Submitted by Marge Womach 


                                                                           File 3 Page N through P




Nelson, Candice,                8-14-1997

“A favorite waitress and bartender at a trio of Davenport restaurants, Candice Nelson died Tuesday, Aug 5, 1997, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Born May 23, 1947, she was 50 years old. A resident of Davenport for nine years, Nelson originally hailed from Burbank, CA. She leaves behind two sons, two daughters and three grandchildren. While in Davenport , Nelson worked at Ellie’s Deli, then owned by Eleanor MacDonald, the Cottonwood Inn and Old Pioneer Bakery. Bakery owner Karen Wilson remembers Nelson as ‘a person who made your time with her enjoyable. She was a hoot to joke around with.’ At her own request, there will be no services for Nelson. The Cremation Society of Washington is in charge of the arrangements.” (Davenport Times:  8-14-1997)


Nelms, Leroy,                   12-01-1939

“Lee Nelms Dies at Halleck , Nevada, Nov 13th.  Word from J. E. Harmon at Halleck, Nevada, brings word of the death there of Leroy Nelms on Nov 13 in the Elko general hospital. Mr Nelms was an old-timer here and knew the late Billie Cormana and E. C. Scott, besides other old-timers.” (Citizen: 12-01-1939)


Nichols, Amanda W.,       6-14-1912

“M. F. Gibson was this week appointed administrator of the estate of Amanda W. Nichols, upon the petition of the husband, J. J. Nichols, and has filed a $3,000 bond. The petition of W. M. Watkins for the appointment under an alleged will left by the deceased was denied, upon the ground that deceased was too ill to have been in her right mind at the time the will is alleged to have been drawn.” (Citizen: 6-14-1912)


Odgers, Doris,                  3-06-1936

“Word at Davenport indicates that Mrs. Doris Slater Odgers, wife of Dr Allan Odgers, dean of the Oregon Institute of Technology and a graduate of the Davenport High School, died Monday at Portland.” (Odessa Record: 3-06-1936)


Olsen, Bethel M.,           9-08-1977

“The funeral services of Bethel Marie Olsen were held Wednesday, Aug 31 at the Alwin Chapel, Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in Spokane. The soloist was Phil Crosbie and organist was Eleanor Dittrich. The casket bearers were Alvin Stangland, Marvin Koegler, Bud Bundy, Butch Griffith, Bob McNeilly and Dick Simpson. Interment was at Fairmount Memorial Park.  Rev John W Martin of Edwall officiated. Bethel (or Betty as she was known to most of us) was born at La Harpe, KS on March 30, 1902. Thirty-two years later, on Sept 30, 1934 in Spokane , she married Sidney Olsen and she shared the good and bad times for 43 years. They worked together as far as possible, reared a family and established a home in Edwall.  Betty Olsen is survived by her husband, Sidney Olsen of Edwall, a daughter Betty, Mrs Arthur Robinson of Hauser Lake, ID, a son, Kenneth Olsen of Ferndale, WA; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; a sister, Elsie Mildred Moore of Spokane; several nieces, nephews and friends.  Betty’s preoccupancies were the railroad, her faith and her family.  Betty loved the railroad, not the streamlined Amtrak with its stainless steel corridors, but the old-fashioned kind with its freight cars and the passenger cars, the sweat of the section gangs, the clang of the mauls as they stroked the spikes, the ‘howdy’ of the engineer and fireman, the clatter of the dishes in the mess hall and the heat of the old wooden cook stove in a cook shack. She would cook for the section crews in order to be with Sidney.  Her other devotions were her faith and family. When Sidney was given a choice of two sections, either Quincy or Edwall, the criteria for choosing was a danger to the children crossing several tracks or the less dangerous route to school in Edwall. So the family settled in Edwall. In John 14:27, the Bible mentions peace and although Betty was not a regular church goes, she had a quiet and serene faith. This high moral standard she tried to give to her family.” (Davenport Times:  9-08-1977)


