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George Minielly, 63, well known Kittitas Valley resident, fell dead yesterday [October 27, 1941] afternoon on the Clint Garrison ranch on Route 1, where he was operating a hay baler. He was standing on a wagon when he suddenly toppled over, apparently dying almost instantly from a heart attack or an attack of apoplexy.

A resident of the valley for nearly half a century, Minielly formerly had farmed and for many years had operated a baler. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Addie Minielly, and a daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Fray, both of Ellensburg, and a son, Stanley Minielly, of Hermiston, Ore.

He was born February 4, 1872, in Watford, Ontario, Canada. He left home at the age of 15 years and came west to Fairhaven, Wash. He spent some time in Orcas Island and in 1893 went to Indiana and Oklahoma and Kansas City. He returned to Tacoma and then went to the Yakima Valley, where he worked for two years before moving to the Kittitas Valley in 1896. Here he bought a hay press, which he has operated in season ever since. In 1889 he bought a 40-acre farm on the West Side and lived there until 1916, when he sold the farm and moved to Ellensburg.

He was married December 25, 1898, to Addie Ellen Ferguson, a native of the Kittitas Valley. Funeral services were held at the Honeycutt Chapel Thursday afternoon at 8 o’clock, with Rev. W. H. Thompson officiating. Funeral arrangements were held up pending arrival of the son from Oregon. [Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery].