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Alboucq, Louis E.,              11-01-1973

“Louis E. Alboucq passed away Oct 25 at his home in Spokane. He was the husband of Anneta Alboucq at the home; father of Mrs. Archie Baker, Everett; Robert Alboucq, Spokane; 5 grandsons; 2 sisters, Miss Blanche Alboucq and Mrs. Claire Rice, Clarkston and 2 nephews. He was a member of the Westminster Congregational Church. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct 27, with Rev James Montgomery officiating. ‘Louie’ was an uncle by marriage to Mrs. Phil Walesby, his wife having been Anneta Evans.” (Wilbur Register:  11-01-1973)


Anderson, Nettie,              9-04-1959

“Word comes from Ethel Despain Beach, Seattle, telling of the death on Aug 6, of her mother, Nellie DeSpain Anderson. She died that morning at the Meridian Nursing Home in Seattle.  Nellie Johnson was born June 17, 1868 at Camp Winfield Scott, near Winnemucca, Nevada. Her mother came out with the Mormons from Liverpool, England and crossed the plains in 1861. When she was expected to become the third wife of a Mormon, she ran away to the soldier’s post at Fort Ogden and married an Irish corporal, Hugh Johnston. Nellie was the third of five children. After the death of her father, the family came to the Big Bend Country where Nellie Johnson was married to Charles DeSpain. After Mr. DeSpain died (in the early 1930s), Mrs. DeSpain went to the coast to reside. Later she was married to Carl Anderson, who died in 1957. The past seven years she made her home with her daughter, Ethel Beach, Seattle, and her granddaughter (Mrs. Carl Ranta).  Mrs. DeSpain’s son, Jerry, Spokane, died in 1957. Besides Mrs. Beach and Mrs. Ranta, other survivors include a grandson, Hugh Stevens in Portland, OR, and a granddaughter, Donna DeSpain Adams at Athens, OR.  Last rites were held from the Boot-Ashmore Funeral Home in Seattle. Mrs. Anderson’s 91 years of life spanned much of the development of the West.  She was a vivacious, ambitious woman, and stayed young and busy for many years. Mrs. Beach says her mother was very active until two years ago. Mrs. Anderson was aunt of Mrs. Norma (Birge) Huffman of Harrington, George Kitt in Creston, and Mrs. Nellie Kitt Muzzy, Seattle. Mrs. Anderson’s brothers, Henry and Hugh Johnson are buried in Hillcrest.” (Citizen: 9-04-1959) 


Birge, Amy,                      2-18-1910

“Amy K. Birge. Word was received in this town Tuesday by G. K. Birge of the death of his aged mother, Mrs. Amy Birge, a resident of Conesus, New York. Mrs. Birge was 89 years old. Our townspeople will join with the Times in expressing their sympathy to Mr. Birge in his loss.” (LCT: 2-18-1910)


Bonser, Emma R,              10-02-1975

“Emma Ruth Bonser. A former resident of the Davenport area, Emma Bonser died Sept 18 at a hospital in Spokane. She was 80 years old. She moved with her husband Lester to the area north of Davenport in 1928 and farmed in the North Star area and near the Spokane River for 20 years. During that time she was a member of the North Star Grange. In 1948, the couple moved to Spokane. He preceded her in death several years ago.  Survivors include four sons, Richard Bonser, and Gordon Bonser, both of Davenport, Neil Bonser, Spokane and Bill Bonser, Laclede, ID. Eleven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces also survive her. Funeral arrangements have been made for next Tuesday in Spokane. Burial will be at the family Peone Prairie plot.” (Davenport Times: 10-02-1975)


Boon, Marvin,                    2-13-1975

“Mr. and Mr.s Vern Wolfrum have received word that Marvin Boon died suddenly Monday evening in Tacoma. His wife, the former Erma Comer, is a cousin of Mrs. Wolfrum, being a daughter of Della Comer Hill. Mr. and Mrs. Boon lived in the Creston area a number of years ago.” (Wilbur Register: 2-13-1975)


Brouhard, Joanne,              10-10-1974

“Word has been received by Wilbur friends of the death of Joanne Dube Brouhard on Sept 28. She lived with her family in the bay area near San Francisco, California. Mrs. Brouhard attended school in Wilbur for a number of years before her family moved to Spokane in the early 1940s. She is survived by her husband and five children, in addition to her mother, brothers and sisters.” (Wilbur Register: 10-10-1974)


Brown, Marvin A:  d. July 30, 1970   

“Marvin A Brown.—His home, Davenport, WA. Survived by his wife, Willa Brown, at the home; one son, Allen Brown also at the home; one daughter, Georgia Brown, Spokane, WA; one sister, Mrs. May Nichols, Terrebonne, Oregon; his mother, Mrs. Louella Wilcox, Amarillo, TX; his father, Elbert Brown, Bend, OR; one nephews, Carl Nichols, Kent WA. Funeral services will be held Monday, Aug 3 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, Rev Roger Muisiner officiating. Interment, Swedish Cemetery, Miles, WA. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA, in charge of funeral arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 7-31-1970)


