GEORGE ARTHUR LAIRY
April 11, 1896 - January 12, 1952
GEORGE A. LAIRY IS AT REST, DIED AT FT. HARRISON, BURIAL IN
Funeral services were conducted at the Dowling
Hamilton Tuesday, January 15 for George A. Lairy, Corvallis resident
at Fort Harrison Veterans Hospital January 12. Rev. Jesse Dove
and burial was made in Corvallis cemetery. Those serving as
the funeral were: Steve Sheehan, Don Dresel, J.A. Bailey, clayton
William Randolph, and Howard Boyar.
George Arthur Lairy was born April 11, 1896 at
the eldest son of the late Bert and Frances Dresel Lairy, pioneer
of Chippewa County, Wisconsin. He served in World War I.
On August 24, 1922, he was married to Nellie
Hamilton. She survives him as does their daughter, Miss Frances
son, Russell; and a granddaughter, Georgene Lairy, all of Corvallis.
to survive are an aunt, Mrs. Fred Bailey, and an uncle, Jack Dresel,
of Hamilton; and the following brother and sisters: James Lairy,
Mrs. James (Ann) McIlquahm, Mrs. Barbara Polzin, and Mrs. Clarence
Nicoli, of Chippewa Falls, as well as a number of nieces and
Abstract from: The Western News, January 17, 1952
CHESTER A. LAMOREUX
1885 - August 22, 1943
Chester A. Lamoreux, 58, Stevensville, brother of
Lamoreux, died Sunday following a long illness. Funeral services
will be held
Wednesday in Stevensville. Survivors include his widow, four sons,
and three brothers, most of whom live in Stevensville.
Ravalli Republican, August 26, 1943
April 24, 1891 - January 7, 1953
V. LAMOREUX, 61, DIES; RITES THURSDAY.
Stevensville - Funeral services will be conducted
p.m. Thursday in the Methodist Church for Victor Lamoreux, 61,
florist, who died Tuesday. He had been ill for about two months.
Swarens will officiate. The body will be sent to Spokane for
He was born on April 24, 1891, near Titonka,
moved with his family to Britt, Iowa, where he was in the automobile
until he moved to Hamilton in 1926. He moved to Stevensville in
Mr. Lamoreux is survived by his widow, Mae; three
Mrs. Walter Kelly, Billings; Mrs. Ralph Steele, Seattle, Washington;
Ralph Robinson, Stevensville; two sons, Kenneth, Los Angeles,
and Keith, Stevensville; two sisters, Mrs. Ben Longbottom,
Mrs. William Hefner, Hamilton; two brothers, S.L., Stevensville; and
Corvallis; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Ravalli Republican, January 7, 1953
NELLIE FLETCHER LANDON
September 1867 - July 5, 1908
MRS. WILLIAM LANDON ANSWERS FINAL SUMMONS.
Mrs. William Landon, of the west side, died at
about 9 o'clock Sunday evening following an illness of several days
She made a hard struggle for life and chances looked good for her
till a short time before her death.
Mrs. Landon, whose maiden name was Nellie
born near Rushford, Minnesota, in Houston County in September 1867,
that place her home till 1883 when she moved with her parents to
located at Pioneer in the Deer Lodge valley. In November 1885, she
in marriage to William Landon in Helena and after ten years more
they moved to the Bitter Root valley and have since made their home
ranch on the west side, making their residence in the valley 13
at the time of her death, Mrs. Landon was 41 years and 10 months
She leaves her mother, husband, and six children.
Mrs. J.E. Fletcher resides here, and her father died here several
The surviving children are Mrs. Philip Wagner of Florence, and
Madge, Nellie, and Lile, the daughters and Robert William, the son,
on the ranch.
Mrs. Landon was a woman of many friends as well
by the large attendance at the funeral and the extensive floral
She had many good traits of character and will still live in the
of those who knew her.
The funeral took place from the family home
at 2 o'clock, with Rev. T.H. Martin, pastor of the M.E. Church
minister, and the remains were laid to rest in Maplewood cemetery.
Northwest Tribune, July 10, 1908
WILLIS LLOYD LANGLEY
December 1, 1901 - April 26, 1944
WOODS ACCIDENT ON EAST FORK YESTERDAY TOOK LANGLEY'S LIFE
Willis Lloyd Langley died die to an accident in
yesterday afternoon while at work with his partner, Robert George
on a logging job in the Camp Creek district.
Zeiler is a resident of Hamilton. Lloyd Langley
the Charlos district. He is survived by his widow, the former
The deceased was born at Susanville, Oregon December 1, 1901 but had
a resident of the Bitter Root since 1919. He was the son of Mr. and
George W. Langley, who reside on the old Solzberger place, northwest
Sisters and brothers who survive are Walter, Verne, Dave, George,
Mrs. James Brickley, Mrs. Clarence Wentworth, Mrs. Normay Ray.
