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The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: April 25 1919

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

A decree of distribution has been entered in the matter of the estate of Jorden P. Smith, deceased. The property which had been converted into cash was distributed to the children of the deceased, who reside in the Linden neighborhood.

A decree of distribution has also been entered in the matter of the estate of August Bergstrom, deceased, who during his lifetime owned a half interest in a second hand store at Onaway and an interest in the realty. His interest had been willed to his partner, T.G. Thompson.

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A decree of divorce has ben granted Milissie K. Derry from her husband, William W. Derry, on the ground of desertion. Parties to the action intermarried at Farmington, Wash., in 1894.

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April 24, 1879, G. Weber arrived in Moscow with a small stock of harness and harness tools in a wagon, coming from Walla Walla to open a harness shop in the little village, with one store and a postoffice and about 75 inhabitants. The trip was made by team from Walla Walla, and Snake river was crossed at Penewawa, where there was a ferry in operation. Mr. Weber was not yet 21 years old, and he came to this new country to build up a business and he succeeded in his ambition.

Moscow consisted of a store, of which A.A. Lieuallen, deceased, was proprietor. Mr. Lieuallen was also postmaster of the village, which had about 75 inhabitants. Some farming had been done around the town and the country was beginning to settle up with homesteaders who had learned of the wonderful fertility of the soil. The town began to grow and the population to increase rapidly.

There was some business from the very first, but it was largely repair work. Mr. Weber's arrival here was a boon to the settlers who needed harness repair work done and needed new harness, collars, etc. But harvest came and help was scarce and Mr. Weber closed his shop and went into the harvest field and helped to save the crop. He did this for two reasons. One was that his help was needed by the farmers and the other was that he could earn good wages. After harvest he reopened his shop and did an increasing business. He prospered and his business grew and developed until in 1892 he had 10 men employed.

Then came the panic of 1893. The best wheat crop ever produced in the Palouse country was lost because of rain. Farmers and others could not pay their bills. Mr. Weber had $18,000 in notes and collected less than 10 per cent. He, like thousands of others in the west, "went broke" through no fault of his own and no fault of his debtors. They simply could not pay him.

But he remained in business and got a new start and is still here. He has seen the town grow from 75 inhabitants to become one of the best business centers in the Northwest. He married in 1885 and has raised a family and his son, John, born in Moscow, is in business in the same shop with his father. Mr. Weber, senior, is celebrating today, the 40th anniversary of his arrival in Moscow, by working at his trade. He is the oldest man in business today, in point of years of continuous business in the town and there are few in the west who have been in business in the same town a longer time than he. He is still hale and hearty and does splendid work and invites all his old-time friends and customers to call on him.

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Mrs. A. Arntzen received the sad message of the death of her sister, Mrs. H.J. Michaelsen of Colfax, after a lingering illness for the past year.

Mr. and Mrs. Michaelsen will be remembered as former residents of this city. Their many friends extend their sympathy with the stricken family and relatives.

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The many friends of the deceased will regret to hear that word has been received from Canada that Mrs. Robert Coop, who formerly lived here, had recently died of pneumonia, following influenza. Mrs. Coop was formerly Miss Lottie Ramseier. She leaves her husband and three small children.

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Mrs. W.M. Rosenau of Genesee, who had recently undergone an operation, died yesterday morning [April 20] at a hospital in Moscow. Mrs. Rosenau had been in ill health all winter and had been in Moscow about two weeks. She was 55 years of age. She leaves a husband and four daughters and two sons. Her daughter, Mrs. Ingle Halverson, arrived yesterday from De Von, Mont. The funeral will occur tomorrow afternoon at Genesee.

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Born, to Prof. and Mrs. E.J. Baldwin, a daughter, this morning [April 22], at Gritman's hospital. Prof. Baldwin is in the chemical department at the University.

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Born, April 17, a 10-pound daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Keith, near Cornwall.

Submitted: 02/20/06

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