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New Plymouth Sentinel 1913

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New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, January 16, 1913
A Sad Death

This week we record the death of James Rodney Smith whose steady decline for the last two years has been marked by many with interest and sympathy.

Ever since he was aware of the hold disease had upon him, he has made patient and heroic effort to gain victory over it, but all in vain. Medical treatment served only to alleviate. Change of location, elevation or atmosphere, only brought temporary relief and after varied journeyings he returned to New Plymouth to wait the end at the home of his grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Fairman. Here he was cared for with the unfailing devotion of a mother whose only thought was for his comfort.

He died on Saturday night, January 11. Rodney was born in Des Moines, Iowa, August 16, 1885, and so, had reached the age of twenty-seven and nearly one-half years.

He was an upright and exemplary young man and there are many who lament his untimely death.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, January 13, at the Fairman home. The I. 0.0. F., to which fraternity Rodney belonged, were present in regalia and from their number the bearers were chosen.

Interment was made at Park View Cemetery. the mother, brother and all who were bound to Rodney by the ties of nature or affection have the sincere sympathy of a community where hearts readily respond to the joys or the sorrows of others. (Park View Cemetery)

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, March 20, 1913
Death of Aged Man

Died, at the home of his son, H. L. Easter, in our city, March 18, Samuel T. Easter, aged 76 years, 2 months and 18 days.

He served three years in the civil war, having enlisted in Company C, 19th of Ia. During his service he was taken a prisoner for ten months. Considerable history of the early days could no doubt be linked with Mr. Easter's career. He spent the greater part of his life in Iowa and Nebraska. Was for many years a member of the Methodist church of Chapman, Nebraska.

He was a man of excellent habits fine moral character and sturdy constitution, but he is gone. Another name is stricken from the ever lessening roll of old soldiers and early settlers on the plains. His life work is done and well done. Few of us will live as long and as well and fewer yet will the Angel of Death greet with such a loving touch.

Short services were held at the home of his son, after which the remains were shipped to Chapman, Neb. where they will be laid to rest.

He leaves a wife, two sons and one daughter and several grand children to mourn his death.

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, February 13, 1913
A Sad Death

Died, at her home in this city, last Thursday, Miss Maud Elizabeth Stegall, at the age of 30 years, four months and one day. She was born in Knox county, Illinois, October 5, 1882. Her girlhood days were spent in Nebraska, attending school in both Butler and Boone county. She graduated from the normal at Albion, Nebraska, at the age of seventeen, at which place she taught school for three years. She was also active in school work after coming west, having taught in the Ludwig distinct, at Fruitland, three years. She came to New Plymouth, and for a period of four years she taught the primary room in the local schools up to the time she was taken ill in 1910.

She was a member of the first Baptist church, to which she has belonged since childhood and was one of the organizers of the church at this place.

She leaves a mother and six brothers, and a number of other relatives, also a host of friends to mourn her demise.

Funeral services were held at the home and the remains laid to rest at the Park View cemetery. (Park View Cemetery)

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, January 30, 1913
Falk Lady Dies

Mrs. Mary Kessler, died at Falk, last Tuesday at 5:00 a.m. of heart failure. She was 58 years old, and leaves a husband, three daughters and one son to mourn her death.

Services were held at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon at the home. From their the remains were shipped to Boise, where services will be held in the Presbyterian church Friday morning, after which she will be laid to rest in the cemetery at that place.

Her life was gentle, but like the still waters, it was deep. In her heart of hearts she carried those she loved, and her hand was never weary her step never failed in ministrating unto, caring for, waiting upon those who were in any way dependent upon her. She was not only faithful to her church, but just as faithful in believing that it was her duty as a Christian to do the will of her Master at all times.

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, January 16, 1913
Died Wednesday, January 15, at 8:00 p. m. Mrs. Mary Walker, age 85 years, two months and 3 days. she leaves one daughter and three sons to mourn her death. The funeral services will be held in the Baptist church this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. (Park View Cemetery)

New Plymouth Sentinel (Thursday, January 23, 1913)

Mrs. Mary Walker

Mrs. Mary Walker died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bettie Smith, four miles west of New Plymouth, January 15th, 1913, at the advanced age of 85 years, 2 months and three days. The funeral obsequies were conducted by her Pastor, Rev. Thomas Packard, on Thursday afternoon and the remains interred in Park View cemetery.

