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Payette Independent Enterprise
Thursday, December 11, 1941

Mary Luretta Tackett passed away early Wednesday morning, December 3, 1941 after only a few days illness from pneumonia.

Services were held Friday afternoon at the Methodist church with the Rev. H. G. Luscombe officiating. Interment was made in Riverside cemetery. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

The Payette Independent
Thursday, May 15, 1930

Funeral services for Mrs. B. F. Talbert who passed away last Monday afternoon, were held from the German Lutheran church last Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Colley of Nampa, and interment was made in Morris Hill cemetery in Boise. Mrs. Talbot leaves her husband and four daughters to survive her, one daughter in Russia, 2 daughters, Mrs. Bashan and Mrs. Mills in North Dakota, and Mrs. Gus Davis in Boise. Mrs. Bashan and Mrs. Davis were present at the funeral services, Mrs. Davis being with her during her brief illness. Mrs. Talbot came to this community about 15 years ago, and has made many friends here by her kind and honest ways. She was born in Russia nearly 76 years ago.

The Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, April 13, 1970
Glenn U. Tannlund, 65, Fruitland, died Tuesday at an Ontario hospital.

He was born June 30, 1904 at Payette and had lived all his life in the Payette and Fruitland area.

Survivors include three brothers, Ray of Eugene, Ore., Guy Edward of Fruitland and Leland of Boise; a half-brother, Donald Purcell, Weiser; a sister, Mrs. Marguerite Wood, Mountain Home; his mother, Mrs. Anna Purcell, Mountain Home, and several uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette by the Rev. Earl Traughber of the Fruitland Church of the Brethren. Interment was at Rosedale Memorial Gardens. (Rosedale Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

The Spokesman Review (Spokane, Spokane County, Washington)
Saturday, April 27, 2013
TAYLOR, Dorothy E. (Age 80) Our beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great-grandmother entered into the gates of heaven on April 24, 2013.

She was born June 27, 1932 in Holyoke, Colorado. At the age of 14 she met the love of her life and married him five years later. They shared 62 years of wonderful married life.

She is survived by her husband Hubert; son Rick Taylor; daughters Delite Morris and Cindy Elliot along with their spouses; 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; and her sister Grace Supan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, and homemaker. She was an avid gardener and loved her flowers.

Services will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Hope Lutheran Church, 17909 E. Broadway, Spokane Valley, at 2:00 p.m. Please visit Dorothy’s online memorial and leave a message of condolence at

The Spokesman Review (Spokane, Spokane County, Washington)
Friday, March 07, 2014
TAYLOR, Hubert W. The world lost a great man.

Hubert W. Taylor, loving husband for 62 years to Dorothy Taylor, who preceded him in death; wonderful father to Rick (Kathy) Taylor of Temecula, CA., Delite Koler, and Cindy Elliott (Scott) of Spokane; and grandfather to eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Hubert served honorably in World War II in the Army.

In 1946 he met Dorothy, the love of his life, and they were married September 17, 1951. They settled in Spokane where they were surrounded by family and friends.

Hugh loved fishing, building birdhouses, horses and any and all sports. He spent his life as a gifted blacksmith and horse breeder of thoroughbred horses. His life revolved around the sport and the racetrack, from Longacres to Playfair, and was exceptionally gifted in his craft.

The Funeral Service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 17909 E. Broadway Ave. Spokane Valley, WA on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at the church. Interment will be at the WA State Veterans Cemetery, Medical Lake, WA.

The Spokesman Review (Spokane, Spokane County, Washington)
Thursday, March 06, 2014, Sports Section
Hubert Taylor dies at 87

Hubert Taylor, Washington’s most respected race-track horseshoer for several decades and part of a prominent Northwest racing family, died Wednesday in Spokane. Taylor made his home in the Spokane Valley. A native of Payette, Idaho, he was 87.

Along with his twin brothers, Troy and Roy, both trainers, Taylor helped make the family well known, particularly at Spokane’s Playfair Race Course, at Longacres, the former track in Seattle, and at Portland Meadows. Troy, a member of the Washington Racing Hall of Fame, and Roy both won training championships at Playfair.

Their nephew Brad Taylor, who had been the exercise rider, became Turbulator’s trainer following the death of Tom Crawford.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, March 11, 1992
John Telisak, 75, Fruitland, died March 4 in an Ontario hospital. The Office of Burial with Holy Communion were 3:30 p.m. March 7 at St. James Episcopal Church. Burial followed in Nyssa Cemetery, under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.

