Hillcrest Cemetery Obituaries...K

        Excerpts from Early Obituaries

         by Marge Womach






Kaputa, Andrew

Funeral services for Andrew Kaputa were held Dec 29 under the direction of Strate Funeral Home. Kaputa was born Mar 22, 1905 in Lamona, WA and died at his home Dec 25, 1978. He lived in Lincoln Co until 1933 when he was employed for 2 years in Wash DC. He was married to Elva Shriner in Spokane on Dec 11, 1936. Survivors include his wife, Elva; 2 sons, John and Cameron; one daughter, Karen Wilks; 2 half-brothers, Peter and Mike Kaputa. Interment was at the Harrington Cemetery. (Dav. Times-Jan 1979) (The death certificate at Lincoln County shows his father as John Kaputa and his mother as Marie Hovanick.

Kaputa, Elva Lorraine (Shriner)

Funeral service for former longtime Davenport resident Elva Lorraine Kaputa will be held Saturday in Harrington. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemtery. Mrs. Kaputa, 82 died Jan 7, 1997 in Bellevue. She was born Sept 17, 1914 at Kelly Hill, WA. Mrs. Kaputa worked as a nurse at Lincoln Hospital. Mrs. Kaputa is survived by two sons, Cameron Kaputa and John Kaputa; one daughter, Kay White; one brother, Walter Shriner. (Dav. Times)

Karr, Adam Edward

A. E. Karr passed away at his home at Downs Nov 28, 1941 of a heart attack. Mr. Karr was born Jan 22, 1871 in Champaign Co, IL. He married Myrtle Bassett at Kingston, MO and in 1899 the family came west to Newport, WA and later to Walla Walla where they farmed. In 1906 the Karrs moved to the Downs area where he engaged in the grain business. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Mr. Karr joined the Odd Fellow order in Walla Walla. Surviving Mr. Karr are his 3 sons, Lyle S, Lester E and Wilbur Karr; one daughter, Mrs. Walter C. Olson (Maude); one sister, Mrs. Katherine Hartpence (76 years old). Mr. Karr was one of 18 children of whom the sole survivor is Mrs. Hartpence. Mr. Karr, Mrs. Hartpence and 3 others were born of one mother, and they had 13 older half brothers and sisters. (Citizen-5 Dec 1941) (The death certificate at Lincoln County shows his father as Adam Karr.)

Karr, Lester E., d.7-25-1947

Karr, Vergil, d.1912, (Owner of family plot was A. E. Karr/Carr)

Keene, Mrs. Myra E.  

Mrs. Keene, sister of Mrs. J. . Patty, died after a lingering illness at the Patty home south of town Thursday. Owing to the absence of Mr. & Mrs. Patty in Portland, burial will not be made until next Sunday, when funeral services will be held in the Presbyterian church. Interment will be in the Harrington Cemetery. (Citizen-16 June 1905) "TS reads 1904"

Keeran, Laura Elizabeth (Mrs. C. E.)

The funeral of Mrs. Laura Elizabeth Keeran, who died Wednesday of last week at her home west of Harrington was held Saturday afternoon at the Baptist church. The funeral service was directed by Rev E. C. Scott and burial took place in the Harrington Cemetery. Laura Elizabeth Hodgen was born in Jackson Co, OR on Feb 10, 1869; died at Harrington Nov 2, 1921, aged 52 years. Her parents moved to CA when she was 3 months old where more than half of her life was lived. She was married to C. E. Keeran at Willows, CA, Oct 31, 1892 and 9 years later they came to Lincoln Co, settling at their present home west of town. To them two sons were born, John and Foster, both of them being present today. Mrs. Keeran was converted when 12 years old and has led a full life of real trust and devotion, being all these years at Harrington, a faithful Sunday school teacher and church worker when her health permitted. She has been an invalid for several years, her disease baffling the skill of the best physicians to the very last. Besides her much loved husband and sons and loving friends, she leaves to mourn her loss 3 sisters, Mrs. J. G. Wolfe and Mrs. W. H. Kirk of Almira, WA, and Mrs. C. E. Fells, of Mexwell, CA; 2 brothers, Robert B. Hodgen of Fallert, Nevada and Geo B. Hodgen of Rollins, WY, and little granddaughter Mary Elizabeth Keeran. (Citizen-11 Nov 1921)

Kees, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. W. J .

The little daughter, 9 years old, of Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Kees, Spokane, who died Tuesday of last week at Sacred Heart hospital, was buried here Thursday, funeral services in the Community Congregational church. The pall bearers were six little boys: Wallace and Walter Inman, Joe Hill, Marion Kees, Phillip Gilstrap and Grant Phillips. The honorary pall bearers were six little girls: Lois and Polly Ann Phillips, Maxine and Jean Merry, Grace Bruns and Lucile O’Conner. (Citizen-28 Sept 1928)

Kees, Pearl (Matherly) Miller

Pearl M. Kees.—Passed away Apr 30, 1981, in a local hospital. Her home, Spokane Valley, WA. Mother of Mrs. Donald (Martha) McKennett, Spokane Valley; 9 grandchildren, including Mrs. Gary (Edie) Peck, Donna Gates, Mrs. Allen (Betty) Hess; sister of Edward Matherly, Springdale. Funeral services are planned with burial in Harrington, WA. Hazen-Jaeger Valley Funeral Home. (Spokesman-Review)“Funeral services for Pearl Matherly Kees, 91, were held May 4 at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in Spokane.  Interment for the daughter of Bluestem pioneers, Mr. and Mrs. John Matherly, was held at the Harrington Cemetery.  The Matherlys came to this area by covered wagon in 1888. She was the youngest child of nine born to the Matherlys. She is the sister of the late Mrs. Joseph Phillips, a prominent citizen and pioneer of the Davenport area.  Four sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. She was the former wife of Roy R. Miller, who was a wheat farmer in the Bluestem-Harrington-Davenport area until his death in 1925.  She was married to Warren Kees, who preceded her in death. She lived in California 10 years, and then moved to the Spokane Valley where she lived until her death.  Mrs Kees was the mother of nine children, eight of whom preceded her in death. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Martha) McKenneth of Spokane Valley; a brother, Edward Matherly of Springdale,.WA; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.” ( Davenport Times: 5-28-1981)

Kees, Violet Lillian (one day) (3-40)

Violet Lillian Kees, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. W. W. Kees, was born in the hospital at Sprague July 29 and died the next day, July 30, 1926. The little infant is said to have been a beautiful baby but apparently not strong enough to survive. Burial was held Saturday morning in the Harrington Cemetery, the Rev Allin officiating. The services were held at the grave and Mrs. C. A. Scott, Mrs. C. E. Moore and Mrs. W. H. Weisgerber sang. Mrs. Kees has five children buried in the Harrington cemetery. (Citizen-6 Aug 1926) (Her death certificate at Lincoln County shows her father as Warren W. Kees and her mother as Pearl Matherly.)

Kerr, Elizabeth  Nov 16, 1939

Tuesday afternoon Nov 14 in the silent city of Hillcrest, a group of relatives and friends encircled a green mound. Here midst the comforting words of Rev Claypool was laid to rest beside her husband “the earthly house” of Mrs. Elizabeth Kerr. Death came as a relief from her suffering, Nov 11, 1939, as she lay bed-ridden at Edgecliff sanitarium, Spokane. Elizabeth McCormick was born of Scottish parentage, near Belfast, Ireland, July 28, 1871. In July 1911 she became the bride of Thomas Kerr, and in Sept of that year, accompanied by her husband to the US where he had pioneered and established his home near Harrington. Mrs. Kerr united with the Presbyterian church at Harrington. Soon after the death of her husband in 1919, Mrs. Kerr returned to Ireland to visit relatives. Several years ago Mrs. Kerr’s health began to fail. Surviving Mrs. Kerr are her step-children, W. J. Kerr, Mrs. Anna R. Lueck, Mrs. Margaret Mayfield and T. J. Kerr; 12 grandchildren including Mrs. Frank Swayze (Adelaide Amon) of Spokane and to whom Mrs. Kerr was both mother and grandmother, having reared her from childhood; one sister, Mrs. Agnes Savage. (Citizen-17 Nov 1939)

Kerr, Helen (Olson)

Efforts of medical men could not combat mankind’s mortal enemy, cancer, which claimed the life of Mrs. W. J. Kerr (Helen) Sunday morning, Dec 15, 1957. Helen Olson was born in Spokane Aug 9, 1905. She graduated from Lewis and Clark HS and was employed by the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co in Spokane. During her residence here she was often relief operator, at the local switchboards. Aug 25, 1930 she was married to W. J. Kerr in Spokane and came to Harrington to make her home on the Kerr farm. She operated a weather station at the farm for a number of years. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Surviving her are her husband, W. J. (Bill) Kerr; daughters, Mrs. William MacArthur (Peggy) and Mrs. Creed Morgan (Patricia); sisters, Mrs. Olga Wade and Mrs. Betsie Fitzgerald. Two brothers and her parents have preceded her in death. (Citizen-20 Dec 1957)

Kerr, Jane Boyd --- 1896

(Data from her tombstone reads: “Wife of Thomas Kerr, died Feb 25, 1896, aged 40 years”. From an extensive obituary of Thomas Kerr the following details are known: Jane Boyd married Thomas Kerr in Pittsburgh. She was the partner of his energetic life. Each adventure of Thomas Kerr left his wife to fend for the children and await his return, which in one instance was several years. She was the mother of his seven children, five of whom grew to maturity. Their names are: Thomas, Agnes, Amon (d. 1906), Margaret Mayfield (w/o Arle), William James and Anna Lich.)

