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Ames, William Elder
Brewer, Edward L.
Corber, Washington E.
Damascus, Gust J.
Gierke, George E.
Heitzman, Mrs. Barney
Hooker, Mrs. Charlotte
Hunter, Edward F.
Kittenger, Mrs. Charles
Larson, Ralph H Pvt.
Leon, Carl L. Sr.
Long, Walter M.
MacDonald, Mary M.
Manson, George M.
Mauger, Mrs. Frank
Palmer, Erven H.
Preston, Mary G.
Sexton, Rev. Lydia Casad
Shaw, Jerry M.
Smith, Charles J.
Thompson, John G.
Volberding, Ivy C.
Volberding, Noel K.
Wagner, Mrs. Sophronie
Certificate of Death
Place of death: King County Hospital, Seattle, King
Length of stay in this place: 40 years
Usual residence: 743 Kenyon, Seattle, King Co.,
Male, White, Married, 87 yrs, Sawmill Worker
Date of death: May 25, 1956
Date of Birth: Dec. 19, 1868-Sedalia, Missouri
Father: William R. Purkapile
Mother: Mary Marshall
Cause of Death: Bronchopneumonia
Antecedent causes: O--------tee Heart Disease
Burial: 5.28.1956 Wash. Memorial Park, Seattle,
Ralph Goodard, the seven year old son of
Mrs. Thomas Bruist, died on Monday, September 30, 1907, at the home
of his mother in Seattle. The body was brought here on Wednesday and
the funeral services were held at the Baptist Church on Thursday,
Rev. H.S. Black having charge. Interment took place in the
Washington Lawn cemetery.
October 3, 1907,
Centralia Chronicle, Centralia, Washington
JUDGE HUNTER IS DEAD
Pioneer Who Presided on the Superior Bench of
Lewis and Pacific Counties
Judge Edward F. Hunter, 81 years old, at one time presiding
judge of the superior court of Lewis and Pacific counties, died at
the Wayside Emergency hospital, at Seattle, Friday afternoon, three
minutes after he was taken there from the Kenneth hotel, where he
had been stricken with an attack of heart trouble. Judge Hunter had
resided in Seattle for the past five years, residing part of the
time at the Seattle hotel and the remainder of the time at the
Kenneth. He had been a resident of the state for twenty-one years,
coming here from Lancaster, Ohio, in 1886. Until five years ago he
lived at Chehalis, where he practiced law and was prominent in
Judge Hunter's early home was at Lancaster, Ohio, where
his father, Harry Hawkins Hunter, was prominent in republican
politics and was very wealthy. In 1849 Judge Hunter joined the rush
of gold hunters to California and made a fortune in the early days
of that state. In the sixties he returned to Ohio and took a
position in his father's law office, who was at that time
prosecuting the famous coke(?) cases against the Baltimore & Ohio
railroad. These suits dragged through the courts for eighteen years.
At the death of his father, Judge Hunter took charge of the
prosecution, and the bringing of the suit to a successful close won
for him considerable fame. At that time Judge Hunter was very
wealthy, but last much of his fortune disappeared, and he came to
Washington, opening a law office in Chehalis in 1886.
From his first residence in the state he took an active
part in politics, and for years was a power in the republican ranks.
In the nineties he was elected presiding judge of the superior
courts of Lewis and Pacific counties. He was afterward elected for
another term. He practiced law for a few years after leaving the
bench but retired six years ago because of his advanced years and
five years ago he moved to Seattle.
He had been remarkably active for a man of his years
and was on the street Thursday Friday morning he was unable to
rise from his bed and a physician was summoned. He soon lost
consciousness and in the afternoon was taken to the Wayside
Emergency hospital, where he died three minutes after he was taken
from the ambulance.
