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Obituaries and Death Notices

Alfons Agather, cashier of the National Bank at Kalispell, Mont., who was on a visit to the plant of the J. Neils Lumber Co., at Klickitat, suffered a stroke of paralysis and died almost instantly. The body was brought to Goldendale Wednesday by Undertaker Merle W. Chapman, and the body prepared for shipment to Portland. J. Neils is the father of Mrs. Agather, and they were out here on a visit. [The Klickitat County Agriculturist, Goldendale, Wash. (1 Feb. 1929) page 4; tr by MZ]
Funeral Notice
AGATHER – At Goldendale, Wash., January 29, Alfons Agather, aged 52 years, late of Kalispell, Mont., beloved husband of Martha, father of Margaret, Veronica, Alfons, Victor and Max Agather. Funeral cortege will leave the chapel of Miller & Tracey today (Saturday), February 2, at 1:40 P.M., then to the Zion Evangelical Lutheran church, Chapman and Salmon sts., where services will be held at 2 P.M. Internment Riverview cemetery, BR 2691.
[Source: Oregonian (2 Feb. 1929) transcribed by MZ]

On Saturday last the sad news was received of the death of Ethel, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burgen of Chamberlain Flats, Klicitat county, Washington. The little one was 3 years, 3 months and 28 days old, and death was caused by measles.
[The People’s Republic (Wasco, OR) – Thursday, September 15, 1898 - JD - Sub by FoFG]

Goldendale, Wash., Oct. 28 – The body of William L. Chaney, private of A company, 308th United States Infantry, who was killed in action in the Argonne October 1, 1918, arrived at Goldendale yesterday.
Mr. Chaney was born in Klickitat county, Washington, October 11, 1888, his parents, Robert A. and Rachel J. Chaney being pioneers of the Spring Creek section of the Klickitat wheat belt. A military funeral at Goldendale will be held next Sunday.
He is survived by the following brothers and sisters, all ex-residents of Klickitat valley. Robert Chaney, Yakima, Wash.; Ben Chaney, Cowiche, Wash.; Mrs. Lydia Lester, Burbank, Wash.; Mrs. D. S. Dorman, Portland, Or.; Mrs. Lester Clinker, Walla Walla, Miss Minnie Chaney, Olympia, Wash.
[Oregonian (Portland, Or), Saturday, October 29, 1921, transcribed by FOFG]

White Salmon, Wash., Nov. 22 – In the death of Captain Howard C. Cook last night, White Salmon loses one of its first settlers, Captain Cook had been a resident of Klickitat County for 34 years, having taken up a homestead here in 1880. Had Klickitat County been divided as proposed last year, the new county was to have been called Cook County, in honor of Captain Cook.
Captain Cook was born in Pennsylvania in 1844. He enlisted in the Navy in 1862 and served under Admiral Dewey, who at that time had command of a squadron operating on the Mississippi River. The vessel on which he was stationed was blown up and he was injured. In 1867 he went to India. Returning to America, he became captain of a freight vessel which plied around the world for several years. Captain Cook was sent to the Pacific Northwest by the War Department in 1878 on an engineering project. Captain Cook was a Mason and an Odd Fellow.
[Oregonian (Portland, Or.), Monday, November 23, 1914, page 5, transcribed by FOFG]

“Kultus Charlie” is Dead – White Salmon, Wash., Dec. 2 – Charles Coover, widely known as “Kultus Charlie,” aged 85 years, died Monday at the Klickitat County farm. Kultus Charlie in the early ‘60s homesteaded 160 acres which included the land where the White Salmon postoffice now stands, and later traded it for a sack of flour and $16 in money. He married a Plute Indian square, who was a slave of the Yakimas, and she and several sons and daughters survive him.
[Oregonian (Portland, Or), Friday, December 3, 1920, transcribed by FOFG]

