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Okanogan County, Washington
Obituaries


Surnames P




PARKHURST, Virginia
PARKMAN, Carrie R.
PARKS, Jas. H.
PARKS, Robert H.
PASLAY, Susan
PAXTON, Susan
PEARSALL, Amanda
PECK, Ernest
PECK, Gus
PENDERGAST, Abbie L.
PENDERGAST, E. K.
PERRY, Frank D.
PETERS, Albert B.
PETERSON, Elizabeth
PETERSON, Martin
PETERSON, Mrs. Soren
PETTY, Miranda
PHELAN, Jerry
PIERCE, Julia
PIERCE, Thomas A.
PITMAN, Emelie E.
PLACE, Emily A.
PLEMMONS, W. L.
POLK, A. M.
POWELL, Rosie Ann
PROTZMAN, Charles
PROVO, Narcis


Virginia Parkhurst  Added 5/14/06
Obituary
Virginia Litzell was born at Hollidaysburg, Pa., November 27, 1852. She came west with her two children in 1876, locating at San Jose, Cal. In 1892 she was married to W. A. Parkhurst, of San Jose. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Parkhurst continued to live in California until three years ago, when they came to Oroville. For some years before her death Mrs. Parkhurst was in poor health, but when she was yet well the departed was an active worker in different organizations. In San Jose, she was elected first president of the combined John A. Dix and Phil Sheridan Woman's Relief Corps. She was also past noble grand of the Rebekah lodge of the same city. Mrs. Parkhurst made many friends, her disposition being peculiarly kind and friendly. During the years of her illness Mrs. Parkhurst did not lose hope, trusting in God as her helper. On Monday evening last she passed away to her eternal reward, having reached the age of 59 years, 5 months and 2 days. Mrs. Parkhurst leaves her two children. Mrs. Dell Hart, of Oroville, and Mrs. Alva Kitching, of Spokane, a devoted brother, Mr. Charles Litzell, of Oroville, and also many friends to mourn their loss. A brief funeral service was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dell Hart Wednesday forenoon. Rev. A. Bauman officiating. Interment at the Odd Fellow cemetery.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - May 3, 1912


Carrie R. Parkman
Mrs. Parkman Passes
A few friends gathered Sunday, March 20, to say in looks and actions the last farewells to Mrs. C. C. Parkman, who passed on March 18th. Her associates of the country club aided all in their power to ease the troubles of her family. Mrs. Foster of Okanogan, conducted the services at the house and at the Okanogan cemetery. A short summary of her life was given before the earthly manifestation was started on its last journey.
Carrie R. Cast was born at Crescent City, Illinois to the thrift and energy necessary to the foundation work of that section's now splendid achievements. She took her place in the country's religious work as she was able to see the light of guidance. To her keen regret she was never permitted the gratification of all the education she craved. But for all the retardments she has done well.
On December 27, 1899, began the fuller activities of her life, when she was married to C. C. Parkman.
A broader field of harvest for her worker spirit was opened up when in Mach, 1904, she arrived in this country. Of her trials and privations here, only one mortal will ever know. All now have a chance to see what her courageous spirit has accomplished both as physical and social uplift.
Her motto was, "Hustle While You Wait." Of her we can truly say she has fought the good fight, she did not finish the course she could see ahead, but henceforth there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness.
The Omak Chronicle - Omak, Washington - March 25, 1921


Jas. H. Parks  Added 11/30/06
Olema Rancher Meets Death By Shooting
Jas. H. Parks Shoots Himself In Head
Investigation Indicates Accidental Discharge of Gun Gave the Fatal Wound.
A bullet wound entering the forehead and emerging through the top of his head caused the death of Jas. H. Parks, an Olema rancher, Tuesday. As there was no witness to the tragedy, it is not known just how the shooting occurred.
Investigation by neighbors produced the theory that Parks had slipped on sloping ground or possibly was examining the gun, and it was accidently discharged.
It is surmised that the deceased had been shot a few hours before being discovered. He had left the house in the morning and gone to the barn, several hundred feet distant, to shuck corn, and had taken a gun to shoot magpie. Traces of short steps indicated that he was approaching the barn stealthily. He failed to appear at dinner time, and about two o'clock one of the children was sent to learn the reason. Parks was still alive when found, but unable to talk.
Mr. Parks leaves a widow and four children, one of whom is married and lives at Brewster.
The shooting was another link in a chain of misfortunes suffered by the Parks family during the past year. About Christmas of last year their home was burned, and they were completely burned our again this fall.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - December 14, 1918


