MARY E. PACKER
May 31, 1878 - February 21, 1931
MRS. PACKER DEAD. RESIDENT OF HAMILTON FOR QUARTER OF CENTURY.
Mrs. Howard C. Packer died at her home in Hart
Addition Saturday afternoon following an illness of two years. She
was the wife of Howard C. Packer, former county attorney, and had
made her home here 26 years. She was 52 years of age and was born in
Talmyra, Missouri, May 31, 1878. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James
McMurray, died here and were interred in Riverview cemetery, west of
Besides her husband and daughter Esther, she is
survived by two brothers, J.L. McMurray and W.E. McMurray of
Missoula, and by three sisters, Mrs. Thomas N. Marlowe and Mrs.
Harry M. Rawn of Missoula, and Mrs. George Wells of Seattle,
The services at the Dowling funeral home Monday
afternoon were largely attended, many being unable to secure seating
room. Rev. P.D. Hartman of Spokane conducted the services and was
assisted by Rev. H.C. Stark of the Presbyterian church. Rev. Hartman
officiated at the wedding of Mrs. Packer and the wedding of her
sister to Thomas N. Marlowe. He also conducted the funeral services
for Mrs. Packer's mother. Interment was in Riverview cemetery beside
the graves of her parents. The pallbearers were H.H. Spaulding, T.M.
McGee, J.W. Johnson, D.W. Reimel, R.H. Nicol, and O.L. Kenney.
Ravalli Republican, February 26, 1931
ROY IRVIN PALMER
Roy Palmer of Victor Died Sunday, April 22
August 29,1886 - April 22, 1956
Roy Irvin Palmer, 69, a resident of Victor since
1930, died in his sleep early Sunday morning, April 22, following a
Mr. Palmer was born August 29, 1886 in Blackhawk
county, Iowa. He moved to Virginia when a young man and was married
to Blanche East at Ammen, VA September 3, 1912. They moved to Victor
from Roundup in 1930. He was a deacon and trustee in the Victor
Baptist church and was active in all phases of church work until his
Mr. Palmer is survived by his widow, four sons,
William of Butte; James, Missoula; Martin, Billings; and George of
Los Angeles; one brother in Casa Grande, Arizona, two sisters, Mrs.
Mary Bassett, Langley, Washington, and Mrs. Bonnie Dawson of
Roundup; a step-mother, Mrs. Nellie Palmer in Roundup, and by nine
Funeral services were this afternoon at 2 o’clock
in the Federatd Church in Victor, Rev Hugh Garner officiated and
burial was in Victor Cemetery.
The Western News, April 26, 1956
CHESTER WILLIAM PARK
October 26, 1893 - August 7, 1955
C.W. Park Dies Suddenly At Woodside, Sunday, August 7
C. W. Park of Woodside died
suddenly and unexpectedly Sunday, August 6 while working at his
garage at 4:45 p.m. He was taken immediately to Daly hospital but
the attending physician said that death had been almost
instantaneous. While Mr. Park had not had robust health since he had
the flu in the epidemic of 1918, he apparently enjoyed fair health
and his sudden death was a shock to family and friends.
Chester William Park was born October 26, 1893
near Lowry City in St. Clair County, Missouri. He was the grandson
of early settlers in that county. The Park Grove Christian Church,
the Park Grove Graveyard and the Park Grove school are all named for
the Park family there. Mr. Park married Marguerite Nicholson
September 24, 1913 and they lived in St. Clair county until 1935
when they came to Montana, settling first at Utica then coming in
May of 1936 to Corvallis. They lived in Corvallis for three years
and moved then to Woodside where he has operated the garage for the
past ten years. Mr. Park was a member of the Park Grove Christian
Church in Missouri.
Survivors include the widow; two sons, Ray of
Woodside and Eugene of Gallatin Gateway, Montana; two daughters,
Mrs. Marjorie Stevens, Missoula and Mrs. Norma Cook of Missoula;
eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild; one brother, John of
Lowry City; five sisters, Mrs. Fred Tye, Clinton, MO; Mrs. Amy Doty,
Springfield, MO; Mrs. Clint Coleman, Mrs. Grace Moutrey and Mrs.
Bertha Boring, all of Lowry City.
All of the immediate family members and their
wives and husbands were present for the services, held Tuesday
afternoon at 3:30 at the Dowling Chapel with Rev. R.L. Mullen
officiating. Burial was in Corvallis Cemetery. Pallbearers were
William Miller, William Engler, George Cobb, Domonic Moraca, Thomas
Dunbar, and Doyle Dunbar.
Mr. Park was a kindly man, well liked by all who
knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
The Western News, August 11, 1955
MARGUERITE L. NICHOLSON PARK
October 22, 1891 - March 7, 1979
M. Park Died in Hamilton
Marguerite L. Park, 87, died this morning at the
Valley View Nursing Home. She was born October 22, 1891 in Raytown,
MO. She was reared and educated there. She married Chester W. Park
in Kansas City in 1913.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Wesley
(Norma) Cook and Mrs. Marjorie Stevens, both of Hamilton; 11
grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren. She was also preceded in
death by two sons and one brother and two sisters.
Graveside services will be conducted Friday at
the Corvallis Cemetery at 2 p.m. under the direction of the Dowling
Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial to the contributors
Abstract from Ravalli Republic, March 7, 1979, page 7
ADA M. PATTERSON
June 15,1875 - August 10, 1946
MRS. ADA PATTERSON DIED HERE FRIDAY; FUNERAL SERVICES AND BURIAL AT
Mrs. Ada M. Patterson, who had made Hamilton her
home for the past six years, died at the Daly Hospital Friday night.
She had been a patient at the hospital just a day. Mrs. Patterson is
survived by her husband, John C. Patterson and their home was at 801
North Fourth Street. She became ill there last Thursday.
