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Independent Enterprise
Thursday, May 28, 1959
Former N. Plymouth Mayor Dies Thursday

Services were held Tuesday at the Beatty chapel in Emmett for Ned Russell Gard, 61, of Emmett, a resident of Idaho since 1914 and a former mayor of New Plymouth, who died at an Emmett hospital Thursday night after a long illness. The Rev. Raymond Silson? officiated and interment was held in Emmett.

Mr. Gard was born at River Rouge, Mich. Feb 18, 1898, and came to Hammett with his parents in 1914. He moved to Boise in 1916 and to New Plymouth in 1939 where he operated a plumbing shop. He was mayor of New Plymouth from 1949-51. He moved to Emmett in 1954.

He was a member of the Congregational church of New Plymouth, Butte Lodge No 37 AF & AM and Chapter 22 OES of Emmett.

Mr. Gard was married to Ruth Campbell Nov. 25, 1923, at Boise. Mrs. Gard died Nov. 20, 1958.

He is survived by three sons, Wilbur Gard of Pocatello, Kenneth Gard of Bremerton, Wash. and Donald Gard of Emmett; one daughter Mrs. Marjorie Mills of Emmett, a brother Arthur J. Gard of Alpine, Tex.; two sisters Mrs. Helen Swift and Mary Ellen Gard, both of Seattle; and five grandchildren.

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Tuesday, September 02, 1980
NEW PLYMOUTH - Services for Albert H. Garner, 70, New Plymouth, who was found dead Saturday in the Snake River at Morgan Creek in Baker County, Ore. will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, New Plymouth, by the Rev. Russell Steiner of New Plymouth First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth, under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Chapel.

He was born April 9, 1910 in Westboro, Mo., to Albert and Cordia Garner. He was reared and educated in Missouri. He moved to Ontario, Ore., in 1933. He married Nancy E. Hanson in December 1938, in New Plymouth. In 1943 they moved to a farm near New Plymouth. He retired in 1967 and moved to New Plymouth. She died in December 1979. He married Lucille Marcelli on April 7, 1980, in Winnemucca, Nev. He was a member of the New Plymouth First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of New Plymouth; a daughter, Betty Thiel of Nampa; four brothers, Forrest E. of Boise, Ellison and Junior, both of Ontario, and Lorn C. of Nampa; six sisters, Edith M. Barrett of Maxwell, Iowa, Pansy Dickinson of Boise, Ada Clare Howell of Ontario, Pauline Smith of Terrace Lakes, Mildred A. Smith of Nampa, and Loah F. Pedersen of Helena, Mont.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Friends may call at the chapel from 3:30 to 9 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund. (Park View Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, December 03, 1979
NEW PLYMOUTH - Services for Nancy E. Garner, 65 of New Plymouth, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Shaffer Jensen Chapel, New Plymouth, by the Rev. Russell Steiner, First Baptist Church, New Plymouth. Interment will be in Parkview Cemetery, New Plymouth.

Garner, who died of natural causes Saturday at home, was born July 28, 1914 at Council, ID., to Nelson and Nellie Hanson. She married Albert Garner on Dec. 28, 1939 at New Plymouth. she has lived at New Plymouth for the last 60 years and was a member and past clerk of the First Baptist Church. she was a member and a chaplain at the time of her death of the New Plymouth Grange No. 250; a member and former recorder of the Royal Neighbors of America, New Plymouth; and a former president of the New Plymouth Hobby Club.

Surviving are her husband of New Plymouth; a daughter, Mrs. Jim (Betty) Thiel of Nampa; a sister, Ella Schima of Boise; 4 grandchildren; and a great-grandchildren.

Friends may call the chapel Monday from 3 to 9 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the cancer fund. (Park View Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, October 02, 1985
Graveside services for Kenneth "Ted" Garrett, 81, New Plymouth, a retired service station owner, who died Friday, Sept. 27, 1985, in an Emmett nursing home, were conducted Tuesday in Rosedale Memorial Gardens, Payette, under direction of Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, New Plymouth.

He was born June 30, 1904 at Medford, Ore., the son of William and Amy Garrett. He was raised and educated in Oregon, where he met and married his wife, Ida. They moved to California where he was engaged in mining. They then moved to Jordan Valley, Ore., where he farmed and ranched. He moved to New Plymouth in 1944 where he owned and operated a service station. Mr. Garrett was a skilled repairman and mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, November 22, 1945
(Mrs. J. D. Deal, Fruitland, corres.)

