Edwall Cemetery Obituaries 


                                                                       Submitted by Marge Womach





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Galladay, H A  (1872-1919 (Homer d. Aug 9, 1919) “Homer A Galladay, age 47, died at Sacred Heart hospital Saturday morning. He had the influenza last winter from which he never fully recovered. he made his home here with his sister, Mrs Frances Tubbs. A brother, Isaac, and his sister survive him. The body was brought to Edwall Monday. Funeral services were conducted at the ME church at 2 p.m. by Rev Daniel and burial occurred in the Edwall Cemetery.” (Citizen: 15 Aug 1919) 


Gehrke, Edward  (Feb 7, 1853-Dec 11, 1913)  “School was closed all day Tuesday so the teachers and students could attend the funeral of Mr E C Gehrke. Dr J E Bittner of Sprague attended the funeral of E C Gehrke.” (Citizen: Edwall Column: Dec 19, 1913) “Edward Carl Gehrke was born Feb 7, 1853 in Germany. During the last year his health had been failing. The real cause of his sickness was not known until a few weeks ago. On Dec 4th he submitted to an operation for cancer, which had advanced to such a stage that the operation was not a success; neither did he recover from the same.  On Dec 11th, quietly, with a prayer on his lips, he passed away to his reward.  At the age of 3 ½ years he came to America with his parents and settled near Maine, Wisconsin. When he was twelve years old he united with the Methodist Episcopal church and at fifteen gave his heart to Christ and remained a faithful follower until he passed from our midst. Soon after his conversion he was assigned a class in Sunday school and a few days before his operation he said ‘good bye’ to a class of young men which he taught in the Edwall Sunday school.  In April 1874, Mr Gehrke was united in marriage with Ottillo Diening (sic), the beloved wife he has left behind. Soon after their marriage Mr and Mrs Gehrke left Wisconsin for Seward County, Nebraska, where they made their home for 29 years. During this time the Lord blessed this happy union with fourteen children, three of whom went on ahead of the father.  Rev Chas Ott, presiding elder in Nebraska at that time, recognized in Mr Gehrke a man of good Christian character, and ability; and gave him, on consent as the quarterly conference, a local preacher’s license. This office he held at the time of his departure.  He was also for many years Sunday school superintendent at both places, Seward, NE, and Edwall, WA.  His memory was good and he was well versed in the Bible and could readily quote Scripture to support that which he had to say; therefore his message could be received as God’s message.  About eleven years ago, Mr Gehrke, with his family, moved to Edwall, WA, where he has been as successful a farmer as he was in Nebraska. As a citizen he always endeavored to do what he could for the community. At the time of his departure he was a member of the Edwall school board. In this office he cooperated with the other members in making the Edwall school a desirable place to educate children. In selecting teachers he was much concerned in selecting teachers with good character.  He was also loyal to his God and the church as official, member and Sunday school teacher. His place will be hard to fill, but we will not complain; the Lord has taken him and He will take care of his cause. The deceased leaves to mourn his departure a loving wife, seven sons and three daughters (all present at the funeral). Also 16 grandchildren, one brother and three sisters, besides many other relatives. The funeral service with a very large attendance took place in the German ME church, and was conducted by the pastor, J M Herrmann assisted by Rev C A Wentsch of Spokane. Rev Herrmann took for his text II Peter 1: 11, 14, and 15: ‘I must put off this my tabernacle—my decease—for so an entrance shall be ministered.’  A large circle of friends sympathize with the afflicted ones, and wish them a happy reunion in the home above where there will be no parting.” (Citizen: Edwall Section: 12-19-1913) The sons of Edward C Gehrke were: Samuel W, Edward A, George, Arthur, Fred F, Frank C, and Harvey G.


