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Sherman County Journal Obituaries 1963 – 1966

Obituaries 1963 – 1966
The following are the death notices and obituaries contained within the pages of the Sherman County Journal, on the microfilm roll containing the issues from July 26, 1963 to December 29, 1966.

July 26, 1963

August 2, 1963

  • Services Held At Grass Valley Church For George H. Wilcox. George Horace Wilcox, 67, died at The Dalles Monday after a long illness caused by heart trouble.  Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at two o’clock from the Grass Valley Baptist church with Rev. Harry Atkins officiating followed by interment in the Grass Valley cemetery. Mr. Wilcox was born September 30, 1895 at Lead, S.D. and came to Sherman county as a small boy with his parents who farmed south of town.  George attended Grass Valley schools and the University of Oregon.  He became a druggist and was owner of the Grass Valley Drug Store from 1919 until 1936 when he sold out.  He sold life insurance for many years and bought wheat land which he owns. He was always active in public affairs and had an interest in nearly all Grass Valley and Sherman County matters until he retired to Salem after selling his store.  He moved to The Dalles in 1959 and has lived there since. Survivors include his widow, Marie, a daughter, Mrs. Maynard Nelson of Salem, and a son, Dr. Dean Wilcox of The Dalles and six grandchildren; two brothers, Frank of Newberg and Fred of Springfield.
  • H.O. Dugger, Mrs. John Rust, Mrs. Bert Cox and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Blagg were in The Dalles Friday to attend the funeral services for Mrs. Alberta Merritt.
  • Former Wascoite E. (Al) Barzee Dies At Oceanlake. E.E. (Al) Barzee, Oceanlake Chief of Police until his recent retirement, died at his home about 6 o’clock Tuesday evening after a lingering illness.  He was born June 9, 1905 in Wasco, Sherman county.  Mr. Barzee had been chief of police here since 1950 after holding positions in police departments in Lebanon, Willamina, and Polk county.  Well known throughout the area, Barzee had a place of honor in the 1963 State Police Who’s Who of Law Enforcement. Earlier this year he won the distinction of being named “Man of the Year” in the Community Day award and also received a special plaque from radio station KBCH and the News-Guard for unusual dedication to his work. He also was given the honor of being named “Senior Citizen of the Year” by Taft High school students who set up an “Al Barzee Award” to be given annually to the Taft senior selected by the student body for outstanding school work and conduct in the community. Mr. Barzee is survived by his wife, Hazel, of Oceanlake; his father, Lester, also of Oceanlake; a daughter, Beverly, of Virginia: a sister at Reedsport and an aunt of Fossil. Funeral services were held at Oceanlake last Friday, July 19 in the Congregational Church with Rev. Paul Dickey officiating.

August 9, 1963

  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Cox and Harry Howell of Kent went to Portland Thursday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Sarah Young on Friday morning returning home later that day.

August 16, 1963

  • Roy Kuskie Dies At 80. Roy Kuskie, 80, father of Mrs. Earl Gentry died at his home in Stevenson, Washington Saturday.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at Stevenson. He leaves in addition to Mrs. Gentry, four sons, John, Earl, Kenneth and James, 16 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

August 23, 1963

  • Funeral Services For Lester K. Smith Funeral services for Lester K. Smith, 78, who died at Goldendale, Washington Monday, were held in that city Thursday with interment in the Wasco cemetery beside his wife, who died many years ago. Mr. Smith was born December 13, 1884 at Turner, Oregon and he came to Sherman county in 1904 with his parents who farmed the Dr. Smith place west of Wasco.  He married and farmed near Grass Valley, being on the Fred Krusow ranch in Ruthledge for many years before he bought a place near Goldendale. Not in good health he had been told to quit work, but he went out in the field to help put up hay and a bale fell on him putting him to bed from which he did not arise for long. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Jerry Cunliffe, who farms his place, a brother, Arthur J. of Wasco, and one granddaughter, Mrs. Barbara Fergusen of La Hoya, Calif.
  • Native of Kent Taken By Death Recently. Clarice Evelyn Bekkedahl, 44, a native of Kent, died Thursday in a Portland hospital.  She had been living at Milton-Freewater. Mrs. Bekkedahl was a member of the Conservative Baptist Church. Survivors include her widower, Allen, of Milton-Freewater; a son Kenneth A. Bekkedahl of Portland; two daughters, Deanna M. Bekkedahl of Milton-Freewater and Barbara L. Richwine of Portland; a brother, Robert Mitchell of Portland; and three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Guyton and Mrs. Juanita Johnson, both of Portland, and Mrs. J.J. Decker of Kent. Funeral services will be Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel.  Interment will be at the IOOF cemetery at Kent.
  • Grass Valley. Among those attending the funeral services for Mrs. Alan Bekkedahl of Milton-Freewater, held at the Spencer & Libby funeral chapel in The Dalles were Mr. and Mrs. John Decker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jefferies and family, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tatum, Mrs. J.E. Norton, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sather and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Maxfield, Mr. and Mrs. J. McKay, Rev. and Mrs. Melvin Erickson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank von Borstel and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Howell all from Kent and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Cox from Grass Valley.

August 30, 1963

September 6, 1963

  • Glen Hartley of Seattle, stopped Sunday for a brief period at the home of your correspondent saying he was on his way home from the funeral of his aunt Amelia Wall Price, who died at a nursing home in Pendleton on Tuesday, August 27.  She was 82 years old. Amelia Wall Price lived at Early, Ore. on the John Day River where her father Geo. Wall operated the Early Flour Mill for a number of years.  She was a sister of Homer Wall who was county engineer for Sherman County for many years.  Amelia’s mother Mary E. Wall was the Early, Ore. postmaster from 1902 until her death in 1918 at which time the post office was given up at this spot.
  • Grass Valley. The Rev. Duane Dunham left Monday evening for Colorado to attend the funeral services for his grandfather.

September 13. 1963

September 20, 1963

  • Ben F. Tomlin died in a San Francisco Veteran’s hospital September 10, after seven months of illness from cancer. Funeral services were held Thursday with interment in Veteran’s Memorial cemetery. Ben Tomlin was born December 15, 1896 in Moro, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Tomlin.  He attended Moro schools and joined the navy serving in Boston where he married. Surviving are his widow, Fran, a daughter, Katherine and two grandchildren, four brothers, Ed of Portland, George of Napa, Cal., Carl of Klamath Falls and Jack of Chehalis, Wash.  All five Tomlin boys attended the reunion of World War 1 veterans here in 1961.

September 27, 1963

October 4, 1963

  • Sturdevant Rites Set For Today at Chapel In The Dalles. Funeral services for Keith LaVerne Sturdevant, who died Sunday night at Rufus as the result of a gunshot wound, will be Friday (today) at 2 p.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles.  Interment will be in the IOOF cemetery. He was born Jan. 26, 1929 at Arkansas City, Kan.  He had been a resident of Rufus two years and was employed in construction work by Pacific Concrete Co. He was a member of Carpenters Union No. 1896, The Dalles, and the Veteran of Foreign Wars at Worland, Wyo. Survivors include his widow, Betty; a daughter, Judy; a son, Danny; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivol Sturdevant of Marderson, Wyo.; five brothers, Jack of LaGrande, Buddy, Royce and Errol, all of Coos Bay, and Bobby of Riverton, Wyo.; two sisters, Mrs. Vasca Gilmore and Mrs. Delores Brown, both of Worland.
  • Rufus Man Killed In Scuffle Over Pistol. Shooting Investigation Continues Of Rufus Man Last Week.  Sherman county authorities are continuing their investigation of the shooting that took the life of Keith Sturdevant at Rufus Sunday evening. District Attorney T. Lester Johnson is evaluating statements made Bias Wade Johnson, whose .22 revolver fired the bullet that entered Sturdevant’s chest as the two men were struggling on a davenport in the Johnson trailer house in Rufus. Dr. Margaret Berrouth, at The Dalles, performed an autopsy yesterday, and Sherman authorities, with assistance of Wasco County District Attorney Don Turner, took a statement from Johnson about the events that led up to the fatal shot. Statements also were taken from members of the Johnson family.  In the trailer house at the Bob Davis trailer park at Rufus when the shooting took place were Johnson’s wife and the couple’s two daughters, Esther and Dorothy. Johnson is not in custody and as yet no charge has been filed against him.  He was been employed in the Rufus area by Earl L. McNutt Co., Eugene. The shooting climaxed an altercation that began earlier Sunday evening at the Riverview Tavern over the sale of a car by Johnson to Sturdevant. Sturdevant and his wife later went to the Johnson trailer, Sturdevant went inside but his wife remained in the vehicle, authorities reported.  Sturdevant was employed by Pacific Concrete Co., Portland. Sherman County Sheriff Leo Roberts said that transcripts of statements pertaining to the case will be studied carefully before the district attorney makes further decisions.
  • [Note: In the December 6, 1963 issue of this paper, an article appears about Mrs. Betty L.. Sturdevant, being admitted to the Mid-Columiba hospital with a self-inflicted bullet wound in the lower abdomen and groin, and was described as “serious but not critical.]

October 11, 1963

  • Bias Johnson Charged Second Degree Murder. Bias Wade Johnson, 42, whose revolver fired the shot that killed Keith Sturdevant at Rufus last Sunday, is in the Wasco County jail charged with second degree murder. His arrest Friday morning followed the filing of information by Sherman County District Attorney T. Lester Johnson. Sturdevant, 34, died minutes after the shot was fired from the .22 caliber weapon Sunday night in the trailer home of the Bias Wade Johnsons. District Attorney Johnson said the case will be presented to the Sherman County grand jury next Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.  The arrest Friday followed extensive investigation of the events that led up to the shooting. Bias Wade Johnson and Sturdevant had been arguing in a tavern during the evening of the shooting.  The shot was fired as the two men struggled on a davenport in the trailer home, according to the officers’ description of the events as related by witnesses. The defendant was arraigned Friday before Justice of the Peace Darwin Van Gilder.  Johnson requested that his preliminary hearing be postponed until he could confer with his attorney, Sam Van Vactor of The Dalles. The investigation earlier this week included the taking of statements from members of the Bias Wade Johnson family.  An autopsy was performed Monday and funeral services for Sturdevant were held in The Dalles Friday.
  • A grand jury Wednesday returned a “not true” bill in the Bias Johnson case — the charge second degree murder. According to District Attorney T. Lester Johnson, the evidence strongly indicated Johnson acted in self defense in the fatal shooting of Keith Sturdenvant at Rufus on Sunday, Sept 29 following an argument over a car Johnson had previously sold to Sturdevant. Johnson had been target practicing with his revolver during the afternoon and had not put the revolver away when Sturdevant entered the Johnson trailer home.  He was told to leave and the scuffle over the revolver ended in the accidental shooting, Attorney Johnson said. Bias Johnson was not immediately charged in the case due to the circumstances.
  • Jonas E. Engberg Wasco Resident Funeral Held. Jonas E. Engberg, 70, a Wasco resident for the past 16 years, died Thursday, at a local hospital. Mr. Engberg, who was a retired carpenter, was born in Sweden March 21, 1884.  He came to the United States in 1905, lived in Seattle for a short time and spent most of the rest of his life in the Spokane area before going to Wasco. He was a member of IOOF Lodge No. 146 at Mead, Wash., the Marian Rebekah Lodge at Wasco and the Rufus Grange. Surviving are a son, Harold M. Engberg of Wasco; a daughter, Mrs. Thelma Kiefel of Spokane; a brother, Arvid Engberg, of Clearbrook, Minn.; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel, with W.R. Jones officiating.  The IOOF lodge of Mead, Wash., conducted graveside services Monday at 10 a.m. at the Mead IOOF cemetery.

October 18, 1963

  • Wilbur K. Haggerty Kent Resident Passes After Short Illness. Wilbur K. Haggerty, 82, resident of Sherman county for 53 years, died in the Good Samaritan Hospital of Phoenix, Arizona on October 3 while visiting his nephew, Wilbur Haggerty of that city.  He was in the hospital — for observation and treatment when suddenly stricken with a heart attack and died soon afterward. Mr. Haggerty came to Kent in 1910 and purchased a ranch about four miles to the south of town which is part of the property which constitutes his present estate.  He lived alone a great deal of the time and until this year did most of his own work. During the depression years he ran a dairy herd and sold the cream.  Later, he was a wheat farmer and raised hogs in great numbers, producing his own feed and shipping the animals to Portland stock yards by rail and by truck.  When the price of barley improved, he found it more profitable to sell the grain and discontinued the hog business.  His well kept fields and fences, the innumerable rock cribs and the absence of scab areas indicated years of hand labor and expense in developing a somewhat model ranch in the area. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on February 18, 1881 to Sharp and Mary Haggerty and spent his early years in Illinois.  About 1900 he came West and worked in the Spokane area for a few years before coming to Oregon.  He attended the Kent Baptist Church. He is survived by a brother, Russel of Meadows, Idaho and several nephews and nieces.  The funeral services were held on Sunday, October 6 in La Fontaine, Indiana with Reverend Cole officiating.  Masonic graveside rites were held in the IOOF cemetery of La Fontaine.

October 27, 1963

  • Highway Crash Takes 2 Lives Near Kent. Roy Merrill Sather Loses Life In Head On Collision On Hwy. 97.  A car traveling south of Kent on Hwy 97 crashed into a parked car about 7:30 Tuesday night killing drivers of both vehicles, according to state police who investigated the accident. Dead are Roy Merrill Sather, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sather of Kent, and Eugenia E. Morris, 42, of Sacramento, Calif. Injured and hospitalized in The Dalles are Edgar V. Morris, 52, husband of the woman victim, and the Morris’ seven-year-old grandson, Gerald Dalton Hammond, Jr. of Pasco. State police said the Morris sedan was in a three car caravan heading north in connection with a family move from California to Pasco. Sather was alone in his car, apparently returning home from Moro where he was a senior at Sherman High.  Police said he was hurled from the vehicle taking the windshield with him.  The force of the impact was so great it threw the car’s engine about 100 feet. State police said the Morris car was parked with its lights burning on the northbound shoulder of Hwy. 97 and the Sather car — for some unknown reason — crossed over the highway and hit the Morris vehicle nearly head-on.  The boy and his grandfather were sleeping in the car at the time, police said. The boy’s father, Gerald Dalton Hammond, and his mother were driving the two other cars in the northbound caravan to Pasco. The injured were taken to The Dalles General Hospital by the Sherman County ambulance.
  • Services at The Dalles Chapel Today for Roy Merrrill Sather. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Friday) for Roy Merrill Sather of Kent at the Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel in The Dalles.  H. Harold Johnson, pastor of the Christian Church in The Dalles will officiate.  Burial will be in The Dalles IOOF cemetery. Pallbearers will be Don Decker, Phil von Borstel, Bob Martin, Jim Brown, Vern Mobley and Jim Duncan.  Honorary pallbearers will be J.P. Reckman, Don Mobley, Ron Johnson, Ken Dunlap, Roger Cyphers and Doug Bish. Roy Merrill Sather, 16, was born Oct. 24, 1946 and passed away Oct. 22 at Kent.  He was born in The Dalles and lived all of his life in the Kent community.  He was a senior at Sherman High and outstanding in FFA work in Sherman High.  His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sather of Kent. Survivors include his parents, one brother, Paul of Kent; two sisters, Mrs. Shirley Decker of Kent and Mrs. Helene Henkle of Portland; grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sather of Moro and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Farrar of The Dalles. Persons who so desire may contribute to the Sherman County Scholarship Fund, Supt. C. Edward Tyler, Moro.
  • P.M. Morse Passes, Biggs-Kent Engineer. Word was received here Tuesday of the death of P.M. Morse who was the father of Mrs. Paulen Kaseberg of Wasco and has been a frequent visitor to the county for many years. Morse was county engineer and surveyor in Lane county for over forty years and prior to that was Hood River City engineer.  Also of interest to Sherman Countians is the fact that he served as an engineer during the early construction phases of the Biggs to Kent branch of the Union Pacific Railroad. Morse was an active member of Rotary International, Lane county and Oregon Historical Societies, Spanish American Veterans and the Presbyterian church.

November 1, 1963

  • Robert E. Manke Services Held In The Dalles Church. Robert E. Manke, 56, a farmer in the Grass Valley area for the past 19 years died last Thursday in a hospital in The Dalles. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in The Dalles with the Rev. Lloyd D. Powers officiating.  Interment was in the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles with Smith Callaway Chapel in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Dick Reckman, Estel Hartley, Oscar Lemley, William Brinkert, Wilbur Brinkert and Joseph Hammond. Manke was born Oct. 17, 1907, at Kinsley, Kan. Surviving are two brothers, Hugo Manke of Grass Valley and Louis Manke of Eugene, three half-sisters, Mrs. Emma Lanning of Medford, Mrs. Hanna Hanson of Salinas, Calif. and Mrs. Martha Poor of Topsfield, Mass., and a half-brother, Harry Manke of Kinsley.

November 8, 1963

  • Dean Reynolds Dies At Hood River; Lived 50 Years at Grass Valley. Dean Leroy Reynolds, 73, died about 8 o’clock yesterday morning at Hood River where he had been living the past year while receiving medical attention. He was born July 9, 1889, at East Troy, Pa., and had resided about 50 years at Grass Valley. He was a member of the Methodist Church, Sherman Lodge No. 143 A.F.&A.M., Eastern Star and the Harlandview Grange. Survivors include his wife, Ellen M. of Grass Valley, son, Glen L. Reynolds of Grass Valley; a daughter, Mrs. Vivian Elliot of Portland; three sisters, Mrs. Sullivan and Mrs. Mildred Gates all of Tacoma; one brother, Lloyd C. Reynolds of Sedro Wolley, Wash. and six grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel in The Dalles.  Burial will be in Park Lawn Memorial Gardens in The Dalles. The body will lie in state from 4 p.m. today (Friday) at Spencer & Libby Chapel until funeral time.  E. Ernest Tayler, pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles will officiate.   The Masonic rites will be conducted by the Grass Valley Lodge.  [Note: While the editor stated that he had three sisters, only two were listed.]

November 15, 1963

  • Grant Van Doren Grant Van Dorn passed away recently at Coquille and burial was at Forest Grove.  His widow is the former Winifred Fortner of Wasco.

November 22, 1963

  • Archie Roy Kessinger, a former resident of Moro, passed away at the age of 80 at White Salmon. Funeral services were held at White Salmon Monday, Nov. 18 with graveside services at the Moro cemetery. He is survived by two daughters, Ethelyn Pierson of White Salmon and Alice McKee of Redmond; three sisters, Mrs. Roxie Henkle of Salem, Mrs. Robert Belshee of The Dalles and Mrs. Count Henkle of California; four granddaughters and several great grandchildren. He lived here for a number of years before moving to Redmond, working on farms and later driving a mail truck out of here.
  • Attending the funeral of Mr. Kessinger at White Salmon was the Vernon Millers, Orlow Martins, Blaine Millers, Russell  Belshees, Don Miller and Don Thompson.
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Hunter and Ollie Hunter of Portland attended the funeral of Roy Kessinger.

November 29, 1963

  • Agnes May Woodcock Dies At Maupin. Agnes May Woodcock, 72, of Moro died this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jean Woodside, near Maupin. Mrs. Woodcock was born Feb. 27, 1891, at Wamic and lived most of her life in Wasco county.  She moved from the Maupin area about nine years ago. Surviving in addition to the daughter are the widower, Thomas H. Woodcock of Moro; two sons, Vernon of Madras and Joseph Woodcock of Washougal, Wn.; a brother, Marion Burlingame of Fairview, Ore.; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mrs. Woodcock was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren church and the American Legion auxiliary at Maupin and also was a member of Harlandview Grange in Sherman county. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1:30 in the Legion Hall at Maupin.
  • Willard N. Morse Former Wascoite Dies At The Dalles. Funeral for Dr. Willard N. Morse, 83, who died Tuesday at a hospital in The Dalles, after practicing medicine in Wasco and The Dalles for 40 years, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Smith Callaway Chapel.  Entombment will follow at the Odd Fellows mausoleum. Dr. Morse was a general practitioner at Wasco, in Sherman county, from his graduation at the University of Oregon medical school in 1907 until 1925.  Since then until his retirement in 1946 he was associated with Mid-Columbia Hospital as a physician. When five years of age he came to Portland with his parents and lived there until moving to Wasco.  He was born Nov. 22, 1880, in Minneapolis, Minn. Dr. Morse was sports-minded and for many years was known as an avid hunter who liked to work with bird dogs.  For more than 50 years he was a member of BPOE 303 in The Dalles and also was affiliated with the Oregon State Medical Society, Mid-Columbia Medical Association and the American Medical Association. Surviving are his widow, Cecile, The Dalles; a son, Robert of Salem; sister, Mrs. Thelma B. Adams of Portland, and two granddaughters.

December 6, 1963

  • Former Sherman Rancher Passes. Committal services for Hugh Scott, 85, former Sherman County rancher and resident of The Dalles for many years, will be at the Odd Fellows Mausoleum at 1 p.m. Dec. 7. The Rev. Leslie Parrott, pastor of a Nazarene Church in Portland, was in charge of services  there at the Gold Room Chapel of Caldwell’s Colonial Mortuary in Portland.  After leaving here Mr. Scott lived in Portland for a number of years.  He was unmarried. Mr. Scott was born in West Union, Iowa, Jan. 31, 187888, the son of Hugh and Caroline Scott, and died Nov. 20 in Portland. Surviving are a sister, Elizabeth, San Francisco, and a niece and nephew in California.
  • Malinda May Ison Former Resident Dies. Word has been received of the death of Malinda May Ison, cousin of Wallace May of Grass Valley and Grace May Zevely of Moro. Mrs. Ison attended high school in Wasco and worked for different families in the Wasco vicinity.  She was a graduate of the Monmouth Normal School and a former teacher in Hood River. She and her husband have resided in Portland for a number of years.
  • Services in Portland For Former Resident. Bernard F. Rice, a former Sherman County resident, died from a heart attack Nov. 26 in Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland. He was born and raised in Moro, graduating from Moro High.  He spent four years in the Navy and was graduated from Oregon State University in ’52.  He was employed at Kristell Laboratories the past 11 years. Survivors include his widow, Phyllis, and son David, 7; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Rice of The Dalles; a sister, Mrs. Freda Alden, Hathway, Calif.; a brother, Lloyd Rice of Ione, Ore. Burial was in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland Monday.

December 12, 1963

  • Wendell Perry Axtell, Moro Resident, Dies Suddenly Saturday. Wendell Perry Axtell, 45, a resident of Moro the past 12 years died at The Dalles Saturday evening. He was born July 8, 1918 in Great Falls, Montana.  He was a member of the Moro Masonic Lodge and The Dalles Elks lodge No. 303, and was a veteran of World War II. Surviving are his widow, Elsie R. Axtell; a daughter, Connie Tamblyn of Kings Beach, Calif.; a son Monte Axtell of the U.S. Navy; two brothers, Dwight S. Axtell of Eugene and Dale Axtell of Reno, Nev.; and one grandson, Wendell Gordon Tamblyn. Funeral services were held at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. Rev. Leo S. Tautfest, officiating.  Interment Odd Fellows Cemetery.  Casket Bearers were Malcolm Eslinger, Henry Jaeger, Don Martin, Max Belshe, Rudy Olson and Blaine Miller.
  • Sherman Pioneer Myra Bullard Taken By Death At The Dalles. Myra Bullard, 90, a Sherman County pioneer, died at a local hospital Monday night. Mrs. Bullard, who was born Nov. 24, 18773, in Tama County, Iowa, had lived in Sherman county 82 years.  She went to that county in 1881 with her parents settling in the Monkland area. On Oct. 6, 1906, she was married to Charles J. Bullard, who died in November, 1954. Surviving are a daughter, Florence Brown of Moro,, and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Bullard was a member of the Moro Community Church and funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Leo Taulfest officiating.  Interment will follow at Rose cemetery near Moro.  Smith Callaway Chapel had charge of arrangements.

December 19, 1963

  • Services At Moro Church For Harry B. Pinkerton. Funeral services for Harry B. Pinkerton, 68, retired rancher and a lifelong Sherman county resident, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Moro Community Presbyterian church with the pastor, the Rev. Leo. C. Tautfest, in charge.  He will be assisted by Rev. Robert A. Hutchinson of St. Helens, formerly pastor of the Congregational Church in The Dalles.   Burial will follow at the Odd Fellows cemetery in Moro. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Hoskinson, Roy Kunsman, Clyde Gillmor, Eugene Amidon, Lynn Hampton and Harry Proudfoot.  Active pallbearers will be Donald McDermid, Richard Skiles, Alfred Kock, Ted Thompson, Harold Melzer and Robert Boynton. Mr. Pinkerton, prominent for many years in Masonic and community affairs died at his home north of Moro Tuesday.  Smith Callaway Chapel here is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Pinkerton was born Aug. 6, 1895 and attended the Moro schools and Oregon State College.  For 32 years he was a trustee of the Moro church and an elder of the past six years.  He was a past master of Eureka Lodge 121, A.F.&A.M. in Moro and served as district deputy grand master for District 14 from 1955 through 1960. He was a past patron of Bethlehem Chapter 78 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Moro and active in many of the affairs of that community. Among the founding members of the old Oregon Wheat League, he lived to see the organization grow in influence and take on added responsibilities as the Oregon Wheat Growers League. Survivors include his widow, Nina; two sons, Dean and Allan, all of Moro; two daughters, Mary Black of Portland and Patricia Malen of Bellevue, Wash.; two sisters, Mrs. Wilma Poole of Portland and Mrs. Margaret Eoff of Seattle, 12 grandchildren and nieces and nephews. The family suggests that any remembrance be in the form of contributions to the Moro Community Church memorial fund or the Masonic Home Endowment fund. Because the casket will not be opened at the service, friends may call at Smith Callaway Chapel Thursday and Thursday evening.

December 26, 1963

  • Herman H. Brackett Long Time Sherman Resident Succumbs. Herman H. Brackett, 86, a Sherman County resident near Rufus most of the time since 1894, died Friday evening at a local hospital. Mr. Brackett was born April 23, 1877, at Eagle Creek, Oregon.  He was a member of Friendship Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and the Rufus Grange. Survivors include his widow, Pearl, and a daughter, Mary Brackett, both of Moro, a son, Fay Brackett of Palouse, Wash., a sister, Mrs. Dora Clester of Eagle Creek; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at 1 p.m. at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel, with interment following at the Sunrise cemetery at Wasco. Honorary pallbearers were W.B. Rice, Charles Wilson, John Mathieson, Walter Morris, P.G. O’Meara and W.A. Nisbet.  Active pallbearers were Edward Millard, Charles Kuypers, Bill Macnab, Lewis Hastings, George Jensen and Chester Coats.

January 2, 1964

  • Funeral Services Held For Cora M. Wright. Funeral for Mrs. Cora M. Wright, 84, of Moro, who died Saturday in a Hood River nursing home, will be at the Chapel of Hull and Hull in Grants Pass at 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Wright resided in Grants Pass for 20 years before moving eight months ago to Moro. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Grants Pass.  Smith Calaway Chapel here was in charge of local arrangements. Mrs. Wright was born June 1, 1879, at Harrisburg, Utah.  She was a member of the Grants Pass Presbyterian Church. Surviving include: one daughter, Mrs. Frances Jefferies, Moro; a son Don Baker, sister, Mrs. Minnie King, Marysville, Utah, two brothers, William Ellsworth of Maryville, and Loril Carpenter, Salt Lake City.

January 9, 1964

  • Charles A. Adlard Former Resident Dies. Charles A. Adlard passed away Dec. 31, at the age of 70 years and five days, at the Lovjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland, where he and Mrs. Adlard have made their home for over 2 years.  Also where Charles received his much needed treatment and care. Mr. and Mrs. Adlard celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary in October.  Adlard was a farmer in both Gilliam and Sherman County.  He was of a cheerful mind, to all in the hospital up to his last few days. Those who survive him are his wife, Lucetta; a brother, Walter Adlard, of Salem; three sisters, Mrs. Elgin Myers, of Condon; Mrs. George Whyte, of Pendleton and Edith L. Weimer, Denver; and numerous nieces and nephews. All services were held at the Skyline Memorial Gardens at Portland, with interment in the Garden of Nativity.  Officiating was Dr. Paul S. Wright of the First Presbyterian Church in Portland. A male soloist and a solo by Mrs. Carl Seiferts of Tacoma, a niece of the Adlard’s. Bearers going down from Moro were: Wayne and Millard Melzer, Bob Boynton, G. Douma, Mike Mulick and W. T. Balsiger.
  • Rosetta Harris Shaniko Resident Dies. A resident of Shaniko, Oregon for the past 60 years.  Born July 27, 1872 in Knox County, Missouri; passed away after a long illness at a local hospital Thursday at age 91. Survivors include: 1 son, Frank Harris of Shaniko; 3 daughters, Evelyn Adams of Vancouver; Burtha Burg of Portland and Maud Meester of Longview, Wn.; 1 brother, David Wilson of Shaniko and 1 sister Anna Grimm of Portland; Devoted Friends, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cunnion of Shaniko; 21 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren and 17 great great grandchildren. Recitation of the Rosary was held at Spencer and Libby Funeral Home Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Funeral service took place at Spencer and Libby Chapel Monday at 11 a.m.  Interment Buzan Cemetery at Bake Oven, Oregon.
  • Guy E. Mathews Dies At Portland Home. Guy E. Mathews, former resident of Moro, died in a Portland nursing home Jan. 4 at the age of 72.  Mathews was born in Heppner and during World War 1 was running a picture show in the building now owned by R.H. Roberson and managing the local baseball team.  He also owned the confectionery. He was later operator of theaters in The Dalles, before moving to Gresham where he engaged in the real estate and insurance business. Survivors include his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Rynd Mills of Boise, Idaho four sisters and a brother and several grandchildren and step grandchildren.
  • Adaline F. Kenny Former Resident Dies. Adaline F. Kenny, born Dec. 20, 1901, at Monkland, Sherman County, Oregon, passed away at the hospital at Goldendale, Wash., Dec. 17, 1963 at the age of 62 years. Interment was in the Seneacquoteen cemetery at Sawyer, Idaho.  She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Clarence Mersinger of Moro, and one brother, P.H. Kenny of _ay, Idaho.

January 16, 1964

January 23, 1964

  • E. Clements Former Resident Dies Recently. Clell Ellsworth Clements, 64, scion of one of the original families of Grass Valley February 23, 1899, was buried at Yakima last week after death at Tacoma, January 13. He was a motel manager.  Survivors include: a widow, Mildred, two daughters and a son and seven grandchildren. He was the only child of Henry Clements, known to all residents of Grass Valley in the early days of this century.

January 30, 1964

  • Mrs. Robinson Dies In Portland Hospital. Mrs. L.S. Robinson, who was an early resident of Sherman county, although born in England, died in a Portland hospital Tuesday after a long illness.  She was born McClure and lived near Wasco.  She later moved to The Dalles where her husband, Lloyd, was employed by Walther-Williams. The Robinsons have been living at Terwiligera Plaza in retirement for several years.  Marvin Thomas runs the ranch they are interested in near Wasco. Her husband survives.  Funeral services will be held in Portland at Finley’s with interment there.
  • Services Held For Mrs. Louise Jones. Louise Pauline Jones, 92, a resident of Grass Valley for the past 20 years, died last Saturday in The Dalles. She was born March 17, 1871 in Dane County, Wis.  She was preceded in death by her husband, a son and daughter. Funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Duane Dunham, pastor of the Grass Valley Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment was in the Mt. View Cemetery at Oregon City. Casket bearers were Denny Andersen, Donald Schilling, Harry Eakin, Thomas Eakin, Rodney Rolfe and Art Decker. Don Earl sang “Abide With Me” and “The Old Rugged Cross” accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Elton Eakin.

February 6, 1964

  • Services Held For Long-Time Resident At Grass Valley. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 1 at the Grass Valley Baptist Church for Mrs. Amelia L. Peterson, a long-time resident there.  She had been residing recently with her daughter at Sweet Home where she passed away last Thursday. Amelia L. Peterson, 85, was born Sept. 15, 1878 and lived most of life in the Grass Valley area.  She was an active member of the Grass Valley Baptist Church. Don Earl sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In the Garden” accompanied at the organ by Yaunita Ruggles.  Melvin E. Erickson of Kent officiated, with interment being in the Grass Valley IOOF cemetery. Casket bearers were Ivan Blagg, Marcus Eslinger, Vernon Eakin, Owen Eakin, Ed Fritz and William Todd. Survivors include three sons, Ted of Grass Valley, Les of California and Chet of Bend; a daughter, Mrs Charles Swan of Sweet Home.
  • Services Tomorrow At Wasco Church For Mrs. Alice Barnett. Long time resident of Wasco, Mrs. Alice G. Barnett, passed away in Portland Feb. 4. She was born in Lost Valley, Oregon, on January 16, 1886. She was a member of the Wasco Church of Christ and the American Legion Auxiliary. Services will be held at the Wasco Church of Christ, Friday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. with Rev. William Jones officiating.  Committal will be in Wasco Sunrise cemetery. Casket bearers will be Charles Hartmann, Henry Richelderfer, David Richelderfer, Harold Engberg, Keith McDonald and Durward Kaseberg. Survivors include her husband, O.W. (Dutch) Barnett; a son, Jerry, two grandchildren, all of Wasco; a sister, Mrs. Jess Cavitt of Sacramento, Calif.
  • The auxiliary is saddened to hear of the death of their member, Mrs. O.W. Barnett, who passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4.   Mrs. Barnett has been ill many months.
  • Lulu B. Fulton Final Rites Set For Saturday. Funeral for Mrs. Lulu B. Fulton, 89, formerly of Wasco who died in Hood River Tuesday after 48 years residence in Portland, will be at Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles at 11 a.m. Saturday.
  • The Rev. John McMurtrey of the Wasco Methodist Church will be in charge, with burial at the Sunrise Cemetery near Wasco. Mrs. Fulton was born Oct. 1, 1874 in Versailles, Mo., and moved to Wasco when married to David Fulton Feb. 7, 1899. She moved to Portland in 1916.  She was a member of Rose City chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Portland. Surviving include two sons, James of Los Angeles, and John of Wasco; one brother, Eary Bussey Pittsburgh, Pa., one sister, Mrs. Guy Shirk of Richill, Mo.; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

February 13, 1964

February 20, 1964

  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Frank von Borstel went to Yreka, Calif., Thursday to attend the funeral of her brother-in-law, John B. Goodrich held on Friday.  Enroute home Saturday they stopped in Boring and had lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Warren Crutther.

February 27, 1964

  • Ranch Worker Dies Sunday at Antelope. Jack Lyons. 37, a ranch laborer, collapsed and died late Sunday afternoon at Antelope in south-eastern Wasco county. Lyons, employed at the Bob Helyer ranch in Sherman County, is known to have had a heart ailment for several years.  Sheriff Sterling Trent, who with Deputy Grant Cyphers investigated the case, said Monday morning. Lyons went to Antelope earlier in the afternoon and his death took place in John Silvertooth’s tavern, the sheriff reported. Lyons was a native of Tennessee.  His body was brought to Spencer & Libby funeral home in The Dalles, where funeral arrangements are pending.
  • Wasco Resident Mrs. Louise Daly Dies. Louise Jane Daly, 58, a resident of Wasco for the past nine years, died Sunday at a local hospital. Mrs. Daly, who was born July 19, 1905, at McCammon, Idaho, is survived by her widower, Michael J. Daly of Wasco; a daughter, Mrs. Armour Ariss of South Bend, Wash., her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beare of Raymond, Wash.; three sisters, Mrs. Virgie Wilson and Mrs. Dorothy Wilson, both of Redmond, and Mrs. Blance McMath of Mt. Vernon; and two grandsons. Funeral services will be held at the Murphy mortuary at Raymond.  Smith Callaway Chapel was in charge of local arrangements.

March 5, 1964

  • Sherman Resident Alexander McLeod Dies At Lexington. Alexander William McLeod, 73, a native of Sherman County and a former rancher and real estate broker, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alvin Wagenblast at Lexington. Born March 19, 1890, near Kent Mr. McLeod was a member of the Old Wasco County Pioneer Association.  He married Zeta Mae Andrews, a school teacher from Oregon City, in 1912.  She died May 10, 1951. He was engaged in the real estate business at the time of his retirement last year. In addition to Mrs. Wagenblast, he is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Cecil Stephens of The Dalles, Mrs. George Kruger of Lenore, Idaho, Mrs. Randal Martin of Heppner and Mrs. Jack Corwin of Tampa, Fla.; two sons, David A. of Heppner and Corliss A. McLeod of Vancouver, Wash.; a brother, W.A. McLeod of Salem; two half sisters, Irma Laffoon and Elsie Martin, both of Kent; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. On Dec. 19, 1951, Mr. McLeod was married to Gertrude Grenfell of McMinnville, who died on Jan. 3, 1961. The Rev. Melvin Dixon of the Heppner Methodist Church will officiate at the funeral services, which will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Grass Valley Community Church.  Interment will be at the Grass Valley cemetery.  Smith Callaway Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  • Gus Smith, Resident of Grass Valley Dies. Masonic rites for Gus Smith, 83, former Grass Valley resident who had lived in The Dalles for the past 19 years, were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Baptist Church in Grass Valley with the Rev. Duane Dunham officiating.  Burial was at the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Spencer & Libby were in charge of arrangements. Mr. Smith died last Thursday at a hospital in The Dalles.  Born Dec. 27, 1880, at Oregon City, he later moved to Grass Valley where he retired after 11 years with the Union Pacific railroad. He was a member of the Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge, both in Grass Valley.  He married Bertha Haynes, May 27, 1901. Surviving are his widow, Bertha; one son, Don, of Grass Valley; a grandson, Larry Smith of Richland, Wash.; and two great grandchildren, Rhonda and Linda Smith, both of Richland, together with several nieces and nephews.

March 12, 1964

March 19, 1964

  • Former Instructor Clara May Boyer Word has been received of the death of Clara May Boyer of John Day.  Mrs. Boyer was a sister of Wallace May of Grass Valley and of Grace (May) Zevely of Moro.  She first came to Sherman county with her parents in 1901.  In those early 1900s she taught school at DeMoss and Monkland. Later she attended Williamette University and taught at Heppner where she married Guy Boyer.  She has lived in John Day with her family for twenty years.  She leaves two sons of John Day and a daughter and five grandchildren living in the vicinity of San Francisco. The funeral will be held in John Day at 10:30 Thursday, Mar. 10 and interment in Heppner that afternoon.

March 26, 1964

  • Clara Jane Boyer One-Time Resident Passes At John Day. Clara Jane Boyer was born in Abilene, Kansas, June 3, 1886 to Levi and Emma May.  She passed away March 16, 1964 at the Blue Mt. Hospital, John Day, after a long illness.  Her family moved from Kansas to Woodburn in 1894 and several years later they moved to Sherman county in Eastern Oregon. Clara Boyer was educated in The Dalles schools and attended Willamette University in 190_-07.  She taught school in Morrow County and Heppner.  She was married to Guy Boyer at Chico, Calif., in 1911.  She was a resident of Grant County for 30 years and part owner of Boyer’s Furniture in John Day for 25 years.  She was a member of the John Day Methodist Church; 25 year member of Julia Chapter No. 56 of the Order of Eastern Star, a member of the Grant County Daughters of the Nile.  She also was an organizer of the Morrow County Memorial Association of Heppner. Survivors include two sons: Donald Boyer of Mt. Vernon, Phillip Boyer of John Day, and a daughter, Mrs. Harry Moody of Belmont, California and five grandchildren; Martha Boyer, Douglas, Donald, Maria and Paul Moody; a brother, Col. T.E. May of Carmel, Calif., a sister, Mrs. A.E. Brandt of Gainesville, Fla., a sister, Mrs. Grace Zevely of Moro and a brother Wallace May of Grass Valley. Funeral services were held Mar. 19 at the Driskill Mortuary, John Day, Oregon, Rev. Robert Parlour, St. Thomas Episcopal church officiating.  Interment services at Heppner by Rev. Albert Allen, St. Mark’s Episcopal church, Hood River.
  • Ira C. Winnett Passes At TD Hospital Friday. Ira C. Winnett, 79, a long time resident of The Dalles, died in a Hood River hospital Friday night after an extended illness. Mr. Winnett was born Nov. 22, 1884, in Dayton, Wash. He was a member of First Christian Church. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Hettie Ackley and Mrs. Leona Olson, both of The Dalles, and Mrs. Lela Devien of Baker; five brothers, Everett Winnett of Wasco and Earl, Ott, Orie and Clarence Winnett, all of Dayton, a sister, Mrs. Hattie Spencer of Wasco; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday at 2 p.m. at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel, with interment at the IOOF cemetery.
  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace May went to John Day Wednesday where they attended the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Clara Boyer, in John Day Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with interment in Heppner at 2 o’clock.

April 2, 1964

  • Ora Walton Hunt Dies After Falling. Funeral for Ora Walton Hunt, 86, who died at a local hospital Monday evening after she was picked up at her home where she had presumably fallen on the front steps, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday (today) at Smith Callaway Chapel followed by burial in the family plot at the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mrs. Hunt was born Oct 13, 1877 at Pennville, Ind., and had resided in The Dalles for the past 40 years.  She was married in 1911 to Leander V. Walton, a Sherman county wheat rancher who retired and the couple moved to The Dalles.  He died in April 1956. Later, Mrs. Walton was married to David C. Hunt, who survives along with a nephew, Gordon Crowe of Pennville, Ind. At one time Mrs. Hunt was active in many civic and fraternal matters, and in late years retained her membership in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church  and Gasper Shrine of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. The Rev. E. Ernest Tayler will preside at services.

April 9, 1964

  • Alice M. Ornduff Dies At The Dalles; Age 75. Funeral service for Alice M. Ornduff, 75, who died at a local hospital Monday, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Smith Callaway Chapel.  The Rev. E. Ernest Taylor will officiate.  Burial will be at the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mrs. Ornduff was a member of St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chenowith Grange, a life member of Bethlehem Chapter 78, OES of Moro; the Past Matrons’ club and Gasper Shrine No. 3, White Shrine of Jerusalem. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Harry Walther Jr., The Dalles; Mrs. Paul Cyphers of Moro; two sisters, Mrs. Herbert Jones of Winter Park, Fla. and Mrs. Rawling Hersey of Dedham, Mass.; and four grandsons and one great grandson. Mrs. Ornduff had lived in Moro for 14 years and in The Dalles for 36 years.  She was born at Leeds, Md.
  • Edgar E. Sibray April 5, Edgar E.; husband of Leah W., 3725 NE Hassalo; Portland; father of Mrs. Jean M. Foss; grandfather of Nancy and David Foss.  Services Wednesday, April 8, 1 p.m. from the Ross Hollywood Chapel, NE 48th and Sandy Blvd.  Friends were invited.  Private commitment.  A member of the Maccabees.
  • Nellie B. Cushman April 6, Nellie B. Cushman, 3725 NE Hassalo; mother of Mrs. Leah Sibray.  Services Wednesday April 8 1 p.m. from the Ross Hollywood Chapel, NE 48th and Sandy blvd.  Friends invited.  Interment Carson, Wash. [Nellie Woods Cushman]

April 16, 1964

  • Zell’s Mother Dies in Portland. Alice Anderson, mother of Mrs. H.M. Zell of Wasco passed away Tuesday evening about 8 o’clock in Portland. Funeral services will be tomorrow (Friday) morning at 10 at the Finley Chapel, SW 4th and Montgomery.  Interment will be in the Wasco cemetery at 2 p.m.

April 23, 1964

April 30, 1964

May 7, 1964

  • 60 Year Settler In Sherman Succumbs. Funeral services for Naomi Pearl Brackett, 75, who died Wednesday at a local hospital, will be at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel at 2 p.m. Friday followed by burial at the Sunrise Cemetery, Wasco.  The Rev. William Jones will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Allee of Rufus. Mrs. Brackett had resided in Moro and Sherman County since 1903.  She was born Nov. 21, 1888 in Missouri. She was a member of Fort Dalles Temple No. 5, Pythian Sisters, Rebekah Lodge 116 at Moro and a charter member of Rufus Grange 826. Surviving include one daughter, Mary Brackett, Moro; one son Fay of Palouse, Wash.; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren, and three nieces.  Her husband, Herman, died in December.
  • Lester (Bud) Tibbets Resident of Sherman Dies In Portland. [Photo]  Lester Elton (Bud) Tibbets, 37, former manager of the Sherman branch of First National Bank of Portland, died Tuesday in a hospital in Portland of an illness. Mr. Tibbets was employed for about five years in the Nyssa branch of the bank, then became manager of the Sherman branch about a year ago.  He attended The Dalles schools, was graduated from the local high school and was a graduate of Oregon State University.  He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in The Dalles and a member of The Dalles Elks Lodge. Surviving are his widow, Dorothy, of Moro; three children, Dirk, Toyne and Cheryl; a sister Mrs. Frances Berki of The Dalles; and his mother, Mrs. Grace Tibbets, also living in The Dalles. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, the Rev. David Getzendancer officiating.

May 14, 1964

May 21, 1964

May 28, 1964

  • Requiem Mass Held For Stella P. Ginn. Requiem mass for Stella P. Ginn, 60, who died last Thursday at her home at 672 Mill Creek Rd. were at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with burial at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Moro.  For a number of years she lived in Sherman county. Recitation of the rosary was at Smith Callaway Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Mrs. Ginn was born April 25, 1904, in Wheatland, Wyo. Survivors include her husband, Harold, The Dalles; one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Wallace of Portland; four brothers, William, Henry and Frank Peters, all of Sherwood; Joe Peters, Moro, five sisters, the Misses Agnes and Gertrude Peters and Mrs. John Carson, all of Portland; Mrs. Clara Ehm of Lemon Grove, Cal., and Mrs. Maggie Dearcorn of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and three grandchildren.
  • Pioneer Sherman Resident Succumbs. Final rites for Matilda Louise Schilling, 84, who died at The Dalles Saturday, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Baptist church in Grass Valley, where she had resided since 1905. The Rev. Duane Dunham was in charge.  Burial was followed at the Grass Valley IOOF Cemetery. Mrs. Schilling was born March 19, 1880, at Loyal, Wis.  Her late husband, William, died in 1957. Surviving are three sons, Arthur and Roy of Grass Valley and William of Cottage Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Walter Kindt of Eugene and Mrs. Richard Edwards of Portland; two brothers, John and Otto Luchterhand of Wisconsin and Creswell, and 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
  • One of Rufus’ old time former residents, Mrs. Joe Brady passed away in Portland and will buried in The Dalles on Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Spencer & Libby Chapel. The Bradys lived in and near Rufus some years ago with their children getting their education at the Rufus Grade and High school.  Brady leaves a niece, Mrs. Bil Macnab and a nephew, Leland Medler residing on ranches in this district, besides great nieces and nephews.

June 4, 1964

  • Virgil E. Cushman Former Resident Dies. Virgil Eugene Cushman, former resident of Sherman county passed away at his home near Condon, June 2, 1964.  He was born near Moro, February 12, 1895. Survivors include his wife Alvena of Condon, two sons, Howard of Corvallis and Jack of Moro, two daughters, Betty Hamlin of Corvallis and Mary Ann Crocker of Madras; one sister Leah Sibray, of Portland; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are in charge of Albee Morturary, Condon, Oregon and will be held Friday, June 5, at 2:00 p.m.  The services will be held at Mayflower Chapel, Corvallis.
  • Owen Wilson Barnett. Sherman Man Dies.  Longtime resident of Sherman county, Owen Wilson (Dutch) Barnett, passed away at Wasco June 3.  Born at Wasco March 9, 1886, he was 78. His father, W.M. Barnett was one of the founders and the man who named Wasco. Survivors are a son, Jerry, and two grandchildren of Wasco and three sisters and two brothers. Services will be held Friday, June 5, 2:00 p.m. at the Wasco Church of Christ.
  • Edward W. Cardinal Dies at Wasco Home. Edward William Cardinal, 81, a retired farmer, died at his home in Wasco Tuesday morning. Mr. Cardinal had lived there 15 years and prior to that was a resident of Portland. He was born Feb. 5, 1883, in Ogsensburg, N.Y.  Cardinal was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Wasco, Elks lodge 303, The Dalles, the Oregon Wheat Growers League, the Aero Club of Portland, and Rufus Grange. Surviving are his widow, Ruth, at Wasco; a daughter, Mrs. Raymond Kelly, New York City, and two grandsons. Recitation of the Rosary was held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel and Requiem Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles, with Msgr. M.J. McMahon celebrant.  Interment will follow at Mt Calvary cemetery, Portland.

