The 1920 Census for Chewelah, Stevens County, WA, enumerated January 12. Flora A. Campbell, age 73, born in Indiana to father born in Indiana, mother in Ohio.Living as Mother-in-law, with: Seawright Starry, age 65, born in Pennsylvania to both parents born in PA, farmer/home farm. Mary A, age 52, born in Washington to both parents born in Indiana Sybyl, dau, age 26, born in Washington
The Washington Death Certificate Index: Flora Anne Campbell, died 30 July 1920 in Albion, Whitman County, WA, age 74 years, 9 months, 28 days.Father: J. Kenoyer, mother: "Cuffy."
A family tree identifies her mother as Elizabeth Cuppy, 1821 to 1905.The tree identifies her marriage to a John Wesley Bartlett, 1835-1902 (one son, one daughter); R.M Campbell, 1836 to 1916; Daniel Edson Tower, 1835 to 1879 (four daughters and seven sons);
Now, her obit.Finding one in Whitman County would depend on several factors.First, the length of time that they had lived in the County (The 1910 Census shows she was living in Guy, Whitman Co.It shows she was the mother of 10/but only 4 were living.With Mary in Chewelah, where were the rest?).It also depends on how many family members were in Whitman County when she died; how many years she had lived there to accumulate a wide circle of friends.It also depends on the family deciding to pay for one, or if she had decided to not have one.It also is defined by the year, in 1920 obituaries were not as popular as today, nor in the same type of framework.An obituary then was written by a reporter on the famous/infamous, victims of crime or accident.A obit then for a "common" person was more of what we would call a death notice, a short blurb about the death and date of service.So, this has many factors against finding one...but do proceed in looking.
For a free obit, free search: 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: http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/Obituaries.aspxhttp://www.sos.wa.gov/library/Obituaries.aspx Due to staff cuts, economy, mass requests, they are now taking up to six weeks. --The genealogy group charges a minimum of $10.00 for an hour search.