Reardan News

                                                                        Submitted by Marge Womach

                                                                             1931 through 1939


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“Virginia Walker Married Saturday.  Daughter of Former Owner of the Reardan Gazette—At Moscow, Idaho, Feb 14.  Saturday evening, Feb 14, at 8 o’clock at the Nazarene Church was solemnized a pretty wedding when Virginia Walker, daughter of Mr and Mrs E A Walker, became the bride of Clifford Smith, son of Mrs Augusta E Smith.  The Rev J N Tinsley read the ceremony.  To the strains of a wedding march played by Mrs Laird Eshom, the bride entered on the arm of her father, who gave her away at the altar.  The couple met under an arch.  Above their heads were three pink and white wedding bells. The arch was decorated in green foliage and the church was lighted by candles.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, Rev Clifford M Drury, Presbyterian Church, offered prayer. Mrs J N Tinsley, accompanied by Mrs Eshom, sang, ‘O Promise Me’ and “I Love You Truly.’  Miss Demetrius Tinsley was the bride’s maid and Wilford Smith, a brother of the bridegroom, was best man.  Robert Walker, Kirk Walker, Constance Smith and Pauline DeLapp were the ushers.  The bride was gowned in white satin, with full veil, a bandeau of orange blossoms and carried a bouquet of white carnations and chrysanthemums. The bride’s maid wore a pink satin gown and carried a bouquet of pink and white roses. Mabelle Walker of Lewiston, a niece of the bride, was flower girl.  Following the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents.  Out of town guests included Mr and Mrs Foster Walker and three children of Lewiston; Edwin and Gerhard Carlson and Edna and Clara Carlson of La Crosse and Mr and Mrs S M Smith, daughter Helen and son E B of Penewawa.  The newly wed will be at home to the friends at 223 South Almon Street.—Idaho Post.  Mr Walker, father of the bride, was former editor and publisher of the Reardan Gazette, the family removing to Moscow thirteen years ago.” ** “Mrs Michaelbach Dead.  Word was received here Wednesday of the death Tuesday evening of Mrs J F Michaelbach of Great Falls, Montana, at her home there.  Date of the funeral, which will probably be held in Reardan, could not definitely be determined as the paper went to press but it is believed it will be held from the Lutheran church here Friday afternoon.  Mrs Michelbach was a former resident of this place and will be remembered—and her passing mourned—by many.” (Reardan Gazette: 2-26-1931)


