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April 18, 1860 - December 11, 1943
Early Day Victor Resident Dies
Victor, December 13 - Funeral services for Homer F. Babbitt, former Ravalli county assessor who died at his home here Saturday, were held in the Dowling chapel at Hamilton, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. The Rev. Fraser MacDonald officiated. Interment was in the Corvallis cemetery. Pallbearers were H.C. Groff, Ed. C. Downing, S.P. Kerr, George Safley, John Greenfield, Adam Horung.
    He had been seriously ill in October but had improved and was up and about until he suffered a stroke on Tuesday. He was born April 18, 1860 in Lebanon, Ohio, and came to Montana in 1881. He first homesteaded in the Ross hole section, coming to Victor a few years later. This has been his home since with the exception of 1900 and 1912 when he made his home in Hamilton wile serving as assessor. He was a rancher until 1904 when he went into the butcher business. He disposed of this business in 1918 and from 1921 to 1925 operated the Victor Garage, retiring in the latter year. He was marred to Emma Alford, Corvallis in 1891. She died in 1908 and in 1914 he married Mrs. Maude McClung, Victor.
    Besides his widow, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Minnie Fulton, Power; son, James Everett, Victor postmaster, and stepson, Guy McClung, Bremerton, Washington, and several grandchildren.
Ravalli Republican, December 16, 1943  

February 22, 1914 - March 23, 1983
    Georgianna H. Babiak, 68, died Wednesday morning at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital of natural causes after a long illness. She was born February 22, 1914 at Havre, the daughter of Ernest and Nora Healy Hayes. She attended Havre schools, graduating from Havre High School, and attended Northern Montana College. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine's in St. Paul, Minnesota.
    She married Ted Babiak on Aril 22, 1946 in Havre. They continued to make their home there until moving to Chinook in 1950. In 1957, they moved to Hamilton where her husband was the manager of Montana Power.
    Survivors include her husband, Ted, of the family home and several cousins. Rosary will be recited on Friday at 8 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church. Funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis, with the Rev. James Burns as celebrant. Interment will be Monday at the Calvary Cemetery in Havre. The family suggest memorials to St. Francis Catholic Church, the America Cancer Society or to the contributor’s choice.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, March 24, 1983      
August 26, 1854 - February 12, 1930
Stevensville, February 12 - William E. Baggs, pioneer resident of the Bitter Root valley, died at his home here early this morning after an illness of five days. Mr. Baggs, who came to the Bitter Root valley in 1877, was 76 years of age. He came to this country during the Nez Perce Indian war, and was detailed as a guard at Fort Owen in 1877.
     He was a former postmaster here for 12 years and for a number of years was an expert accountant with the Missoula Mercantile Company's branch store.
     Mr. Baggs was born August 26, 1854, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and spent his early boyhood in Smyrna, Delaware. He came to Montana from Delaware in 1882. He was married to Laura E. Dobbins, the first white child born in the Bitter Root valley. After her death, he married Mary Stoddard of Stevensville in 1887. She is a sister of Fred Stoddard of Missoula.
     Mr. Baggs is survived by a son by his first marriage, Marvin Baggs. By his second marriage, he is survived by his widow and three children, Clara Baggs of Stevensville, Mrs. F.H. Ventner of Merced, California, and William Baggs, who is with the merchant marine. He is also survived by a brother, George T. Baggs, an attorney at Stevensville, and a sister, Mrs. Anna E. Pierce of Kansas City, Missouri.
     Funeral services will be held Friday morning at the Federated Methodist church here. The services will be under the auspices of the Masonic lodge. Rev. H.B. Ricketts will officiate.                                                                                                                                           
Ravalli Republican, February 13, 1930

1873 - April 2, 1930
    Mrs. Martha S. Bagley, 58, died at he home on South Eighth street yesterday morning following several weeks of illness. Mrs. Bagley was a native of Mountain Home, Ark., and came to the Bitter Root valley with her husband 18, years ago, living for several years at Charlos Heights. The family moved to Hamilton two years ago. She is survived by her husband, William Bagley, three daughters, Mrs. Sam Morton, Mrs. J.J. Boyle of Wenatchee, Wash, and Mrs. North Clark of Hamilton; three sons, Bernard and Raymond Bagley of Hamilton, and John Fullerton, by a  former marriage. A brother, George Raymond of Hamilton, and three step children, Mrs. Otis Talbot and Nova Bagley of Corvallis and Mrs. Mark Cook of Victor, are other relatives in the valley. Two sisters, Mrs. Henry Maggard of Dustin, Okla., and Mrs. William Hopson of Stuttgart, Ark, and four brothers, Harvey, Walter, Robert and Albert, survive. Three of the brothers reside near the old home in Arkansas and the last named lives at Colorado Springs, Colo.
    Funeral services will be held from the Christian Church tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. J.L. Eccles. Mrs. Bagley had been a member of the Christian Church for many years. Burial will be made in Riverview Cemetery.
    Mrs. Bagley was known as a kindly woman and a good neighbor in the community where she spent so many years. Several grandchildren survive with the immediate family.
Ravalli Republican, April 3, 1930

