Submitted by Marge Womach 


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Alexander, Harry E.    8-31-2006

“Harry E. Alexander.  Reardan.—Memorial for Harry E. Alexander, 79, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept 1, at Fourth Memorial Church, in Spokane. Mr. Alexander died Aug 24 in Reardan. Born June 26, 1927, in Yakima , he graduated in 1945 as valedictorian from Granger High School in Granger, WA. He moved to Reardan in the late 1940s to farm, retiring in the late 1990s. He was involved in the development of Riverview Bible Camp north of Cusick on the Pend Oreille River. He leaves two children, Rebecca (and Arne) Seim of Reardan and Leo Bennett Alexander of Montana ; 5 grandchildren and a great grandchild; a brother, Stanley Alexander of Granger, WA; and a daughter-in-law, Linda Alexander of Spokane.  Ball and Dodd Funeral Home in Spokane is in charge of arrangements.” ( Davenport Times: 8-31-2006)


Barbee, Elvera   1-25-2007

“At the family’s request, no service was scheduled for Elvera Barbee, 61, who died Jan 10 in Spokane.  Born Feb 21, 1945, in Klamath Falls, OR , she was the daughter of Lawrence and Anna (Erickson) Dodson. Preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, Leanna Sumpter; grandson Jesse Hauck; and a brother, Roger Dahl. She leaves two daughters, Debbie Taylor (and Ron) of Gifford and Myla Hauck (and Dale) of Davenport; four grandchildren, Jeremy and Ashley Taylor and Kori and Jon Hauck; a brother, George Dodson of Alturas, CA; a sister, Gladys Potski of Flagstaff, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport handled the arrangements.” 

(Davenport Times: 1-25-2007)  


Cameron, Gertrude Wesp      8-28- 1914

“Gertrude Estella Cameron. Died: At Pendleton , Oregon , Monday, August 17, 1914, Gertrude Estella Cameron, wife of Charles C Cameron. She was the mother of three children who survive her. She had been sick for some time, and nineteen days before her demise she gave birth to a child which also passed away one day later than the mother. The funeral was conducted by the Episcopal clergyman and under the auspices of the Eagles, an order of which Charley is a member. Mr. Guy Wesp was with his sister from Thursday the 13th until the time of her death. The funeral was held on the 19th and Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Wesp, parents of the deceased, went to Pendleton to attend the funeral. The sympathy of this community is extended to the bereaved family in their sad affliction.” (Citizen: 8-28-1914)


Carman, Lillian E.    5-11-2000

“A memorial gathering will be held for Lillian E Carman at the Entiat Friends Church at approximately 11:30 a.m. in Entiat on Friday, May 19, 2000, following a graveside memorial service in Chelan. The graveside memorial service will be held at Chelan’s Fraternal Cemetery, beginning at 10:30 a.m. that same morning. Reverend Bob Jackson will officiate. Lillian Carman’s friends are all invited to attend the graveside memorial service and the memorial gathering and potluck luncheon at the Friends Church. Lillian passed away on Tuesday, Nov 16, 1999, in Spokane. She was 91.” (Wilbur Register: 5-11-2000)


Cronrath, Raymond   8-30-1973

“Raymond Cronrath died Aug 22 at his home in Spokane following a heart attack. Funeral services were held Saturday. He is survived by his wife, Iva, a son Bruce, in Germany ; and a daughter, Marcia Spencer, in Lubbock , Texas ; brothers, Harold of Burien, Clarence of Bellevue, and Eugene of Harrington; one sister, Ruth Kirk, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and six nephews and three nieces.  Cronrath was born in Lind, Feb 13, 1913 and came with his parents, the Ernest Cronraths, to Harrington when he was small. He graduated from Harrington High School and Eastern Washington State College. He taught at Cashmere before moving to Spokane where he was mathematics instructor at Lewis and Clark High School and administrator for adult education and special education classes in Spokane.  He was a member of the Northwood Presbyterian Church, Spokane Lodge No. 228 BPOE, the Rotary Club of Spokane, Spokane Education Association, the Washington Education Association and the National Education Association, Phi Delta Kappa, and member and secretary of Big Brothers.” (Davenport Times: 8-30-1973)


Eller, Patrick Michael   8-17-2006

“Reardan.—Memorial for Patrick Michael Eller, 29, of Reardan, took place Saturday, Aug 12, at the Reardan community park. Mr Eller died Aug 7 in a tragic automobile accident.  He was born Dec 10, 1976, in Lewiston, Idaho. Martial arts were a significant part of his life, as he held four 6-degree black belts and grandmaster status as well.  He leaves his wife of 10 years, Melanie Eller (Calhoon); three children, Ethan, Sean and Alicia; his parents, James and Susan Eller; three brothers, Carl, Scott and Danny (Daniel); and many other family members. Riplinger Funeral Home in Spokane handled arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 8-17-2006)]


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); and one 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)


