MARY LOUISE HUMBLE NEAVES
MRS. MARY NEAVES DIES SATURDAY AFTER LONG ILLNESS.
November 6, 1877 - May 8, 1954
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Neaves who passed
at Daly hospital Saturday, May 8, were held yesterday afternoon at
chapel with Rev C.J. Taber officiating. Burial was in Corvallis
beside the grave of her husband, Robert Neaves, who died in 1924.
were: Frank Merritt, Roy Tilton, John Fink, Elric Remillard, Emmett
and Normal Long, all old time friends of the deceased matron. Mrs.
had been ill since 1948 with goiter and later heart trouble. The
months she had been critically ill.
Mary Louise Humble was born in Green County,
November 6, 1877. She was married at Corvallis to Robert Neaves in
lived about four years on Hamilton Heights.
Surviving besides her sons, Walter, Hamilton and
Great Falls, and her brother, John, are a sister, Mrs. Amanda
Falls; three grandchildren, Bob, Delores, and Billy of Hamilton, and
nieces and nephews. "Chick" Neaves arrived Friday to be with his
after the services.
Abstract from: The Western News, May 13, 1954
Frank A. Neilsen Rites on Tuesday
July 19, 1896 - November 19, 1948
Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon
o’clock at Dowling Funeral chapel for Frank Arthur Neilsen, 52, who
died Friday at his home five miles south of Grantsdale. Rev. C.J.
will officiate. The American Legion will have charge of the
Interment will be in the Lone Pine cemetery at Darby. Mr. Neilsen
been ill for some time with a heart ailment.
He was born July 19, 1896 in Sennington, Wis. He
lived in this community for 16 years and in the Bitter Root Valley
24 years. he was a veteran of the first world war, enlisting in the
Marines in 1916 and was discharged in 1921.
He is survived by his widow, Evelyn; three
Edwin L., Portland, Ore.; Chris, Seattle, and Theodore, Missoula;
sisters, Irene Neilsen of California; and Mrs. Dorothy Fortiter,
Ravalli Republican, November 22, 1948
LARS PETER NELSEN
LARS P. NELSEN OLD TIMER HERE PASSES; LAST TRIBUTE TODAY
September 27, 1888 - March 9, 1952
Final tribute for Lars Peter Nelsen was paid at
in Dowling chapel this afternoon. Rev. Marvin Keen officiated and
was in Grantsdale cemetery by the grave of a daughter, Rose, who
1905. Pallbearers were four sons-in-law, Hans Anderson, C.W. Jones,
Carpenter, Gred Cothren, and two grandchildren, Calvin Carpenter and
Jones. He passed away at his Nicol addition home Sunday, after a
Mr. Nelsen was born in Denmark October 12, 1868,
his schooling there. He and Mrs. Nelsen were married in Denmark
Survivors include the widow, Lucie, and ten of
children born to the couple, daughters, Mrs. Mark Reimel, Los
Mrs. C.W. Jones, Mrs Hans Anderson, Mrs. T.H. Carpenter, Mrs Fred
and Misses Grace and Elsie Larsen, all of Hamilton; sons, Arthur and
Hamilton, Elmer of Seattle. Twelve grandchildren and 16 great
Mrs. Reimel and Elmer were unable to come for the services.
Abstract from: The Western News, March 13, 1952
Former Well Known Merchant and Horseman of Hamilton Dies Suddenly in
The people of Hamilton were shocked Tuesday
a telephone message from Missoula stating that John W. Nelson,
of the Valley Clothing store, had been found dead in his bed at his
in that city.
For years Jack Nelson was the most prosperous and
businessman in Hamilton. His sudden death amid surroundings which
evidence of his former affluence adds to the sorrow and sympathy of
While the news was a terrible surprise to his former friends here,
no astonishment in Missoula as he had been having terrible choking
for several days. Silently in the night time with his children
the same room with him, he was seized by such an attack and gave up
Not till the next morning did those sleeping with him know that he
mrs. Nelson had come up the valley to Hamilton the evening before
news was at once telephoned to her, she returning on the freight.
The funeral took place in Missoula Thanksgiving
the auspices of the Elks, of which order he was a member. If Jack
had any faults they were buried with him. His nobler qualities were
and will be remembered by many a grateful heart.
Ravalli Republican, Friday, November 25, 1904
ELIZA ANN NICHOLS
Eliza Nichols Dies, Almost 95; Lived in Spokane
October 10, 1864 - October 9, 1959
Word was received at Woodside Saturday afternoon
death in Spokane that noon of Mrs. Eliza Ann Nichols, former
of the Hamilton district. Had she lived another day, she would have
the age of 95 years. The information was received by Mrs. Maude
and Henry Nichols, stepchildren of Mrs. Opie. Funeral services and
were at Spokane Tuesday.