    William F. Bagley, resident of the Hamilton community for the past 23 years, died Tuesday at the Daly hospital following a ten-day illness that necessitated an emergency operation. He was 62 years old and for the most of his life had following farming as an industry.
    Surviving family members are his wife, the daughters, Mrs. Virginia Talbot, Mrs. Myrtle Cook and Mrs. Fay Clark, and the sons, Raymond, Nova, and Charles, all of the Bitter Root valley. A daughter, Mrs. Argie Boyle, lives at Seattle. Mrs. Sam Morton is a step-daughter.
    Funeral services will be held at the Wright Chapel tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. H.H. Longenecker officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, June 23, 1938

June 10, 1878 - June 12, 1964
Fred Bailey, Stevensville, Taken By Death At The Age of 86
    Funeral services were Tuesday at the Whitesitt chapel in Stevensville for Fred S. Bailey, 86, who died June 12, at Federal Way, Wn. He had lived in the Stevensville area before moving to Federal Way in 1952.
    He was born June 10, 1878 in Chippewa Falls, Wis. He married Cordelia Dresel there on July 4, 1899. They farmed there until 1920 when they moved to Corvallis to operate a restaurant. In 1923, they moved to what was known as the Hamilton ranch, operating it in partnership with her brother Jack Dresel. In the next few years, they lived on several different farmed before he became employed by the Associated See Growers. They purchased a home on Geneva in 1936 and lived there many years. They noted their golden wedding anniversary in 1949.
    Mrs. Bailey died April 13, 1952 and interment was in the Three Mile cemetery where Mr. Bailey was laid to rest yesterday. A five year old daughter, Mary, preceded both parents in death. Surviving are daughters Mrs. George (Betty) Hollibaugh, Gardnerville, Nevada, formerly a long time resident of Hamilton and Bozeman, Mrs. Dorothy Wright, Mrs. Leslie (Isabelle) Barker, Mrs. Paul (Margaret) Dayton, Las Vegas, Nevada; son Alec J, Las Vegas; 12 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Jack Dresel, Hamilton.
The Western News, June 17, 1964


September 16, 1882 - May 16, 1962
Corvallis - Mrs. Elsie Bailey, 79, a resident of the valley for 50 years, died Wednesday morning in Daly hospital in Hamilton, following a long illness from cancer. She had been up and around, but had not been in good health for a year. She was taken to the hospital on Monday.
     Mrs. Bailey was born Elsie Adele McBride, September 16, 1882, at Elk Grove, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of John and Mary Elizabeth McNett McBride, Jr. In 1894, the family moved to Plattville, Wisconsin where she attended school and graduated from the Plattville Normal School in 1904. She taught school for a year at Darlington, Wisconsin, and on December 27, 1905, married a fellow school teacher, Winfield Scott Bailey, at Plattville. They remained in that area for several years and in 1912 moved to ranch property in the Three Mile area east of Stevensville. The next year, they moved to Corvallis where Mr. Bailey was superintendent of schools. In 1916, they built a house north of Corvallis that was they farmed and was the family home until Mr. Bailey's death in 1951.
    Following Mr. Bailey's retirement in 1941, they maintained their ranch home here and spent their winters in Long Beach, California. Since Mr. Bailey's death, much of Mrs. Bailey's time has been spent in California until the past two years, when she returned to Corvallis to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Otto Quast.
     Mrs. Bailey was a member of the Corvallis Order of Eastern Star, Community Church, charter member of the Corvallis Womans Club, Owego Garden Club, and Ladies Aid.
     Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Otto (Ruth) Quast, Corvallis; Mrs. Larry (Kay) Moore, Stamford, Connecticut; son, Homer, Corvallis; eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a niece, and two nephews.
      Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Dowling chapel, Hamilton. The Rev. Father Carl Lemm-Marugg will officiate. Interment will be in the family plot in Corvallis cemetery.                                                                                                                 The Western News, Ravalli Republic, June 16, 1962
Contributed by Karolyn Simpson

