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The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: May 13 1921

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

The funeral of Mrs. Sarah Cornwall, beloved pioneer of Moscow, who was a friend to every one who knew her and every one who knew her was her friend, was laid to rest Friday afternoon [May 13] in Moscow cemetery, the body being placed beside that of her husband, the late Frank Cornwall and a son who had preceded her. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church which was hardly large enough to accommodate the concourse of friends who wished to pay their last respects to a woman they loved. Rev. Wayne S. Snoddy delivered the sermon. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Delos Cornwall, the only living son; and Mrs. J.F. Martin, only living daughter, whose homes are at St. Maries and Twin Falls, respectively, wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to the many friends who assisted with flowers, with sympathy and many acts of kindness in their bereavement. They will leave for their respective homes in a few days.

Sarah Cornwall was born on April 18, 1858, at Muscodi, Wis. She was married Dec. 18, 1881. She had been a resident of our city for 32 years. She was the mother of four children, two of whom, together with the husband, have preceded her to the life beyond. She was a woman of faith and as such she has entered into her reward. Mrs. Cornwall was a life-long member of the Presbyterian church. She was always regarded as one of its most faithful and devoted workers. She was a regular attendant upon the services of the church and a liberal supporter of its activities. Religion was a vital factor with her. She exemplified the things she professed. She counted not this life dear but looked forward in hope to the better life to come. She was fully prepared to go and counted it a joy to be released from the limitations of earth. Her death is a great loss to us and an occasion of bereavement to those who knew the intimacies of her friendship and love, yet we need not mourn for her because she has entered into the peace and joy of life eternal.


Caught between two heavy trucks loaded with crushed rocks, Otto Stone, aged 19 years, was instantly killed at 7:30 Sat. morning [May 7] on the Viola hill grade of the state highway. Death was instantaneous, but the body was not badly bruised. A coroner's jury placed the blame on the defective brakes of a "quad-truck" but completely exonerated the driver, Carl Burr, from all blame.

Three trucks were hauling crushed rock from the crusher, south of Moscow, to the new "North and South" state highway between Moscow and Viola. Carl Burr drove the first truck a "quad" and Otto Stone, the second truck. Stone's truck stuck and slipped off the grade and Burr attempted to pull him out, by attaching the "quad" truck to the one driven by Stone, using a heavy chain for the purpose.

According to the evidence brought out at the inquest Stone "killed his engine" and got out to crank it. The brakes on the "quad" failed to hold and the heavy truck started backward on a 12 per cent grade. Stone, engaged in cranking his truck, did not notice the big truck coming backward toward him, nor did he hear the warning of Burr, the driver, to "get out, I can't hold her," although Burr called twice.

The rear of the heavy "quad" caught Stone between it and the radiator of the second truck, and crushed his life out, instantly. The rear wheel of the "quad" slipped into the ditch and released Stone, who fell to the ground. Life was extinct when those standing near reached him.

Coroner Grice was notified and went out, accompanied by a physician. An inquest was held with Charles Dimond, foreman and the following members: William Nelson, J.S. Johnson, Theo. Hegstad, M.W. Sims, Ben Hegstad and Preston Breeding.

The jury returned a verdict that Stone came to his death by being crushed between the two trucks, and fixed the blame upon the brakes of the big truck but "fully exonerate the driver, Carl Burr from any blame whatever."

Stone is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Stone, pioneers of Moscow. He was born here 19 years ago. He was an experienced truck driver having worked for the highway district as driver last year. He leaves his parents, three brothers and three sisters. The brothers are Fred and William, employed by Collins & Orland's hardware store; and Albert, living in Denver. The sisters are Laura, employed by McGowan & Thompson's abstract company; Mrs. Levina Mauer, of Spokane; and Mrs. Etta Cummings, of Portland.


Lawrence Warnecke and Miss Lillian Neal were quietly married Monday night [May 9] at Holy Trinity rectory by the Rev. Father J.J. Tracy. They left Tuesday morning for Spokane, where they will spend a short honeymoon, while Mr. Warnecke is completing a contract of kalsomining there.


