Odessa Vicinity Deaths

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Manning, Carrie B, 1916, " Mrs Carrie B Manning, wife of S Rodman Manning, died in Wenatchee. She was born at Plessis, NY, Sept 21, 1837 and was the daughter of the late Dr A M Dunten of Beaber Dam, WI. Survived by her husband, daughter, Mrs H F Rice of Wenatchee; son B E H Manning, editor of the St John Advocate, and grandchildren (listed). Interment in the Wenatchee City Cemetery. Mr and Mrs Manning were pioneer Christian workers in Gleason, WI. They had resided in Odessa at which time Mrs Manning was an invalid. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-18-1916)

Marks, A. L.,  The howling of his starving dog caused neighbors to investigate at the home of Dr A L Marks in Spokane Tuesday night and it was found the well known physician had been dead a week.  Dr Marks, who is an extensive holder of wheat lands in this area, and who has much wheat on storage with local warehouse firms, was an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist at Spokane, and was considered quite wealthy.  He owned several cars and was the man who presented to the transportation section of the Henry Ford museum at Dearborn, MI, a car that when manufactured in 1912 was considered the fastest in the world, being capable of making 91 miles an hour. It was believed to be the first car made with large headlights, sloping windshield and other features, was 18 feet long, costing $12,000 when first bought. Dr Marks was a well known figure in Odessa, making regular trips here in connection with his land holdings.” (Odessa Record: 12-16-1943)

McCormack, Marjorie M.,  “Marjorie M (Raugust) McCormack, 82, died on Sept 20, 2006, in Odessa.  She was born Aug 1, 1924, in Batum to Jake and Minnie Raugust. After graduation from Odessa High School with the Class of 1942, she attended Kinman Business University in Spokane and worked for many years at Old National Bank in Spokane. She and her husband Mac owned and operated a meat market in Spokane that is now Sonnenberg’s. She loved to play cars and belonged to several bridge clubs. She enjoyed traveling and went through the Panama Canal several years ago. She and her husband owned racehorses that raced in Portland, as well as at Playfair Race Track in Spokane. She is survived by her special friend, George Litzenberger, of Spokane; her sister, Lois Luiten, of Odessa; her brother, Robert Raugust and his wife Purita, of California; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis ‘Mac’ McCormack in 1977; two sisters, Helen Bartalamay and Delores Morford, one nephew, Mike Bartalamay, and her parents.  Graveside services were held Monday, Sept 25, at Fairmont Memorial Park in Spokane.” (Odessa Record: 9-28-2006)

McDonough, Frank, 1902,  "Dr Connell was called to Krupp on Tuesday evening to administer medical aid to Frank McDonough, Great Northern brakeman who was run over by the train at Wilson Creek. The injured man was taken to Spokane where he died." (Reprint of Odessa Record in 2-04-1916 of Odessa Fourteen Years Ago, ie, 1902)

McLaren, Robert, 1930, " Robert McLaren, age 86, who came to the northwest before the completion of the RR, died Sunday at his Spokane home. He was born in Scotland. He spent several years at sea, then was involved in mining, and joined the Northern Pacific in 1878, locating at Sprague. He later farmed near Edwall, and went to Spokane 25 years ago. He was survived by his widow, Eunice, 3 daughters, Mrs I S Seidel, Sacramento, CA; Mrs John E McKinley, Portland, OR; and Mrs Nita R Campbell, at home. The funeral was held by Hazen & Jaeger of Spokane. (notes from Harrington Citizen: 9-05-1930)

Meir, Mrs,  “Mrs Meir died April 22 at her home 15 miles west of town.” (Odessa Record: 5-10-1901) 

Meisner, William, 1915,  "William Meisner, aged 80, a pioneer farmer of Adams County, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs Christ Burghart near Packard and 9 miles northwest of Ritzville, on Monday night, Feb 22nd. The funeral services were held yesterday in Ritzville. Mr Meisner was also the father of Mrs J F Lauer and his granddaughters, Anna and Rosa Lauer of this city, as well as Mr and Mrs Lauer, were in Ritzville to attend the funeral." (Odessa Record: 2-26-1915)(note:Meisners buried Emanual Lutheran Cem)

Melcher, Henry,  “Relatives here were notified Friday of the death of Henry Melcher at Portland, after about a six month illness, during which he was hospitalized much of the time. Funeral services were held on Tuesday. Going from here were Mrs Rebecca Wolsborn and Mrs John Doering. His brother, Chris Melcher, was unable to attend the funeral because of illness. Immediate survivors are his wife, Lonie, one daughter and one son.” (Odessa Record: 2-15-1951)

Millbraht, Arthur, 1915,  "Mr and Mrs Dave Simpson were Krupp visitors yesterday where they attended the funeral of Mrs Simpson’s nephew, Arthur Millbraht, who died in Schrag on Tuesday." (Odessa Record: 11-05-1915)

Minard, E, L,, 1913,  "Barney Minard received a telegram Monday apprising him of the death of his brother, E L Minard, who lives at Elma, this state, on Sunday. Death was due to paralysis, and the deceased was 52 years old. Owing to sickness at home, Mr Minard was unable to go to Elma to attend the funeral." (Odessa Record: 4-04-1913)

Moore, Teddy, 1914,  Teddy Moore, brother of Mrs J R Lowe, was stabbed in Spokane and died. His remains were shipped to Missoula. (notes from Odessa Record: 9-18-1914)

Morrissey, Wm H,, 1915,  "Mr and Mrs F A Chapman returned this morning from Spangle where they were called by the death of Mrs Chapman’s son, Wm H Morrissey, who died at Wilbur last Monday, April 5th, the cause of his death being typhoid and pneumonia fever. The funeral services were held in Spangle and burial was made in the Spangle Cemetery on Wednesday, April 7th. He was aged 20 years, 11 months and 7 days. A host of friends here extend their sympathy to the grief stricken family." (Odessa Record: 4-09-1915)

Newton, Herbert A, 1925,  "Herbert A Newton, who was thrown by a horse at the Ritzville Rodeo Saturday afternoon, was rushed at once to the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane where he died the next morning. The attending physician said that he had concussion of the brain, two fractured ribs and a broken collar bone and that very little hope was held for his recovery when he was picked up." (Odessa Record: 10-02-1925)

Oberdorf, Infant,   “A two year old child of H E Oberdorf, a rancher living 24 miles southwest of Odessa, was terribly burned last Saturday by coming in contact with a sage brush fire which her parents had started while clearing land. Before the flames could be extinguished all her clothing was burned from her body and her condition was indeed pitiful.—Record.” (Lincoln County Times: 6-01-1906)

O’Donnel, Slyva, 1916,  "Mrs J E Lowe received the sad news Tuesday that her aunt, Mrs Slyva O’Donnel of Missoula, Mont., had just died after an operation at a hospital in Portland. Mrs O’Donnel was a sister of Mrs T Moore, Mrs Lowe’s mother and was well known to a number of Odessa people. She was one of the oldest pioneers of Missoula, having resided there from the time the town was in its infancy. The remains were shipped to Missoula for interment and Mrs Lowe left Wednesday for that city to attend the funeral." (Odessa Record: 7-07-1916)