September 17, 1881 - May 31, 1951
     One of the Bitter Root's leading citizens for many years, passed from this world last Thursday, May 31, at Long Beach, California where he as been spending much of his time in recent years. He was Winfield Scott Bailey, former superintendent of schools of Corvallis, one time Corvallis banker, and for many years, one of the leading agriculturists of Ravalli County.
     Funeral services were conducted at the Dowling chapel in Hamilton yesterday afternoon followed by burial rites at Corvallis cemetery. Rev. Jesse Dove of Corvallis officiated at the services and rites of the Masonic fraternity, to which Mr. Bailey had for years owed allegiance, were conducted at the graveside.
     Active pallbearers at the funeral were Paul Lear, Gilbert Chaffin, Albert Miles, R.J. McCall, Ray Morris, and Dan Morris. The honorary pallbearers were Edward Mills, Henry St. John, James St. John, Ivan Gustafson, Charles Swanson, R.A. O'Hara, H.C. Groff, J.W. Kilpatrick, Scotty Brown, R.H. McKay, Peter Haas, Charles G. Johnson, and Albert Hess.
     Mr. Bailey was born September 17, 1881 at Cobb, Wisconsin. After graduating from Plattville Teachers College at Plattville, Wisconsin, he taught school in Wisconsin several years. He married Elsie Adele McBride December 27, 1905 at Plattville and, came to the Bitter Root with his family in 1912, locating first in the Three Mile area and later moving to Corvallis.
     After serving as superintendent at Corvallis for three years and engaging in the banking business there, he started extensive sheep farming operations north of Corvallis. Later, sugar beets and cattle became the main crops. He served as one of the directors of the federal Agricultural Adjustment Administration during the early years of the Roosevelt administration with headquarters in Bozeman. When his health failed, he turned over active management of his farming operation to his son, Homer, who has continued in that capacity up to the present time. He was one of the organizers of the Western Montana Beetgrowers Association.
    He was a member of the Corvallis Lodge No. 39 A.F. & A.M., Corvallis O.E.S., Corvallis Community church, and was state president AAA from 1938 until ill health forced his retirement. He was a member of the Corvallis school board for many years.
    Those who survive W.S. Bailey are his widow, Elsie McBride Bailey; his son, Homer, and his daughters: Mrs. Kathryn Huntley of Long Beach and Mrs. Otto (Ruth) Quast of Corvallis. Also surviving are two brothers, Verne of Astoria, Oregon; and Homer of Tallulah, Louisiana, and three sisters: Mrs. E.E. (Loretta) Scott, Corvallis; Mrs. Charles (Edith) Walters and Mrs. Mary Pritchett, both of Pacific Grove, California; and seven grandchildren.    The Western News, June 7, 1951
Contributed by Karolyn Simpson

March 27, 1863 - October 16, 1943
Last Rites Held Tuesday In Spokane For T.A. Baird
    Funeral services were held at Spokane’s First Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon for Thomas A. Baird, long prominent lumber operator of western Montana until entering business 18 years ago in Spokane. Mr. Baird  died in Spokane Saturday. His death was sudden and unexpected occurring at the office of the Baird-Naundorf Lumber Co., of which he was a senior member.
    The deceased came to the Bitter root in the nineties and engaged in the sawmill business. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity.
    Mr. Baird is survived by his widow, two daughters and two sons. The children are Mrs. George D. Boldt of Seattle, Mrs. Raymond W. Bell of Spokane, Harold Baird of Tacoma and Alva C. Baird of Los Angeles.
    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Baird celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary one year ago at which time they enjoyed a trip to western Montana to visit with relatives and friends, including Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Wright of Hamilton.
The Western News, October 21, 1943

   Mrs. J.I. Ballard, Wife of South American Engineer, Victim of Pneumonia at Chuquamata
Corvallis, August 30 - Mrs. J.I. Ballard succumbed to pneumonia Friday at a hospital in Chuquamata, Chile, according to a cable gram received that day by the aged father here, A. C. Butler, and a sister, Mrs. Mason Simmons. Mrs. Ballard, formerly Fanny Butler, was well known to residents of Corvallis, having visited here a number of times. Of late years, she had been with her mining engineer husband in South American and had engaged in teaching school a part of each year.
    Besides the husband, father and sister, there survives one son, Jack Ballard, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is thought the remains will be brought to the United States for burial, but it will require 17 days to reach the old home in Ohio and 22 days should burial take place beside the grave of Mrs. Butler here.
Ravalli Republican, August 31, 1939

September 18, 1881 - March 16, 1952
Rites in Cardwell For G.W. Ballard
    The body of George W. Ballard, 70, Bitter Root resident for 14 years, who died Sunday at his home six miles south of Victor, was sent to White hall Monday for funeral services and burial at Cardwell. Mr. Ballard was born September 18, 1881 in Gallatin County and was one of nine children. He and Mrs. Ballard were married May 15, 1912 at Belgrade. They homesteaded in Jefferson county. In 1938, they came to the Bitter Root settling on a small ranch south of Victor. Mr. Ballard was a member of the Baptist church and of the Masonic lodge at Cardwell.
    Survivors, besides his widow, Belle, are seven of their eight children: Mrs. Walter Smith, Hamilton, Tom Ballard, Corvallis; Mrs. Bud Smith, Hall; Mrs. George Armstrong, Mrs. Edwin Armstrong, George W. Ballard Jr. and Jack Ballard, all of Cardwell; four sisters, Mrs. Wes Rampy, Mrs. Eva Brenner, Mrs. Henry Cloniger, all of Bozeman; Mrs. Ben Walton, Coquille, Ore; and a brother, Grover, Bozeman.
    Mrs. Ballard, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ballard, Corvallis, and Mrs. Bud Smith, Hall, who arrived Sunday, left Monday morning for Cardwell. Final funeral arrangements are pending word from Mrs. Walton.
Ravalli Republican, March 17, 1952

