GERALDINE O'HARA MACDONALD
NOTED LAWYER, MRS. MACDONALD, 78, TAKEN BY DEATH.
February 21, 1897 - February 4, 1975
Rosary is being said this evening at Dowling
Chapel for Mrs. E.R. Macdonald, 77, longtime valley attorney who
died February 4 early in the morning at St. Patrick Hospital in
Missoula. Requiem Mass will be said Thursday at 10 a.m. at St.
Francis Church with Father James Burns as celebrant. Interment will
be in Riverview cemetery.
Geraldine O'Hara was born February 21, 1897 in
Hamilton, a daughter of Robert A. and Frances Hughes O'Hara. Her
marriage to E.R. Macdonald took place September 27, 1940 in Reno,
Nevada. Her husband died October 14, 1964. Mrs. Macdonald is
survived by sisters, Roberta Hart, Metuchen, N.J.; Mrs. Mary
Bulzerin, Spokane; nephews and nieces. Pallbearers will be Clare
Conroy, M.L. Miller, Larry Persson, Barry Persson, Jerry Bates, and
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, February 5, 1975
M. JOHNSON MACE
Mace, a 65-year resident of Ravalli County, died Sunday morning in
her home in Hamilton. She was 72. Born august 16, 1904 at Sioux
Falls, SD. She moved to Corvallis with he parents in 1912.
August 16, 1904 - June 12, 1977
She married Earl Mace July 16, 1924 and the
couple ranched in the Three Miles area northeast of Stevensville
until last September when they moved to Hamilton. Mrs. Mace
was a member of the Hamilton Golden Age Club, the American
Association of Retired Persons and the Church of Jesus Christ Latter
Survivors include her husband, Earl, Hamilton; a
son, Walter, Missoula; two sisters, Edna Brown, Anaconda, and
Mildred Birck, Shellyville, Ind.; five grandchildren, and three
Funeral services will be at 21 pm Wednesday in
the Dowling Chapel. Burial will be in the Corvallis Cemetery.
Ravalli Republic, June 13, 1977
EUGENIA RUTH MACE
DIED ON BIRTHDAY
November 12, 1859 - November 12, 1932
Mrs. J.F. Mace Had Lived Seventy-Three Years
Funeral of Well Known Woman Held at Hamilton Presbyterian Church
Victor, November 16 - Mrs. Eugenia Mace, wife of
James F. Mace Sr., died suddenly Saturday evening at her home here.
She had complained of ill health during the day and remained in her
room, but ws no considered seriously sick. As the family was taking
places at the supper table, a sound from the sick room turned the
attention of a granddaughter who hurried to the beside only to find
that the aged woman had passed away. Mrs. Mace died on her 73rd
birthday. She had been a resident of western Montana since 1909,
living most of that time in the Hamilton community. Three years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Mace moved to victor.
Mrs. mace was a native of Pierson, Iowa, and
lived there until the move to Montana. She is survived by her
husband, a daughter, Mrs. M. Locke in California, and six sons,
Howard of Bonner's Ferry, Idaho; John Jr of Washington, D.C.; Ezra,
Orville and Thomas Mace of Missoula, and a brother and a sister in
Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian
church in Hamilton Tuesday afternoon by Rev. J.C. Irwin. The
Hamilton Rebekah lodge, of which Mrs. Mace was a member, paid honor
to her memory at the grave in Riverview Cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, November 17, 1932, page 8
JAMES FRANKLIN MACE
Death Takes Early Resident of Valley
February 25, 1858 - March 24, 1943
James Franklin Mace, 85, who died Thursday
morning in Missoula, first came to the Bitter Root in 1877 by ox
team and was involved in several battles with Indians.
He was born February 25, 1858 in Nebraska and
came to montana through the Black Hills of south Dakota. It was
there, at the age of 19, that he first fought the Indians. Later he
was driven out of the Bitter Root by the Indians, his group moving
to Provo, Utah. Mace sold his ox team there and went to Lexington,
Nebraska, but returned to the Bitter Root in 1904, buying a farm
He went to work for a lumber company in Missoula
in 1914. In 1918 he lost an arm in an accident and returned to his
valley ranch, living there until about a year after his wife died in
November 1932. Since 1933 he has made his home with son, Ezra, in
He was a member of the Masons and odd Fellow
lodges of Hamilton.
Beside Ezra, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs.
Vera Locke, Santa Ana, California; sons, James, Washington, D.C;
O.A. and Thomas L. also of Missoula; J.A. Tacoma, Washington; and
Harold R., Bonner's Ferry, Idaho; sisters, Mrs. Catherine
Spokesfield, Bloomfield, Missouri; 18 grandchildren and eight great
The Rev. C.R. Miller conducted funeral services
in the Dowling Chapel at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Burial was in
Riverview cemetery. Pallbearers ere Moses Humble, Thomas Dunbar,
Elmer E. Stone, Homer Benson, H.V. Gilmore, and William Pasche.
Ravalli Republican, April 1, 1943
CARL E. MAGNI
DEATH: Carl E. Magni, an invalid for nearly four years, died during
his sleep at his South Third Street home early Tuesday morning. His
death was discovered by Mrs. Magni about 6 AM and a physician said
the man had died an hour earlier. Mr. Magni was born at Safsjo,
Sweden, April 2, 1879 and when seven years old was brought to
the United States by relatives along with younger brother,
Gus. They joined their Father, Nels Magni, in Nebraska, and the
older brother and sister, Emil and Anna who had come the previous
year. The Mother had died in Sweden. The father brought his family
to Corvallis, Montana in 1887 and the family home was there for
several years. Carl Magni lived in that community until his marriage
to Elsa Strange Magni in December, 1918. Their home has been in
Hamilton for all of their 30 years together. Mr. Magni was a painter
and paperhanger by trade and his work was known through out the
Bitter Root Valley. He is also survived by the two brothers Gus and
Emil at Santa Barbara, California; a niece Mrs. Charles Shaw of
Orcutt, California, a stepson, Gene Manis, in Costa Rica and a
stepdaughter, Mrs. Wm. Gannon, formerly Beth Manis at Seattle.
