Obituaries M

Okanogan County, Washington
Obituaries - Surnames M

MACKIE, Isabel
MACKINNON, Alexander
MALOTT, Leonard C.
MASON, Samuel H.
MAY, Jacob
McCONNELL, Edward E.
MCCRACKEN, Elizabeth
MCKEE, Claude
MCLEAN, North B.
MILLER, Grover L.
MILLS, Blanche
MILLS, Vernon
MOORE, Walter
MORGAN, Walter
MURPHY, Ellen P.

Isabel Mackie  Added 8/07/06
Mrs. Mackie, Respected Malott Resident, Dead
Isabel Mackie, wife of Wm. Mackie of Malott, died Friday after a long illness. Mrs. Mackie had been in failing health for several years, but had had occasional periods when her condition was much improved. She was past 75 years of age.
Her husband and eight children survive, five of whom are now living at Malott and three in Scotland. Fourteen children have been born to the couple. Two sons and two daughters have resided at Malott for several years, and a third son came there to reside last year. Another son lost his life a few years ago at Malott, when he was killed by a cave-in.
Funeral services for the deceased were held Sunday afternoon at the Malott school house. They were conducted by Rev. David Brown of Omak. Interment was at the Okanogan cemetery, in charge of the Okanogan Undertaking Company.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - August 23, 1921

Alexander MacKinnon  Added 07/25/09
The funeral of Alexander MacKinnon was held here on Thursday, March 3, in the M. E. church at 11 a.m. The church was filled with friends. The floral offerings were profuse and with wreaths and sprays of all varieties of flowers. Deceased died from an operation at St. Mark's hospital, Rochester, Minn., the body being shipped here for burial.
Alexander MacKinnon was born in Fort Augustus, Invernesshire, Scotland, Nov. 24, 1859. He came to America in 1885 to seek his fortune, spending a short time in Calif., N. Dakota, and Eastern Oregon, then coming to the Methow valley in 1889 where he became interested in farming, and in later years took up orcharding. In 1904, he married Miss Mary Marshall, who taught school here the previous year.
Mr. MacKinnon carried insurance in the W.O.W. Methow Camp No. 732, of which he had been a member since its organization, also a member of the Masonic fraternity. Surviving to mourn his demise are his wife, and nephew, Angus MacKinnon, besides many relatives in Scotland. He was an influential and upright citizen, loved by all his friends and neighbors, and his death will be a great loss to this community in which he lived and whose deepest sympathy goes out to the widow. Rev. Schrieber of Pateros, and Rev. James of Monitor, conducted the services.
The Pateros Reporter - Pateros, Washington - May 11, 1921

Nona Mallett  Added 10/31/06
Mrs. Geo. F. Mallett Passes Away
The many friends of Mrs. Geo. F. Mallett, nee Miss Nona Strange, of Ferry, were shocked to hear of her death from uraemic poisoning, which occurred last Saturday afternoon.
She had been ill for several weeks and was recently taken to the Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane, but the physicians pronounced her case incurable and she was being taken to the home of her parents near Seattle when she became suddenly worse and was removed from the train at Cle Elum where she passed away.
The deceased taught the intermediate room of the Molson school last year until March, when she was married to Geo. F. Mallett, U. S. Custom Officer at Ferry.
She made may friends during her resident here who greatly regret to hear of her untimely demise.
The remains were taken to her old home for interment.
The Molson Leader - Molson, Washington - December 22, 1916

Alice Malott  Added 5/14/06
Death Of Mrs. Malott
Mrs. William G. Malott died Sunday noon at San Diego, Cal., after a long illness. The news was contained in telegrams from Mr. Malott to relatives at Malott. The body will be shipped to Malott for burial and is expected to arrive some time next week.
Mrs. Malott, who was formerly Miss Alice Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Davis, pioneers of the county, had been sick for a long time. Last March she and her husband went to California in the hope that the change of climate would be beneficial to her health, but she grew steadily weaker until her death.
Prior to her marriage, the deceased taught school at Okanogan and Oroville. She was a graduate of Washington State College. Her girlhood was spent on the Davis ranch below Malott, one of the famous land marks of the county. She was married three years ago this fall to Mr. Malott and resided at Pateros.
The parents of Mrs. Malott both died in recent years and are buried in the Malott cemetery. Besides her husband, she leaves a sister, Pauline, and two brothers George A. Davis and W. Leonard Davis.--Independent
Brewster Herald - Brewster, Washington - September 16, 1921

