Obituaries 1947 – 1951
The following are the death notices and obituaries contained within the pages of the Sherman County Journal, on the microfilm roll containing the issues from July 4, 1947 to December 28, 1951.
July 4, 1947
July 11, 1947
- Former Kent Resident Dies In Nampa, Cal. Of Heart Attack. Cecil Cunningham former Kent resident, died Sunday at Nampa, California of a heart attack. He is survived by his widow and two sons and a daughter by a previous marriage. E.C. Smith and Mrs. Cunningham’s son, Ted Schadewitz left for Nampa Monday morning. [Napa?]
July 18, 1947
- Charles Yarnell, a brother of Mrs. O. A. Ramsey died at his home in Portland last week. He was a former resident of Sherman county living on the family farm near Rutledge.
July 25, 1947
- Mrs. Susie I. Hastings Buried In Vancouver. Funeral services for Mrs. Susie Hastings were held at Vancouver Tuesday following her death July 18 at the age of 74. Mrs. Hastings was long a resident of Sherman county. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. L.L. Dunn and Mrs. Chas. Cunningham of Vancouver and Everett Hastings of Vancouver and Lewis Hastings of Wasco, four brothers, Marshall, Henry and Fred Smart of Seattle and Charles Smart of Montana, two sisters, Mrs. Nora Dodd, Spokane and Mrs. Anna Glascow, Oakland, Cal., seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Hastings left for Vancouver, Wn., called by the death of his mother, Mrs. Susie I. Hastings. Services were conducted from Knapps Funeral home there at 10:30 Tuesday July 22.
- Mrs. Bargenholt Dies. Mrs. Idalia Bargenholt, 61, for 41 years a resident of Wasco, died Tuesday, July 8, at a Dalles hospital. She was born in Nebraska March 3, 1886. Survivors include her husband, C.A. Bargenholt, a son, Delbert Johansen, of Sacramento, Calif., one grandchild, Mrs. Eunice Costa, Baker, and two great grandchildren. Services were conducted from the C.R. Callaway & Son Chapel Friday July 11, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. F.L. Cannell of Odell officiating. Committal was in The Dalles IOOF cemetery.
August 1, 1947
- Fred Misener First At Fatal Wreck. Fred Misener was returning from Fossil Tuesday night by way of Clarno when he was first to arrive at the wreck which took the life of Paul Smith, employed at the Helyer ranch near Kent, and injured an elder man named Simons. The two were returning from Fossil in Simons’ truck, a used army vehicle. Smith asked to drive at the top of the hill leading down into Pine creek and the truck got away from him and overturned pinning Smith beneath it where he died in a few minutes. Simons with a broken arm was entirely unable to move the truck.
- Merle Becket received word Friday morning of the death of Mrs. Becket’s mother, Mrs. Agnes Thompson, at Heppner. Becket was attending summer school at LaGrande. Funeral services were held at Heppner Sunday. Mrs. Thompson was the wife of a pioneer merchant of Heppner and is survived by her widower, three sons and three daughters.
August 8, 1947
- Stanley Coelsch and Mrs. George Martin received word last week of the death of their father at Boston.
August 15, 1947
- Saturday word was received here of the death of Mrs. George Harris’ mother, Mrs. Mary Gregg, at Walla Walla, Washington.
August 22, 1947
- Claude Spoon, Former Resident, Dies. and Mrs. S.J. Brock were called to Salem by the death of Mrs. Brock’s brother, Claude A. Spoon at the age of 68 years. He leaves his wife Edith, and a son, Alvin of Seattle, Wn., two daughters, Mrs. Muriel Sweet and Mrs. Leah Haynes of Port Orford, Washington. Also four sisters, Mildred Mortensen and Madge Hunt of Salem, Cora Conley of Reno, Nevada and Lena Brock of Wasco. He was buried at Belcrest Memorial park at Salem, August 13, 1947.
August 29, 1947
September 5, 1947
- News of the death of Frank Bleakney at Molalla was received here by his sister in law, Mrs. Minnie Bleakney.
- Jacob Wassenmiller Buried Saturday. Jacob Wassenmiller 79, a resident of Grass Valley for the last 47 years died Wednesday evening August 27 at a hospital in The Dalles. He was born in Russia February 25, 1868. He is survived by his wife, Lydia of Grass Valley and seven children, Mrs. Dean Olds of Portland, Mrs. Paul Hillman, Oakland, California, Mrs. Walter Reese, Hillsboro, Miss Natalie Wassenmiller, Portland, Miss Frieda Wassenmiller of San Francisco, California, Reinhardt Wassenmiller, The Dalles and August Wessenmiller, Tygh Valley, and 13 grandchildren. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran church. Funeral services were held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. from the Methodist church in Grass Valley with the Rev. C. Wildermuth of Hood River officiating. Tom Fraser of Moro sang accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Elton Eakin. Pallbearers were Tom Alley, Ed Alley, Herman Ziegler, Matt Simon, Joe Newcomb and Andy Patjens. Arrangements were under the direction of Spencer-Libby funeral home and committal was in the Odd Fellow cemetery at Grass Valley.
September 12, 1947
- Mrs. Cora White Buried Monday. Funeral services for Mrs. Cora White were held in The Dalles Monday September 8 with interment following in the cemetery there. Mrs. White died in a Portland hospital last Thursday after a brief illness. She was born in Allegan, Michigan, November 2, 1871 and married Henry White in 1898. Mr. White, an old time schoolteacher died this spring. Surviving are two sons, Hudson of Madras, Harold of Wasco, two daughters, Mrs. Walter Bruckert of Klondike and Mrs. Louise Endicott of Wasco, three grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Florence Olson of Beaver Creek and a brother, Albert Hudson of Tangent. She was a member of the Christian church of Wasco, whose pastor, Rev. Claude Stephens conducted the services, assisted by the Eastern Star.
- D.H. McClain Dies At Beaverton. D.H. McClain, 83, died at Beaverton Monday morning after a lengthy illness from which he has been growing weaker for several months. He was recently a guest at the home of his brother in law, Chester Smith. He was born in Illinois and came to Oregon in the eighties. He lived at Grass Valley for many years before going to Hood River where he lived until entering a home for the aged at Beaverton. Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Alta Samuels of Hood River, a sister, Mrs. Chester Smith of Moro, another sister, Mrs. Nora Spicer of Santa Ana, California, two half sisters and a half brother, two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held September 10 in Beaverton with interment there.
- Shaniko Man Dies. Word was received Tuesday of the death of Ed Enright, formerly of Shaniko and Antelope. He came here from Iowa. Death occurred at Bend where Mr. Enright was brought to the hospital only a short time before his death. The Deschutes county coroner has been here searching for information about relatives.
- Minnie Bleakney attended the funeral of her brother, Frank Holt in Molalla, he having passed away August 30.
September 19, 1947
September 26, 1947
October 3, 1947
October 10, 1947
October 17, 1947
October 24, 1947
October 31, 1947
- Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Reid motored to Portland Sunday. They attended the funeral of Mrs. Reid’s mother, Mrs. Lizzie Burkhart Monday at the Pearson Funeral home. Interment in the Lincoln Memorial Park. Mrs. Burkhart will be remembered by her hanw frineds in Wasco. [Note: “hanw friends” is as it appeared in paper.]
- Victor Bazzel, brother of Frank Bazzel, died in Portland Tuesday evening as a result of a heart attack suffered the day before. He was an employee of the Union Pacific. and Mrs. Frank Bazzel left Tuesday and Mrs. James Lamb left Wednesday morning to attend the funeral.
November 7, 1947
- Mr. Ella S. Wolford. Mrs. Ella Strong Wolford, age 63, a resident of Cottage Grove, for 33 years, sister of the late H.W. Strong of Moro, died at her home Monday, October 29. She was the mother of Harold L. Wolford, business man of Cottage Grove, Lloyd G. and Horace, also of Cottage Grove and Mrs. Audrey Flannigan of Eugene. Born at Moro, she was married November 28, 1901 to Aubrey B. Wolford at Moro. He died in 1944. Survivors other than the sons and daughter are two brothers, Perry Strong of Tigard and Harvey Strong, Walker, Oregon. Funeral services were held at Mills Mortuary, Cottage Grove.
- Mrs. Lizzie Burkhart. Word has been received of the death in Portland, October 24, of Lizzie Burkhart, an early resident of Sherman county. She came to this county in the 1880s and homesteaded near the John Day river. She has resided in Portland for the past eleven years. She was 88 years old, being born in Germany in 1859. Survivors include one son, C.W. Burkhart of San Francisco, California; two daughters, Mrs. C.H. Wing of Elma, Washington; and Mrs. W.R. Reid of Wasco; and two grandsons, William Reid, Jr. of Portland and Charles Burkhart of Yakima, Washington.
November 14, 1947
November 21, 1947
- W.D. Wallan Buried At Ontario. William D. Wallan, many of whose years were spent in Sherman county, died at Boise, Idaho Friday night of a heart attack. Mr. Wallan was born in 1873 and came to Grass Valley when a young man to manage a warehouse. He later moved to the bank and was engaged in that business for many years. He farmed near Walla Walla and of late years has been bookkeeper in Moro and city treasurer. He was married early in the century to Grace Shoemaker, music teacher in the Grass Valley Baptist academy, who survives him, as does one son, Leland of Boise, and three grandchildren. He had been in a hospital for eight weeks and had been moved to his son’s home. Funeral services were held in Boise Tuesday with interment at Ontario.
November 28, 1947
December 5, 1947
- Ray McKay Suffers Fatal Heart Attack. Raymond W. McKay, proprietor of McKay’s Service Station died Thanksgiving day from a heart attack at his home. He had suffered from attacks previously but had not considered them serious. Mr. McKay was born at Vancouver, Washington March 2, 1906 and had spent his life in Oregon living at Kent a part of the time and also at Sweet Home. Funeral services were held Monday at two o’clock in The Dalles and interment made in the cemetery at Coquille. Surviving are his widow, Mamie, a son Benjamin, Coquille, four step children, Mrs. G.E. Rosen, Lebanon, Miss Darlene McCallister, Kent; James and Kenneth McCallister, Kent; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George McKay of Mist; five sisters, Mrs. E. C. Smith, Kent; Mrs. B.H. Latherwood, Sweet Home; Mrs. Maud Cunningham, Mist; Mrs. Art Cratty, Napa, Calif.; Mrs. John Koepke, Redmond; and four brothers ________ _________ George, Bay City; Jack, Mist.
- Frank Lamborn Buried At Wasco Wednesday. Frank Lamborn died in a hospital in The Dalles Sunday after a brief illness but long trouble with his heart. He was one of the early settlers of Sherman county having arrived here January 1, 1884 from Iowa. He had engaged in wheat growing until his retirement several years ago to a home in Wasco from where he supervised his ranch south of town. Surviving are his widow, Alice; a daughter, Mrs. Frances Guy of Portland; two grandchildren and a great grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Bell Brownrigg, Sacramento, Cal. and a brother, George of Wasco. Funeral services were held Wednesday from the Wasco Methodist church with Rev. Carl Stierle in charge. Interment was in The Dalles cemetery. Lamborn was a member of the Methodist church and the Knights of Pythias.
December 12, 1947
- R.C. Byers Laid To Rest Saturday. Funeral services for Rolla C. Byers, 84, were held from the Moro Community church Saturday following his death Thursday morning in The Dalles, where he had been taken Monday after a heart attack. Mr. Byers was born in Lasalle county, Illinois, August 27, 1863, moving from there to Nebraska and thence to Oregon in 1891. He lived in the valley for a time, homesteaded near Goldendale, Washington and came to Sherman county in 1911 where he remained. He grew wheat here until a few years ago when he retired. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Daisy Hennagin Byers; a son, Henry Arthur, three daughters, Mrs. John Thogerson of Brush Prairie, Wn., Mrs. Lewis McKee of Moro and Mrs. Henry Norton of Portland, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Mr. Byers was a member of the Moro Presbyterian church for 35 years and was the founder and long time president of the Sherman County Sunday School association. Interment was made in the Rose cemetery.
- Jack Dingle, a one time resident of Wasco, and brother of the late R. Dingle passed away at his home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on November 29, at the age of 81 years. The news was received by his niece, Mrs. T.L. Fields, and other relatives, Mrs. Prudence Smith and R.T. Dingle. He leaves a wife, Marian and two sons and daughters and several grandchildren.
- Word was received here of the death of Mrs. Lewis Muhs, mother of George Ward. Mrs. Muhs had been ill for some time and was living in McMinnville at the time of her death. The funeral was in that city Wednesday.
- Funeral Draws Sayrs Family To Portland. and Mrs. Carroll Sayrs and son Frank and daughter, Mrs. Chester Coats went to Portland Wednesday to attend the funeral of Fredrick Whalley, brother of Mrs. Sayrs, who died in Portland Monday of a heart attack. He had been in ill health but was thought to be much improved in recent weeks.
- Word was received here Saturday of the death of Mrs. Al Fox of St. Helens, a former resident of Grass Valley who died Thursday after a six months illness. Funeral services were held at St. Helens with burial at Gresham.
- Word was received here Monday of the death of Mrs. O.G. Nyquist of Sandy, mother of Mrs. Florin Coon of Sandy. and Mrs. Coon were former residents of Grass Valley. Mrs. Nyquist was struck by a car Sunday afternoon shortly after leaving her home. The first aid car took her to a Portland hospital where she died Monday afternoon. She leaves besides her daughter a son, Harry of Colton. Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time.
December 19, 1947
- Attend Funeral. Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Jones, accompanied by their son, Bud, of LaGrande drove to Grants Pass Saturday to attend the funeral of T-5 Malcolm B. Davis, a nephew of Mr. Jones, who was killed in Germany and was one of those boys being returned to the states for final burial. The Jones returned Tuesday.
- Cassie Heath Barker Buried In The Dalles. Funeral services for Mrs. Roy Barker were held in The Dalles Wednesday afternoon. Death came suddenly last Friday evening in Pasadena, California, while she was visiting her son, Millard Heath. Barker was a daughter of J.F. Bailey, an early day minister and the wife of the late Lester Heath, who was buried in The Dalles. She married Mr. Barker about five years ago. Surviving are two daughters and a son, a brother, Mark of Prineville and three sisters.
December 26, 1947
- Lawrence Amick Funeral services for Lawrence Amick were held Monday afternoon in The Dalles following his sudden death at his home there Saturday morning. Mr. Amick was for many years a farmer east of Kent and lived there until his retirement to The Dalles. He was born in Johnson county, Missouri March 16, 1878 and came to Oregon when a young man settling in Sherman county in the early years of this century. Surviving are his widow, Sarah, one daughter, Jo Hogue of Grass Valley, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He has a brother, Ernest and a sister, Mrs. Cordelia Barnett in Missouri. He was a member of the Christian church and the grange at Kent. Services were from the Christian church with interment in the Odd Fellows cemetery in The Dalles.
- Orville Yocum, Wasco barber, succumbed to a sudden heart attack Wednesday morning, it was reported in Moro. Yocum has been a long time resident of Wasco. He is survived by his widow, Jaennette, a teacher in the Moro school and a daughter Patty (Mrs. Blossom) of Seattle, who with her infant daughter was to spend Christmas in Wasco.
January 2, 1948
- Orville Yocum Buried Friday Afternoon. Funeral services fro Orville Yocum were held last Friday from the Methodist church in Wasco and interment being made in the Odd Fellows cemetery at The Dalles. Joseph Orville Yocum was born at Ballston, Oregon, September 17, 1887 and died while at work in his barbershop December 24, 1947. He is survived by his widow Jeanette, a daughter Mrs. Patricia Blossom of Bainbridge Island, Wash., a granddaughter, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Yocum of Heppner, a brother, Ercel Yocum of Dufur, four sisters, Mrs. Rita Oviatt, Malin; Mrs. Vera Happold, Heppner; Mrs. Vivian Kane, Heppner; Mrs. Bessie Church, Portland.
January 9, 1948
January 16, 1948
- Leland McMillen of Stevenson, Wn., died Thursday night. Services were held in Stevenson Tuesday afternoon with interment in the Wasco cemetery.
January 23, 1948
January 30, 1948
- Eugene Norton Buried In Kent Cemetery. Funeral services for Eugene Lyle Norton, 24, of Kent were held Saturday at 1:30 in The Dalles with interment in the Kent cemetery. Norton, son of J.E. Norton, was a veteran of World War II who died from a kidney infection Thursday of last week. He was born at Kent May 28, 1923 and had lived there all his life working since the war with his father in the Kent store. He belonged to the American Legion at Kent and the Kent grange. Surviving are his widow, Barbara, two daughters, Celia and Nancy and his father. Sisters are Miss Alta Norton of San Francisco, Mrs. Geraldine Tatum of The Dalles, Carole of Kent and two brothers, Wiley and Ross Norton of Kent.
- Dica Murray Ost, of 1223 Eugene St., Hood River, passed away Sunday night following a two weeks illness. Mrs. Ost was born October 20, 1882 in LaFayette, Yamhill county, Oregon. She lived most of her life in Sherman county. She was married in December of 1924 to W.H. Ost, who preceded her in death. Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. A.R. Rebman of Everett, Wash., and Mrs. Casha Yates of Wasco; one brother, Allen Murray of Hood River; one nephew and three nieces. Funeral services were held in Hood River from Anderson’s Chapel at 3 o’clock Wednesday with interment in the Idle Wilde cemetery in Hood River. E.F. Brownlee of the Alliance church conducted the services.
February 6, 1948
- Funeral Held For Mrs. George Potter and Mother. Joint funeral services were held in The Dalles Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Rosa Lavina Norcross of The Dalles and her daughter, Mrs. Jessie Potter of Klondike. Norcross died in The Dalles Friday afternoon and her daughter followed her in death Saturday. Both were long time residents of Sherman county, Mrs. Norcross having come here in very early days. Her husband William Norcross died last October. Surviving are her five sisters, Mrs. Ella Thompson of Hillsboro, Mrs. Lillian Montag of Portland; Mrs. Mollie Becker of Rupert, Idaho; Mrs. Mary Kuks of Portland and Mrs. Adam Schwarzman of Portland and a half brother, Leyton of Portland and one daughter, Mrs. Eva Woods of Portland. Mrs. Potter is survived by her widower, George A. Potter of Klondike former county judge of Sherman county. Services were conducted in The Dalles by Rev. Claude Stephens of Wasco and interment was made in the IOOF cemetery there. Many residents of Sherman county attended the funeral.
- Claude K. Andrews of Athena, brother of Guy Andrews, died January 28 and was buried in Portland February 2. He lived in Sherman county for many years.
February 13, 1948
- Death of Mrs. Potter Mourned By Friends. The community has been saddened by the death of Mrs. Jessie Anne Potter and her mother, Mrs. Rosa L. Norcross, twenty-four hours previous. Norcross was born in Denver, Colorado in 1865 and came west with her parents a few years later. She was married to William A. Norcross in Weiser, Idaho in 1886 and moved to Sherman county in 1893. Mrs. Potter was born at Monkland May 21, 1895. Soon afterward Mr. Norcross moved his family to Moro where they resided for several years. Jessie Anne was married to George A. Potter of Klondike in 1914 where they have since resided. Unprecedented in Sherman county was the joint funeral services for the mother and daughter, which was held at the Callaway & Son chapel Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend Warren officiating. Mrs. Potter is survived by her husband and sister, Mrs. E. L. Woods and many friends to mourn her loss. [Ellsworth Logan Woods]
- Body of Clayton May Not Yet Found. At last reports the body of Clayton May had not been found although search for it has been conducted since his disappearance last Monday. May, a native of Sherman county, was working on a sand barge for the Mid-Columbia Sand & Gravel Co., and had started across a barge of sand to the shore to sell some sand. His tracks led to the edge of the barge but he has not been seen. No outcry was heard. Clayton (Shorty) May is a son of Mrs. Josephine May of Moro, is married and has a family of four, Mrs. Lester Tibbets, Byron, Wallace and Vivian.
February 20, 1948
February 27, 1948
March 5, 1948
March 12, 1948
- Mrs. Grace McDermid Buried Wednesday. Mrs. Mabel Grace McDermid, widow of Dan McDermid, died in a Portland hospital Monday morning. She had undergone an operation on her eye and was thought to be recovering very well. Mrs. McDermid was born 62 years ago September 8 ____ in Sherman county for the past 35 years. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Blau, two sons, Malcolm and Donald and a sister, Mrs. O.G. Nordvold and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held from Callaway’s in The Dalles Wednesday afternoon with the Rev. Carl Stierle giving the sermon. Interment was in the Odd Fellows cemetery in The Dalles.
March 19, 1948
March 26, 1948
- Mrs. Edna Ferrell. Mrs. Edna Alta Ferrell of The Dalles, died at the age of 57, Monday. She was born near Wasco, October 5, 1890 and lived most of her life near there. Surviving are her widower, Ernest, two daughters, Mrs. Erma Morrison and Mrs. Elda Clough, both of Arlington, a son, Robert of Condon, her father, H.E. Everett of Wasco, five brothers, Charles, Carl and Ted of Wasco, Perl of Coos Bay, Lee of Eugene, four sisters, Mrs. Jack Ramsey of Oakland, Cal., Mrs. L.L. Funk of Wasco, Mrs. O.W. Downie of Los Angeles and Mrs. E.F. Ross of Salem. Funeral services were held Thursday in The Dalles with interment there.
