Reardan News

                                                                        Submitted by Marge Womach

                                                                               1926 through 1930


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 “Ward Streyffeler Dies. Word reached The Citizen office this week that Ward Streyffeler had recently died in Bellingham. The details are told in the following Communication: Ward De Clifford Streyffeler, only son of Mr and Mrs R D Streyffeler, was born in Polo, Illinois, June 10, 1902. One year later he came with the family to Washington and lived in the west all his life. He departed this life Sunday evening January 10, 1926, at the age of 23 years, 7 months,  as they were gathering for services on earth, he was gathering with the Saints for the Eternal meeting in Heaven. He was dedicated to the Lord and early in life had a consciousness of salvation and at different times made a definite consecration of himself to the Lord. Eight years ago the Lord wonderfully baptized him in the Holy Spirit, and two years later received a definite call to the missionary field, which call was constantly kept before him in thought and preparation. He attended ‘Kreig Bible School’ in San Francisco, California. He took a deep interest in the work amongst the Chinese, and longed for the time when he would find his field of labor amongst them. One year ago the Lord marvelously dealt with him, giving him such a longing for the mission work, that from that time on, to his end his prayer and thoughts were in and for China. Last April he was ordained to the ministry and since was engaged in the evangelistic work as his strength permitted. Six weeks ago he entered into a deeper love of Jesus than he had ever known, before, since that time his love for the work of God surpassed any thing he had ever known, his spirit became more tender and sensitive to what he believed would be pleasing to Jesus. He preached his last message at Bellingham, Wash. on Tuesday eve January 5th, from the text Romans 8:35. (Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?) He bore testimony of his unfaltering faith in the power of God to keep him through the deepest trials of life and admonished and exhorted to let nothing come between us and the love of Jesus. As the end drew near, his faith remained firm and with a victorious love he fell asleep in Jesus. His last words were: ‘Glory to Jesus, Glory to Jesus.’  The last message he gave under the power of the Spirit ‘Just a few more trials, just a little more patience and ye shall come forth as gold tried by fire.’ Two years ago he was taken with the influenza, from which effects he suffered to the end. He completely trusted the Lord for Spirit, Soul and body. Many times he was lifted by the divine touch on his body, and several times while in the shadow of death was marvelously touched by Resurrection power and raised up. His work is over, his labor done, and his faith stands forth as an example for others to follow.” (Citizen: 1-22-1926)

“Inventory and appraisal of the estate of F M Moore by G H Finrow, J R Davidson and W F Hanning, Reardan, shows the estate to be worth $19,901.” (Odessa Record: 2-19-1926) 


“Thea Muller was granted an interlocutory decree of divorce from John Muller April 15, on default judgment and desertion.  The couple were married in October, 1924, and lived near Waukon.  Plaintiff alleged defendant deserted her in August 1925, and has contributed nothing towards her support.  She was given her maiden name of Thea Neerman.” (Citizen: 4-23-1926)


“E S Chaffee, age 69, pioneer of the Edwall-Waukon district, died at his home at Waukon Friday night.  He suffered a stroke of paralysis Thursday and never regained consciousness. The funeral was held at Medical Lake Monday.” (Odessa Record: 5-21-1926) 


“E A Davidson, who was born and reared in Reardan, was appointed assistant engineer for the National Parks Association. He was previously in charge of the ornamental department of a Toppenish nursery.” (Dav. Times 2001 reprint: 7-19-1926) 


“An ignited match, thrown on the ground by a harvest hand, after lighting a cigarette, was responsible for a fire Friday afternoon in a wheat field of Elmore Tarbert, in the Crescent district, north of Reardan.  The flames enveloped three horses that were hitched to the header.  The fire spread like a flash over the field, destroying about 25 acres of standing grain and 40 sacks of seed wheat that was piled up. The grain that was being headed was being threshed and hauled to the elevator at Reardan. It was only by quick work that the thresher was saved. Neighbors from all directons and men from Reardan rushed to the scene and by hard work the fire was brought under control. The grain was said to be insured.” (Odessa Record: 7-23-1926) 


“Westphal Estate is Divided. Decree of distribution of the estate of Christian Westphal, Reardan pioneer, has been signed. By the order of distribution, Charles H Littell, Reardan, administrator, is given $1500 and W H Padley, Reardan attorney $1500. The remainder of a $7143 estate is distributed among 30 heirs. The case attracted considerable attention recently because a sister of Mr Westphal’s who resided in Germany, had his body exhumed to show that he had a broken arm, which was her means of proving her relationship.” (Odessa Record: 7-23-1926)


“Some good reports on winter wheat yields are made by Jeff Ellis, who threshed 42 bushels to the acre, and Tom Landreth 38 bushels.  these farmers are to the north and east of Reardan. The estimate for the winter wheat crop in that section is an average of 30 bushels to the acre.—Reardan Gazette.” ** “Petition for probate of the will of Lizzie G Buckman and the naming of her daughter, Mrs R P Cassels, Davenport, as executrix, has been signed.” (Odessa Record: 7-30-1926)


“G E Davis, proprietor of the Harrington Service Station, purchased the Longmeir Service Station in Reardan of L E Longmeir last week and took possession Monday of this week. The new proprietor has changed the name of the firm to ‘The Reardan Service Station’ and has placed Harold Tierney in charge.  Harold has been employed by Mr Davis for several weeks and has already made a reputation for himself for his courtesy to the public and for his industry and personal interest in the work. His promotion to this new position of responsibility is an evidence of the high regard held for him by his employer. Mr Davis will remain in charge of the Harrington business.” (Citizen: 8-06-1926)


"Early Tuesday afternoon a small fire was started in the wheat field of E Dueber in Waukon district, but due to the hard work of Gus Magnuson and his crew and the neighbors who came to their assistance the fire was soon brought under control. It burned over about an acre of standing wheat and at one time threatened to burn a pile of sacked barley belonging to Mr Magnuson. The standing grain was insured. -- Reardan Gazette.”  ** “A marriage license was issued at Davenport Wednesday to James W Godwin, Mondovi, and Louise Golland, Reardan.”  (Odessa Record: 8-13-1926)