October 12, 1889 - January 10, 1985
     Jane M. Balmer, 95, of Hamilton, died Thursday morning at her home of natural causes. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 pm at the Dowling Funeral Home. Private family burial services will be held at Highland Cemetery in Havre on Monday.
    She was born October 12, 1889 at Renton, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, the daughter of John and Isabel Connell. She was reared and educated in Scotland. She married Adam Balmer at Great Falls in 1916 and operated a sheep ranch in Blaine County for about 25 years. Mr. Balmer died February 12, 1968 and she moved to Hamilton in October 1983.
     She is survived by two daughters, Isabel Molyneaux and Rachael Graves, both of Hamilton; two sons, Thomas Balmer of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and John C. Balmer, of the family home in Hamilton, a sister, Isabel S. Connell of Lincoln, England; 6 grandchildren; 11 great grand children, and several nieces and nephews in Scotland.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 11, 1985

April 19, 1877 - September 25, 1963
     Word was received last week by Lewis Downing of the death in September 1963 of Roy Barley, former resident of the west side district. He was past 80 years of age and had resided in California for many years. Roy Barley was a son of the late pioneers, Mr. and Mrs. James Barley, who homesteaded the Holland Chapin place now owned in part by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dallman. Barley creek was named after the father whose brother was the early day owner of the Dan Gieman and Bill Bates places on the west side. Roy Barley is survived by his half sister, Mrs. Mildred Brenton and by a sister, Mina Barley, an by two brothers, Henry and Allan.                      
The Western News, January 1, 1964 

September 4, 1875 - March 13, 1952
    Mrs. Anna F. Barlow died at Daly hospital Thursday, March 13, 1952. Funeral services will be Saturday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, at the Dowling chapel. Mrs. Barlow was born September 4, 1875 at Watertown, Wisconsin, the daughter of James Brooks, who was a miner in Butte. She attended school at Watertown, completing her education in Butte, Montana.  
    Anna Brooks was graduated from the Deaconess School of Nursing in Spokane in 1902 and married Ralph W. Barlow in 1905. Her husband died of spotted fever in 1921.
    Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Howard Corbin, Osburn, Idaho; Mrs. Roscoe and Mrs. Theodore Fullerton, Hamilton; a brother, George Brooks, Stevensville, sister, Mrs. Ida Heaney, New York, N.Y., and seven grand children.
Abstract from: The Western News, March 13, 1952                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
December 24, 1881 - October 5, 1945
    Weston Barnes passed away Friday, October 5th at a Missoula hospital. He was almost 64 years old at the time of his death. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton and burial was in Riverview Cemetery.
    Weston was born December 24, 1881, at Millport, Pennsylvania. He came to the Bitter Root valley in 1943 from Idaho and bought a place near the Bitter Root Inn and worked most of the time for S.H. Irvine. He was married to Agnes Fleming, May 1918, at Idaho Falls, Idaho and is survived by his widow, two daughters and five sons. The daughters are Mrs. Ella Mae Morris who lives here in Stevensville and Lillian Barnes who lives at home. The sons are George Barnes, now in Okinawa, Weston Barnes, now located in Tinian Island in the Pacific, and Andrew, Tommy, and Gale living at home. There is one brother, Lester Barnes, who lives at Salinas, California and there are two grandchildren.
Abstract from: Northwest Tribune, October 11, 1945

July 8, 1857 - February 16, 1939
Mrs. Barr Passes
Was Corvallis Resident for Fifty-five years
Family Members Act as Pallbearers at Last Rites Saturday; Widow of Early-Day Builder
Corvallis, February 22 - Corvallis lost one of its respected old-time citizens Thursday afternoon with the passing of Mrs. Ann Eliza Barr, 82, whose home had been here since 1884. Mrs. Barr was claimed by the infirmities of age, hastened by a fracture of the upper arm, which she suffered in a fall four weeks earlier. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Corvallis United church with Rev. Ray Ames in charge, assisted by Rev. T.B. Reagan. Two hymns were sung by Mrs. Charles Hess and Miss Doris Randall and the prelude and postlude were played by Mrs. Tom Kane. Pallbearers were the sons-in-law, Guy Cochran and John Adams, and the grandsons, Harvey Reed, William Severns, Max Barr and Harry Adams. Flower-bearers were the granddaughters, Doris and Dorothy Adams, Frances Severns and Marie Barr, and the great granddaughter, Elizabeth Cochran.
    Ann Eliza Caughron was born on July 8, 1857 at Lancaster, MO, the youngest of four children of Mr. and Mrs. George Caughron. At the age of 8 years, she went with her parents to Moulton, Iowa, and there she was married to James Barr on January 16, 1876. To them were born seven children: Claud, who died at the age of four years; James, who died October 6, 1927; Mrs. Addie Reed of Helena, Mrs. Guy Cochran and Mrs. John Adams of Corvallis, George of Greenbelt, MD, and Mrs. Frances Kennedy of Moscow, Idaho.
    In March 1884, the family came to Corvallis and Mrs. Barr had since made her home here. Mr. Barr died seven years ago. He was a contractor and builder, constructing the Presbyterian church, the primary school house and numerous other buildings in this community.
    Besides the surviving children, there are 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Mrs. Barr was the last of her family, a brother having died last November at the age of 87 years. She had a keen sense of humor that stayed with her even through her last illness, that had made her popular with young and old.
    Interment was made in the Corvallis cemetery and the services were in charge of the Dowling Funeral home at Hamilton.
    Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Kennedy left Monday to return to their homes. Others from a distance attending the funeral were the nieces, Miss Hazel Metcalf, Mrs. Melvin Bock, and Mrs. Genevieve Hunter of Missoula.
The Western News, February 23, 1939

July 14, 1848 - April 30, 1930
James Barr Dead
Corvallis, April 30 - James Barr, aged 82 years and a resident of Corvallis for 46 years, died Friday at his home here, following an illness of a few weeks. Until his last illness Mr. Barr had never spent a day in bed with sickness since in childhood and he was a familiar figure on the street every day at mail time. He had followed the trade of a contractor and builder and worked as a carpenter even during the past year. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in charge of the Masons, with whom he had been associated since their organization here. He had been a member of the fraternity 55 years.
    Rev. C. J. Taber preached the funeral sermon. R. R. Hull sang “Face to Face” and a quartet sang “Some Sweet Day” and “Going Down the Valley.” Committal services were in charge of the Masonic lodge and the pallbearers were O. S. Lockwood, R. R. Smithey, U. V. Yaden, H. O. Boyer, George Johnson and Harry Neafus.
    James Barr was born July 14, 1848, at Hillsboro, Iowa. In boyhood he lived in Missouri, but returned to Moulton, Iowa, where on July 16, 1876, he was married to Miss Amy Eliza Campden. To them were born three sons and four daughters, five of whom survive. The family came to Corvallis in March, 1884. For 33 years Mr. Barr had been a member of the Christian church. Mr. and Mrs. Barr celebrated their golden wedding anniversary four years ago. Besides Mrs. Barr he is survived by four daughters, Mrs. J. M. Reed, Mrs. J. Q. Adams and Mrs. C. P. Kennedy of Declo, Idaho, and one son, George Barr of Chicago.
Ravalli Republican,  May 1 1930

March 20, 1899 - September 5, 1958
HHS class of 1918
Last Rites Held For Mary Bates, Hamilton Native Died Last Friday
    A respected Hamilton matron, Mary Hardin Crutchfield Bates, found release from a prolonged illness in death Friday, September 5 at Daly Memorial Hospital. She had been ill for 13 months and a hospital patient the past seven months. Private funeral services were conducted at St. Paul’s Episcopal church in Hamilton Monday morning with Father Carl Lemm-Marrugg and Father James Knicely officiating. Interment was made in Riverview cemetery. Those who served as pallbearers were Guy Middlemist, Harley Nicol, Ed Nobles, Rosa Lindgen, Theodore Fullerton and Dr. Richard Ormasbee.
    Born in Hamilton March 20, 1899, the eldest daughter of the late Attorney and Mrs. Charles Crutchfield, she attended the Hamilton schools and graduated from Hamilton High School with the class of 1918. She was baptized, confirmed, and married in St. Paul’s Church where her funeral rites were held.
    Her marriage to the late Howard N. Bates took place in the church June 7, 1924. Throughout her life she always made Hamilton her life home. While her husband was engaged in the contracting, fuel and post business and in ranching, she was ever constantly associated with him in the management of the various businesses. He passed away here October 10, 1957 and is at rest in Riverview Cemetery.
    Mary Crutchfield Bates was a devoted wife and mother, cherished her ties with family and friends and was respected as a member of the community. Those many friends who will mourn her passing fine it difficult to comprehend why so fine a person should have spent her final months of life in travail with which he was afflicted.
    Those family members who survive Mrs. Bates are her two children: Mrs. Robert W. (Virginia Lee) Minto of Seattle,and Howard N. (Jerry) Bates Jr. of Hamilton; the five grandchildren: Robb, Megan and Meredith Minto and Jerri Lynn and Mary Michelle Bates. Others surviving are her sisters and brothers. They are Misses Jack Crutchfield and Virginia Crutchfield, both of Hamilton, and Inman Crutchfield of Jacksonville, Florida and Charles Crutchfield of Santa Ana, California.
    Mrs. Minto, who had been in Hamilton on a number of occasions during her mother’s illness, arrived here Sunday to attend the services and returned to her Seattle home Tuesday.
    Besides being a lifelong member of the Episcopal church, Mrs. Bates was a member of Leona chapter No. 31 OES and of the auxiliary to the American Legion.
The Western News, September 4, 1958