- James Woods. James Woods was born in Missouri on March 12, 1880. His parents died when he was quiet young and he lived with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Dugger. He came to Oregon with his grandparents in 1892 settling in Independence where they lived until 1900 when they moved to Sherman county where Jim lived until his death on Saturday March 20, 1948 at the age of 68. Surviving him are a son, Clifford Woods, of Klamath Falls and two grandchildren. Many friends and relatives attended the funeral which was held at the Baptist church Monday at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Earl Hastings officiating. Tom Fraser of Moro sang accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Elton Eakin. Pall bearers were Herman Ziegler, Tom Alley, Henry Peters, Dell Olds, John Block, and Art Schilling. Arrangements were under the direction of Spencer-Libby funeral home of The Dalles with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. About seventy-five friends and relatives gathered at the Odd Fellows hall after the funeral where they were served sandwiches, cake and coffee and visited with their old friends.
- Eugene McMillen. Funeral services for Eugene C. McMillen were held in Portland Monday following his death there last Thursday. Graveside services were conducted in The Dalles where interment was made. Many friends from Sherman county attended. Mr. McMillen was born November 27, 1872 and had been a Sherman county farmer for many years prior to his removal to Portland after World War I. He is survived by his widow, Mary, one son, Eugene and two grandchildren of Portland and a brother, Stephen of Wasco.
- Hardin Dugger. Hardin Dugger, 82, died suddenly Monday afternoon at his home in Boring where he has lived since leaving Sherman county some years ago. He came to Sherman county about 1900 and homesteaded here near the head of Sherar’s grade. Surviving are his widow, one son, H.O. Dugger of Grass Valley, a daughter, Mrs. Ottie Ashley of Klamath Falls, Mrs. Lottie Altwasser, Portland, Mrs. Erma Naas, Boring and one sister, Mrs. Tressie Hensley, Bakersfield, California. Funeral services were held Thursday at Gresham with interment at Forest Lawn cemetery.
April 2, 1948
April 9, 1948
- Margaret Tuel Kettle Buried In Portland. Margaret E. Kettle (Tuel) aged 50 years died in Portland April 1 and was buried Monday April 5, beloved wife of Herbert E. Kettle, mother of Marian Tuel, Portland; Ensign M.D. Tuel, U.S. Navy; daughter of Mrs. Lillian Dixon, Portland; sister of Mrs. Dorothy Wall, Vancouver, BC; also one grandchild. She lived in Wasco for many years and leaves a host of friends.
- A former resident, Irving Wiley died of a heart attack in The Dalles Sunday. He has been teaching the last few years in The Dalles.
- Grass Valley Boy Drowned In Lake. and Mrs. T.M. Rolfe received word Saturday from Pendleton of the death of their grandson, Melvin Dunlap who, with a companion, was drowned when their motor boat capsized on the MacKay dam reservoir which is between Pendleton and Pilot Rock. So far the bodies have not been found.
April 16, 1948
- Ted Trimble Attends Father’s Funeral. and Mrs. Ted Trimble left Tuesday for Gresham to attend the funeral of his father, William Trimble and his friend Wilford Stefenson, who were killed when the car they were in was hit by a train on a crossing near Canby on Saturday afternoon.
- Fred Singleton. The body of Fred Singleton, 67, was found Saturday in a cabin on the George Drinkard ranch northwest of Wasco. He had died of natural causes. He had been a long time resident of the Wasco neighborhood coming from Indiana where he leaves a sister. Funeral services will be held Friday with interment in The Dalles.
- Mark Alley Buried In The Dalles. Mark S. Alley, 63, brother of Tom and Ed Alley and father of Mrs. Harry Benson, died in The Dalles Sunday after a brief illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday in that city with interment in the local cemetery. Mr. Alley was born in Knoxville, Tenn., May 19, 1884 and has lived in Oregon and Washington for the past 30 years. Surviving in addition to the above are daughters, Mrs. Agnes Benson, The Dalles, Mrs. Attie Eslinger of Ellensburg, Wn., Mrs. Ada Martin of Selah, Wn., a son Stephen Alley of Ellensburg, 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mrs. Fred Cole of Wasco is a sister.
April 23, 1948
- Flier Killed When Plane Drops After Easy Take Off. Jack Nichols, 28, flier for the Columbia Crop Dusting company was instantly killed Tuesday about 1:40 p.m. when his plane fell shortly after leaving the Wasco airport. The plane landed in Mrs. A.M. Huckin’s field northeast of Wasco. Nichols had been in Sherman county for a month or more dusting wheat for Robert Epley and M.H. Bender, owners of the company. He flew a Stearman PT-17 which had made a forced landing while spraying the Pinkerton land. Reports are that it had not been tested since that time. Tuesday he was spraying for Paul Alley and had gone to the Wasco airport for gasoline. Another flyer made a few rolls and when Nichols got in the air, it has been reported he rolled his plane also and it failed to straighten up again, He fell with the plane and suffered a slashed throat from contact with the front of the cockpit. The VFW ambulance took him to The Dalles. Nichols was said to be married and the father of a small daughter. He was a veteran.
April 30, 1948
- Harry Benson Buried Monday In The Dalles. Harry M. Benson, 77, father of Harry Benson of Moro, and himself a former Sherman countain, died in The Dalles last Friday after an illness of several days. He had been found in a coma from a heart attack earlier in the week. He was born in San Bernardino, Cal., Sept. 19, 1875. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Marie Lundy, and Mrs. Farrel Lewis of The Dalles, four sons, George and Wilbert of The Dalles, Harry of Moro, and DeLoss of Portland and 17 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He also leaves three brothers Roy of St. Helens, Del of Springfield and James of Wenatchee, Wn. Funeral services were held Monday at The Dalles with interment there.
- Philip Searcy Mrs. Harry Pinkerton received word Thursday morning that her brother, Philip, had died Wednesday. He was living in Oswego and working in Portland. It is expected that the funeral will be held Saturday or Sunday. Philip Searcy was a native of Sherman county.
May 7, 1948
May 14, 1948
- Bertha Bell Adams. Bertha Bell Adams died at her home in The Dalles Saturday night after a long illness. She came to Oregon from Barkeyville, Pa., where she was born 75 years ago. For 50 years she has lived near Kent and Hood River in later years. Surviving are a son, Oscar of Hood River, two daughters, Mrs. Olive Helyer and Mrs. Pearl Eakin of The Dalles, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in The Dalles Tuesday afternoon with interment in Idlewild cemetery at Hood River, the Rev. Marion Smith giving the sermon. Many Sherman countians attended the services.
May 21, 1948
May 28, 1948
June 4, 1948
- Leonard Ireland Dies At Molalla. Mrs. C.L. Ireland died at her home at Molalla last Sunday and her funeral was held there Wednesday afternoon and interment made at Canby. Mrs. Ireland was born in Canada and came to Sherman county at the turn of the century. She was married at Randall, Minnesota, October 15, 1903 to Clinton Leonard Ireland, then engaged in the newspaper business in Moro. The Irelands continued to live in Moro until 1931 when they moved to Molalla, having bought the Pioneer there. The deceased leaves four nieces, two nephews and her widower.
June 11, 1948
June 18, 1948
(Date on Front page reads June 11)
June 25, 1948
July 2, 1948
- Child Killed In Scalding Water Pool At Breitenbush. Jerry M. Wilson III, four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry M. Wilson, Jr. was killed Wednesday at Breitenbush Hot Springs when he fell into one of the hot pools while scuffling with a playmate. With his parents and his grandparents and other members of his family the child was on a holiday at the springs. He was covered to his neck in the scalding water and was pulled out by his cousin, Kelly. He was started for a hospital at Bend but died while on the way. In addition to his parents he leaves two smaller sisters of his immediate family. Funeral services will be held Saturday at two o’clock at the Kent Christian church with interment in the Kent cemetery.
- Art Barnum Dies Of Heart Attack. H. Barnum, 70, pioneer and native son of Sherman county, died in a hospital in The Dalles Tuesday, June 29 from a long standing heart ailment. Artimus Henry Barnum was born at the home of his mother’s parents west of Wasco June 2, 1878, a son of Henry Barnum, first settler of Moro and Elmira Massiker [Masiker] whose parents came in 1862. He received his education in Moro schools and at a Portland business college. Mr. Barnum in early 1903 was married to Maggie Farra at Moro. They lived on a stock ranch in Grass Valley canyon from that time until their retirement to Moro about five years ago. The deceased was responsible for bringing the first purebred herd of Hereford cattle to Sherman county and with them he made the stock shows in the western United States for many years, bringing many prizes home to the then unknown Sherman county. He was one of the men who started the Sherman county fair and with L.L. Peetz graded the present race track. He was fair board member, president or advisor for 30 years. He was also a breeder of heavy draft horses and established alfalfa on the creek bottoms of his place years ago. As producer and trainer of race horses he contributed much to county fairs until the last few years when he was unable to compete although an active member of the Sherman County Riders until this spring. Surviving are his widow, three sons, Henry of Moro, Orville and Ted of Portland, three granddaughters and one grandson, one brother, Elvin of Moro and a sister Mrs. L.L. Peetz of Moro and three half sisters Mrs. Hazel Lake and Mrs. Echo Bartlett of Bend and Mrs. Leola Church of The Dalles. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 2, at two o’clock from the Community church at Moro with Rev. W.W. Gearhart conducting the service. Interment will be in the Odd Fellows cemetery.
July 9, 1948
- Nellie Conroy Buried In The Dalles. Miss Nellie Conroy, 67, died at her home in The Dalles last Friday from a lengthy illness. A native of Ireland she came to Sherman county to keep house for her brother, John, since deceased, and they remained together, neither marrying, until retirement to The Dalles and his death. Funeral services were held from St. Peter’s Catholic church Tuesday with interment in The Dalles. Surviving are two nephews in Portland and three brothers in Ireland.
- Earl King Dead From Heart Attack. Earl King, native of Sherman county, being a son of Presley King, died in Stockton, Calif., June 22 from a heart attack. King had gone to school in Grass Valley when as a boy he lived with his uncle, O.P. King and after World War 1 he returned from services to farm some of the King land. He was an engineer and was employed by an irrigation company at Tracy, Calif. He left a wife and sister of his immediate family. Mr. and Mrs. Robert King of Moro attended the funeral which was held at Ventura.
- Grace Wallan received word of the sudden death of her sister in law at Garfield Wash., Friday and left immediately to be with her brother.
July 16, 1948
- Mrs. Betty Kelly Buried Thursday. Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Kelly, mother of Mrs. Jerry Wilson and Mrs. I.E. Wilson, were held from the Kent Christian church Thursday afternoon at two o’clock, with the Rev. Earl Hastings officiating. Mrs. Kelly died at the home of her daughter at Pullman, Wn., Tuesday morning after an illness of several months. She was born in Tennessee, and came to Oregon over 20 years ago. Surviving are the two daughters, a son Frank, in Tennessee, eight grandchildren. Interment was in the Kent cemetery.
- A.B. Potter, Pioneer, Dies At 88 Years. Antone B. Potter, storekeeper and farmer at Klondike for many, many years, died in a hospital in The Dalles Sunday after several weeks’ illness. Mr. Potter was 88, having been born in Chico, California, February 28, 1860. He moved to what is now Sherman county in the early 80s with his brothers who have since returned to California. He homesteaded and later bought the Klondike store which remains in his family. Surviving are his widow, Elizabeth, a son, George, now operating the store, former county judge, two daughters Mayme Elliott of Klondike and Mrs. Guy Weedman of Multnomah, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and brothers John and Manuel of Petaluma, California. Funeral services were held in The Dalles Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. with interment in the cemetery there.
July 23, 1948
- Mrs. Will Morgan Buried At McMinnville. Funeral services were held Monday July 19 at McMinnville for Opha E. Morgan, daughter of Mrs. Emma Sayrs and the late Frank A. Sayrs. Mrs. Morgan died as a result of injuries suffered in a train-car collision on their farm near Sheridan last Thursday July 15. Opha Sayrs was born near Prineville March 25, 1883 and moved to Sherman county with her parents the following year. In 1901 she was married to William A. Morgan at Moro. To this union six children were born, all of whom survive, Mrs. Don Titus (Zola) of Eugene, Ray and Art of John Day, Avery and Maurice at home in Sheridan and Mrs. Charles Whittier (Dorothy) of Spokane, Wash. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Morgan who was seriously injured in the same accident is at the Portland Sanitarium and at last report his condition had shown some slight improvement. Those attending the funeral from here were Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Sayrs, Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Morgan, Mrs. Clare Axtell, and Mrs. Edith Sayrs, also Mr. and Mrs. Dave Ransier of The Dalles.
July 30, 1948
- Charley Harper Taken By Death. Charles A. Harper, 74, was buried Saturday in The Dalles following his death Wednesday. He had been ill for many years with paralysis following a stroke. Charley Harper came to Sherman county in the early 80s from Kansas where he was born April 18, 1874 and he had lived here until moving to The Dalles several years ago. He farmed east of Wasco. Surviving are his widow, Pearl, two daughters, Mrs. Ivadell Wood, Los Angeles and Mrs., Volanna Noe, Gateway and several grandchildren.
August 6, 1948
- Louise White Buried In The Dalles. Alice Louise White Endicott died in Portland Friday at the age of 37. Funeral services were held in The Dalles, Tuesday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m. with interment beside her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.H. White. Louise was born at Grass Valley, and has lived nearly all her life in Sherman county, attending school here when a girl. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Walter Bruckert of Klondike, two brothers, Hal of Wasco and Hudson of Madras.
- John Peugh Dies In California. John Peugh, a former Sherman county resident, passed away at his home at Fair Oaks, California, July 29th. John Henry Peugh was born on a farm six miles from Walla Walla, Wn., February 1, 1876, and came to what is now Sherman county, March 1880. He later farmed at Wasco and Condon, and later moved to California. He is survived by his wife, Mabel; three sons, Vern, Linn and Orio; one daughter, Ariel; one sister, Nettie of Long Beach, California; two brothers, Charles of Oswego and Tom of Wasco.
- Mr. and Mrs. Tom Garrett left Thursday for Bend where they stayed all night leaving Friday for Burns accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Maude Bevens, to attend the funeral of Mr. Garrett’s brother in law, C.W. Frazier, who died at Newberg Monday July 26. The Garretts returned home Saturday evening.
August 13, 1948
- James Robertson Dies of Heart Attack. James Robertson died in a hospital in The Dalles Monday after having been hospitalized since Saturday when he suffered a heart attack at Maupin. He was a native of Scotland and has been foreman of the Shaniko highway section for many years. Survivors are a step-son, Robert Tatum of Kent, a sister, Mrs. A.E. McLennon of Camp Sherman, a brother Peter of Shaniko, a nephew and two nieces. Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Dalles with interment in the cemetery there.
- Bob Walman Buried At Goldendale. Bob Walman, for many years a resident of Kent, died there Thursday afternoon from a heart attack. He was working at Kent unloading hay when he became tired. Herman Peters told him to rest awhile and he would help him. In a few minutes Walman, who was sitting in the shade of the elevator, slumped down and was dead. The county VFW ambulance was called but too late. Coroner Ed Alley found death to be from natural causes. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Goldendale. Centerville was the home of the Walman brothers, and interment was made in Klickitat county cemetery.
- One Time Editor’s Remains Removed. L. Ireland was here Saturday with a crew of men to take up the bodies of his father, Dewitt C. Ireland who died in 1913 and his sister in law, Mrs. Tamer Smith who died in 1904. They were removed to a cemetery near Canby where Mr. Ireland has made arrangements for a family burial place. Mr. Ireland, for 37 years, publisher of the Sherman County Observer here, said the removal of the bodies was because of desire to have them in a permanent care cemetery. The lots vacated in the local Odd Fellows cemetery will be at the disposal of the lodge, he said further.
August 20, 1948
- Art Hill Drowned. Arthur P. Hill, assistant manager of the Wasco REA was drowned Wednesday at Maupin while stringing wire across the Deschutes river for the new line that is designed to run to Clarno. Reports are that Mr. Hill was in a boat on the river holding one of the wires when the wire caught jerking him from the boat. He was known to many in Sherman county as he was active in the construction work when the local lines were built. The body had not been recovered Thursday morning.
- Robert Starns Dead. Mrs. Robert Starns died in Salem Thursday. She was the mother of the late Mrs. T.S. Reese and was an early day settler in Sherman county on the land now owned by Mr. Reese and farmed by C.O. Higley. She was the grandmother of Mrs. Higley, Mrs. Owen Elliott of Tacoma and Mrs. George Mitchell of Pendleton. The funeral was held in Salem Saturday.
- Mr. and Mrs. Gus Koepke of The Dalles were dinner guests Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Simon and all attended the graveside services for Joe Gregg held at Kent Sunday afternoon.
August 27, 1948
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- Mart Walkenshaw Buried Saturday. Mart O. Walkenshaw was born in Missouri and moved west with his parents when he was a small boy and lived most of his life in Oregon. He died at the Veterans hospital in Walla Walla, Wash., Wednesday August 18 at the age of 47 years, after an illness of ten years. He enlisted in the army when he was fifteen years old and served three years in Alaska. He was a veteran of World War I. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. James Walkenshaw of Long Beach, California, two sisters, Mrs. Elmer Hall of Long Beach, Mrs. Dell Olds of Grass Valley and two brothers, James of DeLake and Alex of McMinnville. Funeral services were held Saturday at 3 o’clock from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dell Olds with Rev. Howard Schilling officiating. Schilling also sang accompanied by Mrs. Orville Ruggles at the piano. Pallbearers were Harold Eakin, Henry Peters, Fred Peters, Eben Kee, Earl Olds, and Edgar Alley. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Spencer-Libby of The Dalles with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley.
- Walter Govro, age 70, passed away in a hospital in Portland last Saturday August 21st after a brief illness. He had been in Wasco the weekend before visiting relatives. Alice J. Lamborn left Sunday to go to Portland to attend the funeral, which was held Tuesday.
September 3, 1948
September 10, 1948
- Services For Verle Baker Set. Funeral services for Staff Sergeant Verle J. Baker, 21, will be held Saturday, September 11, at The Dalles from the Spencer & Libby Funeral Home. Interment will be at the IOOF cemetery. Sergeant Baker was born February 6, 1923 at Malone, Wash. He attended school at Grass Valley and graduated from Elma __ley school in 1940. He enlisted in the army at Fort Lewis in June, 1940, and took his training at various places in the states before being sent to Australia in June of 1941. He served throughout the New Guinea campaign before being killed in action in the Leyte invasion on December 11, 1944. Sergeant Baker is survived by his mother, Mrs. Leona Baker of Springfield, a brother, Frank, also of Springfield and a sister, Mrs. Glenn Reynolds of Clovis, New Mexico. His grandparents [are] Mr. and Mrs. I.D. Pike of Hermiston.
- William D. Barnett Buried Tuesday. William D. Barnett was born in Missouri December 24, 1889 and died Saturday September 4, in The Dalles at the age of 58. He came to Oregon when he was ten years old and lived in Grass Valley until his death. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Grass Valley Tuesday at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Ernest E. Taylor of The Dalles officiating. Pallbearers were Henry Peters, John Peters, Herman Peters, Fred Peters, John Koepke and Rodell Schassen. Arrangements were under the direction of Spencer & Libby The Dalles with interment in the IOOF cemetery in Grass Valley. He is survived by is wife, Anna; son, Willard H., two daughters, Mrs. Betty Jo Owens and Mrs. Dorothy Anne Stark all of Grass Valley; four brothers, Ernest and Roy of The Dalles, Earl of Parkdale and George of Maupin; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Matthes of Kent, and Mrs. Carrie Holt of Redmond; stepmother, Mrs. Rhoda Barnett of The Dalles and two grandchildren.
September 17, 1948
- T.M. Rolfe Buried Monday at Grass Valley. T.M. (Theodore Moore) Rolfe was born March 25, 1879 at Rockton, Wisconsin, and died at his home in Grass Valley Friday, September 10, 1948, at the age of sixty-nine years, five months and ten days. He came to Klickitat county, Washington, in 1898 where he met and married Clara Marshall. They later moved to Vancouver, Washington, where Mr. Rolfe taught school. In 1914 he brought his family to Sherman county where he was engaged in farming and stock raising until his retirement. One of Mr. Rolfe’s chief interests was raising purebred Percherons which he showed throughout the Northwest. He took great interest in civic affairs, serving on the Grass Valley school board continuously for twenty years. Mr. Rolfe became affiliated with the IOOF lodge of Vancouver, Wn., in 1910, transferred to Grass Valley lodge No. 131 in 1916. He was a past grand of the Odd Fellow lodge and past noble grand of the Rebekahs, the first man in the state to hold that office. Surviving relatives include his wife, Clara Elizabeth of Grass Valley; three daughters, Mrs. Harriett Wells of Glide, Mrs. Frances Mathews of Seattle, Wn., Mrs. Maxine Baker of Antelope; three sons, John, Robert, and Willard all of Grass Valley; four sisters and three brothers in Wisconsin, 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held for Mr. Rolfe Monday at 2 o’clock from the IOOF hall in Grass Valley under the direction of the Odd Fellow lodge with the Rev. F.L. Cannell of Odell officiating. Tom Fraser of Moro sang accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Elton Eakin. Pallbearers were Tom Garrett, Oscar Lemley, Alfred Payne, Earl Gentry, Frank Bayer and Lester Barnum. Honorary pallbearers were Bernie Rice, Bill Brinkert, Roy Baker, Jim Brown, Dean Reynolds and Jim Blagg. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Spencer & Libby of The Dalles with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley.