Mrs. Patterson was born June 15, 1875 at Adams,
Gage County, Nebraska, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Drown,
Nebraska pioneers. Her marriage to Mr. Patterson took place at Lima,
Montana July 14, 1893 and that was their home until they came to
Hamilton. They observed their golden wedding anniversary here in
1943. Mrs. Claud L. Downing is a daughter and there are three
nephews, Orin, Elmer, and Elwood Steppe, whom Mr. and Mrs. Patterson
reared following their mother's death. There are several
The body was taken Sunday to Lima for burial,
accompanied by the husband, daughter, and others of the family. The
funeral services were held at Lima Monday.
Mr. Patterson, who passed his 77th birthday July
2, has the sympathy of many Hamilton friends in his loss. Despite
his years, he has kept up an active life and he and his wife had the
respect of all who knew them.
The Western News, August 15, 1946
THOMAS JEFFERSON PATTY
March 24, 1854 - February 29, 1928
CAME TO BITTER ROOT VALLEY FROM CALIFORNIA 36 YEARS AGO TO MAKE HIS
Victor, March 7 - Thomas Jefferson Patty was born in Arkansas March
24, 1854, and died at St. Ignatius Wednesday, February 29. When
still a baby, his parents made an overland journey with an ox team
to homestead in California. Here he grew of manhood and remained
until 1892 and then he came to the Bitter Root valley, where he
lived until four years ago when he went to St. Ignatius to make his
home with his daughter, Mrs. Leah Fellows. Although he had been in
poor health for a number of years, death came suddenly and
Funeral services were held at the Community
Church Friday afternoon, Rev. L.B. Williams of Hamilton officiating
and burial was made beside the grave of his wife, who passed away
five years ago. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Nora
Fitzgerald of Oakland, California; Mrs. Lillian Wilson of Stockton,
California; and Mrs. Leah Fellows of St. Ignatius, and by three
step-children, L.O. and C.A. Blodgett of Spokane, Washington, and
Mrs. Elva Philips of St. Ignatius. Mr. and Mrs. Fellows and Mr.
Philips accompanied the remains here for burial.
Ravalli Republican, March 8, 1928
LENA F. MATTHEWS PENDERGRAFT
September 1, 1899 - September 12, 1934
Mrs. Pendergraft of Corvallis Victim of Illness
Funeral Services Held at Methodist Church Friday Afternoon for
Former Iowa Resident
Corvallis, September 19 - Funeral services for Mrs. Clyde
Pendergraft, 35, who succumbed to a heart attack Tuesday of last
week, were held Friday afternoon at the Corvallis Methodist Church.
Rev. C.J. Taber officiated, assisted by Rev. Frank Sutton, who
offered prayer, and a quartet, Mrs. Hugh Lockridge, Mr. and Mrs.
Dale Felix, and Byron Price, sage two hymns, and Mrs. Lockridge sang
a solo, with Mrs. J. Marti accompanist. The pallbearers were V.V.
Yadon, Charles Slocum, O.A. Glidewell, Frank Printz, Wilbur See, and
Charles Reader, Interment was in the Corvallis Cemetery.
Mrs. Pendergraft was a native of Pennsylvania,
born September 1, 1899. In her girlhood, she accompanied her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Matthews, to Iowa and there she was
married to Mr. Pendergraft in December 1923. The family came to the
Bitter Root Valley in March 1929, and established their home at the
John Watts ranch on Hamilton Heights, where they had since resided.
She is survived by the husband, a son William, 9,
a daughter Louise, 6, the father, a sister, Miss Edyth Matthews, and
three brothers, Ernest, Fred, and Charles of Corvallis, and four
sisters who live at distant points.
The deceased had been in failing health for two
years, but her condition was not thought to be serious and her death
came as a great shock to her family and friends.
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, September 20, 1934
DAVID CLAPHAM PERRY
December 27, 1938 - September 26. 2004
HAMILTON - David Clapham Perry died peacefully Monday morning, Sept.
26, 2004, at home with his wife Joan. He had been diagnosed nearly
18 months ago with ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. He embraced the
opportunity and enjoyed each moment of the remainder of his life.
David was born to the late Frances and Kenneth
Perry in Summit, N.J., on Dec. 27, 1938. He spent his childhood in
the Northeast and in 1961 graduated from The University of The
South, Sewannee Tenn. Afterwards, he briefly attended Columbia
University business school prior to serving in the Navy. He was
released early from duty in order to attend law school at the
University of Arizona where he graduated in 1967.
In 1968, he married Elizabeth Lawrence and they
bore his daughter Elizabeth Perry Smith. Through the years, David
practiced law in Reno, Nev., and Jackson, Wyo. He held dear this
nation's structure and legal system but became disenchanted that
these principles often failed in the courtroom. He learned to
practice mediation and loved the honesty and integrity of peaceful
resolution. In 1974, he met the love of his life, Joan Whitney
Stoddard. They married in 1975 in Honolulu and in 1978 they bore
their daughter Sarah Perry White.
Joan and David relocated often, presumably
searching for "answers." In 1987, through sobriety, they started
finding them. Having majored in philosophy, David also had a keen
interest in Eastern thought. In 1990, he attended his first
meditation course as taught by S.N. Goenka, and knew instantly that
he had found his spiritual path. For the next 14 years, David
followed the teachings of the Buddha, although he would never label
himself a "Buddhist." He adamantly believed that the import of any
spiritual path resides in its teachings and practice and not in an
adherence to any particular group, sect or church. He spent two
hours in meditation almost every day throughout those 14 years. The
principles he held in highest esteem were honesty, non violence,
education, awareness, sensitivity and love. It was David's sincere
wish in his last weeks that it be expressed to his family and
friends that he had a great deal of love and affection for them. He
felt a deep sense of gratitude and claimed to be the luckiest man
who ever lived.
David is survived by his sister, Frances Weigel
and her family; his brother, Kenneth Perry and his family; his
daughter, Elizabeth and her husband Dan and their son, Taylor; his
wife of 30 years, Joan, their daughter Sarah and her husband Weston
and a grandchild from each daughter on the way!
