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Location: Lewis County WA

Champ, Edyth Marie Wallis – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. Ralph J. Champ, 59, succumbed Sunday [October 2, 1955] at her home on route 1, Winlock. Mrs. Champ, born Sept. 22, 1896 in Arlington, Wash., is survived, in addition to her husband, by a daughter, Mrs. Lynne Pope, Algona; sister, Mrs. R. D. Campbell, Winlock; three brothers, Robert Wallace [Wallis], Spokane, and William and Hugh Wallace, Arlington, and three grandchildren. The deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m., at the John W. Boone Chapel in Chehalis with the Rev. George Shuman officiating. Cremation will follow. [Interment in Winlock Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Gowen, Francis Marion – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Francis M. Gowen, 72, prominent dairyman and farmer, died suddenly last evening at his home on Route 1, Chehalis. He was born in Rice County, Minnesota, July 31, 1869, and came to Lewis County in 1893. He was a member of the Grange and of the Modern Woodmen. Surviving are his wife, Melissa [Champ]; two sons, Dewey, Chehalis, and Myron Gowen, Centralia; four daughters, Mrs. Pearl Hammack, Castle Rock; Mrs. Violet Hart, Bucoda; Mrs. Daisey Campbell, Chehalis, and Mrs. Ruby Bruce, Portland; sister, Mrs. W. E. Smith, Toledo, and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the John W. Boone Chapel. Burial will be at Claquato. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Kryger, Nevada L. Morrow – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Requiem mass for Mrs. Nevada L. Kryger, 73, resident of the Sellwood community for 60 years, will be held at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Agatha Catholic Church. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Rosary will be said today at 8 p.m. in McGinnis & Wilhelm Chapel. She was a native of Lewis County, Washington. Survivors are her husband, Cornelius J. Kryger, whom she married 46 years ago; daughter, Mrs. Alice Katherine Jones; a grandson, and sisters, Mrs. Irene Nolton and Mrs. Nellie Miller, all of Portland. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biography of Frederick Proebstel

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now FREDERICK PROEBSTEL. – This pioneer of the Wallowa valley was born in Germany in 1829, and with his parents emigrated to America in 1842 and located in Missouri. In 1852 he made the crossing of the plains to Lewis County, Washington Territory, locating on Fourth Plain. Mr. Proebstel, belonging to the family of this name, a number of whose biographies are found in this volume, shared many experiences in common with others, and was one of the Indian fighters of 1855-56, and wishes to bear special testimony to the liberality of the Hudson’s Bay Company during the hard winter of 1852, when many must have suffered without their assistance. Of the many stories which he tells with feeling and humor in regard to the early settlement of the Wallowa valley, the following are specimens. His niece, returning home from the log schoolhouse one evening met face to face by a panther. Being near home, she called out to her father, and meantime struck the animal with one of her school books. The stroke and the scream caused the panther to slink away; and the father, coming quickly with his gun, secured a fine skin. In 1879 Mr. Proebstel drove his herds to the Imnaha, a portion of the Wallowa country, in order to obtain open range....

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Biography of Michael T. Simmons

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now MICHAEL T. SIMMONS. – Michael T. Simmons, the leader of an American colony, who established the pioneer American settlement upon the shores of Puget Sound, was born August 5, 1814, in Bullitt County, Kentucky, three miles south of Sheppardsville. In 1840 he removed with his family to Missouri, and located and built a mill on a branch of the Missouri River, which mill he sold to procure his outfit to migrate to Oregon. In 1844 he joined the Independent Oregon Colony, consisting of several separate companies or parties, who joined together in a quasi military organization, and elected Cornelius Gilliam General, and Michael T. Simmons Colonel. It would prove profitable and interesting to accompany those several trains in that voyage across the plains; but those incidents have been graphically and faithfully narrated by others. Arrived upon the banks of the Columbia, the particular company with whom Colonel Simmons was directly associated halted at Washougal, on the north side of the Columbia, about twenty-five miles east of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver, and there established quarters for the winter. Colonel Simmons, however, soon proceeded to Fort Vancouver, and endeavored to secure room, – accommodations for himself and family, but for a long time was unsuccessful. Later he did succeed in renting, for one month, a room...

