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Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks was born November 25, 1876, in Potosi, Washington Co., MO, and died June 21, 1942, in Maxville, Granite Co., MT, at age 65. Buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. He is the son of William Brooks of Missouri, and Susan Anne "Annie" Portis of Tennessee. Susan's parents are Ricks B. Portis of Nash Co., TN, and Nancy Ann Unknown of Kentucky. Ms. Brooks died at the Female Hospital on July 29, 1882, of post partum complications and peritonitis, at about age 30. Buried in Holy Ghost Cemetery.

Mary Adelaide "Bertha" Swan was born February 6, 1881, in Grant Twp., Tama Co., IA, and died February 26, 1955, in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, at age 74. Buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, Alameda Co., CA. She is the daughter of John Swan of Scotland, and Elizabeth McMath (1860 - 1890 near Gould, MT) of Scotland. Bertha Swan had at least two brothers: James Gerald Swan (born May 24, 1886, in Jamestown, Stutsman Co., ND) and John George Swan (born December 12, 1887, in Jamestown, Stutsman Co., ND).

Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks and Mary Adelaide "Bertha" Swan were married December 6, 1898, in Helena, Lewis and Clark Co., MT.

Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks and Mary Adelaide "Bertha" (Swan) Brooks had no children.

Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks and Mary Adelaide "Bertha" (Swan) Brooks were divorced June, 1910, in Montana.

Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks then married Irma Frances Hostetter.

Irma Frances Hostetter was born May 25, 1893, in Spring Valley, Fillmore Co., MN, and died October 4, 1977, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, at age 84, Buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. She is the daughter of Franklin "Frank" Hostetter of Green Co., WI, and Maud Anna "Annie" King of Macon, Bibb Co., GA.

Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks and Irma Frances Hostetter were married May 23, 1910, in Helena, Lewis and Clark Co., MT.

Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks and Irma Frances (Hostetter ) Brooks had six children:

  1. Francis Mae Brooks: Born November 10, 1910, in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT; Died November 17, 1910, in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT (age Infant).
  2. Violet Irene Brooks: Born January 12, 1912, in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT; Died November 19, 1994, in Hamilton, Ravalli Co., MT (age 82). Married (1) May 23, 1929, at the Court House, Butte, Silver Bow Co., MT, to Ernest William Cody: Born September 23, 1903, in Salmon City, ID; Died August 26, 1938, in Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT (age 35). Buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. He is the son of Austin Cody and Lena Sise. Divorced about 1937 in Montana. Married (2) June 6, 1937, at the Methodist Church, Missoula, Missoula Co., MT, to L. James O'Connor: Born about 1912 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL; Unknown.
  3. Virgil Wilmer Brooks: Born November 3, 1914, in Helena, Lewis and Clark Co., MT; Died May 12, 1992, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA (age 77). Buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. Married Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1936, in Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT, to Katheryn May "Kay" Abbey: Born November 20, 1915, in Ovando, Powell Co., MT; Died March 24, 1995, in Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, Hamilton, Ravalli Co., MT (age 79). Buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT.
  4. Virginia Rose "Gin" Brooks: Born December 10, 1917, at Scratch Gravel, a mining camp near Helena, Lewis and Clark Co., MT; Died December 10, 2001, in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT (age 84). Buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. Married October 25, 1936, in Bozeman, Gallatin Co., MT, to Leonard William "Wuss" Bowen: Born May 22, 1915, in Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT; Died October 31, 1994, in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT (age 79). Buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT.
  5. Walter Hughes "Walt" Brooks: Born September 9, 1920, in Butte, Silver Bow Co., MT; Died June 19, 2012, at a Helena nursing home, Helena, Lewis and Clark Co., MT (age 90). Buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. Married November 18, 1950, at the parsonage of the Mountain View Methodist Church, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT, to Patricia J. Purtle: Born June 16, 1932, in Unknown; Died January 2, 1997, in Granite Co., MT (age 64). Buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. She is the daughter of Thomas F. "Tom" Purtle and Fern Fessenden.
  6. Eleanor Winnifred "Lala" Brooks: Born September 25, 1922, in Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT; Died December 31, 2002, in Bothell, WA (age 80). Married April 26, 1942, in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT, to Llewellyn C. "Lew" Griffith: Born February 1, 1920, in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE; Died November 30, 1995, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA (age 75).

After Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks died, Irma Frances (Hostetter) Brooks married Alfred Merton "Al" Nice.

Alfred Merton "Al" Nice was born April 24, 1884, in New London Twp., Henry Co., IA, and died August 13, 1954, at a local hospital, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, at age 70. Buried in Riverside Memorial Park, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA. He is the son of Villeroris Lafayette Nice of Pleasant Grove Twp., Des Moines Co., IA, and Alice Isadora Bishop of New London Twp., Henry Co., IA.

Alfred Merton "Al" Nice was first married to Lavina Rosina Wedlock.

Lavina Rosina "Vina" Wedlock was born August 20, 1881, in Pilot Twp., Cherokee Co., IA, and died February 26, 1941, at her home, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, at age 59. Buried in Riverside Memorial Park, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA. She is the daughter of John Richard Wedlock of Rockdale, Crawford Co., PA, and Mary Jane Dobson of Deloit, Crawford Co., IA.

Alfred Merton "Al" Nice and Lavina Rosina Wedlock, both of Coalgate, were married December 31, 1904, in the Central District, Indian Territory.

Alfred Merton "Al" Nice and Lavina Rosina (Wedlock) Nice had six children:

  1. Ralph Harlan Nice: Born July 18, 1905, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK; Died July 21, 1983, in Mountain View, Santa Clara Co., CA (age 78). Married about 1923 in Palo Alto, San Mateo Co., CA, to Elizabeth Campbell: Born October 28, 1906, in Idaho; Died January 24, 1993, in Santa Clara, Santa Clara Co., CA (age 86).
  2. Edith LaVonne Nice: Born January 22, 1908, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA; Died April 27, 1993, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 85). Married January 30, 1937, in Seattle, King Co., WA, to Lee Frederick Vincent: Born about 1906 in Washington; Died October 19, 1990, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 84).
  3. Esther Nice: Born April 4, 1910, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA; Died December 21, 1968, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA (age 58). Married August 29, 1931, in Chelan Co., WA,  to William M. Kendrick: Born May 21, 1905, in Unknown; Died January 14, 1985, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA (age 79).
  4. Lucille Ethel Nice: Born February 8, 1912, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA; Died June 25, 1983, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 71). Married September 14, 1935, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, to George Alfred Milan: Born about 1908 in Montana; Unknown.
  5. Howard Raymond Nice: Born April 18, 1915, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA; Died October 28, 1996, in Seattle, King Co., WA (age 81). Married October 16, 1938, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, to Lanore G. Arensberg: Born May 13, 1915, in Washington; Died May 5, 2001, in Belfair, Mason Co., WA (age 85).
  6. Carl Merton Nice: Born October 29, 1919, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA; Died October 22, 1974, in Kenmore, WA (age 54). Married July 18, 1944, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, to Mary Elizabeth Richardson: Born 1922 in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA; Died December 25, 1959, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA (age 37).

Alfred Merton "Al" Nice and Irma Frances (Hostetter) Brooks were married December 20, 1946, in Mead, Spokane Co., WA.

Alfred Merton "Al" Nice and Irma Frances (Hostetter) (Brooks) Nice had no children.

Mary Adelaide "Bertha" (Swan) Brooks then married Francis Harmon "Frank" Boyes.

Francis Harmon "Frank" Boyes was born October 3, 1883, in Binbrook Twp., South Wentworth District, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada, and died May 22, 1925, in Upland, San Bernardino Co., CA, at age 41. Buried in Bellevue Memorial Park, Ontario, San Bernardino Co., CA. He is the son of James Daniel Boyes of Marion Twp., Ogle Co., IL, and Clorinda Elswina "Marie/ Mary/Winnie/Kenney" Green of East Quebec, Canada. James' parents are: Harmon William Boyce (born April 18, 1824, in Erindale (now Missiauga), Peel Co., Ontario, Canada) and Anne Skelly (born about 1822 in Canada).

