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Looking for any information on Charles THOMAS, aka Wild Horse Charlie, a horse trader of ill-repute. Middle initial may be "A". Married Maude May Matthews. Said to have homesteaded Lake Thomas in the Pend Oreilles in early 1900's. (Where is Lake Thomas?)
Children were: Arthur, Dorothy May, Arnetta Rose (Nettie), Maude Adella (Della) (b 9/18/1908), Charles Albert (b 6/23/1910), and Roy A. (b 11/26/1914). Any and all information appreciated. My connection is through Maude Adella.
Laurie Lathen Tue, 9 May 2000

Editor's Note: There is a Lake Thomas in Stevens County, just bordering Pend Oreille County. It is located very near that part of Highway 20 which runs from Colville (in Stevens Co.) to Tiger (in Pend Oreille Co.).


I am searching for information regarding the WRYE and HILL families. I know the family was located in Ruby, Washington in 1888-1889.
Francis M. and Charlotte Anne (Hill) Wrye had fifteen children. Their daughter, Ruby May WRYE was born in the town of Ruby on November 1, 1888/1889.
Francis (1859-1938) was the son of John W. and Nancy E. Wrye. Charlotte (1864-1929) was the daughter of J.H. or H.M. Hill & Phoebe (Clemons) Hill. Charlotte had a brother, J. H. Hill and a sister, who married M.C. Martin.
Francis' and Charlotte's children were: Inez, Lizzie, Warren Wilman, Charles Edgar, Ruby May, Bert, Homer A., Harry Milton, Clarence, Arthur D., Damon, Orval N., Thelma A., Elmer Monroe and one more daughter whose name is unknown at this time.
Any information on either the Wrye or Hill family from this area would be most appreciated. I would love to locate and exchange information with fellow researchers of this family.
Pamela (Lane) Dollarhide Thu, 4 May 2000


I am looking for information about a George Gletty who, according to the information from the Tacoma Public Library Washington Placenames Database (see below), had a homestead in the area. Is there a registry online for this area which I could research? It would seem that Cusick may have been called by another name when there was a sawmill there.
"Gletty Creek (S.2;T.32N;R.42E) - Gletty Creek rises eight miles west of Cusick in southwest Pend Oreille County and flows three miles southeast to Calispell Creek. It was named for George Gletty, who homesteaded land through which the creek runs. (USBGN)" Thank you,
Gary C. Gletty Sat, 15 Apr 2000


Seeking info. on my grandfather, William Ellsworth MORTON (Willie). He and my grandmother moved to Pend Oreille County (upper county, probably near Cusick, Usk, Ione or Metaline Falls) in about 1910. They came from Morton, Idaho, across the river from Leclyde, Id. He died in about 1914 or 1915 and I am looking for info. to confirm that and where he may be buried. Our grandmother, Gracel Adel Morton, nee Milliken, remarried to a Al Harbert and they live in the Ione area until the late 1940's and moved to Spokane. She and Willie Morton had 9 children, Jay, Howard, Mary, William V., Charles A. (my father), Lloyd, Grace, Susie and George Atle Morton. Lloyd lived in Ione until his death in 1987. Looking for any info. on the family, and especially the death of Willie Morton. Thanks.
George W. Morton Sat, 15 Apr 2000


I am researching my family who homesteaded Calispell Valley around 1900. Wm. H Shoemaker, 1840-1920, homesteaded west of Dalkena, and some of his brothers settled in and around Cusick. His son, Edward Norton Shoemaker, abt 1876-1934, married Mildred Wetzler, 1910. Children: Wm. E. (Bill, my Father), Marie, George, Art, Elizabeth (Betty), Rich, and Kappy. The Shoemaker family has lived in and around the Pend Oreille Valley since approximately 1900 and still own the original 5 acres on the Calispell River at Cusick that Edward and Mildred raised their family. Any information and response is welcomed.
Larry Shoemaker, Spokane, WA Mon, 20 Mar 2000


Anxious to locate death information for Francis A. "Frank" DUFF, who died April 20, 1906 (give or take a day or so), at the early age of about 42...possibly in Pend Oreille Co.
Frank DUFF's mother, Sarah Susannah (aka Susanah) SEDGWICK wrote letters MAILED from Daisy, Stevens Co., WA in 1906 in which she referred to Frank's death "out here." However, the death of Frank DUFF does not appear to be indexed in Stevens Co. Darn!! Whether Frank's mother was *living in* Daisy, with 4th!! husband Charles K. SEDGWICK, I don't know.
I wish the stateide death registration had started just one year earlier so it might have covered this death in 1906!! If anyone has access to a Pend Oreille Co. death index, would you pretty please check for the death of Francis A. "Frank" DUFF on or about April 20, 1906... I would sure appreciate it!
Barbara Huff-Duff Mon, 14 Feb 2000


