Iman family notes

Iman Family of Skamania

Copywritten 1999, James Windsor, windsor@sirius.com

All Rights Reserved. This material is the sole property of James Windsor and may not be reprinted or used without expressed permission of the author/researcher. For further information, please contact windsor@sirius.com [This material is part of a history being developed for publication on the Windsor Family.]


Felix Grundy Iman

SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 24 July 1902, obituary, Felix Iman Dead, by Thomas Harlan, Pioneer. “On July 17th, at 2:30 p.m. Felix Iman, who had taken a donation claim on Rock creek in 1852, died. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at the residence, the remains being interred in the family burying ground. The obsequies were conducted by Rev. F. H. Walker, of the Locks. Although Felix Iman belonged to a generation that has passed, he will be truly mourned as a friend lost. Mr. Iman raised a large family of boys and girls, who themselves have married–children. He also leaves a widow near his own age. His old-time hospitality was of that kind that followed the frontier from Cumberland Gap to the waters of the Pacific, and has blessed thousands of wary and footsore emigrants on the road to their new homes in the valleys of the Mississippi and across the plains. No stranger passed Felix Iman’s cabin hungry. They received the best he had, sweetened with a welcome, which to a real man is the greater consideration. He was filled with charity and good deeds to his neighbors and all men were his neighbors when he could do them a kindness. He belonged to that set of men that include Amos Underwood, Dr. Leavens, James Walker and the Hamiltons. No grander men lived than the pioneers. No greater epitaph could be chiseled upon stone than that “He was a pioneer.” Felix Iman lived to see nearly all his contemporaries cross the mystic river whence he has gone to meet them, if it be true that when “the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel at the cistern,” that the spirit goes to God who gave it, as the Bible so eloquently says. A month ago Mr. Iman’s children and grandchildren brought him to the boat landing to see him go to Portland to the hospital. It was pathetic to see the young people part with their patriarchal father, whom we all knew was rapidly nearing the end. His every appearance, his subdued expression, the softness and mellowness of his voice was a prelude to the shadows of the failing night, and reminded one of that passage in Scripture which reads something like this: “And I looked and beheld a pale horse, and his name that sat upon him was Death.” However this scene at the boat landing was not distressing. It spoke only of a quiet sunset at the close of a peaceful life. It was the glimmering twilight of a passed day, and only in the sense of having flown.”


Margaret (Windsor) Iman

SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 1 August 1924, obituary, Pioneer Resident Called, “Margaret W. Iman died in Stevenson, Monday, July 28, aged 90 years, 4 months and six days. She was born in Tippecanoe county, Indiana, in 1834. In the fall of 1851 she married Felix G. Iman and in the spring of 1852 they crossed the plains form the state of Missouri with ox team, stopping in Skamania county, where she had made her home continuously since. The sons living are T. C. Iman of Napavine, Wash., John W. Iman, Albert O. Iman, Geo. W. Iman, Louis Iman and Chas. Iman of Stevenson; the daughters are Mrs. Rose A. Jones of Satsop, Wash., Mrs. Flora A. Foster and Mrs. M. L. McKinnon of Stevenson. Thirty-five grand children and 50 great grandchildren survive the deceased. Interment was held Wednesday. At her request the funeral services were held at the family cemetery under a huge spreading tree. Rev. Lawrence officiating.

Children of Felix Grundy and Margaret2 (Windsor) Iman:


i. Theodore8 Columbus Iman, “Theo,” b. 23 August 1854, at the Cascades, Wasco Co. Oregon Territory; d. 19 March 1927, at Stevenson, Washington[1], of influenza, aged 72. He is buried in the Iman Cemetery.
According to a family tradition, Theodore was the first white child born in Wasco Co.[2]
Theodore had the very large ears called among the locals in Skamania Co. “Iman Ears.” Jeff Moore, great grandson of Ike and Flora Foster, said, “The Imans all had big ears and that got to be an expression, people would say someone with big ears had Iman Ears.”
Theo was a carpenter and worked for many years at the Iman sawmill, though in the 1900 census of Skamania Co. his occupation was listed as mail carrier. With his second wife Theo moved to Raymond, Washington about 1914, as his sons Frank and Elmer lived there. A few years later Theo and wife moved to Lewis Co. Washington to work in the lumber camps. Sometime after 1920 he moved back to Stevenson.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 18 April 1901, “It has been remarked that Theodore Iman has shaved off his whiskers.”
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 26 September 1901, “T. C. Iman family departed for Columbia City, Oregon, visiting friends and business matters.”
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 25 March 1927, obituary, Aged Pioneer Passes Saturday, “Theo C. Iman died at his home in Stevenson last Saturday after a lingering illness as the result of the flu contracted several weeks ago. Funeral services were held a the graveside Tuesday fore noon and interment made in the private cemetery on the Louis Iman ranch west of town. Rev. Lindsley of the Congregational Church officiating. A large number of friends from all parts of the Columbia River gorge paid their last respects to the aged pioneer at the grave as he had a wide acquaintance. Mr. Iman was born at what is now Cascade Locks, Ore., August 23, 1854, and has lived all his life in this locality. He was married in 1872 to Miss Emma Kyler and to this union were born four children: Mrs. Ida Johnson, deceased, J. Iman of Charleston, Wash., E. B. and F. C. Iman of Raymond. He is also survived by three sisters and five brothers, Mrs. Florence A. Foster, Mrs. M. L. McKinnon of Stevenson; Mrs. Rose Jones of Seetsop, Wash., J. W. Iman of Castle Rock; A. O. and C. N. Iman of Stevenson, and eight grandchildren.”
Married:
1) Emma Kyler, “Ada,” on 21 April 1878, Skamania Co. Washington Territory;[3] the daughter of Joseph Kyler and Emma (Holmaker, Haymaker); b. 12 August 1864, in Sarpy Co. Kansas; d. 11 July 1900, at Stevenson,[4] aged 35. She is buried in the Iman Cemetery. Her gravestone is inscribed, | Emma Kyler Iman | 1865-1900 |.
Emma was 13 or 14 years old when she married Theo.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 19 July 1900, obituary, Death of Mrs. T. C. Iman, “Mrs. Theodore Iman died at her home near Stevenson at 7:20 o’clock Thursday morning of heart disease. Emma Kyler was born in Syrapee county, Nebraska, on August 12th, 1864, and was married to Theodore Iman on the 21st day of April 1878. The deceased leaves four children, a husband, two sisters, two brothers and a mother, besides many relatives and friends, to mourn her demise. Mrs. Iman was known for her spotless character and affectionate disposition and through the death of her the family loses a kind and loving mother and wife and the community a model neighbor and friend. The deceased was loved by all who knew her and the community joins in hearty sympathy with the family and relatives in their sad bereavement. The deceased was buried Friday afternoon in the family’s cemetery about one mile and a half northwest of this place. The remains was followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends, who went to show their last respects to the departed.”
Children: i. Jeremiah4 Jerry” (1880-1967), ii. Ida M. (1882-before 1927), iii. Elmer B. (1897-1975) and iv. Francis E. “Frank” (1899-1990) Iman.
2) Mary Anna Kirchner, “Marie,” on 9 September 1901, at Stevenson;[5] the daughter of Melcher Kirchner and Teresa (Sepres);[6] b. about 1855, in Canada or Illinois; d. after 1920.
She was a resident of Apiary, Oregon at the time of her marriage to Theo. In the census of 1910 and 1920 she was living with Theo, but there is no record of her after that. They may have divorced. She is not buried in the Iman Cemetery. Theo and Marie Iman had no children. She had previously been married to Michael Rosier. Her son Carl Rosier is buried in the Iman Cemetery.[7]
Theo and Emma Iman had no children.

