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Okanogan County, Washington
Obituaries


Surnames W




WAGE, P. O.
WAGNER, Frank
WALLACE, Jesse C.
WALLACE, Mildred E.
WALLACE, Raymond L.
WALLACE-WHITE, Jodie C.
WALTERS, Anna
WEBBER, George W.
WEHE, Frederick P.
WELLER, Miles C.
WENTWORTH, Celia
WENTWORTH, Levi
WERLE, Philip
WHEELER, Mrs. James H.
WHEELER, Jennie
WHITE, Brian J.
WHITE, Jim
WHITLEY, Zerelda
WILCOX, Sarah C.
WILD, John C.
WILLIAMS, CLARA
WILSON, Jeremiah
WILSON, Oliva L.
WILSON, Pearl
WILSON, Quintin
WISE, John W.
WOODWORTH, Joel D.
WOODY, Mary E.
WORK, Mrs. L. L.
WORLEY, Malindy
WRIGHT, Mrs. E. E.
WRIGHT, Lottie May


P. O. Wage  Added 10/15/06
Obituary
On November 17th at 3 p.m., the funeral of Mr. P. O. Wage was held in Okanogan from the Okanogan Undertaking Parlors.
The late Mr. Wage was 65 years of age, being born in Norway in the year 1857. Coming from there to the states when a boy. He married in Salem, Oregon and lived there for a number of years, moving from there to Sunnyslope, Alberta, Canada, nineteen years ago. His wife died here in 1918, after which he decided to take up fruit farming and located near Omak, three years ago.
Of the thirteen children born to this union, twelve are still living to mourn their loss. Nine of them were present at the funeral as were also one son-in-law and one daughter-in-law. One daughter, Mrs. A. Normand, Jr., of Elsie, Oregon, and Wesley, of Tacoma, were unable to attend. There are also 12 grandchildren. The children present were: William and Arnel, of Jewell, Oregon, Martin and Miss Myrtle, of Sunnyslope, Canada, Mrs. E. P. Schoeppe, of Calgary, and Elmer, Pearl, Tommy and Ethel, who were residing here with the father. Three of the sons served in France during the late war. Martin and Dewey with the Canadian forces and Arnel with the American troops.
Mr. Wage's death was very sudden and came as a great shock to the family. Funeral services were conducted by Dean Herman R. Page, of Wenatchee.
The family wish to extend sincere thanks to the many kind friends for flowers sent and other kindnesses shown them.
The Omak Chronicle - Omak, Washington - November 30, 1972


Frank Wagner
Frank Wagner Killed
Frank Wagner, of the firm of G. M. H. Wagner and Sons, was hit by an auto on the streets of his home city, Chicago, last week Saturday and died Sunday in a hospital there.
Mr. Wagner was one of the best known apple salesmen from this community and was also one of the most trusted and liked. His trips out here were always a pleasure to those who met him and did business with him and his untimely death will be sorely felt in this whole North Central Washington district.
While Mr. Wagner had direct personal suppervision of the apple deal for his firm, the organization is so constructed that the same efficient management and stable policies will be continued without interruption.
In honor to their former chief, all operations of the G. M. H. Wagner and Sons ceased for one whole day this week.
The Omak Chronicle - Omak, Washington - May 18, 1922


Jesse C. Wallace  Added 03/15/07
Fatal Accident
Jesse C. Wallace Killed While Working in Mill
Prominent Citizen Struck by Flying Piece of Board and Death Comes within Twenty Minutes--Funeral to Be Held To-day
The town of Okanogan and surrounding community were plunged into a state of profound sorrow last Tuesday morning when it became known that Jesse C. Wallace, manager of the Okanogan Planing Mill & Box Factory, met with an accident in his mill on the river-front which resulted in his death.
Mr. Wallace and an employe of the mill named Cromwell were rip-sawing some lumber. In some manner one of the boards was caught by the saw and shot forward at a terrific speed, striking Mr. Wallace who was about twelve feet away, in the left side of the stomach directly below the heart. He was knocked backwards and fell to the floor. His son Earl who was near, ran to his side and with the assistance of Mr. Cromwell lifted the stricken man to his feet and started with him to their home, a short distance from the scene of the accident. Dr. Mintzer was summoned and arrived before the injured man reached the house. A hasty examination showed that the breath had been driven from the unfortunate man and the pulse was practically gone. Restoratives were applied and he appeared several times to rally, but lapsed into unconsciousness shortly and in twenty minutes from the time the accident occurred, death had come. He was conscious for a short time after being struck and suffered great agony for a few minutes, but soon appeared to lose all sense of pain and passed away very quietly.
Jesse Cyrus Wallace was born January 29, 1864, on a farm in Edgar county, Illinois, about 100 miles from Chicago, and died September 28, 1909. He grew to young manhood in the state of Illinois, coming west in 1883. He located near Walla Walla for short time, after which he moved to the at that time new town of Okanogan, situated about four miles from the present town of Waterville, which had not yet been established.
During the journey out west from his native state Mr. Wallace made the acquaintance of Mrs. Wallace, who was at that time Miss Jessie A. Soper. The chance acquaintance ripened into love and on August 3, 1884, they were unnited in marriage by Rev. Richard P. Corbaley. The ceremony was performed in a tent, and the contracting parties enjoyed the distinction of being the first couple married in Douglas county. The incident was duly recorded in the annals of that county.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Wallace returned to old Okanogan, where Mr. Wallace was engaged for some time in the grocery business. Later they removed to a ranch near Lake Chelan where they resided about ten years. Mr. Wallace was engaged in the planing mill business with M. T. Higgins for about a year at Lake Chelan, but sold out and conducted a saw mill in that vicinity for about three years, coming to Okanogan about two years ago.
Mr. Wallace was for several months prior to his death, manager of the Okanogan Planing Mill & Box Factory operating mills in Pleasant Valley and this city. Deceased was an energetic business man of noble worth and sterling character and in his death the entire community suffers the loss of a willing worker who was ever ready to assist in the upbuilding and development of the town and surrounding country. He had been a member of the M. E. church for a period of fifteen years and was one of the church directors and stewards in the local organization at this place. The deceased leaves a wife, two sons Clayton J. and Earl S. and an adopted daughter, Miss Gertrude, to mourn his sad death.
The funeral services will be held today, Friday, in order that Mrs. Lucinda Dunnington, of Walla Walla, a sister of the deceased, may be present. Rev. L. L. Hursey, pastor of the M. E. church at this place and Rev. W. J. Mitchell, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will conduct the services, which will be held at 10 o'clock in the Presbyterian church.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - October 1, 1909

