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The Idaho Daily Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho)
Tuesday, January 21, 1902

Prominent Man dies at Payette of Inflammatory Rheumatism

Payette, Jan. 20 - J. R. Jacobs died yesterday afternoon of inflammatory rheumatism. Mr. Jacobs was prominently connected with mining enterprises in Montana and here, being one of the company that built a dredge here some years ago to work the Applegate bar on Snake River. He was one of Senator Clark's witnesses that testified before the senate committee several years ago. The remains were interred at Riverside cemetery today. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, January 10, 1946
Mrs. James Dies After Short Illness

Mrs. L. J. James, 41, passed on at her home here on Sunday following a short illness.

Mrs. Zo Clara James was born Jan. 27, 1904 at Page Center, Iowa the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Morely, of Shenandoah, Iowa. She was married in Red Oak, Iowa to Loren J. James, Sept. 26, 1925. In July 1943 they moved to Fruitland and in Sept., 1945 they moved to Fruitland and in September 1945 to Payette where they have made their home since. Mrs. James leaves her husband and two daughters, Barbara Ann, and Mary Belle, all of Payette, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morley, of Battle Creek, Nebr. and one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Lee, of San Francisco, Calif. Services were held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Landon Funeral Home with the Rev. Cecil Hannan officiating. Burial was at Riverside cemetery. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, June 15, 1983
Services for Leila B. Jenkins, 93, Payette, who died Tuesday, June 14, 1983, in an Ontario hospital will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 16, in the Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, Payette with Rev. Thomas E. Stevenson of St. Matthews Episcopal church, Ontario officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Payette.

She was born June 10, 1890, in Mapleton, N.D., the daughter of Frank and Martha Herline. She moved with her parents at a young age to New Plymouth, Idaho, where she attended school. They later moved to Payette and she graducated from Payette High School in 1910. She married Reese L. Jenkins on May 17, 1914, at Caldwell. They made their home in Payette until 1920, when they moved to Ontario. They moved back to Payette in 1939. He died in November of 1949. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Payette. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
December 08, 1955
Helgo Jensen Passes Dec. 1 In Denmark

Agner Jensen of Payette this week reported the passing of his father, Helgo Jensen, 81, in Copenhagen, Denmark on Dec. 1. The elder Jensen spent nine years in the United States, several of which were in Payette.

He is survived by nine children, three daughters and a son in Denmark, a son in Canada and three sons and a daughter in the United States.

Interment was in Copenhagen Monday. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, March 22, 1951
Mrs. Jetton Dies After Long Illness

Mrs. Herman A. Jetton, 53, died at her home in this city Monday, following a long illness.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Shaffer Memory chapel with the Rev. Stanley Andrews of the Methodist church in charge. Interment was in Rosedale Memorial park.

Mrs. Jetton, whose given name was Neomi, was born in Bellefonte, Ark., Sept. 15, 1897. The family came to this city twelve years ago and has resided here since.

Besides the husband she is survived by five daughters; Mrs. Grant Williamson, Payette; Mrs. Dale Lawrence, Harrison, Ark.; Mrs. Howard Klags?, Portland, Ore.; Mrs. Orville Schmelzer, Charleston, S.C.; and Mrs. George Kennedy, Roseburg, Ore.; 13 grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers.

She was a member of the Methodist church. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Idaho Daily Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho)
Monday, September 22, 1902
Payette News

Mrs. William Jimmerson Dies after Undergoing an Operation

Payette, Sept. 21, - Mrs. William Jimmerson, who underwent a surgical operation Friday for appendicitis, died this morning and will be buried Monday at Riverside cemetery. The funeral will be at 11 o'clock. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Payette Independent
August 12, 1893
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Johnson of Washoe, lost their boy baby aged 5 months, at 8 o'clock Sunday morning. The little one died of cholera infantum. The funeral took place at 11 o'clock on Monday, and was conducted by Rev. H. M. Burr of this city. (Washoe Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, September 08, 1960
U. P. Conductor Of This City Dies At Boise Wednesday

Ernest C. Johnson, 60, of this city, a railroad conductor for 44 years, died after a short illness in a Boise hospital Wednesday morning.