The funeral services for Lloyd Langley will be
the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton with interment in Riverview Cemetery.
of the service is not now known and will not be determined until
received from relatives on the coast. Rev. C.J. Taber will officiate
Abstract from: The Western News, April 27,
HOBERT S. LARSON
March 16, 1898 - January 10, 1985
Hobert Selmer Larson, 86, died Thursday morning
General Hospital of natural causes. He was born March 16, 1898 in
Minnesota, the son of Otto and Bendikka Larson. He was the seventh
children and attended school in Taylor, N.D. where his father was a
He married Sigrid F. Crooks October 16, 1923. She preceded him in
Survivors include two sons, Warren Larson and
Verna, of Dixon, and Charles Larson and daughter-in-law, Bettijane,
six grandsons, four granddaughters, three great grandchildren and
and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at
Funeral Home in Stevensville. Burial is to follow at Sunset Memorial
in Missoula. Whitesitt Funeral Home of Stevensville is in charge of
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 11, 1985
HARRY O. LATCHEM
December 29, 1865 - July 11, 1929
Former Resident of Bitter Root Is Dead
Word has been received here of the death from
of Harry Latchem July 11 at Shooting Creek, NC and the funeral held
day, burial being made in Bethel Hill Cemetery, NC. News came as a
shock to relatives and friends of the deceased.
Harry Latchem was born December 29, 1865 at
About 40 years ago, he came to Montana, locating in the Bitter Root
identifying himself with the lumber industry here, an occupation
followed throughout his life. He operated various sawmills in many
of the valley and was well and favorably known by a wide group of
He was married in Stevensville to Letitia Duncan. He was once a
the Stevensville Masonic lodge.
Since leaving here nine years ago, he together
Fisk, a former Hamiltonian, now located at Willets, NC, operated in
Mexico, and North Carolina. Mr. Fish was with him when death came.
The deceased is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Hugh
of Hamilton; a brother, Frank Latchem, also of this city; two
Porter Hayes of Missoula, and Mrs. Frank Danforth of Seattle, who
sympathy of their friends in this hour of bereavement.
The Western News, July 25, 1929
1861 - 1923
Alex Laven Passed Away Tuesday Evening and Funeral Was Held at Darby
Alex laven, a pioneer resident of the Bitter Root
died Tuesday evening at 8:30 o’clock at the Hamilton hospital. Death
from influenzal meningitis, from which Mr. laven had been suffering
Mr. Laven was born in Sweden in 1861 and came to
State when he was 18 years of age, making his home in Minnesota for
years. He came to Montana in 1887 and about 26 years ago took up a
in the West Fork country. Here he lived until the death of his wife,
ago, when he sold the place to his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and
Troy McKinney. Mrs. McKinney is his only surviving relative.
Mr. Laven was a member of good standing of Bitter
Encampment I.O.O.F., and of the Subordinate and Rebekah lodges at
Funeral services were held under the auspices of
Fellows at the Baptist Church in Darby yesterday afternoon, Rev. E.
delivering the sermon. Burial was made by the side of his wife’s
the Darby cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, January 12, 1923
September 6, 1860 - July 7, 1936
Mrs. W.D. Lear Valley Pioneer Dies At Home
Mrs. Alice Myers Lear died at her
Corvallis home Tuesday evening following an illness of several
weeks. She had been a resident of that community since 1883, coming
with her missionary husband, Rev. W.D. Lear, from Moulton, Iowa. Her
long residence here endeared her to everyone and her admirable
character remained sweet and considerate to the last. For the past
three years she has cared for her husband now past 90 years of age
and a bedridden invalid.
Two sons, James D. and Paul survive
with the husband; two brothers W. R. Myers of Missoula and Robert B.
Myers of Corvallis, and the sisters Mrs. Amy Frogge and Mrs. M. L.
Chaffin of Corvallis, and Mrs. Sam Norton of Greensburg, Mo., are
Mrs. Lear was born in Scotland,
county, Mo., September 6, 1862. Her marriage took place at Millport
in that state February 11, 1879. She was the mother of four
children, a son and her only daughter dying in childhood.
Funeral services will be held at 11
o’clock today at the Corvallis United church, Rev. H. H. Longenecker
being in charge. Burial will be made in the Corvallis cemetery.
The Western News, March 20, 1936
BENJAMIN D. LEAR
June 14, 1846 - September 12, 1950
NONAGENARIAN PASSES, BENJAMIN D. LEAR HAD RESIDED IN MONTANA SINCE
AT CORVALLIS THIS MORNING.
Benjamin D. Lear died at the home of his nephew,
D. Lear, at Corvallis Tuesday afternoon. His wife died in Deer Lodge
Mr. Lear was born at Louisville, Kentucky on June 14, 1846.
Rev. T.B. Reagan of Corvallis conducted the
the Methodist faith at the Dowling chapel at 10 o'clock this morning
funeral cortege traveled to the Corvallis cemetery, where interment
beside the graves of Mrs. Lear and the brother and sister-in-law,
Mrs. W.D. Lear, who were Corvallis
Abstract from: Ravalli Republican, September 14, 1939
PAUL DUNCAN LEAR
July 11, 1891 - March 10, 1954
PAUL D. LEAR, VALLEY NATIVE, PASSES; RITES SATURDAY MORNING.