Eliza Ann Nichols was born in England October 10,
She and her first husband, J.H. Opie, located on the west side of
Root, having a tract of land on the south side of Roaring Lion Creek
west of the present west side road. There they produced the first
crop of strawberries to be shipped from the Bitter Root. They sent
berries to Butte via express from Hamilton depot. In those days, two
plied daily between Butte and Hamilton. They operated their berry
about five years in the era following the turn of the century. After
Opie's death, the widow and her son, Headly, moved to the Doran
In 1917, she was married to the late Henry Nichols who died December
Her son had moved to Spokane and married in the meantime. After Mr.
death, the widow joined her son and daughter-in-law in Spokane. She
a resident of that city until her death.
Survivors are the son,
Opie; a daughter-in-law; a granddaughter, Mrs. Julia Tiekamp of
four great grandchildren and stepchildren, Henry Nichols and Mrs.
The Western News, October 15, 1959
ELIZA CHAPMAN NICHOLS
Woodside Matron Dead, Funeral This Afternoon
1863 - December 11, 1915
Mrs. Henry Nicholls died Saturday at her home west of Woodside. The
will be held this afternoon from the Consolidated Church at
Gallager conducting the service. Interment will be made in Corvallis
Eliza Nicholls was born in Cornwall, England, in 1863. She married
Nicholls in 1887 and they came to Butte in 1891 and from there to
Root valley in 1912. She is survived by the husband, one daughter,
and a son, Henry, together with other relatives resident in Butte.
ones have the sympathy of the community.
The Western News, December 14, 1915, page 1
Card of Thanks
We take this means to extend our heartfelt thanks to our many
neighbors who were so kind to use during the illness and after the
of our beloved wife and mother, Mrs. Eliza Nicholls. We especially
thank the Federated Church Guild and those who sent the beautiful
H. Nicholls and family
Ravalli Republican, December 24, 1915, page 5
Woodside Farmer is Dead After Long Illness
September 17, 1863 - December 7, 1921
Henry Nicholls, a prominent farmer residing near
died at his home last Wednesday evening after an illness of four or
years due to tuberculosis.
The deceased was born in Cornwall, England, on
17, 1863, and has been a resident of the United States for
He came to the Bitter Root valley nine years ago. Although he had
four or five years, it was only during the past 14 months that his
became alarming and all of that time he was confined to his home.
The funeral services were held at the Methodist
in Corvallis Sunday afternoon and interment was made in the
The Western News, December 15, 1921, page 1
Henry Nichols Succumbed to Injuries From Car Accident
December 31, 1891 - October 26, 1973
A respected Corvallis man, Henry Nichols,
injuries received in a car accident October 16 at Victor Crossing
overtook him at Community Hospital in Missoula October 26.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Dowling
interment in Corvallis Cemetery. Ritual of the Masonic order honored
Nichols, a longtime member of the Corvallis lodge. Rev. Monroe
and pallbearers were Russell Lairy, Clarence Moyle, Dick Bryson,
Gene Nulliner, and Donald Thorson. Honorary pall bearers were Fay
Gomer Lockridge, Nick Totsoff, Nels H. Olson, Louis Nulliner,
Lloyd Terry, and Loren Gander.
Henry Nichols was born December 31, 1891 at
Michigan, son of Henry and Elizabeth Chapman Nichols. The parents
rest in Corvallis Cemetery.
Abstract from The Western News, October 31, 1973, page 1
VIRGINIA STRANGE NICHOLS
Virginia Strange Nichols, 83, of Helena, died at
Valley Health Care Center in Stevensville, Thursday, May 1, 1997.
born January 3, 1914 in Stevensville in the Etna District, and was
of Big and Jessie (Morris) Strange. Ginny graduated from the
High School in 1932. On October 13, 1934, she married Norris Nichols
Ginny and Nick farmed and ranched within one mile of her birthplace
years. One of the favorite places was the Bitterroot Valley and the
January 3, 1914 - May 1, 1997
Ginny collected antiques during her life and
went into business in 1971 selling out of her home in Stevensville.
she and her husband moved to Helena in 1973, she worked at "Days of
for eight years. She also enjoyed meeting new people through her
Virginia was an active volunteer for the American
Society in Ravalli County for 15 years and she was active in the
County Historical Society in the museum. As an amateur historian,
most interested in Fort Owen and St. Mary's Mission at Stevensville.
was one of 13 authors of the "Montana Genesis" written in 1971; this
history of Stevensville and the surrounding area. While in Helena,
served as a member of the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers and
state honorary chairman of the State Historical Museum in Helena.
were pioneers to the Bitterroot and her great-grandmother was also a
She was preceded in death by a brother, Morris
and a daughter-in-law, Sue Nichols. Ginny is survived by her
of Helena; two sons, Gib Nichols and his wife, Sally, of Helena; and
Nichols of Stevensville; and one daughter, Karyl Arndt and her
of Aurora, Colorado. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Roseanne
husband Joe Heser of Ames, Iowa; Shaun and his wife, Heather
Charleston, S.C.; Brendan and his wife, Jennifer Nichols, of
and Tyler Arndt and Virginia Arndt of Aurora; and four
Also surviving is a niece, Georgiann Dayton; a nephew, Bill Strange;
sister-in-law, Helen Strange, all of Stevensville.
