Edwall Cemetery Obituaries


                                                                       Submitted by Marge Womach





Page C through F


See page A for Cemetery information


Carson, Charles A  (1852-1905 “father”;  shared stone with Estella E) )  “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: 3-03-1905)   Edit: Charles A Carson was born Feb 7, 1852, son of Lincoln Carson and Mary Ann McGovern. He married Estelle Burge on Jan 5, 1882 in MO. He died in Edwall on March 1, 1905.


Carson, Estella E  (1862-1947 “mother” ; shared stone with Charles A) Edit: Estelle Emma Burge, daughter of Reason Anderson Burge and his wife Mary Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, was born Feb 15, 1862 in Henry Co, Iowa. She married Charles A Carson on Jan 5, 1882 before coming to this vicinity. Estelle Carson died August 3, 1947 in Edwall. 


Clark, George A  (Apr 28, 1844-______) shared stone with Ada Isabel)


Clark, Ada Isabel  (Jan 10, 1861-May 25, 1913, “his wife”; shared stone w/George)  “Mrs Ada I Clark, wife of Geo A Clark, died at the Spokane General Hospital, Saturday, May 24th of cancer. She was fifty-two 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 a.m., 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: Edwall Column: May 30, 1913) 


Crain, Katherine Ruth: (added: d. 2003)  (b. 5-12-1920; d. 11-11-2003) “Katherine Ruth Crain. Edwall.—Memorial service for Katherine Ruth Crain, 83, of Davenport was Saturday, Nov 15, at the United Methodist Church in Edwall, with the revs Dan Wymer and Deb Conklin officiating.  A family graveside service was held at the Edwall Cemetery on Monday, Nov 17.  Mrs Crain died Nov 11 at the Lincoln Hospital in Davenport.  Born May 12, 1920, at Fallon, NV, Mrs Crain was the daughter of Forest C and Minerva E Hathaway. Her lifelong vocation was loving and nurturing children—her own and numerous others.  She was self-educated to read and write, having completed only three years of formal education. She achieved literacy in her adulthood through Bible reading.  She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Chewelah until she moved into the nursing home in Davenport in 1999.  She was married to William Mann at Chico, CA, in 1945, and they made their home in Idaho and Oregon. She was married to her second husband, Kenneth Crain in 1979 at Addy, WA, and they made their home in Addy and Chewelah until his death in 1989.  She leaves a daughter, Kathleen (and Terry) Fox of Edwall; two sons, Roger (and Ellen) Mann of Gresham, OR; and Lester (and Debbie) Mann of Wayne, NE; a brother, Harry Hathaway of Baker City, OR; 3 sisters, Edna Johnson, Evelyn Horning and Julia McCorkle, all of CA; 12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Preceding her in death were her parents and husbands; a son, Hartley Forest Mann; and brothers, Donald and Allen Hathaway.  Strate Funeral Home in Davenport was in charge of arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 11-20-2003)


Cunningham, infant s/o H (added: d. 1921)  “The infant son of Mr and Mrs Harry Cunningham died Friday morning of pneumonia. Short services were held at the home of Chas Herman by Rev Carl Jans. The little one only lived four days.” (Citizen: Edwall Column: 10-21-1921, re-ck date)  



Davis, George Albert  (July 15, 1876-Sept 7, 1908; s/o DH; shared stone w/ Ella) “Bert Davis died Monday morning at his home in Edwall, and Marvin McConnell of the Harrington Mills went up to act as pall bearer. Mr Davis is an old railroad brakeman.” (Citizen: 9-11-1908) “Mrs D H Davis of Edwall died of typhoid fever, October 10. Less than 5 weeks ago a son, Bert, died of the same disease, and another son, Leland, is just recovering. She was buried Sunday afternoon.  She leaves her widower and four children.” (Citizen: Oct 16, 1908)


