The Idaho Post
The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: April 15 1921

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

Mrs. Augusta M. Eldridge, widow of the late Wm. Grover Eldridge and mother of Dean J.G. Eldridge, passed away peacefully at her son's residence at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the age of nearly seventy-seven years, after two weeks' illness. She attended with great enjoyment the inauguration exercises of President Upham on March 29 and 30, but took to her bed the next morning with what appeared to be neuritis. At first recovery seemed probable, but she proved to be too weak.

Augusta Maria VanWormer was born at Leroy, New York, on May 1, 1844, of old colonial Dutch, Scotch, and English stock. Her father was the Rev. Andrew Van Wormer, later a circuit judge in Kentucky and Missouri. Her mother, Mary Wallace, was a daughter of the Rev. Hugh Wallace, a graduate of Darthmouth college in 1791, and Susannah Upham, a sister of President Martin Van Buren's mother. When she was five years old Mrs. Eldridge and her older sister, the late Mrs. Kendrick, were deprived of their mother. The younger sister was reared in Delavan, Wisconsin, and attended for a time Madison University, now the University of Wisconsin. After teaching school for a few terms she was married on October 4, 1866, to William Grover Eldridge, a veteran of the then recent Civil War. To this union, three children were born, a daughter and two sons, one of whom died in infancy.

Mrs. Eldridge's later life was spent in Eldridge (Lockwood), Missouri, Fort Larned, Kansas, and Penfield and Batavia, New York. In May 1910, she and her husband came to live with their son in Moscow, Idaho. Mr. Eldridge died one year later.

Mrs. Augusta Eldridge united with the Congregational church when a young girl, later joining the Baptist church. For over sixty years she has been very active in the life and work of the church in its every department. In their younger days she and her husband did pioneer Christian work, establishing a Sunday School in their own home in Missouri, and later a church. For many years she was a teacher of Bible classes. As far back as 1882 she organized a woman's club in Penfield, New York, where she was also for seven years editor of a newspaper, "The Penfield Press."

Since living in Moscow she has, so far as her strength would permit, taken an active interest in church and University affairs, and was prominent in the Women's Relief Corps, the W.C.T.U., and other organizations.

She is survived by two children, Mrs. George W. Wolfe, of Churchville, New York and Dean J.G. Eldridge, of Moscow, also by nine grandchildren, by two half-brothers and a half-sister residing near St. Louis, Missouri; and by two nieces, Mrs. Claude Rumsey, of St. Louis and Miss Martha Kendrick, of Tarrytown, New York.


Fred Follett, highly respected citizen and pioneer of Genesee, passed away Monday morning, April 4, shortly before 10 o'clock, at the home of his brother, Leon Follett, death being due to a complication of diseases. He had been in failing health for about two years, but he and Mrs. Follett had spent the winter at Los Angeles, Calif., as had been their custom for a number of years. As his illness began to assume a serious form he desired to return to Genesee and Mrs. Follett, accompanied by Mr. Follett's brother, George, reached here with him Thursday, March 17, and his condition had been grave since that time.

Fred Follett was born July 27, 1862, at Manterville, Minnesota, and passed away April 4, 1921, aged 58 years, eight months and 23 days.

When a boy he emigrated with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Follett, to San Jose, Calif., where the family resided for two years, moving from there to Bethel, Oregon, where they resided for a year. The family then came to the Genesee country in 1880, the trip being made overland by two ox teams, Mr. Follett driving one of the teams and his father the other. The father homesteaded the place known as the Follett ranch, now owned by Platt Bros.

Mr. Follett taught a number of terms in the rural schools and then engaged in farming.

He was united in marriage to Miss Sadie Lockridge, November 7, 1888, at Norwalka, Iowa. To this union one child, a daughter, Merle, was born, her death occurring at the age of six years.

When he returned with his bride they settled on the farm now owned by Mrs. A. Marcks, just north of Genesee, and moved into town before entering the business field. He engaged in the mercantile business with his brother, Leon, under the firm name of Follett Bros., in 1898 and he has been continuously in business since that time, although not actively, with the firm for the past two or three years.

Mr. Follett, with his little daughter, united with the Congregational church 24 years ago and has lead a faithful Christian life. He was also one of the early members of the I.O.O.F. and Rebekah orders, representing his home lodge a number of times at the grand lodge sessions.

His widow survives him and will deeply mourn her loss as they were constant companions.

Besides his widow four brothers, Ed Follett of Seattle, George Follett of Genesee, Clate Follett of Seattle and Leon Follett of Genesee, and a number of other relatives and a host of friends will mourn his demise.

In the death of Mr. Follett Genesee has sustained the loss of one of her best citizens, the church one of its strongest supporters, and the lodge one of its most faithful members.

Funeral services were held from the Federated church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. James N. Pendleton, and were very largely attended.

Special music was provided, Mrs. W.W. Burr singing a solo, "Face to Face," and a quarter composed of Mrs. W.W. Burr, Mrs. Chas. Jain, G.E. Taber and C.H. Wheeler rendered "When the Golden Cord is Broken," with Mrs. W.M. Herman at the piano. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful.

The pallbearers were the four brothers of the deceased, Ed, George, Clate, and Leon, and two of Mrs. Follett's brothers, John and Allen Lockridge.

Interment was made in the family plot in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Those to attend the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Follett and Clate Follett of Seattle; Sam and John Lockridge of Clarkston, Leander and Allen Lockridge of Craigmont, brothers of Mrs. Follett; Mr. and Mrs. John Jackson of Craigmont, Willie Simmons of Clarkston, Roy Lockridge of Craigmont and two nieces of Mrs. Follett from Clarkston.


Several of the neighbors gave Mrs. Ellen Madison a very pleasant surprise party, Thursday afternoon [April 14] in commemoration of her 70th birthday. They made merry and enjoyed a good time until late in the afternoon.


Born Sunday morning, April 10, to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Van Buskirk of Potlatch, a daughter, Dorothy Evelyn [Van Buskirk]. Mr. VanBuskirk is a brother of Mrs. W.F. Morgareidge.


Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Sterner entertained at a delightful dinner party at their home on Adams street Wednesday evening [April 13]. The dinner was to celebrate the 45th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. William Mills, pioneer residents of Latah county.

Those who enjoyed the bounteous repast were Mr. and Mrs. William Mills, Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Mills, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Blue and Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Sterner of Moscow and Mr. and Mrs. Asa Johnson of Dayton, Washington.


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Crane of Adams street are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby boy.


Miss Eloise Paulson gave a most delightful surprise party at her home on Lincoln street Thursday evening [April 14], in honor of Miss Della Newhall, to celebrate her 17th birthday.

The Paulson home was beautifully decorated in lovely flowers. A delicious four-course dinner was served. Covers were laid for twelve.

Miss Eloise proved a most charming hostess, and all enjoyed the gloriously good time till late in the evening when they retired thanking the hostess for their good time and wishing Miss Della many more such happy days.

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