Sprague burials elsewhere



                                                    Submitted by Marge Womach


Now we know that they are in some cemetery, somewhere........ These are the obits that are left over, not to my knowledge buried in Maccabee or Lakeview or Sprague Catholic and probably not in Edwall either, but did not specifically check, will likely do that when I update......Many of them are burials at Lamont, Gresham, Spokane, Etc.

So mostly it is names familiar to or previous residents of Sprague vicinity that were buried elsewhere or family attending funerals..... Sprague is situated in such a place as to have residents with farms/family over the county line in Adams Co, Spokane Co and Whitman Co.

           If YOU have any information on any of these people, please contact Marge or the Lincoln County Co-ordinator.



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Allen, H. C.: “H. C. Allen, born: Ohio. Order date: 5-04-1919. Physician: Dr D. M. Strang of Sprague. Cause of death: acute dilation of heart. Death: May 4, 1919. Body shipped to Smith & Co, Spokane. Interment: Post Falls.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Allison, Robert: “Robert Allison, 69, of Sprague, was committed to the Eastern State Hospital for the insane at Medical Lake by order of the superior court, July 24th.” (Citizen: 8-01-1930)


Anderson, Alfred:  “A coroner’s inquest, in which voluminous testimony was taken as to the cause of the death of Alfred Anderson, the fireman who lost his life in the collision at the stock yards, was held last week. The testimony elicited that blame could attach to no one, a dense fog existing at the time of the collision and the train with which the switch engine collided being a special, its advance into the yard being unknown to Engineer Moore, of the yard engine.”  (Sprague Herald: 3-13-1890)


Anderson, Andrew: " Andrew Anderson who for many years was section foreman on the N. P. here died at Spokane November 27 of pneumonia.  About three years ago he retired and went to Spokane to live.  He was about 80 years old according to some of his friends here and lived at Sprague for about 15 years.  He had the faculty of saving his earning and had accumulated something over $4000 all of which he bequeathed by will to the Salvation Army.  The will was made last July.  He had no relatives in this part of the country as far as known. 

  ( Sprague Advocate, Dec 01, 1921) Submitted by Barbara Curtis


Arthur, S. T.: “S. T. Arthur, husband of Nettie Marsh formerly of Sprague, who was scalded in a wreck on the Oregon Trunk railway near The Dalles on Monday died on Tuesday. Mr. Arthur was a hotel man having been proprietor or the Railroad House, Arlington, Grand, Spokane and the Arthur in Spokane besides several others in California and at the time of his death he was running the Buena Vista apartments in Seattle. He leaves a wife, a son, and a daughter besides five sisters and three brothers. The body was taken to Seattle for burial.” (Sprague Advocate: 7-14-1911)


Barlow, Raymond:  “Raymond Barlow, son of W. G. and Agnes Barlow of Colbert, WA. Birth: Lamont, WA on Mar 23, 1910; Died: Feb 18, 1923. Funeral: Feb 21, 1923 at Chatteroy, WA. Physician: Dr Baker, coroner, of Spokane. Cause of death: croup. Student, single, Protestant, Aged: 12 yr 10 mo 23 days. Father: Wm G. Barlow born Canada; Mother: Agnes born Sweden. Body to be shipped to Chatteroy, WA. Interment at Chattaroy.” (Sprague Funeral ledger)


Barnes, Wm J.:  “News has been received in Sprague of the death of Wm J. Barnes of Boston, as a result of an accident in a garage. Barnes formerly resided in Sprague.”


Barret, Peter:  “On Saturday afternoon, April 26, Peter Barret of Sprague dropped dead from heart failure on the side walk outside of Williams Drug Store. He was an old veteran, having served through the Civil War in the navy. He was highly respected and leaves a wife, three sons, and two daughters, all grown, who live in Spokane .” (Citizen: 5-02-1902)


Barrett, John J.:  About ten o'clock last Friday forenoon Mr. John J. Barrett breathed his last at the home of his parents in this city. . Deceased had been a long and patient sufferer.  About two years ago he underwent an operation at Tacoma during which one of his kidneys was removed.  For a time he rallied and it was thought that he would recover his full strength and vigor.  Last summer, however, he again had to submit to the surgeon's knife and still without the relief hoped for.  The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon.  John J. Barrett was born at Alfred, Maine, on the 4th of May 1868.  He was a brother of Mrs. T. M. Cooper and leaves to mourn his untimely taking off, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Barrett, two sisters and several brothers.  He was an exemplary young man with an unblemished character.   (Sprague Herald, Mar 28, 1894)Submitted by Barbara Curtis.

