Davenport Mountain View Cemetery  


                   submitted by Marge Womach 



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Higgs, William:  (1868-1937);  (Tombstone listing shown by Lartigues in 1974)   

Hill, Charles:  (d. Jan 1903); “Charles Hill, a day laborer, who was in the employ of Charles Turner, and who has worked around the grain warehouses more or less during the past winter, met sudden death Tuesday night, between 9 and 10 o’clock while trying to play the role of a bad man. He was shot in the head by Marshal O’Farrell, and only lived  about half an hour, never regaining consciousness. He had been under the influence of liquor for a day or two, and Monday was placed in jail at the request of Charley Turner, who had sent a message to the officers to have him arrested. He was released Tuesday, however, as no charge was brought against him. On being set free, the prosecuting attorney gave him a lecture, and advised him to get on his horse and go home. But he immediately began drinking, when he got down town, and when under the influence of liquor was generally inclined to be quarrelsome. In the afternoon he had some trouble with ‘Billy’ Sullivan, and in the evening got into an ugly mood, stated frequently that he was going to kill Sullivan on sight, and finally secured a gun with which to commit the act. From the written statements secured by the prosecuting attorney from the three or four who witnessed the culmination of the tragedy, we gather the following facts: Charley Hill came into the Sullivan saloon Tuesday evening with a pistol, and stated that he was hunting for Billy Sullivan, and at different times remarked that he was going to kill him. In his talk he mentioned that he was after blood, and there were three fellows he was going to fix,--that ‘Billy’ Sullivan was one, Jack O’Farrell another, and Charley Turner the other. Joe Hoey, who was tending bar for Sullivan, tried to pacify him. Only three or four were in the saloon, but he ordered them all to remain there and not attempt to go out, for he was going to kill Sullivan the moment he came in the door. Then he made Hoey go along with him to the Silver Dollar Saloon, where they seated themselves together at a table in the rear end of the front room. He continued to speak of Sullivan and what he was going to do to him. The spectators in the saloon could not hear what they were talking about, but knew that they were having trouble. Hill got up and ordered Hoey to go out with him, again, but the latter demurred, and when he thought Hill was off his guard, grappled with him and called for help. Hill, who was quite a powerful man, quickly overcome him, got him, got him down, took a shot at him with his pistol, the bullet cutting through the flesh part of the man’s cheek, and grazing the top of his shoulder. Just at this juncture marshals O’Farrell and Epperly came in the front door, and the witnesses claim that he was in the act of puling his gun on the marshals, when they both fired at him, O’Farrell shooting him in the forehead. Hill expired in a few moments. So far as known, the unfortunate man had no relatives in this part of the country. He came from Pennsylvania about a year ago, and has been employed much of the time since as a day laborer. He was a most faithful worker, and well liked when sober, but usually spent his earnings in the saloon or at the gambling table s fast as he got them.  While under the influence of liquor, he boasted that he was a ‘bad man,’ and once remarked that he was an ex-convict, and would make Tracy take a back seat when he got started. A brother in Pennsylvania has been notified of the affair, but the officers have had no reply yet. The coroner will be in town Thursday evening and if he thinks necessary, an inquest will be held. Meanwhile, the remains are being helf.—A dispatch has been received from the dead man’s brother requesting that he be buried here, unless he had enough means to pay the expense of shipping the remains back home. The remains will therefore be buried here, there being no means available with which to pay the cost of shipment.” (LCT:  1-30-1903)


Hill, Edna W: (b. 1912; d. 2006) w/o Floyd E Hill;  “Davenport.—Funeral for Edna Hill, 94, of Davenport, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan 5, at the Strate Funeral Home Chapel in Davenport. Concluding service and vault interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.  Mrs Hill died Dec 29 in Davenport.  She belonged to North Star Grange and Christ Lutheran Church in Egypt. She leaves three children, Nona (and Don) Reinbold of Davenport, Jack (and Kathleen) Hill of Colbert and Floyd Hill, Jr, of Spokane; 8 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.”  (Davenport Times: 1-04-2007)


Hill, Ethel P:  (1886-1930); d. 12-10-1930; “Ethel Hill. Died: 12-10-1930; Mrs N Russell.” (Presbyterian Ledger);“Ethel Hill Dies At Davenport . Word reached this office Thursday morning that Mrs Ethel Hill of the Times-Tribune at Davenport , died Wednesday, Dec 10th, following a lingering illness from tuberculosis. The funeral will be held at Davenport today at 1:30 p.m.  Members of the Lincoln County Editorial Association will serve as pall bearers. Her husband, N Russell Hill, passed on several years ago. The relatives and children of Mrs Hill have the sympathy of friends throughout the county.” (Citizen: 12-12-1930) 


Hill, Floyd E: (unconfirmed; 1907-1984);  “Funeral services for Floyd E Hill, 97, of Davenport take place tomorrow, Friday, Nov 2, at Strate Funeral Home here in Davenport.  Pastor Stanley Williamson of the Zion Lutheran Church directs the service, which begins at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Strates.  Burial follows at the Mt View Cemetery in Davenport.  Hill died Oct 29, in Davenport. He had lived on the Don and Nona Reinbold Ranch north of Davenport. He was born in Peach, WA on Jan 19, 1907. Survivors include his wife, Edna, at home in Davenport; one daughter and son-in-law, Don and Nona Reinbold of north Davenport; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jack L and Kathy Hill of Spokane and Floyd E Jr and Elaine Hill of Seattle; and three sisters, Gladys Burnhardy of Onalaska, WA, Ruth Carpenter of Fruitland, and Alice Hill of Anchorage, Alaska. Other survivors include one brother, Robert H Hill of Portland, OR; eight grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Hill acted as a member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Egypt, the North Star Grange, and a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge 134, FAM of Davenport. He was also a retired member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and a member of the Columbia Basin Amateur Radio Network.” (Davenport Times: 11-01-1984);  


