Reardan News

                                                                        Submitted by Marge Womach

                                                                               1912 through 1922


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“Waukon Base Ball Dance. A dance will be given in the Waukon hall Friday evening, May 10th for the benefit of the Waukon Base Ball team.  The committee of arrangements are: H E Miller, Arland Ableman and Fred Kemkin.  Tickets: $1. Supper extra.** The postoffice and the general store of the Waukon Trading Co, at Waukon, were robbed Sunday night. About $18.00 in money and some razors and knives were taken.” (Citizen: 5-03-1912) “Unknown parties have been taking in the town of night. They broke into Dr Kaulbach’s drug store and took whiskey and a watch. From the cellar belonging to the meat market they took a box containing several dozen eggs. The next morning they were begging lard, presumably in which to fry them, but Smith didn’t like the idea of furnishing eggs and lard too, so (Rause mit um,) they tried to break into the lumber office, but failing they took a shovel from there and went to the Farmer’s Elevator and broke the door but did not gain an entrance. Sunday night Mr Jett was on the lookout for them but they transferred their operations to Waukon, burglarizing the store of The Waukon Trading Co, carrying away money, razors and other articles to the value of $20. Families have missed fruit and potatoes from their cellars and found burnt matches lying upon their cellar floors.” (Citizen: 5-03-1912)


“Eighth Annual Mule Day.  The eighth annual Mule Day attractions will be given in Reardan on Wednesday, June 12, 1912. Big street parade of stock, bucking contest, ball game, foot and horse races, and other amusements to be made later. Advertising Committee.” (Sprague Advocate: 5-24-1912) 


“Insanity Patient Dies.  Word has been received from J M Semple, superintendent of the insane hospital, that W H Connolly, who was committed to that place last week, had died. Connolly was a farmer living north of Reardan, and his mind had given away entirely.” (LCT: 6-14-1912)


“Reardan.—News of the death of Mr James M Warren at his home at Imperial Beach, California, was received in this place last Saturday.  He had long been in poor health and it was but a few days prior to his death that his two sons here were apprised of his condition and they departed at once for his California home and were with him at the time of his death.  The funeral was held at San Diego on Tuesday of this week. Deceased was born in Sullivan County, MO, Oct 12, 1843 and was therefore 63 years old when he departed this life.  In March, 1884, he came to Washington, settling on a farm near this town, later engaging in business with his son Charles, the firm name being Warren & Son.  In 1903 the firm dissolved on account of the failing health of the senior member who went to California in the hope of being benefited by the change of climate, and where he has since resided. Jan 3.” (Davenport Tribune: 1-09-1913) 


“Waukon.  Mr O F Strangland, a pioneer farmer living two miles east of here, committed suicide Friday at 12 o’clock by shooting himself witha rifle.  He had been talking with his wife in the kitchen and went into an adjoining room and a moment later his wife heard the sound of a shot...” (Davenport Tribune: 1-09-1913) 


“Rev Stahl was serving the Reardan Evangelical Church.” (Random notes: 1913)


“Mrs T P Allen, of Reardan, died last Monday, April 14, at her home in that city. The funeral was held at the Presbyterian Church there, a large number of friends and relatives being present at the last sad rites. The body was buried in the Reardan Cemetery, and the obsequies were conducted by the Rev Geo E Bradley, Methodist minister of Hartline. Deceased was the only daughter of Wm H Smith, who conducts a general store in Reardan, and was 25 years of age at the time of the death. She had been married five years, and had lived in this state two years, coming with her parents from Missouri. Mr Smith’s only son died only five months ago, and the sympathy of all goes out to the parents and the young husband who are bereaved by the death.” (D Tribune: 4-17-1913)


 “Baeder, Herbert Clarence. Born: June 10, 1910 at Waukon.  Father: John J Baeder. Mother: Lizzie Zeigner.” (Superior Court Delayed Birth-50 for 6-10-1913)


“Bad Fire at Reardan.  Fire at Reardan, discovered at 4 o’clock Tuesday morning, did damage to the amount of $25,000 when it burned almost an entire business block.  The buildings destroyed were a livery barn, a restaurant, telephone exchange, barber shop, saloon, jewelry store and the hotel.  Practically all the burned buildings were insured, but not for very large amounts.” (Odessa Record: 8-22-1913) 


“Bostwick, Charles Lester. Born: Jan 10, 1914 near Reardan. Father: George H Bostwick. Mother: Ida Francis Wirt.” (Superior Court Delayed Births-#468 for 1-10-1914)