A celebration of this dear man and a life well
lived will be held at River Street Dance at Second and River
streets. The service will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1,
followed by refreshments. Casual dress or whatever you happen to be
wearing at that time on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bitter Root Humane
Association, 262 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, MT 59840, to benefit
David's feline friends.
Ravalli Republic, September 29, 2003
Contributed by Joan Perry
JAMES ARTHUR PERRY
About 1884 - December 4, 1933
Missoula Man Victim of Monday Accident
Car Skidded Into Deep Pond Near Lolo; Was Stock Buyer for John R.
J.A. Perry, for nearly 20 years a stock buyer for
the John R. Daly Company at Missoula, lost his life in a slough of
the Bitter Root river south of Lolo Monday afternoon while on his
return to Missoula from a trip to Hamilton. Mr. Perry’s car skidded
on the slippery road, it is supposed, and plunged into the pool
beside the highway, where he was drowned. He was unable to extricate
himself from the car. Later, passersby discovered the car in the
water and help was brought, but too late to save his life.
Mr. Perry was about 50 years old and is survived
by his wife at Missoula, his mother and other relatives at Deer
Lodge. He ws well known in Hamilton and other valley towns,having
made regular buying trips to stock ranches here for the length of
his residence in Missoula.
Ravalli Republican, December 7, 1933
M. KONRATH PETERS
April 14, 1905 - November 9, 1986
Helen M. Peters, 81, died Sunday at her home in
Florence from natural causes. She was born August 26, 1905 to Anna
and Jacob Konrath in Slinger, Wisconsin and attended school there.
On April 14, 1925, she married Edward Peters in
Richfield, Wisconsin. The couple lived in Richfield and Hartford,
Wisconsin before moving to the Bitterroot Valley in 1970.
Mrs. Peters was preceded in death by her husband
on January 17, 1971. Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy
Svehlek, Brookfield, Wisconsin, and Annette Pattl in California; a
son, Fred Peters, Florence; four brothers, Leander and Alfred
Konrath, both of Milwaukee; Lawrence Konrath, Slinger; nine
grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 2
p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Stevensville with
the Rev. James Gannon as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Mary’s
Cemetery in Stevensville under the direction of Whitesitt Funeral
Ravalli Republic, November 12, 1986
MABEL ELIZABETH WESTABY PETERSON
August 8, 1889 - January 16, 1974
MRS. F. PETERSON, 84, LONGTIME CORVALLIS AREA RESIDENT TAKEN
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at
Dowling chapel for Mrs. Fred Peterson, 84, longtime Corvallis area
resident who died the afternoon of January 16. Mrs. Peterson was
among the group of residents at Valley View Estates who were
enjoying their monthly birthday party when she swiftly and easily
slipped from life.
Rev. Robert Varker officiated at the services and
interment was in Corvallis cemetery beside the grave of her late
husband. Pallbearers were Thomas Whitehead, Edwin Sager, Jack
Filcher, Ernest Davis, Alvin Thorson, and Chester Clements.
Mabel Elizabeth Westaby was born August 8, 1889
at Forsyth, daughter of Wilson and Ella Kyle Westaby. On August 16,
1911, was married to Fred Lewis Peterson. Mr. Peterson died April 6,
1973, following a short illness after he suffered a stroke.
Mrs. Peterson is survived by sons Leonard of
Corvallis; Everett, Arlee; Keith, White Sulphur Springs; six
grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and many friends.
Abstract from: The Western News, January 23, 1974
NORMA RAE PETERSON
March 18, 1932 - March 24, 1994
Artist, Norma Rae Peterson of Hamilton, died
Thursday at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. She was born on March
18, 1932 and moved to the Bitterroot in 1979. She, with her husband,
taught art in their studio near Woodside. Her paintings have been
seen in art shows and galleries throughout the west.
Surviving are her husband, W.K. Peterson, and
seven children. There will be no service as a small service was held
at the bedside with just her family. She requested that no flowers
be sent, she wanted any remembrance to be a donation to cancer
Ravalli Republic, Wednesday, March 30, 1994
MARY ESTELLA BURKS PHELPS
August 8, 1891 - July 12, 1955
FUNERAL RITES HELD FOR MARY PHELPS
Funeral services were held at Dowling Chapel in
Hamilton Friday for Mary Estella Burks Phelps who passed away in
Spokane July 12. Rev. James Hastings officiated at the rites after
which interment was made in Corvallis Cemetery. The pallbearers were
Dudley Bowden, Alvin Clark, John Freeze, Luther Hill, Clarence
Jones, and Maurice Holloran.
Mary Phelps was born near Yates Center, Kansas
August 8, 1891 and came with her parents, the late J.H. and Nora
Burks, to the Bitter Root Valley in 1900. The family lived at
various places in the valley but were located at Corvallis when she
met W.C. Phelps who she married April 7, 1918 at Stevensville.
Survivors include her husband and son, Webster of
Belgrade, a brother, Frank Burks of Hamilton, and two nieces, a
nephew and two aunts. The latter are Mrs. Ruth Blackburn, Tacoma and
Mrs. Len Haddix, Missoula.
Abstract from: The Western News, July 21, 1955, page 5
WILLIAM PHELPS FUNERAL TODAY
William Phelps, rancher, living on Burnt Fork,
passed away at a Missoula hospital, Tuesday morning at about 2:00
o'clock, where he went on Sunday to have an operation. The operation
was performed on Monday but his condition was too critical to be
Mr. Phelps, it is understood, has been suffering
for some years with trouble in his ear which affected his hearing
and recently this trouble developed to the condition which caused
Born at Beardstown, about 64 years ago, Mr.
Phelps came to this country with his father, Major James Phelps,
when a lad about seven years of age. For more than fifty years, he
has resided here and watched this section of the country grown from
the early pioneer stage to the present time. He has lived on the
Burnt Fork most of the time during all the years of his residence in
the valley and was a man who stood high in the esteem of his
neighbors and his many friends.
