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
DR. T.H. HANBIDGE
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
March 30, 1856 - December 1, 1942
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
Hessie Hannon Early Settler Of the Valley Passes Away
March 1, 1871 - March 26, 1951
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
FRED B. HANSON, 77, CORVALLIS, TAKEN BY DEATH THIS MORNING.
June 18, 1892 - June 17, 1969
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
RETIRED CORVALLIS TEACHER DIES.
June 15, 1891 - January 15, 1985
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
Stevensville Matron Passes Friday Evening
1864 - February 2, 1934
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
Dennis Harrington Funeral Services Held Here Monday
December 12, 1877 - May 11, 1950
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
Mrs. Harrington Rites in Missoula
January 27, 1916 - July 5, 1959
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
LEWIS (LEW) HARRIS
Lew Harris, 81, Passes At Home In Stevensville
April 4, 1865 - December 11, 1946
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
Mrs. Louis Harris Funeral Saturday
January 31, 1870 - June 3, 1943
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
JESS FRANKLIN HART
Jess Hart, 80, dies
March 14, 1899 - August 23, 1979
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
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
JOHN H. HAWKER
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.
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.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republican, November 3, 1938, page 1
DEATH OF JOHN HAY; HAD BEEN A RESIDENT OF THE STATE FIFTY-SIX YEARS.
July 11, 1850 - December 9, 1929
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
CLYDE HAYDEN, ADMINISTRATOR, LAWYER, DIES AT GRANTSDALE
March 27, 1876 - March 9, 1952
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
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.
June 10, 1874 - February 18, 1943
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
Republican, February 25, 1943
MARGARET FOWLER HARPER
TAKEN BY DEATH. MRS. MARGARET HARPER DIED YESTERDAY MORNING.
July 25, 1856 - February 25, 1931
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
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.
September 12, 1870 - March 24, 1951
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
GRACE HAYWARD TAKEN BY DEATH. LAST RITES WERE HELD YESTERDAY.
August 20, 1895 - November 12, 1950
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
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.
March 17, 1869 - December 8, 1942
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
Mrs. J.O. Hegge, 89, Corvallis, Taken By Death Tuesday Morn
December 21, 1885 - May 6, 1975
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
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.
December 26, 1953 - May 2, 1998
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
DEATH OF DAUGHTER. Infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoagland
died Saturday noon.
April 11, 1892 - January 17, 1914
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
ALVINE OLIVE HOFFMAN
MRS. HOFFMAN DEAD. SUCCUMBED TO PERNICIOUS ANEMIA YESTERDAY AND
FUNERAL WILL BE HELD TOMORROW AFTERNOON.
November 13, 1895 - February 25, 1931
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
W.F. HOFFMAN, 86, MISSOULA, LONG AGO VALLEY RESIDENT TAKEN
July 29, 1887 - January 13, 1974
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
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
November 15, 1927 - November 18, 1996
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
MINNIE WHITESELL HOPKINS
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.
August 2, 1882 - February 21, 1959
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
HAROLD LAKE HOLT
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.
February 1, 1888 - March 22, 1937
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
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.
March 25, 1899 - January 7, 1985
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
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.
December 26, 1912 - June 13, 1983
The service will be held at the First Christian
Church with the Rev. Norman Morris officiating.
Ravalli Republic, June 20, 1983
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
Mrs. Cal Hull, 84, Died In Missoula November 24; Rites Yesterday
December 4, 1887 - November 24, 1972
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
J.A. HULL TAKEN
January 29, 1863 - January 17, 1937
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
AUNT ROSE HULL DIES IN OREGON
September 29, 1839 - November 22, 1936
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
RUTH J. HUMBLE
July 17, 1855 - February 1932
Mrs. M.M. Humble Passed Away on Saturday
Funeral Services Were Largely Attended at Methodist Church Last
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 conduced Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock from
the Methodist Church with Rev. C.J. Taber officiating and burial was
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, Missouri. She was married to Michail 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
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.
May 5, 1904 - September 12, 1993
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
Albert Hurst passes away; funeral slated for Tuesday.
January 7, 1901 - June 28, 1975
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
DEATH WAS SUDDEN. Elijah E. Hyatt strained himself Wednesday while
lifting and died yesterday morning.
July 1856 - June 12, 1919
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