Davenport Mountain View Cemetery  


                   submitted by Marge Womach 



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See cemetery introduction on page A 



Laabs surname:  (see also, Eugene Laabs who died in Seattle on Aug 26, 1982)


Laabs, Anna Dorothea Marie Timm:  (1888-1961); w/o Charles; d/o August Wilhelm Timm and his wife Dorothea Buhr; {“Anna Dorothea Marie Timm, born in Holdenstedt, Hanover, Germany on Jan 2, 1888, passed away Jan 14, 1961. Charles Wesley Laabs, born in Virginia, Minnesota on April 16, 1883, passed away July 22, 1925. Anna and Wesley were married in Davenport on Feb 26, 1903. They lived in Davenport where Lawrence was born on March 12, 1904; moved to Anna’s folks farm where Viola was born on Dec 3, 1907; moved to Eltopia, WA where they bought a quarter section of land, 11 miles northwest of the Eltopia homestead, and built a two-room shack covered with tar paper. They later added another room to it. They moved three miles north of this before Geneva was born on June 3, 1911. In 1915 they moved 12 miles southwest of Odessa, WA to the California Fruit Ranch, a wheat farm. Leonard was born here on Sept 4, 1917. In 1921 they moved to Odessa for one year and then to Harrington before Eugene was born there in 1923. Wesley died in 1925 at Grandpa Timm’s house. Anna married William Parr in 1940 and they were divorced in 1941. Anna moved to Seattle to be near her children and worked there for more than 16 years as a nurses’ aid.  She died there  January 14, 1961.” (excerpts of the Anna Timm Laabs History, as found in the Harrington City Library).}


Laabs, Charles Wesley:  (1883-1925); h/o Anna; : “Driving in from the ranch Wednesday afternoon for some harvester extras, C W Laabs, went to the upstairs bath room in his home and shot himself with a small caliber shot gun, death occurring instantly. Mrs Laabs was out watering the lawn and scarcely knew that her husband had returned. He stepped to the kitchen door and said ‘Good-bye’ and immediately went upstairs. Mrs Laabs hardly heard his remark and thought nothing about it but when she heard the shot she immediately feared that something desperate had happened, and rushed in to investigate. Sheriff Gilpatric was called and together with Marshal McKinnon of Harrington, Attorney Dye of Davenport and several of Mrs Laab’s brothers, an examination was made and all agreed that it was a clear case of suicide. The county coroner was not called and the body was placed in charge of J E Turner of Harrington. Deceased had farmed at Eltopia for nine years and near Odessa from 1914 until 1923. For the past two years he has lived in Harrington and farmed in the country. At present he operates the estate of the late August Timm and has 500 acres in crop. Last fall he was deputy assessor in this county. He was highly respected and was well liked and was recognized as a kind husband and father. He had been drinking heavily for some time and beyond doubt was not responsible when he took his life. Twenty-two years ago he married Anna Timm. He is survived by his widow and five children, the oldest of which is Lawrence, 21 years of age. The other children are Viola, Geneva, Leonard and Eugene. His parents, Mr and Mrs Chas Laabs, live on Wellesley Avenue, Spokane. One brother and four sisters survive him. Albert Laabs, Coeur d’Alene; Mrs G H Rux, Reardan; Mrs A Houser, Vancouver, WA; Mrs Albert McKee, Seattle; and Mrs Herman Huesman, Davenport. The funeral was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Methodist Church in Davenport.” (Citizen: 24 July 1925) Anna Timm was the daughter of August Wilhelm Timm and Dorothea Buhr; she was born Jan 2, 1888 and died in Seattle Jan 14, 1961.


Laabs, Lawrence L:  (1904-1990); d. 11-01-1990;  {“Lorenz (Lawrence) LeRoy Laabs was born March 11, 1904 at Davenport. In 1907 he lived on his grandparents’ farm until they moved to Eltopia when he was six. He walked to school one and one-half miles. In 1915 home was the farm 12 miles south of Odessa, school was just a half mile away from the farm. He drove a car to high school at Odessa the first years and then he worked on the farm for Albert until he came to Seattle to work in the shipyard as a marine wire man for Sea Tac Shipyards. On October 31, 1942 he was inducted into the army at Fort Lewis. When he was 38 years old he got an honorable discharge because of his age. He was in the army in Texas for seven months. Soon after that he was hired back at the shipyards at the same job until 1946. He then was employed at Seattle Brick Yards until he retired in 1966 and has lived in the same home since 1945”.  Lawrence Laabs was a son of Charles Wesley Laabs and his wife Anna Dorothea Timm Laabs. The Laabs family moved countless times while he was growing up. The dust storms south of Odessa resulted in the family going into bankruptcy and moving to the grandfather’s Harrington place (August Timm). Lawrence was 21 when his father died. (excerpts and details from the August Timm Family History as found in the Harrington City Library).}