Olson, Carl P.,                    7-14-1977

“Carl P. Olson, a lifetime resident of Davenport, died Tuesday, July 12, in Lincoln Hospital.  Olson was born in Davenport in 1896. His father was one of the original homesteaders in the area.  The family has farmed on the same site since 1880.  Olson was honorary master of the Bluestem Grange and honorary chapter father of Future Farmers of America. He was involved in many youth affairs.  During his career, he was involved in diversified farming activities. He has raised several types of crops and livestock. He was also a WW I veteran.  Olson is survived by his wife, Lea; two sons, Dale and Jerry Olson; two daughters, Janet Koeller of Reardan and Mary Jane Schultz of Lakewood; 18 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be Friday, July 15 at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Stanley Williamsen officiating. Military grave site serves are to follow interment at Mt Louise Cemetery. Strate Funeral Home is arranging the services.” (Davenport Times:  7-14-1977) 


Olsen, Sidney M.,                1-14-1988

“Sidney M. Olsen, 79, of Williston, ND, died Jan 10, 1988, in the Williston Nursing Home.  Mr. Olsen was born April 21, 1908, in Duncan, WA. He was the son of Sievert and Mary Olsen. He was raised in Spring Valley and Fairfield, WA. ON Sept 30, 1934 he married Bethel M. McConnel. The couple made their home in Spokane until 1947. The Olsens then moved to Edwall.  Mr. Olsen was a 41-year employee of Great Northern Railroad. He retired in 1968.  He lived in Edwall until 1987 when he moved to Williston. He became a resident of the Williston, North Dakota Nursing Home in June 1987.  He was preceded in death by his wife Bethel in August 1977. Also preceding him in death were three brothers, three sisters and a step daughter. He was a member of the Spokane Eagles and Brotherhood Maintenance of Way Railroad Union. He is survived by one son, Kenneth Olsen of Williston, ND; one step-daughter, Betty Robinson of Hauser Lake, ID; one sister, Mabel Weborg of Spokane; 7 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  Services will be held Friday, Jan 15 at 1 p.m. at the Fairmont Memorial Park Chapel, Spokane. Interment will follow at the Fairmont Cemetery.  Hazen and Yaeger Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 1-14-1988)


O’Malley, Keith,                  6-12-1997

“A head-on collision southeast of Reardan Sunday night took the life of a Post Falls teenager. Keith M O’Malley, 18, of Post Falls, died of massive internal injuries when the car he was driving eastbound on Hallet Road collided with a west bound vehicle at the crest of a hill at about 8:35 p.m. Sunday evening. Both vehicles apparently were traveling in the center of the gravel toad when the accident occurred, according to Trooper Rich Jaeger of the Washington State Patrol, who investigated the accident just east of Waukon Road. Neither O’Malley, whose chest broke the steering column of the car, nor his passenger, Jeremy J. Lickfold, 18, of Curlew, were wearing their seat belts…” (Davenport Times: 6-12-1997) “Memorial service for Keith M. O’Malley, 18, of Post Falls, who died June 8, 1997 after an automobile accident southeast of Reardan, will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of Strate Funeral Home in Davenport.  Keith was born May 18, 1979, in Citrus Heights, CA.  He is survived by his mother, Kimberly Peavy, at the home in Post Falls, and his father, Michael O’Malley, of Sacramento, CA. Strate Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (Davenport Times: 6-12-1997)


Ostenberg, Norman B.,     6-22-1995

“Memorial service for Norman B. Ostenberg, 82, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at the Presbyterian Church in Moses Lake. Born to Walter and Gertrude Ostenberg on Jan 17, 1913, in Malott,WA, Mr. Ostenberg died on June 18, 1995 in Davenport.  He owned and managed an apple orchard and dairy farm on the Okanogan River near Monse until moving his family to Moses Lake in 1953. There, he built and managed five apartments, and worked as an inspector for the Dept of Agriculture. In his younger days, Mr. Ostenberg liked to fly his seaplane, ice skate, snow and water ski, fish and hunt.  When he retired, Mr. Ostenberg built a house at Keller Ferry, where he enjoyed fishing, swimming, photography, gardening and houseboating on a boat he designed. He also liked traveling to Mexico and Arizona.  Mr. Ostenberg is survived by his wife Alice in Moses Lake; three daughters, Beverely Wagonner and her family of Brewster, Judy Hampton of Moses Lake, and Norma Lynn Ostenberg of Conconully, WA; and one son, Daniel Ostenberg of Davenport.” (Davenport Times:  6-22-1995)