“Geo J Stringer, teacher in the Jacob Quast school district No. 145, left last evening for Reardan to spend Christmas at his home.  School in that district will resume next Monday, because it is desired to dismiss as early as possible in the spring on account of the farm work.” (Odessa Record: 12-2-1914) 


“The need for a library in Reardan was recognized as early as 1915 when Pastor William Schoeler (pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church) promoted a social affair to which each person brought one or more books to Hanel’s Pioneer Drug Store, where they were housed and made available to all.” (excerpt taken from Dav. Times: 6-01-2006, origin of library: 1915)


“For his injuries at the hands of Henry Carstens, who last August attempted to restore to another neighbor an impounded hog, Thomas Emley, living at Crescent, north of Reardan, was given a verdict of $1 by the jury which had heard three days of testimony in the case in which $23,000 was asked. The innocent hog that escaped to a neighbor’s field was the cause of a suit that brought to Davenport a majority of the days last week nearly 30 witnesses and which cost the litigants a sum estimated at more than $2,000.” (Odessa Record: 2-26-1915) 


“Rev O S Wilson Passes To His Reward.  Rev Oscar Snider Wilson died at his late home in Reardan Friday evening, Aug 20th, at 9 o’clock, ending a long illness covering just four months.  Last April he with others went to Coeur d’Alene to attend the spring session of the Spokane Presbytery when he was there taken ill and after remaining in that city a week, returned to his home, where every possible care and attention was given, but his system worn by his many years of hard, unceasing and self-sacrificing toil in his chosen fields made the case a most difficult one to treat.  He passed through the typhoid fever, however, when other troubles set in because of his weakened condition.  Rev O S Wilson was born near Swanville, IN, June 20, 1863.  He had the advantages of a Christian home and early entered into fellowship with the Presbyterian church.  After graduating from the public schools his zeal for a higher education took him first to Hanover college, from which he graduated in 1888, then to McCormick Seminary, from which he graduated in 1891.  It was the purpose of Mr Wilson to go to Brazil as a missionary, but owing to the condition of his health that plan was abandoned, and his attention was turned to work in the home mission field, being commissioned by the Home Board to labor among the Mormons of Utah. There he worked for eight years.  On March 20, 1894, he was married to Miss Grizzella Gray at Madison, Indiana, and of the union three children were born, Katherine, who died in infancy, and Paul and William who survive the father.  Since entering the ministry he has served on the following fields:  Paoli and Livonia, IN, 1891-1892; Nephi, Utah, 1892-1898; Mendon and Wellville, Utah, 1899-1899; coming to Washington in 1900 he has since served on these fields:  Fairfield and Rockford, WA, 1901; Waterville, 1902-1903; Bonners Ferry, Idaho, 1904-1905; Reardan, Creston and Cortland, 1906-1908; Moody Institute and Govan, 1909; Ferrell, Idaho, 1910-1912; Lincoln, etc, 1913-1915.  He was for fifteen years a member of the Spokane Presbytery, and for seven years was permanent clerk for that body, and was chairman for fifteen years of the committee on American Bible Society.  In all his various fields of work he established a record of progress and development, in almost every charge he erected a new church or manse, not only giving encouragement by word, but with his own hands often doing a large part of the actual work of building, and when one of these monuments that now stand in mute testimony of his industry was completed he would seek a new field where church influences were needed.  Where ever Rev Wilson went he carried with him a spirit of optimism and sunshine, and there was always a welcome for him in every place where duty called him, and to know him was to be his friend.  Especially was this friendliness apparent among his associates in the ministerial field, where the better acquaintance with his sterling worth his unobtrusive manner and tender regard for others before looking to his own welfare, made him a friend and confidante with every member of the Spokane Presbytery.  This was evidenced in the beautiful tributes presented by those who attended the last rites Monday afternoon, the following being the speakers:  Rev Eugene A Walker of Kettle Falls; Rev Frederick Tonge of Davenport; Rev Hugh W Jones of the Fifth Church of Spokane; Rev F E Beatty of Lidgerwood Church of Spokane; Rev Wm W Edmonson of Bethany Church of Spokane, and Rev Elton F Spicer of Reardan Presbyterian Church.  The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock, and immediately after the service the relatives accompanied the remains to Salt Lake City to lay the body to rest beside that of the little daughter.  The wife, two sons, four brothers, two sisters, his aged father and many other relatives including Mr and Mrs Harry Niles of Nez Perce, Idaho, who were present at the funeral, are left to mourn their loss.”  (Reardan Gazette: 8-26-1915) 