Lake, David N: (1838-1913);  “Died, on Friday, Feb 14, 1913, at the hour of 12:30 p.m., at the home of his son, C F, in this city, David N Lake, of heart failure, super-induced by a complication of diseases from which he had been a sufferer for the past five years. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the late home of the deceased, Rev Wm Hoskins, pastor of the ME Church in this city, officiating. Interment in Mountain View Cemetery.” (Dav. Tribune: 2-20-1913) “David N Lake was born near Philadelphia, PA, Sept 3, 1838, and was therefore at the time of his death, 74 yrs 5 mos and 11 days old. When but a small boy his parents removed to Trumbull Co, Ohio, where he continued to reside until he became a young man, of the age when thoughts of self support impress themselves deeply upon the youthful mind, and he went west filled with ambition and hope, locating in the central part of the state of Wisconsin. It was here that he met Julia A Williams, later marrying her. To this union were born four sons and two daughters: Charles F and H Fayette, both of Davenport, D Clinton, of Milwaukee, WI; E Linwood, of Spokane; Mrs F E Millard, of Canby, MN; and Mrs Edna Butler, of near Bakersfield, CA.... “Dav. Tribune: 2-20-1913) “David N Lake, 74, a native of PA, died at the home of his son, C F Lake, Friday morning. Mr Lake was a cabinet maker until recent years and was a veteran of the Civil War, through which he served with the 8th MN. Of six surviving children, three of them, CF and HF Lake, of this city, and E L Lake of Spokane were in attendance at the funeral service at the home Sunday afternoon. Burial was at Mt View Cemetery.” (LCT: 2-21-1913)


Lambirth, Elmer E:  (1868-1944); “Elmer Lambirth. Dated: Oct 19, 1944.” (Bumgarner Funeral Index); “Elmer E Lambirth. Dated: Oct 19, 1944. Buried Davenport.” (Acacia Lodge Death Index); (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Lambirth, Laura:  (1869-1940);  “Laura Lambirth. Dated: June 22, 1940.” (Bumgarner Funeral Index); (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Lambirth, Minnie M: (1879-1900); w/o Elmer E; (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Landfried, Virgil:  (1915-1998); d. 3-31-1998;  Virgil O Landfried, 82, died on Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane. Mr Landfried farmed near Lamona during the 1970s. He was employed by the U & I Sugar company in Moses Lake after that, and retired to Spokane in 1978. He was born Aug 27, 1915 in Harrington and was graduated from Davenport High School in 1936. He served in the US Navy as a Seabee in WW II.  He married Edith Jayne in 1948.  For several years, before taking up farming at Lamona, he was manager of the Davenport Grange.  He is survived by his wife, Edith; two daughters, Iris and Frieda; 3 granddaughters, Joanne, Donna and Ursula; one great granddaughter, Jenny, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held in Spokane on April 4.” (Odessa Record: 4-23-1998)


Lane, John: (unconfirmed; d. 3-23-1892);  “John Lane. Died: 3-23-1892 age 2, at Davenport.”  (Lincoln County Auditor death return); 


Lane, Mary Jane:  (1852-1921); (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Lane, Steven Wood:  ‘Ted’; (d. 1954); “ Steven Wood Lane . Died: 6-09-1954. Birth: 4-01-1886, Davenport , WA . Single. Father: John Lane . Mother: Mary Jane Picher. Burial: Mt View Cemetery , Davenport , WA .” (Lincoln Co Health death card)


Lane, Ted:  (1886-1954); (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Lane, William H:  (1884-1957); (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Lang, Caroline S:  (1875-1959);  w/o Frank; (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Lang, Frank S:  (1868-1947); “Frank Lang. Dated: Nov 14, 1947.” (Bumgarner Funeral Index);  (Edit: Herbert R Lang, son of Frank S and Caroline Lang, died Dec 24, 1973 in Cambria, CA, where services were held.); 


Lange, M C:  (1835-1924); (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Larsen, Ella:  (d. 1949); “Ella Evelyn Larsen. Dated: Oct 15, 1949.” (Bumgarner Funeral Index); “Mrs Larson. Dated: Oct 19, 1949. From Ellensburg.” (Davenport Presbyterian Ledger);


Larson, Theodore:  (d. abt 1903; see probate #621, did not view);


Larson, Virginia D:  (1910-1945); “Virginia Larson. Dated: Dec 12, 1945.” (Bumgarner Funeral Index); (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Lauer surname. Advertisements by Fred Lauer appeared in the 1902, LCT, as Proprietor of the Columbia Barber Shop.


