RAVALLI COUNTY OBITUARIES
Victoria Veronica Sadlowski, 40, of Corvallis, died
from injuries received in an automobile accident at Bear Creek Tail
Victor. She was born December 29, 1944 in Elizabeth, NJ, the daughter
Matthew and Victoria Sadlowski, and was raised and schooled at Edison,
December 24, 1944 - May 22, 1985
She is survived by two sons, Steven S. Gronbach,
NJ, and Erik E. Gronbach, Victor; her mother, Victoria Sadlowski,
NJ; three brothers, Richard Sadlowski, Old Bridge, NJ, Casey Sadlowski,
NJ, and Robert Sadlowski, Edison; two sisters, Regina Sachoefer,
NJ, and Maryann Sadlowski, Edison. Memorial services will be conducted
at 10:30 a.m. at Dowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Raymond Gilmore
Cremation has taken place.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, May 28, 1985, page 2
D. Salisbury, aged about 77 years, died at 6 p.m. last Friday, April
1903, at his home on Three Mile and was buried in Three Mile Cemetery
Saturday following. He was an old timer and much respected by
was at one time in the marine service of the United States.
August 31, 1826 - April 10, 1903
Northwest Tribune, Stevensville, Montana, Friday, 17 April 1903, page
ELMER LEE SARGENT
DEATH CLAIMED ELER SARGENT TUESDAY, RITES TO BE FRIDAY.
August 7, 1890 - December 31, 1963
Funeral service will be Friday afternoon at 2
Dowling chapel for Elmer L. Sargent of Darby who died unexpectedly at
home Tuesday, December 31. Elder Donald Spillman will officiate and
will be in Lone Pine cemetery.
Elmer Lee Sargent was born August 7, 1890 in Council
Iowa. He married Esther Marie Shockley April 12, 1914 at Darby with
A. White officiating and witnesses being Dewitt McLaughlin and Blanche
Surviving are sons Francis and LeRoy at Darby;
Mrs. Ernest (Sadie) Barklow, Joliet, Illinois; Mrs. Clyde (Myrtle)
Olympia, Washington; a brother, Harley Sargent, Hamilton; and five
Extract from: The Western News, January 1, 1964
DONALD L. SAWYER
Donald L. Sawyer, 70, of Woodside, died Tuesday
31, 1996, at the Valley View Estates in Hamilton. He was born February
1926 in Portland, Oregon, the son of Elmer and Altha Roberts Sawyer.
February 16, 1926 - December 31, 1996
Surviving are his children; brothers, sisters;
and great grandchildren. Arrangements are under the direction of the
Chapel and Crematory in Hamilton.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, January 3, 1997
ELMER ALVIN SAWYER
Elmer A. Sawyer Taken by Death At Daly Hospital Sunday, June 11
January 21, 1897 - June 11, 1967
Funeral services were held this afternoon at the
chapel for Elmer A. Sawyer, 70, of Hamilton, who died at Daly hospital
at 4:20 a.m. Pastor Henry Frye officiated and interment was in
Pallbeareres were Dan Hildebrand, Frank Benson, Joe Patzer, George
George Palin, and Ozzie Back.
Elmer Alvin Sawyer was born January 21, 1897 in
Iowa, He lived in the Hamilton area for about 30 years. He was a farmer.
Surviving are sons Donald and Charles, Saugus,
Robert and Stanley, Semi, California; Michael, Hamilton; daughters,
Ross, San Fernando, California, and Mrs. Norma Johnson, Warm Springs.
The Western News, June 14, 1967
EMILY E. WILLETTE SCHUMACHER
Emily E. Schumacher, 81, of Hamilton, died Sunday,
3, 1996, at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. She was born June 18, 1914
MI, the daughter of the late John and Delia Willette.
June 18, 1914 - March 3, 1996
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and
Schumacher of Hamilton; a grandson and a granddaughter.
Services will be Thursday morning at St. Johns Church in Essexville,
will follow in the Calvary Cemetery under the direction of the Squire
Local arrangements are under the direction of the
Ravalli Republic, March 5, 1996
CHARLES FREDERICK SCHWAB
C.F. SCHWAB, VALLEY PIONEER, DIED TUESDAY, RITES FRIDAY.
August 20, 1873 - August 18, 1959
Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the
Community Church for C.F. Schwab, Corvallis farmer who died Tuesday,
18 at 5:30 p.m. at Daly Hospital after a long illness. Rev. Gerald
officiate and interment will be in Corvallis cemetery.
Charles Frederick Schwab was born August 20, 1873 at
Missouri and came to Montana at the age of 9 with his family. His
were Jonas and Mary Schwab. A sister, Effie, died during the trip to
by covered wagon, at the age of 2 from diphtheria.
He married Mable M. Fitch, former Corvallis teacher,
Ludington, Michigan, November 11, 1920 and they have made their home
of Corvallis about 1 1/2 miles since. Mr. Schwab's mother, who died at
age of 91, was blind nearly 25 years and during that time, he wrote
a bit of good poetry for her.
Survivors include the widow; son Rev. Richard
of the Burke Ave. Chapel, Seattle; daughter Mrs. John S. (Melda)
Valley, California; sister Mrs. Randall Kellam, Sacramento, California;
Ann Louise, Timothy, Mary Schwab and Lynn, Conrad, and Roger Ludlow.