He leaves a son and two daughters. The son is Harry
Hunter, a well known Pacific coast mining engineer, with
headquarters in Salt Lake City at present, but who was formerly well
known in the Alaskan fields. At present he has interests in Nevada
mines. The two daughters reside in Austin, Texas. A grandson, Lester
A. Hunter, lives at 543 Twenty-third avenue south. Two sisters
residing in Lancaster, Ohio, also survive Judge Hunter. -Bee Nugget
November 9, 1907, Centralia
Chronicle, Centralia, Washington
JERRY M. SHAW DIES IN SEATTLE
Was Born Near Ogden and Lived in Perry Several Years Before Moving
According to word received here today funeral services
were held Monday in Seattle, Wash., for Jerry M. Shaw, former Ogden
and Perry resident, who died there Sunday at his home at 2342 North
62nd St. Mr. Shaw had been bedridden for the past two years because
of a heart ailment. Last Saturday he sustained a broken hip and died
the following day. He was 81 years of age and was a retired
Funeral services were held at Green Lake Funeral home
with the Rev. Walter Wheeler. Assembly of God church pastor and
grandson of Mr. Shaw, officiating. Burial was in Acacia Memorial
Musical selections were furnished by Harold Sorbo, who
sang "Rock of Ages" and "In the Garden," accompanied by Viola
Casket bearers, grandsons and grand sons in law of Mr.
Shaw, were Claude Hatch, Jr., William Alexander, Jr., Gene
Alexander, Charles Buckingham, Robert Alexander, and Ernest
Mr. Shaw was born near Ogden May 2, 1860 and moved to
Perry about 1910. He moved to Seattle in 1923 where he had since
Surviving are his widow, Harriet; three daughters, Mrs.
Pearl Alexander, Bridgeport, Wash., Mrs. Mettie Tolliver, Ogden,
Iowa; and Miss Opal Shaw, Seattle; two sisters, Mrs. Maude Horns,
Fort Dodge, Iowa and Mrs. Ida Cartwright, Council Bluffs, Iowa; a
brother in Missouri, and a cousin C.H. Boblet, Perry.
Chief Advertiser, Perry Iowa November 20, 1941
R.A. Jones, the Chief Justice of Washington
Territory, died at Seattle, W.T., recenlty from a complication of
lung and kidney troubles, aged fifty eight years. The body was taken
to Rochester, Minn., for burial.
Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison Kansas August 20,
A FATAL HOTEL FIRE
By Telegraph to the Gazette
Seattle, W.T., March 20-Fire this morning at 3 o'clock
destroyed the Oriental hotel building. The house was filled was
guests. Eric Johnson, a Swede, aged 35, was burned to death. Mr. J.
Jobin and Edward Downey were injured. Ten others were severely
injured by jumping from the building but none fatally.
The Daily Gazette, Fort
Wayne Indiana March 21, 1885
John G. Thompson, U.S. special timber
agent, died at Seattle, W.T., yesterday, his disease being of the
heart. The immediate cause of his death was exposure to the weather
in the discharge of officials. Thompson was one of the most noted
politicians of the State of Ohio; he was several times a member of
the State Legislature, was Sergeant-at-Arms of the U.s. house of
representatives, and was a political lieutenant of Senator Thurman.
He was 50 years of age, and leaves a family in Columbus, Ohio, to
whom his body will be sent.
Daily Nevada State Journal, Reno Nevada February
NUMBER OF PERSONS KILLED AND INJURED AT A HOTEL FIRE
Portland, Ore., March 20-Early yesterday morning the Oriental
house at Seattle, W.T., was discovered to be on fire. The flames
spread rapidly, enveloping the whole building, three stories high.
The hotel was filled with lodgers, who were rescued with a great
difficulty, many throwing themselves from upper windows. Following
is a list of the casualties:
Eurich Johnson was burned to death
Mike Tobin was killed by jumping from a third story window.
