JOHN B. MOSER (obituary Feburary 1939, Daily Record)
J. B. Moser, 74, a resident of Ellensburg for nearly 32 years, and one of the city's prominent business men for over 30 years, died last night after four and one-half years of illness. He suffered a stroke early in July 1934, and has never been well since. The funeral will be at the Honeycutt chapel at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon.
He was born August 22, 1864, at Rolla, Missouri, the son of John B. and Susan Moser. He leaves his wife, Brookie May Duty Moser, a son, John B. Moser Jr. of Ellesnburg, who continues the business, two daughters, Mrs. J. L. (Celesta) Skoog of Seattle, and Mrs. John Kenny (Florence) Smith of Reno, Nevada, and four grandsons.
He was educated at Kinnard College, Missouri and for two years taught school, between his years of college work.
He was married to Brookie May Duty at Raton, New Mexico, August 24, 1896.
His entire life since he graduated from college has been in mercantile work in several states. In 1888 as a young many he opened a store at Trinidad, Colorado, and in 1893 he took a stock of goods to Enid, Oklahoma, when the opening of the Indian lands caused the great rush of homeseekers. For a time his mercantile store occupied one of the two frame buildings in that town. The other was a drug store, but all other businesses were operated in tents. He saw that town grow from a tent village to a city and when the film Cimmaron was shown here, he went to see it twice and told his friends how accurately it depicted the famous land rush.
He was also for some time one of the managers for the Mistrot Bros. department stores in Texas and other parts of the southwest. He also operated a large department store at East Las Vegas, New Mexico, for several years, prior to coming to Ellensburg. While there he suffered from an infected foot, which caused general blood poisoning and finally was forced to give up his business and move to another climate in search of health. He spent some time at the Hot Springs and finally came west to Seattle. With him and his family came Wigfall Ross, who had been associated with Mr. Moser in his stores for many years, and who after Mr. Moser became ill in Los Vegas, lived at his home.
They lived in Seattle for some time, while Mr. Moser endeavored to regain his health, but docutors told him he must go to a climate where there was more sunshine. He visited Ellensburg, Yakima and Spokane in 1907 and later decided to locate in Ellensburg. The family lived here for a year before he went again into business but in 1908 with his health much better, he decided to open a men's clothing store. That year he established The Hub Clothing store, the second door from Third street on Pearl. Mr. Ross was associated with him from the start of the undertaking.
In 1920 Mr. Moser bought the A. C. Spaulding clothing store in the same block, located where the Home Market is located today. Later he occupied the room now occupied by the Bostic Drug store and finally the present location. Seven years ago he opened the Moser Shoe store, which was discontinued last spring. Last week the dissolution of the partnership of 40 years between Mr. Moser and Mr. Ross was announced. Mr. Ross taking over The Hub and Mr. Moser's family retailing the Moser store.
The funeral will be at Honeycut at 2 o'clock Monday, with Rev. William Thompson of the Presbyterian Church in charge and interment at the Odd Fellows' cemetery. He was also a member of the Knights Templar. Members of the Mason's lodge have been asked to gather at the Masonic temple at 1 pm and will have charge of the services at the cemetery.
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