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Stites IOOF Cemetery
Stites, Idaho County, Idaho

Lat: 4605'20"N, Lon: 11559'03"W

Contributed by Dana Lohrey, Apr 12, 2001. [dlohrey@imbris.net] Total records = 106.

The Stites I.O.O.F. Cemetery may be reached by crossing the bridge over the Southfork of the Clearwater River in the center of the village of Stites and proceeding straight ahead on the narrow sparsely traveled road that leads up the hillside. (Do not take either fork in the road.) The road is quite steep and winds it's way to the top of the hill. There you will come to a trailer home on the left and a large metal shed on the right. The road makes a sharp turn here to the right leading around the shed on the lower side. Proceed very slowly as the roadbed is rutted. It is a very short distance to the cemetery from the shed, but there is an electric fence stretching across the road.

The owners will disconnect the fence if they know in advance that the cemetery needs to be accessed. This road will bring you to the corner of the graveyard. After passing through another barbed wire gate you will pass onto Indian land. The cemetery is entirely fenced with barbed wire, and there is no gate for entry. The cemetery has not been used since 1956. It is in bad condition and has a history of being snake infested.Be very cautious if you wish to visit the cemetery. There are 110 graves in the cemetery with the earliest burial being 1905 and the latest 1956. There are 58 graves with tombstones, many tipped over or loose from their base, 52 without markers and one unknown grave.

The only plat available is barely legible in places and badly torn. A separate record had been kept but is not complete. The above count was obtained by comparing both records. Included with this information is an inventory of the cemetery, which appears to be complete, but does not include the lot or block information, as there are no lodge members currently available to verify or clarify the full inventory.

A Mr. Bishop of the Stites area originally donated the cemetery ground. It included approximately three acres. The Bishop land now adjoining belongs to Arthur Lacey. The cemetery was never closed for burial, but due to the steep grade and the use of other cemeteries, it has not been used since 1956.

I have transcribed from the work of Mrs. Gerald Smith of Grangeville, and Mrs. William Stadtman of Stites who completed this inventory Sep 11, 1975.

