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I am looking for any information on the HILLE's. They came from Bessarabia, South Russia, and settled in and around Adams County. I have a Johann HILLE, Daniel HILLE Sr., Leontina HILLE, Christian HILLE, and Louise HILLE that married an Emil DELZER. Any information would be great.
Patti Leischner  leischn@gateway.net  10 Feb 2001
340 Streeter Dr. Apt. D3, McCook Lake, South Dakota 57049

I am attempting to obtain information on the following:
James A. OLNEY b. 1830 d. Aug 1903. at Ritzville, WA. Buried at Ritzville Memorial Cemetery. One daughter Bertha OLNEY married and lived in the Ritzville area. I would appreciate knowing the name of his parents and place of birth. His older brother Benjamin E. OLNEY is my wife's gg grandfather.
Jay Skewes  jbandag@yahoo.com  6 Feb 2001

I am searching for WALTER Family information. John Jacob WALTER came to USA from Walter, Russia, in 1912 and settled in Ritzville, Adams County WA. He married Christina SCHILLING there in 1915; his parents were listed on the marriage record as John Jacob WALTER and Anna M. BENNER. He was working for the City of Ritzville when he died of pneumonia in Jan. 1930. The 1920 Federal census of Ritzville lists: John J. WALTER, age 27, came to USA in 1912, born in Russia. Also in that Ritzville census is Anna M. WALTER, widow age 58, came to USA in 1912, born in Russia. Lena WALTER, daughter, age 17, came to USA in 1912, born in Russia. Elizabeth WALTER, niece, age 8, born in WA., parents were born in Russia. All listed as speaking German and cannot speak English except Lena who spoke German but could also speak English. In the Ritzville Memorial Cemetery record is Anna Marie WALTER born 1862, died 1940, this appears to be the same Anna M. WALTER that is listed in the census. Do you know if this Anna M. WALTER was Anna M. BENNER, mother of John Jacob WALTER? If not, were they in any way related? I would appreciate your help.
Marita Lee  MaritaDido@aol.com  20 Jan 2001

Looking for information on Benjamin ZIMMER, b Sep 1830/32 in Fayette, Seneca Co., NY. He & his wife, Mary, were living in Ritzville, Adams, WA in 1900. When did he die? Did they have any children?
Evie Rice  evie@eymann.org  10 Dec 2000

John Phillip KRAMER born 1881 Saratov (Zaratov) Russia, died 1969 Spokane WA, and is buried in the Ritzville Memorial Cemetary, Adams Co WA.

John came with his parents to America about 1894. They were Germans from Russia.

By 1910, John is married to his 2nd wife, my grandmother, Jennie Mary HOLFORD, and is farming near Ritzville, Adams Co WA. They are listed there with children in the 1920 census.

Until recently I was under the impression that grandpa John was buried in Spokane WA, but now find him listed in the Ritzville Memorial Cemetary, along with several other Kramers who are probably his parents, siblings, etc.

I would be interested in any information on John's parents or siblings. My mother, John's youngest daughter, never remembered meeting any of them. I have information on John's second marriage and the children thereof to share.
Marlene Bates Johnson  empori6573@aol.com  23 Aug 2000
903 N Ash Avenue, Sand Springs OK 74063

Charles Wesley NYE, son of Charles H. NYE and Sarah Richardson FREELAND. Born on 18 Nov 1863 in Albany, OR. Charles Wesley NYE died in Adams Co., WA in Aug 1906; he was 42. On 14 Dec 1892 he married Carrie PENRICK. They had the following children: Leta NYE, Eva NYE, Thurston NYE.
I would like to contact researchers who might have information on this family.
Bill Adams  bill.adams@flinders.edu.au  18 Aug 2000

Albert John HOOPER (1850-1908) lived in Adams County on the north side of the Palouse River just east of the present town of Hooper. I have a lot of information on him which I am glad to share but would welcome any information other people know about him and his family.
Mary Meeker  dawame@bmi.net  1 Jul 2000

Looking for information on the parents of Herschel Harvey (H. H.) GARRETT and wife, Katherine Elsie ANTHONY GARRETT (born 15 May 1888 in Griggsville, Illinois, died about 1949). Their son was Lyndle Anthony "Bud" GARRETT, born about 1910, who grew up in Ritzville, Adams County, Washington. Also looking for parents of Margaret Dorothy "Mikki" DAILEY, Bud's wife. Her father was Robert John DAILEY, born about 1872 in England and died before 1933. Margaret was born 30 Sep 1911. Any information would be helpful. (My great-grandparents were Bud & Mikki.)
Merrilee Vanderwaal  mvander@excite.com  10 Jun 2000
1204 Lilac Avenue, Chesapeake VA 23325-2920

