Payette County Obituary Submissions

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Payette Independent
December 26, 1935
Former Payette Boy Killed At McCall

James Abbott of McCall, 22-year-old son of Ed Abbott of that city and Mrs. Grace Abbott, Payette committed suicide Tuesday by shooting himself through the head. Abbott formerly resided in Payette and leaves his mother and a brother who live near here. He is also survived by his wife and small child who were visiting near Payette at the time of the shooting.

Worry, because he had accidentally wounded a chum, W. E. Warner, in the foot earlier in the day was given as the youth's reason for taking his own life. Abbott called on Warner, apologized, then went to his grandmother's home at Lardo, a mile from McCall and went to bed. Later he was found dead, with a gun in his hand and a second gun lying on the floor.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, November 03, 1938
Mary Etta Brown was born in Switzerland County, Indiana, Jan. 31, 1865, and passed away in Payette, Idaho, Oct. 28, 1938. Daughter of John G. and Martha A. Brown, she was one of nine children.

In 1889 she was united in marriage to Chas. M. Bundy at Ansley, Nebraska. To this union one son was born, Isaac Leroy.

After residing at Minden and Big Springs, Nebraska, they moved to Edwall, Washington where they resided until her husband's death in August, 1926. In the fall of 1928 she moved to Payette, Idaho. On Dec. 1, 1933 she was married to J.M. Abercrombie.

Besides her husband she is survived by two brothers and two sisters, six stepchildren and five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

All her life she has been a faithful church worker and at the time of her death was a member of the Christian church at Payette.

Her funeral was held from this church Oct. 31, 1939, and burial in the Weiser cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Peterson-Foster Funeral home.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, June 18, 1953
Services Set For Tamisaburo Adachi

Wake services will be at 8 o'clock tomorrow (Friday) evening at the Beechler Memorial chapel in Ontario for Tamisaburo Adachi, 73, who died Tuesday at his home near Fruitland.

He had lived in the area for the past six years and was a retired farmer.

Funeral services will be 2 p. m. Saturday at the Beechler chapel with the Rev. T. Shibata officiating. Remains will be sent to Portland for cremation.

Mr. Adachi was born in Japan May 10, 1880. He married Kiyoku Yamada in Tacoma, Wash. in 1906.

Survivors include his widow; five sons, Joe, Bob and Frank of Fruitland, Bill of Chicago and Saburo Inoue in Japan; four daughters, Alice Kondo of Jamieson, Ore., June Owama of Fruitland, Toshiko Matauko in Japan and Ghiyo Okensko of Puente, Calif.; two brothers in Japan, and twelve grandchildren.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, March 08, 1945
Former Resident Dies At Emmett

Isaac H. Adair was born at Laurel, Indiana, August 31, 1866. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Adair. At the age of twenty the family moved to Western Kansas, and later to Rockyford, Colorado. He was married to Laura Bell Williams, who preceded him in death. At Rockyford he was in the brick and masonry business and in the spring of 1895 took up the profession of the embalming and funeral directing and because of his wife's health in 1903 they went to California. A year later he came to Payette where he made his home, and again to cut masonry work and helped to finish the building of the Baptist church, and later had full charge of building the Methodist church, besides many other homes in and around Payette.

In 1908 he again went back to the funeral work and worked for Wood and Spalding and for the Peterson Furniture until 1932 when he went to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Pauline Noland of Montour. He was always willing to lend a helping hand in churches and at funerals. Mr. Adair leaves one daughter,Mrs. Pauline Noland of Montour, two sons, Walter of Payette and Roy of Suttguard, Arkansas and three grandchildren. No funeral arrangements have been made. Landon's are in charge.

The Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 (online)
March 18, 1923 - Aug. 24, 2011

Betty Jane Teeter Adams, 88, Payette, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, in Payette.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette followed by a reception at the Scotch Pines Golf Course.

Services are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to Betty’s family at

Betty was born in Meridian, Idaho, to Walter Lloyd Teeter and Nancy Davidson Teeter. She lived in Meridian, graduated from Meridian High School and worked in Boise as a telephone operator during WWII.

Betty married Elden Adams in 1943. After WWII, Betty and Elden farmed in Meridian until they moved to Payette in 1951.

Betty’s passion in life was her family – Elden; her children, Kay Carlson (Bob) in Seattle, Terry Adams (Darlene) in Ontario, and Coleen Hodson (Steve) in Boise; grandchildren, Steve Carlson (Melissa), Ted Carlson (Suzanne); and great-grandchildren, Ryan, David, Trevor, Kyla and Jill Carlson.

A huge thank you to all Betty’s good friends and family members who prayed with her, brought her good books, delicious deserts and told her funny stories. Also, kudos to the special people at Royal Villa Assisted Living for the love and care they provided to Betty over the past few years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elden in 2008; and by two brothers and two sisters, Raymond, Robert, Ethel Voorhees and Dorothy Teeter.

Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661, or do something extra nice for someone special in your life – Betty would like that!

The Payette Independent
Thursday, September 12, 1935

Many Friends Grieved by Sudden Passing of Thomas Oren Ady; Funeral Held Monday.

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist church in Payette, for Thomas Oren Ady, who passed away at 2 o'clock Saturday morning at the Holy Rosary hospital in Ontario, after a brief illness.

The Odd Fellows, of which he was a member, and Rebekahs attended in a body, and the Odd Fellow burial service was given at the grave.

Mr. Ady was born December 23, 1877 at McCounelville, Ohio, from there the family moved to Iowa, where he grew to young manhood. In 1901 he came to Idaho and on December 23, 1902, he was united in marriage to Hattie Mae Surber in Payette. To this union were born three children, James S. of Las Vegas, Nevada, Mrs. Harold Roberts of Jerome and Thomas E. of Fruitland, all of whom survive him.

Early in life he was converted and united with the Methodist church and he always tried to live up to his Christian ideals. He was a member of the Odd Fellow lodge, Grange and Modern Woodmen and had also served on the Fruitland school board.

The many beautiful flowers were a silent tribute of the high esteem in which he was held by his friends and neighbors. The flowers were arranged for by the following; Mesdames Ray Colton, Cora Warden, Christina Rhoads and Coal.

Appropriate music was furnished by Mrs. Walter Steiniker, Mrs. Claude Horton, Rev. Shuman and Rev. Dallas McNeil, who also had charge of the service.

Pallbearers were members of the Odd Fellow lodge, Al Harland, Ben Tomlin, Tom Moggridge, R. L. Jacobs, S. E. Leininger and W. H. Griggs. Interment was in Riverside cemetery conducted by the Peterson Funeral Parlors. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Payette Independent Enterprise
December 15, 1927

Henry Alden, a highly respected citizen of Payette, passed away at the home of his nephew, E. H. Alden of this city Saturday, December 10, after a brief illness.

Deceased was born May 27, 1849 at Redfield, New York. He came west with his parents to Walcott, Minn., in 1854, and in December 1888 he came to Roseberg, Oregon, where he lived for 12 years, coming to Payette in 1900. For 27 years he has lived a clean, honorable life among the people of this community. He was a descendent of John Alden, of the 8th generation, who came over with the Pilgrim Fathers in the Mayflower. He is survived by two brothers, Willard and Elmer Alden.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Sunday and were in charge of the pastor Rev. Fraser. Interment took place at Riverside cemetery. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Payette Enterprise
Thursday, May 22, 1924
John Alden Passed Away

John Alden was born at Faribault, Minnesota, on the 4th day of May, 1859; he died at Payette, Idaho, May 20th, 1924, aged 65 years and 16 days. He spent the early years of his life at Alexandria, Minnesota, moving to North Dakota in 1888, where for a considerable time he operated an elevator.

On the 31st day of 1894, he was married to Miss Edith Millner, at Condo, N. Dakota. After they were married, Mr. and Mrs. Alden lived in North Dakota until April 14, 1900, when they came to Payette where they have ever since made their home.

Mr. Alden was a direct descendant of the eighth generation of the historical John Alden, one of the Pilgrim fathers who came to Plymouth in the Mayflower in 1620, and who was one of the great men of the time in which he lived.

There are left to keenly feel the loss of a husband, father, brother, grandfather, the faithful wife, who has kept vigil at his bedside for more than a year past, fighting a losing battle from the beginning, yet never flinching in her duty and devotion to the man to whom she pledged her allegiance in her young womanhood; two children, Mrs. Fern Long, a daughter, whose home in is Portland, Oregon; Lynwood, a son, of Salt Lake City; two brothers, Willard and Henry, of Payette; a brother, Elmer, of Lavinia, Minnesota, and granddaughter, little Roma Rae Long. There is a long list of friends and neighbors who feel that something worth while has been taken away.

Mr. Alden has been a member of Independent Order of Odd Fellows for more than 35 years and at the time of his death was a member of Payette Lodge No. 22. He was a member in good standing of Camp No. 7641, Modern Woodmen of America, at Payette. By trade he was a contractor and builder and millwright.

A neighbor says of John Alden, and he expresses the sentiment of all his neighbors, that he was a kind, patient, provident husband and father; that his family regarded him as a protector and provider who was moved by the highest motives and most earnest solicitation for their welfare, whose care was his highest trust; that he was a good neighbor; that he was a loyal citizen; that confidence reposed in him was a sacred trust which he faithfully kept; that he was a faithful friend.