Flood, Vera    d. 8-29-2009

“Vera Flood, age 86.—Passed away August 29, 2009 at her daughter’s home, Cathedral City, CA. Born on July 19, 1923 in Reardan, WA to Casper and Mary (Zeimantz) Peck. She was a lifetime resident of Reardan, WA, graduating from Reardan High School in 1942. Married Seymour Flood of Reardan on April 16, 1944 and was a ‘Farm Wife; until her health caused her to move to southern California to be with her daughter. Vera is survived by her husband of 65 years, Seymour Flood of Reardan, WA; and her daughter, Sheila Flood of Cathedral City, CA; along with numerous nieces and nephews and multiple friends. A Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, Sept 5, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA with Pastor Phil Falk, officiating. Inurnment will follow at the West Greenwood Cemetery (East of Reardan, WA). Strate Funeral Home, Davenport , WA is caring for the family.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)


Garber, Charles E.      1960

“Charles E Garber. Died: 23 Feb 1960, age 69, Reardan, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Gottlieb Garber. Mother: Anna Margaret Jensen. Batch ID #282906.” (WA State Death Records)


Gauger, Alice B.     1986

 b. 24 Oct 1903, d.  5-15-1986; w/o Herbert; “ Alice Gauger. Died: May 1986, Seattle , King Co, WA. Birth: 10-24-1903. Last Residence Zip Code: 98188.” (SS Death Index)


Green, Maud       1-07-1949

"Maud Green Dies Tuesday; Was Daughter of Pioneers. Miss Maud Green died in Spokane Tuesday and funeral services were held Thursday, Jan 6, at the Alwin Chapel of Hazen & Jaegers, with Dr John Brogden officiating. Cremation followed. Miss Green, a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs John F Green, important pioneers of this community, resided here for many years moving to Spokane 31 years ago. She was a member of the Unitarian church. She is survived by a sister, Mrs W C Hannum, and a brother, W J Green, both of Spokane." (Citizen: 1-07-1949)


Hassler, Mae       6-30-1939

"Sister of Warren Welch Dies. Mrs Mae Hassler, sister of Warren Welch, whose home was at Cheney, passed away and funeral services were held at Hazen & Jaeger, in Spokane, Wednesday afternoon, with interment in Greenwood cemetery. Her husband, William Hassler, two daughters, one son, 11 grandchildren, and three brothers survive." (Citizen: 6-30-1939)


Haynes, Earll          8-22-1974

“Frank Gateley returned Tuesday from Los Angeles, CA, where he attended the funeral of his brother-in-law, Earll Haynes. Haynes was a pioneer of the Harrington country, with his family coming in 1884. They owned part of what was the Luther Turner ranch. Haynes owned and operated a merchandise store in Harrington from 1905 to 1907. He and his wife, Marguerite Gateley, have been residents of California for many years. He died in Santa Monica, CA after a short illness, at the age of 93. Survivors are his wife, a son Horace Haynes of San Francisco, daughter Barbara of Santa Monica and several grandchildren.” (Davenport Times: 8-22-1974)


Heinemann, Ralph   d. 1-14-2006

“Reardan.—Funeral for Ralph Dean Heinemann, 80, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan 20, at the American Lutheran Church in Billings, MT, with burial in Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park. Mr. Heinemann died Saturday, Jan 14, at his Billings home. He had suffered a stroke at Thanksgiving. Born July 13, 1925, in Reardan to George and Martha Heinemann, he was the third of four siblings in a wheat farming family. After attending a country school for three years, consolidation moved him to elementary and high school classrooms in Edwall. He joined the US Navy in 1943, went through boot camp at Farragut, Idaho, engineering school in Illinois and water tender school in Philadelphia. He served in the Philippine Islands, Okinawa, Hong Kong , China and Shanghai during WW II and was at sea during a Christmas Eve attack by the Japanese. After his 1946 discharge, he earned a degree in animal husbandry from Washington State College. He worked at Armor and Company in Spokane as a cattle buyer, later moving to Portland, OR. He also worked as a field representative for the American Shorthorn Assoc. and Western Livestock Journal, based in Denver , CO.  He married Marilyn Tollefson March 10, 1974, in Billings. He was an active Lutheran, having been baptized as an adult, and also belonged to the Elks, the Yellowstone Country Club… He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Dave Anderson; two brothers, Laurence and Robert Heinemann; a sister, Ruth Hilby and brother-in-law, Noel Hilby. He leaves his wife of almost 32 years; nephew, Steve (Lore) Hilby of Issaquah, WA; nieces, Cory Hilby, MD, of Olympia and Darcy Hilby of Burien; and two great nieces, Veronica and Roxanne Hilby. Dahl Funeral Chapel of Billings handled arrangements.” (Davenport Times excerpt: 1-19-2006)


Hodgin, I R     10-24-1913

"I R Hodgin Dies. Mr I R Hodgin, father of Mrs C E Keeran, died Sunday Oct 19, 1913 at 2 o'clock p.m., after a brief illness of pneumonia, at the advanced age of 89 years. He is survived by four daughters and four sons: Mrs C E Keeran, Harrington, Mrs J G Wolf and Mrs W H Kirk, Almira, WA; Mrs C C Felts, Maxwell, CA; Oscar of Diggs, California; Riley, in Alabama; Robert in Nevada and George at Rockland, Idaho. The past twelve years of his life he spent with his daughters in this state and he was making preparations, and had the day set when he should leave to spend the winter with his daughter in California, but Providence decreed otherwise. Mr Hodgin was born at Hodginville, KY, Aug 28, 1824, but moved in his early youth to Illinois, in which state he grew to manhood and in 1853 he married and crossed the continent with an ox team on his wedding trip, locating in Oregon. He was one of those rugged pioneers who was never sick. Short services were held at the J E Turner undertaking parlor, and the remains, in company of Robert Hughes of Almira, were placed aboard the 8:20 passenger Tuesday morning and shipped to Willows, California for interment." {Edit: In the Spring of 1853 he married Lovia Jan Boydston. In 1869 they went to CA, where his wife died Aug 8, 1894. from 10-31-1913 obit} (Citizen: 10-24-1913)


