Refusing to join other guests in the parlor, she retired early and was found dead in bed the following day with a bottle of chloroform pressed to her nostrils. A brief note addressed to Whitney was found in which she bore this last message: ‘You have crushed me as I am doing with your letters’. A box of torn letters, presumably from Whitney, was found on the stand in her room.  Spokane officials were notified and it was found that she was the daughter of a rancher living between Spokane and Medical Lake. The family consisted of 10 children, two of the older daughters working in Spokane. She was illy clad and had only $1.80 in her purse after paying her hotel bill which she settled in advance. Whatever acquaintance she had with Whitney was unknown to her relatives. She is described by press reports as very pretty. Whitney is well known at Coulee City and surrounding territory and has a young and pretty wife.” (Dav. Tribune: 4-11-1912)


Koegler, Allen           2-13-2001

“Allen Koegler, Age 92.—Passed away Feb. 10, 2001. Visitation from 12 to 6 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. Funeral Service at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb 16, 2001 in the Alwin Chapel at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe, Spokane.” (Spokesman Review: 2-13-2001)


Langley , E E                   11-20-1931

“Dr E E Langley, 50, former flight surgeon at Felts field, was found dead in bed Thursday, Nov 12, apparently a victim of heart failure, county records disclosed yesterday at Los Angeles, according to an associated Press dispatch. He went there two years ago from Spokane, where he practiced as an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist for 14 or 15 years. He was flight surgeon for the Los Angeles unit of the California national guard air corps. Mrs Langley survives him. He will be buried in Los Angeles.  The first flight surgeon of the 41st division, aviation, he served about four years on Felts Field until 1929. Born in Maine, June 2, 1882, he attended the Baltimore College of medicine, studied and practiced in Germany four years, practiced at Harrington, Wash., beginning in 1924, was graduated from the school of aviation at Brooks Field, Texas, in 1925 and became captain in the organized medical reserve corps in 1926.  Captain Langley owned a plane which he flew for his pleasure here. Failing health prompted his transfer to the California national guard. Also, he became a flight surgeon for the United States department of commerce at Glendale, CA.—Spokesman-Review.  Dr Langley came to Harrington the spring of 1908 and began the practice of medicine, and later built a hospital which he conducted for several years. This building is now owned by Mr and Mrs J W Warren and is conducted as the Cozy Apartments.  While a resident of Harrington, Dr Langley was a member of Laurel Lodge No. 119 F & AM, Bright Hope Chapter, No. 79, OES, a member of the Knights of Pythias and of the First Presbyterian Church. In a letter from Mrs A J Grant, to the A J Soash family, it is learned that pursuant to the doctor’s will, and wishes, he was cremated.” (Citizen: 11-20-1931)


Leeming, W D                   11-01-1918

“W D Leeming died at the hospital Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m.  He had been ill for about ten days, both he and his wife having received home nursing until they were taken to the hospital. For the past two years, Mr Leeming was proprietor of the local bakery.  He was 29 years of age and is survived by his parents, Mr and Mrs W M Leeming, and three sisters, Mrs Menig, of Spokane , Mrs H A Bagnell, of Everett , and Mrs Frank Cummett, of Conway. The body of the deceased will be shipped to Tolt , Washington for burial. The bakery will be sold.” (Citizen: 11-01-1918)


Leisure, Bessie          8-03-1950

“Bessie Leisure.—Passed away Aug 3 in this city. Sister of Mrs Wesley Sumertin and Arthur Burns, both of Wilbur, WA. The funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle: 8-03-1950)


Lucas, Edward L      3-08-1918

“Burglar Killed at Davenport. Edward L Lucas and C H Lea, two burglars, broke into the C E Meyers jewelry store at Davenport on Monday morning at 3 o’clock. In blowing the safe they attracted a passer by who notified the sheriff and marshal who came upon the men from different directions. Marshal John Pebble, being nearest, they opened fire on him, firing three shots but missed. Pebbles returned the fire from his 30-30 rifle, bringing down both men with one shot. Lucas received a mortal wound, dying at 10 a.m. Lea was put out of business and is now in jail. The burglars came in an Overland car which was found just outside the city limits. Lucas is supposed to be a professional and has been connected with many recent burglaries around Spokane among them the one at Medical Lake not long ago. Lea is not so well known but is supposed to be from Seattle.” (Sprague Advocate: 3-08-1918)