ii. Flora8 Adelia Iman, “Flo,” b. 24 March 1856, at the Upper Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. 28 March 1949, at Stevenson,[8] aged 93. She is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Stevenson.
“I am the oldest living native daughter of Skamania County. I was married when I was seventeen years old to Charles Morgan. He was born in Norway. He was an old time sailor and a veteran of the Civil War. We were married by a Justice of the Peace. After ten years of marriage my husband and I agreed to disagree, and I married Ira Foster of Iowa. My former husband also married again. My second husband and I had seven children. Five of our girls are married. One son works for the railroad. The other lives at Taft, Oregon.” [9]
According to a family tradition, Flora was the first white child born in Skamania Co.[10] She was a housewife and is especially remembered by her grandchildren for her homemade noodles. She was also a good piano player and taught piano lessons. She always lived at Stevenson except for a short period when she and her husband Ike Foster lived in Lewis and Pierce Cos. working in the logging industry.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 1 April 1949, obituary, Pioneer Woman Called by Death; 92 years old, “Scores of friends of Mrs. Flora A. Nix paid last respects to her memory yesterday afternoon when funeral services were held at the Stevenson Methodist Church. She passed away Monday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. H. Avery and Rev. Violet Le La Cheur and Gardner and Son had charge. Committal was in IOOF Cemetery east of Stevenson. Many floral tributes covered the casket and several out of town friends and relatives were present at the services. Mrs. Mix passed away only 4 days after her 93rd birthday and closed a long life of love and kindness to family and many friends. She had been ill for the past 4 months. She was the daughter of the late Felix G. and Margaret Windsor Iman, early day pioneers of Stevenson, then known as Cascades, Wash. Terr. She was born March 24, 1856 and when 2 days old the family with one other small child a brother were forced from their home by Indians, the home was fired and burned, the family escaping and finally being taken to The Dalles, Ore. until it was safe to return. In the early 1880’s Flora married Isaac I. Foster. To this union 5 daughters and 2 sons were born. Mr. Foster passed away many years ago. Several years later she married the late Jefferson Nix. Mrs. Nix leaves to mourn her passing the following children: Mrs. Pearl Slack of Seattle, Mrs. Ruby Sweeney of Stevenson, Mrs. Elizabeth Lyons of Stevenson, Mrs. Leana Joyce of Salem, Ore., Mrs. Hattie Kynaston of Stanfield, Ore., Mrs. Ira D. Foster of Portland, Ore. and Mr. Kenneth F. Foster of Stanfield, Ore.; one brother, Albert O. Iman of Raymond, Washington; nineteen grandchildren, many great grandchildren and nephews.”
Married:
1) Charles Morgan, on 7 November 1873, at Vancouver, Clark Co. Washington;[11] b. September 1851, in Norway; d. about 1915, probably in Portland, Oregon. A sailor and day laborer. In the 1880 census Charles (age 36) and Flora Morgan lived at Stevenson. They divorced about 1883. It is said that Charles Morgan served in the Civil War.
R. in an interview in September 1995 said, “Flora was excited by Charles Morgan. He was a sailor and manly and handsome. She married him because he was so handsome. After they married, the first time Flora had sex with him it was very painful for her, as he had a very large penis. Flora told me this and laughed about it. Later on she said she really enjoyed having sex with him, but that outside of the sex they really had no relationship. Eventually the sex and love died and she left him. She didn’t really want to have children by him, no, so they never had any.”
Charles and Flora Morgan had no children.
Skamania County Bills of Sale, Bk. 1, p. 3, 9 May 1885: Felix G. Iman sells interest in the Charles Morgan homestead and claim at Stevenson to Lewis Eyman for $450.[12]
He is probably the Charles Morgan living with wife Ann, and daughters Abnetha and Ann, at Portland, Multnomah Co. Oregon in the census of 1900.[13] This census states Charles Morgan came to America in 1870.[14]
Charles Morgan married 2) Anna (Lund), on 24 June 1887, in Portland, Oregon.[15] She was b. April 1865, in Russia or Finland. The census of 1900 states that she came to America in 1883. In the 1920 census of Portland, Oregon[16] she was a widow, aged 54, living with daughters Abnetha and Anna Morgan and with half-brother John Lund.
2) Isaac Ira Foster, “Ike,” on 15 July 1904, at Stevenson[17]; the son of Fenner Foster and Julia Ann (Babbit); b. 7 November 1858, at Toolesboro, Louisa Co. Iowa; d. 5 May 1919, at Stevenson, of a heart attack,[18] aged 60. He is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, at Mt. Pleasant, Skamania Co., next to his father Fenner Foster.
Ike’s parents moved from Iowa to Nebraska in 1869 and came to Portland, Oregon in 1870, and shortly that to Skamania Co. (Fenner Foster, Ike’s father, was Skamania Co. Tax Assessor in 1885.)
Ike was in the logging and wood business. Later, with his brother Monta Foster, in the scow business between Cascade Locks and The Dalles. After that he ran a jitney business and skating rink in Stevenson. The Fosters lived at Stevenson, but between 1889 and 1891, while working for the timber industry, Ike and Flora moved to Lewis Co. Washington, then to Seattle and after that to Roy in Pierce Co. Washington. Flora’s sister and brother-in-law, Rosa and Daniel Jones, were also living in Roy at that time.
Ike and Flora Foster began living together about 1885 in a marriage of “common law.” They married legally, and supposedly under pressure from the Iman family, after all their children had been born.
Ike and Flora Foster had eight children: i. Pearl A.4 (1886-), ii. Ruby Margaret (1888-), iii. Lena I. “Elizabeth” “Betty” (1889-) iv. Ira D. (1891-), v. Leana J. “Lena” (1893-), vi. Vernon Kenneth Felix “Fenner” (1896-1979), vii. Hattie M. (1899-1983) and viii. an infant (d. young) Foster.
(See Ike Foster in photograph, “The boys gather at Lew Iman’s Headquarters Saloon, on page ---.”)
Ike Foster had married 1) Myrtle Elizabeth Gould, on 2 April 1880, in Skamania Co.[19] According to the 1880 census of Skamania Co. she was b. c1861 in Oregon. Other than the marriage date, place and the census, there is very little for the record concerning Elizabeth Gould. Nothing else has been found. It is probable though that the marriage ended in a quiet divorce. There appears to have been no children.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 8 May 1919, obituary, Ira I. Foster, “This community was shocked last Monday morning when it was announced that “Ike” Foster had passed away at the home of his son-in-law, Leo Moore, from an attack of acute indigestion. Sunday evening he left the jitney stand to spend the night at the home of his son-in-law, Leo Moore, and seemed to be in excellent health. After eating a hearty supper he retired, but called his daughter to his bedside a couple of hours later saying he did not feel well. He rapidly grew worse and passed away before medical help could be summoned. Isaac I. Foster was born at Tootsboro, Iowa, November 7, 1858, and moved with his parents to Nebraska in 1869, remaining there about a year. They continued their journey westward and arrived in Portland, Oregon on April 10, 1870, since which time he had made Oregon and Washington his home, following the logging and wood business. For a number of years he was associated with his brother, Monta, in the scow business between Cascade Locks and The Dalles. For several years he was over on the sound in the logging contracting business. For the past few months has been in the jitney business here. “Ike” Foster was a man well known and had many friends, and was a staunch friend toward Skamania county and Stevenson. Funeral services are being held here today, and the body will be taken to Mt. Pleasant and laid to rest beside his father. He is survived by his wife, seven children, and thirteen grandchildren. The children are Mrs. William Black, of Vancouver, Miss Lenna Foster, of San Francisco, Mrs. J. F. Joyce, of Prairie City, Wash., Mrs. Hattie Smith, of Woods Cross, Utah, Mrs. Leo Moore, Ira and Fenner Foster, of Stevenson. His brother F. F. Foster, lives at Carson. Mrs. A. J. Hull of Colton, California and Mrs. C. J. Moore of Vancouver are his sisters. His many friends extend to the sorrowing wife and bereaved children their heart-felt sympathy in this, their great hour of grief.”
3) Jefferson Davis Nix, “Jeff,” on 24 July 1933, at Stevenson;[20] the son of Samuel Nix and Nancy Jane (Woods); b. 8 April 1862, in Ponycreek, Erath Co. Texas; d. 28 September 1945, at the Bonneville Sanitarium, North Bonneville, Skamania Co., of a heart attack[21], aged 83. He is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Stevenson, next to his first wife Nora (Bevens).
Jeff Nix had been a Texas cowboy and a railroader before he settled at Stevenson in 1892. In 1895 he was elected Sheriff of Skamania Co. In April of that same year, while Sheriff, he, with others, stole the Skamania County records from the (then) Skamania county seat of Lower Cascades township,[22] and carried them to Stevenson where Jeff declared Stevenson as the new county seat.[23] (And since that time Stevenson has remained the county seat.) Also in the 1890’s Jeff Nix owned and lived in Stevenson’s first hotel, “The Valley Hotel.” [24] Later on he bought a farm east of Stevenson. It is said that he cleared the land on this farm by making cord wood from the trees.[25] He was also employed in the timber industry for many years. He lived at Stevenson.
Jeff’s brother, George Washington Nix (1859-1941), was also a pioneer resident of Stevenson and is buried in the Iman Cemetery.
Jeff and Flora Nix had no children.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, Friday, 28 July 1933, Nix-Foster Wedding Surprizes Friends “Jeff Nix and Mrs. Flora Foster were married Monday at her residence here. This romance and marriage comes as a great surprize to their friends and acquaintances. They are now at home at his ranch north of town where they will make their home. ...hope all their troubles are little ones.”
Mr. Nix had married 1) Nora A. Bevens, on 1 January 1893, at Stevenson;[26] the daughter of William Bevens and Samantha (Walton), and a sister of Oscar Bevens who married Martha Luchada Iman.[27] She was b. April 1877, in Iowa; d. 5 May 1950, at Stevenson, aged 73. She is buried next to Jefferson Nix in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, at Stevenson.[28]
Nora Bevens was 15 years old when she married Jeff Nix. After they were married their first home was on a flatboat called “The Blue Jay.” They used this flatboat to transport cord wood and lumber, which they sold upriver at The Dalles, Oregon. On returning down-river in “The Blue Jay” they brought groceries and supplies to sell in the Stevenson area. In the early 1900’s Nora Nix was a typesetter and office employee for the SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER.
Mr. Nix’s obituary states that he and Nora (Bevens) had ten children. (See Jeff D. Nix obituary below.)
About 1930 Jeff and Nora Nix divorced. Their children, who were unhappy about the break-up of the family, never accepted the divorce and in the end had their parents buried together, that is in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Stevenson where Jeff and Nora Nix lie next to each other, their tombstones read, FATHER | MOTHER.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 23 June 1910, “Jeff Nix was injured by falling lumber at the Youman’s Simpson Mill, breaking two ribs and injuring his head.”
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 5 October 1945, obituary, Heart Attack is Fatal to Jeff D. Nix, “Funeral services were held Sunday of Jefferson Davis Nix, a pioneer of the Stevenson community who passed away at the Bonneville Sanitarium on Friday. He had been a patient for several weeks and had been released to come home only a day or so prior to his death. A change in his condition resulted and he was again taken to the Sanitarium where he passed away. He came to Stevenson in 1892 and at his death was 83 years old. In 1892 he was married to Nora A. Bevens. Ten children were born to this marriage: Mrs. Ira Foster, Portland, Leroy Nix (deceased), Mrs. Frank E. Maine, Stevenson, Mrs. Frank Richards, Salem, Oregon; Arthur Nix of Waldsort, Oregon; John (Buster) Nix, Stevenson, Mrs. Cornish Burt, Portland, Mrs. Larry Wade, Seattle, Mrs. Larry Silver, Portland and Mrs. Everett Douglas, Stevenson. Mr. Nix led a varied and colorful life having been a railroader and cowboy before coming to Stevenson and in 1895 he was the second sheriff of Skamania Co. Later he ran a scow boat on the Columbia River from Stevenson to The Dalles, Ore. In later years he followed timber work. July 24, 1933 he was married to Flora A. Foster. Mrs. Nix is the oldest pioneer in Skamania Co. Mr. Nix was laid to rest last Sunday in the IOOF Cemetery, many friends and relatives gathered to pay their last respects to one of their oldest pioneers.”
Interviews of Flora Foster, by Fred Lockley in the OREGONIAN, have been used in compiling the history of the Felix Grundy Iman family.[29]

iii. Mary8 Elizabeth Iman, “Merry,” b. about 1857, at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. before 1870. She is buried in the Iman Cemetery. She is aged three and living with her parents in the 1860 census of Skamania County.

