Pleasant Valley Cemetery & Obituaries





                                                                      in NE1/4 NE 1/4 Sec 27 Twp24  R38 


  Pleasant Valley Cemetery is situated about 9 miles east of Bluestem/Moscow, or 4.5 miles NW of Edwall on Telecky Road. Little data is available on this early settlement, most deaths were not reported to the Auditor, and only a few are found in the local newspapers. In 1974 Wes and Carrie Lartigue in “Tombstones of Lincoln County” (page 114) wrote “It is reported there are a number of old soldiers and pioneers buried here.” Their contact with Ralph Elliott added some data to what they found on the stones. Lartigues additions to the stones are marked with an *. Data in bold print was taken from the stones on April 23, 1999, and confirmed in Oct 1999. Flat print was taken from available resources, see site for obituaries. Lilac bushes, dense weeds and silt washed down into the burial grounds make it difficult to find tombstones. No evidence at present (2004) has been found of removals from this cemetery, however, that possibility remains.

                                                                                                   Submitted by Marge Womach



Cemetery listing:

Beard, James                               (died before 1900*)(b. abt 1821 in AR, or KY)

Carlyle, Martha Susan               (b. 8-23-1878; d. 2-09-1916; w/o Ulysses Calvin Carlyle)

Clark, W W                                (stone w/o dates; b. abt 1857 in IA)

Fessman, Christina                     (b. abt 1831; d. abt 1909; mother of Christine Schafer*)

Herman, Jessie F                       Jan 19, 1884-Nov 12, 1891 (children of Wm Herman*)

Herman, Dannie                         June 22, 1892-July 8, 1892                          

Herman, Rosa May                    Sept 3, 1893-Sept 12, 1893                          

Kishbaugh, Howard                   (d. Sept 1, 1914; no visible stone)

Kishbaugh, Mary J                    1886-1912  Called Higher;  wife of Howard Kishbaugh

Robinson, Harriet E                  died June 24, 1892, age 34, wife of C F Robinson

Shafer, Emma                             died Sept 24, 1889, aged 8 years (shared stone)

Shafer, Frede                              died Aug 26, 1889, aged 4 yrs 6 mos (shared stone)

Shafer, Ella                                 died Dec 23, 1890, aged 2 yrs 6 mos (shared stone)

                                                     “Daughters of Henry and Christina”

soldiers” *                                 (hearsay information obtained by Lartigues)



Obituaries and Data:

Beard, James: 1885 Lincoln Co Census: J. Beard, 65, m, KY, single, farmer: 1887 Lincoln Co Census: James Beard, 66, m, AR, single, farmer; 1889 Lincoln Co Census: James Beard, 68, AR, single; and his name was not found on the 1892 census. No probate was found in Lincoln County for this name.

Carlyle, Martha Susan: “Martha Susan Phillips was born Aug 23, 1878 in Johnson Co, MO.  Dec 2, 1896 she was married to Ulysses Calvin Carlyle. Two years after their marriage they removed to Wash. residing at Pomeroy, Garfield Co for six years. Since then have resided in Yakima and Adams Cos, and in the City of Spokane. In the fall of 1911 they removed to their present home 12 miles south of Davenport where on Wed. morning Feb 9th, 1916 her death occurred. She leaves behind her husband and four children including an infant boy four days old, her father J. M. Phillips of Pomeroy, Wash., one brother, J. W. Phillips of Bluestem, and one sister, Mrs. G. S. Patterson of Wallace, Idaho. In addition to the immediate family numerous other relatives and friends mourn their great loss. When a young girl she united with the Methodist Episcopal church of Basin Knob, MO, later transferring her membership to the Kenwood Methodist church of Spokane where she remained a member until her death. She magnified the profession of her faith by living a consistent Christian life, rich in the service of her Lord, and manifold kindnesses to her family, friends and neighbors. She has been among the spiritual leaders in the communities in the capacity of Sunday School Supt at the time of her death. The funeral was held at the Pleasant Valley school house and the temporary burial took place in the neighborhood cemetery.” (DT of Feb 17, 1916)

Clark, W. W.:  The Bureau of Land Management shows a patent to “heirs of Wesley W. Clark” dated Aug 1, 1892 for 160 acres in SE ¼ of Sec 18 Twp 24 Range 37. It is assumed that the tombstone that bears only the inscription “W. W. Clark” represents Wesley W. Clark.  That patented land by 1911 was owned by J. E. Robinson, northwest of Bluestem/Moscow. W W .Clark was not found on the 1885 or 1887 Lincoln Co census. On the 1889 W. W. Clark was shown as age 32, born Iowa.

