LaFollette Cemetery Obituaries

                                                           Submitted by Marge Womach



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Cole, Wade Beaty;  (Aug 14, 1872-June 28, 1903) “father”;  “Wade Cole. #213. Died: June 6, 1903, age 28 years, at Wilbur.” (Lincoln Co Auditor death ledger) “Wade B Cole, a prosperous rancher about 35 years of age, committed suicide Sunday, at his place northwest of Hesseltine, about 18 miles from Wilbur. His absence from his house was noticed at noon on Saturday and a search was instituted. His body was found hanging to a sapling about 100 years from his home. His feet were touching the ground and his knees were slightly bent. Cole’s actions had been noticeably queer of late, especially some of his business transactions. His affairs were in a very prosperous condition as he was left about $4000 by Gordon his neighbor, who was blown up by dynamite about six months ago. This, with the property he already owned, made him comparatively wealthy. His parents are still living in Virginia . He leaves a wife and infant child about 6 weeks old.” (Citizen: 7-03-1903) 

Dixon, Richard Dixon:  ( b. Dec 02, 1905, d. Aug 04, 1972) Richard Dixon.—His home Spokane. He is survived by three brothers, Lafayette Dixon, Ephrata; Marion Dixon, Wenatchee, WA; Raymond Dixon, Yakima; two sisters, Mrs. Juanita Shemek, Spokane; Mrs. Alta Hookum, Wilbur, WA. Funeral services will be held Monday,  Aug 7 at 1 p.m. from the Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA. The Rev Malcolm McCallum officiating. Interment Lafollette Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 8-07-1972

Douglas, James B.: (Sep 30, 1883, d. Jan 30, 1870)       

 (TS: 1883-1971)  James B. Douglas.—Passed away Jan 30 in a Spokane hospital. His home, N. 1409 Lincoln, Spokane. Survived by one son, Russell J Douglas, at the home; one grandson, Doug Douglas, Hunting Beach, CA; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services, Tuesday, Feb 2, at 11 a.m. from the Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur,WA. The Rev R. W. Rieger officiating. Interment LaFollette Cemetery, north of Almira,WA.” (Spokesman Review: 2-02-1971)

Engelsen, Edna: (  d. 1966) Edna L. Engelson.—A resident of Wilbur, WA. Survived by her husband, Leonard Engelson, Wilbur; one son, Ted Engelson, Govan, WA; one daughter, Mrs. Helen S. Vaughan, Wilbur, WA; 4 brothers, Lafayette Dixon, Pullman, WA; Richard Dixon, Spokane, WA; Marion Dixon, Wenatchee, WA; Raymond Dixon, Yakima, WA; 2 sisters, Mrs. Alta Hookom, Wilbur, WA; Mrs. Juanita Shimek, Spokane; 6 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday May 11, at 2 p.m. from the Community Presbyterian Church at Wilbur. The Rev Kenneth Scott officiating. Interment, LaFollette Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home,Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 5-11-1966)(No headstone)

Engelsen, Grace:  ( b. Oct 16, 1895, d. Mar 27, 1967, d/o Ed)  Grace A. Engelsen.—A resident of Shelton, WA. She was a member of the Evening Star Chapter No. 108 OES, Almira, WA, Order of Amaranth, Shelton, WA, Sons of Norway, Spokane, and Epsilon Sigma Phi. Survived by 2 sisters, Miss Clare Engelsen, Shelton, WA, Mrs. Nina Engelsen Wood, Albuquerque, NM; one nephew, Edward E Wood, Mansfield, PA; one niece, Dorothy E. Wood, Yakima, WA. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. from the Almira Community Church, Almira, WA. The Rev R. W. Rieger officiating. Interment LaFollette Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 3-28-1967)

Engelsen, Ted: ( b. 1934, d. Feb 09, 1968)  Ted J. Engelson.—His home, Almira, WA. A member of Grand Coulee Grange. Survived by his wife, Delila M. Engelson; one son, Terry J. Engelson; 2 daughters, Deborah K. Engelson, Cynthia M. Engelson, all at the home. His father, Leonard Engelson, Wilbur, WA; one sister, Mrs. Helen Vaughn, Wilbur, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services Monday, Feb 12, at 11 a.m. from the Community Presbyterian Church, Wilbur, WA, Rev Kenneth Scott officiating. Interment LaFollette Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 2-11-1968)( killed pickup truck accident)

Herdrich, Augusta Eisentrant  (Added; b. 6-12-1848; d. 2-05-1926; no known TS); “Mrs Herdrich Laid to Rest.  Funeral services were held over the remains of Mrs Herdrich Saturday at the home of her son, Edwin, northeast of Almira, the Rev Milne conducting the service. Hymns were sung by Mr and Mrs Wynhoff and Mr and Mrs Charles Elliot. Interment was in the LaFollette Cemetery .  Augusta Eisentrant was the second of seven children who lived to adult age, born in Germany on June 12, 1848, being at the time of her death 78 years and 7 months old.  She came to this country with the family when 3 years of age and after stopping in a few different places, they took up an excellent homestead in Wisconsin . There she grew up with all the privations, hardships and also blessings of the early pioneers. She was always very religiously inclined with a great horror of wrong doing. When nearly 23 years old she was married to Frederich Herdrich, March 1870 and again began a new pioneer life on a homestead in Nebraska . After 7 years there they returned to Sheboygan Co, Wisconsin where they lived many years, later moving to Loyal, Clark Co, from which they came to Almira , Washington in March 1906. Here the husband died and was buried 19 years ago in February. To this mother were born six children: two daughters who have preceded her to the other world, and four sons all of whom are living: Charles and Oscar of Loyal, Wisconsin , Otto of Far Hills, New Jersey and Edwin of Almira. Mr and Mrs Herdrich both became acknowledged followers of Christ in the early Nebraska days and remained faithful and true to the last of life. Her religion has been a great comfort to her since her very severe illness in Wisconsin about three years ago, she has been anxiously waiting for the summons. She leaves to feel her loss, her sons with their families, including 18 grandchildren, one infant great grandchild, one sister of Dayton, Ohio, three brothers, two of Wisconsin and one of Nebraska with numerous nieces and nephews. She passed away the evening of Jan 28, 1926 at 8:20 p.m.” (Big Bend Outlook: Friday, Feb 5, 1926) 

