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June 10, 1867 - December 18, 1954

    Robert A. O'Hara, prominent western Montana attorney, who had practiced law in the Treasure State longer than any other living attorney, died at his home in Hamilton a little before one o'clock p.m. Saturday, December 18. His death followed that of his wife by less than two months, Mrs. O'Hara having passed away October 24, 1954.
    Funeral services were held at St. Francis Church in Hamilton Wednesday morning with Rev. Robert O'Hara, a nephew of the deceased attorney, officiating. The same nephew came to Hamilton from Sublimity, Oregon in late October to conduct his aunt's last rites. O'Hara was buried in Riverview cemetery. Active pallbearers at the funeral were Ed O'Hare, Joseph Item, Henry Gilmore, Frank O'Donnell, Clare Conroy, and Claude Johnson.
    Honorary pallbearers were Hon. Fred Gibson, Livingston; Hon. Wm J. Jameson, Billings; Hon. Howard Johnson, Butte; Robert Corette, Butte; Judge Carl Rasch, Helena; T.B. Weir, Helena; E.C. Mulroney, W.T. Boone, Judge E.E. Comer, Judge Albert Besancon, all of Missoula; Henry St. John, Dr. R.A. Cooley, W.A. McElroy, H.C. Packer, John Howe Sr., Dr. C.C. Tefft, Anthony Hork, Shirley Thane, Fred Roberts, Lloyd Roberts, and Steve Collins, all of Hamilton. Rosary services were held at the Dowling chapel Tuesday evening.
    Robert A. O'Hara was born June 10, 1867 at Plymouth, Indiana. He was married to Frances Ann Hughes July 5, 1893 at Hamilton. His wife was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hughes and came with them to Hamilton in January 1891. They became parents of three daughters: Mrs. Geraldine Macdonald, who resides in Hamilton and who has been associated with her father in the practice of law since 1930; Mrs. Mary Frances Butzerin of Spokane; Mrs. Roberta Hart of Metuchen, N.J. Others who survive Mr. O'Hara are two grandsons and one granddaughter, four great grandchildren; a brother who is Archbishop Edwin V.O'Hara of Kansas City, Missouri and a sister, Mrs. Anna Daniels, who also lives in Kansas City.
Abstract from: The Western News, December 23, 1954

                      September 20, 1867 - January 24, 1938                    

    After an illness of about three weeks, death claimed the life of Casper Oertli at his home in Daly Acres east of town late Monday afternoon. Mr. Oertli had been seriously illl, at times showing improvement, only to suffer relapses. He was 70 years of age and had been a Bitter Root valley resident for more than 40 years. With him during his last illness were his wife and members of the immediate family.
    Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Masonic temple, Rev. H.H. Longnecker officiating, and interment will be in Riverview cemetery.    Mr. Oertli had been a member of the Masonic order in Hamilton about 30 years. Pallbearers will be B.W. Reimel, A.F. Hobbs, Henry See, C.A. Smithey, Merritt Magby, and Hugh Wylie. The body will lie instate at the Dowling Funeral Home until 11 o'clock, at which time it will be taken to the temple.
    Mr. Oertli was born September 20, 1867, in Chicago, Illinois. When he was a small boy, he went with his parents to Nebraska. He was married in that state in December 1891 to Ludy Turnell. They came to Montana and first resided in Missoula, where Mr. Oertli was in the hotel business until coming to the Bitter Root valley in 1894. The family has resided in this section continuously since that time. They made their home on a Sleeping Child ranch for many years and Mr. Oertli operated a threshing machine outfit. At one time, he was foreman of the Bitter Root Stock Farm, but most of his life had been spent caring for his own interests. For the past 20 years the family had lived in Hamilton, part of the time in the city limits and in recent years at their present place.
    Relatives to survive include the widow and four daughters and two sons: Mrs. Sam Downing, Mrs. C.W. Ellingwood, Mrs. Charlotte Centers, Mrs. Frank Taulman, and Ben and Edward Oertli of Hamilton. There are four brothers, Fred and Henry of Missoula, Leonard of Hamilton and Ben of Orofino, Idaho. Mrs. Rose Harrison of Missoula is a sister. The family has the sympathy of a large circle of friends throughout the valley.
Ravalli Republican, January 27, 1938