“Mrs J F Michaelbach Buried Here Friday.  Death Occurred in Warm Springs, Montana, Tuesday, Feb 24.  The funeral services of Mrs J F Michaelbach, who passed away in Warm Springs, Montana, Tuesday, Feb 24, were held in the Lutheran church here Friday afternoon with Rev A R M Kettner officiating. Mrs Michaelbach was born in Oakesdale, Washington, in 1890. Her youth was spent in Reardan where she was confirmed in the faith of the Lutheran church. In 1909 she was married to Frank Schumer and to this union one girl was born.  Some time after the death of Mr Schumer she was united in marriage to Fred Michaelbach and to this union were born three daughters.  Mourning her departure are her husband, four daughters, a brother, Fred Kempf, of Colfax, and a sister, Mrs Mary Nicodemus, of Spokane. Interment was in the Reardan Cemetery.” (Reardan Gazette: 3-05-1931; Frank Schumer was also buried in the Reardan Cemetery).  “Another Pioneer Crosses Divide. Albert C Plaster, 73 Year Old Pioneer Passed On Here Last Wednesday Evening.  Albert C Plaster, who has been a resident of the Reardan country since 1899, passed quietly through the Western Gate of his home here last Wednesday evening after a short illness.  Born Aug 4, 1857 in Payit County, Illinois, where he lived until 1883, he moved west, settling in the Cheney country. On Oct 18, 1888 he was united in marriage to Miss Luella Robinson of Waukon and to this union two children were born: Roy R and Ed J, both of Reardan.  A number of years ago his eyesight began to fail and two years ago his health began to decline. He bore his suffering with patience and fortitude and expressed himself as being ready to go to his Maker.  He leaves to mourn his loss his widow, Mrs Luella Plaster, two sons, six granddaughters, and a sister, Mrs D J Edwards of Tacoma.  Funeral services were held from the Evangelical church here Saturday morning at eleven o’clock with Rev M E Hunsberger officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Park Cemetery in Spokane.” ** “Untimely Death Shocks Community. Mrs Mabel Carstens Passed On In Spokane Hospital Sunday—Services Yesterday.  The Reardan community was deeply shocked when the report of the untimely death of Mrs Mabel Carstens reached it Sunday.  Mrs Carstens, (Miss Mabel Mann), was born near Reardan Dec 6, 1898 and here lived and attended the Reardan public schools from which she graduated in 1918. Nov 14, 1918, she married Adolph Carstens and since that time resided at the ranch home north of town.  Mrs Carstens was a beloved citizen of the community, led a life characterized by cheerfulness and willingness to be of help to all who needed it.  Her loss is poignantly felt by her husband and two sons, Marion, age 11, and Vernon, age 8; her mother, Mrs Mary Mann of Long Beach, California, two sisters, Mrs William McDonald of Springdale, and Mrs James Weir of Long Beach; four brothers, Charlie and Henry of Reardan, Walter of Deer Park, and Howard of Long Beach, beside a large hosts of friends.  Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon in the chapel of Hennessey and Calloway in Spokane with Rev A R M Kettner officiating. Interment was in the Riverside Park Cemetery in Spokane.” Reardan Gazette: 3-05-1931) 


“Fire Tuesday destroyed the livery stable, an old land mark, built 40 years ago at Reardan, and of late years used only for storage.  The Northern Pacific depot and an elevator were menaced for a time by the blaze.” (scrapbook item: 3-13-1931)


“”W H Padley, administrator of the estate of Bridget Walsh, deceased, was discharged as administrator by the Court April 7th.” ** “Adolph Anderson, J E Zwainz, and Henry Brommer, all of Reardan, have appraised the property of the estate of Albert C Plaster, deceased, at $78,660.50.”  ** “Alice Carstens, administratrix of the estate of Peter N Carstens deceased has filed her final account and petitioned the court for distribution of the estate.  Hearing has been set for May 5th.” (Citizen: 4-17-1931)


“W J Colville’s Father Died Suddenly Sunday.  Andrew R Colville, age 71, father of W J Colville, died Sunday at a Spokane hospital after a brief illness with bronchial pneumonia.  Mr Colville, a native of Scotland, came west from St Paul in 1895.  His family was one of the first in Hillyard. He was with the Great Northern railroad prior to 1905 when he entered the employ of the city of Spokane, where he remained until his death. He had joined the railway in 1886.  Mr Colville was well-known by the old-timers in railroad circles. He is survived by his widow, Jessie, at the home in Parkwater; three sons, Alex B, general foreman of the Great Northern at Hillyard; A R, general foreman of a locomotive works at Schenectady, NY, and W J of this place; two daughters, Mrs Jessie B Harschman of Seattle, and Mrs Agnes R Merrill of Los Angeles; also 5 grandchildren.  Mr Colville belonged to the Masonic lodge No 34, the Royal Highlanders, the MWA and the Odd Fellows, all of Spokane.” (Reardan Gazette: 6-18-1931)