Fessman: Wes and Carrie Lartigue (“Tombstone Inscriptions of Lincoln Co” pub. 1974, page 114) had been told that Mrs. Christina Schafer’s mother, Christina Fossman, was buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery about 1909. The Fessman/Fossman surname was not found on the 1885 census. The Lincoln Co 1887 census shows John Fessman, age 56, born Germany, and Christina Fessman, age 60, born Germany. Similarly, the 1889 Lincoln County Census shows John, age 54, b. Germany; and Christina, 58, b. Germany. Bureau of Land Management records show that Christina Fessman received a patent on Jan 30, 1892 for 160 acres in SW Sec 22 Twp 24 R 38; John Fessman received two patents.  The earliest was dated June 28, 1890 for 160 acres in NW Sec 22 Twp 24 R 38, and the latter on Sept 18, 1894 for 160 acres in NW Sec 26 Twp 24 R 38.  In  1911 Christina Schafer is shown as owning the SE ¼ of 22-24-38 and the SW ¼ of Sec 23-24-38; Christina was reportedly the daughter of John and Christina Fessman.  The residence is marked for H. Schafer in 22-24-38, directly across the road from the cemetery. It is interesting that “her mother is reportedly buried here” with no mention of the father, who we now know was also here.  The ¼ owned by Christina Fessman in 1892 was later owned by James Elliott.

Herman, William L.:  The Bureau of Land Management showed the patent for 160 acres to Wm L. Herman dated May 17, 1889 in the SE ¼ of Sec 26 Twp 24 Range 38. In 1911 this piece of property was owned by Wm H. Schafer. The 1885 census for Lincoln Co shows the household as:  W. L. Herman, m, 33, IL; A. Herman, f, 25, MN; E. J. Herman, f, 6, WA Terr; T. Herman, m, 2, WA Terr; F. Herman, f, 1, WA Terr; J. V. Herman, m, 55, PA; A. N. Herman, f, 57, PA; J. E. Herman, m, 19, OR; N. Herman, m, 16, OR; and E. L. Herman, m, 13, WA Terr.  The 1889 Lincoln Co Census shows this family as: Wm L. Herman, 37, b. IL; Rebecca Herman, 29, b, MN; Jane, 10, WA Terr; Thos W., 6, WA Terr; and Frank J., 4, WA Terr. The dates for Jessie F. Herman correspond with the census child Frank J. Herman. Dannie Herman was not born until 1892 and Rosa May was born in 1893.

Kishbaugh, Howard: “Howard Kirschbaum of near Edwall died at the Davenport hospital Tuesday after suffering for months from tuberculosis. Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the home and interment made in Pleasant View Cemetery.”  (DT 9-03-1914)"Howard M Kishbaugh was born in Pennsylvania 28 years ago, and died August 31, 1914, at the Davenport hospital. He was operated on for appendicitis some two months ago. Tuberculosis set in and he gradually declined until the end came. His wife died two years ago and his demise now leaves three small children whose ages range from two to six years. The services were held in the Pleasant Valley school house Thursday and interment was in the nearby cemetery. A brother, Archie Kishbaugh, of Pleasant Valley and Mr Poliner, father of Mrs Kishbaugh, from Centralia, were present at the funeral." (Citizen: (Edwall Column) 9-04-1914)

Kishbaugh, Mary: “Mrs. Mary Kishbaugh, wife of Howard Kishbaugh, died Saturday about midnight. She was 26 years of age, had been married only five years. Besides her husband, she leaves three children, the eldest three years and the youngest a babe of only three days. The funeral services conducted by Mrs. Patch, were held Tuesday afternoon at Pleasant Valley school house and interment was made in the Edwall Cemetery (error). Her father, Mr. Pollner, was present at the funeral.” (Citizen-Edwall Section : Sept 27, 1912) Her tombstone stands tall in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery on Telecky Road (1999).

Robinson, Charles F.: The Bureau of Land Management shows the patent, dated Jan 21, 1893, for 160 acres to Charles F. Robinson in the SE ¼ of Sec 14 Twp 24 R 38.  It is approximately two miles to the cemetery. They are shown alone on the 1887 Lincoln Co census as: Chas F Robinson, m, 29, b. IA; and Henrietta E. Robinson, f, 29, IL. They did not appear on the 1892 census.

Robinson, Harriet: “Hattie Robinson, died June 24, 1892, age 33 years, at Davenport.” (Lincoln Co Auditor’s Death ledger. Certificate on file there.) (Note: a certificate also is on file: “Sarah Robinson, age 64, died Apr 24, 1895, at Rockdale”. Rockdale and Pleasant Valley are both in the vicinity of Edwall.) Lincoln County Probate file #245, brief notes:  “Robinson children: guardianship papers filed by C. F .Robinson, the children of Harriet Robinson: S. M., age 5 yr; Ida, age 3 yrs; and Henry B., age 1 yr.” (To protect the interests of the children in Lincoln County, it was common practice to file for guardianship, as the children would be heirs to their mother’s ½ of the estate.)

Schafer, children of Henry and Christina:  The Bureau of Land Management shows the patent date of May 11, 1891 for 160 acres in the SE ¼ of Sec 22 T 24 R 38 to Henry Schafer. This family is shown on the WA Territorial Census of 1889 as:  Henry Shaffer, 38, b. Germany; Christine, 39, b. Germany; Emma, 7, b. Germany; William, 5, b. WA Terr; Freda, 3, b. WA Terr; and Ella, age 1 yr, b. WA Territory.



Pleasant Valley, Bluestem near Edwall, Lincoln County  Washington,  

submitted to the WAGenweb March 31, 2004,  by Marge Womach

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