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NELLIE H. BLACK
January 38, 1877 - February 6, 1974
Mrs. Verne (Nellie) Black died Wednesday at the
Valley View Estates nursing home in Hamilton. Funeral rites are
planned Saturday at 2 pm at the Dowling Chapel here, with Rev.
Eugene Bartels officiating. Burial will be in Corvallis Cemetery.
She was born Nellie Hawthorne on January 30,
1877, at Vinton, Iowa.
She married James LaVerne Black at Kearney,
Nebraska on June 27, 1909, and shortly afterward, moved to the
Bitter Root. Her husband farmed in the area for many years until his
death in 1957.
Survivors are her son, James; are a sister, Mrs.
Lillian Stoufer of Bedford, Massachusetts; three grandchildren and
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, February 17, 1974
A telegram was received in
this city yesterday announcing the death at his Victor home of
A. Sterns blake, to whom belongs the distinction of being one of
the first discoverers of gold in Montana. Death was sudden and
unexpected. Mr. Blake was one of the few remaining pioneers who
blazed the trailed into the gold fields of California and
Montana. He has many sincere friends wherever he was known and
his passing causes general sorrow throughout Montana.
Abraham Sterne Blake was born at New Haven,
Conn. (this is an error. He was born in New Haven, Addison
County, Vermont)November 29, 1837. His forefathers had
settled at Plymouth Rock. At the age of 18 years, Mr. Blake went
to California, where he remained but a short time. Joining his
brother, Major L.L. Blake, he came to Montana, via Portland,
oregon, and the Mullan road from Walla Walla, arriving at Fort
Owen, near Stevensville, in November, 1861. He located at Sweet
Home (Sweathouse)Creek, near Victor, in 1864.
Mr. Blake and P.W. McAdow set the first gold
sluices on God Creek in 1862, establishing there the first gold
camp in this state. He was also one of the original locators of
the famous Curlew quartz mine near Victor, which was a dividend
payer for several years. The deceased was a member from Missoula
county of the first house of representatives in 1889, and was
re-elected to serve in the second house in 1891.
Mr. Blake was a member of the famous
expedition to the Yellowstone River country in April 1863, which
expedition was made for the purpose of discovering gold mines
and securing town sites. James Stuart was the captain of the
company, and their members were Cyrus D. Watkins, John
Vanderbile, James N. York, Richard McCafferty, James Hauxhurst,
Drewyer Underwood, Samuel T. Hauser, Henry A. Bell, William
Roach, A. Sterne Blake, George blake, George H. Smith, Henry T.
Geery, and Ephraim Bostwick. But few of these men are now alive.
The deceased is survived by three daughters
and two sons, a sister residing in New York, and another sister
at Portland, Maine.
Daily Missoulian, February 28, 1907
Contributed by Pat Close
EDWARD S. BLAKE
August 23, 1886 - April 2, 1972
Victor - Edward S. Blake, 85, lifelong resident of Victor and an
early day baseball star in the Bitter Root Valley, died Sunday
following an automobile accident.
Mr. Blake was born August 23, 1886 in Victor and lived here all
of his life. He was employed as a woodsworker for many years.
Mr. Blake served in World War I and was a member of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by a sister, Bertha Rowan of
Victor. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m.
in the Dowling Chapel. Burial will be in the Victor Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat Close
JOHN ABRAHAM BLAKE
October 31, 1878 - March 28, 1961
Hamilton, Montana - March 28, 1961
John Abraham Blake, 82, died today at the
home of a sister, Mrs. Bertha Rowan, Victor. Funeral services
will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Dowling Chapel, with burial in
Mr. Blake is survived by two sisters, Mrs.
Rowan and Mrs. Anna Read, and a brother, Ed Blake, all of
Victor. Mr. Blake's father, Abraham Stearns Blake, came to the
Victor area in 1871. He served in the territorial legislature in
1889 and had a part in laying out the Victor townsite in 1881.
Contributed by Pat Close
EDITH CURRY BLAKESLEE
February 13, 1906 - August 12, 2000
BILLINGS - Edith Blakeslee, 94, died of natural causes Saturday,
Aug. 12, 2000, at Rim Shadows Personal Care Home in Billings.
She was born Feb. 13, 1906, in St. Joseph, Mo., to Clyde E. and
Elizabeth Paschal Curry.
In 1938 Edith married George Blakeslee. They
made their home in Corvallis, where George was superintendent of
schools and she his faithful helper. In 1945 they moved to
Missoula, where she was active various community activities and
Survivors include her daughter Barbara Muir
(Bob) of Billings; grandchildren Mark Reed (Linda) of Dallas,
Barbara Tindall (Bob) of Kenmore, Wash., Leslie Muir (Art
Crawford) of Boise, Idaho, Scott Muir (Jill) of Boise, and
Marcia Muir of Princeton, N.J.; and six great-grandchildren. She
was preceded in death by her husband, daughter Lee Reed, her
parents and two brothers.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service
will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at First Presbyterian Church
Abstract from The Missoulian, Tuesday, August 15, 2000
October 27, 1903 - January 27, 1992
Missoula - George Blakeslee, 88, a longtime Missoula resident,
died of natural causes Monday January 27 at the Village Health
Care Center. He was born October 27, 1903 in Marshall,
Minnesota, to Burton and Carolyn Blakeslee. He graduated from
high school in Brookings, SD, attended the Intermountain College
in Helena and later received a master's degree in education from
the University of Montana.
In 1935, he was preceded in death by his wife
of one year, Marjorie Beebe Blakeslee. He married Edith Curry in
1938. They recently moved to the Village Senior Residence.
A brother, a sister and a daughter, Lee Reed,
preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Edith,
Missoula; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Bob Muir,
Billings; a sister, Helen faust, Pueblo, Colorado; two
grandsons, Mark Reed, San Antonio, Texas, and Scott Muir, Boise,
Idaho; three granddaughters, Bobbi Tindall, Bothell, Washington;
Leslie Muir, Boise, and Marcia Muir, Portland, Oregon; and four
Cremation was under the direction of Squire
Simmons & Carr Funeral Home. Memorial services will be 10
a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church.
The Missoulian, January 28, 1992, page B3
MARJORIE BEEBE BLAKESLEE
Young Mother Dies
Mrs. G.L. Blakeslee, Former Hamilton Woman, Laid to Rest in
Mrs. Marjorie Blakeslee, wife of George L.
Blakeslee, principal of the Corvallis schools, died Saturday
afternoon at a Missoula hospital following a six weeks illness.
She was well known here, where her husband served five years as
coach and instructor at the high school. She came to Hamilton as
a bride and early became identified with Church and club work
and was a favorite in musical circles, often lending her voice
to public programs and choir work. She was 29 years of age and a
native of Missoula. In addition to her parents and the husband,
Mrs. Blakeslee is survived by her daughter, Barbara Jean, two
sisters, Mrs. T.F. Mitchell of Helena and Miss Merle Beebe of
Marysville, Tennessee, and a brother, Edward Beebe, of Missoula.
Funeral services were held yesterday
afternoon at the Marsh & Powell chapel in Missoula, Rev.
M.E. Van de Mark of the Methodist church officiating. Burial was
in the Missoula cemetery.
The Corvallis schools were closed yesterday
in tribute to Mrs. Blakeslee's memory and members of the teach
staff and several high school students journeyed to Missoula to
attend the funeral. Mrs. Blakeslee had endeared herself to the
entire community during her brief residence there because of her
willingness to help in all worthwhile community affairs.
Ravalli Republican, January 24, 1935, page 1
NICHOLAS C. BLINDAUER
September 21, 1878 - May 8, 1909
Nick Blindauer of Hamilton, died Saturday morning
at the Sisters' hospital at Missoula, from heart failure, after a
short illness. Mr. Blindauer was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, 29
years ago and came to Montana when only twelve years of age, and
leaves a wife, two brothers, Val and Peter, and two nephews, Nick
Blindauer and Frank Green, all of Hamilton to mourn his untimely
He was buried in St. Mary's cemetery,
Stevensville, Monday afternoon, Rev. Father Carr performing the
funeral services. He was placed beside the remains of his brother,
Matt, who died three years ago, and Matt's wife, who died 17 years
ago. The sorrowing relatives have the heartfelt sympathy of many
Northwest Tribune, May 14, 1909
GEORGE L. BLODGETT
January 29, 1861 - January 2, 1935
BLODGETT RITES HELD. MONTANA OLD-TIMER BURIED IN FAMILY CEMETERY
NEAR WOODSIDE LAST FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R.H.
Barrett Friday afternoon in memory of George Blodgett, who died
January 21 in Seattle. The rites were held at the Dowling chapel and
nephews of Mr. Blodgett served as pallbearers. They were Edward and
Glen Shults, Hugh and Herbert McKillop, Theodore and Bernard
Blodgett. Burial was in the Blodgett family cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, January 24, 1935
LYMAN JOHNSON BLODGETT
September 19, 1833 - May 12, 1908
AN AGED RESIDENT DEAD.
Lyman Blodgett, one of the best known residents
of the Bitter Root valley, died Tuesday morning at 1 o'clock at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. Victor Shultz, on the west side of the
Bitter Root river at the advanced age of 74 years, 6 months, and 27
days. He had been in poor health since Thanksgiving, when he was
stricken with paralysis, from which he never fully recovered. He
received the third stroke a few days ago, which resulted in his
Mr. Blodgett was born in Bath, New Hampshire in
1833, and came to the Bitter Root valley in 1868. He first located
at Corvallis, where he lived many years. Before coming here, he had
joined the rush to California and for a time lived in Utah. The
deceased is survived by three daughters and three sons. they are:
Mrs. Charles MacRae, Mrs. Victor Shultz, and Mrs. A McKillop,
Joseph, George and Newman Blodgett.
