Edwall AREA Obituaries

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Marriott, Mrs Charles:  Mr & Mrs O D Byram were in Reardan Thursday to attend the funeral of Mrs Byram’s cousin, Mrs Charles Marriott. (Citizen-April 23, 1937)

Mayer, N J:  N J Mayer died in a Spokane hospital Tuesday after a brief illness. Mr Mayer who has been in business here for a number of years was kindly and jovial and loved by the entire community. His death is deeply regretted. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Miss Lynn Mayer of Edwall and Mrs Van Duegle of Newport, WA.” (Citizen-June 22, 1923) “Mr and Mrs William Dingle, who since the death of Mrs Dingle’s father, N J Mayer, have been at the Mayer home, returned to Newport, Monday.” (Citizen-June 29, 1923)

McConnell, infant:  The infant child of Mr & Mrs McConnell died last Saturday.”  (Citizen-Oct 11, 1901)

McDonald, Alex Wallace: “Alex Wallace McDonald was born in Scotland, June 28, 1844, and died Oct 16, 1919 in Edwall of heart failure. In early childhood he came to America. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the union army serving under Sherman. On Christmas Day, 1879, he was married to Emma Lemly to whom 11 children were born, eight of whom are still living. Mrs Hugh Haynes, Mrs Floyd Nail of Canada, Mrs Elmer Warwick of Montana, Archie W of Bellingham, Mrs Vernie DeSpain and John, Robert and Keith of Edwall, besides the widow are left to mourn his loss. In March of 1878 he came west and settled on a homestead four miles north of Edwall where he lived until a year ago when he moved to town. He was a member of the GAR and the Masons. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 PM at the ME Church. Rev Brown conducted the services. Burial took place in Edwall Cemetery.” (Citizen-Oct 24, 1919)

MacDonald, Mrs Emma: “Mrs Emma MacDonald passed away at her home here Thursday morning, May 9th, after a long illness. Funeral services were held in the Church in the Valley at Edwall Saturday afternoon at 2 PM, Rev Kittner of Reardan officiating. Burial was is the Edwall Cemetery. Mrs MacDonald was a pioneer of this vicinity having lived here for the past 50 years. She is survived by three sons: Archie of Los Angeles, CA; Robert and Keith of Edwall; three daughters: Mrs Flora Haynes of Bassino, Alberta; Mrs Effie Warwick of Spokane; and Mrs Maude DeSpain of Edwall; one sister in the east; three brothers, Charlie Lemley of Reardan; John and will Lemley of Coulee City.” (Citizen-May 16, 1930)

McDonald, John: “John McDonald was born Nov 29, 1887 near Edwall, and died March 8th, at Spokane. He was taken suddenly ill Sunday night and was taken to Spokane for an operation but only lived a week. He was an industrious young man and well liked by all who knew him. Oct 1st, 1918 he was married to Ethel Herman, who still survives him, as well as his mother, four sisters and three brothers. Mrs Hugh Haynes and Mrs Floyd Nail of Alberta, Mrs Elmer Warwick of Montana, Archie McDonald of Bremerton, Mrs Vernie DeSpain, Robert and Keith of Edwall. Funeral services were held Wednesday at two o’clock by the Rev R M Brown, pastor of the ME church. The IOOF of which he was a member conducted services at the grave.” (Burial Edwall Cemetery) (Citizen-March 19, 1920)

McDonald, Miss Sadie: “On Easter morning at 10 o’clock, Hugh McNeilly, Charles Service, Frank Hanlon, Will Hanlon, George Mower and Herman Morrisson, as pallbearers, emerged from the residence of Mr & Mrs A W McDonald, bearing the earthly remains of Miss Sadie to the hearse to be conveyed to the ME Church South, at Edwall, where funeral services were held. The church building was full and many could not gain admittance. The alter was beautifully decorated with palms, ferns and blooming plants, and when the casket was placed in front of the altar it was soon covered with a mass of flowers which were nicely arranged by the practiced hand of Mr Stone. Amidst the sobs of sorrowing friends surrounded by the habiliments of mourning, Rev J D Lewellyn preached an impressive sermon on the text: I am the way, the truth and the light. At the conclusion of the services at the church, Mrs Hugh Hains, a sister of the deceased, was so prostrated she had to be taken to the doctor for treatment. In the procession to the cemetery some fifty teams were in line. The bereaved family has the sincere sympathy of all the old settlers. Deceased was 24 years old and died of consumption. She had a lingering sickness of about two years.” (LCT-April 20, 1906)

