RAVALLI COUNTY OBITUARIES

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JUDSON FILMORE CAPLE
    Judson Filmore Caple, for 51 years a resident of the Corvallis and Hamilton communities, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ana Randolph near Corvallis, Tuesday morning after an extended illness. He was 88 years of age and retired from farming about 15 years ago. He was a native of Tennessee. Mr. Caple owned property at Corvallis and Hamilton.
    Relatives to survive are his wife and the daughters, Mrs. Randolph and Mrs. Letha Slocum of Corvallis, Mrs. John Humble, Mrs. Cora Benson and Mrs. Opal Hughes of Hamilton, Mrs. Bertha Myers and Mrs. Rub Sears of Seattle, and Mrs. Ida Crump of Corvallis, and a son William, whose whereabouts are unknown.
    Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the Dowling chapel, Rev. C.J. Taber to be in charge. Interment will be in the Corvallis Cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, June 23, 1938

CARLOS "Carly" EDWARD CARLS
July 18, 1882 - October 25, 1967
C.E. CARLS DIES AT AGE OF 85, HE LIVED AN ACTIVE, PRODUCTIVE LIFE
    C.E. Carls "Carly" Carls diedWednesday, October 25, 1967 at the age of 85. He was born July 18,1882 at Willow Creek, not far from Three Forks, Montana, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. (Elizabeth Duke) Carls. He was married October 3, 1909 in Missoula to Miss Charity Printz.
    Funeral services in tribute to Mr. Carls were conducted at the Dowling Chapel by Rev. Monroe Wilcox Friday with burial being made in Corvallis cemetery. Members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles held their ritual honoring their departed brother at graveside.
    The pallbearers were Walter (Bud) Wilson, Guy Middlemist, Bill Young, Clarence Parker, Dr. Mason Hargett, and Walter Neaves. Mr. Carls is survived by his widow, Charity, and son, John L. (Bud) Carls, both of Hamilton; by daughters, Mrs. Gard (Leona V.) Lockwood, Corvallis; and Mrs. Lloyd (Betty) Hughes, Lolo; by a sister, Mrs. Guy (Mabel) Murray, Monterey Park, California; and by brothers G. Harry of Butte and Louis who lives in Florida.
Abstract from: The Western News, November 1, 1967

FRANCES CARRUTHERS
1899 - December 13, 1910
YOUNG CHILD DIES.
    Frances, the 11-year old adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Carruthers, south of Stevensville, died Tuesday and the funeral was held Wednesday from the home and the remains laid to rest in Maplewood cemetery here.
    The child had been ill with diphtheria, but had fully recovered from the disease when acute dilatation of the heart set in and caused her death. On account of the nature of the former trouble from which the child had just gotten safely over, only a private funeral was held.
    Mr. and Mrs. Carruthers have the sincere sympathy of a wide circle of friends in this section of the valley during their bereavement for the loss of their little daughter.
Northwest Tribune, December 16, 1910

NELL HAYES CARTER
March 4, 1882 - July 31, 1952
MRS. NELL HAYES CARTER TAKEN BY DEATH TODAY IN BUTTE CITY.
    Word was received in Hamilton today of the death in Butte this morning of Mrs. Nell Hayes Carter, native of the Bitter Root who resided in Butte in recent years. Funeral services will be held in Butte Saturday.
    Mrs. Carter was born in Hamilton March 4, 1882. She is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Grace Ward, Wisconsin; Mrs. Edith Welch, Hamilton; Mrs. Carl Swarta, Bonner; Mrs. Inez Gulden, Los Angeles; by a granddaughter and two great-granddaughters in Butte. The late Will Hayes and late John Hayes were brothers. They, as well as her parents, are at rest in Riverview cemetery west of Hamilton. Judge W.R. Carter of Darby is a stepson.
 The Western News, July 31, 1952

FRANK CASH
November 14, 1893 - February 7, 1974
EX-MAYOR FRANK CASH DIES AT AGE 80, FUNERAL PENDING.
    Frank Cash, 80, died early Thursday morning at his home in Hamilton. Private funeral services are pending at the Dowling Chapel here. Family members asked that memorials be made in the form of contributions to the Hamilton Masonic Lodge. Cash was born November 14, 1893 in Butte, attended schools there and in Missoula, and served in the U.S. Army during World War I.
    Survivors include his widow, the former Josephine Vidic, whom he married July 25, 1928 in Butte; two sons, Bernie of Hamilton and Frank Jr of Missoula; two sisters, Mrs. Louise Kall of Butte and Mrs. Neil Ferkovich of Burbank, California, and six grandchildren. A son, Maurice, preceded him in death in 1944.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, February 17, 1974

ANDREW E. CAVANAUGH
1859 - April 19, 1930
A.E. CAVANAUGH IS TAKEN BY DEATH
    Funeral services for A.E. Cavanaugh, who died at his home near Charlos Heights Saturday noon, were held at the Dowling Mortuary Chapel tuesday afternoon with Rev. C.E. Smith in charge. Interment was made in Riverview Cemetery.
    The deceased had been ill for only a couple of weeks. He had resided in Hamilton vicinity for the past 21 years. He was born in Canada and immigrated to the United States in 1882 and was 71 years of age when death claimed him. He had been engaged in ranch work in the valley, farming several different places. A.E. Cavanaugh is survived by his widow, Myrtle, and by one daughter, Mrs. Lazim (Laura) Adams, of Hamilton. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community.
The Western News, April 24, 1930, page 1
 
ELIZA J. CENTERS
1872 - May 8, 1945
    Mrs. Eliza Centers, who observed her 73rd birthday on April 24, died at 5:45 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the family home in Hamilton.
She was born in Estill County, Kentucky in 1872 and came to the Bitter Root Valley November 2, 1907.
    Four sons, Hugh Centers, Hamilton; Henry E. "Jack" Centers, Los Angeles, California; Burton Centers, Missoula, and Master Sergeant Dillard Centers, now enroute to Hot Springs Park, Arkansas; three grandchildren, one great grandson; sister near Cincinnati, Ohio, and another sister, Mrs. Martha Bellis, Scottsburg, Indiana, survive. Her husband William Taylor Centers preceded her in death in 1942.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republican, May 9, 1945
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
ELIJAH M. "FRANK" CHAFFIN
February 9, 1878 - August 23, 1943
Corvallis, Aug 24 - Funeral services for Elijah M. "Frank" Chaffin, 65, who died suddenly at his home here yesterday afternoon, will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Dowling chapel at Hamilton. Adventist rites will be conducted. Pallbearers will be James Lear, C.E. Carls, L.M. Albertson, Leslie Snell, Guy Cochran, and Elton Dye.
    Mr. Chaffin, who was born at the old Chaffin homestead here February 9, 1878, had been in ill health for many years. However, his condition did not become serious until Saturday and his passing came as a surprise to his many friends and relatives. He was well known as a horse trainer and had driven and ridden horses in many race meets. With the exception of one summer spent on a cattle ranch in the Yellowstone country, he had lived all his life in the Bitterroot. He made his home with a brother, M.L. Chaffin, Corvallis, until his marriage about 25 years ago when he moved to a small place in town. He operated a lunch counter and pool hall here for many years.
    Survivors include his widow, at home, step-son, William Baker, Santa Monica, California; brothers, A.M. Chaffin, Hamilton; C.C. Chaffin, Missoula, and sister, Mrs. Judith Summers, Darby.
Ravalli Republican, August 25, 1943
                 
GLENN M. CHAFFIN
May 15, 1897 - February 28, 1978
GLENN CHAFFIN, 80, PASSES AWAY IN CORVALLIS AFTER LONG ILLNESS.
    Glenn Chaffin died at his Corvallis home Wednesday, February 28 at the age of 80 years. He was the son of Moses and Mary Myers Chaffin and was born in the Bitterroot on the homestead of his grandparents north of Corvallis. He was educated in the Corvallis schools and attended Montana State University at Missoula.
    He is survived by his wife, Mae, at their Corvallis home, and a son, Glenn Jr. of Corvallis, Oregon. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Dowling Chapel. Burial will be in Corvallis Cemetery.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, March 2, 1978

