File 10  A through L



                                                                  Submitted by Marge Womach



Abernethy, Jessie         9-18-1939

“Jessie Abernethy.—Passed away Sept 17 at a local hospital. Survived by her husband, Edward Abernethy, at the home. Her last services have been entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, W 1124 Riverside , Spokane.” (Spokesman Review: 9-18-1939)


Allen, Karl                          5-16-1941

“Pullman Herald Editor Dies. Karl Allen, colorful and able editor of the Pullman Herald, and co-owner, died Monday night of last week at his home.  Funeral services were held at Pullman Friday morning. The editorial column of the Herald last week contained beautiful tributes to Mr. Allen from several of his associates. J. L. Ashlock, member of the WSC faculty of journalism, quoted the epitaph inscribed upon Benjamin Franklin’s grave, which when he read one time, Mr. Allen expressed the wish, ‘I hope someone will read that for me, when I pass on.’  Following is the epitaph: ‘The body of Benjamin Franklin, printer, (Like the cover of an old book, Its contents torn out, and Stripped of its lettering and gilding) Lies here, food for worms. Ye the work itself shall not be lost, For it will, as he believes, appear once more In a new and more beautiful edition—Correct and amended by The Author.’  Mayor Eri B. Parker commended him as one of their ‘straightest-thinking and most dependable co-workers’. Others paid high and sincere tributes to his sterling character and his prominent place in the community.” (Citizen: 5-16-1941)


Blunt, Mary E              10-01-1915

 “Mrs Mary E Blunt, mother of Mrs Simon McDonald, died Sunday at the Sacred Heart Hospital , age 59.” (Citizen: 10-01-1915; Edwall Column)


Bower, Del      d. Mar 18, 1946

“Former Resident Dies. Davenport , WA , March 20.—Del Bowers, 65, who died in Spokane Monday night, was for many years a county highway department foreman. He was a native of Pennsylvania and came to Spokane in 1910 and to Lincoln County in 1918. He retired in 1934 and had lived in Spokane most of the time since. While a resident of Lincoln County , he married Mrs. Effie Glanders, who survives him.” (Spokesman Review: undated) Dell D. Bower.  Died: 18 March 1946, age 65, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father, George Bower. Mother: Permilla Lesnett. Spouse: Effie D.  Batch id # 277608.” (WA State Death Records)


Bower, Effa

“Effa D. Bowers.—Home at N3718 Calispel. Aunt of Irvin Osborne, Piedmont, KS; Willis Osborne, Howard , KS . Funeral Monday, June 3, at 2:30 p.m. from the Alwin Chapel at the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home. Mr. Roscoe R. Hamm officiating. Interment Riverside Park .” (Spokesman Review: undated scrapbook);  “Effie D. Bower. Died: 31 May 1946, age 72, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: Osborne. Spouse: Dell.  Batch id # 277609.” (WA State Death Record)


Brodin, Raymond P.          10-26-2006

“Raymond Patrick Brodin.  Davenport.—Memorial service for Raymond Patrick Brodin, 71, a former Bald Ridge area farmer and cattle rancher, took place Saturday, Oct 21, at Strate Funeral Home in Davenport with Pastor Duane Anderson officiating. A private family committal service will take place later. Mr. Brodin died Oct 4 at the Tekoa Care Center where he had resided the past three years.  Born March 17, 1935 in Spokane , he was the son of Charles and Katherine Brodin. He attended school in Davenport , graduating from high school in 1953. He started farming three years later near Davenport . After his Sept 21, 1958 marriage to Ellen A., Reinbold, the couple moved to the Bald Ridge area. They later divorced and he moved to Tekoa in 2003. He belonged to and served as a deacon for several years at Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport , and also was a member of the Mondovi Grange and the WAWG. He enjoyed motorcycles, snowmobiles, traveling and vintage cars.  He leaves a son, Patrick Brodin of Seattle , and a daughter, Lori Brodin of East Wenatchee; a brother, Charles Johnson of Wilbur; two sisters, Agnes McConnell of Shelton , WA , and Marie Dern of Bellevue ; and 2 grandchildren, Benjamin and Briana Brodin.” (Davenport Times: 10-26-2006)


