Location: Lewis County WA

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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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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Bieber, Olive D. Grunig Mrs. – Obituary

Medical Springs, Baker County, Oregon Olive D. Bieber, 82, of Port Angeles, Wash., a former resident of the Medical Springs-Pondosa area, died Sept. 7, 2005, at the Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Wash. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Bieber was born on Sept. 7, 1923, at Montpelier, Idaho, to William and Daisy Grunig. She attended Union High School. She was a farmer’s wife and worked as a school bus driver, a bookkeeper for Tide Water Oil at Mossyrock, Wash., and retired after working for 25 years as a clerk at Johnson & Bork Paint Store at Port Angles, Wash. She was a 45-year member of the Elks Lodge and was a member of the Medical Springs Grange, the Home Economics Club and 4-H. She enjoyed gardening with her yard and flowers, reading, crossword puzzles, taking cruises and trips with her husband and loving her family. She was cared for by her husband and granddaughter, DeAnna, for the past five years. “Olive was a very special little lady and she will live in our hearts forever as we were all in hers,” her family said. Survivors include her husband, Orman W. Bieber of Port Angeles, Wash.; her son, James W. Bieber of Montana; her daughter, Sandra L. Cross of Seattle, Wash.; four granddaughters; a sister-in-law, Eloise Colton of Baker City; and...

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Smith, Harry – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Harry Smith, 81, a 50-year resident of Morton, Wash., and a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 7, 2003, at the Centralia Providence Hospital. There was a private family service. Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Mortuary at Morton. Harry was born on March 1, 1921, at Portland to Harry and Ruth Spencer Smith. He was raised at Baker City and joined the U.S. Army in September 1940. Harry saw action in the battles of Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe and the Aleutian Islands. He was captured and spent eight months in a prisoner of war camp in Germany. Harry received the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the European-African-Middle East Service Medal. After the war, Harry lived at Kapowsin, Wash., for several years, moving to Morton in 1953 where he worked for St. Regis as a cutter. He retired in 1978. He married his wife, Virginia, at Randle, Wash., on Dec. 8, 1973. He was a member of the Lumber and Sawmill Worker Union, the American Legion Post, No. 215, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Post, No. 41, American Ex-Prisoners of War, and the Morton Moose Lodge, No. 1144. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his stepfather, Sam McMurren; and an infant brother. Survivors include his...

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Lewis County, Washington Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Following Cemeteries (hosted At Lewis County, Washington Tombstone Transcription Project) Boistfort (Harris) Cemetery Butterworth’s Cemetery Doss Cemetery Dryad-Doty (Sylvan) Cemetery Dunn (Harmony) Cemetery Ethel Greenwood (Clements, LaDue, Olson) Cemetery Fern Hill (Chehalis, Phillips, Urquhart) Cemetery Finn Hill (Independence Valley, Finnish) Cemetery Greenwood Masonic Cemetery Klickitat Cemetery Lone Hill (Layton Prairie) Cemetery Napavine Cemetery Newaukum Hill Cemetery Owery (Wilson Pioneer) Cemetery Rainy Valley Cemetery Riffe Cemetery Roberts (Howe, Cowlitz Prairie) Cemetery St. Francis Xavier Mission Catholic (Cowlitz Mission, Calvary) Cemetery St. Urban Catholic Cemetery St. Yves Catholic Cemetery Salkum (Mt. Hope) Cemetery Smith Cemetery Snow (Brinson’s) Cemetery Toledo (Lewis City) Cemetery P art 1 (A-L) P art 2 (M-Z) Vader Catholic Cemetery...