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Cross, Lauretta – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Lauretta Cross, of Milton-Freewater and a former resident of Wallowa County, died July 9, 2007, at Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash. She was 85. Mrs. Cross was born June 19,1922, in La Grande to James Everett and Etta Rebecca Berg Rachau. The family resided on Pumpkin Ridge, outside of Elgin. They later moved to Minam, where Mrs. Cross attended school through the second grade. In 1930, the family moved to Onalaska, Wash., where she finished her schooling, graduating from the eighth grade twice. Her father didn’t believe in higher education for women. She married young and had three children, then divorced and worked in restaurants and the shipyard in Portland, during the war. She moved back to La Grande for a time and in 1956, moved to Everett, Wash. to work, and there she met Jerry Cross at a telephone company picnic. They were married Jan. 31, 1959, in Vancouver, Wash. In 1966, the family moved to Enterprise, when Mr. Cross was transferred with the phone company. Mrs. Cross was a homemaker and worked part time. In the late 1960’s, she joined the VFW Auxiliary #4307, and was very active for many years. She was a past president of the auxiliary, and later became a lifetime member. She was a talented and creative...

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McEwen, Lena – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now A longtime resident of Centralia, Mrs. Lena M. McEwen, 82, died Wednesday at a Centralia hospital. She was born March 28, 1884 at Lawrence, Kan. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Alta Rasmussen, Battle Ground and Mrs. Laura Timberman, Vancouver; four sons, Dan, Centralia, Wilbur and Melvin, both of Kelso and Elmer, Oakland, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Mooney, Portland; 11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Funeral services are Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Fissell-Brown Mortuary Chapel, Chehalis, with the Rev. James F. Scott officiating. Interment will follow at the Toledo Cemetery [Fir Lawn Cemetery]. Pallbearers will be Leslie Palmer, Bob Farnell, Elmo Thomas, Carl Graham, Carl Bergstrom and Ernie Penhallagon. Daily Chronicle, July 7, 1966 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Wilkinson, Andrew – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Died—At Vader, Washington, Monday, August 9, 1926, Andrew Wilkinson, age 84 years, 7 months and 14 days. The funeral took place from the Methodist church, Union, Friday, August 13, 1926, at 2:30 o’clock p.m. Word was received at Union early Monday morning of the serious illness of Mr. Wilkinson, and his daughter, Mrs. Webb, left that morning on No. 17 for Vader, but her father passed away before her arrival at Vader. Mrs. Webb returned with the remains Thursday, and the funeral took place as above noted. “Uncle Andy” Wilkinson was one of the old settlers of this section, and had a friend in every acquaintance, and all regret his passing away, though it has been evident for several years that he was nearing the end. Andrew Wilkinson, son of Jacob and Matilda Wilkinson, was born in Cedar County, Mo., Dec. 26, 1841, and died at the home of his son, Edward, at Vader, Washinton, Aug. 9th, 1926, age 81 years, 7 months and 13 days. In 1863 he left the home of his birth and came to Denver, Colo. Five years later he in company with others came by ox team over the plains through Montana via Walla Walla, Wash., thence to the Grande Ronde Valley, and after a time purchased a large farm in...

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Ormsby, George William – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Services for George W. Ormsby, 85, formerly of Nampa, who died Tuesday, June 10 [1986], in Olympia, Wash., will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Fissel Chapel of the Brown Mortuary Service, Chehalis, Wash. Burial will follow at the Claquato Cemetery, Chehalis. Mr. Ormsby was born Sept. 30, 1900, at Sams Springs, Iowa. He married Edith Roberts Oct. 8, 1924, in Mountain Home. They moved to Nampa, where he worked for the Pacific Fruit Express, retiring after 20 years service in 1945. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Engineers in Idaho. He then operated a dairy ranch in Vale, Ore., for 10 years. He moved to Winlock, Wash., where he operated a grocery store for six years before moving to Chehalis eight years ago. He is survived by his wife of Chehalis; two daughters, Betty Jo (Mrs. Jack) Swain of Kent, Wash., and Donna Jean Chormicle of Rialto, Calif.; a son, Harry G. Ormsby of Lakewood, Calif.; two sisters Irene (Mrs. Johnny) Scribner of Vale, and Helen (Mrs. Delbert) Homer of Nampa; a brother Sam Ormsby of Sweet Home, Ore.; two grandsons; two granddaughters; and three great granddaughters in Australia. Memorials may be made to Medic-One, St. Helens Hospital, P. O. Box 50-9, Chehalis, Wash., 98532. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Champ, Clarence – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Clarence Champ, 89, of 127 S. Excelsior, retired manager of the Butte General Electric Co. office, died Wednesday [November 13, 1974] at a local hospital. Born Nov. 19, 1894, in Winlock, Wash., Mr. Champ attended Washington schools and graduated from Washington State University with a degree in electrical engineering. He later went to Schenectady, N.Y., where he took the GE test training course before entering the Navy during World War I. After the war, he spent a short time in the GE Chicago office before being transferred to Butte in 1919. He became manager of the office in 1924. Mr. Champ participated in many major electrification projects in Montana, including electrification of the Anaconda Co. mining, smelting, and refining operations, the BA&P and Milwaukee Road railways and the Montana Power Co. He retired in 1949. He was a past president of the Butte Country Club and a member of the Rotary Club, Summit Valley Masonic Lodge, Montana Commandery, Baghdad Temple of the Shrine, Montana Society of Engineers, American Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is survived by his wife, Ted of Butte; brother Ralph of Enumclaw, Wash.; sister Ruth Wallis of Bremerton, Wash. and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Wayrynen – Richards...

