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Obituaries and Death Notices


While he was working as second loader in the camp of the Fir Tree Logging company 10 miles southeast of Olympia about 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon, E.L. Adams was struck by a cable in the head and was killed almost instantly. The body was brought in to the Jesse T. Mills Undertaking Co. parlor where it lies awaiting arrangements. The deceased was born in Oklahoma, but had lived most of his life in Washington. In addition to a father and mother he is survived by a wife, two sons Wesley and Fred and a daughter Viola. He was 32 years of age.

[Wednesday, November 14, 1917, Morning Olympian (Olympia, WA)- TE - sub by FoFG]

BAK, Andrine


Mrs. Andrine Bak, 92, resident of this county for the past nine years, passed away early Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. N. B. Helland, near Deep Lake, in the Plum Station neighborhood. Mrs. Bak was a native of Norway and came to this country 48 years ago. Surviving besides her daughter, Mrs. N. B. Helland, are ten grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Furneral services will be held from the Warnica and Warnica Funeral home Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Sayler officiating.

[From: The Daily Olympian, unknown date - Sub by KT]

BALL, Laura

EVANSVILLE – Mrs. George Ball, 94, for many years a resident of Evansville, died at her home in Olympia, Wash., Apr. 25. She had been living there with her daughter, Mrs. George Dell, formerly of Evansville, for a period of years. Surviving are Mrs. Dell, 13 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Funeral services and burial were at Olympia.

[Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) Tuesday, May 7, 1946; transcribed by FoFG mz]


Thirteen month old Garry Barker whose father Frank Barker lost his life a few months ago in a hunting accident near Olympia died Thursday night of last week at a local hospital.  Death followed a brief illness of pneumonia.  Mrs. Barker is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Frank Wick of Chehalis.  The body was removed to the Fissell Funeral Home.  Later it was taken to Olympia for funeral services and burial.

[Source: Chehalis Bee Nugget (Chehalis, WA) - Friday, February 28, 1936: Contributed by Chris Chambers]

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.

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

BRADY, Frank

Thrown from Train
Frank Brady Fatally injured on a train near Oakville.

      Frank Brady, a cook, aged 23 years was fatally injured while en route on a Northern Pacific passenger train from Elma to Olympia Thursday night. His assailant, an Austrian, was not apprehended and there is little likelihood the man will be arrested.

      Brady was removed to Olympia, where the doctors hold out no hope for his recovery. Peritonitis had developed and there was little chance for the man.

      The altercation occurred on the evening train out of the Harbor on December 24. Brady took the train at Elma for Olympia. He went to the smoking car, where a party of eight or ten Austrians were drinking. The young man left his seat to get a drink of water and during his absence one of the Austrians took his seat. Brady remonstrated and the Austrian grew indignant.

      About four miles east of Oakville while the train was running at a good rate of speed, Brady left the smoker and went to the platform: The Austrian followed him and renewed the trouble. Brady declared the Austrian drew a knife and stabbed him in the groin and then pushed him from the train. He rolled down an embankment sustaining very severe injuries. Apparently no one on the train except the assailant knew of Brady's plight.

      The trouble occurred about 6 o'clock Thursday night and it was not until 3 o'clock Friday afternoon that Brady was discovered. He was found by David Wheeless, an employe of the Elma Lumber Company who was walking from Gate to Oakville.

      When Brady was brought to Oakville he was conscious, but almost dead from exposure. In the fall from the train his hip had been broken, his foot smashed and the muscles of the abdomen torn and perforated. He evidently struck upon some blunt obstacle. His face was badly bruised. Dr. Van Winkle of Oakville temporarily dressed Brady's wounds and he was removed to Olympia.

[Source: The Centralia News - Examiner (Centralia, WA) - Friday, January 1, 1909; Contributed by Chris Chambers]


Olympia Youth Accident Victim
Carl Brown 15 Dies in Hospital From Gunshot Wound Not Yet Explained

Olympia Nov 27- Carl Brown 15, son of Mr and Mrs. William Brown, North Olympia, died today at St Peter's Hospital here from a shotgun wound received accidentally.

      Carl with his 16 year old brother Roy was on a duck hunting expedition along the shore of Gull Harbor, an arm of Puget Sound near Olympia, when the accident occurred. Carl was alone in a row boat about 75 feet off shore.  His brother was walking along the beach.

