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A very special thank you to

Terry W. Blevins.

Who has spent years researching and transcribing old newspapers.

He provided all of the information on my Colorado Mumfords.

Phebe Morse Mumford


Died at the residence of her son-in-law, H. J. Blackwood, on Monday, March 21, 1893, at 3:30 o’clock p. m., Mrs. Phoebe Morse Mumford, aged 74 years. She was born in Western, New York, in 1819. In 1848 she was married to M. P. Mumford, who still survives her. She joined the Methodist church at the age of twenty, and was a member of the First M. E. church of Elgin, Ill., at the time of her death. In June, 1890, she came with her family to this county, and settled near Arriba.

“Grandma Mumford,” as she was called by those who knew her well, was a kind, loving wife and mother, always trying to do good for those around her. While she had been quite feeble for some years, her death was sudden and unexpected, and she passed to the brighter shores beyond during what seemed a natural sleep. She was temporarily interred on the homestead of her daughter, Miss Lizzie Mumford, from which place she will be taken to Elgin, Ill., where two of her daughters are buried. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Calvin Hill, and were attended by almost the entire community, who  assembled to pay their last respects to one who will be greatly missed and who leaves behind kind remembrances of a life well spent in the good work of Christ.
J. T. R.
—Lincoln County Ledger
Hugo, Colorado
March 25, 1893

A Card of Thanks.
Editor Ledger:  Will you kindly allow us space in your paper in which to extend our heartfelt thanks to friends who rendered assistance in word and deed during  the sickness and burial of our dear wife and mother.
M. P. Mumford and Family.
—Lincoln County Ledger
Hugo, Colorado
March 25, 1893

Arriba Notes.
Miss Lizzie Mumford was called from Denver to attend the funeral of her mother, who died very suddenly this week.
—Lincoln County Ledger
Hugo, Colorado
March 25, 1893

Frank E. Creel


Arriba News.

Frank E. Creel, brother of C. A. Creel, died in Denver Sunday and was taken to Afton, Ia. for burial. Frank was well and favorably known here, having lived here several years ago.

—Lincoln County Ledger

Hugo, Colorado

November 16, 1894

Arriba News.
C. A. Creel was here one day this week to settle up some business matters in which his lately deceased brother, Frank, was interested.
—Lincoln County Ledger
Hugo, Colorado
December 7, 1894

Peleg Mumford


Local chat.

DIED at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. H. J. Blackwood, at Arriba Colo., on July 22, Mr. P. Mumford, aged 80 years, 1 month and 2 days.

Deceased was born at Herkimer, Herkimer county, N. Y., on June 20, 1815. He moved to Dundee, Ill. ,in 1844, where he married Miss Phebe Morse. Six daughters were born to them, four of whom survive Mrs. H. J. Blackwood of Arriba; Mrs. C. A. Creel of Cripple Creek, Miss Eliza Mumford of Arriba and Mrs. B. W. Fletcher of San Bernardino, Calif. Mr. Mumford was buried by the side of his wife, who died at Arriba on March 20, 1893.

—Lincoln County Ledger

Hugo, Colorado

July 26, 1895

Local chat.
Card  of Thanks.
To my friends and neighbors, and especially the masons, I extend my heartfelt thanks for their many acts of kindness shown me in my sad bereavement. Their true friendship shall never be forgotten.
Mrs. H. J. Blackwood.
Arriba, Colo., Feb. 25, 1904.
—The Range Ledger
Hugo, Colorado
February 25, 1904

Henry J. Blackwood



Henry J. Blackwood was born at West Pembroke, Maine, October 9, 1834, and died at Arriba Monday, February 22, 1904, aged 69 years, 4 months and 13 days. He was laid to rest in Arriba cemetery Wednesday, February 24, 1904. Heart failure was the cause of death, after a severe attack of la grippe with which he suffered a little less than a week.

Mr. Blackwood was one of Lincoln county’s oldest and best known citizens, having located at Arriba in 1889. Born in West Pembroke, Maine, he grew to manhood and resided there until shortly after the war when he removed to West Borough, Massachusetts. Later he  removed to Elgin, Illinois, where he met Mrs. Blackwood, his second wife, and they were married in 1882. This wife and two sons of a former marriage are left to mourn the loss of a kind and faithful husband and father.

Mr. Blackwood was a man of many sterling qualities: honest and industrious; warm hearted and true to his friends; he was a staunch believer in free masonry and had been a member of that order for many years. Although confined to his bed but a few days, his health had been failing for several years. Unable to do any hard work which is usually required of most of our ranch men, he contented himself at home and in frequent visits to town. Ever loyal to his friends, he was glad to be with them and talk over general topics of interest, He was liked and respected by every one who knew him, and his funeral was attended by the entire community. The grief stricken wife has the sympathy of all in her darkened hours of sorrow.

—The Range Ledger

Hugo, Colorado

February 25, 1904

Aministratrix’s Notice.
Estate of Henry J. Blackwood, Deceased.
The undersigned, having been appointed Administratrix of the estate of Henry J. Blackwood, late of the County of Lincoln and State of Colorado, deceased, hereby gives notice that she will appear before the County Court of Lincoln County at the Court House in Hugo at the January Term, on the Fourth Monday in March next, at which time all persons having claims against said estate are notified and requested to attend for the purpose of having the same adjusted. All persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned.
Dated this 27th day of February, A. D. 1904.
Emroy D. Blackwood,
—The Range Ledger
Hugo, Colorado
March 3, 1904
Local chat.

