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From the book Spokane and the Spokane County: Pictorial and
Biographical : Deluxe Supplement, 1912, 583 pages. Has a bio on Julius Zittle, Spokane
architect, married Alice Shanks in 1889, had one child Eunice born in 1893. I downloaded
the page from Heritage Quest and can send via email if interested. But, I also found the
same book on the Google book search: http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search
a nice picture of him, page 91.
Four family trees posted on Ancestry.com
, show Robert Edward Shanks born 17 April 1841 in
Kent, Ontario, Canada, died 20 January 1900 in Spokane. Son, Robert, born 2 Feb 1875 in
Chatham, Kent Co, Ontario, Canada, died 7 Oct 1941 in Spokane. So, either he died in
Spokane, or the four tree's are in error (That seems to happen a lot. One person
"guesses" the others believe the info to be correct). Or the date of 20 January
1900 might have been in an obit published in Spokane (see below)
The 1900 Census shows Marion was a farmer, owning the land.
The Bureau of Land Management has a website for Land Patents
under the Homestead Act. It shows Marion Shanks being issued 160 acres of land on
02/09/1901 in Latah County, ID. It was located in Township 40-N(orth), Range 2-W(est),
Section 4, the SW Corner.
To find this land, go to: http://www.esg.montana.edu/gl/trs-data.html
Change State to Idaho and enter in the above information.
The new window has information about the land. You can note various features.
Next, click on the blue colored "Switch to TerraServer"
In the new window, increase size to the largest blue box and switch to Topo Map. The red
squares in the map are Sectors. A Sector has 640 acres, it is about one mile in size.
You'll see the town of Avon in the bottom area, Potato Hill to the east and down,
Schwartz Creek is in blue above Avon.
Now, looking at Avon, if you go up (North) one red box, and left (West) one red box,
you'll see a red colored "6" in the middle of the square. From there now go
to the right two boxes. The word "East" will be in the box. Now left click in
the box. In the next window, again left click inside it. Now, you will see a red colored
"4". This is the sector 4 where the land was located. Mentally Divide this
sector into quarters. A Quarter has 160 acres. Marion had the SW Quarter, so it would be
in the bottom left side of the Sector.
The land is probably why they came to the area. But, why the land there versus other
places? The Smith's next door, Thomas and Louisiana, in the census are probably not
related. The husband was born in New York to both parents born in New York. The wife was
born in Louisiana to father born in Canada, mother in Louisiana. It is possible the
wife's father could have somehow been related to either Robert or Marion, but his name
probably wasn't Smith, unless both of the Smith's were born Smith.
--The BLM site shows a Thomas R. Smith with 160 acres issued on 11/16/1898 in the same
Sector as Marion.
This area is remote. The town of Troy had 283 residents in 1900 (about 764 in 2007). The
town of Avon is an unincorporated populated area not having a census designation. Deary
had 552 residents in 2000, couldn't find population in 1900. Troy is 11 miles east of
Moscow. So, now if he did die in Troy in January 1900, was he on the road getting
supplies? Die in a snow storm? Was Troy large enough to have a newspaper then?
For an obit for Robert, obituaries were not as common back then as today. Someone had to
pay for it. If they had not been in the area long enough to have a wide circle of
friends, they probably didn't have one. The remoteness of the area, any one knowing
the family would have known he had died. People did not pay for obits in a newspaper far
from the home, such as in Moscow. I would recommend searching for one; but, it might be
difficult to find one.
BUT, I would "guess" there is a better chance finding an obit in the Spokane
newspaper. Even if he died in Idaho, the daughter/wife of the Architect, might have paid
for one in Spokane.
--The Washington State Library has a free research service, the ask-a-librarian program,
where they will look for information in the archives, in this case the newspaper microfilm
for an event. They will look up to an hour and send you the results. For an obituary:
I searched the cemetery listings in the county, without success. He "might" be
found in Spokane.
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