GILBERT E. CHAFFIN
November 6, 1903 - January 10, 1985
    Gilbert E. Chaffin, 91, of Helena, formerly of Corvallis, died Thursday in a Helena nursing home. He was born November 6, 1903 in the Chaffin home near Corvallis, to Moses and Mayme Chaffin. He attended schools in Corvallis and served in the U.S. Navy during World War I.
    January 31, 1922, he married the former Mildred J. Haffele in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. She preceded him in death December 25, 1981. He was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother. Survivors include a daughter, Carol Anderson, Helena; two grandsons, Craig K. Anderson, Billings, and Eric K. Anderson, Missoula; and several nephews.
    Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 pm at the Dowling Funeral Home in Hamilton.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 14, 1985
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
LEMAR K. CHAFFIN
LEMAR CHAFFIN PASSES AWAY AT CORVALLIS.
    Lemar Chaffin, one of the best known young men of the valley died at his home near Corvallis Monday afternoon. He was operated upon for appendicitis last week, and complications followed which involved his kidneys, which caused his death.
    Lemar Chaffin was 34 years of age and had spent the greater portion of his life in the valley. He was a cousin of postmaster Chaffin of Hamilton and had other relatives in the valley. His parents are dead and he had no brothers or sisters.
    He is survived by his wife and a year-old daughter. Mrs. Chaffin was formerly Miss Jennie Darbee of Missoula. The remains will be taken to Missoula this afternoon where they will be interred in the Missoula cemetery.
    Mr. Chaffin was a native of Kansas, and was one of the successful young men of the Bitter Root valley and the grief-stricken relatives have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends during their hours of sadness.
 Northwest Tribune, January 13, 1911      

MARY CHAFFIN
Mrs. Mary Chaffin Taken By Death; Had Been Ill Long Time; Burial at Corvallis
    Funeral services were held at the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Mary E. Chaffin, who passed away at the Daly Memorial Hospital Sunday, April 23, and burial was made in Corvallis Cemetery.
    The husband, James Chaffin, was a member of the 1864 emigrant party to come to the Bitter Root valley from Missouri and Kansas. His death occurred December 20, 1939.
Abstract from: The Western News, April 27, 1944
                                                                                                                                                                 
MOSES LARD CHAFFIN
July 13, 1868 - June 15, 1956
MOSES L. CHAFFIN, NATIVE AND PIONEER OF THE BITTER ROOT IS TAKEN BY DEATH.
    Moses L. Chaffin, 87, Corvallis, Bitter Root native and pioneer, died early Friday morning, June 15, at a Hamilton nursing home. Mr. Chaffin was the last member of the Elijah Chaffin family who came to the valley in 1864.
    Funeral services were held at the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton Monday afternoon, June 18, with burial following in Corvallis cemetery. Both the chapel and graveside services were conducted by Rev. Jesse Dove, pastor of the Corvallis Community Church. Pallbearers at the last rites were Otto Quast, John McLeod, Troy McKinney, Roy Thomas, Edwin R. Bay, and Dudley Bowden.
    Moses Lard Chaffin was born July 13, 1868 in a log cabin located a mile north of Corvallis and situated on a farm homesteaded by his parents a year earlier. He was married to Mary Evelyn Myers of Greensburg, Missouri, January 8, 1893 in another log cabin about a mile west of his birth place with his wife's brother-in-law, the late Rev. W.D. Lear, pioneer Christian minister at Corvallis, officiating at the wedding service.
    Mr. Chaffin is survived by his wife, two sons, Gilbert and Glenn of Corvallis, two daughters, Mrs. Milton Howe, Santa Monica, California; and Mrs. Edwin P. Daniels, Cathedral City, California; five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. All members of his family were here for his funeral except one grandson, Capt. Richard A. Dowse, serving with the U.S. Air Force in Germany.
Abstract from: The Western News, June 21, 1956

RONALD VIRGIL CHAFFIN
August 31, 1956 - August 27, 1985
    Ronald Virgil Chaffin, 28, of Plains, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains. Mr. Chaffin was born August 31, 1956 in Portland, OR, the son of Edgar Keith and Dorothy Erickson Chaffin. He moved with his family to Plains in 1967 and attended Plains High School. He worked as a truck driver, logger and bartender in Plains.
    Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Chaffin, Yucalpa, CA; three brothers, Rick Chaffin, Plains, Randy Chaffin, Rawlins, WY, and Ray Chaffin, Sacramento, CA; and two sisters, Rochelle Ruguleiski, Bozeman, and Renee Chaffin, Plains.
    Memorial services were held Monday at Shrider Funeral Chapel in Plains with the Rev. Roy Williams of the First Church of God officiating. Cremation has taken place.
Ravalli Republic, September 3, 1985

HENRY WOODMAN CHAMBERS
UNTIMELY IS DEATH OF WOODY CHAMBERS
Died Sunday Evening At His Home Near Grantsdale After Three Days Illness
    Henry Woodman Chambers died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Eliza Chambers, near Grantsdale at 7 o'clock Sunday evening. He had been ill for only three days, feeling sick or the first time last Wednesday evening when he complained of a sore throat. His illness rapidly reached an acute stage and the attending physicians were powerless to aid him. The cause of death was diagnosed as fever, probably scarlet fever of the malignant type.
    The funeral will be held from this Chambers home near Grantsdale tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. J.W. Heyward, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, will conduct the services and interment will be in Riverview Cemetery. Mrs. J.T. Stanford of Great Falls and Mrs. J.N. Armstrong of Wisdom, half sisters of the deceased, were immediately notified by wire of Mr. Chambers' death and are expected to attend the funeral tomorrow.
    "Woody" Chambers, as he was generally known, was a native of the Bitter Root Valley, having been born at Skalkaho 31 years ago and lived there practically all his life. He was a son of the late Hon. Henry Chambers, a member of the Territorial Legislature of Montana. He was a young man of many excellent qualities. Honest, sober, and industrious, he was liked by all who knew him.
    Besides his aged mother and the two half-sisters above mentioned, the deceased leaves a sister, Mrs. Edna Stevens, and many friends to mourn his untimely death. His mother and sister were with him when he passed away.
The Western News, Tuesday, June 3, 1913

ELIZABETH CHAPIN
Death of Mrs. Chapin
    Mrs. Elizabeth Chapin died early Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F.D. Dudley. She had been seriously ill for more than two months, a cancer being the cause of death. The remains were shipped to Aurora, Illinois, starting Monday morning the bereaved husband, Mr. Fred Chapin of Diamondvile, Wyoming, and daughter, Miss Edna, of this city accompanying. Mrs. Chapin was in her 47th year and a most estimable lady.
    She is survived by her husband and five chidren: Mrs. F.D. Dudley and Miss Edna Chapin of Hamilton; Mrs. Dozois and Miss Bessie Chapin of Helena and Fed Chapin of Belt.
The Western News, February 26, 1902                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CHATTIM
    Stevensville: Funeral services for Frank Chattim, 68, who died last Thursday in Missoula, where held here Monday. Members of the I.O.O.F. lodge conducted the graveside services. Burial was in the Carlton Cemetery and pallbearers were Frank Doolittle, Hobart Martin, Charles Wagner, Jacob Wagner, William Morris, and Eddie Morris.
    Mr. Chattim was a long time resident of Florence, making his home at the Jake Wagner home. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Nettle Nottingham, Spokane, Washington, and a brother in Ashland, Oregon.
Ravalli Republican, November 5, 1942

MYRTLE L. CHITTIM
April 28, 1889 - August 8, 1980
    Myrtle Leona Chittim, 91, Seattle, a former Stevensville resident, died Saturday in Seattle. She lived at the Seattle Masonic Home. She was born April 28, 1889 at McAllister and attended schools in the Gallatin Valley. In 1928, she moved to Stevensville and in 1950 she moved to Everett.
    She married Edward Chittim, who died in 1956. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Dolly, in 1940.  She is survived by three sons, Lewis, Helena, Charles in Kennewick, Wash.; Harold in New Mexico, and three daughters, Ora Carlin and Mary Kane, both of Everett, and Edna Brechbill, Florence.
    Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Whitesitt Funeral Home with the Rev. Rex Applebury officiating. Ritualistic services by the Order of Eastern Star and the Rebekah Lodge will also be held that afternoon, followed by interment in the Riverview Cemetery.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, August 12, 1980