June 11, 1964

June 18, 1964

June 25, 1964

July 2, 1964

July 9, 1964

  • Mr. Bruce Grady Dies Suddenly. Mrs. Bruce (Carrie) Grady of Goldendale, passed away suddenly Monday evening.  The Grady‘s were former residents of Wasco, where Mr. Grady was manager of the Sherman Cooperative Grain Growers.
  • Life-Long Wasco Resident Succumbs. Earl H. Richelderfer, 76, a rancher who spent all his life at Wasco with the exception of World War 1 service, died Saturday.  He was stricken with a sudden illness at his home. Mr. Richelderfer was born Jan 9, 1888, at Wasco.  Surviving are his widow, Beatrice, two sons, Malcolm of The Dalles and Theron Richelderfer of Wasco; two sisters, Mrs. Laura Fordyce of White Salmon and Mrs. Emma Dutton of Wasco; and grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel, the Rev. John McMurtrey of Wasco officiating.  Interment will follow at the IOOF cemetery here.  The American Legion post from Wasco will perform military rites at graveside.
  • Funeral services for Robert Belshee, father of Lee Belshee of Moro, will be held on Friday afternoon, July 10, at 2 o’clock, at the Spencer & Libby Funeral Home in The Dalles.

July 16, 1964

  • Clarence Gardner Dies Of Heart Attack While On Harvest Job. A heart attack suffered Tuesday afternoon while helping his son, William, in his wheat harvest claimed the life of Clarence Gardner, 64.  Death of the retired rancher and business man in The Dalles came quickly in the bed of the truck. Gardner formerly was a rancher in the same area about 11 miles southeast of Dufur near Nansene hall. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Smith Callaway Chapel with the officiating minister Harry Atkins of Dufur. Burial will follow with the ritualistic service of BPOE 303 of The Dalles at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Mr. Gardner was born at Dufur March 4, 1900, and made his home on a ranch in that area until 15 years ago when he moved to The Dalles, where he was employed and also engaged in business activities until a few months ago. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Wasco County Wheat Growers Association, and the National Farmers Union. Surviving are his widow, Hazel; four sons, Carl of West Linn, William of Dufur, LeRoy of Heppner and Lewis of The Dalles; four daughters, Mrs. Wilma Bolton of Dufur, Mrs. Velma McClue of Prague, Neb., and Mrs Betty Lee Gallaher and Mrs. Peggy Ann Gerking, both of The Dalles; three sisters, Mrs. Vena Winnett of Wasco, Mrs. Elsie King of Myrtle Point and Mrs. Amy Johnson, Merrill; 16 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers will be Clair Creighton, Frank May, Jim Underhill, Jerry Sigman, Harold Jones and Bud Lindhorst, and the honorary pallbearers will be George Bourland, Walt Hanna, Wayne Sigman, Hank Busch, Grover Moore and Gale Bolton.

July 23, 1964

  • Services For Kent Resident At Bend. Funeral will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Bend for Clarice E. Nelson 49, who died in a Bend hospital Wednesday.  Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. at the Kent Cemetery. Mrs. Nelson was born November 6, 1914 at Kent and lived there until she finished school. She is survived by the widower Henry of Bend; one son, George, of Alameda, Calif.; her father, J.C. Wilson of Portland, and one sister, Mrs. C.D. Meade of Norfolk, Virginia.
  • The sad news has been received of the passing of Mrs. J.A. (Laura) Ellis, a former resident of Wasco, on June 28 at the Odd Fellows Home where she has been a resident since the death of her husband.  The Ellis family were the proprietors of a furniture store in this community more than forty years ago.  Mrs. Ellis was a charter member of Marian Rebekah Lodge No. 127, Wasco; transferring her membership to Three Rivers Rebekah Lodge No. 100, of Reedsport, when they moved to that town.  She still retained her membership there.  Interment was at Reedsport.

July 30, 1964

  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Eslinger and family and Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Blagg and Ivan Blagg drove to Forest Grove Saturday to attend the funeral of the former’s mother and Mrs. Blagg’s sister-in-law,  Mrs. Elsie Eslinger, who passed away Wednesday.

August 6, 1964

August 13, 1964

August 20, 1964

  • Services In The Dalles Today For Wily Knighten. Funeral services for Wily W. Knighten 72, longtime county superintendent of schools at Moro in Sherman County, who died Saturday at Community Memorial Hospital in Pendleton after a six months illness, was held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Smith Callaway Chapel. The Rev. Robert Hutchinson of Portland officiated, with Masonic services that followed.  Graveside rites were held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Mr. Knighten had been a resident of Sherman county for 65 years, and was engaged in the teaching profession from 1922 until his retirement in 1959.  He was born June 23, 1892, at Grangeville, Idaho.  He grew up in Sherman county and joined the National Guard while a student at the University of Oregon in 1915. In 1917 he was mustered into the regular Army and was discharged in 1919.  He was graduated from the University of Oregon in 1920.  Most of his work in education was in Sherman County where he was county superintendent of schools for 25 years. Mr. Knighten was a past master of Sherman Lodge 143, A.F.&A.M.; past patron of Sherman Chapter 132, OES, and was a member of the American Legion Post in Moro.  The Dalles Barracks of World War 1 Veterans, the National Education Association and the Oregon Education Association.  He was a member of First Congregation Church in The Dalles. He married Donalda MacGregor in 1925, and she survives together with a son, Wily W. Knighten, Jr., of Anchorage, Alaska; a daughter, Mrs. John J. Miller, of Bellevue, Wash.; two brothers, Bert of Harper, and John of Baker; three sisters, Mrs. Janie Venable, and Mrs. Grace Rutherford, both of Boise, Idaho, and Mrs. Lelia Serrurier, Eureka, California, and two grandchildren. Active pallbearers were Hans Bardenhagen, George Wilson, Kenneth Sather, Kenrick Dunlap, Donald von Borstel and Lester Barnum.  The honorary pallbearers were Frank Brumbaugh, Earl Olds, Loy Cochran, Frank von Borstel, Theodore Johnston, Giles French, Sam and Charles Davis, Herman Peters, Paul Fraser, Vernon Miller and Harold Beckett. Friends who wish may send contributions to the Wily W. Knighten College Scholarship Memorial Fund, care of Paul Fraser, of First National Bank, Sherman county branch.
  • Wily Knighten. It should not be forgotten that Wily Knighten, who was buried this week, was the man most responsible for the excellent school system in Sherman county today.  As school superintendent he labored diligently for rural school consolidation, for one high school for wider curricula. He was an excellent teacher; his extra hour attention kept many a boy in school when he was discouraged with inability to grasp the problem of some subject. In his youth Wily Knighten was a remarkable athlete, running in the early field meets, playing ball with the “town” team when a beardless youth.  He earned his way through college and did not play there. But perhaps it will be as good citizen, public spirited citizen, that he will be most remembered.  Almost any enterprise of worth could enlist his aid; he was always helpful to fellow veterans, aided with all community planning, served on innumerable committees.  And he did the jobs he took competently and faithfully. The county was fortunate to have had him as a citizen. GLF. [Giles L. French]

August 27, 1964

September 3, 1964

  • Mrs. William Broughton, of Prineville, passed away Friday Aug. 28th after an illness of several months. The services were held in Our Savior’s Luthern Church, Monday Aug. 31st, with Pastor Karsten Balson officiating. Interment was in the Juniper Haven Cemetery, Prineville, Ore. The pallbearers were Harold Wineger, John Gilman, Leonard Mathison, Richard Evans, Richard Herrig and Melvin Cummings. Those attending from Wasco were Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Haprer, Mrs. Vernon Van Gilder, Rev. and Mrs. McMurtry, Mr. and Mrs G.A. Sargent and Mrs. Harry Van Gilder.

September 10, 1964

September 17, 1964

  • Funeral Services For Edward L. Tomlin Held Wednesday. Funeral services were held Wednesday in Portland for Edward Luther Tomlin, Sr., 73, who died Saturday in the Veterans hospital.  He was born June 17, 1891 in Moro and lived here during his early life.  He was a baseball player in his youth. He was a veteran of W.W. I, a former member of the American Legion. He operated taverns during much of his life. Surviving are three brothers, Carl of Klamath Falls, George of St. Helena, Calif., and Laurel of Centralia, Wash. Burial was in the Willamette National cemetery.
  • Miss Lucy Coffey Passes Suddenly Thursday In Portland. Miss Lucy Coffey passed suddenly yesterday Sept. 16 in Portland, Oregon.  Miss Coffey lived and taught school in Wasco for a period of time.  She also taught school for many years in Portland. Graveside services will be held in Wasco cemetery on Friday, Sept. 16th [?] at 1:30 p.m.  There she will rest beside her father and mother. Miss Coffey leaves two cousins, Grace Zeverly of Moro, and Wallace May of Grass Valley.

September 24, 1964

  • Graveside Ceremonies Conducted Last Fri. For Miss Lucy Friday, Sept. 18, Miss Lucy I. Coffey was buried in the Coffey lot of the Wasco cemetery with appropriate graveside ceremonies.  Funeral services had been held in Portland at 9:30 a.m.  The family including Mr. and Mrs. Leason Coffey, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Edgar and children, Mr. and Mrs. George Leu, Mrs. Walter Coffey and her sister, Mrs. Howard Hunter, came from Portland for the funeral.  Relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace May and Grace Zevely, and a number of friends from the vicinity, were also present. Miss Coffey was born in Kansas in 1887.  She came to Wasco with her parents in the early 1900s.  She was graduated from Monmouth in 1908 and began teaching in Wasco that fall.  Later she taught in Wallowa county and in Portland where she retired in 1952.

October 1, 1964

  • Laura Andrews Of Wasco Passes Monday In Hospital, The Dalles. Funeral services for Laura Mae Andrews, 77, of Wasco, who died at a hospital in The Dalles after a long illness, were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Callaway Chapel.  The Rev. John I. McMurtrey of Wasco officiated.  Burial took place at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in The Dalles. Mrs. Andrews was born Jan 25, 1887, at Letts, Iowa and had resided in The Dalles for many years.   She had been a resident of Wasco for the last 10 years. Surviving are her widower, W.H. Andrews of Wasco; three sisters, Mrs. C.A. Blakney of Portland, Mrs. Blanche Everett of Rufus and Mrs. Hazel McCarty of Echo; two daughters by a previous marriage, Mrs. Edith Young and Mrs. Wilma Roberts, both of The Dalles; two grandsons, three great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

October 8, 1964

October 15, 1964

  • Albin F. Balzer Of Grass Valley Passes Suddenly On Monday. Funeral for Albin Frank Balzer, 73, a resident of Grass Valley since 1912 who died Monday at a hospital in The Dalles, will be at 1:30 pm Friday at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel, followed by burial at the Odd Fellows cemetery in Grass Valley. Rev. Arthur E. Asmundson, pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church of The Dalles, will officiate. Mr. Balzer was born July 31, 1881, in Chicago, and is a retired maintenance of way employee of the Union Pacific Railroad and a member of the brotherhood. Surviving are his widow, Anna, of Grass Valley; three sons, Ralph of Portland, Melvin of San Leandro, Calif., and Clair, of The Dalles; three sisters, Mrs. Elsie Treabeas of Forest Park, Ill., Mrs. Martha Lucke of Oak Park, Ill., and five grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Arvell Lemley, Ivan Blagg, John W. Buether, Dennis Anderson, Everett Cantrall and Kenneth Crews.

October 22, 1964

  • Flora M. Conlee Of Moro Passes Suddenly Tuesday Afternoon. Flora Murdine Conlee, 48, of Moro died Tuesday at a hospital in The Dalles. She was born Aug. 31, 1916, and had been a resident of this part of Oregon for more than 40 years. Surviving are the widower, Virgil Conlee, a son, David, and a daughter, Nancy, all of Moro; and a brother, Donald Williams of Valdez, Alaska. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Moro Community Church, the Rev. Leo Tautfest officiating.  Interment will follow at the Moro IOOF cemetery.  Spencer & Libby is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Bob Boynton, Harvery Thompson, Howard Ross, Wesley Nichols, W.T. Balsiger and G. Douma.

October 29, 1964

  • Mrs*. Earl Barnett Passes In Portland. Funeral for Earl Albert Barnett, 69, a fuel dealer in Parkdale for 30 years before he went to Portland two months ago, will be at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel at 11 a.m. Monday.  The Rev. Bryan Travis of Parkdale will officiate.  Burial will follow at the IOOF cemetery at The Dalles. Mr. Barnett died Thursday at a Portland hospital. He was born March 24, 1895 in Missouri, and was a member of the Elks Lodge in Hood River. Surviving are his widow, Vivia of Portland; one son, Earl of Cascade Locks; two brothers, Roy and Ernest of The Dalles; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.   [*Note: this typo is the editor’s.]
  • Pioneer Cattleman Henry Rooper Dies; Funeral Saturday. A retired cattle rancher who lived most of his active lifetime in the Antelope area, Henry Earl Rooper 77, died Wednesday at a hospital in The Dalles.  He had resided for the past year in The Dalles. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel with H. Harold Johnson presiding, followed by Masonic rites at the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mr. Rooper was born Nov. 23, 1886, at Astoria. A loyal member of a number of professional and fraternal organizations, Mr. Rooper was a member of First Christian Church in The Dalles, the Masonic Lodge at Madras, Sherman  Chapter of the OES at Grass Valley, the Elks Lodge at Madras, the American Legion and World War Veterans and 40 et 8, of The Dalles, the Wasco County Livestock Association, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, and the Alumni of Oregon State University, where he played basketball about 1904. Surviving are his widow, Sellah Foster Rooper, The Dalles; a son, Henry Jr., of Antelope; two daughters, Mrs. Virgil Mathias of Potosi, Wis., and Mrs. Fred Hill of Wasco; three brothers, John of McMinnville, William of The Dalles, and Fred of Antelope; four sisters, from The Dalles, Mrs. D.V. Bolton, Mrs. J.A. Hastings, and Mrs. L.G. Bolton, and from Garden Home, Mrs. Glen Steele; and eight grandchildren.

November 5, 1964

November 12, 1964

  • Roland McLachlan Of Moro Dies in Crash On Fogbound Highway. Roland McLachlan was fatally injured in a two car accident five miles south of Shaniko, Nov. 7th, about 9 p.m., on his way to Moro from Lakeview. According to the State Police report the visibility was approximately 15 feet at the time of the impact. Roland McLachlan was born Feb 28, 1914 at Moro, graduating from Moro High School in 1932.  In Dec. 1942 he enlisted in the Sea Bees, serving for three years, a chief cook.  Cooking was his profession. Roland had spent most of his life in and around Sherman county. Surviving are his mother, Mollie McLachlan of Moro; one brother, Wendell McLachlan of Boise; two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Chamness of Madras, and Mrs. Lucille Harrington of Eugene; and several nieces nephews and cousins. Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Moro Community Church with Rev. Leo Taufest officiating. [Photo of accident]
  • Four People Die When Cars Crash In Dense Fog. Freezing fog that often lies over the high country on US 97 in the wintertime Saturday night claimed the lives of a Moro resident and three Canadians, all of the occupants in two cars involved in a head-on collision five miles south of Shaniko, and about 35 north of Madras. The four were among six persons who lost their lives in traffic accidents in Oregon over the weekend. Heavy fog limited visibility to about 15 feet on the straight stretch of road where the crash occurred, state police reported. Driving alone northbound was Ronald [Roland] McLachlan, 50, of Moro, a lifelong resident there until the past three years when he has been employed part of the time in other areas.  He was a cook for the cafe in Lakeview. Driver of the southbound Canadian car was Thelma Coulter of Burnaby, B.C., with her were Dora Jane Herring  and her son, George Herring, both of New Westminster, B.C. Dr. Coulter, 48, was a psychologist on the faculty of the University of British Columbia and on the para-medical staff of Vancouver General Hospital. The bodies were taken to Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles, which announced funeral services for McLachlan were to be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Moro Presbyterian Church with burial in ____. Arrangements were being made for return of the bodies of the three Canadians to their home towns for funeral rites. The two cars were brought to a wrecking yard in The Dalles by Brace Brothers.
  • Long Beach Scene Of Rites For Aunt of Mrs. Russell Belshee. After Mac Hall and his sister, Mrs. Russel Belshee, received word of the death of their aunt, Mrs. Elmer Hall, Mac left Portland early Friday morning, Nov. 6 by plane for Long Beach, Calif., to attend the funeral. Mrs. Hall was also a sister of Mrs. Dell Olds of Grass Valley and her daughter, Mrs. Marion Crews of Stevenson flew down the same day to attend the services.  Mac left Long Beach at 7:30 the same evening, but Portland was fogged in and his plane had to land in Seattle, which it did at 9:30. Mac and four other Portland passengers then drove back to Portland where they arrived at 2:30 a.m.   At 11:00 that morning Mac attended the funeral of E. L. Channer, the minister who filled the pulpit here during most of the spring and summer of 1963.

November 19, 1964

  • Bessie A. Tague Of Rufus Passes Friday. Bessie A. Tague passed at Rufus, Nov. 14th.  She was a resident there for 10 months.  Age 46.  Wife of Gerald.  Mother of Gary and James of Pendleton.  Daughter of Bessie May Watson.  Also survived by 11 sisters.   Services will be held at the Burns Mortuary in Pendleton.

November 23, 1964

  • Carl Leonard Scherrer Former Sherman County Resident Dies. Carl Leonard Scherrer of Hampton, Oregon died at St. Charles Hospital in Bend Nov. 20, 1964 at the age of 72.  Mr. Scherrer was born Jan. 15, 1892 in Regenburg, Germany.  He came to the United States in 1894 with his parents and spent the greater part of his life in Helena, Mont.  He was a resident of Sherman County for several years before moving to the Bend area. Mr. Scherrer is survived by his wife Alice Mary Scherrer of Hampton; one sister, Mrs. Fanney Hayes of Tridant, Mont.; two daughters, Carol June Angel of Los Angeles and Margaret Louise of Klamath Falls; two sons, Carl and Richard Sherrer of Seattle; a step-son, George Geiser, Jr. and a step-daughter, Mrs. Katie Wooderson both of Moro, and ten grandchildren. The funeral services were held at the Community Presbyterian Church of Moro, Tuesday Nov. 24 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Leo C. Taufest officiating.  Interment was at the Odd Fellow’s Cemetery at Moro.
  • Edward Kaseberg Retired Sherman Rancher, Passes. Funeral for Edward E. Kaseberg, 85 retired Sherman County wheat rancher who died Friday at his home at 1010 W. Ninth in The Dalles, was held at Smith Callaway Chapel at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. John Ginter in charge.  Burial followed at the Odd Fellows cemetery. Mr. Kaseberg was born July 18, 1879, at Salem, Mo., and came west in a covered wagon with his parents in 1882.  They spent the winter in Walla Walla and then came to Sherman County where his father, John took a homestead. This property is now known as the Homestead Ranch, and is farmed by a nephew, Paulsen [Paulen] Kaseberg. He attended business college in Portland, and Feb. 16, 1902, married Evelyn Morrow at Wasco. After their retirement in 1919, they moved to Portland and lived there for 27 years until moving to The Dalles in 1948. Active in many businesses and fraternal organizations, Mr. Kaseberg was a member of Taylor Lodge 99, A.F.&A.M., in Wasco; all York Rite Masonic bodies, and Al Kader Temple of the Shrine; The Dalles Kiwanis Club and a life member of the Oregon Wheat Growers League.  He was a member of First Methodist Church of The Dalles. Surviving are his widow, Evelyn; a son, Lawrence of Wasco; one brother, Albert, and sister, Mrs. Herbert Root, both of The Dalles; three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  A son, Collis, died in 1941.
  • Grass Valley. Earl Hydorn passed away at Hermiston Sunday morning.  He spent eleven years in Rufus living with the John Mathiesons.  His son Harry and his wife live in Hermiston and are taking the body back to Kincaid, Kansas, for burial.  Kincaid is Mr. Hydorn’s home town.
  • In Memoriam of Agnes M. Woodcock who passed away Nov. 25, 1963. The heavenly gates were opened wide.  An angel’s voice said “Come,” Through the golden halls she went inside.   And there she’s now at home.   — Tom Woodcock, Vernon Woodcock and family, Jean Woodside and family,  Joe Woodcock and family.
  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Carl von Borstel and family went to Tacoma, Wash., Thursday to attend the funeral of her uncle, Gilbert Nichols, returning home Saturday.

December 3, 1964

December 10, 1964

  • Heart Attack Claims Walter L. Hilderbrand. Walter L. Hilderbrand, 56, died of a heart attack at his home in Sunnyside, Wash. where he has been a resident for the past 30 years. Mr. Hilderbrand was born in Wasco Jan. 24, 1908, and moved to Sunnyside in 1930.  There he married Miss Ethel Amundson of Sunnyside. Survivors besides his wife Ethel are one son, Douglas, Cheney, Wash; one daughter, Rebecca, Sunnyside; Mrs. Vesta Mattahias, Sunnyside; Mrs. Cleada Bingham, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Grace Medler, Wasco.   John and Gordon Hilderbrand, Wasco, are nephews of the deceased. The funeral was held Dec. 7, at the Walton C. Ball Funeral Home, and interment was in Sunnyside Memorial cemetery. [Note: Copied as it appeared.]
  • Bruce Grady Passes At Goldendale Home; Services Held Today. Bruce Grady, former manager of the Wasco Sherman County Grain Growers from 1937 to 1944, passed away Dec. 7, in Goldendale, Wash. Mr. Grady is survived by two sons, Edward, St. Helens, Oregon; Niles, Spokane and one daughter, Ruth Ann, Corvallis.  Bruce (Carrie) Grady passed away July 6, 1964. Services will be held at the Knosher Funeral Home, Goldendale, Thursday, Dec. 10.
  • Floyd Long Former Resident of Wasco Dies. Mrs. Floyd Long, Somesbar, Calif., passed away Saturday Dec. 5, in the Eureka, Calif. hospital.  The Longs who have made their home in Somesbar for the past several years, will be remembered as former residents of Wasco.  Floyd, after his return from the service was employed by the game commission and Mrs. Long served as a substitute teacher for the Wasco Grade School.
  • Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Thompson and Mr. and Mrs. Don Thompson were in Portland Thursday and again Saturday to attend two different funerals.  On Thursday Mrs. Jess Thompson, a sister-in-law of Dewey Thompson, was buried.  On Saturday the funeral was for Mrs. DeWitt Peake, a sister-in-law of the Thompson boy’s mother.
  • Moro Personals. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Mr. and Mrs. Russel Belshee and Mr. and Mrs. Mac Hall went to Portland to attend the funeral of a cousin, Mrs. Lloyd Grimes.  Grimes was a daughter of David Nish, who lived in Moro for many years.  In her immediate family she leaves her husband, Lloyd and her daughter, Loydena.

December 17, 1964

  • Grass Valley. Word was received here of the death of Virginia Huhman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Huhman of Sandy.  The Huhmans were former residents of Grass Valley.