Looking for any information on Adolph BROTEN line. Adolph was one of the first settlers of Locke,WA having moved from Spokane, WA. I have a 10 page history of the early years of Locke, WA that my great uncle, Earl BROTEN wrote. It is a brief history of homesteading in the area with fond memories of other families that settled in that area. I will dig it out and provide the information for those who are interested. Most of the information pertains to the early 1900's. I plan on making it available online soon. Regards....
Dave Burns TUE, 01 Feb 2000


My Grandfather and Grandmother lived at Metaline Falls on Homestead property, they were John M. and Mary Jane (RABER) EILAR, Sr. My Grandmother died 11 August 1911, and is buried on that property, my father John M. EILAR, Jr., was nearly 4 years of age at the time.
He was legally adopted in 1918 by Eugene Cary and Mary Elizabeth (BRUETTE) BROOKS in Pend Oreille Co., but my father never lost touch with his own father, two brothers Benjamin and Hugh Eilar and his sister Ella Eilar Ogle Long.
Is anyone researching these surnames in the County or out of it even. Would so like to find cousins whom I know are still in the area.
Thank You very much,
Mary Brooks/Eilar Gilmore Wed, 26 Jan 2000


I am interesting in finding more information about James Thomas REDDICK born Aug 1870 in Salem, MO; died in Newport, WA; married 1894 in Leasburg, MO to Ida Belle HARPER born Apr 1872 in Stillwell, Crawford, MO; died in Newport, WA
The Federal Census for Dalhena Precinct, Pend O'rille County, Washington list James T Reddick with wife Ida B. and sons Albert B, Kenneth C,all born in Missouri, Elon N born in Idaho, Virgil M, James E, and Clinton L. born in Washington. The
occupation for James and older sons is listed as laborer at a lumber camp. Their house is listed as owned and mortgaged.
James is said to have been famous for being the first man west of the Mississippi to survive a broken back. He was Sheriff of Pend'Oreille county in Washington State. He and Ida had a homestead there that is still intact. They were originally from around Cave Spring, Missouri and moved to Ione, Washington in a covered wagon in 1900.
James and Ida had 8 children: Albert A b. 1895; Thomas Milton 1887-1972; Blanche b. 1899; Kenneth C (Gabe) 1902-1967; Elon N b.1904; Virgil Marvin b.1908; James E (Swede) b.1910; Clinton L Russell b. 1916
I would love to have any additional information about this family.
Kyla Eversman, 1730 Fern Trail Dr, Lancaster, OH 43130, (740) 689-0589
Kyla Eversman Tue, 4 Jan 2000


WARNER, William Walter
Born: In New York
Died: Abt. 1872 in Metaline Falls, Pend Oreille, Washington
First wife:
Emma Lucretia Carpenter
Born: 24 December 1857 in New York
Died: Abt. 14 September 1913 in Metaline Falls, Pend Oreille, Washington

They had about six children, one of whom was my Grandfather, Reuben Walter Warner.
William Walter Warner then remarried and had more children. I would appreciate any information that you might find about this family. I don't know the names of his parents, or the name of his second wife. It has Greenwood Cemetery listed as a possible burial site for William Walter Warner, but I haven't been able to find any information on that.
Sheila (Warner) Maynor Mon, 20 Dec 1999


I am searching for information about Margaret Mary (Branch?) MILLER born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, June 12, 1918 and died in Elk, Pend Oreille Nov. 1, 1998. I hope to find out who were her parents. She was married to Orlin Miller. Her children were Daniel, Floyd (deceased), Laura Jean, and Walter. She lived in the Los Angeles area for many years before moving to Washington.
R. Branch, Coordinator for the Kalamazoo County USGenWeb site.
R. Branch Sat, 18 Dec 1999


I am researching my wife's family from your county. They lived there in late 1800's/early 1900's. The names were: Button, Hurst, Des Perais. Do you know of any connections or other researchers for the same families?
Tom Spradling Sun, 17 Oct 1999

Old Queries

Anthony Beeman Mon Aug 26 20:43:02 1996
My father, Chester Arthur BEEMAN was born near Creston, as were several of his siblings. His parents were William Henry BEEMAN and Anastasia COLUMBUS. I am also trying to find out when William's parents died and where they are buried. Their names were James Beeman and Loisa BEEMAN. Loisa later married a man named SINGER and later a man named Joseph SHOOK.