Robert H. Parks  Added 01/02/11
Robert H. Parks Dead.
Robert H. Parks, age 72, died Thursday morning at the home of his son, J. H. Parks in Pleasant Valley. Funeral services will be held this morning (Saturday) at 10:30 from the parlors of the Okanogan Undertaking Company. The deceased came to this county from the coast about a year ago to make his home with his son.
He leaves a sister in Seattle and another at Yakima and another son in the east, none of whom were able to come here for the funeral.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - July 23, 1921


Susan Paslay
Death of Mrs. Paslay
At the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. M. Adams, Mrs. Susan Paslay, died of dropsy, at the of 73 years. Mrs. Paslay, had been in poor health for some time, but it was only one week before her death that she seemed to be seriously ill. Medical aid was summoned, and the doctor gave no hopes of her recovery.
All that a kind physician and loving children could do was done, but in vain, she slowly grew worse, and on the morning of Oct. 4th she peacefully passed away. Her children were all with her during last illness.
Grief over the death of her son Morgan, some six weeks before evidently hastened her own death. Funeral services were held by Reverend Holden, after which she was laid to rest beside her husband, who preceded her twelve years ago.
Brewster Herald - Brewster, Washington - October 11, 1902


Susan Paxton  Added 5/29/06
Mrs. Susan Paxton
On last Tuesday morning, March 14, 1916, at Twisp, occurred the death of Mrs. Susan Paxton. The deceased was the mother of Mrs. L. G. Hadley, who lives five miles east of Twisp, with whom she had been living for the past several years.
Mrs. Paxton had reached the age of nearly four score years, but possessed remarkable strength. She was married in 1860, and was the mother of thirteen children. Only two daughters survive her. She was of genuine Indian extraction, and now has living a brother who is chief of a tribe on the Coast. The old lady was well liked by all her acquaintances. She was a member of the Episcopalean Church, and was an ardent believer in prayer, taking all her troubles to Him, her great Father.
She has experienced some remarkable trials in her life. As an Indian maiden, during a war between two antagonistic tribes, she was taken captive. Her captor, on one occasion growing angry at her, flew at her with a tomahawk. As a result she bore to her grave seven great scars upon her back and neck. He evidently tried to literally chop her to pieces.
Some time after her marriage she was discovered by her original tribe, who demanded her return. It was with great difficulty that her husband was able to retain her. Only after a price of one hundred dollars was tendered in payment for her, and a threat to turn loose government soldiers upon them if they molested her, were the Indians appeased.
No doubt many similar events of early tribal wars were retained in the mind of the departed.
She was born on Vancouver Island in the early part of the Ninteenth Century. Twice during her life she was married, she outliving both husbands.
Funural services were conducted by Rev. I. B. Ricketts on Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hadley. The body, in charge of Undertaker Thomas, was buried in the Beaver Creek Cemetery.
The Methow Valley Journal - Winthrop, Washington - March 23, 1916


Amanda Pearsall  Added 8/07/06
Death Of Mrs. Pearsall.
The death of Mrs. George Pearsall occurred Saturday last in this city. Mrs. Pearsall had been ill for many months, suffering with a complication of diseases.
A brother of deceased, Ira Ingledown, who had been here for some time, left Tuesday morning with the body for LaPorte City, Iowa, where the remains will be buried in her family burying plot.
Mrs. Pearsall's maiden name was Amanda Caroline Ingledow and she was born in Whitestown, Indiana, in 1852. She was married 22 years ago to George Pearsall, who survives her. They have been resident of Okanogan county seventeen years, living until three years ago on a homestead at the foot of Ophir grade.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - April 12, 1921


