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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
Children of Felix Grundy and Margaret2
i. Theodore8 Columbus Iman, “Theo,”
b. 23 August 1854, at the Cascades, Wasco Co. Oregon
Territory; d. 19 March 1927, at Stevenson,
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.
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.”
1) Emma Kyler, “Ada,” on 21 April 1878,
Skamania Co. Washington Territory;
the daughter of Joseph Kyler and Emma (Holmaker, Haymaker);
b. 12 August 1864, in Sarpy Co. Kansas; d. 11 July 1900, at
Stevenson, 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”
2) Mary Anna Kirchner, “Marie,” on 9
September 1901, at Stevenson;
the daughter of Melcher Kirchner and Teresa
(Sepres); 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
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, 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.”
According to a family tradition, Flora was the first white
child born in Skamania Co.
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
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
1) Charles Morgan, on 7 November 1873, at Vancouver, Clark
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.
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.
This census states Charles Morgan came to America in
Charles Morgan married 2) Anna (Lund), on 24 June 1887, in
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
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;
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,
aged 60. He is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, at Mt.
Pleasant, Skamania Co., next to his father Fenner
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
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.
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;
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,
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
carried them to Stevenson where Jeff declared Stevenson as
the new county seat.
(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.”
 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. 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
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
daughter of William Bevens and Samantha (Walton), and a
sister of Oscar Bevens who married Martha Luchada
Iman. 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.
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
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.
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,
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,
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.
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.”
1) Malcolm McKinnon, about 1881; the son of William McKinnon
and Isabelle (Bailey); b. 16 June 1850/51, in New York
state; d. 19
August 1921, at Stevenson, of heart disease,
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; d.
6 January 1942, at Stevenson,
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
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
Oscar and Martha Bevens had no children.
Oscar Bevens married:
1) Daisy Taylor, on 1 August 1898, at Stevenson.
They later divorced. She was b. February 1882, in
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
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
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, 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.”
1) James W. Townsend, “Cy,” on 14
September 1881, in Skamania Co.;
b. April 1854, in Maine.
He appears in the 1880 census of Skamania Co.: James W.
Townsend, age 27, single, sailor, b. Maine.
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.
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
In the census of 1920 Pierce Co. Washington both Loren and
Frank Townsend were living near their mother.
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
Cy and Rose Townsend had two children: i. Loren4
A. (Lauren) “Lonnie” (1881-1948)
and ii. Frank R. “Frankie” (1884-1961?)
2) Daniel H. Jones, “Dan,” about 1890;
the son of John Jones and Ann (Jarmon); b. 25 June 1862, in
Wisconsin; d. 12
May 1936, at Tacoma, Pierce Co. Washington, of lung
cancer, 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
MT. TACOMA PENNANT, Roy Items, 20 October 1905, “Dan
Jones, formerly a blacksmith here, was down from Ashford
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
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,
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
(Illustrated is the signature of Albert Iman as
Administrator of the Estate of Alfred E. Iman, 18 June
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 7 February 1901, “Old Iman
wheel powered sawmill to be updated and reopened by Albert
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 16 May 1901, “A. O. Iman and
Lou Powers in a rowboat coming up the river found a dead
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
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
daughter of Frank Mitchell and Ann (Fogery); b. about 1879,
in Portland, Oregon.
They divorced after a brief marriage and other than the
information on the marriage certificate nothing is known
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
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,
“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
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.
In the 1920’s he worked on the construction of the
Cascade Locks. 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.
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
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.
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 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.
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”
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,
Felix Iman claims interest in above said partnership sold to
Alfred Iman, and Alfred Iman responsible for claims of L. F.
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.” 
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
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.
xi. James8 Riley Iman,
“James,” b. November 1870,
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
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
daughter of John Nelson and Ina (Tompson); b. 4 February
1877, in Norway; d. 1 February 1935, in Kelso, Cowlitz Co.
Washington, 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
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
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
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.
xiii. Emily8 Cordelia Iman, “Emma,”
b. about 1875, 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.
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
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;
the daughter of William Garwood and Louisa (Eaton) of
Washington Co. Oregon and Skamania Co.; b. September 1882,
in Washington; d.
31 December 1942,
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.
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,
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,
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
SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 3 June 1915, “Chas. Iman and
mother moved to Goldendale recently where they will make
their future home.” (Editor’s
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.” 
xiv. Josiah Malcolm Iman, “Josiah,” b. 27
June 1881, at the Cascades (Stevenson), Skamania Co.