Mrs. H. J. Blackwood, accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Creel of Cripple Creek, and Mrs. Sewell, was over from Arriba Saturday. Mrs. Blackwood appeared in the county court and took out letters of administration for her husband’s estate.
—The Range Ledger
Hugo, Colorado
March 3, 1904
Local chat.

Mrs. H. J. Blackwood, accompanied by Miss Dolly Nixon, was over from Arriba Monday attending to matters in the county court pertaining to her husband’s estate.
—The Range Ledger
Hugo, Colorado
March 31, 1904

James Franklin Creel


Notice of Death.

James Franklin Creel was born on the 29th day of May, 1831, at Culpeper Court House, Fauquier County, Virginia, and died at the home of son, Charles A. Creel, at Arriba, Colorado at 2:20 P. M., the 18th day of May, 1920, at the age of 88 years, 11 mos. and 19 days.

After a short service at the home of his son in Arriba, May 20th, his remains were taken to Afton, Union County, Iowa, for interment on the old family burying ground, where four of his family have preceded him, and where the Afton Lodge, No. 130 I. O. O. F. will have charge of the funeral; of which order he had been a member for more than 50 years. The funeral will be held on Sunday, May 23rd.

Full obituary next week

—The Arriba Record

Arriba, Colorado

May 21, 1920

James Franklin Creel was born at Culpeper Court House, Virginia, on the 29th day of May, 1831.
He came to Bentonsport, Vanbured County, Iowa, in 1854. He was married at Bentonsport, to Lucy Fancy Newlon, on the 28th day of August, 1856.
One son, Charles Allison Creel, was born at Bentonsport Iowa, on the 7th day of October, 1857.
He moved to Afton, Iowa, on the 278th day of September, 1859, and entered into the mercantile business as Manager for Howe & Richards. He soon purchased the interests of Mr. Howe, and continued the business as Richards & Creel, and was associated with Mr. Seth Richards more or less in different capacities, until about the year 1900.
During the residence of himself and wife at Afton, Iowa, five children were born to them in the following order: Albert Beecher Creel, who died at Afton, in infancy; Frank Ellsworth Creel, who died in Denver, Colorado, in 1894, on his 32nd birthday; Seth Willard Creel, now a resident of San Francisco, California; James Cleon Creel, now a resident of Parsons, Kansas; and Carrie Amelia Creel, who died at Afton, iowa, on the 17th day of March, 1896.
His wife, Lucy Frances, preceded him in death, on the 13th day of August, 1896.
James Franklin Creel died on the 18th day of May, 1920, at the age of 88 years, 11 months and 19 days; at Arriba, Colorado, where he had made his home for the past eight years, with his son, Charles Allison, leaving his three surviving sons, Charles Allison, Seth Willard and James Cleon, to mourn his death, all of whom are here to pay their last sad respects to the departed.

Card of Thanks
We wish to express our thanks to the many friends and brother Odd Fellows who assisted us in the sickness and death of our dear Father and also for the many beautiful flowers.
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Creel
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Creel
Mr. S. W. Creel
—The Arriba Record
Arriba, Colorado
May 28, 1920

Charles A. Creel


Death removes Charles A. Creel, of Arriba, pioneer

citizen of the county–was among first settlers

Charles A. Creel, founder of the town of Arriba and one of the pioneer citizens of Lincoln county, passed away at his home in Arriba Wednesday night at 11:30 o’clock. He suffered a stroke some time ago, and it is thought he was seized with another attack Wednesday night which caused his death. Mr. Creel came to eastern Colorado with the building of the Rock Island railroad. He homesteaded what is today the town site of Arriba and was one of the first white men living in that part of the county. During the Cripple Creek mining excitement he went to that place and was engaged in the mining and assaying business. He later returned to Arriba where he made his home ever since. Mr. Creel was engaged in the real estate business for many years and brought many of the homesteaders and farmers to this section of the state.
He came to Colorado in April, 1888, from Iowa. He was born at Bentensport, Iowa, October 7th, 1857, and at the time of his death was 68 years, four months and 17 days old.
Mr. Creel was married to Elizabeth A. Mumford at Denver, Colorado, in November, 1894.
Mr. Creel took the first census of the county in 1890. In politics he was a staunch Republican.
He is survived by a widow and two brothers, Dr. J. C. Creel, of Parsons, Kansas, and S. W. Creel, of Afton, Iowa.
The funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at two o’clock from the Congregational church in Arriba and a vast throng of citizens will attend to pay tribute to their honored and departed citizen who was among the first to come to the plains section of eastern Colorado. Burial will be made in the Arriba cemetery. The Jones Mortuary of Hugo will direct the funeral. He was an upright, honest citizen and his crossing the Great Divide after a well spent life is mourned by a wide circle of friends. To the bereaved widow and two brothers and other relatives we extend our sympathy. We mourn with them in their hour of sorrow and affliction.

