"Sprague Advocate" Obituaries


  Sprague, Lincoln County, Washington submitted by Barbara Curtis


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Taken from the newspaper "The Sprague Advocate". Listed alphabetically by surname.....

(There was an influenza epidemic in 1918)


The Sprague Advocate, July 14, 1911  

   S. T. Arthur husband of Nettie Marsh formerly of Sprague who was scalded in a wreck on Oregon Truck railway near The Dalles on Monday died of Tuesday.  Mr. Arthur was a hotel man having been proprietor of the Railroad house, Arlington, Grand, Spokane and the Arthur in Spokane besides several others in California and at the time of his death he was running the Buena Vista apartments in Seattle.  He leaves a wife, a son, a daughter besides five sisters and three brothers.  The body was taken to Seattle for burial.


The Sprague Advocate, July,_____

Wm. Bradley, a former Sprague resident, passed away at his home in Spokane Monday.  He was well known here having been road master in this vicinity for a number of years and having owned a ranch here.  He moved to Spokane about ten years ago.  He was a brother of J. J. Bradley who also lived at Sprague until about three years ago but who is now living in Spokane. Funeral services were held this morning at 9 o'clock from St. Aloysius church.


 The Sprague Advocate, July 21, 1921   

The death of Mrs. Geo. H. Brislawn occurred last Tuesday at the Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane.  While she had been ill for some time her condition was not considered serious and the sad news of her death came as a surprise to many of her friends.  The immediate cause of her death was heart trouble.  Mr. Brislawn whose maiden name was Mary Josephine O'Rourke was born in Spokane August 15, 1889 and was the daughter of Phillip O'Rourke of Vancouver, a well known mining man.   She spent her early childhood in Kellogg where the family was then living and later attended the Holy Names Academy in Spokane and the Sisters of Providence Academy in Vancouver, Washington.  On December 31, 1912 she was married to Mr. Brislawn, and they lived on a farm near Sprague.  She is survived by her husband, a son Philip, age 7; a daughter Marguerite, age 5; her father and four sisters, Mrs. R. Adams of Oshoto, Wyoming, and Misses Julia, Marguerite and Aileen O'Rourke of Wallace, Idaho.  A large circle of friends join the relatives in mourning her early departure.  The funeral was held this morning at 9:30 from Our Lady of Lourdes cathedral in Spokane. 


March 30,1939

   Mrs. E. A. Decker, 71, who was a former resident of Sprague community for 25 years leaving in  1931 for Seattle, died at Seattle Tuesday morning after a year's illness. She leaves her widower, two daughters, Mrs. J. A. Williams, of Longview, and Mrs. Harvey Lium, Seattle, and a granddaughter, Glenna Williams.


December 02, 1920

   Mrs. Dora G. Dorton, wife of Perry C. Dorton, a resident of Sprague for more than thirty years, died at her home in Spokane last Sunday, November 28.  Mrs. Dorton was living at W. 117 Fifth avenue, Spokane where the family moved about a year and a half ago.  Prior to that she had lived in Sprague and had been prominently connected with many of the activities here since 1887.  She was a member of Henrietta Chapter No. 8, O. E. B. and has a host of friends who are mourning her departure and sympathizing with the family in their bereavement.  

Besides her husband she leaves a son, Guy M. Dorton.  She was 49 years old.    Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Smith & Co's  parlors in Spokane and burial took place at the Fairmont Cemetery.  Among those from here who attended the funeral were the Mesdames J. C. Williams, W. A. Buckley, Rob. Potts, Ralph Jones, A. E. Child and Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Browne. 


