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Biography of Walter J. Reed

WALTER J. REED. – A view of this gentleman’s residence in North Yakima, Washington, his hotel (the Reed House in Cle-Elum), together with portraits of himself and his estimable wife, is placed among the illustrations of this work. Although not a pioneer of Washington Territory, he has been a great factor in the development of Yakima and Kittitass counties. He built the first two-story business house in North Yakima, and is the founder of the town of Cle-Elum, in Kittitas county. He has also advanced a great many matters of substantial interest in both counties, and is one of the best-known citizens of Kittitas and Yakima counties. He is a native of “Scotland’s fair land,” was born near Edinburgh, April 3, 1842, and is the eldest son of John and Isabella (Craig) Reed. When our subject was six years of age, his parents emigrated to American, first locating near Logan, Hocking County, Ohio. Four years later they moved to Cumberland, Alleghany County, Maryland, where his father, being a thorough miner, found employment as superintendent of mines; and Walter attended school. In 1856 they again returned to Ohio, this time locating in Cambridge, and in 1859 took up their residence in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, his father in all the different places being superintendent of mines. August 1, 1861, our subject, then being but nineteen years of age, enlisted in Company K, Sixty-third Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, his regiment being among the first three-year men to enlist in the main cause, and was immediately assigned to the Army of the Potomac, with whom they remained and took a prominent part in...

Stalcup, Susie L. Clay – Obituary

Mrs. Susie L. Stalcup, 86, of 1012 So. 4th St., died Monday in a local hospital. She was born in Shelbina, Mo., moved to Cle Elum, Wash., in 1901 and resided here 29 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Winnie Feyko, Seattle; one son, S. R. Stalcup, Tacoma; five sisters, Mrs. Mittie Barry, Los Angeles, Mrs. Grace Daniels, and Mrs. Callie Bryan, both of Shelbina, Mrs. Lucy Cunningham, Austin, Ind., and Mrs. Jessie Scearce, Tacoma; four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Funeral services will be announced by Tuell’s. Contributed by: Shelli...

Rogers, William Spencer – Obituary

Another pioneer has been laid away beneath the sod, W. S. Rogers died Thursday, February 9th at 4 o’clock a.m. after a lingering illness covering a period of 15 years. The funeral took place from the Baptist Church, Sunday at 11 a.m., the funeral eulogy being delivered by Reverend M. H. Yager, Pastor. Mr. Rogers was born in Alabama, September 7th, 1840. From his native state he moved to Texas and lived there several years prior to moving to this valley in 1886. He settled on a claim on the Nanum which he sold 10 years ago and moved to Cle Elum where his sons, W.W., Eugene and Vernon were employed by the N.W.I. Company. Two years ago he moved back to this city. He was well known throughout the valley as an honest, conscientious, Christian gentleman and to know him was to respect him. He was a man of more than ordinary ability as a writer and his articles were always readable, showing much thought. He was not a surface skimmer but a man of depth. He left three sons, W.W., Eugene and Vernon and three daughters, Mrs. Robert Hepburn, Mrs. John Yearwood (sic) and Mrs. Omar Davidson to mourn his death. He was conscious to the end, recognized everyone present and before the end gave his wife words of consolation and likewise to each of his children. He said he was ready to die and was going to Heaven, dying in the full hope of a glorious resurrection and a victorious triumph over death and the grave. For many years Mr. Rogers was a regular contributor to...

Covey, Harry Ovando – Obituary

Harry O. Covey, 83, of Cle Elum, died Monday, Dec. 24, 1990, at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital, in Ellensburg. He was born March 1, 1907, in Ovando, Mont., a son of Harry and Bertha (Paye) Covey. He lived for 10 years in Canada, where he delivered mail by dog team under contract with the Canadian postal service. For the past 51 years he had lived in the Cle Elum area, where he was a mink rancher. He was a member of the Swauk-Teanaway Grange. He and Rosa Mae Zumbrunnen were married in Ellensburg on Jan. 1, 1938. Survivors, in addition to his wife, at home in Cle Elum, include a son, Joseph O. Covey, of Kent; a daughter, Bertha Mae Covey, of Cle Elum; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; a sister, Bertha Nissen, of Ellensburg; and a number of nieces and nephews. Cremation will be a t Terrace Heights Memorial Park in Yakima. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at the Community Church in Cle Elum, with the Rev. Jack Sondericker officiating. Contributed by: Sheli...

Covey, Rosa Mae Zumbrunnen – Obituary

Rosa Mae Covey, 84, of Cle Elum died Thursday [died April 30, 1998]. Mrs. Covey was born in Ellensburg and was raised in the Nanum area. She worked at various locations in the Kittitas Valley as a domestic, cared for sick people and was retired from KCAC Survivors include a son, Joseph O. Covey of Kent; a daughter, Bertha Mae Covey of Ellensburg; a sister, Bertha Morrison of Ellensburg; a brother, Fred Zumbrunnen of Ellensburg; five grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cascade Funeral Home, Cle Elum Contributed by: Sheli...

Biography of Thomas Johnson

THOMAS JOHNSON. – The gentleman whose name appears above belongs to three towns on the east slope of the Cascades, – Goldendale, Ellensburgh and Cle-Elum; and it may almost be said that in the course of their development these three towns belong to him. At least, he has been a leading and constructive spirit in them. He is a native of Canada, where he was born in 1839, and came to this coast in search of the golden fleece at Caribou in 1862. The Province, however, detained him but a year; and he came down to Rockland opposite The Dalles, employing himself in running the ferry across the Columbia. Going to Canada in 1866, he married Miss Connell, and after his return to his Rockland home made a number of rapid shifts. all of which advanced him on the road to fortune. He operated the ferry a year, was in the cattle business on the Klikitat two years, and bought sixteen hundred acres of land near Rockland and farmed three years. Going now to the site of Goldendale with the autocratic license of the king or frontiersman, he laid out the city, built the first store, built a gristmill, and followed this with a sawmill. In 1880 he established the bank. With the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad towards the Cascade Mountains, he went to Ellensburgh, reaching that point before the railroad, and took a contract for lumber, prosecuting also the mercantile business. A fire destroyed thirty-five thousand dollars’ worth of his property; yet it did not seriously hinder his operations. He went to building again, this time...

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