McGourin, Sarah: (no visible tomb-stone in Edwall Catholic Cemetery) “Sarah McGourin of Edwall died 21 Dec 1913 at the age of 85 years. Cause of death was old age. Sarah was born in Cavan, Ireland. Burial was held at Edwall.” (St Francis Cath. ledger)(Davenport Catholic Ledger shows d. 1913, 85 yrs, b. Ireland) “Grandma McGourin, one of the early pioneers of this section of the country and state, died Sunday evening at the advanced age of 85 years. She has been living with her son, Walter. The funeral was held Wednesday.” (H Citizen-Dec 26, 1913 Edwall Section)

McGourin, Robert: “The body of Robert McGourin, a son of the late Capt McGourin, arrived in Edwall from Tonapah, Nevada, on the 13th, and was interred in the Catholic Cemetery, Rev Van de Van officiating. The deceased was a miner, and was found dead in his cabin.” (LCT: March 24, 1905)

McGourin, Thomas: (age 10 yrs, eye removed, in Citizen of 9-26-1919)

McMahon, Ann:  “Ann McMahon, former Edwallite, passed away Jan 12 in Bothell, WA.  Bill and Esther Gray, Ed Gray and Becky, and Tom and Sherry Ledgerwood attended her rosary Thursday and the funeral services Friday. Interment was at the McMahon Cemetery in Edwall” (Edwall Catholic Cemetery).(Jan 22, 1981 Citizen)

McMahon, James: “Accidentally shot Wednesday evening, June 5th, near his home at Edwall while carrying a shotgun on horseback, James McMahon, a pioneer rancher, who had resided in eastern Washington 31 years, was rushed to the sacred Heart hospital in an automobile early yesterday morning, but died at 6 o’clock the next night after an operation was performed. The pioneer was supposed to have been thrown from one of the two horses which he was taking home, when they became frightened by a dog. The charge from the shotgun entered the right leg between the knee and thigh. It was found on his arrival at the hospital that he could not stand the shock if the limb was amputated and a minor operation was performed. He failed to recover from the shock, however, and died shortly after 6 o’clock. The deceased was 58 years of age. He was hurried to Spokane by a son, Frank, of Edwall. A second son, Joe, resides at Lamont. The body was removed to the Buchanan Undertaking rooms and was sent to Edwall where the funeral was held Sunday, June 9th, 1912 from the Catholic church, Rev Father MacAleer, of Harrington officiating. The remains were buried in the Catholic Cemetery.” (Harrington Citizen of June 14, 1912. The card of Thanks was signed by J P McMahon, Frank McMahon, Mrs Swingler, and Mrs Burkhold.)

McMahon, John T:  “Funeral services were held on Wednesday for John T McMahon, a lifelong resident of Edwall. Member of a pioneer Inland Empire family, McMahon attended Edwall high school and Gonzaga University. Immediately on graduation he entered the service and served with a chemical warfare unit throughout World War I.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus and St Michael’s Catholic church at Reardan. Surviving are his wife, the former Ann Menehan of Spokane, at the family home; a niece, Mrs Darlene Merrill, Seattle, and several cousins including Bud McMahon, Spokane. (Davenport Times-Dec 20, 1962)

McMahon, Joseph P:  “A large group of Edwall people attended the funeral of Joseph P McMahon in Spokane, Saturday afternoon. Mr McMahon passed away in  a Spokane hospital last Wednesday after a long illness. He is a pioneer of the Edwall country.” (Citizen, Edwall Column-July 19, 1935)

McMahon, Mrs J P:  “Mrs J P Mahon died at her home east of town Sunday morning after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held in Spokane from Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, the Rev Father Condon officiating. Burial was made in Fairmont Cemetery.” (Edwall Column of Citizen: 6-21-1929)

McMahon, Thomas: (Lincoln Co probate file #371 notes; filed Feb 8, 1899;  Died 31 Jan 1899 in Spokane Co.; Property in 2-23-38 & in 11-23-38 & in Stockton, CA; Widow = Margaret McMahon, petitioner. Children: Albert, 20; Herbert, 18; Edward 17; & John 3 ½.) 