Overmyer, Clarence,         9-18-1997

“Funeral service was held Tuesday at the Cedonia Community Church for Clarence E. (Casey) Overmyer of Hunters, who died Sept 12, 1997 at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport after battling cancer. He was 80.  Pastor Ed Dashiell officiated the Tuesday service. Interment followed at the Cedonia Cemetery . He was  born June 18, 1917, to Ralph E and Clara (Runyan) Overmyer at the family’s homestead in Hunters. He graduated with top honors from Hunters High School and attended some college. As a young man, he helped on the ranch. He picked apples for the Hunters Land Company and it was said he was the fastest, picking an average of 150 boxes, sometimes 200, a day. He also worked thinning apples in Wenatchee during the 1930s with his brothers and some of the local boys. Later, he went to Seward, Alaska, and built barracks for the government. Mr. Overmyer was a World War II veteran, serving in the US Navy. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7480.  Returning to Hunters after the war, Mr. Overmyer attended  Gonzaga University for a short time. His interests then turned to farming and ranching, and he also hauled grain.  In addition, Mr. Overmyer was a licensed plumber and electrician, and a skilled carpenter. He helped build several homes in the Fruitland, Hunters and Bissel area.  Mr. Overmyer was best known in both Lincoln and Stevens counties for his letters to the editor that appeared regularly in several local newspapers, including the Davenport Times. His family recalls his varied letters being the topic of conversation in local restaurants over morning coffee. The lifelong Hunters resident is survived by one sister, Margaret Warren of Hunters; two brothers, Dave Overmyer of Harrington and Roy Overmyer of Spokane; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Mr. Overmyer was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, young Martha Overmyer, Mary Cox and Clara Burke; and one brother, Jim Overmyer. Strate Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.” (Davenport Times:  9-18-1997) 


Paul, Alice,                         8-25-1988

“Alice C. Paul, 99, died Aug 22, 1988 in Spokane. Mrs. Paul was born Dec 7, 1888 in Deep Creek to W. L. Magers and Nancy T. Magers.  She received a teaching degree in 1909 and taught school until she was 28 years old. She then met and married Malcolm Paul on Jan 2, 1917 and began her new career as a mother, raising six children. The couple farmed and lived mostly in the Deep Creek area with one short move to the Palouse before returning to Deep Creek. The couple raised its children in Deep Creek and later in Reardan.  They retired in 1944 and moved to Reardan, later moving to Spokane in 1961.  Mr. Paul died in 1964 and Mrs. Paul remained a resident of Spokane in her own home until  she was 98 years of age. She then moved to a care facility in Spokane where she lived until her death. She and her twin brother were recently selected as the Pioneer twins of the year for Washington State.  She is survived by two daughters, Doris Miller of Valley Ford, and Mary Mercer of Kennewick; four sons, Richard Paul and Jack Paul of Reardan, and Bill Paul and Joe Paul of Edwall;  nine grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; a twin brother, Walter Magers; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.  Services will be held Friday, Aug 26, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Strate Funeral Home, Davenport. Rev Phil Falk will officiate. Interment will be in the West Greenwood Cemetery, Deep Creek. Strate Funeral Home is in charge.” (Davenport Times:  8-25-1988) 


Peck, Amos M.,                 11-30-1923

“Appraisers appointed in the estate of Amos M. Peck are A. Alexander, A. X. Riplinger and G. Thompson.” (Odessa Record: 11-30-1923)


Pease, Ingraham,             11-10-1950

“Ingraham Parker Pease, 66, business man in Davenport for 21 years, died in a Spokane hospital Friday, having been taken there the previous Monday. A native of South Dakota, he resided in Iowa for many years, then in Alberta and then in Spokane where he was stage manager of the American Theatre. From there he went to Newport to operate a restaurant, and came to Davenport in 1929 and operated hotels and cafes here until about nine years ago, when he took over the Clack service station. He was prominent in the Inland Empire Iowa association and in the Spokane Greeters and belonged to the Masonic lodge in Newport. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Bessie Pease, who operates the Pease Hotel in Davenport, and a son, Dwight E. Pease, Washington Water Power company employee.” (Citizen: 11-10-1950)


