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Obituary of Anne E. O. Markgraf Ward
I, Anne Emielie Otillie Markgraf better known as “Annie”, was born on the Fourth of July, 1922 at ranch Panakanic in Klickitat County, Washington. My parents were Charles F. and LuDell Bertschi Markgraf, both of whose parents were pioneers of the Camas Prairie area. My older siblings attended the one-room, eight-grade, board-and-batten school in the Panakanic Valley. My sister Emily and I were the first of our family to begin our educations at White Salmon; she in 1926 and myself in 1928. Although from the age of four years I no longer had two feet on the ground, I was an energetic and alert tomboy and kept up with my classmates and life in general. After graduation from CUHS in the spring 1940, I worked for Gladden Motor Company, the telephone office and the U.S. Post Office, all in White Salmon. When my friend George, (who had taught here from the fall in 1940 to 1942) returned from service in Africa and Italy with the U.S. Army we were married in December 1946 in Pullman, Washington. We spent our wedding night in the men’s dorm at Pullman as it was Christmas break. From that time on I, naturally, led a dual life. “We” received our Masters Degree in Botany from Washington State University in 1948, and “our” Doctorate in Biology at Stanford University in 1952. At Stanford, California, we also received our Mom and Pop Degrees with the arrival of two daughters. Between and among carrying for a husband, rearing children, managing the household, moving thirteen times, mounting herbarium specimens, typing theses, being a Girl Scout Troop leader, chaperoning students, being an active member of Knox Facility Wives, swimming in the Knox pool, working with groups interested in ecology, traveling a bit, running for a Knox County political office, re-learning to use prostheses, presidenting the local League of Women Voters, and researching genealogy and allied history in libraries, courthouses and cemeteries. I attended classes at Washington State University and at Knox College –not graduating, but enjoying the broadened perspectives that are the reward of continuing education. We lived in Galesburg, Illinois from 1954 until 1982 when George retired as Professor of Biology after teaching for 28 years at Knox College. Knox is a liberal arts college which was established in 1837 on a rise in the wet-land, high-grass prairie of the mid-west. I was amazed and delighted to discover that my great- great- uncle and –aunts had matriculated at Knox during the 1840’s and 1850s, and were probably present at the Lincoln-Douglas debates held at Knox. Upon returning to the “hills of home” in Washington State we assisting each other in constructing a post and beam, one-floor house, set in the midst of western evergreens. George and I were part of the organizers that formed the West Klickitat County Historical Society and opened our first museum, the Gorge Heritage Museum. We both served on the Board for the next 15 years, collecting and preserving local history of this wonderful area. With the passing of my dear George in 2003 I began putting pen to paper and writing the stories of the rich history of Klickitat County. I continued to live in our home near Trout Lake and enjoy the country life. As I reached into my early 90’s I knew it was time to move closer to medical facilities and my long time doctor in White Salmon. I had a smaller home built for me as I now spent much of my days in a wheelchair. I also wanted to be closer to the museum so I could continue my research in their files. I even was reelected to the Board of the West Klickitat County Historical Society for a couple of years as I remained independent. I am survived by my dear daughter Dr. Barbara Ward and her husband Alex and my precious grandchildren Rebecca and Ben of Wellington, New Zealand. Donations to the West Klickitat County Historical Society, PO Box 394, Bingen, WA. 98605 would be appreciated to continue the preservation of local history. I passed in my own home in White Salmon, spending 98 years 9 months and 13 days on this earth.
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