HOMER F. BABBITT
Early Day Victor Resident Dies
April 18, 1860 - December 11, 1943
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
Ravalli Republican, December 16, 1943
GEORGIANNA HAYES BABIAK
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
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, March 24, 1983
WILLIAM E. BAGGS
August 26, 1854 - February 12, 1930
DEATH OF PIONEER. RESIDENT OF STEVENSVILLE FOR FIFTY-FOUR YEARS.
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
Ravalli Republican, February 13, 1930
MARTHA S. RAYMOND BAGLEY
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
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
FREDRICK ELMER BAILEY
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
The Western News, June 17, 1964
ELSIE ADELE McBRIDE BAILEY
September 16, 1882 - May 16, 1962
MRS. W.S. BAILEY TAKEN BY DEATH. LONG A RESIDENT OF THE BITTER
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
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.
News, Ravalli Republic, June 16, 1962
Contributed by Karolyn Simpson
WINFIELD SCOTT BAILEY
September 17, 1881 - May 31, 1951
W.S. BAILEY IS TAKEN BY GRIM REAPER, BURIAL AT CORVALLIS.
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
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
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
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
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
FANNY BUTLER BALLARD
DEATH OF MONTANAN
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
Ravalli Republican, August 31, 1939
GEORGE W. BALLARD
Rites in Cardwell For G.W. Ballard
September 18, 1881 - March 16, 1952
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,
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
JANE M. CONNELL BALMER
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
ROY BARLEY DIES, WAS REARED IN CANYON CREEK AREA WEST OF HAMILTON
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
The Western News, January 1, 1964
ANNA F. BROOKS BARLOW
September 4, 1875 - March 13, 1952
ANNA BARLOW, NURSE AT OLD HOSPITAL PASSES. RITES SATURDAY
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 BURIED WEDNESDAY
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
James Barr Dead
July 14, 1848 - April 30, 1930
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
MARY HARDIN CRUTCHFIELD BATES
Last Rites Held For Mary Bates, Hamilton Native Died Last Friday
March 20, 1899 - September 5, 1958
HHS class of 1918
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
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
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
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
“MICKEY” C. BATES
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
VERE ALDEN BATZNER
V.A. Batzner, Retired Banker, Passes; Rites Held Tuesday
June 30, 1888 - January 25, 1953
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
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
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
EDWIN R. "POP" BAY
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
RUSSELL JAMES BAY Sr.
Untimely Death of Promising Youth
October 1895 - January 13, 1915
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
DANIEL V. BEAN
April 14, 1847 - July 10, 1910
D.V. BEAN AT FINAL REST.
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
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
HILDEGARD C. BELL
November 15, 1881 - March 31, 1916
DIED THIS MORNING
Mrs. Fred Bell Passed Away at Her Home Near Grantsdale Early
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
ANN KEYES ELLIOTT BERTLESON
June 15, 1865 - Ocotber 13, 1943
Mrs. Carl Bertleson, Respected Pioneer Matron Of Valley Is Claimed
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.
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
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
The Western News, October 14, 1943
PAULINE KERLEE HAYWARD BIBLER
June 26, 1915 - July 17, 1974
MRS. RON BIBLER DIED JULY 17 OF INJURIES FROM CAR ACCIDENT
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
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
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
CHARLES GORDON BICKNER
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
Ravalli Republican, September 6, 1934
EDWARD R. BITTNER
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