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Payette Independent Enterprise
August 29, 1946
Funeral Rites for Mrs. Salyards

Funeral rites were held here on Monday at the Landon Funeral Home for Mrs. R. Wendell Salyards, 30, local young matron who was found dead at her home on Thursday evening.

Despondent over ill health and the thought, expressed in notes she left that she could not possibly get well, she hanged herself. Coroner Glen Landon investigated the case and decided there was no necessity for an inquest.

She and her husband had been residents of the city about a year. He is employed by the Mountain States Telephone Company. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
April 03, 1952
Mrs. T. H. Sanger Called By Death

Mrs. T. H. Sanger, a resident of the city for 48 years, died at the family home early Friday morning following an illness of several months.

Capitola Agnes Ham, who passed away at her home in Payette, Mar. 28, was born at Madison, Wisconsin, March 21, 1872. She spent her early girlhood in Madison and later moved to Plankington, South Dakota with her parents.

She was united in marriage to T. H. Sanger at Plankington on July 7, 1896. In 1904 the family moved to Payette where they have since resided.

When a young woman, Mrs. Sanger united with the Presbyterian church. She was also an active member of the W. T. Sherman Post, W. R. C.

She was preceded in death by a son, Harry C. Sanger.

Surviving relatives are her husband, T. H. Sanger and two daughters, Mrs. Ray Crocker of Camas, Washington and Mrs. Inez Driscoll of this city.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Shaffer Memory chapel with the Reverend Harold Newman of Emmett, a long time friend of the family, conducting the service.

Interment was at Riverside. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
January 05, 1939
Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon for Harry C. Sanger of Billings, Montana, who died at the home of his parents here early Friday. The services were held at the Landon funeral home, with Rev. A. H. Shuman officiating.

Mr. Sanger was born in White Lake, South Dakota in 1904. His boyhood and early manhood were spent in Payette. He was a graduate of the Payette High School. He received his degree in Pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy, Denver, Colorado.

In 1933 he Married Miss Jo Ella Rolston of Lewiston, Montana and they have made their home in Billings.

Mr. Sanger had been in poor health for several years. Recently he had been visiting a sister, Mrs. Ray M. Crocker of Camas, Washington and came to Payette with another sister, Inez Sanger Driscoll of Seattle. They arrived here December 23 to spend the holidays with their parents. His wife arrived in Payette Sunday with two sisters, H. L. Marten and Mrs. John Mehl, and a friend Mrs. E. Archer, all of Billings.

Besides his widow and sisters, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Sanger, of Paytte. Burial was in Riverside cemetery. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
June 05, 1952
Sanger Funeral Services Wednesday

T. H. Sanger, a resident of this city for 48 years, passed away Sunday morning, June 1st.

Theo Hyde Sanger was born December 18, 1867 at West Branch, Iowa. He spent his early childhood in Iowa moving with his parents to White Lake, South Dakota when he was sixteen years old. After he received his schooling, he worked as a brakeman on a railroad line out of Sioux City, Iowa. Later he returned to White Lake where he became associated with his father in the furniture business. They were also the funeral directors of this vicinity. In his youth, Mr. Sanger became affiliated with the Presbyterian church.

Mr. Sanger was united in marriage to Capitola Agnes Ham, july 7, 1896 at Plankinton, South Dakota. They moved to Payette in 1904. Mrs. Sanger preceded him in death March 28 of this year. Mr. and Mrs. Sanger celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary July 7, 1946 with an open house at the family residence on Center Avenue.

A son, Harry C. Sanger preceded them in death.

Surviving relatives are two daughters, Mrs. Ray M. Crocker of Camas, Washington and Mrs. Inez Driscoll of this city.

Funeral services were held Wednesday June 4 at the Shaffer Memroy Chapel. Interment was at Riverside beside his wife. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Obituary source St. John's United Church of Christ scrapbook
Newspaper and date of publication not known
Fruitland - Adam O. Sauer, 68, Fruitland, passed away at home of natural causes. Services will be held at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Dr. Leonard Reifel and Rev. Dean Grafft of St. John's United Church of Christ, Payette, will officiate.

Adam was born July 11, 1928 in Palco, Kan. To Frank and Justina Sauer. He was baptized in Christ Lutheran Church in Ellis, Kan. Adam graduated from Middleton High School in 1947. Adam married Zelda Strange of Fruitland on Jan. 7, 1950.

Adam will be remembered by many as a steadfast and true friend. Adam was always true to his word and willing to help those in need. He loved his family. He cared for his farm and animals with concern. Adam was active in St. John's United Church of Christ and used his skills as a carpenter to help others. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Adam is survived by his wife Zelda of Fruitland; five children and their families, Sharon Schwartz, her husband Charlie and their daughters, Christy and Vicki Schwartz of Boise, Marvin Sauer and his wife, Debbie of Boise, Linda Cramer, her husband, Dennis, and their daughters, Melanie, Kimberly, Denise Rees, Diane Sturdy and Deena Jordan of Buhl, Norma Naher, her husband, James, and their children, Jeff, Amelia and Jerrad of Fruitland, and Bruce Sauer and his wife, Joan, of Lind, Wash; a brother, Carl Sauer of West Virginia; two sisters, Anita Roether of The Dalles and Minnie Dunkle of Boise and families; four great-grandchildren, as well as numerous cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ Handicapped Access Fund or to a charity of the donor's choice, in care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.


Eagles soaring in the sky---
Clouds lazily drifting by---
No noise to mar this pleasant scene---

Gorgeous flowers in wild grasses---
Snowbanks nestled in mountain passes---
Breezes whispering among the pines---

Fishes feeding in the lake---
Food from my hands, trusting chipmunks take---
Squirrels chattering in nearby trees---

Family and friends gathered 'round the fire---
Peace and unity is our desire---
Our thanks to God as His Blessings we seek---

         Zelda Sauer

Augus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Thursday, July 8, 2004 2:03 PM PDT
John Charles Sauer
June 9, 1934 - July 6, 2004

New Plymouth

John Charles Sauer, 70, New Plymouth, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at home, surrounded by his family after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, July 12, 2004, at the Christian Life Fellowship, Ontario. Private cremation was under the direction of the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Payette.

John was born June 9, 1934, in San Diego to Charles and Louis Sauer. He lived his entire childhood in Descanco, Calif., and graduated from Mountain Empire High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1955. He served in the Air Force Reserves from 1955 to 1959. He went to work for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in 1955 in El Cajon, Calif. He worked in various areas of the Bell System until his retirement in December 1985. He married Lynn Gorman in Las Vegas, Dec. 30, 1960. He enjoyed golf, boating, camping, woodworking and stone masonry. He was member of the Christian Life Fellowship and the Scotch Pines Golf Course.

John is survived by his wife, Lynn Sauer, New Plymouth; a daughter and her husband, Karen and Lenny Frings, Boise; a son and his wife, Michael John Sr. and Andrea Sauer, Crown Point, Ind.; five grandchildren, Caleb, Jessica, Kaitlyn, Bailey, and Michael Jr.; a sister and her husband, Katherine and Richard Pyle, Camino, Calif.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Fuel International Missionary Organization in care of the Christian Life Fellowship.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, May 14, 1953
Death Takes Pioneer Who Settled Here Before City Formed

A Payette pioneer who entered the area in 1881 died in Pocatello May 7, it was reported here this week. He was Percy Say, member of a pioneer family, who crossed the country from Nebraska to Boise in a covered wagon.

The Say family established a farm on the area near the Payette beet dump, extending the holdings to the Snake river, according to Mrs. Mae Gilmore. Say moved to the Pocatello district some 50 years ago.

Among survivors is a sister, Mrs. Georgie Bivens of Council.

Payette Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, August 10, 1966
Last Rites Held For M. Scates

Final rites were conducted Monday morning at the Shaffer Memory Chapel here for Mrs. Adaline Scates, 77, of Payette, who died in an Ontario hospital Thursday. The Rev. Richard Brock of New Plymouth officiated and interment was at Riverside, Payette.

Mrs. Scates was born at Sun City, Kans., on Aug. 10, 1888. She married Ralph C. Scates in May 1926 at Enid, Okla., and the couple moved that year from Wichita to Payette. He died Oct. 23, 1962. Survivors include two sons, George Allen of Payette and Clyde Allen of Silverton, Ore.; a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Silva of Watsonville, Calif.; two sisters; nine grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
October 25, 1962
Saturday Rites For R.C. Scates

Payette-Services for Ralph Cleveland Scates, 68, who died Tuesday in a Boise hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Shaffer Memory Chapel in Payette. Rev. William Clark will officiate with military honors to be conducted by the American Legion. Interment will be in Riverside.