Ernest Peck
Judge Ernest Peck Dies In Spokane
Well Known Okanogan County Jurist Passes Away Last Week After a Short Illness
Judge Ernest Peck of Oroville, one of the youngest men on the superior bench in the state, died at Sacred Heart hospital, Spokane at 7 o'clock last Friday morning, after a brief illness. Thursday he was sitting in department one at the court house, exchanging with Judge J. D. Hinkle.
Thursday he took to his bed with chills. Friday pneumonia developed and the jurist was removed to the hospital where the end came.
His wife, herself ill from a severe cold, was nearly prostrated by the sad news and is herself confined to bed under a physician's care.
Judge Peck was only 36 years of age. He was appointed to the superior bench last September by Governor M. E. Hay, to succeed Judge Taylor, who died during his term of office.
Ernest Peck was born at Port Chester, N. Y. He graduated from the University of New York law school in 1896 with high honors, being made a member of the Delta Chi honor society. He was banqueted by the local members of this society in Spokane only a week ago.
Twelve years ago Judge Peck came to Seattle, where he staid but a short time. He removed later to Okanogan county, living at both Chesaw and Oroville. He was a resident of the latter town at the time of his death.
Seven years ago he married Miss Stella Smalley, daughter of State Senator Smalley of Okanogan county.
The couple had one child, a girl, Helen, now six years old.
Two weeks ago Judge Peck came to Spokane. Judge Hinkle took his place in Okanogan county in a criminal trial in which Judge Peck was disqualified, having previously acted as attorney in the case. The jurist had completed his work here and was planning to leave for Conconully Friday, when his fatal illness intervened.
Besides his wife and child, Judge Peck is survived by his mother, Mrs. Josephine Peck of Port Chester, N. Y. and a brother, Jerome A. Peck, a practising attorney of New York City.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, but it is probable that the body will be shipped to Oroville next week.
Out of respect to Judge Peck, all departments of the superior court adjourned this morning immediately after having assembled.
The meeting of the bar was called to order this morning by L. H. Prather and a committee of five was appointed to draft resolutions of respect for Judge Ernest Peck.
Members of the comimttee are: F. C. Robertson, W. H. Plummer, D. W. Hensley, A. E. Gallagher and Del Cary Smith, all prominent Spokane attorneys.
The Omak Chronicle - Omak, Washington - December 9, 1910


Abbie L. Pendergast  Added 06/21/07
Death Of Mother Of Late Judge Pendergast
Mrs. Abbie L. Pendergast, widow of W. W. Pendergast, first principal of the school of agriculture and former state superintendent of public instruction, died Thursday, January 4th, at the home of her son-in-law, the Rev. A. W. Farnum, 633 Holly avenue, St. Paul, where she was visiting.
Mrs. Pendergast was a pioneer resident of Hutchinson. In 1862 her home was burned by the Indians when they attacked Hutchinson, and with her husband she was one of the "stockaders" who withstood the Sioux attack.
Mrs. Pendergast was born 78 years ago January 27 in Essex, Mass., and went to Hutchinson in 1857. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. J. A. Vye and Mrs. A. W. Farnum of St. Paul, Mrs. Harry White of Oklahoma City and Mrs. H. W. Greenberg of Hillyard, Wash., and by one son, P. P. Pendergast of Hutchinson.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - January 16, 1917


Gus Peck Added 9/15/06
Father of Mrs. Stark Suddenly Passes Away
After only a few days' illness from a severe cold, Gus Peck of Everett, father of Mrs. Harry E. Stark of this city, died this morning at the home of his daughter.
Mr. Peck came here several weeks ago to visit Mr. and Mrs. Stark and though frail and well advanced in age, was feeling splendidly and in good spirits. A few days ago he became ill with a cold and gradually declined until death overtook him this morning.
Mr. Peck is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Stark. Mrs. Peck was notified and is expected to arrive in Okanogan this evening or tomorrow evening, after which time arrangements will be made for the funeral.
Mr. Peck was 61 years of age.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - October 18, 1921

Funeral Of Gus Peck Conducted By Masons
The funeral of Gus Peck, who died Tuesday morning after a brief illness from pneumonia, was held Friday afternoon and interment was made in the Okanogan cemetery. Deceased was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and the funeral was conducted under the auspices of Okanogan lodge of that order.
Mr. Peck was father of Mrs. Harry E. Stark of this city and died while on a visit to the Stark family here. His wife arrived in Okanogan from their home in Everett Tuesday night. Mrs. Peck will remain here and make her home with Mrs. and Mrs. Stark.
Mr. Peck was 61 years of age and was one of the earliest pioneers of Snohomish county, having lived in Everett and vicinity for the past forty years. He was a mill man by profession.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - October 22, 1921