March 18, 1893 - February 16, 1978
    Graveside services were conducted Saturday at Corvallis Cemetery for Walter “Mickey” Bates, 84, who died Thursday in Hamilton. Born March 18, 1893 at Seigel, Wisconsin, he moved to Hamilton with his parents in 1899.
    Mr. Bates was a horse trainer most of his life, working at the old Tijuana track in Mexico and also in Spokane and Seattle. He served in the U.S. Army during WWI and was a guard at the Rocky Mountain Lab during WWII.
    He is survived by a brother, Bob L. Bates, Hamilton and a sister, Mrs. Wendell Johnson, Butte.
    The Rev. R.C. Mullen officiated at the Saturday services. Dowing Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements
Ravalli Republic, February 20, 1978

June 30, 1888 - January 25, 1953
V.A. Batzner, Retired Banker, Passes; Rites Held Tuesday
    Funeral services for Vere Alden Batzner, retired banker, were conducted in Dowling chapel Tuesday afternoon with Rev. R.R. Price officiating. The body was sent to Spokane for cremation. Mr. Batzner passed away at his home Sunday afternoon. He had had a bad heart since 1946 when a heart attack forced him to retire from the banking business.
    He was born June 30, 1888 at Connersville, Indiana, but grew up at nearby Tipton. He attended DePauw University at Greencastle, Indiana, where he was a Phi Delta Theta, then entered the banking business. At one time he owned a small bank in Wisconsin but most of his career wad spent in Mankato, Minnesota, where he was extremely active in various organizations, Kiwanis, C of C, Masons, Elks and the like, as well as being successful in his chosen work.
    Mr. and Mrs. Batzner moved to Missoula after he became ill in Mankato and lived there about two years before coming to Hamilton about 2 1/2 years ago. Mrs. Batzner is a teacher in the Jefferson school. Both are known to many here as bridge game enthusiasts.
    Survivors include the widow, Rachel of Hamilton; a son, Richard of Minneapolis, MN, who arrived Monday afternoon for the services and a half brother, John Batzner, of Tipton.
The Western News, January 29, 1953

March 24, 1892 - February 8, 1983
     Edwin R. "Pop" Bay died at his home in Corvallis Tuesday evening. He was born on March 24, 1892 at Lewiston, Michigan, the son of Danish parents. After graduating from high school, he attended college for a year, in 1910. At the age of 17, he followed his older brother Hans to Montana.
     He married Lillian M. Hedges, on June 15, 1914 at Columbus. She preceded him in death on January 19, 1974. Survivors include two sons, Robert and Vance, both of Corvallis, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, February 10, 1983                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
November 23, 1892 - January 19, 1974
     Mrs. Edwin (Lillian) Bay, 81, a valley resident for most of her adult life, died Saturday night at Marcus Daly Hospital. Funeral rites will be held Wednesday at 2 pm at the Dowling Chapel, with Rev. Monroe Wilcox, officiating. Burial will be in Corvallis Cemetery with OES graveside rites.
     Lillian woman was born November 23, 1892 in Livingston, attended schools and was raised in Columbus and was married to Edwin R. Bay there on June 15, 1914. Theymoved to Corvallis a short time later, where they founded Bay's Store, a firm that has operated continuously up until the present time.
     Survivors include the widower and two sons, Vance and Robert, all of Corvallis, along with four grandchildren.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 21, 1974 
Abstract from: The Western News, January 23, 1974

October 1895 - January 13, 1915
Untimely Death of Promising Youth
Russell Bay of Corvallis Dead

Corvallis, January 14 - Russell, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Bay of this place, died at the Thornton hospital in Stevensville at 6 o’clock Wednesday evening. Death was due to blood poisoning, resulting from an ulcerated tooth, from which he had been ill for about three weeks. The deceased was 19 years of age, and had resided in Corvallis for the greater part of the past four years. Last spring he graduated from the local high school, and four months later entered as a student in the Agricultural college at Bozeman. Upon his return home for the holidays, he was taken ill and on January 1 became a patient at the Stevensville hospital. The entire community is thrown into grief over his untimely death, he having endeared himself to all who knew him personally. The body was brought here today, and after a brief funeral service, he will be shipped tomorrow to Michigan, his former home, for burial.
The Western News, January 15, 1915, page 1

