Wheatridge Cemetery & Obituaries
Submitted by Marge Womach
Wheatridge Cemetery, legally Fairview Cemetery, Lincoln County, Washington, is located in SE ¼ of Sec 24 Twp 25 R 32 EWM, about 27 miles north of Odessa on Hwy 21 toward Wilbur. From Wilbur, the cemetery is about 8 miles south of Wilbur at the junction of Hwy 21 and Quirk Rd. The original land deed for this piece of property was from the United States to Charles G. Gerlach of Wilbur, WA on Feb 25, 1891 for $12. The cemetery was deeded out on Feb 12, 1895 (Warranty Deed Vol. T page 482-3 by C. G. Gerlach to Damian Wagner, S. C. Stauffer and C. G. Gerlach trustees “one acre of land” ... “for the purpose of a public cemetery to be known as Fairview Cemetery.” The surrounding property was sold by Chas Gerlach and Eliza B. Gerlach, his wife, on Jan 6, 1906 for $10,700 to Charles F. Schroeder (Deed Vol 17 page 266). The cemetery has gone through long periods of neglect and had been vandalized over the years.
Some graves were removed to Wilbur, documented by Wilbur Cemetery records.
The US Geological Survey Topographical map, as drawn by David Boleneus on Jan 27, 2003 shows the cemetery, identified as Wheat Ridge Cemetery, in 24-25-32. Early school records show both a Wheatridge and Fairview school. Until the cemetery survey of 1974 done by Laritgues, no documentation has been found referring to the cemetery as “Wheatridge” which one must conclude is a misnomer.
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Dwinnell, Lucius B., d. 1894 Jul 20
Gallagher, Rose, b. May 10, 1877, d. 1905 Mar 30
Gallagher, Vera, d. 1900 @ 4mos
Giles, Thomas, b. Jan 06, 1833, d. 1895 Jan 04
Goodman, Lila Elizabeth, b. 1904, d. 1906 Oct 29
Hankel, Carl F., b. 1846, d. 1894 Dec 14
Marshon, J. D., no dates, Co 14, IN Cav
Metcalf, John L., b. Sep 08, 1830, d. 1905 May 01
Metcalf, Mary L., b. Feb 14, 1830, d. 1901 May 20
Nicholson, Rena Bessie, b. 1899, d. 1902
Park, Millard T. Park, b. Mar 18, 1859, d. 1916 July 22
Perkins, Nellie: d. May 28, 1904, @ 36 years, 6 months 13 days
Riley, Joseph D., b. Mar 01, 1877, d. 1905 Nov 05
Schwarz, Vincent, b. Jul 19, 1823, d. 1911 Apr 28
Smith, Anna, b. Aug 16, 1871, d. 1904 April 23
Stauffer, John, b. Aug 13, 1899 , d. in infancy
Stauffer, Elizabeth Rachel, (nee Wood), b. Sept 09, 1863, d. 1899 Aug 19
Stauffer, William , b. Jun 28, 1854, d. 1895 Nov 04
Taylor, Infant girl, b. May 10, 1904, d. 1904 Jul 07
Thomas, Giles, see Giles, Thomas
Van Slyke, Lizzie Stuaffer, b. Aug 01, 1864, d. 1899 May 13
Wainwright, Sarah, b. Jul 16, 1821, d. 1888 Dec 10
Webster, Willis, b. Feb 23, 1858, d. 1909 Jan 28
Woods, Arthur H., b. May 07, 1900, d. 1902 Sep 07
DWINELL: Lincoln Co Probate file #1636 was filed on Dec 23, 1914 for the estate of Lucius B. Dwinell, who died July 20, 1894 at Wilbur; his residence was Wilbur. He was not married and had no children. Full name was Lucius Benette Dwinell. His mother was Emily R. Mershon, age 80. The petitioner for the estate was Lucius’ brother, Milton Dwinell. The real estate of the deceased was at SW ¼ of 24-25-32, near the cemetery. Of possible interest to the family, the estate of Milton Dwinell was also filed in Lincoln Co, probate file #3566, filed on June 18, 1935. It contains the will of Milton Dwinell, who died May 26, 1935 at Wenatchee, County of Chelan; he resided in Wilbur. Milton’s wife was Vesta J. Dwinell and their children were: Vesta M. Pike (Wenatchee), Rolf L. Dwinell (Spokane), Merle L. Kauffman (Wenatchee), Cecil L Dwinell (Buffalo, NY) and Wayne Dwinell (Grand Coulee, WA). Milton’s estate contained 630 acres, and residence and business properties. Jones & Jones Undertakers handled his funeral. Emily R. Mershon appeared on the 1902 census at age 63, single, born Ohio. Lucien Dwinell appeared on the 1892 census at age 24, single, farmer, born Missouri. Of interest is the Davenport Times Tribune of May 30, 1935, the obit of Milton W. Dwinnell, “The Rev A. F. Kroneman, pastor of the Davenport ME church, preached the funeral sermon of Milton W Dwinnell, Wilbur pioneer, at the Wilbur Community church Tuesday. Mr. Dwinnell, age 74, was well known in Davenport. He died at Wenatchee on Sunday, following a five months illness. He was born at Peru, Indiana and came to Washington in 1883, moving to a wheat ranch near Wilbur in 1898. He is survived by his widow and three sons, Rolf, formerly of Davenport, now of Spokane, Wayne of the Grand Coulee damsite, and Cecil in Buffalo, NY, and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Pike and Mrs. C. M. Kauffman, Wenatchee.” The record of marriage license for M. Veta Dwinell with Charlie Rufus Pike was issued on March 31, 1920. Marriage record of Merl L. Dwinell to C. M. Kauffman was on June 20, 1920, ceremony performed by Rev F Hart, with Nora Widby and Della Wood as witnesses. Milton Dwinell appeared in the R L Polk Directories of 1908-09, 1912-13 and 1917-18. The 1902 census shows the following members of a Dwinell household: G Charles, 38, married, b. IN, farmer; Lizzie, 31, married, b. OR, housewife; Roy, 9, WA; Irl, 5, WA; and Vesta, 3, WA. On that 1902 census, E. R. Mershon is found, female, single, age, 63, b. Ohio.
“Rosa Gallagher, white, female, married,
died 8 miles south of Wilbur, age 27 years 10 mos 19 days, died March 30,
1905. Born May 10, 1877 in Canada. Housewife.
Father = Moses Brown born Canada; Mother = Lusie Stauffer, born Canada. Chief
cause of death = consumption; contributing: patronage of a “hair quack”.
Undertaker = Julius Lyse; Place of interment = Fairview Cemetery.
H. A. Wright, MD; Dated March 31, 1905.”
(Lincoln Co Death Cert #293) Lincoln Co Probate file #788 was filed in
1905 for the estate of Rose Brown Gallagher, and not yet viewed for notes.
GALLAGHER: Tombstone for “Vera Gallagher, d. 1900; aged 4 months”.
tombstone of Giles Thomas or Thomas Giles reads “Thomas Giles”
with his date of birth as Jan 6, 1833 and his death as Jan 4, 1895.
The Lincoln County Probate file #428 was not filed until 9 May 1900, and
was filed under “Giles Thomas” who in the file died coincidentally on Jan 6,
1896 in Lincoln County. The probate file goes on to show a brother, Eli C.
Thomas of Oakesdale, WA. This researcher was not aware of the possible
discrepancy in the names at the time of the viewing of the probate file, and
these were the only notes taken at that time. Frequently on delayed filings of
probates there are errors in the date of death. To date, no obituary or death
certificate for either date or name has been located (2004).
Elizabeth Goodman, 1904-1906, was reportedly removed to Wilbur City
Cemetery. “Lila Elizabeth Goodman: died Oct 29, 1906; age 2 yrs 3 mos 29 days,
died at Krupp. Born June 30, 1904 in Lincoln Co. Father = Daniel Goodman born
England; Mother = Iona Kiner born Iowa. Informant = Iona Goodman of Krupp, WA.