John C. Giesler was born October 10, 1910 at Caldwell, Idaho and died as a result of injuries suffered when struck by a car while changing a tire on his own vehicle west of Caldwell Nov. 15, 1945.

While yet a small boy the family moved to Payette. Later he moved to Boise for a short time and then returned to Payette where he has since resided.

At the time of his death he was employed by the Nicholson Implement Co, of Ontario.

He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and held the office of Chancellor Commander Boise Lodge Ivanhoe No. 3. He was a member of the Maple Grove grange in Boise and was scout master of Troop 49 in Ontario at the time of his death. He was a man of a friendly, cheerful personality and will be greatly missed in this community.

Survivors include his wife Mildred, two sons; John Calvin Giesler, ships Cook is now stationed at Boulder, Colo., and Glenn of Fruitland; three daughters, Mrs. Doris Pollentier, Donna Lee and Joanne of Fruitland, six sisters, Mrs. Cordia Tussing, Fruitland; Mary Orcutt, Mt. Shasta, Calif., Edna Stowell, Sacramento, Calif., Cecil Elser and Margaret Foster of Los Angeles, Calif.; Anne Brown, Filer, Idaho. Relatives arriving to attend the funeral are his son Colvin of Boulder, Colo., his sister, Mrs. Anne Brown of Filer, his son-in-law, Sgt. Al Pollentier of the Marines who came by plane from Chicago; Mrs. Giesler's mother, Mrs. Winnifred Poorman of Boise, her brothers, Ed Poorman of Seattle and Harry of Boise.

Interment was at Riverside, Payette. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Payette Independent
August 03, 1899
Merve Gill, an Idaho pioneer and one of the oldest settlers of the Payette Valley, died at his home near Emmett on the 25th of July. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
June 20, 1986
Bercia M. Gilliam, 73, Boise, died June 18 in a Boise nursing home. Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in Parkview cemetery, New Plymouth, under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
May 31, 1979
Hugh Mack Gilliam, 95, formerly of Payette, died Saturday at a Kirkland, Wash. hospital. Graveside services were conducted Friday at 1 p.m., at Park View cemetery at New Plymouth, by Rev. Harvey Booth of the Payette First Baptist Church, under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Chapel at Payette.

He was born Sept. 23, 1883, at Rogersville, Tenn. He married Sadie G. Smith on April 21, 1901 at Faulkton, S. D. She died in 1964. He moved to Idaho, where he worked in the sheep industry. He owned and operated a general store at McCall. He was instrumental in developing boat racing at McCall. He lived in the Payette area for several years then moved to the Seattle area, where he was well known among the hydroplane racing contestants. He traveled throughout the United States with his son, participating in boat racing. He also spent time in Weiser and Boise.

Surviving are a son, Robert of Bothel, Wash.; three daughters, Mrs. Lester (Eva) Moulton of Nampa, Mrs. Don (Beth) Dickerson of Weiser, and Bercia Gilliam of Boise; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-granchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers. (Park View Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, August 05, 2010
LaVonne Godschalx, 92, died Tuesday, July 28, in Payette. She had been stricken with dementia for the last five years. Born in Payette on Oct. 27, 1917, she was raised on a homestead developed by her parents, Charles and Cora Nelson. This is the very ranch, now owned by Simplot, where the Thunderbirds crew crashed in 1958.

Lavonne received her high school diploma from the Intermountain Institute in Weiser and her teaching certificate from the College of Idaho. She taught school in a one-room school house outside of Weiser. Coming from a ranching family, it was no inconvenience for her to ride a horse to and from work. During World War II, she worked for the Rationing Board. In 1946, she married Bill Godschalx of New Plymouth, and they ranched at the end of Little Willow Creek in Payette County for 20 years. There, she raised three daughters and participated in local clubs and helped neighbors in the times of need. In 1966, they moved to Payette. She loved the ranching life, but she also loved town life where she played bridge and became an active member of the Senior Citizens and First Baptist Church. Both she and Bill loved to travel and did so during their ranching and retirement years.