Francis Harmon "Frank" Boyes and Mary Adelaide "Bertha" (Swan) Brooks were married about 1907, probably in Alberta, Canada.

Francis Harmon "Frank" Boyes and Mary Adelaide "Bertha" (Swan) (Brooks) Boyes had no children.




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Alfred Merton "Al" Nice and Lavina Rosina (Wedlock) Nice are buried in Riverside Memorial Park, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA. Thanks to "Detective Sherlock" for making this image available.


Leonard William "Wuss" Bowen and Virginia Rose "Gin" (Brooks) Bowen are buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks is buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Irma Frances (Hostetter) (Brooks) Nice is buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


The Day Shift at the Algonquin Mine, near Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT, 1932. Three of the miners shown are: Bill Bowen (bottom row, seventh from left), Walter Brooks (top row, sixth from right), and Fred Superneau (top row, ninth from right, holding a lantern).

A handwritten list of the names of the miners is shown above.


The 1850 U. S. Census taken on November 22, 1850, shows Harman Boyce (age 26) born in Canada with real estate of $600 is a Farmer, and is living in Marion Twp., Ogle Co., IL. Living with him are: Ann Boyce (age 28) born in Canada; William F. Boyce (age 3) born in Canada; James D. Boyce (age 1) born in Illinois; and Mary Dunnam (age 16) born in Canada.

The 1850 U. S. Census taken on December 16, 1850, shows Ricks Portis (age 50) born in North Carolina, and with Real Estate of $300 is a Shoe Maker, and is living in the 10th Civil District, Henry Co., TN. Living with him are: Mary Portis (age 29) born in Alabama; Lucy Portis (age 18) born in North Carolina; Marion Portis (age 11) born in Tennessee; and Sidney Portis (age 5) born in Tennessee.

The 1850 U. S. Census taken on July 25, 1850, shows John Deane (age 42) born in Massachusetts, with No Occupation Listed, is living in New Rochelle Twp., Westchester Co., NY. Living with him are: Otelia Deane (age 28) born  in England; Ann Bolger (age 36) born in England; Margaret Bolger (age 30) born in England; Margaret B. Deane (age 4) born in New York; Ann G. Deane (age 2) born in New York; and Mary McCafrey (age 40) born in Ireland.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on June 8, 1860, shows Ricks B. Portis (age 59) born in North Carolina is a Shoe Maker, and is living in Breton Twp., Washington Co., MO, with Post Office at Potosi, MO. Living with him are: Nancy Portis (age 36) born in Kentucky; Susan Portis (age 8) born in Tennessee; Ellen Portis (age 5) born in Missouri; Stephen P. Portis (age 2) born in Missouri; and John Connell (age 40) born in Ireland.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on August 19, 1860, shows John Deane (age 42) born in Massachusetts and with Real Estate of $200,000 and Personal Estate of $40,000 is a Farmer, and is living in Potosi and Breton Twp., Washington Co., MO, with Post Office at Potosi, MO. Living with him are: Otelia Deane (age 33) born  in England; Margaret Deane (age 13) born in New York; Anna Deane (age 11) born in New York; Fanny Deane (age 9) born in New York; John Deane (age 7) born in Blank; Thos. McEvany (age 50) born in Ireland, a Laborer; James Jones (age 30) born in Ohio, a Laborer; Patrick Doyle (age 30) born in Ireland, a Laborer; and John C. Matthews (age 30) born in Tennessee, a Laborer.

Odelia (Boulger) Deane died March 31, 1862, in Potosi, Washington Co., MO. Buried in Saint James Cemetery, Potosi, Washington Co., MO.

John Deane died August 12, 1866, in Potosi, Washington Co., MO. Buried in Saint James Cemetery, Potosi, Washington Co., MO.

William Brooks and Susan Anne "Anna" Portis were married October 16, 1870, in Washington Co., MO.


William Brooks and Susan Anne "Annie" Portis Marriage Record.


Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks was born November 25, 1876, in Potosi, Washington Co., MO.

John Deane (born about 1818 in Massachusetts) and Nancy Ann Portus were married January 5, 1879, in Washington Co., MO.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 9, 1880, shows James O. Eaton (age 56) born in Missouri to North Carolina-born parents, is a married Farmer, and is living in Concord Twp., Washington Co., MO. Living with him are: his wife, Lee Jane Eaton (age 43) born in Missouri to Missouri-born parents, who is Keeping House; his daughter, Ida C. Eaton (age 10) born in Missouri to Missouri-born parents; his son, Al. Roe Eaton (age 4) born in Missouri to Missouri-born parents; his Hired Help, Susan Brooks (age 28) born in Missouri to Missouri-born parents, a widowed or divorced Hired Help who Helps Keeping House; and the Son of Hired Help; Walter Brooks (age 3) born in Missouri to Missouri-born parents.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 21, 1880, shows John Swan (age 22) born in Scotland to Scottish-born parents is a Farmer who is disabled with water in the chest and is living in Grant Twp., Tama Co., IA. Living with him is his wife, Elisabeth Swan (age 20) born in Scotland to Scottish-born parents, who is Keeping House. Also living there is his unmarried half-brother, George McDonald (age 25) born in Scotland to Scottish-born parents, a Farmer.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 17, 1880, shows James D. Boyes (age 32) born in Illinois to Canadian-born parents is a Coal Dialer and is living in Beloit, Mitchell Co., KS. Living with him is his wife, Clarinda E. Boyes (age 27) born in Canada to English and Canadian-born parents, who is Keeping House. Also living there are his two children, both born in Canada to Illinois and Canadian-born parents: Anna Boyes (age 2); and James E. Boyes (age 1).

Mary Adelaide "Bertha" Swan was born February 6, 1881, in Grant Twp., Tama Co., IA.

Susan Anne "Anna" (Portis) Brooks died at the Female Hospital on July 29, 1882, of post partum complications and peritonitis, at about age 30. Buried in The Evangelical Protestant Cemetery Association of the Church of the Holy Ghost, or Holy Ghost Cemetery, St. Louis, St. Louis Co., MO.


Susan Anne "Anna" (Portis) Brooks Death Record.


The 1881 Canadian Census taken on 1881 shows Harman W. Boyes (age 58) born in Ontario with Catholic religion is a married Farmer and is living in Binbrook Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada. Living with him is are: Ann Boyes (age 58) born in Ontario, married: Armend C. Boyes (age 25) born in Ontario, a Farmer; Christopher A. Boyes (age 23) born in Ontario, a Farmer; Miles J. Boyes (age 21) born in Ontario, a Farmer; Edward J. Boyes (age 19) born in Ontario, a Farmer's Son; and Hariet A. Boyes (age 27) born in the United States.

The 1881 Canadian Census taken on 1881 shows James D. Boyes (age 31) born in the United States with Catholic religion is a married General Agent and is living in Binbrook Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada. Living with him is are: Clorinda E. Boyes (age 28) born in Ontario, married: Anne E. Boyes (age 3) born in Ontario; James E. Boyes (age 2) born in Ontario; and Mary Gertrude (age 9/12) born in Ontario.

Lavina Rosina Wedlock was born August 20, 1881, in Pilot Twp., Cherokee Co., IA.

Francis Harmon "Frank" Boyes was born October 3, 1883, in Binbrook Twp., South Wentworth District, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada.

