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
C.E. CARLS DIES AT AGE OF 85, HE LIVED AN ACTIVE, PRODUCTIVE LIFE
July 18, 1882 - October 25, 1967
The death Wednesday, October 25 of C.E Carls
will be noted with regret by hundreds of friends throughout the Bitter
Root whose friendship he made during his lifetime and who survive him.
He once was known from one end of the valley to the other as “Carly”
Carls. Always industrious he returned to farming operation after having
retired as a barber. He outlived most of his Bitterroot contemporaries,
passing away at the age of 85 years plus.
Carlos Edward Carls was born July 18, 1882 at Willow
Creed, not far from Three Forks Mont. and lived his entire life in
Montana. He was a son of early settlers, Mr. and Mrs. John H.
(Elizabeth Duke) Carls, and with them moved to the Bitter Root in 1900
to locate near Corvallis.
He was married Oct. 3, 1909 in Missoula to Miss
Charity Printz. They lived for a time in Stevensville and then moved to
Hamilton, which was the center of the thriving Bitterroot community
during the days of the “Big Ditch Boom.” He was deeply interested in
sports and took an active part in the community affairs. He loved
horses and owned many taking great pride in them. He served for years
as a judge of the races at the county fair.
Mr. Carls was the 16th president of the Bitterroot
aerie of Eagles, No. 1693, serving in 1921-1922. He was a member of the
Ravalli County Racing Assn. which for years staged the races at the
Ravalli county fair.
Funeral services in tribute to Mr. Carl 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 the
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, Calif; and by
brothers G. Harry of Butte and Louis who lives in Florida.
Other survivors are five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The grandchildren were here for the last rites. They were Mrs. Dan
(Carla) Stokesberry, Tulsa, Okla; Mrs. Charles (Sandra) Stibal,
Roberts, Idaho; Mrs. J. B. (Linda) Anderson, Gladstone, Ore.; John E.
Carls, a student at the University of Montana; Miss Ann hughes, Lolo.
G. Harry Carls came to Hamilton for the funeral being motored here from
Butte by Mrs. Weldon Maynard, great niece of his and of C.E Carls. Mrs.
Jack McPhail, a cousin came for the services from her home at
The Western News, November 1, 1967
GEORGE JAMES CARMICHAEL
May 23, 1911 - July 31, 1973
Jim Carmichael, Highly Regarded Corvallis Man, Dies, Aged 62
Family and friends of George James Carmichael
sustained a grievous loss Tuesday when he expired at Daly hospital
where he had been for more than two weeks a patient in serious
condition with a heart ailment following several years of illness
Jim Carmichael was possessed of a splendid
character. He was kind and considerate of others, had an ability and
willingness to work, characteristics which endeared him to all who
were fortunate enough to know him.
The body is at the Dowling Funeral Home. Funeral
services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. with Rev. R.L. Mullen
officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Corvallis
cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bob Glenn, Dick Bryson, Val Loesch,
Ralph Dilger, Glenn Varner and Tom Murphy. Honorary pallbearers are
Jack Korman, Roy Thomas, Robert Wilson, Loyd Downs, Lloyd Stevens,
and Ray Murphy.
George James Carmichael was born May 23, 1911 at
Grayslake, Illinois, a son of the late Robert Joshua and Jessie Edna
(Downs) Carmichael. For many recent years, he resided with his
mother at their home in Corvallis. He never married. He came to the
Bitter Root with his family in 1918. They located north of Corvallis
and he attended Corvallis schools.