Cause of death = diphtheria. Physician = H. A. Wright, MD. Burial = Fairview
Cemetery on Oct 30, 1906. No undertaker.” (Lincoln Co Death Cert)
HANKEL: Carl Hankel, Lincoln Co Probate #354; filed Feb 11, 1899; appt guardian for minor heirs; Carl Hankel died 14 Dec 1894 in Lincoln Co; property in 31-25-33. Charlotte, wife of deceased, is petitioner. Three adult children: Edward, 25; William, 23; and Ida, 21. Guardian for minors: Robert, 19; Minnie, 17; Mary, 15; George, 13; Herman, 11; Carl, 9; Victor, 6; and Frank, 4. Tombstone is now posited in Wilbur Cemetery in B-158/L-3. Charlotte Fryer Hankel, his wife, died April 4, 1919; her tombstone is in Wilbur in B-158/L-4. The plot of B-158/L-5 is that of Clara C. Hankel, with no information, and also Minnie Z. (Oviatt) Hankel, w/o Robert H., who died Aug 5, 1905. Family report shows that the estate of Charlotte Fryer Hankel paid for the removal of Hankel remains from Fairview Cemetery to Wilbur. Hence any Hankel burials pre-dating her demise (1919) would likely have been in Fairview. “Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hankel. One of the most courageous pioneer mothers of this region was Mrs. Carl Hankel (deceased), who came with her husband to settle south of Wild Goose Bill’s ranch in 1888. Her husband died in 1894 and she and her young sons carried on. Of the family of several children surviving her, two live in this region. R. H. Hankel, who has an auto freight system, and Mrs. George Wagner, wife of a farmer and prominent in local lodge and club activities.” (Golden Jubilee Edition 1889-1939, June 1939, The Wilbur Register, Wilbur, WA, page 3)
Tombstone data shows “Marshon, J. D. ; (with no dates) Co I 4th IN Cavalry; ‘A Crown of Life.
Rest, dear son and brother, until we meet again.’” BLM records show that a
John D. Mershon acquired 160 acres in Lincoln County in SW 12-25-33 on May 6,
1896; Document #4650, BLM Serial #WASPAA 029069. The 1870 census shows a J. D.
Mershon in Indiana, Madison Co, Anderson precinct, showing his age as 36 with
birth in Indiana. This would imply that he was born in 1834. No verification has
been found to date (2004) to substantiate this data as matching the individual
of this tombstone.
METCALF: The huge tombstone of the Melcalf burials shows: John L. Metcalf, Sept 8, 1830-May 1, 1905, “Rest in Peace” and Mary L. Metcalf, Feb 14, 1830-May 20, 1901, “We shall meet again”. Locating John Metcalf on the 1900 Lincoln County census at Wilson Creek precinct (taken on June 1, 1900) without his wife showed John residing with his son, George W Metcalf and wife Marana. The data for John showed his birth as Sept 1830 in VA, age 69, and apparently widowed, (providing legibility and accuracy of the record). George was born in August 1857 in MO. The BLM records show that a John L. Metcalf received his patent on 5-20-1905, several weeks after his death. This patent is for 149.66 acres in 18-25-31. This data is further confused by the sale of this property by John L. Metcalf on Jan 7, 1905 to Geo W Metcalf, as recorded in the Lincoln County Auditor’s Warranty Deed Vol 26 page 435. Following the death of both parents, the 1911 atlas shows George Metcalf as owner of a portion of Sec 18 Twp 25 R 31 in Lincoln Co. This author did not view the deed, rather the data was taken from the index. The BLM records show that George W. Metcalf received a patent on 160 acres in 20-25-33 on June 8, 1895 and 119.25 acres in 18-25-33 on Nov 12, 1900.
METCALF: Mary L., b. Feb 14, 1830, d. 1901 May 20
Rena Bessie Nicholson (1899-1902) may have been removed to Wilbur
City Cemetery, however, her name was not found by this author.
Lincoln Co Death Cert #177, “Nicholson, Rena Bessie. Died Oct 9, 1902,
age 3 years 3 mos 15 days; born WA; Father = John Nicholson (b. Norway); Mother
= Carrie H Anderson (born ? illegible). Cause of death dysentery. Buried
PARK: Millard T. Park, whose tombstone shows “Mar 18, 1859-July 22, 1916” and “Gone But Not Forgotten”, appeared on the 1900 census in Stevens County, WA as a levy laborer. His data shows March 1860 in OR, age 40, married 8 years. His wife was shown as Orpha, age 40. Two children are shown which appear to read as Ina born 1895 in OR and Hulver born 1897 in WA. Also shown was a brother, Holt, born Feb 1866 in OR. The data for the 1910 census is more legible, also from Kettle Falls, Stevens Co, WA. Millard reports there as a farmer, age 51, married 17 years, with wife Orpha (this her 2nd marriage), with four children: Inez, Havor, Mintie and Orlen. (Local data on Millard Park has not yet been collected.) BLM listings show that on 2-10-1916 he acquired 280 acres in Lincoln County in primarily the NE portion of Sec 34 Twp 24 R 32. (No further research was done to follow the ownership of this property, 2004).
