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Source: "The Newton Kansan", Newton, Kansas, Friday, August 7, 1987 edition, page 5A

"Alex Finsley, 91, 408 E. 5th, a retired Santa Fe Railway clerk, died today (Aug. 7, 1987) at Axtell Christian Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Petersen's Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Fred Spinder officiating. Masonic graveside services and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born July 23, 1896, in rural Newton, the son of Henry and Frances Cameron Finsley. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion, both of Newton, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

One sister, Eva M. Finsley, and two brothers, Ira Finsley and Joe Finsley, preceded him in death.

Friends may call all day Saturday and from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Petersen's Funeral Home."


Source: "Ravalli Republic", Ravalli, Montana, September 30, 1974

Mrs. Amelia D. Finsley, 77, a longtime resident of the Big Hole and Bitter Root valleys, died Friday afternoon at her home in Hamilton. Funeral rites were conducted this (Monday) afternoon at the Dowling Chapel. Pastor Robert Nickell officiated and burial was in the Victor Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 7, 1897, at Rolling Prairie, Ind., and moved to the Big Hole area as a young woman. She and Jessie W. Finsley were married in Dillon on June 3, 1918. The couple ranched in the Big Hole area until 1932 and later operated farms in the Missoula area and at Victor and Charlos Heights. They moved to Hamilton about 25 years ago. Mr. Finsley passed away here in 1958.

She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church here.

Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy Williamson and Mary Alice Gibson, both of Victor, and Ruth Taylor, San Jose, Calif.; one son, Ted, of Spokane; three sisters, Bessie Carpenter of New Carlisle, Ind., Helen Shippee of Laport, Ind., and Sophia Kintzele of Michigan City, Ind., along with 28 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild."

Source: "The Western News", Montana, October 2, 1974


Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at Dowling chapel for Mrs. J.W. Finsley, 77, of Hamilton who died at home Sept. 27. She had been troubled with a heart ailment. Pastor Robert Nickell officiated and interment was in Victor cemetery. Pallbearers were Mrs. Finsley's grandsons Charles and Benny Gibson, Bill and Don Williamson, Mark and Jeffrey Finsley.

Amelia Dorothy Tappan was born Sept. 7, 1897 at Rolling Prairie, Ind. Her marriage to Jesse W. Finsley took place June 3, 1918 at Dillon. They moved to Hamilton about 25 years ago and made their home on North Second St. He died here March 5, 1957. Mrs. Finsley was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Loren (Dorothy) Williamson, Mrs. LeRoy (Mary Alice) Gibson, Victor; Mrs. Earl (Ruth) Taylor, San Jose, Calif.; a son, J.W. (Ted) Finsley, Spokane; sisters Bessie Carpenter, New Carlisle, Ind.; Helen Shippee, Laport, Ind.; Sophia Kintzele, Michigan City, Ind.; 28 grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter."


Source: "The Evening Kansan-Republican", Wednesday, February 10, 1937 edition, page 5

"Anna Francis Finsley passed away at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon at Bethel hospital where she had been entered three hours before. Mrs. Finsley had been in somewhat frail health for several years, but was seriously ill only a few days with cancer of the bladder. She was past 77 years. She had resided at 517 Elm for 25 years.
She is survived by seven children, three of whom lived with her. They are Joseph E., Alexander and Eva Finsley.

The body will be taken from the Sprinker Mortuary to her home, Thursday afternoon. Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon at 3:30 at the First Methodist church, the Rev. Samuel W. Keller, officiating. Interment will be made in Greenwood cemetery by the side of the husband - who passed away a number of years ago."


Source: "Springfield Daily News", Springfield, Ohio, Tuesday, June 15, 1954 edition, page 15


Mrs. Anna F. Finsley, 64, of 2740 Dwight rd., died suddenly at 6:30p.m. Monday in her residence.

She had been a lifelong resident of Springfield, being born here on Aug. 9, 1889, a daughter of Michael and Sophia Brammer Thurner.