“”The Gordon L Beals estate is shown to contain real estate valued at $1,600 and personal property worth $385 by the report of appraisers filed this week.  Agnes A Beals is administrator and A H Finch, Otto Wollweber and T M Brooks were appraisers.” (Odessa Record: 2-04-1916) 


“County Engineer Harvey and Commissioners Riffe and Hudkins went to Spokane Tuesday to inspect concrete piping for culverts with the view of buying concrete this year instead of galvanized iron.” (Odessa Record: 2-25-1916)


“An appraisement of the estate of W T Warren, who died several years ago, was filed this week, valuing the residence in Davenport at $3,500.  J J Inkster, C W Jarvis, Jr, and Fred S Wells were appraisers and Kate W Warren is executrix.” (Odessa Record: 5-26-1916) 


“The funeral of C C Riffe, a prominent farmer was held at Reardan Friday and was largely attended. The funeral was in charge of the Davenport camp of the W O W.  Mr Riffe was for many years prominently identified with the farmer’s union of  Lincoln County. His widow survives.” (Odessa Record: 12-15-1916)


“What is said to have been the best bunch of steers ever produced in this county was shipped from Reardan last week by E Ensor.  There were 50 head in the shipment and they brought the owner better than $6,000 over shipping costs, or more than an average of $120 each.  Mr Ensor is one of the most extensive wheat raisers and stockmen of Lincoln County having made a success of both branches of farm industry. The cattle were not pampered stock, having anything more than good care, and when they could be made to bring almost as much as a horse their development can be classed as a success.—Reardan Gazette.” (Odessa Record: 3-01-1918)


“J E Vest, Retired Farmer, Dies.  Lying unconscious on the concrete sidewalk in front of his home, W1718 Mallon Avenue, J E Vest, age 80, a retired farmer of the Waukon region, was discovered by members of his family about 8:30 Wednesday night, May 22.  Stewart Irvin W Dare of the Emergency hospital and Emergency Officers Fuller and Hoffman were called, as was also Dr H P Marshall.  Investigation of injuries showed a bad fracture of the skull at the base of the brain and sever cerebral hemorrhage. The injury resulted in death at ten o’clock.  Prior to removing to Spokane about 10 years ago, Mr Vest had operated a large farm near Waukon, which he still owns, for 22 years.  Since coming to the city he had been engaged in the grocery business at W1727 Broadway, but retired in 1914.  He lived with his wife, Mrs Katherine Vest, and a daughter, Miss Mabel H Vest, at this Mallon Avenue home, one of the finest in the district.  He had four married daughters living in Spokane and vicinity: Mrs Willis Wood, N 2518 Belt street; Mrs E J Kelley, N 2728 Stone street; Mrs W Monk, Edwall, and Mrs J W Helm, Meadow Lake. The body is at Logan & Jaeger’s. Review.”  (Citizen: 5-31-1918)


“William L Herman was born in Stevenson County, Illinois, Sept 25, 1851, and departed this life August 29, 1918 at Reardan, aged 66 years, 11 months and 4 days. With his parents he came to the Willamette Valley, Oregon, in 1862. He went from there to Dayton, WA, then to Walla Walla. He moved to Lincoln County and took up a homestead north of Edwall.  He had been blind for about ten years. He was united in marriage to Rebecca Fletcher Dec 25, 1877. To this union were born ten children, six sons and four daughters, four sons and one daughter preceding him.  He united with the ME Church South about 28 years ago and lived a good life, dying with his trust in the Lord. In his death besides the wife and 5 children, he leaves 5 brothers, a sister, 7 grandchildren, a number of relatives, and a host of friends to mourn his departure, but we sorrow not as others who have no hope. The funeral services were conducted at the ME church at Edwall by the writer, interment in the Edwall Cemetery.—S M Mathes.” (Davenport Times: 9-12-1918)


“Herman Wagner of Reardan died in Spokane January 15 from pneumonia. He leaves a wife, having been married last October. His brother, Gus Wagner, who was his partner in farming, died two weeks previous from the flu.” ** “Elmer C Stanley, another Reardan resident, age 81, was called by death recently. He leaves a widow and four children, all married.” (DT & T: 10-31-1918, poor copy, age not clear.)