Memorial services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 27,
Funeral Home in Stevensville. Memorials may be sent to the Shrine
N. 820 Summit Boulevard, Spokane, Washington, 99201-1598, or the
at Victor, Montana 59875.
The Missoulian, Missoula, Montana
Contributed by Georgiann Dayton
DAVID D. NICHOLSON
One of the Old Residents of Bitter Root Valley
Twenty-Nine Years Ago He Located on Land Where He Had Resided Ever
Darby, November 16 - David D. Nicholson died at his home about two
of town last Thursday morning. Mr. Nicholson was one of the very
of the Bitter Root valley,having come to Montana in 1861 and to the
Root in 1887 and located on the land where he since resided.
“Dave,” as he was called by his friends, was a
kindly man, beloved by his neighbors and respected by all who knew
to a fault, and a well-wisher, he was always welcome in any home or
or private gatherings. He had become one of the best known men in
valley and will be missed by this community. He leaves one daughter,
who resided with her father and is now at the old home. The burial
at 2 o’clock Tuesday.
Ravalli Republican, Friday, November 17,
LOUIS J. NORDHEIM
AUTO HITS TRAIN. LOUIS J. NORDHEIM DIED OF ACCIDENT INJURIES.
October 17, 1860 - February 1938
Almost instant death for one person and serious
for another was the result of an accident near the Corvallis depot
o'clock Friday afternoon when an auto driven by L.J. Nordheim, in
wife was a passenger, struck a Northern Pacific freight train. Mr.
succumbed a few minutes later from his injuries and his wife was
the Daly hospital in a semi-conscious condition. Failure to see the
train is believed to have been responsible for the accident.
Coroner John Dowling and Under Sheriff A.C. Baker
to the scene in an ambulance, finding Mr. Nordheim in a dying
he passed away a short time later. The remains were brought to
the same ambulance which was used to convey his wife to the Daly
Mr. Nordheim's head was cut, his skull fractured and his chest
officers reported. Mrs. Nordheim received head concussions and chest
She told the officials that she did no remember having seen the
reports of the trainmen and others were to the effect that the train
whistled repeatedly inasmuch as it did not intend to make a stop at
The impact of the crash threw the car about 35 or
from the crossing and both its occupants were thrown clear of the
Mr. Nordheim was lying near the back of the car when Mr. Dowling and
Baker arrived at the scene. Mrs. Nordheim had been hurled through
It is reported that the force of the impact was so great as to break
cowcatcher on the train so badly that it had to be taken off before
to Missoula. Mr. and Mrs. Nordheim were enroute from their home in
district northeast of Corvallis to Hamilton and the train was
on its return trip to the Garden City.
Louis J. Nordheim was born in Norway on October
and came to the United States in 1888. He had been a resident of the
31 years and was active in the operation of his ranch in the
Last fall, he observed his 77th birthday anniversary with a dinner
arranged by his wife, for a company of 12 people. Mr. and Mrs.
frequent trips to Hamilton and they were well-known in this part of
Besides his wife, Mr. Nordheim is survived by his
George Nordheim, who made his home with the deceased; and two
Johnson of Hamilton and Ingward Nordheim of Smelterville, Idaho. The
had been reared by Mr. and Mrs. Nordheim and his relationship to
more like that of a son. He came immediately upon receiving word of
Last rites in Mr. Nordheim's memory were
the Dowling chapel yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. C.J. Taber
Mrs. Wilson Taylor sang vocal selections. Burial was made in the
cemetery and those to act as pallbearers were Holger Toftoy of
John Hackman of Grantsdale, W.E. Chapin, O.M. Gerer, S.A. Wheeler,
Peterson of Hamilton. Other relatives present at the services were
Helgeson of Jamestown, North Dakota; a nephew of Mrs. Nordheim, and
Hanson of Spokane, Washington, who is the husband of Mrs. Nordheim's
Ravalli Republican, February 3, 1938
MARIE WESTER NORDGREN
Mrs. E. Nordgren Dies
1883 - April 19, 1940
Resident of Grantsdale Section for
Past 25 years Laid to Rest in Riverview Cemetery
Mrs. Marie Nordgren, wife of Eric Nordgren,
well-known rancher of the Grantsdale district, died at the Daly
hospital at 6 o’clock Friday evening after an illness of several
months. She had been a resident of Grantsdale for 25 years, coming
as a bride from Glendive. Her husband, and a daughter, Miss May
Nordgren of Butte, and a brother, Joe Wester of Glendive, are the
Mrs. Nordgren was born at Kalskrona, Sweden 56
years ago. She came to the United States 38 years ago. Always active
in community affairs and known for her neighborly ways, Mrs.
Nordgren had many friends. Mrs. J.C. Harvey is a sister-in-law.
Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon
at the Dowling chapel. Rev. Arthur Hulbard was in charge and the
pallbearers were Nels Peterson, Otis Lyndes, Sam Reynolds, Henry
Johnson, Tony Hummell and Lyle Forrest. Interment was in Riverview
Ravalli Republican, April 25, 1940