Columbus (Montie) Parkins

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Saturday, June 14, 1941

Death Strikes Twice In Home

Mr. and Mrs. Parkins Both Called In 26 Hours And Double Funeral Set

Death struck twice in 26 hours in the home of Columbus (Montie) Parkins, dairyman-farmer of the Lapwai area. Shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday Mrs. Parkins was summoned and at 4:30 a.m. yesterday Mr. Parkins succumbed after a lingering illness. Mrs. Parkins died from heart disease, attributed to worry and her long vigil at the bedside of her husband. Hers was a brief illness.

Columbus Parkins, sixth in a family of 11 children, was born to James and Charlotte Parkins at Knoxville, Ill., Jan. 14, 1855. When he was about three years old his parents purchased a farm in Clark county, Iowa, and there the family lived many years. The elder Parkins died when Columbus Parkins was 11.

In 1881 three brothers, Columbus, Andrew and Henry came west and located nine miles northeast of Heppner, Ore., on homesteads, another brother, Charles, arrived later. The brothers hauled grain to Castle Rock, Ore., on the Columbia river, taking two days to make the trip. As a side line two of the brothers engaged in the photography business.

Columbus Parkins moved to Farmington, Wash., and was married there to Alice Laura Fulmer, Creston, Iowa. In 1901 Mr. and Mrs. Parkins and daughter came to Idaho and located at Reubens where they resided until 1909 then moving to Lapwai, farming a mile from town.

Mr. Parkins leaves two daughters, Mrs. Venton Bailey and Mrs. Ray Calkins, both of Lapwai.

A double funeral service for Mr. and Mrs. Parkins will be held tomorrow at 2:30 from the Brower-Wann chapel. Burial will be at Normal Hill cemetery.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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