Surviving her are her husband, Bill Godschalx, her three daughters, Carolyn (John) Lloyd of Ketchum, Sher (John) Sellman of Mountain Home and Pat (Jim) Lunstrum of Camas, Wash. Her children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren will always remember her for her love of reading, traveling and willingness to help others. A memorial service was held on Monday, Aug. 2, at the First Baptist Church in Payette.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, September 02, 2010
William Godschalx, 94, of Payette, died peacefully in his home on Aug. 21 from cancer. He was born on Sept, 4, 1915. At age 5, his mother died, and his Dutch immigrant father sent him to Genesse, Idaho to live with Father Godschalx, a Catholic priest. This single man also found it impossible to take care of little Bill so he was moved to Tacoma, Wash., to be cared for by his deceased motherís single sisters.

Bill, being a very active child, was sent to St. Martinís Prep Dormitory School as soon as he was old enough to qualify. At age 17, Bill returned to New Plymouth because his father had remarried. There he graduated from high school and received his life-long name of "Wild Bill."

Immediately after high school, he built a gas station on his fatherís farm land at Hamilton or Godschalxís Corner, the crossroads where New Plymouth, Emmett, and Payette roads meet. He managed the service station and helped farm with his dad. As a tall, strong athlete, he played local basketball and baseball before, during and after World War II. Joining the Marines, he continued his athletics even while he was in China.

After WWII, he returned to Idaho, where he met a shy, quiet girl who loved ranching. On June 26, 1946, he married LaVonne Nelson, who tamed "Wild Bill." They settled on the end of Little Willow Creek between Payette and New Plymouth where they ran both places since his father had retired from farming.

Bill was active in his community, accepting civic board appointments, volunteering for 4-H, enjoying the Elks and later becoming active in the VFW and Senior Citizens. Both he and LaVonne loved to travel and did so during their ranching and retirement years.

Bill and LaVonne had three daughters and cared for them in their separate, opposite ways. LaVonne stressed reading and inside work. Bill stressed athletics and outside work. As a couple they provided a balanced, happy home.

Bill and LaVonne, who died three weeks before Bill, are survived by their daughters, Carolyn (John) Lloyd of Ketchum; Sher (John) Sellman of Mountain Home; and Pat (Jim) Lunstrum of Camas, Wash. His nine grandchildren, "crazy damn mutts", and two great grandchildren will always remember Bill for big booming voice that never scared them, his love of sports, his love of "knowing what was going on in the world", and his love of a good time.

A celebration of both Bill and LaVonneís lives will be held on Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fruitland at 10 a.m. Immediately following, a luncheon and Billís 95th birthday cake will be served at the Catholic Hall in Payette.

Memorials may be donated to the Payette Senior Citizens, 137 N. Main, 83661 or the New Plymouth Senior Citizens, 126 N. Plymouth Ave., 83655.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, March 30, 1983
Services for Elton G. Good, 59, Payette, who died Saturday, March 26, 1983, in an Ontario hospital of natural causes were conducted Tuesday at the Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, Payette, with Pastor Jack Becker of the Ontario Christian Life Fellowship. Interment followed at the Rosedale Memorial Gardens in Payette.

He was born May 31, 1923, in Wood, S. D., the son of Grover and Edith Good. He moved to Ontario, in 1938. He married Lily Pettet on Oct. 28, 1948, at Payette. They made their home on the Oregon Slope where they farmed. They moved to Payette in 1971. He was a member of the Ontario Heights Grange.

He is survived by his wife, Lily, of Payette; two sons, Jason of Payette and Jeffery of Boise; two daughters, Marla Good of Weiser and Merlene Good of Payette; three brothers, Merle of Ontario, Robert of Payette, and Frank of Sutherlin, Ore.; two sisters, Roma Hines of Ontario and Janice Justice of John Day, Ore.; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, November 29, 1956
Last Rites Held For Pauline Good

Mrs. Pauline Kathrine Good, 79, of New Plymouth, died Wednesday night at an Ontario hospital following a long illness.

Mrs. Good was born April 14, 1877, at Mels, Switzerland. She was married in Mels on Jan. 20, 1902, to Martin Good and the couple moved that same year to the United States. They came to the New Plymouth area in 1910.

Mr. Good preceded her in death in 1942. She was a member of the Catholic church.