Ronnie Aungst Tue Dec 17 02:10:06 1996
GRAHAM- FREDERICK B. born Oct. 10, 1873 in Fabius, St. Joseph Co., MI. Last known location- Newport, Washington in 1910. Looking for his wife and children. Have info from his birth , parents, siblings and two sets of grandparents in Ireland to share dating back to 1829. Thanks!

Ron Sykes Thu Jan 30 12:10:58 1997
HALL looking for a Jean Aline HALL born in Kirkland 1838. Father was Clarence Archibald HALL an mother was Ruth Aline PULSIFER. Parents divorced about 1939. The were orginally from the Newport, Wa area and may have moved back there. She has five brothers and sisters, three still living. Any help appreciated.

Ron Sykes Thu Jan 30 12:15:43 1997
PULSIFER looking for a Ruth Aline PULSIFER who was born 1918, possibly in Newport area. Was married to Clarence A. HALL divorced in 1939. may have remarried. Had one daughter that I know of, Jean Aline HALL born 1938. Was in Kirkland at that time, may have moved back to Newport area.

David Burns Mon Feb 3 05:48:21 1997
Looking for any information on Adolph BROTEN line. He was one of the first settlers of LOCKE,WA. I have a 10 page history of the early years of Locke,WA along with names of other families that settled in. It has been awhile since I've read it, but I will dig it out and provide the info to those interested. I believe most info pertains to the early 1900's. Thanks, Dave

Joyce Sinnett Sun Feb 9 12:16:18 1997
Allen Stuart(Stewart) REED, b.11 Feb 1861 Calhoun Co., WV d. 21 Apr 1938 WA m.[1] ElizabethPARSONS, WV m.[2] Ida E.SCHOOLCRAFT, WV Mary J. REED b. 1847 William REED b. 1850 George M. REED b. 1857 m.[3] IsabellaPRITT, WV, divorced Elizabeth Daisy REED b. Aug 1883 m.[4] Gilla F. SCHOOLCRAFT, WV 17 Apr 1885 Allen Stewart REED Jr b. Aug 1990 m.[5] Julia L.O'DELL m.[6] EnidSCOTCH In 1884, Allen gave his daughter Elizabeth Daisy REED (my great-grandmother) to William & Charlotte Cottrell for adoption. In 1896, Allen moved to Washington State where he reportedly remarried and became rich in the timber business. This information is from a handwritten history by Elizabeth written about 3 years before her death.

Betty VanLeer Sun Feb 9 18:44:49 1997
Looking for information on William D.McCABE b. Ripley Co., Ind in 1847. He and his mother and father (Alexander and RodahKNAPP McCABE), and a brother Perry Hill McCABE came west after 1860. Perry H. Died in Polk Co., Ore in 1903. I know by old genealogy that William died in N.W. Wa., and he had at least 2 children Ivy Pearl and Ed. Perry was 7 years older than William so he may have died earlier than 1903 or later. Can anyone be of assistance? I realize I have very little info but I am hoping someone will help.Perry left an estate in Ore., so William probably did also. Is there a database online? Thanks for you time.

Matthew Moore Mon Feb 17 12:11:22 1997
I am looking for information relating to my father's family. I am afraid that I don't have much to start with. My father's name was Walter EmersonMOORE. He was born somewhere in the state of Washington, (he was very proud of that) and his father's name was Joseph Longfellow MOORE. Joseph's mother was a Blackfeet indian. The family moved to New York during the Depression. I believe that my father was born around 1919. Sorry for the paucity of information, but that's all I have. Can you please help me? thank you,

Linda Dolby Thu Feb 20 13:05:03 1997
ResearchingJUDSON surname; would like to exchange data; presently have 8500 names in database.

Ronald L. Kyes Mon Jun 9 08:46:55 1997
Searching for death dates or place of death for Nettie AnnKYES who is buried in the Newport Cemetery. Husband was Clarence W. KYES who is also buried in Newport, I have the vitals on Clarence through an obit. Any help with this person will be greatly appreciated.

Donna L. Fischer Tue Aug 12 09:43:08 1997
CURNOW/FOY: Am researching family of Frank J. FOY (b. MO 1877/1883; d. WA 1914) who married Elizabeth Lee CURNOW (b. Milwaukee, WI 14 Jul 881; d. Cusick, WA 6 Jan 1972) on 30 Jun 1907 in Palouse, Whitman Co., WA. They had three children that I know of, including Richard (1909-1977) who married Lois C. ??? (21 Nov 1919-10 Jul 1995). All are buried in Garfield City Cemetery, Garfield, Whitman Co., WA. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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