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Independent Enterprise
Thursday, September 17, 1953
MACLACHLAN, LYNN RALPH
Community Concert President Dies Sun. In Ontario Hospital

Funeral services were conducted yesterday for Lynn Ralph MacLachlan, president of the local Community concert association, who died Sunday morning. Mr. MacLachlan was stricken Saturday evening while visiting at the Payette home of Charles Johnston.

He had been president of the concert group since it was founded and he was also a charter member of the Malheur County Knife and Fork club. Mr. MacLachlan lived in Ontario during the past eight years.

His other interests included the Malheur County Welfare commission, the Farm Home administration, the Ontario projects committee, the Ontario Kiwanis club, Toastmasters club and the American Legion.

Survivors include his widow, two daughters and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Ontario.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, November 28, 1990
MACOMBER, ALBERT THOMAS
Albert Thomas "Al" Macomber, 80, Payette, died Nov. 26 in an Ontario hospital. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Pajaro Valley Memorial Park, Watsonville, Calif. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Shaffer-Memory Chapel, Payette.

Note: Albert Macomber was born 12-8-1909 and died 11-26-1990. ch

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, October 27, 1960
MAIN, ALFRED JOSEPH
Last Rites Held for Alfred J. Main, 60

Services were conducted Monday for Alfred Joseph Main, 60, of Fruitland, who died last Wednesday when he was hit by a truck near Fruitland.

He was born Sept. 17, 1900, in Liberty, Nebr., and came to Payette from South Dakota 18 years ago.

Survivors include five sons, John of Fruitland, Lyle of North Park, Colo., Joseph of Neward, N.J., Melvin of Seattle, and Avery of Boise; three daughters, Miss Ramona Main and Mrs. Lois Cantrell of Dana, Calif., Miss Alice Main of Coos Bay, Ore.; his step-mother, Mrs. Ella Main of Payette; two brothers, John of Portland, and Omar of Parma; two sisters, Mrs. Fern Bradley of Hudson, Colo., and Mrs. Rose Bodkin of Phillip, S.D., six half-brothers and one half-sister.

Services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Shaffer chapel with the Rev. William Clark officiating and interment was held at Riverside.

Independent Enterprise
December 18, 1958
MANSER, HARRY CROCKETT
Harry Manser, 73, Rites Held Monday

Services were held Monday at the Shaffer Memory Chapel for Harry Crockett Manser, 73, of Fruitland, who died Friday in an Ontario Nursing home.

He was born in Outagamie county, Wisconsin, on Nov. 29, 1885 and came to Fruitland in 1919 from Seattle. He was married to Claire Hellene Behling on March 6, 1906 at Appleton, Wis.

Mr. Manser was a member of the Methodist church.

He is survived by his wife in Fruitland; two sons, Lawrence C. of New Plymouth and Shirley H. of Payette; a daughter Miss Lona L. Manser of Boise; a brother, L. R. Manser of Fruitland; a sister Mrs. Maude E. Stephens of Berkeley, Calif.; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The Rev. Raymond A. Thompson of Fruitland officiated at the services and interment was held at Rosedale.

Note: He is actually buried at Parkview Cemetery, New Plymouth. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Idaho Daily Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho)
Monday, May 05, 1902
MARQUARDSEN, EMIL
PAYETTE FUNERAL

Remains of Emil Marquardsen Committed to the Grave
Payette, May 4 - The funeral of Emil Marquardsen occurred today from the German Lutheran church, which was crowded to overflowing. The casket was tastefully covered with beautiful white and red roses, lillies and other flowers. Rev. Mr. Hansen officiated. a large concourse of people followed the remains to the cemetery. Thus ends what under other circumstances might have been a bright and a useful citizen.

Emil Marquardsen was born 28 years ago near the city of Kiel, Germany. He came to Payette eight years ago. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

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MARSTERS, ALVIN ELIAS
Payette - Alvin Elias "Al" Marsters, 60, Payette, died Sept. 23, 1996, in an Ontario care center surrounded by his loving family. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of the Brethren, one block south of Main Street, Fruitland. Private inurnment will follow at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Chimes, Meridian.

He was born May 20, 1936, at Boise, a son of Leo Elias and Lucile Lulu Miller Marsters. He was raised in High Valley and Meridian through his early years. He enjoyed his young years growing up in High Valley, showing his grandad's Angus cattle with his cousin Joe and helping with his dad's racehorses. He married Joan Newland, Aug 24, 1956. They started their life together in Phoenix, where Al attended college. The moved to the ranch at Ola and settled in Payette in 1958.

Al began his career as a rancher, later managing Marsters Implement Company at Marsters Motors. He was elected Probate Judge and served as Magistrate Judge for Payette County and Interim Magistrate Judge for Washington County. He was general manager of TVO, a facility for mentally and physically challenged adults. His most recent success was his heirloom sign company that he started with his wife, Joan.

A few of his many achievements which brought him pride were his family, Outstanding Jaycee of the Year, his representation in Washington D.C. as the White House Conference physically challenged delegate, and Idaho Physically Handicapped Citizen of the Year.

Al overcame many obstacles in his life, never complaining. He always took on life with a sense of humor, quick wit, and a positive attitude. He was courageous in life beyond all expectations and we love him for it. He taught us the true meaning of courage. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his parents, kids and grandkids. His love of family always came first.

