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Obituaries and Death Notices

     The body of Nicholas Piette, 83, will arrive here from Tacoma, Wash., Friday noon and will be taken to the home of decedent's daughter, Mrs. Arthur Kavanaugh, 974 Lawrence st. George Piette, a son, will accompany the body here.
     Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning from St. Joseph church, with interment in St. Joseph cemetery.
     Mr. Piette was a native of Belgium but spent most of his life in Appleton. He left here about four years ago to make his home at Tacoma. Mrs. Piette preceded him in death about 17 years ago. The survivors are four children, Mrs. Kavanaugh, George Piette, Tacoma, Wash.; Philip M. Piette, Berlin, N.Y.; and Fred Piette, Milwaukee.
[Appleton Post Crescent, Appleton Wisconsin April 13, 1922]

     Funeral services for Nicolas Piette, 83, who died at Tacoma, Wash., were held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning from St. Joseph church. Burial was in St. Joseph cemetery. Pallbearers were F. Kiefer, Peter Fuhrman, M. Matthes, P. Frieders, N. Marette and N. Ellenbecker.
[Appleton Post Crescent, Appleton Wisconsin April 15, 1922 - Sub. by S. Williams]

Paul Allan Hartt
   Paul A. Hartt, 70 of 5815 Hartt’s Road died in a Seattle hospital yesterday. He was born in Wisconsin and had lived in Tacoma 65 years.
   Mr.. Hartt, a dairy farmer, served in the Army in World War I and attended the Presbyterian Church.
   Services for Paul A. Hartt will be held Saturday 11 a.m. in the Piper Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Kenneth Scott and Lewis T. Cruver officiating. Burial in Mountain View Memorial Park. Active pallbearers are Ted O’Neal, Tom Munt, Andy Maskule, John Rea, Earl Kuhne, Roy Price. Honorary pallbearers: C.E. Tracy, Charles Proulx, Clifford McNeal, Timothy Huntley, Archie Heany, Thomas Loran, Richard Feldmann, George Gookstetter, Ed Harlin, Ed Konschuh, Ray Metcalf, Coit A. Everson, Gene Winchester, Frank J. Brown, William Nelson, Elex Hammerstrom, Floyd Carroll, Robert R.W. Price.
   He leaves three brothers, H. Bruce and Frank L., both of Tacoma, and D. Roy, of Prairie Bible Institute, Alberta, Canada: and 12 nephews and nieces. Burial in Mountain View Memorial Park. Tacoma WA Newspaper "The News Tribune.
[contributed to G.T. by Mrs. Carole Dick]

Harold Bruce Hartt
In Memory of HAROLD BRUCE HARTT 1887-1970 Services November 28, 1970 Officiating Charles B. Joss, Organist Eugene Nye, Soloist Erick Diffner Concluding Services Mountain View Cemetery – Tacoma, WA
[contributed to G.T. by Mrs. Carole Dick]

Lysle Monroe Thomas
Lysle Monroe Thomas, 62, of 3102 S. 11th St., died Friday in a local hospital. He was born in Puyallup and had lived in this area all his life. He was a retired car cleaner, and had worked for the Pullman Company for 42 years. Surviving are his wife, Katherine; two daughters, Mrs. Norma Dunbar and Mrs. Dorothy Martell, both of Tacoma; a son, Robert L., of Tacoma; a stepson, William H. Shuey, of Oil City, Pa.; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services will be announced by Mountain View Funeral Home.
[Tacoma News Tribune, April 5, 1969, Pg. 2 - Sub by Bradley Thomas]

Robert L. Thomas
Robert L. Thomas, 72, of Gig Harbor, born February 2, 1930, passed away at home from respiratory problems on August 28, 2002. Bob served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years and worked construction since 1957, many years as a superintendent for Ebberhart and Guant, Clements, Juarez. He was a friend to all who knew him. His first love, in later years, was his boat and going crabbing. Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Jeanie, children Laurie, Brad , Joyce, Brian, Bruce, Theresa, Wendy, Mark, and Diane. So many grandchildren and great-grandchildren that I lost count; as well as many friends and relatives who love him and will sorely miss him. At his request there will be no service. Haven of Rest is in charge.
[The Tacoma News Tribune, Friday August 30, 2002, Pg. B6 - Sub by Bradley Thomas]

Pearl Thomas
Mr. Pearl Thomas, 34, 3102 South 11th Street, died in a local hospital Friday. She was born and lived in Tacoma all her life. She is survived by her husband Lysle Thomas, Tacoma: two daughters, Norma and Dorothy, and son, Robert: parents, Mr. And Mrs. Edward LaCross, Tacoma: four sisters, Mrs. Norma Peterson, Mrs. Odell Anderson and Mrs. Mildred Hays, all of Tacoma and Mrs. Berniece Sherwood of Puyallup, and three brothers, Elsworth LaCross, Tacoma, and George LaCross, U.S. army in Camp Roberts, Calif. Funeral services will be announced by C.O Lynn.
[Tacoma News Tribune, April 15, 1945 - Submitted by Bradley Thomas]

Grace L. Thomas
Mrs. Grace L. Thomas, 38 years old, wife of C.M Thomas, died Friday night at a local hospital, Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, Gerald and Lysle, both of Tacoma, her parents Mr. And Mrs. D. Turner of South Tacoma; a brother, Nelson Turner, and a sister, Leslie Turner, also of Tacoma. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock at C.C. Mellinger Company’s. Rev. Herman P. Williams officiating; burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
[Tacoma Daily Ledger, July 27, 1919 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Charles M. Thomas
Charles M. Thomas, 70, passed away at his home, 5924 South I Street, Friday. He came from Pennsylvania 35 years ago and was a retired grocery- man. He is survived by his wife Mary; two sons, Gerald and Lysle, both of Tacoma; a brother, Bert, living in Michigan; a sister, Mrs. Ida Turner of Gig Harbor, and two sisters in Michigan and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be Sunday at 1p.m. in the Piper Chapel. Burial will follow at Mountain View, with Rev. Paul Berg officiating.
[Tacoma News Tribune April 2nd 1945, Pg. 2 - Submitted by Bradley Thomas]