Looking for information on a Clara MOYER/MAYER WEIGEL. She died supposedly in childbirth of LeRoy Lester WEIGEL. LeRoy was born 21 Jul 1898 in Paha, Adams Co., WA. In the 1900 census of Adams Co., Charles Wesley WEIGEL, her husband, was listed with LeRoy but no Clara. I am looking for both a death date and place of burial for Clara and a birth cert. for LeRoy. If there is a researcher available to try and find this information for me I would be willing to pay the going rate.
Marge Weigel  MWeigel349@aol.com  25 May 2000

I am searching for information on Eugene and Ruth KIRBY who operated a General Merchandise store in Lind, Washington, in Adams Co. in the 1930's and 40's. They had 3 children: Laura Ruth, Eugene Douglas (Gene Doug), and Dixie Ann. I am most interested in information on Eugene Douglas who was killed in World War II and the American Legion Post in Lind is named for. Eugene Douglas was my cousin.
Fae Douglas Jacobs  RAVENALEE@webtv.net  21 Apr 2000
8195 Meadowood Dr., Citronelle AL 36522

My grandfather was Robert George ACHZIGER, and his parents were from Ritzville. I am searching out any info on our family -- my knowledge is very limited.
Michele Dennis  hiebedin@kiva.net  18 Mar 2000
RR 10 Box 911, Bedford IN 47421

May 1912, my grandfather Carl KIEHN b. 19 Oct 1910 in Frank, Russia, came to America and went to Uncle Jacob KIEHN's home at Box 213, Ritzville, Wa., with father John (Johann) and mother Mary Katherine (KOCH) KIEHN. Carl's siblings: Edward was b. 26 Nov 1913 in Marcellus, Wa., Emma b. 9 Feb 1906, Russia, August b. 23 May 1912, on board ship.

Terry Kiehn  bandaid@bigfoot.com  11 Mar 2000

I am researching my family history. My father Johannes immigrated to the US 28 Feb 1911 on the vessel Rhein. He was born to Jacob and Katrina KEMBEL 22 Feb 1886 at Saratov, Russia. He indicates that he was going to see his uncle, George KEMBEL, in Ritzville, Washington. I have an address for George which is dated 22 Jun 1910: George KEMBEL, Box 612, Ritzville, Washington. I have another address for a George KEMBEL: Box 133, Paha, Washington.

My parents John KEMBEL and Mollie WOIT were married at Spokane, Washington, 3 Dec 1915. There also was a baby boy born who did not survive and is interred in the general area.
Harry L. Kembel  hkembel@aol.com  15 Nov 1999
5311 Sycamore Rd, Cheyenne WY 82009
(307) 638-8478

Searching for information about my great-grandfather, Simon GUST. He and wife Bertha WIDMER GUST SCHWARTZWALTER (d. 1958) lived in Ritzville and some family is still in Lind. Bertha and her sons Alfred and Alex GUST are buried in Ritzville cemetery, but cannot locate Simon who died 1930's-1940's. I believe he and Bertha were both Germans from Russia and would like some verification. Thanks for any information.
Jeri Plumb  jerip1@hotmail.com  29 Sep 1999

I'm researching George William BILLINGTON and his wife, Sarah Jane HODSON BILLINGTON, living in Adams County circa 1902 - 1930, and their children, Lillian BLANKENSHIP, Alvin BILLINGTON, William BILLINGTON, Iva DEVORE, Glenn BILLINGTON, and Ellen May MILLS.
Barbara Billington  khatool@gte.net  21 Apr 1999

My great grandparents were married in Ritzville 3 Apr 1885. His name was Patrick James McGRATH; her name was Mathilda HOLINQUEST or HOLINQUIST. He worked for the railroad, she ran a boarding house in Ritzville. Her sister and sister's husband were J. M. SWANSON & C. SWANSON (shown in 1889 census). My grandmother Anna McGRATH was 1isted in the 1889 census. Anyone with information on these people please contact me.
Other family names from this area I would like more info on are Mina SHINING, Frederick SHINING, and his wife Ruth WEBB.
Sharon Ratcliff Shining  shining@povn.com  20 Apr 1999

