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The Idaho Post
The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: May 5 1916

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

Perhaps it was due to the fine spring weather that Dan Cupid speeded up a little this week. At any rate Auditor Estes' records show more than the usual number of marriage licenses.

Licenses have been granted to the following during the week:

Ray Hardesty, Garfield, Wash., and Maude Boyles, Oakesdale, Wash. The young people were married Wednesday [May 3] by Judge W.F. Morgareidge in his chambers at the court house.

Richard D. Stout, Uniontown, Wash., and Catherine M. Sprenger, Genesee.

J.C. Browning, Potlatch, and Eva Thomas, Benge, Wash.

David Richardson and Lydia Clark, Juliaetta. The marriage ceremony was performed by Justice of the Peace Max Griffith.

W.B. Hinchliff, Pullman, and Laura Meeks, Johnson, Wash.

J. Alma Burnett and Myrtle Alice Long, Pullman. The young people were accompanied to Moscow by the Rev. Harley Jackson of Pullman, who performed the marriage ceremony in the parlors of the Hotel Moscow.


Moscow was shocked and sorrow stricken Wednesday afternoon [May 3] when the news gained circulation that John Wesley Lieuallen, had passed away suddenly at his home, 415 East Third street. The report was at first almost unbelievable, for Mr. Lieuallen had been seen during the day about town looking after business matters as usual, and apparently in the best of health. During the early afternoon Mr. Lieuallen came down town and was in the Empire hardware store conversing when he complained of feeling ill, and asked someone to take him to his home in an automobile. Dr. Wiik was hastily summoned but could do nothing for him and death came within 15 minutes after he reached his home. His wife and his only son, who had been summoned from school, were at his side when he breathed his last. He was fully conscious until the last. Death was due to angina pectorus.

Mr. Lieuallen was born in Princeton, Mercer county Missouri, June 29, 1862. He came west in the spring of 1884 and had lived here ever since. He was married 25 years ago, his wife and only son, Merritt, surviving him.

Mr. Lieuallen had always been prominent in politics and had for many years been a recognized power in democratic politics, both in county and state. He served two terms as county superintendent of public instruction in old Nez Perce county and was the first school superintendent after the county was divided and Latah county formed. He was the clerk of the city council when the local water system as put in and served several terms as deputy sheriff. He was engaged in the grocery business in Moscow years ago, and had an interest in mercantile establishments in Troy and Wardner, in partnership with his brother. He built the Lieuallen block, which is part of his estate. Of late years he has devoted his time largely to his real estate interests, and to newspaper work, having been correspondent for the Spokesman-Review for many years. No little time, however, was devoted to work in the interest of the community. No man worked more enthusiastically for the upbuilding of Moscow then did he.

Mr. Lieuallen was a strong character; one whom to know was to admire. He never dodged an issue and always was outspoken and honest in upholding his beliefs. He was kind of heart and no one was more charitable toward those in distress than he.

A friend who has known him for many years, pays a tribute to his memory in the following language:

"It was not difficult to know him well, he was true to his friends and a model husband and father and open and free in his dealings both in public and private. Reviewing his record, and the fact that he was stricken in full and vigorous manhood, we are reminded that our lives are but as the sands upon the shore, our voices but as the evening zephyrs that dally with the leaf for a moment and pass away forever.

"'Tis the wink of an eye, 'tis the draught of a breath,
From the blossom of health to the paleness of death.
From the gilded salon to the bier and the shroud
Oh! why should the spirit of mortal be proud?'"

The funeral will be held Saturday at 10 o'clock, from the residence. The services will be in charge of the Moscow lodge of Elks, of which the deceased had been an honored member for years. The funeral sermon will be preached by the Rev. D.H. Hare, pastor of the Presbyterian church. The active pallbearers will be Jerome J. Day, R.M. Walker, J.J. Keane, Grant Robbins, George W. Suppiger, J.H. Forney, O.W. Beardsley, Frank Myrick. The honorary pall bearers, T.A. Meeker, Frank L. Moore, B.T. Byrns, Frank A. David, N. Williamson, S.L. Willis, George Creighton, John Reilly, W.L. Payne, Fred Veatch, George Weber, D.W. Greenburg, Frank White, W.F. Zumhof, Francis Jenkins, W.E. Wallace.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Lieuallen leaves his aged mother, who lives in Missouri, five brothers and one sister. One brother, Clinton Lieuallen, will arrive here today from Butte to attend the funeral.

