April 26, 1919 - September 28, 1990
Albert C. Haack, 71, of Hamilton, died Friday at
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital of apparent heart failure. He was born
on April 26, 1919 in King City, MO, the son of Albert Julius and
Mary Ellen Cooper Haack.
Mr. Haack worked for the railroad before entering
the US Navy during World War II. On August 17, 1943, he married
Elsie M. Daly in Omaha, Neb. Following his discharge from the Navy,
the couple ranched in Otter, Mont, moved to Hamilton in 1950 where
they continued to farm. In 1955, Mr. Haack went to Work for
Fullerton’s Plumbing and Heating and worked there until 1976.
Survivors include his wife. Elsie. of the family
home in Hamilton; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryal and Nick Brown
of Spokane, Wash.; a son and daughter-in-law, D Carter and Jenny
Haack of Ocean Park, Wash.; three sisters, Juanita Potter of
Gillette, Wyo., Dixie Lewis of Stanberry, MO., and Georgie Baslee of
Sedalia, MO; five grandchildren, Pamela, Dawn, and Douglas Brown,
and Brooke, Haack and Johnny Rae Clifford; and several nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons and one
Services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at
Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Richard Kiessling officiating.
Interment will follow at the Riverview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be
Ernie Pfyffer, Don Fullerton, Bud Ruark, Leroy Brooks, Vern Fadness
and Ren Cleveland. Honorary pallbearers will be Willard Rasmussen,
John Guse, Wes Cook, and Gene Vining.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, October 1, 1990
DAVID ARLIE HAACKE, Jr
October 7, 1990 - December 29, 1990
David A. Haacke, 2 1/2-month old son of David and
Sherry Haacke of Ronan, died of apparent crib death December 29 at
the family home in Adak, Alaska. The Haackes are stationed with the
US armed forces there.
Survivors include his parents, paternal
grandparents, Can and Eileen Haacke of Darby; maternal grandparents,
Bob and Lucille Herber of Bay City, MI; a maternal great
grandmother, Ruby Haacke of Stevensville; and several other
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the
Darby First Baptist Church. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the
church with the Rev. Alan Maki officiating. Burial will follow at
Lonepine Cemetery in Darby under the direction of Daly-Leach Chapel
Ravalli Republic, January 7, 1991
MARY LOUISE ELLIOTT HAGYARD
May 29, 1876 - December 21, 1910
DEATH CLAIMS MRS. HAGYARD AT PORTLAND WEDNESDAY
A telegram received late Wednesday night brought
the sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. E. W. Hagyard at her home
in Portland, Ore. Dissolution occurred at 9 a. m., December 21, and
was caused by typhoid fever. Mrs. C. B. Hart, mother of Mrs.
Hagyard, who left here December 14, was with her daughter several
days before her death. The funeral will be held at Portland.
Mrs. Louise Elliott Hagyard, wife of Dr. E. W.
Hagyard, was born 34 years ago in what is now Hart addition to
Hamilton and passed most of her life in the Bitter Root valley,
although she had resided the past ten years in Kentucky and Oregon.
She was a lady of sweet and kindly disposition and most exalted
character, who endeared herself to all. She is survived by her
husband, one son aged ten and two little daughters; mother, sister
and other relatives who have the heartfelt sympathy of this entire
community in their great bereavement.
The Western News, Friday, December 23, 1910, p. 1, c. 3
Contributed by: Laurance B. VanMeter
HATTIE BELLE SEE HAINLINE
DEATH OF MRS. HAINLINE
Funeral Held Wednesday Morning at Home of Parents on Sleeping Child
After an illness of nine weeks with cancer, Mrs.
Hattie Belle Hainline died Sunday at the home of her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. F.V. See, on Sleeping Child creek. The deceased was a
native of the Bitter Root Valley and she was 31 years of age. She
leaves three children, a girl and two boys, and five brothers,
Wilbur, Henry, Calvin, Sam, and Peter See, and three sisters, Mrs.
Dressel, Mrs. May Robertson and Miss Rebecca See. The funeral was
held at the home of her parents Wednesday morning by Rev. O.W. Jones
and the interment was in Grantsdale Cemetery.
The Western News, April 18, 1916, page 1
Willard Hall, former Corvallis Area Longtime Resident Taken
June 12, 1892 - August 3, 1973
Funeral services were held on Monday morning at
Dowling chapel for Willard Hall, 81, longtime Corvallis area
resident who died at Daly hospital August 3 at 1 p.m. following a
long illness with emphysema. Interment was in Corvallis cemetery
with Masonic ritual. Pallbearers were Donald Holloron, Robert
Holloron, Walter Bernard, Thomas Jenkins, Clarence Hunter, and
Willard Hall was born June 12, 1892 in Mexico,
MO, son of Ehilu and Eliza Elma (Herring) Hall. The family came to
the Bitter Root in 1902. His marriage to Lola Wing took place May
29, 1919 in Corvallis. They farmed and ranched northeast of
Corvallis until moving to Hamilton in 1972. Mr. Hall was a member of
Corvallis Masons, Corvallis Grange and American Legion. He served in
the army during WWI from june 1918 until being mustered out December
Surviving beside the widow at Hamilton and many
friends is a son, Roscoe, Corvallis; brother, Paul, Newport Beach,
Calif; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Mr. Hall was preceded in by his brother, Guy,
October 17, 1957, and a small brother many years ago and by a
sister, Mrs. W.J. (Rocena) James May 9, 1966.
Abstract from The Western News, August 6, 1973
ROBERT DALE HAMBLEN
October 6, 1929 - July 9, 1990
Robert D. Hamblen, 60, of Darby, died of an
apparent heart attack Monday at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in
Hamilton, He was born October 6, 1929 in Bismarck, ND, to Lee and
Cora Hamblen. He was educated in North Dakota.
On October 9, 1965, he married Marlene Williams
at Seattle, Wash. The couple moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 1971.
Bob worked as a logger in the Darby area and enjoyed being outdoors.
He was a former rodeo contestant.
Among the survivors are his wife of Darby; three
sons, Kenneth of Hamilton, Michael and Steven, both of Darby; two
brothers, Gerald of Marysville, Wash. and Richard of Ellensburg,
Wash.; a sister, Jeanne Helmer of Salem, Ore.; and two grandsons.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday at
the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton. Graveside services will be 2 p.m.
Saturday at the Lone Pine Cemetery in Darby.
Ravalli Republic, July 11, 1990
DR. T.H. HANBIDGE
March 30, 1856 - December 1, 1942
Funeral services for Dr. T.H. Hanbidge, 85,
early-day western Montana physician, were held in the Victor
Community church as 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. The Rev. Frazer
MacDonald officiated. He died of old age and complications Tuesday
afternoon at his home in Darby. Officers of the Victor Masonic
lodge, of which Dr. Hanbidge was a charter member, were in charge of
Dr. Hanbidge was born March 30, 1856 in Ontario,
Canada, and had lived in the valley since 1890. He established a
practice in Victor and in 1897 went to London, England, for
additional study in his profession. After completing his work, he
returned to the valley, again making his home in Victor. He had
lived in Darby for the last 12 years. His widow, Elizabeth, Darby
and daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Cuculich, San Pedro, California,
Ravalli Republican, December 3, 1942
March 1, 1871 - March 26, 1951
Hessie Hannon Early Settler Of the Valley Passes Away
Graveside funeral services were conducted in Lone Pine cemetery at
Darby Wednesday morning for Hessie Warren Hannon, widow of the
late T.B. “Bent” Hannon. Rev. R.J. Kennedy officiated at the
services. Those who served as pallbearers were Earl Matteson, Curtis
Matteson, Tan Wolfinbarger, Frank Cosper, E.E. Hart, and William
Mrs. Hannon was born March 1, 1871 at Pineville,
Mo. In 1897 she came to Montana and was married at Missoula February
4, 1897 to Mr. Hannon. They lived south of Darby in the Chaffin ceek
Mr. and Mrs. Hannon are survived by three
daughters and twon sons, and by ten grandchildren. the children are
Mrs. Forest Cooper, Ravalli County Superintendent of Schools, of
Darby; Mrs. Oswald Berg, Lennep, Montana, mrs. Ludwig Wan, Somers,
Montana, Hamp and perry Hannon, both of Darby. Mrs. Hannon is also
survived by a brother, Lewis Warren of Enumclaw, Washington.
Abstract from The Western News, March 22, 1951
FRED BURTON HANSON
June 18, 1892 - June 17, 1969
FRED B. HANSON, 77, CORVALLIS, TAKEN BY DEATH THIS MORNING.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 pm at
the Dowling Chapel for Fred B. Hanson, 77, longtime Corvallis
resident who died this morning at 12:40 at Daly hospital following a
heart attack suffered at his home Friday. Interment will be in
Corvallis Cemetery. Rev. Loy Estes will officiate.