- Irving N. Smith, wife of the doctor of the same name was killed in Portland Sunday. Dr. Smith at one time practiced here, say old timers, and is remembered by them.
- George Wilcox, Jr. Dies In Salem. George Harding Wilcox (George Jr.) died at the family home in Salem Monday afternoon following an illness that had kept him bedfast for over a week. George was born in Grass Valley 27 years ago and had lived with his parents since at Grass Valley until they moved to Salem. Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Wilcox, a sister, Mrs. Maynard Nelson, a brother, Dean and two nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at Grass Valley with interment in the family plot there.
September 24, 1948
- George H. Wilcox, Jr. Funeral services for George Wilcox, Jr., were held from the Methodist church in Grass Valley Thursday at 2 o’clock with the Rev. and Mrs. R.A. Fenstra of Newberg officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Orville Ruggles sang accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Elton Eakin. Pallbearers were Oscar Lemley, Alfred Payne, Ted Trimble, Wily Knighten, Herman Peters and Fred Peters. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of W.T. Rigdon and Co. of Salem with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. Among out of town relatives and friends attending were Dr. Frank Wilcox of Newberg, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Wilcox, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Christianson and Charlie King of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Babe Montague, J.B. Morrison and Mr. and Mrs. Jodie Morrison of Arlington, Mr. and Mrs. Clarance Morrison of Wasco, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Ragsdale of The Dalles, Mr. Eden of Seattle, Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Baker of The Dalles, King Fritts, L.K. Smith and Mrs. Marie Smith of Goldendale.
October 1, 1948
October 8, 1948
- Carl Adams Buried Tuesday In The Dalles. Carl Pattison Adams, for many years a resident of Sherman county, died in The Dalles Sunday and funeral services were held Tuesday there. Mr. Adams was born in Pennsylvania and came to Sherman county 40 years ago to begin farming in the Kent neighborhood. Later he bought the Wiley place east of Grass Valley where he lived until he retired and sold to Bernard Martin a few years ago. Surviving are his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Don Clodfelter, three sons, Loy of Portland, Clare of Boardman and Norman of The Dalles.
- Ole Mortensen, former Moro resident, died at his home near Salem Saturday and funeral services were held there Tuesday. and Mrs. Carl Melzer attended, she being a daughter of Mr. Mortensen.
October 15, 1948
October 22, 1948
- Funeral services for Alvis W. Quinn, 53, father of Mrs. Lawrence Kenny were held in The Dalles Thursday at 1:30 following his death Sunday at Vancouver, Wash. William Gearhart of Moro officiated. Mr. Quinn was for years a county road foreman in Wasco county.
October 29, 1948
- Guy Engstrom Buried At Grass Valley. Gus Engstrom was born in Straffenstroff, Sweden, August 24, 1865 and died in Grass Valley, October 23, 1948 at the age of 83 years. He came from Sweden when he was 23 years old and spent several years in Minnesota. After leaving there he came to Nehalem, Oregon, where he took up a timber claim, later coming to Sherman county where he worked for farmers at Wasco. Leaving there he came to Grass Valley and settled on a ranch east of town where he lived until he retired in 1920 to move to town. In July 1913 he married Elsie Eslinger who passed away March 30, 1943. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Earl Olds, a step-daughter, Mrs. Herman Ziegler, two grandchildren and five step-grandchildren, all of Grass Valley. A sister, Johanna Skolde, and a brother, Nels Persson, in Sweden. Funeral services for Mr. Engstrom were held from the Baptist church in Grass Valley Tuesday at 2 o’clock with the Rev. W.W. Gearhart officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Orville Ruggles sang accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Elton Eakin. Honorary pallbearers were R.J. Baker, Bill Brinkert, J.W. Blagg, J.E. Brown, Sam Stark, and R.A. Stow. Active pallbearers were Dell Olds, Charlie Olds, C.R. Andersen, Henry Peters, John Buether, and Claus Bardenhagen. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Spencer & Libby of The Dalles with burial in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley.
- James Easter received word Saturday that his father passed away in North Carolina. Fred Peters took Mr. and Mrs. Easter to The Dalles where Mr. Easter took a plane for Mount Airy, N.C. Funeral services for his father were held Monday.
November 5, 1948
- John McDermid Buried Monday. Funeral services for John C. McDermid were held Monday in The Dalles following his death Friday at a hospital there from a heart attack with complications of other ailments. Mr. McDermid was born in Collingwood, Ontario, May 12, 1872, and was a resident of Sherman county for nearly 40 years. His uncles Archie and John McDermid were early settlers here. Surviving are his widow, Mai; two sisters, Mrs. Jeanette Brown, Rob Roy, Ontario, and Mrs. Flora Greig, Chicago; two nephews, Malcolm and Donald of Wasco and a niece Margaret Blau of Wasco and a cousin, Hugh Walker of The Dalles. He was a member of Taylor lodge A.F.&A.M., The Dalles chapter Royal Arch Masons, Commandery No. 13, Knight Templars; Al Kader Shrine; Annie Fulton chapter, 124, OES, and the Elks. Rev. F.L. Cannell, former Wasco pastor, conducted the services. Interment was made at The Dalles.
- W.F. Jackson Taken By Death at 80. William F. Jackson died in The Dalles Saturday at the age of 80 years. He had been in a hospital for several weeks after a period of failing health. Mr. Jackson was born in Morristown, Tennessee, April 22, 1869 and came to Oregon when a boy. He lived in Hood River for several years before coming to Sherman county where he made his home until 1933. He farmed first and then moved to Moro. In 1908 he was elected as state representative from Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties and served in the 1909 legislature. He was elected again in 1922 and was a member of the 1923 house. He was a candidate for the state senate in 1932. He served on the county defense council during World War I and was active in farm organizations. In 1933 he was appointed registrar at the land office in The Dalles and served three terms. Surviving are his widow, nee Carrie Kaseberg, three brothers, John and Roy of Hood River and Mabry of Portland. Funeral services were conducted at The Dalles with interment in the cemetery there.
November 12, 1948
November 19, 1948
- Lou Peetz Dies Wednesday After Short Illness; Funeral Saturday. Louis L. Peetz, 71, died at The Dalles Wednesday morning after an illness of one day caused from a stroke which grew increasingly worse until his death. Mr. Peetz was born near Tacoma, Washington, January 30, 1877 and came to Sherman county with his family in the middle eighties. He did some freighting when a boy and later took over the management of his fathers farm southwest of town, which he increased in size steadily until he retired from it after World War I. He was married to Miss Ora Barnum December 31, 1901. He was always interested in the betterment of his community. He kept his roads in good condition, built new buildings. Together with the late Art Barnum he built the present fairground track. He moved to a new house in Moro in the early twenties and also built a summer home at Camp Sherman. He was elected county commissioner in 1920 and served 16 years in that capacity being in office when the Sherman Highway was built and when most of the county road program was planned. During the depression he took the job as county road master and served in that capacity until an accident made him quit. He lost one leg and then the other one without losing his cheerfulness. For two years he has received visitors from all over at his home. He became ill Tuesday morning with a fainting spell and was taken to the hospital that night. He failed to rally and died Wednesday morning. Surviving are his widow, Ora, a daughter, Mrs. Karl Landstrom of Portland, a son, Byron in Hawaii, two granddaughters, one grandson and one brother, Ben, of Portland. Funeral services will be conducted from the Moro Community church with Rev. W.W. Gearhart officiating. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. with interment in the Odd Fellows cemetery in The Dalles.
- Annabell Packard. Mrs. Annabell Packard, mother of Wily Knighten, died Monday morning at Longview, Wash., and was buried Wednesday in the family plot at Wamic. She was born in 1864 and came with her parents, the Magills, to San Francisco in 1874. From there they came to Portland by boat and over the Barlow trail to settle near Wamic. She married W.G. Knighten and of their family seven survive; Bert of Harper, Henry and John of Baker, Wily of Moro; Janie Venable of Boise, Idaho. Grace Rutherford of Hereford and Leila Surrerier of Lynden, Washington. She lived in Grass Valley from 1900 to 1912 and will be remembered by old timers of that town.
- Wendell Ball Dies At Bend Sunday. Wendell Ball, 37, brother of Ted Ball, died at the home of his parents in Bend Sunday night. He was a doctor and at the time of his death was planning to come to Sherman county to practice. He served in the medical corp during the war and was on Saipan for six months treating chest cases returning from Okinawa and other islands in the path of the final drive to Tokyo. He suffered a serious auto accident some months ago which might have been partly responsible for his death. and Mrs. Ted Ball left Wednesday for Corvallis to attend the funeral.
November 26, 1948
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December 17, 1948
- Early Day Sailor Buried At Wasco. Carl W. Ruping, father of Mrs. James Maddox of Wasco, was buried at Wasco Tuesday, December 14, at 1:30 p.m. from the Wasco Church of Christ. Mr. Rupling was born in Elton, Germany, near the River Rhine, in 1866. At the age of 18 he came to America settling in the state of Wisconsin. After several years spent sailing the seven seas he married Matilda Helmig and they came west and settled at Stanfield where they engaged in farming. Following several years of failing health he passed away December 12. Surviving are his widow, Matilda, and one daughter, Mrs. Maddox.
December 22, 1948
- Services Tuesday For Mrs. Ruggles. Funeral services were held Tuesday, 2 p.m. in the Moro Community church for Mrs. Lucy S. Ruggles, 93, of Moro who died in Portland Friday night. Mrs. Ruggles was born in Michigan and had lived in this area for 66 years. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Sherman chapter, Grass Valley. The Ruggles family, together with the Ruthledges and Vintins, came to Moro in 1883 in the fall and the three families of them spent the winter in the Barnum house now occupied by the Sherars. Only a part of it was built at that time. In the spring they settled in the part of the county now known as the Rutledge community and the Phil Ruggles land is now occupied by Harold Eakin. After a few years the family moved to the John Day where the children grew up with horses and cattle. When Mr. Ruggles died Mrs. Ruggles, thrown on her own resources, went to school again and started a new life teaching school. Children at Grass Valley and Buckley knew her as the motherly soul who banished their first school day fears. Retirement from school teaching still found her active and she has lived in Moro, keeping her own house ever since or until she went to Portland for the winter. She was Mother Ruggles to hundreds, a sort of mother emeritus to the whole community, keeping an eye on its customs and morals with intent to aid, not punish. Survivors include three sons, O.N. Ruggles of Grass Valley, Walter A. Ruggles of Wasco and S. Ruggles of Stayton; four daughters, Mrs. Sara Rasmussen of Pendleton, Mrs. Eva Landry of Moro, Mrs. Lois Olds of Yuba City, Calif., and Mrs. Lou Brown, 14 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. Callaway & Son mortuary had charge of the service.
- Percy Thompson Buried Monday. Percy James Thompson, 54, died in a hospital in The Dalles Thursday night after a brief illness. Funeral services were held in Moro Monday afternoon with the American Legion in charge. Mr. Thompson was born near Moro in November 1892 and had lived in Sherman county nearly all his life, being a mechanic and repair man and truck driver until he became ill with diabetes some years ago which caused his retirement from hard work. For the past few years he had been manager of the state liquor store. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. James O. Thompson, and served in World War I in France. His wife died several years ago. Surviving are two aunts, Mrs. Charles Bullard of Moro and Mrs. Harriet Nish of The Dalles and three uncles, Andrew of Moro, Owen of Pomona, and Bert of Pasadena, Calif.; George McDonald of The Dalles is a cousin and Mrs. Virginia Reynolds, nee Murray, of Hood River, is a niece.
- Burial Services Held For Cecil Woman. Burial services were held Wednesday for Mrs. Loie L. Remington who died in a hospital at The Dalles Sunday. Burial was in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Grass Valley. Mrs. Remington was born at Grand Rapids, Mich., and had lived at Cecil, Ore. for many years. Her husband, two sons, two sisters survive her.
December 29, 1948
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January 21, 1949
- Wasco Resident Taken By Death. George Van Gasbeck [Gaasbeck], 84, a resident of Oregon for the past 49 years, died at his home in Wasco Sunday morning. He was a retired farmer. Van Gaasbeck was born in Dane county, Wisconsin February 28, 1864. He is survived by his wife, Vleda of Wasco; a son Clark Van Gaasbeck, Blalock; two sisters, Mrs. Ada Glasgow, Spokane and Mrs. Minnie Dutton, Wasco; a brother, Bert Van Gaasbeck, Council Groves, Kans., three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Last rites were held from the Wasco Methodist church at 1 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Carl Stierle officiating. Interment was in the Wasco cemetery. Arrangements were by Spencer & Libby of The Dalles.
- Iver B. Hansen Pioneer Passes. News of the passing of one of Sherman county’s pioneers was belatedly sent to the Sherman County Journal. Iver B. Hansen, born Jan 2, 1880, and died Dec. 25, 1948 at Goldendale, Wash. At the age of five years he came to Sherman county with his parents, where the family engaged in farming. Following the mother and son lived in Portland and in 1912 came to Goldendale. In January 1927 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Mabel Leuthen. Illness had confined him to his bed for the past two years. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Mabel, sister Christena Gano, eight nieces and four nephews. He was buried in the IOOF cemetery at Goldendale.
- Lewis A. Olds Buried Saturday. Lewis A. Olds was born in Yamhill county March 19, 1875 and came to Sherman county with his parents when he was nine years old. They lived on the place where Alfred Kock now lives. He married Ida M. Walker on January 20, 1901, and lived on the place where Willard Rolfe now lives until they moved to the ranch south of Grass Valley where he lived until he retired in 1943 and moved to town where he lived until his death January 12, 1949. He had been ill for ten years of which the last twenty-one months were bedfast. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ida M. Olds, a daughter, Mrs. Thelma Trimble and a son, Alton Olds all of Grass Valley; six brothers, Charles, Dell and Earl of Grass Valley, Dean Olds of Portland, Frank Olds of Milton and Willie Olds of Yuba City, California, and two sisters, Mrs. Bertie Brown of Tygh Valley and Mrs. Iva Nahouse of McCoy, Oregon. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church of Grass Valley Saturday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. W.W. Gearhart of Moro officiating. and Mrs. Orville Ruggles sang, accompanied by Mrs. Elton Eakin at the piano. Pallbearers were Edgar Alley, Henry Peters, C.W. Fields, Herman Peters, Roy Schilling, Boyce Blaylock. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Spencer & Libby, The Dalles, with burial in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Bert Brown, Mrs. Lester Brittain, Frank Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Brittian and Mr. and Mrs. Omar Brittian, all from Tygh Valley, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Nahouse of McCoy, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Olds, Willard Olds and Miss Betty Howe of Portland, Fred Walker of Independence, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Walker of Boise, Idaho, Mrs. Ronald Powell of Moro, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Crews of Stevenson, Wash., Mr. and Mrs. August Wassenmiller of Tygh Valley, Mr. and Mrs. V.B. Eakin, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Alley and R.J. Baker of The Dalles and Mr. and Mrs. Waren Morgan of Condon.
January 28, 1949
- Former Sherman Teacher Succumbs. Ritualistic services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. for Mrs John D. Goodrich, the former Dae Clodfelter, who died Saturday in Yreka, California. She was widely known in Sherman county, having taught school there for many years. The rites were conducted by Columbia chapter No. 33, Order of Eastern Star. Interment was in the IOOF cemetery. She was born in Monmouth, Ore., Nov. 19, 1896. At the time of her death she was worthy matron of Stella chapter of the OES in Yreka. In addition to her husband, survivors include her father, Seth O. Clodfelter, Portland; a sister Mrs. Frank von Borstel, Grass Valley, and three brothers, Donald Clodfelterr, Grass Valley, Francis Clodfelter, Corvallis, and Haran Clodfelter, Newberg.
February 4, 1949
- Haden Brisbine Succumbs At Hillsboro. Word was received this week of the death of Mrs. Haden Brisbine of Hillsboro, Ore., Sunday, January 30. She was a former resident of Moro living here with her family during the first World War. Funeral services were held Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brisbine left Tuesday to attend the services. Mrs. Brisbine is survived by the widower, three daughters and two sons.
- Noted Shaniko Cowboy Succumbs. One of the world’s top cowboys, Tom James (Shaniko Red) Dunn, died Saturday. He was 47. Dunn rode to his peak in rodeo winnings in 1937 when he claimed the world’s bulldogging championship. He took the name of this central Oregon town though he was a native of Plainfield, N.J. His death was attributed to heart attack. Dunn was well known in this area, having participated in several of Sherman county rodeo meetings.
- Arden Squires Answers Last Call. Word was received at Grass Valley Wednesday night of the death of Arden Squires at Rockaway, Oregon, where the family has been living for the past two years, and who operated the Moro variety store. He is survived by his widow, Patricia and three children, Dell, Jacqueline and Sandra. Funeral services will be held at Rockaway with interment at Gresham, Saturday.
- Jack Monroe of Wasco Succumbs In The Dalles. Jack Monroe, an elderly person, who has worked around Wasco for many years died in a The Dalles hospital Wednesday, Feb. 2. Monroe had been working at the Johnny Robinson farm for several months. He is survived by a brother in California. Graveside services will be held at The Dalles cemetery.
- Former Wasco Settler Succumbs At Eugene. James Richard Johnson, 78, died at the home of his daughter in Eugene, January 23, 1949. Born April 14, 1871, the son of J.H. and Katherine Johnson, who came to Wasco in 1884, locating northeast of the townsite in the Biglow district. In 1903 he moved to Heppner and engaged in wheat farming and in the following years was married to Maud Bennett of Illinois, July 11, 1904. They then homesteaded at Boardman 1917 to 1933, returned to Wasco and resided there until 1945, moving then to Eugene. Mrs. Johnson passed away in 1946. Survivors are a son, Delbert B. Johnson, Portland; daughter, Rachel J. Barlow, Eugene. Sister, May Michael, Portland; brothers, J.T. of Wasco, A.S. of The Dalles and C.W. of Aloha. Member of the Central Presbyterian church of Eugene. Fifty year member of Taylor lodge No. 99, A.F.&A.M. Funeral services at England chapel in Eugene, burial at Rest Haven.
February 11, 1949
- F.J. (Joe) Craven, 70, executive vice-president of the Dallas City bank, who died February 1, at the Good Samaritan hospital, in Portland, resided as a boy in Moro, three years, in 1898.
February 18, 1949
Februrary 25, 1949
March 4, 1949
March 11, 1949
- Mrs. Tom Fraser returned Sunday from Lincoln, Nebraska, where she was called by the illness and death of her father, S.W. McCoy.
- Kenny Funeral Held Monday. Funeral services were held Monday at the Moro Community chuch for James Dennis Kenny, who passed away at his home Thursday evening, March 3, 1949. Kenny was born at Monkland and has spent all his life in Sherman county. He was married to Miss Lotus Hennagin Christmas day, 1916. Mr. Kenny has been in ill health for the past two years but up until that time he was very active in his community and in the Masonic lodge. The deceased is survived by his widow, two sons: Clifford of Centralia, Wash., and Glen of Portland; three daughters, Mrs. Lois Fhin, LaGrande, Mrs. Jessie Seimala and Mary Balzer, Portland; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Mersinger, Moro, Adeline Kenny, Smithville, Wn., Ella Buckhan of Coos Bay; three brothers, Charles, The Dalles, Pat of Vey, Idaho and John, Pendleton. Rev. W.W. Gearhart was in charge of funeral services with ritual graveside services by the Eureka lodge No. 121, A.F.&A.M. Pallbearers were Donald Martin, Ralph Eakin, A.B. Christianson, Tom Fraser, Joe Peters and G. Douma. Interment was in the IOOF cemetery under direction of C.R. Calloway & Son. Out of town relatives attending funeral services for James Kenny in addition to the immediate family were Mrs. Walter Williams, Mr. and Mrs. E.O. Eckstrom, Mr. and Mrs. Hal Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hennagan and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sparling of Portland. Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Damon of Portland and Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Futter of Centralia, Washington, were here to attend funeral services for James Kenny.
March 18, 1949
- Robert McKean, Wasco, Dies. Funeral services for Robert H. McKean, who died Saturday night March 12, at his home in Wasco, were held Wednesday from the C.R. Callaway and Son chapel in The Dalles. Ham McKean, as he was familiarly known by his many friends, was a prominent figure in the business and political life of the community, where he has farmed and conducted a farm implement business for the past 50 years. Mr. McKean was born in Wind Ridge, Pa., Dec. 7, 1876. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sadie R. McKean, a daughter, Mrs. Lewis Hastings of Wasco, a son, Robert W. McKean of Vancouver, Wash., two grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Lona Coats of Washington, Pa., three nephews, Robert Poland of Willows, Calif., Earl Poland of Springfield, Calif., James K. McKean of Moro, three nieces, Mrs. Arthur L. Loshe of Willows, Calif., Mrs. Byron Kimsey of The Dalles and Mrs. Roger Tetlow of Eugene, Oregon. Rev. Claude S. Stephens of Wasco was in charge of services, with graveside rites in the Sunrise cemetery at Wasco. Bruce Millard, Fay Brackett, Joe Hilderbrand, Marvin Thomas, Herman Bracket and John Robinson, members of the Knights of Pythias lodge were pallbearers.