      Roy, hearing the shot and seeing his brother's plight swam out to the boat and rowed the craft to shore.  Carl died soon after he reached the hospital.

      Roy was unable to furnish an explanation of the accident.  Authorities believe the weapon was accidentally discharged as Carl caught hold of it to drag it toward him from the bottom of the boat.  The shot struck Carl in the chest penetrating his right lung, hospital attendants said.

[Source: Centralia Daily Chronicle (Centralia, WA) - Friday, November 27, 1931; Contributed by Chris Chambers]


Mrs. Ellen Walsh Cavanaugh

Mrs. Ellen Walsh Cavanaugh died in Bucoda on Sunday morning and the remains were shipped to Tacoma for internment. Deceased was fifty years of age and was visiting her daughter Mrs. J. B. Graybeal wife of Bucoda station agent at the time of her death.

[Source: The Centralia News - Examiner (Centralia, WA) - Friday, May 7 1909; Contributed by Chris Chambers]

CHENY, Martha

Pioneer of Olympia dies

Yakima, Wash Jan 12 - Mrs. Martha A Cheny age 86 who came to Washington several years ago and witnessed the erection of the first building in Olympia died here Sunday of causes incident to old age.

[Source: Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, MT) - Tuesday, January 13, 1920; Contributed by Chris Chambers]

CORMIER, Georgia

Death of Olympia Resident occurs

Olympia Oct 10 - Mrs. Georgia Cormier, 63, pioneer resident of Olympia died yesterday at the family home in the Johnson Hill district.  She had been in ill health for a year and last Tuesday suffered a stroke which hastened her death.

      Mrs. Cormier was born at Hubbard Ore. in 1868 and was married in Olympia to Larry Cormier in 1888 . They have resided here since their marriage with the exception of several years spent in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

       Surviving besides the husband are one daughter, Miss Marcelia Cormier, a teacher in the Lacey schools and three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Graham of Salem, Ore., Mrs. William Brown of Gervais, Ore, and Mrs. L H Linder of Los Angeles.

[Source: Centralia Daily Chronicle (Centralia, WA) - Saturday, October 10, 1931; Contributed by Chris Chambers]


An Old Pioneer Passes Away

A B Cowles, a resident of Olympia since 1877 and one of the most prominent citizens, died in Olympia on Saturday at the age of 70 years. Almost immediately after coming to Olympia he entered the office of the surveyor general and in the thirty years of his residence has been connected with that office. A short time ago failing health make it necessary for him to resign and the end was more or less expected. Besides his widow, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs Chas. Claypool of Fairbanks , Alaska, and Miss Helen Cowles of Olympia and two sons, J. Todd Cowles of Fairbanks and Henry D Cowles, vice-president of the Hunt and Mottet Company of Tacoma.

[Source: The Centralia News - Examiner (Centralia, WA) - Friday, February 14, 1908; Contributed by Chris Chambers]

DRAKE, Caroline

Mrs. Caroline Drake, 65 years old, died at her residence, 1010 Columbia street, at 4 o'clock this morning. The funeral will be held in the Presbyterian church at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, June 29, interment being in the Masonic cemetery. Deceased was a native of Indiana and came to Washington thirty years ago. She leaves a family of ten children, all of whom reside in Thurston County.

[The Olympia Daily Recorder, June 27, 1904 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

DRAKE, Lyman

DEATH OF LYMAN DRAKE Caused by a Fall He Received at South Union on Wednesday

Lyman D. Drake, the well known resident of South Union, died at 5 o'clock on Wednesday evening as the result of a fall he received but three hours before. Mr. Drake was a brick mason by trade and was engaged in constructing a chimney on a house belonging to D. R. Burdick, at South Union. Mr. Drake was at work on a scaffolding about twelve feet from the ground when it gave way, throwing the unfortunate man heavily on his head and shoulder. The result evidently was that his spine was broken. The immediate effect was that he lost his eyesight, but he retained consciousness until his death.

He was at once picked up and taken to the house but continued to grow worse. Three hours afterward he was moved to the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. J. Abbott, but died soon after being moved. He was 72 years of age and a wife and ten children, four boys and six girls, survive him. The funeral will be held this forenoon at 11 o'clock from the South Union church and interment will be in the Masonic cemetery.

[The Morning Olympian of Friday, October 20, 1899 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]



Ralph Dunbar Succumbs to a Stroke of Apoplexy This Morning

Olympia, Wash., Sept. 19-Chief Justice Ralph Dunbar of the Washington state supreme court, died here early this morning after a lingering illness of several weeks. The attending physician said that apparently apoplexy was the immediate cause of death, which occurred shortly after midnight.

