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Sherman County Journal Obituaries 1967 – 1969

Obituaries 1967 – 1969
The following are the death notices and obituaries contained within the pages of the Sherman County Journal, on the microfilm roll containing the issues from January 5, 1967 to November 20, 1969.

January 5, 1967

  • Graveside Services Friday Afternoon For Aden Axtell. Aden Kerr Axtell, long time resident of Moro passed away at his home here December 27 at the age of 81.   At the age of 12 he moved with his family from Blanchard, Iowa and settled on a farm east of Moro, now owned by Carrol Sayrs. He was married to Maude Gregg in 1917 and spent several years farming east of Moro in the Harlandview district.  He was marshall of Moro from 1941 to 1947 when injured in a car accident that left him crippled for the rest of his life. Survivors include nephews Bobbie Axtell of Lyle, Wash., Billie Axtell of McMinnville, Lee Axtell of Seattle; nieces Mrs. Elma Axtell Krusow of Lyle and Mrs. Marie Axtell obrien of Klamath Falls; several nephews and nieces reside in California, and a sister-in-law, Emma Axtell of Lyle. Graveside services were held last Friday afternoon with the Leo C. Taufest officiating.  Smith Callaway Chapel was in charge of arrangements. [Copied as it appeared.]

January 12, 1967

  • S.A. Pearson, Rufus Final Rites To Be Held In The Dalles. Final rites for Samuel Arnet Pearson, 82, of Rufus who died Tuesday at a hospital in The Dalles, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Smith Callaway Chapel with the Rev. Melvin E. Erickson in charge. Masonic rites by Wasco Lodge 15, A.F.&A.M., will follow. Burial will be at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in The Dalles. A retired farmer, Mr. Pearson had lived in Rufus for the past three years.   He was born March 24, 1884, in Wright County, Mo., and was a 54-year member in Hartville, Mo., of Joppa Masonic Lodge41 1. He married Dora Buttman April 19, 1914 at Graves Springs, Mo.  She died in 1954. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Elroy Henderson of Rufus; two sons, Ambrose of Union and Andrew of Star, Idaho; one sister, Dessie Kendrick of Benedict, Kan., and one brother, Arvel of Niagua, Mo.; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The family said those wishing to do so may send memorial contributions to the Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children, care of George Specht, 307 W. Sixth St., The Dalles.

January 19, 1967

  • Wasco Man Killed When Car Flips On Scott Canyon Road. An employee of the Sherman Co-op Grain Growers and a long time resident of Wasco, Max I. Williams, 52, was dead on arrival at a hospital in The Dalles Saturday night of injuries sustained about 7:45 p.m. in an accident about four miles south of Rufus above Scott Canyon. Williams was thrown from his car when it drifted to the side of the road and hit loose gravel, then turning over several times coming to rest in the middle of the highway, Sheriff Leo Roberts reported. His body was found 23 feet from his car which was upside down and blocking the northbound traffic lane. Williams was driving alone. The wrecked car was seen by people residing at a nearby ranch who notified the sheriff’s office here. He was taken to the hospital by the Sherman County ambulance. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Christian Church with Mr. William Jones officiating.   Full military rites were in charge of Frank E. Brown Post No. 91 of American Legion.   Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery at Wasco. Active bearers were George Jensen, Fred Hill, Tom Jacobsen, Stuart Macnab, Phil O’Meara and G.E. Nisbet.  Honorary bearers were Gordon Hilderbrand, Chester Coats, Frank Knox, Arthur Dahl, Walter Eaton and Joseph Reed. Survivors include his widow and four children, ages 12 and under.
  • Father of Former Moro Resident Dies. Walter Hermann of Milton-Freewater suffered a sudden stroke Dec. 28, and died two days later in the Hospital in Nyssa, Oregon while he and Mrs. Hermann were spending the holidays with their daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kennedy, former Moro residents. Funeral services were held Jan. 3, in Milton-Freewater.  Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by another daughter, Mrs. James Helling of Pendleton, and 4 sons, Phillip Hermann of Moses Lake; Michael Herman of Baker; and Richard and Peter Hermann of Walla Walla.
  • Sheriff Leo Roberts Reports Fatality. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office reports the first traffic fatality of the county for the year 1967. Max Irving Williams, of Wasco was killed Saturday evening the 14th of January, on Scott Canyon Road about 3 miles south of Rufus. Williams was headed south when he lost control of his vehicle, wandered onto the shoulder of the road and the vehicle then rolled over several times, throwing Williams out onto the pavement. Mr. Williams was an employee of the Wasco Cooperative Grain Growers. He is survived by his wife and four children.

January 26, 1967

  • Services Held Her For Postmaster Lloyd Johnson. Lloyd R. Johnson, well known among the young people of the community as “Uncle Phat,” passed away at the Mid Columbia Hospital in The Dalles January 22. He was born in Pendleton, July 15, 1909 and was brought to Sherman County when a few weeks old. He was the son of Ella Johnson and the late Arthur Johnson.  Sherman County was home for his entire life, forty seven years of which were spent in Moro.  After finishing high school in Moro, he attended the Oregon Normal School at Monmouth. He volunteered for the Army in April 1942 at Vancouver Barracks and was discharged at New York City, November 1945 after serving in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany almost four years. Lloyd returned to Moro and opened the Moro Hotel Coffee Shop, which he managed for three years.   He entered the Moro Post Office as post-master September 15, 1950, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church, Eureka Lodge No. 121 A.F.&A.M., Past Patron of the Bethlehem Chapter No. 78 Order of the Eastern Star, Chris Schultz Post No. 71 American Legion and also interested in educational activities. He is survived by his wife, Irma, sons, Richard R., Dean A. and Thomas R., daughter, Arlene Lane and four grandchildren, his mother, Mrs. Ella Johnson, two sisters, Mrs. Lamer Sayrs of Moro and Mrs. Harold Hailey of The Dalles. Funeral services were held at the Moro Community Church Wednesday, January 25, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Leo Tautfest officiating and under the direction of Smith Callaway.  Pallbearers were Kendrick Dunlap, Kenneth McKean, James Sandoz, Ted Thompson, Frank Sayrs and Richard Barnes. Interment was in the American Legion Cemetery.
  • The sympathy of the community is extended to the Max Williams family in the sudden passing of husband and father who will be greatly missed by his family, co-workers and friends.

February 2, 1967

  • Former Resident of Wasco Dies In Salem. Nau [Nan] Morrow Golliher, formerly of Wasco, passed away January 14 at Salem at the age of 92 years. She was one of eleven children born to John and Mary Morrow and came to Sherman County by train from Illinois in 1888. Nau was born in Arkansas Oct. 20, 1874.  She married Charles Golliher Jan. 2, 1895 and they had two daughters, Moree (Mrs. Earl T. Jones) of Boise and Olive (Mrs. A. B. McLauchlan of Salem. Other survivors include a sister, the only surviving member of the family of eleven, Mrs. Edward Kaseberg, The Dalles, and three grandchildren, five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Golliher was an early resident in Wasco where he operated a hardware store.   He died in 1936.  Services were held for Mrs. Golliher January 17 at Portland Memorial Chapel.  [Nan Morrow Golliher] [Copied as it appeared.]

February 8, 1967

  • Services For Hazel Belshe Will Be Held Friday At Gresham. Mrs. Hazel Belshe of The Village, 18001 S.E. Powelll, Gresham, died at a local hospital on Feb. 6, 1967. Belshe was born Nan Hazel Kuykendall, on Jan. 14, 1888 at Yamhill, and at the time of her death was 79 years of age. The early years of her life were spent in Yamhill where she attended grade and high school, and grew to womanhood.  She was one of ten children.   On Nov. 18, 1914 at Yamhill, she married James Wilford Belshee. Mrs. Belshe was a graduate of Oregon Normal School at Monmouth, and attended one year at Linfield College.  She had been a teacher at Fall City, at McMinnville and at Yamhill. After her marriage she moved to a wheat ranch at Moro.  In 1951 she moved to The Dalles, and 1965 to The Village near Gresham.   Mr. Belshe died in 1942. She was a member of the First Christian Church of The Dalles, a Charter member of Harlandview Grange of Moro, a member of the Bethlehem Chapter of O.E.S. The surviving members of her family include one son and two daughters, Max K. Belshe of Moro, Mrs. John (Sybil) Stockdale of Portland, Mrs. Richard (Barbara) Martin of Granada Hills, Calif.  Two brothers also survive, Charles Kuykendall of Yamhill and Marvin Kuykendall of Portland.  One sister, Mrs. Jean K. Porter of Klamath Falls, Oregon.  There are 5 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 10, 1967 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Carroll Funeral Home, Gresham, with Rev. Vern Kerstien offering the services.  Graveside services and committal at 3:00 p.m. at Rose Cemetery, Moro, with Rev. H. Harold Johnson of The Dalles First Christian Church officiating.
  • Moro Personals. Mrs. Louis Sather received word last week of the death of her last remaining brother, H. A. Strader, on Thursday.   He was a former resident of Sherman County and had married Leta Curl of Grass Valley in 1901.  He was 88 years of age and was living at LaCenter, Wash., at the time of his death. Mrs. Sather and the Blaine Millers went to Gresham Wednesday for the funeral.

February 16, 1967

  • Moro Personals. Word has been received in Moro of the death of Mrs. Eva Rudolf in Portland.  She was sister of Mrs. Daisy Byers and an early day resident of Moro.

February 23, 1967

  • Grass Valley. Eben Kee and Mrs. Dell Olds went to The Dalles Monday to attend the funeral services for Mrs. Lizzie Hodges held at the Spencer & Libby Funeral Home, with burial in the Odd Fellows cemetery.
  • Moro Personals. Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Al Channer in Portland last week.   Channer served the local church for some months after Mr. and Mrs. Goodenberger left.

March 2, 1967

  • Lizzie Hodges Rites Held In The Dalles; Taught In County. Funeral for Mrs. Lizzie M. Hodges, 83, a longtime elementary school teacher in The Dalles were held Feb. 23 at the Spencer & Libby Chapel. The Rev. Paul Sweeney was in charge.  Burial was in the Odd Fellows cemetery. Mrs. Hodges was born Jan. 29, 1884 at Sumner and had lived most of her life in The Dalles.  Her husband, Orange F. Hodges, died in 1921. From 1922 until 1949 she was a teacher in The Dalles, and then retired briefly but returned to the teaching of kindergarten classes, continuing until her retirement in __65. Her first teaching experience was gained in 1904, when she was a teacher in Grass Valley before her marriage.  She was the daughter of the Rev. Charles D. Bailey, a circuit rider in the area, and Mrs. Bailey. Mrs. Hodges was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church, a member and past noble grand of Azelea Rebekah Lodge, and a member of Old Wasco County Pioneer Association and Columbia Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Frank (Era Bell) Evans of Portland and Mrs. Del (Lucille) Bradburn of Seaside; one son, Millard of Grants Pass; two sisters, Mrs. Eleanor Nichols of San Jose, Calif., and Mrs. Mary Cole of Portland; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

March 9, 1967

  • Buether Services Set Monday At Redmond. John H. Buether, age 78, passed away at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, March 8, at Redmond where he had been making his home. Funeral services will be at the St. Thomas Catholic Church at Redmond Monday, March 13, at 10 a.m. Interment will be in the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart Fund.
  • Former Resident Dies In California. Pete Thompson, an early day farmer on the land now farmed by Terry Bucholtz passed away on February 13 at the age of 86 years, at Sacramento, Calif.   Thompson was born in Germany on October 6, 1880.  His only known survivor is a daughter, Mrs. Louise Warn of Waldport, Ore. A wife, Emma, died in 1910 and was buried in the Wasco Sunrise Cemetery.   A son, Walter, gave his life for his country in the Service. Mr. Thompson’s body was cremated and the remains sent to Wasco to be interred beside his wife last Saturday, March 4.  The Rev. Robert Dowry of the Wasco Methodist Church gave a short graveside service.
  • Services Tomorrow For Harold White, Wasco Postmaster. Harold R. White, 60, of Lincoln City, passed away March 7, 1967. He was born in Dufur, Oregon May 31, 1906 and has been a resident of Lincoln City for the past three years following his retirement as postmaster at Wasco. Surviving include his wife, Adria; a son James of Lincoln City; a sister, Mrs. Helen Bruckert of Wasco; and a brother, J. Hudson White of Prineville. Services will be held Friday, March 10, at 2:00 p.m. at Pacific Mortuary, Lincoln City with Rev. Paul Dickey, officiating.  Interment will be in the Eureka Cemetery, Newport.

March 16, 1967

  • Grass Valley News. A number of relatives and friends from Grass Valley and community went to Redmond Monday March 13 to attend the funeral services for John Henry Adolph Buether held at St. Thomas Catholic Church at 10 o’clock.  The Rev. Francis McCormack conducted the service. Casket bearers were Don Kissier, Walter Hall, Hans Bardenhagen, Joseph Hammond, Delbert Wooderson and Willard Rolfe. Honorary bearers were William Bardenhagen, Fritz Rohweder, Frank von Borstel, Max Brown, George Wernmark, and Alfred Payne. Graveside services and interment was at the IOOF cemetery at Grass Valley at 1:30 p.m. with Father Gerald Condon conducting the service. A dinner for the family and friends was held in the IOOF hall following the graveside service, sponsored by the Grass Valley Rebekahs and American Legion Auxiliary and friends in the community.

March 23, 1967

March 30, 1967

April 6, 1967

  • Word has been received that the brother of Rev. Larry Eddings passed away in Forest Grove with the services being held last Monday.   Larry Eddings is a former minister of the Wasco Methodist Church, and the sympathy of his former parishioners is extended to him and his family.

April 13, 1967

April 20, 1967

  • John Stockdale Dies In Gresham Hospital. John Stockdale, husband of Sybil Belshee Stockdale, died of cancer April 17 following a week’s illness in the Greshman General Hospital.   He is survived by his wife and one son, John, a student at Oregon State University. Mr. Stockdale was a veteran of World War II and also of the Korean conflict and has worked at the Portland Airbase for the past twenty years. Services will be at the Carroll’s Funeral Home Friday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. and at Willamette National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.
  • Moro Personals. Mrs. Harry Pinkerton received word Sunday afternoon, April 16 of the death of her cousin, Lloyd Wisecarver, of Geyerville, Calif.  He had been ill for over a month of an asthma — emphysema — cardia condition.  He was a nephew of the late Lena Searcy, and had lived to be the good age of eighty-five years.   He had visited Sherman County many times.

April 27, 1967

  • Services Held For Lloyd Orville Rice. A resident of Ione since 1941, born November 17, 1908 in Klondike.  Lloyd Orville Rice passed away on his ranch in Ione Thursday, April 20, at the age of 58. He was a member of BPOE Lodge No. 508 in Heppner and the Grange in Ione. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Bonnie L. Rice of Ione, a son, Lloyd Robert Rice of Reno, Nev.; a sister, Mrs. Freda Alden of Haward, Cal.; parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Rice of The Dalles. Funeral services were held at Spencer and Libby Chapel Monday at 2:00 p.m.  Interment was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

May 4, 1967

May 11, 1967

May 18, 1967

  • Services Wednesday For Mrs. Poole. C. E. (Wilma) Poole died on Sunday evening, May 14, at Terwilliger Plaza, Portland, following an illness of several months.  Services were held at Finleys, Portland, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with interment at 2:00 p.m. in The Dalles IOOF Cemetery. Mrs. Poole was the eldest child of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Pinkerton.   She was born at Clarinda, Iowa, November 23, 1882.  Her parents moved to Sherman County, Oregon when she was about four years old, settling north of Moro. Following her marriage she lived in Sherman County for several years where her husband farmed.  When he became an employee of the Holt Tractor Co. they lived in Spokane, Ritzville, Pendleton, and The Dalles, where Mr. Poole died in 1934.   Later she lived in Salem, Redmond, and Prineville, before moving to Portland.   Her nephew, Dean Pinkerton, is farming her land north of Gordon Ridge. Preceding her in death was her husband, Charles E. Poole, her parents, her sister, Mrs. W.E. (Emma) Newton, and her brothers, Harry and B&Pinkerton. She was a member of the Calvary Presbyterian Church, Portland, of&Bethlehem Chapter No. 78, Order of Eastern Star, Moro, of Sherman County Ladies Club of Portlandandofseveral groups within Terwilliger Plaza where she lived since it was opended. Surviving her are four sons; Robert of Portland, Donald of Redmond, Linden of Longview, Wash., and Harry of Salem and also a sister, Mrs. Margaret P. Eoff of Seattle, five grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren and several nieces and nephews.   [copied as it appeared]

May 27, 1967

  • Services Wednesday For Mrs. Poole. [the same obit appears in this issue of the paper, mistakes and all]

June 1, 1967

  • Funeral Services Tomorrow for Mrs. Jeannette McDonald. Mattie Jeannette McDonald, 93, a resident of Rufus and Sherman County for nine decades, died at a hospital in The Dalles Monday after a long illness. Mrs. McDonald was born March 18, 1874, at Dayville and came with her parents, William and Isabelle Murray to a place near Rufus, later known as the Murray Springs. She was married to William G. McDonald on Dec. 19, 1900.  For many years they operated the ferry known as the McDonald Ferry on the John Day River at McDonald, Oregon.  Her husband passed away in 1945. Due to failing health Mrs. McDonald had been in a nursing home in The Dalles for several years. She was a member of Marian Rebekah Lodge No. 127 of Wasco. Survivors include two sons, William H. McDonald of Rufus and Robert M. McDonald of Camp Sherman; a granddaughter, Mrs. Alton B. (Jeannette) Christenson of Portland; and two great grandsons, Ronald B. Christenson of Plattsburg Air Force Base, N.Y. and Marty Christenson of Portland. Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel, the Rev. Robert Dowery, pastor of the Wasco Methodist Church, officiating.   The Rebekah Lodge will conduct graveside services at the IOOF Cemetery in The Dalles. Casket bearers will be Robert and Joseph Morris, Wm. Huck, Rolland Johnson, Leonard Jordan and George Jensen.

June 8, 1967

  • Grass Valley Resident Dies In The Dalles. Amanda E. Engstrom, 94, a resident of Grass Valley the past 40 years, died at a hospital in The Dalles Thursday morning. She was born July 28, 1872 in Sweden. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Grass Valley Baptist Church, the Rev. Harold Day of Kent officiating. Casket bearers were Rodney Rolfe, Donald Schilling, Dennis Andersen, Gary Schilling, Harry Eakin and Thomas Eakin.   Interment was in the Grass Valley cemetery.
  • Death Claims Bob Schilling Grass Valley. Herman Robert (Bob) Schilling 40, a Grass Valley area wheat rancher who had lived in The Dalles for about five years, died last Wednesday night at a hospital in The Dalles. Mr. Schilling, who was born June 10, 1926, at Grass Valley, was a graduate of the University of Oregon and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Grass Valley, Al Kader Shire, Elks Lodge No. 303 The Dalles, the IOOF Lodge and The Dalles Country Club.   He was a candidate for a position on the School District 12 school board at the May 1 election. Surviving are his widow, Sylvia; two sons, Noel and Jeffry, and two daughters, Julie and Donna Kay. Funeral services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Spencer & Libby Chapel, the Rev. John P. Ginter officiating.  Interment was in the IOOF cemetery. Casket bearers were Max Nogle, Edward Dick, Frank Scholtes, Jr., Melvin Johnson, Harry Hooper and Stan Mayfield.  Honorary casket bearers were Henry Maier, Leonard Huston, Alfred Payne, Frank Ketter, John Becharas, and Pres Tavlin. Friends who so desire may contribute to the Oregon Heart Fund in Mr. Schilling’s memory.

June 15, 1967

  • Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Crawford. Alice E. Crawford, mother of Mrs. C. Verne Smith, passed away early Sunday morning at the Smith home.   Mrs. Crawford was a member of Rose Lake Chapter No. 84, Order of Eastern Star of Rose Lake, Idaho. Services were held at 10:30 a.m. last Wednesday at Spencer, Libby Chapel in The Dalles, Interrement to follow on Thursday at Rose Lake, Iaho with the Rose Lake Chapter in charge of graveside services. Survivors, besides her daughter, Lola Smith, with whom she had been making her home, are three sons, George Wilcox of Hood River, Myron Wilcox of Baker and Francis Crawford of Vancouver, Washington, and daughter Iva Dlaviano of Washington, D.C., 22 grandchildren and 21 great grand children.   [copied as it appeared]

June 22, 1967

June 29, 1967

  • Louis R. Walsh Dies After Long Illness. Louis R. Walsh, age 76, passed away June 24, 1967 in Glendale, California following an extended illness. Born July 21, 1890 at Dayton, Wash. Mr. Walsh lived there and in Walla Walla prior to making his home in Wasco.   He will be remembered by his many friends throughout Sherman County where he farmed for many years.   In Wasco he was a member of the Knights Pythias and the Christian Church. He leaves his wife Florence, two sons, Melvin of Montbridge and David of Ventura, two daughters, Mrs. Cleone Brannon of Portland and Mrs. Mereow Carsons of Sunnyville, Calif.  and nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  He is also survived by oe sister Mrs. Ora Hunter of Surfside, Calif. Among the Paul Bearers chosen was Lloyd Hennegan a former resident of Wasco and Moro. Services were held at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, Hollwood Hills, with Rev. Edward Howk, officiating. [copied as it appeared]
  • Cloyd Duncan Dies After Heart Surgery. Last week Cloyd Duncan entered the University of Oregon Medical School for heart surgery.  Friday morning word was received by Moro friends telling of his death.   Duncan was coach and teacher at Sherman High for five years beginning about 1953.  This past year he taught at Canby.   There are four children in the family — three girls and one boy.   The funeral was held on Tuesday at the Folson Funeral Home in Pendleton. After hearing of the death Marsha Martin went down to be with the family for two days.
  • Coelsch Passes In Gresham Hospital. Mrs. Katherine Coelsch, mother of Stan Coelsch and Mrs. George Martin of Bend, passed away Saturday, June 24, at the Gresham Hospital.  For some time she has made her home with her daughter and family in Bend. The Rosary was recited for her at the Catholic Church in Bend Tuesday evening and the funeral mass has held Wednesday morning.