Burton , Jasper A.,                 5-23-1974

“Jasper A. Burton of Coulee City passed away May 14 and funeral services were held Saturday at the Coulee City Presbyterian Church with interment at Highland Cemetery in Coulee City. Mr. Burton is survived by his wife, Mrs. Belle Burton, at the home; a son, Melvin Burton of Wilbur; a daughter in Moses Lake; a brother in Wenatchee ; two sisters of Bend, Oregon,and Moses Lake; and two grandchildren, Scott and Jaye Anne Burton.” (Wilbur Register: 5-23-1974)


Cagle, Flora,                        8-10-1928

“Mrs. Cagle, Pioneer, Passes.  Mrs. John F. Cagle, 70, who has been partially paralyzed for the past 20 years, died at her home near Chelan August 7. She had been bedridden for some time previous to her passing away. She is survived by six children—L A Cagle of Spokane, Walter Cagle of Chelan, Lester Cagle of Wenatchee, Mrs. W. A. Hildreth of Chelan. Mrs. Lawrence Cooley of California, Mrs. Charles C. Cole, formerly of Spokane; also two brothers, C. E. and G. A. McMillen of Harrington, WA.  Her husband preceded her to the great beyond some years previous. Mrs. Cagle was one of the early settlers of Lincoln County, having emigrated from the State of Missouri in the summer of 1883, driving across the plains in a covered wagon before the completion of the OR & N system.  They located on a homestead in the Earl school district where they lived until about 20 years ago when they  moved to the Chelan district where they engaged in fruit growing.” (Citizen: 8-10-1928)


Conner, Mary E.,              10-06-1977

“Mr. and Mrs. James Houston and former Crestonites Mr. and Mrs. Meryl Houston of Rockford and Mrs. Robert Milliken of Spokane, were among those attending the last rites for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Conner of Spokane who passed away Thursday, Sept 29.  Mrs. Conner lived in Creston with her family about forty years before they moved to Spokane. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, and two sons, Donald who died in the Philippines ‘Death March’ during WW II, and Wayne. She is survived by a son, C. W. ‘Skip’ Conner, Coulee City; eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Erma Conner, Spokane. Graveside services and burial were held on Saturday, Oct 1at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane.” (Wilbur Register: 10-06-1977) 


Davis, Elba,                          3-13-1975

“Funeral rites were held for Elba U. Davis, 75, of Spirit Lake, Idaho, on Saturday in Newport, with graveside services being held in the Pines Cemetery, Opportunity. Mr. Davis passed away last Wednesday in a Coeur d’Alene hospital. He is survived by his wife, Areta at the home; one son, a foster daughter, two sisters and a brother. Another son, Ronnie, was killed in the US Service.  The Davis family will be remembered by many people in this area when they moved to Lincoln. In the early 1940s, Mr. and Mrs. Davis built the Lincoln store and post office which they operated until their move to Sandpoint. The deceased also worked in the Lincoln Lumber mill as a filer.” (Wilbur Register: 3-13-1975)


Dehle, Frederick C.,       5-23-1974

“Mrs. Earl Warren was in Spokane last Thursday for the funeral of her brother-in-law, Frederick C. Dehle, who resided in the Spokane Valley .  Funeral services were held in the Hazen & Jaeger Spokane Valley Funeral Home. Burial was in the Rockford Cemetery with military rites at the graveside. Mr. Dehle, 81, retired from farming in the Rockford area in 1948 when the family moved to the Spokane Valley. He was a veteran of WW I and a 53 year member of Edward Leham Post No. 165, American Legion, Rockford. Survivors include his wife, Dora L. Dehle, at the home; one son, Marvin F. Dehle, Spokane; four grandchildren, Kay, Sandra, Larry and Teddie, children of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Dehle; numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Dehle is the former Dora L. Johnson, a native of the Wilbur area, residing at Plum until her marriage to Mr .Dehle in 1920.” (Wilbur Register: 5-23-1974)


Farley, Jeanne,                 2-21-1974

“There are still a few in this area who remember the Roy Farley family who at one time farmed north of Hartline. Jeanne Farley, one of the girls, passed away Feb 14, in Spokane where she had been a resident for 30 years.  Survived by her mother, Mrs. R. J. Farley at the home; sister, Mrs. William (Hazel) Oehlerking, Spokane; Mrs. D. L. Donaldson, Phoenix, AZ, and four nieces. Funeral services were held Monday, Feb 18 in the Alwin Chapel of Hazen-Jaeger Funeral. Dr Raymond W Moody officiated. Burial services were at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.” (Wilbur Register: 2-21-1974)


Farrell , Frances,                 5-29-1975

“Mr.s James H ( Frances ) Farrell, mother of Rev James Farrell of the Creston Christian Church, passed away on Sunday, May 25 at a convalescent home following an extended illness. Rev Farrell and family drove to the coast city prior to her passing and remained with his father.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 28.” (Wilbur Register: 5-29-1975)


