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 January 4, 1973 to December 25, 1975.
January 4, 1973
- Grass Valley. Mae Palmer, aunt of Mrs. Frank Ketter and Mrs. Don Smith and sister of Mrs. Maude Bevens who just passed away last month, passed away at John Day last Thursday and she was 92 years old.
January 11, 1973
January 18, 1973
- McDermid Rites Today. Jack McDermid, superintendent of Sherman Experiment Station here, died suddenly Sunday evening at his home. He was 58. Mr. McDermid was born Aug. 12, 1914 in Pendleton. He had been a resident of Moro for the past nine years. He was a World War II veteran, a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Grass Valley, a Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge at Oregon City, was a Moro city councilman, and a past president of the Sherman County Club. He was also a member of the Western Crops and Science Association, the Oregon Wheat League and the American Legion post here. Survivors include his wife, Charlotte, in Moro; three daughters, Mrs. Jack (Elizabeth) Shuell, Milwaukie; Mrs. Wayne (Kathleen) Keesey, Moro; and Laurie McDermid, Portland; three sisters, Mrs. Jack Howard, Pendleton, Miss Elizabeth McDermid, Los Angeles, and Mrs. Richard Bishoff, in Virginia; and seven grandchildren. Recitation of the rosary was at Spencer Libby Funeral Home in The Dalles on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Requiem mass will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles at 9 a.m. Thursday. Memorial services are scheduled at the Oregon City Elks Temple at 1 p.m. Thursday, and interment will follow at 3:00 in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Active pall bearers are Forrest Kejhmas, Richard Koreski, Gerald Lohrey, Linden Mersinger, Andrew Paulson and Pat Macnab. Honorary pallbearers are Giles French, Dan Bartlett, Neil McIntyre, Lee Belshee, Paul Cyphers and Clarence Huls. Persons who so desire may contribute to the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Mr. McDermid’s memory.
January 25, 1973
- Tiwater Service At The Dalles Today. Funeral services for Mrs. Leta Eslinger Tiwater will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at Spencer and Libby Funeral Home in The Dalles. She was a lifelong resident of Moro and Grass Valley. Mrs. Tiwater was born March 27, 1895 at Philomath and passed away in Modesto, Calif. Jan. 19 at age 77. She was a member of Sherman Chapter of Eastern Star and the White Shrine. Survivors include two sons, Marcus Eslinger of Grass Valley and Walter Eslinger of Seattle; a sister, Mrs. Vesta Eakin of The Dalles, a half sister, Mrs. J.B. Thomas of Hillsboro; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Rev. Arthur Brown of Grass Valley will officiate at the service. Interment will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Carlton Mell, Cleo Barnum, Raymond Eslinger, Malcolm Eslinger, Ivan Blagg and Gerald Blagg.
- The community has been saddened by the passing of Mrs. Curt Toms [Tom] who was an old time resident of Rufus for many a number of years.
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Gareld Iverson attended the funeral of Mrs. Iverson’s father, Thomas Warren Wiles, in Myrtle Creek on Jan. 18th. He and Mrs. Wiles lived here in their mobile home February through June last year.
February 1, 1973
- Grass Valley. Clark Knox and son Eddie of Aurora came last Wednesday to visit her folks Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Eslinger and to attend the funeral of her grandmother Mrs. Leta Eslinger Tiwater. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Eslinger of Seattle came Thursday and left Saturday to visit his brother and family.
February 8, 1973
- Funeral For Nicholas Drinkard Set Thursday. Funeral services for Nicholas Dion Drinkard, 15, who was killed in an auto accident near Astoria Sunday, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. John Drummond officiating. Committal services will be held at The Dalles IOOF Cemetery. He was born March 31, 1957 in The Dalles and at the time of his death was a resident of Astoria. Survivors include his mother, Meredith Ann Benson, Parkdale; two brothers, Stephen Benson, The Dalles; and Scott Benson, Parkdale; a sister, Tacy Benson, Parkdale; a grandmother, Georgie Ann Drinkard, Portland; a grandfather Joseph Drinkard, Oakland, Calif.; great grandmothers, Pearl Drinkard, Wasco; Silvia Bickel, Hood River; and Zadie Bickel, Cave Junction; and several nieces and nephews. Friends who wish may make contributions to the American Cancer Society in his memory.
- Grass Valley. Albert Albin, husband of Alta (Crowley) was buried Wednesday in Dallas.
February 15, 1973
- Sather Passes. Mrs. Laura Sather passed away Wednesday morning in the Mid-Columbia Hospital.
- Funeral Services Held For Clarence Morrison. Funeral services for Clarence R. Morrison, 78, a former resident of Sherman County, were held Monday at 1 p.m. at Finley’s Sunset Hills Mortuary in Portland, Mausoleum interment followed. Mr. Morrison died at his home in Portland Wednesday. He was born in Sherman County in 1895 and until his retirement a few years ago lived in Sherman County most of his life. He was his wife were residing in King City at the time of his death. Survivors include his wife, Ann, Portland; two daughters, Mrs. Doris Coelsch, Moro, and Mrs. Helen Waldroff, Salem; two brothers, James, Portland, and Jody, Ione; four sisters; Mrs. Marie Wilcox, The Dalles; Marguerite Christianson, Portland; Lillian Montague, Portland; and Mary Alice Clark, Albany; four grandchildren and one great grandson. Those wishing to may send contributions to the Oregon Heart Association.
- George McDonald Dies In The Dalles Hospital. George McDonald a resident of The Dalles since 1941 passed away at a hospital there last Thursday at age 77. He was formerly a longtime resident of Sherman county, a wheat rancher east of Moro. He was a member of the Congregational Church and the Harlandview Grange, director of the Chenowith Irrigation Co-op for many years and served as chairman in that organization for five years. McDonald was active in Scouting in the Mid-Columbia area. Survivors include his wife, Velma McDonald of The Dalles; two sons, Carl K. of Anchorage, Alaska and Neil of The Dalles; three sisters, Florence Bruckert and Clara Houston both of Moro, and Elepha Rader of Newberg; five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Spencer & Libby Funeral Home in The Dalles Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. Don Clorkey officiating. Interment was in Parklawn Memorial Gardens.
- William Hines Services Held At Grass Valley. William Hines of Moro died Saturday at a hospital in Vancouver at age 74. He formerly was a long-time resident of the Grass Valley area. He was a World War I Veteran and was keenly interested in promoting baseball for the younger boys’ leagues. Survivors include a nephew, Frank Eichhorn of Portland and a niece, Mrs. Glenn A. Yorton of San Francisco. Graveside services were conducted at the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Grass Valley at 2 p.m. Casket bearers were John Miller, Dick Koreski, Jack Burnett, Bill Bardenhagen, Max Nogle and Al Payne. Friends who so desire may contribute to the American Legion Post No. 49 at Grass Valley for the Little League Baseball Fund in Mr. Hines memory.
- Alvin E. Wagenblast Dies At Pendleton. Alvin E. Wagenblast died Sunday at the Community Hospital in Pendleton at age 54. He was born December 20, 1918 in The Dalles and had been a resident of Lexington for the past 24 years, formerly living in Sherman County and The Dalles. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Heppner, Elks Lodge No. 358, Lexington Grange. He was a graduate of The Dalles high school in 1947. Survivors include his wife, Lee Wagenblast of Lexington; two sons, John E. of Salem and Steve R. of Lexington; one brother, Dewey Wagenblast of The Dalles; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Wagenblast Sr. of The Dalles; two grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Spencer and Libby Funeral Home Wednesday at 2 p.m. Interment followed in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Grass Valley.
- Services Here Monday For Richard Bruckert. Richard John Bruckert, 76, died Thursday at a local hospital in The Dalles. Mr. Bruckert was born Dec. 28, 1896 at Alexandria, Neb. He had lived in the Moro area since 1913 and was a wheat rancher all of his life. He was a member of the Harlandview Grange and American Legion Post No. 71 at Moro. Survivors include his wife Florence Bruckert, Moro; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Balzer, The Dalles; Mrs. W. L. Hull, Vancouver, Wa,; and Mrs. Hilda Hartmann, Wasco; two brothers, Walter Bruckert, Wasco, and Oscar Bruckert, Bend; plus several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Moro Community Church with Rev. Allen Lambert officiating. Burial was at the American Legion Cemetery in Moro. Casket bearers are Clarence Higley, Tom Higley, Don Martin, Kenneth Hattrup, Tom Eakin and Marcus Eslinger. Those wishing to do so may make contribution to the Heart Fund in Mr. Bruckert’s memory.
- Grass Valley. Lucille Fraley Sutherland was buried in Portland Friday with private funeral services.
February 22, 1973
- Rites Held Saturday For Laura Sather, 83 Long Time Resident. Funeral services for Laura E. Sather, 83, who died at a hospital in The Dalles, Wednesday Feb. 14, were at 2 p.m. last Saturday at the Moro Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dick Morgan officiated. Committal services were at the IOOF Cemetery in Grass Valley. Mrs. Sather was born March 17, 1889 at Warren, Minn. She was a former resident of Kent area and had been a resident of Moro since 1947. She was a member of the Moro Presbyterian Church, the Harlandview Grange No. 682, the Grass Valley American Legion Auxilary and Grass Valley Rebekah lodges in Kent and Moro. Survivors include three sons, Kenneth of Kent; Jack of Ontario and Merrill of Spokane; two daughters, Mrs. Blaine (Ann) Miller of Moro and Mrs. James (Helen) Weiker of Riverside Calif., a sister, Maude Williams, Tacoma; 25 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Casket bearers for the funeral were Art Decker, Bob Olsen, Mel Henkle, Don Holzman, Allen Miller and Don Miller. The family suggests that those who wish to make contributions to the Sherman Ambulance Fund, the American Diabetic Association or to a charity of their choice in Mrs. Sather’s memory in care of Smith Callaway Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.
- Memorial Service Set for Mrs. McKinney. A short Memorial Service will be held for Ione A. McKinney at the Moro Community Church on Sunday, Feb 25, at 11:00. Mrs. McKinney, 63, a native of Moro, who has resided in Salem since 1944, died Feb. 12 in a Salem hospital following a short illness. She is survived by her widower, William P. McKinney, Salem; mother, Mrs. Hattie Miller, Moro; daughter, Mrs. Beverly Ann Erickson, Aloha; brother, Vernon Miller, Moro; sister Mrs. Willard Bear, Salem. Friends who wish may contribute to American Cancer Society or to the Moro Community Church in her memory.
- Carl Schadewitz Rites Held In The Dalles. Funeral was Friday Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home in The Dalles for Carl Henry Schadewitz, 80, a life-long resident of Kent. Mr. Schadewitz was born there on Sept. 15, 1892. He was a wheat and cattle rancher. Surviving are his wife, Polly; son John, of Kent; two brothers, Melvin of Portland and Louis Schadwitz of Condon; two sisters, Mrs. George Barnett, and Mrs. Ernest Barnett, both of The Dalles; and several cousins. The Rev. Donald Boldt officiated at the funeral. Interment was taken place at the Kent cemetery.
- Moro Personals. Those coming for the Laura Sather funeral on Saturday and visiting one or more days at home of Anne Miller were the following: Mr. and Mrs. Bob Weiker, Riverside, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sather, Ontario, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Sather and sons, Ontario, Mrs. Lynn Giles, Denver, Colo., Mr. and Mrs. Tom McGill, Corvallis, Mr. and Mrs. Walt Nusom, Salem, Alan, Ron and Larry Sather, Corvallis, Merril Sather, Spokane, Louis Miller, Pleasanton, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Don Holzman and Todd, Portland, Mr. and Mrs. George Miller and Krista, Olex, Duane Miller, Corvallis. Calling on Saturday were: Mrs. Howard Williams, Tacoma, Wa., Mrs. Howard Williams, Jr., Tacoma, Wa., Mrs. Marie Strander, Kelso, Wa., Mr. and Mrs. Val Holzman, Portland.
- Grass Valley. Mrs. Harry Hooper of Maupin spent Saturday with her mother Mrs. Dorothy Dunlap and attended the funeral of Mrs. Laura Sather. Mrs. Dunlap spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Hooper.
March 1, 1973
- Services Held Monday For Arzell Lemley, 73. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Grass Valley Baptist church for Arzell S. Lemley, 73. He was a resident of Grass Valley for 52 years and passed away at a hospital in The Dalles. He was born May 8, 1899 in Rosalie, Wash. Mr. Lemley was a member of the American Legion being a World War I Veteran. Survivors include his wife, Helene Lemley of Grass Valley; two sons, Gordon of Grass Valley and Duane of Salem; two daughters, Eileen Moore of White Rock, N.M. and Carolyn Stump of Monmouth, Ore.; two brothers, Frank of Portland and Oscar of Grass Valley; ten grandchildren. Rev. Arthur Brown officiated at the funeral services. Interment was in the Grass Valley Cemetery with the American Legion rites being conducted at graveside.
- Funeral At Grass Valley For Road Accident Victim. A Kent woman suffered fatal injuries when she was thrown from her car in a single vehicle accident five miles south of Moro on U.S. 97 Thursday night. Sally Eileen Brown, 33, was taken to The Dalles General Hospital by Sherman County ambulance, where she died about 3 1/2 hours after the accident. The Sherman County sheriff’s office, which investigated the accident, said Mrs. Brown was headed south about 8:30, returning home from a basketball game in Moro. Her car went onto the shoulder of the road, where she lost control. The car traveled approximately 300 feet, went off the highway and flipped end over end, coming to rest in a wheat field. Both victim and her daughter, Carole, 8, were thrown from the car. The girl was also taken to the hospital, but her injuries were apparently minor. Mrs. Brown was born Aug. 21, 1939 in The Dalles, and had been a lifelong resident of Sherman County, the last nine years in Kent. She was a member of the Kent Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Harold Brown, Kent, son, Rex Brown and a daughter, Carole, both of Kent; two brothers, John Fields, Wasco, and Virgil Fields, Portland; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fields, Wasco; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T.O. Fields, Rufus; and Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Patterson, Eugene. Funeral services were held at the Grass Valley Baptist Church Tuesday, with Rev. Ed Edwards officiating. Burial took place at the Grass Valley IOOF Cemetery. Spencer & Libby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Casket bearers were Jay McKay, John and Art Decker, Virgil Grout, Carl Watkin and Bill Jefferies. A memorial fund has been started and contributions may be sent c-o Rev. Arthur Brown, Grass Valley.
- Freda May Alden Passed Away Feb. 21. Freda Mae Alden, age 56 passed away at a hospital in Hayward, Cal. Feb. 21 after a brief illness. She was born November 13, 1916 near Moro and lived in Sherman County until 1941. She was a member of Marian Rebekah Lodge No. 127, Wasco. Survivors include her husband, John of Hayward, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. (Bernies) Rice, The Dalles, three brothers Delbert, Lloyd and Bernard preceded her in death. Funeral services were held in Hayward.
- Grass Valley. Babe Fields of The Dalles came up Monday for Arzell Lemely’s funeral and to spend the night with Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Crews and family.
March 8, 1973
- Rites At Grass Valley For W.A. Henninger, Resident Of Kent. William A. Henninger, 68, died at a hospital in The Dalles on Saturday. He had been a resident of Kent for the last 14 years and was custodian of the Kent school. He was a member of the Kent Baptist Church and Twin Lakes Fishing Club. He was born June 16, 1904 at Fall City, Neb. Survivors include his wife, Cornelia, Kent; a son, William F. Henniger, Omaha, Neb.; a daughter, Mrs. Virgil Grout, Grass Valley; sons, James Pearson, McMinnville, Gerald Pearson, Angora, Minn., and Lynn Pearson, Lebanon; 16 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Grass Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Ed Edwards officiating. Committal services were at 4 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Park in McMinnville. Honorary casket bearers were Eugene Knott, Harold Brown, Bill Smith, Wilbur Wilson, Bob Taturn and Jim Brown. Active casket bearers were Bill Jefferies, John Decker, Art Decker, Jay McKay, Bob Martin and Swede Stark. The family suggests that those who wish may make contributions to the Wiley [Wily] Knighten Scholarship Fund in care of Mrs. Wily Knighten, Moro, in Mr. Henninger’s memory.
- Grass Valley. Word was received by Mrs. Thelma DeJon of Eureka, Calif. that her mother Theo Surrurier had passed away in January. She left her grandson and one grandson Jack Stark and two sisters and two brothers. She will be remembered as a sister of Wily Knighten and she and her husband and daughter lived here in Grass Valley a few years ago.
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Miller went to Puyallup, Wa. on Wednesday of last week to attend the funeral of the mother of Mrs. Roger Miller.
March 15, 1973
- Carlton Ross Carlton Ross died Tuesday at his home at Bothell, Wash. following a stroke. He grew up in Moro many years ago and was graduated from Moro High School. His father was a jeweler and Carlton established the restaurant in the Moro Hotel. Funeral arrangements are pending today. (Wednesday)
- Mrs. Ed Beers passed away in Baker. She was the mother of Jack Beers. The Beers family visited a few days while there.
- Visiting a few days this week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Beers was Jack’s father Ed Beers and his sister, Mrs. Nellie Edson of Reedsport.
March 22, 1973
- George Wilson Dies In The Dalles. Ora Wynona (Winnie) Wilson, 62, died Saturday morning in a hospital in The Dalles. She had been ill only a short time. Mrs. Wilson was born March 11, 1911 at Plainview, Texas. She had been a resident in the Kent area for 40 years. Survivors include her husband, George W. Wilson, two sons, Paul J. Wilson, Tacoma, and George R. Wilson, Albuquerque, N.M. Private committal services were held Monday at the Kent cemetery. Friends who so desire may make contributions in her memory to the Wily Knighten scholarship fund in care of the Sherman County School District office.
- Mrs. Benton Barnett received word that her son Peter Curtiss of Portland passed away Saturday morning after a short illness. Arrangements are being made.
March 29, 1973
April 5, 1973
- Ira Barnett Dies At Camas Nursing Home. Ira S. Barnett passed away today (Wednesday) at a nursing home at Camas, Wash. where he had been residing since leaving Wasco several years ago. He grew up in the Wasco areas and attended schools there. Funeral arrangements are pending, the only service arranged today is the Masonic service which will be conducted at the burial site in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco.
- Word has been received of the passing of Mrs. Ida (Tom) Moretz Klamath Falls last week. Her husband preceded her in death. She is survived by one son Paul and her four daughters Mabel; Hazel; Rose Edna; and Louise. Mrs. Moretz was a Past Matron of Annie Fulton Chapter Order of Eastern Star Wasco. They lived in Wasco when her husband was employed by the McCoy Atwood General Store.
