Spring Creek Cemetery


                                      Submitted by Marge Womach



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Spring Creek Cemetery is located in SE ¼ of SE ¼ of Sec 22 Twp 26 N Range 39, 4 miles NE of Reardan. This land was originally patented by John Surber, issued on 11-23-1891 and defined as 160 acres in the S ½ of the S ½ of Sec 22 Twp 26N Range 39. This land was owned by Fred B Barnard as shown on the 1911 Atlas.  See more information about the cemetery on Page A



Tatro Land Patent:  “Patentee: Charles E Tatro. Issue Date: 6-25-1908, Spokane Land Office.  160 Acres, Lincoln Co, WA.  Parts of 26-27N-39E.”


Tatro Land Patent:  “Patentee:  Philip Tatro. Issue Date: 7-22-1909, Spokane Land Office.  141.85 Acres, Lincoln Co, WA.  Parts of 20-27N-39E.”


Tatro Land Patent:  “Patentee:  Charles E Tatro. Issue Date: 6-25-1908. Spokane Land Office.  160 Acres, Lincoln Co, WA.  Parts of 26-27N-39E.”


Tatro, Philip R Jr;  {b. 3-12-1865; d. 8-28-1908.} “Philip Tatro, of Reardan, died of heart failure, on the highway, a few minutes after climbing out of his wagon and lying down upon the ground.” (Citizen: 9-11-1908) “Philipp Tatro. Died: 28 Aug 1908, age 40, Reardan, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: Philip Tatro. Mother: Catherine Jones.”  (WA State Death Records);


Tatro, Philip Sr;  {b. 2-20-1812; d. 7-12-1907.}   “Phillip Tatro. Male, white, married, farmer.  Birth: Dec 17, 1825, Vermont. Aged: 81 yrs 7 mos 7 days. Father: John Tatro, born Canada. Mother: Sarah ____, born Canada.  Informant: Phillip Tatro, Jr, Reardan, WA.  Death: July 24, 1907, 9 o’clock p.m.  Cause: Senile gangrene of 30 days duration. H Z Dean, MD, Reardan. Burial: Cemetery near Little Falls, July 25, 1907. Undertaker: O W Stone, Davenport, WA.” (WA State Board of Health: Cert. of Death:  7-24-1907)  The tombstone for Philip Sr Tatro should read:   [b. 12-15-1825; d. 7-24-1907; s/o John & Sarah.] “Phillip Tatro, 54, b. VT, farmer; Milliam Tatro, 50; Hamilton Tatro, 20; Salina Tatro, 13; Phillip Tatro, 12; Eugene Tatro, 10; George Tatro, 7.” (details extracted from 1880 Buffalo, Cloud Co, Kansas Census)


Thornbrue Land Patent:  “Patentee:  Charles A Thornbrue.  Issue Date: 11-23-1891, Spokane Land Office.  160 Acres, Lincoln Co, WA.  NE 34-27N-38E.”


Thornbrue Land Patent:  “Patentee:  Elijah H Thornbrue.  Issue Date:  5-26-1888, Spokane Land Office. 162.14 Acres, Lincoln Co, WA.  Parts of 2-26N-38E.”


Thornbrue Land Patent:  “Patentee:   John D Thornbrue. Issue Date: 11-23-1891, Spokane Land Office.  160 Acres, Lincoln Co, WA.  SE 34-27N-38E.”


Thornbrue Land Patent:  “Patentee:   Joseph Thornbrue.  Issue Date: 4-23-1891, Spokane Land Office. 166.68 Acres, Lincoln Co, WA.  Parts of 4-26N-39E.”


