Sunday, December 28, 2014
David Willard Meacham
Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:00 am
David Willard Meacham
David Willard Meacham, 89, of Lewiston, died Aug. 9, 2014, of causes related to age. Dave was the sixth and last surviving of seven children born to Merritt and Sylvia (Doak) Meacham. He was born Jan. 25, 1925, at the family home near what is now the intersection of U.S. Highway 95 and Tom Beall Road.
The family lived at several locations in the Lapwai and Lewiston areas. Sylvia moved the family to Lewiston for a time, seeking better educational opportunities for her children. Ironically, one of David's lifelong regrets was never graduating from high school. World War II took his older siblings away from home and his father required his help with the farming. He eventually enlisted in the U.S. Army and completed paratrooper training with the 182nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg N.C. He didn't deploy because the war was winding down. He was discharged after 13 months of service and returned to again help his father with the farming. He married Doris Herndon after returning home and they raised four children, Steven (Linda), Scott (Terry), Eric "Rick" (Patty, Karen), and Jane (Jerry Johnson).
David loved farming, stating a number of times that farming was the only thing he ever wanted to do with his life. Doris loved the blooming of the forsythias in the spring and passed away when they were in full bloom. Dave loved harvest and passed away in the middle of harvest. Dave and Doris lived in the Tom Beall area while he farmed with his father and brothers, Howard (Bud) and Gene. Many young men from the area earned money for college or less lofty pursuits working the green pea and wheat harvests on the Meacham farm during the '50s, '60s and early '70s. In the days before the full mechanization of harvesting green peas, the Meacham brothers provided a bunkhouse and cookhouse for migrant workers from Mexico who greatly appreciated staying at the Tom Beall ranch versus the "labor encampment" in North Lewiston. The cooks who worked the cookhouse and served as University of Idaho sorority cooks in the winter served up big breakfasts, sack lunches, great blue enameled pots of pinto beans and coffee and suppers daily. Since the ranch also had a cattle component overseen by their father, Merritt, and younger brother, Eugene (Gene), there were generous servings of beef after a 12-hour day of manual labor.
Dave and Bud raised the full spectrum of dryland crops: wheat, green and dry peas, barley, oats, lentils, garbanzo beans, hay and grass seed. Of special note is the fact that when the Meacham green peas would come to Lewiston for processing at Twin City Foods, Campbell Soup Co. would come to buy them for their Swanson frozen dinners. The Campbell people said the Meacham peas were the best peas, with the best flavor and color of all the green peas in the entire nation. This is probably attributed to the local soil, climate and Meachams owning their own pea harvesting equipment. Meacham peas could be harvested at the optimal time, not when the equipment owned by the processing plant could get there.
Bud and Dave had a number of full-time employees from before World War II into the '70s. Of note because of the length of their service were George Marshal, A.N. (Nels) Boyer, Swede Perkins, Jim Hill and Allen Maynard. In addition, seasonal tractor drivers from Lapwai, such as Moffett Johnson and Art Moore Sr., came every spring and fall to help with the field work. These men all did the work of making the farm a success. They were spoken of often and were all greatly appreciated.
In 1972 Dave, Doris and Janie moved to Nezperce because of a change in the farming operation. He and Doris lived in Nezperce until 1985, when he built a home in Lewiston in which he and Doris would live out their retirement. In February, Dave moved to the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston because of health issues.
In retirement, he and Doris spent a number of summers traveling with the Road Runners RV group. They then parked the RV at ALACCA Bible Camp at Harpster, where he and Doris spent several summers volunteering in the kitchen, Doris mostly cooking and Dave mostly washing dishes. After retirement, Dave took a trip by himself to Alaska, traveling in a small Nissan pickup truck and camping out of a canopy on the back of the truck. Dave and Doris enjoyed snow-skiing with their good friends George and Peggy Stedman, boating and water skiing with friends in the slackwater behind the old Washington Water Power dam and using the log boom as a dock. He and Doris once traveled with a group in their 16-foot boat to the Pacific Ocean. Having helped Richard Law build a float house on Hidden Bay near Plummer, the family was able to spend some time after harvest "at the lake." He also took the family to the Oregon Coast a number of times, to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, the Seattle World's Fair and Yellowstone Park. Toward the end of his life, he enjoyed watching football, baseball, basketball and the farming channel on his big-screen TV.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Hulburt (Harry), George, Howard (Bud), Irma, Gordon and Eugene; his wife, Doris; and son Rick. He is survived by his children, Steve, Scott and Jane; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
David was a member of the Lewiston Orchards Nazarene Church and enjoyed attending Sunday service even after moving to the veterans home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mountain View Funeral Home, with Pastor Curt Blackwill officiating. Memorials may be made to the Orchards Nazarene Church or to the Idaho State Veterans Home.
The family would like to thank the people at the veterans home for their outstanding kindness and wonderful care. And a thank you to Kay Johnson, dad's faithful "Girl Friday," who was a great help to him before and after his move to the veterans home. Her willingness to give of her time was such a blessing to him and the family. Visit Mountain View's online guest book at www.mtviewfuneralhome.com.
