Collection: Kittitas County Washington Obituaries

Peffers, Henry Elmer – Obituary

Elmer Peffers, 47, died here this morning [June 14, 1935] after a short illness. Born here and for most of his life a resident of the valley. 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. Peffers is survived by two sisters, Emma Waters and Mary McEwen; and four brothers, John, Leavenworth; William and Burton, Ellensburg; and Albert, Sunnyside. Funeral arrangements have not been made. [Interment in IOOF Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Pease, Rosanna ‘Roxy’ L. Williams – Obituary

Mrs. Roxy L. Pease, who died Oct. 31st was born Aug. 28th 1832, in Steuben County, New York. At the age of 20 she married B. S. [Benjamin Salisbury] Pease and soon after immigrated to the then territory of Iowa. After a few years residence there the family again immigrated, this time to territory of Minnesota, where they lived until 1877, when they came to Kittitas Valley where she resided until the time of her death. She was the mother of seven children, five of whom survive her. During the last year and a half she has resided in Ellensburg with her daughter, Mr. G. M. [Clara] Burlingham. Mrs. Pease had a wide circle of friends and was loved and respected for her goodness and kindness and patient faithful Christian spirit by all who knew her. [Interment Thorp Cemetery] Ellensburg Dawn, November 8, 1902 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Weaver, Clyde Carl – Obituary

Clyde Weaver, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Weaver, and a well-known young man died at his residence in West Kittitas, six miles west of this city, Friday, January 4th at 9:15 p.m., of heart failure. Mr. Weaver had been more or less indisposed for several days and had returned from a trip to Roslyn where he went on business. He retired rather early and shortly his wife noticed that he was restless and gasping. She arose and lit a lamp but he passed away before she could do anything for him or even give any alarm of his illness. Mr. Weaver, had he lived until the coming May, would have been 30 years old. He came to this valley some twenty-five years ago with his parents from his native state-Kansas-and from near Columbus. December 15, 1904 he and Miss Daisy Bates [Prater], daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bates [James Prater and Mary Farris], were married and the result of this union was one child, which is now about nine months old. Besides this little child and his parents, he leaves a sorrowing widow to mourn his taking away. Funeral services were conducted from the West Side M. E. Church, Sunday at 11 a.m. and the interment was in the IOOF Cemetery near Thorp, 2 p.m. To the bereaved the Dawn extends sympathy. Ellensburg Dawn, January...

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Grimm, Anna Bailes – Obituary

Mrs. Annie Grimm died in this city at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Poland, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 1911. Funeral from Briley’s Chapel, Friday at 2 p.m., Rev. A. L. Crim officiates. Mrs. Grimm was born in Missouri, October 19, 1852. When yet a child, she moved with her parents to Salem, Oregon, where she married William Grimm, who died seven years ago this month. A few years after her marriage, the family moved to this valley where she has lived for 34 years. She became a member of the Christian Church in her early life and lived a life consistent with her profession. She has been an invalid for the past three years and had spent several months at a time near Santa Ana, California, trying to regain lost health, but all to no help. Mrs. Grimm leaves to mourn her death four sons, J. S. Grimm, O. B. Grimm, W. H. (Harry) Grimm, John E. Grimm. Also three daughters, Mrs. John Iorns [Irons], Mrs. Minnie Walker, Mrs. Cora Poland. Ellensburg Dawn, November 2, 1911 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Banister, Samuel Newell – Obituary

Aged pioneer of valley loses his life in the river; Samuel Newell Bannister, resident of valley for many years, drowns; Body is recovered; Falls from Lower River Bridge at noon yesterday; No witnesses Samuel Newell Banister, 92, a pioneer of this state and the Kittitas valley, lost his life yesterday when he fell from the lower Yakima River bridge into the river. Physicians stated death was probably cased by striking his head on a pier in the fall. The accident occurred about noon, and his body was recovered about two hours later nearly a mile down the stream [died February 29, 1924]. Ed Russell, who was riding a horse to the city, noticed the form of a man a short distance from the bridge as he reached the span, and immediately rode to the home of John Van Alstyne, near by, where a phone message was sent to the sheriff’s office. While Sheriff George Gray and Deputy Frank Taylor were on the way to the scene, Mr. Van Alstyne, Chalmer Cobaine, his nephew, Ed Russell and James King hastened down the river to locate the supposedly drowning man. Mr. Bannister had passed the Van Alstyne home a few minutes before and it was guessed that he was the man who was in the stream. The body was found with the clothing attached to a snag about 30 feet from...

