POLLIE LEWIS HARRIS FANN
Death of Mrs. P. W. Fann
December 31, 1824 - November 1903
Mrs. P. W. Fann died Friday morning at her home one mile south of
town, after a lingering illness. The funeral was held Sunday from
the home, Rev. J. A. Burkhart pronouncing the service. The remains
were followed to their last resting place by a large cortege of
Mrs. Fann was one of the first pioneers of the
Bitter Root valley and one of the best beloved women in Western
Montana. She was born Dec. 31, 1824, at Fort Edwards, Washington
county, N. Y. At the age of 16 she was married to her first husband,
Warren Harris. Eight children, four boys and four girls, were the
result of that union, and these lived in Montana: Zeb Hams, at one
time proprietor of the Stevensville hotel, who died there 13 years
ago; Mrs. C. B. Hart of Hamilton; the late Mrs. Pope Catlin of
Missoula; A1 Harris, who died at Grantsdale 16 years ago and left a
widow; Mrs. Mary Harris, who now lives in Missoula, and Miss Clara
Harris, who died in the Bitter Root some 25 years ago.
In 1855 Mr. and Mrs. Warren Harris and family
moved from New York to La Porte, Ind., and resided there until 1871,
when they moved to the Bitter Root valley. They first located
on the old Pardee ranch, known now as the residence of Mrs. Marcus
Daly. Some years later they located on the farm now owned by
Geo. Albright, where Mr. Harris died June 6, 1880.
September 20, 1882, Mrs. Warren Harris was
married to P. W. Fann, who has resided in the Bitter Root valley
over 30 years, and is now 82 years of age and one of the most
familiar characters on the streets of Hamilton.
Mrs. Fann eight weeks ago, while standing in the
middle of her kitchen, became dizzy and fell, breaking her thigh
bone. Owing to her advanced age it was not expected that she would
recover, but although her suffering was very great, she struggled
bravely. Mrs. Fann was exceedingly popular throughout the entire
Bitter Root valley and her numerous friends will mourn her loss. The
sympathy of the whole community is extended to her relatives and to
her aged husband, who is now left alone.
The Western News, Hamilton, MT, Wed., 18 Nov. 1903, p. 1, c. 4 (p.
(http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/) (23 Jul. 2015)
Note: Mrs. Fann was the grandmother of Mrs. E. W. Hagyard (nee, Mary
Louise Elliott) and Mrs. Lucy Rogers (nee Elliott). Lynde C.
Elliott, referred to in the Battle of Big Hole article, was the
girls’ father; their mother was Mary Shipman Harris, daughter of
Pollie Lewis Harris Fann
Contributed by: Laurance B. VanMeter
RALSTON HENDRIX FARISS
November 9, 1892 - November 19, 1947
Ralston Fariss, Former Corvallis Resident, Dies in California.
Corvallis - Ralston Fariss, 55, former resident, died Wednesday
evening in Berkeley, Calif., from a cerebral hemorrhage, according
to word received by Mr. and Mrs. M.L.Chaffin, with whom he made his
home for many years.
He had been employed at the bank here before
moving to California about 12 years ago where he has been in the
contracting business with his brothers, Wendell and William. The
brothers and a sister survive.
Mr. Fariss was born November 9, 1892 and came to
Corvallis with his parents when his father was called to the
pastorate of the Federated church. He was graduated from Corvallis
high school and later served in the army during World War I.
Services and burial were in California.
Ravalli Republican, November 24, 1947
ETHEL AULT FAUCETT
January 25, 1884 - December 30, 1963
MRS. M. FAUCETT DIED DECEMBER 30 IN CALIFORNIA, WAS MONTANA NATIVE.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs.
Martin (Ethel) Faucett, 80, in Sacramento, California on December
30. She was a resident of the Bitter Root valley for many years.
Born Ethel Ault, in 1884, at Bannack, Montana,
she came to the valley with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Silas Ault, at
an early age and resided there until about 1917.
Mrs. Faucett is survived by five sons and one
daughter, Orville, Ernie, and John Buker, all of Victor, Martin,
Robert Faucett, Mrs. Vincent Hunt, all of Sacramento' 20
grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in Sacramento Thursday
and the body is being shipped to the valley where Whitesitt Mortuary
will be in charge of burial arrangements. Graveside service and
burial will be in Victor cemetery near the graves of the parents at
2 p.m. Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Hunt accompanied the body to
The Western News, January 1, 1964
MILDRED HILL FELIX
March 5, 1893 - June 1, 1981
Mildred H. Felix, 88, died Monday afternoon at
the Valley View Estates in Hamilton. She was born march 5, 1893 in
Elk River, Minnesota to the late Charles and Minnie Eaton Hill. She
was raised and educated in Elk River, and received her teaching
certificate from St. Cloud College. She married Dale Felix in Elk
River on November 9, 1916 and moved to Corvallis in 1924. She taught
elementary school at the Upper Burnt Fork School and then in 1945
began teaching at Corvallis, retiring in 1962. Mrs. Felix was a
member of the Corvallis Methodist Church, the Corvallis Order of
Eastern Star, the Owego Garden Club, the Corvallis Women's Club and
the Retired Teacher's Association.
Survivors include one son, Everett Felix of
Corvallis; three daughters, Vivian Beardslee of San Francisco,
California, Edna Conner of Alderwood Manor, Washington, and Helen
Colvett of Petaluma, California; nine grandchildren and seven great
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1949 and
four brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services will be held Friday, 2 p.m. at
the Dowling Chapel. Interment will follow at the Corvallis Cemetery.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, Wednesday, June 3, 1981, page 2
FRANK W. FERGUSON
February 8, 1937 - April 18, 2003
Hamilton - Frank W. Ferguson, 66, went to be with his Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, April 18, 2003, after 2 1/2
miraculous years battling acute myelogenous leukemia. He was able to
stay at home, under the care of his loving wife Janet.