April 2, 1879 - December 7, 1948
Western News, December 7, 1948
Contributed by Georgiann Dayton
ELSA A. MAGNI
One of the Bitter Root's eldest native daughters,
Elsa A. Magni, responded to the call of death Saturday, Dec. 11th
1971 in Seattle where she had resided in recent years with her
daughter, Beth Manis Gannon. She had attained the rich age of 90
years having been born February 18, 1881 in the Etna district east
of Victor the daughter of the late William Allen & Elizabeth
February 18, 1881 - December 11, 1971
Funeral services were held early this afternoon
at the Dowling chapel with Father C. Arthur Latta officiating.
Thereafter burial was made in Corvallis cemetery beside the grave of
her late husband, Carl Magni, who passed away Dec. 7, 1948. Pall
bearers were Ben Nichols, Bill Strange, Wayne Dayton, William
Reimer, Clare Conroy and Harry Stevenson.
Elsa Strange grew to womanhood in the district
east of Victor attending school at Etna and Willow Creek. She was
really one of the early inhabitants of the valley and was widely
known and highly respected. She was married to Oscar Manis Nov. 14,
1906. The couple lived in Stevensville, Missoula and Lewistown. In
the later community he operated an International Harvester business.
The couple became parents of two children, W.E. Manis and Beth
Manis. Mr. Manis passed away July 15, 1913.
In Corvallis on Dec. 18, 1918 she was married to
Carl Magni a painting and decorating contractor. The couple resided
in Hamilton for many years until his death. She continued to make
her home in Hamilton until 1956 when she moved to Seattle. Mrs.
Magni had for several years been in failing health prior to her
passing. She was an active member of the St. Paul's Episcopal church
in Hamilton and was a member of Leona chapter No.31 OES.
The survivors are her children Beth Gannon, who
came here from Seattle for the last rite, and the son W. Gene Manis.
His home is in Miami, Fla. but he is presently on an assignment in
the Orient. Other survivors are Mrs. Norris (Virginia) Nichols, a
niece and Morris Strange, a nephew. There are also three grandsons,
Will, Steve and Andy Manis. Steve was here for the funeral. He is a
student at the University of Montana at Missoula.
Contributed by Georgiann Dayton
Wallace Manis dies
May 20, 1913 - July 29, 1978
A former valley resident, Wallace Gene Manis,
died July 29 in Gainesville, Florida following a lengthy illness. He
was 65. He was born on May 20, 1913 in Lewistown and was the son of
Elsa Alice (Strange) and Wallace Oscar Manis. His mother was a
He attended school in Hamilton, graduating from
Hamilton High School in 1931 and from the University of Montana in
Missoula in 1935. He received a masters in botany from the
University of Michigan in 1936. He worked as a research botanist for
the Firestone Company in the area of West Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica
and Columbia prior to his marriage to Rosemary Vaughn Linstrom on
August 20, 1949. He then worked as a research botanist for the U.S.
government and lived in Costa Rica, Ceylon, Nigeria, Africa,
Washington D.C., Thailand and finally Florida.
He is survived by his wife, three sons, Will,
Steve and Andy, all living in Gainesville, Florida; and a sister,
Beth Manis Gannon of Freeland, Washington.
Memorials can be sent to the art department at
the University of Florida in care of rosemary Manis, 724 NW 40th
Terrace, Gainesville, Florida 32607
Ravalli Republican, August 3, 1978
WALLACE OSCAR MANIS
News came over the wire, Wednesday morning of the
death of Mr. W. Oscar Manis at Livingston at 7:30 AM after a short
illness with pneumonia. Mr. Manis was well known to the people of
Western Montana, having lived at Missoula for a number of years when
he worked in the Implement Department of the Missoula Mercantile Co.
Later he, George Kain and John W. Price formed a partnership and
sold goods in the old M.M. Company building. After a time they
formed a partnership with others and formed the Trading Company from
which he withdrew some two years ago and went over to Lewistown,
Montana to handle machinery for the International Harvester Co.
doing business there. Mr. Manis married Miss Elsie Strange about
seven years ago and they lived in Missoula, Stevensville and
Lewistown. They built the handsome dwelling in which Mr. and Mrs.
Abe Buck live in in this town. They sold it to them after going to
Lewistown to live. Mr. Manis was about 38 years old, and much
respected by all who came in contact with him. He was a man of
decided opinions and dared to support them. Very little could be
learned here yesterday of Mr. Manis 'death, but it was understood
that the funeral will be held in or near Lewistown today. Wm. and
Gibbon B. Strange, father and brother of Mrs. Manis have gone to
Lewistown by train and will be there until after the funeral.
November 10, 1871 - July 18, 1913
Northwest Tribune, Stevensville, Montana , July 18, 1913
"Wallace Oscar Manis died of pneumonia in his apartment in the
Broadway Hotel. He had become widely and favorably known as the
local representative of the International Harvester Company. Burial
was in the Lewistown Cemetery." (From the Fergus County Argus of
Lewistown) The deceased was born at Spring Place, Georgia, November
10, 1871. His parents moved from there to Kingston, Tennessee, when
the deceased was eight years old and at which place he spent the
greater part of his boyhood days. In March, 1898, he came to the
Gallatin County, Montana. He was married to Elsa Strange of
Stevensville, November 14, 1906 and came to Lewistown in July 1911,
where he and family have lived since. The family consists of the
widow and two children; a little girl about four years and a baby
boy of two months."
