Creston Cemetery Burials and Obituaries 

                Submitted by Marge Womach


             Introduction to Cemetery on Page A

               Creston News and Notes addendum at bottom of page




Page L

Laber, Alfred Daniel; (b. 10-22-1890; d. 8-02-1906; s/o Phil & Mary; s/w Geo C.; listing) “Daniel Alfred Laber, son of Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Laber of Creston, came to his sad death on last Thursday, Aug 2, while bathing in a small lake near Creston. He and one of his chums were in the water for some time when his partner went on shore to dress and make ready to return home. Alfred swam a while longer when  suddenly his strength failed and he sank. His companion hurried to report the sad news, and before long scores of hands were eagerly searching for the body, which was recovered in the water four hours later. The shock to the parents and two sisters is a severe one, Alfred being the only son and but 15 years old. The funeral services took place Sunday at the Presbyterian Church in Creston and were conducted by Rev Koch of Davenport, assisted by Rev Wilson, the Presbyterian pastor.”  (LCT:  8-10-1906) “Alfred Laber, the 15-year-old son of Phillip Laber, a business man of Creston, was drowned in Sheep Lake, near that place, last Friday, says the Creston News. The boy in company with another, was in bathing when from some cause he sank to rise no more. The body was recovered about three hours after the drowning.” (Citizen: 8-10-1906) “Alfred David Laber; #345; d. 8-02-1906; age 15 yrs; buried: Creston.” (Lincoln County Auditor)

Laber, George Conrad;  (b. 1899; d. 1-07-1901; s/w Alfred D.; listing) 

Laber, Lillie Ellen;  (b. 1894; d. 10-26-1901; age 7 yrs 8 mos; d/o Phil & Mary; listing) “Lillie Laber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Laber, of Creston, after beginning to recover from three weeks of sickness with fever, was attacked with appendicitis. She was taken to Spokane, where an operation was performed, which resulted in her death.” (LCT: 10-29-1901)  “Lillie Ellen Laber, born February 28, 1894, died Oct 26, 1901, of appendicitis, at Sacred Heart hospital, Spokane.  Aged 7 years, 7 months and 28 days. She was buried at Creston. She leaves father, mother, two sisters and one brother to mourn her loss.” (LCT: 11-01-1901) “Lillie Laber. Death: 10-26-1901. Age 7 yrs. Appendicitis. Birth: WA. Residence: Creston. Father: Phillip Lober, b. Germany; Mother: Mary Waibrey, b. IL” (Spokane County Health Records)

Lamotte, Francis;  (b. 1867; d. 1890; s/o Minnie; listing) 

Lamotte, infant;  (b. 7-05-1906; d. 7-07-1906; s/o Mr. & Mrs. F. D.; listing) 

Lancaster, Duane;  (b. 1937; d. 12-22-1993; age 31 yr 9 mo 14 days; listing)  “Funeral services were held last month for Duaine Leroy Lancaster in the Creston Christian Church.  Lancaster, born March 8, 1936, in Conrad, MT, died Dec 22 in  a Spokane hospital from injuries suffered when struck by a panel truck on a construction project at Bonners Ferry, Idaho. At the time he was employed by Marchand Construction of Moses Lake. He was a member of the Operating Engineers’ Union Local No 370 in Spokane. He is survived by his fiancée, Roberta Bonnalie, of Creston; his father, Fred Lancaster; his mother, Della Mader of Great Falls, MT; three sons, Russell, Ricky and Robbie, all of Oklahoma City, OK; two daughters, Melinda, Oklahoma City; and Shelly Norman, Greenmountain Falls, CO.  One brother, Ronald, of Casper, WY, and a sister, Dolores Witte of Great Falls, MT, also survive.” (Dav. Times: 1-11-1973)

Lanter, J. Elmer;  (b. 1883; d. 1933; listing) 

Lanway, Edythe ‘Lannymom’;  (b. 1892; d. 1983; listing)  “Edythe M. Lanway. Died: 27 Nov 1983, age 90, Spokane City, Spokane Co, WA. Residence: Lincoln Co, WA.” (WA State Death Index: Certificate #032192);