- Funeral Services For Mrs. Davis. Funeral services were held Friday in The Dalles for Martha Lucinda Davis, Grass Valley, who died Wednesday at the age of 79. Mrs. Davis was born at El Dorado Springs, Mo. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Leona Cox, Grass Valley; three sons, Charles E. and Sam J., both of Grass Valley, and Clyde D., Condon; three sisters, Mrs. Sudie Snoddy, New Franklin, Mo., Mrs. Etta Gilbert, Arkansas City, Kan., and Mrs. Bird Martin, El Dorado, Kan.; two brothers, Claude W. Smith, Los Angeles, and Clinton B. Smith, Dallas, Texas; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The services were held from the C.R. Callaway & Son chapel with interment following at the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles. Pallbearers for Mrs. Davis, who lived in the community since 1904, were Oscar Ruggles, Wiley Knighten, Millard Eakin, James Earl, B.C. Baumgartner and Roy Baker.
March 25, 1949
- Death Claims Former Resident. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 19, from the C.R. Callaway & Son chapel in The Dalles for Mrs. Wytal Pearl Jones of Rufus, who passed away Thursday, March 17. Mrs. Jones was a member of the Hulery family of Rufus and a former resident of Moro. The Rev. E. Ernest Tayler and the Rev. Wycliffe E. Rice officiated. Pallbearers were William Huck, Bruce Millard, Richard Dingle, Curt A. Tom, Ross Guilford and Tracy Fields of Rufus. Interment was in the Sunrise cemetery at Wasco.
April 1, 1949
April 8, 1949
- Netta Mackay Funeral Held. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 2, 1949 in Portland, for Mrs. Netta Mackay, 66, wife of Circuit Judge D.N. Mackay of Condon. Mrs. Mackay’s health has been failing for the past three years, during which time she lived with her daughter, Mrs. Rex Eastman, in Portland. Judge Mackay was with his wife at the time of her death. Mrs. Mackay had lived in Condon for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Condon chapter Order of the Eastern Star.
- Grass Valley. Twins sons were born prematurely to Mr. and Mrs. William Brinkert at the Emanuel hospital in Portland Thursday, March 31. One of the twins died Friday and the other Saturday. They were buried in Portland Monday. and Mrs. Bill Brinkert and Elaine Nelson went to Portland Sunday to be there for the services.
April 15, 1949
- Rufus Pioneer Buried Tuesday. Cora Bartholomew, 86, of Rufus, Oregon died Thursday April 7th. Mrs. Bartholomew was born in St. Louis July 29, 1862 and came to Oregon in 1882. She lived on a farm three miles from Rufus until 1918 when they moved into town. She was married to Frank Bartholomew September 2, 1903 at the Umatilla House in The Dalles. Mrs. Bartholomew was a member of the Christian church at Wasco. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one sister, Agnes Andrews, Wasco, six nieces and five nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Spencer and Libby chapel in The Dalles with Rev. Stephens officiating. Interment was in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco.
April 22, 1949
April 29, 1949
May 6, 1949
- Funeral Rites Held For Pvt. Huck. Rites were held from the C.R. Callaway & Son chapel at 2 p.m. Saturday for Pvt. Robert Huck, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Huck, Rufus, who was killed while in military service in Belgium on February 1, 1945. Pvt. Huck was born April 21, 1924 in Gilliam county. He was valedictorian of the 1942 graduating class at Rufus high school and was well known for his work in 4-H club livestock projects under the direction of Cal Monroe, former Gilliam County Agent and John Jenkins, school principal. Here for the services Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Cooper of Tuskegee, Alabama, who made trip by plane. Cooper was the sergeant in the platoon in which Pvt. Huck was assigned in Co. 1, 358th Infantry, 90 division, third army. Honorary pallbearers were Willard Leff, Andrew Cooper, Donald Bryant, James Fox, John Jenkins and Carl Thompson. The active pallbearers were selected from members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars who also had charge of the graveside services.
May 13, 1949
- Funeral Services Held For Lee Barnet. Funeral services for Lee Barnet, 22, who was killed instantly Monday about noon when a tractor he was driving onto a truck overturned, were held in The Dalles Wednesday at 2:30 with the American Legion conducting. Lee Barnet was the only remaining son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Barnet, formerly of Kent but now of Dufur. Lee was one of twins. Leland, the other, died while in the navy. Lee was born near Kent and attended school there before entering the navy. He was active in 4-H club work and fed fat calves for the shows for a number of years. Surviving are his parents, a sister, Lavina Jefferies, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Young of Oregon City and a grandmother, Mrs. Rhoda Barnet of The Dalles.
- Word of the death of Jesse Pierson has been received here from White Salmon where he had been living.
May 20, 1949
May 29, 1949
- Mrs. May Moore Dies In The Dalles. Mrs. May Peterson Moore, 39, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Garth Bonney in The Dalles Thursday morning at 8 o’clock after an illness of 15 months during which time she has been in hospitals most of the time. She was born in Montana, May 1, 1910 and came to The Dalles when a small girl. She was married to Roscoe P. Moore and lived in Moro until two years ago when they were divorced. Surviving are her father, a carpenter in The Dalles, two sisters, Mrs. Bonney and another in Corning, New York. Funeral services had not been arranged at the time of publication.
- Fred Peters took Mrs. Herman Peters to The Dalles Sunday where she left for Newberg as she received word that her mother, Mrs. Matilda Folda, was ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Wilcox. Mrs. Folda died Monday morning at the age of 90. The body will be taken back to Iowa for burial. Mrs. Folda was a resident of Grass Valley some years ago.
June 3, 1949
- Joe Yocum Buried At Wasco. Funeral services for Mrs. Joe M. Yocum were held her Monday from the Wasco Methodist church following her death at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bert Kane near Heppner. Mrs. Yocum was born Mary Margaret Hendrick in Polk county in 1872 and was married at McMinnville in 1896 to Joe Yocum. They lived east of Wasco for many years, moving to The Dalles and then to Heppner. Surviving are her widower, and six children, Rita Oviatt of Newport, Vera Happold and Vivian Kane of Heppner, Bessie Church of Portland; Ercel, Dick, and Lawrence Yocum of Wasco.
June 10, 1949
- Lincoln Myers Buried Monday. Thelma, the youngest daughter of William and Rosila Bozarth, was born to them in China Hollow in 1894. December 22, 1911. She became the faithful companion of Lincoln Myers, at the time a laborer on the Celilo Canal at Big Eddy. Mr. Myers in 1907 had left his home state of Iowa, with its tall corn and terrible tornadoes, for the favored west. To this union are three sons, William, Roy, Lloyd and four daughters, Evelyn, Leta, Betty and Ruth. Mrs. Myers’ mother, Rosila and a sister, Eva Bell, preceded her to the great beyond, many years ago. While in California for a short time, Thelma united with the Christian church. For the past few years, she has been a patient sufferer. Her particular request had been to be laid between the mother and sister who lie in the older part of the Wasco cemetery. Departing this life she leaves her husband, Lincoln, her sister, Mrs. Jessie Myers and a brother, Earl Bozarth, and her family of sons and daughters and six grandchildren. [Wasco Methodist Cemetery]
June 17, 1949
- Last Sunday Harley Dutton, Earl Richelderfer, Mrs. Leo Watkins and Mrs. Leah Richelderfer attended the funeral of Robert Fordyce, a brother in law of the Richelderfers, who was buried at White Salmon, Wn.
- Word was received here Saturday by W.C. Fuller of the death of Miss Mildred Dolly Pape, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Pape, of Portland. She will be remembered by old acquaintances.
- Mrs. Link Meyers passed away at her home in Wasco after a long illness last Thursday night. A brother, Earl Bozarth and wife from Canada, also her son, Lloyd and a daughter, Betty, of California were here for the funeral.
- Several of the local people attended the funeral of Mr. Raeburn which was held in The Dalles Wednesday. Raeburn lived in this vicinity for many years and owns property here.
June 24, 1949
- Mrs. Aden Axtell Buried Monday. Mrs. Aden Axtell died Friday evening from a heart attack. She had been caring for the Ernest Woods’ children and had returned home although in some pain. She sat down and talked a minute with her husband and suddenly passed away. Mrs. Axtell was 64. She had lived the greater part of her life in Oregon and for over 30 years has been a Moro resident. Pleasant and uncomplaining she had many friends. Surviving are her widower, Aden K. Axtell, a son, Cecil Gregg of Portland and a sister, Mrs. Nora Jack of Reedville. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Community church with Rev. W.W. Gearhart officiating. Interment was made in the Odd-Fellows cemetery under direction of Spencer & Libby.
July 1, 1949
- Body of Gordon Hall Removed From Deschutes. The body of Gordon Hall was found Monday near Mile Post 22 by a search party composed of Sheriff Fields, deputy coroner Bruce Alley and William Pausch, who brought the body to the top. Gordon Hall, 48, was drowned March 11 at Maupin presumably while suffering from an attack of asthma. His lower teeth were found at that time and matching uppers were found on the body, which together with other identification made it certain to the officers that the body was that of Hall. Mr. Hall was born in Canada, May 23, 1891, and had been a resident of Sherman county for many years working on farms and dealing in horses much of the time. He entered World War I from The Dalles in September 1918. In recent years he had lived at Maupin and in California and Arizona. Surviving are a sister Mrs. Ethel Volkenberg and a niece Wilma Volkenberg, both of Chilliwack, British Columbia.
- and Mrs. Charles Lemley of Gresham stopped Sunday evening on their way home from Spokane, Wn., where they attended the funeral of Mr. Lemley’s brother, I.D. Lemley, who died at 86 years.
July 8, 1949
July 15, 1949
- Hart Hailey Buried In The Dalles. Hart Hailey, 64, died July 8 at Rockaway where he had been living since leaving Rufus some years ago. He had a string of cabins. Mr. Hailey was born near Goldendale August 3, 1884 and had spent most of his life in Sherman county where he was a farmer most of his life. Surviving is his wife, Lila, and several cousins in Sherman county. Funeral services were held Tuesday at The Dalles with interment in the IOOF cemetery there.
July 22, 1949
- Walter Adams To Be Buried Sunday At Kent. Mrs. Walter R. Adams, 68, a former resident of Kent and Antelope, died at a hospital in Tacoma, Washington, early this week and will buried at Kent next Sunday afternoon at 2:00. Graveside services will be held at that time. Mrs. Adams was a sister of the elder Wilsons.
- Word from Eugene to John DeMoss Tuesday informed him that his uncle, Waldo Davis, 77, had died that day at 1:30 in a hospital there. Funeral services were held Friday in Eugene and John and wife went down to attend.
July 29, 1949
- Mrs. Walter Adams. Graveside services for Mrs. Nora Lee Adams of Orting, Wn., was held at Kent Sunday with the Rev. Apley of The Dalles and Rev. Earl Hastings of Kent officiating. Among those attending were Mr. and Mrs. I.E. Wilson and daughter and Mrs. Essie Wilson and son and his wife all from Pullman, Wash., Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Harbin and son, Earl, of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. B.M. Sias and daughter of Forest Grove, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Helyer, Mrs. Mary Hulse, Mrs. Mary Wilson, Mrs. L.W. Amick, Mrs. Clara Helyer, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Wilson, all from The Dalles; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Kaiser [Kaser] and children of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wayne Adams of Salinas, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Adams of Wapato, Wn., Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Barry, Mr. and Mrs. John Schassen, Mr. and Mrs. Logan Gentry and their son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. J. Wilson and son all from Portland; Dr. Joe Wilson of Moscow, Idaho, Mr. and Mrs. G. Douma and Mrs. Ida Davis of Moro, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Barnett of The Dalles, Mr. and Mrs. O.N. Ruggles and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Davis of Grass Valley; and the widower, Walter R. Adams.
- Waldo Davis, known and appreciated by all Sherman countians, died in Eugene last week and was buried there Friday. He was born in Iowa City, Iowa, May 21, 1871 and was past 78 at the time of his death, which was from a heart attack. His father was a minister in Eugene in the ’80s and P. Waldo graduated from the university in 1894. He joined the DeMoss players and married Lizzie DeMoss in 1900. He was one of the members of that family and with them traveled over America and Europe giving concerts in churches, halls, opera houses to groups of all kinds. The most active part of his life was spent in this manner although it is difficult to pick out any part of P. Waldo’s life that was most active. He was always on the go, always ready with a word and always ready to play music. He as a regular attendant at the historical picnic and at The Dalles pioneer society where he played his musical bells. For years he has lived in Eugene where he was a favorite with luncheon and dinner clubs as well as churches and granges. He was a Baptist, an Odd-Fellow, a Lion, a Granger and many other societies and enjoyed them all. Surviving are a son, Herschel of Eugene, a daughter, Mrs. Byron Blackwell of Powell Butte, four grandchildren; a sister in law, Aurelia DeMoss of Eugene, a brother in law, John of Moro.
August 5, 1949
- Mrs. Emanuel Eslinger Buried In Ellensburg. Mrs. Grace Myrtle Eslinger was born June 18, 1877 in Illinois, and died in Ellensburg, Washington, Saturday July 30, 1949 at the age of 72 years. She had lived in Ellensburg the past fifteen years where she was buried Tuesday. Survivors are her widower, A.E. Eslinger, Ellensburg; three sons, Curtis of Pullman, Washington, Willis and Kenneth of Ellensburg; two daughters, Mrs. Ninus Powers, Moses Lake and Mrs. Opal Hinkle of Portland; thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. One brother, Virdian Martin, Huntington Park, California. Mrs. Earl Olds, Mrs. Herman Ziegler and son, Herman, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Blagg attended the funeral at Ellensburg Tuesday.
August 12, 1949
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- Ted Everett Funeral Held In Portland. Funeral services for Hugh E. (Ted) Everett, Jr., were held in Portland Tuesday afternoon and interment was made in Lincoln Memorial cemetery in that city. Ted Everett was born at the old Everett place near Biglow March 21, 1892, and had lived in the county almost his entire life. He was married September 22, 1934. In recent years he has been truck driver for the Sherman Co-op at Wasco and had lived all over the county at some time. He had many friends. Funeral services were conducted by Portland post No. 1, American Legion with Chaplain Davenport officiating. Ted had served in the army in World War I. Surviving are his widow, Norma, a daughter, Lois Ann, his father, four brothers, Charles and Carl of Wasco, Lee of Empire and Pearl of Coos Bay, four sisters, Mrs. L.L. Funk of Wasco, Mrs. Clara Ramey of Davis, Calif., Mrs. Iva Downie of Los Angeles and Mrs. Mattie Ross of Salem.
August 19, 1949
August 26, 1949
- Arthur Dowsett of Gresham, husband of Mrs. Amy Dowsett, who were married last December 28th in Auburn, Washington, passed away, August 18th and was buried August 22. Claude Stephens who officiated at their marriage was called to be with his sorrowing sister. Mr. Dowsett was a member of the Gresham Methodist church and of the Masonic lodge A.F.&A.M.
September 2, 1949
- Bert Buker Buried At Albany. Bert O. Buker, 63, died at Albany and was buried there August 20 after a long illness. He was born at Antone, November 18, 1885 and spent his early years at Grass Valley leaving there for Suplee where he was stockman for many years. Surviving are brothers, Paul, of Albany, H.E. of Prineville, John R. of Dayville; sisters, Mrs. Grace Bourhill of Portland, Mrs. Echo Vintin of San Francisco, Mrs. Maud Campbell of The Dalles; and a number of nieces and nephews.
September 9, 1949
September 16, 1949
- Fosses Attend Funeral Of Son-In-Law Tuesday. and Mrs. John F. Foss and Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Kaseberg left Sunday for Astoria upon receiving word of the death of Fred A. Hellberg, 38, who died of a cerebral hemorrhage at his home there Sunday morning. Mr. Hellberg was a graduate of the University of Oregon, a partner in the drug business with his father and had served three terms as representative from Clatsop county. He was married to Dorothy Foss who survives him as do his parents and two children, Janet, 10, and Freddie Jr., 5. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in Astoria.
September 23, 1949
- C.R. Bruckert Dies Sunday In Hospital. Charles R. Bruckert, 1505 Thompson St. The Dalles, a former Sherman county rancher, died in a local hospital Sunday, September 18, 1949, at the age of 82 years. Born in Alsace, France, December 28, 1866, Mr. Bruckert came to the United States with his parents at the age of two, settling in Nebraska. On February 21, 1894 he was married to Mary Anna Sinn at Alexandria, Nebraska. The Bruckerts moved to a ranch east of Moro in 1914 and went to The Dalles to make their home in 1934. Surviving are three sons, Richard J. Bruckert of Moro, Walter E. Bruckert of Klondike, and Oscar C. Bruckert of Arlington; three daughters, Mrs. Anna C. Balzer of Grass Valley, Mrs. Alma M. Hull of Vancouver, Wn., and Mrs. Hilda M. Hartmann of Wasco; a brother, J.J. Bruckert, South Gate, California; two sisters, Mrs. August Wolf and Mrs. August Theime, both of Deshler, Nebraska; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at C.R. Callaway & Son chapel with the Rev. Paul A. Hoch officiating. Pallbearers were Clarence Higley, George McDonald, A.C. Vandiver, Russel Belshee, Bob Belshe, and Mark Henkle; with interment in the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles.
- Mary Johnson and Tex Irzyk flew to Massachusetts to attend the funeral of Mr. Irzyk’s father, who died suddenly last week.
September 30, 1949
- Word of the death of Mrs. Mabry Strong Potter at Eugene was received here Wednesday morning. She was a sister of Truman Strong and Mrs. Ted Ball and was a native Sherman countian. and Mrs. Strong have been in Eugene this week to be at her bedside. Funeral services were held Thursday at 4 p.m. in Eugene.
October 7, 1949
- Judge Mackay Dies From Heart Attack at Home. Judge N. Mackay, whose age is given as about 68, died at his Condon home Friday night from what appeared to be a heart attack. Friends at the courthouse went to his home Saturday morning when he did not appear at his office and found his body near his bed. It was estimated that he had died the night before at ten o’clock. Judge Mackay was a native of Scotland coming to this country when a young man. He worked for Balfour-Guthrie in Portland and studied law with Judge Arthur Hay of Oregon Supreme Court. He had been a resident of Condon for nearly 40 years. He was at one time active in the Federal Land Bank as a local agent and served on the regional board of directors for a number of years. He was elected as circuit judge in 1945 and has presided on the bench in most of the Oregon counties where his opinions were well respected. Funeral services were held in Portland Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock with interment beside his wife who died earlier this year after a long illness which kept her in a sanitarium. Surviving is one daughter, who lives in Portland.
October 14, 1949
- Two Killed In Grants Grade Crossing Wreck. Just a mass of wreckage was viewed Sunday morning after a truck and trailer was hit by a train at the railroad crossing at Popular Grove station just two miles west of Rufus. The accident occurred about 7:30 Saturday night as the Streamliner was going east and the truck which had just come over the ferry was going south. The two men in the truck were killed instantly. They were Glen M. Pate, 34, Tacoma, Washington and Henry E. Johnstone, 21, Yelm, Washington. It was a Tacoma for hire truck and trailer with a load of extra fancy delicious apples from Yakima, Washington. It was reported many of these trucks were noticed going south Saturday night. The impact of the collision broke the hitch loose on the trailer which was not damaged in the least. It appeared that the truck was hit on the cab which was a mass of junk, and which was carried several hundred feet from the back end of the truck part. The motor of the truck was knocked across the railroad and landed right beside the Columbia river highway about a hundred feet away. The Streamliner stopped and gave aide calling the ambulance and the coroner before proceeding east. Apples torn from the boxes were scattered for fifty feet along the tracks. Spectators salvaged the good apples in their arms and paper bags Sunday morning. It was reported that officials were on the scene at day break Sunday morning viewing the wreckage. After the crash another truck driver who was parked at Popular Grove station unhooked his trailer and went across the tracks to get the other trailer which had come loose from the wrecked truck, taking it over and parking it near the station. This driver also identified the two men who were killed. Neighbors who lived just a couple of blocks from the scene said they never heard any crash at the time of the accident.
- L.D. May died Monday in The Dalles at the age of 84. She had been ill for several days in her final illness. Mrs. May was born April 23, 1865 and married in 1894 in Solomon City, Kansas, to L.D. May. She had lived in Sherman county since 1900. In recent years the Mays had lived near Grass Valley. Surviving are two sons, Thomas Everett of Carmel, Calif., and Wallace of Grass Valley; three daughters, Mrs. Guy Boyer of John Day, Grace Zevely of Moro and Mrs. A.E. Brandt of Huntington, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Moro Community church with Callaway’s in charge. Mrs. May had requested that flowers be omitted and contributions made to the church building fund.