Alfred Egland

Alfred Egland, 65, formerly of Spokane, died Wednesday in a local hospital.  He was born in Hamilton County, Iowa and came to Tacoma eight months ago. Mr Egland was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Lutheran Church in Moscow, Idaho. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Josie B Anderson, of Tacoma, Mrs. Sylvia J. Sheets, of Bremerton, and Mrs. Glady Joy Parslow, of London England; and a brother, Harry E., of Idaho. Services are announced by Mountain View Funeral Home.
[The Tacoma News Tribune, June 25, 1965, Pg. 40 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Olive Thomas
Mrs. Edward (Olive) Thomas, 83, past president and regent of the Ladies Auxiliary of Tacoma Moose Lodge, died Thursday in a Yakima nursing home. She was also a past president of Women’s Benefit Association and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was born in Prairie City Ore., and came to Tacoma in 1919. She moved to Yakima in 1946. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. A.H. Westenberg, of Yakima, a stepsister, Mrs. W.W. Whalen , of San Anseimo, Calif.; two grandchildren, Mrs. June G. Jasper , of Tacoma, and E.E. Westenberg, of Richland; and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be held Monday in Yakima.
[Tacoma News Tribune, June 25, 1965 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Alonzo B. Brown
     Alonzo B. Brown, 70, of 2320 S. L St., died Thursday in a local hospital. He was born in Dallas, Texas and came to Tacoma in 1945. He was a retired civil service employee at McCord Air Force Base.  He was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years.  He was also active in Boy Scouts. Surviving are his wife, Justine L., of the home; six sons, Alonzo Jr., of Modesto, Calif., and Bobby Ray, James Lee, Wendell Earl, Ronald Louie and Charles Edgar, all of the home; a brother, Jacob, of Ventura, Calif.; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be announced by the C.C. Mellinger Funeral Home.
[The Tacoma  News Tribune, June 25, 1965 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Alphonse A. Jesseit
Alphonse A. Jesseit, 67, of Wilkeson, Died Wednesday at his home. He was born in Essen, Germany, and came to the Wilkeson area in 1917. Mr. Jesseit was employed for a time as a machinist in the Wilkeson coal mines ant later worked as a powderman and logger.  He retired three years ago because of ill health. He was past president and former secretary of Wilkeson Eagles Areie 1409. He was a member of Carbon Grove 11, United Order of Druids, and a chancellor-commander of the Knights of Pythias Lodge in Wilkeson.  He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife Maude M., of the home: a son, Donald C., of the home; and several nieces and nephews. Services are announced Friday by Whitmore Funeral Home. [The Tacoma  News Tribune, June 25, 1965 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Peter Judson
Peter Judson, the first white settler on Commencement bay, who took up a half section of land now in the heart of Tacoma, W. T., in October 1850, died on his ranch adjoining the Nesqually Indian reservation Monday, aged seventy-seven years.
["The Daily Morning Astorian", (Astoria, Or.), May 19, 1889 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Dr. D. Erich Weerth
Dr. D. Erich Weerth, 40, formerly of Tacoma, died June 1 in Philadelphia. Born in Romania, he came to America after WWII. He lived in Tacoma five years and was employed in the engineering department of the Hooker Chemical Co.  He later moved to Bellevue and was employed at the Boeing Company. Recently he was employed as a technologist by the General Electric Co. in Pennsylvania. Surviving are his wife, Edith; a son, Erich; two daughters, Edith and Dianna; and his mother, Mrs. Nathilbe Weerth, of Philadelphia. Services are announced by Green Funeral Home of Bellevue.
[The Tacoma  News Tribune, June 25, 1965 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Mrs. B. R. Woods
On January 7, 1922 Mrs. B. R. Woods, formerly of Springfield, passed away at the home of her son, Samuel, at River Falls, Wisc., aged 68 years. She leaves to mourn her loss, besides her husband, four children: Mrs. A. N. Cummings, of Minnenankan, N.D.; Mrs. R. T. Thayer, of River Falls, Wisc.; Leslie L. of Danbury, Wisc.; and Samuel, of River Falls.
Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Harper received the above notice January 24th.
[The Springfield News (Springfield, OR) – Thursday, February 2, 1922]