- Word has been received by Mrs. John Mathieson that Marold Allen 22, son of a former pastor of the Church of The Nazarene, Rev. Allee was killed in a head on auto crash near Caldwell, Idaho on Saturday Feb. 17. The Allee family lived in Rufus several years. They now live in Nampa.
April 12, 1973
- Amidon Service Today. Funeral services will be held in the Moro Community Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m. today (Thursday) for Eugene Amidon, 88. He was killed in a car-truck accident on Hwy. 80N between Arlington and Boardman Monday evening. He was a passenger in a car driven by Theodore Johnston when it was struck from behind by a truck-trailer, according to state police who investigated the accident. Eureka Lodge No. 121 A.F.&A.M. of Moro will be in charge of the service and Alex Marshall of The Dalles will participate in the ritual. Morgan will also officiate. Interment will be in the Moro American Legion Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons of Mr. Amidon: Bill Peterson, Gene Rothstrom, Orval Goddard, Karl Amidon, Howard Amidon and Charles Amidon. Eugene Amidon was born in Saginaw, Mich., on December 20, 1884. He came to Moro in 1910 and farmed E.O.L. land near Moro and moved to his present ranch in 1916, being an active wheat farmer here for 63 years. Survivors include his wife, Rose; four daughters, Marie Hoskinson, Moro, Lenore Narkaus, Helix, Doris Patterson, Portland and Gayle Ellis, Corbett; a son E.H. (Bud) Amidon, Goldendale; 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; a grandson, Robert E. Hoskinson, is missing in action over Southeast Asia since July 29, 1966.
- Wasco Masons Hold Service For Barnett. Graveside services were conducted for Mr. Ira Barnett by Taylor Lodge No. 99 of Wasco, the Lodge led by the Worshipful Master Paulen Kaseberg, assisted by members from The Dalles. Ira’s nephew, Jerry Barnett, participated. The three sons were present. One sister was here. Marie Barnett Cooper was able to attend the memorial service in Portland. A family gathering took place at the John Hilderbrand home.
- W.F. McLeod. William Franklin McLeod died March 31 of a heart attack while vacationing in California. He was born July 18, 1902 at Sheboygan, Michigan. He operated the Moro hotel and was master of Eureka Lodge No. 121 A.F.& A.M. here in 1943.
- Moro Personals. Bill Murphy and Johnny of Moro flew to North Platte, Nebraska for the funeral on Saturday of Katherine Hughes at Stapleton, Neb. mother of the late Mel Hughes.
- Moro Mr. and Mrs. Mac Hall attended the funeral of Mrs. Anne Gilhousen in The Dalles on Wednesday, April 4.
April 19, 1973
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Gentry attended the funeral of Mr. Gentry’s uncle, Mr. Stanley Wills in Bend on Tuesday.
April 26, 1973
- Moro Personals. Mr.and Mrs. Charles Burnet, Mr. and Mrs. Twin Douma, Mr. and Mrs. John Shipley, Mr. Don Miller, Mrs. Vernon Miller, Mrs. Paul Fraser and Mrs. Lloyd Henrichs attended funeral services last Wednesday at Valby Lutheran Church burial at Ione Cemetery for Mrs. Anna Smouse, mother of Mrs. Orlow Martin.
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. George Hamlin, Lonalee Hamlin and Mrs. Mary Pugh of Portland attended the funeral of Mr. Hamlin’s uncle, Art Poole of Canyonville on Saturday. They spent Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hamlin in Myrtle Creek.
May 3, 1973
- Grass Valley. Edgar Justesen received word Monday evening that her grandfather, W.F. Buchholz of Ellensburg, Wash., had passed away. He was the father of Mrs. Hod McCay [McKay]. He lived at 905 Hobart Ave. Ellensburg, Wash.
Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Justesen and children were in Ellensburg Friday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Justesen’s grandfather W.F. Buchholz.
May 10, 1973
May 17, 1973
May 24, 1973
- Noonan Had Resided In Moro For 58 Years. A host of neighbors buried Jack Noonan last Friday, gathering on the hillside of the Old Baptist cemetery in conversational groups, greeting the family of one girl and three boys who came from afar to see their father put beneath the sod by the side of their mother who died almost twenty years ago. Jack Noonan was short for John Francis Noonan, a son of an Irish immigrant of the post-Civil War days who came to American and soon moved to South America to give that continent a trial. He didn’t like it and moved back to settle in the Nebraska sand hills where the family, now grown numerous, alternately froze when blizzards swept across the prairie and broiled when the umimpeded sun born down. Jack made it to Omaha in his early teens and learned the trade of painting houses. He drifted west and helped put the final touches on Shaniko, then the west’s prime boom town. At Moro he met and married Violet Messinger, daughter of a pioneer and they settled down to raising Lorena, (Mrs. Johnson now of Portland), Jimmy of Seattle, Lloyd of Pendleton and Carroll of St. Helens. Jack kept on painting houses and except for temporary disruptions was the county’s house painter for over fifty years, obliging, consistent, dependable. After Violet died he went on living in the same house he had brought her to years before, treating everyone courteously, doing his own cooking, asking no odds of anyone. He owed no bills, asked nothing he could not afford. His signature on a check was beautiful to behold: J.F. NOONAN, written in a perfect Spencerian script that was a credit to some forgotten schoolma’am or hours of diligent practice. John Francis Noonan, dead at ninety one.
- Several of this area attended the graveside services of Charles Porter, Friday, May 18. He was the brother of Mrs. Bessie Huck of Parkdale. Mrs. Huck is a former long time resident of Rufus. Mr. Porter had been in a Hermiston rest home at the time of his death.
- Dies In Nursing Home. George L. Fox of Rufus writes about a neighbor, Charles O. Porter, who passed away at a Hermiston Nursing home last week and was buried in The Dalles May 18. Charlie, as the old timers of north Sherman County knew him, was born in Missouri about 1880 and in his early boyhood traveled to Genesee, Idaho with his parents living there until coming to Early, Oregon, about 1896. His father H.K. Porter purchased the Cooper Flour Mill and operated it until about 1901 when Mr. Porter sold the Mill to George Wall, father of Homer Wall who was a former Sherman County Engineer. Charlie was the first Mail carrier between Early, Ore., and Klondike, Ore. It was recalled one day when Charlie and his sister Birdie were on their way to Klondike with the mail, a neighbor boy was hunting rabbits beside the road and in reloading his shot gun it discharged striking Charlie in the side and arm. This wound hospitalized Charlie for a month or so. Most of the bullets were removed, but some left he took to the grave. This neighbor wounding Charlie took the mail route delivery until Charlie was well enough to do the work. Early, Ore., was located at the foot of Biglow Canyon beside the John Day River and which is now under water. Charlie homesteaded about 1905 near the Biglow Canyon road and after he proved up on this land, he bought the John Matney place. This is the birth place of Virgil Matney who a lot of people living in Rufus knew. Charlie sold the place to the Bank of Wasco and they in turn sold it to Louis Langford of Rufus. Langford in turn sold it to Roy Phillippi and later Phillippi sold it to Leland Medler who now owns the part not acquired by the government when the John Day Dam went in. Charlie married Miss Lilly Agee of Gilliam County in 1914 and they had no children. When they first married they lived about a year farming at Early beside the John Day River, then they moved to Ione, in Morrow County, and farmed the Scott place for a number of years. After his wife Lilly passed away Charlie worked on the Western Grain Ranch in Gilliam county for a few years. Then he moved to Hermiston working for the Pendleton Grain Growers for many years until his retirement. After a number of years at the Nursing Home he passed away at the age of 93 years. The present Manager of the Pendleton Grain Growers and who Charlie had worked under was present when Charlie was buried at The Dalles on May 18. George Fox says he always remembers Charlie for his ability as a runner, as he never saw him beat in a 100 yd dash when he was about 20 years old or older. Charlie O. Porter has a sister Bessie Huck of Parkdale and a brother Delbert Porter of Goldendale living and a brother and sister who proceeded him in death. George Fox’s father William Fox and family came to Early in 1902 and were neighbors to the H.K. Porter family all living beside the John Day river where they raised fruit and livestock. Now all living relatives of Charlie O. Porter have moved away from Sherman County. George Fox did not want to let his passing go unnoticed as some of the older people of the country must still remember him.
May 31, 1973
June 7, 1973
June 14, 1973
June 21, 1973
June 28, 1973
July 5, 1973
- Boynton Passes Suddenly In Montana. Mrs. A.W. Boynton, mother of Bob Boynton, passed away in Bozeman, Montana, June 26 while visiting her daughter there. The funeral was held Friday in the Damacus Community Church at Damacus, Oregon. Those from here attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Ted Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ross, Mr. and Mrs. Mac Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cyphers, Mrs. Belle Conlee, Mrs. Wayne Melzer and Mrs. Don Thompson.
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. James Hyman went to McCleary, Wash., at the death of Mr. Hyman’s father. Mr. Chester Hyman who was in a nursing home there.
- Grass Valley. Among those who were here Monday for the funeral of Ralph Rust were: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Moore of Umner, Wash., Miss Lou Moore, Redding, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Clark Price of Bend, Mr and Mrs. Robert Otness, Russel, Mrs. Lewis Pickner all of Waldport, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Morgan of Redding, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Jack Moore of Myrtle Point, Mrs. Charlotte Twiford of Seattle, Wash., Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brandeen of Burns, Mrs. Charles Francis and her father, Mr. Glenn Fairchilds of Grants Pass.
July 12, 1973
- Services Held July 3 For Frank Smothers. Funeral was held Tuesday, July 3, for Frank Kelso Smother, Sr., who died Sunday in a Pendleton hospital. He was 69. Mr. Smothers was born April 21, 1904 in Wetumka, Okla. He lived in Pendleton for 32 years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in The Dalles. He worked on various ranches in Oregon since 1938. He worked for Arthur Bucholtz, Virgil Archer and others in this area. He is survived by sons, Bill D., Stockton, Calif., Frank Jr., Azusa, Calif., and Dickie, Stockton; daughter, Dorothy Davinis, Tracy, Calif., brother, Floyd, Pendleton and five grandchildren.
July 19, 1973
- Sunday Morning Crash Fatal To Wasco Youth When Car Hits Rail. Sunday morning accident north of Moro killed a 22 year-old Wasco resident who had lived in the area for just the past three months. Dead in the Sherman County accident was Timmy Howard Brown. He was traveling north on US 97 when his car failed to negotiate a turn 1.8 miles north of Moro, went into a broadside skid and hit the end of a guard trail head on. That impact apparently threw Brown out of the car, investigating officers from the Sherman County Sheriff’s office said, and it is believed that the car then ran over Brown. The dead man was alone in the car at the time of the accident. He had purchased the car only the previous day. Brown was formerly of Canway, S.C. and was working in Wasco as a Wheat elevator operator for Sherman Cooperative Grain Growers. Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Van Brown, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; five brothers, Vance of Wasco, John Henry, Murray Brown Jr., and Danny all of Myrtle Beach and John Samuel, Eugalla, Fla.; three sisters, Louvenia Gibson, Sylvia Dilard and Brenda Kennedy, all of Myrtle Beach; plus several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. Funeral services will be held in Conway, S.C., with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery in that city. Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles is in charge of local arrangements.
- John Thogerson Dies At Washington Home. John G. Thogerson, a former resident of Sherman and Wasco counties passed away Monday morning at Battle Ground, Wash. He is survived by his wife Grace; son Harold Thogerson of Portland; and daughter, Mrs. John (Melba) Mattson of Battle Ground; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. at Lane Funeral Home Battle Ground, Wash. Burial was at Orchards, Wash.
- Funeral Services For Mrs. Estella May Eddy. Estella May Tiller Eddy passed away July 9, at the Masonic and Eastern Star home at Forest Grove. She would have been 87 on August 12, having been born on that date in Joplin, Missouri, 1886. She is survived by sisters, Dorothy Tiller Alsup of Tygh Valley, and Ethel Kee Milton of Port Angeles and by many nephews and nieces, children of Mrs. Alsup, Mrs. Milton and Loy Tiller, most of whom are well known in this co. The Tillers and the Kees came to Sherman co. in 1906, and lived in Wasco, Moro and Grass Valley. Eddy was a charter member of the Grass Valley Eastern Star Lodge. Funeral services were held at Forest Grove Friday, July 13 with interment in the cemetery there. Relatives from here attending were Mr. and Mrs. Loyd Cochran and Mrs. Eben Kee.
- Services In The Dalles For Claude Eaton 72. Funeral services were held in The Dalles, Tuesday July 17 for Claude Harland Eaton, born Feb.8, 1901 in Wasco. He passed away July 13, at The Dalles General Hospital, after a long illness. He was raised in Wasco and after a short residency, in California and Hood River, moved to Glenwood, Wash., in 1939, where he was employed by St. Regis until his retirement in 1966. Survivors include his wife, Audrey; two sons, Edwin at Greenwood, and Bill, Portland; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren; one brother, Lawrence Eaton of Fresno, Calif., one sister, Mary McLachlan of The Dalles, many relatives and a host of friends.
July 26, 1973
- Rites Held Monday For Accident Victim. Larry James Parker, 22, a resident of Biggs, died in a Portland hospital on Thursday of injuries he received in an accident near Biggs on Christmas morning of last year. He was born June 20, 1951 at La Grande. He had lived in the Biggs area for nine years. He was thrown from the car in which he was a passenger and has been hospitalized in Portland ever since. Parker was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict. Survivors include his wife, Jeanene Faye Parker, in Wasco; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mel Parker, Rufus; and two brothers, Robert Parker, West Linn, and Kenneth Parker, Norwalk, Calif. Funeral services were held at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home on Monday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Leo Tautfest of Portland officiating. Burial was at The Dalles IOOF cemetery.
- Several attended the funeral of Larry Parker, husband of Jeanene Parker and son of Mr. and Mrs. Mel Parker, on Monday, July 23.
August 2, 1973
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August 23, 1973
- Bertha Smith Services Held At Grass Valley. Bertha Ann Smith, a resident of Grass Valley for 83 years, died at a hospital in The Dalles on Friday. She was 88. Mrs. Smith was born Oct. 25, 1884 in Fresno, Calif. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grass Valley. Survivors include a son, Don E. Smith, Grass Valley; a grandson, Larry D. Smith, Carmichael, Calif.; two great-granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral was at the Grass Valley Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Monday, with Rev. Arthur Brown officiating. Burial followed at the IOOF Cemetery in Grass Valley. Casket bearers were Arch Zehner, William Bardenhagen, Gary Schilling, Maurice Seely, Hersch Riggs and Dave Johnson.
- Service Held Saturday For Mary Eva, 80. On December 13, 1892 a daughter was born to John and Gesche Johnson, recently arrived from Germany, and the new owners of a small farm southwest of Moro. Mary Johnson grew to be a big girl, walked two miles to the Moro school. Jack Eva came along and Mary Johnson became Mary Eva. Tex Irzyk, a New England CCC boy who wanted to stay in the west, came along and Mary Johnson became Miss Mary. Tex married a helpful nurse and Mary Johnson became “Gramse” to four loving children. Mary in widowhood traveled about the world noting how the people lived, for Mary Johnson had the knack of survival known to all Sherman countians of the old school: she was practical, oh, very practical. Her advice on any subject was practical and was often sought. Mary Eva died in a hospital in The Dalles August 12 and funeral services were conducted from the Moro Community Church by Rev. Bernard Keating. Mary was a Lutheran, a Rebekah, and an Eastern Star member. Surviving is her family of Irzyks, Tex and Beryl, Gary, Steve, Julie and Mary, a cousin, Mrs. August Prudsmeirer in Portland and a lot of friends who will long recall her down to earth approach to problems of any kind.
- Services Held Monday For John Searcy, 72, Former Moro Resident. Services for John (Jack) Searcy, 72, of Hillsboro were held Friday, Aug. 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Congregational Church at Hillsboro. Levering Reynolds officated and interment was in the Valley Memorial Cemetery. He died on August 15. He was born Nov. 7, 1900 at Moro the son of Thomas and Lena Searcy. He was married to Evelyn Ragsdale on June 20, 1926 in Moro. They had lived in Hillsboro for 40 years. The family suggests that memorials be sent to Tuality Community Hospital in memory of Jack. He received his education here and at Oregon State College. He began as a bookkeeper, later was cashier of the Moro State Bank; a former deputy Superintendent of Banks for Oregon, State Banking Dept.; Cashier for Commerical Na-dent in 1935; the Bank was re-named Commericial Bank of Oregon. He was vice-president and director to December 1954, the bank operating many branches in Oregon and was sold to the U.S. National Bank of Oregon in 1954. He served as vice-president until recent retirement. He was a member of the Lions Club, Royal Arch Masons, Eastern Star, Republican party, Congregrational Chruch serving many years as trustee. He was president of the Hillsboro Industrial Development Corporation. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn of Hillsboro; son, John Searcy of Hillsboro; daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Suzanne) McFadden of Santa Monica, Calif.; two grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Charles Ruggles of Heppner; two brothers, Owen Searcy of Salem and Morris Searcy of Portland. [copied as it appeared]
- Grass Valley. Those who were here for Bertha Smith‘s funeral Monday were: Maurice Feely of Portland, Arch Zehner of Portland, Mrs. Nelda Thrasher of Tygh Valley, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Garret and family of The Dalles, Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Riggs of Wasco and Larry Smith of Carmichael, Calif.
August 30, 1973
- Rites Held For Former County Pioneer Lady. Ellen Mary Coats, 78, died at a hospital in The Dalles, Thursday morning, August 16. She was born Dec. 13, 1894 at Joseph. She was a former long-time resident of Sherman County and had lived in the Hood River Valley since 1950 until moving to The Dalles three years ago. Mrs. Coats was a member of the Nazarene Church in Hood River. She is survived by a son, Chester Coats, Wasco; four daughters, Ida Rutchman, Dayton; Mary Eakin, Grass Valley; Lois Haskel, Portland and Nell Melzer, Moro; 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home at 3 p.m. on Saturday with Rev. Ed Zimbelman officiating. Private interment followed at Mt. View Cemetery in Hood River.
September 6, 1973
- Lester Barnum Dies Suddenly At Home. Lester Barnum, long-time Grass Valley rancher, died suddenly at his home Monday evening. He was born April 13, 1906 in Moro the son of Ernest E. and Mary Barnum. He was a member of the Oregon Wheat Growers League and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle, Grass Valley; two sons, Tom and Dick, both in Klamath Falls; four grandchildren; a brother, Cleo, in Bend; and three sisters, Mrs. Arline Eslinger, Hillsboro; Erma Jones, Portland, and Mrs. Giles (Lela) French, Moro. Services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Presbyterian Church here with Rev. Dick Morgan officiating. Interment will be in the American Legion Cemetery here. Pallbearers will be Fred Kurilo, Bud Kock, Earl Gentry, Rodney Rolfe, Pat Sharp and Vernon Miller.
