Submitted by Deb Starr


Thursday, February 12, 1948


Mr. and Mrs. Bert Chaney lost their lives Tuesday morning, between 9 and 0 o’clock in a fire which completely destroyed their home, near the Horseshoe Bend mine on Salmon river.  The origin of the fire will always remain a mystery and particulars are lacking as the house was a mass of ruins before help could reach the aged couple.

Mrs. Everett Chaney, whose home is directly across the river from where the tragedy occurred, reported talking to her father-in-law not more than 15 minutes before the fire broke out.  He told her they had eaten breakfast and he had picked up the mail sack.  A few minutes later when she looked out the house was on fire but before she and her husband could row across the river in their boat, the house had burned to the ground.

Mrs. Leon Anscombe, who lives about a quarter mile away, was the first one to discover the blaze.  Ellis Painter called the sheriff’s office here and Sheriff Buck Paul and Coroner Glenn Ailor went to the scene of the disaster and found the two bodies in the back bedroom of the home.

Everett Chaney believes his parents, who both had bad hearts, collapsed from the excitement of the fire.  Mrs. Chaney was recovering from an attack of flu and was barely able to be up and around.


Martha Tannahill was born Sept 23, 1869 at Bellfast, Ohio, and Bert Chaney was born Oct. 12, 1873, at Berrysville, Ohio.  They were married 51 years ago last Thanksgiving day in Ohio.  In 1912 the family moved to Camas Prairie, settling on a farm north fo town.  About ten years ago they moved to McKenzie creek on Salmon river.

Survivors include one son, Everett Chaney, White Bird; two daughters, Mrs. Lucile Taylor of Greenacres, Wash., and MRs. Bessie Rowe, Olympia, Wash.; a second son, Matthew, died in infancy.  Three grandchildren also survive.  Douglas and Donald Taylor, Greenacres and Mrs. Mark Taylor (Pat Chaney) Pocatello.

Funeral Services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o/clock at the Ailor chapel, the Rev. Harold W. Black officiating.  Burial will be in Prairie View cemetery.



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