Al and Joan celebrated their special 40th wedding anniversary at home with the generous help of United Ambulance, Ben Roberts, Twila Stiles and Hazel Walker. Too numerous to mention individually would be all of Al's friends at the care center who made it our home away from home - to them we give an extra special thanks.

"Dad, we know you lived life to the fullest. You were an inspiration to all who knew you. We will carry you in our hearts forever.

Your loving kids, wife, family and friends.

We miss you."

Survivors include his wife, Joan Marsters of Payette; four children, Alee and Randy Leighton of Hailey, Doug and Jill Marsters of Middleton, Greg and Lara Marsters of Meridian and Amber and Grant Borge of Emmett; five grandchildren Marcy and Josh Marsters, Kahn and Talon Borge, Justine Martin; his parents, Leo and Lucile Marsters of Payette; a sister and brother-in -law, Darlene and Phil Skelly of Payette; nieces, Danae, Jerry and Christana Morelock of Baker City; aunts, Jessie Miller of Boise and Bertha Marsters of Crouch; cousins Harold Miller of Moscow and Marilyn Croghan and Diane Patterson, both of Boise, and a special mother and sister, Lois Evans of Emmett and April Howard of Boise. He was preceded in death by his infant son, James Lee; good friend, Harry Wiley; good hunting buddy, Lynn Newland and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Memorials may be made to the Christian Children's Ranch, 2421 W. Duck Alley Rd., Eagle, ID 83616, or to a favorite charity.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, March 09, 1961
MARSTERS, JAMES LEE
Rites Held Monday For Payette Infant

Graveside services were held Monday for James Lee Marsters, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Marsters of Payette, at Meridian with the Rev. Leonard Clark of Payette officiating. Interment was under the direction of the Robison chapel.

The infant died shortly after birth Friday at an Emmett hospital. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother Douglas Allen Marsters, and a sister, Yvonne Marsters, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Marsters of Payette, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Newland of Kuna; great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Miller of Eagle and a great-grandmother, Mrs. Edith Marsters of Meridian.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, March 04, 1992
MARSTON, DOUG WILLIAM
Doug William Marston, 39, Payette, died of natural causes Feb. 26. Services were 10:20 a.m. March 2 at the Presbyterian Church, Homedale. Burial followed at the Fargo Cemetery, Wilder, under the direction of Flahiff funeral Chapel, Caldwell.

Independent Enterprise
May 14, 1970
MARTIN, ARGIE
WALLA WALLA - Funeral services were conducted April 22 for Argie L. Martin, 63, former area resident, who died as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident.

He grew up in the Payette valley and left in the late 1920's.

He was born July 8, 1906 in Lad Canyon, Ore., and had been a resident here for 16 years.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, sons, Darrell A., of Walla Walla, A. Wayne of Redmond, Ore.; a daughter, Mrs. Clifford (Delores) Stull of John Day, Ore.; his mother, Mrs. Minnie Martin of Bay City, Ore.; stepsons, Rev. Eugene Wolfe, of Renton, Wash.; Michael McDonald of Marysville, Calif.; stepdaughters, Mrs. Lester (Peggy) Zwanzig of Eltopia, Wash., Mrs. Frank (Kathy) Mawhin, of Walla Walla; brothers, Ray of Huntington, Ore., Alton of Bay City, Wash., David and William, both of Longview; sisters, Mrs. H. D. Kincaid of Basin City, Wash., and Mrs. Paul Keher of Portland. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, March 09, 1961
MAXWELL, JENNIE GRACE
Former Librarian Passes At Boise

Services will be held Friday at the White chapel in Twin Falls at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Jennie Grace Maxwell, 57, of Twin Falls who died Tuesday in a Boise hospital. The Rev. Earl Riddle of Twin Falls will officiate. Interment will be at Twin Falls under the direction of the Peckham-Dakan-Davis chapel.

Mrs. Maxwell was born June 1, 1903, in Ashton, and was reared Twin Falls. She was married Sept. 14, 1935 to Earl Maxwell. She was a former resident of Payette and had been a librarian at the Payette senior and junior high schools for six years.

She was a member of the Twin Falls First Methodist church and the Rebekah lodge and Orchard Avenue Grange, both of payette.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two brothers, E. E. and J. G. Bishop, both of Twin Falls; a sister, Mrs. Bertha E. Maxwell of Twin Falls; a nephew, Curtis Bishop of Woodland Hill, Calif. and a niece, Mrs. Mary Purcell of Caldwell.

The family requests that memorials be given to the Cancer Fund or the Payette school library fund.

Independent Enterprise
April 19, 1951
MAY, MRS.
Mrs. Dale May, 56, former long time resident of New Plymouth and for the past two years a resident of New Meadows, died at a Council hospital Wednesday morning.

Funeral services will be held at the Baptist church in New Plymouth Saturday morning at 10 o'clock with the Rev. Ford Burtch officiating. Interment will be at the New Meadows cemetery at 3:30 with the Rev. Ed H. Greenlee in charge.

Mrs. May was born in Payette May 6, 1894. Following her marriage to Dale May the family lived for many years at New Plymouth.