Carpenter, Forrest     12-30-1927

“Forrest Carpenter, veteran druggist and proprietor of the Harrington Pharmacy for the past ten or eleven years, died suddenly at his room in the Fallert Hotel, Dec 26, after a brief illness of five days with crupous pneumonia. He had been up and down and back and forth to the store but finally gave up and went to bed and was under the medical care.  Information of his death was communicated at once to Mrs. Carpenter and son Owen at Moscow , Idaho , and to his brother Earl at Waitsburg and his brother-in-law, Ralph Jones at Sprague. Mr. Jones was coming over to see him and being on his way the message missed him and he knew nothing of the sad occurrence until he reached Harrington. Mr. Earl Carpenter of Waitsburg drove through at once by auto and reached here during Monday.  The remains were prepared for burial by Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Turner, morticians, Monday evening Mr. Turner took them by auto hearse to Sprague from where they were shipped by Northern Pacific express to his brother Earl at Waitsburg for burial, and where, something like a year ago, his father was buried.  It is understood that his mother is still living and resides there. He is also survived by his widow, Mrs. Nellie Carpenter, at Moscow, Idaho and two sons, Gordon and Owen, the latter having just recently left for Moscow to be with his mother.  Forrest Carpenter was born at our state capitol town, Olympia , December 12, 1874. He was a graduate in pharmacy of the Washington State College. He was a member of Laurel Lodge No. 119, F & AM and a member of the Shrine. During the World War he was chosen captain of the Harrington Home Guards, in which organization he took a great interest and at one time presented the company with a fine large silk flag costing approximately sixty dollars. He was an expert in Woodcraft and rarely missed a year that he did not go deer hunting and was familiar with the cunning of the Indians in trailing big game. Just this fall he and his son Owen each got a deer in the forests of Idaho , and in talking to the editor of this hunting expedition he exhibited marked pride at his son’s prowess.  Mr. Carpenter’s Harrington friends were shocked at the suddenness of his passing and chagrinned that force of circumstances barred them from even attending his funeral.” (Citizen: 12-30-1927)


Cate, Robert                 d. 1-13-2007

“Davenport.—Memorial service for Robert ‘Bob’ Cate, 44, of Davenport took place this morning (Thursday) at Strate Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Phil Falk officiating.  Mr. Cate died Jan 13 in Davenport . He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He leaves his wife, Jenny (Badgley) Cate at the home; three children, Ty’ann Cate of Davenport, Josh Cate (and Monica Easley-Cate) and Zack Cate, all of Spokane; a special nephew, Bob Cate of Spokane; and three grandchildren, Ian, Maggie and Cora. Also, a brother, Darrell (and Celeste) Cate of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters, Doris Nulf of Sydney, MT; and Natalie (and Paul) Ruckhaber of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Davenport Times: 1-18-2007)