Extract from: The Western News, August 20, 1959
MARY GENEVIEVE SCHWAB
MOTHER SCHWAB DEAD
September 9, 1845 - February 8, 1938
Ninety-Two-Year-Old Corvallis Lady Passed Tuesday; Rites Today From
Mrs. Mary Genevieve Schwab, aged ninety two years,
away about 11:15 o’clock Tuesday morning at the home of her son,
Schwab, north of Corvallis Mrs. Schwab had been in declining health of
Without her eyesight for a number of years, the aged lady had resided
her sons at Corvallis and Stevensville. Funeral services will be held
10:30 o’clock this morning at the Charles Schwab residence, Rev. Ray
conducting the rites. Internment will be in Corvallis cemetery.
Mrs. Schwab was born September 9, 1845, in Prague,
She came to the United States when she was 11 years of age. She had
resident of the Corvallis community for the past 51 years. Her husband
Schwab passed away 30 years ago. Surviving relatives include a sister,
Theresa Taylor of Balenstine, Neb., three sons, George H. Schwab of
Charles F. Schwab of Corvallis and Lee D. Schwab of Alberton and a
Mrs. Anna S. Kellam of Sacramento, Cal
Ravalli Republican, February 9, 1938
Contributed by Corvallis Community Heritage Project
ERMA GRAVES SCHWEITZER
Former Valley Resident Passes Away
May 8, 1903 - June 23, 1970
Word has been received by Mrs. Guy McClung of the
of her sister-in-law, Mrs. George Schweitzer, about, 67, formerly of
Monday night at her home in Thompson Falls. She married George
of Victor in the late 1920’s and taught for a time at the old Curlew
school north of Victor. She later taught at Victor, Etna, Clinton,
and Noxon. She ws forced to give up her teaching position at Noxon High
about two years ago after being injured in a fall from a horse.
Mrs. Schweitzer is survived by her husband, George,
the family home in Thompson Falls; one daughter, Mrs. Juan Mackenstadt
southern California, and sister, Mrs. Lorna Graves Larson in
One brother, Ralph Graves preceded her in death. Funeral arrangements
Ravalli Republic, June 22, 1970
GEORGE HENRY SCHWEITZER
George Henry Schweitzer, 99, of Missoula, and
Victor resident, died on Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at the Heritage Home
assisted living facility. George was born Oct. 19, 1903, in Victor, the
of seven siblings of James Monroe and Freida Schweitzer. He completed
school in Victor then worked there on the family farm while also
a horse-drawn school wagon delivering 35-40 elementary-aged children to
and home again each day. It was while driving the school wagon that he
his future bride, Erma Graves, who was a young high school English
They married Dec. 28, 1926.
October 19, 1903 - December 23, 2002
In 1955, they moved to Plains, where Erma taught and
worked for Diehl Lumber Company. Upon retirement, they lived in
Falls, then Plains again; and after Erma's death in 1970, George moved
to Victor. Approximately five years ago, George moved to the Missoula
where he lived independently until this past summer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Erma, and his
brothers and sisters, Margaret Johnson, Louise McClung, Eda Slack,
McDonough, Walt Schweitzer, and Bob Schweitzer, Sr. Survivors include
daughter, Jo, and her husband, Bob Mackenstadt, as well as numerous
At George's request, there will be no services.
there will be a family celebration of his life later in the spring.
may be sent in George's name to the Victor School Foundation, Farmers
Bank, c/o Belle Burlington, P.O. Box 190, Victor, Mont., 59875.
As his great nephew said, "The only thing bigger
Uncle George's hands was his heart."
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, January 9, 2002
R. Schweitzer, 53, Victor Native, Died in Plains
August 2, 1918 - March 12, 1971
Funeral services were held on Monday at the Victor
church for Robert Schweitzer, 53, who died Friday in Plains. Burial was
Victor Cemetery. The Squire-Simmons-Carr Funeral Home was in charge.
Mr. Schweitzer was born August 2 1918 at Victor, son
J.M. and Frieda Gesheider Schweitzer. In 1940 his marriage to Winifred
took place in Great Falls. he was a WWII veteran and member of
Engineers Local 371. They lived in Missoula many years where he was a
driver and heavy equipment mechanic.
Surviving, beside the widow, are four sons and a
brothers, George and Walter; three sisters, and two grandchildren. Mrs.
(Louise) McClung of Victor, Mrs. Herb (Eda) Slack of Dillon and Mrs.
(Helen) McDonough, Spirit Lake, Idaho are sisters.
The Western News, March 17, 1971
GEORGE LEWIS SCOTT
GEORGE L. SCOTT IS TAKEN BY DEATH, WAS EARLY RESIDENT OF THE BITTER
February 2, 1882 - August 20, 1950
George Lewis Scott died at Daly Memorial Hospital at
Sunday, August 20. With the passing from this world of George Scott,
of the real old time Bitter Rooters is further diminished as he first
to the Bitter Root in 1899.
Funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon
two o'clock in the Dowling chapel in Hamilton with Rev. Richard R.
St. Paul's Episcopal church officiating. Burial was made in Riverview
Those who served as pallbearers were F.M. Morse, C.H. Carroll, W.L.
