Lewiston Morning Tribune|
Tuesday, March 20, 1906
James Madden Dies Suddenly
Worked Hard During Day and Laid Down to Rest - Due to Heart Disease - Was Prominent Sheepman.
Word reached the city last evening from Waha announcing the sudden death at 6 o'clock of James Madden, the well known sheepman, presumably from heart disease. Mr. Madden had spent the day at his ranch at Waha and had worked hard while he was there. He ate a hearty meal and after reading a paper retired to a couch, stating to his son, Patrick, that he would rest for awhile. When the son returned from doing the chores about the place with the others he saw that his father was still lying on the bed. He started to cover him so that he would not catch cold when he discovered that he had expired.
The family and relatives in Lewiston were informed of Mr. Madden's death as soon as they could be reached over the telephone. Funeral Director Vassar was sent out to Waha to have the remains brought to the undertaking parlors in the city. The funeral arrangements will probably be made today.
Mr. Madden was one of the largest sheep owners in the Nez Perce county and his land holdings were extensive. He was a pioneer in the Waha section and owned a valuable ranch.
Mr. Madden was a man of large physique and presumably of robust health and his death is a great surprise. He was widely known throughout central Idaho and leaves a large circle of warm person friends. Besides a wife he leaves a large family of grown up sons and a young son and daughter to mourn his death.