“A marriage license was issued at Davenport Monday to Charles Waldron and Mae Furrier, both of Reardan.” ** “Harry Wilson, assistant cashier of the Farmers’ State Bank of Reardan for the last four years, has resigned to accept appointment as deputy state bank examiner. Mr Wilson’s resignation becomes effective Aug 20.” ** “H G and Edna C Burns of Reardan filed suit last Thursday against Jake and Chris Schultz seeking to have a land sale on contract set aside and $3,000 damages paid the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs charge that Jake Schultz bought three quarters of a section of land from them for $19,200 on a sale’s contract which provided that he make regular payments on the principal and keep up the taxes on the land.  They charge that he failed to make the proper payments and that taxes on the property became delinquent.” (Odessa Record: 8-20-1926)


“Martin E Snyder has been charged with arson in the first degree and arson in the second degree, alleged to have set fire to business houses at Reardan.  He is in the county jail at Davenport until he can furnish a $5,000 bond.” (Odessa Record: 8-27-1926)


“Decree of final settlement has been made in the estates of Peter and Bangta Wiese, both deceased, former residents of Reardan. The property consisting of both real and personal was distributed to Walter C Wendlandt, a grandson, and Anna Lutzhoft, a sister to Mrs Weise, as well as bequests being made to the different institutions of the Lutheran Church.” (Odessa Record: 9-24-1926)


“G Coleman has been appointed post master at Waukon, according to a recent dispatch from Washington, DC.” (Odessa Record: 10-01-1926)


“Conrad Scharman, who has conducted a meat market at Reardan for 35 years, disposed of his business last week to William Hopkins, his head salesman for six years past.” (Odessa Record: 10-15-1926)


“Inventory and appraisal of the estate of Albert Wintermantle of Edwall, made by J W Reynolds, Oscar Polenske and E B McMahon, shows the estate to consist of property worth $1870.” (Odessa Record: 10-22-1926)


“A marriage license was issued Wednesday at Davenport to Theodore R Ensor, Reardan, and Violet Jensen, Bluestem.” (Odessa Record: 12-03-1926)


“The funeral of Frank Evers, who died Monday from injuries received when he was thrown from a truck, was held at the Reardan Evangelical church Tuesday, the Rev A Zabel of Spokane officiating.” (Odessa Record: 12-10-1926)


“Return for private sale of land, part of the estate of John H and Lizzie Buckman, has been made by Molye Cassels, administratrix, who reported that a quarter section was sold to H A Wagner for $5,400.” (Odessa Record: 12-10-1926)


“A firing squad, color guard and bugler of Davenport American Legion post went to Reardan Thursday to assist in the funeral of George Arnold, age 55, Spanish-American War veteran.  Mr Arnold was from Drummond, Mont, and was visiting friends in Reardan when he died.” (Odessa Record: 12-17-1926)


“P M Tramm, a Reardan farmer, sold 54 fat live hogs to the Reardan Meat company Friday for $1,245.  It was the largest consignment of hogs marketed in Reardan this winter. ** Ralph T Sullivan of Reardan has been granted an interlocutory decree of divorce from Estella Sullivan on the grounds of desertion. Custody of a son will alternate between them.” (Odessa Record: 1-07-1927)


“Roy Campbell, alias Bert Ellis, was arrested at Reardan yesterday on a family desertion charge. An information was filed today by Prosecutor J H Johnston charging Campbell with failing to support his wife and six children.” (Odessa Record: 1-14-1927)


“Fred C Larson, missing witness in the case of the state against Martin E Snyder, charged on two counts of first degree arson, was located Saturday at Medford, Oregon, and arrived to testify.  The case against George Snyder, co-defendent with Martin E Snyder, was dismissed after the state’s testimony was completed.  Martin Snyder is charged with setting the fire which destroyed part of Reardan last summer.” (Odessa Record: 3-04-1927) 


“Reardan has a new well that has been tested and found ample to meet all the requirements of the town as to water production.  It is 132 feet deep and has been approved by the town council.” (Odessa Record: 4-15-1927) 


“Editors Meet At Sprague.  The Lincoln County Press association held its semi-annual meeting and election of officers Saturday at Sprague as guests of E H Hultgren, publisher of the Sprague Advocate... Those present and the papers represented were: C H Talmage, Ritzville Journal-Times; Vernon Frost, Cheney Free Press; Mr and Mrs R W Safford, Reardan Gazette; Mrs Ethel Hill and Miss Hill, Davenport Times-Tribune; R E Gay, Harrington Citizen; E H Hultgren, Sprague Advocate; O H Barber, Wilbur Register; and L D Weik, Odessa Record. The next meeting will be held in Odessa in September.” (Odessa Record: 6-03-1927) 


“Peter Walsh, age 75, a pioneer resident of the Reardan country, died June 12 following an attack of pneumonia. He came to Reardan in 1881.” (Dav.Times-Tribune: 6-23-1927)


“Inventory and appraisal of the estate of Carl F and Anna Schultz, made by E G Ahrens, J C Driscoll and V T Denson of Reardan, shows the estate to consist of property valued at $9,785.” (Citizen: 7-01-1927)


“Mrs F B Weed Dies in Hospital.  Mrs F B Weed, 51, died Sunday, Nov 6, at Sacred Heart hospital, Spokane, following an operation for gallstones, which she underwent last Friday.  Mrs Weed is survived by her husband, proprietor of the Sunset Cafe. She was born in Wisconsin and came here with her husband last February and purchased the cafe. The funeral was held yesterday from the Catholic church and the interment was at the Reardan cemetery, Rev Fr. J Feisst officiating.” (Reardan Gazette: 11-10-1927) 


“Man is Administrator.  Order appointing Edward T Gray of Reardan as administrator of the estate of his father, Andrew Gray, was signed by the court Tuesday.  Charles Garber, J E Childs and Henry Mahrt were named appraisers of this estate.” (DT &T: 2-16-1928)


“A hearing was held before Judge Joseph Sessions and Drs F A Decker of Reardan and J F Poynter of Davenport upon the alleged insanity of Relda Fisher of Creston. After hearing the evidence and upon the advice of the physicians the patient was committed to the Eastern Washington Hospital for the insane at Medical Lake.” (Citizen: 2-24-1928)


