Hillcrest Cemetery Obituaries...U through V 

        Excerpts from Early Obituaries

         by Marge Womach





Ulrich, Anna L. (Dietrich)

Anna L. Ulrich (91)—Passed away July 31, 1982 in Kettle Falls, WA. Survived by 3 sons and 4 daughters; 3 brothers, Carl, William and Herman Dietrich; one sister, Mrs. Albert (Lena) Ulrich. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery. (Spokesman-Review)

"Anna L. Ulrich (91)—Passed away July 31, 1982 in Kettle Falls, WA. Survived by 3 sons, Harland Ulrich, St John, WA; Roy Ulrich, Duvall, WA; Lawrence Ulrich, Richland, WA; and 4 daughters, Mrs. Melvin (Margaret) Maurer, Davenport, WA; Mrs. Dan (Eilene) Anderson, Davenport, WA; Mrs. Richard (Amy) Thomas, Yakima, WA; Mrs. Ray (Wanda) Anderson, Kettle Falls, WA; 25 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Carl, William and Herman Dietrich, all of Chelan; one sister, Mrs. Albert (Lena) Ulrich, Centralia, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. A member of Harrington Nazarene Church. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug 5, 1982 at 1 p.m. at the Harrington Nazarene Church. Pastor Ray Anderson officiating. Interment Hillcrest Cem." (Spokesman-Review)

Ulrich, Benward F. (Ben)

Benward Franklin Martin Ulrich was born July 8, 1888 to Albert and Emilie Ulrich in Le Sueur, MN. The family moved to Rosalia in 1905, where he was reared. As a young man, Mr. Ulrich came to the Mohler area to homestead, but he sold the farm when he was drafted for WW I. He married Anna Dietrich in 1917. They lived in the Rocklyn area for a year, then moved to Malden to farm. In 1924 they moved to Oakesdale, then St John where he farmed for 45 years. In the spring of 1972 they returned to Harrington. Survivors include his wife, Anna, 4 daughters, Mrs. Melvin (Margaret) Maurer, Mrs. Dan (Eillene) Anderson, Mrs. Bill (Amy) Hedrick, and Mrs. Ray (Wanda) Anderson; 3 sons, Harland, Roy and Lawrence. Two sisters also survive, Mrs. Bob Rosma and Mrs. John Nordheim; two brothers survive,  Lawrence  and Herbert Ulrich. (Died Sept 1, 1975; Interment Hillcrest-Spokesman Review) (Dav. Times)

Unbewust, Ann Stallard

Funeral services were held at the Strate Funeral Home Wednesday for Anne S. Unbewust. Mrs. Unbewust was born Dec 4, 1890, in Waterford, KY, and moved to Harrington in 1917 when she was married to Dr George A. Unbewust. Eight years ago the couple moved from their farm outside of Harrington to town. She passed away at her home Sept 11, 1976. Mrs. Unbewust is survived by her husband, Dr G. A. Unbewust; one son, John (Jack); 2 daughters, Mrs. Margaret Robinson and Mrs Anne Louise Graham. Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery. (Dav. Times-Sept 1976)

Unbewust, Catherine “Katie”

(“Sickness of all kinds was practically unknown in this neighborhood but somehow that dread disease—diphtheria made its appearance. Several cases had been fatal and in one family two were taken. When the little Unbewust girls were stricken of course everyone was afraid to go near. My mother was not afraid and each day found her in the sick room doing what she could. The younger child soon rallied but each day Katie grew worse. Mother held her in her arms while the little life went out. My brother helped Mr. Unbewust prepare for the funeral. A long trip must be made to Sprague for the casket and a minister. Mother and I hurriedly fashioned a little white robe, and then all was ready. The sun was going down when slowly toward the little cemetery there moved the strangest funeral I had yet attended. There were nine persons in all, four of whom were on horseback. We came finally to the spot where perhaps half a dozen mounds lay on the lonely prairie. The dusk grew deeper. Lighted lanterns cast a dim and eerie light. We stood far back as the minister offered a prayer and another mound was made.” –Lincoln County Museum article attributed to a relative of the Kloster family, a Cardwell connection. The date is not given. Harrington City Hall records “about 1892, 5 years old” with her name “Catherine Unbewust, burial in 5-24.” )