My mother, Esther May HOLSCHER, was born 20 Jan 1906 in Ritzville, Adams, Washington. I have not been able to locate where they came from prior to that time. Her father, Lewis Harmon HOLSCHER, was born in Illinois (don't know what county). He was married to Dorothy ??. Any information would be appreciated.
Donna Wilson  DWilson33@aol.com  22 Mar 1999

Looking for information about the TEAGUE family in Adams Co., Wa. Jordan TEAGUE, born ca. 1836 in Burke Co., N.C., was the son of Robert and Sarah PRICE TEAGUE. He was the grandson of Moses and Katie PAINE TEAGUE. He married Manerva T. CANNIFAX, b. ca. 1841, on 15 Nov 1857 in Greene Co., Mo. They had one child, Robert Q. TEAGUE, b. 18 Jan 1861 in Mo., and who eventually settled in Adams Co. He married Mary NOOMAN, b. 11 Sep 1859 in Mo. They had the following children: (1) William Onnie TEAGUE, b. 13 Dec 1879 in Stone Co., Mo.; (2) Ida Bell TEAGUE, b. 30 Jan 1882 in Stone Co.; (3) Edith Minta TEAGUE, b. 28 Oct 1883 in Christian Co., Mo., m. Virgil Talmadge GEREN; (4) Clarence W. TEAGUE, b. 22 Nov 1885 in Christian Co., d. Nov 1964 in Adams Co., Wa.; (5) Bessie M. TEAGUE, b. 26 Aug 1887 in Christian Co.; (6) Sherman O. TEAGUE, b. 5 Sep 1889 in Christian Co., d. Feb 1972 in Spokane, Wa.; (7) Nellie M. TEAGUE, b. 17 Dec 1891 in Lawrence Co., Mo.; (8) Ernest TEAGUE, b. 11 Dec 1895 in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), d. July 1972 in Lind, Adams Co.; (9) James W. TEAGUE, b. 25 Sep 1902 in Adams Co., d. December 1964. Any information on this family would be appreciated.
John Payne  johnthepayne@yahoo.com  31 Jan 1999
22 West Ontario Street, #1, Chattanooga TN 37415-6444

Seeking information on my gr-gr-gr-uncle, John W. EVANS, who resided in the Ritzville area during the latter part of his life (about 1910/1920). Coming from VA/NC, he had the following children who may or may not have lived near him in the area: James Robert EVANS, Howard W. EVANS, Landreth W. EVANS, and Viola EVANS NORMAN. Help my family find our long-lost cousins!
Wally Jarrell  wjarrell@asheboro.com  18 Jan 1999
6523 Lanes Mill Rd., Ramseur NC 27316

Isaac RICE died and was buried somewhere in Adams County on 27 Sep 1904/05. My attempts thus far to verify the date of his death and the place of his burial have been unsuccessful. Suggestions are that he may be in the Sand Hills Cemetery or the Michigan Prairie Cemetery. But, since these are no longer in use I do not know who to contact about their burial records. Any information concerning the death or burial of my great great grandfather, including the names of the cemetery custodians, local history/geneological associations, old newspapers where obituaries might be found, or the particulars of RICE families still in the area, would be gratefully received.
Col. Gary H. Rice (Ret.)  gehr@comnet.ca  9 Dec 1998
Fax: 613.257.1309

BOWHALL, Ralph DeMarquis, was bn in Othello, Adams Co., WA in 1918 to Ralph DeMarquis BOWHALL, Sr. and Florence HOOVER. At this point all I know is they originally came from upper NY State and am looking for more information on this family.
Beverly Aytes-Bowhall  AY8TES2@Highland.Net  29 Nov 1998

I would like any information on Alice HENSHAW and family who lived on a small rented farm near Benge, Washington, in 1920. Her husband was Bert HENSHAW who worked for the railroad, and their children were Ida, John, Maggie, and Fay. Alice's maiden could have been PEARSON, and she would have had a brother named William Moody PEARSON, who lived in Ellensburg. Alice's mother could have been Margaret Catherine LYEN.
Cyrus C. Dodd  cydodd@yahoo.com  28 Sep 1998

