RAVALLI COUNTY OBITUARIES
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FREDRICK ABBY
November 22, 1901 - November 17, 1977
Services set for Fredrick Abbey
    Funeral services will be conducted Monday for Grantsdale resident, Frederick C, Abbey, 75, who died early Thursday morning in Daly Hospital.
    The retired rancher was born November 22, 1901 in Salmon Idaho He attended schools at Boyle Creek near Salmon. On September  9, 1926, he married Georgia C. Fry in Salmon, farmed at Boyle Creek and west of Darby.  In 1975, they moved to Grantsdale.
    Mr. Abbey is survived by his wife, Georgia, at the family hone; 4 sons, Albert of Darby, Lloyd and Donald of St. Ignatius, and Floyd of Norfolk, VA; a daughter, Donna Kyle of Darby; a brother, Ben Shepard of Osburn, Idaho; a sister, Mamie Bartlett of Salmon, Idaho; 19 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers.
    Services will be at 2 p.m. in the Dowling Chapel with Delbert L. Abbey officiating. Burial will follow at the Lone Pie Cemetery in Darby.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, Friday, November 18, 1977

FRED ADAMS

July 4, 1879 - March 19, 1952  
FRED ADAMS DIES WEDNESDAY; LIVED HERE SINCE 1902.
     Fred Adams died March 19, 1952 at Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton. He died exactly 52 years to the day that his family arrived in Hamilton. Services will be held Friday morning at nine o'clock at St. Francis church for Fred Adams, long time resident of Hamilton. Rosary services will be this evening at 7:30 with Father Donohue officiating. Pallbearers will be: Theodore Reinbold, Bill Young, Carl Johnson, Bob Holt, Dick Hogue, and Pete Parpolia. Burial will be in Riverview cemetery where some of the other members of his family are buried. Mr. Adams was born in Bell Prairie, Minnesota on July 4, 1879, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Adams.
Abstract from: The Western News, March 20, 1952

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
August 12, 1884 - April 26, 1964
    Funeral services were this afternoon at Dowling Chapel for John Q. Adams of Corvallis who died Sunday at Daly Hospital after having been a patient for one day.  Mr. Adams had poor health from emphysema and asthma and the past three years his health worsened.  Rev. E.J. Ruff officiated at the rites and interment was in the family plot at Corvallis Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Dudley Bowden, Dick Bryson, Ed Bay, Lloyd Rockafellow, Albert Smith and Tom Dunbar.
    John Quincy Adams was born August 12, 1884 in Delta Colorado and came to the Bitterroot when he was 16 years old.  He lived in the Corvallis vicinity ever since.  He married Ethel Leona Barr in Hamilton April 19, 1908.  Rev. G.C. Berry officiated and witnesses were W.T. Flanders and Lilliam Tucker.  Mr. Adams was a farmer and also raised guinea pigs for many years.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge many years.  An infant daughter Melba and an infant son James preceded him in death.
    Surviving beside the widow is a son Harry of Seattle; daughters Mrs. James (Dorothy) Colson of Moses Lake Wa. and her twin Mrs. James (Doris) Lee, Seattle; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren; brother Orion Adams Missoula; sister Mrs. William (Marie E.) Burns, Spokane.
    Those who knew Mr. Adams found him to be a fine man and there are many who will remember him as such.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
OLIVE AHRENS
February 15, 1850 - December 14, 1910    
DEATH CLAIMS MRS. AHRENS.
     Mrs. Olive Ahrens of Florence died at St. Patricks Hospital in Missoula at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, following a stroke of paralysis which she suffered about three weeks ago.
     Mrs. Ahrens was 58 years of age and has been a resident of the valley for many years. She leaves an adopted son, Harry Ahrens, who is pursuing academic studies at Boulder. Besides this son, a brother, William Buck, who resides in Ely, Nevada, and a sister, Mrs. L.P. Trump of Missoula survive her.
     Yesterday afternoon the Missoula lodge of Eastern Star held ritualistic services over the remains after which she was shipped to Florence. The    funeral was held at 10 o'clock this morning from the home at Florence under the auspices of the Eastern Star lodge of this place of which Mrs. Ahrens was a member, and the remains laid to rest in the Carlton cemetery beside those of her husband, who died several years ago.
     Among those of the local lodge here who attended the funeral this morning were: Mr. and Mrs. George Kinneman, Mr. and Mrs. Ewan Lockridge; Mesdames B.F. Plummer, John A. Smith, Perry Foust, and J.R. Faulds, and Messrs F.W. Wilson, G.F. Johnson, and Henry Buck. They made the trip to Florence in the touring car of John Emhoff.
Northwest Tribune, December 16, 1910