“Reardan is in the midst of a water fight and they propose to settle the matter July 21st at a special election. They plan to vote bonds for $40,000 with which to build a complete system from the ground up.  Harrington fought over this matter for years and it was the prolific source of a longstanding feud.  It was finally settled a few years ago when the city bought the privately owned system, and there is no one who would now go back to the privately owned method.  While the rates have not been lowered the system has been almost renewed in a few years of city ownership. A new tank has been erected, 4,000 feet of steel pipe laid, an artesian well dug, a brick pump house erected and finally a $105-a-month contract secured from the G N Railway. These improvements have made it impossible to lower rates but it is safe to predict that by another year the city will be in such condition that a reduction will be possible.” (Citizen: 7-18-1919)


“Laura S Davis, age 22, of Long Lake, died in the Sacred Heart hospital, Spokane, August 11, says the Reardan Gazette. Deceased was born on the Twin Springs fruit farm, near Long Lake, and has resided in Lincoln County all her life.” (DT & T: 8-21-1919)


“While at work Thursday afternoon last week at the farm of Otis Hanes, James Nugent, well known in this vicinity for fifteen years, dropped dead of heart failure. The body was brought to the Hard undertaking parlor the same evening.  Burial took place Sunday afternoon at the Reardan Cemetery, after a short service at the grave conducted by Rev John M Thompson, Presbyterian minister.  Though Mr Nugent numbered among his acquaintances almost everybody in the Reardan country, so little was known of his history that the services were necessarily brief, as no one could inform the minister of the particulars of his life. Mr Nugent was born at Dearborn, Michigan, about 73 years ago. It is believed that shortly after his wife’s death he was moved to leave Michigan, whence he wandered over a grat part of the western country. He was in the cattle business before leaving Michigan.—Reardan Gazette.” (Edit: Burial occurred in the Reardan Cemetery; Dav. Times-Tribune: 9-18-1919) 


“S S Shepherd Dies in Alberta.  S S Shepherd, a pioneer of the Big Bend district, died suddenly Thursday of last week at Taber, Alberta, which had been his home for the last four years.  Burial took place at Taber. His widow, four sons and a daughter survive. The sons are Russell, Herbert and Frank of Taber and Schuyler of Spokane. The daughter is Mrs E W Haskins of Taber.  Samuel S Shepherd came to Lincoln County in 1888, bought a right and homesteaded a claim four miles northwest of Reardan.  He was born in Oregon County, New York, on the Susquehanna River, May 9, 1852, the son of Erastus and Sarah Shepherd.  Reared on a farm in his native state, Mr Shepherd attended common and graded schools until arriving at manhood. In February, 1876, he went to Cedar County, Iowa, and was there engaged in farming until the spring of 1888 when he came to Lincoln County.  He was married on April 21, 1877, in Cedar County, Iowa, to Kate Van Keuren, a native of Deleware County, New York.  In the fall of 1898 Mr Shepherd was elected county treasurer, serving one term, and four years later being elected county commissioner and serving six years.  In 1913 he sold his farm near Reardan and bought a section of land near Taber, Alberta, Canada, where he spent the last five years of his life farming and making improvements on the farm.  After having the influenza last fall Mr Shepherd was left with a weak heart.  On Saturday, Oct 4, he was taken with the hiccough and paralysis of the throat and grew weaker until death came Thursday morning with what is thought to be the third stroke of paralysis on the left side.  He was only bedfast Wednesday night and Thursday forenoon of the day of his death.” (Davenport Tribune & Times: 10-16-1919)


“John Athrops Passed Away.  At the ripe old age of 86 years John Athrops, of Mondovi, died on Oct 30, at the home of his son, Henry B Athrops, following an illness of two months.  Mr Athrops was born in Germany Dec 29, 1832. Coming to America at an early age he settled in Carer County, Minnesota, where he was married to Elizabeth Hausman, who preceded him to the other world about two years ago.  Mr Athrops moved west with his family in 1888 and settled in Spokane County, but for the past sixteen years he has resided near Mondovi.  He leaves to mourn his loss two sons, Henry B of Mondovi and J H of Stevens County, and four daughters, Mrs H C Stuedeman of Glenco, MN, Mrs Herman Banning, Winthrop, MN, Mrs H Seabrand of Chewelah, and Mrs F F Von Lehe of Deep Creek.  The funeral was held last Saturday morning from the home in Mondovi and the remains were buried in the Mondovi Cemetery, Rev John McIlroy Thompson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Reardan officiating.” (Reardan Gazette: 11-06-1919) 