Goldendale, Wash., March 17 – Isaac C. Darland, a pioneer settler of Klickitat Valley, and widely known as a traveling man throughout the Inland Empire, died yesterday at the home of his brother, George Darland, on Spring Creek. He was ill several months. He was born on a farm in Warren County, Illinois, in 1849. In 1865 he crossed the plains by ox-team with his parents who settled near Salem, Or. In 1868 he married Anna Hause, and five years later moved with his family to Umatilla, Or., where he was a blacksmith. In 1874 he came to Klickitat and took up land in the Spring Creek section. He was one of the founders of the Klickitat Academy, a member of the Christian Church, and a charter member of the Goldendale Knights of Pythias. He is survived by the following children: Louis C. Darland, of Portland; M. A. Darland, of Portland; Earl W. Darland, of Goldendale; Miss Bessie Darland, of Blaine, and Bertie Darland, of Spokane, Wash.
[Oregonian (Portland, OR), Monday, March 18, 1912, page 6, transcribed by FOFG]

Goldendale, Wash., April 19 – John Andrew Eddings, a widely known Klickitat pioneer, died at his residence at Goldendale Wednesday after a brief attack of pneumonia. Mr. Eddings was born in Henry County, Kentucky, in 1846. His parents moved to Missouri when he was a boy, where he lived until he came to the Klickitat Valley in 1879. After locating in Klickitat he was associated with Nelson Whitney, who owned and operated the first sawmill in the valley, and later Mr. Eddings established the first shingle mill.
In 1883 Mr. Eddings retired from the lumber industry and took up a homestead on the north slope of the Columbia Hills, where he owned several hundred acres of grain land.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nannie Eddings, and three children: John S. Eddings, of Goldendale; Mrs. Effie A. Vanhoy, of Blockhouse, Wash., and Mrs. Anna M. Thompson of Richland, Wash.
[Oregonian (Portland, Or), Sunday, April 20, 1913, transcribed by FOFG]

Lyle, Wash., Aug. 4 – Recent death of George W. French removes one of the most conspicuous industrial and political characters who has resided in Klickitat County within the last three decades. He was born May 10, 1828, at Bedford (now a part of Boston, Mass.) and died soon after passing his eightieth birthday. His ancestry dates back to the landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock. He served in the Civil War as a carpenter, mounting guns and constructing fortifications. After the war he followed his trade in California. The year 1879 found him settled on a homestead near Hartland, Klickitat County, upon a plateau that commands a truly picturesque view that is appreciated by no one like the “down Easter.” The location commands a view of Mount Hood, St. Helens, Rainer and Adams, garbed all the year in white robes. Shortly after Mr. French arrived it was noised about a “Yankee mechanic,” had arrived, and from that time up to a few days before his death he was a busy builder of wooden structures.
After the great fire of 1888 at Goldendale, while county commissioner, he was instrumental in getting the county to build the public buildings that today are a great credit to the county seat. The political wave of 1894 that swept the front yard of Klickitat politics spared no one for re-election except Mr. French, who was positively known to be a man who wore no “collar” of any clique. He hewed to the line in the administration of county affairs, as he did in framing the many houses at The Dalles, Hood River and through Klickitat, which stand as monuments of his mechanical art.
He was instrumental in maintaining Klickitat’s credit when territorial laws were found so inadequate for the growing needs of the county and he was one of the board who financed the change of county fairs into statehood. Mr. French was one of the men who made Klickitat a prohibition county. The territorial law the country was sparsely settled allowing districts to nominate county commissioners but the majority of the voters in the county to elect regardless of the majority of district’s choice, now existing, he believed was not proper representation or a gerrymander in the interests of the large towns. A remarkable incident to chronicle in the closing scenes of this veteran builder’s life is that a few days before demise he finished the construction of a big mansion on the farm of his old time neighbor, W. Liedl, near Hartland.
[Oregonian (Portland, Or.) Sunday, August 9, 1908, page 5, transcribed by FOFG]

