CHARLES W. WADDELL
Waddell Dies From Accident Injuries
Funeral services are pending for Charles W.
Waddell, 61, retired assistant Hamilton postmaster, who died at Daly
hospital after being critically injured when his car was struck by a
Northern Pacfic freight train Tuesday morning.
Mr. Waddell suffered a crushed chest, several
broken ribs and other internal injuries, however, hope was held out
for his recovery until his condition grew grave early last night.
He retired from postal service in June
1952, and since May had been working at the Medicine Hot Springs
swimming pool. He was born at Murray, Idaho, April 12, 1893,
attended public schools there, then came to Hamilton with his family
about 1907. After
graduating from Hamilton High School he began work as a carrier at
the post office in 1912 and became assistant postmaster two years
later. He was a member of Ionic Lodge No,. 38, AF and AM, as
well as the Crusade Commandery and Royal Arch Masons. He also
belonged to the Shrine Temple in Butte.
Survivors include the widow, Hettie; a son,
Robert; mother, Mrs. Mary Waddell; sisters, Miss Olive Waddell, Mrs.
Hazel McMahon and Mrs. Ruth Phillips, numerous nieces, nephews and
cousins, Hamilton, and an uncle, Charles Waddell, Billings.
Ravalli Republican, Hamilton, MT, September 2, 1954, Front Page
Contributed by Gloria McGough
CHARLES W. WADDELL
Photo captioned: SUCCUMBS TO INJURY RECEIVED IN WRECK
Waddell Passes; Sustains Injury in Car-Train Collision Tuesday
Charles W. Waddell, retired assistant postmaster,
died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night at Daly hospital from injuries
received in a car-train collision shortly after noon Tuesday.
His right chest was crushed and he had internal injuries.
Charles Waddell was born April 12, 1893 at
Murray, Idaho in Shosone county. He was 16 years old when he came to
Hamilton with his family. A student at Hamilton high school, Charles
graduated in 1911. He began his postal career as one of the first
city carriers, progressed to night shift and clerking
responsibilities and became assistant postmaster in 1918.
Charles worked under four postmasters, C. C. Chaffin, George R.
Fisk, A. C. Baker and C. A. Smithey. He retired July 1, 1952. He
married Hettie Millis May 18, 1926. The couple made its home in the
Nicol addition. Charles was affiliated with the Ionic lodge AF
&AM. One of the most popular men who met the public, he was
noted for his amiable disposition and courtesy.
Survivors include the widow, one son, Robert, the
mother, Mrs. Mary Waddell, three sisters, Mrs. Hazel McMahon, Miss
Olive Waddell and Mrs. Ruth Phillips, all of Hamilton; an uncle,
Charles Waddell of Billings, and several cousins in the valley.
Several persons witnessed the collision. Wayne
Stromme and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth White who live west of the tracks
were in their front yards at the time. Stromme and White ran to
Waddell’s aide and Mrs. White called Sheriff Raymond. Mr. and Mrs.
Mike Lepetich had parked across the road from the White house to see
their cattle and also saw the accident. Eyewitness C. W. McKenna
reports he heard the train whistle for the crossing near the Glenn
Shults home on Highway 93, and went out to his back yard to wave at
the engineer, an old friend of McKenna’s. A neighbor, Charles
Sebeling was talking to McKenna and the two heard the train whistle
approaching the crossing on the lane running east of Highway 93 from
the Fred Lewis home. “Before I knew it,” McKenna reports, “the car
and train reached the crossing at the same time. The engine pushed
the car ahead of it down the tracks past us. I could see the
man sitting in the front seat when it went by, so I figured he might
be hurt when it stopped. I ran in and called the sheriff and a
Sheriff Lloyd Raymond reports he received
McKenna’s call at 11:40, and fixes the time of the accident a few
minutes before that. Raymond tells the WN the crew of the
train eased Waddell from under the steering wheel and laid him
beside the track. An ambulance took him to Daly hospital. Raymond
measured the distance Waddell’s car was pushed at 693 feet. The car
was caught broadside on the right by the engine as Waddell was
driving east, and the train traveling north. Furrows were dug on
each side of the tracks by the car’s wheels. A pile of weeds and
dirt pushed by the tires marks the spot where the engine
stopped. McKenna, a retired railroad man, describes the engine
as having a solid steel pilot on front. This pilot kept the car from
rolling under the engine. The car did not turn over, but is badly
damaged. All tires are intact. The frame is bent, and the right side
The Western News, Hamilton, MT, September 2, 1954, Front Page column
2 & 3
Contributed by Gloria McGough
Charles Waddell, 81, Died in Billings Oct. 30
May 1, 1880 - October 30, 1961
Funeral services were last week in Billings for
Charles Waddell, 81, who died there Oct 30 after an illness of about
three years. Charles Alfred Waddell was born May 1, 1880 at Ft.
Scott, Bourbon county, Kan., the son of Alfred and Sarah Lowe
Waddell. He came to the valley and was married at Hamilton on Jan 8,
1908 to Inez Marie Grover, the daughter of Henry and Mary Elizabeth
McMurray Grover. They lived here ten years, moving to Billings in
1918 where he was associated with the S(unreadable)Hardware until
retiring. He worked in the old Valley
Mercantile hardware department here and also operated the Grover
Waddell hardware sore when they lived here. The store was
located in the present Sanderson hardware location.
Surviving beside the widow are sons Stanley,
Seattle, Charles, Billings, daughters Mrs. Victor (Charlotte) Multz,
Yakima, Wash.; Mrs. Philip (Inez) Marsh, Whittier, Calif., Mrs. K.
G. (Loretta) Balsam, Miles City, 18 grandchildren; four great
grandchildren. A son Glen was a casualty of WWII. Mr. Waddell was an
uncle of Olive Waddell, a brother-in-law of Mrs. Mary Waddell, both
of Hamilton. A brother-in-law of the deceased is Leland
Grover, Sr., of Hamilton. Mr. Waddell was the last of a family
of ten children.
The Western News, Hamilton, MT, November 8, 1961
Contributed by Gloria McGough
MRS. J. WADDELL DEAD
Pioneer Resident Who Came to the Bitter Root Valley Forty-six Years
Ago to Reside
Darby – March 21 – Death claimed Mrs. John F. Waddell, aged 76
years, Saturday night at the family residence north of Darby. Mrs.
Waddell was a Montana pioneer, coming to the part of the state
before the site of Darby was selected. Como at that time was
their postoffice (sic). She was married in Mapleton, Kans. And came
to Montana in 1878 and resided at Dillon two years. They moved to
the original homestead in 1881, where they continued to
Besides her husband she is survived by six
daughters and one son. They are Mrs. J. A. Halder, Mrs. C. W.
Gilmore, Mrs. J. L.
Benson, Mrs. R. L. Powell, of Darby; Mrs. H. J. St. John of
Stevensville, Mrs. Irby Lamnard (sic) of Bagdad, Fla., and Frank
Waddell of Darby.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at
the home and were in charge of Leona chapter of Eastern Star with
burial in Lone Pine cemetery at Darby by the side of a son who died
during the flu epidemic.
Ravalli Republican, Hamilton, MT, Thursday, March 22, 1928, Page 3
Contributed by Gloria McGough
CLARA D. COLLINS WADDELL
March 4, 1914 - September 1, 1989
Clara D. Waddell, 75 of Hamilton, died Friday, Sept. 1, in Hamilton
at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. She was born March 4, 1914, in
Victor, the daughter of Alex and Lavinna Davis Collins. She
was raised and educated in Victor, graduating from high school
She worked for the dehydrator plant in Hamilton
for several years. On Sept. 19, 1950, she married Howard Waddell in
Couer D’Alene, Idaho. She worked several years for the Bitterroot
Laundry retiring in 1979. The couple made their home in Hamilton
with the exception of a few year’s spent in Anaconda and later Kent,
Wash. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren, working in her
garden and crocheting.
Survivors include her husband, Howard of the
family home in Hamilton; three sons, John Peters of of Sandpoint,
Idaho, Donald Peters of Opportunity, Mont., Edward Peters of
Spokane, Wash., one daughter, Violet Kraft of Grantsdale; 12
grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and
nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Robert
and her brother, Clarence Collins.
Services were held Monday, 11 a.m. at the
Daly-Lench Chapel in Hamilton with Pastor Muriel Gooder officiating.
Private family interment will take place later in the week at the
Victor cemetery. Pallbearers will be Donnie, Kevin, Steven Peters,
Michael and Craig Kraft and Fred Miller. The family suggests
memorials to the Grantsdale Community Church or Home Health Care of
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, or to Hospice of Hamilton.
Ravalli Republic, Tuesday, Sept 5, 1989, Page 10
Contributed by Gloria McGough
Frank Waddell Taken By Death May 20, Rites Held Today
Funeral services were held today at the
Dowling chapel for Frank Waddell, 77, of Hamilton who died Monday,
May 20 at Daly hospital at 2:30 a.m. Rev. Robert Sherwood
officiated and interment was in Lone Pine cemetery.
Pallbearers were Fred Thorning, Edward Nicholson Sr., Clifford
Shockley, George Mielke, Glenn Wright and Sherman Strate. John
Franklin Waddell was born March 23, 1891 at Darby.
He was a son of John and Clara Knowles Waddell
who homesteaded about two miles north of Darby. Mr. Waddell
married Ruth A. Pierce Oct 1, 1914 at Hamilton. Rev. J. C.
Irwin officiated and witnesses were Mrs. Clara Waddell and Mrs. G.
W. Pierce. Mr. Waddell spent his working life as a
farmer. He became the victim of emphysema several years ago,
was seriously ill for about two years and critically ill for two
weeks during which he was hospitalized.
Surviving beside the widow is a son, Mark of
Helena; granddaughter, Mrs. David (Sharon) Patten, great grandsons
Bryce and Matthew Patten, Lexington KY., sisters Mrs. Henry (Martha)
St. John, Mrs. Ole (Mary) Berge, both Hamilton, Mrs. Ralph (Ruth)
Powell, Victor. A brother William, died in 1918 and sisters
Mrs. Joe (Maude) Halder, Mrs. J. L. (Mildred) Benson, Mrs. Irby
(Hazel) Lombard, also preceded Mr. Waddell in death.
Frank Waddell was quiet, sincere, honest,
industrious and capable. He made friends who remained friends.
Those friends who survive him will always revere his memory.
The Western News, Hamilton, MT, Wednesday, May 22, 1968, Page 1,
Contributed by Gloria McGough
Waddell Services To Be Thursday
Funeral services for John Franklin Waddell, 91,
upper valley pioneer, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the
Dowling chapel with the Rev. Paul Pease officiating. Burial
will be in Lone Pine cemetery, Darby, where Masonic graveside
services will be held.
Mr. Waddell was found dead in the yard of his
home north of Darby late Monday afternoon. Death was
attributed to an accidental gunshot wound which it is believed he
suffered while driving crows from his cherry trees. He was found by
his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ole Berg, when they
returned from a trip to Hamilton. Coroner F. O. Burrell, who
investigated the death, reports all evidence points to an accident.
He was born January 2, 1856, in Council Bluff,
Iowa, and came to the valley in 1883. Mr. Waddell had always
remained very active and in good health until the time of his
death. He was a member of the Hamilton Masonic lodge.
Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Maud Halder,
Mrs. Martha St. John, Mrs. Mildred Benson, Mrs. Margey Berge, Mrs.
Ruth Powell; son John Franklin Waddell Jr., Hamilton; 12
grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Ravalli Republican, Hamilton, MT, Tuesday August 5, 1947, Front page
Contributed by Gloria McGough
JOHN FRANKLIN WADDELL
John F. Waddell Is Killed Accidentally
John F. Waddel (sic), 91 years old, of the
Darby locality who was accidentally killed when he went with a
shotgun to shoot crows near the ranch home of his son-in-law, Ole
Berg; was well know in this community. He frequently came here to
visit his daughter, Mrs. H. J. St. John, and family when the St.
John’s were residents of this community. There is evidence, it is
reported, that Mr. Waddell stumbled and fell causing the gun to be
discharged. He was shot in the abdomen. Mr. Waddell was a
native of Kansas and settled on a farm near Darby in 1882 and had
since resided in that locality.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock this
afternoon, Thursday, at Hamilton.
