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Sherman County News Obituaries

Wasco, Sherman County, Oregon

The following are the death notices and obituaries contained within the pages of the Sherman County News, on the microfilm roll containing the issues from August 19, 1927 to August 29, 1930.

August 19, 1927

  • Early Day Settler Passes At Ripe Age. Woodburn, Ore., Aug. 19. — David A. McKee, 92, died at his home in this city last night.  He was a native of Louisville, and moved with his parents to Missouri, coming with them across the plains behind an ox team in 1850.  It required six months to make the journey, and they had to be taken down the Columbia in bateaux by the Indians.  McKee was four months in service in the Indian war of  1856.  In 1863 he married Miss C.M. Hall.  From this union there were 13 children.  Those surviving are: Charles McKee, Mrs. Ada Hill, Wiley McKee, Wasco, Mrs. Ivy Bean and Mrs. Minnie Dodd, Portland, Ed McKee, Wasco; Mrs. Emma Owen Bussy, Iowa; Lenard McKee Goldendale, Wash.  He later married Mrs. Harriet Hammel of Salem. Mr. McKee, Sr. was well known in Wasco, and frequently visited his son here when he was a younger man.

August 26, 1927

  • Klondike Farmer Meets Death, Friday. Joseph Gwynne who has been farming the old Chas. Jones place near Klondike now owned by Q.E. Gwynne of Newberg, met death almost instantly while hauling wheat to Klondike last Friday.  Deceased was driving the truck himself, and pulling over to the side of the road in passing another car the truck hit some soft dirt and overturned in the ditch, pinning Gwynne underneath and crushing his chest.  His first though apparently, was of the man who was driving with him, and his last words to him were, “Are you hurt?” Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon to the Wasco Cemetery under the direction of Mr. Chas. Everett, representative of the Crandall Funeral Home.
  • Watchman Killed on John Day Bridge. Milton Baker of Arlington, who was employed as a special watchman on the O.W.R.&N. bridge to prevent possible destruction by Sacco-Vanzetti sympathizers, was struck by train No. 12 at 11:30 Sunday night and instantly killed.  The body was found by another watchman at about 1:00 a.m., who at first thought a murder had been committed and called the sheriff. Baker, who was well known by many old-timers in Sherman county, is survived by three children living at Arlington.

September 2, 1927

September 9, 1927

  • Claude Orion Barnett, the 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie T. Barnett of Wasco, died at The Dalles Hospital at 12:05 in the morning of one day last week. A sad, but very impressive funeral service was held at the Church of Christ, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 with Minister Arthur A. Harriman in charge. Interment was held at the Wasco cemetery.  Claude was a bright lovable boy, well liked by all his companions and it is a beautiful consolation to know that he was a regular and active attendant at the Christian Sunday School and Church of which his father and mother are faithful members.  He leaves behind his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie T. Barnett of Wasco, two brothers, Carl and Leslie Martin Barnett and a little sister, Genevieve, also his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Croisant of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Mr. and Mrs. Lafe Barnett of Wasco.

September 16, 1927

  • Clara Annetta McMillin was born near Dixon, Calif., February 17th, 1863.  Passed away September 7th, 1927 at her home near Wasco, at the age of 64 years 6 months and 20 days. She came to Oregon in 1888 and settled with her parents near Wasco.  On January 1st, 1889 she married Francis E. Robinson. She leaves to mourn her loss besides her neighbors and friends, two children, Olive and Johnnie, both of Wasco. One sister, Emma Haines, of Lookout, Calif..  Five brothers John, of Past, Ore., Edwin, of Lookout, Calif., Eugene of Portland, Oregon, Leland of Stevenson, Wash., Stephen of Wasco.  Her husband and one child passed on before.

September 23, 1927 issue missing

September 30, 1927

  • Former Wasconian Dies In California. Margaret Huston of Berkley, California, sister of Elwood and Robert McPherson of this city died Wednesday morning.  The brothers left here Tuesday morning and were en route to Berkley when their sister passed away.  Huston formerly lived in Wasco.

October 7, 1927

  • Maurice Watkins, brother of Mrs. Albert Kaseberg passed away at Salem recently.

October 14, 1927

  • Wasco Old Timer Buried in Portland. Funeral services for Arthur Morris Watkins, age 34, were held at the Portland Crematorium Wednesday Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. Mr. Watkins was born and reared 8 miles west of Wasco, and was one of the first boys to enlist from Sherman county in the World War.  He enlisted at Vancouver, Wash., in the 27 Artillery, served until Jan. 11, 1919, and was one of the Charter members of Frank E. Brown Post of the American Legion at Wasco.  He was married to Blanche Puttman January 1922.  They moved to Portland residing there until the time of his death. Surviving are his widow of Portland, Oregon, his father, A.F. Watkins of Shelton, Washington, three sisters and three brothers,  G.K. Matheson of Fresno, California, Mrs. C.T. Hollings of Portland, Mrs. A. C. Kaseberg of Wasco, Roy E. of Granger, Washington, Everett H. and William D. Watkins both of Wasco.  Also two half brothers and a step sister of Shelton, Wash.
  • Death Visits Kent. The entire community are shocked and grieved at the death, Friday night, of J.E. Norton.  She was ill but a few days.  She was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows Cemetery Monday.  Rev. Cofer of Grass Valley conducted the services at the Church and the Rebekah Lodge took charge at the cemetery.  Mrs. Norton was dearly loved by everyone who knew her, and she will be sadly missed by all.  [Violet V.]

October 21, 1927

October 28, 1927

November 4, 1927

November 10, 1927

November 17, 1927

  • Another Pioneer Goes To Beyond. Charles Bradbury Florer, 31 year old Sherman County resident, died at The Dalles Hospital Tuesday from injuries received in an explosion 23 months ago.  Florer suffered a fractured skull in a blasting accident.  He leaves a widow, two daughters and a son.  Funeral services were held at Hood River Wednesday.  Florer’s father, James Monroe Florer, was one of the first settlers in Sherman County. Mrs. S.J. Brock, Mrs. Steve McMillian, Mrs. Ella Jones and Miss Claudina Brooks motored to Hood River to attend the funeral.

