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Thursday, March 29, 2012


Papa's great grandfather, his mother's grandfather, was a frontier settler and pioneer of the western United States.

Died: 29 March 1910
GrangevilleIdaho, Idaho
Buried: 6 April 1910
Grangeville, Idaho, Idaho

He left behind a young widow, Frances Alois McNicholl nee Huckins, after only 20 years of marriage and 4 living daughters, the youngest a toddler. Two daughters preceded him in death. His widow moved from Idaho to be with family in Washington state. Her father died 8 months prior to her husband and on the 1910 census taken in June she is head of a household that includes her 4 daughters, her mother, 3 brothers and an 8 year old nephew.

This move vitally affected the family. On the 1900 census Fannie's father is the mine foreman for the Tom Hal Mining Company founded in 1899. Their household includes 20 miners as boarders. One of the miners is Robert Dougherty who married Fannie McNicholl's sister Daisy in 1897. The 3 older daughter's of James and Fannie soon marry in that area.

Photo and Death certificate in possession of Patricia Shelton Erdman.