The name of John Alden may not find a place in the Hall of Fame listed with those whom the world calls great, but in the hearts of the members of his family he lives on in sacred memory, and his neighbors and friends will not forget.

Funeral services were held from the First M.E. Church this (Thursday) morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. Knight of New Plymouth, conducted the brief but very impressive service and interment was made in the family plot in Riverside cemetery. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Payette Independent Enterprise
Thursday, October 26, 1961
Graveside services were held at 11 o'clock this morning for Lynn A. Alden, 64, former resident of Payette, who died at Napa, Calif., Friday.

Mr. Alden was born at Condo, N.D., Feb. 26, 1897 and made his home here from 1900 to 1915. He was graduated from Payette high school in 1914 and was a veteran of World War I.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Edith Johnston of Payette; and one sister, Mrs. Fern Long of Vallejo, Calif. Services were arranged by the Shaffer Chapel and the Rev. Earl Moore officiated. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Payette Independent Enterprise
June 09, 1932

Margaret Jane Prettyman was born at Graysville, Monroe county, Ohio, November 7, 1854 and died at her home here June 2. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Friday June 3, the funeral being conducted from the Landon Undertaking Parlors.

Margaret Prettyman moved from Ohio with her parents to Dodge Co., Minn. in 1854, where she lived for 20 years, when she moved to Douglas county, Minn. Here she met and married Willard A. Alden, January 4, 1877. In 1900, the family moved from Alexander, Minn., to Payette.

Mr. Alden and three children have preceded her in death. Henry Alden is the only survivor in the family. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Payette Enterprise
Thursday, July 24, 1930
Obituary - Willard Alden was born at Redfield, New York, December 8, 1847. When seven years of age he moved with his parents to Medford, Minn., where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Margaret Prettyman, January 4, 1877, and to them were born four children, one passed away in infancy. Grant died November 9, 1919, Alice passed away February 26, 1928, and Henry Alden who resides in Payette.

Mr. Alden came to Payette from Minnesota in April, 1900, and continued to live here until the time of his death, July 15, 1930. Mr. Alden was a man well thought of by every one in this community. He was noted for his honesty and fairness in all his dealings with the public. He lived to a ripe age and leaves many friends who held him in high esteem.

Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Henry Alden of Payette, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren and one brother, living at Bemidji, Minn.

The funeral was held from the Landon Funeral Home Thursday at ten o'clock and interment made in Riverside Cemetery. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

The Payette Independent
Thursday, June 23, 1932
S. B. Alspach, Pioneer, Passed Away Wednesday Afternoon; Funeral Sunday

S. B. Alspach, pioneer resident of Payette, who has been ill at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. E. Parsons, Boise, passed away Wednesday afternoon.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Church of God in Payette, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment at Boise.

Note: According to the Idaho Death Index, Samuel B. Alspach was born 3-13-1846, died 6-22-1932, Boise. ch

The Payette Independent (Thursday, June 30, 1932)

S. B. Alspach was born at West Penn., Pennsylvania, March 13, 1846, and died at Boise, Idaho, June 22, 1932, aged 86 years, three months and nine days.

Mr. Alspach was married to Miss Catherine Steigerwall, October 26, 1871, at Allentown, Penn., to which union six children were born, three dying in infancy, and Mrs. Sadie Donaldson passing on before him about three years ago at Portland, Oregon, where she resided.

Surviving Mr. Alspach are his wife, Mrs. Catherine Alspach, one son, George and one daughter, Mrs. E. E. Parsons of Boise; one sister, Diana Fatherolt of Pennsylvania; seven grand children and great grand children, many relations and a host of friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Alspach moved to Iowa in 1876 and after living there for twenty-eight years moved to Idaho in 1904, where he made his home until he passed away, also a period of twenty-eight years.

As a christian he was always outstanding as a leader in church affairs. In Iowa he was instrumental in establishing a Church of God, and the church in Payette was largely made possible by his prayers, service and gifts. He was converted in 1867 and united with the Church of God of North America at the same time, to which denomination he was attached for sixty-five years.

Brother Alspach was a thorough and untiring worker with his hands, a successful farmer, a faithful and loving husband and father, an upright and loyal citizen and strong friend. His passing has created a real loss to this community which will manifest itself in many ways for years to come.

The funeral was held from the Church of God Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. A. H. Shuman, after which a large number of friends of the family followed to Boise, where interment was made in Morris Hill cemetery.

But we sorrow not as others who have no hope for we know he sought the city that hath foundations whose builder and maker is God.
Servant of God, well done,
Thy Glorious warfare's past.
The Battle's fought, the race is won,
and thou art crowned at last.


We wish to extend our thanks and appreciation to our many friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy, shown at the death of our husband and family.

