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MORRIS, John "Casey"

John "Casey" MORRIS was born December 20, 1881, in Streatror, LaSalle County, Illinois to William MORRIS and Selena "Lena" PRESCOTT. John came to Kittitas County, Washington with his parents in 1890 and became a "familiar figure" in Roslyn. He worked in the coal mines as a rope rider, and was a "great outdoorsman, fishing and hunting were his favorite hobbies. He was a former member of the Eagles Lodge."

John married his first wife, Ellen FARRINGTON on July 2, 1902 in Roslyn, Kittitas County, Washington. She was born on February 6, 1884 in Tucarawas County, Ohio to William FARRINGTON and Mary HINDLEY. Ellen and her family came to Washington when she was a small child. She died of hemorraghic scarlet fever on July 2, 1912 in Roslyn, Kittitas County, Washington and is buried in the Roslyn Moose Cemetery. Her death certificate is issued in the name of "Helen" MORRIS. She may be buried in the FARRINGTON family plot in Roslyn and with a stone marked "Helen FARRINGTON".

John and Ellen had one child, Mildred Ellen MORRIS, born January 31, 1903. Her birth is listed in Early Kittitas County Births, by the Kittitas County Genealogical Society. She was christened April 30, 1905 at the Calvary Church, in Roslyn Washington. The record is signed "Sidney A. MORGAN" and witnesses were the parents, John MORRIS and Ellen FARRINGTON, and William HEATHCOCK. After her mother's death, Mildred, went to live with Raymond Arlo TAYLOR and Linnie Elizabeth SPRAY who eventually adopted her about 1913 and her name was changed to Mildred Ellen TAYLOR.

John MORRIS' second wife, Mabel HANSON, was a practical nurse and they had four sons: William, Daniel, Richard and Raymond who were twins.

John died in a mining accident, under a trip, at # 9 mine in Roslyn, Kittitas County, Washington, on December 20, 1946 - his 65th birthday. He is buried at the Moose Cemetery in Roslyn, Washington. Services were held from the Episcopal Church preceding burial. Thomas WOODWARD, lay reader, officiated. John's mother, Selena, listed in his obituary as Mrs. James D. BONE, was alive at the time of his death as well as a brother Harold BONE of Roslyn, and a sister Gladys Mae BONE Heathcock also of Roslyn.

A copy of his obituary states that he had lived in Roslyn about 35 years and had worked for the NWI mines for 31 years.

Submitted by Shirley Walterhouse


TAYLOR, Raymond Arlo

Raymond Arlo TAYLOR married Linnie Elizabeth SPRAY. Raymond was a clerk in the coal mines. Mildred Ellen MORRIS, daughter of John MORRIS and Ellen FARRINGTON came to live with the couple in 1912 when her mother, Ellen died. Raymond and Linnie adopted her about 1913 and she became Mildred Ellen TAYLOR. The family moved from Washington to Sheridan, Wyoming and eventually Taylorville, Illinois. There is/was a Spray Lake on the property that is now Ft. Lewis, Washington. Raymond and Ellen also took care of Mildred's daughter, Elizabeth Mae "Betty" GOWIN, after Mildred divorced and remarried in 1926. She became known as Betty TAYLOR. Raymond and Linnie are buried in Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois.

Submitted by Shirley Walterhouse


MORRIS, Mildred Ellen

Mildred Ellen MORRIS was born to John MORRIS and Ellen FARRINGTON on January 31, 1903. She was christened April 30, 1905 at the Calvary Church, in Roslyn Washington. The record is signed "Sidney A. MORGAN" and witnesses were the parents, John and Ellen MORRIS and William HEATHCOCK. After her mother's death, Mildred, went to live with Raymond Arlo TAYLOR and Linnie Elizabeth SPRAY who eventually adopted her about 1913, and her name was changed to Mildred Ellen TAYLOR.

Mildred married her first husband, Carroll GOWIN, 1925, in Christian County, Illinois. Carroll and Mildred had a daughter, Elizabeth Mae "Betty" GOWIN. The marriage ended in divorce in 1926.

Mildred remarried, to Ben Thomas SEMAN May 10, 1926, and Betty went to live with the TAYLORS. She became generally known as Betty TAYLOR, and is now deceased.