“Former Mondovi Woman Buried.  The remains of Mrs J J Heden, who died at Conrad, Montana, were brought here Friday and buried in the Reardan Cemetery beside the grave of her husband who died about 16 years ago.  Mrs Heden, who was 86 years of age at the time of her death, was a former resident of the Mondovi country.  For a number of years she has resided with children at Conrad.  Brief services were conducted by Rev M E Hunsberger at the Hard mortuary and at the grave.  Mrs Heden is survived by two daughters and two sons in Montana and a daughter at Telford, Wash., also a son in California.” ** “William Adams, Pioneer, Dies in Spokane.  William Adams, 81, died Monday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs Minnie Feske, Spokane, following a lingering illness of several weeks. The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the chapel of Hennessey & Calloway, Spokane, and the burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery, Rev J M Groschupf, assisted by the Rev H A Brown, officiating. Mr Adams was born in Saxony, Germany, and came to New York when about 16 years of age. He was married about 60 years ago to Christina Ghormiey in New York.  He came with his family to the Reardan country 42 years ago and settled on a homestead north of Reardan where he farmed for a number of years and later moved to Reardan.  Mr Adams was a plasterer and bricklayer by trade.  Besides his widow, Mr Adams is survived by five daughters, Mrs Katie Matti, Wisconsin; Minnie Feske, Spokane; Emma Finrow and Rose Schumer, Reardan; Lizzie Jones, California; and a son, William Adams, in Chicago.  Mr Adams was a kind husband and father and a friend to all. He lived beyond the allotted life to man and died highly respected.”  (Reardan Gazette: 3-01-1928) 


“Newspaper Men Meet.  The newspaper men of Lincoln County met in the regular quarterly meeting Saturday, Oct 13, with Mr and Mrs H S Bassett at Harrington.  Every paper was represented. The meeting commenced at 10 a.m., and a social consideration of the methods and problems of the individual members. The comparisons were helpful to all... Those present at the meeting were Mr and Mrs E F Hultgrenn of the Sprague Advocate, Mr and Mrs L C Weik and daughter of the Odessa Record; A F Wilson of the Almira Outlook; Mr and Mrs O F Barber of the Wilbur Register; Mr and Mrs R W Safford of the Reardan Gazette; and J F Hill of the Davenport Times-Tribune and the host and hostess, Mr and Mrs H S Bassett of the Harrington Citizen.” (Dav. Times-Tribune: 10-18-1928) 


“Mary L Gray, age 70, died at Reardan following a stroke of apoplexy Sunday night. Mrs Gray had been a nurse in the Reardan Community hospital for over four years.” (Odessa Record:7-05-1929)


“Sunrise Rabbitry Sweeps Show. The local Sunrise Rabbitry just about cleaned house at the Kootenai Poultry and Rabbit Show in Coeur d’Alene Nov 22 and 23.  Besides a load of special prizes ranging from an 8 pound pail of lard to a cake stand, a silver cup, grand champion ribbon, seven firsts and two seconds were brought home. The Sunrise had the best rabbit in the show. The runner-up was also one of their specimens. A junior New Zealand White doe achieved the distinction of taking five prizes. **  Henry Family Re-Union.  A happy gathering was the re-union of the Henry family for Thanksgiving dinner at the E K Henry home. Beside the hosts there were Mr and Mrs Emery Henry and three children, Mr and Mrs R C Henry, Mr and Mrs Alfred Krupke, all of Reardan, Mr and Mrs William Henry and four youngsters of Sprague, Reverend and Mrs J G Brugger and four children of Albion, Mr and Mrs Alva Moore and daughter of Spokane, Mr and Mrs John Henry and four children of Freewater, Mr and Mrs Harold Henry and Wynne Weir of Winona, making a total of thirty-five people.  Two turkeys and two chickens with all the accompanying fixin’s provided a generous feast for the assembled clan. In the afternoon photographs were taken of the gathering.**  Citizen’s Ticket Elected.  The Citizen’s Ticket was elected in its entirety at the election held Tuesday. But eighteen votes were pulled out of a possible hundred.**  Mrs C F Lake Dead.  Mrs Charles F Lake, 66, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs Wright, Walla Walla.  Mrs Lake and her husband were residents of Reardan in 1922 when he published the Reardan Gazette for a period of several months.  Mr Lake died three years ago at Republic where he was in the publishing business.**  Mrs Magnuson, Mrs L M Lang and Mrs Gunning will entertain the Presbyterian Ladies Aid in the church parlors on Thursday, Dec 12.** Mrs Charles Zeimantz gave a birthday recently. Those from out of town present were Mr and Mrs Pettijohn of Davenport.  Cards were played.** A number of members of the Rux family gathered at the home of Mr and Mrs G H Rux of Reardan recently in honor of Mr and Mrs O E Rux of Davenport.  After a bountiful dinner a musical program consisting of the following was rendered:  a selection by the Rux Brothers orchestra; solo by Chris Buob of Edwall accompanied on the piano by Mrs Buob; solo by Miss Lillian Klein of Opportunity playing her own accompaniment; trio—Milton Fritsch, Homer Fritsch and Violet Henry—accompanied by Miss Klein; saxophone and clarinet duet by Virgil Rux and Homer Fritsch accompanied by Miss Lillian Klein.  An unusual feature of the program was next presented when the grandfather—ninety-six years old—delighted the audience with several solos in a voice remarkably good for one of his years.  Following the program a number of gifts were presented Mr and Mrs O E Rux.”  (Reardan Gazette: 12-05-1929) 