The subject of this sketch, Mary Cornett, was born in the state of Kentucky in the pioneer days of the Blue Grass state, and her grandfather was killed in a fort in Boonesboro, in company with the celebrated frontiersman and trapper, Daniel Boone. At the age of three years her parents pushed out from the state of her birth westward, and crossing the Missouri River on ice, settled in the county of Johnson, state of Missouri where a long and active life, filled with many interesting and touching experiences, was passed. At that time there were few whites in that state, and the family of the deceased was a close neighbor and warm friend of Senator Cockerell and family. February 11, 1845 she was united in marriage to E. M. Walker, and with him spent over 60 years as wife, mother and helpmate. To them were born six sons and three daughters. Lucretia, Mollie and William have passed into the soul-land, leaving six other sons and daughters to mourn the loss of a good and loving mother. Bettie Smith, George, Gentry and J. D. Walker, reside in this community, while James resides in Wyoming and Simson makes his home in the state of his birth, Missouri.

Mrs. Walker become a widow November 18th 1906 and in 1908 came to this vicinity where she has made her home since with her daughter, Mrs. Bettie Smith. At the early age of 17 she was converted and united with the Baptist Church in Missouri and when her old home was broken up by the hand of death, she was united with the local church of New Plymouth, and in all the shadows and sunlight of these years she had an abiding faith in her Redeemer and learned heavily upon the staff of the believer. In her closing years she seemed to look with joy like the Apostle to "That City whose builder and maker is God." (Park View Cemetery)

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, April 17, 1913
Alphonso D. Wells, was born in DeBuque, Iowa, May 9, 1839. Moved to Kansas in 1859, married in the same yar to Nancy Keefever. He remained in Kansas until 1901, at which time they moved to Wanatche, Wash. At that place Mrs. Wells passed away, in the year 1904.

Mr. Wells came to New Plymouth in 191, where he has remained since that time. He was a member of the New Plymouth Baptist church. He leaves five children to mourn his death, four sons and one daughter. He was 73 yrs., 1 month and 8 days at the time of his death.

The heartfelt sympathy of the entire valley goes out to the Wells family, in their loss of a loved one and their home.

New Plymouth Sentinel (Thursday, April 17, 1913)

A. D. Wells Burned to Death In Bed

Saturday night a fire was seen south of town and was thought at first to be only some one burning brush, but upon investigation, it was found to be the Frank Wells home. The firemen were called and a desperate effort was made to reach the house in time to save the walls but too late, and only the outbuildings could be saved.

It was learned that A. D. Wells, father of Frank who had been suffering with brights disease for some time, had been put to bed before the family went to town to do some shopping, and was thought to be in the house, as he could not be found. Upon investigating his bedroom which was then a mess of flames he was discovered, the upper part of his body heavily wrapped with bedding and the lower limbs partly gone. After desperate efforts he was removed from the burning building, dead.

The origin of the fire is not known.

It was sad and beyond the control of anyone, to bring this aged man back to life. He was taken to the Leo Schmidt home and Monday the funeral services held in the Baptist church, after which the remains were shipped to Cashmere, Washington.

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, May 15, 1913
The son of Mrs. Matt Munce died shortly after her arrival in Portland. The funeral is deferred until arrival of a brother from Pittsburg, Pa.

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, July 10, 1913
Mrs. Alice Hart died Sunday at the Woodward hospital in Payette. The remains were buried Monday in Kennedy cemetery east of town. Mrs. Hart was a sister of John Applegate and is well known in New Plymouth and vicinity. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery)

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, August 14, 1913
Thomas Castles, one of the old timers in the Payette valley died suddenly in Oakland, Cal., Tuesday morning while enroute to Fresno, to join his wife and daughter, who have been there several months for the benefit of the latters health. The telegram announcing Mr. Castles death came from John Monarch of Fresno, a son-in-law of the diseased, but gave no particulars as to the cause of death. Tom and Alec Castles left Tuesday for Oakland. Mr. Castles had only recently traded his residence property in Baker City valued at $5000 for farm land west of Plymouth and was making arrangements to again locate here. Mr. Castles had been suffering with stomach trouble for some time and was making the trip to California hoping that the change would prove beneficial.

