Death Takes Al Sorenson, Civic Leader, Veteran Member Of County Board Succumbs Sunday May 8, 1955 Death comes to Soren Albert (Al) Sorenson, 60-year-old member of the Board of Kittitas County Commissioners and one of the county’s most prominent citizens, Sunday afternoon in Sorensen Memorial Hospital here. He had suffered a heart attack Wednesday afternoon. A Kittitas Valley native, active in farm and community affairs throughout his adult life Sorenson was widely known throughout the state and Northwest. Mourned by friends and associates he was eulogized by them as having “always given his best efforts to the interests of Kittitas County.” Sorenson had served seven years on the Board of Kittitas County Commissioners and was a past chairman. He was elected as the District 3 commissioner in 1948, was reelected in 1952 and again in 1954, and had served 16 months of his third term. He was instrumental in planning the new courthouse, now under construction. He was born here December 25, 1894, a son of the late Soren and Nelsena Sorenson, widely-known Denmark district residents. He attended valley schools and graduated from Washington State College in 1918. An outstanding athlete, hew as a star member of the W.S.C. basketball quintet and in his senior year was named to the all Pacific Coast Conference basketball team. He continued his interest in sports throughout his life and played with the...Read More
Collection: Kittitas County Washington Obituaries
A son of one of the Kittitas Valley’s earliest pioneer families, Abraham David Morrison, died in the Ellensburg General Hospital at 10:30 a.m. today [March 28, 1953], at the age of 69. He had been seriously ill for the past two months and entered the hospital Friday. He was one of seven children of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Morrison, who came to the valley in 1870. He was born on the original Morrison homestead, one mile northeast of the town of Kittitas, and attended the Denmark district school. He married Rose Dorothy Davis of Ellensburg, here, May 18, 1919. During the early part of his adult life, Morrison engaged in contracting in Kittitas. In 1932, he took a ranch in Badger Pocket, which he worked until 1946, when he retired to live in Ellensburg. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mary McDonald of Route 2, Ellensburg; four sons, Dave Morrison of Route 3, Ellensburg, Ed and Roy Morrison of Route 2, Ellensburg, and Cpl. Ralph Morrison, with the US Air Force at Biloxi, Miss.; and six grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are to be announced by Evenson Funeral Home. My information says that Abe was born January 9, 1883 which would make him 70 years old. His mother was Catherine Wheeler. Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
Mrs. Ada Parsel, 80, at 505½ North Poplar, Ellensburg, died Sunday, Nov. 5 , in Gold Leaf Convalescent Center. Mrs. Parsel was born in Ellensburg, daughter of pioneer parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Clayt Grewell. She and Harry Parsel were married in 1920 at Ellensburg. He died in 1971. She was a member of Thorp Christian Church. Survivors include a son, Harry T. Parsel of Ellensburg; two daughters, Mrs. Cleo McCotter of Thorp, and Mrs. Dorothy Wallace of Sunnyside; seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; a brother, Byron Grewell of Pasco, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins in the Yakima Valley. Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
Gladys B. Sisk, 84, a lifetime resident passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 1994 at Lakeridge Care Center of Moses Lake, Washington. She was born on August 9, 1909 in Ellensburg, the only daughter of pioneer parents Tom and Lillie (Ferguson) Morrison. Gladys attended Kittitas schools and was on all the girls athletic teams-basketball, baseball, tennis, etc. After graduation in 1928, she enrolled in Success Business College in Seattle. After 7 months at school, she was called home to take care of her ill mother. September 16, 1929 Gladys married Clarence C. (Irish) Sisk and they made their home in Kittitas on the 40 acres that Gladys inherited from her parents. Gladys sorted potatoes for Les Wilson for a number of years. When Les retired, Gladys and her husband bought a sorter and started sorting potatoes in potato cellars for farmers. After a few years of sorting, Gladys bought and sold potatoes for Walton Distributing Company in Seattle. After the potato business, Gladys sold real estate for Thayer Realty until her retirement. Gladys and her husband organized the Flying Hoof Riding Club, of which she was an officer and game captain for 17 years. The club rode in the Seafair Parade, and at Yakima, Selah, Toppenish, Goldendale, Wenatchee, Quincy and at the Ellensburg Rodeo night shows. She is survived by her nephews and their wives, Chet (Tuff) & Judy...Read More
Mrs. Martha [Etlidge] Smathers, 85, a resident of Ellensburg for the past 50 years, died in Yakima Friday evening [June 20, 1947]. It was learned here today. A native of Nashville, NC, Mrs. Smathers came here from Goldendale before the turn of the century. She is survived by three sons, Ed and Lee Smathers, both of Omak and John Smathers, Ellensburg A granddaughter, Mrs. George Minton of Ellensburg, and six great grandchildren also survive her. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Honeycutt-Evenson chapel followed by interment at the IOOF cemetery. The Rev. Paul Deane Hill will officiate. Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
