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The Idaho Post
The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: February 21 1919

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

Mrs. O.W. Beardsley received word that Mrs. Pear Brannon died last night in Spokane of pneumonia following influenza. Mrs. Brannon had lived some time in Moscow, leaving here January 12, and a number of years in Colfax, where her father resides.


Word has been received that Joseph F. Davidson traveling freight and passenger agent of the Alaska Steamship company, died last Friday [February 14] in Seattle of influenza. Mr. Davidson was a former agent of the O.-W.R.&N. in Moscow.

Mrs. Davidson was formerly Miss Myra Cummings, who was a pioneer resident of Moscow. He leaves besides his wife, four children, the oldest being 14 years of age.


Born, February 13, a daughter, to Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Wilson.


The infant daughter of Lieutenant and Mrs. O.M. Holen died Thursday, February 12th.


Born, to Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Tabor of Genesee, a son, February 8, at Gritman's hospital.


Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Bjorklund and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bjorklund arrived in Moscow Saturday from Winchester, called by the death of their brother, Emil Bjorklund.


Mrs. Laura Beardsley received word that John Wall, Jr., had died of disease in France. John Wall, Jr., is a nephew of Mrs. Laura Beardsley and A. Dygert of this city and had enlisted from Alturas, Calif.


Captain J.C. Oylear died yesterday at his home near Linville at the advanced age of over 80 years. Captain Oylear took up a homestead near Linville in 1877 and is exceedingly well known in Latah county.

He is a veteran of the Civil War, having served four years and it was there he won his commission.

The funeral services will occur at his home near Linville and he will be buried in the Moscow cemetery. Rev. J.Q. Biggs of Moscow will conduct the services.


The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. William Kilde, pioneers of this county, was celebrated at their home in the Blaine neighborhood Sunday [February 16]. There were 110 guests present and the visitors brought their lunch baskets and spread the viands on a long table in the dining room and each guest helped him or herself. The party was a surprise to the aged couple who have spent 50 years together, of which 42 years were spent on the land where the celebration was held Sunday and which was taken as a homestead by Mr. Kilde 42 years ago. The story of the arrival of Mr. Kilde in this country as retold yesterday is interesting. With Peter Hagen and John Paulson Mr. Kilde came here from Seattle, 42 years ago. He had no horse and had left his wife in Seattle while he came here to find a home. Paulson and Hagen had saddle horses and they took turns walking and riding. Mr. Hagen, who took a homestead joining that of Mr. Kilde, still lives upon it and he made the presentation speech when the guests gave the aged couple a number of very nice presents.

Three sons and three daughters, born and reared on this homestead, are still living and all, with their children, were present at the golden wedding anniversary of their parents. All live in Latah county excepting one son, John, who is in business in Colfax.

Incidentally Mr. Kilde announced yesterday that the original homestead, taken 42 years ago, with 80 acres of land secured later, has been sold to Peter Johnson, a neighbor, for $101 per acre, for the 240 acres. Mr. and Mrs. Kilde plan to go to Clarkston and make their home there because of the milder climate.


Official news has been received of Private Ira Archie Hawley, son of Mr. and Mrs. N.M. Hawley north of Moscow, in the following letters to his wife:

The Adjuntant General's Office,
Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 1919.
Mrs. I.A. Hawley, Moscow, Idaho

Madam: This office has received no report of a mishap of any character to Private Ira A. Hawley, Companjy B, 28th Infantry, A.E.F. A cablegram has been dispatched to the commander abroad for information and you will be advised immediately upon the receipt of his reply.

Very respectfully,
Adjutant General.

Headquarters 28th Infantry,
Germany, January 17, 1919.
Mrs. Ira A. Hawley, Moscow, Idaho

Madam: In reply to your letter of December 18th, will say that your husband was reported missing after the Battle of Cantigny (May 28-31, 1918) and we have never heard from him since. Many men are reported missing after each engagement and in some cases they are reported from hospitals as being admitted there wounded. I am in hopes that your husband is alive and that you will hear from him.

I am sending your letter to the Central Records Office with a request that they look up their records and see if they cannot throw some light on this case.

Captain, 28th Infantry,
Personnel Adjutant


Juliaetta--Mrs. Lilly B. Mathieson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N.M. Talbott, died at Great Falls, Mont., Tuesday [February 18].

Death was the result of an operation for appendicitis, which was performed Friday, February 14, in a hospital at Great Falls.

Mrs. Mathieson leaves a husband, Edwin M. Mathieson, to whom she was married September 7, 1918, her father and mother, two sisters, Mrs. Creighton Biddison and Miss Hazel Talbott of Juliaetta and three brothers, Mr. Charles Talbott, Juliaetta, present postmaster; Glenn Talbott, a senior in the Juliaetta high school, and Mr. Earl Talbott of Great Falls.

Mrs. Mathieson was born May 28, 1892 in Harrison county, West Virginia, came to Idaho in July, 1906 and had resided in or near Juliaetta till her marriage. She was an assistant in the postoffice for more than a year during her father's term as postmaster of Juliaetta. The father was on his way to Great Falls when the message arrived telling of Lilly's death.

Mrs. Mathieson's husband had been in the U.S. service and was stationed at Jefferson barracks, Mo., but was discharged December 9, 1918 and was with his wife at the time of her death.

Funeral arrangements will not be made until after the father's arrival in Great Falls.

The husband, parents and relatives have the sympathy of their many friends in Juliaetta in this, their great bereavement.

F.M. Talbott, a real estate dealer of Lewisotn and Clarkston, is an uncle of Mrs. Mathieson.


Harvard--The sad news of the death at Deep Creek, Wash., of Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Kilgar came as a great shock to their many friends here where the family was well known, having lived here several years. They came to the upper Palouse in the spring of 1910 when they bought a half section of land on Meadow creek, where they resided until a little over a year ago when they sold their holdings to L.R. Akers. They moved to Deep Creek, Wash., from here.

Mrs. Kilgare [sic] passed away February 12 of pneumonia following an attack of influenza and was laid to rest at St. John two days later. Mr. Kilgare's death occurred on the 16th and on the afternoon of February 18th he was placed at rest beside her who had been his helpmate and companion for almost a score of years.

The untimely calling away of those two of our former neighbors in the prime of life, both being under 40 years old, is made doubly sad by the fact that six small children ranging in age from a girl of 15 to a babe of a few days are left without either father or mother to see to their wants.

During the seven years which they dwelt in our midst during which time the children attended school in the Woodfell district, the family won the esteem of all whom they met. Their many friends here, though realizing how little words can do extend their heartfelt sympathy to the sorrowing ones in their great bereavement.

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