Spangle Obituaries & Data Collection

Most submitted items from the late Mary Alice Schieche Warwick.  

Submitted by Marge Womach

 From Hwy 195 going through the town of Spangle, turn right (south) onto Spangle Road.

 Continue up the hill until you come to the cemetery. This Spokane County Cemetery was established about 1894.


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Inkster:  “Charles A Inkster, one of the publishers of the Spangle Record, aged 23 years, died of typhoid fever at the home of his father, Hon. John Inkster of Egypt precinct, this county on Tuesday, ____. His remains were interred the following Thursday. Although the writer never had the pleasure of an actual acquaintance with the deceased we cannot but feel that the press has lost a valuable member. The Herald extends to the bereaved relatives its heartfelt sympathies.” (Sprague Herald: 8-15-1889)  

  Inkster:  “Lawrence Inkster, late editor of the Spangle Record, died at the home of his father in this county and was consigned to his tomb on Tuesday of last week. This is the second son that has been lost to the father and mother within an incredible short space of time. Mr. John Inkster and family have the full sympathy of the Herald in their sad bereavement.” (Sprague Herald-page 3: 3-06-1890)  

  Johnson:  Robert Richard Johnson.—Age 8 years. The home was in Spangle, Wash. He is survived by his parents, Mr and Mrs James C Johnson, and four brothers, Kenneth, Burgess, Gerald and Edwin Johnson, all of Spangle, and a brother, Donald Johnson of Spokane, a grandmother, Mr E A Ogden, and a grandmother, Mrs J H Johnson, both of Spangle; an uncle, E L Sterner of Spokane; uncles an daunts, Mr and Mr A L Johnson of Spangle, Mr and Mrs G Johnson of Everett, Mr and Mrs J Johnson of Portland; uncles, Louis Hilstead of Tacoma, H S Ogden, of Bakersfield, CA; F K Ogden of Chattaroy, Wash, and A Patterson, also of Chattaroy.  The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. form Hennessey & Calloway’s Chapel. Interment Fairmount Cemetery.” (submitted: undated) “Robert Richard Johnson. Died: 18 March 1932, age 7, Spangle, Spokane Co, WA. Father: James C Johnson. Mother: Garnet Ogden. Batch Id #276571.” (WA State Death Records) 

  Keeton:  “Married.  Keeton—Deeds.—May 3, at the residence of the bride, near Spangle, by Rev G E Wilcox of Cheney, David Keeton and Cora L Deeds, both of Spangle.” (NW Tribune: 5-08-1885)

  Keevy:  “Fire Destroys Spangle Home.  Spangle.—Fire of unknown origin destroyed the city property of Martin Keevy on Tuesday evening. The fire spread to the potlatch Lumber company yard but the home fire fighters succeeded in extinguishing the flames. The Keevy home was vacant.” (undated; submitted)

  Lawson:  Christopher Lawson, a pioneer farmer of the Almira district was buried at Spangle where he died at the home of a daughter after having been kicked in the abdomen by a horse a week before. Mr Lawson has been a resident of the Almira country for 25 years.” (Odessa Record: 10-16-1925)

  Mica Mines:  “Work for developing the mica Mines just East of Spangle, will begin next week, and it will not be long till the Salmon River mines and the Coeur d’Alene mining excitement will pale into insignificance compared with the mica boom.  With the present showing, the locators have been offered a big bonus.” (NW Tribune: 6-16-1887)

  Mulroney:  “Born: Mulroney.—Dec 18, at the Ardmoore ranch near Spangle, to the wife of W P Mulroney, a daughter.” (NW Tribune: 1-02-1885)

  Murrell:  “J G (or C) Murrell, MD. Physician and Surgeon. Spangle, W.T. Diseases peculiar to Females a Specialty.” (NW Tribune: 5-09-1884; adv.)