Kerr, John

The funeral of John Kerr, who died of blood poisoning in Spokane Friday, March 13, 1908, was held Monday at the home in Harrington. The remains were brought to Harrington where interment was had. He was 69 years of age and born in Ireland. He came to the US at an early age, residing in Pittsburgh for a number of years and coming to WA and locating here 11 years ago, farming north of town. Deceased leaves a brother and sister, Maggie Kerr and Thomas Kerr; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Ruth of PA. (Citizen-20 Mar 1908)

Kerr, (Miss) Margaret ---1922

Miss Margaret Kerr, age 87, died Thursday morning of old age and complications, at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. E. Kerr. The funeral will be held at the home. Burial will take place in the Harrington cemetery. Deceased died three years to the day of her brother, Tom Kerr. She was a pioneer of this district having lived here many years. (Citizen-24 Nov 1922)

(Lincoln Co Auditor’s death certificate for Miss Margaret Kerr gives her date of death as Nov 23, 1922. Her date of birth is listed as Aug 11, 1835 in Ireland. Her father is John Kerr, born Scotland. Her mother is Mary McDoll, born Scotland. The cause of death is shown as diabetic coma, at the age of 87 years, 4 months and 12 days. Burial in Harrington cemetery.)

Kerr, Thomas (Blk 3 Lot 71)

“Thomas Kerr was born Jan 5, 1846 at Dromore County Down, north of Ireland of Scotch ancestry. He was born on a farm and was one of a family of 9 children. After attending the common schools of the community he learned the trade of carpenter, a practical education that served him well all through his life. In early years he passed over to England and in the busy city of Manchester he pursued the carpenter trade for 5 or 6 years. Then he sailed for America and made several trips back and form before he finally made it his home. He settled in Pittsburgh where he married (Jane Boyd). Later he moved with his family to Iowa, where he rented land and farmed for a year or so.  In 1886, about 34 years ago, he heard the call of the far West, and set out to explore its vast spaces, to discover what it promised for him. He traveled over the NP, the only road into the country at the time, and reached Cheney on an immigrant train. He traveled to Davenport by stage, and went on west to the Pacific Coast, passing through Seattle, Grays Harbor and other places. He spent the winter exploring Oregon and western Washington, but found nothing to his fancy.  In the Spring he returned to Davenport and prospected through the Big Bend country in a search for a location on land. In the Spring of 1888 he sent to Iowa for his family. They came over the same route that he traveled, landed at Cheney, were transferred to the first train that went over the new Washington Central to Davenport. Mr. Kerr then made Davenport headquarters for his family while he set out to find a permanent home. Finally he purchased a quarter section of land from C. C. May, a Northern Pacific land agent, two miles north and west of the present German church in the Rocklyn neighborhood where the strenuous work of his life began. He returned to Davenport and then set out with his eldest child, a boy of 14, to create a home for themselves on the wild, unbroken prairie The two set out afoot and walked the distance of 17 miles to their destination where Providence directed their steps. Immediately they began to build a place of abode for the immortal souls awaiting sustenance and shelter.  George Morgan hauled lumber from a mill which was so far away that it took two days to make a trip. Finally the great work was accomplished and the mother and five young children took possession of the home.  Twenty acres were broken, a well was dug, the land was fence, the crop was cut with a scythe and saved with a hand rake. Then the terrible winter of the ‘big snow’ came. Deep snow filled the coulees and the canyons. It covered the fences. It came early, the settlers were unprepared. There was no fuel. They stripped the fir posts of their bark. Families moved together into one house to save fuel, and prevent death by freezing. A little cook stove had to warn an entire household. There was no feed for the stock. In some instances they had to be fed seed wheat to keep them alive. Family provisions dwindled. Stocks could be replenished only by long and arduous journeys. Three years passes. The possession of a useful trade enabled Mr. Kerr to keep his family from want during those trying days. In 1889 the great fire of Spokane created a demand for labor. Mr. Kerr was the only man found who understood the art of building circular stairs. He worked all winter and the following spring on some of the largest buildings and contributed no little part in the rebuilding of the new and greater Spokane.  Then he returned and put up the first wheat warehouse that was built in Davenport. Then he embarked as bridgebuilder on the branch road extending from Davenport to Coulee City.  In the meantime new settlers kept coming. Friendly smoke could be seen curling from settlers’ cabins that began to dot the primitive sage brush plain. But just as the star of hope began to arise for the daring frontiersman the terrible panic of 1893 came on. Money became scarce—almost disappeared. It was a financial triumph to purchase a postage stamp. Mr. Kerr purchased his land at $5.75 an acre from the N P railway. The rights of the company had been transferred to a mortgage company. He could not meet his obligations. He lost his land. To the credit of the mortgage company let it be said that they took no unfair advantage of the settlers. They offered easy terms and endeavored to persuade the settlers to hold on to their land. After three years residence on his first venture Mr. Kerr took up a relinquishment for $100 five miles due west of town, a tract of 120 acres. Here he built another house, put up fences and quickly broke the virgin soil with the plow. Little by little he was conquering his obstacles and solving the hard problems of the settlers life. He was growing independent. In 1898 he purchased another farm, a half section of unimproved land two miles north of town. Here he built another home, the one now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Mayfield. This land he also reclaimed and improved, with the help of his sturdy children. In 1895, Jane Boyd, his wife and companion, died. She was the partner of his energetic life, and lies at rest on the hill whither her husband was carried. She was the mother of his seven children, five of whom grew to maturity. Their names are: Thomas, the eldest, who makes his home at Marl in (formerly known as Krupp) with his wife and five children. Agnes, who married Delbert Amon, died 11 years ago, leaving a daughter, Adelaide, now a high school student.  Margaret, married to Arle Mayfield, who with their daughter, Arlyn, live on the old place two miles from town. William James, the next, served his country for two years at Camp Lewis.  Anna H, married to A Lich, and who with their two children live north of Davenport on a farm.  Besides these children, deceased is survived by an aged sister, Margaret Kerr, now 84 years, and an invalid and by his second wife, Eliza McCormick. Mr. Kerr was a republican in politics and of the Roosevelt type. In religion a life long Presbyterian. Throughout life he was blest with a robust physique. He never knew sickness until about four years ago when threatened paralysis came on. This malady finally overtook him and after a brief illness of less than two weeks, pneumonia set in, and he passed away, surrounded by his faithful family and devoted wife, who tenderly nursed him and watched by his side until the last spark had fled, thus adding another star to the fair diadem of wifely loyalty and affection. Thus did Thomas Kerr pass away, the hardy pioneer, the brave frontiersman; his tools—the saw and hammer, the plow and the reaper. His monument—the sage uprooted, the wilderness subdued; golden harvests gathered, peaceful smoke ascending from homes of plenty where happy children play. His are the triumphs of the plow, and the plow is mightier than the sword. The funeral was held on Tuesday. Brief services were conducted at the home and then the body was brought to the Presbyterian church where the Rev Alexander Pringle preached the funeral sermon. Interment took place in the Harrington Cemetery.”  (Citizen-28 Nov 1919)

Kerr, Wm “Bill” J.