She was a member of the Baptist church at New Plymouth and the W. S. C. S at New Meadows.

Besides her husband she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Eugene McMahon of New Meadows; a son, Jerald of Cascade; one grandchild; her mother, Mrs. Annie Hill; two sisters, Mrs. Ira Matthews and Mrs. William King; and three uncles, Samuel J.; Hugh and Robert Kennedy, all of New Plymouth. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Tuesday, May 12, 1981
MCCLINTIC, HENRY ELBERT
Weiser-Services for Henry Elbert McClintic, 92, Payette, formerly of Weiser, who died Sunday in a Weiser nursing home, will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Thomason's Northam-Jones Chapel by the Rev. Raymond Harryman, retired. Interment will follow in the Rosedale Memorial Park In Payette.

He was born Feb. 13, 1889, in Moscow to William Price McClintic and Lizzie Mae Tomer McClintic. He was reared and educated in Moscow and Nezperce. He moved to Indian Valley in 1910. He married Letitia (Peggy) Clapper on Nov. 17, 1915, in Indian Valley. He was clerk for the Pleasant View School Board for many years, and he served two terms as an Adams County Commissioner. In 1945 they moved to Council, where he worked as a carpenter. In 1949 they moved to the Sunnyside area near Weiser, where they farmed. They later retired and moved into Weiser. His wife died Dec. 6, 1973.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Waymon (Mildred) Moore of Payette and Dorothy Davis of Weiser; a grandson; four great-granddaughters; and a great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a sister.

Friends may call at Thomason's Northam-Jones Chapel today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to the time of the service.

Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund, in care of Mrs. C.O. Davy, P.O. Box 144, Weiser, or to the Cancer Society in care of Don Lee, Box 630, Weiser, 83672. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
February 04, 1960
MCCLUER, JAMES
Former Fruitland Resident Succumbs

Word was received at Fruitland this week of the death of James W. McCluer, 87, a former resident for many years in the Fruitland community.

Mr. McCluer died in Los Angeles January 23 as a result of injuries suffered in an accident.

He was born in 1872 in Marion county, Illinois and moved with his family to Fruitland in 1912. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. J. K. Blackburn of Fruitland; two sons, Lloyd McCluer of Fruitland and Eugene McCluer of Long Beach, California; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, April 09, 1942
MCCLURE, JOHN F.
John Freemont McClure, son of James W. and Harriet Mc Clure was born December 31, 1863 at Farina, Illinois. He homesteaded at Curtis, Nebraska at the age of twenty one. In 1892 he married Beatrice Howe, who died two years later. On January 30, 1896 he married Mary E. Williams. she died May 16, 1936. They came to Idaho in September 1902 and have since lived on the family ranch east of Fruitland. He is survived by three sons, James W. of Nampa, Earl T. and Ray E., both of Payette, four grandchildren, and two brothers, James W. in Elnora, California, and Hugh A. of Kinmindy, California. He united with the Church of the Brethren at the Valley View school house. He and his wife are both charter members of the Fruitland Church of the Brethren.

The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Walter S. Coffman Wednesday afternoon at two thirty, at the Brethren church. Landon's had charge of the burial in the Riverside cemetery in Payette. Pallbearers were A. T. Bishop, N. A. Peacock, Earl Amick, John Beeler, Albert Mohler and James Deal. Mrs. Coffman played the piano and the quartette, Mrs. L. Z. Schubert, Miss Mary Beeler, Lyle Brown and Ben Shank, sang. Mrs. S. W. High and Mrs. Frank Eldredge had charge of the flowers. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
September 21, 1994
MCCOOL, DAVID
David K. McCool, 77, New Plymouth, a retired mechanic, died Sept. 19 in a Weiser care center. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, New Plymouth. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, November 03, 1999
MCCRACKEN, DOROTHY
Dorothy McCracken, 85, Payette, died Oct. 28. Services were 10 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Payette. Private burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Payette. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, September 18, 1980
MCCRACKEN, LEE
PAYETTE - Services for Lee McCracken, 70, Payette, who died Thursday in an Ontario hospital, were conducted Wednesday in Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, Payette, by the Rev. Arlen Benson of the Payette Assembly of God Church. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery, Payette.

He was born Feb. 8, 1910, in Bowie, Texas, to James and Viola McCracken. He was reared and educated in Texas and Colorado. He married Dorothy Brizendini on Dec. 5, 1932, in Las Vegas, N.M. In 1942 they moved to California where he worked in shipyards during World War II. After the war they moved to San Pablo, Calif., and McCracken worked for more than 30 years as an automobile mechanic in Richmond, Calif. They moved to Payette in 1965. He retired in 1972. He was a member of the Payette Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include his wife and a son, Walter, both of Payette; a daughter, Mrs. James (Donna) Burkhart of Greenville, Texas; two brothers, George of Los Animas, Colo., and Robert of Brush, Colo.; a sister Hattie Mays of Lucerne, Calif.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Ontario Argus-Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, March 28, 1960
MCCRACKEN, LUCILE FRIEDA
Mrs. McCracken Dies in Ontario

ONTARIO - Mrs. Lucile Frieda McCracken, 43, Ontario, died at a hospital early Saturday after a long illness.

