Jesse E. Tumelson

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Friday, October 20, 1961

Jesse Tumelson Succumbs At 88

Jesse E. Tumelson, 88, retired Peck farmer and a resident of north central Idaho since the turn of the century, died yesterday at 1 p.m. at the Orchards Nursing Home of the infirmities of age.

Mr. Tumelson had lived in this area since he came to Gold Hill near Potlatch at the age of 17 to placer mine. He remained there until the opening of the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in 1895. At that time, he homesteaded at Peck. He was born Sept. 14, 1873, near Cedarville, Kan.

He was married at Gifford Dec. 23, 1898, to Cora Springston. She died in 1944 and Mr. Tumelson retired from farming at that time. He continued to live at Peck until 1956. In later years he lived in California and at Lewiston and Clarkston. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

Surviving are a son, F. Orville Tumelson, Red Bluff, Calif., two daughters, Mrs. Reva Ferguson, Lewiston, and Mrs. W. C. Durgin, Spokane; four sisters, Mrs. Bessie Witt, a twin of Scott City, Kan., Mrs. Lucy Wilson, Lawton, Okla., Mrs. Lura Study, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mrs. Lydia Strode, Camas, Wash.; and 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2:30 at Vassar-Rawls Chapel, with the Rev. Bruce Groseclose of the First Methodist Church, officiating.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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