When World War II came, he entered the service
taking his basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was sent to
North Africa where he served with the US Army for 43 months, making
a total of 47 months in the army. Prior to the war, he worked from
1935 to 1940 as a foreman in construction work at Ft. Peck dam. He
was an operator of heavy equipment. Thereafter he worked for the
CK&F Lumber Co. and still later for Lloyd Stevens, Corvallis
There came a time when emphysema required that he
retire. Always active heretofore, he found time heavy upon his
hands, exhibiting resignation to his plight he carried the burden
Those who survive Mr. Carmichael are his mother
at Corvallis; his brother, Robert D. Carmichael, Corvallis; sisters,
Edna Hollibaugh, Hamilton and Mrs. Clair (Dorris) Everson, Hayden
Lake, Idaho; five nieces, 17 great nieces. There are also several
cousins in Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota and California. A sister,
Alma Martin, died March 14, 1936 and his father died July 26, 1950.
Both are at rest in Corvallis cemetery.
Jim was a member of the Bitter Root Post 1430 VFW
and of the Disabled American Veterans. He had been a member of the
Corvallis Fire Department for many years.
The Western News, August 1, 1973
JESSIE EDNA DOWNS CARMICHAEL
October 28, 1884 - November 25, 1977
Jessie E. Carmichael dies here at age 93
Mrs. Jessie Carmichael, 93, of Corvallis died at
Daly hospital at 3:05 p.m. November 25. She had been in poor health
the past few months. Funeral services were held this afternoon at
the Corvallis Community Church with Rev. E.J. Ruff officiating.
Interment was in the family plot at Corvallis cemetery. Pallbearers
were Bob Glenn, Gene Sperry, Val Loesch, Bob Smyth, Dick Bryson, Tom
Murphy. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Whitehead, Maurice Holloron,
John Granteer, James Barkhoff, Ed Bay, Maurice Nice and Roy Thomas.
Jessie Edna Downs was born October 28, 1884 at
the family home near Storden, Minnesota, the only daughter of George
and Georgiana Josephine (Randall) Downs. She lived there until her
marriage to Robert Joshua Carmichael at her home August 22, 1905.
After her marriage, the Carmichaels lived in
Illinois, Michigan, and Canada before coming to the BitterRoot in
December of 1918. They purchased a home north of Corvallis from Mr.
and Mrs. Louie Brooks where they lived until 1930, moving a short
distance west of there for a number of years before moving closer to
Corvallis. They moved to the present home at the corner of Corvallis
Main Street in 1943.
Mrs. Carmichael was preceded in death by a
daughter, Alma Martin, March 14, 1936; by her husband on July 26,
1950, and a son, James, July 31, 1973. Her parents and four brothers
also preceded her in death. Her mother died when Jessie was 14. A
great granddaughter, Teralee Park, died March 6 of this year.
Mrs. Carmichael was a member of the Corvallis
Community Church, the Ladies Aid of the church and the Four O’Clock
Garden Club, being active in those until her eyesight failed. She
grew lovely flowers all through the years, beautifying each place
the family lived.
Surviving are 2 daughters, Edna Hollibaugh,
Hamilton; Mrs. Clair (Dorris) Everson, Hayden Lake, Idaho, a son,
R.D. Carmichael, Corvallis, 2 grandsons, 5 granddaughters, 22 great
grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.
Ravalli Republic, November 28, 1977
YOUNG CHILD DIES.
1899 - December 13, 1910
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
MRS. NELL HAYES CARTER TAKEN BY DEATH TODAY IN BUTTE CITY.
March 4, 1882 - July 31, 1952
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
EX-MAYOR FRANK CASH DIES AT AGE 80, FUNERAL PENDING.
November 14, 1893 - February 7, 1974
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
GEORGE ALFRED CATES
Passed in Washington
July 3, 1875 - August 29, 1936
Former Victor Man Died in Tacoma According to Word Received
By Relatives; No Particulars
Victor, September 2 - George Alfred Cates, better known as Al
Cates, passed away Saturday morning at his home in Tacoma, Wash,
according to information received by his sister, Mrs. R.L. Perry, at
Hamilton. Mr. Cates was born at Sulphur Rock, Ark, July 3, 1875.
With his parents and brothers and sisters, he came up the Missouri
river to Fort Benton in 1882. The family lived at Soda Springs,
Idaho, several years and came to Victor in 1890.
