THOMAS L. RANDOLPH
1844 - January 15, 1928
OLD RESIDENT DEAD
BERTHA L. BONES STEVENS REEDER
Corvallis, January 18 - Thomas L. Randolph, aged 83 years and 11
months, died early Sunday morning at the home of his son, Thomas
A. Randolph, after an illness of a few weeks. The funeral
service was held Monday afternoon from the Corvallis United
Church and interment was in the Corvallis cemetery. Rev. W.D.
Lear ws in charge of the service, and a quartet sage familiar
hymns. Dr. J.E. Parker offered prayer and Rev. C.J. Taber read
Mr. Randolph was born February 8, 1844 at
Leckleed, Missouri. He spent his boyhood days in that state and
August 28, 1864, he was married to Miss Flora S. Russell. To
them were born 11 children, six of whom survive. The wife died
several years ago. The family came to Montana in 1887 and
located on Willow Creek, where they lived for many years. Since
the death of his wife, Mr. Randolph made his home in a cottage
here near his son and until a short time before his death, he
was a familiar figure on the streets and about town. He was
faithful to attend church services and had been a member of the
Christian Church for years.
He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Fred
Strange of Hamilton, Mrs. W.B. McLaughlin of Long Beach,
California, and Mrs. Robert Lindville of Ogden, Utah; three
sons, Jesse E. of Silverton, Oregon; James M. of Eugene, Oregon,
and Thomas A of Corvallis. Mrs. Dovie King Brown was a
granddaughter whom he raised. Many of the relatives attended the
funeral, including all of the children but James, who was not
able to be present.
Ravalli Republican, January 19, 1928
JOSHUA ROBERTS RAUDABAUGH
November 17, 1859 - May 9, 1939
Joseph Raudabaugh of Corvallis to Be Buried Tomorrow
Afternoon; Resident Here Since 1914
The death of Joshua Roberts Raudabaugh
occurred at his home north of Corvallis Tuesday afternoon
following a brief illness due to advanced age. Mr. Raudabaugh
was born November 17, 1859 in Mercer County, Ohio. He had been a
farmer of the Bitter Root Valley since 1914 when he came from
his native state to settle at Corvallis. Members of his family
are his wife and their daughters, Mrs. R.D. Sheridan and Miss
Katherine Raudabaugh at home; a son, C.B. Raudabaugh at Detroit,
Michigan; the sister, Mrs. D.S. Howick of Rocky Ford, Alberta,
and a brother, J.E. Raudabaugh of Celina, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at the home
tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock with burial in the Corvallis
Cemetery. Pallbearers will be B.J. Smyth, W.S. Bailey, M.L.
Chaffin, H.J. St. John, Peter Haas, and George McCleary.
Arrangements are in charge of the Wright Funeral Home.
Ravalli Republican, May 11, 1939
January 1892 - April 8, 1917
The Death Angel Summons Miss Effie Read
Popular Hamilton Girl Succumbs Suddenly to Heart Failure
- Funeral Tuesday
Miss Effie Read died last Sunday at 6:10
p.m. following a brief illness of heart failure. She had
been suffering for several days from a severe cold and only
retired to her room in consequence Sunday afternoon. The end
came very suddenly that evening despite all the physicians,
nurses and others could do. Death came as an inexpressible
shock to the parents and other relatives and close friends
and cast gloom over the entire community. Indeed it is
doubtful if another young lady in Western Montana was
personally known to so many people and she was a universal
The funeral was held from the Episcopal
Church and conducted by Rev. J.W. Heyward. Interment was
made in Corvallis Cemetery, hundreds from all parts of the
valley and Missoula attending. A wealth of floral tributes
banked the casket and lined the grave. The pall bearers were
Ralph Crane, Chas. Butterfield, F.G. Stevens, Lloyd Roberts,
W.P. Rice, and Joe Breidenbach. The procession formed at the
Ravalli Hotel, the guard of honor consisting of Corvallis
Order of the Eastern Star led by Mrs. E.A. Johnson, and
about 30 Elks headed by Chas. Johnson, Secretary of Hellgate
Lodge. The procession passed along Second Street south and
thence west to the Episcopal Church.
Miss Effie Read was born in Chicago and
was 25 years of age. She attended the Hamilton High School
and attended the State University. Of late, she has
officiated as cashier of the Ravalli Hotel. She was
prominent in church work and social life. She was the only
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Read, who idolized her. They
have the deep sympathy of all in this great bereavement.
Mssrs. Magni and Read Arrive Here
Emil Magni of St. Maries, Idaho, brother
of Mrs. J.O. Read and Charley Read of Aberdeen, son of J.O.
Read, arrived Tuesday evening, coming to attend the funeral
of Miss Read. The gentlemen expect to remain until Saturday
The Western News, April 12, 1917, page 1
ANNIE L. REED
March 27, 1882 - May 9, 1959
Victor - Annie Laura Reed, 77, died Saturday evening at the Daly
Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, following a lingering illness.
She was born March 27, 1882 at the Victor home place where she
was reared and lived for 35 years.
The former Annie Blake was the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. A.S. Blake, who were pioneers of the Bitter Root
Valley. Mr. Blake was reportedly one of the first state
representatives from Missoula County. He engaged in ranching and
mining in what is now Ravalli County. He was also the first
president of the Farmers State Bank at Victor. Mrs. Reed's
mother was mary Use, who was reared by Major John Owen and his
wife at Stevensville.
She married Jacob L. Reed in Victor in 1900.
He died June 24, 1936. Mrs. Reed was a member of Naomi Chapter,
Order of Eastern Star, at Victor.
Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Verna Jenkins of Deer Lodge,
and Mrs. Bertha (Ernest) Vaughn of Corvallis, Oregon; a son,
Stearns A. Reed; a sister, Mrs. Bertha Rowan; two brothers, John
A Rowan and Edward E. Blake, all of Victor; nine grandchildren
and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday
at 2 p.m. at the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton. Burial will be in
the family plot in the Victor Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat Close
August 23, 1903 - February 21, 1978
Victor - Stearns A. Reed, 74, of Victor, died early Tuesday
morning in the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital at Hamilton. He was
born August 23, 1903 in Victor and received his education in the
Victor schools. He made his early living from trapping and was
active in mountain work throughout his life. He retired from the
U.S. Forest Service in 1966 and then engaged in farming and
ranching in Victor. Mr. Reed married Wilma Brookins on July 3,
1940 in Missoula.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma of Victor;
two sons, Richard of Dayton, Ohio, and Clifford of Missoula; two
daughters, Amorita Laffoon or Lompoc, California, and Jeannette
Ritchy of Missoula; two sisters, Verna Jenkins of Plains, and
Bertha Vaughn of Dallas, Oregon; 11 grandchildren, and three
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m.
in the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville with the Rev.
Eugene Bartell officiating. Burial will be in the Victor
Contributed by Pat Close
August 20, 1883 - April 11, 1942
Services for Mrs. Reeder Tuesday at 2;
Funeral services for Mrs. Bert S. Reeder will
be conducted Tuesday at 2 o'clock in the Community Church at
Victor. Rev. George C. Shoemaker will officiate and burial will
be in Corvallis Cemetery. Stucky Funeral Home is in charge of
Mrs. Reeder died Saturday morning at the
family residence, following a long illness. She was born August
20, 1883 in Victor. Her first husband, Frank Stevens, died in
1924, and she was married to Mr. Reeder in 1935.
Surviving are her husband; two sons and two
daughters, George F. and Gordon Stevens of Chewelah, Washington;
Mrs. L. Triplett of Victor and Mrs. Alva J. Cole of Evaro; a
brother and two sisters, Jonas Bones and Mrs. Flora Young of
Missoula, and Mrs. Belle Osborne of Corvallis, and 14
Abstract from the Daily Missoulian, April 13, 1942
April 10, 1872 - November 24, 1910
MRS. MARY REES AT FINAL REST. PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY MORNING WHILE
ASLEEP - DEATH CAME SUDDEN.
Mrs. Mary Rees passed peacefully away at the Rees
home on Burnt Fork yesterday morning, her death being a surprise and
shock to her relatives and friends. It is supposed that Mrs. Rees
died about 8 o'clock but her death was not known to the household
until 10 o'clock.
Mrs. Rees had been asleep, and shortly before 8
o'clock Mr. Rees was in the room, but did not disturb her and about
10 o'clock was the first knowledge of her death, when someone again
entered the room. Her death was caused by heart failure while she
was asleep. Mrs. Rees had been in the best of health and although
she was known to have a weak heart had been bothered but little with
heart trouble and death came without warning.
The funeral services were held this afternoon
from the Baptist church at 3 o'clock, short services being held at
the home before leaving for the church. Rev. F.A. Salsman, pastor of
the church, being the officiating minister. The remains were laid to
rest in Maplewood cemetery. A.T. Porter had charge of the funeral
for Undertaker Dowling. The pallbearers were: John Whitesitt, Carl
Taylor, Abe Farmer, A.C. Williams, Zeb Baldwin, and J.B. Townsend.
Mrs. Rees who was a native of England was born in
Harlington, England, April 10, 1872, and came to America in the
spring of 1884, locating with an aunt and uncle in Ohio. In the fall
of 1885, she removed with her aunt and uncle to Turah, Montana and
later made her home with Mr. and Mrs. George Brooks in Missoula.
She was united in marriage to J.L. Rees at
Missoula on October 22, 1894, and they moved onto a ranch on the
West Side and later moved into their present home on Burnt Fork.
She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Elvin Everson
who resides on the West Side and a cousin, W.M. Woldridge, who
resides at Hinsdale, Montana. There are no other relatives in this
country besides the immediate family. Besides her husband, she
leaves four children, Francis, aged 14 years, Ardella, aged 9, Jane,
aged 7, and George, aged a year and a half.
Mrs. Rees, who was known before her marriage as
Mary Woldridge, enjoyed a wide circle of friends in this section and
other portions of western Montana. She was a Christian woman,
affiliating with the Baptist church early in life and she remained a
faithful member till the end. In the death of Mrs. Rees, the
community loses a good and noble woman and one of Bitter Root's best
known and most respected residents.
Northwest Tribune, November 25, 1910
July 19, 1895 - March 10, 1968
Carl Rehn, 82, Died At Daly Hospital on March
Funeral services were held this afternoon at
the Dowling Chapel for Carl G. Rehn, 82, who died March 10 at
Daly Hospital after a short illness. Rev. R.E. Kiessling
officiated and interment was in Corvallis Cemetery. Pallbearers
were Jack Beavers, Virgil Honeycutt, Roy Mace, Vern Chaffin,
Henry See, and George Andrus.
Carl Gunder Rehn was born July 19, 1895 in
Oslo, Norway. He came to the US as a young man and settled in
South Dakota for several years. In 1919, he moved to Ismay,
Montana, and in 1938 to Corvallis where he ranched until moving
into Hamilton many years ago. He was a member of Grace Lutheran
Church. He grew many lovely flowers, specializing in tulips. The
surroundings of his home on North 6th Street was beautiful to
behold in the summertime.
Surviving are sons Engolf of Hamilton and
George of Tacoma, Washington; three grandchildren, and two great
grandchildren. George Rehn has been living in Tacoma since 1955
where he is a member of the legal staff of the Washington State
Department of Revenue.