Frank was born Feb. 8, 1937, to William Andrew
and Martha Luedecke Ferguson in Hamilton. He grew up in the Willow
Creek area, where he spent the majority of his time with childhood
friends exploring what the area had to offer. In 1955 he graduated
from Corvallis High School. In high school he participated in
football, basketball and track. He enjoyed excelling in track,
especially the distance races. He was instrumental in designing and
laying out the "C" overlooking Corvallis. Frank also designed the
cover and drew all the design pages for the 1955 yearbook. After
graduation from high school, Frank worked for the Forest Service,
then worked in the woods and sawmills.
In 1959 he was drafted into the Army to serve his
country and there he learned to be a radio teletype operator. Frank
enjoyed sharing his knowledge of Morse code. After his discharge
from the Army in February 1962, he returned to the Bitterroot Valley
that he loved so much and began working for the Sula Ranger District
until his retirement in January 1993.
He married Janet Park, who brought with her a
daughter, Claire, into the marriage, whom he lovingly adopted. The
Sept. 23, 1976, union of Frank and Janet was picked especially as it
was the date Frank's parents and grandparents were married.
In October of 1958 he married Rosemary "Butch"
Van Vorst. During the marriage they had four children: Coral,
Angela, Roan and Belinda. After 12 years of marriage, they were
divorced. He married Sharon Mattson in 1972 and during their short
marriage had a son, Craig.
Frank enjoyed the outdoors and especially enjoyed
telling stories of his hunting experiences and teaching his children
and grandchildren all about hunting and fishing. Some of his
greatest stories were of the times he had with his son Roan and
son-in-law Randy. He liked getting his boat and camper out and
spending time with his family and friends.
Frank loved to garden, as well as raising many
flowers and constructing a series of fish ponds that are the talk of
the neighborhood. Frank was a self-taught artist and loved capturing
life's images and painting them on canvas. He played a mean game of
cribbage and was known for crafting some interesting cribbage
In his younger days, he had the "need for speed"
and would tell many stories of racing down Highway 93 in one of his
fast cars or even on his Harley Davidson.
Surviving at the family home in Corvallis is his
beloved wife and friend of 26 1/2 years, Janet. Also surviving are
his children, Coral and Randy Maxwell of Darby, Bobby and Angela
Birnel of Big Lake, Ala., Roan and Carla Ferguson of Idaho Falls,
Idaho, Claire Ferguson of Hamilton, Tom and Belinda Jones of St.
Louis, and Craig Ferguson of Tacoma, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren; his sister, Charlotte Probert of Deer Lodge;
brother Don Ferguson of Frazee, Minn.; and numerous nieces and
nephews. His parents preceded him in death.
Frank will be greatly missed by his family and
friends, but those of us who know Christ rejoice in the knowledge
that one day we will all be together, and can look forward to the
place he has assisted in preparing for us.
A service will be held on Friday, April 25, at 2
p.m. at the Daly-Leach Chapel with Pastor Barry Curtis officiating.
Interment will follow at Corvallis Cemetery. Visitation will be
Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until service time
at the chapel. The family suggests memorials to the Rocky Mountain
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 5355 W. Dartmouth Ave., Lower Level,
Denver, CO 80227.
Contributed by the Corvallis Class of 1955
M. LUEDECKE FERGUSON
December 17, 1913 - July 30, 1994
Martha M. Ferguson, 80, of Corvallis, died
Saturday at her residence east of Corvallis. She was born Dec. 17,
1913 in Buse Township, Minn., the daughter of Gustav and Lydia
Gehrke Luedecke. Her mother died when she was very
young. She moved with her father and stepmother, Charlotte
Frantz, to Montana, settling in the Bitterroot. She attended
school at Soft Rock and graduated from high school in
She married William Andrew Ferguson in September
of 1933 in Corvallis. The couple lived up Willow Creek until
moving to Seattle, Wash., during the war, where her husband worked
in the shipyards and she did laundry for several families.
In 1945, the couple returned to the Bitterroot and purchased
property on Coal Pit Road, where she has lived since. She worked
with her husband for several years as custodians in the Corvallis
school system. She was a member of the Hamilton Eagles Auxiliary and
had been active in the I-80 CB Club, her handle was, "Lightning".
Surviving are two sons and their wives, Frank and
Janet Ferguson and Don and Shirley Ferguson, all of Corvallis; one
daughter and husband, Charlotte and Ray Probert of Deer Lodge; one
brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Helen Luedecke of Corvallis; 16
grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was also
preceded by her husband, William, on May 22, 1982 and by two
brothers, Oscar and Elmer.
Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at
the Daly-Leach Chapel with Pastor Muriel Gooder officiating.
Interment will follow at the Corvallis Cemetery. The family suggest
memorials to marcus Daly Home Health. A reception will follow the
interment for friend and family at the Woodside Grange Hall.
Ravalli Republican, August 3, 1994
Contributed by Angela Birnel
February 6, 1911 - May 22, 1982
William A. ferguson, 71, died May 22 at Marcus
Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton. Born Feb. 6, 1911 in Corvallis
to Francis and Lura Ferguson, Mr. Ferguson attended school in
He married Martha Luedecke, and they lived in the
area until moving to Seattle. The couple returned to ranch on
the farm Mr. Ferguson had been raised on. He also worked out
as a faller in the woods and later worked as a mechanic and then a
school bus driver and custodian in the Corvallis district. Just
before retirement, Mr. Ferguson worked as a boiler tender with Del
Conner Lumber in Darby.
He is survived by his wife Martha at the family's
ranch; two sons, Don of Glendive and Frank of Corvallis; a daughter,
Charlotte Probert of Deer Lodge; 15 grandchildren, seven
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson,
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m.
at the Dowling Funeral Home with Pastor Muriel Gooder
officiating. Interment will follow at the Corvallis Cemetery,
with pallbearers Kent Connor, Bob Luedecke, Ken Baier, Glenn
Levendoske, Lewis Hull and Bob Hart. Honorary pallbearers are
Bert Welch, Melvin (Peewee) Pembroke, H. Harvey and Doug Nielsen.