“Peter Tramm, 84, Dies on Visit to Germany.  Brought Family Here Fifty Years Ago.  Another one of the few remaining hardy pioneers who crossed the plains half a century or so ago in the ever westward surge of empire died last week Wednesday in Germany where he was on a visit to his childhood home.  Peter Tramm, 84, an old-time settler in the Big Bend country, died following a paralytic stroke in Schleswig II, Waldschloschin, Germany.  He was on a year’s visit to his sister in the fatherland and was ill for about two weeks.  Born in Schleswig, Nov 5, 1845, Mr Tramm came to America at 24 and settled in Wisconsin, where he married Miss Mary Fredrickson.  A few years later they, with their four small children, joined the westward trek, landing in Cheney from Walla Walla after having taken a boat from San Francisco.  From Cheney, Mr Tramm took his family by wagon to Reardan, where he bought a homestead of 160 acres.  In 1897, he retired from farming, after having accumulated an estate of 800 acres of choice wheat land. He was a vice president of the Reardan National Bank and was an active member of the Masonic and Odd Fellow lodges.  Mrs Tramm died in 1925 and since that time he lived with his daughter in Spokane, Mrs Emma Stevenson.  In 1927 he made a trip to Germany and, again, last spring, despite his age, he made a second trip.  He is survived by two sons, P N Tramm of this place and H C Tramm of Spokane; two daughters, Mrs Stevenson and Mrs William Wendlandt of Reardan; 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The body is being returned from Germany.” (Reardan Gazette: 12-26-1929) 


“Mrs S W Lathrom passed away in a Spokane hospital Monday evening after a short illness with pneumonia.  Mrs Lathrom was 71 years old and was widely known, having lived for many years in the Reardan country.  She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Steve; one daughter, Mrs William Gott of Oregon; four sons, Walter of Coeur d’Alene; Ben and Roy of Reardan; Fred of Copeland, Idaho; one brother and three sisters in the east.  The funeral services are to be held from the Evangelical Church at 10:30 a.m. this morning. Rev Hunsburger will officiate and interment will be in the local cemetery.” ** “ Mrs Ellen Johnson Buried Here Tuesday.  The funeral of Mrs Ellen Johnson who died in Spokane Sunday at the age of 71 was held Tuesday from the Emmanuel Lutheran church with Rev A R  M Kettner officiating. She is survived by one daughter, Martha Johnson, Spokane.  Mrs Johnson was a former Reardan resident and was well known here. Interment was in the Reardan cemetery.” (Reardan Gazette: 1-30-1930)


“Tramm Services to be Held This Afternoon.  Rev Groschupf of Spokane Will Conduct Services from Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  Funeral services for Peter Tramm, Reardan country pioneer, who died in Germany Dec 15, will be held in the Emmanuel Lutheran church this afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. The body arrived Tuesday from Germany, having been sent over the Atlantic through the Panama Canal up to Seattle and thence here, after a voyage of two months.  Mr Tramm was born in Germany in 1845, served in the German Army and came to America in 1860. He lived for a while in Milwaukee, Wis., where he married Miss Mary Fredrichsen. In 1881 the family came to the Reardan country via San Francisco, Walla Walla, thence to Cheney.  The old family homestead is located two miles northeast of town and is now occupied by the family of P N Tramm, a son.  For nearly two score years Mr Tramm lived the life of a retired farmer in town, devoting his time to his extensive real estate holdings, banking interests, and wheat lands.  He had always taken an active part in the civic affairs of the community, and for 12 years had served as a trustee on the board of education of his district. He was a prominent member of the Odd Fellows and Masons.  Since the death of his wife in 1920, Mr Tramm had taken two trips to the old country to visit relatives. it was while visiting in Schleswig, Schleswig-Holstein, that he passed away. He is survived by his two sons, Peter N of Reardan and Henry of Spokane; two daughters, Mrs Emma Stevenson and Mrs Bertha Wendlandt of Reardan.  Funeral services will be conducted by the rev John M Groschupf assisted by Rev Arthur R M Kettner of the Emmanuel Lutheran church. Rev Groschupf, of Spokane, was pastor of the Lutheran church here a few years ago.” (Reardan Gazette: 2-20-1930) 


“Editorials. James C Driscoll. Last of a Great Quartette.  With the death Monday evening of James C Driscoll passed the last of a great quartette of public spirited, open-minded, progressive empire builders—Messrs Driscoll, Moriarty, Raymer and Wickham—four men largely responsible for that place in the sun which has been the lot of this community since their coming some three decades ago.  Upright in his dealings with his fellow man, a sachem in the councils of the democratic party, always with his shoulder to the wheel of progress, and never stinting in the use of his own time and funds to further what he believed to be the best interests of the community, he will live long in the hearts and memories of those who knew and worked with him.  His will be a place hard to fill, if indeed it ever is filled, and with his passing Reardan loses one of its finest citizens.” (Reardan Gazette: 3-20-1930, ck date against obit of 2-20-1930)


“J C Driscoll Over The Great Divide.  Died Monday Evening Following Short Illness—Loss Keenly Felt By The Whole Community.  James C Driscoll, pioneer merchant of Reardan for thirty-one years, passed through the western gates Monday evening after an illness of but a few days.  Mr Driscoll was born in Whitneys Point, New York State, in May 1867 and there grew to manhood. When but twenty-one years of age he felt the westward urge and came to the Pacific Northwest where for a number of years he followed his profession as a civil engineer. He surveyed for the Great Northern Railway in the Yakima valley and was one of the engineers to lay out the present Big Bend branch of that railroad, then known as the Central Washington railway.  He also surveyed for the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey and was well acquainted with most sections of the Northwest.  He was also instrumental in the laying out of the road running from Reardan to the Indian reservation and serving the Cedar Canyon mining country.  He came to Reardan in 1899 where for a short time he was a partner in the firm of Driscoll and Steele, general merchants, later buying out Mr Steele and continuing the business under his own name.  Mr Driscoll took a great interest in the affairs of the Spokane Indians on the neighboring reservation and was looked upon by them as a friend and one upon whom they could count when in need.  When the town of Reardan was incorporated Mr Driscoll became one of the first councilmen and was subsequently mayor for several terms.  At the time of his death he was a director of the Reardan National Bank, which position he had held for a number of years.  He was universally respected throughout the community and a man always in the fore-front of civic affairs.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs Mary Berrigan Driscoll, and three daughters: Miss May Driscoll of New York City, Mrs Alton G Nordale of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Miss Agnes Driscoll, a teacher in the Priest River schools.  The funeral will be held from the Catholic Mission here Saturday at 10:00 o’clock with Reverend Father Condon officiating. Interment will be beside the grave of a daughter who died in childhood, in the Reardan Cemetery.”  (Reardan Gazette: 3-20-1930) “Mr and Mrs Alton G Nordale arrived Tuesday evening from Seattle, where they were enroute to their home in Fairbanks, Alaska, to attend the funeral of her father, James C Driscoll.  Miss Mary Driscoll of New York City is on her way home and expected to arrive Friday. The funeral of her father, James C Driscoll, has been postponed until 10:00 o’clock Saturday in order that she may be present.” (Reardan Gazette: 3-20-1930) ** “John Bowie, 78, passed away at his farm home near here Tuesday night after a short illness.  Mr Bowie was born in Ontario, Canada, and came to the United States in 1874, settling in California. In 1880 he came to Spokane. Following his wife’s death in January 1919, he made his home with his brother, Neil Bowie.  He took a great interest in church work and was a member of the local Presbyterian congregation.  He was also a Mason and a member of the local lodge for the past twenty years.  He is survived by two brothers, Neil of Reardan and Donals of Ontario.” (Reardan Gazette: 3-20-1930)


