May 10, 1852 - January 22, 1937
Services for Aged Victor Man Tuesday Afternoon
Victor, January 27 - Funeral services for John East were held at the
Community Church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. John Hall of Stevensville
officiating. Mr. East was born May 10, 1852 at Mission Point,
Illinois. He was married to Rose Linda Hathaway at Sheldon, Illinois
on June 8, 1875. They came to Montana in 1887 from Bismarck, North
Dakota, by mule team, locating in Helena. In September 1900, they
came to Victor, locating on a small farm a mile north of town, where
Mrs. East passed away a few years ago. Mr. East died Friday at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. Abe Keirns, at Stevensville. He is
survived by four daughters, Mrs. Keirns, Mrs. Edna Knopp of
Sacramento, California, Mrs. D. C. Dwyer of Colville, Washington,
and Mrs. Theodore Jacobson of Seattle; also by a son. The Odd
Fellows Lodge, of which Mr. East was a member, conducted memorial
services at the grave.
Ravalli Republican, January 28, 1937
ROSALINA HATHAWAY EAST
MRS. J. EAST DEAD
February 19, 1853 - March 21, 1933
Resident of Montana for Forty-Five Years.
Estimable Victor Woman Laid to Rest with Tributes of Odd Fellows
Victor, March 29 - Funeral services for Mrs. John East were held at
the Community Church here Friday afternoon. Rosalina Hathaway was
born in western Ohio February 19, 1853, and died at Stevensville
March 21, 1933, aged 80 years, one month and two days. She was
married to John E. East June 8, 1875. To this union were born eight
children, five of whom survive. The family came to Montana in 1887,
settling first at Helena, where they remained for 13 years. They
moved to Victor in 1900, where they have remained ever since.
Mrs. East was visiting in the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Kearns, in Stevensville when she passed away.
She was a charter member of the Three Link Rebekah lodge of Victor
and a member of the Victor Community Church. She is survived by her
husband, one son and four daughters, Byrd East of Warm Springs, Mrs.
Kearns, Mrs. Edna Knopp of Sacramento, California, Mrs. Edris
Jacobson of Seattle, and Mrs. Ivy Dwyer of Colville, Washington.
Rev. George MacDougal of Stevensville officiated
at the services Friday afternoon. A quartet composed of Mrs. Harry
Mittower, Mrs. W.P. Robb, C.S. Hinman, and W.E. Hull sang several
hymns. The pallbearers were J.A. Conner, John Greenfield, Arthur
Fifield, John Smith, Albert Sestak, and James Meason. Several
members of the Stevensville Rebekah lodge assisted the Victor
Rebekahs in their final tribute to a departed sister.
Ravalli Republican, March 30, 1933
Mrs. John East Buried Friday
Mrs. John East was buried Friday afternoon in the
Victor Cemetery after a service conducted by the Rev. George
McDougal of Stevensville Baptist church.. She went to Stevensville
last week for a visit at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A.A. Keirns,
and was about the house enjoying herself when on Tuesday she sat
down to read a letter. Mrs. Keirns noticed about two minutes later
that her mother had fallen forward and ceased breathing.
Mr. and Mrs. John East, both past 80 years of
age, came to the state from Ohio and lived in Helena. Over 30 years
ago, they moved to Victor, where their our daughters grew to
womanhood. A son, Byrd East, lives near Deer Lodge.
The Western News, March 30, 1933
BESSIE JANE GORDON EDENS
December 12, 1886 - December 24,1980
Bessie Jane Edens, 94, died early Wednesday
afternoon at Valley View Estates in Hamilton. She was born in
Starfield, Missouri on December 12, 1886, and was raised in
Missouri, moving to Bozeman as a young lady with her parents, the
late Frank and Hannah Gordon. She married J.P. Edens in Bozeman in
Survivors include three daughters, Marie Neyman
of Hamilton, Irene Kelly of Darby, and Ann Zimmerman of Cloverdale;
eight grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and nine
great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, one
daughter, five sisters, and four brothers. Graveside services will
be conducted Saturday at 11 am at the Riverview Cemetery with the
Rev. R.E. Keissling officiating. The family suggests memorials to
the Heart Fund or the Missoula Cancer Fund.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of
the Dowling Funeral Home.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, December 26, 1980
September 18, 1885 - March 11, 1976
Maurice Eldridge, 90, dies in Libby
Funeral services for Maurice M. Eldridge, 90,
longtime Hamilton resident, were held Saturday at the Libby
Christian Church, with burial in the Libby city cemetery. Mr.
Eldridge died March 11 at St. John’s Lutheran Hospital in Libby.
