Location: Thurston County WA

Goldberg, Charles – Obituary

Charles Goldberg, proprietor of Charley’s Hamburger, a restaurant on East Fourth Avenue, died in an Olympia hospital Thursday evening [June 19, 1947]. Mr. Goldberg had resided in Olympia for fifteen years and had been in the restaurant business for many years. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge here. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Opal Williams, of Tonasket, and by two sons in Eastern Washington. Time of funeral service will be announced by Mills and Mills. The Olympian, Jun 20, 1947 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Ormsby, George William – Obituary

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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Fix, Clara Jane Harris – Obituary

Mrs. S. E. Fix, 78, former Pierce County resident, died Tuesday in a hospital at Olympia. She was born at Rockford, Ontario, Canada, and came to the United States with her parents in 1884. The family made its home at Auburn, and prior to her marriage, Mrs. Fix taught in Orting schools. She was married January 28, 1903 at Auburn and for many years the couple made its home at Kapowsin, later moving to Olympia. She had been ill the past few years. Mrs. Fix was past matron of the Narcissus Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Pauline Fitch, Shelton; Mrs. Ione Chase, Electron and Mrs. Zena Dubendorf, Olympia; a son, Russell O. Fix of Kapowsin; a sister, Mrs. Rachael Walbridge, Eugene, Ore.; six grandchildren and three nephews, Richard, Fred and Orno Oliver of Alderton. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Orting Funeral Home with the Rev. A. O. Quall officiating. Burial will be in the Orting Cemetery under the direction of members of Narcissus Chapter. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Champ, William – Obituary

Large funeral state pioneer-William champ dies at Winlock and funeral held on Sunday-Baptist church would not hold nearly all the mourners-organized many Masonic lodges in the west. Sunday afternoon from the Baptist Church at Winlock were held the funeral services of William Champ of that city who died Saturday. The church would not begin to hold the people who were present to pay their respects to the memory of this old pioneer who came west and who first located in Olympia in 1860. Born in Kentucky in 1825-he would have been 88 year old in about one month-Mr. Champ joined the Masonic Lodge in 1845, crossed the plains in 1860 and moved from Olympia to Lewis County in 1867, where he has since lived. Mr. Champ organized the first Masonic Lodge in Mason County at Shelton in 1862. He also organized the Masonic lodges at Chehalis, Winlock, and Union City. He leaves four children, 28 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. The funeral services were under the auspices of the Chehalis Lodge of Masons of which the deceased was charter member assisted by the Winlock, Little Falls, and Toledo lodges. Another obit: One of the pioneer figures in Washington’s fraternal life passed away November 2,1912 at Winlock, Lewis County, when William Champ, aged 88, succumbed to an attack of dropsy. The deceased was the oldest mason in Washington and organized...

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Sisk, Audrey Leville Swan – Obituary

Mrs. Audrey L. Sisk, daughter of a pioneer valley resident died last night at the Valley General Hospital after being hospitalized 13 days. She was born April 1, 1882 in Olympia and came here in 1898 with her father Thomas Swan who crossed Snoqualmie Pass by horse-drawn wagon. The family homesteaded the ranch in the Reecer Creek area which is now the Dunbar-Marriott ranch. She was married to Charles T. Sisk, July 17, 1901, and they moved to the Wenas District where they ranched until 1922 when they returned to the Kittitas Valley. Sisk preceded his wife in death, Feb. 20, 1953. Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Sisk has made her home with her son, Ray, on Route 1. She is survived by four other sons: Roy T. and Clarence C., Ellensburg, Hobart W., Macon, GA., and Harold S. of Warm Springs, Ore. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Frances Rose Tomlinson of Portland, Ore. and Mrs. Myrtle Violet Pattee of Kittitas, and 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She is survived also by two half brothers, William Swan, Olympia and Emery Swan, Centralia; a half-sister, Mrs. Ruby Young of Olympia and a stepbrother Harry Forbes, Ellensburg. Funeral services will be at the Evenson Chapel, Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. A. E. Sanford officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, October 23,...