Davis, Ella A  (July 10, 1854-Oct 9, 1908; w/o DH; shared stone w/GA) “Mrs D H Davis of Edwall died of typhoid fever, October 10. Less than 5 weeks ago a son, Bert, died of the same disease, and another son, Leland, is just recovering. She was buried Sunday afternoon.  She leaves her widower and four children.” (Citizen: Oct 16, 1908)


Dechenne, baby  (1918 (only)


Dechenne, Doloria Bell  (1890-1901; d/o AF & SE)


Dechenne, Martha Ann  (1827-1918) “Mrs Martha Dechenne, mother of the Dechenne boys of this vicinity, died in Spokane last Saturday at the home of her daughter, aged 90 years 11 months and 9 days. Funeral services were held in Spokane and the body brought to Edwall Monday where burial took place in the Edwall Cemetery.  Martha Greene was born in Yorkshire, England, June 23, 1827. She came to America when three years of age and resided in Pennsylvania until her marriage to Julian Dechenne, a native of France, in 1848. The couple then removed to Southern Illinois where they resided until 1890. The husband passed away in 1887 and in 1890 the widow came to Washington with her family settling in this vicinity and she has resided here and near here since.  Eleven children were born to the union, seven of whom survive. They are: Adolph of Hillyard, Lester of Sprague, Mrs John Brown of Heppner, OR, Mrs Henry Schneider of Spokane, Albert of Medical Lake, Emil of Sprague and Walter of Edwall. Mrs Dechenne has been in failing health for some years and several paralytic strokes of recent date hastened the end. She was one of the oldest persons living in this vicinity and was known to many in Sprague having resided here with her sons a good share of the time in recent years.” (Sprague Advocate: 6-07-1918)


Dechenne, Naomi K  (1893-1990 shared stone with Harry S)


Dechenne, Harry S  (1889-1962 shared stone w/Naomi) 


Dechenne, Harry Stuart  (1913-1940)  “Stuart Dechenne. Died: 8-03-1940. Birth: 8-23-1913, WA.  Single. Father: Harry Dechenne. Mother: Naomi Chaffee. Burial: Edwall, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) 


DeSpain, Bessie Irene  (June 14, 1901-Mar 25, 1911; d/o BJ)  “Bessie Irene Despain, daughter of B J and Mattie Despain, passed to the heavenly home last Saturday, March 25th. Little Bessie had been afflicted all winter with heart trouble which later developed into kidney trouble. Having been shut in at home from the school and Sunday School, and growing better in February, she, with returning spring, longed to greet the flowers again and join her class in the Sunday school and school, but after a trip on Monday the 20th, to town, grew worse on Tuesday and departed from this life on Saturday. Had she lived until June 14th she would have been 10 years of age. She was beloved of all and of such regard and wide acquaintance are the family as to cause a wave of sympathy to sweep o’er the whole community. The funeral held from the ME church on Monday, 11 a.m., was the occasion of a throng which overflowed the capacity of the building. The funeral was conducted by the Pastor Rev H T Robinson, assisted by Rev J Herrmann of the German ME Church.  The text used was Solomon’s Song, 6:2: ‘The Beloved Has Gone Down Into His Garden to Gather Lilies’.  Interment was made in the Edwall Cemetery. The parents, two brothers, two sisters and Grandpa Service, who feel the stroke so heavily have the sincere sympathy of the relations and a host of neighbors and friends. Then there is that blessed assurance that as the choir sung darling Bessie is ‘Safe in the Arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast; there by His love o’er shadowed, sweetly thy soul shall rest.’” (Citizen: 3-31-1911)