Mrs. S. B. Alspach, George Alspach and family, & Mrs. E. E. Parsons and family

Daily Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
March 06, 1986
WEISER - Graveside services for Ethel G. Alters, 94, Weiser, who died Tuesday, March 4 in a Weiser nursing home, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in Riverside Cemetery, Payette, with Dr. Leonard Reifel officiating, under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home, Weiser.

She was born July 14, 1891, at Miller, Neb., the daughter of Michael and Frances Burks Lockhart. Mrs. Alters was a newswoman who had worked at a variety of jobs on Weekly Newspaper in Idaho and Oregon. She married Ray N. Alters, a master printer in 1912 at Grand Island, Neb. The couple moved to Sweet, Idaho, where they published the Boise City Sentinel from 1914 to 1917. After a brief period in Illinois the family moved to Weiser where Mr. Alters worked on the Weiser American. They later moved to Payette where he leased the Payette Enterprise then worked on the Payette Independent Enterprise after the newspaper consolidated. During World War II Mrs. Alters edited the Idaho Mountaineer in Idaho City for her son, Duane who was serving in the United States Army. After the war she worked at the Payette Valley Sentinel in New Plymouth that was published by her husband and son. After Mr. Alters died in an auto accident in 1952 she moved to Nyssa where she operated a linotype for her son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Fern Alters. She moved to Boise in 1960, then lived for several years in Banks, Idaho, where she continued her hobbies of hiking and flower cultivation. Her son, Duane, who was born in 1912 died in 1967. In 1974 she moved to Payette and later to Weiser. In January 1986 she moved to the Weiser Care Center where she has since resided. She was a longtime member of the Fidelity Rebecca Lodge No 7 and attended the Community Church in Weiser.

Survivors include a brother, Floyd Lockhart of Payette; a sister, Fay L. DeVinaspre of Boise; a daugher-in-law, Fern Anderson of Boise; a grandson, Steven R. Alters of Concord, Calif., and two grand-daughters, Diane Alters of Boston, Mass., and Kathe Alters of San Francisco, Calif.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Ontario Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, August 25, 1952
Ray Alters Killed In Car Accident Sunday Afternoon

PAYETTE - Ray N. Alters, 61, of New Plymouth, long time Idaho newspaper man died at the Ontario hospital about 7 o'clock Sunday night to become Payette county's fourth traffic fatality of the year, Sheriff Ray Stephens reported this morning.

The sheriff said five others were hurt in the accident, which occurred at the intersection of county roads one half mile south and one mile east of the Palisade junction at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. They were Mrs. Alters, her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lockhart of Sacramento, California, who arrived only Saturday for a visit with the Alters family; Mrs. Rhea Jensen, 30, of Emmett.

The Lockharts and Mrs. Alters are being treated at the Ontario hospital, and Mrs. Jensen at the Mary Secoy hospital at Emmett, the sheriff said.

The officer stated that Mr. Alters and Mrs. Jensen's husband Joseph W. of Emmett were the drivers of the two cars involved in the collision, and that the impact was so great that it caused the Alters auto to roll over twice.

Other occupants of the Jensen car were Bonnie 10, Darrell, 3 and Janet 2, children of the Jensen's.

Payette county coroner Gifford Schaffer said it has not been determined whether an inquest will be held.

Ray Nathaniel Alters was born in Illinois on July 21, 1890 and came to Idaho in 1914. After working for a newspaper in Payette for several years he moved to Weiser in 1925 and was employed there on the Weiser American as a printer for ten years.

He then moved back to Payette and worked on the Independent Enterprise there for a time before he and his son, Duane Alters, re-opened the Idaho Mountaineer at Idaho City in 1945. They sold that newspaper in December of that year, and in January of 1946 the elder Alters returned to Weiser and was employed on the Signal-American until December when he and his son purchased the Payette Valley Sentinel at New Plymouth which they operated until about a year ago when they sold it. Since that time Mr. Alters has been employed as a printer on the New Plymouth newspaper.

Besides his wife he is survived by his son, Duane, of Nyssa; three brothers; one sister and two grandchildren.

The Shaffer Chapel at Payette is arranging the services.

Reports from the hospitals at Ontario and Emmett this morning stated that the full extent of injuries of the accident victims had not been determined but that they were resting satisfactorily. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, March 25, 1992
Harland C. Anders, 72, Fruitland, died March 21 at home. Graveside services were 11 a.m. today at Canyon Hill Cemetery, Caldwell, under the direction of Chapel of the Roses, Payette.

Fern Olivia Pomeroy Alters Anderson
1920 - 2011

Fern Olivia Pomeroy Alters Anderson died Tuesday, August 30, at age 91, surrounded by family and friends.

She was born on July 28, 1920, on the family ranch 8 miles north of New Plymouth to Stephen Loren Pomeroy and Mabel Evelyn McFarland Pomeroy.