Mrs. W.O. Manis and children, arrived Sunday
morning and are at the Strange ranch south of Stevensville. They
were accompanied on the trip home to the Etna area by William and
Gibbon B. Strange, father and brother of Mrs. Manis, who went to
Lewistown to attend the funeral of Mr. Manis who died there last
Northwest Tribune, July 25, 1913
Contributed by Georgiann Dayton
Skalkaho Woman Buried This Morning Following Services at St. Francis
Mrs. Ruby Marvin, wife of John marvin, Skalkaho
rancher, died at the Daly hospital Monday morning following a brief
illness. She had been a patient at the hospital but a few days. Mrs.
Marvin, a native of Australia, was 47 years of age and the mother of
three sons and two daughters. The daughters are Mrs. Howard Sanford
and Miss Helen Marvin, and the sons are John Jr, Joseph and Rudolph.
All are residents of the Skalkaho locality except Mrs. Sanford,
whose home is in Hamilton. The family came to the Bitter Root valley
from Butte about ten years ago.
Funeral services were held this morning at 10
o’clock at St. Francis Catholic church by Rev. M.J. Donohue. Burial
was in Riverview cemetery. Mrs. Marvin’s death came as a distinct
shock to her many friends of the Skalkaho district.
Ravalli Republican, December 7, 1933
The infant daughter of Alva Mason of Grantsdale died Monday. The
mother passed away April 18, when the baby was but a week old. The
funeral was held at Grantsdale yesterday afternoon. Mr. Mason has
the heartfelt sympathy of many friends.
Western News, May 13, 1908, page 8
BRUCE H. MASON
DEATH OF A VETERAN
December 10, 1870 - June 4, 1934
Bruce Mason Sr. Victim of Miners' Ailment.
Military Rites to be Held at Dowling Chapel This Afternoon for
Spanish War Veteran.
Bruce Mason Sr, Spanish-American War veteran and
a former Butte miner, died at his home near Grantsdale early Monday
morning of a heart attack. Mr. Mason had been ailing for several
years with miner's consumption, but had been about his place
apparently in usual health. He came to the Grantsdale community
about three years ago from Butte where he had lived until December
10. His wife, Anna, and son Bruce live at Grantsdale. Two other
sons, Amos and Edward, live in Butte. A sister, Mrs. Mary Dean, and
a brother, Louis, live in Butte, while a sister, Mrs. Emma Doran,
and two brothers, Jonas and Amos, live in Indiana.
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2
o'clock at the Dowling chapel, Rev. R.H. Barrett to be in charge.
Spanish-American war veterans will act as pallbearers and military
honors will be accorded Mr. Mason's memory. Burial will be in
Ravalli Republican, 7 June 1934, page 1
CHESTER L. MASON
Death of Chester L. Mason.
July 21, 1865 - December 16, 1899
The Republican has received the following from
Cufrum, Idaho, in relation to the death of Chester L. Mason, a
former Bitter Root Valley boy, who died there a week ago last
"On last Saturday, at 11:30 a.m., Chester L.
Mason, who for the past three weeks has been a sufferer from catarrh
of the stomach, quietly passed to the other shore, where sorrow and
suffering do not come. Everything that was in the power of human
skill was done, but to no avail. During the two years of his
residence here, Mr. Mason has by honestly and industry built up a
flourishing business, and won a host of friends who sincerely regret
his death. The remains were taken to Weiser where they were prepared
for shipment to the home of his parents at Grantsdale, Montana. Mrs.
Mason's many friends here deeply sympathize with her in her great
The remains of Mr. Mason, in company with his
wife, and wife's mother, arrived in Grantsdale December 14th, and on
the 15th funeral services were held at the parents' residence, where
many sorrowful friends, in love and sympathy, came to pay their last
tribute to the dead, and accompanied the remains to their final
resting by the side of his two brothers and sister at Grantsdale.
Chester L. Mason was born in Butler County, Iowa,
July 21, 1865, and was married to Miss Nellie Adams of Minnesota,
April 24, 1888. He leaves a wife, wife's mother, two brothers, and
sister to mourn his death.
Ravalli Republican, Friday, 22 December 1899, page 3
EFFIE MAE KING MASON
June 13, 1877 - April 20, 1908
DEATH OF MRS. ALVAH MASON
Untimely Taking Away of a Resident of Grantsdale Early Monday
Mrs. Effie Mae Mason, wife of Alvah Mason, died
at her home in Grantsdale early Monday morning after a brief
illness. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Corintha King,
and had been a resident of Grantsdale for several years.
The deceased was born in Todd County Minnesota,
June 13, 1877. In April 1901, she came with her parents to
Grantsdale. She was married to Alvah Mason, March 20, 1903, and was
the mother of two children. They are Norma, Four years old, and a
baby, nine days old. Besides the husband and children, Mrs. Mason is
survived by their parents. two sisters, and three brothers.
The funeral was held Tuesday morning at 10
o'clock by Rev. Thomas H. Barker of the Hamilton Methodist Episcopal
Church and the body was interred in the Grantsdale Cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, Friday, April 24, 1908, page 1
DEATH OF LEANDER MASON
July 20, 1836 - June 9, 1906
Passed Away at Boise, Idaho, and the Body Brought Here for Burial at
The remains of Leander Mason, who died at Boise,
Idaho, June 9, arrived in Hamilton Wednesday night, and the funeral
held yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Grantsdale Presbyterian
Church, Rev. J.A. Meek, pastor of the Hamilton Methodist Church
officiating. The deceased was 69 years old, having been born in
Illinois July 20, 1836. He came to Montana in 1880 and located on a
ranch two and one-half miles south of Grantsdale, where he lived
until three years ago, when he went to Idaho. He had only been sick
thirteen days and the cause of death was diagnosed as cancer of the
stomach. He is survived by three children, all of whom were present
at the funeral. They are Alva and M.H. Mason, and Mrs. L.B.
Hale of Cottonwood, Idaho.