CHRIS CHRISTENSEN
June 2, 1893 - April 9, 1953
C. CHRISTENSEN TAKEN BY DEATH AT DALY HOSPITAL THIS MORNING.
    Chris Christensen died at Daly Memorial Hospital this morning, shortly after he had been admitted to the institution. The rites will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Episcopal church. Burial will be in Riverview.
    Chris Christensen was born at Tudvad, Denmark June 2, 1893. He came to the United States and to the Bitter Root before World War I. Later, after the war, he returned to the valley and was joined here by his fiance, who came here from their native town in Denmark. They were married in Hamilton November 19, 1921.
    Beside the widow, Mr. Christensen is survived by two children, Miss Betty, who is here with her mother, and Harry, who is now enroute to Hamilton from Great Falls. Also surviving are six sisters and one brother, who live in Denmark.
Abstract from: The Western News, April 9, 1953

ALVIN HENRY “T-BONE” CLARK
April 6, 1906 - June 13, 1978
Alvinv H. “T-Bone Clark dies here
    Alvin H. “T-Bone” Clark, a longtime community leader in the Bitter Root Valley, died Tuesday in Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton. Clark was born April 6, 1906 at Rhodes, Iowa, the son of Harry I. and Bertha Clark. He was raised and educated in the Billings area.
    He first came to the Bitter Root Valley in 1919 and worked on the construction of Old Trial Creek Road, now known as the Big Hole road. The construction company trailed its equipment by horse from Billings across McDonald Pass. He married Irma Wyman in Billings, December 31, 1929. They returned with their daughter to the Bitter Root in 1938, where they have resided for the past 49 years.
    He is survived by his wife, at home in Hamilton; a daughter, Mrs. William (Betty) Grover, Missoula, and three grandchildren. He had returned Sunday night from Kalispell where he attended a meeting to engineers, accompanied by Bill Grover, his wife, and daughter. Monday he suffered a heart attack and was admitted to Marcus daly Memorial Hospital.
    Masonic rites will be Friday at 2 pm. at the Cowling Funeral Home with services conducted by John Barrows. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republican, June 3, 1978

JACK CLEVELAND
September 19, 1893 - May 9, 1943
Jack Cleveland Passes. Last Rites Held Here Yesterday with Burial in Riverview Cemetery
    Friends and members of the Ravalli Aerie of Eagles gathered at the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton yesterday afternoon to pay a last tribute to Frank Lysle Cleveland who passed away during his sleep early Sunday morning at his home. Rev. Earl R. Saladon officiated at the rites and burial was made in Riverview Cemetery. The pallbearers were Lawrence Wanderer, Calvin See, Ben Morse, James Morgan, T.A. Hindman, and Tim Carpenter. Music was afforded by Mrs. Truman Smith.
    The deceased was born September 19, 1893 at Bozeman, Montana, and had been a resident of Hamilton since 1931. When he first came to the valley, he farmed but in recent years he worked as fireman for several buildings in Hamilton. He was widely and popularly known as "Jack" Cleveland. Some months ago he became troubled with ill health and it seemed impossible to definitely locate the trouble. Finally it was diagnosed as heart disease and it was to this that his death is attributed.
    The deceased is survived by his widow of Hamilton; a son, Lucian DeForrest; and two daughters, Mrs. Camille Hopkins, Helmville; and Mrs. J.H. Carroll of Palmdale, California. Also surviving is a brother, Roy, of Miles City, and sisters, Mrs. Grace Gibson, Santa Monica, California and Mrs. J.O. Shubert, Eugene, Oregon.
The Western News, Thursday, May 13, 1943, page 1

SAMANTHA CLOSE
August 26, 1879 - September 24, 1939
Mrs. Charles Close of Victor Succumbs to heart trouble.
Victor, September 27, 1939 - Mrs. Charles Close died at the Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, Sunday afternoon. She had been a patient there for two weeks, suffering with a heart ailment.
    Samantha Evelyn Meador was born in Missouri, August 26, 1879. She came to the Bitter Root valley with her parents at the age of nine, lived near Hamilton and Corvallis. Her father died soon after coming here. Her mother, Mrs. E.W. Odell of Corvallis, died last year.
    She married in 1900 to L.W. Caldwell at Caldwell, Idaho. Mr. Caldwell died leaving a son and a daughter. She was married in 1909 to Charles Close and returned to the Bitter Root 12 years ago, living several years at Victor and Stevensville.
    Mrs. Close taught school many years in Montana and Idaho, teaching the past four years at the Ambrose district near Stevensville, where she taught three days of this term before going to the hospital.
    She is survived by her husband and seven children: Lew Caldwell and Mrs. Alice Hall at Caldwell, and George, Edwin, Lester, Louella, and Jean Close of Victor. A daughter, Catherine died two years ago. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, two brothers, and a sister, Marion Meador of Hamilton; W.H.H. Meador of McCall, Idaho and Mrs. W.A. Allen of Newburg, Oregon.
    Funeral services, in charge of the Liddel Funeral Home, were held Wednesday afternoon and interment was in the Victor cemetery. The Reverent John McDonald officiated. Pall bearers were Fred Downing, Fred Garrod, E.F. Patterson, J.F. Babbitt, George Safley, and Harry Mittower.
Submitted by Pat Close

LENORE EMMA MYERS COBB
November 13, 1888 - June 21, 1941
Hold Last Rites For Mrs. M.E. Cobb
Corvallis, June 25 - A large crowd paid tribute to the memory of Mrs. Milford E. Cobb, 52, farm wife, newspaper correspondent, club and church leader, at funeral services in the Dowling Chapel at Hamilton Monday afternoon. Death followed an emergency operation performed two weeks ago after an illness of several months. The rites were conducted by the Rev. John W. Bartram, pastor of the Methodist Church, and interment was in the local cemetery. Pallbearers were J.D. Lear, Paul Lear, Gilbert Chaffin, Glenn Chaffin, Lavern Cobb, Orion Cobb and Del Brisbin, relatives. Members of the Remember When Club, a social group of Corvallis and Hamilton women organized in memory of high school days here, attended in a body.
    Mrs. Cobb was born Lenore Emma Myers in Greensburg, MO, on November 13, 1888, the birthplace of her mother. With her parents and an older sister, who had lived here previous to Lenore’s birth, returning there for a visit, she came to Corvallis in 1890. Her parents, Mr. and mrs. Robert Myers, homesteaded River ranch, a mile west of Corvallis, shortly after their arrival here, maintaining the family home there ever since. Both her parents, how in their late seventies, still live here.
    She met Milford Cobb when they wee primary children together in the local grade school, from which they were graduated together. They were childhood sweethearts and their romance of later years culminated in their marriage on January 22, 1911. They had one daughter, Lu Rea, age 20.
    She taught one year in the Dominick school east of here before her marriage. At the same time, she began what was to be a 30-year career as a newspaper correspondent by writing Corvallis community news for newspapers. At the time of her death, she was a correspondent for the Ravalli Republican of Hamilton and the Missoulian-Sentinel.
    A member of the Presbyterian church and for many years superintendent of the Sunday school at the United church here, Mrs. Cobb was a tireless worker in religious and community affairs. She contributed much to community and school needs. In addition to church and Sunday school work, Mrs. Cobb was an active member of the Woman’s Club and Ladies Aid Society and an ardent though nonmember supporter of the precepts of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.
    Survivors include her widower and daughter, parents, two sisters, Mrs. Lee Simmons, Corvallis, and Mrs. H.E. Elliott, Deer Lodge.
Ravalli Republican, June 26, 1941
DEAN O. COBB
March 30, 1889 - December 24, 1942
Hold Last Rites For D.O. Cobb
    Corvallis, December 28 - Funeral services for Dean O. Cobb were held in the Dowling Chapel, Hamilton, this afternoon, the Rev. C.J. Taber officiating. Burial was in the family plot here. Pallbearers were Lee Simmons, George Logan, Glenn and Gilbert Chaffin, James and Paul Lear.
Mr. Cobb died at his home here at 10:55 p.m. Thursday.
    He was born March 30, 1889, in the Burnt Fork district east of Stevenville and moved to a ranch two miles north of here with his parents in 1897.
    Survivors include the widow, Phronia, and son, Orion, Corvallis; sons, LaVern and Dr. Gilbert Cobb, Los Angeles, California; four grandchildren and brother, Milford E. Cobb, Corvallis.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republican, December 31, 1942
 