He was married to Lucy Bryant of Atlanta,
Georgia, early in life and two children born to them are still
living. A daughter, Mrs. Edwin H. Rea lives at Yakima, Washington,
and a son, Charles, has made his home with his father up to the
Mrs. Phelps died about 1916 and Mr. Phelps was
later married to Elsie Waldbillig, who survives him. There is a
brother, James Phelps, and a sister, Mrs. H.C. Stickney, both living
on Burnt Fork.
The funeral services will be held this afternoon
at 2:30 p.m. at the Dowling undertaking parlors and the Reverend
H.B. Ricketts will have charge. Interment will be at the Maplewood
Northwest Tribune, February 6, 1930, page 1
ELIZABETH ANN PICKEL
October 16, 1843 - December 28, 1929
Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Pickel Died Saturday and Had Resided in Hamilton
Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Pickel, aged 86 years, having
been born at Hammon River, New Brunswick, Canada, October 16, 1843,
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mebbie Edwards, Saturday
morning. She had been a resident of the Bitter Root Valley 30 years,
20 of which she had lived in Hamilton. She was married in 1861 to
William P. Pickel, who died 20 years ago.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Edwards
and Mrs. W.A. Walters of Hamilton and Mrs. Birdetta Clifton of San
Diego, California, a son, Frank Pickel of Lynn, Massachusetts, seven
grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. The funeral was held at
the Dowling Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. H.H.
Longeneker and interment was in Riverview cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, January 2, 1930, page 1
WARREN EUGENE POLLINGER
Warren Pollinger Taken By Death; Funeral Monday; 74 Years of Age
November 17, 1882 - January 23, 1957
Warren E. Pollinger died very suddenly at Daly
hospital about noon yesterday. he had been in ill health for several
years and recently entered the hospital.
Warren E. Pollinger was born at Twin Bridges,
Mont. November 17, 1882, a son of the late pioneers of Montana,
Elijah and Helen Pollinger. He came in the company of his parents
and other family members to the Bitter Root in 1905 from Twin
Bridges and the Bitter Root was always his home thereafter although
he was for a number of years, county agent for Missoula County.
He served as manager of the Ravalli county
experiment station near Corvallis for 25 years and also worked as
Ravalli county weed exterminator. He was active in civic affairs,
being president of both the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the
Ravalli County Improvement Association. He was a member of the
Survivors are his daughter, Mrs. Robert Crawford,
Seattle; a grandson, also of Seattle; a sister, Mrs. Edith Thompson,
Santa Barbara, Calif.; two brothers, Roland and Lowell, both of
Funeral services will be held at the Dowling
chapel in Hamilton, Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Carl Lemm-Marrugg
officiating. The body will be sent to Spokane for cremation.
Abstract from The Western news, January 24, 1957
ANNETTE MATHILDA SWANSON POPHAM
November 7, 1910 - May 1, 1937
MRS. POPHAM IS DEAD. YOUNG CORVALLIS MATRON PASSES AT MISSOULA
Corvallis, May 5 - Funeral services were held
Monday afternoon for Mrs. Clarence Popham, 26, and her infant
daughter, both of whom died at a Missoula hospital shortly after the
baby's birth. The remains were brought to the family home Sunday and
the services were held there, with the Rev. C.R. Miller of Hamilton
officiating. Miss Cora Quast sang two solos. Pallbearers were Otto
Quast, Maruice Holloron, Richard Bryson, Emmett Smyth, Dudley F.
Bowden, and Edward O'Hare. Interment was in the Corvallis cemetery.
The profusion of flowers offered and the large attendance at the
services testified to the regard in which the young woman was held.
Annette Swanson was born here on November 7,
1910, the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Swanson of
Mountain View. She attended the Corvallis schools, graduating from
the high school with the class of 1929. Afterward, she took nurse's
training in Spokane and later attended a Missoula business college.
On December 30, 1933, a schoolmate romance culminated in her
marriage to Clarence Lynde Popham. She was a member of the Lutheran
Besides the husband, Mrs. Popham is survived by
her parents, and two sisters, Mrs. Maurice Strange of Stevensville
and Miss Mabel Swanson, a teacher at Deer Lodge, and a brother,
Carl. Mrs. Popham was friendly and cheerful always, and her death
came as a distinct grief to the entire community.
Ravalli Republican, May 6, 1937
EDWARD LEE POPHAM
E. L. POPHAM DIED MONDAY PIONEER OF BITTER ROOT
August 20, 1864 - August 31, 1950
Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at
the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton in attribute to Edward Lee Popham,
Bitter Root valley pioneer, who passed away at Daly Memorial Hospital
Monday morning. Rev. John MacDonald conducted the services following
which the funeral cortege traveled to Corvallis Cemetery where
interment was made in the family plot. A group of younger farmer
friends of the deceased Montana pioneer served as pallbearers at the
rites. They were Ralph Erickson, Donald Holloron, Lewis Hall, Hugh
Simpson, Dan Sutherland, and Homer Bailey.
Mr. Popham passed away following an extended period
as semi-invalid, which resulted from a fall while a patient in a
Spokane hospital in which he suffered a broken hip. This injury
confined him to his bed and wheel-chair for the remainder of his life.
Despite this handicap which was difficult for a man who had been very
active throughout his long life, he maintained a lively interest in
family, neighborhood and public affairs, until recent weeks when his
fatal illness developed.
Edward Lee Popham was a pioneer of Montana in the
real sense of word, having come to Montana with his parents, the late
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Popham via emigrant train across the planes and
through the mountains from Missouri, where Edward Popham had been born
in Paris in Monroe county, August 20, 1864. The covered wagon bringing
the family to the Bitter root arrived in
Mr. Popham filed upon a homestead located north of
Corvallis in 1883. He was married to Miss Naomi Romney. Daughter of the
late Mr. and Mrs. Thos. H. G. Romney home north of Corvallis. (now the
ranch of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Talbot) on March 3, 1896. Thereafter the
couple made their home on the Popham homestead, which has been their
ever since. Mr. and Mrs. Popham became parents of five children. These
children and Mrs. Popham survive Mr. Popham. The surviving children are
Edward Wilder Popham, Glendive, William Lee Popham, Arlington Va.,
Kenneth Popham, Buffalo, N.Y., Clarence Popham, Corvallis, and Mrs.