Services were held Monday at the St. Alyosus Catholic church in New Plymouth with the Rev. Fr. T. C. Halpin as celebrant. Interment was in Park View Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Anne Good of New Plymouth, Mrs. Clare Chandler of Beirut, Lebanon, and Mrs. Barbara Sauntry of Seattle; four sons, Joe of Palm Springs, Calif., Frank of Eagle, Arnold of Boise, and Henry of New Plymouth; a sister, Mrs. Anna Jann of St. Gallen, Switzerland; and eight grandchildren. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Ontario Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, November 17, 1947

PAYETTE - Graveside services were held Saturday at the Riverside cemetery for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Goodell, Payette, who died Friday. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Goodell, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brooks of Payette, and Mrs. Ethel Goodell of Ontario. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
August 16, 1951
Frank B. Gowie Dies Sunday

Funeral services for Frank Barton Gowie, 59, who die Sunday at his home in Payette, were conducted Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel. The Masonic Lodge will be in charge of the interment at Riverside.

Mr. Gowie was born November 5, 1891, in Pasadena, Calif., and came to Payette about a year ago from Scotts Mills, Oregon.

He was a veteran of World War 1, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and the order of the Eastern Star.

Mr. Gowie was manager of the Bancroft Hotel in Payette at the time of his death. Survivors include his wife, Alice of Payette. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Obituary source St. John's United Church of Christ scrapbook
Newspaper and date of publication not known
NEW PLYMOUTH - Services for Harlan O. Graff, 85, New Plymouth, who died Tuesday (April 2, 1977) in an Emmett nursing home, were conducted Friday at the Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, New Plymouth, by the Rev. Russell Bennett, First Baptist Church, Ontario. Interment was Sunday in Garfield, Wash. (Garfield Cemetery, Garfield, Whitman County, Washington).

He was born April 1, 1891, in Murphysburo, Ill., where he was reared and educated. He moved in 1913 to the Potlatch area where he lived until 1970, when he moved to New Plymouth.

Mr. Graff was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Plymouth.

Surviving are two nephews, Charles Hicks, Alderwood Manor, Wash., and Delmar Graff, Clarkston, Wash. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Obituary source St. John's United Church of Christ scrapbook
Newspaper and date of publication not known
Fruitland - Helen Lucile Rader Grafft, 91, Fruitland, formerly of Payette went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 3, 2005, in Ontario, after a long illness. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory chapel, Payette, with the Rev. Susan Howe officiating. Services and arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.

Helen was born Oct. 29, 1913, in Santa Ana, Calif., to Alma and Alvin Slaback. Helen married Gordon Rader, Feb. 12, 1934, in Portland where they lived for many years. They moved to Redmond where they farmed for six year. Helen pitched in and did all the farm chores necessary to keep things running well. They moved to Mountain Home, Payette and then back to Portland where they ran a Tastee-Freeze ice cream shop before coming back to Payette and retiring. Helen worked for S&H Green Stamps in both Payette and Portland. They had two children. Gordon died Dec. 11, 1979, after 45 years of marriage.

Helen was blessed with another love of her life and married Dean Grafft, Oct. 26, 1996, in New Plymouth. They happily lived in Payette and traveled, visiting friends and family and just "seeing something new", for 8 1/2 years.

Helen had a sweet spirit, love of life, great sense of humor; and always gave to others never expecting to receive. She was blessed by many friends and family and extremely loved by all.

She was an active member of Eastern Star and Daughter's of the Nile chapter in Payette. She was also very active in St. John's Church. She loved to travel, especially with friends and family. Her license plate said "SET2JET" and she was always ready for another adventure.

Helen is survived by her husband, Dean Grafft, Fruitland; daughter, Niki (Bud) Wells, Boise; son, Richard (Patsy) Rader, Ivins Utah; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; sister Della Lamb; brother, Les Slaback and Gordon Rader.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. John's Church, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 30, Payette, ID 83661.

The Idaho Daily Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho)
Friday, September 20, 1901
Payette Notes

Payette, Sept. 19 - Captain George Graham died yesterday and was buried at Riverside cemetery this afternoon by the Odd Fellows. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, March 28, 1957
Services Set For Lula Grant

Services for Lula Baker Grant, 71, a former resident of Fruitland will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at Park View in New Plymouth under the direction of the Shaffer memory Chapel of Payette.

She was born Nov. 8, 1885, in Minnesota and died at Olympia, Washington.