Odell, Howard, Howard Henry Odell, 80, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006, in Kennewick from complications due to leukemia. He was born May 18, 1926, in Odessa, the son of James and Mary Odell. He was graduated from Odessa High School with the Class of 1944. He served in the US Army Air Force in 1945 and 1946. Howard attended Eastern Washington College, graduating with a degree in education in 1951. He met his future wife Aurelia in college. They were married in August 1951 and moved to Kennewick. He taught for a few years and then became principal of Washington Elementary School in Kennewick for 27 years until his retirement in 1981. Howard enjoyed carpentry and woodworking. He also enjoyed boating, swimming, water skiing, fishing, golf and billiards. He and his family spent many summer vacations at Priest Lake, Idaho. After retirement, Howard and Aurelia traveled extensively in the United States, visiting all 50 states. They also went on several overseas trips. Howard is survived by his wife of 55 years, Aurelia, sons Ross and Doug, and grandsons, Aaron and Ben. He was preceded in death by a son, Dean, two brothers and two sisters. Services were held on July 17 at the First Presbyterian Church in Kennewick.” (Odessa Record: 7-20-2006)

Oliver, Stephen, 1914, "Stephen Oliver, a teacher in the country district 18 miles north of town, died last Sunday at the W G Bogart home, where he was staying. He had been sick since the close of school last spring, the cause of death being heart disease. The funeral services were held on Tuesday and interment made in the cemetery near there. So far as known he had no living relatives." (Odessa Record: 8-21-1914)

Ottmar, Christian,  “Service for Christian H Ottmar, 82, of Coulee City will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coulee City Assembly of God Church, Rev Al Hulten to officiate. Burial will be at Valley View Memorial Park in Soap Lake. Mr Ottmar died Monday at Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata.  He was born May 22, 1903 in Wheeler, and was a retired cattleman and farmer. He married Mildred James in 1931 in Dryden and was a Coulee City resident since 1941. Mr Ottmar was a member of Assembly of God Church. Survivors include his wife, Mildred, at the home; two daughters, Ora Rae Dryer of Moses Lake and Mary Ann Hulten of Vancouver; a son, Maurice Ottmar of Coulee City; three brothers, Jacob of Spokane; Ben of Davenport; and Reinhold of Spokane; two sisters, Pauline Zickler of Spokane and Margaret Schmauder of Davenport; 8 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Nicoles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook item)

Parks, Ethel, 1913,  (Ethel Parks) "The victim of a rare disease, in which the blood escapes from the blood vessels and other containers and oozes into the neighboring tissues and out through the skin, Ethel Parks, aged six months, died Saturday at Hillyard after an illness of several weeks. The father of the baby, G B Parks, is manager for the Edwards & Bradford Lumber Co at Hillyard." (Odessa Record: 6-13-1913)

Parsley, Michael,   “Othello.—Friends of Michael Parsley, 29,of Othello will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at Muscott’s Chapel and will proceed to Bess Hampton Memorial Gardens for a graveside service. He died Monday at Othello Community Hospital. Mr Parsley was born May 26, 1956 in Sapulpa, OK, and lived many years in Quincy. He moved to Connell in 1976 and to Othello in 1984. He is survived by a daughter, Lisa, of Quincy; his mother, Ellen Parsley of Othello; one brother, Terry,of Wylie, Texas; and a sister, Carrie Parsley, of Othello.” (scrapbook item: undated)

Patterson, W, H,, 1916,  "W H Patterson, father of Mrs B J Lyons, died at Medical Lake Sunday. His remains were shipped to Spokane for interment and Mr and Mrs Lyons left Monday to attend the funeral services which were held from Turnbull’s undertaking parlors." (Odessa Record: 5-05-1916)

Paxman:, Mrs, A, 1915,  "D Paxman has received word that his mother, Mrs A Paxman died at her home in Parkhill, Ontario, on Wednesday, Jan 6th, in her 84th year. The funeral services were held on Friday the 8th." (Odessa Record: 1-15-1915)

Phelan, Willie, 1913,  "Willie Phelan, aged eight years, the son of Dan Phelan, emergency officer at the Spokane police station, died as the result of eating pancakes, which with other foods had caused the intestines to clog on both sides of the stomach, causing the gas to expand the stomach until it stopped circulation." (Odessa Record: 5-09-1913)

Philipp, Rev Father Carl, 1947,  "The Rev Father Carl Philipp, 72, retired parish priest, who served St Joseph Catholic church here during World War I days, died Friday at Our Lady of the Valley convent, mother house of the Dominican Sisters, at Kettle Falls, where he had served as chaplain since 1935. Following his service here his charge was the Sacred Heart church at Pullman. He was born in Germany. Funeral mass was celebrated Tuesday in the convent chapel by the Rev Father S P Buckley, pastor of St Augustine church, Spokane. Bishop Charles D White of the Spokane diocese was in attendance." (Odessa Record: 2-06-1947)

Pierce, Charles H.,  “An appraisal of the estate of Charles H Pierce, made by C W Kunz and A S Spragg, Wilbur, and H A Thompson, Davenport, valued it at $6287.” (Odessa Record: 11-15-1935)

Pilgrim, Mrs. F. A.,  1914,  "L L Black went to Quincy last Sunday to attend the funeral of his niece, Mrs F A Pilgrim of Los Vegas, Nevada. Mrs Pilgrim was a daughter of Mr and Mrs J F Black of Quincy, and died in Los Vegas last week, from blood poisoning. The body was shipped to Quincy and buried on Sunday." (Odessa Record: 8-21-1914)

Pruett, H. C., 1915,  H C (Babe) Pruett committed suicide after a posse surrounded him following his robbery of the Wilson Creek State bank. He ended his own life three hours later, after being severely wounded in a battle with posses of citizens, and $1140 in gold and currency was recovered. As soon as he was identified his father and brother, who live at Ephrata were notified, and his brother, Doc Pruett, took charge of the body. The body was removed to Ephrata for burial Monday. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-15-1915)

Pyles, Eshter,  “Esther Pyles, a former resident of Marlin and Odessa, died Thursday, Jan 6, 2005, in Milwaukie, OR, following a brief illness.  She was born in Marsh, MT, on Feb 9, 1924, the daughter of Gotthilf and Johanna (Gebhardt) Speck. She was raised in eastern Montana, attending a country school. She then moved with her parents to Fallon, MT, and from there went to Marlin to be with her sister, Martha Janke. For a while, she was employed as a waitress at various restaurants, then went to Spokane to attend beauty school. She then returned to Odessa, where she worked in a beauty salon. She met Albert Pyles in Odessa and they were married in Coeur d’Alene on Oct 10, 1946. Esther operated her own beauty salon until Oct 1954, when she and Elbert moved to Clackamas, OR, where for several years they owned a filbert orchard. They sold the orchard and bought the Coronet Mobile Manor, which they owned until 1979.  After selling that property, they retired and bought a house in the Milwaukie district.  They traveled extensively, visiting every state in the Union, Canadian provinces and Mexico, until Elbert’s death in 2002.  Esther was a member of the Odessa VFW Auxiliary. She is survived by one sister, Martha Janke, of Marlin; one brother, David Speck of Beaver Creek, OR, and numerous nieces and nephews.” (Odessa Record: 2-03-2005)

Quade, August, Sr, 1916,  (August Quade Sr) "A letter from Mrs Adam Miller from Foley, MN, requests us to announce the death of her father, August Quade Sr, who passed away at his home at Foley on Dec 1st at the ripe old age of 82, of a complication of diseases and old age. Mr Quade was born in Germany and in 1867 married Willimina Lamprecht and emigrated to America. He was one of the earliest settlers in the Odessa country, having homesteaded what is now known as the John D Schimke place just north of this place and after living there two years sold out and returned to his former home in Minnesota. Of his family of 11 children, most of them have lived and are well known in this locality. Funeral services and interment were held at Foley on Dec 4th." (Odessa Record: 12-22-1916)

