Old Obituaries from Newspapers

The following is a clipping that nearly replicates  The OWYHEE AVALANCHE article January 25, 1873.The title of the article 'Sad and Fatal Accident' is the same as microfilm OWYHEE AVALANCHE ARTICLE, but it less descriptive (less words).Also, the type set is quite unusual. (Could this be an original OWYHEE AVALANCHE article?)Unfortunately, the last paragraph or more, of the article has been lost.

One of the most lamentable accidents that we have ever been called upon to record occurred in the Golden Chariot mine about five o'clock on Thursday morning, the 23 inst., resulting in the death of Edgar Harr, one of the noblest young that ever breathed the breath of life. After working in the mine during the night, deceased with two others was on the bucket he to the surface, and, when between the 2d and 3d levels, the steel triangle used as a signal on top, broke loose, fell down the shaft and struck him on the head. The blow, which doubtless killed him instantly, knocked him off the bucket, and precipitated him to the bottom of the shaft, a distance of over 600 feet. As soon as possible, the lifeless body was brought to the surface, and the eyes of many a hardy miner, unused to weeping, were filled with tears as they gazed upon the mangled remains of their comrade, who but a few moments before, was in the full enjoyment of life. Kind hearts and willing hands composed the mangled limbs, closed the sightless eyes, and made every necessary preparations for the burial, which will take place at half past four 'O'clock this afternoon.



George Raymond Minear, a resident here of 30 years, passed away at his home north of Freewater on Locust Road Saturday morning and funeral services were held on Monday forenoon from the Sunnyside Methodist church with the Rev. W. W. Switzer officiating. Interment was in the Milton I. O. O. F. cemetery. The family request was that no flowers be extended and that those desiring to contribute could give a like amount to the American Heart Association.

Mr. Minear suffered a heart attack on Saturday, April 16 and had been confined to his for a week when death came  <>
Mr. Minear was born in Silver City, Idaho on April 21, 1881 and came here to reside in 1919, where he followed the carpenter trade and farming since that time.  About two years ago, Mr. Minear laid out a new residential addition in Freewater known as Mountain View Addition and started the construction of several homes and some business place on this site in East Freewater. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. Lodge and the Episcopal Church. Survivors include his wife Mrs. Amy Minear at the home and two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Bell of Salt Lake City, Utah and Mrs. Eva Overstreet of San Pedro, Calif., both of whom were at the bedside of their brother when he passed away.


  <>An illness starting over a year ago and terminating in a heart attack proved fatal to J. E. Minear, death coming early Wednesday morning, February 10, at his residence in Fairfield.
<>Mr. Minear's death came as a distinct shock to his relatives and friends here, where he spent the major part of his life. Born July 3,1879, in Silver City, Idaho he came to Camas Prairie with his parents in 1884. On March 12, 1907 he was united in marriage to Leda Elma Little of Bliss. One daughter, Frances Elma was born to them.  <>Always interested in the subject of forestry, Mr. Minear was appointed district ranger at the Soldier ranger station in1909, a position he retained until his death. During this time roads and bridges were constructed by the service as a result as a result of which the territory has become one of the playgrounds of the Sawtooths.  Fish rests were built on Soldier creek, campsites were improved and new buildings replaced the old ones at the station under his supervision.
<>Funeral services in charge of Rev. H. Fryer, were conducted Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Community Church. Music was rendered by the choir which sang three hymns "Near the Cross", "Abide With Me" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere". Pallbearers friends of the deceased were C. Barkley, R. C. Naser, S. W. Struble, Les Rea, J. l. Edwards, and N. G. Carman. Interment was made in the Mountain View cemetery beside his father and a sister.
<>One daughter, Erma  Minear of Glenns Ferry; his mother, Mrs. L. F. Minear of San Pedro, California; two sisters, Mrs. Eva Overstreet of San Pedro and Mrs. Mabel Bell of Ely, Nevada; one brother, George of Freewater, Oregon survive. All were present at the funeral services except the mother, who was unable to make the trip because of her advanced age. 


  <>One by one the pioneers who dared the conquest of the West, who made it easier for those of us who were to follow are passing. John W. Minear died Sunday morning which closes the chapter of a life spent for the most part in moulding the history of the early frontier. Over thirty years spent on Camas Prairie make him one of the oldest residents.
<>Sunday morning he arose, dressed himself and without any warning passed to his eternal sleep. His death was due to apoplexy. He had been ailing for some weeks but had apparently fully recovered and was feeling much better. After eating his breakfast he lay down and when his daughter, Eva, next noticed him his peaceful end had come. While sympathy is felt for the family still one is reminded that he lived his allotted three score and ten years and his passing was beautiful--Peaceful and without physical pain.John Wesley Minear was born 77 years ago the 2nd of last February last. He was a native of West Virginia. Previous to coming to Camas Prairie he mined in Silver City where he was superintend of the Ida Elmore, one of the biggest mines in Idaho. He was married in 1873 to Miss Laura Harr, who survives him. Four children survive him all of whom live on the valley. They are George and Ed Minear and Miss Mabel and Eva.  <>Mr. Minear has been actively associated with the upbuilding of Camas Prairie and for many years was Justice of the Peace. He died on the same place he took up thirty years ago, which is North East to Soldier. He was a successful farmer and stock raiser whose friends were all that knew him.  <>Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church in Soldier and was attended by a hundred or more, the church being too small to hold the crowd. Teams lined every street in Soldier. Rev. Couch officiated. 


Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 4:19 PM 

 <>Traveling from Iowa to Idaho Territory as a small child with her widowed mother and five other children, sailing to Japan & China and spending 3 years with Rev. Miller, Boise, Silver City, Idaho City, Soldier, Fairfield, & San Pedero. Must have been quite a gal! 

Also have 2 religious certificates, each measuring about 41/2"X 61/2".

(1) Certificate of Baptism, Oct.27, 1867, Church of Christ, Idaho City,Idaho. Rev. Miller, Diocese Montana,Idaho, & Utah.

<>(2) Certificate, Daniel Sylvester Little DD, Bishop of Montana,Idaho & Utah.  Idaho City,Idaho on "Sunday,XIX after Trinity in the year of our redemption 1867.
<>Funeral Services Held Here For Mrs. Minear Wednesday Afternoon <>Funeral services for Mrs. Laura F. Minear, early Camas Prairie pioneer, who died Sunday morning at San Pedro, California, were held in the Community church at Fairfield Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Henry Fryer officiating.  Members of the immediate family; were present at the services.
"No Night There,"  "What a Friend We Have in Jesus,"  "Asleep in Jesus," were sung by a mixed choir.
Pallbearers were Nels Peterson, Frank Housman, Jim McCann, Dave Jarron, Herbert Carpenter and B. F. Wilson.Interment was made in the family plot at Mountain View cemetery.

<>Born in Placerville, Van Buren county, Iowa November 2, 1854, Mrs. Minear would have been 84 on her next birthday. As a small child she crossed the plains with a widowed mother and five children to Boise where her early life was spent . On December 31, 1872 she sailed for China and Japan where she spent three years in the home of Rev. Miller and his family who had gone there in the capacity of a minister to English speaking  people. Returning in August 1875 she was married that same year on December 2 to John Wesley Minear.
The family moved to Camas Prairie in 1884 taking up a homestead one mile north and one half mile east of Soldier. Later Mrs. Minear moved to Fairfield and since 1921 has made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Eva Overstreet in San Pedro.She was a consistent worker in the church and a member of the Episcopal church practically her entire life.Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Anna Kech, Almira, Mo., and Mrs., Emma Henderson of  San Diego, Calif.;  three children, Mrs. Mabel Bell, Santa Cruz, Calif., Mrs. Eva  Overstreet, San Pedro, Calif., and G. R. Minear, Freewater, Oregon; and two grandchildren, Wesley Davis of Winnemucca, Nevada, and Elma Minear of Glenns Ferry.