Melcher, A S: “The sad intelligence was received here today that the Hon A S Melcher, of Edwall, had committed suicide. The deceased was one of the most highly respected pioneers of Lincoln County, having come to the state in 1882. He was more than comfortably well off in this world’s goods, and as far as it was known, at peace with the world and his family. He was of German descent and born in Greene County, NY, January 6, 1853. Most of his life has been employed in teaching school and farming as a side issue. In 1904, he was nominated by the republican party of this county and elected a member of the present legislature in which he served with credit. Why this rash act on his part, we are unable to say, but all regret that a useful citizen should have committed such a deed. The members of his family whom are highly thought of have the sympathy of all in the sad ending of the life of the husband and father. (Davenport Tribune-July 5, 1906)

Merkel, Harold Bernhardt:  “Harold Bernhardt Merkel. Died: 7-11-1962; Birth: 3-22-1906, Edwall, WA.  Married.  Father: John Merkel; Mother: Sophia Schafer. Buried: Edwall, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card) 

Merkel, Leone Lois:  “Edwall.—Private family graveside service for Leone Lois Merkel, 92, a longtime Edwall resident, are scheduled at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at Spokane Memorial Gardens in Spokane. Pastor Deb Conklin will officiate. Mrs Merkel, who had lived in Lincoln Nursing Home in Davenport in recent years, died June 29.  Born Sept 22, 1911, in Wishek, ND, she was the daughter of Leonard and Nancy (Jones) Jennings. The family moved from North Dakota and eventually made their way to Yakima, WA, where she graduated from high school. She attended a year of business school.  She met and married Henry (Hank) Dormaier and lived in Odessa, Medical Lake and Edwall before his death. She married Harold Merkel and was a cook for the Edwall School District for several years before her retirement in the early 1970s.  Poor health eventually forced her to move to Davenport. She belonged to the Davenport-Edwall United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by both her husbands, two sisters and a granddaughter.  She leaves a son, Stanley L (and Doris) Dormaier of Edwall; a daughter, Joyce (and Dick) Craft of Glendale, CA; two step-sons, Gordon Merkel of Edwall and Ken Merkel of Spokane; 5 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Strate Funeral Home is Davenport is handling arrangements.” (Dav. Times: 7-01-2004)  

Michael, Mrs G C: “Mrs G C Michael of near Edwall died Saturday morning at the home of her parents, Mr & Mrs K M Rinker at Davenport, of influenza. She was 33 years of age. She leaves to mourn her loss, besides her parents, a husband and five children, one a babe of two weeks, five sisters and four brothers, and two grandparents, Mr & Mrs Jaynes of Edwall. The funeral was held at the ME church Monday, the Rev George D Wells officiating and burial was at Spokane.” (Citizen-Jan 31, 1919)

Mielke, Charles:  (badly bruised by train, in Harr. Cit. of 9-26-1919)

Mielke, Helen:  “Henry Itzenhauser and Art Payne went to Seattle Friday to attend the funeral of Mr Itzenhauser’s niece, Miss Helen Mielke who passed away there Wednesday morning. Miss Mielke was a former Edwall resident having lived here for a number of years.” (Citizen: 10-18-1934)  Miss Helen Mielke was a daughter of Charles Mielke and granddaughter of Michael Mielke, early Sassin-Edwall pioneer.