Houger, Annie L.        11-03-2011

“Annie L. (Vinson) Houger. By her request, no service is planned for Annie L .(Vinson) Houger, 100, who died Oct 17, in Davenport. Born Dec 28, 1910, in Starbuck , Wash. , to Loren and Annie Vinson, she was the eldest of five children. She moved frequently during her early years as her father sought work, even traveling in a covered wagon. The family also lived—quite comfortably—in a railroad boxcar when her father was working for the railroad.  The family eventually settled near Creston, where she met Norman Houger. They were married in 1933. Together they farmed near Creston until retirement, freeing them to spend a few winters in southern California . She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and needlework and was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. After her husband’s death in 1995, she moved to Vista Manor in Wilbur and later to Lincoln Nursing Home in Davenport . Family members recall how she was especially appreciative of the care she received in both places. She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Loren, Victor and Hector, and a sister, Jacqueline. She leaves two children and their spouses, Karen (and Ordean) Ebel of Creston and Fessenden , ND ; and Terry Houger (and Joan) of Cheney; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.” ( Davenport Times: 11-03-2011)


Huck, Joseph M ‘Joe’  12-01-2011

“Memorial service for Joseph M ‘Joe’ Huck, 91, is scheduled at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec 2, in the Strate Funeral Home Chapel in Davenport with Dan Abell officiating.  Mr. Huck died Nov 27 in Davenport .  Born March 10, 1920, in Davenport , to August and Verda (Earls) Huck, he was past owner of Huck Transfer and drove truck for Boise Cascade.  After he retired, he and his wife Marie did blood runs for Lincoln Hospital .  He was a member of the American Legion. A football and basketball player in high school, he enjoyed watching the Seahawks and the 49ers.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Huck, and sister, Esther Switzer.  Besides his wife at their Davenport home, he leaves two sons, Ted Huck of Cheney, and Larry Huck (and Nancy) of Moses Lake ; and several nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport .” (Dav. Times: 12-01-2011)


Ives, Gerald A Sr.;     11-24-2011

 (b. 4-07-1926; d. 11-17-2011); “Memorial service for Gerald A Ives, Sr., 85, took place Wednesday, Nov 23, at the Strate Funeral Home Chapel in Davenport . Mr. Ives died Nov 17 in Spokane .  He was born on April 7, 1926 in Spokane to Charles and Margaret (Bonner) Ives. He was a World War II Navy veteran and belonged to the Davenport Senior Center , Creston Alumni Association, Farragut Reunion, USS California, and was the first maintenance man at the Creston Cemetery .  He enjoyed his time in the Navy, as well as mowing lawns, harvesting, tinkering with things and Christmas music. He leaves his wife, Verla, at the Davenport home; eight children, Jerry ‘Butch’ (and Arlou) Ives of Creston, Sandra ‘Chrissy’ (and Mike) Christensen of Spokane, Mary (and Jerry) Guhlke of Deep Creek, Carrie (and Kevin) Wisenor of Nine Mile, Becky (and Nick) Gusa of El Paso, TX, Tommy (and Jo) Thompson of Spokane, Bill (and Judy) Burger of Davenport, and Annette and Sam Marz of Long Lake. He also leaves 17 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; a brother, Roger Jacky of Deer Park; two sisters, Vivian Owens (and Neil) of Spokane Valley and Sharon Piper of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport , WA in charge.” (Dav. Times: 11-24-2011


Johnson, Phillip         1-27-1922

"Phillip Johnson, aged 68, has died at Yakima. He was a pioneer, Indian fighter and the building of the Johnson and the Foster-Naches irrigation projects." (Citizen: 1-27-1922)


Kaschmitter, Sgt Abe     2009

“Sgt. Abe M .Kaschmitter, age 24.  Passed away on July 13, 2009 in Bethesda, MD. He was a 2003 graduate of Davenport High School and a member of the Trinity Bible Fellowship. He is survived by his wife, Amanda Kaschmitter of New River, NC; his parents, Don and Jan Kaschmitter of Davenport, WA; his brother Sgt. Joshua Kaschmitter and two sisters: Jeanne and Megan Kaschmitter, all of Davenport, WA; as well as his grandmother, Patricia Kaschmitter of Cottonwood, ID. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and his paternal grandfather. Military Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Davenport High School gymnasium with Pastor Steve MacLachlan officiating. A Military Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 11 a.m. at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood, ID with Father Richard Haldane officiating followed by a Military Graveside Service at Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery , Cottonwood,  ID. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.” (Spokesman-Review: submitted)