“Elva Flood is Bride of J E Zwainz.  At a quiet wedding last Sunday at two o’clock, at the home of Mr and Mrs Luke Flood, Miss Elva became the bride of Mr J Zwainz. Mr Anton Zwainz, brother of the groom, acted as best man.  Miss Helen, sister of the groom, was bridesmaid.  Miss Mary Zwainz played Mendelssohns wedding march as the bridal party entered the living room.  Rev Father Murphy officiated at the ceremony.  Only immediate members of the two families were present.  The bride wore a beautiful traveling suit of blue tricotine with a corsage of pink rosebuds.  The living room and the dining room were artistically decorated for the occasion. The color scheme was pink and white.  Immediately after the ceremony they entered the dining room where the wedding dinner was awaiting them.  The bride was born in this vicinity and has a host of friends.  The groom, as well, has lived here all his life and is a prosperous young farmer.  Mr and Mrs Zwainz left for a honeymoon trip to California and other southern points of interest. They will be at home to their many friends after January 15.  Their friends wish them continued happiness on their sea of life’s voyage.” ** “Mrs Hansen is Dead at Age of 82. Mrs John Hansen died at her home in Reardan Friday, Nov 7, 1919, after a long illness, having attained the age of 82 years, 4 months and 27 days.  Mrs Hansen was born in Germany June 10, 1837.  In 1867 she emigrated to America to the state of Wisconsin and in the same year was united in marriage with John Hansen.  This union was blessed with 5 children, two of whom died in early childhood.  In the spring of 18__ she, with her husband and children came to Washington where they lived on a farm southeast of Reardan, until 1900 when they retired from farming and made their home in Reardan.  She is survived by three children: Peter C Hansen, of Davenport; J A Hansen and Mrs Emma Carstens of Reardan; and four grandchildren. Also one sister, Mrs Peter Tramm of Reardan, and two brothers and one sister residing in Germany, besides a number of other relatives.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the Evangelical Lutheran church of which she was a lifelong member.  Rev Wm Schoeler of Wilbur preached the funeral sermon.”  (Reardan Gazette: 11-13-1919)


“Old Mondovi News.  Mr H C Mellom of Youngstown, Alberta, arrived last Saturday and is visiting with his brother P T Mellom.** Miss Dorothy Glazebrook of Mabton is visiting friends and relatives in the immediate vicinity.** Mr and Mrs George Hanes spent Thanksgiving day with the home folks in Spokane.** Mr J D Williams went to Spokane last Sunday with earl and Esther who are attending school in the city.** Mrs Fay Reynolds is visiting her parents in Iowa. She is expected to return in a few days.** Messrs Erick Krupke, Alfred Krupke and the Mellom family spent an enjoyable evening last Sunday at the home of J D Williams.** Mr J D Williams and family, Mr W Weill Williams, Mr and Mrs P T Mellom, Mr and Mrs R H Rogers, Mr and Mrs Alvah E Brooks, Mr and Mrs A A Geddy, and Miss Dorothy Glazebrook were guests at the home of H E Bell Thanksgiving day.” (Reardan Gazette: 12-04-1919)  “Solverson Family is Stricken.  After Short Illness Mrs Solverson Dies of Apoplexy. Body Taken East.  Stricken suddenly last Thursday afternoon by apoplexy Mrs Stephen H Solverson passed away Monday, Dec 1, at 12:10 o’clock p.m., at her home in Reardan.  Annie M Plynn, was born at Hartland, Wisconsin, in July 1872, and was married on May 6, 18901 to Stephen H Solverson, at that time a telegrapher.  Mr and Mrs Solverson came west in November 1900 and located on a farm near Old Mondovi, where they resided for several years and then came to Reardan where they continued to reside.  Besides a husband and one son, Clifford S, Mrs Solverson leaves to mourn her loss four brothers, Fred, George, Will, and Max Plynn, and one sister, Mrs Andrews, all living in Wisconsin.  Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church yesterday afternoon, at which the members of the Eastern Star appeared in a body, and the floral offerings were very pretty.  Rev J McIlroy Thompson officiated.  The remains, accompanied by the bereaved husband and son, were taken yesterday to Hartland, Wisconsin, from where they will be buried in the cemetery at Nasotah.  Mrs Solverson was a member of the Episcopal church and also a member of the Order Eastern Star, a charter member of the Hartland, Wisconsin, chapter and the Reardan, Washington, chapter.  She was active in lodge and church work and was an exemplary woman in many ways. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved husband and son.” (Reardan Gazette: 12-04-1919) “Lang Family Holds Reunion.  Mr and Mrs C D Lang of Davenport gave a Thanksgiving dinner to 29 relatives. The guests were the sons and daughters and families of Mrs V A Lang of Reardan. Those present were:  Mrs V A Lang, of Reardan; Mr and Mrs T A Holman, daughter Meryle and son Royal, of Spangle; B F Lang, son Norman and daughter Ethel, and Mr and Mrs H E Disner of Spokane; Mr and Mrs G C Little, daughters Iris May and Virginia and Mr and Mrs Ray Little and daughter Margary, of Mondovi; Mr and Mrs W F Heppe and daughter Florence, of Reardan; Mr and Mrs L M Lang, daughters Ruth and Mary and sons Lowell and Arthur, of Reardan; Mr and Mrs C D Lang and son Theodore, of Davenport; two sisters of Mrs C D Lang—Miss Bertice McConnell of Centerville, Iowa and Miss Christine McConnell, a student at WSC, Pullman.  A bounteous dinner and a general good time were enjoyed by all. One Present.” (Reardan Gazette: 12-04-1919; Little may represent the Littell family.) “Presbyterian Church Services. Services every Sunday in the Presbyterian church as follows: Bible School, 10 a.m.; Morning worship, 11 a.m.; Evening worship, 7:30 p.m.  The subject for the morning service will be ‘The Marks of Christian Growth.’  In the evening there will be an interesting stereoptican service. The subject will be ‘Sowing and Reaping in Burmah,’ illustrated by 100 slides. The stereoptican will be used for the entire service both songs and pictures. Everyone cordially invited to all these services. John McIlroy Thomson, Minister.” ** Spokane County Poor Farm raised nearly $5,000 worth of high class potatoes this year.  The product will be consumed at various county institutions. The poor farm lands have enhanced greatly in value as the outcome of the upward trend of land values in the Spangle vicinity.” ** Evangelical Church.  Sunday School 10 a.m.  Preaching 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.  YPA 6:30 p.m. Rev J M Preiss, Pastor.” (Reardan Gazette: 12-04-1919)