Mrs. Finsley was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, George E.; one son, Edward Michael; one grandson, Charles, one granddaughter, Sue Ann; two sisters, Mrs. Elsa Weber and Mrs. Frieda Enoch, both of Springfield, and one brother, Elmer Thurner, also of Springfield.

Her body was taken to Richards Memorial Home where services are set for 2:30p.m. Thursday. Officiating will be the Rev. Kay M. Glaesner, pastor of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Ferncliff Cemetery."


Source: "Dallas News", Dallas, Texas, Sunday, May 18, 2014 edition

'Chuck Finsley, longtime museum curator, dies at 75
Charles Finsley stood at the jaws of a Mosasaurus, whose fossil was found near Heath on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard in 1979.

Charles Edward “Chuck” Finsley had a passion for paleontology and a gift for teaching. He taught generations of students at the Dallas Museum of Natural History and unearthed numerous fossils, many of which are part of the Perot Museum collection. Finsley died Thursday at Methodist Dallas Medical Center of metastatic prostate cancer. He would have celebrated his 76th birthday Monday.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Byrum Funeral Home in Lancaster. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster, where he was married more than 49 years ago. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Kemp Cemetery in Kaufman County.

Finsley was a natural teacher, said his wife, Rosa Clark Finsley of Cedar Hill. “He was so wrapped up in science and so much wanted to share that,” she said. Parents who might normally drop their children off for a summer program at the museum would stay for Finsley’s presentations, she said. “He had all the mothers in there, too,” she said. “They didn’t go anywhere. They stayed for the class, they were as interested as the kids. ”

Finsley was born in Springfield, Ohio, where he began his long love affair with natural history as a 16-year-old at the Clark County Historical Society. Finsley worked his way through college as curator of the Springfield museum, attending Kenyon College and Wittenberg University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology in 1960. In 1961 he joined the Dallas museum staff. There, over the next 34 years he would hold titles including curator of education, botany and earth sciences, as well as general curator and interim director.

Mrs. Finsley, who had worked at the Dallas museum, was told “this isn’t a very rich area for fossils.” Her husband quickly changed the local attitude. “He proved that wrong,” she said. “He went out on every call that went into the museum during those 34 years and checked it out. That’s how he found all the things that are now down at the Perot Museum.” Finsley found the Trinity Mammoth, now at the Perot Museum, after a call from a gravel pit owner who said trucks were leaving his pit with bones sticking out the top. “He got out there and sure enough it was a mammoth they were digging up and hauling off with the gravel,” Mrs. Finsley said. Finsley recruited more than 100 volunteers to help recover and reassemble the mammoth.

Mrs. Finsley was director of the education programs at the Dallas Zoo when she was introduced to her future husband, who was in a similar role at the museum. “I knew how hard those programs are to do, and he was such a natural,” she said. “It just blew my mind; he was so good.”

In 1964, Finsley received a master’s degree in secondary education from what is now the University of North Texas. He did additional graduate studies at Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington and UNT.

His students at the museum ranged from children to college age. He appeared for years on local children’s television and led many field trips to West Texas and the Gulf Coast. He was especially proud that more than 100 of his former students went on to careers in science, his wife said.

In addition to his wife, Finsley is survived by a son, Gregory Scott Finsley of Westlake Village, Calif.; and a sister, Suzi Finsley-Gibbons of Richardson. Memorials may be made to the Charles Finsley Lecture Series at the Dallas Paleontological Society, P.O. Box 223846, Dallas, Texas 75222, or First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster.'


Source: "The Newton Kansan", Newton, Kansas, Thursday, December 21, 1978 edition, page 10

"Miss Eva M. Finsley, 77, 408 E. 5th, died Wednesday night at Axtell Christian Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Petersen's Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roger L. Todd and the Rev. John Brown co-officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

She was born May 7, 1901, in Newton, the daughter of Henry and Frances Cameron Finsley. She had lived in Newton all of her life and was a retired waitress. She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxilary, all in Newton. She is survived by one brother, Alex Finsley of the home. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joe and Ira.

Friends may call at the funeral home this evening and until noon Friday."