E. K. Pendergast  Added 12/28/06
Judge E. K. Pendergast Dies Suddenly
The entire community was shocked to hear of the sudden death from heart failure of Judge E. K. Pendergast, judge of the Superior court of Okanogan and Ferry counties, which occurred at his home in Okanogan at about 5 o'clock Thursday evening of last week. The judge had been circulating freely about town all day, and was exceptionally cheerful. Toward evening he went home and complained to Mrs. Pendergast of being nauseated. His wife gave him some medicine and left him seated in the parlor while she went to the kitchen. Upon hearing him groan as if in pain, Mrs. Pendergast returned to find her husband lying on the floor unconscious. Medical aid was summoned but could render no assistance and the judge died shortly after without regaining consciousness.
In 1910, to succeed Judge Taylor, deceased, Judge Penaergast was overwhelmingly elected as judge of the superior court for Okanogan and Ferry counties for the unexpired terms. At the election succeeding the short term, he was elected without opposition. At the recent election he was again chosen to fill the position for a four year term.
He was a native of Massachusetts, but when two years of age his parents moved to Minnesota where he grew to manhood. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan withh a degree of bachelor of laws and was admitted to the bar of the supreme court of Michigan. In 1890 he was admitted to practice in the United States circuit court of Spokanr, and in 1908 was admitted to the ciacuit court of appeals at San Francisco and the U. S. supreme court. He has been mayor of Waterville and prosecuting attorney and member of the legislature from Douglas county.
The Molson Leader - Molson, Washington - November 24, 1916


Frank D. Perry
F. D. Perry Passes On
In the passing to the great beyond Sunday of F. D. Perry, Sr. this community has lost another one of its staunch pioneers who have given their lives in an effort to carve a home for themselves and their families out of this new western country.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday morning at the Omak Presbyterian church, Rev. David Brown officiating. Interment was made in the Riverside cemetery.
Frank D. Perry, Sr., was born at Henniker, New Hampshire, February 2nd, 1851, and died at his orchard home near Omak, Washington, March 26, 1922.
Left motherless when only a few days old, he was taken into the home of a relative, who, a few years later, moved to Minnesota and located near Fairbault, where he received his education. He then removed to Waterville, Minnesota, where he met, and in 1872 was married to Mary J. Johnson, who with the family of eight children born to them, survives him.
In 1882, he moved to Glendive, Montana, and a few years later to the Bitter Root Valley in the same state, locating near Victor, where he lived until 1903, when he came to this state and located on the homestead where he has since resided.
The children are: B. F.; J. F.; and K. O., who are orchardists living near the old home; Harry N. who lives in Omak; Frank Jr. who lives near Disautel; Mrs. Enola Kerr and Roy L. Perry, who live at Victor, Mont.; and Mrs. Matie F. Batson, of South Bend, Ind.
Had Mr. Perry lived until December, they would have reached the Golden Mile Post on their journey of married life.
He also leaves to mourn their loss, twenty-six grand children and three great grand children
The Omak Chronicle - Omak, Washington - March 30, 1922


Albert B. Peters  Added 01/02/11
Man Found Dead In Tunk Creek Home
Coroner L. S. Dewey, Sheriff Eli Wilson and Prosecuting Attorney Chas. A. Johnson made a trip to Tunk Creek last week in response to a call that a man had been found dead at the home of Tom Laughlin about five miles from Riverside. The officers found no indications of anything other than natural causes having been responsible for the death of the man, whose name was Peters. He was probably more than 50 years of age. He had no relatives in this district, but it is understood a sister lives in the east.
Mr. Laughlin had been away about two weeks and on his return found Peters dead in bed. He had been sick previously with rheumatism and other ailments.
Coroner Dewey ordered the body, which was in a bad state of decomposition, buried, and Undertaker Ed. Yarwood buried the remains yesterday at Riverside.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - May 17, 1921


Elizabeth Peterson  Added 5/14/06
Death Of Mrs. J. J. Peterson.
Mrs. Jans J. Peterson of Nighthawk, died Wednesday of last week at the age of 71 years 6 months and 2 days. The funeral took place from the M. E. church at Loomis last Friday afternoon, and in the absence of the pastor the services were conducted by Mrs. Robert Thompson. A choir rendered appropriate selections, and Miss C. C. McIntosh sang "No Burdens Yonder." The remains were buried in the Loomis cemetery near the grave of a son, William T., who died several years ago.
Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Nancy Wilson, was born in Raymond, Wis., October 10, 1839. She was united in marriage to Jans J. Peterson, November 26, 1866, and came to Nighthawk with her husband in April, 1906. She is survived by her husband, now far advanced in years, two daughters, Mrs. Calvin L. Gregory and Mrs. Nathan Durkee, both of Newman, Col., and a son, Charles T., of Nighthawk. Deceased was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a kind and sincere Christian. The aged husband and relatives have the sympathy of friends and acquaintances in the hour of their affliction.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - April 21, 1911