Ravalli Republican, 22 June 1906, page 1
RUE FLORENCE HART MATTESON
Rue Florence Hart Matteson died Monday in
Hamilton. She was 92. Born January 23, 1886 in Venita, Oklahoma, she
was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Hart. On May 22, 1906,
at the Hamilton Hotel, Rue Hart was married to Curtis Matteson, and
the couple settled in the Darby area.
January 23, 1886 - February 6, 1978
In addition to her husband, her son, Raymond,
preceded her in death in 1919, and her son, Everett, died in 1976.
Survivors include 2 daughters, Ila Terrell of Hamilton, and Inez
Leavens of Darby; 18 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 2
Funeral services are scheduled at 2 pm Friday in
the Darby Baptist Church, with the Rev. Tom Brown officiating.
Burial will be in the Lone Pine Cemetery in Darby. Pall bearers are
Mike Matteson, Larry Matteson, Charles Leavens, Lewis Leavens, Bruce
Opie, and Danny Muir. Honoray pallbearers are Bob Leavens, Dean
Hyatt, Jim Gullette, Don Leavens, and Jim Matteson. Dowling Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, February 8, 1978
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 25
for Charles G. Mattson at the Whitesitt Chapel in Stevensville with
interment being made in the family plot in Victor Cemetery where
graveside ritual was conducted by members of the Victor Masonic
Lodge. Rev. John T. Hall officiated at the chapel services. Mr.
Mattson passed away early Monday morning, June 24 in a Missoula
hospital. Pallbearers were W.A. Groff, William Thrailkill, J.E.
Babbitt, Harold White, Earl Redding, and George Burkhart.
December 12, 1882 - June 24, 1963
Charles G. Mattson was born December 12, 1882 in
Finland and came to the United States at the age of eight years. His
family settled in Michigan when he attained manhood, he worked in
the lumber industry in Minnesota where he et and married Grace W.
Symington. The couple moved to the Bitter Root in 1915 and ranched
east of Victor until 1945 when they moved to Missoula. Mrs. Mattson
passed away in 1955 and since then Mr. Mattson made his home with a
daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Wimett, 1120 5th St.
Mr. Mattson was a past master of Victor Lodge No.
43 AF & AM and received his t0 year pin in 1961. He was a
charter member of Missoula Scottish Rite Bosies, transferring
membership from Duluth, Minn. He had been a member of the group for
more than 50 years and took an active part in the activities of the
organization until the time of his death. He was a life member of
Aad Temple Shrine in Duluth.
Mr. Mattson was preceded in death by his only
son, Kenneth C. Mattson, who died in August 1934. Survivors include
two daughters: Mrs. Wimett and Mrs. Web McPherson of Great Falls;
three grandchildren; two step-grandchilden; five great
grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Marie W. Symington, Missoula; and
several half sisters and a half brother in Michigan
Charles G. Mattson, during his years of residence
in the Bitter Root, was one of the most proficient farmers and was
well known throughout the central potion of the valley, particularly
among members of the Masonic fraternity. He was accommodating,
industrious and possessed unusual ability in his chosen fields. His
many friends in the Bitter Root valley join the bereaved family in
mourning his departure from this world after a long and productive
The Western News, July 10, 1963
WILLIAM A. MATTHEWS
Rites Held Here Tuesday For W.A. Matthews, Taken By Death Friday
March 24, 1873 - March 23, 1951
Graveside rites of the Masonic Order were
conducted in Riverview Cemetery by a group of Masons headed by M.B.
Reynolds, W.M. of Ionic Lodge No. 38 A.F. & A.M. in tribute to
William A. Matthews, secretary of the Lodge, who passed away at Daly
Hospital in Hamilton at 6 a.m. Friday, March 23, following a sudden
attack of what was at first though to be virus pneumonia, but which
was later diagnosed as a heart attack. Burial was made in Riverview.
Prior to the cemetery rites, services were conducted at the Dowling
Chapel in Hamilton by Rev. Harold Harris. Active pallbearers at the
funeral were David Hope, Ray Tennant, Lee Brown, Harry Stevenson,
Robert Hall, and P.E. Pagenkopf. Honorary pallbearers were G.M.
Brandborg, A.E. Koenig, M.B. Reynolds, Archie McKillop, James
Jergensen, George Vogt, and Fred Lewis.
W.A. Matthews was born March 24, 1873 at Seneca,
Kansas. He moved to Oregon where he grew up, attended school and
became employed in the logging and timber industry. He worked in the
industry in Oregon for about 20 years, then moved to California and
was married at San Jose, California September 22, 1906. The Matthews
went to Canada where he was also engaged in office work in the
lumber industry before coming to Montana to locate at Libby. He
retired in 1942 and ran for the office of county treasurer on the
Democrat ticket and was elected, serving a single term allowed by
law. Mr. Matthews was secretary of Ionic Lodge No. 38 A.F. &
A.M. at the time of his heath, a position he had held for several
Those who survive Mr. Matthews are his widow,
Marie, and the following children: Rex, Great Falls; Ray, San Jose,
Cal.; Kenneth, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. E.W. Bucknail, San Jose; Mrs.
Alfred Noyes, Seward, Alaska; Mrs. T.R. Wessels, Spokane; Mrs. D.E.
Brown, Seattle; four grandchildren, one great grand child; two
brothers, Clem of Bakersfield, Ore.; and J.D. of Yakima, Wash.; and
twin sisters: Mrs. Dae Stafford and Mrs. V.A. Chchren, both of
Abstract from The Western News, March 22, 1951
CHARLOTTE V. MATTSON
Piltzville - Charlotte V. Mattson, 70, of Piltzville, died of
natural causes Thursday, September 8, at St. Patrick Hospital
in Missoula. She was born July 8, 1918 in Victor to Martin and
Bertha Rowan. She spent her early years and attended schools in
July 8, 1918 - September 8, 1988
On August 27, 1955, she married Norman Mattson in
Butte. They lived in the Missoula-Piltzville area since. Mrs.