Born Aug. 9, 1894 in Atlanta, Kan., he came to Idaho in 1926 settling in the Payette community. In March of that year he married Maude Allen in Enid, Okla. Mr. Scates was a member of the Payette Post of the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife of Payette; a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Silva of Watsonville, Calif.; three stepsons, George Allen of Payette, Arch Allen of Marcola, Ore., and Clyde Allen of Silverston, Ore.; two brothers, Claude of Daly City, Calif., and Clifford Scates of Clement, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. Effie Huffman of Coldwater, Kan., Mrs. Bess Lambden of Wichita, Kan., and Mrs. Gladys Byars of Houston, Texas. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, October 14, 1971
NEW PLYMOUTH - P. H. Henry Schluneger, 69, New Plymouth, died Tuesday in a Boise hospital.

He was born March 4, 1902, at Olney, Ill. He had lived in the New Plymouth community for three years coming here from Boise. He was a retired groceryman and cafe owner. He married Stella Stout Sept. 7, 1934 at Waterloo, Ill. He attended the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his widow, New Plymouth; a son, Jack Schluneger, Baldwin Park, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Payette Chapel of the Roses by the Rev. Hayden Abel, pastor of the New Plymouth Baptist Church. Interment was at Dry Creek near Boise at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Pallbearers will be Clarence Nesbitt, Bill Kelly, Virgil Johnson, Leslie Austin, Hubert Hadley and Denver Melton.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, March 30, 1983
Emanuel Schnabel

Services for Emanuel Schnabel, 81, Payette, who died Thursday, March 24, 1983, in a Boise hospital, were conducted Monday at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Ontario with Rev. Fred Schuett officiating. Interment followed at Rosedale Memorial Gardens under direction of Chapel of the Roses, Payette.

He was born March 20, 1902 at Tripp, S. D., the son of Adam and Katherene Schnabel. He was reared and educated at Tripp. He married Barbara Schamber on April 20, 1930, at Stamford, S.D. They farmed at Tripp until 1952 when they moved to Payette. He worked at the Payette Cider Vinegar plant until he retired in 1982. He was a member of the Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, Payette; a son, Marvin Schnabel of Fruitland; a daughter, Mrs. Marlene Dahnke of Payette; a brother, Walter Schnabel of Lake Andes, S. D.; a sister, Mrs. O. A. (Martha) Brechtel of Missoula, Mont., and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, five sisters and a son-in-law, Dale Dahnke, who died Feb. 14, 1983.

Memorials may be made to the Pilgrim Lutheran Church and the Mountain States Tumor Institute. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, April 30, 1953
Rites Held For Lt. C. Schubert At Arlington

First Lieutenant Cecil Troy Schubert of Fruitland received the Burial honors of Arlington National Cemetery, April 13, 1953. Services were first held in the Memorial Chapel and then the flag covered casket was placed on a caisson and drawn to the burial site by six white horses.

Cecil Schubert was born at Fruitland, Idaho, December 11, 1923 and closed out this life in a plane crash while in line of duty to his country, January 25, 1953.

While growing up he attended the Fruitland schools and graduated as the Valedictorian of his high school class in May of 1942. The following September he joined the Air Corps and saw active duty during World War II. He was advanced to a captain's rating. After seven years of flying he was transferred to the Department of Intelligence and served two years in Washington, D. C. It was at his wish that he was transferred back to active flying. He was given six months advance training course and then went to Korea, in January of 1952, for active duty. He saw six months of front line missions and then was chosen for Special Assignment Flying with his operation base in Japan. It was while he was on one of these assignment missions that his plane crashed. He was the recipient of a number of Distinguished Flying Crosses and other medals.

He was a member of the Fruitland Church of the Brethren.

He was married to Mrs. Mary Stuart Campbell, the daughter of the late General Charles Stuart, of Lincoln, Nebraska, on March 9, 1950.

In his passing he leaves to survive him his wife Mary and two step sons, Bob and Charles, now living in Washington, D. C. Also his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schubert of Fruitland, Idaho; three brothers, Lyle, a student at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass; Arlon, a student at Boise Jr. College, and Neil, a student at the Fruitland high school; one sister, Sharlene, who attends the Fruitland grammar school besides many relatives and friends.

His mother, Mrs. Ray Schubert, was accompanied on her trip to Washington, D. C. by Mr. and Mrs. Jess Beckwith, to attend the memorial services. They left home April 9th on the Portland Rose, arriving at their destination three days later after a lay-over in Chicago where they breakfasted with Mr. and Mrs. Carl Beckwith.

Their report of Washington, D. C. is that it is very beautiful but that it sure can rain there. While there they were able to see many of the historic places dear to our country's history. They had the opportunity to sit in on the senate. They were guests of Senator Herman Welker and were able to Nixon. They were able to see meet the Vice President, Richard spring as it came to the Capital for the Chinese Cherry trees were in full bloom. (This is the way the appeared in the paper. ch)
On their way home they made one layover at Michigan City, Indiana. They were guests at the Mrs. William Ferrier. While their home of Mrs. Beckwith's sister, they were able to enjoy a family reunion.

They arrived home on the Portland Rose the evening of April 22.

Independent Enterprise (Thursday, April 30, 1953)

Mrs. Helen Schubert has returned from Washington, D. C., where she attended the burial services of her son, 1st. Lt. Cecil Schubert, at the Arlington National cemetery. Schubert was killed in January in a plane crash in Japan.

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Beckwith accompanied Mrs. Schubert.

Obituary source St. John's United Church scrapbook
Newspaper and date of publication not known
Fruitland - Alvin Schuckers, 90, Fruitland, went home to be with Jesus Monday, March 10, 2003, at Holy Rosary Medical Center surrounded by his family's love. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2003 at St. John's Church, 350 N. Fourth St., Payette. A viewing will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2003, at the church. An open house will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2003, at Robert Milosh's home, 391 Webster Way, Ontario.

Al was born May 16, 1912, in Reynoldsville, Pa., to parents Harry Schuckers and Sarah Demer Schuckers.

He married his soul mate, Clara Jean Rounsley in 1935. They were blessed with two children, Alvin Schuckers, Jr. and Sarah Jean Schuckers. In 1945, they left Pennsylvania and moved to Unitah Basin, Colo. In 1949, Al became a consultant for Chevron Oil and the young couple traveled for many years, spending at least ten years in South America, as well as across the United States. After he retired in 1974, they purchased an 80 acre farm in New Plymouth to keep them young. Eventually they moved to Payette and then to Fruitland where he spent the reminder of his life enjoying family and friends.

Al was an avid golfer, and he received many medals in senior golfing. He belonged to the Masons and the Shriners, where in the spring of 2002 he received honors for 50 years of membership. Every year he took part in the caravan that provided support and donations to the Shriner's hospital in Portland. He was also an active member in St. John's Church, Payette. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, four wheeling and camping with family.

Al is survived by his wife, Jean; his two children and spouses, Alvin Jr. and Marie Schuckers, and Sally and Bob Milosh; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Mac and Linda Schuckers, Sue and Kevin Miller, James and Shelly Schuckers, Sherri and Ed Gheen, Robert and Vera Milosh, Ron and Laurie Milosh and Shonna and Barry Stream; 21 great grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild who is on the way.

Al was preceded in death by two sisters; and one grandson.

The family suggests that instead of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97201-3095.

Note - Interment was at Dry Creek Cemetery, Boise, Idaho.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, February 07, 1963
Albert A. Schuetz Dies in California

Word has been received here of the death of Albert A. Schuest, 75, at Bakersfield, California.

Mr. Schuetz and his family were former residents of payette. In recent years he had been in this community visiting his son and family, the Bud Schuetz.

Note: According to the California Death Index, Albert H. Schuetz was born 2-5-1888 and died 1-25-1963, Kern Co. ch

Payette Independent Enterprise
December 12, 1946
Infant Funeral Last Monday

Funeral services were conducted last Monday at the grave for Janell Jean Selover, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion V. Selover, with Rev. Paul Felthouse of the local Baptist church in charge.