Fern, a retired teacher, instilled her love of reading and learning in the minds and hearts of countless schoolchildren as well as her own children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A 1938 graduate of New Plymouth High School, she went to Lewiston Normal School, where she graduated with a degree in elementary education. She began as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Emmett, and then taught in New Plymouth and Payette before enlisting in the U.S. Navy WAVES during World War II. She served three years as an X-ray technician stationed at Corona, California.

She married Duane R. Alters in September, 1947, in New Plymouth. Duane published a weekly newspaper, The Payette Valley Sentinel, where she worked with him for five years. The couple moved to Nyssa, Oregon, where they published The Gate City Journal from 1952 to 1959. There, she helped gather news, ran the presses, and kept the books for the weekly newspaper.

After moving to Boise in 1959, she went to work in the Boise Public Schools. While working full time, she went back to school at Northwest Nazarene College where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and wrote an essay for The Idaho Statesman about the fish-out-of-water experience of teaching children, going to class with teenagers, getting dinner on the table, and then studying until midnight. Most of her 23 years of teaching were at McKinley Elementary School, where she made such an impact on her students that many visited her often after she retired. A volunteer reading teacher, she also helped adults learn to read.

Duane died in August, 1967. She married John G. Anderson in 1971. He preceded her in death in 2010.

She was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and the Boise Retired Teachers Association. After retiring from teaching in 1980, she and John traveled extensively in the United States and abroad, including Mexico, Norway, the Bermuda’s and Panama.

Family, neighbors, friends and students treasure the impact that Fern has made on their lives. Her enthusiasm for life, boundless energy, delight in others and compassion for all who suffer has touched each of us deeply. We will miss her.

In addition to Duane Alters and John Anderson, she was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson Nathaniel Alters in 2010.

She is survived by her sisters Ruth Talbot of Seattle and Carol Pomeroy of Moyie Springs, Idaho, and her brother George Pomeroy (Genny) of Cincinnati, Ohio; son Steve Alters (Gale) of Star; daughters Diane Alters (Mario Montaño) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Kathe Alters (John Rumel) of Boise, and Coyla Anderson of Long Beach, California; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday, September 2, 2011 at Cloverdale Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm, Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5009 Cassia St., Boise 83705. Burial will follow at Cloverdale Memorial Park. A reception at Fern’s home will follow the burial.

In lieu of flowers, Fern requested contributions to the Nathan Alters Mechanical Engineering scholarship fund at the Boise State University Foundation, or memorials to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

To share memories with the family please visit Fern’s memorial webpage online at

Obituary source St. John's United Church of Christ scrapbook
Newspaper and date of publication not known
Payette - Helen May Jewel Anderson, 87, Payette, died Dec. 21, 1992, in a Boise care center. Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Cloverdale Cemetery, Boise. The Rev. Dick Brotherton will officiate under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Chapel, Boise.

She was born April 1, 1905, to Rezin and Ellen Burton Kile, in rock Springs, Wyo. When she was a year old, they moved to Riverton, Wyo. The town was just starting and her mother ran a boarding house. She started school there. In 1920, she moved to Meridian with her mother, stepfather, Maurice McMillan, sisters and brothers. She finished high school there and graduated from Hollywood Beauty School, later becoming an instructor.

She married Norman (Andy) Anderson in Payette in 1937. They made their home in Ontario and Payette. She loved to travel, write poetry, crochet and visit with younger people. She never wanted to "act" old and was so proud to have her book of poems printed. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ n Payette.

Survivors include four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren in Baker City; a sister, Hazel Snyder of Spokane; many nieces and nephews, including Ron McMillan of Boise, and two special friends, Velma Asmussen and Mary DeBord. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andy, in April 1990; a daughter, Collette, in December 1988; three brothers, Pearl and Ray Kile and Howard McMillan, and two sisters, Ruby Philburn and Lorena McMillan.

God Speaks

God looked down and saw his child, tired, weary and sometimes in pain.
And he said, "Come walk with me, I will restore your strength again.
I will catch you when you stumble, in my arms I'll lift you up,
Come drink the living waters from an overflowing cup.
There is no task that is more than you can bear.
Every moment of your life, you are in my loving care.
Let us walk toward the sunset for the sun is going down
And the beauty of the earth forms a halo all around.
Have no fear of tomorrow, or of things that have to be
Just put your hand in mine and come and walk with me."

Author: Helen M. J. Anderson

Independent Enterprise
December 08, 1955
Keith Anderson, Prominent Citizen Passes Sunday

Keith K. Anderson, 47, prominent Payette business man and civic leader, passed away suddenly of a heart attack early Sunday morning at an Ontario hospital. He was stricken with the attack about 1:30 a.m. and was rushed to the hospital were he died about an hour later.