“Newsy Items From the Lincoln County Court. P N Tramm and Emma Steveson, both of Reardan have petitioned the court for the admission of the wills of Peter and Mary Tramm, both deceased, to probate.** J E Fraser, Fred W Moe and W W Downie, all of Davenport have appraised the property of the estate of Martha E Fry, deceased, at $65.502.56.**  R R Jones, C W Palmer and W A Hall of Sprague were named as appraisers of the estate of Marie T Miller, deceased.** A decision was rendered by the Court dismissing the contempt proceedings in the case of Orchard Valley Ditch Company vs C C Waters and others. The action was commenced over a dispute of water rights for irrigation purposes in the Peach district.** Robert Tuttle of Crab Creek has filed final reports and petitioned the court for distribution of the estate of his deceased brother, George Tuttle.  Hearing will be had on his petition April 9th. ** Leo McGlade of Sprague, administrator of the estate of Ambrose M McGlade, deceased, has filed his final account and petitioned the court for distribution. Hearing has been set for Tuesday, April 15th. ** William Brenchley of Wilbur has been appointed executor of the estate of Andrew J Stirritt, deceased.** A decree settling the estate of Peter Olson, deceased, was entered by the Court March 11th, the property of the estate going to the surviving widow and a son, Carl, of Davenport, and a son, David, of Spokane.”  (Reardan Gazette: 3-20-1930) 


“A transient, judged to be about 65 years old, and identified by papers in his pockets as H Van Beek, was instantly killed at 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon last when struck by the west-bound Great Northern freight. He was walking against the wind and evidently was not seen by the train crew until too late to stop. Investigations were made by Deputy Sheriff Ray Kurtz. The body was brought into town by the train crew and remained here until it was removed to Reardan. Papers found on the corpse indicated that the man had recently stopped at a Spokane hotel and that he had been employed as a sheep herder. There was nothing to show that he had any surviving relatives.” (Reardan Gazette: Edwall Section: 3-20-1930)


“Channing K Hartson, age 57, who owned a large farm in this district and lived here for the past 36 years, died Sunday at the St Lukes hospital in Spokane .  He is survived by his widow, Mrs Ida Hartson, a sister, Mrs Walter Pope of San Francisco , and two nieces, Mrs Ethel Turner, Washington , DC , and Mrs Malcolm Molden, San Francisco . The body is at the Smith Funeral Home in Spokane .” (Reardan Gazette: 3-20-1930)


“Edwall Couple Celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary.  Mr and Mrs Jacob Lumpp of this place celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last week Tuesday with an informal reception in the evening which was attended by many friends.  Mr and Mrs Lumpp were married in 1889 and have two daughters, Mrs W C Hoysager of Spokane and Lottie Reddy of Edwall, and one son.  Many out of town people were also present to wish them many happy returns of the day.  They were presented many gifts and were the recipients of many congratulatory telegrams.  During the day a cousin of Mrs Lumpp’s, Oliver Smith of Spokane, honored them by flying down and circling over their home. **  Miss Evelyn Moos and Earl Moos were home for the week end. ** Carl and George Green of Spokane were Sunday guests at the A E Green home. ** A game between the Edwall club and the Washington Laundry team of Spokane played Sunday afternoon at Edwall resulted in defeat for the visitors. The score was 8-4.** Mr and Mrs Walter Moos and family, Mr and Mrs Fred Hertel and daughter, Gladys, and Evelyn and Eric Swanson motored to Spokane Saturday.** Mr and Mrs Carl Devenish and daughter, Helen, motored to Spokane Saturday.** Miss Alma Sawyer of Davenport spent last week visiting friends in Edwall.** Cecelia Hanlon of Rosalia spent the week end at home here.** Mrs Joe Morgan and son, Gerald, of Elk River, Idaho, spent several days last week visiting friends in Edwall.** Mr and Mrs A E Wilke of Elk River were Edwall visitors for a few days last week.** Miss Sophie and Miss Julia Jans spent the week end at home. ** Mr and Mrs F F Wollenburg and daughter, Ella, motored to Pullman Sunday with Leroy who had spent the week end at his home here and was returning to continue his studies.** Mr and Mrs A Douglas and daughter, Joyce, of Olympia visited several days last week at the Chris Strauss home. ** Mrs A W Fry is visiting her sister, Mrs H E Barnes at Mica.** L E Hassler of Sprague was business visitor in Edwall Monday.** Mr and Mrs Deral E Phillips, Mr and Mrs Allan Perry and family, Miss Myrtis Galbraith, Miss Jane Rothrock, Miss Iris Littell, Miss Elsie VanSkiver, Mrs Ray Morse, and Harry Cobain, the Edwall school faculty, attended the IEEA meeting in Spokane last week. All the school children enjoyed the vacation which they received the latter part of the week.” (Reardan Gazette: 4-17-1930) 


“Decree of settlement of the estate of Bridget Walsh, deceased was signed April 15th and W H Padley, administrator de bonis non ordered discharged.” (Reardan Gazette: 4-24-1930)


