Iman family notes

Bill Iman's Reflections

Bill was writing family history when he died at 75

Skamani County Pioneer, Friday, January 16, 1981
(Note: e. B. "Bill" Iman was the son of Lewis F. Iman, 1869-1947)

E. B. "Bill" Iman of Stevenson, grandson of early settlers, was working on a history of Skamania County and his family's contribution to the growth of the area when he died last week at the age of 75. Mr. Iman had written extensive notes and had tape recorded many of his recollections. Although his project was not finished, family members hope to complete the records.

Mr. Iman was born here and had spent his entire life in the area. His grandfather Felix Iman had settled here with his family in 1852 and had survived the Indian uprising of 1856, known as the Fort Rains Massacre. Felix and Margaret Iman had come here from the Midwest and had built a home near the present Stevenson Co-Ply location. When the Indians attacked Fort Rains, the Bradford store and homes in the area, the Iman' home was put to the torch. Felix and Margaret Iman. their small son Theodore and baby Florence, only three days old, escaped by boat .

Theodore had been born on the Oregon side of the Columbia and Florence, familiarly known as Flo, on the Washington side. Both were alive when the Bridge of the Gods was built in1927 and they were chosen for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Theodore crossed the bridge from the Oregon side and Flo from the Washington side, ceremoniously meeting in the middle of the span.

Felix Iman operated a water-powered sawmill near the present Eran Howell shop on Hegewald Pond. He had built a dam on Rock Creek above the present Iman property north of town and water to power the mill came down the hill in a ditch, traces of which remain.,

Bill Iman's father was F. L. "Lew" Iman, born after the Fort Rains incident. He was married to Emily May Eyman, in later years known as "Grannie May."

Lew and May Iman had eight children. With the death of Bill Iman, only Edith Iman McCafferty (Mrs. F. R. "Mickey" McCafferty) survives.

Lew and May Iman's first child, Frank, died in infancy and a daughter Nellie died at the age of4. Daughter Frae married Conrad Lundy Sr. and is survived by son Conrad "Tonnie" Lundv and daughter Elva Stewart, both of Stevenson. Frae and Conrad Lundy were divorced and Frae was married to the late Jack Reno at the time of her death.

Another Iman daughter, Elma, married George Ainsworth. She is survived by a son George Ainsworth now of Califomia, and a daughter Edith Holien (nicknamed Petay), now living in Mead Washington.

Daughter Edith McCafferty was the next child. followed by Bill Iman the late Robert Hahn "Pinky" Iman and Lewis Felix Iman, who was known as Mike and who died at the age of 20.

Lew Iman worked on the locks at Cascade Locks, now a national historic site, during its construction. He and May and their family lived in a house near the 'present McCafferty home above Stevenson and Lew walked down to the river each day. He rowed across to Cascade Locks, put in 10 hours of work and then returned home. He was paid 10 cents per hour, or $1 per day.

Lew operated the old Headquarters Saloon on Whiskey Row near the river in Stevenson, from 190l to 1916. The family made its home near the saloon for many years. Bill Iman was born there June 26, 1905. He attended school in Stevenson and later worked as a logger and with the Skamania County road department. He purchased the Club Tavern (now Ship Captain & Crew) from his brother-in-law Mickey McCafferty and ran it for many years before his retirement. When Skamania County celebrated the nation's Bicentennial in 1976, Bill Iman was chosen to head the 4th of July parade in Stevenson as its Grand Marshall. He is survived by two sons, Duane Iman of Hood River and Gary Iman of The Dalles; two daughters, Shirley Ferguson of Carson and Sherrie Ellenberger of Kelso; a sister Edith McCafferty of Stevenson; 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


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