Leonard C. Malott  Added 01/05/07
L. C. Malott, Pioneer of Okanogan Valley, Passes to the Great Beyond
A pioneer of pioneers in Okanogan county passed to the great beyond Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock when death took L. C. Malott of Malott.
Mr. Malott has been in poor health for the past few years. His failing strength had been noticeable since he was internally injured by being thrown from a horse, and he had been suffering from diabetes since 1916.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 o'clock this morning (Saturday) at the Malott school house, and burial will be in the Malott cemetery, located on land he homesteaded 34 years ago this month.
Death came to the afflicted and aged citizen peacefully. Only during the last few days of his illness was he unable to leave his bed at times, and the vigorous spirit that has always been a familiar trait did not leave him until he lapsed into periodical spells of weakness that left him only semi-conscious. All of his family were present at his death bed except a daughter, Mrs. Ida Hedges, who returned to her home in California a short time ago, after spending the spring and summer months at Malott.
He was survived by his widow, daughter, and two sons, Wm. G. and Reuben L., both residents of Pateros. He also leaves three brothers, residents of Lemington, Ont.
Leonard Coatsworth Malott was which would have occurred on Octo-nearing his seventy-seventh birthday, ber 11th. He was born in 1843 in Essex county, Ontario. At the age of 21 he crossed the continent and settled in California, where he was married in 1870 to Mary Hamilton. The family moved to what is now Okanogan county and built a cabin in August, 1886, less than 200 feet from the home where death overtook Mr. Malott.
Through a sad coincidence, L. C., Malott died on the thirty-fourth anniversary of the death of his son Claude, who was drowned at the mouth of the Okanogan a few days after the family reached this county. Two days later the funeral was held on the birthday of Wm. G. Malott, which will also be the date of the father's funeral.
The territory on the west side of the Okanogan was then known as the Columbia Indian reservation, and when it was thrown open for settlement Mr. Malott was the first man to bring a family across the Columbia river. Mrs. Malott was the first white woman to go into the Methow valley, which at that time could only be reached by the trail through the Chiliwhist, later featured in Owen Wisters' book , "The Virginian." When the Malotts settled here, the nearest white woman was fifty miles distant; it was seventy miles to a postoffice; and supplies were freighted from Spokane.
Mr. Malott selected his homestead in the Okanogan valley near Loop Loop Creek and immediately commenced to put his ground under irrigation. He held the property until 1909, when it was sold to the Helensdale Investment Company. At that time Mr. Malott visited his old home in Ontario.
For years, during the days of travel by stage in the county the Malott home was a prominent road house, made famous by its hospitality and good meals. In the fall of 1889, the postoffice of Malott was established and mail for all parts of the county, brought in from Coulee City, was redistributed and forwarded by the Chiliwhist route to the upper Methow, Conconully and the northern part of the county. The stages changed horses and stopped for meals at the Malott place, and hundreds of travelers from all parts of the northwest paused there on trips into the county. Mr. Malott acted as postmaster more than twenty years, relinquishing the office when it was moved to the present townsite.
The pioneer spirit of making others' difficulties his own was deeply rooted in L. C. Malott, and he never permitted the rapid changing conditions of the county to offset a generous and neighborly disposition that made him conspicuous among the old timers, many of whom can now attest to his benevolence. Though always willing to do a friendly act, he permitted few of his kindnesses to be returned, and the one who told others of favors extended by him violated his desire. It has been told that in connection with the postoffice Mr. Malott at one time undertook to lay in a small stock of groceries and supplies, but was soon forced to close out the "store," because with his limited financial ability at that time he could not continued the losses occasioned by taking in payment for his goods the hard luck tales of some of his patrons, principally among the Indians. Many stories have been told the writer of instances where Mr. Malott befriended and aided the early settlers of the county in substantial ways--always with an expression belittling his act and an admonition to say nothing about it.
To the Indians a third of a century ago, Malott was a "Good Tillikum" and his advice and assistance was often sought by them.
L. C. Malott took pride in being a staunch republican and it is safe to say that no man in Okanogan county has attended more republican conventions than he, as he seldom missed one. However, he never had a desire to seek public office.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - August 14, 1920

S. H. Manley  Added 02/09/07
Death Of Dr. S. H. Manley
Just as the paper was going to press last week word was received by wire by Mrs. C. C. Hedger that her father, Dr. S. H. Manley, formerly of Republic, had died at San Francisco last Thursday morning. The death of Dr. Manley was not unexpected, as he had been in a very serious condition for a long time. It is understood that an operation was decided upon as a last resort in hopes that it might bring relief, but Dr. Manley himself had little hope life could be prolonged. Death followed the operation.
Dr. Manley was born on a farm near Norwalk, Ohio, March 10, 1847, and hence was aged 73 years and 3 months at the time of his death. He was a graduate of the Keokuk (Iowa) Medical College, receiving his diploma in 1873. He came west to the territory of Washington in the early 80's, first settling on the coast. He was elected to the territorial legislature from Whatcom county in 1884. In 1885 he crossed the mountains into eastern Washington and located at Colville, and from Stevens county was elected to the constitutional convention which convened in 1889. At the time of the Republic boom he moved from Colville to that city, where he continued to reside until a few years ago, when he moved to San Francisco. Dr. Manley took an active part in civic affairs of Republic in the days when that camp promised to be a second Butte, and built up a large private practice. He was county physician, coroner and president of the board of health. He had such confidence in the future of the camp that he built and equipped a hospital, and gave of his time and means toward promoting every public enterprise.
In 1887 Dr. Manley married Miss Florence Gotel, of Saginaw, Michigan and to that union eight children were born, four of whom survive, Mrs. C. C. Hedger, of Oroville and two daughters and a son who are with Mrs. Manley in San Francisco.
Personally, Dr. Manley was a genial, generous and most likeable gentleman and he made a host of friends throughout northeastern Washington, where he was widely known, who will sincerely regret his death.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - June 18, 1920

Samuel. H. Mason  Added 01/05/07
Samuel H. Mason Died At Soap Lake Sunday
Pioneer Citizen Succumbs To Diabetes.
Was County Commissioner in Early 90's and Enterprising Leader in Development Work.
Samuel H. Mason of Olema died Sunday morning at Soap Lake, Washington, of diabetes. Mr. Mason had been a long sufferer from the disease and went to Soap Lake about two weeks ago when his condition became serious. He spent part of last winter at the resort and came home much improved in health. When he again reached there recently he sank rapidly until his death.
The remains were brought to Okanogan Wednesday night and funeral services were held yesterday afternoon in this city. Rev. C. L. Green conducted the last rites and funeral arrangements were in charge of Ed. Yarwood of the Okanogan Undertaking Parlors. Burial was made at the Malott cemetery.
Mr. Mason came to this county shortly prior to 1890 and located on the Chilliwhist. He had been a miner in Nevada, but his former home was in Iowa. In this county he entered the cattle business and became a large holder. About sixteen years ago he had a severe sickness which it was thought would end his life. He went to the Coast to recuperate and engaged in the commission business there for a few years, when he again returned to Okanogan county.
From 1894 to 1896 Mr. Mason served as county commissioner. He was an energetic and capable business man and at that time made a good record in county finances. He was one of the first to make a move toward retrenchment in county expenditures which had saddled a heavy debt on the county, which has not yet been wholly removed.
Mr. Mason was one of the first to see the possibilities of irrigation from the flood waters of Loop Loop creek and has been prominently identified with the Pleasant Valley Irrigation & Power Company since it was organized to develop that project. At the time of his death he still held a substantial interest in the company and owned land under the project.
After coming to this county he married Mrs. Mary Platt. In addition to his widow he is survived by three step-daughters, Mrs. F. P. Boan of Pleasant Valley, Mrs. Ida Hansen of McCall, Washington and Mrs. Anna Dailey of Monse. Deceased was 57 years of age.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - June 21, 1919