Gehrke, Harvey G  (Mar 11, 1896-Jan 3, 1948) “News has been received that Harvey Gehrke of Los Angeles died suddenly of a heart attack. Harvey spent his childhood around Edwall. He was the youngest brother of George Gehrke and will be remember by many.” (Citizen: 1-16-1948, Edwall Column)


Gehrke, Ottille  (Jan 7, 1854-Apr 12, 1930) “Funeral services for Mrs Otellie Gehrke, 76 years, were held in Spokane Tuesday, at Bethel Presbyterian church, Rev T B Carey officiating and burial being in the Edwall family plot. Mrs Gehrke was a pioneer of Edwall where she had many friends, but she moved to Spokane 17 years ago, residing at E 377 Seventh Ave.  She is  survived by eleven children—Mrs Carl Allgaier and Mrs Joseph A Stewart of Spokane, Mrs D L Runty, of Dewitt, NE; Mrs William J Schafer of Chester, WA; Samuel W of Moscow, ID; Edward A of Lincoln, NE; George and Arthur of Edwall, WA; Fred F of Spokane; Frank C of Dunkirk, MT; Harvey G of Santa Monica, CA; 20 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, William Duehning of Spokane, Frank of New Mexico; three sisters, Mrs Fred Allgaier of Spokane, Mrs William Theil of MT; and Mrs S C Stuthert of CA.” (Davenport Times: 4-18-1930) Otillie Duehning was born in Hermelsdorf, Pommern on Jan 7, 1854 to August William Ferdinand Duehning and his wife Henrietta Johanna Giese. Ottille was the granddaughter of Christian Friedrich Duehning and his wife Dorothy Rosenow. It is assumed that the  Ferdinand Duehning buried in Edwall was her father. Otillie married Edward Gehrke on Feb 12, 1874 at Wausaw, WI. Ottillie Gehrke died in Spokane on April 12, 1930.


Gehrke, Arthur F  (Mar 1, 1885-Aug 1, 1953)


Gehrke, Fred F  (Nov 26, 1891-Dec 11, 1959) With an Edwall address, Fred F Gehrke’s name appears on the 1917 registration listing of men for the quota for the army. (LCT: July 20, 1917)


Gehrke, Frank C  (1894-1969; a mason; shared stone with Emma M) With an Edwall address, Frank C Gehrke’s name appears on the 1917 registration listing of men for the quota for the army. He was born in Nebraska. He married Emma Fisher. “Frank C Gehrke.—His home, 330 Meridian Rd , Kalispell , Mont.   Husband of Emma M Gehrke, at the home; brother of George Gehrke, Spokane , WA ; several nieces and nephews. A member of Epworth Methodist Church of Kalispell, past master and member of Shelby Lodge No. 143 AF & AM. Cyrene Commandry Knights Templer, Kalispell , MT , Flathead Council Algeria Shrine, Helena , MT , Shelby Chapter No. 113 OES past patron.  Funeral services Monday, Aug 11 at 1 p.m. in the Alwin Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Monroe St. Dr William R Lindsey officiating. Graveside services at 2:30 p.m. at the Edwall, WA, Cemetery, Rev Ray R Whittoe officiating.” (Spokesman Review: 8-11-1969)


Gehrke, Emma M  (1894-1992; shared stone with Frank C) Emma Gehrke was a daughter of William H and Coloma (Dechenne) Fisher.




Hall, Daniel W  (b. 1862; d. 1921)


Hall, Lena S  (b. 1861; d. 1933)


Hall, Frank T    (1864-1935, a mason)  “Failing in health in declining years caused Frank T Hall, 71, retired bachelor farmer of Edwall, to take his life there sometime Saturday night. His body was found Sunday hanging to the limb of a tree in his yard, by Arthur Hutton. Sheriff Lew Hutsell and Floyd Underwood, coroner, were called and stated that it was undoubtedly a case of suicide. Mr Hall was a member of Laurel Lodge No. 119 F & AM of Harrington.  Mr Hall was one of Edwall’s financiers, having been thrifty throughout his life, and is reputed to be worth upwards of a hundred thousand dollars in cash and land holdings.  He is survived by a brother, sister, and a niece in Spokane—J B Hall, Mrs Seaman, and Mrs Taylor, and a number of other nieces and nephews in other localities.  The funeral services were held at Edwall, Wednesday, Nov 20, at 1:30 p.m. from the Community Church, and interment was in the Edwall Cemetery. Mr Hall, a native of Wisconsin, had lived in and near Edwall for 50 years. He was honest, temperate and frugal and kept his work; yes, he was peculiar, but who isn’t in some way. Harrington Masons tried to arrange a change of time for Mr Hall’s services so that they might attend. It was not possible to do this and plans could not be negotiated to invite another Masonic lodge to be present to officiate. The local Masons had arrangements made for the funeral of Mr Hall.” (Citizen: 22 Nov 1935) See also History of Big Bend, 1904,  an item on Joseph B Hall, brother of Frank, James B, Emma and Anna. Their parents were Joseph Hall Sr, a native of KY, and Mary A Wright, a native of Connecticut. The parents were reportedly married in Wisconsin. “Frank Terrance Hall. Died: 19 Nov 1935, Davenport, WA.  Birth: 5 Feb 1864, WI.  Single. Father: Joseph Hall; Mother: Mary Wright. Burial: Edwall Cemetery, Edwall, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)