Another well known citizen, George O'Donnell, well known pioneer who had lived many years five miles northwest of Moscow, on the Washington side of the state line, has been called home. His death occurred Monday, May 9, at a local hospital. He had been in ill health for years but his condition was not considered serious until recently. Mr. O'Donnell had lived for many years on his fine farm near here and had a host of friends to whom the announcement of his death will be a rude shock. He leaves his wife and three sons, George, Will and John. The only daughter was a victim of the "flu" about two years ago. The funeral will be held at the Catholic church tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10 o'clock, the Rev. Father John J. Tracy conducting the services. [See below.]


Tuesday, May 3rd was celebrated the Golden wedding of two of the oldest pioneers of the Palouse country, Mr. and Mrs. P.L. Smith. A delightful dinner was served at one o'clock.

There were eleven children born to them, ten of which are living. They are: Mrs. Flora Sather of Nezperce, Idaho; Mrs. Dr. Lepard, of Potlatch, Idaho; Mrs. J.M. Aldrich, of Washington, D.C.; W.H. Smith of Moscow; C.G. Smith of Clarkston, Washington; Mrs. G.E. Frevert of Arcata, California; M.L. Smith, of Moscow; Earl Smith, of Moscow; and Carey Smith of Moscow. The children were all present except Mrs. Aldrich and Mrs. Sather who were unable to be here on account of sickness.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith were married in Texas county, Missouri on May 3rd, 1871. The first twenty years of their married life was full of the hardships of the early pioneers of the Palouse country. They lived the first three years that they were married in Texas county, Missouri, then crossing the plains by team and wagon (a trip that consumed twelve months) stopping at Brigham City, Utah for the winter of 1874 They continued their journey in the spring of 1875 and landed in Boise, Idaho the same year. They left Boise and came to Nezperce county (now Latah county) the 27th of April 1877 and took up a homestead eleven miles south of Moscow which they still own. This was the year of the Joseph Indian war and the experiences that these old pioneers went through that summer and winter was typical of all the older settlers of the Palouse. They lived in a dug-out in the hillside all of that summer finishing a log hut by early fall. They have lived all of this time in the Palouse and are to be congratulated upon having reached their fiftieth anniversary.


East Deep Creek--Word was received recently of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Strong at Elmore, Mont.


Miss Agnes Mae Brown was delightfully surprised on her birthday Monday evening [May 9]. A jolly time was enjoyed by all, especially by the young lady, herself. Dainty refreshments were served carrying out the color scheme of yellow and white. Those present were the Misses Christen, Ensign, Pierce, Hepton, Chapman, Sandelins, and Brown; and the Messrs. Christiansen, Magnuson, Wells, Speedy, Gregory, Briscoe, and Bundy.


Harvard--A baby girl arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Pankey, April 30th.


A marriage license was issued at Spokane Tuesday [May 10] to Gordon Staples, aged 22, of Moscow, and Elizabeth Van Slike, age 21, of Spokane.


A marriage license was issued Monday to John W. Dilley and Hazel F. Allen, both of Moscow. They were married Tuesday evening [May 10] by Rev. Wayne S. Snoddy.


W.H. Beardsley, pioneer of 31 years in Moscow, celebrated the 84th anniversary of his birth Wednesday [May 11]. Mr. Beardsley recently recovered from a serious illness and Mrs. Beardsley is still quite weak, both having been ill at the same time. [See below.]


Sig Coleman received a telegram Wednesday morning [May 11], stating that his only brother, Wesley Coleman died suddenly at his home at Braymer, Missouri. The news came as a shock, as he had not been ill. Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Coleman visited several weeks in Moscow last summer and will be remembered by many Moscow people who will be sorry to learn of his death. Mr. Coleman leaves one brother, Sig Coleman of Moscow and two sisters, Mrs. George Dalong of Seattle and Mrs. Finley of Missouri.


Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Lyons of Blaine are the parents of a daughter born May 8.


George W. Tomer is quite ill at his home on Harrison street. Mr. Tomer was 91 years of age April 21st. He came to Moscow 50 years ago May 6th and took a homestead just east of Moscow near Tomer's Butte where he lived for many years. He has been in good health up to the past few days.


Born--Wednesday, May 11 to Mr. and Mrs. George Nolan, a son.


Born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Nolan, on Eighth Street, a son, May 11th.


A marriage license was issued Friday to E.A. Kilpatrick, Jr., of Portland, and O.L. Fleener of Walla Walla. The young couple are to be married in Moscow Monday [May 16], the bride-to-be being now in Moscow, visiting friends.


Mr. and Mrs. William H. Beardsley enjoyed a very happy party Wednesday evening [May 11] when the Daughters of Veterans accompanied by many of the G.A.R. took possession of their home and proceeded to make merry.

The event was ato celebrate the 84th birthday of Mr. Beardsley. Mrs. William J. Hunter and Mrs. J.M. Bolding baked a beautiful birthday cake which was ablaze with 84 candles, this with other good eats was brought by the ladies and much enjoyed by all. The evening was spent in social chat and card playing.

The guests numbered 30. Mr. and Mrs. Beardsley have been in poor health for some time and are still far from well.


Warrants are being prepared for the arrest of a number of young men and young women and boys and girls said to be students of Moscow and Pullman high schools, for criminal trespass. Arrests had not been made when this paper went to press but John Nisbet, prosecuting attorney, is preparing the papers and Mrs. Mac P. Bailey, whose summer cabin near the foot of Moscow mountain was the scene of the revelry, will swear to the complaint. The case promises to bring out some very interesting details of past trespassing in the neighborhood of Moscow summer homes six miles northeast of Moscow.

Prosecuting Attorney Nisbet is also gathering evidence concerning the acts of a boy of about 18 and a girl about 16 years old who spent four hours in the woods together Wednesday afternoon. He feels that unless a stop is put to the actions that have been going on some one's daughter is going to bring disgrace upon her parents.

Owners of summer homes near the foot of Moscow mountain have tired of suffering from trespassers and will prosecute those who have been tormenting them for the past several years. A raid by three deputy sheriffs, the sheriff and prosecuting attorney Wednesday night was the beginning of a crusade to stop the depredations of high school students, university students and students from Washington State College, at Pullman, as well as others who have been destroying property and annoying owners of summer homes.

Cabin owners united some time ago in an agreement to prosecute any violators of law or property rights in that neighborhood this year. They were drive to this step by the outlawry of those mentioned. It was not "country jakes" nor "wood rats" nor people who did not know better, but it was young men and young women who have had advantages of education and social refinement, who would never think of entering the home of another, climbing fences, destroying trees, furniture, shrubbery or fruit vines or bushes, in town or a city, but who apparently lost all sense of common courtesy, manliness and womanliness when they got into the timber, who have been committing these depredations.

On a recent Sunday Mr. and Mrs. M.P. Bailey went to their summer cabin, taking some friends and a lunch. They found two fraternity men and two sorority girls calmly eating their lunch in the Bailey cabin. The owners and their guests waited until the intruders had completed their luncheon, and then requested the privilege of using their own property.

Some months ago Mrs. Scott went to their cabin on a Sunday and found the door broken in and a bunch of university students having a gay time in the Scott home. The intruders declared they had found the cabin door open, but while they were talking to Mrs. Scott some other students came and one, the daughter of a Moscow business man, said: "Why, how did you folks get in here. We tried our best but could not break the door in."

C.H.Patton's cabin door was smashed in with an axe and the interior wrecked. Mr. Bailey says the intruders even burned their tables and chopped the wood frames of their bedsprings, doing many dollars worth of damage to the cabin in addition to chopping a number of fine trees so that they will die. Mr. Patton had made a number of rustic settees for his guests at his fine cabin, "Idler's Rest" and all of these were burned.

Last summer the wife of a Moscow business man took a big lot of boys and girls to the timber for a day. They visited a cabin where there is a fine strawberry patch, and the entire gang trampled the berry vines, not only taking every ripe berry but tramping the green fruit and practically ruining the crop for the season. A revolver and a flash light were taken from a sleeping tent. The owner learned the identity of some of the boys and gave them a certain number of hours to return the stolen property. They returned it and told the names of all in the party and the leader was a Moscow woman whose husband is in business.

The "worm turned" Wednesday when a gang of boys and girls went to the woods and conducted themselves in such a manner to bring the long pent-up wrath of the patient cabin owners down upon them. They visited a cabin that was locked with a padlock, took a bunch of keys from their pockets and tried to open the door. The woman who owns the cabin appeared and requested them to leave. One of the boys declared they were going to hold a dance in the cabin. The woman informed him that he was mistaken and he insolently said: "When you and your man are in town I guess we'll show you whether we'll hold a dance in your cabin or not." Later he returned and taunted the woman with the announcement that "We have got Mark P. Miller's cabin for our dance tonight and will use yours some other time."

The "Mark P. Miller cabin" as he called it is owned by Mrs. Bailey, Mr. Miller's daughter. Mrs. Bailey and her husband learned of what was going on and secured the services of the officers. Sheriff Woody, Deputy Sheriff Summerfield and Male, and Prosecuting Attorney Nisbet drove out and found a dance in full progress with music being supplied by a victrola and the dance going on in the dark, with no lights in the cabin. Mr. and Mrs. Bailey also drove out and found the gate, which had been fastened with a padlock, broken open and the yard filled with cars. There were students of Moscow and Pullman high schools having a good time--in the dark. The names of the leaders were secured and Mrs. Bailey said she would swear out a warrant for their arrest.

Owners of cabins out here who have "suffered long" have decided to put a stop to the depredations of those who know better than to act as they have acted and have employed an officer who will watch the property nights and Sundays and arrest any trespassers. Evidence is being gathered in regard to past depredations and prosecutions are promised. The law provides that breaking into any building is burglary, punishable by a term in the penitentiary. There seems a strong probability that some of those who have not learned that personal property in the country is as sacred as that in the city, may learn the lesson behind prison bars.


E.A. Klippel, Jr., popular traveling passenger agent for the O.W.R.&N. with headquarters at Spokane and Miss Opal Fleener, an employe of the same railroad at Walla Walla for the past several years, were married at the Presbyterian manse at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning [May 10], the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Wayne S. Snoddy, pastor of the church. The witnesses were the bridegroom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Klippel, Sr., and D. House, general superintendent of the O.W.R.&N. at Moscow. After the ceremony a wedding breakfast was enjoyed at the Hotel Moscow and the happy couple left on the afternoon train for a honeymoon tour to Chicago, Niagara Falls, New York and Toronto, Canada. They will bve gone about three weeks and upon their return may make their home in Moscow.

"I like Moscow and would like to live here," said Mr. Klippel. "I proved how much I like the town by coming here to be married. If we do not decide to live in Moscow we will make our home in Spokane." Mr. Klippel is well known in Moscow and all over the Washington and Idaho divisions of the O.W.R.&N., and has hosts of friends wherever he is known. The bride has been engaged in railroad office work for several years. Mr. Klippel's father is superintendent of telegraph for the Union Pacific system and makes headquarters at Portland. Mr. and Mrs. Klippel, Sr., left on the evening train for their home.


The funeral of George O'Donnell, well known pioneer, was held from Holy Trinity Catholic church at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning. The funeral procession was one of the longest seen here in months, there being cars from Colfax, Pullman, Palouse and surrounding country. Interment was in the Moscow cemetery. The following friends of the deceased were the pallbearers: E.J. Armbruster, John Thompson, John L. Naylor and R.E. Etheridge of Moscow and W.C. Jarron and C.W. Taylor of Pullman. The floral offerings were beautiful.

Submitted: 05/10/10 (Edited 07/26/11)

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