JAMES CYRUS ALKIRE
April 3, 1871 - April 25, 1953
J.C. Alkire, 82, Dies; Rites Tuesday
    Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at he Dowling chapel for James Cyrus Alkire, 82, retired Grantsdale farmer, who died at his home Saturday. He had lived in the valley for 41 years. Rev. Lawrence Roumpf will conduct the rites and burial will be in the Grantsdale cemetery. Pallbearers will be Otis Lydnes, Charles Likes, A. Zerbst. W. Zerbst, Arthur Treece, and James Wilson.
    Mr. Alkire was born on April 3, 1871 in Keokuk, Iowa. He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth, two sons, Lawrence, Hamilton, and Ray, Libby; two daughters, Mrs. Vernon Elmore, Grantsdale, and Mrs. Grace Dixon, Colorado Springs, Colo; two brothers, a sister, 15 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren
Ravalli Republican, April 27, 1953

ELIZABETH REBECCA BOYER ALKIRE
April 12, 1881 - October 3, 1969
Mrs. J.C. Alkire, Resident in Valley 48 years, Taken By Death
    Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at the Dowling chapel to honor Mrs. J.C. Alkire, 88, who expired at Daly Hospital Friday at 8:07 p.m.. Mrs. Alkire’s granddaughter, Pastor Muriel Gooder, officiated and interment was in Grantsdale cemetery beside the resting place of her husband who died April 23, 1953. Pallbearers were James Wilson, Art Treece, Bill Lovely, Charles Likes, G.R. Riley, and Charles Squires.
    Elizabeth Recbecca Boyer was born April 12, 1881 in Superior, Neb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.V. Boyer. She married James Alkire May 31, 1899 at Clay Center, Neb, lived there and at Edgar and came to Montana and the Bitter Root in February 1921. They lived many years near Grantsdale.
    The Alkires were saddened in 1942 when their eldest son, Joseph, lost his life while in service with the merchant marines and was buried at sea.
    Born prematurely, she weighed two pounds at birth. Her mother passed away when Elizabeth was an infant. The children lived with relatives and as a child, Elizabeth spent much time in the sun and became an excellent horsewoman.
    The Alkires operated a fine truck garden. Following his death, she became employed as a companion baby sitter, etc. She resided with son Lawrence here until 1 1/2 years ago when failing health caused her to reside with her daughter, Mrs. Vernon Elmore.
    Surviving are sons, Ray at Libby; Lawrence, Hamilton; daughter, Mrs. G.G (Grace) Dixon, Colorado Springs, Colo; Mrs. V.H. (Doris) Elmore, Hamilton; 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren. A brother preceded Mrs. Alkire in death.
Abstract from The Western News, October 8, 1969

ROBERT THOMAS ALLEN
January 3, 1922 - May 18, 1995
    Robert Allen, 73, of Victor, died at his home Thursday, May 18, 1995. He was born January 3, 1922 in Anaconda, to Orlando and Katherine Allen.
    He spent his early years at Southern Cross, Montana, and while still a young child he moved with his family to Butte, where he attended school and later worked in the mines there and at Radersberg, Montana. He married Catherine “Pat” Wiefitch October 31, 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific as a demolition specialist during WWII.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and three sisters. Surviving are his wife, Pat, of the family home; four sos and daughters-in-law, bob and Jane, of Stevensville, Wayne and Ellen of Helena, Gerald and Terri of Victor, and Rick and Brenda of Midvale, Utah; four sisters, Helen Harris and Jean Buckingham, both of Townsend, Mary Price of Butte, and Ann Roberts of Radersberg; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
    Vigil service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Stevensville, at 7:30 p.m. today. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Stevensville. a reception will follow at the family center. Memorials are asked to the Victor Museum or the Victor Senior Citizen Center.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, May 22, 1995