December 24, 1964

  • Five Persons Drowning Victims In Sherman Flood. Five lives have been lost in Sherman county since the flood started Tuesday morning.  First person to drown was a doctor from the Seattle area who went down with the John Day River bridge. Two Rufus men drove into the John Day River and apparently were drowned.  Three young men drove into a washout in Fulton Canyon and the driver was reported drowned, while two were able to swim to safety. A Wasco grade school student, Terry Taylor, 13, was drowned in Biggs canyon on Hwy, 97 when he and his father ran into the torrent while attempting to return home in their car.  Ted Taylor, about 42, was taken by helicopter to a hospital in The Dalles suffering from exposure. The PP&L helicopter and one from the Tri-Cites area were in use removing stranded persons from highways and delivering food and medical aid to the hundreds of marooned people — local residents and travelers alike. After the Hwy. 30 bridges were out and the Washington highways closed about 200 people were stranded at Biggs Junction and Rufus.  Some were able to reach Wasco and Moro before the many washouts stranded them. The first washout on Hwy. 97 was reported about three miles west of Shaniko, and a later one — & reported to be about 30 feet wide and 30 feet deep — is about nine miles south of Grass Valley.  Two California truck drivers said they felt they owed their lives to some rancher who flagged them down and kept them from driving into the unbarricaded washout.

December 31, 1964

  • Curtis Stark Loses Life In Deschutes On Christmas Morning. Curtis Stark, 60, a native son of Grass Valley, lost his life Christmas morning after falling into the Deschutes River at Cline Falls. While working with Harry Wilkins, cleaning grates along the river, where he was maintance man for Pacific Power & Light, a board which they were removing to lower the water for protection of the plant, disengaged itself with such force that it threw both men into the Deschutes.  Wilkins was able to grab a tree and pull himself to safety, but Curtis was not so fortunate. His body has not been recovered so far, but the family has been told that the body cannot go further down the river than Cove Dam.  If necessary, the dam will be drained. Curtis was a brother of Mrs. Frank E. Bayer and Harry Stark of Grass Valley, Mrs. Josephine Parkhurst and Olyn Stark of Kent, Mrs. Willis Britain of Bend and Hadley and Wallace Stark of California.
  • In rapid succession: Word is received that there is a slide in Fulton Canyon and people are stranded; the new John Day bridge is washed out — who could believe this?  — that a man was drowned when the bridge fell in & — that a man and his son were missing in Biggs canyon — that the Richelderfer ranch was under water — Biggs Canyon is washed out — same of Fulton — Rufus road is closed — Condon road is closed — Moro road impassible because of high water at DeMoss Springs.  One by one all roads were closed.  The situation, was becoming more grim by the moment. Then word is received that the people of Fulton Canyon have been found.  One is dead, the other 3 slightly injured.  A search party is out looking for the Biggs missing pair, but it is too dark and dangerous to look further this evening. Wednesday a.m.:  Temperature still rising to a high of 56 degrees.  Mr. Clinton of Wasco finally locates the missing pair in Biggs Canyon, Mr. Taylor and his son, Terry, of Wasco.  Mr. Taylor is still alive although suffering from shock and exposure.  The son is dead.  Helicopter service is called in to pick up Mr. Taylor and take him to The Dalles. Word is received that two more men have lost their lives at the John Day Bridge on Highway 30.  Water is receding in Wasco.  Cleanup operations begun.  Word now received that Rufus is under water and hit hard. I realize that this is but a thumbnail sketch of all that happened in and around Wasco, but for those of you who will read this outside of Sherman County, it might give you some idea how hectic those 48 hours were.
  • Moro Personals. We have all heard of the death of Terry Taylor when the Taylor car was wrecked in Biggs Canyon and also of the hospitalization of his father, Ted Taylor.  It was thought that expenses could be met by the family with insurance, but they carried neither hospital nor life insurance, so containers have been placed in both grocery stores, both taverns and in Rasmussen’s store to give people a chance to express their sympathy by lending a helping hand in a financial way.

January 7, 1965

  • Requiem Mass Held Tuesday For Patrick O’Meara of Wasco. ________ ____ for Patrick O’Meara, __ of Wasco, a pioneer farm implement dealer in Sherman county, who died Friday at a hospital in The Dalles was held at __ a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary;s Catholic Church in Wasco with the Rev., Gerald C____on the ______. Burial followed at the Odd Fellows cemetery in The Dalles. ________ of the rosary was held at ____ p.m. Monday at Smith Callaway Chapel. The son of Irish immigrants O’Meara was born Mar. 13, 1884, at _________ [Oaksdale?] Calif. and came to Sherman county. [This obit was so badly out of focus it was impossible to read most of it, I have done my best to piece it together. ~ Chris Sanders]
  • George Benson Family Loses Grandson To Spinal Meningitis. The George Benson family was saddened and shocked at the news they received New Year’s day of the sudden death of their three year old grandson, David Waddell of Beckly, West Virginia. Next day they received word after an autopsy was performed he had spinal meningitis.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bobbie Waddell.   Waddell is the former Charlotte Benson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Benson of Moro.
  • James Adams, 85 Once Land Agent, Dies In Portland. Death claimed James Blake Adams, 85, onetime land agent for the Eastern Oregon Land Co. for The Dalles area, and a noted grower in Portland of prize flowers, at a Portland hospital.  He had resided in Portland since 1932.  Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Monday at Patton Methodist Church in Portland, with entombment at Riverview Abbey. An enthusiastic horticulturist Adams was a member of the Portland Garden Club, and also the Oregon Wheat Growers League, the Sherman County Pomona Grange, Mount Hood Lodge 157 A.F.&A.M. in Portland, Odd Fellows in Medford and the Oregon Historical Society. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Howe of Castro Valley, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Susie Moore, Memphis, Tenn., and a grandson.  His wife, Julia died in 1956.

January 14, 1965

January 21, 1965

  • Funeral Services Held Thursday For George Howell. George Washington Howell, 94, a resident of Kent for 60 years before moving to The Dalles in 1960, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel followed by burial at the IOOF cemetery at Kent.  The Rev. Willard Miller will be in charge. Mr. Howell died at a local hospital Monday after a long illness.  Pallbearers will be Paul Woods, and Howard, Edgar, Larry, Phillip and James Howell. The family said friends who so desire may contribute in Mr. Howell’s memory to the Rufus Baptist Fellowship in charge of Calvary Baptist Church or the Kent Conservative Church at Kent or the Rufus Baptist Church.
  • Four Die In Highway Crash. Four persons were killed instantly just before midnight Sunday when the westbound car in which they were riding crashed at high speed through a barrier where a detour road leaves Interstate 80N around the wrecked John Day River high bridge. This brought the toll to seven lives at that point since collapse of the center span flung the Montana driver of a car about 160 feet into the flood-swollen river on Tuesday Dec. 22. Several days later another car carried two Rufus men to their death when the pair drove around a highway barricade and through the open span, state police reported. A man and two women from Hermiston and a man from Stanfield were the latest victims, this time not of the bridge itself but an accident nearby.  This multiple-fatal accident occurred at the turnoff onto a section of detour road that takes Freeway traffic past the new high bridge via the old low level bridge to be flooded by the pool to be created behind the John Day Dam. Dead are Harold Ray Berry, 24 the driver of the car, and Phyllis Beverly Ely, 28, and Shirley Ann Johnson, 18, all of Hermiston, and Joseph Henry Bracy, 26, of Stanfield. All of the bodies were brought to Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles after the accident had been investigated by state police from the Arlington office and Dr. Richard Schwan, Condon, Gilliam medical examiner. The car crashed through the highway barrier making the turnoff to the detour, and then went over the top of the ridge of earth five and one-half feet high erected by Oregon Highway Department crews to block completely access to the section of highway served by the high bridge with its missing span. Those at the scene to extricate the bodies said they had never seen a car so badly damaged or bodies as mangled in a highway accident. Before crashing through the barricade on the westbound lanes of the Freeway, the car had to pass two large signs with flashing amber lights, state police indicated.  The signs mark a point on the Freeway where traffic turns to the right and down a short hill onto a section of highway which formerly was US 30 and over the old bridge.  [Photo] Caption under photo reads:  Harold Berry of Hermiston apparently drove his car through this barricade on Hwy. 30 near milepost 114.7 east of Rufus about midnight Sunday killing himself and three other people.  His car plowed through the 6-foot high earthen barricade at a speed estimated by the state highway patrol at 110 mph.  The John Day river is milepost 119 (east of Portland).

January 28, 1965

  • Funeral Services For Curtis T. Stark Held In Bend. Services for Curtis Theodore Stark, 60, Pacific Power & Light Co. maintenance man who lost his life in the Deschutes flood at Cline Falls Christmas Day, was held in Bend on Monday Jan. 18. The services were held at the Niswonger & Reynolds chapel at 10:30 that morning, with the Rev. D.L. Penhollow in charge.  The graveside services were at 3 p.m. Monday at Grass Valley. Mr. Stark, a PP&L employee since 1942, was a native of Pleasant View, MO., where he was born on Aug. 17, 1904.  At the age of 9, he came to Grass Valley community in 1913, lived on a ranch there and attended the Rosebush School. On Aug. 24, 1935, Mr. Stark married Minnie Coffman, in Goldendale, Wash. Mr. and Mrs. Stark moved from Astoria to Bend in 11953, and lived there and at the Cove since. Aside from his widow, Mr. Stark is survived by three sisters, Josephine Parkhurst, Kent, Eula Brittain, Bend, and Helen Bayer of Grass Valley, and four brothers, Olan of Kent, Harry of Grass Valley, Wallace of Laguna Beach, Calif. and Hadley of Anaheim, Calif.  There are 15 nieces and nephews. Mr. Stark was preceded in death by his father and mother, Samuel and Julia Catherine, and by a brother, Lt. S.F. Stark. The family home in Bend is at 208 Vine Lane.
  • Funeral Services For Bernice Morris Of Rufus Held Friday. Funeral for Bernice M. Morris, 45, a 40-year resident of The Dalles and Rufus who died Wednesday at a hospital in The Dalles after a long illness, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Smith Callaway Chapel.  The Rev. E. Ernest Tayler will be in charge.  Burial will follow at the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mrs. Morris was born Dec. 19, 1919, at Boise. Surviving are her husband, Joseph, two sons, Walter and Keith, and two daughters, Manya Lianne and Lael Marlene, all of Rufus; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Duffy, and one brother, Clifford Duffy, all of The Dalles. Mrs. Morris was a member of Annie Fulton Chapter 124, Order of the Eastern Star, at Wasco, and Rufus Grange 826.
  • Rose B. Rueppell of Wasco Passes; Services On Friday. Funeral rites for Mrs. Rose B. Rueppell, 79, mother of Mrs. Floyd Root of Wasco who died Tuesday at a hospital in The Dalles will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Smith Callaway Chapel with the Rev. Charles Neville of Corvallis in charge.  Cremation will follow at Portland Memorial. Born in Portland, Nov 13, 1885, Mrs. Rueppell later went to Seattle where she lived for 20 years before moving with her husband, William E. Rueppell to Wasco seven years ago. After Mr. Rueppell died in 1960, she had lived with her daughter. She was a member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Portland, and Annie Fulton Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Wasco. Surviving in addition to her daughter are a sister, Alys May Brown of Los Angeles, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Fields were in Portland and Camas, Wash., for the funeral of her father, Ward Sheets, who passed away Jan. 11 at the Camas Nursing home.  The funeral was at Camas on Jan. 16, with most of the children present.  Mr. and Mrs. Arden Sheets of Denver, Colo., Mr. and Mrs. Harold Adair of Boulder, Colo., and Mrs. Cecil Seal of Tucson, Ariz.  All returned to their various homes on Sunday Jan. 17.

February 4, 1965

February 11, 1965

  • Grass Valley. Earl Olds received word on Feb. 2nd that her uncle, Virgil Martin of Yacaipa, Calif. had passed away.  He was 71 and born at Cedar Springs, Missouri.

February 18, 1965

  • Grass Valley. Lyle Olds and Mrs. Evelyn Sargent left for Klamath Falls Thursday afternoon where they took the plane to San Francisco, to attend the funeral on Friday of their sister and sister-in-law, Mrs. Ila Ward  They returned home on Sunday, also Lyle Olds with them.

February 25, 1965

March 4, 1965

  • Services Held For Mrs. Lena Searcy. Funeral services were held in Portland Monday morning, March 1, for Mrs. Lena R. Searcy, the Rev. R.A. Hutchinson presiding.  Commitment was in the family plot of the Moro Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Leo Tautfest presiding.  The honorary pallbearers of the deceased were seven of her grandsons.  While the family arrived from Portland, dinner was provided for them in the church basement by the Women’s Association of the church. Mrs. Searcy was born Lena Shelton near Carlton, Oregon, Dec. 25, 1871.  She was graduated from the McMinville Academy, later Linfield College, and at her death was the oldest living graduate.  She taught for a time at rural schools in the Willamette Valley before coming to Sherman county where she taught the Rutledge school east of Grass Valley in the early 1890’s.  The number of pupils in her little one-room school is said to have been between 40 and 50.  Among them were the first generation of Eakins to grow up in this county.  Many of her pupils were older than she and certainly many of them were larger.  She boarded around in the community; some of the boarding houses being those of the Ruggles, the Ruthledges, the Donahues and the Smiths.  Her main means of transportation was by riding a pony with side saddle. On Nov. 20, 1895 she married Thomas B. Searcy, who had homesteaded in the neighboring Boardman district.  She filed on a homestead adjoining his, and was said to have been the only person in Sherman county to posses the original patent to this land at the time of her death. Eight children were born to this union: six sons and two daughters, Phillip (deceased); Seral W. of Portland; John L. of Hillsboro; Chester (deceased); Owen L. of Salem; Morris L. of Portland; Helen Ruggles of Heppner and Nina Pinkerton of Moro.  While her children were growing up she took an active interest in the affairs of the Boardman School.  She also taught piano and painting to the neighboring children. After her husband’s death in 1934, she moved to the Portland area.  For the past three years she had resided at the Terwilliger Plaza, a retirement home in Portland. After leaving the ranch she traveled quite extensively.  She had various hobbies, but she favored oil painting.  She preferred landscapes, but occasionally she did seascapes or still life.  Some of her pictures have been exhibited in art shows, museums and on television. In addition to her six living children, she is survived by 18 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren and also a brother, Hollis Shelton of Pomery, Wash.
  • and Mrs. Carroll Sayrs Attend Two Funerals In Portland. Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Sayrs went to Portland Thursday, Feb. 25, because of medical appointments.  While there they attended the funeral at Beaverton of Charles Sheron, the husband of Mrs. Sayrs’ niece, who had been killed as a result of a traffic accident. On Friday evening they attended the Barber Shop Festival preliminary quartet try outs.  From these eight were chosen for the Saturday night appearance. Monday morning the Sayrs attended the funeral services held for Mrs. Searcy in Portland and then came home Monday evening.

March 11, 1965

March 18, 1965

March 25, 1965

  • J.W. Blagg Dies. J. W. Blagg of Grass Valley passed away at a hospital in The Dalles early this morning.  Funeral arrangements were still to be made today.
  • and Mrs. Bob Hoskinson came from Ogden to attend the funeral of his cousin, Paul Goddard, in Condon. From Moro they went with the captain’s mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hoskinson.  Mr. and Mrs. Eugene (Bud) [Amidon] of Goldendale came over and went to Condon with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Amidon.  Young Mr. Goddard was accidentally killed near Condon last Wednesday morning when the truck load with hay that he was driving turned over.  He was a grandson of Eugene Amidon and a son of the late Paul Goddard, who taught at Moro and Grass Valley quite a number of years ago.

April 1, 1965

  • Funeral services For William A. Patterson Today At Grass Valley. Funeral services will be held for Mr. Patterson 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Baptist Church in Grass Valley. Rev. Carl Reid Duhrkoop will officiate and Committal will be in the Grass Valley Odd Fellows Cemetery. Casket bearers will include Roger Whitely [Whitley], Walton Lindley, Oscar Mink, Bernard Jansse, O. C. Dugger and Carl Barnett.
  • W. Blagg Services Held Saturday At Grass Valley. James Walter Blagg, 83, a resident of Grass Valley since 1906 died Thursday morning in The Dalles hospital.  Mr. Blagg was born at Guliford, Mo., Dec. 6, 1881. He was married on Dec. 29, 1906 to Myrtle Eslinger.  She survives along with four sons, Gerald of The Dalles, Harold of Portland, Jim of Pendleton and Ivan of Grass Valley; daughter Mrs. Marie Balzer of The Dalles; a sister, Mrs. Mary Nichols of El Dorado Springs, Mo., six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was a member of Sherman Lodge No. 143 A.F.&A.M. and Sherman Chapter No. 132 OES. Funeral services for J.W. Blagg were held at the Grass Valley Baptist Church Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Don Leach officiating.  Mrs. Elton Eakin was pianist; Sharyl Blagg, his granddaughter, played two favorite numbers.  Mrs. Eakin accompanied Don Earl who sang “Old Rugged Cross” and “In the Garden”.  Alex Marshall of The Dalles gave the Masonic Rites. Casket bearers were Owen Eakin, Vernon Eakin, Robert Rolfe, Rodney Rolfe, Luther Davis and John Reckmann.  Honorary casket bearers were Wallace May, Ralph Rust, Edgar Alley, Don Smith, Earl Olds and Harold Eakin. Spencer & Libby were in charge of arrangements with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. Among the out of county relatives and friends attending were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hodges and Mr. and Mrs. Clem Eslinger and Raymond, of Hillsboro; Mrs. James Tiwater of Kennewick, Wash., Mr. and Mrs. Clark Knox of Portland; Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Barnum, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bruckert, Mrs. Willis Brittain from Bend. Mrs. Beulah MacEwan of Seaside; Malcolm MacEwan of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Loyal Lee of Portland; Mr. and Mrs. Tom  Alley, Mrs. George Wilcox, Mrs. L.D. Eakin, Mrs. V.D. Eakin and Mrs. Bernard McNeely of The Dalles; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Blagg and Sandra of Portland. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Blagg and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Blagg of Pendleton, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Blagg and Mr. and Mrs. Clair Balzer of The Dalles and Leonard Foltz of Cove.  Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Balzer of Portland, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Perrigo and family of The Dalles.

April 8, 1965

  • Shirley Bellamy Moro Resident Taken By Death. Shirley Marie Bellamy, 35, a resident of Moro the past 2 1/2 years, died at a hospital in The Dalles Friday. Mrs. Bellamy was born Nov. 22, 1929, at Yakima.  She was a member of the Grass Valley Baptist church. Surviving are the widower, Donald L. Bellamy of Moro; four sons, Billy, Timmy, Sammy, and Teddy; three daughters, Penny, Donna and Kitty; two brothers, Mark Wynhoff of Sacramento, Calif., and Martin Wynhoff of Goldendale; a sister, Mrs. Virgil Harrison of Selah, Wash. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in The Dalles, the Rev. Roger Atkinson officiating.  Interment was at the IOOF cemetery, Spencer & Libby were in charge of arrangements. Casket bearers were Bill Forest, George Green, Henry Grabenhorst, Bill Todd, Ivan Blagg and Vernon Eakin.
  • Grass Valley. Among the out of town relation and friends here on Monday for E.R. Blaylock funeral were, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sawtell, Mrs. George Stradley, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Sawtell, Mrs. Charles Perrigo, Mrs. George Wilcox, Mr. and Mrs Joyce Dillenger, Mrs. Faye Eakin, Mrs. Truman Strong of The Dalles and Mrs. Alva Eakin of Weiser, Idaho, Mr. and Mrs.  Gerald Haskin of Grangeview, Idaho, Mr. and Mrs. Millard Eakin of Madras, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Higley and son, Shawn, of Pendleton, Mr. and Mrs. Than Kramer of Dufur, Mr. and Mrs.  Jim Belshe and sons, Clarence Higley, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Blaylock and daughter, Lori, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Belshe, Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Watkins, Mrs. Delbert Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Amidon, all of Moro, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Osibov and son, Vernon Shipley, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Powell of Portland, A. J. Blaylock of San Diego, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Willis Brittain, of Bend, Mrs. Evelyn Jones, Forest Grove, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ordway, Hood River, Mrs. Loyd Edmondton, Hillsboro, Mrs. Mattie Jensen, Newberg and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Ordway  of The Dalles. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Eakin would like to thank the Rebekah ladies who helped serve at their home after the funeral services for Mr. Blaylock.
  • Ernest R. Blaylock Longtime County Resident Succumbs. Ernest R. Blaylock, a life-long resident of Grass Valley passed away at the age of 82 Thursday at a hospital in The Dalles. He was born July 23, 1882, in Villisca, Iowa.  He was a member of the Wasco County Pioneers Association. Surviving are his wife, Mabel Blaylock; 1 son, Boyce W. Blaylock of Grass Valley; 2 daughters, Mrs. Earl Sawtell and Mrs. George Stradley both of The Dalles; 5 sisters, Mrs. Fay V. Eakin of The Dalles, Mrs. Earl Ordway of Hood River, Mrs. Anna Warner of Portland, Mrs. Mattie Jensen of Newberg, and Mrs. Lida Edmeston of Hillsboro; 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Grass Valley Baptist Church Monday at 2 p.m. Rev. Duane Dunham officiated.  Interment was at the IOOF cemetery in Grass Valley.  The body laid in state at the funeral home until 11 a.m. Monday for friends who wished to call. Casket bearers were Douglas Sawtell, Richard Stradley, Orville Blaylock, Tom Higley, Than Kramer and Gail Stradley.
  • Moro Personals. Saturday morning the community was saddened to hear of the death of Mrs. Don Bellamy.  The family has requested that money that might be spent for flowers, be used instead as an education fund for the children.  Anyone wishing to help should contact Ed Fritts.

April 15, 1965

  • Former County Resident, Col. Thomas Everett May Word was received last week of the sudden death of Col. Thomas Everett May of Carmel, Calif., brother of Wallace May of Grass Valley and Grace Zeverly [Zevely] of Moro. Everett May, as he was commonly known, came to Sherman county with his parents in 1900 at the age of 12. He went to school in this county at DeMoss, Monkland and Spaulding Chapel, but he belonged to a generation when a boy did a man’s work at a very early age and his grade school days were limited. However, he managed to make up for lost time and to work his way through the Oregon Agricultural College where he was an all star football player and later a coach. He enlisted at the beginning of the First World War, went to France as a second lieutenant and came back as a captain.  Altogether he spent 28 years in the service and retired as a colonel a number of years ago. He had made his home in Carmel for the past 20 years.  Of his immediate family he leaves his widow, a son, Everett May Jr., a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Johnson and four grandchildren.  Col. May reached his 77th birthday a month before his death. He was buried last Friday in the military cemetery of Golden Gate Park.
  • Pioneer Resident Augusta Royse Dies; Services Friday. Final rites for Augusta Royse who died Tuesday at a hospital in The Dalles after 78 years residence in Wasco will be at the Methodist church there at 2 p.m. Friday.  The Rev. John L. McMurtrey will be in charge with burial to follow at Sunrise cemetery. Smith Callaway is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Royse was born Nov. 10, 1883 at Dixon, Calif., and was 80 years of age.  She was brought to Wasco at the age of three following the death of her parents. Surviving are two sons, Lloyd of Wasco and Otis of Portland, eight grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. The family said those wishing to do so many sent memorial contributions to the Wasco Methodist Church, care of Robert Nisbet.
  • Roy M. Grandy Funeral Services Scheduled Monday. Funeral services for Roy M. Grandy, 68, who died at a hospital in The Dalles Tuesday, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Wasco Methodist Church. He had resided in Wasco for the past 12 years. Spencer & Libby is in charge of arrangements. The Rev. John L. McMurtrey will be in charge.  Burial will follow at the Wasco cemetery. Grandy was born Feb. 17, 1897, at Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Carl Orians of Kent and two brothers, Lloyd of Rocklin, Calif. and Joseph of Nampa, Calif.