Theodore R. Clausen
     Theodore R. Clausen, 65, of 3616 S. Cushman Ave., died Thursday in a local hospital.  He was born in Tacoma and lived all his life here. He attended local schools graduated from Lincoln High School. Mr. Clausen was a foreman for the Northwest Chair Co. and a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife, Freda E., a daughter, Mrs. Marylyn Noyer, of Tacoma, a son, Ted G., of Seattle; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Pasle, Mrs. Margaret Carlson,a nd Mrs. Marion McBride, all of Tacoma; four brothers; Otto and Thomas, both of Tacoma, Authur, of Anderson Island, and Alfred of Alberta; and two grandchildren. Service will be announced by Mountain View Funeral Home.
[The Tacoma  News Tribune, June 25, 1965 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Alvena M. McKee
Alvena M. McKee, 82, passed away at her home, 918 South Verde, Friday.  A native of Germany, she had lived in Tacoma for three years, coming here from Gig Harbor where she had lived for 30 years. She is survived by two sons, Albert, and Clyde McKee of Seattle; a daughter, Mrs. Raymond Lee, Tacoma; a brother, Louis Maronn, and a sister, Mrs. Minie Zoske, both in Iowa; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday at the Tuell chapel, with the Rev. E. Arthur Larson officiating.  Burial will be at Rosedale.
The Tacoma News Tribune, April 15, 1945 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Frank Gouger
     Frank Gouger, 79, 820 South G Street, died Friday.  He was a resident of Tacoma for 28 years. There no known relatives. Funeral announced by Cassedy and Allen.
[The Tacoma News Tribune, April 15, 1945 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Gulrando Gilbertson
     Gulrando Gilbertson, a native of Norway, died at the family home at Roy, Friday.  He had lived in the United States 60 years, and near Roy for the past 25 years.  He was a member of the Roy I.O.O.F. and Rebekah lodges; South Tacoma Encampment No. 89, and Tacoma Canton No. 4.  He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Sorensen at Minneapolis, and Mrs. McGarry of California, and two brothers, Albert of Malden Mass, and T.O. of Wilman, Minn, and one nephew, Clyde E. Bright of Tacoma, the only relative in this area. Funeral services will be held  Monday at 3 p.m. at the Piper chapel, the I.O.O.F. lodge in charge. [The Tacoma News Tribune, April 15, 1945 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Katherine Kinkela
Mrs. John (Katherine) Kinkela, 61, 4611 North Orchard, died ia a local hospital Thursday.  Born in Austria, she had lived in Tacoma 34 years.  She was a member of the Slavonian Club and the Holy Cross Church.  She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Olsen, Tacoma, and a grandson. The body is at Gaffneys awaiting funeral services
The Tacoma News Tribune, August 26, 2007 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Severin Jacobs
     Severin Jacobs, 62, 4015 East E Street, passed away at a local hospital Friday. A native of Minnesota, he had lived in Tacoma for 56 years. He was a member of the Lutheran church. Surviving is his brother, Albert Jacobs of Tacoma. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the C.O. Lynn chapel. Burial will follow at the Tacoma cemetery with Rev. Burton W. Smith officiating. [The Tacoma News Tribune, April 15, 1945 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Matthew J. Hartman
Matthew J. Hartman, 59, passed away at a local hospital Thursday. Hartman was born in Russia and came to Tacoma 19 years ago. He is survived by his wife, Philma, 2834 South M Street; eight sons; Paul, Joseph, Anthony and John, all of the navy, and Adam in the army in France and Matthew, who is in Italy; four daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth McClendor of Nevada, Mrs. Katherine Lauder of California and Mary and Philma, living at home; brother John and sister, Mrs. Lena Fisher, both of Tacoma. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Cassidy and Allen.

[The Tacoma News Tribune, April 2, 1945 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Hilma Peterson
  Mrs. Hilma Peterson, Los Aneles, who visited her sister, Mrs. Esther Roemer, 6416 South Junett Street last January passed away in California, March 18. The body was sent to St. Paul for Burial.

 [The Tacoma News Tribune, April 2, 1945 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Josephine Hall
     Mrs. James (Josephine) Hall, 78 of 216 east 63rd. street, died in a local hospital Friday.. Born in Missouri, she lived in Tacoma 27 years and was a member of the Pentecostal tabernacle. Survivors are her husband, James, and sister, Mrs. Arnetta Jones, of Chicago. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 3p.m. at C.O. Lynn’s chapel. Bishop E.F. Morris officiating, with burial in Mountain View Memorial park.
[The Tacoma News Tribune, April 2, 1945 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Lottie E. Harper
Died – The sad intelligence has been received of the death of Mrs. Lottie E. Harper, wife of J. H. Harper, on September 27, at Tacoma, Wash. The Harpers formerly lived at Narrows. They were married in this city and deceased was well known to the people of Burns and Harney county. She was the second daughter of Capt. And Mrs. A. W. Gowan of this place. She leaves three children and her husband to mourn her. Bereaved relatives in this city have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends.
[The Times-Herald (Burns, OR), Saturday, October 16, 1920 - JD - Sub. by a FoFG]

Lena A. McKenzie
   Mrs. J.H. (Lena A.) McKenzie, 72, of 623 North Trafton, died Saturday morning. Born in Indiana, she was reared in Iowa and had lived 36 years in Tacoma. For many years she was a nurse here. She belonged to the Daughters of Veterans and the First Christian church, also the Rebekahs in Wall Walla. Besides her husband, a sister, Mrs. Hattie Bennett of Honolulu, survives. Tuell’s will make the funeral announcements.
The Tacoma News Tribune, April 2, 1945 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Lybia Capwell
   Mrs. Lybia Capwell, 42 years old, died Saturday at a local hospital. She had resided at 2049 East 34th street. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Julia Remnen and Mrs. Mildred Kagler; four brothers, George Miller, Adam Miller, William Miller, and Earnest Miller, all of Tacoma, and sis sisters and her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Fred Miller of Fern Hill. The body is at Buckley-King’s.
Tacoma Daily Ledger, July 27, 1919 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Harvey E. Lytle
     Harvey E. Lytle, 77, died Friday at his home, 3723 South 7th street. He was a retired custodian of city schools and had lived in Tacoma for 29 years. He was as active member of Epworth Methodist church and was a member of M.W.A. He leaves a son, Rodney D. of Tacoma, secretary-manager of the North Pacific Miller’s association; one grandson, one sister, Mrs. Mable Boone all of Tacoma. Tuell will make funeral announcement.
[Tacoma Daily Ledger, July 25, 1936, Pg. 10 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