The funeral of Jesse C. Wallace, who was accidentally killed in his mill on Tuesday of last week, occurred Friday last at the Presbyterian church. Rev. L. L. Hursey of the Methodist church and Rev. J. W. Mitchell of the Presbyterian church had charge of the services. Business was suspended in town at the hour of the funeral and the edifice was filled with sympathizing friends of the dead man and his bereaved family. Undertaken Higgins of Chelan, a former business associate of the dead man, conducted the funeral, bringing a hearse from Chelan for the occasion. The pall bearers were Charles Lindsay, A. M. Storch, Louis Bureau, P. M. Snider, F. C. Graham, C. J. Schaller.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - October 8, 1909


Mildred E. Wallace  Added 05/23/07
Mildred Evelyn Wallace
Mildred Evelyn Wallace, 81, of Bridgeport, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, in Wenatchee. She was born in Arkansas and moved to Washington state in the late 1940s. She moved to Bridgeport Bar in 1950.
Survivors include a daughter and two sons.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Barnes Chapel, Brewster. Committal service and interment will follow at Okanogan Valley Memorial Gardens in Omak. Arrangements are by Barnes Chapel, Brewster.
Abstracted from the original - The Wenatchee World - Wenatchee, Washington - May 10, 2002
Submitted by Ilene Jeffers


Raymond L. Wallace  Added 12/15/07
Raymond Leroy Wallace, 59, died Friday at Brewster following an extended illness. He was born Nov. 6, 1920. at Carthage. Ark. On Aug. 19, 1989 he married Mildred Evelyn Rogers at Fordyce, Ark. They moved to Bridgeport in 1944 and to Bridgeport Bar in 1951. Mr. Wallace was employed by Cashmere Orchards as a foreman.
Survivors include his wife, two sons and one daughter; three brothers, two sisters, and nine grandchildren.
Services were conducted Monday at 11 a.m. from the Barnes Chapel in Brewster with Rev. Ray Glessner officiating. Interment was in the Okanogan Valley Memorial Gardens at Omak.
Abstracted from the original - Quad City Herald - Brewster, Washington - January 31, 1980
Submitted by Ilene Jeffers


Jodie C. Wallace-White  Added 12/15/07
Jodi C. Wallace-White, 32 of Wenatchee, died Nov. 21, 2001 following a plane crash.
She was born to Garold (Gary) and Joanne Wallace of Wenatchee on Feb. 11, 1969 and grew up in East Wenatchee and graduated from Eastmont High School in 1987. Following high school, she attended Wenatchee Beauty School. She married Kerry Carveth on June 3, 1995 and together they had a son, Kameron Wallace Carveth, now age six. Jodi married Brian White on June 6, 1998 and they had one child together, Chandler Austin White, age 3.
Survivors include her children, one sister, one brother, two nieces, one nephew, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Wallace Manville, grandfather Raymond L. Wallace, grandfather Glen Day and great-grandmother Mildred Malone.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, 2001 at Wenatchee Free Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Telford's Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.
Abstracted from the original - The Wenatchee World - Wenatchee, Washington - November 30, 2001
Submitted by Ilene Jeffers


Anna Walters  Added 10/15/06
Mrs. Anna Walters, Pioneer, Called By Death
The death of Mrs. Anna Wallters of Spring Coulee occurred Tuesday afternoon at the home of her sister, Mrs. Dan Gamble, at Brewster. Mrs. Walters died from the effects of cancer, from which she had been suffering a long time. Five weeks ago she was removed to her sister's home.
Mrs. Walters was one of the pioneers of the Okanogan country, having come here in 1886 with her parents. Shortly after moving to this country they settled on the Spring Coulee ranch which has ever since been her home with the exception of a short period spent at Ashcroft, B. C. The parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Munson, are both dead and were buried in the Clover cemetery, where Mrs. Walters was also laid away Wednesday.
Deceased was born in Bishop, California, January 9, 1870. She came from Maine ancestry and was a relative of Longfellow, the poet. Her surviving relatives are Mrs. Joe Hill of Spokane and Mrs. Dan Gamble of Brewster, sisters; Willard Munson of California, Byron and Louis Munson of Okanogan, and Myron Munson of Alberta, brothers.
Funeral services were conducted at the Yarwood undertaking parlors in this city Wednesday afternoon under the auspices of the Christian Science church, of which organization Mrs. Walters was a member.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - July 12, 1919