Ralls, James,  “Inventory and appraisal of the estate of James Ralls, made by Ed Engle, J T Thrall and L G Stone, shows the estate to consists of property valued at $7301.” (Odessa Record: 1-21-1927) “Order authorizing Lydia Ralls, executrix of the estate of James Ralls, to mortgage land, part of the estate, for $3500, has been signed.” (Odessa Record: 4-15-1927)

Ranney, Mary A. “Inventory and appraisal of the estate of Mary A Ranney by J McPherson, G Thompson and E H Oswalt, Wilbur, shows the estate to consist of personal property worth $6700 and land worth $300.” (Odessa Record: 12-11-1925)

Rathert, Carolina, 1947,  "Mrs Henry Brockmann received a telegram Saturday informing her that her mother, Mrs Carolina Rathert, had died at St Louis, MO. She was 87 years old the 30th of June. Mrs Brockmann visited her mother there a year ago." (Odessa Record: 11-20-1947)

Ray, William Ray, 1916,  "J H Ray received a telegram yesterday from his old home in Bucklin, MO, that his father, William Ray, had just died. Mr Ray was well known to a number of Odessa people. He was 85 years old at the time of his death and was a veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted in Price’s army in Company I, 42nd MO volunteers in 1861 and received his honorable discharge in October 1865." (Odessa Record: 12-01-1916)

Reeder, George, 1915,  "Thomas J Woodard and Geo Reeder, proprietors of the Lind Garage, were struck by east bound Northern Pacific train No. 2 while crossing the tracks early last Sunday morning and both instantly killed. They were driving an auto and it is supposed they failed to see the oncoming train, the accident happening right in town. The auto was carried 1000 feet on the engine pilot before the train was stopped. Mr Reeder’s neck and one leg were broken, while both of Woodard’s legs and one arm were broken and the body badly mangles. The latter was a veteran of the Spanish-American war. County Prosecuting Attorney Miller held an inquest Monday, and found that at the time of the accident, which was between 5:30 and 5:45 a.m., the train was exceeding the speed limit fixed by law. A large number of witnesses were called to testify, among them members of the train crew and officials of the Northern Pacific. The funeral of Reeder was held on Monday and that of Woodard on Tuesday." (Odessa Record: 10-01-1915)

Reiman, Esther,  “Miss Esther Reiman, 18 year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Sol Reiman, died Friday of tuberculosis at a sanitarium at Cashmere. She had been sick only three months when she succumbed to the disease.  Her funeral was held Sunday at Cashmere, the Rev J Reister officiating, after which interment took place at the Cashmere cemetery.  Mr and Mrs Reiman, who were residents of the southeast Odessa district before they moved to Dryden, have had more than their share of sorrow recently as only a month ago they buried a younger daughter, Vera.  Mr and Mrs Dave Weber, Mr and Mrs John Weber went to Cashmere to attend the funeral.” (Odessa Record: 3-04-1927)

Reiman, Rev John, 1916,  "Rev John Eichhorn was called to Quincy Wednesday to assist Rev Schmit, Lutheran minister of Quincy, in officiating at the funeral of Rev John Reiman, who died of tuberculosis at Quincy Sunday. Mr Reiman was a brother of Richard Reiman and Mrs John Kuest of this place. He was 34 years old at the time of his death and leaves a wife and five children." (Odessa Record: 12-08-1916)

Richardson, Tony F., 1916,  "Tony F Richardson, a pioneer of the Crab Creek country and well known to all of the old timers of this district, died at a Seattle hospital Tuesday. Mr Richardson had recently underwent an operation for liver trouble and was supposed to be getting along nicely when he suddenly had a change for the worse and died. He came to the Crab Creek valley with the Urquhart brothers in th eearly eighties and went into the stock business. Later he became interested in Soap Lake property and owned one of the first sanitariums on the lake. About a year ago he sold his interests on Crab Creek, but retained those at Soap Lake. He is survived by two daughters and a son. The remains were returned to Ephrata for interment." (Odessa Record: 3-24-1916)

Richter, Heinrich,  Heinrich Richter; male, white, married; Born 3-12-1857 in Russia; Died 10-29-1916; cause: carcinoma of right lung, 8 mos duration; H Mitchell, MD; Informant Edward Richter of Irby; Burial at Graedel Cemetery.”  (Lincoln Co Health Dept Death Certificate) Listed on page 370 of the Emmaus Congregational ledger with date of birth and death only. Richter:  “Henry Richter, an old settler of the Odessa country, died at his home 13 miles southwest of town Sunday morning of carcinoma of the lung. Mr Richter was one of the substantial farmers of his community and a large circle of friends will regret to learn of his death.  Funeral services were conducted at the Emmaus Congregational church Tuesday afternoon after which his remains were laid to rest in the church cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 11-03-1916)

Riddell, Lucy Ann, 1916,  "Lucy Ann Riddell. Died: 23 Dec 1916, Odessa, WA. Birth: 18 Sept 1824, NY. Spouse: widow, no name given. Father: Nobish Beckurth, born NY; Mother: Marry Bolton, born NY. Burial: Schuyler, Nebraska." (Lincoln Co Health Death cards) "Mrs Lucy Ann Riddell, better known to many of our readers as ‘Grandma’ Riddell, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs Lephe Bentley, 11 miles southwest of Odessa Saturday afternoon about five o’clock of congestion of the lungs at the ripe old age of 92 years, 3 months and 6 days. Mrs Riddell was born in York state and was married in early life to Samuel Riddell. A goodly portion of her life was spent as a pioneer in different states, the last being this section of Washington where she was among the first of the southwest country settlers. She was a member of the Methodist church having joined it as a girl and for nearly three-quarters of a century lived a life consecrated to her Master. She lived a plain everyday Christian life, which was a blessing and a benefaction to all within the sphere of its influence and she died a triumphant death. Among her associates she always ranked as a woman of refinement, she was a sympathetic neighbor, a devoted wife and mother and a true friend who always extended a cordial greeting that lent a ray of light to brighten the pathway of all she met. Her husband had gone to his reward before she came to the Odessa country and she leaves to mourn her loss three daughters, Mrs Lephe Bentley of Odessa, Mrs Susan Dolph of Schuler, NE, and Mrs Emma Barnes, who resides in Montana, besides numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, residing in Nebraska and Washington. The funeral services were held Tuesday at the English Congregational church, Rev W S Pritchard officiating and the remains were taken that evening via the Great Northern to Schuyler, Nebraska, where they will be laid to rest beside those of her husband." (Odessa Record: 12-29-1916)

Robbins, Mrs. Earl, 1918,  Mrs Earl Robbins died early Sunday morning of spinal meningitis in Seattle. It began with an attack of pleurisy, and she had been sick three weeks. Funeral in Seattle. (notes from Odessa Record: 5-10-1918)

Routh, Jack,  “Relatives here received telegraphed word on Christmas morning of the death of Capt Jack Routh, Salem, Oregon, who had died suddenly the night before of what is believed to be heart trouble.  Capt Routh, who married Miss Esther Bartalamay of Odessa, was in the national guard when war was declared and continued his army duties, stationed at Salem, where Mrs Routh was employed as a nurse. Adam Bartalamay, E M Bartalamay and Mrs George Kelley went to attend the funeral.” (Odessa Record: 12-30-1943)

Samis, Clair, 1916, "Clair, the 2 year old son of Mr and Mrs James Samis near Davenport, was so badly injured under the wheels of a wheat wagon Tuesday that he died soon after in his mother’s arms. The father had refused to let the child ride and had supposed it had gone to the house when its screams informed him of the accident." (Odessa Record: 10-20-1916)