NORTHWEST TRIBUNE & Stevensville Register, Thursday August 7,
1947, Front page column 5
Contributed by Gloria McGough
JOHN F. WADDELL
Spokane Daily Chronicle (unknown date, clipping with hand written
DEATH: HUNTING CROWS, MAN, 91 KILLED
Hamilton Mont., Aug 5 (printed in ink is 1947) -
John F. Waddell, 91 was accidentally killed while hunting crows with
a shotgun at his north Darby farm yesterday. His death,
discovered by a son-in-law, Ole Berg, was evidently caused when he
stumbled as he was walking in a field. Sheriff Coroner F. O.
The old-style gun had been used by Waddell since
he came to the farm in 1882 from Kansas. Despite his years, he
worked around the farm where he lived with his daughters and
son-in-law. Others surviving are his son, Frank M.; four daughters,
Mrs. Jasper Benson & Mrs. Ralph Powell, of Darby; Mrs. Maude
Halder and Mrs. H. J. St. John, of Hamilton. Burial will be at Darby
HETTIE M. MILLS WADDELL
January 20, 1892 - December 21, 1981
Hettie M. Waddell, 89, died early Monday
morning at the Mrcus Daly Memorial Hospital. She was born in
Belmond, Iowa on Jan 20, 1892, to the late Myron and Ada Johnson
Millis. She was raised in Iowa and following graduation from
high school, her family moved to Montana. She graduated from the
Great Falls Business College.
On May 18, 1926 she married Charles Worthy
Waddell in Billings. The couple moved to Hamilton a short time
thereafter, where her husband was assistant postmaster. She worked
for a short time as a secretary for the State Representative to the
Forest Service. She also worked for sometime for Montana
She was preceded in death by her husband on Sept
1, 1954. She was a member of the Methodist-Baptist Federated
church. She has belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star
since March 3, 1927, and was a member of the National Association of
Retired Federal Employees. She is survived by her son Robert of
Hamilton and one sister, Mrs. H. A. “Zoe” Leckey of troy.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2
p.m. at the Dowling Chapel with Rev. Robert Barnes officiating, with
O. E. S. services following. Interment will be at the
Riverview cemetery. Friends may call at the Dowling Chapel, Tuesday
evening from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The family suggest memorials to the
Methodist-Baptist Federated Church.
Ravalli Republic, Hamilton, MT, Tuesday, Dec 22, 1981, Page 2
Contributed by Gloria McGough
HOWARD FRANKLIN WADDELL
Howard Franklin Waddell, 88, passed in the morning Wednesday Nov 19,
2003 at the Valley View Estates Health Care Center in Hamilton.
Service arrangements are pending.
Ronald Brothers of Dowling Funeral Home and
Crematory, 415 S. Second ST. in Hamilton is caring for the family.
Ravalli Republic, Thursday, Nov 20, 2003, Page 3
Contributed by Gloria McGough
Mrs. Inez Waddell Taken By Death In Billings On Monday, June 29
Funeral services were Thursday in Billings
for Mrs. Charles Waddell, 78, of that city who died at her home June
29. Inez Grover was a native of this valley and married Charles
Waddell, former Hamilton businessman who died in Billings Oct 30,
Survivors are sons Stanley, Seattle, Charles,
Billings; daughters Charlotte Multz, Yakima, Inez Marsh, Bellflower,
Cal., Loretta Balsan (sic), Miles City; sister Alvah Ross, Kirkland,
The Western News, Hamilton, MT, July 8, 1964
Contributed by Gloria McGough
JESSE W. WADDELL
OLD TIMER DEAD
Jesse W. Waddell Resident Since Early Eighties
Funeral Services Held Tuesday Afternoon for West Side Rancher By Odd
Jesse W. Waddell, a resident of the Hamilton
community since the early eighties, died Sunday night at the Daly
hospital after a protracted illness. He had been a patient at the
hospital about ten days. Mr. Waddell was a rancher of the west
side neighborhood and a member of the Hamilton Odd Fellows lodge. He
was unmarried and one of a family of ten.
The surviving relatives are three sisters, Mrs.
Lulu Payton of Long Beach, Cal., Mrs. Addie Hilger and Mrs. Emma
Parker of Fort Scott, Kan.; and four brothers, Ed Waddell of Deer
Park, Wash., Albert of Sedalia, MO., George of Hollywood, Cal., and
Charles of Billings. The latter attended the funeral. Charles W.
Waddell, assistant postmaster, is a nephew.
Funeral services were held at the Dowling chapel
Tuesday afternoon under the auspices of the Odd Fellows’
lodge. Rev. H. h. Longenecker delivered the service and burial
was in Riverview cemetery, where the ritual of the lodge was given.
Mr. Waddell was known as a quiet, kindly neighbor among the west
side residents. He was 67 years of age.
Ravalli Republican, Hamilton, MT, Thursday, July 7, 1932, Front
page, column 4;
Contributed by Gloria McGough
JOHN F. WADDELL, Sr.
Spokane Daily Chronicle (unknown date, clipping with hand written
DEATH: HUNTING CROWS, MAN, 91
Hamilton Mont., Aug 5 (printed in ink is 1947) - John F. Waddell, 91
was accidentally killed while hunting crows with a shotgun at his
north Darby farm yesterday. His death, discovered by a
son-in-law, Ole Berg, was evidently caused when he stumbled as he
was walking in a field. Sheriff Coroner F. O. Burrell
said. The old-style gun had been used by Waddell since he came
to the farm in 1882 from Kansas. Despite his years, he worked
around the farm where he lived with his daughters and son-in-law.
Others surviving are his son, Frank M.; four daughters, Mrs. Jasper
Benson & Mrs. Ralph Powell, of Darby; Mrs. Maude Halder and Mrs.
H. J. St. John, of Hamilton. Burial will be at Darby Thursday.
Spokane Daily Chronicle, August 1947
JOHN FRANKLIN WADDELL
John F. Waddell, Pioneer of Bitter Root, is no more - Funeral Today
Friends from many parts of the Bitter Root
Valley gathered this afternoon at Dowling Chapel, Hamilton to pay
their respect to the memory of John Franklin Waddell - one of the
last few remaining pioneers of this valley - who was found dead at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ole Berge, north of Darby Monday
afternoon. Rev Paul Pease officiated at the rites and the
Masonic Order conducted graveside ritual at graveside in Lone Pine
Cemetery where interment was made.
Mr. Waddell had been a member of the Masonic
fraternity for about 50 years. John Franklin Waddell was bourn at
Council Bluffs, Iowa Jan 2, 1856. He came to the Bitter Root
valley in 1883 and this district remained his home for the remainder
of his life, even though he spent several winters in Alabama in
recent years. Upon arriving in the valley he purchased homestead
rights north of Darby from the late G. F. Shook. Mr. Waddell farmed
this property, constructed ditches to irrigate it, and generally
improved the place until he decided to divide it among his children
Mr. Waddell was a sterling citizen, fine father,
a good friend and a true builder in every sense of the word.
He enjoyed life right up to the last and only a few days prior to
his passing remarked to family members that he expected to live to
be 100 years of age.
Physically he was in fine condition for a man 91 years of age.
Recently he recited a poem his mother had taught him 86 years before
and the recitation was letter perfect. Only his eyes proved
poor and in recent years he experienced difficulty in reading.
Death came to Mr. Waddell in an unexpected
manner. Crows had been busy robbing the cherry trees on the Berge
place where Mr. Waddell was living with his daughter and son-in-law.
While the Berges were in Hamilton Monday, Mr. Waddell took a
double-barreled hammer shotgun and sat upon a seat where he could
watch the trees. In some manner unknown the gun exploded, and the
charge struck the pioneer in the lower abdomen, killing him
instantly. From the evidence on the scene it appeared Mr. Waddell
had seen a crow light in the cherry trees, reached for the gun and
it had slipped with the trigger striking some object to explode the
charge into his body.
Mr. Waddell's wife preceded him from this world,
passing away in 1928. She is also at rest in Lone Pine
Cemetery. Those who survive the deceased are the following
children: Mrs. Maude Halder, Mrs. Martha St. John, Mrs.
Mildred Benson, Mrs. Mary Berge, John Franklin Waddell, Jr., and
Mrs. Ruth Powell. There are also twelve grandchildren and five
great-grandchildren. Friends who acted as pallbearers at the funeral
this afternoon were Floyd R. Neill, Elmer L. Sargent, George S.
Durland, C. H. Raymond, B. W. Reimel and C. A. Smithey.
The Western News, 7 Aug 1947, front page
Contributed by Gloria McGough
Valley Native Mark Waddell, 53, Helena, Died March 8
Mark Waddell, 53, of Helena died March 8 en
route to a great falls hospital after suffering a heart attack and
stroke at his home. Funeral services were held Tuesday at
Helena with cremation following in Spokane.
Mr. Waddell was a native of the Bitter Root, born
July 23, 1915 in Hamilton, the only child of Frank and Ruth
Waddell. Frank was an early settler of the valley. Mark
attended Darby school and the university at Missoula. He married
Margaret Moles of Darby Sept. , 1934 in Missoula. They lived there
while he finished at the university and then moved to Broadus,
Billings and to Helena. For many hears he worked for the
telephone company and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers.
Survivors beside the widow include a daughter,
Mrs. David Patten, Lexington, KY; his mother, Mrs. Frank Waddell,
Hamilton and threegrandchildren, aunts and uncles.
The Western News, Hamilton, MT, Wednesday, March 12, 1969, Page 1,
Contributed by Gloria McGough
MARY BELL WARD WADDELL
Mrs. W. H. Waddell Taken By Death; Lived Here Since 1885
Funeral services will be Thursday morning at ten
o’clock at the Dowling chapel for Mrs. W. H. Waddell, who would have
noted her 95th birthday Friday. Mrs. Waddell had failed in health
the past few months but was fortunate in being able to enjoy
comparatively good health for her advanced age and was able to be up
and around until death claimed her Sunday evening at her homeon
North Third street where she resided with her daughter, Olive.
Interment will be in Riverview cemetery and pallbearers will be
Adolph Olson, Orvie Mace, Ira Mace, William Stoll, William and
Mary Bell Ward was born April 2, 1870 in Crawford
county, Kan., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Marion Ward. The
father and family, when Mary was 13, tarted west from Missouri with
two spans of mules. Somewhere long the way he sold the mules and
wagon and they came by emigrant train to Deer Lodge. There he
hired a man, for the sum of $100, to bring the family to the Bitter
Root by covered wagon. Mrs. Waddell had many interesting memories of
coming to the valley. She recalled that they rented a log cabin on
land which later became part of Hamilton townsite, she had a
playhouse under a pine tree near where the old Ravalli hotel was
later built. The father subsequently homesteaded 160 acres along the
river and was working in the grain field when he died in August
1884. The mother continued to reside here with the rest of the
family and Mary Bell attended school in the old Skalkaho school
house and played on the land where Fort Skalkaho had been built and
which is now the Paul Kurtz place. The George Ward in the Way Back
When column in this issue was Mary Bell’s cousin.
Miss ward married William Henry Waddell in
Hamilton on Dec. 2, 1888 with the Rev. William Lewis
officiating. In 1892 they went to Idaho where he worked in the
Murray mine for 16 years. After coming back to Hamilton they
lived on the west side. He died Dec. 17, 1913. Surviving Mrs.
Ward (sic) beside the daughter Olive are daughters, Mrs. Leo (Hazel)
McMahon, Mrs. Earl (Ruth) Phillips, also of Hamilton; eight
grandchildren; 18 grandchildren (sic). A son, Charles, was
killed Sept. 1, 1954 by a train at the crossing southeast of
Hamilton. Grandson Dr. Leo (Pat) McMahon, arrived yesterday from
Fort Washakle, Wyo., and family members are uncertain whether
grandson Dr. Charles McMahon will be able to come here form Ft.
Lejune, N. C. Rev. William Tapscott will officiate at the services.