The Western News, March 13, 1968
February 21, 1885 - July 21, 1906
DEATH OF MISS REISSINGER. FUNERAL SERVICES HELD AT THE GRANTSDALE
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH SUNDAY MORNING.
Miss Hattie E. Reissinger, daughter of Valentine
Reissinger, died at her home in Grantsdale Sunday morning after an
illness of several weeks. She was 21 years old, being born in Iowa,
February 21, 1885. She was a favorite with the young people of this
locality and was prominently identified with church and Sabbath
school work. The funeral was conducted by Rev. G.C. Beery in the
Grantsdale Presbyterian church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The
deceased is survived by her father, three sisters, and three
The following resolutions were passed by the
members of the Grantsdale Sunday school:
Whereas, It has been the will of Almighty God to
take from us our esteemed assistant superintendent and Bible class
teacher, Miss Hattie E. Reissinger, we, the members of the
Grantsdale Sabbath school, wish to tender our sincere sympathy to
the bereaved relatives.
Whereas, In her death we have lost one of the
most faithful workers, and we express our sentiments in the
Dearest Hattie, thou hast left us, And they loss
we deeply feel, But, 'tis god, who has bereft us: He can all our
sorrows heal. Yet, again we hope to meet thee, When the day of life
is fled, and in Heaven with joy to greet thee, Where no farewell
tear is shed.
Ravalli Republican, July 27, 1906
George Reynolds, 77, and a resident of the
Hamilton community for 33 years, was found dead in his bed at the
home of his son Marion Friday morning when family members called him
to breakfast and he failed to answer. He had been about the place as
usual the previous day, but for some time had been afflicted with a
heart ailment. Death evidently came shortly after midnight, Coroner
John Dowling stated.
Mr. Reynolds had followed ranching throughout his
years here. He was a native of Kentucky and relatives who live in
that state are a brother Dudley, and a sister, Mrs. Martha Mays of
Boonville. Other sisters are Miss Lucy Reynolds of Yakima, Wash.,
and Mrs. William Reynolds of Grantsdale.
Funeral services of the Full Gospel church were
held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon by Rev. A.L. Chadwick at the
Dowling chapel. Burial was made in Riverview cemetery beside the
gave of a son, Edward, who died several years ago. Friends to serve
as pallbearers were Sam Downing, Claud Cunningham, E.J. Kerlee, Lee
Brown, Sam Reynolds, and Frank Thomas. Several cousins of Mr.
Reynolds live in the Hamilton and Grantsdale communities.
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, June 23, 1938
JOHN M. RICHARDS
September 20, 1880 - July 14, 1941
JOHN M. RICHARDS DIES SUDDENLY
John Richards died suddenly Monday while working
at his morning chores in his barn.The deceased was born in Cornwall,
England, September 20, 1880. He came to the United States in 1913
and settled in Butte where he worked in the mines for a number of
years. He came to the Bitter Root valley in 1926 and has followed
the farming vocation here since that time.
Besides his widow, Mr. Richards is survived by
one son, Irvine Richards, who is still living at home.
The Reverend Thomas H. Roddey and the Reverend
Carl F. McConnell will officiate at the funeral which is to be held
at the Methodist Church Saturday afternoon. The pallbearers will be
George Otteson, Claude Johnson, Joe Barrott, John Hayes, Roy
Whitesitt, and Ray Kimball. Honorary pallbearers will be Louis May,
Henry St. John, John Rees, Clay Groff, George Kain, C.B. Calkins,
Lou Campbell, and Henry Rome. Burial will be in the Riverview
Abstract from: Northwest Tribune, Stevensville, Montana, July 16,
1941, page 1
HARRIET KELSETH RICHARDS
November 21, 1906 - November 4, 1996
Pearl H. Richards, 88, died Monday, November 4,
1996 at her Corvallis residence. She was born in Cloquet, Minn., the
daughter of Halvor Daniel and Jennie Johnson Kelseth. As a small
child, she moved with her family to Walkerville, Mont. Her father
drove horse-drawn stage coaches and freight outfits between Gardner
On March 18, 1925, she married Martyn C. Richards
in Centerville. In 1942, they moved to the Bitterroot Valley and
were engaged in agriculture.
Surviving are a daughter Jennie Huls Lilyquist of
Corvallis; five sons, Martyn and James Richards, both of Seattle,
Wash., Phillip and Thomas Richards, both of Hamilton, and Stephen
Richards of Missoula; 28 grandchildren, 49 great
grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by her husband Martyn in 1989, two sons, William in 1976
and Clifford in 1986; two sisters, two brothers, three stepbrothers,
three grandchildren, and a great great grandchild.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at
the Corvallis Community Church with Pastor Keith McNeil officiating.
Interment will follow at the Corvallis Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to the Corvallis
Community Church Building Fund, PO Box 222, Corvallis MT 59828 or
Marcus Daly Hospice of the Bitterroot, PO Box 1697, Hamilton, MT
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, November 6, 1996
August 30, 1910 - February 14, 1986
Alice Julia Rock, 75, of Hamilton, died Friday at
Valley View Estates Nursing Home in Hamilton of natural causes. She
was born August 30, 1910, in Albion, Nebraska, the
daughter of Joseph C. and Bertha Frey. As a young child, she moved
with her family to Butte. She married Roy Rock in the early 1960's
in Hamilton. They lived in Livingston. He preceded her in death in
1973. She then moved to Hamilton to be near her family. She was a
member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Hamilton.