- Reinkje Douma. Mrs. Reinkje Joustra Douma, 84, mother of the Douma family of Moro died at Albany, Tuesday October 11, after a short illness. Mrs. Douma had been living at Albany for several months. She was born in Holland, November 17, 1865 and came to the United States and Oregon in 1889, moving to Sherman county in 1902. After living east of town for a few years the family moved to Moro which has been its home since. Herman Douma, who she married in Holland, died in 1906. Surviving are five sons, Tom of Portland, Jacob and Marius of Wheeler, Gheardius and Aurelius of Moro; two daughters, Mrs. Joe Peters of Moro and Mrs. A.J. Brown of Maupin. Garland another son died in 1915. Surviving also is a brother, Joseph Joustra of Princeton, N.J. and nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the Moro Community church Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. with C.R. Callaway’s in charge. Interment will be in the local Odd Fellows cemetery.
- Nancy Beard. Nancy Isabelle Smith Dugger Beard, mother of Mrs. John DeMoss and long time early day resident of Sherman county, was buried at Oregon City, October 12 following her death Saturday at her home at Washougal, where she had long been ill. Mrs. Beard was born January 1, 1856 in Nashville, Tenn., and was married to George Dugger there. They came to Sherman county in 1902 homesteading southwest of Grass Valley. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ollie Cox, Oregon City, Mrs. Izzie Allgeier, Sandy and Mrs. Etha DeMoss, Moro; two sons, Garfield of Washougal and Marion in California; 23 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, also two step daughters and three step sons. Funeral services were conducted from the Stroller Roselight chapel and interment made at Mountain View cemetery near Oregon City.
October 21, 1949
- John A. Walter, former resident of Sherman county, died at the age of 81 at Hood River, Friday, October 14. He was born in Illinois in 1868 and came to Sherman county by way of California in 1888 taking up the homestead cornering from the Klondike store. He lived there 20 years before moving to Hood River where he had lived since 1908. He was married in Illinois to Fannie M. Hilderbrand in 1892, who survives him. Other survivors are two sons, William and Andy of Hood River and Mrs. Wallace May of Grass Valley and two grandsons.
- Arch E. McFarland. News of the death of Arch E. McFarland a one time resident of Moro and Grass Valley was received here last week following his death Wednesday. Funeral services were held in Portland Saturday. He lived for years at Umatilla and more recently at Waldport.
- Word received by Mrs. Mollie McLachlan is that her uncle, George Ames of Centralia, Wn., had died there of an heart attack. He had been ill for some months but his end was not expected. He was a brother of the late Mrs. Jospeh Hockman and often visited in Moro.
October 28, 1949
- Mrs. James E. Brown of Grass Valley died in a hospital in The Dalles Thursday morning after an illness of several days. Funeral services had not been arranged at two o’clock that day. Belle Burton Brown was born at Yamhill July 6, 1879 being 70 years of age at the time of death. She lived in Tillamook for years and came to Sherman county with her family over 30 years ago. Surviving are her widower and three sons, James T., Robert and Max, all of this county. Mrs. Brown was well known for her ability at fancy work, her displays winning prizes annually at the fairs. She made afghans and rugs for the VFW ambulance fund which did much to pay for that vehicle.
November 4, 1949
- James E. Brown, 78, Grass Valley farmer for 30 years, died in a hospital in The Dalles November 1. Mrs. Brown had died the Thursday previous and was buried Saturday. Mr. Brown had been suffering with a weak heart and the shock was too much. Jim Brown was born in Yamhill county June 19, 1871 and had lived in the state all his life. In his youth he was engaged in many activities and owned property in many parts of the state. He drove the mail stage into Tillamook in early days and then met and married Belle Burton who preceded him in death by four days. They came to Sherman county some 30 years ago and became very successful through careful management of farms and ranches. He is survived by three sons, James T., Robert B. and Max H., all of Sherman county, a brother Charles at Rockaway and a sister, Mrs. Edith Silsby of Portland. Funeral services will be held at the Baptist church in Grass Valley Friday afternoon under the direction of Callaway’s.
- Belle Brown Funeral services for Mrs. J.E. Brown were held from the Baptist church Saturday at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Earl Hastings of Dufur officiating. Orville Ruggles sang accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Ruggles. Pallbearers were Herman Ziegler, Jerry Wilson, A.A. Dunlap, Ivan Blagg, Sam Stark, and J.E. Norton. Arrangements were under the direction of C.R. Callaway and Son with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley.
November 11, 1949
November 18, 1949
- Hugh E. Everett, 96, died in The Dalles Monday morning. Everett, father of a large family and county’s oldest citizen has been a figure around Wasco for many years. Until recently he was straight and vigorous and he carried his cane with the swank of a man half his age. He was born in Hocking county Ohio, May 25, 1853 but has been a resident of this county for over 60 years, being a farmer for a large part of that time. Surviving are four sons, Charles and Carl of Wasco, Lee of Empire, Pearl of Coos Bay; four daughters, Mrs. L.L. Funk of Wasco, Mrs. Clara Ramey of Davis, California, Mrs. Iva Downie of Los Angeles, California, and Mrs. Mattie Ross of Salem. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Wasco Christian church with Callaway’s in charge.
- Chester G. Silvers, 65, resident of Sherman county during the years of his youth and early manhood, died suddenly in Medford Sunday after an illness of a few days. Silvers was living with his daughter. He collapsed on the street Friday. He was born in Marion county May 7, 1884 and came to this county when a boy with his parents. He farmed here for several years before moving away to the city. Surviving are his daughter, Evelyn Vonderhellen of Medford, a son Dean of Portland, two sisters, Mrs. E.E. Barzee of Moro and Mrs. A.L. Barzee of Fossil. Graveside services were observed by the local Masonic lodge Tuesday afternoon as he was buried in the Moro cemetery.
November 25, 1949
- D.H. Leech Dies. Mrs. Charles Belshee received word Monday of the death of her uncle D. Harvey Leech, who was at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Eileen McCully on the Mt Hood loop road near Hood River. He was well known in this county having been an early settler. He would have been 86 in February. He was a minister having started the Methodist church at Antelope and later preached at Eugene, Albany, and Salem and was also presiding elder of the Methodist conference. Surviving besides his daughter are three sons, Archer of Portland, Charles of Medford and John of Blodgett.
December 2, 1949
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December 23, 1949
- Walter Medler Funeral Held Wednesday. Walter A. Medler, 69, died in a hospital in The Dalles after a long illness following an operation. Funeral services were held at The Dalles Wednesday afternoon with services in charge of the Elks lodge. Mr. Medler was born near Walla Walla, Wn., July 18, 1880, and was brought to Sherman county in that year. He has lived here continuously farming east of Wasco since adulthood. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruno Medler, very early settlers north of Wasco. Surviving are his widow, Fay, a daughter, Mrs. Jeanette McDonald of Portland, one sister, Mrs. Mary E. Barnum of Moro and a brother, Fred of Portland.
December 30, 1949
January 6, 1950
- Roy Watkins Funeral Held In Wasco. Funeral services for Roy E. Watkins, 63, were held Tuesday from the Wasco Church of Christ following his death Saturday from a sudden illness. He was born in Prescott, Kansas, June 8, 1886 and was brought to Sherman county when a small child. He has lived in the mid-Columbia section since that time. Surviving are his widow, Clara, two daughters, Mrs. Alma Jean O’Meara of Wasco and Mrs. Howard Edwards of Orchards, Wash., three sisters, Mrs. Albert Kasberg of Wasco, Mrs. Hazel Simpson of Portland and Mrs. G.K. Matteson of Modesto, Cal., two brothers, Bert and Everett of Wasco, two half brothers, Carl of Seattle and Harold of Shelton, Wash., and a half sister, Miss Wanda Watkins of Seattle and six grandchildren. Interment was made in the Wasco cemetery.
- George Lamborn Buried In The Dalles. George M. Lamborn, long a resident of the Wasco community, died at a home near Troutdale Christmas after a long illness. Funeral services were held December 27 in The Dalles with interment in the cemetery there. Mr. Lamborn was born in Iowa June 9, 1862 and had lived the greater part of his 87 years in Sherman county where he had a farm south of Wasco, now owned by L.P. Haven. Surviving are his widow Hattie and a sister, Mrs. Bell Browning of Sacramento, Calif.
January 13, 1950
January 20, 1950
- Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Balsiger were in Newberg last Thursday to attend the funeral of his step sister. They found the road from Newberg to Portland very slick so waited until Friday to start home. They turned around at Parkrose when they found visibility down to zero and came up on the train Saturday. Many cars could be seen along the highway abandoned by the drivers.
January 27, 1950
- Bill Biggerstaff, eldest of the four Biggerstaff brothers, who ran saloons in Moro years ago died at The Dalles last week following an operation. He had been living in the Richmond country in Wheeler county and was taken to the hospital by Art Barzee. He was a native of Missouri and is survived by brothers Miles and John, both in California.
February 3, 1950
February 10, 1950
- Gene Cushman Has Fatal Heart Attack. Eugene A. (Gene) Cushman, long time Sherman countian, died at his home at Carson, Washington Sunday night. He had retired early saying that he did not feel well and was found dead a short time later by his wife. Mr. Cushman was born in California, January 23, 1869 and came to with his parents to Sherman county in 1882. He lived here until some ten years ago when he retired to the place at Carson. He farmed while here. Surviving are his widow, Nellie (Woods) whom he married in 1892, a son, Virgil of Condon, two daughters, Mrs. Leah Sibray of Portland and Mrs. Esther Morris of Millican, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday February 10 at 11 a.m. from the community hall at Carson.
- Rebecca Coryell Dies At Vancouver. Rebecca Coryell, mother of the Hilderbrand family of Wasco, died at Vancouver, Wn., Saturday at the age of 70. She had been living there for some years. Mrs. Coryell was born Rebecca Chamberlin in Missouri and came with her parents to Lyle, Washington in 1889. She was married to George W. Hilderbrand in The Dalles, May 17, 1897 and lived in Sherman county until she left the ranch when the sons were old enough to farm it. Surviving are three sons, Ormond of Hood River, Joe of Wasco, Walt of Yakima (Ross was killed at Wasco several years ago), three daughters Vesta (Mathias) of Yakima, Cleda (Bingham) of Spokane and Grace (Medler) of Wasco, and her widower Ernest Coryell. She also leaves 14 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: Nettie McCarty, Battleground, Wn.; Finnie Pitzenberger, Portland; Minnie Hood, Palochis, Texas; Emma Austin, White Salmon, Wn., Robert Chamberlin, White Salmon and Fred Chamberlin, Washougal, Washington. Funeral services were held Wednesday February 8 at Vancouver, Wn., with interment being held Monday, February 13 at the Wasco cemetery.
- Funeral For Emma J. Sayrs. Funeral services for Mrs. Emma J. Sayrs were held from the Moro Community church Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. following her death Saturday evening February 4. Nancy Emiline Jane Powell was the youngest child born to John and Emily Powell, who had crossed the plains in the wagon train of 1852 with his father, Joab Powell, who became one of the early day circuit riders of the Willamette valley. Sayrs was born December 25, 1861 on a farm near Scio. She moved to Prineville with the family and was married to Frank A. Sayrs there February 22, 1880. He died February 28, 1924. They came to Sherman county in 1883 and took up a timber claim west of Moro which still remains in the family, some member of which has always farmed it. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Sayrs, four of whom survive. They are Mrs. R.T. Morgan, Mrs. Clare Axtell of Moro, Mrs. Vie Race of Portland and Carroll of Moro. Another son Omar died in 1943 and a daughter, Mrs. Opha Morgan died in 1947. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Mrs. Sayrs was a member of the Moro Community church, the Lupine Rebekah lodge and the Women of Woodcraft. Interment was in the Moro IOOF cemetery.
February 17, 1950
- Richard Stakely Dead At 88 Years. Richard C. (Dick) Stakely died at the age of 88 in a hospital in The Dalles after a long illness. Stakely was born in Missouri and when young went to Texas where he became a ranger and U.S. Marshal. He has been in this country about 60 years and has lived near Kent and Grass Valley. Surviving are six nieces, Mrs. Callie Duncan, The Dalles, with whom he lived; Mrs. Fred Bisner, The Dalles; Mrs. Laura Mashburn, Rochester, Wn., Mrs. Bessie Miesner, Connell, Wn.; Mrs. Emily Jarvis, Fort Worth, Texas; Miss Ercel Stakely, Eureka, Calif.; and two nephews, William Stakely of Eureka, Calif.; and Charles Stakely of Ft. Worth, Texas. The deceased was a charter member of the Tygh Valley IOOF lodge. He owned land east of Kent. The funeral was held from the Spencer & Libby chapel Tuesday and interment made in the Wamic cemetery.
February 24, 1950
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March 24, 1950
- Ervy Remington Dead. Ervy H. Remington died in The Dalles Tuesday after being ill but a short time. He had been living at Fossil recently. He was well known at Grass Valley as he was blacksmith there for a good many years. Two stepsons, Willard and Delbert Wilcox are in charge of services which will be held Friday.
March 31, 1950
- Francis Hammond Buried at Grass Valley. Francis James Hammond, 32, died Wednesday March 22 at the Medical-Dental hospital in Redmond. A farmer in the Powell Butte community, he is survived by his wife, Frieda, and son, James of Powell Butte; his mother, Mrs. T. J. Hammond of Arlington, Mass.; seven brothers, Joe of Grass Valley, Thomas, Spokane, John, Robert, Leo and Wendell, all in Mass., Warren in Iowa and one sister, Mrs. Ethel Curtin of Mass. Funeral services were held from the Catholic church in Grass Valley Saturday at 10 o’clock with Father Duigan of Dufur officiating. The American Legion had charge of the graveside services. Interment in Grass Valley cemetery arrangements by Zacher mortuary of Redmond.
- Adeline Hockman Funeral Today. Flora Adeline Hockman died in a hospital in Portland Tuesday March 28, after a long illness. She was born near Olympia, Washington June 30, 1893 and came to Sherman county when a girl with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hockman. She attended school in Moro, was married to George Hansen in 1921, and later moved to Portland where she has made her home for the past 25 years. Surviving are two brothers, Ben of The Dalles and Orville of Moro, three half sisters, Mrs. Mollie McLachlan of Moro, Mrs. Lottie Cowles and Mrs. May Nordin of Portland. Funeral services will be held in Portland from Rose and Son chapel Friday morning at ten o’clock. Interment will be made in the Moro cemetery that afternoon with graveside services. Pallbearers will be Bob Hoskinson, Art Christianson, Carroll Sayrs, Harry Pinkerton, Truman Strong and Tom Fraser. Rev. Gearhart will be in charge.
- Ervy Remington Services Held. Funeral services for E.R. Remington of Fossil, who died Tuesday, March 21, at a hospital in The Dalles, was held from the Spencer-Libby funeral home in The Dalles Friday at 1 o’clock with the Rev. A.L. Kintner officiating. Graveside services were held at the IOOF cemetery in Grass Valley at 3:30. Among those attending the funeral were his step son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Wilcox from Prineville, Mr. Remington’s sister, Mrs. Atkinson from Eugene, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Oaks and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Coon from Prineville, Ferris Stanton from Portland and friends from Fossil, Willow Creek, Cecil, The Dalles and Grass Valley. After the services at the cemetery friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dell Olds where sandwiches and cake and coffee were served by Mrs. Fred Peters, Mrs. Wayne Kelly and Mrs. John Block.
- Mae Fowler returned home from Portland last week where she attended the funeral of a sister, Mrs. R.A. Wallace. Mrs. Wallace who lived in Rufus years ago, was nee Effie Fleck. She died in Portland, March 16.
April 7, 1950
- William S. Powell Dies In Hospital. William S. (Bill) Powell died at St. Vincent’s hospital in Portland Wednesday night, after an illness of ten days. He went to the city and entered a rest home from which he was transferred to a hospital a few days before death. Powell was 77, having been born in Linn county in August of 1872. He lived for a time when a boy at Prineville and came to Sherman county in the early eighties to make this his home for the remainder of his life. He farmed west of town when young and owned two sections of land there together with other wheat land in this and Gilliam county. He was married to Frankie Landry who preceded him in death. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Opal Parkins, Mrs. J.K. McKean, two brothers, Roy of The Dalles and Charley of Portland, two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Moore, of Moro and Mrs. Mary Southwick of Portland, and two granddaughters, Nancy and Janie McKean of Moro. Powell was active in farm organizations being a member of the Farmers Union years ago, one of the organizers of the Eastern Oregon Wheat League, the first local director of the North Pacific Grain Growers. He served several years on the city council. Funeral services have not been arranged as yet.
- Charles Stewart Buried Tuesday. Charles Stewart, one of four brothers well known in Sherman county, was buried in The Dalles Tuesday. He was born July 22, 1876 in Scotland and came to Oregon when a young man living in the mid-Columbia area most of his life. He is survived by a brother, John of Moro, two nephews, Lee of Salem and Charles Nelson of Dufur and six nieces, Mrs. Clarence Quirk, Mrs. Milford Ball and Mrs. Janette Sorahan of The Dalles, Mrs. Arthur Mason and Mrs. Malvin Ball of Boyd and Miss Cora Stewart of Corvallis. Funeral services were in charge of the Odd-Fellows of which he was a long time member and interment was in the cemetery at The Dalles.
- Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Roberson were called to Los Angeles, Calif., this week because of the death of her mother who passed away at the age of 85. Because of the absence of Mrs. Roberson the high school play has been postponed until April 28.
April 14, 1950
- Carrie Bell Ginn Dies In California. Carrie Belle Coleman Ginn died at Oceanside hospital in California, Wednesday morning at 2:30 at the age of 85. Born near Clarinda, Iowa, February 3, 1865 Mrs. Ginn came to Oregon in 1891 and taught school in Sherman county. She married Robert J. Ginn November 27, 1894 at the Umatilla House in The Dalles. Surviving are two sons, Harold of Moro and Richard of Spokane, Wash.; three daughters, Faith Needham of Vista, Calif.; Margery Dalby of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Mildred, a missionary in south India, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Also surviving are two step-sons, Arthur of Pendleton and Elwood of The Dalles. Mrs. Ginn lived at Moro until the death of her husband and has spent most of the time recently in California with her daughter Faith. Funeral services for Mrs. Ginn will be held Friday noon, April 14 from the Church of the Little Flower and interment will be made in the Forest Lawn cemetery, Los Angeles.
- Word received here is that Mrs. Don Wheat had died at her home near Eugene a week or so age [ago].
- Roy Montague of Arlington died suddenly Monday at the age of 54. He was the husband of Lillian Morrison.
- Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Andersen went to White Salmon Monday to attend the funeral services for her brother, Walter Wike, who died last week in a Los Angeles hospital.
April 21, 1950
- Plane Hits High Tension Line; Aviator Dies. Michael E. Breadner, Jr., of Yakima, Wash., was killed Saturday morning about 9:30 when the plane he was flying hit an REA line between the Richelderfer and Pearl Butler McDonald farms northwest of Wasco. Breadner was flying a plane for Jerry Barnet and Clyde Fridley and had worked at it but a short time. Ira Fridley and Clyde were spotting. He was flying north and south and because the run was short was making it all one way. He rose over the power line at the end of his run and on the final round after turning for the return, hit the line above the wheels. A pole was broken and the plane turned to the ground badly wrecked. Breadner’s throat was cut by the straps that held him onto the seat and he died, presumably from loss of blood before he could reach a doctor. The Sherman county ambulance was called with Norman Fields driving but he died shortly after reaching the hospital. He is survived by a wife, Betty Jean and a son, Richard Eugene, and his father, all of Yakima, his mother, Mrs. Gene Carr of Vermont. He was a veteran of the Canadian Air Force although only 25 years old, and had just recently taken out his first citizenship papers.
- Final Rites for A. C. Thompson. Andrew Charles Thomson died quietly at his home in Moro Friday evening, April 14, after a long illness that has kept him indoors several years. Born January 17, 1857 in Camden, Rock Island county, Illinois, Mr. Thompson came west with his family when a young man and was married in 1879 at Corvallis to Rosa Henkle. Shortly thereafter they moved to Sherman county with other members of his family and started farming. He continued this pursuit until he retired and moved to Moro renting his land to his sons and son-in-law. Surviving are three sons, Jess of Portland, Claud of Pomona, California, Dewey of Moro, and a daughter, Mrs. Edna Melzer, of Moro; two sisters, Mrs. Myra Bullard, Moro, Mrs. Harriet Nish of The Dalles; two brothers, Owen of Pomona, California and Berton R. of Pasadena, California; 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Funeral services were held from the Moro Community church Monday afternoon at two o’clock with interment in the Rose cemetery east of town where other members of the family are buried. Mr. Thompson was a member of the Moro Community church.
- Wayne Darby Dies In Medford. Wayne Darby, 38, died Saturday, April 15, at Medford following an operation. Mr. Darby was born in Wasco in May of 1911 and attended grade and high school there. In continuing his education he prepared for teaching and taught in the Culver school a few years before going into electrical refrigeration and remained in this work until his untimely death. He started in Wasco in partnership with Steve O’Meara before going to Portland where he remained until about 18 months ago when he moved to Medford. Survivors are his wife, Margaret, one daughter, Joan, one son, Jimmy, all of Medford; his mother, Mrs. Lydia Darby of Wasco, and one sister, Mrs. Kenneth Ferguson of Portland. Funeral services were held in The Dalles, April 18, from the Callaway & Son chapel and interment was made in The Dalles IOOF cemetery.