She was born July 3, 1916, at Monmouth, Ore., and moved from Scotts Mill, Ore., to Ontario in 1953.

She was a member of the Friends church of Ontario.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence McCracken, whom she married June 7, 1940 at Rosedale, Ore.; a son Daniel McCracken of Ontario; two daughters, Miss Elma McCracken of Newburg, Ore., and Miss Phyllis McCracken of Ontario; her mother, Mrs. Frieda Lehman of St. Francis, Kan., Almon Lehman of Eugene, Ore., and Lyle Lehman of Salem.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Shaffer chapel in Payette with the Rev. Lloyd Melhorn of Ontario Friends church officiating. Interment will be at Riverside in Payette.

Memorials may be made to the Friends mission program in lieu of flowers. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, February 16, 1956
MCDONALD, LLOYD REDD
Payette Child Passes After Long Illness

Lloyd Redd McDonald, four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean McDonald of Payette, passed away in a Boise hospital February 11 following major surgery. He was born March 27, 1951 in Salt Lake City and came to Payette four years ago with his parents. He was a member of the LDS church.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dean McDonald and two sisters, Joy and Lynette of Payette; his grandmothers, Mrs. Myrtle P. McDonald of Clearfield, Utah and Mrs. Myrtle p. Redd of Salt Lake City.

Services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Payette LDS Chapel with interment following at Riverside Cemetery under the direction of Shaffer Memory Chapel. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Thursday, February 05, 1998
MCELROY, FLOYD RAY
Fruitland - Floyd Ray McElroy, 72, Fruitland, died Feb. 1st at home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Rosedale Memorial Gardens, Payette, under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Tuesday, June 9, 2006 (Online)
MCGARY, BILLIE EUNICE WADE
Billie Eunice Wade McGary
July 23, 1918 - June 7, 2006
Payette

Billie Eunice Wade McGary, 88, Payette, arrived at her beautiful home in heaven on June 7, 2006. Private family services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.

Devoted wife, mother and grandmother, her character was one of compassion, strength and devotion. She held the family together.

"Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doeth safely trust in herů"

    - Proverbs 31:10-11

She was the daughter of Ed and Elsie Wade, born July 23, 1918, in Ashdown, Ark. In 1933, at the age of 16, she married H.E. "Bud" McGary, a marriage that lasted 72 years, until her death at the age of 88. Billie and Bud had two daughters, Beverly and Bonnie.

In 1946, Billie and Bud moved to Payette. They owned and operated the Payette Beauty School in the old Bancroft Hotel. After selling the beauty school, she and Bud operated Home Loan and Realty Co., a real estate brokerage, for many years. But, the legacy that will last is her family.

We didn't knock to enter Billie's home, we just went in, because her home was our home.

Her table fed us, her hands clothed us, her prayers kept us. We will miss you, Billie.

She is survived by her husband, Bud; her daughter, Beverly Bainbridge; seven grandchildren of the Bainbridge, Butson and Oliver families; and eight great-grandchildren.

Billie is preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Bonnie Oliver; a brother, Gene Wade; son-in-law, Gene Bainbridge; and her grandson, James Wesley Bainbridge.

Please make all memorials to XL Hospice, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Tuesday, December 19, 2006 (Online)
MCGARY, H.E. "BUD"
H. E. "Bud" McGary
March 13, 1912 - December 15, 2006
Payette

H. E. "Bud" McGary passed peacefully into the next life Dec. 15, 2006, at home. Private family services are planned for the Spring.

Born March 13, 1912, to Gene and Mattie McGary on a homestead in Morton County, Kan., he traveled with his family at age 6 to Idaho in a covered wagon. His earliest childhood memory was of being awakened in the night to the sound of men harnessing the horses to escape an approaching prairie fire. Arriving in the Boise Valley, Bud attended schools in Blue Valley and graduated from Star High School.

Bud's first job after leaving home was leading a pack train into the wild country of the Chamberlain Basin in the Central Idaho mountains. During the Depression of the 1930s, Bud worked at the Mesa Orchards near Council, at that time the largest apple orchard in North America. There he met and married the foreman's daughter, Billie Wade, on Nov. 29, 1933, a marriage that lasted 73 years.

During World War II, Bud received a Senatorial appointment to the U.S. Navy as an electrician aboard the U.S.S. Baslin serving in the Pacific Theater. In the early 1950s, Bud, Wally Walker and Paul Larsen helped to write Idaho's first real estate brokerage laws and Bud became one of the first licensed real estate brokers in the state. Bud opened and operated Home Loan & Realty Co. in Payette for nearly 50 years. During that time he developed Brent Addition, Reb Hills, Mesa Park, Gayway Plaza and The Highlands subdivisions. Blessed with a keen business mind and a generous heart, many Payette residents have remarked that they would never have had their first home if it had not been for Bud.

They cried when we cried. They rejoiced at our successes. Hearts that shared, hearts that gave, hearts that loved. That is the legacy Bud and Billie left to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bud is survived by his daughter, Beverly Bainbridge, Payette; and the Bainbridge, Butson and Oliver grandchildren. Bud was preceded in death by his daughter, Bonnie Oliver, son-in-law Gene Bainbridge; and a grandson, James W. Bainbridge III. Six months ago, his wife, Billie, passed away in the same home they shared on Seventh Avenue North for more than 50 years. Now, Bud and Billie are together again, just as Bud wanted.

