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Elizabeth "Lizzie" Mason Whitman Underwood


Caribou County Sun

Mrs. Underwood followed her husband to the Paris, Idaho area as a young bride. They resided in both Soda Springs and Montpelier, Idaho. During the short period when she and her husband were residents of Utah, Mrs. Underwood joined the Spirit of Liberty DAR (Daughters of American Revolution) chapter in Salt Lake City.

She passed away at the home of her daughter in Payette, Idaho and was returned to Soda Springs for burial beside her husband, John L. Underwood and two sons.

Members and guests of Wyeth Chater, DAR, gathered in Soda Springs to rededicate the DAR grave marker of Mrs. Underwood on 19 April 2008. She had been a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church.  Her great niece gave a historic life sketch of Lizzie and John Underwood's part in the early development of southeastern Idaho. Mrs. Underwood was a member of the Whitman family who served prominently in Bear Lake and Caribou counties.
Information below taken from personal journal of Charlotte Gunnell.
MRS. LIZZIE MASON UNDERWOOD died at Payette, Ida 26 Feb 1940. She was born in Como, Ill. 12 June 1856. She married John L. Underwood 12 Feb 1874. She moved to Idaho, first to Paris (Idaho), then Soda Springs (1880-1886) & Montpelier, Idaho. They lost their two oldest children (two boys) with diphtheria. Mr. Underwood died 14 Feb 1914 and was buried in Soda beside his two boys. Mrs. Underwood had many distinguished ancestors. One was Col. William Turner who had been active in forming the first law-making body of the Thirteen Original States. She was also a kinsman of Dr. Marcus Whitman, a pioneer missionary doctor who was credited with saving the Oregon Territory for the U.S.

 Three of her four children preceeded (sic) her in death. Two sons, Phillip and Frank died in infancy, a daughter Mrs. Esther Marks died in Los Angles (sic), California in 1936. Survivors: one daughter, Mrs. Bernard Eastman, three grandsons, Boyd Mark, Phillip Eastman & Bernard Eastman, Jr.; two brothers, Henry B. Whitman of Montpelier and Edwin D. Whitman of Soda Springs and a sister, Mrs. Carrie B. Lane. The body was brought to Soda Springs for burial 29 Feb. 


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