Ed Downey was terribly burned and will die
Olef Otteson and J.B. Moer were severely burned, but may
Twelve others were more or less injured. Loss on hotel,
Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur Illinois March
Tragic Death of Clinton Hesser
Mr. and Mrs. John Murran have received the news of the tragic death
of their son-in-law, Clinton Hesser, which occurred recently at
Seattle, W.T. Hesser lived in Decatur six years ago, and was well
known about Monticello and Bement. He married Rachel Murran, who is
now a widow with three children. The family moved to Seattle two
years ago. Hesser was a night watchman by occupation and was asleep
at his home when he met his death. Two men were engaged in cutting
down a tree near his dwelling. It fell in a contrary direction and
struck the corner of Hesser's house. It was a tree three feet in
diameter. It crushed the corner of the house and struck Hesser in
his bed, smashing his head beyond recognition. Mrs. Hesser was out
of the house after a pail of water, but the three children were
inside unhurt. Hesser was 27 years of age and a native of Frankfort,
Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur Illinois January
Schaeffer, a Bohemian who was arrested at Seattle, W.T., for
attempting to commit a criminal assault on the wife of James Boydola,
and afterward blowing up Boydola's house, killing the woman and her
daughter, was lynched Monday night.
Decatur Republican, Decatur
Illinois January 10, 1889
The remains of Mrs. Charles H.
Kittenger, nee Conrad, arrived at Wilmington, Del., on Monday night
for burial from Seattle, W.T., where she died of puerperal fever on
June 9. Mrs. Kittenger was married in Wilmington just about a year
ago, and was the youngest sister of Henry C. Conrad of that city.
Two of her sisters died under similar circumstances. One of the
sisters was the wife of John W. Grace, of Baltimore, and the other
was the wife of Henry D. Cranor, now of Wilmington, but formerly of
Bohemia Manor. Mr. Conrad and his sisters are well known in this
county, where until lately he owned valuable real estate.
Denton Journal, Denton Maryland June 25, 1887
Mrs. Charlotte Hooker
Word has been received here of the death of Mrs.
Charlotte Hooker, of Seattle Wash., which occurred on April 26. Mrs.
Hooker, wife of Charles Hooker, of Seattle, was a former resident of
Surviving are her husband, a sister, Mrs. Lavina Low,
Warrensville. The late Mrs. Margaret Kimble, of this city, was a
sister of Mrs. Hooker.
Funeral services were held in Seattle with the rector
of the Seattle Trinity Episcopal Church officiating.
Gazette Bulletin, Williamsport Pennsylvania May 5,
The body of a woman found drowned at
Seattle, W.T., has been identified as that of Mrs. Frank Mauger. Her
first husband, Chauncy Van Schaack, is a wealthy merchant of San
Francisco. Opium smoking drove her to suicide.
Indiana Progress, Indiana Pennsylvania Feb. 1,
Owing to the failure of a brake of a cable
car at Seattle, W.T., ran down hill at great speed and threw out the
passengers, killing Mrs. Sophronie Wagner, of Chadwick Neb.
Indiana Progress, Indiana Pennsylvania May 22,
Richard Russell, of 500 Central avenue received a telegram yesterday
conveying the sad intelligence of the death of his son Thomas, at
Seattle, Washington. The deceased was a popular young man with hosts
of friends and acquaintances in this city who will be pained to hear
of his death, and who sincerely sympathize with the members of the
family in the grief that has come so suddenly upon them.
Mr. Russell was a machinist by trade and left Decatur for Seattle about a
year ago. His death was caused by pneumonia, and he leaves a widow
and two children. The widow is a sister of Peter J. Dempsey, of this
city. In this city his parents, two brothers, Conductor J.R. Russell
and Frank Russell, and two sisters, Misses Alice and Nora Russell,
The remains will probably be brought to this city for interment.
March 19, 1891 Review Decatur Illinois
In Seattle, March 7, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert
CAMPBELL, Mrs. Mary G. PRESTON, aged 79 years, 9 months and 26 days.
