IDAHO COUNTY FREE PRESS

Thursday, December 5, 1935

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR MRS. ISABEL PEARSON

Was Woman Who Submitted Name for Grangeville and Charity Grange

  Isabel Crooks Pearson a pioneer matron of Idaho county and instrumental in organizing and naming the Charity Grange Lodge and later the town of Grangeville, died at her home in White Bird Friday.

Born in Virginia in 1847, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Crooks, she crossed the p;lains at the age of four with her parents, behind an ox team.  The family first located near Corvfallis Oregon, in 1859 and later moved to The Dalles where Mr. Crooks engaged in farming and livestock raising.  In 1866 Crooks drove his stock to Camas Prairie and operated meat markets in Florence and Warren, and later moved his family to the present sit at Grangeville, and located on 580 acres of land.  She was married to William C. Pearson in Oregon and when Crooks came to Idaho she and her husband accompanied them.

Mrs. Pearsonís father was one of the organizers of the Charity Grange and when the townsite company was formed she suggested the name of Grangeville.  She had lived in White Bird for many years before her death.

Mrs. Pearson was the mother of ten children, eight of whom are still living, and besides her five sons and three daughters, she is survived by 14 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Hancock Funeral Home, Rev. Sydney A. Walker, officiating and interment was in the Prairie View cemetery.  Pall Bearers were Henry Telcher, Hery Rothwell, Grant Benedict, Fred Noyes, Lew Smith and T. A. Long.  Music was furnished by Mr. Weston Henry. 

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