George W. Webber  Added 06/21/07
Death Of An Old Timer.
The death of George W. Webber, pioneer of the Pine Creek section, occurred last Saturday in Tacoma. The body was brought to Okanogan Wednesday and the following day it was taken to Pine Creek by Undertaker Ed. Yarwood where the funeral was held in the Grange hall and interment made in the Pine Creek cemetery. Rev. C. R. Waite of Okanogan had charge of the religious services.
Deceased was 77 years of age and had lived in this county for some twenty-six years past. His wife died several years ago and the past year he has been living with relatives in Tacoma, where death overtook him. He is survived by four sons as follows: Bert, Richard and William of Pine Creek, Benjamin of Nespelem, and James of Tacoma.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - April 27, 1918


Frederick P. Wehe  Added 01/02/11
Death Of Major Wehe.
Saturday's Wenatchee World tells the following story of the death of one of Okanogan county's pioneer mining men:
Frederick P. Wehe, aged 85 years, son of John P. and Elmore Wehe, died near Oroville, on February 4, 1921. He leaves three sons, Albert F. Wehe, of Pasco; Eugene F. Wehe, Wenatchee; John E. Wehe, Oroville; and one daughter, Mrs. Mabelle E. Parr of Oroville.
Major Wehe, as he was familiarly called, was a member of Wolcat Post, G. A. R., Milwaukee, Wis. He went to the Okanogan country in May 1891, was engaged in prospecting and is well known in that county. He enlisted in the first call for three months in the Civil War, enrolling at St. Louis. He was in the battle of Camp Jackson and Booneville. On September 16, 1861, he re-enlisted in Company A, Second Missouri Cavalry, for three years. During these years he was in constant action in Missouri and Arkansas. He received two wounds in the battle of Little Rock.
His body will be shipped to Milwaukee, Wis., for burial.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - February 8, 1921


Miles C. Weller  Added 10/15/06
Miles Clifford Weller Passes Away
Miles Clifton Weller, who had suffered for the past six months from miliary tuberculosis, died at the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane on Sunday, Dec. 2, 1917.
He was born on a farm near Rockford, Mich., on Oct. 16, 1877 where he grew to young manhood. On Feb. 25, 1902, he was united in marriage at Grand Rapids, Mich, to Miss Edith L. Baker. In the spring of 1902 he took up a ranch six miles south of Molson, where he resided until his death.
In his youth he united with the Congregational church at Bostwich Lake, Mich., and transferred his membership to the Kipling Presbyterian church, about eight years ago.
To mourn his loss he leaves his wife, Mrs. Edith L. Weller, and four children. Blanch 14, Dorathy 9, and Platt 3 years old; one child, Letha, deceased, at age of 7 months. His aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mirza Weller, reside at Rockford, Mich.
He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Aita Rowland, of Grattan, Mich. Mrs. Effie Latta of Molson, and a brother, Charles, living near Rutland N. D., a cousin, Robert Weller of Kipling.
Mr. Weller was a true christian and held the respect and esteem of the entire community, and he has certainly gone to that bright home in heaven prepared for those who have lived up to the tenets of the Christian faith.
The Molson Leader - Molson, Washington - December 7, 1917


Celia Wentworth  Added 01/15/07
Death, Mrs. Celia Wentworth
Mrs. Celia Wentworth, widow of the late Levant Wentworth, died at the home of her son, John M. Wentworth, at Loomis, Saturday morning, and the funeral took place Sunday afternoon, Rev. Geo. H. Severance officiating. A large concourse of friends, neighbors and acqunintances followed the remains to their last resting place.
The death of Mrs. Wentworth was quite sudden, although she has been in failing health for some months. For the past three years the deceased has been a resident of Oroville. Last week her son took her over to Loomis so that he could have immediate care of her. Saturday morning while sitting in a chair talking to her son John, Mrs. Wentworth was taken with a sinking spell. Mr. Wentworth lifted his mother upon a bed and in a few moments she quietly breathed here last.
Mrs. Wenworth's maiden name was Meek, and she was born at Glostershire, England, February 15, 1839. She died March 30, 1918, and hence was aged 79 years, l month and 15 days. She was married to Levant Wentworth at Sioux City, Iowa, January 5, 1857. She crossed the plains with her husband and family in 1877, first locating at Walla Walla.
From Walla Walla the family moved to Conconully in 1888, and subsequently located at Loomis, where the deceased continued to live until the death of her husband, some three years ago, when she moved to Oroville. She was the mother of seven children, George Edwin, who lives in California; John Morgan, a resident of Loomis; Mary Jane, who died in childhood; Clara May, who was drowned on the Valencia some years ago off the coast of Washington while on her way from California to visit here mother at Loomis. This daughter was the mother of Ralph Wilkins, who was then a child, and whom the grandmother raised. Herbert Levant, residing in Nevada; Gertrude Ceila, who died while the family was crossing the plains; and William Uriah, a resident of Oroville.
The deceased was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. She was a most devoted wife, loving mother and a kind and generous friend and neighbor. Until age incapacitated her she was always active in charitable work, and she goes down to the grave mourned by a large circle of friends as well as by the surviving members of her family.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - April 5, 1918