Hall, Rachel V  (1877-1948; shared stone with J Frank)  “Rachel Valentine Hall. White. Born: Clayton, Wisconsin. Order Date: 9-28-1948. Wife of Frank. Charge to Frank Hall. Funeral: 9-29-1948, Methodist Church at Edwall, 2 p.m.  Rev Walsh. Death: 9-27-1948, at Edwall home. Physician: Dr J Driscoll, of Reardan. Housewife. Married. Protestant. Birth: March 6, 1877. Age: 71 yrs 6 mos 21 days. Father: Thomas DeLong, born Ohio. Mother: Mary Ellen Knight, born Ohio.  Interment: Edwall Cemetery.” (Sprague Mortuary Ledger)  “Rachel Valentine Hall.  Died: 9-27-1948. Birth: 3-06-1877, WI.  Spouse:  J Frank Hall.  Father: Thomas DeLong. Mother: Mary Ellen Knight. Burial: Edwall, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health Death card) 


Hall, J Frank    (1876-1963; shared stone with Rachel V)


Hanlon surname: see Edwall Catholic Cemetery  

Hanlon, Kenneth Bernard (added: d. Sept 29, 2004)  “Edwall.—Funeral for Kenneth Bernard Hanlon, 81, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct 15, at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, 2203 N Division, in Spokane, with interment to follow in the Edwall Cemetery.  Mr Hanlon died Sept 29 in St George, Utah, where he had been residing. He was born Nov 8, 1923, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane to Frank A and Margaret Mary Elizabeth Hogan Hanlon.  He married Geraldine Y Louder on March 15, 1967.  Raised in Edwall, he attended WSU, graduating with a degree in agriculture. He lived in Utah, California and Washington. he was a wheat farmer and chemical salesman. A Catholic, he attended church often.  He leaves his wife, Jeri.  Metcalf Mortuary in St George, Utah, handled arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 10-14-2004) 


Herman surname: see also Pleasant Valley Cemetery, 3 known Herman burials.  

(Herman, infant of James: (added: d. May 1902) “The infant daughter of Mr and Mrs James Herman passed away on Tuesday night of this week.” (LCT: Pleasant Valley Column: 5-23-1902; burial not stated, condition of Pleasant Valley Cemetery makes it impossible to know if another Herman infant had been buried there.) “James E Herman, 28, of Edwall married Tillie M (nee Logan) Wolf, age 22. The marriage was Oct 7th, 1894 at Edwall by W J Rykes, Justice of the Peace. Tillie was a daughter of John Logan and Harriett Depew Logan.” (Lincoln Co Auditor’s Marriage Register) “Two cases of diphtheria are reported in the family of Mr and Mrs Mace Herman. Their two children are afflicted.” (Citizen: Edwall Section: 7-19-1912)


Herman, Newton B: (added: Feb 1907)  “The people of this community were shocked to learn of the death of Newton B Herman, an old resident of this place. He died on Feb 3rd after a short illness of typhoid pneumonia.” (LCT: Edwall Column: 2-15-1907; no research done to locate grave) Newton B Herman was a brother to Wm and Charles, all sons of John S and Anna M Herman.