Mr. Johnson was born December 5, 1899 at Pocatello, and attended and was graduated from schools there. He began employment with the railroad in 1916. On October 5, 1935, he married Mildred Leazenby at Shoshone. Since 1953 they had resided at Payette while Mr. Johnson served as conductor on the Ontario-Burns branch line. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Shoshone.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mildred Johnson of Payette, one son, Ernest Channing Johnson, Homedale; three sisters, Mrs. Alice Vanalt, Anaconda, Montana, and Mrs. Jennie Howard and Mrs. Nora Burns, both of Pocatello; a brother, Theodore Johnson, Sacramento, Calif., and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday at the Alsip Funeral Chapel in Nampa. Rev. Orville Coats of the First Methodist hue rchillwdahoIlmoEon-HCE dist (this typing mess is how it was in the paper) church will officiate and the Masonic Lodge of Shoshone will conduct rites at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Nampa. Friends may call at the chapel until time of service.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, August 31, 1988
Jean Elizabeth Johnson, 70, Fruitland, a homemaker, died Aug. 28 in a Payette nursing home. Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Aug. 30 at Melrose Abbey Cemetery, Anaheim, Calif., Rev. Frank Gray officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, February 25, 1971
Mrs. Louava Johnson

FRUITLAND - Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at the New Plymouth Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel for Mrs. Louava M. Johnson, 81, Fruitland, who died Saturday at her home.

Lawrence Vice, pastor of the Fruitland Church of Christ officiated. Interment was at Park View Cemetery.

She was born January 24, 1890, at Polk County, Ark. The family moved to Texas when she was a child and she was reared there. She married Robert H. Johnson at Goldthwaite, Tex, June 6, 1909. They resided in Texas until 1936 when they moved to the Nyssa area. Her husband farmed in the Nu Acres community south of Fruitland and worked at the Amalgamated Sugar Factory at Nyssa. In 1963 they moved to Fruitland where she had since resided. Her husband died in 1965.

She was a member of the Fruitland Church of Christ.

Survivors include four sons, Frank of Milton-Freewater, Ore., Tarzan of Nyssa, James of Tacoma, Wash., and Robert Johnson of Pasco, Wash.; four daughters, Mrs. Lucille Cross of Payette, Mrs. Mary Reagan and Mrs. Reta Bailey, both of Portland and Mrs. Leona Devlaeminck of North Plains, Ore.; 30 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother and a sister. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, January 04, 1940

Mrs. Axel Johnson passed away at four o'clock Monday morning, January 1 and funeral services were held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. E. R. Kaemmer, pastor of the Methodist church officiating and the Landon Funeral home directing arrangements. Mrs. Johnson, nee Mary A. Bjorkman was born at Lund, Sweden, September 25, 1865 and was married to Axel Johnson on February 10, 1891. Immediately after their marriage the couple migrated to America, arriving in Payette in June of the same year and this has been their home since that date. Mrs. Johnson was the mother of seven children, one of whom, Oscar, died at the age of 19 years. Besides her husband, deceased is survived by the following children: Viola Ahlstrand, of Fruitland; Olga and Emma Johnson, of Payette; Victor and August Johnson of Weiser and Berniece Benoy, of Vale, Oregon. In addition there are nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Mrs. Johnson united with the Lutheran church in her childhood and continued a member of that organization until the church closed in Payette. She then transferred her membership to the Methodist church, of which she has been a faithful and honored member up until the time of her death. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
December 08, 1955
Former Resident Passes In Pocatello

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Johnson, 81, of Pocatello, a former resident here, died Monday in Pocatello.

Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 2, 1874, in Fairfield, Mo. She was a member of the Baptist church.

She is survived by three sons, L. K. Johnson of Pocatello and Edgar W. and Harold M. Johnson, both of Portland, and two brothers, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at Shaffer Memory chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. The Rev Bert Iddins will officiate and interment will be at Riverside. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Payette Independent Enterprise
December 12, 1946
Famous Pitcher Dies Tuesday

There were many saddened hearts among baseball fans here and throughout the country when the news was flashed over the nation on Tuesday that Walter, "Big Train" Johnson, famous long time pitcher for the washington Senators had died from a brain tumor from which he had been suffering since early last spring. Johnson, who went to the Washington major league team directly from Weiser, was not only noted for his exceedingly fast ball; his many years as a big time pitcher and the records he hung up, but also for the high type of sportsmanship he displayed through it all. It has been said many times that Johnson thru his fine sportmanship had done more to popularize baseball than any other player of his time. He pitched for Weiser about 1907 or 1908 and a number of the older residents here remember seeing him play. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, February 12, 1986
Services for Ethel Louise Jones, 85, of Fruitland, who died Thursday Feb. 6, 1986, at a Weiser nursing home, were conducted Monday at the Payette Chapel of the Roses, with pastor Maria Eller officiating. Interment followed in Parkview Cemetery, New Plymouth.

