John Wesley Price
11 August, 1843 - 6 January, 1933
James Guy Watkins
18 December, 1874 - 6 January, 1933
Samuel Irvin Smyser
30 July, 1852 - 5 January, 1933
From The Caldwell News-Tribune,
dated Thursday, 5 January, 1933
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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Grim Reaper Ends Careers of Three Parma
(Special) - Three of Parma's respected citizens passed away Friday,
January 6. Two of them, John Wesley Price and James G.
Watkins, were old timers of the community, having lived in Idaho for
more than 30 years. The third was Samuel I. Smyser who had
been in ill health for some time.
John Wesley Price, 88, died at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Andrews, Friday afternoon, following a short
illness. "Grandpa" Price, as he was known to all who knew him,
was Parma's last Civil war veteran. He had fought in 40
battles, including the famous march of General Sherman to Richmond
Mr. Price had lived in Idaho for 30 years, and was a
resident of Parma for about 26 years. He took a prominent part
in the church work here and was an elder of the Community church.
Besides a host of friends he leaves one brother, Nelt
Price, Carmen, Idaho. 11 children, Mrs. Ellen Hubman, Boulder,
Colo., Mrs. Alice Blakesman, Jesup, Iowa, Mrs. Nettie Lucas,
Longmont, Colo., Mrs. Doris Brown, Sedro Wooley, Wash., Lester
Price, Algona, Wash., Mrs. Blanche McKibben, Caldwell, Charles
Price, Dowling, S. D., and Mrs. Ruth Andrews, Mrs. Jennie Walmsley,
Mrs. Lola Goddard and Milo Price of Parma; 32 grandchildren and 15
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the
Community church with the Rev. M. G. Montgomery of Portland
officiating. Interment was made in the Parma cemetery.
The Parma post of the American Legion was in charge of the militray
honors paid to Mr. Price.
James G. Watkins, passed away Friday evening at the
Mercy hospital in Nampa after an illness of many months.
Mr. Watkins became critically ill the forepart of last
week and was taken to the hospital, where he underwent an operation
from which he never regained consciousness.
He was a citizen of Parma for nearly 30 years and was a
member of the Parma Community church and the local Odd Fellows
lodge. He leaves his wife; two children, Mrs. Julia Jenkins of
Weiser, and Dallas Watkins of Parma; two grandchildren; one brother,
Joseph Watkins of Parma and one sister, Mrs. Ida Glenn of Caldwell.
Dr. W. J. Boone of the College of Idaho conducted the
funeral services in the Community church Sunday afternoon.
Burial was in the Parma cemetery.
Samuel I. Smyser, 80, died Friday at the home of his
A further helpful addition for
Samuel Irvin Smyser was in
The Caldwell-News Tribune,
Monday, 9 January, 1933
Final rites for Samuel
Irvin Smyser, 80, were held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church
of Middleton. Interment was in the Middleton cemetery.
Mr. Smyser died at his home in Parma Thursday evening,
January 5. He is survived by two sons, Elmer Smyser of
Fallows, Cal., and Orval Smyser of Parma; two daughters, Mrs.
Sibbald Easly of Redding, Cal. and Mrs. Larie Taylor also of
Redding; eight grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters.