Maccabee Cemetery & Obituaries


                                                             Maccabee Cemetery, Sprague, Washington, read  by Lartigues


                                                                     With Additions & obituaries (+)  by Marge Womach






 Page T through V


Talbot, Martha F., 1869-1953, shared stone

Talbot, Oscar E., 1875-195, shared stone

Taylor, Edward C., 1860-1932

Thompson, John C., 1944-1961

Thorp, Bertha G., 1886-1933

Thorp, Ellsworth M., Dec 6, 1846-Sept 14, 1928,  Co F 38 IA Inf

Thorp, Elizabeth, Nov 19, 1845-May 27, 1931

Trewick, John,  d. Jan 17, 1899; aged 73 years

Tuggle, Harold, Feb 11, 1917-Feb 19, 1917, s/o J. E .& Ethel

Tuggle, J. Everet, 1877-1941, h/o Ethel (Davis)

Tuggle, Kyle A., 1951-1967


Unidentified,  (1 wooden marker)

Underwood, Bertram L., Aug 2, 1873-Nov 20, 1952

Underwood, Hanna L., Jan 19, 1874-Nov 13, 1961

Underwood, Julia O., 1871-1945

Underwood, Leonard B., 1901-1971

Underwood, Georgiana,  Sept 27, 1847-Dec 22, 1934

Underwood, Willard, Jan 31, 1848-Oct 9, 1932

Underwood, Anna Laura, + Jan 31, 1877-Apr 28, 1908

Unknown white male; d. 21 Jan 1926, (Lincoln County death card)


VanAllen, Asa , 1846-191, Co B 111th NY Inf

VanAllen, Asa,  owner,  Blk 49 Lots 5-8

Van Allen, Mary E., Nov 5, 1848-Nov 16, 190,  w/o A.

Varnum, W. M., d. June 25, 1904; 53 yr 11 mos shared stone

Varnum, Lydia A., d. Mar 19, 1904; 43 yr 4 mos, shared stone

Vorderbueggen, Mary Grace,  1896-1944





Obituaries and Documentation-Maccabee



Talbot, Martha F.:  (TS: 1869-1953; shared stone w/Oscar) 


Talbot, Oscar E.:  (TS: 1875-1951; shared stone w/Martha)


Taylor, Edward C.:  (TS: 1860-1932)  “Record of Funeral: Edward Campbell Taylor, born Scotland. Husband of Mary Donaldson. Charge to Mrs Geo W Miller of Sprague. Funeral: July 22, 1932 at Lee Chapel, with Dr Evans of Newport, WA. Death: July 20, 1932 at Sprague; Cause: carcinoma. Mechanic and Designer, widower, Protestant. Birth: Oct 15, 1859. Aged: 72 yrs 9 mos 5 days. Father: James Taylor born Scotland; Mother: Christine Campbell, born Scotland. Interment: Maccabee Cemetery.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Teske, Alvin:  (added; d. Dec 29, 1932) “Record of Funeral: Alvin Teske. Husband of Martha Teske. Charge to John Moos of Edwall, WA. Funeral: Jan 7, 1933. Clergyman: Rev Roberts of Edwall. Death: Dec 29, 1932 at Edwall, WA. Laborer. widowed. Interment: Sprague Cemetery.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Thompson, John C.:  (TS: 1944-1961) 


