The Idaho Post
The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: March 21 1919

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

In the probate court before Judge Nelson, the will of Jonathan Charles Oylear was probated today, upon the petition of James J. Keane, who was named as executor in the will. The will gives the property to Mrs. Oylear, consisting of a farm in the Linville section, valued at about $16,000.

A petition for the distribution of the estate of John Crowley has been filed. Mr. Crowley died at Kitsap, Wash., in March, 1918, leaving a widow, as heir, Mrs. Josephine R. Crowley. The interest is in the Crowley ranch, southeast of Moscow, recently purchased by J. Bessee.

Emaline K. Davis filed accounts and petition for the distribution as executrix of the last will and testament of Wm. A. Davis. Mr. Davis died testate in the state of Washington and the will is probated in this county to dispose of 145 acres of land in Sections 22 and 27 N., R. 1 W.B.M.

In the district court a decree of divorce has been filed in an action entitled E.H. Field vs. Viva J. Field. The plaintiff has been granted the decree. The parties lived in the neighborhood of Troy.

Mabyl M. Byrum has filed a complaint against Wm. B. Byrum for divorce, charging cruel and inhuman treatment. The couple were married in 1908 in Spokane. The wife asks for the care of two minor children.


The mystery concerning the strange disappearance of Ira Archie Hawley of Moscow, who disappeared in France and from whom no direct word has been received since May 28, 1918, deepens. His wife telegraphed Saturday to Camp Dix, Va., after she had received a telegram from Adjutant General Harrison stating that Ira A. Hawley, B Company, 28th Infantry, had landed in the United States on February 22. This morning she received a telegram stating that he had not reached Camp Dix. A telegram sent by R.E. Neidig, head of the Latah County Red Cross to the Red Cross at Washington, D.C., asking that an investigation be started at once, has not been answered yet.

Today it was learned that a letter from France was delivered Saturday through the local postoffice and that employes of the postoffice noticed that the name and address of Ira A. Hawley was written across the end of the envelope. An advertisement has been sent out to try to locate the person to whom the letter was delivered. It is hoped in this way to get some trace of the missing man. Postoffice employes say they remember seeing the name of Ira A. Hawley and an address in France, written on the envelope but they did not notice to whom the letter was delivered. Mrs. Hawley has asked that the person who received this letter communicate with her.

The mysterious disappearance of the young man, who was a great favorite in Moscow, where he was reared and attended the grade, and the high school and the University of Idaho has awakened much interest and friends are doing everything in their power to locate him. The fact that he has never been reported as "killed, wounded or missing" only adds to the mystery of the strange case.

Judge W.F. Morgareidge, postmaster of Moscow, speaks in the highest terms of the missing man, who, with his wife, nee Mary Henley, was in the seventh grade when Judge Morgareidge was teaching school here. The school mates grew up together and were married. He answered the call of his country, wrote regularly until May 28 and since that time not a word has been received from him and more than 30 letters sent to him have been returned as "unclaimed."


Lewiston--I.W. Knight yesterday received word of the death of his father, Riley Knight, at Santa Ana, Cal.

Riley Knight was a pioneer of the northwest and crossed the plains from the middle west in 1865 by ox team to Walla Walla. He led a strenuous western life until he moved to California in 1909. Mr. Knight was united in marriage to Catherine Wells at Walla Walla shortly after his arrival there and then moved to Thornton, Wash., where he lived until 1871. He then moved back to Walla Walla and in 1876 moved to Moscow, where he homesteaded land and lived 20 years. He was a member of the Moscow volunteer company during the Indian war of 1877. He moved to Tammany in 1902, where he lived until moving to California.

Mr. Knight was a native of Indiana and was raised in Iowa. He is survived by his widow, a son and two daughters, Mrs. Mattie Garrick and Miss Pearl Knight of Santa Ana, Cal.

Mr. Knight was well known locally and visited his son here during the year of 1915, during which time he made many acquaintances.


J.J. Anthony has received word that a son was born, March 13, to his daughter, Mrs. A.L. Johnson of Idaho Falls. Mrs. A.L. Johnson was formerly Miss Gladys Anthony of Moscow.


Born, yesterday [March 16] to Prof. and Mrs. Wodsedalek, a son.


Marriage license: O.R. Neil, Pullman and Lena Henson, Spangle.

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