Menke, George: ( b. Sep 06, 1913, d. Aug 11, 1969) George H. Menke: (Sept 6, 1913-Aug 11, 1969); Wash Cpl 900 Sig Depot Co AVN, WWII.  “George H. Menke.—A resident of Almira, WA. Survived by his wife, Winnie Menke, at the home; a stepson, Glenn Goss, New Mexico; 3 step-daughters, Mrs. Ralph Krous, Scappose, Oregon, Mrs. Sue Simer, Almira, WA, and Mrs. Cheryl Lyon, Moscow, Idaho; 5 sisters, Mrs. Marie Ehlers, Grand Coulee, Mrs. Pauline McKay, Usk, WA, Mrs. Mabel Neal, Oroville, WA, Mrs. Esther Taylor, Hill Spring, Alberta; Mrs. Grace Gibson, Wilbur, WA. A veteran of WW II, a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Almira, WA; the American Legion and Grand Coulee Grange. Funeral services Friday, Aug 15 at 11 a.m. from Our Savior Lutheran Church, Almira, WA, Pastor C. E. Dyrud officiating. Interment, LaFollette Cemetery. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 8-15-1969) s/o Henry & Lucinda Dehmlow Menke; US Army)

Potwin, Nellie Eudora:  (1922-1972);  Eudora Potwin.—Her home Wilbur,WA. She was a member of the Creston Christian Church and the Washington State Grange. She is survived by her husband, Willie B. Potwin; one son, Albert; one daughter, Beth, all at the home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Rantz, of Wilbur. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct 25 at 2 p.m. from the Creston Christian Church, the Rev James Farrell officiating. The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 10-23-1972; scrapbook item)

Rantz, Lelia Thelma: (1897-1973);  Thelma L. Rantz.—A resident of Wilbur, WA. A member of the Wilbur Grange, the Creston Christian Church. Survived by her husband, Fred A. Rantz, at the home; Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Potwin and grandchildren Beth and Bert, all of Wilbur; one sister, Clara Anor LaFollette, Soap Lake, WA; 3 nephews, Joe, Harry and Robert Rantz, all of Seattle, WA; 2 sisters, Rose Kenne__k and Polly Rantz, both of California. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov 29 at 11 a.m. from the Creston Christian Church, the Rev James M. Farrell officiating. Cremation following with eventual interment at LaFollette Cemetery. Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA, in charge.”  (Spokesman Review: 4-29-1973; damaged scrapbook item) (d/o Millard and Mary, twin toThula)

White, James D.:( b. 1863, d. Feb 02, 1935)

Date of death: Jan 6, 6:30 p.m.; Place of death: home; Place of funeral: Grand Coulee Church; Clergyman: Rev Murray; Time and date of Burial: Jan 8, __ 3 pm; Interred: Lafollette Cemetery; Age: 71 yrs 2 mos 5 days; Married; Occ: farmer; Birthplace: Newharmony, IN; white; Father: David White, born IN; Mother: Jane Goad born IN; Resident here 52 yrs.  Physician: Dr John Anderson. (Funeral Date: Jan 8, 1935, 1 p.m.; Ordered by: Mervin (illegible) White Bill rendered to (illegible) C. M. ______;)



Articles of Agreement

Location: NE corner of the NE ¼ of Sec 21 Twp 27 R 31,  consisting of 3 acres more or less
Corporation Headquarters: Grand Coulee School House, Amount of Capitol Stock: $250.00 divided into 100 shares of $2.50 each par value
Subscribers List dated 28th day of June, 1906, Officers' Certificate dated 2 July 1907
Officers: Pres: Herman F Harms; Sec: J D Wilson; Trustees: J S Humphrey, John M. White, S. A. Morgan, Herman F Harms and J. D. Wilson.


Allen, Guy
Allen, Warren
Birchell, A. A.
Braden, R. L.
Browne, W. J.
Burke, E. J.
Carlson, J. A.
Columbia River Milling Co
Dixon, H. A.
Dixon, Joe
Douglas, John
Elliott, C. E.
Elliott, Wm
Engelson, Ed
Engelson, Martin
Feil, C. E.
Grones, J. M.
Harms, Herman F.
Harris, A.
Hay, E. T.
Hay, M. E.
Hilliard, J. W.
Holte, R. R.
Houston, Roy
Hughes, T.
Humphrey, J. S.
Jessen, Janas
Johannsen, C. N.

McKay, Peter
Menke, Henry
Misner, B. F.
Mopin, Mrs.
Morgan, M. A.
Morgan, S. A.
Nash, Mrs. C. L.
Peterson, Jens
Peterson, Maets
Price, S. L.
Rinker, Sam
Roberts, A. D.
Seaton, Elmer
Seaton, T. B.
Shaffer, Minnie
Shaw, E. J.
Sherwood, D. C.
Sherwood, J. A.
Spangle, Ed
State Bank of Wilbur
Vansicle, Robert
Warehime, John H.
Weismann, C. K.
White, Jas D.
White, John M.
Wilson, Geo
Wilson, J. E.
Wynhoff, H. G.


 Lafollette Cemetery Obituaries, Almira, Lincoln County,

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