Peterson, Maude,          est. 11-13-1925

“J. C. Johnson, N. K. Nansen and Paul Jessen, Almira, have been named appraisers of the estate of Maude Peterson.” (Odessa Record: 11-13-1925) “Order appointing Jens Peterson administrator of the estate of Mads Peterson has been signed.” (Odessa Record: 11-06-1925)


Pierce, Raymond,                   5-27-1982

“An accident at an intersection on Highway 231 north of Reardan took the life of a motorcycle rider from Ford, WA, Wednesday, May 19. Raymond Pierce, 70, was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a 1975 For pickup truck… eleven miles north of Reardan.” (excerpt Davenport Times: 5-27-1982)


Plotts, Merle H.,                    7-14-1988

“Merle H. (Ma) Plotts died July 3, 1988 in a Spokane Nursing Home. She was 83.  Mrs. Plotts was born June 5, 1905 in the Bald Ridge area north of Mondovi to Thomas A. and Alice J. (Lang) Holman.  She had one younger brother, Royal L. Holman.  She graduated from Washington State Normal School at Cheney in 1927 with a lifetime teaching certificate. She taught at Greer, Quincy, Tyler, Davenport and Deep Creek schools.  On June 5, 1935 she married Rezeau M. Plotts in Davenport. They lived near Deep Creek before moving to the Edwall area in 1939 where they operated a wheat and cattle ranch.  After starting a family, she resumed her teaching career at Tyler, Sprague and Reardan and taught piano in Edwall retiring in 1967.  She continued to substitute teach and in 1969 taught kindergarten in Edwall. She was an active member of the Waukon Grange, serving many years as lecturer, and as lecturer for the Lincoln County Pomona Grange.  She was  a member of the Washington State Retired Teachers Association. She and her husband served as tour guides for the Washington State Grange Travel Service, touring the United States, Canada, Hawaii, New Zealand, Fiji Islands and Australia. Her husband preceded her in death in 1982.  Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert R and Roseanne Plotts of Beaverton, OR; a son, Thomas Plotts of Reardan; three grandchildren, Larry Plotts of Beaverton, Mike and Heather Plotts of Potlatch, Idaho; one foster son, Les Wilson and family of Spokane; three nieces, one nephew, and numerous cousins.  Memorial services were held July 8. Pastor Phil Falk officiated.” (Davenport Times:  7-14-1988) 


Plotts, Rezeau M .,             1-28-1982

“Rezeau Morley Plotts, affectionately known as ‘Pa’ by many of the area and a stalwart of the Grange society here, died Friday, Jan 23 when he left his stuck vehicle during the snowstorm and fell victim to a heart attack on the Waukon Road near his home.  He was born in Brandon, Canada, on Oct 4, 1910. He was returned to his home in Worthington, MN, when only a few weeks old. IN 1915 the family moved to Warwick, ND.  In 1923 his father died, leaving him to help his mother raise three younger brothers and a sister. In 1927 they moved west and settled on a little farm near Tyler, WA. Besides working the family farm, he worked as a farm-hand and cut wood to help provide for the family during the depression. He was determined to finish high school and that dream came true when he graduated in 1932 from Tyler as a member of its last graduating class. In 1935 he was married to Merle Holman, a teacher in the Tyler school. They resided near Deep Creek until 1939 when they moved to the Big Bend Ranch near Edwall where she still resides.  Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Bob of Beaverton, OR and Mike and Heather of Spokane; one brother, J. Manning Plotts of Chewelah; one nephew, Gary Plotts of Chewelah; three nieces, Sue Scott and Kay LaPlante of Spokane and Jan Holman of Seattle , and a host of friends.  He was a member of Waukon Grange, receiving his 50-year pin in 1980. He has been a State Grange deputy for the past 25 years. He served as district finance chairman for the Boy Scouts during the 1950s. In 1979 he retired from the Board of Directors of Lincoln Mutual Service No 2 at Reardan after serving 25 years. On Jan 13 he retired from the Lincoln County Fair Board, having served 16 years. Services were held at the Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home Wednesday, Jan 27, with the Rev Eldon Clark of Lamont officiating. Music for the service was provided by Dennis Fiess accompanied by Norman Fiess. Honorary pall bearers were Washington State Grange Deputy masters and officers…; Active pall bearers were Dave Harris, Bill Broyles, Keith Cederblom, A. Stangland, Norbert Lollis and Dave Sperry. Interment was at the Spokane Memorial Gardens.” (Davenport Times:  1-28-1982) 