EDWARD MARSHALL ANDERSON
January 5, 1885 - March 3, 1952
MARSHALL ANDERSON, CLERK OF COURT, TAKEN; FUNERAL SERVICES TODAY.
     Edward Marshall Anderson, one of the Bitter Root's best known and beloved public officials, died early Monday morning, March 3, 1952  in Daly hospital in Hamilton. Services were held this afternoon in the Hamilton Masonic temple, where he gave much of his time and energy through the years. Rev. William c. Stearns of the Federated church officiated and the burial was in Riverview cemetery with graveside services by the Stevensville Masonic lodge. Pallbearers were: Don McKenna, Doug Galbraith, Milton Byrd, Anthony Hork, Ray Severns, and William Gray. Honorary pallbearers were: Cyrus Franks, Fred Fehrenkamp, C.D. Haynes, Judges C.E. Comer and Albert Besancon, Miles Romney, James Oliva, C.E. Hartley, Fay Burrell, Kelly Robbins, Roy Tillman, Claude Johnson, and Walter Poindexter.
    Survivors include the widow, two sons, Ben of Victor and Robert of Hamilton; a granddaughter, Glenda Rae, 8, of Victor; grandson, Marshall of Hamilton, 16 months; two half-sisters, Mrs. R.L. Kitt, Great Falls and Mrs. Jack Weedman, Billings; half-brother, William Frisby of Missoula.
    Marshall was born January 5, 1885 at Covington, Kentucky, received early education at Covington and graduated from high school at Big Stone Gap, Virginia. He married Lenore Shockley in 1912 in Missoula. They lived in the Three Mile area east of Stevensville until 1922 the moved to Hamilton. Lenore died in 1940. He married Silva Briner in 1941 in Anaconda.
Abstract from: The Western News, March 6, 1952

ELI U. APPLEBURY
July 6, 1880 - April 5, 1961

    Funeral services were held at Dowling chapel Saturday for Eli U. Applebury who died at Daly Hospital Wednesday, April 5 at 7:15 p.m. following a long period of ill health. Rev. Glenn Johnson officiated at the rites. Interment was in Corvallis cemetery. Pallbearers were Lawrence Applebury, Loyd Applebury, Ned Applebury, Chester Roberts, J. B. Centers, Everett Flint.
    Eli Upton Applebury was born July 6, 1880 in Marion County, MO, son of the late T. E. and Missouri Upton Applebury and came to the Bitter Root with his parents in 1898. He married Maude Chaffin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James A.  Chaffin at Corvallis March 18, 1900 by Bosewell C. Black. The couple became the parents of three children, of these two survive. They are Mrs. C. H. (Fern) Zahn of Seattle, Cecil of Wenatchee. The other child, Sheldon, is deceased. There are also surviving Mr. Applebury a sister, Mrs. Frank J, (Effie) Kellett of Yakima, and ten grandchildren.  Mr. Applebury later was married to Daisy Bird Krout in Nov, 1921.
Abstract from: The Western News April 13, 1961

IRENE VERNA HAIGH APPLEBURY
October 29, 1904 - June 24, 1994
    Irene Verna Applebury, 89, of Hamilton died Friday at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. She was born October 29, 1904 on the Bitterroot Stock Farm, the daughter of Joseph and Emma Haigh. Her father was the ranch foreman for Marcus Daly.
    She graduated from Hamilton High School in 1922 and Montana State University in 1926. On February 6, 1927, she married Lawrence Applebury at Hamilton. The couple lived and farmed in the Coal Pit area of Corvallis and then moved to Hamilton in 1946.
    Survivors include two daughters, Doris Hanna, Spokane, and Shirley West and son-in-law, Les, Santa Clara, California; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in 1983.
    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Federated Church with Rev. Gordon Read officiating. The family suggests memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are by the Dowling Funeral Home.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, June 27, 1994