 April 14, 1847 - July 10, 1910
    D.V. Bean, the sturdy, good-natured loyal friend of this paper passed over the great divide ahead of the rest of us at 1 a.m. last Sunday morning, July 10, at the Sister's hospital at Missoula, where he had battled manfully with the stern reaper of souls for two weeks, following an attack of pleurisy contracted at Salmon City, Idaho some time ago. His great strength wasted away and he died in the presence of his devoted wife and children who were at his bedside.
    D.V. Bean was born in Rock County, Wisconsin, April 14th, 1847 and became identified with the lumber business early in life at Stevens Point, Wisconsin and followed it to the end. His business interests brought him in contact with many men of influence in Wisconsin and Montana. He was a typical frontiersman of both states, and and night was not too dark nor the road too long for stout-hearted Daniel to travel for a friend in need. He never grew weary in well-doing and took great pride in doing whatever he had to do, well. As near as the writer can remember, he first became acquainted with "Dan" when a boy of sixteen summers wearing the union blue trousers and jacket. It was during the war when we witnesses the departure of our own uncle John for the front in defense of the Union. He was prominent in industrial and political affairs of Wisconsin and held many offices of trust in that state. He put his shoulder to the industrial wheel with no uncertain quantity wherever he chanced to be, and many improvements bear the earmarks of his artistic hand.
    He came to Hamilton in 1895, 15 years ago, and became identified with the lumber interests of the late Marcus Daly. Afterward, he owned and operated mills of his own up to a few years ago when he got badly hurt in a runaway accident and he has never been the robust man he was prior to that accident. Yet, he maintained his prominent place in all that pertained to the interests of Hamilton and the valley he had adopted as home. He was an alderman of Hamilton and took a lively interest in the welfare of the city. He had lately become interested with his son, Charles, in the real estate business at Salmon City, Idaho, and was over there when he took ill with pleurisy and came home, to get gradually worse till the end came.
    The doing of a kind deed; the assisting of a struggling boy; the doing of things right constituted his stock in trade and marked him for favor among men. He pushed aside things distasteful to him with a master stroke that made them stay away. He was the soul of honor; positive in his ideas; loved and admired by many; disliked by only those who hate progression in any form. There was no discount in his friendship; no compromise in his opposition to things material in this world; a man whom we all could call brother and not make a mistake.
    He was buried from the family home in Hamilton under the auspices of the Masonic lodge of which he was an honored member, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12th, and his remains were laid beside those of his son, Dee, who preceded him at his majority. The pallbearers were: W.O. Fisk, C.C. Chaffin, C.W. Ward, W.W. Rutledge, A.L. Johnson, and D.R. Boughman. Mayor Logan, J.W. Lister, and Charles H. Marsh of Missoula; Amos Buck, E.H. Metcalf, Henry Buck, Fred Wilson, J.R. Faulds, and George May of Stevensville, Joseph Bowden and E.A. Johnson of Corvallis, and Ellis Weatherford of Victor, were visiting Masons who attended the funeral.
    Mr. Bean leaves a devoted wife, a dutiful daughter, Miss Elizabeth Bean, and emulating sons, Frank of Idaho Falls and Charles of Salmon City, Idaho, to mourn the departure of a loving husband and devoted father. The sorrowing relatives have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends in their sad bereavement.
Northwest Tribune, July 15, 1910

November 15, 1881 - March 31, 1916
Mrs. Fred Bell Passed Away at Her Home Near Grantsdale Early This Morning.
    Mrs. Fred Bell died this morning at 2 o'clock at her home near Grantsdale of convulsions. Wednesday, Mrs. Bell gave birth to a child, and apparently she was doing as well as could be expected, and her death was a great shock to her friends this morning. Mrs. Bell was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was about 33 years old. She came here about two years ago, being married to Mr. Bell January 25, 1914. Arrangements for the funeral will not be made until word is received from the deceased's relatives.
Ravalli Republican, March 31, 1916     