Surviving are a sister, Elsie Bayer of Olympia, and two brothers, Geo. and Herbert Bayer, both of Eagle. (Park View Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, April 13, 1970
Services for Fred (Gene) Green, 61, Payette, who died Thursday at an Ontario hospital were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel by the Rev. Edward V. Hargreaves of the United Methodist Church. Interment was at Riverside.

Mr. Green was born July 24, 1908, at Visalia, Calif. where he grew up and attended school. He married Nola Oglesby at Reno on March 16, 1942. They resided at Salinas, Calif., until 1944, when they moved to Payette, where he was a distributor for The Statesman in the Payette area until 1959. That year he was employed by the Post Office in Payette. He retired in 1967 due to ill health.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nola Green of Payette; a daughter, Mrs. Margie Taylor of Long Beach; a stepson, Robert E. Engle, Rockwood, Tenn.; a step-daughter, Mrs. Dale (Betty) Martin of Payette, a brother, Bill Green of Demming, N. M.; three sisters Mrs. Lena Davis of Payette, Mrs. Ann Dunn of Visalia and Mrs. Virginia Dowling of West Point, Calif.; six grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

The Payette Independent
Thursday, March 06, 1930

George Green, history teacher at the Payette high school received the sad news of the death of his father at Culdesac, Idaho, Monday morning. Mr. Green left on the evening train for that place.

Note: According to the Idaho Death Index, John Green was born 9-30-1863 and died 3-3-1930, Culdesac. ch

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, February 25, 1971
Funeral services for Gertrude Mae Grimes, 78, Payette, were conducted Monday at the Payette Chapel of the Roses. Mrs. Grimes died Saturday at Casa Loma Convalescent Center.

Interment was at the Garden of Prayer at Rosedale Memorial Gardens.

She was born April 13, 1892, in Caldwell, Kan. She came to this area from Fruita, Colo., 45 years ago. She was married to Robert Grimes in Fruita in 1912. He died July 20, 1968. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren.

She is survived by three sons, Chester Grimes of Emmett, Lee Grimes of Payette, and Leonard Grimes of Burns, Ore.; a daughter, Mrs. Edsel (Violet) Griffin of Payette; a brother Floyd Rose of Payette; a sister, Mrs. Don (Mable) Gamble of Boise; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Ontario Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Thursday, August 27, 1953
Friday Rites Set For Grischkowsky

PAYETTE - Friday services at 2:30 in the afternoon will be held for Peter Martin Grischkowsky, 74, of Fruitland. Services will be conducted at the Emanuel Lutheran church in New Plymouth with the Rev. Theo Brackman officiating. Interment will be in Park View under the direction of Shaffer Chapel.

He was born in the Russian Crimea, March 10, 1879, and came to the United States and Fruitland in 1909. He was a member of the Lutheran church and had resided in the Fruitland area since he came to the states.

Survivors are his wife, Eva, Fruitland; one stepson, Vernon Wilson, Fruitland; two step-daughters, Mrs. Helen Stockton and Mrs. Florence Carpenter, both of New Plymouth and seven grandchildren. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
January 07, 1960
Services Held for Ernest A. Grover, 79

Funeral services were held Tuesday for Earnest Alma Grover, 79, who died at his home in Payette January 2.

Mr. Grover was born at Hooper, Utah May 1, 1880 and was married to Hanna Lovina Garner at Logan, Utah on November 20, 1901. She preceded him in death in 1935. He then married Grace Hancock in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mr. Grover was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He moved from Blackfoot to Salmon in 1936 and came to Payette in 1945 and made his home here until his death.

Survivors include his wife Grace of Payette; three sons, George E. Grover of Shelley; Alma J. Grover of Middleton; Don Grover of New Plymouth; one daughter, Mrs. Evah Brown, of Kennewick, Washington; one step-daughter, Mrs. Alta Pearl Wells of Pingree; two step-sons, Lawrence Hancock of San Rafael, California and Melvin Lewis Hancock of Spanish Fork, Utah; one daughter, Alta Grover, preceded him in death in 1920; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, give step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Services were held at the Payette LDS Chapel under the direction of Shaffer Memory Chapel with Bishop Elwin Smith officiating. Interment will be in the Thomas-Riverside cemetery in Blackfoot. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Payette Valley Sentinel (New Plymouth, Payette County, Idaho)
Thursday, March 29, 1934
Mrs. Amanda Groves Dies Early Tuesday

Mrs. Amanda Groves for sixty-one years a resident of Idaho, passed away Tuesday morning at 4:30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. F. LaCrone. Mrs. Groves has been ill all winter but grew worse about two weeks ago and quietly slipped away Tuesday morning. The funeral was held at the LaCrone home Thursday afternoon at 2:30 with Rev. Gaffney in charge. Interment was made in the Kennedy cemetery beside her husband and other relatives.