Herman, Kizar  (1855-1932)  “Mrs C S Herman, a pioneer of the Edwall vicinity, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs Roy Cunningham, Thursday afternoon at the age of 76 years.  She suffered a paralytic stroke Tuesday and passed away without regaining consciousness. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs Harry Cunningham of Dayton, WA, and Mrs Roy Cunningham, two sons, Mace Herman of Newport, and Jim Herman, one sister, one brother, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Community Church, Rev J C Harvey officiating. Interment was in the Edwall Cemetery.” (scrapbook item: dated 5-27-1932) Kizar Smith/Schmidt was born in Texas, and in 1881 was married to Charles S Herman. son of Anderson and Eliza Herman. (notes)


Herman, Charles  (1862-1927)  Charles S Herman was born in 1862 to Anderson Herman and his wife Eliza. They were residing in Long Creek, Macon County, IL, in 1880. Charles married Kizar Smith in 1881.


Herman, Mrs:  (added; d. 1906) “That Mrs Herman, known as Grandma Herman, died at the home of James Herman Friday morning at 2 o’clock. Deceased was 79 years old, and was buried at Edwall. The funeral was held at the ME Church South, at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon. (Apr 13, 1906 LCT)


Herman, Frances: (added: d. Dec 1913)  “Frances, the two months old baby daughter of Mr and Mrs Thomas Herman, died Friday morning at 1 o’clock. Rev J M Herrmann conducted the funeral at 10 o’clock from the ME Church and the little one was laid to rest in the Edwall Cemetery.” (Citizen: 12-26-1913)


Herman, Rebecca Fletcher  (1860-1925; shared stone w/ Wm L) Rebecca Fletcher was born in Brown County, MN and married William L Herman in 1877 or 1878 in Walla Walla, WA. Per the History of Big Bend, 1904, Rebecca was the mother of ten children, five deceased prior to its writing. The known children were: Jane (b. abt. 1879), Thomas W (b. abt. 1883), Jessie Frank (Jan 19, 1884-Nov 12, 1891), David Alfred (1890-20 May 1943), Ethel, Maggie, Dannie (June 22, 1892-July 8, 1892) and Rosa May (Sept 3, 1893-Sept 12, 1893), leaving two unidentified children.


Herman, William L  (1851-1918; shared stone w/ Rebecca) “William  Herman was born in Stevenson County, Illinois, Sept 25, 1851, and departed this life August 29, 1918 at Reardan, aged 66 years, 11 months and 4 days. With his parents he came to the Willamette Valley, Oregon, in 1862. He went from there to Dayton, WA, then to Walla Walla. He moved to Lincoln County and took up a homestead north of Edwall.  He had been blind for about ten years. He was united in marriage to Rebecca Fletcher Dec 25, 1877. To this union were born ten children, six sons and four daughters, four sons and one daughter preceding him.  He united with the ME Church South about 28 years ago and lived a good life, dying with his trust in the Lord. In his death besides the wife and 5 children, he leaves 5 brothers, a sister, 7 grandchildren, a number of relatives, and a host of friends to mourn his departure, but we sorrow not as others who have no hope. The funeral services were conducted at the ME church at Edwall by the writer, interment in the Edwall Cemetery.—S M Mathes.” (Davenport Times: 12 Sept 1918) See also History of Big Bend-1904, page 402, William L Herman, son of John S Herman and Anna M Lantzer. Wm L Herman married Rebecca Fletcher on Christmas, 1878, in Walla Walla. She was born in Brown County, MN. As of the 1904 writing, William and Rebecca had had ten children, five of whom were living: Jane, Thomas W, David, Ethel and Maggie. Edit: The three children at Pleasant Valley Cemetery were children of a William Herman; They were: Jessie F (1884-1891), Dannie (1892-1892) and Rosa May (1893-1893). Since the 1889 census shows William and Rebecca with Jane, Thomas and Frank J, it seems reasonable to assume that these Pleasant Valley children’s graves were his family.