Al Cates and his family moved to Tacoma in 1917,
where he was employed by the Northern Pacific Railway Company.
He is survived by his widow and five children,
Carlton, Ted, Neil, Mary and Margaret, all of whom live in towns on
the coast. He is also survived by his sisters, Mrs. R.L. Perry of
Hamilton and Mrs. Dora Winschell of Soda Springs, Idaho. He was a
brother of the late Fred Cates and C.B. Cates and a half-brother of
the late John Cates. Particulars concerning his death were not
Ravalli Republican, September 3, 1936
ANDREW E. CAVANAUGH
A.E. CAVANAUGH IS TAKEN BY DEATH
1859 - April 19, 1930
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
CAROLINE AUGUSTA NICHOL CAVE
Mrs. Caroline A. Cave Passes Away After Long Illness
June 27, 1841 - October 29, 1901
She Came to Montana in Eighteen Sixty-three and Settled Near
Mrs. Caroline A. Cave, an early settler in
Montana died at the family home on East Front Street at seven
o’clock yesterday morning. For ten months past, Mrs. Cave had been a
patient sufferer with an insidious stomach disorder, from which
death has been but a relief. While not considered necessarily fatal,
the malady was at all times serious and a source of great pain.
During the past month, effects of the disease had grown more
apparent and weakening, until the past three weeks being unable to
retain a particle of food on the stomach, death has been almost
hourly expected. Although no surprise, the demise is no less
sorrowful as among the many sturdy and noble women who came into the
west and amid privations of every character strove for the
upbuilding of the country, the life and actions of Mrs. Cave will
long occupy an illustrious position.
Caroline Augusta Nichol was born at Detroit,
Michigan, June 27. Of sturdy parentage the spirit of self reliance
and willingness to achieve a better position in the world she
crossed the plains to Fort Bridger, arriving there in 1862. In
February of that year, she was united in marriage to George
Hackleman. Mr. and Mrs. Hackleman moved to Montana in the fall of
1863 locating eight miles from Virginia City, where will Cave, the
only child was born. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Madison
county and later to a ranch on Skalkaho creek, near what is now the
city of Hamilton. In 1871, the deceased was married to Alfred Cave,
who survives. With the discovery of rich placer diggings on Cedar
creek the family followed the throng stampeding to the Eldorado.
They continued residence there until 1873, from where they moved to
Missoula which has since been their home.
Besides the bereaved husband there survives the
deceased a son, Will Cave, deputy clerk and recorder of Missoula
county; Alex Nichol, Jefferson City, Iowa. Robert W. Nicol,
Hamilton, brothers, Mrs. H.C. Myers and Mrs. G.B. Hartmen,
stepsisters, Lynde and D.C. Elliott, stepbrothers, and Mrs. Henry
Buck, a half-brother, now dead were former well known residents of
the Bitter Root valley.
The funeral will occur from the family residence
on eat Front street tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at two-thirty,
Rev. George Steward officiating.
The Missoulian, October 30, 1901
Funeral of Mrs. Cave Attended By Numerous Friends
The body of Mrs. Carrie A. Cave was yesterday
interred at Missoula cemetery, following services at the family
residence on East Front street that were attended by so many people
as to make it impossible for all to get within the house.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev.
George Stewart of the Episcopal church. In a brief address following
the carrying out of the regular service the venerable pastor
referred to the life of the departed in eulogistic terms, every
utterance being the occasion for an expression of hearty
appreciation from all present. The pall bearers were selected from
the older residents of the city and those ot whom the deceased ws
best know. The vehicles that followed the remains to their final
resting place were many.
The Missoulian, November 1, 1901
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
LOUIS J. CESAR
Louis J. Cesar Dies at Age 76
May 20, 1884 - June 17, 1962
Louis J. Cesar, 76, Corvallis, died at 7:10 a.m.
Wednesday in the Daly Memorial Hospital. Mr. Cesar was born May 20,
1884 in Cesar, Italy.
Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Church
Friday morning at 9:30 by Father Frank Burns. Interment will be in
Corvallis Cemetery. Rosary will be recited Thursday evening at 8 at
He is survived by his widow, Mildred; two nieces,
Catherinne Cesar, Yakima, Washington, and Mrs. Jospeh Foisie,
Negaunee, Michigan, and a brother, Anthony Cesar, Detroit, Michigan.
Ravalli Republican, June 17, 1962
BALAAM SEIGEL CHAFFIN
B. S. CHAFFIN CROSSES GREAT DIVIDE
March 3, 1863 - October 17, 1917
B. S. Chaffin, better known as “Sig”
died at the Hamilton Hospital Sunday evening. He had been ill for a
long time and though it has been known for some time he could not live,
his death was a shock to the community. Mr. Chaffin was an old timer in
the valley and his friends were
He was twice elected sheriff of the
county, which office he filled capably. For the past few years he has
resided with his daughter, Mrs. Otis Fletcher, who with her sister
Helen and brothers, Loyd and Glenn were at his bed side when the end
He also leaves two sisters, Mrs.
Summers of Santa Monica, California, and brothers, Alex Chaffin, C. C.
Chaffin, M. L. Chaffin and Frank
The funeral services were held at Corvallis on
Tuesday afternoon, Rev. D. B. Price officiating. Interment was made in
the Corvallis cemetery.
The Western News, October 17, 1917
CAMPBELL “EPH” CLAGGET CHAFFIN
June 27, 1870 - January 9, 1951
Eph Chaffin Died Friday. Burial Made At Corvallis
Funeral services were conducted in Missoula at the
Squire-Simmons Carr Rose chapel Tuesday morning in tribute to Campbell
C. “Eph” Chaffin, pioneer and son of pioneers of the Bitter Root
valley. Mr. Chaffin had passed away at his Missoula home Friday,
January 5, following a prolonged period of ill health. Rev. Thomas W.
Bennett of Missoula officiated at the chapel rites after which the boy
was brought to the Bitter Root where interment was made at Corvallis
cemetery. At the cemetery Masonic rites were conducted by members of
Ionic Lodge No. 38 A.F.&A.M. of which Mr. Chaffin was a longtime
member and as past master. Pallbearers were Frank J. Cool, Fred Dodge,
Fred English. J.R. Burgess, Frank Bower and Amos Avery, all of
“Eph” Chaffin was born at the old Chaffin homestead
located a mile north of Corvallis, June 27, 1870. He was a son of
pioneer Bitter Rooters,Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Chaffin, known almost from
boyhood as “Eph,” was well known and popular figures in the
Corvallis and Hamilton communities. He was an ardent sportsman, his
favorite pastime being trout fishing and bird shooting. He wa an expert
scatter gun shot and was deft with a fly rod. During his later years,
he made a hobby of collecting fishing and hunting licenses and
possessed such tokens from every state in the union and many foreign
Mr. Chaffin was a former Hamilton clothier, having
been a partner with the late Perley Rogers and later with the late
William Grush. He belonged to Ionic Lodge No. 38 A.F&A.M. Hamilton
and was a member of the Western Sun Chapter No. 11, R.A.M. and of St.
Omar Commandary No 9, Knights Templars.
He was married at Hamilton January 14, 1901 to
Claudia Backus of Hamilton. For many years Mr. and Mrs. Chaffin resided
in Hamilton. After leaving the clothing business, he was appointed
postmaster for Hamilton June 1, 1906 and served the community in that
capacity until April 13, 1913 when he was succeeded by George Fisk.
Mr. Chaffin is survived by his widow and by their
daughter, Mrs. Maurice Wessell of Little Rock, Ark. Mr. Chaffin and
Mrs. Wessell have been visiting for a few days in Hamilton following
the funeral, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Raymond. Mrs. Chaffin and
Mrs. Raymond are sisters. Others who survive are a brother, Mose L.