Oliver F. Ziebarth, Santa Barbara, Calif. There are also seven
grandsons and seven granddaughters, two great, two great grandchildren,
and a number of nieces and nephews surviving, Mrs. Jane Murray of
Pasco, Wash, sister Of Mrs. Popham, is at the family home with her
sister. Mrs. E. W. Popham also is here for the funeral. All of the
children came home to attend their father’s last rites. Mrs. Ziebarth
was accompanied by her daughter,
Mr. Popham was a member of the Presbyterian Church
since his youth, continued a long membership in the 100F lodge at
Corvallis as long as that lodge was active, was a staunch Democrat an
Politics, an active citizen in all public affairs in his Corvallis
community, of which he was most proud. But after his family interest,
where he was a devoted husband and father, came first was his interest
in soil. He was one of the most capable of the early farmers in the
Bitter Root and was always eager to better his ranch, increase its
productivity and both production of agricultural crops and cattle and
hogs. He continued to maintain this interest even after turning over
the direction of the ranch to his son Clarence, by growing one of the
finest gardens in the district.
Ed Popham was one of the kindliest of men. He was
considerate of everyone, courteous and gentle; yet he never wavered
when the time came to support any convictions he held. He leaves this
world better from his having dwelt upon it. His memory will ever be
graven in the hearts of those who knew and loved him, be they family
members or friends.
Honorary pallbearers named for the funeral were Gus
Kuster, Henry St John, Dan Geiman, Warren Pollinger, Verne Black, Ray
Murphy and Charles Swanson.
The Western News, August 3, 1950
MARY ELIZABETH SMITHEY POPHAM
May 26, 1836 - March 2, 1931
AGED LADY DEAD. MRS. POPHAM HAD PASSED NINETYFOURTH BIRTHDAY.
Corollas, March 4 - Mrs. Mary E. Popham, aged 94
years and nine months, passed away peacefully last Monday evening at
the Vaughn home here after an illness of a few days following a
paralytic stroke. The body was taken to a mortuary to be prepared
for burial, but was brought back to the home for the funeral service
Mary Elizabeth Smythey was born May 26, 1836 near
Florida, Missouri, one of ten children born to William Smithey and
Patsy Caldwell. Jack Popham, a Kentuckian, claimed her as a bride at
her Paris, Missouri home February 1, 1859.
In 1882, the couple and their four children came
to the Bitter Root valley and homesteaded a ranch four miles north
of Corvallis in which Mrs. Popham remained actively interested until
her last illness. Twenty-three years ago Mr. Popham died and from
that date until four years ago Mrs. Popham seldom left her home.
Four years, she was persuaded to move from the ranch to live with
her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Vaughn.
Until she was past 90, Mrs. Popham waited upon
herself and assisted with the housework and cooking, helped care for
a flock of chickens and a garden. For the past three years, she had
been a semi-invalid, due to spinal trouble, although she was up each
day and in her accustomed place in the living room. She was
remarkably alert of mind until a few weeks ago when she partially
lost her memory from the sock of the death of Mrs. Vaughn on
February 3. She was a charter member of the local Presbyterian
church and assisted materially in the building of the church edifice
here. She had endeared herself to everyone with whom she came in
She is survived by one son, E.L. Popham of
Corvallis, and one daughter, Mrs. A.G. Helmers of Lewiston, Idaho,
both of whom were at her bedside during her last illness.
Ravalli Republican, March 5, 1931
NAOMI ROMNEY POPHAM
Life Concluded for Naomi Popham Early Settler of the Bitter Root
March 20, 1876 - October 29, 1970
Private funeral services were
conducted at the Dowling Chapel Saturday morning for Naomi R. Popham,
widow of the late E.L. Popham and an early settler in the Bitter Root
Valley. Rev. E.J. Ruff, a long-time friend of Mrs. Popham, conducted
the services after which burial was made in Corvallis Cemetery in the
family plot. Mrs. Popham was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
H.G. Romney and came with them via a mule-drawn wagon from Utah in
1881, in company of her older brothers and a sister. Naomi Romney was
born March 20, 1876 at Beaver City, Utah.
Her parents acquired 160 acres in the area of what
is now Hamilton airport on Girds creek. As a child, she walked with her
older brothers and sister to and from school at Grantsdale, before
Hamilton was started. The family later moved to a place (now the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Otis (Virginia) Talbot) north of Corvallis.
She was married to Edward L. Popham March 3, 1896
with the late Rev. George Blair officiating at the wedding ceremony.
The couple were attended by her brother, the late Miles Romney, and his
sister, the late Lucy Popham.
Following their marriage, they made their home on a
homestead north of Corvallis that the groom had take out in 1882. There
they operated a stock growing business and produced grain, hay, sugar
beets, and other crops successfully, while raising five children. The
ranch was in size and continues to be in a single unit today.
The couple observed their golden wedding anniversary
at the family home in July 1946, staging it four months late so the
entire family could be present. This transpired and a large group of
relatives and friends gathered for a happy occasion. Mr. Popham passed
away July 31, 1950.
Mrs. Popham continued to make her home in the family
residence while the ranch was operated by the youngest son, Clarence.
She traveled extensively, mostly visiting with her children. Her chief
interest throughout her entire life was her children which interest she
transferred in part in later years to grandchildren and great
grandchildren. When she died, she was survived by all five of her
children, 14 grandchildren, and 27 great grandchildren. All of her
sisters and brothers predeceased Mrs. Popham.
Naomi Popham was a member of the Presbyterian church
for her lifetime attending the Corvallis Community Church when there
was no longer a Presbyterian Church in the "heart of the valley." She
was also a member of the Corvallis Woman's club, the Ladies Aid, and
the Corvallis American Legion Auxiliary.
She was possessed of a keen mind and exceptional business ability.