Barry, Mary Elizabeth Beanett: “...the house were the little daughters, the eldest of whom gave to her mother the last care that she received from any hands. While Mrs. Barry had suffered form some slight indisposition the day previous to her death, there was nothing to give warning of a fatal outcome. Pain of a neuralgic character made it impossible for her to sleep and she sat up until 11 o’clock or later on Tuesday evening reading. After that she retired and her daughter watched by her bedside in order to render such services as might be needed. At about 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, she was suddenly seized by a sharp pain and attempted to rise but expired after a very brief struggle. A physician was called but life had fled.  Mrs. Barry’s maiden name was Mary Elizabeth Beanett. She was born in Valparaiso, where her mother still resides. She was married at Valparaiso, in 1903, to J. C. Barry. The earlier years of their married life were passed at Auburn, Iowa. Later they lived in Sprague, WA, before coming to Carroll in 1912. Mrs. Barry was a valued member of St Joseph’s Catholic church and of the Daughters of Isabella, also of the Commercial Travelers Ladies.  She was a lady of rare qualities of heart and mind, faithful to all the duties of life in church, her home and the social circles in which she moved. In each of these her death will be sincerely mourned by those who have shared in her work and her interests. The funeral was held at St Joseph’s church Friday morning at 9 o’clock. The following from out of town were present: Dr Barry; Mrs. Howard, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Brenner, and Mrs. Behrens, all of Auburn, Iowa; Misses Jones and Belle Barry, of Tagus, ND, Mrs. W. A. Roberts, of Omaha and Mrs. Irwin of Chicago. Her aged mother was unable to undertake the long trip from her Indiana home to attend the funeral.—Carroll, Iowa, Times, Feb 25, 1915. J. C. Barry, it will be remembered, was manager of the Potlatch Lumber Co and also in the real estate business here for some time. the family left here about three years ago.” (a Sprague paper, March 1915, excerpt)


Baugh, Ben:  “Ben Baugh, a pioneer of the Sprague region, died at Mt Vernon, June 17, (1934).” (Dav. Times-Trib: 6-05-1934) 


Betz, John: “Wm Betz, who resides a short distance from Tyler, received word that his father, John Betz, who resides in Cheney died Tuesday, Feb 24, of old age. He was laid to rest in Cheney cemetery Thursday.” (Sprague Advocate: 2-27-1914)


Biernback:  “The funeral for Mrs Helen Biernback, 50, who died Saturday in a Spokane hospital, was held on Monday afternoon. Mrs Biernback was the daughter of the late Mrs S A Fulquartz, Sprague pioneer, and married Henry Biernback two months ago. She leaves a daughter, Miss Mary Strong, a student at the College of Education at Cheney.” (Odessa Record: 4-22-1937)  

Bittner, Mary L.: “Mary L Bittner. Order June 2, 1926. Residence: Sprague. Wife of Dr J. E. Bittner. Order by husband & son. Funeral: June 6, 1929 at Catholic Church with Father Buckley. Death: June 2, 1926. Housewife, married, Catholic. Interment: Fairmount Cemetery, Spokane.”