 Jan 26, 1921

  The news of the death of Mrs. Ada Frank at the Lewis and Clark sanitarium in Spokane on Jan. 13th came as a shock to her friends as she had been ill but a short time.  Ada Jane Chandler was born in Adams county, Ill., June 28, 1867.  She moved to the state of Washington in 1884 and has been a resident of Sprague and vicinity since that time.  She was united in marriage to Lewis E. Frink, Jan. 20, 1904.  Two children were born to this union, Chas age 16 and Ida aged 12 years. She was a member of the Methodist church for a number of years an at the time of her death which was due to pleura pneumonia she was a member at Harrington, Wash.  She leaves to mourn her loss besides her husband and children, her mother, Mrs. A. E. Chandler of Spokane, two step children, Guy and Esther Frink of Harrington, one sister Mrs. Ida Richardson of Spokane and two brothers, James H. Chandler of Spokane and William Chandler of Bluestem, Wash. Funeral services conducted by Rev. B. E. Koontz and Rev. Carrie Adams, both of Spokane, were held at Turnbull's Undertaking parlors last Saturday at 3:30.  Interment was at the Greenwood Cemetery. 


The Sprague Advocate, July 14, 1911

   Mrs. Minnie James wife of Will James employed by Frank Monroe and residing here about a year ago died at Marionville, Mo. on July 5, of lung trouble. Mrs. James had been in poor health for some times.  Besides her husband she leaves a 3 year old boy and other relatives in Missouri.  She was a member of the Sprague Circle Women of Woodcraft in which she carried $500 insurance in favor of her boy.  Her age at death was 28 years.


Sep 12, 1913

Mrs. Gertrude Goodwater, wife of Truman Goodwater, died at her home in Sprague on Friday last of endocarditis, aged 65 years 11 months and 24 days. She has been ailing for some times and the end was anticipated.  The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock,  Rev. Gaily of Ritzville officiating.  The body was shipped to Shelby, Iowa, Wednesday morning, leaving on No. 42, accompanied by a son, Eugene, and a daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Kessler of Neola, Iowa, who arrived here last week.  Mrs. Goodwater was born in Germany on September 11, 1847.  She came to America in 1853 with her parents, who settled near Bellevue, Illinois, later moving to Iowa, where she lived until 1913 when she and her husband came to Sprague to live.  She was married on June 18, 1865 to Truman Goodwater at Decorah, Iowa, and to the union were born seven children, six of whom survive, Eugene and Mrs. M. V. Simas of Sprague, Fred of Shelby, Iowa, Mrs. Amelia Zimmerman and Mrs. Gertrude Kessler of Neola, Iowa, and Mrs. Josephine Isaac of Walnut, Iowa. She also leaves a husband, one brother and two sisters to mourn her loss. The husband Truman Goodwater was at Sheridan, Wyoming, taking treatment for Asthma and at her death was in the mountains on a two weeks camping trip and could not be located.  He will meet the party at Shelby, Iowa.  Mrs. Goodwater was a devoted Christian and a good mother giving the best of her life to the service of her family. 


The Sprague Advocate, July,_____

 Geo. Schroeder passed away at Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane last Friday.  For several years he had been suffering with cancer of the bowels and it was this that caused his death.  Mr. Schroeder had lived in Sprague for about fifteen years coming here from Du Pere, Wis.  For some time he was engaged in the harness business but during the last few years he worked as a painter and a paper hanger.  He was at one time quite an athlete and a member of Sprague's baseball team.  As a musician he had marked ability and he would entertain himself for hours at a a time with his mandolin and played constantly as a member of an orchestra.  Mr. Schroeder had no other relatives in this part of the country and upon his death a brother from Wisconsin came to take charge of the remains.  He was forty four years old.


Jan 28, 1916

Peter O'Connor, a resident of the Sprague county for over 30 years died at Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane on Tuesday.  The funeral was held Thursday from St. Mary's church, presided over by Mr. O'Connor's former pastor at Sprague, Fr. Cunningham.  Burial was made in Spokane.  John Moylan and the Dr. Bittner attended the funeral.  Mr. O'Connor was born in Ireland about 77 years ago and came to the Sprague vicinity with his wife over 30 years ago from California.  They settled on a homestead in the Renaud district and it was here that Mr. O'Connor lost the sight of both eyes in blasting for a well.  This occurred nearly 30 years ago.  The couple had no children. Mrs. O'Connor who is at Sacred Heart hospital is about 87 years old and is in very feeble health.  Her death is expected any time.