Hertel, Gustav F  (1839-1920; shared stone w/ Friederike) “Gustav Haertel, age 74, a veteran of the Russian-Austrian war and the Franco-Prussian war was taken to the Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane Sunday, from his home near Edwall, and operated on for appendicitis.” (Citizen: Edwall Column: 8-22-1913) “Grandpa Hertel was taken to Spokane Wednesday night and placed in a hospital. He was unconscious for three days before going up.” (Citizen: 3-05-1920)  “Gustov Hertel died of paralysis at his home in Edwall April 1. Mr Hertel was born in Germany, Feb 17, 1839, and was married to Miss Fredreike Zanda April 18, 1868. They came to America 40 years ago, settling in Wisconsin, later coming to Washington, where they have lived 30 years. Deceased is survived by his widow, six daughters and two sons. They are: Mrs Charles Hartman, KS; Mrs C W Schy, Lamont, WA; Mrs Frank Linninkol, Seattle; Mrs J Barns and Mrs A Johnson, Spokane; Mrs Lew Mielke, Edwall; Gustov and Fred Hertel. Funeral services were held Monday at 1:30 at the German ME Church. Burial in Edwall Cemetery. Mr and Mrs A Johnson and daughters, Grace and Essie, of Spokane, Mrs C H Schy and family of Lamont, Mrs Frank Linninkol of Seattle, Mrs J Barns of Spokane were here Monday to attend the funeral of their father, Gustov Hertel.” (Citizen: 4-09-1920) “Gustav Hertel. White. Born Germany. Order given by sons. Funeral: April 5, 1920, at Edwall, 1:30 p.m. Residence: Edwall. Death: April 1, 1920, at Edwall. Cause: apoplexy; Secondary: senility. Birth: Feb 17, 1839. Aged: 81 yrs 1 mo 14 days. Interment: Edwall Cemetery.” (Sprague Mortuary Ledger; no diagram of placement)


Hertel, Friederike  (1847-1925; shared stone w/ Gustav F) “Mrs Frederica Hertel died at the home of her son, Gust F Hertel, Friday, Nov 6th and was buried Monday. Mrs Hertel was 78 years of age and one of the early pioneers of this district.” (Citizen: 13 Nov 1925) “Fredricka Hertel. White. Born Germany. Wife of Gustave Hertel, deceased. Charge to Gus Hertel, Edwall. Order given by son. Funeral: Nov 9, 1925 at Edwall, at 11 a.m. Residence: Ranch home North of Sprague. Death: Nov 6, 1925, at ranch home. Cause of death: pneumonia. Physician: Dr Howard of Sprague. Birth: Oct 11, 1847; aged: 78 yrs 0 mos 26 days. Housewife, widow, Lutheran. Father: Frederick (not legible). Mother: Emilao Zanche (not legible). Interment: Edwall Cemetery.” (Sprague Mortuary Ledger)


Hertel, Gustav F  (1872-1935; shared stone w/ Meta E) “Funeral services for Gust Hertel, 67, who passed away at his home here Friday morning were held Sunday at the Community church. Rev Groschouf of Spokane officiating. Burial was in the Edwall Cemetery. Mr Hertel is survived by four daughters, Mrs Claude Coleman, Mrs Frank Benoschek, Doris and Frances, and one son Frank, all of Edwall.” (Citizen: 7-20-1934) “A petition for letters of administration over the estate of Gustave F Hertel, Edwall pioneer, was filed in Superior  Court in Davenport Friday, Nov 30, by his son, Franklin Hertel. The estate consists of property in Edwall, a ranch of 390 acres and personal property, the entire estate being valued at $1,000. Heirs include four daughters and two sons.” (Citizen: Edwall Column: 12-14-1934) 