Bonham, Calvin R.: “Calvin R. Bonham, died at his home near Sprague last week. He was one of the pioneer blacksmiths of the early days of Sprague.” (scrapbook-7-21-1911)

Passing of a Pioneer The Sprague Advocate, July 07, 1911   C. R. Bonham a resident of the Shiloh district and one the old timers of the Sprague country died June 28.  A wife and son and two sisters survive him.  The funeral was held Wednesday from the home at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Snyder of the M. D. Church of Cheney officiating.  Burial was held at the Lance Hills cemetery.  Mr. Bonham was 67 years old and came to the Sprague country 25 years ago.The Sprague Advocate, July 14, 1911.  Calvin R. Bonham was born in Grant County, Wis., on Jan. 20, 1844 and came to Oregon by way of San Francisco in 1870.  He worked at his trade blacksmithing at Canyon City, Oregon, where he became acquainted with the late Hugh McQuaid.   In 1872 he was married to Mrs. Sophrona Blackerby who died in 1873; one child a son was born to them who died at the age of seven years.  In 1877 he was married to Miss Anna Mires, one child was born to them and he was married and lived on the home place with his parents.  In March 1885 he come to Sprague where he engaged in the Blacksmithing business working four years in the railroad shops at Sprague.  he was also in the government's employ for four years blacksmithing.  He then settled on his farm where he resided until his death. Besides his wife and son he leaves two sisters and one brother.  Mrs. E. J. Utt of Hartline, Wash., Mrs. R. G. Brooks, of Hopkinton, Iowa, and Carlos Bonham of Canyon City, Ore.  He was laid to rest in the Lance Hills cemetery on Jul 5, 1911.   The funeral was preached by Rev. Wyatt of the Congregational church of Cheney and Mr. George Stapish of Hartline, Wash., a nephew of Mr. Bonham conducted the undertaking part of the funeral.  The pall bearers were Adam Scroggie, John Garner, E. E. Owen, Frank Louthan, J. M. Mason and Oscar Phillips.   Relatives and friends brought many beautiful flowers as tokens of love and respect for the departed loved one.    ( Sprague Advocate) Barbara Curtis


Brace, Mrs. Harvey:  “The wife of Mr. Harvey Brace died at Steilacom. She went there last spring when she went insane.” (Sprague Herald: 10-22-1890)


Bradley, Joseph:  “Joseph Bradley, one of the old time NP conductors who used to make Sprague his headquarters, died in the company hospital at Missoula Monday. He was a member of Sprague Lodge No 40, F & AM.” (Sprague Times: 5-08-1903)


Brand, Thos:  “Thos Brand's funeral at Spokane last Sunday was largely attended, not only by the members of the lodges to which he belonged, but also by large numbers from the railway organizations. Some magnificent floral offerings from the lodges and various railway orders were in evidence. The funeral services were conducted under the auspices of the Masonic order. Those who attended from Sprague follows: J. H. Linder, Fred Stips, Jack Potts, Jack Lucas, Sam Thorsland, W. T. Parker, R. S. Rockwell, J. W. Shearer, J. F. Hall, A. L. Smalley, I. M. King, Ed Wilson, J. D. Roberts, C. L. Dutcher, Slim Wilcox, Thos Flaherty, Jas McDonald, C. D. Bussong, Jake Smith, Jack McElroy, T _ Trewick, W. A. Buckley, Robt Potts, Axel Anderson and John Meade.” (Sprague Independent Times: 12-14-1906)


Bressler, Harry:  “W. A. Buckley of Sprague has petitioned for letters of administration of the estate of Harry Bressler, who died May 28th, 1923. The estate consists of about $300 personal property. Mr. Buckley’s petition will be heard Tuesday, June 19, 1923.” (Odessa Record: 6-15-1923)


Brislawn, Michael T:  “Michael T Brislawn.—Passed away May 10 at a local hospital. His home W 3007 Dean. A former resident of Sprague, WA, and a member of the Crab Creek Grange and the Holy Name society of St Joseph’s parish. Survived by his wife, Bessie W Brislawn, at the home; one son, Edward J Brislawn of White Salmon, WA; 3 daughters, Mrs Dorothy Amend, Milwaukie, OR; Mrs Elizabeth C Gaffney, Sprague, WA; and Mrs Margaret M Joyer of Sitka, Alaska; 2 brothers, John H Brislawn, Spokane; and Lewis I Brislawn, of Seattle, WA; 3 sisters, Miss Margaret Brislawn, Pullman, WA; Mrs Molly Davies, Spokane; and Mrs Anatasia Hanford, of Oakesdale, WA; 12 grandchildren. The funeral arrangements are in care of the Hennessey Funeral Home, Division St , Spokane .” (Spokesman Review: undated scrapbook) “Michael Thomas Brislawn. Died: 10 May 1953, age 74, Spokane , WA . Father: Matthew Brislawn. Mother: Mary Cavanaugh. Batch id # 317842.” (WA State Death Records)