William J. “Bill” Kerr-Age 98—Passed away Feb 17, 1990 in Spokane. Survived by two daughters, Peggy MacArthur and Patricia Morgan. He was a WW I veteran. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery. (Spokesman Review)

Kester, Karl

Kiehn, Catherine Christine

Mrs. Con Kiehn was brought home to rest, last week Wednesday, when her body was laid in the family plot at Hillcrest Cemetery, beside her husband who died in April 1944. Mrs. Kiehn passed away Nov 27, 1960 at the Ritzville hospital. She had diabetes for many years. Catherine Christine Kiehn was born Feb 14, 1880 at Worrenburg, Russia. At the age of 12 she came to the US with her parents. Jan 25, 1898 she was married to Conrad A Kiehn at Ritzville. The Kiehns resided on a farm on Crab Creek near Downs, and Odessa, then in 1914 moved to Harrington. Surviving Mrs. Kiehn are 7 children (a son Martin died in 1954): Alvin, Lee R, Edward, Mrs. Florence Kramer, Mrs. Sereta Yarno, Mrs. Ethel Bethel, Mrs. Laura Warwick; 2 brothers, Michael Kramer and John Kramer. (Citizen-8 Dec 1960)

Kiehn, Conrad  d. Apr 1944

Death came to Conrad Kiehn late Thursday of last week, the result of a heart attack. Born in northern Russia, Christmas Day, 1871, he was brought by his parents to the US when he was a child of three years and they resided in Nebraska. When he was 12 he came west with the senior Kiehns to Walla Walla by covered wagon, and in a few years they moved to the Ritzville country. He received a certificate of confirmation from a German school Nov 18, 1888 at Ritzville. In 1898 at Ritzville he married Kathryn Kramer. Feb 27, 1901 Mr. Kiehn was admitted to citizenship in the US in Adams County. He was a member of the Congregational church at the County Line and helped in the building of that church. The family came to Harrington in 1914 and for 25 years Mr. Kiehn was employed in the foundry and machine shop of the Harrington Manufacturing Co. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery. M. Kiehn’s widow at the home survives him as do 4 sons, Martin, Alvin, Edward and Roy; 3 daughters, Mrs. Lovell Warwick (Laura); Mrs. Robert Bethel (Ella); and Mrs. Glen Warwick (Florence); 4 brothers, Henry, J. J., John, and Fred; one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Wicker. (Citizen-7 April 1944)

(Lincoln Co Auditor death certificate shows the date of death as March 30, 1944, due to coronary thrombosis. His date of birth is Dec 25, 1871 in Russia. His widow is Katherina Kiehn, age 64. His occupation is machinist. His father is Conrad Kiehn born Russia and the mother’s name is not given. Burial is shown at Harrington. The informant is Edward H. Kiehn of Seattle, WA.)

Kimbrough, Burch

Funeral services were held Monday for Burch Kimbrough. He died Jan 8, 1976 at age 63. Mr. Kimbrough was born in OK in 1912. He worked in Harrington for the Burlington Northern Railroad, having retired several years ago. He married Elsie M. Calveer in 1966. She is the only survivor. Interment was at the Harrington Cemetery. (Dav. Times-15 Jan 1976)

Kimbrough, Elsie M. (Calveer)

Elsie M. Kimbrough—Passed away Jan 29, 1983, in Cheney, WA; her home, Cheney; formerly of Harrington. Survived by 4 sisters, Martha Warrington, Zennie Dillon, Ethel Garner, and Helen Freeman. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery. (Spokesman Review)

King, Adilla (Charlton) (Mrs. E. E.)

Last rites will be held at Strates Funeral Home March 5 for Mrs. E. E. King (Adilla Charlton) who died Feb 22, 1956 in CA. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Mrs. King’s husband was an early-day well driller in these parts. Besides her own children, Vivian Kurtz and Carl King, she is survived by sisters, Mrs. J. B. Pershall, Mrs. Depre Morgan, and a brother, Frank Charlton. (Citizen-9 March 1956)

Kinzel, Clarence (Jim) d. 2-12-1977, age 59. (Blk 7 Lot 41) “A lifetime resident and local businessman, Jim Kinzel, died suddenly last Friday evening. Born Clarence Kinzel, July 15, 1917, he is survived by his wife, Georgia Mae, and a son, William E. He is also survived by three sisters and two brothers. Services were held at the Community Congregational Church, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 15. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Harrington. The Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, was in charge.” ( Davenport Times: Harrington page: 2-17-1977)

Kinzel, David

David Kinzel (age 70)—Passed away Jan 11, 1981 in Davenport. His home Davenport. Survived by one brother, Emanuel Kinzel; 3 sisters, Mrs. Anna Larmer, Mrs. Polly Arlt, and Mrs. Alice Moritz. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery. (Spokesman Review)

Kinzel, Eugene

Eugene Kinzel, son of Mr. & Mrs. Jim Kinzel, passed away Oct 19, 1971 at the Cerebral Palsy Care Center in Spokane. Gene was born Nov 15, 1954 in Odessa. He attended the Harrington school in 1961 and 1962 and has lived at the Cerebral Palsy Care Center since 1964, coming home to visit on weekends. Gene is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jim Kinzel, one brother, Bill, and his grandfather, Buriage Armstrong, all of Harrington. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. (Dav. Times-4 Nov 1971)

Kinzel, John"Fred" , d.4-13-1951

Fred A. Kinzel was born in Warenburg, Russia, Sept 20, 1875. He was confirmed in the Lutheran church Sept 30, 1890. In 1893 he came with his parents to America and resided in Nebraska for 9 years. Upon coming to WA, he engaged in farming. He married Katherine Kramer, Nov 12, 1903 and in 1931 the family moved to town. Mrs. Kinzel died in 1948. Mr. Kinzel died at Deaconess hospital last week Wednesday and funeral services were conducted from the Community church Saturday. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery. (Citizen-20 Apr 1951)

Kinzel, Georgia Mae

Georgia Mae Lofgren, Age 74.—Entered into rest on Sunday, August 15, 2004 in Yakima, WA. She is survived by one son, Bill Kinzel and Linda of Toppenish, WA; three step-children: Nancy McMurray and Patrick of Spokane, WA, Joan Lofgren of Tampara, Finland, Doug Lofgren of Burton, BC; six grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Emanuel Kinzel of Harrington, WA; and one sister-in-law, Greta Moritz and Homer of Pasco, WA. She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and a graduate of Harrington High School. Georgia was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Clarence Kinzel in 1977, and Fred Lofgren in 1987; one son, Eugene Kinzel in 1971; infant daughter, Greta Kinzel; one brother, Norman Armstrong; and one sister, Dorothy Dobson. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Aug 20, 2004 at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA with Pastor Don Roper officiating. Concluding services and interment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Harrington, WA. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport is in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: undated 2004)

Kinzel, Greta Marie

A daughter, Greta Marie, born at 5:15 PM Friday, July 20, to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence (Jim) Kinzel, died soon after birth at Odessa Memorial Hospital. Graveside services for the infant were held Saturday at Hillcrest Cemetery, with Rev Richard England officiating. Surviving the baby girl are her parents, brothers, Billy and Eugene, and grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Buriage Armstrong. (Citizen-3 Aug 1956)

Kinzel, John “Fred”, ---Apr 13, 1951  

Kinzel, Maria Katie  -d. 1-09-1948; (Blk 7 Lot 43) Died: Jan 10, 1948; Buried: Jan 13, 1948. “Although she loved life and thrilled to its varied activities, still Mrs. Fred Kinzel ‘had her house in order, and her lamp filled’ and was prepared for the caller, Death, that ultimately comes to all of us. She passed away at her home Saturday morning, Jan 10. As a thoughtful act and for the comfort and convenience of her family, she left a written page that included her obituary and her wishes regarding last rite details. Katherine Kramer was born Dec 16, 1883 in Warenburg, on the Volga River in Russia. She came to the United States with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Kramer, in 1893 and resided in Jansen, Nebraska until 1895 when she accompanied her eldest brother, Henry, to Ritzville. Her parents joined them there later. She was confirmed in 1898 in the German Emanuel Lutheran church at Ritzville. Nov 12, 1903 she was married to Fred A Kinzel. Ten children were born to them, one of whom died in infancy. In 1931 the Kinzel family moved to the Harrington farming area. About eight years ago they purchased property in Harrington and moved to town. Mrs. Kinzel’s health had become noticeably poor about that time although she remained active and busy. She was an enthusiastic fisherman and gardener as well as homemaker. She was sociable and friendly and enjoyed being with people. The past few months, Mrs. Kinzel was confined to her home when her heart condition became aggravated. She was hospitalized in Spokane several times for treatment. Her husband and children relieved her of the household duties, and cared for her until early in December when Mrs. Craig came to nurse her.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, Jan 13, at 2 o’clock from the Community church under direction of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Bumgarner of Bumgarner’s Funeral Home. Rev R. H. Schwindt, minister of the Lutheran church at Davenport, where Mrs. Kinzel kept her membership, was clergyman in charge. His meditation was on the Scripture verse ‘Let not your hear be troubled,’ chosen by Mrs. Kinzel.  Mrs. Carl Horn and Mrs. Everett Boleneus (Carla Horn) of Davenport, sang ‘Jesus Leads the Way’ and ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus,’ both favorites of Mrs. Kinzel’s. Mrs. W. O. Johnson of Davenport, accompanied at the organ. The pall bearers were Glen Biggart, Gus Swenson, Ray Lamp, Dana Baker, Bob and Tom Stone.  Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery.  Mrs. Kinzel is survived by her husband, Fred A. Kinzel, at home; nine children, Mrs. Otto Ostgren (Martha), Spokane, Mrs. Eddie Larmer (Anna), Harrington; Dave Kinzel, Red House, Nevada; Mrs. Carl Arlt ( Pauline), Ritzville; Martin Kinzel, Harrington; Mrs. Arcade Kendrick (Laura), Portland; Clarence (Jim) Kinzel and Emanuel Kinzel, Harrington; Mrs. Mort Moritz (Alice), Pasco; five grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Con Kiehn (Catherine Kramer); three brothers, Peter B. Kramer, Ritzville; Michael Kramer, Custer, WA; and John Kramer, Bellingham.  Coming from out of town for the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. Ostgren and Karen, Mr. and Mrs. Arcade Kendrick, Joan, Arlene and Kathy; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Arlt, Mr. and Mrs. Mort Moritz; also Mrs. Catherine Kiehn, Mr. and Mrs Dave Kramer, Miss Marie Kramer, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kramer, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Kramer, Ritzville; Mr .and Mrs Ted Harms, Davenport; Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Kramer, Lamont; Mr .and Mrs. Harold Kramer, Ewan; Ott Kramer, Harrington; Ted Kramer…” (cut off obit: Citizen: 1-16-1948)