iv. Elnora8 Supronia Iman, “Ellen,” “Nora,” b. May 1859,[30] at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. before 1870. She is buried in the Iman Cemetery. She is aged 11 months and living with her parents in the 1860 census of Skamania County.

v. Martha8 Luchada Iman, b. 28 March 1861, at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. 17 December 1948 at Stevenson,[31] of coronary thrombosis, aged 87. She was cremated at Riverview Abbey, in Portland, Oregon. She was a housewife and lived all her life on the Columbia River gorge. She was affectionately known as Aunt Martha. In later years her brothers George and John Iman lived with her. [32]
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 24 December 1948, obituary, (calls her Mrs. Martha L. McKinnon and does not mention her second husband Oscar Bevens) Funeral Held Here Tuesday for Pioneer, “Funeral services were held here Tuesday for Mrs. Martha L. McKinnon, one of the first to be born in Cascades Territory, the name then attached to the Stevenson area. At her death she was 87 years 8 months of age, and had lived all her life in Stevenson and Cascade Locks, Oregon. She was the daughter of Felix G. and Margaret Windsor Iman who came to Stevenson with the first white settlers from the East. Her childhood memories included Indian raids and constant battles with nature to survive the more rugged winters of that day. In the early 1880’s she married the late Malcolm McKinnon of Cascade Locks and they resided in that town for several years. She was the mother of five children, three of whom survive. They are W. O. McKinnon of Cascade Locks, Maurice R. McKinnon of Portland, and Georgia Halley of Stevenson. One brother Albert O. Iman of Raymond and one sister Flora A. Nix of Stevenson, besides a host of nieces and nephews and a host of friends who called her Aunt Martha. Burial services were held from the Gardner Chapel in Stevenson at 1:30 Tuesday with Rev. Stephens officiating. The remains were taken to Portland for cremation.”
Married:
1) Malcolm McKinnon, about 1881; the son of William McKinnon and Isabelle (Bailey); b. 16 June 1850/51, in New York state;[33] d. 19 August 1921, at Stevenson, of heart disease,[34] aged 70. He is buried in the Iman Cemetery.
When Malcolm McKinnon first came to the Columbia River he worked on the fishwheels, later he worked on a scow line that plied on the Columbia River between Cascade Locks and The Dalles. By 1880 he was a part-owner, with a Mr. Bothwick, of a saloon and grocery store located, just across the river from the Imans, in Wasco Co. Oregon,. After he married Martha he became a carpenter. In his later years—and for many years—he had a shoemaker shop on Second Street in Stevenson. Malcolm and Martha McKinnon lived at Stevenson, although in the census of 1900 they lived on the opposite side of the Columbia River from Stevenson at Cascade Locks, Wasco Co. Oregon.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 26 August 1921, obituary, “Malcolm McKinnon died at the family home Friday evening. He was sitting on the porch when the final summons came. Mr. McKinnon was 70 years of age and had lived at Stevenson about 40 years. He was a carpenter by trade, but form many years conducted a shoemaker shop on Second street. He leaves a wife, four children and several grandchildren. Burial was Sunday at the family cemetery on Rock creek.”
Malcolm and Martha McKinnon had five children: i. Burton4 (1881-1921), ii. William Otis (1884-1964), iii. Georgia (1889-1969), iv. Maurice (Morris) R. (1893-) and v. an infant (d. young) McKinnon.
2) Oscar Bevens, as his third wife, after 1935; son of William Bevens and Samantha (Walton); b. 8 May 1875, in Des Moines, Iowa;[35] d. 6 January 1942, at Stevenson,[36] aged 66. He is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Stevenson, next to his first wife Daisy (Taylor). His parents lived in Des Moines, Iowa until they moved to Medicine Lodge, Barbour Co. Kansas in 1880. In 1889 they came to Stevenson.
He was a laborer, and lived at Stevenson. (See photograph of Oscar Bevens on page --- “The boys gather at Lew Iman’s Headquarters Saloon.”)
Unfortunately the marriage of Oscar Bevens to Martha McKinnon was not happy, he drank all the time and was irresponsible, and their obituaries do not mention each other.
Oscar and Martha Bevens had no children.
Oscar Bevens married:
1) Daisy Taylor, on 1 August 1898, at Stevenson.[37] They later divorced. She was b. February 1882, in Kansas;[38] d. probably at Stevenson. She is buried next to Oscar Bevens in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, at Stevenson. They had several children (see Oscar Bevens obituary below).
2) Mamie Tapor (or Taper), on 10 June 1916, at Stevenson;[39] the daughter of John Tapor (Taper) and Alice (Brown). Oscar and Mamie Bevens lived at Carson, Washington in 1916. No further record of Mamie Tapor.
Oscar Bevens death was caused by smoking and drinking in bed. He fell asleep and his burning cigarette caught the house on fire. He was severely burned while trying to escape out of a bedroom window and died within a few moments after being rescued. Only two months before his previous house had burned down for the same reasons.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 9 January 1942, Pioneer Resident Trapped by Flames, Burned to Death, Body of Oscar Bevens Pulled from Window of Doomed House by Neighbor, “Pulled from his blazing home after his clothing had been burned from his body, the body of Oscar Bevans was found lifeless by fireman who reached the scene early Tuesday morn to extinguish the flames and leave a charred mass where the two room house had stood. Bevans a pioneer resident of Stevenson had lived alone in the place ever since losing a similar house by fire 2 months ago. The house owned by E. R. Swain is located less than 200 ft. from the Columbia River. The flames were discovered by neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Easley, and before summoning the firemen Easley went across the street to find the entire front part of the place held in flames. Going around the house, he discovered Bevans, who was leaning out of a rear window, too far gone to make sound, but apparently still struggling to extricate himself. Easley dragged him from the house but could not lift him enough to take him from the flames. According to Easley and Coroner R. M. Wright who came to the scene, Bevans body was badly blistered and showed indication of having been badly burned before he could reach the window from which he hoped to make his escape. The entrance to the house was from the front room and his chances of escape from a trip were limited. Fireman ran a line of hose for a block to reach the house but succeeded only in saving the frame work and part of the roof and siding. The 30 mile east wind which was blowing handicapped the fireman and considering the start which the blaze had before they arrived their work was considered almost a miracle. The Gardner undertaking ambulance was called and Bevans body was taken to the undertaking parlors. Mrs. Bevans was the son of a Skamania Co. pioneer family, his parents being Mr. and Mrs. William Bevans. They located in this area in 1889. The father passing away a year later. The family remained here several years, when the mother passed away. The children of Oscar Bevans are Raymond Bevens of Lowden, Washington, a daughter Miss Della Bevens of Spokane and Mrs. Laura Warner, whose present address was not known, and Herman Bevens, deceased. There were four grandchildren as follows: Norma and Carmen, daughters of Herman Bevans and Debora and Lois, daughters of Raymond Bevans. Oscar Bevans was born in Kansas on May 8, 1875. He came to this county with his parents and resided in or near Stevenson since his arrival. He was a competent woodsman, but during recent years, he busied himself with odd jobs, continuing to make his home alone since the death of his wife. One brother and two sisters survive the deceased. They are Mrs. Nora Nix, Stevenson; Bruce Bevans, Portland and Mrs. Katherine McDonald of California. Funeral Services were held from the Gardner Chapel yesterday afternoon.” [40]