April 28, 1950
- Sherman Wilcox, 84, died in Portland April 10 and was buried in Parkrose cemetery by the Masonic lodge of which he had been a member for 58 years. Wilcox was long a resident of Sherman county, farming near both Wasco and Grass Valley. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Earl Loomis of Fossil and two grandchildren both of Wheeler.
- Owen Thompson. Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Thompson and Mrs. Charles Bullard and Florence Brown left Tuesday for Pomona, California to attend the funeral of I. Owen Thompson who died there early Tuesday. Mr. Thompson was born June 28, 1866 in Illinois and came to Oregon in the early 80s. He lived in Sherman county and at Camp Sherman for many years, moving to California several years ago. Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Myra Bullard of Moro, Mrs. Harriet Nish, The Dalles; one brother, Bertron of California. A brother, Andrew, died here last week.
- William J. Brownlee, 91, died Wednesday, April 19 in The Dalles and funeral services were held Saturday there with interment in the Wasco cemetery. Mr. Brownlee was born in Springfield, Ill. January 26, 1859 and came to Oregon in 1864. He was a long time resident of Sherman county. Survivors are Mrs. Grover Young of Kent, Mrs. R.O. Baldwin of Oakland, Cal., eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
May 7, 1950
- Robert Urquhart Buried Here. Robert Urquhart, 82, well known former resident of Moro, died in Portland May 1. A native of Canada, he came to Oregon in 1899 and farmed in this county for several years before moving to town. He was at one time postmaster of Moro. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Laura Wise of Portland and Mrs. Idabelle Hunter of Boise, Idaho; three sons, Orrin and George of Portland and Willard of Great Falls, Montana; two brothers William and Peter still in Canada. Funeral services were held in Moro Thursday morning with interment in the Moro cemetery where he will rest beside his wife, Anna, who died here in 1929. Urquhart was a long time member of the Masonic lodge and of the Knights Templar and the Shrine.
- Holmes Family Attend Funeral. William Holmes and son, Sam, Mrs. Ted von Borstel and Mary Bowen of The Dalles went to St. Paul, April 24, to attend the funeral of Joe McNamee of Antelope, who was accidentally killed while working with a tractor on his father’s place at St. Paul. Mrs. McNamee will be remembered as Cecelia Brogan of Antelope.
- Jesse Eaton, one of a large pioneer family of Sherman county, died in Portland Monday. He was born March 11, 1872 on the Eaton place below Wasco where his parents operated a stage station at one time. Funeral services were held Wednesday in The Dalles and interment was made in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. John McLachlan of Portland, three sons, Lawrence of Fresno, Calif., Ralph of The Dalles and Claud of Glenwood, Washington.
May 12, 1950
- Harry R. Moore passed away May 5 at Nelscott, Oregon. He was born in Moro May 2, 1889 and married to Bernice Moorehead, who survives him, in 1923. He was the son of the late Henry A. Moore and America Cushman Moore. The family moved to Portland when Henry was 13. He attended Hill Military academy, graduating in 1906 and later attending the University of Oregon, affiliating with the Signa Nu fraternity. Mr. Moore enlisted in World War I, in the ambulance corps of the 91st division and served overseas for eleven months. Mr. and Mrs. Moore moved to Nelscott about two years ago, where he was a member of the Kiwainis club and North Lincoln county American Legion post.
May 19, 1950
- S.B. Holmes, 92, Passes Away. Samuel Brookman Holmes one of this county’s early pioneers died Tuesday, May 16, at the home of his daughter, Miss Cassie Holmes in The Dalles, where he moved following a recent attack of pneumonia which sent him to the hospital. Mr. Holmes was born December 25, 1857 at Cape Brittain, Nova Scotia. He crossed the plains by wagon going first to Tacoma, Washington, and later back to Oregon and Sherman county to settle in 1885 on some of the land he first passed up but did not forget. He took up a homestead nine miles southwest of Grass Valley, which he stilled owned at the time of his death and has been farmed by his son, William Holmes, since his retirement to Grass Valley many years ago. Mr. Holmes was married August 15, 1889 at Nicholville, New York to Carrie Ella Sherar, who preceded him in death. Survivors are three daughters Mabel and Cassie Holmes of The Dalles, Mrs. Theodore von Borstel of Grass Valley; one son, William Holmes of Grass Valley; two brothers, Harvey Holmes of Bay Head, Nova Scotia and Weymouth Holmes of Oakland, Cal.; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday from the Baptist church in Grass Valley, of which Mr. Holmes was a member. Interment will be made in the IOOF cemetery there. The time is standard.
May 26, 1950
- Howard Spencer Buried Thursday. Howard Spencer, who had lived the greater part of his 65 years in Sherman county, died at a hospital in The Dalles Monday after a long illness. He was born May 4, 1885 near Alameda, Kansas. Mr. Spencer had farmed west of Wasco for many years until he retired some years ago turning the ranch over to his sons. Surviving are his widow, Hattie, two sons, Eugene and Clarence, and a daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Howell all of Wasco; two brothers, Frank of Portland and Arthur of Wasco and four sisters, Mrs. Flora Blakney of Portland, Mrs. Hazel McCarty of Echo, Mrs. Laura McCarty of The Dalles and Mrs. Blanche Everett of Wasco and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday at The Dalles with interment in the cemetery there.
- Lloyd (Brick) Smith Dies At 82. Word was received here Monday morning of the sudden passing of William Lloyd Smith, 82, of Dufur, who suffered a heart attack Sunday at his home. Mr. Smith was born January 25, 1868, in Richland, Iowa. He was well known here by the older generation as he spent his boyhood days and youth in Sherman county. He later moved to Wasco county where he farmed for many years before retiring in Dufur. Survivors are his widow, Emma J. Smith, one son, Kenneth, and one daughter, Mrs. James Ingels, all of Dufur; three brothers, Ross and Hubert of Riverside, Wn., and Arthur of The Dalles; one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Wells of Independence, Oregon; and two grandchildren. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at Kingsley Catholic cemetery by Father Duignan.
- Gordon Lemleys Lose Infant Son. Phillip Charles, the four month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Lemley of Grass Valley died Saturday. He apparently died in his sleep as he could not be awakened in the morning. The parents met an ambulance from The Dalles and resucitation was attempted but without avail. Graveside services were held at 2:30 Monday at the Grass Valley cemetery with interment there. Members of the family are the baby’s parents, a brother, Kenneth and a sister, Janice; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arzell Lemley of Grass Valley and Mrs. Edith Sayrs of Moro.
- Kenneth Walker Killed In Shovel Accident. Kenneth Walker, 36, was killed Sunday while loading dirt onto a truck in a field a mile or more east of his farm home on Gordon Ridge between Wasco and Moro. Mr. Walker had a new scoop with which to load a truck and was hauling dirt to make a fill. Sunday afternoon he had gone to do some work saying he might be late getting home. When he failed to come home by dark his wife asked Donald McDermid to find him. Apparently he had been looking into the gas tank of the tractor when the trip that held the loaded scoop up released. He was caught and his chest crushed. It was estimated that the accident occurred sometime after three Sunday afternoon although the body was not found until after nine that night. Sheriff Norman Fields and Coroner Alley investigated. Kenneth Paul Walker was born in Wasco, October 20, 1913 and attended school there before going to the University of Oregon. During the war he was stationed in the Aleutians. On his return he was married to Owletus Neal in The Dalles and moved to his parent’s farm south of Wasco which he had [been] farming. Survivors besides his widow are two daughters, Alison and Paula, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Walker of The Dalles, a sister, Mrs. Rosemary Powell of The Dalles. Funeral services were held Wednesday in The Dalles with members of Taylor lodge A.F.&A.M., of which he was a member directing the services.
June 2, 1950
- Chester Smith Dies At Age of 67. Chester W. Smith, 67, who had been a resident of Sherman county for 46 years, died in The Dalles Sunday evening at a local hospital. Mr. Smith had been in an accident two weeks before when his car was demolished when hit by a truck at the east end of the Biggs bridge on the Columbia highway. He had been in the hospital since that time. Chester Smith was born at Turner, Oregon, January 28, 1883 and lived there until he was 21 when he came to Sherman county with his parents and family. He was married to Mary Edna McClain whom he met at Grass Valley. They had one daughter, Mrs. John K. Wilson of Portland. Both survive. Other survivors are two brothers, Arthur O., Wasco and Lester of Goldendale and a sister, Mrs. Lydia Darby of Wasco. Funeral services were held at Callaways in The Dalles Thursday afternoon with interment in the Odd-Fellows cemetery there. Mr. Smith was a farmer all of his active life. He retired last fall and moved to The Dalles. He was a faithful member of the Methodist church.
June 9, 1950
June 16, 1950
- A. Rose Buried At Sacramento, Cal. Word was received here this week from Mrs. A. Rose of the passing of Mr. Rose June 1, at Sacramento, California, on their 58th wedding anniversary. Mr. Rose was born at Topeka, Kansas, May 24, 1868 and married there June 1, 1892. As a very young man he learned telegraphy and worked first for the Rock Island railroad, going to Portland for the OWR&N railroad in 1891, later working for the Union Pacific. He was sent to Moro as station agent in 1910, remaining here until 1938, when he retired and he and Mrs. Rose moved back to Portland. Because of his failing health they moved to Sacramento in 1947 to be near their daughter. Survivors are besides his widow, Mrs. Rose, one daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Harper and one granddaughter, Mrs. Jean Miller. Vault interment was made at East Lawn cemetery in Sacramento, California.
- Anne Busse Dies In Hospital. Mrs. Anne Busse, mother of Ralph J. Busse, died in The Dalles Wednesday following a long illness. She recently came to Oregon from Brooklyn, New York, to be with her son. Saturday she was taken to the hospital with an incurable illness. Graveside services will be held at 2 o’clock Friday standard time with interment at the IOOF cemetery.
June 23, 1950
June 30, 1950
- Earl T. Jones Dies Suddenly At Boise. Word has been received in Wasco of the death of Earl T. Jones who was buried last Friday in Boise where he has been manager of the First National bank for many years. He died suddenly while cutting the lawn earlier in the week. Earl Jones came to Wasco from Marion county when a young man and started to work for the Barnett bank where he remained until the banks were consolidated. He lived in Wasco until the depression closed all the banks. Surviving are his widow, Moree (Golliher), a son Stanley, working in a bank in Caldwell, Ida., two brothers in Boise and his mother in Salem.
July 7, 1950
July 14, 1950
- William Mitchell Buried at Kent. Funeral services for William Mitchell were held at Callaway’s in The Dalles Saturday followed by interment in the Kent cemetery. Mitchell died from a heart attack at his Portland home Thursday evening. He was born in Michigan June 18, 1884 and had been a resident of Kent community for 25 years, and had lived in Hermiston and Portland more recently. Survivors are his widow, May, a son, Robert and a daughter Mrs. Juanita Johnson, all of Portland; and daughters Mrs. Pearl Guyton of Clackamas, Mrs. Marguerite Decker and Mrs. Clarice Bekkedahl of Kent and 12 grandchildren; four brothers, Del and Fred of Boyne City, George of Danville, and Arthur of Pinkney and a sister Mrs. Alta Myers of Pinkney, all in Michigan. He was a road contractor and CCC foreman besides farming. Graveside services were conducted by Rev. Paul Bayles of Kent and A.A. Dunlap, William Holmes, J.E. Norton, Wilbur Haggerty, Stan Coelsch and Robert Marvin were pallbearers.
July 21, 1950
July 28, 1950
- G. Hilderbrand Dead From Heart Attack Friday. Ormand G. Hilderbrand, 51, life time resident of the Wasco community, died last Friday morning of a heart attack while an ambulance raced from The Dalles to take him to a hospital. He had been preparing for harvest on the places he farmed, his own, the Marie Barnett Cooper place and the Barnett Estate place, totaling about eight sections. Ormand Hilderbrand was born near Wasco June 25, 1899, a son of George and Rebecca Hilderbrand, early settlers east of Wasco. He attended Wasco schools and the University of Oregon. He married Lois Barnett and to them was born to sons, John and Gordon, all of whom survive. Mr. Hilderbrand was active in the Sherman Cooperative Grain Growers having been president for several years. He had served as a member of the school board, was chairman of the county PMA committee. He was an Elk and ATO fraternity member. Other survivors are three sisters, Mrs. Vesta Matthias of Sunnyside, Washington, Mrs. Clara Bingham of Minneapolis, Minn; Mrs. Grace Medler of Wasco; two brothers, Joe of Wasco and Walter of Sunnyside, Wash. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the Wasco Methodist church with interment in the Sunrise cemetery at Wasco. [Ormand George Hilderbrand]
- Hulda Nish Buried Saturday. Mrs. Hulda Natalia Nish, long time resident of Moro, died at a hospital in The Dalles Thursday, July 20th, following a long illness. Mr. and Mrs. Nish came to Sherman county in 1912 and had resided in Moro most of the time since. She was born in Goteborg, Sweden, February 3, 1874 and came to America at the age of 18 years. Survivors include her husband, David W. Nish, a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd A. Grimes, and one granddaughter, Lloydena Grimes. Funeral services were held at the Moro Community church, of which she was a member, Saturday, July 23. Burial was in the Moro Odd-Fellows cemetery.
August 4, 1950
August 11, 1950
August 18, 1950
- C.V. Belknap Buried At Forest Grove. Clifford Vern Belknap, about 78, died at the Masonic home near Forest Grove Monday after a long illness and funeral services were held there Thursday with interment in the Forest Grove cemetery. Mr. Belknap was a product of the middle west where he grew to manhood and served for a time in military service where he developed the erect bearing that distinguished him throughout his life. He came to Moro where he was the town barber for years until he could no longer work at that trade. He left here four years ago for Eugene and Cottage Grove where he lived for a short time after marrying Mrs. Mary McCormick, Salvation Army worker, who retired about the same time. The first Mrs. Belknap is buried at Moro. Surviving is one son, George, a member of the faculty at the University of Oregon. Mr. Belknap was a member of the local Masonic lodge and was an officer for many years.
August 25, 1950
September 1, 1950
- Celelia Engel died August 14 at Mount Vernon, Washington. She was a former resident of Grass Valley.
September 8, 1950
- Gus Schilling Buried In The Dalles. Paul Gustave Schilling (Gus) died at Goldendale, Wn., last week and was buried in The Dalles cemetery. He had been ill many months. He was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, March 1, 1880 and came to Sherman county soon after where his father had a homestead. He was a farmer, carpenter and stone mason and had a reputation as a careful mechanic. He worked at railroading for many years and during the latest war worked in The Dalles roundhouse. He is survived by his widow, Anne, Goldendale; two sons, Bob of Lyle and Paul of Goldendale; two daughters, Mrs. Roberta Thomson of Antelope and Mrs. Viola Wilson of Bend; a brother William now of Independence and a sister, Mrs. Clara Stevens of Portland and five grandchildren. He was a member of the Elks lodge of The Dalles whose members officiated at his funeral.
- Fred Walker Dies Suddenly Sunday. Fred Walker suffered a heart attack while seated on a bench on the main street of Grass Valley and died within a few minutes. Fredrick Hunter Walker was born in Wheeler county, Nebraska, February 4, 1882 and soon came to Sherman county where he lived with his parents east of Grass Valley. When a youth he enlisted in the army and served in the Philippines under General Martin, ex-governor of Oregon. Later he moved to the Suplee country where he spent much of his adult life. Surviving are a son J.D. of Boise, Idaho, a sister Mrs. Ida Olds, a nephew Alton Olds and a niece, Mrs. Ted Trimble all of Grass Valley. Funeral services were held at Grass Valley Wednesday afternoon from the Baptist church with interment in the Odd-Fellows cemetery.
- Annie Williams Funeral Held Tuesday. Mrs. Annie Williams died at The Dalles Saturday, September 2, and funeral services were held at Moro Tuesday afternoon and interment was made in Rose City cemetery in Portland. Mrs. Williams was born in eastern Canada April 21, 1876. She came to Moro with her husband about 20 years ago and lived here until she was taken to the hospital a little over a week ago. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Virgil Conlee and a son Donald of Valdez, Alaska and many stepsons and daughters who she mothered as carefully as she did her own. Here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Williams and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Travis Williams, Mr. and Mrs. George DeBlock, all of Portland, Mrs. Mamie Mitchell of Canby, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dunlop of The Dalles and children and Donald Williams.
- Mrs. Kenyon Dies. Mrs. Herbert Kenyon of Perry, New York died early Thursday morning at the ranch home of Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Sargent following a brief illness. Mr. and Mrs. Kenyon came from New York early in August for a visit with her niece Mrs. Sargent and nephews Harry, Vernon and Darwin Van Gilder. They were planning to return home next week.
September 15, 1950
- Flora Coon Dies After Long Illness. Flora M. Coon, 77, member of a pioneer Oregon family, died Monday, September 11 in a hospital in The Dalles. She had been a resident of Grass Valley for 57 years. Born December 1, 1872 at Lafayette, Oregon, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Messinger. She came across the old Barlow trail when she was fifteen years old, with her parents. Her father homesteaded near Erskine the place where Charles Powell now lives. On June 2, 1892 she married John B. Coon at Wasco the county seat of Sherman county at the time. Surviving are her husband of Grass Valley; a son, Florin M., The Dalles; a daughter, Mrs. Roy G. Schilling, Grass Valley; a sister, Mrs. George Kaseberg, The Dalles; a brother, Ira Messinger, The Dalles and one grandson. Funeral services for Mrs. Flora M. Coon were held from the Baptist church in Grass Valley Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Roy L. Aplet of The Dalles officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Orville Ruggles sang accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Elton Eakin. Pallbearers were George Wilcox, Ernest Eslinger, Wily W. Knighten, Henry Peters, Sam Davis and Earl Olds. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Spencer and Libby with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley.
September 22, 1950
- Leon Smith Suffers Fatal Heart Attack In Hospital. Leon H. Smith, 33, died early Sunday morning in The Dalles hospital with a heart attack. He had been in Moro for several days as superintendent of the cattle section of the Sherman county fair and had attended the dance at Wasco the night before. He parted from the party of young people and went home about one o’clock. Early in the morning he became ill and went to The Dalles, walked into the hospital and was put in an oxygen tent where he died shortly. Cause of death was given as coronary thrombosis. He was born April 11, 1917 at Wasco and has lived there all his life, going to school and farming in late years. He married Evelyn Olson and they are the parents of three sons, Larry, Don and Ray. Other survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Smith, a brother, Delmar of Spokane, and a grandmother, Mrs. Anna Lee. He was a member and former master of Taylor Lodge A.F.&A.M. and of the Elks lodge. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in The Dalles with interment in the cemetery there. F.L. Cannell officiated. Pallbearers were LeRoy Belshee, Paulen Kaseberg, Marvin Thomas, Leonard Fields, Francis Watkins and Donald McDermid.
- Everett Hastings Everett Hastings, formerly a resident of Moro, and of recent years a brakeman on the SP&S working out of Vancouver, died suddenly of a heart attack at Wishram last week. He was a brother of Lewis Hastings, Wasco.
September 29, 1950
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October 27, 1950
- Fred Beardsley Fred Beardsley, a one-time resident of Moro, was killed in an accident in North Dakota Tuesday according to word received here by his sister, Mrs. Jack Lawrence. The report stated that Beardsley was working on a construction crew when by accident a bulldozer blade was lowered on his head and neck.
- Frank Stone Dead After Long Illness. Frank Stone, 61, former farmer of the Klondike area, died at Vancouver, Wn., Tuesday after a two year illness. He was born at Wasco July 14, 1889 and lived there until 1940, when he went to Alaska to work for the government. Surviving are three sons, Frank of Pendleton, Louis of Corvallis, Albert of Hermiston; two sisters, Mrs. Hugh White of Wasco and Mrs. Robert Kaseberg of The Dalles and a brother, Murvil of Lebanon. Funeral services will be held Friday in The Dalles and interment will follow in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco. The Masonic lodge will be in charge.
November 3, 1950
- W.A. Woods Dies After Long Illness. William Albert Woods passed away at his home in Dufur, October 28, after a long illness. He was born in Clarinda, Iowa, on March 1, 1876. He came with his parents to Moro where they took up a homestead between Moro and Wasco. He married Margaret McLachlan January 31, 1900 in Moro. The family moved to Dufur on a ranch in 1921 and have lived there until his death. Mr. Woods was a member of the Presbyterian church; the Wasco County Pioneers association and the Ramsay Park grange. Surviving him is his wife, Margaret Woods of Dufur; three children, Clifford of Portland; Mrs. Wayne Sigman of Dufur; Ernest Woods of Moro; three brothers, Ellsworth of Independence, Wilbur of Newberg, and James of Portland; three sisters, Mrs. Julia Hansen of Portland; Mrs. Nellie Cushman of Carson, Wn.; and Mrs. L.V. Moore of Moro; also seven grandchildren. Services were held at the C.R. Callaway & Son chapel at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. Harry Atkins officiated and burial was in the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles. Pallbearers included James A. Hunt, James Ingles, George Sigman, William Benedict, Bryan Benedict and Harry Whitten.