Francis, Justin,       1-02-1974

“Justin Francis, son of Herman Francis and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Francis, Keller, was killed in a tragic accident near Nespelem on Christmas Eve. His brother Robert was the driver of the car that ran off the road. Justin was born Jan 15, 1958, and attended school at Keller from the first grade through the sixth. He went to Wilbur for two years and then transferred to Chemewa Indian School where he was a sophomore. Rosary was held at the home of his grandparents on Friday night and the funeral was at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Keller Catholic Church with Father Twohy of Nespelem officiating. Pall bearers were Pat and John Monaghan and Oscar Mellon, Keller; Adrian Picard, T C James and Gary Francis, Nespelem. Barnes Funeral Home of Grand Coulee were in charge of the arrangements.” (Wilbur Register: 1-02-1974)


Garnette, J. W.,

“Mrs. Cormana’s Father Dies Following a Hunt.  Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Cormana were called to Garfield Wednesday morning on receipt of word that Mrs. Cormana’s father, J. W. Garnette, 78, had passed away sometime Monday evening.  The Cormanas’ had planned to visit him Armistice Day, not knowing of his death when making those plans.  Mr. Garnette was out hunting Monday and when he returned he told friends he was tired and was going home and go to bed. That was the last his friends saw of him until, missing him all day Tuesday, they visited his home about 8:15 that evening and found the house locked from the inside. Breaking out a window they gained entrance and found him partly undressed for bed, sitting in a chair, where he had died when preparing to retire following his hunting trip.  A son Lloyd, in San Francisco, was wired and was expected to arrive Thursday evening. The funeral will be held at Garfield at 2:30 today. Mr. Garnette had been a member of the Masonic fraternity for 51 years, being a past worshipful master. Mr. and Mrs. Cormana were joined in Spokane by Miss Kathleen Garnette, teacher at Toppenish, who continued to Garfield with them.  Mr. Cormana returned home Wednesday evening but drove back to Garfield last night. Surviving Mr. Garnette besides the two daughters and son already mentioned, is another daughter, Mrs. C. J. Miller (Lucille) of Los Angeles.  Mrs. Garnette passed away several years ago.” (Citizen: 11-13-1936)


Gollehon, Olive O. 

Olive O. Gollehon.—Passed away April 1, in a local hospital. Her home, W1806 Pacific. Survived by one daughter, Mrs. F. A. (Mary V)Schindler, Spokane; one brother, George Kunz, Wilbur, WA. Hennessey Funeral Home, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: undated)

Hankinson, A. B.                                                                                                                                                                 “A. B. Hankinson, 50, a partner in the Lantzy sawmill across the Spokane River from Lincoln, was found badly injured on the boiler room floor of the mill about 10 a.m. Thursday.  He was started for Davenport but died on the way. His skull had been fractured. The cause of his injury had not been determined and officers from Colville investigated. Survivors include his widow and two sisters.” (Odessa Record: 12-10-1936)

Harris, Mae Ellen,           10-11-1973

“Mae Ellen Harris was born July 12, 1885 at Lime Springs, Iowa and died at Davenport, WA on Oct 3, 1973, at the age of 88 years, two months and 21 days.  Mrs. Harris came to Wilbur as a young girl with her parents, Robert and Bridgett Jerred in 1899. She attended school in Wilbur and lived in the Big Bend most of her life. She operated the Keller store and served the Keller area as postmistress for many years. She was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church of Wilbur and The Retired Postmasters Association. Mrs. Harris returned to Wilbur in 1969 and made her home with her son Robert Harris, after retiring from the Keller store at the age of 75.  Mrs Harris leaves one son, Robert L Harris, at the home in Wilbur; three daughters, Mrs. Winnifred Harlow, Osburn, Idaho; Mrs. Phyllis Bailey, Spokane, Mrs. Sally D. Mount, Bremerton, WA; one brother, Jack Jerred, Post Falls, Idaho; one sister, Bertha Freeman, Gig Harbor, WA four grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Harris had again made her home in Wilbur for the past four years. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct 6, at 11 a.m. from the Community Presbyterian Church in Wilbur, the Rev Malcolm McCallum officiated. Pall bearers were Fred Novotney, Wayne Largent, Glenn Speegle, Richard Aubertin, H. E. McAllister, and Mel Novotney, Sr.  Entombment services were held at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Garden Crypt, Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane. The Robertson Funeral Home of Wilbur was in charge of arrangements.” (Wilbur Register: 10-11-1973)


Haynes, Horace,               3-17-1939

“Word came through C. E. Ivy, this week, of the death of Horace Haynes, Feb 22, at the home of his son Robert Haynes at Riverside, California. Mr. Haynes was stricken with a stroke of apoplexy Feb 15, and although his condition was critical from the first, he was conscious and knew the Ivys when they drove over to see him. Mr. Haynes was born in Michigan in 1854 and went to California in 1874 where he settled at Dunigan and opened up a little store. IN 1878 he married Miss Emma Wilkinson, and in 1883 they moved to Washington Territory where at first they became farmers. Later Mr. Haynes was a merchant in town. He returned to California in 1905, but made numerous trips back to visit his sons and their families, and his pioneer friends.  Mr. Haynes was prominently affiliated with the growth and development of the community in early years. He was elected first county commissioner in 1884 (Republican) following the death of R Willis of Harrington in 1883, who had been appointed to that office.  In recent years Mr. Haynes resided for some time in Spokane where he helped care for his sister, Mrs. Frank Hoes who suffered with a prolonged illness. Funeral services were conducted at Riverside, CA, Friday for Mr. Haynes.    Mr and Mrs. Horace Haynes had six sons, several of whom were business men here. The Citizen wishes to thank Mr. Ivy for his kindness in sending this information to us. Mr. Ivy, who is also a pioneer of this district and is the present secretary of the Lincoln-Adams Pioneer association, knew the Haynes family first in May 1886 when they were farmers northwest of town. The Citizen joins the old timers here in extending sympathy to the surviving sons, and grandchildren, of whom there are several.” (Citizen:  3-17-1939)