Lauer, Albertina:  (1886-1961); (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Laughbon, Amy E Gauger:  (1900-1991); “Dr M A Laughbon, Davenport dentist, and Miss Amy Gauger, stenographer for Prosecutor H E Phillips, were married at Coeur d’Alene last Wednesday.”  (Odessa Record: 8-10-1939); “Amy E Laughbon. Died: 12 June 1991, age 90, Lincoln Co, WA. Birth: 20 Sept 1901. Death Certificate #015650.” (WA Death Index)  {“Amy Emile Gauger. Birth: 20 Sept 1900, Rockford , Iowa . Died: 12 June 1991, Davenport, Lincoln Co, WA. Marriage: 2 Aug 1939, Coeur d’Alene, ID; Spouse: Marion Albert Laughbon.” (submitted)}

Laughbon, Alma L: (1887-1967); d. 4-06-1967, at Davenport, Lincoln Co, WA; (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Laughbon, Dewey W:  (1897-1985); d. Jan 1985 in Davenport, Lincoln Co, WA; b. 4-19-1897;  “A little son was born to the wife of A Laughbon, Tuesday.” (LCT: 4-16-1897);  “Funeral services for Dewey W Laughbon, 87, of Davenport took place at the Davenport Presbyterian Church on Monday, Jan 14.  Mr Laughbon died on Wednesday, Jan 9, 1985 in Spokane.  Mr Laughbon was born April 19, 1897 in Davenport, to N A Laughbon and the former Lide Bilsing, one of seven children.  He grew up in this area and graduated from Davenport High School, where he excelled in athletics, particularly track. Mr Laughbon served in the Army during WW I at Fort Warden in Port Townsend, WA. On Jan 14, 1932, he married Elsie VanSkiver, and the couple lived in Rice from 1940 to 1962. At that time, he retired from farming, his life-time work, and the couple moved back to Davenport.  Survivors include his son, Jack Laughbon of Wilbur, daughter, Dorothy Skinner of Spokane, brothers, Lawrence of Spokane and Marion of Davenport; 5 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and 2 nieces.  His wife, Elsie, preceded him in death in October of 1983; as well as his brothers, Ray, Frank and Wendell, and sister Alma. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Quillisascut Grange in Rice, North Star Grange and the Gorilla Booster Club. Rev Jeff Callender of the Davenport Presbyterian Church led funeral services, with Sarah Jane Johnson as organist, La Rae Birt as piano accompanist and Larry Skinner as soloist. Pall bearers included Jack Laughbon, Larry Skinner, Ron Laughbon, Jake Laughbon, Bob Laughbon, Dick Laughbon and Jerry Birt.” (Davenport Times: 1-17-1985) 


Laughbon, Earl Lee:  drowned; Dav. Presbyterian; undated;  (Edit:  “Earl Laughbon is at home again, having spent most of the summer in the hospital at Spokane. He is in a fair way to a permanent recovery.” (LCT: 8-29-1902); 


Laughbon, Elsie VanSkiver:  (1901-1983);  “Funeral services were held Monday for Elsie Julia Laughbon, who passed away Oct 14, 1983. She was 81.  Mrs  Laughbon was born in Bluestem on Dec 5, 1901, to John Van Skiver and the former Jennie Leipham. She grew up in Bluestem, and received her teaching degree from Cheney Normal School.  She taught grade school for nine years before marrying Dewey Laughbon on Jan 14, 1932, in Spokane. After raising their two children, she resumed her teaching career, and retired in 1961 when they moved to Davenport.  She is survived by her husband, Dewey, her son, Jack, of Wilbur; her daughter, Dorothy Skinner of Spokane; her sister, Jennie Hansen, of Soap Lake; 5 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and two nieces, Terry Baker and Kay Hastings.  Laughbon attended Davenport Presbyterian Church, was a charter member of Bluestem Grange, and a member of Quillisascut Grange in Rice, WA.  Services were held at Davenport Presbyterian Church, with Rev Jeff Callender officiating. Dixie Guhlke was soloist, and Sarah Jane Johnson, organist. Pallbearers were George Deakin, Roy Hellie, Mike Johnson, Ron Laughbon, Ron Roseman, and Ben Wendland. Honorary bearers included Winton Bryant, Vern Bumgarner, Pearl Entwistle, Dee McKern, Morse McKern, Dewey Robinson, John Robinson and Les Seimer. Burial at Mt View Cemetery, Davenport, followed the service.” (Davenport Times:  10-20-1983) 