Funeral services for Paul D. Lear, 62, will be
at 10 a.m. in Dowling chapel with burial in Corvallis cemetery. The
esteemed Corvallis farmer passed away at Daly hospital Wednesday
Rev. Jesse Dove of the Corvallis Community Church
conduct the services in the chapel and Masonic rites will be held at
Pallbearers will be: Ray Murphy, Dan Morris, Maurice Holloron, Dan
Edgar Puyear, and Troy McKinney.
Paul Duncan Lear was born July 11, 1891 at
father was the Rev. William D. Lear, who passed away at the age of
1936. His mother was Alice Myers Lear, who preceded her husband in
three months. They came to the valley in 1883 and remained here the
their lives. He was married to Claribel Haffele at her old home of
Wisconsin, December 8, 1916.
Survivors include the widow, Claribel; their only
Lee; two grandchildren; a brother, Jamie, Havre; uncle, Roy Myers,
an aunt, Mrs. Mose Chaffin, Corvallis.
Abstract from The Western News, March 11, 1954
WILLIAM D. LEAR
February 17, 1844 - October 11, 1936
REV. W.D. LEAR DIES AT HOME IN CORVALLIS.
Rev. William D. Lear, pioneer minister of the
valley, died early Sunday morning at his home on the outskirts of
He was 92 years of age and had been an invalid for several years.
Alice Myers Lear, preceded him in death a few months ago, July 7,
The aged minister had been a resident of the
community for over fifty years and until recent years had been
in the work of the Christian Church. He was founder of the
Florence, and Missoula churches, and for years after he retired from
work in the ministry, he was called upon to perform marriages and
rites for members of old-time families. His tow sons, James D. Lear
of Corvallis, survive with a brother, Ben Lear, who recently came to
from Deer Lodge to reside.
Rev. Mr. Lear was born February 17, 1844 at
Kentucky. His fathers was owner of a southern plantation and after
the family moved to Missouri. His ordination as a Christian minister
place in that state in 1877 and his marriage to Alice Myers was an
1879 at Millport, Iowa. Coming west in 1880, he served the Christian
at Helena and later founded the church at Corvallis. Ranching was
his ministerial work for most of his years at Corvallis.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. C.A. Sias
at the Corvallis United Church Tuesday afternoon. The quartet
hymns was given by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Price, and Mr. and Mrs. Dale
Those to serve as pallbearers were Dean and Milford Cobb, Lee
Chaffin, Lester Morris, and Charles Bourne. Burial took place beside
of Mrs. Lear in the Corvallis cemetery. The pioneer minister had
Montana as chaplain of the state legislature.
The Western News, October 15, 1936
FRED J. LEAVITT
August 15, 1860 - June 17, 1938
Fred J. Leavitt, one of Hamilton's best-known
passed away Friday night at 10 o'clock following a week's illness
an emergency operation June 12. Mr. Leavitt had been on the streets
previous to his sudden illness, which was due to an intestinal
and while it was known that his condition was extremely serious,
his recovery were bolstered by his valiant fight to live.
Mr. Leavitt was born at Toronto, Canada, on
1860, and his parents went from there to England in his early
until he was about 14 years of age. Sixty-two yeas ago he came to
living first at Anaconda where for 15 years he was foreman at the
Later he lived at Plains, and 35 years ago he came with his family
Bitter Root section, settling on a ranch at the mouth of Sleeping
A few years ago he sold the ranch and has since lived on a place in
of Hamilton. His personality was marked by a love of humor and rare
of friendship. Scores of Bitter Root Valley friends attended the
rites which were held Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the
Rev. H.H. Longenecker was in charge of the
the active pallbearers were S.A. Noland, H.C. Packer, A.J. Hork,
John Kurtz, and B.W. Reimel. Honorary pallbearers were R.A. O'Hara,
Boyd, O.C. Cooper, John O. Lagerquest, W.A. Bower, Frank L. Burns,
and A.H. Downing. Burial was made in Riverview Cemetery.
Family members are Mrs. Leavitt, the daughters,
Gilmore of Pendleton, Ore., Mrs. Wilbur See of Hamilton, and Mrs.
Iman of Woodside, and the son, Fred J. Leavitt, who arrived Monday
Lake City to attend the funeral. The daughters were all with the
his last illness. Mrs. Leavitt made a hurried trip home by plane
Louis, MO., where she was visiting when her husband became ill.
are the brothers, James, George, and Jack, and a sister, Mrs. Lotto
living in England.
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, June 23 1938
CARRIE AGNES BENTON LeCOMPTE
October 21, 1891 - April 23, 1984
Carrie Agnes LeCompte, 92, died Monday evening in Hamilton at the
View Estates. She was born on October 21, 1891 in Buffalo County,
the daughter of Joe and Elizabeth Benton. As a young girl, she moved
and was raised and educated here. On April 30, 1910, she married
LeCompte in Hamilton. She had lived in Hamilton since. She was a
of the Rebecca’s.