Chaffin of Corvallis, and Mrs. Judith Summers of Portland, Ore, the
only surviving members of the Elijah Chaffin family which figured so
prominently in the early day affairs of Ravalli county. Mrs. Summers
will be 90 years of age this year. Mr. M.L. Chaffin, now 82 years of
age, resides with his wife on the Elijah Chaffin homestead. Both are
well. Other surviving are two grandchildren, Marlyn Wessell of
Washington, D.C. and Diane Wessell of Little Rock, Ark, as well as
other relative not so close.
Following Mr. Chaffin’s term as postmaster at
Hamilton, he employed in the Ravalli court house and the family moved
to Missoula where he had similar employment as a deputy in the Missoula
county court house. In recent years, the family home has been in
The Western News, January 11, 1951
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,
Ravalli Republican, August 25, 1943
GLENN M. CHAFFIN
GLENN CHAFFIN, 80, PASSES AWAY IN CORVALLIS AFTER LONG ILLNESS.
May 15, 1897 - February 28, 1978
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
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
Mrs. Mary Chaffin Taken By Death; Had Been Ill Long Time; Burial
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
MOSES L. CHAFFIN, NATIVE AND PIONEER OF THE BITTER ROOT IS TAKEN
July 13, 1868 - June 15, 1956
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
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
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
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
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,
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
Ravalli Republican, November 5, 1942
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
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, August 12, 1980
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
WILHELM HANSEN CHRISTOFFERSEN
W. Christoffersen, Prominent farmer of Corvallis, Died Sunday,
July 11, 1882 - May 28, 1972
The end of this life came to Wilhelm Hansen
Christoffersen at 4:30 a.m. Sunday at the Valley View Estates
nursing home in Hamilton where he had been a resident but a short
time after hospitalization in Daly memorial Hospital Sunday, one
week before. Had he lived until July 11, he would have observed his
89th birthday. He had experienced poor health in recent years but
was up and about until he went to the hospital.
Graveside services were held this morning in
Corvallis cemetery with rites of the Masonic fraternity. Rev. Monroe
Wilcox was the clergyman. Pallbearers were Robert Johnson, Lloyd
Terry, C.M (Dick) Treece, Alvin Thorson, Everett Felix and Lee Lear.
Wilhelm Hansen Christoffersen was born July 11,
1883 at Lindisle, Denmark. He came to America in 1906 first going to
Michigan. Three ears later, in 1909, he came to the bitter Root with
Hans Bay. They built a structure in Corvallis, which was situated
approximately where the new Corvallis Fire Dept. building is
located, and there they operated a general store for several years,
with Mr. Bay acquiring Christoffersen’s interest. That was the
beginning of the present Bay store, which i now located where the
former Bowden store was operated for years.
Mr. Christoffersen also operated a store in
Corvallis with the late Ben Rowe. It was located where the Corvallis
Masonic temple is currently situated. He was married to Ruth
Elizabeth Rasmussen in 1917 and that same year acquired the ranch
south and adjacent to Corvallis where the couple have resided ever
since. He retired from active work 15 years ago. His brother, Lars
Christoffersen, with whom he was associated in farming for years,
passed away two years ago.
Bill Christoffersen was a man of many talents. In
addition to farming, carpentry and mercantile operation, he was a
cement mason. he constructed the first cement plunge at Sleeping
Child Springs and built several bridges in the Corvallis vicinage.
He belonged to the Corvallis Masonic lodge for 62 years. One of his
many abilities was in the field of marksmanship. He not only loved
hunting and the outdoors, but was a charter member of the famed
Corvallis Rifle club and one of its best marksmen for many years
when that aggregation was often posting wins in rifle competition.