“Nellie Perkins: d. May 28, 1904, age 36 years, 6 months 13
days; died Wilbur. Housewife; born
IL. Father = J. F. Leachman; Mother’s maiden name = Whitcolmb (b. IL). Cause of
death = peritonitis; contributing cause = pneumonia. Place of death 14 miles
South of Wilbur. Undertaker Julius Lyse. Interred Fairview Cemetery.” (Lincoln
Co Auditor death cert #250) Lincoln Co Probate file #746 for the estate of
Nellie Perkins was filed in 1904 and not yet viewed.
RILEY: “Joseph D. Riley was reportedly removed to Wilbur
City Cemetery (B-31/L8). Lincoln Co Death Cert #315 died Nov 9, 1905; age 28
years 8 mos 8 days; died at Wilbur. Born March 1, 1877 in Austria, farmer,
white, male, single. Father =
Joseph Riley; Mother = Mary Lake. Cause of death = Catarh of Stomach;
contributing = heart failure. Interment Fairview Cemetery.” (Lincoln Co
Auditor death cert)
“Last Friday, April 28, occurred the death of Vincent Schwarz, a
pioneer of the Big Bend, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Victor Reich, north of
Odessa. Death was due to old age, deceased being 87 years 9 months and 9 days
old at the time of death. Mr. Schwarz was born in Austria, July 19, 1823. In 1850
he was married to Rosina Edelmyer, and 12 children were born to bless this
union. He emigrated with his family to this country in 1880, settling at Norfork,
NE, and 5 years later came to the then Territory of Washington (1885),
and has resided here ever since. Since his wife’s death in 1886 he has
made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Victor Reich. He is survived by 5 children,
Miss Ernestine Schwarz and Mrs. Victor Reich of Odessa, Mrs. H. J. Maskenthine of
Davenport, and Joseph Schwarz and Mrs. Carolina Buettow of Norfolk, NE, also by
19 children and 9 great grandchildren. The funeral services were held from the
home Monday morning by Rev Rieke of Odessa. Interment was made at the Fairview
Cemetery.” (Odessa Record-May 5, 1911) They are shown on the 1892 Lincoln
County census as: E. Schwarz, f, 36, Austria; and V Schwarz, m, 70, b. Austria.
Vincent Schwarz was located on the 1885 Lincoln Co census with his wife
as: V Swartz, 55, male, born Austria, married, farmer; Mrs. V. Swartz, 45, female,
born Austria, married, farmer. “Vincent
Schwarz. Born 19 July 1823, in Austria. Married 1850 with Rosina Edelmeyer;
children 12, of whom 7 died; 1880, with wife and 5 children to America to
Nebraska; 1885 to Washington; 1886 his wife died. He lived the last 25 years as
widower with his daughter, Mrs. Johanna Reich, north of Odessa, WA. He died April
28, 1911 after being ill just 3 days before the end at age 87 yrs 9 mos and 9
days. He was buried 1 May 1911, 8 miles south of Wilbur, WA, Lincoln County, 23
miles north of Odessa, WA. Survivors: 1 son, 4 daughters, 3 sons-in-law, 1
daughter-in-law, 19 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. H. Rieke, pastor.”
(Odessa Christ Lutheran Church-loose translation from German script).
SMITH: “Anna Smith; white, female, married. Born Aug 16,
1871 in Germany; died April 23, 1904; aged 33 years 8 mos 6 days.
Housewife. Father = Karjenski born Germany; Mother = don’t know; Cause
of death = heart failure; contributing: hemorrhage. Interment Fairview
Cemetery.” (Lincoln Co Auditor death cert.)
STAUFFER: John Stauffer was born Aug 13, 1899 to Samuel C. Stauffer and died in infancy. Documentation has not yet been located as of 2004.