Goldendale, Wash., Feb. 24 – Peter Gunn, an early pioneer of Klickitat county, Washington, died February 9 at his farm home seven miles from this place. He was 83 years old. Mr. Gunn settled in this county in 1870 on the homestead where he lived the remainder of his life. His wife died in 1904 and he is survived by Mrs. Hattie Gunn Tebbs and Mildred J. Gunn, daughters and Albert W. Gunn, a son all of Goldendale.
[Oregonian (Portland, Or), Saturday, February 25, 1922, transcribed by FOFG]

DIED. -- The funeral of Mrs. Gustavus Hines was attended at the Methodist Church this afternoon. She died at Goldendale, Klickitat Co., W. T., March 19th. [Willamette Farmer (Salem, Oregon), March 26, 1875 - Sub by FoFG]


Mrs. Perry Hollet, aged 53 years, died at her home on Crofton prairie a few days ago of paralysis. She leaves a husband, four sons and three daughters. She had resided in Klickitat county for 34 years. [
The Spokesman Review, Sept. 6, 1907, Spokane, Wash. - Sub by Robyn Greenlund]

Brother Dies Same Month As Mother
D. S. Jordan received the sad news yesterday of the death of his brother, John Jordan, at Arlington, Oregon, on February 22. He leaves a son and a daughter. Both brothers attended the funeral of their mother at Bickleton, Washington, on February 8. Mr. Jordan, on the return to Springfield, came with his brother to Arlington, leaving him in the best of health, but at Vancouver he received a telegram that John was sick with pneumonia in both lungs. He was sick but five days. The funeral services will be held at Bickleton tomorrow, with interment at the Odd Fellows cemetery. Mr. Jordan will not be able to go, as he himself if threatened with pneumonia.
[The Lane County News (Springfield, OR) – Thursday, February 24, 1916 - JD - Sub by FoFG]

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 2 at 2 p.m. in the Phillips Funeral Home for Dell H. Lester, a former Goldendale resident, who passed away at his home in Oakland, Calif., where he had resided for the past 30 years.

Mr. Lester, who would have been 80 years of age July 4, was born in Smith County, Kan., the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Lester.  At an early age, he moved with his family to Goldendale, where he resided until maturity.

Survivors include a brother, Fred, of Sunnyside; a sister, Inez B. Cheney of Goldendale, and several nieces and nephews.  One nephew, Ernest F. Winterstein, resides in Goldendale.  Three brothers, George, Ed. And Burr, and one sister, Mrs. Frank Winterstein, preceded him in death.

Mr. Lester was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Oakland.

Rev. P Glenn Garner, of the Goldendale Baptist Church, officiated at the services.  Nephews of the deceased, Merle and Arthur Winterstein, Kenneth and Alvin Lester, and Clinton and Harry Cheney, served as pallbearers.
[The Goldendale Sentinel (Goldendale, WA) – Thursday, July 10, 1958]

Klickitat Settler Dead – William A. Martin Passes Away at Goldendale Home – Goldendale, Wash., March 26 – William Allexander Martin, an early settler in the Klickitat county died at his home in Goldendale yesterday. Mr. Martin was born in Indiana in 1842. Shortly after his birth his parents moved to Iowa. In 1862 with an immigrant party he crossed the plains, settling in Washington county, Oregon, the same year. In 1863 he married Sophia Beal at Forest Grove.
Mr. Martin lived in the Willamette Valley until 1876, when he came to Klickitat county and took up land 13 miles east of Goldendale. Later he sold his holdings and came to Goldendale to reside, but could not endure the inactivity of town life and purchased a farm in the Woodland section about three miles from Goldendale, which place he owned at the time of his death.
His first wife died in 1907 and in 1909 he married Mrs. May Thompson, who survives. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He had no children. Brothers and sisters living are James Martin, Goldendale; B. F. Martin, Brookings, Or.; Mrs. C. A. Neese, Solomonville, Ariz.; Mrs. W. A. Wheelock, Naches, Wash.; Mrs. W. A. Stump, Parker, Wash.; Mrs. Susan A. Harringay, Richland, Cal.
[Oregonian (Portland, Or), Saturday, March 26, 1921, page 6, transcribed by FOFG]