Mildred had two children with her second husband: Shirley Ellen SEMAN Walterhouse and Thomas Raymond SEMAN who is deceased.

When Mildred's father, John "Casey" MORRIS, died in Dec 1946, his family finally notified her of his death in the spring of 1947. She was surprised to find that she had four young half-brothers, but there remained little communication between them, even after that.

Ben SEMAN died in 1946 and Mildred November 23, 1967. They are buried in Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois.

Submitted by Shirley Walterhouse


BONE, Gladys Mae

Gladys Mae BONE was born to James D. BONE and Selena "Lena" PRESCOTT. She came to Roslyn in the early 1900's and attended Roslyn schools. She married Albert HEATHCOCK September 10, 1921. They had a daughter, Audrey L. HEATHCOCK married a DeVERE, and lived in Chimacum at the time of Gladys' death. Gladys was a member of the Pocohontas Lodge, Roslyn. She died in a nursing home in Cle Elum, Washington June 8, 1981.

Submitted by Shirley Walterhouse


MORRIS, William

William MORRIS' family came from Lancashire, England to the United States. William married Selena "Lena" PRESCOTT and had a son, John "Casey" MORRIS, on December 20, 1881 in Streatror, LaSalle Co., Illinois. They came to Kittitas County, Washington in 1890. Selena later married James D. BONE in 1896.

Submitted by Shirley Walterhouse


BONE, James D.

James D. BONE's family came from Lancashire, England to the United States. James married in 1896 to Selena "Lena" PRESCOTT, formerly the wife of William MORRIS. James and Selena had a daughter named Gladys Mae, and a son named Harold.

Submitted by Shirley Walterhouse


FARRINGTON, William

William FARRINGTON's family came from Lancashire, England to the United States. William married Mary HINLEY/HENDLEY and they had a daughter named Ellen, February 6, 1884 in Tucarawas County, Ohio. They lived in Kittitas County in the Mid-1800's. On October 14, 1898, William and Mary had their 10th child, Dewey FARRINGTON. Dewey is listed in the Early Kittitas County Births by the Kittitas County Genealogical Society. Ellen and Dewey are the only children whose names are known. The family may have attended Calvary Church in Roslyn, Washington.

Submitted by Shirley Walterhouse



STENGER, Peter William

Peter William STENGER was born March 17, 1866 in Danville, Pennsylvania to Valentine STENGER (Von STEINER) and Dora. William married April 10, 1890 in Tacoma, Washington to Emma Agnes KELLY, born February 5, 1872 in Utica, New York to Michael Francis KELLY and Agnes B. McCARTHY. William and Emma had two children, Dora Matilda and William Francis before going to Kittitas County in 1892. There they had Ethel Agnes, Roy Peter, and Ruth Rosa. Emma died on January 21, 1934 in Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington. Peter died September 1, 1947 in Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington. They are both buried in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery.



STENGER, Dora Matilda

Dora Matilda STENGER was born to Peter William STENGER and Emma Agnes KELLY on January 31, 1891 in Tacoma, Washington. She married on April 10, 1913 to George E. PLUNKETT in Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington. Dora died January 21, 1976 in Ellensburg.



STENGER, William Francis

William Francis STENGER was born to Peter William STENGER and Emma Agnes KELLY on October 8, 1892 in Tacoma, Washington. He married Corrine Minnie Sophie NAGEL August 16, 1916 in Tacoma Washington. William died December 22, 1982 also in Tacoma, Washington.



STENGER, Ethel Agnes

Ethel Agnes STENGER was born to Peter William STENGER and Emma Agnes KELLY on September 28, 1898 in Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington where Ethel married John Earl WIPPEL on June 4, 1923. She died August 6, 1980 also in Ellensburg.



STENGER, Roy Peter

Roy Peter STENGER was born to Peter William STENGER and Emma Agnes KELLY on December 5, 1902 in Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington. He married March 8, 1922 to Margaret T. CHALLMAN. Peter died September 24, 1958 and Margaret died April 10, 1991, both in Tacoma, Washington.



STENGER, Ruth Rosa

Ruth Rosa STENGER was born to Peter William STENGER and Emma Agnes KELLY in Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington and died in Kirkland, Washington. She married Thomas GRANT.

Submitted by Noel M. Walker (Stenger)

 

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