James A. Monaghan
James A. Monaghan, 69, who came recently from Seattle, died Thursday at his home, 2540 South I Street. He leaves a son, C.R. of Alaska, and a daughter, Mrs. Gladys Anderson of Seattle. Funeral services Saturday at 2p.m. at Gaffney’s chapel; burial in Washington Memorial cemetery, Seattle.
[Tacoma Daily Ledger, July 25, 1936 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Walter J. Spader
Walter J. Spader, 35, a war veteran, died Friday in a local hospital. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Clara Porekus in Kansas City, MO. Buckley-King in charge.
[Tacoma Daily Ledger, July 25, 1936 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Emma Katherine LaCross
Mrs. Emma Katherine LaCross, 87, of 1711 S. Adams St. died Tuesday. Mrs. LaCross was born in Leland, Mich. And lived in Tacoma for 61 years. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Odelia Anderson, of Florida, Mrs. Bernice Klentz, of Wisconsin, and Mrs. Mildred Hays, of Tacoma; two sons, George and Edward LaCross, both of Tacoma; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be announced by Lynn Funeral Home
[Tacoma News Tribune, November 11, 1970 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Clarence Edward Snow
Clarence Edward Snow, 82, a 48 year resident of Olalla, died Wednesday at Harrison Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 31, 1905, in Sumas in Whatcom County to Rufus and Lavisa Benedict Snow. He married Lillie Roe on March 4, 1928 in Winlock in Lewis County. He served in the Marine Corps from 1925 to 1929. Mr. Snow worked seven years at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, then for Boeing Aircraft Co., retiring in 1970. He enjoyed reading, fishing and traveling. Survivors include his wife; five daughters, Barbara Leighton of Seattle, Rosemary Graves of Port Orchard, Lettie Mesloh of McKinleyville, Calif., Janis Elston of Federal Way and Sharon Hoskins of Port Orchad; two sons, Joseph of Port Orchard and Lewis of Tacoma; 34 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Eugene. Other survivors include six brothers, Earl of Prosser, William, Richard, James and Art, all of Bellingham, and Melvin of Carmichael, Calif.; and two sisters, Agnes Burge of Bellingham and Nina Cheval of Ferndale.
[October 1988, Submitted by Marla Snow]

Lewis N. Vincent
Seattle Man Dies
Lewis N. Vincent, 53, of 416 East Harrison St., Seattle, died at a local hospital Wednesday. He was a Northern Pacific locomotive engineer. His widow, Jesse R. Vincent, survives. The funeral will be held Friday at 1 p.m. from Buckley-King's under auspices of the Engineer's brotherhood.

[Thursday November 13, 1924, Pg. 2, Tacoma Times, Tacoma Washington - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Maria Bolander
Funeral Friday-The funeral of Mrs. Maria Bolander will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from Lynn's chapel. Rev. Bloomquist officiating. Interment Tacoma Cemetery.
[Pg. 11, Thursday November 13, 1924 Tacoma Times, Tacoma Washington - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

Robert D. Brothers
Brothers Funeral-The funeral of Robert D. Brothers will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday from Mellinger's chapel. The body will be cremated.

[Thursday November 13, 1924 Tacoma Times, Tacoma Washington - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

John D. Brown
Abe Lincoln's Cousin is Dead
Tacoma, Wash., Sept. 25 -- (by the Associated Press) -- John D. Brown, 89, said to have been a cousin of Abraham Lincoln, and a pioneer of Washington and Oregon since they were a part of the old Oregon Territory, died here yesterday.
Brown was one of a family of 16 children of Sally Hanks, sister of Nancy Hanks, mother of the martyred president. Two of his sisters, Mrs. Abbie Carr [sic; Carl?], of Portland, Ore. and Mrs. W.H. Hermann, of Myrtle Point, Ore. are the sole surviving members of the family.
Brown was born on a farm near Des Moines, Iowa, on August 25, 1837.
[Ogden Standard Examiner, Sept. 25, 1926 Submitted by Robyn Greenlund who adds this note: "Further research shows that this Nancy Hanks was not the mother of Abe Lincoln"]

Marie Jasons
Fell To Her Death
Mrs. Jasons Supposed to Have Walked From a Car While Delirious
ASHLAND, Or., Jan. 5 – North-bound passenger train No. 15 arrived here about 3:20 a.m., 11 hours late. When the train was about nine miles from here, a lady, Mary J. Jasons, was missed from one of the sleepers. The lady was sick and she was supposed to have walked from the car while delirious. An engine left here with the lady’s husband about 3:30 a.m. to search for her, and her body was found about 20 miles south, near Coles, Cal., badly mangled by the train. It was brought here, and a coroner’s jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts. She was 45 years old, a native of Holland, and was on her way to Tacoma.
[The Oregonian (Portland, OR), Sunday, January 6, 1895 - JD - Sub by A FoFG]

Was On Her Wedding Trip
The Woman Killed at Ashland Well-Known in Tacoma
Tacoma, Jan. 6 – Mrs. Marie Jasons, who was killed by walking off a train near Ashland, Or., yesterday, was the possessor of a romance, a handsome home in the North End and other property estimated to be worth nearly $250,000. Five years ago her first husband, Mr. Bernhardy died. She has since led a quiet life here. Her home adjoined the interstate fair grounds and during progress of the fair she was a frequent visitor there. In the Turkish village she met Mitchell Jasons, a Turk employed in his brother’s bazaar [sic]. He was handsome and young and he smiled on her. She learned to love him to the amazement of her friends. The couple were married in November, the bride’s trousseau being a marvel of beauty. They went to California on their wedding trip and were returning when the fatal accident occurred. The body was brought home tonight.
[The Oregonian (Portland, OR), Monday, January 7, 1895 - JD - Sub by A FoFG]

John M. McGhee
John M. McGhee was accidentally killed by the cars at Blue Canyon coal bunkers, east of Tacoma, yesterday. His neck was broken and the body badly mutilated. His father lives at Florence and has been telegraphed for.

