Asotin County, WA History

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Feb. 04, 1916
Death of Attorney George W. Bailey

This week Asotin mourns the death of one of her best known and pioneer citizens,
in the person of Attorney George W. Bailey,
who passed away at one o'clock Wednesday afternoon, at his home,
after an illness dating back only to last Saturday morning,
the cause of death resulting from uraemic poisoning,
which attack came on very suddenly and in a very pronounced degree.

Medical attendance was almost constant from the time of taking ill until time of passing away,
endeavoring to overcome the attack, but such services were unavailing.
His faithful wife, also ill, was with him at the time of death,
but his son Harvey D. Bailey, a student at Whitman college in Walla Walla,
did not reach home until about nine o'clock on Wednesday night.

The funeral will be held from the family residence Friday afternoon at two o'clock,
Rev. J.C. George, of the Presbyterian Church officiating,
and the burial services will be in charge of the I.O.O.F.,
the deceased being a veteran member of Riverside Lodge, No.41. of Asotin.

George W. Bailey was a native of Vermont, having been born at Hardwick on July 27, 1854,
and was of an old New England family whose lineage could be accurately traced back to the sixteenth century.
He grew to manhood in Vermont and graduated from the university of the state in 1880,
with the degree of bachelor of arts. For a while he was instructor in the McIndies academy.
While thus engaged he also began the study of law.

In 1882 Mr. Bailey came west to Washington territory,
locating at WallaWalla, and shortly after, associated himself with the late John B. Allen,
at that time United States Attorney, and continued the study of law,
and in 1884 was regularly admitted to the bar.
During a portion of this time he was also business manager of the Walla Walla Daily Union.
In the spring of 1885 he came to Asotin and entered upon the successful practice of his profession,
which he followed in all the years since, andup to the time of his death.
He possessed one of the largest and best arranged law libraries in Eastern Washington,
and the fruits of his work had placed him in comfortable circumstances,
so far as worldly possessions are concerned. For many years Judge R.F.Sturdevant,
of Olympia, has been associated with Mr. Bailey in the practice of law in Asotin county,
and likewise for many years the deceased has been
the resident attorney of the Lewiston-Clarkston Improvement Co.

In 1889 Mr. Bailey was united in marriage to Miss Anna Dillon,
and to this union one son was born, Harvey D. Bailey, who, with his mother, survive.

For fully half of his life Mr. Bailey had been a faithful member of the I.O.O.F.
and of the Woodmen of the World for about twenty years.
He was also a member of the order of the Elks of Lewiston.

Submitted by Carla Weza North