Fred Burton Hanson was born June 18, 1892 at
River Falls, Wisconsin, a son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Hanson. He
married Mabel Megorden June 14, 1916 at River Falls. They moved to
Corvallis in 1944.
Surviving beside his widow is the
daughter-in-law, Mrs. Burton Hanson, Albany, Oregon; grandsons Gary
and Dean; sister, Mrs. Carl Nelson, Denver; brother, Leslie Hanson,
River Falls. Mrs. Burton Hanson arrived Monday to visit the Hansons
and Gary and wife, Pamela (Sutherland) were visitors last weekend.
Mr. Hanson was preceded in death by the couple's only son, Burton,
who died at the age of 44 on March 19, 1962 at Albany, Oregon.
Abstract from: The Western News, June 17, 1969
MABEL MEGORDEN HANSON
June 15, 1891 - January 15, 1985
RETIRED CORVALLIS TEACHER DIES.
Mabel Megorden Hanson, 87, a retired Corvallis
teacher, died Monday at Albany, Oregon. She was born June 15, 1891,
at Altoona, Wisconsin, where she graduated from River Falls Normal
School. She married Fred Hanson there on June 4, 1916.
In 1944, the couple moved to Corvallis where Mrs.
Hanson taught junior high school for 10 years. Mr. Hanson died in
1969. In 1971, Mrs. Hanson moved to Albany to live with her
daughter-in-law. She was a member of the Corvallis Methodist Church
and the Corvallis Eastern Star.
Survivors include a brother, George Megorden,
Indianapolis, Indiana; two sisters, Sadie Lovell and Olga Titts,
both of River Falls; two grandsons, and two great-grandchildren. The
funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Dowling Chapel in
Hamilton. The Rev. Monroe Wilcox will officiate, and burial will be
in the Corvallis Cemetery.
Ravalli Republic, January 17, 1979
KRESTANE C. HARDING
Aurust 11, 1864 - April 4, 1946
Burial Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton, MT
Wife of James Monroe Harding
Mrs. Harding Buried in Hamilton Plot
Hamilton, Aug. 17 - Funeral services of the Adventist faith
were held at the Dowling chapel by the Rev. R. L. Badgly of Missoula
for Mrs. Krestane C. Harding. Burial was in the family plot of
Riverview cemetery. Mrs. Harding died Sunday at the home of her son,
Hennis, at Wapato, Wash., a few days alter arriving there for a
visit with him and her daughter, Mrs. Martha Lamb.
She had lived in the Hamilton community, mainly
on a west side farm, since 1893, coming here two years after her
marriage to James M. Harding in July, 1891. Others of her family to
attend the services were the sons, Albert of Seattle, Earl of
Hamilton, and the daughters, Mrs. Mary Unrue of Alder, and Florence
Harding of Hamilton.
1864 - February 2, 1934
Stevensville Matron Passes Friday Evening
Mrs. W.W. Harper, 70, died at her home here Friday
evening following an illness of two months. Funeral services were
held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Federated Methodist
church, with Rev. H.B. Ricketts officiating, assisted by Rev. John
Hall of the Baptist Church. Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery.
Mrs. Harper was born at Spring Valley, Minn in
1964 and came to the Bitter Root valley from South Dakota in 1922.
Her husband died here three years ago.
The Western News, February 8, 1934, page 5
December 12, 1877 - May 11, 1950
Dennis Harrington Funeral Services Held Here Monday
Requiem Mass for Dennis D. Harrington was said by the Rev. M.J.
Donohue Monday morning at St. Francis Catholic Church. Burial was in
Riverview Cemetery and pallbearers were William Daw, J. Leonard
Halder, John Psenda, Ed Dewitt, Delbert Davenport, and Steven
Mr. Harrington passed away Thursday at his ranch
home a mile and a half north of Darby following a long illness. He
was born December 12, 1877 in County Cork, Ireland. For the past 49
years he had lived in Montana. The family lived first at Butte and
later moved to the Stevensville area. The Harringtons had lived in
the Darby community for the past two years.
Survivors are his widow, Mary, Darby; five
daughters, Mrs. Mary Hanley, Chicago; Mrs. Ralph Sharp, Thompson
Falls; Mrs. Murray Daw, Darby; Mrs. John Huggins, Conner; Miss
Evelyn Harrington, Darby; two sons, Dennis E. and Gerald, both of
Missoula; a sister, Mrs. Nora Sullivan, Butte; and a brother,
Cornelius Harrington, Seattle. All the sons and daughters were here
for the last rites.
The Western News, Thursday, May 18, 1950, page 1
NELLIE VELLATE JENSEN HARRINGTON
January 27, 1916 - July 5, 1959
Mrs. Harrington Rites in Missoula
Stevensville - Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie Vellate Harrington,
43, Salmon, Idaho, former Stevensville resident, who died in Salmon
Saturday, will be held in Missoula Wednesday at 3 p.m. burial will
follow in Missoula Cemetery, Mrs. Harrington was found dead of a
gunshot wound. An inquest was scheduled in Salmon.
She was born January 27, 1916 in Downey, Idaho, and moved to
Stevensville in 1937, moving to Salmon in 1957. She was a member of
the Latter Day Saints Church.
Survivors include her widower, James; two daughters in Salmon; her
mother, Mrs. James Jensen, Missoula; sons, Harold and Lamarr,
Salmon; sisters, Mrs. Opal Work, Greenough, Mrs. Melba Eggers,
Missoula; Mrs. June Hill, Fairfield; Mrs. Gerald Engebretson and
Mrs. JoAnn Stewart, Missoula; brothers, Lloyd Jensen, Choteau; James
Fertig and Dorse, Castroville, california, and several nieces and
Ravalli Republican, July 7, 1959
E. WARREN HARRIS
1820 - 1881
(Father of Mary Shipman Harris Ellott Hart )
(First Husband of Pollie Lewis Harris Fann)
The funeral of E. W. Harris at Skalkaho last Thursday was quite
largely attended. The services were conducted by Rev. Cook.
Mr. E. W. Harris, whose death is recorded this
week in the proper column, is one of the oldest settlers of
Skalkaho, coming here ten years since, and was one of the founders
of what is now known as the ‘Big Corral.’ He was a native of
New York, and in 1857 removed west to Indiana, where he resided till
1871-- thence he emigrated [sic] to Montana. For several
seasons past, Mr. Harris has gone up late Deer Lodge county among
the wool-growers, as a sheep-shearer, at which industry he was quite
well known throughout the Territory. Last spring he received a
stroke of paralysis, and has since since lain upon his back in a
helpless condition. Death relieved him on the 8th instant.
The Weekly Missoulian, Missoula, MT, Friday, June 17, 1881, p.3, c.
Contributed by: Laurance B. VanMeter
LEWIS (LEW) HARRIS
April 4, 1865 - December 11, 1946
Lew Harris, 81, Passes At Home In Stevensville
Stevensville - Lew Harris, 81, died at his home here Wednesday
morning following an extended illness. A native of the Bitter Root,
he had resided here for 71 years. He was born April 4, 1865 at
the family homestead, which later became known as the old Cooney
ranch, In 1897, he married Mrs. Ella Coleman and for about 10 years
they lived at Phillipsburg.
He is survived by a son, Earl, Missoula; daughter, Maude,
Stevensville; stepson, Al Coleman, Stevensville; stepdaughter, Mrs.
Myrtle Wallin, Stevensville, brother, George, Victor and one
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at the Dowling
chapel, the Rev. C.R. Martin officiating. Burial will be in the
Stevensville cemetery. Pallbearers will be Earl Buck, Jeff Battles,
Andrew McNett, Ed Chittim, D.C. Lockridge and D.H. Carpenter.
Ravalli Republican, December 13, 1946
ROSELLA EPPS COLEMAN HARRIS
January 31, 1870 - June 3, 1943
Mrs. Louis Harris Funeral Saturday
Funeral services for Mrs. Lou Harris were held here Saturday
afternoon at the Dowling chapel and burial was at Maplewood
cemetery. Mrs. Harris was 73 years old. She was born at Council
Bluffs, Iowa, January 31, 1870, and came to Stevensville from Idaho
in 1899. Since has made her home in this locality since.
She is survived by her husband and two sons, Earl
Harris of Missoula and Al Coleman of Stevensville and by two
daughters, Miss Maude Harris and Mrs. Myrtle Wallin, both of
Stevensville. There is a brother, Ben Mann, of Perma.
The funeral services were conducted by the Reverend L.S. Michaelson.
The pallbearers were Earl Buck, Earl Redding, E.F. Lockridge, George
Wickham, Jr., Glenn Williams and Marion Perry.
Northwest Tribune, June 10, 1943
THOMAS W. HARRIS
Thomas W. Harris, familiarly known as "Uncle Tommy," died at
Stevensville last Friday night, aged 70 years. Mr Harris enjoyed the
distinction of being the oldest white settler in western Montana. He
came to the Bitter Root with Major Owens in 1852. Until a few years
ago, he lived on his ranch at Three Mile but for the last few years
he lived in Stevensville. He leaves six children, four boys and two
girls, all of whom live in the county. The funeral was held Sunday.