The Western News, Hamilton, MT, March 31, 1965, Page 4, column 4
Contributed by Gloria McGough
OLIVE A. WADDELL
Olive Waddell, Retired Teacher, Passes Sunday
Miss Olive A. Waddell, a former longtime teacher
in the valley, died Sunday at Marcus Daly Hospital at the age of 82.
The woman was born Sept 7, 1889, in Hamilton. She attended schools
in Wallace, Idaho and obtained a teaching degree. She taught school
in eastern Montana and throughout the Bitter Root for more than 40
years, retiring several years ago. She made her home in
Hamilton since that time.
Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Phillips
and Mrs. Hazel McMahon of Hamilton; sister-in-law, Hettie Waddell
also of Hamilton, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a
member of the Methodist Church and the local Retired Teachers
Assn. Funeral rites tentatively are planned Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the
Ravalli Republican of 6 March 6, 1972, Front page column 3 & 4
Contributed by Gloria McGough
OLIVE ADELINE WADDELL
Olive Waddell, Retired Teacher, Taken By Death Here March 4
Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at
the Dowling chapel for Miss Olive Waddell, 82, former longtime
Hamilton teacher who died March 4 at 7:1? p.m., at Daly
hospital. Her health was not robust but death was unexpected.
Rev., Eugene Bartels officiated at the rites and interment was in
Riverview cemetery. Pallbearers were Dr. Charles McMahon, Don
Phillips, Earl Phillips, William Phillips, Phil Stoll and Bill
Olive Adeline Waddell was born in Hamilton Sept
7, 1889, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William (Mary Ward) Waddell who
came to the valley in 1883 from Fort Scott, Kan. The family moved to
Wallace, Idaho during Olive’s youth and she was graduated from the
Wallace high school. She attended college at Cheney, Wash., to
become a teacher. She taught for the first time at the Dutch Hill
Fairplay school, later at Hamilton, Domonic, Warf and Carlos
Heights, at Darby and at Hamilton again. She retired in 1951.
Surviving sisters are Mrs. Leo (Hazel) McMahon,
Mrs. Earl (Ruth) Phillips, both of Hamilton, several nephews.
Miss Waddell was of the Methodist faith and was a member of
national, state and local teachers associations. Many of Miss
Waddell’s former students visited with her over the years, and kept
in touch otherwise.
The Western News, Hamilton, MT, Wednesday, March 8, 1972,
Front page column 7
Contributed by Gloria McGough
ROBERT A. WADDELL
Robert A. Waddell, 47, died at his home in
Hamilton early Tuesday following a lenghty illness. He was born, Oct
5, 1934 in Hamilton to the late Charles and Hettie Millis Waddell.
He was raised and graduated from Hamilton High School. He
lived all his
life in Hamilton.
He is survived by three aunts; Joe Leckey of
Troy, Ruth Phillips of Hamilton, Hazel McMahon of Lander, Wyo and
Graveside services will be conducted Thurday, 2
p.m. at the Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton with the Rev Robert
Barnes officiating. Memorials may be contributed to the
Hamilton Baptist-Methodist Federated Church. Friends may call at the
Dowling Chapel in Hamilton on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.
Ravalli Republic, Hamilton, MT, July 21, 1982, page 2, columns 6, 7
Contributed by Gloria McGough
Ruth Waddell passes away in Hamilton
Darby-Long-time Darby resident Ruth Waddell died Thursday in
Hamilton. She was 83.
Born Sept 9, 1894 at Big Foot Prarie, Wisc., she
moved to Texas with her parents in 1905. She moved to the Bitter
Root in 1914. On Oct 1, 1914, she married Frank Waddell. The Waddell
family are pioneer residents of the valley. In 1961, Mr. Waddell
retired from the ranch near Darby and the couple moved to Hamilton.
Mrs. Waddell was preceded in death by her husband
in 1968 and a son, Mark, in 1969. Survivors include a granddaughter,
Sharon Waddell Patten of Missoula, and three great-grandsons; Bryce,
Matthew and Nicholas, all of Missoula.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m.
Monday in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Darby. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Lone Pine Cemetery
Association. Dowling Funeral Home in charge of
Ravalli Republic, Hamilton, MT, December 2, 1977, page 7, col 4
Contributed by Gloria McGough
WILLIAM DELBERT WADDELL
W. D. WADDELL IS LAID TO REST
Rev. Roy Barrett conducted services from the
Dowling chapel Monday afternoon for William Delbert Waddell, 39,
former resident, who died at Lewiston, Idaho, Friday evening.
The American Legion was in charge of graveside ceremonies at
Riverview cemetery where the deceased was laid to rest.
Mr. Waddell came to the valley when he was a boy
of 12, and with the exception of his service with the American
forces during the World War and a year’s residence in Idaho, had
made Hamilton his home. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs.
Leo McMahon, and Miss Olive Waddell, (copy of article cut-off)
The Western News, Hamilton, MT, Thursday September 13, 1934, Front
page column 4
Contributed by Gloria McGough
RITES FOR VETERAN
Delbert Waddell Died at Lewiston, Idaho.
Military Honors Accorded Memory of World War Soldier at Riverview
William Delbert Waddell, veteran of St. Mihiel
and Chateau Thierry conflicts in the World War, died suddenly at
Lewiston, Idaho, Friday following a brief illness. He had gone to
that section a few months ago to work on a ranch and had expected to
return to Hamilton soon. The body was brought here Monday for burial
beside the grave of his father, the late William H. Waddell, in
Riverview cemetery. Military honors were accorded at the funeral by
a firing squad from Ravalli Post of the American Legion. The
double notes of “Taps” and the echo were sounded by the legion
buglers, Elmer Blood and Roland Vinacke, and a rifle volley fired in
farewell to the departed soldier. Members of the firing squad
were W. G. Chambers, William McFee, H. H. Longenecker, George
Robertson, William Young and Earl Malone, who acted as pallbearers,
and Olvier Sharp, Letster McRae, Wallace McCrackin, R. O. Young, J.
W. Ford and H. B. Fehrenkamp.
The funeral sermon was given by Rev. R. H.
Barrett at the Dowling chapel at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon and many
friends of the family were in attendance as the flag-draped casket
was lowered into the grave.
Delbert Waddell was born at Murphy, Idaho, March
16, 1896. He came to Hamilton with his parents when he was 12
years of age. Except for his years of service in the army much of
his life was spent here. He served for the entire period of
the war with the A. E. F. in France and was twice wounded in action.
Those to survive him are his mother, Mrs. Mary B.
Waddell; a brother, Charles Waddell, assistant postmaster here, and
his sisters, Mr.s Leo McMahon of Phillpsburg, Mrs. Earl Phillips of
Anaconda and Miss Olive Waddell, a teacher near Billings. Miss
Waddell and Mrs. McMahon came to Hamilton for the rites. Mrs.
Philips was unable to be present.
Ravalli Republican, Hamilton, MT, Thursday September 13, 1934, Front
page column 3
Contributed by Gloria McGough
WILLIAM C. WADDELL
Two Deaths At Darby
William C. Waddell died at his home, about four
miles southeast of Darby, at 7 o’clock Friday evening Dec 13.
He was 34 years old and leaves a young wife and a little son about
three years old, besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Waddell,
six sisters, Mrs. Joseph A. Halder, Mrs. Claire Gilmore, Mrs. J. L.
Benson, and Miss Ruth Waddell of Darby. Mrs. H. J. St. John,
and Mrs. Irby Lambard of Victor, and one brother, Frank Waddell of
Darby, and other relatives. Mr. Waddell is the third of Darby’s
young married men to succumb to influenza.
He was a native of the Bitter Root, a prosperous
farmer and a very promising young man and will be greatly missed by
the whole community as well as his family and many relatives who
have the sympathy of the whole valley in their bereavement.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon and burial
was made in Darby Cemetery. Mrs. Dora Simmons died about 7 o’clock
Friday evening Dec 13, of influenza, surviving her husband, (sic)
Warner Simmons only 40 hours. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Grant McKinney, was about 30 years old and was born and raised in
the Bitter Root valley, where she has a host of friends who
sympathize with the bereaved realtives (sic) and especially with the
four little boys who are bereft of both father and mother.
The Western News, Hamilton, Ravalli, Montana, Thursday, December 19,
1918, Front Page, Column 6
Contributed by Gloria McGough
Death Summons Two Old Timers
William Waddell died Wednesday of consumption - Willis M. Watson
Death Wednesday claimed William Waddell,
who for months has declined rapidly under the fatal blight of
miner's consumption. It was not unexpected by the family and
friends of the deceased, who have long known that at their hall on
Second street north.
Funeral services over the remains were held this afternoon at 1:30
and were conducted by the Odd Fellows at there (sic) hall on Second
street north. Rev. O. W. Jones, pastor of the Christian
church, preached the funeral sermon. Interment in Riverview cemetery
Mr. Waddell was born in Sangamon county,
Illinois, Jan 26, 1863. He came west to the Bitter Root in
1881. For about 15 years he worked in the mines in the Coeur
d'Alen (sic) district. At different periods he spent about 10 years
in the Bitter Root valley. He returned from the Coeur d'Alenes
(sic) the last time about four years ago.
Mr. Waddell is survived by a wife and five
children. The children are Olive, Charles W., Delbert, Hazel and
Ruth. In addition, he is survived by his father, five brothers
and four sisters. Three of the brothers, Charles and Jess of
Hamilton, and Edward of Spokane, reside in the west.The last named
arrived yesterday to attend the funeral. The other
members of the family reside in the east.
Mr. Waddell possessed all the qualities of good
citizenship and was universally respected.
The Western News, 19 Dec 1913, Front page
Contributed by Gloria McGough
Wagoner Boy Dies Hit By Automobile
Wilbur Wagoner, eight year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. George Wagoner of Florence, who was visiting at the home of his
grandparents, mr. and Mrs. Bentham of Lolo, was hit by an auto
driving by W.M. Hay of Missoula, Wednesday, and died half an hour
later. The lad was playing on the Lolo Springs road with some other
children about a half mile from Lolo when he ran in front of the
passing car. When the car passed over him, he got up but only walked
a few steps when he fell. The driver stopped and carried the lad to
the house of his grandfather. The Coroner's inquest exonerated Hay
from any blame in the accident. The body was taken to the
undertaking parlors at Missoula and brought to Lolo for burial
Northwest Tribune, Thursday, July 11, 1929
April 7, 1836 - August 31, 1918
A. Wagy, aged 82, succumbed to the infirmities of
old age Saturday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G.N.
Whitesitt. Until six days before his death, Mr. Wagy was apparently the
possessor of good health. He attended all sessions of the Chautauqua at
Hamilton and has done light work all summer.
He is survived by seven children, Mrs. McVey of
Kansas; Mrs. Sedgewick of Idaho; Mrs. Ramsey of Sand Point, Idaho;
Sherman Wagy of Hamilton; Mrs. Chapman of Wisdom; and Mrs. Whitesitt. A
brother resides in Illinois and there are a number of grandchildren.
The funeral of A. Wagy, who died Saturday at his
home the A.N. Whitesitt ranch on Willow creek, was held Wednesday at
the residence, Rev. F.J. Salsman of Hamilton officiating. Interment was
in the Corvallis cemetery Mr. Wagy was born in Ohio, 82 years ago last
April. For twenty years he had been a resident of the valley, owning a
ranch home, three miles north of Corvallis. He was a conscientious
Christian and a regular church goer up to the last Sunday before his
illness. He had been unusually blessed with good health and until six
days previous to his death, had been able to drive out alone. Since the
death of his wife, six years ago, he had divided his time between his
children going to Kansas to be with his daughter, Mrs. McVey, to Sand
Point to visit another daughter, Mrs. Ramsey, and here with Mrs.
Whitesitt or at Hamilton with his only son, Sherman Wagy. Other
daughters are Mrs. Sedgewick of Ada, and Mrs. Chapman of Wisdom. A
brother lives in Illinois and there survives also numerous
grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
The Western News, September 5, 1918
MARY ELIZABETH WAGY
Mrs. Wagy Dead
December 8, 1839 - July 8, 1910
Died at Corvallis Last Friday Afternoon.