Contributed by Angela Birnel
LESTER J. FINK
December 23, 1921 - November 13, 1946
LESTER FINK DIES INSTANTLY WHEN CAR STRIKES BRIDGE NORTH HAMILTON.
Lester J. Fink died Wednesday, November 13, in a
one-vehicle accident north of Hamilton. He was born December 23,
1921 at Missoula, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Fink of Corvallis.
Lester J. Fink was born at Missoula December 23, 1921. He came
to the Bitter Root with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Fink of the
Corvallis district, in 1934. After attending school at Corvallis, he
worked in logging camps and at the Stevensville cannery before
entering the service August 31, 1942. He was trained in Texas and on
the east coast before going overseas in August 1944. He saw active
service in India and Burma, emerging about one year ago with the
rank of sergeant. Recently, he has been employed as a bartender at
the Veterans Club in Hamilton.
Those who survive Fink are his parents and a
sister, Mrs. Irene Thompson of Hamilton. He was well like by all who
knew him and had many friends in this community who are shocked
because of his untimely passing.
The funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 pm
at the Dowling Funeral Chapel in Hamilton. Burial will be in
Abstract from: The Western News, November 14, 1946
JESSE W. FINSLEY
January 3, 1857 - March 4, 1957
JESSE FINSLEY PASSES AWAY AT HAMILTON
Mrs. Fred Dart received word Tuesday that her uncle, Jesse W.
Finsley, 82, a pioneer rancher of the Big Hole Basin, passed away
March 4 at his home in Hamilton, Montana. He was born in January,
Survivors include his widow, Amelia, of Hamilton;
son and daughter-in-law, Jesse W. Finsley, Jr., of San Antonio,
Texas; daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Gibson, Victor,
Mont., and Mr. and Mrs. P. Alexander, Madera, Calif.; stepdaughter,
Mrs. Loren Williamson of Victor; sisters, Mrs. Clara B. Wise,
Dillon, and Mrs. Bertha M. Macken, Rochester, Minn., grandchildren,
nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at Hamilton Saturday at
Dillon Tribune, Dillon, Montana, March 6, 1957
December 1, 1829 - October 7, 1910
MRS. ELIZA FISHER LAID TO FINAL REST.
Mrs. E. A. Fisher, who since the spring of 1883,
has been a resident of Montana and who, if she had been spared,
would have reached the age of 81 years the first of next December,
passed peacefully away at the home of her son, Joseph Fisher here at
10 o'clock last Friday evening. For the past few days she had been
ailing and although is was thought she would not fully recover, her
death was a surprise to her relatives and friends here. Mrs. Fisher
had only returned to Stevensville about a month ago from Spokane
where she had been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Anna Hoover, for
Mrs. Fisher was a native of Kentucky, born there
December 1, 1829 and was married in Louisiana, Missouri, November 9,
1848, and in the spring of 1883 came to Montana. Mr. Fisher died
August 5, 1880.
The funeral was held from the home of her son
Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. F.A. Salsman being the
officiating minister and undertaker, John Dowling, being in charge.
The pallbearers were W.E. Godfried, Robert Cole, Amos Buck, Bruce
Wells, John Franks, and H.W. Flanagin. "Abide with Me" and "Safe in
the Arms of Jesus" were favorite song of Mrs. Fisher and were sung
at the funeral.
Mrs. Fisher was the mother of five children:
Emma, who died at the age of one year; John W., who cannot be
located at this time; Mrs. Anna Hoover of Spokane; Henry, who died
in Missouri, and Joseph Fisher, who resides in Stevensville. John A.
Landram, who died here seven years ago was a brother of Mrs. Fisher.
In the death of Mrs. Fisher is removed from
Stevensville one of its old and respected residents. Mrs. Fisher was
a woman who was not quick to make acquaintances, but always made
friends when she made acquaintances. She was a Christian woman and
affiliated with the Baptist church.
Northwest Tribune, October 14, 1910
MARY McCORMICK FITZGERALD
Mary Fitzgerald Rites Held Saturday
August 8 1976 - August 10, 1950
Requiem high mass for Mary McCormick Fitzgerald,
80, daughter of the late Major Washington Jay McCormick and niece of
one of the cofounders of Missoula, who died in Missoula Thursday,
was celebrated Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Xavier
church in Missoula. Rev. Louis J. Gets, S.J, was celebrant.
Interment was in the McCormick family plot in Missoula cemetery.
Mrs. Fitzgerald was the sister of the late
Washington Jay McCormick who died in Missoula March 7, 1949 and who
was a former valley resident. She was the last living child. Their
father had a home in Stevensville at one time.
She was born August 8, 1876. She married Dr.
William Hope Fitzgerald in New York June 20, 1902. In the early
1900’s, she was Paris correspondent for the New York Herald.
Ravalli Republican, August 14, 1950
February 15, 1884 - February 22, 1955
Corvallis Man Dies Tuesday at Hospital
Leonard Fleihmann, a resident of Corvallis for
about three years, died at Daly hospital Tuesday, February 22 at
10:20 a.m. after an illness of 15 months. Mr. Fleihmann was a
farmer. The family came to Corvallis from Thermopolis, Wyo. and
lived on the old Johnny Adams place east of Corvallis. Mr. Fleihmann
was born February 15, 1884 at Bridgewater, Mich.
Survivors include the widow, Ida; two sons,
Robert of Kansas City, MO and Wilbur Jack of Palo Alto, Calif.; two
daughters, Mrs. Anna Lesher, Thermopolis and Mrs. Grace Buchanan,
Corvallis; a sister, Mrs. Lillian F. McKinney, St. Petersburg, Fla.;
nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the LDS church
Friday at 1 p.m. with President Grant Patten officiating. Burial
will be at Corvallis. Pallbearers will be Irvin H. Farley, Dean
Erickson, Howard Erickson, Louis Erickson, William Hay, and Wesley
The Western News, February 24, 1955
JOHN M. FOLEY
June 7, 1918 - November 5, 1983
John M. Foley, 65, died Friday evening of an
apparent heart attack. He was born June 7, 1918 in Hamilton to John
M. and Ellen E. Foley of Grantsdale and attended Grantsdale Grade
School and Hamilton High School. In 1939, he married Delores Nelson
During World War II, he worked for navy
construction in Bremerton, Washington. After the war, he returned to
the Hamilton area and worked for the bitter Root Valley Irrigation
district. Later, in 1946, he and Delores purchased their cattle
ranch northeast of Hamilton in the Hamilton Heights area.