Larsen, Anna Sophia;  (b. 1871; d. 1950; s/w Mathias A.; listing)

Larsen, Mathias A.;  (b. 1864; d. 1925; s/w Anna S.; listing) “Mathias Larson. Died: 14 April 1925, age 60, Fruitland, Stevens Co, WA. Burial: Creston, WA. Father: Lars Larsen. Mother: Bertha Axel. Spouse: Anna Larson.” (WA State Death Records);

Lillengreen, August;  (b. 1828; d. 1903; s/w Mary; listing)  “A. Lillengreen, male, 73, Sweden, farming; M, female, 72, Sweden; Frank, 26, MN, farming; R, male, 24, MN, farming.” (Creston City Census 1902); “August Lilengreen, deceased. It is very proper that a memoir of this highly respected citizen of Lincoln County be granted space in a work that purports to outline the careers of the leading men here. He was born in Sweden and while still a young man came to Pittsburg,Pennsylvania. Afterward he moved to Chicago, Illinois and was there when it was a very small town. From Chicago , he traveled to Michigan , then to Indiana and in 1868, he came to Minnesota and purchased a farm near St Peter.  At that time Minnesota was poorly settled and he had to undergo many hardships incident to a pioneer life.  In 1886, Mr. Lilengreen came to Whitman County and the following year located in Lincoln County , settling on a farm near Creston.  He continued here as one of the substantial and influential citizens until his death in 1903. His wife, Mary Dahlburg, was born in Sweden and died at Creston in 1903. She was an exemplary woman and they were both deeply mourned at their demise. Three sons and two daughters were left to mourn their departure, Albert, Frank, Ruben, Mrs. Ida Johnson and Mrs. F. Watson.  By way of reminiscence it is interesting to note that Frank Lilengreen was one of the five who captured Harry Tracy. The children of August Lilengreen are all highly respected citizens of Lincoln County.”  (History of Big Bend-1904; page 302-3)

Lillengreen, Mary;  (b. 1830; d. 1903; s/w August; listing) 

Linquist, M;  ( ½ empty; listing)

Little, Josephine E. Hume:  (Added;  1910-2003);  “Memorial for Josephine E. ‘Josie’ (Hume) Little, a 58-year Creston resident, took place Wednesday, April 16, at the Creston Christian Church, with Pastor Don Hoffman officiating.  Mrs. Little died April 1, 2003 in Spokane.  Born Sept 7, 1910 at Miles, she was the seventh of eight children of Edgar and Alberta Hume. She married Orin Little on Aug 2, 1932. The couple lived at Lincoln and other locations along the Columbia River, where he was a sawmill worker, before moving to Creston.  She was a former teacher’s aide in the Creston School, served steaks for Deb’s restaurant on Saturday nights, and was involved with Creston Community Day, the annual alumni re-union and other community events. She belonged to the Creston Christian Church, Civic Club and the Alumni Association. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1966, her parents, five brothers (Ernest, John, James, Lafayette and George), two sisters (Alice and Edna), an infant granddaughter and infant twin great grandchildren. She leaves daughters Joy Reitemeier and Orene (and Dr Roger) Harder, both of Spokane; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.” (Davenport Times: 4-17-2003); 

Little, Orin M.;  (b. 1903; d. 1966; listing) h/o Josephine; “Orin M Little. Died: 6 June 1966, Lincoln Co, WA. Birth: 13 Aug 1903.” (WA State Death Index: Certificate #013744);“Orin Marcus Little. Died: 6-06-1966. Birth: 8-16-1903, Fruitland, WA. Married.  Father: Marcus Little. Mother: Maude Newburn. Burial: Creston Cemetery, Creston, WA.” (Lincoln Co Health death card)

Long, Francis M.;  (b. 1847; d. 1910; listing) “Frances Marien Long. Male. Died: 21 Dec 1909, Creston, Lincoln Co, WA.  Aged: 70 yrs 2 mos 20 days. Father: Thomas Long. Mother: Tharlata Tayler.” (WA State Death Records: File #1991613); “The Creston News states that Mr. George Long, of Moscow, a brother of Rev F M Long, of Creston, is very sick and hardly expected to recover. He had smallpox a few months since, and this was followed by an attack of appendicitis. When he was operated upon it was found necessary to remove a portion of the colon, or large intestine, which had become involved.” (LCT: 3-31-1903)