Mattson worked as a meat wrapper at grocery stores in the Missoula
area, and was employed by John R. Daily Company. She retired in
1976. She enjoyed reading and bowling and was a member of the
Hamilton Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Survivors include her husband, Norman, of
Piltzville; a son, Jeff Close of Hillsboro, Oregon; a stepson, Duane
Mattson of Missoula; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren
and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, five brothers and a sister.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at
Livingston-Malletta & Geraghty Funeral Home in Missoula with the
Rev. Bob Pederson officiating. Burial will be at the Victor
Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9
a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at
Livingston-Malletta & Geraghty Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Hall, Karl Kellner, Cecil Connell, Maurice
Millikan, Charles Pachecho, and Ermindo Zavarelli.
The family suggests memorials to a charity of the
Contributed by Pat Close
NORMAN C. MATTSON
Piltzville - Norman C. Mattson, 72, died of a self-inflicted gunshot
wound Saturday, February 8 at his Piltzville home. Mr. Mattson had
battled a lengthy illness with cancer. He was born January 1, 1920
in Piltzville to Ole and Martha Mattson, and was raised and educated
January 1, 1920 - February 8, 1992
During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy
in the Pacific Theater. After his discharge, he returned to the
Missoula area. In 1955, he married Charlotte Close in Butte.
Mr. Mattson was an active member of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars, worked as an auto body repairman for the Chevrolet
dealerships in Missoula until his retirement in 1982.
Survivors include a son, Duane Mattson of
Snohomish, Washington; a stepson, Jeff Close, Hillsboro, Oregon; a
brother, Melvin "Mulley" Mattson, Missoula; and six grandchildren.
His wife preceded him in death September 8, 1988.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at
Livingston-Malletta & Geraghty Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert
Pedersen officiating. Burial will be at the Victor Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat Close
CLAUDE E. MAXWELL
CLAUDE MAXWELL DIED SATURDAY AT KALISPELL, RITES FRIDAY.
August 11, 1891 - February 2, 1954
Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow at
the Dowling Chapel for Claude E. Maxwell who died at a Kalispell
hospital February 2, 1954.
Rev. James Hastings will officiate at the rites
and burial will be made in Riverview cemetery. The pallbearers will
be Frank Cash, Jim Thompson, Fred Johnson, Fred Ward, Raymond Grube,
and Ray Severns. Graveside rites of the American Legion will be held
at the cemetery.
Claude E. Maxwell was born August 11, 1891 at St.
Paul, Kansas, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Maxwell.
Those who survive are, his parents and a sister,
Mrs. William Fullerton, also of Hamilton
Abstract from: The Western News, February 4, 1954
MATTIE SAPPINGTON MEASOM
Mrs. James Measom State Rebekah Head Funeral Held Monday
November 16, 1883 - May 20, 1949
Funeral services for Mrs. James Measom, President
of the Rebekah state assembly, who died suddenly on Thursday of last
week at a Missoula hospital, were held here Monday. Mrs. Measom was
taken to a Missoula hospital a few days previous, on account of a
heart affection. Her condition was not thought to be serious,
however, and she seemed to be improving. A nurse had brought a
tray with food and left Mrs. Measom alone in a room but when she
returned, Mrs. Measom had passed away.
Mrs. Measom had been a resident of this locality
for a number of years. She had been active in numerous local
affairs. She was a past president of the local Woman’s club
and past president of the Ravalli County Federation of Women’s
clubs. She was a member of the Methodist church and for many
years was treasurer of the Methodist Women’s society and she
belonged to the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Grand Army of the
Republic. She was active in Girl Scout work and was a member of the
local Girl Scout council.
Mrs. Measom was particularly active in Rebekah
lodge work. She was a past Noble Grand of Hope Rebekah lodge,
here at Stevensville. She belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary of
the Patriarchs Militant at Hamilton and held numerous offices in the
Rebekah state assembly. For the past year she had been
president of the stat Rebekah assembly and most of her time during
the past year had been devoted to that work. She had just
completed her visitation of lodges of the state, which included
visits to practically every lodge in the state. Her year’s
work as president of the state Rebekah assembly would have ended in
June, when the state assembly is to hold its annual meeting at
Mrs. Measom was born Mattie Sappington, November
16, 1883 and the town of Sappington, Montana, her birthplace, takes
its name from her family. She lived her entire life in
Montana. She attended and was graduated from the high school
at Dillon and later attended and was graduated from the Montana
Wesleyan College at Helena. About 37 years ago Mrs. Measom came to
this locality where she had lived since. She was married to
James Measom late last summer.
The funeral services were held at the Methodist
church here, Monday with the Reverend C. G. Spellman
officiating. Also, the Ladies Militant participated in the
services. The Rebekahs had charge of the Graveside services
and Ethel Krogness, vice-president of the state Rebekah assembly of
Montana, gave a fitting tribute to Mrs. Measom at the graveside. The
pallbearers at the church were Steve Roberts, Chester Harkness and
Kamille Otoupalik, all of Missoula: Soren Hendrickson and
James McCallen of Hamilton. The pallbearers at the cemetery were
Lawrence Maxwell, Bert Maxwell, Fredrick Dawson, Harry Dawson John
Dawson and Albert Barrott, sons and son-in-law of the deceased.