Janell was born on Sept. 24, 1946 and passed away on Thursday of last week. Interment was made at Riverside cemetery with Landon's in charge of arrangements. Besides her parents, she is survived by a brother, Marion Selover, Jr, sister Kathleen; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Moss, all of Payette, and Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Selover of Kimball, Nebraska. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, February 24, 1972
FRUITLAND - Services for Harold C. Shannon, 66, Fruitland, who died Feb. 16 at an Ontario hospital were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette, by the Rev. Keith R. Maxwell of the Fruitland United Methodist Church. Interment was at Hillcrest cemetery, Weiser.

Mr. Shannon was born April 22, 1905 at Shannon City, Iowa. He grew up and attended school at Creston, Iowa. He married Norma Irene Ruckman at Afton, Iowa, on Feb. 26, 1928. They lived at Afton until 1928 when they came to Idaho. Until 1947 they lived in the Weiser area, then moved to Fruitland. Mr. Shannon had been a carpenter, a heavy equipment parts man and for several years (unreadable) on dam construction in Washington and Oregon. He retired in 1969. He was a member of the United Methodist church and the Elks Lodge No. 1690 at Ontario.

Survivors beside his widow of Fruitland include two sons, Robert D. Shannon, Payette, and Maj. Donald H. Shannon, Offut Air Force Base, Omaha, Neb.; two daughters, Mrs. George (Rosan) Stewart, Springfield, Ore., and Mrs. Bill (Sheryl) Davidson, New Plymouth; a sister, Mrs. Oliver Hamilton, Gordon, Neb.; 12 grandchildren and a niece and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Orrie B. Shannon in 1944.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, May 14, 1997
Jimmie F. "Jim" Sharp, 79, Fruitland, died May 9. Services were 10:30 a.m. May 12 at First Baptist Church, SBC, Fruitland. Services and cremation were under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland.

Payette Enterprise
Thursday, July 24, 1930
MRS. B. P. SHAWHAN DIES IN A BOISE HOSPITAL The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Shawhan were grieved to learn of Mrs. Shawhan's death which occurred at the St. Luke's hospital in Boise, Thursday of last week, July 17. The sad news reaching the Enterprise office too late for publication in last week's issue.

Mrs. Shawhan was among the first settlers in the Payette valley coming to Idaho with her husband in 1892 and for four years resided in Payette where they were very prominent in all social and civic affairs, contributing much to the advancement and upbuilding of the little pioneer town of Payette. Mr. Shawhan taking an active part in the construction of the Farmers' Irrigation Canal which carried the first irrigation water to the New Plymouth and Fruitland bench. After residing four years in Payette they moved to New Plymouth and took an active part in the organizing the New Plymouth Colony Company and assisted in laying out the townsite of that thriving little city which now stands as a monument of their successful work as pioneers of the Payette valley. They later moved to Payette where they again became prominent citizens of this place. Mrs. Shawhan assisted in organizing the Payette Portia club and was chosen as first president, where she served efficiently in building up the organization which today is one of the largest and most successful organizations of its kind in the state. She was also a member and active worker in the P. E. O. Society.

Mrs. Shawhan was born at Knightstown, Ind., February 12, 1868 and later moved to Gordon City, Kans., where she was united in marriage to B. P. Shawhan of New York City, November 18, 1885. After residing in New York City three years they came west to Idaho. Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Frederick Shawhan whose excellent vocal talent has given him prominence as a bass singer over much of the United States, a daughter Miss Helen Shawhan, who resides in Los Angeles, Calif., she is also survived by one sister, Mrs. C. S. Loveland of Los Angeles, who many years ago was a resident of Payette where Mr. Loveland was cashier of the Payette Valley Bank.

Funeral services were held from St. Michael's Cathedral at Boise Saturday, July 19, Rev. Dean Rea officiating. Interment in Morris Hill cemetery.

Argus Observer
Friday, February 06, 2004
Rev. Mervyn C. "Mike" Shay, 82, Fruitland, passed away, Monday Feb. 2, 2004 at home. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004 at the First United Methodist Church, Fruitland. The Rev. Jim Anderson is officiating. Viewing will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory chapel, Payette. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland.

Mike was born Sept. 10, 1921, the son of Newbert and Mabel (Ilsey) Shay in Schenectady, N.Y. He attended the public schools there. He enlisted in the Navy July 23, 1942. His first assignment after training was aboard the cruiser U.S.S. Brooklyn, operating in the Mediterranean. He and his crew mates took part in the North Africa naval actions and invasion, Sicily Landing, Anzio Beachhead, and in the invasion of southern France.

After leaving the Navy, he graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich. Where he met his future wife, Carol Busemen and married her Aug 29, 1951. He began his studies to become a minister at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and was appointed to serve the Vale Methodist Church in 1954. He also ministered in the Idaho-Oregon conference of the United Methodist Church in Ashton, Filer, Hansen, Murtaugh, Emmett, Sweet, Nampa Southside, Kuna, Middleton, Rupert, Garden Home, Clear Lake and New Meadows. He retired in 1986 to live and serve in Fruitland.

Some of his interests were photography of nature, writing poetry, reading naval and aircraft magazines, fishing and hunting. He will always be remembered for his wit and humor. One friend wrote: "You always began your welcome with a joke which you had run across; it tickled you and we laughed too."

Mervyn is survived by his wife, Carol, Fruitland; daughter, Kathy, Vancouver, Wash.; son, Nathan, Boise; son, Jerry and his wife, Donna, Salem; and six grandhcildren.

Memorials may be made to your church or charities of your choice, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday July 02, 2003, pA2
Marta Shepherd, 74, Payette, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, June 29, 2003. She was born April 14, 1929 in Holland. After World War II Marta immigrated to the United States. She lived in several different cities and in 1995 moved to Payette. Marta enjoyed living in Idaho because she was able to fish, camp and relax after her retirement.

Marta will be remembered with love by her brother, Max Knoth of Australia; a sister, Rina Beckman of Germany; a son, Al Forwood and a daughter Monica Forwood, both of Las Vegas; a son and daughter-in-law Scott and Jayne Forwood of Payette; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

At Marta's request no services will be held. Her family will remember her at a private celebration of her life.

The family thanks all who helped during Marta's illness. In her remembrance, donations can be made to a favorite charity.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, November 03, 1960
Builder of Local Castle Succumbs at Ninety-Five

By Cordelia Giesler Tussing
Services were held Monday, Oct. 3 in Lewiston, Idaho for Mr. Marinous B. Sherman, 95, who died Sept. 29, fur days after a stroke.

Interment was in Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens across the road from where he had lived the past 12 years.

Mr. Sherman was born May 26, 1865, a few weeks after the end of the Civil War, on his parents' homestead near Fredricksburg, Iowa.

Mr. Sherman, a pioneer of the Payette valley was best known as the builder of a castle on the Snake River. Although never completed, his castle stood for over 40 years, a landmark, of interest to all who saw it, many people visited it, especially the last few years when it stood vacant.

The castle was torn down in 1949 to make way for a housing project. The concrete blocks were used by Ed Durbin to build an apartment house in Fruitland.

Mr. Sherman and his bride, Ella Gibson Sherman, both college students at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. came to Idaho in 1892. They came to sell maps to schools in Idaho, and decided to make their home in the Payette Valley.

Mr. Sherman purchased 500 acres of land between the Snake and Payette rivers, about three miles south of Payette. He paid the state $10.00 an acre for the land, much of it borrowed money.

After building a cabin to live in, he began the back-breaking labor of clearing his new land. The usual custom was to grub out the sage-brush, but always able to invent tools and methods to make his work easier, Mr. Sherman used a railroad rail drawn by horses to break down the brush which was the fuel used in pioneer homes. He also made a press with which he made torches of the tops of sagebrush, used to start fires.

Help Build Canal

Aided by other early settlers, Mr. Sherman helped build the canal for the Farmers Ditch company which came from a dam in the Payette River near Emmett. The rich new land had no value without water.

After a family garden, Mr. Sherman's first venture in agriculture was to set out a few acres to Italian prune trees, the first in the valley.

Although the Payette Valley later became one of the largest prune shipping areas in the state, his project failed. His fruit was of excellent quality, but there was a shortage of labor, no methods of preparing the fruit for shipment and no established markets.

After Mr. Sherman's financial affairs were settled, he had only 40 acres of his original 500 acres. They included the sand hill and land which is now the gayway district.

Undaunted, he set most of his land to black raspberry plants, in long rows running east and west. Soon he again was producing luscious fruit, but lack of a close market for the perishable berries and a shortage of labor, caused problems again for the little man with big ideas.

Lets Berries Dry

He conceived the idea of letting the berries dry on the bushes and selling the dried fruit. He laid the bearing stalks down on the south side of the row where the berries had full sunshine to dry them. Also the new growth had space to grow upright to prepare for next years crop.