November 24, 1927

  • Another Pioneer Dies At Ripe Age. M. Leslie of Yakima, former Sherman resident was recently stricken with apoplexy, and died almost instantly.   Deceased was born near South Whitley, Whitley county, Indiana, Sept. 5, 1857 and coming west to Oregon in 1882 he took up a homestead and timber claim near Wasco, then Wasco county.  In 1889 he was appointed sheriff of Sherman county and was sheriff about six years.  In 1886 he married Miss Daisy B. Mercer.  Remaining members of the family include three sons, Claude V. and Marding Leslie of Portland, Oregon; and Paul M. Leslie of Yakima, Wash.; one sister, Mollie J. Bordner living in Texas; three brothers living in Indiana; one a twin brother, Miles A. Leslie of Yakima, Washington.  Deceased came to Yakima in 1903, and in 1906, filed a desert claim on the Columbia river in Grant county.  For the last few years had lived in Yakima, and died while making his home with his twin brother, Miles A. Leslie, who will miss him keenly as they had been near each other most of the 70 years.

December 1, 1927

December 8, 1927

December 15, 1927

December 22, 1927

December 29, 1927

January 5, 1928

  • Jesse A. Dunbar Pythian ex-Chancellor Commander Native of Oregon..  (From Tuesday’s Oregonian)  Jesse A. Dunbar native Oregonian and ex-chancellor-commander of Ivanhoe lodge No. 1, Knights of Pythias, died yesterday at his home 7118 Fifty third avenue Southeast.  Mr. Dunbar was born near Fairview in 1877 and spent his entire life in this state. He was a member of Mount Tabor Presbyterian church.  He was employed as a salesman for the Superior Biscuit company. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sadie Orr Dunbar, and two children, Kathryn 16, and Allen 13. Funeral services will be announced later. — Mr. Dunbar was well known in Sherman county and was at one time hired by the Moro baseball team to pitch against the then famous Billy Meyers who was hired by Wasco.  On that occasion the victory went to Meyers, though Dunbar had trimmed Billy in an earlier game at Portland. Mrs. Dunbar is remembered by many in Wasco as Miss Sadie Orr who taught school here many years ago in Steve McMillan’s school day time.  She is now a national figure in the Associated Women’s Clubs, and last year was president of that organization in Oregon.  She is head of the Christmas Seal Sales in Oregon.

January 12, 1928

  • Barnett Baby Buried Grass Valley Monday. Ray Robert Barnett, age eleven months and eleven days, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest J. Barnett Wasco, who died last Saturday January 7th, was buried at Grass Valley on Monday.  Among those attending the funeral service were Mr. and Mrs. Schadewitz and Mr. and Mrs. Barnett, The Dalles; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Barnett, Gilliam county; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Barnett, Wasco.

January 19, 1928

January 26, 1928

  • Death Visits Local Home; Claims Wife. A tingle of sadness has prevailed throughout the Wasco district this week since the news of the death of Mrs. William Nisbet has been passed around.  Deepest sympathy of the whole community is extended to the bereaved ones in this their hour of sorrow. Gladys Bell Royce Nisbet became a victim of hemorrhagic scarlet fever last Friday and died at 2:50 Tuesday morning, January 24th at the age of 25 years, 11 months and 17 days.  Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her loss, two children, Gerald Eugene, aged 14 months and Robert Martin, aged 3 years, also her father and mother  and Mrs. John F. Royse of Wasco, and two brothers, Lloyd and Otis.  During her illness and quarantine her father and mother were with her and cared for her.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Masonic Cemetery Rev. F.R. Jackson presiding. Deceased was a graduate of the Wasco High School and attended the Pacific University one year where she was a member of the Phylonthian Society.  She also attended the University of Oregon and was a charter member of Alpha Omerica Pi Sorority.  On September 15, 1922, she was married to William Nisbet.

February 2, 1928 issue missing

February 9, 1928

  • Joe Agee received the sad news yesterday that her uncle in Yakima had recently passed away. The funeral will be held Tuesday.

February 16, 1928

  • Death Claims Another of Community Circle. Again the grim reaper has visited our community and taken for its toll Lyndon P. Haven.  Mrs. Haven was taken to The Dalles hospital last Sunday and died very suddenly the same day. Besides her husband she is survived by her father and mother, eight sisters and three brothers of Wayburn, Sask., Canada.  Another brother was killed in action in France during the World War. Anna Kitter was born at St. Cloud, Minnesota, December 28th, 1899, and died February 12th, at The Dalles, Oregon.  She was married to Lyndon P. Haven September 13th, 1922.  She was a member of the Pythian Sisters, the Neighbors of Woodcraft and the American Legion Auxiliary, all of Wasco, and her death is sincerely mourned by her many friends in the community. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Arthur A. Harriman in Wasco, Tuesday, and burial took place in The Dalles Cemetery.

February 23, 1928

March 1, 1928

  • Another Pioneer Of Wasco Passes On. Another of Wasco’s pioneer residents has been called to the Great Beyond when John Bowles answered the call of death last Saturday at the Mid-Columbia hospital in The Dalles last Saturday.  He was 65 years of age and has lived in Wasco community since early manhood.  His death is mourned by two daughters, Mrs. G.C. Andrews of Wasco and Mrs. Neta Norsworthy of Vancouver, B.C., and a son, Howard Bowles of Santa Maria, California.  Funeral services were held at Zell’s Funeral Chapel and interment took place at the Odd Fellows cemetery at The Dalles.  Pall bearers were H.Z. Beall, W.L. Barnes, Fred Hennigan, Steve McMillin, Del Hull and Everett Watkins.

