Location: King County WA

Cooke, Ella Harrel – Obituary

Ella Cooke, 96, died Saturday, April 19, 1997 at the Masonic Retirement Center in Des Moines, Wash., where she has been a resident for 9 years. She was born Jan. 1, 1901 in Hawkins County, Tenn. She came to the Ellensburg Valley with her parents, Edward and Julia Harrel, as a small child. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now She and her husband, Budd Cooke who preceded her in death, lived in the Colockum Pass area north of Ellensburg for over 40 years. She loved to do crafts and handiwork. Before her move to the coast, she belonged to Jolly Neighbors and to the Country Mothers Club. She was a member of Miriam Rebekah Lodge, serving as Noble Grand twice and of Grace Chapter OES. Her survivors include her daughter and her husband, Loretta and Jean Wilson of Belfair; four grandchildren, Rod Malone ad his wife Molly, Eugene Ore, Steve Wilson and his wife Susan, Snohomish, Gayle Padvorac and her husband Andy, Kirkland, Tim Wilson and...

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Cooke, Abraham Lincoln – Obituary

Abe L. Cooke Dies in Seattle Abe L. Cooke, 47, of Yakima, a former Ellensburg resident and a veteran of the first World War, died Wednesday in the Marine hospital in Seattle after an illness of several months. He was born April 27, 1897, at Coberg, Ore., the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Cooke, Kittitas valley pioneers. The Cooke family returned to this valley while he was still an infant and he received his education in valley schools. He served with a National Guard company which was sent to patrol the Mexican border in the fall of 1916. He joined Troop A, which recruited here at the start of World War I. Troop A was made a military police unit at Charlotte, N.C., and was transferred to Camp Mils, Long Island, where he was discharged because of ill health. He was married July 24, 1917, to Miss Lela Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Fetters of Ellensburg. After his discharge, he and his wife moved to Yakima, where they made their home until they moved to the coast a few months ago. He was on patrol duty at the Settle airport before his last illness. He is survived by his widow; three sons, Truman, Eugene and Freeman, and a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Crawford; three sisters, Mrs. T. E. Cowell, and Mrs. Frank Huss, of Ellensburg, and...

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Wright, Alfred – Obituary

Alfred W. Wright, 70, died Wednesday at Seattle [died May 24, 1972]. He was born in Ellensburg, June 15, 1901, and worked for many years for Cabin Creek Lumber Co., which was owned by his father. He was married to Bertha Ferguson December 18, 1922, at Ellensburg. For the past 30 years they have lived in Seattle, where he continued to work as a millwright until retirement. He was a member of Shipwrights Local N. 1184 of Seattle. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Alfred Wright, III, of Seattle; four grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Doris Zastrow, and Mrs. Roy Maryatt, both of Seattle, Mrs. Charles Kilgore of San Francisco, and a half brother, John Wright of Alaska. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Evenson Chapel, Ellensburg. Burial will follow at IOOF Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Wyatt, Leslie Elmer – Obituary

Former Resident Dies in Seattle. Leslie E. Wyatt, 62, formerly of Ellensburg, died at his home in Seattle Sunday afternoon, it was learned here today. He had resided here for several years and moved to Seattle four years ago. Survivors include his wife, Sarah and father, Felix, both of Seattle; a son, Kenneth of Salem, Oregon; three brothers, Art and Otis of Ellensburg and William of Seattle; and four sisters, Mrs. Lula Ferrier of Spokane; Mrs. Mayme Ferguson, Coeur d’Alene, Ida., Mrs. Howard Boughman, Seattle; and Mrs. Ben Ferguson, Ellensburg. Funeral services will be held at the Honeycutt-Evenson chapel Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, followed by interment in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Leslie was born June 22, 1885 in Illinois. He died January 12, 1947. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Phelps, Odie N. – Obituary

Services at the IOOF Cemetery will take place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday for Odie N. Phelps, former Ellensburg resident who died Friday March 13, 1959 in Seattle. He has lived in Seattle for the past 16 years. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of Seattle, a son, Frank Phelps of Ellensburg, a brother, Gilbert of Seattle and four grandchildren. Odie was the son of William B. Phelps and Mary Smith. He was married to Bessie Lee...

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McEwen, Harvey – Obituary

Harvey McEwen Dies In Seattle Pioneer Valley Resident Came To Ellensburg In 1871 Harvey McEwen, 79-year-old former Ellensburg resident and one of the Kittitas Valley’s earliest pioneers, died in Columbus Hospital in Seattle yesterday afternoon [June 9, 1937]. He had made his home at Wapato for many years, and died while in Seattle on a visit. Mr. McEwen came to the valley in 1871 and lived near Ellensburg for 40 years. In 1921 he went to Wapato to farm, later retiring. He is survived by four sons, Oscar and Ernie McEwen of Ellensburg; Carl McEwen of Seattle, and Clarence McEwen of Kansas City, Missouri; three daughters, Mrs. L. W. Evans of Wapato, Mrs. R. E. Wheeler of Toppenish and Mrs. Charles Haack of Seattle; two sisters, Mrs. Abe Wheeler and Mrs. Elizabeth Ferguson of Ellensburg; and six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at he Honeycutt Chapel in Ellensburg Saturday Afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. [Burial in the IOOF Cemetery] Contributed by: Sheli...

