Thursday, May 24, 2007

More local ties back to 1954

I've learned that his family connections go back to 1954 when his the parents of two of Jason Hamilton's future aunts moved to a dairy farm near Princeton.

BILLY MURPHY OWNBEY, 87, Princeton resident, 5 Aug. 2000

Billy Murphy Ownbey, long-time Princeton resident, died Friday morning at Good Samaritan Nursing Home. He was 87. He was born July 26, 1913, at Kirksville, Mo., to Francis M. and Jennie Murphy Ownbey. The family moved to Heulett, Wyo., when he was a child. He attended school there and was married to Nora Dell Hazelbaker at Alliance, Neb., on Nov. 23, 1939. They moved to California in 1944 where he worked as a logger. In 1954, they moved to Princeton and purchased a dairy farm that they operated. He also worked at the Potlatch Mill in Potlatch. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Princeton Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Ownbey died in October 1998. Surviving are five sons, Dennis of Princeton, Bruce of Bend, Ore., Tom and Warren, both of Princeton and Randal of Potlatch; two daughters, Donna Germen of Roseburg, Ore., and Glenda Germen of Princeton; 27 grand and 11 great-grand children; four sisters, Martha Nichols at Emida, Idaho, Helen Vest of Spokane, Oleva Powell of Everett, Wash., and Dorothy Anderson of Worland, Wyo.; one brother, Gerald Ownbey at Afton, Minn. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Potlatch Cemetery.


Note: only the daughters who married into the Germen normally would be considered relatives.
  • Born 26 July 1913, Kirksville, MO
  • Father Francis M. Ownbey
  • Mother Jennie Murphy Ownbey
  • Married Nora Dell Hazelbaker 23 Nov, 1939, Alliance, NE
  • Moved to Princeton, ID, 1954
  • Nora Ownbey died Oct. 1998
  • Son Dennis, Princeton, ID
  • Son Bruce, Bend, OR
  • Son Tom, Princeton, ID
  • Son Warren, Princeton, ID
  • Son Randal, Potlatch, ID
  • Daughter Donna Germen, Roseburg, OR (now deceased, wife of Martin Germen who was an uncle of Jason Kenneth Hamilton)
  • Daughter Glenda Germen, Princeton, ID (ex-wife of the now deceased Christopher Germen of Potlatch & Moscow, uncle of Jason Kenneth Hamilton; apparently two Ownbey daughters married two Germen brothers)
  • Sister Martha Nichols, Emida, ID
  • Sister Helen Vest, Spokane, WA
  • Sister Oleva Powell, Everett, WA
  • Sister Dorothy Anderson, Worland, WY
  • Brother Gerald Ownbey, Afton, MN
  • 27 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren

From the index of Potlatch Cemetery inscriptions:

  • Ownbey, Billy Murphy, b. Jul 26, 1913, d. Aug 04, 2000, s/w & h/o Nora Dell, m. Nov 23, 1939
  • Ownbey, Nora Dell, b. May 03, 1917, d. Oct 15, 1998, s/w & w/o Billy Murphy, m. Nov 23, 1939

1 comment:

Mike said...

My original version of this post labeled the elder Ownbeys as great-grandparents. That was incorrect; I mistraced the relationships. Only the two daughters who married Germens became relatives. However, it likely was from these marriages that Jason Kenneth Hamilton northern Idaho connections arose.

Constructive feedback in lieu of name-calling could have gotten this corrected several days ago.