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The Onecho Cemetery index lists individuals interred at the Onecho Cemetery located in Almota, Whitman County, Washington. Death dates on the markers range from 1876-2009. 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.
Onecho Cemetery is located at Lat: 46° 45' 01"N, Lon: 117° 28' 39"W T15N R42E Sec 36
11361 Almota Road
Colfax WA 99111
There are 316 individuals listed in this index.
This index is in English.
This index is open for research.
Abbreviations used in the index:
d/o = dau of
h/o = husband of
s/by = stone by, usually like stones
s/o = s/o
s/w = stone with
sss = shares surname stone
w/o = wife of
* = no photo
S = South Section
N = North Section
M = Middle Section
Notes from transcriber Maggie Rail, Jul 24, 2006, last edited Mar 23, 2011:
“To reach cemetery as you are driving south on Hwy 194 (Alamota Rd) southwest from Colfax for about 10 miles. Turn onto 8230 Long Hollow Road at 8000 Almota Rd. You can see the church on your left. Turn right and continue on the gravel road, watching for the cemetery on your right in about 1.5 mile.”
“The cemetery faces west and is atop a slight hill. The sign is on the main road with a short entry road, leading to the cemetery. There are three main sections to this cemetery, which I tried to show, but I did not number the rows.”
”The Onecho Cemetery began as a simple burial site by the early settlers when the area was still part of the Oregon territory. The first burial was Lizzie Tompkins in 1876, with many others before it was officially established as a cemetery. When Washington became a state in 1889 this section of land was designated as school land and owned by the state.”
“In 1903 Charles W Johnson purchased 8 acres for $84.00 from the state which included this burial land. In 1905, after the Onecho Cemetery Association was incorporated, Mr Johnson deeded this land to the Onecho Cemetery Association. In 1910 it has been 105 years since the association was established. The name Onecho came from the pioneer post office run by Mr. J.R. Wicks, who was known as "The Father of Onecho."
“Much has happened to the cemetery during all those years. It now has been developed into a perpetual care cemetery and is very well maintained, which includes a well for the sprinkler system, improved landscaping and entrance road. It has remained self sufficient all these years. It is listed in Plat book F, page 13, in the county courthouse in Colfax WA.”
“The records listed with an asterisk * following them, are from a transcription done by Wes & Carrie Lartique, in Sept of 1973. If after that date it is from an obit and I have no photo. Some of the information comes from sexton records.”
”I visited and walked this cemetery on Jul 03, 2006. There was evidence of more burials. I suspect I did not find all of the existing markers, or perhaps they no longer exist. I have a photo of most stones.”
Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Onecho 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, March 2011.