Thorp, Bertha G.:  (TS: 1886-1933) “Record of Funeral: Mrs. E. E. Thorp, born NE. Wife of E E Thorp of Tyler, WA. Funeral: Nov 28, 1933 at Federated Church in Sprague, Rev Williams of Spokane. Cause of death: carcinoma. Death: Nov 25, 1933, at home, near Fishtrap, WA. Housewife, married, Protestant. Birth: Apr 6, 1886. Father: Wallace born IL; Mother: don’t know. Interment: Maccabee, Section 23, Grave 4.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Thorp, Ellsworth  M.:  (TS: Dec 6, 1846-Sept 14, 1928; Co F 38 IA Inf)  “Record of Funeral: E A Thorp (sic). Residence: Fishtrap. Charge to his estate. Order given by E. E. Thorp. Funeral: Sept 17, 1928 at Sprague Congregational Church with Rev Williams of Spokane. Death: Sept 14, 1928 at Fishtrap. Cause: (not shown). Retired farmer, married, Protestant. Birth: Dec 6, 1846. Aged: 81 yrs 9 mos 8 days. Interment: Section 22, (grave shown as E M Thorp in NE ¼.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Thorp, Elizabeth:  (TS: Nov 19, 1845-May 27, 1931) “Record of Funeral of Elizabeth Thorpe. Born: IN. Widow of Ellsworth Thorpe. Charge to Edd Thorpe administrator. Address: Fishtrap, WA. Funeral: May 29, 1931, Federated Church, with Dr Chas Evans, clergyman. Death: May 27, 1931 at Sprague Hospital. Cause: convulsions. Housewife, widow, Protestant, residing Fishtrap, WA.  Birth: Nov 19, 1845. Age: 80 yrs 5 mos 8 days. Father: Simon Fuler/Feeler. Interment: Section 52.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Toner, George:  (added; d. 4-28-1942) “Funeral of George Toner. Residence: Sprague, WA. Birth: 5-08-1864, Chittenden Co, Vermont. Death: 4-28-1942, at county infirmary, Lacey home (edit: Lincoln Co Poor Farm). Age: 77 yrs 11 mos 20 days. Male, white, single, old age recipient. Parents: unknown. Physician: of Davenport, WA. Cause of death: arterio thrombosis, county Dr. Burial: Maccabee Cemetery. Funeral: Chapel at 11:30 a.m. Interment: 5-02-1942.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger; fees paid by old age pension)


Trewick, Ellen:  (added: d. March 1913)  “Mrs. Ellen Trewick, who died last week Thursday of the infirmities of old age, was buried in Maccabee Cemetery on Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, Rev J Edwards officiating. Ellen Trewick was born June 10, 1835 at Edinburgh, Scotland, and died March 27, 1913, at the home of her daughter’s, Mrs. W. Salisbury, east of Sprague. She came to Sprague in 1882 and was one of the pioneers of this vicinity. Mrs. Trewick was a woman of wide experience and had traveled extensively going to Australia in a sailing vessel from England and from Australia to California in its earliest days. She was the mother of nine children, six of whom survive her. The following were with her several days before her demise: H. Trewick of Tacoma, T. M. Trewick of Alberta, Mrs. G. H. Gilpin of Portland, and Mrs. A. W. Salisbury of Sprague.” (Sprague Advocate: 4-04-1913)


Trewick, John:  (TS: d. Jan 17, 1899; aged 73 years)


Truedson, Lorena (added; d. Jan 1972) “Lorena Truedson.—Her home, Spokane, WA. Former resident of Sprague, WA. Survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harold Nelson, Evanston, IL, and Mrs. James Bradley, Salem, OR. Two sons, Edward Truedson, Grass Valley, CA, and George Truedson, Spokane. One sister, Mrs. Lloyd Owen, Seattle. Grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan 15, 11 a.m. at the chapel of the Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, WA. The Rev Martin Ernest officiating. Interment at Maccabee Cemetery, Sprague, WA, Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, WA, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: scrapbook item) 


Tuggle, Lulu Ethel: (Davis) (added; d. Aug 16, 1980; see SLE page 248, 228, and 704-5) Lulu Ethel Davis was the sixth child born to Nathaniel Davis and his wife Harriet Ann Boyer. Lulu Ethel was born Nov 24, 1890. She married John Everett Tuggle on Nov 10, 1909. Their children were Arthur Otho (1910), Harold Earnest (1917), Maxine Marie (1922), and Doris Ann (1926). Lulu Ethel Davis Tuggle died Aug 16, 1980.