Chief Justice Dunbar had been a member of the state supreme court since Washington was admitted to the Union and served three terms as chief justice. He was nominated without opposition on the non partisan judiciary ticket at the state-wide primary last week to succeed himself.

Ralph Oregon Dunbar was born in Schuyler County, Illinois, April 26, 1845, and when but 1 year old was taken by his parents across the plains and mountains by ox team to the Willamette valley, Oregon, where his father engaged in farming. He was educated at Willamette University and in 1867 moved to Olympia, where he took up the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1869. He was appointed clerk of the territorial supreme court in that year and served until 1871, when he moved to Yakima, where he practiced law until 1875, then moving to The Dalles, Or.

In 1877 he returned to --------- and the next year was elected a member of the upper house of the territorial legislature. He was returned as a member of the lower house in 1885 and was elected speaker. He served as chairman of the committee on public lands in the constitutional convention in 1889 and upon admission of the state to the Union mounted the supreme bench. He is survived by a widow and three children.

[Oakland Tribune, Oakland California September 19, 1912 - Sub by Shauna Williams]


Frank William Edgbert died 04 January 1935

Frank W. Edgbert, 89, Civil War veteran and pioneer of the Sound country, died at his home, Thomas and Conger streets, Friday evening.

Mr. Edgbert came to this state 46 years ago and engaged in business at Arcadia, operating a general store there until 17 years ago, when he retired and came to Olympia to reside. He was born in the state of New York August 10, 1845.

In early life Mr. Edgbert went to Chicago, and at the outbreak of the Civil War enlisted in the 91st Illinois Infantry. He had the distinction of being with the troops that participated in the funeral services for the martyred president, Abraham Lincoln. Following the war, Mr. Edgbert located in Indiana, and came from there to this state.

He was a member of the local post of the G. A. R., and his death further depleted the fast thinning ranks of the corps. Mrs. Edgbert died here in 1929. Surviving are two sons, Charles R., and Frank William, five daughters, Mrs. Irene (Hugh) Bridges, Mrs. Nellie (Wallace) Lott, Mrs. Emma (George) Green, Mrs. Clara (Henri) Schlottmann and Mrs. Florence (George) Carlo, and 27 grandchildren, all residents of the county. Mr. Edgbert was a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance congregation. The body is at the Mills parlor.

["The Daily Olympian," Olympia, Thurston County, Washington of 05 January 1935 - Sub. by Clara Jacobson]


Funeral services for Frank William Edgbert, 89, pioneer and Civil War veteran, will be held from the Mills chapel Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 with interment in the I.O.O.F. cemetery where full military honors will be accorded. Mr. Edgbert is survived by two sons, five daughters, 27 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mr. Edgbert engaged in business at Arcadia 46 years ago and was postmaster there for a number of years, and in early days traded extensively with the Indians. He retired 17 years ago and came to Olympia to live.

Note: Frank William Edgbert was the son of Fletcher William Edgbert and Almira Watson. He was born on August 10, 1845 in Harrisburg, New York. He married Delia Vianna Sharp on September 2, 1875 in Grundy County, Illinois.

[The Sunday Olympian (Olympia, WA) - Sunday, January 6, 1935 - Sub. by Clara Jacobson]


Mrs. Lester Furlong, formerly Evelyn Merrill, passed away Monday morning at her mother’s home in Gate after a prolonged illness.

[Morning Olympian (Olympia, WA) – Thursday, January 6, 1927]

GLEANHAM, Hamilton

Hamilton Gleanham, a young man well known in the vicinity of Olympia, Wash., was killed Sunday afternoon while hunting deer near Yelm by the accidental discharge of a gun which he held in his hand.

[Columbia courier. (Kennewick, Wash.) October 16, 1903]


Mr. Hildebrand, of Olympia, has lost three children within a week by diphtheria.

[Grant County News (Canyon City, OR) – Saturday, November 15, 1879]

HILL, Hazel

Hazel Hill Passes Away At Olympia, Washington

Hazel Hill, one of the nine-year-old twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Hill of this city died at Olympia, Wash., Feb. 5, 1921.  The two girls have been going to school at Oakville, and staying with an uncle.