February 1, 1917 - January 28, 2002

    E. Louise (Shults) Oertli, 84, passed away Monday, January 28, 2002, at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital of natural causes.
    She was born Thursday, February 1, 1917, northwest of Hamilton to Victor L. and Clara (Blodgett) Shults. She married Edward T. Oertli on July 3, 1937. He preceded her in death on December 21, 1991.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Eldon, Delbert, Edward, and Glenn Shults, and sisters Clara E. Bohler and Mary L. Nicol. She is survived by her son, Gerald E. (Pat) Oertli and spouse, Paula, of Hamilton; two granddaughters, Lanette Darrow and spouse, Barry, of Hamilton; and Renee Oertli of Florence; and five great grandchildren, Dustin, Sean, Sage all of Florence, Rene of Reno, Nevada; and Gem of Missoula. Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a sister-in-law, Lucele Shults of Missoula.
Extract from: Ravalli Repulican, February 13, 2002

September 2, 1884 - May 22, 1944

Funeral Services For Mrs. Helen Off To Be Here Friday; Died At Missoula
    Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Dowling Chapel for Mrs. Helen L. Ogg who died at a Missoula hospital Monday afternoon following an illness of only three days. Rev. Earl R. Saladen will officiate at the services and interment will be in the family plot in Riverview Cemetery beside the grave of her late husband, Ben E. Off and two children. The pallbearers will be E.G. Butterfield, L.E. Downing, Anthony Hork, C.W. Ellingwood ,George Gordon, and John Parker. At the chapel services, Jack Hawker will sing accompanied by Mrs. L.L. Goodman.
    Helen E. Ogg was born September 2, 1884 at Chicago, Illinois and came to Hamilton with her late husband to make the family home in 1917. Her husband worked for the Bitter Root Drug Store for the late Dr. George McGrath and later acquired the business which is now operated by Robert Hall.
    Mrs. Ogg is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Chester Chaffin, who is here from her home at Portland, Oregon; by her mother, Mrs. Mary Kaufman, who is ill in a Missoula hospital; by her aunt, Mrs. George Fresheimer of Missoula; by two nieces, Mrs. Jack Sanderson and Miss Virginia Barry of Oakland, California; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Ogg, of Hamilton. Mrs. E.L. Sanderson went to Missoula today to meet Mrs. Jack Sanderson.
The Western News, May 25, 1944

1851 - 1925

    Lovelle Osborne, 73, and a resident of the Bitter Root since 1880, died at 5:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Hamilton hospital after months of illness. He is survived by his widow, mrs. Isabelle Osborne, two sons, Ferdinand of Portland, and Claude of St. Regis; a daughter, Mrs. Rodney Kruot, and a daughter, Isabelle, of Hamilton.
    Mr. Osborne was one of the first homesteaders in the upper Bitter Root valley and was later employed for many years by the Bitter Root Stock Farm. He was a native of Wisconsin.
    Burial was at Darby, Wednesday, by the grave of his first wife, Naomi Goff Osborne, who died about 25 years ago. Services at the grave were by Rev. E. Clutterbuck of the Darby Community Church.
Ravalli Republican, March 6, 1925

January 27, 1876 - January 22, 1952
    Funeral rites will be conducted at Dowling chapel in Hamilton Friday at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, January 22. Rev. charles West will officiate at the services after which the remains will be taken to Lone Pine cemetery in Darby in a funeral cortege. Burial will be made in the family plot there. Those who will act as pallbearers are marion Oswald, Herbert Wilkerson, Delmar Fox, Archie Dye, John Halder, and leslie Moles.
    Mrs. Overturf was born January 27, 1876 at Chatfield, Wisconsin, a daughter of Mr. and mrs. William Merrill. She was wed to Herman Piper. Later, coming to Montana, she was married to Frank H. Overturf at Hamilton, September 29, 1903. The couple made their home at Darby until he was stricken with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, from which he died at Hamilton, April 24, 1924. He is at rest in Lone Pine cemetery, Darby.
    Those who survive Mrs. Overturf are three daughters and one son, eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, two sisters, one brother, and two step-children. The children are: Mrs. Boyd Gibford, Darby; Mrs. Harvey Elliott, Hamilton; Mrs. Pearl Moffett, Sutters Creek, California; and Leonard Overturf, Hoquiam, Washington. The brother is Chester Merrill who lives at Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as does a sister, Mrs. Ethel Fleck. The other sister, Mrs. Lettie Holmberg, resides at Issaquah, Washington. The stepchildren are: Mrs. Harry Gibford, Darby, and Mrs. Pat Roscoe, Tracy, California.
Abstract from: The Western News, January 24, 1952


    Memorial services for Cloyse Overturf were conducted Friday afternoon in Helena. Overturf, a Darby native, died unexpectedly of a heat attack at his home in Helena Wednesday. He was 75 years old. He was the son of the late pioneer family, Dave and Eva Overturf. On June 10, 1929, he married Dorothy White of Darby.
    He is survived by his wife in Helena; a son, Edwin of Toronto, Canada; a daughter, Mrs. Tom (Enid) Agarmenoni, Great Falls, and seven grandchildren.                
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 2, 1979