The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 3
o'clock at the Shultz home under the auspices of the Masonic lodge
of Corvallis, of which the deceased was a charter member, the sermon
being delivered by Rev. William Cobleigh of Corvallis. The body was
interred in the Blodgett family cemetery northwest of Hamilton. Many
friends and acquaintances of the family attended the obsequies, and
it was one of the largest funerals seen in the county.
Ravalli Republican, May 15, 1908
MARGARET ADAIR BLODGETT
March 1872 - March 25, 1943
Pioneer Matron Dies in Missoula
Mrs. Margaret Blodgett died Thursday night at
the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Sheridan, Missoula.
Margaret was born in Marshfield, Missouri in March 1872, Mr.
and Mrs. Till Adair, and moved with her parents to the valley in
1886. Funeral services were held in the Masonic Temple and burial
in the Blodgett Cemetery. Blodgett Canyon was named after the
father of her husband, Newman Blodgett, who died in 1928.
Survivors in addition to the daughter in
Missoula include two daughters, Mrs. Blanche Sheridan, Hamilton;
Mrs. Ila Lovell, Missoula; sons, Lawrence McNeal, Hamilton; Clyde
McNeal, Butte; Harley Blodgett, Hamilton; Bernard Blodgett, Great
Falls; Ted, Allan and Lyman Blodgett, who are in defense work in
California; Arthur Blodgett, San Francisco, California, and Max
Blodgett, who is in the army; half sisters, Mrs. Walter St. Clair
and Mrs. Edna Clark, Hamilton, who are visiting on the coast;
brothers, Tom Adair, in eastern Montana, and Arthur Adair in
Abstract from: Ravalli Republican, April 1, 1943
MARY ANN PARKER BLODGETT
February 8, 1841 - December 24, 1903
Mrs. Lyman Blodgett died at her home on Blodgett
Creek last Thursday evening after a lingering illness of cancer. The
funeral was held from the home last Saturday and was largely
attended. Mrs. Blodgett was among the first settlers in the Bitter
Root valley and was highly esteemed by all. She is survived by her
husband, three daughters, and four sons: Mesdames MacRae, McKillop,
and Shultz, and George, Horace W., Neuman G., and Joseph. The
bereaved ones have the sympathy of the entire community.
The Western News, December 30, 1903
OLAFF TRYGVE BODING
Ore Boding Dies, Was Resident of Valley For Many Years, Rites
April 19, 1901 - April 26, 1959
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday
afternoon at Dowling chapel for Ore T. Boding, who died in Missoula
Sunday, April 26 after a long illness. Death was due to cancer. The
Hamilton Elks lodge, of which he was a charter member, conducted the
rites at he chapel and interment was in Riverview cemetery.
Pallbearers were Fritz Zoske, James Thompson, Robert Weber, Harley
Rasmussen, Victor Lagerquist and Hugh Hennessey.
Olaff Trygve Boding was born April 19, 1901 at
Ashland, Wisconsin. He came to Montana with his parents when he was
about six years old during the time the valley was noted for apple
growing. He attended Corvallis and Hamilton schools and then the
family moved to Missoula where his parents are at rest in a Missoula
cemetery. Mr. Boding was married in Hamilton to Eva Ione Thompson
February 9, 1927, with their attendants being Miss Mildred Martin
and William R. Doak. Justice of the Peace E.C. Whaley united the
couple in marriage.
They moved to Kalispell in 1946 and to Anchorage,
Alaska in 1950. Ore Boding was possessed of a friendly personality
and a contagious humor. He was endowed with exceptional ability in
many lines of endeavor. Not only was he proficient in apple packing
and its related lines, he was competent as a cook and restaurant and
tavern operator, operating in these capacities for many years. Mr.
and Mrs. Boding operated the Model cafe in Hamilton for several
years. Ore was a lover of nature and sports. Perhaps his chief
delight was fishing and he was willing to undergo all sorts of
hardships in order to find secluded lakes and streams where he could
try his skill against game fish.
Boding;s passing will be found untimely by a
circle of friends which extended from the Bitter Root throughout
western Montana into the Alaskan area.
Surviving Mr. Boding are a son Keith of Seattle;
daughters Mrs. Jack (Joyce) Stone, Las Vegas, Nevada, Mrs. Wesley
(Phyllis) Gander, Missoula, Mrs. Joseph (Colleen) Dascoli,
Kalispell; ten grandchildren; sisters Mrs. Robert (Inga) Matthews,
Las Vegas, Mrs. Al (Ann) Boyer, Los Angeles; brother Chriss Boding,
The Western News, April 30, 1959
CHARLES R. BOHLER
September 1, 1894 - December 20, 1979
Charles R. Bohler, 85, passed away at his
residence Thursday afternoon. He was born Sept 1, 1894 in Butte and
moved with his family as a young boy to Corvallis where he was
raised. In his adult years he ranched near Woodside. He married
Clara E. Schults in Missoula on January 10, 1917.
He was employed by the city of Hamilton from 1946
to 1959 and he was also employed at the Rocky Mountain Lab from 1942
until 1945. He moved from Woodside into Hamilton several years ago.
Survivors include his wife Clara of Hamilton, one
daughter, Charlotte Hughes, East Fork, two grandsons and a great
granddaughter and one brother May Cole Bohler of Portland, Oregon.
Masonic funeral services will be conducted Monday, 2 pm at the
Dowling Funeral Home with the Corvallis Masons officiating.
Interment will be at the Corvallis Cemetery.
Abstract from Ravalli Republic December 21, 1979
Theodore Boldt Died At His Roaring Lion Area Home
May 1, 1900 - March 27, 1976
Funeral services were held this afternoon at Dowling chapel for
Theodore Boldt, 76, Roaring Lion district who died unexpectedly at
his home Saturday evening. Rev. Elmore Blaine officiated and
interment was in Riverview Cemetery.
Mr. Boldt was born May 1, 1900 in Detroit Lakes,
Minn. He was educated in Minnesota and was a mechanic. He moved to
Harlowton in 1938 and had a car dealership, He married Felsie Decker
December 30, 1940 in Billings. They moved to west of Hamilton in
1941 and ranched. In 1956, he went to work at the Davison Service
Station until 1966 when he returned to ranching. He was a member of
the Methodist church.
Surviving beside the widow is a son, Ted J,
Hamilton; brother Martin in Arkansas; Roosevelt in Minnesota and Ed
in Washington. His parents, two sisters and six brothers preceded
him in death.
Pallbearers were Al Houston, Bob Davison, Scott
Stewart, V.C. Hollingsworth, Douglas Galbraith and Willis Bolin.
The Western News, March 31, 1976
DARRELL WALTER BONNER
November 20, 1945 - December 12, 1996
Darrell Walter Bonner, 51, of Corvallis died Thursday, December 12,
1996 in Missoula. He was born on November 20, 1945 in Glendive,
Montana to Walter A. and Betty L. Bacon Bonner.
Survivors include his parents of Corvallis; one
sister, Nancy, and brother-in-law John Gonzalez of Corvallis; two
daughters, Cindy Bonner of Glendive and Charman Bonner in Minot,
North Dakota; one son, Walter Bonner in Indiana; five grandchildren
and numerous aunts and uncles.
Cremation has taken place and no services are
scheduled at this time. Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville is in
charge of arrangements.
Abstract from the Bitter Root Star, December 18, 1996, page 12
RUTH M. SCHELL BONNER
February 17, 1919 - June 4, 1995
Ruth M. Bonner, 76, of Stevensville died Sunday,
June 4, 1995 at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton. She was
born February 17, 1919 in Meade County, Kansas, the daughter of
Lloyd and Jessie Schell.
On November 28, 1941, she married Eldredge S.
Bonner in Leoti, Kansas. They lived in Leoti, Kansas and moved to
Colorado in 1964.
Surviving are three sons, Gene Bonner, of
Stevensville, Bill Bonner, of Marinette, Wisconsin, and Robert
Bonner of El Paso, Texas; a daughter, Janet Dierks, of Leoti; three
sisters, Dorothy Foos of Gove, Kansas, Jessie Wallace of Agate,
Colorado, and Esther of Plains, Kansas; a brother, John Schell of
Plains, Kansas; 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her husband n 1982 as well as a sister, Lena,
and a brother, Roy.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the
Fairview Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Local arrangements
are by the Dowling Funeral Home.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, June 6, 1995
December 29, 1917 - May 28, 1987
Samuel J. Boscarino, 69, a longtime businessman
in Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley, died Friday in Stevensville.
He took his own life after fighting terminal cancer for 18 months.
He was born December 29, 1917 in Fresno, Calif.,
to Paul and Lucy Boscarino who had emigrated from Palermo, Italy in
1905. Educated at the St. Alphonse School in Fresno, he began his
career at the age of 6 at the Fresno Hotel. He later went on to work
at the Hollywood Plaza and the Hollywood Alexander in Los Angeles.
In 1940, he moved to Missoula to help open the new Florence Hotel.
He enlisted in the US Marines in September 1942
and served with Carson’s 3rd Raider Battalion for 33 months in New
Caledonia, Guam, Okinawa and Japan, until the Japanese surrender.
After the war, he joined the Missoula Mercantile staff as display
director, a position he held
Ravalli Republic, June 1, 1987
ANNA ADELAIDE BOWDEN
August 1867 - May 4, 1941
HOLD LAST RITES FOR MRS. BOWDEN
A large crowd paid tribute to the
memory of Mrs. Joseph Bowden, who died Sunday of asthma at her
Corvallis home, at funeral services from Dowling's Chapel
yesterday afternoon. The Rev. Thomas Bennett, Missoula,
officiated and interment was in Missoula. Pallbearers were Ben
L. Rowe, Thomas B. Fleming, Otto Quast, Del Brisbin, H.O. Boyer,
and R.D. Giese.
Mrs. Bowden, a native of Wincanton, England,
was married in Missoula in 1891 to Mr. Bowden and the newlyweds
went to Corvallis where Mr. Bowden managed a store for the
Missoula Mercantile Company. After about two years, they went
back to Missoula and then in about two years' time again
returned to Corvallis, Mr. Bowden purchasing the store he now
owns from the M.M. in about 1897 or 1898.