Unbewust, Catherine E. (Smith)

Burial services for Mrs. Catherine Elizabeth Unbewust were held at Hillcrest Cemetery Sunday, with the cortege coming from Spokane; Mrs. Unbewust passed away June 25, 1937 in a Spokane hospital. Catherine Smith was born Dec 4, 1858 in a small mining town near Hazelton, PA. On May 6, 1883 she was married to John Unbewust and they moved to CA where they lived less than one year. They came to Sprague, Washington Territory. In 1886 the family moved to the land that is yet the Unbewust farm—4 miles south of Harrington and 18 miles from Sprague—where they homesteaded. Mrs. Unbewust lived there until 1915 when she and her husband moved to Spokane. Surviving Mrs. Unbewust are 3 daughters: Mrs. Marie Stanley, Miss Catherine Unbewust and Mrs. Martha Cohagen; one son, Dr George A. Unbewust; one brother, George Herwig; one sister, Mrs. Ralph Sauer. Mrs. Unbewust was preceded in death a year ago by her husband, who, with their first-born, Catherine who passed away when she was 5 years old, and their daughter Elizabeth (Mrs. Boger) who passed away 19 years ago, is buried in Hillcrest. (Citizen-2 July 1937)

Unbewust, Christine

Christine Unbewust.—Passed away Nov 24, 1988 in Spokane. Survived by one sister, Marie U. Stanley, Spokane. Resident of the Spokane area since 1910, coming from Harrington. Worked for many years at the Spokesman-Review. Ground inurnment, Hillcrest Cemetery. (Spokesman-Review)“Christine Unbewust of Spokane died Nov 24, 1988 in the Lilac City Convalescent Center . She was 97.  Miss Unbewust was born March 1, 1891 in Harrington. She was the daughter of John and Katherine Unbewust. She was employed by the Spokesman Review from 1910 to 1920 and also worked for the Federal Land Bank. She had lived in Spokane since 1910.  Survivors include a sister, Marie U St anley of Spokane ; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends in the Spokane and Harrington areas. Memorial services will be held sometime this summer with inurnment at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Harrington. Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge.” ( Davenport Times:  1-05-1989)

Unbewust, Evelyn M.           2008

“Evelen Mae Unbewust, a long-time Leavenworth resident, died Sept 24, 2008, at the age of 87.  Evelen was born on the family wheat ranch in Harrington, WA, to Royce and Agnes Williams on Oct 13, 1920, the year women won voting rights. She was predeceased by her husband, John ‘Jack’ Unbewust; her parents; her sisters, Jean Andersch and Shirley Stafford; and her brother, Keith Williams. Her survivors include her daughter, Kirsten and son-in-law, Cline Sweet; son, Robert Unbewust and ex-daughter-in-law, Janice Nelson. She has six grandsons and their families… She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Margaret Robinson, Anne and her husband, Roy Graham, Bonnie Williams and brother-in-law, Bill Stafford. Numerous special cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive her. Evelen grew up on a wheat ranch half a mile north of Mohler, WA. She graduated from Harrington High School in 1937, and WSC in 1942.  Until her marriage to Jack Unbewust on Dec 16, 1944, she worked in science and medical fields in Spokane.  A Family graveside service will be held at the Harrington Cemetery on Oct 11, 2008.” ( Wenatchee World: 10-02-2008) 

Unbewust, George A. (Dr)

Funeral services were held for lifetime Harrington resident George A. Unbewust on Saturday. Unbewust, who died Nov 15, 1982 at the age of 89, was born on June 22, 1893 on the family homestead at Harrington. He was one of six children born to John and Katherine Unbewust and has been preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters, one of whom died in infancy. His formal education began as he walked the mile and a half from home to the section school house that stood on a road between the Gooleys and Schwabs. He graduated from Harrington HS, graduated from Wash. State College, and began the veterinarian practice from 1917 to 1946. Unbewust and Anne Stallard were united in a home wedding Aug 1, 1917 at Vera, WA. To them were born 3 children: Jack, Margaret and Anne Louise. His wife had a severe stroke in 1951. In 1967 Doc & Peg celebrated their 50th anniversary. Mrs. Unbewust died in 1976. Unbewust is survived by a son, Jack; two daughters, Mrs. Roy Graham and Mrs. K. C. Robinson; two sisters, Marie Stanley and Christine Unbewust. Interment was at Hillcrest. (Dav. Times-2 Dec 1982)

Unbewust, infant of George ???