Thornbrue submitted data:  “Mrs S Tate Harrison. Funeral services for Mrs Elizabeth T Harrison, 66, formerly of Walla Walla and Coulee City, Grant County, will be held at 3 o’clock tomorrow in the Mittelstadt Ballard chapel. Burial will be in Evergreen. Mrs Harrison, 2240 W 58th St., died in a hospital Friday. She was born in Ohio. She came to Seattle two years ago. Her husband, S Tate Harrison, died in May. Surviving are two sons, Alvidore Thornbrue and Richard M Thornbrue, Seattle; a daughter, Mrs Troy Hall, Portland, OR, and three grandchildren.” (Post-Intelligencer: 10-04-1954; Edit: Elizabeth Sarah Swank was married to George Aaron Thornbrue and later to Samuel Tate Harrison.); “Elizabeth S Harrison of 2240 West 58th.  Age 66 years. Beloved mother of Mrs Bertha Hall, Portland, OR; Alvidore R and Richard M Thornbrue, Seattle. Sister of Alvidore Swank, Deer Park, WA. 3 grandchildren. Member of Ephrata Rebekah Lodge No. 223. Services Monday 3 p.m. Mittelstadt Mortuary, Ballard. Interment Evergreen Park.” (Seattle Daily Times: 10-03-1954, page 63; submitted by family); “Widow of Sutherlin Minister Passes Away. Mrs Adda Young, 77, well-known resident of Sutherlin, who died Sunday at mercy hospital in Roseburg after a short illness, was born in Kansas October 20, 1867. She was the wife of the late Frank Lyman Young, who was a  minister of the Methodist church for a number of years. Mrs Young was active in church and civic affairs of the community. She is survived by a son, Henry H Young of Paisley, OR, and a foster daughter, Mrs Mary Reed, of San Francisco.  Services will be held in the Methodist church in Sutherlin Thursday at 10 a.m. with Rev R E Matthews officiating. Interment will be in the Valley View Cemetery. Arrangements are in care of Stearns Mortuary, Oakland.” (Roseburg (OR) News Review: 20 March 1945)


Thornbrue surname: “Affidavit filed 17 May 1901 by Elijah Hedwig Thornbrue and wife Martha Blanche Thornbrue nee Plummer: adopt child, Mary Belle Miller, born 24 July 1900, orphan child of O S Miller and Elmina Miller (State of Louisiana).” (Lincoln Co Auditor: Misc. B-243: notes);  “John D Thornbrue, Groom. Ida A Avenell. License: 12-07-1886, Spokane Co, WA. Marriage: Jan 1, 1887, at residence of bride’s parents. Officiant: J H Shephard, minister ME Church. Witnesses: William Avenell. Joseph Thornbrue.” (Spokane Co Auditor: Certificate of Marriage: U-199)  “John D Thornbrue, largely interested in mining in Stevens County, came to Lincoln County with his parents in 1880, after a long journey, consuming four months, across the plains from Osage County, Kansas.  After coming here he farmed and worked at the sawyer’s trade in neighboring sawmills, until four years ago when he became interested in the Josie and other mines, since which time he has given these interests his undivided attention.  Mr Thornbrue was born in Bremer County, Iowa, Sept 19, 1858. His parents were Joseph and Julia Thornbrue, whose lives are sketched elsewhere in this volume.  His married life extends back to Jan 1, 1887, when Ida A Avenell, a native of Missouri, became his wife. Her father, William Avenell, was of English birth. He did his adopted country valuable service as a soldier during the Mexican and Civil Wars; in the latter conflict he was a participant in the notable battles of Gettysburg, Bull Run and Shiloh, besides many lesser battles and skirmishes.  Mrs Thornbrue’s mother was Elizabeth Avenell.  To Mr and Mrs Thornbrue have been born four children, Guy O, Raymond D, Harry W, and Lorel. The family lives on the farm of Mr Thornbrue’s mother, seven miles north and one east of the town of Mondovi, and he is in every respect comfortably situated, and held in high esteem.” (History of Big Bend-1904) 


Thornbrue, Florence Emma; b. 1895; d. 1895; d/o Elijah H; {Edit: Elijah Heading Thornbrue was born Aug 27, 1856 in Sioux City, Woodbury Co, Iowa to Joseph H Thornbrue and his wife Julia Ann McCain. “Elijah H Thornbrue  married Martha Blanche Plummer, on 25 Dec 1886 in Lincoln Co, WA. Martha was the daughter of  Allen Wain Plummer  and Amanda Stephens. Children of Elijah Hedding Thornbrue and Martha were:  John Russell Thornbrue, born 6 Dec 1893; Florence Emma Thornbrue  born and died 1895; Mollie Belle Thornbrue, born  24 Jul 1900.” (Details provided by family;  Elijah’s middle name was variable from one document to the next, and Hedding is the name provided by the family.)