March 8, 1928

March 15, 1928

March 22, 1928

March 29, 1928

  • Former Wasconian Dead In Portland. Word has been received that Mrs.  Dora Rayburn, wife of Frank Rayburn, passed away in Portland at 3:00 a.m. yesterday (Wednesday) morning.  Funeral services will be held at the Christian Church, Wasco, on Sunday, April 1, at 1:30 p.m.

April 5, 1928

April 12, 1928

April 19, 1928

April 26, 1928

May 3, 1928

  • Services Held For C.S. Upton. Bend Knights Templar In Charge Of Funeral.  Charles S. Upton of Prineville, who died Friday morning at St. Charles Hospital following a brief illness, was buried this afternoon in the Masonic cemetery at Prineville.  Funeral services were conducted by Prineville lodge A.F.& A.M. and the pallbearers were Knights Templar from Pilgrim commandry No. 18 of Bend,  Francis H. Ball delivered the address. Charles S. Upton was born at Portland in 1870 and was educated in the public schools in Portland and at Whitman college, Walla Walla.  He was engaged in wheat growing at Walla Walla for many years and about 10 years ago purchased a farm under the Ochoco project at Prineville where he has since resided.  He was a candidate for the republican nomination for sheriff of Crook county at the time of his death.  He was a member of Blue Mountain lodge No. 13, Masons, of Walla Walla, chapter No. 1, Royal Arch Masons, Walla Walla, Washington, El Paso consistory No. 3  El Maida temple of the El Paso, Texas, Shrine.  He was also a member of Walla Walla lodge No. 287, B.P.O. Elks.  He had been for many years a member of the Episcopal church. He is survived by two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Ryland O. Scott of Wasco, Mrs. G.H. Ostrander of Portland, Jay H. Upton of Bend and George E. Upton of Forest Grove.  He had never married. —  Bend Bulletin.

May 10, 1928

May 17, 1928

May 24, 1928

  • Mary Louise Everett, wife of Lee A. Everett of Portland, formerly of Wasco, passed away on Saturday last, May 19th, after a brief illness of only a few weeks. She was born in Munroe, Mich. and on July 6th, 1924, was married to Lee A. Everett at Moro, Oregon.  She was 24 years old at death and is survived by her husband and small daughter, Maxine Elizabeth of Portland, and her mother, Mrs. Wellington of Berkeley.  Funeral services were held from the Church of Christ, Wasco, Oregon, Monday afternoon, to the Wasco cemetery.
  • Word is received just before going to press today that Mrs. Julia E. Ramsey, mother of John M. DeMoss of Wasco passed away at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the age of 65. Funeral services and burial will take place this afternoon at Tualatin, Oregon.

May 31, 1928

  • Wife Of Publisher Succumbs To Long Illness. Following a prolonged illness of four and a half years, Mrs. Maude A. Adsit, wife of the publisher of this paper, passed away at fifteen minutes after five o’clock yesterday morning (Wednesday).  Maude Agnes Thomas was born in Middle Simonds, Province of New Brunswick, Canada, on December 20, 1881, and was 47 years, 5 months and 8 days old at death.  After attending high school at Fredricton, N.B., she took up newspaper work in Sherbrook, Quebec, and was married to Chas. A. Adsit in Toronto, Canada, on December 23, 1909.  Early in 1924 she became afflicted with the dreaded cancer disease, which was the ultimate cause of her death.  Besides her husband she is survived by her mother in Boston, Mass., two aunts and one uncle in New Brunswick.  Prior and up to her illness Mrs. Adsit was an active worker in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints among the young people. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon from the Christian Church to the Wasco cemetery.
  • Late Monday evening Orin Ramsey received word of his uncles’ death. Early Tuesday morning Melvin Schadewitz and wife drove Mr. Ramsey to Heppner where the uncle lived.  When he arrived there was a telephone call awaiting him.  His father was seriously ill as a result of a heart attack.  They immediately went on to The Dalles and Mrs. Schadewitz drove on home with her father.  Tomorrow they will go to Heppner to the funeral if Melvin’s father is able, otherwise Mrs. Schadewitz will take them and her father.

June 7, 1928

  • Sherman Pioneer Passes to Beyond. Albert S. Porter,  old time resident of Sherman County, died at The Dalles Hospital Tuesday morning, June 5th at 4 a.m. Mr. Porter was born in New York, February 9th, 1855.  He leaves his wife, Jennie, of Wasco, two daughters, Mrs. Grace Lowry Rickreall, Oregon, and Mrs. W.A. Mills, Wasco, four sisters, Mrs. Jennie Van Gilder, Wasco, Mrs. Inez Nash, Kelso, Wash., Mrs. Athelia Knox and Mrs. Julia Clark of Los Angeles, California, and three grandchildren. Mr. Porter has been a resident of Sherman county for 35 years. Funeral will be held from the Methodist Episcopal church at Wasco, Friday, June 8th at 2 p.m., interment at the Masonic cemetery at Wasco.
  • Leslie Health of The Dalles will be buried at Grass Valley at 4 o’clock Thursday. A short service will be held at the cemetery.

June 14, 1928 issue missing

June 21, 1928

  • L. Peetz came up from Camp Sherman Tuesday evening, bringing Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hansen and daughter, Ruth, to attend the funeral of Mr. Hansen’s mother at Goldendale, Wa.

June 28, 1928

  • Many friends and relatives of R.L. Gerity went to Wamic for her funeral held there Wednesday.
  • and Mrs. B.W. Knighten and family were called home the first of the week by the death of Mrs. Knighton’s sister, Mrs. R. L. Gerity of Wamic.

July 5, 1928

July 12, 1928

July 19, 1928

  • Henry Roth returned Sunday from American Falls, Idaho where she had been called by the illness and death of her mother.
  • Abraham Y. Banta, one of the oldest residents of eastern Oregon, dropped dead at Redmond while visiting at the home of a friend.