Cliff, Carl                   7-13-2006

“Cliff Carl, 83, a performing mainstay for years at Davenport ’s Pioneer Days, died of stomach cancer last Saturday in Spokane.  A memorial open house is scheduled this Sunday, July 16, at the Longhorn Barbecue West, located on SR 2 east of Airway Heights. Ironically, had he been alive and well, he would have performed during those hours at the Lincoln County Museum in connection with the Historical Society’s ice cream social. That venue, along with regular appearances at nursing homes, assisted living centers and senior residences in the Spokane area, kept his voice and guitar-playing skills at the ready. He had a successful local radio and television career on four Spokane stations, along with two in Portland, OR, and Seattle.  In later years, he also was involved in the ‘Music for Youth’ program and toured six western states. He also was a master cabinet builder. Born Carl Cliff on Oct 27, 1922, in Lewistown, MT, he came with his family to Dalton Gardens, Idaho, in 1931, and to Spokane a year later. A North Central High School graduate, he served with the Seabees during WW II in the central Pacific. TV producers reversed his first and last names to create a more melodic identity for their local star. Carl’s annual summer visit to Davenport brought out smaller audiences that appreciated the intimacy of the museum’s meeting room and the musician’s take on singalong favorites, including ‘Home on the Range’, ‘Cool Water’, ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’ and other songs that lend themselves to a cowboy’s yodel. He especially enjoyed fielding requests from his listeners. Much of Carl’s broadcast career centered on afternoon shows for children in the 1950s and 1960s, including ‘Bar 6 Round-up’ on KHQ. He also hosted a variety show featuring regional talent and played grange halls, lodges and nightclubs. Between gigs involving music, he sold insurance and encyclopedias and also spent three years building and racing hydroplane boats throughout the region.  He retired from cabinetmaking in 2000, ‘because I want to retain all my fingers’, he told a Spokane reporter. A year later, he underwent heart bypass surgery, but overall, his health problems were few. He was diagnosed with the cancer in March and began preparing for his inevitable death. He told Spokesman-Review columnist Doug Clark that his only regret was having to cancel 10 engagements because of his illness. One of those appearances was in Davenport.” ( Davenport Times: 7-13-2006) “Carl W Cliff. Died: 1 July 2006. Birth: 27 Oct 1922. Last residence: 99212, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA.” (SS Death Index) {Edit: The obituary of Mildred Ann Cliff states that she was born Oct 25, 1922 in Spokane, WA to Vladimir and Anna Hajek and she passed away from lung cancer on Feb 1, 2006. She survivors were listed as: husband of 63 years, Carl Cliff; sons: Dennis, Donald, James and Bill Cliff;  daughter Kathleen Cliff, as well as grandchildren.}


Clinton, Sara                  6-22-1972

“Sara Clinton passed away June 8 at Riverview Terrace in Spokane. Miss Clinton lived in Davenport with the late Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Pettijohn after she left Spokane where she worked as a secretary. She and Mrs. Pettijohn were sisters.  While living here, she worked in the Lincoln County clerk’s office until she retired. A lifelong resident of the state of Washington , she is survived by one brother, Francis J. Clinton, Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services were held June 13 at St Aloysius Church in Spokane.” (Davenport Times: 6-22-1972)


Cook, Louise K.               7-27-2006

“Davenport.—Private services and inurnment took place for Louise K. Cook, who died July 7.  Mrs. Cook was the youngest of seven children born on a Davenport area wheat ranch. After high school, she attended WSU where she met her future husband, S. Gilbert Cook. Although she had to return home to care for her ailing father, the couple later married and settled in Spokane . They also lived in Everett, WA, Modesto, CA , and enjoyed a vacation home at Dillon Beach, CA. She had a successful career as a private secretary and returned to college, completing her Associate of Arts degree in business. Remembered as a devoted homemaker who was an accomplished seamstress and had her own personalized clothing labels. Her skill encompassed nearly all of the needlework arts and she created many artistic items as gifts and for her homes. She also was known for her warm hospitality to family and friends, including homemade, old-fashioned gourmet cooking. Besides her husband of 66 years, she leaves two daughters, Kathryn and Caroline; and four grandchildren, Vance, Julie, Carmen and Nicolas. Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggan and Lance Chapel handled arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 7-27-2006) {Edit: Father: Charles (Karl) Straub. Mother: Mary Catherine Cappes (Kappas).  Sister: Mary Mann and Carolyn S. Guhlke; Brother: Emil Straub.}


Coplen, Henry (Hank)   1-17-2008

“Funeral for Henry (Hank) Coplen, 80, a former Davenport High School coach, took place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan 17, at Thornhill Valley Funeral Home in Spokane Valley. Mr. Coplen died Jan 12 at his Spokane Valley home after a long battle with cancer. Born Jan 6, 1928, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, he graduated in 1945 from Rogers High School in Spokane and earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and a master’s from Whitworth College.  He was a teacher, coach and school administrator for 37 years in several locations throughout the state, including, Davenport, Odessa and Medical Lake. He also worked at Columbia basin, Spokane Falls, Spokane and Highline community colleges. His teams won championships at Columbia Basin and Spokane Falls —he was the only coach to win basketball titles at two different state community colleges. He became SFCC’s first athletic director in 1966. He also served as longtime director of the State B basketball tournament… His wife of 42 years, Jacquelyn Burchell Coplen, died in 1993. He leaves his wife of 13 years, Charlene Coplen, at the home; a daughter, Kathleen Coplen (and John) Mudge of Reno, NV; a son, John Coplen of Pensacola, FL; and four grandchildren, Luke and Megan Mudge, Hillary and Hayden Coplen. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport assisted with arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 1-17-2008)