MILFORD EZARIAH COBB
October 25, 1886  -  July 26, 1951
M.E. Cobb Rites Set for Saturday
    Funeral services for Milford E. Cobb, 64, Corvallis farmer who died while on a fishing trip Thursday, will be held in the Dowling chapel Saturday afternoon a 2 o’clock. The Rev. Jesse Dove, Corvallis, will officiate. Interment will be in the Corvallis cemetery beside the grave of his wife who died June 21, 1941.
    Mr. Cobb had been in good health and it was his idea that he and a son-in-law, Frank Tanner, go fishing in the Lost Horse area. They went out about 9 a.m. and about noon he complained of not feeling well. It is believed that Mr. Cobb was fatally stricken as he got into the car preparing to being taken to a doctor’s office.
    He was born October 25, 1886 on a ranch in the Burnt Fork area near Stevensville. When about nine years old, he moved with his parents, John and Luella Cobb, to the ranch north of Corvallis that has since been his home. He attended the Corvallis schools and married his childhood sweetheart, Lenore Emma Myers, at Corvallis on January 21, 1911.
    Mr. Cobb had been a coyote hunter with his father-in-law, the late Robert B. Myers. Mr. Cobb felt quite strongly concerning the use of the lethal weapon, 1080, in exterminating coyote and opposed it use on the grounds that it was contrary to laws of natural elimination of predatory animals. Mr. Cobb was a sugar beet grower and stockman. He belonged to the United Church, Corvallis Masonic Lodge, Ravalli County Sportsmen’s association, and the Montana State Stock association.
    A daughter, Mrs. W. Frank Tanner, Corvallis, and two grandchildren survive. other relatives are Orion Cobb, Scobey, nephew; Mrs. Dean Cobb, Corvallis, sister-in-law, and Mrs. R.B. Myers, Corvallis, mother-in-law.
Ravalli Republican, July 27, 1951

SOPHRONIA (FRONCIE) MARGARET FROGGE COBB
January 20, 1888 - July 24, 1966
Mrs. Dean Cobb, Former Longtime Valley Resident, Died July 24
    Graveside services will be held at Corvallis cemetery at 11 a.m. for Mrs. Dean Cobb, 78, on Saturday. Ritual of the Corvallis Chapter 59, Order of Eastern Star will honor her. Rev. R. Sherwood will officiate and pallbearers will be Lee Lear, Jack Zito, Leonard Zito, Arne Olson, Vance Bay, and Frank Tanner. Mrs. Cobb died at Palo Verde, California Sunday afternoon, July 24. She had been hospitalized but a short time for eye surgery and was on the men when she suffered a sudden heart attack.
    Margaret Sophronia Frogge was born January 2, 1888 in Greensburg, MO. Her parents were Drewery and Amia Myers Frogge. The family pioneered to the Bitter Root when she was two years old and she grew up in the Corvallis community, attending Corvallis schools. She married Dean Orion Cobb at Corvallis on November 23, 1908 with Rev. W.D. Lear officiating and attendants being Rea B. Myers and Lee Simmons. The Cobbs made their home on Cobb Lane north of Corvallis for many years. Mr. Cobb died December 24, 1942 and is buried at Corvallis. Mrs. Cobb later worked for several years at Bays store. She went to California to live near her sons and their families many years ago.
    Mrs. Cobb was also preceded in death by her youngest son, Dr. Gilbery LeRoy (Happy) Cobb who died of infantile paralysis October 23, 1944 at Compton, California, where he had established himself as an osteopathic physician after ten years residence there. He was a 1931 graduate of Corvallis high school and native Bitter Rooter. Surviving are sons LaVern, Palo Verde, Orion of Inglewood, California; a sister, Mrs. Del (Winnifred) Brisbin, Toppenish, Washington; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
    Mrs. Cobb was a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services were held at Palo Verde before her body was sent to the Biter Root for burial.
The Western News, July 27, 1966

Mrs. Cobb Taken by Death, Graveside Rite is Saturday
    A graveside service will be conducted at Corvallis cemetery Saturday for Mrs. Dean (Margaret) Cobb, 78, former Corvallis resident who died Sunday at Englewood, California.
    She was born January 20 1888 in Missouri, and came to the Bitter Root at the age of two with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Drury Frogge of Corvallis. She attended Corvallis schools and, following her marriage to Dean Cobb, farmed with him at a place north of Corvallis for many years. She also worked at Bays’s Store in Corvallis. Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Cobb moved to california about 12 years ago and resided at Englewood since. She was a member of the Baptist Church and Corvallis OES chapter.
    Among survivors are two sons, Orion of Englewood and LaVerne of Palo Verde, California; and sister, Mrs. Winifred Brisbin of Toppennish, Washington.
    Mrs. Brisbin was visiting in Corvallis at the time of her sister’s death and will remain here for the graveside rite. The Orion Cobb family also is expected to come here.
Ravalli Republican, July 25, 1966

GUY LEWIS COCHRAN
January 28, 1879 - December 16, 1957
Guy Cochran Corvallis, Died Late Monday Evening
    Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Dowling chapel for Guy Cochran of Corvallis who died at his home Monday December 16 at 10 p.m. after an illness of many years. Death was due to a heart condition. Rev. Gerald Meyer will officiate at rites and burial will be in the family plot at Corvallis cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ray Murphy, Gill Chaffin, Sidney Johnson, Louise Wolfe, Ed Bay, O. S. Lockwood. An infant son preceded Mr. Cochran in death in 1905.
    Guy Lewis Cochran was born January 28, 1879 at Knox City, Mo. He grew up and attended school there. He came to Montana in 1899 and worked in Deer Lodge for a year before coming to Corvallis. He operated a barber shop for several years. He was married to Josie. M Barr on April 13, 1903. Rev J. D. Lear performed the ceremony at the bride’s home. Mr. and Mrs. Cochran both served as postmaster for Corvallis from 1908 to 1920. They moved to Idaho for a year, returned to Darby where he was in business about ten years. They returned to Corvallis where he worked at Bays store until ill health caused his retirement.
    Mr. Cochran was a member of the Masonic lodge and members of that group will present their services at the funeral. Mr. and Mrs. Cochran noted their golden wedding anniversary in 1953.
    Survivors are the widow, a son Theodore L. of Tremonton, Utah; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Guy Cochran leaves numerous friends. He was respected by business associates and neighbors alike. The sympathy of the Corvallis community goes to his family at this time.
    Mr. Cochran’s granddaughter Mrs. W. D. Hoverson of Portland arrived today to attend the rites. Other survivors are a nephew Thomas Vanlandingham of Missoula and nieces and nephews in Boise, Idaho and back east.
The Western News, December 19, 1957

                                                                                                                                                                                  
EDITH STELLA COLE      
    Funeral services will be held in Orofino, Idaho on January 16 for Edith Stella Cole, 80, who died January 13 at a Spokane hospital. Edith Stella Blake was born in Orofino, Idaho. On April 25, 1929, she married Corvallis native, William Popham Cole.
    Mrs. Cole was preceded in death by her husband on May 25, 1964, and by a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd (Madge) Brown on April 22, 1973. Both are interred in Corvallis Cemetery. Surviving Mrs. Cole are sons Dwayne Cole of Gladstone, Oregon, and Rodney Cole of Anaconda; daughter Mary Frances Cooper of Gunn, Alberta Canada, a brother in Orofino and several grandchildren.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 15, 1985

E.N. COLE
DEATH OF VETERAN
E.N. Cole Passed Away at Home Saturday
Funeral Services With Military Honors Held Tuesday