Kinzel, Martin

Funeral services were conducted Monday in Davenport for Martin Kinzel, who died Dec 28, 1974 in Davenport. Kinzel, who was born March 15, 1912 in Ritzville was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery. Survivors include 3 brothers, Clarence (Jim), Emmanuel, and David; 3 sisters, Anna Larmer, Polly Arlt and Mrs. Ellis Moritz. Kinzel, who was the son of the Late Mr. & Mrs. Fred Kinzel, was retired from Lincoln County highway department. A veteran of WW II, he belonged to both the American Legion and the VFW posts in Davenport. (Dav. Times-9 Jan 1975)

Kinzel, Mildred E. (Meyers)Carnahan

Mildred E. Carnahan Kinzel—Passed away Feb 11, 1989 in Spokane. Her home, Harrington. Survived by her husband, Emanuel Kinzel; two sons, Pat and Andrew Carnahan; four brothers, Maurice E. McLaurin, Harry Meyers,  Clarence Meyers, and Paul Meyers; preceded in death by her parents, one sister and four brothers. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery. (Spokesman Review) 

“Mildred E. Kinzel of Harrington died Feb 11, 1989 in Spokane. She was 67.  Mrs. Kinzel was born May 17, 1921 in Spokane to Harvey and Luella Meyers. She moved to Harrington in October 1971 after her marriage to Emanual Kinzel.  She was on the Spokane County Election Board, was a member of the PTA, Spokane Rose Society, North Hill Lodge and Local 400, all in Spokane. She was also a member of the Harrington OES and Rebekah Lodge, a 30-year member of the Knox Presbyterian Church in Spokane. Survivors include her husband, Emanual, of the home; two sons, Pat and Andrew Carnahan, both of Seattle; one grandson, Drew Carnahan of Seattle; four brothers, Maurice E. McLaurin of Spokane; Harry and Clarence Meyers, both of Spokane; Paul Meyers of Seattle, numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and four brothers. Services were held Feb 15 in the chapel of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport. Rev Joel Crosby officiated. Interment was in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Harrington. Strate Funeral Home was in charge.” ( Davenport Times:  2-16-1989);

Kitt, (Albert) Bertie Ed, --- baby

Bertie, the 11 months’ old son of Mr. & Mrs. Bert Kitt, living 12 miles west of Harrington, died of pneumonia Monday, Nov 4, 1907. Rev D. W. Parks, pastor of the Presbyterian church, held funeral services and the little one was laid to rest in the Harrington Cemetery Tuesday afternoon. (Citizen-8 Nov 1907)

Kitt, Albert W.

Funeral services for Albert W. Kitt were held Wednesday, July 3. He was born Feb 22, 1881 in Dayton and passed away July 1, 1968 at the Davenport hospital. He moved to this area in 1883 with his parents settling on a homestead and living for some time in a covered wagon, while they built their first dwelling, a dugout. The first school he attended was in the home of Horace Peck, which he walked six miles to attend. He worked on his father’s farm until 1913 when he started on his own, farming until 1942. He is survived by his wife Clara; son, Delbert; two daughters, Ethelyn Zimmerman and Madge May. Burial was at Hillcrest. (Dav. Times-11 July 1968)

Kitt, Clara H.

Clara H. Kitt—passed away May 30, 1977 at the Davenport Hospital. Her home Harrington, WA. She is survived by one son, Delbert Kitt, Sandpoint, ID; one daughter, Mrs. Howard (Madge) May, Newport; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. Martin Kramer, Odessa; Mrs. Albert Trejbal, Spokane; one brother, Tony Nichols, Odessa. She was a member of the Community Church and Rebecca Lodge, both of Harrington. Funeral services, June 2, 1977 from the Harrington Community church. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Harrington. (Spokesman-Review)

Kitt, Dinah Brenchley

The funeral of Mrs. Dinah B. Kitt, who died in Spokane last Thursday, was held at the Presbyterian church Sunday. Deceased was a pioneer here and well known. Interment took place in the Harrington Cemetery. Mrs. Kitt was born Feb 1, 1843 in County Kent, South England. In 1873, she came with her husband and two children to America and settled in Humbolt Co, Nevada. There they spent 7 years and came to Washington in the fall of 1882. The family settled on a homestead 10 miles west of Harrington near Duck Lake. Life on a homestead was lonesome business at that time, there being only 3 or 4 families within a distance of 20 miles. There was only one house in Harrington, and no railroad… After a few weeks’ illness Mrs. Kitt passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter in Spokane, March 18, 1920, at the age of 77 years, 1 month and 18 days. She is survived by her family of 6 children: Mrs. Dixon of Pullman; Edward, George, Bill, Mrs. Lynch and Bert, who lives on the old place. She also left behind 8 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. (Citizen-26 March 1920)

Kitt, Edward John

Edward John Kitt, a pioneer of Harrington, died In Harrington Sunday at the age of 76 years. Deceased was born Apr 4, 1842 in Kent County, England. During his early years he followed the seas. In 1872 he emigrated to America with his wife and family. They settled in Humboldt County, Nevada, and Mr. Kitt engaged in the cattle business. The family moved to Harrington 34 years ago. Deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. E. J. Kitt, 4 sons, 2 daughters and 9 grandchildren. The four sons are George, Ed, Bert and Will; the daughters are Mrs. F. M. Lynch and Mrs. Dickson. Burial took place in the Harrington Cemetery. (Citizen-17 May 1918)

(Lincoln Co Auditor death certificate for Edwin J. Kitt shows the date of death as May 12, 1918 from apoplexy, and senile decay. He was born April 4, 1842 in England and was married. His father was Edward Kitt born in England; his mother was Jane Brenchley, born England. His occupation is shown as farmer, formerly seaman. The informant was F. M. Lynch. Burial by J. E. Turner in Harrington Cemetery.)

Kitt, Edward W.

Ed Kitt, brother of the local Kitt men, Bill and Bert, died at his home at Garfield, WA, Sunday night (Jan 14, 1945). Edward W. Kitt was born Feb 12, 1872 at Liverpool, England. When he was a year old he was brought by his parents, the late Mr. & Mrs. E. J. Kitt, to the US. The family lived in Nevada until 1883 when they came to the Harrington country, settling in the Duck Lake region where the Kitt children attended school, and grew to adulthood. He went from Harrington in 1918 to Spokane for 10 years and then moved to the Palouse where he had since resided. Surviving Mr. Kitt are his wife, Frances; one step-son, Mike Carmon of Chico, CA; 2 step-daughters, Ida Ross and Hazel Pitzen; two sisters, Emily Dixon and Alice Lynch; two brothers, William and Albert Kitt. (Citizen-19 Jan 1945)

Kitt, infant daughter of Geo

The infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. George Kitt was buried Wednesday afternoon. (Citizen-6 March 1903)

Kitt, George A., Sr.