The 1891 Canadian Census taken on April 18, 1891, shows John Boyce (age 40) born in Ontario to Ontario-born parents with Roman Catholic religion is a Farmer and is living in Binbrook, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada. Living with him is his wife, Mary Clarinda Boyce (age 38) born in Ontario to East Quebec and Quebec-born parents. Also living there are his seven children, all born in Ontario to Ontario-born parents: Annie Boyce (age 13); Mary G. Boyce (age 10); Emma Boyce (age 8); Frances H. Boyce (age 6); Josephine Boyce (age 4); George Boyce (age 2); and Myles Boyce (age 1/12).

Irma Frances Hostetter was born May 25, 1893, in Spring Valley, Fillmore Co., MN.

Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks and Mary Adelaide "Bertha" Swan were married December 6, 1898, in Helena, Lewis and Clark Co., MT.


Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks and Mary Adelaide "Bertha" Swan Marriage Documents.


Harmon William Boyes died January 13, 1899, in Lot 5, Concession 4, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada, at age 75. He was listed as a married Farmer. Cause of death was Apoplexy of two months. The attending physician was E. D. Boyes, M. D. Charbonell Boyes made the return.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 9, 1900 shows Walter Brooks (age 38) born May, 1876, in Missouri to Missouri-born parents, is a Bartender renting his home and is living at 311 Chaucer, 7th Ward, City of Helena, Helena Twp., Lewis and Clark Co., MT. Living with him is his childless wife of 2 years, Bertha Brooks (age 19) born January 1881 in Iowa to Scottish-born parents. Also living there are his two unmarried brothers-in-law, both born in Dakota to Scottish-born parents: Jas. Swan (age 14) born March 1886; and John Swan (age 16) born February 1884. The following were added to the census on June 15, 1900: Also living there are: his widowed father-in-law, Jno. Swan (age 41) born September 1858 in Scotland to Scottish-born parents and having immigrated in 1870 and a Naturalized Citizen, a Stationary Engineer; and his unmarried sister-in-law, Jane J. Swan (age 18) born October 1881 in Dakota to Scottish-born parents, a Dry Good Saleswoman.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 6, 1900 shows C. W. Abbey (age 38) is a laborer living in Milladore Twp., Wood Co., WI. With him are his wife of 17 years, Cora Abbey (age 33), along with five of their six children (all six living at the time): Maud (age 14); Samual Abbey (age 7); Phebe Abbey (age 5); Ida Abbey (age 3); and Orin Abbey (age 9/12). Claire Abbey is not at home on that date.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 1, 1900 shows Harry Morgan (age 32) born January 1868 in Montana to Montana-born parents and married for 15 years is a day laborer renting his home in South Philipsburg Pct., Granite Co., MT. Living with him is his wife, Opha E. Morgan (age 29) born March 1871 in Nebraska to Kentucky and Illinois-born parents who has 5 of the 7 children born to her still living. All 5 children are at home, born in Montana to Montana-born parents: Henry C. Morgan (age 13) born March 1887; Mary D. Morgan (age 11) born October 1888; Rosa R. Morgan (age 9) born August 1890; Edna L. Morgan (age 5) born April 1895; and Harry Morgan (age 1/12) born April 1900.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 15, 1900, shows Daniel L. Miles (age 62) born September 1837 in New York to Connecticut and New York-born parents and in his first marriage is renting his home and is living at 117 Broadway, 2nd Ward, City of Helena, Lewis and Clark Co., MT. Living with him are: his childless wife of 25 years, Ella A. Miles (age 46) born May 1854 in Missouri to North Carolina and Kentucky-born parents; and his adopted daughter, Irmie A. Kinney (age 6) born December 1893 inMontana to Iowa and Montana-born parents.

The 1901 Canadian Census taken on April 19, 1901, shows John Boyes (age 51) born in October 3, 1849, in the United States and having immigrated in 1855 with Roman Catholic religion is a Machine Agent and is living in the 5th Ward, City of Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada. Living with him is his wife, Mary C. Boyes (age 48) born February 23, 1852, in Ontario. Also living there are his eight unmarried children, all born in Ontario: Annie E. Boyes (age 22) born January 21, 1879, a Milliner; Mary G. Boyes (age 20) born January 9, 1881; Emma C. Boyes (age 17) born August 28, 1883; Frank H. Boyes (age 15) born October 3, 1885; Josephine T. Boyes (age 12) born April 11, 1888; George W. Boyes (age 10) born June 28, 1890; Miles J. Boyes (age 9) born March 13, 1891; and Hattie Boyes (age 8) born December 3, 1893.


The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT, Friday, February 6, 1903

ENRAGED HUSBAND TAKES THE LIFE OF MAN IN WHOSE ROOM HE FINDS HIS WIFE

Walter Brooks, Learning That the Woman Who Bears His Name Is With Emery Chevrier, Breaks in the Door of the Latter's Apartment at the Maule Block and Shoots the Despoiler of His Home - Slayer Later Gives Himself Up to the Police - His Wife is Arrested, as Are Two Other Women Who Were in Company With Her and Chevrier Shortly Before Tragedy. West Park Street Liaison Ends in Death.

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The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT, Saturday, February 7, 1903

WIFE REFUSES TO SAY ONE WORD

MRS. BERTHA BROOKS WILL NOT TESTIFY AGAINST HUSBAND AT CHEVRIER INQUEST.

MAIN WITNESSES ABSENT

Inquiry Into Death of Barber at Maule Block Brings Out Little Testimony of Direct Nature and Investigation is Adjourned Until This Afternoon - Physicians Fail to Agree as to Cause of Wound in Head and Persons Living in House Differ as to Number of Shots Fired.

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The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT, Monday, February 9, 1903

MRS. O'REILLY RELEASED

GIVEN HER LIBERTY ON HER OWN RECOGNIZANCE.

MRS. JOHNSON STILL IN JAIL

Woman Held by Coroner's Jury as Accessory to the Killing of Emery Chevrier Is allowed Her Freedom.

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The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT, Tuesday, March 10, 1903

BROOKS MURDER CASE WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE JURY TO-DAY

All of the Testimony Has Been Submitted - Mrs. Brooks Tells the Story of the Circumstances That Led Up to the Killing of Emery Chevrier ' Says Chevrier Asked Her to Leave Her Husband and Accompany Him to California -- Brooks Testifies.

SAYS SHOT THAT KILLED CHEVRIER WAS ACCIDENTAL

The last of the testimony in the case of the state against Walter H. Brooks, charged in the murder of Emery Chevrier, which had been on trial in Judge McClernan's court during the last week, was submitted at 3:30 o'clock yesterday.


The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT, Wednesday, March 11, 1903

BUTTE NEWS

NO VERDICT AT MIDNIGHT

JURY IN THE BROOKS MURDER CASE MAY NOT AGREE.

MANY INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN

They Favor the Defendant to a Marked Degree - Trial Has Created Much Interest.

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The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT, Thursday, March 12, 1903

JURY CONVICTS BROOKS

SAYS HE IS GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER.

TO BE SENTENCED SATURDAY

Punishment is From One to Ten Years in the Penitentiary. Unfavorable Comment Upon the Verdict.

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The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT, Sunday, March 15, 1903

BUTTE NEWS

BROOKS NOT SENTENCED

MATTER CONTINUED UNTIL WEEK FROM TO-MORROW.

MOTION FOR A NEW TRIAL

Attorneys for the Defense Claim That the Jury Based Its Verdict Upon Outside Talk About the Case.