The surviving children are Attorney E.W. Popham of
Glendive, Lee Popham of Arlington, VA, Kenneth Popham of Winter Haven,
FL, Clarence Popham of Corvallis, and Mrs. Oliver Ziebarth of Santa
Barbara, CA. All of them, with the exception of Lee Popham, came to the
valley to attend their mother's last rites. Lee was unable to make the
trip because of illness. Wilder was accompanied by his wife; Mrs.
Ziebarth by her husband. A number of the grandchildren and great
grandchildren also attended the services.
Mrs. Popham became ill several years ago and became
a resident at Valley View Estates nursing home in Hamilton. There she
continued to live until her death mercifully brought to a close a long
and productive life.
The Western News, November 4, 1970, page 1
MICHAEL POWERS DIES OF HEART
After Practically Recovering From Injury, He Succumbs to Heart
Michael Powers, for 21 years a resident of
Hamilton, died at the Hamilton hospital at 8:30 o'clock yesterday
morning of heart failure. He had been a patient at the hospital
since he was injured in a fall several weeks ago from a trestle on
the B. R. V. I. company canal. He had practically recovered from the
injury and was normal and cheerful yesterday morning before the
collapse of his heart.
No arrangements for the funeral had been
made at noon today. A wire was sent to James Powers, a son of the
deceased, at Vancouver, Wash., and the time of the funeral will not
be set until a reply has been received from him. He is expected to
leave at once for Hamilton.
Mr. Powers was born 60 years ago in St.
Johns, New Brunswick. He came to Montana 23 years ago and for
two years worked at Bonita. When the A. C. M. company sawmill
was built in Hamilton, which was shortly after the townsite was laid
out, he came here to work at the mill, and has since worked almost
continuously for the company in responsible positions.
The deceased is survived by seven children. They
are: Mary Powers, aged 27; Alice, 22; Will, 20; Gertrude, 18;
Hattie, 16; John, 13. All of them reside here except James.
The wife of the deceased died eight years ago.
Western News, May 30, 1913
Contributed by Shaunee Power
Death of Mrs. M. Powers
Came to Hamilton Thirteen Years Ago and Had Made Her Home in the
Mrs. Ellen Jane Powers, wife, of Michael
Powers, died at 5 o'clock Sunday evening in the Hart addition from
the effects of diabetes. She had been in poor health for two years,
yet she never complained and attended to her customary household
duties until a week ago yesterday, when she went to bed.
Ravalli Republican, Friday, January 20, 1905
Contributed by Shaunee Power
Mrs. Michael Powers Is Dead at
Hamilton, Jan 16 - Mrs. Michael Powers died here Sunday
afternoon at 3 o'clock, after a lingering illness of four years,
suffering with diabetes. Although suffering for this length of time
she has not been confined to her bed until the last days previous to
Mrs. Powers was born in Montreal, Canada. In 1866
with her husband and family she moved to Hamilton more than 12 years
ago, and while here she won a host of friends. She was of a quiet
and unassuming disposition, a good friend and loving mother.
She leaves a husband and seven children under the age of 18 years,
to mourn her loss. They have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire
community. Mr. Powers is and employee of the Hamilton mills.
The funeral will take place at the Catholic church Tuesday at 9:30
Anaconda Standard, January 17, 1905
Contributed by Shaunee Power
News of Hamilton and the Bitter
Many Attend Funeral of Mrs. Michael
Hamilton, Jan. 19 - The funeral of Mrs. Michael Powers was held at
the Catholic church Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. High mass
was read. The large attendance showed in what high esteem the dead
woman was held. The pupils of the sixth, seventh and eighth grades
attended in a body and when the procession passed the Washington
school the pupils of that building stood in line to pay their last
respects to the mother their schoolmates, Hattie and Gertie Powers.
Both Mr. Powers and the seven children have the entire sympathy of
the Bitter Root people.
Ellen Jane Lucas, as deceased was known before
her marriage, was a native of Canada, being born in Chipman, Queen
county, province of New Brunswick, in March, 1861. Here she married
Mr. Powers in 1883. With her family she came to Montana sixteen
years ago and settled at Bonita. After living here three years
the family moved to Hamilton to reside.
Deceased was the mother of seven children.
They are: Mary, aged; James, aged 16; Alice, aged 14; William, aged
13; Gertrude, aged 11; Harriet, aged 9, and John, aged 4.
The funeral occurred Tuesday morning at the
Catholic church, Reverend Father Loiseau officiating.
Anaconda Standard, Jananuary 21, 1905
Contributed by Shaunee Power
1885 - March 5, 1918
DEATH ANGEL SUMMONS MISS MARY POWERS.
Miss Mary Powers of Hamilton, died Wednesday
morning following a brief illness. She was 33 years of age, having
been born at St. Johns, N. B. in 1885.
Miss Powers was the eldest child of Mr. and Mrs.
James Powers, both of whom are dead. To Mary fell the lot of caring
for the younger brothers and sisters, a task she preformed
cheerfully and well. She was a quiet reserved young lady
beloved by all who knew her.
She is survived by three sisters, Alice, Gertrude
and Mrs. Hugh Simpson, and three brothers, Jim, who is with his
regiment in France, Will, who is at Camp Lewis and John who was
recently discharged from the Navy for physical disabilities.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
The Western News, April 11, 1918
Contributed by Shaunee Power
- May 9, 1918
WILL POWERS ANSWERS CALL
Word was received Tuesday of the death of Will
Powers at Camp Lewis. Pneumonia was the cause of death. The body
which will be brought to Hamilton for burial, is expected to arrive
tomorrow (Friday) morning and the funeral will be held Saturday
morning from the Catholic church.
While the arrangements are not completed, it has
been announced that a military funeral will be held. The Home
Guards and Old Soldiers will escort the body from the train to the
undertaking parlor where it will remain until Saturday morning when
the Guards will again escort it to church. All the business
houses will be closed during the services.
Will Powers was well known in Hamilton, having
lived here since childhood. He joined the colors in Butte last
fall and was sent to American Lake. Just a few weeks ago he
came home to attend the funeral of his oldest sister, Mary. He
leaves three sisters, Alice, Gertrude and Mrs. Hugh Simpson and two
brothers, James who is in France and John. The young people
have the sincere sympathy in their dark hour of grief.