April 22, 1965

April 29, 1965

  • Graveside Rites For Arthur Sylvester Johnson Graveside rites for Arthur Sylvester Johnson, 85, custodian of the school at Moro for 12 years were held at the Moro IOOF cemetery at 2 p.m. Tuesday.  Arrangements were in care of Smith Callaway. He first came with his family to live in Moro about 1919.  Before coming this last time, he was an engineer at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem for nine years.  After he left Salem he was custodian at the County Courthouse for five years. He was born May 13, 1879, at Pennville, Ind.  Surviving are his widow, Ella, one son Lloyd, the postmaster at Moro, and two daughters, Mrs. Harold Hailey of The Dalles and Mrs. Lamer Sayrs of Moro; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The Rev. Leo Tautfest officiated at the graveside rites.  The pallbearers for the services were Frank Sayrs, Keck McKean, Kendrick Dunlap, David Boardman, Richard Barns and Karl Pluemke. The family requests that any remembrance be in the form of a memorial to the Moro Public Library or to the Sherman County Scholarship fund in care of Wingert Walker, of the First National Bank of Moro.

May 6, 1965

May 13, 1965

May 20, 1965

  • Julia Woods Hansen Early Sherman County Resident Services Held. Julia Woods Hansen was born May 23, 1868 on the family farm near Clarinda, Iowa and was baptized at the Presbyterian Church in College Springs, Iowa.  Her parents were Margaret Dougherty Woods and James Woods.  The family lived in Iowa until the trip westward in 1883, to California by train and then to Oregon by wagon.  She passed away May 14, 1965 in Portland and funeral services were held at the Calvary Presbyterian Church May 18th. Her father, James settled on the ranch near DeMoss Springs, which is now owned by James G. Woods.  There were nine children all born in Iowa except the youngest: Anson, Hattie Jordan, Julia Hansen, Nellie Cushman, Etta Moore, Albert, Wilbur, James G. and Ellsworth Woods. Julia A. Woods was among the first teachers employed in Sherman county after its formation.  She taught at DeMoss, about 1890-1892, Woodworth (Locust Grove), Early on the John Day 1897-1899, Erskineville and Moro.  Her education was received at Philomath College for two years and at the Oregon Normal School at Monmouth, where she was graduated in 1896. In 1909 she married Nels Peter Hansen and lived in Sherman county until 1918 when they moved to Portland.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Martin Lind, three step daughters, Mrs. Roy Powell and Mrs. Roy Kunsman of The Dalles and Mrs. John Hardin of Klamath Falls and also one brother, James G. Woods of Portland.  She was a member of the Calvary Presbyterian Church, the Rose City WCTU, Sherman county Ladies Club, Oregon College of Education Alumni, and the Oregon Wheat Growers League. Donald Martin, Robert Hoskinson, Clarence Morrison and Loy Cochran of Sherman County acted pallbearers.
  • Moro Personals. Mrs. Harry Pinkerton accompanied Mrs. L.E. Kaseberg on Tuesday to Gearhart where they are attending the 50th Convention of the Oregon Federated Women’s Club’s.  In Portland they attended the funeral services for Mrs. Julia Woods Hansen held at the Calvary Presbyterian Church on Tuesday.

May 27, 1965

  • Photo of Julia Woods Hansen and her students at the DeMoss School in 1902.
  • Funeral Services Held Today For Sadie McKean. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m.  at the Church of Christ in Wasco for Sadie McKean, 85, who died Sunday at Vancouver, Wash.  The Rev. W.R. Jones will officiate, with interment following at Sunrise cemetery. Mrs. McKean lived in Wasco from 1910 until about nine years ago. She was born Sept. 10, 1879, at Bolivar, Mo. and was married to Robert McKean at Wasco on July 17, 1910.  McKean died 1949. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Martha Hastings, Wasco; a son, Robert McKean, Vancouver; four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Evergreen Funeral Chapel, Vancouver, is in charge of arrangements.

June 3, 1965

  • Ethel McQuillin Former Resident Passes In Portland. Word has been received of the sudden passing of Mrs. Ethel McQuillin, age 76, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Janet Hauntz, in Portland on Friday, May 28.  Ethel came to Sherman county as a small child with her parents, Mary and Bill Barzee, who settled in the Moro area.  After raising their family here Ethel and Everett McQuillin finally settled in Fossil where they lived for many years. Mr. McQuillin preceded his wife in death.  Besides her daughter, with whom Mrs. McQuillin made her home the last several years, she leaves a son, Darrel of Coos Bay; brothers, Lester Barzee of Ocean Lake, and Harry Barzee, Portland; and three grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday, June 1 at A.J. Rose and Son Mortuary, with interment in the Lincoln cemetery in Portland.

June 10, 1965

  • Funeral Services Held For Seral W. Searcy On Wednesday. Funeral services for Seral W. Searcy, held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at 6715 N. Knowles St. Portland was Mikeworth’s Funeral Home with interment at Willamette National Cemetery. Mr. Searcy, 65 died Saturday in a Portland hospital. A native of Moro, Mr. Searcy had lived in Portland for 12 years.  He was a graduate of OSU and was a founding member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He retired a year ago as sales manager of Mitchell, Lewis & Staver Co. He was a member of Bend Lodge No. 139, A.F.&A.M. and Eureka Lodge No. 121, A.F. & A.M., Moro.  He was a Past Master of Eureka Lodge of Moro.  He was a veteran of World War 1 and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is survived by the widow, Ethel; a daughter, Audrey Thogerson, Santa Clara, Calif.; three brothers, John, Hillsboro, Morris, Portland, and Owen, Salem; two sisters, Nina Pinkerton, Moro; and Helen Ruggles, Heppner; and three grandchildren.
  • Moro Personals. Herman Helgesen, left Moro May 29 to attend the funeral of her aunt in Los Angeles.  She returned Friday morning.  Mrs. Harold Melzer filled her place at school during her absence.
  • Moro Personals. Louis Sather and Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Miller went to Kelso Tuesday to attend the funeral of John P. Strader,  Mrs. Sather’s brother.  He passed away last Thursday, a victim of a heart attack.
  • Former Sherman County Resident Dies In The Dalles. Lulu Wynona Whitwood, 64, a former Sherman County resident who had lived in The Dalles for the past 44 years, died Sunday at her home at 1003 W. Ninth Street after a long illness. Whitwood was born Jan 12, 1901, in Walterville, Ore. Her membership in the Cherry Park Grange was the longest on the rolls of that organization. Surviving are the widower, Scott B. Whitwood; three sisters, Mrs. Elsie Havnar of Goldendale, Mrs. Pearl Watson of Bridgeport, Neb., and Miss Velma Zobel of Alliance, Neb., a sister in law, Mrs. Ethel Zobel of Alliance; and numerous nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel, the Rev. John Ginter officiating.  Pallbearers were Charles Perigo, Clarence Peterson, Claud Bayer, Frank E. Bayer, Robert E. Ford and Ralph Rooper.  Interment was at the Monkland [Rose] cemetery near Moro. Friends who so desire are invited to contribute to the cancer fund in Mrs. Whitwood’s memory.

June 17, 1965

  • Moro Personals. Among those who attended the Seral Searcy funeral in Portland last Wednesday were Mr. and Mrs. Dean Pinkerton, Alfred Kock and Mrs. Kerrone Christianson.

June 24, 1965

July 1, 1965

  • Moro Personals. Harold Melzer went to Condon Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Elton Eakin and Johnnie to attend the funeral of their friend, Mrs. Luren.

July 8, 1965

  • Longtime Resident Howard Conlee Of Moro Dies. A resident of Sherman county since 1897, Howard Scott Conlee, 87, died Friday at a hospital in The Dalles. Funeral rites were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Moro Community church with the Rev. Leo Tautfest in charge.  Burial followed at the Moro IOOF cemetery. Conlee was born Oct. 28, 1877, at West Chehalem and went to Sherman county in 1897 as a rancher, farming the Starnes ranch from 1900 to 1905 and then acquiring his present ranch. From 1892 to 1896 he carried mail by horseback from West Chehalem to Yamhill. In 1949 Conlee retired but still resided on his ranch near Moro. He married Sarah Bell Toll Feb. 28, 1909, and had been married for 56 years. Surviving in addition to his widow are one daughter, Mrs. William C. Reid of The Dalles; one brother, Lester of Moro; a sister Mrs. Elmer Bough of Portland, and several nieces and nephews. Smith Callaway was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

July 15, 1965

  • Clyde Balis of Rufus Dies In Accident Near Arlington. Clyd[e] Balis died Monday afternoon when the water sprinkling truck he was driving plunged over an embankment on a new stretch of Interstate 80N Freeway about seven miles west of Arlington. An investigation was under way Tuesday to determine the cause of death since evidence at the scene provided by witnesses indicated Balis may have sustained a heart ailment. An autopsy was conducted Monday night but the Gilliam County Medical Examiner, Dr. Richard Schwann of Condon, was in surgery and was not available Tuesday for comment. Balis was a construction worker for Gibbons & Reed and the fatality was not investigated by police agencies. A resident of Rufus, Balis was a member of The Dalles Elks Lodge and Twin Cities Teamsters, Warehousemen Fruit Workers and Helpers Local 883 of Hood River. Arrangements for funeral are in the care of Smith Callaway Chapel. Surviving are his widow, Hazel, of Rufus; one daughter, Virginia Ambrose of Montesano, Wash; mother, Mrs. Rena Furrer of Centralia; father, Henry of Los Angeles; two stepsons, Huge Mason of Centralia and Charles Mason of Hoquium; two step-daughters, Mrs. Gladyn Sackrider of Montesano of Mrs. Beulah Groom of Portland; one brother, William Furrer of Centralia and two sisters, Hazel Jordon of Portland and Eileen Peterson of Carrolls, Wash.

July 22, 1965

  • Debra Weedman Dies In Accident At Ranch Home. A little girl from the Klondike area east of Wasco was killed Saturday evening while riding her horse in the corral of the parents’ ranch. Debra Lynn Weedman, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Weedman, was dead on arrival at a hospital in The Dalles where she was brought by Sherman County ambulance.  It was believed she died within minutes after she was injured, before the ambulance left for The Dalles. Debra’s father said the girl was thrown from her horse when the animal attempted to jump the corral fence, and then fell on her. Riding with her in the corral was a friend visiting from Kahlotus, 30 miles northeast of Pasco, Sherrie Burns.  She was about Debra’s age, and had been a guest at the ranch. Debra was born in Portland Feb. 24, 1953, and had lived at Klondike for the past 10 years.  She was a student at Wasco grade school and had been active in the Hi-Yu 4-H club.  She was a member of the Sherman Assembly of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Surviving in addition to her parents are one sister, Linda; two brothers, Michael and Guy, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Weedman of Klondike; a grandmother, Mrs. Enoch Preston of Portland. Funeral was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Methodist Church in Wasco with burial at the Sunrise cemetery there.  Arrangements were in charge of Smith Callaway Chapel.
  • Services For Frank Bayer Held At Grass Valley. Frank T. Bayer, 72, a resident of Grass Valley for 51 years died at his ranch home Friday, July 9. Mr. Bayer was born in Menden, Neb., March 29, 1893, and came to Sherman County as a young man in 1912.  He was a wheat and cattle rancher and a member of the Grass Valley Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges. He married Mayme Vinton on Feb 28, 1917, and she has preceded him in death by three years. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. C.H. Perrigo of The Dalles, four sons, Frank of Grass Valley, Claud of Moro, David of Davis, Calif., and Keith of Novato, Calif.  Four sisters, Mrs. John Krenz of Whitman, Neb., Mrs. Guy Vintin, Sr., of Carlton, Wash., Mrs. Robert Dent of Springfield, Ore., and Mrs. Clara Elliot of Sheridan, Ore.  Ten grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church in Grass Valley, Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Leo Tautfest of Moro officiating.  Don Earl was soloist and Mrs. Elton Eakin was organist. Honorary bearers were Tom Alley, Lester Barnum and Earl Olds.  Casket bearers were his sons, son-in-law and grandson, Frank E. Bayer, David Bayer, Keith Bayer, Claud Bayer, Charles Perrigo and Byron Bayer. Arrangements were in charge of Smith Callaway with interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Grass Valley.  The graveside ceremony was performed by Grass Valley IOOF lodge No. 131.
  • The community is shocked and saddened by the tragic accident that took the life of Debbie Weedman, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Weedman.  Debbie, a horse lover, was riding her little pony and was trying some jumping when the animal fell with her, at their farm home last Saturday evening.  Besides her parents she leaves two brothers, Mike and Guy; a sister, Linda; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Weedman who live on the ranch close to them, and Mrs. Enoch Preston of Portland.  Deepest sympathy is extended to the family.

July 29, 1965

  • Michael R. Cushman Dies After Collision With Automobile. In Linn County late Saturday Michael R. Cushman, 8, died in a hospital after his Go-Kart was involved in a collision with an automobile near Corvallis. He was the son of Mrs. Russell Longnecker, Mt. Vernon, Wash., and James A. Cushman, Moro.  He and his father were visiting his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Hamlin. The funeral was held at the Mayflower Chapel in Corvallis, Tuesday at 2 p.m.

August 5, 1965

  • Death Takes Ronald Stuart Macnab, Well Known Ex-Rancher. Ronald Stuart Macnab, 81, a longtime widely known Sherman County wheat grower who had lived in The Dalles since his retirement in 1946, died Friday at a hospital in The Dalles. Requiem mass was offered at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Monday morning following by burial at St. Peter’s cemetery. Recitation of the rosary was held at 7:30 Sunday at Smith Callaway Chapel. Pallbearers were his nephews, William, Donald, Thomas, Robert, Peter and George Macnab. Mr. Macnab was born in Cedar Grove, Ont., Canada, Oct. 29, 1883, and came to Oregon in 1907, engaging in wheat farming in Sherman county with his brother, Alexander until 1914, when he acquired his own ranch. He married Wilhelmene E. Beechey of Toronto, Jan. 17, 1918. Mr. Macnab was a member of St. Peter’s Church, The Dalles Council of Knights of Columbus, the Kiawanis Club and The Dalles Elks Lodge. Surviving besides his widow are three daughters, Mrs. Margaret Wachter of Portland; Mrs. Anne Fleck of The Dalles and Sister Rosalie Therese of Portland; one son, Stuart, of Wasco; one sister, Mrs. Katherine Carter of Grovertown, Ind., and 16 grandchildren.
  • Mary D. Hines Former County Resident Dies. Funeral for Mrs. Mary Delphina Hines, 87, who died Sunday in Portland where she had made her home at the Odd Fellows Home for the past seven years, was at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Callaway Chapel followed by burial at the Sunrise Cemetery at Wasco. Mrs. Hines was born Dec. 2, 1877, at Scio.  She moved with her family to Kansas when she was two years old, and then came west on a wagon train to Goldendale when she was 12. There she met and was married to Levi Shelton Hines of Wasco in 1906.  Most of her life she was in the Wasco area and in Gilliam county where her husband was a rancher.  He died in 1955. Before moving to the Home in Portland, she lived for a time with various children. She was a member of the Wasco Methodist Church, Marian Rebekah Lodge 127 of Wasco and the Old Wasco County Pioneer’s Association. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Alvin West of Arlington; two sons, Howard of The Dalles and Lloyd of Vancouver, Wash.; two sisters, Mrs. Roy Brown of Goldendale and Mrs. Lindsey Wright of Salem; one brother, Floyd Day of Estacada, and 12 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.
  • Eugene Courtney Longtime The Dalles Resident Passes. Eugene Courtney, longtime insurance man and civic worker of The Dalles, died Sunday night at a local hospital where he was taken with a sudden illness.  He was 79. Funeral services were held at Smith Callaway Chapel at 10 a.m. Wednesday followed by burial in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.  Recitation of the rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel. Mr. Courtney was born in Silver City, N. Mex., Nov. 8, 1885, later going to the Black Hills of South Dakota where he met and married Hazel McNaughton Aug. 8, 1911.  Then the couple moved to Lafayette and later Woodburn where Courtney was engaged in the banking business for 22 years. The Courtneys came to The Dalles in 1933 when Mr. Courtney was named manager of First National Bank of Oregon, The Dalles Branch, serving in that capacity until 1941.  When he retired from banking he founded the Courtney Insurance Agency, which he operated with his son, Pat. As manager of the bank, Courtney took an active interest in 4-H club projects, particularly in connection with livestock.  He was the first general manager of the Oregon Wheat Growers League Junior Livestock Show in 1946, serving for several years. In 1927 he was chairman of the Agricultural Committee of the Oregon State Bankers Association, and also served as a delegate to the American Bankers Association from the Oregon Chapter.  In July 1935 he was elected president of the Oregon Bankers Association. Surviving him are his widow, Hazel; two sons, Dr. Donald Courtney of Reedsport and Pat Courtney of The Dalles; two sisters, Mrs. Ollie Singleton and Mrs. Josephine Wascher, both of Lafayette; and 10 grandchildren. The grandchildren include six children of the Don Courtneys, Marcia, Donald Jr., David, Peter, Teresa and Christina, and four children of the Pat Courtneys, Michael, Patricia, Marie and Johnny.

August 12, 1965

  • [Photo] Gene Courtney of The Dalles who passed away recently was very active in the affairs of Sherman County for many years.  While associated with the First National Bank he was helpful in numerous ways to the people of this area.
  • David Reid, Early Wheat Rancher In County, Dies. David Reid, The Dalles, long time resident of this area and retired Sherman County wheat rancher Tuesday morning at a hospital in The Dalles.  He was 87.  Funeral arrangements will be announced by Spencer & Libby. Mr. Reid was born May 24, 1878, in Loughgall, northern Ireland.  As a young man he migrated to Canada and joined two brothers farming in Alberta.  He moved to Rufus in Sherman county in Dec. of 1898 to assist his recently widowed sister with her ranching operations. He was one of the last of the early settlers and “sodbusters” in Sherman county who helped break the original prairie sod and put it under cultivation.  He farmed with his sister near Rufus until he began putting his own ranch together.  In 1907 he bought his first land, adding to it until the ranch had reached its present size.  This is the land now being farmed by his son and grandson, making three generations of Reids on this land. In 1922 David Reid moved to The Dalles after renting his ranch to a nephew who farmed it until 1931.  Since 1931 it has been farmed either by Mr. Reid or one of his sons. Mr. Reid became an American citizen by naturalization in   He married Lenora Rayburn of Klondike in 1914.  Three children were born to them including Gordon W. Reid, deceased. In addition to wheat farming Mr. Reid had been in business in The Dalles.  He bought and sold wheat and sold insurance until 1930.  He was also a partner in the Caterpillar tractor dealership in The Dalles and Central Oregon and Washington until 1933. For two years he had an orchard in the Three Mile Creek area.  He spent a number of years as a director of two local banks before the days of chain banking, and was one of the stockholders and a director of the Independent Warehouse and Milling Company of Wasco.  He was one of the early directors of the Wasco Electric Co-op. He was a member of The Dalles Kiwanis Club and until recent years took an active part in The Dalles Chamber of Commerce.  He was a member of Columbia Lodge No. 5, IOOF, nearly 60 years.  He was active in the work of The Dalles Methodist Church where he served as a trustee for nearly 30 years.  He served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board for nearly 20 years.  He was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church at the time of his death.

August 19, 1965

  • Emily D. Morgan Former Resident Dies In Portland. A former Sherman County resident, Emily D. Morgan, passed away in Portland August 10. She went to Sherman County with her husband, Dr. J.R. Morgan when he established his dental office in Moro in 1908 and lived there for 23 years.  Then back to Portland in 1931 where she has lived since, at 3088 E. Burnside until May three years ago when she moved to Terwilliger Plaza. She first came to Portland in 1906 from North Carolina.
  • Former Grass Valley Resident Ellen E. Conrad Dies. Ellen Edith Conrad, 84, of The Dalles, former Grass Valley resident, died Saturday at a hospital in The Dalles after a long illness. She had lived there for 34 years.  She was the widow of the late John A. Conrad, who died in 1949. Mrs. Conrad was born March 20, 1881.  Arrangements are in the care of Smith Callaway.
  • A lot of friends and neighbors of David Reid attended his funeral Friday afternoon in The Dalles.  David Reid and his descendants owned land and lived in north Sherman county for a good many years as was well known here.  It is with regret that we bid another native adieu.

August 26, 1965

  • Anna Schwendel Funeral Service At Wasco Today. Funeral for Anna Schwendel, 77, a resident of Wasco for the past 46 years, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Methodist Church in Wasco with the Rev. John McMurtrey officiating.  Burial will follow at the Sunrise cemetery. Arrangements are in care of Smith Callaway. Mrs. Schwendel died Monday at a hospital in The Dalles. Born March 3, 1888, in Clayton, Calif., Mrs. Schwendel was of a pioneer family.  She was married to Matthew J. Schwendel June 12, 1912.  The family came to Wasco after World War 1, in 1919. Besides her husband, Mrs. Schwendel is survived by a son, Leland of Wasco; a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Olsen of Dixon, Calif., and one brother, Will Frank of Concord, Calif. Preceding her in death were eight brothers, one sister, a son and a daughter. Mrs. Schwendel was a member of the Presbyterian Church.  Annie Fulton Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and Wasco Circle 792 of the Neighbors of Woodcraft.

September 2, 1965

  • Capt. and Mrs. O.A. Larsen Attend Anna Schwendel Funeral. Capt. and Mrs. O.A. Larsen, accompanied by their three daughters were here from San Francisco for the funeral of Anna Schwendel. Mrs. Larsen, the daughter of Mrs. Sigrid Frank, is a niece of the late Mrs. Schwendel. Capt. Larsen, of the American Steamship Lines, will visit offices of that company in Portland and Seattle before returning to San Francisco.
  • Funeral Of Brother Attended By Mrs. Clarence Mersinger. Clarence Mersinger and her son, Linden Mersinger, left Moro Monday, Aug. 23 because of the death of her brother, Patrick H. Kenny who passed away Sunday, Aug. 22, at his home near Sandpoint, Idaho, of a heart attack.  He was born near Condon in Gilliam County, Feb. 13, 1897. He is survived by his widow, Arvilla, two sons, Harvey Kenny of Thompson Falls, Montana and William Kenny of Kalispell, Mont. and one sister, Mrs. Clarence Mersinger of Moro and six grandchildren.  Mrs. Mersinger and Linden returned to Moro Friday.

September 9, 1965

September 16, 1965

September 23, 1965

  • Karl Eaton, 71, Retired Farmer Dies In Hospital. Funeral for Karl Eaton, 71, farmer in Sherman and Umatilla counties for nearly half a century died Thursday morning at the Pendleton Community Memorial Hospital, was Saturday. Mr. Eaton, born at Lake Oswego Feb. 4, 1894, came to Pendleton at the age of five, graduated from Pendleton High in 1912 as class president, attended Oregon State and served overseas in World War 1.  He married Louise Hamilton Dec. 17, 1921, who survives him. He farmed in Sherman county for 20 years and then he Mrs. Eaton moved back to Pendleton in 1936, living on a farm near Mission until retiring to Pendleton in 1960. Besides his widow, he is survived by sons Robert H., Portland; William K., Mesa, Ariz.; daughters, Janet Perry, Lake Oswego; Patricia Long, serving with the Peace Corps in Turkey with her husband, and eight grandchildren. He was a cousin of Mrs. Art Johnson of Moro and a second cousin of Mrs. Hazel Lake. He and his wife were in Moro for World War 1 Veteran’s banquet in August.
  • Grass Valley. Mrs. and Mrs. Mark Bird and family spent several days in The Dalles for the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Paul Bird, who passed away Thursday.  Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles.  Among those attending from here were Mr. and Mrs. Pat Sharp and family and Pat McHugh from Grass Valley, Mr. and Mrs. John Joyce and Anna of Portland.  The Joyces visited their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Sharp, before returning to Portland.
  • Moro Personals. Andrew Paulson of Astoria, the 91 year old father of Andy Paulson of Moro, passed away last week and Andy and his wife went to Seaside, where the funeral was held last Thursday.

September 30, 1965

  • Former Resident Of Sherman County Roy R. Garlick Roy R. Garlick passed on Sept. 22nd in the Chula Vista Community Hospital in Chula Vista, Calif. He was born near Moro, Dec. 18, 1890. He attended the Moro School. Mr. Garlick is survived by his wife, Nellie M., and brother Charles.

