RAVALLI COUNTY OBITUARIES

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HUGH R. DAVIDSON
Funeral Services Held for Hugh R. Davidson
Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon for Hugh R. Davidson who died Monday, June 10, from apoplexy. The services were in charge of Rev. C.E. Smith. Interment was made in Riverview Cemetery. He was 70 years of age. The deceased, who came to the valley about ten years ago, settled on Hamilton Heights and followed the pursuit of agriculture. He is survived by his widow, a son, Rene, and two daughterss, Mrs. Pearl Wilcox and Miss Jessie. They have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends.
The Western News, June 13, 1929

F.D. DAVIS
Former Hamiltonian Dies at Racine Home
    Friends of the F.D. Davis family, former residents of Hamilton, will be grieved to learn of the death of Mr. Davis, which occurred at St. Mary’s hospital, Racine, Wisconsin, May 18, following an operation for appendicitis.
    Mr. Davis ws a member of the high school teaching staff in Hamilton, coming to the city in 1916 from Hayward, Wisconsin. At the time of his death, Mr. Davis held an excellent position in the Racine Vocational school, being principal of the trade and industry department, which position he had held during the past seven years. He was 52 years of age at the time of his passing.
    Funeral services were held in Racine Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock, and the body was shipped to Juda, Wisconsin where burial was made under the auspices of the Masonic order, of which Mr. davis was a member.
    Mr. Davis is survived by his widow, Mrs. Beulah Wallace davis; two daughters, Frances Jane and Margaret; an aged mother and one brother residing at Juda, Wisconsin.
The Western News, June 13, 1929

LEROY HENRY DAYTON
   Leroy Henry Dayton of Three Mile, who has been ailing severely with stomach trouble died at his home on Three Mile shortly after 4 AM last Friday morning, May 2nd, 1902, aged over 50 years. The funeral took place in Three Mile Cemetery on Saturday at 3 PM. He was a hardworking and honest man and leaves in straightened circumstances a widow, Nancy J., six little children, three girls and three boys, the oldest girl of nine years to mourn the loss of husband and father. The Tribune joins the many friends of the bereaved ones in offering condolence. The children were: Raynois (B. 1893); Leona (B. 1895); Lavaga Etta (B. 1896); Carl Wesley (B. 1897); Paul Crugar (B. 1900); Andrew Jacob (B. 1901) Dayton.
Northwest Tribune, Stevensville, MT

    Mr. Dayton was believed to have been born in Geauga County, Ohio in 1850-51. He was the son of Jacob T. and Clarissa (Mix) Dayton. (from his marriage license) He joined the U.S. Infantry from Newport, Campell, Kentucky, enlisting at St. Louis, Missouri. Leroy served in the U.S. Infantry for 5 years; from 31 May 1871 - 31 May 1876. He was involved with the Indian skirmishes in the Fort Benton and Fort Shaw area in northern Montana. Leroy suffered from wounds and diseases incurred during the years of service. The army trained him to be a telegrapher. He was a bookkeeper in Bannack, Montana. Before coming to the Bitter Root, he was engaged in mining in Butte, Montana. In 1891, in Missoula, Montana, he married Nancy Jane Sanders, daughter of Andrew Sanders & Nancy Jefferson Winslett of Barbour County, Alabama. They lived in the Three Mile area north east of Stevensville for their entire eleven years of married life. Leroy was involved with mining and limited farming in the Three Mile area. In 1900, he built the house that is situated directly north of the Three Mile store. Wayne Lee Dayton of Stevensville is a grandson of Leroy Henry Dayton.

FRED DITZLER
July 16, 1886 - July 17, 1976
Fred Ditzler, Longtime Florence Area Farmer Taken
    Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville had charge of services at graveside in Florence-Carlton cemetery yesterday for Fred Ditzler, 89, of Florence who died Saturday in St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula, Bishop Robert Sangster officiated.
    Mr. Ditzler was born July 16, 1886 in Ava, Illinois. His marriage to Dora Schwarz took place February 19, 1916. They came to the valley from Illinois to settle in Florence in 1938. He was a farmer until retiring. He was a member of the Baptist church of Soto, Illinois.
    Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Charles E. Wagner, East Missoula; son, LeRoy, Florence; brother, Gus, Ava; sisters, Anna Japhet, Tacoma, Washington; Margaret Crain, Duquoin, Illinois; Clara Kirkpatrick, Ava; grandson, Alan Wagner, granddaughter, Mrs. James Hummer, East Missoula; eight great grandchildren.
The Western News, July 21, 1976                                                                                                  