Please make all memorials to XL Hospice, Payette, ID.

Argus Observer
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
MCGEHEE, E. FRANK
Payette - E. Frank McGehee, age 75, of Payette, passed away Friday, May 22, 2009, at his home in Payette. A visitation for family and friends will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2009, at the Payette Church of the Nazarene. Cremation is under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.

Frank was born Oct. 4, 1933, in Johnson, Kan., to Earl and Alice Faye McGehee.

Frank is survived by his wife, Virginia; children, Doug (Shelly), Dennis (Deanna), David (Janet), Dusty (Amy), Devon (Kelly), Sharon Calkins (Rod), Susan Wiles (Harley), Shelly Nienke (Mark) and Sherry Allen (Paul); siblings, Jack (Dorothy), Keith (Delores), Lois Barber, Carolyn McGehee and Tammy Hall (Gary); numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and more friends than you can count.

His parents and grandparents preceded him in death.

Special thanks to XL Hospice, especially Deanna and Dee for their extra love and care that was needed so quickly.

Memorials may be made to Oregon Slope Park Community Church or Payette Church of the Nazarene, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, July 18, 1968
MCGILL, STELLA GRAHAM SMITH
Mrs. Stella McGill

Services were conducted Monday at the Shaffer-Jensen Memory chapel, 78, Payette, Josephine McGill, 8,(as it appeared in the paper) Payette who died last Wednesday at The Payette Valley Sanitarium.

The Rev. Herschell Hall of the United Methodist church officiated and interment was at Riverside.

Born December 16, 1889, in Centralia, Ill., she came to Payette in 1901 and was married in Payette in 1906 to Fred E. Smith. They lived in the Payette and Fruitland areas for a number of years. Mr. Smith died in 1941. She moved to Boise in 1942 and was married to Fred. O. McGill at Ely, Nev., in 1950. He died in 1963. That year she moved to Payette, where she had lived since.

Surviving are a son, Vernon Smith of Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Mrs. Evajane Neal of Payette; two step-sons, Wally McGill and George McGill, both of Boise; a step-daughter in Idaho Falls; a sister, Mrs. Hallie Montgomery of Quincy, Ill., 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. A daughter and two brothers preceded her in death.(Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, January 28, 1954
MCHARGUE, ROBERT
Rites Conducted For Robert L. McHargue

Pvt. Robert L. McHargue, 17, died Thursday at the Mt. Home AFB hospital following complications resulting from an attack of measles. He had been rushed to Mt. Home from Ontario where he was hospitalized previously.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rush McHargue Jr. of Payette; three brothers, Jack, Joe and Bill McHargue, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rush McHargue Sr, all of Payette.

Private McHargue was home on furlough when he became ill. He was born Feb. 8, 1936 at Ontario and had lived in Drewney before moving to Payette.

Funeral services and military honors were performed Monday in Ontario with interment at Evergreen cemetery in Ontario.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, April 09, 1942
MCKAY, ASENATH BELLE
Mrs. Asenath B. McKay Buried Sunday

Mrs. Asenath Belle McKay was born in Kahoka, Missouri on September 8, 1868, and died at the home of her son, Thomas L. McKay, on April 4, 1942 at the age of 74 years. She was married on April 7, 1905 at Portland to Thomas Cameron McKay. In 1938 she came to Payette to make her home with her son. Besides a son, Thomas L., she is survived by a grandson, Thomas George McKay, age two, a sister, Amanda Tubandt of Goldendale, Washington, and a brother, Milton Pribble of Piedmont, South Dakota. Funeral services were held at Londons Funeral parlors Sunday, April 5, at 2 p.m., conducted by Mrs. Sallie Jones, Reader of the First Church of Christ, Scientist. Burial was in the Rosedale Memorial park. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, October 31, 1940
MELCHER, FRANK EDGAR
Frank Edgar Melcher was born at Boon, Neb., Aug. 17, 1897 and passed away Oct. 28, 1940, age 43 years, 2 months, 11 days, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Melcher. He, with his parents, came to Payette in 1902 and made his home. He was married to Miss Eva Belisle of Ontario May 19, 1932 at Vale, Oregon. To this union one son was born. He leaves to mourn him the son, Lyle, age 6 years, two brothers, Bert Melcher of Tacoma, Wash., Ira, of Fruitland, three sisters, Mrs. C. E. Boor of Fruitland, Mrs. James Lynn and Mrs. Geo. Lockner, all of Fruitland. Funeral services conducted at the Landon funeral home by Rev. Walter Coffman of Fruitland and burial was beside his parents at Riverside cemetery, Payette. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, January 12, 1976
MELCHER, IRA O.
Fruitland - Services for Ira O. Melcher, 84, Fruitland, who died Saturday at a Payette nursing home will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Payette Shaeffer-Jensen Chapel by the Rev. Earl Traughber. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Payette.

He was born August 10, 1891 in Sulpher Springs, Iowa. He moved with his family in 1894 to Nebraska. In 1902 he moved to Idaho. He attended schools at Fruitland. He married Katherine Klyde Kaessner, April 8, 1914 in Weiser. He farmed in the Fruitland area until retiring in 1960.