The Chamber of Commerce, of which he was one of the most active members, in resolutions adopted within a few hours after Mr. Lieuallen's death, pays him the following tribute.

Whereas, it hath pleased God in his infinite wisdom to take from us our honored citizen, John W. Lieuallen;

Be it resolved, that in his death Moscow has lost one of her most distinguished and useful citizens. John W. Lieuallen came to Moscow more than thirty years ago. He was one of our earliest pioneers. During this long period of time he has worked incessantly for the upbuilding and advancement of Moscow and Latah county. He has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since its organization, and as an officer and member he has lent his time and ability to encourage the business advancement of the city and make it a better place in which to live. As chairman of the committee on public improvements, he guided the work of the Chamber of Commerce in its efforts for the pavement of the streets, and the present attractive condition of our city is in large measure due to his untiring perseverance and wonderful energy. Having retired from active business, for many years he has ungrudgingly given his time and means to the public interests. He was acquainted with everybody in Moscow. He was patriotic, loyal and strong and constant in his friendships; and his untimely death has left a place which cannot be filled. The Chamber of Commerce has learned with keen regret of his death and the sincerest sympathy of the entire membership of the Chamber of Commerce and of the business men of the city goes out to his widow and son in this, their great hours of bereavement.

Be it further resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be sent to his family, to the newspapers of the city and that they be made a permanent record of the Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber of Commerce of Moscow
By G.P. MIX, Pres.
C.A. TENWICK, Secretary


The following is the list of civil cases on the calendar [of the district court--have only included the divorces here]:

James Shepherd vs. Nancy Jane Shepherd; Harry L. Langdon vs. Leah E. Langdon; Martha J. Pyle vs. William Pyle; Johanna Lysevold vs. Ole Lysevold; Lulu May Brown vs. Frank Brown; Ruby Biddison vs. Elmer Biddison; Georgianna Morrison vs. Frank Morrison; Della Bailey vs. Clarence Bailey; Ernest Jessup vs. Ida Jessup; Anna C. Walker vs. Jacob W. Walker; Bertha Moore vs. Earl E. Moore; Mary F. Wood vs. Lorenzo Wood; Florence E. Bryant vs. Emery S. Bryant; Cora L. Williams vs. Wells Williams; Homer E. Burr vs. Sarah A. Burr.


Troy--Mrs. Chas. Kelham died at her home on Dry creek ridge, April 22, 1916, after an illness extending through several years.


Genesee--Announcements have been received by the Genesee friends of Willis Christopher of St. Ignatius, Mont., of his marriage to Miss Ruth Johnson, which occurred at that place on Wednesday, April 12. Mr. Christopher is engaged in the United States reclamation service at St. Ignatius and is well remembered by many of the older residents here as he was a former Genesee boy, the son of Mrs. Lulu Christopher and only grandchild of Mrs. Katherine Kennedy of Seattle, who has been visiting old time friends here for the past several months. He was the first boy to claim Genesee as his birthplace.


Genesee--Mrs. Anne Miller, a highly respected pioneer woman of the Genesee country, died at the home of her son, Leo W.H. Miller, about 3 a.m. Thursday [April 26], death being due to sudden heart failure. Mrs. Miller had been in failing health for some time, due to her advanced age and an attack of grip the past winter, but her condition was not considered serious. Miss Anne Halvorsen was born in Fertdal, Norway, January 25, 1842 and died April 26, 1916, making her 74 years, three months and one day old at the time of her demise.


G.C. Browning of Potlatch and Eva Thomas of Benge, Wash., were married Saturday morning [April 29] at 10 o'clock by Justice of the Peace Max Griffith. They will make their home at Benge.


Herman Schuffer, an aged resident of Juliaetta, has been ordered by the county commissioners committed to the county home. It is said that Schuffer was one time well-to-do, and owned the townsite of Juliaetta.

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