James (Tiny) H. Thomas, 5, Rt. 3 Box 88, Ellensburg, died Wednesday at his home following an extended illness [February 2, 1977]. He was born in Ellensburg Feb. 1, 1902, a son of the late W. R. and Bessie Cleveland Thomas. During most of his adult life, he farmed on the home ranch in the Nanum and Wilson Creek area. As a young man, he performed in rodeos in Canada, New York, Chicago and the Northwest and later worked for the McWhorter and Coffin Brothers sheep operation. He shod horses for many years for farmers, ranchers and individuals in the valley, including the Wranglerettes girls riding group. With his brother Howard, he served for a number of years as escort for the Ellensburg Rodeo Royalty Court. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star and Kittitas County Cattlemen’s Association. He and Edith Ferguson were married in Ellensburg Dec. 22, 1936. Survivors in addition to his wife include, two daughters, Mrs. Kay Powers and Mrs. Sandra Aimone, four grandchildren, one brother, Howard Thomas; all of Ellensburg; and two sisters, Mrs. Margie Davies, of Seattle; and Mrs. Emma Marsh, of San Diego, Calif. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Evenson Chapel. The Rev. Bud Johnson will officiate and burial will follow at the IOOF Cemetery, with the Masonic Lodge participating at graveside. Contributed...Read More
Tom Morrison Taken By Death, Pioneer Family Member Passes. Thomas Jefferson Morrison, a son of one of the Kittitas Valley’s earliest pioneer families, passed away this morning in the Valley General Hospital at the age of 75 years [April 11, 1953]. He had been in ill health for several years and entered the hospital last Wednesday. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Morrison, who came to the Kittitas Valley in 1870. His grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wheeler, who came to the valley in the same year. William Morrison, who was a Civil War veteran, homesteaded the present Morrison farm one-half mile northeast of Kittitas. Thomas Morrison was born there in 1878 and lived there until his death. He was preceded in death by his brother, Abe Morrison, who passed away two weeks ago. During the early part of his adult life, Morrison freighted for sheep and cattle growers along with the operation of his farm. He helped construct the Milwaukee Railway line through Kittitas County in 1908. Morrison was married July 3, 1903, to Lillie Dell Ferguson in Ellensburg. She still resides on the Morrison farm near Kittitas. Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Gladys Sisk, Ellensburg; a son, Chester Morrison, Thorp; two grandchildren, Tommy and Chester Morrison, Jr.; a brother, William Morrison, Walla Walla; an aunt, Mrs. Laura Wheeler, Ellensburg; and...Read More
Bessie L. Phelps, 87, lifetime Ellensburg area resident, died Monday [November 8, 1976] at a local nursing home. She was born in Ellensburg, Sept. 15, 1889, a daughter of the late James E. and Elizabeth McEwen Ferguson. She attended Dysart School No. 5 in the Fairview district. She and Odie N. Phelps, were married in 1914 (correct date was August 30, 1911) and they operated the Palm Café and Candy Store on Pearl Street for a number of years in partnership with the late Dan Bates. The Phelps lived in Lewiston, Ida. And Portland, Ore. For a time during the 1920’s returning to Ellensburg in 1926. Mr. Phelps died in 1959. Mrs. Phelps made her home from 1942 to 1974 on the Vantage Hiway at the intersection of Ferguson Road. She moved for a year to Colorado Springs, Colo. To live with a niece, Mrs. Myrtle Fray. She returned to Ellensburg in 1975 and has made her home at the nursing home since that time. She was a member of the first Baptist Church. She is survived by one son, Frank Phelps, and one brother, Ben Ferguson, both of Ellensburg, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews in the valley. Funeral will be Thursday afternoon, at 2 a.m. at Evenson Funeral Home. The Rev. Alvin Lustie will officiate and burial will follow at...Read More
Mrs. Willie F. [Smith] Collins Smathers, 31, died Thursday [January 3, 1952] in Seattle at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Charles L. Miles. She had been ill a short while and went to Seattle three weeks ago. She came to the state of Washington from West Virginia in 1902 with a previous husband and two children. They settled in the Kittitas valley, and she had since made her home here. She became the wife of John E. Smathers of Ellensburg who survives her. Mrs. Smathers is also survived by a son, Frank Collins of Seattle, and five daughters, Mrs. Nettie C. Lane and Mrs. Ettie M. Sackett of Tacoma, Mrs. Victor L. Hewitt and Mrs. Miles of Seattle, and Mrs. W. J Weybright of Columbia Falls, Montana; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Internment is to take place here Monday in the IOOF cemetery following funeral rites at Honeycutt-Evenson funeral home. The time of service is to be announced. Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
Death Comes To Colin P. Thomson Colin Petrie Thomson, 58, logger, died at the Ellensburg General hospital last night after an illness of several months [May 4, 1944]. He lived at the Webster hotel. He was born at Ottawa, Canada, May 11, 1885. He is survived by two brothers, James H. of Renton and George of Edmonton, Canada, and a sister, Mrs. Maggie Klock of Ottawa. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Honeycutt chapel. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
