Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco
Date: February 25 1916
Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho
Source: University of Idaho Library
H.H. Rohlf, a well known contractor of Palouse, dropped dead in the O.-W.R.&N. depot waiting room, at this place Wednesday morning [February 23], a few minutes before half past seven, as he was purchasing a ticket to Colfax. Death was due so far as can be ascertained, to heart failure, and was almost instantaneous. Fred Hagerdorn, a well known farmer south of town, was standing beside Rohlf when he noticed him throw back his head and seem to strangle, sinking almost immediately to the floor. Mr. Hagerdorn called the attention of the ticket agent to the man's condition, and Dr. C.L. Gritman, who was at the hospital nearby, was hastily summoned, but pronounced the man dead when he arrived.
The case is a particularly sad one, the wife being in the Gritman hospital, awaiting a serious operation which was to have been performed today, in the hope of bringing her back to health, she having been critically ill for many weeks. She was brought to the hospital a week ago, but was too weak to undergo an operation, and an effort was being made to improve her strength. The husband came over Tuesday evening, expecting to be present when the operation was performed, but as it was decided not to operate Wednesday morning, he concluded to go to Colfax, where he had a contract in view, and return on the next train. It was supposed he hurried to the train, but this is not definitely known. While he was in other respects an unusually strong man, and but little past the prime of life, being but 54 years old, his physician at Palouse is said to have stated that he had been suffering for some time from an organic heart trouble, and that he had warned him repeatedly against taking violent exercise.
Mr. Rohlf leaves, besides his wife, eight children, five daughters and three sons. The youngest child, a girl, is but eight years old. It is understood that he carried life insurance amounting to $2500. He was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Palouse, and had served for two terms as a member of the city council.
The body was taken to the Grice undertaking parlors immediately after it had been viewed by the county coroner, and was prepared for burial and shipped to Palouse Thursday. It is expected that the funeral will be held this, Friday, afternoon, from the Methodist Episcopal church at Palouse. The oldest son and oldest daughter of the family came over from Palouse accompanied by friends Wednesday immediately after hearing of their father's death, and made the necessary arrangements for the shipment of the body, and broke the sad news to their mother.
Mrs. Della Dailey, of Troy, has commenced proceedings in the district court against Clarence Bailey [sic], charging desertion. The couple were married at Roseburg, Oregon, in 1906, and have lived at Troy for two years. There is one child, Ida, aged eight years. There is no community property.
One of the most distressing railway accidents that has occurred recently in the northwest was that Sunday morning [February 20] on the S.P.&S. tracks, at South Cheney, when the North Coast Limited, east bound, ran into the rear end of Burlington No. 42, while the latter train was taking water, resulting in the death of five men and the serious injury of a number of persons. Of the victims, perhaps the best known here was Professor Elton Fulmer, Washington state chemist, head of chemisty department Washington State College, and dean of the faculty. Others of the dead are I.J. Minnick, oil inspector, state department of agriculture, residence Spokane; J.J. White, receiver Sammis Monumental Works, Spokane; Lee M. Conry, traveling passenger agent Northern Pacific Railway company and B.L. Berkey, tractor salesman, Portland.
Both trains were running on the S.P.&S. tracks, and because of there not being any block system in use, were spaced 10 minutes apart. There was a dense fog, and this with the lack of proper system, according to the finding of the coroner's jury, was responsible for the wreck.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. William Boller of Freese, died at the Gritman hospital in Moscow, February 18th. Mrs. Boller had been visiting for a few days at the home of her father, Samuel Lienhard, near Harvard, when the baby was taken suddenly ill and was taken to Moscow Friday, but passed away a short time after arriving at the hospital.
Troy--Mrs. Karin Beckman, wife of the late Peter Beckman, passed away last Saturday [February 19] at 11 o'clock a.m., having reached the advanced age of 88 years, 8 months and 11 days. She was born in Gefleborgslan, Sweden, May 31, 1827, and united in marriage with Rev. Beckman Nov. 26, 1854.
A son was born Monday [February 21] to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Jensen of this city.
Born, Monday, February 21st, to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Giles, of Elk River, an eight-pound daughter. Mrs. Giles was formerly Miss Ethel Rosnagle.
Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Frazee received word the first of the week of the death of Rev. W.N. Roe of Juliaetta. The funeral services were held Wednesday morning [February 23] at ten o'clock. Rev. Roe was at one time a resident of Moscow, and a number of times preached at the Christian church of this place. [See below.]
Mrs. Minnie J. Erickson, wife of E. Erickson of Lewiston, died Tuesday [February 22] night in this city, aged 61 years.
Attorney E.C. Broom is in Montana, where he went in the interest of Paul Freeze, a former Latah county boy, member of a pioneer family, who is serving a term in the Montana penitentiary for the killing of Frank Gilmore, also a former Latah county man. An effort will be made to secure a pardon for young Freeze.
W.L. Shaw, at one time connected with the former Motter-Wheeler company in this city, and later, for 15 years engaged in the mercantile business in Palouse, moving from there to Wenatchee two years ago, died in Portland Wednesday [February 23] of cancer of the throat. Mr. Shaw was a member of the local lodge of Elks, and notice of this death has been received by the lodge. The body will be brought to Palouse for burial.
Oscar G. Brackert of Colfax and Miss Eva L. Wilson of St. John, Washington, were married at 8:30 Sunday morning [February 20] at the altar of the First Methodist church, this city, the Rev. Robert Warner, pastor of the church, officiating. The altar was beautifully decorated with spring flowers, and the ceremony was witnessed by a few close friends of the young people. Both Mr. and Mrs. Brackert are well known here and have the best wishes of a large circle of friends. They will make their home at Colfax, Mr. Brackert owning a store in that city, as well as in Moscow.
County Auditor Homer E. Estes issued the following marriage licenses during the week: Ellis D. Lambert and Pearl E. Spurbeck, Genesee; C.A. Heick, Moscow, and Elizabeth Lettermaier, Southwick, Idaho.
Juliaetta, Idaho, Feb. 21.--The Rev. William M. Roe, aged 67, died at the home of his son, Dr. S.A. Roe, early Sunday [February 20]. He was born in Bath county, Ky.
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