Mrs. Bowden, who was buyer for the dry good
department for many years, spent her winters in California,
returning only recently from there. She was a life-long member
of the Church of England and was a member of the Episcopal
Survivors include her widower and son,
Dudley, Corvallis, and a sister, Mrs. F.E. Acutt, Melbourne,
Ravalli Republican, May 8, 1941
DUDLEY FRANCIS BOWDEN
June 21, 1893 - August 1968
Dudley F. Bowden Rites To Be Held Saturday At The Dowling Chapel
Funeral services will be held at the Dowling
chapel Saturday at 2 o`clock in the afternoon for Dudley Bowden; 75,
longtime Corvallis merchant who died this morning at about 2 o`clock
at the community hospital in Missoula after an extended illness
death was due to cancer which afflicted him 4 years ago. Interment
will be in Corvallis cemetery beside the grave of a son.
Dudley Francis Bowden was born June 21, 1893 in
Corvallis a son of Joseph and Ann Summers Bowden. The elder Bowden
came to Corvallis in 1890 and operated a store for the Missoula
merc. Later established his own hardware store and implement store
in Corvallis. He died in January 1942 and Miss Bowden died in May
1941. They were buried in Missoula cemetery.
“Dud” Bowden attended school in Corvallis,
attended the college Montana in Deer Lodge, and served in the air
force in World War 1 and returned home to go into business with his
father. He married Clara Dell Shriver at her home in Missoula.
The couple became the parents of a son and a daughter. The son, at
the age of 12 on Oct. 30, 1943, accidentally met his death from
gunshot wound. Mr. Bowden sold the business and retired several
years ago. He survived by his widow, by the daughter. Mrs. James
(Diane) Stoner, grandson Eric and the son-in-law who live in
“Dud” Bowden is also survived by many friends. He was a good
husband, a congenial businessman and a good citizen.
Abstract from Ravalli Republic, Wednesday, August 14, 1968
HENRY ALPHEUS BRIGGS
December 16, 1864 - January 29, 1952
Henry Briggs passed away at a hospital at Deer
Lodge, January 29. Funeral services will be held at the Victor
Community church at two o'clock Friday Rev. A.J. House of
Connor will officiate at the services, after which burial will be
made in Victor cemetery where the wife of Mr. Briggs is at rest.
Pallbearers will be Joe Hackett, Ralph Powell, Lawrence Watters,
Everett Babbitt, W.E. Brown, and Arthur McCulloch.
Henry A. Briggs was born December 16, 1864 at
Columbus, Nebraska and came to the Bitter Root from Phillipsburg in
1897. He had been married in the Granite county mining camp,
December 28, 1895 to Etta May Dresser. Mrs. Briggs passed away
August 8, 1932.
Those who survive Mr. Briggs are five children,
11 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. The children are: Jay
A. Briggs, Victor; Elma A. Briggs, Butte; Mrs. Ray (Una) Lord,
Conner; Mrs. F.M. Durfee, Drummond; Ian of Boulder City, Nevada.
Mrs. Frank Compton of Portland, Oregon is a surviving sister.
Abstract from: The Western News, January 31, 1952
WINIFRED (Winnie) FROGGE BRISBIN
Mrs. Brisbin funeral set on Thursday
January 24, 1902 - April 4, 1976
Funeral services for Mrs. Del (Winifred) Brisbin
will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Dowling Chapel, with burial
to follow in Corvallis Cemetery. Mrs. Brisbin died at her home east
of Woodside Sunday evening.
She was born January 24, 1902 in Hamilton,
daughter of early day residents, Mr. and Mrs. Drewry Frogge. She
attended schools at Corvallis and received a teaching degree from
Western Montana College at Dillon. Later, teaching at Florence,
Grantsdale, and Corvallis. She married Lewis Adelbert Brisbin on
January 15, 1928 in Townsend. They lived in Hamilton for several
years, then the couple moved to Toppenish, Washington, where she
served as music supervisor in Toppenish schools for some 15 years
prior to her husband's death on September 27, 1960. She lived in
Spokane, then returned to the Bitter Root in early 1975
Survivors include two nephews, Orion Cobb of
Inglewood, California, and LaVerne Cobb of Ojai, California, and two
nieces, Arlene Modeen in California and Beryl Price of Spokane,
along with several cousins.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, April 6, 1976
Mrs. Del Brisbin Taken By Death; Was Former Corvallis Teacher
A loved teacher of years ago at Corvallis,
"Winnie" Brisbin, died peacefully at her home east of Woodside
bridge early Sunday evening. She had not been ill and death was a
shock to family and friends. Funeral services will be held on
Thursday at two o'clock. at the Dowling Chapel. Interment will be in
the Corvallis cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lee Lear, Donald
Holloron, James Pile, William Engler, Robert Glenn, and Tom Dunbar,
Jr. Rev. Monroe Wilcox will officiate and the ritual of the OES will
be given by members of the Corvallis Chapter No. 59.
WinifredFrogge was born January 24, 1902 near
Corvallis, daughter of Drewry and Amy Myers Frogge. The parents came
to the Willow Creek district east of Corvallis in 1890. Mr. Frogge
was an early day teacher in the valley,. Winnie attended school at
Corvallis, being graduated in 1921, and normal college at Dillon.
taught school Florence-Carlton, then at Grantsdale, and then
Corvallis. On January 15, 1928, she married Lewis Adelbert Brisbin
in Townsend. They made their home in Corvallis for many years while
he had the Chevrolet agency. Later, they moved to Toppenish,
Washington. Del died there September 27, 1960. After returning to
the Bitter Root valley in 1975, he made her home with her second
cousin, Loyce Teller and husband, Leighton, until moving into her
new home a month ago.
Mrs. Brisbin's father died in 1926 and her mother
April 20, 1950. A sister, Mrs. Dean (Froncie) Cobb, died July 24,
1966. Mrs. Brisbin was a longtime member of the Corvallis Order of
the Eastern Star and was matron in 1946. She also was pianist for
the chapter for three years.
She is survived by nephews, Orion Cobb,
Inglewood, California; LaVerne Cob, Ojai, California; nieces, Arlene
Modeen, California, and Beryl Price, Spokane; sister-in-law, Beulh
Brisbin, Helena, and by many friends who will remember her with
Abstract from The Western News, April 7, 1976
Jessie A. Bright Dies
Early-Day East Fork Homesteader
Buried in Riverview Cemetery; West Side Farmer Since 1920
November 5, 1867 - April 19, 1940
Jesse Alonzo Bright, a resident of the west side
district since 1920, died at the Daly hospital during Friday night
after an extended illness. Born on November 5, 1867 at Independence,
Iowa, Mr. Bright was in his 73rd year. He first came to the Bitter
Root valley as a young man, homesteading land in the East Fork
section in the 80’s. In later years, he moved to coast states,
returning to the valley in 1920. A son, Everett resides here. Logan
and Lawrence Bright of Hamilton are nephews.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Earl
Saladen at the Dowling chapel Tuesday afternoon and interment was in
Riverview cemetery. Those ot serve as pallbearers were George C.
Downing, Herman Swearinger, Mitchell Leptich, Ben Nichols and George
and lloyd Raymond. Mr. Bright was a typical western character with
many friends among the old-time residents. He was farmer by
Ravalli Republican, April 25, 1940
CECIL I. BROOKS
February 28, 1897 - April 19, 1936
Cecil I. Brooks, Former Resident of the Valley, Is Taken By Death
Cecil Brooks died in a Seattle hospital April 19
and funeral services will be held at the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton
at two o'clock Friday afternoon. Rev. James Hastings will officiate
at the rites after which interment will be made in the family plot
in Riverview Cemetery beside the grave of his wife, the former Elsie
Kress Brooks, who died here February 3, 1936. Pallbearers will be
John Downing, Clark Gray, Frank Seis, John Freeze, Bill McFee, and
Cecil Irvin Brooks was born February 28,1897 in
Kansas. He came to the Bitter Root in 1900 with his parents, the
late Mr. and Mrs. John Brooks.
He married Elsie Kress in Hamilton by Rev. Wm. L. Deming May 14,
1917. They became parents of 5 children all of whom survive their
parents. The surviving children are Robert Brooks and Mrs. Marie
Martin, Seattle; John and Mrs. Shirley Gierlick, Portland; and Glenn
who is in the Navy. All the children will be here for the last
rites. Other survivors include a brother, L.D. Brooks of Portland,
who will come to Hamilton for the funeral services. He will be
accompanied by his wife and their daughter, Mrs. Carol Porter,
Spokane. Frank Burks of Hamilton is a cousin. There are surviving
three grandchildren: Bobbie and Jerry Martin and Diane Gierlick.
Abstract from: The Western News, April 22, 1954, page 1
ELSIE KRESS BROOKS
BROOKS RITES TODAY
Funeral Services will Take Place at Christian Church and
Burial Will Be in Riverview.
Mrs. Cecil Brooks passed away Monday morning at
the Daly Hospital where she had been receiving treatment for
Pneumonia for several days, and funeral services are to be held
this afternoon at the Christian Church at 2 o'clock. Rev. Frank
Van Doren will be in charge and interment will be in Riverview
Cemetery. Fred Carpenter, Clark Gray, John Freeze, Arthur Thomas,
Roy Mayberry, and Malcolm Sizer will be the pallbearers.
Mrs. Brooks was a native of the Hamilton
community and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Kress, long time
orchardists of the west side section. Besides her parents and her
husband, she is survived by five children: Glenn, John, Robert,
Shirley, and Elsie. In addition, there is a sister, Mrs. Jessie
Applebury of Hamilton, and two brothers, Herbert Kress of Hamilton
and Ben Kress Jr who lives in Los Angeles, California. Mrs. Brooks
was 37 years of age. She had been in poor health for an extended
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, February 6, 1936, page 8
April 15, 1868 - February 12, 1952
FRANK BROOKS TAKEN BY DEATH TUESDAY, RITES WERE HELD TODAY.
