Submitted by Deb Starr



Everett Chaney, 57, Dies Heart Attack Saturday Evening

Everett L Chaney, 57, well-known Salmon river resident, died Saturday evening just as the car he was being brought to Grangeville in arrived at General hospital.  Death resulted from a heart attack.

He had been steelhead fishing in the afternoon and on arrival home said he had difficulty in climbing from the river to the highway.  When he continued to feel badly Mrs. Chaney stopped Dick Ruark, who was passing their place on McKenzie creek, who brought the Chaney’s to town.

He died before Dr. R.M. Buttermore could move the patient into the hospital.  The oxygen tanks and apparatus were taken to the car at the front door on order of Velma Morelan, hospital superintendent.

Chaney was well known for his column in the Idaho County Free Press and two books, “Verse and Worse” and “Chaney’s Dictionary and Things About Stuff.”  He was also an active member of the Brink and a Half Club, and contributed to the club annual publication, Idaho’s Golden Road to Adventure.

As to his early life, he said in one of his books, “I spent doing what I was compelled to do by higher authority and what I could get away with.”

Everett Chaney was born March 18, 1900, at Stronghurst, Ill., the son of Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Chaney.  The family later lived in Iowa, Kansas and Ohio, and came west to Grangeville in 1912.  He attended schools in Ohio and at Grangeville.  He was a member of the Methodist church.

July 25, 1920, he married Doris Chase at the home of her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Chase, six miles north of Grangeville.  The couple lived on Camas Prairie until 1920, when they moved to Salmon river to operate the Horseshoe Bend ranch across the river from the highway.  Later they purchased “It,” a café and refreshments stand at the mouth of McKenzie creek.

He had worked as a cowboy, farmer, stockman, truck driver and for a time was instructor of agriculture to a group of Salmon river World War I veterans.  He was also census taker in 1950 doing most of the traveling on horseback in the remote canyons of Salmon and Snake rivers.

Mr. Chaney is survived by his wife, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Mark Taylor, and granddaughter, Debbie, Lewiston; two sisters, Mrs. Lester Taylor, Spokane, who returned about a week ago from Fairbanks, Alaska, and Mrs. Oliver Peterson, Hanceville, B.C., Canada.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Ailor Mortuary chapel, with Rev. William Berney, officiating.  Mrs. Esther Von Bargen furnished the music.

Pallbearers were George Stevens, George Russell, John Olmstead, Floyd Manning, Glen Inglish and Robert Dunn.  Interment was at Prairie View cemetery.



By Mrs. Russell Burrows

SLATE CREEK – The community was shocked to learn of the sudden death of Everett Chaney, following a heart attack Saturday night.  Sincere sympathy is extended to Mrs. Chaney, her daughter, Mrs. Mark Taylor and Mr. Chaney’s sister in their bereavement.

Attending the funeral services in Grangeville Tuesday were Mr. and Mrs. George Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Tipton, John Maynard, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Large and Mrs. Mamie A. Robie.



By Mrs. R. McAllister

The sympathy of the community goes to all those families who have been touched by the Grim Reaper, including Mrs. Tracey Watson, who lost her husband; Eli Hendrix, a brother-in-law, Fred Fairhurst; and we also include our Editor’s wife, who lost her mother, and Mrs. Doris Chaney who’s husband, known to all Free Press readers, died Saturday.  His wit and definitions have time and again given us a chuckle, and we know a lot of it will live on in the thoughts of those who knew him.



GRANGEVILLE – Funeral services for Everett Chaney will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Ailor Funeral Chapel with the Rev. William Berney of the Grangeville Community Church officiating.  Burial will be at Prairie View Cemetery.




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