E.N. Cole, Spanish-American war veteran, died suddenly Saturday evening at his home in the north part of town. He had worked about his garden during the day and after eating supper with his family was talking with his wife and a neighbor when death came without warning.
    Mr. Cole was 55 years of age and a native of Iowa. He served with the United States forces in the Philippine Islands 18 months in 1898 and 1899, and was adjutant of the Bitter Root Camp of Spanish War Veterans. He came to Hamilton about eight years ago from Casper, Wyoming.
    Besides his wife, a son, Harvey, and a daughter, Phyllis, here, he is survived by a daughter in South Dakota and a daughter in Tacoma, Washington.
    Military honors were paid Mr. Cole’s memory Tuesday afternoon when his body was escorted to the grave in Riverview cemetery by his comrades and a guard of honor from the Ravalli Post of the American Legion. The funeral was held at 2 o’clock in Odd Fellows; hall with services by Rev. H.H. Longnecker. Mr. Cole was a member of the Odd Fellow Lodge.
Ravalli Republican, May 12, 1932


ALBERT W. COLEMAN
October 24, 1888 - October 29, 1947
ALBERT COLEMAN PASSES A LOCAL HOSPITAL
    Albert Coleman of Stevensville passed away at Daly Hospital October 29. He was 59 years of age and is survived by his widow, Irene, and others.
The Western News, October 30, 1947, page 1

Al W. Coleman Rites Saturday
Stevensville - Funeral services for Al W. Coleman, 58, who died Thursday at the Daly Hospital in Hamilton after an extended illness, will be conducted at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon in the Dowling Chapel with Rev. C.G. Spellman officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery and pallbearers will be Howard Little, H.D. Carpenter, C.A. Buck, Andrew McNett, Charles Goffe, and John Psenda.
    He was born in Blanchard, Iowa, on October 24, 1888, and came to Stevensville with his parents when he was nine years old. He operated a shoe shop and a sawmill in late years.
    Survivors include his widow; step-daughter, Edith Sheehan, Butte; step-sons, Lawrence Harris, Stevensville; Roy Harris, Alaska; sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Wallin and Maude Harris, Stevensville; half-brother, Earl Harris, Missoula; uncles, George Harris, Victor, and Ben Mann, Plains.
Ravalli Republican, October 31, 1947

GEORGE COLEMAN
COLEMAN STRICKEN BY LIGHTNING
Victim of Fierce Electrical Storm That Raged Monday

    Struck dead by lightning, was the untimely fate of George Coleman, a young man, a stranger here, Monday afternoon. Miss Jennie Hosier, a teacher in the Hamilton Public Schools, who was returning from the home of Rev. L.L. Kneeland on Willow Creek, while driving along the bench road about five miles northeast of town discovered the body of a man lying prostrate in the road. Miss Hosier hastened to Hamilton and notified the authorities. Under Sheriff Hefling, County Attorney Baker, and Clerk A.C. Baker immediately drove to the scene in an automobile. A jury, consisting of D.V. Bean. A.C. Baker, C.S. Nichols, R.L. Harper, W.B. McDaniels, and Fred Adams was summoned by Constable Stockman, with Justice F.J. Morris acting coroner, and taken to the scene of the accident. The body way laying prostrate where it had fallen, the face buried in the sand. All around were unmistakable evidences of a heavy thunder shower. The man evidently, upon being caught in the rain, had drawn his coat more closely about him, as both lapels were still clutched in either hand and started to run for shelter when suddenly stricken by the dread bolt. His eyes were still staring wide open. The face and head had turned a bluish black. A slight bruise on the crown of the head; the singed hair and torn hat and clothing show that the bolt struck on the top of the head and that the electric current passed straight down the back, death being instantaneous.
    The body was brought to Hamilton and an inquest held, the jury returning a verdict that death was caused by lightning. The investigation disclosed that the name of the deceased was George coleman, a young man about 30 years of age, who came here recently from Spokane, sent by an employment agency to work on the big ditch. He had been employed at Camp 5 and drew his time, amounting to $39.05, and stared to town in the afternoon. He was stricken about 2:30 o'clock.
    Among the papers found on the body was a letter from the mother of the deceased, who resides at Franklin, Illinois, in which she told of his sisters, one of whom lives in Tacoma and the other in California. The deceased also carried a card, indicating membership in the Iron Workers Union.
The Western News, July 15, 1908
                               
IRENE COLEMAN
October 13, 1881 - January 10, 1948
Stevensville Woman Dies in Hamilton
Stevensville - Funeral services for Mrs. Irene Coleman, 66, who died late Saturday following an extended illness, were conducted by the Rev. C.G. Spellman Tuesday afternoon in the Dowling Chapel and burial was in Riverview Cemetery.
    She was born October 13, 1881 at Bloomfield, Iowa, and had lived in the Bitter Root since childhood except for a short time spent in Butte. In December 1912, she ws married to Albert Coleman, who died October 29, 1947.
    Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Edith Sheehan, Butte; sons, Lawrence Harris, Stevensville; Roy Harris, Anchorage, Alaska; one brother and one sister, and eight grandchildren.
Ravalli Republican, January 13, 1948

JAMES H. COLLIER
November 18, 1869 - December 28, 1950
James Collier, 81, Retired Farmer, Die
    James H. Collier, 81, retired Corvallis farmer, died in Daly Hospital Thursday evening. He had been ill about two weeks, but death came as a surprise to member of the family, as he quietly passed away in his sleep.
    He was born November 18, 1869 in Needmore, Indiana. The Collier family lived in Missouri a short time then moved to Van Wert, Iowa, where he attended school and lived until going to Missoula with Mrs. Collier in 1917.  They were married in Van Wert July 3, 1892, 58 years ago. Since March 9, 1918, they have lived on the farm near Corvallis. A son, Claude, now operates the farm.
    He was an active member of the Corvallis community church. When the Colliers celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, they made a trip to the west coast to visit the children.
    Survivors include: The widow, Viola; three daughters, Mrs. J.C. Green and Mrs. Frank Vinton, Portland, Oregon, Mrs. A. Gridley, Berkeley, Calif, two sons, Claude, at home, and Clark, Missoula; a sister, Mrs. Mamie Frank, Peru, Iowa, and a brother, Curtis, Mooresville, Indiana, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. All the children are at the family home.
Ravalli Republican, December 29, 1950


FRED LEMUAL COMPTON
June 10, 1886 - October 13, 1959
Fred Compton Of Corvallis Died, Rites Saturday
    Funeral services have been set tentatively for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Dowling Chapel for F.L. Compton of east of Corvallis who died Tuesday after a brief illness. Interment will be in Corvallis cemetery.
    Fred Lemual Compton was born June 10, 1886 in Jackson county, Texas. He was married in June of 1912 to Hazel Beman in Iowa.
    Mr. Compton is survived by his wife; sons, Arthur of Kennewick, Washington; and Howard of Kalispell; five grandchildren and one great grandchild and many friends.
Abstract from The Western News, October 15, 1959, page 1

VIRGIL E. COOK
April 25, 1915 - May 31, 1990
    Virgil E. Cook, 75, of Hamilton, died of cardiac arrest Thursday, May 31, at Marcus Daly memorial Hospital. He was born April 25, 1915 to Wesley and Emma Radmer Cook in White Lake, SD, where he was raised and educated. After graduating from high school in 1935, he moved to the Bitter Root valley. On December 8, 1946, he married Helen Davis in Spokane. He was a mechanic and repairman of appliances and refrigeration equipment.
    His wife and two sisters preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter, Patsy Cook, Hamilton; two brothers, Wesley, Hamilton, and Irvin, Houston, Texas; a sister, Irene Cooley, Missoula; and several nephews and nieces.
    Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton, with the Rev. Bob Mullen officiating. Ionic Lodge will perform Masonic rites; burial will be at Victor Cemetery. A reception will follow at Hamilton Masonic Temple. Pallbearers include; Mark Annin, Fred Parker, Curtis Cook, Harry Stevenson, Livingston Grier and Jim Hazen.
    The family suggest memorials to the Bagdad Shrine Temple Children’ Transportation fund, in care of Ralph McCoy, PO Box 459, Victor 59875
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, June 4, 1990, page 7