Born September 28, 1885 in Newell, IA, Mr.
Eldridge married Ethel Jones in 1907 and moved to South Dakota where
he farmed for many years. The couple later moved to Rothiemay,
Montana to homestead. In 1922, they moved to the Bitter Root valley,
where their children attended Corvallis High school, and in 1948 the
couple sold their farm and moved to Hamilton.
They lived in Hamilton until 1970 when they moved
to Libby to live with their daughter and son-in-law, the Hilmar
Hansens Mr. Eldridge had lived at the Libby Convalescent Center for
the past five years. He ws a member of the Federated Church board in
hamilton, past grand of the Ridgley Odd Fellows lodge at Forestburg,
SD, and a member of the Rocky Mountain Grange in Hamilton. In Libby,
he was a member of the Libby Christian Church.
Mrs. Eldridge preceded her husband in death in
1971, as did their son Harold in 1954. Survivors include the Hilmar
Hansens in Libby, a brother Leon of Sebastaprl, Calif., and three
grandsons, Barry Eldridge of Missoula, Edward Hansen of Sumner,
Washington, and Daniel Hansen of Fresno Calif., as well as five
Ravalli Republican, March 13, 1976
September 27, 1806 - March 2, 1880
DIED, ELLIOTT - At Skalkaho, Bitter Root valley, March 2, 1880,
David C. Elliott, aged 73 years, 5 months and 9 days.
Mr. Elliott was born in Washington county, N.Y.,
September 27, 1806. At an early age he united with the Baptist
church. After a long and diligent study of the Scriptures, he
with Dr. Miller professed the Advent faith, Mr. Elliott being at the
time a deacon in the Baptist church. After this, in 1836, Mr.
Elliott moved to Indiana, then to the frontier. In 1864 he,
after several changes westward, came to the Bitter Root valley where
he has since resided. His influence for good has been
great. He was fearless in attacking all things not in
accordance with divine truth. He lived the life that he
advised others to live. There was no uncertainty in his life,
or word, or belief. He lived in the constant expectation of
his Savior’s second coming. It was a long struggle for him to
go down into the grave. At the last, grace was given to him to
accept the will of his Savior. His last words to his children
were, ‘Goodnight! Meet me on the morning of the resurrection!’
The Weekly Missoulian, Friday., 19 Mar. 1880, p. 3, c. 4:
Contributed by Laurance B. VanMeter
LYNDE CATLIN ELLIOTT
June 7, 1843 - August 9, 1877
Biographical note, Lynde C. Elliott, James U. Sanders, 1 Register of
Society of Montana Pioneers (priv. publ., Society of Montana
Pioneers,1899) 219: “Leander [sic] C. Elliott, son of D. C.
Elliott. Place of departure for Montana, Iowa; route traveled,
across the plains via Fort Bridger; arrived at Virginia City, July
10th, 1864. Volunteer, killed in the Battle of the Big Hole,
between Gen. John Gibbon and Nez Perces Indians, August 9th, 1877.”
Grave marker, Riverside Cemetery, Hamilton, Montana provides dates
of birth and death and following:
A devoted son.
A loving husband.
An affectionate father.
And a patriotic citizen.
Was the measure of his life.
Contributed by: Laurance B. VanMeter
Memorial Tribute to the Bitter Root Dead
The pall of sadness is thrown over our valley,
and grief and bitter anguish rend our hearts, in view of the
untimely death of our brave citizens who fell in the late battle
with the hostile Nez Perces. Gratitude and pride prompt us to
eulogize, while we remember the upright characters and sterling
qualities of those noble few who, during their brief lives, labored
with unremitting ardor and toiled at the plow of progress, pushing
forward the world’s great work and making rapid and permanent
improvements in our new and isolated portion of the Territory.
Bravely they labored, and daily were they moulded more and more into
the true type of Nature’s noblemen.
Our valley and the adjacent country sustains a
loss that years cannot repair; for where can men be found to fill
the places of our missing ones? One only of the five was a
member of any sect or denomination,but as far as our knowledge
extends, they were all praying men; for useful works are glorious
anthems and toil is prayer, the most sublime, while their manly
deeds their noble souls disclosed. They have gone from our
midst; their mission is ended; their earthly task done; and we trust
their happy spirits rest in the bosom of the loving Lord.