Lybecker, Gus A            4-16-1937

“The curtain that divides the present from the future has risen for another old-time Harringtonian. This time it is Gus A Lybecker, 60, of Opportunity , WA, where he has resided for the past 13 years. He had been ailing all winter. Mr Lybecker was born in Ogden , Utah , August of 1878 and came to Harrington in 1886. He homesteaded about 15 miles west of town and in about 1924 moved to Opportunity . He still owns a farm in the Lamona region which is leased to Harold Carlson. He was married to Hilma Johnson, sister to C V Johnson. He was a member of Wilford IOOF lodge at Opportunity , and Junior Order of American Mechanics. He is survived by his wife, Hilma, at the home; 3 brothers, James O and Eric E Lybecker of Harrington; and Carl Polson, Opportunity; 2 sisters, Mrs J R Chandler of Opportunity and Miss Georgia Polson of Spokane.  Funeral services will be held today (Friday), April 16 from Thornhill-Carey Funeral Home, Rev C C Curtis officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Park Cemetery.  (Citizen: 4-16-1937) 


Lybecker, Hilma               6-13-1958)

“Mrs Gus Lybecker (Hilma Johnston) died Monday at her home at Opportunity. Last rites were held from Thornhill Valley Funeral Home Thursday June 12. The Gus Lybeckers were early day residents of the Lamona area, homesteading the place now farmed by Harold Carlson. The late E E Lybecker was a brother of the late Gus Lybecker. Mrs Hilma Lybecker was a cousin of Mrs E E Lybecker.”  (Citizen: 6-13-1958) 


Morrison, Earl            d. Sept 17, 1965

“C F Gilbert has word from Ruth Morrison telling of the death of her husband, Earl Morrison, 83, Sept 17. The Morrisons were Harrington residents for several years, and later were in Wilbur. Earl was a well driller and was well equipped with machinery for his work. They went to California several years ago, and were at St Helena . Mrs Morrison is presently with her granddaughter, Mrs Delores Reitzell, Rt. 2, Box 638, Ukiah, CA.” (Citizen: 10-07-1965)


Norgren, Janice C       8-14-2003

“Wilbur.—Former Wilbur resident Janice C Norgren, 78, died Aug 5 at the Newport Long Term Care Center after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born March 1, 1925, in Walla Walla. At age 5, she traveled in a wagon while her parents, William (Bill) and Hazel (Krumbauh) Paffle, drove their herd of cattle to their new home in the Keller area. After graduating from Wilbur High School , she went to trade school in Spokane and became a riveter at Geiger Field, where she met her husband of 59 years, William (Bill) Norgren. During the Depression, they did a little of everything until their purchase of a service station in Greenacres where Janice worked alongside her husband as a mechanic.  When her father’s health began to fail, they moved to her parents’ cattle ranch to assist. One of her life’s highlights was when her father went on a cattle-buying trip to Montana and returned with buffalo instead.  She enjoyed traveling, snow-mobiling, hunting and fishing, always seeming to catch the first, biggest or most fish. She was especially proud of a 70-pound king salmon she caught in Alaska that remains on display in a Minneapolis, MN sporting goods store. She was active in the community as a lifeguard, Girl Scout and 4-H leader, and participant in Wild Goose Bill Days in Wilbur,  where she would  compete and win in the fun run.  A sister, LaVon Perren, preceded her in death.  Besides her husband at the home in Usk, she leaves three daughters, Barbara (and Earl) Pankey of Usk, Betty (and Jeffery) Connick of Airway Heights, and Beverly (and Joseph) Schaffer of Midville, Idaho; six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; a brother and sister, Willard Pfaffle of Wilbur and Willmeta Crofoot of Brewster. A private family service will be held at the river ranch. Cards may be sent to Bill Norgren, 160 Mallard Road , Usk , WA 99180 . Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is handling arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 8-14-2003)