Walter H. Brooks, who it is alleged killed Emery Chevrier in the Maule block on Feb. 5 because Chevrier had broken up his home, and who was convicted of manslaughter in Department III, of the district court last Wednesday, was not sentenced yesterday by Judge McClernan, although judgment was to have been pronounced at 10 o'clock. When the matter was called the judge announced that judgment in the Brooks case would not be pronounced until a week from Monday, which will be on the 23d. Immediately afterwards E. S. Booth, one of the defendant's legal advisers, gave notice of his intention to move for a new trial in the case and followed it with a presentation of the motion. Several reasons are set forth in the motion for wanting a new trial, one of which is that the jury received outside information and did not base its verdict upon the testimony adduced during the trial. Mr.. Booth also alleges in the document that the jurymen separated without leave of the court after retiring to deliberate upon their verdict and were guilty of misconduct by which fair and due consideration of the case was prevented. To this he adds that the court misdirected the jury in the matter of law and erred in the decision of questions of law that arose during the course of the trial. He says the verdict was contrary to law and the evidence adduced, and that since the trial new evidence material to the defendant has been discovered. The motion was ordered filed by the court and will likely be argued before sentence is pronounced. With the expectation that Brooks would be sentenced quite a number of persons were present when court convened. Mrs. Brooks was one. She occupied a seat in the rear of the room. Several other women sat in the front row of seats reserved for attorneys and attaches of the court. They are Relatives and friends of Daniel L. Miles and wife of Helena, uncle and aunt of the defendant. Mr. and Mrs. Miles were not in court when the continuance was announced.


The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT, Wednesday, July 8, 1903

BUTTE NEWS

BROOKS' BOND ABOUT READY

Helena Relatives of the Prisoner Have Had the Document Drawn and Are Securing Sureties.

Walter H. Brooks, who is charged in the responsibility of the death of Emery Chevrier, and who was convicted of manslaughter and granted a new trial by Judge McClernan, will likely secure the $5,000 bond fixed for him by the court last Monday. Several of his relatives came over from Helena yesterday and had a bond drawn up by his attorneys, and as soon as the document is signed and approved by the court the prisoner will be released from the county jail. Brooks had been in jail since the date of the tragedy, Feb. 5. Mrs. Brooks, who was at the bottom of the killing, is not in the city at present, but will return in time for the next trial, which will probably be held at the coming jury session of Department III.


The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT, Thursday, March 10, 1904

Brooks is accused of having killed Emery Chevrier in Butte during February a year ago. He was tried once and convicted of manslaughter, but was granted a new trial. He is now at liberty on a bond.


The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT, Saturday, March 19, 1904

BUTTE NEWS

Some other cases will be set before the date for the return of the jury. Yesterday the judge directed the attorneys for the defense in the case of the state against Walter Brooks, charged with the murder of Emery Chevrier in this city about 13 months ago, to have Mr. Brooks in court Monday. The defendant is at liberty on a bond and has been in Helena since his release from custody last summer.


The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT, Tuesday, March 22, 1904

BUTTE NEWS

BROOKS CASE IS NOT SET

MATTER OF SETTING WILL BE CONSIDERED LATER.

Walter Brooks, charged with having killed Emery Chevrier in the Maule block in this city about 13 months ago for having broken up his family, was in Judge McClernan's court yesterday for the purpose of hearing the judge set his case for trial, but the case was not set, the judge stating that when he directed the attorney for the defense to have his client in court yesterday he then thought he would make the setting. There were, however, several other matters set in advance of it and some time would be required to dispose of them. The judge said he would notify the attorney when Brooks' presence was again desired. Brooks is now living in Helena, his old home. He came over from the capitol Sunday night, being accompanied by his aunt, who, with his uncle, had him under their control from the time he was only a few years old until he was married in Helena a few years ago.


The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT, Monday, October 3, 1904

BUTTE CURRENT NOTES.

Walter Brooks has removed to Helena.


Alfred Merton "Al" Nice and Lavina Rosina Wedlock, both of Coalgate, were married December 31, 1904, in the Central District, Indian Territory.


Alfred Merton "Al" Nice and Lavina Rosina Wedlock Marriage Records.


The 1906 Canadian Census taken on July 14, 1906, shows James Boyes (age 58) born in the United States is Alberta, Canada. Living with him is his wife, Mary Boyes (age 53) born in Ontario. Also living there are his three unmarried children, all born in Ontario: Frank Boyes (age 21); Miles Boyes (age 15); and Hattie Boyes (age 12).


The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT, Tuesday, August 6, 1907

BROOKS BACK IN JAIL

CASE TO BE DISMISSED

HE KILLED A MAN IN BUTTE SOME FIVE YEARS AGO.

SURRENDERED BY BONDSMEN

Understanding seems to be that prisoner will be discharged by county attorney, jury having failed to convict at first trial.

Sheriff Shoemaker of Lewis and Clark county brought to Butte Walter Brooks, who was surrendered to the authorities by his bondsmen. Brooks was tried for murder about five years ago, but the jury failed to agree and he was released on a $5,000 bond. It is understood that his surrender at this time is preliminary to a dismissal of the case. The witnesses for the state have disappeared, and the prosecution would be unable to bring sufficient evidence against Brooks to convict him. Brooks killed a man named Chevrier, whom he found in a room with Mrs. Brooks on West Park street. Brooks was a bartender at the Casino theater. Chevrier had several women on his string, and one of them became jealous and went to the Casino and informed Brooks that his wife and Chevrier were in the Brooks room together. Brooks armed himself, went to the room, broke in the door and shot Chevrier dead. Since his trial and release on bail Brooks has resided in Helena. 


Harmon "Frank" Boyes and Mary Adelaide "Bertha" (Swan) Brooks were married about 1907, probably in Alberta, Canada. Leigh Larson note: Bertha was not yet divorced from her husband, Walter, when she married Frank.

Frank H. Boyes, a Farmer in Cloud, and Addie Boyes, a Housewife in Cloud, sailed from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, to San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA, on April 4, 1908.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 16, 1910, shows Daniel Miles (age 68) born in New York to Connecticut-born parents and in his first marriage is a Dry Goods Shipping Clerk renting his home and is living at 114 Broadway, 2nd Ward, City of Helena, Lewis and Clark Co., MT. Living with him are: his wife of 30 years, Ella Miles (age 55) born in Missouri to North Carolina and Georgia-born parents and in her first marriage, with none of the four children born to her still alive; and his unmarried nephew, Walter Brooks (age 33) born in Missouri to Missouri-born parents, a Bartender in a Salloon.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 20, 1910, shows Edward Herring (age 31) born in South Dakota to United States-born parents and in his first marriage is an Orange Grove Farmer owning his farm free of a mortgage and is living in the City of Ontario, Ontario Twp., San Bernardino Co., CA. Living with him are: his wife of five years, Elizabeth Herring (age 27) born in North Dakota to Scottish-born parents and in her first marriage; and his son, Arthur Herring (age 1-5/12) born in English Canada to South Dakota and North Dakota-born parents, and having immigrated in 1910. Also living there are: his brother-in-law, Frank H. Boyce (age 28) born in English Canada to English Canadian-born parents and having immigrated in 1910 and having applied for Citizenship, who is an Orange Grove Farmer and in his first marriage; and his sister-in-law married 3 years, Adelaide Boyce (age 29) born in Iowa to Scottish-born parents and in her first marriage. Two married Boarders are also living in the household.

Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks and Mary Adelaide "Bertha" (Swan) Brooks were divorced about June, 1910, in Montana.

Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks and Irma Frances Hostetter were married May 23, 1910, in Helena, Lewis and Clark Co., MT.


Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks and Irma Frances Hostetter Marriage Documents.


The 1911 Canadian Census taken on June 8, 1911, shows James D. Boyes (age 62) born in October 1848, in Ontario with Catholic religion is a Farmer and is living in Pincher Creek, Macleod Co., Alberta, Canada. Living with him is his wife, Mary Boyes (age 59) born February 1852 in Ontario. Also living there are his two unmarried children, both born in Ontario: Miles Boyes (age 19) born March 1892, an Electrician; and Hattie Boyes (age 17) born December 1893.