Tuggle, Harold:  (TS: Feb 11, 1917-Feb 19, 1917; s/o J. E. & Ethel) “Record of Funeral of Harold Earnest Tuggle. Born: Lamont District. Order given by Biernback. Funeral: Feb 19, 1917. Residence: Lamont. Place of Death: at ranch house. Physician: Edward Prencel, MD of Lamont. Cause of death: cardiac failure. Death: Feb 18, 1917; Birth: Feb 11, 1917. Aged: 7 days. Father: Everett J. Tuggle born West Virginia; Mother: Lulu Ethel Davis born WA. Body to be shipped to Sprague. Interment: E ½ Sec 33.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger) See SLE page 704-5: Harold Tuggle was the second son born to J. Everett Tuggle and his wife Lulu Ethel Davis.


Tuggle, J. Everett:  (TS: 1877-1941; h/o Ethel (Davis) “Funeral of John Everett Tuggle. Residence: Rt 1, Lamont, WA. Birth: 9-09-1877, Bluefield, WV; Death: 1-02-1941, Lamont (farm). Aged: 63 yrs 3 mos 23 days. Male, white, married, farmer. Father: Henry Tuggle, born unknown. Mother: unknown. Physician: Dr G H Howard, Sprague, WA. Burial: Maccabee Cemetery. Funeral: Congregational Church at 2 p.m. with rev L Plankenhorn. Interment: 1-05-1941.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger) See page 228, 248 and 704-5. John Everett Tuggle married Lulu Ethel Davis on 11-10-1909. their children were: Arthur Ortho, Harold Earnest, Maxine Marie, and Doris Ann. They farmed south of Lamont and retired to Sprague.


Tuggle, Kyle A  (TS: 1951-1967)



Unidentified  (1 wooden marker; viewed in 1973)


Unknown:  (added. d. August 1915) “...Lee Undertaking Parlor from when it was buried Sunday in the Maccabee Cemetery. Sheriff Level, Prosecuting Atty McCallum and Justice Goodwin of Davenport came over Saturday morning and conducted an investigation bring out the aforesaid facts. No papers of any kind and nothing of any value was found among his effects.” (excerpt of Sprague Advocate: 8-20-1915)


Unknown baby:  (d. 12-10-1944) “Unknown Baby. Died: 12-10-1944. Found dead on NR Ry. Buried: Sprague, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)


Unknown baby: (buried: 12-22-1944) “Funeral of Unknown Baby. Physician: Dr G. H. Howard, Sprague, WA. Burial: Maccabee Cemetery. Funeral: Chapel at 2 p.m. Interment: 12-22-1944.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Unknown white male: (added; d. 1-21-1926) “Unknown white male. Died: 21 Jan 1926. Found dead in a coal bin, impossible to identify. Nothing as to possible age. Buried: Maccabee Cemetery, Sprague, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial card)


Underwood, Bertram L.:  (TS: Aug 2, 1873-Nov 20, 1952) See SLE p. 707-717, oldest son of Willard and Georgianna Underwood. Bertram married Hannah Jensen, and they had three children: Virgie, Leonard and Floyd. Bertram L. Underwood had two brothers that were buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Guy in 1899 and Frank L. in 1891. A sister, Edith, married Paul Costello, is buried in Sprague’s Catholic Cemetery. His other siblings were: Anna L., Willard A., and Richard F..


Underwood, Hannah L.:  (TS: Jan 19, 1874-Nov 13, 1961) See SLE p. 707-717, Hannah Jensen, daughter of Harry and Regina Jensen, married Bertram L. Underwood on Nov 29, 1894. They had two sons, Leonard and Floyd, and a daughter, Virgie Gaynell Underwood Arnold. Jensen history is page 391-395 of SLE.