George Kitt Sr. passed away Saturday (Dec 7, 1935) at Sacred Heart hospital, where he had undergone a serious operation for cancer. Interment was at Hillcrest beside his wife who preceded him in death in 1914. Mr. Kitt was born in Paradise, NV, June 9, 1874 and when 9 years old came with his parents to WA. After spending a year at Walla Walla they came to the Harrington region. In early days Mr. Kitt rode the range with Charles DeSpain and other pioneers. When he came of age he homesteaded about 10 miles west of town, where he has resided since. He was united in marriage with Miss Lillian Lynch, daughter of Mrs. Brenchley. (Citizen-13 Dec 1935)

Kitt, George F. “Jock”

George F. Kitt (Jock) sustained injuries Sunday at the United Grain Growers elevator in Mohler, when the manual lift failed to function properly, and dropped 65 feet with him. He was badly shaken, bruised and both heels were fractured. He was taken to Deaconess in Spokane. His condition was not considered critical at first, but he died Tuesday night. Surviving him are his wife, Mabel; two daughters, Marion Marlett and Mrs. Duane Worthington (Lorraine); two sisters, including Mrs. Norma Huffman. (Citizen-23 Aug 1962)

Kitt, Lillie Rose (Lynch)

Lillie Rose Lynch was born in Paradise Valley, Humboldt Co, Nevada, July 17, 1879, and was united in marriage with Mr. George A. Kitt in Oct 1897. She departed this life at Harrington March 4, 1914, and is survived by her husband, one son, George Francis, aged 16 years; 3 daughters, Norma Jean (age 9), Nellie E. (age 6), and Evelyn Alice (age 3); her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Brenchley, her full brother, F. M. Lynch; 2 half-brothers, Henry and Hugh Johnson, and a half-sister, Mrs. C. A. Despain. Deceased moved to this state with her parents in 1888 and has resided in this vicinity ever since. She was a member of the Pythian Sisters. The funeral will be held this afternoon from the Baptist church and interment will be in the Harrington Cemetery. Mrs. Despain arrived Wednesday and Mrs. C. F. Dixon, Bert Kitt and wife arrived Thursday from Little Rock, WA. (Citizen-6 Mar 1914)(The death certificate shows her birth as July 17, 1880 in Nevada. Her father is Daniel Lynch and her mother is Elizabeth Gautter, born England. The cause of death is shown as exophalmic goiter, of three years’ duration.)

Kitt, Mabel Margaret

Mabel Margaret Kitt died May 24, at a Spokane hospital. She was 90 years old. Mabel was born in Fulda, MN in 1896 (9 Sept 1896) to Charles and Ella Snider. She traveled to Washington with her parents at the age of 12. They settled in Lincoln County. She was graduated from Odessa High school and Western Washington University. She taught in several one-room school houses in Lincoln County. In 1918 she was married to George F. Kitt. They farmed near Duck Lake for many years. Mabel was preceded in death by her husband George and her daughter Marion C. Marlett. She moved to Spokane in 1965 where she lived until her death. She is survived by her daughter Lorraine Worthington, of Everett, WA; her adopted son and daughter, Joe Marlett and Patricia Huneywell, both of Spokane; 2 sisters, Agnes Williams of Spokane and Helen Tucker of Seattle; 2 brothers, Kenneth Snider of Yakima and Everett Snider of Bethany Beach, DE. (Dav. Times-11 June 1987)

Kitt, Mae M.

Mae M. (Sherwood) Kitt died in Leavenworth, April 11, 1966. She had a stroke from which she did not recover. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, May 17, 1889, her family in 1903 came to Lincoln County and Mae made her home in the Harrington area since. Mae Sherwood and W. H. Kitt were married Dec 23, 1905. Mr. Kitt died March 12, 1951. Mae was a sister to Ethelbert Sherwood; an aunt of Basil Abbott. Cremation will follow the memorial services at Cashmere and her ashes will be returned to Harrington for burial in Hillcrest. (Dav. Times-14 Apr 1966)

Kitt, William (baby) ---

Kitt, W. H., --- Mar 12, 1951

Bill Kitt passed away at Deaconess hospital after a winter’s confinement because of illness. Bill had a head injury 15 years ago which was the direct cause of his poor health this winter and his death. .William Henry Kitt was born June 13, 1876, near Carson City, Nevada. He was the son of English born parents, the late Mr. & Mrs. E. J. Kitt. The family came to Harrington in 1881. Bill was married to Mae Sherwood, and after farming for a time, they purchased a residence in town and moved to Harrington in 1915. Funeral services were held March 14 from Hazen & Jaegers Funeral Home. Inceration followed. Surviving Mr. Kitt are his wife, Mae; sisters, Mrs. Emily Dixon and Mrs. F. M. Lynch (Alice); and one brother, Bert. (Citizen-16 March 1951)

Kitt, William Henry

William Kitt was born in Rochester, England, Apr 24, 1844 and died at Harrington, WA, Nov 21, 1908. He was a brother of E. J. Kitt, who has made his home in WA for the last 26 years. Wm Kitt only arrived in WA Jan 11, 1908, with the intention of passing his remaining days with his brother, from whom he had been separated for 35 years. His nine months’ stay in Harrington was marked with much trouble and suffering, caused by cancer, from which he at last succumbed. He died Nov 21 and was laid to rest in the Harrington Cemetery on Sunday. He and E J Kitt were the only surviving members of a large family. William Henry Kitt was a single man and a contractor in the iron works in England. (Citizen-27 Nov 1908)

Kloft, Mrs John (Dorothea)

Mrs. Kloft, wife of John Kloft, who lives five miles south of Harrington, died at her home last Monday of heart failure, the result of a continued attack of typhoid fever. Mrs. Kloft had been ill for several weeks and seemed much better Monday morning, but it seemed as if it was only the temporary well feeling before death. Interment was made in the Harrington Cemetery Wednesday. (Oct 07, 1904 Citizen) (Probate file #752 Dorothea Kloft)  

Kloster, Grace V.

Funeral services were held Wednesday for Grace V. Kloster. She died suddenly of a heart attack. Interment was at Hillcrest cemetery. Grace V Dobson was born May, 1895 at Chicago, IL, coming to the Harrington region in 1902. She worked for the Washington Water Power for 23 years. She was married Sept 25, 1939 to George Kloster, Harrington farmer, at Coeur d’Alene, ID. A member of the Harrington Baptist church. Survivors include her husband, George; and her mother, Mrs. Emma Dobson; one brother, Arthur Dobson. (Citizen-1 Sept 1960)

Kloster, Lillian (Cardwell)

Mrs. Lillian Kloster, wife of George Kloster, died of influenza Thursday morning. She was 22 years of age and was born in this district. She doubtless contracted the disease while helping nurse others. On the fourth of last August she married George Kloster. She is survived by her husband, her father and mother, Mr. & Mrs. Tom Cardwell, two sisters and a brother. Burial occurred in the Harrington Cemetery Wednesday. (Citizen-25 Oct 1918)

Kloster, Vernon Ernest

Memorial service for Vernon E. Kloster, 73, will be at Harrington Nazarene Church, Strate funeral Home in Davenport in charge of arrangements. Mr. Kloster died Thursday (Nov 17, 1994) in Bend, OR. He was born in Harrington (May 18, 1921) and was a wheat farmer in the Harrington-Rocklyn area. He was a WW II Army Air Corps veteran. He is survived by 2 sons, John and Larry; 3 daughters, Diana Kloster, Cheryl Jones and Donna Maitlen; one brother, Glenn Kloster. (Spokesman-Review)

Knapp, Alma I. (Sawyer)

Harrington.—Funeral for Alma I Knapp, 90, took place Wednesday, June 4, at Harrington Community Church with Pastor Jay Timm officiating. Vault interment followed.  Mrs. Knapp, a Harrington resident, died May 31, 2003 in Davenport.  Born June 9, 1912, in Davenport to Ruby and Cal Sawyer, she attended schools in the Edwall and Davenport areas, graduating from Davenport High School in 1930. Nine years later, she married George H. Knapp, Jr., and they resided on the Knapp homestead outside Harrington for 35 years.... She was preceded in death by her husband in 1978; a sister, Inez Timm; and a brother, Ellis Sawyer.  She leaves two children, Linda (and Frank) Murphey of Columbia, SC, and Jim (and Vicki) Knapp of Harrington; grandchildren... and 9 great grand-children. (Davenport Times 6 June 2003)

Knapp, Anna Maria (Riehle)