Careless Pistol Handling - Last Thursday Otis Mitchel a stepson of S. H. Jones, of Goldendale, W.T., was killed near Waldron, in Wasco county, Oregon.  He and a young Mr. Eads were at the home of his uncle, Isaac Chapman.  They were handling a pistol, which was accidentally discharged in the hands of Eads, killing Mitchel instantly.  The young man was 20 years old, and the mother is heart-broken over the calamity.
 [The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) - Saturday, January 20, 1883]


Julius B. Neils, head of the J. Neils Lumber Co., father of Gearhart Neils and Mrs. Hugo Schmidt, of Klickitat, passed away at his home in Portland. He had been ill for some time. Besides the above mentioned children, he leaves to mourn him, his wife and seven other sons and daughters, several grandchildren and a host of friends both here in the west and in Minnesota, where he formerly lived. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved family. The funeral was held in Portland at the German Lutheran Church.
[Klickitat County Agriculturist, Goldendale, Wash. (4 Aug. 1933) transcribed by MZ]

Goldendale, Wash., Aug. 12 – Edwin W. Oldham, a Klickitat pioneer, died at his residence in Goldendale yesterday, after a lingering illness of several months. Mr. Oldham was born in Jackson County, Missouri, in 1850 and crossed the plains by the overland route, coming direct to the Klickitat Valley. He is survived by his widow and five children: Carl and John Oldham, of Portland; Sylvester Oldham of Stafford, Or.; Mrs. Eva Vanhoy, Portland, and Bud Oldham, Goldendale, Wash.
[Oregonian (Portland, Or.), Monday, August 13, 1917, transcribed by FOFG]

General Stevens, Hero of Civil War, Son of First Governor, Dies
General Hazard Stevens died last night at 11 o'clock, in Goldendale, according to word received here this morning by L. B. Faulkner. General Stevens failed to rally from a breakdown and death came as the result of overwork and gradual decline. He collapsed Monday at Goldendale, where he went with a party of pioneers to the unveiling of a pioneer monument.
General Stevens was born in Newport, Rhode Island, June 8, 1842. He was the son of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, first governor of the Territory of Washington, and a general in the Union army during the Civil War. He came to Washington Territory in 1854 with his father, and when his father returned to Washington as delegate to congress from this territory, he went with him and entered Harvard University, where he studied law.
Enlisted as Private.
In 1861 he enlisted in the 79th New York Highlanders as a private, but he rose in rank rapidly and was adjutant of his regiment at the age of 19 years. He fought through the Civil War, was twice wounded, and was awarded the congressional medal for distinguished gallantry in action at Fort Huger, Va., April 19, 1863. He was elevated to the rank of brigadier-general for bravery on the battlefield.
Some of the battles in which General Stevens fought were: Secessionville, Second Bull Run, Chantilly, where his father was killed and he was twice wounded; Suffolk, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek.
Made Brigadier General. At the final assault at Petersburg he received his appointment as brigadier general and served at Sailor's Creek and Appomattox.
After the Civil War General Stevens came to Wallula on the Columbia river, and later to Olympia, as collector of internal revenue. Here he studied law and became attorney for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, and in 1875 he returned to Boston, where he practiced law until 1908. He was also a member of the state legislature of Massachusetts.
Developed Model Farm.
On his return to Washington he came to Olympia and developed Cloverfield Farm, near Olympia, into a model dairy ranch, which he has conducted ever since. He owned considerable property in and near Olympia, and was president of the Olympia Light and Power Company. General Stevens was also active in historical circles as president of the Washington Historical Society.
Funeral arrangements have not been made, but it is expected the body will be brought here for burial.
[Saturday, October 12, 1918, Olympia Record (Olympia, WA), Transcribed by: Karol Teal]

Arthur Winterstein passed away peacefully in Yakima on May 22, 2014. He was 95 years young, born on January 1, 1919 to Ernest and Maude Winterstein. Arthur was the youngest of four boys. Art, as he was known, married Elnora Freer, a local farm girl and the two of them farmed the land, raised two daughters and enjoying over 73 years of marriage together.