Hill, Lavora J:  (d. 2-05-1996, aged 76);  “Former Davenport resident Lavora J Hill died of heart failure at her home  at Lilac Plaza in Spokane on Feb 5, 1996. She was 76.  A 1937 graduate of Rosalia High School, she married N Russell Hill in 1940.  She and her husband lived in Davenport for 18 years while Russell was the editor and part owner of the Davenport Times newspaper.  During her time in Davenport, Mrs Hill worked at Denson Hardware and at the Doctor’s Clinic.  Russell, who died in 1982, and Lavora were both active participants in the community. Mrs Hill was an accomplished seamstress and songstress. She sang in the Davenport Presbyterian choir and at many functions in the area. Since leaving Davenport, Mrs Hill lived and worked in Oregon City, OR, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Spokane.  Mrs Hill is survived by two children, Barry A Hill, who is the dean of instruction for business and hospitality careers at  Spokane Community College, and Diane J Hill, who is a massage therapist in Lincoln City, OR.” (Davenport Times:  3-14-1996)


Hill, N Russell:  (1888-1923); d. 12-12-1923; “N Russell Hill. Died: Dec 13, 1923.” (Presbyterian Ledger);  “N Russell Hill, 35, editor of the Times-Tribune of Davenport died at Spokane last week and was buried Friday afternoon in the Davenport cemetery. The cause of death was cirrhosis of the liver. The funeral service was conducted by Rev Killiam of the Presbyterian church. A large number of newspaper men were present and one of them, Chapin Foster of Grandview spoke a brief message in behalf of the State Press association.  For almost a year it was known to many that Russell’s days were numbered. He had been operated on in Spokane last January and his condition was considered hopeless and he knew it.  On Monday of last week he suffered a hemorrhage and he lost consciousness, passing away early Wednesday morning. Most of his life had been spent in this county in the newspaper business. For seven years he had been secretary of the state press association and had made a reputation in this capacity that  was nation wide among members of the fraternity. He had been elected president of the association but a few months before his death and  the same mail that announced his death brought a pamphlet to the newspaper men of the state urging State unity. This proved his dying message and a worthy one.”  (Citizen: 12-21-1923)  “N Russell. Died: Dec 12, 1923.” (Presbyterian Ledger);


Hill, N Russell, Jr:  (1919-1982): d. 7-12-1982; “W A Wilbur, publisher of the Davenport Times-Tribune, announced this week that his brother-in-law, N Russell Hill, JR, of Seattle, will become editor of the Times-Tribune the latter part of this month… Mr Hill was born in Davenport, a son of the late Mr and Mrs N Russell Hill. His father was publisher of the Times-Tribune for many years prior to his death in 1923, and his mother later was publisher of the paper, as was his grandfather, J F Hill. He is a brother of Mrs Wilbur… Mr Hill has rented from Dr O W Johnson. He is married and has a two year old son.” (Dav. Times-Tribune: 7-14-1943) “N Russel Hill, 63, died July 12, 1982 at the family summer home at Loon Lake, WA.  He had been a resident of Spokane since his retirement in 1981, and had been in poor health for several years.  He was born Feb 23, 1919 at Davenport, a member of a pioneer family. He married Lavora Cordes on Aug 17, 1940 and they had two children, Barry and Diana. He was part owner of the Davenport Times until 1967. He was the editor of the newspaper from 1943 until 1947 when he moved to Seattle to attend the university. He returned as editor in 1952 leaving again in 1967.  Since that time he worked on newspapers in Oregon City, OR, Coeur d’Alene, ID, and Cheney. Hill was a talented writer and news photographer and a very compassionate man. He was a charter member of the Davenport Lions Club, holding several local and district offices. He wrote several plays performed by local Lions Club members to raise money for their projects.  He was also a member of the Eagles Lodge in Coeur d’Alene.  Survivors include  Lavora Hill, Spokane; a son, Barry Hill, Spokane; a daughter, Diana Hill, Lincoln City, OR; two grandchildren, John and Jennifer Hill, Spokane;  one brother, Joseph Hill of Lincoln City, OR, and one sister, Ellen Wilbur of Davenport. Graveside services were held at Mt View Cemetery, Davenport, Tuesday with Rev John Christensen officiating. The eulogy was given by Joe Lilje. Casket bearers were Terry Buchser, Joe Lilje, Everett Brooks, Bill Livingston, Oswald Heid, Pete Jonas, Roger Lyle, Bob Thorpe, Norman Nelson and Dan Armstrong. Interment was in the family plot.” (Davenport Times: 7-22-1982);


Hillsbery, Ella Rutter: (1916-1983)  “Graveside services for Ella (Rutter) Hillsbery, 67, a native of the Davenport area, will be held Monday at Mountain View Cemetery at 11 a.m.  Hillsbery, born on March 21, 1916, died Aug 1, 1983 at Longview. Her home was Grays River, WA, and she moved from Davenport 20 years ago. Viewing will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Strate Funeral Home.” (Davenport Times:  8-04-1983)(See also: Ella Rutter for tombstone) 



Mountain View Cemetery, Davenport, WA submitted

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