Had Not Been in Good Health for Two Years and Passed Away at the
Age of 71
Corvallis, July 14—Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Wagy died at her home in
Corvallis Friday, July 8, after a protracted illness of two
years. Mrs. Wagy was born December 8, 1839 and was married
September 6, 1860 to Mr. Wagy, with whom she would have celebrated
the golden wedding anniversary had she been spared until September,
and who lives to mourn her loss. To this union were born ten
children, seven of whom are still living. Those present at the
funeral were Mrs. A. N. Whitsitt, Miss Debora Wagy and Miss Mabel
Wagy of Corvallis; Mrs. J. W. Ramsey of Sandpoint, Idaho; Mrs. J. W.
Leming of Fort Benton; and W. S. Wagy of Hamilton. Mrs. J. S. McBay
of Fort Scott, Kansas, was unable to attend.
The deceased was a woman of strong Christian
character, who had led a life of unselfishness, always thinking of
comfort and welfare of others before that of herself. She will
be greatly missed by her many friends as well as by her family. The
bereaved ones have the love and sympathy of the entire community.
Ravalli Republican, August 15, 1910
MRS. A. WAGY LAID TO REST.
Corvallis, July 13 - Mrs. Elizabeth Wagy died at
her home here Friday, July 8, after a protracted illness of two
years. Dropsy was the cause of her death.
Mrs. Wagy was born in Virginia, December 8, 1839
and had reached the age of 70 years and seven months at the time of
her death. On September 6, 1860, she was united in marriage to A.
Wagy and if she had been spared until September would have
celebrated her golden wedding anniversary on September 6.
To this union were born ten children, seven of
whom are still living. Following are the surviving children: Mrs.
J.S. McBay, Ft. Scott, Kansas; Mrs. A.N. Whitesitt, Corvallis; Mr.
W.S. Wagy, Hamilton; Mrs. J.W. Ramsey, Sandpoint, Idaho; Mrs. J.W.
Lenning, Ft. Benton, Montana; Miss Debora Wagy, Corvallis; Miss
Mabel Wagy, Missoula; and a devoted husband, A. Wagy of Corvallis.
The surviving children were all present at the funeral with the
exception of Mrs. McBay of Kansas.
The funeral was held from the home here Sunday
afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. F.J. Salsman officiating and the
remains laid to rest in the cemetery east of town.
The deceased was a woman of strong Christian
character and lived a life of usefulness and was absolutely patient
during her entire sickness, thinking of everyone but herself. She
was a member of the Baptist church, becoming connected with it at a
tender age and was always a devout member. She will be greatly
missed by her many friends as well as by her family. The bereaved
ones have the sympathy of the entire community.
Northwest Tribune, July 15, 1910
ANNIE LAURIE WALKER
August 20, 1871 - November 28, 1933
LONG ILLNESS ENDED. DEATH CAME MONDAY TO MRS. GEORGE WALKER; FUNERAL
SERVICES HELD YESTERDAY AT CHAPEL.
Mrs. Annie Laurie Walker, wife of George Walker,
died at her home three miles north of Hamilton Monday morning
following an extended illness. Her husband, a rancher of the
district, and two sisters, Mrs. A.L. Bourke of Council Bluffs, Iowa,
and Mrs. Frank Gossett of Allison, Iowa, survive. Mr. and Mrs.
Walker came to the Hamilton community about 12 years ago from
Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at
the Dowling Funeral Home, Christian Science rites being conducted by
Mrs. A.C. Walbridge. Burial was in the Corvallis cemetery. The
pallbearers were: H.H. Spaulding, W.L. Gray, John Wilkerson, A.C.
Walbridge, Andrew Anderson, and John Hauswirth. Mrs. Walker was born
at Macon, Missouri August 20, 1871. She had been ill for several
Ravalli Republican, November 30, 1933
CAROLYN TENNESSEE BELL WAN
January 5, 1831 - October 23, 1914
MRS. CAROLYN WAN PASSED AWAY AT CORVALLIS
Eight Grandsons of the Deceased Acted as Pallbearers at Funeral
Corvallis, October 20 - The funeral service of
Carolyn T. Wan was conducted from the family residence Sunday
afternoon by Rev. W.D. Lear. Interment was made in the Corvallis
Cemetery, eight grandsons of the deceased acting as pallbearers.
Carolyn Tennessee Wan was born in Tennessee in 1831. In 1850, she
was married to W.C. Wan, and to this union eight daughters were
born, all of whom were present at their mother's funeral. The Wans
came to the Bitter Root in 1884, and were widely known and a highly
respected family. Since the death of her husband, nine years ago,
Mrs. Wan had been an invalid and death came as a blessed release.
The daughters are Mrs. G.W. Ward of Charlos, Mrs. W.W. Hunt of
Grangeville, Idaho, Mrs. P.C. Nicholson of Pawtaha, Washington, Mrs.
H.M. Butler of Simms, and Mrs. John Watts, Mrs. J.W. Morris, Mrs.
P.M. Flugstand, and Mrs. R.D. Stanley all of Corvallis.
Ravalli Republican, October 30, 1914
WILLIAM CLAYTON WAN
December 25, 1829 - July 16, 1905
W.C. WAN CALLED BY DEATH. An Aged Resident of the Bitter Root Valley
Passed Away at Corvallis Sunday.
William Clayton Wan, an old and much respected
resident of the Bitter Root Valley, died at his home near Corvallis,
Sunday. Death came as a merciful release from a lingering illness.
He was seventy-six years old and a native of Tennessee, and with his
parents moved to Lawrence County, Missouri, where he grew to
manhood. Here, on May 3, 1850, he was married to Miss Caroline
Tennessee Bell, who survives him. While in the service of the
Confederate Army, he was wounded and soon thereafter left for Oregon
Mr. Wan has been a resident of this valley
twenty-one years, coming here from the coast in 1884. He was a
member of the Baptist Church, with which denomination he united some
thirty years ago. He was a loving husband and father, an industrious
and thrifty man, and a worthy citizen.
The funeral services were conducted Tuesday
afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. L.L. Kneeland, pastor of the Baptist
Church, assisted by Rev. W.D. Lear of the Christian Church, and Rev.
T.B. Reagan of the Methodist Church South, at the family residence.
The services were attended by a large gathering of the older
residents of the Bitter Root Valley. The pallbearers on this sad
occasion were B.F. Strange, Thomas Burroughs, C.E. Julitt, Robert
Smithey, E.W. Odell, and Thomas Randolph.
Ravalli Republican, July 21, 1905
LOUIS JOHN WANDLER
Stevensville Young Man Dies In Iron Triangle Engagement
November 28, 1946 - January 21, 1967
The war in Viet Nam claimed its fourth Ravalli
County victim Saturday with the death of Specialist Fourth Class
Louis J. Wandler of Stevensville. The 20-year old soldier was the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Wandler, who reside in the Three Mile
According to war department reports, Sp. Wandler
was hit by small arms fire and died Saturday while on a combat
mission in the Iron Triangle area northwest of Saigon, South Viet
Nam. The young man had been stationed in the combat zone since last
He was born November 28, 1946 at Corpus Christi,
Texas. He attended Corvallis and Stevensville schools and entered
the US Army in December of 1965.
Surviving include the parents; two sisters, Mrs.
Jeanetta Applebury of Missoula and Joetta at the family home; four
brothers, Bernard, Eugene, Ronald, and Cletus, all of Stevensville,
and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Cyriak Wandler and Mrs. Mary Kern,
all of Corvallis.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Whitesitt
Mortuary in Stevensville.
Ironically, all of the Ravalli County victims of the Viet Nam
conflict have been associated with the Stevensville area. Killed
November 19, 1965 was LaGrande Nelson of Stevensville, Sgt. Carl
Munsey, late husband of the former Barbara Lockridge of
Stevensville, died in action March 29, 1966. Killed December 28,
1966 was Walter Wannacott, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Mace of
Ravalli Republic, January 23, 1967
August 19, 1917 - April 15, 1985
Retired Air Force Col. Ralph M. Wanderer, Jr.,
67, formerly of Hamilton, died of heart failure April 15 in Novato,
California. He was born August 19, 1917 in Clancy. He graduated from
Hamilton High School and attended the University of Montana
graduating in 1939. Shortly after graduation, he joined the U.S.
Army Air Corps and attended flight training school at Randolph AFB,
San Antonio, Texas. He completed advanced flight school at Kelly AFB
in Texas and was assigned to Hickam Field in Honolulu in 1940.
He married Margaret Burns in San Francisco on
June 23, 1940. They arrived in Hawaii in July 1940 and were there
when Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941.
He was a graduate of the Command and General
Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the Air Command Staff
School at Maxwell AFB in Alabama. He had a degree from the
University of Omaha and attended graduate school at George
Washington University and Harvard. He was a 1954 graduate of the
Harvard Advanced Management program.
His wife Margaret preceded him in death in 19769.
He had resided in Novato since then.
Memorial services were held in Novato earlier
this month. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer
Society or to the Heart Fund.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, April 29, 1985
GEORGE W. WARD
September 28, 1844 - March 28, 1916
WELL KNOWN PERSON DIED TUESDAY NIGHT
George W. Ward Was a Civil War Veteran Universally Liked and
Respected, Who Came Here From Missouri in Territorial Days and at
One Time Owned Land Now Belonging to the Daly Estate Before the Town
of Hamilton Was Started.
George W. Ward, one of the oldest and most
honored residents of the Bitter Root valley, died at his home at
Charlos Tuesday evening. Although it was known that his health was
failing for some time, his demise was a great shock to the
community. George Ward was known to every resident of western
Montana. He was a typical pioneer, good-hearted and saw good in
everything. Although of a retiring disposition, he never was
backward where duty called. He came to the bitter Root valley in
July 1881, in a covered wagon, traveling half way across the
continent. His first look at the Bitter Root valley settled his
future destiny, and he sent for his family and made his home here.
Mr. Ward was a native of Indiana being born near
Vincennes September 28, 1844. At the age of two years, he went with
his parents to Lawrence County, Missouri, where he was married to
Miss Hannah Wahan April 14, 1869. Behind a span of mules, he left
Missouri April 18 to make his home in the west. He reached here July
22. Although he left home alone, it was at a time when many were
headed for this western country and before the end of his journey,
he composed a cavalcade which passed through Kansas into Nebraska
and up the Platte, along the route of the Union Pacific into Wyoming
and out of Wyoming by way of Cheyenne and Laramie City. By way of
Rollins over Pacific Springs, he reached Mount Peller and by way of
Soda Springs - now in Idaho - he came to Fort Hall and Eagle Rock,
now Idaho Falls. By way of Market Lake and through Campbell Station
on the Utah Northern, he passed through Beaver Canyon over the
divide into the Red Rock country and from there by way of Bannock on
into the Big Hole into Ross' Hole and finally into the Bitter Root.
When the Civil war was raging, he enlisted with
the Union forces from a state in which sentiment was strong for the
south. He is a member of the Missoula Grand Army post and always
took an active interest in gatherings of the old veterans. He was a
member of the state legislative assembly in 1893 from Missoula
county. It was during this session that Ravalli County was formed.
When Marcus Daly came here to purchase his large estate and
establish the town of Hamilton, his first holdings were secured from
Mr. Ward. He took a prominent part in all movements to benefit the
country, being identified with several irrigation projects.
The funeral was held yesterday morning at 11
o'clock in his home at Charlos, and was attended by many residents
of Ravalli and Missoula counties. The members of the Grand Army of
the Republic were present and the sermon was delivered by Rev. J.C.
Irwin of the Presbyterian church. The interment was made in the
Corvallis Cemetery where the Masonic rites were said. The deceased
is survived by a widow; C.W. Ward, a former sheriff and county
commissioner, of Darby, and Sidney M. Ward of Charlos.
Ravalli Republican, March 31, 1916
WARD PASSES AT RIPE OLD AGE
Bitter Root Pioneer Succumbs to Infirmities of Old Age
George W. Ward died at 8:15 Tuesday evening at
his ranch home on Camas prairie. He had been in feeble health for
several years past, finally succumbing to the infirmities of old
age. The funeral was held yesterday from the family home, interment
being made in Corvallis Cemetery. The service was conducted by Rev.