Hazel was taken suddenly ill Wednesday morning and was taken to Olympia Thursday and operated on for appendicitis.  Word was sent to her parents and Mrs. Hill left Friday but was too late, as the little girl died before her mother could arrive.

Hazel was born in Springfield, Oct. 26, 1912.  Besides her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Hill, and twin sister, Wavel Hill, are two brothers, Freeman and Archie and a sister, Belzona.

The funeral was held at the Walker chapel Tuesday at 2:30 o'clock.  Rev. Harry Neet officiated, followed by interment in Laurel Hill cemetery.

[The Springfield News (Springfield, OR) - Thursday, February 10, 1921]


FATAL ACCIDENT – George F. Hoffman, a well known, popular young man residing at Olympia, was found dead at Tumwater on the 4th instant. An investigation showed that he had, in the dark, fallen down an embankment, struck a stump, fractured his skull and died almost instantly.

[Willamette Farmer (Salem, OR) – Saturday, March 16, 1872 - JD - Sub by FoFG]


Thomas Allen Hollcraft, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. T.P. Hollcraft died at the family residence, at 2: 45 o’clock this morning. He was 15 years old July 27, last. Death resulted from pulmonary tuberculosis, complicated with a heart trouble. He had been a sufferer since last February.

[Thursday, September 23, 1909 Olympia Daily Recorder (Olympia, WA) - TE - Sub by FoFG]

HOUSE, Carol

Others killed last evening were Carol J. House, 17, Tumwater, Thurston county, the Associated Press reported...Miss House died when the trailer of a truck slammed through a freeway fence in Olympia and struck her car. The cab of the truck, driven by Aaron Kuhlman, 33, Tumwater, who was unhurt, remained on a freeway approach from Olympia to Highway 410. Gasoline spewed from the trailer and caught fire, spreading flames along several hundred feet of highway.

[The Seattle Times (Seattle, WA) – Thursday, November 23, 1967]

HURD, Alice

On the 11th ult., Alice Lillian, infant daughter of Mrs. J. K. Hurd, of Olympia, W.T.

[The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, March 26, 1859]

KENNEDY, William

Dr. William Kennedy, 82, died Thursday, March 27, in the Washington State Soldiers’ Home in Orting. He was born on Dec. 25, 1897, in Woods, OR, and had lived in Olympia from 1947 to 1964. Dr. Kennedy was a dentist and was retired. He was a 60-year member of the Tillamook Masonic Lodge F and AM. Surviving are his wife, Christel, Olympia; one son, Robert, Venice, CA; one daughter, Margaret Kennedy, Portland, OR; a stepdaughter, Magdalena Spicher, Olympia; also eight grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 1, at 1 PM in the Washington State Soldiers’ Home in Orting. Rev. Archie Freeman will officiate. Burial will follow in the Soldiers’ Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hill Funeral Home, Puyallup.

[Daily Olympian, March 29, 1980 - Submitted by Kathie Marynik]


Injuries Fatal

Olympia July 28.  F. J. Kohten, farmer at Union Mills for the past 17 years died yesterday from injuries received Saturday in an accidental fall at his home.  He is survived by his widow and one son William both of Union Mills and three brothers and one sister residing in Germany.

[Source: Centralia Daily Chronicle (Centralia, WA) - Thursday, July 28 1932; Contributed by Chris Chambers]

LaVIGNE, Edwin

Edwin A. LaVigne passed away on September 21, 2005 after a long illness.

He was born on September 30, 1929 in Olympia to Willard Oliver and Rosella Anna (Thunder) LaVigne. He was employed by Georgia Pacific for 17 years until he bought Lacey Valve Grinding, which he operated for 20 years until he retired to Shelton.

He was preceded in death by his father; mother; brother, Bill LaVigne; and sister, Dorothy Hall.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Betty LaVigne; son, Randy LaVigne, of Oregon; daughter, Susie LaVigne, of Oregon; three stepchildren, Ron Wilmoth, Patricia Brochu, and Mike Wilmoth, all of Olympia; ten grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful companion, "Freckles".

He enjoyed traveling with his wife, auto racing, watching sports, bird watching, and viewing nature and the outdoors. At his request, there will be no funeral services.