The infant son of Mr. & Mrs. George Unbewust, born in Deaconess hospital in Spokane Tuesday of last week, died after a brief period of 36 hours. (Citizen-25 Oct 1918)

Unbewust, John

John Unbewust, 78, retired pioneer farmer of Harrington, died Sunday in Spokane, from complications following a recent fall in which he sustained a broken hip. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday in Spokane and the funeral cortege proceeded to Harrington where the remains were interred in Hillcrest cemetery. He was born Jan 1, 1858 at Eckley, PA. He served part of an apprenticeship as a wheel-wright in a furniture factory. He served an apprenticeship and became a blacksmith, serving 18 years at the forge and anvil, two of which were in the Northern Pacific Railway shops when they were located at Sprague. He was united in marriage with Miss Catherine Smith at Hazelton, PA, May 6, 1883 and with his bride moved to CA, thence to Sprague, WA in territorial days that same year. He located a homestead 5 miles south of Harrington in 1886 where he put the virgin soil to cultivation. Surviving him are his widow, Catherine, Spokane; one son, Dr George A. Unbewust, Harrington; 3 daughters, Mrs. Martha Cohagen, Cheney; Miss Christina Unbewust and Mrs. Marie Stanley, Spokane; and 7 grandchildren… Two daughters preceded him in death—Catherine at the age of 5 years, and Lizzie (Mrs. Harry Boger) some 18 years ago… (Citizen-29 May 1936)

*Unbewust, John S. “Jack”

A memorial service of commemoration for John (Jack) S. Unbewust, who grew up in Harrington, will be held in Leavenworth. Mr. Unbewust died Apr 29, 1993 in Central Washington Hospital. He was born Dec 18, 1919 at Spokane to George A. and Annie (Stallard) Unbewust of Harrington. He graduated from Harrington in 1937. He began his service with the US Coast Guard in 1940 to 1945. On Dec 16, 1944 he married Evelyn Mae Williams at Harrington. He was employed on the Columbia River Basin Project and retired in 1977 to Leavenworth. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; one daughter, Kirsten Sweet; one son, Robert; 2 sisters, Margaret Robinson and Anne Louise Graham. (Quoted)

Unknown Man 1914

The unknown man killed by a G N passenger engine last week between Lamona and Nemo, was buried in the Harrington Cemetery Saturday. Mr. Turner had one inquiry about him. It came from Walla Walla and he answered, giving a description in full of the dead man, as nearly as it was possible to do so, but up to Wednesday afternoon he had not heard from the parties. (Citizen-July 3, 1914) (Death certificate at Lincoln Co Auditor gives his approximate age as 45, date of death as June 24, 1914 at 8 PM. Cause of death is shown as violence-ran over by railroad engine.) 


Van Gorder, Jerry Lynn, ---12-06-1986

Van Skiver, Chief, --- 8-17-1965

Van Skiver, Nettie (Nelson)

Nettie E. VanSkiver of Davenport died July 7, 1990. She was 88. She was born May 12, 1902 in Govan. She moved with her family to Wilbur in 1903 and to Edwall in 1907, graduating from Edwall HS in 1920. Mrs. VanSkiver attended Cheney Normal that summer and began teaching school at Minnie Falls that fall. She taught at schools in Edwall, Davenport, Wilbur and Lamona areas. She married Cleo "“Chief"”VanSkiver in Spokane on Nov 4, 1933. They lived on the farm in the Bluestem area. They moved into Davenport in 1962. Mr. VanSkiver preceded her in death in 1965. Survivors include a brother, Norman Nelson; and a sister, Marion Hagan. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. (Dav. Times-12 July 1990)

Varnier, Ada (Sneed)