Survivors include a sister, Mable McKillop of
two nieces, Judy Draft of Detroit and Nancy Sokoloski of Hamilton; a
nephew, Alan Gill of Missoula; and tow great nieces, Carri Lynn
Helena and Michelle Sokoloski of Hamilton. She was preceded in death
husband on May 16, 1970 and also by a son, two brothers, and a
Funeral service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at
Chapel with the Rev. Robert Barnes officiating. Interment will
the Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.
Ravalli Republic, April 25, 1984
OPAL HALFORD LEE
May 19, 1912 - October 28, 1938
DEATH OF MRS. O.H. LEE
Young Darby Woman Laid to Final Rest Monday; Husband and Brother
Funeral services for Mrs. Opal Halford Lee took
Darby Monday afternoon, Rev. H.H. Longnecker conducting the last
the Baptist Church. The pallbearers were Ward Hendrickson, Carl
Shook, Powell Siria, David DeLapp, and Clyde Thompson. The church
with friends of the young woman and her family. Mrs. Lee was 26
age and had been ill for several weeks, death coming Friday at the
her sister, Mrs. Lief Aune at Darby.
The young woman was a member of the William
She was born at Wagner, Oklahoma on May 19, 1912, coming to Darby as
Her husband, James Lee, died at Philipsburg June 29, and a brother,
Halford, was killed in a sawmill accident near Darby on February 28.
to survive are the sisters, Mrs. Aune, Mrs. Nettie Simmons of Butte,
Arthur Lundgren of Maxville, and the brothers, Vernon Halford of
and Ernest of Maxville. Interment was near the graves of her parents
Pine Cemetery at Darby.
Ravalli Republican, November 3, 1938, page 1
March 6, 1891 - January 11, 1954
MRS. ESTELLE LENNON PASSES AT AGE 63.
Funeral services are pending for Mrs. Estelle
who died this morning at Daly Hospital. She had been ill for a week.
Mrs. Lennon was born March 6, 1891 at Vermillion,
Dakota, and came to Hamilton after the death of her husband in 1945.
maintained a home here at 400 North Fourth Street, but his winter
living at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Clarence Linster, north of
Surviving are five sons, Gordon Lennon, Roseburg,
Robert Lennon, Canton, South Dakota; Danny Lennon, Selah,
Lennon, Great Falls; Wilmer Lennon, Reva, South Dakota; and two
Earl Hildebrandt, Roseburg, Oregon; and Mrs. Linster, and 12
Ravalli Republican, January 11, 1954
NELLIE MAE BILLINGS Le SUER
January 1, 1885 - July 3, 1957
MRS. G.W. Le SUER DIED SUDDENLY WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 AT HOSPITAL.
Mrs. G.W. LeSuer died Wednesday, July 3 about
Nellie Mae Billings was born in Edinboro, Erie County, Pennsylvania
1, 1885. She married Grant W. LeSuer July 12, 1905. He died here
10, 1943. They had come to the valley about 1909 from the eastern
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Herbert
of Great Falls; a son, Andrew of Hamilton; sisters Mrs. Ella Pulling
Hattie Sundback, both of Edinboro; a brother Harry Billings of
Washington; nephew B.J. Billings in Missoula. Grandchildren are Miss
LeSuer, Hamilton; Mrs. Bernie (Ardis) Bissel of Dillon; Mrs. Bill
Wilson of Stevensville and Mrs. Donald (Margie) Elliott of Dillon.
are eight great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at
with Rev. James Hasting officiating. Burial will be in Riverview
Abstract from: The Western News, July 4, 1957
Services were Tuesday for Old-Time Resident of valley; Nephews Came
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1
at the Dowling Chapel for James Lewiston, aged man who passed away
at the Daly Hospital. Rev. C.R. Miller conducted the rites and
in Riverview Cemetery. Pallbearers were Andrew Peterson, A.B.
Hogue, P.L. Smaus, James P. Fitzgibbon and Charles Granke.
Mr. Lewiston was 76 years of age and a native of
Wisconsin. Had he lived until June 13, he would have reached his
He had been a Bitter Root valley resident for about 43 years and
most of that
time had been an employee of the Bitter Root Stock Farm. About two
years ago, he retired from active work, but up until that time had
ditch foreman. On August 13, last year, he suffered a broken hip in
at his home here and had since been confined to the hospital.
He is survived by three nieces and three nephews,
at Alcester, South Dakota. Two of the nephews, Arthur and E.A.
here for the last rites, arriving Monday night. They will remain
a few days while looking after business affairs.
Ravalli Republican, January 28, 1937
February 22, 1915 - July 17, 1976
George Linn, 61, Former Resident Died July 17 in Oregon
Funeral services will be held Friday at two
George Linn, 61, of Woodburn Oregon, who died from a sudden heart
Tualatin, Oregon July 17. Masonic graveside ritual will honor Mr.
will be in Riverview Cemetery.
