Location: Cowlitz County WA

McEwen, Melvin E. – Obituary

Melvin E., 62, 412 S. Pacific Ave., Kelso, died April 2 at home. He was born April 5, 1907 in Winchester, Wash. He had lived in this area for 42 years and worked as a bartender. He was a World War II veteran and was a member of the American Legion. Survivors include one son, Shirley McEwen; three brothers, Wilbur of Kelso, Elmer of Oakland, and Dan of Centralia; two sisters, Mrs. Laura Timberman of Vancouver, and Mrs. Alta Rasmussen of Battle Ground; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Ditlevsen-Moore Chapel with the Rev. Lloyd Holloway officiating. Concluding services and interment will be in the Toledo Cemetery [Fir Lawn Cemetery]. The Ditlevsen-Moore Funeral Home is in charge. Longview Daily News, April 3, 1970 Contributed by: Shelli...

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McEwen, Wilbur D. – Obituary

Wilbur McEwen, 77, 120 Vision Drive, Kelso, died July 4, 1992, at Community Hospice. A Washington native, he was born March 24, 1915 to Daniel and Lena (Owens) McEwen. Mr. McEwen, a former Weyerhaeuser Co., International Woodworkers of American Wood Worker, had lived in this area since 1929. He was a member of the Kelso American Legion Post 25 for 44 years. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Evergreen State Chapter 11. He enjoyed his family and family gatherings. He is survived by his sister, Laura Timberman of Vancouver; two brothers, Daniel L. McEwen of Centralia and Elmer J. McEwen of Freemont, Calif.; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Winifred Chandler of Kelso. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Toledo cemetery [Fir Lawn Cemetery] with the Rev. Jim Crislip officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and from 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday at McVicker’s Chapel on the Hill. Daily News, Longview, July 6, 1992 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cathlamet Indians

Cathlamet Indians are located on the south bank of Columbia River near its mouth, claiming the territory between Tongue Point and the neighborhood of Puget Island, and on the north bank from the mouth of Grays Bay to a little east of Oak Point.

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Biography of Charles A. Thatcher

Identified with pioneer life in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, Charles Albert Thatcher figured long and prominently in the development and progress of the northwest and in the events which form its history. He lived an honorable, upright life, won prosperity through determined purpose and indefatigable energy, and at all times enjoyed the esteem of his fellow men, by reason of those sterling qualities of manhood which in every land and every clime awaken admiration and regard. Mr. Thatcher was born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, July 24, 1826, and was a representative of an old American family. He acquired his education in Harford University and in Oberlin College, at Oberlin, Ohio, but, his health failing him, he was obliged to abandon his studies before the day of graduation arrived, and spent two years in the pine forests of Wisconsin. He was much benefited by his sojourn in that state, and afterward engaged in teaching school in Pennsylvania and Ohio. In 1852 he crossed the plains to Oregon, starting early in the season with a party en route for the Pacific coast. They were fortunate in escaping the cholera and attacks from the Indians, safely reaching their destination after some months of travel. The following year the territory of Washington was organized and Mr. Thatcher was made its first school superintendent. He formed the first school districts, and filled that office...

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Walls, Susie – Obituary

Mary Susan (Susie) Walls, died at the age of 89, Jan. 3, 1981, at the Woodland Convalescent Center in Woodland, Washington. Born in Bolt, West Virginia, Oct. 22, 1891, she was the daughter of William Thomas and Mary Frances (Cook) Clemens. She came to Wallowa County from West Virginia in 1907, and in 1914 married Russell E. Walls in Wallowa. He died in 1970. Mrs. Walls was a member of the Methodist Church and a housewife who was known for her baking. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, in the Wallowa Cemetery with the Reverend Don Hawkins officiating. Vault interment followed. Survivors include her brother Dola N. Clemens of Medford and her nephew Ross Clemens of Woodland representing her many nieces and nephews. Contrubuted by: Sue...