DeSpain, Benjamin J  (1862-1914; shared stone with Mattie; stone not viewed in recent survey)  “Benjamin J DeSpain, aged 52 years, a pioneer, died at his home near here today. He was born at Cloverdale, Lane County, Oregon, July 6, 1862, and came here in 1886. Mr DeSpain is survived by his widow, Mrs Mattie DeSpain, and four children: Elmer, Verne, Della and Elva, all of whom resided with him at the time of his death. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs John D Lile of Prosser, WA, and three sisters, Mrs Jacob Lumpp, Edwall, WA; Mrs Frank Lile, Culdesac, Idaho; and Mrs Jas Justice, Grand Forks, BC. Mr DeSpain had been very low with Bright’s disease.” (Citizen: 12-11-1914, Edwall Column) See also History of the Big Bend, 1904. See also Sprague Lamont Edwall 1881-1981 page 253-4: Benjamin J DeSpain was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hardesty) DeSpain. He married Martha Service on Jan 1, 1890 in Lincoln County. Their children were: Della, Benjamin Elmer, Joseph Luvern, Elva and Bessie.


DeSpain, Charles A: see Hillcrest Cemetery at Harrington.  


DeSpain, Mattie J  (1870-1939; shared stone with Benjamin J)  “Mrs Mattie DeSpain, a prominent pioneer of the Edwall region, passed away in a Seattle hospital, Sunday morning after a short illness. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs F E Fisher (Della) of Seattle and Mrs Cecil Johnson (Elva) of Havre, Montana; two sons, B E Despain of Winona, and J L DeSpain of Edwall and one brother, Ed Service, of Davenport; also six grandchildren. Funeral services were held here Wednesday and burial was in Edwall Cemetery.” (Citizen: Edwall Column: 20 Jan 1939) “Mrs Mattie Service DeSpain, Died: 15 Jan 1939, aged 67 years. Burial: Edwall Cemetery.” (Edwall Methodist Ledger) SLE page 253: Mattie was born in California and came to Washington in 1879 with her parents. She married B J DeSpain on Jan 1, 1890 in Lincoln County. Four children were born to them prior to the 1904 writing of the History of Big Bend.


Devenish, Martha E  (1834-1908; shared stone with Steven)


Devenish, Steven  (1828, d. Nov 4, 1909; shared stone with Martha)  “Steven Devenish, one of Lincoln County’s first pioneers of the Sprague country, died at Calgary, Alberta, Thursday (Nov 4th) of last week where he had gone on business.  He contracted a cold which developed into pneumonia with fatal results. The body was brought to Edwall Sunday by his nephew and the funeral services and burial were held there on that day. Quite a number from here attended the funeral in spite of the bad roads. Stephen Devenish was born at New Albany, Indiana, in July 1828. He was 81 years of age at death. He left his birth place when 18 years of age, came to California during the gold excitement of 49 and first came to the Sprague country in 1870, at which time he settled on Crab Creek above the Pioneer Picnic grounds. He remained in this location until 77 when he moved to the neighborhood where he lived at his death. His has been a continuous residence in this vicinity for 39 years. It is doubtful if there is a man here now who came ahead of him. He increased his holdings from time to time until his possessions are commonly put at nearly 9,000 acres of Adams and Whitman County land and 1,280 acres in Alberta. His pasture contains 11 ½ sections and he raised many cattle and horses each year. His estate is worth approximately $100,000. Three brothers and three sisters and numerous other relatives survive him. The sisters are: Mrs P Wood of the Okanogan country; Mrs Keeler of Eureka, CA; and Mrs Martha Gard of Denver, Colorado. The brothers are: Richard, James and George, all of whom live in his native town New Albany, Indiana.  Mr Devenish was a man of stern principal, iron will and might constitution. No task was too hard for him, no sacrifice too great to make to gain his desired object. He discharged his obligations religiously and his word was as good as his bond. He practiced charity in an unostentatious manner and did good deeds which are known only to individuals. He was a life long bachelor. His was a familiar figure in the community. Every one who has lived here any length of time knew of him. His energetic nature would countenance no cessation of labor and he died in the midst of his activities. His country home was splendidly improved, all buildings being first class. His estate was the love of his life and upon it he expended his life’s effort.” (Sprague Advocate: 11-12-1909)