Frank S. Matsura  Added 04/30/07
Frank S. Matsura Called By Death
A shadow of sorrow was cast over the community early in the week by the sudden death on Monday night of Frank S. Matsura, the Japanese photographer who has been a part and parcel of the city ever since its establishment seven years ago. Frank's death was dramatic in the extreme. About 11 o'clock on the night mentioned some Indians had attempted to break into Neumann's store and after having driven them away City Marshal Joe Leader sent Frank to Neumann's residence to ask the proprietor to come down town and see if anything were missing from the store. Instead of going to Neumann's residence Frank went to the Muldrow home across the street. Why he should do this is a mystery as he was undoubtedly familiar with the location of both families. Mr. and Mrs. Dick Everett were stopping with Mrs. Muldrow during her husband's absence, and in response to Frank's rap at the door Mr. Everett appeared. Frank told him that he was sick, that he believed he was going to die, and fell to the ground choking with blood resulting from a hemorrhage of the lungs. Mr. Everett ran for a doctor, but could find none and when he returned Frank was dead. Undertaker McCampbell was called and took charge of the body, embalming it with a view of holding it until word from relatives or Japanese friends could be had.
A year ago last winter Frank suffered with a severe cold which settled on his lungs and from the effects of which he never recovered. It had been known by his friends for some time that he was not well and apparently getting weaker, but none surmised that he was in the last stages of tuberculosis. He frequently remarked to his closest friends that he had consumption and that he expected to die soon, but usually turned the remark off as a jest and nobody took him seriously.
Although an unpretentious, unassuming, modest little Jap, Frank Matsura's place in Okanogan city will never be filled. He was a photographer of fine ability and his studio contains a collection of views that form a most complete photographic history of this city and surrounding country, covering a period of seven or eight years. He was always on the job. Whenever anything happened Frank was there with his camera to record the event, be it a horse race, a Sunday school convention, a ball game or a coasting party. He has made postcards by hundred of thousands that have been sent all over the world. He has done more to advertise Okanogan city and valley than any other individual.
Furthermore Frank Matsura was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He held the highest esteem of all who knew him. He was one of the most popular men in Okanogan, and was known from one end of this vast county to the other. Although his home and headquarters were in this city, he made frequent tours of the county and enjoyed a lucrative business from all sections.
Frank Matsura came to the Okanogan country nine years ago from Seattle. He was first employed at hotel work in Conconully, always taking a great interest in amateur photography. Finally he abandoned other lines of work altogether and devoted all his efforts and time to his camera. Six years ago this spring he came to Okanogan city and opened a photograph gallery which he has operated since.
Previous to coming to Conconully Frank had spent three years in Seattle and Alaska. It is 12 or 13 years since he came from Japan. He was well educated, being a graduate from a Japanese college at Tokio, and had done newspaper work in his native land. He came from a wealthy and aristocratic family in Japan.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - June 20, 1913

Jacob May  Added 02/09/07
Death Of Dr. May
A kind friend has sent us a copy of the Bridgeport, Conn. Standard Telegram that conveys the sad intelligence that Dr. Jacob May passed away in that city on the 23rd of February, at the age of 69 years. This news will be read by many acquaintances of the doctor in this far off part of the country with feelings of the keenest sorrow, and personally we feel the loss of one of the dearest friends we have made in our long residence in the northwest. Dr. May was for years interested in mining property near Conconully, and he has had frequent occasion to visit the county. Unfortunately he was never able to realize this hopes in making a paying mine. Never was there a more conscientious mine operator in this county. He believed that he had a property that was the making of a mine and he did not hesitate to put a large portion of his fortune, accumulated during a practice of over 40 years, in the mine. He was out here only a few months ago, and at that time was in very poor health but no one supposed that his condition was serious. Personally he was a refined and most loveable gentleman, kind, generous and always genial in his association with his fellow men. He was a delightful entertainer, and his friends in this locality were always delighted to meet and greet him. He leaves a wife and one daughter and one son, the son being Fred J. May, cashier of the State Bank of Tonasket.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - March 7, 1919

Dr. Jacob May Is Dead  Added 06/04/10
Word has been received here of the death of Dr. Jacob May at Bridgeport, Conn., on Sunday, February 23. He was father of Fred J. May, cashier of the Tonasket State Bank, and was well known in the city as a pioneer mining operator in the Conconully district. He became interested more than a quarter of a century ago in the Mineral Hill Mining property and, acting as fiscal agent for the company operating it, was the means of great financial investments in this county.
During the early days of his operations here Dr. May crossed the continent nearly every summer on business connected with the Mineral Hill mine. Of late years his health has not been such as to permit his traveling so much, but his visits have always been looked forward to with anticipation by his friends in the Okanogan.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - March 4, 1919

Lewis McClure  Added 01/30/09
Death of a Pioneer
Mr. Lewis McClure, an esteemed citizen, pioneer miner and rancher of this section, was discovered at his home dead Wednesday by S. M. Metcalf, who had called to inquire about his health, knowing he had been in ill health for some time, but little expecting to find his old friend and neighbor lifeless, as he did. Death probably occurred in the morning, Mr. Metcalf calling after noon. The discovery was promptly reported to the local health officer, Dr. Collins, and Undertaker Thomas brought the remains to town to prepare for burial.
Little is known of the unfortunate man's earlier career. He is probably native of Maine, in the vicinity of Bangor, and was born October 17, 1849. He has been a residant of this section about 27 years, and was generally loved by a large circle of friends, none of whom knew any but kindness of him, always a good friend and neighbor. For the past year his health has failed, but a week ago he felt better, he said. His death will cause sorrow to all who knew him.
No relatives are known to be living, and Christian burial was given the remains at the Beaver creek cemetery yesterday forenoon, Rev. Ricketts conducting services at the grave.
The Methow Valley News - Twisp, Washington - August 27, 1915

