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1932 Sarah (Sadie) ASSAD BROOTEN

Sadie was born 28 Apr 1914 in Spokane to Joseph and Alice M (AYOB) ASSAD. She married Kenneth Edward BROOTEN Sr on 22 July 1940 at Kellogg; widowed 1958; mother of Ken '60, Barbara '62, Bernadette J ('69) & Kent '72 BROOTEN. Sadie died 2 July 2007 at Cd'A; see her obituary.
For an article about Sadie's life, history and family, read "Her long life getting even richer", published in the Spokesman-Review 22 Nov 2003. For record of public service, see Sadie's class listing.

1960 Kenneth E BROOTEN Jr

Class president. Golden Gloves boxer. Military veteran. Born Married 14 Jul 2001 to Judy ROBINETTE, Times-News Publisher (1987-2003), Hendersonville NC. Served as Special Counsel to the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1976-77, investigating the MLK Jr & JFK murders. Retired attorney; formerly practiced International Law and other specialties in Bascom FL. Author of (medical) "Malpractice: A guide to avoidance & treatment" (1987). See his obituary

Barbara JOB, 2007

1962 Barbara BROOTEN

Married Tom JOB, lives Piedmont CA.

(1969?) Bernadette Joan BROOTEN

Born Jan 1951. Bernadette got a full scholarship to the University of Portland and went there after her sophomore year at IHM. She graduated PhD Harvard. She has taught at Claremont, Tübingen, Harvard Divinity and University of Oslo. She is Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies and director of the Feminist Sexual Ethics Web Project at Brandeis University, and is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Ford Foundation grant on sexual ethics and religious traditions. She is the author of Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism (University of Chicago Press, 1996), and an article in Commentary, How our minds have changed: a historical view of same-sex love. For a photo and full list of awards and honors, click the "Professor" link above. For a full CV, start at her web page.

(1972) Kent Edmond ("Murphy") BROOTEN

Kent was class president at CHS (1971-72). Lives at Kent (no relation) WA.


In 1910, Joseph ASSAD, 39 Turkey (Syria), was farming on land he owned without mortgage near Cataldo. Joseph immigrated in 1898, and is a naturalized citizen. Also in the household is Allice ASSED, 20 Turkey (Syria), a cousin, who was a cook for a private family. --28 Apr 1910, Mission pct, Kootenai Co ID ED165 p6B. Joseph's brother, Eli ASSAD, age 37 Turkey (Syria), was a house carpenter, and lived in the Cd'A Nat'l Forest near Cataldo. He immigrated in 1900, and is naturalized. He owned his farm without mortgage, and had a nephew, Eli JURDY, 18, living with him. --9 May 1910, Mission pct, Kootenai Co ID, ED165 p11A [47]. Eli died in 1910 of tuberculosis and is buried at the Mission.
In 1920, Sadie, age 5, lived with her mother in Spirit Lake. The family included "Ellice" ASSAD, widow, age 28, from (Lebanon) Syria; Sadie, 5 WA, and uncle Ameen ASSAD, 32 Syria, farmer. He is listed as "brother" to Alice, and immigrated in 1906, as did Alice. --9 Feb 1920, Spirit Lake, Kootenai, Idaho, ED191 p1A [69/225].
In 1930, Sadie and her mother still lived in Spirit Lake, renting for $8. The family had no radio, and comprised Alice, 39 Syria, widow; and "Alace" (Sadie), 15 WA. --7 Apr 1930, Spirit Lake, Kootenai Co ID, ED56 p3B.
Joseph ASSAD died 11 Aug 1915, while working log booms at Rose Lake Lumber. Sadie was one year old.
Alice M ASSAD, born 20 Apr 1889, migrated to the USA in 1906, and was naturalized in 1910. She died 27 Dec 1955 at Cataldo.

Her long life getting even richer

from the Spokesman Review, (Spokane), 22 Nov 2003, by Marlo Faulkner
SADIE BROOTEN'S PARENTS emigrated from Lebanon to the United States a century ago in search of the American dream. They found a life of hardship and promise as homesteaders in North Idaho.
As Brooten approaches another Thanksgiving and her 90th year, she tells her life story with gratitude.
Her father, Joseph Assad, a giant of a man, arrived in America through Ellis Island in the late 19th century. He tried many trades, including running a restaurant in Pocatello, before putting his belongings in a wooden wagon and setting off on a quest for land in the Idaho Panhandle.
He and his brother Eli found two plots available along Fern Creek in Fourth of July Canyon. In the core of Lebanese families living in Spokane, Joseph met a young woman and married.
Born at home in Spokane on April 28, 1914, Saidi Assad was named for her maternal grandmother. Joseph, Alice and Eli moved to the Fern Creek homestead with the baby, Saidi.
"My dad was an adventurer," says Sadie Brooten. "He loved life and wanted the best for his family. He took a job with the Rose Lake Lumber Company on their millpond. He took the job because it paid more to work the floating logs, even though he couldn't swim."
The girl's father drowned when she was 1, leaving Uncle Eli to care for the family.
The young Saidi attended the one-room Canyon School, where the teacher renamed her Sadie. "She thought it was more American," Sadie says.
When Uncle Eli took a job with the railroad in Spirit Lake, the family moved. Then, Spirit Lake was a boom town with 3,000 people. "They had the railroad shop, the mill and a box factory. And a big Catholic Church," Sadie says.
Alice Assad (locals pronounced it "Acid") had back problems, and from Sadie's sixth-grade year to her freshman year, her mother was in bed. "I did the cooking and chopping, built the fire, went to school, washed the clothes on a washboard," she says. "When she had back surgery at Sacred Heart in Spokane and was in the hospital for five months, I kept things going at home."
In 1930, the railroad closed their shop, and Uncle Eli went to work for the Winton Lumber Co. in Coeur d'Alene. The family settled in Gibbs, a separate village split by Lincoln Way. Brooten transferred to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy.
Uncle Eli died of tuberculosis and was buried at Cataldo Mission, in keeping with the family's Catholic faith.
... There's more, in the original article, no longer freely available on the web.