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September 27, 1973
- Two Killed In Highway Crash Near Grass Valley. Two Sherman County residents were killed in a one-car accident Sunday evening five miles south of here on U.S. Highway 97. Elizabeth H. Savonen, 43, Moro, was killed at the scene of the accident, the Sherman County Sheriffs office reported, and James W. McDonald, 47, Grass Valley, died enroute to a hospital in The Dalles. Both victims were thrown from the car. Investigating officers said the car operated by McDonald, failed to negotiate a turn while headed south on the highway at about 11:20. The car traveled 600 feet along the shoulder, then overturned and skidded another 157 feet along the highway. The victims — only two in the car — were thrown out onto the pavement of the highway. McDonald was still alive when picked up by the Sherman County ambulance, but was dead on arrival at the hospital. The accident was at milepost 25 on Hwy. 97. Mrs. Savonen was born January 15, 1930. She is survived by her husband, Arvo Savonen; two daughters, Carla Hinton, Astoria and Joanne Yusko, Moro; a son, Bill Yusko; her mother, Ruby Walbert, Moro; two brothers, Carl Walbert Grass Valley, and Martin Walbert, Campbell, Mo., and a sister, Martha Hughes in Florida. Both bodies are at Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles. Sherman County was also the scene of two weekend truck accidents. One of these, investigated by Oregon State Police and Sherman County Sheriff’s officers happened at 1:30 Sunday at milepost 28 near Grass Valley. A truck and trailer operated by Ronald Ricky Slagg, 22, Yakima was headed north on U.S. 97 when the driver lost control on a corner at the bottom of a hill. The unit jackknifed and the trailer broke loose and rolled into a ditch. There was no report available on the other truck mishap, which occurred near Wasco.
- Rites Set Thursday For James McDonald. Funeral services for James William McDonald will be held at the IOOF Cemetery in Grass Valley at 2 p.m. today (Thursday). Mr. McDonald died Monday in The Dalles as a result of injuries suffered in an auto accident the previous evening. He was born Oct. 17, 1926. He was a resident of Grass Valley and had spent most of his life in Wasco County. Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Cecil B. (Altie) Floyd, The Dalles; a brother, Norman B. McDonald, Donald, Ore.; two sisters, Mrs. Harry Stark, Grass Valley and Mrs. William Millican, Portland; and uncle, Bill Weber, The Dalles, and several nieces and nephews. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 49 in Kent; Madras Elks Lodge No. 2017 and the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, No. 3427, The Dalles. Military rites at the funeral will be conducted by the American Legion Post in Kent, and members of the post will serve as pall bearers. Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles is in charge of funeral arrangements.
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Donald von Borstel went to Halfway Thursday and returned Friday. While there they attended the funeral of Bruce Thompson a long time friend.
- Mrs. Bert Swigart is home being in Portland to take care of grandchildren while her daughter-in-law attended the funeral of her father Victor Leuck in Fond du Lac Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Chet Logan drove Mrs. Swigart home and are visiting a few days.
October 4, 1973
- Services Saturday For Keith C. Bayer. Services for Keith C. Bayer of Novato, Calif., were held at the Redwood Chapel Funeral Home Saturday morning, Sept. 29 in Novato. Bayer, son of the late Frank T. and Mayme Bayer was born June 13, 1929 in Grass Valley, where he attended grade school, and his high school years in Moro. His first year of college was at EOC, La Grande and he received his degree at Willamette University in Salem. Following his discharge from Army service during the Korean War he was employed in the First National Bank of San Rafael, and has continued in that business the past 21 years of residence in California. He was Vice President of the San Rafael Bank of Marin and Treasurer of the Navato Aquanauts. Surviving are his wife, Marjorie, a son, Kenneth, a daughter, Kimberley all of Novato; three brothers, Frank E. Bayer of Grass Valley, Claud P. Bayer of Moro, and David E. Bayer of Davis, Calif., a sister Mrs. Charles (Cora) Perry of Pendleton. Private burial was at the Marion Memorial Gardens, Novato. The family preferred memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bayer, Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Perrigo of Pendleton, Mr. and Mrs. Claud Bayer of Moro went to Novato Calif. to attend the funeral services for their brother, Keith Bayer who passed away there Wed. Sept. 25th.
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Curlie DeMoss spent last week in Eugene, called there at the death of Vada’s mother Mrs. Ida Gammell. They met Jan DeMoss’s plane from Hawaii on Sat. Sept. 22nd in Portland and took her to Eugene for the funeral on Monday.
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Claud Bayer accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bayer of Grass Valley and Sgt. David Bayer returned home Monday morning from Novato, Calif., where they attended the funeral of their brother and uncle, Keith Bayer on Saturday. Sgt. Bayer left by plane Wednesday morning to return to his Marine base in N.C.
October 11, 1973
- Gordon Harper Gordon Harper of Wasco died in a Portland hospital Tuesday evening about 8 o’clock following several heart attacks. He has been a prominent wheat grower in the Wasco area for many years. Funeral arrangements are pending.
- Jesse Dunn Services Held In The Dalles. Funeral services for Jessie Lee Dunn, who died at a local hospital on Tuesday, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles. Committal services will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Sunrise Cemetery in Wasco with Rev. Allen Lambert officiating. She was born Feb. 3, 1904 in Cheney, aKn. [Kan.], and had been a resident of The Dalles and Wasco areas since 1946. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Wasco. Survivors include her husband, Robert Dunn, The Dalles; two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence (Lois) Spencer, Elma, Wash., and Mrs. Frank (Dorothy) Reifsnyder, Walla Walla; a son, Leonard Heinlen, Colorado Springs, Colo.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
October 18, 1973
- Rites Held At Wasco For Gordon Harper, Well-Known Rancher. Gordon Neal Harper, a resident of Wasco for 58 years, died at a hospital in The Dalles last Tuesday evening. Mr. Harper was born Feb 17, 1913 in Sheridan, but has lived in Wasco since he was two years old. He was a wheat rancher in that area his entire adult life. Survivors are his wife, Glennie M., Wasco; two step-sons, Stanley Anderson, Portland, and Leland Anderson, Salem; a brother, Willard Harper, Wasco; a sister, Mrs. Clifford (Georgia) Walker, Portland; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Wasco, of which he was a member. Burial followed in the Sunrise Cemetery at Wasco. Mr. Harper was a member of the Sherman County Board of Equilization and the budge committee, and the Sherman County Co-op at Wasco, having serves as secretary-treasurer of that organization for several years. He was a member of the board of the Federal Land Bank in The Dalles; The Dalles Elks Lodge No. 303; Taylor Lodge No. 99, A.F.&A.M. of Wasco; The Dalles Chapter No. 6, Royal Arch Masons; Columbia Commandery No. 13, Knights Templer; Al Kadar Temple Shrine; Gaspar Shrine No. 3 of White Shrine; Mid-Columbia Shrine Club of The Dalles and Annie Fulton Chapter No. 124, Order of Eastern Star of Wasco, of which he was worthy patron.
- Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Van Gilder, Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Sargent, Mrs. H.A. Van Gilder and Mrs. Darwin Van Gilder of Moro went to Kelso Oct 8 to attend the funeral of Arthur Olsen. The Olsens have visited here often with the Sargents and other relatives. Mrs. Olsen is a cousin of Mrs. Sargent.
- Michael B. Haber. Haber, Michael B. passed away in Santa Clara, California, on October 8, 1973. He was the beloved husband of Mary Jo Haber of Santa Clara; loving son of Mrs. Frieda Haber of Pensacola, Florida; loving step father of Larry D. Stigers of San Jose, California; loving brother of Mr. Carl Haber, Mr. George Haber, Mr. John Haber and Mr. Robert Haber, and Elizabeth Newberry all of Florida; and loving step grandfather of Larry Stiger Jr. and Sean Sandoval of California. Haber was a native of Florida. Funeral service will be held Thursday, October 11, 1973 at 2 p.m. from the Santa Clara Funeral Home. Interment at the DeMoss Springs Cemetery, Moro, Oregon on October 13, 1973. Rev. Arthur H. Brown of Grass Valley, Oregon, will officiate at the grave site.
- Mrs. Michael (Mary Jo) Haber and her son, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Haber and son all of Santa Clara, Calif., were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. John M. DeMoss.
October 25, 1973
- Services At Wasco For Mrs. Ella Medler. Graveside service was held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sunrise Cemetery, Wasco, for Ella May Medler, who died Friday at age 96. Mrs. Medler, a native of Illinois who came west on an immigrant train and settled at Wasco in 1885, was a member of the Brock pioneer family. She died at her home in Portland, 10530 SW 69th Ave., where she resided with her family since the death of her husband in 1946. Medler was a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Marlene Tower and Mrs. Gladys Shumway, and one son, Sam Brock, all of Portland; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
November 1, 1973
- Ross Andrews Rites At Sunrise Cemetery. Ross Andrews, Portland, passed away October 23 after a lingering illness. He was born in Wasco September 14, 1905. He graduated from the former Wasco High School. He was employed for a time by Standard Oil Co., then worked for Shell Oil Co. in Moro, Kent, The Dalles and Portland where he retired several years ago. Survivors include his wife, Mae Andrews, Portland; two brothers, W. H. “Bill” Andrews, Wasco, and Roy Andrews, Portland; two sisters, Virginia York, Portland and Belle McPherson, Wasco and several nieces. Private committal was at Sunrise Cemetery, Wasco with Rev. Everette Webber officiating.
- Mr. and Mrs. George Fox drove to Condon to attend the funeral of his nephew, James Greiner on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Mr. Greiner died at the age of 50.
November 8, 1973
- Rites Held For Former Kent Area Resident. Elizabeth Leatitia Wilson, who lived most of her life in the Kent area, died Monday, Oct. 29 at her daughter’s home in Portland. She was 88. Mrs. Wilson was born March 30, 1885 at Seven Mile Fork, Va. She came to Kent at the age of 23 as a bride. Her husband, Jerry died 13 years ago. Mrs. Wilson was a member of the Kent Christian Church, the Rebekah Lodge at Grass Valley and American Legion Auxiliary, George Bell Post No. 49. Survivors include five sons, George and Richard, both of Kent; Paul, Halfway; Lester, Redmond; and Jerry, Eugene; her daughter, Helen Davis, Portland; 19 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held last Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home in The Dalles. Burial was in the Kent Cemetery.
November 15, 1973
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Curlie DeMoss attended the funeral of Mrs. DeMoss’ uncle, Paul Gemmell of Salem, who was buried in Heppner last week. [Gammell]
November 22, 1973
- Mr. and Mrs. George Jenson drove to Madras last week to attend the funeral of her brother Ed Millard. The cause of death was due to a heart attack which happened while hunting in eastern Oregon. The community extends their sympathy to Mrs. Jenson.
November 29, 1973
- Floyd Flatt Floyd Flatt of The Dalles passed away this (Wednesday) morning at The Dalles General Hospital. He had been in ill health for several weeks. Funeral arrangements are pending today.
- The Rufus community has been saddened by the death of Mrs. Irene Thompson of Portland. Mrs. Thompson spent all of her life (except 10 years) in Rufus. Her husband was the Rufus Grade School janitor for a number of years. Her funeral was Monday Nov. 26. A number of her friends of Rufus attended the funeral.
- Grass Valley. Received word from Mrs. Dorothy Perry on Friday the 16th that her mother, Mrs. Irma Misener of Portland had passed away and the funeral was last Tuesday in Portland.
December 6, 1973
December 13, 1973
- The sympathy of their many friends is extended to Rev. and Mrs. Everette C. Webber and family in the sudden accidental death last Friday of his father, Joe Webber, Independence, Oregon.
- The Community extends their regrets to the Belveal family after hearing of the death of Mrs. Belveal who has been a long time resident of Rufus.
December 20, 1973
- Wasco Woman Dies In The Dalles Hospital. Margaret 7, Wirtzfeld, a former resident of Nampa, Idaho and a resident of Wasco the last seven year, died at a hospital in The Dalles Monday morning. She was 78. Wirtzfeld was born Aug. 9, 1895 at Clinton, Mass. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wasco and the American Legion Auxiliary in Nampa. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. John W. Summer, Wasco, and Mrs. Eleanore Robinson, Madera, Calif.; two cons, Roy Wirtzfeld, Duluth, Minn. and Gordon Wirtzfeld, Hardin, Mont.; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, Joseph H. Wirtzfeld preceded her in death in 1965. [copied as it appeared]
December 27, 1973
- Services Held For Walter Morris, Rufus. Walter A. Morris died at a hospital in The Dalles Monday morning at age 85. He was born Dec. 11, 188r, in Christian County, Illinois, and spent almost all his life in Rufus, where he was a farmer. He was a lifetime member of Elks Lodge No. 303 and a member of the Masonic Lodge, Wasco, and the Shrine. He is survived by his wife, Minnie L., Rufus, and four daughters, Mrs. Ray (Jean) Brown, Condon, Mrs. Ron (Marjorie) Klock, Portland, Mrs. Bill (Betty) Meyers, Nyssa, and Mrs. Frank (Lila) Adams, The Dalles; two sons, Joe Morris, The Dalles, and Bob Morris, Rufus; three sisters, Mrs. Clara McNab, The Dalles, Mrs. Jessie Langford, Palouse, Wash., and Miss Nellie Morris, The Dalles; 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at Spencer and Libby Funeral home Thursday at 11 a.m., the Rev. E. Ernest Tayler officiating. Interment will be at Wasco Cemetery. [copied it as it appeared]
- Word has been received from Mrs. Irline Kirkwood, Milton-Freewater that her husband, Roy, passed away in October. Mrs. Kirkwood is a former teacher in the Wasco Public Grade School, and will be remembered here by many friends and pupils. We extend to her our belated, sincereest sympathy. [copied as it appeared]
January 3, 1974
- Vic Peterson Services In The Dalles Monday. [photo] Victor C. Peterson, widely known secretary of the Wasco County Fair board of directors, with nearly 20 years of service in that position, died last Thursday night in a hospital in The Dalles. He was 75. Mr. Peterson, who was born March 25, 1898, near Ione was employed by the Federal Land Bank of Spokane in Eastern Oregon before moving to The Dalles more than 30 years ago. He served in The Dalles as Farm Loan Association Secretary and in 1948 went into the real estate business, operating the Vic Peterson Agency at 111 W. Fourth Street. He had served as Fair Board secretary since April 7, 1954, and had primary responsibility for planning and coordinating the annoal fairs at W.E. Hunt Park at Tygh Valley. He also served 10 years on the School District 12 board of directors and was a long-time member of the Highway Committee of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Peterson was a member of First Congregational Church of The Dalles, the Masonic Lodge of Ione and Elks Lodge No. 303, The Dalles. Survivors include his wife, Alice M. Peterson; two sons, John of Chicago and Allan of Lewiston, Idaho; a daughter, Sally Fasalo of Fullerton, Calif.; two brothers, Henry Peterson of Pendleton and Richard Peterson of Portland; a sister, Esther Dobyns of Eugene; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home. Interment was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.
- Rites Held Thursday For Clara Macnab, 94. Clara B. Macnab died at a hospital in The Dalles Sunday. She was 94. She had been a resident of The Dalles for 32 years and before that had lived in Sherman County for 30 years where she and her husband, A.M. Macnab had a wheat ranch. She was born January 12, 1879 in St. Johns, Kansas. She was the daughter of Joseph T. and Mary Delia Morris and moved to Oregon with her parents at the age of 13 and settled in the Rufus area. Survivors include a son, William Morris Macnab, Portland; two sisters, Nellie Morris, The Dalles, and Jessie Langford, Palouse, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews, and four grandchildren, Larry Macnab and Janet Phillich, Portland, and Greg and Scott Macnab, The Dalles. Rosary was held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles, and Requiem Mass on Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Richard Conway as celebrant. Burial is at Sunrise Cemetery, Wasco. Casket bearers are Bill, Patrick, Don, Stuart, Pete, Tom, Bob and George Macnab. Mrs. Macnab was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
- Grass Valley. Word was received of the death of Gustav Schassen of Long Beach, Wash. who passed away Dec. 24th leaving a wife, Mildred, one son, Henry and a daughter Lucille Julson and a brother Rod Schassen and a sister Lillian Hess and two grandchildren.
- Marion Van Metre Dies In The Dalles. Marion Van Metre of The Dalles passed away New Years Day in The Dalles. He leaves his wife, Gertrude and five children, Mrs. Dorothy Tyler, Walter, Mrs. Dorothy Foster and John, all of Portland, and Ron of Hood River. He had 16 grandchildren. Funeral services will be at Spencer & Libby’s Funeral Home Friday at 2:00 p.m. Friends are asked to contribute to the Cancer Fund in Mr. Van Metre’s memory.
January 10, 1974
- Wayne Kelley Passes In The Dalles Hospital. Wayne E. Kelley, a resident of Moro for many years, died last Thursday in a hospital in The Dalles at age 66. He was born September 4, 1907 in Missouri. His body was taken to Clarinda, Iowa for funeral services and interment. Survivors include three sons, Carl of Jacksonville, Ore., George of Paducah, Ky., and Jerry of Pennsylvania; two daughters, Dorothy Duncan of Las Vegas, Nev., and Lois Powell of Portland; three sisters, Mrs. George Murray of Missouri, Mrs. J.R. Pike of Nebraska and Mrs. Aran Slocum of Missouri; five grandchildren.
- The community extends sympathy to the Walter Morris family on the passing of Walter Morris on Monday morning, Dec. 24. Mr. Morris was a longtime resident of Rufus. He was 85. A dinner was held for the bereaved family of Walter Morris on Thursday, Dec. 27. It was served by several women of the Rufus Women’s Activity Club of the Rufus Grange at the Grange Hall.