Edward Eugene McConnell  Added 07/09/07
Edward Eugene McConnell was born May 19, 1839 near Belfast, Ireland. He died December 26, 1915 at his ranch on Texas Creek east of Carlton, Wa. He is survived by his wife Emma, 6 daughters and 1 son.
He formerly lived at Coffeyville, Kansas, and Springfield, Illinois. He obtained his citizenship at Springfield, Illinois, during the early 1860s along with his brother Arthur McConnell. He knew Abraham Lincoln as a young man.
He is buried in the McConnell Family plot.
Submitted by Ed McConnell

Elizabeth McCracken  Added 04/18/10
Octogenarian Dies.
Mrs. E. McCracken died January 31st in her 83rd year at the home of F. M. Vroman on the Chilliwhist. She was the widow of a Civil War veteran. Burial was at Malott.
The relatives here were F. M. Vroman, her son-in-law, and Mrs. Mark Cattron, a granddaughter. She leaves also a son and his family at Juanita, Nebraska.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - February 8, 1919

Dan J. McDonald  Added 05/23/07
Dan M'Donald Dead
Dan J. McDonald died Thursday night at the Okanogan General Hospital after an illness with diabetes extending over several months. He had only been confined at the hospital a few weeks, however, as the acute state of the disease was not reached until a short time ago. The funeral will be conducted from the parlors of the Okanogan Valley Undertaking Association this afternoon at 2 o'clock and interment will be made in the Okanogan cemetery.
Deceased located in Okanogan about nine years ago when the town was in its formative stage, and he took an active part in the early activities of our citizens. He was a member of the first board of councilmen elected when the town was incorporated. He owns considerable town property and a homestead just south of town upon which he made final proof about a year ago. He was also associated with Charles Dempsey in business at Greenwood, B. C.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - March 13, 1915

Maurice W. McDougall  Added 6/16/06
Items From the Palmer Mountain
Prospector of January 27, 1899
Frank Raborg reports the death of Maurice W. McDougall at Republic, last Monday. The funeral being held last Wednesday. Mr. McDougall was one of the original locators of the Ivanhoe mine on Palmer mountain, and also the first recorder of the Wanicut Lake mining district.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - January 31, 1919
Submitted by Dorothy Petry

Mamie Coyne McIntyre  Added 7/14/06
Mamie Coyne McIntyre
The funeral of Mrs. F. C. McIntyre was held at 10:30 Saturday morning in Spokane, interment being made in Fairmount cemetery. The funeral was under the auspices of the Spokane Rebekahs and Odd Fellows. Splendid floral offerings were in evidence from Spokane friends and from the Okanogan I. O. O. F. and Rebekah lodges. Mrs. McIntyre died Thursday night at the Parkhill sanitarium, where she had been taken by her husband a few weeks previously. She had been ill for more than a year.
Mamie Coyne was born in Ireland 45 years ago and was married to Frank C. McIntyre at Brooklyn, N. Y., in June, 1899. A son and daughter, Ellsworth and Ollie, are the surviving children. The mother of deceased is still living in Ireland, and the following sisters survive: Mrs. Cole of Spokane, Margaret Coyne of Washington, D. C.; Ellen Coyne of New York City, and Annie Coyne of Baltimore.
Mr. McIntyre and children returned Sunday from Spokane.
Mr. McIntyre requests the Independent to express his deep appreciation for the many acts of Kindness extended by Okanogan friends during his bereavement, especially to the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - August 29, 1922

Claude McKee  Added 07/10/10
Claude M'Kee Dead.
Claude McKee, formerly of this place and well known locally, has recently died, according to the following clipping from the Brewster Herald. Deceased was the son of George W. McKee of Molson and an son-in-law of Editor D. L. Gillespie of the Brewster Herald.
"The sad intelligence was received in a telegram Monday, by Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Gillespie, of the death of their son-in-law, Claude McKee, at this mother's home in Walla Walla. Mr. McKee was sick in bed only three days when death occurred. He passed away Saturday and was buried Tuesday in the Walla Walla cemetery. He leaves a wife and young son to mourn his death."
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - November 9, 1920

A. D. McKinley  Added 4/30/06
A. D. McKinley
On Sunday, January 2d, Mr. A. D. McKinley passed away at his home in Twisp. About three months ago he met with an accident in which his skull was fractured, causing paralysis. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1862, and moved from the east to the Methow Valley seven years ago, where he has since made his home. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ricketts Tuesday from the Jake Klinkert home. He leaves a wife and three sons to mourn his untimely death.
The Methow Valley Journal - Winthrop, Washington - January 6, 1916

James McKinley  Added 10/31/06
Death Of Jas. McKinley
(Oroville Gazette)
James McKinley passed away Tuesday morning after a long illness at his home in the south part of town and the funeral took place from L. W. Barnes' undertaking parlors Wednesday afternoon; Rev. Geo. H. Severance officiating. Interment was in Odd Fellows cemetery.
The deceased has long been a suffer from organic disease of the heart, and has been under treatment with Dr. Webb for the past ten years. Some two months ago he was compelled to give up work, and was confined to the house and his death became a question of only a short time. He is survived by a widow, a daughter of Julius Brechlin, of Loomis, and three young children, and a father, who lives in Canada.
James McKinley, who about 45 years of age, was an old resident of the county and one of the pioneer stage drivers of the northwest, although he has not followed stage driving for several years. In early days he drove on the mail route between Conconully and Brewster, and was in the employ of the late W. L. Davis, who had the mail contract for eleven years. He drove on other routes in the northern part of the county until the coming of the railroad put staging in the discard. Some years ago the deceased located in Oroville and of late has been employed in the round house, where he was working at the time his ailment developed its fatal stage. The deceased was a quiet, inoffensive citizen, probably without an enemy in the world. He was a loving husband and affectionate father with a wide circle of friends throughout the county who will sincerely regret to learn of his passing away.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - January 27, 1920

David McKinney
David Grant McKinney, 55, of Oroville died at a Wenatchee hospital last Sunday. He had been at the hospital for five days. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church in Oroville on Wednesday morning. The body was taken to Molson for burial.
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Martha McKinney of Molson, Bramble of Chicago, and Joe of Snohomish; and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Dunlap and Mrs. Helen Weiser, Molson, and Mrs. Monty Mosby, Cape Horn, Washington.
Abstracted from the original - The Oroville Gazette - Oroville, Washington - June 23, 1927