October 7, 1965

  • Funeral Services Held Monday For Mrs. Minnie Mae Payne. Minnie Mae Payne 81, a resident of The Dalles for 15 years and formerly of Grass Valley, died Friday at a local hospital. Mrs. Payne was born April 10, 1884 in Warrensburg, Missouri. Surviving are three sons, Alfred and Bennie of Grass Valley, and Frank Payne of Condon; six daughters, Mrs. Jane Rust and Gladys Fulkerson of The Dalles;  Mrs. Leona Hale of Heppner; Mrs. Betty Jean Emerson of Marntica, Calif.; Mrs. Doris Twiggs of Burley, Idaho; 17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist Church in Grass Valley, Monday Sept. 4 at 2 o’clock with Rev. Arthur Brown officiating. Don Earl sang accompanied by Mrs. Orville Ruggles at the piano. Pallbearers were Boyce Blaylock, Gerald Blagg, Harold Owens, Bernard Martin, Gordon Lemley and Edgar Alley.  Arrangements were under the direction of Smith Callaway with interment in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley.
  • Former County Resident, Fred Wilcox Dies At Roseberg. Fred Wilcox passed away in the Veteran’s Hospital at Roseberg Sept. 23. He came to Sherman County with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Wilcox in 1904 from Lead, South Dakota, making his home at Grass Valley for a number of years. He served in France during World War 1. He is survived by his wife, Lola, a step-son, Ronald Woodard of Taft Oregon and one brother, Dr. Frank Wilcox of Newberg.
  • Ray Ernest Powers Dies In Accident Near Rufus. A construction projects __ __ __  in the area of John Day Dam was killed Saturday afternoon when his car hit a wheat truck head-on at the east edge of Rufus on a two-lane section of Interstate 80N Freeway. Ray Ernest Powers, 41, of Rufus, a drill operator, met instant death when his eastbound car went out of control and hit the truck head-on in the west bound traffic lane, state police reported. The fatality was the fifth reported during the past six weeks on unimproved two lane sections of the Freeway east of The Dalles within a distance of 20 miles, state police said. They included:  On Aug. 24 — A truck driver who lost control of his east-bound vehicle near the railroad grade crossing in Celilo. On Aug. 26 — A John Day Dam construction worker, Walter Earle Tate, killed when his west-bound truck overran a curve just east of Celilo. Sept 9 — A man and a woman, passengers in a car that went out of control and crashed into a guard rail about five miles east of The Dalles where the four-lane section merges into two lanes. The Saturday fatality was the first in that time involving more than one vehicle. Driver of the west-bound truck was Norris William Sheffler, 48, of Olympia, Wash.  He was taken by Sherman County Ambulance to The Dalles General Hospital where he was admitted for observation and treatment and released Sunday. With Sheffler in the Santry Trucking Co. truck and trailer from Portland was a passenger, Charles E. McClintock, 28, of Bucoda, Wash.  He was unhurt. Three wreckers were called to pick up the truck, which rolled onto its side in the ditch north of the highway, and the trailer, which remained on the highway to block the west-bound traffic lane. The truck was carrying a cargo of 22 1/2 tons of Montana wheat. Powers’ body was brought to The Dalles and then moved to Knosher Funeral Home in Goldendale, where services will be held Wednesday followed by burial at the Odd Fellows Cemetery there. Powers was a veteran of World War 2.  He was born in South Dakota Oct. 13, 1923.  Survivors include his widow, Helen. State Police said the crash occurred when Powers swung his car over the center line into the traffic lane of the approaching truck, just missing the bank along the highway, and then once again into the truck’s path.

October 14, 1965

October 21, 1965

  • Crash In The Dalles Claims Dennis Nelson, 22, Wasco. A young man from Salem, Dennis Dee Nelson, employed in highway work near here, died following a two-car crash in The Dalles Saturday on s. Frontage Road.  He was one of the nine persons whose deaths were recorded during a weekend of violence on Oregon highways. Nelson 22, was traveling east at the time, and an oncoming pickup, driven by Alfred Nordstrom, 37, Star Route, Lyle, Wash., with 17-year-old Lloyd Nordstrom a passenger, was starting to make a left turn onto Walnut Street. The two vehicles collided at about 11:25 a.m. Nelson died at The Dalles General Hospital at 2:11 p.m. Both occupants of the pickup were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Nelson, a highway construction surveyor, had been living at Wasco while working in the Blalock area for contractor Gibbon & Reed. He was born in California Nov. 4, 1942, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Nelson, Salem.  A brother, Don, also survives. Spencer & Libby, The Dalles, sent the body to Golden Funeral Home in Salem.  Funeral services were set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the mortuary in Salem.

October 28, 1965

  • Death Claims Dr. Kenneth G. Young Former Resident. Word has been received that Dr. Kenneth G. Young of Redding, Calif. suffered a fatal heart attack on Oct. 21.  Graveside services were held in Yreka where the Youngs had lived before going to Redding. Moro residents will remember the Youngs as being very active in many community affairs when Ken was principal of the Moro High School.   Young (Olive) suggested that anyone who would like to honor Ken’s memory, may do so by contributing to a scholarship at Shasta College, 2500 Eureka Way, Redding.  Dr. Young was an instructor there at the time of his death. Though it has been several years since the Youngs lived in Moro, they have a host of friends here.
  • Grass Valley Funeral Held For James Oscar Minks. Funeral services for James Oscar Minks, 78, retired Sherman County rancher, who died Friday at a hospital in The Dalles, was held at the Baptist Church in Grass Valley at 1:30 p.m.  Tuesday with the Rev. Arthur H. Brown officiating. Pallbearers were Roger Whitley, Walton Lindley, Bernard Jansse, Ocie Dugger, Robert Dugger, and Norman Minks. Arrangements were in the care of Smith Callaway Chapel. Mr. Minks was born Jan 12, 1887, in Johnson County, Tenn, He had lived the past four years in Grass Valley. Surviving are his widow, Bertha; a daughter, Mrs. Eudith May Jansse of The Dalles; four brothers, Stanley of Tygh Valley; Stanford of Redmond; Joe of Tennessee, and Lon of California; three sisters, Mrs. Gladys Trevit and Mrs. Mamie Lewis, both of Tennessee and Danna of Bremerton; three grandchildren, Walton Lindley, Roger Whitley and Yoanna Jansse.

November 4, 1965

  • Funeral Conducted At Antelope For Lucy G. McDonald. Funeral for Lucy G. McDonald, 78, who died Sunday at her home in Antelope was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Antelope Community Church followed by burial at the Antelope Cemetery.  The Rev. Larry Ferguson officiated. Mrs. McDonald was born May 20, 1887, in Crewell. She was a member of the Episcopal Church and the American Legion Auxiliary in Antelope. Surviving are her widower, Neil, of Antelope; three sons, Ronald of Antelope, Ted McGreer of Baker, and Robert McGreer of Twin Falls, Ida.; two daughters, Mrs. Josephine Fields and Mrs. Birdie Coshow, both of Seattle; three brothers, Virgil and George Moorehead of Salem and Dan Moorehead of Calif.; one sister Mrs. Lois Kimsey of Hermiston; 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Casket attendants were Norman Bain, Art Clark, Ronald Bain, Glenn Van Gilder, Sandy McKay and Frank Thompson.  Honorary pallbearers were Ben Taylor, Jim Hastings, Donald Benton, Neil Bain, Harold Taylor and Dolph Kimsey.
  • Death Takes Former County Resident Coila M. Belshee. Funeral for Coila M. Belshee, 75, of The Dalles, who died Saturday at a hospital in Vancouver, Wash., was held at 10 p.m. Tuesday at Spencer & Libby Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John L. McMurtrey officiating.  Burial followed [in] the Odd Fellows cemetery. Mrs. Belshee was born in Seattle Jan. 28, 1890, and came to Sherman county soon after the turn of the century.  She lived here until moving to The Dalles 15 years ago.  She was a member of Grass Valley Rebekah Lodge 118. Her husband, Robert, died in July, 1964. Surviving are three sons, Wilgus of Seattle, Walter of Escondido, Calif.; and Lee of Moro; one step son, Robert Belshee; five daughters, Mrs. Lawrence (Alta) Snodgress of Boise, Mrs. Purl (Marie) Pierson of The Dalles, Mrs. Iva Morrow and Mrs. Joe (Dollie) Kirstine of Portland, and Mrs. Jess (Veda) Rolph of Salt Lake city; two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Yoes of Washougal, Wash., and Mrs. Eunice Hinkle of Santa Binto, Calif.; a half brother, Luther Sickles of Winlock, Wash.; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Casket bearers were Ward Buzan, Russell, Leroy and Robert E. Belshee, Fred Miller and Ronald Morrow.

November 11, 1965

November 18, 1965

  • Robert Haynes, 41 Dies Of Apparent Heart Attack. Harry Pinkerton received word Tuesday evening that her nephew Sgt. Robert Haynes of the State Police had died of an apparent heart attack in Corvallis. He had been in the force since 1948, serving in Salem before his promotion to Corvallis. His mother is Mrs. Hazel Searcy of Portland.  He leaves a widow and three children.  He was 41.

November 25, 1965

December 2, 1965

  • Oldtime Sherman County Resident Dies At Age of 98. An oldtime resident of Sherman county who moved here 74 years ago in Oct. of 1891, died Wednesday in a hospital at The Dalles.  She is Mrs. Lenora Huls Cauthers, 98. Mrs. Cauthers was born in Hennepin, Ill., July 22, 1867, and moved to Missouri in 1880 and to Sherman county in 1891. Funeral for Mrs. Cauthers was a 2 p.m. Saturday at the Community Church in Moro followed by burial at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Moro.  The Rev. Leo Tautfest officiated. Surviving are a son, Clarence Huls of Moro; three daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Peugh of Wasco, Mrs. Ola Ruggles of Heppner and Mrs. Allie Ruggles of Grass Valley; eight grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren. The pallbearers are all great great grandchildren of Mrs. Cauthers.
  • First Man From County Killed In Viet Nam War. The body of a former Wasco man killed in Viet Nam is scheduled to arrive here Friday under military escort. Army Specialist 4 Rollie L. Bolden III, 23, was killed in action Nov. 17 in the fierce battle of the Ia Drang Valley where he fought as a member of the 2nd Battalion of the 7th Regiment, 1st Cavalry, which distinguished itself so valiantly in this battle. He was born in Vancouver, Wn. June 24, 1942, moved to Wasco in 1957 and attended four years at Sherman High School graduating in 1961. In that year, he moved to Muncie, Ind., and attended college for some time.  He moved back to Wasco in the summer of 1963 and worked here through the summer and fall and then moved to Albany.  It was from there that he entered the Army in Jan. 1964.  He received his early training at Fort Lewis, Wash., and was then transferred to Fort Benning, Ga., where the 1st Cavalry Air Mobile Division was being formed.  They shipped out for Viet Nam in Aug.  He had been scheduled to return to this country in January. Surviving are his father, Rollie L. Bolden, Jr. of Marion, Ind., his mother, Mrs. Pearl Bolden of Salem, a sister, Mrs. Jerry Rund of Salem, and grandparents in Muncie, Ind. Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Wasco, the Rev. John McMurtrey officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunrise cemetery.

December 9, 1965

December 16, 1965

  • Funeral Services Held For Former Grass Valley Resident. Word was received here of the death of E. LeBleu of Bend, a former resident of Grass Valley, who passed away Tuesday Dec. 7, in the Bend Hospital.  Funeral services were held Thursday morning in Bend with burial in the Redmond cemetery. Those attending from here were Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Dugger, Mr. and Mrs. John Rust, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Alley and her mother, Mrs. Buell, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Payne, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stark and Curley DeMoss.  The men acted as pallbearers.
  • Jim Wilson, Longtime Sherman County Resident Dies. Jim Wilson, a long time resident of Sherman County, a brother of the late Judge Wilson and a brother-in-law of Mrs. G. Douma, died in Portland on Monday, Dec. 13. He was born May 17, 1888 in Mountain City, Tenn. and came to Sherman county with his family in 1905.  About 1909 he marred Mrs. Douma’s sister, Pearl Davis.  They farmed at Kent, where their four children were born, until they moved to Portland in 1942. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Meade of Portland, four sisters, Mrs. Jeff Canright, of Portland, Mrs. Essie Wilson of Pullman, Wash., Mrs. Ben [Ben] Sias of Forest Grove, and Mrs. Brooks Helyer of Sisters, one brother, I.E. Wilson of Wawawi, Wash., five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Portland at 9:30 a.m. and graveside services at 2 p.m. at Kent.

December 23, 1965

  • Sheriff’s Office Reports Death Of Wasco Infant. A baby,  5 1/2 months old, apparently drowned in her bath Monday when left unattended for a few moments by her mother, the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office reported. Phyllis Cecil, one of the twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Cecil of Wasco, was rushed to The Dalles General Hospital by Sherman County ambulance.  She was reported dead on arrival. The father is employed at the Wasco Market.
  • William Huxel (Margaret Schearer) [Scherrer] and her mother, Mrs. Carl Schearer came from Bend Monday evening to the Woderson home. Wednesday they will go to Arlington for the funeral of her husband, who died in the Bend Hospital on Dec. 16.  Mr. Huxel was the son of Emil Huxel of Arlington.  He was born at Allen, Kan., July 19, 1925.  Later he came to Oregon and was a former resident of Arlington, but he had spent the last five years in Klamath Falls where he was employed by Liston Aircraft.  He was a Marine Corps veteran.  Margaret has two small children, who have been in Prosser, Wash., since their father had been ill, but they and Margaret and her mother will be in Moro for Christmas.

December 30, 1965

  • Funeral Services Conducted For George William Kaseberg. Funeral for George William Kaseberg, 78, who died Tuesday at a hospital in The Dalles after 22 years in The Dalles was at 2 p.m. Thursday at Spencer & Libby Chapel. H. Harold Johnson officiated.  Burial followed at the Odd Fellows cemetery. Mr. Kaseberg was born May 21, 1887, in Venice, Ill., and had been a resident of Oregon for the past 75 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church, and for the past 20 years had been a trustee of Turner Memorial Home.  He was a past trustee of McKinley Indian Mission. Surviving are his widow, Myrtle and two sons, Rex of The Dalles and Durward,  Wasco; granddaughters Delores Haug and Lee and Lois; grandsons, Darrell and Max Kaseberg; a great-granddaughter and grandson, Lynda Haug. Pallbearers were Carl Spickerman, A. T. Owen, Luther Patton, Kevin Widner, James Phillips and Homer Egbert.
  • The sympathy of the community is extended to the family of George Kaseberg, who passed away Dec. 21 in The Dalles.  The Kasebergs were farmers in this area for many years before moving to The Dalles and they are well known to many Wasco folks.  Mr. Kaseberg is survived by his wife, Myrtle, and two sons, Rex of The Dalles, who still farms his father’s land west of Wasco, and Durward of Wasco, and by several grandchildren.

January 6, 1966

  • Tracy Hines Former County Resident Dies. Tracy Hines, native Sherman Countain, died at his home at Lookout, Calif. the evening of Dec. 30 from an apparent sudden heart attack.  He was well known here because of attendance at the Veteran’s reunions. Tracy Hines was born west of Wasco in July of 1895 and went to school in Wasco.  He was a member of the Sept. 4, 1918 group that went to Camp Lewis for service in World War 1.  In California he married Nina Carpenter, who survives him as does his daughter, Mrs. Gloria Criss of Blever, Calif., and two grandchildren.  Other survivors are a sister, Mrs. Leona Van Gilder of Wasco, four brothers, George, Marvin, and Mason of Lookout, and Otis of San Jose. Funeral services were held Sunday at Lookout with interment there.
  • Funeral Services Held For William Cicero Miller. Funeral for William Cicero Miller, 85, who died at a hospital in The Dalles Saturday after residing for 59 years in Sherman county, was at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Presbyterian Church in Moro.   Leo Tautfest was in charge.  Burial followed at the Moro cemetery. Mr. Miller was born June 3, 1881, in Zionville, N.C.  He married Hattie J. Winebarger there March 31, 1907.  In December of that year the [they] moved to Sherman county, where he became a wheat and livestock rancher. Surviving are his widow, Hattie; three sons, Vernon, Merle and Blaine, all of Moro; two daughters, Mrs. Willard (Eva) Bear and Mrs. William (Ione) McKinney of Salem; one sister, Mrs. Emma Greer and two brothers, Luther of Zionville, and Avery of Juliaetta, Ida., together with 16 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Casket bearers were Lloyd Henrichs, Paul Alley, Charles Burnett, Orlow Martin, Lester Barnum, and Dewey Thomas.
  • Funeral Services Held Wednesday. Funeral for Anna Marie Bickel, 51, the wife of George R. Bickel, who was the third Oregon highway traffic fatality of the New Year south of Monmouth on old US 99, was held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas. The Bickels had lived for a number of years in The Dalles before moving to Dallas three years ago. Rev. Stanley Trefin of the First Methodist Church in Dallas was in charge of rites, followed by burial at Cresent Grove cemetery at Tigard. Mrs. Bickel and her husband were in a car that skidded on ice and snow and slammed into the concrete railing on a bridge.  Bickel, a merchant seaman, was hospitalized with rib fracture. The Bickels resided at 416 East Salem Road in Dallas. Mrs. Bickel was born Oct 29, 1914, at Hammon, Okla., the daughter of Green and Jennie Terry.   She was a member in The Dalles of the VFW Auxiliary. Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Verna Stanek of The Dalles, and Delores Ann Rolfe and Clara Yvonne Rolfe, both of Dallas; four sons, C. Leo Roberts of Wasco, Lawrence Middleton, Jr. and Curtis E. Middleton, both of Portland, and Robert Rolfe of Dallas; three brothers and two sisters and eight grandchildren.
  • Moro Personals. The third traffic casualty of the new year in Oregon was Mrs. Ray Bickel of Dallas.  She was the mother of Sheriff Leo Roberts of this county.  The car in which she was riding skidded on icy pavement three quarters of a mile south of Monmouth and then crashed into a bridge.  Of her seven living children she leaves Leo in Wasco, a daughter, Mrs. Charles Stanek of The Dalles.  Three of her children, aged 12, 14, and 16 are still at home.

January 13, 1966

  • Ed Howell Victim Of Acute Attack Of Meningitis. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Thompson received word Monday night of the sudden death of Mrs. Thompson’s brother-in-law, Ed Howell of Roseburg of a very acute attack of meningitis.  He was the husband of Mrs. Thompson’s older sister, Anna Jean. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson left for Roseburg early Tuesday morning and will be there for the funeral on Thursday.  The burial will be in The Dalles on Friday. Mr. Howell was in his early 30’s.  Mrs. Ted Thompson is caring for the Donald Thompson family while their parents are away.

January 20, 1966

  • Moro Personals. The father of Henry J. Jaeger of Moro died suddenly in Condon Sunday evening at the age of 70.  The funeral was held in Condon at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

January 27, 1966

  • Lifelong Resident Of Rufus Passes. Funeral for Sarah E. Yocom of Rufus who died Friday at a hospital in The Dalles was at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Callaway Chapel with burial at the Sunrise cemetery at Wasco.  John L. McMurtrey officiated. Born February 24, 1887, at Grants, the town near Rufus that was washed away in the great Columbia River flood of 1894.  Mrs. Yocum was 78 years of age.  She had been a lifelong resident of that area. Surviving are the widower, John, and two sisters, Edith Barager of The Dalles and Leah Robertson of Salem.
  • Funeral Services Held In Condon For Peter Henry Jaeger. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 19 in the United Church of Christ at Condon for Henry P. Jaeger who died the preceding Sunday afternoon at his ranch home.  He was born at Sherwood, Ore. on October 19, 1895. In the summer of 1919 he came to Moro where he and his brother, Arthur, worked for the late Louie Peetz.  Then going to Gilliam county that fall, he and Art leased land in the Ajax district northwest of Condon and began their ranching careers.  Henry P. later leasing and acquiring properties in the Buckhorn area southwest of Condon where he has ranched continuously.  During 1939 and 1940 Mr. Jaeger and his brother, Walter, had a Crested Wheat and Grass Seed cleaning operation in Moro. He was united in marriage to Helen Johnson on November 19, 1933 at Winlock, Wash., to this union a son Henry John and a daughter, Mary Helen, were born.  On December 20, 1951 in San Francisco, Calif. was united in marriage to Darlene Rossiter, adopting her two children, Stevan Craig and Carolyn Marlene, later they adopted another son, Micheal Dean. Survivors include the widow, Darlene, three sons, Henry J. of Moro, Stevan of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Micheal of Condon, two daughters, Mrs. Mary Thayer of Condon, Carolyn Huffman of North Chicago, Ill., five grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Charlie Quinn, Mayville, four brothers, Arthur of Woodburn, August of Cambridge, Ida., Paul and Walter of Condon. Among those attending the services from here were Mr. and Mrs. Bob Belshe, Mrs. Alfred Kock, Mrs. Kerrone Christianson, Donald Martin, and Clarence Higley of Moro; Mr. and Mrs. Elton Eakin, and Mrs Harold Eakin of Grass Valley; Mrs. V.B. Eakin, Mrs. Alice Lavender, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Null of The Dalles.
  • Former Resident Mattie Edith Foss Dies At Age 96. There are those who will remember Mattie Edith Foss when she lived in Moro about 1895 – 1910 with her husband, James V. Mitchell, who was a partner in a blacksmith business with John F. Foss. Mattie Foss was born to Lemuel and Almira Foss in Sullivan County, Mo., Dec. 13, 1869 and came with her family to Oregon about 1885. They settled in Athena where Mattie taught school, and in 1895 married James Mitchell.  Mitchell died in 1922 and is buried at Athena with their twin babies. In 1927 at Pendleton, Mattie Mitchell married Harry C. Hill and they lived at Nampa, Ida.  On January 15, Mattie Hill died at the age of 96. She is survived by her husband, two step-sons in Nampa, a sister, Nell Foss Sayles of Spokane, and nieces and nephews in Oregon. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Kaseberg of Wasco, attended the services for her aunt.

February 3, 1966

  • Former Resident Miles C. Biggerstaff Dies In California. Miles C. Biggerstaff, born May 13, 1873, died in Roseville, Calif. January 13. With his brother, Dave, he operated a saloon in Moro before the first prohibition law early in the century.  That was local option in 1913. Mr. Biggerstaff and his wife were frequent visitors to Sherman county and old timers remember him with respect.
  • Death Takes Rufus Worker, Ator Ray Hughes. Final rites will be held in Moscow, Ida., for Ator Ray Hughes, a plant foreman at Rufus for Curtis Construction Co.  He was dead on arrival at a hospital in The Dalles after he was stricken with a sudden illness while at work. Mr. Hughes had lived in Rufus for the past 18 months.  He was born Sept. 26, 1906, at Kirksville, Mo.  He was a member of the Holsting and Portable Engineers Local 701 in Portland. Surviving are his widow, Glenna; one son, Mont, of Spokane; three daughters, Mrs. Willis Larson of Moscow, Ida., Mrs. Leland R. Hays and Mrs. Faye West of Clarkston, Wash.; a sister, Mrs. Ancil Freel of Clarkston and 14 grandchildren. The body was consigned by Smith Callaway to Shorts Mortuary in Moscow.
  • Funeral Services Held At Wasco For Raymond Morehouse. Funeral services for Raymond B. Morehouse, 77, a resident of Klondike, who died Saturday at his home, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Methodist Church in Wasco with Rev. John McMurtrey in charge.  Burial was at the Sunrise cemetery in Wasco.  Morehouse was born March 1, 1888, in Waterloo, Wis.  He was a longtime resident of the Klondike area. Surviving are two sons, Jerrold and Kenneth; two daughters, Mrs. Dale (Virginia) Laughlin and Mrs. C.A. (Eulalie) Welk, both of Wasco; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Fickling of LaCenter, Minn., and Mrs. Mary Jefferson of Los Angeles; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

February 10, 1966

  • Funeral Services  Scheduled  Friday For Louis Sather. Louis Sather of Moro passed away at the Mid-Columbia Hospital Tuesday morning.  He was born April 21, 1880 in Tronjheim, Norway but came with his parents to LaCross, Wis. at the age of four.  He was married to Laura Strader in Bellingham, Wash. May 29, 1912 and moved to Sherman county in March 1919.  They first lived at Grass Valley and then moved to Kent where they lived until 1945 when they moved to Moro. He is survived by his wife, Laura, four sons; Kenneth of Kent, Jack of Ontario, Merrill of Spokane, and Glenn of Corvallis; two daughters, Mrs. James Barker (Helen) of Riverside, Calif., and Mrs. Blaine Miller of Moro; one brother, Dr. E.D. Sather of Coos Bay; 2 sisters, Mrs. Inga Widrick of LaCross, Wis.; twenty five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by two sons, Dick and Leslie and one daughter, Leona. The funeral will be conducted by Rev. Leo Tautfest at the Moro Presbyterian Church at 2:00 Friday with interment at the Grass Valley Cemetery. [Note: Two sisters are mentioned, one is named.]
  • Moro Personals. Harry Pinkerton was called to Pomeroy, Wash. upon the death of her uncle, Hollis Shelton.  She drove to Helix Friday, her son, Allan, accompanied her to the Saturday 2:00 o’clock services at the Richardson Funeral Home.  Mr. Shelton was past 91 years of age and a brother of the late Lena Searcy.