Mrs. Measom is survived by her husband, two
daughters, Mrs. Albert Barrott of Blackfoot, Idaho, and Mrs. Don
Stover of Boise, Idaho; six sons, Lawrence Maxwell, Bert
Maxwell and Guy Maxwell of San Francisco, California; John
Dawson of Seattle, Harry Dawson of Sappington, and Fredrick Dawson
Northwest Tribune, May 26, 1949, page 1
Contributed by Kelly McCarley
DR. MARY ANN MICKA
Dr. Mary Ann Micka Dr. Mary Ann Micka, 65, a
retired USAID officer resident in D.C. since 1980, died unexpectedly
in Georgetown University Hospital on April 8 of a cerebral
hemorrhage. Dr. Micka was born in Hamilton, Montana, daughter of Tom
and Helen Micka. She grew up in the Bitterroot Valley and graduated
from Corvallis Highschool in 1959. After receiving an undergraduate
degree at Montana State University, she graduated from Case Western
University Medical School in 1966. In 1968 she joined the Peace
Corps as soon as women were allowed and served in Cameroon. In 1975
she acquired a graduate degree in Public Health from the University
of Texas in Houston. Then she served as Director of Maternal and
Child Health at the Texas Department of Health.
September 14, 1940 - April 8, 2006
In May of 2003 she received the Population,
Health, and Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award from USAID for
promoting quality health care. After retiring in 2003, Dr. Micka
continued to be active at St. George's Episcopal Church in
Arlington. She devoted herself to volunteer work and to many
hobbies, among them travel, gardening, bridge, singing, and special
care of her cats. She is survived by her daughter, Raluca Popovici.
Abstract from Austin American-Statesman, April 22, 2006
ETHEL A. CLARK MILES
Ethel A. Miles, 88, died Wednesday, March 25, in
Hamilton at the Valley View Estates of natural causes. She was born
March 18, 1902 in Walthill, Nebraska the daughter of George and
Pearl Drown Clark. She was raised and educated in Nebraska and Iowa.
After completion of teachers college, she taught school in Panora,
Iowa. In 1925, she married Albert Miles in Greenfield, Iowa. They
moved to Montana, settling on a farm north of Corvallis.
March 18, 1902 - March 28, 1990
Survivors include her husband, Albert of the
family home; two sisters, Evelyn McGee and Lora Skaff, both of Sioux
Falls, SD, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death
by an infant son.
Funeral services will be held Monday 2 p.m. at
the Daly-Leach Chapel with Pastor Robert Mullen officiating.
Interment will follow at the Corvallis Cemetery. Pallbearers will be
Gilbert Gander, Robert Bailey, Edwin Sager, Robert Sager, Joe
Yanzick, and Ralph Maki. Honorary pallbearers will be Wes Cook,
Morris Gardner, Al Lensing, Bob Holloron, Dee Holloron, John Parker,
and Otto Quast.
Friends may call Sunday from 6 until 9 p.m. and
on Monday from 9 a.m. until time of services at the chapel.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, March 30, 1990
Harold Miles, 86, of Hamilton, died early
Wednesday in Seattle at the Harborview Medical Center. Death was a
result of burns he sustained while burning weeds in an irrigation
ditch at his home north of Hamilton. He was born February 4, 1904 in
Darby, the son of George and Hester Bones Miles. He received his
education in the local schools.
February 4, 1904 - March 28, 1990
On November 6, 1920, he married Erma Hartsell in
Darby. He worked for the Forest Service, the Anaconda Mining Company
in Anaconda and Sentinel High School of Missoula. Harold was a
veteran of Marine Corps service during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Erma of Hamilton; two
sons, Bobby Charles and Gene both of Missoula; five grandchildren;
nine great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He
was preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at
the Darby First Baptist Church with Rev. Alan Maki officiating.
Interment will follow at the Lone Pine Cemetery in Darby with
military rites furnished by the Hamilton American Legion. A
reception at the church for family and friends will follow the
Pallbearers will be Louie, Michael, Laurie, and
Judy Miles, Kevin Corbally, and Linda Cardinal. The family suggests
that memorials be made to the American Heart Association, 510 1st
Ave. North No. 4, Great Falls, MT.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, March 30, 1990
Donald Miller Passes, Rites Pend at
December 31, 1879 - February 7, 1966
Donald Miller, 86, Missoula, died Monday morning
at a Missoula rest home. He was born at Perry, Kansas, December 31,
1879. He was married to Julia Wood at Eaton, Colorado in 1908. They
made their home at Lawrence, Kansas until 1912 when they moved to
They located on a ranch in the burnt fort
community where they resided until December 1965, when they moved to
Missoula to make their home.
Survivors include four sons, Lloyd Miller,
Oceanport, NJ, J.W. Miller, Bremerton, Washington, Lewis of Missoula
and John of Stevensville; two sisters, Fay Stark, Rolling Hills,
California, and Zoe Wilmont of Bethesda, MD, nine grandsons and four
Services are pending at the Whitesitt Mortuary in
Ravalli Republican, February 7, 1966
YVONNE M. KAPHAMMER MILLER
Yvonne M. Miller, 69, of Corvallis, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7,
in Hamilton at the Marcus Daly Hospice Center, with all her family
present, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
March 26, 1934 - January 7, 2004
Yvonne was born on March 26, 1934, in Idaho
Falls, Idaho, the daughter of John and Marie DeShazer Kaphammer. The
family moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 1949 and settled on a ranch
near Woodside. Yvonne graduated from Corvallis High School in 1952.
While in high school, she helped to form the high school band. She
also played in a dance band in the community. On Sept. 7, 1952, she
married R.D. "Pete" Miller in Hamilton.
Survivors include, her husband, Pete of
Corvallis; their daughters, Karyn and husband Doug Johnston, LaVonne
Miller and JoAnne and husband Jay Johnson, all of Corvallis;
grandchildren, Kevin and wife Melissa Hayworth of Corvallis, Karinne
Pearcy of Burkesville, Ky., and John Nilles of Corvallis;
great-granddaughter, Madison Hayworth; brothers, Kenneth and wife
Jean Kaphammer of New Jersey and Larry Kaphammer of Missoula;
sister, Emily and husband Gene Makela of Tulsa, Okla., and her
beloved little dog, Holly. Besides her parents, she was preceded in
death by her brother, John.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated
Saturday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in
Hamilton with the Rev. John Darragh presiding. Family interment will
take place later at the Corvallis Cemetery. Visitation for friends
will be Friday, Jan 9, from 2 until 6 p.m. at the Daly-Leach Chapel
The family suggests memorials to MDM-Hospice of
the Bitterroot, SAFE or to the Bitterroot Humane Association.