Mrs. Ezra Varnier passed away at Odessa Memorial hospital July 8, 1960. Last fall Mrs. Varnier underwent surgery for cancer.  Ada Sneed was born Jan 17, 1889 at McLean, IL. In 1913 she was married to Ezra Varnier. The family moved to Coffeyville, KS in 1920. In 1943 they came west to Fresno, CA. In 1950 they came to Harrington. Mrs. Varnier is survived by her husband, Ezra, daughters, Mrs. Kathryn Rhodes, Mrs. Paul Hanes; one son, Darrell Varnier; sisters, Mrs. Walter King, Mrs. E. N. Baker; and brother Ernest Sneed. (Citizen-14 July 1960)

Varnier, Ezra

Ezra Varnier died at his home here Wednesday night, Nov 23, 1960. He had a heart spell several weeks ago and had recovered sufficiently to be about although he was not well, death was from another heart seizure. Ezra Varnier was born Apr 15, 1889, son of Mr. & Mrs. Finis Varnier, at Marion, IL. He was reared in that area, and in 1913 married Miss Ada Sneed. In 1920 the family moved to Fresno, CA and to Harrington in 1950, where their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Hanes had come to make their home. The Varniers purchased the Electric Hotel (Hotel Harrington, in early days) and converted it into residential apartments. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery beside his wife, who died last July 8. Surviving Mr. Varnier are two daughters, and a son—Mrs. Kathryn Rhodes, Mrs. Paul Hanes and Darrel Varnier. (Citizen-1 Dec 1960)

Veits, Henry Leslie (see Viets)

Vick, Beatrice D. (Burge)

Beatrice Vick, 74, for whom funeral services were held last week in Harrington, was the daughter of Fred and Gertrude Burge, early Davenport residents. She taught school at Downs and also worked as a telephone operator. Before serving as the Harrington librarian for 7 years, Mrs. Vick had worked at Lincoln Hospital. Wed to Henry Vick in Mohler in 1925, she lived there until 1937 when the couple moved to Harrington. Vick died in 1969. She is survived by 2 sons, Dale Vick and Wade Vick; and a brother Clyde. (Dav. Times-24 Apr 1975) Beatrice D. Vick—Her home, Harrington, WA. She is survived by 2 sons, Dale Vick and Wade Vick; 1 brother, Clyde Burge. She was librarian for the Harrington Library…Interment Hillcrest Cemetery. (Spokesman-Review) Born Sept 9, 1900 in Davenport, WA; Passed away April 12, 1975 at Davenport. (Funeral Bulletin)

Vick, Dale M.

Dale M. Vick—Passed away Feb 6, 1981 in Davenport, WA. His home Davenport, WA. Survived by one brother, Wade Vick, Spokane; two nephews, Vance Vick, Spokane; Todd Vick, Davenport, WA; one niece Kelly Vick, Seattle, WA. Funeral services Feb 12, 1981 at Strate Funeral Home. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery. (Spokesman) “Funeral services are to be held today, Thursday, for Dale Vick, who died Friday, Feb 6, 1981 at his home in Davenport .  Services are set for 2 p.m. at the chapel of Strate Funeral Home with the Rev Roger Muisiner officiating. Vick, 54, was born in Mohler , WA , on Oct 15, 1926 and had worked at Pioneer Title Co in Davenport . He is survived by one brother, Wade Vick of Spokane ; two nephews, Vance Vick of Spokane and Todd Vick of Davenport ; one niece, Kelly Vick of Seattle . Interment is to be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Harrington.” ( Davenport Times:  2-12-1981)

Vick, Eva (Day)

Mrs. J. H. Vick, after an illness of a little over a week, died at her home in this city Monday morning. She leaves a husband, John H. Vick, the pioneer transfer man, 3 sons—Robert, Clithro and Henry; 2 daughter—Lola and Thelma; a mother, Mrs. Sarah Day; a sister, Mrs. Cortez Brown; a brother, Harry Day of Chewelah; and a half brother and half sister, Wm Huffman and Mary Lee, at Kensington, MO. Eva Day was born at Kensington, MO, Apr 22, 1877 and was united in marriage with John H. Vick at that place on Dec 21, 1892. The family moved to this state in April 1898. The funeral was conducted at the First Baptist church of which the deceased was a member. The business houses of the city closed during the funeral and the large assemblage of friends marched or rode to the Harrington Cemetery where the last sad rites were performed. (Citizen-5 Sept 1913)