July 6, 1967

  • Services Held For Jake Palmer, 21. Funeral for Jake (Ike) Palmer, of Shaniko, who drowned June 29 in the John Day River, will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Spencer & Libby Chapel with Harry Atkins of Dufur officiating.  Burial will be at the Odd Fellows cemetery. He was born May 4, 1946, and was 21 years of age. Surviving are his widow, Mary Sue; parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Palmer of Antelope; a brother, Mike, in the Army in Vietnam; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Palmer and Mrs. George Barnett of The Dalles. Pallbearers will be Darrel Friend, Gary Van Gilder, Richard Forman, Mike Funk, George Otter and Jim Taylor.  Honarary pallbearers will be Pat Choln, Maurice Welch, Glen Roberts, Harold Taylor, Church Hyder and Charles Skeans.

July 13, 1967

July 20, 1967

  • Services Set Friday For Melvin Hughes. Melvin L. Hughes, a Moro resident for the past year and a half, formerly of Kuna, Idaho died at The Dalles on July 18. Mr. Hughes was shop foreman for Wheatland Equipment.  He was born at Arnold, Nebraska on October 16, 1917.  He was veteran of World War II, having received a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Survivors include his wife, Rosie L. Hughes, and four sons, Melvin L. Jr., of Piedmont, S.C., Lawrence of the U.S. Navy, stationed at Long Beach, Calif., Burdette and Johnny of Moro. Mr. Hughes is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Kathryn Hughes and one sister, Winifred Cassell, both of Stapleton, Nebr. Funeral arrangements are in care of Smith Callaway Chapel, with the services to be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Robison Chapel of The Chimes at Meridian, Idaho with interment at Kuna, Idaho.
  • Funeral Saturday For James W. Fox, Rufus. Funeral services for James W. Fox, 27 a lifelong resident of Rufus vicinity and a young rancher living 10 miles southeast of Rufus, will be held Saturday in Wasco and The Dalles. Mr. Fox died Tuesday at his home after an illness of two and one-half years.   He was confined to his bed the past two and one-half weeks.  The family said his death was attributed to cancer and that since January of this year he had been given experimental treatments at the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Tumor Clinic for use in cancer research, the family said. Funds may be sent for this purpose to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Odell at Moro. Memorial requiem mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wasco with the Rev. Gerald Condon as the celebrant.  A second service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles at 1 p.m., with the Rev. E. Ernest Taylor officiating, followed by committal at St. Peter’s Cemetery in The Dalles with Father Condon offering prayer. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Smith Callaway Chapel. Casket bearers will be Jim Belshe and Bob Odell, both of Moro, Jerry Miller of Portland, Rhod McIntosh of Pullman, Wash., Doyle Jacklin of Spokane, Jerry Brackett of Pullman, Wash. He was born June 5, 1940 in The Dalles.  Survivors are his widow Sue a teacher in the Rufus grade school, one son Andrew, a daughter, Sarah; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George L. Fox, also of Rufus; two sisters, Mrs. Wilson (Eleanor) Foote of Corvallis and Mrs. Earl (Delores) Weatherford of Olex, and a brother, George Fox Jr. of Kennewick, Wash. Mr. Fox was graduated from Rufus Grade School and Sherman High in Moro and then attended Washington State University at Pullman for three years.  While in grade school, he was all star basketball center in the tournament. In 1961 Mr. Fox married Sue Ahlquist of Bremerton.  After his return to the Rufus community, he played basketball for the town team, and is recalled as an ardent hunter and outdoorsman. He was chairman of the Rufus Elementary School Board and a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.
  • Moro Personals. Word of the death of Mrs. John marker, formerly of Moro but for a number of years a desident of Grants Pass, was received by Moro friends Sunday.  [copied as it appeared.]

July 27, 1967

August 3, 1967

  • Wednesday Mass For John Summers. Requiem mass for John Marian Summers, 52, a truck driver for Vinnell Corp., prime contractor on the John Day Dam, was celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles at 10 a.m. Wednesday by Msgr. Michael J. McMahon. Mr. Summers died accidentally while working on the project last Saturday. Burial was at 2 p.m. yesterday at Calvary Cemetery at Yakima.  Rededication of the rosary was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Callaway Chapel. Mr. Summers was born Feb. 26, 1915 at Coonde, S. Dak.  He was married Dec. 30, 1952, at Aberdeen, S. Dak. Ten years ago the couple came to Yakima and then four years ago to The Dalles.  He had been engaged in construction work. Mr. Summers was a member of St. Peter’s Church, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Dalles Post 19 of the American Legion, VFW Post 379 in Yakima and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in that city. Survivors include his widow and two daughters, Janene and Christie, and a son, Mark, all at home, and one brother, Luther, of Medina, Ohio.
  • Two John Day Employes Victims Of Accidents. Two men died in accidents in the work area of the John Day Dam Saturday and Sunday, one in the crash of a commercial helicopter presumably passing over the dam area enroute elsewhere, and the other involved construction of the coffer dam upriver from the dam’s spilwayl section. Killed by the fall in his flaming helicopter was William Bates Moore, about 40, of Burney Calif.  His body landed near the site where principal parts of the machine fell, but parts were scattered over a wide area. A team oof investigatrs from the Federal Aviation Agency was scheduled to arrive at 1 p.m. Monday for a study of causes of the accident. Drowning was blamed as the immediate cause of the death of John M. Summers, 52, a resident of The Dalles for the past four years and a truck driver for Vinnell Corp, pime contractor on the dam. He rode a loaded truck into about 20 feet of water on the lower side of the upper cofferdom above the spillway section of the John Day Dam.  The dam was completed Monday morning afted two weeks of oround the clock work by men on a three shift basis. The Corps of Engineers was to convene a board of inqiry Monday night to question men on Summers shift and take other evidence.  When the woter from the area has been pumped out around September1, the the truke will be recovered and checked by mechanics for possible deffects It was a new machine. The helicopter crashed at about 2 p.m. not long after Moore had stopped at The Dalles Airpor for reyueling.  He was operating a late-model Bel machine owned by Power City Construction Co., Spokane. Moore apparently was ferrying the machine for the company, but details of his mission were not avoilable. The copter struck power lines just west of he John Day Dam and droppe almost strait own, exploing an catching fire. Moore’s wife Wonda, lives at Huntington Beach, Calif.  His mother, Mrs. W.C. Moore lives at Kansas City, Mo.  [copied as it appeared]
  • Services Saturday. Funeral services for Jake Douma of Wheeler, Oregon, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the Methodist Church at Nehalem.  Douma died Tuesday following a sroke.  Burial will be at Dundee about 3:00 p.m. [copied as it appeared]
  • Melvin L. Hughes Passed Away July 18 At Home In Moro. Melvin L. Hughes, 49, former Kuna, Idaho businessman and member of Village Board, died Tuesday, July 18 at Moro. Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Friday, July 21 in Robinson’s Chapel of Chimes, Meridian, Idaho with Rev. Omar Barnhouse of Franklin Road Church of the Nazerene in Nompa officiating.  Interment was in Kuna Cemetery. A native of Nebraska, Hughes spent 14 years in the Boise Valley and had operated repair shops in Star, Meridian and Kuna, Idaho.  He owned and operated “Mel’s Repair” in Kuna for over eight years before moving to Walla Walla where he was forman for International Harvester Company there. He and Glen Casky of Kuna bought and maintained at their own expense an ambulance for the Kuna Community free to Kuna people, a number of years, never charging ambulance fees to anyone — donations they did accept.   But you could always ride whether you had money or not when you needed an ambulance and Mel kept the ambulance in repair. He served a number of years on the Volunteer Fire Dept. at Kuna also. At the time of his death he was formon for International Shop, Wheatland Equipment Co., here for the past year and a half.  He was a veteran of World War II, having o Bronze Star, Purple Heart and several other medals, serving four years, nine months and 19 days in the Army. Mr. Hughes was born at Arnold, Nebraska October 16, 1917, son of Mr and Mrs Peter F. Hughes.  He was united in morriaqge October 1, 1950 to Rosie Rogers at Emmett, Idaho. Survivors include his widow, Rosie, Moro; four sons, Lawrence Hughes with U.S. Navy at Long Beach, Calif.; Melvin F. of Piedmont, S.C.’ Burdette and Johnny at home.  His mother, Mrs. Pete Hughes, Stapleton, Nebr.; a sister, Winifred Cassell also of Stopleton, Nebr.  His father, four brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Mel, as he was better known, had operated the ambulance or on the two truck in Moro, just wherever he was needed, and wos will liked in this community in the short time he was here, and will be greatly missed. Casket bearers were John P. Bell, David Doan, Bill Wynid, Wayne Kuhlman, Carl German and Carl Nuhlolson.  [copied as it appeared]

August 10, 1967

  • Moro Personals. Mrs. Orlow Martin, Mrs. Blaine Millar and Mrs. Paul Fraser went to Goldendale Saturday to attend the funeral of Earnest Basse brother-in-law of Mrs. Tony Millar.
  • Moro Personals. Jake Douma former resident of Moro, passed away at Wheeler, Oregon August1, 1967.  Surviving him are his widow, Elmira and one son Elner Douma of Wheeltr, one daughter, Mrs. LawrenceUnderhill of Nehelem and four grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Andrew (Olida) Brown of Maupin and Mrs. Joe Peters (Marit) of Moro, three brothers ADouma of Milwaukie, Oregon, G. Douma of Moro and Bake Doume of Wheeler. August 5 at 11a.m. in the Nthlem Bay Methodist Church, Rev. Kenneth Coggon officiated.  Activities bearers were nephews – Jan Douma Kim Douma, Robert Belshe, Robert Dickenosn, William Dicktnson and James Belshe.  Honorary bearers were Wheeler Lodge number 240 I.O.O.F. and Tillomook Lodge number1437 B.P.O.E. Vault intrenment was in tht Dundee Community Cemetary.  [copied as it appeared]

August 17, 1967

  • Glady Buxton. Mrs. Glady N. Buxton, 88, of 3556 SE Stark ST., died Friday in Portland.  Funeral services will be held ot 1 p.m. Tuesday by Holman’s Funeral Service.  Interment will be in Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Forest Grove.  [copied as it appeared]
  • Services Saturday For Local Marine Killed In Viet Nam. Military rites for Pfc. Dennis Earl Brown, 21, first The Dalles man to be killed in action in South Viet Nam will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Spencer & Libby chapel.  The Rev. Melvin E. Erickson will officiate.  Interment was at the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles. Pfc. Brown son of Mrs. Alice Jones of Chama, N.M. and Wayne Brown of Albany was killed July 29 while serving with the Marines near Qnang Tri.  He was a member of Co. E of the Second Marine Battallion, Third Division. He enlisted at Portland Nov. 18, 1965, received his boot training at the Marine Corps recruit depot at San Diego and was later transfered to the Second Infantry training regiment at Camp Pendleton. Bown was later sent to Kodiak Marine base, Alaska, arriving on April 16, 1966. He was trained as a barber while spending a year there. After a 20 day leave, he returned to Camp Pendleton and departed for Viet Nam June 17 of this year.  He died less than five weeks later as the result of a rifle bullet wound while engaged in combat. Brown was born in The Dalles July 22, 1946, and prior to military service spent all of his life in The Dalles and Rufus areas.  He attended grade school in The Dalles and high school at Sherman High, Moro.  For seven years prior to his enlistment he made his home with the Jack Beers family at Rufus. Besides his parents he is survived by three brothers, Del Brown of Glenview, Ill., Larry and Lloyd Edwin Brown of Minneapolis; a sister, Mrs. Katherine Marie Fox of Dexter, Ore.; and grandparents Frank E. Brown of The Dalles and Mrs. Stanley Graczyk of Sidney, Neb. Pallbearers at the rites held Saturday were George Michaels, Ted Taylor, Jim Bowes, Max Hoehne, Bob Byars and Lee Schwendel.  [copied as it appeared]
  • Moro Personals. Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Phil Buxton former resident of Moro, in Portland last Friday.  She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Thelma Miller and her son, Willis Buxton and by grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Services were held in Portland Tuesday afternoon followed by interment at the Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Forest Grove.

August 24, 1967

  • John Barnett Rites Today In Portland, Interment at Wasco. Funeral for John Golden Barnett, 72, who died Sunday at a Portland hospital, are being held on 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at Ross Hollywood Chapel, 4733 N.E. Thompson St. in Portland. Interment will be in the Sunrise Cemetery at Wasco. Born in Wasco April 1, 1895, Mr. Barnett lived there for many years before he retired and moved to Portland. He was a member of Taylor Lodge 99, A.F.&A.M., in Wasco, Frank E. Brown post of the American Legion in Sherman County and 91st and Division Post 52 of the American Legion in Portland.  He was a veteran of World War I. Surviving are his widow, Marie; a daughter, Mrs. Diane Egger of Maryland; son, John of Seattle; brother, Ira of Portland; three sisters, Mrs. Florence Barnett Turner and Mrs. Marie Barnett Cooper, both of Portland and Mrs Dorothy E. Blakney of Hong Kong and three grandchildren.
  • Fredric Medler Funeral Services Held At Wasco. Frederic Medler, eighth of nine children of Bruno F. and Minerva J. Medler, and the _ast todie, was buried in the Wasco cemetery on Tuesday, August 22.  He died in Portland Saturday morning after years of declining health. Frederic Medler was born in the now-gone house on the Bruno Medler place July 25, 1883.  He grew up around Wasco, farmed and was married and went into business.  He shared in the extensive estate left by the elder Medlers.  For years he had been a resident of Portland, Oregon.  Frederic had no children; survivors in Sherman County are nieces and some nephews, including Mrs. Giles French, Lester Barnum, Roland Johnson, Lloyd Henrichs, a grand nephew.  Robert Dawrey of Wasco Methodist Church conducted the graveside service.
  • Graveside services will be held at Sunrise Cemetery Tuesday morning for Fred Medler.  Mr. Medler owned a store in Wasco about 40 years ago.

August 31, 1967

  • Funeral Services Held At The Dalles Chapel For Stacey Wilson. Stacey Atlee Wilson, 74, a retired farmer, died in a hospital in The Dalles Monday morning. Mr. Wilson was born Dec. 3, 1892, at Monkland in Sherman County.  He had been a resident of The Dalles for the past three years and prior to that lived at Rufus. He was a World War I veteran and a member of the First Christian Church, the Rufus Grange and the Veterans of World War I.   Surviving are his widow, Lulu Wilson, of The Dalles; two daughter, Lois Miller and Vivien Butler, both of Portland; a son Stacey Wilson, Jr. of Ranch Cordova, Calif.; three brothers, Dr. J. Dwight Wilson of Carmel, Calif., L. Dow Wilson of Springfiedl, Ore., and Charles C. Wilson of The Dalles; a sister, Lillie Mulligan of West Covina, Calif.; his mother, Mrs. Mary L. Wilson of The Dalles; 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services are being held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Spencer and Libby Chapel with H. Harold Johnson officiating.  Interment will follow at the IOOF cemetery. [copied as it appeared]
  • Wasco Fire Victim Identified As Harry Osborn, Sheriff Says. The man who died in a burning car at Wasco early last Thursday has been identified as Harry Alfred Osborn, 61, a resident of Wasco about a year and a half. Sherman County Sheriff Leo Roberts said the identification is almost positive although the body was severely burned. An autopsy was to be performed Saturday morning in The Dalles. The body was found in an old car that had caught fire on the property of Con Davis.  He apparently had been sleeping in the vehicle. Osborn was born in Terra Haute, In.  He was not regularly employed but had been doing odd jobs in the Wasco area.  Two half brothers, one in Washington and one in California, and a half sister in Washington have been located.
  • Friends were saddened to hear of the passing of Frank Watherford of Olex, Oregon.  Frank passed away at the Veterans hospital in Vancouver, Wn. Friday. [Weatherford]
  • Frak Weatherford comes from one of Gilliam County’s oldest families os his father homesteaded in the vicinity of Olex, Ore.  Many of thw Weatherfords settled in Gilliam County, and some left to seek their fortunes elsewhere. Frank was Representative in the legislature for two terms for this area, and since tha time he has served as couy commissioner o post he had before he entered the legislature.  H leaves his wife Daisy a son Earl Weatherford of Olex, and a daughter Mrs. Tom Buce of Seattle and nine grnadchildren.  His daughter Gayle preceded him in dath a fw years ago  Burial will be at Arligton Aug. 30 at 2 p.m.  [copied as it appeared]

September 7, 1967

September 14, 1967

  • Ben Hockman Services Held In The Dalles Church. Requiem mass for Benjamin Franklin Hockman, 71, who died Friday at a Portland hospital after a long illness were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles. Michael J. McMahon was the celebrant.  Recitation of the rosary was at Smith Callaway Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Mr. Hockman was a retired automobile mechanic.  He had been employed by Sunset Motor Co. for a number of years and also served at Eddins Motor Co., predecessor to Ray Schultens Ford, and the old Walther-Williams Motor Co. Born Feb. 25, 1896 at Tenino, Wash., he moved with his parents to Moro when a child.  Here he enlisted for service in the Navy during World War 1 and married later on his return, in Wasco, Oct. 22, 1924. The couple had lived in The Dalles since 1930.  Mr. Hockman was a member of St. Peter’s Church, and the family suggested form of contributions to the church building fund. Surviving in addition to his widow, Frances, are two sons, Donovan and Michael, both of Portland; one daughter, Mary Patrick Hockman of The Dalles; three sisters, Mrs. Lottie Lee and Mrs. May Jane Nordin, both of Portland, and Mrs. Mollie McLachlan of Moro, and eight grandchildren. Active pallbearers were Roger Wilhelm, George Caldwell, Clifford Corson Sr. and Jr., Jack Robertson and George Storey. The honorary casket bearers were Gene Elton, W. A. Enderton, Max Kaseberg, Clifford Spencer, Roy Duvall and Elmen Swett.

September 21, 1967

September 28, 1967

  • Accident Near Madras Claims Rufus Man. Dead on arrival at Mountain View Hospital Tuesday evening was Albert E. Hartley of Rufus.  The accident occurred as Hartley attempted to cross highway 97 just south of Madras.  He was returning to his vehicle from the restaurant across the road from where his pickup was parked.  As he started across 97, he was hit by a vehicle driven by Gerald J. Keston, 17, of route 1, Madras.  No citation was issued by investigating officers.  Tragedy struck the Hartleys several months ago when Albert’s wife and daughter lost their lives in an auto accident near Celilo.
  • The Rufus area was sorry to learn of Albert E. Hartley, 55 years of age which was in the Oregon Journal on Sept. 21.  The paper reported that he was killed when struck by a car near Madras last Tuesday.  Mr. Hartley worked on the project at Rufus the last few years, and he and the whole area were shocked when his wife and daughter went into the water about ten miles east of The Dalles last spring on Hwy 80N as they were going into The Dalles.  They were buried at Tillamook where they formerly lived.  While here they lived on the Worth Tate place three miles south of Rufus.  The place is now owned by Mr and Mrs Chester Coats of Wasco.  Mr. Hartley has continued to live on this place until the time of his death.  Three people to be killed in auto accidents in one year seems too much for one family.  Mr. Hartley has a son who is a civil engineer who just recently moved to Texas where he had employment.
  • Mrs. Leo C. Watkins and Mrs. Floyd Haines of Marian Rebekah Lodge No. 127 and Mrs. Russell Larkins of Azelea Lodge No. 99, The Dalles drove to Portland Thursday, Sept 21 to attend the funeral services for Robert L. rown [Brown], Grand Patriarch of the Grand Encampment of Oregon.  Mr. Brown’s widow, Doris is the matron of the Odd Fellows Home.  Brother Bob will be greatly missed by his family, but the residents of the Home, and by his coworkers over the state.