Source: unknown Alaska newspaper, 2000 edition

"Services to be Held Wednesday for Fred Henry Finsley, 78

Services have been scheduled for Fred Henry Finsley, a longtime Sitka resident who died Saturday at his home in Sitka. He was 78.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Charles Young officiating. Burial will follow at Sitka National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Fred Dunlap, Travis Beauchamp, David Thompson, Stephen Burrett, Robert Laguire and Edward Ludlow.

Mr. Finsley was born March 29, 1922, in Dillon, Mont., the son of ranchers Guy E. and Myrtle Z. (Smith) Finsley. He graduated from Forest Grove (Ore.) High School in 1939. He served in the U.S. Army, 41st Division, Infantry, from Sept. 4, 1940, until his discharge Sept. 30. 1944, as a sergeant. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater, and earned a Purple Heart. On April 18, 1944, he and Ruth James traveled from Forest Grove to Vancouver, Wash., to be married.

After his discharge he went to work as an accountant in the forest products industry. He worked first for Stimpson's Lumber in Forest Grove, and in 1955 began work for Clear Creek Logging Co. in the Eureka, Calif., area. When that company began operations in Alaska, he moved to Sitka, in 1960. He later worked for Larabee Logging, retiring in 1987.

He enjoyed sport fishing and gardening, and was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, serving for 15 years in search and rescue. He also was an active member of the United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth Finsley, Sitka; daughters Janet Livingston of Tucson, Ariz., Jean Thompson of Seattle, Christine Lee of Anchorage and Kathleen Finsley of Sitka; grandchildren JoAnn (Thompson) Burrett of Seattle, Hillary Dunlap of Juneau, Fred Dunlap of Anchorage, Travis Beauchamp of Everett, Wash., and Jessica Beauchamp of Sitka; and three great-grandchildren, Devyn House of Juneau, Shawn Beauchamp of Sitka and Katherine Burrett of Seattle. He also is survived by a brother, Virgil Brown of King City, Ore., and a sister, Hazel Soderberg of Portland, Ore.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Sitka Community Hospital Home Health Agency or the United Methodist Church of Sitka."


Source: "Springfield Daily News", Springfield, Ohio, Friday, November 11, 1955 edition, page 30


George Edward Finsley, 63, of 2744 Dwight rd., a machinist employed by the Morgal Machine Tool Co. on Wheel st., died at 1:35p.m. Thursday in City Hospital.

Mr. Finsley was admitted to the hospital Thursday morning after he became ill in his automobile as he was about to return home from work. He was assisted at the scene by emergency squadmen of the Fire Division.

A native of Ravenwood, W. Va., he was born Feb. 25, 1892, and was a son of George William and Cora Marple Finsley.

He had resided in Springfield virtually all his life.

Mr. Finsley was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Survivors are one son, Edward M. of Springfield; one brother, Clarence of Sebastopal, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Emma East of Springfield and Mrs. Nettie Powell of Dayton; two grandchildren, Charles and Sue Ann Finsley, both of Springfield.

His body was taken to the Woods funeral home where friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday. Services are slated for 3 p.m. Saturday, the Rev. Clifford D. Stearns, pastor of Lagonda Avenue EUB Church, officiating. Burial will be in Ferncliff Cemetery."


Source: Kepner Funeral Homes website (

"In Remembrance Of Gertrude Grace Finsley
January 29, 1931 - March 28, 2002

Age: 71
Birthplace: Short Creek, WV
Resided In: Wellsburg, WV
Visitation: March 30, 2002: 10 until time of service
Service: March 30, 2002: 1:00 p.m.
Cemetery: Short Creek Cemetery, Short Creek, WV

FINSLEY, GERTRUDE GRACE, 71, formally of Wellsburg, WV. died Thursday, March 28, 2002 in the Valley Haven Geriatric Center, Wellsburg.  She was the born on January 29, 1931 in Short Creek WV. the daughter of the late Leslie Walter and Lula May Cummins Finsley.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert W. Reid.  Friends will be received on Saturday, March 30,2002 from 10:00 a m until time of service at 1:00 p m at Kepner Funeral Home, Burke Chapel, 2101 Warwood Ave. Warwood with the Rev. Harry Pettini, officiating.  Interment in Short Creek Cemetery, Short Creek WV.  Personal condolences may be made to the family at"