Frank Brooks passed away at Daly hospital on
Tuesday, February 12. Funeral services were conducted this afternoon
at the Dowling chapel in Hamilton interment was made in Riverview
cemetery. Those who served as pallbearers were: Grant Bergren, Louis
Buck, Alvin Butler, Joseph Haigh, Lee Brown, and Ralph Wanderer.
Frank Brooks was a native of Ontario, Canada
where he was born April 15, 1868. He came to the United States with
his parents when he was but three months of age. They settled at
Brush Creek, Iowa. At the age of 23 years, he was married to Lillian
Boots. To this union were born six children, two of whom survive.
His wife passed away in 1927 in Kansas City and Mr. Brooks returned
to Montana to again engage in farming. He marriedMary Arkle at
Sidney, Montana about 20 years ago.
Those who survive Mr. Brooks are his widow, Mary;
two daughters, Mrs. Henry Oppegaard of Hamilton's west side
district, and Ethel Brooks, Oelwein, Iowa; three grandchildren and
five great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Mary Weston of
Strawberry Point, Iowa; a step-daughter, Mrs. Hazel Metzel, Paulsbo,
Washington and her daughter, Mrs. Elton Thorn, Salem, Oregon.
Abstract from: The Western News, February 14, 1952
August 14, 1873 - September 29, 1950
JOHN BROOKS TAKEN BY DEATH. LIVED IN VALLEY HALF A CENTURY
John Brooks died Friday, September 29 at
Daly hospital in Hamilton and funeral services were held at the
Dowling Chapel in Hamilton Monday afternoon. Rev. Roger Robison
officiated at the services following which burial was made in
Riverview Cemetery. The pallbearers were John Downing, Anfin
Anfinson, Wilbur See, Clark Gray, John Freeze, and Russell Iman. Mr.
Brooks was laid to rest beside the grave of this first wife, the
late Nan Brooks, who passed away October 31, 1930.
Mr. Brooks was born August 14, 1873 at Milton,
Iowa and came to the valley while a young man and raised his family
here. Those who survive Mr. Brooks are his widow, Ada, and two sons,
L.D. Brooks and Cecil Brooks, both of Portland, Oregon, a brother,
five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Abstract from: The Western News, October 5, 1950, page 1
John Brooks, 77, Dies Here Friday
John Brooks died in Daly Hospital Friday morning.
Mr. Brooks was born in Iowa, August 14, 1873, came to the Bitter
Root in 1900, and settled on a farm near Corvallis. Preceding him in
death were his first wife and a daughter. He was married to Ada
Gunter in Hamilton in 1943. Survivors include the widow; two sons,
L.S. and Cecil, both of Portland, Oregon; a sister, Mrs. George
West, Spokane, Washington; two brothers, William, Aurora, Nebraska,
and Elva, Caney, Kansas. Burial will be in Riverview cemetery and
the funeral his been tentatively set for Monday afternoon.
Arrangements are pending the arrival of the sons.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republican, September 29, 1950
NANCY BARNETT BROOKS
1877 - October 31, 1930
MRS. JOHN BROOKS CALLED TO REST
Mrs. John Brooks died Friday night, following a
protracted illness. The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the
Dowling Chapel. Interment was made in Riverview Cemetery. Rev. H.H.
Longnecker conducted the services.
The deceased was 52 years of age and a native of
Kansas. She came to Hamilton about 30 years ago. In her immediate
family she is survived by the husband and two sons, Cecil, who
resides here, and L.D. Brooks of Portland, Oregon. Also by her
father, J.F. Barnett of Hamilton, brothers J.G. Barnett, Park
Rapids, Washington, and L.F. Barnett of Burlington, Washington, and
sister, Mrs. O.A. Blackburn of Tacoma.
The Western News, November 6, 1930, page 1
INEZ E. BROOKS
January 3, 1903 - January 31, 1950
FINAL TRIBUTE TO INEZ E. BROOKS AT FUNERAL RITES THIS AFTERNOON
Miss Inez Brooks died January 31 at her home in
Corvallis. Funeral services conducted this afternoon at 2 o'clock in
the Dowling chapel by the Rev. Jesse Dove. Burial was in the family
plot in the Corvallis cemetery and pallbearers were Dudley Bowden,
Earl Hall, Mason Simmons, William Rasmussen, Robert Bay, and Joseph
Miss Brooks was born January 3, 1903, on a ranch
three miles north of Corvallis. During her high school years, she
showed outstanding ability and was graduated from Corvallis High
School in 1921 as the valedictorian of her class.
Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Lulu Brooks;
three sisters and brothers-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Giesy, Mr. and
Mrs. Hector Rasmussen, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Swanson, all of
Corvallis; and two nephews and a niece-in-law, Jimmie Swanson of
Corvallis, and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Giesy of Hysham. Her father,
Louis N. Brooks, preceded her in death three years ago. Mr. Giesy
arrived from Hysham by plane yesterday to join other family members
for the rites.
Abstract from: The Western News, February 2, 1950
LULA BELLE WOOD BROOKS
March 26, 1882 - February 2, 1958
BELOVED CORVALLIS MATRON TAKEN BY DEATH, HER MEALS WON NATIONAL
Lula Belle Brooks died at her Corvallis home,
February 2. She had operated the Brooks hotel with her daughters
until her death. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Gerald
Meyer at Dowling Chapel in Hamilton Wednesday afternoon. Interment
was made in Corvallis cemetery. Those who served as pallbearers were
Dudley Bowden, Alfred Simmons, Roy Thomas, Ed Bay, Dr. J.W.
Kilpatrick, and Gilbert Chaffin.
Born at Corvallis March 26, 1882, a daughter of
pioneer parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. John F. Wood who had come
from Missouri to the Bitter Root in 1876, Lula Belle Wood grew up in
Corvallis and was wed at Victor October 15, 1898 to Lewis Newton
Brooks. The couple made their home on a farm north of Corvallis
until 1914 when they moved to Corvallis where they acquired the
former T.J. Hefling residence which became nationally known as the
Those who survive Mrs. Brooks are her daughters:
Mrs. R.D. Giesy, Mrs. Hector Rasmussen, Mrs. Carl Swanson, all of
Corvallis; a sister, Mrs. Andrew Sherry of Helena; a brother, A.R.
Wood, Corvallis. There are also three grandsons, Russell D. Giesy,
Whitefish and Jimmy and Charles Swanson, Corvallis. Great grandsons
are Russell Dean and Roger Giesy, Whitefish. In addition, there are
many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, and world of
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, February 3, 1958
December 22, 1920 - October 28, 1947
Albert Brown Dies in Highway Wreck. Funeral
Will Be Held Here Friday
Albert Brown died Tuesday, October 28, from
injuries sustaned in a highway wreck of the school bus on which
he was riding. He was the assistant coach of the Washougal
Junior High School football team in Oregon. Funeral services
will be held at two o'clock Friday afternoon at the Dowling
Chapel in Hamilton. Rev. Edward Ferguson will officiate at the
rites and interment will be made in Corvallis Cemetery. Friends
who will serve as pallbearers will be Everett Felix, Stanley
Eggers, Robert Bay, Vance Bay, Dick Bryson, and Gene Sperry.
Albert Brown was born December 22, 1920 at
Chasely, North Dakota and came to the Bitter Root with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Brown, and other members of the
family in 1933. He graduated from Corvallis High School in 1940
and Whitworth College in 1945.
Survivors include the parents and the
following sisters and brothers: Reuben, William, George, Mrs.
Esther Hogue and Misses Barbara and Laura Brown, all of
Abstract from: The Western News, October 30, 1947, page 1
ANNE REBECCA EVERLY BROWN
1841 - June 3, 1923
Pioneer Valley Lady Died Last Sunday
Mrs. Anne Rebecca Brown, pioneer and long
resident of the Bitter Root valley, died Sunday evening, June 3,
following an illness of more than three years duration.
Mrs. Brown was born in Wheeling, Virginia in
1841 but moved to Iowa as a child. She was married to Samuel
Brown in 1857 at Belleview, Iowa. To this union were born four
children: William Allen Brown of Alberta, Canada, Mrs. Z.C.
Pringey of Grantsdale, Mrs. Granville Stuart of Butte and Lewis
Calvin Brown, all of whom except the latter are now living. She
also leaves six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Mrs. Brown came to Montana in 1879 and in
1886, moved to the Bitter Root where she resided until the time
of her death. In 1914, on May 18, her husband, Samuel Brown,
died following a short illness. For the past three years, Mrs.
Brown was an invalid and although confined, bore the burden
patiently until death released her. She will be mourned by the
many from the Grantsdale church. Interment being made in the
Riverview cemetery, Rev. Ramsey officiating. The church was
beautifully decorated with lilacs, bleeding hearts, and iris. A
quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. E. Bryson, Mr. J. Bryson, and
Miss Willa Hull with Mrs. Custer See for accompanist, rendered
beautiful music at the church. The pallbearers were H.H.
Spaulding, Henry Gilmore, Robert Smith, Lewis Kincaid, John A.
Taylor, and J.O. Allen.
Ravalli Republican, June 7, 1923
CHARLES C. BROWN
December 27, 1886 - September 19, 1979
Charles Brown passed away
Charles C. Brown, 91, Hamilton, a retired farmer and rancher,
died Wednesday in Seattle. He had resided in Hamilton since
1963. He was born December 27, 1886 in Greenwood, MO, where he
was raised and educated. He worked as a telegrapher and agent
for the Wabash Railroad throughout Missouri. In 1914 he moved to
Montana where he homesteaded near Jordan, farming and raising
He married Agnes Cary in 1931 at Wolf
Point. The couple moved to Grantsdale in 1946 and continued
farming. Mrs. Brown died in 1959.