Art is survived by his wife Elnora, two daughters, Joyce & John Alexander, and Judy & Danny Skinner, four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Art’s mother, Maude, came to the Washington as a young girl with her parents by covered wagon from Missouri. Art’s father was born in Warwick, WA as Art’s grandfather, on his dad’s side, had already settled in the Great North West.

The great grandparents of Art’s lived in a house located a few miles from the present Winterstein ranch and at some time the house was taken apart and rebuilt at the ranch location. As time passed and the family grew that house was moved to a new location on the ranch to become a shed. With the old house moved space was available to build a new house for the growing Winterstein family and is still standing at this time. When Art’s grandparents passed away Ernest and Maude Winterstein took over the farming and it was here that Art was born, on the Winterstein farm.

Art worked as a farm hand in the Goldendale area and at the Klickitat Pine Box factory after it reopened. When Art’s parents retired from the family homestead, the farm was sold to a corporation. Art was hired to run the farm and later bought into the ownership of the farm as a partner. As time went on Art and Elnora bought out the corporation’s share of the farm and once more a Winterstein was the owner. Like his father Art was a wheat and alfalfa farmer, and the third generation Winterstein to own the farm.

Art and Elnora worked hard on the farm as most farmers do but Art took advantage of his off time to take his wife and children camping (tent style) to Mt. Adams, which was a favorite place of the family as they love to pick huckleberries. Trips to the ocean were fun for the family and provided a beach full of treasures for the girls. The family enjoyed many outings together in the surrounding areas of Goldendale. Hunting season would find Art out in the woods with his sons-in-law and friends, successful or not but enjoying the outing.

Art, with his wife for support, found fulfilling activities in the community. They took care of the cemetery across the road from the ranch house, as they liked to call the farm. Art was active in the Goldendale Grange #47 and the Washington Oddfellow lodge. Community events would find Art as a consuming participant. Art was always willing to lend a hand when needed, sometimes without anyone knowing the wiser.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, in-laws and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on May 31, 11 AM, in Goldendale, WA at Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel.
[The Yakima Herald (Yakima, WA) - Wednesday, May 28, 2014]

Funeral services of B. F. Winterstein, who died in Goldendale Wednesday evening, were held Saturday afternoon, from the Chapman chapel, H. B. Ham officiating.  Interment was made the same day in the Spring Creek cemetery.  Mr. Winterstein, who was 66 years, 7 months and 9 days of age at the time of his death, has made his home in this section for many years.  Wednesday night he dropped unconscious on the street while on his way to church services.  He was taken to the residence of W. G. Darland, where medical attention was given.  He lived but a short time after being taken into the house.  Heart trouble was given as the cause of his death.  An obituary will follow.
[The Goldendale Sentinel (Goldendale, WA) – Thursday, January 8, 1925]

The Dalles, Or., June 28 – Conrad B. Yaeckel, 70 year old resident of Klickitat County and one the most extensive land owners in the county, died this morning at the local hospital following an extended illness, Yaeckel was born in Canada, coming to “The Dalles” in 1877. The same year he moved to Klickitat county, taking up a homestead near Centerville, where he lived until shortly before his death. He is survived by eight children, Mrs. Emma Crocker and Mrs. Nellie Nesbet of Goldendale, Mrs. Lizzie Marquiss and Mrs. Mabel Allen of Centerville, Henry Yaeckel of The Yaeckel of Centerville. Funeral services will be held Friday from the family home near Centerville.
[Oregonian (Portland, Or), Wednesday, June 29, 1921, transcribed by FOFG]


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