“Odd Fellows Celebrate Lodge’s 29th Birthday.  Long and Varied Entertainment Marks Event. Rev James Thomson is Speaker.  Reardan Odd Fellows Lodge No. 84, celebrated its 29th anniversary last Saturday night with a large attendance of members and invited guests.  Starting off at 6:30 with an elaborately prepared dinner of roast chicken and a lot of other good things to eat prepared and served by the Rebekahs, one form of entertainment followed after another.  A program of singing, led by Mrs C B Fitzsimmons, was immensely enjoyed and the singers responded to several encores.  The address by Rev James Thomson of Spokane on oddfellowship, fraternity and community building, interspersed with stories, was made very impressive. After and before the program a social good time was carried on without any formality.  The affair, being the first of the kind held since before the war, will be retained as a pleasant memory by the lodge.  The Odd Fellows lodge of Reardan is the oldest fraternal organization in the town, and the largest, its membership numbering 163 at this time.  The lodge was instituted Dec 15, 1890. Its charter members were Pete Setters, G Davidson, J Alkire, R H Luntsford, W H Capps, C S Warren, Charles Garber, Fred Garber, J M Warren, George Sangster, among who W H Capps one of the surviving members was present on this occasion. The lodge was held for a time in the Warren building. During its earlier years, due the hard times which prevailed, it had a hard struggle for existence, but as usual in such cases there were a few loyal spirits who kept the lodge in good standing until the country became prosperous when it gained in membership.  Today it occupies spacious quarters in the second story of the National Bank building, consisting of an elegantly furnished lodge room, a dining room, kitchen and smoking room.  The lodge has accumulated property to the value of $9,000, which is invested in its furnishings and paraphernalia, a cemetery, several thousand dollars in government bonds and cash.  Its membership is made up of leading and substantial citizens of the community and the institution stands high as a fraternal body.”  (Reardan Gazette: 12-18-1919) 


“Reardan:  Mrs Maggie Sleep, wife of Fred Sleep, died at her home at Reardan Monday, Feb 16, from pneumonia, following flu.  She leaves a husband and one son. Mrs Sleep was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania, Jan 31, 1879, was married to Fred Sleep at Cumberland, Maryland, in 1895, the family coming to Reardan in 1913.” (DT &T: 2-26-1920)


 “Rocklyn, Wash. May 4—The Washington Conference of the Evangelical Association met at Rocklyn, from April 29 to May 2. Bishop G Heinmiller was presiding. Finances showed a commendable gain over last year. Two new missions were established in the Yakima valley. The appointments made by the bishop are as follows: Washington Mission Conference, A Zabel, superintendent;  Washington District, A Zabel, presiding elder; Buena,  F M Knoll; Cowiche,  C W Wolthausen; Edwall,  W J Almendinger; Harrington,  M E Hunsberger; Lamont,  W J Almendinger; Nob Hill,  C C Weber; Reardan,  J M Preiss; Ruff,  to be supplied; Rocklyn,  M E Hunsberger; Spokane First,  S C Foster; Sunnyside,  V Urbino; Valleyford,  J B Schneider; Wilson Creek,  to be supplied; Yakima,  H I Bittner; and Yakima Valley, D Groenig.” (Citizen: 5-07-1920)