Survivors include three sisters, Marcella Leigh,
Butte; Rachel Bailey, Livingston; and Wilma Worth, Palm Springs,
California; three brothers, Richard and Edwin Frey, Boulder,
Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at
St. Francis Catholic Church in Hamilton and burial services will be
conducted Tuesday at Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republican, February 18, 1986
RAY RICHTER & ROBERT ROSS
Two Valley Men Killed in Spokane Car Accident
Two Bitter Root valley men were killed with three other persons when
the car in which they were passengers smashed into a bridge abutment
and burst into flames on a freeway in Spokane, Washington, at 4:10
a.m. Friday. Killed were Robert Ross, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy
Ross, Hamilton; Sgt. Raymond Richter, 23 son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton
Richter, Stevensville; Roger A. Bohnen, 21, Fort Lewis, Washington;
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Bohnen, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Mrs.
Kathleen Hunt, 22, Spokane. The accident was described as the worst
traffic accident in Spokane in 14 years.
Their speeding car smashed into the abutment and
exploded into flames, after the driver may have dozed at the wheel
at 90 miles an hour, police believe. There were no witnesses to the
20 Minutes to Control Blaze
Police and fireman were summoned and it took
firemen 20 minutes to control the blaze before they could attempt to
remove the charred, mangled bodies.
Ross had gone to a baseball game Thursday night
and told friends he planned to see Richter afterwards. They were
boyhood pals and had attended school together for a while. Richter
had come to Spokane from Fort Lewis on a three day Fourth of July
pass. Officers believe the group spent the preceding evening in the
Spokane Valley, State Line Village or Couer D'Alene, Idaho, and were
on their way back to Spokane when the accident occurred. Funeral
arrangements will be made following release of the bodies by the
ROBERT CLIFFORD ROSS
July 24, 1937 - July 3, 1959
Funeral services for Robert Ross will be held
at Dowling Funeral Home Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. Hugh Garner
officiating. Interment will be in Victor Cemetery. Pallbearers will
be Jay Applebury, Jim Black, Benson Vincent Jr, Rex Paddock, James
Roth, and Gordon Roth.
Ross was born July 24, 1937 at Mona, Utah, moving
to the valley with his parents while he was a youngster. He received
his education in Corvallis schools, graduating from Corvallis High
School in 1955. He attended one year at Kinman's Business College in
Spokane and had been working at the Desert Hotel in Spokane as an
accountant. While in high school, Ross took part in class plays, was
a member of the annual staff, and placed second in a declamation
Survivors include his parents, sisters, Grace,
Mrs. Robert Leonardi and Mrs. William Maki; brothers Kenneth,
Hamilton, and Edward, Stevensville, and his maternal grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Maki, Victor.
March 21, 1936 - July 3, 1959
Funeral services for Sgt. Raymond Richter will be
held with a requiem mass in St. Mary's Catholic Church,
Stevensville, Wednesday at 9 a.m., Rev. Martin Florian officiating.
Burial will follow in St. Mary's cemetery with graveside services by
Fort Owen Post 94 of the American Legion. Rosary will be recited
Tuesday evening at the Whitesitt Chapel, Stevensville.
Richter was born March 21, 1936 in North Dakota,
moving to Hamilton with his family in 1938. The family later moved
to Corvallis and finally to Stevensville. Mr. Richter attended
school in Hamilton and graduated from Corvallis High School in 1955.
He reenlisted in the Army in 1958 after spending 15 months in Korea.
He was a member of St. Mary's Church at Stevensville and had been a
member of the Bitter Root National Guard unit.
Survivors include his parents at Stevensville;
sisters, Mrs. Helen Waliser, Mrs. Clara Waliser, Mrs. Bernadine
Zacha, all of Hamilton; Marion Richter, Dillon, and Eva Richter,
Stevensville; brothers, Tony, Kellogg, Idaho; Eugene, St. Maries,
Idaho; Joe, Hamilton; and Willie, with the Air Force in Korea.
Two Young Men, Former Valley Residents, Die in Highway Wreck
Mystery surrounds what caused a highway tragedy
on the outskirts of Spokane early Friday morning, July 3, which
snuffed out the lives of five persons in the car involved. Just how
and why the car became enveloped in flames is also unknown. Two of
those who lost their lives were young Bitter Root men: Robert
Clifford Ross and Sgt. Raymond Richter.
There was no witness to the fatal wreck. When law
officers and firemen arrived upon the wreck scene, they found the
car a mass of flames which took 20 minutes to control. It was almost
half an hour later before the bodies of all five occupants of the
car, none of whom were thrown clear of the automobile, after it
struck a concrete pillar supporting an overpass, could be removed.
The car was a 1955 model belonging to Sgt.
Raymond Richter of Stevensville who had gone to Spokane from Ft.
Lewis, Washington on a three-day pass, to visit with Robert C. Ross
and other friends. Authorities have yet to determine who was driving
the ill-fated car as the owner's body was found in the back seat.
Others than Ross and Richter, who died in the wreck were Roger
Bohnen, another soldier from Ft. Lewis, and two spokane women,
Evelyn Enyeart, about 36, and Mrs. Kathleen Hunt, 22. The latter is
survived by her husband in the service in Korea, and their two
children. The remains of the two Bitter Root men were brought home
for funeral services and burial.
Requiem Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Church
in Stevensville yesterday morning by Rev. Martin Florian for Sgt.
Raymond Richter. Thereafter burial was made in St. Mary's cemetery
at Stevensville where members of Btry B, 1st Howitzer Bn., 190th
Artillery, National Guard conducted military rites at graveside.
