Perry Summers

ID#  1528, (1863-1938)
     Perry Summers was born in 1863 in Tulare County, California.1 He married Lillian Augusta Graves, daughter of Roswell Graves and Eugenia C Clapp, on 25 February 1893 in Alturas, Modoc County, California. He died on 18 July 1938 in Tonasket, Okanogan County, Washington.2,3 He was buried on 20 July 1938 in Tonasket Cemetery, Tonasket, Okanogan County, WashingtonG.3

Perry's obituary in the Tonasket Times on 22 July 1938 read:
"Death Call For Perry Summers ... Long Time Resident This County Succumbs To Heart Ailment.
Passing of Perry Summers last Monday at his home in Tonasket brought to a close a long and eventful career. Death was due to a heart ailment of several months duration. Born in Tulare county, California in 1863, Mr. Summers spent the major portion of his life in that state, where he was connected with the livestock industry. His many thrilling experiences as a range rider in the northern part of California were incidents that he treasured in memory and loved to recount, especially to others who had been in the same business. His heart was still in that work even after failing health compelled his retirement to a more leisurely life. Coming to Washington in 1910 Mr. and Mrs. Summers spent their first year in this state at Everett. They then removed to the Wauconda district where for the following eleven years Mr. Summers engaged in his favorite vocation of stock raising. Due to failing health Mr. Summers came to Tonasket in 1922 and purchased a small orchard tract on Railroad avenue, where, with his family he resided up to the time of his death. He lived a quiet and rather retired life here. He was known to many, however, as a man of strict integrity in all his dealings with others, and during all his long illness and intense sufferings he never lost faith in the justice and mercy of God. Mr. Summers leaves to mourn his passing, his widow, Mrs. Lilian Summers; a daughter, Mrs. M. L. Reavis of Prescott, Washington; a son, Guy Summers, of Tonasket; two brothers, James Summers of Bieber, Lassen county, California, and Andrew Summers, of Antioch, California; three sisters, Mrs. Ida Lamburth and Mrs. Emma Dunlap of McArthur, California, and Mrs. Lizzie Ingram of San Francisco. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 with Rev. Robert J. Allen and Rev. Wayne Rideout in charge. Mrs. J. C. Piester, Mrs. J. E. Smith, Ralph Pheasant and Claude Barker, as a quartet, sang "Whispering Hope" and "Abide With Me." Mrs. F. J. May was at the piano. There were many beautiful floral offerings. Graveside services were in charge of the Odd Fellows, of which order Mr. Summers had been a member for many years. Pallbearers were Al Simons, Arthur Rounds, Dr. R. S. Nelson, C. N. Merrill, Pat Averill and Ed Rounds."1,3

Last Edited=11 Aug 2019

Children of Perry Summers and Lillian Augusta Graves


  1. [S542] Barbara Hill, database report, 10 Jul 2003, Berkeley, California. FTM report "Descendants of Elias CLAPP."
  2. [S542] Barbara Hill, database report, 10 Jul 2003, Berkeley, California. FTM report "Descendants of Elias CLAPP", Perry Summers' obituary.
  3. [S2009] Various Contributors, Perry Summers, Find A Grave Memorial # 43328443, Database and images (
  4. [S45] Barbara Hill, "Rev Graves Family," e-mail message from e-mail address (Berkeley, California) to Faye West, 9 Mar 2002.