Surviving are three sons, Gerald R. and William I. both of Fruitland, and Lewis R., England; two daughters, Rachael L. Hanson, Fruitland and Mildred V. Schlarbaum, Leon, Iowa; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Fruitland Banner
Thursday, June 15, 1933
MELCHER, JULIA FRANCES
Death of Mrs. Melcher

Mrs. Julia Melcher, aged 75, passed away at her home 3 miles southeast of Fruitland early Sunday morning. Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist church by Rev. B.F. Meredith Tuesday afternoon and interment was in Riverside cemetery at Payette.

Julia Frances Graham was born in Earlville, Iowa, April 5, 1858. She was married March 3, 1884 to Wm. Melcher and to this union six children were born -- Mrs. C.E. Boor of Ironside, Elbert of Tacoma, Mrs. George Lockner, Mrs. James Lynn, Ira and Frank of Fruitland. Her husband died in January, 1928.

For some years Mrs. Melcher lived in Nebraska, coming with the family to Fruitland in 1902. Owing to deafness and other physical infirmities she spend her later years mostly at home. Her departure from this life will leave a large vacancy in the family circle and among her many friends, by whom she was dearly loved. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday April 22, 1968
MELCHER, KATHERINE
Services for Katherine K. Melcher, 72, longtime Fruitland residence who died in her home Saturday, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel of Payette, with the Rev. Grace M. Weaver of First Methodist Church in Fruitland officiating. Interment will be at Riverside.

Mrs. Melcher was born October 30, 1895, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She grew up and attended schools in Colorado Springs, coming to Fruitland in 1913. She was married to Ira O. Melcher in Weiser on April 8, 1914. They moved to their farm southeast of Fruitland that year. She was a member of Royal Neighbors of America.

Survivors in addition to her husband, include 3 sons, William and Gerald R. of Fruitland, and Sgt. Lewis R. Melcher with the U.S. Air Force at Rickmansworth, England; two daughters, Mrs. Albert (Rachel) Hanson of Fruitland and Mrs. Dale (Mildred) Schlarbaum of Garden Grove, Iowa; a Sister, Mrs. Irene Creech of Springfield, Colorado; 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. 5 brothers and 2 sisters preceded her in death. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Payette Enterprise
Thursday, May 22, 1919
MELCHER, LEOTA BLANCHE
MRS. ELBERT L. MELCHER

The death of Mrs. Elbert L. Melcher came as a shock to her relatives and many friends Friday evening when they learned she had suddenly passed away.

Leota Blanche Lockhart was born June 7, 1895 at Miller, Nebraska, and died May 16, 1919. She was married to Elbert L. Melcher at Weiser, Idaho, November 23, 1917.

A little son was born to these happy young people just a week before, Friday, May 9.

Besides the husband and infant son Mrs. Melcher leaves a father and mother, three sisters and two brothers. Mrs. R. H. Seaman of Broken Bow, Nebraska, who arrived for the funeral, Mrs. R.M. Alters of Payette, and Fae at home, Ray L. in France and Floyd B. in training camp at Great Lakes, Illinois.

Mrs. Melcher was a beautiful young woman who will be greatly miss among her many friends.

The funeral was held in the Baptist church where she has attended church and Sunday school services since living near Fruitland. Rev. Ford M. Burtch officiated. Burial was made at Payette. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Fruitland Banner
February 03, 1928
MELCHER, WM.
Death of Wm. Melcher

Wm. Melcher was born at Logan, Ohio, June 6, 1861, and died at his home in Fruitland January 28, 1928, aged 66 years, 7 months and 22 days. He was married to Julia Frances Graham at Earlville, Iowa, March 3, 1884.

Mr. Melcher with his family, moved to Fruitland from Boone, Nebraska, in the fall of 1902, where they have since resided.

Mr. Melcher leaves besides his widow, six children as follows: Mrs. Edith Boor, Ironside, Oregon; Bert Melcher, Tacoma, Washington; Mrs. Alice Lockner, Mrs. Gertrude Lynn, Ira and Frank Melcher of Fruitland, 12 grandchildren, one sister and three brothers.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Methodist church condutced by Rev. W.A. Winters, services at the grave being in charge of the M.W.A. and Royal Neighbors, of which deceased was a member, interment being made in Riverside cemetery at Payette. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
November 23, 1966
MICKELSON, ANDREW
A. Mickelson Dies at Boise

Andrew Mickelson, 74, Payette, died late Sunday evening at a Boise hospital after a long illness. Mr. Mickelson was born February 10, 1892, at Sioux Rapids, Iowa. He moved from Coberg, Ore., to the Payette community in 1899. He married Hazel Saling on June 26, 1915, at Weiser. She died June 21, 1949. Also preceding him in death were a brother and four sisters.

Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Marian Mordhorst, Mrs. Geraldine Jacobs, and Mrs. Ruby Grove, all of Payette; Mrs. Lucille Bowman of Salmon, Mrs. Marjorie Jacobs of Roseville, Calif., and Mrs. Carol Pink of Lancaster, Wis.; a brother, Charles Mickelson of San Francisco; three sisters, Mrs. Annette Mahnkin of Buhl, and Miss Esther Mickelson and Miss Bertha Mickelson, both of Los Gatos, Calif.; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted today (Wednesday) at Shaffer Memory chapel in Payette by the Rev. Palmer Wylde of the Episcopal church. Interment followed at Riverside cemetery here. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Payette Independent
December 16, 1926
MICKILSEN, NELSENA KATHERINE
Mrs. Nelsena Katherine Mickilsen was born in Denmark, April 3rd, 1861, and died in Payette, December 12, 1926, of pneumonia. Mrs. Mickilsen, whose home was in Everett, Washington was visiting a daughter, Mrs. Otto Gissel up on Willow Creek, having been called here by the illness of another daughter, Mrs. Windle, who is at the Holy Rosary Hospital at Ontario. The body was shipped Wednesday from the Home Undertaking Parlors, and was accompanied by Mrs. Gissel and the husband of the deceased. Interment will be made today, Thursday, at Everett, Washington.

Payette Enterprise (December 16, 1926)

Mrs. Nelsena Mickilsen, mother of Mrs. Soren Gissle and Mrs. Burrel Windle of Willow Creek, who came here last week from Everette, Wash., with her husband, to be with her daughter, Mrs. Windle, who is quite sick, was stricken with pneumonia on Tuesday and passed away Sunday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Gissle. She was born in Denmark in 1861 and was past 65 years of age. The body was brought to the Home Undertakaing Parlor in Payette an shipped to Everett, Wash., for burial where she has other relatives living, accompanied by her husband Jens M. Mickilsen and daughter Mrs. Gissle. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Payette Independent
Thursday, November 09, 1911
MIDDLETON, ALLEN
DEATH COMES TO ALLEN MIDDLETON

Allen Middleton, who has been sick since September at his room at the Y.M.C.A. building, died Monday evening of Empyema, an abcess or gathering of purulent matter in the pleural cavity.

Mr. Middleton was 56 years old. He came here early last spring and was employed at the Canning factory until ill health forced him to give up his work.

He was a member of the Masonic order and ever care and attention was shown to him by his brother masons during his illness. a brother, Wiley Middleton, of Iowa, came for the body and started back to the old home Tuesday afternoon.

Throughout his long illness Mr. Middleton was cheerful and made no complaint.

Note: According to the Idaho Death Index, Allen Middleton was born 3-15-1855 and died 11-6-1911.

Independent Enterprise
August 16, 1951
MOORE, ELIJAH MAJOR
Elijah M. Moore Dies Tuesday

Elijah Major Moore, 77, died in Payette, Tuesday, August 7.

Mr. Moore was born in Searey county, Arkansas, November 11, 1874, until retirement, he has been a farmer, at one time he owned and operated the farm southwest of Ontario that is now the LDS church farm. Survivors include his wife Mrs. Jessie Moore, of Payette and his daughter, Mrs. Modest M. Matthews, of Ontario and his son, Samuel M. Moore, of Roseburg, and eleven grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, August 10 at 10:30 at Beechlers Memorial Chapel in Ontario, Rev. Raymond L. Wilson officiating at the services. Vault interment was held at the Evergreen cemetery in Ontario. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, January 08, 1942
MORELAND, WALLACE HENRY
Plymouth Resident Dies Thursday

Wallace H. Moreland passed away at New Plymouth last Thursday, funeral services which were under the direction of the Peterson-Foster Funeral home were held Friday morning and the body was then shipped to Almeno, Kansas for interment.

Wallace Henry Moreland was born in Guthrie Center, Iowa February 16, 1871. In 1879 he moved with his parents to Norton County, Kansas where he grew to manhood and lived until 1935 when he moved to Idaho. On December 6, 1899 he married Mattie Roe in Jewell County, Kansas. No children blessed this union so in 1905 they took a baby girl and gave her a father's and mother's love. He leaves the following relatives to mourn his going, Mrs. Doris Otten of New Plymouth, one granddaughter, Sandra Otten of New Plymouth, three sisters, Mrs. Fay Winslow of Beaver City, Nebraska; Mrs. Jennie Winslow of McDonald, Kansas, and Mrs. Grace Nicholson of Benkelman, Nebraska, and three brothers, J. A. Moreland of Gooding, Idaho, R. E. Moreland of Nampa, Idaho and C. H. Moreland of McDonald, Kansas.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, March 17, 1993
MORELL, JAY H.
Jay H. Morell, 66, Riggins, formerly of New Plymouth and Council, died March 15 at home of natural causes. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Heikkila Funeral Chapel, McCall. Burial will follow at the Holmes Cemetery.

Indendent Enterprise
Wednesday, December 15, 1993
MOORE, JETTIE
Jettie Moore, 85, Payette, died Dec. 9 in an Ontario hospital. Private family services will be at a later date. Arrangement are under the direction of Payette Chapel of the Roses. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, December 27, 1956
MOSER, EDGAR
Last Rites Held For Edgar Moser

Edgar Moser, 77, of Payette passed away Monday evening at an Ontario hospital following a short illness.