Thornbrue, George A:  “Funeral services were held for George Thornbrue, 64, Fruitland, who died at a Colville hospital Sunday. The Bair-Violette  funeral home was in charge of the services. Mr. Thornbrue was born in Kansas and had lived in the Fruitland area for four years, where he was engaged in farming and mining occupations. Surviving are two sons, Alvidor and Richard of Coulee  City, one daughter, Bertha Rouslu of Spokane, and a niece, Mrs. George Stanley of Colville.”  (Colville Examiner:  7-01-1939; submitted by family);  George Aaron Thornbrue, son of Joseph and Julia (McCain) Thornbrue, was born March 31, 1875 in Kansas. On March 20, 1902 he married Ella Edith Moss in Lincoln Co, WA.  Ella Edith was the daughter of James G and Mary Hurlburt Moss. Edith was born May 21, 1883 in Washington. One child was born to this union: Elfreda May Thornbrue, on July 22, 1903 in Lincoln Co, WA.  Following their divorce, Edith married John Robert Shook and Elfreda acquired his surname appearing as Freda Shook on the 1920 census. In the meantime, George also married again, choosing Sarah Elizabeth Swank, the record being located in Grant Co, WA. Sarah was the daughter of Nelson Daniel Swank  and his wife Rosalia Halter. Sarah was born in Oct 1888, per census material. This marriage also was not long-lived, as Sarah was again signing another marriage certificate in 1926 with one Samuel T Harrison, by which name also she died in October, 1954 in Seattle, King Co, WA. (details provided by family and checked against available records); “George Aciel Thornbrue, residence Fruitland, WA. Male, white, divorced—husband of Sarah Eliz Swank. Birth: March 31, 1875. Aged: 64 yrs 4 mos 5 days. Occupation: Farming, Mining. Last Worked: June 1939. Birthplace: KS. Parents: Unknown. Informant: Son, Alvidora Thornbrue, Coulee City. Death: June 24, 1939, 2:10 p.m., Valley View Hospital, Colville, Stevens Co, WA. Cause: cerebral Hemorrhage. Date of Onset: June 1939. Burial: Reardan, June 29, 1939. Undertaker: Bair & Violette of Colville, WA.”  (WA State Dept of Health: Certificate of Death; #91, reg. #1373);