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Walls, Mary Susan (Susie) Clemens Mrs. – Obituary

Mary Susan (Susie) Walls, died at the age of 89, January 3, 1981, at the Woodland Convalescent Center in Woodland, Washington. Born in Bolt, West Virginia, October 22, 1891, she was the daughter of William Thomas and Mary Frances (Cook) Clemens. She came to Wallowa County from West Virginia in 1907 and in 1914 married Russell E. Walls in Wallowa. He died in 1970. Mrs. Walls was a member of the Methodist Church and a house wife who was known for her baking. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, in the Wallowa Cemetery with the Rev. Don Hawkins officiating. Vault interment followed. Survivors include her brother Dola N. Clemens of Medford and her nephew Ross Clemens of Woodland representing her many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallowa Methodist Church. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, January, 1981 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Wortman, Kathryn Dufur Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. J. W. Wortman Dies Very Suddenly Mrs. John Wortman passed away yesterday afternoon, Wednesday January 5, 1927, at the La Grande hospital where she had been taken for an operation for appendicitis. She never rallied from the operation. Kathryn Dufur was born in Waupaca, Wisconsin, April 8, 1884, and came west with her father and the family in 1901, going first to Bellingham, Washington. Afterward they made their home at Kalama, Washington. She was a highly educated and cultured woman and engaged in teaching after she had finished her training. While she was teaching at Enterprise she and Mr. Wortman became acquainted and they were married at Kalama, June 30, 1910. Later they came to Enterprise and made their home for several years. Mrs. Wortman was on the high school faculty and her husband taught part of the time and also was county clerk. They moved to Union where both taught, Mr. Wortman being principal of the grade school. Mrs. Wortman gave up her school work a year and a half ago. Mrs. Wortman was survived by her husband and two children. A daughter has passed away and is buried at Enterprise. Funeral services will be held at union and burial will be in Enterprise. Mr. Wortman said this morning over the telephone he would not know the day and hour of the services...

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Briggs, Herbert – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Herbert Stanley “Bud” Briggs, 90, died at his home in Enterprise on May 31, 2005. He was born in New Meadows, Idaho, on Jan. 16, 1915, to Roy and Maude Briggs. Mr. Briggs came to Wallowa County in 1939. He worked at the mill in Joseph and later as a janitor for Joseph High School. In 1940, he married Lucile “Peal.” They were married 63 years when she died in 2003. In 1950, Mr. Briggs went to work for Pacific Power. He ran the power plant at Wallowa Lake for several years and then transferred to the Lewis River Project at Cougar, Wash., where he operated the power plant there until he retired in 1977. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and little creatures. He enjoyed feeding squirrels and leaves behind his dog Huckleberry Number Three. Mr. Briggs is survived by his daughter Sue of Enterprise, grandson Jeff and wife Shannon of Page, Ariz., granddaughter Laura and husband Gary of Post Falls, Idaho, granddaughter Denice and husband Andrew of Loveland, Colo., six great-grandsons, five great granddaughters and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Lucile and sisters Frances Mead and Rose Sandlin Simmons. A funeral was held June 6 at Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to Wallowa County Hospice. Wallowa County...

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Hess, Farrell – Obituary

Many people attended the last rites for Farrell Hess at Union, Monday, where the body of the young man was taken for burial. Services were held at the L.D.S. church, and the building could not accommodate the crowd that wished to pay its last respects to the young an. All members of the Hess family were present at the funeral ceremonies. After the church services, the Knights of Pythias, held another services at the cemetery, the deceased having been a member of that body. Farrell Hess was found dead at Woodland, Wash., near the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Hess, last Saturday, with a small calibre gun by his side, and his untimely death is mourned by a host of friends in this city, at Union, La Grande, and Corvallis. Farrell Hess was born at Rexburg, Idaho, in September, 1899. He attended school at Union and North Powder, being a graduate of the local high school. He was in his third year of studies at the Oregon Agricultural College at Corvallis. He was well liked by all who know him, and made scores of friends wherever he located. His parents and family have the sympathy of the local community in their sad bereavement. North Powder News Saturday, February 28,...

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McEwen, Daniel E. – Obituary

Daniel E. McEwen, well-known resident of Rose Valley for the last years, who had lived in Kelso since last December passed away quietly at his home at 207 South Sixth Street west Kelso this morning at 6:45 o’clock after a two weeks illness. He was 64 years of age at the time of his death and had been a resident of Lewis and Cowlitz counties for the last 48 years. He was well known among logging and mill men and it is said of him by his friends that he was highly respected and upright in all his dealings. He was an active member of the Grange and was master of Rose Valley Grange for two years. He is survived by his widow and nine children: Clara Lidbury, Laura Ronah, Alta Rasmussen, Melvin, Raymond, Albert, Wilbur, Elmer and Lyle; also two brothers Will and Arch McEwen and a sister Mrs. Etta Lewis of Toledo. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the IOOF Hall in Toledo and burial will be at Toledo, where the deceased is a pioneer having spent many years in that section. [Interment Fir Lawn Cemetery] Daily Tribune and Kelsonian, April 2, 1934 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Kirkendoll, Grant – Obituary