Kenneth E BROOTEN (1910-1958) was born in Minnesota to Edward and Alma (SIMONSON) BROOTEN.
In 1895, Edward, 21 MN, lived with his parents and siblings in Stearns Co MN. His parents are ? Lee (53) and Mary (39) BROOTEN, of Norway, residents of MN for 23 years. 6 Jul 1895 North Fork twp, p 29
In 1900, Edward, 24, b Jun 1875, was a farm laborer, boarding with the Lewis NELSON family in Clay Co MN--22 Jun 1900, Holy Cross twp, ED300 p2B.
In 1910, Edward, 34, a packer for a wholesale drug co, married 5 years, lived in Hennepin Co MN, with wife Alma, 21 MN (parents b Norway), and their first child, Ivan, 3 IA. --15 Apr 1910 Minneapolis 8th ward, ED145 p2A.
In 1920, the family rented at 510 Kinney Ave N in Thief River Falls MN, and comprised: Edward, 44, house carpenter; Alma, 31; Kenneth, 9; Loyd 6; Evelyn 2y2mo; all b MN. --7 Jan 1920, Pennington Co MN, ED178 p5B.
In 1930, the family resided in Cd'A, and comprised: Edward, 54 MN (parents b Norway), house carpenter, married age 29; Alma, 41 MN (parents b Norway), married age 17; Kenneth, 19 MN, sawmill laborer; Lloyd, 16 MN; Evelyn, 12 MN; Bernice, 6 ID; Floyd, 1 ID. They owned their home at 525 Harrison Ave, and had a radio. --9 Apr 1930 Cd'A, ED15 p4B
Alma (SIMONSON) BROOTEN, b 15 Jun 1888 MN, died Mar 1968 in Cd'A.
Kenneth E BROOTEN Sr, b 30 Oct 1910 MN, died c29 May 1958 Cd'A, and is buried in
St Thomas cemetery.
Lloyd J BROOTEN, b 23 Jul 1913 MN, died 11 May 2000. Floyd V BROOTEN, b 10 Apr 1929 ID, d Jun 1992.
Bernice BROOTEN, b 14 Feb 1924 at Cd'A, married Robert W WASHBURN ( 1923 - 1989), and died, age 83, at Cd'A on 4 Jun 2007. --Cd'A Press obituary.
Evelyn BROOTEN married --- WOODRUFF, and lives [2007] in Woodburn OR.
Sadie (ASSAD '32) BROOTEN married Kenneth E BROOTEN Sr on 22 Jul 1940 at Kellogg ID. She died 2 Jul 2007 at Cd'A. See her newspaper obituary.


Sadie (ASSAD '32) BROOTEN, 1914 ~ 2007

Sadie J BROOTEN, 93, died on 2 July 2007 in Cd'A. She was born in Spokane on 28 April 1914 to Joseph and Alice M (AYOB) ASSAD, immigrants from Lebanon. They homesteaded on Fern Creek in 4th of July Canyon, and moved to Cd'A in 1930.
Sadie married Kenneth E BROOTEN Sr in Kellogg on 22 June 1940, and raised four children. Sadie served as Kootenai County Administrator of Senior Services 1971-1980, and started the first Senior Centers in Coeur d'Alene, Rathdrum, Post Falls, and Spirit Lake, and the Meals on Wheels programs at Rose Lake.
Sadie received the following awards: 1976 Joe Kappler-National Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Award; 1985 Idaho Mother of the Year Award; 1989 American Cancer Society Quality of Life Service Idaho State Award; 1999 RSVP North Idaho "Deep appreciation Honor" for 22 years of service; 2005 Catholic Daughter of the Year Award. She was a 59-year member of the Catholic Daughters.
Sadie is survived by sons Kenneth E '60 BROOTEN Jr, Florida; Kent E BROOTEN, Kent WA; daughters, Barbara A (BROOTEN '62) JOB, Piedmont CA, and Bernadette J BROOTEN, Cambridge MA; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Grace Katherine BROOKS. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth on 28 May 1958.
Memorials to Lake City Senior Center, or Susan G KOMEN Foundation for the Cure. Funeral at St Thomas, burial in St Thomas cemetery.
Cd'A Press obituary    |    Sadie '32    |    SSDI: 539-14-2643    |    English funeral home memorial    |    Spokesman-Review obituary