October 5, 1967

  • Services for W. R. Reid, Long-Time Merchant At Wasco. Funeral for William R. Reid, 86, a long time resident of Wasco, will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Wasco Methodist Church, the Rev. Robert Dowrey conducting the service.  Arrangements in the care of Smith Callaway.  Burial to be at the Sunrise Cemetery. Mr. Reid died at a local hospital, on Monday. Born in Chesterville, Ontario, Canada, April 2, 1881, he came to Portland in 1902 and until 1905 worked on the open platform street cars. Then he came to Sherman County and homesteaded 20 miles east of Wasco.  In 1910 he married Mae E. Burkhart.  Except for three years spent in Portland, the remainder of his life was in Wasco where he engaged in the plumbing business until his retirement.  He served several years on the Wasco City Council. Surviving are his widow, Mae; one son, William of The Dalles; a sister, Maude Harper, of Chesterville, Canada; two nieces, two nephews.
  • Services At Wasco Methodist Church For Former Resident. A Wasco resident of 40 years, Clifford N. Fridley passed away at a local hospital Sunday. Fridley was 86 years old.  He was born August 2, 1881, near Philomath in Benton County.  Two years later he came with his parents to Sherman County to homestead.  There he attended Bigelow school and later Armstrong Business College in Portland.  For 15 years he ranched in the Lexington area before taking a ranch in the Wasco area for the next 40 years. He was a 63-year member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Lexington.  His wife, Elma Burnett Fridley died in 1960. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Dora F. Moore of Wasco and Mrs. Nettie Elder of Hood River; three nephews, Ira Fridley of Portland, Kenneth of Wasco and Clyde of Goldendale, Wash.; two nieces, Mrs. Inez Wallace of The Dalles, Mrs. Catherine Thomas of Wasco, 11 great grand nieces and nephews. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wasco Methodist Church with Rev. Robert F. Dowrey officiating.  Burial will be at Sunrise Cemetery.  Casket bearers are: Jerry Barnett, Chet Coats, Marvin Thomas, Tom Jacobsen, David Richelderfer and John Robinson.
  • Word has just been received of the passing of W.R. Reid on Monday night at a hospital in The Dalles.  Mr. Reid had been in the plumbing and electrical business in Wasco for many years.  The sympathy of the community is extended to his bereaved family.
  • The community has again been saddened with the passing of two more old timers, Charles Siscel, 89, and C.N. “Cliff” Fridley.  Our sincere sympathy is extended to the families and many relatives of these long time residents of the Wasco area.
  • Accident Near Madras Claims Rufus Man. Dead on arrival at Mountain View Hospital Tuesday evening was Albert E. Hartley of Rufus.  The accident occurred as Hartley attempted to cross highway 97 just south of Madras.  He was returning to his vehicle from the restaurant across the road from where his pickup was parked.  As he started across 97, he was hit by a vehicle driven by Gerald J. Keston, 17, of route 1, Madras.  No citation was issued by investigating officers.  Tragedy struck [stopped in mid-sentence.]
  • Charles Siscel Dies At IOOF Home In Portland. Charles Siscel was born at Yankeetown, Indiana December 29, 1877 and passed away at the Odd Fellows Home in Portland September 30th, 1967. When Charles was four years old his parents, Pernilla nd Emsley Siscel, with two sisters. Floye, 2 ½ years and Della, 9 months, crossed the plains with an immigrant train to San Francisco. They came by boat to Portland, and in April 1882 came on to the Grants which was washed away in the flood of 1894.  Lafe Barnett, a brother of Mrs. Siscel met them at Grants with a four-horse team and a big wagon.  They spent the summer and winter on the Barnett estate and then moved near Gordon Ridge on the place now owned by Everett H. Watkins.  Later they bought land east of Wasco.  Here a brother, Perry was born in 1887. Mr. Siscel died in 1932, and Perry in 1934.  Siscel lived with her son, Charles, in Wasco for many years.  Following his mother’s passing Charles continued to live in the same house until he was admitted to the Odd Fellows Home in Portland on October 4th, 1965, where he was still residing at the time of his death. He is survived by two sons, Harold V. and Charles T. (Ted) both of Portland, one daughter, Mrs. Adam H. (Iva) Greue_ of Portland, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Charles has been a continous member of Marian Rebekah Lodge No. 127 since April 1916.  He joined the Odd Fellows Lodge in The Dalles in 1910, transferring to the Lodge at Wasco in 1914. Funeral services were held at the Wasco Methodist Church on October 4th, with the Reverend Robert Dowrey officiating. Commitment will be at the Sunrise Cemetery.
  • It was reported that Bert Hartley who was killed on Sept. 19 on the highway between Redmond and Madras had been to Tillamook to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hartley, Sr. and from there he went to Medford to visit his daughter, Mrs. Dale Hawkins, and he was on his way back to Rufus when the tragedy occurred.
  • Ray Brown, maintenance foreman for the state highway department at Rufus was saddened to learn that his mother, who lived at Weiser, Ida. had passed away.  The funeral was Monday at Weiser.  Mrs. Brown together with her husband, Cal Brown formerly lived in Rufus when Cal Brown was also maintenance foreman of the state highway department here.

October 12, 1967

  • Harford Funeral Will Be Held Friday In Arlington Church. Final rites for James (Jack) Harford will be at 2 p.m. Friday. Harford was a longtime Arlington resident and business figure, and was the city’s mayor for 12 years during the critical and busy period when the city was being relocated to avoid the pool created by the John Day Dam. Mr. Harford died suddenly at the age of 55.  He was active in the Masonic Lodge in Arlington and in the York Rites bodies. Arrangements are in care of Spencer and Libby. The Rev. James Wilson will officiate at services at Arlington Methodist Church followed by burial at the city’s cemetery. Pall bearers will be Eugene Miller, Clinton McQuarry, Francis Sharrand, Lee B. Conner, Meredith Van Valkenburg and Frank Adams.  Honorary bearers will be Marion Weatherford, John Krebs, Henry Krebs, Al Sherrell, Bernie Erlie, Bill Marshall and Foster Odom.
  • Former Rufus Man Dies In California. Clarence Lindeman, long time resident of Rufus, passed away on September 29th in California. Mr. Lindeman was born in Minden, Nebraska on December 27th, 1890.  He came to Rufus in 1894 with his parents.  For the last 20 years Mr. Lindeman has resided in California. Survivors are: Rose Lloyd Schultz, her son Glen Schultz of The Dalles; Iva Bishop of Ione; Barbara Lindeman Sykes of Los Angeles; Lorraine Lindeman Calvert of Connecticut.  Nephews include Joe Willard of Portland, Jim Lindeman of Los Angeles, Robert Hill of Portland and Howard Hill of Escondido, Calif.
  • Military Rites Held For Walter Ruthledge. Final rites for Walter Clarence Ruthledge, 75, who died Saturday after a lifetime spent in the Grass Valley area of Sherman County, were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Callaway Chapel.  E. Ernest Taylor officiated. Military rites by George Bell Post of the American Legion followed at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Grass Valley. Mr. Ruthledge was born May 23, at Ruthledge.  He was a veteran of World War I and a retired member of the merchan[t] marine. Surviving are a sister, Frances King of The Dalles, two nephews and three nieces. [Rutledge]

October 19, 1967

  • John Serles Rites Held At Woodburn. Requiem mass for John Serles, Sr., 60, of the Woodburn, Mt. Angel area for the past eight years and a resident of Grass Valley before that, was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Lukes Catholic Church in Woodburn, with burial at the church cemetery. Mr. Ser[l]es died Saturday at a Vancouver hospital.  He was born Jan. 22, 1907, at Seattle and married Sept. 22, 1931, at The Dalles.  While in the Mid-Columbia area, he worked as a lineman helper for Wasco Electric Cooperative, beginning in 1952 until his retirement. He was a World War II veteran. Surviving are his widow, Thelma, of Woodburn; a son, John Jr. of Camas, Wash.; a daughter, Mrs. Homer Bowman of Woodburn, a brother, Harry, of Astoria. Recitation of the rosary was at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ringo-Cornwell Mortuary in Woodburn.

October 26, 1967

  • Services Monday At The Dalles Chapel For Mrs. Johnson. Funeral for Mrs. Marion George Johnson, 59, the wife of T. Lester Johnson of Wasco were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Smith Callaway Chapel with the Rev. E. Ernest Taylor in charge.  Entombment at the Odd Fellows Memorial Mausoleum will follow. Mrs. Johnson, a Wasco resident for the past 30 years, died at a local hospital. She was born Jan. 9th, 1908, in Spokane.  She moved with her family to Nampa, Idaho and when 15 with them to Portland. She was graduated there from Lincoln High School and later attended University of Oregon where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Mrs. Johnson was a member of Wasco of Annie Fulton Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are her husband, T. Lester Johnson, Sherman County District Attorney; one son, Ronald, also of Wasco; her mother, Mrs. Pearl Grosscup, and sister, Mrs. Sam (Mina) Van Vactor, of The Dalles.

November 2, 1967

  • It was announced that a Grange member of many years was Mrs. Ella Mettler who passed away at 94 years of age.  Mrs. Mettler was both Pomona and subordinate Chaplin at the time of her death.  She is the mother of Mrs. Arthur Means.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Means are active in Grange work.
  • Joseph A. Scherrer Services Tomorrow At The Dalles Chapel. Funeral for Joseph A. Scherrer, 82, who died at The Dalles Hospital Monday will be on Friday, Nov. 3rd at Smith Callaway Chapel, Joseph A. Scherrer was a resident in The Dalles area since 1894 when he came here with his parents.  He was born Sept. 21st, 1885, at Columbus, Nebraska. During World War I Mr. Scherrer and six brothers enlisted at the same time for military service.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. For a number of years he was employed by Stadleman Ice Co. and later operated a dairy on West sixth street with his brother John.   The firm was known as the City Dairy. In late years he was interested in gardening and worked with a brother, Jake.   He was a member of the Old Wasco County Pioneer Association and Fort Dalles Barracks of World War I Veterans. Surviving are a son, Robert, and a daughter, Mrs. Richard Kenard, both of The Dalles, and another daughter, Mrs. Pat Macnab of Wasco, a brother Jacob; two sisters, Rosalie Scherrer and Mrs. Elizabeth Vanderslice, all of The Dalles; and 10 grandchildren.

November 9, 1967

  • John Parker Dies At Grants Pass. Word has been received by friends of the passing of John Parker of Grants Pass. Mrs. Parker preceded him in death by a few months.  The Parkers were the owners and operators of the Ranch and Home Store in Moro for many years.  They have one daughter, Jackie Craigo of Huntington Park, Calif. and one grandson. Services were held at Hull & Hull on October 31 in Grants Pass with interment at Hawthorne Memorial.
  • Mel J. Peterson was called to Austin, Minnesota by the death of his father, J.P. Peterson, after a long illness.  Mr. Peterson was 83.  He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, two sons, Melvin J. of Wasco, and Herbert P. of Austin, Minn., a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Lowe of Bryan, Texas, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   Mel left here on October 31st for the east and is expected to return home this week.

November 16, 1967

November 23, 1967

  • Service Saturday. Funeral service for Harry Van Gilder will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Wasco Methodist Church.

November 30, 1967

  • Andy Patjen Rites At The Dalles Chapel At 1:00 P.M. Today. Funeral for Andy Patjens, 87, of Shaniko, a longtime Bakeoven area livestock rancher, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday (today) at Spencer and Libby Chapel. Presiding will be Rev. Walter Luedtke.  Burial will be at the Bakeoven Cemetery. Mr. Patjens passed away at a hospital in The Dalles on Monday.  He was born Dec. 5, 2879, near Hamburg, Germany, and came to Sherman County with his parents and a younger sister in 1895. He operated a livestock ranch near Bakeoven until his retirement when a so[n] took in 1946.   He moved to Sandy, but later returned to Shaniko. Surviving are his two sons, Ernest, of Maupin and Andy of San Francisco. Pallbearers will be George Ward, Andrew Brown, Cecil Ashley, Gerald Claymeir, Phillip von Borstel and Andy Reckman. The family and friends who so desire may make memorial contributions to the Heart Fund, care of The Dalles Branch, the U.S. National Bank.
  • Services Held For Minnie Dutton, 93, At Methodist Church. Funeral for Minnie Dutton, 93, a longtime Sherman County resident who came to Grass Valley in 1900, was at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Methodist Church in Wasco with Rev. Robert Dowrey officiating. Burial was at Sunrise Cemetery. Mrs. Dutton died at a local hospital on Saturday. Mrs. Dutton was born Aug. 23, 1874, in Madison, Wisconsin, and came to Sherman County with her husband, the late William Dutton, at the turn of the century.  In 1912 they moved to Wasco area and Mrs. Dutton had lived in Wasco in late years.  The couple were ranchers in the area. She was a member of Annie Fulton Chapter 123 of the Order of the Eastern Star.  Surviving are one son, Vernon, of Wasco; three grandsons, Jean Dutton of Las Vegas, Donald Dutton of McChord Field, and Douglas Dutton of Wasco; and two great-grandchildren. Casket bearers were Verne Root, John and Gordon Hilderbrand, John Robinson, Marvin Thomas and George Weedman.
  • Harry Van Gilder Services Saturday At Methodist Church. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Wasco Methodist Church for Harry Van Gilder, 79, retired rancher who had lived in the Wasco area nearly all his life.  Van Gilder died Wednesday. The Rev. Robert Dowrey officiated Wednesday. Interment followed at Sunrise Cemetery. Mr. Van Gilder was born at Nunda, N.Y., August 26, 1888, and came to Oregon with his parents the following March, settling near Wasco.  He retired in 1961. Harry A. Van Gilder married in September 16th, 1914, in Portland and his wife, Ethel, survives him.  Other family members are a son, Arthur, in Wasco, a brother Darwin of Moro; a sister, Mrs. Inez Sargent of Wasco; three grandchildren, Arlyn, in the Marine Corps, and Brent and Dee Van Gilder at home; and one great-granddaughter. The family suggests that those who desire to do so, contribute to the charity of their choice in memory of Mr. Van Gilder.
  • The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the family of Harry A. Van Gilder.  He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
  • Word has been received the passing of Mrs. Minnie Dutton, age 93, at a hospital in Portland.  She was a long time resident of Wasco prior to residing in nursing home in Portland.  Sincere sympathy is extended to her son Vernon, his family and other relatives.

December 7, 1967

  • Iva Smith Dies At The Dalles Hospital. Iva L. Smith, 83, died at a hospital in The Dalles Thursday after living most of her life in The Dalles.  Funeral arrangements will be in care of Spencer & Libby. Mrs. Smith was born August 5, 1894, in The Dalles.  After her marriage in 1916 to Arthur Smith she lived in Grass Valley for 16 years.  He died in 1954. She was a member of the Old Wasco County Pioneer Association. Surviving are a sister, Cora Lamser of Seaside; a nephew, J.C. Lamser of Portland, and a niece, Merna Davis.

December 14, 1967

December 21, 1967

December 28, 1967

January 4, 1968

  • Sid Thompson Dies In Norway, Former Resident In Moro. Word has been received from Norway that Sid Thompson, former resident of Moro and Helix, has passed away. Sid was born in Norway and came to the United States in 1914. After living in Seattle, he moved to the Helix area north of Pendleton.  He worked as a ranch hand for Lloyd McRae for some 25 years. Mr. Thompson moved to Moro in 1957 after illness prevented his continuing ranch work.  He was employed by Sherman County as the Courthouse janitor from September 1957 until March 1962.  He lived with Thomas W. Thompson, former County Agent, during his stay in Sherman County.  He returned to Norway upon retirement in 1962. He was known by many for his generosity and good humor.  During his years in Helix and Moro, he was active in Masonic work and was Master of the Helix Masonic Lodge.
  • Services Held For Emma F. Axtell, 79 Native of Moro. Emma F. Axtell, 79, former early day resident of Moro and a great-granddaughter of Joab Powell, a well known circuit rider of Oregon’s Pioneer era, died late December 28 at a hospital in The Dalles. Mrs. Axtell was born March 9, 1888, at Moro, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sayrs who had taken up a homestead west of Moro in 1883.  The land is now being farmed by Mrs. Axtell’s brother, Carroll Sayrs. She was married at Moro on November 23, 1913, to Clare R. Axtell.  They lived in Moro until 1954, then moved to Amity, Oregon. Mr. Axtell died in 1959. Mrs. Axtell spent the last three years with her daughter, Mrs. Stanley Krusow Sr., at Lyle Washington.  In addition to the brother and daughter, survivors include three sons, Lee Alton Axtell of Seattle, Bobby J. Axtell of Lyle and Billie F. Axtell of McMinnville; a sister, Mrs. Vie Race of Portland; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Axtell was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Funeral services were held December 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Macy & Son Chaple, McMinnville with interment following at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery at that city.  Smith Callaway Chapel was in charge of local arrangements.
  • Final Rites Held For Bert Cox, Grass Valley. Final rites for Bert S. Cox, 81, a retired rancher of Grass Valley who had lived in the community for nearly 50 years, will be at the Baptist Church in Grass Valley with burial to be at the IOOF cemetery following services. Mr. Cox passed away at a local hospital Saturday after a long illness.  He was born Dec. 2nd, 1885 in Silver Creek, Nebraska.  He moved to Grass Valley as a rancher in 1919.  Cox married Verlie O. Augee on July 9th, 1915 at Caldwell, Idaho. Surviving are his widow; a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Anderson of Long Beach, Calif.; one brother, Fred, of Corvallis. Pallbearers will be Frank Bayer, Ted Kelly, Robert King, William Todd, Harry Hartley and Marcus Eslilnger.
  • Mrs. Iona Thompson, the mother of Mrs. Syd Eikanas, passed away at the home of her twin sister in Dufur on December 14th.  The Eikanas’ are a new family in Wasco… he is the new barber… our belated sympathy is extended to them.

January 11, 1968

  • Graveside Services Set For Mrs. Smith. Graveside rites for Mrs. Mildred Myrtle Smith, 62, who died Jan. 4th at her ranch home near Kent, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kent Cemetery. Mrs. Smith was born Feb. 14, 1905, at Maxwell, Nebraska.  Most of the time during the past 20 years, she had lived at her Kent ranch. Surviving are three sons, Calvin Hartman of Sweet Home, David Allen Smith of Bend and Merle E. Smith of Kent; one sister, Audra Chapman of Hillsboro and a brother, Gordon Leighton of Sweet Home.
  • Son Held In Slaying. The 17-year-old adopted son of Mildred Myrtle Smith, 61, ranch woman 10 miles east of here, was held in protective custody in the Wasco County Jail where he was admitted Thursday night following the death of his mother, killed during the afternoon by rifle fire. The body of Mrs. Smith was found in the living room of her home where she had lived much of the time for the past 20 years on a ranch in a canyon leading to the nearby John Day River. Merle Evan Smith, a recent drop-out from classes at Sherman County High School, where he was a junior, was booked into the jail at The Dalles on an order signed by Sherman County Judge Vernon I. Miller in his capacity as juvenile judge. An investigation of the circumstances of the slaying got under way with District Attorney T. Lester Johnson working with state police from the office in The Dalles and a deputy from the office of Sherman County Sheriff Leo Roberts, recovering from surgery in a The Dalles hospital. Smith had been a student at Sherman High since January 1967 dropping out only recently, school officials said.  He had been irregular in attendance for some time. A 22 caliber rifle was found lying on the body of Mrs. Smith, whose injuries indicated she had been shot in the head.  On a bed in an adjoining bedroom was a high-powered bolt action hunting rifle. An autopsy got under way at Smith Callaway funeral home in The Dalles at 10 a.m. Friday under the direction of Dr. Russell C. Henry of Portland, chief medical investigator for Oregon and a pathologist. A large woman, Mrs. Smith was known for feats of strength.  She still was handling a herd of 24 cattle at the time of her death, but much of the ranch was operated under a lease by Carl von Borstel, Grass Valley rancher.  She lived there with her adopted son. Mrs. Smith was the divorced wife of Leon Coffman of Portland, the district attorney said.   Smith was the name of a previous husband.  The boy involved by a previous marriage, Johnson indicated

January 18, 1968

January 25, 1968

February 1, 1968

  • Services Held Here Jan. 31 For Homer David Belshee, 77. Funeral for Homer David Belsheee, 77, former Sherman County resident who died in his home town of Duarte, Calif., in the Los Angeles metropolitan area on Jan. 26 were held Wednesday at the Moro Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Leo Tautfest officated, with burial in the Rose cemetery near here. The family said those wishing to do so may make contributions to the society of their choice in Mr. Belshee’s memory. Born in Moro Dec 19, 1890, Mr. Belshee became a rancher in the Hay Canyon area. He attended high school here where he was active in track and basketball.  Later he organized a basketball team at Harlandview [Grange] and was one of the players. After his retirement from ranching, he moved to Portland in 1937 and was there for about 15 years before moving to Monrovia, and later to Duarte, an adjacent town east of Pasadena. Surviving are two sons, Russell of Moro and Arthur of Eugene; three daughters, Mrs. Dwight (Winifred) Ritchie of Garden Farms, Calif., Mrs. Joe (Betty) Hogg of Bellingham, Wn., and two brothers, Howard of The Dalles and Frank of Portland; two sisters, Mrs. Estella Benson of Portland and Mrs. Lloyd Mason of Salem; 17 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
  • Services In Portland For Max Pluemke. The following is reprinted from the Jan. 25 issue of the Albany Democrat Herald: Funeral services for Max Kurt Pluemke, 83, of Albany who died Tuesday night at Albany General Hospital, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hultnomah Park Cemetery in Portland with the Rev. Walter Knutson officiating. The son of Max and Anna Pluemke, he was born in Stetin, Germany, October 29, 1884.  He came to the United States in 1906 and was employed at the St. Frances Hotel in San Francisco during the San Francisco earthquake.  He moved to Portland in 1907 and married Emma Maers there in 1908. The couple lived for many years in Kent, Oregon, in Sherman County where they owned and operated a hotel.  He also worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary February 13, 1958, in Portland.  Pluemke died in March, 1961.  He had lived in Albany since 1962. Survivors include one son, Karl J. Pluemke, and one daughter, Mrs. Maxcine Z. Smith, both and four great grandchildren.