[The Olympian (WA) - Sunday, September 25, 2005.  Contributed by Maurene Richard Miller]


Death of Gov. Mason – C. H. Mason, Secretary of Washington Territory, died at Olympia on Friday night, July 22d.  He had at different times acted as Governor of the Territory.  He was buried on the Monday following, and the Pioneer & Democrat says his funeral was attended by the largest concourse of citizens ever present on a similar occasion in the Territory.  The religious services were conducted by the Rev. Dr. McCarty, after which most impressive and touching eulogy was pronounced by his friend – in life and death – Gov. Stevens.  During the services, and while proceeding to the grave, minute guns were fired, and the various bells of the city tolled the sad requiem of the departed.  Gov. Mason was a little over forty years of age.

[The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, August 6, 1859]

McFADDEN, William

Wm H McFadden of Olympia died at St. Peters hospital in that city Tuesday evening aged 65 years.  Mr. McFadden was well known to all the old timers of Lewis county.

[Source: Chehalis Bee Nugget (Chehalis, WA) - Friday, January 1, 1904; Contributed by Chris Chambers]


Deaths reported this week
M A Messeggee

MA Messeggee a resident of Olympia died in a local hospital Thursday night.  Mr and Mrs Messeggee left Olympia about a week ago for California and Mr Messeggee was suddenly taken ill here.  He was an aerial photographer in the World War.  Funeral services were held in Olympia Sunday.

[Marion A. Messegie ?]

[Source: Chehalis Bee Nugget (Chehalis, WA) - Friday, November 18, 1927; Contributed by Chris Chambers]

MILLER, Freeman

Freeman C. Miller, 87, passed away at the Nisqually Valley Care Center in McKenna, Wash. on March 17, 2006. Freeman was born Sept. 20, 1918, in Millersburg, Penn. to Cyrus E. Miller and Ella Selena Lenker.

During his childhood, Freeman helped his grandfather on his farm in Pennsylvania. He later left grade school to work in a local restaurant.
Freeman joined the United States Army at the beginning of World War II and served stateside as a cook and baker where he rose to the rank of sergeant. After he was discharged from the Army, Freeman worked as a warehouse man for Mt. Rainier Ordinance Depot (Fort Lewis) and later at the Puget Sound Naval shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. He retired after 29 years of service.

While Freeman was stationed at Fort Lewis, he met and married E. Fern McKernan of Tacoma, Wash., on Oct. 15, 1943. They were married 36 years when she passed away on Sept. 23, 1983, while the couple were living in Yelm, Wash. Freeman then met and married Mary Housden, of McKenna, Wash., on April 27, 1986 at the Yelm Prairie Bowling Lanes. Freeman was enthusiastically adopted and lovingly accepted into Mary’s family.

His friends and family will fondly remember Freeman’s delight when he was surrounded by people having a good time, be it a birthday party for a grandchild or a bowling league dinner. We all cherish the memory of his happy, distinctive laugh ringing out at a backyard barbecue.

Dad was an avid fisherman, and his daughter Mickey fondly remembers bobbing around in Puget Sound every Sunday of her younger years in the 1950s and 1960s while Freeman caught fish and Mickey drowned bait. Dad was also an accomplished bowler, and he and Mary continued to bowl frequently and competitively until shortly before his passing.

Freeman was a meticulous gardener. His lawn was always mowed, his gardens weed-free, and he was a master of the perfectly pruned hedge.

Freeman and Mary had a motor home and traveled the area for many years, camping on local beaches, usually with family. He also enjoyed working on paint-by-number pictures and hooking rugs.

Freeman is survived by: his daughter, Mickey (Don) Pederson of Puyallup, Wash.; his stepdaughter, Diana (Jim) Clevenger, Olympia, Wash.; his stepson, Bill (Donna) Housden, of McKenna, Wash.; two grandchildren, Stephen Smith of Richmond, Va. and Teri King of Fort Hood, Texas; five step-grandchildren, Kari Larson of Doty, Wash., John Housden of Tacoma, Wash, Kristina Reninger of McKenna, Wash., Brenda Linderkamp, Graham, Wash., Nicki Medicus, Georgia, and Dani Frost, Yelm, Wash; also, nine great-grandchildren. Freeman’s younger brother, Kenneth, preceded him in death in 1971.

Dad was a humble, quiet man and requested that there be no services. We will respect that wish.

["Nisqually Valley News", Yelm, Washington, March 24, 2006 - Sub. by Mrs. Carole Dick]

MILLER, George

Death of George Miller, Formerly of Thurston

Vancouver, May 15.-George Miller, aged 42, died here Monday of pneumonia at the St. Joseph's hospital. He was born in Thurston county, Washington, January 9, 1860. He left no family other than several grown brothers, who are prominent citizens here.