July 26, 1928

  • Pioneer Is Laid At Rest; Age 91. Death has again visited the Wasco community and Mrs. Rachel Ann Spurlock has been taken.  She passed away at 4:00 a.m. Sunday at Pendleton, and was buried at Wasco on Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church and were conducted by Rev. Arthur A. Harriman. Rachel Ann Hiatt was born in Indiana on February 9th, 1837.  She was married to Marcus D. Spurlock on June 4th, 1857.  To this union was born three children, Mary McDowell of Colorado, Eliza Ann Everett of Wasco, Oregon, and Charles Spurlock, deceased.  Spurlock passed away on July 21, 1928 at the age of 91 years, 5 months and 19 days, and was a resident of Sherman county since 1906, making her home with Mrs. H.E. Everett.  She has been a member of the Christian Church since 18 years of age. She leaves to mourn her loss two daughters, 21 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great great grand child.
  • Pioneer Killed At Bronx Bridge. Danger Spot and Eye Sore is Menace To Drivers.  Grass Valley, Ore., July 25.  — The Bronx Bridge out at the Lew Schadewitz ranch was the scene of an accident last Saturday in which one of our old settlers, Mr. William Kohler met his death.  He was driving a light touring car, and in attempting to cross the bridge, went over the edge, landing on solid rock after about a twelve foot fall, pinning him underneath the car.  The verdict of those who helped remove the car was that death came instantaneous.  The car was discovered by Mrs. Oliver Schadewitz who made a valiant effort to get help. The funeral service was held at The Dalles Wednesday morning after the arrival of a nephew from Iowa. How many more years must elapse, and must there be more people come to grief before such places as Bronx Bridge are properly changed?  Everyone in that part of the county is ready to pay until it hurts, in taxes, to get that eye sore and danger spot removed.  Promises and official visits have not availed to date.  Will this catastrophe bring what pleading could not?
  • Driver Killed When Car Leaves Bridge. Respected Citizen Laid At Rest In Moro Cemetery.  Kent, Ore., July 25. — William Koehler was instantly killed Saturday when he lost control of his car and went off the bridge that crosses the draw near Louis Schadewitz’s place.  He was found under the over turned car with his neck broken.
  • Gene Hoskinson of Kent, mother of Guy Hoskinson, was buried in Moro Sunday form the Scientist Church.
  • Heads are bowed in sorrow over the loss of Mrs. Emma Hoskinson, who died in Salem last week and was buried in Moro last Sunday. A lovely character, a good neighbor, a true friend, she was indeed loved by young and old alike. Mr. Hoskinson has the sympathy of everyone in his bereavement.

August 2, 1928

  • Wasco Co. Pioneer Buried At Dufur. Dufur, Ore., Aug 1. — Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock at the Masonic Hall for John Wesley Russell, 91 year old pioneer of Wasco County, who passed away Tuesday evening at the home of his son, O.H. Russell.
  • Tygh Valley Pioneer Gone To Silent City. Tygh Valley, Ore., Aug 2.  — Vincent P. Steers died at his home here Saturday evening after a long illness.  He death was quite sudden, and was a shock to his many friends. Funeral services were held at the cemetery above Tygh Valley on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  Steers was 67 years old and had lived here nearly all his life.  He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Ella, a son, Milo, and a daughter, Mrs. H.L. Morris, a brother, Lee, of Juntura, a granddaughter, Mrs. M.L. Kinzey, and two great grandchildren, besides a great number of friends.

August 9, 1928

August 16, 1928

  • Fatal Highway Accident Near Grass Valley. Grass Valley, Aug. 15 — Millard (Tuffy) Marlin driving a Ford touring car with only one light, ran into Alfred Marx from Redmond who was on a motorcycle last Saturday evening on the Sherman Highway about 10 miles south of town.  Marx was badly mangled and died before reaching town. Marlin was arrested and placed under $1000.00 bonds.  Mr. Marx was known in and around Kent having worked for Luther Davis and was well liked by all who knew him.  Such accidents are a shock to everyone and are greatly deplored.  Cars having only one light should keep off the highways as they are a menace to everyone whom they meet.
  • Rufus Old Timer Killed On Highway. P. Brackett, a pioneer of more than 25 years at Rufus, was hit by a passing car on the Columbia Highway a short distance east of Dinty’s Corner at 5:00 p.m. Monday.  Deceased was working on the road in company with Frank Bartholomew, and was gathering up the tools and road signs at quitting time when the accident occurred.  He was hurrying to get across the road to the truck with the last sign to be taken in, and apparently saw two trucks approaching from the west but failed to notice a car coming from the east.  Bartholomew, who was in the seat of the road truck shouted to him to look out, but evidently he didn’t hear and the car hit him.  He was taken to Biggs Service Station where medical aid was summoned, and he succumbed to his injuries Friday morning at his home in Rufus. Burial will take place this afternoon at Eagle Creek.  Besides his wife and daughter he leaves two brothers, H.H. and J.L. Brackett of Rufus, and Mrs. Lottie Oehman of Newport, and another sister in Portland.
  • Accidently Killed By Rifle Discharge In Hands Of Son. Antelope, Ore., Aug 15 — Gerald Wilcox, wheat rancher, aged 37 was killed instantly Saturday evening by the accidental discharge of a rifle carried by his 12 year old son    The gun was discharged as the boy entered a room in the Wilcox home.  Mr. Wilcox had been hauling wheat and shooting jack-rabbits from the truck.  He told the boy to bring the gun into the house.  It is believed that a jar set the gun off. Mr. Wilcox was born November 27, 1890 in Clackamas county.  Besides his widow, Rose, and son, Robert, he leaves three brothers, Roy and Guy of Antelope, W.A. of Ione and three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Kilgore of Portland, Mrs. Sadie Koeliermier of St. Helens and Mrs. Lilllian Close of Vancouver, Wash.  The body will be taken to Estacada Wednesday afternoon and interment will be at Eagle Creek, where the mother of the deceased, Alice Suter Wilcox is buried.