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, August 21, 1913
Columbus French died Sunday morning at his home. He had been quite sick for some time and his death was not unexpected. He was 77 years old. Mr. French was born November 29, 1836 at Cato, Caynga, N. Y. In 1845 his family moved to Michigan where he remained for a number of years. In 1866 he married Miss Susan Graves. From Michigan he moved to Nebraska then to Oregon and finally to Idaho, settling in the Payette valley near New Plymouth. That was 18 years ago and he has lived her ever since. His wife and one son, T. D. French, survive him. He was one of the old pioneers of the Payette valley and was loved and respected by all. Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Congregational church and were attended by a large company of friends and neighbors. The body was laid to rest in Park View cemetery. (Park View Cemetery)

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, September 04, 1913
Lineman Electrocuted

Frank Johnson, an employee of the Idaho-Oregon Light company, was electrocuted Wednesday morning at 11:15 o'clock while in the discharge of his duty two miles west of Eaton on what is known as the high line. At this place the company is at work raising their telephone wires above those of the Mountain States company. Johnson had gone up one of the poles to make the necessary change when his leg came in contact with one of the telephone wires and the ground wire on the pole which completed the circuit.

"Somebody cut the ground wire," he shouted as he fell backwards onto two other telephone wires. That was the last he said. His fellow workmen went to his aid as soon as they could climb the pole and cut the wires on which he rested. He was then lowered and all efforts to restore him known to the workmen were restored to. Frank Johnson was 23 years of age and has been at work as lineman for this company for the past seven years. His parents, both of whom are living, reside at Kalispell, Mont. - Weiser Signal.

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, October 09, 1913

Child Innocently Plays With Matches and is Burned - Valley View News.

The burning and death of the three-and-a-half year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Hylton cast a gloom over our community last week. After dinner Friday the child climbed upon a machine and reached the matches from the top of a cupboard while the mother was up stairs putting the baby to sleep. She died Saturday afternoon and the funeral was held at the Baptist church Sunday afternoon. The family have the sympathy of all in their sad bereavement. (Park View Cemetery)

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, October 30, 1913
Dead From Burns

Ontario, Ore., Oct 28. - Mrs. O. A. Decker, who was badly burned in a fire which destroyed her home near the mouth of the Malheur river, two miles southwest of Ontario, about 1 o'clock Saturday morning, died at Holy Rosary hospital at 5 o'clock Sunday evening.

The fire is supposed to have caught from a defected flue, the upper portion of the light frame building being wrapped in flames when discovered. The young woman rushed into the house to rescue her sleeping baby, when she was overcome by the smoke and fell fainting to the floor. Her husband, who was working in the field, hurried to the house as soon as he discovered the fire and found his wife lying on the floor. He carried her out and then rescued the baby, which was uninjured. Mr. Decker was badly burned about the hands, arms and head, but will recover. About $200 in money, which was in the house was burned up. The woman was frightfully burned, nearly all her cloths being burned from her body.

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, November 20, 1913
James Creasey died at the home of his son Floyd, Tuesday morning. Sunday morning Mr. Creasey was stricken with paralysis and was unable to move or talk. He remained in this condition until his death Tuesday morning. The funeral services were held at the Congregational church yesterday by Rev. Knight and the body was laid to rest in Park View cemetery beside his wife. Mr. Creasey was 84 yeas of age at the time of his death. He was born at Framlingham, England, county of Suffolk, in 1829. In 1852 he was married to Emma Emerson. To them was born seven children, all boys, five of whom survive him, Geo. W and David residing at Lone Rock, Wis., while the other three, Floyd, Fred and James F. reside at New Plymouth. He also leaves to mourn his loss a brother residing at Plattsburg, N.Y., and eight grandchildren. In 1852 Mr. Creasy sailed for the United States settling in New York state, where he lived for 15 years. In 1867 he moved to Wisconsin living there until 1902 when he moved to New Plymouth, making his home with his sons. His wife died here in 1909. (Park View Cemetery)

New Plymouth Sentinel
Thursday, December 11, 1913

Flora Blanche, the 13 year old daughter of W. E. Harris died Friday morning at the Harris home. She had been sick for quite a long time with typhoid fever and was doing nicely, when she suffered a relapse the middle of last week and on Friday morning passed away. The funeral services were held Saturday, being conducted by Rev. H. F. Knight. The remains were laid to rest in Park View cemetery. (Park View Cemetery)

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