Coppersmith, Leola I .     d. 10-18-2009

“Leola I. Coppersmith, age 73.—Passed away in Davenport , WA on Oct 18, 2009. She was born on July 21, 1936 to Edwin and Marcelia (Ondall) Ellingson in Halstad , MN . She is survived by her husband, Vernon Coppersmith, at the home in Almira; her children: Bob Coppersmith of Post Falls, ID; Cindy Edwards & Wayne Fowler of Grand Coulee, WA; John and Jeanette Coppersmith of Almira, WA; Christine and Craig Cochran of Garfield, WA; and Penny and Wade Majors of Wilbur, WA; 9 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; one brother, Wayne Ellingson of Morton, WA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and ten brothers and sisters. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Oct 23, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Almira Community Center with Pastor Paul McArthur officiating. Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur,WA is caring for the family.” (Spokesman Review: submitted)


Davis, Stephen G.        1-17-2008

“Celebration of life for Stephen G. Davis will be scheduled in the spring with ‘those who knew and loved him at his favorite place at the lake’, a family statement reports.  Mr. Davis died Jan 9 while surrounded by his family, which was his final wish.  His family relates he ‘had many close friends and gave of himself to everyone that he knew. He gave more gifts than he ever wanted to receive and to have known him was both a pleasure and an honor.’  He leaves ‘his very best friend,’ his wife Linda; three daughters, Darlena, Christina and Kathryn; and a son (and coffee buddy) Sam, and their spouses, Joe, Jay and Michelle; 10 grandchildren, Joseph, Robert, Kateland, Madeline, Lauren, Stephen, Sam, Spencer, Tiger and Sarah; a great grandson, Preston; three brothers, Charles (and Mary), Daniel (and Connie) and Samuel, and a sister, Diane and her companion, Padre Tom.” (Davenport Times: 1-17-2008)


Elzig, Jerry                      8-10-2006

“Davenport.—Memorial service for Jerry Elzig, 67, of Davenport, is scheduled at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug 12, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in Davenport. Mr. Elzig died July 29 in Davenport. Born Sept 14, 1938, in Hines, MN, he was the seventh children for Gerald and Helen Elzig. He enjoyed family, friends, hunting, fishing and farming. He leaves his wife Susan; four sons, Jim, Ron (Shorty), Christopher and Jon; a daughter, Angela; six grandsons, Jason, Dustin, Blake, Zachary, Bryce and Evan; 5 granddaughters, Alexandra, Darian, Stephanie, Hannah and Kaylee; two brothers, Elmer and Bob, and a sister, Loretta. Strate Funeral Home in Davenport is handling arrangements.” ( Davenport Times: 8-10-2006)


Emery, Emma                 9-18-1939

“Emma Emery.—Age 75 years. Passed away Sept 17 at a local sanitarium. She was a resident of S. 2509 Tekoa. Survived by one son Glen L. Emery, Spokane ; one niece, Carrie Strother, Lansing , MI; one nephew, Charles F. Strother, Jackson , MI.  Her last services have been entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, W 1124 Riverside.” (Spokesman Review: 9-18-1939)