Brown, Fred:  “The trial of Peter Serrino for the shooting of Fred Brown was billed to come off at Davenport Wednesday. Among the witnesses who went over from here were J. F. Hall, W. O. Shawgo, Chas Bosley, J. W. Foster, C. E. Sanborn, Fred Brown, Henry Frey, Dr Bittner, George Thompson and others.” (Sprague Times: 3-20-1903)


Bryan, W. J.: “Devoted Wife of W. J. Bryan. Mrs. William Jennings Bryan. Mrs. Bryan, widow of the great ‘commoner’, is bearing with fortitude the sudden death of her distinguished husband.” (photo and caption in July 27, 1925, Spokesman Review.)


Buckley, Mrs. W. A.:  “After a wedded life of only 24 days, Postmaster W. A. Bickley of Sprague was, on the 27ty of March, called upon to attend at the bier and see his bride placed beneath the sod. All business houses in the city were closed during the funeral. (Citizen: 4-08-1910, unnamed)


Buff, Charles: Fort Steilacom, WA. Aug 14, 1890.  Hon. Jackson Brock.  Dear Sir.-I hereby notify you of the death from suicide by drowning on Aug 1, 1890 of Chas Buff, who was admitted from your county on June 1, 1890.  -Jno W. Waughop, MD.  Davenport, WA.  Mr. Buff was sent from Sprague.  He was the man who did the shooting on the street in June last He is a nephew of ex-probate judge Chandler of this county and was 29 years old. ( notes from Sprague Herald, Aug 20, 1890) 


Burroughs, (Fireman): “Monday evening last a number of NP engineers, together with other friends, congregated at the residence of the late Engineer Melcher to pay a last tribute to his remains before shipment East. Mrs. Pennington, Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Blunt, Mrs. Thomas Block and Mrs. Dr Putman, were present. Rev Dr Koontz officiated, and paid a most beautiful tribute in language which carried a deep impression to the hearts of all present. Even the eyes of the sturdy men of the throttle moistened into tears as the pathetic words fell from the lips of the Reverend gentleman. Upon the conclusion of these services, and upon the suggestion of Rev Koontz, the party made their way to the residence of the late Fireman Burroughs, where they took a long and lasting farewell of what was left earthly of this unfortunate man. The ladies have been generally kind in administering consolation to the grief stricken families of Engineer Melcher and Fireman Burroughs.” (Sprague Herald: 1-16-1890)


Bussong, Mrs. Chas:   “Mrs. Chas Bussong of Spokane, formerly of Sprague, died in that city on Tuesday evening after an operation for gall stones and cancer of the liver. The funeral will be held some time today.” (a Sprague paper: 4-25-1913)


Bussong, Margaret D.:  Mrs. Margaret D. Bussong, wife of C. D. Bussong, former residents of Sprague, died in Spokane Tuesday of last week and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery on Friday.  Rev J Edwards of Sprague preached the funeral at the Odd Fellows Temple. Mrs. Bussong was 39 years old and a member of the Eastern Star Lodge of Sprague and the Rebekah and Pythian Sisters lodges of Spokane. She is survived by her husband, mother, three brothers and five sisters. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Shearer and F. H. McCroskey attended the funeral.” (Sprague Advocate: 5-02-1913)


Butzow, Rudolph:  “Rudolph Butzow of Wilbur, a stenographer for M. E. and E. T. Hay, was drowned Sunday afternoon while skating on a lake about 7 miles from Wilbur. The body was recovered in about 15 feet of water.” (Sprague Times: 12-11-1903)