vi. Rosalia8 Almedia Iman, “Rosa,” “Rosie,” b. 3 September 1862, at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. 24 February 1931, in Satsop, Gray’s Harbor Co. Washington,[41] of a heart attack, aged 68. According to her death certificate she was buried at Aberdeen, Gray’s Harbor Co. Washington, the name of the cemetery not being stated.
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE, 25 February 1931, obituary, Mrs. Rose Jones Dies Suddenly. “Mrs. Rose P. Jones, who came to Tacoma more than 40 years ago, died suddenly Tuesday at Sastop, at the age of 68. She had lived there for the past three years. When the Jones family lived in Tacoma the address was 404 South 53d Street. Mrs. Jones is survived by her husband Daniel, of the home; a son Daniel Jr.; two stepsons, Lorin and Frank Townsend of Satsop; five daughters, Mrs. Bonnie Grace and Mrs. Mella Thiel of Tacoma, Mrs. Nell Forrest of California, Mrs. Margaret Beck of California and Mrs. Ella Thomas of Aberdeen; 18 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Elma.”
Married:
1) James W. Townsend, “Cy,” on 14 September 1881, in Skamania Co.;[42] b. April 1854, in Maine.[43] He appears in the 1880 census of Skamania Co.: James W. Townsend, age 27, single, sailor, b. Maine.[44]
Cy and Rosa Townsend divorced about 1887, and their two sons lived at various times with either their mother or father, as in the Skamania Co. state census of 1887 when R. A. (Rosa), Loren and Frank Townsend were living with Felix and Margaret Iman, and J. W. Townsend in that census was living alone at Stevenson.[45] Or as in the 1900 census of Northport twp., Stevens Co. Washington when Cy Townsend, age 46, widow, saloon keeper, lived with sons Lonnie and Frankie Townsend, and Rosa lived in Pierce Co. Washington with her second husband.[46]
In the census of 1920 Pierce Co. Washington both Loren and Frank Townsend were living near their mother.[47] Where their father lived in 1920 is not known—if he were still alive. For some unknown reason the obituary of Rosa Jones refers to her sons Loren and Frank Townsend as her stepsons. (It may be that her divorce was a private affair.)
Cy and Rose Townsend had two children: i. Loren4 A. (Lauren) “Lonnie” (1881-1948) and ii. Frank R. “Frankie” (1884-1961?) Townsend.
2) Daniel H. Jones, “Dan,” about 1890; the son of John Jones and Ann (Jarmon); b. 25 June 1862, in Wisconsin;[48] d. 12 May 1936, at Tacoma, Pierce Co. Washington, of lung cancer,[49] aged 73. He was cremated. He was a blacksmith and lived at various times in the towns of Roy, Ashford and Tacoma in Pierce Co. Washington, and for a short time at Yelm, Thurston Co. Washington. About 1921 the Jones moved to Satsop, in Gray’s Harbor Co. Washington. After the death of his wife Daniel Jones lived with his daughter Mrs. Donna Grace at Tacoma.
MT. TACOMA PENNANT, Roy Items, 20 October 1905, “Dan Jones, formerly a blacksmith here, was down from Ashford Friday.”
MT. TACOMA PENNANT, Roy Items, 1 December 1905, “Mr. Dan Jones, wife and family arrived in Roy Thursday from Ashford and remained until Saturday at the home of Mrs. Case. They went on to Yelm Saturday, where Mr. Jones will run a blacksmith shop.”
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE, 14 May 1936, obituary, Daniel H. Jones, “Daniel H. Jones, 73, of 1531 Fawcett avenue, died Wednesday in a local hospital. He had lived in Tacoma for 45 years and was a blacksmith by trade. Surviving are a son Dan Jr. of Tacoma; two stepsons Lorin Townsend of Elma and Frank Townsend of Aberdeen; five daughters, Mrs. D. J. Thiel, Mrs. Donna Grace and Mrs. Margaret Beck all of Tacoma, Mrs. Nell Forrest of California and Mrs. Ella Thomas of Seattle; 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Buckley-King Funeral church.”
Dan and Rosa Jones had six children: i. Donna4 May “Donnie” (1892-1969), ii. Eva “Ella” (1894-1974), iii, Rosa (1895-), iv. Nell “Nellie” (1896-) v. Margaret and vi. Daniel H. (1900-1968) Jones.

vii. John8 William Iman, “John,” b. 3 April 1864, at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. 1 February 1938, at Stevenson,[50] of nephritis (kidney disease), aged 73. He is buried in the Iman Cemetery. A saloon keeper, saw filer for a logging company and timber worker. In 1927 he lived at Castle Rock, Cowlitz Co. Washington. Later he and his brother George Iman made their home for many years with their sister Mrs. Martha McKinnon at Stevenson.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 4 October 1900, “John Iman has sold his saloon.”
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 24 January 1901, “John Iman has finished building his business building, adjoining his property across the street from the PIONEER office.”
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 4 February 1938, obituary, County Native Dies Tuesday at age of 73, “John Iman, 73 years old and a native of Stevenson, passed away at the home of his sister, Mrs. Oscar Bevans, here Tuesday evening about 7:30. He had been ill for two years suffering from complication due to age. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Iman Sr. who were among the very first settlers in the Gorge. During his younger days he worked as a saw filer and many timber activities. He was married many years ago, but was divorced, no children being born to the union. Since that time he has made his home with his sister and worked when he felt able to do so. The body was removed Wednesday from the Bevans home to the Hendry-Gardner-Hufford funeral parlors where it will lie until the funeral, the time of which had not been announced last night. Burial will be in the Iman family cemetery on Rock Creek and due to the present road conditions, it would be difficult to reach at this time. It was stated that notice of burial arrangements would be posted as soon as available. This would probably be Saturday, it was stated. Mr. Iman leaves two sisters, Mrs. Bevans with whom he lived and Mrs. Jeff Nix, also of Stevenson. Two surviving brothers are Lou Iman of Stevenson and Al Iman of Kalama, Washington. Funeral arrangements are in charge of Hendry-Gardner-Hufford.”
Married: Martha Waldon, after 1920. It is not known when or where they married. She is named as wife on his death certificate, but which also stated that they were divorced. No further record of Martha Waldon.
John and Martha Iman had no children.
Skamania County Civil Court, Case 158, Bk. 1, p. 93, 27 October 1900: John W. Iman charged with assault. “...John Iman is accussed, of the crime of Assault with the intent to commit murder, commited as follows to wit: He the said John Iman, did in Skamania County, on the 4 of July 1900, feloniously, purposely and of his deliberate and premeditated malice, make an assault upon one William Ganey with a pistol gun which the said John Iman then and there had and held by him and there attempted to discharge and shoot him the said William Ganey, with the intent to kill and murder.” “...Presently comes John Iman into court and pleads guilty to simple assault and the prosecuting attorney being willing to accept such plea. The defendant then being fined the sum of $—.”
Some Court documents in the case “John W. Iman charged with assault” are missing or illegible, particularly the statement of a witness to the incident. At the time of the alleged attempted murder John Iman owned a saloon, therefore the case most likely involved a bar fight.

viii. Albert8 Odum Iman, “Al,” b. 4 September 1866, at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. 31 December 1952, at the Light House Mission, in Raymond, Pacific Co. Washington,[51] of myocarditis and hardening of the arteries, aged 86. He is buried in the Iman Cemetery. He was a sawmill worker, although his death certificate states his occupation as ‘ship builder.” He lived at Stevenson, but in 1902 he, with his wife, lived at Roy, Washington where Albert’s sister and brother-in-law, Rosa and Daniel Jones, lived at the time. In 1920, while his wife remained in Stevenson, he lived with his brother George in Lewis Co. Washington working in the lumber camps. After 1920 he, with his wife, moved from Stevenson and worked at various lumber camps in Cowlitz, Lewis, Pierce and Raymond Cos., Washington. Of the children of Felix and Margaret Iman, Albert was the last to die.
(Illustrated is the signature of Albert Iman as Administrator of the Estate of Alfred E. Iman, 18 June 1896.[52])
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 7 February 1901, “Old Iman wheel powered sawmill to be updated and reopened by Albert Iman.”
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 16 May 1901, “A. O. Iman and Lou Powers in a rowboat coming up the river found a dead body.”
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 1 August 1901, “Old water powered Iman sawmill running now. The old water wheel was replaced by a boiler and engine.”
Married: Christina Nelson, about 1902, probably in Skamania County. Christina had married 1) James Riley Iman, a brother of Albert Odum Iman. (See James Riley Iman, p. 11.)
Albert and Christina Iman had four children: i. Jessie4 Jess” (1903-), ii. Arthur Noble (1904-1946), iii. Albert Jr. “Poley” (1906-1968) and iv. —inda May (1909-1910) Iman.

ix. George8 Washington Iman, “George,” b. 8 July 1867, at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. 9 April 1935, at Stevenson,[53] of heart disease, aged 67. He is buried in the Iman Cemetery. He was a skilled woodsman and worked in the sawmills. In 1920 he lived with his brother Albert in Lewis Co. Washington working in the timber industry. After George retired he with his brother John Iman lived at Stevenson in the home of their sister Mrs. Martha McKinnon.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 19 April 1935, obituary, George W. Iman, Born 1867, Passes Away at Home of His Sister, “George W. Iman, age 67 years 9 months, a pioneer of this community, passed away at the home of his sister Mrs. M. L. Bevens in Stevenson. He was born July 8th 1867 in the Upper Cascades, Washington Territory. He is survived by four brothers, John, Albert, Lou and Charley and two sisters, Mrs. Flora Nix and Mrs. Bevans. Funeral services were held at the Hendry-Gardner Chapel last Thursday afternoon and burial was made in the Iman Cemetery on Rock Creek.”
Married: Mrs. May (Mitchell) Freeman, on 14 July 1923, at Stevenson;[54] the daughter of Frank Mitchell and Ann (Fogery); b. about 1879, in Portland, Oregon.[55] They divorced after a brief marriage and other than the information on the marriage certificate nothing is known about her.
George and May Iman had no children.
Memories of George Iman from EARLY DAYS AT THE CASCADES have been used in compiling the history of the Felix Grundy Iman family.[56]