November 10, 1950
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November 24, 1950
- Kenneth Blau Killed In Highway Accident; James O’Meara Seriously Injured. A fatal accident took the life of Kenneth Blau, 28, about three o’clock Tuesday morning on the Columbia highway just west of the Dillon overpass. Blau was returning from The Dalles with James Y. O’Meara; Blau was driving O’Meara’s 1950 Mercury while O’Meara slept. On a straight away a trailer belonging to the Cummings freight line of Portland was parked awaiting repair to the tractor. Flares were out and two flagmen were reported watching and directing traffic. Blau pulled out to pass the trailer and suddenly swerved into the rear of it which he hit with the left front of the car. The blow killed Blau instantly and broke O’Meara’s hip, dislocated his shoulder or broke a collar bone, and caused other injuries including concussion. The big freight outfit was moved more than a foot by the impact although the car was said to have slowed down when starting around the parked trailer. Kenneth Blau was only last week awarded the Sherman county “Conservation man of the year” prize for work done in preventing erosion on the 2200 acre ranch which he farmed. He served with the Marine corps during the war as a pilot having the rank of the first lieutenant. Since the war he has been active in the American Legion and Forty and Eight at Wasco. He was married in 1944 to Margaret McDermid and they have three sons, Keith, Scott and Craig. Also surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Blau of Portland and a sister Mrs. V. Larimore of Ashland. O’Meara is reported to be resting well at The Dalles hospital where he was taken. He is married and has two sons. He is repair man for his father’s implement house in Wasco. Funeral services were held Friday with Callaway’s in charge. [Photo] [November 17, 1950 – article about Kenneth Blau receiving “Conservation Man of the Year” award]
December 8, 1950
- Chester Andersen Dies of Heart Attack. Chester R. Andersen, 50, died suddenly at his home in Grass Valley Friday morning. He had not felt well the day before and had arranged for an examination within a day or two. He had called another man to make some deliveries for him and then went back to bed where he died. Chester Andersen was born in Moro March 4, 1900, a son of the late Chris Andersen and Mrs. Andersen. He grew to manhood in Sherman county and lived for many years at White Salmon. He returned to this county about nine years ago and became distributor for an oil company. He was a member of the Grass Valley Masonic lodge and also a member of the Elks lodge. Survivors are his widow, Catherine Mary, a son, Dennis Wilkie, his mother, Sophie Andersen of Portland; two sisters, Frances of Portland and Mrs. Bessie Guyer of Klamath Falls. Funeral services were held at the Spencer & Libby funeral chapel in The Dalles, Monday, December 4 at 11 o’clock with the Rev. Henry G. Hansen of Portland officiating. Interment was made in the IOOF cemetery at White Salmon, Washington with the Grass Valley Masonic lodge in charge of graveside services. Pallbearers were Harry Young, Luther Davis, Bernard Martin, B.C. Baumgartner, Owen Eakin and Ivan Blagg.
- Bert Hatley Funeral services for Bert Hatley were held in The Dalles last week following his death there. He was a former resident of Wasco and a long time employee in the warehouses as a wheat buck. He was working in the mill at The Dalles.
- Gordon Reid Gordon Reid, 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Reid, died at a Portland hospital of nephritis Wednesday night. He has been ill for several months although he continued to operate the extensive Reid farm near Rufus.
December 15, 1950
- Mrs. Dell Wright Laid To Final Rest. Mrs. Dell Wright, 71, died at her home in Wasco Wednesday, December 6 after a long illness. She had been a resident of Sherman county for nearly 40 years living much of that time near Hay Canyon. Mrs. Bertha Winnifred Wright was born in North Rome, Pennsylvania February 20, 1879 and moved to Washington when a girl. At Salkum, Washington she was married to Dell Wright who survives her. Others of the family are sons Lester, Perle, and Alvin Wright of Wasco and a daughter, Mrs. Gladys Barnes of Portland. Funeral services were conducted from the Wasco Methodist church Friday of last week by Rev. E.H. Ahrendt of Portland and interment was made in the cemetery at Moro by Spencer & Libby.
- Gordon Reid Buried In The Dalles. Gordon W. Reid, 31, was buried Monday in The Dalles following his death last Thursday in Portland. He had been seriously ill about two weeks although in failing health for some time. He was born near Rufus November 15, 1919 and had finished high school at The Dalles and attended both Willamette university and Oregon Tech. He served in the air force four years and was married in 1944 to Patrica Riley of LaGrande. Surviving other than his widow are two sons, Gordon Arthur and Patrick William; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Reid of The Dalles and a brother, Frank, who is again in the service, and a sister, Mrs. Veda Johnson of Tigard. Since his return from the army Mr. Reid had been farming his father’s place near Rufus.
- George Bolton, Pioneer Dies Near Lebanon. George N. Bolton, 85, died at Lebanon Monday afternoon of last week writes his daughter, Mrs. Lula Landstrom. Mr. Bolton was born at Boyd in Wasco county and owned a drug store here at the turn of the century making him well known to old timers. Mr. Bolton was a member of the Wasco County Pioneers. Surviving are his widow, Flora (Funk) and two daughters.
December 22, 1950
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January 12, 1951
- Word was received here that Ernest Coryell of Vancouver, Wn., died and that his funeral was held January 8.
January 19, 1951
- Christopher Taylor, Pioneer Rancher, Dies. One of the long time residents of Sherman county, Christopher T. Taylor, 85, died January 17 at Moro. For many years a rancher at Grass Valley, he had lived in that community from 1884 until his retirement last year. Funeral arrangements are in charge of Spencer & Libby in The Dalles. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. B. M. Laird of Berkeley, Calif., and nephew, Kenneth V. Laird, also of Berkeley. Funeral services at Grass Valley, Monday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. E.E. Tayler will officiate.
January 26, 1951
- Former Grass Valley Resident Passes Away. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Perry and daughters Donna and Glenda left Wednesday night for Portland where they left the children with her mother, Mrs. Erma Whitehead. From there Mr. and Mrs. Perry went to Hillsboro where they were called by the serious illness of his mother, Mrs. John Perry. Mrs. Perry died Friday, Jan. 12, at the age of 64 years. She was born in Cornelius February 28, 1886. They were former residents of Grass Valley, Mr. Perry being an engineer on the railroad at the time. They left here for the valley in 1932 after five years residence here. Surviving are two sons, Glenn Perry of Grass Valley and Earl Perry of Glenwood, Wash.; two daughters, Mrs. Edwin Horn of McMinnville, and Mrs. J.H. Gnos of Poulsbo, Wash., and eight grandchildren. Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Viohl and Mrs. Minnie Haase of Cornelius, Mrs. Dora Schulmerich of Hillsboro and Mrs. Esther Gilmore of Sacramento, Calif., and two brothers, Fred Huhman of Forest Grove and Dick Huhman of Sandy. Funeral services were held from the Donaldson & Sewell Funeral chapel Monday, Jan. 15, at 11 o’clock, with burial in the Fern lawn cemetery in Hillsboro. Those from Grass Valley attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Perry, Mrs. John Rolfe and sons, Rodney and Ronald, Bruce Alley and Claus Bardengen.
February 2, 1951
- Bayer Infant Dies. Roger Frank Bayer, day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bayer of Grass Valley, died Monday at a hospital in The Dalles. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the Odd Fellows cemetery in Grass Valley with C.R. Callaway & Son in charge. Surviving are a brother and sister, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Bayer and S.L. Stark, all of Grass Valley.
February 9, 1951
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- Former Resident Dies In Vancouver. Otis Messinger died Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Vancouver, Wn., of a heart attack. He was born in 1902 at Klondike and received all of his schooling here, graduating from Moro High School in 1921. He left here in 1923. Besides his widow and four sons the deceased leaves a brother, Ray, of Bakersfield, Cal., and two sisters, Violet (Mrs. J.F. Noonan) of Moro and Iris (Mrs. J.A. Newton) of Farmington, New Mex. The funeral will be held in Vancouver at a time to be announced.
- Virgil Conlee and Donald Williams went to Portland Wednesday to attend the funeral of their half brother, Travers Williams, who passed away suddenly Saturday with a heart attack.
February 16, 1951
- Final Rites Held For Harriet Nish. Funeral services for Harriet Thompson Nish, 92, were held in The Dalles Monday with the Rev. J.D. Langenes officiating. She was born in Illinois on May 28, 1858, and died at her home in The Dalles, February 9. She came with the Thompson family to Corvallis, Oregon in 1881 and later moved to Sherman county where she resided many years in the Monkland district. She was a member of the Congregational church, the Woman’s Relief Corps and Chenowith Grange. Her husband, who passed away in 1937, was a brother of David Nish of Moro. Survivors are a son, Charles A. Nish of Cannon Beach; a brother, Burton Thompson, of Pasadena, Cal.; a sister, Mrs. Myra Bullard of Moro; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mac Hall and Mrs. Russel Belshee of Moro are grandchildren and there are numerous relatives living in Sherman county. Interment was in the Rose cemetery east of Moro. Pallbearers were her grandsons and grand nephews: Mac Hall, Russel Belshee, Ted Thompson, Ted Elliott, Donald Thompson and Lloyd Henrichs.
- Mrs. M.M. Powell left Saturday to attend the funeral of her father, Wm. Daniels, who passed away Friday in LaGrande.
- Mrs. Roy Shilling received word Monday of the death of her aunt, Mrs. Kate Smith, of Riverside, Wn., who died in a hospital in Omak Sunday, Feb. 11. Funeral services will be held Thursday at Riverside.
February 23, 1951
- Former Moro Man Dies In Portland. Elmer Dillinger, 47, a former resident of Sherman county and son of Mrs. Stella Dillinger of The Dalles, died in Portland Wednesday morning. Funeral arrangements are indefinite but will be held in The Dalles with interment in Rose cemetery east of Moro.
March 2, 1951
- Roy J. Baker, 72 Sherman Co. Land Owner Passes Away. Many Sherman county friends attended the funeral of Roy J. Baker, 72, who died Monday at a hospital in The Dalles after short illness. Services were at the C.R. Callaway & Son chapel Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 1:30 p.m., with Rev. Edward Swanson of The Dalles officiating. Pallbearers were Tom Alley, Dell Olds, V.B. Eakin, Wily Knighton, A.A. Dunlap and Roy Hill. He was born February 23, 1879, at Rhodes, Iowa, and came to Sherman county in 1902. He had extensive ranch interests in this county. Recently he had lived in The Dalles and practiced law at Grass Valley on a part time basis. He was a member of the Grass Valley Baptist church and a trustee of the Western Conservation Baptist Theological Seminary in Portland. Surviving him are his widow, Marie; a son Dale of Portland; three brothers, Sam of Grants Pass, Emanuel of Portland, and Bert of Gresham; a sister, Etta M. Baker of Newton, Ia.; two grandsons, Gary Douglas and Stewart Ray Baker, and a granddaughter, Carol Lee Baker all of Portland, and a number of nieces and nephews.
- Aged Kent Resident Dies at Pendleton. Charles Schadewitz, 91, for many years a farmer near Kent, died February 18 at Pendleton and funeral services were held at Kent Community church on February 21, with Reverend Martin T. Larson officiating. Burial was at the Kent IOOF cemetery with arrangements in care of Spencer and Libby. Schadewitz was born in Lodi, Cal., August 10, 1859, and had lived in the Kent community since 1884. Surviving are five nephews and four nieces. Pallbearers were Ted von Borstel, Frank von Borstel, J.E. Norton, George Wilson, Grover Young and E.C. Smith. Music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Orville Ruggles.
- Among former Sherman county residents who were here for the funeral of Elmer E. Dillinger Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sigman of Dufur, Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Andrews, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Alford, Ronald [Roland] McLachlan, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Randall, all of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Chamness of Redmond, and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Woods of Milwaukie.
- E.E. Dillinger Buried In Rose Cemetery. The funeral of Elmer E. Dillinger, who died in Portland Wednesday night in a gas-filled apartment, was held in The Dalles Saturday at 12:30 p.m., with interment following in the Rose cemetery east of Moro. Dillinger lived for many years in Sherman county and is survived by his mother, Mrs. Estella Dillinger, of The Dalles and two sisters, Mrs. Edith M. Andrews and Mrs. C.H. Alford, both of Portland.
March 9, 1951
- Warren Olds Funeral Held At Grass Valley. Warren H. Olds, 37, passed away at his home Friday, Mar. 2 after a lingering illness. He was born in Grass Valley September 15, 1913. Surviving are his parents, and Mrs. Dell Olds of Grass Valley and a sister, Mrs. Marion Crews of Stevenson, Wn. Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock at the First Baptist church in Grass Valley with Rev. W.W. Gearhart, Moro, and A.L. Kintner, Grass Valley, officiating. Dale Baker, Portland sang accompanied by Mrs. Orville Ruggles at the piano. Pallbearers were Jim Jones, Don Cox, Melvin Alberty, Harold Eakin, Edgar Alley and Roy Schilling. Funeral arrangements were in care of Spencer & Libby with burial in the local IOOF cemetery. Among the out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Brittain, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Brittain and Mrs. George Balzer all of Tygh Valley, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Powell of Moro, Mr. and Mrs. James Walkenshaw, Taft, Mrs. Roy Baker, The Dalles, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Baker and family and Mrs. Art Bibby, Portland, and Tom Alley, The Dalles.
March 16, 1951
- Former Sherman Co. Woman Dies In Albany. Clara Ann Lemmon, 69, who lived in Albany almost continuously since 1925, died at her home at 721 W. 5th avenue Wednesday, February 28, after a brief illness. Mrs. Lemmon and her late husband, P.N. Lemmon, who died in 1946, were former owners of the Lemmon apartments and the Ellsworth apartments in Albany. The came to Albany from Portland where they had resided for four years after arriving there from Grass Valley in Sherman county. Mrs. Lemmon was born August 16, 1881, at Pueblo, Colo. She went thence to Idaho, and she and Mr. Lemmon were married at Delmar, Idaho, May 14, 1902. They went to Sherman county soon after their marriage, where they resided several years. Surviving are three children, Mrs. Phyllis Wetteland, Los Angeles; Mrs. Faye Kline and Owen Lemmon, Independence, and six grandchildren. Mrs. Lemmon resided at Independence for two years, returning to Albany in 1949. She was a member of the Rebekah lodge for more than 35 years, transferring her membership to Independence while she lived there. Funeral services were held at the W.T. Rigdon chapel in Salem Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lloyd Anderson, Baptist minister officiating. Interment was made at Mt. Crest Abbey, Salem.
March 23, 1951
- Former Lumberman, Harvey Martin, Dies. Harvey U. Martin, 82, died Mar. 14 after a long illness. He was a retired lumber merchant and had lived in The Dalles for over 30 years. He was born May 15, 1868, at Santa Cruz, Cal., and came to Oregon in 1879. In 1894 he married Lilah Rowe, who survives. The couple homesteaded at Kent, in 1898, living there until 1910 when they moved to Moro, where he managed the Tum-A-Lum Lumber company. In 1919, he went to The Dalles to open the Tum-A-Lum Lumber company there. He opened his own lumber business, The Dalles Lumber company in 1925, retiring in 1932. Survivors in addition to his wife are two daughters, Mrs. Netah McKinney and Mrs. Telvo Stuart, both of Mosier; two brothers, Julius of Moscow, Ida.; and Wilbert of Portland; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral rites were conducted at the C.R. Callaway & Son chapel at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. J.D. Langenes of the Congregational church officiating. Burial was at the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles.
- Ambushed and Slain. Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hardie and their dairy manager, were ambushed and shot to death Tuesday, near Manila, P.I., by a band of Huk rebels. Mr. Hardie, a former Condon, Ore., resident, was a brother of Mrs. E.E. Shull of Moro.
- Retired Cattleman Dies At Vancouver. Wilson E. Lowell, 88, died Saturday at his home near Vancouver, Wn. Born March 7, 1863, at Wiscassett, Me., Mr. Lowell had been a resident of Dallesport and Sherman county since 1910. He was a farmer and cattleman before retiring seven months ago to make his home near Vancouver. He is survived by the widow, Emily C. Lowell, Vancouver, Wn.; one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Mae Bowes, Vancouver; two sons, Arthur L. Lowell, Roosevelt, and Carlton E. Lowell, Vancouver; a brother, Lewis Lowell, Sabago Lake, Me.; three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Final services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the C.R. Callaway and Son chapel with Rev. E. Ernest Taylor officiating. Interment was in the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles.
- Early Wasco Resident, Thernila [Pernila] Siscel, Dies. Thernila [Pernila] Alice Siscel, 95, died at her home in Wasco, Tuesday. A resident of Wasco for 69 years, Mrs. Siscel was born in Yankeetown, Ind., Dec. 22, 1955. . She came to Wasco from Indiana in 1882 to take a homestead. She is survived by a son, Charles Siscel, Wasco; two daughters, Mrs. Floyd Coleman, The Dalles, and Mrs. Della Stephenson, Alhambra, Calif.; a brother, Lafe Barnett, The Dalles; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services were held yesterday (Thursday) under the direction of C.R. Callaway & Son at the Wasco Methodist church. Burial was in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco. H. Gravenor, officiating.
March 30, 1951
April 6, 1951
- Mother of Local Resident Dies. Wilhelmina Louise Reeder of Shaniko, mother of Mrs. Elsie Jones of Moro, passed away Saturday morning at the age of 70 years. She was one of the pioneer residents of Wasco county but had lived at Shaniko the past 53 years. She was born July 8, 1880, at Eureka Mills, Cal. Married to Gustav H. Reeder April 30, 1900, the couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last summer. Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Mrs. Jones, Moro, Mrs. Elma Lindsoe, Fargo, N. Dak., and Mrs. Marguerite Starr, Albany, two sons, Ralph Reeder, Portland, John B. Reeder, Shaniko; three sisters, Mrs. Marie Bordwell, of Petaluma, Cal., Mrs. Edith Whipp, Redding, Cal., and Mrs. Freda Miller, Victorville, Cal.; five grandchildren and eight [great] grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Spencer and Libby chapel with burial in The Dalles Odd Fellows cemetery.
April 13, 1951
- Former Resident Dies. Ray Williams, 46, died April 10 at Hungry Horse, Mont., after a long illness. He formerly lived in Moro and was a half brother of Mrs. Virgil Conlee and Donald Williams. The latter left Wednesday to attend the funeral in Montana. Williams is survived by his wife and one son.
April 20, 1951
April 27, 1951
- Rites Held Wednesday For Anna Schwartz. Funeral services were held for Miss Anna Schwartz from the First Baptist church in Grass Valley Wednesday at 2 o’clock with Rev. A.L. Kintner officiating. and Mrs. Orville Ruggles sang accompanied by Mrs. A.L. Kintner at the piano. Pallbearers were W.C. Todd, John Taylor, Fred Cox, Bert Cox, Estel Hartley and J.W. Blagg. Arrangements were under the direction of Spencer & Libby with burial in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. Miss Schwartz, 77, a resident of Grass Valley since 1903 died Friday, April 20 in Portland. She was born at Maple Grove, Minn., February 23, 1874. Survivors included a sister, Mrs. Mary E. Bucholtz, Portland; two nieces, Gertrude Lovett and Eunice Moran both of Portland; three nephews Arthur Bucholtz, Moro, Lester Bucholtz, Salem, and Walter Schwartz, of The Dalles.
May 4, 1951
- Funeral Services Held For Albert Johnson. Funeral services for Albert Sidney Johnson, 73, who died Thursday at his home in Portland, were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday from the chapel of C.R. Callaway & Son. The Rev. E. Ernest Tayler officiated. Interment was in The Dalles IOOF cemetery. Born Oct. 2, 1878, in Springfield, Ill., Mr. Johnson came to Oregon as a child with his parents. They settled in Sherman county where Mr. Johnson spent most of his life as a wheat farmer. During 20 of those years he also sold insurance and farm implements in The Dalles. He was a member of the Old Wasco County Pioneer association, belonged to the Wasco Masonic lodge and was a member of Al Kader shrine of Portland. He was a member of the Christian church and belonged to The Dalles Elks lodge. He is survived by his widow, Nettie M. Johnson, Portland; a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Van Orman, El Cerrito, Cal.; a son, Philip M. Johnson, Portland; two brothers, J.T. Johnson, Wasco and C.W. Johnson, Aloha, and one sister, Mrs. Lynne Michael, Portland.
- C.O. Higley’s Mother Dies In Vancouver. Mrs. Ora Franeise Higley, 60, passed away Tuesday, Apr. 24, at her home in Vancouver, Wn., following an illness of about a month. She was born February 21, 1891 at Shellrock, Ia., and had made her home in Oregon since 1921. She lived in Hood River most of the past 30 years, having resided in Vancouver only nine months. Surviving are two sons, Lawrence, of Battleground, Wn., and Clarence O. Higley of Moro, and three grandchildren. Services were held Friday at a funeral home in Vancouver with interment also at Vancouver.
- Sister of Local Man Killed In Colorado. News was received last Thursday by John Gilman of the tragic death of his sister, Mrs. Edith Turner, at Plattsville, Colo., particulars of which were not given. Turner’s son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Turner, left immediately to attend to arrangements for the funeral. Johnny and his wife have been here the past month visiting the Gilmans. Relatives who survive include two other sons, Blaine Turner of Denver and Rolland of the naval air corps, stationed in Maryland, who are both in Plattsville for the funeral.