“Baccalaureate Address Given by Rev M E Hunsberger, Sunday.  Rev M E Hunsberger, pastor of the Evangelical church, Sunday evening gave the baccalaureate address before the members of the graduating class and a crowd of about two hundred interested friends and relatives.  Rev Hunsberger chose for his theme ‘Faith That Wins’.  In part he said that ‘faith is constructive—doubt or unbelief is destructive’.  From that he went on to enumerate a number of well-put examples illustrating the application of faith to the every-day issues of life.  In closing he charged the class to remember that ‘You are the Architects of Your Fate.’  The Processional was played by Mrs Robison as the Class of 1930 filed into the room and took their seats.  Following this the congregation sang the doxology which in turn was followed by invocation delivered by Rev Kettner.  Following Rev Hunsberger’s talk the audience was delighted with a vocal duet sung by Mrs L B Peffley and Mrs W J Colville.  The last number on the program was a piano solo by Miss Williams.  The program closed with the benediction said by Rev Elrey.” (Reardan Gazette: 5-15-1930) 


“Pretty Wedding Sunday.  Sunday afternoon, June 1, at three o’clock in the presence of the immediate families and a few friends, a pretty wedding took place at the home of Mr and Mrs M D Nye when their daughter, Miss Irene, was united in marriage to Mr Eldon Howard, son of Mr and Mrs Clayton Howard.  The bride, dressed in white georgette over white satin and with a corsage bouquet of rose buds; and the groom in  a suit of dark blue, took their places before a bank of potted plants and cut flowers.  While soft music was played, Rev H A Brown of Spokane read the ring ceremony. After congratulations were over the guests were seated at a table prettily decorated with a wedding cake and sweet peas and a bountiful dinner was served.  Both Mr and Mrs Howard have grown from childhood in this vicinity and have a host of friends who wish them a long, happy life.  Mrs Howard is a graduate of Reardan High School and the Cheney Normal and has taught near Reardan for three years. The couple left for an auto trip through the Yellowstone Sunday evening. On their return they will be at home in Ritzville, Washington.” ** “Funeral Services For William Bowen Wednesday.  Another of the old pioneers, William Bowen, who helped to settle and make the Reardan country passed to his reward in the hereafter Monday.  Mr Bowen was born in Wisconsin June 21, 1861. With his parents he moved to Minnesota in 1865 where the family lived until their exodus to the far west in 1882. The journey was made by wagon train. In 1883 he began farming in the Inland Empire and like many of the early settlers saw many years of hardship and privations. He was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Setters of Reardan in 1886 and to this union came four children: Charles, who was accidentally drowned at the age of two, Ira W of Portland, Glenn E of Whittier, CA, and Walter of this community. He also leaves an adopted sister, Mrs Ruby Henning of Spokane, and eight grandchildren to mourn his loss. The last ten years of his life were spent with his son on the ranch near here.  Services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Presbyterian church with Rev Charles Elrey officiating. Interment was in the Reardan Cemetery.”   (Reardan Gazette: 6-05-1930) 


“W H Padley Ill.  W H Padley was taken ill with the flu the middle of last week and Thursday removed to the Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane.  There the flu developed into pneumonia and his condition became so serious that his family was called Saturday.  Mrs Padley and daughter, Willine, arrived in Spokane Sunday to be with him.” ** “Nannette Peffley Buried Sunday.  Paula Nannette Peffley, 11-year old daughter of Mr and Mrs L B Peffley, passed away at a Spokane hospital early Thursday morning, from leakage of the heart and pneumonia.  She was born in Wilbur, Washington, Aug 15, 1919, and there lived until her parents moved to Reardan in 1922.  She became ill while visiting her aunt and grandmother in Wilbur the last week in May and was taken to a hospital in Spokane. She ran a high temperature, had leakage of the heart, and later developed pneumonia. She had a month’s illness early in the spring and had not recovered from it when the second illness came.  Nannette was a model young lady, of a peaceful, pleasant disposition and liked by all who knew her.  She leaves behind to mourn her loss her parents, a brother, Lloyd John, and a sister, Barbara Kaye. The funeral services attended by the many friends of the family were held at the Presbyterian church here Sunday at 1:30 under the direction of W A Hard, Rev O A Adams, pastor of the Christian Church of Cheney, officiated. Interment was in the family plot in the Wilbur Cemetery.” (Reardan Gazette: 6-26-1930)


“Rev Hood Leaving.  Rev Alexander Hood, for the past twelve years Presbyterian Mission Board pastor of the Wellpinit church, is leaving with his family this week for North Fork, California, where he will assume the pastorate of the Indian Mission there.  He began his work and worked there for seven years before coming to Wellpinit.  There he will, in addition to the church for the Indian children.  Miss Dorothy Hood is not going with her family but will visit friends until school starts when she will return to her studies at Whitworth College in Spokane.” ** “Griffith Ranch Buildings Destroyed.  Fire of Undetermined Origin Wipes Out Barn, House and Outbuildings Saturday.  Fire of undetermined origin wiped out all the farm buildings on the J H Griffith ranch on Indian Prairie a few miles north of Deep Creek Saturday.  The fire, which was discovered in the barn about noon, defied the efforts of the ranchers and spreading from the barn to the other buildings, reduced all to smoking ruins in  a very short space of time.  The loss, partly covered by insurance, is estimated to run well over $5,000.00.  Very little of the contents of the barn were destroyed, no live stock being lost.  The Griffiths had just started storing their hay and fortunately only about four loads had been put into the barn.  Practically all of the household goods were saved.” ** “Catholics Have Confirmation Sunday.  Charles D White, Bishop of Spokane Diocese Conducted Ceremonies—Class of 14.  A large crowd witness the confirmation of an unusually large and well-instructed class of candidates at St Michael'’ Catholic Church Sunday.  Those conducting the ceremonies were the bishop of the Spokane diocese, Rt Rev Charles D White, Rev Fr Callanan of St Josephs, Rev Fr Pipers, of St Ann, who at one time was located here, and Rev Fr Condon.  Following the confirmation of the class, which was held at three p.m. the priests and the confirmation class were entertained at the home of Mr and Mrs C S Zeimantz by the ladies of the Altar Society.”  (Reardan Gazette: 7-31-1930)

