Edwall AREA Obituaries

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Ableman, infant:  “A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Ableman, April 3rd, but the little one only lived a short time and was laid away in the Edwall Cemetery, Friday.” (Harrington Citizen, Friday, April 11, 1913; see Edwall Catholic Cemetery)

Ableman, Minnie:  “Mrs. Wesley Ableman—nee Minnie Miller—aged 27 years, born and raised near Edwall, passed to the other shore Saturday as a result of heart failure. The funeral was conducted at the Catholic church, the Rev Father A. MacAleer officiating and the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery by the side of her babe who preceded her only ten days.  The floral offerings were beautiful and present in abundance. The sorrowing families on both sides of this household have the sympathy of a host of friends.” (Citizen-June 16, 1916)

Abelman, Philip LeRoy:  “A baby boy was born to Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Ableman Wednesday. The little one only lived a few hours and was laid to rest in the Edwall Cemetery, Thursday afternoon.” (Citizen-June 2, 1916; Tombstone shows May 30, 1916 only, in the Edwall Catholic Cemetery)

Addington, Mose:  “A number of Edwall people attended the funeral of Mose Addington in Cheney Thursday afternoon. Mr. Addington was a pioneer of the Waukon district.” 

Ahrens, Mrs Mary A:  “Mrs Mary A Ahrens, the aged mother of Mrs John Hogan of Edwall, and Mrs John Fuller of Spokane, died in Spokane Tuesday morning. Mrs Ahrens, who was within a few years of the century mark, fell from the porch of her daughter’s home last October fracturing her hip. Since then she has been in the hospital in Spokane for the greater part of the time confined to her bed. Mrs Mary Ahrens was 97 years of age, and besides her two daughters, she is survived by 21 grandchildren and 50 great grand-children.  Mrs Ahren   moved to Wisconsin from Canada 50 years ago. Twenty-four years ago she moved to Washington, where she has since resided and was affectionately known as ‘Grandma’ Ahren .  Her third child, John McGrath, by her first husband, died five years ago. The funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock from the Sacred Heart Church, Spokane, Rev MacAleer officiating.” (Harrington Citizen-Edwall column-Jan 15, 1926)

Alligaier, Carl:  “Carl Allagaier, brother-in-law of George and Art Gehrke, died in Spokane last week. Funeral services were held there Friday with Edwall people attending.” (excerpt of Citizen: 7-31-1931)

Anfrecht, Louisa: (see Probate #1049)

Appel, Mrs Anna:  Mrs Apfel died at 1 o’clock this (Friday) morning. Funeral will be conducted from the Catholic church at 10:45 by Father A MacAleer, Sunday.” (Edwall Catholic Cemetery) (Citizen-Oct 9, 1914)

Appel, John:  “The funeral of John Appel who died in Spokane Friday after a brief illness, was held in Cheney Sunday. Rev W A Pratt of Edwall conducting the service at the church. Services at the cemetery were conducted by the Odd Fellows lodge of Edwall.” (Citizen: 9-15-1922, Edwall column)

Archer, Cora M  (d. 1973, “mother & grandma”; no age given)  “Cora Maude Archer. Died: 3-01-1973. Birth: 7-02-1881, Kansas . Widowed. Father: Thomas Berridge. Mother: Maria Gibbons. Burial: Edwall Cemetery . Edwall , WA .” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Aris, Phoebe:  “The funeral of Mrs Phoebe Aris, aged 76, who died Thursday at W312 Nora Avenue, Spokane, was held yesterday at Meyers Falls. Mrs Aris came to Spokane 22 years ago from Kenyonville, NY.  She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Mrs W  B Aris; four grandchildren, Mrs Lydia Haystead, T C Aris and Mrs C A Edwall of Spokane, and Charles W Aris of Grand Forks, BC.....” (Citizen, Edwall Column of May 15, 1914) 

Aufbrecht, Louisa: (see probate file #1049 of Louisa Anfrecht)

Balmer, Emil:  Emil Balmer drowned at Astoria, Oregon, brother of Fred Balmer and John Balmer of Edwall. (notes from Nov 23, 1906)    


Bancroft, Frank C:  Funeral services were held in Seattle recently for Frank C Bancroft, age 49 years, who died in Seattle. He was formerly a banker here going from here to Sandpoint, Idaho, thence to Dayton, where he lived until this summer. His widow, two sons and two brothers survive him. (H. Citizen-20 Nov 1936; Edwall column)

Barber, Mrs Oscar:  “Mrs Oscar Barber, a resident of Spokane, died Sunday at her home. She is survived by her husband, two sons and one daughter. Mr Barber was employed by the WWP Company a few years ago at which time they made their home here. Funeral services were held in Spokane Tuesday.” (Citizen: 5-30-1930, Edwall Column) 