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McEwen, Mary Ellen Grunden – Obituary

The body of Mrs. E. J. McEwen who died in Seattle on Monday [May 23, 1916] after a long illness with pulmonary tuberculosis, arrived in Ellensburg last night and was taken to the parlor of M. L. Bridgham where it will lie until funeral arrangements can be made. Mr. McEwen is in Montreal, and will not be able to get here until Sunday or Monday. Mrs. McEwen, formerly Miss Mary Grunden, was born in Ellensburg and had lived here nearly all of her life, having attended the public schools here. She was 20 years of age, and was married in 1912 to E. J. [Edward Jesse] McEwen, who survives her. Besides her husband, she leaves her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. [Elof Arnson] Grunden of Ellensburg, three sisters, Anna and Nellie of Ellensburg, and Mrs. Don Dale of Klamath Falls, Ore., and three brothers, John Grunden of Sultan and Alfred and Glenn, both of Ellensburg. John Grunden arrived here this morning and Mrs. Dale is expected here tonight. Contributed by: Sheli...

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Pedersen, Peder – Obituary

Peder Pedersen Dies In Seattle. Pioneer Kittitas Valley Farmer Succumbs Last Night. Peder Pedersen, 76, a Kittitas Valley pioneer, died in the Swedish Hospital in Seattle last night [May 25, 1941] after an illness of about a week. He came to the Kittitas Valley in 1889 and farmed in the Denmark District for many years. He was born in Denmark in 1865. He lived in the valley from the time he arrived here in 1889, but during the last few years frequently visited his children in Portland. Surviving him are two sons, Arthur of Ellensburg and Elmer of Seattle, and six daughters, Mrs. Anna Cleman of Ellensburg, Mrs. Clara Kay of Kittitas, Mrs. Mary Henry of Portland, Mrs. Ella Otey of Portland, Mrs. Louise Durland of Portland, and Mrs. Bessie Zelten of Akron, Ohio. There are 15 grandchildren. He will be buried in Ellensburg IOOF Cemetery. However, funeral arrangements are no...

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Ferguson, Susan Matilda Carver – Obituary

Susie Matilda Ferguson, native pioneer resident, passed away Wednesday May 24, 1967 at the Burien General Hospital in Seattle at the age of 87 years. She was born October 18, 1879 in Ellensburg, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Carver [mother Rosetta Curtis] and was married to James Harvey Ferguson on December 25, 1898. They farmed for several years in the Kittitas Valley, moving 17 years ago to Kent. She is survived by her husband, James Harvey Ferguson, Kent; one son, Lester J. Ferguson, Lynnwood; one daughter, Mrs. Bertha Wright, Seattle; four grandchildren, including Marvin Rutledge, who was raised by the Fergusons and still resides at the family home; seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Harris of Ellensburg and Mrs. Nell Williams of Pasco. Funeral services for Mrs. Ferguson will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Evenson Funeral Chapel, the Rev. H. W. Rydman officiating. Burial will follow in the IOOF...

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Ferguson, James – Obituary

James Harvey Ferguson, 93, member of a pioneer Kittitas Valley family, died Saturday, October 18, 1969 in a Seattle nursing home. He was the son of James Ferguson and Elizabeth McEwen Ferguson, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John McEwen. The Ferguson and McEwen families came to the Kittitas Valley in 1871 over the Snoqualmie Pass from the Puget Sound Country. The McEwens bought land in what is now known as the Denmark District. The Fergusons settled on a homestead close by Naneum Creek, where they built a log cabin. In this log cabin, James Harvey Ferguson was born August 9, 1876. He lived on this homestead with his parents, until his marriage to Susan Carver on Dec. 24, 1899 in Ellensburg. Susan Carver was the daughter of George Carver and Rosa Curtis Carver, who came with the Alanson Curtis family to Kittitas in 1878. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson lived on a farm on the Vantage Highway and later moved into Ellensburg. In 1949, they moved to Kent where they made their home with a grandson, Marvin Rutledge. Mrs. Ferguson died in May 1967. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson were the parents of three children, Mrs. Nellie Rutledge who died in 1928; Mrs. Bertha Wright, Seattle and Lester Ferguson, Seattle. In addition to his son and daughter, Mr. Ferguson is survived by two brothers, George and Ben Ferguson, both...