J.C. Iirwin and was held under the auspices of the Masonic
fraternity and Grand Army post of Hamilton.
George W. Ward emigrated to Montana from Lawrence
County, Missouri, arriving in the Bitter Root valley in July 1881.
He made the trip by wagon drawn by a pair of mules via the old
"Overland Trail," entering the Bitter Root valley by way of the Big
Hold road. His family followed within the year.
Mr. Ward located a homestead on the North Gird's
creek bench, three miles east of Hamilton. The late James A. Hedge
had previously located a homestead on the bench immediately east of
Hamilton and had demonstrated the feasibility of watering such lands
by bringing a ditch from Skalkaho creek. Mr. Ward gradually acquired
a tract of nearly a thousand acres and completed another irrigating
canal from Skalkaho, one of the biggest undertakings of the kind in
western Montana in those days. This land and project was purchased
by Marcus Daly in 1893.
Mr. Ward was elected to the house of
representatives of the state legislature in 1892 and was one of the
seven adherents of Marcus Daly who all through the session
deadlocked the legislature and prevented the election of W.A. Clark
to the United States senate in 1893. He was also an ardent supporter
of Mr. Daly's project to located the state capital in Anaconda.
During that session the county of Ravalli was created through the
efforts of Mr. Daly. The next year Mr. Ward purchased the big ranch
on Camas prairie where he dug another canal. This ranch was
subdivided into several tracts during the apple boom. He also
organized a company to develop the Hughes creek placers.
Mr. Ward was active in development work and
public affairs. He was a strong partisan, loyal to whatever cause he
espoused and exerted a definite influence among his associates.
Mr. Ward was 71 years of age. He is survived by
the widow and two sons, Charles William and Sidney and two
daughters, Mrs. D.T. Grush of Anaconda and Miss Dale and numerous
other relatives, including grandchildren.
The Western News, Friday, March 31, 1916
January 24, 1851 - September 7, 1939
MRS. WARD GONE. PIONEER BITTER ROOT VALLEY WOMAN DIES SUDDENLY.
Death claimed a pioneer of the Hamilton community
last Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Hannah Ward, who had lived in the
Bitter Root valley since 1881 when she came here with her late
husband, George Ward. She was one of the valley's most remarkable
women and had lived alone at her Charlos Heights home most of the
time since her husband passed away in 1916. A slight illness had
come to her Thursday morning and as a consequence, her daughter,
Mrs. E.A. Hassett, had spent much of the day in the mother's home.
Leaving the aged woman for a short time in the late afternoon, Mrs.
Hassett asked Mrs. Charles Stewart, who occupied a part of the Ward
house, to look after Mrs. Ward. The end came somewhat suddenly as
Mrs. Ward drifted into sleep shortly before 6 o'clock. During the
afternoon, she had made plans to move to her daughter's home.
Mrs. Ward was born at Halltown, Missouri, January
24, 1851, and she was in her 89th year. She came to Montana with her
husband and young family in 1881 and the journey was made by train
to the old town of Silver Bow. From that point they came to the
Bitter Root valley by covered wagon and settled on land in the
Gird's creek district. In 1891, the Ward homestead and other land
they had acquired in their ten years residence here, was sold to
Marcus Daly. This included the acres that eventually became the
Hamilton townsite. More ranch land in the locality that was then
known as Camas Prairie was acquired by Mr. Ward and the home has
since been in the community, which later was called Charlos Heights.
Self reliance marked Mrs. Ward's entire life and her alert mentality
never deserted her.
Another daughter, Mrs. Ruth Grush of Anaconda,
and the sons, S. M. Ward of Clinton and C.W. Ward of Darby are
others of her family. Sisters are Mrs. R.D. Stanley and Mrs. Cora
Morris of Corvallis, Mrs. H.M. Butler of Charlos Heights, Mrs. P.C.
Nicholson of Pomeroy, Washington; and Mrs. William Hunt of
The Dowling chapel was filled with friends of the
old-time lade for the funeral Monday afternoon. Rev. E.T. Thorn of
Darby gave the last service and young relatives served as
pallbearers. They were Ray and Dan Morris and Max Stanley of
Corvallis, A.E. Robbins and Paul Ward of Darby and Theodore
LaChambre of Hamilton. Interment was in the Corvallis cemetery
beside the grave of Mr. Ward.
Ravalli Republican, September 14, 1939
1914 - 1915
Tragic Death of infant Daughter of S.M. Ward
While Parents Were at Missoula Child Fell Into Irrigation Ditch Near
The entire community was shocked Monday forenoon
when it became known that Zoe Ward, the eighteen month old daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney M. Ward of Camas, had been drowned in an
irrigation ditch near the Ward home. The funeral was held Wednesday
afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J.W. Heyward conducting the services.
Interment was made in the Corvallis Cemetery.
The little girl had been left in the care of a
family employed at the Ward ranch when Mr. and Mrs. Ward went to the
celebration at Missoula. The child had been out of sight but a few
minutes when she was found in the ditch. Drs. George McGrath and
R.L. Owens were immediately summoned to the Ward ranch, but their
efforts were without avail. Word was communicated to Missoula and as
soon as Mr. and Mrs. Ward were located they left by automobile for
their home, arriving shortly after 3 o'clock. Mrs. Ward was
prevailed upon to leave the baby at home, on account of the great
crowd at Missoula. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the
Ravalli Republican, Friday, July 9, 1915
July 3, 1883 - July 24, 1967
Mrs. G. Warren, Former Bitter Root Resident, Died In Seattle
Mrs. Gilbert (Ruth R.S.) Warren, 84, of Seattle
died in the West Shoshone General Hospital at Kellogg, Idaho July
24. She had been visiting a daughter at Cataldo, Idaho when she
became ill and died four days later. Mrs. Warren, a former valley
resident, had been in poor health for some time after suffering
several strokes. Memorial services were held at the Fauntleroy
church in Seattle July 28. Cremation took place in Spokane and the
ashes will be brought to Corvallis cemetery for interment later
beside the grave of her husband.
Mrs. Warren, a native of New York, was born July
3, 1883. She was a graduate of Pratt Institute, New York City ad was
graduated in 1950 from the University of Washington in Seattle. She
was well known in art circles and was a former teacher. She lived in
Hamilton until 1942 when she moved to Seattle. Mr. Warren died at
Hamilton in 1927.
Surviving is a son, Gilbert W. Warren, West
Barrington, R.I.; a daughter Mrs. Rupert (Mary Louise) Rex, Cataldo;
The Western News, July 26, 1967
DAVID OSCAR WASHBURN
1880 - 1922
D. WASHBURN DEAD
Died at Hamilton and Was Buried at CorvallisWell Known at Corvallis,
Where He Lived at Intervals for the Past Fifteen Years
Corvallis, August 18 - The remains of David Oscar Washburn, whose
death occurred last Friday night at Hamilton, were brought from
Hamilton Sunday to the Adventist Church, where the last rites were
attended by many sorrowing friends. Elder Livingston ws in charge
and he used for his scripture lesson Ecclesiastes 12:1-7, and his
address was, as he stated, for the living rather than for the dead.
A choir of mixed voices rendered three hymns. Interment was in the
Corvallis Cemetery.Mr. Washburn was well known in Corvallis, where
he had lived at intervals for 15 years and where for the last three
years he had been associated in the lumber business with Frank
Printz. He was a native of Ohio and was 42 years of age. He is
survived by the widow and one son, Charles, whose home is in
The Ravalli Republican, Friday, August 18, 1922
ROSE CHAFFIN WATTS
August 14, 1866 - January 29, 1916
FUNERAL OF MRS. WATTS YESTERDAY AT CORVALLIS
The funeral of Mrs. J.D. watts was held yesterday
from the Federated Church, Corvallis, and interment was made in
Corvallis Cemetery. There was a very large attendance despite the
inclement weather and almost unprecedented depth of snow, attesting
the high esteem felt for the deceased who was born ad reared in the
Rose Chaffin Watts was born August 14, 1866 at
the old Elijah Chaffin homestead just north of Corvallis. She
married J.D. Watts in 1884. A son and daughter blessed this union.
In 1894 Mr. and Mrs. Watts removed to Portland where they have since
resided. The husband, a son and daughter, an adopted son, two
sisters, Mrs. Nancy Simmons and Mrs. Judith Summers and five
brothers, B.S., Alex, M.L., Frank and Campbell C. Survive.
The Western News, Friday, February 4, 1916
JACOB GEORGE WEBER
J.G. Weber, 84, Claimed By Death June 2; Rites Monday
August 4, 1887- June 2, 1972
Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at
the Dowling chapel for Jacob G. Weber, 84, longtime valley resident
who died June 2, Rev. Eugene Bartels officiated and interment was
made in Riverview cemetery. Pallbearers were Jack Beavers, James
Sculley, Sam Hieronymus, Fay Burrell, Vern Chaffin and Miles Romney.
Jacob George Weber was born August 4, 1887 at
Aberdeen, So. Dak. His marriage to Elizabeth Blum took place May
28,1911 in Cater, Alberta. Before moving to the Bitter Root, Mr.
Weber was a farmer in North Dakota and then became a mill
worker here. For a time he was a guard at the prison in Deer
Lodge. Many friend join the family in morning Mr. Weber for his
acquaintanceship during an active life here was wide and his
Surviving beside the widow are sons Robert and
Jake of Hamilton’ Lawrence, Helena; sister, Mrs. Sam (Dora) Dallman,
Hamilton; brother, William, Windsor, Calif; three grandsons and two
All members of his family were present for the
rites except his brother William.
The Western News, June 7, 1972
KATHRYN F. WEBER
April 18, 1901 - February 22, 1993
Kathryn F. Weber, 91, of Corvallis, died Monday
at the North Valley Nursing Home in Stevensville. Born on April 18,
1901, in Grampian, PA, she was the daughter of James and Nellie
Arbuckle Weber. Moving to the Bitter Root Valley with her family in
1907, she graduated from high school in Corvallis, and graduated
from Montana State Normal College at Dillon.
She taught school for 38 1/2 years, all spent in
the Corvallis school system with the exception of two years in Twin
Surviving are three brothers, Fred of Hermiston,
Oregon, Bill of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and John of San Rafael,
California; two sisters, Leland Frost of Hamilton and Jessie Lovely
of Helena; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death
by four brothers and two sisters.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at
the Corvallis Cemetery with Rev. David Donkle officiating.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, February 25, 1993
JULIAN G. WELLIVER
Julian Welliver Taken By Death Grew To Manhood In Hamilton
October 27, 1898 - September 28, 1958
The WN has received word of the death in Seattle
of Julian G. Welliver. Details are at present lacking. Private
funeral services have been held in the Washington metropolis.
Julian G. Welliver was aged about 59 years. He
was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Welliver. His father for a
number of years was manager of the furniture department of the old
Valley Mercantile store. Julian and his late brother, Earl, grew up
in Hamilton and attended the local school.
After leaving Hamilton, Julian Welliver served
his country during both World War I and World War II. In between, he
was employed in the service of the nation as an officer working on
suppression of the Illicit trade in narcotics. He had been retired
for a number of years. Since leaving Hamilton to make his home
elsewhere, he often visited here with friends.
Those who survive Mr. Welliver are his widow,
Marguerite and his brothers Edwin M. of Seattle and Frank H. and
Harrison F. of Helena.
The Western News, September 5, 1958
February 6, 1868 - June 17, 1955
GRAVESIDE RITES HELD FOR ALBERT WETZSTEON, WHO DIED IN OREGON.
Albert Wetzsteon, 87, early day stockman in the
Sula area, passed away Friday in St. Helens, Oregon, and graveside
services were held at the Sula cemetery Tuesday afternoon.
Pallbearers were Edgar, Paul, Fred, and W.R. Wetzsteon, George Vogt,
and John McClintic. Albert Wetzsteon was born February 6, 1868
at Eagle Harbor, Michigan and came to the Bitter Root with his
father and brothers in 1888.