Death came to Mrs. George Knapp at Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane on July 7, 1945 after an extended illness. Anna Maria Riehle was born Feb 22, 1877 at Mahringen, Tubingen, Germany. She was married to George Knapp in 1899 at Betzingen, Wurtenburg, Germany and came as a bride to a farm west of Harrington where she lived for 15 years. In the spring of 1914 the family moved to town to send the children to the local schools. One son Christoff, the eldest child passed away at the age of 8 years. Mr. Knapp preceded his wife in death Nov 11, 1931. Surviving are her children, Mrs. Oscar Long (Mary), Mrs. Margaret D’Avis, Mrs. Harold Dibble (Hazel), F. William Knapp, George Knapp, and Miss Jean Knapp; a sister, Mrs. D. O. Entrican; a brother, George Riehle; and other relatives in Germany. Funeral services were conducted from the Evangelical church, of which she was a member; interment was in the family plot in Hillcrest Cemetery. (13 July 1945)

Knapp, Bobbie (see Emily Knapp)

Knapp, Karl

“Karl Knapp (92) passed away April 27, 1996 in the Lincoln Hospital Long Term Care Unit. His home was Mohler, WA. He was born in Betzinger, Germany and came then to Harrington with his parents, Gottlieb and Christine Knapp and sister, Hedwig, when he was 2 years old. He farmed in the Harrington area with his father from the age of 13 until he married Emily (Bobbie) Pelzer of Sheridan, OR. He then farmed in the Mohler area until he retired from farming to concentrate on his true love as a machinist. He repaired and made many parts for friends and neighbors. His only hobby was bowling until his health forced him to quit. He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, two daughters, Karlene and Bill Piper of Creston, BC, and Donna and Chris Christianson of Oak Harbor.  He is also survived by two sisters, Margery and Dean Armstrong of Harrington and Pauline Longmore of Portage, IN. Also by  sister-in-law, Hope Knapp and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Alice LePere and Hedwig Green Wagner, and by a brother, George E Knapp. Private graveside services will be held. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport is in charge of arrangements.”  (Dav. Times)

Knapp, Christina (Sauer)

Death came to Mrs. Gottlieb Knapp Apr 5, 1947 at Deaconess Hospital. Christina Sauer was born June 19, 1876 in Betzingen, Wurtemburg, Germany, where she grew to womanhood. She was married to Gottlieb Knapp, Sept 27, 1900, in Germany and in 1905 came to the US and Harrington. She joined the Lutheran church in Germany and in 1907 united with the Evangelical church in Harrington. She was also a member of Magnolia Rebekah lodge for 20 years. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery. surviving Mrs. Knapp besides her husband at home, are 6 children: Mrs. Robert Green (Hedwig); Mrs. Cecil Longmore (Pauline); Karl Knapp; George E. Knapp; Mrs. Eldon LePere (Alice); and Mrs. Dean Armstrong (Margery).; a sister, Mrs. Barbara Weibely; a brother, Karl Sauer. (Citizen-11 Apr 1947)

Knapp, Christopher s/o Geo H., Sr.

The eight year old son of Mr. & Mrs. George Knapp, who had just recovered from diphtheria, died of heart failure Sunday afternoon. The funeral services were held at the home by Rev Payseur, and the remains were laid to rest in the Harrington cemetery. (Citizen-7 Aug 1908)

Knapp, Christopher

Christoph Knapp (Chris) passed from this life Monday, Aug 3, 1959 at a Spokane sanitarium. He was born in Betzingen, Germany, April 8, 1863. When he was about 18 years old he came to the US to join his older brother, George, who had settled at Marshall, Iowa. He worked in Iowa a couple of years then came to Lincoln County. He homesteaded land west of town. He sent to Germany for his fiancee, Pauline Walker, who came to the States, and met Mr. Knapp at Sprague, where they were married. Mrs. Knapp died Apr 25, 1934. About 1940, Mr. Knapp went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Coombs. He later went to Spokane to live in a rest home. Following a serious illness he was taken to the Spokane Sanitarium. (Citizen-7 Aug 1959)

Knapp, Emily “Bobbie” (Pelzer)

(Eulogy) Emily Pelzer was born to Henry and Mary Pelzer in (Aug 29) 1905 near Vienna, Austria. She came to the US with her parents about the same year, where they arrived in Baltimore, MD.  From there they went to Canada and the following year they moved to Edon Valley, Minnesota and from there to Portland, OR.  They finally settled in Sheridan, OR where Emily was the oldest of 6 children.  She worked for Jantzen Knitting Mills for several years and during that time met her future husband, Karl Knapp who was in the Sheridan area picking prunes. At age 21 she and Karl were married and after a brief time in CA they moved in with Karl’s parents. While there, a stillborn daughter was born to them and a year later a daughter, Donna. Soon after Donna’s birth, they moved to the farm in Mohler, WA where in 1933 another daughter was born, Karlene.  Bobbie, which name she was better known and was given as a nickname by her employer at Jantzen, was a hard working homemaker, gardener and excellent cook, known mostly for her apple pies and dill pickles. Bobbie lived on this farm until Karl’s death in 1996. They were married just 2 months short of 70 years. During that time she performed in 20 plays at the Mohler Grange Hall and in later years was a volunteer at the Lincoln Nursing Home for over 30 years. One of her memorable accomplishments was to climb with her neighbor, Elizabeth Womach Dammel, to the top of the newly built, 120 foot United Grain Grower’s elevator in Mohler, now Odessa Union. Bobbie made this climb on the outside ladder in 1945. Bobbie was an active member of Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Odessa, WA. After Karl’s death, Bobbie moved to the Davenport Retirement Village where she resided until Sept 2002. She moved to assisted living homes in Ferndale and Bellingham near her daughter and son-in-law, Donna & Chris, and died in her sleep from an aneurysm on the morning of Feb 15, 2003 at Highland Nursing Home in Bellingham, WA. Bobbie is survived by her two children, Karlene (Bill) Piper, and Donna (Chris) Christianson; 4 grandchildren..., 6 great grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Alvina and Alan Brown of CA; 4 sisters-in-law, Pauline and Gerry Pelzer of Oregon, Marge (Dean) Armstrong of Harrington and Pauline Longmore of Indiana and numerous nieces and nephews. When asked about her longevity of 97 years Bobbie would answer, “Exercise in the morning and eat lots of pickles.”“Harrington.—Graveside service for Emilie ‘Bobbie’ Knapp, 97, is scheduled during the latter part of May at the Harrington Cemetery, to be followed by a gathering of friends and relatives at the Davenport Retirement Village. The specific date and time will be announced later. Mrs. Knapp died Feb 15 at Highland Health Care in Bellingham, WA. Born in 1905 in Vienna, Austria, she moved to    Minnesota with her parents at six months of age, then to Canada and Sheridan, OR. After her marriage to Karl Knapp, she lived on the farm in Mohler and moved to Davenport Retirement Village after his death. In September, she moved to assisted living facilities in Ferndale and Bellingham, and then into a nursing home. She was an avid gardener and a good cook. During her younger days, she participated in 20 plays staged at the Mohler Grange Hall. She also was a 30-year volunteer at the Lincoln Hospital nursing home. She belonged to Zion Lutheran Church in Odessa and attended Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport as well. She also was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and a sister. She leaves two daughters, Karlene (and Bill) Piper of Creston, BC, and Donna (and Chris) Christianson of Ferndale, WA; a sister, Alvina (and Allan) Brown of El Dorado Hills, CA, two sisters-in-law, Gerry Pelzer and Pauline Pelzer, both of Sheridan, OR; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.” ( Davenport Times: 2-27-2003)Knapp:  Emilie ‘Bobbie’ Pelzer Knapp died Feb 15, 2003 in Bellingham. She was born in 1905 in Vienna, Austria and moved to MN at 6 months of age. She married Karl Knapp of the Harrington vicinity, and spent all of her married life at Mohler. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Harrington, see file. (notes from  Odessa Record: 2-27-2003)

Knapp, F. William

Last rites were held Dec 31, for F. William (Bill) Knapp, who died Dec 28, 1966 at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport. Interment was at Hillcrest cemetery. F. William Knapp was born May 28, 1905 at Harrington, son of George and Anna Marie Knapp. He started to farm near Harrington in 1932. He was married Oct 31, 1933 to Clara Schafer at Wenatchee and they have since resided at Harrington. Survivors include his wife; 2 sons, Lary and Nils; one brother, George H Knapp; 4 sisters, Mary Long, Hazel Dibble, Margaret D’Avis and Jean Baum. (Dav. Times-5 Jan 1967)

Knapp, George E.