The Western News, March 24, 1897, page 4
CHARLES B HART
September 8, 1843 - March 23, 1920
Burial Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton, MT
(Second husband of Mary Shipman Harris Elliott Hart)
Charles B. Hart, Affidavit for Pension, Dept of Interior, Bureau of
Pensions, Washington, DC: date of birth: 8 Sep. 1843, birthplace:
Ludlowville, Tompkins County, NY: date of enlistment: 25 Jul. 1877,
place of enlistment: “A fort located where Hamilton, MT stands,
residence at enlistment: Skalkaho, MT, occupation: rancher: when and
where discharged: disbanded after Big Hole battle, 9 Aug. 1877, in
the Big Hole country; residence since discharge: 1877 to Apr. 1917
at Hamilton, MT, Apr. 1917 to present at Gary, IN; present
occupation: “Retired. Too old for business.”
Contributed by: Laurance B. VanMeter
JESS FRANKLIN HART
March 14, 1899 - August 23, 1979
Jess Hart, 80, dies
Funeral services for Jess Franklin Hart, 80, will
be held at 2 p.m. Monday, August 27, at the Darby LDS Church. Mr.
Hart, the son of John and Arene Hart of Hart Bench, Darby, was born
March 14, 1899.
On November 4, 1843, he married Gladys Trollope
in Hamilton. He ranched in the Little West Fork, worked for the
Forest Service, Fish and Game Department, and mined. He served as a
school trustee at the Baker Creek School.
His parents, three brothers, and three sisters
preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife and two daughters,
Cathy Buker, Victor, and Carol Ann Shultz, Otis Air Force Base,
Mass, eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bishop John Robbins will officiate at the services. Interment will
be in the Lone Pine Cemetery with Eagles graveside services.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, August 24, 1979
MARY SHIPMAN HARRIS ELLIOTT HART
April 1853 - August 17, 1929
(Wife of Lynde Catlin Elliott)
Pioneer of Big Hole Fight Days In Montana Dies
Mrs. Hart Came to State in Seventies; First Husband Was Nez Perce
Hamilton, Mont., August 17 - (Special) - Mrs. Mary Hart, Montana
pioneer, died early today at the Hamilton hospital following a
protracted illness. Mrs. Hart first came to the Hamilton
section in the early seventies and her first husband, Lynde Elliott,
was killed in the battle of the Big Hole, August 9, 1877, when Chief
Joseph and his Nez Perce braves invaded the Bitter Root.
Left with two small daughters, she continued to
live on the homestead and later married Charles B. Hart, also a
veteran of the battle. Mr. Hart died a few years ago.
A daughter, Mrs. Lucy Rogers of Lexington, Ky.,
is the only surviving member of the family and has been here with
her mother for the past week. Mrs. Hart had just returned to
the valley from Lexington where she had been in the habit of
spending her winters for several years. She was 76 years of
Funeral rites will take place Sunday afternoon
from the Dowling chapel and burial will be made in the Riverview
Montana Standard, Butte, MT, Sunday, August 19, 1929, p. 1, c.
Contributed by: Laurance B. VanMeter
JOHN E. HAUF
Friends of Old-Time Bitter Root Valley Ranchman and Orchardist Pay
Men and women from all parts of the Bitter Root
Valley gathered at the Dowling Chapel Saturday afternoon in tribute
to John E. Hauf, veteran Woodside rancher. Rev. F.M. Sanderson
conducted the rites and the active pallbearers were V.L. Shults,
Locha MacRae, Frank Rummel, C.A. Smithey, William Thrailkill, and
Charles W. Smith. Honorary bearers were Joseph Bowden, Robert Myers,
O.L. Kenney, J.W. Smith, Archie McKillop, and J.E. Lockwood.
Interment took place in the Corvallis cemetery. Mr. Hauf's death
occurred Wednesday of last week at his home after a prolonged
Ravalli Republican, May 4, 1939
VIOLET CARROLL HAUGEN
December 27 Rites For Mrs. O.
Haugen Of Corvallis
April 3, 1894 - December 21, 1962
Funeral services will be Thursday at two o’clock
at Dowling chapel for Mrs. Oscar Haugen, 68, of Corvallis who died
December 21 at Daly hospital at 10 p.m, after a short illness. She
suffered a stroke at her home the previous Monday.
Rev. Harold Hingst will officiate and interment
will be in Corvallis cemetery. Pallbearers will be Anfin Anfinson,
Howard Erickson, Virgil Chaffin, Peter Bosket, Donald Goddard, and
Mabel Violet Carroll was born April 3, 1894 in
Lincoln, Nebraska. After her marriage to Oscar Haugen at Minot, ND,
they came to Montana and homesteaded in the eastern part of the
state. They had resided in the east Corvallis farm area for more
than 25 years before moving to Hamilton about a year ago. She was an
orchardist of unusual ability during her years in the Summerdale
community east of Corvallis.
Surviving are the widower; daughters Mrs. John
(Margaret) Powell, Seaside, Oregon, Mrs. Frank (Addaleen) Bosket,
Corvallis; sons Marlin, Kalispell, Marion of Helena and Francis,
Gulfport, Mississippi; brother Earl Carroll whose whereabouts are
presently unknown; sisters Vivian Teschler, Huntington Park, Calif,
Mrs. Ethel Rutledge, Lansford, ND; 14 grandchildren and seven great
The Western News, December 26, 1962
Oscar Haugen, Long A Valley Resident, Died May 9 Here
September 4, 1882 - May 9, 1969
Funeral services were held yesterday at the
Dowling chapel for O.C. Haugen, 86. Death claimed Mr. Haugen at Daly
Hospital on May 9 at 7:40 a.m. He suffered a stroke last Wednesday.
He had been in fair health for his advanced years. He resided at a
Stevensville nursing home. Mr. Haugen was a retired orchardist.
Rev. R.E. Keissling officiated at the rites and
interment was in Corvallis cemetery beside the grave of his late
wife. Pallbearers were Henry Johnson, William Ferguson, Victory
Kearney, Peter Bosket, David Bosket and Faustino Bosket.
Oscar C. Haugen was born September 4, 1882 at
Blair, Wisconsin. His marriage to Mabel Violet Carroll took place
April 3, 1912 in Minot, ND. Afterward, they moved to Montana and
homesteaded in the eastern part of the state. They moved to the
Summerdale district east of Corvallis in 1936 where they operated a
large apple orchard. A year before Mrs. Haugen’s death on December
21, 1962, they had retired and moved into Hamilton.
Surviving are daughters, Mrs. John (Margaret)
Powell, Tillamook, Oregon Mrs. Frank (Adaleen) Bosket, Corvallis;
sons, Marion Haugen, Helena and his twin brother, Martin, Lakeside,
Montana, and Francis Haugen of Gulfport, Mississippi; 14
grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Joe Smith,
The Western News, May 14, 1969
JOHN HENRY HAWKER
November 17, 1852 - October 31, 1938
J.H. HAWKER DIES
Well-known Valley Citizen Buried Yesterday
Retired Farmer of Corvallis Leaves Large Family; Would Soon
Have Reached 86th Birthday.
John H. Hawker, one of the Bitter Root valley's
best-known farmers, died at the Daly Hospital early Monday morning
after an extended illness. He had gradually failed since an illness
last year, which kept him in a hospital patient for a time.
Mr. Hawker had retired from farming a few years
ago but he kept an active interest in his affairs and was often seen
in public in spite of his advanced age. He would have been 86 years
old had he lived until November 16. He was a native of Warren,
Missouri and came to the Bitter Root valley from that town about 48
years ago, settling first in the Girds Creek district east of
Hamilton. Later he purchased Corvallis farm land and had since lived
in that community.
Mrs. Hawker and their sons, John E. of Corvallis,
Clarence of Missoula, and Milburn of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and a
daughter, Mrs. Alvin Whitesitt of Corvallis, and the family members,
with Mrs. Hawker's children by a former marriage, Mrs. C.W. Ward of
Darby, Mrs. Minnie Southmayde of Seattle, Mrs. Myrtle Flowers of
Victor and Emmett Hawker of Corvallis. Two step-daughters are Mrs.
Robert Johnson of Corvallis, and Mrs. Clifton Murchie of Missoula.
Funeral services for Mr. Hawker were held at the
Dowling chapel yesterday afternoon at 2;30 o'clock. Rev. T.B. Reagen
of Corvallis, an old time friend, conducted the last rites and
interment was in the Corvallis Cemetery.
All of Mr. Hawker's sons and daughters were
present for the last services. Friends to act as pallbearers were
L.M. Goodman, W.O. Smith. F.E. Lockridge, Haner Hoblitt, Charles
Clements, and Nels Duncan. An aged sister of Mr. Hawker, Mrs. Fannie
Freeland, lives at Watertown, South Dakota, and she was unable to
come for the funeral.