CLARA PATRICK DIXON
April 1845 - February 1, 1936
MRS. CLARA DIXON, MONTANA PIONEER DIES; BURIAL AT DARBY.
    Death claimed Mrs. Clara Dixon, Saturday. Mrs. Dixon came to the valley with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Patrick, from her native Kansas, when she was 12 years of age. Her marriage to John Dixon, member of another pioneer family, took place December 12, 1879. His death occurred here October 17, 1920.
    Mrs. Dixon is survived by five daughters and a son. The son, Fred, resided here with her. The daughters are Mrs. herbert Harris of Naches, Washington; Mrs. L.R. Yarrow of Los Angeles; Mrs. Frank Childers of Portland, Oregon; Mrs. R.E. Abbott of New Westminster, B.C.; and Mrs. William Stout of Perma. Mrs. Stout spent most of the past year here caring for her mother. Others to survive Mrs. Dixon are her sisters, Mrs. J.R. Gilchrist of Fairfield, Iowa and Mrs. Kate Wright of Central Point, Oregon, Mrs. Gilchrist is a former resident of Hamilton, the wife of a long-time foreman of the section of the Bitter Root Stock Farm known as the "Gilchrist Ranch."
Abstract from: The Western News,February 6, 1936

MRS. C.P. DIXON DEAD
Last Rites for Aged Hamilton Lady Held Monday at Darby; Six Children Survive Her
    Mrs. Clara Patrick Dixon, aged 70 years, was laid to rest in the Darby Cemetery Monday afternoon following funeral services conducted at the Baptist Church there by Rev. E.T. Thorn. Mrs. Dixon had been a Hamilton resident for the past 15 years and of late months had been in ill health and had been cared for by her daughter, Mrs. William Stout of Perma. Mrs. Dixon died Friday night at Warm Springs.
    Mrs. Dixon was a native of Kansas City, Kansas and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Patrick, who resided at Corvallis about 1880 and later lived in other sections of western Montana. Five daughters and a son, Fred, who lived with his mother, survive. The daughters are: Mrs. Stout, Mrs. Herbert Harris of Naches, Washington; Mrs. Frank Childers of Portland, Oregon; Mrs. R.E. Abbott of New Westminster, B.C.; and Mrs. L.R. Yarrow of Los Angeles. There are also two sisters, Mrs. J.R. Gilchrist of Fairfield, Iowa, a former Hamiltonian, and Mrs. Kate Wright of Central Park, Iowa.
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, February 6, 1936, page 8

CHARLES DONSON   
Charles Donson Dies After Brief Illness
    Charles Donson died at 22 o'clock this morning in the Hamilton hospital, following a brief illness of fever. His infant daughter is lying critically ill of the same malady. Mrs. Clinton Kern, mother of Mr. Donson, will arrive this afternoon from her home at Long Beach, California. The wife and sister, Mrs. Roy Uhl are prostrated. The funeral will be held from the Catholic Church, Father Dunne officiating. The date will be announced later.
    Charles Donson was born in Newark, Ohio, 28 years ago. He was a young man in his prime of early manhood. He had been employed for years in the grocery department of the Valley Mercantile Company and was a popular and efficient salesman.   
    He married Miss Cecelia Dwyer, June 20, 1911. He is survived by the wife, a little daughter, Charlotte, the mother, Mrs. Clinton Kern and sister, Mrs. Roy Uhl. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all in this terrible time of sorrow.
The Western News, Thursday, May 31, 1917, page 1

THOMAS M. DORAN
1850 - April 28, 1928
T.M. DORAN, VALLEY PIONEER IS NO MORE
    The funeral of Thomas M. Doran was held Monday afternoon from the Christian church, Rev. Louis Benny conducting the service. Interment was made in Riverview Cemetery.
    Mr. Doran passed peaceably away last Saturday morning. Death resulted from the infirmities incident to old age. Thomas M. Doran was born in Washington County, Virginia, in 1850. He was united in marriage to Miss Kate Summers, October 17, 1869. They came to Montana 46 years ago and located on a homestead adjoining what is now the townsite of Hamilton, a part of it comprising the Doran addition. Mr. Doran was a charter member of the Christian Church of Hamilton and was also a member of Ionic lodge No. 38, A.F. & A.M. He is survived by the widow, three daughters, Mrs. A.M. Chaffin of Hamilton, Mrs. Henry L. Myers of Helena, and Mrs. R.L. Perkins of butte; one son, Edward M. Doran of Portland, Oregon, fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
    Mr. Doran for more than 30 years was a staunch supporter of the Christian Church. He was a man of strict integrity and high principle, universally respected by all who knew him.
The Western News, May 3, 1928, page 1