STAUFFER: “Died at his home 14 miles south of Wilbur, Mr. William E. Stauffer in the 42nd year of his age. He was born June 28, 1854 near Toronto, Canada, and died Nov 4, 1895. His death was caused by la grippe, contracted in May from the effects of which his constitution was not able to rally. He leaves a wife and four children besides numerous other relatives to mourn his death.” (LCT Supplement) The tombstone at Wheatridge is four-sided and each person was buried apparently in a cross style. Lizzie and Elizabeth were sisters-in-law; infant John was the son of Samuel; and William was the brother of Samuel. Records for Wilbur Cemetery, as well as family report, show that Wm Stauffer was removed from Wheatridge to the Wilbur City Cemetery in 1920 to join his wife Margaret Stauffer. William Stauffer’s parents were Jacob Reesor Stauffer (Aug 8, 1828-Mar 19, 1914) and Maria Sandborn (Oct 18, 1853-Aig 1. 1918). Jacob and Maria were buried at Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Jacob and Maria had 5 known children: William, Nancy, Margaret, Samuel and Elizabeth. (The estate of Margaret Stauffer was reported in the 5-14-1920 news with Chas F. & Wm W Stauffer as administrators. Her burial occurred in Wilbur.) “Mr. and Mrs. W. E .Stauffer, parents of Reuben and Chester Stauffer, came to the Tom Walters region in March of 1893. Mrs. Stauffer was left a widow two years later but carried on with her small sons to help her. She worked in the field because the boys were too young to carry the load alone. The mother survived the frontier life and reached the age of 70 when she died 19 years ago. She had a daughter, Mrs. Mary Cochran, of Medical Lake, and another son, Will Stauffer, deceased.” (Golden Jubilee Edition 1889-1939, June 1939, The Wilbur Register, Wilbur, WA, page 7)
Elizabeth Rachel Stauffer (nee Wood) was the first wife of Samuel
C Stauffer. She was born Sept 9, 1863 in
Cherrywood, Canada and died from childbirth on Aug 19, 1899, one week following
the birth of little John. When Elizabeth and Samuel moved to Wilbur they
homesteaded under Elizabeth Wood’s name. In 1900 Samuel remarried and they
moved to Canada; his wife was reportedly Diana Reamer, and they had one known
child, Floyd Stauffer. John Stauffer, infant son of Elizabeth and Samuel
Stauffer, was born Aug 13, 1899 and died in infancy. (Family Report)
TAYLOR: “Unnamed infant of Dick Taylor. white, female. Born
May 10, 1904. Died July 7, 1904; aged 21 days (edit: error) Born WA.
Father = Dick Taylor born MO; Mother = Lulla Kellman born MO. Cause of
death = Infirmity from birth. Died about 14 miles south of Wilbur. Interment =
Fairview Cemetery.” (Lincoln Co Auditor death cert)
THOMAS: The tombstone of Giles Thomas or
Thomas Giles reads “Thomas Giles” with his date of birth as Jan 6, 1833 and
his death as Jan 4, 1895. The
Lincoln County Probate file #428 was not filed until 9 May 1900, and was filed
under “Giles Thomas” who in the file died coincidentally on Jan 6, 1896 in
Lincoln County. The probate file goes on to show a brother, Eli C. Thomas of
Oakesdale, WA. This researcher was not aware of the possible discrepancy in the
names at the time of the viewing of the probate file, and these were the only
notes taken at that time (1999).
Lizzie Stauffer VanSlyke was born Aug 1, 1864 and died May 13,
1899. Lizzie was the sister of
William E. Stauffer. She was married to Willard D. VanSlyke; she gave birth to
twins and died. One of the twins (Alberta) died at age 8 or 10, and the
surviving twin, Albert VanSlyke, was cared for by an aunt (Margaret Stauffer
Kennedy, wife of Joseph Kennedy). W. D. VanSlyke had two older children which
stayed with him, Edith (age 5 in 1899) and Loyal (age 2 in 1899). (Family
Report) Lincoln Co Probate file
#429 for VanSlyke, Elizabeth; was filed 9 May 1900.
This file shows property at Wilbur. Died: 13 May 1899 in Lincoln Co.
(Elizabeth M. VanSlyke); Husband, W. D. Vanslyke, resides Tacoma; his br = John.
Children: Edith Tyroe VanSlyke, 5; Lyle Hareun, 3; Albert & Alberta, one yr.
With the tombstone of Sarah Anne Wainwright showing: July 16, 1821-Dec 10,
1888, wife of William, the
following item may be useful: “William Wainwright brought his wife and two
daughters to Wilbur in the latter 1890’s and established a boarding house for
the railroad men. His brother, Charles, came at the same time and followed
carpentry and later established a pool hall. He remained a bachelor. William’s daughter Lily became Mrs. George Peffley, and
spent her last days at Wenatchee. The other daughter, Bertha, married J. F.
Friedlander and after his death she married Walter Leonard.