Ravalli Republican, November 3, 1938, page 1
MARY BURCH HAWKER
August 18, 1854- February 17, 1940
Hawker Rites Friday
Many Friends Attend Funeral of Corvallis Woman at Dowling Chapel;
Home Town Burial
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Hawker was attended by a
large gathering of Bitter Root valley friends. Rev. T.B. Reagan
conducted the services at the Dowling chapel Friday afternoon and
interment was in the Corvallis cemetery. The pallbearers were J.
Clements, John Lamoreaux, Nels Duncan, and O.S. Lockwood.
Mrs. Hawker was an old-time resident of the
Corvallis community and her death occurred there Wednesday of last
week. Her sisters, Mrs. J. D. Byrd of Darby and Mrs. Booth Howatson
of Missoula, and a niece, Mrs. Thomas Melton of Missoula, were among
the relatives to attend the last services.
Ravalli Republican, February 25, 1940
ALDEN MUNROE HAWLEY
A.N. Hawley Dies Here
December 21, 1871 - January 21, 1940
Stevensville Rancher for Twenty Years Succumbs to Long
Illness; Burial in Home Community
A.N. Hawley, rancher at Stevensville for the past
20 years, died at the Daly hospital early Monday after an extended
illness. He was 68 years of age and a native of Fort Collins,
Colorado. Mr. Hawley had been at the hospital for several weeks.
He is survived by his wife. Their home was on the
former Meade ranch near Stevensville. The body was taken to the Fort
Town for interment and the rites were in charge of the Liddel
Ravalli Republican, February 25, 1940
JOHN WILLIAM HAY
July 11, 1850 - December 9, 1929
DEATH OF JOHN HAY; HAD BEEN A RESIDENT OF THE STATE FIFTY-SIX YEARS.
Corvallis, December 11 - John Hay, aged 79 years and a well-known
resident of this place, died Monday at the Thornton Hospital at
Missoula following an illness of 32 days. The body was taken to the
Dowling undertaking parlors in Hamilton to be prepared for burial
and the funeral service which was held here this afternoon.
John Hay was born at Ottawa, Canada, July 11,
1850, of Scotch-Canadian parentage. He came to montana in 1873 and
lived in Butte and Anaconda. In 1890, he was married to Miss Alfreda
Milliron and to them were born six children, all of whom survive.
Twenty-nine years ago, the family moved to Corvallis, purchasing a
ranch a short distance north of town. It was from this home that the
deceased was taken in November to the hospital to be treated for
gangrene. Amputation of one foot became necessary and the patient
stood the operation well. Complications and kidney disorder was the
direct cause of death.
Besides the children, there survives the widow
and six grandchildren. The children are William of Corvallis, Mrs.
James McGillen of Victor, Mrs. Reuben Million of Everett,
Washington, Robert of Deer Lodge, Mrs. Arthur Hauf of Missoula, and
Miss Bessie Hay of Corvallis. Three brothers and two sisters also
survive. They are William and Arthur Hay of Ontario, Robert Hay of
Vancouver, B.C., and Mrs. Jennie McKewen and Mrs. Emily Brunton of
Mr. Hay had been a familiar figure on the streets
of Corvallis every day until his last illness. His jovial nature
made him welcome anywhere and his friends were legion. The funeral
services were conducted by Rev. George MacDougall at the Corvallis
United Church. Interment was in the Corvallis cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, December 12, 1929
March 27, 1876 - March 9, 1952
CLYDE HAYDEN, ADMINISTRATOR, LAWYER, DIES AT GRANTSDALE
Funeral services for Clyde Hayden, who passed
away at his Grantsdale home early Sunday morning, were conducted at
Dowling chapel Tuesday afternoon. Rev. William Stearne officiated
and burial was in the Masonic plot at Riverview cemetery.
Stevensville Lodge No. 28 AF&AM was in charge of the Masonic
graveside services. The pallbearers were Frank Lunceford, Don
McKenna, Curtis Cook, Giles Burch, Harold Taylor, and A.E. Koenig.
He was born March 27, 1876 at Waterloo, Iowa. The
family moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota, where he attended grade
schools and high school. After graduation from Harvard, he practiced
law in Escanaba, Michigan. On August 22, 1906, he was married to
Edith Watson, an Escanaba teacher, at Superior, Wisconsin, and they
lived at Escanaba until illness in the parent's family necessitated
a move back to Albert Lea. Mrs. Hayden survives with a niece in
Texas and two nephews.
Abstract from: The Western News, March 13, 1952
JAMES CLARENCE "CLAIR" HAYNES
June 10, 1874 - February 18, 1943
Last rites for James Clarence "Clair" Haynes, 68,
who came west in a covered wagon, were held Saturday afternoon at 2
o'clock in the Dowling chapel. The Rev. George Lee officiated.
Interment was in the family plot in Riverview cemetery. Pallbearers
were Robert Snow, John Reichel, DeWitt Vial, James Jones, Marshall
Simmons, James Adair.
Mr. Haynes had been in ill health for about three
years. His condition was aggravated by an automobile accident last
summer and he was in the hospital for five weeks prior to his death
He was born June 10, 1874, at Lock Haven,
Pennsylvania, and came west in a covered wagon train with his
parents and nine brothers and sisters and three other families in
1896. They came here from Gann Valley, South Dakota, arriving on
August 5 after a thrilling trip in which they had many unusual
Mr. Haynes worked on the Daly farms for many
years and then bought a ranch in the Blodgett canyon district. His
wife died four years ago. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Edward
Selby, Missoula, former Hamilton resident who was called here about
a week ago by her brother's illness, and Mrs. Mike Niesen, 418 North
Ravalli Republican, February 25, 1943
MARGARET FOWLER HARPER
July 25, 1856 - February 25, 1931
TAKEN BY DEATH. MRS. MARGARET HARPER DIED YESTERDAY MORNING.
Resident of Bitter Root Valley Forty-Two years and a Pioneer
Resident of Hamilton.
Mrs. Margaret Harper died yesterday morning at
the Hamilton hospital following an illness of several weeks, Mrs.
Harper underwent two operations in recent months for relief, but her
advanced years prevented recovery. Her courage through the trials of
her illness was marked and, until the past two days, hope had been
strong for her recovery.
She was one of Hamilton's best known pioneer
matrons and her husband, the late Robert L. Harper, was a figure in
the industrial life of the Bitter Root valley for many years as head
of a lumber industry.
Margaret Fowler was born at Salmon Creek, New
Brunswick, Canada, July 25, 1856, and had she lived until next July,
would have been 75 years of age. She was married to Mr. Harper in
1882 in New Brunswick and seven years later came with him to
Montana, living at Stevensville until 1894 when they moved to
The husband and their only son, Otis Harper, died
several years ago. Miss Laura Harper, secretary at the Interstate
Lumber Company's office, is an only daughter. A brother, George
Fowler, resides at Missoula. The funeral will be held Saturday
afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home on South Third street.
Ravalli Republican, February 26, 1931
JOHN HOWARD HAYES
September 12, 1870 - March 24, 1951
One of the finest men ever to come into the
BitterRoot valley ended his tour on earth at Daly Memorial Hospital
when death took him about 2:55 p.m. Saturday, March 24, He was John
Howard Hayes, who first came to the valley in 1887, and who came
back to the Bitter Root in ‘93 to make it his permanent home. Death
was due to a heart attack.
Funeral services were conducted at the Dowling
chapel in Hamilton Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock with Rev.
Lawrence Roumpf officiating. There after interment was made in
Riverview cemetery beside the grave of the wife of the deceased, who
died March 19, 1939. Also at rest in Riverview cemetery are Mr.
Hayes’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Harrison Hayes. Pallbearers at
the services were Walter Wilson, Jim Wilson, Allen Weeks, Ralph
Hollibaugh, George Vogt Jr, and Marvin Long.
John Howard Hayes was born September 1, 1870 at
Hart, Michigan. He came westward to Montana and arrived in the
Bitter Root valley first in 1887. He worked at the Haycock mill then
operating near Florence, then went to the placer diggings at Welcome
Gulch, east of Stevensville in Granite County where he worked until
going to Phillipsburg, then a boom silver town. He worked there in
the smelter until 1893 when the panic struck the nation, silver
prices broke to nothing and the mines and smelter closed. Mr. Hayes
returned to the BitterRoot where he located.
At Hamilton March 16, 1902, Mr. Hayes was married
to Blanch Jarvis. After they were married, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Hayes
rented part of the old Tom Beavers ranch on Gold Creek south and
west of Hamilton, where they ranched until 1914 when they purchased
the Reimel ranch west of Grantsdale which became the family home.
They operated that ranch until Mrs. Hayes was taken by death and he
continued to make it his home until July 16, 1943 when he sold it to
Howard N. Bates.