Washington Territory; d. 17 January 1909, at
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
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
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;
d. 25 June 1928, at Stevenson,
aged 71. He is buried in the Iman Cemetery. He lived at
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.
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.
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
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.” 
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.” 
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.” 
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.”
Census 1850 DeKalb County, Missouri.
Census 1830, 1840, 1850 Monroe County, Illinois.
Census 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 Skamania County,
State Census 1871, 1885, 1887 Skamania County,
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,
Records of the Superior Court of Skamania County,
Vital Records, Deaths, Department of Health, Olympia,
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,
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
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
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,
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,
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
TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE, newspaper published at Tacoma,
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
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.
 Theodore Iman was
the first white child born in Wasco County, that is after
Wasco County was created in 1854.
 Marriage Records of
 Dates and places of
birth and death from her obituary notice.
 Marriage Records of
 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.)
 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.”
 Interview with
Flora Foster in the OREGONIAN, “Impressions and
Observations of the Journal Man,” by Fred Lockley,
20 June 1933, 21 June 1933.
 Flora Adelia
Iman was the first white child born in Skamania County, that
is after Skamania County was created in 1854.
 Marriage date
from interview of Flora Foster in the OREGONIAN, “Impressions
and Observations of the Journal Man,” by Fred
Lockley, 21 June 1933.
 This is Louis
Eyman, the brother of Felix Grundy Iman.
 1900 census,
Multnomah County, Oregon, E.D. 82, p. 15, Greshom
 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.
 Marriage Records
of Multnomah County, Oregon.
 1920 Census,
Multnomah County, Oregon, E.D. 137, p. 1.
 Marriage Records
of Skamania County.
 Marriage Records
of Skamania County.
 Marriage date
from notice in the SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 28 July
 Lower Cascades
is now the town of North Bonneville.
 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,
 SKAMANIA COUNTY
PIONEER, “Bicentennial Edition,” 27 August 1976,
p. 17, article, “Jefferson Nix Owned First
 In 1976 this
property was known as the Helen Brooks place.
 Marriage Records
of Skamania County.
 A daughter of
Felix and Margaret (Windsor) Iman. See number 42.
 Date of birth
and death from gravestone.
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.”
 1860 census
 In 1922 Margaret
Iman in MY ARRIVAL IN WASHINGTON IN 1852 stated that
daughter Martha lived in Beaverton, Oregon.
 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.
 His birthplace
is stated on his marriage certificate to Mamie Tapor.
 Date of death
from the obituary of Oscar Bevens.
 Marriage Records
of Skamania County.
 1900 census,
Skamania County, Stevenson township, E.D. 206, p. 11.
 Marriage Records
of Skamania County.
 The wife
referred to in his obituary is probably his first wife,
 Marriage Records
of Skamania County.
 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.
 1880 census of
Skamania County, p. 18.
 J. W. Townsend,
age 38, laborer, b. New Brunswick, living alone.
 1900 census,
Stevens County, Washington, E.D. 74, p. 13.
 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.
 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.)
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.
 Skamania County
Superior Court Records, Number 68, Bk. 1, p. 25, Alfred
E. Iman Estate.
 Marriage Records
of Skamania County.
 Date and place
of birth from the marriage record.
 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.
 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.
 Skamania County
Deeds: Bk. E, p. 4; F. G. Iman and wife to L. F.
Iman, 21 November 1893.
 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.
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.
 Marriage Records
of Skamania County.
 TOLD BY THE
PIONEERS, Volume 3, p. 70.
 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.
 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.
 Skamania County
Deeds and Agreements, Bk. A, p. 119.
 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.”
 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.
 Marriage Records
of Skamania County.
 Dates of birth
and death from his grave marker.
 Emily Iman was
aged 5 and living with her parents in the 1880 Skamania
 Marriage records
Skamania Co. Washington.
 1900 census of
Skamania Co., Stevenson township, E.D. 206, p. 10.
 1880 Washington
 Probably a
newspaper misprint, as he was also survived by two sisters,
Mrs. Flora Nix and Mrs. Martha McKinnon.
 Skamania County
Superior Court Records, No. 15, Bk. 1, p. 150, Felix
G. Iman Estate.
 From his
obituary in the SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER, 29 June 1928, which
included his date and place of birth.
 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.
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.
 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.
 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
 Margaret Iman,
MY ARRIVAL IN WASHINGTON IN 1852. (See reference to the Bush
Hospital, page Error! Bookmark not defined..)
 Tonny Lundy,