x. Louis8 (Lewis) Franklin Iman, “Lou”, “Lew,” b. 4 March 1869, at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. 27 September 1947, at Stevenson,[57] “after a short illness,” aged 78. He is buried beside his wife in the Iman Cemetery.
“I worked on the fish wheels in the Columbia River. When I went to work on the fishwheels sturgeon were not considered food fish, as they are today. They used to get in the fish wheels, to our great annoyance. I have killed thousands of them. I usually hit them in the head with a sledgehammer and threw them back in the river. I saw one sturgeon that dressed 600 pounds. Later a man used to buy the sturgeon from us, paying 40 cents each if the sturgeon ran from four to eight feet long. I found out later that he sold the eggs at 5 cents a pound. They made what is called caviar from the eggs. I worked on the river or in sawmills for a good many years. Later I ran a saloon here. Its real name was the HEADQUARTERS SALOON, but everyone called it the RED LINE SALOON. I ran it for 12 years, and would have run it longer, but the people in Washington voted saloons out, so I had to quit.” [58]
In 1893 Lou bought part of the Iman donation land claim, for farming, from his father. This part of the claim also included the graves of Merry, Ellen and Nora Iman which later became the Iman Cemetery.[59]
In the 1920’s he worked on the construction of the Cascade Locks.[60] He said everyday he would walk down to the river, row across, and work for ten hours at ten cents an hour. Lou could also play the violin and often played at dances. He used to joke, saying his violin had been made by Stradivarius.[61] He was a lifetime member of the Eagles Lodge, and was married to Emily for 56 years. They lived at Stevenson. He was said to look exactly like his father. Ruth Shawcross said, “if you looked at Lou it was exactly like looking at Felix.”
An ox-yoke handmade about 1890 by Louis Iman is on display at the Skamania County Historical Society Interpretative Center at Stevenson.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 3 October 1947, obituary, Lewis F. Iman, County native, Called by Death, “Hundreds of friends paid last respects Wednesday to the memory of Lewis F. Iman, 78 years old, and a lifelong resident of Stevenson. Funeral services were held from the Eagles Hall at which Rev. Mosley of Carson officiated. Interment was in the Iman Cemetery, west of Stevenson. Death came to the well-known native soon after a short illness. While advanced age had kept him inactive for several years, he never lost interest in local affairs and frequently visited with nearby friends. Since the death of his wife, Mrs. Emily May Iman, two years ago this September, he had continued to occupy the old family home. He possessed a remarkable memory of persons and events which had transpired during his long life in the community which he had seen grow from an Indian trading post to communities embracing several towns on both sides of the Columbia River. Mr. Iman was born in Stevenson on March 4, 1869. His parents were the late Felix G. and Margaret Iman who were among the first settlers in this area. He vividly remembered the days of Indian uprisings when the family resided a short distance west of the present town limits and a block house, erected for community defense, was located less than a mile away. He was a lifetime member of the Stevenson Eagles Lodge No. 1744 and several years ago with his wife was guest of honor at a Golden Wedding Anniversary attended by scores of relatives and friends. At that time they were the oldest married couple in Skamania County. Mrs. And Mrs. Iman were the .parents of eight children. He leaves to mourn his loss two daughters and one son, Mrs. Frae Reno, Mrs. Edith McCafferty, and E. B. Iman, all of Stevenson. Also two sisters and one brother, several grandchildren and one great grandchild. Gardners had charge of the service.”
Married: Emily May Eyman, on 1 January 1889, at Stevenson;[62] the daughter of Louis Eyman and Harriet Caroline (Kidd); b. 4 September 1872, at Waterloo, Monroe Co. Illinois; d. 13 September 1945, “after a long illness,” at the Bonneville Sanitarium, North Bonneville, Skamania Co. Washington,[63] aged 73. She is buried beside her husband in the Iman Cemetery. In later years she was known as Grannie May.
“After our wedding dance we took to the trail, and walked over to a ‘black and tan’ dance. I call it that because there were so many Indians and half-breeds there.” (Louis Iman.)[64]
Louis Iman and Emily May Eyman were first cousins, her father, Louis Eyman, being a brother of Felix Grundy Iman. Louis and Harriet (Kidd) Eyman, her parents, had come from Monroe Co. Illinois to Stevenson in 1884. In 1888 they moved to Carson about five miles east of Stevenson. For legal expedience the surnames were spelled Eyman and Iman. Jack Moore, a great grandson of Flora (Iman) Foster, said the names were spelled differently because Louis Eyman and Felix Iman had quarreled.[65]
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 5 January 1934, Forty-fifth Wedding Anniversary January 1, “Mr. and Mrs. Louis Iman were married 45 years ago. Mrs. Iman reminisces that there were but 3 or 4 families living at Stevenson then, and no county roads, no bridges, travel was on the river. They walked from their home to a dance at Carson (then on the river) to celebrate their wedding. Now have seen roads, autos, airplanes, electric light, etc. come to Stevenson.”
Lou and Emily Iman had eight children: i. Frank4 (1889-1889), ii. Nellie “Nell” (1890-1894), iii. Emily Frae “Emma” (1893-1962), iv. Elma V. (1896-1924), v. Edith Alice (1901-1987), vi. William Earl Burton “Bill” (1905-1981), vii. Robert Hahn “Little Pinky” (1907-1916) and viii. Louis Felix “Mike” (1910-1931) Iman.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 14 September 1945, obituary, Mrs. May Iman Passes Away after Illness, “Mrs. May Iman, wife of Louis Iman, Stevenson, pioneer, passed away at the Bonneville Sanitarium Wednesday evening after a long illness. She had been in the Sanitarium for several months where she had been visited by many relatives and old time friends during her stay there. She was 73 years old. According to her brother Forrest Eyman, she had been a resident of Stevenson since she was 12 years old, coming here in 1884. She was the oldest girl in a large family, a daughter-in-law of Louis Eyman who was among the first to land at what was then known as Shepherd’s Point, the name of the present site of Stevenson. She became the wife of Louis Iman on January 1, 1889 and the couple celebrated their golden wedding with a community party which was held at the Eagles Hall in 1939. Surviving members of the family include: husband Louis Iman, 3 children, Mrs. Emma Frae Reno, Mrs. Edith Alice McCafferty and William Iman; a brother Forest Iman, two sisters, Mrs. Henry Fuller, Carson and Mrs. Fred Foster, Portland; grandchildren, Mrs. Elva Lundy Stewart, of Rydercraft, Cay., S/Sgt. Conrad Lundy, Jr. 981st Ambulance Co. U. S. Army, Edith Ainsworth Holien of Farragut, Idaho, George Ainsworth, California; Shirley May Iman, Gary Iman, Dwane Iman, and one great grandchild, Michael Holien. Funeral Services will be conducted from the Eagles Hall in Stevenson at 2 p. m. Sunday. The Eagles Auxiliary will have charge. Arrangements by Gardner.”
Skamania County Civil Court, Case 65, Bk. 1, p. 23, 4 September 1895, Felix Iman Indebted to Louis F. Iman, $451.93: “Failure to furnish 3,000 cords of lumber, to be cut from trees on south side of the F. G. Iman donation land claim, for use in building a flume on the south side of the F. G. Iman claim, from a small creek known as Sardine Lake Creek to the Columbia River. Said flume to be used for transport of lumber to J. G. and I. N. Day at Cascade Locks, Oregon.
Felix Iman claims interest in above said partnership sold to Alfred Iman, and Alfred Iman responsible for claims of L. F. Iman.”
Louis Iman sued his father Felix Iman over a breach of contract regarding logging of the Iman donation land claim. A business failure which resulted in much bitterness between son and father. A few months later Louis testified in court, “I have had considerable trouble with my father... and we do not speak to each other.” [66]
In 1895, with the Iman saw mill in operation, the Iman donation land claim was heavily logged. In that year business agreements for the lumber, sold for large amounts of money, involved Felix Iman in five court cases in Skamania Co., including the one with his son Louis.
The troubles within these lawsuits involved the fears Felix had of losing control over his donation land claim, he mistrusted and perhaps was even jealous of the deals his ambitious son had been making for him with the logging companies. Not trusting his son, in 1896 Felix signed his own contract for lumber with the above J. G. Day, Jr. Lumber Company. [67]
Memories of Louis Iman from TOLD BY THE PIONEERS, Volume 3, and the interviews of Louis Iman, by Fred Lockley for the OREGONIAN have been used in compiling the history of the Felix Grundy Iman family.[68]

xi. James8 Riley Iman, “James,” b. November 1870,[69] at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. October or November 1901, at Stevenson, aged 29 or 30. He is buried in the Iman Cemetery. He worked at the Iman sawmill, built scows and was a teamster. He lived at Stevenson.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 10 October 1901, “H. H. Eyman of Sherwood, Oregon visited his cousin James Iman who has been sick with dropsy for several months.”
Skamania County Bills of Sale, Bk. 1, p. 3, 16 December 1901, “In consideration of James R. Iman store account and the sum of $15 paid me, we do hereby sell one light bay horse with a white face, branded on the hip C.A.S. to John Tolton, signed Mrs. James R. Iman and Charles N. Iman.”
Married: Christina Nelson, 21 March 1894, at Stevenson;[70] the daughter of John Nelson and Ina (Tompson); b. 4 February 1877, in Norway; d. 1 February 1935, in Kelso, Cowlitz Co. Washington,[71] of a ruptured appendix, aged 57. She is buried in the Iman Cemetery. A housewife. Her death certificate states that she had been a resident of the United States for fifty-two years.
James and Christina Iman had four children: i. Ethel4 Ina May (1894-1972), ii. Hazel Ray (1896-1909), iii. Severin Felix “Simon” (1888-) and v. an infant (d. 1900) Iman.
At age 24 Christina became a widow with four children. She then married 2) Albert Odum Iman, her husband’s brother. (See Albert Odum Iman, p. 9.)

xii. Alfred8 Edmund Iman, “Alfred,” b. 12 May 1872, at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. 13 March 1895, at Stevenson,[72] aged 22. He is buried in the Iman Cemetery.
Skamania County Probate Records, Case 68, Bk. 1, p. 25, Estate of Alfred E. Iman: “Alfred E. Iman was an unmarried man, and never married and that he died without issue, that the following named persons all of whom reside at Stevenson were and are the heirs of said Alfred Iman, deceased: Felix G. Iman, the father of deceased, aged 61, and Margaret Iman, the mother of deceased, aged 55. Signed Felix Iman, administrator of the estate of Alfred Iman, 18 December 1895.”
Claims against the estate of Alfred Iman, by A. O. Iman: Total $355.33, for and including 3 sacks of apples, 2 sacks of potatoes, 667 lbs. beef, 3 tons of hay, books, 14 lbs. of tobacco, plugs of tobacco, 1 corn cob pipe, 2 pairs of drawers, overalls, shoes, box of cartridges.
Never married.