  Norris:  Robert Paul Norris, age 25 years, who died Thursday from typhoid-pneumonia, will be buried Friday from the Mitchell chapel, with the Rev S H Austin officiating. Paul, who was born in St Maries and had his education in the local schools, is survived by his parents, Mr and Mrs R B Norris. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.” (submitted: undated) “Robert Paul Norris. Died: 6 Sept 1933, St Maries, Benewah Co, Idaho. Birth: 7 July 1908. (Idaho Death Index)

  Pittman:  Louise M Pittman.—Her home Spangle, WA. Mother of Wilma L Knuth, Ritzville, WA; Wanita Houston, Tucson, AZ; Jack M Pittman, Colfax, WA; 15 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sister of Mrs Hattie Conley, Mrs Marie Conley, both of Cheney, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. A member of the Lutheran Church , Primrose Rebekah Lodge No. 94, Spangle, WA; Spangle Chapter No. 14 OES; Spangle Grange No. 1063, a resident of this area all of her life. Funeral services Tuesday, Dec 14 at 1 p.m. in the Alwin Chapel of the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home. The Rev Elmer Church officiating. Graveside services Tuesday, Dec 14 at 3 p.m. at the Spangle, WA, Cemetery.” (Spokesman Review: 12-14-1971)

  Reilly:  “Mr and Mrs John Reilly, W1528 Broadway, will hold open house form 3 to 5 Sunday on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. ‘We haven’t sent out any invitations, but we want our old friends of pioneer days to call on us,’ said Mrs Reilly.  The Reillys were married at Rathdrum on July 3, 1882. Both had come to the district in 1877. They homesteaded at Spangle and still own that farm land. Ten children, none of whom are still living, were born at Spangle. These are: Warren, living in Alberta, Canada; John and Ed, St Johns; Owen and Lawrence, Spokane; Mrs Nell Gates, Iowa; Mrs Mary Homad, Pine City, WA; Mrs Rose Conklin, Yardley, and Mrs Helen Rarig, St Paul.  Since the Reillys moved into Spokane about 20 years ago, Mr Reilly has acquired considerable property here, including the Reilly apartments in which they live and the Monroe building at Indiana and Monroe. He is also heavily interested in Big Bend farm lands.” (submitted with writing: “Johnnie Byer’s grandparents”; undated). 

  Reinbold:  “Miss Anna Louise Flaig, Spangle, was married to Alfred Reinbold at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Tuesday evening. Miss Flaig is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Gustave Flaig, Spangle, and Mr Reinbold is the son of Mr and Mrs Jacob Reinbold, N4009 Wall.  The young couple were attended by Miss Minnie Riesau as maid of honor and Miss Dorothy Flaig and Miss Helen Luden, bridesmaids. Charles Reinbold was best man. Ushers were Allen Flaig and Warner Ott…” (excerpt; submitted scrapbook item: undated)

  Robinson:  “Died. Robinson.—Near Spangle, Spokane County, W.T., April 23rd, 1884, Mrs Sarah A Robinson, aged 43 years 5 months and 11 days, wife of James A Robinson. Deceased was from Lane County, Oregon. She has a husband and 7 children to mourn their loss. She was loved by all who knew her; many are the friends who sympathize with Mr R. and his family in their bereavement.” (NW Tribune: 5-02-1884) “Sarah A Robinson. Birth: Nov 12, 1841. Died: April 18, 1884, Spangle Cemetery, Spokane Co, WA. Wife of James A Robinson (1834-1915).”