[Olympia Record (Olympia, WA), Wednesday, May 15, 1907 - Transcribed by Colleen Weeks Breeden]

OSTRANDER, Nathaniel

Dr. Ostrander of Olympia died this morning.

[Source: Centralia Chronicle (Centralia, WA) - Friday, February 7, 1902; Contributed by Chris Chambers]


Today's Anniversaries- March 4

1891 - Rt. Rev John A Paddock first Episcopal bishop of Olympia Wash. died at Santa Barbara ,Cal.  Born at Norwich, Conn Jan 1825.

[Source: Laredo Times (Laredo, TX) - Sunday, March 9, 1919; Contributed by Chris Chambers]


D.S. Palsley, Olympia Pioneer Dies

David S Palsley, a retired capitalist of Olympia died Christmas evening after an illness of only a few hours at his home in that city. Mr Palsley was 75 years of age and had lived in Olympia since 1888. A widow survives him in Olympia and two brothers and two sisters in his old home in the East.

[Source: The Centralia News - Examiner (Centralia, WA) - Friday, January 1, 1909; Contributed by Chris Chambers]


Fatal fight in Tenino
Henry Patburg Dies from result of injuries

On Christmas night Andrew Benson and Henry Patburg engaged in a fist fight in Tenino. The fight resulted in Patburg being knocked down, his head striking on the sidewalk, The injured man was taken to Olympia, but died on Monday. Benson is held under bonds. Benson says that he was currying a vicious horse in a livery stable in Tenino on Christmas evening and Patburg came into the barn in a drunken condition and began to caress the horse and then to swing on the horse's neck. Benson says that he ordered Patburg, who was a stranger to him, to get out of the road and be careful of the horse, which Patburg refused to do. Whereupon Benson says that he ejected Patburg from the barn and went back to work,

      In a few moments he says he was disturbed by a noise behind him and turned to find the stranger holding a large rock and acting as if he would throw the missile. Benson says that he waited no longer and mixed with Patburg at once. He says that he struck Patburg twice with his fist each time on the side of the head. The last time he says that Patburg fell heavily to the sidewalk and struck his head.

      Patburg was a resident of Bossburg, Eastern Washington and was a single man, about 28 years of age. It is not known if he has any relatives or not. He had been cutting cord wood near Tenino for sometime and was in town on a holiday spree at the time of his quarrel with Benson.

[Source: The Centralia News - Examiner (Centralia, WA) - Friday, January 1, 1909; Contrbiuted by Chris Chambers]

POWE, William

Killed by Auto

Olympia-Dec 6-Blinding side lights are declared responsible for the taking of another human life here Tuesday night, with William Powe, 11-year-old Olympia school boy as the latest victim.  He died instantly.

      Edward Cammarano 5631 South K street Tacoma and one of the proprietors of the Cammarano Bottling Works of Tacoma was the driver of the truck which ran down the bicycle young Powe was riding on the Pacific Hightway in the east outskirts of Olympia.

[Source: Centralia Daily Chronicle (Centralia, Wa) - Thursday, December 6, 1928; Contributed by Chris Chambers]


Celia Amelia Rippley, 99, a resident of Monmouth, Oregon and formerly a resident of Olympia and Tumwater, Washington, died at her home on Sunday, November 28, 2004. She was born in Lind, Washington on December 24, 1904.She is survived by her son, Melvin Collins, of Monmouth, Oregon; daughter, Carol Lee Strickland, of Lee Summit, Missouri; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Juno, of Olympia, Washington; and many nieces and nephews. Graveside services will begin at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 3, 2004, at the Odd Fellows Memorial Park in Tumwater, Washington. The Dallas Mortuary Chapel in Dallas, Oregon is handling the arrangements.

[Source: The Olympian (Olympia, WA) — Thursday, December 2, 2004]


Pioneer is Killed by Falling Tree

Olympia, Wash., Sept. 5 – Watson Rodenberger, a well known blacksmith of Shelton, was killed yesterday while out hunting in the woods near that place by a falling tree.

It appears that he and his wife were camping near Lost Prairie and during the day he went out hunting and in some way was caught by a falling tree.

Mr. Rodenberger was one of the best know pioneers of Mason county, having run a shop at Shelton for a number of years. He was about 60 years of age and the father of a large family. His wife, one daughter and two sons survive him.