Mar 31, 1916

   County Commissioner Charles R. Howard has received a letter from Frank M. Winship, formerly of this city, telling of the death of Mrs. Winship, March 22, at Chula Vista, Cal.  She was buried at San Diego March 24.  Mr. and Mrs. Winship were formerly well known here, where Mr. Winship was with the Quick Print.  He later operated the Sprague Herald, afterward conducting a general merchandise business at St. Maries, Idaho, and more recently operating a lemon grove at Chula Vista, Cal.--Chronicle-- Mrs. Winship published the Herald here in the '90s and the family will be remembered by many Sprague folks. *


Apr 6, 1917

Mrs. Orma Wolfskill wife of Wm. Luis Wolfskill of Los Angeles, California, and eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Stolp of Sprague, died at Los Angeles, on Mar 20, of heart trouble.  Mrs. Fred Hertel a sister, received a letter from deceased mailed March 19, in which she reported the family all well and the news o her death came as a shock to her relatives.  Mrs. Wolfskill was born in Minnesota in 1887 and was 29 1/2 years old at death.  She went to Los Angeles to live in 1904 and in 1913 was married to Wm. Luis Wolfskill to which union were born two daughters, Norma Luisa, two years old and Amy Marguerite, 6 months old.  She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and children in Los Angeles and her father and mother, two sisters Mrs. Fred Hertel and Clara and two brothers Ernest and Paul of Sprague.  Services were held at the home in Los Angeles on Mar 22, the same German Lutheran minister officiating who conducted the marriage ceremony four year ago and who christened the two children.  The body was cremated according to the expressed wish of the departed one.  She will be greatly missed as she was beloved by all.  Mrs. Wolfskill lived in Sprague a number of years and visited here in the fall of 1909.  The news of her death will be received by many friends with much regret.  The Fred Hertel family telegraphed an order to Los Angeles florist for flowers for the service.


Sep 8, 1921

Mrs. Carl Zanger a Sprague resident for the past 21 years died at Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane last Friday Sep 2.  She had been ill for some time and underwent an operation a few days before.  A cold set in and pneumonia developed which was the cause of death.  Mrs. Zangar whose maiden name was Grace Pama was born in Italy, Aug. 2, 1857.  She grew up there and was married to Mr. Zangar.  In 1900 they came to America and to Sprague where they have lived ever since.  Mr. Zanger owns a home on the north side. She is survived  by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Rose Mossutu of Spokane and Mrs. Nussie Manfred of Irwin,Wash.; and one son Tony Zangar of Irwin.  Funeral services were held last Monday at St. Elysius church in Spokane and burial was at the Fairmont cemetery


Oct 18, 1951

Funeral services for Co. Mark G. Brislawn, who passed away at his home in Manhatten, Kansas, will be held Saturday morning at 10 a.m. from the St. Aloysis Church, Spokane.  Reverent Wm Gaffney, S. J. officiating.  Rosary will be held Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. from Hennessey Funeral Homes, N. 2203 Division St, Spokane, with Rev. Wm. Laney, SJ conducting.  Interment will be at Holy Cross cemetery, Spokane.  Col. Brislawn is survived by his wife, Anna Brislawn at the home; 4 sons, Richard Brislawn, ensign in the U. S. Navy at Chicago, Ill;  Peter Brislawn, Miami, Fla.; Rose and Jerry Brislawn at the home; 1 grandson; 3 brother, Michael and John Brislawn, Spokane;  Louis Brislawn, Seattle, Wash.;  3 sisters, Margaret Brislawn, Pullman, Wash.; Mrs. Mollie Davis, Spokane; Mrs. Anastsio Hanford, Oaksdale, Wash. 


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