Mr. Brown is survived by seven sons, James,
Beaverton, Oregon; Glen, Shelby; Robert, Billings; Birney, New
York; and Gene, Howard and Wallace, no addresses available; two
daughters, Edna Peliant, Lewistown; and Agnes Johnson, billings;
20 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m.
Monday in the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton, with the Rev. Eugene
Bartels officiating. Burial followed at the Riverview Cemetery
Ravalli Republic, September 24, 1979
JAMES WILLIAM BROWN
April 25, 1894 - September 4, 1972
J.W. Brown, 78, Claimed by Death from Heart Attack
There will be graveside services at Lone Pine
Cemetery in Darby Thursday at 11 a.m. to honor J.W. Brown of
that city who died Monday at his home. He had gone out to his
pasture to turn in a head of water and suffered a heart attack
and expired. Bishop Donald Blodgett will officiate at the
services. Dowling Funeral Home has charge of the
James William Brown was born April 25, 1894
at Comstock, Nebraska, a son of William and Belle Petet Brown.
He served in the army in WWI. Mr. Brown married Geneva Henderson
of Darby 1922. Mr. Brown was a member of Medicine Tree Post,
Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Surviving beside the widow are sons Lyle and
Don of Darby; daughter, Mrs. James (Arvilla) Ruark, Hamilton; 12
grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; sisters and
Abstract from The Western News, Wednesday, September 6, 1972,
LUELLA J. BROWN
March 15, 1863 - January 2, 1928
MRS. J.C. BROWN DEAD. PASSED AWAY MONDAY AND FUNERAL WAS
HELD AT BAPTIST CHURCH YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.
Mrs. J.C. Brown, for many years a resident
of the Bitter Root valley, died Monday evening at 7 o'clock of
heart trouble, with which she had been suffering about six
weeks. She had been a resident of the Bitter Root valley 40
years. She was aged 66 years, nine months, and 26 days, and
was born in Georgia. When she first came to Montana, she and
her husband located at Stevensville.
She was the mother of three children. They
are Robert L. Brown and Mrs. Ethel Mendenhall of Hamilton, and
Mrs. C.E. Hood of Santa Rose, California, who came here last
month on account of the illness of her mother.
The funeral was held at the Baptist church
yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. H.H. Longenecker and
interment was in Riverview Cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, January 5, 1928
MARY ALICE BROWN
- June 23, 1900
Mrs. Mary Brown, wife of W.A. Brown, died
last Monday at the home of Samuel Brown, at Grantsdale, the
funeral being held Tuesday from the Presbyterian church there.
The remains of this estimable woman were laid to rest in
Riverview cemetery, and the large number who followed them to
the grave gave token of the respect in which the deceased had
been held. Mrs. Brown leaves a husband and five children, the
youngest being about seven years old, to morn her demise.
Ravalli Republican, June 27, 1900
December 28, 1836 - May 18, 1914
Samuel Brown Dead; Pioneer Resident of the Valley Died Monday
Morning and Was Buried Tuesday
Samuel Brown died Monday morning at his
home near Grantsdale. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon
at 2 o'clock from the Presbyterian church at Grantsdale. Rev.
J.C. Irvin of this city conducting the services. The remains
were buried in Riverview cemetery. The pallbearers were R.W.
Nicol, C.W. Harvey, A. Vance, C.B. Hart, and Samuel Hall. The
funeral was largely attended by friends of the deceased.
Samuel Brown was born in Pennsylvania
December 28, 1836. He was married to Ann Everly about 55 years
ago, coming to Montana in 1879 and located at Phillipsburg. In
1886, he came to the Bitter Root valley, locating at
Grantsdale. Mr. Brown followed farming and fruit raising near
that town until his death.
The deceased is survived by his wife, one
son, W.A. Brown of Alberta, and two daughters, Mrs. Graville
Stuart of Butte and Mrs. Ida Pringey of this city. He also
leaves five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He
was a man of exemplary habits and sterling character, one
respected and loved by all who knew him.
Ravalli Republican, Friday, May 22, 1914
WALTER A. BROWN
June 22, 1880 - December 12, 1943
Walter A. Brown, 63, a lifelong resident of
western Montana, died quietly in his sleep at the family home,
505 North Fourth street, at 11:30 o’clock Sunday night. Death
was attributed to heart disease. He had been in ill health for
about a year.
He was born June 22, 1880 in Walkerville
and came to the valley with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Al
Brown, as a child. He spent most of his life until the time of
his marriage with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown,
Grantsdale, going to them after the death of their son. He
attended the Hamilton schools and with the exception of a year
or two in Butte, never left the valley. He was a building
fireman and was employed by the Associated Seed company at the
time of his retirement last January 15. He was a member of the
Survivors include his widow; son, Captain
Woodburn a Brown, army meteorologist at Topeka, Kansas;
daughter, Mrs. Ruth Slusser, Denver, Colorado; sisters, Mrs.
Louis Watson, Portland, Oregon, and Mrs. Edna Nichol,
Susanville, California, who visited here last summer;
brothers, Sid Brown, Salt Lake City, Utah and Ed brown in
Ravalli Republican, December 16, 1943
HARRY DeFOREST BROWNING
Last Rites Held For Physician
April 14, 1869 - May 20, 1941
Hamilton Doctor Is Laid at Rest
Hamilton, May 24 - Last rites were conducted for Dr. Harry
DeForest Browning, Hamilton physician, Friday afternoon at the
Dowling chapel. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery. Pallbearers
were old-time friends of the Woodside and Hamilton
communities. They were Dr. R.R. Parker, F.F. Mills, E.K.
Stewart, SR, H.V. Gilmore, O.L. Kenney, S.A. Hiernoymus.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Herbert Hayward, Dr. Donald
Gordon, Dr. N.A. Kaa, Dr. Richard L. Peterson, Dr. C.C. Tefft,
R.A. O’Hara, Hamilton; Dr. William Thornton, Dr. Charles
Thornton and B.F. Thrailklll, Missoula.
Dr. Browning was born at Edgington, Ill,
April 14, 1869. He was graduated from lake Forest College and
from Rush Medical College, Chicago, obtaining his degree in
March 1892. A license to practice his profession in Illinois
was granted in May following his graduation and he remained in
that state until 1910, when he came to the Bitter Root valley,
buying a fruit ranch in the Woodside district.
For a time, he retired from the field of
medicine, but in 1918 again took up his profession, receiving
a license to practice in Montana. He established offices in
Hamilton and in 1935 became Ravalli county physician and
health officer, serving five years.
Family members are Mrs. Browning; a
daughter, Mrs. R.C. Fitzgerald, wife of a Darby forest ranger;
a half-sister, Mrs. Ira Greer of Alexdo, Ill; two
granddaughters, Mrs. Marvin Taylor, Hamilton, and Patsy
Fitzgerald, Darby. Dr. Browning was a member of the American
Montana Standard, Butte, MT, May 25, 1941
HENRY DEFORREST BROWNING, M.D.
Dr. H.D. Browning died Tuesday,
Services in Dowling Chapel
April 14, 1868 - May 20, 1941
Browning, 72, died at his West Main Street home in
Hamilton, Tuesday, May 20, 1941. He was born in Edgerton, IL April 14,1868.
Dr. Browning graduated
from Rush Medical School in Chicago in 1892 and
practiced medicine in Illinois before coming to
Montana in 1910.
Harry bought a fruit ranch in the
north Woodside area and opened the Browning clinic on
S. 2nd Street in Hamilton. He was president of the
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital staff, a member of the
American Medical Association, Pacific Northwest
Medical Society, and the Western Montana Medical
Society. He served as the Ravalli County health
officer from 1935 to1940.
Dr. H. D. Browning is survived by
wife Eda (Kracke), daughter; Mrs. R.C. FitzGerald of
Darby, half-sister, Mrs. Ira Greer of Aledo,
Illinois; granddaughters Mrs. Marvin Taylor and
Patsy FitzGerald of Darby.
Pallbearers: Dr. R. R. Parker, E.K.
Stewart, H.V. Gilmore, O.L. Kennedy, S.A, Hieronymous.
Honorary Pallbearers: Herbert Hayward, M. D.,
Donald Gordon, M.D., N.A. Kaa,C.C. Teftt, M.D.,
Richard Peterson,M.D., Will Thornton, M.D., B. F.
Thraillkill, and R. A. O'Hara.
Before he died he made
arrangements with Dr. Peterson to take over his
Burial was in Riverview
Cemetery in Hamilton, Montana.
The Western News, Hamilton,
Montana, Thursday, May 22,1941
pioneer Hamilton physician died at W, Main St home cerebral
Contributed by Tom Kracke
EDA K. KRACKE BROWNING
June 23, 1878 - September 21, 1950
Funeral services for Mrs. Eda
Kracke Browning,72, who died at the local hospital
Thursday will be conducted Monday at 2:00 p.m. The
interment will be at Riverside Cemetery beside the
grave of her husband, H.D Browning. Rev. Harold A
Harris will officiate. Pallbearers will be John Parker, Raymond
Grube, George----, Eldred Conroy, M.C. Mead, and
The Western News, Hamilton, Montana,
September 21, 1950
Contributed by Tom Kracke
CLARA McPHERRON BRUCE
November 13, 1941 - January 29, 1984
Clara M. Bruce, 42, died Sunday in a
Missoula hospital as a result of injuries received in an auto
accident. She was born on November 13, 1941 in Haxtun,
Colorado to Paul and Elsie McPherron and was raised and
educated in Fleming, Colorado. She worked as a secretary in
Colorado and later in Wyoming. she moved to Hamilton in the
fall of 1979. At the time of her death, she was a legal
secretary for the attorneys of Robinson, Doyle, Bell and Corn.