Henley, Bessie,                 5-02-1974

“Funeral services were held April 19 in Camas, WA, for Bessie May Henley, 85, who died April 15 in a Vancouver hospital. Born May 31, 1888 in Carthage, MO, Mrs. Henley was a former Wilbur resident, and had lived the past 30 years in the Camas area, where she was a member of the First Christian Church, the Women’s Auxiliary of Bennett Barnett Post No. 27, and the Royal Neighbors of America. She is survived by two sons, Clarence R. of Redmond, Floyd D. of Camas; a daughter Mrs. Ruby Riggs of Rock Island; one sister, Mrs. Edith Grove of Auburn, CA. There are 12 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson as well as numerous nieces and nephews.” (Wilbur Register: 5-02-1974)


Hertenstien, Agnes,          11-22-1973

“John Hertenstien left Sunday evening with his brothers, Ed and Bill for Rush City, MN, where funeral services will be held on Wednesday for their mother, Mrs. Agnes Hertenstien who died recently. She was 89 years old and left 13 children.” (Wilbur Register: 11-22-1973)


Higginbotham, Otis,             10-31-1974

“Otis Higginbotham, resident of Hartline, passed away Oct 21 at Eugene, Oregon. He was a member of the Blind Springs Grange and is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Audrey L. Young, Eugene, OR; a brother, Lenny Higginbotham, Maple Valley; a granddaughter, Mrs. Maureen Spencer, Vernal, Utah. Graveside services were held at Hartline Cemetery, Rev Roger Stimson officiated. Visitations were from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist church in Hartline.” (Wilbur Register:  10-31-1974)


Hinkins, Lyle,                     4-03-1975

“Funeral services for Lyle Eugene Hinkins, manager of a Wilbur fertilizer business, were held last Thursday from the Wilbur Lutheran Church.  Pastor A. F. Gerstmann was the officiating clergyman and the services were under the direction of the Robertson Funeral Home of Wilbur.  Frank Hanson sang two hymns accompanied by Mrs. Roy Sassman at the organ. Pall bearers for the Wilbur service were Jim Walesby, Dick Edwards, Ken Hines, Gary Geib, Wes Odenrider and Jim Babb.  Honorary pall bearers were Phil Walesby, Vester Sitton, Jim Caton, Greg Leyva, Gene Kelley, Gil Sheffels, Bud Haden, Alan Krause, Swede Cummings and Bill Vogel. Burial services were held at the Athena (Oregon) Cemetery that afternoon with Rev Carl Wright officiating. The Athena pall bearers included Larry Winn, Larry Hodgen, Jimmy Sampson, Bruce McGuire, Ben Hunt and Mel Ratliff. Honorary pall bearers were Art Marsh, Frank James, Ray Dunlap, Ed Milley, Paul Froese, Bill Ward, John Trommald, Arden Beckley, Bill Vogel and Bob Inkpen.  Mr. Hinkins was born June 2, 1931, at Riverton, Nebraska, and died in a Spokane hospital in March following an extended illness. He was a member of the Wilbur and the Pendleton ( Oregon ) Lions Clubs and the Elks Lodge at Pendleton. Surviving are his wife, Phyllis, at the home in Wilbur; two sons, David J Hinkins at the home and Lyle Douglas Hinkins, Corvallis, Oregon; a daughter, Janice Kay Hinkins, at the home, and his mother, Mrs. Ethel Hinkins, Athena, Oregon.” (Wilbur Register: 4-03-1975)


Johnsen, Alfred,       2-28-1974

“Last week word was received by Mr. and Mrs. Henry von Behren that his uncle, Alfred Johnsen, passed away Wednesday in Clarkston. He was one of the very early settlers having come to Wilbur with his parents in 1885 from Minnesota. Mr. Johnsen was past 88 years of age at the time of his death. He farmed for several years in the Mansfield area before moving to Idaho. His later years were spent in Clarkston.”