He is survived by his wife and four sons, John of
Hamilton Heights, Jim of Spokane, Washington, Steve of Minneapolis,
Minnesota, and Bob of Spokane, Washington. Also, he is survived by
ten grandchildren, a brother, Bill of Grantsdale, and five sisters,
Elizabeth Keith of Bremerton, Ella Culbertson of Fremont, Calif.,
Mildred Rolfe of Hamilton, Harriet Tell of Bremerton, and Marion
Arvidson of La Puente, Calif.
He was a member of Hamilton Eagles’ Lodge and the
St. Francis Catholic Church. Funeral services will be held today t 2
p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Raymond Gilmore as
celebrant. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.
Ravalli Republic, November 14, 1983
GEORGE JOSEPH FOREMAN
August 19, 1897 - November 12, 1966
Funeral services will be Thursday at two
o’clock at the Dowling chapel for George Foreman, 69, of Ennis who
died there unexpectedly November 12. Rev. Robert Underwood will
officiate and interment will be in Riverview cemetery for Mr.
Foreman, resident of many years in the Bitter Root. Pallbearers will
be John Whitcomb, Leo St. John, Bernie Cash, James Osburn, Edwin
Buck, and Arnold Peterson. Honorary pallbearers will be John
Buchftief, Anfin Anfinson, Clarence Dowd, Tex Carpenter, E.A. Hawker
and Merle Briggs.
George Foreman was born on August 19, 1897 in
Grass Range, Montana. He married Ruby Ferguson November 10, 1916 in
Lewistown and they lived there until 1931 when they moved to the
valley to live near Darby and later near Corvallis. In 1941, they
moved to Great Falls until 1949 when he went to work as foreman of
the Ranger ranch near Ennis. The couple were honor guests in August
in Hamilton at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Max St. John for a
golden wedding reception.
Surviving beside the widow are daughters June St.
John, Mrs.Gene (Wilma) Lunceford, Lampor, Calif; son Willis,
LaHabra, Calif; eight grandchildren.
The Western News, November 16, 1966
ALBERTA FERGUSON FOREMAN
January 9, 1899 - October 13, 1990
Ruby A. Foremen, 91, of Hamilton, died Saturday
in Stevensville, at the North Valley Nursing Home. She was born
January 8, 1889 in Nassau, Minnesota, the daughter of John and Rose
Clark Ferguson. She moved with her family to North Dakota, where she
received her education. She later moved to Lewistown, Montana where
she met and later married George Foreman in 1916. The couple moved
to the Bitterroot in 1930, where the ranched in the Corvallis area.
Mrs. Foreman was preceded in death by her husband
in 1966. Survivors include two daughters, Wilma Lunceford of
Spokane, Washington and June St. John of Missoula, one son, Willis
Foreman of LaHabra, California; one sister, Marquetta Foreman of
Sparks, Nevada; eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She
was also preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at
the Daly-Leach chapel with Pastor Earl Hargis officiating. Interment
will take place in the Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. Visitation
will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the chapel.
The family suggests memorials to: The Bitterroot
Humane Association, 340 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, MT 59840
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, October 15, 1990
SAMUEL T. FOSS
March 8, 1910 - January 6, 1979
Samuel T. Foss, 68, a Hamilton-area rancher, died
Saturday morning in Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital here following a
lengthy illness. Mr. Foss was born March 8, 1910 in Stevensville. He
attended schools in Stevensville and Corvallis, then moved to San
Jose, California and completed his formal education there. In 1932,
he returned to the Bitter Root Valley. On November 4, 1924, he
married Alice Irene Duncan in Spokane, Washington.
Survivors include his wife, Alice, Hamilton;
three sons, Sam, John, and Lee, all of Hamilton; two daughters,
Millo Huggans, Darby, and Cheryl Rothlisberger in Germany; two
sisters, Lillian Johnson and Clara Sehr, both of Hamilton; a
brother, Dave Foss, Missoula, and 14 grandchildren.
The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 pm in the
Federated Church with the Rev. Eugene Bartels officiating. Burial
will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 8, 1979
Services Tuesday For Florence Foust, 74
October 24, 1877 - March 1952
Stevensville - Funeral services for Florence Foust, 74, early
Stevensville resident who died in New Mexico Thursday after a long
illness, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Methodist church.
Rev. A.L. Swarens will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood
Mrs. Foust was born October 24, 1877 in Missoula
and came to the Bitter Root with her parents a year later. She died
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Howard Smith in Mesilla Park, NM.
She was a member of the First Methodist church, Beulah chapter No. 8
O.E.S. and of the Fifty year club.
Survivors include Mrs. Smith, a son, Lee, Long
Beach, Calif, and a brother, Frank Chapman, Stevensville.
Ravalli Republican, March 17, 1952
EDWARD RICHARD FOWLER
June 9, 1888 - February 7, 1928
Victor, February 15 - The funeral of Edward Richard Fowler, who died
at Seattle, Washington February 7, was held at the Community Church
here Saturday morning, Rev. H.H. Longnecker of Hamilton officiating.
The church choir sang several selections. Interment was in Victor
cemetery, and the pallbearers were Ralph McVey, Earl Redding,
William Howard, John Smith, Albert Sestak, and Arthur Fifield.