“Ernest Elston, age 35, was found dead beside his wagon on the farm of Peter Tramm Friday afternoon. Mr Elston was hauling sacked wheat for Mr Tramm from the field to the granary. Not appearing at the house for the noon meal search was made for him.  The body was found beside his wagon which was standing at the granary with a part of the load off.  The platform of the granary which stood some feet above the wagon had collapsed and sacks of wheat were upon the ground.  It is believed that the platform gave way under the weight of Mr Elston and in falling his head had struck the wheel causing instant death.  Mr Elston leaves his widow, the daughter of Dan Humphrey of Reardan, and one child. He had his life insured a few months ago.” (Edit: burial occurred in the Reardan Cemetery; Odessa Record: 8-20-1920) 


“George H Forbes, a creditor, has filed petition for letters of administration on the estate of James Nugent, who died at Reardan Sept 4, 1921. No relatives of deceased have been located.” (Citizen: 4-22-1921)


“Miss Etta Streyffeler of Seattle and Harry Wendlandt of Waukon were quietly married at the groom’s home near Reardan on June 24th. Rev R D Streyffeler performed the ceremony. The bride was beautifully attired in a white satin gown trimmed with georgette crepe. Willah Streyffeler, sister of the bride, and Dora Wendlandt, sister of the groom, were bridesmaids. Elmer Wendlandt, brother of the groom, and Ward Streyffeler, brother of the bride, were best men. The happy couple went to Coeur d’Alene on their honeymoon and will be at their home near Reardan to receive their many friends after July 1st.”  (Citizen: 7-01-1921)


“Fire of unknown origin destroyed the Lincoln mill last night witha loss of about $13,000.  The building was a wood frame structure, similar to the one in Reardan. It was not being used this year. Instead, it was used for storage of wheat brought in by local farmers in the Lincoln district.  Mary Rinker, 25, died Wednesday from typhoid fever that she contracted on a recent visit to Idaho. She was known to have a weak heart and this may have hastened her death. She was born in Eastonville, PA, and came with her parents to Edwall in 1900 before moving to Reardan. She is survived by four brothers and four sisters, all but one in this area.” (Davenport Times 2001 reprint of 9-08-1921)


“Pioneer Families Are United By Marriage.  Miss Marjorie Gertrude Riffe Becomes Bride of Anton J Zwainz.  At the home of the bride’s parents, Mr and Mrs R A Riffe, at high noon on Thanksgiving day, in the presence of the immediate relatives and a few friends, was the scene of a very pretty wedding, when Miss Marjorie Gertrude Riffe, the only daughter, was joined in marriage to Mr Anton J Zwainz, by the Rev Father Wm. Chaput, pastor of the Reardan Catholic Church.  The bride was attended by Miss Anade Meyers, of Hillyard and the groom was attended by Mr Randall Wood, of Reardan.  The bride was gowned in a grey traveling suit and carried a bouquet of pink rosebuds and sweet peas.  The maid wore a gown of blue messaline and carried a bouquet of white and purple chrysanthemums, and the house was decorated with chrysanthemums.  Following an elaborate wedding dinner the happy couple left for Spokane that evening, leaving the city Saturday for a two months honeymoon in California, stopping at Portland, going for a visit.  While they will visit all the chief  points of attraction in California they will probably make Long Beach their headquarters, that city being the present home of the groom’s father.  The young couple having been born and raised in the Reardan country are well known. The bride is the only daughter of Mr and Mrs R A Riffe, pioneer farmers of Mondovi, now residing in Reardan.  She is a graduate of the Reardan high school and of the Cheney Normal.  She taught in the city schools of Davenport last year.  The groom is one of the prosperous farmers of Mondovi, graduated from the Reardan high and served his country over seas in the late war.  Both are very popular young people and they have the best wishes of everyone for a happy and prosperous wedded life.” (Reardan Gazette: Dec 1, 1921) “Mrs G A Matheis and baby returned home last Saturday from the hospital.” (Reardan Gazette: 12-01-1921)