Again the invention farmer built machinery to cut the canes and thresh the dry leaves. They were cleaned and placed in bags, shipped to eastern cities and sold for about 20 cents a pound.

Mrs. Sherman and infant died in 1900 leaving two small sons, Milo and Robert, a sister Miss Dorra Sherman came from Iowa and took care of the home and children for two years.

In 1902 Mr. Sherman married a widow, Mrs. Eva G. Phillips of Payette, who had a daughter, Cosie. Two daughters, Marine and Vera were added to the family.

These were prosperous years and Mr. Sherman began to plan a fine new home for his family. His life-long dream had been to build a castle on a hill. He now had the perfect setting on his sandhill above the Snake River, with its lovely view of the horizon in all directions, including Squaw Butte in Idaho and Malheur Butte in Oregon.

Well To Be Dug

But first a well must be dug to supply water for the project. Up to this time water for household use had been hauled in barrels from the river.

William J. Reddington, a homesteader a few miles south of the Sherman home was employed to dig the well.

Mr. Reddington and his wife, Lillie, both graduates of Aberlin College, were teachers before coming to Idaho while it was still a territory. He was a teacher in the school in Payette. He was also a fine carpenter and a general handyman.

W.F. Sherwood who owned a brickyard at Payette also assisted in digging the well.

When the well was about 100 feet deep tragedy struck, Mr. Reddington was killed.

As he dug and filled a huge bucket with sand and rocks in the bottom of the well, others, aided by a windlass, raised the bucket to the top, the rope broke and Mr. Redding (Reddington) was crushed.

Among those who assisted in taking his body from the well were Mr. Sherwood and Marry Ramey.

There seems to be no record as to whether the well was ever finished or not.

About 1909 Mr. Sherman began preliminaries to building his castle. First machinery had to be made and a factory built to make the concrete blocks. They were so well made that they will endure through the ages.

Assisted by two capable men, H. J. Tharp of Ontario and D. H. Snowberger of Payette, he began to construct this castle.

The center room was octangular, one story, with a balcony on top, three towers, each two stories were built around it and finished for comfortable living. Because of the failing health and financial difficulties, his castle as planned was never completed.

Mr. Sherman's faith in his dried berries was so great that he purchased land at Emmett and Kimberly and set out more acres of berry plants.

A divesting freeze on June 4, 1914 brought financial ruin to Mr. Sherman. His berry bushes were killed. He raided and sold garden produce until his children were educated and married. In 1930 Mr. and Mrs. Sherman moved to Ceres, Calif., to live near their youngest daughter, where they made their home for 18 years.

Faith In Idaho

Always with faith in Idaho and the sandy soil above the Snake River, the Shermans returned in 1948 and purchased a comfortable home and a few acres of land at Lewiston Orchards.

Although then 83 years old, well past the age of hard labor, and with failing eyesight and hearing, Mr. Sherman again planted black raspberries.

Soon he was producing, drying and selling the berries for $1.00 a pound.

He had small cardboard cartons made to hold one pound with printed direction of making pies, jams or jelly, also larger cartons for berries to be sold to restaurants and bakeries.

To his surprise, the greatest use of his dried berries was to make indelible ink from them, which was used in meat packing plants to stamp their finished products.

A year ago he was compelled to give up his gardening work by ill health, but happy that he had finally proved his faith in dried berries successful.

During his years in the Payette Valley, Mr. Sherman was sometimes considered eccentric, perhaps he was or possibly, he was just a man with more education and high ideals than the average pioneer. He was a true friend, always ready to help those in need.

Independent Enterprise
December 08, 1955
Graveside Services Conducted; Former Payette Resident

Mrs. Laura G. Shopp, 71, a former longtime Payette resident passed away at her home in Bremerton, Wash. last week. Grave side services were held Friday afternoon at Riverside.

Survivors are a son, Milan Shoop of Palsbo, Wash, who accompanied the remains to Payette, several neices and nephews among them, Glaude Cartwright and Mrs. Lou Feldscher of Payette.

Mrs. Shoop lived in Payette a number of years and left the vicinity about ten years ago. She had been active up to the time of her death holding a position in one of the factories in Bremerton. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
May 14, 1970
Mrs. Anthea D. Shore

FRUITLAND - Funeral services for Mrs. Anthea D. Shore, formerly of Fruitland, were conducted last Thursday in Spokane.

Mrs. Shore was born December 16, 1917 at Fruitland, and was reared and attended schools there, graduating from the Fruitland high school in 1936. She graduated from the St. Alphonsus hospital school of nursing in 1943. She was married to Sam L. Shore in 1944 in Hermiston, Ore. They have resided since that time at Spokane. She is a member of the Spokane Congregational church.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Pearl Arnold of San Mateo, Calif., and Mary, Ruth and Crisie Shore, all at home; three sons, Mike of Aspen, Colo., and George and Bob Shore, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Bernice Allen of Hagerman, and Mrs. Idona Lane of Clayton, Wash.; a brother, Elwood Collinsworth of New Plymouth and a granddaughter. Submitted by Patty Theurer

The Idaho Daily Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho)
Saturday, August 17, 1901
Payette News

The body of John Short Jr, is being moved from where it has been buried on the Short ranch for the past seven years, to Riverside cemetery. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Seattle Times (Seattle, King County, Washington)
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Gary Eugene Shurtleff

Gary died peacefully at home July 16th, 2012. He was born March 29, 1937 to George and Bette Shurtleff.

Most of his early years were spent in Payette, Idaho where he spent time with his grandparents, cousins Pat and Barb, and brothers George, Geoff, and Raymond. During his childhood he was an avid baseball player and fan, animal lover (raising pigeons and his collie, Laddie), a voracious reader and music aficionado.

Gary attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell where he started a music collection that would eventually number in the thousands and ran a jazz radio show. It was there that he met Marlea Roehr, whom he married after he graduated with a degree in Physics in 1961.

Gary continued to play baseball (semi-pro) and eventually transitioned into coaching. He coached Legion baseball in both Burien and Renton. In 1972 his team in Burien took 2nd place in the state.

Gary was hired as one of the early scientific computer programmers for The Boeing Company where he worked for 38 years. Gary retired in 2003, to enjoy reading his extensive library of books on history, biography, philosophy and religion; to listen to his extensive music collection; to play with his model trains; to putter in his garden, and always, to spend time with friends and family, sharing stories. He was widely considered as the ultimate authority on a number of topics and encouraged all who knew him to love the things he loved.

Gary is survived by his wife, Marley, his daughters Jennie (Peter) Struijk, Gena Shurtleff (Richard Wurdack), brothers Geoff Shurtleff, George (Linda) Shurtleff, cousins Pat Horyna, Barb (Hugh) Diener and many well-loved nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends.

Remembrances can be made to The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (, The Oregon-California Trails Association (, or Woodland Park Zoo (

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, November 29, 1956
Local Resident Passes At Portland

Oral F. Sickels, 80, of Payette, passed away Sunday while visiting in Portland. Services were held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Shaffer Memory Chapel with the Rev. Martin Torrence officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery.

Mr. Sickels was born January 4, 1876, in Athelstan, Iowa, and came here in 1935 from Athol, Kansas. He was married in Bedford, Iowa, Dec. 12, 1896, and his wife, Susie Frances Sickels, died here in 1951.

Survivors include two sons, Virgil of Payette and Ralph of Los Angeles, two daughters, Mrs. Beryl L. Beller, and Mrs. Bergetta Lester, both of Portland; 13 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, January 03, 1957
Julius Slater Passes Sunday

Julius Frederick Slater, 79, of New Plymouth died at his home Sunday evening following a long period of failing health.

Mr. Slater was born July 4, 1877 in Retreat, Wis., and came to New Plymouth in 1910 from Pittsville, Wis. He was married to Bernice Minor on March 20, 1898, in Retreat. He had farmed prior to his retirement.

Surviving in addition to Mrs. Slater are three daughters, Mrs. Marie Purcell of Boise, Mrs. Laura Paulsen of New Plymouth and Mrs. Dorothy Crandall of Weiser; two sons, Frank Slater of Emmett and Irvin Slater of Laramie, Wyo., and nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Shaffer Memory chapel. Interment was at Rosedale Memorial park. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
December 15, 1955
Graveside Rites Said For James Slinker

Services for James Curtis Slinker, 86, of Payette, who died Sunday, were conducted at Riverside Wednesday at 2 p.m. Interment was directed by Shaffer Memory chapel.