Bennett, Chas: “C K Hartson received a telegram Tuesday saying his nephew Chas Bennett was killed in action. He was a member of the IOOF and Rebekah lodges here.” (Citizen-Sept 27, 1918) “More particulars of the death of Chas Bennett, nephew of Mrs C K Hartson and Mrs Jack Stokoe was received last week. He was with the engineers in France and was granted a furlough which time he spent in a tri9p to Switzerland. He had only returned a short time when he took pneumonia and died. His brother and uncle were with him at the time of his death. He was buried with military honors.” (Citizen, Edwall Column-Oct 25, 1918)

Bickal, Susan: “Mrs Susan Bickal, a pioneer resident of this region passed away at her home in Jefferson, Oregon, July 2nd. Funeral services were held in Oregon and the body was shipped to Spokane with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. She is survived by one son Lou, and one daughter, Mrs Eva Wintermantle, both of Jefferson, Oregon.” (Citizen: 7-13-1934; Edwall column) 

Brewton, Nettie Ellen:  Nettie Ellen, daughter of Mr & Mrs W H Fisher, was born Dec 26, 1892 at Pendleton, Oregon. She was united in marriage Sept 16, 1911 to Philip A Brewton of Ashville, NC, and died at Edwall, WA under the parental roof, March 29, 1912, after an illness of only a few weeks. The funeral services were held from the German ME Church at Edwall, Sunday, March 31 at 2:30 pm when her many friends and relatives gathered to pay their respects to the departed and offer their sympathy to the bereaved parents, husband and relatives. One of the largest processions in the history of the town followed the remains to their last resting place in the Edwall Cemetery. The floral offerings were beautiful and a fine sermon was preached at the church where many lent their voices in hymns of gospel praise. In the loss of their beloved one, the sorrowing parents, husband and relatives have our sympathy in their hours of sorrow…. Relatives who attended the funeral from a distance were: Mrs G F Elgin, Mrs James Shafer, Mrs Frank Sherman of Pendleton, OR, mother and sisters of Mrs W H Fisher and Mr & Mrs

D C Fisher, a brother of W H Fisher of Spokane…” (Card of thanks by W H Fisher and family and Philip A Brewton also same issue: Citizen-April 5, 1912)

Brockob, Fred:  Fred Brockob, father of Mrs R M Norske, passed away at his home in Edwall. Funeral services will be held from the Edwall Methodist church Friday (today) at 2 PM with Bumgarners Funeral Home in charge. Burial will be in the Edwall Cemetery. Surviving Mr Brockob are, besides his wife Ida at home, and daughter, Mrs Norske, two sons, Clarence of Edwall and Benjamin of Wadena, MN; one sister, Augusta and three brothers, Louis, Heiman and Albert of Arlington, MN; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grand-children. Mr Brockob underwent surgery recently and was able to return to his home. However, his condition was serious. His son, Ben, arrived last week from MN. Mrs Norske had been at Edwall the past two weeks helping care for him.” (Citizen-July 13, 1951)

Brown, Daniel:  “Daniel W Brown died at his home Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock, at the age of 58.  He was only sick five days. He was a resident of the Edwall country for 21 years, living on a farm six miles from Edwall. He leaves to mourn his loss besides the widow, a son, O S Brown, and a daughter, Blanche, a teacher of the 7th and 8th grades in the Edwall school. Funeral services were held Saturday at the German Lutheran church, Rev Lewellyn of Coeur d’Alene conducting the services. Burial took place in the Edwall Cemetery. The flowers were many and very beautiful.” (Citizen-Feb 25, 1921)

Brown, Dorothy:  Many from here attended the funeral services of Miss Dorothy Brown in Spokane Saturday. She was a niece of Lawrence Peterson. Burial was in the Sprague Cemetery.” (Citizen July 1, 1949) 

Brown, Mrs Lena Stang:  Mrs Lena Stang Brown, 71, died at 9 o’clock Sunday night, Jan 8, 1933 at the home of her daughter, Mrs Hale B Simpson, three miles northeast of Edwall, following an illness of ten weeks, the result of a paralytic stroke. Mrs Brown was born at Lemon, PA, March 16, 1861 and was united in marriage to D W Brown at the same place in 1889. With her husband and family she moved west in 1902 and located on a farm near Edwall. To this union were born two children, a son and a daughter, Mr O S Brown and Mrs Hale B Simpson, of Edwall, both of whom survive her. Her husband preceded her in death on February 6, twelve years ago. Funeral services were conducted at the Edwall ME Church Wednesday afternoon, the Rev Cottrell officiating and interment was in the Edwall Cemetery. Mrs Brown was a fine lady and enjoyed a wide circle of friends gained through her sterling qualities and her residence in the same neighborhood for thirty years.” (H Citizen-Jan 13, 1933)