She was born April 24, 1900 in Centralia, Kan., the daughter of William and Nellie Atkins Chance. She was reared and educated in Centrailia, and married Leslie E. Jones Dec. 3, 1919 in American City, Kan. They moved from Holton, Kan, to Fruitland 44 years ago. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Fruitland. Mr. Jones died Feb. 3, 1970.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Jones of Burson, Calif.; and Raymond Jones of Boise; three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Louise) Schultz of Payette; Mrs. Marion (Lucille) Wagoner of Demoines, Wash.; and Ramona Wylie of Connel, Wash; a brother, Ralph Chance of Topeka, Kan.; two sisters, Sue Baily of Holton; and Violet Dockery of Trenton, Texas; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. (Park View Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, December 24, 1959
Last Rites Held For Mary R. Jones

Funeral services were held Saturday for Mary Ruth Jones, 63, of New Plymouth Route 1, who died Thursday night in the Ontario Hospital after a short illness.

She was born April 12, 1896 at Hillsboro, Illinois and came to the New Plymouth community in 1942 from Raymond, Illinois. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

She is survived by three brothers Ross of New Plymouth, Alva of Rantoul, Illinois and Dan Jones of Payette.

Services were held at the Shaffer Chapel in Payette with the Rev. Raymond Thompson of Fruitland officiating. The remains were forwarded to Raymond, Illinois, where final services will be conducted Thursday.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, July 29, 1976
PAYETTE - Rosary of Joni Dee Jordan, 20, Marquette, Mich., formerly of Payette who died July 19 in Marquette, was recited Friday at the Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, Payette. Mass was celebrated Saturday at the Holy Family Catholic Church by Father John Quinn.

She was born June 27, 1956, in Carona, Calif., and moved with her parents to Payette where she attended school. She graduated from Payette High School as valedictorian.

She married Dallas Jordan, April 18, 1975, in Payette, and moved to Gwinn, Mich., where he was stationed.

Surviving are her husband and a son, Scott Dallas, both of Marquette, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Switzer, Payette; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Freda Switzer, Vale, maternal grandfather, William Flaherty, New Plymouth; two sisters, Julie and Jana and a brother Jerry, all of Payette. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, June 11, 1959
Bedna M. Joslin Passes At Payette

Services for Bedna Marion Joslin, 74, of Payette, who died at his home early Monday morning were held today (Thursday) at 1:30 p. m. at the Shaffer chapel. The Rev. Fred Hornshuh and the Rev. A. E. Rainwater officiated and interment was held at Salubria in Cambridge.

Joslin was born Sept. 3, 1884, at Eureka Springs, Ark., and came to Fruitland from Portland seven years ago. After living in Fruitland for four years, he moved to Payette where he had lived for the past three years. He married Zanthe Dowell on June 12, 1927, at Eureka, Calif.

Mr. Joslin was a member of the Open Bible church of Portland.

In addition to his wife of Payette he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lucille McIntosh of Berkeley, Calif., and Mrs. Stella Cussins of El Gerrito, Calif., a stepson, W. D. Moore, of Eugene, Oregon; four brothers, H. L. Joslin of Weiser, R. H. Joslin of Boise, W. A. Joslin of Homedale, and O. B. Joslin of Vancouver, Wash; three sisters, Mrs. Daisy Frasier of Oliverhurst, Calif., Mrs. Charles Howland of Weiser and Mrs. Harry Baker of Portland; and eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Independent Enterprise
December 18, 1958
Last Rites Held For Michael M. Joyce

Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. today, (Thursday) in the St. Aloysius church in New Plymouth for Michael Martin Joyce, 68, of New Plymouth, who died December 9 at Whitebird.

Mr. Joyce was born July 24, 1890, at Recess, Ireland. He was married April 18, 1921, Burns, Ore., to Crissie Sattgast.

He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic church in New Plymouth.

Survivors include his wife of New Plymouth; one son, Jack Joyce of New Plymouth; two daughters, Marjory Joyce of San Francisco and Mrs. Eleanor Cohen of Concord, Calif., three brothers, Martin Joyce of Ontario, and Joe and Pat Joyce, both of Ireland; two sisters, Mrs. Dale Sullivan of New York, N. Y., and Mrs. Mary Joyce of Ireland, and two grandchildren.

Rosary was cited Tuesday, December 16 at the New Plymouth Shaffer Chapel. The Rev. Father Thomas Halpin was celebrant of the Mass. Interment was held at Parkview in New Plymouth. (Park View Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

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