JAMES M. APPLEBURY
1832 - 1910
JAMES M. APPLEBURY, WHO RESIDED EAST OF CORVALLIS, WAS BURIED SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
     Another old resident of the Bitter Root valley has passed away. John M. Applebury, who came to this country more than a quarter of a century ago, died at the home of his son, James M. Applebury, Jr., three miles east of Corvallis, last Friday. He had reached the advanced age of 76 years, 3 months, and 26 days.
      He was born in Virginia, and came to the Bitter Root valley March 11, 1884, where he resided ever since. Before coming here, he made his home for a few years in Missouri.
      The deceased is survived by three sons, T.E. Applebury and J.M. Applebury of Corvallis, and J.P. Applebury of Chesaw, Washington, and one daughter, Mrs. G.A. Million of Corvallis, and seventeen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
     Rev. Bascom Waters of Corvallis conducted the funeral Sunday and the body was interred in the cemetery near Corvallis.
Mr. Applebury's death was due to old age. He had been in feeble health for several years and death was no unexpected.
Ravalli Republican, December 30, 1910
                                                                                                                                                                       
JAMES MARSHALL APPLEBURY
November 8, 1872 - March 16, 1954
J.M. APPLEBURY PIONEER OF THE BITTER ROOT DIES. FUNERAL FRIDAY
    James Marshall Applebury, pioneer settler who came to the Bitter Root with his parents in 1884, died peacefully in his sleep at the family home in the Coal Pit area east of Corvallis sometime Tuesday morning, March 16.
    Funeral services will be held at the Dowling chapel in Hamilton at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, March 19, with Rev. William C. Stearns officiating. Burial will be made in the family plot in Corvallis cemetery where the pioneer parents of Mr. Applebury are also at rest, the mother having died in December 1897 and the father in December 1910. Pallbearers at the Marshall Applebury funeral will be O.C. Lockwood, William Jenkins, Vernon Jenkins, Charles Slocum, Charles Reader, and Ernest Levandoske.
    James Marshall Applebury was born November 8, 1872 in Shelbyville, Missouri, the youngest of 6 children of James Marshall and Elizabeth Ritter Applebury. The family moved to the Bitter Root valley in 1884 and lived on a homestead east of Corvallis.
    Marshall Applebury and Nannie May Glassley were united in marriage January 1, 1901 in Corvallis.
    J.M. Applebury is survived by his widow and their three children: Lawrence of Hamilton, Loyd of Corvallis, and Mrs. George A. Nelson of Hill City, South Dakota. Others who survive are five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The grandchildren are Rex, Jay, and Denis Applebury of Corvallis, Mrs. Emil Nord of Spokane and Mrs. Lester West of Hayward, California.
Abstract from: The Western News, March 18, 1954

JAMES T. APPLEBURY
July 26 1884 - April 18, 1946
James T. AppleburyTaken by Death
    James T, Applebury, 62, Corvallis, who was stricken with a heart attack while working in the field Wednesday, died about 10 o’clock Thursday evening. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon in the Dowling Chapel.He was born July 26, 1884, in Shelbyville, Mo., and moved to the Corvallis district, where he has since made his home, in 1898.  He had always followed farming and in late years he also employed by the Gold Medal Dairies and for the last couple of years as a fireman at the Bitterroot Cannery.
    Daughter, Mrs. Everett Flint, Corvallis; son, Ned, Hamilton; sister, Mrs. Leslie Snell, Corvallis, and one in Yakima Wash.; brothers, Clarence, Seattle, Wash., and Eli, Corvallis, and three grandchildren, survive.
Contributed by Corvallis Community Heritage Project

MISSOURI APPLEBURY
June 19, 1861 - December 25, 1942
MRS. T.C. APPLEBURY CLAIMED BY DEATH; RESIDENT OF VALLEY MORE THAN 40 YEARS.
    The Dowling Chapel at Hamilton was the scene of funeral services for Mrs. Missouri Applebury, resident of the Bitter Root for more than 40 years, who died at her home at Corvallis Christmas Day. Elder R.F. Finney, Jr. conducted the services and interment was made in Corvallis cemetery beside the grave of her late husband, T.C. Applebury. Pallbearers were Ed Johnson, Thos. R. Glass, B.J. Smyth, Frank Engler, Peter Bosket, and M.L. Holloran.
    The deceased was born at Monroe City, Missouri June 29, 1861. She is survived by the following children: Eli and James Applebury, Corvallis; Clarence, Seattle; Mrs. Effie Kellogg, Yakima; and Mrs. L.C. Snell, Corvallis.
The Western News, December 31, 1942

