Fairley J. Walrath

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Sun., May 27, 1945

Walrath Killed By Falling Tree

Fairley J. Walrath, 43, foreman of Potlatch Forests, Inc., camp No. 54, was killed almost instantly early yesterday morning when a falling tree struck him on the back of the head, according to word received here. The accident occurred near the camp, located on Washington creek about 15 miles from Headquarters.

Mr. Walrath was walking along a road near the camp, when a tree, felled by a saw gang working on the hill above the road, crashed down, striking him on the head. Several caterpillars and other equipment working in the area could have prevented him from hearing the call of "timber" as the tree started to topple over, the report reaching here said.

Mr. Walrath, who had been camp foreman for the last two years, had been employed by Potlatch forests, Inc., for several years and previously had been in charge of C. C. C. camps in Tennessee.

Idaho Graduate

He was born at Lapwai on March 10, 1902, the son of Harry L. Walrath and the late Mrs. Walrath. A graduate of the Orofino high school, he attended the University of Idaho where he received a degree in logging engineering in 1927. He married the former Dorothy Portfors of Orofino on May 19, 1929.

Mr. Walrath was a member of the Lewiston Elks lodge and of the Masonic lodge at Orofino. He was affiliated with Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at the University of Idaho.

Survivors include his wife, four children, Harriett Lee, Farrell Joan, Charles, and Nina Ruth, who recently moved from Headquarters to Orofino, his father, Harry L. Walrath of Orofino, and a brother, T. M. Walrath who served as state insurance director in 1939-40.

Services will be held from the Christian church in Orofino, although the date has not been set. Interment will be in Normal Hill cemetery, Lewiston. Shaw's funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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