As a husband and father, our much lamented friend
Lynde Elliot had few compeers. His departure from earth has created
a void in the heart of the disconsolate widow, and left behind a
sense of loneliness which nothing can ever fill. Time may ---catrize
the bleeding wounds of that sad heart, but alas! possess no
all-healing balm. Our sympathy is extended to this stricken family,
to the gray haired sire and bereaved friends, and to all others who
have desolated homes. O, may the peace of God descend into their
hearts, and may they feel that no burden is too heavy for the hand
of God that is under them, and with the fullest confidence in the
guidance of that unseen hand, may they at all times be able to say,
‘Not my will, but thine, O God, bedone!’
The surging sea of human life, forever onward rolls,
And bears to the eternal shores, its daily freight of souls.
Though bravely sails our bark to-day, pale death sits at the prow,
And few shall know we ever lived, a hundred years from now.
O blessed company in the spirit realm! How large, and still
swelling through the ages! Into that great ocean the rifts
from our yearning hearts flow. There are our husbands, our
wives, our children, our parents, brothers and sisters, who have
crossed the river, and with beckoning hands and inarticulate sounds
seem to syllable to us the ineffable glory that transcends all
thought, all knowledge. To that final home we are all hourly
tending. May our lives be so pure and so holy that finally
when our work is done, we may hear the spirit and the bride, from
off the heavenly battlements, say to our weary souls, come on hither
and forever rest beneath the shadow of the King Eternal.
Mrs. Sarah Dent
The Weekly Missoulian, Missoula, MT, Friday, August 24, 1877, p 3,
Contributed by: Laurance B. VanMeter
BARBARA FLORENCE DARY ELLIS
April 20, 1920 - January 3, 1997
Barbara Florence Ellis, 76, died Friday, January 3,1997, at her
Stevensville residence. She was born April 15. 1920 in Jacksonville,
VT, to Homer and Bertha Faulkner Dary. Surviving are her husband
Vern Ellis of Stevensville; a son Doanld Ellis of Stoughton,
Wisconsin; a daughter Jane Ellis of Stevensville; a sister Fran
Kittridge of Sun City, Arizona; and a grandson Richard Ellis.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Whitesitt Funeral
Home in Stevensville.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, January 6, 1997
VERNETT H. ELLIS
September 19, 1917 - October 4, 2002
STEVENSVILLE - Vern Ellis, 85, of Stevensville, died at his home on
Friday, Oct. 4, 2002.
He was born on Sept. 19, 1917, in Keene, N.H., and was the son of
Leon and Florence (Greenleaf) Ellis.
He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara in
1997. Survivors include a daughter, Jane Ellis of Stevensville; a
son, Donald Ellis of Stoughton, Wis., and two sisters, Myrtle Phelps
and Laura Dix, both in Vermont.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville. Inurnment
will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Stevensville, with military
honors by VFW No. 1507.
Abstract from the Missoulian, Saturday, October 12, 2002
Ravalli Republic, October 14, 2002
August 25, 1862- September 3, 1930
KILLED IN ACCIDENT. JOHN EMHOFF HAD HIS NECK BROKEN BY A FALL.
Stevensville, September 3 - His neck broken after he had been caught
in a hoisting chain and dropped to the earth, John Emhoff, 68 years
of age and a well known pioneer resident of Stevensville, was
instantly killed about 9 o'clock yesterday morning.
The accident occurred on the ranch of J.H.
Millikan, one-half mile south of Stevensville while he was assisting
Mr. Millikan storing hay into the barn. Mr. Emhoff was hauling hay
from a nearby field to the barn and, with Mr. Millikan, was putting
it into the loft of the two-story building. The hay was being raised
by means of a hoist chain at one end of which was hitched a horse.
Mr. Millikan was driving the horse on the other side of the barn and
no one witnessed the tragedy.
It is thought that Emhoff's hand was caught in
the chain and the man was dragged to the top of the barn and then
dropped to the ground with sufficient force to break his neck. When
Millikan called to his helper and received no response, he came to
the side of the building and found the body of Emhoff.
Mr. Emhoff is survived by his wife, three
daughters, Lois Emhoff of Hamilton, Mrs. Raymond Golder of Missoula,
and Mrs. L.W. Saltz of Spokane. Also by a sister, Mrs. Henry
Delgrade of West Virginia, and a brother, Edward Emhoff of West
Mr. Emhoff celebrated his 68th birthday on August
25. He was born in Wheeling, W.Va, and came to Stevensville 40 years
ago. With the exception of two years that were spent in Hamilton and
at Fort Owen, he has continually lived here. He formerly conducted a
transfer business in Stevensville. In 1895 he was married to Adella
Smith of this place.
The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2
o'clock at the family residence in Stevensville.