“George Everett Doggett. Male, white, infant. Birth: May 11, 1922. Age 4 days, born Washington.  Father: George G Doggett, born Ohio; Mother: Rosette Podmore, born Wisconsin.  Informant: Geo G Doggett, address: Harrington, Wash.  Death: May 15, 1922 at 4:30 p.m.  Cause: Premature birth at about six months. Physician: J T Poynter, Davenport, WA. Burial: Reardan, Wash on 5-16-1922; Undertaker: J E Turner, Harrington, WA.” (WA State Board of Health Register of Death: 5-15-1922)


“Editors Meet At Wilbur.  The Lincoln County Editorial association met at Wilbur Saturday of last week, every editor in the county being present. This is the first time in the memory of any of the present members that there has been 100 per cent attendance. In order to keep peace in the organization the matter of the recent hot primary fight was not mentioned, but the editors did go on record as heartily in favor of using all proper pressure to induce the county officials to ‘Buy at Home,’ when local merchants can do as well by the county as an out-of-the-county firm can. Those present were:  Howard Spining of the Wilbur Register; L C Weik, Odessa Record; E F Hutlgrenn, Sprague Advocate; O U Hawkins, Creston News; N Russell Hill, Daventport Times-Tribune; R W Safford, Reardan Gazette; Fred Pier, Almira Outlook; and Robert E Gay, Harrington Citizen. The next meeting will be held at Reardan in December.” (Citizen: 9-22-1922) 


“Weipert Families Hold Reunion.  A large number of relations and friends gathered last Sunday at the home of Mr and Mrs S A Weipert in honor of the visit of Mr and Mrs C T Weipert and Miss Olive Weipert of Los Angeles, California.  The day was spent in reminiscing interspersed with music.  At 2 o’clock an elaborate dinner was served by Mrs S A and F W Weipert.  Those present were: J R Puls and family, Geo George Holladay and family and Mrs Reiha, who is visiting at the Holladays, John Buchanan and family, Herschel Weipert and family, Martin Zeimantz and family and sister, Miss Kate Zeimantz, Mrs Angie Hill and mother-in-law, Mr Gallanhan and family and Miss Hazel Devenish of Spokane, Bill Ellis, J W Bannon and family, C T Weipert and wife and Miss Olive Weipert of Los Angeles, F W Weipert and S A Weipert and their families and father , George Weipert, 55 people in all. ** Rev John Clayton Accepts Call to Local Church.  At a meeting of the Presbytery held in the First Presbyterian church at Spokane yesterday Rev John Clayton received and accepted a call to the pastorate of the First Presbyterian church of Reardan.  The installation service will be held Monday, Oct 9, at the Presbyterian church here.  Rev H T Michelmore of Wilbur, will preside and propound the questions.  Dr Divine will preach the sermon; Dr Ferry will give the charge to the pastor; Rev Alex Hood will give the charge to the people. All members, supporters and friends invited to the service.”  (Reardan Gazette: 10-05-1922)

“Henrietta I Childs.  The  remains of Mrs Henrietta I Childs, who died at Almira on Nov 5th, was interred Monday at Spring Creek Cemetery.  Mrs Childs was 90 years and 8 months of age at the time of her death.  She came to Washington in 1902 from New York City. The surviving children are W H Childs of Spokane, actively engaged in business in Reardan; Pauline Childs of Almira; Mrs I Phillips of New York.  Also nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, in the families of John E Childs, W N Childs and Harry King, all of Reardan, Don Clark of Spokane, Mrs W B Templeton of Rockport, Wash., and J Staykoff of Spokane.” ** “Surprise Mrs J A Hansen.  On Tuesday afternoon of this week Mrs J A Hansen was most happily surprised when the members of the Lutheran Ladies Aid to the number of 30 came in and took possession of her home.  The event was in honor of Mrs Hansen’s 40th birthday and also a recognition of her ten year’s service as treasurer of the aid. She was presented with a beautiful set of silver teaspoons.  Mrs J M Groschupf played several selections on the piano and dainty refreshments were served by the ladies.  After congratulations the guests departed for their respective homes.**  Rev A Zabel of Spokane, opened evangelistic meetings last evening at the Evangelical church. These services will be held every evening except Saturday evening, during the remainder of this week and all of next week, at 7:30 p.m.  The community is invited to participate in these services.** A son was born on Nov 6 to Mr and Mrs F A Evers.” (photo of Zabel in original)”  (Reardan Gazette: 11-09-1922)


“J E Morris, principal of the Reardan schools, was called to Rockford Thursday on account of the serious illness of his father, Jacob Morris, who died that evening.  The deceased is survived by his widow, seven married daughters and James E, an only son. He had been a resident of Rockford since 1882, engaged in business and farming.” (Reardan Gazette: 11-16-1922) 



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