Idaho County Free Press,
Thursday, March 25, 1954
Death Claims William Huff, Idaho Pioneer
Widely Known Farm Leader Succumbs To Heart Attack Following Hospitalization
William M. (Bill) Huff, prominent pioneer Camas prairie farmer since 1902,
succumbed Sunday night at Grangeville General Hospital after an illness of six
weeks. He had been hospitalized with a heart attack.
Mr. Huff was widely known for his activities and interest in agriculture and the
agricultural program. He had served as chairman of the county ASC board and was
one of the directors of the Agricultural Administration Act when it was first
He was active in fraternal organizations and achieved eminence in the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows during his 43 years of membership in all
branches of the order. In 1950, he was decorated by the Odd Fellows with the
Order of Chivalry the highest honors of the fraternity.
Mr. Huff also was a member of Mt. Idaho Lodge No. 9 AF&AM having received
the degree of Master Mason the night before he was hospitalized.
William Huff was born March 26, 1890, at Miami, Missouri, one of a family of 18
children. He had fourteen brothers and three sisters. The family moved to Idaho
in 1902, locating near Cottonwood, where he attended school.
He was married to Belle Mitchell at Grangeville, September 21, 1911. The couple
farmed near Cottonwood and then located on a farm north of Grangeville. In 1918,
they purchased their present farm home and have resided there since.
He is survived by his wife, one son, Earl, and a daughter, Mrs. Lyle Beardemphl,
all of Grangeville; a son, Wayne, died in 1923; two brothers, Lawrence Huff of
Moscow, and Roy Huff of Vancouver, B.C., and three grandchildren, all of
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 at the Robertson Funeral
Chapel. The Rev. LaVern Tooley, pastor of the Community Church, officiated. Mt.
Idaho Lodge No. 9 AF&AM was in charge of committal services at Prairie View
Submitted by Chris Cornett