Both William and Charles went to the Walla Walla region many years ago
and both are now dead.” (Golden Jubilee Edition 1889-1939, June 1939, The
Wilbur Register, Wilbur, WA)
Willis Webster probate file was filed in 1909, Lincoln Co Probate
#1136, notes not obtained yet. Willis Webster’s tombstone shows: Feb
23, 1858-Jan 28, 1909, beloved h/o Ella S.; and Lincoln Co School Dist # 112 in
1901 shows him as the parent of 3
children: Barlow, age 17, ___ (girl) age 13, and Alice, age 7, with their
residence in Sec 32 T 25 R 32.
“Willis Webster. Died: 28 Jan 1909, age 51, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father:
Edwin B Webster. Mother: Ann White. Batch Id #275497.” (WA State Death
“Willis Webster. Died: 28 Jan 1909, age 51, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: Edwin B Webster. Mother: Ann White. Batch Id #275497.” (WA State Death Records)
“Arthur H. Woods. White,
male. Born May 7, 1900 in WA. Died Sept 7, 1902; aged 2 years 4 months. Father = D. Woods born IN; Mother = Orinda Bangston born IL.
Cause of death = cholera Infantum. Last residence about 8 miles south of Wilbur,
Lincoln Co. Interment = Fairview Cemetery.” (Lincoln Co Auditor death cert.)
Of possible interest there is a Lincoln Co Probate file #1164 filed in 1909
under the name of David Woods for guardianship. “Daniel Woods and Miss Orinda
Bankson were wed in Illinois on Dec 10, 1885, and just three days later set
forth for Washington Territory, arriving near the first of the year 1886 in
Garfield County. They chose the Pomeroy region as their temporary stopping
place. Before the close of 1886 they had located on a homestead a few miles
south of Wild Goose Bill’s ranch. Mr. Woods would haul provisions from Sprague
and from Spokane Falls, in quantities that would last them several months. He
would hitch his team when in Spokane Falls at the long hitching rack provided in
that day on Riverside at the present site of the Old National Bank. This couple
experienced all the frontier hardships, but having faith in the future of the
Big bend, not only improved their homestead but also acquired additional
acreage, totaling 2000 acres. They saw the evolution of Wild Goose Bill’s wild
hay flat and cattle grazing hills into a bustling, progressive
municipality—Wilbur. They saw the ocean of bunchgrass converted first into
sod, then wheat fields, for they lived 53 years on their Big Bend homestead.
Death claimed Mr. Woods in 1938 but his widow still resides at the homestead.
Several years ago Mr. Woods retired and his son, Walter, has since operated the
farms. Mr. and Mrs. Woods were among the active members of the once-leading church
in Wilbur, the Baptist denomination. There are four more children, than the
above-mentioned son; Mrs. Reuben Stauffer, wife of a farmer south of here; Will
Woods, Seattle; Edward Woods, Medical Lake; and Mrs. Will Hankel, in Oregon.”
(Golden Jubilee Edition 1889-1939, June 1939, The Wilbur Register, Wilbur, WA,
page 3) “The final report of Walter Wood of Wilbur as executor of the estate
of Daniel Wood, pioneer here, and a petition for the distribution of the estate
were filed with the county clerk last week. July 12 was set as the date of
hearing on the petition.” (Wilbur Register, June 22, 1939)
and News of Wheatridge Vicinity
WAGNER: “Damian Wagner, father of George, Lenhard, Miss Lou and Frank Wagner, farmers of this vicinity, located on the place now operated by George Wagner in 1883. Mr. Wagner was one of the first farmers to introduce blooded stock. He came to Wilbur to operate a hotel in October of 1891 and within a week his building and several adjacent business houses were in ashes as the result of an explosion of a kerosene lamp. This was Wilbur’s most fatal fire, as it claimed the lives of Mrs. Wagner and three of their children. Until the time of his death several years ago, Mr. Wagner was one of our most progressive farmers. In addition to the above mentioned children, there are two daughters in Seattle—Mrs. Katherine O’Brien and Mrs. Caroline Drumheller.” (Golden Jubilee Edition 1889-1939, June 1939, The Wilbur Register, Wilbur, WA, page 4) Damian Wagner received patent on 5-26-1888 for 160 acres in Sec 2 Twp 25 R 33, and later two other patents both in Sec 12 Twp 25 R 32. (1894 and 1902).
Wheatridge/Fairview Cemetery and Obituaries submitted to
the Lincoln County, Washington GenWeb December 1, 2004,
by Marge Womach
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