—Lincoln  County Democrat
Hugo, Colorado
February 26, 1926

Sunshine Valley
A very large crowd attended the C. A. Creel sale in Arriba March 27th.
—Lincoln  County Democrat
Hugo, Colorado
April 9, 1926

Elizabeth Creel


widow of founder of arriba died thursday elizabeth creel succumbed at flagler hospital following injuries in fall down steps tuesday. Mrs. Elizabeth Creel, oldest resident of Arriba, who was critically injured when she fell down a stairway at the E. Blair home in Arriba, Tuesday afternoon, succumbed at the Flagler Hospital Thursday morning at 4 o’clock shortly before noon (Original obituary read this way). Owing to lack of time before going to press we are unable to give an extended account of the life of this grand old woman of Arriba. She was 89 years old the 16th of May, this year, and was born at Dundee, Ill., the daughter of Pete and Phoebe Mumford. She came to Arriba from Elgin, Ill., in July, 1889, and homesteaded one-half mile east of where Arriba is located today. In October, 1894, she was united in marriage to Charles A. Creel, who was the founder of Arriba. The couple moved to Cripple Creek during the boom days but they returned to Arriba in February, 1906, where she had since resided. Mr. Creel passed away in February, 1926. Two of Mrs. Creel’s sisters, who came to Arriba with her, are deceased. Miss Eliza Mumford died Aug. 10, 1939, at the age of 83. Another sister, Mrs. Emora Delana Blackwood, who was at the time probably the county’s oldest citizen, died at her home in Arriba Jan. 2, 1941. She was 91 years old. While the infirmities of old age were the immediate cause of her death, injuries received when she fell at her home two years prior, fracturing her hip, was a contributing cause. In the death of Mrs. Creel the last of three sisters are now gone. They all lived to a ripe old age and spent the greater part of their life in Arriba and for many years there were familiar and picturesque characters. Mrs. Creel was a kind and Christian woman and loved to talk about the early days of the plains and of her husband who did much in promoting the progress of Lincoln county. She had a host of friends who will learn with deepest sorrow of her passing. Arrangements for the funeral had not been made as we went to press but will probably be held at Arriba and burial will be made in the Arriba cemetery. Her only close relative is an aged sister, Mrs. Fannie Fletcher, living at Marysville, Calif., who was advised of her sister’s death yesterday. A nephew resides in San Francisco. Eastern Colorado Plainsman August 20, 1943 Funeral Services for Mrs. Elizabeth Creel Held Sunday Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Creel, aged Arriba pioneer, were held at the Congregational church in Arriba Sunday at 2:00  P. M. Rev. Bryant of the Flagler Congregational church officiated. Mrs. Creel’s remains were laid to rest in the Arriba cemetery by the side of her husband, Charles Creel, in the family plot where her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peleg Mumford, two sisters, Miss Eliza Mumford and Mrs. Emory D. Blackwood, also rest. The Seal Funeral Home of Limon directed. The choristers were Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Culler, Miss Lola Mae Copley and James Yewell, with Mrs. Audine Peterson as pianist. They sang familiar hymns, “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Rock of Ages,” and “Nearer My God to Thee.” Mrs. Creel was born at Dundee, Ill., May 16, 1854, and passed away at the Flagler hospital August 19, 1943, at the age of 89 years, three months and three days. When taken to the hospital her left side was paralyzed, examination disclosed, and it was thought she suffered a stroke, which caused her to fall. She came to Arriba from Elgin, Ill. in July, 1889, homesteading just east of the present Arriba town site. In October, 1894, she was united in marriage to Chas. A. Creel, who had homesteaded the land where Arriba now stands. They then moved to Cripple Creek, returning to Arriba in 1906 where she has resided since. Mr. Creel passed away in February, 1926. Mrs. Creel became a member of the Arriba Congregational church in February, 1907, by letter from the M. E. Church of Cripple Creek. She was a faithful and devoted member and always interested in the welfare of the community. Her Bible, which shows much usage, was her constant companion, and she endeavored to read a portion each day for many years past. She had told many friends for some time that she was ready to go at any time.  Her keen mind and friendly manner won her many friends from pioneer days to the end of her life. Many words of sorrow have been spoken by them about her sudden demise. After the death of her sister, Mrs. Blackwood, January 2, 1941, she preferred to live alone. Some time ago she gave A. J. Copley a power of attorney in adjusting all her legal matters up to date. She leaves to mourn her passing a sister, Mrs. Fannie Fletcher, age 84, of Sacramento, Calif., and four nephews residing at Oakland, Yuba City and other nearby places in California. A telegram from two of the nephews stated that they could not come. Most all of the early day pioneers of this vicinity who still reside here were present at  the  final  rites. Owing  to  the   Mrs. Creel Funeral Was Held Sunday absence of any relatives, funeral arrangements were made by Mr. and Mrs. John Freel of Limon, who had been close friends for many years. And so another good citizen of Arriba has crossed the border to that Great Beyond where there will be no more death, neither tears, sorrow, nor parting.  beautiful crown of the closing day, The steady gleam of the sun’s last ray; While it lights for a time, form the distant west, As the voice of Nature sinks to rest. So the hoary head is a crown of light, If the feet be found in the path of right; A halo of glory, all sublime, Though the visage be marred by the hand of time. With a hope unfailing they onward go, while the evening sun is bending low. They have labored long, they have striven hard, In the vineyard here of Christ their Lord. There is beauty in the quiet life Of the aged who have won in the bitter strife, Who sweetly rest as they patiently wait, For their welcome sure at the Golden Gate.

Eastern Colorado Plainsman
August 27, 1943

Eliza Jane Mumford


Aged Arriba Woman

Succumbs Thursday

Miss Eliza Jane Mumford, 83, died at her home in Arriba Thursday afternoon at 1:30,

death being due to complications of old age.