Polenske, Elmer I.,               9-08-1977

“Funeral services for Elmer I Polenske were held at the Strate Funeral Home in Davenport Monday, Aug 29.  The songs were sung by a neighbor, Betty Kintschi. Organist was Betty Martin. The casket bearers were: Al Wollweber, K C Stack, Marvin Klein, Gerald Klein, Ray Giles, and Bob Johnson.  Honorary casket bearers were Ted Manly, Marvin Koegler, Bud Bundy, John Kuhn, Jim Kaiser, Lee Williams, Paul Kintschi and Art Payne.  Elmer was a native son, born in Edwall June 8, 1902. He passed away Aug 26, 1977 in Spokane. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, in Dec 1964, and his son, Richard, in Nov 1976. He is survived by a daughter, JoAnn Moos;  grandson, Richard Moos; granddaughter, Mary Jo Moos, all of Edwall; daughter-in-law, Judy Polenske; three granddaughters, Diane, Mary Ann and Cheryl Polenske, all of Spokane; mother-in-law, Mrs Bertha Berkey of Spokane; a sister, Mrs. Meta Klein of Edwall; a brother, Oscar Polenske of Edwall; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  Elmer was involved in the lives of his family, his community and his friends. He led an active life, being a Charter member of the Edwall Lions Club, a member of the Edwall United Methodist Church , a member of the Bluestem Grange, past director of the Edwall School Board and past director of the Edwall Grain Growers. As he was active in the social life of Edwall, he worked in the fair booth at the Lincoln County Fair; was a member of the bowling league; enjoyed the Saturday Night Bridge Group; was an avid sportsman, especially hunting and fishing; made peanut brittle every Christmas for our Santa Claus; smoke sausage, ham and bacon in the old-fashioned way; and was known as a rockhound. The hearth he made for his daughter, JoAnn, is a remarkable collection of agates and other stones.  Rev Martin gave a very ‘comforting’ eulogy stressing Elmer’s love and compassion, which were returned by the community in which he lived. Graveside services and interment were held at Spokane Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Spokane.” (Davenport Times: 9-08-1977)


Polson, Cliff,                       11-02-1956

“Cliff Polson, 62, died at his home in Chelan, Wednesday. Funeral services will be held Saturday, at 2 p.m. (Nov 3) at Hazen & Jaegers in Spokane. Burial will be in Riverside Park Cemetery there.  Mr. Polson formerly farmed in the Bluestem area.”  (Citizen:  11-02-1956)


Pruitt, Meryl G.,                  6-12-1997

“A memorial service for Edwall native Meryl Green Pruitt was held June 5 at Eatonville United Methodist Church. She also will be remembered at a public dedication of the Meryl Pruitt Memorial at Pioneer Farm Museum in Seattle on June 22 at 3:30 p.m.  Mrs. Pruitt died in the loving company of her family on June 1, 1997. She was 75.  Born on Oct 13, 1921, in Edwall, she was founder of Pioneer Place Children’s Museum in Seattle and Pioneer Museum in Eatonville. She is survived by five sisters, Marion Strunk, Rhoda Williams, Ruth Duenwald, Esther Burns, and Lois Evanoff; her in-laws, Herb Williams, Clem Duenwald, Victor Wulff and Bea Green; her children, Freeman and Jean Pruitt, Danelle Pruitt, Wes and Patricia Pruitt, Steve and Kerry Pruitt, Sharon Pruitt, Mark and Valerie (Pruitt) Sivertson, and Doug and Merri (Pruitt) McBride; her grandchildren…; and her great grandchildren…  Mrs. Pruitt was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T Pruitt; a brother, Robert Green; and two sisters, Ellen Wulff and Dorothy (Monk) Jacobsen.” (Davenport Times:  6-12-1997) 




Lincoln County, Washington obituaries submitted December, 2008

to the Lincoln County WAGenWeb by Marge Womach

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