June 15, 1865 - Ocotber 13, 1943
Mrs. Carl Bertleson, Respected Pioneer Matron Of Valley Is Claimed By Death        
    Following an illness of about two weeks, death came yesterday morning to Mrs. Laura Bertleson, wife of Carl Bertleson,a t the family home at 601 North Seventh St. Word of the death came as a shock to the many friends of the pioneer couple. Funeral services will be held at the Dowling Chapel tomorrow afternoon at two o’clock with Rev. C.J. Taber officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. The pallbearers will be Fred Smith, Jesse Smith, V.L. Shults, B.J. Smyth, Louis Albertson and Charles G. Johnson.
    The deceased was born at Eleanor, MO June 15, 1865 and had resided in the Woodside district for about 60 years. She and her husband moved to Hamilton to make their home about two years ago.
    Mrs. Bertleson was married January 1, 1880 to John Elliott at Eleanor, MO. The couple came to Billings, Mont. the next year and then moved to the Couer d’Alene country where they lived until 1887 when they came to the Biter Root.  Mr. Elliott died December 11, 1900. The deceased married Carl Bertleson May 20, 1918 and they made their home near Woodside where they operated a farm until coming to Hamilton.
    Mrs. Bertleson is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. Thomas Dunbar, Woodside; Mrs. Henry Aishe, Corvallis, Mrs. William Bailey, Hood River, Ore; Homer Elliott, Portland, Ore; and Jesse Elliott who is with the Navy in the Pacific. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Alice Funk, San Carlos, Calif; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren, and many friends.
The Western News, October 14, 1943
June 26, 1915 - July 17, 1974
    Many friends in the Bitter Root joined family members in shocked sorrow upon hearing of the death of Mrs. Ronald Bibler at 9:45 pm July 17. Mrs. Bibler was en route to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Helen) Jones at Flathead Lake Lookout Museum near Lakeside. Highway patrolmen reported that the northbound car driven by Mrs. Bibler collided with the rear of another car driven by Gary Burland, 27 of Pablo who had slowed down to make a left turn off Highway 93 into a camp ground area. It is suspected that the sun blinded Mrs. Bibler so that she did not even see the Burland car.
    Rosary was said Sunday evening at St. Francis Church and requiem Mass Monday morning for Mrs. Bibler with Father James Burns officiating. Interment was in Lone Pine cemetery beside the grave of her late husband. Melba Ogg was organist and Wayne Chambers of Seattle presented guitar music. Pallbearers were Barney Billings, Bruce Blahnik, George Vogt, Don Schallenberger, Douglas Gallbraith, and Ernie Wales. Honorary pallbearers were Fred Roberts, Clint Roberts, Lee Hahn, Joe O'Meara, Kris Wales, and Bud Myrdal.
    Pauline Kerlee Hayward was born June 26 in Hamilton, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Herbert (Grace) Hayward. She made her home in Darby with her uncle and aunt, Bert and Anna Z. Kerlee, attended school there and was a graduate with the class of 1933.
    Her marriage to Ronald Troyer Bibler took place in Darby, July 15, 1933. The late Rev. E.T. Thorn officiated. Their witnesses were Bert and Anna Kerlee. They made their home in Darby where he was manager of the Waleswood, Inc. sawmill and for many years she was bookkeeper there. She was an accomplished musician for many years in church, school, and at other events. She had lately taken brush-up lessons. She was a member of St. Francis Church, active in the Elks Ladies, and Bitter Root Duplicate Bridge club. She participated in four bridge marathons during the past four years.
    Surviving is the daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Helen) Jones; son, Herbert Gerald (Jet) Bibler, Darby; sister Mrs. Dorman (Betty) Newton, Independence, Oregon; brother, Herbert (Bill) Hayward, San Jose, California; grandchildren, Jet Gordon Bibler, Darby; Ronald, Mark, and Bruce Bibler, Great Falls and the latter three boys' mother, Mrs. Douglas (Charlene) Bibler, Great Falls; aunt, Mrs. B.K. Monroe, Hamilton; sister-in-law, Mrs. Kenneth (Carolyn) Wolfinbarger, North Star Ranch, Selway Area, Idaho; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
    Mr. Bibler died January 3, 1973. A son, Lt. R. Douglas Bibler, died September 27, 1966 while on a training flight. Her sister, Mrs. Lawrence (Helen) Prather died April 28, 1967, and a brother, Gordon Hayward, died December 20, 1962. Her parents also preceded her in death, Dr. Hayward, November 12, 1954; Mrs. Hayward, November 12, 1950; Bert Kerlee, February 1, 1954, and Mrs. Kerlee, September 30, 1972.
    Among those coming to Hamilton for the rites were Mrs. Newton, Charlene Bibler and sons; Mr. and Mrs. Wolinbarger. In charge of the funeral was Shrider Mortuary, Plains. James Faust, partner in the mortuary, is a former Darby resident and longtime friend of the family.
The Western News, July 24, 1974
Contributed by Helen Bibler

December 26, 1928 - September 4, 1934
Meningitis is Fatal
Young Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bickner Passed Away Tuesday After Brief Illness
    Gordon Bickner, 7-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bickner, died Tuesday afternoon at the Daly hospital following a week’s illness due to meningitis. The boy is survived by his parents and five brothers and sisters, Floyd, Archie, Lila, Irene and Alice. The Bickner family came to the Bitter Root Valley about two years ago from Alberta, where the boy was born December 26, 193=28. Mr. Bickner recently returned here from Washington, called by the boy’s illness. Funeral services will be held at the Dowling chapel this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. C.R. Miller officiating.
Ravalli Republican, September 6, 1934

April 7, 1907 - December 8, 1984
    Edward R. Bittner, 77, died Saturday of natural causes at North Valley Nursing Home in Stevensville. He was born April 7, 1909 in Garrrett, PA, to Edward and Clara Bittner. He received his education in Pennsylvania, moved to Washington, then moved to Oregon and married Edna Lambert in 1966. The couple lived in Arizona before coming to Florence three and a half years ago. Mr. Bittner had worked as a merchant marine, commercial fisherman in Alaska and Washington, a floor layer, and a chef.
    He was preceded in death by his wife in March 1984, and a sister. Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy Anderson, Klamath Falls, Oregon, Peggy Priesz, Tucson, Arizona, and Marleen Paske, Florence; a son, Dean, Long Beach, Washington; a sister, Eva Admik, Battle Ground, Washington; a brother, Stan, of Siletz, Oregon; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
    Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville with Bishop Mark Bingham officiating. Burial will be in the Florence Carlton Cemetery.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, December 12, 1984