MARY ANN JAMES COPELAND
January 5, 1873 - December 20, 1963
Mother of Hamilton Woman Taken By Death on December 20  
    Funeral services were December 28 in Roundup, Montana for Mrs. James R. Copeland, 91, who died December 20 in Galahad, Alberta, Canada while visiting her sisters, Mrs. Mary Boyer and Mrs. Maud Smith.
    Mary Ann James was born January 5, 1873 in Vancouver, B.C. and came to the States with her family as a child. She married James R. Copeland in Colorado April 18, 1899 and they moved to Butte where they lived many years and then to Roundup.
    Surviving beside Mrs. Davison is a daughter, Mrs. Wesley (Audrey) Newton, Salt Lake City; a son, James R. Copeland, Philadelphia; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren; three brothers; the sisters Boyer and Smith who live in Alliance, Alberta, and a sister in Tennessee, and one in California.
Abstract from: The Western News, January 1, 1964  
MARION A. CURRY COX
May 29, 1910 - September 20, 1990
    A memorial service will be conducted Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Hamilton First Presbyterian Church for Marion A. Cox, 80, of Hamilton, who died last week in a car-train collision. Rev. Wayne Wardwell will officiate.  
    Born May 29, 1910 in West Terre Haute, Indiana, the daughter of George and Essie Cassidy Curry, she was raised and educated, and graduated from high school there. She received her two-year teaching certificate from Indiana State University. She married Dr. Herald Cox in West Terre Haute on June 19, 1932.
    Survivors include a daughter, Jane Nozell of Lexington, KY; two sons, Dr. George Cox of Suffern, NY and Dr. Gordon Cox of Billings; a sister, Lucy Smith of Chesterfield, MO; two brothers, Oliver Curry of West Terre Haute, IN, and John Curry of West Orange, NJ; 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on August 16 1986.
    The family suggests memorials to the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St., Hamilton, MT 59840. Arrangements are under the direction of the Daly-Leach Chapel.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, Thursday, September 27, 1990

RICHARD D. CROMWELL
1942 - July 10, 1990
    Richard D. Cromwell, 48, of Darby, died Tuesday morning at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital of an apparent heart attack. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by the Daly-Leach Chapel
Ravalli Republic, July 11, 1990

LELAND VERNON CROW
January 12, 1903 - June 27, 1993
Burial Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Great Falls, MT
    Leland V. Crow, 90, of Hamilton was found dead Sunday afternoon of apparent natural causes at the Big Sky Taxidermy in Hamilton. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by the Dowling Funeral Home.
Ravalli Republic, June 28, 1993                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
INMAN PAYNE CRUTCHFIELD
July 30, 1895 - December 23, 1963
INMAN CRUTCHFIELD DIES UNEXPECTEDLY AT FLORIDA HOME; LIVED AT HAMILTON
    Inman Payne Crutchfield died Monday, December 23 at his home in Jacksonville, Florida according to word received here that day by his sisters, Miss Jack Crutchfield and Miss Virginia Crutchfield. Episcopal funeral services were held in Jacksonville December 24 followed by burial in a cemetery there.
    Inman Payne Crutchfield was born at Missoula July 30, 1895 and came to Hamilton with his parents, the late Col. Charles M. and Lena Payne Crutchfield, a few days after his birth. His father was a prominent attorney and a legislator from Ravalli County. Inman was reared in Hamilton, graduating from Hamilton High School with the class of 1913.
    He was married in 1930 to Christine Dearing of Jacksonville. They became the parents of three children. The widow and children survive. The children are Inman P. Crutchfield, Jr. and Mrs. John (Carol) Fewell, both of Jacksonville, and Mrs. Charles (Christine) Keyser of Chicago. Other survivors are the two sisters in Hamilton and a brother, Charles, of Santa Ana, California, and seven grandchildren.
Abstract from: The Western News, January 1, 1964

ARTHUR OWEN CUMLEY, Jr.
May 2, 1925 -  June 23, 1952
Services For Accident Victim Will Be Tomorrow
Arthur Owen Cumley, Jr., victim of an automobile accident south of Hamilton on Highway 93. Burial will be in Lone Pine Cemetery Friday (June 27th) after services at the Darby Baptist Church. He died Monday night.  Arthur served in the U.S. Navy from October 6, 1943-April 6, 1946 in the Asiatic Pacific area.
    Survivors include: parents Arthur Owen Sr., and Louise Cumley, sister  Alice Belle, sister A. A. Swicki, brother Del W. Cumley serving in the military in  Germany and brother, William E. Cumley serving in Korea.
Note:  There is a rather long description of the timeline of the  accident, obviously not included here.
Abstract from: The Western News, June 26, 1952
Contributed by Debra Branigan
Saint Inigoes, MD

BRADFORD T. CUMLEY
May 31, 1842 - September 28, 1926
    Bradford Cumley passed away at his home of his son, Lester Cumley,  Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  He had been a sufferer for many  months, and about a week ago he had a paralytic stroke. from which he  never rallied. The deceased was born May 31, 1842, being 84 years, 4 month of age at  the time his of death.
    He was married to Paulina Noonan March 31, 1964.  To this union was  born six children, three boys and three girls.  Those now living are  Mrs. Kate Barton of Shelbina, Missouri, Mrs. Laura Woodson of Livingston,  Montana, Eugene of Darby, Montana, Levis Cumley of Redondo Beach, Cal.,  and Lester of Victor, Montana.
    Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. H. Longnecker at the  Community Church at Victor Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, after  which the remains were laid to rest in Victor cemetery.
"O he is not dead, but sleeping,
Sweetly sleeping ion the tomb,
While his lonely friends are weeping
Home is full of bitter gloom
Far across the mystic river
Angels bear his soul away
There to dwell with Christ the Giver
In the realms of perfect day
O, the joy, not dead, but sleeping
Only gone to rest awhile
He would bid us cease our weeping
For he wears an Angel smile
Peace is like a river flowing
None can ever say father died
For our happy hearts are knowing
he with Angels doth abide."
The Western News, October 1926
Contributed by Debra Branigan, Saint Inigoes, MD

ELWOOD CUMLEY
November 15, 1906 - February 17, 1988
Elwood Cumley, 81, died Wednesday in Hamilton. He will be cremated and there will be no services. (Dowling Funeral Home)
    He was born November 15, 1906 in Hamilton to Eugene and Motie Babbs Cumley. He married Isabelle Osbourne in 1927.
He farmed, was a sawyer, and moved in 1941 to California to work in shipyards.  He divorced in 1947 and returned to this area. He remarried Ethel (d. 1977) in Spokane, WA.
    He was preceded in death by Betty Lou Madrid and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include son Vernon L. Cumley, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Extract from Ravalli Republic, Hamilton, Montana
February 19, 1988
Contributed by Debra Branigan, Saint Inigoes, MD

EUGENE CUMLEY
February 13, 1872 - May 27, 1957
Eugene Cumley Services Here
    Eugene Cumley, 85, died Monday. Funeral to be held Wednesday at Dowling Funeral Home with burial in Lone Pine Cemetery in Darby. Born February 13, 1872 in Paris, MO and married Sept. 13, 1892 in Shelbina, MO. Came to Hamilton in 1904 and has lived in Montana except for 1910-1911 when they returned to Missouri.
    Survivors: Motie Belle, daughter Gertrude Cooper, sons Arthur Owen  Cumley, Elwood Eugene, sister Laura Woodson and many grandchildren.
Extract from Daily Ravalli Republican, Hamilton, Montana, May 28, 1957
Contributed by Debra Branigan, Saint Inigoes, MD

LESTER B. CUMLEY
July 1, 1881 - October 12, 1927
L. B. Cumley Dead; Funeral at the Community Church on Friday
Survived by Widow, Three Daughters, a brother at Darby and Two Sisters in the East
Victor, Oct. 19 - Lester B. Cumley passed away at his home here last Wednesday, death resulting from infection of his lower jaw.  He was born in Missouri July 1, 1881.  He visited Montana several times before finally locating here.  He is survived by his widow and three  daughters, Mrs. Bennie Hackett, Miss Gladys Cumley, who was a student at the normal  school in Cheney, Wash., when called home, and Barbara Cumley of Victor,  A  brother
resides in Darby and a brother and two sisters reside in the east. Deceased was a member of the Baptist church and of the Modern Woodman lodge.
    Services were conducted at the Community Church Friday afternoon by.  H.H. Longenecker of Hamilton, assisted by Rev. J. W. McGowan and Rev.  J. F. Williams.  A double quartet sang three selections and Mrs.  Sidney McVey sang “Shadows”.The Modern Woodman lodge held memorial  services also and interment was in the Victor cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, October 27, 1927
Contributed by Debra Branigan