  Rohweder:  “Funeral services for Mrs Katherine Rohweder, 64, pioneer of Spangle, who died Friday, were held this afternoon in the Smith Funeral Home with the Rev John M Groschupf officiating. Incineration followed.  Honorary pall bearers were: Grant Elledge, Warren Benner, Mr Wallin, I H Jennings, Adolph Nissen, B E Smith, Alfred Heaton, George Angris, Henry Schmidt and Claus Losmussen.” (submitted: undated) “Katherine Rohweder. Died: 19 Aug 1932, age 64, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: Claud Janoen. Mother: Gretchen Royer. Spouse: Ernest Rohweder. Batch Id #276578.” (WA State Death Records)

  Schieche:  “Death’s silent messenger again entered our midst, early Saturday morning, Jun 9, 1923, and called from among us  Franz Schieche, aged 75, venerable and respected resident of this county for many years and a retired resident of this city during the past nine years. Death caused by apoplexy, claimed him at 5 a.m., shortly after the dawn of the new-born day as all nature, which he loved so dearly, roused itself to greet the first bright rays of the morning sun.  Deceased had apparently been enjoying his usual health and was engaged in working in his garden as usual Friday, but the fatal attack came suddenly and without warning and death ensued before medical aid, which had been summoned, could reach him.  Franz Schieche was born in Dobin, Pommern, Germany, on Sept 22, 1847, where he spent his early  life.  He was employed in a button factory there as a young man, coming to America in 1874 and settling in this county. He was employed as a farm laborer during his early years here, being united in marriage with Sophia Flaig in 1877. He then homesteaded a tract of land in the town of Lincoln Which was the family home until Mr and Mrs Schieche moved to this city nine years ago to spend their remaining years in retirement. Deceased gained a wide acquaintance during the many years of his residence in the town of Lincoln, serving as a public official in the capacity of town assessor, an office which he filled faithfully and well for twenty years. He was always fond of music and took an active interest in the singing societies of the town of Alma and this city, being a member of each organization during his life. Since coming to this city he devoted much of his time to his family… to his labors, his flower garden especially rewarding his efforts with an abundance and profusion of blossoms that ever arrested the eyes of the flower lovers. Deceased leaves, besides his sorrowing widow, seven children as follows: Frank of Rosalia, WA; Mrs Geo Salwey, of town of Lincoln; Joseph, of St Maries, Idaho; William of Spangle; Mrs Emil Loesel, and Albert, of the town of Lincoln; and Mrs John Gleiter, of the town of Alma.  The funeral was held from the home in this city Tuesday afternoon, Rev Berkenkamp conducting the services, and interment was made in the local cemetery. Several songs were rendered by a chorus of male voices, also former members of the singing societies. A large number of friends and old neighbors attended the last sad rites and paid their respects to the memory of the departed.” (undated, submitted item)

  Schieche:  “Hazel Schieche. Died: 6-24-1994, Spokane, WA. Last residence: 99206. Birth: 12-31-1893.” (SS Death Index) 

  Schieche:  “Joseph Schieche.  Died: May 1963. Birth: 12-23-1883.” (SS Death Index)

  Schieche:  “Joseph W Schieche. Died: 23 Jan 1949, age 23, Camp McDonald, Lewis Co, WA.  Father: Joseph Schieche. Mother: Hazel Hubbard. Batch Id #277833.” (WA State Death Index)

  Schieche:  “Spangle Sees June Weddings. Spangle, June 10.—Mrs Naomi Grunewald gave a miscellaneous shower Monday afternoon in honor of Mrs Don Warwick, formerly Miss Mary Alice Schieche, a recent bride. The shower was given at the Christian church. Decorations were spring flowers. A short program was given for entertainment:  Mrs Mowery of Spokane, a piano solo; Miss Marie Watson, Mrs Norton Jennings and Mrs Alfred Fogelstrom, songs; Miss Betty Mowery and Mrs Warwick, readings; and a short playlet by Mrs Clarence Hall, Mrs Alfred Fogelstrom, Mrs Jack Cooney, Mrs Norton Jennings, Mrs Charles Kutscher and Mrs Lulu Smith.  Mrs Warwick is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Joe Schieche. She is a graduate of Spangle high school and is now conducting a beauty parlor at Harrington, where her husband is in business.” (undated, submitted item) “Donivan Warwick, groom. Mary Alice Schieche, bride. License Date: Feb 17, 1936, Grant Co Auditor. Marriage: 11 a.m. Feb 17, 1936, Grant Co, WA. Witnesses: Viola S Wilson, George Knapp Jr. Officiant: C G Jeffers, Judge of the Superior Court, Ephrata, WA. Files Feb 17, 1936 by P A Staley, County Clerk, by Blendena Slack, Deputy.” (details on Marriage Certificate: #1272)