Pallbearers were James Black Jr, Earl Verycrussen, George Frost,
Phillip Richards, Darrell Stanhope, and Gary Rouse.
was born on March 21,
1936 at Zeeland, ND. He came to the Bitter Root with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Anton Richter, who now reside in Stevensville. He
attended school in Hamilton and later in Corvallis, graduating from
Corvallis High School with the class of 1955, being a classmate of
Robert C. Ross, the friend he went to Spokane to visit on his 3-day
pass, who also lost his life in the accident.
After graduating from high school, he worked for
the Missoula White Pine and Sash Company for a while before entering
the army. He was serving in the US Infantry when death came.
Robert Clifford Ross
was born July 24,
1937 at Mona, Utah. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Ross of
Hamilton. He is survived by his parents and by the following sisters
and brothers: Mrs. William Maki, Mrs. Robert Leonardi, Mrs. Grace
Ross, Kenneth and Edward Ross. Surviving grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Joe Maki of the rural district south of Victor.
Although not a native of the Bitter Root, Robert
C. Ross came to this valley with his parents when less than one year
of age. He attended school at Corvallis where he graduated from high
school in the spring of 1955. He won his letter on the Blue Devils
football and basketball teams, took part in declamation and was a
class officer in his senior year. After graduation, he went to
Kinman Business College in Spokane and later began work in an
accounting office in the Desert Hotel, where he was employed when
the accident claimed his life took place.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 7
by Rev. Hugh Garner at the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton for Robert
Ross, with interment being made in Victor Cemetery. At the chapel
rites, Ben Anderson sang accompanied by Mrs. Hugh Garner. Those who
served as pallbearers were Jay Applebury, Jim Black Jr, Gordon
Roth, James Roth, Rex Paddock, and Vincent Meuchel Jr.
The communities about Hamilton, Victor, and
Corvallis where these fine young men were well known, particularly
among those of the same and near generations, are heartsick because
of the awful loss occasioned by this terrible accident. All agree it
is a terrible thing to see two fine young men, with apparently a
good future in life ahead of them, sacrificed so young and so
ELIZABETH V. ROACH
July 1, 1893 - January 4, 1989
Elizabeth V. Roach, 95, died Wednesday in Victor.
She was born July 1, 1893 in Canada, the daughter of John and
Katherine Frombaugh Rust. She married Andrew J. Roach in December of
1914 in Malta, Montana.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1955.
Survivors include four sons, Jack of Van Nuys, California, James of
Beacon, New York, Arthur of Santa Rosa, California, William of
Albuquerque, New Mexico; one daughter, Jean Penrod of Hamilton; one
brother, Ernest Rust of Minot, North Dakota; 13 grandchildren and 13
Services will be conducted Monday at 10 am at the
Faith Lutheran Church with pastor Gregory Karlsgodt officiating.
Interment will follow at the Riverview cemetery. Pallbearers will be
Orrin Hill, Leslie Pribula, Lawrence Jacobson, Vance Warwick, Donald
Bunder, and Kenneth Lawrence. Honorary pallbearers will be Walt
Nielsen, Adolf Zerbst, Ralph Holmlund, and Ed Grimes.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 9, 1989
EMMA S. ROACH
MRS. J.A. ROACH OF VICTOR SUCCUMBED TO CANCER
Victor, June 19 - Mrs. James A. (Emma) Roach, who
was taken to Thornton Hospital at Missoula, Monday and underwent an
operation for the relief of cancer, died Tuesday noon, June 16. She
was 77 years of age and had been a respected resident of the Victor
area for many years. Mrs. Roach is survived by her husband, one
daughter, Mrs. Ella Alford, and three sons, Elmer Roach of Victor,
William Roach of Oklahoma, and J.D. Roach of Oregon. Funeral
arrangements will await the word from the absent sons.
Ravalli Republican, June 20, 1919
September 20, 1899 - October 13, 1918
DEATH CALLS MISS ROBERTS
People of Hamilton were inexpressibly saddened
Sunday morning by the death of Miss Eleanor Roberts. Death
occurred at 10 o'clock and was caused by heart failure. While she
had been in ill health for some time, the end came as a shock to
Miss Roberts was born in Hamilton September 20,
1899, and here grew to young womanhood. She attended the Hamilton
schools, when here health permitted, and was intensely interested
in all school activities.
She was a sweet, lovable young girl whose
winsome personality won her scores of friends who will mourn her
untimely death. She is survived by her mother and five brothers,
Lloyd, who is in the aviation service; Will, Fred, Rex, and David,
who have the sympathy of the entire community in this their dark
hour of bereavement.
The Western News, October 17, 1918
MURIEL PUYEAR ROBINSON
April 10, 1907 - March 28, 1973
Mrs. W. Robinson, Victor, Taken By Death March 28; Had Long
Funeral services were held on Saturday at the
Community Federated Church in Victor for Mrs. Wilbur Robinson, 65,
who died at Daly Hospital March 28 following an extensive illness.
Pastor John Berggren officiated and interment was in Victor
Cemetery, Order of Eastern Star ritual honored Mrs. Robinson, a
member of Naomi chapter.
Muriel Puyear was born April 10, 1907 in
Stevensville, daughter of Steven and Emma Parker Puyear. Her
marriage to Wilbur T. Robinson took place September 6, 1927 at
Surviving beside the widower is a daughter,
Marilyn Hausauer, Billings; sister, Mrs. Arthur (Doris) Patton,
Stevensville; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren;
nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were O.K. Sizer, Leo Revell, Ernie
Buker, Thornton Mann, Edward O'Hare, and Herbert Owings.