Source: "Forest Grove News-Times", Forest Grove, Oregon, August 27, 1925 edition

"Funeral services for Guy E. Finsley, 44, farmer of Cornelius, were held at Hillsboro Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Besides the widow, Mrs. Myrtle Finsley, he is survived by three small children: Frederick H., Elizabeth, and Margaret. Interment was in the Hillsboro cemetery.

Born in Kansas, Finsley spent the greater part of his life farming in the states of Kansas and Montana. He had been in Washington county for the past four years.

The Rev. H.A. Deck officiated. Heart trouble was given as the cause of death."

Source: "Hillsboro Argus", Hillsboro, Oregon, August 27, 1925 edition, page 4, col 2

"Guy Finsley died Monday at home in Cornelius where he had lived the past 10 months. Born Kansas July 16, 1881. Survived by widow, 2 sons Frederick H. (no other name is given); daughters Elizabeth and Margaret Ruth. Also 3 brothers Jesse & Will, Jackson, MT; James of Long Beach, CA; 3 sisters: Mrs. A. M. Allerton, Portland; Mrs. Clara Caldwell, Seattle; Miss Bertha Finsley, Koch, MN.
Funeral yesterday at Bell's. Interred Hillsboro Cemetery."


Source: Kepner Funeral Homes website (

"In Remembrance Of Harry Finsley
February 08, 1912 - August 11, 2002

Age: 90
Birthplace: Short Creek, WV
Resided In: Wellsburg, WV
Visitation: August 14, 2002: 3-5 & 7-9
Service: August 15, 2002: 11:00 a.m.
Cemetery: Kadesh Chapel Cemetery, Wellsburg, WV

Finsley, Harry, 90, of Wellsburg, WV., died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002 in Valley Haven Geriatric Center, Wellsburg. He was born Feb. 8, 1912 in Short Creek, WV., the son of the late Martin and Lula Yater Finsley. He was retired from Windsor Power Coal Company.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Hickman Finsley; two brothers and five sisters. Surviving are a brother, Henry Finsley; three sisters, Bessie Horton, Thelma Dagmore and Clara Reid.

Friends will be received from 3-5 and 7-9 pm Wednesday at Kepner Funeral Home, Burke Chapel, 2101 Warwood Ave., Wheeling, where service will be held at 11 am Thursday with the Rev. Harry Pettini officiating.  Interment in Kadesh Chapel Cemetery, Wellsburg. Personal condolences can be sent to the family at"


Source: "The Evening Kansan-Republican", Kansas, February 16, 1932 edition

"Henry Finsley, 517 Elm, a retired farmer who had lived in and around Newton for the past 54 years, passed away at the Bethel hospital Monday evening at 7:00. His death was caused by the effects of a paralytic stroke which came upon him December 27. He was 77 years of age.

He is survived by his wife, who is ill at their home; a daughter, Eva, and a son Joe Earl, who live at the parental home; a son, Alex, who is working at Abilene, Kan., and a son Ira, who was a World war veteran and is at the U.S. hospital for veterans at Knoxville, Ia.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 at the Duff and Son funeral parlors with the Rev. Joseph Coe, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating."


Source: Kepner Funeral Homes website (

"In Remembrance of Henry Finsley
September 29, 1924 - February 19, 2003

Age: 78
Birthplace: Short Creek, WV.
Resided In: Short Creek, WV.
Visitation: February 21, 2003: 2-4 & 7-9 pm
Service: February 22, 2003: 1:00 p.m.
Cemetery: Short Creek Cemetery, Short Creek, WV.

FINSLEY, Henry, 78, resident of Short Creek, Wheeling, W.Va., died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003 in Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling. He was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Short Creek, the son of the late Martin and Lula Yater Finsley.