HELEN DOWLING
 April 22, 1834 - November 10, 1910
DEATH CLAIMS AGED LADY. FUNERAL TODAY.
    Mrs. James Dowling, aged 67 years, 6 months and 19 days, died at 7:40 o'clock yesterday morning at the home of her son, John Dowling, heart failure being the immediate cause of her death. For the past ten years, she had been troubled with her heart and for the past few days her condition was alarming and at the hour she died, her condition was known to be critical.
    Mrs. Dowling was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia April 22, 1834, where she grew to womanhood. She was married in Nova Scotia and in 1898 removed to California, where Mr. and Mrs. Dowling made their home at Oakland and Berkley until last spring when they came to Stevensville to make their home with their son, John Dowling.
    She is survived by a brother in Nova Scotia, another brother in California, two sisters in Nova Scotia, and one sister in Chicago. Besides her husband, she leaves two sons and four daughters. A. Dowling, a son, lives in California and John Dowling here, is the other son. Three of the daughters, Mrs. Anna Lutes, Mrs. Laura Bryant, and Mrs. Emma Eaton reside in Berkley and the other daughter, Mrs. Ella Robertson lives in Portland.
    The funeral services will be held this afternoon from the home, Rev. A.B. Judson officiating when the remains will be laid to rest in Maplewood cemetery. The pallbearers are: Raymond Porter, Fred Wilson, W.T. Caple, George Kinneman, E.O. Lewis, and John W. Shannon. Funeral director: Arthur T. Porter.
    Mrs. Dowling, although no very well known here has made many friends in this section since her arrival in Stevensville and in her death Stevensville loses a worthy woman. The bereaved family has the sympathy of a wide circle of acquaintances and friends during the hour of affliction.                                                      
Northwest Tribune, November 11, 1910

ISAAC H. DUNCAN
March 27, 1847 - August 22, 1917
DEATH OF I.H. DUNCAN
Resident of the Bitter Root Valley Many Years, Interred in Riverview Cemetery
    I.H. Duncan, an old resident of the Bitter Root valley, died Wednesday morning at 8:20 o'clock as the result of paralysis. The funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house. The deceased was seventy years of age at the time of his death and had lived in the valley about thirty years. He is survived by his wife and a daughter, Mrs. Harry Latachem.
Ravalli Republican, August 31, 1917, page 1

MINERVA DUNCAN
1860 - October 11, 1932
MINERVA DUNCAN DEAD
Aged Spinster Will be Buried This Afternoon Following Services at the Dowling Chapel.
    Death came Tuesday afternoon to Miss Minerva Duncan, an aged resident of North Fifth Street. Miss Duncan was about 72 year of age and had lived here for over 15 years. For some time, she has been a county charge because of her inability to work, but most of her life had been given in household services, those who knew her say. Her life from the first was cast along hard ways, those who have heard her relate her story, report. She was born at Dallas, Texas about 1860. Her father was killed while serving in the confederate army during the Civil War and a few years later the mother died, leaving her 14 children to grow up as best they could. Miss Duncan was adopted by a Dr. Johnson at Dallas and made her home with them until her foster parents died. At the age of 18, she was again homeless and so began her wanderings over several western states.
    Her worn, bent figure was a familiar sight on Hamilton streets as she picked her way about, striving almost to the last to do for herself. Proud of spirit, the lonely woman refused to live with anyone and kept her independence to the last. She will be buried tomorrow afternoon, with none to mourn, in Riverview cemetery following services at 2 o'clock by Rev. H.H. Longenecker at the Dowling Chapel.
Ravalli Republican, October 13, 1932. page 12

