September 11, 1859 - June 22, 1938
Mrs. G.E. Sullenger, who came to Hamilton as a
50 years ago, died yesterday morning at the Daly hospital after many
of illness. She was one of the community's best known women and her
life activities included school teaching in Iowa. She was born at
Ala., September 11, 1859, and was in her 79th year when death
Relatives are the husband and an adopted
Earl Gray of Missoula, and the grandchildren, William Gray of
Mary Elwood Gray of Missoula. Mrs. Sullenger's life ws closely
with the Christian church and she was known for her unselfish nature
a desire to help others.
The body is at the Wright Funeral Home, where
will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. L.O. White of
Christian Church Interment will be at Corvallis,
Ravalli Republican, Thursday, June 23, 1938
VIDA GARDNER SUMMERS
March 18, 1899 - November 10, 1991
Helen V. Summers, 92, of Hamilton, died Sunday at
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. She was born March 18, 1899 in Faulk
County, SD, the daughter of Edward and Anna Gardner.
She was formerly a school teacher in Wyoming and
South Dakota. On December 23, 1927, she married Charles A.
Summers in Redfield, SD. The couple moved to Mineral County in 1929,
to Washington state in 1943 and then to Hamilton in 1948.
Survivors include six nieces and two nephews. She
was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters and a brother.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Riverview
Cemetery in Hamilton with Rev. David Donkle officiating.
The Dowling Funeral Home is in charge of
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, November 12, 1991
MARY FRANCES CHAFFIN SUMMERS
May 28, 1864 - August 26, 1953
CORVALLIS MATRON PASSES AT DALY HOSPITAL; WAS 89 YEARS OF AGE
Death claimed Mrs. Mary Frances Summers, 89, at
yesterday at 2:50 pm. She entered the hospital with a broken hip
when she fell at her Corvallis home.
Mary F. Chaffin was born at Rogersville, near
Missouri, May 28, 1864 and came to the Bitter Root with her husband
daughter in 1886. She was married to Lafayette (Fate) Summers near
October 21, 1883. The entire wedding party was on horseback. Mr.
passed away in October 1931 and his wife will be laid to rest next
grave in the family plot. Her parents were Joseph and Eliza Chaffin,
father coming to the valley in the 70's. He died while here and is
in the family plot.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday
Corvallis Community church with Rev. Jesse Dove officiating. The
will be George and William Brown, Ernest Matthews, Robert Bay,
and Gene Sperry.
Abstract from: The Western News, August 27, 1953
JOHN A. SUMMERS DIES IN CALIFORNI
PIONEER CROSSES DIVIDE AFTER LINGERING ILLNESS OF CANCER - FUNERAL
The funeral of the late John A. Summers will be
Wednesday, under the auspices of the Masonic lodge of Hamilton. The
will arrive this evening and a Masonic service will be held in
at 11:30 o'clock. Interment will be made in Corvallis cemetery. The
announcement was give out by Sheriff Chaffin, upon receipt of
advices from his sister, Mrs. Summers. Mr. Summers died Friday
at 2 o'clock at Santa Monica, California. Cancer, from which he had
for four years, was the cause of death.
John A. Summers was a well-known pioneer of the
Valley and Missoula. He was born at Galloway, Green county,
years ago. He landed in Missoula in 1871 and established a
In 1877, he went to Corvallis where he married Judith Chaffin and
home for many years. He conducted a blacksmith shop there for years
a ranch adjoining the townsite. Disposing of his holdings, he
large ranch near Hamilton that was afterwards platted by Winstanley
Reeser. After disposing of this property, Mr. Summers purchased the
ranch near Corvallis, built a fine home and resided there for
About 1908, Mr. and Mrs. Summers moved to
the home on University Avenue, which is now home of Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. Summers' health failed four years ago and he went to live in
California, hoping to find benefit in the milder climate. He is
by his wife, by four daughters, Misses Inez, Margaret, Jeanette, and
Summers; by three sons, Fred, Herbert, and Leland; by his mother,
O. Summers, now living at Hamilton; by four sisters, Mrs. Alex
Alder grove, B.C., Mrs. T.M. Doran and Mrs. John Parsley of
Mrs. Tobias Galbraith of Galloway, Missouri; and by one brother,
Summers of Corvallis. There is also a large family connection
Bitter Root Valley and in Missoula.
The Western News, January 19, 1915
JOSEPH LAFAYETTE SUMMERS
June 25, 1858 - October 11, 1930
J.L. SUMMERS PASSES
J.L. Summers, a well known pioneer, died at his
Corvallis last Sunday. The family were all at home that day except
a daughter, and had enjoyed the occasion as Mr. Summers had seemed
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
Missouri in the fall of 1883 to wed Mary Chaffin on October 21,
would have celebrated their 48th anniversary October 21. They
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
John A. Summers, who passed away several years ago. Services were
the United Church by Rev. James F. Swallow. Interment was made in
Cemetery. The pall bearers were Rev. C.J. Tabor, Rev. R.L. Meyers,
S.J. Powell, B.J. Smith, James D. St. John, and Matt Vaughn.
The Western News, October 15, 1931, page 3
JUDITH CHAFFIN SUMMERS
March 28, 1861 - October 27, 1954
JUDITH SUMMERS, NONAGENARIAN, PIONEER OF THE BITTER ROOT, DIES
Death came shortly after noon, Wednesday, October
Daly hospital to Mrs. Judith Summers who had been a patient, in
for several weeks following a stroke which she sustained at
while visiting with her son. The passing from this world of Judith
takes from our midst one of the few true pioneers of the early
days of the Bitter Root valley.