He was married to Lily Vogt, daughter of Andrew
Vogt, at Sula, August 30, 1897. She preceded him in death a number
of years ago. They were parents of six children, Carl, Raymond,
Katherine, Ruth, Harold, and Robert. Two of the children, Carl,
Hamilton; and Katherine, Mrs. Edward Lambert, St. Helens, survive
with eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren, half-brothers,
Ed and George Wetzsteon of Hamilton, half sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth
Tiedt and Miss Mary Wetzsteon of Missoula.
Abstract from: The Western News, June 23, 1955
CHARLES H. WETZSTEON
July 5, 1865 - November 10, 1946
LAST RITES HELD HERE TUESDAY FOR CHARLES WETZSTEON WHO DIED SUNDAY.
Funeral rites were held at the Dowling Chapel in
Hamilton Tuesday afternoon for Charles H. Wetzsteon, resident of the
Bitter Root for more than 60 years. He had been in ill health for a
long time. The services were conducted by Rev. R.L. Badgley of
Missoula and interment was made in Corvallis cemetery. The
pallbearers were Willie Wetzsteon, Jr., Clifford Wetzsteon, Paul
Wetzsteon, Edgar Wetzsteon, Fred Wetzsteon, and George Vogt, Jr..
Charles H. Wetzsteon was born at Central,
Michigan July 5, 1865. He came to the Bitter Root with his parents,
the late Mr. and Mrs. John W. Wetzsteon, early-day pioneer settlers
of the Ross Hole region where the deceased also resided for many
years prior to moving to the Corvallis district.
Those who survive Mr. Wetzsteon are his widow,
Maude, and two daughters: Mrs. Merton Howard and Mrs. Stanley
Gradner, both of Spokane; a stepson, Charles Washburn; three
brothers: Jacob, William, and Albert, all of Ross Hole; three half
brothers: Frank, George, and Edward, all well-know Bitter Rooters;
and two half sisters: Mrs. Elizabeth Tiedt and Miss Mary Wetzsteon,
both of Missoula. The pallbearers were all nephews.
The Western News, November 14, 1946
SIDNEY A. WHEELER
March 26, 1877 - December 13, 1947
Sidney A. Wheeler, Long A Businessman of Hamilton, Taken By Death
Funeral services were held at the Dowling Chapel
in Hamilton yesterday afternoon in tribute to Sidney A Wheeler,
businessman of this city since 1904, who died suddenly in Spokane
Saturday while visiting with his son, Leslie. The latter accompanied
the body to Hamilton for burial.
Mr. Wheeler was born in Quebec, Canada, March 26,
1977, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Wheeler. He came with his
parents to the United States while he was still a child. They
located at Standish, Michigan. Mr. Wheeler came west in 1903,
arriving in Whitefish in 1903 and coming to Hamilton the following
year. He engaged in the meat market business in Hamilton and
operated a farm northeast of the city where he built a slaughter
house which he operated in conjunction with his meat market. He also
shipped considerable meat from the valley for a number of years.
Several years ago he turned over the operation of the market to Ray
Severns. The business has been closed for the past several months
but Mr. Wheeler stilled owned the business house located on Main
Street in Hamilton opposite the Ravalli County Bank.
Sid Wheeler was a member of the Hamilton Masonic
Lodge, the Crusade Commandery, the Bitter Root Shrine Club, Bitter
Root Aerie 1693 FOE, and the Hamilton Lodge of Elks.
The deceased left Hamilton Thursday intending to
visit with his son and family at Spokane before continuing to
Seattle to visit with his daughter, Mrs. Harold Clark, and her
family. He also had considered going to California to visit his
sister, Mrs. Bertha Walters at Long Beach. While in Spokane, he
became ill. His health had been poor for a number of months and a
heart attack claimed him Saturday.
In addition to the relatives named above, the
deceased is survived by a sister, Mrs. Archie Thompson, Brimley,
Michigan, and a brother, Duncan Wheeler, Lewiston, Michigan.
Rev. C.J. Taber officiated at the rites and
interment was made in Riverview Cemetery, where graveside rites of
the Masonic fraternity were conducted. pallbearers were Theo.
Reinbold, C.W. Waddell, L.J. Thorne, Henry See, Ray Severns, and
The Western News, December 19, 1947, page 1
March 22, 1913 - February 29, 1996
Nelson J. Whipple, 82, died Thursday, February
29, 1996, at Hamilton. He was born March 22, 1913 in Mils City, the
son of the late Albert and Cornelia Clearman Whipple. On April 16,
1938, he married Doris E. Waggoner in Seattle and they returned to
Montana in 1947 to farm in the Bynum area. In 1991 they moved to
He is survived by his wife, Doris, of Hamilton; a
son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Rosalie Whipple of Silver city,
NM; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Dutch Brewer of
Hamilton, nancy and Ray Hall of Simms, and Terry and Ken Brown of
Great Falls; four brothers, Don of Hamilton, and Dick, Lou, and Doug
all of Seattle, Washington; a sister Del Crome of Seattle,
Washington; and 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Hamilton, with Rev. Jean Collins
officiating, assisted by Rev. Gordon Read. Private family urn
placement will take place at a later date.
Ravalli Republic, March 5, 1996
WELLINGTON IRVIN WHITE
August 12, 1896 - May 10, 1943
W.I. WHITE, FORMER VALLEY RESIDENT, TAKEN BY DEATH IN MICHIGAN
Wellington Irvin White, 47, son of the late Rev.
George A. White, Conner, died of a heart attack Friday night at
Muskegon, Michigan, his stepmother, Mrs. Evelyn White, Conner
postmistress, reported during a visit here Saturday.
Mr. White was born August 12, 1896 at Artesian,
SD. He moved to Corvallis with his parents as a child and graduated
from high school there. He was the first to graduate from the school
of forestry at the university. He was married to marion hayes,
Missoula, April 14, 1921. He was district supervisor of the Manistee
national forest in Michigan for several years. His first
forest service work was at Helena and he advanced with each move to
Livingston, Kalispell, Missoula, then to Louisville, KY, Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, and then to Muskegon. He was an elder for many years in
the Presbyterian churches in a number of the cities where he has
Besides his stepmother, he is survived by his
widow, son, Wellington Donald, now with the nave in electrical work
at Washington, D.C.; daughter, Lucia, freshman at Lansing, Michigan
teachers college; half sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Overturf of Boulder and
Mrs. Winifred Blodgett of Conner.
Ravalli Republican, December 16, 1943
ELSIE ROZENA PLANTZ WHITLATCH
Mrs. N. Whitlash, 78, of Hamilton, Died August 2; Rites Held
December 7, 1894 - August 2, 1973
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at
Dowling chapel for Mrs. Noble C. Whitlatch, 78, of Hamilton who died
at Valley View Estates following a long illness. Burial was in
Riverview cemetery, Pallbearers were Bruce King, Lyle Morgan, Earl
Vercruyssen, Rick Roberts, Walter Nelsen, and Ernest Laws. Mrs.
Whitlash became a patient at the nursing home July 23.
Elsie Rozena Plantz was born December 7, 1894 in
Bloomingdale, Ohio. Her parents were Andrew J. and Luna (Maxwell)
Plantz. She attended school in Bloomingdale. Her marriage to Mr.
Whitlatch took place July 4, 1936 at Billings. Mr. and Mrs. Whitlash
came to Hamilton in 1960 following his retirement from work on the
Noxon Rapids dam. Mrs. Whitlash was a member of VFW Auxiliary to
Surviving beside her widower, is a brother,
George, Bloomingdale; two nieces and a nephew. The brother and wife
came to Hamilton for the rites as did Dr. and Mrs. Milton P. nelson,
mr. and Mrs. Ora Bodly, Blackfoot, Idaho; Arthur Moore,
Bloomingdale; Gladys Jacobs, Athaleen Skinner, Ogden Utah; Mr. and
Mrs. Arnold Schroeder and Lois Ramberg, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth
Whitlatch and two children, Chinook; Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Welling,
Abstract from The Western News, August 6, 1973
MINNIE RUTH PICKERILL WILKINS
June 10, 1892 - December 1974
Mrs. Wilkins Taken by Death; Funeral to be Held in Kansas
Mrs. Minnie Ruth Wilkins, 82, died at Daly
Hospital in Hamilton Sunday morning. Funeral rites will be held at 2
p.m. Thursday at the Crawford-Miller Mortuary in Lyons, Kansas with
burial to be at Geneseo, Kansas Cemetery.
Mrs. Wilkins was born June 10, 1892 in Geneseo
and grew up in that community. She and Oliver H. Wilkins were
married there on March 10, 1914 and they engaged in farming for many
years near Geneseo. They came to the Bitter Root in 1935 and farmed
in the Hamilton Heights area until returning to Kansas three years
later. Mr. Wilkins died in Geneseo on October 5, 1971. She returned
to Hamilton in late 1971 and had made her home since that time with
a daughter, Mrs. Jake (Elizabeth) Weber. Other survivors include a
son, Cliff Wilkins, Coram; two sisters, Mrs. Clara Kimple of
Wichita, Kansas and Mrs. Alice McAfee of Sedan, Kansas and a
brother, Frank Pickerill, of Lyons Kansas.
The Dowling Mortuary is in charge of local
Ravalli Republic, December 16, 1974
BILL R. WILLIAMS
December 2, 1939 - November 16, 1991
Bill Williams, 51, of Hamilton, died Saturday
evening at his residence west of Hamilton after a long illness. He
was born on December 2, 1939 in Center Point, Iowa, the son of
Dillon and Helen Wickham Williams.
Bill received his education in Iowa. On October
16, 1959 he married Leila Tuttle in Missouri. He served with the
U.S. navy from 1959 to 1965 and following his discharge he returned
to Iowa for a short time before moving to Oregon. He worked as a
Surviving are his wife, Leila Williams of the
family home in Hamilton; four sons and daughters-n-law, Norman and
Kendra Williams of Hamilton; Travis and Kim Williams of Kent,
Washington; Lonnie and Lori Williams of Elkader, Iowa; and
Christopher Williams of Kirkland, Washington; his mother and
stepfather, Helen and Charles Owens of Center Point, Iowa; two
brothers, Donald Williams of Marion, Iowa, and David Williams of
Hackensack, Minnesota; three sisters, Linda Simmons of Dover,
Minnesota, Becky Fuellinng of Monona, Iowa, and Rhonda Wilhelmi of
Center Point, Iowa; and six grandchildren. He wa preceded in death
by his father.
Private family services will be held. Receiving
of friends will be Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Daly-Leach
Community Room. The family suggests memorials to the charity of the
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, November 18, 1991
LOIS JANE WILLIAMS
October 16, 1898 - January 13, 1985
Lois Jane Williams, 86, died early Sunday morning
in Hamilton at the Valley View Estates of natural causes. She was
born on October 16, 1898 in Darby, the daughter of Albert and Martha
Strate Whitell, and she received her education in Darby.
Survivors include a daughter, Pauline
Wolfinbarger of Hamilton; and a son, Jack Haddix of Hamilton; a
sister, Louise Knudsen of Sacramento, California; three
grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a great-great
granddaughter; two nieces, and a nephew; three sisters-in-law, and
several cousins. She was preceded in death by twin grandsons, a
great grandson, and three brothers.
Graveside service will be held Wednesday at 2 pm
at the Corvallis Cemetery with Pastor Terry Darnall officiating.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, January 15, 1985
October 15, 1852 - March 22, 1937
Miss Mary Winslett was valley's oldest pioneer.
Death beckoned to Stevensville's oldest pioneer,
here, Monday night and Mary Winslett answered the call. She passed
quietly at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Dayton where she had been
for the past six weeks during her final illness.
Mary Winslett came to the Bitter Root valley
1863. That was before the town of Stevensville was founded. She was
born in California, at Redwood, October 15, 1852. She was an adopted
child of Mr. John W. Winslett. Her father's name was Duncan, a
Scotchman, and according to the best information available, her
mother was of Spanish descent. Her correct name was Mari Enyola
Duncan. Mary Winslett's mother died when she was an infant. Her
father was a trapper and prospector and it is stated that when away
on his trips, he left the young child in the car of Mr. John
Winslett. Finally, there came a time when he failed to return and
when Winslett left California and came to the Bitter Root, he
brought the girl with him and she was adopted as his own child.