She had lived in Arriba for more than 50 years, making her home with her sisters

Mrs. Emory Blackwood, 90, and Mrs. Elizabeth A. Creel, 85.

She is survived by another sister, Mrs. Fannie Elsie Fletcher of Chico, Calif.

Funeral services will be held from the Arriba Congregational church at 2 p.m.

Sunday with the Rev. Thomas, pastor of the church in charge.

Deits Funeral Home of Limon made all funeral arrangements.

—Eastern Colorado Leader

Limon, Colorado

August 11, 1939

Isaac Newton Yenne


EUGENE, June 16 (Special) – –
Funeral services for Isaac N. Yenne, 85, will be at 2 p.m. at Poole-Larson mortuary.
Burial will be in Pioneer Memorial cemetery.
Born November 5, 1862, in Wetsel [sic Wetzel] county, West Virginia, he married at Red Cloud, Neb., July 21, 1898.  His wife Palmeria, died in 1918. He is survived by 11 children, Herbert, Frank, Edward, and Walter, all in Washington; Maud Stattler (sic -Stotler), Salem; Edwin and Lester, Leaburg; Goldie Fletcher, Yuba City, Cal.; Daisy Bowers and Florence Randle, Eugene;
Hazel Bowers, Remote, Or.; 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Palmeria Yenne


YENNE — At her home, 1890 Moss street in this city, December 16, 1918, at 11:45 p.m.,
Mrs. I.S.(sic I.N.)Yenne, after a brief illness from pneumonia.  following  influenza.
Mrs. Yenne is survived by her husband and six children, her oldest son, Edgar,
being  in  the  army  at  Camp Lewis. The  other  children,  are  Florence,
Hazel, Goldie, Daise (sic Daisy) and Lester.  The remains are at the Branstetter chapel,
where  the  funeral  will  be  held  this afternoon at  2:30  o’clock, with
interment in the I.O.O.F cemetery.
another newspaper clipping
Here  to  attend  Mother’s  funeral–
Edwin J. Yenne, who has been stationed at Camp Lewis returned to the
city yesterday to attend the funeral of his mother who died of influenza.

Fannie Ella Fletcher


Yuba City Resident Dies

Fannie Ella Fletcher, a resident of Yuba City for a number of years, died early today in a Yuba City rest home. The woman was 86 years of age, and a native of Illinois. She is survived by four sons: Clarence, Terra Buena, R. H. and R. B., both of Los Angeles, and P. W. Fletcher of Oakland. Two grandchildren and one great grand child also survive. The body will be sent to Grants Pass, Ore., today, by the Ullrey Memorial chapel, for funeral services.

Source: Appeal Democrat
March 9, 1945

Graveside services for Fanny El Fletcher, who passed away in Yuba City, Calif.,
will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, it was announced
today by the Hull and Hull funeral home.  Mrs. Fletcher was a former resident of
Grants Pass.  Among survivors are four sons, Roy, Clarence, Paul and Richard
Fletcher of California.
From a paper in Grants Pass Oregon

Goldie Yenne Fletcher

Terra Buena Woman Killed In Oregon Crash

Mrs. Goldie Yenne Fletcher, 63 of Terra Buena, was killed in an Oregon traffic accident on Hwy. 99 Saturday. Mrs. Fletcher, who had been visiting at the home of her son Jack Fletcher of Central Point Ore., was enroute home alone in her car about 15 miles south of Ashland when the two-car collision took place. Occupants of the other vehicle were Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Baughman of Costa Mesa and their three children. Members of the Baughman family suffered only minor injuries. Survivors also include her husband, Clarence, and a stepson, Edwin both of Terra Buena, and five grandchildren. She was the past president of the Veterans Of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Chapel of the Twin Cities in Yuba City.

Source: Appeal Democrat
June 24, 1962

Clarence Mumford Fletcher


Elderly Yuba City Man Discovered

Dead Of Gun Wound

An elderly Yuba City man believed despondent over ill health was found dead
in his mobile home yesterday, according to the Sutter County Sheriff – Corner’s office.
Deputies said Clarence Mumford Fletcher, 82, of the Gum Tree Trailer Court,
Space 6, Yuba City, died from an apparent gunshot wound in the head from a 22 caliber rifle.
He was found by his son Edwin Fletcher of 1221 Hooper Road, Yuba City, about 4:30 p.m. in the kitchen area of the trailer. Fletcher said his father was suffering from terminal cancer and had been unable to tend to himself recently. He had last been seen Monday morning.

A native of Friend, Neb., he had been a resident here for the past 49 years.
He was a retired carpenter. In addition to his son in Yuba City, he is survived by another son, Charles of Central Point, Ore. a brother, Roy of Redding;  and by 5 grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled Friday at 2 p.m. in Ullrey Memorial Chapel with Rev. Edgar Nelson of the Yuba City First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Sutter Cemetery.

Source: Appeal Democrat
Oct. 24, 1972

Paul Wesley Fletcher

Paul Wesley Fletcher died yesterday afternoon in  a Redding hospital.
He was 63. Fletcher was born May 13 1902, in California.
He leaves his widow Mildred of Redding and two brothers,
Roy B.  of Redding and Clarence M of Yuba City.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. at Hesse’s Funeral Chapel.