Funeral services for Grant Kirkendoll, who died yesterday morning at his home on Silver Lake following a long illness, will be held Sunday from the Methodist Church here with burial in the Whittle Cemetery. He was born in Iowa, December 25, 1865, and came to Kelso with his parents when a small child. He has since lived in Cowlitz and Lewis counties, making his home at different times in Kelso, Toledo, Sandy Bend and Silver Lake. He has always been a rancher. He is survived by five children, Mrs. Otto Disque, Kelso; Mrs. Jennie Stange, Silver Lake; Mrs. Gladys Leichhardt, Kelso; Leo and Mark Kirkendoll of Toledo. The body is at the Smith Funeral Home, Kelso. Longview Daily News, August 23, 1929 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Kirkendoll, Caroline Etta Burbee – Obituary

Mrs. Etta Burbee, 76, of 620 N. 1st St., Kelso, died Nov. 30 [1946]. Born June 10, 1870 at Castle Rock, she was a lifelong resident of the State of Washington. Survivors include two sons, Leo of Concrete and Mark of Toledo; three daughters, Mrs. W. G. Booth of Corvallis, Mrs. Jennie McLean of Yakima, and Mrs. Essie Disque of Kelso; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; two sisters and one brother. Funeral arrangements are pending. The Ditlevsen Funeral Home is in charge. Longview Daily News, December 2, 1945 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Holten, Erma Eileen Champ Kotoskey – Obituary

Erma Eileen Holten, a longtime Longview resident, died March 17, 1992 at a local nursing home. She was 83. Mrs. Holten was born Jan. 31, 1909 in Winlock to John and Agnes (Eells) Champ. She had lived in the local area since 1935, coming here from Seattle. She was a homemaker and had worked at the Weyerhaeuser planer mill from 1935-1937. Mrs. Holten is survived by her husband, Gunner Holten, at home in Longview; a son, John McGregor of Vancouver; three grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and five nieces. At her request, no funeral will be held. Steel Chapel at Longview Memorial Park is in charge. Daily News, Longview, March 19,...

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Edwards, Elsie Ammons – Obituary

Mrs. Elsie Harris, 49, of 3277 Washington Way, Longview, died Nov. 23 in a local hospital. She was born Jan. 3, 1914 in Macon, Ga., and was a member of the Kelso Assembly of God Church. She also served as a swimming instructor for retarded children at the Longview YMCA. She is survived by the widower, Marshall; three daughters, Mrs. Esther Carrol, Portland; Mrs. Jane Carrol, Fresno, Calif.; Mrs. Barbara Fitch, Bakersfield, Calif; two brothers, the Rev. Bert Ammons, Kelso; Melvin Ammons, Longview; four sisters, Velma Allender, Longview; Mrs. Georgia Ryan, Rainier; Mrs. Lorene McAllister, Aberdeen; Mrs. Ruth Evenson, Clatskanie, and nine grandchildren. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Jackson, John – Obituary

John Jackson Dies At Age 83 Was Grandson of Early Settlers John Edward Jackson age 83 of 1745 Guild Road, Woodland, Wa., passed away at Bess Kaiser Hospital in Portland, Sept. 14. Graveside services were held Sept. 16 at the Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver, WA. Pastor L. E. Faasch officiating. Mr. Jackson was born July 7, 1895 in Haines, OR. to G.W. and Ida Long Jackson. He attended schools in Haines and Muddy Creek. As a young man, he farmed in Baker Valley. He moved from Haines to Woodland, WA, he owned and operated one of the most modern dairy farms in that area. He was married to Josephine Thompson of Eagle Valley in Richland in 1914. He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine, a son Norman, two sister, Nina Dahl and Ora Collins, two brothers, Charlie Jackson, and Roy Welch. Survivors include his daughter-in-law, Leatha Jenks, a grandson, Ronald Jackson of Woodland, a granddaughter, Sallye Muskie and four great grandchildren of Goldendale, WA., several nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins and friends living in the Baker area. He was the grandson of Alonzo and Julia Ann Long, pioneers settling in Baker Valley. Source: The Record Courier Sept. 28, 1978 page 6A Contributed by: Belva...

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