  Seivers:  “Stolen from near Spangle, W. T., May 28th, two mares; one is a black mare 15 to 16 hands high, right eye out and branded on left shoulder with a diamond and on the left hip with a diamond and a figure 6. The other is a bay mare, 15 to 16 hands high, branded on the left shoulder with what looks to be a Y with a half circle at each extremity; weight about 1,000 pounds. Fifty dollars will be paid for the recovery of the mares and fifty dollars will be given for the capture and conviction of the thieves. Jocheim Seivers. (NW Tribune: 6-15-1883; alternate spelling Sievers)

  Spangle:  “Notice for Publication. Henry Spangle. Land Office at Spokane Falls, W.T…”  (NW Tribune: Oct 1884 excerpt)

  Spangle:  Mrs Edward Spangle, wife of a Tipso farmer, died at Wilbur Wednesday of sleeping sickness. The trouble first was thought to be the effects of grief over the death of her mother and a physician was not called until 12 days ago. She is survived by her husband and several small children.” (Odessa Record: 2-05-1926) “Marion Spangle. Died: 3 Feb 1926, Wilbur, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Columbus Lawson. Spouse: Ed Spangle. Batch Id #311198.” (WA State Death Records) “License Date: June 12, 1917. Marriage: June 12, 1917, at Davenport, Lincoln Co, WA. Groom: Edward Spangle of Lincoln Co; Bride: Marian Lawson of Lincoln Co, WA. Officiant: C C Gibson, Minister of the Gospel.  Witnesses: J H Spangle, Mary A Gibson.”  (details from Certificate of Marriage: U-2372; Lincoln Co Auditor)

  Spangle ME Church:  “Articles of incorporation were yesterday filed in the auditor’s office by the Financial Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Spangle. The object of the company is to acquire, sell, hold, and convey both personal and real property, for the benefit of the church. The incorporators are A J Harris, W W Henry and N A Hulbert.” (Spokesman: 8-21-1891) 

  Spangle News Column:  “Spangle.  Spangle is to have an IOOF lodge. ** Roads in splendid condition for travel since the rain.** Born, June 3rd, to the wife of Wm Hill, near Spangle, a daughter.  ** The internal revenue collector, R H Todd, paid our town an official visit this week. He made no arrests, consequently our merchants are on the square. ** The public school of Spangle is entirely too large for one teacher, there being enrolled about 90 scholars.** A handsome soda fount will be placed in the drug store in a few days, when the thirsty can drink of the ice cold soda water, pure and delicious.** An unusual number of immigrants have passed over the S & P during the week seeking locations, many of them to buy farms.** W S Cagle was made happy last week by the safe arrival of his family from South Carolina. They were delayed several days by the blockade in Montana.** Mrs G W Keeton has been dangerously ill for the past few days, but under the treatment of Dr J W Johnson, of Cheney, she is now considered out of danger.” (NW Tribune: 6-16-1887) 

  Spangle School:  “School Report.  Of the Freedom School, in District No. 5: for the quarter, ending July 10, 1885. All pupils who have attained an average of 80 per cent, and upwards, in attendance, scholarship and deportment, are entitled to have their names placed on the roll of honor. Mary Rasmussen, Josie Deeds, Minnie Hickman, Luch Fellows, Charles Sires, Minnie Hill, Emma Fellows, Joseph Sires, Ella Hill, Donald Bell, George Dill, Walter Deeds, Laura Dill, Esther Hill, Stephen Fellows, Lizzie Dill, Lela Hill, Melvin Fellows, Dharles Deeds. L M Sanders, Teacher. Spangle, W.T. July 11, 1885.” (NW Tribune: 7-17-1885)