Martin Peterson
Martin Peterson Passes
Martin Peterson departed this life last week Friday evening very suddenly and unexpectedly. The gentleman had been in the best of health, seemingly, and was working as usual on his ranch north of town and dropped dead while so engaged in the field.
Martin Peterson was born October 30th, 1854, in Judin, Norway and came to Zembrota, Minn. at the age of 11 years, removing to Iowa in 1865 and again to the coast in 1869. He was married to Miss Addie Woods on June 17th, 1882. To this union were taken two adopted children, Lewis Peterson now residing at Cashmere, and Frances Short, of Seattle.
Losing his first wife in August 1909, He came to Omak to live, where on April 26, 1910, he was married to Mrs. Mary Jurgens, who still survives him.
Funeral services were conducted at the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon, at 2:30, Rev. C. J. Boppell officiating. Services at the grave were in charge of the I.O.O.F. Lodge, of Omak, with members in attendance from Okanogan and Riverside lodges.
The Omak Chronicle - Omak, Washington - April 11, 1919

Death of Martin Peterson  Added 06/04/10
Martin Peterson, one of the pioneer orchardists of the Pogue Flat section, died suddenly Saturday evening of heart failure. He was stricken while at work in his garden and found by members of his family shortly after the end came.
The funeral services were held in the Omak Presbyterian church Sunday, conducted by Rev. C. J. Boppell. Interment was made in the cemetery at Riverside.
The funeral was largely attended, the Odd Fellows turning out in a body. A big delegation went up from Okanogan. Ed. Yarwood, the local undertaker, had charge of the funeral.
Deceased was 64 years of age and was one of the respected pioneers of the project section.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - April 8, 1919


Mrs. Soren Peterson  Added 04/30/07
Death of Mrs. Peterson.
Mrs. Soren Peterson of upper Pogue flat died Tuesday night of blood poisoning brought on by childbirth which occurred about a week before death. The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock this morning from the residence, conducted by the Buchanan undertaking establishment of this city. Interment will be made in Omak cemetery. Deceased was the mother of a large family and had lived on Pogue flat about ten years, her home being one of the finest under the government project. She was a highly esteemed woman whose death cast a gloom over the entire community. Her husband and relatives have the sincere sympathy of their many friends.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - December 18, 1914


Miranda Petty  Added 6/30/06
Obituary
Mrs. Miranda Petty died at her home near Chesaw last Friday, of pneumonia, after an illness of less than a week, and was buried at Chesaw Sunday, August 20, Rev. H.M. Course officiating. The funeral was largely attended, by friends and neighbors. Mrs. Petty's maiden name was Miranda A. Johnson, and she was born in Ohio, February 16, 1838. She was married to Thomas A. Petty November 26, 1864. The family moved to Spokane in 1905, and to their homestead five miles south of Chesaw, in 1906. The deceased was a member of the United Presbyterian church, a true Christian, a most kindly neighbor, and highly esteemed by all who knew her. She is survived by husband and four children, Charles and Edward, living near Chesaw, Mrs. Caroline Rupp, residing near Chewelah, and Mrs. Julia Spicer, of Wessington, South Dakota. Neither of the daughters were able to attend the funeral.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - August 25, 1911
Submitted by Dorothy Petry


Jerry Phelan  Added 07/10/10
Jerry Phelan Dead.
N. E. Whitworth received a letter from Mrs. Jerry Phelan Wednesday, written at Phoenix, Ariz., stating that her husband had died in that city on January 5th.
Jerry Phelan was one of the early settlers in Okanogan county, coming here about 1893-4. He took up a homestead in the Pine Creek section where he lived for many years. Later he moved to Conconully where he operated a blacksmith shop for some time and subsequently took up farming on Happy Hill. Somewhat over a year ago he went to Arizona.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - January 10, 1920