January 17, 1974
- Services Held For Mrs. George Benson. Agnes Adellia Benson passed away on January 4, 1974. She was born November 17, 1904 in Knoxville, Tenn. Survivors are her husband George A. Benson of Grass Valley, two sons, Robert L. Benson of Denver, Colorado, and George Benson, Jr. of Kent, Oregon. There are four daughters, Maxine Miller of Moro, Georgia Hadley of Kent, Washington, Betty Lou Frakes, Dufur, Oregon, Nadine Altice, Beckley, West Virginia. She also had three sisters, Ada Marlin, Selah, Washington, Atta Eslinger, Yakima, Washington, Alberta Benson, Moro, and one brother, Steve Alley, Selah, Wash. She had 30 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
January 24, 1974
- Harold Blagg Services Held In Portland. Funeral services were held for Harold Blagg Jan. 18, at Mt. Scott Funeral Home in Portland. He passed away Jan. 15 at Milwaukie, Oregon. He was born March 8, 1913 at Grass Valley. He left his wife, Ariel, a daughter, Mrs. Jesse (Sandra) Markham. He was the son of Mrs. Myrtle Blagg, the brother of Mrs. Raymond (Marie) Eslinger, Gerald, James and Ivan Blagg, the grandfather of Michel and Lynn. Private committal was at Willamette National Cemetery.
- James Maddox Rites Friday At Wasco. James Maddox, 85, passed away Wednesday morning in The Dalles General hospital. He operated the Wasco Market for many years, coming to Sherman County in 1926. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. in the Wasco Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Wasco Sunrise Cemetery.
January 31, 1974
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February 14, 1974
- Services Held For Philip M. Ruggles, 58. Services were set for Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Community Church at Moro for Philip M. Ruggles, 58, who died Feb. 1 in a hospital at Pendleton. Interment followed at Moro. Mr. Ruggles was born at Moro and spent most of his life in Sherman and Wasco counties. He had lived at Pendleton since 1970. He was a member of Eureka Lodge 121, A.F.&A.M. Masonic services were conducted at the church on Wednesday. Surviving are his mother, Ola Ruggles of Heppner; a son, Walter J. Ruggles of Portland; three daughters, Joslyn Hathaway and Leona Alexander of Portland and Pamela Pitzer of Salem; a brother Charles Ruggles of Heppner; a sister, Laura Terwillinger of Prineville; and seven grandchildren.
- Services Held For Nora Axtell Prewett. Funeral services for Nora Margaret Axtell Prewett were held on January 30 at Roseville, Calif. with Heber Chapter of Eastern Star No.181 officiating. Private concluding services were held in Roseville Cemetery. Mrs. Prewett was born in Oregon March 26, 1892. She lived for many years here with her family before moving to California. She was the last daughter of Simon and Emma Elioch. [Elcock] One daughter, Dorance, preceded her in death. Survivors include Dorothy Ayers, Grass Valley, Norman Axtell, Reno, Nev., Delmar Axtell, Roseville, Cal. and Maxine Logan, Placerville, Cal.
- Mrs. Jerry Morehouse returned Feb. 7 from Kansas where she attended the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Etta A. Woods, who passed away Jan 28th. She also visited her sons, Harley and family in Van Buren, Ark., and French and family in Lawson, Missouri, and friends in Wichita, Kan., by traveling on the bus over 2,000 miles.
- Moro Personals. Attending the funeral on Saturday of Mrs. Burdette (Eunice) Lite who died suddenly at her home Wednesday evening were: Mr. and Mrs. Ted Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Archer, Mr. and Mrs. Don Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Stan Coelsch, Inez Thompson, Mrs. Lois Axtell, Mac Hall, Curlie DeMoss, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Melzer. Mrs. Lite was the sister of Mrs. Ted (Florence) Thompson.
February 21, 1974
February 28, 1974
- Cowen Passes Suddenly. The chief elected officer of ONPA Wally Cowen, publisher of the Independence Enterprise Herald, suffered a major coronary attack in his hotel suite at Eugene early last Saturday morning and died at approximately 7:30 in Sacred Heart Hospital. He had a history of minor heart problems for some years. Burial was Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Salem. President Cowen is survived by his widow, Caroline; three children Jerry, 23, Longview, WA, Sandy McBain, 21, Salem, Carol, 19, a student at Washington State University, and a brother, Don, of Dayton, WA. Mrs. Cowen requests that memories be made in Wally’s name to donor’s favorite charity, or, if none to the family so that one of Mr. Cowen’s may be selected. The Cowen home address is 954 Cascade Dr. NW, Salem. Born in Boise, Idaho, Wallace R. Cowen attended Idaho schools and graduated from the University of Idaho. His early career centered around the motion picture industry and he managed studio theatres in Utah, California, Oregon and Texas. He began his newspaper career at the Salem Capital Press as advertising representative. In 1961, he moved to Milton-Freewater where, in partnership with Harry Ringhand, he published the Valley Herald until Dec. 1972 when the newspaper was sold. Early in 1973, Mr. Cowen was appointed publisher of the Enterprise-Herald, one of the Blue Mountain Eagle, Inc. newspapers, controlled by the late Elmo Smith, and presently by Mrs. Dorothy Smith and son, Denny, A.D. “Deb” Addison, publisher of the Roseburg News-Review, has advanced to the presidency of the corporation.
- Word was received by Mrs. Bill Fox that her sister in Apache Jct., Ariz. had passed away. Her sister was Mrs. C.W. (Lucille) Rice.
- Services Held Here For Florence Brown. A lifelong resident of Moro, Florence Isabelle Brown, 73, died Saturday at a local hospital. Born Oct. 23, 1900, in Ontario, Calif., Miss Brown and her mother came to Moro when she was an infant, and she had made her home in Sherman County ever since. Miss Brown will be remembered for her craft work and excelled in the hobby of tatting. She was a member of the Moro Community Presbyterian Church, where funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Dick Morgan officiating. Casket bearers included Lloyd Henrichs, Mac Hall, Keith Thompson, Ralph Busse and Lee Belshee. Concluding services took place at the Rose Cemetery near here.
March 7, 1974
- Grass Valley. Funeral services were held Friday for Mrs. Elsie Brinkert who was born November 25, 1883 and died February 27, 1974. Her husband had preceded in death ten years ago and she had made her home in Sandy for the past four years. She left two sons, William of Sandy, Wilbur of Albany, one grandson and a granddaughter and three great grandchildren. She and her family came to Oregon in 1925 from Vancouver, Washington.
- Grass Valley. Funeral services were held Friday at Hillsboro for Clem Eslinger, 78, at Donalson Sewell and Mathews with interment at Skyline Cemetery, Color Guard by WWI Barracks No. 932. He left his wife, Arlene, a son Raymond of Stevenson, Wash. and a daughter, Mrs. Hugh (Alma) Rogers, and two grandchildren, a brother Parrant (Pete) and two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Blagg of Stevenson and Mrs. Buelah Patterson of Eugene.
March 14, 1974
- The Rufus Community wishes to express sincere sympathy to Mrs. Herb Henecke. Mr. Henecke passed away the first of last week. The Henecke’s moved here from The Dalles a year ago. He was a retired construction worker. Any donations may be sent to Mrs. Henke or the the American Heart Association of Oregon. [copied as it appeared]
March 21, 1974
March 28, 1974
April 4, 1974
- Grass Valley. Funeral services were held at Hermiston Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Ethel Tiller and burial was in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley Wednesday afternoon. She leaves two sons, Lowell and Kelley, and one daughter, Wanda.
April 11, 1974
April 18, 1974
- Rites Held In Seattle For Dorothy Blakney. Dorothy Blakney of Seattle Wash. passed away in Kowloon, Hong Kong, Easter Sunday April 14, at the age of 70 years. Mrs. Blakney was born March 1, 1904 in Wasco. She was the youngest child of W.M. and Sarah Barnett. She is survived by her husband, Leslie, and four children, two daughters, Mrs. George Gutkowski, of Seattle, and Mrs. Charles Gnehm of Mercer Island. Two sons, Richard of Kowloon, Hong Kong, and Tom of Renton, Washington, 10 grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Marie Barnett Cooper of Portland, and numerous nieces and nephews including Jerry Barnett of Wasco. Services will be held Monday, April 22, at 1 p.m. in Seattle at the A.W. Wright Funeral Home.
April 25, 1974
- Services In Portland For Helen Gillmor. Helen Gillmor, a resident of Moro for over 50 years, died Sunday in a Portland hospital. She was born Sept. 20, 1896 in Portland. She is survived by a son, Robert E. Gillmor, Tigard; a daughter, Gertrude C. Harms, Portland; a brother, William Unger, Newport; a sister, Mrs. Clementine Lessig, Portland; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wed. at 11 a.m. at Sunset Hills Mortuary Chapel in Portland. Interment followed at Sunset Hills Memorial Park.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leo C. Watkins received word Monday evening that her uncle George Wellenbrook of Glenwood, Wa. passed away in the Klickitat Valley Hospital, Goldendale that morning. Services will be Wednesday, 2 p.m. in the Community Church in Glenwood.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jerry ___ [Barnett] were in Seattle Monday to attend the services for his aunt, Dorothy Barnett Blakney.
- Death Claims Publisher Bill Robinson. William Craft Robinson, 64, Publisher, Editor and Co-owner of the Madras Pioneer died April 10, 1974, at his home in Madras. He is survived by his widow, the former Nancy Ann Lorimer; daughter, Mrs. Michael O’Neill, Port.; a son, William H. Robinson II Madras, and three grandchildren. Mr. Robinson was the first Executive Officer for the Stars and Stripes Newspaper in Tokyo, Japan, after as cessation of WW II. After the war, Robinson and Elmo Smith came to Madras, and the June 3, 1948 issue of The Pioneer announced the launching of a joint publishing venture by the two men. Smith continued to manage other newspaper operations and became active in politics; Robinson continued operation of The Pioneer. The deceased was a 25 year member of the Kiwanis International, a charter member of John Sloss Post No. 125, American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lions Club of Ontario, Lodge NO. 1690 BPOE, and a member of the Lutheran Ch. of the Good Shepard. He was also a member of the Jefferson Co. Chamber of Commerce; a Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Reserve, Jefferson County Museum Assoc. director and a charter member of the Board of Directors of Central Oregon Community College in Bend; which through its present board has bestowed the signal honor of naming its seminar room on the second floor of the library. “The William C. Robinson Room.” He has received other merit and civic awards too numerous to mention. Funeral services were held last Friday at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard, the Reverend Hans Nordmark officiating. Interment followed at the Clackamas Co Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon. Robinsons wishes were that any contributions be made to the University of Oregon Medical School, Crippled Childrens Division, Portland.
May 2, 1974
- Mr. Benton Barnett a lifetime resident of Sherman Co. passed away Monday morning April 29, at the age of 82. Benton was born near Wasco in 1892. The Community extends their sincere sympathys to Mrs. Agnes and the bereaved family. The funeral services will be held Thursday, April 2, at Spencer and Libby Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Interment at Wasco Sunrise Cemetery.
- Mr. and Mrs. Leo Watkins and Mrs. Don Watkins drove to Glenwood, Wa. Wednesday of last week to attend the funeral of George Wellenbrook, an uncle of Mrs. Watkin.
- A brother of Ted Watner passed away at College Place, Wa. last week. Sympathy is extended to the family. This is the second brother in eight months to be called to his reward.
May 9, 1974
- The funeral of Benton Barnett was held Thurs. May 29th at the Spencer Libby Chapel. The Dorcas Chapter women of the Rufus Chur. of the Nazarene served the family dinner in the basement of the church.
May 16, 1974
May 23, 1974
May 30, 1974
- Services in The Dalles For Lenora Reid, 79. Lenora Reid died at a local nursing home in The Dalles Tuesday. She was 79. She was born Jan. 5, 1895 at Klondike, east of Wasco. She was the daughter of pioneer parents in Sherman County and spent her entire life in the Mid Columbia area. As a bride she went to the David Reid ranch near Rufus and for the rest of her life lived either at the ranch or in The Dalles, which has been her home since 1946. Mrs. Reid was a member of the Evangelical Church in The Dalles, Azalea Rebekah Lodge, The Dalles Garden Club and the Old Wasco County Pioneer Association. Survivors are a son, Dr. Frank D. Reid, The Dalles; a daughter, Veda Johnson, Portland; a brother, Lee Rayburn, Hermiston; six grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Smith Callaway Chapel. Interment was at The Dalles IOOF Cemetery.
- Rites Held Saturday For Max Brown, 59. Max H. Brown, a lifetime resident of Oregon and most of his life in Grass Valley, died Wednesday evening at a Portland hospital at the age of 59. Brown was born Sep. 4, 1914 at McMinnville. Survivors include his wife, Mary, two daughters, Mrs. Patricia Cowen and Ann Brown, both of Portland, and two grandchildren, Marie and Kevin. Graveside service was at Odd Fellows Cemetery at Grass Valley Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Arthur Brown officiating.
June 6, 1974
- Frank Ketter Services Held At The Dalles. Frank Joseph Ketter, a resident of Grass Valley since 1948, died at a Dalles hospital Wednesday morning at age 59. He was born June 19, 1914 at Tacoma. A member of the Catholic Church in Tacoma, Mr. Ketter belonged to the IOOF Lodge at Grass Valley and served as trustee of Elks Lodge 303 for eight years. He was active in community affairs in Grass Valley, where he was an insurance agent for many years. He is survived by his wife, Norma Ketter, Grass Valley; three daughters, Pam Porfily, Salem; Connie Zellars, Nyssa; and Holly Ketter, Portland; and his mother, Elizabeth Ketter, Tacoma. Funeral services were held at Spencer and Libby Funeral Home Saturday, the Rev. Richard Conway officiated. Cremation followed in Portland. Friends who so desire may contribute to the American Cancer Society in Mr. Ketter’s memory in care of The Dalles Branch, U.S. National Bank.
- Arthur Smith Rites Conducted by Masons. Services were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel for Arthur J. Smith, 81, a retired Sherman County rancher who died Saturday at a hospital in The Dalles. Mr. Smith was born Oct. 7, 1892 at Turner, Oregon, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Smith, and moved at age 11 to the Grass Valley area where his family took up residence. He later moved to Wasco where he attended the first four year high school class in that community. He was married Sept. 24, 1912. Surviving in addition to his wife, Leona, are a son, Delmer, of Wasco, five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, three nieces, and several grand and great grand nieces and nephews. Mr. Smith served on the school board and with the Sherman County Co-op for many years. He was a member of Wasco Methodist Church, Taylor Lodge No. 99, A.F.&A.M. all York Rite bodies, Al Kader Temple Shrine, Annie Fulton chapter No. 124, Order of Eastern Star, the Wheat league and the Grange. The Rev. Perry Jackman of Fossil officiated at the chapel and Taylor lodge conducted Masonic rites at The Dalles IOOF Cemetery. Casket bearers were Paulen Kaseberg, Marvin Thomas, Norman Gochnauer, John and Gordon Hilderbrand and David Richelderfer. The family suggests that remembrances be in the form of contributions to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Central Chapter, 732 SW Third, Portland, Oregon, 97204.
- Grass Valley. Among those who came for the funeral for Frank Ketter and stayed a few days with Mrs. Ketter were, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Porfily of Salem, Miss Holly Ketter of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Zellars of Nyssa, Mr. and Mrs. John Sneeden of Tacoma, Mrs. Elizabeth Ketter also of Tacoma, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Scholts of Warrenton.
June 13, 1974
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Rothery and Chris spent the weekend in Madras with Mrs. Rothery’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Gard. They attended a funeral for Mr. Rotherys brother-in-law.
- Moro Personals. and Mrs. Curlie DeMoss and Mr. and Mrs. T.L. Irzyk attended the funeral of Henry Grabenhorst in Salem on Wednesday of last wen. [copied it as it appeared]
June 20, 1974
June 27, 1974
July 4, 1974
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July 18, 1974
- Services Held Monday For John W. Rust. Funeral services were held for John William Rust Monday 15th at 11:00 a.m. at Spencer and Libby Funeral Home. He was a life long resident of Grass Valley, born May 3, 1908 in Moro, Oregon. Passed away at a hospital in The Dalles, Tuesday at the age of 66. A member of the American Legion Post No. 49. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle, two daughters, Geraldine Middleton of Scappose, and Phyllis Jean Charboneau of Portland. Two brothers, Ralph E. Rust of Grass Valley and Conrad A. Rust of The Dalles. Seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Entombment Riverview Abbey in Portland. Friends who so desire may contribute to the intensive care unit in The Dalles General Hospital in care of Gerry Smith Adam in Mr. Rust’s memory. The American [Legion] Post No. 49 conducted military rites at the funeral home.
- Steve O’Meara Service Held In The Dalles. Funeral services for Stephen R. O’Meara, 53, were held at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home in The Dalles on Saturday at 11 a.m. Rev. William Stone officiated. Burial was at Sunrise Cemetery in Wasco. Military rites were conducted here by the American Legion, Frank E. Brown Post No. 91. Mr. O’Meara died at a hospital in The Dalles on Wednesday. Honorary pallbearers at the funeral services will be Donald McDermid, Keith McDonald, Louis Hastings, Kenneth Morehouse, and Jeff Zeigler. Active pallbearers will be Mr. O’Meara’s nephews, Chester Fields, James O’Meara, Frank Wallace, David Welk, Kenneth Onglsie and William O’Meara.
- Anna Clark Dies At Home In Portland. Mrs. Anna M. Clark, 81 of 3319 SE 76th, Portland died July 1 in Portland. She was born and raised in Sherman County and lived here 50 years. She was born Dec. 25, 1892. She was the wife of Louie E. Clark and foster mother to Lilian Hess of Vancouver, Wa. Also surviving are two sisters, Lillian Schassen and Minna Eck of Portland, and several nieces and nephews.
- Services Held July 9 For Mrs. Hilda Buether. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Hilda Buether Tuesday morning July 9th at the St. John Baptist Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. She was born March 3, 1898 at Rueben, Austria and passed away July 6, 1974 at Prineville, Oregon. She left one son, John Buether and a daughter Mrs. Don (Frieda) Copley. Casket bearers were Walter Hall, Hans Bardenhagen, Lloyd Wooderson, Williard Rolfe, Arthur Buether and John Tschunko. Interment in IOOF Cemetery Grass Valley.
- Mildred Norton Final Rites Held For. A resident of Kent, Ore. Late of Newberg, Ore. Born June 12, 1903 in Oregon City. Passed away at a Newberg Nursing Home Sunday at age 71. A member of the Baptist Church in Kent. Survived by 3 children, Carole Putman of West Linn, Ore., Ross Norton of Porterville, Ca. and Warren Wiley Norton of Helena, Montana; 2 step children, Atta Shanahan of Redwood City, Cal.; and Jeraldine Tatum of Kent, Ore.; two sisters, Edith Oberst of Albany, Or and Crystal Thompson of Albany, Oregon, one brother, Ray Ross of Tangent, Ore.; 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home Thursday at 1 p.m. Rev. Ken Hurchinson officiating. Interment Kent Cemetery. Casket bearers were John Decker, Arthur Decker, Virgil Grout, Harold Brown, Douglas McKay and Jay McKay. Friends who so desire may contribute to the Kent Baptist Church Memorial Fund in Mrs. Norton’s memory. [copied it as it appeared]
- Grass Valley. Funeral services for Hazel Mary Zurlinden of Portland were held last Tuesday June 9th. She left a daughter Marcile Manning and three grandchildren and two sisters, Cecil Eakin of Grass Valley and Sylvia Gilkerson of The Dalles.