Payette Independent
February 14, 1935
Jessie Carl Tevebaux, a young man of 23 years, died at the family home in Washoe, Monday of rheumatism. Funeral services were conducted by Landons Wednesday afternoon from the Christian church, Rev. Jordan of Vale, officiating. Interment was in the Riverside cemetery. He is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
December 02, 1937
Came To Payette In 1886; Had Been In Ill Health For Several Years; Well Known Florist

John Tharp, a resident of Payette since 1886, died at his home here last Wednesday afternoon after a long illness. Until the past few years, Mr. Tharp had been engaged in farming near Payette, but due to ill health he had lived at his home on North Seventh street and spent much time growing flowers that were known for their unusual beauty throughout this section. Mr. and Mrs. Tharp had one of the outstanding iris gardens in Payette, many of the flowers had been created by the Tharps through careful breeding and care.

Mr. Tharp was born in Blair, Nebraska, March 10, 1870, and came to Payette in 1886. He was married at Vale, Oregon, October 4, 1905 to Miss Mary D. Frakes of Payette.

Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ida M. Daniel of Kellogg and one son, James W. Tharp, of Payette. A son and daughter preceded him in death. Other survivors are three grandchildren, four sisters, Mrs. Mina Miner of The Pass, Canada; Mrs. Eva Polley, Naponee, Nebraska; Mrs. Lora Croley, Grand Junction, Colorado; Miss Elma R. Tharp, Tokyo, Japan, and three brothers, Oscar H. Tharp, Kansas City, Missouri; Wallace H. Tharp, Boise and Ralph E. Tharp, Ellensburg, Washington.

Funeral services were held last Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church with the Peterson-Foster funreal home having charge. Rev. S. Dallas McNeil preached the sermon. Interment was in the Riverside cemetery. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
June 05, 1947
S. M. Thomas Funeral

Services were held Monday afternoon at two o'clock in the Methodist church for S. M. Thomas, who died at his home in Fruitland last Friday morning after a lingering illness. Rev. Crawford was in charge.
Mr. Thomas was born in Winchester, Ohio on March 4, 1856. He came to Dillon, Montana in 1883. In 1897 he was married to Emma Margaret Smith. In 1909 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas moved on a ranch east of Fruitland out by the old Pleasant View schoolhouse, where they lived until his health failed and they moved to Fruitland in 1941.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. E. M. Thomas, of Fruitland; one son, Elza J. Thomas, of Los Angeles, Calif., a brother, J. R. Thomas, of Cambridge, Ohio and several nephews and nieces. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, October 05, 1961
Harry Thomason Last Rites Held

Services were conducted today (Thursday) for Harry Lee Thomason, 81, of Payette, who died Monday in a local nursing home.

Mr. Thomason was born Oct. 1, 1880, at Ewing, Ill. He moved from Illinois to Weiser in 1905 and married Ina B. Reeves there on April 11, 1910. Mrs. Thomason preceded him in death in 1957. Mr. Thomason moved from Weiser to Payette three years ago.

Survivors include one son, Robert D. Thomason of Spokane, Wash.; one daughter, Mrs. Huldah Bidgood of Hermiston, Ore.; two sisters, Mrs. Gussie Holman of Benton, Ill., and Mrs. Gertie Day of Whittington, Ill.; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services were at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Weiser with the Rev. William Clark officiating. The Shaffer Memory Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, January 05, 2000
Mary Ellen Thompson, 73, Fruitland, died Jan. 3 at an Ontario hospital. Services pending, Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland.

Note: Mary Ellen Thompson was born 2-1-1926 and died 1-3-2000.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, April 04, 1968
Elvin (Cole) Thornburg

Services for Elvin (Cole) Thornburg, 70, former Oregon Slope farmer who died Wednesday in Desert Hot springs, Calif., were held Monday in the Shaffer-Jensen Memory chapel in Payette.

The Rev. Jim Mummert of the First Christian church officiated. Interment was at Riverside cemetery.

Mr. Thornburg was born February 18, 1898, in Kansas. He moved to Oregon as a young man and married Jessie May McIntire at La Grande, Ore., June 14, 1921. They lived in the Enterprise, Ore., area for several years and moved to Oregon Slope community in about 1940. He farmed in the area for about 22 years. Mrs. Thornburg died in 1957. He had lived at Desert Hot Springs for the past six years. He is a member of the HyLine club.