George Linn was born February 22, 1915 at Lane,
son of Harry and Martha Boyes Linn. George was a millwright. His
July 30, 1972 and his mother December 4, 1956. They are buried in
cemetery. A sister, Wanda Lucille, died as an infant January 24,
a brother, Kyle Delroy died August 18, 1939 at the age of 21. The
John (Inez) Kurtz, a longtime valley resident, was an aunt.
George is survived by brothers Harold, Woodburn;
Helena; sister, Mrs. Willard (Genevieve) Sorenson, Missoula; nieces
Abstract from The Western News, July 21, 1976, page 3
Malissa Little, the infant daughter of Edward
Butte, died in that city yesterday morning and the remains will be
to Stevensville today when they will be laid to rest in Maplewood
beside those ot its mother who died about three months ago. The
be held at the grave at 5 p.m. and Rev. C.L. Dennis will be the
Northwest Tribune, July 15, 1910
EFFIE L. LIUDAHL
May 25, 1904 - April 10, 1994
Effie L. Liudahl, 89, of Hamilton, died Sunday at
View Estates. She was born on May 25, 1904 in Burr Oak, KS, the
the late William and Bertha Lambert Reed. She moved to Columbus,
with her family and was raised and educated there. On July 8, 1924,
Clarence Neuman Liudahl in Livingston, MT.
Survivors inslude two daughters and sons-in-law,
and Harry Uhde of Hamilton, and Evelyn and Adrian Burd of Lewiston,
one son and daughter-in-law, David and Patricia Liudahl of
10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded
by one brother and two sisters.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at
Chapel with Pastor Al Grissom officiating. Interment will be at 3
at the City View Cemetery in Pasco, Washington.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday
Chapel. The family suggests memorials to the Assembly of God Church
the Alzheimer's Research.
Extract from: Ravalli Republic, April 12, 1994
MAY VIOLET LLOYD
Miss May Violet Lloyd, 19 years of age, died
at 7:15 p.m. at the home of W.C. Wells in this city. Miss Lloyd who
niece of Mr. Wells, came here last November from Neilsville,
she was born, on account of her health. She had been ill for many
the end came. The body was taken east for burial Saturday.
The Western News, March 29, 1923
GOMER ALBERT LOCKRIDGE
January 30, 1892 - March 1, 1981
Gomer Albert Lockridge, 99, died Sunday morning at Valley View
was born January 30, 1892 in Cowgill, Missouri, to David and Mary
He was the 9th of 14 children. The family moved to Stevensville in
He farmed for a short while before serving in
I overseas. He married Helen Wheelbarger in Bozeman in June 1922. In
they bought and moved to the Summerdale Ranch east of Corvallis,
lived for 43 years.
He is survived by his wife, Helen, of the family
Corvallis, four daughters: Shirley Brown of Corvallis, Mary Kay
of Gooding, Idaho, Jeanne Eubanks of Littleton, Colorado, and
of Littleton, Colorado; one brother, Vilas Lockridge of Ucalpa,
10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in
nine brothers and three sisters and one grandson.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at
at the Dowling Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Lamphere will officiate.
will follow at the Corvallis Cemetery. Friends may call at the
Wednesday evening from 7 until 9.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, March 3, 1981
CHARLES E. LOCKRIDGE
September 25, 1909 - January 10, 1985
Former Stevensville resident, Charles E.
died of natural causes Thursday at his home in Highland, California.
born September 25, 1909 in Stevensville, the youngest son of Henry
Florence Lockridge. He attended Stevensville schools and the Montana
University at Missoula and served in the Armed forces during World
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, of
and two sons, Henry V. in California, and David Lockridge. No
planned. The body has been
Republic, January 14, 1985
EARL F. "JOP" LOCKRIDGE
May 5, 1895 - February 17, 1952
INJURIES FATAL TO EARL F. LOCKRIDGE
Funeral services for Earl F. "Jop" Lockridge, 56,
valley resident who died in Daly hospital Sunday night will be
2 pm Wednesday in Dowling chapel by Rev. William C. Stearns. Burial
in the Masonic plot in Riverview cemetery. Pallbearers will be David
H. Stanley Antrim, Edward O'Hare, Miles Romney, LeRoy Stratton, and
associate justice of the Montana Supreme Court.
Survivors are his widow; sisters, Mrs. Lawrence
Scobey, and Mrs. Beulah Smith, Bellflower, California; brothers,
Dayton, Stevensville; Ewin, Missoula; Everett, Modesto, California;
Long Beach, California; Leonard, Hood River, Oregon.
Extract from: Ravalli Republican, February 18, 1952
FLORENCE MABEL FRANKS LOCKRIDGE
June 19, 1884 - September 4, 1916
Death of Mrs. Lockridge funeral Held Wednesday
Stevensville, September 5 - Mrs. Florence Mabel Lockridge, wife of
alderman from the second ward, died at the family home in
evening. Mrs. Lockridge had been in ill health for several weeks,
was known for only a short time that her condition was critical and
past few weeks no hope had been entertained for her recovery.
