Creston Cemetery Burials and Obituaries
Submitted by Marge Womach
Introduction to Cemetery on Page A
Creston News and Notes addendum at bottom of page
Packard, Josephine Oligher; (b. 1879; d. 1968; listing)
“Josephine Packard. Died: Oct 1968, Davenport, Lincoln Co, WA. Birth:
9-07-1879. Last Residence: Davenport, Lincoln Co, WA.”
(SS Death Index);
Palmer family: Jeff Palmer. Robert Palmer. Margaret
Duvall Palmer. “The carnival grounds here Sunday were swept by searing
flames when a butane gas tank blew up in a popcorn stand, killing a woman and
two little boys, critically burning others.
The dead include two sons of Mr. and Mrs Gale Palmer of Odessa, Robert, 2,
and Jeff, 3; and the operator of the stand, Mrs. Norma Patricia Allen Kelly, 31,
9718 5th Place SW, Seattle, widowed mother of four children. She was
killed instantly. Removed to Deaconess hospital after emergency care here were
Mrs. Palmer, 26, and another son, Billy, 4, Mrs. Palmer on the critical list,
Billy fairly good; Mrs. Claire Morton of Seattle, good condition; her daughter,
Kathy, 4, critical; Mrs. Evelyn Stevens, Puyallup, good condition; her daughter,
Johanna, 10, fairly good; Mrs. Elizabeth Zwick, 56, from Hartline, critical, and
Glenn Dry, 26, St Louis, a carnival worker, critical. The carnival, King’s
Shows, was here for its second year at the Odessa Rodeo. It was just getting
underway for a Sunday afternoon play when the tank exploded. The tank, three
feet long and a foot in diameter, burst from top to bottom, and life a flame
thrower, hurtled fire into two other tent covered concession stands, another
trailer concession and the trailer office. Charles Scrupps, who happened to be
looking that way from the neighboring Schimke Bros service station, says he had
never seen such a flash of fire a resulted from the explosion. The popcorn stand
was close to the entrance to the grounds. A large crowd of people had gathered
at the rodeo grounds, and could see the towering smoke from down town. As the
fire siren blew the announcer asked all firemen to report to their stations.
This was followed by a call for all doctors to report at the carnival grounds,
and this followed by a request for every one with nurse training to report to
the hospital. The response was good. Most people, unaware of the tragedy,
remained seated to enjoy the rodeo. The volunteers gathered at the hospital,
where cars were bringing in the injured. There were so many that no attempt was
made to keep accurate listing of names. All who had a part in the rescue work
praised the manner in which doctors and nurses went to work. It was later
estimated that nine people were treated and released, in addition to those sent
to the Spokane hospital. The injury toll would have been greater except for the
fact that the rodeo was under way and had drawn most of the spectators. Ralph F
Smith, former Odessa man, chief safety inspector for the State Dept of Labor and
Industry, investigated the accident for that department. Police Chief Ray Buxton
and deputies form the sheriff’s office aided in the investigation. The Odessa
Record was not informed as to decisions of this group. The carnival workers were
shocked and on attempt was made to move from the site until Monday. Booked to
show at Prosser, the equipment was taken down and moved there, where A P King,
owner, said the show would go on operating.
Funeral services for the two Palmer children are to be held at 2 p.m.
Thursday, Aug 31, from the English Congregational church, the Rev John A.
Birchard officiating. Interment will be in the Creston cemetery at Creston,
Wash.” (Odessa Record: 8-31-1961) “The Gale A Palmer family has filed two
damage suits in superior court at Davenport as a result of the August carnival
explosion here that claimed five lives. Mr. Palmer, Odessa school teacher, whose
wife and three children died as result of the tragedy, seeks in excess of
$800,000 in two actions. He has filed one suit as guardian of a son, William O
Palmer, who survived the explosion injuries, seeking $300,000 and a second suit
as administrator of the estate of his wife, Margaret, asking $500,000.
Defendants include Suburban Gas Service of Moses Lake; Texaco, Inc; Standard Oil
Company; A T King and King Shows; and Barney Streeter Service Station.”
(Odessa Record: Jan 1962)
Palmer, Jeffery Brian; (b.
1958; d. 1961; s/w Robert C; listing) see
Palmer family above.
