Lester V. Cooke, 96, of Ellensburg died Thursday in Kittitas Valley Community Hospital. He was born January 27, 1890, in a house on the banks of Coleman Creek north of Ellensburg. He parents were early Kittitas Valley pioneers Mode and Isabella (Fulton) Cooke. After graduating from Ellensburg High School in 1910, Mr. Cooke entered Washington State College, where he received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture in 1914. While attending school he was well known as a sprinter and competed in track events, attaining undefeated status. He married Mary B. Edwards in Drain, Oregon, in 1917, and they farmed in Fossil, Oregon, until 1928, when they moved to the Kittitas Valley to establish a farm. He first wife died in 1931. He married Gladys (Thoman) Haskins in South Cle Elum June 14, 1935. She died in 1960. Mr. Cooke later retired and moved to Ellensburg. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a brother, Francis Cooke of Prescott, Ariz.; two sons, William Cooke of Spokane and Charles Cooke of San Mateo, Calif.; two stepsons, Keith and Kenneth Haskins, both of Wenatchee; eight grandchildren; and several great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
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Matilda (Tillie) Hayes, 92, died at a local nursing home Friday. She was the daughter of valley pioneers Mr. and Mrs. James Curtis. Born November 16, 1879, at the site where Kittitas now stands, she married James J. Hayes, January 29, 1899, and she lived in the Denmark-Badger Pocket area until five years ago when she moved to Ellensburg to live with her daughter, Mrs. Velma Casey, 105 S. Ruby. She is survived by a son, James A. Hayes, Ellensburg, two daughters, Mrs. Hazel Indermuhle and Mrs. Casey, both of Ellensburg, seven grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren, ten great-great grandchildren, and a brother, West Curtis, of Brewster. She was preceded in death by two sons, George 1924, and Earl, 1948. Funeral services will be in Evenson Chapel, Wednesday at 2 p.m. Reverend Alvin Lustie will officiate and burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Family suggests those wishing to send memorials may end them to the Kittitas County Historical Society, in care of Miss Ruth Damman. A child not mentioned in the obit was Charles Wesley. He was born February 15, 1904 and died December 3, 1924. Dorothy Matilda died October 6, 1972. According to my research, she divorced James in 1927. Tillie’s mother was Samantha Wheeler. Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
Thelma Ferguson Maxson, 80, of Ellensburg, died Monday at Royal Vista Care Center following a lingering illness [died February 13, 1990]. She was born in Ellensburg on October 23, 1909, one of two daughters of George H. and Mayme (Wyatt) Ferguson. She and John Maxson were married in Tacoma in 1935. they lived in various locations throughout the United States until 1983 when they returned to Ellensburg to make their permanent home. Survivors include her husband, John Maxson, of Ellensburg; and her sister, Phyllis Gage, of Ellensburg. No public service is planned. Family suggests memorials to charity of donors’ choice. Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
Death Take Well-Known Resident Oscar Mcewen Oscar (Ott) McEwen, well-known Ellensburg resident, died Sunday at the Kittitas Valley Memorial Hospital. He was 89 years old [died June 4, 1967]. McEwen was one of the last true cowboys in the northwest, and the familiar scene of McEwen astride his horse, riding through town, was a common-place occurrence. He was for many years a rider at the Ellensburg Rodeo and participated in many of the early events at the rodeo. He still made an annual appearance at the show. He was born October 6, 1877 in a frontier home three and one half miles east of Ellensburg and spent many years riding trail, herding cattle, and ranching. He was married to the former Mary Peffers and she preceded him in death, passing away in 1958. They were married in 1918. Mr. McEwen is survived by two sons, Ralph McEwen, Toppenish, Mack McEwen, Maple Valley; two daughters, Mrs. Gladys Benz, Toppenish, and Mrs. Cora Miller, Eugene, Ore.; two brothers, Carl McEwen, Toppenish, and Clarence (Bat) McEwen, Seattle; 15 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Evenson Funeral Chapel Thursday at 2 p.m., the Reverend Silas Erickson, officiating. Burial will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Oscar was the son of Harvey McEwen and Martha Grewell. He was married three times. On July 20, 1900 he married Ella Mann in...Read More
Daniel R. Cooke, 32, died Dec. 28,  in Youngstown, Ohio. He was born May 26, 1959 in Seattle. He attended grade and middle schools in Ellensburg, graduating from Kittitas High School in 1977. He played baseball and football on the KHS teams. Since graduation he has been driving moving vans for Mayflower and United Van Lines. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church. He is survived by his daughter, Diana Allemand; and his parents, Glen and Sally Cooke, all of Ellensburg; a sister Glenda Sederstrom, his sister and brother-in-law Mary and Bill Pettit, three nieces and one nephew, all of Spokane, and his special friend, Patti Napoliano and her children of Boone Terre, Mo. Services are pending. Funeral Notice Memorial Services for Daniel R. Cooke, 32, who died Dec. 28 in Youngtown, Ohio, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Episcopal Church in Ellensburg. Memorials are suggested by the family to the Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Fund. Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