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Burnside, Gilbert Balaam Obituary

Gilbert Balaam Burnside, 87, died Thursday,Jan. 2, 2003, at Centralia Providence Hospital, Centralia, Wash. Mr Burnside was born Aug. 11, 1916, in Haines, to James A. and Aplharette Shanklin Burnside. James had accompanied his parents John and Ann Elizabeth Naylor Burnside to Baker Valley over the Oregon Trail. His survivors are son, Donald and wife, Audrey of Chehallis, son Jack and wife, Georgia of Tacoma, and sister Myrtle Burnside Music Johnson of Tacoma; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A great grandson Allen Phillips of Baker City and many cousins in Baker Valley. No services were held by his request. Burial will be at Alpha, Wash. When Gilbert was born the family was asked “What will we name the baby?” Brother Marshall replied, “Uncle Bahaal” So Uncle Balaam Phillips went to the Haines Mercantile and bought the smallest pair of overalls in stock, a size 2, for his namesake. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, February, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Biography of Hon. Clanrick Crosby

HON. CLANRICK CROSBY. – This gentleman, of whom an excellent portrait appears in our work, was born in East Brewster, Massachusetts, January 6 1838. He is a son of Captain Clanrick and Phoebe H. (Fessenden) Crosby. In 1849 he came with his parents via Cape Horn on board the brig Grecian, of which his father was captain and part owner. The father was a sea-faring man until his arrival in San Francisco in the above year. After a short stay there, he brought his vessel to Portland, and there selling her quit the sea. The family remained in Portland, Oregon, during the spring and summer of 1850, while Mr. Crosby, Sr., went to Milton, Oregon, where the family joined him during the summer, excepting the son Clanrick, who was attending school at Tualatin Academy at Forest Grove, then in its incipiency. In the fall of 1850, the father went to Puget Sound and purchased the famous water-power and mill property at Tumwater, Washington Territory (then Oregon), the family following him in the spring of 1851. Here the Captain resided until his death. When Clanrick had attained his majority, he learned the trade of wagon and carriage maker, which business he followed for five years. He then found employment in his father’s store for one year. Then, embarking in the manufacture of buckets, he introduced the first pail made by...

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Biography of Hon. John Catlin

HON. JOHN CATLIN. – Mr. Catlin is of New England and Scotch stock. His father, Seth Catlin, was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and from there emigrated with his father and an only sister to the State of Illinois, about the year 1812. His mother came with her parents from Scotland to America when but twelve years of age; and her father, James Ridpath, settled with his family in Randolph county, Illinois, in 1818. His parents were married in the year 1831, and located on a farm at Turkey Hill, St. Clair county, Illinois, where their first child, John Catlin, the subject of this biography, was born on February 6, 1832. His father was a successful farmer of more than ordinary energy, good judgment and intelligence, and represented the county of St. Clair more than once in the senate of Illinois. In the spring of 1848 he started with his wife and seven sons across the plains for Oregon, making the trip with ox-teams. After a long and tedious journey, they arrived at Philip Foster’s, on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, on September 15th of the same year they left Illinois; and the same fall he located upon the claim afterwards taken by Edward Long, south of East Portland, where he remained one year, and then removed to what is now Cowlitz, Washington. Here John Catlin suffered the...

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Biographical Sketch of Hon. Melancthon Z. Goodell

HON. MELANCTHON Z. GOODELL. – The family of which this pioneer is a member has ever been prominent and influential in the Pacific Northwest since its arrival hither. Jothan W. Goodell, the father was a pioneer of Ohio; and it was at Vermilion that Melancthon was born in 1837. In 1850 the family crossed the plains, the eight children being deemed no serious hindrance. A stop-over was made at Salt Lake one winter; and it has been thought that they missed but little a great calamity from Mormon treachery. Reaching Portland in 1851, they made their first home in Polk county, Oregon, but in 1853 removed to Grand Mound, Washington Territory. When the Indian war broke out, young Melancthon enlisted in Captain Hay’s Company, serving ten months. At the dawn of peace following this troublesome period, he leased a farm in Lewis county, and was engaged in agriculture until 1860. His next home was near Elma, where he lived on a farm more than twenty years. In 1883 he occupied his present residence at Montesano, Washington, engaging in business as dealer in lumber and in real estate, being thus employed at present. His public services have been important and various, – two terms as sheriff and two terms as assessor of Chehalis county. In 1882 he held a seat in the legislature, to which he was re-elected in 1884....