“Funeral services for George E. Knapp, 74, lifetime Harrington resident, are to be held today, Thursday, at the Community Congregational church in Harrington. Rev Bruce Wakeman will officiate the services and interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Harrington. Knapp, who died Sunday, Aug 31, 1981 in Spokane, is survived by his wife, Hope Knapp, at the home; one son, Greg Knapp of Harrington; one daughter, Kathryn Sugg of Los Angeles, CA; 6 grandchildren, Kelly and Kirsten Knapp of Harrington, Bryan Fandry of Derby, MT, Kirk Fandry of Phoenix, AZ, and Kristine Fandry of Los Angeles; 2 great grandchildren; one brother, Karl Knapp of Mohler, WA; three sisters, Mrs. Pauline Longmore of Portage, IN, Mrs. Alice LePere of Harrington, Mrs. Margery Armstrong of Harrington; numerous nieces and nephews.  Knapp was a member of the Community Congregational church in Harrington and a charter member of the Liberty Grange. He was also a member of the Wheat Growers Association.” (Davenport Times:  9-03-1981)

Knapp, George H., Jr.

Funeral services were held July 29 for George H Knapp, Jr., who passed away last week following a long illness. George was born on June 22, 1909 to the late George and Marie Knapp at Harrington. In 1931 George and his brother Bill commenced farming the land their father had homesteaded. In 1939 George was married to Alma Sawyer. Alma survives George as well as their two children, Jim and Lind. Two brothers preceded him in death: Chris and William F.. He is survived by four sisters, Mary Long, Margaret D’Avis, Hazel Dibble and Jean Baum. George was a member of the Harrington Congregation church, the Masonic Lodge of Davenport, Eastern Star, Wash Wheat Growers Assn, and the Bluestem Grange. Interment was at the Hillcrest Cemetery. (4 Aug *********

Knapp, George H., Sr .

George Knapp was born in Betingen, Germany, Aug 13, 1861 and came to America in 1880. After sojourning in this country for 18 years, he returned to Germany were in 1899 he was united in marriage to Miss Maria Riehle, they returned to the US where he established a home on a farm near Harrington. To this union were born four daughters and 3 sons: Mrs. Guy D’Avis, Mrs. Oscar Long, Hazel, Jean, William and George. All of these and his widow, 2 brothers, Chris and a sister in Germany, survive him. One son, Christoff, preceded him in death at age 8. Mr. Knapp was ill for 11 years. Nov 9, he suffered an acute heart attack and grew weaker until the final summons Nov 11, 1931, at Eastern State Hospital, he being committed from Lincoln Co on Sept 13, 1922. The funeral services were conducted at the Evangelical church. Interment was in the Harrington Cemetery. (20 Nov 1931)

Knapp, Gottlieb

Gottlieb Knapp, retired farmer, passed away at a Spokane hospital Wednesday. Born Oct 31, 1876 in Betzingen, Germany, he grew to manhood in that small farming community. He served two years in the German army and was a mail carrier for two years before coming to the US. Sept 27, 1900 he married Christine Sauer and two children were born to them while they resided in Germany, Hedwig and Karl. In 1905 the Knapp family came to the US, to the Harrington area. Mr. Knapp’s farming was in the horse and buggy days. As the methods for farming changed, the Knapps kept abreast with the times. He was a charter member of the Liberty Grange. He joined the Evangelical church 47 years ago. Surviving Mr. Knapp are two sons, Karl and George E.; 4 daughters, Hedwig Green; Pauline Longmore; Alice LePere; Margery Armstrong; one brother, Chris of Harrington; and a 90 year old sister in Germany. (Citizen-17 Feb 1950)

Knapp, Hope C.

Hope C. Knapp of Harrington passed away March 14, 2000 in Davenport. She was 92. Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery. Survivors include one son, Greg Knapp; one daughter, Kathryn Wickland; one sister, Harriet Dixon. Mrs. Knapp was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1981 and one sister, Hedra Wilson. (Dav. Times-23 March 2000)

Knapp, Karl

Karl Knapp (92) passed away April 27, 1996 in the Davenport Nursing Home. His home was Mohler, WA. He was born in Betzinger, Germany and came to Harrington with his parents, Gottlieb and Christine Knapp and sister, Hedwig, when he was 2 years old. He farmed in the Harrington area with his father from the age of 13 until he married Emily (Bobbie) Pelzer of Sheridan, OR; he then farmed in the Mohler area until 1954 when he retired. He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, two daughters, Karlene Piper and Donna Christianson; two sisters, Margery Armstrong and Pauline Longmore; and  sister-in-law, Hope Knapp. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Alice LePere and Hedwig Green Wagner, and brother, George E. Knapp. (Dav. Times)

Knapp, Pauline

Mrs. Chris Knapp, pioneer of Harrington, quietly closed her eyes to earthly scenes Wednesday, (Apr 25, 1934), at Deaconess hospital. Pauline Walker was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, Feb 27, 1871, and when 18 years, she came alone to the US, arriving Brooklyn, NY. From there she journeyed across the continent to Sprague, WA in 1889. She was met there by Christoph Knapp, whom she had known in the old country, and they were married. Mr Knapp preceded her to the new world about 7 years before (1882). (Citizen-27 Apr 1934)

Koester, Karl                    Jan 1911

(Blk 4 Lot 28, owner Gotleib Knapp, grave no marker, ?1909) Date paid: 3-01-1911)

“Comes From California to Visit Brother’s Grave.  After a six-day visit at the Gottlieb Knapp ranch, Mr and Mrs Fred Stolz and son Fred left Tuesday for their home at Vallejo, California, where Mr Stolz is employed in the navy yards. Mr Stolz is a sister-in-law to Mrs Knapp’s sister in Germany and an incentive for the trip to Harrington besides seeing the Knapp family, was to visit the grave of her brother, Karl Koester. Mr Koester, in January 1911, underwent an operation at the Harrington hospital for the removal of his leg which had been broken. He did not recover from the operation and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery.  Mr and Mrs Stolz have been in the States 12 years, having come from Germany. Mr Stolz worked in the Ford car factory for six years and the last six years ahs been at Vallejo. Sunday Mrs Knapp accompanied her guests to Spokane to show them the city. They were favorably impresses, especially noticing the green and freshness of vegetation saying in their part of California things are quite dry now.” (Citizen: 10-09-1936)

Kogle, Kathryn M.—d. 1-12-1978

“Katherine Kogle was laid to rest at Harrington’s Hillcrest Cemetery, Monday, Jan 16 at noon. She is survived by her husband and numerous relatives, including her brother, Steve Scott of Harrington. A service for family and close friends was held at Harrington’s Methodist Church.” ( Davenport Times: 1-19-1978)

Kramer, Alex --- d. 1956

The tragic death Friday afternoon, July 27, 1956, of Alex Kramer, stunned this farming area. Mr. Kramer, who farmed extensively, was returning to his farm 4 miles south of Mohler, in an empty truck, when as he drove over the Great Northern crossing, the rear of the truck was hit by the engine of a GN through freight. Alex was fatally injured. Alex Kramer was born Nov 6, 1897 to Mr. & Mrs. Fred Kramer, in Saratov, a German settlement in Russia. When he was 6 months old the family came to the US, and soon moved to the Odessa area where Alex was reared. He was graduated from Odessa HS in 1917. He enlisted in the Navy in 1918.  Oct 8, 1919 he married Miss Rosa Lauer of Odessa. In 1922 they purchased the Ellis-Miller store in Harrington. In 1929 he sold Kramers Store and became manager of Burgan’s Grocery Store. In 1934 they returned to their farm that has been their home since. Surviving Mr. Kramer are his wife, and son Robert; his father, Fred Kramer; and nephews Donald and Allen Carlson. (Citizen-3 Aug 1956

Kramer, Bessie M.

Mrs. Ted Kramer passed away Wednesday morning in a Spokane hospital where she had been rushed when she became violently ill Tuesday. Funeral services will be held Friday from the Community church. Survivors include her husband, a son, Dale, her mother, Mrs. Hattie Ewing, a sister, nieces and nephews. Bumgarners Funeral Home is in charge. (Citizen-23 Sept 1949)

Kramer, Blanche O ---d. 1960 Blk 7 Lot 76; Lot purchaser: Otto Kramer.

“Blanche Olive Kramer. Died: 20 Jan 1960, age 65, Chewelah, Stevens Co, WA.  Father: Michael Seyler. Mother: Olive Roberts.” (WA State Death Records)

Kramer, E. Lawrence

A squad of Geiger field soldiers conducted military rites at the Harrington cemetery last Wednesday for Lt. E. Laurence Kramer, young flying officer killed in a plane crash near Casper, WY, Nov 13. Four of the six casket bearers were classmates of Lt Kramer’s class of 1939 in Harrington HS. The young officer was the son of Otto Kramer. (Odessa Record-Nov 30, 1944)  

Kramer, Mark W.