The deceased was born in Victor June 9, 1888. He
was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Fowler of Yakima,
Washington, formerly of this place. He was married August 5, 1908 to
Ida Walker. To this union were born two sons, Harold and Edward. He
is survived by his wife and sons, his parents, four sisters, and
three brothers. Mrs. Leonard Burnett of Stevensville, Mrs. Ruby
Cornett, Mrs. Grace Pratt, Mrs. Montana Ross and Charles Flower of
Yakima; Jess Fowler of Missoula and Robert Fowler of Bakersfield,
California; and by his grandmother, Mrs. M.E. Tucker, three uncles,
William Tucker and Joe Miner of Victor. He was a member of the Odd
Fellows' lodge, which order had charge of the funeral. He also
belonged to the Rebekah lodge.
Mr. Fowler resided southeast of town, where he
took the management of the M.E. Popham ranch about a year ago. He
consulted physicians in Missoula and Spokane, and with this brother,
Jess Flower, when to Yakima, where his brother-in-law and sister,
Dr. and Mrs. George Cornett, accompanied him to Seattle for the
operation which proved to be a large tumor on the brain. He survived
the operation 12 hours.
Ravalli Republican, February 16, 1928
ANN ELIZA STOCKMAN FOX
1817 - September 8, 1890
Mrs. Annie Fox, an old resident of the Bitter Root Valley, and
better known as "Auntie Fox," died at the Sisters hospital in
Missoula last Monday. The deceased was an aunt of Mr. Robt. Nichol,
of Skalkaho, and Mrs. Henry Buck, of Stevensville. Her age was
nearly four score years.
Bitter Root Bugle, September 11, 1890, page 3
FLORNCE RUTH DAVIS FRAZIER
June 24, 1890 - April 28, 1968
Rites Set For Mrs. Frazier, 78, Who Passed Away April 28 Here
Funeral services will be held May 2 at Dowling
chapel for Mrs. Jacob N. (Florence Ruth) Frazier of Hamilton who
died late the evening of April 28 at Valley View Estates. The body
is at the Dowling Funeral Home. Elder Richard Knapp will officiate
and interment will be in Lone Pine cemetery, Darby. Pallbearers will
be William Wolfinbarger, Oscar Sipma, Roy Shook, Bud Ruark, Luther
Donica and Champ Hanson.
A native of Bozeman, born June 24, 1890. Mrs.
Frazier was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church. Mr.
Frazier died in 1931. They had resided in the south of Darby
vicinity for many years.
Surviving are sons Marion of Darby, Walter,
Winnemucca, Nevada, James, California; a brother is Mark Davis of
Darby; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The Western News, May 1, 1968
VIOLA C. PARISE FREDERICK
December 28, 1920 - May 29, 1987
Viola C, Frederick, 66, of Stevensville, died of
Cancer Friday morning, May 29 at St. Patrick Hospital. She was born
December 28, 1920 in Wisconsin and received her education there. She
also attended Glendale (Calif.) College and Cal-Tech in Pasadena,
On October 28, 1940, she married Howard W.
Frederick in Wisconsin. During her career, Mrs. Frederick was
employed at Librascope, an early computer company in California,
Pacific Mercury in the Bay area, the Varian Co. in Palo Alto,
Calif., and Lockheed Corp. in Mountainview, Calif, where she spent
17 years. She and her husband retired to Stevensville in 1977. She
was then employed at Protection Engineering in Stevensville.
Survivors include her husband, Howard,
Stevensville, three daughters, Louise Armstrong, Stevensville;
Marcella Goodrich, Lake Port, Calif; and Linda Flores, in Arizona; a
son, William Frederick, Stevensville, four sisters, Blanche Nelson
and Rebecca, both in California; Agnes Cross, Milwaukee, and Mary
Mochler, Superior, Wis.; two brothers, Eugene Parise, Superior,
Wis., and James Parise, Waterloo, Iowa, six grandchildren and four
Cremation has taken place and no services are
planned. The Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville is in charge of
Ravalli Republic, June 1, 1987
DAVID PAULSEL FREEZE
November 13, 1862 - January 7, 1952
D.P. FREEZE, WHO CAME TO VALLEY IN 1902, TAKEN BY DEATH MONDAY
David Paulsel Freeze died Monday morning at Daly
Hospital in Hamilton. He was 89 years old. Funeral services were
conducted at the Dowling chapel Wednesday afternoon with Rev.
Charles D. West officiating. Burial was made in Riverview cemetery
where Cora J. Freeze, wife of the deceased carpenter, is also at
rest. Mrs. Freeze passed away May 5, 1945. The pallbearers were
Wilbur Vallance, Walter Ash, Herbert Kress, J.W. Miles, Paul Kurtz,
and Mike Barbouris.
D.P. Freeze was born November 13, 1862 at
Rockingham, Virginia. He was the son of the late James and Josephine
Freeze. On December 9, 1896, he married Cora Jones, daughter of the
late Mr. and Mrs. John M. Jones, who later resided south of Hamilton
for many years, Mr. Jones passing away in 1908 and Mrs. Jones in
Left to survive Mr. Freeze are two children and
one grandson. The children are Mrs. Roy Mabary, who resides south of
Hamilton, and John Freeze, who operates a dairy farm east of
Hamilton. The grandson is George David Leroy Mabary, who is a
resident of Anaconda. Also surviving are a number of nieces and
nephews who reside in the east and middle west.
Mr. Freeze is the last of six children in his
family to die. He had five sisters. He moved to the home of his
daughter, Mrs. Mabary, to make his home following the passing of
Miss Betty Freeze.
Abstract from: The Western News, January 10, 1952
BERTHA A. STICKA FREY
November 15, 1887 - July 16, 1976
Rites At St. Francis Monday For Mrs. J.C. Frey Of Hamilton
Mass was said at St. Francis Church Monday for
Mrs. J.C. Frey, 86, Hamilton resident for 30 years who died at Daly
hospital July 16 at 2:40 a.m. I
nterment was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte where the Freys lied
for 21 years. Pallbearers were Joe Leigh, Phelan Bailey, Michael
Frey, Terry Frey, Dennis Frey and Frank Martz. Rosary services were
Sunday evening at Dowling chapel.