Roy B. Fletcher
Funeral services for Roy B. Fletcher of Redding will be conducted
at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lawncrest Chapel. Claude Porter will officiate with burial to follow in Lawncrest Memorial Park.
Fletcher died Saturday in Crestwood Convalescent Hospital. He was 87.
Born Jan. 28, 1888, in Nebraska, he had lived in Shasta County for 38n years.
He was a retired carpenter, and a member of the Carpenters Union Local No. 1599.
He leaves two nephews, Ed Fletcher of Yuba City and Charles M. (N) Fletcher
of Central Point Ore.

Richard L. Ashe
Richard Lee Ashe, 57, of North Highlands died Feb. 6, 2001,
at Arden Rehabilitation Center in Sacramento.

Born in Nevada, he grew up in the Yuba-Sutter area and was a graduate of Yuba City High School.

He was an electrician and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4647 in
North Highlands. He served in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include two sons, John W. Ashe Norris of Sutter and Bill L. Ashe Norris of Yuba City; one daughter, Rebecca S. Ashe Powser of Old Fort, N.C.; his mother, Thelma E. Rhoades of Paradise; a brother, Bill R. Ashe of North Highlands; and a sister, Tessa Hale of Rainier, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Lee Ashe.

Services: A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Sierra
View Mortuary. Burial will follow in Sierra View Memorial Park.

Source: Appeal Democrat
Feb. 8, 2001

James Garfield Hicks

Hicks – Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 1 P.M. at the Chapel of the Twin Cities for James Garfield Hicks, 83, of Yuba City, who died yesterday at Fremont Hospital following a long illness.
A retired farm laborer, Hicks had lived in the Yuba City area for 30 years and made his home at 973 Shasta St. He was a native of Mercer County, Mo.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel; two daughters, Mrs. Willo Mayer of Yuba City
and Mrs. Margaret Jones of Yreka; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Rev. Kenneth Smith of the First Church of the Nazarene in Yuba City will officiate
at the Thursday service. Burial will be in the Sutter cemetery.

Source: Appeal Democrat

Reuben Calvin Hicks


Reuben Hicks, 96 years old, died Friday at his home near Mercer.

The funeral was held Sunday from the Middlepoint Church, being conducted

by J. M. Donelson, burial was made in the cemetery nearby.

Reuben Calvin Hicks was born in Illinois, and came to Boonville, Mo., with his parents when he was a small boy. He grew to manhood and then became employed on a steamboat sailing from St. Louis to Davenport, Iowa. He later moved to Lineville, Iowa.Mr. Hicks was married to Margaret Ellen Alley and they became the
parents of three sons, H. G. Hicks of Mercer; G. F. Hicks of Yuba City, Ca;
and T. D. Hicks who died in Egypt a number of years ago. Mr. Hicks
united with the Pentecostal Church in 1909, and remained a faithful christian until his death. Mrs. Hicks proceeded Mr. Hicks in death July 14, 1936.

Source: The Post Paper 5/12/1938

Special thanks to Betty Bernt
of Mercer for sending this to me.


Horatio Gates Alley


Princeton Post Telegraph May 12, 1905

Horatio G. Alley, an old and respected pioneer citizen of Mercer county died at his home near Wataga last Saturday morning, after a brief illness, aged 85 years.
He was one of  the early settlers of Mercer County, and was a type of those sturdy rugged characters developed by the hard work, trials and vicissitudes of pioneer days who are now fast passing away.
He and his faithful wife, who died a number of years ago,  reared a large family of boys and girls all of whom are respected residents of this  vicinity.  The funeral  was held on Sunday and was attended by a large concourse of people who came to pay their last tribute of respect to the man they had known as a good and honest citizen. The interment was at Middlepoint graveyard beside the remains of his wife who had proceeded  him.

Peace to his ashes..
Lineville Tribune

Obituary transcribed by Wayne Alley



Hiram Wright
Died On Friday  July 11, 1890,
Hiram Wright, aged 84 years.

The deceased was the father of Wm.E. Wright of Mercer county,
No. 2 1/2 miles southwest of this place at whose house he had made his home for
some years.  He was born in Ohio, from whence he emigrated to Indiana,
and in 1865 came with his family to Mercer County, and located on a farm near
Ravanna, and has been  citizen of this vicinity since.  He was converted to
Christianity at an early ago and has lived a consistent Christian life for over sixty
years.  His death was peaceful and painless and was the result of extreme age
and not disease.  He leaves an aged wife, three sons and two daughters and many
relavives and friends to mourn his death. His remains were interred at the McKinney grave yard, south of his late residence, on Saturday afternoon and was followed
to the grave by a large number of relatives neighbors and friends.
This was pasted in the back of the Bible who presented it to W.F. Stark by
Mr. Stark mother Deborah Stark May the 24, 1911.

This page also said Mother deceased.  (Hiram wife)  Nancy Vinzant who
died February 16, 1894.

Rachel Rosenkrans


Rachel Van Auken (nee Rosenkrans)

Posted by Harold I. Van Auken on Sun, 08 Oct. 2000

Surname: Van Auken, Rosenkrans, Schoonover

Sussex Register Oct. 28, 1854 -death notices

In Cook county, Illinois on the 10th of October, Rachel Van Auken, aged 62 years (sic), formerly of Wallpack, Sussex County, N. J. [Hanover Twp., Cook County borders Kane Co., IL--HV] Died: October 10, 1854, at the age of 63 yrs, 5 ms, 23 days in Cook Co., IL. Burial location: Udina Cemetery, Kane Co, IL. Rachel Rosenkrans married John W. Van Auken December 28, 1809 (Sussex Co., NJ  Marriage Book) She was the daughter of Benjamin Rosenkrans & Margaret Schoonover.