Mrs. Summers was one of the 11 children of the
settlers, Elijah and Margaret Chaffin, who crossed the plains via
wagon, coming to Corvallis first in 1864. Judith was born at Ft.
March 28, 1861. The Chaffins continued from the Bitter Root to
preferring the Bitter Root, returned here in 1865.
Judith Chaffin was married to John Summers
1878 at Corvallis when Rev. W. Hall, a double wedding also united in
her sister, Miss Nancy Chaffin to Gilbert Simmons.
Funeral services will be conducted at Dowling
two o'clock Saturday with Rev. Harry Soloos officiating. Burial will
in the family plot in Corvallis cemetery. The pallbearers will be
Lee, Homer and Mason Simmons, Gilbert, Glenn, and Dean Chaffin.
Those who survive Mrs. Summers are the following
Mrs. Harry Johnson of Hamilton; Laland F. Summers, Lewistown,
John Ashby, Vancouver, Washington; Mrs. Louise Perrior, Santa
They will all be here for the last rites. Grand children are Bob
Seattle; Mrs. Barbara Bernatz, Racine, Wisconsin; John Ashby in the
at Fort Ord, California. There are three great grandchildren: Benny
Brooke Bernatz of Racine and Roger Ashby of Fort Ord.
Three of Mrs. Summers' children preceded her in
They were Herbert L. Summers who died in May 1950; Margaret Elliott
away in September 1953; and Fred Summers who died last December. Of
brothers and sisters, Mrs. Summers is survived by her brother, Moses
Abstract from: The Western News, October 28, 1954
CARL "CHARLIE" JOHN SWANSON
August 7, 1880 - May 8, 1977
"CHARLIE" J. SWANSON, 96, DIES SUNDAY IN STEVI
Death claimed prominent Corvallis area
and rancher "Charlie" J. Swanson, 96, Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at North
Nursing Home in Stevensville, following several years of
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Dowling
Home. Rev. Carl Rohr will officiate and interment will be in the
in Corvallis cemetery. Pallbearers will be the grandsons of Mr.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Gerloff, Oscar Berggren, Chester
Ed Grimes, Ralph Holmlund, and Jimmy James.
Carl John Swanson was born August 7, 1880 in
Johkoping, Sweden and came to American in the fall of 1903. He first
in Rockford, Illinois, then moved to Oregon, Illinois where he
a piano factory. At the latter place, he met and married Emma
Lynde on March 9, 1907.
Mrs. Swanson died September 16, 1971. Survivors
daughter, Mrs. Morris (Helen) Strange, Stevensville; Mrs. Clarence
Popham, Corvallis; son, Carl John Swanson, Corvallis; brother,
sister, Hannah in Sweden; nephew, Evar Swanson, Turlock, California;
Mrs. Wayne L (Georgiann Strange) Dayton, and Bill Strange of
Mrs. C.A. (Joanne Popham) Just, Oakes, N.D.; Robert E.L. Popham,
Donald Popham, Missoula; Mrs. Dale (Diane Popham) Huhtanen, Rapelje,
James and Charlie Swanson of Corvallis; 16 great grandchildren and
The Swansons were preceded in death by a
Memorials may be made to the Faith Lutheran church in care of Mrs.
Abstract from: The Western News, May 10, 1977
EMMA CHRISTINA LYNDE SWANSON
January 4, 1885 - September 18, 1971
MRS. C.J. SWANSON DIED, RESIDENT OF CORVALLIS AREA FOR 51 YEARS.
Mrs. Swanson had been in ill
for several months before she expired at Valley View Estates nursing
being hospitalized much of the time. A large number of family
numerous friends congregated at the Dowling chapel in Hamilton,
to attend the funeral services conducted by Pastor Carl Rohr.
the funeral cortege traveled to Corvallis cemetery where interment
Pall bearers were grandsons: Charles Swanson, James Swanson, Robert
Don Popham, Bill Strange, and Wayne Dayton. Pfc. Charles Swanson
the Bitter Root from his post of duty at Ft. Gordon, Georgia, to
grandmother's last rites. The honorary pallbearers were Robert
Swanson, Oscar Bergren, Ivan Gustafson, Ralph Holmlund, and Chester
Emma Christina (Jonasdotter) Lynde was born at
Sweden, January 4, 1885, and as a girl of sixteen years of age, came
United States to reside with her uncle and aunt at DeKalb, Illinois.
she met Charles Swanson and they were married at Oregon, Illinois,
Survivors of Mrs. Swanson are her husband,
Swanson, and son Carl; daughters, Mrs. Morris (Helen) Strange and
(Mable) Popham. Another daughter, Annette, preceded the mother in
A brother, Gunnar, survives in Sweden. Grandchildren surviving are:
Wayne L. (Georgiann Strange) Dayton, and Bill Strange of
Popham, Corvallis and Stevensville; Don Popham, Missoula; Mrs. Dale
Huhtanen, Rosebud, Montana; Mrs. C.A. (Joanne) Just, Oakes, N.D.;
Corvallis; Charles Swanson, in the army. There are fourteen great
Abstract from: The Western News, September 22, 1971