Amanda Groves was born February 22, 1846 in Sedalia, Missouri. When a child she moved with her family to Denver, Colorado. April 1, 1870, she united in marriage with Wm Groves. In 1873 Mr. and Mrs. Groves moved to Boise Valley. She has resided in Idaho from that date. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Groves, five are living. They are Jessie Groves, of Bruneau, Mrs. Sarah Partlock, Bruneau, Ross Groves, of Emmett, Charlie Groves, of Letha, and Mrs. Estella LaCrone of New Plymouth. Mr. Groves preceded her in death in January 1919. Since that time she has made her home most of the time with Mr. and Mrs. LaCrone. Thirty-four grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren also survive her.

Mrs. Groves was very energetic, piecing a quilt when she was 87 years of age. The sympathy of the community is extended to the children and other relatives of this good mother. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

New Plymouth Sentinel (New Plymouth, Payette County, Idaho)
Thursday, February 06, 1919
Mrs. LaCrone's Father Passes Away Jan. 31

William Groves, a pioneer of Idaho for the past forty-six years, departed form this life Friday January 31 at the age of 87 years. He was born in Chesham, England, and at the tender age of 15 joined the English navy.

Mr. Groves departed for America when he was seventeen and joined the United States Navy shortly after his arrival. After serving some time in the navy he joined the Regulars at Philadelphia and was sent from there to Utah and Wyoming on scout duty. While on this trip his company gathered and buried the bones of those who were in the Mountain Meadow Massacre.

After serving five years in the army he was given an honorable discharge, and emigrated to Colorado making Denver his home. In 1878 Mr. Groves again moved, this time to Idaho, locating in the Boise valley, and later to this valley locating at Falk, where he spent his remaining years.

Mr. Groves leaves a wife and six children to mourn his death, who have the heart-felt sympathy of the entire community. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Emmett Index (Emmett, Idaho)
March 08, 1938
The death of T. H. Guffey Monday, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. L. Burt near Falk, removed another of the valley's early settlers. His demise was a surprise to many, for just a few weeks ago he celebrated his 90th birthday and was so active in mind and body that he gave promise of rounding out a century span.

Mr. Guffey had lived in Idaho 37 years. He accompanied the Callie Burt family from Exline, Iowa to Boise in 1891, traveling overland with team and wagon. A few months later he moved into the Payette valley and filed on a track of arid land near Falk. Through strenuous years he stayed with the desert to eventually see the water come and the land respond to honest effort as reward for his courage and labors. He was a man of splendid physique and stature, standing more than six feet tall and being broad shouldered. Several years ago he met with an accident that resulted in one of his legs being fractured, and since then had need of a cane in walking about.

Mr. Guffey is survived by four daughters, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The daughters are; Mrs. C. L. Burt of Falk, Mrs. Anna Nichols, Mrs. Jessie Blayden and Mrs. John Boeck of Boise. The grandchildren are Dallas, Ernest and Earl Burt, Mrs. Gove, Mrs. Meecham and Thelma Blayden. The great grandchildren; Bobbetta and Harriet, Kathryn Gove and Camille Meecham.

Funeral services were held in the Bucknum chapel on Wednesday afternoon. Rev. D. J. Wampler, long time neighbor and close friend, officiated and paid a deserved tribute to this most worthy man. Burial was in the family plot at the Falk cemetery. (Stuart Falk Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
June 05, 1952
Mother Dies In Kansas

Word was received in Payette the forepart of the week of the death of Mrs. Ellen Guthrie, of Norton, Kansas. Mrs. Guthrie passed away last Saturday and she is the mother of Mrs. Raymond Branscomb, of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Branscomb arrived in Norton on May 25th and were at that place at the time Mrs. Guthrie passed away. Submitted by Patty Theurer

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