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RANKIN, John Ransby, obituary

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RANKIN, John Ransby, obituary

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Surnames: RANKIN, JOHNSON, McLAIN,
The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., April 4, 1919, page 2

JOHN R. RANKIN PASSES AWAY

John Ransby Rankin, one of the best known pioneers of Klickitat county who played an important part in the early development of the White Salmon country, died in Goldendale on Tuesday morning of this week at the age of 73. He was born in Indiana county, Penn. in 1846. He came to Hood River, Ore., in 1883 and then moved to White Salmon in 1892. Here he became one of the prominent men of this district and county, was elected county commissioner and served one term in that office, served two terms as assessor, and fire warden eight years.

When he came to White Salmon in the early days Mr. Rankin bought the Gurt Palmer place and there built the house now better known as the Shurte residence. He operated a ferry across the Columbia and became the pioneer ferryman.

Under his supervision the White Salmon dock was built on what was then known as the Rankin landing. He and the late T. Wyers, Sr., were very active in those days in the development of White Salmon, and they also built the dock road. Mr. Rankin was also instrumental in securing modern boats on the river. He moved to Goldendale in recent years.
Mrs. Rankin died in 1901 and the following children survive him: -- Bert of Medford, Ore., Will of Bingen, Hulda Johnson of Seattle, Clarence of Seattle, Mrs. Chestie McLain of Arlington, and George of this city.

Mr. Rankin was a charter member of the Artisan lodge of this city, and carried a $2,000 policy in that order. The funeral was held in Goldendale Wednesday.

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The Klickitat County Agriculturist, Goldendale, WA., April 4, 1919, page 1

J.R. RANKIN DIES SUDDENLY AT HIS HOME

J.R. Rankin, one of the oldest pioneers of Klickitat county, passed away very suddenly early Tuesday morning, April 1st, 1919, from a stroke of paralysis. The funeral was held from the Chapman Chapel, on Thursday afternoon, Rev. Louis Thomas, pastor of the Goldendale Methodist church, officiating at the services.

J.R. Rankin was elected county commissioner from the west end, or first district, for the two-year term beginning in January, 1897. At that time he was a farmer, near White Salmon. After serving his term as county commissioner, he was chosen by the republican party as their candidate for county assessor, and easily elected. At the next general election he was again selected as the candidate, elected, and served for two years more. His work as a assessor was highly creditable, and showed find business ability.

He was a man of influence in the community, fair and honorable in all his dealings with his fellow men, and enjoyed the confidence and respect of all with whom he associated in a business or social way.

Mr. Rankin is survived by his widow, and several children. A more extended obituary will follow later.

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The Klickitat County Agriculturist, Goldendale, WA., April 11, 1919, page 1

TOOK ACTIVE PART IN WESTERN KLICKITAT

John R. Rankin, of Goldendale, whose death was chronicled in our last issue, took an important part in the early development of the White Salmon country. Mr. Rankin, who was in the 74th year of his age, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1846. He came to Hood River, Oregon, in 1883, and then moved to White Salmon in 1892. Here he became one of the prominent men of that district, serving as county commissioner and county assessor; and later was a fire warden for eight years.

When he came to White Salmon in the early days, says the Enterprise, Mr. Rankin bought the Gurt Palmer place, and there built the house and now better known as the Shurte residence. He operated a ferry across the Columbia, and became the pioneer ferryman.

Under Mr. Rankin's supervision, the White Salmon dock was built on what was then known as the Rankin landing. He, and the late T. Wyers, Sr., were very active those days in the development of White Salmon. They also built the dock road. Mr. Rankin was also instrumental in securing modern boats on the river. He moved to Goldendale in recent years.

Mrs. Rankin died in 1901, and the following children survive him: Bert Rankin, of Medford, Oregon; Will Rankin, of Bingen; Hulda Johnson, of Seattle; Clarence Rankin, of Seattle; Mrs. Chestie McLain, of Arlington, Oregon; and George Rankin, of White Salmon.

Mr. Rankin was a charter member of the Artisan lodge of White Salmon, and carried a $2000 policy in that order.

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