North B. McLean  Added 7/14/06
Death Of A Pioneer
North B. McLean, an old resident of the Conconully district, died Thursday. He had been an invalid from paralysis for eighteen months. He was born in North Carolina and was 83 years of age. He leaves a large family, all residents of this county, except a daughter, Mrs. Harry Bennett of Chehalis. The funeral will be held today.
Besides his widow, Mr. McLean left three daughters Mrs. Harry Bennett, Mrs. H. R. Haygood and Mrs. Earl Palmanteer, and four sons, F. F., Omar G., Curt L., and Talmage.
Omar G. McLean was taken to a Seattle sanitorium Thursday and is in a serious condition from sciatic rheumatism and nervous prostration.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - November 11, 1922

J. A. McLellan  Added 02/25/07
Grim Death Claims Prominent Educator
We are sorry to report the death of Dr. J. A. McLellan, the father of Mrs. Hattie McLellan Randolph, who taught the public school in this city the term before last.
Dr. McLellan was one of the leading educationalists of Canada and was well known in this country both as an author and lecturer. His text book for teachers, "The Psychology of Number," was used for several years by the teachers of Seattle schools and "Applied Psychology" was adopted by the Teachers' Reading Circle of the state. His text books on arithmetic are now in use in public schools of Riverside, Illinois.
Dr. McLellan was principal of the school of Pedagogy, Ontario, unitil within a few months of his death, and during that time lectured to hundreds of teachers yearly on the principles of education. His death will be felt as a loss to all who are acquainted with the work he had done for the cause of education.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - August 30, 1907

William McPherson  Added 01/02/11
County Pioneer, Wm. McPherson, Died Thursday
"Uncle Billy" McPherson, one of the old time settlers of the Okanogan country, died at his home in Brewster Thursday. He has been a sufferer for several years from stomach trouble, which was finally the cause of his death. The funeral will be conducted today (Saturday) and interment made in the Brewster cemetery.
"Uncle Billy" McPherson was a pioneer of a quarter of a century's time in Okanogan county. He was engaged in various lines of business at different times, once being proprietor of the hotel at Conconully in the early history of that place. For a number of years past he has been associated with his brother Peter McPherson in the operation of a ferry at Brewster.
Deceased was one of the best known of the old timers of the county and a man for whom everybody has a good word.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - April 23, 1921

John McQuarrie  Added 07/25/09
John McQuarrie Dead.
The many old-timers of this valley who enjoyed the acquaintance of John McQuarrie, formerly of this valley, will deeply regret to hear of this death at Vancouver, B. C.
Such is the meagre information arriving at this office last week from Vancouver, being contained in a notice from the postmaster at that place that the last number of the Methow Valley News addressed to Jno. McQuarrie was not taken out, stating the reason as being the man was deceased.
Those who knew Mr. McQuarrie here will well remember his kindly disposition, the great love he bore for his fellow man, and his cheerful, optimistic character, regardless of the troubles he may have had to carry of his own, and safe to say, all have a few. He scarcely, if ever, spoke ill of anyone, and he was highly esteemed as a man, as a good citizen by all. He was one of the first ranchers the writer made the acqaintance of five years ago, when this paper was started, when John stepped into this office with a crisp new bank note and asked that the Methow Valley News be mailed to him regularly. As we remember the occasion, he was the first subscriber to this paper, and in so doing he handed us the big spiel that convinced us that we had located in a country where good people lived. That was a long suit of John's and we shall ever remember him kindly. He was always the same, and never seemed to lose sight of the advantage of being of good cheer, and jollying up those whom he met. John McQuarrie was much liked by all, and the report of his death will occasion deep regret.
The Methow Valley News - Twisp, Washington - October 16, 1908

John Melcher  Added 01/02/11
Death Of A Pioneer
John Melcher, a resident of Loomis since 1899, died in Seattle Monday at the of 65. He was a pioneer resident of the state. The body was shipped to Loomis, where funeral services were held Wednesday.
Mr. Melcher had charge of the work on the old Palmer mountain tunnel for several years.
He leaves his widow, Mrs. Beathe C. Melcher, two daughters and a son, Mrs. Lawrence Christenson of Pine Creek, Miss Clara Melcher, who has been teaching school on the Sound, and Jack Melcher, shipping clerk for C. E. Blackwell & Company of Okanogan.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - August 6, 1921

Emma E. Messer  Added 10/31/06
Mrs. W. H. Messer Passes
After a lingering illness, Mrs. W. H. Messer peasefully passed to the great beyond last week Saturday afternoon at the family home north of Omak.
Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. David Brown officiating, interment being made in the Omak Cemetery.
Emma Ellen Smith, daughter of Isaac and Eleanor Smith, was born on a farm in Geneso township, Tama county, Iowa, September 30th, 1858, and died at her home near Omak, July 22nd 1922, age sixty-three years, nine months and twenty-two days.
Nearly all her life was spent in the state of Iowa and she was ever loyal to her birthplace.
She, with her family, came west to Wenatchee in 1910, where they lived for two years, when they moved to their present home near Omak.
She was united in marriage to Willis H. Messer January 1st, 1880. Three children were born to this union, Alice V., Orlo B. and Earl H., all of whom were with her when the end came.
She united with the Methodist church at Geneso when eighteen years of age and has remained a member the remainder of her life.
In her family, she was a loving wife and a faithful mother. Her intimate friends knew her to be loyal and true.
Of a home loving disposition, she did not become acquainted as readily as most people but she was always glad and ever ready to lend a helping hand.
Besides the immediate family, she leaves the following brothers and sister to mourn their loss: Mrs. S. V. Tedford, La Porte City, Iowa; W. W. Smith, La Porte City, Iowa; J. P. Smith, Glennwood, Mo.; Warren Smith, Long Beach, Calif.; Emmett Smith, Los Angeles, Calif.