Laughbon, Frank E:  (1891-1951); “Frank E Laughbon. Dated: June 8, 1951.” (Bumgarner Funeral Index); “Frank E Laughbon. Dated: June 7, 1951. Buried Davenport.” (Acacia Lodge Funeral Index); “Frank Laughbon. Died: ___.” (Presbyterian Ledger); “Frank E Laughbon, 58, Davenport, city council member and the town’s fire chief, died Friday at his home there.  He was the husband of Hazel Laughbon, a member of the board of regents of Eastern Washington College of Education. Mr Laughbon was born in Davenport Aug 31, 1893, and lived there all of his life.  Survivors include his widow, Hazel, at the home; a sister, Alma, Davenport; four brothers, Dr Marion Laughbon, Davenport; Wendell Laughbon, DuPont, WA; Lawrence Laughbon, Spokane; and Dewey Laughbon, Rice, WA. Funeral services were held at the Davenport Presbyterian church on Monday with the Rev LeRoy Duncan officiating.” (Odessa Record: 6-14-1951)


Laughbon, Hazel:  (1896-1969);  d: 1-07-1969 at Pullman, Whitman Co, WA. w/o Frank;  (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)“Hazel Laughbon.—Her home, Davenport, WA. Survived by one niece, Mrs Taylor Harris, Carmel, CA; one nephew, Colonel Max Boyer, Tarzana, CA, and one cousin Laura Ellis, Colville, WA. She was past department president of the American Legion Auxiliary, a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Spokane PEO Chapter, Moscow, Idaho, member of the Presbyterian Church and Chapter 131 OES, both of Davenport. She was presently housemother at Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at WSU, at time of her death. Funeral services Monday, Jan 13 at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of the Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, Rev Roger Muisiner officiating. Interment Mountain View Cemetery, Davenport, WA. The Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 1-13-1969)


Laughbon, Lawrence K:  (1899-2001);  “Memorial service for Lawrence K Laughbon, 101, will be scheduled at a later date. Mr Laughbon, who was born in Davenport, died Jan 2, 2001. He was an 80-year Spokane resident and taught in Spokane schools for 44 years. He also was a principal at four Spokane elementary schools. Arrangements are with Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Spokane.”  (Davenport Times: 1-11-2001);  (Edit: b. 11-12-1899);  “Lawrence K Laughbon, residing Davenport, age 22, teacher, s/o N A Laughbon born Galion, OH and Lide Bilsing born Galion, OH; Grace O Bock, residing Spokane, age 22, born Dayton, OH, teacher, d/o A A Bock, born Dayton and Elizabeth M Mellinger born OH; Marriage on 8-16-1922 at Spokane; witnesses: Mrs A A Bock and Mrs N A Laughbon. Minister: Arthur F Colver.”  (Details from Marriage Certificate; License # 31933, Spokane County);  “L K Laughbon; Vera R Johnson. Marriage Date: 11-27-1958, Pend Oreille County, Idaho.” (Pend Oreille County Marriage Index) 