"A graveside service and burial at Hillcrest Cemetery in Harrington on Monday, August 12, followed the funeral on Sunday, Aug 11, at Salem Lutheran Church in Everett for Mark Walter Kramer. Mr. Kramer, who was 74 years old, died on Thursday, Aug 8, 1994 (sic) in Everett, where he had lived since 1977. He was born on March 7, 1922 in Marcellus, the son of Otto and Stella Kramer. He was raised on a wheat ranch north of Downs until he was 8 years old, when the family moved to a diversified ranch on Crab Creek, south of Harrington. He attended school for the first three grades in Downs and from grades 4 through 8 at the Ring School near Downs. He was graduated from Harrington High School in 1939. At Harrington, he actively participated in all sports. Mark entered the US Army on Sept 21, 1942 and became a cook/baker until his honorable discharge on Feb 16, 1946. He served during those years in the Philippines. After returning from the service, he married Phyllis Polzin. They had four children, Howard, of Bremerton, Mark Lee, of Alaska, Kenneth, of Alaska, and Linda, of New Hampshire. Mark worked at various jobs after his Army service. He returned to the family ranch for several years, sold auto parts in Yakima for Bowes Seal Fast Company, started the food services at the tuberculosis hospital in Selah, worked for the State Highway Dept and began working for a commercial electrical company in the Tri-Cities shortly before he moved his family to Alaska. He spent many years in Alaska, returning to Everett in 1977, where he continued to work in the electrical contracting field until his retirement in 1984. He married Myrtle Enter on Oct 7, 1977. He became a member of the Salem congregation on June 18, 1978, and served for a time as the church treasurer and most recently as a member of the Board of Elders. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Eugene and Vernon. He is survived by his four children, his wife Myrtle, one step-son, Bruce Enter; one brother, Carroll Kramer, of Yakima; 8 grandchildren, and many other friends and relatives. The Rev James Humann officiated at the funeral service." (Odessa Record: 8-22-1996)

Kramer, Rosa F., (Lauer)

Funeral services for Rosa F. Kramer were held July 25; interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery. Mrs. Kramer, who was 97 years old, died July 18, 1995 at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport. She was born at Lauer Station, south of Odessa, on June 27, 1898, the daughter of Fred and Martha Lauer. She graduated from Odessa HS and married Alex Kramer on Oct 18, 1919. The Kramers farmed in Odessa in the 1920’s, then opened a general merchandise store in Harrington. In 1934 they moved to Mohler, where they returned to farming. In 1956 Mrs. Kramer moved to Spokane. She is survived by one son, Robert Kramer. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Mary Cordes, Anna Schorzman and Edna Wakeling. (Dav. Times)

Kupers, Catherina

The sudden death of Mrs. Hans Kupers has cast a gloom over the neighborhood in which she lived, five miles south of Mohler. Last Sunday Mrs. Kupers walked over to her neighbors, Mrs. Luteu (Luiten), and five minutes after her return she lay a corpse in the yard in the Kuper homestead. Mrs. Kupers was 60 years of age, and was an affectionate and loving wife and mother. Gus Shutter, a son by a former marriage, Hans Kupers, the husband, and Henry and Johnnie, two step-sons, are the only relatives in this part of the country to mourn her loss. (LCT-8 Oct 1897)

Kupers, Clara V. (Heimbigner)

Clara V. Kupers, 94, a long-time resident of Mohler, died Friday, June 20, 2003 in Spokane.  She was born Dec 23, 1908, in Odessa, the daughter of George and Anna (Houck) Heimbigner. When she was a young girl, the family moved to Spangle, where she attended school and was graduated from Spangle High School in 1926. She married Clarence Kupers, of Mohler, on April 22, 1933, in Spokane. They moved to the fmaily farm in Mohler. In 1936, Clara’s sister Lily married Clarence’s brother, Walter, and they moved to Mohler, living with Clarence and Clara. Clarence and Walter worked the family farm. While on the family farm, Lily and Walter had two daughters, Candy (Walter) and Lonna (Penrod). For Clara, not having any children, Candy and Lonna helped make the family complete. Clara’s biggest joy came from her extended family. Clara and clarence enjoyed going to Playfair racetrack in Spokane to watch the horse racing every day they ran. She also enjoyed bowling and playing bridge. Clara and Clarence lived on the family farm until 1983, when Clarence’s health forced Clara to move to Manor Care on April 20. She is survived by two sisters, Lily (and Don) Hume of Spokane; Frances Lenhart of Ritzville, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death besides her parents by her husband, Clarence in 1987 and three brothers, Roy, Dick and George. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 25, at the chapel of Strate Funeral Home in Davenport. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Harrington. (Odessa Record or 26 June 2003)

Kupers, Clarence W.

Clarence W. Kupers—Age 81. Passed away June 28, 1987 in Spokane. His home, Spokane. Formerly of Harrington-Mohler, WA. Survived by his wife, Clara V. Kupers, at the home; two brothers, Fred Kupers, Ritzville, WA; John I. Kupers, Harrington, WA; one sister, Alice Coffee, Spokane; Attended Harrington schools. Past member of Harrington Lion'’ Club, BOF in Spokane and an avid bowler. Funeral service July 1, 1987 at Chapel of Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery. (Spokesman Review) City records show his birth as April 5, 1906.

Kupers, John Sr .

Funeral services for Mr. John Kupers, Sr., were held from the Harrington Community church last Friday. Mr. Kupers was born in Germany on Oct 14, 1877 and died at Lincoln County Nursing Home. He had married Katherine Cordes at Odessa, WA on Oct 19, 1902, who pre-deceased Mr. Kupers in 1954. Mr. Kupers spent all his working years as a wheat farmer, having homesteaded a farm adjoining the farm of his father, Huntz Kupers. Survivors include his 3 sons: John I. Kupers and Clarence W. Kupers of Harrington and Fred J. Kupers of Ritzville; one daughter, Mrs. Alice Coffee of Spokane… Interment was at the Harrington Cemetery. (Davenport Times-26 Oct 1972)

Kupers, John I.

(Funeral Program: Born Aug 21, 1910 at Downs, WA. Passed away Nov 7, 1998 at Davenport, WA)

Kupers, Katherine M. (Cordes)

Mrs. John Kupers Sr. (Katherine) died Monday morning (May 24, 1954) at Deaconess hospital, following a critical illness. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Mr. & Mrs. Kupers resided near or in Harrington community most of their lives. Surviving her are her husband, John Kupers Sr.; daughters, Mrs. Lorena Hawkins, Mrs. Jack Coffee, and Mrs. Evelyn Fuller; sons, Fred, Clarence, John and Walter; sisters, Mrs. Pete Luiten, Mrs. G. J. Luiten, Mrs. Louie Zicha, Mrs. George Zicha; brothers, Rudolph, William and Herman Cordes. (Citizen-28 May 1954)

Kupers, Margaret E.          2008

“Margaret E. Kupers, age 96.—Passed away Friday, Oct 3, 2008 at the Ritzville Hospital.  Daughter of Peter J. and Katheryn (Brown) Wegele, was born Aug 8, 1912, at Wilson Creek, WA.  Graduated from Harrington High School in 1930, and was their oldest living graduate of 78 years at the recent Harrington Alumni Banquet. John I Kupers and Margaret were married Sept 3, 1937 and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1997. In 1946 John and Margaret began farming until 1972 when John retired and turned the farming operation over to their son Karl. John preceded her in death in November of 1998. Active in the Harrington Community Church, Harrington Golf and Country Club. She was a 50+ year member of the Davenport Order of Eastern Star Chapter 131. Surviving is a daughter Kathryn (Eugene) DalPino of Summerfield, Florida, and a son Karl (Lexie) Kupers of Harrington; three grandchildren, Karen (John) Stevens, Karla (Al) Dobbins and Kyle Kupers; and two great grandchildren, John and Katrina St evens. Graveside funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 3 p.m. at the Harrington, WA, Hillcrest Cemetery. Mrs. Kupers will lie in state at the Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, WA on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.”  (Spokesman-Review) 

Kupers, Walter Carl

Funeral services were held for Walter Carl Kupers, Friday.  Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Mr. Kupers was born at Mohler, WA, in 1914 to John and Katherina Kupers. He was the youngest of seven children. He married Lily Heimbigner in 1936 in Spokane. They lived on the farm until ten years ago when they moved to town. His health was seriously impaired by an acute coronary two years ago but he was able to continue his farming operations. Death came by his own hand Sept 1, 1970. Mr. Kupers is survived by his wife Lily and 2 daughters, Candy Sue Neal and Lonna Marie Kupers; his father, John Kupers Sr.; 3 brothers, Fred, Clarence and John; and one sister, Mrs. Alice Coffee. He was preceded in death by his mother, Katherina, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Lorena Hawkins and Mrs. Evelyn Fuller. (Dav Times)



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