Location: Lewis County WA

Layton, John – Obituary

John Layton, 90, Lewis County’s oldest native son, died Friday [March 8, 1946] at his home on Layton Prairie, where he was born on March 3, 1853. Survivors include three children, 30 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. The children are Mrs. Mahala Partch, Poulsbo; Mrs. Alice Fawver, Shelton, and George W. Layton, Olympia. Funeral services have been set for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian church in Toledo. 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 Mr. Layton was a familiar figure each year at the annual picnics of the Southwest Washington Pioneer Association. His father crossed the plains in 1849 and took up a homestead on Layton Prairie. At the age of 18, John did the blacksmithing on the Layton ranch and wagon repair work. He followed this trade for 20 years and then turned to carpentering for 30 years before retiring. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Layton, Elias Pilgrim – Obituary

Lewis County lost another of its native pioneer residents Saturday [April 12] in the death of Elias P. Layton, 79, in a Chehalis hospital. He was born May 16, 1872 at Layton Prairie and had lived there all his life. He was a farmer and during his active years had a prominent part in affairs of the community. He is survived by his wife, Maggie; one son, Ernest; three daughters, Mrs. Stella Smith, Mrs. Elva Armstrong, and Mrs. Edith Kirkendoll; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of Toledo. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Toledo Presbyterian Church. The Rev. H. B. Thomas will officiate and interment will be at Layton Prairie. [Interment Lone Hill Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Penner, Gerhardt Adolph – Obituary

A resident of Lewis County from 1923 to 1977, Gerhardt Adolph Penner, 88, died in a Kirkland nursing home, Tuesday, January 2. He was born March 26, 1890 in Port Orchard and has been a resident of Bellevue since 1977. Mr. Penner worked as a salesman for Darigold and as a custodian for the Centralia and Chehalis Schools. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Chehalis and was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Dorene in August, 1978. Survivors include a son, Clark C., Walnut Creek, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. H. C. (Carman) Hardebeck, Bellevue; a brother, Carl, Walla Walla; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Leid, Kennewick and Mrs. Alice Ashley, Renton. Services will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Sticklin Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Weaver officiating. Interment will follow at Claquato Cemetery, Chehalis. Daily Chronicle, January 3, 1979 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Penner, Audrey Dorene Viles – Obituary

Audrey Dorene Penner, a resident of Lewis County for 70 years, died Thursday [August 24] in a Bellevue Hospital. She was 79. She was born Oct. 25, 1898, in Grove, Okla., and was raised in the Adna area. Survivors include her husband, Gerhardt at home in Bellevue; a son Clark C, Walnut Creek, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. H. C. (Carmen) Hardebeck, Bellevue; a brother, George W. Viles, Centralia; six grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Sticklin Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Weaver officiating. Interment will follow at Claquato Cemetery, Chehalis. Arrangements are under the direction of Sticklin Funeral Chapel. Daily Chronicle, August 26, 1978 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Roberts, Hubert Eberton – Obituary

Former Lewis County Boy Died In France. News comes from France that Gen. Pershing reports the death of Hubert E. Roberts of Warren, Ore., from meningitis [January 26, 1918]. Mr. Roberts was raised in Lewis County and has a large circle of friends here. His sister, Mrs. Gust Anderson, lives in Klaber. He was 28 years old, married and had no children. He was called on the first draft at St. Helens, Ore., and sent to Camp Lewis. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Morrow, Herman Grinsel – Obituary

H. G. Morrow, one of the best known and most highly esteemed pioneers of the county, died suddenly near his home in Cowlitz Prairie about nine o’clock Wednesday forenoon [June 7, 1905]. Mr. Morrow had been sick for some time but had gotten better and was able to be about. Yesterday forenoon Mrs. Morrow and the other members of the family started to Toledo to attend the state Grange which is in session there. They had not been gone long when Mr. Morrow entered Henriott Brothers’ store on the Cowlitz and handed his watch and a walking stick to John Ackley, clerk in the store, instructing him to give the cane to John Laughran at Toledo, who had given it to him some years ago, and his watch to his wife, adding that he was going home to die. Ackley asked him to sit down but he insisted on going home. He had only gone a short ways, however, when he fell and expired in a few minutes. We have not learned what arrangements have been made for the funeral. [Interment in St. Francis Xavier Mission] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Morrow, Catherine Champ – Obituary

Graveside services were to be held at the Cowlitz Mission Cemetery this afternoon for Mrs. Catherine Morrow, 85 whose death, occurred in Portland, Wednesday [July 18, 1934]. Mass was said in St. Agatha’s Church in that city this morning. The Morrow family settled on Cowlitz Prairie in the early days. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Morrow moved to Portland, where she has resided many years. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Belle Frazier, L. P. Morrow, Mrs. C. J. Kryger, Mrs. Nellie Miller and Mrs. Irene Moore, Portland; Harry Morrow, Oregon City, and M. J. Morrow, Sacramento. A brother, Robert Champ, resides at Winlock, and another brother, Willis, at Aberdeen. [Catherine Champ married Herman Grinsel Morrow on January 14, 1864 in Oakland City, Mason Co., WA. She was born May 2, 1849 in Mahaska County, IA to William Champ and Melissa McEwen. Her parents are buried in the Winlock Cemetery in Lewis Co., WA. She is buried a few miles away with her husband in the St. Francis Xavier Mission in Winlock. She is buried next to her husband in an unmarked grave.] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Champ, Mary Layton – Obituary