Laughbon, Leroy B:  (1885-1947); d. 9-08-1947; “Roy Laughbon. Dated: Sept 8, 1947.” (Bumgarner Funeral Index);  “Roy Laughbon. Died: Sept 8, 1947.”  (Davenport Presbyterian Ledger);  (Edit: First born surviving child of Nathanial and Lydia, born in KS on 8-16-1885.) (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Laughbon, Lida E:  (1859-1947); d. 4-11-1947; w/o Nathaniel; “Lida Ellen Laughbon. Dated: April 11, 1947.” (Bumgarner Funeral Index); “Lide Ellen Laughbon. Dated: Apr 11, 1947.” (Davenport Presbyterian Ledger); (Edit: Newton and Lide or Nathanial and Lydia, resided in the Inkster precinct of Lincoln County, north of Davenport. In the 1900 census they show the following children: Leroy, Alma, Franse, Marion, Dewey and Lawrence. Lydia and Newton were married in 1884 prior to their emigration to Lincoln County, as evidenced by the births of Leroy and Alma in Kansas. Wendell did not appear on the census as he was not born until 1903); (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Laughbon, M A (Dr):  (1895-1993);  “Marion A Laughbon, b. abt 1895, d. 2-09-1993, Lincoln Co, WA.” (WA State Death Index); (Edit: b. 2-06-1895);  “Laughbon is Honored. Dr M A ‘Doc’ Laughbon, a lifetime member of the Acacia Lodge, was awarded a 50-year pin by the Masons group June 11.  Laughbon joined the Masons in 1940 when his petition was signed by George Hering and Floyd Underwood. He became Master of Acacia Lodge in 1948.  Past District Deputy Frank Rambo provided background information which mentioned that first month dues for Laughbon were $2.35 and , appropriately, that Laughbon is the most senior member of the Presbyterian Church.  Past Master Fred Campbell, who became master the year following Laughbon also reminisced with the honoree and lodge members.  Campbell recalled the birth of the annual fishing trip to Curlew Lake which continued through this year. He recalled that 45 years ago, when the group was unhappy with its fishing accommodations, he and Albert Leipham joined Cecil Fisher and Laughbon to form a larger group which was able to continue down through the years.  During the time Laughbon was a member of Acacia Lodge, he was also Patrol of Eastern Star, a school board member, American Legion member, active in church work and a member of other professional organizations. Prior to practicing dentistry in Davenport, Laughbon was active in sports and, during WW I, served as a sergeant in the US Army.  Laughbon, approaching his 96th birthday, demonstrated to all that he remains mentally alert and physically active, the organizers said.  Bob Laughbon, past master of Acacia Lodge and current member of the grand master’s team, presented Laughbon with his certificate and pin at the end of the ceremony.” (Davenport Times:  6-14-1990);


Laughbon, Marcia A: (b. 1905-2005); d. 12-21-2005 in Seattle, King Co, WA;  Marcia A Laughbon (age 100)—longtime resident of Dupont, WA and Wesley Homes in Des Moines, WA, died Dec 21, 2005. Marcia was born on Feb 14, 1905 to John W and Jennie M Brewer in Wilson Creek, WA. After obtaining her teaching degree from Central Washington Normal School , she spent her entire career teaching young children in the Dupont-Fort Lewis School District .  In her younger years she was actively involved with her church, Girl Scouts, bowling and golf. In Aug 1938 she married Wendell B Laughbon and lived happily with her three greatest joys, her husband and two children, in the Dupont area for many years. Surviving members of Marcia’s family include her daughter Marcia J Forsythe of Klamath Falls; her son Richard W Laughbon and spouse Glenna of Spokane; her four grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Marcia’s services in Davenport, WA will be announced and held at a later time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hennessey Smith Funeral Home, Spokane, WA..” (Spokesman Review: 12-25-2005)


Laughbon, Mary E:  (1917-2000);  “Funeral for Mary Elizabeth Laughbon will be Saturday, July 1, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, with Pastor Martha Montovani officiating. Mrs Laughbon died June 22 at Lincoln Nursing Home in Davenport.  Private inurnment will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Davenport.  Born in Chaptico, VA, to James and Margaret (Jeter) Newsome, she married Robert Laughbon in October 1950 in Washington, DC.  The couple came to Davenport in 1982 after living in Denver, CO, where she contributed years of voluntary work with the Army Community Services and Navy relief.  While living in Richmond, VA, she was employed  as a dietitian and department supervisor at a local hospital. She also taught children with special needs while living in Guam, and established a home in a community that spoke no English while living in Madrid, Spain for four years.  She was a member of the Eastern Star. She leaves her husband at the home; two daughters, Linda Bernhardt of Anchorage, Alaska and Cherry Powell of Edenton, NC; a son, James Wiggins of Glenwood Springs, CO; three sisters, Mamie Bryan, Emma Cooper and Virginia Overman, all of North Carolina. Strate Funeral Home of Davenport is handling arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 6-29-2000); 