Daniel L. Miles died December 10, 1912, in Helena, Lewis and Clark Co., MT, at age 72. Buried in Forestvale Cemetery, Helena, Lewis and Clark Co., MT.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 5, 1920, shows Edwin J. Herring (age 41) born in Minnesota to English-born parents is a Fruit Farm Farmer owning his farm with a mortgage and is living on Palmetto, City of Ontario, Ontario Twp., San Bernardino Co., CA. Living with him are: his wife, Elizabeth Herring (age 37) born in North Dakota to Scottish-born parents; his son, Arthur R. Herring (age 10) born in English Canada to Minnesota and North Dakota-born parents; his son, Francis E. Herring (age 9) born in English Canada to Minnesota and North Dakota-born parents; his married brother-in-law, James G. Swan (age 33) born in North Dakota to Scottish-born parents, a Farm Laborer; and his married brother-in-law, Francis H. Boyes (age 37) born in English Canada to English Canadian-born parents and having immigrated in 1910 and having applied for Citizenship, a Farm Laborer.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 15, 1920, shows Walter H. Brooks (age 43) born in Missouri to Pennsylvania and Missouri-born parents is a Miner in Mines who is renting his home and is living at 1323 Missouri Avenue, 7th Ward, City of Butte, Silver Bow Co., MT. Living with him is his wife, Irma F. Brooks (age 26) born in Minnesota to Pennsylvania and Georgia-born parents. Also living there are his three children, all born in Montana to Missouri and Minnesota-born parents: Violet Brooks (age 8); Virgil Brooks (age 5); and Virginia Brooks (age 2).

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 15, 1912, shows Ella Miles (age 65) born in Missouri to United States-born parents is a widowed Dressmaker at Home and is renting her home and is living at 622 West Park Street, 6th Ward, City of Butte, Silver Bow Co., MT.

Walter Hughes "Walt" Brooks was born September 9, 1920, in Butte, Silver Bow Co., MT.

Francis Harmon "Frank" Boyes died May 22, 1925, in Upland, San Bernardino Co., CA, at age 41. Buried in Bellevue Memorial Park, Ontario, San Bernardino Co., CA.

Ella A. (Unknown) Miles died August 3, 1930, in Silver Bow Co., MT, at age 76.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 9, 1930, shows Edward Herring (age 50) born in Minnesota to English-born parents is a widowed Rancher on a Ranch owning his home worth $60,000 and is living at 1218 S. Palmetto, City of Ontario, Ontario Twp., San Bernardino Co., CA. Living with him are: his unmarried son, Arthur Herring (age 21) born in English Canada to Minnesota and North Dakota-born parents, and having immigrated in 1910; his unmarried son, Francis Herring (age 19) born in English Canada to Minnesota and North Dakota-born parents, and having immigrated in 1910; and his widowed sister-in-law, Adelaide H. Boyce (age 49) born in Iowa to Scottish-born parents.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 10, 1930 shows Samuel B. Abbey (age 36) born in Wisconsin to United States-born parents and first married at age 21 is a Metal Miner renting his home for $15/month and is living on Sutter Street, 2nd Ward, City of Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. Living with him is his wife, Edna M. Abbey (age 34) born in Montana to Montana and Nebraska-born parents and first married at age 19. Also living there are his children, both born in Montana to Wisconsin and Montana-born parents: Katheryn M. Abbey (age 14); and Herbert W. Abbey (age 9).

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 28, 1930, shows Walter H. Brooks (age 53) born in Missouri to Missouri-born parents and first married at age 22 is a Miner in Metal Mines owning his home with a mortgage and is living on Main Street, 1st Ward, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. Living with him is his wife, Irma Brooks (age 36) born in Minnesota to Pennsylvania and Georgia-born parents and first married at age 16. Also living there are his four unmarried children, all born in Montana to Missouri and Minnesota-born parents: Virgil Brooks (age 15); Virginia Brooks (age 12); Walter Brooks (age 9); and Eleanor Brooks (age 7). Also living there are his married daughter and his son-in-law: Ernest Cody (age 27) born in Idaho to United States and German-born parents and first married at age 26, a Metal Mine Miner; and Violet Cody (age 18) born in Montana to Missouri and Minnesota-born parents and first married at age 17.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 10, 1940, shows Walter Brooks (age 63) born in Missouri, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 2 years of High School, is a married Miner at the Maryann Mine, and who owns his home worth $1,200 and is living on Main Street, City of Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. Living with him are: his wife, Irma Brooks (age 46) born in Minnesota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 8 years of School; his unmarried son, Walter Brooks Jr. (age 19) born in Montana, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 4 years of High School, a Miner at the Maryann Mine; and his unmarried daughter, Eleanor Brooks (age 17) born in Montana, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 3 years of High School.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 9, 1940, shows Alfred Nice (age 52) born in Iowa, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 6 years of School, is a married Painter on his Own, and who owns his home worth $2,750 and is living at 3623 First, City of Spokane, Spokane Co., WA. Living with him are: his wife, Lavina Nice (age 56) born in Iowa, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 6 years of School; his married daughter, Esther Kendrick (age 30) born in Washington, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 2 years of High School; his married son-in-law, William Kendrick (age 34) born in Washington, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 8 years of School, a Truck Driver of Retail Fuel; his unmarried son, Carl Nice (age 20) born in Washington, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 4 years of High School, a Painter on his Own; his grandson, Don Kendrick (age 8) born in Washington, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 3 years of School; and his granddaughter, Darlene Kendrick (age 11/12) born in Washington.

Lavina Rosina (Wedlock) Nice died February 26, 1941, at her home, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, at age 59. Buried in Riverside Memorial Park, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA.


The Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, Thursday, February 27, 1941

NICE, Lavina Rosina - Passed away Feb. 26 at her home at E3623 1st. Survived by her husband, Alfred Nice at the home; 3 daughters, Mrs. Edith Vincent, Seattle Wn.; Mrs. Esther Kendrick and Mrs. Lucille Milan, both of Spokane; 3 sons, Ralph Nice, Palo Alto, Calif.; Howard Nice, Seattle Wn., and Carl Nice, Spokane; 4 grandchildren. She was a member of the Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints. The THORNHILL-CAREY FUNERAL HOME, N1322 Monroe st., is intrusted with her last rites.


Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks died June 21, 1942, in Maxville, Granite Co., MT, at age 65. Buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT. Cause of death was silicosis of the lungs.


Walter Hughes "Huey" Brooks Death Certificate.


The Montana Standard, Butte, MT, Tuesday, June 23, 1942

Old Timer Passes at Philipsburg

Walter H. Books Taken by Illness

PHILIPSBURG, June 22 - (Special) - Walter H. Brooks, 66, a resident of Montana since 1873, died Sunday evening at his home in Maxville, following a short illness. He moved to Maxville six months ago, after having made his home in Philipsburg since 1917. The body is at the Wilson funeral home here pending word from relatives. Mr. Brooks was born at Petosi, Mo., and came to Montana with an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Miles, at the age of seven. He lived with them at Basin and Bozeman. As a young man he located in Helena, where he married Miss Erma F. Hostetter, who survives him. Mr. Brooks worked as a bartender in various cities of the state until the advent of prohibition, after which he devoted his interest to mining in and around Philipsburg. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil W. Brooks; son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Brooks, Jr.; daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Bowen; daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lewellen Griffith, all of Philipsburg; daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. L. J. O'Connor, Spokane, and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Dietrich, of Blaine, Ore.


Alfred Merton "Al" Nice and Irma Frances (Hostetter ) Brooks were married December 20, 1946, in Mead, Spokane Co., WA.


Alfred Merton "Al" Nice and Irma Frances (Hostetter) Brooks Marriage Documents.


Alfred Merton "Al" Nice died August 13, 1954, at a local hospital, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, at age 70. Buried in Riverside Memorial Park, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA.


The Spokane Daily Chronicle, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, Saturday, August 14, 1954

NICE, Alfred M. - Passed away Aug. 13 in local hospital. His home was at N5417 Walnut st. Survived by the wife, Irma F., at the home; 3 daughters, Mrs. Esther Kendrick and Mrs. Lucille Milan of Spokane; Mrs. Lavone Vincent of Seattle; 3 sons, Ralph Nice of Palo Alto, Calif., Howard and Carl Nice of Seattle; 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. He was a resident of this community for 47 years and member of the Reorganized Church of the Latter-day Saints. The Thornhill-Carey Funeral Home, N1322 Monroe st., is intrusted with his last rites.