Grandson David Meacham and spouse Doris both pass away in 2014. Only two daughter- in- laws Billie Meacham and Pearl Meacham are living.
Doris Fern Herndon Meacham
Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:00 am
Doris Fern Herndon Meacham
Doris Fern Herndon Meacham passed from this life into the presence of Jesus on March 27, 2014. As the Scripture says, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."
Doris was born March 1, 1926, at the family farm on the west breaks of Cottonwood Creek canyon, about seven miles north of Culdesac. She and her siblings, Merle, John, Lewis (Mick), Donald and Gladys, were all born to Leslie and Grace Tupper Herndon at the family farm house. As a child, she walked or rode on horseback to the one-room schools on Cottonwood Creek and North Tom Beall Road. Beginning in the fifth grade, she rode in the back of a pickup truck equipped with a canvas tarp canopy to Culdesac to attend school. At Culdesac, she played on the girl's basketball team, played trumpet in the band and graduated as the school salutatorian. She attended one year at the University of Idaho, where she studied art.
She married David Willard Meacham on Sept. 1, 1946, at the Lewiston Christian Church on Seventh Avenue. Doris and David made their home on Middle Tom Beall Road until 1970. They then moved to Nezperce because David and his brother, Howard, divided their farming operation and David and Doris moved to be closer to their land holdings, which were all on the Camas Prairie. They lived in Nezperce until 1985, when they then moved to their final residence in Lewiston. Doris and David had four children, Steven David (Steve), Scott Leslie, Eric Milo (Rick), and Jane Ellen.
Doris would be categorized as a homemaker, but she was also a seamstress and an artist, creating many sets for church productions, numerous oil paintings and toll-painted furniture treasured by family members. She was a dedicated church worker, serving as a Sunday school teacher, a Sunday school superintendent, a Presbyter, a church board member, a camp counselor and a camp cook. She was an amateur architect, designing three of the four houses she lived in after marriage. The last house in Lewiston was drawn so proficiently, the plan she drew was accepted by the Lewiston Building Department as the official building plan and stamped as such.
Her 88th birthday on March 1 of this year was celebrated with a gathering of family and friends at the Idaho State Veterans Home at Lewiston, where David now resides. Doris succumbed to complications of injuries she received in a fall March 19. She passed away at Tri-State Memorial Hospital. Her husband and children were with her, having been summoned just an hour before she passed on.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Grace; brothers Merle and Mick Herndon; and son Rick (survived by spouse Karen). She is survived by her husband, David; and children Steven (Linda), Scott (Terry), and Jane Johnson (Jerry); 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; stepmother Margret Herndon; sister Gladys Kendrick; and brothers John and Don Herndon.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery. Interment and a meal will follow the funeral.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Here is a picture of Sylvia and Dick Wallen with their daughter Jenny Koenig who is a great great granddaughter of Alexander and Emma Doak. They are dressed for the Grammy's. Jenny and her husband Jason didn't win but their video was better than some who won in my opinion. I also bet they were among the most wholesome looking people there. Sylvia and Dick are the parents of two daughters, Jenny and Stephani. They have taught school their whole lives and are recently retired.
They are amazing parents.
They are amazing parents.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Jason also is a remarkable photographer. They reside in the Gig Harbor/Tacoma Washington area.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
On the last day of the LDS mission to West Virginia, David and Linda Meacham Lindsey visited the graves of many relatives. It was memorial day and when the couple set out on the adventure the sky was dark and a storm was looming. David insisted they carry on since they were already part way there when the sky became so dark. Linda was thrilled with the experience and so glad they continued. It was quite by accident or providence that they were able to find the first graveyard which is unmarked and through some trees and through a lovely farm of the now Helmick family. They were only the 2nd people to visit the site in all the years that the Helmicks owned the amazingly beautiful farm with rolling hills and 2 ponds that had once belonged to the Howard family. They guided us through their corral and up the hay field which had a mowed path up to the graveyard. The graveyard had only about 8 graves. Samuel Howard and Charlotte Hicks, Emma Elizabeth Howard Doak's grandparents are buried there.
The four graveyards we found were either on highway 18 between Middleborne and West Union or within about 3 miles of the highway so it was very convenient.
The second graveyard was in the town of Alma at the Baptist church cemetery.
William Gregg and Elizabeth Thomas Gregg are buried here in a lovely church graveyard. I couldn't find Emma Doak's parents buried here but we were short of time and not sure where they are buried. They died of smallpox when Emma was just 4 years old. Her grandparents William and Elizabeth Gregg raised them ( the children who didn't die of smallpox).
The next graveyard we visited was the Arnold's creek cemetery where 3 generations of our Doak ancestors are buried. We found Alexander's parents Hamilton and Martha Ann Freeman Doak and his grandparents Alexander and Eliza Ireland's graves here. Both graves are broken off and laying on the ground. If anyone would like to do something for their graves to replace the stone, etc. it would be appreciated by so many including the wonderful lady Frances Hurst who faithfully keeps the graveyard moved without