He was a retired watchman from Windsor Power Coal Co.; an Army veteran of World War II; and a Methodist. He was a member of Brooke County FOPA Lodge 7, Wellsburg, W.Va., the Warwood Veterans Association and VFW.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters. Surviving are his wife, Edna D. Ennis Finsley; sons, Junior Finsley and his wife, Alice, and Henry M. Finsley, all of Wheeling; a daughter Sue Carney and her husband, Lawrence, of West Liberty; sisters, Clara Raid and Thelma Dugmare, both of Wheeling, and Bessie Whorton of Blaine, Ohio; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received  2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Kepner Funeral Home, Burke Chapel, 2101 Warwood Ave., Wheeling, where service will be held at 1p.m. Saturday, with the Orion Hunter officiating. Interment in Short Creek Cemetery. Personal condolence can be sent to the family at"


Source: "The Newton Kansan", Newton, Kansas, Tuesday, September 21, 1976 edition, page 12

"Ira C. Finsley, 80, formerly of Newton, died this morning at the Veteran's Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, after a long illness.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Louis Dale officiating.

He was born April 6, 1896, in Harvey County, the son of Henry and Frances Finsley. He had lived in the Newton area most of his life. He was a retired chef and an Army veteran of World War I. He is survived by one brother, Alex, and one sister, Miss Eva Finsley, both of Newton.

Friends may call at Petersen Funeral Home Wednesday and until service time."


Source: "The Columbian", Clark County, Washington, Wednesday, July 14, 2003 edition

"Irma G. Finsley


A teacher who enjoyed shopping, crafts and travelling, Irma G. Finsley died of breast cancer Monday, July 14, 2003, at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital in Clackamas, Ore. She was 75.

Ms. Finsley got her master's degree from Southwest Texas State College and taught high school English and Spanish in several schools. She also was a member of Mill Plain United Methodist Church and enjoyed church activities and reading.

She was born Aug. 13, 1927, in San Marcos, Texas. She was raised and educated in Texas.

Her husband since 1953, Jesse, died in 1983.

Survivors include two sons, Mark of Tigard, Ore., and Jeff of Folsom, Calif.; her daughter, Laura Webb of Vancouver; two brothers, Jesse and Rudy Guerrero, both of San Antonio; three sisters, Zulema Wright of Bethesda, Md., Nelda Neuffer of Hawaii and Billie Ann Schreiber of San Antonio; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will start at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Davies Cremation & Burial Services is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to the American Cancer Society."


Source: "The Western News", Hamilton, Montana, March 12, 1957 edition

J.W. Finsley passed away at the family home, 701 N. 2nd, at 10:43 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 after a lingering illness.

Jesse W. Finsley was born in Wheeling, W. Va. Jan. 3, 1876. He lived in Newton, Kans. in his early youth. In 1897 he moved to the Big Hole Basin where he ranched for 35 years. He married Amelia Tappan at Dillon June 3, 1918. That year he served as state representative from Beaverhead county. He moved to the Bitter Root with his family in 1932, living since in Missoula, Charlos Heights and Hamilton.

Mr. Finsley is survived by his widow; three daughters: Mrs. Loren William and Mrs. LeRoy Gibson, both of Victor, Mrs. Roy Lancaster of Madera, Calif.; one son: S-Sgt Jesse W. Finsley Jr. who is stationed at Randolph Air Base, San Antonio, Texas; two sisters Mrs. Clara Wise of Dillon and Mrs. Bertha Macken of Rochester, Minn.; 24 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. There are several nieces and nephews including Mrs. Ruth Dart of Dillon.

Funeral services will be at two o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Dowling chapel. Rev. Harry Soloos will officiate and burial will be in Victor cemetery. Pallbearers will be four grandsons: Charles Gibson, Bill, Don and Dean Williamson and two nephews Miles and Joe Woodworth of Missoula.

Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Roberts, Wm. Christensen, Hans Pederson, James Muir, John Carroll and W.C. Wells. The Oddfellows Lodge will give their ritual service.

