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Old Kent Cemetery

Compiled by Sherry (Woods) Kaseberg
Observer Farm Cemetery, 1965 Survey with Notes

(Wilcox Cemetery, Old Kent Cemetery, Observer Farm Cemetery)

This windswept little cemetery is located on private land two-and-one-half miles south of Kent, Sherman County, OR near Highway 97, in the NW corner of NW1/4 of Section 10, T5S, R17E, on land once owned by the Ireland family, owners of the Sherman County OBSERVER, at Moro, Oregon. Over time it has been called the Old Kent Cemetery, Wilcox Cemetery and Observer Farm Cemetery. Agricultural operations have encroached on the cemetery and it is not fenced. Ownership in 2017: Nancy Anne von Borstel Trust. Please, do not trespass.

When gravestone inscriptions were recorded in 1962 there was evidence of 12 to 15 unmarked graves. Inscriptions were recorded by Anita (Kenny) Drake, Daphne (Hon) Ramsey and Paul Sather. Chris Sanders of Kettle Falls, WA provided information from obituaries in the microfilmed Sherman County newspapers and the 1900 Sherman County Voters Register.

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Florence E. Kentner

Percy M. Kentner

Thomas Craig
Bruce Craig   (Bryce?)

Baby Grave partly outlined with brick

Anna S. Thiese (iron fence)

Maggie Craig
Dorothy Craig

D. Orcutt

Sarah J. Trotter







20 March 1830-1890

Born Guernsey County, OH, to Iowa 1863; to Page Co. IA 1868; to Kansas 1874; to OR 1883; Presbyterian; son of William and Margaret (Leech) Bennett; m. 14 November 1854 Dubuque County, IA to Isabelle (Comstock) Bennett who is buried at White Salmon, WA; father of William James 1855-1857, Abel Comstock 1856, Ralph C. 1859, Jennie C. (Patterson) 1861, Milton Howard 1863-1941 m. Maggie Trotter, Infant Son 1867-1867, Walter Harvey 1868-1943 m. Ella A. Craig, Isabelle A. 1870-1955 m. Hogue, Birtie 1872-1872 and Frank Leech Bennett 1874. [Luretta Bennett 1987; Dubuque County, IA Marriages; Julia (Woods) Hansen; James G. Woods 1969; Margaret (McLachlan) Woods; Isabelle (Comstock) Bennett’s 1889 account; Leanna J. Bennett 1984; U.S. Census 1860, Dubuque County, IA; 1870 U.S. Census, Page County, IA;1880 U.S. Census, Jewell County, KS; 1885 WA State Census, Klickitat County: Craig Bennett 55, I.B. his wife 54, Comstock 18, Walter 17, Belle 15, Frank 11; White Salmon Cemetery 1984; Helen (Guyton) Rees; Ted Bennett 1984; The Kent News 1900-1903; Anita (Kenny) Drake; Cecil Bennett.]



-6 April 1901,
14 d

Daughter of John K. and H.B. Craig. Rev. Elder conducted services. [TO, 12 April 1901]

[Anita (Kenny) Drake; John K. Craig’s Homestead Entry No. 5677, 5 December 1895 for N ½ SW1/4, Section 17 and N1/2, SE1/4, Section 18, T5S, R173 …Buck Hollow. He was dispossessed by the E.OR Land Co. in 1900 of the N1/2 SW1/4 Section 18, applied to exclude it from his Homestead Entry and include in lieu the S1/2 SE1/4 Section 18, granted. He moved into the one-room house with wife Hattie and 2 children. In 1900 he had a 3-room house, barn, fencing, cellar, onion house, hothouse, and irrigation ditches on 4 acres of the dispossessed 80 a. in Sec. 17. —Claims of Settlers in Sherman Co. OR, 58th US Congress; J.K. Craig raised produce in Buck Hollow 1900-1903 and was preaching in Wheeler County of the Walla Walla Methodist Circuit. He had an “excellent system of hothouse propagation,” according to the Sherman County Observer, 14 April 1899. He appears in the Sherman County 1900 Voters Registration: Kent Precinct, farmer in Section 17, 5S, R17E, Irish-born, naturalized 1900 Wasco County, OR Circuit Court.] – [SCO, 14 April 1899; 1900SCVR; GVJ, 30 September 1910: Mrs. John K. Craig died 24 September 1910 at Pasco, WA while traveling to Selah, WA]



-30 March 1898, 2 or 3m, 14d

Daughter of J.K & H.B.