Abstract from: The Western News, April 4, 1973, page 7
August 6, 1907 - August 26, 1978
Wilbur Robinson, rites to be Tuesday
Wilbur Robinson, 71, a long-time Victor resident,
died Saturday in the North Valley Nursing Home in Stevensville. He
was born August 6, 1907, in Stevensville. He attended school in Etna
and Victor, graduation from Victor High School. He married Muriel
Puyear on September 6, 1927 in Wallace, Idaho. She died in March
1973. On April 27, 1974, he married Anna Laura Peterson in Hamilton.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Laura, Victor;
one daughter, Marilyn Hausauer of Billings; one step-daughter, Anna
Lee Black, Hamilton; one step-son, John Baker, San Francisco; one
brother, Leonard Robinson, Missoula; one sister, Florence Magini,
Phoenix. His three grandchildren are Robert Robinson, California;
Leslie Gogsich, Hamilton; and Connie Fritisch, Dallas, Texas; and
four great grandchildren.
Extract from: Ravalli Republic, Monday, August 28, 1978
March 28, 1841 - March 24, 1923
G.A.R. MEMBER CALLED BY DEATH.
Another of Ravalli county's veterans of the Civil
War passed to his reward Saturday when Samuel Rockafellow died. Mr.
Rockafellow was born at Easton, Pennsylvania, March 28, 1841. He was
married to Mary Elizabeth Andrews of the city of Easton and of this
union 13 children were born, nine of whom are now living: J.A.
Rockafellow of Libby, Montana; Mrs. J.F. Chapman of Spokane,
Washington; S.A. Rockafellow of Admiral, Saskatchewan, Canada; J. W.
Rockafellow of Hamilton; G.R. Rockafellow of Omaha, Nebraska; J.E.
Rockafellow and Mrs. L.E. Taylor of Los Angeles, California; C.W.
Rockafellow of this city, and Mrs. F. G.Olson of Grand Junction,
On September 1, 1864, the deceased enlisted in
the 198th Pennsylvania Volunteers in which capacity he rendered
patriotic service to his country during the Civil War. At the
conclusion of the hostilities, Mr. and Mrs. Rockafellow started
west, living four years in Illinois, then traveling across the
plains with the early frontier settlers, experiencing the many
hardships and harrowing experiences during those days. The family
was particularly endangered during one Indian raid in Kansas. Mr.
Rockafellow settled in Nebraska where he lived for 22 years and
later moved to this city in March 1909. He has resided here ever
since, until death claimed him March 24. He was 81 years, 11 months,
and 26 days of age at the time of his death and his interment took
place on the 82nd anniversary of his birth.
Mr. Rockafellow leaves to mourn his loss, his
widow, nine children, 22 grandchildren, and five great
grandchildren. The deceased was highly esteemed in this community
and his departure is universally regretted by his many friends. The
funeral services were said in the Methodist Episcopal church
yesterday. Rev. Thomas Miller officiating, and the interment took
place in the Riverview cemetery.
The Western News, March 29, 1923
ALEX T. ROCHE
January 24, 1873 - May 12, 1950
Funeral services for Alex T. Roche, 77, retired
orchardist, will be held in the Catholic church at 10 am Tuesday
with the Rev Father M.J. Donohue officiating. Pallbearers will be
Adolph Swanson, Charles Swanson, Louis Nelson, Mike Nuber, Spenser
Huls, and Rudolph Gerer. Burial will be in Corvallis cemetery.
Mr. Roche died Friday and had lived in the
Bitterroot since 1909. He was born January 24, 1873 in St. Charles,
Illinois. His only known survivors are a half-sister, Mrs. P.F.
Adams, Atlanta, Georgia, and a cousin, Mrs. R.I. Sampson, Seattle,
Ravalli Republican, May 15, 1950
Funeral Rites Conducted Here For Alex Roche
Funeral services for Alex T. Roche, who passed
away Friday at Deer Lodge following a long illness, were conducted
by the Rev. M.J. Donohue at St. Francis Catholic Church Tuesday
morning. Burial was in the Corvallis Cemetery and pallbearers were
Adolph Swanson, Charles Swanson, Mike Nuber, Spencer Huls, Rudolph
Gerer, and Louis Nelson.
Mr. Roche was born in St. Charles City, Illinois
January 24, 1873, son of Nicholas and Margaret Roche. He came to
Montana in 1909 and was employed first as a rural mail carrier. He
later did bookkeeping for Gerer's Apple House. For many years he had
been an orchardist in the MountainView district and until his
illness had been active in community affairs.
Survivors are a half sister, Mrs. P.F. Adams of
Atlanta, Georgia, and a cousin, Mrs. R.I. Sampson, of Seattle.
The Western News, Thursday, May 18, 1950, page 1
JAMES EDWARD ROCHE
August 4, 1920 - February 21, 1987
James Edward Roche, 66, passed away early
Saturday morning in Hamilton at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.
He was born August 4, 1920 in Meadville, Pennsylvania, the son of
Elmer and Luella Brenot Roche.
His survivors include two sisters: Louise
Randolph of Meadville, PA, and Margaret Doyle Butler, Rimesburg, PA;
one brother, Alfred Roche of Cochranton, PA; his step-mother, Zita
Roche of Meadville, PA; one step-sister, Marian Ross of Meadville,
PA; and two step-brothers: Edward Brenot of Meadville, PA and Carl
Brenot of Cochranton, PA; and several nieces and nephews.
It was his request that no services be held.
Cremation has taken place in Hamilton by the Daly-Leach Crematory.
The family suggests memorials to: the Bitterroot Humane Association,
340 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, MT 59840, or to donors choice.