Abstract from Ravalli Republic, January 8, 2004
John Moisio Passes On, Wednesday Rites
November 26, 1882 - January 26, 1974
John Moisio, 91, a resident of the valley for
many years, died Saturday at Marcus Daly Hospital here. He had been
in poor health for some time Funeral rites are planned at the
Dowling Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Carl Rohr officiating.
Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Moisio was born November 26, 1882 in Vaasa,
Finland, and came to Alberta with his parents as a child, growing up
on a homestead. He later moved to Missoula where he was employed by
a power and water firm. After moving to the Bitter Root, Moisio
farmed and ranched here and also was employed as a laborer and
construction worker until retiring in 1951.
His wife, Anna, died here in 1957. Survivors
include five sons, Roy of butte, Uno of Hamilton, George of
Oakridge, Oregon, and Robert and Leo of Klamath Falls, Oregon; three
daughters, Helen of Portland, Lillian of San Francisco and Julia of
Hamilton, along with four grandchildren and four great
Ravalli Republic, January 28, 1974
Uno M. Moisio, 78, of LaGrande, Oregon, died
Thursday, May 15, 1997 at a local care facility in Oregon. He was
born October 5, 1918, the son of John and Anna Hiatata Moisio of
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. When he was young, the family homesteaded
in Montana. he attended schools in Montana and in January 1943, he
enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in England during world
War II. In January 1946, he was honorably discharged and, in 1947,
he married Aileen Hansen in Montana. He worked as a Maytag repairman
in Hamilton for many years until retiring in 1988. In November 1989,
he moved to LaGrande to be near his family
October 15, 1918 - May 15, 1997
Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Craig
and Paula Moisio, of LaGrande Oregon; two brothers, Leo Moisio of
Klamath Falls, Oregon, and George Moisio of Oakridge, Oregon; two
sisters, Julia Peters of Hamilton and Lily Moisio of San Francisco,
California; two granddaughters, Rachel and Mandy; a great
granddaughter Taylor; and numerous other relatives. He was preceded
in death by his wife, Aileen, in 1967.
At his request, there will be no public services.
Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley
in LaGrande, Oregon
Ravalli Republic, May 16, 1997
Pioneer Woman Dead
December 1849 - October 10, 1922
Mrs. G.W. Monroe, Former Darby Resident, Passed Away at Helena
Hospital Last Week
Darby, October 19 - Mrs. George W. Monroe, 72, former resident of
Darby, died October 11 at St. Peter's Hospital in Helena, following
an illness of several months. Mrs. Monroe, who was a native of
Tennessee, came to Montana in the early seventies, being one of the
first school teachers in the territory. She was the widow of the
late Dr. G.W. Monroe, pioneer physician of Montana, who died about
10 years ago. The Monroes lived at Darby a number of years, and the
deceased had many warm friends in the community. Burial occurred in
Mount Moriah Cemetery, Butte, last Friday.
Surviving relatives are a daughter-in-law, Mrs.
B.K. Monroe and children of Hamilton; a sister, Mrs. J.A. Hoge of
New York; a niece, Miss Ernestine Nichols of Bozeman, and two
nephews, George R. Nichols of California and Frank E. Hoge of New
York. A step-daughter, Mrs. J.C. DeJarnette, resides in Missoula.
Ravalli Republican, Friday, October 20, 1922
MONELL HERMAN MONSON
Victor Man Fatally Wounded in Action
Victor, December 13 - Monell Herman Monson, about 30, fireman 2//c,
died of wounds received in action in the South Pacific, according to
word received yesterday from the war department by his wife. Fireman
Monson, who came here about 13 years ago from Minnesota, joined the
Navy January 13, 1944. Following his boot training he was assigned
to a destroyer in the Pacific where he saw considerable action. He
was a carpenter and woodsman as well as a farmer.
Survivors include his widow, the former Mabel
Simonson; sons, Monell Mons and Melvin Herman; parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Mons Monson of Minnesota, and two brothers in the service.
Ravalli Republican, Wednesday, December 13, 1944
FRANK WENDELL MOORE
FRANK MOORE, 75, DIES IN HOME FIRE.
October 4, 1877 - January 9, 1954
Stevensville- Graveside services were held Sunday for Frank
Wendell Moore, 76 who died Saturday Interment was in Riverside
Cemetery. His death was the first violent fatality in Ravalli County
Mr. Moore, a bachelor, was born October 4, 1877,
at Elkhart, Indiana and went to Hamilton from Missoula in 1945. He
moved to Stevensville in 1951. He was known around Hamilton as "Jim
Helly" and at one time worked for C.W. Ellingwood as a sheep herder.
His only known survivor is a sister, Mrs. Lew
Leatherman, Wakarusa, Indiana.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republican, January 11, 1954
LILA E. MOREY MORGAN
Lila E. Morgan, 93, died Sunday at Valley View Estates. She was born
November 12, 1898 at Lilly, SD, the daughter of Alice and Chauncy
Morey. She moved to Canada with her family in 1908 and was married
to Charles Bickner in 1921 at Webb, Sask., Canada. They were
divorced in 1943. She was married to Ivan Morgan in 1952.
November 12, 1898 - May 31, 1992
Survivors include three daughters, Alice Shook of
Mesa, Arizona, Irene Lomax of Seattle, and Lila “Babe” Williams of
San Diego, California; a son, Archie Bickner of Summerland, B.C.; a
sister, Mae Leno of Calgary, Alberta; a brother, Clarence More of
Denman Island, B.C.; stepchildren, Donald and Bill Morgan and Jo
Anne Bryant; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four
sisters, four brothers, and two sons.