February 8, 1968

  • Funeral Services Held For Guy Chamness. Guy Chamness, 77, died Thursday at St. Charles Memorial Hospital, Bend after a long illness.  Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 in Zacher’s Chapel, with the Rev. D. L. Penhollow officiating. Committal rites at Redmond Memorial Cemetery will be conducted by the Redmond Masonic Lodge. Born February 17, 1890, in Silverton, Mr. Chamness was in the paint and glass business in Redmond for 19 years.   They came to Redmond in October, 1938. Survivors are his widow, Eva, Redmond; two sons, Art and Wallace Chamness, both of Madras; three daughters, Helen Pappas and Ellen Chappell, both of Portland, and Dorothy Leighton, Terre-bonne; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was a member of Redmond Lodge 154 A.F.&A.M., Bend Ellks Lodge, Scottish Rite and Al Kader Shrine of Portland, Redmond Rod and Gun Club and the Old Timer Fiddlers’ Association.
  • Grass Valley. Gus Smith received word Plyler of Ventura, Calif., died at the Northridge Sanitarium Thursday, February 1st.  Clarence Plyler was a barber here in 1902 for a number of years.  He also ran the picture shows at the Odd Fellows Hall from 1916 for a number of years.
  • Former Resident Dies In Oklahoma. Leslie Taylor Barnett passed away January 29th after a long illness at Muskogee, Oklahoma.  He was born on a ranch near Wasco and attended school at Locust Grove. His wife, Margaret, preceded him in death.   Survivors are four children: Carl, Leslie M. (Bill), Margaret Genevieve Bagby and Lewis. Also surviving are one sister, Myrtle Anderson of Troutdale, three brothers, Benton of Rufus, Tilbert of Portland and Dean of Oregon City.
  • Mildred Turner Dies In Los Angeles. Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Mildred Turner in a Los Angeles rest home on February 1. Mildred French Plyler Turner ment November 13, 1894, to Charles Freeman French and Katherine Clemens [Clements] French, went to was born in the Michigan settle- school in Grass Valley  She learned to play the piano and for years played tha tinstrument for dances in this area while her husband, Clarence Plyler played th saxaphon. Survivors are a sister, Irene, in Seattle, and several cousins.  Services and interment were in Los Angeles.  [copied as it appeared]

February 15, 1968

  • Services At Wasco Wednesday, Feb. 14 For Denzel Haynes. Funeral services for Denzel Clayton Haynes, 77 of Wasco were held at Portland Friday, Feb. 9. He had been living recently in The Dalles but was a resident at Wasco the past 10 years. He is survived by a daughter, Nancy of California; his mother, Mrs. Desta Hoyt of The Dalles, and several cousins. He was a member of Wasco Church of Christ, Wasco American Legion Post and Sherman Barracks No. 2630 World War I Veterans. Services were held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Wasco Church of Christ with Pastor William R. Jones officiating.  Military rites were conducted by the Wasco American Legion Post at Sunrise Cemetery. Honorary casket bearers were William Nisbet, Frank von Borstel, William Nisbet, Loy Cochran, Tom Jones and Oliver Schadewitz.   Active bearers were Keith McDonald, Arthur Dahl, Gerald Nisbet, Tom Jacobsen, Stuart Macnab and Phillip O’Meara.
  • Sam Brock left for Salem last Sunday to attend the funeral of his nephew, Harland Brock, who had the Do Little Service Station in that city.
  • Member of the VFW and many friends in this community will miss Denzel Haynes who passed away at the Veteran’s Hospital in Portland last Friday. Upon his retirement from taxi driving in California, Denzel moved to Wasco to live with his mother, Mrs. Desta Hoyt, until she was transferred to Columbia Nursing home in The Dalles.  Denzel was in poor health the last several years and moved to The Dalles last summer to be near his mother who survives him.

February 22, 1968

February 29, 1968

  • The area’s sympathy goes out to Mrs. Tracy Fields and family as word of the death of her brother Richie Dingle who has been in a nursing home in The Dalles for some years passed away Saturday.  Richie had a wheat farm just south of Rufus where he lived for many years.  He was very active in Rufus Grange work before he had his stroke which sent him to The Dalles in search of medical assistance.  His wife Ada who preceded him in death was also a devoted worker in Rufus Grange while living at their farm here.  Mrs. Fields and Richie both attended schools in this area, so are truly native Sherman Countains. Richie’s funeral is set for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday February 28 at Spencer and Libby Funeral Home in The Dalles.
  • Services Wednesday For Richard Dingle, Formerly Of Rufus. Funeral for Richard T. Dingle, a longtime resident of the Rufus and The Dalles area, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Spencer & Libby Chapel.  He died Saturday in a The Dalles hospital at the age of 79. Burial followed in Sunrise Cemetery near Wasco. Survivors include two sisters Mrs. T.L. (Nellie) Fields of Rufus and Mrs. George (Prudence) Smith of Ashcroft, B.C. Canada; a granddaughter, Mrs. Ada Hamper of Mill City; two nieces, Mrs. Carl (Marjorie) Morey of Portland and Mrs. Basil (Thyra) Bains of Portland; a nephew, Leonard Fields of Wasco. He was a member of the Wasco Church of Christ and Rufus Grange. Casket bearers were Roland Johnson, George Fox, William Huck, Walter Morris, Harland McDonald and Mel Peterson.
  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fraters went to The Dalles Tuesday where they attended the funeral of Clyde Austin of Rowena.

March 7, 1968

March 14, 1968

  • [copied as it appears with brackets indicating parts that were unreadable]
    Evidence Introduced In Smith Trial Here. A neighbor and a Sherman County deputy sheriff both told a Circuit Court jury hearing the case of 17-year-old Merle Evan Smith, that Smith told them he shot Mildred Smith on Jan. 4 because she was shooting at him.  Smith was an adopted son of Merle was one of three adopted sons of Mrs. Smith. There were two of the first three called to the stand in the court of Judge Macolm Wilkinson htre when introduction of the state’s evidence began Wednesday morning. Mrs. James E. Brown from whose trailtr house east of Kent Merle called the sheriff’s office here, said smith had first told her “I don’t want to get you folks involved.” Sater ht said Mrs. Smith “pulled a gun on me, and it wasn’t the first time.”  He said she had been up all night and acted “like a crazy person,” Mrs. Brown said. Mrs. Brown said she gave Merle a sandwich after asking if he was hungry.  He told her he hadn’t eaten for two days. Deputy Sheriff Gerald Lohrey said when he met Smith at the Brown ranch they boy told him “I had to put a hold in my mother.  She had been shooting at me.”  By time of morning recess the deputy had said he then went to the nearby Smith ranch and began his investigation after finding the body of Mildred Smith on the floor. The state’s evidence was presented under the direction of Dist. Atty. T. Lester Johnson, while the case for the defense was handled by Don Heisler and Meredith Van Valkenburgh, attorneys from The Dalles. The district attorney outlined events on Jan. 4 when a call to the dispatcher at the Sherman County Sheriff’s office at 1:35 p.m. asking that a squad car and an ambulance be sent to the James Brown ranch east of Kent. The DA told of measurements taken and other physical evidence found that would be the subject for testimony and eight bullet holes in the wall of the bedroom later discovered to bt result of .22 rifle fire. Later after Merle fired the fatal she [unable to read] again left by the back window and went to the Brown ranch where he telephoned for a sheriff’s deputy and ambulanet  He said the defense concurred generally in the story of the shooting and events leading up to it as outlined by the district attorney who indicated during his questioning of prospective jurors his evidence would be largely circumstantial.

March 21, 1968

March 28, 1968

  • Rufus Man Killed. Halley Quincy Lowry, 58, of Rufus died in Spokane Tuesday from injuries he received last Friday in a car accident near Sandpoint, Idaho. Idaho state police said Lowry’s car left U.S. 2 west of Sandpoint on a curve and threw him out.
  • Services Held For Mrs. Orlia Potter. A memorial service was held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church in The Dalles for Orila A. Potter, 76, widow of the late Sherman County Judge George A. Potter.  Potter, a resident of The Dalles, died in Eugene. The Potters lived at Klondike in Sherman County before moving to The Dalles in 1952. Previous to their marriage Mrs. Potter was engaged in business in Portland for many years. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Robert Parker of Eugene; a sister, Mrs. Dewey Barton of Vacaville, California; a brother, Walter Watts of Grants Pass; and a granddaughter.
  • Earle R. Morrison Services Tuesday. Earl Ray Morrison, 57, a resident of The Dalles the past 11 years, died Saturday morning at a hospital in The Dalles. He had lived at Wasco, where he had served as a meat cutter before moving here. Mr. Morrison was born August 28, 1910 in South Dakota. Surviving are the widow, Lavilla TG. Morrison of The Dalles, a son, Allan Morrison of The Dalles; a daughter, Mrs. David Hutsell of Seattle; his mother, Mrs. Sue Green of Eugene; two sisters, Mrs. Clair Cooly and Mrs Zane Kemler, both of Eugene; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Spencer and Libby funeral home, with the Rev. John Ginter officiating.  Interment was in the IOOF cemetery.
  • Helen Eikanas Taken By Death. Helen Madeline Eikanas, 68, a resident of Wasco for the past year, died Friday morning at her home.   Mrs. Eikanas was born January 18, 1900, in Claremont, S.D.   She was a member of the Veterans of World War I auxiliary and the Lutheran Church in South Dakota. Surviving are one son, Sidney, of Wasco, four daughters, Mrs. John (Alberta) Davies of Beaverton, Mrs. Roland (Elaine) Stevens of Kent, Washington, Mrs. Bernard (Jean) Jackson of Milp_tas, California, and Mrs. Andrew (Edna) Paulson of Moro; one brother, Calvin Fauts of Pendleton; one sister, Mrs. Virgil (Dorothy) West of Arlington; 15 grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.

April 4, 1968

  • Wasco News. Word has been received here of the passing of Mr. Harold Crocker a former teacher in the Wasco Schools.   and Mrs. G.A. Sargent and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dunn attended the funeral in Bend last Thursday.
  • Services Held For Former Rufus Man. Funeral for Halley Quincy Lowery, 57, who died in a Spokane hospital Tuesday of injuries sustained March 26 in a one-car accident in Idaho, was held at 10 a.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel. Burial followed at the Odd Fellows cemetery. Mr. Lowery was employed as a carpenter at the Celilo Converter Station project of BPA near The Dalles.  Previously he had worked at the John Day Dam and elsewhere in the region in construction. He was born May 25, 1910, near Enid, Okla., and came to Klamath Falls from Kansas before moving to The Dalles area, where he had lived four years.  He was a member of the Carpenters Local union. Surviving are his widow, Esther; two sons, Lawrence of Tacoma and Charles of Portland; two daughters, Mrs. Roy McCaslin of Roseberg and Mrs. Lee Smothers of Harrison, Ark.; six sisters, Mrs. C.O. Barnholdt of Harper, Kans., Mrs. Elsie Geneman of Kingman, Kan., Mrs. Dorothy Whitley of Oxford, Kan., Mrs. Flora Bohler of Bellplain, Kan., Mrs. Damie Hudson of Olympia, Wash., and Mrs. Leota Pinkney of Wichita, Kan., four brothers, John of Winfield, Kan., Roy of Harper, Kan., Dock of Norwich, Kan., and Paul of Bellplain, Kan.; and 14 grandchildren.
  • Funeral Saturday For Mrs. Wilson. Funeral Saturday for Mrs. Avis Emily Wilson, 45, of Wasco, who died Tuesday at a local hospital was held 2 p.m. Saturday at Spencer & Libby Chapel with David Chandler officiating. Burial will be at the Odd Fellows cemetery in Grass Valley. Mrs. Wilson was born March 18, 1923, in Snohomish, Wash.  She was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses Church. Surviving are her husband, Donald A. Wilson; two sons, Keith and Bruce, both of Wasco; one sister, Sherry Bower of Seattle; four brothers, Bill Peterson of Everett, Wash., Fred Harrison of Pasco, Ronald Harrison of Seattle and Arlen Harrison of Seattle; and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Harrison. Active pallbearers were Alfred Kock, Stan Coelsch, George Weedman, Eldon Pollock, Joe DeMarsh amd Denny Anderson, and honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Crews, Frank Ketter, Dick Rust, Walter Reed, Earl Olds, Kendrick Dunlap, Jesse Adkins, and Harold Eakin.

April 11, 1968

April 18, 1968

April 25, 1968

  • The Hartley’s were the ones who made grave markers for his grandparents who are buried in the Emigrant Cemetery. This was Homer Wall’s father and mother.  Homer was Sherman Co. roadmaster for a good many years before leaving for The Dalles.

May 2, 1968

  • Walter Blau, 67, Dies In Portland. Walter L. Blau, a former Sherman County wheat farmer who lived in Portland for the past 24 years, died Wednesday in a local nursing home following a long illness. He was 67. Born May 3, 1900 in Sherman County, Mr. Blau graduated from Yakima, Washington, schools.  He was associated for many years with Gibson Packing Co. in Yakima. He was a wheat farmer in Sherman County from 1934 until his retirement in 1944, when he moved to Portland. He was a member of the Oregon Wheat League and served as a member of the board of the Sherman County cooperative. Funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Smith-Callaway Chapel in The Dalles, with vault interment at Sunrise Cemetery at Wasco, Oregon. He is survived by his wife, Lucille, Portland; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Larimore, Clackamas, Oregon; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Family suggests remembrances be contributions to the American Heart Fund or to the Oregon Cancer Society.
  • Ted Trimble Rites Grass Valley Resident Held At The Dalles. Funeral for Theodore Guy Trimble, 67, for 44 years a resident of Grass Valley where he was a rancher, will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Spencer & Libby Chapel with the Rev. Authur Brown officiating.  Trimble died Monday at a local hospital. Burial will be at the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Grass Valley. Mr. Trimble was born October 19, 1900, at Alma, Nebraska. Surviving are his widow, Thelma; six sisters, Mrs. Edna Hillyard, Mrs. Ethel Christensen, Mrs. Leta McMurry, Mrs. Blanch Buck of Santa Maria, California and two brothers, Wayne of Portland and Lyle of Corvallis.

May 9, 1968

  • James O’Meara, 49, Wasco, Dies After Very Brief Illness. James Y. O’Meara, 49, a lifetime resident of Sherman County, died at a hospital in The Dalles Monday. Mr. O’Meara was associated with the O’Meara Supply Co. at Wasco. He was born at Wasco October 28, 1918. Surviving are two sons, Michel of Graford, Texas, and James Y. O’Meara Jr. of Condon; four brothers, Philip of Wasco, Richard of Los Angeles and Stephen and Patrick O’Meara, both of The Dalles; and two grandchildren, Camry Sue and Michel Lee O’Meara. Mr. O’Meara, an Air Force veteran of World War II, was a member of Frank E. Brown Post No. 91, American Legion at Wasco. Funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel, with interment following at Sunrise cemetery, with the American Legion in charge of military rites.  Smith Callaway Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

May 16, 1968

May 23, 1968

  • Services Held For Mary E. Stradley. Mrs. Mary E. Stradley, a resident of The Dalles since 1941. Former resident of Grass Valley. Born August 23, 1881 in Zaneville, Ohio passed away at a local hospital Tuesday at the age of 86.  A member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Grass Valley Rebekah Lodge. Survived by 1 son, Leroy Stradley of Vancouver, Wash.; 2 daughters, Mrs. Raleigh D. Smith of Westover Air Base in Boston, Mass., and Mrs. D. E. Morris of Tacoma Wash.; 1 brother, Roy Carpenter of Ben Lamond, Calif.; 1 sister, Mrs. Cala_a McCune of Brighton, Colo.; 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at Spencer and Libby Chapel Friday at 2 p.m. Rev. Milton W. Hoppe_ officiating.  Interment Odd Fellows Cemetery in Moiser.  Casket bearers were Richard Stradley, Ted Atkins, Maurice Hood, Gail Stradley, Robert St___ley and John Duke.

May 30, 1968

  • Mrs. Osborn Dies At Nursing Home. Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Pearl M. Osborn, wife of Marion Osborn and mother of Mrs. Marvin Robertson and Mrs. John Schoenbrun. Mrs. Osborn died May 7, 1968 at a Newburg Nursing Home. She was the daughter of Merida and Ida Belinda Marrs, born October 13, 1894, at Menona, Iowa. Funeral services were held at the Sherwood Funeral Chapel at Sherwood, Oregon.  She was placed to rest at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Sherwood, Oregon.  Memorial Contributions were made to the Building Fund for the Sherwood First Methodists Church.
  • Robert Holmes Dies From Heart Attack. Robert E. Holmes, formerly of Grass Valley died of a heart attack on May 11, 1968 at Boise, Idaho.  He was 50 years old. He was well known around Grass Valley; he drove school bus and worked for several of the ranchers.

June 6, 1968

June 13, 1968

  • John and Gordon Hilderbrand attended the funeral of their uncle, Jack Mathias, at Sunnyside, Washington on May 27.
  • Mrs. Masuda Dies During Wasco Visit. The body of Kadue Masuda, who died Monday at a local hospital after she was taken ill while visiting the home of her daughter at Wasco, will be returned to her home in Turlock, Calif., for the funeral and burial. Mrs. Masuda had been visiting at her daughter’s home for the past nine months. She was born in Turlock July 13, 1890 and had lived there for many years.  She was 77. Surviving are two sons, Seio and Kaoru Masuda, both of Turlock; two daughters, Mrs. Miye Tsubota of Wasco and Ida Takahashi of Santa Clara, Calif. Local arrangements were handled by Smith Callaway.

June 20, 1968

  • Graveside Rites Set Thursday for John Cyphers. Graveside rites for John Duane Cyphers, 31, who died Monday at a Pendleton hospital, were at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Odd Fellows Cemetery with the Paul Sweeney officiating. Arrangements are in the care of Spencer & Libby. Mr. Cyphers was born June 12, 1937, in The Dalles.  Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Cyphers of The Dalles; two sisters, Mrs. Carl (Bonnie) Long of The Dalles and Miss Sue Cyphers of Mountain View, Calif. and several nieces and nephews.  He was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cyphers of Moro.
  • Alice Ginn Services Held Monday Morning. Funeral for Alice L. Ginn 57, who died Friday at a hospital in The Dalles was held at 10 a.m. Monday at Smith Callaway Chapel. A 40-year resident of The Dalles, Mrs. Ginn was born July 2, 1911, at White Bluffs, Wash. Surviving are her husband, Harold; two brothers, Frank J. Bonn of The Dalles and John Bonn of Portland. Interment was in the American Legion cemetery here. Casket bearers will be John Patterson, Francis W. Peters, Carol Comini, Bob Wilson and John and Dave Bonn.

June 27, 1968

  • Rites Set For Ida May Olds. Funeral for Ida May Olds, 89, who died Tuesday at a local hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Baptist Church in Grass Valley followed by burial there at the Odd Fellows Cemetery. The Rev. Arthur Brown will officiate. Mrs. Olds died Tuesday at a hospital in The Dalles.  She was a long-time resident of Grass Valley.  She was born May 3, 1879, in Cassoppolis, Michigan. Surviving are one son, Alton, and a daughter, Thelma Trimble, both of Grass Valley. Casket bearers will be William Johnson, Samuel and Melvin Alberty, Dennis Anderson, Olan and Harry Stark. Arrangements are in the care of Spencer & Libby.
  • Services Held For Ms. Bessie Striker. Bessie L. Striker of Wasco, 87, passed away Tuesday morning at five o’clock at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Ritzville, Wash. She had been a patient there for the past four and a half years.  Striker was born August 28, 1880 at Centerville, Wash., but because of the Indian raids in that area her parents moved to Yuba City, Calif., where she lived during her childhood. She came to Wasco to visit a sister and to work as a milliner, in 1900 and there met Arthur Thomas Striker, a young farmer whom she married on March 2, 190_.  To this union were born five children, three of them passing away in their infancy, and Mrs. Helene Junke in 1928. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Georgia Klindworth of Connell; four grandchildren, Mrs. Betty McLenon of Naples, Florida, Mrs. Shirley Richelderfer of Wasco; Jim Klindworth of Connell, and Bob Klindworth of Ellensburg, and twelve great grandchildren. Two surviving sisters are Mrs. Mattie Van Fleet of Yuba City, Calif. and Mrs. Kathryn Eastman of Honolulu, Hawaii. Her husband preceded her in death in 1960 after a marriage of 58 years. During her long residency in the Wasco area, she had been active in the Church of Christ.  Her funeral will be held here on Friday, June 28th at 2 p.m. with burial in the Sunrise Cemetery at Wasco. [Note: Sherman County: For The Record Vol. 3 No. 1 on page 49, shows a marriage for a Arthur T. Sticker and Bessie L. Hill on 5 March 1902 in Wasco. In Vol. 2 No. 1 on pages 32 – 34 is a story by Shirley Richelderfer about Tom and Bessie.]