11 November 1901-6 October 1905



12 May 1839-14 April 1906

Married at Coleraine, Ireland to Jennie Cresswell who died in Kansas; father of John K. (a Methodist minister in Wheeler County 1905), James in Colorado, Thomas R., Hugh in Nebraska, George A., Mary A. m. Sylvester P. Small in Kansas, Margaret J. m. Charles D. Gates in Kansas, Jennie m. George Neill of Kent, Ella Agnes m. Walter H. Bennett, Fanny, Adam Ted m. Julia B. Gates in Kansas, Lois and Pearl. [Luretta Bennett; Leanna Bennett; Cecil Bennett; GVJ, 20 April 1906; ODI#263]

[Antelope Cemetery, Wasco County, OR: J. Booth Craig, b. 16 September 1904, d. 29 September 1904, infant son of J.K. & H.B. Craig; TO, 7 October 1904: Died: Infant son of J.K. & H.B. Craig, 16 September 1904- 29 September 1904, buried in Antelope Cemetery]



[GVJ, 14 October 1904: Thomas Craig’s little boy suffering from a cancer was buried a few days ago.]



Near Thomas Craig’s grave is a small marble marker engraved “B.C.”



-30 January 1902, 61y

 Nine grown children survived him; buried “at Kent Cemetery on the Observer Farm,” services conducted by Revs. Lanphear and Craig; lived about 5 miles S of Kent. [TO, 7 February 1902; GVJ, 7 February 1902; Kent News, 1902]



1 March 1905-1 March 1905

Daughter of J.R. and Pearl Graham.


Martin D.

26 May 1838-24 June 1906

Unmarked grave; born in Maine, great-great-grandfather of Mrs. Elsie A. Stephens of Stanfield, OR. [ODI#264; Martin D. Hayman appears in the 1850 & 1860 US Census for Robbinston Town, Washington County, ME; 1870 US Census, Portland, Multnomah County, OR; 1880 US Census, Midway, Umatilla County, OR; 1900 US Census, Dayton, Columbia County, WA.]


Florence E.

-5 February 1901, 17y 11m 24d

Daughter of W.A. and H.E. [1920 US Census, Powell Butte, Crook County, OR: William Kentner 32 WA, wife Harriet A. 30 MI, Leo E. 9 OR, Harold 7 OR, Leon A. 2 mo. OR]


Percy M.

-13 December 1900, 9y 6m 2d

Son of W.A. and H.E. [GVJ, 21 December 1900: Mr. Kentner’s little child died at Kent on Thursday last.]



-18 January 1908, The Dalles, OR

A Kent pioneer, born WI 1860; moved to MN with his parents; to Polk County, OR with his parents; raised sheep on the Deschutes until the Indian outbreak, sold sheep, went to Lewiston, ID; to Spokane; m. Elizabeth H. Bartholomew 14 August 1881; to Lane County 1892; to Sherman County 1901; died The Dalles Sanitarium, age 47y, 11m 18d; survived by widow and six children.

[ODI #5792, listed as A.A. Kentner; TO, 24 January 1908: William Albert Kentner & Harriet Wattles took out a license to marry in Sherman County, OR 1909; no return; same time period for license for William F. Schilling & Ester Irene Wattles, and Howard A. Wattles & Minnie LeSaar; in 1910 George Kentner wed Hattie M. Houghton; GVJ, 11 April 1930: Howard Wattles killed in high voltage line accident at Maupin, lived Grass Valley several years; GVJ, 7 February 1908]


Emily B.