- Stuart Johnson Dies At Salem Home. Mrs. Johnson’s residence was at 1110 Winter Street, NE in Salem, but since last September she has resided in Salem’s Willamette Lutheran Home in the Keizer area. She was born July 15, 1894 in Meadowville, West Virginia and died July 10, 1974 in Salem. She was the daughter of Rev. James Baxter Elliott and Almira Reed Elliot. She married Stuart Johnson on April 19, 1913 in Cumberland, Maryland. The Johnsons recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson resided in West Virginia until they moved to Dauphin, Manitoba, in 1919. They came to Oregon in 1925 and resided in the Hubbard-Woodburn area until moving to Salem in 1932. Her husband is still active as a life underwriter with Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada. Her living relatives include a sister, Miss Lena Elliot of Fairmont, West Virginia, and a brother, Reed Elliot of Elkins, West Virginia. Her four surviving children are Mrs. Tyrone (Eleanor) Gillespie of Midland, Michigan; Elliot Johnson of Salem, Oregon; Edward Johnson of Eugene, Ore. and Mrs. Richard (Evelyn) Page of Portland, Oregon. In addition, there are eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was a life long member of the Methodist Church and since moving to Salem a member of the Jason Lee Methodist church and of the ETOKTA Club. Funeral services were held Sat. July 13, 1974 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. George G. Roseberry and Rev. Nevitt B. Smith officiating.
July 25, 1974
- Man’s Body Found. The body of a 22 year old man was found on the bank of the John Day River Tuesday seven months after he fell off a boat. Sherman County Sheriff Gerald Lohrey said that dental records identified that the man as Dale DeWayn Hoskinson of Prineville. The case is being handled as an accidental drowning, the sheriff said. Hoskinson disappeared December 10, 1973 near the Service Creek about 50 miles from where the body was found, Lohrey said. A BLM work crew flying range inspection missions by helicopter discovered the body when they landed and walked along the river. The body was 120 feet from the waters edge and it is presumed it was washed up there by high water, Lohrey said. Sherman County District Attorney Ray English accompanied Lohrey with the BLM crew to recover the body. Dental records secured form Wheeler County Sheriff Otto Caldera were used to identify the body. Recovery was two miles south of the Cottonwood Bridge. Amos Rankin, of the BLM crew notified Lohrey’s office of the find at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Hoskinson was born June, 15, 51. Smith Callaway Funeral Home in The Dalles is in charge of funeral arrangements.
August 1, 1974
- Rites At Goldendale For Lewis Manke, 73. Lewis Manke, a fomer resident of Grass Valley and Dufur, died at his residence, 306 S. Chatfield, in Goldendale on Sunday. Mr. Manke was born July 27, 1901 in Kimsley, Kans. He was a retired employee of International Paper Co. at Vaughn, Or. Survivors include his wife, Alice in Goldendale, three daughters, Dianne Erickson, Goldendale; Ella Peterson, Eugene; and Vera Martin, Anchorage; two brothers, Hugh Grass Valley and Harry, Salida, Colorado; two sisters, Emma Lanning, Medford, and Martha Poor, in Mass.; six grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Manke celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on July 26. Funeral services were Wednesday at 10:30 at Faith Lutheran Church in The Dalles, with Pastor Richard Riess officiating. Burial will be at The Dalles IOOF Cemetery.
August 8, 1974
- Corliss Andrews Rites Held In The Dalles. Corliss B. Andrews died at Hermiston on Friday. Andrews was born August 7, 1892 in Oregon City. In his early days he farmed in Kent area of Sherman County, and then moved to Spokane where he lived until his retirement in 64. Since that time he has lived in the Morrow County area. He was active in community affairs while a resident of the Kent area. Survivors include four nieces, Mrs. Helen Kruger and Mrs. Lee Wagonblast, Lexington, Mrs. Marie Martin, Pilot Rock and Mrs. Patricia Corwin, Tampa, Florida, two nephews, David McLeod, Heppner and Corliss McLeod, Vancover, Wa. and several great nieces and great nephews including Janice Wheelhouse of Heppner. Funeral services were at Spencer and Libby Funeral Home at 11: 0 a.m. with Rev. Skip Mitchell officiaing. Burial was at Spokane Memorial Gardens on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
August 15, 1974
- Memorial Service Held Here For Ernest Woods. A Masonic memorial service was held Sunday, Aug. 11 in the Moro Presbyterian Church for Ernest Woods who died in Portland August 9. He was born east of Moro on November 22, 1909 to Albert and Margaret (McLachlan) Woods. His grandparents, James and Margaret Woods, Sherman County pioneers were charter members of the Presbyterian Church in Moro. He was a mechanical engineering graduate of OAC (OSU) and was employed by Hyster Company in Portland and Bellingham, Wash. Iron Works. He came to Sherman County in 1942 to farm his father’s place. From 1963-67 he was employed as city manager of the construction town at Mangla Dam in Pakistan. Upon his return he lived on a farm near Estacada. He was a member of Eureka Lodge No. 121 A.F.&A.M., Moro, Al Kader Temple, Portland and the Elks Lodge in Gresham. He was the beloved husband of Cecile, and the father of four daughters, Sherry Kaseberg, Wasco, Susan Ruettgers, Julie Smith of Renton, Wash., and Christine Jones of Minneapolis; a brother, Clifford Woods of La Grande; a sister, Eva Sigman of Dufur and nine grandchildren. Those who wish may contribute to the Shrine Hospital in his memory.
- Sympathy is extended to the Larry Kaseberg family in the loss of Mrs. Kaseberg’s father, Ernest Woods, formerly of Moro.
August 22, 1974
August 29, 1974
- Attends Service. Keith McDonald of Wasco was in Salem earlier this month to attend the funeral service of Past Department American Legion Commander Charles H. Huggins. He was commander while Mrs. McDonald served as president of the State American Legion Auxiliary, and the Huggins were close friends of Mr. and Mrs. McDonald.
September 5, 1974
- Services Held Monday For Mrs. Myrtle Blagg. Myrtle Blagg passed away at a hospital in The Dalles Friday morning at the age of 78. She was a resident of Grass Valley since 1905 and was born January 30, 1887 in Cedar Springs, Montana. A member of the First Baptist Church in Grass Valley, Order of Eastern Star and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Kent. Survived by three sons, Gerald of The Dalles, James of Pendleton, and Ivan of Hood River, and one daughter, Marie Eslinger of Stevenson, one brother Pearreant Eslinger of Cornelius, one sister Beulah Patterson of Eugene, eight grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Her husband James and two sons, Harold and Francis M. preceded her in death. Funeral services were held in the Grass Valley Baptist church with Pastor Art Brown officiating. Interment Grass Valley Odd Fellows Cemetery. Casket bearers were: Rodney Rolfe, Alfred Payne, Owen Eakin, Harry Stark, and Bernard Martin.
September 12, 1974
- Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Haines, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Watkins and Mrs. Russell Larkins of The Dalles drove to Pendleton last Saturday to attend the funeral services for Mrs. C.O. Wainscott. Mrs. Wainscott was a frequent visitor at the Haines home.
September 19, 1974
- Pioneer Dr. Morgan Dies In Portland, 97. A pioneer dentist in Sherman County and for many years one of the few dentists in Eastern Oregon, James Rilley Morgan, died Sunday in a Portland hospital. He was 97. Dr. Morgan was born iin Frankllin, N.C., and first studied dentistry at Southern Dental College,, Atlanta, Ga. He completed his dental education at North Pacific Dental College, Portland. Affter graduation he established an office in Moro and for many years traveled a circuit between Moro, Wasco and Grass Valley, practiicing in each town a few days at a time. In 19331 Dr. Morgan moved his office to Portland and for another 10 years specialized children’s dentistry. He gave up his practice in 194 because of ill health. He lived at 3088 N. Burnside St. His wife was blind for 92 years before her death in 1965, and Dr. Morgan took an active interest in the Oral Hull Foundation for the blind, giving it substantial support over the years. A major portion of his estate will go to benefit the blind persons of Oregon. Survivors include two sisters, Nora Woodward, Walla Walls, ash. and Ethe Meadows, Brevard, N.C.; several nieces and nephews and a number of grandnieces and grandnephews. Funeral was at 2 p.m. Rriday in CaCldwel’s Coloniall Mortuary. Private entombment was in Portland Memorial Mausooleum. [copied as it appeared]
- Ted Peterson Dies At Grass Valley Home. Theadore L. (Ted) Peterson, a lifetime resident of Grass Valley, was found dead in his home in the community last Friday. Time of death was not definitely established. Mr. Peterson was born in 1904. He was a ranch hand and had worked at various ranches around Sherman County. Survivors are a sister, Lillian Swan, Sweet Home; two brothers, Chester F. Peterson, Bend, and Leslie D. Peterson, in California; plus numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services were at 3 p.m. Monday at the IOOF Cemetery in Grass Valley.
September 26, 1974
- Bernie Rcie Funeral In The Dalles Friday. B. (Bernie) Rice, 91, passed away Tuesday morning at his home in The Dalles. He had been in poor health for some time. He was a Sherman County wheat farmer in the DeMoss Springs area for many years. he funeral service will be ehld at the Spencer & Libby Chapel at 10:30 Friday morning. [copied as it appeared]
- Grass Valley. Mrs. Estol Hartley and Wesley Zimmerman went to Yakima Saturday to attend the funeral of Wesley’s uncle, Fred Zimmerman.
October 3, 1974
- Cochran Passes After Severe Fall. Mrs. Georgia Cochran of 35 Northwest 19th Street, Portland, died in the Winsllow Convalescen Home, at Wiinslow, Washington on October 1, 1974, folllowing a severe fall. Mrs. Cochran was born November 7, 1882, near Ashevillle, North Caroliina, and would have been 92 on her next birthday. She will be buried in North Carollina near her birthplace, with graveside services partiicipated in by members of the Order of the Eastern Star in that area. She was a fifty year member of Bethlehem Chapter No. 78 of Moro, Oregon. Mrs. Cochran moved to Moro no her marriage in 19066 where she lived untill 1932 when she moved to Portland. She is survived by two sons, Wallace of Suquamish, Washington, and Arrdyth of Davis, California. Als surviving are two grandchildren, Kathleen Millet of El Paso, Texas, and Cllinton of Iran; and three great grandchildren also of El Paso Texas. A third son, Leon, was buried at sea during World War II. [copied as it appeared]
- Art Nichols Services Held At Post Falls. Arthur A. “Art” Nichols, a former Sherman County resident, passed away September 20 in Post Falls, Idaho, after a brief illness. He was 65. Born January 11, 1909 at Lebanoon, Oregon, and a resident of Sherman County from 1913 to 1934, he was kknow to his friends as a dedicated outdoorman and expert fly fisherman. He is survived by a daughter, Diane Rayburn, and two grandsons of Longmont, Collo., a sister Lorene Anderson of Salem and a brother, Weselyl E. NIcholsl of Moro. [copied as it appeared]
- James Fox, 84, Dies In Portland Hospital. James Fox, a long time resident oof the area, died at the Veterans Hspita lin Portland on Sept. 26. He was 84 years old. He was born on Dec. 17, 1889, at Paterson, N.J., coming to Wasco with his parents in 1902. James Fox was a World War I veteran, serving in the Frist Divisioin and was wounded n action. After being released from he Miliitary Hospital he was stationed in Coblenz, Germany, for almost one year in the Army of Occupation. He married Emma Lampert of Troutdale in June 1921 and they had two children who died in infancy. His wife preceded him in death in 1972. Fox was engaged in the raising of liivestock in Sherman county along the John Day river at Early, Oregon for over 50 years. They retired from Sherman County in 1963 and moved to Corbett, to a farm they had purchased previiously. James, or Jim as he was known, is survived by a sister, Rose Fox of PPortland, and a brother, George Fox of The Dalles and many nieces and nephews. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Wasco over 60 years. [copied as it appeared]
October 10, 1974
- Repeat of the same Mrs. Cochran’s obit of October 3, 1974.
October 17, 1974
- Services Held Monday For Accident Victim. Funeral services were held Monday for William Eugene Timberlake, 45, Moro who was killed in a logging accident near Florence Tuesday of last week. His body was found in the cab of a front end loader last Wednesday morning at the bottom of a 125 foot hill. He was reported to have stayed late on the job to move the machine to a new location. He lived in The Dalles three years and moved to Moro about three months ago. Committal was at the American Legion Cemetery in Moro. Mr. Timberlake was born April 3, 1929 in Kansas City, Mo. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge 2126 The Dalles, and Moose Lodge 2075, which had charge of the funeral services. He is survived by his wife, Lillian of Moro; five sons, Fred, U.S. Army, Bill and Stanley Eugene, McMinnville; Robert and Shawn, both of Moro; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Long, Dayton; two brothers, John Drury and Charles Drury, Dayton; three sisters, Anna Williams, Salem, Carmen Wells and Lela of Kansas.
October 24, 1974
- Alta Nichols, 82 Dies At Nursing Home. Mrs. Alta Nichols, 82, pased away in a nursing home in Oroville, Calif., on Ocober 10, 1974. She was born Alta Young in Rufus, February 13, 1892, where she spen her childhood. She was married to Andrew Ireland. Three children were born to this union, Thelma, Harold and Victor. Mr. Ireland preceded her in death. She then maried “Hub” Nichols, who also preceded her. Survivors are the two sons, Harold and Vicor “Larry” Ireland, one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Thelma) Anderson, all of Orevoille, Calif., Joseph A. Mee, The Dalles, is a nephew and went to Oroville for the services which were held Wednesday, Oct. 16. Mrs. Nichols was a member of Marion Rebekah Lodge, Wasco. [copied as it appeared] [Alta Young Ireland Nichols]
October 31, 1974
- Neva Johnston Word was received here that Neva Johnston, mother of Theodore Johnston passed away in Newberg on Tuesday morning, Oct. 29. Services and burial will be in Salem later this week.
November 7, 1974
- Services Held Tueday For Alice Irene Carter. Funeral services for Alice Irene Carter were held Tuesday afternooon at thh Wasco Church of Christ with the Rev. Everett Webber officiaing, with vault interbent following at Sunrise cemetery. Mrs. Carter died last Wednesday at Milton-Freewater. She was 57 years of age. A resident of Clackamas, she formerly lived in Wasco. Survivors include her husband, John; three sons, Douglas, Gary and James Rhinehart; two daughters Mrs. Don (Rebecca) Schilliings and Mrs. George (Nina) Hoashi; stepchildren, Gary and Leon Carter, Denise Carter and Mrs. Darlene Cowger; sisters Mrs. Norman Keilhorn, Mrs. Huston Shaffer, Mrs. Willard Waugh, Mrs. John Sanders and Mrs. Otis Waugh. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and seven step ggrandchildren. She was a member of the Church of Christ at Wasco. [copied as it appeared]
- Services Held In Salem For Neva Johnston, Former Moro Resident. Funeral services were held for Mrs. W.B. (Neva) Johnston on Friday, Nov. 1, a Salem with interment following at Belcrest cemetery, Salem. Johnston passed away at the Friendsview Manor, a seniior citizens retirement home in Newberg, Ore., Oct. 29, 1974, at the age of 103 years, 8 8months. She was born in Carlinville,, Illl., March 19, 1871. Mr. and Mrs. Johnston and three sons came to Moro in Sept. 1898. In 1924 she and her husband and son Luke, moved to Salem whre Mr. Johnston passed away in Dec. 1932. Mrs. Johnston moved from Salem to Newberg in April 19961 at the age of 90 years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Chemeketa CChapter of the DAR, being the oldest member of the DAR in Oregon at the time of her death. She was a member of he Grass Valley Rebekah Lodge, haviing been a charter member of Moro Lupine RRebekah LooLdge, also a charter member of the Moro Woman’s Study lub, a life member of the Sherman County Historical Society, a past and Patriots. She was active in the Eastern Star when living iin Moro. Coollecting buttons was a hobby and her collection of butons was shown a state meetings in Oregon and California. Survivors are three sons, Theodore, Moro; PePrry, Wallowa; Luke, Salem; three grandsons, three great granddaaughters, two great great granddaughters; one brother, Samuel Welton, Carlinville, Ill., numerous niieces and nephews in Illiinois and a niece in Vancouver, Wash. [copied as it appeared]
- The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to all the families of Mrs. John (Irene Rhinehart) Carter who passed away suddenly last week while returning from a hunting trip.
November 14, 1974
November 21, 1974
- Services Held Saturday For Roscoe Moore, 69. Roscoe Ernest Moore, 69, died at his home in Moro Wednesday, November 13, 1974 after a long illness. He was a lifelong resident of this community. Roscoe was born April 25, 1905, in Moro. He was the son of Ernest and Anna (Powell) Moore, who came to Sherman County in the 1880s. Survivors include his wife, Partricia, Moro; two sons, Ernest L. and Christopher K. of Moro; a daughter, Jill, Moro and a brother Collis P. Moro. He was a member of the Oregon Wheat League, the Agri-Business Council of Oregon, and The Dalles Elks Lodge No. 303. Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 16, at the Community Presbyterian Church in Moro. Pastor Asa Jenson officiated with Juanita Ruggles as organist. Casket bearers were Joe Heater, Charles Decker George Moreau, Tex Irzyk and Wendell Clodfelter. Burial was in the American Legion Cemetery in Moro.
November 28, 1974
- Repeat of the same C.M. Lloyd’s obit of November 21, 1974.
December 5, 1974
- Moro Personals. and Mrs. Virgil Archer returned recently from a two week trip to South Dakota to take Mrs. Hans Henrickks to her home following the deaath of Mrs. Hendricks’ son, Homer, at Walla Walla. [copied as it appeared]
- Grass Valley. Art Roth of Olympia, Wash. passed away November 26 at his home. He was born May 9, 1925. He left one son, Gregory, of New London, Conn., his mother, Mrs. Henry Roth, three brothers, Henry of Belleview, Bill of Miami, Fla, John of Seattle, and two sisters, Lydia of Grass Valley and Louise Lucero of San Francisco, Calif.
December 12, 1974
- Mr. and Mrs. William Bowman were notified of the death of his brother, Sgt. John Bowman, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The sergeant was killed in an accident. He leaves his wife and two children. William Bowman is with the Corps of Engineers at John Day Dam.