He was born Jan. 31, 1879, in Council, and was married to Ida B. Duree on June 27, 1900, in Council. He had farmed near Council until 1943, when he moved to Payette where he had resided since.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Roy E. Moser of Glendale, Ariz.; three daughters Mrs. Nancy E. Shaw of New Plymouth, Mrs. Hattie A. Brewer of Cokeville, Wyo., and Mrs. Minnie M. Creasey of Ogden, Utah; one sister, Matilda Moser of Council, and 10 grand children and 20 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Shaffer Memory Chapel in Payette, with interment at Hillcrest cemetery in Weiser.

Idaho Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho)
Thursday May 01, 2008
MOSS, ROBERT BARTLETT
Robert Bartlett Moss Dec. 22, 1921 - April 21, 2008

Robert B. Moss grew up in Payette, Idaho and upon graduating from Payette High School in 1939, left to attend the University of Idaho. His studies at the university were interrupted in 1942 to enlist in the United States Army Air Corps and graduate as a "Lighting" P-38 Pilot with the rank of Lieutenant in the Fighting 79th. He was stationed in England and while flying a mission over Germany was shot down and miraculously survived a bail out at 18,000 feet. He was one of eight surviving pilots out of a group of 120 young men. He was captured and interned in a German prisoner of war camp in Barth on the Baltic for 18 months. He survived hardship and starvation in Stalag Luft I, and was liberated by the Russians in May, 1945. After being discharged from the service, he returned home to Payette in June, 1945.

This strength of character, integrity and sense of humor that made him a P.O.W. survivor served him well through out his life. He resumed his education at the University of Idaho, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Having achieved this goal, he assumed management of the family owned food processing plant, American Fine Foods, and extended the business when plants were acquired in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.

Later in his life, he was able to return to the site of the prisoner of war camp on September 2006. Rob was C.E.O. of American Fine Foods for many years and after retirement he remained Chairman of the Board until the sale of the company in 1998. His accomplishments in the industry are numerous. He served as Chairman of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, President of Northwest Food Processors, Chairman of National Meat Packers Association, Chairman of Employers Council of Idaho, Chairman-Legislative Committee for National Food Processors Assoc., Board Member National Food Processors, member of the President Bush Council with the Department of Agriculture, and Advisor to the United States Secretary of Agriculture on agribusiness projects.

Rob married Beverlee Wilson in Spokane, Wash., on July 16, 1948. They had two sons and the privilege of watching Tim and Tony grow into accomplished men of their own. Being married for 60 years in July, they traveled the world and shared many life experiences including Rob's continued love of flying, which he did over the years for both business and pleasure. Not satisfied with just the heavens above, he also mastered the oceans and lakes below.

After retiring, Rob and Bev spent much of their time on their boat exploring their new home territory in Seattle, Wash. and the San Juan Islands. Rob and Bev were members of the Seattle Yacht Club and very much enjoyed their time boating in the Puget Sound during the spring and fall months. Summers were spent on Payette Lakes golfing, hunting mushrooms, swimming, and recreating with the family in McCall.

Rob was an avid golfer and had been a member of PGA West located in La Quinta, Calif., for over 18 years. He made an abundance of friends and immensely enjoyed his men's golfing group. Recently Rob became a docent at the Palm Springs Air Museum, and he loved sharing his knowledgeable life experiences and good humor with young and old alike. He was an acknowledged hero in World War II and to his family and friends he has been a hero every day of his life.

Robert is survived by his wife, Beverlee, son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Vickie Moss and only grandchild, Holly Chandler Moss, fondly nicknamed "Peaches" to her Papa. He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Moss and sister, Dorothy Ingersoll. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, P.O. Box 821, McCall, Idaho, 83638. A memorial mass and celebration of his life will take place on July 11th in McCall. Details will be announced at a later date.

Payette Independent Enterprise
January 22, 1959
MOYER, JAMES
Rites Held Monday For James Moyer

Services were held Monday for James F. Moyer, 69, of Fruitland, who died January 12, at the Shaffer Memory Chapel in Payette. The Rev. Ray A. Thompson officiated and interment was held at Riverside. There are no known survivors. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, September 24, 1959
MYERS, JAMES CHESTER
Services For Infant Held Monday Sept. 21

Services for James Chester Myers, two-an-one-half-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. James S. Myers of Payette, were held Monday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. at graveside at Rosedale Memorial Park. The Rev. A. E. Rainwater officiating.

The boy was born June 28, 1959 in Ontario. He died Friday, Sept. 18 at an Ontario hospital.

Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Coleen Lee of Payette; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Myers of Oregon Slope and Mr. and Mrs. Dick Cole of New Meadows.

Interment was at Rosedale following the services. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, November 29, 1956
MYERS, ROSETTA SCROGGINS
Rosetta S. Myers Passes At Ontario

Mrs. William Myers reported that her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Rosetta Scroggins Myers, 43, of Ontario died at her home Thursday evening. She had been to her sisters home in Brogan for Thanksgiving dinner and returned home that evening and suffered a brain hemorrhage. Her husband, Virgil Myers of Payette preceded her in death two years ago.

She was born in Unity, Ore., Aug. 6, 1913, and had resided in Malheur and Baker counties her entire life. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America.

Survivors include five brothers, one sister, several nieces and nephews and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Owen Holloway of Payette.

Services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Beechler's chapel in Ontario with the Rev. Orville Coats officiating. Interment was at Riverside in Payette. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson



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