[Daily Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR), Tuesday, January 3, 1893 - JD - Sub by A FoFG]

John T. Bacon
John T. Bacon, 70, died October 30, 1992 at home. Funeral services were held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Tacoma, Wash. John was born November 25, 1921 in Boise, Idaho.
He was a great-grandson of an early 1863 Boise County Idaho Territory pioneer and the grandson of Valley County ranchers William Andrew and Sarah Jarvis Bacon. His father William Wade Bacon ranched in the round Valley area until John was 9 years old. They left the Round Valley area for the Emmett Valley where John attended schools and graduated from Emmett High School in 1940. He then farmed with his father and on his own until he entered the service in World War II, serving in the 37th Div. Recon. Outfit at Luzon, Philippine Islands and served a time at Fort Lewis, Wa. as a SFT. In the Cooks & Bakers Unit.
He married there at Fort Lewis, and in 1946 returned to farm in Emmett until 1949 when the family moved to Tacoma, Wa. where he was employed for 9 years for Hooker Chemical Corp. In 1959 he established a service station maintenance and construction, as well as Car Wash and General Construction in the Tacoma, western Washington area. He was a member of the Steamfitters and Plumber’s Local #82. His lodge affiliations included Tacoma Elks for 50 years, Puyallup Eagles and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 969.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth C. Bacon; one son, Thomas John; two grandsons of Puyallup, Brian and Robert and one daughter, Mary Ann Bacon Cook of Vancouver, Wa.; aunts Marion Kerby and Grattia Matthews and several cousins and many friends.
[Unknown newspaper, Submitted by L. Krahn]

Frank Richards
Died of Broken Heart
In his iron cell at the McNeil Island penitentiary, Frank Richards, the young counterfeiter who had just begun five years’ activity, died last Wednesday morning of a broken heart. A sadder case is not recorded in the criminal annals of the state. Richards had voluntarily gone into his long servitude in order to save his sister, her little child and her husband from a similar fate. When the quartet was arrested by the United States secret service officers charged with manufacturing counterfeit money, Richards plead guilty and exonerated his accomplices. Judge Hanford, on June 21, sentenced him to five years in the penitentiary. Richards never appeared to regret his martyrdom, but his gloomy prospect so palled on him that he succumbed to his grief. Several of the federal officers believe Richards committed suicide by taking poison, but the attendants claim that an autopsy will prove that the intrepid but chivalrous lawbreaker died simply of a broken heart.
[From the Daily Alaska Dispatch, dated July 5, 1905 - Sub. by Diana Morse]

J.W. McNamara
J.W. M’Namara Passed Out
Man Prominent Many Years at Portland Dies After Confinement in Prison
Cordova, Dec. 6 – J.W. McNamara, who was sentenced by the district court at Valdez, on Dec. 1, 1909, to imprisonment for 15 years in the penitentiary at McNeil island for the killing of T.R. Carpenter, at Cordova, died on November 2 according to advices received at the courthouse from the penitentiary authorities.
The case of McNamara attracted considerable attention at the time of the trial, the crime apparently being a most brutal and cold-blooded killing of an inoffensive man. It developed in the trail that McNamara was practically insane from drink when he shot down his victim in the McCormack hotel at Cordova. His trial occurred at Valdez on October 29th, 30th, November 1, 2, 3, and 4, resulting in a verdict of murder in the second degree. On December first, McNamara was sentenced to 15 years at McNeil’s island. During his confinement he rapidly declined in health and on June 22nd of this year after serving about seven years and seven months, he was paroled, but his health did not improve and death came on November second.
[From the "Daily Alaska Dispatch", December 14, 1917 - Sub. by Diana Morse]

James Lawson
Tacoma, Wash.- James Lawson aged 72, former member of the Jesse James Gang, was found dead on his ranch in Page.
[January 28, 1911, Colfax County Stockman - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

H. T. Engoe
ASHLAND, Wis., April 27. – News of the death of H. T. Engoe, in Tacoma, Wash., has been received here. Engoe introduced the Fleischman yeast in Ashland. He was still with the company when he died, being its veteran employee in number of years served. He would have been retired with a pension this summer. Engoe lived here for many years.
[Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Wednesday, 28 Apr. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Ore Lee Reiber
TACOMA, Wash. – Ore Lee Evelyn (Mrs. Eugene) Reiber, 55, Tacoma, Wash., daughter of William and Geneva Erickson of 1007 S. Cherry Ave., Marshfield, died at 7:31 p.m. Sunday.
Services will be Friday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tacoma. Burial will be in Tacoma. Mountain View Funeral Home, Tacoma, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Oct. 9, 1935, in Lamont, Iowa. She attended Marshfield schools through ninth grade and then moved to Curtiss. She was a graduate of Abbotsford High School and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She received her master’s degree from Central Washington University, Tacoma. She was married to Eugene Reiber in 1961.

She taught in Beloit, Germany and at Tacoma area school systems. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and an ordained elder and deacon of the church. She was active at her church and in various professional and educational organizations.

Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Douglas (Kathy) Mitchell of Spokane and Carol Reiber of Pullman, Wash.; two sisters, Shirley Burt and Patricia Seefeldt, both of Marshfield; and two brothers, William N. Erickson of Marshfield and John Erickson of La Crosse.
[Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 28 Aug. 1991; tr by MZ]

Lucius Richards
Lucius Milo Richards, an Ashland (Wisconsin) man, died at Tacoma, Wash., Tuesday.
[Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Saturday, 28 Aug. 1915; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Willie Coleman
Mr. Willie Coleman, who left recently for the Missoula, Mont., hospital to be treated for kidney trouble, died after being there only two days. Willie had lived in South Tacoma for a number of years and had made many friends among the young people. His parents were well known. Mrs. Coleman conducted a millinery store in this place for years. Mr. and Mrs. Coleman have the sympathy of their friends in South Tacoma, as they are heart broken over the death of their oldest son.