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Duby, William – Obituary

Baker, Oregon William Duby, former chairman of the Oregon State Highway commission died at his home in Baker last Tuesday night and funeral services were held at the Christian Church, Baker, Friday afternoon, under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Duby was born in East St. Louis, Illinois. In August 1861, said the Baker Democrat Herald. He went to Nebraska with his mother in 1865 and lived in the eastern part of that state until he was 22 years old. Mr. Duby was married to Mary E. Bissell in Wahoo, Saunders County, Nebraska, October 5, 1895. The young couple moved to Centralia, Washington, where they lived for 14 years. Mr. Duby was engaged in the logging and lumber business there. Mr. Duby came to Baker County in 1903 and located on a ranch in the Lower Powder valley, where he engaged in the cattle business for three years. He then moved to Baker and purchased the Baker Packing company which he operated until 1916. Mr. Duby was elected county judge of Baker County in 1917 and served in that office until Jan. 1, 1921. In 1923 he was appointed by Governor Walter M. Pierce as a member of the state highway commission. He was chairman of that body during his entire four years on the commission. Judge Duby was secretary-treasurer of the Cattle and Horse raisers association of...

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Biographical Sketch of William M. Urquhart

WILLIAM M. URQUHART.- This gentleman, the son of James Urquhart, whose biography is immediately preceding, was born at the family residence near Napavine, Washington Territory, on the 22d of December, 1855. He remained on the farm till he had attained his majority. He then entered his father’s tore at Napavine, where he attended strictly to business and became thoroughly acquainted with trade, remaining there until 1880. In that year he removed to Chehalis, and began merchandising for himself. In this independent venture he was eminently successful, and had one of the largest mercantile houses in Lewis county. The confidence reposed in him that for eight years he was county treasurer, a position which he held until the people of the county elected his brother David county auditor. For six years he was postmaster of Chehalis. As has already appeared, Mr. Urquhart was a member of one of the most conspicuous of the old pioneer families of the territory. He was personally a large, noticeable man, of the most winning manners. His recent death was deeply deplored by the community and mourned by his family. He was a man of noble nature, and did great service to his community. He left a widow and three...

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Biography of Hon. Amos F. Tullis

HON. AMOS F. TULLIS. – Amos F. Tullis was born January 6, 1830, at Carthage, Rush county, Indiana. Both of his parents were natives of Ohio, and, having migrated to Indiana, followed farming. At the age of five years his mother died; and five years later his father followed her to the great silent majority, leaving a family of four sons and two daughters, of whom Amos was the fourth child. He lived on the farm of his parents until 1846, when he accompanied an older sister with her husband to Iowa. He resided at Mount Pleasant, Burlington and Ottumwa in that state until March 18, 1852. On that date, with his two brothers, John, now deceased, and James, now one of the substantial farmers of Lewis county, he started with ox-teams to cross the plains for Oregon. They arrived at Portland on the 8th of August. They did not tarry at that embryo metropolis, but started for Olympia, on Puget Sound (then Oregon Territory), which they reached August 27th. Mr. Tullis found immediate employment in the sawmill of Ward & Hays at Tumwater, and shortly afterwards leased the mill for six months. He loaded the ship Leonesa with the entire result of his occupancy, and accompanied her to San Francisco, intrusting the sale of the same to a commission merchant in San Francisco; but not a dollar was...

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Biography of James Urquhart

JAMES URQUHART. – Many are the illustrations found, as we proceed with this history, of the qualities spoken of as “taking hold with the hands and dwelling in kings’ palaces.” The pioneers of this country dwell on their own townsites and on their own lands, which are frequently of more value than the domains of some of the kings alluded to; while their houses are often better than the palaces. The enterprises of our own “settlers” are, from the standpoint of real utility, of more magnitude than those of many of the old-world princes whose names are now famous. In the lives of the makers of the Northwest, we find peculiarly effective illustrations of those qualities, which prepare the way for public prosperity and happiness. The subject of this sketch is one who has borne his part manfully in the foundation epoch of this country. Mr. Urquhart was born March 15, 1822, in Newton, of Ferentosh, Rossshire, Scotland. His parents were Andrew and Margaret (McKenzie) Urquhart. At the age of fifteen, James went to Arbroath to work in his uncle’s store. He might next have been found at Linlithgow, railroading. November 18, 1845, he was married to Miss Helen Muir. In 1851 the stories form beyond the sea so appealed to his imagination, and indeed to his reason, that he determined to come to America. He reached New York,...

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