Mr. Anderson was a long time resident of Payette having moved here with hsi parents in 1912. He was active in many activities of the community where he served in recent years as secretary of several irrigation districts and companies and had become an expert in this phase of the agricultural industry.

He was secretary of the chamber of commerce for several years and was a past president of the Kiwanis club. He served for many years as an officer in Washoe lodge No. 28, AF and AM and was a Shriner.

He was born March 17, 1908, in Taylorville, Ill. was educated here and was married in 1939 in Ontario to Anna Bel Biggs.

Surviving in addition to Mrs. Anderson are two children Keith K. Jr., and Luanne Anderson, both at home; three brothers, T. R. Anderson of Glendale, Calif., Howard R. of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and J. Wheeler Anderson of Gaston, Ore., and three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Hafliger of Taylorville and Mrs. Anna C. Moss and Miss Ruth Anderson, both of Payette.

Services were conducted at the Baptist church Wednesday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Bert Iddins officiated and interment was at Riverside under the direction of Shaffer Memory Chapel. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

The Ontario Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, August 25, 1952
Thomas Andrew Services Monday

PAYETTE - Services were held today, Monday, at Shaffer Memory Chapel for Thomas Otis Andrew, 75, who passed away Wednesday night in the Ontario hospital. Rev. Harold Jacks officiated and interment was in Riverside.

Thomas was born May 10, 1877, at Grand River, Iowa, and came to the Payette area in 1934 from Decatur, Iowa. He was a member of the Church of God and had also been a minister of that church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Susannah Andrew of Payette; three sons, Luther of Seattle, Reuel of Oakland, California and Darrel of Payette; a daughter, Mrs. Elma Lois Hulen of Kent, Washington, four sisters, Mrs. Cyrene Hamilton of Oakland, California, Mrs. Edith White of Payette, Mrs. Myrtle Volman of Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Mrs. Elsie Brown of Long Beach, California; one brother, Cary Andrew of Payette; eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Payette Valley Sentinel (New Plymouth, Payette County, Idaho)
Thursday, July 16, 1951

Graveside services were held Thursday morning for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Applegate of McCall at the Kennedy-Applegate Cemetery with Rev. John Towery officiating.

Don Craig Applegate was born July 6 and died soon after birth. He is survived by four sisters and two brothers and was the great grandson of John Applegate of Payette.

Services were in charge of the Beaty Chapel of Emmett. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, April 01, 1948
Pioneer Matron Passes Monday

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Applegate, 82, pioneer resident of Payette since 1869, passed away in this city last Monday evening following a protracted illness. Services were held on Wednesday of this week at the Landon-Shaffer chapel, with Rev. Paul Faithouse officiating and interment was made in the Applegate cemetery at New Plymouth.

Deceased was born Nov. 10, 1865 at Winona, Miss. With her parents and one sister she went to Ogden, Utah on the first railroad train entering that city. The family made the trip on from Ogden to Boise and located near Emmett, this trip being made by stage coach. She grew to womanhood in the Payette Valley and married John Applegate at the home of her sister, Mrs. W. C. Johnson, on Nov. 4, 1883. Mrs. Applegate was a member of the Methodist church. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel King helped to start the first church of that denomination in this city. Mr. and Mrs. Applegate celebrated their sixty-third wedding anniversary on November fourth last year.

Deceased is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Delia Pence and Mrs. Nellie Manis, Payette; two sons, Jim Applegate, Emmett and Sam Applegate, Payette; twelve grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Mrs. W. C. Johnson, sister, passed away at the age of 89 last August. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, February 20, 1936
George Andrew Applegate passed away Saturday, February 15, at his home near Payette and funeral services in charge of Rev. Dallas McNeil were held from the Landon funeral home Tuesday afternoon, February 18, 1936, at two o'clock with interment in the Applegate cemetery near New Plymouth.

George Andrew Applegate was born in Payette, Idaho October 8, 1890 and lived in and near Payette all his life. He met and married Miss Laura Barnett, at Falk's Store March 18, 1924 and to this union one son was born. He passed away at the age of forty-five years, four months and seven days.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, one son, Lester, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Applegate of New Plymouth; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Manis of McCall, Mrs. Delia Pence of Payette; three brothers, James of Fruitland and Samuel and Johnnie of New Plymouth. This is the first death in the Applegate family.

When a young man he joined the Congregational church of New Plymouth of which he took an active part. He was also an active member of the Orchard Avenue Grange of Payette. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, September 03, 1953
John Applegate Dies After Spending Entire Life In Payette Area

Payette county lost another of its pioneers during the past week at the death of John H. Applegate, 89. He had been a resident of the area since 1864 when he was brought here by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Applegate.

At the time he was brought to the area, there was no community of Payette and the bed of the Payette river where Highway 52 now crosses was narrow enough to jump across. He lived on the ranch now owned by Tom Pence and was later a homesteader on Big Willow. His place there is now owned by Cliff Barker.