Levi Wentworth  Added 01/15/07
Levi Wentworth died at his home at Loomis early Wednesday morning and was buried Thursday at 10 a.m., the Rev. Geo. W. Hurlbut officiating. The deceased was one of the oldest pioneers of Okanogan County both in years and time of residence, coming to the county 24 years ago, and the greater portion of that time was spent at Loomis.
Levi Wentworth was born in Chautauqua county, N. Y., July 5, 1830, and hence had reached the venerable age of 81 years, 9 months and 5 days. In 1856, becoming possessed of the western fever he moved to Minnesota, and from that state to Iowa the following year. In January, 1857, he was united in marriage at Sioux City, Iowa, to Miss Celia Meek, a native of England, who survives him. From Iowa Mr. Wentworth crossed into Nebraska, at a time when the country contained few settlers and was little known. At the time of the civil war the Indians commenced committing deqredations on the border, and in response to a call for soldiers Mr. Wentworth enlisted in the 2nd Nebraska cavalry with which he served in the Indian wars under Gen. Sully. After he was mustered out of the service in 1864, Mr. Wentworth again turned his face westward, moving to Colorado. There he resided until 1877, when the call of the west became too strong and he moved to Oregon, and from thence to Walla Walla. In 1888 he came to Okanogan couny where he has since resided.
There were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wentworth four sons and three daughters. The daughters are all dead, the last of the three going down in the wreck of the Valencia a few years ago when she was on the way from California to visit her parents. The four sons are John and William, living at Loomis, George living in British Columbia, and Burt, who resides in Idaho.
In the old mining camp in which he lived so long the deceased was a familiar figure, and while he had reached an age when the end must be expected at any time his death will be sincerely regretted. He was kindly and genial in his intercourse with fellowmen, a sturdy, law abiding citizen, and a pleasant and accommodaing neighbor.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - April 12, 1912


Philip Werle  Added 02/25/07
Philip Werle, Pioneer, Pine Creek, Called By Death
Philip Werle, one of the early settlers of the Pine Creek country, died Thursday at Conconully. Mrs. Werle was an Austrian by birth and came to America 30 years ago, locating first at Chicago and later living several years in Canada. In 1893 he moved to Portland and in 1900 to Okanogan county, taking up a homestead in Pine Creek. A short time since he retired from active farming and moved with his aged wife to Conconully. He was 72 years of age at the time of his death. Interment will be made in the Pine Creek cemetery.
Mr. Werle is survived by his wife and two sons, Philip, Jr., and Ludwig, of Butte, Mont.; and the following daughters: Mrs. Paul Toth of Portland, Mrs. Mike Welter of Butte, Mrs. Geo. Adams of Butte, Mrs. Hans Stalder and Mrs. John Zachman of Pine Creek.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - May 11, 1918


Mrs. James H. Wheeler  Added 5/29/06
Mrs. James H. Wheeler
The news has reached this office of the death of Mrs. James H. Wheeler, at Twisp, on last Saturday afternoon. The funeral occurring at 1 o'clock on Sunday afternoon. The Wheeler family is well known and highly esteemed, having resided in the Valley for the past five years. The deceased was born in Kentucky, but she and her husband moved to the west about eighteen years ago.
This good wife and mother left behind to mourn her loss her husband, three daughters and one son, the latter being an eighteen months old baby. The two older daughters were graduated from the Twisp High School under Prof. Dow, now of the Winthrop Schools, who attended the funeral.
The funeral service was largely attended, and was conducted from the M. E. Church, at Twisp, the sermon being delivered by Rev. I. B. Ricketts. Interment was made in the Beaver Creek Cemetery, in charge of E. M. Thomas, of the place.
The Methow Valley Journal - Winthrop, Washington - October 28, 1915


Jennie Wheeler  Added 01/15/07
Death Of Mrs. E. P. Wheeler.
Mrs. E. P. Wheeler died at Loomis Friday last, as a result of a paralytic stroke she suffered on the 6th of January. There were present at her bed side at the time of death her three children, Mrs. Robert B. Vail, and Arthur E. Wheeler, of Loomis and Miss Maude L. Wheeler, of DeSmet, Idaho. Services were held at Loomis Sunday, Rev. Robert Thompson officiating. The body was embalmed and shipped to the old home of the deceased, Whitingham, Vermont, for interment, and was accompanied by Mrs. Vail and Arthur Wheeler.
The maiden name of the deceased was Jennie Lind Wheeler, and she was born at Whitingham, Vt., in 1853, and thus was in her 59th year of her age. She was married to E. P. Wheeler, who came west some twenty-five years ago, and for the past twenty years has been mining on Mineral Hill, near Conconully. Mrs. Wheeler came west to Okanogan county some eight years ago, residing at the mine at Mineral Hill for a short time, and then taking up her residence with her children at Loomis, where she has since lived. On January 17, 1911, she was stricken with paralysis, but subsequently rallied and almost entirely regained her normal health. The second stroke came early in the present month. From the first it was evident that it would prove fatal. She received every care and attention that loving hands could extend, but she was beyond all earthly help, and gradually faded away until the end.
Mrs. Wheeler was a bright sprightly elderly lady, of a kindly, winning disposition, and she was held in high esteem by the people of the community in which she lived. Her death is sincerely regretted and mourned by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. About every resident of the town was present at the services Sunday to show their last respect to the memory of one who will be sadly missed and long remembered. A son, Arthur E., and two daughters, Mrs. Robert Vail and Miss Maude L. Wheeler, are left to mourn their loss.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - January 26, 1912