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Cooke, Budd W. – Obituary

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Evenson Funeral Home Chapel for Budd W. Cooke, 72, well-known Fairview District farmer, who died Friday night at his home. Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Carl Lindstrom. Graveside services at the IOOF Cemetery will be conducted by member of World War I Barracks No. 871. Born March 2, 1895, in Coburg, Ore., Cooke came to the Kittitas Valley as a small boy with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cooke. He was married to Ella Harrel June 29, 1919, in Ellensburg and since that time has farmed in the Fairview District. A veteran of Army service in World War I, Cook was a member of World War I Barracks No. 871 and the IOOF Lodge. Surviving are his wife, Ella, at the family home; two daughters, Mrs. Letha Malone, Ellensburg; and Mrs. Loretta Wilson, Seattle; four grandchildren; two brothers, Edward and Carl, both of Ellensburg; and two sisters, Mrs. Susan Huss, Ellensburg, and Mrs. Marjorie Gillis, Kittitas. Budd’s middle name was Wheeler which was her mother’s maiden name. He died October 6, 1967. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Taylor, John – Obituary

Passing of John Taylor With the burial of John Taylor upon the old home ranch at Bristol last Saturday afternoon, there passed over the Great Divide another Kittitas county’s honored pioneers. He was born in Wise county, West Va., in 1851 and died at his home at Bristol station December 12, 1917, of cancer. When but a small boy he removed with his parents to Dassel, Minn., and in 1868 was married to Elizabeth Hutchins who still survives him. To this union were born nine children, seven of whom are now living; L.W. Taylor of Cle Elum, Elmer Taylor of Montesano, W.G. Taylor and Ansel Taylor of Sunnyside, Alexandria Taylor of Ellensburg, Guy O. Taylor of Bristol and Mrs. E. T. Feldman of Ione, Ore. Mr. Taylor was one of the early pioneers of the state, coming here in 1884. He served one term as county commissioner and was always found an able and willing worker in public affairs. Notes: He was born in May of 1850 in Wise, VA. He was listed in the 1850 Census. And Wise County is in Western Virginia, not West VA. He married Elizabeth October of 1867. I do not know what newspaper this was in, as I found the original clipping in my Great-Grandmas bible. Contributed by: Gretchen Carey, March 18,...

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Woodyard, James A. – Obituary

J. A. Woodyard Is Laid To Rest A Minister and Servant of God Has Been Called to His Reward Elder J. A. Woodyard died at the home of his son-in-law in North Kittitas precinct twelve miles north of this city, Friday morning at 12:30, June 7, 1912. The remains were brought to this city and placed in charge of Ross & Inman who prepared for the same burial. The funeral took place from the Christian church, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The remains were followed to their last resting place by a considerable number of his old time friends and neighbors. Rev. A. L. Crim delivered the funeral discourse in which he paid a glowing tribute to his memory and consoled the bereaved in commending them to follow in his footsteps. J. A. Woodyard was born in Switzerland County, Indiana, June 10, 1829, but was reared to manhood in Grant County, Kentucky. August 23, 1849 he was married to Miss Mary J. Maddox, Owen county, Kentucky. In 1854 their family moved to Saugamon County, Illinois, where they lived two years, moving to Lewis County, Missouri in 1856. In 1879 he embarked in the mercantile business and after a few years was burned out, leaving him almost penniless. In 1874 he was ordained to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, which he continued to do up to within a few...

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Rogers, William Spencer – Obituary

Another pioneer has been laid away beneath the sod, W. S. Rogers died Thursday, February 9th at 4 o’clock a.m. after a lingering illness covering a period of 15 years. The funeral took place from the Baptist Church, Sunday at 11 a.m., the funeral eulogy being delivered by Reverend M. H. Yager, Pastor. Mr. Rogers was born in Alabama, September 7th, 1840. From his native state he moved to Texas and lived there several years prior to moving to this valley in 1886. He settled on a claim on the Nanum which he sold 10 years ago and moved to Cle Elum where his sons, W.W., Eugene and Vernon were employed by the N.W.I. Company. Two years ago he moved back to this city. He was well known throughout the valley as an honest, conscientious, Christian gentleman and to know him was to respect him. He was a man of more than ordinary ability as a writer and his articles were always readable, showing much thought. He was not a surface skimmer but a man of depth. He left three sons, W.W., Eugene and Vernon and three daughters, Mrs. Robert Hepburn, Mrs. John Yearwood (sic) and Mrs. Omar Davidson to mourn his death. He was conscious to the end, recognized everyone present and before the end gave his wife words of consolation and likewise to each of his children....

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Flynn, Maggie C. (Hall) – Obituary

Mrs. Maggie C. Flynn, 85, a resident of the West Side and widow of J.C. Flynn, pioneer shoe store operator in Ellensburg, died early this morning in Valley General Hospital. She had lived at the “Flynn Orchards” on Route 1 for more than 40 years. The elderly woman fell two weeks ago Saturday when arising in the morning. She sprained her ankle and was unable to stand. She lay for two days in a cold house before she was found by the rural mail carrier, Willie Rentz. Mrs. Flynn is survived by two daughters, including Mrs. Margaret Griffith of Wapato, and a sister. Ellensburg Dailey Record, Friday, Nov. 18, 1955 Contributed by: Sasha...