Estes, Michael O.           2-22-2007

“Sprague.—Funeral for Michael O. Estes, 43, a Walla Walla County Sheriff’s deputy who grew up in Sprague, took place Wednesday, Feb 21, at the Spokane Opera House. Interment was at Spokane Memorial Gardens.  Mr. Estes died Feb 14 as a result of a severe head trauma he suffered when his patrol car was hit by a truck on Feb 6. Born Nov 22, 1963, in Hermiston, OR, he asked Jesus to be his personal Savior at a young age and graduated in 1982 from Valley Christian School in Spokane. He attended Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta , for 1 ½ years before beginning a 13-year tour of duty in the US Army. He served as a helicopter mechanic and traveled throughout the US , Germany and Egypt.  He later drove a semi-truck then decided to move closer to his family, living in Walla Walla and working as a correctional officer at the Washington State Penitentiary. He also joined the Oregon National Guard and achieved the rank of staff sergeant. His hiring by the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Department fulfilled a life dream. Assigned to Burbank , he purchased a house there in October of last year.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father and other relatives, watching football games with his mother and playing video games with friends. He was especially known for his bear hugs and is remembered by his family as ‘a teddy bear with a heart of gold’. He leaves his parents, Orville and Judi Estes of Spokane; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Janice and Chad Simons of Edwall and Julie and Michael Murphy of Sprague; six nieces and nephews, Taunja, Ronald, Samuel and Joann Murphy, and Marshall and Cindy Simons. Hennessey Smith Funeral Home, Spokane, handled the arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 2-22-2007) 


Garretson, Carlton     9-06-1912

“A press dispatch from New York , dated Sept 2, contains the news of the death of Carlton Garretson, who died Monday at the home of his sister, Mrs. J. G. Finch, in that city, as the result of injuries received when he was thrown from his horse on May 10. Mr. Garretson was at one time editor of the Harrington Citizen, and later published a paper at Issaquah, Wash . The Record published an article a few months ago commenting on Mr. Garretson’s phenomenal rise in the newspaper profession. At the time of his death, he was editor of Judge, the famous humorous publication, and prior to his connection with Judge, he was a member of the editorial staff of Leslie’s Weekly and the New York evening Globe.” (Odessa Record: 9-06-1912)


Gay, Robert E.                     12-16-1949

“Bob Gay Dies of Heart Attack. Was Head of Local Schools Also Citizen Publisher.  Robert E. Gay, publisher of the Prosser Record Bulletin, died at that city at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec 9, following a hospitalization of 16 days for heart attack.  Last rites were held from the Methodist church in Prosser, Tuesday, Dec 13 at 11 a.m. and cremation followed. Bob Gay was well known in Harrington, and other parts of the state. Born in Illinois , he moved to California as a child with his parents, and came to Washington State 50 years ago. He graduated from Washington State College, following which he came to Harrington as superintendent of the schools in about 1909. He was superintendent of Republic schools for a couple of years, but the desire to be a newspaper publisher was too strong in his system to permit him to remain in school work, and in 1916 he purchased The Harrington Citizen. In 1927 he sold to the resident publisher H S Bassett, and purchase the Prosser Record-Bulletin which he continued to edit and publish until the Grim Reaper wrote his ’30’.  During the eleven years Mr. Gay published The Citizen, Mr. Bassett was his foreman and a firm and lasting comradeship developed between the two men. Bob Gay was full of ideas. He was full of enthusiasm and ambition. Wherever he made his home he was a leader in school, church, civic and social circles. He was fine and upright and was well known for his sunny disposition and his individual, hearty laugh. When Bob and his wife visited the Citizen Editor, H S Bassett, at Harrington in the summer of ’48, his happy laugh was recorded, unknown to him and when time has healed the painful shock of his passing, the mechanical reproduction of his merry laugh will add audibly to our everlasting and beautiful memories of him. Surviving Bob are his wife, Olga, at the home in Prosser; son Richard, business manager of the Record-Bulletin; daughters, June (Mrs. Dwight Forsyth) and Frankie Belle (Mrs. Clint Knox), Richland; and five grandchildren. Bob was only 67 years old.” (Citizen: 12-16-1949)


Griffith, Eliza                   7-12-1935

“The body of Mrs. Eliza Griffith, 74, was buried at Ritzville last Wednesday, following her death on the coast. She was a former resident of the Griffith’s Corners region between Odessa and Ritzville. She leaves three daughters, six sons, 37 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.” (Odessa Record: 7-12-1935)