The funeral took place Wednesday from the
Rev. J.B. Parnall officiating. The services will be conducted under
of Beulah Chapter No. 8, Order of Eastern Star, and interment will
in Maplewood Cemetery.
Mrs. Lockridge was a daughter of a pioneer
her parents, mr. and Mrs. W.M Franks being old settlers of the
and Mrs. Lockridge is a native of the valley. She was born near
June 19, 1884, and most of her life has been spent in the valley.
her mother, she is survived by her husband, two daughters and two
Cyrus L. Franks and John W. Franks of this place are brothers.
Western News, September 8, 1916, page 1
Lockridge Rites are Held Here Tuesday P.M.
The funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Henry
who were drowned in Flathead River, July 4th, were held here Tuesday
week and it is stated by old residents of the community that it was
funeral ever held in Stevensville. The Federated Methodist church,
a seating capacity close to 700 was crowded and many stood about the
yard, unable to gain admission. A conservative estimate of the
is 1000. This number was represented by people from all parts of the
Many were present from Missoula and Hamilton.
Mr. Lockridge was one of the widely known and
business men of the locality. He had been activey engaged in
for a number of years. His activities were along the line of buying
hogs and other stock, hay, and grain. He conducted custom feed mill
connection with an extensive fuel business. Mr. Lockridge was
a number of enterprises among which was the local bank. He was on
of directors of this institution and was also its vice president.
Mr. Lockridge was born at Cowgill, Missouri, June
He came to Montana 28 years ago and in 1904 was married to Florence
Four children were born to them, who are Charles, Virgil, and Olive
and Mrs. Floyd Ripki of Big Fork.
Besides his children, he is survived by his
E. Lockridge; nine brothers, Dayton and Earl of Stevensville, Gomer
Ewan of Missoula, John of Belgarde, and Vilas and Leonard, Long
Everett of Modesta, Cal., two sisters, Mrs. D.L. Carpenter of
and Mrs. Clifford Smith of Bellflower.
Mrs. Lockridge was born December 29, 1874, with
her early life being spent in the states of Kansas, Michigan and
During the year 1892, she was married in Missouri to Louis Ball, of
children born to them, Frank Ball of Los Angeles, survives. A number
after the death of Mr. Ball, Mrs. Ball and Mr. Lockridge were united
on February 5, 1919 in Stevensville. Other than her son, Mrs.
survived by four half brothers, two brothers and two sisters.
The funeral services were in charge of Reverend
Richards, pastor of the Federated Methodist Church and he was
the Reverend George Reed, of Forsyth, a former pastor here. A choir
of David Lea, A.T. Porter, Mrs. Earl Whitesitt and Mrs. Claude
by Mrs. Mark D. Fitzgarrald, sang, and a vocal selection was given
Buxton, accompanied by Mrs. Fitzgarrald. Flower bearers were Mildred
Lorna Longbottom, Nel Porter, Mrs. E. Tallent, Mrs. Theodore
Clarence Hagen, Allen Wright, Marvin Porter, Tom Sullivan, and Earl
Acting as pallbearers for Mrs. Lockridge were Dan
Ball of Spokane, Mallory Hooper, R.B. Robinson, R.M. Corley, A.J.
Mr. Lockridge's pallbearers were H.J. St. John, John G. Howe of
B.B. Lidden, George Kinneman, Dr. J.E. Porter, and W.P. Poindexter.
Mr. and Mrs. Lockridge were both members of the
Church and were among its substantial supporters. They were also
of the Order of Eastern Star Lodge No. 28, A.F. & A.M.. Mr.
was also a 32 degree Mason and belonged to the order of the Mystic
The members of the two lodges marched in a body to the church and
the remains to Maplewood cemetery where they performed the burial
Northwest Tribune, Thursday, July 11, 1929
May 20, 1888 - July 20, 1929
Blanch Lockwood Dies After Long Illness
Death beckoned from his earth all that was mortal
Lockwood about 10:15 Saturday night, bringing to a termination an
of almost six months' duration, during which the deceased at all
bravely for life and happiness.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 o'clock
Episcopal Church in Hamilton and interment was made in Corvallis
Rev. Mitchell was in charge of the services.
The deceased was a native of the Bitter Root
been born at Corvallis, may 20, 1888. She attended grammar and high
and grew to womanhood here, winning for herself, by her kind and
the sincere friendship of scores of people.
She was a member of the Philharmonic Society of
of the Business and Professional Women's club, and a director of the
Cemetery Association. She possessed a beautiful voice which was the
of many, an entertainment and wrought solace to many, a grieving
times of mourning, induced by the passing of dear ones.
She is survived by her father, G.G. Lockwood, of
a brother, O.S. Lockwood, of Corvallis; two sisters, Jessie
Hamilton, and Mrs. H.N. Bertram, of Missoula; a niece, Mildred
a nephew, Gard Lockwood, and many, many friends.