Palmer, Margaret Duvall; (b.
1935; d. 1961; listing) see Palmer family above. “Margaret Palmer. Died: Oct
1961. Birth: 3-21-1935.” (SS Death Index);
Palmer, Robert Clayton; (b. 1959; d. 1961; s/w Jeffery B; listing)
see Palmer family above.
Passley, Henry: (added: d. Feb 1905) “Last Wednesday at
12 o’clock Henry Passley passed away. The cause of death was due to typhoid
pneumonia which he had been suffering with for a number of weeks. He had
practically made his home with Al Moody the last few years being in his employ.
A brother of the deceased and other relatives came here Wednesday
evening. The funeral services were held in Creston today and the remains were
laid to rest in the Creston cemetery. The deceased was well known by the
public in general as he was an old pioneer of the Big Bend. –Creston News”
(Citizen: 2-24-1905) Peasley
“Orin Peasley, age 12, son of J. D. Peasley at Creston Ferry received a
terrible gash on his thigh from a sledding accident.” (notes from LCT:
Pendegast, R. W.; (b.
1850; d. 1935; listing) “Robert W.
Pendegast, 86, a former resident of Creston, died at Spokane Thursday and was
buried Saturday at Creston. It was his request.”
(Odessa Record: 5-24-1935)
“R .W. Pemdegast. Died: 16 May 1935, age 87, Spangle, Spokane Co, WA.
Father: J. N. Pendegast. Mother: Jane Comer.” (WA State Death Records);
Perrault, Alfred; (d.
2-12-1919; infant; listing) “Alfred
Perrault. Died: 14 Feb 1919, infant, male, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father:
James Perrault. Mother: Julia Nelson.” (WA State Death Records);
Perrault, Julia M.; (b.
1898; d. 1924; listing) “Julia
Perrault. Died: 13 Jan 1924, age 25, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA.
Burial: Creston, WA. Father:
Martin Nelson. Mother: Johannah Engbrigason. Spouse: James Perrault.” (WA
State Death Records);
Petty, Margie L.; (b.
1929; d. 1994; s/w Robert A.; listing) “Margie
L. Petty. Died: Oct 1994. Birth: 24 June 1929. Last Residence: Creston, Lincoln
Co, WA.” (SS Death Index);
Petty, Robert A.; (b. 1928; d. 1993; s/w Margie L.; m. 6-17-1950;
listing) “Robert A Petty. Died: 13 Dec 1993. Birth: 30 July 1928. Last
Residence: Creston, Lincoln Co, WA.” (SS Death Index);
Prest, Jay; (b. 1905; d. 1915; s/o C. W.; listing)
Prest, Kenneth; (no marker; listing) “Kenneth Eugene Prest. Died: 29 May 1929, infant, male. Father: Frank Thomas Prest. Mother: Frances Denny.” (WA State Death Records);
Creston News and Notes
(Misc. Ledgers: B-108) Presbyterian Church of Creston, filed Dec 6, 1899, with J. W. Maib (Pres) W. R. Foster (Sec), and D. F. McKay (Treas).
Parsons: “Priscilla Parsons, wife of C F Parsons, a Creston wheat grower, has brought suit for divorce and the custody of a 9-year old child. They have property valued at $10,000 according to Mrs. Parsons.” (Odessa Record: 10-01-1926)
Patrick: “Miss Ruey Patrick of Creston and Howard R Waters of Spokane joined the wedded procession Thursday evening, the 15th.” (Citizen: 10-23-1908)
Peck: “Malcolm Peck and Miss Clara Weber, both of whom own ranches ten or twelve miles southwest of Creston, were married in Creston a few days ago by Rev S A Woods, and went to Seattle on a brief wedding trip, says the News.” (LCT: 4-06-1906)
Peffley: “The school is a trifle diminished, some of the older ones being needed on the farms. The primary department will close next week. All will go to Prof. Peffley then for three months yet.” (LCT: 3-08-1901)
Peffley: “Miss Sadie Peffley, daughter of D. Frank Peffley of the Creston News, and an excellent young woman as well as an expert Simplex operator, has gone to Ritzville where she has accepted a position as simplex operator in the State Journal office.” (Citizen: 10-09-1908)
Creston Cemetery, Creston, Lincoln County, Washington
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