- Mr. and Mrs. Don Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Thompson and Inez Thompson attended the funeral of Inez Thompson’s brother, De Witt Peake, on Friday in Portland. Mrs. Inez Thompson accompanied Mrs. Keith Thompson to Portland on Sunday staying overnight with her sister, Lucille Fisher.
December 19, 1974
December 26, 1974
- Pilot Killed In Crash Of Plane Near Wasco. A pilot who had received his student license just lightly over a month ago was killed instantly when his aircraft crashed on the J Bar-S Ranch east of here Thursday afternoon. Killed in the crash was Daniel Ambrose, 24. Ambrose worked on the ranch where he crashed. Two other ranch hands, Delmar Adams and Alex Feist, witnessed the crash. They told Sherman County Sheriff Gerald Lohrey that Ambrose flew over them a couple of times, then took his plane into a steep climb. The plane apparently stalled out and the aircraft came straight down plowing into the ground about __ yards from where the two men were standing. The plane, a two passenger, was demolished in the crash but did not catch fire. Ambrose was alone in the plane at the time of the crash. He apparently took off from a strip located somewhere on the ranch, owned by Roland Simantel. Sheriff Lohrey said Ambrose was apparently up for a pleasure trip prior to the crash. The victim had received his student license on Nov. 17. He owned the plane. The Sherman County sheriff’s office handled the preliminary investigation. Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting further investigations. Ambrose had been working on the ranch for about a year. His body was taken to Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles. Ambrose was born April 10, 1950 at Muskegon, Mich. He is survived by a son, Joseph, and a daughter, Cory; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Judd Ambrose; a sister, Mrs. David Castagna, and his grandparents, all in Muskegon. His body will be sent to Muskegon for funeral services at Pachesv Funeral Home, 1415 Peck St. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in that city.
January 2, 1975
- Edith Crews, 83 Dies At Beaverton Home. Edith Crews, a former resident of The Dalles, died at her home in Beaverton on Thursday. She was 83. Mrs. Crews was born in Sherman County on Nov. 25, 1891. She had resided in The Dalles before moving to Beaverton in 1971. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Neighbors of Woodcraft, and was a housewife. Among her survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Lavon Hart, Beaverton; two sisters, Mabel Barnett, Portland and Grace Nicholson, in Calif. 10 grandchildren and 12 grand grandchildren. Graveside funeral services were Saturday in the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles, Pegg, Paxson and Springer Funeral Home of Beaverton is in charge of arrangements. The family has asked that those who desire make contributions to the Oregon Medical School, Lupus Research Fund, in care of Dr. Bardena, in Mrs. Crews’ memory.
- Rites Here Saturday For Mrs. Fay Eakin. Fay Verna Eakin, a resident of Sherman County for most of her life and a resident of The Dalles since 1946, died Wednesday morning at her home in The Dalles. She was 90. Mrs. Eakin was born May 12, 1884 in Villisca, Iowa. Her husband, Volando B. Eakin, died in 1960. She was a member of Bethlehem Chapter No. 78, Order of Eastern Star, for over 50 years. Survivors are seven sons, Alva, Midville, Idaho; Harold, Owen and Elton, all of Grass Valley; Millard, Madras; Ralph, Condon, and Vernon, The Dalles; a daughter, Ellen Haskin, Grangeville Idaho; three sisters, Pearl Ordway, Hood River; Lida Edminson, Hillsboro; and Alma Warner, Seattle; 25 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Moro Community Church on Saturday, with Rev. Robert Ball officiating. Burial is at Rose Cemetery in Moro.
- Lillian Morrison Montague, a resident of Portland for 20 years and former 30 year resident of Arlington Age 73. Died Sunday at Portland. Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Louis (Betty) Olsen of Milwaukie, a grandson Roy Olsen of Portland, five great grandchildren; Ricky, Cindy, Debby, Becky and Eric; three sisters: Mrs. George (Marie) Wilcox of The Dalles, Mrs. Margarette Christianson of Portland and Mrs. Jennie Chehak of Albany; a brother, Jodie Morrison of Ione and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday at the Arlington Methodist church, Rev. Luther Sturtevant officiating. Interment followed at the Arlington Cemetery. Casket bearers included George Shane Jr., Ean Mikkalo, Lester Brooks, James Bud Morrison, Jr., Donald Morrison and Clinton Meyer. The family suggests those who wish may make contributions to the Cancer Society co U.S. National Bank.
January 9, 1975
- Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. for Jim Arthur Hadley, 18, who died in an auto accident near here Sunday morning. Pastor Asa Jenson will officiate at service at Smith Callaway Chapel, and interment will follow at the Dutch Flat Cemetery. A resident of The Dalles for nine years, Mr. Hadley was born March 3, 1956, at San Pedro, California. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Hadley, The Dalles; a brother, Donald Gene Hadley Jr., The Dalles; five sisters, Mrs. Arlen (Mickey) Davis, The Dalles, and Becky, Carolyn, Selma, and Dorothy, all at the family home; a grandfather, Art Hadley, Lewiston, Idaho; and several aunts and uncles. Casket bearers will include Sam, John, and Ted Miller, Scott and Steve Johnson and Gregg Hunley.
January 16, 1975
- Services At The Dalles For Mrs. Mae Fowler. Mae Irene Fowler, a resident of The Dalles since 1964, died at a local hospital on Sunday. She was 89. She was born November 17, 1885 at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Mrs. Fowler came to Sherman County in 1902 and married Shelby Fowler in 1905. They operated a wheat ranch at Rufus until she moved to The Dalles in 1964. Fowler died in the 1930s. Survivors include a brother, Bifford Fleck, Redmond; three nephews Dale Fleck, North Ridge, California, Phillip Fleck, Redmond and Thomas Wallis, Edmonds Washington; two nieces Edna Dinsmore, Canby; and Audrey Cram, Madras. Private funeral services were held at the Spencer and Libby Funeral Home on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Entombment is at the IOOF Memorial Mausoleum. Friends who desire may make contributions to the Oregon Cancer Society in Mrs. Fowler’s memory.
- Rites Held Wednesday For Anna Barnett, 81. Anna K. Barnett, a lifelong resident of Grass Valley, died at a nursing home in The Dalles Monday morning. She was 81. Mrs. Barnett was born September 13m 189_ at Grass Valley. She was a member of the Grass Valley Baptist Church. Survivors are a son, Willard, Gras Stark, Kent and Betty Owens, Grass Valley; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Grass Valley Baptist Church on Wednesday at 2p.m. with Reverend Arthur Brown officiating. Burial was held at the 100F Cemetary in Grass Valley. [copied as it appeared… parts are badly faded]
- Mr. and Mrs. Tom Macnab and Mr. and Mrs. Marty Otos, the Dalles returned home Monday from Willmar, Minnesota, where they attended the funeral of Mrs. Mary S. Kelly, who passed away January 7, at the age of 87. She is survived by 4 daughters: Mrs. Mary Odell, Hamel, Minnesota, Mrs. Dorothy Norman, Willmer, Minnesota, Mrs. Bobby Otos, The Dalles and Mrs. Helen Macnab, Wasco, twenty three grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. During the time the Macnabs and Otoses were there was when Willmar was hard hit by the blizzard that has been reported on the news.
- Mrs. Mary Pugh, mother of Mrs. George Hamlin of Redmond passed away in her sleep December 26 at her home in Seattle, Washington.
January 23, 1975
- Services In Portland For Former Resident. Word has been received here o the death of Isabel D. Haufelt, the widow of Viggo Haufelt, long time dentist of Sherman and Wasco counties. Death came to Mrs. Haufelt in Portland where she has been living at 1716 NE Tillamook St. She is survived by nephews, A.L. Duncan and Donald S. Duncan, both of Portland and nieces Wilma Tucker and Lillian Suter also of ____ Privated funeral services will be hald Wednesday January 22 at 2 pm at the Chapel of A J Rose & Son, SE 6th and Alder SSts. Mrs. Haufelt was a member of Annie Fulton Chapter No 124 OES of Wasco and Nydia Temple No 4 of the Daughter of the Nile. Private vault interment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery. [copied as it appeared]
- Rites Held Wednesday For Anna Barnett, 81. Anna K. Barnett, a lifelong resident of Grass Valley, died at a nursing home in The Dalles Monday morning. She was 81. Mrs. Barnett was born September 13, 1893 at Grass Valley. She was a member of the Grass Valley Baptist Church. Survivors are a son, Willard, Grass Valley; two daughters, Dorothy Stark, Kent and Betty Owens, Grass Valley; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Grass Valley Baptist Church on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Arthur Brown officiating. Burial was held at the 100F Cemetery in Grass Valley.
- The Rufus community regret to hear of the death of Mrs. Mae Fowler who was a long time resident of this area. Her time in Rufus was spent just west of the town in the big house which is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Galen Smith of Dallas, Texas.
January 30, 1975
- Grass Valley. Word was received here that Mrs. Joe (Ella) New Comb had passed away in San Jose, California January 25th. [copied as it appeared]
February 6, 1975
- Newcomb Dies At California Home. Ella Marie Newcomb, a native of Greenwood, Wisconsin and a long time resident of Sherman County Oregon, was born March 5, 1888 and entered into rest January 26, 1975 at the Driftwood Convalescent Hospital in Sanf Jose, Calif. of natural causes. At an very early age her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schilling brought their family west and settled on a ranch six miles west of Grass Valley. She was wed to Joseph S. Newcomb in 1906 and they homesteaded near Kent for many years before moving back to the Fred Schilling ranch. While there she helped organize and was Superintendent of tee Michigan Sunday School for many years. In 1929 they purchased the Standard Oil Station in Grass Valley and built the first motel. She was an avid bridge player and with her busy schedule of being a homemaker, cleaning the motel and rooking for the boarders she coold always alter her busy schedule for a quick game of bridge with her friends. In 1953 they moved to San Jose, Calif. to be near their daughters. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Newcomb and is survived by four loving daughters, Ms. Grace Caanavero, Mrs. Doris Fields of San Jose, Mrs. Laura Evans of Nevada and Mrs. Pauline Logan of Oakland, 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 ggreat-grandchild, many nieces and nephews and dearly beloved friends. Private family services were held January 28, 1975 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Valley Chapel in Los Gatos, California with Rev. Richard Waters of the Frist Unieed Methodist Church officiaing. Interment at hee Los Gatos Memorial Park. [copied as it appeared]
February 13, 1975
- Services Held Here For Richard Powell. Richard Henry Powell died here Sunday at the age of 25 of apparent self inflicted gunshot wounds. He was born Aug. 9, 1949 in The Dalles and was a lifetime resident of Moro. He was Vietnam veteran. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Powell, two brothers, Robert and Patrick, all of Moro; a sister, Karen Fleming of Portland; a grandmother, Mrs. Alice Powell, The Dalles; another grandmother, Mrs. Iva Nahouse, Amity; several aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Moro Community Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dick Morgan officiating. Interment was in the American Legion Cemetery here. Casketbearers were Steve Burnet, Mike Woods, Leo Coelsch, Ernie Moore, Bruce Pinkerton and J.P. Reckmann.
- Roy Feely Services Held In The Dalles. Roy Feely, a resident of The Dalles since 1936, died at a hospital in Vancouver, Wash. on Sunday. He was 86. Mr. Feely was born April 23, 1888 at Brownington, Mo. Before moving to The Dalles he had been a resident of Sherman County. He was a veteran of World War I and was a member of Wasco Lodge No. 15, AF & AM, and Cherry Park Grange. Survivors are a son, Maurice Feely, Portland; a daughter, Nedda Thrasher, Minwaukie; a brother, Chrisly Feely, Prineville, and a sister, Lillie Burger, Prineville. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home in The Dalles. Masonic services will be conducted by Alex Marshall. Burial was in The Dalles IOOF cemetery.
- Grass Valley. Emma Olphelia McKay was born August 8, 1884 and died February 2, 1975 at Redmond. She was present living in Terrebone. She had six children living and they are Harley McKay of Kittitas, Washington, Mrs. Mae Cratty from Nampa, California, Mrs. Edna Avery of Terrebone, Jay McKay of Kent and Mrs. Nell Smith of Terrebone. She had 36 grandchildren, 103 great grandchildren, and 17 great great grandchildren. Her funeral was held at the Grass Valley Baptist Church with burial at the Kent cemetery.
February 20, 1975
- Garold Iverson attended the funeral in The Dalles of his uncle from Maupin.
February 27, 1975
- Services In Portland For Former DA Here. Francis T. Wade, assistant attorney general for the State of Oregon for 30 years before retiring, died in a hospital February 18, at the age of 78. A memorial service was held at 11:30 a.m. February 21 at J.P. Finley & Son mortuary, with private interment in Riverview Cemetery. Wade was born Dec. 6, 1896, in Winona, Minn., moved to Oregon as a boy and earned his law degree from University of Oregon in 1922. Before serving with the attorney general, he was appointed Sherman County district attorney, a position he held until 1928 when he was sent [to] Fossil. He later was deputy prosecuting attorney for Multnomah County and an attorney for the Veterans Administration. Mr. Wade served with the 91st, Division overseas during World War I and as a staff judge advocate for the Ninth Service Command during World War II. He is survived by his wife Olive, one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Corinne) Kihn of Lake Oswego; one brother Lester S. Wade of Reedsport; and two granddaughters.
- Al Wason received word Friday that his sister, Mrs. Bob Bacon had passed away in Kellogg, Idaho that morning. Funeral arrangements are being made. Miss Carol Wason, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al Wason, and Wesley Prindle, son of Mrs. Jarvis Pryor of Wasco were united in marriage in Reno, Nevada. They spent their honeymoon driving through California and are now home here.
March 6, 1975
March 13, 1975
- Rites At Prineville For Alex Zevely, 90. Alex Zevely, long time Oregon resident, died Wednesday in Oroville, California. He was born in Medford, Oregon, January 30, 1885 and had just celebrated his 90th birthday. The Zevely family settled on a Donation Land Claim near Scio in 1853, and lived in several other parts of Oregon before pioneering in the Ochocos near Prineville. Alex and his brothers helped clear the timber from the site of the city of Bend, and they made “jiggle” money, roping and selling wild horses off the desert. Mr. Zevely had an interesting and varied life. He was soldier, journalist, teacher, athletic coach naturalist, poet artist, trapper, woodsman. His poem, “Westward,” was chosen as the Centennial theme in 1959, and his drawings of water fowl appeared in duck stamps, and in many Oregon State Biological Survey bulletins. Mr. Zevely taught at high school level in Sherman County ___ School Superintendent. He was a government trapper in Sherman County, and also worked for the Biological Survey. He leaves a wife, Vera, in Oroville, and three daughters; Grace Busse, of Moro and Gresham, Mary Fraser, Bend, and Jean Anderson of Portland. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren survive. Rev. Guy Patterson will conduct graveside services in Prineville Monday, February 10, at 2 p.m. [copied as it appeared; parts are badly faded and difficult to read]
- Rufus Resident Rites Held At La Grande. Max Heohne, who was ill a short time, passed away on Monday, March 10. He leaves two sisters in LaGrande. The body will be sent to LaGrande for burial. A collection is being taken to the family instead of sending flowers. Anyone wishing to donate may contact Mrs. Lou Baunach at the Rufus Tavern Cafe.
- Services In Portland For Louie E. Clark. Louie Edward Clark, who ranched in Sherman County for 35 years, died Friday in Portland. He was 85. Mr. Clark was born Dec. 22, 1889 in Yoncalla, Ore. In recent years, he had lived in Portland. He was raised in the St. John’s area of Portland, where he worked as a street car conductor and later as a barber. He moved to Sherman County in 1910 and ranched until 1945. Mr. Clark was a 50-year Mason and was a leader of the Kent Grange. Survivors are his wife Lillian Olive Clark, Portland; a niece, Lillian Hess, Vancouver; and a brother, William, Portland; plus several other nieces and nephews. His first wife, the former Anna Schassen, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Monday morning at Gable Funeral Home in Portland. Vault entombment followed at Portland Memorial Cemetery.
March 20, 1975
March 27, 1975
- Wendell McLachlan Services Held In Boise. Rosary for Wendell F. “Mac” McLachlan, 64, of 208 North Eighteeth, who died Saturday at a Boise hospital after a long illness, was recited at 7:30 p.m. at Alden-Waggoner Chapel by the Rev. Roger LeChance. Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel. Interment is undecided. He was born July 1, 1910, at Moro, Ore., and attended schools there. He married Edna E. Jones in Vancouver, Wa. He lived in Klamath Falls, Ore., from 1934 to 1939, then moved to Boise where he worked for Boise Auto Co. as a salesman. During World War II, he served in the army in the European Theater, then returned to Boise and the auto company where he was sales manager for several years before working at Miller-Stephan Auto from 1956 to 1964, when he retired due to ill health. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a former member of Boise Elk’s Lodge No. 310 and the American Legion. Survivors include his wife of Boise; a daughter, Mrs. Gloria McDonald of Navato, Calif.; and two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Chamness of Madras, Ore., and Mrs. Lucille Harrington of Eugene, Ore. He was preceded in death by three brothers.
April 3, 1975
- Services Held Friday For Cleo Barnum, 61. Cleo Melvin Barnum, youngest child of the late E.E. and Mary Medler Barnum, died at Bend on Wednesday morning, March 26, from the results of a stroke. He was borin near Grass Valley, September 14, 1913.He graduated from high school in The Dalles and returned to theBarnum ranch for one year before moving to a farm near Bend where heh ad resided since. He was married to Marie Rastovich in 1944. He is survived by his widow, two sons, Edyard and John, Hillsbore, Lela French of Moro and three sisters, Arline Essinger of Erma Jones of PPortland. Funeral services were held Friday, March 29, with interment in Pilot Butte Cemetery at Bend. [copied as it appeared]
- Rites In California For Former Resident Here. D. Piercey of Portland a former resident of The Dalles and Grass Valley died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 78. Piercey was born April 16, 1896 in Little Rock, Ark. He was a train conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shrine Lodge, Bethlehem Chapter Eastern Star No. 78 of Moro, and Union Pacific Old-Timers, Oregon Retired Trainmen. He is survived by his wife Daisy, two daughters, Mrs. J. Ray Kortge (Pauline) and Mrs. O.W. Kortge (Virginia), both of The Dalles; a son, Kenneth of Hillsboro; two stepdaughters, Mrs. George Schazt of Portland and Mrs. Margaree Haley, Roseda, Cal.; three sisters, Mrs. Marge Stuart of Redmond, Violet Herr of Spokane and Mrs. Lucille Bailey of Inglewood, Cal.; a brother, T.D. Piercey of Roseburg; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. The funeral was at 1 p.m. last Monday at the A.J. Rose and Sons Mortuary in Portland. The family suggests that those who wish may contribute in Piercey’s memory to the Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children, in care of George Specht, The Dalles.