Bundy, Mrs C M:  “Mrs C M Bundy is on the sick list and was taken to Harrington Wednesday for medical attention.” (Citizen-Apr 12, 1929)

Butler, Catherine:  “Mrs Catherine Butler, a pioneer of the Edwall community, passed away March 24th at the home of her daughter Mrs Mary Logan with whom she had made her home for a number of years. She was close to a hundred years old. The funeral was held Thursday at the Catholic church, Father Blake of Cheney officiating. Burial was made in the Sprague Cemetery by the side of her husband. She is survived by two sons, Joe Butler, of Edwall; John Butler, of Inchelium; and two daughters, Mrs Ellen Moomaw, Okanogan and Mrs Mary Logan of Edwall.” (Citizen-Apr 10, 1931)

Byram, Joseph Nelson:  “Edwall Happenings. Joseph Nelson Byram of Edwall passed away Aug 14 in a Spokane convalescent center. He was born Dec 23, 1880 in Washington, KS, and married Marion Ford Byram Nov 22, 1905 in Lewiston, Idaho. He is survived by his wife, Marion; one son, O D Byram of Edwall; one grandson, Dennie L Byram; 3 great granddaughters, Idonna, LaRee and Xandra Bryam, all of Spokane; numerous nieces and nephews.  He was a Spanish American War veteran, having served in the Philippines, and was the last surviving member of the General Charles King Camp. He joined the Nezperce Idaho Masonic Lodge as a young man; was a member of the El Katif Shrine, was a charter member of the Edwall Lions Club; and was a member of the Mayflower Society. He owned and operated a grocery store in Edwall from Sept 1926 until Jan 1954 with his son, who has operated it since that time. He and his wife celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in 1978 and had lived in Edwall and maintained their own home there until May, 1979. The funeral, last Friday, Aug 17, was held at the Alwin Chapel, Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, with the Rev John Mathone presenting the eulogy. Casket bearers were: Keith Cederblom, Bud Bundy, Dick Simpson, Al Stangland, Les Moos, and Bob Simpson. The honorary bearers were: Hank Schmitt, Jake Ottmar, Loren Moos, Verle Logan, Orrie Morse, and Vern Anderson. The burial services, held in Spokane Memorial Gardens were given by the York Rite Masons.” (Dav. Times: Edwall column: 8-23-1979)


Carlyle, Alma:  “Alma, little daughter of U C Carlyle, is still in a very weakened condition. A trained nurse is employed to attend her.” (Citizen: 1-26-1917, Edwall Column) 

Carsons, Charley A:  “Mr Charles A Carsons, son-in-law of Mr R A Burge, died Wednesday morning, March 1st, at 8 a.m., after a lingering illness of long duration. He was afflicted with a stomach trouble that had baffled the skill of physicians. He came west from Nebraska about a year and a half ago, and improved rapidly for a time, but his old trouble came back during the winter, and his death had been expected for several days.; He and his family had been making their home on the Vose farm near Edwall, the funeral taking place in Edwall Thursday, March 2nd.  Mr Carsons, who was an excellent citizen, leaves a wife and three children, two daughters and one son. Deceased was a middle aged man, was a member of the Woodmen of the World, under the auspices of which society he was buried.” (LCT-March 3, 1905) 

Clark, Mrs Ada I: “Mrs Ada I Clark, wife of Geo A Clark, died at the Spokane General Hospital, Saturday, May 24th of cancer. She was 52 years of age and leaves to mourn her loss a husband and one son. Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs Mary A Thorp on Tuesday at 10 o’clock, Rev Bryans conducting the ceremony. The remains were laid to rest in the Edwall Cemetery. For many years Mrs Clark has been a resident of this vicinity and the sorrowing ones have the sympathy of their many Edwall, Sprague, Spokane and Pasco friends. Mr Clark was at one time master mechanic for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company at Pasco, later coming to Sprague and from there locating upon a farm in this section of Lincoln County where the family have lived continuously ever since.” (Citizen-May 30, 1913)

Coone, Mrs: “Mrs Coone, mother of Mrs A P Stafford of Edwall, died of heart trouble at the home of her daughter, May 3. The funeral was held from the Catholic Church at Sprague on Saturday, May 4th, and the remains laid to rest in the Sprague Cemetery.—Edwall Press. (LCT-May 17, 1907)



 Edwall area Obituaries, Edwall, Washington, submitted to the

WAGenWeb on February 18, 2006, by Marge Womach

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