NELSON DUNCAN
May 6, 1883 - January 14, 1966
Longtime Resident, Service for Duncan Tuesday
    Funeral rites will be held Tuesday for Nelson Duncan, 82-year-old Hamilton resident who died late Friday at his home here. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Dowling Chapel. Rev. William Tapscott will officiate and burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
    Duncan was born May 6, 1883 in Highland, Ill. As a young man, he worked as a railroad telegrapher. He was married to Margaret Bourne in 1908 and they homesteaded in the Havre area in 1913. Mrs. Duncan died in 1922 and he came to the valley in 1926. For years he operated a farm in the Corvallis area and also was a well-known cattle hauler in the valley. He retired five years ago and moved to Hamilton. Duncan was a charter member of the Hamilton Eagles lodge.
    Survivors include his second wife, Rose; two sons, Gene, Helena, and William, Moses Lake, Wash; two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Witt, Tacoma, Wash. and Mrs. Mildred Wills, Spokane; a sister, Sophia Duncan, Highland Ill; 12 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren.
Ravalli Republic, January 16, 1966, page 1

ROSE AISHE DUNCAN
March 2, 1894 - May 31, 1990
Rose Duncan, 96, of Hamilton, died of natural causes Thursday, May 31, at Marcus Daly memorial Hospital. She was born March 2, 1894 in Miler, Neb., to Aaron and Dena Hondrick Aishe, and was raised and educated in Nebraska. On january 4, 1933, she married Nelson Duncan. The couple were longtime ranches in the Corvallis area.
    Survivors include a stepson, Bill Duncan, Moses lake, Wash.; a stepdaughter, Mildred Wills, Spokane; and several other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers, and three sisters.
    Graveside services were held on Saturday at River View Cemetery in Hamilton, with the Rev. Doug Trennepohl officiating. Dowling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ravalli Republic, June 4, 1990, page 7
 
PETER HENRICH DUUS
November 16, 1860 - April 23, 1932
PETER DUUS DEAD
Well Known as Rancher and Stockman in Valley
Death Came Eight Days after the Passing of His Wife, Both Dying at the Daly Hospital
    Peter Henrich Duus, one of the foremost farmers of the Bitter Root valley, died late Saturday afternoon at the Daly Memorial Hospital following a brief illness due to pneumonia. He wa taken to the hospital shortly after midnight, but failed to rally and his death came as a distinct shock to Hamilton people. Mr. Duus was a sturdy, energetic man and although he became ill early in the week, attempted to go about his work until the sickness forced him to his bed. His death followed that of his wife at the hospital. Mrs. Duus passed away Friday, April 15, after an extended illness.
    Mr. Duus was born November 16, 1860, at Vejle, Denmark. He had lived in America 45 years, coming to Minneapolis from Vejle as a young man. In Minneapolis, he met and married Anna Peterson, a Danish girl who had grown up in the Vejle community without knowing her future husband. They moved from Minneapolis to Arlington, Oregon where Mr. Duus became manager of a stock ranch and a few years later went to Washington, where they lived for 18 years in Klickitat county. In 1916, they came to the Biter Root valley, where they purchased a ranch from the Bitter Root Stock Farm. The Duus ranch of approximately 700 acres has become known as an excellent example of modern farming. Extensive sheep interests comprise a major part of the ranch industry and Mr. Duus was identified with the state and national wool growers' associations.
    Last rites for Mr. Duus were held at the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon by Rev. H.C. Start. the burial service of the Knights of Pythias lodge was conducted at the grave in Riverview Cemetery. Scores of people who had known Mr. Duus as a kindly, helpful neighbor assembled to pay his memory tribute. The pallbearers were O.H. Peterson, E.E. Smith, Harley Sargent, Charles Granke, Lawrence Wanderer Sr, and C.J. Carlstrom
Ravalli Republican, April 28, 1932                               