Funeral services for Miss Winslett will be held
at 3:00 o'clock, Friday afternoon at the Methodist Church. Reverend
Carl F. McConnell will be in charge. Pallbearers will be Abe Buck,
Lou May, John Rees, C.L. Franks, Phil W. Wagner of Florence, and
Will Cave of Missoula. The body is at the Dowling undertaking
Abstract from: Northwest Tribune, March 25, 1937
ABIGAL WILLIAMS WOLFE
Mrs. Ad. Wolfe Pioneer Passes
February 28, 1841 - December 25, 1916
Corvallis, December 28 - Mrs. Abigal Wolfe, a respected matron of
Corvallis and an early Bitter Root settler, died of the grip at her
home here Monday morning. The funeral service was conducted by Rev.
R.B. Reagan from the residence Tuesday at 2:30 o’clock, and
interment made in the Corvallis cemetery.
The deceased was born in Ohio on February 28,
1841. While a child, she moved with her parents to Illinois. In
1863, she was one of the party that crossed the plains in oxcarts,
settling at Bannack, and from there, she came with her husband,
James Cowan, to the Bitter Root valley 52 years ago. The foundation
of a long cabin, one-half mile south of the Boyer residence, two
miles north of town, is all that remains of their first home, from
which they moved later to establish a mercantile business upon the
unsurveyed site of Corvallis. Mrs. Wolfe knew the time when flour
was sold at 30 cents a pound; sugar at 66 1/2 cents; salt was 50
cents and tobacco at $5. She saw Butter Root soil cultivated with
crude wooden instruments and potatoes that sold at $3 a bushel. She
was an established resident of the valley when the first orchard was
planted by Elijah Chaffin in 1875, and she was a charter member of
the Christian church established here in 1881.
In 1905, Mr. Cowan died and in 1907 she was
united in marriage to Mr. Addison Wolfe who survives. A brother who
resides at Quincy, Illinois, and his children are the only surviving
relatives. Mrs. Wolfe was extremely hospitable and was a kind and
thoughtful neighbor. The entire community was grieved at her death,
and a large cortege of sorrowing friends followed the remains to the
last resting place.
The Western News, December 28, 1916
BEATRICE GREENUP WOLFINBARGER
February 13, 1906 - September 13, 1985
Florence Beatrice Wolfinbarger, 79, died Friday
at her residence south of Darby of natural causes. She was born
February 13, 1906 to Ben and Mary Laws Greenup at their hone on
Chaffin Creek south of Darby. She was the youngest of 11 children.
She received her education in the Baldwin and Darby schools. On June
17, 1926, she married William Wolfinbarger at her parents’ home on
She was preceded in death by her husband on April
15, 1976 and two daughters, Virginia and Joyce. Survivors include
two daughters, Jane Stettner, Pendelton, Oregon, and Dorothy West,
Darby; two sons, Thomas Wolfinbarger, Darby, and Phillip
Wolfinbarger, Cotton, California; two sisters, Dora Burks,
Montclair, California, and Bessie Hannon, Darby; eight grand
children, five great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 11
a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Darby with Pastors Terry Darnell
and W.A. Dessain officiating. Interment will follow at the Lone Pine
Cemetery in Darby.
Friends may call Monday from 3 to 9 p.m. at the
Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton for visitation. The family suggests
memorials to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Darby 59829.
Abstract from: Ravalli Republic, September 16, 1985
ALBERT HUSTON WOOD
March 24, 1873 - January 4, 1945
Albert Wood, One Of The Biggest Valley Producers, Taken By Death
Albert Wood, longtime valley resident who came
across the plains via covered wagon with his parents, the late Mr.
and Mrs. Joshua Wood, died this morning at the east Victor country
store of his son, Joy. He had visited there this morning, went out
to get in his car, felt a heart attack coming on, returned to the
store where he expired. He had been suffering from a heart condition
for the past five years. Yesterday he attended the funeral of his
pioneer mother, the late Celia Frances Wood, who had passed away
Albert Huston Wood was born March 24, 1873 at
Rogersville, Missouri. He came to Butte, Montana with his parents 69
years ago and to the Bitter Root ten years later, locating at
Stevensville. The family moved to the Wood ranch north of Corvallis
in 1901. Meantime, Albert Wood was married January 6, 1896 at
Stevensville to Miss Olive McCarty. They acquired the beginning of
their extensive ranch properties which wee added to from time to
time until the Wood family owned some of the best and largest
acreage in the Victor east side area. In 1909, Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Wood first made their home at the big residence which has been their
home ever since. The deceased was a good farmer and rancher, one of
the early beet growers of the valley and produced great numbers of
beef cattle and grew large crops of wheat and hay. He ws probably
one of the largest producing farmers in the Bitter Root valley.
Survivors of Mr. Wood are his widow and one son,
Joy, rancher and merchant of the east Victor district. Also
surviving is a grandson, Clyde, who was last heard from in November
from England where he is in the U.S. Army. Other survivors are his
sisters: Miss Addie Wood of Corvallis and Mrs. Clarence Goff of
Albert H. Wood was a member of the Victor lodge
of Masons and that lodge will have charge of his funeral services
which will be held at two o’clock Saturday afternoon at the Dowling
Chapel in Hamilton. Interment will be made beside the graves of his
parents in Corvallis Cemetery.
The Western News, Thursday, January 4, 1945, page 1
CECELIA FRANCES WATTS WOOD
October 22, 1852 - January 1, 1945
FUNERAL RITES HELD YESTERDAY FOR MRS. WOOD, VALLEY PIONEER
Funeral services were held yesterday at the
Dowling Chapel in Hamilton for one of the pioneers of Montana and
the Bitter Root, a race of people who carved from the wilderness the
foundations of present day life. The pioneer who was called as Mrs.
Cecelia Frances Wood, who came to Montana after marrying Joshua T.
Wood, in Missouri, February 11, 1872. They brought their infant son
Albert with them, arriving in the Treasure State at butte 69 years
ago. They came to the Bitter Root to settle at Stevensville 59 years
ago, and in 1901 moved to the Corvallis district. Mrs. Wood died at
this Corvallis farm home Monday, January 1 where she lived with her
daughter, Miss Addie Wood. Mrs. Wood had been an invalid for the
past several years but maintained a firm mental vigor and was always
interested in news of the day.
The deceased was born October 22, 1851 at
Springfield, Missouri and had thus passed her 93rd birthday. She was
survived by her son, Albert, of east Victor district, her daughter,
Miss Addie Wood, of Corvallis, and a daughter, Mrs. Clarence Goff
who lives south of Stevensville on the east side of the river. Also
surviving are a grandson, Joy Wood, rancher and merchant for the
east Victor district, and a great grandson, Clyde Wood, who is with
the Army in France. There are also two brothers, Ross Watts of
Rogersville, Missouri, and Job Watts of Weed, California.
Rev. C.E. Smith and Rev. T.B. Reagan officiated
at the services. Music was afforded by Jack Hawker and interment was
made in Corvallis Cemetery beside the grave of her husband who
passed away 25 years ago. The pallbearers were H.C. Groff, Henry St.
John, C.E. Hogue, M.L. Chaffin, B.J. Smyth, and A.F. Cave.
The Western News, Thursday, January 4, 1945, page 1
GEORGE GILBERT WOOD
November 27, 1878 - March 24, 1952
George Wood was born November 27, 1878 and was
raised in the Bitterroot Valley. His parents Mr. and Mrs. John F.
Wood came to live here in 1875, and had nine children with them.
They built a small homestead, about a half a mile north of
Corvallis. There they raised their nine children to become good,
hard workers. While they lived there, every year they would add on
to the homestead, and each year it would get more and more
beautiful. George grew up being a well trained man at crop growing
and became very well known for his job. He was well acquainted with
the soil, dirt, and weather, as everyone said.
He never lived apart from the Bitterroot Valley, except when he went
to visit his relatives in Missouri. It was in Missouri that he met
his wife Alice Eddings. She had been working for the Post office,
and was very charmed by Mr. Wood. She had no doubt that after their
first date that they would get married and have a fun life together.
Not long after that, they did marry in Ozark on December 31, 1949.
As soon as they could, George brought her back to Corvallis so that
they could start a family.
He lived on a large farm, not far from the local school. Their land
had a large prairie just to the south of them, so they could raise
lots of cattle easily. Their farm included pigs, chickens, horses,
sheep, and ducks. The family house was fairly large with one big
bathroom, four bedrooms, and a large dining room, so they
occasionally housed guests, and people just passing through.
In the summer time, when all of the work was
done, (which was rare) the family would all go down to the Applebury
Farm, and have a picnic swapping stories, and tales. That was
another thing that George Wood was well known for. Whether his
stories were fiction or non-fiction, he always told them with great
detail, and preciseness. The Appleburys were one of their first
friends when they came to the Bitterroot Valley, and have been ever
As the years passed, George developed a love for
the land, and got better and better at crop growing. He was kind,
courageous, and always contributed to the community. Everyone knew
that if you needed help with anything, George Wood was the man to
ask, and what was rare in those days, was that he was honest, and
his word was as good as gold. After a period of years, he began to
practice growing sugar beet crops up on his acreage north of
Corvallis, which he excelled in, as everyone knew he would.
As it is said, George was very close with his
brother. Alfred Wood. Since they didn’t live far apart, he and
George were almost inseparable, as they had been when they were just
When his land developed, so did his family. As
his daughter grew older, they had children as well. When he died,
George Wood had four daughters, including seven grandchildren, and
two great-grandchildren, all of which loved him dearly. Their names
were Elva Srader, Effie Robbins, Etta Simmons, and June Marie
Schrader. He had no sons, but he was happy with what he had.
They were always supportive, and made sure that they always pleased
Since George was one of the best farmers in the land, and
always earned plenty of money to support his growing family, he had
no trouble financially, but occasional drought sometimes wiped out
parts of his crops. The most common problem that he had was his
health. He attended the hospital on a regular basis, and even stayed
there from days on end. He and his family didn’t like that his life
was becoming, so he tried to act like nothing was wrong, and kept on
working on his farm. When George started getting too ill to manage
the farm, he gave it to his son-in-law Forbes Robbins, who was still
operating it even when George Wood died. Indeed, the income of money
dropped a little bit, but not enough to really make a dent in their
savings. It was a big saving since George wanted his family to be
well, even when he was gone.
George wood was a part of the Corvallis Methodist
Church, and even when his health became a problem, the church, and
his family still stayed by his side. During a course of four years,
Mr. Wood attended the Daly Memorial Hospital, and finally died at
the age of 73 early one Monday morning. His community and family
will remember him always as the witty, funny, generous George Wood.
Contributed by the Corvallis Community Heritage Project
Obituary also available from The Western News, March 27, 1952
JOHN FRANKLIN WOOD
May 12, 1842 - August 27, 1923
REMAINS OF JOHN WOOD AND MISS SUSAHANNA ALFORD WERE INTERRED THE
SAME DAY AT CORVALLIS.
Corvallis, August 30 - Funeral services over the remains of the late
John Wood were held jointly with those of Miss Susahanna Alford at
the Corvallis Methodist Church Wednesday morning. Officiating
ministers were Rev. T.B. Reagan, Rev. E.P. Wilso, and Rev. S.E.
Powell. Mrs. J. Marti and Mrs. H.E. Elliott were in charge of the
music. The service was largely attended, friends coming from all
parts of the valley to witness the last rites. Interment was in the
Corvallis cemetery beside the grave of the late Mrs. John Wood, who
was a sister of Miss Alford.
John Franklin Wood was born at Nashville,
Tennessee, 81 years ago last May 12. At the age of 12 years, he
accompanied his parents to Missouri and there he was married to Miss
Mary Alford. To them were born nine children. In 1975, the family
crossed the plains by oxen team coming to the Bitter Root valley,
where they homesteaded ranches six miles north of Corvallis. Under
Mr. Wood's skilled management, his property became one of the most
widely known in the state from point of production and the products
took prizes at state and county fairs for many years. Mr. Wood was a
moon farmer and he attributed his success in agricultural
achievements to his observance of moon phases, and to his strict
keeping of the Sabbath.
Until the death of his wife two years ago last
April, he had been actively engaged in the management of his ranch.