Sanders, Charles, Charles Sanders, 32, died Tuesday of peritonitis at St Luke’s Hospital in Spokane. He had been sick six days. He had been a resident of Odessa for about 3 years, being employed as a clerk in Kriegler’s store. A wife and two children are left to mourn the loss of husband and father.” (Odessa Record in 100 Yrs Ago in 4-22-2004 representing 4-22-1904)

Savidge, J. M., 1923,  "J M Savidge, general manager of the Canadian colleries, a corporation owning the largest coal interests in British Columbia, died at the home of G J Egbert, at Marlin, Monday. Mr Savidge, accompanied by his wife and Captain Troupe and wife, were motoring to Spokane when Mr Savidge was stricken with apoplexy. The body will be taken to the home at Victoria, BC, and from there to Quebec for burial." (Odessa Record: 8-17-1923)

Schafer, Katherine,  Katherine Greening Schafer. “Mrs Henry Schafer, who died at Wenatchee last Monday, was born at Frank, Russia, July 3, 1859. Her maiden name being Miss Katherine Greening. After her marriage to Mr Schafer, they emigrated to the US in 1887 and settled at Hastings, NE, where they resided for about five years, when they moved to Seattle. Two years and a half later they came to Odessa where they settled on a farm southwest of town where they lived for 23 years.  Eight years ago Mr and Mrs Schafer retired from their ranch and went to Wenatchee where they resided until her death from cancer of the stomach. Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her loss, two daughters, Mrs Mary Kendrick, Wenatchee; and Mrs J J Miller of Odessa; and four brothers, George Schafer, Kennewick; Dave and Fred Schafer, Wenatchee, and Dave Schafer, Odessa. Funeral services were held from the Wenatchee Lutheran church last Thursday, the Rev Gross officiating and burial took place at Wenatchee.” (Odessa Record: 3-26-1926; errors in survivors)

Schimke, Dan, 1913,  "Dan Schimke received a message from Parkston, South Dakota, last evening that his father had died at that place. He left this morning for Dakota to attend the funeral." (Odessa Record: 7-18-1913)

Schmidt, Ben F.,  “Seattle.—Ben F Schmidt, 86, of Seattle, died Sunday evening, Sept 8, 1991, in the Cashmere Convalescent Center following an extended illness.  He was born Aug 24, 1905, to Jacob Sr and Frederika (Schilling) Schmidt at Odessa. He was raised in Odessa, Marlin, Ruff areas where he received his education and worked on the family farm.  He married  Norma L Webley March 17, 1937, at Spokane. They made their first home at Moses Lake where he worked for the Grant County Road Department in maintenance and as a truck driver. He then worked with his brother at the Schmidt Brothers Service and Repair Shop at Moses Lake. The couple moved to Spokane in 1946 where he managed Ben’s Auto Repair. Mr Schmidt later sold new and used cars at Spokane until his retirement in 1970. They moved to Ephrata, then to Issaquah in 1972. They moved to Seattle in 1974 and managed condominiums. He moved to Cashmere in July of 1991. Mr Schmidt was past president of the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce, a Grant County Democratic precinct committeeman and a member of the Spokane Kiwanis Club. Survivors include his wife, of Seattle; a son, Terry Schmidt of Littleton, CO; a daughter, Mrs William G (Adele) Wolford of Quincy; 5 grandchildren; and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.” (scrapbook item: undated; d. 9-08-1991)


Schmidt, Jacob,   “In Memory of Jacob Schmidt. Born August 5, 1896; Date of Death: August 1, 1974. Services from Sunset Mausoleum, Fairmount Memorial Park, Saturday, August 3, 1974, 10 a.m.  Clergyman Officiating: The Rev Edward Schmidt. Final Resting Place: Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane, WA. Funeral Directed by The Robertson Funeral Home, Wilbur, Washington.” (Funeral Program)


Schoessler, Henry  “Funeral services for Henry Schoessler,who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs Christ Walter, at Billings, MT, Wednesday, May 18, were held at one o’clock Sunday at the farm home, proceeding to the First German Congregational Church for services there at 2 o’clock. The Rev August Schilder officiating.  Mr Schoessler, who was 68 years old, is survived by his mother, Mrs Anna Katherine Schoessler, 89 years old, who is a resident of Ritzville; his widow and ten children are living, all of whom were at the funeral. Four of the children came from Washington: Mrs Jacob Ils Sr, Odessa; Mrs George Schoessler, Walla Walla; Christ and Con Schoessler, of Granger. A brother, George Schoessler of Portland, OR, and a sister, Mrs Jacob Gettman of Bethel, CO, were also at the funeral. Mr Schoessler was a former Odessaite, moving later to Ritzville, and two years ago he went to live with his daughter, Mrs Christ Walter, at Billings, MT.” (Odessa Record: 6-03-1927) 

Schoonover, Edward,   Edward A Schoonover, 72, of Outlook, died Monday, May 28, 2007, at Yakima Memorial Hospital.  Edward was born April 7, 1935, in Odessa to Royden and Mary (Frederick) Schoonover. He received his education in Odessa and Montana. Ed served in the US Army, returning to Odessa following his military service. He worked as a truck driver for Superior Asphalt and Pistoresi Cattle Hauling. He enjoyed visiting with old friends in Odessa. Always outgoing, Ed would talk to everyone at a country fair or  stranger on the street. He also enjoyed cooking. His specialties were soups and stews. He enjoyed going to home and garden shows and traveling throughout the world.  Ed was a member of the Toppenish Eagles and Lower Valley Elks #2112. He attended the Wapato Assembly of God church. Ed is survived by three children: Karl Schoonover, of Medical Lake; Cindy Fay (Tim) of Burien, WA; and Darwin Schoonover of Spokane; four grandchildren; two brothers, Royden Schoonover, Jr, of Toppenish, Charlie Schoonover, of Lind, and longtime companion, Mary Bryant, of Outlook.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Tim Schoonover. The funeral service was held at the Wapato Assembly of God church in Wapato. Interment was at the Medical Lake Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home of Sunnyside was in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 6-07-2007)

Schuman, George, 1931,  "George Schuman. Male, white, divorced husband of Emma Schuman. Birth: June 11, 1862, WI; Aged: 69 yrs 2 mos 5 days. Parents not known born WI. Informant: Fred Schuman. Death: Aug 17, 1931, 9 pm at Odessa, WA, Reg. Dist #6. Cause: coronary thrombosis; Contributory: arteriosclerosis. L J Bonney, MD, Odessa, WA. Burial: Spokane, WA on 8-21-1931. Undertaker: H H Strate of Odessa, WA." (WA State Board of Health: Cert. of Death)

Schorzman, Balzer, 1915,  "Balzer Schorzmann, 20 year old son of Mr and Mrs Gottleib Schorzmann of Quincy, and grand-nephew of Chris Schorzmann of this city, met with such serious injuries when he was caught in the moving machinery of the caterpillar engine he was operating on his father’s farm, 4 miles west of Quincy yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock, that he died in great suffering at the St Lukes hospital in Spokane early this morning. The accident happened when young Schorzmann’s clothing was caught in the main drive shaft of the big machine, which tore his clothes from him and threw him into the machinery, where terrible injuries were inflicted on the body. He was hurried to Quincy, and accompanied by his parents, was taken to Spokane on the evening train yesterday, where all help possible was administered him, but death followed at the St Lukes hospital at 2 o’clock this morning. The body will be taken to Quincy, from Spokane, tomorrow morning, and the funeral services will be held there on Sunday by the Rev Schild. The parents arrived in Odessa from Spokane this morning and continued to Quincy on No. 3 to arrange for the funeral. Balzer was quite well known here, and the numerous friends of the family extend kindest sympathy to them in their sad hour." (Odessa Record: 3-26-1915)