- Crash Takes Life Of Leighton W. Fields. Leighton W. Fields, 29, operator of the Bank hotel and Celilo Room since moving here in January from Pendleton, was killed almost instantly Monday night when his car struck a rock alongside the highway and turned over between Heppner Junction and Council Rock on U.S. 30. Riding with him, Maurice Conger, 35 of the CAA office at The Dalles airport, sustained serious injuries resulting in partial paralysis. He was hospitalized at Heppner. Conger had returned only about two weeks ago from the veterans’ hospital in Portland, where he was a patient for more than a month with an ear ailment. The Congers have two children. It was reported here that the Field’s car went out of control after hitting a chuck hole on the highway. It was a heavy convertible. Funeral services for Fields will be held at 2 p.m. this Thursday at the Spencer & Libby chapel, with graveside rites at the Odd Fellows cemetery in charge of Elks Lodge No. 303. Fields was born November 22, 1921 at Grass Valley and had lived in Oregon most of his life. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion at Pendleton, the Elks Lodge at Bremerton, Wn. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Marcelle Fields, a son, Michael, and daughter, Sherry, all of The Dalles; father, Charles of Grass Valley, mother, Mrs. Faye Lister, Pendleton; brother, Ross of Grass Valley; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. I.D. Pike of Grass Valley; a step-son and step-daughter, Billie and Jane. — The Dalles Optimist.
- Word was received here from Mrs. R.H. LeBleu of the death of her mother, Mrs. Dave Kuntz in a Redmond hospital. Kuntz was a former resident of Grass Valley.
May 11, 1951
May 18, 1951
- Henry Howell Funeral Set For Saturday. Charles Henry Howell, 77, for years a well known wheat grower and public figure in Sherman county died in a hospital in The Dalles Monday after a long illness. Henry Howell was a huge man who was an athlete in his youth and vigorous until recent years. He farmed west of Wasco part of the time on land now owned by the R.J. Baker estate, where his son, Marvin now resides. He was born in Wasco August 1_ 1873. Surviving besides his son are a sister, Mrs. Mae Dunnagin, Portland, a brother, James and a grandson Robert in the air force. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday after the body has lain in state Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Interment will be in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco.
- Mrs. Arvid Anderson Buried Thursday. Mrs. Arvid Anderson, 57, of Wasco died in a hospital in The Dalles Monday. She was born at Scappoose January 21, 1894 and had lived in Sherman county all of her adult life. Her father was a pioneer of Sauvies Island. Surviving are her widower, Arvid, a son, Fred of Salem; a sister, Mrs. Otto Peterson of Scappoose, and an aunt Mrs. Emma Merwin of Portland and an uncle, Jay White, Scappoose. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from C.R. Callaways in The Dalles with interment in the cemetery there. Rev. Cannell officiated.
- Mrs. Alex McLeod Dies After Long Illness. Funeral services for Mrs. Alex McLeod were held Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. from the Moro Community church with Rev. W.W. Gearhart officiating. Mrs. McLeod, born Zeta Mae Andrews, July 2, 1891 at Oregon City, was one of three children who lost their parents by fire at an early age and were raised by an uncle. She became a school teacher and taught three years at Wilcox school before marrying Alex W. McLeod December 25, 1912 at Kent. She had been a resident of Sherman county for nearly all of the time since her marriage. Surviving are her widower, two sons, Corliss and David, both of Heppner; five daughters, Mrs. Larry Sheilds, The Dalles; Mrs. George Kruger, Moro; Mrs. Jack Corwin, Germany; Mrs. Alvin Wagenblast, Lexington; Mrs. Randall Martin, Heppner; nine grandchildren; a brother Corliss Andrews of Portland and a sister, Mrs. Richard Chinnock of Portland. Interment was made in the Grass Valley cemetery under the direction of Callaway’s. Mrs. McLeod was for years a Rebekah and a member of the Moro church. Pallbearers were Herman Peters, Alfred Payne, Wily Knighten, Harry Pinkerton, Louis Sather and Donald Martin.
- Here to attend the funeral of Mrs. Alex McLeod were her brother, Corliss Andrews and wife of Portland and her cousin, W.D. Andrews and wife also of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Irby of Arlington and Mr. and Mrs. William Guyton of Dufur.
- Clyde E. Kellogg, 62, died in Elma hospital at Aberdeen, Wn., May 5. He was former resident of Grass Valley. He was born in Indiana and came to Grays Harbor from Starbuck, Wn. Surviving are his wife, Laura, sons, Carl, Clair and Robert; daughters, Mrs. Tom Hagara and Mrs. John Hagara and Miss Vida Kellogg of Tygh Valley and a brother Wallace, Ohio. Requiem high mass was observed in St. Mary’s Catholic church Wednesday with burial at Fern Hill cemetery at Aberdeen.
- Former Grass Valley Resident Dead. Harry E. Dutton, Sr. who with family lived in Grass Valley from 1912 to 1922, died in Coos Bay, April 24. Services and burial were at the family plot at Rest Haven Park in Eugene where his wife, Dott Ella Dutton, who preceded him in death some 15 years ago is buried. Dutton, 78, was born October 22, 1872 at Elba, Ohio. He had been staying with his son, Donald M. Dutton, North Bend Coca Cola plant manager, when he became ill and passed away within a week. His two other sons, Joyce M. Dutton, who operates a printing establishment in Fresno, California, and Harry E. Dutton Jr. of Visalia, California, newspaperman, were in North Bend when the end came.
May 25, 1951
June 1, 1951
June 8, 1951
June 15, 1951
- Mrs. Arthur Spencer Buried Wednesday. Funeral services for Mrs. Arthur Spencer were held Wednesday in The Dalles with interment in the cemetery there. Mrs. Spencer died Monday in a hospital in The Dalles. Mrs. Spencer was born in Bedford, Iowa, December 5, 1886. Surviving are her widower, and two daughters, Mrs. Idallia Bohms of Echo and Mrs. Audrey Maurus of The Dalles and two grandchildren.
June 22, 1951
June 29, 1951
- Henry Ross Buried Here Wednesday. Burial services for Henry William Ross, 43, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Moro cemetery. Mr. Ross, a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Roos [aka Ross], died last Thursday in Butte, Montana, after a short time in a hospital there. He was born in Astoria July 5, 1907, came to Sherman county shortly after birth and remained until after World War I. He was here a few years ago before moving to Montana. Survivors are his widow, Virginia, his parents, a sister, Mrs. Harvey Thompson and a brother Howard and their families. Services here were in charge of Callaway’s.
July 6, 1951
- Mrs. Tom Preece Buried At Halsey. Mrs. Louise Starr Preece, wife of Tom Preece, former principal of the Moro school, died June 19 at the family home at Weaverville, California, after a brief illness. Funeral services were held Monday at Halsey, Oregon, near the Starr family home of Shedd. Survivors are her widower, Tom and two children, Tommy and Kathryn, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Starr and two grandmothers. Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Thompson went down for the funeral.
- Small Son of Joe Hammond Dies. Graveside services for Joseph Arnold Hammond, 14 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Hammond of Kent, was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Grass Valley IOOF cemetery. The child died at a hospital in The Dalles, June 27. Survivors in addition to the parents, are grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Reckman, Grass Valley, and Mrs. Agnes Hammond, Arlington, Mass.; great grandparents, Dick Reckman, Sr., Boring and and Mrs. J.C. Wilson of Portland, and great great grandmother, Mrs. Ida Davis of Moro. Funeral arrangements were under direction of C.R. Callaway and Son.
- Mrs. Jesse Helyer Dies After Illness. Mrs. Barbara Walpole Helyer died at her home in The Dalles Friday evening following a long illness. She was born in Pendleton December 17, 1913, and had been a resident of Sherman county most of her life. Survivors are her widower, Jesse Helyer of Grass Valley, a son Alan; her mother, Mrs. Etha Schilling of The Dalles and a brother, Robert Schilling of Springfield. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon from Callaway’s with interment made in the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles. Norris Gilkison, Earl Olds, Kenneth Sather, Harley McKay, William Jeffries and Ernie Smith were pallbearers.
July 13, 1951
- Kate Hansen Dies At 87 Years. Mrs. Kate Hansen died Sunday night in a hospital in The Dalles following a stroke of paralysis by a few days. Mrs. Hansen was born in Denmark, April 19, 1864 and had lived in Sherman county since 1904. Her husband Soren Hansen has been dead 30 years. Surviving are a son, Ove of The Dalles, a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Brisbine, Moro, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Thora Justesen of Kent and two sisters in Denmark. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Moro Community church with Rev. W.W. Gearhart officiating. Interment was made in the Moro cemetery. Mrs. Hansen was the mother of eight children.
July 20, 1951
- Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie Jones Wray Short were held in Lebanon Tuesday. She was a native and long time resident of this county.
- Theo. von Borstel received word Saturday from Eugene of the death of Mrs. William Short, the former Jeanie Wray from Grass Valley that morning. The funeral service was held Tuesday at Lebanon. Mrs. von Borstel and Mrs. William Pausch will attend.
July 27, 1951
August 3, 1951
- E.E. VanNuys Dies At 69 Years. Ernest E. VanNuys, 69, died Wednesday at his home in The Dalles. He had been ill for some time although not seriously. Funeral services were conducted from Callaway’s with interment in the Grass Valley cemetery. Mr. VanNuys was born April 20, 1882 in Marion county and moved to Grass Valley when a young man to work at the carpentry trade with Tom Claxton who became his father-in-law with his marriage to Frankie Claxton. They moved to The Dalles during World War I. Survivors are his widow, a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Howard of Salem, three brothers, Archie of Stayton, Frank of Eugne and Earl of West Stayton. Ernie VanNuys will be remembered by old timers as a left handed baseball pitcher of the good old days when every town had a ball club worth supporting with voice and money.
August 10, 1951
- Wycliffe E. Rice Drowned After Fall From Ferry. The body of Wycliffe Rice was found by dredgers Tuesday at 12:40 p.m. by a crew consisting of Sheriff Norman Fields, Walter Storey and I.C. Robinson of Goldendale, Jim Spencer of Maryhill and Bill Myer of Rufus. It was near the Oregon shore and in tangled barbed wire. The Coast Guard and White Salmon fire department squad had assisted also. Mr. Rice was born November 25, 1909 and had lived in eastern Washington for many years. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at Goldendale and interment was made Thursday at Palouse, Washington. Wycliffe E. Rice, 42, who has worked on the Maryhill Ferry for the past several years, was found missing Saturday afternoon as his family waited to take him home when he went off duty. As it was reported, the ferry piloted by Ted Reid of Rufus had left the Washington shore making for the Oregon shore. As the pilot brought his ferry to dock, there was no one present to tie it up, so Pilot Reid after setting the river boat in position went to tie up the ferry himself and investigate. He found Rice missing and after inquiries from the passengers someone said they had seen a man swimming below the ferry, but not too far from shore. There is a rocky point in the river that juts out at this place. But it is said, there is a strong undertow at this spot and that the current seems to swing back towards the Washington side. Mr. Rice was the minister of the church of Nazarene in Rufus until a couple of years ago when on account of ill health he had to give it up. Rice together with his wife __thel and their three children, Jessie, Vincent and Patty, have made their home in Rufus for the past few years, coming here from Idaho. Jessie graduated from Rufus high school a year ago and last year attended college at Nampa, Idaho. She has been working during the summer vacation in Salem, and had come home this weekend to be with her parents. Vincent graduated the eighth grade at Rufus this year and had worked for an uncle in Idaho during vacation, but he, too, had been home with his parents for a few days. Patricia is a pre school age child. The Rice family had decided to leave Rufus for a place in Idaho. As it was reported, Mr. Rice had given notice to the ferry officials and they expected to move the last of August. They have been living on the H.H. Brackett place in the country south of Rufus, about five miles since he retired as minister of the church.
August 17, 1951
August 24, 1951
- Louis Barzee, 87, died in Portland Friday night. He was a brother of Elmer E. Barzee of Moro. A sister, Mrs. Sigsmund of Salem and E.E. Barzee are the last of a large family, many of whom lived in this county in early days. Louis Barzee was a teacher in Portland schools for over 30 years.
September 7, 1951
September 14, 1951
- Joe Brackett Buried In The Dalles. Funeral services for Joseph L. Brackett were held Wednesday in Portland with graveside services and interment in The Dalles. Mr. Brackett died in Portland Sunday morning after a long illness at the age of 81. He was born in Oregon March 31, 1870 and had lived here all his life, the greater part in Sherman county where he was a land owner and wheat farmer until the last few years when he resided in Portland. Surviving are his widow Mary, a brother, Herman of Wasco and a sister, Dora Clester of Eagle Creek. Members of the local Masonic lodge went to The Dalles to attend and take part in the graveside services as the deceased was a member of this lodge since the time he lived near Moro.
September 21, 1951
- Word of the death of Jay C. Freeman was received here Thursday afternoon by his wife. Freeman has been ill for many months. He was former sheriff, former mayor and councilman and an ex-clothing merchant in both Moro and Wasco. Funeral arrangements have not been arranged.
- Mrs. Sam Stark received word Saturday of the death of her brother in Missouri. Mr. Stark and Frank Bayer took her to The Dalles that evening where she took the train.
September 28, 1951
- Jay C. Freeman Wednesday Ending Active Career. [Photo] Funeral services for Jay C. Freeman were held from the Moro Community church Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. W.W. Gearhart officiating. Interment was in the Odd Fellows cemetery. Mr. Freeman died Thursday after a long illness. He was born at Bolivar, Missouri, July 17, 1893 and spent his youthful years in Arkansas. He came to Oregon and lived at LaGrande for some years before coming to Sherman county where he managed a dry goods store before being elected sheriff. Upon his retirement from that office he owned a store in Moro for over 30 years, selling dry goods and shoes to a wide area. He served as a member of the Moro council, was mayor for several terms and ended his public career as postmaster, from which position he retired a couple years ago. He was a member of the IOOF and Masonic lodges and the Rebekah assembly. Survivors are his widow, Edna, a daughter, Mrs. Greta Wiley of Hermiston and a son, Vernon Neal of Eugene. Smith Callaway chapel was in charge of the arrangements.
- Bob Richardson. Robert Milton (Bob) Richardson died Monday at a hospital in The Dalles after months of hospitalization. He had lived for over 40 years around Wasco. He was born November 11, 1865 at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Only survivor is a sister, Mrs. Sarah Swancutt of Sioux City, Iowa. Services were conducted at The Dalles cemetery Thursday afternoon by Smith Callaway chapel.
October 5, 1951
October 12, 1951
- Mrs. C. Wilke Buried At White Salmon. Funeral services for Mrs. C. Wilke were held at 9:30 Thursday morning from the Catholic church in White Salmon with Father Skehan officiating. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Gardner’s Funeral home and burial was in the White Salmon cemetery. Mrs. Wilke was born in Teinsingdorf, Germany, June 12, 1863 and died Monday October 1_ at the Goldendale hospital at the age of 88. She came to the United States with her parents when she was 16 and settled in Iowa. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. C.R. Andersen of Grass Valley and a son, Frank Wilke, of Bingen, Wn., and three grandchildren.
- Girl’s Body Found In River By Fisherman. The body of Mary Jo LeGall, 23, was discovered Tuesday by Ralph Rust near mile post 37 on the Deschutes river. This spot is just above the cabins often used by fishermen. It was under some driftwood above a large rock a short distance from the Sherman county shore. Sheriff Norman Fields was notified by Rust and Collis Moore who was also fishing on the river and with Sheriff Harold Sexton of Wasco county and Kenneth Libby, Wasco county coroner, Bruce Alley and Don Cox went to the river late Tuesday evening to recover the body which was done after dark. Miss LeGall was drowned August 24 above Maupin when the car in which she was riding with Arvid Hendrickson went over a bank. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s academy and is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Victor LeGall of Appleton, Washington, a sister, Mrs. Richard Fleagle of Seattle, Wn., and a brother, Hugh of Portland.
October 19, 1951
- Mrs. Tom Morrison, widow of the late Tom Morrison who lived for years near Grass Valley died in Salem and was buried at Canby October 5. Surviving are four sons and four daughters, 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
October 26, 1951
- W.H. Helyer Dead From Car Accident South of Kent. William H. Helyer was instantly killed and his wife, Ada, injured when he drove his car into a rock bank about seven miles south of Kent on Highway 97 Sunday night. They were returning from a hunting trip at Antelope. Members of the family in trying to reconstruct the accident believe that Mr. Helyer was blinded by oncoming lights. Both were thrown out of the car and Mr Helyer’s head was crushed. W.H. Helyer (Bill) was born near McMinnville, January 21, 1876 and came to Sherman county when a young man and this had been his home until recent years. He has been a farm owner and often a farmer during his life here. Survivors are his widow, a sister, Mrs. Minnie Pape of Corvallis, two brothers, Wilbur of The Dalles and Willard of Yamhill and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are seven step children. Funeral services were held at Spencer & Libby funeral home in The Dalles Thursday afternoon and interment was in the Odd Fellows cemetery at The Dalles. He was an Odd Fellow and a member of the Wasco pioneer association.
November 2, 1951
- James Phifer Buried At Grass Valley. James Lee Phifer died in The Dalles last Thursday after a brief illness. He had had an operation for varicose veins a week or so before and a coronary thrombosis made him ill. While in The Dalles for treatment he died suddenly. “Jimmy” Phifer was born in New Ulm, Minnesota, January 12, 1913 and had been a resident of the mid-Columbia area for about 20 years. He was for years a baseball player, a sport he dropped last year. He is survived by his widow, Blanche, two daughters, Marjorie Mae and Peggy Lou, all of Shaniko; two sisters, Mrs. Howard Swherr and Mrs. Pearl Tucker, both of Minnesota and two brothers, Edward of Pennsylvania and Ray of Marysville, California. He had been driving school bus from Shaniko this school term and working at Arstill-Monroe garage. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Grass Valley under direction of Spencer & Libby. Paul Bayles officiated.
November 9, 1951
- Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Bayer and granddaughter, Leslie Perrigo, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Bayer drove to Walla Walla to attend the funeral of the former Mrs. Bayer’s uncle, Ed Vintin. He was buried in Portland Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Bayer went down Friday.
November 16, 1951
- Sara Peterson died in San Francisco Thursday morning after an illness of about three weeks that was not considered serious until the last few days. Born Sara Ruggles in Sherman county August, 1886, she attended school here and began a lifetime career of school teaching in local schools. For years she has lived in Pendleton and taught there retiring last June to a ranch with her husband Jens Petersen, foreman for the late Carl Engdahl, state senator. Surviving are three brothers, Oscar of Grass Valley, Starr of Stayton, Walter of Wasco; three sisters, Mrs. Lois Olds and Mrs. Lucy Brown both in California and Mrs. Eva Landry of Moro.
November 23, 1951
- Mr. and Mrs. Jess Landry went to Pendleton Sunday in order to attend the funeral of Mrs. Jens Petersen, her sister who was buried there Tuesday. Other members of the family were also in attendance.
November 30, 1951
- Henry Clements Buried At Grass Valley. Graveside services were held for Henry Clements at the Grass Valley IOOF cemetery Sunday afternoon with the Rev. A.L. Kintner officiating. Clements died Friday in Yakima at the age of 87 years. Surviving are a son, C.E. Clements of Yakima and a sister, Mrs. John Hays of The Dalles and five grandchildren. Out of town relatives attending the services were Mrs. John Hays, Mr. and Mrs. Arch Zehner, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Feely and Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Feely and family all from The Dalles and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thasher of Tygh Valley.
December 7, 1951
- Guy Walton Buried In The Dalles. Guy Walton, former resident of the Kent community, died at Yakima Saturday morning. He was born in Indiana, September 29, 1878 and had lived for many years in Sherman county. He moved away several years ago to The Dalles and then to Oregon City. Survivors are his widow, Maude, two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Carrothers of Yakima, and Mrs. Orma Nelson of Dufur, a son, Garth of Cannon Beach, a brother, L.V. of The Dalles and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday at The Dalles with interment in the cemetery at that city.
- Ernest H. Moore Dies At 87 Years of Age. Ernest H. Moore died Saturday afternoon at his home in Moro at the advanced age of 87 years. He had been seriously ill for about ten days although he was physically handicapped for over 40 years. He was born at Cherokee, California, August 1, 1864 and came with his parents to Sherman county in the spring of 1882. There were three of the elder Moores who took up land and entered business in and about Moro. With his brother, Leon, the deceased was the eldest continuous resident of the Moro community. Mr. Moore was married May 24, 1893 to Anna Powell, who survives him. Also surviving are two sons, Collis and Roscoe, and three grandchildren and his brother, Leon. He was a member of the local Masonic lodge and Eastern Star, was a member of the Moro Community church. Funeral services were held Monday from the church with Rev. W.W. Gearhart officiating and interment made in the Moro Odd Fellows cemetery.
December 14, 1951 Missing
December 21, 1951
December 28, 1951
- Emma Cox Buried At Vancouver. Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Cox, 83, were held at Vancouver, Washington, December 14. She was the mother of Fred and Bert Cox of Grass Valley. Mrs. Cox was born in Jesup, Iowa, November 27, 1868 and was married in 1883 to George S. Cox who passed away in 1913. They came to the northwest early in the century and lived on the Buckley ranch from 1905 until his death. Since that time she has lived at Vancouver. Surviving are three sons, Fred and Bert and Vern of Doris, California; one daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Anderson of Tillamook. Two other sons died earlier. She had been ill for about two years having suffered paralytic strokes at that time.
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