Novotney, Chaeny Russell    2006

“Chaeny Russell Novotney went home to be with the Lord on March 27, 2006. He was 16 years old. Chaeny was born on Dec 20, 1989, in Spokane, Washington. He is survived by his father, Craig Novotney of Spokane; his mother and step-father, Dawn and David Payne of Post Falls, Idaho; grandparents John and Crystal Krieger of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Diane Novotney of Sun City, AZ; and Mel and Colleen Novotney of Wilbur. He had attended Mt Spokane School and was working at KFC in Post Falls. Chaeny was loved very much by his family and his many friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Apr 15, 2006 at 1 p.m. at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home at 1306 North Pines Rd , Spokane, WA.” (Wilbur Register: 4-06-2006)


Percifield, Robert B    8-24-1950

“Body of Welder Found in River. Kennewick , WA, Aug 24.—The body of Robert Bates Percifield, who perished in a fall from McNary Dam Monday, was recovered from the river Tuesday afternoon. Percifield, 40, was a welder and had been working on the dam project only about a month.  He fell about 85 feet from the spillway to the water. The body rose after the fall, but evidently he had been rendered unconscious and he failed to take hold of life preservers thrown to him. He made his home in Campbell ’s cabins, Kennewick.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle, Thursday: 8-24-1950)


Pfeifer, Mary                 1-15-1928

“Mrs Herman Pfeifer died at her home in Harrington Sunday night, Jan 8, following a final illness lasting over several weeks. She had been in a Spokane hospital for a time receiving treatment, but growing no better, in fact worse, was brought back to her Harrington home.  Being a member of the Episcopal church, her desire for that service was complied with and the remains taken to Spokane by Turnbull company who prepared the remains for burial which took place in their chapel on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 with the Episcopal services and she was interred in beautiful Riverside Park. Mr and Mrs Phillips, Rev and Mrs E A  Allin, F J Coombs and Mr and Mrs Cobb and daughter Lois of Harrington attended the funeral. Beautiful floral offerings were sent the Harrington High School , the school faculty, the Lions Club and the Harrington school board.  Mary Naus was born in Brooklyn,  New York , June 19, 1888, was of English and Belgian parentage and is survived by her husband, Supt Herman Pfeifer of the Harrington schools, one daughter, Margaret, and a son John, by a former marriage, and who was last heard from in Detroit, Michigan. Mrs Pfeifer had not enjoyed good health for a number of years. Some four years ago she was in an automobile accident eight miles out of Sprague when her spine was fractured and from which injury she never fully recovered. She was a celebrated stenographer…”   (cut off obit; Citizen: 1-15-1928)  “Mary Neus Pfeifer. Died: 8 Jan 1928, age 44, Harrington, Lincoln Co, WA. Spouse: Herman Pfeifer.” (WA State Death Records: Batch id #276430)


Reilly, John                       4-11-1941

“Bluestem Pioneer Passes in Spokane. John Reilly, Bluestem pioneer, passed away at his home in Spokane Sunday. He is survived by two sons, Albert D of Spokane and John L of Libby, Montana; four daughters, Mrs F H Springer Mrs Mae F Dowd, Miss Ethel and Miss Gertrude Reilly, all of Spokane; ten grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The funeral services were held Tuesday at 9 a.m. from St Anthony Church, Rev G Feisst officiating, and interment was in the Holy Cross Cemetery .” (Citizen: 4-11-1941)


Richards, William A Jr       9-10-1994

“Memorial service for William A Richards, Jr, 75, was held Oct 25 at North Minster Presbyterian Church in Seattle. Born May 10, 1919, at Butte , MT , he died Oct 20 from complications due to pneumonia at Sacred Heart Medical Center. He is survived by three daughters, April Ford of Long Lake , Geri Maher of Vancouver , WA, and Barbara Michel of Gresham , OR; one son, John Richards of Seattle; and one brother, Bob Richards of Seattle.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Jean Richards, and a daughter, Jody Litzenberger.” (Davenport Times: 9-10-1994)