We desire to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the friends and neighbors for the kindness extended to us during the illness and death of our beloved wife and mother, also for the floral offerings.
W. H. Messer,
Alice V. Messer,
Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Messer,
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Messer,
The Omak Chronicle - Omak, Washington - July 27, 1922

Grover L. Miller  Added 07/05/07
Miller Dies of Wounds
This community has been called upon to add another gold star to its service flag.
Mrs. Grover L. Miller received an official War Department message Sunday morning stating that her husband who had been severely wounded in action on October 5th had died from his injuries the following day.
Grover was one of the local young men who went out with one of the last draft contingents and was thrown into action with practically no training but from all accounts these lads made up in real fighting qualities what they may have lacked in technical military skill or knowledge.
The Omak Chronicle - Omak, Washington - December 13, 1918

Blanche Mills  Added 02/25/07
Death Of Mrs. Mills.
In the issue of last week mention was made of the death of Mrs. Walter L. Mills, a former resident of Oroville at Suquamish. The following obituary notice has been sent in to this paper by a relative of the deceased:
Blanche Switzer Mills, daughter of Jaber Switzer and Elizabeth Banks Switzer, was born at Pingree Grove, Ills., June 27, 1879, where her childhood days were spent. She graduated from the Elgin academy in 1879, and there took up the work of teaching. Coming west to the family home at Davenport, Washington, she followed teaching in this state until she was married to Walter L. Mills at Republic, in 1907. To this union two daughters were born, Mae Elizabeth, aged 11 years and Blanche Francis, aged 9 years. Mr. and Mrs. Mills lived in Oroville several years and seven years ago moved to Spokane, where they have since made their home. Last July they came to Suquamish, hoping that Mrs. Mills health might be improved by a change of climate. She seemed to gain in strength until some two weeks prior to her last illness, when she began to fail rapidly until she passed away. Her sudden death was a great shock to the family and relatives. Her sisters were with her to the end. Her passing on is keenly mourned by all who knew her.
The deceased was loveable, kind, sympathetic, loved and respected by all who knew her. She made and held many friends wherever she lived, who deeply regret her demise. She leaves to mourn her loss, besides her husband and two children, a mother, four sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Elizabeth Switzer, Mrs. Fred J. Fine, of Suquamish, Mrs. R. W. Johnson of Suquamish, Mrs. Geo. Janet, of Mondovia, Miss Alice Switzer of Spokane, Bert Switzer of Elgin, Ills, Boyd Switzer of Elgin, Ills, and Ira J. Switzer of Seattle.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - December 5, 1919

Vernon Mills  Added 04/20/07
Vernon 'Tiny" Mills
Vernon "Tiny" Mills, 60, of Omak, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at Mid-Valley Hospital.
He was born in Princeton, Ark., and moved to Omak at an early age.
Survivors include his mother, two sons and four sisters.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Okanogan Valley Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel, Omak.
Abstracted from the original - The Wenatchee World - Wenatchee, Washington - February 10, 2004
Submitted by Ilene Jeffers

Frank E. Mitchell  Added 7/26/06
Frank E. Mitchell Died Monday At Oroville
Frank E. Mitchell, pioneer of Okanogan county and twice county commissioner, died Monday morning at his home in Oroville. Complications following an attack of flu some two years ago, since which time he has not been entirely well, resulted in his death. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Methodist church in Oroville at 2 o'clock.
There were few men in Okanogan county better known than Frank E. Mitchell. He located on a homestead near Kipling after the North Half of the Colville reservation was opened to settlement in 1900. He came here from Minneapolis, attracted by the opening of Indian lands for settlement. He selected a fine piece of land and developed it to a high state of cultivation. The last few years of his life, however, have been spent on an orchard tract near Oroville, where he located several years ago. His son Mark is a resident on the pioneer homestead, which is still property of the Mitchell family.
Frank Everett Mitchell was born April 3, 1864 at Plover, Wisconsin. His early boyhood was spent in Wisconsin and Minnesota. July 6, 1886, he was united in marriage to Myrtle Maud Webster at DeSmet, South Dakota. Three children were born of this marriage, Glen, Mildren and Mark.
Frank Mitchell was a staunch democrat and was quite active in politics having served two terms as county commissioner for the Third district. He was a successful auctioneer. He is survived by his wife and three children and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Smith of Bellingham, Wash., and Mrs. Ida Kelley of Bozeman, Mont. Mrs. Ella Smith was with him the last three weeks of his life.
His mother, Mrs. Hawthorne, was a pioneer of Okanogan county, having lived at Squaw creek in the Methow, and at Ruby, some thirty years ago.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - April 11, 1922

F. E. Mitchell Is Called By Death  Added 12/28/06
Highly Respected Citizen, a Former County Commissioner, Dies After long Illness
Frank E. Mitchell died at his home Monday morning after a long illness. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church, Rev. James Opie conducting the service, and interment was made in the Oroville cemetery. A large number of people attended the funeral, a testimony to the high esteem in which the deceased was held in this community. The floral offerings were particularly beautiful and profuse, one large piece being presented by the Oroville Commercial club.
Frank Everett Mitchell was born at Plover, Wisconsin, April 3, 1864, and was 58 years and 7 days old at the time of his death. His early boyhood was spent in Wisconsin and Minnesota. July 6, 1886, he was united in marriage to Myrtle Maud Webster at De Smet, South Dakota. Three children were born of this marriage, Glen, Mildred and Mark, all living.
The family came to Okanogan county in March, 1902, and Mr. Mitchell took up a homestead six miles south of Molson. Here they made their home until two years ago, when Mr. Mitchell purchased a tract east of Oroville.
Mr. Mitchell was a public spirited citizen who took a strong interest in promoting the progress of the community and the county in which he lived. He was a staunch democrat and active in politics. He served two terms as county commissioner for the third district. The construction of good roads engaged his attention and he exerted his energy to promote road building while a county official and used his best efforts as a private citizen to improve the means of communication in the county. He was an auctioneer by profession and his services were in wide demand in this part of the county.
The deceased is survived by his wife and three children and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Smith of Bellingham, Wash., and Mrs. Ida Kelly of Bozeman, Mont. Mrs. Smith was with her brother during the last three weeks of his illness.
Glen Mitchell is in the employ of the forest service at Okanogan and Mark Mitchell resides on the homestead that the family still owns in the Molson country.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - April 14, 1922