August 23, 1928

  • Former Shaniko Man Mysteriously Drowned. Shaniko, Ore., Aug 22.   Claude Guyton received word this week that her father who lives at Spokane, Washington, was mysteriously drowned there.  His body was found clinging to a pier.  Mr. Whealy was a former resident of Shaniko.  Mrs. Whealy who lives at Wasco and a son Lyle from here attended the funeral in Spokane.

August 30, 1928

  • Joe Gregg received word of the death of his mother last weekend and left immediately for his old home in Tennessee.


September 6, 1928

September 13, 1928

  • Sherman Pioneer Buried at Moro. Daniel McLachlan, 84, for many years a resident of Portland, died Sunday at St. Vincents hospital.  Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church at Moro at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon and interment was in the family plot in the cemetery there.  McLachlan was a native of Scotland and went to Vancouver, B.C. in 1881.  The following year he came to the United States and located at Moro, Sherman County, and resided there until 1908, when he moved to Portland.  For many years his home there was at No. 936 East 12th street north.  Four children survive:  Mrs. Margaret Wood [Woods] of Dufur, Mrs. Bessie Axtell and D.J. McLachlan of Moro, and Mrs. Stella Rinnan of Portland.

September 20, 1928

September 27, 1928

October 4, 1928

October 11, 1928

  • Pyburn’s brother Mr. Roy Warren of Chicago was killed last week. Mrs. Pyburn has left to attend the funeral services.
  • Howard Applegate was killed last week when the car in which he was riding, plunged over the bank. He was a brother of Mrs. Atlee Wilson.  Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and family attended the funeral in Portland.

October 18, 1928

  • J.A. Pyburn returned last week from attending the funeral of her brother, Roy A. Warren, at Galesberg, Illinois, who was killed while working on a train. He fell between two cars and before being missed the cars passed over his body.  He was hurried to nearby hospital but died three hours later.   Besides other relatives he is survived by his wife and three children.  Those from out west to attend the funeral were as follows: Arthur Warren of Everett, Wash., Dewey Warren, Vancouver, Wash., and Mrs. J.A. Pyburn.  Mr. Roy Warren was a member of the American Legion, also served over seas one year and was well known around Sherman county.
  • A large number of Sherman county people attended the funeral of Mr. William Oehman, in The Dalles last Saturday. Oehman died in his home at Newport last Wednesday.  The funeral was conducted from Callaway’s funeral home, under charge of the Masons.  Mrs. Oehman at the present is visiting with relatives in and near Rufus.

October 25, 1928

  • Wilde Passed Away. Mrs. J. Wilde, mother of Wesley and George Wilde of Wasco, passed away Tuesday night in The Dalles following a ten day attack of pneumonia.  Funeral services will be held at 2:45 today in The Dalles. Mrs. Wilde came to Wasco in 1894 and for the past 16 years has made her home in The Dalles.  Obituary will be published next week.
  • Roy Anthony Warren was born in Bridal Veil, Oregon, May 2, 1890 and died September 27, 1928 at Hinesdale, Ill. He came to Illinois about 1916 coming to Galesburg in 1917 where he was employed by the Burlington.  He was in the 75th Coast Artillery during the World War for one year, being in France about seven months.  He was married to Ruth Carlson of Galva, Ill. July 5, 1919, at Peoria.  Two children Edwin Roy who passed away in his infancy and James Richard, six years old, were born.  He also leaves his mother, Mrs. Jennie Blackwood of Wasco, Oregon, and two sisters Mrs. Clara Pyburn of Rufus, and Mrs. Marvel Stone of Wasco, Oregon; three brothers, Arthur of Everett, Clarence of Cliffs and Dewey of Vancouver, Wash., and many other relatives in the east and west.  He lived in Galesburg seven years, moving to Streater in Jan 1916 and in Forreston from April 24, 1926 until Sept. 22, 1928, when he moved to Aurora.  He became a member of Trinity church in January, 1923.  He belonged to Alpha Lodge, NO. 155, Murga Grotto chapter at Polo, Ill., Low Twelve Club, Violet Chapter Eastern Star and B. of R.T. No. 24 at Galesburg.

November 1, 1928

November 8, 1928

  • Former Residence Passes After Long Illness. C.G. Knight, passed away on Monday Oct. 29 at her home in Oakland, Ca. after a long illness.  Mrs. Knight will be remembered as Miss Addie Lucas, she was a sister of Mrs. F.R. Fortner and L.J. Lucus of this city.  Mrs. Fortner returned recently from a visit to California where she had been called because of Mrs. Knight’s illness.

November 15, 1928

  • Former County Clerk Dead In California. Word has been received in Wasco of the death of Henry O. Kembel of Torrance, Calif. on October 24th at Los Angeles Sanitarium.  Kembel was the first Clerk of Sherman county, which office he held when the county court met in Wasco and V.C. Brock was county judge.  He taught school one year at Locust Grove, and was one of the early Wasco baseball players.  He is survived by two children, a girl 16 and a boy 18 who reside at Torrance.  Mrs. Kembel died two years ago.
  • R.A. Twist of The Dalles was taken quite suddenly ill last week and died Saturday. The funeral services were held on Monday.  Mr. Twist sells Radios and is well known in Sherman county.

November 22, 1928

November 29, 1928

  • Porter Suicide Is Wednesday Report. Meager reports of the suicide of K. Porter, former local hotel man who has recently been located in The Dalles, came here Wednesday morning.  No information other than the fact the Mr. Porter was found dead, apparently a suicide, last yesterday afternoon in The Dalles, has reached here. Mr. Porter had a large acquaintance here, having owned and managed Hotel Sherman nearly two years.  There was an investigation of a fire that threatened the hotel several months ago, and it is considered by a number of local people that this fact may have some bearing on the suicide case.