Ringwood, Helen Z    2-07-2002

“Sprague.—Funeral Mass for Helen Marie (Zeller) Ringwood, 86, is scheduled tomorrow (Friday) at 10:30 a.m. at Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Sprague with the Rev Eugene Tracy as celebrant. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. Vigil service is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Sprague church. Mrs Ringwood died Feb 3.  Born Nov 8, 1915 in Kalispell, MT, to Roman and Noreen (McDonald) Zeller, she grew up on a farm on the north shore of Flathead Lake . After graduating in 1931 form Flathead High School , she received a teaching certificate in elementary education form Cheney Normal School (now EWU) and taught in Bigfork, Whitefish, Bozeman and Helena , Montana .  She married William (Bill) Ringwood at Somers, MT, on Nov 10, 1945. They farmed in the Sprague area for a couple of years before moving to farm in Somers. They returned in 1951 to farm north of Sprague. After their children were through school, she earned her bachelor of arts in education form Eastern and then taught a number of years in Lamont and Harrington.  She belonged to the Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Sprague, where she was active for many years with the Altar Society; and the Washington Assoc. of Wheat Growers, the Cattleman’s Assoc., the American Association of  University Women and Delta Kappa Gamma. She leaves her husband, Bill, of Sprague; three sons, Sam (and Peggy) Ringwood of Ritzville, Don (and Jana) Ringwood of Sprague, and Gerald (and Karen) Ringwood of Kennewick; a daughter, Mary Ringwood of Vancouver, WA; 7 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home of Spokane handled arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 2-07-2002)


Savelesky, Allen R          2-07-2002

La Mesa , CA.—Allen Russell Savelesky, 64, a Davenport native, died Jan 28 of stomach cancer. Funeral Mass will be tomorrow (Friday) at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in El Cajon, CA, with Father Brian Corcoran officiating. Born in Davenport on Jan 1, 1938, to Henry and Verna (Boleneus) Savelesky, he was the fourth of 10 children. He attended school in Davenport and was known throughout Lincoln County for his athletic ability, having lettered all four years. Shortly after graduation, he moved to San Diego, CA, where he married Aida Currera, herself a former Davenport resident, on July 5, 1958. He worked 42 years in the insulation business, supervised work on oil supertankers, military ships and other vessels at San Diego s dry dock. He also supervised the installation of insulation in several Puget Sound ferries. He enjoyed family outings, motorcycling and gold. He also collected memories of encounters with former Davenport and Lincoln County residents. He leaves his wife, Aida; three daughters and 7 grandchildren; and siblings, mark and Michael of Spokane, Melvin, Linda, Henry and Paul, all of Walla Walla, David of Soap Lake, Earl of Kirkland and Dorothy of El Cajon, CA.” (Davenport Times: 2-07-2002)


Shaw, Virgil G              3-09-1961

“Knights Templar rites for V Shaw. Virgil G (Kak) Shaw, who has been ailing with a heart condition for several years, died at his home in Spokane, Friday night. He retired from farming when he could no longer handle the work, and hired his farm operated. He and his wife bought a home in Seattle and spent several winters there returning to the farm northeast of Harrington, for spring and summer work. The past two years they remained in Spokane the year round. Shaw, son of the late Mr and Mrs Abe Shaw, was born Nov 14, 1900. His parents resided on a farm near Bluestem, and the Shaws’ three sons were reared on the farm. Vernon and Everett, brothers of Virgil, preceded him in death.  Shaw was a member of the Wheat Growers Association; the Bluestem Grange; Laurel Lodge No. 119, F & AM, Harrington; Bethlehem Commandery No. 19 and the Nile Shrine Temple in Seattle.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 7, at 11 a.m. in the Sunset Memorial chapel of Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, Spokane. Rev Floyd E House was officiating clergyman. Cataract commandary No 3 participated. The Your Knights Templar presented the sermon and Tennyson’s ‘Crossing the Bar’ and The Lord’s Prayer were included in the readings. Helen Ortmeyer was organist, Byron Swanson, soloist, sang ‘Rock of Ages’ and ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.  Honorary pallbearers were Emmett Phillips, James R Graham, Adolph Schultz, Gene Cronrath, K B MacDonald, all of the Harrington area, and A J Ohland, Spokane, formerly of Harrington. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery , Spokane. Surviving Mr Shaw is his wife Gladys (Black) Shaw; also a daughter, Delores Souder, and four grandchildren of Kennewick.” (Harrington Citizen: 3-09-1961)