O. G. Montaney  Added 8/16/06
Gas Kills Montaney
The community was shocked Wednesday morning to learn of the sudden death of O. G. Montaney, which occurred shortly after midnight at the city pumping plant.
Late yesterday evening, it was discovered that the city reservoir was practically dry and Marshal Dolsen being ill, Mr. Montaney was engaged to run the pump for a four hour shift that night.
Hearing the pump running later than it should have been, and fearing that the reservoir would be overflowed and damage done, Mayor Robinson dressed and went to the pump house. He found the building securely locked on the inside and Mr. Montaney in an attitude of sleep in his chair. Failing to awaken Mr. Montaney, Mr. Robinson forced the latch on the door and discovered that life was already gone from Mr. Montaney's body.
The pump had been thrown out of gear, the engine running idle and Mr. Montaney sitting in a very natural position holding his watch in his hand. There is little doubt that escaping gas, coupled with a weak heart, was the cause of death.
The Omak Chronicle - Omak, Washington - January 30, 1920

O. G. Montaney was born in the state of Wisconsin February 12, 1866, and died at Omak, Washington, January 21, 1920.
While living in South Dakota in the spring of 1888, he was married and to this union was born two boys and four girls, all but one of whom are still living.
Funeral services were held at the family home this morning at 10 a.m., Rev. C. J. Boppell officiating. Interment took place at River view cemetery.
The Omak Chronicle - Omak, Washington - January 30, 1920

J. F. Moore
A Fearful Death
Last Sunday J. F. Moore lost his life in a shocking manner. Mr. Moore was at the Chancellor mine in Slate Creek, where the accident occured, which resulted in his death. He went out of the cabin in the morning to shovel the snow off of the roof and immediately a snow slide started from the top of the mountain, which swept down the precipitous mountain side knocking him off the roof, and carrying him along in its relentless grasp to the bottom of the gorge a mile and a half below, where he was found the next day after hours of diligent search by the entire residents of the camp.
The cabin the the Chancellor mine is built against the side of the mountain nearly at the top.
There was a considerable weight of snow on the roof, which was decided had better be removed. Mr. Moore and companion by the name of Alex French started in to remove the snow. French stepped back into the cabin for a moment and that act saved his life, for at that time the slide started down the mountain with frightful speed carrying all with it. The cabin being so close to the mountain the snow slid over the roof taking Mr. Moor to his death a long distance below, and leaving the cabin intact. He left a wife and a host of friends to mourn his sudden death.
Mr. Moore was the general manager of the Chancellor mining co., a young man of exemplary habits, well like by all who were fortunate enough to know and to be cut off in the flower of his manhood, with his hopes of success almost realized seems doubly hard.
Truly the ways of Providence are incrutable.
Brewster Herald - Brewster, Washington - February 7, 1903

Walter Moore  Added 4/24/06
Walter Moore Meets Death in Auto Accident
The entire community was shocked and grieved last Friday morning when word was received that Walter Moore had been killed in an auto accident.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore and infant grandson made an early start from their home in Winthrop to go to Monse, and when about mile below Twisp the lights on his car burned out and before he could stop the car was precipitated over the side of the bridge crossing the Methow Canal, pinning the inmates under it. There was about eighteen inches of water in the canal and Mr. Moore received death by drowning. Mrs. Moore, though pinned down by the weight of the car, was able to get the baby's head and her own out of the water, which position she maintained by superhuman effort for half an hour, when relief came at the hands of Therriault Brothers who were on their way to Pateros in their big truck. The Moores were taken to Twisp where every effort was made to resusitate Mr. Moore. Mrs. Moore and the baby suffered more from exposure in the icy water than from injury.
The funeral was held at the home in Winthrop on Tuesday, conducted by Rev. M. R. Brown, who delivered the oration, and E. M. Thomas as funeral director. The music was furnished by a quartette composed of Miss Hall, Mrs. N. Irving, Andy Hall and Prof. Clumpner. The Winthrop Band led the funeral cortege to the Sullivan Cemetery where the remains were interred with military honors.
Walter Moore was born at Trenton, Ill., February 1841. In 1861 he responded to the first call for volunteers and served his country faithfully during the Civil War, receiving his discharge in 1866. In 1868 he was united in marriage to Miss Harl, of Pottawattamie County, Iowa. To this union was born five children: Mrs. Estelle Hotchkiss, of Winthrop; Charles Moore, of Everett, Wash.; Mrs. Nettie Warren, of Blaine, Wash.; Mrs. Maude Bombard, of Monse, and Mrs. Zilpha Pearce, of Calgary, B. C.; all of whom survive him and were present at his funeral except Mrs. Warren.
In 1884 he moved with his family to Blain, Wash., and in the spring of 1915 he moved to Winthrop where he has made his home.
His was a sunny nature and he was respected and beloved by all who knew him.
Mrs. Moore and children wish to extend their thanks to the neighbors and friends who so thoughtfully did everything possible to alleviate the burden and sorrow during their bereavement.
The Methow Valley Journal - Winthrop, Washington - November 15, 1917

Walter Morgan  Added 01/02/11
War Hero's Body on Way Home From Battlefield
Relatives have been advised that the body of Walter Morgan has arrived at Hoboken, N. J., from the battlefields of France. Morgan was a brother of Mrs. L. H. Purtteman of Okanogan and left here with one of the first draft contingents.
He had a homestead on the reservation. His parents reside at Juliette, Idaho, and the body is being shipped to Moscow, Idaho, for burial.
Young Morgan was killed on September 12, 1918, by a stray bullet that pierced his heart. He had been through the heavy firing at Chattieu Thierry, St. Mihuel and other engagements. After the battle of St. Mihuel, when the troops had been brought back and were behind the lines, a stray missile struck young Morgan and resulted in his death. He was a member of Company I of the Ninth infantry, Second division.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - August 6, 1921