Julia Pierce  Added 7/26/06
Death Of Mrs. Julia Pierce.
Died--At Loomis, Washington, Saturday, September 23, 1916, Mrs. Julia Pierce, aged 73 years.
Mrs. Pierce was born at St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1843. She was married to Geo. W. Pierce, of the Imperial banks of St. Catherines, June 5, 1861, who preceded her in death many years. She is survived by four children, Mrs. H. J. Dunston, of Toronto, Mrs. J. M. Richmond and Thomas A. Pierce, of Loomis, and George H. Pierce of Los Angeles.
The deceased came to Loomis some thirteen years ago to join her daughter Mrs. J. M. Richard, and son, Thomas A. Pierce, and resided in that place continuously to the time of her death. Some months ago Bright's disease developed and she was confined to her bed for weeks, suffering intensely, and bearing that suffering with christian fortitude, until death came to her relief.
During her residence in Loomis the deceased endeared herself to all with whom she came in contact. She was a lady of brilliant intellect, and everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her felt the charm of her pleasing personality. Hers was a beautiful and saintly character that had a benign influence upon all with whom she associated, leaving an impress for good upon those associates that will endure as long as life may last. Her angelic disposition, her high ideals, her faultless life were beautiful exemplification of the sincere and earnest christian. Her death is deeply deplored and mourned by every member of the little community of which she was a respected and beloved member for so long a time.
The funeral took place Sunday afternoon from the home of the daughter at Loomis, and a large concourse of people from the town and surrounding country assembled to show their last respects to the departed. The floral offerings were beautiful and profuse. The funeral was conducted by Dean G. H. Severance, and interment was in Mountain View cemetery, a long procession of automobiles following the remains to their last resting place.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - September 29, 1916


Thomas A. Pierce  Added 02/09/07
Death Of Thomas A. Pierce
Word was received by Dr. C. F. Webb Wednesday afternoon that Thomas A. Pierce had died at six o'clock that morning, at Seattle. The fatal termination of Mr. Pierce's illness and subsequent operation was not unexpected, but the news of the final end carried sorrow to the many friends of the deceased in this county.
Some months ago Mr. Pierce was taken down with some affection of the great toe of his left foot and suffered excruciating pain, so much so that he was unable to sleep for days at a time. His physician diagnosed the ailment as gout. At times Mr. Pierce could move around with the aid of crutches. He had the misfortune to place a crutch on his ailing toe and throwing his weight upon the support the member was severely crushed. This aggravated the inflamed toe and gangrene soon developed. Upon the advice of his physician Mr. Pierce went to Seattle to consult a specialist about a fortnight ago, and it was at once decided that the only hope of saving his life was an operation, and that was considered but a forlorn chance. The leg was amputated near the body. Mr. Pierce remained in a comotose state up to the time of his death, although a few times he opened his eyes, spoke, and some hopes were entertained that he might pull through. But the poison from gangrene had entered his system finally proving fatal.
The deceased was born in Canada and was about 50 years of age. He was a pioneer of Loomis, reaching that camp from Montana about the year 1890, and had lived there continuously ever since. He followed mining and prospecting for a long time and some three years ago went into the mercantile business in which he met with considerable success. The deceased never married. He leaves a sister, Mr. J. M. Richmond, who was with him at the time he passed away. As a pioneer he was well known throughout the northern part of the county, and has a host of friends who will sincerely mourn his death. The remains were expected to reach Loomis Friday, where they will be buried beside those of his mother, who passed away some two years ago. At the time of going to press it had not been learned when the funeral would take place.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - October 3, 1919


Emilie E. Pitman  Added 12/28/06
Obituary Notice.
The following obituary notice was received too late for the last issue of the Gazette:
Emilie E. Pitman was born January 14, 1840, on board an English vessel, the Guy Mannering, in a harbor on the English coast. She came to America with her parents, Major and Mrs. Kelley, in the year 1847, and with them settled in the state of Wisconsin. Emilie E. Kelly was united in marriage in 1854 to Daniel Borst, and they removed to Trempelo county, Wisconsin, where she lived for 25 years, then moved to Sioux Falls, S. D., and lived there until January, 1889, and later of the same year she came to Okanogan county, and the following year, 1890, she was united in marriage to John M. Pitman. She lived the remainder of her life at Loomis and vicinity, and went to be with Jesus, May 11, 1917. She leaves a husband, eight children, twenty-two grandchildren, and eighteen great-grand children, one sister and a host of friends, to mourn her loss. She was a member of the Methodist church of Conconully, Wash., to which she donated liberally of her means to build the same, and the poor never went from her door hungry. Her husband, J. M. Pitman, and Mrs. Jas. Kinchelo and Mrs. Nancy La Brecgue, daughters, and Mrs. Vera Samco, a grand daughter, were at the bedside when she passed away. The funeral was from the Methodist church, Loomis. The scriptural lesson read was 2 Corinthians, fifth chapter, verses 1 to 10, inclusive, and the first four verses of the 23rd Psalm.
They liveth long who loveth well
All other life is short and vain;
They liveth longest who can tell
Of living most for heavenly gain.
They liveth long who liveth well;
All else is being thrown away;
They liveth longest, who can tell
Of true things truly done each day.
REV. C. W. GEISZLER
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - June 1, 1917