Devenish, Norma Marie  (d. June 18, 1913, age 2 yrs; d/o HS & LC)  “Norma Marie Devenish was born June 28, 1911 at Edwall, and died June 18, 1913, at St Luke’s hospital in Spokane, following an operation for adenoids. The little one was laid to rest Friday, June 20 in the Edwall Cemetery following services at the home at 2 o’clock, Rev J M Hermann conducting the services. She was the beloved daughter of Mr and Mrs H S Devenish and the banks of beautiful flowers attested the love manifested in the home and neighborhood for the little child. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of their friends in their sad bereavement.” (Citizen: 6-27-1913)


Duehning, Ferdinand  (Feb 22, 1832-July 31, 1905) August William Ferdinand Duehning was born Feb 22, 1832, the son of Christian Friedrich Duehning and his wife Dorothy Rosenow.  He married Henrietta Johanna Giese. Their identified children were: Ottilie (1854), Amelia (1859), Frank Ferdinand (1860), Mary (1864), Annie (1868), Theresa Elizabeth (1870) and William Frederick (1873). Henrietta, wife of Ferdinand, died Aug 30, 1889. Ferdinand died July 31, 1905 and was buried in the Edwall City Cemetery. (researched notes by Rich)




Ebert, Claris M (added: b. 9 Sept 1934; d. 23 March 1992) “Memorial service for longtime Edwall resident Claris (Guhlke) Ebert was held Saturday at the chapel of Strate Funeral Home in Davenport.  Mrs Ebert, 57, passed away March 23, (1992) in Spokane. She was born Sept 9, 1934, in Harrington to Elmer and Thelma (Atkinson) Guhlke. The family moved from Lamona, WA, to Emida, Idaho, in 1939 and returned to Edwall in 1948. She attended schools while in Idaho and at Edwall.  On Sept 26, 1951, she married Marvin Ebert of Edwall at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  The couple returned to Edwall to farm with Mr Ebert’s godfather, Scott Barr. The Eberts continued to live and farm there until her death.  Mrs Ebert loved the farm and outdoors, and was an avid golfer. She is survived by her husband Marvin Ebert at the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Lucy Ebert of Washtucna, WA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Von Chimienti of Spokane, and Teresa and Brian Humphrey of Edwall; ‘grandad’ Albert Guhlke Jr; 9 grandchildren, 3 brothers, Jim Guhlke of Seattle, Ralph Guhlke of California, and Bill Guhlke of Priest River, Idaho; and 6 sisters, Shirley Rhoades of Hillsboro, Ohio; Dora Jean Means of Spokane; Dee Lutzenhiser of Oldtown, ID; Kaie Nelson of Priest River, ID; Margaret Bingle of Spokane; and Pudge Brown of Spokane.” (Davenport Times; 4-02-1992)  “Claris Ebert passed away last Monday, March 23. She was born in Harrington to Elmer and Thelma Guhlke. Memorial service was at 11 a.m. Saturday at Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. After the funeral, all were invited to the Edwall United Methodist Church to join with the family for dinner.  Claris was an integral part of many lines and many memories. I remember feeling pride when she became an outstanding golfer at the Harrington golf Course. Another time, she replaced the green Emerald in my family’s shilelagh heirloom. Other times, our son Andy worked summers for Barr-Ebert while he was in college and this was not unusual as their summer and harvest crews included the college sons of many friends. The post-harvest celebration dinners were highlights in our memories.” (Edwall News by Vern & Sally Anderson, in DT: 4-02-1992)