xiii. Emily8 Cordelia Iman, “Emma,” b. about 1875,[73] at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. after 18 December 1893, from childbirth, at Stevenson. She is buried in the Iman Cemetery. Her gravestone is inscribed, | Emily C. Vallett | 1872-1894 |.
Married: Monroe Vallett, about 1891, in Skamania Co. Washington; b. 19 November 1861, in Illinois; d. 17 September 1930, at the Cascades, Skamania Co. Washington,[74] of arteriosclerosis, aged 68. He is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Stevenson. A carpenter and farmer, he lived at Stevenson. His death certificate states that he had lived in Skamania County for forty-seven years. He was briefly deputy sheriff for Skamania Co. in 1904.
Monroe once said, “After I die I will come back as a big white horse.”
(Illustrated is the signature of Monroe Vallett in Vallett vs. Iman.)
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 1 November 1900, “Monroe Vallett building a new barn on his lot in back of his house, finished it yesterday.”
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 28 March 1901, “H. W. Vallette and daughter from Kansas City, Missouri are guests of Monroe Vallette.”
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 29 September 1930, obituary, “Monroe Vallett died September 17 after a brief illness. He was born in Illinois, about 69 years ago. He came to the Cascade Locks when he was a small boy and has lived on the banks of the Columbia all his life. Funeral services will be held from the Methodist Church Saturday afternoon at 2:30 and interment will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. His wife died a number of years ago, but he leaves a number of children and grandchildren, and a host of friends, to mourn his loss. His children are Mrs. Myrtle Royce, Cascades; Mrs. Ruby Zevely, Stevenson; Mrs. Minnie Lamb, Cascades; Mrs. Lilly Bevens, Carson and Bud Vallette, Stevenson.”
Monroe and Emily Vallett had one child: i. Myrtle4 (1893-1962) Vallett.
Skamania County Superior Court, Case 156, Bk. 1, p. 91, 21 November 1899, Vallett vs. Iman, Writ of habeas corpus: “Mr. Vallett claims Felix Iman and his wife Margaret Iman, by threats and force of arms, have imprisoned and detained Myrtle Vallett against the wishes and consent of her father, and that Myrtle Vallett is improperly clothed and cared for. Felix and Margaret Iman claim that, before her demise, Emily Vallett begged them, her parents, not to let any person, or persons, other than themselves, to have Myrtle Vallett.”
The case of Vallett vs. Iman settled out of court.
Skamania County Superior Court, Case 261, Bk. 1, p. 198: Margaret Iman made legal guardian of Myrtle Vallett.
Mrs. Myrtle Royce, the daughter of Monroe and Emily Vallett, said, “Monroe Vallett kicked my mother while she was pregnant, causing my premature birth and the death of my mother, Emily Vallett, shortly afterward, therefore the reluctance of the Iman family to allow me to live with my father. At birth I weighed one and a half pounds. I remember my father was extremely mean and cruel, whether drunk or sober, and would beat me with anything he could get his hands on. I was also sexually abused by him.”
Monroe Vallett married 2) Rosa May Garwood, on 9 October 1898, in Skamania County, Washington;[75] the daughter of William Garwood and Louisa (Eaton) of Washington Co. Oregon and Skamania Co.; b. September 1882, in Washington;[76] d. 31 December 1942,[77] aged 60. She is buried at Stevenson, I.O.O.F Cemetery.
Monroe and Rosa May Vallett had at least four children, Ruby, Lilly, Bud and Minnie, and then divorced.
Rosa May (Garwood) Vallett married 2) William Rufus Boyer. He d. 28 January 1966, aged 80.[78] He was buried at Stevenson, I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

xiv. Annie8 Laurie Iman, b. about 1876, at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. November 1879, at Stevenson, of cholera,[79] aged 3. She is buried in the Iman Cemetery.

xv. Charles8 Nathaniel Iman, “Charley,” b. 12 August 1877, at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. 6 January 1936 at Eastern State Hospital, in Medical Lake, Spokane Co. Washington,[80] of arteriosclerosis, aged 58. He is buried in the Iman Cemetery. He worked as a carpenter at a sawmill, and as a laborer. He lived at Stevenson with his mother until her death.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 3 June 1915, “Chas. Iman and mother moved to Goldendale recently where they will make their future home.” (Editors note: Charles and mother Margaret worked for many years as cooks in various railroad camps.)
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 30 January 1936, obituary, Charley Iman, Pioneer, dies at Medicine Lake, “Charley Iman passed away at Medical Lake Hospital where he had been confined almost five months. Mr. Iman was born and lived his entire life in this community. He is survived by 3 brothers, Lou, John and Albert. Funeral services will be held at the Hendry-Gardner Chapel Saturday afternoon at 2:00. Burial will be made in the Iman Cemetery at Rock Creek.” [81]
Never married.

xiv. Josiah Malcolm Iman, “Josiah,” b. 27 June 1881, at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co. Washington Territory; d. 17 January 1909, at Stevenson,[82] aged 27. He is buried in the Iman Cemetery. A farmer. He lived at Stevenson. He was the administrator of his father’s will and probate.

(Illustrated is the signature of Josiah M. Iman, as Administrator of the will of Felix Iman, 20 March 1906.[83])
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 21 January 1909, obituary, Josiah M. Iman, “Josiah M. Iman, youngest son of the late Felix G. Iman, died in this city Sunday morn at 4 o’clock, of pneumonia. Deceased was taken ill in Portland on the 5th instant and came home but continued to grow worse, though everything possible in the way of medical skill and tender nursing was done for him; nothing could stay the ravages of the disease. Josiah M. Iman was the youngest son of the well known old pioneer Felix G. Iman, and his estimable wife, and during his last sickness his old mother came to town from the family home to watch as his bedside and care for his wants. The young man was 27 years, 6 mos. and 20 days old at the time of his death. He was a native of the county and lived in around Stevenson all of his life. Thus he was cut off in his young manhood when his usefulness as a citizen was just beginning. The funeral was held at the church in Stevenson, the services being conducted by the Rev. Mr. Winey and interment was in the family cemetery northwest of town. In spite of the drifts of snow underfoot and the torrents of rain pouring down the funeral was attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends who came to pay this tribute of respect to the departed.”
Skamania County Probate Bk. 1, p. 167, 16 January 1909, Will of Josiah M. Iman: “...leaves his estate to his mother Margaret Iman, she to pay all his just debts and funeral expenses.”
Never married.

Felix and Margaret Iman raised several other children, including their granddaughter Myrtle Vallett (see Emily Iman Vallett), but particularly the two orphans Christopher Columbus Fields and Sully Williams.


xvii. Christopher Columbus Fields, b. 4 December 1856, in Linn Co. Oregon Territory;[84] d. 25 June 1928, at Stevenson,[85] aged 71. He is buried in the Iman Cemetery. He lived at Stevenson.
He was probably the child of Levi and Nancy Fields who lived in Skamania Co. at the time of the 1860 census with four children including a C.C. Fields, aged 4, born in Oregon. Levi Fields and a John Fields, probably brothers, came from Ray Co. Missouri to the Oregon Territory in the fall of 1847. Levi claimed a donation land grant in Linn Co. Oregon in 1852, and on 4 March 1854, in Linn Co., he married Nancy ——. John Fields also claimed a donation land grant in Linn Co. in 1853 or 1854.[86]
It is not known why Christopher Fields, when he was about five years old, came to live with Felix and Margaret Iman, perhaps his parents had died. He was close to the Iman family all his life, and is buried in the Iman Cemetery.
Married: Elizabeth Ahles.[87]
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 29 June 1928, obituary, Aged Pioneer Laid to Rest in Pioneer Cemetery, “Christopher Columbus Fields died last Monday and was buried Tuesday afternoon at the Iman Cemetery on Rock Creek west of Stevenson, Rev. J. W. Waltz officiating. Field was born December 4, 1856 in Linn Co. Oregon and came to Stevenson when a small lad and lived at the F. G. Iman home where he grew up to manhood. He is survived by a wife and one son, Eddie Fields, and a sister living at Kalama, Washington.”