E.M. Bray, Stephen Zimmerman, and J.B. Lotspelch.
George Lewis Scott was born February 2, 1882 at
Illinois. He was married at Hamilton, June 12, 1907, to Ethel Wylie of
city. The widow survives. Also surviving are their two children: Mrs.
Oertli of Hamilton, and George Wylie Scott of Missoula. There are two
George Davis Scott and John Roger Scott, both of Missoula, and a
Bert Pierson, of Benicia, California to also survive.
Extract from: The Western News, August 24, 1950
LORETTA VIOLET BAILEY SCOTT
Death claimed Mrs. E.E. Scott Sunday, May 17 at Daly
after a week's illness. Mrs. Scott became ill at her home with a
attack the week before her death and entered the hospital May 11. She
in critical condition from two subsequent heart attacks on last
but y the end of the week her condition had seemingly improved and she
thought to be recovering when she suddenly expired Sunday morning.
services for the loved Corvallis matron were Wednesday afternoon at
chapel. Rev. Jesse Dove officiated and interment followed in Corvallis
The ritual of the OES honored her at the rites. Pallbearers were Fred
Gilbert Chaffin, Ray Morris, Lloyd Stevens, James Black, and Quentin
October 29, 1889 - May 17, 1959
Loretta B. Bailey was born October 29, 1889 at Cobb,
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Josephus Bailey. Her late father was a
to Montana territory near Civil War times but he returned to Wisconsin.
Bailey attended school and was graduated from high school at River
WI and attended State Teachers College there. She taught at Athens, WI
White Rock, SD before coming to Corvallis in 1913 where she taught
in high school.
She was married in Missoula, July 8, 1914, to Ernest
Scott. She was a Gold Star mother, their son, Edgar Bailey Scott lost
life in the Pacific near Formosa in 1945 while serving in the air force
the second world war. Also preceding her in death was her brother
Scott Bailey of Corvallis who died May 31, 1951 and is buried in
After their marriage, the Scotts lived for a time in
for a time at the Alford place north of Corvallis and lived at the
owned by John Zito for many years. The present home at Willow Grove is
two miles south of Corvallis.
Mrs. Scott was a member of Corvallis Chapter 59,
of Eastern Star for many years, held all of the offices of the
Legion auxiliary, was president at the time of her death of the
church Ladies Aid, was a member of the Four O'Clock Garden club, a past
and , until her death, an active member of the Womans Club, a member of
All Star club, and secretary of the Ravalli County Federation of Womens
She was outstanding in arranging programs for groups she belonged to
her services were in constant demand.
Survivors include the widower; daughters Mrs. Marvin
Thompson, Compton, CA, Mrs Larry (Georgia) Holt, Missoula, Mrs. Dean
Hughes, Hermosa Beach, CA; grandchildren Neil, Lucinda, and Jan Holt,
Ricky Thompson; a sister Mrs. Edith Walters, Pacific Grove, CA; a
Vern Bailey, Spokane; and sister-in-law, Mrs.W.S. Bailey, Corvallis.
Mr. Bailey came from Spokane for the services and
the daughters and their families were here except Mr. Hughes.
Words cannot adequate express the high esteem and
for her in the hearts of the many friends of Mrs. Scott. Shad the
to live life to the fullest, to minimize her troubles and to always
a cheerful outlook on life. She gave generously of her competent
always, her niche will be hard to fill. She has a host of friends who
miss her and who join in offering condolences to her family.
The Western News, May 21, 1959
Contributed by Karolyn Simpson
ERNEST EDGAR SCOTT
Funeral services were Monday at the Dowling chapel
E.E. Scott of Hamilton, a longtime Corvallis area farmer. Mr. Scott had
from diabetes and had an attack at his home after arising Thursday
June 21. A physician was called but Mr. Scott failed to respond to
Interment was in Corvallis Cemetery beside the grave of his wife,
who died May 17, 1959. Father Carl Lemm-Marugg officiated at the rites
pallbearers were Alvin Clark, Fred Hanson, Ray Morris, Dudley Bowden,
Stevens, and Claris Glidewell.
March 31, 1882 - June 21, 1962
Ernest Edgar Scott was born on March 31, 1882 in
City, IA. He came to Montana in 1912 and worked at the Bowden
Corvallis until his marriage to Loretta B. Bailey July 8, 1914 at
They moved to the Alford place north of Corvallis and then farmed on
now owned by Zitos for many years. After leaving there, they lived at
Grove, about halfway between Corvallis and Hamilton on the east side
After Mrs. Scott's death, he moved from that place to Hamilton in 1960.
owned several pieces of real estate in Hamilton.
Surviving are daughters Mrs. Marvin (Jean) Thompson,
CA, Mrs. Larry (Georgia) Hold, Mrs. Phyllis Hughes, both of Missoula. A
Edgar Bailey Scott, preceded his parents in death. There are four
a sister Mrs. Maud Wells, Fairmont, OK; a brother Claude Scott,
KS. The grandchildren are Rick Thompson, Neil, Lucinda, and Jan Holt.
Thompson and Rick came from California for the rites.