  Spangle School:  “Spangle School Report.  Spangle district school began Oct 12, 1885 with 28 pupils, but was soon augmented to an enrollment of 59. The first six weeks ended Nov the 20th, with a written examination of the higher classes. The following list gives names of pupils in said classes, also their per cent, in each study. A few, as the blanks will show, could not be present during all the examinations. Clarance Fiffin, Ella Sanders, Maggie Sanders, Ella Downing, Freddie Fisher, Louisa Calavan, Garnet Grant, Adelia Clark, Martha Downing, Jacob Hoke, George Steel, I Stiffler. The daily Average 44. Those who have not missed a day since school began are: Wilber McForlin, Lewis Green, Ida Calavan, Katie McFarlin, Author Gurard, Oliver Headly, Louisa Calavan, Jesse Green, Garret Grant, Freddie Fisher, Clarance Tifflin, Daisy Grant, Filbert Tiffin. H H Warner, Teacher, Spangle, W.T., Nov 24, 1985.” (Statistics deleted; NW Tribune: 12-03-1885)

  Spangle School:  “Spangle School Report. Spangle, W.T., Dec 25, 1882. Following are the names of scholars attending the Spangle school whose deportment has been good during the month of December, 1882: Boys: Grant Elledge, George Elledge, Clarence Tiffin, Harry Hinton, Charles Sanders, Frank Gildea, Arthur Lewis, Oliver Gildea, Goodin Wright. Girls: Ida Davis, Ella Grant, Minnie Matchett, Maggie Maxon, Sarah Blakeley, Susie Hinton, Maudy Frick, Susie Blakely, Gertie Grant, Effie Davis, Daisy Grant, Della McMichael, Ella Sanders, Iva Stiffler, Ossaphena Lewis, Carrie Sanders.  Whole number of pupils enrolled during term: 64. Boys: 32. Girls: 32. Daily average for the months of Nov and Dec: 45. Month of Oct: 34.  C C Gibson, Teacher.” (NW Tribune: 1-05-1883)

  Stancil:  “Shot in Stomach, Idaho Boy Dies.  St Maries, Idaho, July 6.—Bert Stancil, 14, died Monday at the St Maries hospital following the accidental discharge of a shotgun Sunday evening. Bert and his younger brother had gone after the cows and had persuaded their father to let them take the shot gun with them. They had returned and were in the yard near the house when the father, who was in the barn, heard a shot and rushed out to find the boy shot through the abdomen. He was rushed to the hospital where an operation was performed from which he did not rally. He is survived by his parents, a brother, age 9, and a sister, 4 years old. Burial was at Medical Lake today. This is the third shooting to take place on this farm, which is about five miles south of Fernwood, Idaho, on the St Maries River. The original owner, Mr Olson, was shot and killed in 1900 in an argument over a dog. In the fall of 1915 Oscar Olson, a son, was murdered in his home on the ranch and the body buried in the woodshed and was not found until early spring. His murderer, thought to be a farm hand, was never found.” (undated, submitted)

  Sweet:  “Death is Shock—Led Schools at Spangle and Ritzville. Edmund H Sweet, 51, for the last six years superintendent of schools at Spangle, died Saturday night at the Deaconess hospital of pneumonia, contracted two weeks ago when he suffered a severe chill. His death was a shock to many in educational circles here, including County Superintendent of Schools James a Burke, who believed he would recover.  Mr Sweet had been in good health and was not worried about his condition, believing it was a common cold that would clear itself up. As he grew worse he was moved to the hospital eight days ago.  Prior to becoming superintendent at Spangle, Mr Sweet had been principal of the high school at Ritzville for six years. He was a former president of the Spokane County Education Association, was a graduate of the University of South Dakota, studied law but did not practice, becoming affiliated with government schools in Arizona. He is survived by his widow, Bernadine Browder Sweet, and an infant daughter, Constance Olive, and his mother, Mrs Julia Sweet, at the home; a sister, Mrs William Schmidt of Sioux Falls, SD, and a brother, Oliver E, of Washington DC. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Smith Funeral Home, Dean Charles E McAllister of the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist officiating.” (submitted; undated) “Edward H Sweet. Died: 23 Nov 1935, age 51, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: Edmond Sweet. Mother: Julie Harris. Batch Id #276659.” (WA State Death Records)