Klein, Carol   6-14-2007

“Sprague.—Graveside service for Carol Klein, 83, was Saturday, June 2, at Greenwood Cemetery in Spokane. A memorial celebration followed at Sprague Community Church in Sprague. Born July 12, 1923, to Capt. Fred and Pearl Gardner in Tacoma, she attended Whitworth College and Cheney Normal School and taught school for a year in Yakima. On June 9, 1945 she married Gerald Klein and became a full-fledged farm wife in Edwall, learning to drive truck, cook and raise four boys. She also taught school in Sprague for 18 years. She was an accomplished pianist and organist, playing for more than 60 years for Sprague Community Church . She also was an active Washington State Grange member, playing for many functions including being state pianist for 10 years. With her husband, she enjoyed traveling and being with family. Besides her husband of 62 years, she leaves a sister Eleanor of Tacoma; four sons, Roger (and Mary Kaye) of Edwall, Rudd (and Linda) of Edmonds, Marty of Edwall, and Mark (and Jan) of Edwall; 13 grandchildren (and their six spouses) and eight (soon to be nine) great grandchildren. Cheney Funeral Chapel in Cheney had charge of arrangements.” ( Davenport Times: 6-14-2007)


  Koller, Virginia E,        d. 10-23-2009

“Virginia E Koller, age 96.—Passed away Friday, Oct 23, 2009. A resident of Spokane, she lived locally for 65 years. She was born in Blue Stem, WA on June 24, 1913. Virginia was loved greatly by her family and many friends at Rockwood Manor. She has lived a long and great life being a farmer’s wife from Davenport, WA, a long time volunteer at Deaconess Medical Center , a math teacher for Shadle Park High School —all in addition to being a mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest H Koller. She is survived by sons, Brant Koller and wife Carol, of Portland, OR, and Scott Koller and wife, Judy, of Spokane, WA; granddaughters, Jennifer Behn of Bothell, WA and Marnie Brenden of Spokane,WA; as well as several nieces.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov 5, 2009 at Rockwood Manor, 2903 E 25th Ave, Spokane. Ball & Dodd Funeral Home.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)


Lemen, Loren Wm.       1-11-2007

“Seven Bays.—Memorial service for Loren William Lemen, Sr., 91, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 13, at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S Pines Road, Spokane Valley, with Pastor Warren Damschen of Lake Roosevelt Bible Church officiating. Mr. Lemen died Saturday, Jan 6. Born in 1915 in Lemens , MO , to Ura Baxter and Flossie Queen, he moved in 1934 to Washington to work with family in Wenatchee and Cashmere until he married Lelah J. Skipper in 1935. He became an aircraft mechanic and opened his own business, Lemen Aircraft Service. After 60 years in business, he retired at age 83 to Seven Bays. He was an A/P mechanic with inspection authorization, a flight instructor and pilot. He attended many churches in Kirkland , Spokane , Davenport and Seven Bays and was most recently a member of Trinity Bible Fellowship in Davenport and Lake Roosevelt Bible Church in Seven Bays. Besides his wife of 71 years, Lelah, he leaves a son, Loren, Jr, 5 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 1-11-2007)


Lighthizer, Lloyd      1953

"Lloyd Lighthizer Dies in Seattle. Mrs Charles Amrine sends the following clipping about Lloyd Lighthizer, a former Harringtonian, who died Monday in Seattle. From the June 30, Seattle Post Intelligencer: 'Lloyd Lighthizer, bowling writer for The Post-Intelligencer and secretary for the Seattle Men's Bowling Association for the past seven years, passed away Monday morning. The 67-year-old native of Howard, SD, had been ailing for several months. He had undergone two major operations. Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m. at Home Undertaking, followed by cremation. Prior to his positions with the P-I and Bowling Association, Lighthizer was floor manager for Ideal Alleys for 10 years. He had lived in Seattle for 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Lulu F Lighthizer, two daughters, Mrs D C Young of Anchorage, Alaska, Mrs Marion Sargeant of San Francisco, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 'Bowling lost a good friend', said Des Isaacson of Seattle Recreation. 'Lighty was one of the finest persons I ever knew. Everybody like him'. Bob Nelson, prominent bowler and ABC official, said the local bowling fraternity had lost a great friend. 'Lloyd had made an outstanding record on behalf of bowling in the publicity and promotion fields. It's too bad he couldn't have lived to see ABC tournament her next year. He was of great help in securing it to our city'." (Citizen: 7-03-1953)


Long, Anna H Martin            1935

"Mrs John M Long Dies of Apoplexy. Mrs John M Long, 65, died at her home in Harrington Sunday, June 23, 1935, at 11:20 p.m. of apoplexy. Her serious condition brought her daughter, Mrs Jennie Soike, from Palouse two weeks ago and she was with her mother until the end. The remains were taken to Spokane by Hazen & Jaeger and the funeral service was held from their Gothic Chapel, Tuesday, June 25, at 2 p.m., the Rev Spence Dunbar officiating, interment was in Fairmount cemetery, Spokane. Anna Helena Martin was born Sept 5, 1869 at Aalesund, Norway. Her widower, John M Long, survives her, as also does one daughter, Mrs Jennie Soike of Palouse, Washington. When the Longs first located in Harrington, Mrs Long was quite active, and soon formed a wide acquaintance, especially among ladies of Norwegian descent or nativity. She and Mrs Henrietta Holt used to be chummy friends, both having been born 'across the water'. For several years mgrs. Long's failing health kept her confined to her home. She was a pleasant, sociable and likeable person." (Citizen: 6-28-1935)