Underwood, Julia O.:  (TS: 1871-1945)


Underwood, Leonard B.:  (TS: 1901-1971)  “Leonard Underwood. Died: 3-17-1971. Buried: Maccabee Cemetery, Sprague, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health burial permit) Per SLE page 712, Leonard Bruce Underwood was born to Bertram and Hannah (Jensen) Underwood on Apr 22, 1901 and farmed with his father north of Sprague. He married Estelle E. Hamilton, a teacher at Keystone and Ritzville, on Dec 23, 1922 at Ritzville. No children were born to them. “Leonard B. Underwood.—His home Sprague, WA. Survived by his wife, Estelle, at the home; one brother, Floyd J. Underwood, Spokane; 2 nieces and 2 nephews. A member of the Sprague Community Church, Crab Creek Grange, and the Farm Bureau. Funeral services Monday, March 22, at 1:30 p.m. from the Sprague Community Church. The Rev Francis Klontz officiating. Interment Maccabee Cemetery, Sprague, WA. The Danekas Funeral Home, Ritzville, WA, in charge of arrangements.” (Spokesman Review: 3-22-1971; scrapbook item).


Underwood, Georgiana:  (TS: Sept 27, 1847-Dec 22, 1934; nee Bruce) “Record of Funeral: Georgiana Underwood, born Iowa. Residence: Sprague. Charge to Bert Underwood. Wife of Wm Underwood, deceased. Order given by son & daughter. Funeral: Lutheran Church, Rev Reiss of Ritzville, on Dec 26, 1934. Death: Dec 22, 1934, at Sprague. Retired Housewife, widow, Protestant. Birth: Sept 27, 1847. Age: 87 yrs 2 mos 25 days. Father: Richard P. Bruce, born KY; Mother: Judith A. Kieth, born Brown County, Sterling, IL. Interment: Maccabee. Pallbearers: Joe Giffing, Henry Shirr, Sam Ringwood, Carl Hoffman, Frank Jones, D. W. Matheson.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger) SLE page 710 shows Georgianna Underwood as the wife of Willard, and their children were: Bertram L., Guy G., Anna L., Willard A., Richard F., Edith A. and Franklin L.. (See also Lakeview Cemetery where two of her sons were buried.)


Underwood, Willard:  (TS: Jan 31, 1848-Oct 9, 1932)  “Record of Funeral: Willard Underwood. Born: Chester, NY. Husband of Georgiana Bruce. Order given by B L Underwood. Funeral: Oct 11, 1932, Lutheran Church, 2 p.m., Rev Riess of Ritzville, WA. Cause of death: carcinoma. Death: Oct 9, 1932 at Sprague, Residence: Sprague. Retired farmer, married. Birth: Jan 31, 1848; Aged: 84 yrs 8 mos 9 days. Father: Oliver Underwood, born Chester, NY; Mother: Polly Culver, born Chester, NY. Interment: Maccabee Cemetery.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger) See SLE pages 707-717 with photos in text.


Underwood, Anna Laura:  (TS: Jan 31, 1877-Apr 28, 1908)  “Early Tuesday morning, at the home of her parents, six miles north of Sprague, Miss Laura Underwood committed suicide by shooting herself through the head.  That night the young lady had slept with her mother, and on awakening, declared that she would “end it all”, placed the revolver to her head and fired. The services of a physician were unavailing as she lived but an hour. Miss Underwood has been in poor health, and has recently worried a great deal over the anticipation of losing a homestead when she came to make final proof.” (Citizen: May 1908) SLE page 710 mentions Anna Laura in the list of children of Willard and Georgianna (Jensen) Underwood. From that history it would appear that the family was in Winterset, Iowa in the year of her birth: Jan 31, 1877.  