The deceased Bitter Root rancher is survived by
four children, five sisters, ten grandchildren, and two great
grandchildren. The children are George Hayes, Superintendent of
schools at Scobey, Montana, John Hayes of Hamilton, Mrs. Ruth
Ventrella, Boise, Idaho, and Mrs. Maude Williams, Sacramento,
California. Another son, Harry, is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. George
Hayes and their daughter, Mrs. Bob Adams of Chester, Montana arrived
in Hamilton Sunday night fir the services as did Mrs. Ventrella and
Rodney Williams, the latter being the husband of Mrs. Maude Williams
who was unable to come here for the last rites. The surviving
sisters are Mrs. Edith Welch of Hamilton, Mrs. Carl Swartz of
Bonner, Mrs. Nell Carter of Butte, Mrs. Charles Gulden, Los Angeles,
mrs. Grace Ward, Manitowac, Wisconsin. A sister, Mrs. Molly Lucal is
deceased, as is the only brother, the late William A. Hayes,
prominent former Hamilton businessman.
Abstract from The Western News, March 22, 1951
GRACE KERLEE HAYWARD
August 20, 1895 - November 12, 1950
GRACE HAYWARD TAKEN BY DEATH. LAST RITES WERE HELD YESTERDAY.
Scores of friends of Grace Hayward gathered at
the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton yesterday afternoon to pay tribute at
funeral services to the well-known Hamilton matron who passed away
in her sleep at the family home in Hamilton early, Sunday, November
12. Rev. Richard R. Price officiated at the services following which
interment was made in Riverview Cemetery. The pallbearers were E.R.
Hammond, Paul Tschache, J.F. O'Donnell, J.D. Taylor, George B.
Taylor, and Albert Nickel. Mrs. Hayward had not enjoyed good health
but her sudden passing was a shock to her family and friends.
Grace Kerlee was born August 20, 1895 at Darby.
She was the youngest child of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Kerlee,
pioneers of the Bitter Root. She was married to Robert Hayward at
Darby June 1, 1911. The Haywards resided at Darby for a number
of years where he practiced medicine before moving his practice and
residence to Hamilton.
Those who survive Mrs. Hayward are her husband,
three daughters, two sons, three sisters, and three brothers. The
daughters are: Mrs. L.H. Prather, who is in Yokohama, Japan, her
husband being with the armed forces in Korea; Mrs. Dorman Newton,
Independence, Oregon; and Mrs. Ronald Bibler, Darby. The sons are
Gordon of Hamilton and Herbert Jr. of San Francisco. The sisters are
Mrs. B.K. Monroe, Mrs. R.L. Henderson, and Floss L. Kerlee. The
brothers are Bert and E.J. Kerlee of Darby, and Ben Kerlee of Salem,
Members of the bereaved family from without the
Bitter Root valley who were here for the funeral rites were Mr. and
Mrs. Herbert Hayward Jr, Mr. and Mrs. Dorman Newton, and Mrs. R.L.
Henderson, and Mrs. Daisy Van Cleave, a cousin, of Missoula.
The Western News, November 16, 1950
Contributed by Helen Bibler
March 17, 1869 - December 8, 1942
Mrs. E.V. Hedges, 73, who came here about two
years ago from Columbus to live with her son-in-law and daughter,
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bay, died at their home at 1 o'clock this morning.
Although she had been seriously ill for the last five weeks, her
death was unexpected.
Mrs. Hedges, as artist, was born March 17, 1869
in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and had spent most of her life in
Columbus where she was one of three women who organized the
Congregational church there.
Besides her daughter, she is survived by a
brother, Fred Burnstead, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and two grandsons,
Robert Hedges, who is somewhere in Alaska with the Army Air Corps,
and Edwin Vance, Montana University student who is awaiting call to
service in the Army Air Corps. Mr. and Mrs. Bay will go to Columbus
Wednesday to make arrangements for funeral services three. Interment
will be beside the grave of her husband. The remains will be sent
there by the Dowling Funeral Home, Hamilton.
Ravalli Republican, December 10, 1942
ELLEN MELINDA GOODMANSON HEGGE
December 21, 1885 - May 6, 1975
Mrs. J.O. Hegge, 89, Corvallis, Taken By Death Tuesday Morn
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Corvallis
Community Church for Mrs. J.O. Hegge, 89 of that town who died
yesterday about 9 a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lloyd
Stevens, with whom she resided for several months. Rev. Robert
Elwell will officiate and interment will be beside the grave of her
late husband in Corvallis Cemetery.
Ellen Melinda Goodmanson was born December 21,
1885 at Paulina, Iowa. She married Joseph Oscar Hegge on March 20,
1907 at Ortonville, Minnesota.. They moved to North Dakota the same
year to homestead and in 1937 moved to a farm on Hamilton Heights.
Retiring in 1949, they moved to Corvallis. Mr. Hegge died March 24,
Surviving are daughters Marlys Stevens, Lilith
Hegge, Portland; Irma Brandt, Carmel, Calif.; sons Alden and Duane,
Missoula; Rev. Myron Hegge, Tacoma, Wash; Vernie, Sierra Vista,
Ariz.; brother Henry Goodmanson, Roseburg, Ore; sisters Minnie
Stebbins, Helena; Luella Stebbins, Lemmon, S. Dak; Nettie Hokanson,
Morristown, S.Dak.; 19 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren. She
was also preceded in death by sons Arlo and Ronald.
The Western News, May 7, 1975
RUTH BYRD HENDRICKS
Airmen Locate Body Of Woman Taken By River. Rites Tomorrow
September 16, 1898 - May 17, 1949
Funeral services will be held at the Dowling
Chapel in Hamilton tomorrow afternoon at two o’clock for Mrs. Ruth
B. Hendricks who came to her death by drowning in the bitter Root
River early Tuesday morning. Rev. Lawrence Roumpf will officiate at
the rites. Interment will be made in Riverview Cemetery. The
pallbearers will be Joseph Haigh, W.H. Deffenbaugh, C.H. Owens,
Harry Robinson, Curtis Cook, Dominick Trucano.
Mrs. Hendricks disappeared from her home west of
Hamilton about five o’clock Tuesday morning. Later her glasses were
found near the center of the river bridge northwest of Hamilton.
Bloodhounds of the Lost Persons Foundation operating under their
owner, George Talbot and Sheriff F.O. Burrell, followed the missing
woman’s trail from her home to the river bridge. It was believed she
had fallen or jumped into the river at this point as the bloodhounds
refused to leave the enter of the bridge in further pursuit of the
trail. This viewpoint was found to be justified when Elton Newell
and Charles Duus located the body in the Bitter Root river near the
source of the Woodside Canal, northeast of the Riverside bridge,
from a plane late Tuesday evening. Sheriff Burrell led a group of
men to the site early yesterday morning and a boat was launched and
the body recovered from the flooded river about 8:15 a.m. The
difficult recovery work was accomplished by Tom Koch, Elton Newell,
Truman Smith and Lawrence Humble.
Mr. Hendricks was born at Snyder, Texas September
16, 1898. She came here about two years ao from Powder River County
south of Miles City. She had been in ill health for some time
suffering from a heart condition. After coming to the Bitter Root,
Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks purchased a residence and small tract of land
west of Hamilton. It is the former Jess Waddell place.
Mrs. Hendricks is survived by her husband,
William; her mother, Mrs. Roxie Byrd, and a daughter, Mrs. june
Yerian, all of Hamilton, and by a son, Wayne Camp, who came to the
Bitter Root recently from Miles City and who was still here when the
The Western News, May 19, 1949
December 26, 1953 - May 2, 1998
William Robert "Bill" Hershey, 44, died Saturday,
May 2, 1998 at his Darby residence. He was born December 26, 1953,
the son of Lloyd and Virginia Carpenter Hershey.
Surviving are his father and stepmother, Robert
Hershey and Bernice Hershey, of Orange County, California; a sister,
Janet and her husband Marty DuBois of Florence; and a niece Jessica
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday,
May 13, at the First Baptist Church in Darby.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, May 7, 1998
April 11, 1892 - January 17, 1914
DEATH OF DAUGHTER. Infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoagland
died Saturday noon.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank V. Hoagland was
saddened on Saturday noon by the death of their daughter,
Elizabeth - a mere infant. For two days, the little girl had been in
a critical condition, but in spite of its seriousness of the dread
disease, it was hoped that she might rally. Her frail constitution,
weakened by former illness, could not withstand the inroads of
pneumonia, however, and the thread of life parted Saturday. The
child was 1 year, 9 months, 6 days old.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 3
o'clock from the home in Pine Grove addition, Rev. J.C. Irwin,
pastor of the Presbyterian Church, conducting the services. There
was a large attendance of friends of the family at the services. The
remains of the child were laid to rest in Riverview Cemetery.
Elizabeth Hoagland was an only daughter in the
home where an older brother could have shielded and protected her
through childhood. Of a bright and happy disposition, the child had
endeared herself to her parents and was loved by all neighbors of
the Hoaglands. The little one's death has left an ache in many
hearts in Hamilton.