Morning Oregonian, Portland Oregon March 8
Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Robyn Greenlund
(Associate Press by Federal Wireless)
SEATTLE, Washington, Jan 1 - Alice Ball, instructor at the College
of Hawaii, died today at the home of her parents here. Her illness
began last March when she inhaled chlorine gas while giving a
demonstration to her class.
Miss Alice Ball became ill last spring and returned home but came
back again this fall. She broke down after a short time. At the
college this afternoon it was stated that it is doubted if inhaling
the cholrine gas was the direct cause of her death believed that
there were other causes contributing to her breakdown. She came to
Hawaii from the University of Washington and had been here about two
years. On the advice of physicians the college sent her home in the
hope she would recover from an illness entirely apart from the
effects of the gas.
Honolulu Star Bulletin, January 1, 1917, Page 1,
Former College Teacher of Hawaii Dies on Coast
Seattle, January 1-Alice Ball, instructor at the
College of Hawaii, died today that the home of her parents here. Her
illness began last March when she inhaled chlorine gas while giving
a demonstration in her class.
Honolulu Commercial Advertiser, January 2, 1917
Washington State Board of Health
Certificate of Death
Place of Death: Seattle, King Co.
2401 East Union St.
Alice A. Ball
Female, White, Single
Born July 23, 1892-24y 5m 8d
Born at Seattle Washington
Father James P. Ball Born Ohio
Mother Laura L. Howard Born Ohio
Date of Death Dec. 31, 1916
I hereby certify, That I attended deceased from Oct. 31, 1916 to
Dec. 31 1916 that I last saw her alive on Dec. 31, 1916 and that
death occurred on the date above at 5 a.m.. The cause of death was
as follows: Removal of tonsils excessive 2 years ago, inhalation of
chlorine gas two years ago
Contributory-Chronic Asthma for 2 yrs.
Signed: Frank Brooks Jan. 1, 1917 Arcade Bldg.
Where was disease contracted if not at place of death: Honolulu
Cremation Jan. 2, 1917
Ball-At the family residence, 2401 East Union St., November 2, 1924,
Estelle Victoria Ball, aged 68 years, sister of the late James P.
Ball and aunt of William T.C. Ball.
Funeral services at the parlors of Bonney-Watson Co., today,
Tuesday, at 3 p.m. Friends invited. Cremation.
Seattle Post Intelligencer, Seattle Washington
November 4, 1924
Ball-210 23rd Ave N., Sept. 28, Laura Ball. Services at Bonney-Watson
Co., Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Seattle Times, Seattle
Washington Sept. 30, 1945
AN ACCIDENT CLAIMS JUDGE
Seattle Judge Killed By Hunting Accident
Bellingham, Wash., July 19
Superior Judge Prigmore, of King County, while on a hunting trip
near this city yesterday, was accidentally shot and killed, his
shotgun discharging accidentally. The dead man was prominent in
judicial affairs in Washington and his death has caused a deep shock
to hundred of friends and acquaintances.
The Daily Alaska Dispatch, July 19, 1911
Submitted by Barbara Ziegenmeyer
Rev. Lydia Casad Sexton
A Mother in Israel
Rev. Lydia Sexton, who
was so well known in many in the Church, passed peacefully away at
the residence of her late son, Joseph Z. Sexton, in Seattle,
Washington, on the evening of December 15, 1894, aged 95 years, 8
months, and 3 days. Mrs. Sexton was born in Sussex (now Rockport)
County, N. J., in 1799. She was the daughter of Rev. Thomas Casad, a
Baptist minister, and was a cousin to Bishop Matthew Simpson, of the
Methodist Episcopal Church.
Her father died when
she was nine years old, and for six years thereafter she lived with
relatives or strangers respectively, and earned her own living
amidst many trials and hardships. When in her sixteenth year she
went with her brother Anthony to Ohio. The journey of eight hundred
miles was made with a horse and cart. In 1820 she married Joseph
Sexton, of Jacksonborough, Ohio, and with him lived happily for more
than fifty years.