Schwartz, Adam, 1914,  Adam Schwartz, Odessa pioneer, drank carbolic acid by accident, and died on 4-02-1914 in Ritzville with burial in the (Emmaus) Congregational Cemetery. He was born in North Russia on March 21, 1852. He was survived by his widow and five children. (notes from Odessa Record: 4-10-1914)

Seger, Infant, 1916,  Infant of Mr & Mrs J R Seger, age 3 yrs, scalded, was taken to the hospital at Missoula, MT, where she died. Funeral was held in Missoula. The parents resided in Dixon, MT, where Mr Seger is principal of schools. Mrs Seger was the former Miss Jessie Cox of Odessa. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-29-1916)

Seiler, Mrs. Elizabeth, 1914,  Mrs Elizabeth Seiler, age 63, died Wednesday in Spokane following a stroke. She is survived by her husband, Heinrich Seiler, 5 sons, 2 daughters, 3 brothers: David Jasmann of Odessa, a brother in Portland, a brother in Spokane. Interment in Spokane’s Fairmount Cemetery. She was a former resident of Odessa. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-16-1914)

Seiler, Infant, “The 18 month old daughter of Mr and Mrs Imanuel Seiler of Warden died Tuesday afternoon.” (Lind Leader: 7-22-1910)

Shimek, Theophil, 1923, " Theophil Shimek, son of John F Shimek, left Odessa two years ago after enlisting in the navy. He met his heroic death trying to rescue a comrade from the icy waters of Chesapeake Bay, while on a practice mine field, his body was not recovered after a search of the ten mile radius. (notes from Odessa Record: 11-23-1923)

Sieler, Herbert,   Herbert H Sieler, 73, first eighth grade graduate of the Odessa schools, and for years a prominent Republican leader, died Sunday at Chehalis of cancer.  Born in South Dakota he came to this area as a boy, graduated from grammar school here and later from high school at Spokane. His father, the late Henry Sieler, was at one time one of the largest land owners in the Wheeler area.  Herbert Sieler served for a time as senator from Lewis County. He was a graduate of the University of Washington law school but never practiced. For 24 years he has been secretary of the state Senate, where he was considered one of the best parliamentarians in the state.” (scrapbook item, August 1961)

Smith, Charles M., 1925, " Charles M Smith was the son of W L Smith; he was born on Jan 16, 1882 on Birch Creek, Umatilla Co, Oregon. When a year and a half, his family moved to the Lake Creek area in Odessa country. In his young manhood he engaged with his father in the meat business for about two years, but in 1905 he married at Cleveland, Ohio, and brought his wife, Mrs Martha A Smith to WA and three children were born to them. They resided in Quincy for about three years and then returned to Odessa. He died at St Lukes Hospital from stomach ulcers following surgery. Burial was in Fairmont Cemetery in Spokane. Survivors include: his widow, his father, a daughter, Miss Charlotte Smith, two sons, Louis and Oliver, two sisters, Mrs Melvin Staples of CA, and Mrs Hazel Nelson, Tacoma; 3 brothers: W P Smith and Mark Smith of Odessa, and Joe Smith of CA. (notes from Odessa Record: 10-23-1925)

Smith, Doris, 1913,  "As a result of eating oats while she and some little playmates were playing a game in which they took the part of animals, little Doris Smith, five year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Smith of Dayton, became ill and after eight weeks’ sickness died last Saturday." (Odessa Record: 3-28-1913)

Smith, Fred L. ,  “Quincy.—Fred L Smith, 50, a lifelong resident of the Quincy area, died Thursday, Dec 13, 1990, as a result of an automobile accident.  He was born Frederick Lee Smith Oct 27, 1940, to Tony and Gertrude (Thommes) (Smith) in Wenatchee. He attended and graduated from the eighth grade at Crescent Bar in 1955. He graduated from Quincy High School in 1959. After high school he started working for the Great Northern Railroad where he continued to work until his death. He was most recently a track inspector/section foreman for the railroad.  He married Susan L Bailey June 2, 1962, in Wenatchee. They lived at Trinidad for a couple of years, then moved  to Winchester until 1971 when they moved to crescent Bar. There they operated a fruit ranch until this November when they moved to Trout Creek, MT.  Mr Smith was a member of St Pius X Catholic Church in Quincy; the Eagles Lodge, Wenatchee; the Teamsters Union, Burlington Northern; and the Quincy Moose Lodge. Survivors include his wife at Trout Creek, MT; a son, Len Smith, Wenatchee; a daughter, Loretta Smith, Kennewick; two brothers, George Smith and David Smith, both of Rock Island; five sisters, Dolores Adams of Soap Lake; Joan Wolther of Soap Lake; Betty Bryson of Black Diamond, Cleora Royston of Quincy, and Roberta Borchers of East Wenatchee. He was preceded in death by his father and mother. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, is in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook item: undated; d. 12-113-1990)

Sparks, Douglas,  “Child Drowns in Trough.  Douglas Sparks, 18 months old son of Mr and Mrs B A Sparks, who reside near Lind, lost his life Monday morning by drowning in a large horse trough on the Sparks ranch.  No one knows exactly how it occurred but he with several other children were playing about the ranch buildings and when his mother searched for him she found him in the trough. Evidently he went down for the last time just before Mrs Sparks found him.  All possible was done to revive him at the ranch and finding it impossible his parents brought him to Dr Henderson who used every possible means to bring life back to the little boy.—Lind Leader.” (Odessa Record: 8-20-1926)

Sparks, George W.,   “George W Sparks, 54, a Grant Co Commissioner, died of a heart attack at the wheel of his car Sunday night, only 100 yards from a highway spot where his mother and a brother met death 15 years ago.  His widow, who was riding with him, was able to reach over and stop the car.  Mr and Mrs Sparks were almost home from a trip to Walla Walla. Near Warden, a few miles from there, he slumped over and died.  Mrs Robert Stack andher son, Howard, were killed in a 1936 traffic accident on the same stretch of road.  Sparks was widely known in the Moses Lake area. He was elected last fall to his second term as county commissioner. He is survived by two sons, Kenneth and Dennis, and his widow.” (Odessa Record: 2-22-1951)

Spining, Lee,   Lee Spining, 78, one of the pioneer farmers of the Davenport area, died at his home there Tuesday. A native of Indiana he came to this region during the late 80’s and farmed most of the time until recent years, when he moved to town.  Survivors are his widow, Mrs Della Spining, at the home; three daughters, Effie Spining, Spokane teacher; Mrs Myrtle Lowary, Davenport; Lois Spining, Seattle teacher; four sons, State Highway Patrolman C E Spining, Newport; Ray Spining and Don Spining, Davenport farmers; and Farnk Spining, Fairbanks, Alaska.” (Odessa Record: 4-24-1947

Stauffer, Wilbert,   “Petition for letters of administration over the estate of Wilbert M Stauffer has been filed by Emma M Stauffer.” (Odessa Record: 2-11-1927)

Stephens, James E.,  “James E Stevens (sic), of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Odessa, died Sunday, Aug 13, 2006, at a friend’s home in Anchorage. He was born Jan 4, 1944, in Spokane. He was the son of Tallulah Walter and the stepson of Ben Walter, of Odessa, both deceased.  Jim graduated from Odessa High School in 1963. He moved to Alaska in 1975. He was known as a pioneer in the commercial crab industry in Kodiak, Alaska. After the physical demands of commercial fishing took their toll, he had a partnership in a private detective agency. He was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict. Much of his life was involved with Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, as a member and sponsor, where he helped hundreds of people.  Most recently, Jim drove a cab, which his family said gave him another way of helping people in their everyday lives.  He is survived by his daughters, Rachel Stephens, of Baltimore, and Syringa Burns, of McCall, Idaho; sister, Patricia Stephens of Seattle; brother Jack Stephens, of Seattle, and nephew, David Voye, of Seattle. A graveside service with military honors was held August 21 at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 9-14-2006) Edit: Correct spelling confirmed by SS Death Index as Stephens.