VanAllen, Asa:   owner  Blk 49 Lots 5-8

“Asa Van Allen, one of the civil war veterans, has recently been granted a pension of $8 per month dating from 1900.” (Sprague Times: 9-19-1902) “Asa Van Allen was informed Wednesday that his homestead shanty had been burned down. No particulars were furnished but the place was either set on fire with a purpose or else was accidentally burned by hunters or campers. Mr. Van Allen had two stoves and a full outfit batching furniture in the house. His loss is between $100 and $200.” (Sprague Times: 3-13-1903) “William Morrill, a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. A. Van Allen, was here this week for a few days. Mr. Morrill is a machinist in the Great Northern shops at Hillyard.” (Sprague Times: 9-11-1903) “A. Van Allen of Sprague, a pioneer blacksmith who has been at the forge for 22 years, announces that he will retire on account of age and offers to rent his shop for $10 a month.” (Citizen: 7-28-1911)


VanAllen, Asa:  (TS: 1846-1916; Co B 111th NY Inf)  “Asa Van Allen, pioneer blacksmith and a resident of Sprague for over 20 years, died at Hillyard yesterday morning. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Methodist Church and burial will be in Maccabee Cemetery.” (Sprague Advocate: 5-19-1916) “Asa Van Allen, pioneer blacksmith, soldier of the civil war and respected citizen of Sprague for over 25 years, died last Thursday at the home of his eldest daughter, Mrs. Wm Morrill at Hillyard. The remains were brot to Sprague Saturday morning and the funeral was held that afternoon at 3 o’clock from the ME  Church, Rev J F Cook officiating. The body was interred by the side of the wife and mother who preceded him to the better land 11 years ago. Mr. Van Allen was born in Geneva, New York, Jan 24, 1846 being 70 years, 3 months and 25 days old at death. He removed form his birth place to State Line, Indiana, where he lived some years, coming to Sprague in 1889. he has lived here continuously ever since except the last year and most of that time conducted the blacksmith shop on the corner of 2nd and C Streets.  His health has been very poor for about a year, locomotor ataxia being the cause of his death. He lived the last year of his life with his eldest daughter, Mrs. Anna Morrill of Hillyard, who with her family gave him the best of care and made easy as possible his last days. He was a life long Christian, a member of the ME Church and practiced his religion in every day life. He was generally beloved by those who knew him best. The writer lived in the same house with him for over three years and feels qualified to speak of his character in the highest terms. He was devoted to his family, self sacrificing and patient and his life was an example which any one should be proud to emulate. He was a civil war veteran, enlisting in the 11th regiment, New York Infantry, Co D, and was honorably discharged at the end of the war.  He was a member of Buckman Post 14, GAR of Sprague which in its early days had a membership exceeding 90. Of this number only three are now known to be alive. Jack McElroy of Sprague who carried the colors to the last resting place, Wm Dean of Orting and L V Allen of Lords Valley. The surviving near relatives are: Mrs. Wm Morrill, of Hillyard; Mrs. Paul Schedler of Spokane; Mrs. Shallenberger of Jefferson City, Missouri; and Porter of Seattle, also a sister in the east. Four children are dead. The first named two daughters and families were present at the funeral, also Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Morrill of Hillyard.” (Sprague Advocate: 5-26-1916) “The will of Asa Van Allen, extensive property holder of Sprague, who died here recently, was filed in the Superior Court Tuesday for probate. The estate is to be divided equally among the children.” (Sprague Advocate: 7-07-1916; edit: The known children are: Anna May Morrill, Lelia Schedler and Mrs. Schallenberger, and one son.) “Record of Funeral of Asa VanAllen. Order given by McMorrill & McMorrill. Residence: Hillyard, WA. Place of death: Hillyard. Funeral: Sprague with Rev Cook. Cause of death: myocarditis. Occupation of deceased: Blacksmith. Interment: Maccabee, in Family Plot.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger; edit: apparently another mortuary handled the majority of billings, except immediate cemetery fees of hearse and opening of grave)


Van Allen, Dash:  (added: d. 1904) “Dash, the faithful old hunting dog which has been in the Van Allen family for eight years, died Monday.  His symptoms in his last sickness resembled those of poisoning, but it is hard to believe that there is such an unscrupulous person as a dog poisoner in the neighborhood in which the dog lived.” (Sprague Times: 3-11-1904; edit: not likely that the dog is in Maccabee Cemetery, but it is a part of the Van Allen history)