Edwall, Florence  (not buried here: d. 8 Oct 1942)  “Mrs Carl Edwall. Died: 8 Oct 1942. Age 57. Florence.” (Edwall Methodist Ledger; burial not specified) “Mrs C A Edwall (Florence Aris) passed away in a Spokane hospital Tuesday, Oct 6.  Funeral services were held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. from the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in Spokane and interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. Rev E Filbert, minister of the Edwall Methodist Church, officiated. Surviving are her husband, grain dealer at Edwall; daughters, Mrs Hanna (Ruth) of Boise, Idaho; Mrs George Ellingson (Mildred) of Portland; sons, Howard of Edwall, and Carl F of Seattle; 8 grandchildren; sister, Mrs Lydia Haystead of Los Angeles; brothers, Lee Aris of Yakima and Charles W Aris of Spokane. In September, 1940, the Edwalls enjoyed a family reunion with their four children and their families. The Aris and Edwall families were pioneers of the Edwall country, and when the Editor of the Citizen and his family resided in Edwall in 1905-1907, the Aris family were next door neighbors. Mrs Edwall was stricken with a heart ailment in January of this year and her condition had been serious since then. She was in Portland much of the summer for treatment.” (Citizen: 10-09-1942) 


Edwall, Erik  (Oct 23, 1841, born in Sweden, d. June 8, 1891)  See also Lincoln County Probate File #162: Probate of Eric Edwall, filed 10-08-1891 and Jan 11, 1892. Eric Edwall died 8 June 1891 in Lincoln Co, State of Washington. His will, dated 8 May 1891 is in the file, his wife is Ida, stipulating no children, and identifying his father as Porter Anderson of the State of Illinois. Erik’s PO address was Sassin. He was a brother to Peter Edwall. (notes from file) “In 1883 Eric and Anna Westerberg were married and built their farm home just ¼ mile west of the present school building. Eric died in 1890, leaving his widow childless. A few years later Peter married Eric’s widow and still later they adopted a son, Axel Peterson.” (SLE page 116)


Edwall, Peter    (1853-1912; shared stone with Ida) Peter Edwall, the man for whom this town was named, and who was for many years a resident of this place, as well as a heavy property owner, died at his home in Spokane Sunday, Jan 7, 1912, and was buried in the Edwall Cemetery Wed. (Citizen: 1-12-1912) “In 1892 Peter carried out the plans of the two brothers and so he had the town platted on part of their land. They donated the land for the cemetery.” (SLE page 116)


Edwall, Ida  (1842-1928; shared stone with Peter)  Ida Westerberg first married Eric Edwall in 1883. He died in 1891. Peter Edwall married his brother’s widow. Together they adopted a son, Axel Peterson.


Elliott, infant     (Dec 26, 1902-Jan 20, 1903; s/o James & Mary)




Fawcett, Zebulon P  (1890-1906)  “Zebbie Faucet, who died at Harrington on April 12, was buried at Edwall on the 15th, the funeral services being held at the ME church, South, at 2 PM, Rev J D Lewellyn conducting the same. Deceased was 17 years of age, and for nine years had been an invalid.” (LCT: Apr 20, 1906) “The other funeral was that of Zebulen P Fawcett, a boy 16 years old, but who unfortunately had been a cripple since childhood. He made his home with Mrs C Porter southeast of Harrington.” (Citizen: 4-20-1906)


Fisher, Nettie (see Brewton)


Fisher, William Henry  (1863-1929; “father”; shared stone with Coloma A)  “Despondency over ill health is believed to be the motive for W H Fisher committing suicide here at his home Thursday evening by shooting himself thru the mouth. He was rushed to the Sacred Heart hospital but died Friday morning. Mr Fisher was a pioneer of Edwall having lived here 22 years. He was manager of the lumber company and of the Seattle Grain Co. Funeral services were held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Hazen & Jaeger Chapel in Spokane and burial in the Edwall Cemetery.” (Citizen: 5-31-1929) Census data shows that Wm H Fisher was born in Canada. He married Coloma Dechenne. Their known children were: Emma, Wm G, David E, Maier T and Alice.


Fisher, Coloma A  (1870-1951; “mother”; shared stone w/Wm)  Edit: Coloma Dechenne Fisher died Jan 20, 1951 at the age of 80 years.



 Edwall Cemetery Death Records, Edwall, Washington submitted 

to the WAGenWeb  February, 2006 by Marge Womach

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