Idaho County Free Press

Thursday, March 13, 1947


  Louis Webber, 86, pioneer resident of Idaho county and a veteran of the Nez Perce Indian War, passed away early Sunday morning at his home in Grangeville, after a lingering illness.

  He was born March 24, 1860 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, the youngest son of  Mr. and Mrs. John Webber. When a small boy, the family moved to Minnesota, then to Montana, and later to western Oregon. In the spring of 1877 they came to Idaho, locating at Mt. Idaho and the following June, Webber, then a lad of 17 years, fought in the Indian War.

  He was married February 25, 1894, to Miss Oleva B. Allen at the residence of the Rev. E.A. Chase, Grangeville, and they made their home on a farm in the Fairview section. A few years ago they moved to Grangeville where they since made their home. At the time of his passing, Mr. Webber was 86 years, 11 months, and 16 days old.

  He was a member of Mt. Idaho Lodge #9 A.F. and A.M. since 1921 and a member of Mountain Queen chapter no. 11, Order of Easter Star.

  Surviving relatives are his widow; one son, Arthur Louis Webber; two daughters, Mrs. Clyde Graham, Kooskia, and Mrs. Cyrus Graham of Grangeville; one sister, Mrs. Matilda Rumpf, Seattle; three grandchildren, Louis E. Graham, Milton E. Graham, and Mrs. Earl Leach; also seven great-grandchildren.

  Services were held Tuesday, March 11 at 2 p.m., the Rev. John Rice officiating. Hymns were sung by Pearl Campbell and Mrs. Elsie Bunting with Mrs. Marie Green at the organ. Pallbearers were C.O. Vincent, Ed Vincent, T.W. Hyer, A.L. Gilkeson, Ed. Hiles, and Bert Heron. The Masonic Lodge conducted commital services at the grave. Burial was in Prairie View Cemetery.


 Submitted by Chris Cornett



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