Mr. Slinker is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Emma Creger of Snohomish, Wash., and Mrs. H. B. Strawn of Fruitland. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, October 27, 1960
Charles E. Smith Succumbs At 82

Services were conducted Tuesday afternoon for Charles Edward Smith, 82, of Fruitland, route 1, who died Saturday morning in an Ontario hospital.

He was born Dec. 18, 1877 at Bible Grove, Ill., and came to the Fruitland community in 1900.

Mr. Smith was a member of the Ontario Nazarene church.

Survivors include one brother, Philip Smith of Fruitland, and one sister, Miss Lydia Smith of Fruitland and one niece.

Services were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Nazarene church in Ontario with the Rev. M. V. Laws and the Rev. Alva Turner officiating. Interment was at Payette under the direction of the Shaffer chapel. (Rosedale cemetery)

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, July 24, 1941

Fred E. Smith, for many years a Payette resident, died at his home here on July 19 following a lingering illness. Funeral services were held Monday at the Church of the Brethren and interment was at the Riverside cemetery. The service was conducted by the Rev. E. J. Glover and arrangements were under the direction of the Peterson-Foster funeral home.

Fred Eugene Smith was born November 30, 1871 at Osceola, Iowa. At the age of 14 he went to Curtise, Nebraska and later moved to Payette in 1902. He has resided here since that time.

Mr. Smith has four sisters and four brothers. His father and mother and one sister preceded him in death. He was married in 1906 to Stella Gramham (sb Graham). He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Evajane Young of Payette and Mrs. Adelia Roberts of Beaverton, Oregon, by one son, Vernon Smith of Payette and by eleven grandchildren.(Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, March 30, 1983
James Floyd Smith Sr.

Services for James Floyd Smith Sr., 67, Ontario, who died Sunday, March 27, 1983, in an Ontario nursing home were conducted today in Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario, with Rev. John Baker of the Ontario First Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed in Parkview Cemetery, New Plymouth.

He was born July 16, 1915 at Harrison, Ark. He was reared and educated in Clinton, Okla. He married Bonnie Neeley Aug. 8, 1938 in Clinton, Okla. where they made their first home. In May, 1957 they moved to New Plymouth. They also lived in Payette and in 1962 they moved to Ontario, where he operated heavy equipment.

Survivors include his wife on Ontario, three sons, Jimmy Dean Smith of Payette; D. Joe and James Floyd Smith Jr., both of Ontario; two daughters, Iva Elizabeth Everhart and Joshlin Kay Smith of Ontario; one brother A. C. Johnson of Yukon, Okla.; three half sisters, Betty Jean Wilson and Earlene Neeley of Oklahoma City, Okla., Jea Cornett of Carson, Calif., 21 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, June 09, 1960
Services Conducted For James S. Smith

Services were held May 31 for James Sidney Smith of Route 2, Ontario who passed away May 27.

Mr. Smith was born January 28, 1893 at Lexington, Nebraska and came from Colorado to Parma, Idaho in 1942. He moved to the Oregon slope in 1944 and has lived there since that time.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Jennie Mae, include five sons, Thomas, James and Norman all of Ontario; Jack of Parma and Willard of Hardman, Oregon; three daughters, Mrs. Marilyn Briggs of Duranga, Colo., Miss Phyllis Smith of Ontario and Mrs. Mae Frates of Payette; three brothers, two sisters and seventeen grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at the Shaffer chapel in Payette with the Rev. Paul Wolstenholm officiating. Interment was at Riverside. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
February 23, 1956
Mary Grace Smith Dies, Rites Set

NYSSA-Mary Grace Smith, 70, died Tuesday at the Malheur Memorial hospital in Nyssa.

Mrs. Smith was born July 28, 1885 in Iowa.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Neil Toomb and Mrs. Pansy Dolan, both of Baker; two sons, John Laur of Portland and Melvin Kunzler of Arcata, Calif.; four step daughters,one step son, three sisters, four brothers, twenty-one grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Services were to be held today (Wednesday) from the Lienkaemper chapel in Nyssa with interment in the Parkview cemetery in New Plymouth. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, January 18, 1984
Graveside services for Mildred Eulalia Smith, 75, of New Plymouth, who died on Monday, Jan. 16, 1984, at her home, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, at the Emmett Cemetery under the direction of Potter Funeral Chapel, Emmett.

She was born on Aug. 19, 1908, at Barber, Idaho, to Earl and Erma Hardisty. She married Kenneth Betzold in 1924, at Boise. She later married Art Smith in 1959.

Survivors include her husband, Art Smith of New Plymouth; a daughter, Lois Keene of Emmett; three sons, Gene and Jim, both of Emmett and Gary of Boise; six stepchildren; a sister, Paline Hardisty of Van Nuys, Calif.; 17 grandchildren; and 33 great grandchildren.

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Wednesday, January 14, 1987
FRUITLAND - Ralph W. Smith, 82, Fruitland, died Monday, Jan 12, 1987, in an Ontario hospital. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in Shaffer-Jensen chapel, Payette, with the Rev. Earl Traughber of the Fruitland Church of the Brethren officiating. Burial will follow in Rosedale Memorial Gardens, Payette.

He was born Jan. 9, 1905, in Polo, Ill., the son of Clayton and Lydia Smith. He moved at a young age with his parents to California, where he worked many years as a manager for Marinovich Ice and Cold Storage. He retired in 1971 and moved to Fruitland. Mrs. Smith died in December, 1985. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a past member of the Pomona, Calif., Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by two daughters, Marjorie Petterson, Clemmons, N.C.; and LaVon Taylor, Payette; two grandchildren, Sandra Lettunich, Payette, and Ronald Petterson in North Carolina; eight great-grandchildren; and three nieces. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Friends may call today from 4-9 p.m. at the Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, Payette. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, December 23, 1987
J. B. "Smitty" Smitheran, 82, Fruitland, died Dec. 22, 1987, an Ontario nursing home of natural causes. Private inurnment was held in Boise, under the direction of Ontario's Lienkaemper Chapel.

He was born May 9, 1905, in Centerville, Kansas, a son of Frank and Jenny Lewis Smitheran. He was raised and educated in Blue Mound, Kansas. Later he moved to Castle Rock, Wash., and then to Seattle, Wash., with his grandparents. He married E. Corinne Wolfe on June 29, 1935, at Seattle. They moved to Nampa in 1950, then to Ontario in 1953, where he worked in freight delivery for the T.R. Compton Co., retiring in 1965. They moved to Fruitland in 1973, where he has resided since. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriners, both in Seattle. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Corinne of Fruitland; three half-brothers, Ray, Raymond, and Paul Smitheran all of Garnett, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, September 13, 1967
Amos Snyder Services Held

Graveside services for Amos Melvin Snyder, 54, who died in Payette Wednesday were held Friday at Riverside cemetery in Payette under the direction of the Chapel of the Roses.

Mr. Snyder, born April 20, 1913, in Texas County, Mo., had lived in the Payette area for six weeks, coming here from Portland. He married Lanore Serjent in Stevens, Wash., on October 2, 1959.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lanore Snyder, Payette; a son, Ancil Roy Snyder, U.S. Army; three daughters, Mrs. Coy (Joyce) Waters and Mrs. Charles (Rose Ann) Dixon, both of Arizona, and Mrs. Henry (Lucinda) Crewse, Bates, Ore.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Vick (Phyllis) Joiner, Philomath, Ore.; three stepsons, Jesse V. Stokebary, Gresham, Ore., Ronald and Le Roy Stokesbary, both Philomath; five brothers, Elmer Snyder, Dawson, Mo., Ben Snyder, Springfield, Mo.; Cy and Eli Snyder, both at Mountain Grove, Mo., and Jim Snyder, Monroe, Ore.; two sisters, Mrs. Charles (Lois) Davis, Roseburg, Ore., and Mrs. Oscar (Lura) Carter, Bucyrus, Mo., and 23 grandchildren. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, March 25, 1992
Mardell P. Snyder, 65, Payette, died March 21 at home of cancer. Private family services were held. Arrangements are under the direction of Payette Chapel of the Roses.

The Ontario Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, January 16, 1950
Services Pending For Plymouth Man

PAYETTE - Stephen Martin Sparks, 71, of New Plymouth, a retired farmer, died Sunday at the Holy Rosary hospital in Ontario. He moved to New Plymouth from Oklahoma in 1940. He was born May 15, 1878.