February 17, 1966

  • Funeral Services Held For Eugene Eaton Former Rufus Resident. Services were held Monday Jan. 31 for Eugene Eaton, former resident of Rufus for 18 years who passed away January 29 in Lincoln City.  He was born in Kansas October 15, 1894. Surviving is his wife, Della; 3 sons, Wayne of Lakeview, Gayle of Stockton, Calif., and Neal of Springfield; a daughter, Mrs. Elaine Kelleher of Sacramento, Calif. and seven grandchildren.
  • Services were at the North Lincoln Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Dickey officiating.
  • Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Merle Miller had as overnight guests Mr. and Mrs. James C. Strader of Portland.  They came up for the funeral of his uncle, Louis Sather.  Mrs. Strader is the sister of Mrs. Merle Miller.  While they were here they visited Mr. Strader’s great grandparent’s grave at Grass Valley.  The great grandparents were the Curls.

February 24, 1966

  • Former Sherman County Rancher Dies In The Dalles. Theodore C. von Borstel, a resident of The Dalles the past nine years and a native of Grass Valley, died last Thursday at a hospital in The Dalles. Mr. von Borstel was a retired rancher in the Grass Valley area of Sherman county and lived there all of his life before going to The Dalles.  He was born Dec. 26, 1895. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles and a life member of George Bell Post No. 49, American Legion. Surviving are his widow, Mildred, of The Dalles; three sons, Donald, Carl and George, all of Grass Valley; three daughters, Cassie DeCourcey of Gresham, Rita Kulick of The Dalles, and Marie Hattrup of Grass Valley; a brother Frank von Borstel of Grass Valley; four sisters, Elizabeth Spinner of Roseburg, Katherine Kock of Sun City, Ariz., Clara Kock of Moro and Alma of Portland; and 28 grandchildren. The Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Smith Callaway Chapel.  Requiem Mass was offered Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, with the Rev. Harry Beegan celebrant. George Bell Post of the Legion conducted military rites during the committal at Grass Valley IOOF cemetery.
  • Grass Valley. Among those going to Madras Wednesday to attend the funeral services for George Smith held in Madras with burial at Antelope were Mr. and Mrs. John Rust, their daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Wilson of Beaverton, their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Middleton of Sherwood, Eben Kee, Wayne Kelly, Pat Sharp, Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Dugger, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Rolfe, Dennis Anderson, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Helyer and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wilson of Kent.
  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Owens, accompanied by their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kellogg of Wasco left Monday, Feb. 14 for North Las Vegas, Nev. having received word of the death of Mr. Owens’ mother, Mrs. Lena Ann Owens.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas.  While there they stayed with his sister, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Pulse.  They also visited Mr. and Mrs. Gene Pulse and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Pulse and family and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nye. They left Las Vegas Friday morning and drove to Burns where they attended the basketball game between Burns and Sherman High.  They stayed all night.  Mr. and Mrs. Kellogg returned home Saturday.  Mr. and Mrs. Owens accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Olan Stark to John Day to see the basketball game there before returning home.

March 3, 1966

  • Former Grass Valley Resident Scott B. Whitwood Scott B. Whitwood passed away February 27 at his home in The Dalles at the age of 79. Mr. Whitwood was a former resident of Grass Valley and was conductor for many years on the old Sherman County Shaniko Branch Railroad. He had been retired for many years and lived in The Dalles. Mr. Whitwood was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Watson who was buried the same day he was found dead.
  • Former Resident Mrs. Pearl Watson Dies In Nebraska. Pearl (Zobel) Watson passed away February 25 with heart trouble in Bridgeport, Neb. at the age of 67. Mrs. Watson was a former Sherman County girl having gone to school in Monkland and Lick Skillet.  She was one of the family of Phil Zobel who lived in Wasco for many years.
  • Moro Personals. Two of Mrs. Alfred Kock’s sisters came for their brother, Ted von Borstel‘s funeral.  and Mrs. Erwin came from Roseburg and stayed over with the Kocks for one night.  Mrs. Kate Kock came from Sun City, Arizona and stayed over until Friday, the 25th when Mrs. Kock and Mrs. Dunlap of Grass Valley took her to Portland for her return flight.

March 10, 1966

  • George Potter Funeral In The Dalles Today. [Photo] Ex-Sherman County judge, George A. Potter, died in The Dalles Tuesday, March 8 at the age of 76.  Funeral services were held at Smith Callaway Chapel Thursday at two o’clock. George Potter was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Antone B. Potter and was born in Sherman county January 21, 1890.  His father ran the Klondike store and owned a goodly part of the surrounding land.  He opened the Klondike post office January 11, 1899 when the word Klondike was in everyone’s mind because of the Alaska gold rush. George grew up in the store and took it over after his father’s death and keeping it open until 1951 when both store and post office were discontinued.  He then moved to The Dalles. He was elected county judge in 1930 and continued in office until 1942, going through the difficult financial times of the depression and finally getting the county out of debt. Surviving are his widow, Orlia, two sisters, Mrs. Mayme Elliot and Mrs. Edna Weedman, both of Klondike and several nieces and nephews.  He was a member of The Dalles Elks and the Masonic lodge of Wasco.
  • John Joyce Former Grass Valley Rancher Funeral Services Held. Requiem mass for John Joyce, 77, a retired Wasco county rancher who died at his home in Portland Thursday was celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles with the Rev. Peter Duigan of Dufur the celebrant. Burial followed at St. Peter’s cemetery.  Recitation of the rosary was held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Smith Callaway Chapel. Born in Letterfrack, County Galaway, Ireland, March 17, 188_, Mr Joyce came to the United States in 1910 and to Oregon two years later. In 1918 he returned to New York City and then came back to Oregon with his bride, Julia O’Hehir, in March, 1919 they homestead in the Grass Valley area then moved to Bakeoven and lived also for 29 years at Pine Grove. In 1963 Mr. Joyce retired and moved to Portland. He was preceded in death by one son, Tobias. Surviving are his widow, Julia, five daughters, Mrs. Mary Maurer of Antelope, Anna of Portland, Mrs. Kathleen Pilling of LaFayette, Calif., and Mrs. Margaret Bird and Mrs. Barbara Sharp both of Grass Valley; one brother, Thomas in Ireland; two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Coyne of Ireland and Annie Cavenaught of Orange, N.J.; and 10 grandchildren. Mr. Joyce was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Maupin, and the Ascension Catholic Church in Portland. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Cunnion, Mickey Connolly, John Joyce, Eben Kee, S.E. Endersby and Leonard Weberg.  Casket attendants were Eugene Gutzler, Henry Frischmuth, Clair Penners, Jack Bird, Ed Sharp and John Murray.

March 17, 1966

March 24, 1966

  • Funeral Services Held Wednesday For Warren Norton. Funeral for Warren Norton, 95, a lifelong Oregonian who died at a hospital in The Dalles Sunday, was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Spencer & Libby Chapel followed by burial rites at 3 p.m. at Mt. Union cemetery at Corvallis. Since 1941 Mr. Norton had been a resident of Kent area in Sherman county. He was born August 20, 1870, at Blodgett. Surviving are two sister-in-laws, Mrs. J.E. Norton and Mrs. Walter Norton, both of Kent; nieces Mrs. Alda Shanahan of Redwood City, Calif., Mrs. Geraldine Tatum of Kent and Mrs. Carole Putnam of Arvada, Colo.; three nephews, Ross Norton of Clovis, Calif., W.W. Norton of the U.S. Navy and Marshall Norton of Monmouth.

March 31, 1966

  • Blanche E. Andrews Former Resident Dies In Portland. Blanche E. Andrews, age 61, wife of Harold C. Andrews of Portland passed away in a Portland hospital on Sunday, March 27 of a heart attack. Mr. and Mrs. Andrews both were reared in Wasco and lived there for many years.  Andrews was the step-daughter of Richard T. Dingle.  Harold is the son of the former Mr. and Mrs. Guy Andrews, early residents of the county.  Guy was the City Marshal at Wasco for many years. Besides her husband Mrs. Andrews leaves two daughters, Eva and Phyllis, and five grandchildren.

April 7, 1966

  • Lois R. Olds. Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Lois R. Olds at her home in Marysville, Calif. Tuesday March 29.  She was the wife of the late Will Olds and a sister of the late O.N. Ruggles. Survivors are a son, Kenneth Olds of Medford, Shirley Peterson of Brentwood, Calif., and Jean of Marysville, Calif., and four grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Eva Garlic of Portland and Mrs. Lou Brown of Marysville, Calif.
  • Former Rufus Resident Carl George Thompson A former motel operator in Rufus, retired and living at Terrebonne, died at a Redmond hospital Tuesday at the age of 69. Final rites for Carl George Thompson, 69, were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Smith Callaway Chapel followed by burial at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in The Dalles. Thompson was a member of Taylor Lodge 99, A.F.& A.M., and Annie Fulton Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, both at Wasco, the Scottish Rite and Al Kader Temple of the Shrine in Portland and Mid-Columbia Shirne Club. He was a veteran of World War 1.         Mr. Thompson was born May 2, 1896, in Milnor, N. D. Surviving are his widow, Irene of Terrebonne; a daughter, Mrs. Joseph N. Willard of Portland; two brothers, Theodore of Vancouver, B.C., and Herman of California; one sister, Mrs. Donna In_eson of Seattle.

April 14, 1966

  • Funeral Services Held For Aldis Arstill Former Moro Resident. Services were held Monday, at 3:30 at the Glaske Chapel of Fulten-Friesen, in Beaverton, for Aldis Arstill of Alhoa, Ore. He formerly lived in Moro, operating a garage business here. Surviving are his widow, Irma, a son Alvin and five daughters; Mrs. Robert (Dorothy) Gwynn, Mrs. Forest (Thelma) Haller, and Delores, Donna and Julie Arstill; two brothers, Vern and Wade Arstill, and seven grandchildren.  Vault interment at Riverview cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Edwards attended the funeral, Mr. Edwards being a casket bearer.

April 21, 1966

  • Funeral Held In Portland For Mrs. Adella C. Douma. Adelia C. Douma, wife of the late Tom Douma, died in Portland Saturday after an extended illness.  She left three sons, Vernon Shipley of Portland, Earle Shipley of Dansville, Calif. and John Shipley of Moro, a sister, Mrs. Annie L. Brussat of Ridgefield, Wash., and six grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday April 19, at 2 p.m. at Sunset Hills Mortuary and Interment was at Sunset Hills Memorial Park. Mrs. Douma lived in Sherman county for more than 35 years before moving to Portland over 10 years ago.  Among the local people who went to Portland Tuesday for the funeral of Mrs. Tom Douma were the G. Doumas, the Don Millers, the Orlow Martins, the Charles Burnets, the Lloyd Henrichs, the Curlie DeMosses, and the Virgil Archers.
  • Francis Nielsen Rites At Hood River. Graveside services for Francis Nielsen, former owner of Wasco Pharmacy, were held Monday at Hood River. He is survived by two sisters, Ida Lyons and Lou Hukari, both of Hood River. Mr. and Mrs. James Bidgood purchased the pharmacy from Nielsen in November, 1962.  He had operated the store for about ten years.  D. McKee of Hood River was one of the original owners of the store when it was opened in 1902.
  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. John Rust and Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Dugger went to Portland Tuesday April 19 to attend the funeral of Mrs. Tom Douma, who passed away Saturday afternoon at Mt. St. Joseph Residential Home in Portland.  The services were held at Finley Chapel in West Memorial Park at 2 o’clock.

April 28, 1966

  • Mrs. Bill Huck wrote that her sister, Birdie passed away last week and was buried Thursday near Vancouver, Wash.  Birdie was the daughter (eldest) of H.K. Porter who used to live at Early, then at Twin Bridges at the mouth of the John Day River.  Birdie moved away from Sherman county during the early part of her life, so it is just the old timers who remember her.

May 5, 1966

  • Arthur E. Florer Former Resident Dies In Spokane. Word has been received here of the death of Arthur E. Florer. 62, Spokane attorney, on March 29 in a hospital there. Mr. Florer was born in Moro in 1903 and lived in Sherman, Wasco and Hood River counties for many years.  He was a graduate of Hood River High School. For several years before World War II he worked in The Dalles for Western Dairy Products, later the Carnation Co.  He then moved to Long Beach, Calif., where he was construction supervisor for the California Ship Building Corp. on Terminal Island.  In that capacity he had charge of 14 ship building docks and 10 outfitting docks, and supervised up to 16,000 men. In 1945 he went to Spokane on what was to be a temporary visit.  His long interest in courts and law led him to enter Gonzaga University 22 years after his last schooling.  He attended school and at nights worked in a bakery to help out financially.  He was graduated cum laude from Gonzaga Law School and opened private practice there in 1950 after six months as court clerk for the late Sam M. Driver, Federal District Judge. Funeral services were officiated by the Elks Lodge with cremation following.  Anyone wishing to contribute to his memory may donate to the American Cancer Society. Surviving are his wife, Joanne, at S. 2805 Monroe, Spokane; two daughters, Mrs. Lynn (Joanne) Moat of Spokane, and Mrs. Richard (Arvis Rae) Logie of Seattle; two sisters both of Spokane and nine grandchildren.
  • Former Resident Edna M. Freeman Dies At Hermiston. Word of the death of Mrs. Edna M. Freeman was received here early Monday morning.  Freeman was born in Springfield, Mo. July 26, 1879.  Her family soon moved to Berryville, Arkansas where she was married to Jay Freeman in June of 1896. The young couple moved west to LaGrande in 1899 and to Moro in 1903 where Jay was manager of the Sherman Trading Co. until 1906 when he bought a store in Wasco that later became the McCoy-Atwood Store.   July 1, 1908 began four years as sheriff of Sherman County.  Since this period covered the time of the railroad race on the Deschutes, it was a very busy time for the sheriff and a time of much forbearance on the part of the sheriff’s wife. In January 1913 Mr. and Mrs. Freeman bought a dry goods store in Moro, which they ran together until 1935 when he left the store to his wife.  She closed the store in 1943 and he finished a 12 year period as postmaster in 1947.  Mr. Freeman died in September 1951. Mrs. Freeman took an active part in the life of the Moro community, having been Past Noble Grand of the Rebecca Lodge, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Presbyterian Church, where she was also a member of the choir. After living 50 years in the house now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Brisbane, Mrs. Freeman moved to Hermiston in 1962.  She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Greta Wiley of Hermiston and a son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Freeman of Eugene. Funeral services will be at the Moro Community Church today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. Rev. Leo Tautfest will officiate with burial to follow at the Chris Schultz Post No. 71 cemetery at Moro.

May 12, 1966

  • Longtime Wasco Resident Joseph Stanley Brooks Joseph Stanley Brooks passed away May 4 at a hospital in The Dalles. Mr. Brooks had lived in Wasco since the early part of the century.  He was custodian at the Wasco school for 33 years retiring in 1947. He was a faithful member of the Wasco Church of Christ serving as an elder and Bible School teacher.  He was loved and respected by all who knew him. Funeral services were held in Beaverton Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m.  Interment followed at Cooper Mountain Cemetery at Aloha.  A memorial service will be held Saturday afternoon May 22 at 2 p.m. at the Wasco Church of Christ.
  • Moro Personals. Harry Pinkerton received word from her daughter in Bellevue, Wash. Tuesday evening that John J. Miller, jr., husband of Anna Jean Knighten, had died during the day.  Mrs. Knighten has been with her daughter and family for the past 10 days.  The address is 16656 8th St. Bellevue.

May 19, 1966

  • Memorial Service. A memorial service for Joseph Stanley Brooks will be held Sunday afternoon May 22 at 3 p.m. at the Wasco Church of Christ.

May 26, 1966

  • John Jason Miller Funeral Services Held At Bellevue. John Jason Miller of 16656 S.E. 8th Bellevue died May 10 at the age of 38; beloved husband of Anajean Miller of Bellevue; father of Lauri Ann and John Stuart Miller both at home; brother of Mrs. Jerry R. Matches, Columbia, Miss.; Mrs. Hugh P. Stanley of Minneapolis, Minn.; G.L. Miller of Honolulu, Hawaii; Harry and Kenneth Miller both of Portland, son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Miller, Sr., of Portland. Born in Heppner and lived in this community 9 years.  A Price  Analyst for Boeing Co.  Served in WW II as Seaman 1st Class; Graduate of OSC; member of Bellevue Cong. Ch. Pres. or Art Club of Ch.; member of Samena Club, and 10 years with Boeing in Portland. Services were held Friday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m. at Bellevue Cong. Ch.; interment at Willamentte National Cemetery in Portland under direction of Green Funeral Home, Inc., Chapel of Flowers in Bellevue, Wash.    [Note: Copied as it appeared.]

June 2, 1966

June 9, 1966

  • Funeral Services Friday For Mrs. Elvin E. Barnum. Elvin E. Barnum died Monday evening at Valle Vista Home in The Dalles after an illness of five months during which time she spent much time in hospitals. Mrs. Barnum was born Mary Emma Medler February 6, 1878 at Walla Walla, Washington and came to Sherman county with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bruno Medler about 1881.  She attended the old China Hollow school, the first in the county.  She was married to Elvin Barnum Thanksgiving day 1897 and they started farming near Moro, an occupation they followed actively until 1936 when they finally retired to live in Moro.  Mrs. Barnum was skilled in the arts and crafts of pioneer living and knew many recipes and skills learned from her German ancestors. Her husband survives, also all of the five children born to them.  They are Arline (Mrs. Clem Eslinger) of Hillsboro, Lela (Mrs. Giles French) of Moro, Lester of Grass Valley, Erma (Mrs. R.C. Jones) of Portland, and Cleo of Bend.  One brother, Fred also survives as do 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held in the Moro American Legion cemetery Friday afternoon at two o’clock with interment three [there].
  • Funeral Services Held At Redmond For Perry Walter Newbill. Perry Walter Newbill, father of Mrs. Clarence Huls, died in Redmond May 31.  He was born in Willamina, Oregon December 16, 1876 and came to Central Oregon around 1904 where he lived for a number of years in the Grizzly and Powell Butte communities. He was preceded in death by his wife, Christina, but he left nine children, Mrs. Bessie Adams, of Montclair, Calif.; Mrs. Leeta Santz, La Crecenta, Calif.; Howard Newbill, Madras; Claude Newbill, San Diego, Calif.; Dale Newbill, Madras; Mrs. June Law, Eugene; Dan Newbill, Milwaukie; Bob Newbill, Redmond; and Mrs. Ruth Huls, Moro; fifteen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Redmond on June 3, but interment was in the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles.  After that some 30 people including the nine Newbill children and members of their families met at Clarence Huls’ home in Moro.
  • Charles Hall Dies In California. Word was received from Eunice Hinkle that Charles Hall, the husband of Lelo Fuller Hall passed away suddenly Saturday, May 28.  He is survived by a widow and three sons.  Lelo’s address is 8518 Oceanview, Whittler, Calif.
  • Funeral Services For Thomas Alley Held Thursday. Funeral for Thomas William Alley, 83, retired Sherman County wheat rancher who had lived in The Dalles for the past 18 years, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Spencer & Libby Chapel with interment at the Odd Fellows Cemetery.  Mr Alley died Monday at his home at 1401 View Court. He was born January 1, 1883, in Knoxville, Tenn.  From 1905 until 1948 he was a rancher in Sherman county, where he was active in many community affairs. Surviving are his widow, Vera; two sons, Edgar of Grass Valley and Paul of Moro; one daughter, Mrs. Milldred Jones of Stockton, Calif., five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. The family said friends who so desire may make memorial contributions to the Cancer Society in Mr. Alley’s memory.
  • The sympathy of the community is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Alley, and their families, in the sudden passing of Paul’s father, Tom Alley of The Dalles, formerly of Grass Valley.

June 16, 1966

  • Sympathy Expressed. The deepest sympathy of the entire community is extended to the Grover Long and Tom Jacobsen families in the very tragic loss of Leroy and David.  Mere words are so inadequate at such a time.  The boys will be greatly missed by their friends as well as their families. God’s love be always with you —- His guidance light your way — And may he lift the sorrow — From your burdened heart today.
  • Wasco Youths Killed In Car Accident. Two 17-year old Wasco youth, both graduates in the Sherman High School class of ’66, lost their lives in a head-on collision of two cars on Interstate 80N Freeway last Thursday, reported at about 10:30 a.m., state police said. Raymond LeRoy Long, died in the front seat of his car, with his body found on the right side.  Identity of the driver was not determined immediately. David Norman Jacobsen died enroute to Good Samaritan hospital in Portland where he was taken by The Dalles Fire Department ambulance.  He was dead on arrival and it is believed expired at about the time the ambulance crossed the Sandy River. Two others in the car, Everett Dean Grogan, 17, of Durkee, formerly of Wasco and here on a weekend visit, and Charles E. Birpo, 19, of Vancouver, were taken by the fire department ambulance to The Dalles General Hospital where they were reported “in serious condition.” It was believed Birpo may have been a hitchhiker picked up by the other boys in the car, which was eastbound. The driver of the other car, Raphael R. French, 62, of Pasco, and his wife, Olga, 62, were both taken to the same hospital with injuries including a cut on the knee for French and a broken left arm for his wife. They were wearing seat belts.  The crash occurred on the westbound two-lane section of the Freeway east of The Dalles in temporary use as a two-way road while repaving of the eastbound section is underway. French’s westbound car had just passed another westbound car and as he pulled back into the right of the highway found his car coming up too fast upon a car pulling a horse trailer, state police said witnesses reported. When French braked hard, his big car skidded and he lost control as it swung into the eastbound lane in front of the car with the four youths. Both cars were virtually demolished and were found piled up on the south side guard rail of the freeway section. Jacobsen was thrown from the car and found lying on the pavement with severe head injuries, which later proved fatal.  The car door was resting on his head, police said. Grogan was lying on top of Jacobsen, and Birpo was lying in the back seat underneath the seat cushion. Funeral for Long was held at Spencer & Libby Chapel at 11 a.m. Monday followed by private committal at the Juniper Haven Cemetery at Prineville at 4 p.m. Rites for Jacobsen were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wasco Methodist Church with burial in the Sunrise cemetery.  Arrangements were in the care of Smith Callaway. Long was born Aug. 25, 1948, in Prineville and had lived in Wasco since 1949.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Long; one sister, Alta, also of Wasco; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William J. Blalack of Prineville and Mrs. Emma Long of Corning, Iowa. Jacobsen was born in The Dalles July 9, 1949.  Surviving him are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jacobsen and a brother, Earling [Erling], all of Wasco; three sisters, Mrs. Carol Olmstead of Hood River, Mrs. Anna Jeane Howell of Roseburg and Mrs. Sharon Thompson of Moro, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Olson of Portland.