July 4, 1968

  • Katherine Alley Funeral Wednesday. Funeral for Katherine J. Alley, 84, former Sherman County resident who died in Yakima, will be at Spencer & Libby Chapel at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Arthur J. Stott of Goldendale presiding. Interment will be at the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mrs. Allley was born Sept. 4, 1883, in Mascott, Tenn. Surviving are one son, Steve, of Moro; four daughters, Mrs. George Benson of The Dalles, Mrs. Ada Marlin of Selah, Wash., Mrs. Willis Eslinger of Yakima, Wash., and Mrs. Harry Benson of Moro; 13 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granchildren. Casket attendants will be George Benson Jr., Don Martin, Dale Eslinger and Ron Benson.
  • The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the family and relatives of Mrs. Bessie L. Striker who was a resident of Wasco for many years, and who lives on in the memory of her many friends.

July 11, 1968

July 18, 1968

  • Elmo Smith Loses Battle With Cancer, The Killer. [Photo] Funeral for Elmo Smith, 58, publisher of the Albany Democrat Herald and a former interim Oregon governor, will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Westminster United Presbyterian Church. Private burial service will be at Willamette Memorial Park Mausoleum with Fisher Funeral Home in charge. The family has suggested remembrances be contributed to the American Cancer Society. Smith died Monday at the Albany General Hospital where he had been a patient since June 27. He was governor of Oregon from Feb. 1, 1965, until Jan. 14, 1957.  As Senate president he became governor when Gov. Paul Patterson died. Smith was elected president of the Senate in the 1955 session without much opposition.  He was first elected to the Legislature from John Day in 1948, representing Grant, Harney and Malheur counties in the Senate. Career Long, Varied. He had been in the newspaper business since 1933, and had owned or held interest in at least six newspapers since becoming publisher of the Eastern Oregon Observer in Ontario in 1935, a paper he later sold. At the time of his death, he had been publisher of the Democrat Herald 12 years and owned the Madras Pioneer, Hood River News and Dallas Itemizer-Observer.  He recently sold the Blue Mountain Eagle of John Day. Smith was director and later president of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, was on the board of Associated Oregon Industries and the Oregon Advertising Club and served on insurance and savings and loan farm boards. He was mayor of Ontario two terms, from 1940 until 1943 and from 1946 until 1948.   He resigned in 1943 to enter the Naval Air Transport Service. An early pilot, Smith flew with the Civil Air Patrol and was a contract air mail pilot before going in to the navy.  He was president of the Oregon Pilot Association from 1962 until 1963. He also was national chairman of the American Cancer Society and chairman of the Oregon chapter. He held numerous civic posts and worked with the chambers of commerce of Ontario, John Day and Albany. Smith, governor for nearly a year, ran for election in 1956 and was defeated by Robert D. Holmes, a Democrat who completed the Patterson term.  Holmes was defeated by Mark O. Hatfield in 1958. Seat Contested. In 1960, Smith ran for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of en. Richard L. Neuberger.  He was defeated by the senator’s widow, Maureen Neuberger, a Democrat. In the Oregon Senate, Smith was chairman of the Highways Committee, a role that won him a key position in the weight-mile truck battles of the late 1950s.  He backed the Legislature and successfully stumped the state against a truck industry effort to over turn the weight-mile tax by an initiative. Smith was an energetic worker for the Republican party.  He was state chairman from March, 1964 until June, 1965, reigning and recommending that a full-time chairman be elected, Peter Gunnar succeeded Smith at the party helm. The former governor was born in Grand Junction, Colo., Nov. 19, 1909.  His mother named him after St. Elmo, the patron saint of Mediterranean sailors.  She wanted her son to have an unusual name to keep from being lost among all the Smiths. Her son did not remain long in obscurity after graduating with a B.A. degree from the College of Idaho in 1933.  Three years later he was a publisher and on his way. The year he got out of college Smith married Doothy M. Leininger of Caldwell, Idaho.  The have two children, Dennis A. Smith of San Francisco, and Mrs. Dan Heiple, New York. In addition to his wife and children, Smith is survived by two brothers, Marion, Weiser, Idaho, and Leroy, Wilder, Idaho, and four sisters, Mrs. W. A. Craft, Grand Junction, Colo., Mrs. Doyle Symms, Caldwell, Idaho, Mrs. Kay Lowe, Dallas, and Mrs. Howard Blaine, Denver.  [copied as it appeared]
  • Jody Lynn Bull, 4-month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bull, 44443 46th, NE was dead on arrival at a Salem hospital Monday. It was a crib death, hospital officials said. Survivors include the parents and a brother Jerry, Salem; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Bull and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Gibson, all of in Portland; great-grandmother Mrs. George A. Riggs, Portland. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at W. T. Rigdon mortuary, Dr. William Shane officiating.  Burial will be at Restlawn Memory Gardens. Jody was our 4th grandchild and our first granddaughter and first girl in three generations of my family.  She was also 4th grandchild and first granddaughter for the Gibson family.  Also the eighth great grandchild and the first great granddaughter for Mrs. Riggs.  Dr. Shane is at Rose City Presbyterian where Edna Melzer goes and also Ines Thompson (formerly).  Says he has been instructed to preach Fred Hennagin’s funeral if and when he dies. – Hollis & Esther Bull.
  • D. C. Bartlett went to Albany today (Thursday) to attend the funeral of Former Governor Elmo Smith, a cancer victim. A few years ago Smith was national president of the American Cancer Society.  In October, 1936, Smith and the Journal publisher founded the Eastern Oregon Observer at Ontario, continuing the publication enterprise until August, 1938.  Smith sold the Observer in 1940 and later became on e of Oregon’s best-known newspaper publishers.

July 25, 1968

  • Word has just been received that Jimmy Holloway, 21, son of Mrs. Ray (Evelyn) Holloway of Tillamook was killed in a car wreck last evening – Tuesday, July 23rd.  His father, who suffered a stroke when the family lived in Wasco, passed away about two years ago.  Jimmy is survived by his mother, a brother Albert who is in the service, and a sister Carolyn.  The sympathy of their many friends is extended to Mrs. Holloway and her family at this untimely passing of her youngest son.
  • Funeral To Be Held Wednesday For Daisy Byers. Funeral for Daisy Byers, 91, who died at a Portland nursing home Saturday after a long illness, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Presbyterian Church in Moro with burial at Rose Cemetery. The Rev. Leo Tautfest will be in charge of services. Arrangements are in the care of Smith Callaway.

August 1, 1968

  • Funeral Set For Earl Olds of Grass Valley Monday. Funeral for Earl Olds, 75, retired wheat rancher and a lifelong resident of Grass Valley, who died Thursday at a local hospital, was at 2 p.m. Monday at Spencer & Libby Chapel. Burial rites at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Grass Valley were conducted by that community’s Odd Fellows Lodge. Mr. Olds was a member of the IOOF Lodge in Grass Valley and the Elks Lodge in The Dalles. Surviving are his widow, Helen; one daughter, Mrs. Glenn (Dorothy) Perry of Portland; a son, Robin, of Grass Valley; stepson, John Alley of The Dalles; stepdaughter, Mrs. Richard (Barbara) Rust of Grass Valley; two sisters, Iva Nahouse of McCoy and Mrs. Bertie Brown of The Dalles; two granddaughters, three great grandchildren and four step grandchildren.

August 8, 1968

  • Services Monday For Fred A. Cole, Long Time Resident. Funeral for Fred Arthur Cole, 73, a retired Sherman County wheat and cattle rancher in the Wasco area, was held at 10 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church with the pastor, the Rev. Perry Jackman officiating. Burial was in the American Legion Cemetery at Moro. Mr. Cole died Friday at a hospital in The Dalles.  He was born Feb. 20, 1896 at Chehalis, Wash., and had resided in Sherman County for 53 years first working as a ranch hand and later owning his own ranch. Surviving are two stepsons, Earl McKinney of Hermiston and William McKinney of Salem; three sisters, Lottie, Mary and Nettie Cole, and two brothers, Frank and Walter Cole, all of Sherwood, and several nieces and nephews. Honorary casket bearers include Arthur Sargent, Gatch Bolton, Dr. Thomas Griffin, William Huck, R. B. Hoskinson, G. Douma and Eugene Amidon.  Active bearers were Keith McDonald, Donald McDermid, Charles Wallace, Fred Anderson, Paul Alley and Carl Addy.
  • Wasco Resident Dorothy Hanway Died Saturday. Dorothy Dell Hanway, 55, of Wasco died Saturday at a hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Hanway, was born May 24, 1913, at Winchester, Idaho. She had been a resident of Wasco four years. Surviving are the widower, Elbert B. Hanway; two sons, David of Boardman and Lewis Hanway in the U. S. Army at Ft. Hood, Tex., a daughter, Regina Emery of Roy, Mont.; a brother, Jack Sheperd of Tallahassee, Fla.; and two sisters, Ruth Thornton of Boise and Edythe Fike of Competition, Mo. Funeral services were Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church at Wasco with the Rev. Perry Jackman officiating.  Interment followed at Sunrise cemetery. Pallbearers were John White, Nathan Newell, John Hilderbrand, Gordon Hilderbrand, Phil O’Meara and Charles Wallace.  Honorary bearers were Leo Roberts, Harry Allen and Russell Johnson.
  • Pioneer Resident Roy Tiller Passes After Long Illness. Relatives, friends and old neighbors buried Roy E. Tiller in the family plot in the Grass Valley cemetery Wednesday. He died in the Hermiston hospital Saturday after a long illness with leukemia. Roy Tiller was born June 4, 1890 in Missouri and came to Sherman county with his step father, Frank Kee in 1906.  They near Wasco and at Grass Valley where Roy rented the Baker place in Cottonwood and started farming on his own.  In 1919 he married Ethel Kelly a school teacher. Times were tough, mone yscarce.  Neighbors were few and helpful and it was these who came to lay him away.  He became foreman for the CCC crew and moved to Hermiston some thirty years ago where he rented housing to dam workers and acquired some valuable property. Surviving are his widow, two sons, Kelley at Irrigon, Lowell at Portland, a daughter, Mrs. Wanda Graham of Portland; two sisters, Stella Eddy of Portland; Dorothy Alsup of Tygh Valley, a half sister Ethel Milton of Port Townsend, Wash.; two step sisters, Vende Dierke Tacoma, Wash., Mrs. Gladyce Cochran of Moro, a step brother, Eben Kee of Grass Valley and five grandchildren.  [copied as it appeared]

August 15, 1968

  • Mattie Van Fleet Dies at Age 92. Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Mattie Van Fleet, age 92, of Yuba City, California. Mrs. Van Fleet was a sister of Mrs. Bessie Striker, who preceded her sister in June.  Only one sister remains, Mrs. Catherine Eastman of Honolulu, Hawaii. Mrs. David Richelderfer of Wasco is a great-niece; Mrs. G. A. Merritt and Harry Allen are cousins.  At one time Mrs. Van Fleet taught in the grade school at Klondike.
  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace May attended the funeral of Mrs. Violet Adkins in Hood River Friday morning.
  • Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Johnston were in Salem, Saturday to attend the funeral of June Brock Hollingshead, a former resident of Moro.

August 22, 1968

August 29, 1968

  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. John Rust and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rust went to The Dalles Saturday where they attended the graveside services for Harold Watson of Redmond a cousin of John and Ralph Rust.

September 5, 1968

  • Mr. and Mrs. Mac Hall and boys attended the funeral of Mrs. Rachael Maxim on Thursday, then went on to the State Fair for a couple of days.

September 12, 1968

  • Services Held Today In Church Here For Robert Hoskinson, 77. Funeral for Robert B. Hoskinson, 77, a Moro resident for the past 68 years who died Tuesday at a hospital in The Dalles, will be at the Moro Community Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) followed by burial in the American Legion Cemetery here. The Rev. Leo Tautfest will be in charge. For 42 years Mr. Hoskinson was director of the Oregon Experiment Farm, now the Sherman Branch Experiment Station. He was retired about 13 years ago. He was born July 16, 1891 in Gus, Iowa. Survivors include his widow, Marie, the Sherman County Clerk and a son, Major Robert E. Hoskinson, missing in action with the U. S. Air Force in Vietnam since July 29, 1966. Honorary bearers will include Roy Kunsman, A. Douma, G. Douma, Joe Peters, Carroll Sayrs, Collis Moore, Teodore Johnson and John Hoffmeister.  Active bearers will include Irving Hart, J. K. McKean, Vernon Miller, Paul Alley, Keith McDonald and Thomas Thompson.

September 19, 1968

  • Grace Medler, 63, Passes; Lifelong Resident of Wasco. Grace Marie Medler, born July 7, 1905 passed away September 17, 1968, a lifetime resident of Wasco. She was a member of the Wasco Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, 8 and 40 subsidiary of the American Legion Auxiliary, Marian Rebekah Lodge 127, Annie Fulton Chapter 124 Order of Eastern Star, Wasco Womans Study Club and Oregon Federation of Womens Club. She was proceded in death by her husband Chester C. Medler, and son, Chester Elton. Survived by one daughter, Mrs. Harry Adams (Phyllis) of Las Vegas, Nevada, one sister, Mrs. J. W. Matthias (Vesta), Sunnyside, Washington, four grandsons, Chester and Darrel Adams of Las Vegas, Jim and Dean Medler of Wasco and one granddaughter, Marcia Melder, Wasco.  Several nephews and nieces. Services will be held Friday, September 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Wasco with enterment at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in The Dalles. [copied as appeared]

September 26, 1968

  • Adeline McAuliffe Dies In Portland. Adeline McAuliffe, a former resident here, died in a Portland hospital Monday. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter’s Church in Portland. Mrs. McAuliffe was born in Boston, Mass. On Sept. 16, 1903. Survivors include two daughters, Claire Beaudois of Phoenix, Ariz., and Evelyn Melzer of Moro; a son, Robert of Tacoma, Wash.; mother, Mrs. Gertrude Weckesser of Natick, Mass.; two sisters, Gertrude Waible of Natick, Mass., and Miss Helen Weckesser of East Brookfield, Mass., and 14 grandchildren.
  • The area was saddened with the passing of Mrs. Grace Medler who was buried Sept. 20.  Grace was born at Wasco and services were held there before burial in The Dalles.  Grace had a farm in north Sherman County.  Her daughter Mrs. Harry Adams and family have been here with her during her last days.

October 3, 1968

October 10, 1968

  • Heart Attack Claims Portland Hunter. A Portland deer hunter, Olin R. Odell, 68, was dead on arrival at a local hospital Saturday night after he had hunted during the day on the Dick Reckman ranch southwest of Grass Valley. Odell has a history of a heart ailment, the Sherman County Sheriff’s office was told. An attack was suffered at about 10 p.m. at the ranch following an earlier in the evening and Odell had another attack in the Sherman County Ambulance enroute in the hospital. Odell was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Beaver City, Neb. The body was taken by Spencer and Libby to St. John’s Funeral Home in Portland for services. Surviving are his widow, Eleanor, and a son, Merle Odell, both of Portland; a daughter, Mrs. Albert A. Carlson of Seattle, and four grandsons and two granddaughters.
  • Local people who remember when Alex Smith was a student at Sherman County High School are sorry to hear that he was injured very seriously by a car that took to the wrong side of the freeway under the direction of an incompetent driver.  Alex was riding a Honda, on his way to Portland from his work in Seattle, to meet his wife and his parents.  It was reported that he passed away Tuesday night.
  • Mrs. C.A. Hocket was called to Watertown, South Dakota by the death of her father, Mr. Howard Warriner.   Sympathy is extend to the family at this time of bereavement.

October 17, 1968

  • Rites Held Today For Durward Helyer, Formerly of Kent. Funeral for Durward Wilson Helyer, 58, who died Monday at his home in The Dalles will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Spencer and Libby Chapel with Ronald Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Mr. Helyer was born Sept. 4, 1910 at Kent and had lived most of his life in that area, and the last two years in The Dalles.  For many a year was a school teacher. Surviving are his widow, Viola; three sons, Gordon of Virginia, and Michael of Elvin, of The Dalles; two daughters Beverly Hart of Gresham and Judith Underwood of Portland; mother, Mrs. Trula Helyer of Sisters; brother, Robert of Kent; two sisters, Della Ullmann of Sisters and Ethel Daniel of Eugene; two stepchildren Charles Romily of Portland and Darlene Susmil of Portland and 17 grandchildren.  [copied as it appeared]
  • O’Meara Rites Held In The Dalles Monday. Funeral for Richard H. (Beefo) O’Meara of Los Angeles, formerly of Wasco and Moro where he operated Beefo’s Restaurant for a number of years were held 1 p.m. Monday at Smith Callaway Chapel followed by burial at the Odd Fellows cemetery. Mr. O’Meara died Oct. 8 in Reno. The Rev. John P. Ginter presided at the funeral and graveside rites conducted by Frank E. Brown Post 91 of the American Legion. O’Meara was a veteran of World War II. He was born June 30, 1922, in Wasco. Surviving are three brothers, Steve and Patrick of The Dalles and Philip of Wasco. Casket bearers were Keith McDonald, Bob Davis, Gene Rothery, Pal Wallace, Glen [Clem?] Welk and Mike Murtha.
  • Richard O’Meara Dies In Reno, Nev. The body of Richard H. (Beefo) O’Meara, 46, former Moro tavern operator who was found dead Tuesday at Reno, Nev., is being returned to The Dalles. Cause of death was a bullet wound. O’Meara’s body was found in a car on a vacant lot.  He had been shot in the head.  A 38 caliber pistol was found on the floor of the vehicle and Coroner William Beemer said the death was listed as a suicide. O’Meara was reported to have been despondent following recent surgery. He was born at Wasco and spent nearly all of his life in Sherman Co. Surviving are three brothers, Steve and Pat both of The Dalles and Phillip of Wasco.

October 24, 1968

October 31, 1968

  • Otis Royse Rites Held In Portland. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Caldwell’s Colonial Mortuary, Portland, for Otis J. Royse, 58, native of Wasco who died Friday. Mr. Royse was born Oct. 31, 1909 at Wasco and went to school there. Prior to his illness a month ago he served for 26 years as superintendent of transportation for Northwest Natural Gas Co. in Portland. Before going to Portland, he lived at Fossil, and he worked for many years in mills of the Eastern Oregon area. Surviving are his widow, Ermeth A. Royse, a son, Gary L. Royse, and a daughter, Sharon R. Royse, all of Portland; another son, Donald W. Royse of Yakima; a brother, Lloyd L. Royse of Woodburn, and six grandchildren. Vault entombment at Rose City cemetery followed the services on Monday.
  • Grass Valley. Myrl Smith left Monday for Ellensburg having received word of the death of his mother, Mrs. John Smith on Sunday.

November 7, 1968

November 14, 1968

  • Moro Personals. Aleta Fraser and Mrs. Marian Boynton attended the funeral of Norris Rasmussen in Portland last Thursday.  He passed away in the Heart and Convalescent Home.  Mr. Rasmussen worked for both the Frasers and Boyntons and was well known to several people as he spent most of his life in and near Sherman County.  For the past 10 years he has been in Veterans Hospitals in the Northwest. He was buried in Willamette National Cemetery.

