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The Idaho Post
The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: January 28 1916

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

J.W. Blacker, well known pioneer citizen, passed away at his home on south Main street, this city, last Saturday, January 22, aged 61 years. Mr. Blacker had been in poor health for some time, an operation performed some weeks ago, in the hope that it might bring relief, proving of no avail. His death, therefore, was not unexpected.

Mr. Blacker had been a resident of Moscow for some thirty or more years, coming here from Illinois, his native state. For many years he was actively engaged in business, and later was for two terms chief of police, appointed by B.T. Byrns, who was then mayor. He was a most efficient officer, never wavering in his duty. Both as a private citizen and as an officer he was active in every move which was for the advancement of the community with which he had cast his lot. He was a man whose many sterling qualities won for him the esteem of the community, and his kindness of heart won for him the friendship of every man, woman and child with whom he came in contact.

Mr. Blacker was a member of the Christian church and of the Knights of Pythias. He leaves a widow and one son, Dewey Blacker, aged 18 years, and two brothers, W.M. Blacker of this city, and F.A. Blacker of Everett, Wash.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the Christian church, his pastor, the Rev. George Fowler, officiating, while the local lodge of Knights of Pythias had charge of the services at the grave. The funeral was largely attended.


John O. Carr of the Cedar Creek district, near Kendrick, aged 47, and Elimah Weddle, aged 75, of Troy, were brought to Moscow and on Tuesday, following examination in the probate court, were committed to the state asylum at Orofino. Carr was exstremely violent, and, according to the testimony given, had been in the asylum 12 years ago. He is laboring under the hallucination that he has power in all things equal to that of the Almighty. It is said that previous to his first incarceration, he had been reading books on spiritualism and it is believed this had affected his mind.


The Idaho Post is in receipt of a copy of the Daily City (Calif.) Record, of the date of January 21, in the news column of which appears notice of the death of Henry Dernham, former well known Moscow citizen, which occurred Thursday, January 20, at Coronado, California, after an illness of two weeks.

Mr. Dernham will be remembered by many Moscow people as the senior member of the former firm of Dernham & Kaufmann, general merchants in this city for many years. He left Moscow in the fall of 1895, going to San Francisco, where he incorporated the Emporium company, and where he was known for ten years as one of San Francisco's foremost merchants. He retired from the business in 1906. He leaves a widow and one daughter. He was 55 years old.

Emanuel Kaufman of this city was a business partner of Mr. Dernham during the years he was in business here, and received the first word received in the city of his death.

Frank A. David, who knew Mr. Dernham in the early days of Moscow, stated to an Idaho Post representative, upon hearing of his death, that he considered him one of the best business men north Idaho has ever known.

Mr. Dernham was born in Princeton, Illinois, and came to Moscow in 1882.


Benjamin Draper, for many years a resident of Moscow, died at the family home at an early hour Friday morning [January 21], of pneumonia.

Mr. Draper was born in England May 1, 1839. When he was seven years old his family emigrated to Canada, where, in 1861, he was married to Elizabeth Cornwell. A few years later they moved to Iowa, and in 1892 came to Moscow where they have since made their home. Mr. Draper is survived by his wife, one daughter, Eliza Draper, and three sons, A.J. Draper, Alfred Draper and B.E. Draper, all of this city. Two sons and one daughter preceded the father to the great beyond, one son, David, losing his life in the service of this country in the Philippines in 1899.

Mr. Draper, during the many years of his residence here, had won a host of friends by his many sterling qualities. The funeral was held from the Methodist Episcopal church Sunday afternoon, the services being conducted by the pastor, Rev. Robert Warner. The attendance was large. [See below for wife's obituary.]


At an early hour Thursday morning [January 27], less than a week after the aged husband had passed away, Mrs. Elizabeth Draper laid down the burden of life to join him in the great beyond, in that eternal rest which both had so well earned. Mrs. Draper was in poor health when her husband died, and grew rapidly worse from day to day, it being realized by the members of the family that she could not long survive. She was aged 79 years. She had been for years a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and was beloved by all who knew her. She leaves, in addition to the members of the family mentioned in connection with the husband's death, a sister, Miss Cornwell, who has made her home with the family.

The funeral of Mrs. Draper will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence, corner of Lincoln and E. Streets, her pastor the Rev. Robert Warner, conducting the services.


Mrs. Annabelle Atchison, wife of E.P. Atchison, well known grain dealer of Kendrick, died at the Gritman hospital in this city last Wednesday [January 19], after a brief illness. Mr. Atchison was in the east where he had been called to the bedside of a sister, and had not reached his destination when he received word of the serious illness of his wife, and at once took train for Moscow, not arriving here, however, until after her death. The body was prepared for burial by the Grice company of this city, and was shipped to Kendrick, where funeral services were held at 11 o'clock Sunday. Mrs. Atchison was a native of Canada and was 45 years of age. The family had lived in Kendrick for 16 years, having moved to that place from Garfield. The deceased is survived by the husband and two children.


L.B. McCarter, county coroner, was called the first of the week to the Hecht home on Bear Ridge above Kendrick, to investigate the death of William Hecht. Mr. Hecht lived with his son at the time of his death. Going to bed at 11 o'clock on Sunday night, he did not appear for breakfast or dinner on Monday. About four o'clock Monday afternoon some of the family went to his room and found him dead. Mr. Hecht was 70 years of age and is survived by four sons and several daughters, his wife having died several years ago.

No inquest was held as there were no witnesses except members of the son's family. It was conceded that death was caused by heart trouble. Burial was at Kendrick.


Harvard--Word has reached here from Nebraska of the death of G.I. Smith. Mr. Smith formerly resided in Harvard where he conducted a blacksmith shop for several years. He had long been a sufferer of cancer of the face and about two years ago returned to his old home in Nebraska, and the news of his death was not unexpected.

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