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Gerard, Ida May (Hall) – Obituary

Mrs. Ida M. Gerard, 91, a former Ellensburg resident, died Wednesday at the Central Memorial Hospital in Toppenish. She had been in the hospital one day, having been in the Parkside Sanitarium in Toppenish since March 21. She was born July 26, 1866, in Covington, Kentucky. She was married to Joseph N. Gerard in Mt. Vernon, Ill. in 1884. He preceded her in death in February, 1938 in Los Angeles. Mrs. Gerard came to Ellensburg from Mt. Vernon in 1888, moved to Spokane in 1901, to Wapato in 1916, to Detroit, Mich. in 1923, to Seattle in 1925, returned to Ellensburg in 1941 and lived in Ellensburg and Wapato from 1941 to 1947 after which she made her home in Wapato. While in Ellensburg she was active in Presbyterian Women’s organizations. She was a former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Survivors include one son, Kenneth W. Gerard of Wapato, and one brother, C. Fred HALL, Grants Pass., Ore. Funeral services will be held in the Evenson Chapel Saturday May 17 at 1 p.m. Dr. L.M. Arksey will officiate. Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, May 15 1958 Contributed by: Sasha...

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Morris, John “Casey” – Obituary

Fatality results in Mine Accident: John Morris, 65, Dies Under Trip Car Wheels John Morris, 65, known familiarly throughout Roslyn as “Casey” died under the wheels of a string of trip cars in the 12th east parting of the Northwestern Improvement Company’s No. 9 mine at Roslyn shortly before noon yesterday. He had been an employee of the company for 31 years. The fatal accident, which leaved the dead miner’s six children – all under 21 years of age – fatherless, is being investigated today by a state mine inspector. There were no witnesses to the accident, Harr Boyle, resident engineer of the N. W. I. said, adding that workers at the mine entrance became suspicious when Morris, a rope rider, whose job it was to signal that he had uncoules the empty trip cars and hooked up the loaded cars to be pulled out of the parting, did not signal after the empties had gone down. The workers investigated, Boyle said, and found Morris’ body under the wheels. “He was probably killed instantely,” Boyle said, adding that the most reasonable conjecture as to the cause of the accident was that Morris was riding on the cars and slipped and fell beneath them as they rolled down a grade into the level parting. Ellensburg Daily Record, Dec. 21, 1946 Contributed by: Marianne...

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Nicol, Robert W. – Obituary

Robert W. Nicol, 93, former Ellensburg resident and Wilson Creek area farmer, died Thursday in Yakima. Funeral services will be Monday, 2 P.M., at Evenson’s Chapel. A complete obituary will appear in a later edition. Nicol, Robert W. Robert W. Nicol, 93 former Ellensburg resident and Wilson Creek farmer, died Thursday, June 07, 1973 in Yakima, where he had lived for the past three years. He was born in Scotland, Feb. 1, 1880, and came to the United States in 1900. In 1901 he settled in the Colockum area where he homesteaded for many years and ran wild horses. He furnished horses for the first Ellensburg rodeo. He married Leva Blair Johnston at Ellensburg in 1922. They established a farm on Wilson Creek in 1925 and in 1942 moved to Whidby Island, where he worked as a fireman at Fort Eby, during world War II. Upon his retirement they returned to Ellensburg in 1946. Mrs. Nicol died in March, 1956. He moved to Renton several years ago, and for the past six years he has resided in convalescent homes. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Hinkle, of Madras Ore., and Mrs. Dorothy Buroker, of Renton; and stepdaughter, Mrs. Lucille Lundstrom of Ellensburg; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Services will be Monday, 2 P.M. at Evenson Chapel with Rev. A. William Dietz officiating. Burial will be at...

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Lundstrom, Lucille L. – Obituary

Lucille L. Lundstrom, 76, an Aberdeen resident since 1979, died Tuesday March 27, 1990 at a local nursing home. She was born May 17, 1913. (Really June), in Ellensburg. She married Fred Lundstrom in 1939 at Ellensburg where they farmed for 14 years. He survives at the family home in Aberdeen. They lived in Stitzer, Wisconsin, where they farmed for nine years before returning to Ellensburg. They moved to Aberdeen from Ellensburg. She enjoyed needlework and crocheting, watching golf on television, gardening and reading. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Richard Lundstrom of Aberdeen and James Harrison of Mount Vernon; a daughter, Mrs. Gil (Betty) Rolie of Seattle; two sisters, Margaret Hinkle of Madras, Ore., and Dorothy Buroker of Auburn; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A cryptside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Fern Hill Mausoleum. Viewing will be at the Fern Hill Funeral Home until noon Friday. Additional information will be in the classified ad funeral notice column. Contributed by: Cathy...

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Blair, Louis – Obituary

Louis Blair, 63, Taken By Death Louis Blair, 63, Kittitas valley resident for the past 49 years, died at his home in Ellensburg at 10 a.m., November 05, 1949. A native of Quebec, Canada, Blair was a former Kittitas county employe and more recently was employed by the Schaake Packing Company. Blair was the father of Mrs. Berniece Dossey of Chandler, Arizona, well known professional Rodeo trick rider. Also surviving him are his widow, Winifred; four sisters, Mrs. Helen Jensen of Ellensburg, Mrs. Leva Nicol of Ellensburg, Mrs. Lena Arps of Soap Lake and Mrs. Liza Hayes of Ellensburg, and one grandson. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. Contributed by: Cathy...

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