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“James King of Waukon was arraigned in the Superior Court August 9th on a charge of grand larceny and was sentenced to the State Penitentiary for a period of from six months to two years. The information alleged that King stole two dozen chickens of the value of $30.00 from Frank Hageman of Waukon, August 7th.” (Citizen: 8-15-1930)


“Mrs Max S Hayes Dead.  Word was received here Tuesday of the death Monday at a Spokane sanatorium of Mrs Max S Hayes of Little Falls. Mrs Hayes suffered with tuberculosis for several years and until lately it was believed her recovery was certain. A relapse occurred a week ago and physicians then gave up hope for her recovery.  The sympathy of the many friends of the Hayes family here is extended the survivors, her husband, and two children, Jack and Anna Louise.” (Reardan Gazette: 9-04-1930)


“Reverend Zabel Tells of His First Thirty Cents.  The following interesting account of the acquisition and expenditure of his first thirty cents was written for the Paynesville, Minnesota, Gazette by Rev Albert Zabel, now living in Yakima. The parents of both boys lived but a mile apart. The two chums went to the same district school and attended the same Sunday school  After forty-six years, Albert, an ecclesiastic, was appointed to the Spokane synod and was a presiding elder here.  He preached in the Evangelical church here many times.  Later he was transferred to Yakima, four or five years ago, where he suffered a paralytic stroke in the summer of 1927. Follows the article by Rev Zabel. ‘Chums When 8 Years Old.  It was in the year of 1876 at Paynesville, Minnesota, August Wendland and Albert Zabel became quite chummy and as both of their parents were poor, the boys at the age of 8 years did not know how it felt to have money in their pockets.  One day Father Zabel said to Albert, If you catch gophers, I will pay you one cent a  piece for them.  This was good news for Albert and with great enthusiasm he accepted his Father’s offer and went to work catching gophers, and in about six weeks he had the magnificent sum of thirty cents.  As this was the first money he had ever earned he felt like a millionaire and made the money jingle in his jeans.  The joy of Albert was so great that he went to see his chum, August, and told him of his great wealth and they both decided that money was no good as long as it remained in the pocket of the owner, but that it must be put into circulation. Upon invitation August consented to accompany Albert the following week to the City of Paynesville to see what could be done to put this money into circulation.  The Thirty Cents is Spent.  A few days later we see the two barefooted boys on their way to Paynesville, both felt like real business men, they went from store to store to see where they might best put this money to work, and after much thought and investigation Albert, so might be expected, bought a one-blade Pocket Knife.  The price was a little more than thirty cents, but as that was all the money he had, R J Tuttle let him have the knife for that amount. The joy of Albert knew no limit, knowing that the money was now in circulation and that he had a real pocket knife all his own in his pocket.  Trip Ends Disastrously.  Having transacted their business the boys decided to return home and so they started on their way rejoicing until they came near the farm of M Plantikow’s and as they were a little tired from their long tramp and no dinner they decided to sit down and rest awhile.  Of course they looked at and admired the new knife and while resting they thought that they might just well try the knife by playing mumbledepeg.  It had not rained for some time and the ground was hard to make it stick but August said, ‘I’ll show you how to make it stick,’  and with great force he threw the knife low and behold the blade of that beautiful knife had broken off at the handle. For a while the boys just sat and looked at each other.  Albert was gnashing his teeth. August almost fainted. Both of them felt like thirty cents.  Finally August said, I’ll pay you for that knife and began to search in all of his pockets for money. Of course he knew he had none, but he did find two pieces of the old fashioned woodless slate pencils, one an inch and a half long, the other two inches long and he said to Albert, ‘You can have the little piece,’ but Albert took both of the pieces and put them into his pocket. August did not protest. Can you imagine the agony of mind of these boys at this time?  All of the money gone and the knife now worthless. But strange to say, it did not cut the friendship of the boys.  Albert Migrates To West.  About twelve years later August with some of the other Paynesville boys decided to go to the state of Washington. They made their home at Reardan. Albert later became a minister of the Gospel and for 25 years preached in the Minnesota Conference of the Evangelical church.  In 1916 the Board of Bishops appointed Albert to the Superintendency of the Washington Missionary Conference and in May he moved with his family to Spokane.  Meet Again After 46 Years.  It was 46 years after the purchase of that knife at Paynesville, Minnesota, that August and Albert met at the Evangelical Campgrounds at Valleyford.  Both were happy to meet again.  When August said to Albert, ‘Do you remember that I broke your first knife?’   ‘Sure,’ said Albert, ‘And I will never forget it as long as I live.’  Then August handed Albert a black plush box and said, ‘I am still sorry that I broke your knife but there is something in that box that I hope may at least in part help pay for your great loss.’  When the box was opened, there was a gold knife and chain. Both boys were again made happy.  A little later the conscience of Albert began to bother him knowing that August had made good as to the knife but what about those woodless pencils?  They should be replaced. So Albert again went from store to store in Spokane to buy slate pencils, but he found none so he bought the largest lead pencil that he could get with a ring in one end that looked like gold and sent it to August. Both boys still live in the state of Washington. August at Reardan and Albert at Yakima.” (Reardan Gazette: 9-04-1930)


“Charles Nunn, 59, for forty-five years a resident of the Deep Creek community, passed away in a Spokane hospital Tuesday.  Mr Nunn, who was one of the early pioneers of this section, is survived by one son, Walter, of Deep Creek; and one daughter, Mrs Cecelia Emley, of Spokane. At the time of going to press, no date had been set for the funeral. The remains rest at the Hazen and Jaeger chapel in Spokane.” Reardan Gazette: 9-25-1930) 