Long, Sallie Houston;  (b. 1848; d. 1911; listing) “Sallie Jane Long. Died: 2 Feb 1911, age 69, Creston, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: James Elie Housten. Mother: not given.” (WA State Death Records);

Louthian, Jennie;  (b. 1857; d. 1918; Vet of Foreign Wars; listing) {Edit: “Charles Wise, 34; Ann Wise, 40; Willie Wise, 18; Jennie Wise, 12; Delia Wise, 52; Wesley Louthain, 55; Jennie Louthian, 42; Glenn Louthian, 8; Carrie Louthian, 6; Pauline Louthian, 4; Marvin Louthian, 2; Amie Louthian, 4 mos.” (1900 Bonhams, Smyth Co, VA census)

Louthian, Marvin;  (no marker; listing) “M. D. Louthian. Died: 8 July 1918, infant, one day, Creston, Lincoln Co, WA. Father: M. D. Louthian. Mother: Eva Candler.” (WA State Death Records);

Lumper, Esther;  (b. 1909; d. 1910; s/w Mary; listing) “Esther May Lumper. Died: 7 Nov 1910, age 1 yr, Spokane, Spokane Co, WA. Father: J H Lumper. Mother: Ida M. Greenwood.” (WA State Death Records);

Lumper, Mary;  (b. 1887; d. 1899; s/w Esther; listing)

Lynn, Matthew James;  (b. 6-30-1997; d. 6-30-1997; listing)  “Matthew James Lynn, who was born on June 30, 1997 in Spokane to Pastor Warren and Betsie Lynn of Creston, passed away the same day. He is survived by his loving parents and his twin brother, Philip Charles Lynn, in Creston; his grandparents, the Rev and Mrs. Robert Charles Lynn, and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Roberts Richmond; his great grandparents, Mr .and Mrs. Philip Allen; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial service will be held Monday, July 7, at 11 a.m. at the Creston Christian Church, with the Rev Dr Ruth Fletcher officiating.” (Davenport Times:  7-03-1997) 



Creston News and Notes  


(Misc. Ledgers: B-108) Presbyterian Church of Creston, filed Dec 6, 1899, with J. W. Maib(Pres), W. R. Foster (Sec), and D. F. McKay (Treas).

Laber & Worby: “Laber & Worby got in a car of farm implements last week, and are disposing of them like hot cakes, and wagons are going on a ‘roll’, having sold several in the last two days.” (LCT: 3-08-1901)

Laber:  Philip Laber, for a number of years a prominent hardware man at Creston, has moved to Spokane where he will make his home in the future.” (Citizen: 3-26-1909)

Long:  “The Creston News states that Mr. George Long, of Moscow, a brother of Rev F. M. Long, of Creston, is very sick and hardly expected to recover. He had smallpox a few months since, and this was followed by an attack of appendicitis. When he was operated upon it was found necessary to remove a portion of the colon, or large intestine, which had become involved.” (LCT: 3-31-1903)

Lucas:  “Mrs. Gertrude E. Lucas, surviving wife of John J Lucas, formerly of Creston, was appointed executrix of the will of said deceased by an order of the court made Sept 16th. She has named H. A. Brodin, Otto Johnson and Magnus Johnson as appraisers of the estate.” (Odessa Record: 9-24-1926) 

Lumberlin:  “A serious fire occurred in Creston on Tuesday evening, Feb 4, the building belonging to W. B. Lumberlin of that place, and occupied by the office and plant of the Creston News and the office of Dr Lanter, being entirely destroyed. The building is valued at $600, no insurance, the News plant at $5,000, insurance of $300, and the Doctor’s office and furnishings $1,600, insurance, $800.” (Citizen: 2-14-1902)

Lynn:  “Grandma Lynn, mother of John and Frank Lynn and Mrs. T. Slemp of Peach, died Tuesday morning…” (DT & T: 9-30-1930)


 Creston Cemetery, Creston,  Lincoln County, Washington 

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