Caldwell, Ed:  "Word was received here Wednesday morning of the death of Ed. Caldwell art Seattle on Wednesday following and operation for appendicitis. The initial operation appeared to be successful but it became necessary to reopen the wound and death followed.  Mr. Caldwell was formerly engaged in business here being in partnership with Geo. Ells.  He removed to Seattle about three yeas ago.  His parents and brother Harve now live at Bluestem.  Mrs. Wm. Newell a sister and Mrs. Wesley Marsh the mother of the wife of the deceased departed for Seattle Thursday morning to attend the funeral" ( Sprague Advocate Aug 19, 1910) Submitted by Barbara Curtis

Cameron, Grover:  “The youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Cameron died Tuesday of last week and was buried in Cheney.” and “Mr. Cameron’s baby that has been so sick died Nov 12, in Cheney.” (Sprague Advocate: 11-21-1913)


Campbell, Arthur:  “Word has been received that Arthur Campbell, son of Jess Campbell, formerly of Sprague, was killed in action and went down with his ship sometime the first of November. Public announcement of his death was not given out until recently because his ship was one of those lost at the same time the Wasp and Hornet were sunk in the southern Pacific. Campbell was born Nov 20, 1921, near Sprague. He attended Sprague high school and then moved to Davenport, where he worked for Mr. and Mrs. Chris Stormo. He enlisted in the navy in February of last year. His sister, Betty Campbell, lives in Davenport.” (DT & T: 2-18-1943; text includes photo)


Campbell, James A.: “The death of James A. Campbell, NP station agent at Thrall Thursday night while going from town to his work on a speeder, brought deep regret to many who knew him and he will be especially missed by all who have had business with his office, for he was uniformly courteous and obliging. It may never be known why he remained on the track until struck, as he was familiar with the run and the time schedules of trains, but it is believed the passage of a troop train within 10 minutes of the passenger led to his error.  A great deal of sympathy goes to his wife and five daughters and son in their bereavement. The body was sent to Sprague for burial.” (Ellensburg Capital: 5-20-1918)


Campbell, Thomas:  “Mr. Thomas Campbell died recently at his home in LaClede, Idaho. The deceased was a former resident of Sprague. At the time of his death he was about 90 years of age.” (LCT: 5-18-1906)


Carey, Martha M.:  “Mrs. Martha M Carey, wife of Thos Benton Carey, an old time resident of Sprague, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Calevan, at Pacific City, WA, on July 6. The funeral was held on July 9 and burial was made at Scio, Oregon, beside the husband who preceded her in death some 20 years. Grandma Carey, as she was called, was born in February 1838, being over 74 years old. She was a native of Missouri, crossing the plains in 1852 behind an ox team, and settling in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The family came to the Sprague country over 30 years ago. They resided on the M. Gaffney farm, now occupied by Henry Schirr for, about 20 years, being remembered by many of the pioneers. Since she left Sprague she has lived with her children. The surviving children are: Frank Carey, of North Yakima; Mrs. Anna Calevan, of Pacific City; and Emanuel Carey, of Nez Perce, ID. Besides these there are 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was an active member of the Baptist Church and held in high esteem by all who knew her.” (Sprague Advocate: 7-19-1912)


Carrol, Douglas:  “A stranger about 40 years of age was run down and killed by a west bound Northern Pacific passenger train at Kline, six miles east of Sprague, Thursday morning. Coroner O. L. Adams was called and learned from papers found on his clothing that his name was Douglas Carrol; that he had served through the Spanish American war, doing service in the Philippines and that he belonged to the railroad switchmen’s union. He had evidently come from Kalispell, MT, as several letters were found addressed to Douglas Carrol, and postmarked at Kalispell, MT, it is also believed that he is a native of Arkansas.” (Sprague Adv.: 7-25-1912)