December 6, 1928

  • The body of Orson K. Porter was buried in the Odd Fellow’s cemetery in The Dalles last Friday. The Elks lodge officiated.  Porter succumbed Tuesday November 27th in The Dalles from a self-inflicted bullet wound.  The reason for the apparent despondency over business and family matters.  A letter was left addressed to Porter’s parents. Porter was well known here, having owned Hotel Sherman for a number of years. Orson Kimble Porter was born in Missouri December 31, 1881, and was 46 years of age.  With his parents, he moved to Idaho in 1893 and to Sherman county in 1896, where the rest of his family made their home.  The deceased went into business in The Dalles several years ago.  In addition to his real estate business he had patented an apple-washer which, although never manufactured  by the inventor on a large scale, was said to have embodied remarkable engineering principles. Mr. Porter was married to Edith Mary Creighton and leaves besides his widow two children, Helen and Jean; parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.K. Porter at Twin Bridges, at the mouth of the John Day river; two brothers, Delbert and Charles and a sister, Mrs. W.M. Huck, also of Twin Bridges, and a sister, Mrs. A.F. Bergerson at Grandview, Wash.

December 13, 1928

  • James H. Ducan [Duncan], Pioneer, Dies At McDonald’s Ferry. James H. Ducan [Duncan], who would have been 91 years of age next February 21st, died at McDonald’s Ferry on the John Day river at five o’clock a.m. Sunday.  He was the father of M.F. Duncan, located at McDonald’s Ferry, well known resident of this section, and had come from Sherwood, Ore., to visit his son a few days ago. Mr. Ducan [Duncan], was in good health up to the time of his death.  He had expressed no feeling of illness, and his relatives consider it fortunate that the elderly man was allowed to leave the world without pain. Ranking with such old pioneers as Ezra Meeker, Duncan took a large part in the settling of the West.  He was one of the men who made the name of the old Santa Fe Trail a familiar term in this country.  From 1856 to 1858 he worked with Majors Russell and Majors, government contractors, being with the wagon trains that went to Fort Union, New Mexico.  An outdoor man and a frontierman, Duncan was respected by his fellows.  He was a member of the Masonic lodge, the oldest member of the Sherwood, Ore. organization of this order. Burial services were to be held at Sherwood, Ore., under the auspices of the Masons. James H. Duncan was born in Chillicothe, Livingstone county, Missouri, on February 21, 1838, and died Sunday, December 9, 1928.  He is survived by his widow, Cecelia, of Sherwood, Ore.; two sons, E.L Duncan, of Portland, Ore. and M.F. Duncan, of McDonald’s Ferry, 20 miles east of Wasco, Ore.
  • O.R. Knapp, wife of O.R. Knapp of Moro, died Sunday morning at her farm home. The funeral services were held in The Dalles Tuesday afternoon.  Rev. Joseph Knotts officiating.  The body was taken to Pullman, Wash., and burial services were held there. Surviving Mrs. Knapp are her husband, O.R. Knapp; three brothers, Carrol, C.F. and Rex Jasper of Pullman, Wash., one brother Cronge Jasper of Chicago; and three children by a former marriage, Elsie, Walter and Averill Cole, all of Moro, Ore.
  • Charles Harper, Sr. Funeral services for Charles Harper, Sr., Sherman county pioneer and 95 year old veteran of the civil war, who died November 28th at Farmington, Wash. were held from Crandall’s Undertaking parlors in The Dalles on December 1st.  Interment was in the Emigrant Springs cemetery.
  • Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth McGahhey, former Sherman county resident, were held Wednesday, November 28th, and the body was laid to rest in the Moro cemetery. McGahhey died in Portland at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. E. Sink, Monday afternoon, November 26th, at the age of 92.  Mrs. McGahhey was born in North Carolina in 1836 and lived in the south and middle west until 30 years ago, when she moved to Sherman county.  She made her home there until about 10 years ago, when she moved to Portland, residing there ever since. She leaves nine grandchildren, John Harding [Hardin] and Mrs. Elwood Ginn of The Dalles, two granddaughters in Yakima, a granddaughter in Pendleton, a grandson in Grangeville, Ida., grandsons in Baker and Bonanza, Ore., and a granddaughter in Portland, and 12 great-grandchildren.

December 20, 1928

December 27, 1928

January 3, 1929

  • The funeral services for Mrs. Violet Crane VanGihler [Van Gilder], former local resident who died in Phoenix, Arizona on December 23d, were held here Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. N. Sherman Hawk officiated.  Services were held from the Methodist church.  The Eastern Star Lodge took active part in the services. Mrs. Van Gilder was born in Mayville, Gilliam county, January 3, 1902, of pioneer parentage.  She was married to Bryan Van Gilder of Wasco on June 10, 1921.  She left Wasco for southern California and Arizona for her health two years ago. Besides her widower and 6 year old son, Raymond Earl, she leaves her mother, Mrs. Jennie Zutter of Portland, and two brothers, Victor Crane of Los Angeles and Vernon Crane of Honolulu.

January 10, 1929

January 17, 1929

January 24, 1929

  • Patton Dies Saturday at Dan McDermid Ranch. The funeral services for Joseph Patton were held in The Dalles Tuesday, Rev. John Richardson officiating.  Interment was in the Odd Fellows cemetery.  The pallbearers were from the Wasco lodge of Odd Fellows:  G. Smith, Charles Siscel, Wilford Spencer, Simeon Brock, Joseph Weatherford and Roy Seely. Patton died at the age of 68 years,  Saturday night, at the Dan McDermid ranch nine miles east of Wasco.  He had been working for McDermid for 12 years. Patton was born in New York on January 24, 1860.  He had never been married.
  • Little Irene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Beyer, was laid to rest Tuesday, in the Kent Odd Fellows cemetery. Her death was sudden, as she was ill but two days.  Poley pronounced the illness spinal meningitis.  Her many friends, her teacher and everyone who knew her keenly feel her loss.