(Wilbur Register: 2-28-1974)


Johnston, Alton,                9-26-1974

“Mr. and Mrs. Vern Wolfrum have received word of the death of her uncle, Alton Johnston, last week in Meredith, Idaho. Mr .Johnston was 87 years of age and is survived by three brothers, Lee Johnston and Otis Johnston in Wilbur and Tom Johnston, Greenacres. Mr .Johnston lived in Wilbur a number of years ago.” (Wilbur Register: 9-26-1974)


Keefe, Ruth R.,                   5-02-1974

“Last Saturday morning Mr. and Mrs. Phil Gardner and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Alling attended the 9:30 a.m. funeral mass of the former’s sister, Mrs. Ruth R. Keefe of Spokane, at St Paschal Catholic Church with burial in the St Joseph Cemetery, Spokane.  Ruth Keefe is survived by two daughters, three sisters and three brothers including John and Phil Gardner of Creston; also 8 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and numerous relatives in the Inland Empire. Following the burial rites, family members and friends, including Mrs. John Gardner, had dinner at the home of the deceased’s great niece, Mrs. Jon Johnson, in Spokane.” (Wilbur Register: 5-02-1974)


Kulle, Judith I.,                 1-09-1992

“Memorial service for Judith Ilene Kulle, 48, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at Strate Funeral Home in Davenport, with Pastor Gerhard Reitz officiating. Cremation preceded. Judith passed away in the Spokane Valley Jan 3.  She is survived by her parents, Harry and Agnes Garber of Reardan; one brother, Jay Garber of Reardan; one sister, Kay Finney of Corbett,OR; several aunts and uncles; and numerous cousins.  She was born in Spokane, graduated from Reardan High School, and attended Washington State University and Kinman Business School. She was working at the Emporium Department Store in north Spokane.” (Davenport Times: 1-09-1992)



Kunz, Agnes,                  2-13-1975

“Mrs. Leo Kunz (Agnes M) passed away Feb 3, at Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane. She was stricken with a heart attack Jan 31. Mrs. Kunz was the widow of a longtime Davenport area (Mondovi) farmer who died five years ago. She was born in Carthage, IL in 1883. Mrs. Kunz came to Washington when she was 21 and taught school in the Creston and Wilbur area (Midway school).  She and Leo Kunz were married in Wilbur and farmed at Sherman. In 1928 they moved to Mondovi and farmed there until moving to Spokane in 1945. Six years ago they moved to Riverview Terrace Retirement home. She is survived by two sons, Charles, Davenport, and Paul, Selah; a daughter, Mrs. Eileen Hood, Spokane; 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Rosary was Thursday evening, and the funeral Mass was Friday at Saint Aloysius church and burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport was in charge.” (Wilbur Register:  2-13-1975)



Long, Darwin ,               9-13-2007

“Cheney.—Celebration of Life for Darwin L Long, 65, of Cheney, will begin at noon Sunday, Sept 16, with a potluck gathering of family, friends and neighbors.  Mr. Long died Sept 7 in Spokane.  Born April 21, 1942, in Lehigh, Iowa , he graduated from Webster City ( Iowa ) High School and attended the University in Ames . He was a mechanic until diagnosed with MS in 1984. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and then bought their present home; with family and friends it was finished in 4 ½ years. He enjoyed woodworking, get-togethers with family and friends, playing pinochle, cribbage and Tripoli. He was past president of the Cheney Eagles Lodge Aerie, a charter member of Gardeners of Cheney and an avid gardener; and also belonged to Friends of the Library and the Golden Agers of Medical Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Anna Long, and a brother, Gerald Long.  Besides his wife Michaela (Micky), he leaves a daughter, Michelle (and Patrick) Myers; a son, Daryl (Courtney) Long; step children Patricia (James) Borden, Dan (Cheryl) Moriarty, Robbin (Julie) Moriarty, Cheryl Hamilton and Deeann Charest; several grandchildren, step grandchildren and great grandchildren; an aunt, uncle, several cousins, a niece and nephews, and special friends, Kathy and David Duncan, Patricia Wilson, Charles Kenfield and Pattra and Gerald Valley.” (Davenport Times: 9-13-2007)



Lundblad, Lottie,                 2-20-1975

“Mrs. Anton Lundblad (Lottie Crabtree) passed away Feb 3 in a Spokane hospital and funeral services were held Feb 6. Burial was in Spokane’s Fairmont Memorial Park. Mrs. Lundblad was 93 at the time of her death. She had spent her lifetime in the Inland Empire, coming to the Hartline area in Washington Territory as an infant with her widowed mother. In 1901 she married Anton Lundblad and they lived in the Almira-Govan area on his homestead for many years. Later they lived in Wilbur and Colville and in 1928 moved to Spokane where they spent the rest of their lives. Mr. Lundblad died in 1961 shortly after they had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. She is survived by two daughters, a son and several nieces and nephews, including Margaret Andersen of Wilbur.” (Wilbur Register: 2-20-1975)


Mansfield, T. B. ‘Pat’,             2-27-1975

“T. B. ‘Pat’ Mansfield, former area manager for the Pacific Northwest Bell telephone company in Ephrata, died Thursday of last week in a Spokane hospital after undergoing open heart surgery.  Mansfield was in Ephrata from 1946 to 1960 and later transferred to Spokane where he remained until he retired in 1973. He was 67 at the time of his death and is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, two sons and other relatives.” (Wilbur Register:  2-27-1975)