GEORGE WARD DYE
February 20, 1879 - October 15, 1962
    Funeral services will be Friday at two o’clock at the Dowling chapel for George R. Dye, 83, who died at Daly hospital Monday, Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m. He had been in poor health for several months and was a patient at the rest home where he fell Saturday evening and broke his hip. Bishop Don Blodgett will officiate at the rites and interment will be in Corvallis cemetery. Pallbearers for Mr. Dye will be Kermit Rice, Ed Malone, Claude Collier, Ralph Miller, Charles Stanton and Claude Allnutt.
    George Ward Dye was born Feb. 20, 1879 at Walnut Grove, Calif., his parents being George T. and Quila O’Dell Dye. He went to school at Corvallis. He was married at Hamilton Jan. 6 1901 to Julia Clemence Earnest, the daughter of Jeremiah and Lucinda Ellisin Mr. and Mrs. Dye moved to Klikitat, Wash., where she died Aug. 9 1931.. He married Mrs. Pearl Dunbar Dec. 24, 1946 at Hamilton.
    Survivors include his widow Pearl; sons Archie and Ed of Hamilton; George Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Cliff, Missoula, Troy, Seattle, Kenneth, Dillon; daughters Mrs. Roscoe (Julia) Hamm, Pasco, Wn., Mrs. Dewey (Eva) Welch, Hamilton, Mrs. Harold (Edna) Thompson, Torrance, Calif.; 31 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren; sisters Mrs.Tom (Oretta) Blodgett, Hamilton, Mrs. Joe (Elmina) Simms and Mrs. William (Ona) Blodgett and Mrs. Anthon (Isabell)  Beck, all of Salt Lake City, Utah; brother Bert of Hamilton; half-sisters Mrs. Charles (Ruth) Stanton, Hamilton, Mrs. Harold (Dovie Ann) Peterson, Dillon, Mrs. John (Helen) Colwin, Butte, Mrs. Blaine (Margaret) Bachman, Ogden, Utah. A son Elton died in 1950 and a daughter Mrs. Veryl Adams died in 1949.
Abstract from The Western News, October 17, 1962

JOHANNA PAULINE BOROWSKI DYE
January 19, 1880 - July 27, 1959
Funeral services of the LDS Church will be Thursday afternoon at the Dowling chapel for Mrs. George T. Dye of Hamilton, 79, who died Monday morning, July 27, after a long illness. She had been critically ill since February and made her home with her daughters during that time. She was brought to Hamilton last week from Ogden, Utah, and was at the Hamilton Arcadian Rest Home for three days before she passed away. Elder Donald Blodgett officiated at the rites and interment will be in Corvallis cemetery. Pallbearers will be Thomas Blodgett, Bert Dye, E.O. Marx, C.C. Wright, Jack Parsell, and Paul Fife.
    Johanna Pauline Borowski was born January 19, 1880 at Allensburg, Germany. She grew up there and took nurses training in General Hospital at Hamburg, Germany where she nursed for twelve years before coming to the United States. She lived at Salt Lake City and followed the nursing profession and there she met George Tolson Dye whom she married in 1909. Mr. Dye passed away at the family home between Corvallis and Hamilton on June 22, 1934.
    Mrs. Dye was an active member of The Latter Day Saints church. She was ever helpful to neighbors and friends in the community when sickness struck their homes and many there are in the who remember her kindness in their time of need.
    Mrs. Dye survived by daughters, Mrs. Blaine (Margaret) Bachman of Ogden, Utah; Mrs. Charles (Ruth) Stanton, Hamilton, Mrs. John (Helen) Colvin of Butte, Mont., Mrs. Harold (Dovie Ann) Peterson of Dell, Mont. A step daughter of Mrs. Dye is Mrs. Thomas Blodgett of Hamilton, stepsons here are George W. and Bert Dye. There are three other stepdaughters in Utah and a sister, Bertha, survives in Germany. There are ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The Western News, July 30, 1959
 
RACHEL LUCAS DYE
1895 - 1935
MRS. BERT DYE IS VICTIM OF PNEUMONIA ATTACK.
    Pneumonia claimed the life of Mrs. Rachel Dye, wife of Bert Dye of Corvallis, last Thursday afternoon. The young woman's death occurred at the Daly hospital, where she had been a patient for four days. mrs. Dye was 40 years of age and those to survive her are the husband, two sons, Leroy and Walter, and her daughters, Irene and Evelyn; her sisters, Mrs. C.E. Howard of Anaconda, Mrs. C.H. Carlson and Mrs. O.E. Peck of Ronan, and a brother, Alfred Lucas of Stayton, Oregon. Mrs. J.F. Odell is an aunt. Mrs. Dye was born at Bozeman. She came to the Bitter Root valley in 1912 and her marriage to Mr. Dye took place here March 3, 1913.
    Funeral services of the Latter Day Saints church were conducted at Odd Fellows' hall Sunday morning at 11 o'clock by Elder E.O. Marx, assisted by Elders Francis and Donald Marx, and burial took place in the Corvallis cemetery. The pallbearers were Ike Wylie, F.A. Willard, J.N. Blodgett, Lloyd Rennaker, Howard Johnson, and Floyd Howard.
    Relatives to attend the rites were Mr. and Mrs. Peck and family of Ronan, Mrs. Howard and son and Mrs. Clara Lucas of Anaconda, and the members of the Dye and Blodgett families of Corvallis and Hamilton.
The Western News, March 21, 1935