January 31, 1929

  • The death of Stanley Shepard, the father of Maitland Shepard and the brother of R.A. McPherson, called the latter two men to Portland Tuesday, where the funeral was to be held.
  • Roy Belshee died in Portland late yesterday afternoon, according to telephonic communications received here. The News was not able to learn plans for the funeral today.

February 7, 1929

  • Roy Belshee. Mary Jeannette McBain was born in Sleepy Eye, Minn., on December 22, 1880, and came to Oregon in June, 1900. She was married to Roy Belshee November 23, 1902, at Portland, Oregon.  A short time later they came to Sherman county, where they have since resided. She passed away at Portland, Oregon, on January 30, 1929, at 12:50 p.m., being 48 years, one month and eight days of age. She leaves besides her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Emalyn Wilson, and one son, LeRoy, and one grandson, Jerrol Wilson, all of Wasco.  Her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A. McBain, of Mankato, Minn, two sisters, Mrs. George N. Hanson of Minneapolis, Minn., and Miss Ethel McBain, of Mankato, Minn., also survive.  The last named sister was with Mrs. Belshee at the time of her death.  Two brothers had already passed to their reward. Mrs. Belshee grew to womanhood in Sleepy Eye, Minn, graduating with high honors from her school, being valedictorian of her class.  Later she taught school at this place. Early in life she became a member of the Congregational church of Sleepy Eye, but in 1904 transferred her membership to the Methodist church at Spaulding chapel, seven miles east of Moro, Oregon, near the Belshee’s first Sherman county home.  Recently her membership was transferred to the Methodist church of Wasco, where she was an active member until the time of her death, having taught the bible class in Sunday school until the last Sunday before Christmas. Mrs. Belshee was also an active member of Marian Rebecca Lodge No. 127 and Annie Fulton Chapter No. 124, having held highest offices in both organizations.  She was also a member of Naldie Temple, Daughters of the Nile, of Portland, Oregon. Mrs. Belshee will be greatly missed from the membership of the organizations with which she was affiliated, as well as by her wide circle of friends, for to “know her was to love her.” While in Portland during Mrs. Belshee’s last illness, Mr. Belshee had the pleasure of meeting an old school mate from Mrs. Belshee’s home in Sleepy Eye, who graduated in the same class with Mrs. Belshee.  He spoke repeatedly of the high regard in which Mrs. Belshee was held among her girlhood friends, being considered a sister among them.

February 14, 1929

February 21, 1929

  • Eliza Tate Reid, native of Ireland and a resident of Sherman county for 26 years, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 14, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Fuller, at Wasco, at the age of 90 years. Eliza Tate was born in Armagh county, Ireland, in September 1838. She was married to Wilson Reid in 1861, and to this union nine children were born.  Eight of these still survives.  Reid died in 1897, and the oldest son died in 1898. Mrs. Reid came to the United States in 1901, taking up her residence in Ponoka, Alberta, Canada, for two years, and coming to Sherman county in 1903.  She had resided with her daughter, Mrs. Fuller, since that time. She is survived by eight sons and daughters, as follows: David Reid, of The Dalles; Mrs. Elizabeth Fuller, of Wasco; W.M. Reid of Vancouver, B.C.; and Andrew and Joseph Reid, of Ponoka, Alberta; Mrs. W.J. McWade and S.W. Reid, of Ireland; Mrs. P.C. Neece, of Portland; and a sister in Genesee, California. There are also 39 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren surviving. Mrs. Reid was a member of the Presbyterian church from childhood, until coming to Wasco, at which time she joined the Methodist church. The funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church in Wasco, interment being in The Dalles.  Rev. Sherman Hawk officiated.
  • Barbara Yates passed away at The Dalles hospital Tuesday, February 18, at 5 p.m. The remains were taken to Elmira, Ore., the old home of Mrs. Yates, and were buried beside her husband, at 2 p.m. Thursday.

February 28, 1929

  • Barbara Yates, whose death occurred in The Dalles hospital Feb. 19th as the result of a fall in her home here on Jan. 3rd, was born in Hesse Dormstatt [Darmstadt], Germany on Nov. 18, 1846. When two years of age she came to America with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Deibert and settled in Kentucky. Five years later they moved to Springfield, Ill., where she was married to Captain James H. Yates on April 9, 1863[?].  Captain Yates passed away in December 1898.   Mrs. Yates sister, Mrs. J.H. Johnson, who resides in Wasco, was married the same time, at a double wedding. With nine other families they came to Oregon in October, 1883, on one of the first emigrant trains, over what is now the O.W.R.&N. railroad, settling at Eugene, Ore., where Mrs. Yates made her home for more than 25 years. In later years she moved to Wasco where she resided until her death. Mrs. Yates united with the Christian church January 19, 1871, and ever remained a devoted Christian worker. She is survived by the following: Fred Yates of Elmira, Ore.; Hawes Yates of Willamina, Ore.; J.P. Yates and Mrs. Ruby O’Meara, of Wasco; and two sisters, Mrs. J.H. Johnson, of Wasco; and Mrs. Margaret Mitchel, of Rochester, New York; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was buried in the Inman cemetery, Lane county, Feb. 21st, beside her husband and a daughter who passed away at the age of five years. There was a large gathering of relatives and old friends to pay their last respects and take her to her last resting place.
  • Ben Brown, Pioneer, Is Taken By Death. At about 8 p.m., Saturday, February 23, Benjamin Brown “Uncle Ben” to young and old alike passed quietly into the Great Beyond, at the age of  92 years and 13 days.  Tuesday he was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows cemetery near Kent. Mr. Brown was born in New York state, Feb. 5, 1837. He is the father of nine children, eight of whom are still living. Mr. Brown has lived in Sherman county since 1890 and is well known by everyone in the Kent section. He was a veteran of the Civil War, and a member of the Masonic lodge. His funeral was conducted by the American Legion and the Masons, and was largely attended. The sympathy of the community goes out to his family, and to his brother, Fred who cared for him during the later years of his life.