Harkness, Georgia L.   11-02-2006

“Creston.—At her request, no service was held for Georgia Louise Harkness, 89, who died Oct 21 with her daughter, Linda Hanson, at her side. She performed as a singer and loved to dance with her beloved husband, Glenn ‘Bill’ Hayes, in the Big Band era. She enjoyed playing pinochle and cribbage I her later years and met wonderful friends in Creston, for which her family is very thankful. She kept in contact with several relatives and friends. Recently, she welcomed the visits of Rich, Heidi and Taylor Hanson of Bonney Lake , WA , Claudia and Hank Alonzo of Burien, WA, and Jim Green of Oregon , who came while her health was failing. She was able to enjoy their attention, as well as her ‘angel’, Amanda Runkel of Creston. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two older sisters, husband Delmer Harkness and daughter Tina Kay Osburn. She leaves a daughter, Linda (and Gary) Hanson of Lincoln; a younger sister, Claudia Alonzo; four grandsons, two granddaughters and six great grandchildren.” ( Davenport Times: 11-02-2006)


Hawks, Herbert Paul    d. 3-22-2010

“Herbert P. Hawks, 90 years old, was born in Waitsburg, WA on Dec 15, 1919. He passed away on Monday, March 22, 2010. A resident of the Spokane area and lived in the Davenport and Seven Bays area for the past 40 years. Grew up in the Benge and Washtucna community. Married Alta Mitchell in 1940. During his lifetime he was an Army WW II veteran, a heavy equipment operator, a dairy farmer, long haul truck driver and retired as a Teamster after working on Boundary Dam, Little Goose Dam, Grand Coulee Dam 3rd Power House and Hanford. He enjoyed traveling to Arizona and California every winter, fishing, Coast Guard Auxiliary and the outdoors. His wife Alta preceded him in death, along with four sisters, Carol King, Joyce Chew, Bonnie Jones and Gloria Knott. Herbert is survived by two sons, Buy Hawks, wife Karen, and Dennis Hawks, wife Susan, both of  Spokane, WA. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren, and one sister, Joan Hopkins of Colfax , WA. He was a great father and friend and will be missed. No service will be held at this time.” (Spokesman Review: undated)


Heavner, Lois B        d. 6-26-1986

“Graveside service for Lois B Heavner, 89, a Spokane resident most of her life, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Riverside Memorial Park with Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in charge. Mrs Heavner died Thursday at Rockwood Manor. She was born in Harrington, Wash., where her father, Luther Perry Turner, was known as the ‘Wheat King of the Big Bend Country’.  Her husband, Charles Allen Heavner, died in 1941. Survivors include one son, Eddie E Heavner of Spokane.” (submitted undated); “Lois B Heavner. Died: 6-26-1986, age 89, Spokane City , WA. Residence: Spokane, WA. Certificate # 017731.” (WA Death Index, did not view certificate)


Hill, Jacob Farmer      10-07-1938

“Former Lincoln County Publisher Dies on Coast.  Jacob Farmer Hill, former prominent newspaper man of Lincoln County, died at Seattle Sunday. The funeral will be held Saturday in Seattle, and burial will be in Portland.  Mr. Hill was publisher of the Davenport Times-Tribune from 1923 to 1936, and Davenport postmaster from 1905 to 1914. A native of Missouri, Mr. Hill came west to California with his father, Sterling Hill, pioneer Missouri Baptist Minister, and his family when 2 years of age. He was taken to the Salmon district of Idaho when 10 years old, during the Indian uprising days there, and went to Oregon a few years later with his parents. He attended McMinnville College , and was graduated from the University of Oregon with the first four-year class. He taught school for six years and finally entered the mercantile business at Eugene and later at Portland. Mr. Hill went to Davenport in 1894 as bookkeeper for the Big Bend mill and later served as secretary for the company.  Mr. Hill joined with his son Russell Hill, in publishing the Lincoln County Times and continued with the firm when it consolidated with the Davenport Tribune in 1918 to become the Times-Tribune. After the death of his son in 1923 he joined with his daughter-in-law in publishing the paper, and continued after her death, finally selling to the present owner, W A Wilbur, April, 1936. In November, 1936, Mr. Hill went to Arizona, returning to Washington in the spring and has since resided at Seattle. One daughter, Mrs. Margaret Hayes of Seattle and six grandchildren, including Mrs. W A Wilbur (Ellen), survive. Mr. Hill was a past master of Masonic lodge, a past patron of the Eastern Star, of which he was a charter member, and for years a Republican party leader in this county, holding many party offices. Mr. Hill was active in the Lincoln County editorial association, and as a brother-newspaperman, we became good friends with him. He always stood for all that was good and noble in life, and leaves an indelible mark in the memories of his friends  that won’t soon be erased.” (Citizen: 10-07-1938)