He is survived by four sons, Charles of Stevenson, Washington, and Marion, Edgar and Leverett, all of New Plymouth; eight grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Daisy Rygar of New Plymouth and Mrs. Nellie Schmoyer of El Reno, Okla.

Services are pending at the Shaffer chapel. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
July 18, 2007
Ontario - Kasey Helsley Spang, 37, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer. A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. A celebration of life luncheon will be held at noon, Friday, July 20, 2007, at Calvary Chapel, 1775 Alameda Drive, Ontario. Services and arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to the family at

Kasey was born Jan.16, 1970, in Boise to Don and Kerrie McCarthy. She grew up in Payette and attended Payette schools, graduating in 1988.

Her smile and laughter touched everyone. Kasey was described as genuine. To know Kasey was to love her.

Kasey had her son, Cody, March 2, 1993. They spent three years together forming a special bond before Kasey met and married Steve Spang June 5, 1999. Steve completed their family. They enjoyed riding bikes on the greenbelt and boating. Kasey also loved sitting in her swing enjoying her garden and listening to the birds, especially doves. Kasey's joy was the ocean and walking on the beach. Kasey enjoyed reading, doing needlework and watching the BSU football games with her boys.

She was employed for eight years at Malheur Federal Credit Union as an accounts manager. She was a loyal and dedicated employee, which was later returned to her through her co-workers and boss who showed their love and support during her illness, as did countless loved ones and friends.

Kasey was very dedicated to her family but cherished her time with her husband and son the most.

Through this last year and a half, Kasey touched endless lives through her positive and upbeat attitude, always holding everyone else up to the very end. She will always be remembered for her funny sense of humor and her smile.

She is survived by her loving husband, Steve; son, Cody, 14; her mother, Kerrie McCarthy; her father, Don Helsley (Jeannie); sister, Kim Schappert (Shawn); brother Chad Helsley (Michele); sister-in-law, Paula Spang (Alex Holbrook); grandma, Violet Helsley; and many uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to St. Luke's MSTI of Meridian, MSTI of Fruitland and Heart 'n Home Hospice with special thanks to Karolyn and Patti.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer society or Heart 'n Home Hospice, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, Idaho 83661.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, September 10, 1953
Springstun's Brother Dies In Seattle

C. C. Springstun received the word Friday morning that his brother, W. E. Springstun, 78, had died at his home in Seattle, Wash. Thurdsay night.

His brother, the local Mr. Springstun, said he was known here as he had reside for a time in this city some years ago.

Idaho Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho)
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Eileen was born in Bovill, Idaho to Leo and Elizabeth Helmer Guilfoy on June 2, 1923. She passed away peacefully at her home in Payette, Idaho on Wednesday December 15th, 2010 with her family at her side.

After graduating from school in Bovill, she attended the University of Idaho in Moscow where she met her husband Oscar. They were married on June 9, 1945 when he came back from England after a tour of combat in B-17 Bombers during World War II.

Eileen enjoyed the life of an Air Force wife until her husband retired. They then bought a farm north of Payette in 1962 and have resided there since. Survivors are her beloved husband of 65 years, Oscar.

Her four children: Brent (Kay) Stauff, Payette, ID ; Brian (Lyda) Stauff, Eagle, ID; Gretchen Harvey, Bend, OR; Russell (Susan) Stauff, Medford, OR. Grandchildren: Michael (Stacy) Stauff, Rathdrum, ID;Megan (George) Stork, Richland, WA; Stacy (Mark) Fenton, Burns, OR; Scott (RoseAnna) Holliday, Twin Falls, ID; Peter Stauff, North Bend, OR; David (Kathleen) Stauff, North Bend, OR; Keeley Stauff (Carter Freeman), Boise, ID; Francisca Montoya Martinez, Cabeza de Torres, Spain; Matt Harvey (Nicole Stothoff), Bend, OR, and Sarah Stauff, Medford, OR. Great Grandchildren: Chandlor, Patrick, and Evan Stauff, North Bend, OR; Ruby Stork, Richland, WA; Tyler and Abbey Fenton, Burns, OR; Christian and KJ Holliday, Twin Falls, ID. Two brothers: Tom Guilfoy (Jeannie Jewett), Redding, CA; Phil (Louise) Guilfoy, Moscow, ID and their children.

She has requested memorials to any US Bank location for the Evan Stauff Donation Account, medical expenses. At Eileen's request a funeral service will not be held. There will be a gathering for family and friends to celebrate her life at a later date, to be announced.

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Sunday, August 18, 2013 (Online
Jan. 8, 1921 - Aug. 9, 2013

Oscar was born January 8, 1921, to Oscar Brent Stauff, Sr. and Rhoda S. Pugh in Rickreall, Oregon. He passed away August 9, 2013, in Emmett, Idaho.

His family moved to Payette, Idaho, in 1926. Oscar graduated from Payette High School, Class of 1939, and attended the University of Idaho in Moscow. He joined the Army Air Corps in May 1942.

Prior to World War II he was a member of Battery "C" 148th Field Artillery, Idaho National Guard. During the war he flew 30 combat B17 Bomber missions over Europe as a Lead Navigator in the 8th Air Force.

Oscar was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

He married Eileen F. Guilfoy of Bovill, Idaho, when he returned from England in 1945. They met while attending the University of Idaho before World War II.

Colonel Stauff served at Headquarters Strategic Air Command before retiring at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington as a Staff Officer in Operations.

Following his retirement in 1962, he purchased the family farm north of Payette, where he was an orchardist. He also pursued a career in sales of class rings, caps and gowns, announcements and yearbooks to high schools and colleges throughout the area.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Ardinelle, Elizabeth, Dorthea, brother Clifton and his beloved wife of 65 years, Eileen, in 2010.

He is survived by his children; Brent (Kay) of Payette, Brian (Lyda) of Eagle, Gretchen of Bend, OR and Russell (Susan) of Medford, OR; his grandchildren, Mike (Stacy) of Spirit Lake, ID, Megan Stork (George) of Kennewick, WA, Peter (Dayami) of North Bend, OR, Keeley (Carter Freeman) of Eagle, ID, Matt Harvey (Nicole Stodhoff) of Redmond, OR, Sarah of Medford, OR, Stacy (Mark) Fenton of Burns, OR and Dr. Scott (RoseAnna) Holliday of Twin Falls, ID.; also nine great grandchildren Chandler, Patrick and Evan of North Bend Oregon, Ruby and Dianna Stork of Kennewick, WA, Tyler and Abbey Fenton of Burns, OR and Christian and Kevin Holliday of Twin Falls, ID; one brother-in-law Philip (Louise) Guilfoy of Moscow, ID.

His family would like to thank Dr. Paul Gering, the staff at the Cottages in Payette and Emmett, Cherry Ridge Rehabilitation Center and Walter Knox Hospital in Emmett for their dedicated care of our father during his stay with them.

There will be a family gathering and memorial held at a later date.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Evan Stauff Donation Account at any U.S. Bank.

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon), Wednesday, August 14, 2013 (Online)

Oscar Brent Stauff, Jr., 92, Payette, died Friday. Arrangements are under the direction of Cremation Society of Idaho.

Independent Enterprise
March 20, 1975
PAYETTE - Graveside services for Lena Alma Stewart, 76, former resident of Payette, who passed away March 17 at Nevada, Mo. will be held Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Riverside cemetery with Bill Putman, Minister of the First Christian Church officiating.

She was born in Panama, Mo, Dec 14, 1898. She grew up in Missouri and graduated at the University of Missouri in Springfield.

She married Marion Benning Stewart of Warsaw, July 31, 1920 and taught school in Springfield until they moved to Payette. She taught in the Ontario Junior High School for 28 or 26 (can't read) until she retired in 1965.

Her husband passed away in 1966 and she returned to Nevada and made her home there since that time.

She was a member of the Christian Church and American Association of University Women.

She is survived by one daughter, Jean Oster, Rowland Heights, Calif, one son, Edwin T. Stewart, one brother, Homer E. Smith, Nevada, one sister Goldy Phelps of Kansas City, one niece, Marsella Bales of Joseph, Ore., six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. (Riverside Cemetery)

Payette Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, February 02, 1966
Marion Stewart Rites Thursday

Services for Marion Benning Stewart, 67, Payette, who died in an Ontario Hospital Sunday, will be at 3 p. m., Thursday in Shaffer Chapel here with the Rev. Charles Gill officiating. Interment will be at Riverside cemetery, Payette.