Mary Adelaide "Bertha" (Swan) (Brooks) Boyes died February 26, 1955, in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, at age 74.

Irma Frances (Hostetter) (Brooks) Nice died October 4, 1977, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, at age 84. Buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT.

Fannie "Fan" Cody: Born April 10, 1895, in Elk Creek, Jefferson Co., NE; Died August 2, 1986, in Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT (age 91). She is the daughter of Austin Cody and Lena Unknown. Married November 28, 1917, in Shoshone Co., ID, to Edward Hart "Ed" Collins: Born April 19, 1880, in Philadelphia, PA; Died April 18, 1954, in Granite Co., MT (age 74).


Grace C. Maehl passed naturally in her sleep at her home in Maxville on June 14, 2010, at 90 years of age. Grace was born in Dixon the only daughter of Edward H. Collins and Fannie (Cody) Collins. Having graduated from Missoula Hellgate in 38 and Butte Business College in 41, Grace married James Maehl on Aug. 21, 1948. Together they raised and are survived by two boys, Bill (Billings) and Ron (Carson City, Nev.) and their families (three grandchildren) and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son (David); mother (Fan Cody Collins), father (Ed Collins) and her husband (James Maehl) a year ago. A potluck celebration service at their home in Maxville will be on Saturday, July 10, at 3:30 p.m. Cremation is by Brothers Mortuary and Crematory in Hamilton. A private inurnment will follow.


The Montana Standard, Sunday, July 4, 2010

Grace (Collins) Maehl, 90

Grace (Collins) Maehl died naturally in her sleep at her home in Maxville on Monday morning, June 14, 2010, at 90 years of age. She was born Jan. 14, 1920, in Dixon, and was the only daughter of Edward H. Collins and Fannie (Cody) Collins. Grace moved to Maxville in 1925. She graduated from Missoula County (Hellgate) High School in 1938 and from Butte Business College in 1941. Grace married James Maehl on Aug. 21, 1948, and quickly started building their lifelong home on Boulder Creek in Maxville. She worked for 33 years along with her late husband Jim for Winninghoff Motors in Philips-burg. Together they raised and are survived by two boys, Bill, of Billings, and Ron, of Carson City, Nev., and their families, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, David; mother, Fan Cody Collins; father, Ed Collins; and her beloved husband, James E. Maehl, just one year ago. A potluck celebration service is planned at their family home in Maxville at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10. Memorial do-nations are requested to your favorite Humane Society. Cremation is by Brother's Mortuary and Crematory in Hamilton. A private inurnment will follow.


The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, January 4, 2003

Eleanor Griffith - BELLEVUE

No services will be held for Eleanor Griffith, 80. Bothell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Griffith, a former 50-year resident of Spokane, was born in Phillipsburg, Mont. She died Tuesday. Mrs. Griffith worked in various secretarial and bookkeeping positions in Philipsburg and Spokane. During World War II she worked for Boeing in Seattle. She returned to the Seattle area three years ago. Her husband, Lew, died in 1995. Survivors include her daughter, Sharie Hanson of Bothell, Wash.; a son, Pat Griffith of Redmond, Wash.; a brother, Walter Brooks of Phillipsburg; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


The Missoulian, December 13, 2001

Virginia R. Bowen

PHILIPSBURG - Services for Virginia "Gin" Bowen of Philipsburg will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday from the KT Funeral Homes, Philipsburg chapel, with the Rev. Rusty Craig officiating. Burial will follow at the Philipsburg Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Virginia passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula on her 84th birthday, surrounded by her loved ones. Virginia was born 84 years earlier on Dec. 10, 1917, at Scratch Gravel, a mining camp near Helena. Her parents Walter and Irma Brooks then moved to Philipsburg where Virginia was raised. There, she met Leonard Bowen whom she married on Oct. 25, 1936. Together, they bought and ran a Conoco gas station which they named Bowen Service. Virginia was married to Leonard Bowen for 58 years when he passed on. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Violet O'Connor, and brother, Virgil Brooks. She is survived by her brother, Walter Brooks of Philipsburg; sister Eleanor "Lala" Griffith of Bothel, Wash.; daughter Barbara Silvey and husband Jack of St. Regis and their children, Ken of Florence and Lori of Newman Lake, Wash.; son Donald Bowen and his wife Janice of Philipsburg and their children, Jacque of Yuma, Ariz., and William of Missoula. Virginia is also survived by her daughter, Janet Gaddis and her husband Charles of Dongola, Ill., and their children, Tammy of Hawkinville, Ky., Teresa of Anna, Ill., and David of Dongola, Ill.; her son, David Bowen of Anaconda and his children, Amber of Missoula and Tyler of Philipsburg; and her son, Lawrence Walter Bowen and his wife Kathe and their children, Trenton, Michael, Mark and Lisa, all of Grafton, Wis. Virginia is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be given in Virginia's name to the Annie Bowen Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 400, Philipsburg, MT 59858, or to a charity of the donor's choice.


The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA, December 5, 1995

Lew Griffith - Spokane

Memorial service for Lewellyn C. "Lew"' Griffith, 75, was Monday at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home. Mr. Griffith, a 46-year Spokane resident, died Thursday. He was born in Omaha, Neb. He formerly lived in Montana and had worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He worked as a postal clerk and served in the Army. He later worked for Ford Garage and leased Shell garages in Spokane. He retired in 1982. Mr. Griffith was a member of Oriental Masonic Lodge 74, the Scottish Rite and El Katif Shrine. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eleanor Griffith; two daughters, Sharie Hanson of Seattle and Deanna Sackville-West of Spokane; one son, Pat Griffith of Seattle; one sister, Corinne Scriven of Oldtown, Idaho; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children.


Dear Sir:

While doing research on Walter Hughy Brooks, I came upon your research on the Abbey family. Samuel's daughter Katheryn was my Aunt Kay. She was married to my uncle Chick Brooks, son of Walter Hughy Brooks of Potosi, MO. I was wondering if you had any more information on the Brooks line. I know Walter moved to Montana with his Aunt and Uncle, Daniel. L. and Ella Miles where he met and married my grandmother Irma Hostetter. He later died, in 1941, and is buried at my hometown of Philipsburg, MT. Since he was only 7 at the time of coming to Montana, no one seems to know who his parents were, so it is hard to trace back. I admire those of you who so patiently persist in genealogy research, sorting out the facts and then sharing them.

I would appreciate any information or tips you can offer to help my further my research as this is one of 5 family lines in my family I am attempting. The others are WILLIAM BOWEN of Wales, THOMAS HUFFMAN of Virginia, GEORGE HICKAM of Illinois, AND EDWARD GADDIS of Illinois.

Thanks in advance.

Janet Bowen Gaddis


 

September 4, 2011

Hi, Jan.

Thanks for discovering my Web site.

As you may have discovered by now, I have spent considerable time searching for additional information about Walter Brooks. What I found was that Hughey’s father, Walter H. Brooks, was married once before Irma. This marriage was a troubled one, and there was a killing in 1903 in which Walter was implicated, although he claimed is was accidental. He eventually got a divorce from Bertha, and married Irma in 1910. The Coroner’s inquest and subsequent trial was one of the most sensational in Montana around that time. There are numerous articles available in the Newspaper Archive paid subscription, including some courtroom sketches that were on the newspaper front page. It is a useful service to subscribe to for genealogy buffs.

I don’t know how much more time I want to devote to such a remote genealogical lineage connection for me, but I hope you find it interesting.


Leigh

Walter Hughes "Walt" Brooks died June 19, 2012, at a Helena nursing home, Helena, Lewis and Clark Co., MT (age 90). Buried in Philipsburg Cemetery, Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT.