John W. Van Auken


Posted by Harold I. Van Auken

<> on Sun, 08 Oct. 2000

Surname: Van Auken, Westbrook, Rosenkrans

New Jersey Herald, Saturday, April 21, 1860
April 1 At the residence of his son-in-law, Jesse Bemmer, at Pawpaw Grove, Lee county,
Illinois, John W. VANAUKEN, formerly of this county, aged 70 years and 24 years (?)

John W. Van Auken was the s/o Nathaniel Van Auken & Mary Westbrook. He married
Rachel Rosenkrans December 28, 1809 (Sussex Co., NJ Marriage Books.)

Died: April 01, 1860; age at death: 70 yrs, 8 ms, 21 or 24 dys  Burial location: Udina Cemetery, Kane Co, IL [Kane Co., IL Cemetery listing has 24 days. I personally visited the graves of John &  Rachel and their son James, and the number of days looks to me to be 21.]

Roma Trail Dillon
Taken from her funeral card

Roma Maxine Dillon, daughter of Ocal and Sarah Myrtle (Smith) Trail,
was born in Mercer County Missouri, on March 27, 1927, and passed
away on August 12, 2001, at the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon,
Iowa, at the age of 74 years.
Roma was united in marriage to Jack Chadwick Dillon on August 7, 1943.
Jack survives her at their home in Lineville, Iowa.
She is also survived by her daughter, Sheila Elliott of Lineville;
her sister, Flo Henderson of Mercer, Missouri;
and by her six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, and by her son, Randy Dillon.
Roma was raised in Mercer County. She and Jack moved to
Des Moines, Iowa in 1948 where she worked for Ramada Inns for several years.
In 1972 they returned to Mercer County on a Farm west of Mercer.
They have made their home in Lineville Iowa, for the past 11 years.

Services were held at the
Greenlee-middleton Funeral Chapel
Wednesday, August 15, 2001
at 1:00 P.M.

The Reverend Max Carmichael

Laddie Nimerichter Jr., Ellis Hollinger, Kenny Robinson,
Tom Rockhold, Jim Collier, Cody Powell

Evergreen Cemetery

Bazil Trail
Bazil Trail, son of William M. Trail and Eldora ( McGrew) Trail, was born near Mercer, Missouri, on July 20, 1893, and passed away on June 9, 1997, at the Westview Acres Care Center in Leon Iowa, at the age of 103. Bazil was united in marriage to Bessie Elizabeth Keller on December 15, 1923.
Bessie proceeded him in death on May 5, 1983. He was also proceeded in death
by his parents; two sons, Harold and Norman Trail; a daughter, Jeanne Ragan;
three brothers, Audie, Ocal, and Charles Trail; and by four sisters, Velta Hayes, Birdie Bardwell, Hazel Hicks and Tessie Trail. He is survived by two sons, Bazil Trail Jr. of Des Moines Iowa, Leo Howard Trail of the state of California; one daughter, Hazel Robinson of Mercer Missouri; and by several grandchildren, great grandchildren,
and great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Bazil lived most of his life in Mercer County, Missouri, on his farm west of Mercer. He was a veteran of World War 1, serving in the army, and was the last know Mercer County, Missouri, World War 1 veteran. He was a member of the American Legion in Mercer. As a hobby,
Bazil enjoyed playing the fiddle, and played for dances in the area for many
years. He continued playing his fiddle for his own enjoyment in his later years
while a resident at the Westview Acres, where he resided since 1983.
Bazil was a member of the Mercer Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held Thursday, June 12, 1997 at the
Evergreen Cemetery in Lineville, Iowa, with Rev. Ron Helton, officiating,
under the direction of the Greenlee – Middleton Funeral Service of Lineville.

Norman Trail

Norman Ferril Trail, son of Bazil and Bessie Elizabeth (Keller) Trail, was born in Mercer County on July 18, 1943, and died at his home in Mercer
on September 24, 1995 at the age of 52 years. Norman is survived by
his son, Michael Trail of Springfield; his three daughters, Tammy Dimos
and Lori Trail, both of Benntendorf, IA, and Tonya Trail of Mercer; his sister,
Hazel Robinson of Cainsville; a brother, Bazil Romain “Bub” Trail of Des Moines, IA;
his father, Bazil Trail of Leon, IA; a half brother, Leo Trail of the state of California;
and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was proceed in death by
his mother; one sister, Jeanne Ragan; and by a half brother, Harold “Spud” Trail.
Norman was raised in Mercer and was a 1962 graduate of Mercer High School.
He lived in Benntendorf, IA, for 15 years, where he was employed by the
Rock Island Railroad, in Silvis, IL. In 1980, he moved back to Mercer and owned
and operated his lawn care business until his death. He was a veteran of
the Vietnam War, serving in the Army. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 27, 1995, at 1:00 p.m. at the Green lee – Middleton Funeral Chapel
in Lineville, IA.  Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lineville.

Donald S. Donaldson

Donald Sinclair Donaldson, 77, of Yuba City died
April 30, 2002, at Rideout Memorial Hospital.

Born in Sacramento, he was a Yuba-Sutter
resident for 62 years. He was a retired farmer.

