Paul Ernest Newell, longtime Underwood resident, died April 8, 2001, at the age of 97.
Born to Charles and Ida Bell Newell on Sept. 21, 1903, in Niobrara, Neb., he was the sixth of 12 children. A few years later his family moved to Couer d'Alene, Idaho, where he grew up. A case of smallpox during his freshman year prevented him from graduating from high school.
Working in the logging industry, Mr. Newell married Alma Edna Asbury on May 7, 1924, in Kennewick, Wash. The couple then lived in Canada. After their son Verne was born, they moved back to Washington, this time to Stevenson, while Mr. Newell worked on the Bridge of the Gods.
Next, his family made their home at Husum, and he found work in surrounding orchards and forests. After his daughter Cecile was born in 1927, Mr. Newell moved his family to Underwood where he has resided most of his life.
He found enormous satisfaction in tending and harvesting his apple and pear trees as well as a huge garden every year. Besides working his farm, Mr. Newell was employed as the mail carrier for Underwood's rural route for decades until family members succeeded him in the job.
Mr. Newell also served his community as a weatherman of sorts, keeping records of Underwood rainfall, snowfall, and temperatures for local newspapers from Jan. 1, 1939, through Dec. 31, 2000.
After 37 years of marriage, his wife Alma died on March 4, 1961. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Newell was baptized by Mozart Burls at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in White Salmon. This marked the beginning of a long and faithful service to his church.
Meanwhile, on Aug. 20, 1965, Mr. Newell married Maybell Montgomery White of White Salmon. She shared his love of gardening and of harvesting fruit from their ample orchard. One of his greatest sources of pride was an apple tree which covered nearly a half-acre on their place, a tree planted by Indians a century before. Also cherished was his 1930 Ten-Caterpillar tractor, which now resides at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson, Wash.
When Mr. Newell's health began to fail a few months ago, he and his wife moved into White Salmon. He passed away last Sunday at their home on Cherry St.
Mr. Newell was preceded in death by 8 brothers and 3 sisters; a baby daughter, Elizabeth Ann Newell; and two grandchildren, Cecilia Stone and Donald Farrar. He is survived by his wife Maybell, White Salmon; his son Verne Newell, Underwood; his daughter Cecile Farrar, Hood River; stepdaughters Darlene Burtch, Terrace, B.C., Canada, and Janice Reid, Milwaukie, Ore.; grandchildren, Sharon Bryan, Paul Michael Newell, Timothy Newell, and Jayne Allen, all of Underwood; Lester Newell, Molalla, Ore.; Norma Hawley, Mosier, Ore.; Carol Henderson, Cook, Wash.; Tammy Hoffman, Hood River; Perry Burtch, Yaounde, Cameroon, Africa; Monte Burtch, Wasilla, Alaska; Tracy Anne Nickless, Le Mont, Ill.; Dana Reid, Kara Reid, and Megan Reid, all of Portland, Ore. Mr. Newell is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren and five great, greatgrandchildren.
Services are scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, White Salmon. Interment will follow at the Underwood Chris-Zada Cemetery.
Lifelong Trout Lake resident Carlton Walter Allaway died March 28, 2001 at his home in Trout Lake, at the age of 86.
Mr. Allaway was born July 6, 1914, in Trout Lake to Delwyn H. and Emma Pearson Allaway. He attended Trout Lake Schools, graduating from Trout Lake High School. In school, he excelled in math and was a member of the basketball and baseball teams. His basketball team was undefeated for two seasons.
On Aug. 14, 1940, Mr. Allaway married Esther Elizabeth Collins in White Salmon. The couple made their home in Trout Lake for most of their 60 years together outside of living in Newburg, Ore. for two years and in Hood River, Ore., for one year.
Farming was Mr. Allaway's life work. During World War II, he raised turkeys for the war effort. He learned dairy farming from his father and was a dairy farmer for many years. He enjoyed tilling the land and grew hay, grain and corn.
Mr. Allaway was a past member of the Trout Lake Grange and the Trout Lake School Board of which he served as chairman. He was one of the organizers of the Trout Lake Fire Department and umpired school baseball games.
Mr. Allaway is survived by his wife Esther Collins Allaway, Trout Lake; four sons Carl Allaway, James Allaway and Daniel Allaway, all of Trout Lake, and David Allaway, Stevenson; two daughters Donita Payne, Vancouver, and Brenda Bryan, White Salmon; sister Mildred Knutson, Portland, Ore.; and 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Delwyn Homer and Emma Pearson Allaway, and two sons Kenneth George Allaway and Clayton Beryl Allaway.
A graveside service for Mr. Allaway was held Saturday, March 31, 2001, at the Trout Lake Cemetery. A memorial service was held April 1, 2001, at the Mt. Adams Baptist Church in Trout Lake.
Memorials in Mr. Allaway's name may be given to the Trout Lake Fire Department First Responders in care of Sterling Savings Bank in White Salmon.
LuEllen Bertschi Ward died on April 2, 2001, in Gresham, Ore., at the age of 82.
She was born the second of six children to Vilas Cleveland and Cassia (Leaton) Bertschi on Dec. 5, 1918, at her paternal grandparents' home in Laurel. She attended Lakeside, a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She loved the long nature walks taken with special teacher Wallie Kuhnhausen and the Christmas programs supervised by Sue Dymond Morehead. She went to live with her grandparents, William and Addie Leaton, in order to be close enough to attend high school in Glenwood. She graduated in 1935.
On Sept. 5, 1936, she married Frank E. Ward. The couple made their first home in J. Neils Lumber Company's Camp Seven. Later, they moved to Glenwood and established a Grade A Dairy, which they ran for 10 years. Mr. and Mrs. Ward started college in 1958 at Western Washington University, from which they both earned teaching degrees. She taught upper elementary grades in The Dalles, Ore., and White Salmon for several years.
Mrs. Ward loved to travel and pretty much covered North America, Iceland, Europe, Asia and Central America. Their son, Dr. Donald Ward, did Africa for the couple by proxy. Besides traveling, she enjoyed reading, sewing, antiques, square dancing and playing bridge.
She was a 7th degree grange member and was active in the Camas Prairie and Vicinity Pioneer Association, the Glenwood Ladies' Aid, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Pioneer Memorial Community Church in Glenwood, and the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Portland, Ore.
Mrs. Ward is survived by husband of nearly 65 years Frank; children Juanita Rolph, Glenwood, Dr. Darold Ward, Missoula, Mont., and Sue Atkins, San Angelo, Texas; sister Hazel Parsons, BZ Corners; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mrs. Ward was held Friday, April 6, 2001, at 10 a.m. at Village Chapel in Gresham, Ore., with a graveside service the same day at 3 p.m. at Mt. Adams Cemetery in Glenwood.
Memorial may be made to the Mt. Adams Cemetery in care of Gardner Funeral Home, PO Box 390, White Salmon, Wash., 98672, who was in charge of arrangements.