Survivors include three daughters, Cindy
Huhnke of Worland, Wyoming; Sheila Jordon of Casper, Wyoming
and Carla Sonneman of Corvallis; two sons, Victor Sonneman of
Worland, Wyoming and Russell Sonneman of Corvallis; her
parents, Paul and Elsie McPherron of Fleming, Colorado; three
brothers, Lee McPherron of Thornton, Colorado, Michael
McPherron of North Platt, Nebraska and Cecil McPherron of
Greeley, Colorado; a sister, Penney Ryan of Grant, Colorado;
and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted
Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Corvallis Methodist Church. Rev.
Fred Huskey will officiate. Interment will follow at the
Riverside Cemetery in Hamilton.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 31, 1984
JOHN G. BRYSON
Funeral Services Held Tuesday For John G. Bryson Who Died
February 5, 1882 - August 14, 1966
John G. Bryson, well known agriculturalist
of the Bitter Root for more than three decades, expired at
Daly hospital in Hamilton Sunday. Funeral services were
conducted at the Dowling chapel in Hamilton Tuesday afternoon
by Rev. Louis Yost after which burial was made in Riverview
Cemetery. The pallbearers were Harry Boozer, Otis Lyndes, O.L.
(Cy) Morrison, Pete Leonardi, Ellsworth Cook, and George A.
John G. Bryson was born February 5, 1882 at
Bethany, Missouri and was reared in Kansas. He was married to
Effie Bunter February 5, 1908 at Vinton, Iowa. They came to
the Bitter Root in 1920 and he engaged in farming on a
place on the old Grantsdale road and also on land he leased
from the Bitter Root Stock Farm.
In 1950 the Brysons left the Bitter Root to
engage in a cattle ranching operation with their son, Donald
Bryson in the district between Libby and Kalispell. They left
that with the son and returned to Hamilton to resume their
residence two years ago. They spent the past couple of winters
in Arizona. Mr. Bryson was an industrious individual and known
to be an excellent farmer and rancher. He was a charter member
of the Rocky Mountain Grange and a member of Christ Bible
church. He and Mrs. Bryson observed their golden wedding
anniversary in 1958l
Mr. Bryson is survived by four children,
nine grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. The children
are Mrs. Edith Moore of McCleary, Washington, Harold of
Hamilton, Donald of Marion, Montana, and Mrs. Anna Hughes of
Austin, Texas. They were all here for their father’s funeral
except Mrs. Hughes who was unable to get here in time for the
rites due to the distance and the airline strike now in
Other relatives who came from places
outside the valley to attend the funeral service were Mr. and
Mrs. Eugene Anderson, Billings; Mr. and Mrs. Myron Linstead,
Kalispell; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gene Bryson, Marion.
The Western News, August 17, 1966
OLIVE SHEARD BRYSON
January 27, 1920 - May 29, 1949
Mrs. Don Bryson Died On Sunday, Rites Were Held Here Yesterday
Death claimed Mrs.. olive Bryson, wife of
Don Bryson, Sunday at Daly Hospital after several months of
illness due to Hodgkins’ disease.
She is survived by her husband and three
children, Gladys, Delores and Harold Gene; her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. W.J. Sheard, former Hamilton residents now living at
Chewelah, Washington; brothers and sisters, John, Alan,
Norman, Donald and Walter, Margaret, Annie, Verna and Eleanor,
all of Chewalah and Mrs. Clell Newell of Yakima, Washington.
Mrs. Bryson was born in Canada, January 27,
1920. She was a member of the 1938 graduating class of
Hamilton high school and her marriage to Mr. Bryson took place
here July 30, 1939. She was a member of the Christian church
and had many friends in the Hamilton community.
Funeral services were held Wednesday
afternoon at the Dowling chapel by Rev. Ben F. Gerking. Burial
was made in Riverview cemetery. The pallbearers were Giles
Gill, Martin Larson Jr, Warren Ash, Lloyd Boozer, Fred
Thompson, and William Christie.
Western News, June 2, 1949
February 26, 1844 - September 6, 1930
MONTANA PIONEER, AMOS BUCK PASSED AWAY AT STEVENSVILLE HOME
One of the Last Survivors of the Big Hold Battle and an Early Day
Stevensville, September 10, 1930 - Amos Buck, pioneer, one of the
last survivors of the big Hold battle with the Nez Perce Indians,
early day merchant and early day horticulturist, died at his home
here Saturday night at the age of 86 years, following an extended
illness. While he had been in ill health for years, he was able to
be up and around, but for the last three weeks his condition became
worse and he has been up and down from his bed.
Mr. Buck, a native of Ohio, was born in that
state in 1844. He arrived at the Virginia City gold camp in 1864,
where he following mining. In the seventies, Mr. Buck located in the
Bitter Root valley, where, with his brothers, he engaged in the
mercantile business, in which he was actively engaged until about 20
years ago when he retired. Mr. Buck devoted much attention to mining
and horticulture and planted the first McIntosh apple trees in
Montana at Stevensville.
He was an ardent friend of Father Ravalli, early
day priest in Montana, and was one of those instrumental in having
Ravalli county named after the priest. He was always active in
community affairs and politics. At one time, he represented Ravalli
county in the state legislature. Mr. Buck served on the town
council, school board, and was for many years, a trustee of the
Methodist Episcopal church.
He was one of the organizers of two of the water
canal systems for irrigation in the Bitter Root valley and was
considered a pioneer in irrigation. He was prominent in Masonic and
Odd Fellow circles and, at various times, was the presiding officer
of both of the local lodges.
Mr. Buck is survived by his wife and a son,
Charles A. Buck, Stevensville merchant. Fred Buck, his last
surviving brother, died here more than a year ago. Funeral services
were held at the Federated Methodist Church Monday afternoon by Rev.
H.B. Ricketts and the last rites at the grave were conducted by the
Masonic and Odd Fellow lodges.
Ravalli Republican, September 11, 1930
BLANCHE MAY LORD BUCK
May 10, 1889 - January 19, 1974
Mrs. Louis Buck, 84, longtime valley resident, who died
January 19 at Daly Hospital and funeral services were held yesterday
at Dowling chapel. Rev. Allen Adams of Choteau officiated and
interment was at Riverview Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Bruce,
Frank Gonsion, James Langley, Grundy Nichols, Howard Robinson, and
Mac Tilton. Honorary pallbearers were Everett Babbit, Bern Beavers,
and Donald Snow.
Blanche May Lord was born March 10, 1889 at
Livingston Manor, N.Y. and moved with her family to Medicine Hot
Springs, south of Darby, in 1892. Her parents were George and Sally
Ann Smith Lord. Mr. Lord built the original hotel at the Springs and
helped contribute much to the early history of the valley. Most of
Mrs. Buck's family, including pioneer uncle, Bertie Lord, preceded
her in death.
Miss Lord married Harvey L. Cummings, April 29,
1906 in Hamilton with Justice of the Peace, E.C. Wahley,
officiating. On January 5, 1927, she married Louis Clinton Buck.
Mr. Buck died here March 26, 1972 and her
daughter, Mrs. Herbert (Dorothy) Marshall came from California to
live with her mother so she could remain in the home she had lived
in for 17 years.
Survivors are the daughter, Mrs. Marshall; sons,
Harvey Cummings, Stockton, California; Fay Buck, Choteau; 21
grandchildren which includes grandson, Dr. Fred Stout, Missoula; 30
great grandchildren; cousins, Ray Gilbert and Oliver Lord and Jane
Smith. Harvey Cummings came to be with his family last weekend and
other family members here are Fay Buck and Dr. Fred, and members of
Abstract from: The Western News, January 23, 1974
January 9, 1858 - March 29, 1897
Death of Mrs. Buck
Death has again visited a Stevensville household,
and this time has taken away a beloved wife and devoted
mother. Mrs. Henry Buck died shortly after noon on Monday, of
pleuro-pneumonia. Mrs. Buck was taken ill on Tuesday of last
week with an attack of la grippe, which quickly turned to pneumonia,
and the disease made rapid progress in a not over strong
constitution. All the remedies that science could bring to
bear seemed to have no effect, and early this week it was seen that
the end was but a matter of hours.
The funeral was held from the family residence
this afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. D. B. Price,
who came down from Hamilton to officiate for one whom he had
appreciated as a woman and a friend. A very large concourse of
friends attended to evidence the esteem in which deceased was held,
and many were the expressions of sorrow and of sympathy for the
bereaved husband and children.
Mrs. Buck, whose maiden name was Clara E.
Elliott, was born Jan. 9, 1858, at Jefferson City, Iowa, and was
consequently a little more than 39 years old. She was married
at Skalkaho, just above Grantsdale, to Henry Buck, one of
Stevensville’s leading businessmen, on April 2d, 1878, nineteen
years ago on the 2d of next month.
She leaves two children: Freddie, 13 years old,
and Clarence, 6 years old. Deceased was a very loving and
affectionate mother, and had a warm place in her heart for all
motherless children, having adopted, about two years ago, the infant
daughter of Mrs. Hickey, but which died only a few months ago,
sincerely mourned as one of her own by the kind heart that supplied
a mother’s place. The sympathy of the whole community goes out
to the husband and children.
The Ravalli Republican, Stevensville, MT, Wednesday, Mar. 31, 1897,
p. 3, c. 3
Contributed by Laurance B. VanMeter
October 3, 1914 - October 18, 1988
Eugene F. Buckallew, 74, died Tuesday, October
18, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was born October 3, 1914
in Green River, MO, to Willy and Ollie Ledford Buckallew. He married
Sarilda Kimmel on November 26, 1938 in Missoula. He worked at the
sugar beet factory filing knives and worked for Leonard Leese in a
potato factory. He played the guitar and entertained at rest homes.
He fought forest fires and was a member of the Three Mile Volunteer
He is survived by his wife, Sarilda of
Stevensville, two daughters, Ella Stroud and Daisy Jones of
Stevensville, two sons, Del of Stevensville and Roy of Three Forks,
one brother, Raymond of Lancaster, MO, two half-brothers, Edward of
Lancaster, MO, and Glen of Kahoka, MO, six half-sisters, Lorean
Davis, Nadine Anders, Delpine Owens, Ilene Anders, Phillis Marrow
and Wineve Haws, all of Missouri, eleven grandchildren, four great
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson
Graveside funeral service will be Friday, October
21, at 2 p.m. at the Sunnyside Cemetery at Three Mile with the Rev.
