Idaho County Free Press

Thursday, March 19, 1936

Ben F. Robertson Rites Held Sunday

Services Sunday by I.O.O.F. and K. of R. Lodges; Tony Gordon Passes

Ben F. Robertson, deputy sheriff and jailer of Idaho county, died last Friday evening, following an illness of about a week, although sickness and ill health had pursued him for the past two or three years.

Benjamin Franklin Robertson was born in Slabtown, Oregon August 22, 1868 and in 1881 moved with his family to Colfax, Wash.  He was united in marriage to Evva Terwillegar February 25, 1894 and in 1896 he and Mrs. Robertson moved to Idaho county, settling on a ranch at Greencreek.  He and his brother operated a livery barn in Cottonwood for a short time, and in 1920 moved with his family to Grangeville where they have since resided.

He served Idaho county two terms as deputy sheriff under W.H. Eller, for more than ten years was chief of police of the city of Grangeville, and for the past year had been at the county jail.

Mr. Robertson was a charter member of the I.O.O.F. lodge at Winona, and a 25-year veteran of McKinley lodge Knights of Pythias at Cottonwood, receiving his veteranís jewel there last spring at the district convention.

Surviving are his widow, a son, Reynold and a daughter, Mrs. Lola King; five grandchildren, Delmore, Lolietta, Jun Elanore and Buddie Robertson and Joan Lea King; two brothers, Clarence of Kimberly, Oregon and John of Portland, and a sister, Mrs. Susan Blackman, Portland.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Ailor Mortuary, Rev. H.E. Sias officiating and services inn charge of the local Odd Fellow lodge.  Interment was in the Prairie View cemetery under the direction of the Knight of Pythias lodges of Grangevillle and Cottonwood.

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