Marsh, Helen,                     7-11-1974

“Mrs. John A. Marsh (Helen Bump) passed away at her home in Long Beach, California on June 27, 1974. Survived by two sisters, Winifred Alexander and Lucile Bump, both of Wilbur; a nephew Rick Alexander, Kent; a niece Suzanne Lonn, Spokane. Service was held Wednesday, July 3, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, beside her deceased husband, Lt Comdr. John A. Marsh.” (Wilbur Register: 7-11-1974)


McKillop, Archie,               2-27-1975

“Mr. and Mrs. Howard Underwood received word from their daughter, Norma, who lives in Salem, Oregon, that her husband, Mr. Archie McKillop, passed away Friday. His funeral services were held Monday in Salem .” (Wilbur Register:  2-27-1975)


Monson, Martin,                 11-28-1974

“Martin Monson, 93, died Nov 21 in the Spokane Valley. His residence was N. 1205 Mamer Rd, Spokane Valley. He was born Nov 19, 1891 in Almira and was married to the former Lydia Gustafson. He was a farmer in the Almira area until he retired and was a member of the Cannawai Grange No. 837. Survivors are wife, Lydia Monson, at the Spokane Valley home; a son Vernon William Monson, Almira; 2 grandchildren, John Monson, Wilbur and Jeanne Wolf, Des Moines, Iowa; 3 great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Otto (Ina) Kuchenbuch, Spokane Valley; a brother, George Monson, Kent; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov 23, and burial was at the Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane.” (Wilbur Register: 11-28-1974)


Nelson, Barbara Lynne,     2-15-2007

“Barbara Lynne Nelson. Creston.—At the family’s request, no services are planned for Barbara Lynne Nelson, 67, of Creston, who died in Davenport on Saturday, Feb 9.  She was born Feb 13, 1939, in Los Angeles , CA , to James E and Ruth C (Wheeler) Donalson. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family and also loved animals and farming.  Her parents and stepmother, Hermine Beukeme, preceded her in death. She leaves a son, James Robinson (and Caroline) of White City , OR ; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Strate Funeral Home in Wilbur handled arrangements.” ( Davenport Times: 2-15-2007) 


Nelson, Frank F.,                    4-10-1975

“The death of Frank F Nelson, King City, Oregon, was told this week. Mr. Nelson, 87, died in a Portland, Oregon convalescent home. He had lived in Portland since 1947, but formerly farmed south of Govan on land now farmed by Walt Kruger.” (Wilbur Register: 4-10-1975)


Nelson, Robert,               10-31-1974

“Funeral services were held last Monday in Spokane for Robert R Nelson, who passed away in a Spokane hospital. He was the husband of Mrs. Ethel F Nelson of Hartline; father of Mrs. Elmer (Louise) Fox and Mrs. Paul (Marian) Coppersmith, both of Spokane and Gary Nelson, Almira. Also surviving are three grandsons and five granddaughters; a sister, Mrs. Harry (Mary) Cage, San Francisco, CA; another sister, Mrs. Joseph (Edith) Shugart, Spokane, and a brother, Fred Nelson, Wilson Creek. Interment Riverside Memorial Park , Spokane.” (Wilbur Register: 10-31-1974)


Petersen, Arnold,               5-02-1974

“Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Sorensen attended the funeral of Dr Arnold Petersen Tuesday of this week in Spokane.  He was an uncle of Mr. Sorensen and practiced dentistry in Wilbur for a short time before moving to Spokane to open a dental office in that city. He attended both grade school and high school in Wilbur.” (Wilbur Register: 5-02-1974)


Phillips, Homer C.,             1-17-1974

“Homer Charles Phillips, well known grain man in the Northwest, passed away Tuesday of last week at his home in Portland, Oregon.  Born in McCoy, Oregon, Feb 9, 1892, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Arthur Phillips. At the age of 2 years, he was taken by his parents to Wilbur where his father went into the retail business with is brother-in-law, J M Parrish. Homer Phillips grew up in Wilbur and graduated from high school here. He started his career in the grain business in Wilbur, later managing the four mill and grain elevator at Hartline. Following service as a captain in WW I, he lived in Spokane and worked for the Farmers National Grain Company, later going to Portland where he worked for Archer Daniels Midland Company for over 30 years. He was very active in the Masonic Lodge, garden and photographic clubs. Surviving are his wife Frankie at the home; two daughters, two sisters, a brother and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held in Portland last Friday. He was buried at Fairmont Cemetery, Spokane, where graveside services were held Monday.” (Wilbur Register: 1-17-1974)


Putman, Dale,                  9-09-1927

“Mrs. T. E. Talkington, her sons Lloyd and Norman and daughter Evelyn, met her daughter Mrs. Opal Morgan in Spokane, Saturday and all motored to Genesee, Idaho where on Sunday at 2:30 they attended the funeral of her little grandson, Dale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed W. Putman. The little fellow was six years old and would have entered school this year. He was ill only three days and the doctors couldn’t diagnose his case. His temperature ran up to 105 and 105 ½. The funeral was from the Baptist church. Dale was the eldest of four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Putman. Their Harrington friends sympathize with them in this sad loss. Doris Talkington accompanied Mrs Talkington and other members of her family on their Genesee trip Saturday, but stopped off at Endicott, 20 miles from Colfax where she teaches 3rd grade in the town school this term.” (Citizen: 9-09-1927)