He was a member of the Junior Elks in
Sacramento, Lazy 8 Flying Club, Foresters of America, Native Sons, Lions, Moose and Elks. He served as quartermaster for the Yuba-Sutter Scottish Cultural Society for the past 10 years and was active in promoting the Scottish Games in Yuba City.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Norma Donaldson of Yuba City; two sons, Lee Donaldson of Yuba City and Kim Donaldson of Sutter; a daughter, Lynn Donaldson of Yuba City; and two grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Memorial Fund in care of Cheryl Donaldson, Account No. 30039850, Schools Financial Credit Union, 779 Shasta St., Yuba
City, CA 95991.

Services: A memorial service is scheduled May 11. For more information, call 673-2012 or 755-1087.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel.

Appeal Democrat
Marysville Ca.

Howard Elliott Jones

Yreka resident, Howard Elliott Jones, 84,
passed away at home on June 1, 2002.
Howard was born in Fayette, Missouri on Jan. 29, 1918 to Samuel and Josephine Jones. He moved from Fayette to Yuba City in 1929.  Howard attended school and graduated from Yuba City High School. In 1939 he was married to Margaret Cozeen Hicks in Carson City, Nev. He worked as a banker for Bank of America for 41 years.
Howard moved to Siskiyou in 1966. He was a member of the Masons and was also a member of the Siskiyou County Fiddlers Association. He was an avid fiddler enthusiast, and was an outdoorsman,
hunter and fisherman. Survivors include three sons, Kenneth H. Jones of Fort Bragg, Ronald W. Jones of San Jose and
David R. Jones of Elgin, S.C.; seven grandchildren and numerous
great-grandchildren. His wife, Margaret Cozeen Jones preceded Howard in death in 1995. Graveside services and interment will be held at noon on June 8 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Yreka.

Girdner Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Siskiyou daily New
June 2002

Doyle Trimble


Doyle Trimble, 56, of Yuba City died Aug. 12, 2002, at Rideout Memorial Hospital.

Services: Services are pending with Ullrey
Memorial Chapel.

Appeal Democrat
Marysville Ca.

Doyle Trimble

Doyle Trimble, 56, of Yuba City died Aug. 12, 2002, at Rideout Memorial Hospital.

Born in Yuba City, he was a lifelong Yuba-Sutter resident. He was the former owner of Trimble’s Restaurant in downtown Yuba City and a member  of the Yuba City Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Trimble of Yuba City;  a son, Gary Trimble of Yuba City; two brothers,
Don Trimble and Ron Trimble, both of Yuba City; two sisters, Ann Norris and Brenda Lewis, both of Yuba City; his father and stepmother, Hoy and Ruby Trimble of Yuba City; and two grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to the Yuba City Church of the Nazarene, Building Fund, 600 N. George Washington Blvd., Yuba City, CA 95993.

Services: A service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday at the Yuba City Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Gary Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Sutter
Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel.

Appeal Democrat
Marysville, Ca
August 14, 2002

Sophia Floy Girdner


Sophia Floy Girdner, daughter of Horatio and Julia Hicks, was born at Mercer on Aug.15, 1912 and passed away on
Friday May 15, 1998 at Wayne County Hospital. She was  85. Funeral services were held Monday, May 18 at the Mercer
Assembly of God Church, with Rev. Robert Marum officiating, under the direction of the greenlee-Midleton Funeral Service of Princeton. Burial was in the Early Cemetary south of Mercer. Mrs Girdner was the proprietor of a variety store at Mercer
before her marriage to Earl Girdner of Aug 19, 1946. After thier marriage, they started the Girdner Post and Lumber Company in
Mercer, of which she was manager for 30 years. She was a charter of the Ragan-Hickman Legion Auxillary # 477 and was a member of the Mercer Assembly of God Church. Mrs. Girdner is survived by her
son Tom Girdner, his wife, Carolyn and four grandsons Jerry, Joe, Jeff and John Girdner, all of Mercer. She was proceeded in death by her husband on July 6, 1991, by her parents and by three sisters
Lula Molena, Ola Trail and Coy Coon.

Princeton Post
May 21-27, 1998

Melvin Cecil Benjamin


Melvin Cecil Benjamin Of Colusa, CA, passed away on March 27, 2009, at Colusa Regional Medical Center. Cecil was born August 23, 1949 in Colusa. He was 59 years of age and a lifelong Colusa County resident. Cecil worked 18 years at Colusa Casino as an auditor in the Bingo Hall. He enjoyed traveling and watching movies. Cecil was an avid dart player, playing in many different leagues in the Yuba City area. Survivors include: Brother Delbert Benjamin and many friends. Preceded in death by his wife Linda Benjamin; sister Sheryl Ann Raglin; and parents Haston and Elsie Benjamin. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2009 from 9AM-11AM at McNary-Moore Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Colusa cemetary

Hoy Buchanan Trimble


Hoy Buchanan Trimble 86, of Yuba City, CA, passed away August 27, 2009.

Memorial Services will be conducted Friday,September 4, 2009 at 10:00AM at Sutter Cemetery, Memorial Building,

Butte Ave., Sutter, CA. Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel.