Kelley, Father Wm,  8-18-1983 

“Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug 11, at St Aloysius Church for Father William Kelley who died Aug 8, 1983 of cancer. Father Kelley was the pastor of St Francis of Assisi Parish, Harrington, and St Joseph, Odessa. Bishop Lawrence Welsh celebrated mass and Father John Evoy SJ was homilist. Kelley died one day before his retirement. He had planned to live in Spokane and help at Mater Dei Institute, a Jesuit-run seminary for late vocations to the priesthood. Born Sept 6, 1913 in Montana, Father Kelley was ordained a priest by Bishop Charles White on May 19, 1955. He attended St Aloysius School and Gonzaga Prep High School. Father Kelley spent 13 years in the Society of Jesus before he quit the order to enlist in the US Marine Corps. After active service, he spent several years as a layman before entering the seminary. After his ordination, Father Kelley served as assistant pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes for three months, then taught two years at Marycliff High School before being named principal of Bishop White Seminary. From 1958-59, he served as an assistant pastor of St John Vianney Parish and as an instructor at Holy Names Academy. He also served as chaplain at St Mary’s Hospital, Walla Walla, and as an instructor at DeSales High School from 1959-1968. From 1968-1972, Father Kelley served as pastor at St Bernard Mission, Ione, and St Joseph Parish, Metaline Falls. He also was pastor at Cathedral Parish from 1972-73, and St Mary’s Presentation, Deer Park from 1973-1981. Father Kelley is survived by a brother, Father John J Kelley SJ of Portland, OR; two sisters, Sister Marian Cecilia SNJM of Salem, OR, and Sister Marian Elizabeth SNJM of Maryhurst, OR.” (Davenport Times: 8-18-1983)  -


Lucht, Robert E .    8-10-2006

“Harrington.—Memorial service for Robert E. Lucht, 79, a longtime Spokane resident who also served as a Harrington city attorney and as board chairman for the Harrington Golf and Country Club, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug 12, at Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N Government Way, in Spokane.  Mr. Lucht died Friday, July 28, after a recent illness. Born in Seattle on April 29, 1927, he was the son of William Lucht and Julia Preiss Lucht. He attended Roosevelt Elementary School and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. He was a radio technician in the US Navy, from which he was discharged in 1946. He attended Washington State College and obtained a law degree in 1953 from the University of Washington. He practiced law with his father and established the Lucht and Lucht law firm in Spokane.  He became an Eagle Scout in 1944, participated on volleyball teams and snow skiing and belonged to the Masons, Scottish Rite and El Katif shrine. He also was a longtime member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. He leaves his wife of 47 years, Mary E. (Betty) Lucht; a sister, Donna (and Robert) Plummer of San Antonia, Texas; a stepdaughter, Cheryl (and Richard) Chapin, and a stepson, Charles ‘ Cal ’ (and Heidi) Libby; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.” ( Davenport Times: 8-10-2006)


Lust, Columbia I .             1-26-1989

Columbia I. (Mary) Lust of Spokane died in that city Jan 22, 1989. She was 79.  Mrs. Lust was born July 29, 1909 in Chillicothe,  Missouri. She had worked as a cook and a waitress in Davenport . She was a member of the Catholic Church.  Survivors include: two daughters, Helen Schultz of Harrington and Phyllis Bongens of Spokane; a son, Norman Sierra of Spokane; three sisters, Joy Quinn of Vancouver, Helen Carter of Evanston, WY, and Hildenath Oringdulph of CA; four grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Fredrick Wayne Sierra. A mass of Christian burial was scheduled Wednesday, Jan 25, at 11 a.m. in the Harrington Catholic Church. Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home in Spokane was in charge.” (Davenport Times: 1-26-1989; According to Helen Schultz, the remains were cremated and no burial had taken place by 2005.)



Lincoln County, Washington obituaries submitted September 2010

to the Lincoln County WAGenWeb by Marge Womach

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