Regelin, Ed,                      4-10-1975

“Funeral services were held last Wednesday for Eldor J. (Ed) Regelin. He is survived by his wife Laura B. (Dolly) Regelin at the home; two brothers, a sister-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held in the Assembly of God church in Coulee City with Rev Roland Maier officiating. Interment was in the Hartline Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Sieg sang two duets at the service. Bob Dingman, Bill Osborn, Ray Dormaier, Ted Dormaier, Alfred Weist and Harold Isaac were pallbearers.” (Wilbur Register: 4-10-1975)


Robbins, Walter C.,             12-05-1974

“Former Creston Superintendent Dies. Word was received of the death of Walter C Robbins of Spokane, a former superintendent of the Creston Schools during the 1967-68 and 1968-69 school years. Mr. Robbins passed away on Nov 30 and funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec 4, at 10 a.m. from the Chapel of the Chimes, Thornhill Geraghty & Langbehn Funeral Home with interment in the Fairmount Memorial Park.  He is survived by his wife, Josephine, and a daughter, Mary K., at the home, and a son, William S. Robbins of Cheney, and a sister on the coast. The deceased was a graduate of the University of Idaho, member Kappa Sigma Fraternity, VFW Post No. 51; Member of Retired Officers Association, Retired Army Major and Veteran of WW II; retired school administrator of schools in Washington, Idaho and Montana.” (Wilbur Register: 12-05-1974)


Salter, Clifford E.,             9-26-1974

“Clifford E. Salter passed away at his home in Bremerton Sept 14, 1974. He was born in Almira on Jan 26, 1906. Funeral services were held in Bremerton Sept 18, 1974. He is survived by his wife, Lois, and two daughters, Lois Jean Stanton of Texas and Shirley Fredrich of Bremerton, also seven sisters and two brothers.” (Wilbur Register: 9-26-1974)


Schmidt, Jacob,                 8-22-1974

“Funeral services were held recently at Sunset Mausoleum at Fairmount Memorial Park for Mr. Jacob Schmidt, who passed away at Ephrata, Washington. Mr. Schmidt’s home was in Hartline and he is survived by one son, Harvey O Schmidt of Coulee City, one daughter, Mrs. Irene Retter of Hartline; two brothers, Otto Schmidt of Hayden Lake, Idaho and Ben F Schmidt of Issaquah; one sister, Mrs. Mary Schuler of Mount Angel, Oregon; four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Wilbur Register: 8-22-1974)


Simons, Florence,                  2-21-1974

“Saturday Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A Martin and Cheeley traveled to Wenatchee to attend the funeral of Mrs. Loye C. ( Florence) Simons, who passed away during sleep the night of Feb 13 at her home. Mr. and Mrs. Lyle V. Simons, Keller also were there. Mrs. Simons was the widow of the late Loye C. Simons, formerly of Creston. She was born Feb 17, 1908 in Michigan but lived most of her life at Wenatchee. She had been in ill health for a number of years. She is survived by her son, Larry Loye Simons and three grandchildren of Seattle, two sisters and one brother, and nieces and nephews. The Commemoration Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, from Jones and Jones Colonial Chapel, with Father P J O’Sullivan, the officiant. Interment was at the Wenatchee Cemetery.” (Wilbur Register:  2-21-1974)


Sorensen, Paul W.,           5-29-1975

“Funeral services for Paul W. Sorensen were held in Pendleton, Oregon, on Monday, May 12, following his death the previous Thursday in a Pendleton hospital. Sorensen was born in Wilbur July 20, 1912, and had been a resident of Oregon 33 years, the past 30 in Pendleton where he was a PBX repairman and installer for Pacific Northwest Bell, retiring in 1971. He was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of F & AM of Oregon in 1969-70 and was active in a number of other fraternal organizations. Surviving are his wife and two sisters.” (Wilbur Register: 5-29-1975)


Talkington, Earle,           1-23-1964

“Word came last week from Mrs. Monte Spicer (Florence Talkington) telling of the death of her brother, Earle Talkington. Earle died Jan 11 at the Veteran’s hospital at Phoenix, Arizona where he had been hospitalized for some time. Last rites were held Jan 15 at 9:30 a.m. at Westminster Memorial Park Cemetery, Westminster, CA. Alta Lodge No. 333, F & AM conducted the burial service. Earle was also a member of the Elks, and a veteran of World War I.  Earle was born Feb 28, 1897 at Harrington to Mr. and Mrs. Will Talkington. He resided here during his youth, and in his late teens the family moved away. Both Mr. and Mrs. Talkington are deceased as are also others of the Talkington children: Howard, Elgan and Joe. Surviving Earle is his sister, Mrs. Spicer. Earle visited here in 1954 with his cousins, Roy Talkington, and the late Shorty and Buster Talkington. At that time he was recuperating from an illness and used a cane. He overstayed the length of his expected visit here having a wonderful time with kin and friends he had not seen for many years.” (Citizen: 1-23-1964)