Published in Appeal Democrat on September 2, 2009

Della Yenne


Della Yenne passed away April 22, 2010, in Palm Desert, Calif., just short of her 79th birthday, of congenital heart failure and kidney complications. She was born April 23, 1931, in Creston, where she lived until attending Northern Montana College and met and married her husband, Bernard A. Yenne, from Whitefish. They made their residence in Salem, Ore., in 1959 and opened an orthodontic office on Liberty Street SE, where Della was the office manager until they both retired in the mid-1980s. Della loved the outdoors, adventure, gardening, cooking, traveling, oil painting, sewing and reading. She was very talented and creative. She also loved animals of any kind, especially dogs and was a regular contributor to various humane societies. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Dr. Bernard A. Yenne; her sons, Dr. Stephen Yenne and wife, Stephanie, and Ralph Yenne and wife, Debbie; her twin sister, Donna Johnson, from Bigfork; her sister, Janet Beebe, from Modesto, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Abby, Zach, Adi, J.J. and Lucia. Della was preceded in death by her youngest son, Robert, in 1965; and her parents, William and Fern Calbick. Her life will be celebrated privately by her family. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Humane Society of the Willamette Valley, in her honor.

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Harrison Jay


Died, of diptheria, near Wataga, Mo., on June 11, 1896, son of Jiles and Mary E. Jay, aged 7 years, 11 months and 1 day. Little Harrison was an exception of a child for his years. He was loved by all who knew him and bore his suffering without a murmur. He was concious till the last moment, and when the death angel  called him and told him he must go he was ready. He looked up at his Pa and said, ” I am almost gone.” Then he whispered and called his Ma and told her goodbye and then his brothers and sisters and bid them goodbye and told them that he was going to see his grandma and baby brother that was taken a few weeks ago, and it was not long till his little spirit had gone to him who says ” suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

The funeral was conducted by Y. J. Moore, who read a very appropriate chapter for the occasion, after which the remains were followed to the Middle Point graveyard.

Lay aside the little playthings,

Wet with mothers pearly tears,

He will need them on earth never,

He has climbed the Golden Stair.



Eldon Tietze


Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Stayton. Interment in St. Mary Cemetery, Stayton. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice Care of the Northwest, Salem. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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Yvonne Irene Towns

Born May 24, 1938. Passed May 9, 2011. She passed peacefully at her home. She was born in Merced, CA and lived most of her life in Colusa. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Emerson Towns and Francis Irene (Grist) Towns. Yvonne is survived by her spouse Delbert Benjamin, her daughters, Rebecca Sue (Parnell) Metcalf, Kimberly Lynn (Parnell) Marcano, Cynthia Ann (Parnell) Fletcher, her son Charles Jason Parnell, 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at Colusa Cemetery on Wednesday May 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm. Send Condolences at

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Jacqueline Lehnen

Of Yuba City passed away April 3, 2012 at Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville. Jacqueline was born in Yuba City and was a longtime resident. She graduated from Yuba City High School in 1947. She is survived by her daughters Katie Hooper of California, Susan Hoppie of Colorado, and Colleen Mayfield of California, son Mike Mayfield of Tennessee, favorite son-in- law Russ Hooper of California, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. No services will be held. Memorial contributions can be made in Jacqueline’s name to the National Fibromyalgia Association, 2121 S. Towne Centre, Ste. 300, Anaheim, CA 92806. Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel (530) 673-9542. Send Condolences



Raymond Packer Adams

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Raymond Packer Adams, 92, June 11, 1919 to December 11, 2011 passed away peacefully in his home in Yuba City. 

Raymond was born and raised in Idaho. He served overseas in the military in WW II as an officer in the Army Corp of Engineers. 

He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Utah State, Logan, Utah and moved his family to Yuba City in 1956, residing there for more than 55 years, working for Cal-Trans for more than 30 years.

He was one of 9 children and the beloved husband of Ida Erma Adams for over 39 years.

‘Papa’ will forever be loved and remembered by his two sons Bruce Adams (Susan) of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Brent Adams (Denice) of Los Angeles; CA.; three daughters, Ida Niederhauser (Max) of Providence, Utah, Eula Deakin of Tremonton, Utah and Terri Gibbons (Junius) of Mesa, Arizona; three sisters, Elvira Jeffs of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Norma Furniss of Moreland, Idaho and Donna Springer of Cambden, New Jersey; 20 grandchildren and more than 35 great-grandchildren, along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed toknow him.

He loved being with his family and friends, traveling and sharing his garden.

Raymond touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity to the end. Friends and family are invited to attend a service on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints located 1470 Butte House Rd, Yuba City, CA. Bishop David Grimes will officiate at the services.

Arrangements are under the direction of Holycross Memorial. Interment will be in Logan, Utah.

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Betty Irene (Weast) Norris
Betty Irene (Weast) Norris passed away peacefully August 8, 2012. She was born June 4, 1929 in Lebanon Oregon to Ernest Weast and Willo Ruby Hicks.

Betty lived most of her life in Yuba City, except for the few years she lived with her husband in Sonora, CA.

A Graduate of Yuba City High School, Betty dedicated her life to keeping a happy home. She was a loving wife, mother, and friend to many.

Active in the community Betty served on the PTA, was a Cub Scout den leader and volunteered for Hospice. With a passion for singing, she was an active member of the Sweet Adalines for many years.

Betty was a member of the Hope Point Nazarene Church of Yuba City, where she sang in the choir, and shared her love for the lord.

Betty passed away after years of suffering from dementia/Alzheimer’s disease.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, James E. Norris.

She is survived by her brother, Rhett Carr; and children, Arlene Norris and husband Mel Poss, Richard Norris and wife Ann Trimble, Steven Fletcher and wife Fran Claspy, Glenn Fletcher and wife Cindy Parnell; as well as many grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on August 11, 2012

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