Ravalli Republican, January 23, 1914
CARL DANIEL HOBLITT
November 7, 1880 - November 10, 1983
Carl D. Hoblitt, 103, of Darby died Thursday at
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton of natural causes. He was
born November 7, 1880 in Petroskey, Michigan, to Daniel and Amelia
Bailey Hoblitt. At the age of two, he moved with his family to
Minnesota. There he received his education and studied piano as a
In 1899, he came west to Stevensville to visit an
uncle and fell in love with the Bitter Root Valley. He remained in
the valley for the rest of his life. On November 19, 1903, he
married Grace Evelyn Conner in Darby.
He was preceded in death by his wife on April 22,
1965, a son, Dan, three sisters and three brothers. Survivors
include four sons, Carl Hoblitt, Edmonds, Washington; Douglas
Hoblitt and Gene Hoblitt, both of Darby; and Louse Hoblitt,
Hamilton; two daughters, Grace Wetzsteon, Sula, and Julia Doak,
Federal Way, Washington; 19 grandchildren and 23 great
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m.
at the Lone Pine Cemetery in Darby with the Rev. Martin Lien
officiating The family has suggested memorials to a charity of the
donor’s choice. Dowling Funeral Home in Hamilton in in charge of
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, November 14, 1983
ALVINE OLIVE HOFFMAN
November 13, 1895 - February 25, 1931
MRS. HOFFMAN DEAD. SUCCUMBED TO PERNICIOUS ANEMIA YESTERDAY AND
FUNERAL WILL BE HELD TOMORROW AFTERNOON.
Mrs. Alvina Olive Hoffman died yesterday morning
at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Terou, following
several months of illness due to pernicious anemia. Mrs. Hoffman was
born in Butte, Montana November 13, 1895 and had lived in Hamilton
Surviving relatives are her parents, a son,
Alvin, three brothers, William and Roy of Hamilton, Frem of
Enumclaw, Washington; and four sisters, Mrs. Thomas Popham of
Woodside, Mrs. Mary LaFrance, Mrs. Delbert Greenfield, and Miss
Ilene Terou of Hamilton.
The funeral will be held Friday at Odd Fellows'
hall under the auspices of the Latter Day Saints church, of which
she was a member. Burial will be in Riverview cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, February 26, 1931
WILLIAM FREDERICK HOFFMAN
July 29, 1887 - January 13, 1974
W.F. HOFFMAN, 86, MISSOULA, LONG AGO VALLEY RESIDENT TAKEN
William F. Hoffman, 86, Missoula, died January 13
at his Missoula home. Graveside rites were held at Stevensville's
Riverview cemetery January 16 with Squire-Simmons-Carr Funeral Home
in charge. William Frederick Hoffman was born July 29, 1887 in
Surviving beside his widow is a son, Alvin,
Hamilton; daughters, Mary Ford, Missoula; Dorothy Olive, Kalispell;
two sisters, two brothers, five grandchildren and two great
Abstract from: The Western News, January 23, 1974
LAURA JANE BROWN HOLTON
November 15, 1927 - November 18, 1996
Laura Jane Holton, 69, died November 18, 1996 in
Tigard, Oregon. She was born November 15, 1927 in Chaseley, ND. She
was married in Edgar on December 24, 1952. She moved to Oregon in
1971, living first in Corvallis, Oregon, and then moving to Tigard
Surviving are her husband Robert Holton of
Tigard; a daughter, Deborah Holton of Portland, Oregon; two sons,
Robert Holton of Stayton, Oregon; and Doug Holton of Portland,
Oregon; two brothers, George Brown of Corvallis and Bill Brown of
Corvallis; and two sisters, Barbara Brown of Hamilton and Esther
Hogue of Portland, Oregon.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday
at the Calvin Presbyterian Church in Tigard, Oregon.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, November 21, 1996
February 21, 1944 - May 2, 1980
Margaret Anne Hom, 36, died Friday in Portland
following a brief illness. She was born February 21, 1944 in
Hamilton. She graduated from hamilton High school in May of 1962.
She attended college for two years at Montana State University in
Bozeman. She moved to Portland in 1965 where she worked for the
U-Haul Company for two years. In 1967, she went to work for Omark
Saw Chain Co. She was production sales coordinator there.
She is survived by her parents, Harry and Mae Hom
of Hamilton, one brother, Harry Jr. of Springfield, MO; three
sisters, Nancy Lewis of Springfield, OR, Beverly Hom of Portland and
Linda Hom of Missoula.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at
10 a.m. at the Dowling Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Wardell
officiating. Interment will follow at the Riverview Cemetery. The
family suggests contributions to the donors’ choice.
Ravalli Republic, May 6, 1980
(FRANC) MYRON HOPEWELL
June 21, 1965 - November 2, 1996
Francis (Franc) Myron Hopewell, 31, of Corvallis,
died Saturday, November 2, 1996 in a single vehicle accident. He was
born June 21, 1965 in Anaconda. He served with honors in the US Army
from 1983 to 1987. He worked on the family ranch in the Big Hole
Basin for many years.
Surviving are a son, Mark Antone Hopewell of
Flood Wood, Minn.; his parents Ed and Arylin Hopewell of Hamilton
and Laurel Hopewell of Great Falls; three brothers, Matt Hopewell of
Corvallis, Dan Oelrich of Canyon County, Calif., and Jason Oelrich
of Issaquah, Wash.; two sisters, Ginny Love of Harrison, Idaho, and
Maggie Dooling of Dillon; grandparents, Ed Sr. and Virginia Hopewell
of Havre, and Margaret Moeueller of Dillon; uncles, Barney, Burt,
Del and Lew Hopewell, an aunt Doris Winters; and 13 nieces and
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. today at the
Brundage Funeral Home in Dillon. Graveside services will be at 11
a.m. on Thursday at the Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. Local
arrangements are under the direction of the Daly-Leach Chapel.
Ravalli Republic, November 6, 1996
HAROLD LAKE HOLT
February 1, 1888 - March 22, 1937
Harold L. Holt, one of Stevensville's most
prominent business men and the head of Bell and Holt Company, passed
away at his home here early Monday morning. Mr. Holt had been ill
for the past two months, but while unable to attend to his business
in the usual way, he was still able to be about. He consulted
specialists in Missoula and in Seattle. He had just returned from
Seattle last week and while his condition was known to be serious,
the end came quite unexpectedly.
Mr. Holt was born at East Randolph, New York,
February 1st, 1888. He later lived at Columbus where he completed
his academic education in the Columbus schools. He came west to
Spokane where he was engaged in clerical work for some time and then
came to the Bitter Root Valley. Mr. Holt became associated with the
H.O. Bell Company of Missoula and was placed in charge of the
Stevensville branch almost twenty years ago. He became a partner in
this concern and continued as head of the local branch until his
During the years of Mr. Holt's residence here, he
has been an outstanding citizen. He was active, not only in his
business, but he has devoted largely of his time and efforts to
public and community enterprises. For a number of years he has
served as a member of the local school board and as a member of the
local council. He was acting in both these capacities at the time of
his death. Mr. Holt contributed liberally not only of his time but
of his finances to many worthy public undertakings. He was keenly
interested in sports and he leaves a devoted following among the
young people for his activities in promoting athletic sports in the
schools. His liberality and keen interest in public affairs have
characterized him in all his residence here. His passing is a great
loss to the community.
Mr. Holt is survived by his widow and five
children, Harold, Lawrence, Margery, Phillip, and Carrol. Also, his
mother, Mrs. A.H. Holt of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. james K.
Linton, also of Columbus, and L.A. Holt of Seattle, a brother.
Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church this Thursday
afternoon. Reverend John Hall of the Baptist Church will be in
charge. The pallbearers will be George Murray of Hamilton; Holly
Wilkinson of Missoula; W.S. Bailey of Corvallis; James Murphy, Ralph
B. Robinson, and J.M. Pritchard of Stevensville.
The body will lie in state at the Liddell Funeral
Home until noon when it will be taken to the church where it will
like until the funeral hour. All business of the town will be
suspended from 2:00 p.m. during the funeral.
Northwest Tribune, March 25, 1937
LOUIS M. HOOBLER
March 25, 1899 - January 7, 1985
Louis M. Hobbled, 85, of Florence, died Monday of
natural causes in a Missoula nursing home. She was born March 25,
1899, in Humboldt, Iowa. She married Guy M. Eddy in Emmetsburg, Iowa
in 1919. He preceded her in death in 1929. She married Thurlow
Hoobler in 1935 in Illinois.Mr. Hoobler died in 1954.
Survivors include a son, Giles. F. Eddy, Moline,
IL; two daughers, Lois Berstrom, Lolo, and Betty McMaster, Florence;
a sister, Emily Alderman, Streeter, IL; 13 grandchildren, 12 great
grand children, and two great great grandchildren.
Private funeral services will be held Thursday at
Squire Simmons & Carr Funeral Home in Missoula with the Rev.
