Filer, Martha Ann Bacus – Obituary

After an illness of several months at her home near Twisp, Washington, Mrs. Martha Filer, died Thursday, August 25 [1913] age 73 years.

Mrs. Filer was born January 8, 1840 in Illinois and when a girl moved with her parents to Texas, where in 1869 she was married to Jacob Filer. [Marriage date is incorrect. First child was born about 1862]. To this union twelve children were born, eight of whom are living; her daughters, Mrs. Jones of Twisp, Mrs. Tuverson of Kellogg, Idaho, Mrs. Manning of North Yakima, and Mrs. G. C. Charlton of this valley. Four sons Fred and Louis Filer of Twisp, John H. Filer of this city and Jacob Filer of Toppenish.

In 1883 Jacob Filer, wife and family left Texas, headed for Washington. They got as far as Pendleton, Ore., where Mr. Filer, after some weeks took sick and died. [Jacob is buried in Ellensburg so this account seems to be in error.] After a few weeks, Mrs. Filer and her children gathered their all together and started for Kittitas valley. Once here, she bought the ranch now owned by J. H. Kresge near the Nanum Canyon and there reared her children to manhood and womanhood.

In the early nineties Mrs. Filer sold her farm and with a part of her children and number of other Kittitas Valley people, moved to the Methow Valley and settled near where the town of Twisp is now located. Mrs. Filer was a devoted Christian lady, having been a member of the Christian Church for more than 50 years.

The body was conveyed to this city, accompanied by J. H. Filer, Mrs. G. C. Charlton and Mrs. Manning and the funeral was conducted from Rose & Inman’s Chapel, Tuesday at 10 a.m. To the bereaved The Dawn extends sympathy and consoles them with the happy fact that there will be another meeting on the shore of deliverance and in the presence of our Savoir and all his angels, never to part anymore.

Contributed by: Shelli Steedman

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Collection: United States Obituaries.

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