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The Bethel Cemetery index lists individuals interred at the Bethel Cemetery in Steptoe, Whitman County, Washington. See photos. Death dates on the markers range from 1882-2010. Index information about an individual may include name, birth date, birth place, death date, and names of family members. Index data was compiled by Maggie Rail, a member of the Washington State Cemetery Association who has transcribed over 400 cemeteries since 1993.
Bethel Cemetery is located at Lat: 47° 00' 19"N, Lon: 117° 20' 46"W T17N R43E Sec 2
There are 1,125 individuals listed in this index.
This index is in English.
This index is open for research.
Abbreviations used in this index:
b. = born
d. = died
d/o = dau of
h/o = husb of
M&M = Mr & Mrs
s/by = stone by, like stones
s/o = son of
s/w = stone with
sss = shares surname stone
w/o = wife of
* = no photo
DC = death certificate
S = South Section
N = North Section
M = Middle Section
Notes from transcriber Maggie Rail, July 04, 2006, updated Feb 09, 2011:
“Driving south on Hwy 195 from Thornton WA, when you reach Steptoe, turn east/left onto Scholz Rd and continue for .3mi. Cemetery will be seen on left side of road, on a hillside. The town of Steptoe is situated just north of where Hwy 23 intersects with Hwy 195.”
“This cemetery was established in 1882, however County court house records state it was established on Jun 21, 1884. That was probably the date they recorded it. “The cemetery contains 3 acres and is an endowment care cemetery, owned and maintained by the Bethel Cemetery Association in Steptoe WA. I found it in excellent condition.”
“The records listed with an asterisk * following them, are from work done by Wes & Carrie Lartique, in May of 1973 and I found no marker or stone for them. If death date is after 1973, I obtained it from an obit. I also obtained listings for deaths since 2006 from Wanda Alderman, the previous sexton.”
“I visited and walked this cemetery on Jul 03, 2006, using a digital camera. And transcribed from photos.
Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Bethel Cemetery Index, Office of Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].
Source: Index and transcription notes were donated to the Washington State Archives by Maggie Rail, Historical Records Project, February 2011.