“Miss Hazel Bauman Bride.  The home of Rev A R M Kettner was the scene of a pretty but very simple wedding Tuesday afternoon when Miss Hazel Bauman became the bride of Mr Frank Bell of Creston.  The couple were attended by Miss Eva Wendlandt and Clyde Mann.  The bride was attired in yellow organdy and carried an arm shower of white roses, while the bridesmaid was attired in orchid voile and carried pink sweetpeas.  Mrs Bell graduated from Reardan high school in 1929 and attended W S C later.  Mr Bell is a graduate of Creston high school and WSC, having obtained his bachelor of science and doctor of veterinary medicine degrees, and is now working on his master’s degree and engaged in government research work at the University of Wisconsin.  The young couple will leave today for Madison, Wisconsin, where they will make their future home. **  Early Morning Blaze at Ford Garage Tuesday.  Cause of Fire Unknown. Loss Partly Covered by Insurance. Will Run into Thousands.  A blaze, apparently star

starting in the attic over the stock room of the Countryman Motor Company, and discovered by transients about one o’clock Tuesday morning, did damage estimated to be nearly ten thousand dollars.  Somehow or other—no one seems able to determine how—the fire was the cause of the opening, in the local substation of the Washington Water Power Company, of the switch controlling the light and power circuit for the town and so it was impossible to sound the fire siren which would have brought plenty of help pronto to the scene of the blaze.  As it was it was necessary to ring the old fire bell, the sound of which isn’t calculated to rouse sound sleepers.  A sufficient number responded to the old bell and telephone calls to quell the blaze, but not before it had done a great deal of damage.  The stock, office and display room of the garage—one large room partitioned off from the rest of the building—was badly damaged by the blaze, and the incidental heat—and the water.  A new car on the display floor had the finish scorched off and glass and upholstery ruined by the heat.  Cars stored in the garage proper 100 feet from the blaze were all more or less damaged by the heat and smoke.  All the windows in the display room were broken, a large hole was burned in the ceiling and roof, and the fixtures and a large part of the stock of parts and tires completely ruined.  Investigators were busy Tuesday and Wednesday trying to determine the exact amount of the damage and the probable cause of the blaze.” ** “Obituary.  Dow L Davidson was born at Oroville, Butte County, California, Oct 24, 1856, and died near Reardan July 2, 1931, aged 74 years, 8 months and 8 days.  While living in California he was married to Catherine B Wilson, who died in 1910. To this union was born one son, Vance W of Spokane, who survives. Other survivors are one brother, J R Davidson of Reardan, and one sister, Mrs Sila Bean of San Francisco.  Many other relatives and friends mourn his passing.  Mr Davidson was a man of genial kindly disposition, always ready to extend the glad hand or assist anyone in distress when in his power to do so.  He will be greatly missed in this community where he has lived the past twenty years.” ( Reardan Gazette: 7-09-1931) 


“Publisher Injured in Wreck.  Harry G Roe, publisher of the Reardan Gazette, had a narrow escape from death Thursday night, when his light sedan was in a collision with a Cater transfer truck on the Sunset highway, four miles east of Davenport.  Roe’s car was demolished and he was thrown from it.  He escaped with a slight cut on his face. The bumper and fender of the truck were damaged slightly. Officers who investigated said Mr Roe was driving on the wrong side of the highway.” (Odessa Record: 4-15-1932)


“Raid Reardan Hotel.  Sheriff Lew Hutsell and Deputy Ray Kurtz raided the Brock Hotel building at Reardan Saturday and found about 75 bottles of home brew, some of it in rooms in the building, and some hidden under a sidewalk in front of the place. Earl E Brock, proprietor was at Spokane, but was arrested later and placed in the county jail at Davenport.” (Odessa Record: 8-12-1932) 


“Editors Meet At Wilbur.  The county editorial association met on Saturday at Wilbur with members of all but one of the county newspapers present, as guests of W W Gillies, publisher of the Wilbur Register... Publishers present included JF Hill, Davenport Times-Tribune; Earl H Sibley, Reardan Gazette; H H Bassett, Harrington Citizen; and C A Bragg, Odessa Record. T C Anderson and L C Weik of Odessa were also present.” (Odessa Record: 3-24-1933) 