Casselman, Cassie/Carrie A.:  “Record of Funeral: Cassie A. Casselman. Born: MN. Order Aug 4, 1915. Funeral: Aug 4 at W. A. Buckley residence. Rev Randall. Death: Aug 3, 1915 at Sprague. Physician: Dr Strang of Sprague. Cause of death: carcinoma of uterus. Teacher, single, Protestant. Aged: 32 yrs 4 mos 19 days. Birth: Mar 14, 1883. Father: W. E. Casselman born Ada, MN; Mother: Loma Bullock, born WI.  Interment: Ada, MN cemetery.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Chandler, John: “John Chandler, a former publisher of this paper, but who had for a number of years lived at Orofino, Idaho, died at his home there last week. Mr. Chandler was one of the California ‘49ers, and after coming to the far west resided in that state, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. He was a pioneer citizen of Sprague and was engaged in the newspaper  business in this city for a number of years, and is well remembered by many of the older citizens of the city. He left a family of ten children, all grown and living at various points, among them being J. D. Chandler of Farmington and H. H. Chandler of Ritzville. He was 83 years of age at the time of his death.” (Sprague Advocate: 9-18-1914)


Chennoweth, Wm:  “Golay Lake, near Fern Hill, a suburb of Tacoma, was the scene of a sad accident last Saturday when Willie Chenoweth, the 12-year old son of Dr and Mrs. W. S. Chennoweth, former residents of Sprague, met his death by drowning while out rowing in its waters. In company with four other lads of about the same age, Willie was rowing across the lake, when the boat, a frail and leaky craft, begun to sink. In their panic the other boys who were all able to swim, jumped in the water and swam ashore leaving Willie to his fate and he was drowned within a short distance of the land. The boy’s body was recovered shortly after the accident occurred but all efforts to restore life was in vain. The funeral was held at the Chennoweth home at Fern Hill on Sunday.  Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Chennoweth of this city left on the morning train Saturday to be present at the last sad rites. Ray, who has just recently left the hospital here, having barely recovered from a severe illness, was not allowed to attend, his physicians fearing a relapse. The sympathy of a host of friends and neighbors in Sprague is extended to Dr and Mrs. Chennoweth and family in their sad bereavement.” (Sprague Advocate: June 11, 1909)


Churchill, Loyal M.:  “Record of Funeral: Loyal Marquaise Churchill. Born: WI. Son of L. M. Churchill. Charge to Mrs. Ruth Churchill of Sprague. Funeral: June 21, 1920 at Pine City. Residence: Sprague, WA. Physician: Dr J. E. Bittner. of Sprague. Death: June 18, 1920. Cause: Diabetes mellitis. Birth: Sept 12, 1892. Farm laborer. Married. Protestant. Aged: 27 years 9 mos 5 days. Father: L. M. Churchill born MI; Mother: Sarah Vaughn born IL. Body to be shipped to Pine City. Interment at Pine City Cemetery.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Clark, Henry Lewis:  “Card of Thanks. We desire to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who were so kind and helpful to us during the illness and death of our beloved child, Henry Lewis Clark.—Mr. and Mrs. Harry Clark.” (Sprague Times: 2-16-1906; see Maccabee Cemetery)


Cody, Claude S.: "Funeral services for Claude Sprague Cody, said to be the first white child born at Sprague, were held at Keller Sunday. Mr. Cody’s father was an outstanding character of pioneer days, being the first sheriff of Lincoln County. He led 180 men in a spectacular seizure of the county’s books from Davenport in 1884, after the county seat had been voted to Sprague. Claude S Cody had been an invalid for several years. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. A. R. Thorp, Edwall, and Mrs. A. R. Parker, Pullman." (Davenport Times-Tribune: 2-12-1925)


Coleman, Thomas:  “Mr. Thomas Coleman, of Sprague, died at Spokane on Monday morning. Deceased had been sick several weeks. He was 55 years old and leaves to mourn his loss a wife and four children, one son and three daughters.” (scrapbook: 7-31-1896)


Collins, Pat: (Tragedy at Tekoa in Sprague Advocate, 8-30-1912)


Colyar, Charles: " Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Jerue Funeral home for Charles H. Colyar, 81, of Spokane, uncle of B. F. Colyar of Cheney.  He was a resident of the Sprague district for many years.  Surviving are his wife at the home and two daughters, Mrs. Cora Collins of Reardan and Mrs. Eva Connelly of Yakima.  Mr. Colyar came in 1902 to Sprague from Baxter, Iowa, later homesteading north of Keller in Ferry county.  He has been living about four miles west of Spokane for several years. (Cheney Free Press, Jan 12, 1940) Submitted by Barbara Curtis