The Western News, July 25, 1929, page 1
NELLIE FRANCES BOYER LOCKWOOD
September 24, 1887 - February 28, 1976
Mrs. B. Lockwood Died Here February 28 At The Age of Eight-eight
Mrs. "Boss" Lockwood, 88, is no more. one of the
ladies ever to live in the valley died at Valley View Estates
at 11 a.m. Funeral services were held yesterday at Dowling Chapel
Monroe Wilcox officiating. Interment was in Corvallis Cemetery
grave of her lade husband. Ritual of the Corvallis OES of which she
charter member and past matron honored Mrs. Lockwood.
Nellie Frances Boyer was born September 24, 1887
Nebraska, daughter of Daniel and Mary Jane Beattie Boyer. She moved
in 1896 with her family, attended school there and in Hamilton
state normal college at Dillon. She taught at Willow Creek, Birch
other Corvallis area schools. Her marriage to Ora Sumeril Lockwood
at the family home on Willow Creek June 14, 1911.
Surviving is a son, Gard, Hamilton;
J.B. (Linda) Anderson, Bogalussa, LA, and twins, Mrs. Charles
Roberts, Idaho and Mrs. Dan (Carla) Stokesberry, Tulsa, Oklahoma;
grandchildren. A brother, Howard Boyer, died May 26, 1957 and a
Ed (Hazel) Gibbons, died April 16, 1973.
Mrs. Lockwood's many friends will cherish her
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, March 3, 1976
September 13, 1868 - June 18, 1893
Stevensville - On Friday, June 16, 1893, at 9 o'clock am, Mrs.
Long, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Mewatt, died after a
Mrs. Long was born at Salmon Creek, Sunbury county, New Brunswick,
September 13th, 1868, and came to Montana with her parents about
ago. She was a bright light in society and had a host of friends who
be deeply grieved to learn of her death.
She leaves, besides her husband, a father,
and two brothers to mourn her untimely taking away. They have the
of the entire community in their hour of affliction.
Her husband, who was at Clinton, not knowing of
illness, had an uncontrollable desire to return home, and upon
her dangerously ill with rheumatic fever. Although all that could be
by the aid of medicine and attentive friends, was brought into
she lingered only eight days. Dr. Hanbidge of Victor, was in
by Dr. Buckley of Missoula.
She was married to Mr. Benjamin J. Long about ten
ago. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. M.L. Rickman (on
June 17th) who being personally acquainted with the deceased and
to be a Christian, spoke with much feeling and deep emotion, taking
text, Romans, viii:18.
Notwithstanding the depopulated condition of
a large number of friends assembled to do honor to the respected
quite a number were in waiting at the cemetery. All available teams
in the funeral procession, being thirty-seven in number. The
Messrs. Lee Johnston, Charles Scribner, David Lindsey, Wesley
McIntyre, and Nord Johnston. Deceased was buried in Victor cemetery,
side of Mr. Long's brother, who died at Curlew about a year
Tribune, June 23, 1893
JOHN N. LOOKERSE
January 18, 1908 - February 27, 1928
DEATH OF YOUNG MAN
Death came as a relief to John N. Lookerse, a
who had been in poor health for five years with Bright's disease, at
hospital Monday afternoon. He was born at the parental home west of
January 18, 1908, and up to the time he was able to attend school,
member of the sophomore class of the Hamilton High School. He
relinquished his studies on the advice of his physician.
Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas
is survived by eight sisters and three brothers, who have the
many friends in their bereavement.
The funeral will be held at the Presbyterian
afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J.C. Irwin officiating, and interment
in Riverview cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, March 1, 1928
FINETTA McLAUGHLIN LORD
January 20, 1899 - May 12, 1954
MRS. H.W. LORD, VALLEY PIONEER, TAKEN BY DEATH; RITES FRIDAY.
Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow
2 o'clock at the Dowling chapel in Hamilton in tribute to Finetta
of Herbert Watson Lord. Mrs. Lord passed away at Daly Memorial
2 o'clock Wesnesday morning, May 12, following an illness which took
to the hospital April 8.
Rev. Harry A Soloos will officiate at the
the pallbearers will be: G.F. Shook, Alvin House, William Wetzsteon,
Smith, Theo. Sherrill, and George Vogt. Interment will be made in
plot in Sula cemetery.
Finetta McLaughlin was born January 20, 1878 at
Arkansas. The surviving sons, who join their father to mourn the
Mrs. Lord, are Gilbert of Yuba City, California and George Raymond
home place on Warm Springs creek. Other survivors include eight
and 11 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers. They
McLaughlin, Yuba City, California and Tom McLaughlin, who lives in
Abstract from: The Western News, May 13, 1954
Mrs. George Luderman Is Called By Death
Last services were held yesterday for Mrs. George Luderman, 63, who
in Missoula Monday. The funeral was held from the Dowling Mortuary
and interment was made in Riverview Cemetery. Rev. H.H. Longnecker
charge of the services. The deceased is survived by two sons: Fred
The deceased was born in California and came to Montana and the
residing at Hamilton and Woodside for many years.