“Pioneer of Region Dies.  James R Pershall, age 91, early settler in the Colfax region and later a resident of the Reardan country, a Civil War veteran, died in Spokane Saturday.  The funeral was held in Spokane Tuesday with burial in the Spring Creek Cemetery north of Reardan.  He came to Colfax in 1877 and was a Methodist preacher at one time.  He took part in the Indian uprising led by Chief Joseph. He is survived by three daughters and three sons.” (Dav. T & T: 6-28-1934) 


“Barton Brothers, Spokane, were reported to have sold the former Geo W Huffman home section of wheat land southeast of Davenport to William Childs, Reardan.  Mr Childs, a farmer in the Reardan region many years, was said to have sold his half section to G Stauffer, Wilbur.” (Odessa Record: 4-12-1935) 


“Mrs Myrtle Garber, Reardan, has filed suit for divorce from R F, charging cruelty.” (Odessa Record: 5-24-1935) 


“Ada M Crommett, Reardan, has filed suit for divorce against Bemjamin A Crommett, whom she married in North Dakota in 1915. She charges cruelty and asks custody of a 9-year old child.” (Odessa Record: 7-26-1935)  


 “Oscar Naff, who farmed many years in the Sherman district near Wilbur, has taken possession of the 800 acres known as the Paul Rinker place, between Davenport and Reardan, which he has bought.  The farm which Mr Naff leaves was sold to Albert Martin by the owner, Mrs Lilly Stingenwalt, who lives on the coast, but who formerly lived at Wilbur.” (Odessa Record: 9-20-1935)


“An appraisal of the estate of Conrad Scharman, Reardan, made by H A Thompson, Davenport , and G H Finrow and Henry Brommer, Reardan, values it at $12,409.” (Odessa Record: 10-04-1935)


“A petition for letters of administration of the estate of Laura E Morrow, who died in California in 1930, was filed in superior court this week by her brother, T E Morrow, Spokane . The estate in Lincoln County includes a 480-acre farm valued at $3,500. The heirs are a sister and a brother.” (Odessa Record: 10-04-1935)


“W P A headquarters received word this week that construction of 4.5 miles of the Reardan-Long Lake-Springdale road had been approved at a cost of $72,278.  The contract will start at the north end of a recently completed 1.3 mile project north of Reardan. Another approved project is construction of 2.5 miles of road in Bockemuehl canyon, north of Davenport, where $14,578 will be spent. ** Lem Kelso, justice of the peace at Reardan, tendered his resignation to the county commissioners last week. It was accepted. ** Mrs Myrtle Garber, Reardan, was given a final decree of divorce from Robert E Garber by the superior court.  Mr Garber, formerly a farmer near Reardan, is now a state highway patrolman.” (Odessa Record: 8-13-1936)


“Emil G Koeller, Reardan, as guardian of Dale D, Carl W, and George H Koeller, minors, this week filed a report in superior court showing he had sold the interest of the minors in five-eighths of a section of land near Reardan to John Schultz for $1,225, subject to court confirmation.” (Odessa Record: 3-25-1937)


“Joan Kay Mann, four months old daughter of Mr & Mrs James D Mann of Walla Walla, formerly of Davenport, smothered at the Mann home early Thursday morning. Mrs Mann had been up with the child about 6:30 AM, and, on arising about an hour later, found the little girl had pulled a blanket over her head in some manner, and was lifeless. She was rushed to a hospital where resuscitation methods of all sorts were tried without avail. Mr Mann was at Eureka, Oregon, on a business trip when he received the sad news. The body of the child was brought to Spokane and funeral services were held at Hazen & Jaeger parlors Saturday, with the Rev F J Ahrendt of Davenport officiating. Mrs Lloyd B Peffley of Davenport and Mrs W J Colville of Reardan sang. Interment was in Riverside Park cemetery.” (scrapbook item: 11-18-1937)


“A resident of Reardan and vicinity more than half a century, Charles S Warren, 72, died Thursday at his home there.  He farmed a large acreage there and for 16 years bought wheat. In recent years he has been in the mercantile business. He is survived by his widow, two step-sons and two brothers.” (Citizen: 11-25-1937)