Bertha A. Frey was a native of Russian, born
November 15, 1887 and came to the US as a child. She married Joseph
Frey at Albion, Nebraska in 1909. They then moved to Butte. She was
a Gold Star Mother, their son Joseph being killed in WWII. They
moved to Hamilton and lived in their home on the old Grantsdale
road. The couple spent about 25 years maintaining one of the most
complete fruit and vegetable tracts in the Hamilton area.
She is survived by her husband; sons, Ed,
Hamilton; Richard, North Dakota; Phelan, Boulder, Colorado;
daughters, Alice Rock, Mrs. R.J. Bailey, Livingston; Mrs. Walter
Leigh, Butte; Mrs. Harry Worth, Las Vegas; 11 grandchildren, 12
Abstract from: The Western News, July 21, 1976
JOSEPH CLARENCE FREY
December 25, 1886 - December 8, 1976
Joseph C. Frey, 89, dies in Hamilton
Joseph C. Frey, a Bitter Root miner and rancher,
died Wednesday at Valley View Estates at age 89. He was born
December 23, 1886 at Elgin, Illinois. He married Bertha Sticka at
Albion, Nebraska in 1909, and the couple lived in Butte for 21
years. They then moved to the Hamilton area and lived here for 30
years. Mr. Frey was a member of the Catholic Church.
Mrs. Frey died July 16. Survivors include three
sons, Ed of Hamilton; Richard, Great Falls, and Phalen, Boulder
Colorado; four daughters, Alice Rock and Rachel Bailey, both of
Livingston; Marcella Leigh of Butte and Wilma Worth of Las Vegas,
Nevada; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the
Dowling chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday
in St. Francis Church in Hamilton with the Rev. James Burns
officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Holy Cross
Cemetery in Butte.
The Western News, December 9, 1976
CHRIS V. FROEHLICH
April 15, 1905 - May 24, 1985
Chris V. Froehlich, 80, of Missoula, died Friday
in a local hospital from natural causes. He was born April 15, 1905
in Richardton, ND, to Wendlin and Frances Froehlich. He moved to
Hamilton in March 1920 with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two
brothers, Michael and John. He is survived by his wife, Adelyne,
Missoula; three sons, Fred Froehlich, Helena, Jim Froehlich, Bonner,
and Steve Froehlich, Richland, Washington; three daughters, Delores
Hovey, Spearfish, SD, Margaret Murdock, Bellevue, Washington, and
Kathy Bradley, Cut Bank, three sisters, Rose Lanz, Mandan, ND,
Amelia Geddes, Apache Junction, AZ, and Katherine See, Hamilton;
four brothers, George Froehlich, Missoula, Pete Froehlich, Anaconda,
Matt Froehlich, Helena; 22 grandchildren and four great
Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted
Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in
Missoula. Cremation has taken place at Sunset Memorial Park.
Arrangements are under the direction of Squire Simmons & Carr
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, May 28, 1985, page 2
LULA MARIE FROEHLICH
Mrs. Froehlich Passes Away, Anaconda Rites
Funeral rites will be conducted in Anaconda for
Mrs. Peter (Lula Marie) Froehlich, former valley woman who died
Wednesday at St. Ann's Hospital in Anaconda.Mrs. Froehlich was the
granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Kyle of Darby.
Survivors include the husband of Anaconda, sons, Gary Froehlich of
Seattle and Loren E. Kraft of Woodland, WA; step children, Mrs. Bob
Christ of Missoula, Mrs. Don Sawyer of Sangus, CA, and Donald
Froehlich of Stevensville. Aunts in Hamilton are Mrs. Inez Wheeler
and Mrs. Edna Kyle. Neal Kyle of Como area is a cousin.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, June 6, 1968
MARTHA HIXON FROEHLICH
September 26, 1914 - July 20, 1981
Martha Froehlich, age 66, passed away early
Saturday morning in a Stevensville nursing home. She was born
September 26, 1914 in Hamilton, daughter of James and Bessie Marcum
Hixon. She attended school in Hamilton. She married Pete Froehlich
May 11, 1931.
She is survived by four daughter, Betty J.
Duncan, Sheridan, Wyoming; Frances Crist, Missoula; Lorraine
Driscoll, Ogden, Utah; and Roberta Edwards, Ft. Worth, Texas; one
son, Donald, of Stevensville; two brothers, Wesley Hixon, Eureka,
California; Francis Hixon, Susanville, California; 21 grandchildren
and 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at
10 a.m. at the Whitesitt Chapel. Interment will be at the Riverview
Cemetery in Stevensville.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, July 20, 1981, page 4
March 12, 1867 - October 25, 1955
Mrs. Rosie Froehlich Rites Tomorrow
Stevensville - Funeral services for Mrs. Rosie Froelich, 91, who
died Tuesday, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday by the Rev.
Clifford Christianson from the Whitesitt Mortuary. Burial will be in
the Tree Mile Cemetery.
Born March 12, 1867, she came to Montana in 1897,
locating with her first husband, James L. Brown, in the Three Mile
area. Mr. Brown died July 1917 and she married Curt Froelich, who
died in 1931.
Mrs. Froelich is survived by 176 relatives who
include four sons, John and William Brown, Stevensville; Walter
Brown, Deer Lodge, and Lafe Brown, Phoenix, AZ; a foster son, Harold
Thornburg, Anaconda; three daughters, Mrs. Octavo Brechbill and Mrs.
Rosie Good, Stevensville, and Mrs. Florence Wood, Kalispell, 49
grandchildren, 107 great grandchildren and 12 great great
Ravalli Republican, Wednesday, October 26, 1955
FRANCES KUNTZ FROELICH
September 17, 1873 - January 31, 1937
Mrs. W. Froelich, Resident of Hamilton For Many Years Succumbed
Local Lady Died Sunday in Garden City Hospital After Short Sick
Spell; Had Many Relatives
Mrs. Wendeln Froelich passed away at a Missoula
hospital Sunday after spending a week there receiving medical
treatment. The Froelich family have been Hamilton residents since
1919 and are well known in this section. Mrs. Froelich was born
September 17, 1873 at Spaier, Russia, and came to Mandan, ND with
her parents. She ws united in marriage to Mr. Froelich in 1892, and
lived in North Dakota until coming to Hamilton about 17 years ago.