Brian J. White  Added 12/15/07
Brian John White, 38, his wife Jodi, 32 and their unborn baby girl, residents of Wenatchee, passed away in an aircraft accident Nov. 21, 2001.
Brian was born July 16, 1963 in Bellingham and lived in that area until 1975 when he moved with his family to Wenatchee. He graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1981 and spent a four-year tour in the Army, learning and maintaining helicopters. After the Army, Brian entered his successful career in Aircraft Maintenance and worked in Friday Harbor, Seattle, and Moses Lake before returning to Wenatchee, where he was most recently employed at Commander Northwest as their Director of Maintenance. Brian married Jodi Wallace of Wenatchee in 1998.
Brian is survived by his parents, three sons, two brothers, and one sister; his grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kevin Clark.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, Dec. 3, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Free Methodist Church, Pastor John Clark officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Park, East Wenatchee.
Abstracted from the original - The Wenatchee World - Wenatchee, Washington - November 28, 2001
Submitted by Ilene Jeffers


Jim White  Added 06/21/07
Funeral Of Jim White.
The body of Jim White arrived home on the train Friday night and the funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. The funeral will be conducted by the Okanogan Masonic lodge, of which deceased had long been a member. All members of this order are to meet at the hall at one o'clock sharp to prepare for the exercises.
J. W. White of Spokane arrived here Thursday. He is a brother of deceased and father of Vincent White, who has for some time past made his home with his uncle Jim. Clifford White of Cashmere, another son of J. W., came in Friday night on the train to attend the funeral.
Later information as to the death of Mr. White is to the effect that he was taken ill with pneumonia at Williston, N. Dakota, while on his way to Chicago with the Okanogan apple special. After three days in the hospital at Williston he died. Besides his brother J. W., of Spokane, Mr. White leaves a sister, Mrs. Connelly, of Devils Lake, North Dakota. He was 64 years of age.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - November 27, 1917


Zerelda Whitley
Brewster
Zerelda Whitley, 82, died at her home Dec. 13th.
She was born Oct. 20, 1912, to Grover and Zenith (Boussuot) Curtis in Brewster.
She married Lawrence E. Whitley May 31, 1929, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Survivors include three brothers, two sisters and a brother-in-law. She was preceded in death by her husband in December 1961, a son, two brothers and two sisters.
Services were held at the Barnes Chapel, Brewster, on Dec. 19 and interment followed at the Packwood Cemetery.
Abstracted from the original - The Omak Chronicle - Omak, Washington - December 21, 1994


Sarah C. Wilcox  Added 01/05/07
Sarah C. Wilcox, Early Okanogan Pioneer, Passes
Thursday evening at 8:30 another of Okanogan county's pioneers passed beyond with the death of Mrs. Sarah Katherine Wilcox at her home in this city. While she had been in failing health for some time, the immediate cause of Mrs. Wilcox's death was pneumonia, from which she had been suffering for four weeks.
The funeral service will be conducted this (Saturday) afternoon at the Baptist church in this city, by Rev. C. S. Treadwell, and the remains will be laid to rest in the Okanogan cemetery beside that of her husband, Charles A. Wilcox, who passed away several years ago.
Deceased was born in Tennessee April 25, 1837, and was therefore nearly 84 years of age at the time of her death. She was married before the outbreak of the Civil War to Isaac Coward, who died some years later. She came to Washington in 1885, arriving at Colfax, and later moved from there to Douglas county where she met and married Charles Wilcox in 1887. That year she and her husband moved to Okanogan county and took up a homestead at the foot of Green Lake, several miles west of where this city is now located.
In the spring of 1908 Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox sold their home and made a visit to Mexico where they visited Mr. Wilcox's son Walter for several months, later returning to Okanogan and erecting a residence in Murray Edition which has been her home since.
Deceased leaves to mourn her death, three step-children--Walter Wilcox of Portland, Mark Wilcox of Yakima and Lorena Langell of Yakima. Daniel Cloninger and John and Brown Cloninger of Malott, and Henry Cunningham of Riverside are nephews of deceased, and Mrs. N. C. Connor of Riverside, Vine Davis of Waterville and Mrs. Sarah Zwang of Republic are nieces.
Mrs. Wilcox was a member of the Baptist church which she joined in early life and to which she has been a consistent adherent throughout life.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - March 12, 1921