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Cooke, Virinda Wheeler

Mrs. Ward Cooke, of East Kittitas, and who has been seriously indisposed for some time, died Thursday forenoon. The funeral takes place in the forenoon at the residence and the burial at 1 p.m., Saturday, in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. The grief stricken husband and family have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends. Virinda was the daughter of Charles Wheeler and Mariah Fry. She was born February 23, 1861 in Yelm, WA and died August 2, 1906. Virinda married Edward Ward Cooke in 1878. She was the mother of 12...

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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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Lee, Claudia H. Swenson – Obituary

Claudia H. Lee, 95, resident of Tumwater for two years, died of natural causes Thursday, Aug. 10, 1995, in Mother Joseph Care Center. She was born May 3, 1900 in Gaylord, Minn., to Swen and Augusta (Erickson) Swenson. She married Melvin Lee on April 3, 1947 in Seattle. Mrs. Lee worked as a beautician and in the insurance industry. She belonged to Plymouth Congregational Church of Seattle. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She also liked gardening and flowers, crossword puzzles and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mrs. Lee is survived by her daughter, Rosemary Hortin, and husband, Dean, Olympia; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Lee. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, in Mother Joseph Care Center, Olympia. Minister Dr. Larry L. Speicher will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date. [IOOF Cemetery, Ellensburg, WA] The family suggests memorial donations be made to Mother Joseph Care Center, Olympia. Arrangements are by Mills and Mills Funeral Directors, Olympia. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Wheeler, Maria Fry – Obituary

Mrs. Maria wheeler, pioneer of the ’70s, is called by death. Was mother of 11 children, and leaves 28 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. Crossed plains in 1850. Funeral to be held tomorrow from baptist church-well known among pioneers. Mrs. Maria (Grandma) Wheeler, aged 84, one of the earliest pioneers of the state, and a resident of Kittitas Valley since 1871, passed away last evening [May 27, 1917] at the home of her son, A. L. Wheeler of Kittitas. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Baptist Church, Rev. Mr. Cline reading the service. Interment will take place at Odd Fellows’ Cemetery. Mrs. Wheeler was born in Millersberg, Ohio, in 1835 [headstone reads 1832], the last of eleven children. She was married in Ohio to Chas. Wheeler, and in 1853 the family started across the plains, arriving in Olympia in 1854. For seventeen years they lived at Yelm prairie, and were there during the Indian uprising of 1855. In 1870 Mr. Wheeler and his eldest son, George came to Ellensburg, and one year later they were followed by the family, settling on a place 8 miles east of Ellensburg and one mile south of Kittitas. Mr. Wheeler died in 1882. Mrs. Wheeler is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Catherine Morrison of Kittitas and Mrs. Samantha Curtis of Brewster and two sons: A. L. Wheeler...

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Defrees, Margaret Elayne Rice Mrs. – Obituary

Margaret Elayne Defrees, 71, died Dec. 1, 2005, at her home in Sumpter Valley. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Bishop Jeff Daniels of Baker City 1st Ward will conduct. Margaret was born on Feb. 6, 1934, at Yakima, Wash., to Dallas and Kathryn Rice. She lived her first 13 years at the White Swan Christian Indian Mission where her parents were superintendents of the mission school. Her high school and junior college years were spent at Yakima where she graduated in 1954 from Yakima Valley Junior College. She continued her education at Oregon State College in Corvallis, graduating in 1956 with a degree in home economics. Margaret taught home economics at Gervais and at Tenino, Wash., until shortly after her marriage. Margaret met the love of her life during a blind date at an Oregon State football game. A. Lyle Defrees and Margaret were married a little over a year later on Dec. 27, 1956, in Yakima, Wash. They spent the first two years of their married life at Olympia, Wash., while Lyle was in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Lewis. In 1958, they moved to the Defrees family ranch in Sumpter Valley where she resided the remainder of her life. Margaret’s life work was...