Survivors include a son, Elvin J. Thornburg of Desert Hot Springs; a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Bell of Westminister, Calif.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Dillon of Cosmopolis, Wash.; and Mrs. Etna Ganser of Watsonville, Calif. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, March 21, 1957
Thornburg Rites Conducted Thursday

Services were conducted today (Thursday) for Jessie May Thornburg, 55 of Oregon Slope, who died Sunday at the Ontario Hospital. Shaffer Memory Chapel were in charge of arrangements with interment at Riverside.

She was born in Elgin, Ore. on May 13, 1901 and moved to the Oregon Slope community in 1939 from Enterprise, Ore. She was a member of the Christian church.

Survivors in addition to her husband, Cole Thornburg; are a son, Elwin J. Thornburg of Los Angeles; a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Bosworth of Anchorage, Alaska; a sister, Mrs. Virgin Yarington of Elgin; her mother, Mrs. Lucy Ann McIntire of Elgin and two grandchildren. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, September 17, 1953
Services Today For E. W. Tomlin, 86

Services were to be held this afternoon in Meridian for E. W. Tomlin, 86, a former Oregon Slope resident who died Sunday in a Portland hospital.

Mr. Tomlin lived on the slope from 1917 until 1923. He had moved to Beaverton, Ore., five years ago. He was a member of the Methodist church.

During his lifetime Mr. Tomlin had been a farmer and a businessman.

His survivors include five sons, one of who is Ben Tomlin of Payette; two daughters, thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Independent Enterprise
September 29, 1949
Man Killed Beneath Car
Joe Tone Found Dead After Car's Blocks Give Away

Joseph Louis Tone, 26, was found dead beneath his automobile at 3:45 Wednesday afternoon by Sheriff Ray Stephens. The accident occurred near his home just south of this city.

He had been underneath his automobile which had been placed upon blocks, and apparently, some of the supports had slipped, Coroner Gifford Shaffer said yesterday.

Sheriff Stephens stopped at Tone's home Wednesday afternoon to see him, and found him under the automobile. It is not known just how long he had been there before being discovered.

Two of Tone's small daughters were in the house when the accident was discovered. They were Susie, 1, and Joanne, 3 years old. A wrecker was immediately summoned to haul the automobile off of the body, the sheriff said.

Tone was born on April 7, 1923 in Toas, Mo., and came to Payette last year. He had been working at the vinegar factory until recently.

He was married in June of 1945 to the former Betty Harris in Price, Utah.

Surviving are his wife, who was in San Francisco at the time of his death; three daughters, Joanne, 3, Judy, 2, and Susie, 1; and his mother, Antonette Tone of Jefferson City, Mo.

Funeral services are pending at the Shaffer Memory Chapel. Submitted by Patty Theurer

Daily Argus Observer, Ontario, Oregon
Wednesday, April 06, 1977

PAYETTE - Services for Oscar Elliot Toothman, 83, New Plymouth, who died Monday at a Nyssa nursing home, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Payette Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel by Pastor Ronald Eldredge, Ontario Christian Church. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Payette.

He was born Nov. 8, 1893, at Cross Roads, W. Va. He served in France during World War I.

He married Mary Elsie Medlar Aug. 1, 1923, at Crete, Nev. They homesteaded in Wyoming and moved to Idaho in 1945, where they farmed in Payette County. She died in 1955.

He was a member of Leland E. Tomas VFW Post No. 9036, New Plymouth.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Carrol (Betsy) Winkle, Ontario, Mrs. Lee (Mary) Sparkman, Milton-Freewater, Ore., Mrs. John (Jean) Sipes, Northpole, Alaska, and Mrs. William (Margaret) Ralphs, Twin Falls; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, a sister, two brothers, and two grandsons.

Friends may call from 3 until 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the Payette Shaffer-Jensen Chapel. (Riverside Cemetery)Submitted by Cheryl Hanson.

Independent Enterprise
August 16, 1951
Services Held For Jacob H. Tullis

Services for Jacob Henry Tullis, 85, who died at his home in New Plymouth Saturday after a long illness, were conducted Monday at Shaffer Memory Chapel with the Rev. Earl Kaurin officiating. Interment was at Parkview.