Stevens, Scharan,   Scharan M (Zweig) Stevens passed away on July 24, 2007, at her home in Odessa. She was born Jan 23, 1947, in Watertown, SD to Harold and Pearl Zweig. As a young girl she moved with her family to Western Washington.  She married David Stevens on Aug 19, 1987, in Grand Lake, CO.  She and Dave moved to Odessa in 1991 to be closer to her mother.  She is survived by her husband Dave, at the home in Odessa; two sons, Eddie Peterson of Camano Island, WA; Gregory Peterson of Bothell, WA; and three step-children: James Stevens of Marysville, WA; and Melinda Stevens and Victoria Stevens, both of Albuquerque, NM; 7 grandchildren and three brothers: Clark Zweig of Omak, Ralph Zweig of Othello and Charlie Zweig of Seattle; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Pearl Zweig, and one brother, Doug Zweig. She enjoyed woodworking, painting, travel and spending time with her family and friends. As per her request, no services will be held. Strate Funeral Home, Davenport, is in charge of arrangements.” (Odessa Record: 8-02-2007)

Stoller, George,   George Stoller, father of Mrs Fred Diefe, was born in South Russia on May 12, 1869.  He died in Jan 1950 with the funeral held at Quincy.  He is survived by his wife, Babette; one son, Albert, Spokane; 8 daughters, Mrs Fred Diefe, Odessa; Mrs Ed Laib, Ritzville; Mrs H F Kemmerer, Thompson Falls, MY; Mrs Carl Johnson, Spokane; Miss Elsie Stoller, Kelso; Miss Agnes Stoller, Spokane; Mrs L G Harris, Lewiston, ID; and Mrs Del Nehr, Boise, ID; one brother, Henry Stoller, Shater, CA; one stepson, Henry Schlaeppi, Bay City, Oregon. (notes from Odessa Record: 2-02-1950)

Stubbins, 1902,  "Mr Barney received the sad news from Billings on Saturday that his brother-in-law, Mr Stubbins, was dead. Mr Barney left immediately to attend the funeral, and shortly after his arrival, the Mrs Stubbins died." (Odessa Record: 2-11-1916 reprint Odessa 14 Yrs Ago, ie, 1902)

Stubblefield, Joseph,  Graveside services were held Thursday at Hiland cemetery for Joseph Stubblefield, 84, who died the previous Sunday in the Coulee Dam hospital. The Rev D E Peterson officiated. Born in Stockton, California, he moved to Walla Walla as a young man, later to Coulee City. One brother, W J Stubblefield, Townsend,Montana, survives. The Stubblefield family were well known pioneer horse breeders, one brother operating a sales lot approximately where the L C Delzer home is.” (Odessa Record: 4-29-1954)

Stumpf, Rudolf, 1918,  "Rudolf Stumpf Killed in Franc. Rudolf Stumpf, whose name was in the casualty list of yesterday’s associated press, was killed in action at western French front on July 21st. Mrs Con Fink, his cousin with whom he made his home part of the time while in this section has received official notice of his death. Rudolf was well known here, having lived in this vicinity off and on for the last five years. Over a year ago he left Ritzville with the Adams County boys for Camp Lewis, and was one of the first of our boys to cross the sea and also one of the first to lay down his life for his country on the field of battle." (Odessa Record: 8-30-1918)

Svoboda, Rose,   “A message announcing the accidental death of Miss Rose Svoboda, age 15, at Puyallup, was received by A M Michaelsen Wednesday morning. Miss Svoboda was killed in a fall from a logging truck, on which she had accepted a ride with five other girls while they were returning to their homes at Puyallup after a swim at Five Mile Lake. The driver of the truck was Lew Brunner of Auburn... the fall resulted in a broken neck, and that she had died almost immediately. Miss Svoboda was born at Odessa. She was a daughter of Mr and Mrs John Svoboda, pioneers of the Odessa country, who retired from wheat raising several years ago and moved to Puyallup. Besides her parents she leaves to mourn her loss three brothers, John, Leo and Frank of Puyallup, and three sisters, Martha and Alice of Puyallup and Mrs Mary Robinson who resides in Texas. Mrs A M Michaelsen and her son, Virgil, left Odessa yesterday morning for Puyallup to attend the funeral for which as this is written particulars as to arrangements have not been received.” (Odessa Record: 4-02-1926)

Swarthout, George, 1913,  "The body of George Swarthout, a Northern Pacific fireman, was found dead beside the railroad tracks near the NP bridge at Pasco Sunday morning with a bullet through the head. A revolver with one chamber empty was found beside the body and all circumstances indicate suicide." (Odessa Record: 4-25-1913)

Swigart, Fern J.,   “Fern J Swigart, 86, Spokane, died Friday at her home at Rockwood Manor.  She was born Oct 30, 1897, at Whittier, CA, and graduated from grade school and high school at Marlin. Her husband, Roy Swigart, died in 1963. They had operated a hardware store in Hartline, Marlin and Ruff and Mr Swigart worked with his son, Bud Swigart, in his hardware store at Medical Lake for eight years.  Survivors include one son, L D ‘Bud’ Swigart, Moses Lake; two granddaughters, Charlene Graham, Elma, and Norma Gilbreth, Huntsville, Ala.’ and six great grandchildren. Ball and Dodd Funeral Home, Spokane, is in charge of arrangements.” (scrapbook item)

Tanner, E. B., 1918,  "E B (Bud) Tanner, a cousin of the Schoonover brothers, who has made Odessa his home for a number of months past, when he came here from Wisconsin for his health, was killed instantly at Orifino, Idaho, Wednesday by a falling tree while employed on the forest patrol. Mr Tanner left Odessa only a few days ago, when work was finished on the town well to enter the forest service. While Mr Tanner was not generally known in Odessa he made during his stay in our midst a number of warm friends here. His body will be sent back to his old home in Wisconsin for burial." (Odessa Record: 7-05-1918)

Taylor, Gertrude,   “Funeral services were held at Spokane on Tuesday for Gertrude M (Jasman) Taylor, formerly of Odessa. She died Saturday.  The daughter of a pioneer family, Mr and Mrs David Jasman, she grew to womanhood here. The family was prominent in early life of Odessa.  Her father is buried in the Odessa Cemetery.  A brother, Eddie, ran a photograph studio here for several years. Members of the fmaily were frequent Memorial day visitors here.  She is survived by her husband, Lloyd E Taylor, at the home; one daughter, Mrs Maxine Minor, Port Townsend, WA; three grandchildren; her mother, Mrs Rose Jasman, Stockton, CA; sister, Mrs Sigman Sieler, Spokane; two brothers, Herman Jasman, Spokane; Ed Jasman, Stockton, CA.” (Odessa Record: undated scrapbook)

Triebwasser, “Melinda Triebwasser,  b. July 2, 1915; d. 2-29-1916; buried: 3-03-1916. Spinal meningitis. Aged: 8 mos less two days. Survivors: Wm Triebwasser, Vera, Freddie, Eva, Esther, grandparent.” (Emanuel Lutheran death ledger)  (This child was shown as Edna in the WA State Birth Index.) “Melinnda Triebwasser, the eight month old daughter of Mr Wm Triebwasser, residing south of Odessa, died last Tuesday of Spinal meningitis. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev Henry Brockman at the Emanuel Lutheran church after which the remains were interred in the church cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 3-10-1916; Brockman’s Cemetery in Adams County)