Mrs. Nancy Hayes, Pioneer, Passes/Valley Resident For 59 Years Dies; Many Descendents Mrs. Nancy E. Hayes, 83-year-old Kittitas valley pioneer, died at the Valley hospital yesterday [died March 19, 1941]. She was the widow of the late James T. Hayes, and had lived in the Kittitas valley since 1882. Mrs. Hayes was born in Missouri, March 14, 1858. She was married in 1876. She leaves 64 descendents. She is survived by seven children: J. J. Hayes of Badger Pocket; George Hayes of Sunnyside; Abe Hayes of Kittitas; and Mrs. Lou Bender, Mrs. H. P. Willis, C. P. Hayes and H. K. Hayes, all of Ellensburg. She is also survived by 33 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 22, at 1:30 p.m. at the Honeycutt chapel. Rev. Joseph Greene will officiate. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
Mrs. Geo Hayes Passes Today At Broadview Home Mrs. Lydia Hayes wife of George Hayes, passed away at her home in the Broadview district this morning [August 1, 1934]. She had been ill for several months but her death comes as a great shock to her family and many friends. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Montgomery and was born September 3, 1887. With the exception of about 13 years, Mrs. Hayes spent her entire life on the home farm where she passed away, eight of which were spent in the Yakima Valley. She was married to George Hayes, October 1, 1905, and to this union two children were born, Mrs. Helen Rambough, Sunnyside, Miss Hilda Hayes, Ellensburg. Besides her husband and two daughters, she leaves four sisters, Mrs. Jack Harmon (Elizabeth), Mrs. A. C. Springsteen (Ada), Mrs. Dan Bates (Leta), Mrs. Urban Uebelacker (Hallie), all of Ellensburg, one grand daughter, Donna Marie Rambough, and her grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Ferguson. Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
Henry J. Michels, 69, Kittitas valley pioneer and widely known Westside farmer, died at the Valley General Hospital yesterday afternoon [died October 12, 1943]. Born in St. James, Minn., he came to the valley with his parents in 1882 and had resided here 61 years. He was educated in the Ellensburg schools and was married here May 22, 1900, to Miss Anna Olding, likewise a member of an early pioneer valley family. With the exception of a few years when he was in the drayage business in Ellensburg, he operated a farm on the Westside. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Anna Michels; a son, Roy Michels; three sisters, Mrs. A. K. Uebelacker and Lena Michels of Ellensburg and Mrs. George H Beaver of Bellingham; two brothers, Frank Michels of Ellensburg and J. J. Michels of Duluth, Minn., and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 9 o’clock at St. Andrew’s Catholic church. Prayer services will be held Thursday evening at 7:30 o’clock at the church. Contributed by: Shelli...Read More
Charles P. Cooke, 80, native Fairview district farmer and stockman, died Tuesday at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital. He was born in Ellensburg on Feb. 10, 1892. His father, Mode D. Coke, came as a small child with his parents in 1871 from the New England states, through Independence, Ore., and Yakima. They were among the first settlers in the valley. Survivors include two brothers, Lester Cooke of Ellensburg and Frank Cooke of Prescott, Arizona; one sister, Mrs. Edna Dawes of Ellensburg. Funeral services are Friday, 1 p.m. Evenson’s Chapel, the Rev. Donald Meekhof officiating. Burial in IOOF cemetery. Charles parents were Morand D. Cooke and Isabella Fulton. Charles died December 19,...Read More
Edward V. Cooke, 84, long-time Ellensburg resident, died at a local nursing home Wednesday. Born May 4, 1888 in Ellensburg, he was son of pioneer family, Father was C. P. Cooke, Mother Verenda Wheeler, whose parents were early-day settlers here in the valley. He was married to Ada Rich 1908, in the Fairview District. They moved to Yakima, where he learned the plastering trade and later went into contracting. He lived in Portland, Ore., and Stockton, Calif. and returned to Yakima and later moved back to Ellensburg, where they purchased a home o Rt. 3, and lived until his retirement. In 1964 they moved to E. Eighth street, and then moved to Trinal Manor. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Nina Bauer and Mrs. Cleroa Pickup, both of Ellensburg; two sons, Rex, of Klickitat, and Carl of Wenatchee; two sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Gillis, of Kittitas, and Mrs. Susan Huss, of Ellensburg; eight grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Funeral will be Friday, 2 p.m. Evenson’s Chapel. Rev. Craig Willis will officiate. Burial will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Edward Vander Cooke died June 28, 1972. He married Ada Cleora Rich on June 24, 1908. According to the 1900 Kittitas Co. census, his father was Edward Cooke. Charles P. Cooke was his grandfather. The headstone below shows his...Read More