James T. Moriarty  Added 9/30/06
James T. Moriarty Dies Here Sunday After Short Illness
James Thomas Moriarty, age 57, died Sunday night at the Okanogan Hotel from acute intestinal obstruction and peritonitis. Funeral services were held at the Okanogan Undertaking Parlors Sunday evening under the direction of Father Tritz, and burial was in the Okanogan cemetery.
Mrs. Moriarty was transacting business and shopping in Okanogan Saturday, and left late in the afternoon for his ranch in the Duley Lake section. After traveling a few miles he was taken sick with pains I his stomach and laid down on the ground for relief. He was able to return to Okanogan and Dr. C. W. Lane was called. A swelling was found on his left side. The patient responded to treatment, with the assistance of Miss Nora Jones, a trained nurse, who was called to attend him, but Sunday evening his condition became serious and it was concluded that his only chance for life was an immediate operation. Dr. Paul L. West was called in consultation, and realizing that he was in a critical condition, Mr. Moriarty asked for the services of Father Tritz and called Attorney W. C. Gresham to prepare his will.
The operation disclosed a large abscess and the patient passed away as it was opened.
Mr. Moriarty was born in Iowa and would have been 57 years of age early next month. His parents came from Ireland. He leaves a widow and several children. A brother, James, is here from Osoyoos, B. C. Another brother, John, resides in Seattle, and a brother Mal, lives at Eureka, Utah. Besides, the widow, Mrs. Emma Moriarty, he leaves four daughters, Laura, Grace, Ethel and Rose, and a son, William.
The family have lived on leased Indian land in the Duley lake section for the past five years.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - August 16, 1921

Dan Mulchay  Added 12/28/06
Passing Of A Pioneer.
Mention was made in a recent issue of this paper of the death of Dan Mulchay, a pioneer resident of the Loomis neighborhood who passed away in a hospital at St. Paul while en route for Rochester, Minn., where he was going to take treatment for a complication of ailments from which he had been suffering for months. Mr. Mulchay came to northern Okanogan county many years ago, at a time when attention was almost exclusively given to mining, and devoted his time to prospecting. Like most prospectors he lived almost from hand to mounth for a long time. Among the various claims staked out by himself and associates was a group on Gold Hill, only a short distance west of Loomis, Ralph Baggley, of Pittsburg, Penn., a man of large wealth became interested in the Gold Hill property and finally took over the claims at a pretty stiff figure. Mr. Baggley spent thousands of dollars in an effort to make a mine, eventually adandoning the attempt, but that is another story. Associated with Mr. Mulchay in the Gold Hill deal was John Reed, a close friend of the deceased, and after receiving payment for the claims Mulchay and Reed went into the stock business, the former taking up a homestead on Palmer lake where he continued to live up to the time of his death, and the latter, land on Mount Chopaka, where the cattle of the partners ranged. Being an exceedingly careful man, and having experienced the inconvenience of poverty Mr. Mulchay steadily accumulated money and property and at the time of his death was very comfortably off. The deceased was a quiet law abiding citizen and passed away without an enemy in the country where he lived so long, which is more to his credit than any eulogy that might be written upon his death.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - October 29, 1920

Byron Munson  Added 10/31/06
Byron Munson, Pioneer, Is Called By Death
Byron Munson, one of the pioneers of this valley, died Tuesday after an illness of several weeks. Complications of dropsy and influenza were responsible for his death.
The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at his home in Spring Coulee and burial was made in the Clover cemetery where other relatives have been laid to rest. Rev. H. R. Page read the funeral service and music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. Meyer, J. F. Kane and Mrs. Chas. Beck.
Byron Munson came to this section with his parents when a small boy in 1888. They settled on a ranch in Spring Coulee where he has lived since. Last fall he erected a fine bungalow on his place in the coulee. He is survived by his wife and a small child and three brothers--Willard, Myron and Lewis--and two sisters, Mrs. Dan Gamble of Brewster and Mrs. Hilton of Spokane. Another sister, Mrs. Walters, died last summer.
Deceased was 43 years of age and was born in Bishop, Calif.
The Okanogan Independent - Okanogan, Washington - February 21, 1920

Ellen Philomene Murphy  Added 02/09/07
Tuesday morning, March 28, 1916, after a brief illness, Venerable Mother Mary Scholastica, of the Order of St. Benedict, superioress of St. Joseph's hospital, Oroville, aged 62 years, 8 months and 3 days.
The deceased was born Ellen Philomene Murphy, at Covington, Ky., July 25, 1853. She gave up the pomps and vanities of this world and entered upon her religious life twenty-seven years ago. Besides her consecration to the order of which she was a shining light prior to taking her vows, Mother Scholastica took a thorough course as a trained nurse at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Orange N. J., thus perfecting herself in the duties that would fall to her lot as a Sister of St. Benedict. She has followed the work to which her life was devoted in Europe, Canada and the United States, carrying cheer and comfort to the unfortunate and all those requiring her ministrations.
The death of Mother Superior Scholastica was sudden and unexpected. She was taken Sunday morning with paralysis of the respiratory organs. Everything known to medical science was employed for her relief and she was tenderly cared for by loving hands. She rallied for a time, but owing to her exhausted condition, brought about by sleepless nights and constant attendance upon the sick for a long period, she did not have the vitality necessary to regain strength, passing away at an early hour Tuesday morning. No death has occurred in Oroville that created such universal sorrow, and as the unexpected announcement was circulated among the people on every hand was expressed keen and genuine words of regret.
Mother Superior Scholastica took charge of St. Joseph's hospital, in this place on the first day of June, 1915, and speedily won the love and respect of all clases and all denominations by her Christian charity, her self-sacrificing devotion to the care of the afflicted, by her kind, amiable, cheerful and charming personality. She was an angel of mercy in the sick room, her very smile was like a ray of sunshine, her benificent ministrations were as soothing as a benediction and her pure, gentle, benign life worthy of emulation. The closing of this unselfish life is a serious loss to the Order with which she was so long connected, and to those associated with her in that sisterhood.
The remains were taken to Spokane Friday morning in charge of Father M. J. Kasper, O. M. J., and Miss Minnie Schulte, head nurse at St. Joseph's hospital. The funeral will take place from Sacred Heart hospital Saturday.
The Oroville Weekly Gazette - Oroville, Washington - March 31, 1916


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