   

Walter H. Brooks, longtime resident of Philipsburg, passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in a Helena nursing home. Walt was born in Butte on Sept. 9, 1920, to Walter and Irma (Hostetter) Brooks.

He was raised and went to school in Philipsburg and graduated from Granite High School in 1938. During World War II, he was a 1st Lt. for the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. On Dec. 22, 1943, serving as the co-pilot of a B17 on a mission to Osnabruck, Germany, his Lucky Ball crew ditched their plane in the North Sea after three engines failed. While five members of his crew were lost at sea, Walt and four others were rescued. He also served as a flight instructor in the Southeast Training Command. Walter was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf clusters, the Presidential Unit Citation with an Oak Leaf cluster and a European Service Medal with two Bronze Stars.

On Nov. 17, 1950, he married Patricia Purtle in Butte. The couple lived in Philipsburg where he worked as a carpenter and did contract work for most of his life. He played baseball for Philipsburg during the years the town had a team. Walt also worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 15 years and served as the postmaster at Sula for five years. He was a member of the Carpenters Union and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

An avid sports enthusiast, he cheered for his daughters, grandchildren and Philipsburg teams at their sporting events. He truly loved God's Creation — the forest, mountains and streams of the Philipsburg area. He was a loving husband and great father to his three daughters. Walt was a kind and gentle man that was loved by all those who knew him.

Walt enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting and all sports, but his passion was bowling and he won the 1984 National Senior Champion for age division 60-64 in Reno, Nev., at age 63.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Dick Kain of Helena, Debbie and Lyle Niederklein of Deer Lodge, and Janice and Mike Cinko of Apple Valley, Calif.; six grandchildren, Sarah (Kain) Roberts (married to Mark), Tom Kain, Brooke (Ragen) Bachmann
(married to Gregg), Brandon Ragen, and Shane and Blake Niederklein; three great-grandchildren, Ethan Ragen, Nicole Roberts and Rowan Bachmann.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat of 46 years; sisters, Francis, Violet, Virginia and Eleanor; and brother, Virgil.

Cremation has taken place at Anderson Stevens Wilke Funeral Home of Helena.

Graveside memorial, with the Rev. Sally Ralston officiating, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Philipsburg Cemetery.

Pie and coffee will be served following the graveside service at the Sunshine Station.

Memorials: The Rita Huffsmith Christmas Decoration Fund, Vern and Anne Steffan Memorial Scholarship Fund or a Philipsburg charity of the donor's choice.


 

ID: I18812

Name: Irma Frances Hostetter

Sex: F

Birth: 25 MAY 1893 in Minnesota, probably Spring Valley, Fillmore County

Residence: 1900 Spring Valley, Fillmore, Minnesota, USA

Death: 04 OCT 1977 in Spokane, Spokane, Washington, USA

Residence: 1895 Spring Valley, Fillmore, Minnesota, USA

Residence: Working as a seamstress 1910 Helena, Lewis and Clark, Montana, USA

Note:

The following information came from Patt Jenks of Helena, Montana:
"Hi I'm doing the old marriage licenses for Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana.
I have found a Irma Frances Hostetter (parents: Frank Hostetter and Maud King) married Walter H. Brooks (parents: Walter Brooks and Annie Portis) on May 23, 1910. Walter was married before.
Irma was born in Minnesota and was 18 years, 1 day old. Walter was born in Potosin, Missouri and was 33 years old. They were both living in Helena, Montana.
They were married by Rev. J. R. Ramsey and witnesses were: Mrs. Maud Hostetter and Miss Ivan Hostetter."

 

Austin C. Cody and Mary E. Anderson were married September 13, 1876, in Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA.

 

Father: Franklin Hostetter b: 24 MAR 1850 in Green County, Wisconsin, USA
Mother: Maud Anna Thompson b: 03 MAY 1859 in Macon, Bibb, Georgia, USA

Marriage 1Walter Hughes Brooks b: 25 NOV 1876 in Potosi, Washington, Missouri, USA

  1. Married: 23 MAY 1910 in Helena, Lewis and Clark, Montana, USA

Children

  1. Has No Children Violet Irene Brooks b: 12 JAN 1912 in Missoula, Missoula, Montana, USA

  2. Has No Children Virgil Walter Brooks b: 03 NOV 1914 in Helena, Lewis and Clark, Montana, USA

  3. Has No Children Virginia Rose Brooks b: 10 DEC 1917 in mining camp near Helena, Lewis and Clark, Montana, USA

  4. Has No Children Living Brooks

  5. Has No Children Eleanor W. Brooks b: 25 SEP 1922 in Philipsburg, Granite, Montana, USA


Marriage 2 Unknown Nice

 

THE FEMALE HOSPITAL (aka, Social Evil Hospital)

In "Pictorial St. Louis ... 1875" is written:

"This institution was for many years known as the Social Evil Hospital, and was erected in 1873, under the mayoralty of Hon. Joseph Brown, from a fund gathered under the provisions of the, now repealed, Social Evil Law. It is a handsome brick structure, costing over $100,000, and situated outside the city limits, at the intersection of the Manchester and Arsenal Roads. It was first used exclusively for the care and treatment of social outcasts, who, under the social evil law, were taxed for its support. Since the repeal of this law, which proved obnoxious to many of our citizens, it has been used as a female hospital exclusively, for the treatment of all the indigent and poor female sick of the city, from whatever disease or accident they may suffer. Dr. P. V. Schenck is the resident physician.

 

Biographical/Historical Note-Ms. Brooks died at the Female Hospital in 1882 of post partum complications and peritonitis. The Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives/Washington University School of Medicine has in its collection: Title: Female Hospital of Saint Louis Records, 1876-1886 The Female Hospital of St. Louis records include a patient register (volume 20 x 15.6 inches) containing names of patients admitted to the hospital, 1876-1886, and a booklet, "Rules and regulations for the government of the Female Hospital submitted by the health commissioner to the board of health, John D. Stevenson, health commissioner;" 1884 Volume 1: Patient register containing names of patients admitted to the hospital, 1876 - 1886. The patient register has a running title: Patients treated in the Female Hospital of St Louis. The patient register contains the following information on patients: name; number of days; age years; white: male/female; colored: male/female; nativity; social condition (marital status); occupation; how long in city; date of admission; assigned to: ward bed; diagnosis; cured, red, not red; discharged, died or transfer; date of discharge, death or transfer; residence; birth: white: male/female; birth: colored: male/female; stillborn; by whom attended; remarks. This volume is 20 by 15.5 inches.The Female Hospital of St. Louis, 1875­1905, was "a female hospital exclusively, for the treatment of all the indigent and poor female sick of the city, from whatever disease or accident they may suffer.” The original buildings for the Female Hospital were constructed in 1873 at the intersection of the Arsenal and Sublette as the Social Evil Hospital for the regulation of prostitution. In 1875, the building was made into a general hospital for female patients in the city, except emergency and night patients who might not be carried to such a distance. It continued to treat unwed mothers and patients with venereal diseases. In 1896, there was capacity for 276 patients.