November 21, 1968

  • William Coats, 33, Passes At Molalla, Victim Of Leukemia. William R. Coats, 33, Molalla resident and high school teacher, passed away in the Silverton hospital, Monday, following an extended illness, a victim of leukemia. Coats was born at Rufus, Oregon on April 7, 1935 and attended grade school at Wasco, Oregon.  He graduated from high school at Wyeast, near Hood River and attended Oregon State University graduating with a B. S. and Master of Education degrees.  He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and received the Pi Kappa Phi Award.  He was the International Farm Youth Exchange student to Dominican Republic in 1957 and 1958.  He spent two years in the US Army between 1958 and 1960.  He came to Molalla in July of 1960 and has been associated with the vocational department since.  The past year he has directed the Adult Education Program.  He was a former member of the Nazarene Church at Hood River, a member of the Molalla Area Teachers Association and a member of the Oregon Vocational Teachers Association.  He is survived by his widow, the former Gloria J. Rupp, whom he married at Canby on June 29, 1958, two daughters, Laurie Anne and Bonnie Jean, both of Molalla, his parents, Claud and Ellen Coats of Hood River, a brother, Chester Coats of Wasco, 5 sisters, Mrs. Carl (Ida) Rutschman of Dayton, Mrs. Charles (Anna) Beck of Condon, Mrs. Elton (Mary) Eakin of Grass Valley, Mrs. Floyd W. (Lois) Haskell of Portland, Mrs. Harold (Nell) Melzer of Moro, a sister-in-law, Mrs. James (Beverly) Coats of Portland, 23 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces and nephews. Private funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 21, at the Molalla chapel of Everhart and Kent, interment will follow in the Zion Cemetery at Canby.  Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday at the Molalla Union High School.  Friends may make remembrances to the scholarship fund of the Molalla Area Teachers Association or the American Cancer Society.
  • Former Resident Dies In California. William Walker, a former Sherman County wheat farmer, drowned Sunday night at Alturas, Calif., where he has lived for a number of years. Friends said Walker, who was 86 years of age, reportedly wandered away from the nursing home where he was living and fell into a river. Further details were not available. While in Oregon he had lived in The Dalles area and at Prairie City, prior to his move to Alturas where he served as a night patrolman for many years. Listed as surviving relatives were two sisters, Tilda Dahl and a Mrs. Grant, both of Gresham; a brother Cecil, of Portland; and a daughter, Mrs. Izetta Grandenburg of Prairie City; His wife, Myrtle, died Sept. 25, 1968.
  • Funeral Held Monday At Grass Valley For Dorinda Eller Alberty. Funeral for Dorinda Ellen Alberty, 81, a former resident of Moro, who died Thursday at her home town of Santa Ana, Calif., were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Baptist Church in Grass Valley with the Rev. Arthur Brown presiding. Burial followed at the Odd Fellow Cemetery. Casket bearers include Kenneth Crews, Orville Ruggles, William G. Johnson, John (Curly) DeMoss, Gary Lee Schilling and William Brinkert. Mrs. Alberty was born in Oklahoma, Sept. 11, 1887.  Her husband, Samuel Forest Alberty, died in 1955. Surviving are seven daughters, Mrs. Alice Meyer of Aurora, Mo., Mrs. Grace Lane of Woodland, Calif., Mrs. Clara Williamson of San Jose, Calif., Mrs. Inez Griggs of Moro, Mrs. Gladys Lane, Mrs. Lucille Lewis and Mrs. Betty Caranza all of Santa Maria, Calif., four sons, Alonzo of Homestead, Fla., Melvin and Samuel of Grass Valley and Dennis of Sacramento, Calif., along with 31 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

November 28, 1968

  • Norris Rasumussen Died In Portland. Norris Rasmussen passed away in his sleep on November 4th at the Portland Heart & Convalescent Hospital. Services were held at 10 a.m. at the Pearson Mortuary in the Willamette Nation Cemetery in Portland. His only surviving relative is Mrs. Erling A. (Zaina) Sound of Los Angeles, formerly of Wasco. M.B. Sound wrote the Journal as follows: He enjoyed receiving your paper, which I read to him constantly.  I know he would wish to thank everyone for their visits and letters. (Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fraser sent a gift subscription to Mr. Rasmussen for several years.)

December 5, 1968

  • Mrs. Adam Grauer Dies In Portland. Mrs. Adam Henry (Iva Isabel) Grauer, 63, of 1224 NE 108th Ave., a resident of Portland the past 50 years, died Saturday in Portland. A native of Wasco, Mrs. Grauer was a past matron of Washington Court No. 9, Order of Amaranth, a member of Corinthian Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, the Daughter’s of the Nile and the Shrine Sewing Group. Survivors include her husband; one son, Francis M. Grauer, Portland; three brothers, Harold and Theodore Siscel and Virgil Dunagan Portland; and three grandchildren. Services were held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Ross Hollywood Chapel. Interment in Skyline Memorial. The family requests rememberances be contributions to the Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children.
  • The community here were very sorry that Bill Coats, who was born at Rufus in 1935 passed away leaving a small family.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Coats of Hood River, Ore.

December 12, 1968

  • C.W. Johnson Dies In Hillsboro Hospital After Lengthy Illness. C. W. ‘Chub’ Johnson, 86 year old resident of 18655 S. W. Tualatin Valley Highway, Aloha, died in a Hillsboro hospital Thursday morning following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held Monday, December 9, at 10:00 a.m. in the Fuiten-Friesen Mortuary in Beaverton. The Rev. Leo Schlegel, pastor of the Aloha Community Baptist Church officiated at the services with Gordon Ryoman the soloist and Mrs. Lois Taylor the organist. Concluding rites and vault interment was in the IOOF Cemetery The D[alles], at 2:30 p.m. with the Lodge rites and casketbearers from the Taylor Masonic Lodge No. 99 AF & AM of Wasco. Charles William Johnson was born February 14, 1882 in Farmer City, Illinois the son of John Henry and Catherine Johnson.  The family came to Oregon when he was two years old and settled in the Wasco area where he grew up and lived for many years. C. W. ‘Chub’ Johnson has made his home at his present address in Aloha for the past 25 years.  He was united in marriage to Catherine W. Prentice in Portland on June 10, 1948. Mr. Johnson was a farmer for most all of his working years in the Wasco area.  He has been a member of the Aloha Community Baptist Church, the Aloha Grange, the Eastern Star of Beaverton, and an over 50year Charter member of the Taylor Masonic Lodeg No. 99 A.F.&A.M. of Wasco. Surviving in addition to the widow, Caroline of Aloha, Oregon; are two sons: Rolland M., Wasco; and C. Gordon, Vancouver, Washington.  One daughter, Mrs. Ray (Cathryn) Vetterlein, Eugene; and son step-daughter, Mrs. Chester (Nancy) of Willamina. Also surviving are: one sister, Mrs. Lynne (May) Michaels, Hillsboro, and six grandchildren.
  • One of Sherman County’s pioneers passed away at Hillsboro with the passing of C.W. Johnson, who was 86 years of age.  ‘Chub’ as he was known to all of us, has lived in the valley town since his son Rolland Johnson took over the home farm east of Wasco.  Chub was laid to rest beside Rolland’s mother Mae Medler Johnson, who passed away a number of years ago.  This was at the IOOF Cemetery of The Dalles.

December 19, 1968

  • Estelle Benson Service Held In Portland. Estelle Belshee Benson, born in McMinnville, June 12, 1883, died in Portland, Dec. 9, 1968.  She is survived by one daughter, Millie Redell, 2 grand-children, 8 great-grandchildren.  A son preceded her in death several years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Russel Belshee, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burnet and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Alley attended the funeral.
  • Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Russel Belshee attended the funeral of a cousin of Hope in Portland on Wednesday.
  • December 26, 1968
  • Moro Personals. Nina Pinkerton received word on Wednesday of the death of J.A. Black, father of her son in law, Jarvis Black.  She plans to leave on Monday for Christmas with the Jarvis Blacks of Portland.

January 2, 1969

  • Finley Richardson, Former Bus Operator, Dies At Goldendale. Finley E. Richardson, widely known resident of The Dalles and former operator of The Dalles City bus line, died Tuesday in Goldendale while working his route for Model Laundry. He was 70 years of age. Mr. Richardson was born Aug. 3, 1898, in Bridgeport, Wash., and lived in The Dalles 63 years, having moved to this area with his family when he was seven years old. He began working for Model Laundry in the early 1920s and drove a route for the company until 1950 when he took over the bus line.  He returned to Model Laundry 13 years later. For a time he served as humane officer in the Mid-Columbia for both Oregon and Washington and was a reserve deputy sheriff under four Wasco County sheriffs. He was prominent in racing at Wasco, Gilliam and Sherman County Fairs.  He was affiliated with The Dalles Auction Yard and the restaurant business in The Dalles at various times. Surviving him are his wife, Oleta, of The Dalles; two daughters, Della McCleary of Lompoc, Calif.; and Betty Dyer of The Dalles; two brothers, Jack of Oroville, Calif., and Edward of Chico, Calif.; a sister, Daisy Topp of Seattle, Wash., two grandchildren, two nephews and a neice. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home with entombment at the IOOF Mausoleum.  Harry Atkins of Dufur officiated.

January 9, 1969

  • Services Held Tuesday For Alvin Rasmussen. The body of Alvin Rasmussen, 62, operator of Rasmussen’s Variety Store in Moro for the past 17 years, was found in his car at the garage adjacent to his home about a block from the store on Tuesday evening, Sherman County Sheriff Leo Roberts said. Death was believed by the sheriff to be the result of carbon monoxide poisoning, and a blood sample was sent to the state crime laboratory to determine whether this assumption is correct, he said. The engine was not running when the body was found, but it had been and had stopped, presumably because of ice in the cooling system. There were fumes in the garage, Roberts said. Funeral for Mr. Rasmussen was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Community Presbyterian Church in Moro with arrangements in the care of Smith Callaway, and the Rev. Leo Tautfest in charge.  Burial followed at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Hood River Valley. For the past 17 years Mr. Rasmussen had operated the variety store in combination with a snack bar and the store of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.  For the same length of time before that he was a rancher in the Pine Grove area of Hood River county. Surviving are his widow, Ella Maria; two sons, Earl Alvin of Forest Grove and Ralph Kenneth of Gaston; two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Edgerton of Silverton and Mrs. Mary Springer of Wyndmere, N. D.; two brothers, Dan of Wyndmere and Lynn of Odell and seven grandchildren. Mr. Rasmussen was born in Wyndmere, N. D., Feb. [blank], Honorary pallbearers were: Loy Cochran, Bill Jones, Roy Rayon, Clarence Huls, Twin Douma, Mike Mulick and Arne Anaila. The active attendants were Abe Tebbs, Dan Nash, George Moreau, Don Martin, Max Belshe and Andy Paulson.
  • Cochran Rites In Portland. Loren C. Cochran, 70, a native of Moro, being the second son of Charles and Mary (Powell), died Monday at Milwaukie. Mr. Cochran, who lived at 9910 S. E. Wichita St., Portland had been active as a law and probation officer in the federal service for 34 years having entered the service in 1924. On one occasion he made national headlines when he was sent to Southern Oregon to execute a court order of eviction against two squatters in a national forest. The squatters attacked him, tied him to a tree and escaped into the forest.  Cochran worked himself free, took up the trail of the fugitives, caught them and took them to jail. He was appointed federal probation officer in 1935 and advanced to chief probation office five years later.  He continued in the post approximately 11 years when he obtained leave of absence to go to Arizona because of ill health the result of a World War I wound. He later resigned the Portland post to accept a similar position at Phoenix where he remained until his retirement in 1958. Mr. Cochran was a veteran of two years in the Army in World War I and was wounded twice, being awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. While he was probation officer he was elected and served a term as president of the western division of the United States Parole and Probation Officer’s Association He is survived by his wife, Elsie V., Portland; two sons, Charles K. and Norman W., both of Portland; two brothers, Loy V. of Moro, and Norval of Seattle; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday at Caldwell’s Colonial Mortuary with burial at Willamette National Cemetery.
  • Zella Dyer Services Held In The Dalles. A former Dalles resident, who had lived for the past 20 years in Moro, Zella E. Dyer, 84, died at a Dalles hospital, Monday December 23rd. Funeral rites were held at 1 p.m. Thursday December 26th at Smith Calloway Chapel with Rev. John Ginter in charge. Burial was at the Moro American Legion Cemetery. Mrs. Dyer was born Nov. 21, 1884 near Prineville and later came to The Dalles, spending most of her life there. She was a member of Bethlehem Chapter OES in Moro, the American Legion Auxiliary,  Harlandview Grange and the Wasco County Pioneers Association. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mary O. Coons, and a foster son, Richard Page, both of Moro; two grandchildren, James W. Coons, Jr. of Denver and Mrs. Paul Creighton of Centralia, and four great grandchildren.
  • Services Held For Bobbie J. Axtell. Bobbie J. Axtell, a resident of Lyle, Wash. the past two years, was born July 8, 1921, in Moro. He passed away Dec. 24, 1968, in the Veterans Hospital in Vancouver, Wash. at the age of 47. Mr. Axtell was a World War II veteran, member of the Moro American Legion, and the Moro Presbyterian Church.  He was employed the past year at Elma’s Café at Dallesport. He was survived by two sons: Vernon C. Axtell, now serving in the U.S. Air Force, and Jimmy Axtell; one daughter, Judith Axtell, The Dalles; two brothers: Lee Alton Axtell, Seattle, Bob’s twin brother, Billie F. Axtell, McMinnville; one sister Elma I. Krusow, Lyle, and several nieces, nephews and friends. Military funeral services were held at Vancouver Funeral Chapel, Saturday Dec. 28, in Vancouver, Washington.  Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.
  • James R. Gentry Dies In Portland. Funeral for James R. (Ronald) Gentry, 47, Montgomery Ward Co. driver found dead of a heart attack Dec. 31 in his truck, was held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Berg’s St. Johns Funeral Home. Born in Sherman County April 16, 1921, Mr. Gentry had worked for Montgomery Ward for eight years, moving to Roseburg from Portland last year. He was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters and the Teamsters Union and served in the Navy for three years during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Margaret J., son Jay Gentry, Bellevue, Wash., stepsons, Michael, Robert and Danny Dean, all in military service; his mother, Mrs. Fern Gille Yuba City, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Jack Murray, Yuba City and half-sisters Grace Gentry and Gladdis Bucholtz of The Dalles and one half-brother, Johnnie Gentry of Cal. Vault interment will be in Willamette National Cemetery.
  • Moro Personals. Katherine Kildow (mother of Alice Gochnauer) died Dec. 31 at Ellizon General Hospital after a prolonged illness.  She was buried at Skyline Memorial Gardens on Monday, Jan. 6.
  • Moro Personals. The whole community was saddened to hear of the death of Al Rasmussen on New Year’s Eve.  Al’s friendly smile and cheerful conversation will be missed by the whole county.
  • Moro Personals. Rosy Hughes and Johnny left being called by the death of Rosy’s brother, Charles Catterson, whose funeral service was Christmas Eve.   She returned reporting lots of snow and blizzarding in California, too.
  • Moro Personals. Wan Ali Bin Wan Ahmal, the boy from Malaya, will be staying with Mrs. Ella Rasmussen and going to school at Sherman High as planned before the death of Al Rasmussen.
  • In Memoriam. Alvin R. Rasmussen.   It is easy enough to look pleasant.   When life rolls along like a song,   But the man worth while is the man who can smile     When everything goes dead wrong.

January 16, 1969

  • Services Held Here For Merle Miller. Merle A. Miller, 57, passed away at a Dalles Hospital Monday, Jan. 6th he was stricken the night before a home. Merle was born Feb. 24, 1911 to Cicero and Hattie Miller at Moro. He grew up and attended local schools; going into the wheat and cattle business.  He has been retired for several years. Surviving are his widow, Mary; one son, Merle Allen, Moro; three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Patty) Peickert of The Dalles; Mrs. Joseph (Darlene) Wendlick of Longview; and Miss Kathleen of Moro; his mother, Hattie Miller; two brothers, Vernon and Blaine, all of Moro; two sisters, Mrs. William (Ione) McKinney and Mrs. Willard (Eva) Bear both of Salem; and two grandsons. Smith Callaway was in charge of arrangements and the funeral was held Thursday at the Moro Community Presbyterian Church with Leo Tautfest officiating.  Burial followed at the American Legion Cemetery. Casket bearers were: Keith McDonald, Paul Fraser, Lester Barnum, Harvey Thompson, Kenneth Sather and Wesley Nichols.

January 23, 1969

January 30, 1969

  • Rufus man Dies In Motel Room Fire Early Tuesday. Walter Harold Innis, 50, died in a fire about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in his motel room at the Riverview Motel in Rufus, state police said. The body was taken to Smith Callaway where funeral plans await word from his sister, Mrs. Conrad Johnson of Chicago. Innis was a World War II veteran and had been for a time at White City Domiciliary.  He was born Jan. 22, 1919… from the room when he was passing ert Baunach, operator of the motel, by in the motel yard. The fire was discovered by Rob- Baunanch said he broke down the who say flames and smoke coming door but was unable to enter because of intense smoke. The fire was extinguished by the Rufus Fire Department.  Fire Chief Dan Hoffman is investigating cause of the blaze. The fire was confined to the room.  The mattress was burned along with the wall next to the bed, and the ceiling and rafters overhead.  [copied as it appeared]

February 6, 1969

  • Services Held For George Blackburne. George W. Blackburne, 82, a resident of Rufus for many years and a former fruit farmer, died at his home Thursday. Mr. Blackburne was born May 5, 1886, at The Dalles. He was a member of the Nazarene Church. Surviving are his wife, Alma; three sons, Paul of Arlington, Roger of Portland and Vurl of Oklahoma City; five daughters, Georgina Gunkel of Maryhill, Wash., Norma Casey of Dufur, Dorothy Robinson of Portland, Audrey Schafer of The Dalles and Patricia White of Harper, Kan.; 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at Smith Callaway Chapel, The Dalles with Rev. Edwin Zimbelman officiating.  Interment was at the Sunrise Cemetery at Wasco.

February 13, 1969

  • Mrs. Gordon Harper returned home Feb. 5 after spending two weeks in Sloan, Iowa with relatives.  She was called back by the sudden death of her brother, W.M. Haakinson.

February 20, 1969

  • Richelderfer Service Held Wednesday. Funeral for Bernice [Beatrice Bogard] Richelderfer, 71, who died Sunday at a nursing home in The Dalles after living in Wasco for the past 48 years, was held Wednesday at Smith Callaway Chapel with the Rev. John P. Ginter presiding. Burial followed at the Odd Fellow Cemetery. Mrs. Richelderfer was born Oct. 26, 1897, in Vacaville, Calif.  When a child she came with her parents to Douglas County, settling in Roseburg.  At the age of 21 she came to Wasco to take a position in the office of the late Dr. Sarah Leah Richelderfer, a woman physician who died in 1960. In 1920 the former Beatrice Bogard was married to Earl H. Richelderfer, at Scholls, and they lived in Wasco until his death five years ago.  Richelderfer was a charter member of the Wasco Women’s Study Club and a member of Frank E. Brown Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary. Surviving are two sons, Malcolm of The Dalles and Theron of Wasco; two brothers, Arthur Bogard of Tillamook and Phillip Bogard of Los Angeles, and three grandchildren.
  • Ben Maxfield Services At Madras Wednesday. Funeral services for Ben Maxfield, 80, of Kent were held yesterday, Feb. 19 at the Madras Evergreen Chapel in Madras at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Tom W. Foster officiating. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery at Kent with George Bell American Legion Post No. 49 of Kent participating. He was born July 12, 1888 at Eau Calle, Wis. And was a veteran of World War I.  Maxfield was a retired carpenter and had lived in the Kent area for the past 21 years. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Grace Maxfield of Kent; a son, Mr. Donald L. Maxfield of Kent; two brothers, Allen Maxfield of Buhl, Ida. and Clifford Maxfield, Sr. of Canada; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Birkett of Victorville, Calf., and Mrs. Isabelle Schaffer of Cau Calle, Wis.; a daughter, Mrs. Carol Clark of Fairbanks, Alaska, and six grandchildren.

February 27, 1969

  • Rites Held Saturday For Fritz Rohweder At Grass Valley. Friends at Grass Valley aided relatives from afar to bury well liked Fritz Rohweder, Saturday, February 22 and the Rebekahs, following their usual friendly custom, served food and drink to the family and friends after the funeral. Fritz Rohweder was born in Jevnstet, Schleswig-Holstein, May 19, 1898 and served briefly in the German army in World War I. He often told of being buried by a shell or mine explosion for a long time and having a long recuperation from the ordeal. He followed his brother, Jurgen, to America in 1923 and has lived almost the entire time at Grass Valley doing farm work and farming on his own.  He never married but assumed the role of friendly uncle to the children of every generation and was a steady source of gifts and candy or nuts.  He was cheerful and helpful and seldom really angry. He died February 19 in a hospital in The Dalles following surgery. Surviving are his brother Jurgen of Boring, a sister Helen Clausseen of Portland, two sisters in Germany, Anna Wieden and Louisa Stolten and a brother Wihelm, postmaster at Jevnstet and a host of friends,  Four nephews and nephew-in law were among the pallbearers aided by Alfred Kock and Arthur Beuther.

March 6, 1969

March 13, 1969

  • Services Held Here For A. “Twin” Douma Formerly Of Moro. Funeral for Aurelius Douma, 69, of Milwaukie, a former Sherman County wheat rancher near Moro, was held at the Moro Community Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. last Monday, with the Rev. Leo C. Tautfest in charge. Burial followed at the American Legion Cemetery. Arrangements were in care of Smith Callaway. Mr. Douma died Friday at Wheeler.  He and Mrs. Douma had gone down to attend the funeral of his nephew, Elner Douma, son of Jake and Elmira Douma, former Sherman County residents. Born August 26, 1899, at Buxton, he came to Moro as a small boy.  He married Leona Elliott November 25, 1926, at Prineville.  When he retired from ranching they moved to Milwaulkie in 1962. Surviving are his widow, Leona; one daughter, Mrs. Gloria Cockburn of Portland; two sisters, Marie Peters of Moro and Alida Brown of Maupin; two brothers, his twin Gherardius of Moro, and Marius at Wheeler; and three grandchildren. He was a member of the Moro Community Presbyterian Church and the Odd Fellow Lodge at Grass Valley. Honorary bearers were: Vernon Miller, Blaine Miller, Charles Burnet, Orlow Martin, Lloyd Henrichs, Keith McDonald, Paul Fraser and Bob Belshe. The active bearers were: Don Miller, John Shipley, Steve Burnet, Jim Belshe, Dean Martin and Bob Martin.
  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Tatum, Mr. and Mrs. John Decker, Mrs. Bill Jefferies of  Kent, Mrs. Pat Jefferies of Dufur, Rev. and Mrs. W.H. Day from Kent attended the funeral of Doug Moyles held Wednesday March 5th in the LDS church in Corvallis.