Ravalli Republican, September 4, 1930
April 8, 1945 - November 21, 1989
Burial San Francisco National Cemetery
William P. Enderlein, 44, a native of Missoula,
died November 21 at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San
Francisco, following a 12-year battle with cancer.
He was a professor of business and finance at
Golden Gate University, a private business and law school based in
San Francisco. During his 13 years with the university, he also
served as Dean of the School of Management from 1980 to 1987; and,
most recently, as Interim Dean of the School of Management. In
addition, he was instrumental in the development of the university’s
programs in Southeast Asia.
For his many contributions of Golden Gate
University, Dr. Enderlein in 1988 received the Alumni Association’s
Distinguished Service Award. University President Otto Butz wrote,
“Bill Enderleins’s contributions to the University, to the
definition of its mission to the development of its operating
principles, and to its educational standards, will endure as long as
the institution itself. And, all of us who have had the privilege of
knowing and working with him will cherish his memory as long as we
A graduate of the University of Washington, Dr.
Enderlein also earned M.B.A. and M.S. degrees from Stanford
University and a Ph.D. in business administration from Golden Gate
University. He was a reserve officer with the U.S. Navy for 20 years
and served aboard a nuclear submarine for two years.
Dr. Enderlein is survived by his parents, Phillip
and Esther Enderlein who reside in Hamilton. More than 100 friends
and colleagues attended a memorial service on December 7 at the
Presidio of San Francisco.
Ravalli Republic, December 20, 1989
SVERRE HAROLD ENEBO
January 5, 1905 - January 4, 1989
Sverre Harold Enebo, 83, died Wednesday evening
at his residence in Hamilton. He was born January 5, 1905 in
Esjeskogen, Norway, the son of Ole and Ingred Bakken Enebo. He
immigrated to the United States with his parents, four brothers and
five sisters in 1910. The family settled on a farm near Canton,
South Dakota. On June 1, 1930, he married Cecelia Rome in Canton.
Survivors include his wife, Cecelia of the family
home; three sons, Harold of Missoula, Dale of Glasgow, Gene of
Denver, Colorado; two daughters, Lucille Witt of Deer Lodge, Janice
Lowe of Fairbanks, Alaska; one sister, Inga Johnson of Irene, South
Dakota; one brother, Oscar Johnson of Mesa, Arizona; 12
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his parents, three brothers and four sisters.
Services were held Saturday, January 7 at the
Faith Lutheran Church with pastor gregory Karlsgodt officiating.
Interment was at the Riverview cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were
Roy Addison, Milton Coons, Larry Jacobson, Ralph Holmlund, Marvin
Carlson, Glenn Mitchell, and Ole Nesja.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 9, 1989
CHARLES EDWIN ENGEBRETSON
CHARLES ENGEBRETSON DIES IN
November 26, 1892 - December 2, 1944
Charles Engebretson, 52, well-known former Bitter
Rooter, died at Richmond, California of coronary thrombosis December
2, according to word received here. The body was cremated and
services held at Richmond.
The deceased was a former employee of the Forest
Service in the Bitter Root and was much interested in county
interscholastic athletics while a resident of the valley. He is
survived by his widow, the former Elsie Tillman, and a son, Lester,
who is a pilot for the Northwest Airlines, residing in Spokane,
The Western News, December 7, 1944
October 4, 1897 - November 9, 1986
Lena Erhart, 89, of Hamilton, died of natural
causes Sunday afternoon at Valley View Estates. She was born October
4, 1897 in Odessa, Russia, to Jacob and Marian Kuntz. she immigrated
to the United states at the age of 13 and settled in Almont, ND,
where she helped her family farm on their homestead.
On October 21, 1919, she married John Erhart at
Glen Ullin, ND. The couple farmed there until 1934 when they moved
to the Bitterroot Valley. They settled south of Hamilton at
Grantsdale and continued farming. Mrs. Erhart was a member of St.
Francis Catholic Church in Hamilton.
She was preceded in death by her husband on May
15, 1967; two sons, Adam in 1972 and vincent in 1984; a brother and
five sisters. Survivors include three daughters, Rose Item,
Hamilton, Celestine Murphy, Missoula; and Maryann Huff, Juneau,
Alaska; four sos, Alois and Alex Erhart, both of Missoula; Ted
Erhart, Stevensville; and Florian Erhart, Spokane; 37 grandchildren,
33 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
Rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the
Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton. A funeral mass will be celebrated at
11 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Catholic Church with the Rev.