All members of Mr. Finsley's family are planning to come for the services with the exception of his daughter, Mrs. Lancaster and his sister Mrs. Macken."

Source: Dillon Tribune, Dillon, Montana, March 6, 1957 edition

Mrs. Fred Dart received word Tuesday that her uncle, Jesse W. Finsley, 82, a pioneer rancher of the Big Hole Basin, passed away March 4 at his home in Hamilton, Mont. He was born in January, 1875.

Survivors include his widow, Amelia, of Hamilton; son and daughter-in-law, Jesse W. Finsley, Jr., of San Antonio, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Gibson, Victor, Mont., and Mr. and Mrs. P. Alexander, Madera, Calif.; stepdaughter, Mrs. Loren Williamson of Victor; sisters, Mrs. Clara B. Wise, Dillon, and Mrs. Bertha M. Macken, Rochester, Minn., grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at Hamilton Saturday at 2 p.m."


Source: "Ravalli Republic", Hamilton, Montana, August 3, 1983 edition

"Jesse W. Finsley, 53, died early Tuesday morning at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash., following a lengthy illness. He was born December 11, 1929, in Missoula. He was educated at Missoula and Darby Schools. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired as a Master Sargeant in 1974.

He married Irma Guerrero, San Antonio, Texas, on June 6, 1953. For the past seven years, he resided in Colfax, Wash., where he worked for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of the Colfax Rotary Club.

Survivors include his wife in Colfax; two sons, Mark of Seattle and Jeffrey of Cerritos, California; one daughter, Laura Webb of Torrance, California; three sisters, Dorothy Williamson and Mary Alice Gibson, both of Victor, and Ruth Taylor in California; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Victor Cemetery with the Rev. Norman Moriss officiating. Military rites will be by the Hamilton American Legion. Dowling Funeral Home is handling the arrangements."


Source: "The Evening Kansan-Republican", Kansas, Thursday, April 26, 1888 edition, page 3

"The son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Finsley, of Pleasant township died yesterday and will be buried in Newton cemetery tomorrow at 10 o'clock a.m. Rev. Pattent officiating."


Source: "The Evening Kansan-Republican", Kansas, Monday, July 28, 1941 edition, page 2

"Funeral services for oJseph [sic] Earl Finsley, who died at 3 p.m. Saturday at Axtell-Christian hospital, will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist Episcopal church. The body will be taken this evening from the Morris mortuary to his late home at 517 Elm and [sic] remain there until the hour of the funeral. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery under the direction of Dick A. Morris.

Mr. Finsley's death occurred a few hours after he was found unconscious by the side of the road near Goessel, suffering from what officers said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head.

He was born August 14, 1893 in Harvey county, the son of Henry and Anna (Cameron) Finstley [sic], and was past 47 years of age. He had resided here most of his life, except for his service in the World War. Mr. Finsley was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post and the W.O.W. He had been employed for a number of years at the Goerz Flour Mills Co.

He is survived by one sister, Eva Finsley, of the home; two brothers, Alex of the home, and Ira C., of Knoxville, Ia; and two nieces, Venillia Ryan, now at the home here, and Mrs. Cecil Ayers of Blue Rapids, Kans."


Source: "The Evening Kansan-Republican", Kansas, Thursday, May 31, 1888 edition, page 3


Death is the promoter of multiplied sorrows in the family of Fred Finsley, of Pleasant township. The grim visitor has been relentless in his demands upon this afflicted family, having removed from a loving and affectionate household three bright and promising children within one short month, the second one being buried but yesterday, on which day the third, Laura Maud, aged 11 years, joined her sisters beyond the silent river. To-day all that is left of her brightness and beauty will be consigned to the tomb. Diptheria was the cause of death in each instance."


Source: unknown Oregon newspaper, May 7, 1983 edition

"M. Ruth 'Dutch' Harrington, 58, of Forest Grove died Saturday at her residence in Cornelius of an apparent accidental drowning. At her request, no services were conducted. A private cremation was held."