Mr. Applegate lived on his Big Willow ranch until moving to New Plymouth in 1917. He moved to Payette in 1944. His wife died in 1948 and he had lived alone in Payette since that time. His family, many of them local residents, feted him on his birthday with a major celebration until a few years ago.

He had been a member of the Baptist church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Harry Pence and Mrs. Nellie Ferguson, both of Payette; two sons, James and Sam Applegate, both of Payette; one sister, Mrs. Mary Wilson of Payette; two half sisters, Mrs. Ruth Vance of Portland and Mrs. Fay Wells of Payette, 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Services were held Monday morning at the Shaffer Memory chapel in Payette with the Rev. Stanley Andrews and the Rev. Dallas McNeil officiating. Interment followed at Kennedy-Applegate cemetery near New Plymouth. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
September 09, 1937

Native of Payette County Died Friday In Ontario Hospital; Buried At New Plymouth

John Applegate died in the Ontario hospital Friday afternoon at 1:30 from self-inflicted wounds from a 22 rifle. the cause of his suicide was not known.

John Orrin Applegate was born on the Applegate ranch near New Plymouth August 21, 1905. On November 18, 1929 he married Agnes Rants at Ontario, Oregon. He died at the age of thirty-two years and thirteen days.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife and two step-children. Allen and Vivadell, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Applegate, Sr. of New Plymouth, two sisters, Mrs. Harry Pence and Mrs. Nellie Manis of McCall, two brothers, James of the Alvord ranch in Oregon and Samuel of New Plymouth and many friends.

The final rites were held in the Baptist church in New Plymouth under the direction of the Landon Funeral home with Rev. Dallas McNeil officiating. Rev. and Mrs. McNeil sang, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" accompanied by Ellyne Hallman. The interment was made in the Applegate cemetery. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Ontario Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, December 13, 1948
Mrs. Applegate Died Thursday

PAYETTE - Mrs. Martha Applegate, long time resident of the Payette community, died Thursday at her home in Payette. She was 88 years of age.

Born at Elm Springs, Arkansas, Mrs. Applegate came to Payette from Midvale 63 years ago. She was the last charter member of the Payette Baptist Church organized 62 years ago. Her husband, Samuel Applegate, died in 1920.

Survivors include three sons, Edward Newton of Parma, Jess Newton of Payette and John Applegate of Payette; three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Edna Vance, Mrs. Esther Jane Wells, and Mary Wilson, all of Payette; a sister, Mrs. Edna Ross of Parma; and 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Payette Enterprise
Thursday, December 16, 1920

S. W. Applegate, a highly respected pioneer of this community, passed to his reward last Sunday morning at 9 a.m. after suffering for months with cancer of the face. While his death was not unexpected being advanced in years and afflicted with an incurable disease, there is always sadness when a dear one is taken. Yet no one would wish him back, for he had finished his work and was anxious and ready to go and be with his Savior whom he had faithfully served for the last seventy years. Mr. Applegate became converted when a boy 15 years of age, and while the greater part of his life has been spent among worldly people he never faltered from the path of righteousness. When a young man he felt it his duty to preach the word of God and for many years sought every opportunity, to lead others to follow his example, never receiving any compensation for his preaching, that was not given back to the cause of Christ. His one aim in life was to serve his Master, and do unto others as he would wish to be done by.

Samuel William Applegate was born September 15th, 1837 in Scott County, Indiana, where he lived until he was six years of age, moving at that time with his parents to Pike County, Illinois; and in 1852 crossed the plains by ox team, settling on the Umatilla River in Oregon. A short time after he was a volunteer in the Rogue River Indian War.

On June 8th, 1860, he was united in marriage to Delia Landrith. Several children were born to bless this union, two of whom are still living, John Applegate and Mary O. Wilson both of Payette.

He moved to Idaho City during the gold excitement where his wife died. Her body was brought in the dead of winter for burial in what is now called the Applegate Cemetery between New Plymouth and Falk Store. He was united in marriage to Anna Newton in 1885. To this union five children were born, two of whom are now living; Ruth Macomb and Esther Chatfield, both of Payette. In 1886 he moved with his family to Payette, settling at that time on a homestead on Dead Ox Flat, where he continued to live until a few months ago, he moved to Payette where he passed willingly and peacefully to his reward. Besides his wife and four children, one sister is left to mourn his loss, and to follow his Christian example. Funeral services were held Tuesday forenoon at 11:30 from the home, conducted by Rev. Bloom of Ontario, assisted by Rev. C.W. Buell of Payette. Interment was made in the Applegate Cemetery near Falk Store. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
October 15, 1962
Enoch A. Arden (Alden) Services Held

PAYETTE-Services for Enoch Henry Arden, (Alden) 78, of Payette, were held today (Monday) at the Shaffer Memory chapel in Payette with Rev. William Clark officiating. Odd Fellows lodge No. 22 conducted services at Riverside. Mr Arden (Alden) died early Saturday morning in an Ontario, Ore., hospital.