Long, Elwyn                   6-21-1947

“Coulee Dam, Wash. , June 20.—Elwyn Long, Grand Coulee, about 30, rigger at the Columbia basin project pumping plant, was instantly killed late this afternoon when a cable came loose on a skiff, causing it to tip, hurtling him headlong to the concrete flooring 90 feet below. Jack Perrow of the United States bureau of reclamation safety department, investigating the accident, could not explain how the cable became loose. Long escaped death on the job not long ago when his steel safety helmet deflected a piece of steel which fell on him. Long is survived by his widow and a two-year old child. The body is at the Jones funeral home her. The accident was the first at the pumping plant this year.” (Spokesman Review: 6-21-1947)


Maloney, Pat 1-02-1931

"Pat Maloney Found Dead. Mr Noble, a telephone company's lineman, Tuesday, found Pat Maloney's body near a well on his place which joins the Jack Adams farm in the Rocklyn district. Mr Maloney was a bachelor, living three miles north of Earl school house, and it is thought he had been dead for about a week. Heart trouble is thought to be the cause of death and no inquest will be held. The sheriff's force were notified and the body was taken to Davenport." (Citizen: 1-02-1931)


Michael, David              9-05-1924

"David Michael Dies. David Michael, father of Mrs David Herman, died at the home of his daughter Sunday evening at 8:30, at the advanced age of 81 years, 6 months and 21 days. The immediate cause of death was broncho pneumonia, the duration of which disease was four days. He was born in Pennsylvania Feb 21, 1843. His father, Samuel Michael, was from Holland and his mother, Mary Ace, was from Germany. Mr Michael is survived by three sons and three daughters, as follows: Gilbert, who resides on a farm between Davenport and Edwall; Edward of Spokane; Walter, five miles from Medical Lake; Mrs David Herman, Harrington; Mrs Ida Smith, Mahoopeny, PA, Mrs Lillie Krensky, Oakesbury, PA; a niece, Msr Elmer LaFountaine, of Edwall; twenty-seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral services were conducted by Rev E E Bates, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, at the Free Methodist Mission, of which church Mr Michael had been a member for 45 years. The funeral service was largely attended by friends and flowers from local gardens were much in evidence. A choir composed of Mrs Frank Scott, Mrs W H Weisgerber, Robert E Gay and Fred A Nice rendered the music. The remains were prepared for shipment by Mortician J E Turner. Mr and Mrs Dave Herman left here in charge of the body Tuesday evening, starting for Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, where he will be laid to rest beside his wife who preceded him in death in 1907. Coming to Washington in 1916 he divided his time with his three sons and his daughter in Harrington. He came over from Reardan about two weeks ago and at that time was suffering from a combination of summer flu and asthma, but constantly grew worse until the end. He belonged to the Odd Fellow lodge when he lived in Pennsylvania." (Citizen: 9-05-1924)


Mullin, Lois ‘Jean’    d. 5-11-2010

“Lois (Manke) ‘Jean’ Mullin, age 85.—Jean passed away May 11, 2010 surrounded by her loving family. Born in a farmhouse in Ritzville, WA on April 25, 1925, she was the first child of Richard and Ethel Manke. She grew up on a farm near Sprague, WA, graduation from Sprague HS in 1943. She went on to Eastern Washington State College completing a degree in Education and making life-long friendships. A dedicated and loving teacher, she taught in the Spokane Schools for over 30 years, the last 25 years at Stevens Elementary. Jean met and married Bud Mullin in 1949 and they began their life in Spokane. Together they had three children and enjoyed a life filled with friends and family. Jean loved dancing, music and spending time with her grandchildren. After Bud passed away Jean eventually moved to Clare House and enjoyed some wonderful friendships. Though her final years were a struggle, she always had a smile for those she loved. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Bud.  She is survived by her three children and their spouses: Mike and Julie Mullin, Michelle Mullin and Chris Kopczynski, all of Spokane; Kathleen and Harvey Stroh, Bonney Lake, WA; her brother Richard L. Manke, Pasco, WA; 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild. A memorial celebration will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 22 at Heritage Funeral Home.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)


Nicholls, Travis Wm    10-27-2011

“Memorial service for Travis William Nicholls, 41, of Davenport , is planned at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct 28, in the Strate Funeral Home Chapel in Davenport . Pastor Phil Falk will officiate. A gathering of remembrance will follow at Mick’s Auto.  Mr. Nicholls died Tuesday, Oct 18, at his Davenport home.  Born Aug 16, 1970, in Odessa to Bill and Georgina (Rodeck) Nicholls, he was raised on the family farm in Davenport and graduated in 1989 from Davenport High School . He attended EWU for a month and decided that college life was not for him. He loved the farm life and his childhood brought many happy memories. He decided to live on the farm as an adult and settled on a piece of land close to the homestead where he was raised.  He continued to help his father with farm work.  Family members recall his loves in life were his family, friends, animals and play time. His hobbies included muscle cars, motorcycles, ATVs and water sports. He was employed at Mick’s Auto and enjoyed working on engines and serving the community he was raised in. He also worked for a small period of time with Patriot Plumbing.  Mr. Nicholls is remembered as being very dependable and having a good work ethic. He knew just about everyone and everyone knew him. He had an infectious laugh and a wonderful sense of humor.  He had a quick wit, and, a family statement added, ‘you had to have your game on while conversing with him, otherwise you would be outwitted quickly’.  He found a stray kitten behind Mick’s Auto one day and adoption was inevitable. He was especially proud of his cat ‘Tigress’ who kept him company and frequently brought home ‘dinner’ dead or alive.  Besides his parents, a brother, Shawn Nicholls, preceded him in death. He leaves two sisters, Chris (and Mick) Tareski, Shannon (and Scott) Fleming; a sister-in-law, Mary Nicholls; three nieces and eight nephews.” (Dav. Times: 10-27-2011)


