Johny H. Gillett

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Johny H. Gillett

Death 13 May 1944 (aged 35)
Burial Ritzville, Adams County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 40649998 · View Source
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Double funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at Trinity Methodist church, Ritzville, for Reinhold Hillie, 35, and John Gillett, 35, prominent Adams county farmers who were victims of a drowning tragedy Saturday evening in Deep Lake near Coulee City. The Rev. Clifford Knight officiated. Burial was in the Ritzvile cemetery.

Mr. Gillett, Mr. Hille and Al Wagner of Odessa were in one boat heading for shore, followed by Don King, Odessa school teacher, in another boat when the accident occurrred. A quick turn capsized the boat in which the three were riding and King attempted to rescue them. He had Wagner in the boat, Hille hanging on the side and was reaching for Gillett with the oar when the weight on one side overturned the boat.

King, the only one able to swim, swam to shore and Wagner was pickup by a party of rescuers from nearby. However, they were unable to find the other two. The tragedy occurred about 7 p.m.. Search for the bodies began immediately and continued until late in the evening. The quest was resumed at dawn and soon afterward the remains were recovered----(detials omitted). Sheriff Joe Schafer of Adams county and Sheriff Gordon Nix of Grant county aided materially in the rescue.

The deceased were brothers-in-law.

John Harry Gillett was born January 24, 1909 in Ritzville the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gillett. He attened rural school and was graduated from Ritzville high school. He spent most of his life farming in Adams county, living on the family ranch established by his father, the late John Gillett, Sr., pioneer and former Adams county commissioner.

He is survived by four sisters. Mrs. Mamie Alert, Mrs. Lilly Schaffer, Mrs. Alice Oestreich and Mrs. Harriet Hille. all of Ritzville, one uncle, the Rev. Frank R. Gillett of Seattle

Ritzville Journal Times May 18 1944 Sue Gardner & gapwork90

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