Vick, Henry Calvin

Funeral services for Henry Calvin Vick were held Dec 20th in Harrington. He was born in 1901 in Harrington and died Dec 17, 1969. He retired 3 years ago after serving 14 years in the Harrington school system. He is survived by his wife Beatirce; two sons, Dale and Wade; 2 brothers, Robert and Clithero; 3 sisters, Mrs. Lola Williams, Mrs. Thelma Hambright and Mrs. Ruth Hendricks. (Citizen-1 Jan 1970)

Vick, infant twins of Mr. & Mrs. J. H.

A little boy and a little girl—twins—were stillborn to Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Vick on March 7, 1915. The little ones were interred by J. E. Turner in the Harrington Cemetery.  (Citizen-19 March 1915)

Vick, John Henry

Life came to a close for John Vick. His body was found Tuesday in the barn at his farm, five miles west of town. A letter, written by Mr. Vick, and mailed in Spokane, Monday, addressed to Dana Baker, local merchant, stated he was going to take his own life and his body would be found at the farm. John H. Vick was born Apr 21, 1873 in Nashville, TN. He moved with his parents to Kingston, MO when he was a young boy. He married Eva Day in 1892 in MO. The family came to Harrington in 1898 where Mr. Vick farmed a homestead in the Duck Lake district. In 1904 they moved to town and Mr. Vick operated a dray service. In about 1910, Mr. & Mrs. Vick were baptized and became member so the local Baptist church. Mrs. Vick died in Sept 1913 leaving her widower and their family of five children bereaved. In 1914, Mr. Vick and Mrs. Charlotte Watson were married. Three children were born to them, all of whom died in infancy.  Mr. Vick is survived by his widow, his children, Robert and Clithro Vick, Portland; Mrs. Karl Williams (Lola) and Henry Vick, Harrington; and Mrs. Owen Hambright (Thelma), Soap Lake; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ida Brown, Polson, MT: and Mrs. Nora Ireland, Cameron, MO; one step-daughter, Mrs. Roy Kellum (Ruth Watson). Mr. Vick visited his native home in 1909 and again last fall. (Citizen-29 Aug 1947)

Vick, Wade S.

Wade S. Vick, a lifetime Harrington area resident, died Nov 4, 2000 in Seattle. Born Sept 5, 1932, in Mohler to Bea and Henry Vick, he graduated from the Harrington schools and enlisted in the US Navy, serving aboard the USS Princeton. He worked for the Lincoln Co Ag Office and for the county engineer'’ office. He entered real estate in 1973 and enjoyed working in Davenport and Spokane until his retirement from Turf Realty. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dale. He leaves three children, Kelly, Todd and Vance. Interment will be in Harrington and a private service will follow. (Dav. Times-16 Nov 2000-corrected edition)

Viets, Henry Leslie (5 mos)

The death of little Henry Viets was a surprise to many and it seems sad that this bit of humanity given, to brighten its parents’ lives, should be taken away. From the church a large number of friends followed the little body to its last resting place in the new cemetery. (Citizen-18 Nov 1898) (Henry Viets was born June 9, 1898.)

Virtue, Samuel Mora

Monday afternoon Sam Virtue, while engaged with the crew of men running Edwards and Bradford wood saw, was suddenly stricken with heart failure and died. The body was taken in charge by J. E. Turner and prepared for burial. Mr. Virtue was a homesteader 6 miles south of Harrington 28 years ago. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss. The funeral was held from the home Wednesday. (Citizen-22 Sept 1911)

Vosberg, Robert

Robert, the infant son of Mr. & Mrs. John Vosberg, who live three miles north of town, died Saturday after a short illness. The funeral was held at the J. E. Turner undertaking parlors Sunday afternoon, Rev E. C. Scott officiating. Burial took place in the Harrington cemetery. (Citizen-13 Aug 1920)



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