Connor, Joseph:  Record of Funeral: Joseph Connor. Funeral: June 11, 1925. Place of death: near Pifer Siding. Phy7sician: C. M. Phillips, coroner of Almira, WA. Cause of death: killed by train. Date of death: June 9, 1925. Interment at Montana cemetery.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Connor, Patrick:  “Patrick Connor. Died: 21 April 1928, Sprague, WA. Birth: 10 March 1853, IL. Spouse: Single. Father: Pat Conner, born Ireland; Mother: Elizabeth Gunn, born Ireland. Burial: Sprague, WA, place not specified.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)


Cook, Mrs. Ira:  Mrs. Ira Cook of the Gresham district died Wednesday morning at 6:15. She had been in failing health from dropsy for several years but an unusually severe attack of about four weeks duration brought the end.  The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Gresham Church, Rev Walthausen of Sprague, of the Evangelical church officiating. Burial was made in the Colyar Cemetery. Mrs. Cook was 58 years of age and came to Sprague country over 20 years ago.  A husband and 11 children survive her, 4 daughters and 7 sons. The daughters are Mrs. Myra Baldwin of Colfax, Mrs. Rose Robinson of Lamont, Mrs. Nettie Colyar and Mrs. Emma Moore of Revere.  The sons are Dan, William, Bard, Charles, Roy, Ira and Doc, all living in the Sprague country.” (Sprague Advocate: 9-08-1911)


Cosgrove, Miss Agnes: "Word was received last Thursday by the Advocate of the death of Miss Agnes Cosgrove of Spokane, a pioneer of the Sprague-Edwall area and sister of E C Cosgrove, so well known in this area. Miss Cosgrove (she passed away June 29 at a local hospital) the daughter of early pioneer parents, Mr and Mrs Michael Cosgrove, was born in Walla Walla. When she was a child her parents settled on a homestead near the present town of Sprague... She is survived by one brother, Emmett C Cosgrove of Edwall, two sisters, Mrs J I Gill and Miss Gertrude Cosgrove of Spokane... Funeral services were held July 2 at 9 a.m. from St Aloysius Catholic church, Father Albutt officiating. Burial was in the family plot at Fairmont. Pallbearers were: Elmer Polenske, Frank Hanlon, John Hampton, Paul Kintschi, Edwall; Joe Gaffney, Sprague.—Sprague Advocate." (scrapbook item: July 1952)


Cox, Sarah:  “Record of Funeral: Sarah Cox. Born: OH. Widow. Residence: Crab Creek. Charge to Mrs. E. Schaffer. Funeral: Aug 21, 1919 at Post Falls. Physician: Dr J. E. Bittner. of Sprague. Death: Aug 18, 1919 at Crab Creek. Cause: senile decay. Birth: Apr 1, 1834. Retired housewife. widow. Protestant. Aged: 85 yrs 4 mos 17 days. Father: Justice/Justin Beaman; Mother: Sarah Jones. Interment: Post Falls, ID.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Davies, Jane:  “It is with regret we chronicle this week the death of an aged and highly respected former member of the Sprague community. Mrs. Jane Davies, wife of D. E. Davies, formerly of Sprague, now of Spokane, died in that city at 11 o’clock Monday morning. She suffered a stroke of paralysis last week Tuesday which left her in an unconscious condition until the time of her death.  Mrs. Davies was born at Port Maddock, Wales, about 70 years ago. She and her family came to America about 40 years ago. They first came to Sprague in 1880 residing here about 10 years, when they moved to Spokane returning again to Sprague after an absence of four years. They then resided here until last spring when they again moved to Spokane. Mrs. Davies was a quiet unassuming woman whose great object in life was to create a good home for loved ones and so live that when summoned to the great beyond, her record might be clear to a mansion beyond the skies. She leaves a devoted husband and four children to mourn a great loss. The children are: David of Seattle, Allan of Rockford, Will of Fort Worth, Texas, and a daughter living in Oklahoma. The daughter arrived Sunday evening. The funeral was held Wednesday from the Welsh Church in Spokane at 3rd and Wall, Rev Jonathan Edwards of Sprague, a lifelong friend, officiating. The Davies have many sincere friends in Sprague who mourn with them in their bereavement.” (Sprague Advocate: 11-08-1912)

