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The Idaho Post
The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: May 9 1919

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

In the probate court a petition for letters of administration has been filed by Amy M. Carpenter, widow of the late C.C. Carpenter.


In the district court a suit for divorce has been filed by C.E. Landquist against Ella M. Landquist, the charge being cruel and inhuman treatment. The couple were married at Missoula, Mont., April 9, 1913.


Spokane--Smith Hilliard, president of the Farmers State bank of Uniontown, Wash., who died on April 15 from an attack of ptomaine poisoning, left an estate estimated at $350,000, according to the petition filed for the probate of the will Wednesday.

The entire amount is to be divided equally between his wife, Mrs. Adelle L. Hilliard, and daughter, Mrs. Audrey A. Button, according to the terms of the will.

The papers state that $50,000 of the estate is in real property, and the remaining $200,000 in personal property. The petition states that a full description of the real estate is not known at this time. The personal property consists of stocks, notes, mortgages and cash. The annual income from the estate is between $17,000 and $20,000.

Mrs. Hilliard and Mrs. Button are chosen to handle the estate without bond. The will is the simplest form of the non-intervention type. The wife and daughter are named as the only interested heirs. Attorney John A. Cannon presented the will to Superior Judge Webster Wednesday.

Mr. Hilliard died a few hours after a hearty dinner. It was thought at first that death had been caused by apoplexy, but later developments indicated ptomaine poisoning. An analysis was made to determine whether ice cream, Belgian hare or some other article of food had caused his death, but no definite decision was reached.

Soon after his son-in-law, W.H. Button, and the latter's father, C.W. Button, who had dined with Mr. Hilliard, died from the effects of the poisoning.

Mr. Hilliard had been a resident of Spokane for about 12 years, coming from Uniontown. He had made his home at E728 Mission avenue. In addition to his duties in the bank of Uniontown he was president of the Central Business Property company and held executive offices in other organizations here.


A tent of the Daughters of Veterans has just been organized in Moscow, which will be known as the Louisa Alcott Tent. The objects of the organization are to hold in fond remembrance the veterans of the Civil war, to promote patriotism and to assist families of veterans when in need.

A charter has been applied for with the following charter members: Mrs. Edith Holman, Mrs. Nellie Hall, Mrs. Chas. Stenger, Mrs. J. Sherfey, Mrs. Ethel Doyle, Miss Edna Collins, Mrs. Maud Hunter, Mrs. Laura Dewey, Mrs. R.G. Wood, Mrs. Mabel Gano, Mrs. T.A. Meeker, Mrs. J. Gelwick, Mrs. Chas. Williamson, Mrs. Cora Tribble, Mrs. Nellie Lieuallen, Mrs. Cora Drury, Miss Ruth Scott, Miss Hester Scott and Miss Neva Drury, with Mrs. Lindol Smith as an honorary member. All are eligible who are daughters or granddaughters of veterans and those who wish to become charter members hand their names of [sic] Mrs. Drury at once, as the charter will close with the installation sometime in May, in order to effect the organization before Decoration day.

Mr. Chamberlain of Colfax and Mrs. Nash of Pullman will conduct the installation.


J.H. Lewis celebrated his 89th birthday Friday [May 2] at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elmer Little. Mr. Lewis has lived on Union Flat, southeast of Moscow, for 42 years, having come to Oregon in 1851 by ox-team across the plains.

Mr. Lewis still owns his original homestead, where he lives so many years and he is still hale and hearty in his advanced years.


Mrs. Axel Pierson, formerly of Clarkston, died yesterday [May 2] at 2 o'clock at the home of Ole Bohman in Troy. Mrs. Pierson leaves a child two weeks old. Mr. Pierson had recently purchased a farm on Big Bear Ridge.


Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Lenard Fairfield of Kendrick, a son, April 29th. Mrs. Fairfield is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stevens of Moscow.


A marriage license was issued May 2, by Auditor Homer E. Estes, to John A. Van Derwerken, Kellogg, Idaho, and Merl Kimbrough of Genesee.


Mr. and Mrs. S.P. Hall and little daughter returned Sunday from Hamilton, Mont., where they were called by the death of Mr. Hall's brother-in-law, Chas. Ray.


Mrs. J.L. Smith, of Buhl, Idaho, is in Moscow called by the death of her father, C.C. Carpenter.


Miss Ethel Reitze held a delightful party last evening [May 6], celebrating her 15th birthday, by entertaining the members of her Sunday School class of the Christian church.


Harvard--A baby boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Rasmussen, May 4. [See below.]


Princeton--Born to Mr. and Mrs. Loal Thrasher, April 29, a girl. Dr. Thompson was in attendance.


Princeton--Dick Anderson received a telegram Saturday that his aunt in Seattle was dead. He and his uncle left at once.


Princeton--Born, to Mr. and Mrs. James Rasmusen [sic], May 4, a boy.


Princeton--Mrs. A. Warfield received a telegram telling her of the death of her sister at Seattle.


Princeton--R. Rasmussen received a telegram stating his brother was killed in Portland. He left at once. Jr. Cochran and Miss Edna Burring took him to Garfield.


Annie Esther DeWitt was born in Rainsboro, Ohio, December 11, 1869. Died at Clarkston, Wn., May 4, 1919, age 49 years and 5 months.

She was the daughter of John W. and Mary E. DeWitt and was third in a family of seven, her death making the first break in the circle.

Her father, who is a Civil war veteran, is a resident of Moscow.

Her whole life was spent in town, having lived in Rainsboro until her marriage, after which her home was in Hoopeston, Ill. for eight years. The remainder of her life was spent in Moscow, Idaho with the exception of the last year, during which time she lived in Clarkston.

Her early years showed a bright intellect and a great love for books, and her education was obtained in her home town. Her school work was interrupted by the death of her mother at the age of eighteen. But after a period of two years she again took up the work and graduated, after which she taught school until her marriage to Simon R. Boyer in October, 1892.

To this union was born four children: the eldest, Warren B., now residing at Hill City, Idaho, and Harry, age 13, are left to mourn the loss of a loving and conscientious mother.

A girl, Margaret, died in Moscow at the age of 13, and a son, John W., died in infancy.

She had the advantages of a christian home and was a regular attendant at church and Sunday school during her early life; was converted and joined with the church at the age of twelve, and has maintained an active connection with church work thruout her entire life. Joined the Methodist church in Moscow by letter and was a member at Clarkston at the time of her death. At that time she had charge of a Sunday school class there and will be remembered by many in Moscow for her sincere help in Sunday class work.

She leaves to mourn her death, a husband and two sons, Warren, who lives at Hill City, Idaho, and Harry, who is 13 years old; also an aged father, John W. DeWitt of Moscow, Idaho and four brothers, William O. DeWitt of Columbus, Ohio, J. Louis of Nampa, Idaho and two sisters, Mrs., A.E. Wright and Mary E. DeWitt of Chicago, Ill.

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