HARVEY CUMMINS
- June 6, 1923
Harvey Cummins is the year's first victim of the spotted fever caused by the bite of a wood tick in the Bitter Root. He passed away at the hospital at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning. Cummins was brought to the hospital from his wood camp, west of Stevensville, Monday evening. His daughter, who is also ill with the same malady, died Friday noon. Cummins was 38 years of age and is survived by a large family, including his wife, mother and seven small children.
Ravalli Republican, June 7, 1923

ISOPHENE VIVIAN STANLEY CUMMINS
1843 - 1915
Mrs. I.V. Cummins Died Monday Morning
Deceased Had Been a Resident of the Bitter Root Valley For Nineteen Years
Corvallis, February 11 - The funeral of Mrs. I.V. Cummins, who died Monday morning of pneumonia, was conducted from the residence Tuesday at 12 o’clock, Rev. T.B. Reagan of the Methodist church officiating. Several songs were rendered by a double male quartet. Interment was made in the Corvallis cemetery.
    Isophene Vivian Stanley Cummins was of southern parentage, born at Buffalo, Dallas County, Missouri, in 1943. At an early age, she became a member of the Methodist church, and for twenty-nine years was a Sunday school teacher. For nineteen years, she had made the Bitter Root Valley her home. Of a quiet home loving nature, she was not well known here, but ws highly respected and much esteemed by those who knew her best.
    She is survived by a daughter, Mr. Thomas R. Glass of this place, and two sons, Edwin Cummins of Terrill, Texas and Charles Cummins of Springfield, Missouri.
Ravalli Republican, February 12, 1915

CLAUDE HENRY CUNNINGHAM
July 1, 1887 - January 20, 1965
C. Cunningham Take By Death This Morning At Age Of 77
    Funeral services are pending at Dowling Chapel for Claude Cunningham, 77, who died at a local nursing home this morning.
Claude Henry Duvan Cunningham was born July 1, 1887 in Ingleville, Kansas and grew up there, married Florence Faye Johnson December 25, 1909 at Fort Scott, Kansas. They came to Montana in 1925 and moved to the Bitter Root in 1929. He served in the Marine Corps during WWI and was a member of the American Legion at Hamilton.
    Surviving daughters are Mrs. John (LaVonne) Humble, Mrs. Robert (Maxine) Porter, both of Deer Lodge, Mrs. Robert (Kate) Kelly, Anaconda; sons Clark, Grantsdale, Charles of Cascade, Rex Hendrickson, Hamilton; 14 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; brother, James, at Niehart; sisters, Mrs. Ruth McClaskey, Mrs. Cloney Gilbert, both of Girard, Kansas.
Abstracted from The Western News, January 20, 1965

 Cunningham Passes Away In Hamilton
    Claude H. Cunninghan, 76, Hamilton, passed away Wednesday morning at the Valley View Estates Nursing Home. Mr. Cunningham was born July 1, 1887 in Ingleville, Kansas. His wife, Florence Cunningham, passed away in September 1984 her home in Hamilton.
    Survivors are children: Mrs. John (LaVonne) Humble, Deer Lodge; Mrs. Robert (Maxine) Porter, also of Deer Lodge; Clark, Grantsdale, Charles, Cascade, Rex Hendrickson, Victor, Mrs. Robert (Kate) Kelly, Anaconda. Survivors also include 15 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews in Kansas. Funeral services are pending at Dowling Funeral Home.
Ravalli Republic, January 20, 1965

FLORENCE FAY JOHNSON CUNNINGHAM
August 24, 1892 - September 7, 1964
Mrs. Cunningham Taken By Death On Monday, Rites Were Today
    Funeral services were today at the Dowling chapel for Mrs. Claude H. Cunningham, 72, who died in her sleep at her home on Labor Day, September 7. Interment was in Riverview cemetery. Pallbearers were Claude Osborn, Robert Snow, Roy Williams, Fred Parker, Robert Franklin, and Nick Martin.
    Florence Faye Johnson was born August 24, 1892 at Fort Scott, Kansas. She grew up there and on December 25, 1909 married Clause Henry Duven Cunningham. They came to Montana in 1925 and in 1929 they moved to the Bitter Root living in Grantsdale until 1945 when they moved into Hamilton and soon purchased the old Jenkins place on Geneva Ave, which has since been their home. Mrs. Cunningham attended the Assembly of God Church.
    Survivors are the following daughters and sons: Mrs. John (Vonne) Humble, Deer Lodge; Clark Cunningham, Grantsdale; Mrs. Robert (Maxine) Porter, Deer Lodge; Charles Cunningham, Cascade; Mrs. Robert (Kate) Kelly, Anaconda; grandson, Rex Hendrickson, Hamilton; 14 other grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brother, Oliver Johnston, Arcadia, Kansas.
Abstract from The Western News, September 9, 1964

MARY CUNNINGHAM   
May 1847 - April 16, 1916
Mrs. M. Cunningham Succumbs to Death
Mrs. John L. Cunningham died Sunday at her home in this city, following a brief illness of pneumonia. The funeral was held this morning from the Catholic Church, Rev. Father Michael Dunne performing the last sad rites. She was buried beside her husband in Riverview.
Mrs. Cunningham was about 69 years of age. She came to Montana with her husband, the late John Cunningham, from Virginia City, Nevada about 25 years ago. They resided at Curlew, just west of Victor for a number of years, Mr. Cunningham being chief engineer at the mine.
Mrs. Cunningham left no relatives so far as known. She as a most estimable lady and will be mourned by a circle of devoted friends.
The Western News, April 18, 1916, page 1

CLOYD CURRY
December 16, 1907 - December 31, 1929
Killed in Collision
Cloyde Curry Struck While Driving Truck at Twin Falls, Idaho, Last Tuesday Morning
    Cloyde Curry, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Curry, was instantly killed at Twin Falls, Idaho, Tuesday noon when a train struck the milk truck he was driving. The young man had been working for William Nicholson, a dairy farmer, and was driving a milk route. No details of the tragedy were received in the brief telegram telling the young man's father of his death. Mr. and Mrs. Curry drove to Missoula Tuesday evening, leaving for Twin Falls this following morning. The body will be brought here for burial at a time to be announced later.
    Cloyde Curry was born at Sebetha, Kansas, December 16, 1907, and came to Hamilton with his parents in 1909. He attended the Hamilton schools and spent more of his life here, leaving for Twin Falls about three and a half years ago. Beside his parents, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Walter Rothe, and a younger brother, Robert, who reside here.
Ravalli Republican, January 2, 1930, page 1