Van Allen, Mary R.:  (TS: Nov 5, 1848-Nov 16, 1905; w/o A)


Varderbrueggen, Anna A.: (added: 1961) “Anna A. Varderbrueggen. Died: 12-15-1961. Birth: 6-13-1897. Buried: Maccabee Cemetery, Sprague, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card)


Varderbrueggen, Frank:  (added: 1969) “Frank C. Varderbrueggen.  Died: 1-11-1969. Buried: Maccabee Cemetery, Sprague, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “Frank C. Vorderbrueggen.—Died Jan 11 in Coeur d’Alene. His home was Rt. 1, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Survived by his wife Vera, at the home; one son, Albert H. Vorderbrueggen, Moses Lake, WA; 6 sisters, Anna Kauffman, Blufton, MN; Mrs. Kate Simons, Ogema, MN; Mrs. Lena Cave, Ogema, MN; Mrs. Agnes Cowley and Mrs. Elizabeth Bebo, both of Oregon City, Oregon; Mrs. Hildegard Wolfe, Bellevue, NE; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 12 step-children. Funeral services, Jan 16, Thursday, in Sprague, WA, at 2 p.m.  Interment Maccabee Cemetery, Sprague, WA. English Chapel, Coeur d’Alene, in charge.” (Spokesman Review: 1-21-1969)


Vorderbueggen, Mary Grace:  (TS: 1896-1944) “Funeral of Mary Grace Vorderbrueggen. Residence: Lind and Sprague, WA. Wife of Frank. Birth: July 21, 1896 at Ranville Co, MN. Death: June 13, 1944, at Ritzville, WA. Aged: 47 yrs 10 mos 22 days. Female, white, married, housewife. Father: Joseph Hollan, born Czechoslovakia; Mother: Marie Maursic, born Czechoslovakia; Physician: Dr Sweet of Ritzville, WA.  Cause of death: stroke, high blood pressure for years. Burial: Maccabee Cemetery. Funeral: Community Church at 2 p.m. Interment: 6-17-1944.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Varnum, W.  M.:  (TS: d. June 25, 1904; 53 yr 11 mos; shared stone w/Lydia) “After years of suffering from a dreadful cancer on his jaw, Washington M Vernum passed peacefully away Saturday night at his home near this city. Deceased was 55 years of age. He came to Sprague a few years ago and worked at his trade, jeweler, for a while. Then he moved to a little ranch near Whiskey Rock, where his declining years were spent. The funeral services were held in the ME Church Monday morning. The remains were interred in the Maccabee Cemetery beside those of Mrs. Vernum, whose death occurred about seven months ago.” (Sprague Times: 7-01-1904)


Varnum, Lydia A.:  (TS: d. Mar 19, 1904; 43 yr 4 mos; shared stone w/ WM) “Mrs. W. M. Varnum, aged 43 years, succumbed Saturday to that dread disease, consumption, after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church Sunday, interment being in the Maccabee Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Varnum came to Sprague only a few years ago and both were invalids when they came, thus their circle of acquaintances was small. By the death of Mrs. Varnum, the husband is left a hopeless invalid suffering from a most terrible cancer on his face. In this pitiable condition, Mr. Varnum is entitled to the tenderest sympathies of this community.” (Sprague Times: 3-25-1904)


Vaughn, Charles: (added: d. 7-28-1933) “Record of Funeral: Charles Vaughn. Born IN. Single. Charge to Lincoln County at Davenport, WA. Order given by Henry Schirr. Funeral: July 31, 1933 at Lee Chapel. Death: July 28, 1933 at Sprague, WA. Laborer, single, Age 72, residence: Sprague. Interment: Section 42 Grave 3.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger; Grave North 1-2 shows Doerschlag, Grave 3 shows Vaughn, Grave 4 shows Crews)



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