[Tacoma Daily News (Tacoma, WA), Wednesday, April 27, 1898]

William Calkins

Mayor Calkins is Dead
Maj. William H. Calkins, who served in Congress from this district for eight years and who was the unsuccessful candidate on the republican ticket for governor against Isaac P. Gray, died on Monday at his home in Tacoma, Wash., of Bright's disease. He had been in failing health for a number of years and his death has been expected for the last few weeks. He leaves a wife and three children.

Major Calkins was born in Pike county, Ohio, Feb. 18, 1842. He resided there until October. 1853, when he removed with his father's family to Benton county, Indiana.
In May, 1861, he entered the Union army as a private soldier under three month's call. He re-enlisted from Iowa in September of that year, and served until the close of the war, rising to the rank of Major. Major Calkins, at the close of the war, located in Valparaiso (Indiana), and began the practice of law. He was elected prosecutor and afterwards a member of the Legislature. In 1874 he was a candidate for Congress, but was defeated, but was elected two years afterward and for three terms following.
[Goshen Indiana, Friday February 02, 1894 - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

Van Bibber
Sad Accident – On Saturday last two daughter of Mr. Van Bibber, who resides in Puyallup valley, were out playing in the timber near his home. The elder, aged 14 years, cut down with a hatchet a small fir tree. In falling it struck her sister, aged about 10 years, on the head, crushing and killing her instantly. - Standard

[The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, March 18, 1882 - JD - Sub by FoFG]

Bella Derig

Bella M Derig, 81, of Tacoma, died July 27, 1988. She was born in Aurora, Kansas, was a self employed housekeeper and was a member of St. John of the Woods Catholic Church.

Survived by: son, John; daughter, Lea LaVergne, Mary DeNune, Anna Robison; brother Ronald Goyette; sisters, Helen Pautre, Lucy Schultz, Mary Ruth Oxendine, Henrietta Deneault, Josephine Beauregard; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.

Prayer vigil: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Dryer Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, 10 a.m., St. John of the Woods Catholic church. Visitation: Friday beginning 10 a.m. Burial: Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial may be made to the Bella Derig Memorial Account for child Abuse at First Interstate Bank, Parkland Branch. Dyrer Mortuary in charge.
[News Tribune (Tacoma, WA), Friday, July 29, 1988 - Submitted by Maurene Miller]

KOLB, Rudolph

Rudolph C. (Dutch) Kolb, 74, passed away in Madras, Oregon, July 26, 1988. He was born February 21, 1914 in Elbe. He retired from the State Dept. of highways, February 1976 with a 38 year certificate award for “Meritorious Service”. He moved to national, now Ashford in the early 40’s and lived in the same area until he remarried and moved to Puyallup in March 1988.

He was a graduate of Eatonville H.S. and a member of the 1931 basketball team that won the State Class B Championship and was a member of the Elbe Grange. An avid traveler since he retired, he and his wife Agnes were on bus tour in Oregon when he was stricken. He was the patriarch of the Kolb family and a member of the pioneer Lutkens family that helped settle the Town of Elbe.

He leaves to mourn in his passing his wife, Agnes; sons, Rudolph Lee, Portland, Oregon; Eugene, Mossyrock; daughters, Beverly Anderson, Ashford, Elise Cline; Gig Harbor, Goldie McCamey, Ocaia, Florida; step-children, Edwin Krops, Eatonville; Joseph Krops, Kelso; James Krops, Waterville; Margaret O’Neil, Kapowsin; 18 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at All Saints Catholic Church, 509 3rd St. S.W., Puyallup, Saturday, 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests cards or memorials to a favorite charity. Arrangement by Fir Lane Funeral Home.
[News Tribune (Tacoma, WA), Friday, July 29, 1988 - Submitted by Maurene Miller]


The Tacoma News insists upon an investigation of the alleged suicide of J. W. Clark, which occurred in that city, Feb. 19.
[The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR) – Saturday, March 10, 1883]

STOREY, Denise

Denise J. Storey Age 55, of Dash Point, formerly of Bonney Lake and Tacoma, passed away peacefully June 7, 2013. She was born Nov. 1, 1957, in Soap Lake to Henry and Meeka Bruenn; she graduated from Wilson High and Tacoma CC, where she met her husband of 35 years, Doug Storey. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she is survived by her husband Douglas M. Storey, daughters Leslie (Loren) Schauf and Erin (Kevin) Worley, 5 grandchildren, mother Meeka, sisters Patricia Eillis, Susan Acuf, Lilly Van Slike, and Terri Victor, and brothers Von, Jon, and James Bruenn. Beside her father, she was preceded in death by her son Randy. A memorial honoring her life will be held on June 12th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Theresa's in Federal Way.
[The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) - Tuesday, June 11, 2013]

LaROSE, Beverly

Beverly Jean LaRose Born Nov. 25, 1922 in Cranbrook British Columbia, went to the "Garden of Heaven" on July 6, 2010. Beverly is survived by her 2 daughters, Cheryl McCarthy and Gail Martinez, 4 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. Memorial July 12, 2010; call family for more information.
[The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) - Saturday, July 10, 2010]

HEALY, Nella

Nella Mabel Healy, 79, of Gig Harbor, died September 14, 1991. Nella was a homemaker and attended The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, Key Center Ward.