Thornbrue, Joseph (H);  {no dates; Co C 15th IA Infantry.}(b. 12-10-1834; d. 6-23-1902) “Thornbrue, Joseph.  Dated: Oct 19, 1898. Warrant #34, for $6 per month. Soldier & Sailors; Post #60, severe paralytic stroke; wife also an invalid.” (Lincoln Co GAR Relief Applications: 10-19-1898) “Thornbrue, Joseph.  Dated: July 8, 1901. Warrant #118, for $6 monthly.” (Lincoln Co GAR Relief Applications: 7-08-1901) “Thornbrue, Joseph.  Dated: June 1902. Died.” (Lincoln Co GAR Relief Applications: 6-__-1902) “Thornbrue, Joseph; probate #646, filed Mar 22, 1905; intestate.  Joseph Thornbrue died on 23 June 1902.  Adm. = Julia A Thornbrue;  Property: Lots 1 & 2 & S ½ of NE ¼ 3-26-38 and one town lot in Davenport Lot 9 Blk 14.  Heirs: Elijah H, son, 47, Sawtell, CA;  John D, 45, Mondovi, WA; Chas A, 42, Creston; Emma R Stinsman, dau, 39, Springdale, Stevens Co, WA; Ada J Young, 36, Portland; Julia A Stanley, (dec. dau w/ heirs:  Grattis E Stanley, 13, Mondovi; Bernice E Stanley, 11, Mondovi; and Elgin G Stanley, 9, Mondovi); Joseph N, 30, Mondovi; and Geo A, 28, Mondovi.” (notes from Lincoln Co Probates: 6-23-1902) “Joseph Thornbrue, who died at his home near Mondovi, June 23, 1902, was one of the best known pioneers, not only of Lincoln County, but of the state of Washington, having arrived in the state in the fall of 1879. with his wife and family he crossed the plains by wagon from Osage County, Kansas, to Almota, on the Snake River, WA, and during the spring following the fall of their arrival came to Lincoln County, settling first on Spring Creek, north of where Reardan now stands. They were the first white settlers on the creek, and almost the fist in that section of the country. Mr Thornbrue took a homestead here, upon which the family lived until November, 1892, when they purchased the present home of the family, where Mr Thornbrue spent his declining years.  Joseph Thornbrue was born Dec 10, 1834, in Coles County, Illinois. He received a common school education, learned the carpenter’s trade, and at an early age removed to Bremer County, Iowa. He was the son of Asahel and Rebecca Thornbrue, both of Pennsylvania German descent. He was married June 30, 1853, to Julia A McCain, a native of Indiana, born March 15, 1834, who at the time of her marriage was a resident of Bremer County. Nine children blessed this union, seven of whom survive the father; as does Mrs Thornbrue. Her parents were Delano and Micha (Choat) McCain. Her grandfathers’ James McCain and Samuel Choat, saw service respectively in the revolution and the War of 1812. After their marriage Mr and Mrs Thornbrue removed to Jefferson County, Kansas, and from Jefferson County to Osage County, this being their final move before embarking upon their journey across the plains. The subject of our sketch enlisted October 16, 1864, in the Fifteenth Iowa regular infantry, and throughout his service was in the army under command of General W T Sherman, and with that great soldier participated in the battle of Savannah, the famous march to the sea, and the grand review at Washington, DC, immediately after the war; he was mustered out at Davenport, Iowa.  The children of whom Mr and Mrs Thornbrue have been parents are: Elijah H; John D; Charles A; Mrs Emma Stinsman; Mrs Addie Young; Mrs Anna Stanley, who died April 3, 1903; Joseph N; and George A. Elijah H is now in Los Angeles, CA; Charles of Creston; Mrs Stinsman, and the two last mentioned, of Springdale, and Mrs Young is the wife of a Methodist minister of Portland, Oregon. Mrs Thornbrue has been grandmother of thirty-two grandchildren, twenty-nine of whom are living; and great grandmother of one.  Mr Thornbrue was a thorough pioneer, having been born and reared, and having lived his life upon the frontier. He was well used to the trials and hardships, as well as the joys, of the pathfinder and plainsman. He was a member of W H Bentley post, GAR, of Reardan, and a lifelong and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mrs Thornbrue also has been a member of this church since girlhood.  The home of the family comprises one hundred and  sixty acres of good agricultural land, well improved, well watered, and furnished with neat and modern buildings, choice orchard, etc. It is one of the most desirable farms in the Big Bend.” (History of Big Bend-1904; page 501; photo); “Joseph Thornbrue, 57, IL; J A, female, 58; G A, male, 17, KS.” (1892 Lincoln County Census); “Mr. Joseph Thornbrue, of Bald Ridge, who died last week, was another old settler of the county, being one of the first among the pioneers who come to the country. He was 75 years of age, and a veteran of the Civil War. He leaves several sons, all of whom are in good circumstances.”  (LCT: 7-01-1902; submitted by family)


Thornbrue, Julia Ann; b. 1834; d. 1911.   “He (Joseph Thornbrue) was married June 30, 1853, to Julia A McCain, a native of Indiana, born March 15, 1834, who at the time of her marriage was a resident of Bremer County. Nine children blessed this union, seven of whom survive the father; as does Mrs Thornbrue. Her parents were Delano and Micha (Choat) McCain. Her grandfathers’ James McCain and Samuel Choat, saw service respectively in the revolution and the War of 1812.” (excerpt History of Big Bend-1904);

“Mrs Julia A Thornbrue, aged 77 years, died at Creston August 18.” (Citizen: 9-01-1911)


