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February 8, 1844 - January 15, 1928
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 the scripture.
    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

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 favorite.
    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 or Sunday.
The Western News, April 12, 1917, page 1

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 great-grandchildren.
    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 Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat Close
August 20, 1883 - April 11, 1942
Services for Mrs. Reeder Tuesday at 2; Victor Church
    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 arrangements.
    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 grandchildren.
Abstract from the Daily Missoulian, April 13, 1942
April 10, 1872 - November 24, 1910
    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 10
    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
    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 brothers.
    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 following words:
    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

September 20, 1880 - July 14, 1941
    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 Cemetery.
Abstract from: Northwest Tribune, Stevensville, Montana, July 16, 1941, page 1

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 and Butte.
    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 59840-1697
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, November 6, 1996

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 great grandchildren.
    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

    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

October 31, 1927 - December 2, 1997
    Alice Tew Roberts, 70, of Corvallis, died Tuesday, December 2, 1997 at the Discovery Care Centre, in Hamilton. She was born October 1, 1927 in Corvallis, the daughter of Ed and Estelle Ward Tew. She grew up in the foothills east of Corvallis and graduated from Hamilton High School. On May 6, 1948, she married John High Roberts of Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada. The couple made their home on the Quast Ranch, near Corvallis, until 1973 when they moved to the Bitterroot Stock Farm. She worked at Bays Store in Corvallis and was a long time employee of Valley Cleaners in Hamilton.
    Surviving are her children, Jim Roberts of Billings, Conni Hughes of Pilot Rock, Oregon, Teri Roberts Woodrow of Stevensville, and Vicki Leach of Winston, Oregon; a sister Alma Martin of Hamilton; a brother, Ed Tew of Orangevale, California; 16 grandchildren and a great grandson.
    A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Daly-Leach Chapel. Private family urn placement will be at a later date. The family suggests memorials to the Bitterroot Humane Association.
Ravalli Republican, December 3, 1997

September 20, 1899 - October 13, 1918
    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 the community.
    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

April 10, 1907 - March 28, 1973
Mrs. W. Robinson, Victor, Taken By Death March 28; Had Long Illness
    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 Wallace, Idaho.
    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

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, Washington.
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

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

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

July 19, 1894 - August 23, 1935
Young Man Dies
Services for War Veteran Conducted  Monday
Respected Resident of Woodside Community Is Laid to Rest in Riverview Cemetery
Corvallis, August 28 - Last rites for Richard Rockafellow, a resident of the Woodside community, with full military honors at the grave by the Ravalli Post of the American Legion, were conducted Monday afternoon fro the Corvallis Methodist Church. The flag-draped casket was banked with myriads of flowers, a silent tribute to the honored World War veteran as one of the community’s best loved citizens. Several members of the Missoula Veterans of Foreign Wars post were present at the services.
    Members of the Corvallis Odd Fellows lodge formed a guard of honor as the casket was borne to the chancel, and that order had a part in the final services at the grave side. Mrs. J.E. Hawker played a piano prelude and postlude. Rev. Frank Sutton gave the invocation and Rev. C.J. Taber spoke from the text, “There is But One Step Between Me and the Grave.” Mr. and Mrs. Frank, Mrs. William Hay and R.R. Hull made up a quartet which sang two numbers. Mr. Hull rendered a baritone solo as a part of the service. Pallbearers were Troy McKinney, Roy Snell, W.C. Hardin, John Fleming, Victor Shults and Charles Bohler. Interment was in Riverview cemetery at Hamilton.
    Richard Samuel Rockafellow was born in Weston, Nebraska, July 19, 1894. With his parents, he came to the Bitter Root valley in 1903 and had since resided here with the exception of three years spent in the navy over seas during the World War. He was honorably discharged in 1919 and a year later was married to Miss Ruth Moore of Woodside.
    Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Howard, 10, and Dee, 5; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Rockaellow; three brothers, Lloyd and Delbert of Corvallis, and Arthur of Woodburn, Oregon; three sisters, Mrs. Earl White of Spokane, Mrs. Edward Albertson of Troy and Mrs. Ingward Nordheim of Kellogg, Idaho.
    Last Monday Mr. Rockafellow was taken to the Daly hospital at Hamilton after a two day illness. Pneumonia was the disease which attack him and he steadily grew worse until an early hour Friday morning when death claimed him. Previous to his last illness, Mr. Rockafellow had been in good health and had performed his regular ranch duties less than a week before his passing. During the winter and spring months he had been employed as a member of a road construction crew near Sula.
Ravalli Republican, August 29, 1935

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 accident.
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 Spokane coroner.

July 24, 1937 - July 3, 1959
Ross Funeral
    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 contest.
    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
Richter Funeral
    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.

    Raymond Richter 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 unnecessarily.

March 28, 1841 - March 24, 1923
    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, Colorado.
    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

March 1857 - October 11, 1922
Lady Fell Dead
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 attended.

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
Grantsdale, Montana

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 Sweden.
    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 registered nurse.
    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, Dak.
    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

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 21 great-grandchildren.
    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

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

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

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 gardening.
    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

March 20, 1873 - August 13, 1937
FUNERAL SERVICE FOR M.W. ROWAN TO BE ON MONDAY. Old-time Logging contractor was native of Theso, Quebec.
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 officiate.
    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