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Lyon, Lottie Anna McEwen – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. Lottie Lyon, 60, died at her home here early Monday morning [March 19]. She was born at Manhattan, Kans., November 10, 1873 and came to Washington in 1888, locating near Toledo with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. [Archibald] McEwen. She was married July 5, 1890 to John [Charles] Lyon whose death occurred a few years ago. Mrs. Lyon was a member of the Royal Neighbors and the Renewal Society. Surviving relatives are three daughters, Mrs. Esther Pierce and Miss Winnie Lyon, San Francisco and Mrs. Hattie Pierce, Vacaville, Calif.; six sons, Harry, Wendell, Ed, Fred, and John Lyon, Toledo and Andrew Lyon, Raymond; four grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Etta Lewis, Toledo; and three brothers, William McEwen, Lebanon, Ore., Don of Kelso and Archie of Winchester, Wash. Funeral services, directed by L. R. Cattermole, were held at the Odd Fellows Hall, Wednesday afternoon. Burial was in Toledo Cemetery. Chehalis Bee-Nugget, March 23, 1934 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Champ, Jay D. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Jay D. Champ, 79, of Spanaway, died Saturday [December 10, 1983]. Mr. Champ, a retired lumber worker, was born in Winlock, Lewis County, and came to Spanaway 20 years ago. Surviving is a sister, Florence Leland of Seattle. Powers Funeral Home, Puyallup, is in charge. [Interment Fern Hill Cemetery, Aberdeen, WA.] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Champ, Edna Johnson – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. Edna W. Champ, 82, a long-time Tacoma resident, died Saturday [April 5, 1980]. Mrs. Champ, of 7235 Pacific Ave., was born in Winlock and resided in Tacoma almost 60 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Survivors include her son, Stanley of Tacoma, two grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Mountain View Funeral Home was in charge. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Roach, Naoma Huss – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. Naoma Roach, 80, Chehalis, died Saturday at her home on 1763 Cascade Ave. She was born November 3, 1880 in Mt. Vernon, Oregon. Mrs. Roach had been a resident of Chehalis for the past 24 years and a former resident of Onalaska. She was a member of the non-denominational church. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Blanche Strey and Mrs. Anne Wassco, Randle, and Mrs. Catherine Roundtree, Everson, Wash.; three sons, Fred, Elk City, Idaho; Charles, Kimberly, Ore.; and Harvey Roach, Eugene, Ore.; three brothers, Ray Huss, Parker; Bird Huss, Ellensburg, and Oscar Huss of Winthrop, 15 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Bonne Mortuary in Chehalis with Malcolm Graham officiating in the Claquato Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Layton, Henry Clay – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Another of the old pioneers of Lewis County passed away Wednesday afternoon, August 3, when Henry C. Layton died suddenly, at his home in the Hanaford Valley. Mr. Layton became violently ill while picking blackberries near a slashing burning, from the heat, and died a few hours after being taken sick. He was 64 years of age and was born in Toledo, this county, May 26, 1857. He is survived by his widow, Amanda Layton; two daughters, Mrs. Amanda Prince of Hanaford Valley and Mrs. Clara Hovies of Onalaska; one son, Roy Layton; his mother, Mrs. Sirilda Layton of Toledo; three sisters, Mrs. S. Spencer of Ethel, Mrs. Charles Evans of Alberta, Can., and Mrs. Harry Hurst of Chehalis; two brothers, E. S. Layton and E. P. Layton, both of Knab. Deceased was a member of Eden Prairie Grange at Knab. Layton Prairie was named after deceased and interment will be in the cemetery on the prairie, in charge of the Sticklin Undertaking Company. Funeral services will be held at Sticklin’s Chapel Sunday at 10 a.m. Chehalis Bee Nugget, August 5, 1921 Contributed by: Shelli...

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