Mr. Christoffersen is survived by his widow at
the family home, and their daughter, Mrs. Alfred (Catherine) Mann of
Salt Lake city, who came to the valley for the last rites; and by
two grandsons in Utah; by a sister, Julia Petersen, in Denmark;
several nieces and nephews in Denmark’ and a nephew in California,
and by old friends, not no so numerous as in days past. Another
daughter, Mrs. James (Caroline) Healey, died October 6, 1965
The Western News, May 31, 1972
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
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
September 19, 1893 - May 9, 1943
Jack Cleveland Passes. Last Rites Held Here Yesterday with Burial in
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,
The Western News, Thursday, May 13, 1943, page 1
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
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
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
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
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,
Abstract from: Ravalli Republican, December 31, 1942
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,
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
NINA B. STEVENS COLE
Mrs. Alva Cole, 57, Rites To Be Held In Victor Church Tomorrow
June 19, 1913 - July 4, 1959
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at two
o’clock at the Victor Federated church for Mrs. Alva Cole, 57, who
died in Missoula July 4. Retired navy chaplain Charles E. Snyder
will officiate and interment will be in Victor cemetery. Pallbearers
will be Nile Smith, W.A. Groff, Earl Roberts, Paul Thrailkill, Frank
Griffing and Ned Wandler. Dowling Funeral Home is in charge of the
Nina B. Stevens was born June 19, 1913 at
Corvallis, a daughter of George Franklin and Bertha Luella Bones
Stevens. The family moved to Hamilton in 1916 and to Victor in 1927.
Nina attended school in Hamilton and Victor. She married Alva James
Cole May 19, 1934 in Missoula and they lived at Victor for years. He
served in the navy in the South Pacific and for many years before
his death April 29, 1959 worked at the Rocky Mountain lab. After his
death, she moved to Missoula to work in the food service department
at the university.
Surviving are sons Robert of Hamilton and James,
Dallas, Texas; daughter, Cecelia Cole, Missoula; two grandchildren;
brother, George Stevens, Eugene, Oregon; sister, Mrs. Bill (Anna)
Parker, Casper, Wyoming, There are several nieces and nephews, one
nephew being William Cole of Hamilton. Mrs. Cole was preceded in
death by her parents and three brothers who are buried in Corvallis
ALBERT W. COLEMAN
ALBERT COLEMAN PASSES A LOCAL HOSPITAL
October 24, 1888 - October 29, 1947
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
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
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
James Collier, 81, Retired Farmer, Die
November 18, 1869 - December 28, 1950
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
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
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
Fred Compton Of Corvallis Died, Rites Saturday
June 10, 1886 - October 13, 1959
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
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
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
JULIE ANN SANDERS NICHOLS COSTELLO
June 20, 1850 - May 16, 1935
Pioneer Woman Dies
Mrs. John Costello. a Resident of Bitter Root Valley Sixty-Six
Years, Buried Friday
One of the few remaining pioneers to come west by covered wagon,
Mrs. John Costello, Bitter Root valley resident since 1869, died at
Stevensville last week. Had she lived until June 20, she would have
reached her 85th birthday. As a child, she was one of a covered
wagon company to travel the old Oregon trail after leaving Missouri.
Later, they turned eastward and settled in the Bitter Root valley.
Mr. Costello died at the Daly hospital here a month ago and his wife
failed rapidly after his passing.
She was the mother of Charles and Henry Nichols
of Stevensville and Mrs. Ella Hudspeth of Butte and of the late Mrs.
Charles Flannagin, former Hamilton resident.
Funeral services were held by Rev. John Hall at
the Fort town Friday and burial was in Maplewood cemetery, with
Eastern Star services at the grave.
Ravalli Republican, May 23, 1935
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
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
Ravalli Republic, July 11, 1990
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
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
Abstract from: The Western News, January 1, 1964
ARTHUR OWEN CUMLEY, Jr.
Services For Accident Victim Will Be Tomorrow
May 2, 1925 - June 23, 1952
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
December 16, 1907 - December 31, 1929
Killed in Collision
Cloyde Curry Struck While Driving Truck at Twin Falls, Idaho, Last
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ravalli Republican, August 31,