Mr. Tullis was born in Portland, Ind., December 18,1865, and was married 55 years ago to Sarah E. Richards at Bentonville, Ark. The couple came to New Plymouth 39 years ago.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters; Mrs. Mollie Lewis, Stanwood, Wn., and Mrs. Pearl Milligan of Weiser, two sons; Edward and Jake, both of New Plymouth; four grandchildren and give great-grandchildren. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted b Patty Theurer

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, January 25, 1984
Services for Howard F. Turner, 58, Fruitland, who died of natural causes Wednesday, Jan. 18, 1984, in an Ontario hospital, were conducted Monday at Lienkaemper Chapel in Ontario, with Rev. Ron D. Borden of the Fruitland United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed at Marsing-Homedale Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 23, 1925 at Mountain Grove, Mo., where he was raised and educated. He moved to Homedale, Idaho in 1942. He entered the U.S. Navy and was discharged in 1946, returning to Homedale. He married Opal Johannessen July 3, 1946 in Caldwell. He attended Telegrapher School in Nampa and began working for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1950, working in Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon. At the time of his death he was station agent in Nyssa for the Union Pacific Railroad.

Survivors include his wife, of Fruitland; one daughter, Mrs. Gerald (Sandra) Bulter of Ft. Benning, Ga., his mother, Stella Turner of Homedale; five brothers, Duane Turner of Pinole, Calif.; Maurice Turner of San Diego, Calif.; Donald Turner of Caldwell; Junior and Ervin Turner of Homedale; five sisters; Vera Sellars of Mountain Grove; Janet Hightower of Batesville, Ark.; Jewell Smart and Bonnie Ingle of Marsing; Donna Haney of Nyssa, and three grandchildren, Jencina May Butler, William Butler, and Noelanni Butler. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Idaho Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho)
Saturday, September 24, 1938
Page 05
Benjamin Tussing Dies at Fruitland FRUITLAND (Special) [1857-1938] — Benjamin Franklin Tussing, 8O, for 33 years a fruit grower and rancher, died Friday noon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ida Anderson, in Whitley Bottom, five miles southwest of Fruitland. He had been ill three years.

Mr. Tussing retired 10 years ago. Survivors are six brothers: Dave of Odessa Neb, Will of Portersville Cal., and four brothers and six sisters in Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Ida Johnson, Mrs. Nora Diehm, and one son, Carey Tussing, all of Fruitland. There are 23 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The body is at the Landon Funeral Chapel in Payette. Date for the funeral has not been set.

Idaho Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho
Thursday, September 23, 1965
Page 24
Cary I Tussing PAYETTE— Services for Cary Irvin Tussing, 76, who died Tuesday morning [21 SEP 1965] at his home in Fruitland, will be at 11 a.m. today at the Riverside Cemetery in Payette with the Rev. Allen Lambert officiating, and under the direction of Shaffer Memory Chapel.

He was born June 2, 1889 at Odessa, Neb., and moved to the Fruitland area in 1905 and has lived there since. He was a retired realtor. Survivors include one son Franklin A. Tussing, Clarkston Wash; one daughter, Mrs. E Dean (Helen) Peterson, Boise; one sister, Mrs. Norah Diehm, Fruitland; five grandchildren six great-grandchildren.

Idaho Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho)
Wednesday, February 27, 1935
Page 07
Upland Obituaries
HENRY TUSSING FRUITLAND (Special) — Henry E Tussing passed away at his home in Fruitland Thursday [21 Feb 1935] evening. Heart trouble following a long illness from typhoid fever caused his death. He was born In North Washington Ohio March 3, 1881. The family moved to Nebraska in 1883, where he grew to manhood and received his education. At the age of 18 he Joined the Evangelical Church.

He came to Idaho in 1904 and in 1907 was united in marriage with Miss Almeda Grimes. To this union children were born four of whom, with Mrs. Tussing survive him.  Mr. Velva Tussing Martin and Miss Ardel Illene Tussing of Fruitland, and Elwin Tussing of Boise, were at home at the time of his death. The other daughter, Mrs. Pearl Hutchinson of Boise, was unable to be present because of illness. He is also survived by his father, B. F. Tussing; one brother, Cary, and two sisters, Mrs. Otto Diehm and Mrs. H. C. Anderson all of Fruitland.

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