Talkington, Elgan,         3-07-1958

“Elgan Talkington Dies of Heart Spell in California.  Mrs. Monte Spicer (Florence Talkington) of Anaheim, CA, sends word of the death of her brother, Elgan on Feb 21, of a heart attack. Only last week The Citizen published word from Mrs. Talkington, which she had sent early in the year, that Elgan was in the hospital because of a broken leg.  Mrs. Spicer said in her letter last week, ‘As I have written, Elgan broke his leg in September and had been hospitalized since then. I was to see him Saturday and he looked so well and seemed in good spirits. He was on crutches and the doctor said he would be for another two to four months. He had a heart attack in the afternoon (Sunday, 21st) but it was thought to be indigestion. Another attack followed in about an hour and he died before any of us could get to him.’  Funeral services were held Feb 25 at the Dilday Chapel in Long Beach, California. Rev David D Schmidt officiated. All States Lodge No. 593, F & AM had a part.  Elgan Moore Talkington was born July 11, 1913 at Harrington, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Talkington. His mother died when he was 8 years old, and his sister, Florence, and his grandmother, Mrs. Nancy Moore made homes for him during his growing up period. Elgan is survived by his wife, Mildred, at the home in California; daughter, Patricia, 16 and son, Michael, 8 (by a former marriage) in Iowa; sister, Mrs. Florence Spicer, brother, Earle, Phoenix, Arizona, and grandmother, Mrs. Nancy Moore, Tacoma. Mrs. Spicer had talked by telephone to Earle, at Phoenix , and says he is much improved in his speech, and is doing nicely.” (Citizen: 3-07-1958)


Talkington, Floyd S.,            12-30-1921

“Floyd S. Talkington, 21, former student at Lewis and Clark high school and son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Talkington, W1425 Tenth avenue, died Thursday at Salt Lake City and his body was returned to Spokane yesterday, the funeral services to be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. form Smith & Co’s.  Floyd Talkington had been working in Wyoming and was ordered to a lower altitude by his physician because of heart disease. He had been in Salt Lake but a few days before his death. He is survived by his parents, a sister, Jessie, and six brothers, Brant, Pleasant, Leonard, Marshall, Willard and Emmet.” (Citizen: 12-30-1921)


Thompson, Glenn W.,   3-15-1996 

 “Glenn W Thompson. Died: 15 March 1996, Almira, WA. Birth: 18 Jan 1929.” (WA Death Index)


Thorne, Mrs. Elmer,             11-28-1974

“Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Elmer Thorne at Eureka, CA. Her funeral services were held at Coos Bay, Oregon. She is survived by two daughters and a son. Mrs. Thorne came to Wilbur from Elmer City a number of years ago and was employed by Mrs. Myrtle Johnston at the hospital here. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge.” (Wilbur Register: 11-28-1974)


Tilson, Virgil A .,                 9-19-1974

“Virgil A. Tilson, 60, Hartline, passed away in Soap Lake hospital Monday. He was born in Hartline on Nov 25, 1913, and spent most of his life in the Hartline area farming. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and of the Hartline City Council.  Surviving are his wife, Rose, at the home; his mother, Mrs. Lula Tilson, Medical Lake; six sisters, Mrs. Viola Thomsen, Mansfield, Mrs. Elaine Webley, Coulee City, Mrs. Elsie Anderson, Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Mildred Price, Vancouver, WA, Mrs. Betty Jud, Opportunity, and Mrs. Ann Kinder, Loon Lake, WA, and many nieces and nephews. Nicoles Funeral Home, Ephrata, is in charge of arrangements.” (Wilbur Register: 9-19-1974)


Tolonen, Mary R.,             1-17-1974

“Memorial services for Mary Ruth Tolonen were held Wednesday of this week from the First Congregational Church, Pasco, following her death Jan 11.  She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Calvin Miller, Pasco; a brother, Jess Canady, Grand Coulee; three sisters, Naomi Walter, Odessa, Dorothy Tolonen, Almira, and Faye Cates, San Diego, CA, and two grandchildren.” (Wilbur Register:  1-17-1974)


Trefry, George A.,                5-23-1974

“George Albert Trefry, pioneer farmer in the DelRio area, died May 20.  He was born April 23, 1876, at Defiance, Iowa, and came west with his parents in 1883. In 1888 he came with the family to homestead in Douglas County. Survivors include a daughter, Iva Sinquefield, Tacoma; two sons, Homer of Wenatchee and Cecil of Mansfield; 6 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, from the Bridgeport (WA) Cemetery at 10 a.m.  The Robertson Funeral Home of Wilbur is in charge of arrangements.” (Wilbur Register: 5-23-1974)


Watson, Seth,                     9-19-1974

“Seth S. Watson, 65, Grand Coulee , lost his life by drowning when he drove off the highway by the Keller ferry last Saturday. For apparently no reason, he drove to the right of the ferry into about six feet of water. It is rumored that he was contemplating suicide and the pilot on the ferry reported that he was traveling at a fast speed. A passenger, Leonard H Allen, 32, Grand Coulee, escaped through a door and was taken to Ferry County Hospital in Republic. He was listed in a satisfactory condition but had multiple lacerations.” (Wilbur Register: 9-19-1974)



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