There were formerly three other grown sons in the family, but grim tragedy appears to pursue the family. Within the past six years one son was accidentally drowned, another accidentally shot and the third died of quick consumption contracted by accidentally falling in the bay in the winter, the father's death now making the fourth tragedy.

[The Spokesman Review, Sept. 6, 1907, Spokane, Washington - Sub by Robyn Greenlund]


Drowned – We regret to state that Mr. Levi L. Smith, who had been elected a member of the Legislature for Lewis county, was drowned about the middle of last month, in the Puget's Sound, near Newmarket.  He was alone in a canoe, and being subject to fits, it is presumed that his untimely death was in consequence of having been seized with them while on the water.  - Oregon Free Press.

[Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OT) – Thursday, October 26, 1848]


Mrs Stewart's will valid
Olympia woman left her property to friends and relatives vainly contested.
Special to the New York Times

Tacoma, Wash, June 9

      Judge Miller in his decision at Vancouver in the contest case on the will of Abbie Howard Hunt Stewart of Olympia held the will to be a valid document.  Mrs Stewart, the famous pioneer and club woman, died in San Francisco in January 1902 leaving the bulk of her estate to her closest friends, Mrs. Eva Gove of Tacoma, Mrs. Sarah M Utt of Pasadena, Cal and Mary Lowe Dickinson of New York, the latter a charitable and philanthropic worker of National repute.  Her blood relatives were cut off with pittances.

      Eastern relatives, including a brother, John Hunt of Lynn, Mass contested  the will.  The testamentary capacity of the deceased was the chief issue.  The case may be carried to the State Supreme Court.

      Mrs. Stewart was the wife of Col Robert G Stewart, a pioneer of Olympia, who died many years ago. On his death Mrs. Stewart managed the estate, and not only kept it intact, but greatly increased it.  She was the founder of a woman's club, the oldest organization of its kind in the Northwest.

[Source: New York Times (New York, NY) - Wednesday, June 10 1903; Contributed by Chris Chambers]


Mrs Stoltenberg of Gate died on Friday last of neuralgia of the heart. Deceased was born in Germany and was sixty years of age at the time of her death. She is survived by her husband and one son Henry Birholdz and a stepson Peter Stoltenberg. Funeral services were held on Monday at the Union Chapel. Rev H. S. Black of Centralia preached the funeral sermon.

[Source: The Centralia News-Examiner (Centralia, WA) - Friday, May 7, 1909; Contributed by Chris Chamber]

STONE, William

Tenino Man Suicides

William Stone, lately employed in the Blumauer mill at Tenino cut his throat with a razor on Sunday.  He was found in the evening and taken to hospital in Olympia.  He died on Monday afternoon.  Stone was unmarried and had lived in Tenino about five years.

[Source: The Centralia New - Examiner (Centralia, WA) - Friday, April 30, 1909; Contributed by Chris Chambers]


On the 7th ult., Fanny Belle, aged 10 years, only daughter of James Tilton, of Olympia, W.T.

[The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, March 5, 1859]

TRYSLER, Estella

Mrs. Estella M. Trysler died at the family home in Gate this morning.  She was 72 years old.  Mrs. Trysler was born in Clark County, Wisconsin, February 6, 1871, and lived at Gate the last 17 years.  She was a member  of the Adventist Church.  Surviving is the husband; three sons by a former marriage, John Hodges, George and LaVerne Hodges of Hoquiam; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Scott, Olympia; Emily Siby, Iva Gates and Ester Johnson, all living in Wisconsin.  Funeral services will be held at the church in Gate.  The time will be announced by Mills and Mills.

[The Daily Olympian (Olympia, WA) – Wednesday, February 17, 1943]

Funeral services for Mrs. Estella M. Trysler, who died in the family home in Gate Wednesday morning, will be held in the Gate Community Church, Monday, starting at 1 o’clock.  Burial will take place in Mima Cemetery.  Mrs. Trysler was 72 years of age.    She had lived at Gate the last 17 years.  She was a member  of the Adventist Church.  Surviving are the widower, John; three sons by a former marriage, John, George and LaVerne Hodges, all of Hoquiam; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Scott, Olympia; Mrs. Emily Sibley, Mrs. Iva Gates and Mrs. Esther Johnson, all living in Wisconsin.  Mills and Mills are in charge of the services.