John C. Wild  Added 6/30/06
Obituary Notice
Some two weeks ago mention was made in this paper of the death in Kansas of J. C. Wild, a former resident of Oroville, who lived for a time on the farm now owned by Geo. I. Cole, to whom Mr. Wild sold the property. The following is an obituary notice that is taken from the Fredonia (Kan.) Herald:
"John Clarence Wild was born near Beatrice in Gage County, Feb. 21, 1868 and died of heart trouble, in Paola, Kansas, April 14, 1916, where he had gone for treatment, being at the time of his death a resident of Farmdale, in Wilson county, Kansas, where he combined farming with the mercantile business during the past four years. He spent his boyhood and youth in DeWitt, where he attended the public schools until 1887 when he attended the Wilber High school from which he graduated in 1888. He also attended the M. E. College at Bartley and the Normal college at Lincoln. He taught school in the Casper district south of Wilber, at Swanton, DeWitt and Holmsville, always with pronounced success. He went to Pierre, S. Da., in the early ninties and engaged a part of the time in store keeping. In 1913 he was married in that city to Miss Blanche Dorothy. To this union three children were born, Dorothy, Winifred and Wayne. He is survived by his wife, his three children, four brothers, Frank, J. A., Fred, Ray and one sister, Mrs. Alicia Bailey, and his mother, Mrs. Lizzie Wild. He had the misfortune while living in Washington to suffer a heavy loss from fire but notwithstanding this, his family is left in comfortable circumstances."
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - May 19, 1916


Clara Williams  Added 07/25/09
Mrs. Clara Williams Laid to Rest
The funeral services of Mrs. N. G. Williams were held at the Fraternal Hall Tuesday, February 24th, at 1 p.m., Rev. W. L. Singer delivering an impressive sermon. A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Marble, Mrs. Frank E. Seiner, and Geo. W. Sprouse, sang some beautiful hymns. The casket was covered with beautiful floral offerings from the schools, the Grange, the Aid Societies, and immediate friends of the family. The pallbearers were Messrs. E. F. Banker, E. A. Harriman, Chas. Dibble, J. P. Rader, P. L. Filer and W. F. Cumbo.
Mrs. Williams being of a cheerful disposition and lovable nature, had many warm friends who mourn her sudden demise. She was an ideal wife and mother and loved her home, although she was always interested in anything pertaining to the good of the public and was an active member of the different societies of the community. She was a patient sufferer and seldom complained. She was laid to rest in the Beaver creek cemetery beside her father, who preceded her in death about a year ago.
Clara Johnson was born at Spring Valley, Wisconsin, March 12, 1868, and died at Hot Springs, South Dakota, February 18, 1914, to which place she had gone for medical treatment.
She was married to Newton Grant Williams, June 6, 1891, at Helena, Mont. Shortly after her marriage, she and her husband came to the Methow valley and settled on a homestead near Winthrop, which has been the family home since. To this union were born three sons, Edward, Lee and Guy, and a daughter, Gertrude, whom with the husband, survive to mourn their great loss. Besides these, she is survived by her mother, two sisters and two brothers.
The Methow Valley News - Twisp, Washington - February 27, 1914


Jeremiah Wilson  Added 07/25/09
Civil War Veteran
Jeremiah Wilson, 83 years past of age, veteran of the Civil War, passed away at his home Monday evening, Jan. 24, following a lingering illness, death relieving his suffering. He is survived by his wife, and six children, his wife and daughter, Mrs. Ray, and son, J. E. Wilson, being at his bedside in his last sickness, besides several of his grandchildren.
Jeremiah Wilson was born in Indiana, Feb. 10, 1838, and was left an orphan at 2 years of age. At fifteen he moved to Table Grove, Ill., from which place he enlisted as a soldier in the Civil War, serving to the end. In 1868, he married Miss Rose A. Sterling of Table Grove, and to this happy union were born nine children, six of whom survive to mourn the loss of their father, being, Mrs. Nancy Ray and J. E. Wilson, of this place; Mrs. H. H. Nickell, of Walla Walla; Mrs. Florence McNeil, of Seattle; George B. Wilson of Spokane; and Garfield Wilson, Enterprise, Oregon. The family has been resident of this valley since 1900, settling on a homestead near Winthrop, and recently moving to Twisp.
Up to his last sickness, Mr. Wilson was of a bright and cheerful disposition, and very entertaining in conversation. His many friends will ever remember him with high esteem and affection.
Funeral services were held from the local M. E. church, Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, in charge of Undertaker Ralph Kenison, Rev. Miss Apel conducting the impressive services. The casket was draped with the national flag for which the departed had given so much, and the pallbearers were selected from the local post of the American Legion. The Rebekah sisters of Mrs. Ray attended in body. Interment was made at Beaver creek.
The Methow Valley News - Twisp, Washington - January 28, 1921


Oliva L. Wilson  Added 06/21/07
Death Of Mrs. Wilson.
Mrs. Oliva Louviga Wilson, wife of F. B. Wilson, business man of Monse, died Monday at the Okanogan General Hospital in this city after an illness of ten days. She was the victim of a typhoid epidemic that broke out at Monse recently and from which a number of persons are still suffering.
The funeral was conducted by Rev. Waite of the Baptist church at the Yarwood undertaking parlors in this city this morning at 11 o'clock and interment was made in the Okanogan cemetery.
Deceased was 24 years of age and was born at Myers Falls, this state, where she lived practically all her life until coming to this county a year ago last June, settling with her husband at Monse. Besides her mother, Mrs. Asphaugh, and her husband, she leaves to mourn her departure three brothers and three sisters.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - August 28, 1917