There will be no services. Cremation arrangements
are under the direction of Dowling Funeral Home. The family suggests
memorials to the United Methodist American Baptist Federated Church,
or Hamilton Haven House.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, Tuesday, June 2, 1992
DANIEL D. MORRIS
DAN D. MORRIS DIES AT HIS HOME NORTH OF CORVALLIS
October 17, 1891 - July 16, 1955
Dan Morris Morris died suddenly Saturday, July 16
at 2:30 a.m. Daniel D. Morris was born October 17, 1891 in Corvallis
in the old Methodist parsonage, the son of John and Flora Morris,
deceased in 1906 and 1952 respectively.
He and Corvallis teacher, Pearl Wunn, were
married at Butte on February 26, 1916. The couple had two children,
a daughter who died in infancy and the son, John D., who survives
Mr. Morris is survived by his brothers Lester and
W. Ray, and the son. The latter arrived Tuesday from Aruba,
Netherlands West Indies. There are three grandchildren, Maribeth,
Terri, and Johnny and two sisters-in-law, Eliza and Carrie
Wunn of St. Paul, Minnesota. The latter had come on July 8 for their
annual summer visit.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon
at Dowling Chapel with Rev. Jesse Dove officiating. Burial was in
Corvallis Cemetery and Corvallis Masonic graveside rites were held.
Pallbearers were John Hawker, Ray Murphy, Dudley Bowden, Gilbert
Chaffin, Mason Simmons, and Edwin Bay.
Abstract from: The Western News, July 21, 1955
FLORA WAN MORRIS
VALLEY OLD TIMER, FLORA MORRIS, PASSES; WAS 89 YEARS OLD.
April 28, 1863 - July 31, 1952
Mrs. Flora Morris, one of the valley's real
old-timers, passed away at Daly hospital about 10:30 this morning.
Funeral services will be conducted at Dowling chapel Saturday at 2
p.m. and burial will be in Corvallis cemetery.
She was born April 28, 1863 near Halltown,
Missouri, sixth of eight daughters born to Mr. and Mrs. William
Clayton Wan. She was born during the Civil War and could recall the
terrible "carpetbag" days which occurred during her childhood. Flora
graduated from Marrionville Teachers college and taught in her home
state until October 18, 1882 when she married John Wesley Morris.
Their first child, Glen Rose, who is now deceased, was born in
Two sons, Lester and Dan, were born at the
Corvallis homestead. She was the last survivor of 16 sisters and
brothers-in-law. Her husband was the first of the group to pass
away. Survivors include the three sons: Lester, Butte; Dan and Ray,
Corvallis; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Abstract from: The Western News, July 31, 1952
JOHN WESLEY MORRIS
FUNERAL OF J.W. MORRIS, A PIONEER OF THE BITTER ROOT VALLEY, HELD BY
THE MASONS AT CORVALLIS.
J.W. Morris, who was taken to the hospital at
Missoula a week ago last Monday, died last Thursday evening at 4
o'clock. Mr. Morris was highly respected by all who knew him. He had
been a sufferer of Bright's disease for some time and death was
regarded as inevitable.
The remains were taken to Corvallis, where the
funeral occurred Sunday under the auspices of the Masonic lodge of
that place, of which the deceased was a member. The services were
held at the home of Mrs. W.C. Wan, mother-in-law of the dead man.
Mr. Morris was one of the best known and most prosperous ranchers of
the valley, having resided there about twenty-three years.
Ravalli Republican, July 27, 1906
PEARL WUNN MORRIS
MRS. DANIEL MORRIS IS TAKEN BY DEATH, RITES AWAY ARRIVAL OF SON FROM
THE WEST INDIES.
December 6, 1891 - March 17, 1948
Mrs. Pearl Morris was called by death at St.
Patricks Hospital in Missoula early yesterday when was claimed after
an illness of several weeks. Funeral services will be held at the
Dowling Chapel after the arrival of her son, John, who is coming
from the West Indies. Interment will be made in Corvallis Cemetery.
At the funeral, the pallbearers will be Paul Lear, Gilbert Chaffin,
Troy McKinney, Ray Murphy, Edgar Puyear, and Maurice Holloran.
Pearl Wunn was born at Sheffield, Iowa, December
6, 1891, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wunn. She graduated the
Plattville Teacher's College in Wisconsin, taught two years at
Beloit, Wisconsin before coming to the Bitter Root in September,
1914 to teach in the Corvallis School. She was wed February 26, 1916
to Daniel Morris of Corvallis and had made her home there ever
Those who survive the Corvallis matron are her
husband and son, John Dee Morris; two grandchildren, Maribeth and
Teri; and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Atkinson, Sheffield, Iowa, and
Misses Eliza and Carolyn Wunn of St. Paul. The latter two are both
at Corvallis. She was a daughter-in-law of Mrs. Flora Morris,
Corvallis resident for many years. The son and two grandchildren are
at Aruba, Netherlands West Indies, where John Dee Morris is
associated with the Standard Oil interests there.
Abstract from: The Western News, March 18, 1948
ARTHUR L. MOWATT
A.L. MOWATT BURIED YESTERDAY.
1865 - 1910
Arthur L. Mowatt, of Victor, aged 44 years, died
of Peritonitis at the Sister's hospital in Missoula on Wednesday,
July 13, 1910. The funeral was conducted from the home by the
members of the Masonic lodge of Victor at 3 p.m. yesterday, when he
was laid to rest in the Victor cemetery. He leaves to mourn his
departure a devoted wife and three small children.
The bereaved relatives have the sincere sympathy
of a large circle of friends. Undertaker John Dowling of this place
had charge of the funeral.
Northwest Tribune, July 15, 1910