The Western News, June 13, 1929
ROBERT L. LUKE
August 3, 1904 - April 8, 1987
Ralph L. Luke, 83, died Wednesday afternoon at
Estates in Hamilton. He was born August 3, 1904 in Enfield, Conn.,
of David and Louisa Schwartz Luke, and he was raised and educated in
As a young man, he moved to Boston, Mass., where he met, and on Mary
married Olive E. Bingham. He worked several years in Boston. The
to Hamilton in April of 1979 to be near their daughter, where they
Survivors include his wife, Olive, three
Sorenson of Hamilton, Pearl Herselman of Ethiopia, and Edith
Johansen of Hyde
Park, Mass; a son, Willard Luke of Washington, PA, 16 grandchildren
great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother.
Services will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at
Chapel with the Rev. Roland Reed officiating. Cremation will take
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, April 10, 1987
October 17, 1923 - February 23, 1943
Doris Lyndes, 20, died at the home of her
and Mrs. Otis Lyndes, Tuesday afternoon shortly after being released
the hospital where she recently underwent an operation for
Miss Lyndes was born October 17, 1923 at the
south of Hamilton. She graduated from Hamilton High School in 1941
a year in kindergarten work before enrolling in Dillon Normal School
fall. At normal school, whe was captain of the volley ball team,
the Women's Athletic Association, Kampus Kadets, a pep club, and the
Relations club. She became ill about two weeks ago and returned home
Besides her parents, she is survived by a twin
Dorothy, who is in nurses training in Great Falls; and sisters,
Mrs. Leona Likes, both of Hamilton. Dorothy arrived Tuesday night,
in Missoula by her uncle, Harry Boozer.
Ravalli Republican, February 25, 1943
ANDREW W. LYNE
A.W. LYNE ENDS HIS OWN LIFE
WELL KNOWN OLD RESIDENT OF VALLEY COMMITTED SUICIDE AT HOME
Andrew W. Lyne, for 26 years a resident of the
Valley, died at his ranch home north of Darby about 10 o'clock
from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. That was the verdict of the
jury summoned yesterday afternoon to inquire into the cause of his
Alcoholic depression is believed to have been the
of Mr. Lyne's rash act. He had been drinking for more than a week.
only a periodical drinker, but while on a spree, he suffered
Lyne shot himself through the heart with a
rifle while sitting on a bunk in the granary near his house. While
he was accustomed to sleep in a tent near the house at night and in
in the daytime. The bullet entered the left breast, passed through
and, ranging upward, came out under the left shoulder. After passing
Lyne's body, the soft-nosed bullet perforated the board wall of the
and sang through the air nearly half a mile distant.
Virgil Moore, who was working for Lyne on the
ranch, heart the bullet whiz though the air overhead 60 rods from
He was in the road going to the house to see Lyne. Moore went to the
and called, but receiving no response, he went to the house and saw
who returned with him to the granary. When her husband failed to
Lyne started to rouse him by shaking him, ut discovered the blood on
clothes, which, with the rifle at his side, told the tale. She had
heard the report of the gun, but thought nothing of it.
Lyne's suicide was evidently premeditated. The
which he shot himself was always kept in the house, but Wednesday
apparently took it from its accustomed place over the door, although
did not miss it.
Coroner R.W. Getty was notified of the suicide
morning and left shortly after 1 o'clock for the Lyne home. He
jury consisting of A.F. Hobbs, Sam Lowman, John Logan, Dr. L.W. Day,
Akin and S.S. Henault, who, after hearing a number of witnesses,
the verdict given above.
"Andy" Lyne would have been 41 years of age
next. He ws born in Elko, Nevada, and came to the Bitter Root 26
D.D. Nicholson brought his family here from Butte through the Big
family settled at Corvallis and lived there for many years. For the
years, Mr. Lyne has lived near Darby. Of late years, he has engaged
but formerly he worked much of the time as a stationary engineer.
He is survived by a wife and two small sons, aged
4, and by two sisters, Mrs. Bray Wiley and Mrs. Dairy Krout of
The funeral was held at Darby this afternoon.
The Western News, August 13, 1913, page 1
Died: At Corvallis at 5 o'clock a.m. Saturday, June 18th, 1892, Miss
Lyne, aged 21, step-daughter of D.F. Allen. The funeral services
in the Presbyterian Church on Suday following, after which the
place at the cemetery near the village.
DEATH OF JOSEPH LYNE
Joseph Lyne, aged ten, died Christmas night at
of his widowed mother, Mrs. Lucy Lynd. Heart desease was the cause
following a protracted illness. The funeral was held yesterday
Rev. Chas. Rhodes conducting the service. Interrment was made in
The bereaved ones have the sympathy of the community.
The Western News, December 28, 1916 , page 1