Obituary for Stephen Douglas Garman
1 June, 1861 - 5 September, 1938
From The Caldwell News-Tribune,
dated Monday, 12 September, 1938
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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For S. D. Garman
WILDER (Special) -
Funeral services for S. D. Garman, one of the earliest
pioneers of this community, were held last Wednesday afternoon
at the local Methodist church with the Rev. R. E. Parrish,
pastor of the Assembly of God church of Caldwell, officiating
and the Rev. A. E. Beasley, pastor of the wilder Baptist
John F. Brooks of Caldwell and The Rev. R. S. Nelson of
Deer Flat sang.
Pall bearers were George McKinnis, O. P. Eidemiller, W.
E. Bartlett, E. C. Look, C. R. Peckham and Fred L. Smith.
Stephen Douglas Garman, one of the eight children of
Levi and Susannah Garman was born June 1, 1861, in Brookville,
Ill., September 6, 1882. He was married to Miss Mary
Caroline Hershey at Haldine, Ill. Immediately folling
the wedding Mr. Garman entered the mercantile business in
Polo, Ill. In 1904 he filed on his homestead in this
community which was then a newly opened project. He
brought his family to Caldwell to make their home until the
fall of 1907 when they came to Fargo where they have lived
continuously since that time, with the exception of four years
from 1922-1926 when they made their home in Caldwell while Mr.
Garman was assessor for Canyon county.
In his youth Mr. Garman was a member of the English
Lutheran church and at the time of his death was a member of
the Assembly of God of Caldwell. He took a keen interest
in community affairs and was a strong supporter of many local
Mr. Garman was the father of five children, the eldest
of whom, Charles, died in infancy. The surviving
children are Merritt S. of LaVerne, Calif.; Grover E. of
Hood River, Ore.; Russell H. of Wilder, and Mrs. G. T.
Leslie of Bluefield, W Va. Mrs. Garman and 11
grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive.
Mr. Garman's children arrived here before his death and
all were present at the funeral.
Free full sized headstone photo available upon request.