xviii. Cassius Marcellus Williams, “Sully,” Celly,” b. 7 September 1852, at Sheperd’s Point, then in Clark Co. Oregon Territory; the son of John and Mary (Hervey) Williams; d. 1 September 1910, at Stevenson, Skamania Co. Washington, aged 57. He was buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Stevenson.
In the spring of 1852 the parents of Sully Williams, John and Mary Williams, with their five year old son Eddy, left Illinois for the Oregon Territory. They traveled on the Oregon Trail. On the trail, in Wyoming, John Williams became sick and within the day, died. After burying her husband, Mary continued on the trail and arrived at Sheperd’s Point, then in Clark Co., Oregon Territory, on 22 August 1852. About two weeks after her arrival she gave birth to Sully.[88]
A week after the arrival of Mary Williams at Shepard’s Point, Roger Gerald Atwell also arrived at Sheperd’s Point on 29 August 1852. Mr. Atwell took an interest in Mrs. Williams, and said, “it is not right for a woman to struggle alone here and with a child.” Six months later, in 1853, he married Mrs. Williams. Shortly afterward Roger and Mary Atwell took a donation land claim near the present day town of Cascade Locks, Wasco Co. Oregon, across the Columbia River from Stevenson.
Until 1865 Sully lived with his mother and stepfather, Roger Atwell. In that year his stepfather, Roger Atwell, went on a trip to Texas. And from Texas, Mr. Atwell wrote letters to his family, until one day the letters suddenly stopped and he was never heard from again. The family suspected that he had probably died in Texas. At the time Sully was about 13 years old. It was after the disappearance of his stepfather that Sully began to stay with the Iman family.
Living with the Imans, Sully loved to play with all the Iman children, and Margaret was always really sweet to him, and as all the Atwells had liked Felix very much, and since Sully’s mother was very fussed with her small children, the farm and the hotel she had had to open for business after her husband’s disappearance, it was all right with her if Sully stayed at the Imans, though it was painful to her, she had tried as much as any mother could, when Sully called Margaret “mother.” [89]
In 1922 Margaret Iman was interviewed by Fred Lockley, a historian, and recalled her first meeting with Sully in late August 1852 when Margaret first arrived at the Bush Hospital at Shepherd’s Point (now Stevenson, Washington) sick with “mountain fever.” She was recovering from the fever at the Bush hospital, and “...while I lay sick in bed I heard the cries of an infant babe in some part of the building. I asked for it to be brought to me and my bidding was granted. I took it in my arms and tried to play with it, but was so weak and worn I could not. This was the first babe I had in my arms after landing at the Cascades in 1852. This little babe was C. M. Williams who was born at the Cascades, and who was a half-brother to J. F. and J. W. Atwell of Stevenson, Wash., and who was stopping at my house in later years when he died in Stevenson at the age of some sixty odd years. He always loved me as his mother. He rests in the little cemetery above Stevenson on the bank of the lordly Columbia.” [90]
After being raised to maturity by Felix and Margaret Iman, Sully moved to California, but as stated above by Margaret Iman he died during a visit to Stevenson, and was buried in the Iman Cemetery.
Conrad “Tonny” Lundy, of Stevenson, remembers, “In the early 1940’s there was a daughter of Sully Williams who put an advertisement in the LADIES HOME COMPANION hoping to find the Iman family who had taken care of her father as a child. It was my grandmother, Mrs. Louis Franklin Iman, who answered the advertisement and invited the daughter, who lived in Ohio, to visit Stevenson. Sully William’s daughter did come to Stevenson, and she personally thanked the Imans for taking care of her father as a child.” [91]
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 1 September 1910, “Sully Williams expired on the street in front of States and Natsel’s market Thursday afternoon. His death was due to heart failure by heavy drinking.”
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 27 August 1976, Bicentennial Edition, First White Child in Skamania Choked to Death on Meat, by Jim Atwell. “Cassius Marcellus Williams came into the new world at Bradford’s Landing, Upper Cascades, Washington Territory... Celly grew up to be a character and was practically disowned as a half-brother by Monty and John Atwell who were born a few years later. Celly grew up with the Indians, hunted for them, bringing in 33 deer one bad winter to help feed the local Indians. He killed quite a number of cougars, eating them also. He was a noted ox team driver. It has been told that he would straighten out a lazy oxen by jumping on the back of a balky ox and walk down his back with his “cork” boots, after this the ox knew who was boss. Celly drank a lot and when crossed would fight anyone. In 1910 he walked in State’s Butcher Shop in Stevenson for something to eat and asked for a hamburger. The shop was out of ground meat, so he purchased a steak and started eating it raw. He choked on it as he walked out the door and died there. He is buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in an unmarked grave.”

References:
Census 1850 DeKalb County, Missouri.
Census 1830, 1840, 1850 Monroe County, Illinois.
Census 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 Skamania County, Washington.
State Census 1871, 1885, 1887 Skamania County, Washington.
Marriage Records of Monroe County, Illinois.
Land and Deed Records of Skamania County, Washington.
Marriage Records of Skamania County, Washington.
Probate Records of Skamania County, Washington.
Records of the Civil Court of Skamania County, Washington.
Records of the Superior Court of Skamania County, Washington.
Vital Records, Deaths, Department of Health, Olympia, Washington.
AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, by Rev. H. K. Hines, D. D., The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1894, pages 209-214, Chapters XXV-XXXI, (the Indian war and attack on the Cascades.)
Atwell, Jim, COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE HISTORY, published by Tahlkie Books; Stevenson, Washington; published 1971 (Volume 1, 1784-1865 ); published 1974 (Volume 2, 1865-1900).
HISTORY OF SKAMANIA COUNTY, published by the Skamania County Historical Society, published 1957; Stevenson, Washington. (Articles and personal recollections from various sources about the history of Skamania County, Washington. Copy in the Public Library at Stevenson, Washington.)
Iman, George W., EARLY DAYS AT THE CASCADES. (A two page memoir of his experiences during the pioneer days in Skamania County, Washington. It is included as a chapter in the HISTORY OF SKAMANIA COUNTY, published, no date, by the Skamania County Historical Society.)
Iman Cemetery, located on Iman Cemetery Road, Stevenson, Washington.
Lockley, Fred, HISTORY OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER VALLEY FROM THE DALLES TO THE SEA, published by S. J. Clark Publishing Company, Chicago, 1928.
Lockley, Fred, IMPRESSIONS AND OBSERVATIONS OF THE JOURNAL MAN, 12 June 1933, 13 June 1933, 20 June 1933 and 21 June 1933. (A column in the OREGONIAN newspaper, published at Portland, Oregon. Mr. Lockley personally interviewed Flora Adelia Foster and Louis Franklin Iman regarding their experiences of the pioneer days in Skamania County.)
Lundy, Conrad “Tonny,” of Stevenson, Washington, grandson of Louis Franklin Iman. Telephone conversation about the Windsor and Iman family history, 5 August 1995.
Mills, Randall V., STERN-WHEELERS UP COLUMBIA, A CENTURY OF STEAMBOATING IN THE OREGON COUNTRY, Pacific Books; Palo Alto, California; published 1947. (Chapter 3, “Trouble at the Cascades,” p. 29-38. The story of the ships MARY and WASCO.)
Moore, Jack, of Camas, Washington, great grandson of Flora Adelia (Iman) Foster and brother of Jeff Moore. Telephone conversation on 24 January 1996.
Moore, Jeff, of Stevenson, Washington, great grandson of Flora Adelia (Iman) Foster and brother of Jack Moore. Personal interviews in September 1995.
MT. TACOMA PENNANT, newspaper began in 1905 for Mt. Tacoma, Washington. (Newspaper includes the local news column for Roy, Washington.)
MY ARRIVAL IN WASHINGTON IN 1852, The Interview and Narrative Story of Margaret Iman in Early Skamania County, by Donald Brown, Historian of the Skamania County Historical Society, originally published in the SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, possibly in March/April 1922; reprinted in the SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, circa 1951, for the series of articles the HISTORY OF THE CASCADES.
OBITUARIES IN THE SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER NEWSPAPER 1900-1929, compiled by Homer and Alice Townsend, Goldendale, Washington, 1985.
ON THE OREGON TRAIL, text by Jonathan Nicholas, photography by Ron Cronin, Graphics Arts Center Publishing Company, Portland, Oregon, 1992. (Color photographs of landscapes and landmarks along the Oregon Trail. The motherless baby story of Margaret Iman is briefly quoted on p. 34, although her name is misquoted as Margaret Inman.)
OREGONIAN, “Old Document Reveals Graphic Account of Pioneer Woman’s Experiences in West,” 14 June 1931, section 4, p. 4, newspaper published Portland, Oregon. (Rediscovery of Margaret Iman’s 1922 pioneer interview from the SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER.)
Shawcross, Ruth, of Vancouver, Washington. Granddaughter of Flora Adelia (Iman) Foster. (In 1957 Ruth wrote a letter to Mrs. Martha (Windsor) Meinecke, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a niece of Margaret Iman, concerning the Windsor and Iman family history. Also telephone conversations from 1993 to 1995 and personal interviews in September 1995.)
SKAMANIA COUNTY, WASHINGTON CEMETERY RECORDS, by Hon. Daphne Ramsay, County Clerk of Skamania County, published 1987, by Clark County Genealogical Society, Vancouver, Washington.
Skamania County Historical Society, c/o The Interpretative Center, Stevenson, Washington.
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, newspaper, published since 1893, at Stevenson, Skamania County, Washington. (Issues before 1901 are missing.)
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE, newspaper published at Tacoma, Washington.
TOLD BY THE PIONEERS, 3 Volumes, by the Washington Pioneer Project, printed under a project directed by Secretary of State, E. N. Hutchinson, 1937. (Volume 1, pages 195-198 contains an abridged reprint of MY ARRIVAL IN WASHINGTON IN 1852, by Margaret Iman; and Volume 3, pages 68-70, contains an interview with Louis Franklin Iman of pioneer days in Skamania County.)
Unruh, John, THE PLAINS ACROSS, THE OVERLAND EMIGRANTS AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI WEST, 1840-1860, University of Illinois Press, 1979.
Warren, Esther, THE COLUMBIA GORGE STORY, published 1977; Newport, Oregon. (Copy in the Stevenson Public Library, Stevenson, Washington. Call Number NW979.5004 c3.)
WASHINGTON TERRITORY DONATION LAND CLAIMS, published by the Seattle Genealogical Society, Seattle, Washington. Abstract of the Felix G. Iman Donation Land Claim, p. 205.