Davis, Emerson J.: “Record of Funeral: Emerson J. Davis. Born: Ohio. Charge to his estate. Body shipped to Waynesville, Ohio.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Davis, Martha:  “Miss Martha Davis, 17, of Lamont was instantly killed Monday night when an auto in which she was riding went off the grade and threw the occupants out. Robert Gibson, her companion, who was driving, cannot account for the accident. The car became unmanageable and left the grade. He was stunned and Miss Davis’ neck was broken.” (Odessa Record: 6-17-1927)


Day, Reuben:  “Reuben Day, 68, a pioneer Spokane Valley farmer, died yesterday at the home, E3237 Trent. He had lived in Spokane for the last five years but came to Spokane 40 years ago, spending most of his time farming in the valley. He was a native of England, coming to this country in 1881. Surviving are his widow, Della; seven daughters and three sons, and one brother and sister. Funeral services will be conducted Friday morning at 10:30 from the Hazen & Jaeger chapel, the Rev Dr H. A. Van Winkel officiating. Burial will be in Peone Prairie Cemetery.” (undated scrapbook item)


Dempsey, Mary Etta: “Record of Funeral: Mary Etta Dempsey. Wife of J. A. Dempsey. Residence: Sprague. Funeral: Aug 1, 1923 at Catholic Church at Sprague with Father Shenly. Physician: Dr Howard of Sprague. Death: July 25, 1923 at Sprague. Birth: Nov 30, 1894. Housewife. Married. Catholic. Aged: 28 yrs 8 mos 0 days. Father: Frank A Burdick born PA; Mother: Bridget Grace born Ontario, Canada. Interment: Fairmount Cemetery, Spokane.” (Sprague Mortuary ledger)


Dey, Florence:  “Miss Florence Dey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Dey, died at Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday last. She and her mother went there for Miss Dey’s health a short time ago but her condition was not sufficiently strong to bear the change. She was very weak from a severe attack of grip which held her bedfast most of last winter. Mr. Dey departed Sunday evening for Phoenix but up to this time no word has been received from then as to funeral arrangements. The son Paul believes the body will be interred either in Spokane or back at their old home in South Dakota.” (Sprague Advocate: 5-26-1916)


Dickinson, Grant:  see Tragedy at Tekio, Sprague Advocate 8-30-1912.


Door, Simon:  “Simon Door, aged 74 years, died at his late home near Rock Lake last Saturday of general debility. The funeral services were held in the Eaton school house Sunday afternoon by rev Parsons, interment in Alki Cemetery. Deceased left three sons and one daughter.” (Sprague Times: 5-27-1904)


Dorsey, J.: “J. Dorsey, an old pioneer farmer of this county, died at his home 10 miles northwest of town, Monday, from pneumonia. He leaves a widow to mourn his loss.” (Sprague Splinters, in LCT: 2-25-1898)


Dotson, Grant:  “Grant Dotson, aged 35 years, a brother of Mrs. F. A. Bayer, died of consumption at the home of his sister in this city last Saturday. The remains were buried in the Harrington Cemetery Tuesday. Mr. Dotson was a single man. He contracted the disease in Denver about two years ago, then went to California, and last May came to Sprague.” (Sprague Times: 12-05-1902)


Driscoll, Timothy: “Timothy Driscoll, aged 70 years, a pioneer of Spokane and father of Mrs. Charles Bussong, died yesterday. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today, the Masons being in charge.” (Sprague Times: 6-19-1903)


Durban, infant: “The infant daughter of Pike Durban and wife died Wednesday.” (Sprague Times: 10-14-1904)



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