The Western News, June 28, 1962
Contributed by Karolyn Simpson
EDGAR BAILEY SCOTT
HOPE HELD OUT THAT LT. EDGAR SCOTT MAY STILL BE SAVED
Hope is held out that Lt. Edgar B. Scott of
still turn up all right is found in a letter received during the past
by Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Scott, parents of the lost flyer. The
dated March 25 and signed by Capt. Jarvis A. Tew. It refers to a letter
February 5 by Major Robt. H. Smith, commander of the squadron of which
is a member. That letter has not yet been received by Mr. and Mrs.
Lt. Scott was reported lost as of January 31 when, for the fifth time,
plane was shot out from under him. The letter referred to, follows in
"Edgar was over Formosa 31 January on a Strafing
and one of the engines of his P-38 was damaged by anti-aircraft fire.
for home with only one engine operating and 90 miles south of Formosa
engine failed and he bailed out. He landed successfully in the water
other pilots in the squadron circled over him and he waved from his
boat indicating that he was not injured. Our pilots called for a
flying boat to come to Scotty's rescue and one responded but was not
to land in the water because of extremely high waves. The same
the next day and, although your boy was observed from the air, the
boat was not able to land. When it became apparent that no aircraft
land in the heavy seas, it was decided to dispatch a submarine and a
This was done, but to date, we have received no work that your boy as
picked up. It is possible that it will be some time before any work is
because of an advanced combat base there are certain unavoidable delays
communication which are caused by the tactical situation. When last
Scotty was drifting toward the China coast. I feel that there is an
possibility that he will be rescued and I am hoping for the good news
The Western News, April 19, 1945
MISSING BIRDMAN IS AWARDED BRONZE OAK LEAF CLUSTER MEDAL
Headquarters, 13th AAF, Philipines. A Corvallis,
P-38 Lightning pilot, Lieutenant Edgar B. Scott, who has been missing
since an early February raid on Formosa, has been awarded a Bronze Oak
Cluster to his Air Medal for action over the Jap-held Halmahera Islands
The citation for the decoration for the Jungle Air
"For meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight
the Halmahera Islands on September 19, 1944. This officer, flying in a
of 12 P-38's, was participating in a search for enemy shipping at
speed and at altitude of 500 feet when accurate enemy anti-aircraft
burst out from the coast directly ahead. Although the squadron
led the airplanes in a turn, meanwhile employing evasive action,
Scott followed his flight leader (Captain George S. Weart of Chicago)
in a deliberate attempt to attract the guns and protect the balance of
formation. When the strafing run had been completed, the enemy
silenced. Lieutenant Scott, with his flight leader, then strafed a
vessel lying just off shore and left it burning fiercely.
The courage and devotion to duty displayed by
Scott are worthy of commendation."
Lieutenant Scott's parents, mr. and Mrs. E.E. Scott, live in Corvallis.
Corvallis fighter flew with Brigadier General Earl W. Barnes 13th AAF
command's Dirty Dozen P-38 Lightning unit.
The Western News, April 19, 1945
Contributed by Karolyn Simpson
Services Conducted By Odd Fellows on Monday
July 1, 1854 - July 30, 1927
First Came to the Bitter Root Valley Forty-Six Years Ago and Later
Moved to Plains
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for
Isaac Sears, pioneer Montana freighter whose death occurred Saturday
morning. A song service at the Dowling chapel was followed by the
ritual service of the Odd Fellows’ lodge at the grave. Mr. Sears had
been a member of the order for 25 years. The hymns, “Beautiful Isle”
and “Nearer My God to Thee,” were sung by Mrs. G.A. Gordon and Mrs.
J.C. Conkey with Miss Mary Monroe at the organ. Burial was in Riverview
Mr. Sears first came to the Bitter Root valley in
1881 and seven years later moved to Plains, where he continued to live
until this spring when he returned to Hamilton to be near his
daughters, Mrs. A.E. Shappee and Mrs. H.A. Chambers. Relatives who came
from other towns to attend the last rites were his sons, Philip and
Alfred Sears, and their wives; his daughter and son-in-law, mr. and
Mrs. George Stevens, all residing at Plains, and a grandson, Leland
Colwell of Wallace, Idaho. They returned to their homes yesterday.
Ravalli Republican, August 4, 1927, page 1
ISAAC HENRY SEARS
ISAAC SEARS DEAD
October 20, 1885 - February 1, 1932
Passed Most of His Life in Bitter Root Valley
Funeral Services Were Held at the Dowling Chapel Yesterday By Rev. H.J.
Isaac Sears died at his home here Monday after a
He was 46 years of age and had spent most of his life in the Bitter
valley, coming here with his parents in 1887. His wife, two daughters,
and Pauline, and a son, Gordon, survive with his brothers, Ed Sears of
California, William of St. Regis, Frank of Plains, and George of
and two sisters, Mrs. Ida Atchinson of Spokane and Mrs. Hettie Johnson
Mr. Sears returned to Hamilton last summer after
several years at Sand Coulee and Missoula. He lived two years at Hot
His early life was spent in the Woodside community and he attended the
Schools. He was an electrician by trade and for a time was employed by
Montana Power Company at Missoula.
Funeral services were held by Rev. H.J. Frame at the
funeral home yesterday at 2 o'clock. Burial was in the Sears Family
the Corvallis Cemetery. Mrs. Anna Shappee and Mrs. H.A. Chambers of
are cousins of Mr. Sears.