Emily Place  Added 10/17/07
Death at Carlton.
Mrs. Emily Adelaide, wife of J. O. Place, of Carlton, died Tuesday morning, at Carlton, at one o'clock, after a lingering illness.
The family came here a short time ago from Wenatchee, and were living on an orchard tract near Carlton. The young mother is survived by her husband and two young children, and to them is extended the deep sympathy of the community in their irreparable loss. Funeral services were conducted yesterday at 2 p.m. from the Beaver Creek school house by J. L. Fulton and S. O. Pool, of the Church of Christ, interment being made in the Beaver Creek cemetery. Deceased was a member of the Church of God, in Wenatchee.
The Methow Valley News - Twisp, Washington - December 29, 1911


W. L. Plemmons
W. L. Plemmons, "Flu" Victim, Kills Himself
Uses Revolver During Brooding Spell
Deceased was Well Known Pioneer Rancher Living at Wakefield - Funeral Held Here
While suffering from an attack of the influenza and brooding, W. L. Plemmons, an old resident of the Wakefield district, reached for a 32-calibre revolver above his bed and shot himself through the temple Wednesday afternoon. Death resulted within a few minutes. Funeral services were held in this city Thursday. On account of the ban against public gatherings only a few intimate friends were permitted to be present.
Plemmons, a man of moody disposition, was taken sick Saturday, after returning from a trip to British Columbia. At the time of the shooting he was recovering, but it was thought that worries temporarily deranged his mind.
The deceased formerly owned a ranch on Brewster Flat, where he resided for some years. Recently however, he has been living on the old Albricht ranch at the foot of Ophir grade, leasing the property from the owner, J. Henry Smith, of this city.
He is survived by his widow.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - November 2, 1918


A. M. Polk  Added 07/05/07
Dr. A. M. Polk, Pioneer Physician, Is Dead
Call Comes Suddenly Saturday Evening.
Was Dartmouth Graduate and Had Been Resident of County Many Years.
Word of the sudden death of Dr. A. M. Polk at Winthrop Saturday evening about 7 o'clock was received here a few minutes later. Death was pronounced due to contraction of the blood vessels.
Dr. Polk was returning home after making a call, accompanied by Mrs. Polk. He complained of pains around the chest and throat, which were severe, but he was able to continue driving until he reached home, where he placed the car in the garage and as rapidly as possible went to bed. To his wife's suggestion that a doctor be called, the suffering physician replied that it was not necessary and he would let her know if he thought a doctor were needed later. A simple mixture he suggested to provoke vomiting gave little relief. A hot water bottle was then applied and patient remarked that it was a great relief. A few seconds later, while her attention was distracted from the doctor, Mrs. Polk turned, just in time to see her husband throw back his head with an expression of alarm and to see life depart.
Prior to his fateful trip, Dr. Polk had not complained of illness and was apparently in good health.
The deceased was 55 years of age. He was born in Maryland, educated at Dartmouth and took medical degree at Jefferson college. He located at Winthrop about four months ago, moving there from Conconully, where he practiced as a physician and conducted a drug store for about ten years. Previous to that time he practiced at Loomis and at an earlier date was located at Nespelem where he held an appointment as physician in the Indian department.
Dr. Polk left a widow and one child, seven years old.
Funeral services were held at Winthrop Sunday. Among the former Conconully friends who attended the funeral from here were J. F. Kane, Mrs. Mary Dillabough, Mrs. Jessie Funkhouser and Miss Helen Dillabough.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - September 17, 1918