Family member include; sons, William M. Yeim, Robert J., Tacoma; Michael W., Gig Harbor; sisters, Josephine McClure, LaVern, Calif.; Muriel Wallace, Olympia; grandchildren, Jessica Ellsworth, Robert Healy, William Healy; Michael Healy, Jr., Gerald Healy, Renee Healy, Mitchell Healy, Martin Fortin., Madonna Johnson, Michelle O’Neal and Debbie Dearing, 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services 12:30 p.m. Friday, September 20 at the Key Center Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Visitation before the service 11:30-12:30. Interment at Haven of Rest Memorial Park, Gig Harbor.
[The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) - Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1991.  Contributed by Maurene Richard Miller]


Mrs Mary Dwyer, for many years a resident of this city, and widow of James Dwyer, formerly a well known railroad man, who in 1851 was killed while employed as yardmaster for the old Memphis system at Fort Smith, died yesterday at her home in Tacoma, Wash., messages to that effect having been received here by her brother, Fire Chief Joe Ausman and other relatives.  The funeral services will be held there tomorrow, and burial will be made at Tacoma.

Mrs Dwyer was for many years a resident of Fort Scott, and though she has been absent from the city for a number of years, retains a host of friends here who will regret to learn of her death.  She is survived by her mother, who is now a guest at the home of a daughter near Helper; three children, Mrs Nellie Alsip and Frank Dwyer, both of whom reside at Tacoma, and another daughter, Mrs Ed Manning of Joplin.  Two brothers, Joe and Frank Ausman, also survive.
[Fort Scott Kansas Semi Weekly Tribune-Monitor (Fort Scott, KS) - Tuesday, July 15, 1913]


A man named Isaac Fredrichsen, a Russian Finn, met with a terrible accident in the Tacoma saw mill on Wednesday afternoon.  While working near one of the saws, a belt broke, and he was struck a hard blow in the face with a piece of the leather, throwing him upon the saw.  The teeth cut through his right shoulder and collar bone down close to the cavity of the chest, cutting and tearing the flesh as only a circular saw can do.  Recovery is impossible.
[The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, June 16, 1877]


To Save His Mother
Tacoma, May 31 – At 6 o’clock this evening, Frank Derville, aged 60, came home intoxicated, quarreled with his wife, drew a big knife and rushed upon her.  His 12-year-old-son, Jack, picked up a gun and shot his father was the latter was attacking his mother, the old man falling dead almost instantly.  The family resides in the town of Stellacoom, 12 miles from this city, where the shooting took place.  The boy was not arrested.  The people of the town consider the killing as justifiable.  The Derville family is well known in the West, being prominent on the variety stage.
[Moro Leader (Moro, OR) – Wednesday, June 1, 1898]


Sue E. Wilsie, 73, of Puyallup, died Oct. 18, 1993. Born Dec. 3, 1919 at Ethel, WA. Sue was the oldest daughter of Harry and Nellie Fleming. She graduated from Onalaska High School in 1937 and attended Centralia Business College.

She married Stephen (Ed) Wilsie of Puyallup on Feb. 27, 1943 and moved to Ashford, WA where they resided for 49 years.

In 1979 she retired from the National Park Service at Mt. Rainier National Park as a secretary to the superintendent after 27 years. She was past president of the Ashford PTA and past matron of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by a daughter, Sharon and son-in-law, Grant Miller, Bainbridge Island, granddaughter, Stephenie, Oklahoma City, OK; grandson, Jason Centralia; sister Betty Gaudreau, Centralia; sister-in-law, Mary Alice Fleming, Chehalis; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen in 1992.

Memorial Services Sat., Oct, 23, 11 a.m. Fir Lane Memorial Chapel.

[The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) - Thursday, October 21, 1993 - Contributed by Maurene Richard Miller]


Floyd Eugene Borneman

Floyd will be missed by family and the many friends he has made over the years as a pipe fitter. Born in Manchester, WA January 20, 1946. He was caring, wise, and ornery to the end.

He is survived by wife Chey, sons Brad, Andy, Luke, grandsons Ryan, Collin, and Dylan.

He passed away peacefully August 19, 2009 at age 63.

[The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) - Saturday, August 22, 2009.  Contributed by Maurene Richard Miller]


Tacoma, Jan. 27 – Martin C. Hopkins, 81, a pioneer newspaperman of the west, died at his home here Sunday.  He gave Bill Nye his first newspaper job at Laramie, Wyo. And he later conducted papers at Salt Lake city, Helena, and Butte, and he was one of the founders of the Spokesman Review at Spokane.

[The Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR) - Tuesday, January 27, 1925]

WREN, Unknown


At her residence, near Steilacoom, W. T., Jan. 5th, of dysentery, Mrs. Wren, wife of Chas. Wren.

[The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OT) – Saturday, January 29, 1859]

DREW, Clark


At Steilacoom, W.T., on the 16th inst., Clark Drew, formerly of Portland, Oregon.

[The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, August 27, 1859]

BARKER, William

Rt. Rev Wm Morris Barker bishop of the jurisdiction of Olympia, died suddenly at his home in Tacoma Wash. on the 21st of angina pectoris age 46.  He leaves a widow and a daughter.

[Petersburg Pike County Democrat (Petersburg, IN) - Friday, March 1, 1901; Contributed by Chris Chambers]

ROWLAND, William

By a letter received from Mr William B Wilton of Steilacoom we learn that there is but little doubt that Capt William M Rowland who formally resided about five miles below this place was drowned about six miles below Steilacoom, some two weeks ago by the upsetting of a whale boat, in which himself and an Indian had started from Bellingham Bay for this place.  The Indian escaped by swimming ashore, but Capt Rowland clung to the boat in the hope of saving it and perished before aid could reach him after her perilous situation was made known,  Every effort was made by Mr Wilton and others to relieve Capt Rowland but without avail.

[Washington Pioneer (Olympia,WT) - Saturday, January 28, 1854; Contributed by Chris Chambers]


Vaughn R. Boucher, Tacoma, died in a Tacoma hospital last Saturday.  He was 53 years old.  Mr. Boucher was the State Highway Department in the vicinity of Olympia for the last sixteen years.  The funeral service was held in Tacoma today.  Burial took place in the Tacoma Cemetery.