[The Daily Olympian (Olympia, WA) – Friday, February 19, 1943]


The funeral service for John Trysler will be held in Mills & Mills chapel this Monday afternoon, starting at three o’clock.  The Reverence Clarence Seeley will officiate at the service.  Burial will take place in the Masonic Cemetery.  Mr. Trysler was a logger and worked in most of the larger logging camps of Thurston and Lewis counties.  He made his home in Gate, Washington, for several years.  Mr. Trysler lived in Olympia with Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Robinson, 1927 Legion Way East, for the last five years.

[The Sunday Olympian (Olympia, WA) – Sunday, November 13, 1949]

TYRELL, Rebekah

Mrs. Rebekah Tyrell died near Toledo, Wash., a few days ago. She was the widow of F. W. Tyrell, and had been a resident of Bucoda for some years. She crossed the plains in 1849, and first settled in Oregon.

[East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, June 9, 1900 - JD - Sub by FoFG] 


Vancouver Relatives Attend Funeral of Mrs. Roy Vandervort

Mr. Roy Vandervort of Vancouver was called here Monday on account of the serious illness of his wife, who was here visiting her sister, Mrs. Abbie Sholtz.  Mrs. Vandervort died Tuesday and the body was shipped to Vancouver Wednesday for burial.  Relatives from out of town who came to attend the funeral services Wednesday were her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Oakley; an aunt, Mrs. Geo. Diggs, and grandmother, Mrs. M. A. Kinne from Shelton; her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Noble from Rignall; and cousin, Mrs. Clarence Saeger of Shelton.

Mrs. Vandervort’s mother, Mrs. Jennie Purdy of Tomah, Wis., who has been here visiting for the past few months, Mrs. Vandervort’s sister, Mrs. Abbie Sholtz, and the husband, Mr. R. Vandervort, left with the body for Vancouver.

[Morning Olympian (Olympia, WA) – Friday, February 4, 1921]


Charles Van Quartheint of Tenino was killed last Saturday by being struck in the head by a piece of log.  He worked in the camp of Harm and Brown.  The remains were taken to Olympia for burial.  The internment took place on Tuesday in the Masonic Cemetery.

[Source: The Centralia News - Examiner (Centralia, WA) - Friday, April 30, 1909; Contributed by Chris Chambers]


Washington Territory
Alfred Washburn of Olympia died very suddenly on Friday of heart disease.

[Source: Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) - Tuesday, March 22 1870; Contributed by Chris Chambers]

WILSON, William

Olympian Taken by Sudden Death

Olympia, Nov 24 William Wilson widely known Olympian business man and philanthropist died suddenly Sunday morning during a golf match with three friends at the Olympian Golf and County Club. He was 53 years old.

      Mr. Willson had not complained of feeling ill and had been in high spirits during the game according to his companions Roy Huggett, Frank P Christensen and F M Osterhout all of Olympia.

      Born September 26, 1877 in Oroville, Cal.  Mr Wilson removed to Olympia in 1920 and entered a partnership with L L Hunter in real estate and loans.  Before coming to Olympia Mr Wilson was a brakeman and conductor for the Northern Pacific Railway for 22 years operating in various parts of the state.

      In 1916 he became associated with A. E. Zabel , Olympia theater owner and in 1923 with Mr Zabel built a large theater here and closed the three smaller houses.  Moving to the security bank building in 1924 Mr Wilson and Mr Hunter secured adequate quarters for the largest insurance and loan business in the city.  About six months ago they sold their interests to J E Mitchell.  One of Mr Wilson's successful business ventures was the Baker Feed and Fuel company.

      Mr Wilson never married and his only survivor is a sister Mrs. Will Bowman, also of Olympia.  He was a member of the Olympia Elks Lodge, Rotary club , Chamber of Commerce  and the Olympia Golf and Country Club.  His home was at 1017 Capitol Way.

      Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 o'clock from the Mills funeral chapel.  The Rev Frank E Carlson officiating.  Burial will be in the masonic cemetery.

[Source: Centralia Daily Chronicle (Centralia, WA) - Monday, November 24, 1930; Contributed by Chris Chambers]

YOUNG, William

Wm. Young, proprietor of the New England Hotel, at Olympia, was found dead in his dead in his bed with a cigar in his mouth and a copy of the Police Gazette in his hand, on the 17th. 

[Grant County News (Canyon City, OR) – Saturday, May 10, 1879, JD - Sub by FoFG]


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