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Carver, Rosetta Curtis – Obituary

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Mrs. G. Carver, Valley Pioneer, Expires Today. Resident here since 1876; passes at age of 77 after a long illness. Mrs. George W. Carver passed away at her home at 9 o’clock this morning [November 14, 1930] following a long illness and after being bedfast for more than three months, at the age of 77 years. Mrs. Carver was one of the earliest pioneers of the Kittitas Valley, coming here in 1876.

Rosetta Curtis was born in Macomb County, Michigan, January 3, 1853. She was married to George W. Carver at Cottonwood Springs, Nebraska on March 6, 1869.

Mrs. Carver with her parents and husband journeyed in a covered wagon along the old Oregon Trail from Nebraska to Oregon in 1870. In August 1876 they journeyed by covered wagon from Oregon by way of The Dalles to the Kittitas Valley. Mr. Curtis, her father, homesteaded on Nanum Creek and here he built a one-room cabin. After his death in 1878 this cabin was used as a school house and is still standing today.

To Mr. and Mrs. Carver six children were born. One son, George, died on September 18, 1902, and Mr. Carver passed away August 31, 1914. The five surviving children are: William Carver of Montana; Mrs. Jake Grimm, Tacoma; James Carver of Ellensburg, who resides on the old home place, and Mrs. James Ferguson, Mrs. Robert Harris, and Mrs. Thomas Williams, all of Ellensburg.

The Carvers in 1876 located south of the city and here for many years they had a large dairy, probably the largest dairy in Kittitas County. They lived here until moving into the city. Mrs. Carver was a charter member of the Women’s Relief Corps and is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Carver was a charter member of the G.A.R.

Mrs. Carver will long be remembered for her kindness and help in time of sickness and trouble. No funeral arrangements have been made. [Rosetta is buried in the Ellensburg IOOF Cemetery].

Contributed by: Shelli Steedman

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