Mielke, Wilhelmine: “Wilhelmine Mielke. Female. White. Married. Housewife. Birth: Sept 21, 1842, Germany. Aged: 73 yrs 4 mos 7 days. Father: Christian Schwartz, born Germany.  Mother: Katherine Didturan, born Germany. Informant: L Mielke, address: Olalla, WA. Death: Jan 28, 1916 at Burley, Kitsap Co, WA, 2 a.m. Cause: Deceased died without medical aid. From history she died from valvular heart disease. Edwin T Pry, MD, Olalla, WA, Jan 29, 1916. Burial: Burley, WA on Jan 30, 1916.” (WA State Board of Health: Certificate of Death)

Misner, Mrs:  Mrs Jack Greenwood who has been visiting with her parents, Mr and Mrs Eustus Scheuch, left Tuesday morning for Spokane in response to a telegram announcing the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs Misner. Her demise came while she was visiting in Portland. The funeral was held in Spokane Tuesday afternoon. She was also the mother of Mrs Effie Startling of Spokane.” (Citizen of Aug 9, 1912) 

Moffitt, Mrs Charles: Mrs Charles Moffitt died in Edwall on March 17th.  She was a sister to Mrs E E Plough and is survived by her husband and two daughters, ages 12 & 14. She had been an invalid for several years. She came to Washington from her home in Minnesota in 1886. She was a severe sufferer from asthma, and came west primarily for her health. (LCT & Citizen-Mar 11, 1904 notes) {Mrs Chas. Moffat and one of her little daughters at Edwall are reportedly seriously ill.—Sept 21, 1894, LCT}

Morton, Thomas:  “Thomas Morton, brother of Ellis Morton, died in the Sacred Heart hospital Thursday. Funeral services were held in Spokane Saturday morning.” (Citizen: 7-20-1928, Edwall Column)


Nairn, Anna B:  Mrs Robert Nairn died at the home of her sister Mrs Dennis Hogan, Thursday, April 26, after an illness of several months. The funeral was held at Edwall ME Church Saturday. Mrs Nairn, who has lived in Lincoln County for many years, is mourned by a large circle of friends.” (Citizen-May 4, 1923)

Nelson, Gail Edwin:  “Born: To Mr and Mrs M M Nelson, Christmas Day, Dec 25, 1919, twin sons. Gail Edwin was born at 1:15 p.m. and Gordon Matthew at 2:15 p.m.  Little Gail Edwin only survived for a short time, passing away Dec 26th. The remains of the little babe were brought to Harrington Saturday evening and laid to rest in the Harrington Cemetery Sunday morning, beside those of a little sister, Clara, who preceded him in death several years ago. Rev E C Scott held short devotional services at the grave and offered prayer. The parents have the sympathy of their friends in the loss of this little companion; whose strength was not sufficient to maintain him; having been only an eight months’ baby. The surviving brother, while not the strongest, seems to have good chances.” (Citizens-Jan 2, 1920) 

Nethington, John:  “Mr John Nethington, uncle of Mrs Chris Kintschi Sr, passed away at the Kintschi home Saturday evening from a paralytic stroke. Mr Nethington was 92 years old. No funeral arrangements have been made.” (Citizen, Edwall Column-Oct 5, 1928; see Sassin Cemetery)  


Oakley, Leonard:  (serious accident, age 18, in 4-21-1905 LCT, son of SA)

Orlowski, Julian: (Lincoln Co probate notes on file #865; Died __ Feb 1906 at Medical Lake; res. Lincoln County; Property in Sec 32 & 33 of T 23 R 39; Dau = Mrs J P Murray of Edwall; Dau = Margaret Orlowski of Edwall; Maccabee Lodge bill for Cem. Lot $10.00; Smith & Co Undertakers.)  


Pershall, James Buell: Born April 23, 1852, d. 6-14-1935, see Hillcrest file.

Pittman, Mrs Hazel: “Mrs Hazel Pittman, wife of Chas Pittman, passed away Thursday morning with quick consumption. She is the daughter of C C Bateman and besides a father, sister and husband, she leaves a little daughter 20 months old. Interment was made in the Edwall Cemetery Thursday.” (Citizen-March 1, 1912)

Plumlee, Dellfield: “Dellfield Plumlee who has been ill in the Marine hospital for several months passed away in Seattle, Sunday, Oct 14th. Services will be held at Wallace, Idaho, either today or tomorrow (Saturday). Several brothers survive him. Mrs Mildred Plumlee preceded him in death just eight days.” (Citizen: 10-18-1934)

Plumlee, Mildred Rieth: Mrs Dellifield Plumlee, formerly Mildred Rieth, see St Francis Cemetery in Harrington.