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Davis, Maria Harris – Obituary

Funeral Of Pioneer To Be Held Tomorrow. Mrs. Maria Davis Was In Valley In 1869 Crossed Plains On Horseback At Age Of Six Years-First Settler On Lake Washington The death of Mrs. Maria Davis, 77 years old, one of the earliest pioneers of Washington, who passed through the Kittitas Valley on her way to Lake Washington in 1869 and met at the summit of Snoqualmie Pass, Tillman Houser and Gus Nesalhouse, first settlers here, resulted from a short illness from pneumonia, according to information received here today Mrs. Davis and her husband, John Davis, lived in Yakima in 1867 to 1869, when a small grist mill and a few cabins constituted the only settlement in the entire valley. At that time a few dozen people made up the population of this section of Washington, the list including the Heatons, Goodwins, Splawns and Snipes. Mrs. Davis had crossed the plains on horseback from Missouri with her family in 1849, settling n Yamhill County, Oregon, where they lived until five years after Mrs. Davis’ marriage. Mr. Davis fought in the Indian wars in Oregon in the sixties In 1869 Mr. and Mrs. Davis moved to a spot near Lake Washington, passing through the Kittitas valley and meeting the first two settlers as they crossed the summit of the Cascade divide. They were th first settlers of the Squak District King County,...

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Dixon, Frank M. – Obituary

Funeral services for Frank M. Dixon, 68, former Ellensburg resident who died at his home in Seattle last night, will be held at the Honeycutt Chapel here Monday morning at 11 o’clock. Rev. W. M. Martin will be in charge and burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery Born October 2, 1873, in Iowa, Dixon came to Ellensburg with his parents when he was nine years old. He farmed here for many years and operated a livery stable. He moved to Yakima 16 years ago and subsequently went to Seattle. He was married here to Miss Ollie O’Rear in 1903. She died in 1917 Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Caroline Dixon; a daughter, Mrs. L. P. O’Hare of Seattle; one grandson; a brother, Joe Dixon of Portland; a half brother, Archie Dixon of Vancouver and a half sister, Mrs. William Eadon of Orting, and several nieces and nephews including Mrs. W. F. Erickson of Ellensburg Frank was the son of John Wesley Dixon and Sarah E. Smith. My records say he was born in IL not IA. Frank died May 22, 1942 Contributed by: Sheli...

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Lee, C. Melvin – Obituary

C. Melvin “Mel” Lee, 86, a four-year resident of Olympia, died of cancer Saturday, May 27, 1995, in Mother Joseph Care Center, Olympia. He was born Nov. 15, 1908, to William and Geneva (Hodges) Lee in Ellensburg, where he graduated from Ellensburg High School. Mr. Lee graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in education. He married Claudia (Swenson) Lee on April 3, 1947 in Seattle. Mr. Lee was in the Army from 1943 to 1946, serving in the Philippines and the United States. Mr. Lee taught and coached athletics for several schools in Washington. He was superintendent of public education in Manson, Chelan County and the Boisfort School District. He later worked for Boeing until his retirement. He was interested in sports, especially baseball and the Seattle Mariners. After graduating from college he had played semi professional baseball in Eastern Washington. He also enjoyed traveling. Besides his wife, Claudia, of Olympia, Mr. Lee is survived by a stepdaughter, Rosemary Hortin, Lacey; three grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. A memorial service for Mr. Lee will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, June 2, in Mother Joseph Center, Olympia. Dr. Larry Specter will officiate. Interment will be in Ellensburg [IOOF]. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Mother Joseph Care Center, Olympia. Arrangements are by Mills and Mills Funeral Directors, Olympia. Contributed by: Shelli...

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McEwen, Cora Belle – Obituary

Auburn—Cora B. McEwen, 95, retired Ellensburg school teacher, died Sunday [June 30, 1990] in Auburn where she had lived for the past four years. She attended Ellensburg Normal School and Central Washington College of Education. She worked for Dr. Pinckard for a number of years before beginning her 30-year teaching career. Following retirement she served as a private tutor in her home. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and was active in youth groups for more than 80 years. Survivors include three great nephews, Clair Schnebly of Kittitas, and Ted Schnebly and David Leickum, both of Renton. Cotton Chapel, Ellensburg, is in charge of arrangements. Contributed by: Shelli...

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McEwen, Carl Lester – Obituary

Toppenish—Carl Lester McEwen, 85, of Toppenish, died Sunday, January 31, 1988 at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Yakima. Carl was born on April 3, 1902 in Ellensburg, Wash., the son of Harvey an Martha (Grewell) McEwen. Mr. McEwen attended schools in Toppenish, coming to the Valley in 1910. He worked for the Wheeler Electric Co. until 1936 at which time he joined the Yakima Sheriff’s Department and worked for the County until 1939. After leaving the Sheriff’s Department he went to work for Wheeler Electric again and moved to Seattle, where he worked for the Boeing Company and also Todd Shipyards. After working at Todd Shipyards he went to work for himself as a general electrical contractor. Mr. McEwen returned to the Valley in 1952 and worked for the U & I Sugar Co. as an electrician until 1958. On August 29, 1958 he married Myrtle Ranes in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. In 1959 Mr. McEwen went to work at Hanford as an electrician, until retiring in 1972. He was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie No. 2229 of Toppenish, a member of the American Legion of Toppenish, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers & Building and Trade Unions. Survivors include his wife, Myrtle of Toppenish; three grandsons, Donald McEwen of North Bend, Wash., Billy McEwen, Tommy McEwen of Joplin, Mo.;...

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