He was born September 19, 1898 in Windsor, Mo. He married Lana Smith July 31, 1920, at Warsaw, Mo., and they came from Nevada, Mo., to Payette in 1946.

Surviving him besides his wife of Payette, are one son, Edwin T. Steward, Nevada, Mo., two daughters, Mrs. Donald K. Oster, Los Angeles and Mrs. Christine Palmer, Brea, Calif.; two brothers, Ronald Stewart, Warrensburg, Mo., and Harold Stewart, Clinton, Mo.; one sister, Mrs. Berl Howell, Monroe, Mich., and five grandchildren. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, June 15, 1983
Graveside services for Joseph (Joe) H. Stingley, 82, of Payette, who died Thursday, June 9, 1983, in a Caldwell hospital, were conducted June 13, at Riverside cemetery, Payette, under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Chapel of Payette.

He was born Oct. 7, 1900, in Sheridan, Mo., the son of Thomas and Weitha Stingley. He married Hazel Bagley on Feb. 2, 1919, at Idaho Falls. They moved to Payette the same year. He was a long-time employee of the Idaho Power company, retiring in 1952. His wife Hazel died in October of 1978.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Maxine Parker of Boise and Mrs. Betty Lutz of Caldwell, 23 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, three daughters and one brother. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Ontario Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Thursday, March 09, 1950
Stoddard Rites Being Arranged

PAYETTE - Henrietta Cole Stoddard of New Plymouth passed away Wednesday afternoon at Weiser.

She was born March 31, 1871 in Missouri. In 1887 at Pullman, Wash., she was married to Jerome Howard Cole who passed away in 1927. In 1937 in Weiser she was married to H. P. Stoddard who died in 1947.

She came to New Plymouth in 1901 from Prineville, Oregon.

Survivors include two sons, James Herbert Cole of New Plymouth and Albert I. Cole of Tacoma, Wash.; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Weil of Boise; 22 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Dessa Wilburn of Weiser, Mrs. Grace Knee of Weiser, Mrs. Mary Miles of Portland and Mrs. Lydia Adkins of Sweet Home, Oregon; and five brothers, R. C. Carpenter of Pittville, Calif., W.A. Carpenter of Redding, Calif., A. W. of Midvale, and Leslie and Wesley, both of New Plymouth. One daughter, Mrs. Annie Weil preceded her in death in 1940.

Services are being arranged by Shaffer Memory Chapel. (Applegate Kennedy Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, March 15, 1945

Walter W. Stokesberry, New Plymouth Teacher Found Dead At Home
Sheriff Harold Gurnsey and Dr. J. C. Woodward, acting as coroner during the absence of Coroner Edith Landon, last Wednesday afternoon were called to New Plymouth to investigate the sudden death of Walter William Stokesberry, teacher in the New Plymouth high school, who had been found dead at his home on the Black Canyon project. No evidence of foul play was evident and Dr. Woodward was on the opinion that death was due to natural causes and no inquest will be held. The body is at Landon's in this city and funeral arrangements will be made as soon as relatives can be contacted.

Mr. Stokesberry, about 60 years of age, was in charge of his mathematic classes at the New Plymouth high school on Tuesday but did complain of not feeling well. He failed to show up at the school on Wednesday. At the close of school Superintendent Riddleberger went out to the Stokesberry farm and found him lying on a davenport dead. He apparently had gone home Tuesday evening and attended to his chores and then laid down where he passed away, officials are of the opinion about nine o'clock Tuesday evening.

Mrs. Stokesberry and a daughter had left several weeks ago for Mayos and from there they had gone to Lismore, Minnesota and officials have not been able to contact them as yet. W. H. Godschalx and Bryant Reador, friends and neighbors of the deceased, have been left in charge of his property pending the arrival of relatives.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, May 08, 1980
FRUITLAND - Eleanora Agnes Stroud, 66, of Fruitland, died Monday at home. Services were conducted Wednesday at the New Plymouth Shaffer-Jensen Chapel by Rev. Hardy Thompson of the Fruitland United Methodist Church. Interment followed in Parkview Cemetery in New Plymouth.

She was born May 19, 1913, in Seattle, where she was reared and educated. She married Jerry Stroud April 27, 1940, in Seattle. In 1943, they moved to Morton, Wash., where they lived for 17 years. They moved to Fruitland in 1964. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, in Fruitland, the Rebekahs and the Grange.

She is survived by her husband, of Fruitland, a niece and a nephew. She was preceded in death by a half brother and a half sister. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, March 19, 1997
Death Notice

Jerry Stroud, Fruitland, died March 18 in Yuma, Ariz. Services pending.

Independent Enterprise (Wednedsay, April 2, 1997)

Death Notices
Jerry Stroud
Jerry Stroud, 84, Fruitland, died March 17 in Yuma, Ariz. Memorial services were 10:30 a.m. March 31 at the First Baptist Church, Ontario. Burial was at Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth.

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon), Friday, March 28, 1997

FRUITLAND - Jerry Stroud, 84, Fruitland, died March 17, 1997 in Yuma, Arizonia. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, Ontario. Burial was at Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth.

Jerry was born Feb. 17, 1913, in Gann Valley, S.D., the son of William Henry and Cora Belle Miller Stroud. At a young age, he moved with his family to Wrenshell, Minn. As a teenager, he moved to Snohomish, Wash. He worked at many occupations including farming, dairy farming and chicken ranching. He received an award in Chehalis, Wash., which recognized his expertise as a dryland grain farmer. He was ? certified welder and retired as such from the Nampa sugar factory.

Jerry was loved by all who knew him and was witty, kind, generous and loving. He could make you laugh when things went wrong and he will be missed so very much. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing and playing pinochle with friends.

Survivors include his wife, Helen of Fruitland, two stepsons and their wives, C. William and Ruth Dealy of Encinitas, Calif and Dr. John Edward and June Dealy of Green Valley, Ariz.; brother Floyd "Jake" of Everett, Wash.; a sister Charlotte Fabiano of ? Plymouth, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Stroud of Snohomish; a brother-in-law, Tom Mashburn of Mountain Home and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Eleanora, and several brothers and sisters.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 336 S.W. Seventh Stree, Ontario, OR 97914, or to the charitable organization of their choice. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Payette Enterprise
Thursday, February 21, 1935
Mrs. Stroup One of Early Pioneers

Susanna Draper Stroup was born in Hartford, Iowa, April 7, 1855. In early childhood she went with her parents to Alba, Missouri. Here she grew to womanhood, and as she neared the age of eighteen, she was married to Jacob Stroup. On the 19th of March, 1873, they started on their honey-moon, headed for Walla Walla, Wash., where they expected to make their future home.

They came most of the way by rail. Their first lap took them to Omaha, Neb. where they entrained on the new Union Pacific train for Ogden, Utah. Reaching that place they purchased a wagon and a team of mules, and outfitted for the remainder of their journey by wagon. It was early spring in the mountains and the trip was a trying one. Every where there was either soft snow or deep mud. It took three weeks to make the trip from Ogden, and the only people they met were either Indians, the Overland Stage or long trains of freight wagons which kept cutting the ruts deeper and deeper into the mud.

Only those who have made the trip can appreciate the joy they experienced in the friendship of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Glenn of Glenn's Ferry, where they crossed Snake river. These lovely but lonely people sought to induce the honey-mooners to stop near them and become helpers in subduing that portion of the great desert plains. And only those know the joy they felt when they came to the top of the hill overlooking Boise City, as it was then called.

After resting a few days in the valley near Boise, and having replenished their supplies, they renewed their westward journey. They entered the valley of Payette river a few miles above the old Falk Store. A short way west of Falk's Store, was the Post Office where they met Mr. McFarland, the postmaster. He, like the Glenns, sought to interest them in the possibilities of this section, telling Mr. Stroup of a tract of land on the banks of Snake river. It was Washoe Bottom. After looking at land near Malheur Butte, Mr. Stroup returned to Washoe and pre-empted the land Mr. McFarland had told him about. This piece of land is still the property of the Stroup estate. It has never been sold, nor changed hands since Mr. Stroup received his government patent.

It was on this claim that Mr. Stroup and his young bride established their home. And here, on Thursday morning February 14, 1935, that young bride, now a matron of mature years, took her leave of friends and loved ones, to follow her husband into the great unknown. He had been in the "wild west" five times before he was married, and likewise he had preceded his erstwhile bride some ten years in the land of no return.