Hertel, Meta E  (1886-1948; shared stone w/ Gustav F) “Rev Ralph M Walsh officiated at two funerals this week. The Wilson Jayne rites were held in the Edwall Methodist Church on Friday afternoon while the final services for Mrs Meta Hertel were conducted Sunday afternoon in the Bumgarner Funeral Home in Davenport, with interment in the Edwall Cemetery. Mrs Meta Hertel, 63, a resident of the Edwall area for 41 years, died Thursday. Funeral services were held at the Bumgarner Funeral Home chapel at Davenport Sunday afternoon, with Rev Ralph M Walsh officiating.  Interment was in the Hertel family plot in the Edwall Cemetery.  Mrs Hertel is survived by four daughters, Mrs Helen Benoschek, of Medical Lake; Mrs Alice Coleman, Davenport; Mrs Dorie Coleman, of Creston; and Mrs Frank Coleman, Spokane; two sons, Frank Hertel, Colville; and Curtis Hertel, Medical Lake; a brother, Richard Miller in California; a sister, Mrs Hattie Bentson, in Oregon, and 12 grandchildren.” (Citizen: Aug 6, 1948) “Maida (Meta) Hertel. Died: July 29, 1948. Code: MS SC265/2 page 99” (index, Bumgarner Funeral Home records archived at MAC in Spokane; record not viewed) 

Hertel, Curtis   (1908-1962) 


Hertz, Pamela Gayle  (1957-1957)


Hutchinson, Earle M   (1903-1905)


Hutchinson, Earle R  (1876-1939; father; shared stone w/ Carrie Menkel)


Hutchinson, Carrie Menkel   (1878-1963; shared stone w/ Earle R) 


Hyatt, Mary J  (1832-1908; shared stone with Mathias) “Mrs Mary J Hyatt, aged 76 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs George G Huser, near Edwall, Nov. 3rd.” (Citizen: 11-13-1908)  See also Lincoln County Probate File #1122. (file not previewed)


Hyatt, Mathias  (1827-1901; shared stone w/ Mary J) 


Hyatt, Mathias  (Co C  38th PA Inf. Civil War)  



Irvin, Chas E  (added: 1910)  “Chas E Irvin, brother of Mrs C T Service of Edwall, died at the home of his sister at Edwall, March 27th.” (Citizen: 4-08-1910) No tombstone shown in Davenport’s Mountain View nor in Edwall or Sassin.


Itzenhauser, John  (1838-1911)  “John Itzenhauser, father of the Itzenhauser brothers and Mrs C Mielke, near Edwall, was born Dec 18, 1838 in Germany. He was married in 1868 to Maria Elizabeth Friesel, which union was blessed with eight children of whom four died in infancy. In 1886 the death-angel visited the home once more, this time taking the beloved wife and mother. In Germany Mr Itzenhauser was by occupation a miller. He left Germany with his children for America in 1891 and settled in Tacoma, WA. About 1900 he left Tacoma for Edwall where his sons had preceded him two years previous to engage in farming. Here he made his home and was kindly cared for. Mr Itzenhauser was a sincere Christian, being led to Christ when in Tacoma under the ministry of Rev Joseph Hepp. About that time he united with the German Society of the Methodist Episcopal church of which he was a loyal member until his departure from this to the church triumphant. The cause of his death was tumor of the stomach, from which he had been afflicted for a long time, but which was not discovered or thought serious until a few months ago. His sickness was without pain for which he, his children and his friends were grateful. On June 20th, he quietly fell asleep to open his eyes in the happy home above, for which he so much longed in late years. The funeral service was conducted Thursday June 22 from the German church by the pastor, Rev Haueisen of Connell, who also was present, made a short and appropriate address.  Card of Thanks. We, the undersigned, do hereby express our thanks for the help and sympathy we received during the sickness and in the bereavement of our beloved father. Chas Itzenhauser, Henry Itzenhauser, Fred Itzenhauser, Mrs Chas Mielke, Mr Chas Mielke.” (Citizen: 6-30-1911) Edit: the obituary of Charles Itzenhauser, Oct 12, 1934, shows his burial in Riverside Park Cemetery in Spokane.  “Word was received here this week of the passing on Jan 3 of Henry A Itzenhauser at Porterville, CA.  Mr Itzenhauser will be remembered as a former resident of the Edwall community for many years prior to his moving to California a few years ago. He was a native of Germany where he was born May 14, 1877. One brother, Fred, survives him.” (Citizen: Feb 3, 1950)



 Edwall Cemetery Death Records, Edwall, Washington submitted 

to the WAGenWeb  February, 2006 by Marge Womach

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