“Dr Frank A Decker Accident Victim. Instantly Killed in Trying To Avoid Crash With Truck Near Spokane Thursday.  Dr Frank A Decker, 34, was instantly killed Thursday night when in trying to avoid a rear-end crash with a freight truck he turned out so sharply as to cause his light car to turn over four times.  The accident occurred on the Sunset highway about sixteen miles east of Reardan near the Hazelwood service station. W F Scott, Miles, Wash., who was sitting in his truck at the service station, was the only eyewitness.  Dr Decker was coming toward Spokane and the freight truck was also traveling east. The truck, owned by the Spokane Northwest Auto Freight company, was driven by Lester McDaniels of Spokane on the run through here to Kettle Falls. There was no rear light burning on the truck, it is alleged.  Funeral services, attended by many friends and comrades of Dr Decker here and in Spokane, were held at the Hennessey and Calloway chapel in Spokane Monday afternoon.  Dr Decker was born in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb 16, 1896. He was a graduate of the Des Moines high school and from there attended the state university of Iowa where he received his degree in surgery and medicine. The doctor was exceptionally brilliant and had the distinction of being the youngest graduate in his class. He was graduated with honors in 1919. He held a commission in the Students Army Training Corps.  His interne work was done in the Lutheran hospital in Des Moines and in the City hospital of St Louis. For two years he practiced in Norwalk, Iowa, where he married Dorothy Helmke Feb 19, 1921. In 1922 the young couple moved to Cle Elum where Dr Decker practiced two years. In 1924 they moved to this place where he had since practiced.  He was much interested in civic affairs and helped reorganize and revitalize the American legion post here, known as the Robert S McCutchen Post. He was its first commander.  He was also a member of the local Masonic fraternity.  he was known among his many friends and acquaintances as a congenial person; and as being especially witty and clever.  Immediate relatives mourning his departure are his wife, Mrs Dorothy Decker; a son, Paul; a daughter, Betty; his mother, Mrs Smith; and a brother, J P Decker, of Des Moines, Iowa.  The funeral services were read by Rev Fred W Osborn, chaplain of Spokane Post No 9, American Legion, and Rev A R M Kettner, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran church here.” (Reardan Gazette: 10-09-1930) 


“Funeral Services for Mrs Virginia Lang Held Friday Last.  The funeral services for Mrs Virginia Lang, 78, pioneer, were held at the Presbyterian church last Friday with Rev H M Brown of Spokane officiating.  Virginia Amelia Boswell was born in App County, Iowa, Sept 6, 1852, where she was married to Lowell F Lang in 1868.  To this union eleven children were born; three preceding her in death.  In 1902 the family came west and settled near Coulee City, later moving to a fruit ranch on the Spokane River where they lived until the Long Lake power plant was constructed. Mr Lang passed away in 1905 while visiting at the home of their daughter, Mrs G C Littel.  Mrs Lang passed away at Mrs Littell’s home last Wednesday after an illness of but a few hours.  Surviving to mourn her loss are eight children: Mrs G C Littell, L M Lang, Willys E Lang of Spokane, Mrs T A Holman of Cheney, Mrs F B Sypher of Gervais, Oregon, Mrs W F Heppe of Spokane, Mrs J H Deissner of Spokane, and B F Lang.”  ** “Word was received by Mrs Merton L Countryman of the death in Richland of her grandmother.  Mrs Countryman left Tuesday evening for that place.”  (Reardan Gazette: 10-30-1930)


“Mrs George Travis received word Tuesday morning of the death in Spokane of her mother, Mrs Alzinn Hattenburg.  Mrs Hattenburg, who was 83, had lived in Spokane for the last sixteen years. She is survived by three sons and four other daughters.  The body is at Hazen & Jaegers from which place the funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.” (Reardan Gazette: 10-30-1930) 


“Guy Pershall Discharge.  Notice was received from the Eastern State Hospital for Insane at Medical Lake by the county clerk Nov 7 of the discharge of Guy Pershall, formerly of Reardan, from that institution on Nov. 5.  The patient was committed from Lincoln County August 6, 1929.”  (Reardan Gazette: 11-13-1930)


“Henry Landreth Place Burned to Ground.  The house on the Henry Landreth place up in the Crescent country was completely destroyed by fire last Thursday morning.  The building and contents were a total loss, only a few of the household effects being saved. Only $1,000 insurance was carried.  Steve Solverson, who is staying at the place built a fire in the stove before going out to do the chores and when he came back to the house, it was in flames.  He managed to save several pieces of furniture and started back for his own clothes and things but hearing the reports of a loaded gun going off in the place he deemed imprudent to enter.” (Reardan Gazette: 12-11-1930) 


“Anton Eiglar, Deep Creek Pioneer, Dead in Spokane. Anton Eiglar, one of the early pioneers of the country north of Deep Creek, passed away in a Spokane hospital Sunday. Mr Eiglar, who was 73 years old, had lived the past twelve years in Spokane and it is there he will be laid to rest today.  He is survived by Mrs Eiglar, two sons, Joseph and A K of the Deep Creek country, and one daughter, Mrs Mabel Mason of Prineville, Oregon.” (Reardan Gazette: 12-18-1930)


“Funeral for Mrs Emma Stevenson, Pioneer, Held Tuesday.  Mrs Emma Stevenson, 55, pioneer of this vicinity, died at the home of a son, Herbert, here Saturday after an illness of two months.  Mrs Stevenson, a daughter of the late Peter Tramm, who died a year ago, came from Wisconsin with her parents in 1881. They traveled by train to San Francisco thence to Walla Walla by boat, by way of Portland. From Walla Walla the family went to Cheney by train and by wagon to Deep Creek and Reardan, where Mrs Stevenson’s father homesteaded.  In 1896 Mrs Stevenson married T G Stevenson, also a pioneer, who went to Spokane in 1879, from Nevada, with team and wagon.  Mr Stevenson, who died in 1916, was a former Lincoln County commissioner.  He owned one of the largest business blocks and other real estate here.  Mrs Stevenson is survived by two children, Herbert F, Reardan, and Mrs Edwin Fransen, Idaho Falls, Idaho; one grandchild, two brothers, Peter Tramm Jr, Reardan, and H C Tramm, Spokane, and one sister, Mrs William Wendlandt, Reardan.  Mrs Stevenson was a member of the Lutheran church, a charter member of the Rebekah lodge, and a past matron of the Eastern Star here.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Lutheran Church. The Rev John Groschupf of Spokane officiated assisted by Rev A R M Kettner.” (Reardan Gazette: 12-25-1930)



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