March 20, 1969

March 27, 1969

  • Clarence Bourhill Services In Portland. Clarence Bourhill, 66, of 2015 NW Kearney, a retired steel worker at the Oregon Steel Mills, died last Thursday at a Portland hospital. Mr. Bourhill was born in Grass Valley, moving later with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Bourhill to Moro where he attended and graduated from high school. His father was Moro postmaster for several years during the late 20s and 30s. He is survived by his wife, Eltha A., a son, Roderick Maeuller; his mother Mrs. George Bourhill; two sisters Bessie Morrison and Elsie Gregory, a brother Balfour Bourhill, and 5 grandchildren. Funeral was held Monday at the Miller and Tracey Funeral Chapel with interment at Willamette National Cemetery.

April 3, 1969

  • Services Held Today for William Huck, Formerly Of Rufus. Funeral for William M. Huck, 71, of Parkdale for the past 10 years who ied Monday at a hospital in & Libby at 2 p.m. today with the Rev. Bryan Travis in charge. Burial will follow at the Odd Fellow Cemetery. Mr. Huck, a former resident of Rufus, was operator of a ranch at Parkdale and served as the insurance agent for the Rufus and Parkdale Granges.  He was a member of Rufus Grange and the National Grange. Mr. Huck was born July 15, 1897, at Wasco. Surviving are his widow, Bessie; a niece, Gertrude Mee, and a nephew, Darrell Sparling, both of The Dalles; two cousins, Mabel and Grace Gallagher, both of Castro Valley, California. Active pallbearers will be Bert Swigart, Bob Belshe, Bob Macnab, Jerry Routson, Curt Neal and bearers will be Jim Fox, Tony Rolland Johnson. The honorary Benedetti, Keith McDonald, Jim Struck, Walt Morris, Roy Christiansen, Dave Cooper, John Jenkins and Harland McDonald.  [copied as appeared]
  • Former Moro Resident Dies At Portland. Mrs. Dorothy Passmore Johnston 78, of 2545 Terwiliger Blvd., a former employee of the Farm Security Administration and of the Public Welfare Department died Sunday in a Portland hospital. Mrs. Johnson was born in Salem, Ohio, and spent much of early life in Butte, Montana. She came to Portland in 1910 and attended Oregon State University where she graduated in home economics.  She was a member of tne Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She lived in Condon and Moro for a time and was employed in several Willamette Valley areas with the Farm Security Administration.  Prior to her retirement in 1956 she spent several years with the Public Welfare Department of Portland.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church, the Portland Business and Professional Women, the Portland Doll Club, the Oregon State Alumni Association, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by a son, Alan, of Fresno, California. At her request there will be no service.
  • Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Johnston received word of the death of Dorothy Johnston, who passed away Sunday night in the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital after a lingering illness of cancer. She lived in Moro for several years some time ago.  Surviving her is a son Alan M. (Dale) Johnston of Fresno, and three grandchildren.  After she retired from the Multnomah County Welfare Dept. she bought into Terwilliger Plaza where she was living at the time of her death.

April 10, 1969

  • Rufus area was saddened with the death of their old timer Bill Huck, who died at Parkdale last Monday, March 31.  Bill was buried in The Dalles Thursday beside his son, Robert who was killed in W.W. II.   The sympathy of the area goes out to Bill’s widow, Bessie, who was born here in Sherman County also, as Bill was.   Bill and Bessie have done so many kind acts for their friends here in the county and other places.   The Huck’s still own a house in Rufus and the area would welcome Bessie to come live here again if she so chooses.  They were both members of the Rufus Grange and Bessie still is.

April 17, 1969

  • Mrs. Harry Pinkerton drove to Helix on Thursday, where she enjoyed the band concert, in which Jim and Don, grandsons, took part. On Friday she attended the funeral services in Pomeroy, Washington for Mrs. Herman (Gladys) Shelton.

April 24, 1969

  • Life-Long Resident At Grass Valley Dies At Pendleton. A life-long resident of Grass Valley, Herman D. Peters, died a hospital in Pendleton Monday at the age of 68. Mr. Peters was born July 17, 1900 in Grass Valley. He was foreman of the Grass Valley Grain Growers Association for 35 years, and for seven years was custodian at Sherman County High in Moro, where he retired in 1965. Mr. Peters was a member of the Grass Valley Odd Fellows Lodge and Past Noble Grand. Survivors include his wife, Clara C. Peters, Grass Valley; two sons, Herman A., Hood River and Arden L., Portland; a sister, Mrs. Anna K. Barnett, Grass Valley; a brother John Peters, Grass Valley; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were at Grass Valley Baptist Church Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Arthur Brown officiating. Interment was at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Grass Valley. Active pallbearers were Willard Barnett, Harold Owens, Edgar Alley, Boyce Blaylock, Rodney Rolfe and Alfred T. Kock.  Honorary pallbearers were Alfred Kock, Arzell Lemley, Eben Kee, Loy Cochran, William Bardenhagen and George Helms.

May 1, 1969

  • Grass Valley. Among the out of town people attending the funeral of Herman D. Peters here Thursday besides the sons and their families were Dr. and Mrs. Frank Wilcox of Newberg, Mrs. Art Bibby of Portland, Ed Sutherland of Richland, Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Baumgartner of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Holmes of Lincoln City, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Eakin and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jaeger of Condon, Mrs. George Wilcox, Mrs. Ted von Borstel, the Misses Cassie and Mabel Holmes, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Barnett, Mrs. Ernest Barnett all of The Dalles, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hess of Vancouver, Mr. and Mrs. Lon Hascall of Pendleton, Joe Harvey of Portland and Mrs. Ellis Lary of Kelso, Washington.

May 8, 1969

  • Services At Maupin Friday Afternoon For Mrs. Helen Hunt. Mrs. Helen Irene Hunt a longtime resident of the Maupin area. Born August 9, 1910 in Sherman County.  Passed away at a Dalles hospital Monday at age 58. A member of the Rebekah Lodge in Maupin, Wasco County Cow Belles, Wasco County Pioneers Assoc., The Dalles Art Club, and was an Amateur Accredited Judge for Flower Shows. Survived by her husband, Clarence N. Hunt of Maupin; 4 sons, Clarence N. Hunt, Jr. of Watsonville, Ca., Neil A. Hunt of The Dalles; Lynn A. and William E. Hunt both of Maupin; 1 sister, Nina Peck of Maupin; 6 grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at the Maupin United Brthern Church Friday at 2 p.m. Rev. Carl-Reid Duhrkoop officiating.  Interment Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Lloyd Anderson, Raymond Richmond, Bonney Duus, Clarence Duling, Lester Horrigan and Carl Mays.  Friends who so desire may contribute to the Southern Wasco County Ambulance Fund in Mrs. Hunt’s memory.
  • Donald King Rites Held Here Tuesday. Donald G. King, 40, a Moro rancher and a life-long Sherman County resident, was pronounced dead on arrival by ambulance in The Dalles early Saturday after he was stricken at his home, presumably by a heart attack. He has lived at Moro the last 17 years. Mr. King was born April 2, 1929, in Portland and was active in affairs of Eureka Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Moro, and the Chris Schultz Post of the American Legion.  He was a Past Worthy Patron of Bethlehem Chapter No. 78 Order of Eastern Star. He was Moro Volunteer Fire Dept. Fire Chief at the time of his death, and had been a dependable active fireman for several years. Surviving are his widow, Myrna; four daughters, Maureen, Valery, Teresa and Colleen; a son, Donald; his mother, Frances King of The Dalles; a brother Robert, of Grass Valley. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church at Moro, the Rev. Leo C. Tautfest, officiated.  Interment was in the Grass Valley IOOF Cemetery. Those wishing to do so are invited to make contributions in Mr. King’s memory to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, in care of George Specht, 307 W. Sixth Street, or the Heart Fund, in care of Neal Roberts at The Dalles Branch of the U.S. National Bank of Oregon.

May 15, 1969

  • Masonic Services Honor Donald King. Donald G. King, 40, a Moro rancher and life-long Sherman county resident, was pronounced dead on arrival by ambulance in The Dalles early Saturday after he was stricken at his home, presumably by a heart attack. He has lived at Moro the last 17 years. Mr. King was born April 2, 1929, in Portland, and was active in affairs of Eureka Lodge, A.F.&A.M., Moro, and the Chris Schultz Post of the American Legion.  He was a Past Worthy Patron of Bethlehem Chapter No. 78 Order of Eastern Star. Eureka Lodge, A.F.&A.M. No. 121 of Moro performed the final rites with Alex Marshall of The Dalles giving the Masonic work.  A full body of local Masons were in attendance. He was Moro Volunteer Fire Dept Fire Chief at the time of his death, and had been a dependable active fireman for several years. Surviving are his widow, Myrna; four daughters, Maureen, Valery, Teresa and Colleen; a son, Donald; his mother, Frances King of The Dalles; and a brother Robert, of Grass Valley. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church at Moro, the Rev. Leo C. Tautfest, officiated.  Interment was in the Grass Valley IOOF Cemetery. Casket bearers were Max Belshe, David Moore, Mike Mulick, B. H. Roberson, Bill Forrest and John Buether. Those wishing to do so are invited to make contributions in Mr. King’s memory to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, in care of George Specht, 307 W. Sixth Street, or the Heart Fund, in care of U.S. National Bank of Oregon.
  • Services Held For Alvena H. Cushman. Funeral services were held Monday in Corvallis for Alvena H. Cushman, 73, who died at her home in Pendleton on Thursday, April 24 following a heart attack. Mrs. Cushman was born in Gladstone. She was a graduate of Pacific University and taught school in Moro, where she met her future husband, Virgil Cushman.  They were married in 1920 in Portland and in 1922 they moved to a ranch near Condon which they farmed until Mr. Cushman’s death in 1964.  The Cushmans had many friends among the Condon Air Force Station personnel and their home was always open to these boys.  The ranch which they operated is owned and operated by Sid Seale. During the years that Mrs. Cushman lived in Condon, she was an active member of the Eastern Star for forty years.  She was Worthy Matron of the Condon Chapter in 1937 and her Worthy Patron was Stewart Hardie. After her husband died, she moved to Madras and then to Corvallis before moving to Pendleton in January of this year. She is survived by two sons, Howard of Pendleton and Jack of Dawson Creek, British Columbia; two daughters, Elizabeth C. Hamlin, Corvallis and Mary Ann Crocker, Madras; a sister, Morita Pigott, Seattle, and nine grandchildren. Services were held Monday afternoon, April 28, at the DeMoss-Durdan Funeral Home in Corvallis. Burial services were held at the Haven of St. John Mausoleum at the Crystal Lake Cemetery. Those attending from Condon were Mr. and Mrs. Joe Neys and children, Volney Thomas, Mrs. Walt Jaeger and Mrs. Erma Pattee.

May 22, 1969

  • Services Held For John Lee Stewart, 67. John Lee Stewart (known as Laddie Stewart), age 67 years passed away on May 14th with funeral on May 17th at Sun City, Arizona, where he went to live after retiring last year. Lately he had spent some time in a Phoenix Hospital. His parents were James and Margarette Stewart of Moro, and he was born at Moro where he attended school before going to Oregon State University.  He had been employed for a number years before his retirement by the Ppjohn Company and was a druggist by profession. He is survived by his widow in Sun City, one son, Richard of Corvallis.  A sister, Cora E. Stewart of Corvallis.

May 29, 1969

  • Morrow Visitors From California. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Morrow of Wasco were pleasantly surprised by a visit from Mr. and Mrs. John Ferko of Ventura.  Mrs. Ferko was a life long friend of Maybelle Morrow’s mother, Annabelle Carns.  At 5 a.m. the next morning the Morrows received a phone call from the Hood River Nursing Home that Mrs. Carns had just died in her sleep. Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Ferko immediately drove Mrs. Morrow to Tacoma where her mother was buried beside her husband, William E. Carns who had died 31 years ago. Annabell Carns was born in Pittsburg, Pa., Feb. 22, 1895 and had lived in Tacoma, sixty years before moving to Oregon a short time ago. Survivors include a son L.T. Carns of Tacoma, a daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Maybelle) Morrow of Wasco; 4 sisters, 3 brothers, 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Mrs. Morrow is remaining in Tacoma for a week at her brother’s suggestion, Mr. Carns, so he would not be alone at his home to brood in sorrow.

June 5, 1969

June 12, 1969

June 19, 1969

  • Elizabeth Hull Died In California. Anna Elizabeth Hull passed away in a rest home, May 25th at Chico, Calif.  She was former resident of Sherman County, having a ranch near Rufus, now owned by Bill Andrews. Hulls lived in California the last forty years.  Surviving is her husband, Charles Hull, a daughter, Mrs. Marlow Anderson, and several grandchildren.  [copied as it appeared]
  • The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family of John B. “Jack” Rothery.  He will always be remembered for his friendliness.
  • Word has been received by the Medler families of the tragic death of Arthur Lowell of Alderdale, Washington, in a tractor accident.  His wife is the former Evelyn Medler of Wasco.

June 26, 1969

July 3, 1969

  • Longtime Resident At Grass Valley Dies. Mrs. Ellen M. Reynolds a resident of Grass Valley for the past 56 years passed away at a Portland hospital last Friday. She was born May 18, 1896 in Chehalis, Wash. Funeral was Monday at the Spencer & Libby Funeral Home with the Rev. Arthur H. Brown in charge followed by burial at Parklawn Memorial Gardens in The Dalles. Mrs. Reynolds was a member of Bethlehem Chapter Order of Eastern Star in Moro, the Rebekah Loddge of Grass Valley and Harlandview Grange of Moro. Surviving are a son, Gene, of Grass Valley; a daughter, Vivian Ness of Bellevue, Wash., a brother, Fank Rasmussen, of Chehalis; a sister, Mrs. Esther Wasson of Lebanon, and five granddaughters and one grandson.

July 10, 1969

  • ‘Papa’ Hull Dies at 101 In California. Charles Edward Hull, died recently at a Chico, Calif. convalescent hospital at the age of 101. Hull’s wife of 74 years, Anna E., preceded him in death in May.  She was 95.  The couple met in Chico and married there in 1894. They moved to Wasco where he was a wheat farmer. The Hulls returned to Chico in 1921 and in 1935 he began working for the City of Chico.  He retired from this position in 1947, at the age of 80. The couple lived at their home, 480 E. Ninth St., Chico, until four years ago when they moved into a rest home due to failing health. Hull was born Aug. 12, 1867, in Pike County, Ill., and moved west with his family in 1888. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Anderson of Chico, three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Chico Funeral Home with the Rev. Wendell Hansen of the Aldersgate Methodist Church officiating. Entombment followed in the Chico Memorial Mausoleum by the side of his wife.

July 17, 1969

  • Services Held Monday For Belva Galloway. Funeral for Belva Galloway, 68 who died last Thursday at a hospital in The Dalles [and] was a former resident of Wasco, was held at 10 a.m. last Monday morning at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home with the Rev. E. Ernest Taylor in charge. Burial followed at Olney Cemetery at Pendleton. Mrs. Galloway was born Nov. 30, 1900 in Weston and had lived in The Dalles since 1960.  For 42 years she had been employed by the Union Pacific Railroad and served many years as agent-telegrapher at Biggs Junction. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Annie Fulton Chapter Order Easter Star, White Shrine of Jursalem in The Dalles and the Union Pacific Old Timers Club. Surviving are her husband, Benjamin; mother, Hattie Williams; stepson, Millard Galloway of Portland; sister, Evelyn E. Breese of Tacoma; brother, Vernal Williams, of San Jose, Calif., two nieces, and numerous relatives. Friends who so may desire may contribute to the Oregon Cancer Society in Mrs. Galloway’s memory.

July 24, 1969

July 31, 1969

  • Rites Held Monday For John Lawrence. Final rites for John W. Lawrence, 79, of Moro who died Thursday in The Dalles, following a long illness was Monday at Smith Calloway Chapel with the Rev. Leo C. Tautfest presiding.  Burial was at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Mr. Lawrence was born Dec. 25, 1889, at Gardner N. D., and came to Moro in 1936 where he was employed by Flatt Truck Service.  He retired in 1962. He was a member of the Moro Presbyterian Church, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 883 at Hood River, the World War I Veterans Barrack in The Dalles and Chris Schultz Post 71 of the American Legion in Moro. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ted Thompson of Moro and Mrs. Burdette Lite of Portland; two sisters, Helen Thompson of Woodworth N. D. and Mrs. Mabel Faggot of Oakland, Calif.; two brothers, Leslie Lawrence of Gardner, N. D. and Donald of Menomonee Falls, Wis., and five grandchildren. Casket bearers were Ted Thompson, Burdette Lite, George Beardsley, Tommy Jones, Bill and Bob Flatt.
  • Miss Christine Folda Passes At Salem. Miss Christine Folda, a resident of Salem. Born November 17, 1893 in Riverside, Iowa.  Passed away at a hospital in Salem Tuesday at the age of 75. Survived by five sisters, Mrs. Helen Patterson of Iowa City, Iowa; Mrs. Emily Wilcox of Newberg; Mrs. Clara Peters of Grass Valley; Mrs. Mary Hoffman of Salem and Mrs. Charles Schmidt of Silvis, Ill; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Grass Valley, Friday at 2 p.m., Rev. Arthur Brown officiating.  Spencer & Libby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  Casket bearers were Olan Stark, Willard Barnett, Loy Cochran, Boyce Blaylock, Arden Peters and Herman Peters, Jr.
  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wilcox of Newburg came Thursday to the home of her sister, Mrs. Herman Peters.  Mr. and Mrs. Arden Peters and family of Portland came Thursday evening and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Peters, Jr. and family of Hood River came Friday, all attended the graveside services for Miss Christine J. Folda, sister of Mrs. Wilcox and Mrs. Peters.
  • Moro Personals. We were all sad at the death of John Lawrence, long time resident of Moro.  Lawrence had been in ill health for several years.

August 7, 1969

  • Word has just been received of the passing of little 6-year old John Dowrey, son of Rev. and Mrs. Robert Dowrey. [Dowrey] was pastor of the Wasco Methodist Church before transferring to Arlington.  Little John had been ill since birth and had been going to Portland for illness in a Portland hospital last Sunday.   The sincere sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family.
  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Payne and son, Jimmy, went to New Minster, B.C. last Thursday to attend the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Christine Maldaner, who passed away July 22.  They returned home Friday night.

August 14, 1969

  • Don Hockman Rites In Portland Tomorrow. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Roses, Portland, for Don Joseph Hockman, 44 a former The Dalles resident who died Monday morning after a brief illness. Mr. Hockman was born Dec. 5, 1925 at Moro, to Ben and Frances Morrissey Hockman. He attended The Dalles High School, and served in the Korean War. Surviving are his wife, Kay; mother, Mrs. Frances Hockman of The Dalles; four sons, Ben, Phil, Robin and Don, Jr.; a daughter, Lynette; a brother, Mickey, Portland; and a sister Patty, The Dalles.
  • Services Saturday For Lewis A. Olds. Lewis Alton “Boy” Olds of Grass Valley passed away Wednesday night at Providence Hospital in Portland. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 16, at the Grass Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Arthur Brown officiating. Burial will follow at the IOOF Cemetery at Grass Valley. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Thelma Trimble of Grass Valley.
  • Ray Shumway, nephew of Sam Brock, passed away in Portland Saturday.   Tuesday Mr. Brock and his sons and their families who have been visiting him left for Portland to attend the funeral which was Wednesday.

August 21, 1969

  • Ove Hansen Rites Conducted Satuday; A Native of Omaha. Masonic rites by members of Wasco Lodge 15, A.F. & A.M. were used for final services for Ove T. Hansen, 79, a resident of The Dalles for the past 19 years who died at a Dalles hospital Thursday. The service for the retired Sherman County rancher, who went to The Dalles after 66 years here, was held at Smith Calloway Chapel Saturday with vault entombment at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Mr. Hansen was a charter member of Sherman Masonic Lodge 143 in Grass Valley. He was born Sept. 24, 1889 in Omaha. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Glen (Gertrude) Van Gilder of Antelope; a sister, Mrs. Havie Brisbine of Moro; three grandchildren, Gary Van Gilder of Redmond, Glenda Van Gilder of Portland and Gayle Van Gilder of Antelope; two great grandchildren, Dawn and Thane Van Gilder of Redmond. Active pallbearers were brother Masons. The honorary bearers were Vernon Melzer, Melvin Schadewitz, George Moon, David Richelderfer, Keith McDonald and Sherwood Grimes.
  • Word was received last week of the passing of Mrs. Ted Proudfoot in New York on August 4.  Mrs. Proudfoot will be remembered as Margaret (Mitzi) Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Johnson, long time residents of Wasco years ago. The Proudfoot family also were former residents of this vicinity.  Mrs. Proudfoot is survived by her husband, Ted, who had just transferred to New York from Seattle, and by two daughters living in California, the Proudfoot’s home before moving to Seattle.
  • Melvin Grant, Rufus, Killed In Vietnam. Word was received in Rufus Monday night that Melvin Grant, son of Mr. and Mrs.  Roy Grant, was killed in action in Viet Nam.  The Grants are well known here where Melvin and his sisters went to school some years ago and Roy Grant built the John Day Cafe.  Later the Grants went to Arlington where Melvin graduated from high school a couple of years ago. Melvin’s sister, Carol, married Wayne Eaton, son of Mrs. Della Eaton of Rufus. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 25 in Arlington. When living in Rufus the Grants had three daughters, Carol, Naidene and Loretta and one son Melvin.  Our hearts go out to the Grant family in their hour of sorrow.
  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tatum and Billy of Kent and Robert Kaser and J.J. Kaser of Ashwood went to The Dalles Monday to attend the funeral of their great aunt, Mrs. Lena Kaser held at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home.
  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Elton Eakin and Mrs. Owen Eakin accompanied by Mrs. V.B. Eakin of The Dalles, attended the funeral of Biddle Eakin of The Dalles held at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home Wednesday with interment in the Odd Fellow cemetery in The Dalles.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Irving Hart drove to Portland to attend the Donovan Hockman funeral.  They remained for several days. Mrs. Cecil Hockman was down to the Don Hockman funeral Friday.

August 28, 1969

  • George Drinkard Services Held Today, Burial In The Dalles. Funeral for George W. Drinkard, 85, who died Monday at a Dalles hospital, was held Thursday at Smith Callaway Chapel followed by Elk ritualistic services at the Odd Fellows Cemetery. A resident of Sherman Count for the past 51 years, Mr. Drinkard was born Aug. 22, 1884, at Halsey. He grew up in the Willamette Valley and married his wife, Pearl, on July 28, 1907.  Ten years later they moved to a ranch in the Wasco area. Mr. Drinkard was a member of the Rufus Grange and a life member of The Dalles Elks Lodge. Surviving are his widow; a son Joe, Oakland, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Brisbine of Moro and Mrs. Roland Johnson of Wasco; 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and a niece, Mrs. Walter Linder of Portland.
  • Melvin Grant Rites Held At Arlington Church Wednesday. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Arlington Methodist Church for Warrant Officer Melvin L. Grant, 20, who died August 14 when his helicopter was shot down in Vietnam. Full military honors marked the interment at Arlington cemetery. The Rev. Robert Dowrey, pastor of the church, officiated at the service. Grant, who was born Feb. 15, 1949 at Kalispell, Mont. was the son Mr. and Mrs. Roy Grant of Monrovia, Calif., former residents of Arlington and Rufus. He attended army flight school in Texas and Georgia before going to Vietnam in May of this year. In addition to his parents, surviving relatives include three sisters, Mrs. Nadine House of Reno, Mrs. Loretta Quinn of Sisters and Mrs. Carol Eaton of Seattle; and grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Jones of Kalispell. An honor guard and firing squad from Ft. Lewis took part in the graveside rites and also acted as pall bearers. Smith Callaway Chapel The Dalles was in charge of arrangements.
  • Rufus community was saddened last week with the passing of young Bill Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Win Roberts who made their home here many years in Rufus.  Bill was injured on Highway 97 it was reported and had a head concussion, was taken to Portland where he passed away and was buried last week.  Bill went all of his grammar school in Rufus then left Rufus and I understand and was married and a father all at the tender age of 21 years.  Win Roberts worked for a number of years for the State Highway Department while in Rufus then he ran service station what is now known as Hancock Station for a couple of years before leaving Rufus and buying a Motel near Depoe Bay.  We feel so sorry for the family which is left behind.

September 4, 1969

  • Boating Mishap Takes Lives Of Three People. “We cried” for help hour after hour, but was if nobody in the world was listening.” It was painful for Kendrick Dunlap to recall the nightmare that claimed three lives Sunday night just west of the John Day Bridge in the Columbia River. Resting not so comfortably in a hospital bed at The Dalles General Hospital, Dunlap tried to piece together the events of a numbing 20-mile survival run down the Columbia after his 14-foot boat capsized. What was to have been a pleasant camping outing for family and friends on the John Day River became a haunting, tragic memory for the two survivors, Dunlap and Shirley Anderson. ‘I Felt His Life Slipping’ “I will always remember the little boy,” Dunlap said, refering to the chubby, 18-month old son of Dennis and Shirley Anderson of Grass Valley. “All I could think about today was the little boy, and how I felt his little life slipping away from us as we tried to paddle (the capsized boat) to shore,” he said. Dunlap explained that little Timothy Anderson did not drown, but rather died from exposure and “possibly gasoline burns.” “For three hours in that icy water it was like I was helpless. I didn’t even know if I could save the others or myself, but I really wanted to save that boy,” he said. The boat accident occurred Sunday at about 6 p.m., Dunlap said.  Dick Rust, 37, a friend of Dunlap’s and the Anderson’s had decided to take the boat into the Columbia River. “We hit one of those Indian fishing nets and it snagged the propeller and stopped the motor,” he said. Dunlap said he was trying to unsnag the propeller when Dennis Anderson “jumped out of the boat clothes and all. “He swam around and was trying to help me, but I’m afraid he only succeeded in tipping the boat enough to let water in.” At that point, Rust hollered “You’re swamping the boat, Dennis,” Dunlap recalled. When Anderson swam back to the side of the boat to re-enter, the boat, heavy with water capsized. “It rolled over so quick, none of us were expecting it,” he said. Thus began almost four hours of horror – a survival and death script bordering on fiction, but all too factual in Kendrick Dunlap’s memory. Boat Drifted 20 miles. “At first we didn’t think there was anything to worry about and we tried to steer the boat to the Oregon shore.  But the east wind was against us,” he said. The closest the party ever got to shore was 100 yards, “but it might as well been 100 miles,” Dunlap said. The capsized boat drifted some 20 miles down the Columbia to a point near the John Day Bridge (sic). “We were all okay for most of the way.  I hung on to the boy for about three hours, but when I felt him losing the battle I asked Shirley if she would take him so that I could help the others steer to shore,” Dunlap said. “I didn’t want her to know the real reason… that I knew the boy was dying.” Dunlap said the boy died about 30 minutes before they were rescued but Shirley “never let on.  I think she knew, but she just didn’t want to admit it.” Dunlap, a service station operator in Grass Valley, said Anderson and Rust disappeared from the boat “not more than 10 minutes before help came.” Asked about their drowning, Dunlap said, “Shirley and I are both vague about it.  It is one of the blank spots.  Maybe it’s just that we don’t want to remember.” As some youngsters heard the cries for help and summoned their parents, darkness had come to the Columbia.  “I think we were both gonners and just hadn’t died yet.” Dunlap said. Both Dunlap and Mrs. Anderson suffered from second and third degree burns from the gasoline and exposure and will be confined to the hospital most of the week. “Funny thing about the gasoline.  It never got away from us; the current never took it away.  It was as if it was alive in the water just waiting for the end.”

September 11, 1969

  • Services Held For Hildred M. Zell. [photo] Hildred Milton Zell, 69, well known Sherman County rancher who was active in Masonic and other organizations for many years, died Sunday evening at a Dalles Hospital. Mr. Zell was born May 18, 1900 at Prineville and lived in the Wasco area since 1927. He was past master of Taylor Lodge A.F.&A.M., Wasco, and a new member of The Dalles Chapter No. 6 Royal Arch Masons, Columbia Commandery No. 13, Knight Templar; Owen T. Shepherd Council No. 14; and Al Kader Temple Shrine, Portland. Mr. Zell was junior past supreme watchman of the shepherds of the Supreme Shrine of White Shrine of Jerusalem and past worthy patron of Annie Fulton Chapter 124, Order of Eastern Star. He was also a member of Elks Lodge No. 303, The Dalles, was a life member of the Oregon Wheat Growers League, was past president of the Sherman County Wheat Growers, and was secretary / treasurer of the Wasco Cemetery Association. Surviving are his wife, Gladys M. of Wasco; a son Milton Zell, Redding, Calif., and a grandson, James Zell of Dufur. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home, with interment following at Sunrise Cemetery, Wasco.  Masonic rites were held at the chapel.
  • Services Held For Mrs. Mitzi Proudfoot. Memorial Services for Mrs. T. W. Proudfoot, formerly of Pasadena and New York City were held August 8, 1969, at Michellinda Presbyterian Church, Pasadena, where she was soloist for seven years. Mitzi passed away, Monday, August 4, 1969, in New York City. She is survived by her husband, Ted of New York City, two daughters, Mrs. Judith Anderson and Mrs. Marthea Koener, of Pasadena, two grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Doroth Larson, Hubbard; two brothers, Harland Johnson, Walla Walla, and John T. Johnson, Medford. Mitizi was born at Wasco, June 23, 1918.
  • Victims Services Dated. Memorial services for the three victims of a boating accident Aug. 31 on the Columbia River above the John Day Dam will be held at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home. Services were held today at 2 p.m. for Richard Rust, 36, a lifelong resident of Grass Valley, and at 2 p.m., Friday for Dennis Anderson, 33, a resident of Grass Valley since 1941, and his son, Timothy, 2. The Rev. Gerald Condon of Merrill formerly pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Wasco, will be in charge of the services for Mr. Rust, who had lived in Grass Valley since his birth in Fossil, Jan. 12, 1933. The family said friends who so desire may make memorial contributions to the American Legion Little League in Grass Valley in care of Bud Kock. Rust was a member of the George Bell Post No. 49 of the American Legion, and the Odd Fellows Lodge. Honorary pallbearers will be Harry Hartley, Benny Payne, Pat Martin, Frank Ketter, Dallas Johnson, Claud Bayer, Les Roberts and Stan Flerchinger. Surviving are his widow, Barbara, a daughter, Neuta Ann, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rust, all of Grass Valley and a sister, Jackie Otness of Waldport. The Rev. Arthur Brown will officiate at the memorial services Friday for Dennis Anderson and his son Timothy.  Burial rites for Timothy will be at the Odd Fellow Cemetery in Grass Valley.  The boy was born Nov. 29, 1967. Pallbearers will be Jerry and Melvin Gard, Pat Martin and Wendell Clodfelter. Mr. Anderson was born in Hood River, August 1, 1936.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge in The Dalles.  Surviving him are his widow, Shirley Lamay Anderson; a son Chris of Grass Valley; mother, Mrs. Jack L. Griffith, San Jose, and his mother and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Gard of Madras. The family said those who so desire may make memorial contributions to the Sherman County Historical Museum care of the First National Bank in Moro.
  • The community is saddened by the sudden passing of Hildred Zell following a severe heart attack.  He will be sorely missed by his many friends and associates.  The Sincere Sympathy of all who knew him is extended to ther bereaved family.  [copied as it appeared]
  • The community was saddened by the deaths of Dennis Anderson and Bab[y] and Dick Rust who lost their lives in a boating accident near the mouth of the John Day River on the Columbia River.  Both men were well known in the county as Mr. Anderson operated the Standard Oil Plant in Grass Valley, and Dick Rust was a former lineman for REA and has been a worker in Rufus many times.  Our hearts go out to the families. [copied as it appeared]
  • Grass Valley. Boyce Blaylock and Mr. and Mrs. Elton Eakin went to Newberg Friday, Sept 5 to attend the funeral of the men’s aunt, Mrs. Mattie Jensen.
  • Grass Valley. Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Griffith and Larry Smith of San Jose, arrived here Monday after receiving word of the boat accident when their son, Dennis Anderson and grandson Timmy lost their lives Sunday in the Columbia River.

September 18, 1969

  • Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Todd of Fossil were in The Dalles Thursday to attend the Memorial Service for Dick Rust held at Spencer and Libby Funeral Home. They came to Grass Valley and visited Mrs. J.W. Blagg before returning home.

September 25, 1969

  • Graveside Rites Held For Accident Victims. Graveside services for Dick Rust and Dennis Andersen, who lost their lives in a boating accident Labor Day week end, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Odd Fellow Cemetery at Grass Valley with Father Harry Beegan officiating. The American Legion George Bell Post No. 49 conducted the services, with Spencer & Libby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Among the out of town relatives and friends attending were: Mrs. Larry Charboneau of Portland; Mrs. Marvin Middleton of Sherwood; Mrs. Les Taylor of Yakima; Mrs. Logan Sorweide and Mrs. George Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. Con Rust of The Dalles; Mrs. Bob Otness of Waldport; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Draga of Portland; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ziegler of The Dalles; Mr. and Mrs. Roger Paul of Roseburg; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Griffith of San Jose; Mrs. Ruth Smith of Redmond; Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Gard of Prineville and Mr. and Mrs. John Alley of The Dalles.

October 2, 1969

  • Services Held Tuesday For Eben Kee, 69 Grass Valley Pioneer. Funeral services for Eben Burr Kee were held a the Grass Valley Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon following his death Saturday morning in a Dalles hospital from a heart attack. Eben Kee was born August 14, 1900 at Lewisburg, Missouri to Frank L. and Isabel McFadden Kee. He was  moved to Sherman County in  1906 and has been a resident of this county since.  He attended Grass Valley High school and entered the farming business with his father a few miles north of that town.  On his father’s death in 1949 he succeeded to full management of the farm and he has expanded it and improved it. He was not afraid to try new methods.  In his later years he has found it possible to help his friends in various ways and has earned the gratitude of many.  He liked to travel and has toured South America made a trip around the world and this summer returned from a trip to Europe. He was a member of The Dalles Elks Lodge and the Grass Valley Odd Fellows. On March 15, 1931 he was married to Edna Crofoot, who survives him as do three sisters, Venda (Mrs. Jerry Deirck, Tacoma,) Gladyce (Mrs. Loy Cochran, Moro) Ethel (Mrs. Fletcher Milton, Port Townsend, Wash.) Pat Sharp, Bob King, Theodore Irzyk Frank Ketter and Bob Taylor.  Interment was in the Grass Valley Odd Fellows cemetery.  [copied as it appeared]
  • Mr. and Mrs. Leo Watkins drove to Portland Tuesday to attend the funeral of Leo’s aunt, Mrs. Lee (Wilma) Spillman.  At one time the Spillman family resided in Wasco in what was formerly known as the Badger house.  The house was destroyed several years ago on the lot now owned by the Carmen family.
  • Gordon Cochran flew in from Hawaii to be here for the funeral of his uncle, Eben Kee, and to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Loy Cochran for a day or two.

October 9, 1969

  • Services Wednesday For Claud E. Coats Long-Time Rancher. Funeral services were held in Hood River, Wednesday afternoon for Claud Edmond Coats, a longtime former resident of Sherman county. He died suddenly Monday after a history of heart trouble. Mr. Coats was born in Stone County, Missouri, May 4, 1893.  He left there when he was six.  Several families traveled by wagon across what was known as Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in the fall and winter of ’99 and 1900 to Idaho.  In 1903 they came to Rufus.  He lived and farmed in the Rufus and Wasco area until 1930, when they moved to Odell, from thence to Hood River. He married Ellen Clark in 1915.  Eight children were born to them, with all except Bill completing their public schooling in this county. He is survived by his widow, Ellen; one son, Chet of Wasco; daughters, Mary Eakin, Grass Valley; Nell Melzer, Moro; Anne Beck, Heppner; Lois Haskell, Portland; Ida Rutschman, Dayton; two daughter-in-laws, Gloria Coats, Mollala; and Beverly Coats Dalton, Portland; 25 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
  • Services In The Dalles For Frank R. Knox. Funeral for Frank R. Knox, 72, resident of Wasco and Sherman County for the past 44 years, where he was associated with the Sherman Cooperative Grain Growers for the past 34 years, were held recently at Smith Callaway Chapel, The Dalles. Arrangements were in care of Mt. Scott Funeral Home in Portland where Mr. Knox died at a nursing home. He had resided for about the past 9 months in Portland. Mr. Knox was born in Missouri March 1, 1896 and came to Oregon as a small boy.  He was a member of American Legion Post No. 91 in Wasco.  Surviving are two daughters: Jessie L. Parrish of Portland and Dorothy Knerr of The Dalles, one sister, Nellie Lofstrand of Lebanon and one brother, Bill Knox, The Dalles and thrss [three] grandsons.

October 16, 1969

  • Services Held For Mrs. Allie Ruggles At Grass Valley. Funeral for Mrs. Allie S. Ruggles, 81, who died Monday in The Dalles, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Grass Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Arthur Brown in charge. Burial followed at the Moro American Legion cemetery. For many years Mrs. Ruggles lived in Grass Valley but made her home in The Dalles for the past five years. Mrs. Ruggles was born July 21, 1888 in Richmond, Mo.  She was a member of the Baptist Church, Grass Valley Rebekah Lodge and the Sherman County Historical Society. Surviving are a son, Orville, of Grass Valley; two daughters, Mrs. Earl McKinney of Hermiston and Mrs. Willard Barnett of Grass Valley; one brother, Clarence Huls of Moro; two sisters, Ola Ruggles of Heppner and Gertrude Peugh of Wasco; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be Malcolm, Leland and Alan McKinney, Dean and Philip Ruggles and Keith Barnett.  Honorary pallbearers will be Giles French, Loy Cochran, Charles Pallet, Charles Powell, William Holmes and Ralph Eakin.
  • Grass Valley. Among those attending the funeral of Claud E. Coats in Hood River were Mr. and Mrs. Elton Eakin and Helen; Mr. and Mrs. James Earl; Mr. and Mrs. Don Earl; Mr. and Mrs. Loyd Gooch; Mr. and Mrs. John Eakin, Kent; Mrs. Estel Hartley; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Eakin, Condon; Mrs. V.B. Eakin, The Dalles; and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Martin, Wasco.

October 23, 1969

  • Grass Valley. Oscar Minks, Mrs. H.O. Dugger, Mrs. John Rust and Mrs. Tom Fratrs went to Tygh Valley Friday where they attended the funeral services for Stanley Minks.  They visited with Mrs. Dot Alsup before returning home.

October 30, 1969

November 6, 1969

November 13, 1969

  • Johnson Rites Saturday. Elizabeth Ellen (Ella) Johnson, 87, a Moro resident for nearly 80 years, died Sunday at a hospital in The Dalles. Mrs. Johnson was born October 22, 1882 near Independence, Oregon to T. M. Anderson and Ann Ophelia Hampton, both early day residents of Sherman County. She and Arthur S. Johnson were married October 18, 1908 at a home wedding in the Barnum home, the first house to stand in Moro, now occupied by Don Hart and family. For many years Mrs. Johnson worked in the office of the Moro Observer under the editorship of C. Ireland.  Later she returned to become the linotype operator of Leonard Ireland and continued in that capacity after Giles L. French bought the paper and renamed it the Sherman County Journal. She remained with French until 1942 when she and Mr. Johnson moved to Salem to take employment. The Johnsons returned to Moro upon retirement and she has since made her home here. As a small girl she attended the school in the Harmony District east of Moro, then finished that portion of her education at St. Mary’s Academy at The Dalles, completing her education with graduation from Oregon Normal School at Monmouth. She was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Boston, Mass., Bethlehem Chapter No. 78, Order of Eastern Star, she had been a member of Chris Schultz Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Old Wasco County Pioneer Association.
  • Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Harold (Imogene) Hailey and Mrs. Lamer (Josephine) Sayrs, both of Moro; one sister, Mrs. C. L. (Jeane) Stamey, Spokane; eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lloyd Johnson of Moro. Mrs. Johnson was predeceased by her husband, Arthur M. Johnson and their son, Lloyd A. Johnson. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel, with Mrs. Charles Garlick officiating. Interment will be at the Legion Cemetery at Moro. The family suggests that any remembrances be in the form of donations to the Sherman County Scholarship Fund, in care of the First National Bank at Moro.
  • John Cothran Dies At California Hospital. Funeral services were held Monday, November 3, for John B. Cothran, who died Thursday, October 30 in the Santa Cruz Convalescent Hospital, following a long illness. He was 87. The Rev. Fred Rinehart officiated at the services at White’s Chapel.  Private interment was at the IOOF Cemetery in Santa Cruz. Mr. Cothran was born in Rain County, Texas, and later moved to Moro, Oregon, where he farmed for a number of years.  After he gave up farming, he was city marshal of Moro until he and his wife moved to California.  He settled in Los Gatos and worked for Kaiser Sand and Gravel Co. until he retired in 1942 and moved to 4016 Cory St. in Santa Cruz.  He was a retired member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Mr. Cothran is survived by his wife, Florence Cothran; three daughters, Mrs. Mabel White of Wasco, Mrs. Grace Edwards of San Jose, California, Mrs. Cecil Hockman of Moro; four sisters, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
  • Moro Personals. Cecil Hockman and her sister, Mrs. Mabel White of Wasco, left Friday Oct. 31 for Santa Cruz, Calif. at the death of their father, Mr. Jack Cothran.  Mr. Cothran had been in a nursing home for the past three years.  The ladies returned to their homes on Thursday, Nov. 6.
  • In Memory Of Our Dad John R. (Jack) Lothran [Cothran]. By Grace Edwards.   Dear Dad;  We’re not worried, for without doubt, you have pleased “The Master Ruler” of the Great Highway, which none of us escape — each of us must travel it once — one way or the other, and you have traveled it, Dad, every mile just as He planned. There are no signs about “How Far,” but “How.”  And these rules you lived and tried to teach us.  You always gave a man a “Square Deal” — “Squire” you called it, and your word was your bond. With you as a teacher, we should-not be too concerned about our private travels, but since we do have a few miles yet to go, we plan to read the signs a bit more carefully.  This way we’ll be more certain to stay “on course” — less apt to “detour” and miss the same destination. See you — Love from your three daughters. [copied as it appeared]

November 20, 1969