CLYDE E. CURRY
November 23, 1884 - September 20, 1969
Clyde Curry Dies; Universally Liked; Business Man had Attained Age 84
    Clyde E. Curry is no more. With a swiftness that shocked both family and numerous friends, the spark of life which had burned so brightly over a long and busy lifetime, was snuffed out unexpectedly Saturday morning at Daly hospital here. He had been a patient since the preceding Thursday. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at Dowling chapel after which burial was made in Riverview Cemetery. Rev. Marvin conducted the services. Pallbearers were Paul Puyear, Howard Puyear, Hugh Elmore, Dugan Smith, Harry Mittower, and R.E. Davidson. Honorary pallbearers were Crawford Smaus, Lyle Cooper, Miles Romney, Jim Thompson, Truman Smith, Bill Hainline, and Ed Marx.
    Clyde E. Curry was born at Highland, Kansas November 23, 1884. He wed Elizabeth Paschal at Horton, Kansas September 2, 1904. The couple moved to the Bitter Root in 1909 and the valley has been their home ever since. They lived on a farm in the Corvallis district where he operated as a livestock buyer and ran a slaughterhouse. He continued this business successfully for a long time.
    He purchased a card-pool room on North Second Street in Hamilton which he operated for a umber of years before returning to stock buying. Then he acquired another card-pool room on Main Street in Hamilton which he operated until he retired. Meantime, the couple had lost both of their sons, Cloyd and Robert, the former in an accident in southern Idaho; the latter giving his life for his country in the European theatre of operations during World War II. The Currys had opened a grocery store on North First street, which they ran for several yeas in two sites. The latter site was in a building now housing the Valley Irrigation Company of Howard Finney.
    Disposing of their grocery business, Mr. and Mrs. Curry acquired acreage north of Victor where they resided for 16 years. While there, he conducted a small business in buying and selling livestock. Five years ago they moved to Hamilton purchasing a home on North Fifth Street which is presently the family home.
    Those who survive include the widow, Elizabeth, and their daughter, Mrs. George (Edith) Blakeslee; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The grandchildren are Norbert Curry, Robert Curry, both of Hamilton and Mrs. Dick (Lee) Reed, Bellvue, Washington, and Mrs. Robert (Barbara) Muir, Billings. Other survivors are three nephews, Howard Puyear and Paul Puyear, both of Dillon; Lloyd Puyear of Denver; a nieces, Mrs. Joe White of Dillon; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Stradley, former Hamiltonian who now resides at Snohomish, Washington, and her sons, and grandchildren, Howard and Paul Puyear, Mrs. Stradley of West Yellowstone and daughter, Jolene, and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Stradley and daughter, also came to Hamilton for the services.
    Mr. and Mrs. George Blakeslee were visiting his sister in Texas when advised that Mr. Curry was seriously ill. They flew of Montana arriving in Hamilton shortly after his death.
    Clyde Curry possessed a delightful personality and much ability. He liked people and they liked him. He owned a rare sense of humor, which coupled with his extraordinary knowledge of livestock, contributed to his wide acquaintanceship and success in his chosen profession.
Western News, September 24,1969, page 4

ELIZABETH PASCHAL CURRY
April 6, 1887 - December 25, 1975
Mrs. Curry, Longtime Valley Resident, Dies at Age of 87
    Mrs. Elizabeth Paschal Curry, a resident of the Bitter Root for some 65 years, died Thursday at North Valley Nursing Home at Stevensville at the age of 87. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Dowling chapel in Hamilton. Rev. Eugene Bartels will officiate and burial will be in Riverview cemetery.
    She was born April 6, 1887 at Robinson, Kansas, and was married to C.E. Curry at Horton, Kansas on September 2, 1904. The family came to the Bitter Root in 1909 and farmed in the Corvallis area for several years. Later they purchased a pool hall and card room on North Second Street in Hamilton and still later they operated a grocery on U.S. 93 at the north end of town.
    Mr. Curry died here on September  20, 1969. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. George (Edith) Blakeslee of Missoula; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Noreen Curry of Grantsdale, and four grandchildren. Two sons preceded her in death.
Ravalli Republic, December 27, 1974, page 1

Elizabeth Curry Resident of the Valley Since '09 Taken By Death
    Funeral services were conducted at Dowling chapel Monday morning in tribute to Elizabeth Paschal Curry who died at the North Valley Nursing Home at Stevensville Thursday, December 26. Rev. Eugene Bartels officiated at the rites and interment was made in Riverview cemetery at Hamilton.
    Born at Robinson, Kansas April 6, 1887, she had attained the age of 87 years. She was wed to Clyde E. Curry at Fall City, Nebraska September 2, 1904. The couple came to Montana in 1909 and resided in the Corvallis, Hamilton, and Victor communities. Mr. Curry passed away September 20, 1969. He was preceded in death by two sons of the couple, Cloyd and Robert. Cloyd died in an accident in Idaho and Bob died while in the service of country overseas in World War II. Mrs. Curry was a member of the Methodist-Baptist Federated Church in Hamilton.
    Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. George (Edith) Blakeslee, Missoula; a sister, Mary Stradley, Snohomish, Washington; a brother, Fred Paschel, Tacoma; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Abstract from The Western News, January 2, 1975, page 1

JOHN W. CURRY
November 30, 1859 - April 9, 1949
Private Services for J.W. Curry
    Private funeral services for John Wesley Curry, 90, who died Saturday at Daly Hospital, will be held Tuesday in the Dowling chapel. Rev. C.J. Taber will officiate. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be M.S. Carlson, John Walkerton, Ronald Smith, James Thompson, Johm Wilkerson, and William McPhee.
    Mr. Curry was born in Kentucky, November 30, 1859. He spent his early life in Iowa, and Kansas, and Denver, Colorado. He had lived in Hamilton for the past ten years.
    He is survived by one son, C.E. Curry, Hamilton, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two great great grandchilden. One granddaughter, Mrs. George Blakeslee, Missoula, is a former Hamilton and Corvallis resident.
Ravalli Republican, April 11, 1949, page 1

ROBERT L. CURRY
August 16, 1909 - April 17, 1945
Robert L. Curry Dies From Wound Sustained While Fighting Nazis
    Pvt. Robert L. Curry, whose wife at Grantsdale Tuesday noon received a telegram from the War Department advising her of her death somewhere in Germany as of April 17th. Mrs. Curry had previously heard that her husband had been seriously wounded in Germany April 12. The wire advised that a letter of confirmation would follow. Details are lacking.
    Bob Curry was born north of Hamilton August 16, 1909. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde E. Curry, well known and long time residents of this Bitter Root community. Bob attended school in Hamilton and later worked for his father when the latter operated a cigar store in Hamilton, for the Western News, and for the Hamilton Safeway store. He was married in June 1937 to Miss Norene Vance, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Vance of Grantsdale. His wife resided with her parents. The couple are parents of two children, Norbert, aged seven and Robert LeRoy, who was born after the father went overseas.
    Pvt. Robert Curry entered the service April 20, 1944. He got his training at Fort Bliss, Texas and went overseas with an automatic weapons battery to see action against the Germans until he sustained the wounds which took his life.
    Bob Curry was affable and industrious. He was a good son, a fine husband and devoted father. He was loyal to his friends. He was probably the most accommodating person the editor of the WN ever knew. He possessed no enemies but many friends. They will join the bereaved widow and children, the parents and sister, Mrs. George Blakeslee, in mourning Bob's untimely passing from this world.
The Western News, Thursday, May 17, 1945, page 1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
ALLEN HAYES CUTLER
December 3, 1881 - October 25, 1954
A.H. CUTLER, CORVALLIS, DIES MONDAY AT DALY HOSPITAL
    A.H. Cutler of Corvallis died Monday morning at Daly hospital after being brought here the evening before. He had been in ill health for several years. Mr. Cutler was a member of the Catholic church.
    Funeral services were held Wednesday morning with rosary services the evening before, both at the Catholic church with Father M.M. Beattie officiating. Pallbearers were John McCleod, Emmett Smyth, Dr. John Hall, Frank Jobe, Harry Davis, and Anthony Hummel. Burial was in Corvallis cemetery.
    Allen Hayes Cutler was born December 3, 1881 at West Windsor, Vermont. He grew up in that vicinity and married Alice Bishop June 10, 1902. The couple and their only daughter, Rose, came to the valley in 1914. Mrs. Cutler preceded her husband in death. She died in June of 1948 and is also at rest in Corvallis cemetery. Mr. Cutler was a rancher and laborer.
    Survivors are the daughter, Rose Haas and her husband Peter, and their two sons, Stephen and Allen.
The Western News
October 28, 1954

ANTWINE CUTLER
Corvallis, August 30 - Mrs. Antwine Cutler, aged resident of this place who fell ten days ago and sustained a fractured hip bone, died early Sunday morning at the Hamilton hospital. The funeral services were held Tuesday morning and were in charge of Rev. E.P. Wilson of the United Church in Corvallis. Interment was in the Corvallis cemetery.
    Mrs. Cutler was of French descent and had lived in Corvallis about ten years. She was 81 years of age and up to the time of her injury had been able to care for her home, for her husband and herself. A son, Allen, resides here and there are other relatives.
Ravalli Republican, August 31, 1923