Laughbon, Nathaniel Allen:  (1856-1926); “Nathaniel Allen Laughbon, age 70, a pioneer resident of the Davenport district, died at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane Tuesday evening. He underwent an operation more than a month ago, and was thought to be improving steadily. He had been walking about the hospital a short time before his death, which came as a great shock to his family.  Funeral services for Mr Laughbon were held at the Davenport Presbyterian Church this afternoon at 2 p.m., with Rev W L Killian officiating. Interment was in Mountain View Cemetery. Mr Laughbon was born in Ohio, Jan 1, 1856.  He was married to Miss Lydia Belsing in 1884, and came west with his wife in 1891, and settled on a ranch on the Spokane River, north of Davenport. He and his family developed this property until it is now recognized as one of the finest fruit ranches in Lincoln County.  Mr Laughbon is survived by his widow, Mrs Lydia Laughbon, one daughter, Miss Alma Laughbon, of Davenport, six sons, Lawrence K, of Raymond, WA, and Roy B, Frank E, Marion A, Dewey and Wendell B Laughbon, all of Davenport, and 3 grandchildren. He is also survived by 5 sisters, Mrs George W Weaks, Mrs N B Palmer and Mrs Joseph Parr, all of Spokane, Mrs John Henry Belsing, Udell, KS, Mrs Cole, Galio, Ohio, and Mrs Walters, Crestline, OH, and two brothers, E R and C L Laughbon of Davenport.” (7-08-1926) (Edit: Marriage date: 1-05-1884)


Laughbon, Newton A:  (1856-1926); d. 7-06-1926; “Newton Allen Laughbon. Dated: 1926.” (Davenport Presbyterian Ledger); (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Laughbon, Robert:  (1925-2005);  “Davenport.—Memorial service took place May 14, 2005 at Mountain View Cemetery for Robert A Laughbon, 79, Senior Chief Petty Officer, US Navy, Retired, who died Wednesday, March 16, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he had resided since 2001.  Born in Davenport on Nov 13, 1925, to Margaret and Marion Laughbon, he began his 26-year naval career in 1943. During the remainder of World War II he served the tank landing ship 118; Command Service Squadron, South Pacific Force, at Noumea, New Caldonia; and the destroyer USS Heerman (DD-532).  It was while aboard the Heerman that he participated in the battles of Leyte Gulf, Palau, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Eniwetok and the bombardment of Japan. In 1946 he entered civilian life but returned to active duty in 1950 as a Navy recruiter in Richmond, VA.  From 1951 to 1954, he was assigned to the destroyer USS Ingraham (DD-694) and participated in shore bombardment off the Korean coast. The next two years he served with the coastal minesweeper USS Thrush (MSC-204) before serving a four-year tour with Command Naval Activities, Madrid, Spain.  From 1960 to 1964, he returned to recruiting duty in Richmond. A two-year tour with Naval Investigative Support Office in Guam was followed by an assignment in 1966 to the Director of Intelligence in Washington, DC.  IN 1968, he served with the Naval Investigative Support Office, in Saigon, Republic of Vietnam, then in December of that year reported to the Staff commander First Fleet in San Diego, where he served until his retirement on July 15, 1970. He earned the Presidential Unit Citation with one star, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 12 stars, Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation. After retiring from the Navy, he and his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Newsome) Laughbon, who were married in October 1950, resided in Denver, Colorado, until 1982 when they moved to Davenport.  He had a distinguished service with the Masons. Through the Acacia Lodge No. 58 in Davenport, he received First Degree on June 11, 1984; Second Degree on Sept 24, 1984; made Master Mason on Oct 24, 1984. He was Master of the Lodge in 1988 and received the Grand Master’s Outstanding Mason Award for District 29 in 1989. With the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington, he was a member of the Credentials Committee in 1989-1990; member of the Charters Committee 1995-1996; and was District Deputy of the Grand Master from June 1991 to June 1992. He and his wife Mary were initiated into the Davenport Chapter 131 of the Order of Eastern Star Feb 4, 1985.  His mother, a  sister, Virginia Laughbon Wiggins, his step-mother, Amy, his father, and wife of nearly 50 years, preceded him in death.  He leaves a daughter, Linda Lea (and Robert Budd) Bernhardt of Anchorage, Alaska; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.” (Davenport Times:  5-19-2005) 


Laughbon, Roy: See Leroy.


Laughbon, Vera R:  (1909-1999);  “L K Laughbon; Vera R Johnson. Marriage Date: 11-27-1958, Pend Oreille County, Idaho.” (Pend Oreille County Marriage Index)  “Vera R Laughbon, born 4-22-1909; died: 2-09-1999 in Spokane, Spokane Co, WA.” (Data from death certificate);