Thornbrue, Nettie;  {b. 1-19-1863; d. 9-30-1892.}  “Thornbrue, Nettie. Died: Oct 1, 1892, Davenport. Aged: 30 yrs.” (Lincoln Co Auditor death register)  “Mrs. Netta Thornbrue, who was brought to the hospital seriously ill with typhoid fever, several weeks ago, quietly passed away last Friday afternoon surrounded by relatives and friends. The unfortunate family have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends in their bereavement. Deceased was a sister of Rev F.L. Young formerly of this place.”  (Unknown source: 10-04-1892; submitted by family);  “Pioneer's Death at Crescent. Angenette, the wife of C. A. Thornbrue, died Sept 30, aged 29. Her maiden name was Angenette Young. She came to this country in the fall of 1879, and lived with her parents until 1882, when she married C. A. Thornbrue. She was born in Bureau county, Illinois in 1864. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. George Muller of Davenport. The remains were buried in the Spring Creek cemetery. She leaves behind a husband and five children.”  (Unknown source: undated; submitted by family); “The Funeral of Mrs. A. Thornbrue took place from West Crescent school house last Sunday. Rev. G. Muller preaching the funeral sermon. Miss E. Tate took charge of the singing with some very appropriate songs. Quite a large assembly was present to show their respect for the deceased, and sympathy for the bereaved ones.” (submitted by family, undated); Anginette Young, daughter of Jeremiah Young and his wife Lydia Thomas, was born Jan 19, 1863 in Bureau, Bureau Co, IL. Nettie married Charles Asahel Thronbrue in Spokane Co, WA on Jan 1, 1882. Their known children were: Charles Ernest Thornbrue (b. 11-25-1882), Frank Arthur Thornbrue (b. 8-06-1884), Julia May Thornbrue (b. 4-07-1887, Walter Henry Thornbrue (b. 10-02-1889) and Florence Etta Thornbrue (b. 12-12-1891). (data submitted by family);


Tierney, Anna; b. 1910; d. 1997.  “Anna E Tierney. Died: 4-22-1997, Gresham, OR.  Birth: 11-07-1910.” (SS Death Index);


Tierney, Harold;  b. 1905; d. 1970; (shared with Anna).  “Harold Tierney. Died: Feb 1970, Portland, OR. Birth: 6-25-1905.” (SS Death Index);  “Harold B Tierney. Died:  2-01-70, age 64, natural causes; Reardan burial.  By: Cyril A Feisst.” (Davenport Catholic Ledger); “Harold B Tierney.—Born and raised in Harrington, Wash.   Attended Cheney Normal & Gonzaga University. Lived in Reardan 32 years. Owned Tierney Bros. Dodge Co. Survived by wife, Ana Carstens Tierney, Portland, OR; one daughter, Mrs Jo Ann Leslie, Portland, OR; one aunt, Mrs Kate Atran, CA; 3 grandchildren. Rosary will be held at the Smith Funeral Home, Wednesday, Feb 4, 7:30 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at St Michael’s Church Thursday, Feb 5, 10 a.m., the Rev Cyril Teisst officiating. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Reardan, WA.” (Spokesman Review: 2-04-1970)


Tierney, Jerome H; b. 1939; d. 1965.  “Jerome Tierney. Died: Nov 1966. Birth: 10-23-1936.” (SS Death Index); “Jerome Harold Tierney. Died:  12-02-65, age 26, _____; Spring Creek graveside. By: Father Frank Toner, S J.” (Davenport Catholic Ledger);


Todd, Harriet E; b. 1869; d. 1910.  “Harriett Todd. Died: 20 Aug 1910, age 40 yrs, Northport, Stevens Co, WA. Father: N S Taylor. Mother: Weller.” (WA State Death Record: File #1991662);


Turner, James; (added): “James Turner, an old gentleman about 70 years of age, died Saturday afternoon of heart failure at the home of his daughter, Mrs John Stern. The funeral occurred Monday afternoon from the Baptist church at his place (Davenport), Rev Miller of Crescent officiating, and burial taking place at the Spring Creek Cemetery. The old gentleman had been a sufferer for a number of years from a complication of diseases, but heart failure is supposed to have been the cause of death. Mrs J W Shoemaker is also a daughter of the deceased, also Mrs R A Jones of Spokane and Mrs John McGuire of Walla Walla.” (LCT: 8-24-1900)



Spring Creek Cemetery Obituaries, Lincoln County

Washington, submitted  May 05, 2009 by Marge Womach.

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