Monday, September 26, 2022

The Names Behind Eleanor And Dennys

Guest post by Kirk Carlson.

Part of the exploration of the origin of the name Eleanor Station also involved the origin of the name Denny Station. The parcel where the elevators was part of a homestead by William H. Denney. The picture of his family is below. He died in 1922 and is buried at Peach, WA which was moved due to the rising waters of Lake Roosevelt in 1939. She died in 1897. Their daughter Lydia married Oliver Bartholomew and they parented Belle Bartholomew McLain. According to Carol Wilson Brommer, there was a stage coach stop there. Somewhere along the line, the name was changed from Denney to Denny. 

William H. Denney and family.

Back Row Left to Right: Annette (Net), Hattie Rose, Merton (Dick), Ed, James, Lydia (Lid) [married Oliver N. Bartholomew], Amelia (Meal), Adelade (Ad)

Middle Row Seated Left to Right: Melvina (Bine), William H Denney, Mary Jane (Kern) Denney, Joseph

Front Row Left to Right: Reuben, Emery

The younger boys in front include Emery. This was a common name. Otto Mahrt took a photograph of Emery's Restaurant that could have been in Reardan (perhaps in the Community Hall, next door or on the NE corner of Lake and Broadway). Anyone have any clues?

John Denney also had a homestead on Hanning Butte. He is presumed to be William's brother.  By 1900 he had moved to Lewiston Orchards to farm there.

Reardan Ladies Photograph [courtesy of Lincoln County Historic Society]

Taken at the home of Mrs. C. (Christian?) H. Finrow summer of 1911; Reardan, Wa.

3. Mrs. J. R. Davidson [Susan or Cinda in census, b. 1859]

5. Emma (Finrow) Heath...[findagrave: b 1879 nee Adams, m. M.W. King m2. Gustav Finrow, looks too young for this person,  Heath reference is unknown,

could be Edna w/o Merle b. 1892]

8. Mrs. W. H. McCoy [helped found Reardan Presbyterian Church, wife of postmaster and one of Reardan's early druggists. His store north of Community Hall]

9. Lettie (Hickox) Settters [b. 1878, m. Henry 1898 d. 1933. she was widowed at time of photo]

12. Mrs. M. Moriarty [May b. 1867, he was mayor of Reardan, President of Reardan Exchange Bank, and Washington Grain and Milling Co, and Vice President of the Chamokane Lumber Co. This picture was close to the time of his death.]

13. Mrs. Chris Finrow [must be Christian, Annie Larson b. 1865 d. 1928. she is the party host. Her husband was the bookkeeper of the Finrow general store located where the Ranch House/Red Rooster/Highway Cafe is now]

14. Mrs. Denney [unknown]

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