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Brown, Alyce J. Mrs. – Obituary

Richland, Baker County, Oregon Alyce J. Brown, 92, of Lacey, Wash., who with her husband, Henry, were founders of Boulder Park in the Wallowa Mountains, died Nov. 6, 2005, at the Panorama City retirement center at Lacey. At her request, there will be no funeral. She will be interred next to her late husband, Henry L. Brown, at Mount Hope Cemetery on Thursday. Alyce was born on June 14, 1913, at Oakland, Calif. She married Henry L. Brown on May 23, 1934. The couple moved to Baker City in 1952 and together they built Boulder Park, which they operated until 1960. Henry died on Dec. 31, 1968. Alyce then moved to Morgan Hill, Calif., where she lived until August 2000, when she moved to Washington. Survivors include her son, Barry R. Brown, and his wife, Loretta, of Olympia, Wash.; grandchildren, Keith and Kristi Brown of Des Moines, Wash.; granddaughter, Barbara Joy Brown and Gene Lawrence, and great-granddaughter, Lydia Jo Brown of San Diego. Arrangements are under the direction of Mills & Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Road S.W., Tumwater, Wash., 98512. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 11, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Beam, Delilah Lillian Siegler Mrs.

Baker City, Oregon Lillian S. Beam, 83, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 13, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. The Rev. Ed Niswender of the Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 8 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. She was born Delilah Lillian Siegler on Sept. 1, 1920, at Kulm, N.D., to John and Katherina Weisser Siegler. After finishing her schooling, she traveled West with her sister, Viola, to Tacoma, Wash., where they both went to work at Madigan Army Hospital. It was there she met and married Robert “Bob” Beam in November of 1946. They made their home at Olympia, Wash., until Bob was discharged from the service. At that time they moved to Unity where Bob’s parents, Ralph and Rose, lived. They later moved to Mount Vernon and John Day, but eventually made Baker City their home. Together they had four children, Tom, Susan, John and Mike. After 26 years of marriage they divorced, but they always stayed close. Bob died in 1990. Lillian spent most of her life as a devoted homemaker, wife and mother. You could always count on a good meal at her home. After the children got older, Lillian went to work...

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Nichols, Lucia Anabel “Annie” Calhoun Mrs. – Obituary

Lucia Anabel “Annie” Nichols, 79, of Yelm, Wash., died March 9, 2004. Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Yelm Senior Citizen Center, 201 Yelm Ave. There will be a reception afterward. She was born on Dec. 1, 1924, in West Virginia to Clarence Otto and Fannie Calhoun. In her spare time she took in foster babies and anyone else who needed a hug. She leaves many good, close friends. Annie was a little woman of great determination. She was able to overcome many obstacles that got in her way, including a stroke that left her paralyzed. In a short time she learned to walk, talk, and get on the bus that took her to the Senior Citizen Center, church and shopping. She was proud that she was able to live on her own until her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon “Nick” Nichols; stepson, Jackie Matthias; and great-grandson, Judd Wildman. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Lois and Judd Wildman, James and Lynette Morrison, Geraldine and Bill Sheedy, Jesse and Linda Matthias, Ray and Vicki Matthias and JoAnn and Ray Charlton; stepchildren and their spouses, Frankie Loring, Linda and Brad and Curtis, Laura, Steve, Stuart and John Nichols; her siblings and their spouses, Rex and Reva Calhoun, Silvan Calhoun, Estella West, Otley Green and Donna and Hershel...

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Nisqualli Tribe

Nisqualli Indians. A Salish tribe on and about the river of the same name flowing into the south extension of Puget Sound, Washington.  The Nisqualli Reservation is on the Nisqualli river between Pierce and Thurston counties.  The name has also been extended to apply to those tribes on the east side of Puget Sound, speaking the same dialect as the above.  Such are the Puyallup, Skagit, Snohomish, Snokwalmu and Stilakwamish.  Mitsukwick was a former Nisqualli village.  The Nisqualli made a treaty with the United States at Medicine creek, Washington, December 26, 1854, ceding certain lands and reserving others.  The Executive order of Jan. 20, 1854, defined the present Nisqualli...

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