Laughbon, Wendell B:  (1902-1978); “Wendell B Laughbon. Birth: 6-27-1902; Died: 10-21-1978, Pierce Co, WA.”  (WA State Death Index);  “Graveside services were held for Wendell B Laughbon of DuPont, WA, last Tuesday at the Mt View Cemetery, Davenport.  Laughbon was born in Davenport in 1902, and graduated from Davenport High School. He then attended and graduated from Eastern State University with a teaching degree.  His total vocational experience was in the DuPont-Fort Lewis School District. He had served as superintendent of that system for the past 35 years. While at Eastern, he lettered in both football and track, and was actively involved in many campus organizations. He had earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and remained active in the movement throughout his life, having taken groups of scouts to Washington DC during the past several years.  Survivors include his wife, Marcia, of DuPont; one son, Lt Colonel Richard Wendall Laughbon of Littleton, CO;  one daughter, Marcia Jean Forsythe of Klamath Falls, OR;  three brothers, Lawrence of Spokane, and Dewey and Dr M A Laughbon of Davenport. Also surviving are four grandchildren.” (Davenport Times:  10-26-1978); 


Laughlin, Fred:  (d. 7-18-1942); “Fred Laughlin. Dated: July 18, 1942.” (Bumgarner Funeral Index); (See also, Clarence Laughlin, died 8-13-1952)


Laughlin, Elizabeth: see probate #811, did not view)


Lawrence, Arta F:  (1890-1981); d. 3-13-1981;  “Graveside services were held for Arta F Lawrence, born and reared in Davenport, on Tuesday, March 17 at Mountain View Cemetery here. She was born on July 16, 1890 on what is now known as the Jason Horwege farm. She died Friday, March 13, 1981 in Bellingham, WA. She attended Davenport schools and attended Bellingham Normal School, University of Washington, Stanford, Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Columbia University and Western Washington University.  She taught at Larene in Lincoln County, San Jose College, Eastern Oregon College of Education at LaGrande, OR, and in Aberdeen, WA. She is survived by a sister, Edna Tjoekler, a brother, Morton Lawrence, both of Everson, WA; a niece, Aris Lawrence and a nephew, Lawrence Tjoelker, both of Everson, WA; a niece, Eunice Powell, Redmond, WA; a niece Louella Hahnel, Bellingham, WA; cousins Esther Huck Switzer, Pompano Beach, FL, Jim Huck and Joe Huck, both of Davenport; several grand nieces and grand nephews.  Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 16 at Garden Street Methodist Church in Bellingham.” (Davenport Times: 3-19-1981)


Lawrence, Ella V:  (1861-1898); d. 11-24-1898; w/o Jonas; “The many friends of the family were shocked Thursday morning to learn of the death of Mrs Ella V, wife of Mr J P Lawrence, who has resided on his place four miles west of Davenport for the past nine years...The fact is that the illness of Mrs Lawrence was not generally known... Yet the deceased had been ill some time prior to the fatal termination of her ailment. She first showed symptoms of sickness in August, but that illness was not of a nature to awaken any apprehension on the part of the family. Unfortunately, the affliction developed into pulmonary troubles, and in the latter part of September the patient was compelled to take her bed. She grew worse from day to day and despite every attention and the best of medical aid her malady rapidly developed into consumption and proved fatal. The funeral took place Saturday and the remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. Mrs Lawrence maiden name was Ella V Earles, of this place. She was born in Southern Ohio, Dec 28, 1861, and was at the time of her death aged 36 years, 11 months and 26 days. She was married to J P Lawrence in Ohio and together they came to WA some ten years ago. They spent one season at Walla Walla and in 1889 moved upon the place near Davenport, where the family has since resided. She leaves a husband and four children, 3 girls and one boy, from four to ten years of age. Mrs Lawrence was an earnest, devoted Christian lady and an active member of the ME Church....” (LCT: 12-02-1898) “Ella V Lawrence. #435. Filed 6 June 1900. Residence: Davenport, WA. Died: 24 Nov 1898 in Lincoln County.  Spouse: Jonas P Lawrence. Children: Edna M, age 12; Artie F, 10; Ethel V, 8; Lawton K, age 6.” (Lincoln County Superior Court Probate notes, Estate #435); “Minor Children of Ella Lawrence, deceased, and Jonas P Lawrence, having waived rights. File #438. Filed: June 16, 1900, guardianship. (complex file);  J W Earles, uncle; H H McMillen, guardian; father re-applied as guardian in 1909. Children: Edna M, Artie F, Ethel V and Lawton K Lawrence.” (Lincoln Co Superior Court Probate Notes, Estate #438);  “Ella Lawrence. Died: Nov 25, 1898.” (Davenport Methodist Ledgers); 