Truesdon, Nelson, 1915,  "While returning home last Saturday evening Nelson Truesdon, a prosperous farmer, living six miles north of Sprague, was killed, Arthur Wilson suffered a broken wrist, a ruptured blood vessel and bruises about the body and Ted Walker lacerations about the face, when the Ford automobile driven by Truesdon left the road and turned over. Truesdon and the men, who were employed by him, had remained in Sprague until a late hour and were traveling on a slippery road at more than 30 miles an hour. Indications at the place of the accident show that the machine skidded out of the road for a distance of more than 50 yards, struck a large clump of sagebrush, turned once and a half over, breaking Truesdon’s neck. According to the other occupants of the car, Truesdon probably lived 10 minutes after the accident, but failed to regain consciousness. Sunday morning the body was cared for by Undertaker Lee and an investigation indicated that the car never touched the body, death probably having resulted when Truesdon was thrown from the car. Truesdon is survived by the widow and five children." (Odessa Record: 11-05-1915)

Trupp, Mrs. Henry Trupp Sr., 1923,  "Mrs Henry Trupp, Sr, died at her home southwest of Odessa Friday of chronic disease with which she had been afflicted for 21 years. her age was 51 years. Mrs Trupp was a native of Russia where she married Mr Trupp and in 1900 emigrated to America, settling first at Hastings, NE, where they lived for a time before coming to the Odessa country. Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her loss two daughters, Katie and Edna, and a stepson, Henry Trupp, Jr. The funeral services will be held from the home Sunday, the Rev Bernstein of Ruff officiating after which interment will take place at the Emmaus Cemetery." (Odessa Record: 10-19-1923)

Turk, Willard C.,  “Willard C (Bill) Turk died on July 28, 2006 in Wilbur. He was born on March 4, 1918, in Kalabar, Montana, the third child of Estella and Ivar Knutson. He lived in Odessa from 1994 to 2006, where he enjoyed his many friends. He had also lived in the Everett area, as well as Wallace, Idaho, and Grants Pass and Halfway, Oregon.  He worked at the Sunshine mine in Idaho, as a logger in Granite Falls and as a teamster truck driver in Washington, Oregon and California. He also owned a small sawmill in Halfway, Oregon.  In the 1960’s, he helped with Snohomish County Search and Rescue. He loved to hunt, invented a rifle cartridge, dredged for gold on the Rogue River and had several mining claims throughout the Cascades. He was a master storyteller and historian. He is survived by his brothers, Roy (Phyllis) Turk and Joe (Denise) Turk, his children, Dixie Eldred, of Lake Stevens, WA; Judi Baker, of Vancouver; Jack (Nancy) Turk of Biloxi, Miss.; Veva (Jon) Haffenden, of Mukilteo, WA, and Jerry (Pat) Turk, of Arlington, WA; 12 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Kathleen, two sisters, his son, Billy Turk, and son-in-law, Robert Eldred. A salmon barbecue will be held in honor of Bill’s life at Langus Park in Everett on August 19 at 3 p.m.” (Odessa Record: 8-17-2006)

Twining, Frances,   “Graveside services were held yesterday in Soap Lake for Frances Twining, 85, former long time resident of Coulee City. Mrs Twining passed away Sept 26 at a nursing home in Fairfield, CA.  She was born Jan 30, 1895 in London, England. Her maiden name was Wingfield. She came to Coulee City in 1915 to teach school. In 1916 she married Tom Twining at the Presbyterian Church at Marlin. They spent 60 years of married life in this area. Following his death in Oct 1976 she moved to Vacaville, CA to be near her sisters. She was a member of the Episcopal Church and a member of Prairie Chapter 139 OES for nearly 50 years. Survivors include one son, Tom, Walnut Creek, CA; two sisters, Edna Ramage and Dorothy Griffin, both of Vacaville; and a nephew Ben Ramage, Vacaville. Graveside services were at Valley View Memorial Park, Soap Lake, with Vicar James Jarboe officiating. Arrangements were by Nicoles Funeral Home, Ephrata.” (scrapbook item: undated; assume d. 9-26-1985)

Unger, Carl,  Carl Unger, age 26, youngest son of Mr and Mrs E G Unger of Odessa, died at the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane early Sunday morning of pneumonia. He had been ill only 10 days at the time of his death.  Carl was raised at Odessa, but for the past eight years has worked at Spokane and was employed by the Western Pine Sash & Door factory. He leaves to mourn his loss his parents, two sisters, Mrs C A Bragg, Odessa; Mrs S A Barnhart, Spokane; and two brothers, Fred and Ralph Unger, Spokane. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Hazen –Jaeger chapel at Spokane, Dr Louis Magin, officiating, after which burial took place at Greenwood Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 4-29-1927)


Urquhart, John, “Marlin pioneer John Urquhart died in Spokane January 19. He was born in Sutherlin, Scotland, 62 years ago and in 1905 married Katherine Sime, who survives him together with their four children. Urquhart came to the Big Bend area of Washington Territory in 1885, joining his brothers who had come to the Crab Creek Valley in 1876. He went into the cattle and sheep business and planted a large orchard just out of Marlin. He served in three sessions of the state legislature as Grant County’s representative, beginning in 1913. He was the author of the Quincy Valley Irrigation Bill. In 1915, he established the North Central Highway.” (75 Yrs Ago in 1-27-2000 representing Odessa Record: 1-23-1925)

Wagner, Andrew,  “Andrew Wagner, age 79, a pioneer of the Odessa country, died at the state hospital at Medical Lake Saturday. For the past four years, ever since an attack of sleeping sickness, Mr Wagner has been an invalid and for the past year has been failing steadily.  Mr Wagner was born in South Russia where at the age of 27 he married and soon after emigrated to the United States settling in South Dakota where his wife died. In 1884, he was married again to Miss Katherine Kallenberger at Eureka, South Dakota, and 24 years ago the family moved to the Odessa country, where Mr Wagner purchased land northwest of town.  He resided on the farm until 1909 when he retired to a home purchased when he first came to Odessa. He was a member of the Baptist church and was recognized as one of the substantial citizens of the community.  He is survived by his widow, and ten children: Mrs Charles Perkins and Mrs William Butte, Belknap, MT; Edward Wagner and Mrs John Goetz, Marlin; Theodore, and Otto Wagner and Mrs Lloyd Gardner, Spokane; Alfred Wagner and Mrs Gus Weber, Odessa; and Charlie Wagner, Wenatchee.  Funeral services were held at the Hazen & Jaeger funeral parlors at Spokane Tuesday at 1 p.m., the Rev N A Christensen of the Odessa Baptist church and the Rev C E Pankey of Spokane, officiating, after which his remains were laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery.” (Odessa Record: 2-11-1927)

Waldo, Jay,  “Jay Waldo, 69, janitor at the Lincoln County courthouse, was found dead in a chair in the furnace room Tuesday by H S Estep, court bailiff. He had finished the day’s work. Coroner C M Phillips pronounced the death due to apoplexy. Mr Waldo came to Davenport 20 years ago. He is survived by his widow, one daughter Ariadne, a sophomore in high school, and two sons, Claude Waldo of Hayford and Clark Waldo, assistant postmaster here.” (Odessa Record: 9-10-1926)

