The Idaho Post
The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: December 17 1920

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

Clinton--Mrs. A.M. Haynes and new baby returned home Tuesday from Gritman's hospital. The baby has been named Dorothy Ruth [Haynes].

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Clinton--Jack Lee and Mrs. Eva Marsh were married at Asotin, Washington last week.

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Genesee--A delightful party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Jacobs Monday evening [December 13] in honor of the 19th birthday anniversary of their son, Walter Jacobs. His young friends gathered in and a jolly evening was spent at cards interspersed with music, after which a delicious supper was served.

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Juliaetta--Mrs. John Jackson, who had been ill for sometime, died Wednesday [December 8] of last week. She suffered an attack of influenza two years ago and never recovered entirely. Deceased was sixty-six years and left a husband and seven children.

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Mrs. S.S. Kirkpatrick, who was killed by being knocked down and dragged beneath a Cole Eight automobile driven by a rancher living at Opportunity, as reported in Spokane dispatches, was formerly a resident of Moscow. Her husband was a minister here at one time and is remembered by many of the old settlers here. The family left Moscow about 15 years ago, it is thought by those who knew them when they lived here. Mr. Kirkpatrick is dead.

There are two sons and two daughters in the family. The oldest son Robert is now mail clerk on the railroad running between St. Maries and Bovill.

The family lived next to Mrs. Cornwall some 15 or more years ago. Mr. Kirkpatrick is said to have been a minister and was slightly lame. Many old timers here will remember the family.

The story of Mrs. Kirkpatrick's death is one of the saddest and most tragic events of recent times. She was knocked down by the big car and in falling seized the front axle and was dragged a distance of 13 blocks--more than a mile--screaming at the top of her voice for the driver to stop. Pedestrians on the street called to him and a boy on a motorcycle tried to overtake him but the fiend was speeding so fast that he ran away from the motorcycle. Mrs. Kirkpatrick's clothes were caught on the car but were finally torn loose and she dropped. One leg was broken in several places and she was terribly mangled but was conscious and lived several hours.

W.J. VanSkike, a wealthy rancher of Opportunity, is under arrest and there seems no doubt that it was his car that struck the woman. Spokane has been wrought over this case more than anything that has happened in months. VanSkike is out on $5,000 bond charged with manslaughter. He denies that he knew he had struck the woman or that she was being dragged beneath his car.

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A copy of the Cowlitz County (Wash.) News, received in Moscow, contains an account of the sudden death at Kalama, Washington, of Charles A. Jensen, editor and publisher of The Cowlitz County News. Mr. Jensen formerly lived in Moscow, and was married here to Miss Jessie L. Gates. The account of his sudden death with brief account of his life while in the west, is given below, just as it appeared in his own paper. It follows:

The Kalama public and the Jensen family in particular were shocked this Friday (morning) at the news of the sudden death of Chas. A. Jensen, editor and publisher of the Cowlitz County News, after making his usual rounds of the town, dropped dead at the court house at an early hour where he had gone on a business errand.

Since coming to Kalama a few months ago Mr. Jensen has won the warm friendship and esteem of everybody. He has proved himself an exemplary citizen of the highest type, and the citizens of Kalama will keenly feel the loss of so good a man.

Chas. A. Jensen was born near Rio Vista, Cal., December 21, 1871. He learned the printer's trade while young and has followed that vocation throughout his entire life. In 1913 he went to Moscow, Idaho, and was in the employment of the Idaho Post for one year. There he met and married Miss Jessie L. Gates in the year of 1914. Mr. Jensen moved from Moscow to Ilo, Idaho, where he purchased the Lewis County Register, which he published the three years during his residence there.

After selling his plant in Idaho Mr. Jensen moved his family to Chehalis, Wash., where he was employed by the Lewis County Advocate for more than a year. He then purchased the Cowlitz County News of Kalama, Wash., at which place the family now reside.

He leaves a wife and two sons, Hermon, aged five years, and Ralph, aged three years, a sister, Mrs. L.H. Gregory of Winters, Calif., and a brother, Otto Jensen of Alameda, Calif.

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Mrs. Oscar Mitchell, who resides southeast of Moscow, departed Tuesday [December 14] on her way to Denver, having been called there on account of the death of her mother.

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J.H. Lewis, of Johnson, Wash., is reported to have died at that place Saturday [December 11]. Mr. Lewis was the father of Mrs. Elerm Little of Moscow, and was ninety-one years of age. The remains were brought to Moscow for burial. [See below.]

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J.H. Lewis who died in Johnson was buried in the Moscow cemetery Monday morning [December 13]. Mr. Lewis was 90 years, 7 months and 8 days old. His wife was buried here on February 24, 1918. The funeral services were held at Pullman.

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Born, Thursday, December 16th to Mr. and Mrs. H. Simpson, a daughter.

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lambert, residing east of town, were delighted Monday, December 13th with the arrival of a 12-pound boy.

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E.W. Murray and L.B. Cottingham Jr., both men connected with the wholesale house of McClintock, Tramkey Co., of Spokane, were in Moscow Thursday. They were here to accompany the remains of L.B. Cottingham to Spokane where the funeral services are to be conducted.

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Marriage Licenses: C.L. Wilson, Fort Worth, Texas and Fay L. Sargent, Moscow; Carl E. Nelson and Edith Elizabeth Anderson, both of Moscow; J.C. Baldridge and Dorothy Loretta Hatfield, both of Moscow; Frank Warneke and Ada Wilson, both of Moscow.

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