Ravalli Republican, February 4, 1932
JOHN A. SEARS
JOHN SEARS DIES IN KANSAS
September 17, 1849 - April 28, 1906
Word was received here yesterday of the death
John Sears last Saturday night at Leavenworth, Kansas. Mrs. Sears
with her husband when the end came. She started Sunday for
with the remains. The funeral will probably be held tomorrow at
under the auspices of the Masonic Order.
Mr. Sears was one of the best known ranchers
Bitter Root valley having resided for many years near Woodside. A
of years ago he purchased a home in Missoula and has resided there
Failing in health he went to Leavenworth to consult a specialist.
trouble was the cause of death. Mr. Sears is survived by a wife,
children, all grown, and a brother, Isaac Sears of Plains."
The Western News, May 2, 1906
HARRY SEELYE DIES, FUNERAL SATURDAY
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at
o'clock in the Dowling Chapel for Harry Seelye who died in Daly
three o'clock Wednesday morning. Rev. Charles Miller will
and interment will be made in Riverview Cemetery.
The deceased was born at Centralia, Illinois and had
in the Bitter Root for the past nine years coming here from Forsyth,
He was 57 years of age. Before entering the hospital, he resided at
and previously had lived in Hamilton and at Woodside.
Surviving the deceased are five sisters and two
none of whom live in Montana. They are Mrs. Frances Wardell, Mrs. Fred
Mrs. E. Tally, Mrs. Mattie Craig, Mrs. Lottie Sunkel, and brothers,
The Western News, May 16, 1940, page 1
Teacher Dies of Wound - Funeral tomorrow
1893 - June 10, 1929
Death, the relentless Harvester of life, paused for a moment Monday
before midnight to claim Othel Severns, 36 year old Corvallis school
who was fatally wounded the night of Wednesday, May 29, while driving
Chevrolet coupe past the Ravalli County Fair Grounds north of Hamilton.
Bravely fighting, the young woman lived just 12 days
being mortally shot in the back. Attendants in Hamilton Hospital, as
as the young lady’s family, had become very much encouraged by the
the teacher was making and the remarkably efficient surgical care given
following the shooting. The entire community united with the family in
hope that the injury would be overcome and danger of infection
from the terrible slashing course of the bullet seemed to be about over
tetanus set and, despite three different inoculations of tetanus
death resulted. The tetanus poisoning developed was of but a mild form
the resistance of the patient was at so low an ebb that she could not
it. She was conscious until death. Her mother was at her side when
Funeral services will be held Friday at two o’clock
the Masonic Temple under the auspices of the O.E.S. to which Mrs.
belonged. The body will be taken to Seattle for interment being
by the mother and a sister.
Tetanus is a painful and often fatal infectious
caused by specific bacillus, and marked by tonic spasms of several or
of the voluntary muscles. When confined to the muscles of the lower
usually the part first affected, it is called lockjaw or trismus. It
various names from the various incurvations of the body resulting from
spasm. It is often contracted through infection of wounds.
An autopsy on the body of Mrs. Othel Severns was
at Dowling’s Mortuary Chapel Tuesday afternoon. The bullet, a battered
about the size of a nickel, was located in the lower abdomen and
The autopsy was performed by Dr. Herbert Hayward, county physician, and
George McGrath. Those present included Coroner John Dowling, County
H.C. Packer, Court Reporter, H.E. Jones and nurses: Mrs. Laura Geick
Mrs. Hazel Young, and Miss Esther Holland.
The Western News, June 13, 1929
Reward offered for Mrs. Severns' Slayer
The county commissioners of Ravalli county announced
week that a $500 reward would be paid for the arrest and conviction of
party who shot Mrs. Othel Severns, on the night of May 29th, as she was
near the Fair Grounds at Hamilton. Mrs. Severns was passing in her car
as she stated, some one commanded her to halt. She speeded up her car
was shot from the rear with a high power gun, the bullet passing
spare tire, the back of the car and piercing her body. The bullet
her intestines causing her death some 12 days later.
Sheriff stokes claims that he was stationed a mile
farther north where he was watching for a stolen car which had been
He heard a car coming and as it passed some one was creaming. He
and found the wounded woman. He returned with her to the hospital.
time no clew has been uncovered as to who did the shooting.
Northwest Tribune, Thursday, July 11, 1929
RUFUS L. SHERRILL
Services To Be Held Thursday Afternoon For R.L. Sherrill
May 19, 1930 - June 30, 1973
Funeral services for R.L. Sherrill are to be held at Dowling Chapel
afternoon and will be conducted by Brother James Butler who comes from
for the purpose. Burial will be made in Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton.
Mr. Sherrill passed away June 30 in Hamilton. He was born May 19, 1930
Melbourne, Ark, and is survived by his wife, six sons, and two
Western News, July 4, 1973, page 2
FRED L. SIMMONS
Fred L. Simmons dies in Hamilton
May 6, 1915 - August 1, 1978
Fred L. Simmons, 63, a retired police deputy and
equipment operator, died Tuesday in the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital
He was born May 6, 1915 in Joseph, Oregon.
He married Great B. Arnhart May 17, 1955 in
Washington. Mr. Simmons worked in Oregon, Idaho, and moved to Montana
and retired in 1973.