Glen W. Cooke, 66, a lifetime resident of Ellensburg, died Friday, September 11, 1992 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Yakima, after a long illness. Mr. Cooke was the youngest child of Guy and Catherine (Shotwell) Cooke. He lived most of his life within a few miles of his birthplace, on Naneum Road. As a boy he was active in 4-H and FFA. He attended grade and middle school in Kittitas and graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1944. After graduation he served as a aviation cadet in the U. S. Air Force. He then returned home to ranch with his father. In July 1950 he married Sally Overton. After ranching for 16 years, the ranch was sold and together both became real estate brokers, opening Valley Brokers, Inc. They were active in the business until Glen’s illness forced his retirement in 1977. Prior to his illness, Glen was active in various farm organization past master of Naneum Grange and Farm Bureau. He was a port commissioner and instrumental in the dissolution of the Kittitas County Port District. He served on the Board of Equalization. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and a past member of the Elks and the Moose. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and after retirement tried his hand at gold mining. He was a longtime member of the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Cooke...Read More
George Hayes Dies At Pasco, Valley Pioneer Passes Thursday George H. Hayes, 75, a Kittitas Valley pioneer, died Thursday afternoon at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Pasco following an illness of two weeks [died May 31, 1956]. He had made his home in Pasco with a daughter, Mrs. Helen Rombough, for the past year. Hayes was brought to the valley by his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. James T. Hayes. He farmed for many years in the Edgemont District before his retirement. He was a past master of the Kittitas Grange, a charter member of the Ellensburg Moose Lodge and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Sunnyside. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Helen Rombough: four brothers, John and Harry Hayes of Ellensburg, Abe Hayes of Kittitas and C. P. Hayes of Yakima; a sister, Mrs. Marie Bender of Ellensburg; and a granddaughter, Donna Marie Rombough, and a grandson, Roy D. Rombough, both of Pasco. His wife, Mrs. Lydia Hayes, died in 1933, and another daughter, Mrs. Hilda Marie Rexroth in 1955. The body was returned here by the Evenson Funeral Home and will lie in state there until Monday at 1 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Evenson Chapel Monday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Andrew Daughter of the Pasco Episcopal Church officiating. The Ellensburg Masonic Lodge will conduct graveside services at the IOOF Cemetery....Read More
The funeral of Ed Huss, who was killed by the accidental discharge of his .22 special rifle [May 4, 1917] while shooting magpies on his farm at Fairview yesterday morning at 6 o’clock, was held from the Christian church this afternoon under the direction of the Odd Fellows’ Lodge. A service was held at the home at 1:15 to which all friends of the family and decease were welcomed. The Rev. F. E. Billington read the funeral service at the church. Mrs. Lee Purdin, of London, Oregon, and Mrs. James Roche, of Centralia, sisters of the late Mr. Huss, came to Ellensburg for the funeral. Mrs. W. H. Rader of this city is a sister of Mrs. Huss. Newspaper account of accident: Ed Huss, a farmer well known in the valley is dead as the result of the accidental discharge of his .22 special rifle while shooting a magpie this morning at 6 o’clock on his farm near Fairview. The manner of the gun became entangled with a clothesline causing a discharge which struck Mr. Huss on the upper part of his forehead, killing him instantly. Dr. J. C. McCauley who arrived a few moments after the accident says that the position of the gun, and the location of the wound leave no doubt as to the accidental nature of the incident. It would have been he says practically...Read More
McEwen Dies from Crash. Ernie D. McEwen, 55, died at Ellensburg General Hospital at (paper damaged) today [July 12, 1981], without recovering consciousness, after suffering fatal injuries in a collision of his pickup truck with a logging truck early Wednesday. The hospital yesterday after-noon reported McEwen’s injuries of a basal skull fracture, punctured lung and seven broken ribs. McEwen’s death is the seventh from traffic accidents in Kittitas County this year and the (paper damaged) from accidents occurring off a (paper damaged) highway. Fatalities number five and six were the deaths of two children, Earl Ray Bougher, the (paper damaged) and his brother, William Carl Bougher, six months, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Bougher of Wapato. At this time last year, 10 accident fatalities had occurred in this county, the state patrol reported. A light 1936 Ford pickup driven by McEwen was struck in the center of the right side by a heavy logging truck owned by Contratio Bros. When McEwen received his fatal injuries. The driver of the truck was Vernon D. Callaghan, 37, of Ellensburg. The accident occurred at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, in the middle of the intersection of Fairview road and Schnebly road, approximately six mile northeast of Ellensburg. Mrs. Ralph Charlton of Ellensburg was killed in an accident at the same intersection a few years ago. The logging truck, not loaded, was traveling...Read More
Sam L. Banister, 55, former Ellensburg resident who had resided for several years in Kirkland, died Thursday in Maynard Hospital, Seattle, following a lingering illness. Born in Tieton Aug. 28, 1913, Banister resided in Ellensburg until 1943 when he went to work for Boeing Aircraft Company. He is survived by his wife, Helen at the family home in Kirkland; two sons, Paul and Perry Banister, both in the U.S. navy; a brother, George Banister, Seattle; an aunt, Mrs. Belle Lewis, Yakima; and four cousins, Bertha Longerbeam, son, Cora McEwen and Mrs. Pat Jordin, all of Ellensburg. Funeral arrangements are pending. Samuel was the son of Lyndon Newell Banister and Margaret. He died October 31, 1968. Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
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