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This this sweet picture is the wedding photo of Hattie Belle Edminster and Lewis William Koch. The wedding date was May 27, 1903.

Hattie Edminster and Lewis Koch, May 27, 1903.

Picture is the property of Betty Budil, posted with permission.

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Hattie was the sister of my husband’s grandfather, Reuben Walter Edminster. She was born in Leavenworth County Kansas, October 1, 1882, Herbert Loyal and Frances Adelia Brown. Hattie died July 5, 1948.

Hattie Belle Edminster

Picture is the property of Betty Budil, posted here with permission.

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This picture is of Reuben Walter Edminster, his siblings, his Mother and her second husband, presumably taken in Kansas. The year is unknown.

Back Row Left to Right: Reuben Walter Edminster, Hattie Belle (Edminster) Koch and George Clarence Edminster

Front Row: A. D. Hamilton (2nd husband of Frances Adelia (Brown) Edminster), and Frances Adelia (Brown) (Edminster) Hamilton

Picture is the property of Betty Budil, used with permission.

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This picture of Lillian and Mildred Edminster as children was most likely taken in Kansas prior to 1910. Lillian was born in 1902 and appears to be under the age of 10; Mildred was born in 1906 and still a baby in the picture. Note the hand-hewn logs and makeshift porch on the building.

Lillian and Mildred Edminster, c. 1910

Picture is the Property of Betty Budil, used with permission.

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Herbert Loyal Edminster’s first marriage was to Frances Adelia Brown, probably in 1979 or early 1880 since their first child was born in December of 1880. Herbert and Frances were the parents of Reuben Walter, George Clarence and Hattie Belle, and are my husband’s Great-Grandparents. Here’s their picture, we assume taken at the time of their wedding.

Herbert Loyal Edminster, Frances Adelia Brown

Picture is the property of Betty Budil, posted with permission.

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Greetings,

I was looking for a death record for Herbert Loyal Edminster the other day, and instead came across this marriage license. It’s the license allowing him to marry Laura Stone, his second wife September 25, 1893 and was issued in MIssouri.

In case you can’t read it clearly, the document (#8888) states that Herbert L. Edminster of the County of Leavenworth, State of Kansas and Laura Stone of the County of Leavenworth, State of Kansas both are over the age of 21 years. Their marriage was performed by Henry Hopkins, Pastor of the 1st Congregational Church, John W. Hinde was the Recorder, John A. McCoy the Deputy Recorder.

SOURCE: Marriage License, State of Missouri, digital image, Ancestry.com accessed October 3, 2008.

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Good Evening,

Herbert Loyal Edminster was a “Harness Maker” in 1900 so this picture of him with a strong looking, beautiful horse may be related to his occupation. We really don’t know. Herbert appears to be between 40 and 50 years old at the time this picture was taken, if so we can date it somewhere around 1900-1910, probably in Kansas.

Herbert Loyal Edminster

Picture is the property of Betty Budil, posted with permission.

SOURCE: Kansas, Leavenworth County, Fairmount Township U.S. Census Population Schedule; digital image, Ancestry.com, accessed May 9, 2006

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Rev. Clyde Dale Edminster

Rev. Clyde Dale Edminster, of Rainier, slipped peaceably away to be with the Lord on Saturday, Sept. 27. He was born Dec. 8th, 1914 in Bashor, Kansas. Clyde was preceded in death by his wife Beatrice L., who died in 2002 (1 year and 3 days earlier), and eldest son, Douglas, who died in 1979.

Clyde served faithfully in the ministry as teacher, writer, pastor and notably as editor of CHRIST IS THE ANSWER MAGAZINE since its beginning in 1967.

He is survived by his three daughters, Judy and John Smith, Janet and Manley Goodwin, and Sally Edminster, all of Rainier; three sons, Robert and Beverly Edminster of Rainier, Paul and Peggy Edminster of Puyallup and David and Leasha Edminster of Chehalis; 35 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren; two brothers and one sister, Roy and Dorothy Edminster, Walt and MaryLou Edminster and Opal Ellwein, all of Tacoma and one brother-in-law, Frank Stermitz of Helena, MT. He is loved and will be greatly missed by his family and a multitude of friends and extended family.

Visitation will be from 10 am until 1:30 pm, Friday, October 3, 2003 at Mountain View Funeral Home. A celebration service in honor of his life will be held for his family and friends, Friday, Oct. 3rd at 3:00 pm, in the Mt. View Valley Chapel, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. in Lakewood.

SOURCE: This clipping was given to me, it probably was published in the Tacoma News Tribune.

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Florence Loretta Stermitz

Florence Loretta Stermitz passed away on May 18, 1998 at the age of 89. She was born February 1, 1909 in Basehor, Kansas to Reuben and Anna Marie (Neust) Edminster.

Lured by friends and the high prospects of dryland wheat farming, her family moved to the Townsend area in 1917. Florence attended several one room school houses in the area for her elementary years. Four years of drought, hail, and grasshoppers convinced Florence’s father to return to his profession of stucco and plastering houses in the Helena. The family eventually settled in Tacoma, Washington, where Florence finished high school at Stadium High School. She then attended Knapps’s Business College and was employed as a secretary until she married Frank Stermitz on May 12, 1932. Frank’s work as a hydraulic engineer with the Water Resources Branch of the U.S. Geological Survey took them to Helena in 1936 where they have lived since.

Florence joined St. Paul’s Methodist Church and has been a member for over 60 years. She sang in the choir and took an active part in church activities for many years. She was also a member of the Helena Women’s Club. Florence had a great interest in many arts.

She learned to facet gem stones and faceted many sapphires from the Hauser Lake area where she and Frank had a cabin and later a home. Among Florence’s other interests was pottery at the Archie Bray Foundation, which she did for many years. She also painted china for and and was a member of the Helena China Painting group until the time of her death. Frank and Florence belonged to various dance clubs in Helena over the years. They traveled extensively including trips to the Orient, Central America and South America. Upon retirement in 1972, Frank and Florence spent their summers on Hauser Lake and wintered in Arizona based mainly out of Mesa, until 1995. Since then, Helena has been their year round home.

Florence is survived by Frank, her husband of 66 years….(remaining text omitted)

SOURCE: The Independent Record, Helena, Mont. Wednesday, May 20, 1998

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Edminster Cemetery is located near the village of Cornish in New Hampshire and though it seems to be out in the country a good distance it’s well maintained and still in use. It contains both historic graves as well as some quite recent. The Edminsters buried in this cemetery are descended from John Edminsteire through his son James and grandson William. A complete history of the line is included in “The Edminster Family in America” by Frank Custer Edminster, Jr. published in 1965. For anyone interested in visiting the Edminster Cemetery, consult MapQuest or another mapping service for directions to the community. It’s a lovely area.

Here’s a sign near the cemetery entrance, there’s also a road sign “Edminster Cemetery Road.”

Grave of T.B. Edminster

Grave of Zebedee Edminster

Grave of Elizabeth Edminster, daughter of Zebedee

Grave of Sarah Edmester, daughter of Zebedee, 1804

Grave of Mary Edmister, wife of Zebedee

Some stones contain spelling variations of the Edminster name.

All photographs are the personal property of Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington

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