Contributed by Shaunee Power
February 1, 1916 - April 20, 1987
Jack Floyd Prather, age 71, passed away Monday,
April 20, 1987 at his home in Stevensville, Montana, of an heart
condition. he was born on February 1, 1916 at the family homestead
in the Horseshoe Hills north of Logan, Montana. He was the son of
Ross and Ruby Harbison Prather.
Mr. Prather attended schools in Bozeman and
Livingston. He apprenticed as a baker at the Bon Ton Bakery in
Bozeman. He moved to Stevensville in 1944, and later moved to
Plentywood, Montana where he owned and operated “The Bakery.”
He married Emma Logan and after retirement the couple spent many
years traveling and living in Florida.
Mrs. Prather passed away in 1982 in Florida. Mr.
Prather returned to the Bitterroot 2 years ago. Also preceding were
1 brother, Gideon Ross Prather, and 1 sister, Patty Mae
Thompson. Survivors include 4 sons, Ross Prather of Missoula,
David Prather of Cascade, Mike Prather of Florence, Dan Severson of
Stevensville, 2 daughters, Dr. Marcia Prather of Salt Lake City, and
Gen Severson of St. Louis; 4 sisters, Elsie Gates, Ethel Wendell,
and Maruirite Weaver of Belgrade, and Ida Bea Wroble of
Stevensville. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great
Cremation has taken place and private family
services will be held. Memorials may be made to the charity of the
donor’s choice. Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville is in charge
Bitter Root Star, April 29,
August 16, 1865 - August 2, 1952
LAST RITES HELD TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR CHARLES PREECE.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for
Charles Preece, who died at a Stevensville rest home about 11 p.m.
Saturday. Rev. R.R. Price of the Episcopal church officiated and
interment was in Riverview cemetery. Pallbearers were: Matt Egger,
Archie Dye, Ralph Brush, Joseph Haigh, C.W. Jones, and George Unrue.
A native of Goodrich of the parish of Welsh
Bickner, England, Charles Preece came to the United States when he
was 18 years old. His birth date was August 16, 1865. He worked on
farms in the south and midwest for a few months before finally
settling at the Welcome ranch near Anaconda. It was there that his
bride of six months passed away. He never remarried.
Abstract from: The Western News, August 7, 1952
KILLED IN A RUNAWAY
Chas. Price is Thrown From a Load of Wood. Wagon Passes Over His
Head, Crushing His Skull, and Causing Instant Death. Funeral
The people of Hamilton and vicinity were shocked
Saturday evening by the report that Charles Price, of the west side,
had been killed in a runaway. The rumor was all too true.
While hauling a load of wood down the grade near
the Largey mill his team took fright and started to run. Price was
thrown to the ground. When picked up he was cold in death. His face
was badly mutilated and his skull crushed, evidently one of the
wheels had passed over his head.
A coroner's jury consisting of M.B. Yorton, Jos.
Hershman, Frank Strong, John Kughn, F.A. McRae and Wesley Barcus,
brought in a verdict detailing the manner by which the deceased and
come to his death.
The funeral took place Wednesday morning at 10
o'clock under the auspices of the labor union, Rev. J.E. Burkhart
Resolutions of Condolence
Resolutions of condolence adopted by Hamilton Federal Labor Union
No. 109, November 12, 1904 in memory of our beloved brother.
Whereas, It has pleased the Giver of all good to enter our camp and
remove our beloved brother and co-worker, Charles Price, who gave
promise of a long and useful career, but was suddenly stricken down
in the prime of his life, his untimely death comes a warning to all
of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death;
Resolved, That we, the members of Hamilton Federal Labor Union No.
109 A.L.U., hereby tender to his wife and family our heartfelt
sympathy in this their sad bereavement and be it further
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be spread on the minutes
of this union and that a copy be given to his wife and family, and
that our charter be draped in mourning as a token of the high regard
we hold for our deceased brother, be it further
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the American
Labor Journal and to our local papers for publication.
"At last he has found the sunshine and the flowers, the music and
A. Biddiscomme, D. McGuire, J.M. Higgins, Committee
The Ravalli Republican, Friday, November 13, 1904
FRANCIS ATKINSON PRICE
June 14, 1874 - November 29, 1958
Funeral services were Tuesday afternoon at the
Dowling chapel for Frank Price, longtime resident of Corvallis who
died Saturday November 29 (1958) at the Salter rest home in
Hamilton. Rev. E. J. Bracken officiated at the rites and interment
was in Corvallis cemetery beside the grave of his wife who died
Sept. 11th. Death was attributed to his age of 84.
Pallbearers were Sam Taber, John Lamoreaux Edwin Sager Earl Moore
Ingward Nordheim and James Pile. Mr. Price was a longtime
member of Corvallis Methodist Church. He was a member of
Corvallis IOOF lodge years ago.
Francis Atkinson Price was born June 14, 1874 at
Farmville, VA. He came to Missouri with his family when about
6 years old and from there to Corvallis vicinity in 1901 with a
brother, Charles. He was married to Mary Eliza (Mamie) Summers
at Stevensville on September 25, 1905. Mr. Price was one of
the foremost truck farmers of the area and until this year was a
participant in the Ravalli fair with an individual booth.
Survivors includes two sons, Waverly of Seattle
and Byron of Missoula , grand children Ernest, William and Phyllis
Price of Seattle and Doris and Marylu Price of Missoula, great
granddaughter Cheryl Price of Seattle nephews Joe and Dalbie Price
of Portland, sons of his brother, Charles. Mrs. Minnie Moser of
Corvallis is a sister in law of Mr. Price.
Contributed by Madeline Reese
Virginia Price Passed Away Monday Afternoon
Corvallis, December 7 - virginia, the ten-year-old daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Price, succumbed to valvular heart ailment Monday
at 2 o’clock, after having been a patient little sufferer for
several ears. Besides her parents, she is survived by one sister,
older, and one sister and two brothers younger. The funeral service
was conducted from the residence yesterday morning and interment
made in the Corvallis cemetery. Members of the Bethany Girls Society
acted as pallbearers and had charge of the music. The sympathy of
the entire community is extended to the bereaved family.