Rosie Ann Powell  Added 11/15/06
Death Of Mrs. D. R. Powell.
Mrs. Rosie Ann Powell, wife of D. R. Powell, well known rancher living a few miles south of Oroville, died September 24, 1920. Death was the result of dropsy, from which she had been suffering for the past eight months. She was born at Beaver, Penn., October 31, 1862, and hence was aged 57 years, 11 months and 23 days. The deceased was married to D. R. Powell, October 26, 1882, and soon afterward the Powells moved to Farnam, Neb., where they resided for 18 years. In March, 1900, they came west to Washington and after being unsettled for a number of years finally located in Okanogan county. The deceased had been a member of the Church of God since 1891. She leaves a husband, eight children and a little granddaughter, who was making her home with the grandparents. They are D. R. Powell, Grace, Merise and Chalmers Powell and Mrs. Margaret Higley of Oroville, Mrs. Eunice Martin, of Steilacoom, Wn., Mrs. Pearl Bailey and Edwin D. Powell, of Yakima, and Mrs. Mable Moss, of Tonasket and Mrs. Blanche Barron, of Mulhall, Okla. The deceased was a christian lady, a loving wife, a devoted mother and a kind and sympathetic friend and neighbor. The death of Mrs. Powell brought sorrow to the hearts of many friends and acquaintances outside of the afflicted family, in which she was devotedly beloved and honored for her many sterling virtues. The heartfelt sympathy of all who know them goes out to the striken family in this time of their great and irrepairable loss.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - October 8, 1920

Charles Protzman  Added 01/05/07
Charles Protzman Passes In California Hospital
This community was called upon Wednesday to mourn the sudden and wholly unexpected death of one of its successful orchardists in the person of Charles Protzman, who, with his wife, were spending the winter in California on a motoring trip.
First reports of Mr. Protzman's death were not believed by his close friends as recent letters had told nothing but stories of good health and pleasant trips in the sunny southland but a telegram at noon dispelled all doubts that another worthy citizen had gone to his reward.
Meager reports at this time state that death was due as the result of an operation which accounts for the unexpected demise of Mr. Protzman at this time.
Mr. Protzman was one of the early orchardists of the project who passed successfully thru all of the early hardships of developments and won his chance at this, his first vacation in years, by close application, hard work and excellent management and while local friends deplore the fact that he was not spared longer to enjoy the fruits of this labor they feel glad that his last months were those of real pleasure.
The community extends its heartfelt sympathy to the wife and son who remain to carry on the work so well done by the husband and father.
The Omak Chronicle - Omak, Washington - February 11, 1921


Narcis Provo  Added 01/15/07
Passing Of A Pioneer
Born in California Eighty Two Years Ago Spent His Entire Life on the Pacific Coast.
Monday morning, July 31, 1922, Narcis Provo, one of the oldest pioneers of the Pacific coast, the state of Washington and Okanogan county, passed away in Oroville at the age of 82 years, 2 months and 7 days. The funeral took place Wednesday morning from the Episcopal church, Rev. D. Vincent Gray officiating. There was a large attendance at the church. The casket was draped in the American flag and was fairly buried in beautiful floral offerings. The pall bearers were six ex-service men, Jess Sexson, Frank Schultz, Ray Harding, Chas. McGinty, Roger Read and Gail Hanson.
The deceased has been in failing health for some time but the immediate cause of death was urennia. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, Mrs. R. B. Cunliffe, of Odell, Idaho; Mrs. J. C. Calahan, of Seattle; Mrs. R. J. Frank and Mrs. Minnie Oty of Oroville; and four sons, Leonard, of British Columbia; Edward of Oroville; Olen of Odell and Lewis of Seattle.
According to the death certificate, Narcis Provo was born in California May 3, 1840, and has spent his entire life on the Pacific coast. He came to Washington territory in very early days and served in the Indian campaigns in Washington territory during the years between 1855 and 1860. He lived in Okanogan county for many years, settling first on a farm in the Pine Creek neighborhood and coming to Oroville about the time of the construction of the railroad. There are few if any older pioneers of the Golden West than the late Mr. Provo, and if his life could be written with a record of the changes that he has seen take place, the narrative would be more interesting than any romance. The deceased was throughout life an industrious and upright citizen, a loving husband and father and a kind neighbor. He was a man without an enemy and numbered a multitude of friends among the residents of the county. It is given to few to live to such a green old age and go down to the grave so generally regretted.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - August 4, 1922




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