Pearl Wilson  Added 01/02/11
Pearl Wilson Killed In Auto Accident
Pearl Wilson, daughter of Mrs. Wm. Pooler of Conconully, died last week as the result of an auto accident. Particulars have not been received. The body is being shipped here and will be taken to Conconully for burial.
The young lady was 16 years old and was born at Conconully. At the time of her death she was staying with the family of Can. Sales, old time resident of Conconully, at Raymond, Wash., where the accident occurred.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - June 28, 1921


Quentin Wilson  Added 04/05/08
Wilson Funeral Sunday
The funeral of Quinton A. Wilson, who died in an army hospital at Williams Ridge, New York, last week, will be held here next Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Word was received by W. C. Wilson, father of the boy, that the body was shipped on the 19th, in which event it should arrive here Thursday.
The funeral will likely he held in the Auditorium as it is not likely that any church in town will be large enough to accommodate the crowd that will desire to pay respects to the lad who gave his life for his country. Rev. C. R. Waite of the Baptist church will conduct the religious ceremony. The Okanogan Home Guard company will act as an escort to the body and fire a volley at the grave.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - January 22, 1918


John W. Wise
John Wise Dies of Injuries
As a result of his encounter with an angry stallion on the evening of July 5th, John Wise died Tuesday night after a lingering illness, during which time he has at no time been himself.
The direct cause of death was diagnosed as a clot on the brain which it was impossible to remove while Mr. Wise has been up and around part of the time since the accident, yet he has not been well at any time.
John W. Wise was born in Harrison county, Iowa, March 15th, 1871. He came to the state of Washington with his parents at the age of seven years and has been a resident of the state every since. He leaves to mourn their their loss a wife and two sons besides a father, mother, six brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held at the family home Thursday morning, Rev. C. J. Boppell officiating, and interment made in the Omak cemetery.
The Omak Chronicle - Omak, Washington - August 29, 1919


Joel D. Woodworth  Added 5/14/06
Another Pioneer Gone
Judge Joel D. Woodworth, of Chesaw, died at his home Wednesday of last week after an illness of several months. The deceased was a pioneer of the Pacific coast, crossing the plains to California in 1860. He located at Chesaw in 1899, and was widely and favorably known throughout the northern part of the county. He was a man of sterling character, enjoying the confidence, respect and esteem of his neighbors. He was born in the state of New York in 1841. He was married in 1873, and eight children were born to him, all of the family preceeded him to the grave except the three youngest boys.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - May 24, 1912


Mary E. Woody  Added 10/15/06
Mary Elizabeth Woody.
Mary Elizabeth Woody, wife of O. P. Woody and mother of O. H. Woody, publisher of the Independent, died Tuesday evening at 6:30 o'clock at her home of Fifth avenue. Death was occasioned by a complication of ailments from which Mrs. Woody had been a sufferer for 21 months, during a large part of which time she was confined to her bed.
All that special medical treatment and family care and devotion could do for the patient was done, and life was undoubtedly prolonged many months by the braveness and remarkable fortitude shown by Mrs. Woody herself. Her long suffering was born with unalterable cheerfulness and courage. Time after time she roused from serious sinking spells, though each time she must have spent of her waning strength and realized the hopelessness of recovery.
Had she lived but a few days longer, Mrs. Woody would have celebrated her 67th birthday. At the time of death she was 66 years 11 months and 22 days of age. She was born in Perry County, Ohio. She was married to Oliver Woody in Kansas in 1877, and the family came west to Washington 31 years ago and made their home at Lynden.
After a residence of several years in Lynden, the family moved to Bellingham, where Mr. Woody was connected with the police department for 12 years. During part of the time he was chief of police. About nine years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Woody moved to Okanogan.
The living relatives are the husband, O. P. Woody, two daughters, Miss Mabel Woody and Mrs. Walter E. McHugh, and a son, O. H. Woody. Several brothers and sisters are living in Kansas and one brother resides at New Westminster, B. C. Mrs. J. R. Taylor, a sister of Palmer, Kansas, was here for several weeks, and only reached her home last week. A brother, J. H. Dowd of New Westminster, was also here on a visit recently.
Bravely facing the inevitable, Mrs. Woody calmly discussed with her family the plans for burial. At her request her remains were preserved in a vault at the Wenatchee Mausoleum. A short private family service was held at the residence Thursday morning and the remains were then sent by train to Wenatchee, while the family went by auto.
The deceased was raised a member of the Catholic church and remained faithful to the church throughout her life. The services both here and at Wenatchee were conducted by Rev. Father P. C. Tritz of Okanogan.
Following the funeral services at Wenatchee, O. P. Woody and Miss Mabel Woody left for New Westminster and Bellingham to visit relatives. Mrs. Woody will return in a few days, but Miss Woody will remain for an indefinite time to recuperate from the arduous task of nursing her mother.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - August 27, 1921