Gale Fister officiating. Burial will follow at Missoula City
Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Giles Eddy II, Greg McMaster, Wiliam
Bergstrom, Carl Bergstrom, and Dan McMaster.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 11, 1985
MINNIE WHITESELL HOPKINS
August 2, 1882 - February 21, 1959
Darby, Montana - The death of Minnie Whitsell Hopkins took the last
member of the Rufus Whitsell and Martha Jane (King) family of five
who came to the Darby area in 1887 from Garrison.
Mrs. Hopkins parents and her two brothers, Albert and Jeff
were neighbors at Garrison of the three Overturf families who
migrated there from Iowa and later the Bitter Root. The Whit(e)sells
were last to come from Garrison and lived for a time with the Marion
Overturf before locating on a homestead on Rye Creek, the East
Fork. Known as The Whitesell Place for many years and a
stagecoach stop for the Rye Creek settlers, the early Bitter Root
house was a landmark. The ranch and house are now owned by Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Twogood. It has always been a cattle spread.
As a girl Minnie Whitsell rode the range with her
brothers and was a good horse-woman. She was one of the few
early Bitter Root people to survive the Rocky Mountain spotted fever
about 45 years ago before the time of vaccination against the
She married Claude Hopkins, April 4, 1904 and
their home was in the Rye Creek area until his death in May 1959.
Mrs. Hopkins was born at Garrison and was 84 years old. The
Whitsell and Overturf families were all on hand for the
Northern Pacific's driving of the Golden Spike at Garrison in
She is survived by 3 children, Claude, Agnes Griggs and
Babe Olene Metry.
Services for Mrs. Minnie Hopkins will be at 2 p.m Saturday at the
Darby Community Church with the Rev. LeRoy Zavadil
Officiating. Burial will be in the Lone Pine Cemetery.
Contributed by Ann Hopkins
LILA R. HORN
January 18, 1899 - November 4, 1987
Lila R. Horn, 88, a former Bitterroot Valley
resident, living in Jamestown, Calif., died at Sonora convalescent
Hospital in Sonora, Calif, on Wednesday, November 4. Mrs. Horn was
born in Douglas, Wyoming on January 18, 1899. She lived in the
Bitterroot from 1936 until 1955 when she and her husband, jim Horn,
retired from their ranch on Hamilton Heights and moved to Fallbrook,
The couple lived in Fallbrook from 1955. Her
husband preceded her in death in 1960. She lived alone until illness
necessitated her moving to the home of her daughter, Anna Belle
Hagel Makay in Buena Park, Calif. In 1986, she moved to James town,
Calif., to live with her eldest son Bill Hagel and be near another
son, Jim Hagel. Her health continued to fail and she spent the last
year and a half of her life in the Sonora Convalescent Hospital in
Sonora, Calif., where she passed away.
Survivors include two daughters, Helen H.
Whisnand of Fallbrook, Calif, and Anne Belle MaKay of Buena Park,
Calif.; two sons, William R. Hagel of Jamestown, Calif and James E.
Hagel of Copperopolis, Calif.; two sisters, lorraine Tiensvold of
Rushville, Nebraska and Avalena Moss of Everett, Washington; nine
grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 9 at
the Fallbrook United Methodist Church with the Rev Kenneth Losh and
the Order of the Eastern Star, Fallbrook Chapter 390, officiating.
Interment followed in the Masonic Cemetery at Fallbrook, Calif.
Berry-Bell and Hall Mortuary was in charge of
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, November 18, 1987
December 26, 1912 - June 13, 1983
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today
for Betty Adee Houston, 70, who died June 13 at Sequim, Washington.
She and her husband, Arthur, were members of the First Christian
Church of Hamilton before moving to Sequim.
The service will be held at the First Christian
Church with the Rev. Norman Morris officiating.
Ravalli Republic, June 20, 1983
May 19, 1919 - April 22, 1991
George Q. Howe, 71, of Hamilton, died Monday at
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton. He was born May 14, 1919
in Stevensville, to John and Ruby Parsons Howe. He married Rosemary
Reynolds in Hamilton August 22, 1944.
Mr. Howe was a pilot with the U.S. Naval Air
Corps during World War II. In 1947, he received a bachelor’s degree
in dairy manufacturing from Montana State University. He co-managed
the Ravalli County Creamery from 1947 to 1968, managed the Equity
Supply Creamery of Kalispell from 1968 to 1977 and from 1977 to 1982
he was a Montana Department of Agriculture sanitarian.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary of Hamilton;
a son, George W. How, Silver springs, MD; a daughter, Patricia Howe,
Geyseville, Calif; two brothers, John G. Howe Jr., Hamilton and
Warren E. Howe, Walnut Creek, Calif.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am.
Saturday at the Dowling Funeral Home in Hamilton with the Rev. Wayne
Wardwell officiating. The family suggests memorials to Haven House.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, April 25, 1991
ALONZO W. HUBBELL
OLD SOLDIER DEAD
A.W. Hubbell Passed Away at Soldiers' Home
Funeral at the Dowling Chapel Sunday and Interment was in Riverview
A.W. Hubbell, veteran of the Civil War and a
member of John C. Fremont Post of the Grand Army of the Republic,
passed away at the Soldiers' Home in Columbia Falls Friday and the
funeral services were held in Hamilton at the Dowling funeral home
Tuesday by Rev. H.J. Frame and Rev. M. McGinniss. Military honors
were a part of the services at the grave in Riverview Cemetery.
Mr. Humble had been a resident of Hamilton many
years and was always active in the affairs of the Civil War
veterans. He went to Columbia Falls about four years ago to enter
the Soldiers' Home. He was 89 years of age and is survived by his
widow, who was with him most of the time he was at the Soldiers'
The pallbearers were E.E. Smith, Dan Bennett,
William Fletcher, W.C. Wells, James Dunbar, and E. Erickson.
Ravalli Republican, February 4, 1932
ELLEN BRENNAN HUGHES
Mrs. Hughes Is Called By Death
A summons of Death was heard and heeded yesterday
afternoon about 2 o’clock when Mrs. J.P. Hughes, pioneer resident of
the Bitter Root valley, died following a short illness from
pneumonia. Death occurred at the Hamilton hospital in which
institution she entered Sunday.
Ellen Brennan Hughes was born in the city of
Cork, Ireland. She lived to see her 71st birthday which she passed
in the hospital Tuesday. Coming to America as a young woman, she was
married to James P. Hughes in Boston 48 years ago. The Hughes family
came to the Bitter Root valley in 1889, Mr. Hughes for a number of
years being gardner on the Daly estate. Later, the family moved to
the present home on Skalkaho creek.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m.
at the Catholic church, Rev. M.M. English officiating. Interment
will be in Riverview cemetery.
Besides the husband a family of six children
survive Mrs. Hughes. They are Joe of Los Angeles, Cal., who will
come here for the funeral, Mrs. Leo Carver of Darby, William and
Edward of Hamilton, James who is located in Los Angeles, and Harry,
who is in South America. There are seven grandchildren, Joe Hughes,
Alonzo Hughes, Vengie Hughes, Anna Mary Carver, Barbara Ellen
Carver, John Carver, and William Carver.
The deceased was a woman of the finest qualities,
beloved by the many people of the valley who owned her acquaintance.
Her death will be mourned by many friends.
The Western News, April 12, 1928
EVELYN WHITESITT HULL
December 4, 1887 - November 24, 1972
Mrs. Cal Hull, 84, Died In Missoula November 24; Rites Yesterday
Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at
Dowling chapel for Mrs. Calvin Hull, 84, Corvallis native and
longtime resident who died in Missoula November 24 at the home of
her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Bay with whom she
also lived the past few years. Rev. Jesse Dove officiated at the
rites and interment was in the family plot in Corvallis cemetery.
Pallbearers were James Hull, Howard Bay, Calvin Bay, Scott Hull, Ray
Tintzman, and Glen Junkert.
Inez Evelyn Whitesitt was born December 4, 1887,
a daughter of A. Newt and Fannie Wagy Whitesitt. Her marriage to
Lewis Calvin Hull took place December 27, 1908 at the Whitesitt
home. Rev. L.L. Kneeland officiated and witnesses were Grace Laws
and Thomas Kane.
Mr. and Mrs. Hull made their home on Willow Creek
east of Corvallis all their married life. He died June 20, 1954. He
was a former school teacher before he took up farming. Mrs. Hull was
a member of the Corvallis Community church, Ladies Aid, and an
honorary member of the Corvallis Grange. Her husband was the
Grange’s first chaplain when it was instituted in 1945.