Shelby , Ruth Pauline  12-15-1977  “Former Teacher Dies.  Ruth Pauline Shelby, a former Davenport teacher died Dec 7 in Seattle at the age of 76.  Mrs Shelby was born Feb 18m 1901 in Clayton, WA, to Mr and Mrs Paul Johnson. She graduated from the University of Washington with a teaching degree. During the following years, she taught nearly all subjects from elementary to high school level. She taught in schools at Clarkston, Odessa and Moses Lake in addition to Davenport. She married May 28, 1929 to Duane W Shelby. He died Feb 12, 1969. Mrs Shelby then moved to Seattle in the same year and retired from teaching. Among her hobbies were reading and needlepoint. Those surviving her are a daughter, Susan (Mrs Warren Weishaar, Davenport ); a sister, J Marie Loomis of Seattle ; a brother, Julius O Johnson, of Seattle; two nieces, a nephew and five grandchildren. Services were held Dec 9 in Moses Lakewith Pastor Stanley Williamsen officiating.” (Davenport Times: 12-15-1977)


Steichen, Eugene W   8-03-1950

“Eugene W Steichen.—Passed away Aug 2 at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. His home at Rathdrum, Idaho. Husband of Vera Steichen at the home. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle: 8-03-1950)


Strang, Andrew R        8-03-1950

“Andrew R Strang.—His home at E917 30th Ave. Brother of Mrs Margaret Coplen and Mrs Mary Ferrin, both of Seattle, WA, and Mrs Isabella Savage of Los Angeles, CA; George and Archibald Strang, both of Spokane; step-father of Don Strickfaden of Council, Idaho, and Kenneth Strickfaden of Los Angeles, CA, and Mrs Evelyn Kennedy of Fort Wayne, IN. Funeral Friday, Aug 4 at 10 a.m. in the Alwin Chapel at the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home. Interment at Riverside Park .”  (Spokane Daily Chronicle: 8-03-1950)


Thompson, Kathryn D   5-19-2005

“Davenport.—Kathryn Daffron Thompson, 97, died May 9 in Davenport, where she lived for the past 15 years. Interment is in Dallas, Texas . Born in Plano,Texas, in 1908, she was one of J M and Maude Daffron’s 11 children and was raised on the family farm. She attended public schools and graduated from North Texas State Teachers College. She married Wade W Thompson in Denton, Texas , in 1929, settled in Dallas and had two children. She and her husband were long-time educators: he a teacher, coach and principal and she a teacher for more than 20 years. She had varied interests: poetry, music, art, teddy bears, stars, rocks and storytelling. After her move to Washington at age 81, she became a senior model for Jeremiah’s clothing store and served on the Davenport Library Board. Her husband, sisters and brothers preceded her in death. She leaves a son, Dr Marshall (and Sharon) Thompson of Davenport; a daughter, Rosann Thompson Naim of Dallas , Texas; five grandsons, a granddaughter and 15 great grandchildren.” (Davenport Times: 5-19-2005)