-22/23 February 1904, 47y

nee Bell, wife of H.H. Kibbey formerly of Wasco; age 43 when they married 1902 at Moro Methodist parsonage; H.H. Kibbey owned SW ¼, Section 28, T5S, R17E in 1913. L.L. Bell leased land in Sections 9 and 10. T.N. Bell farmed in Section 35, TS, R17E; a registered voter of Kent Precinct. [ GVJ, 4 March 1904]



-14 April 1905, of consumption at his home in Kent

Ned Lane died at Kent of consumption less than a year after his marriage to Iva Viola Trotter and was buried on The Observer Farm, Rev. Stull officiating. Mrs. Ned Lane paid Watt Marble Works, The Dalles $30 June 12, 1907 for an iron fence for his grave. Iva m. 2nd William Manly and their children were William 1921, Melvin 1923, Florence 1925 & Carol 1928.  [GVJ, 21 April 1905; Iva V. (Trotter) Lane Manly, 1965; Freda Gillette, Redmond, WA; Sarah Pick; TO, 21 April 1905; Florence Keehn, Woodland, CA 2019]



13 July 1816-15 December 1903, 87y

“His wife died at Tacoma, Washington in 1882”

Daniel D. Orcutt. D.D. Orcutt was registered to vote in Kent Precinct in 1900, lived Section 27, T4S, R16E. [GVJ, 18 December 1903: Died, near Kent, Mr. Orcutt, aged 87 years; 1900 US Census, Kent Precinct, Sherman County, OR: Daniel Orcutt 83 widower born NY was living with Alvin M. Orcutt 60, his wife Annie E. and children Rosella 20, William S. 14 and Liddie B. 8. Next door was Daniel D. Orcutt 33, wife Minnie P. 28 and children David B. 12, Ida May 10, Harry 9, Orvil 7, Bessie 4 and Valen (m) 1. Next door to them Orville J. Orcutt 29, wife Vasti  and children Eddie 4 and Daniel 3.  William S. Orcutt and Ara Orcutt owned fractions of Sections 34 & 35, T4S, R16E in 1913; GVJ, 27 January 1922: Infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Orcutt died at Portland, OR 10 January 1922; GVJ, 28 September 1923: W.S. Orcutt died in Moro, September 24, 38 years and 12 days; burial at Kent.] [See Kent Cemetery]



1879-9 May 1913

Daughter of Granville Phillips of Kent; died of consumption at her father’s home near Kent; former Grass Valley school teacher; mother of Nina; step-sister of Arthur S. Johnson of Moro. Granville Phillips owned Sunny Cove Poultry Ranch, T4S, R18E, NW ¼ Section 30 in 1913. [GVJ, 16 May 1913: laid to rest in the IOOF Cemetery]


Richard H.

-3 September 1904, 4m 10d at Moro

Son of Herman and Frieda H.; brother of Anna, Frieda and Mirtle; funeral at Kent. [GVJ, 9 September 1904: Herman Steidel’s 3-month old baby… died, buried from Kent; TO, 9 September 1904; WN, 9 September 1904: Richard Herman Steidel, burial at Wilcox Cemetery; GVJ, 9 September 1904; 1900SCVR: H. Steidel, a German-born farmer in Kent Pct. was registered to vote in 1900, homestead entry, lived Section 8, T4S, R18E; 1900 US Census, Sherman County #250-251: Herman Steidel 28 born Germany, Fredda 19 Germany, Annie 5 OR, Fredda 4 OR, Myrtle 3 OR.]


Anna S.

15 June 1887-3 February 1906

Unmarried eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Thiese who lived across Buck Hollow in Wasco County; died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Davis near Kent. Rev. Halloman conducted funeral services. [GVJ, 9 February 1906]


Sarah J.

20 February 1902-28 September 1902

Daughter of William Frank and Mary “Mollie” N. (Spoonemore) Trotter; granddaughter of James Anderson Trotter and Sarah (Wheeler) Trotter; sister of George, Claude, Lester, Frank, Fred and Ronald; Sarah Trotter arrived in Kent about 1894/99, died White Salmon, WA 1924. [Florence Keehn, Woodland, CA 2001; Freda Gillette, Redmond, WA 1990; Iva V. (Trotter) Lane Manly 1965; 1900SCVR: D.H. Spoonemore, farmer, G.W. Spoonemore, farmer, & James Spoonemore, farmer, in Kent Precinct]

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