Death came to Mrs. Champ, 87, Wednesday [November 22, 1944] at her home, 802 South Gold Street, in Centralia. She was born on Layton Prairie, March 18, 1857, and had resided here the past 16 years. Surviving are five children, 12 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. The children are James Champ and Mrs. Louisa Gowen, Centralia; Mrs. Catherine Snodgrass and Mrs. Viola Lampitt, in California, and Mrs. Dora Baker, in Arizona. Funeral services have been set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Pontious-Cattermole chapel. The Rev. Erle Howell will officiate, and burial will be in the Winlock Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Anderson, Lora Myrtle Eells – Obituary

Lora (Polly), 77, Chehalis, passed away August 1 [1958] in a local hospital. She was born in Toledo on January 28, 1881, and had been a resident of Lewis County for her entire lifetime. Surviving is a grandson, Gordon Anderson, in California; a nephew, Wallace Champ, Winlock. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Boone Chapel with Rev. Fred T. Lucas officiating. Interment in Winlock Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Anderson, August – Obituary

Gus Anderson, 65, one of southwest Washington’s best known hop growers, died at his home at Klaber Saturday evening [January 4, 1936]. Mr. Anderson was born in Hallsberg, Sweden, November 4, 1870. He came to the United States in 1893 as a young man and had resided in this section 26 years. For many years he was superintendent of the hop yard of the Herman Klaber Company at Klaber, rated the largest in Washington, and was a real expert in the growing and handling of that crop. Previously he worked at the hop game at Chehalis for Carl Motter 5 years. Mr. Anderson was a member of Chehalis B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 1374; also the Red Men. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lora Anderson of Klaber and a son, Gordon Anderson of Seattle. Funeral services were held at Fissell Funeral Home Tuesday forenoon under auspices of the Chehalis Elks. Rev. O. J. Beadles of the Methodist Church officiated. Burial was in the Winlock Cemetery. There was a large attendance and many floral tributes. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Layton, Marie Belle – Obituary

Marie Belle Layton, 101, Toledo, died Friday, March 23, 2007. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p. m. Friday at Fir Lawn Funeral Chapel, Toledo, which is in charge of arrangements. Funeral will be held at 11 a. m. Saturday at Fir Lawn Funeral Chapel. [Wife of Oren Layton. Interment Lone Hill Cemetery] The Chronicle, March 26, 2007 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Indermuhle, Estelle Montgomery Thompson – Obituary

Funeral services for Mrs. Estelle Elizabeth (Betty) Indermuhle, 77, of 700 S. Chestnut St., will be held in the Evenson Chapel at 2 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Silas Erickson officiating. Mrs. Indermuhle died Wednesday night [April 14, 1965] at the Community Hospital. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery. Betty Montgomery was born May 18, 1887 in Centralia and was married to Sam Indermuhle in 1936 in Ritzville. They farmed in the Badger Pocket District until moving to town last year. Survivors include her husband at the family home, three sons, Perry Thompson, Portland, Boyce Thompson, Castle Rock, and Jay Thompson of Longview and two daughters, Mrs. Leola Fisher of Portland and Mrs. Florence Richards, Castle Rock. Contributed by Shelly...

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Ormsby, Edith Pearl Roberts – Obituary

A resident of Kent for the past four years, Edith Pearl Ormsby, died at the Franciscan Health Care Center, Enumclaw, on Thursday, August 11 [1994]. She was 90. Born July 28, 1904 at Pine, Idaho, to Llewellyn and Cordelia (Warner) Roberts, she was reared and attended schools there. She also met her husband, George William Ormsby there and married him October 8, 1924 at Mountain Home, Idaho. They lived in Nampa, Idaho, where they had a dairy ranch. They moved to Winlock the to Chehalis, where they lived for 10 years before moving to Kent. Her husband died June 10, 1986. A devoted wife, mother, homemaker, and cook, she was a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Enumclaw. She took great pride in raising a beautiful flower garden, and had a “green thumb” for making things grow. Survivors include two daughters, Bette Jo Swain of Kent, and Dona Jean Chormicle of Rialto, Calif.; a son, Harry G. of Oro Grande, Calif.; four sisters, Lillian Peste of Shelton, Goldie Horst of Centralia, Veryla Gibbs of Yuma, Ariz., and Myrtle Carlson of Fortuna, Calif.; two grandsons; two granddaughters; three great grand daughters; and two great grandsons. Memorials may be donations to the Franciscan Health Care Center, 2323 Jensen, Enumclaw, Wash., 98022. Visitation may be made from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and until 11:30 a.m. Monday at Brown...

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Champ, Charles Darwin – Obituary

Charles Champ, 36, known among Harbor loggers as “Big Charlie,” dropped dead at the door of the cookhouse of Camp 10, Humptulips Logging Company, immediately after the evening meal at the camp yesterday. Death was ascribed to heart trouble. Champ had engaged in woods work in the Harbor country for the last 10 years, coming here then from Winlock. His mother and brothers and sisters reside in Winlock. A nephew lives in Hoquiam, and an uncle, Willis, resides in Aberdeen. The body is at the local Whiteside parlors pending completion of funeral arrangements. [Interment Winlock Cemetery, Lewis Co.] Aberdeen Daily World, Front Page, August 9, 1922 Contributed by: Shelli...

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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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