Gladys Benz, 81, of 521 N. Date St., Toppenish, died Tuesday in Central Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 19, 1901, in Ellensburg to Oscar and Ella McEwen. Mrs. Benz was raised by Lou and Martha Evans and lived in the Toppenish area 72 years. She married Paul Benz in Seattle April 4, 1923, and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Benz had been a manager for Wheeler Electric Co. for 30 years. Survivors include her husband, Paul Benz of Toppenish; a daughter, Patricia Ann Aaker of Boulder, Colo; two sons, Paul Benz Jr. of Yakima and Lou Benz of Portland, Ore.; two brothers, Mack McEwen of Maple Valley and Ralph McEwen of Toppenish; a sister, Cora Miller of Eugene, Ore.; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Gladys died April 4, 1923. Her father, Oscar, remarried after Ella divorced him. According to the obit, she moved to Toppenish about 1910. Either Gladys did not like her stepmother or the stepmother did not want her. I assume this is why Gladys was raised by her Aunt Mattie in...Read More
Mrs. Cora Cooke, 80, died Saturday in a local rest home. Born July 1, 1890 in Ohio, she was married to Henry D. Cooke on June 17, 1911 at Ellensburg. They farmed in the Fairview District for many years. He preceded her in death on July 2, 1951. She made her home at 1007 E. 8th Ave., prior to entering a nursing home 10 years ago. Survivors include two brothers-in-law, Carl and Ed Cooke of Ellensburg; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Gillis of Kittitas and Mrs. Susan Huss of Ellensburg; a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m. at Evenson’s Chapel, the Rv. Richard Allison officiating. Burial will follow in IOOF Cemetery. From antoher source, I have Cora’s birthplace as Big Rapids, Michigan. Her parents were David Parmeter and Mary Martin. Cora died June 19,...Read More
Ella Cooke, 96, died Saturday, April 19, 1997 at the Masonic Retirement Center in Des Moines, Wash., where she has been a resident for 9 years. She was born Jan. 1, 1901 in Hawkins County, Tenn. She came to the Ellensburg Valley with her parents, Edward and Julia Harrel, as a small child. She and her husband, Budd Cooke who preceded her in death, lived in the Colockum Pass area north of Ellensburg for over 40 years. She loved to do crafts and handiwork. Before her move to the coast, she belonged to Jolly Neighbors and to the Country Mothers Club. She was a member of Miriam Rebekah Lodge, serving as Noble Grand twice and of Grace Chapter OES. Her survivors include her daughter and her husband, Loretta and Jean Wilson of Belfair; four grandchildren, Rod Malone ad his wife Molly, Eugene Ore, Steve Wilson and his wife Susan, Snohomish, Gayle Padvorac and her husband Andy, Kirkland, Tim Wilson and his wife Nancy, Sumner; and 12 great grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother William Harrel of Ellensburg. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 25, at Steward and Williams Chapel in Ellensburg. Rev. Charles Henney will officiate. Burial will follow at the IOOF Cemetery. Viewing will be Thursday, April 24, from 9 a.m. o 4:30 p.m. The family has suggested that memorials may be made...Read More
Abe L. Cooke Dies in Seattle Abe L. Cooke, 47, of Yakima, a former Ellensburg resident and a veteran of the first World War, died Wednesday in the Marine hospital in Seattle after an illness of several months. He was born April 27, 1897, at Coberg, Ore., the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Cooke, Kittitas valley pioneers. The Cooke family returned to this valley while he was still an infant and he received his education in valley schools. He served with a National Guard company which was sent to patrol the Mexican border in the fall of 1916. He joined Troop A, which recruited here at the start of World War I. Troop A was made a military police unit at Charlotte, N.C., and was transferred to Camp Mils, Long Island, where he was discharged because of ill health. He was married July 24, 1917, to Miss Lela Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Fetters of Ellensburg. After his discharge, he and his wife moved to Yakima, where they made their home until they moved to the coast a few months ago. He was on patrol duty at the Settle airport before his last illness. He is survived by his widow; three sons, Truman, Eugene and Freeman, and a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Crawford; three sisters, Mrs. T. E. Cowell, and Mrs. Frank Huss, of Ellensburg, and...Read More
Henry Daniel Cooke, 69, descendant of two pioneer families of this area, died at his home in Fairview district at about 1 a.m. today [July 2, 1951]. He had lived in Kittitas valley most of his life and farmed at the present Cooke place in the Farview district for the past 16 years. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. [Edward] Ward Cooke. His grandparents were the pioneers, Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Cooke and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wheeler. Henry Cooke was born here December 4, 1881. In the fall of 1887, his parents built a roadhouse on Colockum Pass, six miles from the old Cooke ranch. There they lived until 1892, when they sold the station to Mr. and Mrs. George Wheeler in the spring. The Cooke family then moved to Wenatchee, where they spent the summer; in the fall moving to Elberton. They lived at Elberton two years. From Elberton, the family moved by wagon to Pendleton, Ore., working harvests there and at Helix, Ore. They lived at Grant’s Pass, Ore., for awhile and resided four years, until 1897, at Coburg, Ore. Then, driving to Portland, Ore., the Cooke family went by boat up the Columbia river to The Dalles, Ore., crossed into Washington and traveled an old freight road to Yakima. The family returned here from Yakima by the West Side...Read More
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