Mrs. Hull was also preceded in death by a
daughter, who died in 1918 at the age of six; by a brother, Alvin
Whitesitt, August 11, 1956; a sister, Mrs. Walter (Hazel) Mack,
December 21, 1961 in Idaho. Mrs. Hull is survived by a son, Lewis,
at Helena; the daughter, Ruth Bay, Missoula; sister, Mrs. Charles
(Mabel) Allan, Vancouver, Washington; seven grandchildren, 11 great
grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The Western News, November 29, 1872
JOHN A. HULL
January 29, 1863 - January 17, 1937
J.A. HULL TAKEN
Long-Time Corvallis Ranch Owner Passed Sunday
Had Been a Patient in Daly Hospital Since December Twenty-Fifth;
Rites Wednesday Afternoon
Corvallis, January 20 - This community lost one of its valued
citizens Sunday in the death at the Daly Hospital in Hamilton of
John A. Hull, aged 73 years, a resident of the Bitter Root valley
for more than 45 years. Death was due to asthma of the heart with
which he was taken to the hospital on Christmas day. Funeral
services will be held from the United Church this afternoon, and the
Masonic Lodge will have charge of the grave side services in the
John A. Hull was born January 29, 1853, near
Kirksville, Missouri, the fifth child of William A. Hull and Lavinia
Anne Rowe and the youngest of four brothers. There are two sisters.
In 1892, he came to the Bitter Root Valley and
engaged in the sheep industry, a few years later purchasing the
ranch on Willow Creek which, until his death, had been his home. On
December 15, 1905, he was married to Miss Ellen Lane at the home of
the bride in Dayton, Ohio, and the two returned to reside in a new
residence built for the bride on the Hull ranch. Mr. Hull was an
early member of the Presbyterian Church, later becoming affiliated
with the United Church, serving as an elder for 21 years. He was a
member of Masonic Lodge No. 39 and had been attending its meetings
regularly during the past year.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a
sister-in-law, Mrs. Bessie C. Lane, who resided with Mr. and Mrs.
Hull; two brothers, W.E. Hull of Corvallis and Louis l. Hull of
Centerville, Missouri; a sister, Mrs. Stella Paine of Los Angeles;
three nephews, James Hull of Hamilton, R.R. and L.C. Hull of
Corvallis, and a niece, Mrs. J.E. Hawker of Corvallis. Mr. Hull was
highly esteemed by all his neighbors and was loved and respected by
all with whom he was associated.
Ravalli Republican January 21, 1937
ROSANNAH MITCHELL HULL
September 29, 1839 - November 22, 1936
AUNT ROSE HULL DIES IN OREGON
Life ended Sunday, November 22 at Eugene, Oregon,
for one of Montana's most remarkable women, the Bitter Root valley's
beloved "Aunt Rose" Hull. Mrs. Hull had observed her 97th birthday,
September 29 at the Home of her daughter, Mrs. Daisy Allan in
Eugene, and she kept to the last, her cheery personality. Interment
took place at Eugene the day before Thanksgiving.
Rosannah Mitchell was born at Selma, Alabama,
September 29, 1839. She came to Missouri with her parents as a child
and later the family moved to Kansas. After her marriage to Josiah
Hull, they moved westward, coming by boat from Kansas City up the
Missouri river to Fort Benton in September 1869. There Mr. and Mrs.
Hull were met by Mrs. Hull's brother, James B. Mitchell, for the
wagon trip across Montana to the Corvallis early-day settlement.
After several years at Corvallis, they moved to
the new town of Gibbonsville, Idaho, where a mining boom had called
several of the early Bitter Root settlers. They returned to
Corvallis in 1906. After Mr. Hull's death thirty years ago, Mrs.
Hull traveled back and forth between Oregon and the Bitter Root
until about five years ago. She was the mother of twelve children
and those to survive her are her daughter Mrs. Daisy Allan of
Eugene, Gilbert of Twin Falls, Idaho; and Bert of Oregon. Mrs. James
B. Mitchell of Hamilton and Mrs. Alex Mitchell of Medford, Oregon
The Western News, December 3, 1936
March 14, 1902 - November 22, 1940
Burial Mist Cemetery, Mist Columbia County, OR
Logging Accident Fatal to R. Humble
Revilla Humble, 38, Jewell, Oregon, former
Corvallis resident, was instantly killed in a lumbering accident
last Friday, according to word received here by relatives. Funeral
services were held Monday afternoon at Jewell.
Humble, a truck driver, was crushed to death by a
log which got away as he was assisting in unloading a truck. He was
born March 14, 1902 at Corvallis and went to Oregon about 15 years
Survivors include his widow, a teacher at Jewell;
mother, Mrs. Sam Clements, Seaview, Washington; father, Mose Humble,
Hamilton, and brother, Frank, Portland, who recently returned to the
coast following a visit her with his wife.
William Wehr, an uncle, and Mrs. Wehr, Hamilton,
attended the funeral and returned immediately afterwards; the father
is expected home the later part of the week and Mrs. Emily McLeod,
an aunt, will remain on the coast until after Christmas. Mrs. Eugene
Doty, Corvallis, an aunt, was unable to attend the services.
Ravalli Republican, November 28, 1940
RUTH J. HUMBLE
July 17, 1855 - January 30, 1932
Mrs. M.M. Humble Passed Away on Saturday
Funeral Services Were Largely Attended at Methodist Church
Last Tuesday Morning
Corvallis, February 3 - Mrs. M.M. Humble, aged 76 years, one of the
Bitter Root valley’s pioneer women, died Saturday night at the
family home south of Corvallis after an illness of several months.
The funeral service was conducted Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock from
the Methodist church with Rev. C.J. Taber officiating and burial ws
in the Corvallis cemetery. Pallbearers were Louis Albertson, Jacob
Marti, L.N. Brooks, Hans Bay, B.J. Smyth and O.W. Lasater.
Mrs. Humble was born July 17, 1855, in Webster
county, MO. She was married to Mitchell M. Humble January 2, 1872.
Three surviving children are John Humble and Mrs. Margaret Neaves of
Hamilton and Mrs. Mandy Dunnigan of Sun River. The husband with whom
she had lived for more than 60 years and the children were with her
during her last illness.
Ravalli Republican, February 4, 1932
MARY JANE REESE HURST
May 5, 1904 - September 12, 1993
Mary Jane Hurst, 89, a Stevensville native, died Sunday at North
Valley Nursing Home in Stevensville. She was born May 5, 1904 in
Stevensville, the daughter of John L. and Mary Woolridge Reese. She
was educated in Stevensville. On June 7, 1922, she married Albert F.
Hurst in Lamoni, Iowa. They lived in Missouri before moving to
Stevensville in 1933.
Surviving are two daughters in-law, Carleen and
Donna Hurst; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She
was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia, in 1974, her
husband, Albert in 1975, two sons, Dean and Doug, two sisters,
Frances and Arbella, and a brother, George.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at
the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville with Pastor Buck
Buckingham officiating. Burial will Follow at Riverview Cemetery.
Abstract from Ravalli Republic, September 14, 1993
January 7, 1901 - June 28, 1975
Albert Hurst passes away; funeral slated for Tuesday.
Albert Hurst, a resident of the Stevensville area
for the past 42 years, died at his home Saturday morning at the age
of 74. Funeral rites will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Whitesitt
Chapel in Stevensville. Rev. E.J. Ruff will officiate and burial
will be in Riverview Cemetery. Family members asked that memorials
be given to the First Baptist Church of Stevensville or a charity of
the donor’s choice.
Hurst was born Januaty 7,1901 in Harrison County,
MO. He married Jane Reese in Lamone, Iowa on June 7, 1922. They
moved to the valley in late 1933 and oeprated a farm in the Burnt
Fork area until May of 1974 when they moved to Stevensville.
Surviviors include his wife, Stevensville; two
sons, Dean, Whitehall, and Douglas, East Wenatchee, Washington; two
sisters, Florence Huntley, Erie, Ill., and Mary Shannon, Junction
City, Kan.; seven grandchildren. His daughter Patricia preceded him
in death in June of 1974.
Ravalli Republic, June 30, 1975
ELIJAH E. HYATT
July 1856 - June 12, 1919
DEATH WAS SUDDEN. Elijah E. Hyatt strained himself Wednesday while
lifting and died yesterday morning.
Elijah E. Hyatt died at 11 o'clock yesterday
morning at his home, 712 Main Street, after a brief illness of bowel
trouble, caused by a strain received from lifting a heavy box from a
wagon the day before. Three physicians were called on the case, but
nothing could be done to save him.
Mr. Hyatt was born in Canada 64 years ago. He
came to the Bitter Root Valley from Sanilac County, Michigan 11
years ago, and during his life here had the highest respect of the
community as a good citizen and father. He is survived by a son and
a daughter, Andrew Hyatt of Hamilton and Mrs. Frances Lewis of
Detroit, Michigan. Funeral arrangements are awaiting reply from Mrs.
Ravalli Republican, June 13, 1919
February 27, 1911 - September 21, 1979
Cleo Hyndman died Friday
Cleo Hyndman of Hamilton, died Friday in a
Missoula hospital. He was born in Alder in 1911. He lived in the
Ruby Valley all of his life except for the last 11 years when he
lived here. He had been ill several years.
The funeral was held today in Sheridan at 1 p.m.
with burial to follow in Larae, Montana. He is survived by his wife
Ravalli Republic, September 24, 1979