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Eakin went to Grangeville, Idaho Saturday to attend the funeral of Haskins, mother of Gerald Haskins.
April 10, 1975
- Services In The Dalles For Mrs. Mary King. Mary Frances King, a lifelong resident of the Mid-Columbia area, died at a hospital in The Dalles on Sunday. She was 77. She was born May 1, 1897 at Grass Valley. For the past 15 years she had resided in The Dalles. Her husband, Glen P. King, preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, Robert K., Moro; an aunt, Mrs. A.M. Williams, Portland, and ten grandchildren. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles.
- Services At Goldendale For Kirk E. McKee. Kirk William McKee, owner and operator of McKee’s Pharmacy until his retirement in July 1974, died March 23 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland. McKee was taken ill shortly after his retirement while vacationing in Florida. McKee was born May 25, 1915 in Goldendale, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard E. McKee. He graduated from Goldendale High School and attended Washington State University. He married Edna (Sandy) Sanstrum on Nov. 4, 1936 in Goldendale. In 1934, he began work in McKee Pharmacy with his father L.E. McKee. His father founded the pharmacy in 1900 in the location now occupied by the Evergreen Cafe. In 1904, the pharmacy moved to the present location of Riches Pharmacy. At the time of his retirement, McKee had been in business longer than any other Goldendale businessman. McKee was a longtime supporter of the Klickitat County Fair. He was a member of The Elks Club and The Goldendale Golf Club. He was an avid bowler for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Sandy, Goldendale; two daughters, Kathy Masini, Olympia and Kelly McKee, Goldendale, a son Kirby McKee, Spokane; two brothers, Kenneth A. McKee, Goldendale and L. Keith McKee Sacremento; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Knosher Funeral Home on March 27 at 2 p.m. Interment at the IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. Darius Morris officiated. Pallbearers were Edgar H. Canfield, Walter Townsend, Fred Lear, Henry Culver, Phillip Riches and Stanley Thompson.
- Grass Valley. Mrs. Kennth Todd received word that her mother Mrs. Emma Jane Meeker of Hemosa Beach, California had passed away March 23rd and burial was in Kansas on the 26th. She had nine daughters living and one son who preceded her in death.
- Word was received by Mrs. Ted Thompson last Saturday of the death of Alvin Reynolds of Hood River. His funeral was held Monday in Hood River. Mrs. Reynolds was the former Virginia (Sammy) Murray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Murray that lived out east of Moro.
April 17, 1975
- John Pausch, 84, Dies At Hospital In Bend. A well known central Oregon Cattleman John A. Pausch of Prineville passed away in a Bend Hospital of a heart attack March 28th. He left a wife Lola, a brother William of Grass Valley, and a host of friends. He was part owner of G.I. Ranch in Central Oregon. He was 84 years old.
- Services In The Dalles For Mrs. Mary King. Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Fances King will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in St. Pauls Episcopal Church. Smith Callaway Chapel is in charge of arrangements. King, a resident of The Dalles, died Sunday, April 6 at the hospital here. She was born May, 1897 in Grass Valley. Grass Valley was her home until 1942 when she moved to The Dalles where she has lived since that time except for brief periods in Portland. Her late husband Glen King, died in 1941. A son Donald, died in 1969. Mrs. King was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Behtlehem Chapter No. 76 of the Order of Eastern Star and she was past matron of the chapter. Survivors include: a son Robert K. King, Moro; Mrs. A.M. Willaims, an aunt, of Portland, a niece Mrs. Omar Spencer of Ft. Launderdale, Florida, and 10 grandchildren. The family has asked that contributions be made to the Espiscopal Church Memorial Fund in Mrs. King’s memory. Pallbearers will be: Alvin Clark, Herbert Udell, Bon Christianson, George Price, David Moore and Earl Smith.
- Della Patterson Passes In The Dalles. Della Mae Patterson, a resident of The Dalles for the past 30 years and formerly a resident of hSerman County, died at t Dalles nursing home on Sunday. She was 72. Mrs. Patterson was born in Wascon, Nov. 88, 1903. Surviving are two sons, Donald Patterson, The Dalles, and Frank Lemaster, Beaverton; two brothers, Le]and C. Medler and Francis Medlr, botho f TThe Dalles; two sisters, Dora Dumler, Salem, and Elda Macnab, Wasco; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was a member of the First Christian Church and Navy Mothers Club. Gravside services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at The Dal]es IOOF Cemetery, with Pastor Ronald Coleman officiating. [copied as it appeared]
April 24, 1975
- Lotus Kenny Simpson Dies At Vancouver. Lotus Simpson, 76, of 411 East 25th St. in Vancouver, Washington, died April 12 following a long illness. Mrs. Simpson was born on September 10, 1898 at Moro, the daughter of George and Daisy Hennagin. She married James Kenny on December 25, 1916 at Moro. She lived in Sherman County until the death of her husband Jim on March 3, 1949. She moved to Portlland and on December 15, 1956 married Svend Bert Simpson and has since resided in Vancouver, Washington. Mrs. Simpson was a member of Bethlehem Chapter 78, Order of the Eastern Star in Moro. She also was a member of the Sons of Norway and the Salmon Creek in Vancouver. Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, Glen and Clifford Kenny of Portland, three daughters, Mrs. Lyle (Lois) Fihn of La Grande, Mrs. George (Jessie) Simila of Woodland, Washington; and Mrs. Ralph (Mary) Blazer of Lake Oswego. Two sisters, Frances Ekstrom of Gresham and Pearl Williams of Portland, two brothers, Lloyd Hennagin of Montrose, California and George Hennagin of Fullerton, California, 19 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren and many other relatives also survive. Funeral services were held on April 16th at 10 a.m. at the Hamilton Mylan Funeral Chapel in Vancouver. Graveside services will be that same day at 2:30 p.m. at IOOF Cemetery in Moro.
May 1, 1975
- Four Die In 2-Car Crash East of Shaniko. [photos] The WORST traffic accident in this area in many years killed four persons and injured a fifth last Tuesday night when two vehicles crashed head-on east of Shaniko on Hwy 97. Dead are Delton Rogers Boggs, 34, Arlington, Wash. and a passenger in his pickup, Thomas E. Cosby, Everett, Wash.; James Kevin Shaffer, 22, Bend, and a passenger in his car, Jay Olin Neider, 20, Boardman. The only survivor of the crash is Michele Dawson, 17, Yakima, who was listed in satisfactory condition with multiple injuries.
- Final Rites Tuesday For Mayme Elliott. Funeral services for Maymen Elliott were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles, withh comittat following at The Dalles IOOF cemetery. Officiiating at the services was Rev. Alfred Boyer. Mrs. Elliott died at nursing home in The Dalles on Friday. She was born iin Klondike near Wasco She waas the daughter of a pioneer Sherman County family, as both of her parents came across the plains in a covered wagon with their parents and settled in that area. Mrs. Elliott’s grandfather helped build the first Methodist Church in Wasco. Elliott fas a long time member of that church. She was also a member of Anne Fulton Chapter No. 124, Order of Eastern Staar; and Marian Rebekah Lodge No. 127. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Dale (Virginia) Laughlin and Mrs. Clemmens (Eulalie) Welk; two sons, Gerrold and Kenneth Morehouse; a sister, Mrs. Guy Weedman; and a nephew, George Wedman, all in Wasco. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Casket bearers at the services were Marvin Thomas, Douglas Shull, Lloyd Gosson, Dewey Thomasa, Gordon Hilderbrand and Raymond Van Gilder. Friends who wish may send contributions to the Wasco Methodist Church in Mrs. Elliott’s memory. [copied as it appeared]
- They sympathy of the community is extended to the families of Mayme Elliott who passed away last Friday at a nursing home in The Dalles.
May 8, 1975
- Repeat of photos and photo caption of the accident that appeared in the May 1, 1975 issue.
May 15, 1975
- Rites Held Monday For Richard Bishop. Richard L. Bishop, 40, a resident of Yakima for the past year died in Yakima last Thursday. A former resident of The Dalles, he was born July 21, 1934 at Pasco. He was associated with Brady’s Market in The Dalles for 18 years and was well-known by many Sherman County residents. He was a member of the First Methodist Church in The Dalles and was active in the music department of the church. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Dan (Gladys) Bartlett of Moro; his father, A.C. (Chick) Bishop of Mosier; one sister, Mrs. Stan (Barbara) Henkle of Boardman; five children, Mike, Lauri, Stephen, Richard and Jon all of Yakima. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles, Rev. Jack Powers officiating. Interment was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Casket bearers were Shirl, John and Dennis Moon, Stan and Merle Henkle and Bob McInturff.
- Well Known ‘Poncho’ Dies In Texas Town. Keith McDonald received word on Monday, May 12th, of the passing of Gloy (Poncho) Gosage on May 3rd after a long illness. He is survived by several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Funeral services and burial was held in Dublin, Texas, his home town. “Poncho” as he preferred to be called, lived in Sherman county for several years.
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Amos Wolfingarger of Seneca, Missouri, in the Northwest for the funeral of Mr. Wolfinbaregers sister, Mrs. Reed in Kennewick, spent a couple of days visiting the Bill Coons. Mrs. Wolfinbarger and Mrs. Coons are sisters. [copied as it appeared]
May 22, 1975
- Fred Cox, 90, Dies In Corvallis Rest Home. Fred Cox, a long time resident of Sherman County, died in a rest home in Corvallis Monday night after a long illness. For years he was a factor in many of the activities of Sherman County, being a regular exhibitor at the faairs iwth his band of Hereford cattle and earlier with Belgian horses. He was an aagent for the federal land bang, as trong supporter of theB aptist VChurch at Grass Valley and owner of several sections ofland south of that town. He was 90 years of age. Mr. Cox was born in Lincoln, Neb., Novemeber 9,1884, and came to Vancouver, Wash., on an emigrant train in 19005. He later came to Sherman County where he rented land in the Buckley neighborhood. He married Leona Davis on December28, 1910 and continued to farm militaray lanaduntilheb ought it and built a big house on it. He is survived by a daughter, Ellen (Mrs. Al Roberts) of Corvallis; a son, Donald Fred of Yakima and three grandchildren and his widow. Funeral service s will be held on Thursday at the Baptist church in Corvalis at 11 a.m. with intement at Riverview cemetery in Portland. [copied as it appeared]
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rayon were in Forest Grove on Monday to attend the funeral of Roy’s father.
May 22, 1975
- Services Set Friday For Marvin Thomas, 57. Marvin S. Thomas, a well-known wheat rancher who lived all his life in the Wasco area passed away at the ranch Tuesday. He was born Dec. 5, 1917 at Klondike being active all his life in community, county and state activities. Services will be held Friday at 2:00 o’clock at the Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles with Rev. Al Boyer of the Wasco Methodist church officiating. Taylor Lodge No. 99 AF & AM will also participate in the service. Interment will be in Sunrise cemetery at Wasco. Casket bearers will be Paulen Kaseberg, Delmar Smith, Lloyd Gosson, Chet Coats, Phil O’Meara and Chas. Burnet. Thomas was a member of the Wasco school board for 25 years, being instrumental in forming the Sherman High School district. He was a member of Taylor Lodge No. 99 AF & AM and served one year as deputy grand master in this area. He was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 303, Knights of Pythias, past president of the Sherman County Club, Oregon Wheat Growers League, Oregon Lung Association and Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. Survivors include his wife, Betty Ann Thomas of Wasco; four sons, James C. of Encinetas, Calif., Capt. John C. of Norfolk, Va., Joseph M. of Juneau, Alaska and Daniel P. of Wasco; two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Oberholts of Stayton and Mrs. Mary Williams of Corvallis.
June 5, 1975
- Sincerest sympathy is extended to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Pshhigoda and Mr. and Mrs. Terry Smith in the passing of their father, Paul Smith, Starbuck, Wn.
June 12, 1975
- Services Held In Idaho For Nancy Drinkard. Funeral services were held last Saturday in Fruitland, Idaho for Mrs. Nancy Lou Wollen Drinkard, 36, who died at her more in Fruitland Thursday. Mrs. Drinkard was born in The Dalles and was graduaoed from The Dalles High School in 1957. A talented musician, she played piano and organ and sang at the Congregatioaal Church during her high school years. She attended Pacific University, Forest Grove. After her marriage, she lived in Wasco for a number of years where she gave music lessons and played the piano in the church. She had lived in Fruitland with her family for the past five years. Mrs. Drinkard is survived by her husband, Joe L. Drinkard, Jr., a son, William; a daughter, Janeen; her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Wollen, Bend; a brother, Dennis Wollen, Boise, and numerous nieces and nephews. [copied as it appeared]
June 19, 1975
June 26, 1975
- Coming from Hermiston to pick up her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Mathieson, was Mrs. Harry Hydorn, driving to Fortuna, Calif., on June 7 to attend the funeral of Mrs. Mathieson’s sister-in-law, Mrs. Bill Coote. The funeral was held on June 10. Returning home with them was another daughter, Mrs. Ernie Engules to attend the reunion festivities at the Rufus School.
- Mr. and Mrs. Les Bowser of Biggs received word in May that her brother in Georgia had passed away, June 2 word was received that Mrs. Bowser’s brother-in-law was killed in a fishing accident in Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. Bowser flew to Memphis to attend the funeral. She returned to Biggs on Friday, June 20. [copied as it appeared]
- On May 29 Mr. and Mrs. Mel Parker drove to Seattle to attend the funeral services of her aunt, Mrs. Ann Soone. That same day Mrs. Parker’s mother, Mrs. Carl Quien, suffered a stroke and was hospitalized there June 14 Mrs. Quien was moved to the hospital in Aberdeen, Wash., where her home is.
- Grass Valley. Mrs. Hans Johnson and daughter Brenda will drive to Salem Tuesday, June 17 to attend the funeral for 16 year old Melvin Burieson, Mrs. Johnson’s nephew.
July 3, 1975
- Services Held Here For Evelyn Justesen. Evelyn M. Justesen, 65, a resident of Grass Valley, died at The Dalles General Hospital Wednesday June 16th. Mrs. Justesen was born in Moro, May 10, 1910 and had lived in Sherman County all of her life except for a few years when she was working in Portland. Survivors are her husband, Arthur, Grass Valley, two sisters, Mrs. Clarence Sparling and Mrs. Henry Norton both of Portland; two step-sisters, Mrs. Lewis McKee, The Dalles, and Mrs. Grace Thogerson of Battleground, Wash.; two sister-in-laws Carrie and Kerrone Christianson; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at the Moro Community Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member. Dick Morgan officiated. Vault interment followed at the American Legion Cemetery. Casket bearers included: Fred Justesen, Rocky Webb, Jim Green, Henry B. Norton, Bon and Ken Christianson. The family suggests contributions may be made to a favorite charity in Mrs. Justesen’s memory.
July 10, 1975
July 17, 1975
- Services Set Thursday For Andrew Brown. Andrew J. Brown, a resident of the Maupin-Bakeoven area most of his life, died in a Portland hospital on Monday. He was 74. Mr. Brown was born Nov. 11, 1900 in Goldendale. When he was a child he moved to southern Wasco county and had lived there the past 71 years. He operated a ranch in the Bakeoven area until 16 years ago when he retired and moved to Maupin. He was a member of the Oregon Cattleman’s Association and the Oregon Wheat Growers League. Survivors include his wife Alida (Douma), Maupin; a daughter, Joan Ingram, La Grande; a sister, Alice Gibson, Reno; a grandson, Edward Ingram, La Grande; a grandson and granddaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Kelley (Janaliece) Mitchel, Maupin, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Smith Callaway Chapel with Rev. Rusty Kimsey officiating. Committal will be in the IOOF Cemetery, The Dalles. The family suggests that contributions may be made to the Cancer Fund in Mr. Brown’s memory.
July 24, 1975
- Funeral Service Held For Maxine B. Baker. Maxine B. Baker, a former desident of Grass Valley and recently o resident of Sacramento,died in the California city on Sunday. She was 60. Mrs. Baker was born September 17, 1914 in Vancouver, Washington. Surviving is hed husband Charles R. Baker, Portland; three sons Kermit, Golden, Colorado; Gary Anchorage, Alaska; ond Douglas Portland; a daughter Bonnie Smith Portland; two brothers, Robedt Rolfe, Albany, Oregon; and Willard Grass Valley; two sisters Frances Mathews, Seatle and Horriet Wells, Benr. [copied as it appeared]
- Grass Valley. Visiors at the Willar dRolf home Saturday to attend the funeral of Maxine (Rolfe) Baker were: Mrs. Frances MMahews, Seattle, Harriette Wells, Bend; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rolfe and girls, Albany; Mr. L..W. Brockway, Oak Grove; Mr. Charles Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Smith and family and Everett Dunlap of Portland; Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rolfe, Lyle, Wa.; Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Baker, Golden, Colo.; Gary Baker, Anchorage, Alaska; Doug Baker, Louisiana; Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Rolfe, Grass Valley, Ronald Rolfe, David Wells and Victor Rolfe, Antelope and Md and Mrs. Fred Rolfe, Grass Valley. [copied as it appeared]
July 31, 1975
August 7, 1975
August 14, 1975
- Rites Held In Madras For Former Resident. Roy Edward Shafer, 81, passed away June 29 at this home in Madras. He was born Sept. 11, 1894. Shafer operated a hardware business in Wasco for a number of years. Services were held in the United Methodist church at Madras on July 2. Honorary casket bearers were Alfred Merritt, Jim Steele, Wayne Tanhan and Jeff Wilson. Active casket bearers were Mel Peterson, Loren Shrape, Chet Coats, John Richardson, Harvery Rhoads and Warren Priday. Concluding services were in the Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park. Survivors include his wife, Norma, a sister, three daughters and a son.
August 21, 1975
- Rites At Grass Valley For Mabel Barnett. Mabel Barnett died in a Portland hospital last Wednesday. She was born April 25, 1888 in Grass Valley. She was married to George Thomas Barnett on June 27, 1909 in The Dalles. They farmed all of their lives in the Grass Valley area. He died in 1971. Mrs. Barnett was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Grass Valley. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Johnson and Mrs. Ethel Alley, both of Grass Valley; a sister, Grace Nicholson, Foster City, Calif.; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A son, Kenneth Barnett, preceded her in death in 1944. Recitation of the rosary was at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home Friday at 7:30 p.m. Requiem Mass was at St. John the Baptist Church in Grass Valley at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial was in Grass Valley IOOF Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mark Bird, Marcus Eslinger, Harry Stark, Sam Alberty, Willard Rolfe and Harold Owens. Friends who so desire may contribute to the Oregon Heart Fund in Mrs. Barnett’s memory.