Phillips, Alice       4-09-1948

"Mrs W E Phillips Dies at Home in Longview. Mrs Alice B Phillips (W E) passed away recently at Longview; funeral services were held Wednesday of last week. Mrs Phillips will be remembered here by many, as the family resided here a number of years, and the children attended the local schools. Her husband, W E Phillips, a son, Ernest, and two daughters, Mrs Mary Howard of Longview where the Phillips made their home, and Mrs Hazel Jones, Olympia, are among her survivors. The Citizen has an obituary for Mrs Phillips which will be published next week." (Citizen: 4-09-1948)


 Porsch, Norbert,                  9-30-1982

“Word has reached Harrington that Norbert Porsch of Selden, KS, was killed in an automobile accident on the evening of Sept 23.  Local residents remember Porsch as the husband of the former Myrna Covert who grew up in Harrington. Porsch and his two younger brothers worked a large diversified farm in Kansas, working in construction during the off months.  Porsch is survived by his wife, Myrna; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Porsch; three daughters, Kathy, Ruth, and Joan; one son, Michael; two brothers, Francis and Donald; and two sisters, Maryanne and Ramona. Funeral services were held in Selden, KS, and were attended by Myrna’s mother and brother, Mabel and Jim Covert, of Harrington.”(9-30-1982, Submitted )


Powers, Mary J.   3-17-1938

Davenport Pioneer Dies in California.  Word has been received here of the death in Sanger, CA, on Feb 26 of Mrs. Mary Josephine Powers, age 84, a pioneer of the Davenport region. Mrs. Powers came to Fort Spokane , north of Davenport, with her husband, James H. Powers, a sergeant in the old Fourth Infantry, in 1886.  She was a native of New York State , and married Mr. Powers in New York City , Jan 28, 1877. After his discharge from the army in 1887, he took up a homestead in the Egypt country and the family lived there many years before moving to Davenport . Mr. Powers died in 1914, and Mrs. Powers continued to reside here until 1920, when she moved to California.  Survivors are two sons, J. H. Powers of Spokane and J. A. Powers of Yakima, and a daughter, Mrs. Etta Starr of Los Angeles. All of her children were with her during her final illness.” (Davenport Times-Tribune: 3-17-1938)


Reed, Mary E        9-30-1927

"Mary E Reed, 69, Died At her Home in Spokane, Sept 23. Mary E Reed, a Spokane pioneer, died at the home of her son, W K Reed, W 41 Thirty-first on Sept 23 at the age of 69 years. Another son, A R Reed, also resides in Spokane. The funeral was held from Smith & Co's parlors, the Rev H A VanWinkle of the Christian Church officiating. Loyalty Chapter OES was in charge and interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs Reed, with her husband, who preceded her in death some time ago, resided in Harrington for some time and Mr Reed was employed at one time by the Harrington Manufacturing Co. Mrs Reed was a regular attendant at the meetings of Bright Hope Chapter No 79, OES and was active in church work while a resident of Harrington." (Citizen: 9-30-1927)


Roske, Joseph E.,            d. 11-07-2008

“Joseph E. ‘Joe’ Roske, age 77.—Went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Nov 7, 2008. He is survived by his daughter, Dixie Friesen and husband William; son, Dan Roske and wife Brenda; five granddaughters, Amber Friesen, Danielle Friesen, Courtney Friesen, Michaela Roske, Briana Roske, all of Spokane; brother, Howard Aldridge of Harrington, WA; sisters, Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Aldridge of Hillsburg, CA, Janice Cunningham of Walla Walla, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Carolyn Roske (2007); and two brothers, Art Roske and Harvey Aldridge. Mr. Roske was born April 9, 1931 in Lamona , WA and grew up on the family farm. He proudly served our country in the Korean Conflict with the US Marine Corps, and later served with the US Air Force. Mr. Roske worked many years as a crane operator for the Great Northern and Burlington Northern railroads. He loved auto racing and served as a race official and flagger over the years at both the Spokane Fairgrounds and the Stateline Speedway. He enjoyed traveling with his wife in their motor home. The two of them were regulars at the Omak Stampede. He was also a longtime member of the Westside Church of the Nazarene in Spokane. Memorial Services will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov 19, 2008 at Indian Trail Church, 9010 N. Indian Trail Road. Arrangements entrusted to Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Spokane.” (Spokesman Review)


