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obit of Henry S. Melder - died 4/9/1909 Rathdrum

obit of Henry S. Melder - died 4/9/1909 Rathdrum

Posted: 4 May 2006 12:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
I would like to have a copy of the obit for Judge Henry S. Melder who died 4/9/1909 in Rathdrum Idaho. He is buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Rathdrum.
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Henry S Melder

Mary (View posts)
Posted: 5 May 2006 4:55PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Melder
This was in the Bonner County Paper. I will check the Kootenai County paper this weekend.



JUDGE HENRY MELDER DEAD

Old time Pioneer and Early Kootenai County Office holder Succumbs

Judge Henry Melder, one of the oldest residents of old Kootenai county who was for several terms judge of probate and school superintendent of Kootenai county when the two offices were combined and who was later connected with the customs service at Port Hill for several years, died yesterday morning at his home near Fish Lake, Kootenai County.

Mr. Melder met with an accident last fall, sustaining a severe fall at his home. Although a man of much vitality notwithstanding his advanced years, he never survived the accident and had failed in health since. He was about 80 years of age. He was an old line republican and in the early days was the acknowledged leader of his party in Kootenai county.

He leaves a widow and family. Mrs. R. S. Bragaw, wife of the former state auditor now of Spokane, is a daughter, Oscar Melder, who is well known is a son.

Mr. Melder retired from the custom service at Port Hill about four years ago and bought a ranch on the shores of Fish lake to which he and his wife retired to spend their declining years.

The funeral will occur at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at Rathdrum and burial will be with full Masonic honors.

Pend d’ Oreille Review, Friday, April 9, 1909
The infant child of Mr. And Mrs. Charles McCabe who was born Saturday died Sunday morning.

Pend d’ Oreille Review, Friday, April 16, 1909

Henry S Melder

Mary (View posts)
Posted: 8 May 2006 3:39AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Melder
From the Kootenai County Biographies (on line):

JUDGE HENRY MELDER. This gentleman holds the position of deputy collector of customs at Bonners Ferry and is well known as a capable, thorough, upright business man and an honorable gentleman.

Henry Melder was born in Calmar, Sweden, on January 10, 1830. He came to America when a child, and received a high school education. At thirteen he took a position as cabin boy on a vessel bound for a three years cruise around the world. He spent two years in Peru and Chile and returned to New York in 1847. He next went to Vera Cruz and thence to Hamburg, Germany, taking there the examination in navigation, which gave him first mate's papers. Returning to New Orleans, he made the leading ports of the world and later coasted out of New York. In 1850 he started, via Panama, to California, arriving in San Francisco in April 1850. He sailed on the bay for a year, then bought a small schooner and operated it until 1854. Then, on account of sickness, he sold his property and went to Iowa. In the winter of 1854 he bought a hotel in Calmar, enlarged it, started a town site and did a big business until 1857 Then we see him in Freeborn County, Minnesota, where he bought a farm and was elected justice of the peace and tax collector. He had the first white child born in his family that was born in that county. In 1861 he was forced from that place by the Indians, and he went to Chicago and sailed on the lakes for three years. He enlisted in a company for the war, but was rejected on account of poor eyesight. In 1867 he went to Minnesota, sold his farm and the next year went to California. He was attorney and deputy county surveyor of Sonoma County for eight years, and in 1879 he came to Spokane. He practiced law there for a time, and in 1881 he came to Rathdrum and opened a law office. He practiced there with good success until 1898, when he received his present position and came to Bonners Ferry. He was the first probate judge of Kootenai County, was a member of the constitutional convention in 1889 and in 1892 he was nominated by his party, the Republican, for probate judge, but at that time the party was defeated. Judge Melder has the distinction of casting his first vote for Fremont and has staid with his party since that time.

In 1856 Mr. Melder married Miss Sarah J., daughter of Harris and Ledia (Lunt) Bloggett, natives, respectively, of Vermont and Maine. To this happy union there have been born the following children: Oscar F., married and living in this county; Henry L., single and living in Rathdrum; Fredrick E., married and living in Spirit Valley; Gustave E., single, living on Priest River; Minnie A., wife of Ed Rose, in Spokane; Clara H., wife of Robert Bragaw, at Priest River; Mary E., wife of A. J. Young, at Twin Lake.

Judge Melder is a member of the Masons, Coeur d'Alene Lodge, and No.34; of the I. 0.0. F., No. 36, and of the Rebekahs, No.43, both at Bonners Ferry; of the A. 0. U. W., Spokane Lodge, No. 16, of Spokane, being the organizer of this lodge in 1881; of the Rathbone Sisters. Mrs. Melder is a member of the Rathbone Sisters, at Rathdrum, Idaho, and of the Rebekahs, No. 43, in Bonners Ferry. She is also a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Henry S Melder

Mary (View posts)
Posted: 8 May 2006 3:40AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Melder
FUNERAL OF HENRY MELDER

Well Known Pioneer of Kootenai County Has Passes to the Other World

The funeral of Judge Henry Melder, who died at his summer home at Fish Lake from Advanced age, will be held at Rathdrum tomorrow afternoon. The Masons, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias lodges will have charge of the services.

Judge Melder was a pioneer of the west, and at the time of his death was 80 years of age. He came to California in the fifties, during the early mining days. He was a surveyor by profession, and served as county surveyor of Snohomish county, Washington. In the year of 1880 he came to Spokane and was one of the first settlers on the Peone Prairie. In 1883 he moved to Kootenai county where he has resided ever since. He was one of the prominent and influential citizens and served several terms as probate judge. He possesses hosts of friends and admirers who will grieve to learn of his death.

He leaves to survive him a wife, three daughter, Mrs. Minnie Rose; Mrs. Mary Young; Mrs. Robert Bragaw, and four sons, Oscar, Henry, Fred and Gus. All save Mrs. Bragaw of Spokane are residents of the county.

The Coeur d’ Alene Evening Press, Saturday April 10, 1909

Re: Henry S Melder

Posted: 29 Dec 2012 4:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Melder
Correction to funeral notice of my husband's great grandfather Judge Henry S. Melder: He was surveyer of Sonoma County California, not Snohomish Co. Washington
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