Polanski, George C: “George C Polanski, 51, passed away at his home here early Monday morning following a year’s illness. He had lived here for the last 10 years, being agent for the Great Northern Railroad. His three daughters, Hazel and Luella at the home, and Eva of Spokane survive him; also a brother at Kellogg, Idaho, and a sister and brother in Portland, Oregon.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 17, from the Hennessey & Calloway chapel in Spokane, with the Rev Donald Glazebrook officiating. Cremation followed. (Citizen, Edwall Column-July 19, 1935) 

Polenski, brother of GC: (seriously ill in Salem, OR; in Citizen-Aug 29, 1930)

Priest, Mrs Harriet:            Mrs Harriet Priest died in Spokane last Tuesday morning from the effect of a rapidly developing paralysis. She was taken to Spokane on March 27, 1899 where an operation was performed with a hope of prolonging her life but without avail. Mrs Priest was born in Ohio in 1843 and was therefore 56 years of age. She was married in 1867 and in that year moved to Missouri; coming to Lincoln County in 1888 where she has since resided. She left besides a husband, seven grown children, four daughters and three sons. Mrs Priest was well and favorably known in this community and her death is greatly mourned by her many friends. (H. Citizen of April 7, 1899)(Burial not given)  “We had a call from Hon Wm Priest, of Edwall, last Saturday. Mr Priest lost his wife through the effects of an operation at the Sacred Heart hospital, Spokane. At the time we stated that she died from weakness. He desires to say that such was not the case. That her death was the result of the neglect of the hospital nurses to take proper care of the patient, and from the failure of the surgeon in charge to properly watch over his charge. This statement Mr Priest says he is prepared to substantiate.” (LCT-Apr 28, 1899)


Reddy, O J:  “O J Reddy, at one time a resident of Edwall, died at the Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane.” (Citizen-Edwall Section: Feb 2, 1912)

Reddy, Mrs O J: (on sick list in Harr. Citizen of 3-06-1903)

Reynolds, Benjamin H: (Lincoln Co probate notes file #873; filed Apr 24, 1906; Died 28 Oct 1905 at Edwall; mother = Anna E Reynolds, age 53; sister = Bertha E McDowell, 31; sister = Edith S Miller, 25; sister = Nancy Reynolds, 27; sister = Maude R Reynolds, 15; John W Reynolds, 20.) 

Reynolds, Wm A: (Lincoln Co Probate #551 notes; filed Apr 30, 1902; Died 26 Apr 1902 in Spokane; Widow = Anna E Reynolds, 49; Bertha E McDowell, 27; Benj. H Reynolds, 25; Edith S Miller, 22, Wilson Creek; John W Reynolds, 16;

Nancy Reynolds, 14;  Maude R Reynolds, 11; all of Edwall; property: NW ¼ 18-23-39; NE ¼ & W ½ SE ¼ 23-24-38.)

Robinson, David:  “David Robinson, 87, of Los Angeles, died recently. He was a brother of Mrs Emma Kennedy of Edwall who is spending the summer at the McKee home at Bluestem and Mrs Luella Plaster, Reardan. Mr Robinson spent two years during WW I with his sisters here. He is survived by his four sisters, the other two being Mrs Alice Fahey of Spokane, Mrs Nellie Pecay, Emmett, Idaho, and Mrs Clara Giesselman of Milk River, Alberta.” (Citizen: 8-15-1947, Edwall Column) 

Robinson, Walter:  “Funeral services for Walter Robinson were held Sunday afternoon in the Methodist Church with Rev R M Walsh officiating. Mr Robinson died Thursday in a nursing home in Spokane.” (Burial not shown)(Citizen-Oct 8, 1948-Edwall Column)

Ryker, William J: “William J Ryker, age 84, died in Genesee, Idaho, where he was visiting his daughter. His home was in Spokane, having moved there from Edwall a number of years ago. He is survived by his widow, two sons, George M Ryker of Yakima and P A Ryker of Grandview; one daughter, Mrs J R Zell of Genesee. Funeral services were held in Spokane Monday and burial in the Riverside Park Cemetery.” (Citizen: 5-30-1930; Edwall Column) 



 Edwall area Obituaries, Edwall, Washington, submitted to the 

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