Mrs. L. L. Work  Added 01/05/07
Mrs. L. L. Work, Esteemed Pioneer Woman, Is Dead
Mrs. L. L. Work, one the estimable pioneer women of the Okanogan country, died Sunday afternoon at the home of her brother, Bert Batie, in the Methow Valley. Mrs. Work had been ill for more than a year past and for a time received treatment in a hospital in the east, but some months ago came west and lived for a while with her daughter, Mrs. S. B. Starrett of Oroville, and recently went to visit her brother.
Mrs. Work lived for a number of years at Conconully during the early history of that town, when her husband conducted a bank there. Later Mr. and Mrs. Work moved to Oroville where they remained several years, and subsequently located in New Jersey. At the outbreak of the war her husband enlisted in the Y. M. C. A. War Service and went to France where he still remains. Her son, Kenneth, a lad of about 18 years, is in a naval training school in the east. Two daughters, Mrs. S. B. Starrett and Miss Carol Work, live at Oroville.
The funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at the Batie ranch home and interment was made in the old Silver cemetery, a pioneer burying ground of the Methow valley. Rev. Derby, Methodist minister of Winthrop, conducted the services and the pall bearers were pioneers of that section.
Those from Okanogan who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Whitworth and Mrs. E. K. Pendergast.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - April 22, 1919

Death Of Mrs. L. L. Work.
The sad news reached Oroville Sunday of the death of Mrs. L. L. Work at the home of her brother, Bert Batie, a resident of the Methow valley, where she has been living for some months. For the past year or more Mrs. Work had been in failing health, and hence her death was not a surprise, yet none the loss painful to her old friends throughout the county.
The deceased was a pioneer of the county, having lived for a number of years at Conconully, where her husband was engaged in the banking business. Mr. Work moved to Oroville and some two years ago left for the east to make his home with his family. Shortly after going east Mrs. Work was taken ill. For a time she was in a hospital, but came west after gaining some strength and made her home with her brother.
Mr. Work is in Paris at the present time, having enlisted in the Y. M. C. A. service. Her son, Kenneth, is in a naval training school. Her two daughters, Mrs. S. B. Starrett, Jr., and Miss Carol, are residents of Oroville.
Mr. and Mrs. Starrett, Jr., and Miss Carol Work, accompanied by Mrs. Chas. T. Peterson left Monday morning for the home of Mr. Batie, and the funeral was held that afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. Derby of the Winthrop Methodist church.
During her residence in Oroville, Mrs. Work won the esteem of all with whom she came in contact. She was a gentle, refined and loveable lady, a devoted wife, a loving and self-sacrificing mother, and a kind and sympathetic neighbor. During her many years of residence in Okanogan county she made a vast number of friends who sincerely mourn her death. The sympathy of those friends are extended to the family in this time of their great affliction.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - April 25, 1919


Malindy Worley  Added 8/07/06
Death Of Mrs. Worley.
Mrs. Malindy Worley wife of Harley Worley died Tuesday morning at her home west of town. Funeral was held Wednesday at the Baptist church in this city Rev. David Brown officiating.
Mrs. Worley was one of the few colored residents of this section of country. She came here nearly twenty years ago and with her husband settled on a homestead which later was watered by the government project and became very valuable. They sold out and went to their native state, North Carolina, where they remained a few years and then returned to Okanogan.
Deceased was 43 years of age and is survived by her husband and a sister, Mrs. Dellia Berry of Columbus, Wash., who was present at the funeral. She has been a life-long member of the Baptist church.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - March 27, 1920


Mrs. E. E. Wright  Added 03/15/07
Mrs. E. E. Wright Died in Minnesota on June 20
Last Thursday Robert L. Wright received news of the death of his mother, Mrs. E. E. Wright, at Wayzata, Minn. Mrs. Wright died on June 20 at the home of her son, H. B. Wright, whence she had gone from Okanogan but a few weeks previous in company with her daughter, Miss Ethel. The news of her death came as a shock to her relatives and many friends here who had not even learned of her illness, which was quite brief.
Deceased had celebrated her 70th birthday five days previous to her death. Her relatives in Okanogan county where she had lived for a number of years, are her son, Robert L., and her daughters, May, Ethel and Mrs. Emmett George. In the east there are two daughters and a son--Mrs. O. H. Moon, of Minot, N. D.; Mrs. A. V. Bailey, Clinton, Minn.; and H. B. Wright, Wayzata, Minn.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - July 4, 1908


Lottie May Wright  Added 02/25/07
Death of Mrs. Wright--Although the very serious illness of Mrs. R. L. Wright for some weeks past had to some extent prepared this community for the announcement of her death, still the announcement when it came was considerable of a shock, as all had hoped she might yet recover. The death occurred at the present family residence, on the Joyce place, Johnson Creek valley, on April 4, 1907, at 6 p.m. The funeral services were held at the Central School House, Pogue Prairie, at 12 o'clock, Sunday, April 7th, a very touching sermon being preached by Rev. C. J. Boppell, of the Presbyterian church, of which deceased was a member. Interment was made at the Riverside cemetery. One of the largest funeral corteges ever seen in the county evidenced the esteem in which deceased was held and the warm sympathy of the community toward the bereaved relatives. Lottie May Dickie was born at Wayzata, Hennepin county, Minn., October 8th, 1874, where she continued to live until and after her marriage to R. L. Wright, July 9th, 1906. Mrs. Wright was a member of Sweet Clover Camp, No. 2346, Royal Neighbors, at Wayzata. She leaves her husband and one child, Bernice, aged nine years, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Dickey, at present in Minnesota, here sisters, Mrs. Anna Hursh, of Long Lake, Minn., Miss Ida Dickey, of Wayzata, and a brother, U. M. Dickey, of Fairbanks.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - April 12, 1907





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