Looking for early ancestors that may have settled in Adams County or in eastern Washington. Last name of TESKY also may be of any of the following spellings: TESKE, TESKI, TESKEY.
Also seeking any information on both the railroad grade crossing of TESKE and the old grain elveator and silos located at the site. It lies apx. 20 miles east and a little south of the town of Ritzville. Some maps show it but others do not. I did find the place and spent about 2 hours looking around. I am also interested in finding a copy of both volumes of the History of Adams County, if anyone has it for sale. The library in Ritzville has a copy. I was able to spend some time looking thru some things in Aug 1998 in Ritzville but was unable to get into any of the churches in town because of a funeral.
Michael F. Tesky  kc7cck@3-cities.com  11 Jan 1998; updated 21 Aug 1998

I am seeking information from descendants who may still live in Adams County about Henry BRUGGER's father, William BRUGGER. Henry homesteaded in Adams County. I have information about Henry's mother, Rachel DOWNEN, which I will gladly share. Thanks for any help.
Henry BRUGGER, b. 15 Nov 1859 in Mount Vernon, Posey Co., IN; d. 20 Sep 1943 in Eugene, OR; m. 16 Jan 1881 in Indiana, to Rachel Victoria UTLEY. Henry, with his wife and first son, William Herman Brugger, travelled in 1883 by train from Indiana to Oakland, California; then by boat to Portland, Oregon; then to Colfax, Washington, where he was a constable, built houses as a carpenter and mason, and combined (harvested grain) in Garfield, Washington. He homesteaded in Adams County, Washington, where he raised wheat and had a dairy at Hatton on Brugger Road. In 1905 Henry rented the homestead to Mr. Roy Scott and moved to Post Falls, Kootenai Co., Idaho, where he bought 10 acres, built a home in town, then built a bigger home on the 10 acres. He planted an orchard and vegetables, and sold the produce in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 12 miles away. Henry and Rachel had nine children, six of whom reached adulthood: Ethel G. (BRUGGER) SCOTT, b. 1883; Iva (BRUGGER) RAYBURN, b. 1887; Rachel Victoria (BRUGGER) GASKILL, b. 1890; Mary (BRUGGER) OVERCASH, b. 1892; John Lester BRUGGER, b. 1896; Zella "Sally" V. (BRUGGER) (LASWELL) (PHILLIPS) SCHOENWALD, b. 1900.
John Denning  JohnHarvey@nventure.com  4 Jun 1998

Researching the marriage of Mary WATSON and Mark W. TOWNSEND. They were married 28 Sep 1889 in Delight, Adams County, WA. Of this marriage two children were born: Paul E. TOWNSEND, born 28 Sep 1890 in Delight, and Ruth A. TOWNSEND, born 24 Feb 1895. Mark W. TOWNSEND was my great-grandfather by his first marriage. I am searching for his second family lineage.
George Engelhardt  george@arias.net  4 Jan 1998

Lind, Adams County: I am trying to find information on my grandmother Margaret/Margareth/Margaretha VAN MARTER, i.e. what is her first name? I have a copy of her death certificate and can't tell if it is Margareth or Margaret, but as a corollary of "Murphy's Law" says, the item you want to really check is written so that you can't really be sure which it is. (Is that squiggle a loop in the "t" or an "h"?) No luck in getting her birth certificate from the state of Iowa, either. Her burial record in the Lind Cemetery is under her husband's name as "Mrs. Vet Van Marter" and I doubt that there was any obit for her because she died in the 1918-9 flu epidemic (12 January 1919) leaving a critically ill husband and three children, ages 2, 4 and 6. Any ideas? The children were sent to their aunt and uncle, Annie and Henry Van Marter, near Spokane. Thanks,
Pat Jorgensen  PCJorgensen@msn.com

Seeking information on James SMITH and his sons Thomas B. (T. B.) SMITH, Laurence Houston SMITH, and Charles Milton SMITH. James moved to the Adams/Franklin Co. area sometime after 1882 following his wife Rebecca Jane MATHEW SMITH's death in 1876 in Union Co., OR. Both James (d. 1914) and his son Laurence (d. 1904) are buried in Delight Cemetery near Lind. Charles, who was a twin to Laurence, is said to have moved to Australia following Laurence's death. James was married about 1909 to an Elizabeth L. (from 1910 Adams County federal census records). I have not found any marriage records for the sons.
Beth Johnston  bjohnsto@inward-eye.com  2 Feb 1997

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