Footnotes:
[1] Death Certificate.
[2] Theodore Iman was the first white child born in Wasco County, that is after Wasco County was created in 1854.
[3] Marriage Records of Skamania County.
[4] Dates and places of birth and death from her obituary notice.
[5] Marriage Records of Skamania County.
[6] 1880 Census, Walla Walla County, Washington, p. 266A: M. Kirchner, 62, male, white, farmer, b. Germany; Theresa Kirchner, wife, 53, female white, b. Germany; Casper Kirchner, son, 20, b. Minnesota; Theresa Kirchner, daughter, 16, b. Minnesota; Joseph Kirchner, son, 15, b. Minnesota. (It has not, at this writing, been proven that this is Melcher and Teresa (Sepres) Kirchner, the parents of Mary Anna Kirchner.)
[7] SKAMANIA COUNTY, WASHINGTON CEMETERY RECORDS, by Ramsay, p. 78, “Buried in the Iman Cemetery: Carl Rosier, stepson of Theodore Iman.” — Interview with Ruth Shawcross, September 1995, “Carl Rosier was the son of Mrs. Rosier.”
[8] Death Certificate.
[9] Interview with Flora Foster in the OREGONIAN, “Impressions and Observations of the Journal Man,” by Fred Lockley, 20 June 1933, 21 June 1933.
[10] Flora Adelia Iman was the first white child born in Skamania County, that is after Skamania County was created in 1854.
[11] Marriage date from interview of Flora Foster in the OREGONIAN, “Impressions and Observations of the Journal Man,” by Fred Lockley, 21 June 1933.
[12] This is Louis Eyman, the brother of Felix Grundy Iman.
[13] 1900 census, Multnomah County, Oregon, E.D. 82, p. 15, Greshom township.
[14] As stated in the 1900 census, Charles Morgan came to America in 1870. Since the U. S. Civil War had ended in 1865, it would seem unlikely that he had served in that war.
[15] Marriage Records of Multnomah County, Oregon.
[16] 1920 Census, Multnomah County, Oregon, E.D. 137, p. 1.
[17] Marriage Records of Skamania County.
[18] Death Certificate.
[19] Marriage Records of Skamania County.
[20] Marriage date from notice in the SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 28 July 1933.
[21] Death Certificate.
[22] Lower Cascades is now the town of North Bonneville.
[23] James G. Harris, who came to Skamania County in 1883 from England, recalled, “The court house used to be at the Lower Cascades (now Bonneville). There was a nice little building, just a small plain building, but good for that day, where they kept the books. Someone stole the books one night and fetched them to Stevenson and ever since then Stevenson has been the county seat. Those first books are now lost, either burned or stolen. I believe that old court house is still standing at the Lower Cascades.” (TOLD BY THE PIONEERS, Volume 1, p. 72.)
[24] SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, “Bicentennial Edition,” 27 August 1976, p. 17, article, “Jefferson Nix Owned First Stevenson Hotel.”
[25] In 1976 this property was known as the Helen Brooks place.
[26] Marriage Records of Skamania County.
[27] A daughter of Felix and Margaret (Windsor) Iman. See number 42.
[28] Date of birth and death from gravestone.
[29]Two interviews with Flora Foster, by Fred Lockley, in the OREGONIAN, 20 June 1933 and 21 June 1933; for the column “Impressions and Observations of the Journal Man.”
[30] 1860 census Skamania County.
[31] Death Certificate.
[32] In 1922 Margaret Iman in MY ARRIVAL IN WASHINGTON IN 1852 stated that daughter Martha lived in Beaverton, Oregon.
[33] After many diligent searches the author has been unable to find the town or county in New York where Malcolm McKinnon was born, despite searches of the New York 1850 Census Index.
[34] Death Certificate.
[35] His birthplace is stated on his marriage certificate to Mamie Tapor.
[36] Date of death from the obituary of Oscar Bevens.
[37] Marriage Records of Skamania County.
[38] 1900 census, Skamania County, Stevenson township, E.D. 206, p. 11.
[39] Marriage Records of Skamania County.
[40] The wife referred to in his obituary is probably his first wife, Daisy Taylor.
[41] Death Certificate.
[42] Marriage Records of Skamania County.
[43] Date of birth from the 1900 census (see footnote 46.) The federal and state censuses usually record James W. Cy Townsend as being born in Maine, although the 1887 state census of Skamania County records James W. Townsend as born in New Brunswick. The 1880 census for Skamania County records the birthplace of the father of James W. Townsend as Maine, and that of his mother as New Brunswick. The 1900 census of Stevens County, Washington records that the parents of James W. Townsend were both born in Maine.
On p. 254 of the 1880 census of Wasco County, Oregon, Falls Precinct twp. (which is just across the Columbia River from Stevenson, Washington) appears a Josiah W. Townsend, age 30, single, hotel keeper, born New Brunswick, father born Maine and mother born (blank). This is more than likely a relative—probably a brother—of Cy Townsend, as the birthplaces of both Cy Townsend and Josiah W. Townsend, and the birthplace for their father, are very similar, i.e. New Brunswick and Maine.
[44] 1880 census of Skamania County, p. 18.
[45] J. W. Townsend, age 38, laborer, b. New Brunswick, living alone.
[46] 1900 census, Stevens County, Washington, E.D. 74, p. 13.
[47] 1920 census, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, E.D. 307, p. 11-B: Daniel H. Jones.
1920 census, South Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, E.D. 288, p. 9: Frank Townsend.
1920 census, Pierce County, Washington, E.D. 189, p. J: Loren J. Townsend.
[48] After diligent searches the author has been unable to find the town or county birth place in Wisconsin where Daniel Jones was born. (Try finding John Jones in a census index.)
[49] Death Certificate.
[50] Death Certificate.
[51] Death Certificate. Birth date on death certificate is 4 September 1863, age at death 89. Consistent census records show him to have been born in 1866 and two years younger than his brother John William Iman born in 1864.
[52] Skamania County Superior Court Records, Number 68, Bk. 1, p. 25, Alfred E. Iman Estate.
[53] Death Certificate.
[54] Marriage Records of Skamania County.
[55] Date and place of birth from the marriage record.
[56] On the 23 November, 30 November and 7 December 1951, in three parts, the SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER reprinted EARLY DAYS AT THE CASCADES for the weekly column HISTORY OF THE CASCADES by Donald Brown.
[57] Death Certificate.
[58] Interview with Louis Iman, by Fred Lockley, from the OREGONIAN, 13 June 1933; for the column “Impressions and Observations of the Journal Man.” The Headquarters Saloon was located on “Whiskey Row” in Stevenson.
[59] Skamania County Deeds: Bk. E, p. 4; F. G. Iman and wife to L. F. Iman, 21 November 1893.
[60] Building of the Cascade Locks Canal began in 1877 and finished in 1896. The locks are on the Columbia River at Cascade Locks, Oregon, just across the Columbia River from Stevenson. This canal was built for boats to travel around the great rapids located along that section of the Columbia River.
[61] Antonio Stradivarius (c1644-1737), the italian violin maker who brought the art of violin making to its highest level. His violins are noted for beauty of appearance, sound and perfect balance, at auction they often sell at prices exceeding several hundred thousand dollars.
[62] Marriage Records of Skamania County.
[63] Death Certificate.
[64] TOLD BY THE PIONEERS, Volume 3, p. 70.
[65] Jack Moore said, “The family gossip regarding the difference in the spellings of Iman is that Felix and Louis quarreled, and in anger Louis moved to Carson and changed the spelling of his last name.”
Louis Eyman (1844-1913) and wife Harriet Caroline (Kidd) (1849-1933) are buried at Carson, Washington. They had ten children: i. Mrs. Emily May Iman, ii. Mrs. Flora Foster, iii. Mrs. Lavina Foster, iv. Mrs. Anna Foster, v. Mrs. Jessie Fuller, vi. Lilly Dale Eyman (died an infant, twin of Mrs. Jessie Fuller), vii. Forrest Eyman, viii. Lloyd D. Eyman, ix. H. H. Eyman and x. one child whose name is not known but who probably died as an infant.
[66] This testimony, in S. B. Ives, Plaintiff vs. Felix G. Iman, Defendant, is on p. 3 of the Skamania County Superior Court Records Case No. 64, Bk. 1, p. 21, dated 28 August 1895. In this case Louis F. Iman testified on behalf of his father against S. B. Ives.
[67] Skamania County Deeds and Agreements, Bk. A, p. 119.
[68] Two interviews with Louis Iman, by Fred Lockley in the OREGONIAN, 12 June 1933, 13 June 1933; for the column “Impressions and Observations of the Journal Man.”
[69] Date of birth from the Washington State Census of Skamania County, 3 April 1871, p. 3.
The Washington state census for Skamania County, dated 3 April 1871 records James Iman, born November 1870; whereas the 1900 census of Skamania County, Stevenson township, E.D. 206, p. 13 states James Iman, born October 1871. (Note: in the October 1871 birth date James Riley Iman would have been born only eight months before Alfred Edmund Iman.) The state census is the valid birth date, as James Iman could not possibly have been enumerated in that census if he had not yet been born.
[70] Marriage Records of Skamania County.
[71] Death Certificate.
[72] Dates of birth and death from his grave marker.
[73] Emily Iman was aged 5 and living with her parents in the 1880 Skamania County census.
[74] Death Certificate.
[75] Marriage records Skamania Co. Washington.
[76] 1900 census of Skamania Co., Stevenson township, E.D. 206, p. 10.
[77] Cemetery Record.
[78] Cemetery Record.
[79] 1880 Washington Mortality Schedule.
[80] Death Certificate.
[81] Probably a newspaper misprint, as he was also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Flora Nix and Mrs. Martha McKinnon.
[82] Death Certificate.
[83] Skamania County Superior Court Records, No. 15, Bk. 1, p. 150, Felix G. Iman Estate.
[84] From his obituary in the SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 29 June 1928, which included his date and place of birth.
[85] Death Certificate.
[86] See abstracts of Levi Fields and/or John Fields donation land grant applications in GENEALOGICAL MATERIAL IN OREGON DONATION LAND GRANTS, Vol. 2, p. 4, published by the Genealogical Forum of Portland, Oregon, 1959.
[87] Correspondence from Chris Schaubel with transcription of court recording by SW (S.W.?)Beull, Probate Judge, County of Cowlitz, Territory of Washington. The couple was wed August 2nd 1881 at the residence of Robert Kirkwood with Roberr Kirkwood and Sarah Smith as witnesses.
[88] In this case Sully Williams was really the first white child to be born in Skamania Co., despite the claim to that honor by Flora Adelia Iman. Since Skamania Co. was not created until 1854, technically Sully Williams was not the first white child born in Skamania County.
[89] Jim Attwell, in his HISTORY OF THE COLUMBIA GORGE quotes from MY ARRIVAL IN WASHINGTON, but omits the paragraph in which Margaret Iman says of Sully Williams “He always loved me as his mother.”
[90] Margaret Iman, MY ARRIVAL IN WASHINGTON IN 1852. (See reference to the Bush Hospital, page Error! Bookmark not defined..)
[91] Tonny Lundy, interview 1994.