 

 

 

http://beckerarchives.wustl.edu/?p=collections/findingaid&id=8704&q=&rootcontentid=60910#scopecontent

 

Among the many cemeteries opened and closed in this city, three of the more interesting were opened by Pastor Frederick Picker and the members of his two congregations.
The first cemetery, whose proper name was The Evangelical Protestant Cemetery Association of the Church of the Holy Ghost, or Holy Ghost Cemetery, was located on twenty acres bound by Compton Ave, Louisiana Ave, Wyoming and Arsenal Street in South St. Louis. The first burial took place in 1846. By 1884, there had been over 24,000 burials. As Pastor Picker founded the Holy Ghost cemetery and conducted many burials during the 1849 & 1854 cholera epidemics, the grounds were commonly refered to as Picker's Cemetery. Again, more confusion was caused because some death records called the grounds Picker's Cemetery and some Holy Ghost Cemetery. It's difficult to date the closing of Holy Ghost cemetery as some records indicate that the City had forbidden further burials in 1893, and in 1902 there was a petition by the Tenth Ward Alderman to order the discontinuial of burials. However, burial record shows large numbers of burials in 1889 and more in 1905. Some of the bodies were removed from Holy Ghost while the cemetery was deteriorating; others were moved in mass, in 1916 and possibly earlier. What is in evidence is that the property was still owned by the Holy Ghost congregation in 1916 by a building permit dated October 19, 1916. As far as possible, all lot owners were notified and given a deadline. Many bodies were moved to Zion, New St. Marcus, Bellefontaine, St. Peter's Evangelical, and Independent German Evangelical Protestant (now Gatewood Gardens) cemeteries. When the Holy Ghost Cemetery property was sold to developer Richard C. Spackler in Jan. 1917, all remaining bodies were moved to Zion cemetery, 7401 St. Charles Rock Rd. Another permit dated April 10, 1922 permits a 3 story school to be constructed on the site. Though large numbers of remains were removed, it is unlikely that all were, and there are probably some remains left under the grounds of the high school and residences now located on the property. There have been no records of these removals known to exist.

Pastor Picker left the Holy Ghost Church in 1856 with about seventy families and established the Independent Evangelical Protestant Congregation. Shortly after Pastor Picker founded his new congregation, it was decided that they needed their own cemetery. This second cemetery was on the south side of Gravois near River Des Peres. The cemetery, which opened on April 25, 1856, was New Picker Cemetery. After Pastor Picker's death, the third cemetery was opened by the congregation in 1881, across the street on the north side of Gravois. The cemetery on the South side of Gravois was then well established, the cemetery on the North side of Gravois was called "New" Picker Cemetery, the first one having been the "Old".

This has caused a great deal of confusion over the years. Thus there are two "Olds" and two "News" but only three cemeteries. The two cemeteries on Gravois located across from each other were sold by the Independent Congregation and went through several owners. The cemetery suffered from neglect. In 1986 the State Attorney General's office filed suit against three prior owners, accusing them of depleting the perpetual card fund. The case was settled in 1988, but the cemetery was still uncared for. In 1996, it became necessary for the City of St. Louis to assume ownership because of unpaid taxes, and the City's forestry division now keeps the grounds maintained.

 

 

Old Picker Cemetery

See Guide to German Evangelical cemeteries in St. Louis City and County

Location: 7133 Gravois

Was Holy Ghost Cemetery

Inscription Source: Microfilm 74 - SLCL.

Inscription Source: OC-Mo SLGS Vols. 3 and 4. StLMO:, 1982.

Inscription Source: HEADSTONES AT OLD & NEW PICKER'S CEMETERIES - 1997

NOTE: Many bodies were re-interred to Zion, New St. Marcus, Bellefontaine, St. Peter’s Evangelical, and Independent German Evangelical Protestant ( now Gatewood Gardens) cemeteries.

NOTE: From Greg Myers: "OLD " Picker Cemetery also called Picott Cemetery is long gone (operated from 1845 to 1898), it use to be where now Roosevelt High School is (Gravois & Compton & Wyoming up to about Arsenal & Compton over to Louisana & Arsenal and down to Louisana and Wyoming). Some bodies were moved to " NEW " Picker, others to other places, and some left. (I went to Roosevelt High School and once in awhile a human bone would surface in the football field over the years and also in some of the backyards of houses along Arsenal, I guess from the pressure of the activity and games above the remains .... worked them upward over the years). Most headstones were destroyed and used for the foundation, etc. "NEW" Picker now called GATEWOOD GARDENS is located right next to Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery (Catholic) at Gravois and Hampton. The records are hard to find, and care taker after care taker have been in trouble for not keeping to cotracts and upkeeping this cemetery. hope this helps .

NOTE: The following is a quote from St. Louis Post-Dispatch South Section by Joan Little, Reporter for the Post-Dispatch, February 3, 2000 "St. Louis officials would like to hear from people with family members buried at the Gatewood Gardens Cemetery on Gravois Avenue. And those who know they have relatives buried there but don't know the location may be able to find out. The cemetery is at 7135 Gravois. City officials are trying to account for all of the graves in Gatewood Gardens, which has had a troubled past. The authority is concentrating on trying to improve and update the cemetery's grave records, which were in some disarray, officials say. The task is somewhat daunting since the cemetery dates to at least 1877 and there are 20,000 graves in the city's records, says, Clay. People seeking information or those who have information about a grave at the cemetery may call the city at 622-3400 extension 244, says Clay". (This article was post on the Metro Maillist by Don Gastorf)

NOTE: Many bodies were re-interred to Zion, New St. Marcus, Bellefontaine, St. Peter’s Evangelical, and Independent German Evangelical Protestant ( now Gatewood Gardens) cemeteries.

NOTE: From Greg Myers: "OLD " Picker Cemetery also called Picott Cemetery is long gone (operated from 1845 to 1898), it use to be where now Roosevelt High School is (Gravois & Compton & Wyoming up to about Arsenal & Compton over to Louisana & Arsenal and down to Louisana and Wyoming). Some bodies were moved to " NEW " Picker, others to other places, and some left. (I went to Roosevelt High School and once in awhile a human bone would surface in the football field over the years and also in some of the backyards of houses along Arsenal, I guess from the pressure of the activity and games above the remains .... worked them upward over the years). Most headstones were destroyed and used for the foundation, etc. "NEW" Picker now called GATEWOOD GARDENS is located right next to Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery (Catholic) at Gravois and Hampton. The records are hard to find, and care taker after care taker have been in trouble for not keeping to cotracts and upkeeping this cemetery. hope this helps .

NOTE: The following is a quote from St. Louis Post-Dispatch South Section by Joan Little, Reporter for the Post-Dispatch, February 3, 2000 "St. Louis officials would like to hear from people with family members buried at the Gatewood Gardens Cemetery on Gravois Avenue. And those who know they have relatives buried there but don't know the location may be able to find out. The cemetery is at 7135 Gravois. City officials are trying to account for all of the graves in Gatewood Gardens, which has had a troubled past. The authority is concentrating on trying to improve and update the cemetery's grave records, which were in some disarray, officials say. The task is somewhat daunting since the cemetery dates to at least 1877 and there are 20,000 graves in the city's records, says, Clay. People seeking information or those who have information about a grave at the cemetery may call the city at 622-3400 extension 244, says Clay". (This article was post on the Metro Maillist by Don Gastorf)

 

 

 

The stones were read in 1997 by Carmella Kranz and her friend Penny Lemon. The cemetery is now known as Gateway Gardens. Carmella says it took them 10 days to read the stones in both Old and New Picker's cemeteries. They started this because when they wanted records for Old Pickers, no one knew who had them. If Carmella comes up with an obituary thay says the deceased was buried in Old Pickers or New Pickers, she adds them to the list.


The following is taken from "OLD CEMETERIES St. Louis County, MO. Volume III" by the St. Louis Genealogical Society, 1984.

"The original "Old Picker's" -- named for the minister who founded the cemetery (Holy Ghost E & R) was located in the Kansas-Wyoming-Louisiana-Arsenal area in south St. Louis. A 20-acre plot, it was opened in 1845 and many victims of the great cholera epidemic of 1849 were interred there. The last burial there was in 1901, but it was not until 1916 that the last bodies were moved.

"New Picker" (actually our present Old Picker) was opened in 1862. It was sometimes called The Independent Evangelical Protestant Cemetery but was always more familiarly known by its nickname.

Subsequently another cemetery was opened on Gravois, across the road from "New Picker," which then, inevitably became "Old Picker." This cemetery is still in existence but was not in very good condition in the early part of 1983."

 

John Deane died on 12 August 1866, and is buried in St. James Catholic Cemetery in Potosi.