“The Rev Clarence Scudder, Reardan Evangelical church pastor the past year, has resigned and is moving to Soap Lake. The Rev W S Plowman of Vader will serve the remainder of the year.” (Odessa Record: 6-02-1938) 


“Former Sheriff Brockman is Buried At Davenport. Mrs Frank Rowland of Reardan was called to the Coast because of the death of her father, W B Brockman of Kirkland.  Mr Brockman was brought to Davenport for burial and a car carrying the family members, Mrs Brockman, Mrs Rowland and her son, was preceding the ambulance on the trip.  At Easton the car was smashed when it skidded from the highway and rolled over several times. The three were only slightly hurt, and they continued to Davenport in the ambulance bearing the body. Mr Brockman was a former Lincoln County sheriff.” (Citizen: 1-13-1939) 


“Because the action had not started within the statutory time limit, Judge W M Nevins sustained the defendant’s demurrer to the complaint in the casw of Thomas E and Alice Emley against Etta Emley, executrix of the estate of Warren E Emley of Reardan.  The plaintiffs sought to recover for money alleged advanced Warren Emley during his lifetime.”  (Odessa Record:  2-16-1939) 


“Grandpa Podmore Lives Four Score Eleven Years.  Living one year more than four score and ten years, the earlthly pilgrimage for ‘Grandpa; R H Podmore came to a close Thursday morning, Nov 30, at 4 o’clock. Mr Podmore had been feeble and ill for several years, the lsat seven of which were spent consecutively at the home of his daughter, mrs George Doggett.  Richard H Podmore was born Aug 4, 1849, at St Louis, MO, of English ancestery, both his parents having been born in England.  His mother died when he was a child of five.  Mr Podmore was married in the East to Alice Beeman, and the family of children were born there. In 1902, the Podmores came west to Washington where they purchased land south of Reardan.  Mr Podmore’s wife died in 1906 and the past 25 years he has visited amongh his children much of the time. Mr Podmore was a member of the Central Baptist church in Spokane. There were nine children born to Mr and Mrs Podmore, eight of whome survive, namely: George H Podmore, Vancouver, WA; James Podmore, Huntington Park, CA; H C Podmore, policeman on the Spokane police force the past 28 years; Mrs Jane Thomas, Seattle; Mrs Rudy Doggett, Harrington; Mrs Jessie Howard, Tensed, ID; Orville Podmore, Murray, Utah, and John Podmore, Dobbs Ferry, NY.  The funeral services have been tentatively announced for Saturday, from the Methodist church at Davenport, at 2 o’clock. J E Turner of the Harrington Funeral home will have charge of the services. Burial will be in the cemetery at Reardan in the family plot.  Pall bearers will be M Vyale, Frank Scott, Eugene Boyk, William Hardy, Jake Dormaier, and George Williams.” (Harr. Citizen: 12-01-1939)


“H C Podmore and his daughter, Miss Opal Podmore, of Spokane, were Harrington visitors Friday. They attended the funeral services Sunday, Dec 3, of Mr Podmore’s father, R H Podmore, at Davenport.  Others from out of town attending the services of their father, included Mrs Howard, Tensed, ID; Mrs Thomas, Seattle; Orville Podmore, Murray, ID; and James Podmore, Huntington Park, CA; among the grandchildren from out of town were Mr and Mrs V Crowe, Mrs C K Hundley, Mr and Mrs G R Vaughan, all of Spokane; Mr and Mrs Wayne Daggett, Creston, Mr and Mrs Stan Hester, Seattle, and Mr and Mrs Matherly, near Davenport. Bud Hart, Spokane was also present at the last rites.  Mr Podmore passed away Thursday, Nov 30, at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr and Mrs George Doggett with whom he had made his home in recent years.  Miss Laura Thomas, granddaughter of Mr Podmore, has been with the Doggetts much of the time recently, and assisted Mrs Doggett in caring for Mr Podmore.” (Citizen: 12-15-1939) 



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