Ravalli Republican, Friday, December 5, 1916
IDA BROWN PRINGEY
December 15, 1861 - December 11, 1943
Mrs. Pringey Rites Held Wednesday
Mrs. Ida Pringey, formerly of Grantsdale, who
would have been 82 on December 15, died Saturday in Portland,
Oregon, where she had made her home with a daughter, Mrs. E.C.
Matthews, for the past two years. Funeral services were held
Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Dowling chapel, the Rev.
George C. Lee officiating. Interment was in Riverview cemetery.
Pallbearers were Harold Taylor, J.O. Allen, H.H. Spaulding, Del
King, H.V. Gilmore, H.C. Packer.
She was born December 15, 1861 in Belleview, Iowa
and moved to Phillipsburg from Sioux City, Iowa with her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown, in 1876. She was married to Zelman C.
Pringey of West Liberty, Iowa, in Phillipsburg in 1885 and in 1886,
they came to the Bitter Root Valley, locating on a ranch at
Mrs. Pringey went to Portland about two years ago
because of her health. Her condition became serious the middle of
last week. She was an active member of the local Rebekah chapter and
of the Methodist Church at Grantsdale which was built by her father.
Besides her daughter, who will come here with her
husband for the funeral, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Granville
Ravalli Republican, December 16, 1943
ZELMAN COBURN PRINGEY
June 8, 1849 - April 1, 1928
Z.C. Pringey Dead; Passed Away at His Home
Funeral Was Held at the Residence Tuesday and Interment was in
Z.C. Pringey, who had been in failing health for
the past year, died at his home near Grantsdale Sunday morning. He
had been a resident of the community for the past 18 years. He had
reached the advanced age of 79 years, having been born in
Pennsylvania June 8, 1849.
Zelman Coburn Pringey, when a small boy, went
with his parents to Iowa. In 1879, he came to Montana and was
married to Ida Brown at Phillipsburg February 11, 1885. With his
family, he moved to Hamilton in 1910, near where he had since
resided, and became favorably known to nearly every resident of the
He is survived by a widow, one daughter, Miss
Mabel Pringey of Portland, Oregon, a sister in Iowa and a half
sister in California.
The funeral was held at the home Tuesday
afternoon by Rev. C.E. Smith, pastor of of the Methodist Episcopal
church, and interment was in Riverview cemetery. Many friends in the
Bitter Root valley extend sympathy to the bereaved family.
Ravalli Republican, April 5, 1928
OLD SOLDIER DEAD.
John Printz, veteran of the Civil War, died at
his home on North Seventh street yesterday morning. He had not been
feeling well for some time, but was able to be about and seemed to
be feeling unusually well when he retired Wednesday night about 10
o'clock. Shortly after midnight he passed away while asleep.
Mr. Printz was a native of Ohio and had he lived
until fall, would have been 82 years old. He came to Montana in 1880
and had lived here ever since. He fought with the Union forces
during the Civil War and was a member of the Ravalli Post G.A.R. He
always took an active interest in the affairs of the old soldiers,
and was generally liked and respected by all who knew him.
Arrangement for the funeral will not be made until word is received
from the absent children.
He is survived by a widow and the following
children: Mr. W.E. Walker and Mrs. C.E. Carls of Hamilton, Frank
Printz of Corvallis, Mrs. John Richards of Stevensville, Louis
Printz of Hamilton Heights, Clark Printz of Clyde Park and Mrs. Dan
Tuesley of Niles, Michigan.
The Western News, May 25, 1922
MICHAEL M. PRINTZ
M.M. PRINTZ, PIONEER CROSSES THE GREAT DIVIDE
The funeral of Michael M. Printz, who died at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. Grant McKinney, in Darby, Monday evening,
was held at Corvallis yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock and was
attended by a large crowd. Services were conducted by Rev. J.C.
Irvine at Corvallis Cemetery, where interment was made beside his
wife gone before. The body was taken to the cemetery from the home
of Dr. and Mrs. O.B. Jones of this city.
Mr. Printz was an old timer in the Bitter Root
valley and a pioneer of the state, having come to Montana in 1862.
He located in the Bitter Root valley in 1864. He was married in Salt
Lake City a few years later, the family taking up their abode in
Corvallis where they resided many years. Mr. Printz was born in Ohio
and was 79 years of age. He is survived by five children. They are
Mrs. Grant McKinney and Will Printz of Darby, Mrs. O.B. Jones, and
Jesse Printz of this city, and John Printz of Kalispell.
The Western News, January 24, 1913, page
June 17, 1909 - October 10, 1990
Gertrude Schaffer Puyear, 81, of Conrad died last
Wednesday in a Conrad nursing home. She was born June 17, 1909 in
Miesville, Minnesota, the daughter of Lewis and Josephine Gerlach
Schaffer. She was married to Marvin Puyear on November 23, 1932 in
Stevensville, MT. The couple lived in Stevensville many years. They
owned and operated a slaughterhouse and also farmed and ranched.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
Following his death, she worked for the University of Montana as a
caterer in the food service department. Following her retirement,
she moved to Valier, MT where she has lived for the past 20 years.
Survivors include one son, Dr. Robert Puyear,
Fargo, ND; one daughter, Janet DeBoo, Valier; two brothers, Carl
Schaffer, Mill City, OR, Ed Shaffer, Drummond; four sisters, Mabel
Standifer, Coeur de Alene, Idaho, Celestine Rathun, Stevensville,
Agnes Johnson, Missoula, Rose Higgins, Stevensville; 10
grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
A Christian wake service was held Friday at St.
Francis Catholic Church in Valier with a funeral mass following on
Saturday. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton, on
Monday at 10 a.m. with Father Raymond Gilmore, officiating.
Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville is in charge of arrangements.
Ravalli Republic, October 15,