Survivors include his wife, Great, Hamilton; four
Darlene Stein, Hamilton; Cookie Backen, Seattle, Wash; Doreen Zollman,
Oregon; and Deana Nicholas, Ketchikan, Alaska; one sister, Elsie
Idaho; one brother, Lester, Oregon City, Oregon; 13 grandchildren; and
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m.
the Dowling Chapel in Hamilton with Rev. Eugene Bartel officiating.
will be in the Lone Pine Cemetery in Darby.
Abstract from Ravalli Republic, August 3, 1978
HOMER GILBERT SIMMONS
"OLE" SIMMONS, FORMER ATHLETE, FINE FISHERMAN, DEAD AT 80 YEARS.
August 14, 1886 - May 26, 1967
Death claimed Homer G. Simmons at Daly Hospital May
after a short illness. Funeral services were held on Monday at the
Chapel with interment in the family plot at Corvallis cemetery. Pastor
Elwell officiated and pallbearers were Leland Summers, Lawrence
John Wetzsteon, Hector Rasmussen, Alfred Simmons, and Richard Bryson.
On August 14, 1886, Homer Gilbert Simmons was born
homestead of his parents, Gilbert and Nancy Chaffin Simmons northeast
Corvallis on August 14, 1886. His marriage to Effie Montana Million,
of Guy A. and Effie M. Applebury Million, took place at Corvallis
Church December 10, 1911. Their attendants were James Barr and Edith
Mr. and Mrs. Simmons were parents of one child, a
George, who died while a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II.
Simmons died December 21, 1923. Mr. Simmons made his home in Hamilton
years and was a patient at the local nursing home the past year. During
working years, he was a rancher and sheep shearer.
Surviving is a sister, Mrs. James Barr, Corvallis;
Lee of Corvallis and Mason of Hamilton; cousins, nieces and nephews.
Abstract from: The Western News, May 31, 1967
FUNERAL FOR MRS. SIZER IS THURSDAY
September 19, 1873 - January 27, 1974
Funeral rites for Mrs. Ella Sizer will be conducted
2 p.m. Thursday at the Dowling Chapel with Rev. Robert Sherwood
Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Mrs. Sizer died Sunday in Missoula at the age of
was a former longtime Bitter Root resident. She was born September 29,
in Kearney, Nebraska and was married to Fred Sizer there. They lived in
Cheyenne, Wyoming; and the Denver area for several years before moving
Hamilton in 1918.
Her husband was an active orchardist for many years
also engaged in the produce business. He died here in the early 1950's
his wife had resided in Missoula most of the time since his passing.
a member of the Snappy Birthday Club.
Survivors include three sons, Malcom of Hamilton,
of Victor, and Wales of Granger, Washington; a daughter, Mrs. Lysle
of Missoula; 12 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 16
Ravalli Republic, January 29, 1974
EDA SCHWEITZER SLACK
Mrs. Eda Schweitzer Slack, 69, passed away in a
hospital wednesday morning, April 13, after a long illness. She wa born
Victor January 27, 1908, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Schweitzer.
was raised in Victor and graduated from Victor High School in 1924. She
Herb Slack of Corvallis at Victor. The family lived at Victor,
Missoula, and Thompson Falls. Her husband was a highway patrolman for
years until his retirement. They later lived at Dillon where he was
by Western Montana College for about 10 years. Mrs. Slack was employed
Lloyd’s Restaurant at Butte for several years.
January 21, 1908 - April 13, 1971
She is survived by her husband, Herb, at the family
in Butte; two daughters, Mrs. Bobbie Lou Lehfeldt of Butte and Mrs. Gay
near London, England, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren;
Louise McClung at Victor, Helen McDonough of Spirit Lake, idaho,
Walter of Portland, Oregon, and George of Plains. A son, one brother
one sister preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, 2 p.m. at
Wayrynan and Richards Funeral Home in Butte, with burial in Butte.
Ravalli Republic, April 15, 1971
JASPER N. SLACK
Jasper Slack, Pioneer, Dies from Injuries.
March 28, 1879 - October 18, 1926
The funeral of Jasper L Slack was held yesterday
family residence. Rev. J. E. parker conducting the services. A large
attended. Internment was made in the Corvallis cemetery.
Jasper L slack was born at Corvallis 57 years ago,
parents being among the first pioneers of the valley. He never married
resided with his sister, Miss Margaret Slack, and two brothers, John
on the old family homestead just north of Corvallis, which was located
Mr. Slack and his brother john were injured in an automobile collision
Corvallis on October first. Their car turned over and the two brothers
caught in the back seat. Jaspers lung was crushed, pneumonia developed
death ensued as a result of heart failure.
The deceased possessed many of the traits of the old pioneers, was
in his dealings and highly respected in his community.
Contributed by Corvallis Community Heritage Project
RICHARD W. SMITH
World War Veteran Dies of Spotted Fever
Newcomer to Bitter Root Valley Had Never Been Vaccinated; Military
Richard W. Smith, World War veteran, died early
morning at the Daly Hospital, where he had been a patient since the day
suffering from spotted fever. Mr. Smith's illness was discovered a few
earlier by his friends, Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Kohner, who took him to their
on the former Sullenger ranch. Friday they brought him to the hospital.
had never been inoculated with spotted fever vaccine.