Lester Keller officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from noon to
9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Whitesitt Chapel in
Abstract from Ravalli Republic, October 20, 1988
MAUDE MARY NICHOLS BUCKRIDGE
March 9, 1901 - October 16, 1988
Maud Mary Buckridge, 87, longtime Corvallis
resident, died of natural causes, Sunday October 16 in Missoula. She
was born March 9, 1901, in Butte to Eliza and Henry Nichols. The
family moved to Corvallis where she graduated from Corvallis High
On May 19, 1920 she married David Winston
Buckridge in Deer Lodge. She was preceded in death by her parents,
her husband, and a brother, Henry Nichols. Survivors include two
nephews, Don Hamilton of Bigfork and Terry Buckridge of Marysville,
Washington; a niece, June Fullerton of Missoula.
Eastern Star funeral services will be 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 19, at the Dowling Chapel with Lodge No. 59
officiating. Burial will be in the Corvallis Cemetery.
Abstract from Ravalli Republic, October 18, 1988
Death At Woodside
William Harvey Buckridge Passed
Away Wednesday and Will Be Buried at Victor Today
April 10, 1867 - May 21, 1919
Corvallis, May 23 - William Harvey Buckridge died at his home near
Woodside Wednesday evening from valvular disease of the heart, from
which he had been troubled for several years.
He was a native of Missouri, being born in Gentry
County, April 10, 1867. He came to the Bitter Root valley in the
spring of 1888, and he was married 10 years later to Miss Dora Van
Blaricom. Since his marriage, he worked at the blacksmith trade. He
first worked at Victor, then three years in Washing and the
remainder of the time at Woodside. he owned a ranch north of
The deceased is survived by a widow and three
children, David, Nora, and Harvey Buckridge; two sisters, Mrs. Peter
Elliott and Mrs. William Gunter of Woodside, and Mrs. Rose Kline,
who came here from Missouri to be at her nephew’s bedside. He was a
man of the highest integrity and he is mourned by many friends.
The funeral was held at Victor this (Friday)
morning under the auspices of the Masons and the interment was in
the Victor cemetery, beside the grave of his infant son.
Ravalli Republican, May 23, 1919
AGNES HESSLING BURGESS
YOUNG MOTHER DEAD.
1901 - May 9, 1933
Funeral Services for Mrs. Harvey Burgess to Be Held this Afternoon
at Dowling Chapel.
Mrs. Agnes Hessling Burgess died at 2:30 o'clock
Tuesday morning at the Daly Hospital, where she was taken the
previous day suffering from an attack of pneumonia. Mrs. Burgess was
a native of Hamilton and was 31 years of age. She is survived by her
husband, Harvey Burgess; three children, William, Earl, and Helen;
her father, William Hessling; two sisters, Mrs. Rose M. Murray of
Stevensville and Mrs. Louis Wheatley of Missoula; two brothers,
William and George, who reside in California.
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at
the Dowling funeral home by Rev. C.E. Miller of the Presbyterian
church. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. The death of Mrs.
Burgess came as a shock to many friends who had known here since
babyhood. She was known as a quiet home loving woman.
Ravalli Republican, May 11, 1933
ANN IMMELE BURKE
November 1, 1913 - January 1991
Martha Anne Burke, who was 1956 national Mother
of the Year, a pro-live activist and newspaper correspondent for the
Ravalli Republic and the Bitterroot Star, died Friday in
Stevensville. She was 77.
She was born Martha Anna Immele on November 1,
1913 in Pilot Grove, MO. In 1937, she graduated from the St. Louis
University School of Nursing with a bachelor’s degree, and took a
position with Butte’s St. James Hospital School of Nursing as an
instructor. She married William J. Burke in 1939 in Butte and the
couple resided there until 1973. They lived in Missoula for six
years, they moved to Stevensville in 1979. She was the mother of 12
children and was very active in the pro-life movement and the
promotion of motherhood as a profession, was involved in politics,
serving as vice chairman of the Democratic Central Committee in
Butte and the president of the Democratic Women’s Club in Missoula.
Survivors include her husband, William J. Burke
of Stevensville; seven sons William of Chapel Hill, NC, Patrick and
Daniel, both of Seattle, Martin and Kevin, both of Missoula, Denis
of Helena and Maurice of Bozeman; five daughters, Bernadette Johnson
of Colorado Springs, CO, Catherine McNellis and Marcell Hanson, both
of Helena, Clarita of Tucson, AZ, and Maureen McNulty of
Stevensville. Also surviving are two sisters, Isabelle Kempf of
Boonville, MO and Anastasia Stewart of Brunswick, MO; a brother,
Leonard Immele of Kansas City, MO; 22 grandchildren, two great
grandchildren, and several other relatives.
Rosary will be recited today at 7:30 p.m. at St.
Mary’s Catholic Church, Mass of Christian Burial will be at the
church at noon Tuesday with the Rev. William Gannon and the Rev
Thomas Gannon officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery
in Stevensville under the direction of the Whitesitt Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorials to the church, to the Ravalli County
chapter of Right to Life or to Loyola-Sacred Heart High School in
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 7, 1991
HENRY FRANK BURKS
March 5, 1897 - September 19, 1970
H. FRANK BURKS, LONGTIME VALLEY MAN, TAKEN BY
DEATH SEPTEMBER 19.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the
Dowling Chapel for Frank Burks, 73, who died at his home in
Stevensville September 19. Rev. Kenneth Loge officiated and
interment was in the family plot in Corvallis Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Luther Hill, W.W. Brown, Virgil Honeycutt,
Delbert Bragg, Martin Jones, and Harry Witheral.
Henry Frank Burks was born March 5, 1897 at
Yates Center, Kansas and the family moved to the valley in 1900.
He married Loyie E. Jones September 17, 1918 with Rev. J.C. Irwin
Surviving beside the widow and son are
grandchildren, Leonard and Charles Burks, all of Stevensville.
Abstract from: The Western News, September 23, 1970, page 1
JOEL HENLEY BURKS
September 6, 1866 - May 28, 1933
J.H. BURKS DEAD
Was Resident of Corvallis Nearly Thirty Years
Three Daughters and Son Survive Father, Who Reared Family After
Corvallis, May 31 - J.H. Burks, 67, a respected citizen of Corvallis
for nearly 30 years, died early Sunday morning at the Daly Hospital
in Hamilton. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church this
Joel Henley Burks was born in Indiana September
6, 1866. He was married in Kansas 31 years ago and the family came
to the Bitter Root valley, locating at Florence, then moved to
Corvallis and the same year Mrs. Burks died, leaving four small
children. Mr. Burks managed to keep the children with him until they
were grown. All of them, with four grandchildren survive. The
children are Frank of Corvallis, Mrs. W.C. Phelps of Stevensville,
Mrs. Henry McCann of Missoula, and Mrs. Elsie Landon, who made her
home with her father.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republican, Thursday, June 1, 1933
March 15, 1862 - August 24, 1926
Mrs. Ada Burrell, wife of A.E. Burrell, died at
her home west of Hamilton Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock of dropsy.
She had been ill about a year and death was not unexpected. She was
64 years of age and was born in Cedar County, Iowa, March 15, 1862.
She came to the Bitter Root valley in 1902 and had lived here ever
Besides her husband, she is survived by an only
son, Fay Burrell, employed in the First National Bank; a sister,
Mrs. Ben Severns and a brother in Iowa. She was a member of the
Order of Eastern Star, which organization had charge of the services
at the grave.
The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 2
o'clock by Dr. J.E. Parker and interment was in the cemetery near
Corvallis. Ravalli Republican, August 27,
Contributed by Karolyn Simpson
ALBERT E. BURRELL
March 1, 1855 - April 29, 1941
A.E. BURRELL GORED BY BULL, DIES FROM SHOCK; HAD LIVED IN VALLEY
Funeral rites were held this afternoon at two
o'clock from the chapel of the Dowling Funeral home for Albert E.
Burrell, Rev. C.J. Taber officiated. Music was offered at the
service by Mrs. Zelma Taylor. Pallbearers were Edward F. Mills, John
Parker, Henry Nichols, Dan S. Willey, N.H. Olson, and Russell Iman.
Death came to A.E. Burrell in a tragic fashion,
Tuesday. In Spite of his 86 years, he was quite active and was
accustomed to take walks about the ranch property which he acquired
when he came to the Bitter Root valley to make his home in 1902. On
that ranch, where he lived during recent years with his son and
daughter-in-law, Mr. Burrell did light chores and often crossed the
fields for various reasons. Early Tuesday afternoon, John Roberts,
who was cultivating in a nearby field, noticed a commotion in the
adjoining field. Calling it to the attention of Henry Nichols and
Elmer Olson, who were pulling trees nearby, the men investigated and
they found a Holstein bull had attacked Mr. Burrell and, although it
had not gored him badly, it had shocked him severely. He was rushed
to the Daly hospital in Hamilton where he lapsed into
unconsciousness and died the same afternoon.
Albert Burrell was born March 1, 1855 at
Columbus, Ohio. Since coming to the Bitter Root valley, after years
spent in Wyoming, Nebraska, and Iowa, he has continuously engaged in
farming, operating a large apple orchard, raising cattle and sheep
and dairy stock. He always maintained an active interest in public
affairs and was ever willing to sacrifice his personal time and
efforts for the public good. His only surviving relative in the
Bitter Root is his son, F.O. Burrell, county treasurer for Ravalli
County. He is also survived by a sister, Miss Elsie Burrell of
Kansas City, Missouri, and three brothers, Dick and George of
Oklahoma, and Sam, who was last heard from while serving the
Canadian government at Fort Simpson, Canada.