- Charles Ruggles Dies At Arizona Home. Word has been received here of the death of Charles A. Ruggles, long time resident of Moro, but more recently of Heppner. He died Saturday, August 16, at Mesa, Arizona, where they had moved for his health. Charles was born June 30, 1911 at Moro. He attended school in Moro and graduated from Moro High School in the class of 1929. Survivors include his wife, Helen (Searcy); daughter, Connie Fastabend of Richland, Wa.; his mother, Ola Ruggles of Heppner, a sister, Laura Twilleger of Prineville, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild and other relatives.
August 28, 1975
- Grass Valley. Velma Bibby of 2237 N.E. 14th Portland passed away Thursday August 21st and Memorial services were held at Holman’s Funeral Home on Monday August 25th. She was survived by one daughter Janice L. Alden and one son Stephen A. Bibby, sisters Miss Louise Fraley, Mrs. Fern Jones, Mrs. Georgia Hix and seven grandchildren.
September 4, 1975
September 11, 1975
- Rites Held Monday for John Elton Eakin. John Elton Eakin, lifetime resident of Sherman County, died Thursday morning near Klondike. He was 31. Mr. Eakin was born Aug. 1, 1944 in The Dalles. He moved from Grass Valley to Wasco in 1969. Survivors include his wife, Martha Wasco; two daughters, Michelle and Cathy, both of Wasco; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elton Eakin, Grass Valley; a brother, Ronald, Quincey, Wash.; a sister, Helen Ellis, Vale; two nephews and numerous aunt and uncles. Funeral services were at the Rose Cemetery near Moro at 11 on Monday morning with Rev. Arthur Brown officiating. Active casket bearers were Terry Kaseberg, Mike Todd, Palle Martinson, Gordon Eakin, Jim Straughan and Dorin Fritts. Honorary casket bearers were Lee Kaseberg, John Kellogg, Fred Hill and Harold Melzer. The family has asked that friends who so desire make contributions to the Grass Valley Baptist Church Memorial Fund in Mr. Eakin’s memory.
- Sincerest sympathy of the community is extended to the family and relatives of John Eakin who passed away so suddenly last week. May God lay His comforting and guiding hand upon Martha and her two girls, Michelle and Cathy.
- Grass Valley. Word was received that Mrs. Alice Smith had passed away and was buried in Ione last Thursday. Myrtle Rust and Mrs. Nettie Duggar went to Ione for the funeral.
September 18, 1975
- Services Held Tuesday For Harland Johnson. Funeral services for Harland Johnson were held Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at The Dalles First Church, Mr. Johnson died in Walla Walla, Wash. Rev. Alfred Boyer, pastor of the Wasco First Methodist Church, conducted the service. Mr. Johnson was born in Sherman County near Wasco on Oct. 29, 1907, the son of John T. and Cornelius Johnson, longtime residents of the county. After graduating from Wasco high school he attended Oregon State University where he was a member of Sigma Phi Sigma fraternity and the Men’s Glee club. For several years he was territorial manager of the Allis Chalmers Tractor Division in Portland covering the Northwest. On Dec. 26, 1936, he married Rita Burres of Wasco and at the beginning of World War II he entered the service and later returned to become owner-manager of Harvester’s Supply Company of Dayton, Wash. After he sold his business, he became manager of Massey Ferguson’s retail store in Burley, Idaho, where he worked until his retirement. Johnson was known by hundreds of people as a humanist, an entertaining personality and an accomplished wood carver. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Paulen, and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Proudfoot. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Rea [?Rita] Johnson, Walla Walla; a brother, J.T. Johnson, Medford; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Blakney, Seattle. He was a member of the Idaho Elks Lodge, A.F.&A.M. No. 26, Dayton, and the El Katif Shrine Spokane. Burial was at the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Murray Gould, Ronald Johnson, John M. Larson, Jim Burres, Wayne Hinchliffe and Elmo Burgess.
September 25, 1975
- Rites In The Dalles For Lulu Belle Wilson. Lulu Belle Wilson, 86, died Tuesday in The Dalles General Hospital. She was born January 13, 1889 in Eskridge, Kansas, and had been a resident of The Dalles since 1964. Mrs. Wilson was a charter member of the Rufus Grange and the World War I Veterans Auxillary. Surviving are a son, Stacey Wilson, Idaho Falls, Idaho; two daughters, Mrs. Lois Miller, The Dalles and Mrs. Vivian Butler of Portland; three brothers, Harold Applegate, Hood River; Glenn Applegate, Portland; and Cloise Applegate of Hood River; a sister, Mrs. Pearl Ronco, Newberg, 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home Friday at 2 p.m. Reverend Charles Easley conducted the service with burial in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Friends who desire may contribute to the kidney association of Oregon in her memory.
October 2, 1975
- Family Service Held For Elaine Jackson. Mildred Elaine Jackson, a resident of Wasco for the past several years passed away Sunday at a hospital in The Dalles. She was 64. Private family services have been held under the direction of Smith Calloway Chapel. Memorial services will be held Sunday October fifth at 11:00 AM at the Wasco United Methodist Church. The family has suggested that friends who wish may make contributions to the Mid-Columbia Association of Retarded Citizens, First National Bank of The Dalles in her memory. Survivors include her step parents: Rhuben and Nettie Elder of Pine Grove and two sisters: Betty Jackson Foxley of Hood River and Grace Jackson Anders of Salem.
- Mr. and Mrs. Mel Parker attended the funeral of her uncle Ed Quen in Aberdeen, Washington, last week and remaining the weekend.
October 9, 1975
- Services In Alaska For Jock Rene Knighten. Funeral services were held in Anchorage, Alaska, Friday, Sept. 26, for Jock Rene Knighten, son of Wily W. Knighten of Frankfurt, Germenay. He died Monday, Sept. 22 in an automobile accident on the Sterling Highway. Chaplain Guykema of Elmendorf Air Force Base officiated at the service at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Born in Anchorage on Sept. 2, 1976 Jock was in the third grade at Willow Crest elementary school. He is survived by his father of Frankfurt; his mother and sister, Jodi, 10, both of Anchorage; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Rosie Dubois of Montgomery, Louisiana, and an aunt and two uncles in Louisiana. Also surviving are his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Wily Knighten of Moro, an aunt, Angian Knighten Miller and cousins, Lauri and John Miller of Seattle. Interment was in Angelus Memorial Park, Anchorage. [copied as it appeared]
October 16, 1975
- Jackson Memorial Service. Elaine Jackson‘s parents were the Rev. Roy and Lulu Thomas Jackson who served the Wasco church on two occasions, one of which marked the building of the parsonage. Elaine was born May 26, 19911, at Salem, Oregon, and is survived by a sister, Grace Anders, Salem, Betty Foxley, sister, of Hood River, and her step-parents, Reuben and Nettie Elder of Hood River. Her sister, Betty, sang the 23rd Psalm, beautifully, in ihe service. [copied as it appeared]
October 23, 1975
- Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Dean Johnson went to Portland airport on Friday to pick up Mr. and Mrs. Joe Weber was they returned from Grand Rapids Mich. The Webers had been in Michigan for two weeks, being called there by the illness and death of Mr. Weber’s mother.
October 30, 1975
- Services in Pendleton For Eva Jane Coffman. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct 18 for Eva Jane Coffman of 3049 S.W. Kirk in Pendleton at Olney Cemetery. Mrs. Coffman, 71 died Wednesday afternoon at her home. She was born at Promise in Wallowa County and lived for 20 years in Pendleton. Survivors include three sons, two daughters and six grandchildren. Burns Mortuary was in charge of the services in Pendleton. Contributions may be made to the Heart Fund in her memory.
- Services Set Thursday For Oliver Schadewitz. Oliver Edward Schadewitz, 79, died at a hospital in The Dalles Monday evening. He was born December 9, 1895 at Bakeoven. A resident of The Dalles for the past year, he had lived the rest of his life in the Sherman and Wasco county area. He was a member of George Bell American Legion Post No. 49 at Grass Valley and was a World War veteran. He is survived by his wife, Ethyle, The Dalles; four sons, Charles, Spokane, Victor, The Dalles, James, Rathdrum, Idaho, and Cecil, The Dalles; one brother, L. Virgil Schadewitz, Battle Ground, Wash.; one sister, Edna Fritts, Grass Valley; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles Thursday, at 11 a.m., the Rev. K.E. Hutchinson of Kent officiating. Interment will be in the IOOF Cemetery at Kent.
- Services In The Dalles For Former Resident. Funeral services were held last week in The Dalles for Agnes Bulfinch Walker, who died in Milwaukie at the age of 91. She was the widow of Hugh A. Walker, who farmed near Wasco for over 40 years. She was a charter member of the Wasco Women’s Study Club and The Dalles Art Club. Her son, Kenneth, preceded her in death. Survivors include a daughter, Rosemary Mann of Milwaukie, a sister Dorothy Bulfinch of Milwaukie, a brother, Charles Bulfinch of Reseda, Calif., four granddaughters: Judith Probstfield of Beaverton, Marilyn Clark of Hood River, Alison Yamauchi of Little Rock, Arkansas and Paula Thompson of Wasco, and five great grandchildren.
- Services Held For Mary Mobley Mirbal. Alfred Mirbal Jr. (Mary Mobley) died October 16 at San Rafel, New Mexico at 33 years of age, after an extended illness. Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Verne E. Mobley of Kent, grandmother, Mrs. Dorothy Dunlap, Grass Valley; a sister, Krista (Mrs. Leo Coelsch) of Moro; brothers Verne of Kent; Keith and Don, The Dalles, __ and twelve nieces and nephews. Contributions may be made in her memory to Sherman High School for a plaque to be awarded to the most improved language student and for use in awards in the language department at Sherman High School. Helping students on their trip to Mexico will also be a part of the memorial.
November 6, 1975
- Jason Wade Prindel [Prindle], infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Prindel, Wasco died Friday. He was just over two months of age. Other survivors include grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis Pryor, Wasco and Mr. and Mrs. Al Wason, Rufus; and great grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Dan Musgrove, Bend; Mrs. Mabel Wason, Yacolt, Washington; and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Shano, Clear Lake Highlands, California. Graveside services were held at The Dalles IOOF Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. Monday, November 3, with Rev Everett Webber officiating.
- The Rufus Community extends their sincere sympathies to the Wes Prindle family of Wasco upon the death of their two month old son Jason Wade. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Al Wason Rufus, and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis Pryor of Wasco.
- Services In Corvallis For Homer Wall, 78. Homer S. Wall, a resident of Spokane, formerly a resident of Corvallis, died at Deaconess Hospital, Spokane on October 24. The son of George Wall and Mary Emeline Stacy Wall, he was born June 22, 1887, at Stacyville, Iowa. At the age of 13, he moved to Sherman Co., with his family. He graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1909 with a degree in Civil Engineering and worked as a civil engineer until his retirement in 1955. Early in his career he worked for the Warren Construction Co. of Portland. Later he worked as County Engineer for Sherman Co. At his retirement he was City Engineer for The Dalles. He married Mabel Catherine Simler on June 5, 1969 at The Dalles. Their first home was on the John Day River in Sherman County. In 1919 they moved to Wasco. In 1934 they moved to Reedsport and in 1935 they moved to Corvallis. After Mrs. Wall’s death in 1963, Mr. Wall spent the following years at Spokane, at the home of his daughter Jeanne (Mrs. Neil Cruse), and at Bellingham at the home of his daughter Caroline (Mrs. Lowell Eddy). Mr. Wall was a Past Master of Taylor A.F.&A.M., Past Worthy Patron of Annie Fulton Chapter 124 O.E.S. of Wasco, and a 50-year member of Al Kader Temple. Besides Jeanne and Caroline, he is survived by his daughter Mignon (Mrs. George P. Newton) of Klamath Falls, one sister, Mrs. Ella Stevens of Nooksack, Wash., eight grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were conducted at Crystal Lake Cemetery on October 28 by the Corvallis Masonic Lodge No. 14 A.F.&A.M. [copied as it appeared]
November 13, 1975
- Services Held Monday For Harvey Thompson. Funeral services were held at 1:30 Monday, Nov. 10 for Harvey Thompson, a lifetime resident of Moro, who died there Friday at the age of 63. The services were conducted by the Rev. William Gearhart at Moro Community Presbyterian Church. Burial followed in the American Legion Cemetery, here. Mr. Thompson was a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club, the Moro Community Presbyterian Church and the University of Oregon Alumni Association. Survivors are his wife, Frances, and a son, Larry Thompson, both of Moro; a daughter, Mrs. Janet Moulds Sacramento, Calif.; three sisters, Lilian Thompson, Clara Ward, and Georgia Phillips, all of Portland; and four grandchildren. The family has suggested that those who wish may make contributions to the Heart Association, care of the U.S. National Bank, The Dalles, in Mr. Thompson’s memory.
- Repeat of Homer S. Wall’s obit from the November 6, 1975 issue.
November 20, 1975
November 27, 1975
December 4, 1975
- Services Set Thursday for Harry Ellis, 68. Harry Leroy Ellis, 68, a resident of Wasco for 16 years died Monday at a hospital in The Dalles. He was born March 2, 1907 at Vadar, Wash. He was a heavy equipment operator and was a member of Operating Engineers Local No. 701, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 2595 at Reedsport. Survivors include his wife, Mildred, Wasco; a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Barbara) Reeves, Gresham; two brothers, Charles Swanson, Gresham, and Leslie Swanson, Juneau, Alaska; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles with Rev. Al Boyer of the Wasco United Methodist Church officiating. Committal services will be at The Dalles IOOF Cemetery. The family suggests those who wish may make contributions to the Wasco Methodist Church or the Cancer Research Fund, in care of The Dalles Branch of the U.S. National Bank in Mr. Ellis’ memory.
- Services At Wasco For John Robinson. John Q. Robinson, 81, a resident of Wasco died at a Dalles hospital last Thursday. He was born Nov. 2, 1894, near Wasco and had been a lifetime resident there. He is a retired rancher and took over the ranch when his father died. Mr. Robinson was an active member of the Wasco Methodist church, and a charter member of the Wasco Cemetery Association and was chairman for many years. Survivors are his wife, Norma V., Wasco; daughter, Lois McGregor, Salem; three grandchildren, Leslie, Mark and Amy McGregor, all of Salem; and several cousins including Leona Van Gilder and Dana Gordh, both of Wasco. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Wasco Methodist Church with the Rev. Al Boyer officiating. Committal service was in Sunrise Cemetery in Wasco. Smith Callaway Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
- Homer Mitchell, a resident of Rufus a short time, formerly of The Dalles passed away at his home Wednesday Nov. 19 Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles.
- Services In Ashcroft For Prudence Smith. Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. George (Prudence) S. Smith, a former resident of Wasco. She died in Ashcroft, B.C., Canada, on Saturday. She was born Prudence Marie Dingle, June 15, 1903 at Wasco. She graduated from Wasco High School in 1920, and attended Eugene Bible University until 1924. In 1927, she married John Cecil Fields. In 1942 she married George S. Smith. They resided in the British Columbia city for many years. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Wasco Church of Christ and Rebekah Lodge 127 of Wasco. Survivors include her husband; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Fields, The Dalles; a son, Damon, Spokane; two grandsons, Cecil and Chester Fields, both of Spokane; two nieces, Sarah Bains, Portland, and Marjorie Morey, The Dalles; and a nephew, Leonard Fields, Wasco. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. in Ashcroft.
December 11, 1975
- Grass Valley. Graveside services were held for Chester F. Peterson Thursday morning, Dec. 4, at 11:00 a.m. He was born January 29, 1900 at Greenwood, Wisconsin and passed away Dec. 1 at Bend. He leaves two sons, a sister and a brother in Calif.
December 18, 1975
- Services Held Tuesday for Luther Steward. Funeral services for Luther Steward, 66, of Rufus were held Tuesday at Sunrise Cemetery at Wasco. He was a retired Wasco school district bus driver and died at home last Saturday. Mr. Steward was born Aug. 30, 1909 at Great Falls, Mont. and had lived in Rufus 42 years. Rev. Alfred Boyer of Wasco United Methodist church conducted the service and burial followed in the cemetery near Wasco. Survivors include his wife, Lois of Rufus; two sons Luther H. Steward Jr. of Arlington and John Fowlie Steward, Rufus; a daughter, Mrs. Hansel Turley, The Dalles; his mother, Belva Grenheld; three sisters, Martha Nembet, Jane Rose Gauntlett, Monda Dee Bentz; three brothers, Carl, Charles and Herbert, all of Seattle, and nine grandchildren. Active pallbearers were Luther Steward Jr., John Steward, Hansel Turley, Steven, Mark and Kelly Steward. Honorary pallbearers were Harland McDonald, George Jensen, Joe Morris, Bob Morris, Ray Brown and Leonard Jordan. The family has suggested that memorials be made to charities.
- Rites In The Dalles For Gertrude Dickson. Hattie Gertrude Dickson, a resident of Wasco county and The Dalles for the past 68 years, died at a Dalles nursing home last Wednesday. She was born May 13, 1902, at Maywood, Neb. She was 73. For many years Mrs. Dickson was a clerk for the J.C. Penney Co. in The Dalles. She was a member of the First Church of Christian Science, Wasco County Pioneer Association and Azalea Rebekah Lodge. She is survived by a son, Leland C. Dickson, The Dalles; three brothers, Jack Tidyman, Beaverton, Lawrence Tidyman, White Salmon, and Willard Coons Moro; one sister, Lucille Britton, The Dalles; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home on Saturday morning. Mrs. Thelma Reese, reader, officiated. Entombment was at The Dalles IOOF Mausoleum.
- Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Owens received the news that Mr. Owens’ sister’s husband Mr. Jay Pulse of No. Las Vegas, Nevada has passed away Thursday morning the 11th.
December 25, 1975
- Virgilia McKee, 100 Dies At Woodburn. Virgilia McKee passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 17 in Woodburn at the age of 100. She was born March 8, 1875 at Twickenham, Ore., the daughter of Clark and Nancy Dunlap. On February 20, 1901 she was united in marriage to Edward D. McKee at Wasco. McKee preceded her in death in November of 1966. Mrs. McKee moved to Woodburn from Hood River in October of 1973. She was a member of the Woodburn United Methodist church. Surviving are a son; Marion E. McKee of Woodburn, two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at Idlewild Memorial Mausoleum, Hood River on Monday Dec. 22, at 1:30 p.m.
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