Mr. Smith came to this section of the Bitter Root
about 2 months ago and he was associated with Mr. Kohner in the sheep
He had spent most of the past 30 years in eastern Montana and his
in the World War was made at Baker in 1918. He served a year overseas
private with the 103d field artillery, receiving his discharge on May
1919, at Fort George Wright in Washington, where he had been in a
camp for apart of the past year. He was born at Fitchburg,
20, 1884, and was in his 55th year. Mr. Smith had never married and his
known relative was a niece, Gertrude Gilbertson, in Connecticut.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev.C.R. Miller
afternoon at the Dowling Chapel. Military tribute was paid by Veterans
Foreign Wars and the American Legion members at the grave in Riverview
and veterans served as pallbearers. Mr. Smith's friendship with Mr. and
Kohner dated back several years to association at Baker.
Ravalli Republican, May 11, 1939
Mrs. N. Rosetta Smith died Sunday evening at the
her daughter, Mrs. O.W. Jenkins, on the bench east of Corvallis. Death
due to paralysis. The remains were shipped Monday afternoon to Carlton,
interment was made.
Mrs. Smith was 77 years of age. She is survived by
daughters and four sons. They are Mrs. O.W. Jenkins of Birch Creek and
Fannie Kelley of Hamilton; E.E. Smith of Dixon, C.E. Smith of Birch
and G.W. Smith of Kansas.
Friends of the family throughout the valley have
The Western News, May 28,
WILLIAM L. SMITH
Funeral services for William L. Smith, 61, first man
operate a stage and freight line between here and Missoula, were held
Dowling chapel Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. C.R. Miller
Interment was in Riverview Cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Merritt,
Treece, Joe Haigh, Homer Benson, William Young, and Henry Gilmore.
July 15, 1881 - November 29, 1942
Mr. Smith died Sunday at the state hospital
illness for about 10 years and the remains were brought to the Dowling
He was born July 15, 1881 in Ozark, Missouri, and
came to Hamilton in 1904 with his grandfather, who died about a year
A little later he returned to Missouri and in 1907, came back here with
family. In addition to his stage line operations, he was a contractor
his last work of that nature consisted of a sub-contract on the Daly
and Hamilton high school.
Survivors include daughter, Mrs. Rose Savage,
sons, Truman, who is with a marine detachment in Seattle, Washington,
Winston, a member of a commando unit in Helena. Both sons are here for
rites and expect to remain about a week.
Ravalli Republican, December 3, 1942
LAURA E. NEAFUS SMITHEY
LAURA SMITHEY DIED SATURDAY, RITES HELD HERE, BURIAL CORVALLIS
October 21, 1882 - January 5, 1952
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the
chapel of Hamilton to pay tribute to Laura E. Smithey of Corvalls. The
were conducted by Rev. Jesse Dove. Interment was made in Corvallis
Rites of the OES were also conducted at the chapel. Pallbearers at the
were Ray Murphy, Paul Lear, Richard Bryson, Howard Boyer, F.O. Burrell,
Henry Nichols. Mrs. Smithey passed away in Daly Memorial hospital
The deceased Corvallis matron was a daughter of early settlers of the
Root valley, the late Mr. and Mrs. Neafus,
Laura Neafus was born at Townsend, Montana, October
1882, came to the Bitter Root with her folks as a girl. She was married
Russell Smithey of Corvallis by Rev. George B. Blair April 19, 1901.
Those who survive Mrs. Smithey are her widower,
five grandchildren, and two great granddaughters. The daughters are
George Lairy and Mrs. Lloyd Rockafellow, both of Corvallis, and Mrs.
Dye of Hamilton. Also surviving are two sisters: Mrs. Fred Simer,
Point, Oregon, and Mrs. Mabel Reynolds, Fresno, California.
Abstract from: The Western News, January 10, 1952
PIONEER IS DEAD
June 1, 1883 - October 18, 1922
Robert Smithey Resident ofValley Many Years.
Charter Member of the Corvallis Presbyterian Church and anUsher for
Corvallis, Oct. 20-Robert Smithey, an aged resident of Corvallis, died
morning at the Hamilton hospital following a lingering illness due to
of age. The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon from the Presbyterian
Rev. E. P. Willson officiating. Interment was made in the
Mr. Smithey had been a resident of Corvallis since
coming here from Missouri. He was a native of Kentucky and was born
1883, being 87 years of age. He was a charter member of the Corvallis
church, and for a number of years acted as usher in this place of
He was a devout, yet jovial charter and was respected by the
community. His love for horses amounted to a passion and until
years although handicapped by rheumatism, he worked with them much of
time. The deceased owned a home in Corvallis and until the last few
Surviving relatives are a nephew, R.R. Smithey, and
Mrs. M. E. Popham of Corvallis, and a cousin, R. H. Smithey of Hamilton.
Contributed by Corvallis Community Hertiage Project
JOHN J. SOUTHWICK
John Southwick dies Monday
John J. Southwick, 93, resident of this area since
died Monday afternoon, May 20, following a long illness at the home of
Mrs. J.T. Mashburn (Hulda Southwick). The deceased was born in Angolla,
in 1856. In his younger days he had led a colorful and interesting life
driver for a stage coach through the mountains and wilds of Montana. In
he came to the Stroud area and devoted his active days to farming.