The Western News, May 1, 1941
Contributed by Karolyn Simpson
FAY O. BURRELL
June 13, 1894 - October 28, 1981
CHS class of 1917
F.O. Burrell, 87, a former Ravalli County
Sheriff, state prison warden and legislator, died Wednesday morning
at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Burrell was born June 13, 1894 in Sand Hills,
Nebraska, to Albert E. and Addie Burrell. He attended Fairplay Grade
School near Dutch Hill and graduated from Corvallis High School.
After attending Montana State University briefly, Burrell joined the
Navy in 1917. After the Armistice was signed, he served on a mine
sweeper before receiving an honorable discharge in 1921.
Burrell married Helen Quast in Spokane,
Washington on February 22, 1926. He ranched west of Woodside and
worked as a cashier at the First State Bank in Hamilton for several
years. He was country treasurer for two terms before being elected
county sheriff for three terms.
Midway into his third term as sheriff, Burrell
was appointed warden of the Montana State Prison at Deer Lodge.
Later he was appointed liquor inspector of Montana. He also served
one term in the Montana Legislature, after which he ranched until
his retirement, then moved to Hamilton.
Burrell was a 50 year member of the Corvallis
Masonic Lodge #39 and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is
survived by his wife, Helen, and several cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted by the
Corvallis Masonic Lodge at 10 a.m. Friday at the Dowling Funeral
Home in Hamilton. The American Legion Honor Guard will participate
in graveside rites at the Corvallis cemetery.
Ravalli Republic, October 29, 1981
Contributed by Karolyn Simpson
HELEN K. QUAST BURRELL
August 2, 1897 - May 31, 1986
CHS class of 1918
Helen Quast Burrell, 88, of Hamilton, died
Saturday morning from natural causes at Valley View Nursing Home in
Hamilton. She was born August 2, 1897 in Missoula, the daughter of
Otto and Helen Ziesing Quast, Sr. In 1915, the family moved to the
Corvallis area where they ranched. She graduated from Corvallis High
School in 1918. She then attended the Presbyterian Nursing School in
Chicago, where she graduated and became a registered nurse.
She returned to Montana and worked at Marcus Daly
Memorial Hospital in Hamilton. On February 22, 1926, she married Fay
Burrell in Spokane. They made their home on a ranch west of
Woodside. Mr. Burrell died in 1981. Mrs. Burrell was a member
of the Corvallis Chapter No. 59 Order of Eastern Star, Owego Garden
Club, and the Corvallis Garden Club.
She is survived by a brother, Otto Quast, of
Corvallis; a sister, Cora McCormick of Stevensville, and three
nieces and one nephew. Private funeral services will be held with
Pastor Rex Applebury officiating. Interment will be in Corvallis
Visitation will be held Monday evening from 7 to
9 p.m. at Dowling Funeral Home in Hamilton. Memorials may be made to
a charity of the donor's choice.
Ravalli Republic, June 2, 1986
Contributed by Karolyn Simpson
JAMES H. BURTON
Rites Held For James Burton, 83, Florence
1869 - March 14, 1952
Stevensville - Funeral services for James Burton, 83, Florence
resident who died at a local rest home Friday, were held at the
Whitesitt chapel Monday afternoon. Rev. A.L. Swarens officiated.
Graveside rites at Maplewood cemetery were conducted by Garden
Valley Lodge No. 14, I.O.O.F. Mr. Burton was born in Bolivar, MO and
moved to Florence 55 years ago to take up farming. He is survived by
a sister, Martha Schaffer, Florence, and several nieces and nephews.
Ravalli Republican, March 17, 1952
November 15, 1844 - June 27, 1929
JOSIAH BUSH, VALLEY PIONEER DIED THURSDAY
Josiah Bush, pioneer settler of the Bitter Root
Valley and known to practically everyone from Hamilton to the Big
Hole, died at his home here Thursday night after but a short
illness. Mr. bush had, however, been in poor health for many years.
He would have been 85 years of age November 15th.
The deceased was born in Barren County, Kentucky.
There he married George Ann Landrum and the couple went to Colorado
where they lived until the wife died. To this union, three children
were born. They are D.T. Bush of Colorado, J.L. Bush of Ross Hole,
and Mrs. Jennie Gorham of Missoula. The father later married again,
in Colorado, but his union, too, was dissolved by death of the wife.
The Bush family left Colorado returning to Kentucky where Mr. Bush
married Emma Kirtley at Horse Cave. They then came to Montana,
locating first at Grantsdale and later in Ross Hole. They arrived
here in 1890.
Funeral services were held Monday from Dowling's
Mortuary chapel. Rev. H.H. Longnecker was in charge. Interment was
made in Riverview Cemetery. Pallbearers were W.A. McElroy, Clarence
Smithey, Sam Reynolds, Hugh Centers, J.J. Fitzbottom, and Arthur
Besides his wife, the deceased is survived by
four children: T.L. Bush, J.L. Bush, Jennie Gorham, and Edith
Hilton; five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Joe Bush was a remarkable character, one who made
an indelible impression upon all who acquainted themselves with him.
He was a keen observer of life and somewhat of a philosopher. He
owned the ability to tuck apt descriptions on persons and things and
he possessed a will power which made convictions, once arrived upon,
ironbound and unyielding. He was a staunch Democrat in politics, and
activity in which he took great interest.
He possessed a strong love for his home and
family, was self-sacrificing, and always thoughtful of others. He
will be mourned by scores who knew him.
The Western News, July 4, 1929
CALPURNIA DOROTHY BUTLER
DEATH OF YOUNG LADY. Miss Calpurnia Butler Passed Peacefully
Away Monday Morning at Five O'clock.
September 24, 1895 - June 9, 1919
Death claimed Miss Calpurnia Dorothy Butler
Monday Morning. She passed peacefully away at the home of her
sister, Mrs. J.M. Flugstad, in Pine Grove addition at 5 o'clock.
Death was not unexpected, as she had been gradually sinking for
several months. She came here with her mother from Simms several
Miss Butter was a Bitter Root girl. She was born
just west of Hamilton and had lived in this section nearly all her
life. She was nearly 24 years old, being born September 24, 1895.
Her school days were spent in Hamilton, graduating from the high
school in 1913. On the sixth anniversary of her graduation, she was
laid away for the long sweet sleep of eternity. She decided to fit
herself as a teacher and graduated from the state normal school at
Dillon. Moving with her parents to Simms, she was employed as a
teacher in the school of that place and was a favorite with scholars
The deceased was the youngest daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. H.M. Butler, and besides her sister, Mrs. J.M. Flugstad, is
survived by a brother, Donald Butler. The funeral was held at the
Flugstad residence Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. J.C. Irwin
of the Presbyterian Church officiated and vocal music was provided
by Mrs. G.A. Gordon and Mrs. J.C. Conkey. Many floral offerings
testified to the popularity of the young lady. The body was interred
in the Corvallis Cemetery, where rest several of her relatives.
Ravalli Republican, June 13, 1919
HORATIO M. BUTLER
July 1852 - January 20, 1934
Early Day Forest Ranger Buried at Corvallis
Old-time Republican Central Committeeman Active to Last Day of
Horatio M. Butler, resident of the Bitter Root
Valley for most of the years since 1886, died at his home near
Charlos Heights early Saturday morning following a brief illness.
He had been in Hamilton the previous day attending to business
matters and chatting with friends. Paralytic attacks suffered
during the night were responsible for his death at 6:30 o'clock.
He was 82 years of age.
Mr. Butler was a native of Plattville,
Wisconsin, born in 1852. His childhood and early life were spent
in that state and in Illinois. His father was a steamboat captain
on the Mississippi river for several years and when the son was
about 18 years of age, the family moved to Springfield, Missouri.
From that state the younger man came to the Bitter Root valley,
following his marriage to Sarah Calpernia Wan. Mr. Butler
possessed an unusual memory and incidents of his early life,
marked by first-hand knowledge of Abraham lincoln and General U.S.
Grant, were often recounted in most interesting fashion to his
friends. Such memorable items of history as the Lincoln-Douglas
debate at Galena, Illinois, were among the incidents of his youth.
In Missouri, he knew "Wild Bill" Hickock.
Always keenly interested in politics, Mr.
Butler was an ardent Republican and for several years served as
Republican central committee chairman for Ravalli County. Again
the choice of his party in 1932, he declined to serve and named as
his successor, N.E. Wilkerson, his friend and fellow ranger in the
days when the forest service was first established. Mr. Butler was
one of the first rangers appointed on the Bitter Root forest.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.C.
Irwin at the home Monday afternoon and burial was in the Corvallis
Cemetery beside the grave of a daughter who died in 1919 when the
family lived at Great Falls. Nephews of Mrs. Butler served as
pallbearers. They were S.M. Ward, C.W.. Ward, Ray, Dan, and Lester
Morris and Max Stanley. Relatives to survive Mr. Butler are his
wife, Sarah, a daughter, Mrs. J.M. (Meda) Flugstad of Bozeman, and
a son. Donald W. Butler of Harrah, Washington. They, with the
latter's son, Donald, were present at the last rites. William and
Ben Butler, brothers of the dead man, live at St. Louis, Missouri.
Ravalli Republican, January 23, 1934
LAST RITES HELD FOR MRS. BUXTON TUESDAY
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for
Mrs. Elizabeth Buxton at Helmville from the Methodist Church there
with Rev. Earl Saladen officiating. Interment was made in Helmville
Cemetery. The Dowling Funeral home of Hamilton conducted the
Mrs. Buxton, who was born in Michigan 79 years
ago, had resided in the Bitter Root only about three months when
death came at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Hall, west of
Corvallis, Sunday May 12. She came to the valley from Helmville
where she had lived for many years.
Daughters surviving the deceased are Mrs. Henry
Weber, Florence, Montana; Mrs. Ethel Seter of Helmville, and Mrs.
Hall. A surviving son is Edward Buxton of Deer Lodge.
The Western News, May 16, 1940, page 1