[The Daily Olympian (Olympia, WA) – Monday, September 27, 1948]


Mrs. Etta May Boucher, aged 42 years, wife of Arthur J. Boucher, president of the Pacific Fuel company, died last night of consumption at the residence, 3212 North Twenty-sixth street.  Mrs. Boucher had been in failing health for a long time and returned home about a month ago from a sojourn of several months east of the mountains, where she had sought relief in a change of climate.

Besides her husband she leaves two sons, Vaughn, aged 12, and Clinton, aged 14, her father, Joseph G. Ricker, and a sister and brother of Lee, Maine.  Mr. and Mrs. Boucher were married 16 years ago and have lived in Tacoma since that time.  Mrs. Boucher was a cultivated woman, a member of the Women’s Study club, and had won a large circle of friends during her residence here.  The funeral will be held from the residence Monday at 2 p.m.  Rev. W. D. Buchanan will conduct the services.  The interment will be at Tacoma cemetery.

[The Tacoma Daily News (Tacoma, WA) – Saturday, April 18, 1908]


Arlo Bradley Dies At Home.

Arlo Ray Bradley, 69, died Saturday evening at his home, 1117 W. 9th St. He was the owner of Arlo’s Bakery, which he built when he first came to Juneau in 1949 and operated until his death.

Mr. Bradley was born Oct. 24, 1891 in Vaughn Bay, Wash. And lived most of his life in various Washington communities and in Hood River, Ore. He was a veteran of World War I.

Surviving him are his wife, Pearl, in Juneau; two daughters, Beverly Kimball of San Francisco and Margaret Peterson of San Jose, Calif; and a son, Ray Bradley of Tahoe City, Calif.

Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Carter Chapel. The Rev. Richard Heacock, pastor of the Juneau Methodist Church will be the minister.

Private committal will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.

The Carter Chapel will be open this evening from 7 to 8 p.m. for those who wish to call.

[Daily Alaska Empire (Juneau, AK) - Tuesday, December 06, 1960 Submitted by O. & M. Kent, transcribed by cddd]

CURRAN, Stephen

Pioneer Resident of Tacoma Passes

Stephen Curran, 74, died Tuesday at his residence, 2502 South M street. A native of Galway, Ireland, he came to this country at the age of 15. For the past 50 years he lived in Tacoma, and had been in the employ of the water department for many years. He is survived by two sons, Michael J. and James P.; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Zehnder, Mrs. Agnes Whitaker, Mrs. B. Laska, and Mrs. Catherine Carlson; one brother, Patrick Curran; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, all of Tacoma. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9 o’clock at Holy Rosary church, the cortege leaving Gaffney’s at 8:40. Interment in Calvary cemetery. The rosary will be recited Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock in Gaffney’s chapel.

[Tacoma News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) - Thursday, July 13, 1939.  Submitted by Michael Carlson]

CURRAN, Hannah

Hannah Curran, 70, a Tacoma resident for 44 years died Tuesday at her home, 2502 So M st. She was a native of Ireland and besides her husband Stephen is survived by four daughters, Mrs May Zehnder, Mrs Agnes Whitaker, Mrs B. Laska and Mrs Catherine Carlson, all of Tacoma. Three sons, John C. of California, and Mike and James of Tacoma, 16 grand children and 3 great grand children. The body is at Cassedy & Allens.

[Tacoma Times (Tacoma, WA) - Tuesday, May 16, 1933.
  Submitted by Michael Carlson]

Curran, Mark

Mark Curran, 85, of 1211 ½ South 14th, died Thursday in a local hospital. Born in County Galway, Ire., he had lived 56 years in Tacoma. He was a retired meat packer from Carsten’s. He belonged to St Leo’s church. Survivors are his wife, Winnie; two sons, Lawrence of Bellingham and Stephen of Seattle; five daughters, Mrs. Delia Peterson and Mrs. Winnie Anderson, both of San Francisco; Mrs. Mary Peterson, Mrs. Ann Moyer and Mrs. Sarah Winsor, all of Tacoma, 20 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. The body will be taken Thursday afternoon to the home of a daughter, Mrs. Mary Peterson, 3807 South K, for the rosary to be recited at 8 p. M. Funeral services will be held Friday 9:30 a. M. St. Leo’s church, the cortege leaving the home at 9 a. M; burial in Calvary Cemetery under direction of Gaffney’s.

[Tacoma News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) - Thursday, November 1, 1945.  Submitted by Michael Carlson]

Curran, Patrick

Patrick Curran, 78, of 2315 South Sprague, died Tuesday in a local hospital. He was born in Galway, Ireland. He belonged to Holy Rosary church. Survivors are four sons, Michael of Graham, Edward of Tacoma, Earl of Alaska, Coleman of Australia; two daughters, Mrs. Kathryn Wallace and Mrs. Eleanor Beck, both of Tacoma; two grandchildren. Gaffney’s will announce the funeral.

[Tacoma News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) - Thursday, March 28, 1946.  Submitted by Michael Carlson]

Curran, Winnie

Winnie E. Curran, 83, of the Ozanam home died Thursday at a local hospital. She was a widow of Mark Curran who died two years ago. She had lived here 58 years. She was born in Galloway, Ireland and had been in this country 66 years. She was a member of St Leo’s Church. She is survived by two sons, Larry of Bellingham and Stephen of San Francisco, four daughters, Mrs. August Peterson and Mrs. Guy Windsor of Tacoma, and Mrs. Carl Peterson and Mrs. John Anderson of San Francisco; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Goodsell of Pontiac, Mich, and Mrs. J.E. LaValle, of St. Paul, and 20 grandchildren. Gaffney’s is in charge.

[Tacoma News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) - Saturday, January 17, 1948.  Submitted by Michael Carlson]



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