Surviving relatives include the husband, three
daughters, seven sons, three brothers and three sisters. The
daughters are: Mrs. Sam See of Missoula, Mrs. Frank Lautz of Glen
Ullin, ND, and Mrs. Albert Hunt of Yakima, Washington. The sons are:
William and Peter Froelich of Hamilton, George John and Chris
Froelich of Missoula, Matthew Froelich of Deer Lodge and Michael
Froelich of Lemon SD. The sisters are: Mrs. Frank Dauenhauer of
Yakima, Washington, Mrs. John Fleck of Selfridge, SD, and Mrs. J.
Hiltzentagen of St. Paul, Minnesota. The brothers are Leo, Michael
and Matthew Kuntz of Glen Ullin, ND.
Rosary services for Mrs. Froelich were held Tuesday night at 8
o'clock at the Lucy Chapel in Missoula by the Knights of Columbus.
Funeral rites were conducted yesterday forenoon at 9:30 o'clock at
St. Francis Xavier Church and interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, February 4, 1937, page 1
LILLIAN MEYERS FROGGE
October 15, 1865 - April 20, 1950
FUNERAL RITES FOR AMY FROGGE HELD MONDAY IN HAMILTON
Funeral services for Amy Lillian Frogge,
Corvallis matron and long time valley resident who died Thursday,
were held Monday afternoon at the Dowling chapel with the Rev. Jesse
Dove and the Rev. Roger Robison of Corvallis officiating. Burial was
in Corvallis cemetery and pallbearers were Paul Lear, Gilbert
Chaffin, Glenn Chaffin, Milford Cobb, Lee Simmons and Gene Lear.
Mrs. Frogge died in Daly hospital here Thursday
evening following a short illness following a heart ailment. She had
been active in church and other Corvallis community life until a
week before she was stricken.
Mrs. Frogge was the former Amy Lillian Meyers and
was born October 15, 1865, in Greensburg Mo. She was married in
Greensburg on March 3, 1887, to D. R. Frogge, who preceded her in
death in 1926. The Frogge’s came to Montana in 1890, and settled on
a ranch in the Willow creek district south-east of Corvallis where
they lived for many years. They later sold the ranch and moved to a
small farm a half mile south of town before moving in to Corvallis
where Mrs. Frogge operated a variety store for several years. Mr.
Frogge was an early day teacher in the valley.
The deceased matron was a member of the Baptist
church, the Corvallis Woman’s club, Ladies Aid of the Community
church and the Bitter Root Fifty-Year club. She was a lover of
flowers and seldom missed taking a bouquet to her church each
Survivors are two daughters and a son-in-law,
Mrs. Dean O. Cobb and Mr. and Mrs. Del Brisbin, Corvallis; a sister,
Mrs. M. L. Chaffin, Corvallis; a brother, W. R. Meyers, Missoula;
two grandsons, Orion Cobb, Corvallis and LaVern Cobb, Inglewood,
Calif; six great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a
sister-in-law, Mrs. Robert Meyers, Corvallis.
The Western News, April 25, 1950
JASPER N. FROGGE
Valley Old-Timer Jasper Frogge Died Yesterday At Hospital
May 3, 1875 - April 8, 1959
Gone from this world is Jasper Frogge. He died
Wednesday, April 8, at 7:45 a.m. at Daly Memorial Hospital where he
ahd been a patient for one week. He will be missed very much by
friends, may of whom he had in the Corvallis and Hamilton
communities, where he had made his home since coming to the Bitter
Root valley in 1902 from Missouri. Funeral services will be held at
two o’clock Monday afternoon at Dowling chapel with Rev. D.G. Reese
officiating. Thereafter, the remains will be taken to Corvallis
cemetery for interment in the family plot. Those who will serve as
pallbearers are George Rummel, Claude Collier, Miles Romney, Robert
Johnson, Roy Thomas, and Dugan Smith.
Jasper N. Frogge was born May 3, 1875 at
Greensburg, MO. He came to this valley as a young man of 27 years
and immediately engaged in the pursuit of agriculture. He was
married October 30, 1906 at Corvallis to Louella Strange. The
marriage was performed by T.B. Regan. Attendants were Fronia Frogge
and Charles G. Johnson.
Mr. and Mrs. Frogge farmed southeast of Corvallis
for a number of years and then acquired farm property just west of
Corvallis which they operated for many years until she passed away
March 26, 1943. They became parents of two daughters, both of whom
survive. The daughters and their husbands, all here for the last
rites are Mr. and Mrs. Roy (Idell) Hardin of Tacoma, Wash, and Mr.
and Mrs. George (Laurene) Logan of Hamilton. There are three
grandchildren: Douglas and Marilyn Logan and Roberta Hardin. Sisters
who survive are Mrs. Lora E. Myers, Kirksville, MO and Mrs. Tamson
Veatch, Des Moines, Iowa. There are also numerous nieces and nephews
but only two are former Bitter Root residents. They are Mrs. Del
Brisbin, Toppenish, Wash, and Mrs. Margaret S. Cobb, Inglewood, Cal.
Other relatives include Miss Esther Veatch and Virgil Veatch, who
with their mother, Mrs. Tamson Veatch visited in Hamilton last June
with Mr. Frogge, and a nephew, Parker Smith, who with his wife, came
here last August from Los Angeles to visit with Mr.
Following his wife’s death in 1943, he continued
his farm’s operation, personally and by lease until November 6, 1944
when he sold the property to the late Alva Whitesitt who in turn
sold the farm to its present owner, William Severns.