Extract from: Ravalli Republic, February 24, 1987
AMANDA M. RODEFER
Lady Fell Dead
March 1857 - October 11, 1922
Mrs. Rodefer Collapsed on Road Returning Home
Funeral Was Held Last Friday and Remains Were Shipped to
Missouri for Interment
Victor, October 19 - Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Hull were at Victor last
Friday to attend the funeral service over the remains of Mr. Hull's
grandmother, Mrs. Amanda Rodefer, whose death occurred suddenly
Wednesday. Mrs. Rodefer was well known to people of this community,
coming here from Missouri two years go to make her home with her
daughter, Mrs. W.E. Hull. She was 71 years of age. The remains were
shipped to Lewistown, MO for burial and were accompanied by a son,
E.G. Rodefer, who was in the Bitter Root Valley visiting at the time
of his mother's death.
The deceased collapsed in the road near the John
Smith residence. Mrs. Hull looked through the window and saw her
mother returning, then resumed her work, and when she thought her
mother had had time to get home, went into the yard. As her mother
was not there, she discovered she had fallen beside the road. She
hastened to her and found she was dead.
Ravalli Republican, Friday, October 20, 1922
Died, on Friday night, May 13, 1892, Herbert, the seven-year-old son
of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Rose. A complication of pharyngitis and
laryngitis was the ailment, and he was ill but a few days. The
father was absent, preparing to make his home on a ranch in the
upper country, when the sad news reached him. One five-year-old
brother survives him to cheer the parents to whom the sympathy of
the community goes out. The funeral on Sunday morning was well
A Card of Thanks
To our friends, who, during the late illness and death of our
beloved son, have shown us their deep sympathy by many aids and
kindnesses, we desire to express our sincerest gratitude.
Theodore and Mary Rose
BITTERROOT BUGLE, Thursday, May 19, 1892
MARY JAN WILLIAM ROSE
September 16, 1857 - March 24, 1938
Victor, March 30 - Mrs. Mary Jane Rose passed away Thursday morning
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.E. Babbitt, following several
years of ill health.
Mrs. Rose was born Mary Jane Williams, at
Janesville, Pennsylvania, September 16, 1857. She moved to
Preemption, IL with her parents when a small girl. Here she was
married to Theodore Rose July 12, 1881. They lived for a short time
in Iowa then came to Montana. They resided in Helena, Grantsdale,
and Hamilton for short periods before coming to Victor 32 years ago.
Mr. Rose died three years ago. Three children preceded their father.
Mrs. Rose is survived by her daughter, Mrs.
Babbitt, and a son, Charles Rose of Grass Valley, California, who
arrived Friday night. She is also survived by seven grandchildren
and three sisters. Rev. Charles Miller, pastor of the Presbyterian
Church at Hamilton, preached the funeral service.
The pallbearers were Guy McClung and Myron
Johnson of Missoula, Adam Hornung, George Johnson, W.H. Young and
G.R. Safley of Victor. Mrs. Jessie Cates presided at the piano. "No
Night There" and "Sometime We'll Understand" was sung by Mrs. Harry
Mittower, Mrs. W.H. Young, Mrs. W.P. Robb, and Mrs. Adam Hornung.
Many friends from out of town attended the
services. Interment was made in the Victor Cemetery.
Northwest Tribune, March 31, 1938
March 10, 1854 - June 14, 1935
Victor, June 19 - Theodore Rose, well-known Victor resident, died
Friday, June 14, 1935 at the age of 81 years. He was born in Sweden,
March 10, 1854, and come to the United States with his parents at
the age of three years. The family located at Swedona, a little
Swedish settlement in Illinois, where he grew of manhood. He was
married to Mary Jane Williams on July 12, 1881, at Preemption, IL.
They lived for a time in Iowa and came to Montana in 1889, coming to
Victor in 1906.
To this union were born five children, two of
whom survive with the widow. They are Mrs. J.E. Babbitt of Victor
and Charles Rose of Grass Valley, CA. He is also survived by seven
grandchildren, a sister in Superior, Nebraska, and a brother in
Funeral services were held at the home Sunday
afternoon, Rev. John Walpole officiating, assisted by Rev. John
Hall. Mrs. W.P. Robb, Mrs. W.H. Young, Mrs. Harry Mittower, and Mrs.
Adam Hornung sang "No Night there" and "Some Time We'll Understand,"
Mrs. Jessie Cates presiding at the organ. The pallbearers were H.F.
Babbitt. F.C. Downing, John Greenfield, W.H. Young, Adam Hornung,
and G.R. Safley. Interment was in the Victor Cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, June 20, 1935
March 20, 1915 - January 16, 1988
Albertine “Nicki” Rosecrans, 72, of Hamilton,
died Saturday, January 16 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. She
was born March 20, 1915 in Darby to Elmer and Blanch MacKay
Nicholson. She graduated from Darby High School in 1933 and later
from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in Spokane as a
She married Bob Rosecrans November 28, 1941 in
Hamilton. They worked in the Tacoma, Washington shipyards during
World War II, and returned to Hamilton after the war.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her
husband on January 29, 1984. Survivors include a brother, Bud
Nicholson, Darby; an aunt, Marie Higdon, Hamilton; and an uncle,
Bill Mackay, Anaconda.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. on
Wednesday, January 20, at The Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton with the
Rev. Donald Guthrie officiating.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, January 19, 1988
September 10, 1881 - June 11 1960
Rites Held For C.W Rosecrans
Funeral services for Charles W. Rosecrans, 78,
who died Saturday at Daly hospital, were conducted Monday afternoon
at Dowling chapel with Rev. Robert Sherwood officiating. The Elks
lodge, of which he was a charter member, conducted graveside
services at Riverview cemetery. Pallbearers were Dr. John Bell, Joe
O’Meara, Doug Galbraith, George Gordon, Clare Conroy, and Ed Grimes.