Mrs. Sexton was
converted, and joined the church of the United Brethren I Christ,
near Germantown, Ohio, in 1834, under the labors of Rev. Jacob King.
Soon after her conversion she felt that it was her duty to preach
the gospel, but from a sense of her inability to perform such a
responsible duty, and because there were so few women in the Church,
she resisted the divine call for some years. Finally, yielding to
the judgment and advice of the leading ministers and the leading of
the Holy Spirit, she began to exhort sinners to flee from the wrath
to come. In 1851 she was licensed by a quarterly conference, held on
Iroquois Circuit, in Illinois, to peach, Rev. Josiah Terrill being
the presiding elder. Mrs. Sexton was eminently successful in
promoting revivals of religion.
She, in company with
her husband, traveled extensively in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa,
and Kansas holding revival meetings and organizing societies.
Everywhere her labors were blessed of the Lord, and thousands of
souls were converted and led to Christ through her instrumentality.
At a session of Upper Wabash Conference, in 1850, she was most
heartily recommended to all the churches as a successful helper in
Christian work. This recommendation was signed by Bishop Edwards and
Secretary Cougill. The invitations that she received to hold revival
meetings far exceeded both her time and her strength.
In 1870 Mrs. Sexton was
appointed to the chaplaincy of the Kansas State Penitentiary. Very
marked success attended her labors among the prisoners, many of
whom, by her presence, were reminded of their own mothers. At the
close of her term of service as chaplain she counted ninety-five
among the number of the inmates of the prison who had been converted
under her labors. The last years of her life were spent with her two
sons, David F. and Joseph Z. Sexton, in Washington. Her last sermon
was preached at the First Methodist Protestant Church, in the city
of Seattle, Wash., when she was ninety-three years old.
Her son, Joseph Z.
Sexton, with whom she spent the last days of her life, preceded her
to the glory world just one month and ten days. Mother Sexton became
blind toward the close of her life, but although deprived of her
natural sight she was cheerful and happy in possession of that
spiritual vision which beholds the beauties and glories unseen by
mortal eyes. She retained consciousness to the last, called her
grandchildren by name, and spoke of the many loved ones who had gone
before. She was buried from the First methodist Protestant Church in
Seattle, Rev. Clark Davis, the pastor preaching the funeral sermon.
P. C. Hetzler
Note: found in a
scrapbook in Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though
her mother's things after her death. "The scrapbook is one which my
great grandmother, Amanda Bryan Wetzel, or perhaps my grandmother,
Nettie Wetzel Dean, pasted lots of obituaries of family and friends.
These families were from around McDonough, Fulton and Schuyler
Counties, IL. These obits are probably around a hundred years old or
may be more."
Submitted by Nancy Harvey, in care of Sara Hemp
CHARLES J. SMITH
DIES IN WASHINGTON SEATTLE, Nov. 17.—Charles J. Smith, 70, pioneer
Washington and Oregon railroad official and Seattle financier, died
of heart trouble here last night after playing I8 holes of golf.
Mr. Smith was born at Nicholasville, Ky. Funeral services will
be held here Monday, after which the body will be taken to
Cincinnati for burial Tuesday.
San Antonio Light, November 17, 1924
Heitzman, Mrs. Barney
Old Time of County Killed in Seattle
Mrs. Barney Heitman, of Seattle, was killed the past week by an
electric street car. It seems Mrs. Heitzman attempted to get off the
car, slipped and fell under the wheels.
Mrs. Heitzman was one of the early settlers in Johnson County [WY]
and her friends regret deeply the news of her death.
Buffalo News (Wyoming), 18 March 1926
©A Friend of Free Genealogy
Alfred Savage, employed on A.C.
Well's stock farm, near Seattle [King Co.], was fatally gored by a
Holstein bull Tuesday. In the last four years the bull has gored
four men to death.
Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 28, 1893
Submitted by Robyn Greenlund
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