Since that time, he has been in failing health although retaining
his faculties to the last. Death was due to heart trouble and took
place at 8 o'clock Monday evening at the home of his son, Benjamin
Wood, at Stevensville.
He is survived by seven children, Henry,
Benjamin, George, and Alfred, all ranchers of the valley, and Mrs.
E.H. Sheldon of Napa, Idaho; Mrs. L.N. Brooks of Corvallis and Mrs.
Rilla Blodgett of Victor. More than 50 grandchildren and a number of
great grandchildren also survive.
Mr. Wood was a man who loved his God, his home
and the things of nature above all else. Up to the last days of his
life, he enjoyned visiting with old friends and was always ready to
discuss agriculture and his moon farming methods. He was a respected
citizen of this place and will be missed.
was born at Nashville,
Tennessee, in March 72 years ago. A part of her life was spent in
Missouri and in 1892, she came west to keep house for her brother.
At his death, she made her home with her sister, Mrs. John Wood, and
since Mrs. Wood's death, she had lived with Mrs. John Treece,
another sister. Her life was one of service and her good nature and
willingness to do for others won her the devotion of all her
relatives. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Treece and Mrs. John
Hendricks of Washington, and four brothers, John, Milton, Oliver,
and Monroe, all of whom survive her.
The Western News, August 31, 1923
JUDGE VAN R. WOODMANCY
August 4, 1834 - May 23, 1912
Victor, May 26 - Another one of the old-timers of the Bitter Root
Valley crossed the great divide this week. Judge Woodmancy came to
Montana in 1863 and was one of the very first who came to Alder
Gulch in the great stampede and was one of the men who first laid
out the present site of Virginia City. He came to Stevensville in
1874 and soon afterward settled near Victor. Judge Woodmancy's home
was for years the stopping place of the ministers that came to the
Bitter Root. He was a charter member of the Presbyterian Church at
Victor and was elected to eldership in the church.
About nine years ago, Judge Woodmancy had a
stroke of paralysis that left him partially paralyzed and this
caused him a great deal of suffering. He was attended in his last
illness by Dr. Reed, but nothing could be done for him to check the
march of the grim visitor. J.C. Osborn preached his funeral at
Victor Sunday. There was a large attendance of friends and
neighbors. He was laid to rest in the Victor Cemetery and loving
hands covered the grave with beautiful flowers. There were a number
of distinguished visitors among whom was Judge Sloane of Missoula,
who built the first house in Victor.
The Western News, May 28, 1912
LAURA T. CUMLEY WOODSON
December 27, 1869 - July 21, 1957
Rites Tomorrow at Chapel for Mrs. Woodson
Mrs. Laura T. Woodson, 88, died Sunday. The
funeral was held Tuesday at Dowling Chapel with burial in Riverview
She was born December 27, 1869 (to Bradford Thomas and Mary
Pauline Noonan Cumley) in Shelbina, MO. She married
George W. Woodson September 28, 1895 in Paris, MO. They lived
in Missouri and Iowa before arriving in Montana in 1923 from
Moberly, MO. George died 1942 after retiring in 1938 from farming.
Survivors are: daughter, Mrs. Grace Irene
(Clarence) Thompson, granddaughter Lilly M. (Don) Waugh,
grandson,, George D. Thompson, brother-in-law Sam Barton,
Shelbina and Motie Cumley, sister-in-law as well as nieces and
Extract from Daily Ravalli Republican
July 22, 1957
Contributed by Debra Branigan
Saint Inigoes, MD
FLORA A. McDONALD WOOLAGHAN
May 10, 1866 - July 12, 1945
Death Claims Mrs. Flora A. Woolaghan, Burial Rites Were Held On
Services at graveside in Riverview Cemetery were
conducted Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Flora A. Woolaghan. Rev. W.H.
Sanderson officiated at these rites. The cemetery services Tuesday
followed Saturday services at Dowling Chapel in Hamilton by Rev.
C.J. Taber. At the chapel services, R.J. Barrett sang accompanied by
Mrs. Lloyd Goodman at the organ. Pallbearers at both services were
Clarence Humble, L.E. Downing, W.L. Gray, E.M. Tucker, S.A. Wheeler,
and Miles Romney. The second services were necessitated in order to
permit a daughter, Mrs. George Barnes, to come from California to
attend interment rites.
Flora A. Woolaghan was born May 10, 1866 at Pine
River, Michigan. Prior to coming to Butte in 1899, she resided in
Michigan and Illinois. She was married to John Woolaghan at Salt
Lake City, Utah in 1900. The couple made their home in Butte until
1906 when they came to the Bitter Root Valley to located at Victor.
It was at Victor that Mr. Woolaghan passed away in 1910. Thereafter,
Mrs. Woolaghan and her four daughters, Mrs. Lawrence Humble,
Hamilton; Mrs. Fred Nelson, Jackson; Mrs. George Barnes, Ridgecrest,
California; and Mrs. Ralph Barnes, Missoula, moved to Hamilton to
make their home. All of the daughters were in this city with their
mother at the time of her last illness and death except Mrs. George
Barnes. Death came to Mrs. Woolaghan late last Thursday night, July
12, at Daly hospital. Also surviving the deceased are seven
grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. T.J.
Wyatt, Standish, Michigan.
Mrs. Woolaghan was a devoted mother, an
industrious and conscientious citizen. Her passing will be noted
with deep regret by the many residents of the Bitter Root Valley who
The Western News, July 19, 1945, page 1
BERTIE LEE WREN
July 3, 1893 - October 4, 1973
Mrs. Wren Funeral Service Set Saturday at Whitesitt's
Mrs. Bertie Lee Wren, 80, a resident of
Stevensville for most of her adult life, died at North Valley
Nursing Home Thursday. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday at the Whitesitt Chapel. Rev. E.J. Ruff will officiate and
burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
She was born July 3, 1893 in Santa Fe, Missouri
and married Edward Wren at Santa Fe in 1909. The family moved to the
Her husband and three daughters, Edwina, Alberta,
and Alta, preceded her in death. Survivors area daughter, Mrs.
Edna Davis, Townsend; sister, Mrs. Marie Kirkland, living in
Missouri, 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republic, October 5, 1973, page 1
February 11, 1887 - September 12, 1947
Funeral Services Held Monday for Ed Wren in Stevensville
Stevensville - Funeral services for Ed Wren, 60, resident of the
Stevensville district for 38 years, were conducted Monday afternoon
in the Dowling Chapel. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery.
Mr. Wren died Friday in a Missoula hospital
following an extended illness. He was born February 11, 1887 in
Illinois and married there 38 years ago to Bertie Homa and four
years later they came to the Bitter Root.
Survivors include his widow; daughters, Alberta
Wren, Korea; Mrs. Alta McCormick, Townsend; Mrs. Edwina Thompson,
Stevensville; Edna Wren, Helena; sisters, Mrs. Ed Sims,
Stevensville; Mrs. George Simpson, Livingston; five grandchildren.
Abstract from the Ravalli Republican, September 15, 1947, page 1
JOHN HOWARD WRIGHT
Body of John Wright, Truck Driver at West Fork Project, Forwarded
to Rupert, Idaho
July 24, 1911 - February 1940
Injuries incurred in an accident at the Little
Boulder dam project on the West Fork November 3 caused the death of
John Howard Wright at the Daly hospital early Tuesday morning.
Wright was hurt when he truck he was driving at the project was
struck by another machine, but his injuries were not considered
serious. He did not enter the hospital until January 16, however.
Complications caused by other illness made his condition grave from
that time. His wife, a professional nurse, arrived from Carey,
Idaho, Friday to care for him.
Born July 24, 1911 at Rogersville, Tennessee, Mr.
Wright was 28 years of age. He came to the project as a truck driver
in September of last year from Idaho. Three brothers, Earl, Millard
and Willard, reside at Rupert, Idaho. The parents, Mr. and Mrs.
George Wright reside at Whitmore, S.C. and there are two sisters and
a brother there.
The body was forwarded from the Wright
Funeral Home yesterday for interment at Rupert.
Ravalli Republican, February 25, 1940
BESSIE E. GREEN WYLIE
June 18, 1866 - April 19, 1930
MRS. ISAAC WYLIE CLAIMED BY DEATH
Death claimed Mrs. Isaac Wylie, long time
resident of Hamilton and Ravalli County, when after an illness which
had been critical for the past two weeks, she succumbed to cancer
Saturday. Death came at the family home on Hamilton Heights. Mrs.
Wylie had not enjoyed good health for about one year.
Funeral services were held from St. Paul's
Episcopal Church yesterday afternoon at two o'clock and burial was
made in Riverview Cemetery. Rev. W. H. Mitchell was in charge of the
services. Pallbearers were Lawrence Wanderer, J.O. Lagerquist, A.C.
Baker, John Cole, William Grimes, and S.A. Wheeler.
The deceased was a native of Meadowville, Ontario
and was born June 18, 1866. She came to the Bitter Root to make her
home 29 years ago. Mrs. Wylie is survived by her husband, wartime
sheriff of Ravalli County, and for many years a blacksmith in
Hamilton, three sons, Archie, Isaac Jr, and Hugh, and two daughters,
Bessie, and Mrs. Ethel Scott. The Western News joins the very wide
circle of friends in tendering sympathy during their hours of
The Western News, April 24, 1930, page 1
ISAAC M. WYLE
November 1860 - April 29, 1932
Isaac Wylie Passes At Local Hospital Friday
Isaac M. Wylie, 71, and a resident of the
Hamilton community for 30 years, died Friday night at the hospital
where he had been a patient for a week. Mr. Wylie had been ill for
Known throughout the Bitter Root Valley as an
industrious, substantial citizen, Mr. Wylie's years here represent a
life of service. Until recent years, he operated a blacksmith
business in town. Later, he bought a ranch east of Hamilton and was
active until the past year. He served Ravalli County as Sheriff from
1916 to 1919 being elected on the Democrat ticket.
His wife died two years ago. His daughters, Mrs.
George Scott of Missoula and Miss Bessie Wylie, a teacher at Elmo,
and his sons, Archie of Missoula; Hugh and Isaac Jr of Hamilton,
survive him. There are several grandchildren. Mr. Wylie was born at
Kingston, Ontario, and he came to the United States 39 years ago. He
was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge.
Funeral services were held at St. Paul's
Episcopal Church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. W.H. Mitchell
and burial will be made beside his wife's grave in Riverview
The Western News, May 5, 1932, page 1
ISAAC (IKE) WYLIE
April 24, 1899 - January 23, 1974
RESPECTED AND WELL-LIKED LOCAL MAN, IKE WYLIE, TAKEN BY DEATH
Death claimed Isaac Wyle this morning from a
heart attack at 3:15 in the VA hospital at Sheridan, Wyoming, where
he was a patient since August 1972. Funeral services will be
held Saturday at 2 pm at Dowling chapel with Rev. Robert Shervnod
officiating. Interment will be in Riverview cemetery. Pallbearers
will be Lloyd Rockafellow, Mac Tilton, Clarence Linster, Dick
Keniston, George Scott, and Robert Savage.
Isaac Wylie was born April 24, 1899 in Missoula,
son of Isaac and Bessie Green Wylie. Before graduation from high
school, he enlisted in the Navy in 1913 at Salt Lake City and
received his honorable discharge in January 1919 at San Francisco.
His marriage to Alpha Willard took place December 6, 1929 in
Hamilton at the First Baptist church with Rev. H.H. Longenecker
officiating. Witnesses were Harlow Stordock, Fred A. and Helen
Surviving beside the widow is a son, Willard,
Missoula; grandchildren Gordon and Roger Willard, high school
students in Missoula; sisters Mrs George (Ethel) Scott, Missoula;
Mrs Boyd (Bessie) Horn, Irvine, CA; nephews Johnny Horn, Annette
Simms Irvine and Whittier, CA, respectively, George Scott, Mary
Redmond, Missoula; Betty Weher, San Rafael, CA; Jack Wylie, Dana
Point, CA. His brother Hugh died October 29, 1948.
Mr. Wylie will be remembered with fondness by all
who knew him.
Abstract from: The Western News, January 23, 1974