Mr. Rosecrans died after an extended illness. He
had been hospitalized for seven weeks. Since 1935, he had raised
guinea pigs at his ranch east of Hamilton for the Rocky Mountain
Laboratory. He came to Hamilton in 1929 and went into the flour mill
business with his father-in-law. He was born September 10, 1881 at
Wheaton, Minn. He and his family moved here from Grand Forks, N,
Survivors include the widow, Alice; a daughter,
Mrs. Irma Erickson, Crary, Ill.; two sons, Robert Rosecrans,
Hamilton, and Dr. Charles C. Rosecrans, Cottage Grove, Ore; a
sister, Miss Maude Rosecrans, Towner, N. Dak.; four grandchildren
and three great grandchildren.
Ravalli Republic, June 13, 1960
May 11, 1913 - January 29, 1984
Robert C. Rosecrans, 70, died Sunday morning at
his residence of cancer. He was born on May 11, 1913 at Towner,
North Dakota to Charles and Alice Hartson Rosecrans. He graduated
from hamilton High School in 1931. On November 28, 1941, he married
Albertine Nicholson in Hamilton. He worked in the Tacoma shipyards
during World War II, returning to Hamilton in 1946 at which time he
took over the Rosecrans Guinea Pig Farm. He later was a partner in
the Ham-Mont Egg Company and retired in 1982.
Survivors include his wife of the family home in
Hamilton; a brother, Charles Rosecrans of Cottage Grove, Oregon; a
niece and three nephews.
It was his request to have no services and
cremation has taken place in Missoula. The family suggest memorials
to contributor’s choice. Arrangements were under the direction of
Dowling Funeral Home.
Ravalli Republic, January 31, 1984
BERTHA BELL ROWAN
August 22, 1889 - February 14, 1975
Victor - Bertha Bell Rowan, 85, died Friday in Hamilton. She was
born August 22, 1889 in Victor and lived there all her life. She
married Martin Rowan in Spokane September 6, 1905. She was a member
of the VFW Auxiliary.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth and Martin,
both of Victor; three daughters, Mary Garnett of Anaconda, Charlotte
Mattson of Bonner, and June Callas of Lolo; nine grandchildren and
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the
Dowling Chapel with Rev. Eugene Bartels officiating. Burial will be
at Victor Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat Close
ERVIN Z. ROWAN
July 20, 1925 - August 21, 1972
Victor - Ervin Rowan, 47, of Victor, died Monday evening as the
result of an automobile accident south of Hamilton. He was born July
20, 1925 in Tuscor, and lived in the Victor community virtually all
his life. He was employed as a ranch hand and mill worker.
He is survived by his mother, Bertha of Victor;
three brothers, Kenneth, Martin, and John, all of Victor, and three
sisters, Mrs. Mary Garnett of Anaconda, Mrs. Charlotte Mattson of
Bonner, and Mrs. June Oertli of Lolo.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in
the Dowling Chapel with Rev. Eugene Bartels officiating. Burial will
be in the Victor Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat Close
JOHN EDWARD ROWAN
August 17, 1920 - May 24, 1973
Victor - John Edward Rowan, 52, died Thursday in Pierce, Idaho. He
was born in Victor, August 17, 1920 and raised in the Bitter Root
Valley. He served in the Army Air Corps in WWII and worked in the
lumber industry most of his life. He had been a heavy equipment
operator in Idaho for the past three years.
Survivors include his mother, Bertha Rowan, and
two brothers, Kenneth and martin, all of Victor, and three sisters,
Mrs. mary Garnet, Anaconda, Mrs. Charlotte Mattson, Bonner, and Mrs.
June Oertli, Lolo.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the
Dowling Chapel with burial in Victor Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat Close
MARTIN "DITTO" ROWAN
July 29, 1910 - January 18, 1988
Victor - Martin "Ditto" Rowan, 77, of Victor, died of natural causes
Monday, January 18 at the Fort Harrison Veterans Administration
Hospital in Helena. He was born July 29, 1910 in Victor, the son of
Martin and Bertha Blake Rowan. He was raised and educated in Victor.
He worked in the woods all his life except for time spent in the
armed forces during World War II. He enjoyed the mountains and
He was preceded in death by his parents, four
brothers, and a sister. Survivors include two sisters, Charlotte
Mattson, Bonner, and June Callas, Missoula.
Family and friends will meet Friday at 2 p.m. at the Victor Cemetery
for graveside services. The Rev. R.L. Mullen will officiate. The
Hamilton American Legion Honor Guard will present the flag. Dowling
Funeral home, Hamilton, is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Terry Maki, Cliff Chaney, Forest Groff, Les
Hinman, Paul Thrailkill, and John Buker.
Contributed by Pat Close
MARTIN WILLIAM ROWAN
FUNERAL SERVICE FOR M.W. ROWAN TO BE ON MONDAY. Old-time Logging
contractor was native of Theso, Quebec.
March 20, 1873 - August 13, 1937
Victor, August 15 - Funeral services for Martin William Rowan, well
known logging contractor, are to be held in the Community Church
here Monday at 2 o'clock. Rev. H.H. Longenecker of Hamilton will
Mr. Rowan was born in Theso, Quebec, March 20,
1873, and came to the United States when he was 22 years old. He
married Bertha Blake, daughter of one of Montana's best known
pioneers, in 1905.
Besides Mrs. Rowan, he is survived by seven
children, Kenneth D, Martin W, John E, Ervin Z., Mrs. Oran Garnett,
and Mrs. George Close, all of Victor; three grandchildren, Charlotte
Rowan of Missoula and Betty Lou and Herbert Garnett of Victor. Mr.
Rowan died at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton Friday
morning. He had been ill three years.
The Daily Missoulian
Monday, August 16, 1937
Contributed by Pat Close