  Sweet:  Edmund F Sweet, head, 51, WI, married.  Julia A Sweet, 49, Canada.  Oliver E Sweet, 17; Edmund H Sweet, 15, Colorado; Julia M Sweet, 13.” (Details from 1900 Township 97, Hutchinson Co, SD Census) “License: Aug 27, 1927. Groom: Edmund H Sweet. 1st marriage, Residence: Ritzville, WA. Birthplace: Colorado. Occupation: School teacher. Father: Edmund T Sweet. Mother: Julia Harris. Bride: Bernardine Browden. !st marriage. Residence: Colfax. Birthplace: Colfax. Father: Chas. O Browden. Mother: Mary M McCrosker. Marriage: Aug 28, 1927, Colfax, Wash.  Officiant: (illegible), Clerk in Holy Order. Witnesses: B P McCroskey, Alma S Cadwell.” (Marriage Return #8277)

  Warwick:  Donivan E Warwick—Passed away Nov 12, 1989 at Davenport, WA. His home, Harrington, WA. Survived by his wife, Mary Alice Warwick, at the home; two sons, Donald E Warwick, Moscow, ID, George R (Rusty) Warwick and his wife Vicki, Davenport, WA; two daughters, Karla Novotney and her husband Bill, Harrington, WA, Karyn Jo Lee, Davenport, WA; 10 grandchildren. Memorial service Nov 16, 1989 at Strate's Funeral Home, Davenport, WA. (details from Spokesman)

  Warwick:  “Mary Alice Warwick.—Entered into rest on Friday, March 17, 2006 in Davenport, WA; her home was Harrington, WA. She was a member of the Harrington United Methodist Church and of the Order of Eastern Star Davenport Chapter #131. She was the City Clerk in Harrington from 1967-1979 and City Treasurer from 1980 until her death. She had just been re-elected in 2005 to serve a four-year term. She is survived by two sons, Donald E Warwick and Claudia of Syringa, ID; George R (Rusty) Warwick of Davenport, WA; two daughters, Karla Ann Novotney and Bill of Harrington, WA; and Karyn Jo Lee of Davenport, WA; 10 grandchildren: Martha Jo Sells, Melissa Ann Schafer, Susan Lee Aldridge, Debra Alice Bruce, Kristan Anna Warwick, Troy Jay Warwick, Traci Dawn Good, Christopher Craig Warwick, Brian Russell Warwick and Taylor Donald Warwick; 9 great grandchildren; 3 brothers: Claude and Wilma Schieche of Tempe, AZ; George Schieche of Bayview, ID; and Bill Schieche and Lorna of Spangle, WA; 3 sisters: Viola Sweet of Puyallup, WA; Jamie and Jay Bingham of Spokane, WA; and Anna and Ted Orwiler of Spokane, WA; numerous nieces and nephews including Lanny Bakken of Spokane, WA, and many friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Donivan Warwick, 1989, her parents, Joseph and Hazel (Hubbard) Schieche, one brother, Joe, during WW II and daughter-in-law, Diana Warwick in 1986. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Harrington United Methodist Church with Pastor Cynthia Wuts officiating. Concluding services and vault interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Harrington, WA. Services directed by Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, WA.” (Spokesman: 3-18-2006; photos in original)


 Submitted by Marge Womach to the Lincoln County


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