Lawrence, Jonas P: (1859-1941); d. 7-16-1941; h/o Ella; “J P Laurence. Dated: July 19, 1941.” (Bumgarner Funeral Index);  “First Methodist Episcopal Church of Davenport. Signed 22 March 1892; Davenport Circuit, Columbia District Columbia River Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. George A Oswalt; George L Oman; J P Lawrence; J W Earles; A P Oliver; Charles C Buck; and J F West.” (Lincoln Co Auditor: Articles of Incorporation); 


Lawrence, Lawton Kelley:  (1894-1912); d. 3-06-1912; (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Lawrence, Mary W:  (1874-1958); d. 12-19-1958; (Tombstone viewed by Lartigues in 1973-74)


Lawson, David S:  (1875-1956); f/o Lawrence E; h/o Myrtle O;  “Funeral services were held on Sunday from the Davenport Methodist Church for David S Lawson, 81, long time resident of that area. Pastor Knowles of the Spokane Seventh Day Adventist church officiated and the Strate Funeral Home had charge. Pallbearers included Lew Hutsell, Jack Sterritt, Harry Heid, and Archie Logsdon of Davenport, Clarence Dahlstrom and Oscar Overhols of Spokane.  Mr Lawson was born in Minnesota in 1875, and came west at the turn of the century. His marriage to Mrs Lawson was in 1904 at Davenport, and he resided in that area much of the time since. Survivors include his wife, Myrtle, at the home; two sons, Russell Lawson of Odessa and Lawrence Lawson of Davenport; one daughter, Mrs Ethel Mackey, Anchorage, Alaska, and 13 grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 9-30-1956) 


Lawson, Lawrence E:  (unconfirmed;  1919-2001); h/o Verla; “A memorial gathering for Lawrence E ‘Larry’ Lawson, a former Davenport resident, is scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the San Poil Grange on Creamery Road in Republic. Mr Lawson died June 8 at his Republic home. Born Sept 9, 1919 in Spokane to David S and Myrtle O (Delehay) Lawson, he moved to Rice, WA, at the age of 6 and attended school there. The family moved in 1929 to Davenport, where he graduated from high school.  He married Verla V Sterrett on Nov 12, 1938, in Coeur d’Alene. Together they farmed in the Davenport area until 1965. They then made several moves within Washington and Idaho before making their home in Republic in 1987. They owned and operated the Pine Grove Junction store with the help of their son, Clifford Lawson, in later years. He enjoyed the outdoors and was a hunter and avid gold miner.  He was preceded in death by his son, Clifford, in 1995, and a daughter, Nita Lawson in 1975. He leaves his wife, Verla, at the home; six daughters, Beverly Widmyer of Colville, Ardie Schmitz of Elk, Nancy Robertson of Seattle, Shari Chappell of Spokane, Tudy Stallman of Republic, and Rhonda Johnson of Spokane:  three sons, David Lawson of Salmon, Idaho, and Mel and Bill Lawson, both of Spokane; 19 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren. Danekas Funeral Chapel of Colville handled arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 6-14-2001); 


Lawson, Myrtle O Delehay: (1882-1982); w/o David S;  “Myrtle O Lawson, 100, documented the ‘oldest school teacher in WA state’, died July 18, 1982 in Spokane. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. July 21 at Strate Funeral Home with Rev Oss officiating.  Interment at Mountain View Cemetery.  Mrs Lawson came to Eastern Washington with her family in October 1902. Her father began homesteading.  When she turned 21, she also received a homestead near Lake Roosevelt. That homestead is now under water.  She became a school teacher and shortly thereafter married David E Lawson at Kettle Falls. He died in 1956. She is survived by one son, Lawrence Lawson of Elk; 13 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren.” (excerpt of Davenport Times: 7-22-1982);  “One-hundred years, most of them spent in Davenport, will be celebrated for Myrtle Lawson Sunday at an open house in Spokane where she lives. Mrs Lawson, born March 15, 1882 in Grey Eagle, MN, moved to Davenport when she married David Lawson in 1904. The couple reared three children, Russell, Ethel and Lawrence, the latter one farming at Davenport most of his life, until recent years.  Mr and Mrs Lawson remained in the Davenport area most of their lives and moved from their farm a couple of times to find work when it was scarce. They returned to live out their retirement in Davenport until he died in 1956. Then Myrtle worked for several people in the Davenport area. Recently she left here to live with her son, Lawrence, in Spokane and later moved to a nursing home, the Regency of Spokane, where she now resides at E. 44 Cozza Drive. Coming west in 1901 with her family, Myrtle has 13 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.  The open house celebration will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at the nursing home.” (Davenport Times: 3-11-1982; photo in original)




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