Waggoner, Elbert           7-12-1957

“Elbert Waggoner, brother of Dr L F Wagner, died at Soap Lake, July 8.  He was a pioneer resident of Coulee City where he conducted a store for many years. He had a homestead in the Mansfield area. He was a member of Coulee City lodge No. 233, F & AM and the Presbyterian Church of Coulee City.  He is survived by his wife, Rachael at the home; son Elbert H Wagoner, Cheney; daughters, Mrs Edith Mayo, Superior, Montana; Mrs Grace Berquest, Tacoma; Mrs Goldie Weller, Republic; Mrs Dorothy Fuess, Mount Egecombe, Alaska; a sister, Mrs Jennie (Krumholz) Miho, Joliet, Montana; one niece, Mrs Ruth Krumholz Dixon, Toppenish; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, and his brother, Dr Wagner.  Funeral services were held at the Coulee City Junior high school July 11, with Rev Gene Upton officiating. Graveside services were at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon at Memorial Gardens , Spokane. Mrs Dixon came for the last rites, and was in Spokane to be with her uncle, Dr L F Wagner, at Sacred Heart hospital,  where he is receiving treatment. Dr Wagner expects to be home next week.” (Citizen: 7-12-1957)


Warwick , Billy Ray Jr    d. 10-15-2001

“Billy Ray Jr Warwick, age 60.—Passed away on Oct 15, 2001, at his home in Nine Mile Falls. Survived by his wife, Janine Warwick at the home; sons, Jay Warwick Reardan, WA, Jessie Warwick, Seattle, WA, Carl Warwick, Airway Heights, WA; daughters, Kellie-Dawn Warwick, Spokane, WA; Kimberlie A Warwick, Kassandra Warwick, both at the home, Robin Landreth, Reardan, WA and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers, Floyd, Jim and Randy Warwick; sisters, Lou Lane , Jo Thompson, Brenda and Rhonda Warwick. Preceded in death by parents, Billie and Lena Warwick; and father-in-law, William ‘Bill’ Franks. Mr Warwick graduated from Davenport High School where he served as the Student Body President. He was a former president of the Davenport Chamber of Commerce. Mr Warwick was a manager at Davenport Safeway for many years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by many friends and family. His home was his castle. Visitation 12 Noon to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct 18, 2001. A Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct 19, 2001 in the Alwin Chapel at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Spokane. A private family burial will be held at Springdale Cemetery.” (Spokesman Review: undated)


Weller, Rose A       8-03-1950

“Rose A Weller.—Her home at E2325 17th Ave. , formerly of Priest River , Idaho. Mother of Mrs Leota Henker of Spokane; 18 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Sister of Mrs Clara Evans and Mrs Emma Kellebrew of Muskogee , OK , and George Jacobsen of Minot, ND. She was  a member of the Methodist church, Rebekah lodge No 52 of Priest River, Idaho and the Kaniksu Club of  Spokane. Funeral Sunday, Aug 6 at 2 p.m. in the Congregational church at Priest River, Idaho. Rev James O’Duffy officiating. Mrs Weller will lie in state at the Congregational church on Sunday form 12:30 to 1:30. Interment at Priest River, Idaho . Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in charge.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle:  8-03-1950)


Worthington, L. Lorraine  b. Oct 23, 1921 d. Feb 11, 2010 " Born October 23, 1921 in Harrington, WA, passed away peacefully February 11, 2010 surrounded by her family.  She settled in Seattle, WA to raise her family with her husband Duane.  Lorraine worked for 23 years at Evergreen-Washelli, retiring in 1983.  She was a pioneer for women in the work place and loved helping others by teaching them English as a Second Language at North Seattle Community College.  Preceded in death by her husband Duane, she is survived by sons, Mike (Linda), Galen (Joni Walters), and Rick ( Jenny Ourada), and daughter Bonnie ( Karl) Norberg; 5 grandchildren, Dean, Darrin ( Lisa), Terri, Ian, Emma; 5 great grandchildren, Katlin, McKenzie, Jacob, Alexcia and Kailee.  Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 27 at 12:00 p.m. at the Prince of Peach Lutheran Church located at 14514 20th Avenue N. E. in Shoreline.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to JDRF             ( Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ) or HDSA ( Huntington's Disease Society of America). ) Feb 21, 2010, Seattle Times, Submitted by relative)



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