Pomeroy Washington Downtown National Historic District

Pomeroy Washington city cemetery

1935 Funeral Notices and Obituaries for Pomeroy Related People

A. Rubenser Dead From Heart Attack


Adam Rubenser died this afternoon [October 24, 1935] about 1:30 of a heart attack. He had just entered the Revere hotel and ordered dinner. Before it had been served he began choking. Attempting to leave the lobby he fell over a table to the floor. A doctor was called, in the meantime artificial respiration being attempted by some persons present. When a physician arrived he pronounced the man dead, undoubtedly of a heart attack.

Mr. Rubenser was a little over 40 years of age, a son of the late Joseph Rubenser. He was born here. He married Tillie Weimer, who survives as do a son and two daughters. Deceased also left surviving two brothers, Frank Rubenser; Joseph J. Rubenser, Pomeroy; sisters, Lizzie Andrus, Lewiston; Theresa Geisler, Odessa; Helen Howard, Pomeroy; and Emma, residing in Montana.

No funeral arrangements had been made at the time of going to press. The body is resting at the C. M. Vassar mortuary.

--East Washingtonian, October 24, 1935

Julia Ann (Miller) Bruce

Mrs. John E. Bruce died at the family residence on Seventh street, October 12, 1935, after having lived continuously in Garfield county for 57 years.

Born Julia Ann Miller, February 10, 1855, in Yolo county, California, she attended school in her native county and there grew to young womanhood, marrying John E. Bruce October 21, 1869. Shortly after, they went east to Missouri where they remained till in 1877, when they moved to California, remained a few months then came north to what was then Columbia county, locating on land eight miles west of Pomeroy, the place now owned by Ed Ruchert.

Later they acquired farm lands on divide between Pataha creek and the Tucannon river, near the head of Marengo grade. Retiring from the farm about 1900, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce moved to Pomeroy to spend their declining years, having accumulated a competence In October 1929 the couple celebrated their sixtieth anniversary. Mr. Bruce passed away in 1932 at the age of 91 years.

Surviving are two daughters, Lelia Fanazick and Irene Bruce, both of Pomeroy, four sons, Carroll, of Pomeroy; Seth, of Redmond, Washington; Ira of Dayton and Ray of Hood River, Oregon; also 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Dougherty, Calif., and Mrs. Susie Waldo, Harcourt, Alberta.

Mrs. Bruce was a typical pioneer woman of the west, competent, thrifty and forward looking. She was devoted to her family and their welfare. She will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held from the C. M. Vasaar chapel Monday afternoon with Rev. J. Raymond Fite in charge. Pallbearers were John Robertson, E. H. Kimble, Albert Jackson, Frank Cardwell, A. E. Dickson, and H. L. Chard. Interment was in the city cemetery.

--East Washingtonian, page 1, October 17, 1935

James William Fuller

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the C. M. Vassar chapel for J. W. Fuller, pioneer resident of the upper Tucannon, who died after a lingering illness, October 12, 1935.

James William Fuller was born in Bracken county, Kentucky, March 16, 1853. At the age of 13 he crossed the plains with his father, mother, three sisters and one brother. With the meagerest of possessions when they landed in Walla Walla in 1866, they owned a few household effects, one cow, a wagon and fifty cents in money.

At the age of 24 Mr. Fuller and Maria Cooper married. They had four children: Mrs. Belle Mallory, Mrs. Kisanna Bosley, Frank Fuller, and Edwin Fuller who died in 1898. He moved from Walla Walla to a farm near Covello, Columbia county, Wash., and later to Dry Hollow, Garfield county, where his wife died at the age of 24.

Moving to Oregon, he later married Iva Forney in 1890 at Peola. For 19 years he was engaged in driving a team at logging for sawmill. To the second union five daughters were born: Mrs. Mamie Randall, Mrs. Sylvia Ogden, Mrs. Ray Oliver, Mrs. Edith Ogden, and Eva who died in 1898. All of those living reside at Pomeroy except Mrs. Randall, who recently moved to Fall Creek, Oregon. Besides the widow and children, he left surviving 22 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Mr. Fuller was well and favorably known to a good many people, particularly the older settlers of the country. He never aspired to public office, nor sought fame nor fortune. He lived a quiet life, content with rural surroundings and rearing his family. He was known as a man of integrity, honest in his dealings with his fellowmen.

Rev. J. Raymond Fite conducted the last rites. Grandsons of deceased acted as pallbearers. Interment was in the city cemetery.


William Thornton, 58, killed by an automobile last Friday [Sept. 27, 1935] on Main street, Lewiston, formerly lived here and was well known. At one time he was a tractor salesman handling the Allis-Chalmers line. Mr. Thornton and family moved from here to Clarkston and then to Lewiston where he was living at the time of death.

Funeral services were held last Sunday afternoon in Lewiston. Deceased is survived by his widow, son, four daughters and two sisters—Alfred Thornton, Mason City, Wash.; Mrs. Glen Tondevoid, Lewiston Orchards; Miss Winifred Thornton, Grangeville; Mrs. Ray Cammack, Spokane; and daughter Martha Thornton at home. Two sisters are Mrs. John Holmes, Camas, Washington, and Mrs. Leroy Southwick, of Southwick, Idaho. Brothers are Owen Thornton, Fraser, and Frank Thornton, Southwick.

--East Washingtonian, October 3, 1935, page 1