Mr. and Mrs. Stroup saw the railroad come into the Payette valley in 1883. The railroad passes just in front of the Stroup home. Mrs. Stroup watched the progress of time, from the wagon trains to the first railroad into the valley, saw the little settlement of Boomerang grow to the present Payette, and on April 2, last year, saw the streamline train pass her home. While viewing the new train from the yard of her home, Mrs. Stroup's grandson, who is an airmail pilot, passed over and flew low enough to wave a greeting to his aged grandmother.

Mrs. Stroup was a charter member of the Portia Club, and was a writer, having several pieces of poetry published in leading magazines.

Mrs. Stroup is survived by three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Jessie Moore, Mrs. Franklin Russell, Mrs. Alta Coughanour, Guy and Streeter Stroup; twelve grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and four brothers. Two sons, Alonzo A. and Jacob R. preceded her to the beyond.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Landon Funeral Parlors, with Rev. S.P. Hagler of Ontario, officiating. Interment was made in Riverside cemetery.

I came to thee a blushing Bride In eighteen seventy-three.
The savages, the barren wastes Looked terrible to me.
But as years went rolling by, And I grew reconciled,
I learned to love thee, Idaho, And soon became thy child.
And now I lay me down, at last, Near him whom I loved well,
Who won, and brought me here a Bride In thy dear Clime to dwell. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

The Emmett Index (Emmett, Gem County, Idaho)
Thursday, January 31, 1901
The body of Mrs. Stewart, who was Mrs. McCrossen of this places' mother, was buried at the Falk Store Cemetery on last Monday. (Falk Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Emmett Index (Emmett, Gem County, Idaho)
Saturday, October 26, 1895
William Stuart, an old and well known resident of the Payette Valley, died at his residence near Falk's Store, on Friday morning October 18th, 1895, aged 64 years.

The deceased was one of the best known characters in this part of Idaho and had many friends. Coming to the country in the early days, he had a massed a large property and was one of the most prosperous stockmen in the valley. His hospitality was proverbial and the door of his home was always open to friend and stranger alike. Everybody knew "Governor" Stuart, and he will be long remembered as one of the pioneers of the Payette Valley.

The interment occurred at the Falk's Store Cemetery, on the 19th, inst., and was largely attended. (Falk Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Emmett Messenger (Emmett, Gem County, Idaho)
Thursday, January 16, 1941
Wm. E. Stuart Buried Sunday

William E. Stuart, 73, another old timer of the Emmett Valley, passed away Friday at a Boise hospital and was buried Sunday at the Pioneer cemetery near New Plymouth. He was born at Falk in 1862 on the old Stuart ranch which at that time comprised a large tract of land. Funeral services were conducted by the IOOF lodge of New Plymouth. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Brady Faris.

A number of Mr. Stuarts old time friends attended the funeral from Emmett, among them Mr. and Mrs. Frank Knox, C. B. Knox, Elmer Holverson and Ralph Parrott. (Falk Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, October 28, 1943
Prominent Resident Dies Suddenly

Frank B. Suplee, prominent resident of Payette county for many years, passed away suddenly at his home on North 10th street on Wednesday of this week. Mr. Suplee was well known in this community having served this section of the state in many capacities during his lifetime. He was in the state legislature in 1927-28 and at one time was a Payette county commissioner. He was one of the early members of the board of directors of the Farmers Co-operative Creamery and was president of the board from May 1924 to May 1934. At the time of his death he was the president of the Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company.

Frank B. Suplee was born in Boone county, Iowa on August 17, 1872 near Des Moines, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Suplee and was one of eight children. He came west and went to work for George Lattig and later was married to Minnie Payne on April 2, 1906. To this union one daughter was born. Mrs. Suplee died in 1917 and he later was married to Miss Maude Varrier in July 1919 at Star, Idaho. During his residence in Payette county he spent the greater part of the time on a ranch north of Payette moving to the city about five years ago.

Deceased is survived by his widow and daughter, Mrs. Claretta Caler of Payette, a brother, Wm. H. Suplee of Fruitland, and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Campbell of Anita, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held Friday at the local Methodist church at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. C. G. Hannan in charge. Burial will be in the family plot at Riverside cemetery with the Landon funeral home in charge of arrangements. (Riverside Cemetery)

Payette Enterprise
Thursday, June 27, 1912
G. L. Surber was born near Somerset, Kentucky, August 13th, 1837. At the age of fifteen he became a Christian and soon afterwards began to prepare himself for the ministry. He was educated in Translyvania University, then at Harrodsburg, Kentucky, now at Lexington. After completing his education and being ordained to the ministry he went as a missionary to Australia where he labored for seven years in and around the city of Melbourne. Returning to America in 1872, he located at Harrodsburg, Ken. taking the pastorship of the church of that place. In December 1875 he was married to Miss Jennie Givens of Stanford, Kentucky, who has ever since been his constant and loyal companion. He labored six years in Texas and strengthened the cause both at Waco and Dallas building a church at the latter place. Leaving Texas he took charge of the church at Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, one of the leading missionary churches of the state. Later he moved to Lexington where he lived eight years a part of which time he was engaged as state evange list and the remainder of the time he acted as financial agent for the Bible Collage. In this last capacity he secured a large part of the funds for the erection of the beautiful Bible Collage building which at present is a leading feature of Translyvania University. From Lexington he went to Nashville Tennessee where for two years he superintended the Southern Christian Collage. The last fourteen years of his life were spent in Southern Idaho where he has been an active force in establishing the Christian cause at Boise, Payette, Emmett an other places. He continued in active service until about five months ago. Deer Flat being his last charge. Since the first of the year he had been living quietly on the ranch with his daughter near Fruitland.

His most lasting work perhaps was his missionary work in Australia. From his headquarters at Melbourne he established a number of mission stations all of which are prosperous churches to day. Many sons of the families whom he led to Christ have come to (unreadable) and educated themselves for the ministry and are now preaching the Gospel in their own and other countries. He was urged many times to return to Australia but conditions did not favor his return.

He was the father of two children Elwood L. Surber and Mrs. Hattie May Ady both of whom live near Fruitland. On the 29th of May he was stricken with paralysis from which he did not recover. He quietly passed away on the morning of June 19th at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 6 days. His widow an children together with a brother and sister will be joined with a host of children in the faith and friends here and beyond the sea in lamenting his death.

B. F. Clay of Homedale, Idaho, an intimate friend of the family for some thirty years, assisted in the funeral services which were held at the Christian church. He was buried in the Payette cemetery. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Payette Independent
Thursday, August 27, 1931
Passing of Jennie Surber

Jennie Givens was born in Stanford, Ky., April 19th, 1852. At the age of nineteen she graduated from Daughters College at Harrisburg, Ky.. She was married to G. L. Surber, December 9th, 1875. They came to Idaho in June, 1898.
Mr. Surber was a minister of the Gospel for more than fifty years, having served the Payette Church of Christ several years ago.
Since her husband's death June 19th, 1912, she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. T. O. Ady. It was in her home that she passed away August 25th, 1931.
She became a Christian at the age of seventeen and has lived faithful and true to the end. To know her was to know one of God's true Saints.
Mrs. Surber is survived by two children, Mrs. T. O. Ady and L. E. Surber of Payette, Idaho. Also three sisters and one brother of Kentucky.
Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock and were conducted by the Pastor, Mrs. Beem, assisted by Mr. Beem. Interment took place at Riverside cemetery.

Another hand is beckoning us,
Another call is given.

And glows once more with angel steps
The path which reaches Heaven.

Our dear and gentle mother, whose smile
Made brighter summer hours,
Amid the heat of summer time,
Has left us with the flowers. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, September 26, 1940
Services Tomorrow For Lee E. Surber

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon for Lee Elwood Surber who died at his home here Tuesday evening of a heart attack. Services will be held in the Methodist church with the Rev. E. R. Kaemmer officiating. The Peterson-Foster funeral home will be in charge of arrangements and burial will be in Riverside.
Mr. Surber was born at Stanford, Kentucky, Nov. 29, 1878, and educated in the Christian church private school and at Transylvania and Vanderbilt universities. He came to Idaho to farm in 1898. After enlisting in the U.S. army in 1900 he served two years and seven months in the Philippines. On Nov. 1, 1905, he was married to Edna R. Graham in Weiser. He has lived in Payette since 1918. Mr. Surber was employed by the Union Pacific railroad for 15 years until he retired in 1938 because of ill health.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge, the U. S. W. V. and earlier in life was a member of the Christian church. Surviving beside his wife is one daughter, Mrs. Harry Adams of Los Angeles, one sister, Mrs. Hattie M. Ady of Payette, and two grandchildren. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

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