Known to his friends by the familiar appellation
of “Jap,” Mr. Frogge was a well known and liked citizen after he
adopted Hamilton as his home in late 1944. He frequented various
businesses establishments and carried on a constant quest for
information of the daily events among those he met. His thirst for
knowledge of the news of the day, no matter if it be of local
character or of great moment from beyond the Bitter Root horizon,
was always evident. He simply wanted to know the facts of life and
proved to be a very well informed man on public affairs.
At least one thousand time he has asked the WN “how do things
look?” and in this particular instance he was referring to the
fortunes of the Democratic party of which he was a staunch
supporter. If the reply was that things looked good, “Jap” would
smile contentedly; if things looked bad, he shook his head and
mumbled something about the incomprehensible failings of mankind. If
“Jap ever strayed to vote for a Republican, it is not a matter of
Mr. Frogge was a good citizen, a fine husband and
father, a true friend, an outstanding success as a farmer. He never
obtruded himself into the affairs of others, but was thoughtful of
others,a nd permitted this remembrance of others to make him
tolerant of their viewpoints, even though they might be
diametrically opposed to his own.
The Western News, April 8, 1959
LUELLA STRANGE FROGGE
November 23, 1884 - March 26, 1943
Corvallis Matron Taken By Death
Mrs. Ella Frogge, 58, native of the Corvallis
community, died about 8:30 a.m. Friday. She had been in ill health
for several years but her condition became worse about six weeks ago
and she went to the hospital a week ago for an operation.
She was born November 23, 1884 at the ranch home
of her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Strange, near
Corvallis, and her present home is about a half mile from where she
Survivors include her widower, Jasper, Corvallis;
daughter, Mrs. George Logan, who went to Portland, Oregon with her
husband about five weeks ago, and Mrs. Roy Hardin, Portland; sister,
Mrs. M.L. Kelly, Hamilton, and brothers, William Strange, Hamilton;
James Strange, Arlington, Oregon, and Luke Strange, ElMonte,
California, and one grandson.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon.
Ravalli Republican, April 1, 1943
LUCINDA HARRIS FULKERSON
February 7, 1857 - July 26, 1904
Tragic Death Near Victor
Mrs. Monroe Fulkerson Thrown from her Buggy Yesterday Evening by an
Unruly Horse and Death Resulted in a Few Minutes
Mrs. Monroe Fulkerson was thrown from her buggy
last evening near Victor and sustained injuries from which she died
in a few minutes. In company with her son, Ray Fulkerson, she was
driving from Victor to the Fulkerson ranch north of that town. Where
the ditch from the Frank Tudor ranch crosses the road near the Clark
ranch and the road that leads to the Victor Cemetery, they met
Alexander Duffield, station agent at Victor. Mr. Duffield was
driving across the bridge over the ditch at the time of meeting and
for some unexplained reason the horse which was being driving by Ray
Fulkerson began rearing and and plunging. In an effort to avoid a
collision with the Duffield carriage, the boy pulled the horse our
of the road to the side of the land. The horse jumped the ditch and
when the front wheels of the buggy ran into the ditch, the occupants
were thrown from the buggy.
Mrs. Fulkerson was immediately placed in the
Duffield carriage and driven to Victor, where she was placed in the
Fulkerson store and Dr. T. H. Hanbidge was called. Everything
possible was done to save her life, but she lived only about twenty
minutes after reaching the store.
The horse continued running after crossing the
ditch and was not recovered last night. The animal was of a spirited
and excitable nature and had on several occasions run away. Monroe
Fulkerson had several times narrowly escaped injury while driving
The funeral services will be held tomorrow
afternoon at 2 o’clock., Rev. D.B. Price of Stevensville
officiating. Mrs. Fulkerson ws a native of the Bitter Root and one
of the oldest inhabitants. She was born at Fort Owen at the northern
edge of Stevensville, February 7, 1857. Thirty one years ago she was
united in marriage to Monroe Fulkerson and several children have
blessed the union. The tragedy caused universal sympathy for the
bereaved family and sorrow for the loss of a worthy life. Miss Maude
Fulkerson, a daughter, is prostrated by grief.
Stevensville Register, July 27, 1904
ALTHA BOWEN FUNDENBERGER
September 17, 1887 - December 31, 1963
MRS. FUNDENBERGER TAKEN BY DEATH DECEMBER 31 - STEVI RITES.
Funeral services will be Friday afternoon at the
Whitesitt chapel in Stevensville for Mrs. Elmer (Altha)
Funderberger, 76, of Stevensville who died at Daly hospital December
31 after a long illness.
She was a native of Lafayette, Iowa, married
Elmer Fundenberger in 1908 in Rapid City, South Dakota, where they
homesteaded. They came to Stevensville in 1916. In 1938, they built
a motel which she operated until ill health forced her retirement in
1962. He died that same year.
Surviving are sons Kenneth of Stevensville and
Lyle of Las Vegas; and three grandchildren.
The Western News, January 1, 1964
December 23, 1885 - July 9, 1962
Elmer Fundenberger Rites Saturday in Stevensville
Stevensville - Final Rites for Elmer Fundenberger, 77, are
tentatively set for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Whitesitt Funeral
Home. Mr. Fundenberger died Monday night in a local rest home.
Reverend Earl Matson will conduct the services and burial will be in
A resident of the Stevensville area since 1916,
Mr. Fundenberger was born December 23, 1885 at Fort Scott, Kansas.
He lived on a ranch until 1938 when he moved to town and built a
service station and motel which he operated for several years. He
married Altha Bowen June 30, 1908 in Rapid City, SD.
Surviving besides the widow are 2 sons, Lyle, Las
Vegas, NV and Kenneth, Conner; 3 sisters, Mrs. Catherine Arnold,
Parsons, KS, Mrs. Callie Kleth, Ft. Scott, KS, and another sister in
OK; 3 brothers, Ray, Hutchinson, KS, Jake, Mapleton, KS, and
William, Shawnee, KS, and 3 grandchildren.
Ravalli Republic, July 11, 1962