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Mattson, Alvin Richard
Published in the Goldendale Sentinel May 20, 1965

Alvin Richard Mattson, son of Mary and the late John Mattson, was born at Centerville on the ranch which he later farmed, December 2, 1912.    His entire life was spent in the Centerville community. He passed away May 12 at St. Joseph’s hospital, Vancouver, at the age of 52 years, five months. was united in marriage to Francis Miller on October 22, 1944.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Opostolic Lutheran Church at Centerville. He was a successful farmer and a good neighbor to all, always willing to lend a helping hand.

Surviving are his wife, Francis of Centerville; two step-children, Virgil Miller of Vancouver and Marilyn Robertson of Logan, Utah; his mother, Mary Mattson of Goldendale; one sister, Hazel Taylor of Goldendale; six brothers, Edward and Otis of Goldendale, Chester of Seaview, Wash., Ivan of Portland, Maurice of Astoria, Ore. And Raymond of Centerville. He leaves two aunts, one uncle, five grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Funeral services, in charge of the Knosher Funeral Home, were held May 15 at 2 p.m. at the Baptist church, Goldendale. Ray Hilman was the officiating minister.

Pallbearers were Wilbert Crocker, Albin Wildanen, Ernest Mattson, Clarence Mattson, Walter Mattson, Eldon Wildanen.

Internment was in the Centerville cemetery.

Alva H. Moe

Moe, Alva H.
Published in the Goldendale Sentinel Thursday, June 28, 1945

Alva Moe Makes Supreme Sacrifice on Luzon June 4th

A wire from the war department received June 19th, informed Mr. and Mrs. Alva Moe of the death of their son, Alva H. Moe, Jr., who had been killed in action June 4th on Luzon.

His parents had just received his last letter the day before. In it he told of his good health, and expressed his anxiety for the time when he would again be home. The letter was postmarked the 4th of June.

He had served with the Field Artillery in the South Pacific, and had recently been in Manilla. The 19-year-old lad had entered the service from Goldendale on December 13, 1943, and left for overseas service almost one year later last December. He was born in The Dalles, and had been raised there and at LaCenter. Immediately prior to his entrance in the service he had worked in Wasco, Oregon. After entering the service he received training in California, Texas and Mexico. His last visit home was in August of ’44.

His family moved to Goldendale a year ago in March. Since that time they have owned and operated the Oasis Café.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alva Moe, Sr.; two brothers, T-Sgt. Leonard, with a Tank Battalion and Pfc. John W. Moe, with the anti-aircraft, both in Germany and seven sisters, Mrs. Lulu Schoening and Mrs. Eva Forestberg, both of Longview and Wanda, Lola, Geraldine, Jennie Lee and Mary Louise Moe, all of Goldendale.

World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas:

Name: Alva H Moe Jr
Inducted From: Washington
Rank: Private
Combat Organization: 136th Field Artillery Battalion 37th Division
Death Date: 4 Jun 1945
Monument: Fort William Mckinley, Manila, the Philippines
Last Known Status: Buried
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal & Bronze Star Medal

Morehead, Joseph C.
Published in "An Illistrated History of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties", Interstate Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1904, page 396.
The electronic text of this book can be found at the Internet Archive for the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne Indiana

JOSEPH C. MOREHEAD, one of the oldest pioneers of Klickitat county, Washington, and a stockman, living in the city of Goldendale, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 19, 1843. His father, Andrew Morehead, was born in England, but early came to the United States and settled in the Quaker state. He brought up his family in Pennsylvania, where he died some years ago, being stricken with the cholera. The mother of our subject, whose maiden name was Ann McKay, was likewise born in England, but she died in her native country.

Joseph C, whose life is the theme of this review, received his education in the public schools of Iowa, to which state he came when twelve years old. His father died when he was eleven and he soon after left his home and friends and went to Iowa, where he got his public school training. In 1870 he moved to California by train. After remaining in San Francisco for a brief period, he took the boat to Portland, Oregon, and from that city went to Albany, whence the same fall he came to Klickitat county. At that time there were few settlers in the county, not over twenty families altogether. He settled on a homestead a mile and a half east of Goldendale, upon which he lived for twenty-four consecutive years, putting most of the land under cultivation. In 1894 he removed to Goldendale, and opened a meat market, establishing a business which he conducted successfully for the ensuing seven years. He also bought and sold cattle and stock during this time. In 1901 he sold the market to Hail & Files, and since that time he has been engaged in the stock business alone, buying cattle for the Union Meat Company of Portland, Oregon. He owns a farm of 120 acres just outside of Goldendale.

Mr. Morehead was married in Iowa, in September, 1865, the lady being Matilda, daughter of Robert Larkin. Her father, a native of Pennsylvania, of German extraction, was a farmer by occupation and a pioneer of Iowa, to which state he went when it was still a sparsely settled, wild country. He died there in 1863. Mrs. Morehead's mother, Rebecca, was born and married in Pennsylvania, and died in Iowa, after having become the mother of six children. Mrs. Morehead was born in Iowa and was educated in its public schools. She and Mr. Morehead have had six children, namely, William, born in Iowa, March 20, 1866; Charles, also born in Iowa, two years later, now living in the Palouse country; Frank, born in Klickitat county, where he still lives, in 1872; Mrs. Ada Lear, born in Klickitat county in 1875, now living in Goldendale; Elmer, two years her junior, also living in Goldendale ; and Edna, born in 1884, the present assistant postmistress of Goldendale. Fraternally, Mr. Morehead is connected with the Masons and the Order of the Eastern Star. He is a member of the Methodist church, and in politics, a Republican. His ranch, just outside the city, embraces 120 acres. An old pioneer of the county, he is very widely known among its citizens, all of whom respect him as a man of integrity and sterling worth.


In Washington Mason History, Mr. Joseph C. Morehead also played an important part in the establishment of the Goldendale Masonic Lodge, as reported in Masonic History of the Northwest Chapter XXIII. Washington Masonry, 1871 - 1888 By Wm. H. Upton, Past Grand Master

A petition for a Lodge at Goldendale had been received as early as December 14, 1878, but owing to irregularities the dispensation was not granted till June 7th of the following year. William T. Koontz was named as W. M.; Joseph C. Morehead, as S. W.; and Joseph Sanders as J. W.; but in the first returns of the Lodge - which showed twenty-one members and no additions during the year except one candidate initiated - Bro. John C. Story appears as S. W., and Bro. "Moorhead" as J. D. These brethren were voted a charter June 3, 1880, as No. 31, with McDonald Pierce as W. M. and the two Wardens named in its returns. The Lodge has always maintained a highly creditable reputation and has usually numbered about forty brethren. Its Masters have been: William T. Koontz, McDonald Pierce, Wm. Oldham, Nelson Whitney, John C. Story, Solomon Smith, Joseph Nesbitt, George H. Baker, Henry C. Jackson, William H. Ward, John W. Snover, Charles E. Powell, Winthrop B. Presby.

[Later in the book:} Joseph C. Morehead was horn in Philadelphia in 1846, came to Washington in 1870, and is a dealer in live stock, living at Goldendale. He was made a Mason in Crawfordsville, Iowa, in 1864; became a charter member of Winfield Lodge, Iowa, and our own Goldendale Lodge, No. 31, successively, and is still a member of the latter Lodge.


[According to the Washington State Archives]:   Joseph Charles Morehead passed away on March 28, 1926 in Goldendale, Klickitat County, Washington at the age of 84.
His wife, Matilda [Nee: Larkin] passed away on September 19, 1923 at the age of 80, also according to the Washington States Archives

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