Survivors include three sons, Ulric of Granger,
Richard E. of Ephata, Washington, and John T. of Tulso, Oklahoma; three
Mrs. Clarence (Mary) Taber of Noxon, Montana; Mrs. Thorwald
Peterson of Seattle, Washington; and one sister, Mrs. Sophie Roberts of
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at
First Baptist church by James Wilkerson, pastor. Burial was in Stroud
under direction of Peck funeral home.
Stroud, Lincoln County, Oklahoma
May 25, 1950
Ravalli County ties: John J. Southwick's wife Edith Coram Southwick is
in the Hamilton-Riverview Cemetery as are his parents Josiah and Huldah
John J. and family are listed in the 1910 census in Ravalli County.
Contributed by Nadine Holder
AGED CITIZEN DEAD
August 18, 1828 - July 13, 1915
Josiah Southwick Passed Away Tuesday Morning
Funeral was held from the home of son. J.J. Southwick, Wednesday
Josiah Southwick, who had been a resident of the
Root Valley for more than 21 years, died at 6 o'clock Tuesday morning
home of his son, Mayor J.J. Southwick, on South Second Street. Death
due to the infirmities of old age. The funeral was held Wednesday
at 2 o'clock at the Southwick home. Rev. J.C. Irwin, pastor of the
church conducted the services, which were largely attended. The members
the city council acted as pallbearers, the remains being laid to rest
Josiah Southwick was born at North Collins, New
18, 1828, and if he had lived a month longer, he would have reached the
of 87 years. He came of Quaker parentage. He was married to Hulda
November 18, 1850. The union was blessed with five children, three sons
two daughters, three of whom are still living: Mayor J.J. Southwick of
city. R.E. Southwick of Hart, Michigan, and Mrs. Sophia Roberts of
His wife also survives him.
Mr. Southwick came to Montana in 1892. He resided at
for a short time, moving to Hamilton to become a partner of his
the late W.H.Roberts, in the Hamilton Book Store. During his residence
Hamilton, Mr. Southwick acquired many friends. The Quaker principles
his life and served to bring his friends close to him. In his early
he was intimately acquainted with such prominent characters of American
as Horace Greely, Grover Cleveland, and Samuel J. Tilden.
Ravalli Republican, July 16, 1915, page 1
Death of Aged Resident
Succumbed to Lung Trouble Monday at the Home of John Ransom After an
of One Month
Robert Speer died Monday evening at the advanced age
73 years at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Ransom, on the west
the Bitter Root river. About a month ago Mr. Speer was taken sick with
trouble, and although everything possible was done for him, he
The deceased was born in Ohio and when 4 years of
with his parents to Carthage, Missouri, residing there until he moved
the Bitter Root valley in 1892, where he had since lived. He first
at Corvallis and purchased town property. At the time of his demise he
a ranch on the west side of the river, but of late years had been
home with his daughter. He was a devout Christian and had been a member
the Christian Church since he was 16 years old.
Mr. Speer is survived by a widow, a son, Jesse Speer
California, and two daughters, Mrs. Scott Sherrill of Ross Hole and
Ransom of Hamilton. The funeral was conduced by Rev. W.D. Lear of
at the Ransom home Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and interment
at Riverview Cemetery.
Ravalli Republican, April 19, 1907, page 1
James Spooner Was Sick Only a Short Time
Was Eighty-Three Years Old and Had Lived in the Bitter Root Valley
Victor, November 10 - John Spooner passed away Sunday at the home of
C.P. Mendell, who resides three miles east of Victor, after an illness
four days. He was 83 years old and had lived in the valley 55 years. He
one daughter and four sons, A.L., Fred, Henry, and Patrick Spooner. The
services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Presbyterian
in Stevensville, Rev. Ross officiating,and interment was in the
Ravalli Republican, Friday, November 17, 1916
JOSEPH LAFAYETTE SUMMERS
J.L. SUMMERS PASSES
June 25, 1858 - October 11, 1930
J.L. Summers, a well known pioneer, died at his home
Corvallis last Sunday. The family were all at home that day except Mrs.
a daughter, and had enjoyed the occasion as Mr. Summers had seemed in
good spirits. He had finished his dinner and had been looking at a
falling asleep, he collapsed in his chair. He had been under the
care for several years.
Joseph Lafayette Summers was born in Date county,
January 25, 1858. He came to Montana in the spring of 1881 and returned
Missouri in the fall of 1883 to wed Mary Chaffin on October 21, 1883.
would have celebrated their 48th anniversary October 21. They returned
Montana in 1887. To them were born two children, Mrs. Frank Price of
and Mrs. Hans Bay of Long Beach, California. Surviving are his wife,
Frank Price, Mrs. Hans Bay and Russell Bay and one great grandchild.
three sisters, Mrs. T.M. Doran of Hamilton, Mrs. Ella Galbraith of
and Mrs. Alex Mitchell of Denver, Colorado. Mr. Summers had one
A. Summers, who passed away several years ago. Services were held at
United Church by Rev. James F. Swallow. Interment was made in the
Cemetery. The pall bearers were Rev. C.J. Tabor, Rev. R.L. Meyers, and
S.J. Powell, B.J. Smith, James D. St. John, and Matt Vaughn.
The Western News, October 15, 1931, page 3