NANCY (Nannie) MAE GLASSLEY APPLEBURY
November 6, 1878 - March 16, 1954
Mrs. Applebury Rites To Be Held At The Dowling Chapel
    Funeral services pend at the Dowling Funeral Home for Mrs. Marshal Applebury, 91 who died at Valley View Estates this morning. Interment will be in Corvallis cemetery beside the grave of her husband who died March 16, 1954.
    Nancy May Glassley, known always as Nannie, was born on Nov. 6, 1878 in Ray County, MO., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Glassley. When she was six years old the family moved to Butte where her father died two years later. Two years later the mother and her seven children moved to the valley and settled in the Stevensville area. Miss Glassley married James Marshall Applebury Jan. 1, 1901 at the Alice Hedge home in Corvallis. Afterward the couple established a home in the Coal Pit area east of Corvallis until he retired from farming. They owned and operated several farms for a half century. A year after his death she moved to Hamilton near her son Lawrence and his wife Irene. She moved to the Valley View Estates in March 1962.
Mrs. Applebury was a member of the Methodist church, joining at Stevensville when a young woman. She was a member of Charity Rebekah lodge for many years, joining at Corvallis and transferring to the Hamilton lodge.
    Surviving are sons Lawrence of Hamilton and Lloyd, Missoula; daughter, Mrs. George (Lois) Nelson, Rapid City, So. Dak.; five grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and all other members of her family. A brother, Mike, died in Mexico where he was taken while serving in the Spanish-American war.
    While her first interest was always her family, her good works went beyond that relationship. Through the decades of her life she was always thoughtful and helpful to those requiring assistance and her dedication to family and friends won her a warm admiration which will not be dimmed by her passing.
Western News, October 21, 1978
Contributed by Corvallis Community Heritage Project
     
REXFORD (Rex) JAMES APPLEBURY
September 30, 1936 - May 4, 1991
Pastor Rex James Applebury, 54. of Stevensville, died Saturday at St. Patricks Hospital.
He was born September 30, 1936, in Hamilton to Loyd and Ruth taber Applebury. He resided in Corvallis and received his education and graduated from Corvallis Highschool in the class of 1955. He attended the Multomah School of the Bible in Portland, oregon, and Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Kansas, and received is B.A. and M.A. he had a pastorship in Independece, Missouri; Augusta, Montana; first Baptist Church at Stevensville; Evangelical Church in Stevensville; and presently at Jesus Community Church in Stevensville.
    Rex worked and was a registered land surveyor working in the Northwest. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959. On July 25, 1959, he married Janice Wildey in Hamilton. He was a miner-prospector, wrote songs and was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a friend to everyone.
    He is survived by his wife, Janice, of Stevensville; one son, Brad Applebury of Stevensville; two daughters, Julie Ralston of Darby and Joni Koch of Hamilton; two brothers, Jay Applebury of Anchorage, Alaska, and Denis of Corvallis, Montana; three granddaughters and two grandsons.
    Memorial services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Catholic Family Center with a reception to follow at the Jesus Community Church. The Whitesitt Funeral Home of Stevensville is in charge of arrangements.
Ravalli Republic, May 6, 1991
Contributed by Corvallis Class of 1955

SARA MILLER ATCHESON
Mrs. Atcheson Dead
Former Hamilton Woman Expires at Portland Home Monday While Entertaining Friends

    Mrs. Sara Atcheson, former resident of the Hamilton community, dropped dead at her home in Portland, Oregon, Monday while entertaining friends at dinner, word sent to relatives here states. The body was forwarded to Missoula yesterday and will be brought to Corvallis for burial this afternoon following funeral services in the Garden City.
    Mrs. Atcheson was a native of Ireland, coming to America about 15 years ago. She was 50 year old and before going to Portland two years ago had spent about 12 years here. She lived in Canada a short time before coming to the United States. Her husband, W.H. Atcheson, and her mother and brother, Mrs. John Miller and Robert Miller, all of Hamilton, survive her. Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Ertel, who recently went to Portland from Hamilton, were at Mrs. Atcheson’s home when she was stricken.
Ravalli Republican, September 6, 1934