Kenneth Edward '60 BROOTEN, 1942 ~ 2020

Kenneth Edward Brooten Jr, 77, formerly of Gainesville, Fl, passed away in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Friday, January 17, 2020 from pancreatic cancer.
Raised in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He attended University of Florida's College of Law (JD,1975), with diplomas in international law and trade from Trinity College, the University of Cambridge, England, and the Institute of Legal Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland (1974). A Martindale-Hubbell, 'AV Pre-eminent' trial attorney, he practiced in Washington D.C., Gainesville, Fla., and Winter Park, Fla. In 1976, he was appointed to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations, serving as special counsel, and then chief counsel. He was sole trial counsel in the U.S. for Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom (1990). A prolific writer, he penned over 300 articles on legal medicine and international law, wrote for television, Simon and Simon (1987), and authored, 'The Grand Jury' (1984), and 'Malpractice: A Guide to Avoidance and Treatment' (1987). A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he was a member of St. Luke's Church (Anglican).
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Judy (nee Robinette); son, (Dr.) Justin (Amy), of Winston-Salem, N.C., daughter, Michelle (Scott) of Valdosta, Ga., and grandchildren, Grace, Grant, James and Emma. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020, 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Church (Anglican), Blue Ridge, Ga. Donations may be made in his honor to Trellis Supportive Care (www.trellissupport.org) of Winston-Salem, N.C.
Kenneth Edward Brooten Jr., 77, of Blue Ridge, Ga., went to be with his Heavenly Father at Trellis Supportive Care, Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, from pancreatic cancer.
He was born in Kirkland, Wash., to Kenneth E. Brooten Sr., and Sadie (Née Assad). His relatives emigrated from Lebanon, homesteading in Fourth of July Canyon in northern Idaho. He grew up on the family farm in Cougar Gulch, south of Coeur d’Alene. In 1960, he graduated from IHM Academy. He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard, receiving an honorable discharge (1968) after eight years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.
His career with the U.S. Congress began in 1962 with the 87th Congress. From 1962 to 1967 he worked on Capitol Hill serving as special aide, special assistant, and special legislative assistant to several representatives including, U.S. Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez of Texas.
In 1967, he became a hospital administrator for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla., while attending the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor’s in journalism (1970), and master’s in journalism and international law (1972), earning highest honors with both degrees. In 1972, he briefly attended the University of Idaho’s College of Law in Moscow, Idaho, before graduating from the University of Florida’s College of Law, earning his Juris Doctor (1975) and diplomas in international law and trade (1974) from Trinity College, The University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, and the Institute of Legal Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.
He was accepted to the Florida Bar and District of Columbia Bar, with practices in Washington D.C., Gainesville, and Winter Park. He was among Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the World (1995-2015) with a Martindale-Hubbell “AV Pre-eminent” national rating since 1984. During his 42-plus years as a national and international trial lawyer, he argued appellate cases before the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits, before the Supreme Court of Florida, and before the First, Fourth, and Fifth District Courts of Appeal of Florida. He tried to verdict of a jury hundreds of cases in state and federal courts.
In 1976, he was appointed to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations where he served as special counsel, acting chief counsel, director, and chief counsel. He was chief legislative counsel for House Resolution 222, which authorized its investigations into the facts and circumstances surrounding the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was sole trial counsel in the U.S. for Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom (1990).
A prolific writer, he penned over 300 articles on legal medicine and international law. He co-wrote the story and teleplay, “Under the Knife,” for CBS’ Simon & Simon (1987). He authored: “The Grand Jury” (1984), and “Malpractice: A Guide to Avoidance and Treatment” (1987). He was senior medical-legal commentator for Medical News Network (1993-1994).
He semi-retired, enjoying pro-bono work, with his loving wife, Judy, to Bascom, Fla., and Blue Ridge, Ga. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he was a member of St. Luke’s Church (Anglican) in Blue Ridge.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Judy (née Robinette); his son, (Dr.) Justin (Amy), Winston-Salem, N.C.; his daughter, Michelle (Scott), Valdosta, Ga., and grandchildren: Grace, Grant, James and Emma; his sister, Barbara (Tom), Piedmont, Calif.; niece, Anne (Jeannie), Alameda, Calif.; his sister, Bernadette (Ph.D.), Cambridge, Mass.; his brother, Kent (Kristin), Kent, Wash.; niece, Crystal, Tacoma, Wash.; niece, Lacey (Vince), Seattle, Wash., and nephew, Seth, Burien, Wash., and his grand-nephews and nieces: Tommy, Margaret, Vivienne and Archer. He was preceded in death by his father and mother.
A memorial service celebrating the life and faith of Kenneth E. Brooten, Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at St. Luke’s Church (Anglican), Blue Ridge, Ga. In August, family and lifelong friends from IHM Academy will be hosting a celebration of his life in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. --from Cd'A Press

updated 28 July 2023