- Dana Lohrey
Anderson, Clover, b. Mar 11, 1906, d. Mar 22, 1912, d/o E. L. and M. J. Anderson
Anderson, Dr., no dates
Anderson, Mary J., b. 1865, d. 1945, "Mother"
Anderson, Mrs., no dates, w/o Dr. Anderson
Anderson, Phillip E., b. Sep 13, 1859, d. Jun 16, 1940
Austin, Carl B., b. Apr 2, 1900, d. Jul 6, 1930
Austin, J. G., b. Sep 28, 1835, d. Oct 14, 1917, age 82 years, Epitaph: "In God we Trust", Heart shaped stone
Austin, Jessie, no dates
Austin, Sarah A., b. 1842, d. 1926
Baker, Mr., no dates
Baldwin, Bert G. b. 1892, d. 1930
Baldwin, Child, no dates
Baldwin, D. E., no dates
Baldwin, Edna Estella b. Jan 17, 1877, d. Nov 6, 1912
Baldwin, Johnnie, b. 1910, d. 1912, Ada Baldwin Roe's infant brother
Baldwin, Nancy Jane, b. May 30, 1859, d. Jun 9, 1945, wife of William H. Baldwin
Baldwin, Robert F., b. 1875, d. 1921
Baldwin, William H., b. 1856, d. 1937, "Grandad"
Bay, Charles, no dates
Brown, Baby, no dates
Brown, Lucale, no dates
Brundage, Hye, no dates
Crippen, Baby, no dates
Culdice, Nerniece, b. Aug 8, 1908, d. Oct 1, 1908, born to Ellis Culdice
Curtwright, Mary, b.1834, d. 1911, Epitaph: "At Rest."
Davis, Gertrude Kathleen, d. Dec 17, 1916, Epitaph: "Safe in the angels tender arms, Close sheltered there from earth alarm."
Dutcher, Lucy, b. 1837, d. 1921
Dutcher, Reuben, b. 1834, d. 1915
Ewing, A. W., no dates
Gordon, Elmer E., b. 1864, d. Oct 28, 1915
Goucher, Louise Brahy, b. Mar 5, 1854, d. Nov 29, 1910, "Mother", Epitaph: "Reqinescat in.", "The pains of death are past, Labor and sorrow cease, And life's long warfare closed at last, Her soul is found in peace."
Gray, Baby, no dates
Gregory, Jessie L., b. Aug 23, 1886, d. Mar 16, 1906, w/o I.O. Gregory
Grey, Mrs. C. C., no dates
Hall, Baby, no dates
Hall, Charles Wesley, d. Mar 2, 1919, age 67 years, Epitaph. "Asleep in Jesus."
Hall,, Chaas. Amasa, b. Jul 5, 1871, d. Jun 30, 1924, Epitaph: "Went Home" "I want my life to tell for Jesus."
Hart, Aivianda, b. Aug 11, 1865, d. Jul 31, 1915 "Mother", Epitaph. "In Memory of."
Hern, Baby, no dates
Hood, Joseph C., b. 1848, d. 1928
Horne, Charles H., b. 1847, d. 1913
Hovde, O. G., b. 1857, d. 1920, Odd Fellows emblem
Howard, Baby, no dates
Howard, Denver, no dates
Huffman, Baby, no dates
Huffman, Rodney, b. Aug 19, 1911, d. Jan 28, ?, "Such is the Kingdom of Heaven.", Lamb on the stone
Hutchens, Sarah L., b. Oct 1, 1858, d. Dec 7, 1923, "His wife" "Mother"
Hutchens, tyra, b. May 12, 1846, d. Feb 8, 1920 "Father"
Jerrel, Charlie, b. Jan 10, 1849, d. Dec 14, 1934
Johnson, Flora E., b. 1863, d. 1920, "Mother"
Lowell, Alice M., b. Mar 3, 1849, d. Sep 10, 1910, w/o Victor P. LOWELL
Lowell, Victor P., no dates
Massey, Joe, no dates
McCalley, Claude, no dates
Meyers, Grover, no dates
Mickelberry, Eva M., b. 1881, d. 1913
Mitchell, Alvira Gertrude, b. Apr 15, 1851, d. Feb 17, 1921, (Gone but not forgotten."), Rebekah emblem
Mitchell, Fred Alvin, b. Mar 13, 1882, d. Sep 10, 1907, Son of J. H. and Alvira Mitchell - ("Gone but not forgotten"), Odd Fellows emblem
Mitchell, J. H., b. Oct 3, 1849, d. Feb 9, 1925, ("At Rest"), Odd Fellows emblem
Mock, Thomas J., b. Nov 3, 1852, d. Dec 3, 1912, (Epitaph: "He is not dead but sleepth.")
Mowery, Master Lafa, no dates
Nelson, Anna, no dates
Nelson, Carl, no dates
Packer, Ellen A., b. Feb 2, 1837, d. Feb 16, 1919
Packer, Ira E., b. Aug 6, 1837, d. Dec 12, 1934
Paul, Adam, b. Apr 15, 1855, d. Jan 20, 1932
Perciful, Garland C., d. Nov 11, 1919, Wash. Pvt. 316 Sup. Tn. 91 Div., Christian Cross
Potter, Baby, b. Aug 2, 1921, Stites, Idaho
Potter, Lucy L., b. Oct 7, 1867, d. Apr 26, 1956
Potter, Matthew L., b. Jul 18, 1863, d. Apr 6, 1939, Odd Fellows emblem
Prettyman, L. H.,
Prettyman, Nettie, no dates
Price, Baby, no dates
Price, Mr., no dates
Robberts, John, Sr., no dates
Rosengrant, Baby, no dates
Rowland, H. G., b. Mar 25, 1834, d. Sep 2, 1906, Mason emblem
Ruckman, Rosie G., b. Apr 29, 1867, d. Nov 4, 1906, wife of E. H. Ruckman
Sallee, Charles, no dates
Sears, Dick, no dates
Self, Matilda, no dates
Skaggs, Leora L., b. 1912, d. 1914, d/o J. D. & O. M. Skaggs, Epitaph: "Darling, we miss thee."
Smith, Arby, no dates
Smith, Carl, no dates
Smith, Leah, b. 1839, d. 1905, wife of W. D. Smith, "At Rest", Epitaph: "Farewell, my husband & children dear, I am not dead but sleeping here, And after me no sorrow take, But love each other for my sake." Holy Bible on top of stone
Snyder, Baby, no dates
Snyder, Huston, no dates
Stantorf, G. L., d. Oct 13, 1911, aged: 78 years, 4 months
Steen, George, Mrs., no dates
Stonebreaker, Sumner, no dates
Stubblefield, N., b. 1884, d. 1939
Toye, Scott B., b. Jul 7, 1860, d. Jul 16, 1913, Mason emblem, Epitaph: "The dust shall return to the earth as it was & and the spirit returns to God who gave it."
Trader, George O., b. 1862, d. 1950
Trader, Henry, b. 1903, d. 1906
Trader, Mabel Hazilitt, b. 1860, d. 1915
Tupper, Netty, No dates
Vaughan, James O., b. Nov 27, 1857, d. Sep 7, 1919
Wallas, Geneva, no dates
Wallas, Gertrude, no dates
Wallis, Edith, no dates
Wallis, Eveleen, no dates
Wilburn, Edward H., b. 1871, d. 1933, "Dad"
Wiltsey, Mary, no dates
Winfield, Joseph Marion, b. Apr 24, 1853, d. Mar 31, 1922, "At Rest."
Zimmerman, Joe, no dates
Zornes, Thelma, Miss, no dates

 

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