Simpson, Agnes ( Duncan )       9-13-1940

“After four years of illness, Mrs. George Simpson passed away at a hospital Friday, Sept 6, at 2:40 o’clock in the afternoon. Born in Ayrshire, south Scotland , Jan 24, 1891, she came to the United States in 1907. She moved to Portland , Oregon and in 1912, was married to Mr. Simpson. In 1914 they came to Mohler going from there to Stratford for two years, then back to this district in 1918. The following year they moved onto the Ball farm where they have since lived.  Mrs. Simpson’s body was taken to Portland, Oregon , where funeral services were held Monday from J. P. Finley’s Funeral Home, and interment was in Riverview Cemetery . Rev Ernest Allin, friend of the Simpsons since his Harrington residence, officiated. Floral offerings were beautiful. Surviving Mrs. Simpson are her widower, and five children—George Jr. of Glenwood, Oregon; John D., Agnes, Janet and Willamina, at the home; one brother, John Duncan, here, and a sister, Mrs. Dave Robertson, Portland; also a brother and sister in Scotland.  Mr. Simpson and his children, and his brother-in-law, John Donaldson, went to Portland by car Saturday, and Mr. Duncan went by bus, to attend the last rites. The Citizen extends sympathy to the sorrowing family.” (Citizen: 13 Sept 1940)


Simpson, George A. Jr      5-14-1987

“Former Harrington resident George Alexander Simpson, Jr., died of a heart attack April 20, 1987 at his home in Fortuna, California.  He was born April 14, 1913 in Portland, Oregon. His occupation as logger and hobbies of hunting and fishing reflected his love of the outdoors. Graveside services were held April 24, 1987, at Sunrise Cemetery , Fortuna ,California. Rev Steven L. Frank officiated. ‘In the Garden’ and ‘I’ll Walk Alone’ were sung by Mrs. Steven L Frank. Spokane and Harrington family members attending the service were Ervin and Janet Wagner, John Simpson, Sr., and Agnes Moeller. He is survived by his wife, Esther Rauch Simpson, whom he married March 31, 1934 in Kelso, Washington; daughter and son-in-law Caroline and Paul Hansen; granddaughter Laurie Ann Hansen; grandson Steven Hansen; brother John Simpson, Sr.; sisters Janet Wagner, Willomina Dillon and Agnes Moeller; numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews.” (Davenport Times: 5-14-1987)


Simpson, George A. Sr.   11-13-1969

“Former Harrington Man Passes Away in Arizona. A former Harrington area man, George A Simpson, Sr., 82, died Oct 29 at Mesa , Arizona .  Services were held Nov 1 at the Gibbons Desert View Chapel, at Apache Trail, Arizona, with the Rev Calvin Hill officiating. Cremation followed with interment at Portland, Oregon. Mr. Simpson was born in Scotland in 1887 and came to the United States in 1907. He came west to Montana and worked as a sheep ranch hand. He then traveled to Portland where he worked as a dray driver and in 1914 came to Washington.  He worked on uncles John and Robbie Gordon’s farms at Mohler and Stratford for some years and then later acquired a farm of his own 2 ½ miles southwest of Harrington. In 1954 he moved to Spokane where he lived until moving to Apache Junction, Arizona in 1964.  He is survived by his wife Catherine at the home; two sons, George A. Simpson, Fortuna, CA, and John D. Simpson, of Harrington; three daughters, Mrs. Agnes Moeller and Mrs. Janet Wagner, both of Harrington and Mrs. Williamina Dillon, Hillsboro, Oregon; five brothers, William of St Helens, Oregon, Bob and Frank of Portland, Charles of Seaside, Oregon, and James of Scotland; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Donaldson, Portland; and Mrs. Meg Anderson, Scotland; 16 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Citizen in Davenport Times: 11-13-1969)


Smoot, Earl     9-17-1926

“Earl Smoot, 4 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Smoot, died of Typhoid fever at Rupert,  Idaho.” (Citizen: 25 Yrs Ago in 1951, representing 9-17-1926)


Stiles, Mrs D O          3-05-1948

"Stiles Children Attend Step Mother's Services. Mr and Mrs Alfred Stiles, Mrs Darell Turner, Mrs Vern McKellips, Mrs Stone Fiske and Mr and Mrs Frances Stiles attended the funeral services of Mrs D O Stiles, step-mother of the Stiles children, in Spokane Saturday at the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral home. Mrs Stiles passed away last week Thursday night. Others of the Stiles family at the last rites were Mr and Mrs Leonard Stiles, Mr and Mrs Arthur Stiles and Frank Stiles, of Spokane; Mrs Don Anderson (Mae Stiles); and Mr and Mrs Walter Krell (Katherine Stiles), Latah. Songs used at the service were 'In the Garden', 'The Old Rugged Cross' and 'Beautiful Isle of Somewhere'. Mr and Mrs Stiles were married in August 1941. Besides her husband, Mrs Stiles is survived by a daughter, Mrs Myrtle Padget, two sons, Ray Stansbury and Herman Stansbury; 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, one sister and one brother." (Citizen: 3-05-1948)