June 23, 1966

  • Engineer Dies While Visiting Friends In The Dalles. A man formerly employed in The Dalles by the Oregon Highway Department, an engineer for the department for 37 years, died in a hospital in The Dalles Tuesday during a visit with friends and a picnic in a park. Funeral for James Arthur Hardie, 63, will be at First Presbyterian Church in Salem where he had lived since leaving The Dalles 35 years ago. Mr. Hardie was born March 14, 1903, in Condon.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Salem, the Men’s Garden Clubs of America, the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon, the Oregon Shakespearian Festival Association at Ashland. Surviving are his widow, Dorothy, of Salem, a daughter, Mrs. Carol Morris of Palm Springs, Calif., two sons, Capt. David Hardie of the U.S. Air Force, at Mindenhal Air Force Base in England; Lt. James E. Hardie, U.S. Navy at Monterey, Calif.; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Will and Alex, both of Condon; four sisters, Mrs. Andrade of Condon, Mrs. Madge Shull of Wasco, Mrs. Jane Palmer and Mrs. Grace Stinchfield of Condon. Spencer & Libby was in charge of the local arrangements.  Services in Salem will be under the care of Barrick Funeral Home.

June 30, 1966

July 7, 1966

  • Mrs. Minnie Rasmusson of Bridgeport, Nebraska is visiting at the home of Mrs. Elma Clinkenbeard in Rufus.  Mrs. Rasmusson recently lost her husband and when Mrs. Clinkenbeard went to Nebraska for the funeral she brought her sister back to Oregon to spend some time here with her.

July 14, 1966

  • Former Resident Thomas Stephens Dies In California. Thomas A. Stephens passed away in Monterey, Calif. June 17, 1966, age 57 years.  A native of Washington, D.C. resident of Monterey 22 years, and a resident of the Moro community for about 30 years. A veteran of World War II, he served in the South Pacific. Surviving are his widow, Bertha, of Pacific Grove.  Father of Helen Katherine, Doris Jane, John David, of Pacific Grove and Thomas Craig Stephens of U.S.A.F., Amarillo, Texas.  Brother of Mrs. Jean Peterson, Menlo Park; Mrs. Jean DeGrroff, Portland and Edmund I. Stephens of Arlington, Va. Memorial services were held in the First Presbyterian Church of Monterey with Rev. Elmer Roy officiating.  Private interment and military rites at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno were held on June 23.  Contributions in Mr. Stephens memory may be made to the choice of the donor.

July 21, 1966

  • Former Minister At Wasco Passes. Word has been received of the passing of Rev. Claude Stephens of Turner, Ore.  Mr. Stephens was pastor of the Wasco Church of Christ for a number of years on two different appointments.  Since Mr. Stephens retired from active ministry he and Mrs. Stephens had made their home in one of the cottages at the Turner Memorial Home. Surviving are his wife, Esther, a son, Dean, and a daughter, Thelma, and two grandchildren. The sincere sympathy of those who knew and worked with the Stephens when they were here is extended to the family.
  • Grass Valley Doctor For Many Years Dies In Portland. Millard B. Taylor, the Doctor Taylor of Grass Valley’s early days died in Portland Sunday at 95.  Funeral services were held Tuesday. Dr. Taylor was born Feb 13, 1871 in Dandridge, Tenn, graduated from the Louisville, Kentucky Medical School in 1898 and came to Grass Valley where he was a country doctor for over 20 years, known to everyone, driving his little team of greys, or the bigger browns over the country night or day to set bones, deliver babies, or comfort the dying. In 1921 he moved to Portland where he practiced medicine for another 40 years.
  • Mrs. Benton Barnett and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Duffault recently went to Milwaukee, Ore. to the funeral of Mrs. Barnett’s daughter Mrs. Emma Harris, who was killed in an auto accident near Roseburg. Emma Harris will be remembered as Emma Curtis who was born at Early, Oregon about 1923.

July 28, 1966

August 4, 1966

  • Funeral Services Held Monday for Elwood McPherson. Funeral services for Elwood McPherson, 79, a resident of Wasco for the past 60 years was held at 11 a.m. Monday at Smith Callaway Chapel with William R. Jones of the Christian Church of Wasco presiding.  McPherson died Friday at a local hospital.  Burial was at the Sunset cemetery at Wasco. For 27 years before his retirement nine years ago, he was employed by the Sherman Co. highway department.  He was born in Dixon, Calif., Feb. 14, 1887. Surviving are his widow, Belle, and one daughter, Mrs. R.G.  (Georgia Belle) Holzapfel, both of Wasco; a granddaughter, Geraldine Carroll, and a great-granddaughter, Joanne, both of Hermiston; a sister, Mrs. Agnes Fuedner of Sacramento, Calif. Casket bearers were Charles Wallace, Lewis Hastings, Gerald and Robert Nisbet, Lloyd Gosson and Keith McDonald.

August 11, 1966

August 18, 1966

August 25, 1966

  • Mr. and Mrs. Shelton Fritts and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Todd went to Vancouver, Wn. Saturday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Fritts’ brother-in-law, Jack Hendricks.

September 1, 1966

  • Former Wasco Man Dies In California. Walter R. Davis of 24575 O’Niel Ave., Hayward, Calif. passed away in the Castro Valley Hospital August 18.  He was the brother to Lester L. Davis, Ella Larson, and Norman Glasco, all of Portland; Charolette Hale of Sumpter, Ore.; and Robert Davis of Rufus; and a step-son, Ernie M. of Newark, Calif. At the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the Navy C.B.s and served three years and six months, most of which was spent in the South Pacific zone. Walter R. Davis, formerly of Sherman county lived in the Wasco area sixteen years prior to his enlistment. Interment was in the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California.
  • Amelia Root, 83, Dies In The Dalles; Services Held Today. Funeral for Mrs. Amelia Christine Root, 83, who died Monday in a local hospital, was held Thursday September 1, at Smith Callaway Chapel with the Rev. John P. Ginter in charge.  Cremation followed at Portland Memorial. Mrs. Root had lived in Sherman county since she was a year old. She was born Oct. 18, 1882, in Walla Walla, Wn.  Surviving is her husband, George Herbert Root, to whom she was married in Walla Walla November 27, 1907. The Roots retired from ranching in 1948 and moved to The Dalles. Mrs. Root attended the Neece School, a one time rural school in Sherman county. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in The Dalles, a charter member of Annie Fulton Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, in Wasco, and a member of Gaspar Shrine of the White Shrine of Jerusalem in The Dalles and Nydia Temple of the Daughters of the Nine in Portland. Surviving in addition to her husband are one son, Floyd, of Wasco; a brother, Albert Kaseberg of The Dalles; and two grandsons, William of LaPorte, Ind. and Robert Root of Arlington, and four great grandchildren. Honorary casket bearers will be Kenneth, Lawrence, Paulen, Howard and Albert Kaseberg, and Edwin Copeland, Vern Macklin and Elmer Stockdale. The family indicated those who wish may send contributions in Mrs. Root’s memory to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Portland unit, in care of George Specht of The Dalles, Forest Grove, through local Star chapters.

September 8, 1966

  • Memorial Service For Mrs. McIntyre In Moro Church. A memorial service for Mrs. Alice Ethel McIntyre, 50, a resident of Moro for the past 14  years died Friday at a local hospital were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Moro Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Leo Tautfest of Moro was in charge of this service together with graveside rites which followed at the Milton Cemetery Milton-Freewater.  Arrangements were in care of Smith Callaway. Mrs. McIntyre was born July 5, 1916, at Prichett, Colo.  She was an active member of the Women’s Association of the United Presbyterian Church. The family asked that friends who wish to do so make contributions in Mrs. McIntyre’s memory to a favorite charity. Surviving are her husband, Neil and a daughter and son, Mrs. William (Barbara) Kramer, and Hugh Thomas, all of Moro; two brothers, Omar Luke of Milton-Freewater, and Howard Luke of Lancaster, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Ed Short of Reno; and a granddaughter.

September 15, 1966

  • Moro Personals. Ed Apple, father of Mrs. Dale Stump, passed away Saturday, Sept. 10.  Stump left Monday to attend the funeral services held in Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday.  She expects to return Friday.  Mrs. Wingert Walker stays with the Stump children during their mother’s absence.

September 22, 1966

September 29, 1966

  • Services Held For Chester Ross Morrow. Funeral services for Chester Ross Morrow were held in Gresham on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and graveside services were held in Salem in Belcrest Memorial Park.   Ross, as he was always called, died on September 11 in the Veterans Hospital in Portland. He was of a pioneer Sherman county family, the son of Frank L. and Carrie Hull Morrow. He was born in Monkland on June 1, 1896.   When he was a small child the family moved to Wasco where they lived for many years. Ross enlisted and served with the A.E.F. in France in World War I.  He was a Sherman county enlistee.  He served in the Merchant Marines in World War II. At the time of his death he was residing at Interlochen, Blue Lake, Troutdale, Ore.  He is survived by his widow, Maude; his son, C. Ross Morrow, Jr., Troutdale; his sister, Gladys Laidlaw, Salem, and three grandchildren. Attending the service form Wasco were Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Kaseberg, Joe Morrow, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Richelderfer and son, Theron.

October 6, 1966

October 13, 1966

  • Mrs. Morgan Dies In Nursing Home After Long Illness. After a long illness Mrs. Dick Morgan died Saturday in a nursing home in the Portland area.  She was Ivy Matildia, eldest child of Frank and Emma Sayrs, born in Prineville in 1881 and was a great granddaughter of Joab Powell, one of the best known of Oregon’s early circuit riders.  In 1883 the Sayrs family came to Sherman County and settled on a homestead west of Moro.  The original homestead is now part of the ranch farmed by Carroll Sayrs. Ivy Sayrs was married to Dick Morgan November 12, 1899 and to the couple were born six children, of whom one died in infancy.  All but a few years of the Morgan’s family life was spent in Sherman County and Moro was always home to Ivy.  The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1949. Funeral services were held for Mrs. Morgan at the Moro Presbyterian Church Tuesday at 2 p.m., with Rev. Leo Tautfest in charge.  Burial followed in the American Legion Cemetery. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Dave Ransier of The Dalles, Mrs. Joe Dimmick of Kennewick, Wash., Zora Morgan of Portland and Mrs. Lloyd Johnson of Moro; one son, Ariel Morgan of The Dalles; two sisters, Mrs. Vie Race of Portland and Mrs. Frankie Axtell of Lyle, Wash.; one brother, Carroll of Moro.  Her husband died in 1955. Pallbearers were Ray Morgan, Lamer and Frank Sayrs, Bob Axtell, Chet Coats and Keith McDonald.
  • Services Tuesday For Ivy Sayrs Morgan. Funeral for Mrs. Ivy Matilda Sayrs Morgan, 85, an 80-year-old resident of Moro, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church here with the Rev. Leo Taufest in charge.  Interment was in the American Legion Post cemetery here. Mrs. Morgan died Saturday at a Portland nursing home after an extended illness. Born at Prineville June 20, 1881, she came to Moro with her parents when she was five years old. Surviving are four daughters, Rena Ivy Ransier of The Dalles, Thelma G. Dimick of Richland, Wash., Irma Mae Johnson of Portland; one son, Ariel, of The Dalles; two sisters, Mrs. Vie Race of Portland, and Frankie Aztell of Lyle; one brother, Carrol Sayrs of Moro; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Mrs. Morgan’s husband, Richard, died in 1955. Pallbearers were Ray Morgan, Lamer and Frank Sayrs, Bob Axtell, Chet Coats, and Keith McDonald.

October 20, 1966

  • The sympathy of the community is extended to Mrs. L.P. Haven and her family in the passing of her mother, Mrs. Amanda Patey.  Mrs. Patey was a frequent visitor in Wasco.

October 27, 1966

  • Dr. Haufelt Dies In Portland Hospital. Friends have received word of the death of Dr. Viggo B. Haufelt in a Portland hospital on October 19. Dr. Haufelt was the dentist in Wasco during the 1930s and early ‘40s before moving to The Dalles to continue his practice.  Upon his retirement they moved to Hood River where they resided until his death. The doctor is survived by his widow, Isabel, sister, Mrs. Marie Jorgensen, and a niece.  Funeral notices appeared in the Portland papers last weekend. The sympathy of those who knew the Haufelts when they lived in this area is extended to the family.

November 3, 1966

  • Mrs. Floyd Haines received a long distance call Monday night to notify her that her aunt, Mrs. Leo Hively of Goodland, Kansas passed away on October 31. The widower is the brother remaining of Mrs. Haines’ father.

November 10, 1966

  • Mr. Roy Neil of Heppner passed away at the age of 90 years on Heppner, November 7, with burial services at Echo.  Mr. Neil was the grandfather of Mrs. Gerald Nisbet. [Note: Copied as it appeared.]

November 17, 1966

  • Clyde Gillmor Passes In Portland Hospital. Clyde C. Gillmor passed away at a hospital in Portland Wednesday night at age 67.  Born March 23, 1899 in Hood River.  A resident of Sherman County for 50 years, the last 40 years in Moro.  He was foreman for the Sherman County Section of the State Highway Department for 42 years and retired in April of 1965. Married in March 1918 to Helen C. Unger of Portland.  Survived by his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Gertrude C. Harms, Portland; a son, Robert, Tigard; one brother, Lyle of Prineville, and two sisters, Mrs. Grace Wells of Hermiston and Mrs. Vera Frates of Benicia, Calif.  Three grandchildren, David, Mike and Debra Gillmor of Tigard.  Member of A.F.&A.M. Eureka Lodge No. 121 of Moro. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Smith Callaway Chapel.  Following the minister’s service there will be a Masonic Service conducted by Eureka Lodge.  Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Sunset Hills Memorial Gardens at Portland.
  • Services Held For Samuel Lawrence. Samuel J. Lawrence passed away at his home in Rufus Saturday at the age of 43.  He was born May 11, 1923 in Milton, Okla. He was a member of the Church of Christ, the Teamsters Union and was a veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Dalene; Gary Lawrence of the U.S. Army in New Jersey; four sisters, Loretha Brown of Corvallis, Colleen Parker of Tulsa, Okla., Geneva Rogers of Tulsa, and Irene Smith of Oklahoma City; a brother, Raymond Lawrence of Wichita, Kansas. Services were held at Spencer & Libby Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m., Mr. Doyle Eaton officiating.  Interment was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Casket bearers were Morton Jones, Del Goss, Norman Bright, Jim Carter, Grant Cyphers and Greg Carter.  [Note: Copied as it appeared.]

November 24, 1966

  • Oscar Herman Adams Dies At Hood River. Oscar Herman Adams, 73, born in Cherry Tree, Pa., died at his home in Hood River on Tuesday night of natural causes. He was a retired bridge tender in Hood River. Survivors are his wife Mary, 819 Cascade St., a son, Connie, of Hood River; two sisters, Ollie Helyer of The Dalles; and Pearl Ekin of The Dalles and two grandchildren. Mr. Adams was a member of the Christian Church and the Odd Fellows Lodge. Services were Friday, November 11, at the Anderson Funeral Home at 2 p.m. with Rev. Glyn Adsit officiating.  Burial was in Idlewild cemetery.
  • Crash on Hwy. 97 Saturday Takes Life Of Prosser Man. A Sherman County fatality was a man tentatively identified by Sheriff Leo Roberts by papers on his person as Arlin Harley, about 40, of Prosser. He was dead on arrival at a hospital in The Dalles, where he was taken by Sherman ambulance after the car he was driving south bound collided head-on with a Davidson bakery truck operated by Robert Lee Drinkard of The Dalles. The crash occurred four miles north of Grass Valley on wet pavement with the roadway obscured by heavy rain and fog.  Drinkard said the approaching car was not using its lights when the collision took place at about 2 p.m. Saturday and he did not see it until just before the crash. Sheriff Roberts said the car was astride the yellow center line.  He said he had consigned fingerprints of the victim to the FBI in an effort to make positive identification. Condition of Ralph Reeves, 49, of Toppenish, Wash., a passenger was described Monday as “good” at The Dalles General Hospital.

December 1, 1966

  • Services Held For Ed McKee, Pioneer Druggist At Wasco. Final rites for E.D. McKee, 93, pioneer druggist at Wasco, who died Saturday in a Hood River hospital, where he had moved 13 years ago after his retirement, were held Tuesday at Anderson Funeral Home. Committal was at Idlewild Mausoleum at Hood River. Mr. McKee was born June 20, 1873 at McKee Station, near the present Willamette valley town of Woodburn. In 1899 he opened the Wasco Pharmacy and operated it until his retirement.  Recently he recalled that when he went into business, he was the second drug store in Wasco and now it is the only one left in Sherman county. For many years, however, McKee was in many respects a Sherman County physician, dispensing advice and counsel for the physical and mental welfare of his friends along with pills. Surviving are his widow, Virgilia, the former Mollie Dunlap whom he married in 1901; a daughter, Margaret Shelton, also of Hood River; a son, Marion, of Woodburn; sister, Iva Beazan of Portland; two grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Mr. McKee was a member of the Methodist church in Wasco, The Dalles Lodge 303, BPOE, and the Knights of Pythias.
  • Final Rites For Antelope Resident. Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at Madras for Omar H. Borthwick, Antelope, long time Central Oregon rancher and resident who died at the age of 86 years early the morning of Nov. 9 at a Bend nursing home. Borthwick had been under care at the nursing home for the last three months. Born Sept. 8, 1880, at Kinderhook, Ill., he came west as a young man and had been a resident of the Antelope area since 1901. He followed the ranching industry until his retirement.  Surviving are a son, Eldon Borthwick, Antelope; two brothers, James of Barry, Ill., and William of Honolulu, Hawaii. Three grandchildren and nine great grandchildren also survive. The Rev. Lawrence Ferguson, pastor of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Madras, officiated at the funeral services which were followed by interment at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers were Lanis R. Metteer, H. Stephen Chubb, Richard S. Forman, Ronald E. Metteer, Roy L. Forman, Jr. and Gary L. Dickson.
  • Sympathy Extended To McKee Family. The sympathy of their many friends in the Wasco area is extended to the family of Mr. E.D. McKee of Hood River who passed away Saturday, November 26.  The funeral services were held in that city on Tuesday, November 29 with the Rev. Robert Dowrey of the Wasco Methodist Church officiating.
  • McKee was the pharmacist in the Wasco Drug Store for more than half a century before retiring to reside in Hood River where he and his wife, Virgilia, could be near their daughter, Mrs. Hal Shelton (Margaret). A son, Marion, resides at Senior Estates, Woodburn and is a druggist in the pharmacy at the Gateway Shopping Center in Portland.  Survivors besides his wife, son and daughter include a brother, Leonard, of Goldendale, Wash., two grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

December 8, 1966

  • Rev. Goodenberger Dies In Wyoming. Word was received Saturday of the death of Rev. Ernest Goodenberger of Powell, Wyoming.  Rev. Goodenberger came to Moro as minister of the Presbyterian Church in 1956 and left at the time of his retirement in 1962.  He and Mrs. Goodenberger went from here to Wyoming where Mr. Goodenberger has been minister of visitation in the church where their son, Alton is the regular minister. The seven years which the Goodenbergers spent in the Moro Church were years of marked spiritual and financial growth for the church.  His influence was responsible for added membership and for the building of the new manse. Before coming to Moro he had years of experience, which were specially enriched by the more than twenty years spent as missionaries in Thailand. While extending sympathy to the family, the church and the community also wish to express appreciation for the privilege of having had Rev. and Mrs. Goodenberger in their midst for those seven years.
  • Duncan McLennon Services Tomorrow, Burial In The Dalles. Duncan McLennon passed away at a hospital in The Dalles Monday, Dec. 5 at the age of 93. He was born in Scotland Dec. 20, 1873.  He grew up there and operated a grocery store before coming to The United States in 1913. He settled in Miles City, Mont. and became a sheep rancher.  In 1936 he came to Shaniko and took over the Shaniko Hotel which he operated until his retirement in 1955.  He was a member of the Episcopal Church. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles.  E. Ernest Taylor will officiate and burial will be in the Odd Fellows cemetery. Honorary bearers will include John Silvertooth, Joe Morelli, John Creegan, David Wilson, Pat McHugh and Frank Wagner.  The active bearers will be John Joyce, Peter Robertson, Edward Cunnion, Sandy McKay and Donald Maurer. Survivors include one daughter, Tina Robertson of Fr. Williams, Scotland, several nieces and a nephew.

December 15, 1966

  • Former Resident Dies In Portland. Word has been received of the death of Robert E. Hickson in Portland on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the age of 82.  Hickson came to Sherman County with his parents in the 1890s.  He finished the Moro High School in 1905 and went on to graduate from the University of Oregon in 1909.  Old timers may remember his father as County Clerk during those early years and later as Deputy Sheriff under Hugh Chrisman. Young Hickson helped with the surveying of the railroad on the east side of the Deschutes.  In 1912 he married Mae Barzee of The Dalles and later located in Portland where he spent forty six years with the U.S. Corps of Engineers. He was Chief Engineer for River and Harbor projects and was known by his associates as Mr. Columbia River Channel.  He was retired in 1954.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at the St. Micheals and All Angel’s Church in Portland.

December 22, 1966

December 29, 1966

  • Graveside Services Friday Afternoon For Aden Axtell.    Aden Axtell, 82, passed away at his home here sometime Tuesday afternoon.  His death was discovered by Ralph Busse who went to take Mr. Axtell some food late Tuesday afternoon and found him dead in his favorite chair. He was born in 1884 in the Midwest and came to Sherman County with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Axtelll in 1901 and settled in the Hay Canyon area, later moved to Moro.  Axtell had three brothers, Ira, Clair and Roy. He was married to Maude Gregg who passed away some years ago. He was city marshal here for many years, and in 1947 was hit by a car while crossing a street here and never completely recovered from the injuries he suffered. Graveside services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 in the Moro Cemetery, with Rev. Leo C. Tautfest, pastor of the Moro Community Presbyterian Church officiating.
  • Services For Jack Sanders Held At Wasco Church. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Methodist Church at Wasco for John (Jack) Merwin Sanders, 44, who died here Saturday of injuries received in a traffic accident Thursday. Mr. Sanders, who was born March 9, 1922, at Mabton, Wash., was a World War II veteran, having served in the Marine Corps from June, 1941, to 1946.  He and his brother managed Dinty’s truck service station at Biggs Junction 20 miles east of The Dalles. He was a member of The Dalles Elks Lodge 303; Taylor Lodge No. 99, A.F.&A.M., Wasco; Frank E. Brown Post No. 91, American Legion, Wasco; and Teamsters local union No. 883, Hood River. Surviving are his mother, Grace L. Sanders, and a brother, Bruce, both of Wasco; and a sister, Mrs. W. H. Clark of Eugene. The Rev. Robert F. Dowery officiated at the services, which were followed by Masonic rites.  The Frank E. Brown Post of the American Legion conducted military services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Bickleton, Wash. cemetery.  Smith Callaway Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
  • Services In Yakima For Early Resident In Wasco Area. Funeral services were held in Yakima yesterday for Al McAllister who resided in the Wasco area for about 25 years, since about 1926. About the time he and his brother, Charley, brought the first airplane to Wasco and went on to Yakima where they established the Yakima airport which is in use there today. The McAllisters were employed by Frank Morrow in the Sherman County Garage and Machine Co. at Wasco the operation being one of the best of its kind in the Northwest.  At its peak during the early ‘20s the firm had about 17 men employed and the customers covered a great distance in every direction from Wasco. The McAllisters were keenly interested in airplanes and started as pioneers in the business in the Northwest and have continued in that profession in the Yakima Airport.
  • The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the Sanders family in the sudden tragic death of John M. (Jack) Sanders as a result of a head on collision last week.  Jack was a long time employee of the Texaco station at Biggs.  He trained many of our local boys to become service station attendants.  He will be greatly missed by his many friends, as well as his family.

    [Note: the last page of this paper is badly out of focus, and it is not possible to tell if there are any additional obits or death notices listed.]


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