Born September 2, 1884 at Alexandria, Minn., he came to Payette in 1900. Mr. Alden married Flora E. Walden at Vale, Ore., on October 18, 1907. He was a member of the Baptist church and Odd Fellows lodge No. 22 at Payette.

In addition to his wife, of Payette, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs Lenora Jane Tallman, of Ketchikan, Alaska, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, January 24, 1957
Services Held For Mrs. M. Arrendiell

Services for Mrs. Mattie E. Arrendiell, 90, of Payette who died Wednesday evening here in a hospital following a long illness were conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Shaffer Memory Chapel. Interment was at Riverside.

Mrs. Arrendiell was born Sept. 11, 1866 in Boone, N.C., and was married to Schuyler Arrendiell Feb. 16, 1890, in Mountain City, Tenn. She came to Payette in 1911 from New Mexico. Her husband preceded her in death in 1926.

She was a member of the Church of the Brethren and the Rebekah Lodge.

Surviving is a nephew, Tom Ennor of Salt Lake City. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, August 24, 1988
Charles Rennell "Charlie" Ashcraft, 74, Payette, Idaho, died Aug. 18, 1988, at home. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Aug. 23 at Riverside Cemetery, Payette. His son Rennell Ashcraft, Boise, officiated. Services were under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.

Mr. Ashcraft was born Oct. 25, 1913, at Grand Junction, Colo., a son of Charles and Edith Ashcraft. His family moved to St. Anthony, Idaho. He was raised and educated there, graduating from St. Anthony High School in the class of 1931. As a young man he worked for the Forest Service and a Chevrolet garage. He served in the U.S. Army in Great Britain during World War II. After the war, he returned to Idaho. He attended the Elgin Watchmaker's College in Elgin, Ill., graduating in 1947. He owned and operated a watch repair shop in Grace, Idaho for three years. He moved to Payette in 1951, and then farmed and repaired watches in Fruitland until his retirement in 1961.

Charlie enjoyed reading and vegetable and flower gardening. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans of Payette.

He is survived by three daughters, Lee McBride, Vale, Ore., Sharon Nott, Grants Pass, Ore., Martha Cannon, Vale; four sons, Charles Ashcraft, Payette, Rennie Ashcraft, Boise, Dick Ashcraft, Benton, Wash., and Bob Ashcraft, Honolulu, Hawaii; two sisters, Erma Ashcraft, Meridian, Idaho and Verla Richards, Park City, Utah; 15 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild expected in September, and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents, a sister, Edith Ellen Gee, and a daughter, Charlene Grace, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Payette Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, January 24, 1957
Seth Ashinhurst Services Thursday

Seth Watson Ashinhurst, Sr., 62, died Monday evening in his home here after a long illness.

Mr. Ashinhurst was born Feb. 16, 1894 in Fairfield, Mo., and came to Payette in 1903. He was married to Hazel Arlene McGinnis at Payette, July 2, 1925.

He was a member of the Baptist church and was employed as a mechanic.

Survivors beside his wife include a son, Seth W. Ashinhurst, Jr.; a grandson all of Payette; and a brother, James Thomas of Salem, Ore.

Services were held Thursday at the Shaffer Memory Chapel with the Rev. Charles Ealey officiating. Interment was at Riverside. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Emmett Index (Emmett, Gem County, Idaho)
Friday, December 29, 1899

We learned through report that August Asmussen of Falks Store died Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. and was buried Wednesday afternoon. The deceased has been a sufferer for sometime. (Falk Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Idaho Daily Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho)
Tuesday, October 28, 1902
Payette Notes

Payette, Oct. 27 - Miss Mabel Ahburn was buried at Riverside cemetery yesterday. Her parents live near Falk's store. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, January 14, 1943
Mrs. Emma Ausman Dies Sunday

Mrs. Emma Ausman was born at Island City, Oregon on September 9, 1881 and passed away on January 10, 1943 at the Payette General hospital in Payette. She was united in marriage to W. R. Pearson October 12, 1898 at Union, Oregon and he passed away at Prairie City, Oregon on May 18, 1935. She leaves five children, Walter and Joe Pearson of Payette, David Pearson of Nyssa, Oregon, Mrs. B. W. Conger of New Plymouth, Idaho and Mrs. J. E. Garner of Ontario, Oregon, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a brother, Robert Mason of La Grande, Ore. Funeral services were held at the Landon funeral home in Payette at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. Robert Kriner. Interment was in Riverside cemetery. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

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