Source: unknown newspaper, May 1983


Margaret Ruth "Dutch" Harrington, 58, of Forest Grove died May 7, at her residence in Cornelius of an apparent accidental drowning. Private cremation was held.

She was born April 15, 1925 in Forest Grove, the daughter of George and Myrtle Smith Wise. She was educated in Forest Grove. She married Clyde O. "Tony" Harrington on Aug. 2, 1966 in Vancouver, Wash. From 1968 until 1975, they made their home in Minnesota. They owned and operated Dutch and Tony's Tavern at Wauna, Ore. until 1978, when they moved to Portland. Mr. Harrington died Aug. 10, 1980 and Mrs. Harrington had made her home in the Forest Grove area since then.

Survivors include a son, Neil Dames of Cornelius; a daughter, Mrs. Bob (Vickie) Topping of Portland; three grandchildren; two brothers, Virgil Brown of Beaverton and Fred Finsely of Alaska; and two sisters, Mrs. Gil (Jane) Nussbuamer of Phoenix, Ariz. and Mrs. Pat (Hazel) Soderberg of Alaska. A son, Gail Dames, died April 1, 1967.

Fuiten Mortuary of Forest Grove handled arrangements."


Source: "Dillon Tribune", Dillon, Montana, Sept 20, 1912 edition

Fatal Result of Accident That Occurred at Wisdom Monday Evening.
Gasoline Fires Her Clothing
The Victims Screams Attracted a Boy Who, Too Late, Renders All Possible Assistance.

Mrs. O.J. Woodworth of Wisdom was so badly burned Monday evening that she died Wednesday morning at a quarter past one o'clock.

In lighting a swinging gasoline lamp some of the gasoline leaked out and trickled down upon Mrs. Woodworth's clothing, becoming ignited when a match was struck to light the lamp.

Mrs. Woodworth's screams attracted the attention of a boy who was passing along the sidewalk. He rushed in and ran to assist the frantic woman, but she evidently did not realize what she was doing if reports are true, for it is said she fought him off as best she could at first. This she probably did fearing that the boy's clothing might catch fire, and she was willing to burn to prevent his suffering a like fate. Be that as it may, the youth succeeded in getting a blanket about her head, which was the only part of her person that escaped serious injury, and finally tore the blazing clothing from her so far as possible. The boy then ran for her husband, who was working at a store two blocks away, and medical attention was given as soon as possible. Mrs. Woodworth was alone in the house, except her two little ones, when the accident occurred.

A telephone message early Tuesday evening reported Mrs. Woodworth still alive, with little possibility of recovery, conscious, and, strange to say, not suffering - presumably because of the treatment given her.

The unfortunate woman will be remembered by many who knew her in Dillon, when she attended school here, as Alice Finsley.

The bereaved husband and children will have the sympathy of all in their sorrow."


Source: "The Evening Kansan-Republican", Kansas, Thursday, May 31, 1888 edition, page 4

"Minnie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Finsley, of Pleasant township, died yesterday and was buried today. She was nine years of age and died of diptheria. This is the second child that Mr. F. has lost within a month, which makes the blow much heavier. The parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends."


Source: "Brooke Review", West Virginia, November 18, 1999 edition

FINSLEY, Robert Lee, 69, of Wellsburg, died Sunday, November 7, 1999, in Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital and Geriatric Center. He was a retired coal miner with Valley Camp No. 1, a Baptist, and an Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Edna Davey Finsley; his parents, William Edgar and Mary Estella Hercules Finsley; a brother, Bill Finsley.

Surviving are three sons, Robert Edgar of Beech Bottom, Gregory Lewis of Pensacola, Fla., Mark Keith of Follansbee; four daughters, Sharon Lee Watson of Beech Bottom, Mary Katherine Adams, Cindy Lou Ostrosky and Vera Lynn Jones all of Wellsburg; a brother, Donald Norman Finsley of Bridgeport; a sister, Dorothy H. Hatfield of Wheeling; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Kepner Funeral Home, Burke Chapel, Wheeling. Interment in Short Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society."

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