Raymond Gillmore at celebrant. Burial will follow at Riverview
Cemetery in Hamilton. Pallbearers will be Len Erhart, George Kuntz,
Red Meuchel, Adam Senn, Leo Senn, and Nick Waliser. Honorary
pallbearers will be Pete Hoerner, Alex Meuchel and Tony Meuchel.
The family suggests memorials to St. Francis
Catholic Church, 411 S Fifth St, Hamilton 59840
Ravalli Republic, November 12, 1986
Final Rites Held On Wednesday For
Peter Erickson Who Died Here Monday
April 2, 1871 - December 11, 1939
A last tribute to the memory of Peter Erickson
was paid by many friends at funeral services held yesterday at two
o’ clock in the Wright Funeral Chapel over which Rev. R. H. Swindt
of the American Lutheran Church officiated. Following the services
the body was taken to Corvallis cemetery for burial. Pallbearers
were Charles Swanson, Adolph Swanson, Ivan Gustafson, Louis Nelson,
Hugh Simpson, and Vernon
Peter Erickson, respected farmer of the Mountain
View District, passed away at 1:35 p.m. Monday after an illness that
gradually grew worse over a period of four years following a fall
sustained by the deceased. After his fall he became a semi-invalid
but was able to get about with a cane and later with the aid of
crutches, driving his own car for a long time until the spring of
this year when he was stricken by a form of paralysis which rendered
his walking impossible. Never-the-less he maintained a brave
attitude through his ordeal and fought fearlessly until the last.
Last Thursday he collapsed and was brought to the Daly Hospital at
Hamilton where he died.
The deceased was born at Stockholm Sweden April
2, 1871 and came to the United States in 1887. On Nov. 28 1890 he
was married at Dubuque, Iowa to Elizabeth Bracher. To this union
there born two children: Paul of Darby and Ralph, who operates the
home farm on Mountain View. These two sons, the widow and three
grandchildren: Paula Jean, Richard and Emil Leland survive the
deceased, as do many friends who recognized the sterling worth of
For many years Mr. Erickson operated as a
carpenter and contractor in and near Chicago. In 1910 he brought his
family to the Bitterroot valley to make their home. Since that time
the deceased operated a farm in the Mountain View District northeast
of Corvallis until he retired from active work in 1937.
The Western News, December 14, 1939, Page 1
FLOYD RANSOM ETHREDGE
January 21, 1911 - August 9. 1996
Floyd R. Ethredge, 85, of Hamilton, died Friday, August 9, 1996 at
the Valley View Estates in Hamilton. He was born January 21, 1911 in
Lind, Washington, the son of John and Rose Faerber Ethredge. The
family moved to Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada then to Calgary where
he graduated from high school and attended Garber College.
On June 24, 1935, he married Gladys Hanberg in
Shelby. He went to work for Texaco Refinery in Sunburst in 1936,
transferred with Texaco to Anacortes, WA in 1958, and retired in
Surviving are his wife Gladys of Hamilton; two
daughters, Coraldine and her husband Clarence Harriman of
Bellingham, Washington; and Janice Regan of Bayview, Washington;
three sisters, Phyllis Thomas of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Fern
Torrance of Hope, B.C., and Bernice Egan of Cleveland, Ohio; four
grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and
No public service will be in Hamilton. Private
family urn placement will take place in Washington at a later date.
Local arrangements are under the direction of the Daly-Leach Chapel.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, August 13, 1996
August 30, 1931 - November 8, 1991
Robert James Evanoff, 60, of Hamilton, died
Friday in Missoula at St. Pat’s Hospital. He was born on August 30,
1931 in Missoula, the son of James and Ruth Rummell Evanoff.
He was raised and educated in Missoula and
entered the U.S. Air Force on August 26, 1949, retired from the Air
Force in 1966 and returned to Montana where he owned and operated
the Shamrock Cafe in Victor for four years.
Surviving are three daughters, Deborah
Folgerator of Fairfield, Calif., Margaret Evanoff of Sacramento,
Calif., and Kelly Evanoff of Hamilton; four sons, Robert Evanoff Jr
of Como, Miss., William and Frederick Evanoff, both of Sacramento,
Calif., and Donald Evanoff of Hamilton; his mother, Ruth Baier of
Spring, Texas; one sister, Helen Anderson of Spring, Texas; two
brothers, Eugene Evanoff of New Orleans, LA, and Donald Evanoff of
Odessa, Fla.; and 17 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
father and one son, Michael.
Services will be conducted today at 7:30 p.m. at
the Daly-Leach Chapel with Rev. Raymond Gilmore officiating.
Visitation for friends will be today from 1 a.m. until service time
at the chapel. The family suggests memorials to the Heart
Association or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, November 12, 1991