Walters, Thomas, 1916Thomas Walters passed away at the home of William Stubblefield on the Kenneway, last Wed. eve, aged 80 yrs 10 mos and 6 days. Funeral services were conducted at the farm. Born in IL on March 13, 1835, he crossed the plains in 1859, arriving in August in Walla Walla. He located in Orofino, ID in 1861, Boise in 1863, Crab Creek in 1874. He located on the Kenneway and remained there. (notes from Odessa Record: 1-28-1916)

Watt, Alexander, 1914, " Alexander Watt, father of Mrs O F Minch of Odessa, died June 16 in Cheney, WA, due to heart trouble. He is survived by his widow and 3 of his five children. Mrs Minch was unable to attend the services as she was in CA in a sanitarium. (notes from Odessa Record: 6-19-1914)

Weber, Mrs. Christ,  "Mr and Mrs Woitt and daughter, Mrs Geiss, left last Sunday morning for Portland, Oregon, stopping enroute at Quincy to attend the funeral of Mrs Christ Weber, which was held Sunday afternoon. They will remain in Portland for some time." (Odessa Record: 10-24-1913)

Webber, Joyce, 1913,  "Joyce Webber, the eleven year old daughter of Mr and Mrs W H Webber, for several years residents of this place, but now living at Colfax, where Mr Webber is local representative of the Holt Mfg Co, was drowned in the Palouse River near that place Monday while out fishing in the company of her two brothers. The news of Joyce’s death was received with much sorrow by her little friends in Odessa and the sympathy of the entire community goes out to Mr and Mrs Webber in their bereavement." (Odessa Record: 5-09-1913)

Weber, Katherine Margaret, 1916,  "Mrs Katherine Margaret Weber, mother of Adam Weber and Mrs Fred Reitner and a sister of Wentel Woitt, died Sunday at her home at Quincy after a short attack of pneumonia. Mrs Weber was one of the early settlers in this part of the country, coming here with her husband and family years ago and later settling in the Quincy country. She was 79 years of age when she died and leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, four sons, three of which reside at Quincy, and a daughter, forty-four grand children and twenty-four great grand children. Funeral services were conducted at Quincy Wednesday, Rev A Reiman officiating. Messrs and Mesdames Wentel Woitt, Adam Weber, Fred Reitner, Conrad Walter, George Ils, Henry Giese and Jacob Homborg, all went from Odessa to attend the funeral." (Odessa Record: 11-10-1916)

Wilson, Mrs. W. C., 1914, "Mrs Harry Wright, who was here from Spokane to attend the funeral of her cousin, Mrs. W C Wilson last Sunday, returned to her home yesterday morning." ( Odessa Record: 9-11-1914)


Woodard, Thomas J., 1915,  "Thomas J Woodard and Geo Reeder, proprietors of the Lind Garage, were struck by east bound Northern Pacific train No. 2 while crossing the tracks early last Sunday morning and both instantly killed. They were driving an auto and it is supposed they failed to see the oncoming train, the accident happening right in town. The auto was carried 1000 feet on the engine pilot before the train was stopped. Mr Reeder’s neck and one leg were broken, while both of Woodard’s legs and one arm were broken and the body badly mangles. The latter was a veteran of the Spanish-American war. County Prosecuting Attorney Miller held an inquest Monday, and found that at the time of the accident, which was between 5:30 and 5:45 a.m., the train was exceeding the speed limit fixed by law. A large number of witnesses were called to testify, among them members of the train crew and officials of the Northern Pacific. The funeral of Reeder was held on Monday and that of Woodard on Tuesday." (Odessa Record: 10-01-1915)

Wolf, Catheryne, 1914,  "Mrs C M Smith left last evening for Cleveland, Ohio, where she was called by message announcing the death of her mother, Mrs Catheryne Wolf, from a stroke of paralysis. Mrs Wolf was born in Lancaster, PA, but has resided in Cleveland for the past forty years. She was aged 75 years and leaves nine children." (Odessa Record: 7-17-1914)

Wolfe, Idella, 1915,  "Mrs Idella Wolfe, aged 35, and wife of J B Wolfe of this city died at the St Lukes hospital in Spokane on Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock, following a serious illness of several weeks. Mr Wolfe was in Spokane at the time, and the five children and her mother left here yesterday morning to attend the funeral which was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the New England chapel, the services being conducted by Rev Kohr of Cheney. The Wolfe family were recent arrivals here from Newport having purchased the Ray ranch 4 miles east of town a few weeks ago." (Odessa Record: 7-09-1915)

Wright, Chas C., 1914,  "Dr Ganson accompanied Chas C Wright to the Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane last Sunday evening. Mr Wright, who has been employed at the Odessa Meat Market had been very low with typhoid fever, and on the arrival of his wife from Heppner, Oregon, Saturday evening, it was deemed advisable to take him to Spokane. He died Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock." (Odessa Record: 10-02-1914)

Wright, Chester Dean,   “Funeral services for Chester Dean Wright, 70, of Moses Lake will be 10 a.m. Friday at the LDS Rose Street Chapel in Moses Lake. Mr Wright died Tuesday at Samaritan Hospital. Born in Beazer, Alberta, March 26, 1914, he was a self-employed truck driver and had been a driver for Mayflower Lines for 14 years. Mr Wright moved to Moses Lake in 1954. Survivors include his wife, Elda, at the home; three sons, Mile, of Long Beach, CA; Clark, of Morrill, KS; and Anthony, of Moses Lake; a daughter, Sharon, of Corpus Christi, Texas; four brothers, Benar, of Mountain View, Alberta; Claude, of Moses Lake; Ralph of Delta, BC; and Ray of Hillspring, Alberta; two sisters, Delsa Lybbert, of Moses Lake, and Zilpha Hansen, of Cardston, Alberta; and fifteen grandchildren.” (scrapbook item: undated, est. 1984)

Yoke, Clair, 1915,  "Lamona items. Mrs C W Davis went to Spokane Saturday to attend the funeral of her nephew, Clair Yoke. This community was saddened to hear of the death of Clair Yoke in Spokane last Friday morning. Clair has many friend here who will miss his sunny presence." (Odessa Record: 4-02-1915)

Zicha, Christina Barbachek, 1914, " Christina Zicha nee Barbachek was born in Prasetin, Bohemia, July 26, 1814 and was the youngest in a family of eight children. She married Joseph Zicha in Bohemia, came to this country in 1854, settling in Chicago, then Racine, WI, and Rich Valley, MN in 1860. They lived there more than 30 years, moving to Silver Lake in 1893, where Joseph died. Christina Zicha died Nov 30, 1914 at the home of her daughter, Mrs John Filipi, in Silver Lake, MN. (notes from Odessa Record: 12-18-1914)

Zundel, Minnie,  “Ephrata.—Funeral service for Minnie W T Zundel, 80, of Ephrata will be 3 p.m. Friday at Nicoles Funeral Home, with Rev James Burford officiating. Burial will follow at the Ephrata Cemetery.  Mrs Zundel died Wednesday at McKay Nursing Home in Soap Lake. (penned in August 28, 1985) She was born Aug 15, 1905 in Paha and was a lifetime resident of the Ritzville, Marlin and Ruff areas. She lived in Ritzville until 1926 and lived in the Ruff-Marlin area from 1926 to 1967. Mrs Zundel moved to Ephrata in 1968. She married Reinhold Zundel in Ritzville in Feb of 1926 and was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Marlin.  Mrs Zundel is survived by two sons, Harvey Zundel of Soap Lake and Lewis Zundel of Marlin; two daughters, Lorraine Steele of Toppenish and Gladys Smith of Washington, DC; one sister, Annie Kohler, of Walla Walla; and 8 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reinhold, in 1967.” (scrapbook item-undated)



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 2006, by Marge Womach. Updated through December 2007.

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