Tilson, Ina        5-11-2000

“Ina (Makepeace Boston) Tilson, 93, passed away at the Lincoln Nursing Home in Davenport on May 3, 2000. She had been at the nursing home since December. Ina was born in Prairie View, Kansas , on March 4, 1907, to David and Elsie Makepeace. She came west with her family as a child and attended the Micah Elementary School. She graduated from Valleyford High School and attended Kinman Business School in Spokane for two years.  In 1925, she married Abe Boston. The couple lived in a number of places before settling down in Creston in 1941. The bought the Associated (now Deb’s Café) but a short time later, on Aug 4, 1953, Abe passed away.  Ina kept the business for two or three years, and in 1954, she married Richard Tilson. They moved to Wilbur and she worked at what is now Constantine ’s Alibi Pub and Eatery and later worked for Davis Variety until retiring.  She joined the Wilbur VFW Post #6268 Auxiliary in 1964.  Family inurnment services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at Fairmount Memorial Park Cemetery in Spokane . Strate Funeral Home of Davenport was in charge of arrangements. Ina is survived by two daughters, Bernice (Boston) Forsmann of Coeur d’Alene and Lois (Boston) Angstrom of Creston; one son, Arthur Boston of Creston; seven grandchildren, Blake and Carol Angstrom of Creston, Brad and Claudine Angstrom of Creston, Christa and John Distefano of Spokane, Cindy and Russell McInerney of Spokane, Jack and Ellie Forsmann of Grove, Oklahoma, Earl Forsmann of Tacoma, and Donna Forsmann of Coeur d'Alene. She is also survived by eight great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Alma Reyman of Fresno, CA and Reeva Nelson of Chula Vista, CA, special friend, Sue Parks of Davenport; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister and two husbands.” (Wilbur Register: 5-11-2000)


Woody , Frances H.    d. 8-01-2009

“Frances H Woody, age 84.—Fran passed away peacefully on Aug 1, 2009 after a long illness. Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland,WA took wonderful care of her the last weeks of her life. Fran was born on Oct 29, 1924 in Harrington , WA . She grew up in both Harrington and Spokane , WA . Her mother and step-father were Maude and Stub Anstis. Fran was one of four sisters, Lela Bray, Marjorie Barlow and Carol Burger, all who preceded her in death. Fran is survived by her husband Bob, nieces Gayle (Ken), Nancy (Rick), Kathy (Bob), stepsons Steve (Carol), George (Jamie) and Many great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, step-grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Fran and Bob met in 1962 when they worked for Chevron in Seattle, WA. Their lives went in different directions with their respective families. After years of not seeing one another and the loss of their spouses Fran and Bob met again in 2001. They fell in love and married on Aug 13, 2006. Everyone enjoyed hearing about their love story. Fran and Bob enjoyed life to its fullest. Traveling to Maui almost every year was their absolute joy. They both loved sports.  Tailgate parties and attending the Seahawk and Mariner games were important activities in their lives. Fran wished to have a private family memorial in Spokane, WA. She will be inurned at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane, WA.” (Spokesman Review: undated, submitted)


Wuesthoff, Marion        12-11-2011

“Marion Wuesthoff was born in Sprague , WA on August 19, 1917 and was granted her final wish on November 27, 2011. She has now joined her late husband, Ray, in life's eternal journey. She was a teacher and librarian during her working years in Eastern Washington before moving to Oregon in the early '60s. She and Ray moved to Mill Creek, WA from Salem, OR in the late '80s. She is survived by her son, Ron and his wife, Dee. At her request, there will be no services.”  (The Herald (Everett): 12-11-2011)


Zellmer, Norma      11-24-2011

“Celebration of life for Norma Zellmer, 91, of Bremerton, WA, is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec 3, at the Davenport United Methodist Church . Mrs. Zellmer, a former Davenport resident, died Nov 18.  Born July 17, 1920, to Norman and Ethel (Smith) Tully in Eau Claire , WI , she graduated from University High School and the University of Oregon. She married Willard Zellmer on Sept 25, 1954, in Jacksonville, OR. A devoted housewife and loving mother, she held memberships in Mary Circle of the United Methodist Church and the Community Grange of Davenport. She loved animals, spending time with her family and dog walking.  A son, Kendall W. Zellmer, and her sister, Rosma Tully, preceded her in death.  Besides her husband of 57 years, she leaves a daughter, Karen M M Luallen (Jim) of Alamosa, CO; a son, Michael G. Zellmer of Davenport; daughter, Lindi S. Zuber (Dan) of Seabeck, WA; grandchildren, Nathan (Kelsey) and Wilson Luallen, Tanner and Dylan Zuber, Michael R. A. Zellmer and Lea Belgarde; and four great-grandchildren. An online memorial is posted at” ( Davenport Times: 11-24-2011) 


Zink, Bert      8-14-1936 obit.

"Bert Zink, 53, employee on the Mohler Great Northern section crew, was killed almost instantly at 4 a.m. Monday while fighting a timber fire near Espanola when a large tree fell on him. He was taken on the speeder to Espanola and from there in an ambulance to Spokane. He was born in Russia and had been in the States since 1913. His permanent home recently had been in Spokane. He had been a railroad employee since 1927, and worked on the section at Bluestem about four years. Funeral services were held from the Turnbull-Mearager Funeral Home in Spokane Wednesday at 2 p.m. with interment in Fairmount Cemetery. No known relatives survive him here. The fire which started along the tracks near Espanola Saturday night was thought to be checked but it gained a fresh start Sunday morning and section crews from Mohler, Harrington, Edwall, Espanola, Fort Wright and Hillyard were called out. Some of the Mohler crew were on duty from 1 p.m. Sunday until 8 a.m. Monday." (Citizen: 8-14-1936)


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