March 7, 1929

  • Rhinehart Bauhman [Buhmann], of Hermiston, died Friday at Walla Walla, Wash., following an operation for goiter. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Bauhman, his wife, two sons, aged five and seven years, two brothers and one sister.  The funeral was held at Hermiston Tuesday.  Among the Sherman county people who attended were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Smith, Mr. and Mrs. P.B. Siscel, Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Brock, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Melzer, Roy Belshee and Mrs. Emalyn Wilson.


  • Frank Marion French, aged 74 years, a pioneer resident of Grass Valley, died in The Dalles Wednesday, where he had lived for the past two years. He is survived among other relatives by two brothers, L.R. French of Portland, and Charles French, of New York.  Interment is to be in the Grass Valley cemetery tomorrow afternoon.

March 14, 1929

March 21, 1929

  • Laura Nichols. The funeral of Mrs. Laura Nichols was held from the Methodist church here Sunday afternoon, Rev. N. Sherman Hawk officiated.  The funeral was under the direction of Zell’s.  Interment was in the Masonic cemetery. Mrs. Nichols was born in Virginia on January 1, 1866, and departed this life March 15, 1929, at the age of 63 years.  She came to Sherman county with her husband, W.W. Nichols, and family about 16 years ago, and they bought the Andy McDermid place 4 miles southeast of Hay Canyon.  They had lived at Lebanon several years prior to coming to Sherman county. The deceased leaves besides her husband, four sons: Wesley, Herman and Arthur, of Wasco; Everett, of Portland; and three daughters, Mrs. Gladys Dow, of Albany; Mrs. Eva Thomas, of Medford; Miss Lerena Nichols, of Portland.  A fifth son, Walter, died with influenza in 1918 and was buried here.  There are also surviving four sisters: Mrs. Della Wilson, Barge, Montana; Mrs. Rosa Watrous, Inglewood, Calif.; Mrs. Emma Grayball and Mrs. Wilmouth Stone, of Great Falls, Montana; and four grandchildren. Mrs. Nichols was a member of the evangelical association and in her early life was active in all the auxiliaries of the church.

March 28, 1929

April 4, 1929

April 11, 1929

April 18, 1929

April 25, 1929

May 2, 1929

May 9, 1929

May 16, 1929

  • Former Wasco Resident Passes At Walla Walla. Edwin S. Buffum, who died Sunday at Walla Walla, had many warm friends in Wasco, where he worked for several years.  He came here late in 1998 [1898] to take charge of the flouring mill at that time owned by H.P. Isaacs.  He had enlisted with two brothers to go to the Philippines in the Spanish-American war.  While in San Francisco and at the earnest request of Mr. Isaacs he returned to take charge of the milling interest. Later Buffman worked several years as bookkeeper for the Oregon Trading company,   Ed, as everyone knew him, was a very capable man and his honesty and integrity were never questioned.  He joined the Masonic lodge here and was secretary for a number of years. The following account from Walla Walla was published in Monday’s Oregonian: Ed. S. Buffman, 65, ex-county treasurer and for several years deputy county treasurer, died suddenly at his home this morning.  He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., coming to Walla Walla in 1884.  He was bookkeeper for the Pacific Power & Light company and for Whitehouse.  Drumheller company for year, leaving this work to go into the treasurer’s office.  He was one of four brothers who enlisted here at the time of the Spanish-American war.  He leaves two brothers, Clinton of Walla Walla and William of Portland.

May 23, 1929

May 30, 1929

June 6, 1929

June 13, 1929

June 20, 1929

  • Henry Lloyd, mother of Mrs. Clarence Lindeman, of Rufus died at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at the W.M. Barnett Estate farm home, where she had been working. The funeral has been planned for Thursday afternoon in The Dalles, and will be under the direction of Zell’s Funeral Home of that city.

June 27, 1929

July 4, 1929

  • Martha Frances Lloyd. Martha Frances Moore was born at Fort Walla Walla on January 28, 1859.  She died in Wasco, Ore., on June 17, 1929.  She was married to James C. Sigler in April, 1875, at Marysville, Calif.  To this union were born five children, of whom the following four survive:  Anna E. Brockman, Seattle; Maud A. Hertel, Anaheim, Calif.; Rose Lindeman, Rufus; James F. Sigler, Seattle.  Lydia J. Jacobson died March 28, 1910, at Lowell, Arizona.  One sister, Allie Norton, Richmond, Calif., and two brothers, Joseph Moore, of Richmond, Calif., and William Moore, Dos Palos, Calif., together with the 4 children and seven grandchildren also survive. The deceased married Henry Lloyd on October 17, 1914, in The Dalles. Burial was in The Dalles Odd Fellows cemetery, with the graveside service of the Rebekah lodge, on Saturday, June 22, 1929.

July 11, 1929

  • Miss Virginia Smith and her grandfather, Mr. Bales, left Monday for Portland. They were to attend the funeral of Miss Elfie Goshorn, a cousin of Miss Smith, who was killed Sunday in an automobile-motorcycle collision in Portland.  Smith was already in the metropolis.  Mr. Smith expected to go there Wednesday.

July 18, 1929

  • D. Proudfoot, father of Harry Proudfoot of this city, died in Yakima, Wash., Tuesday, July 9th. He was buried in Walla Walla, Wash., on Thursday, July 11th.  He is survived by his son here, by one brother, R.H. Proudfoot, of Yakima, Wash., who is secretary of the Gibson Packing company, and by nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Mr. Proudfoot had lived 36 years in Walla Walla and 10 years in Yakima.

July 25, 1929

August 1, 1929

  • Henry Schadewitz, pioneer of Sherman county and for many years a resident of Kent community, was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows cemetery near Kent, Sunday. He passed away Friday at a hospital in The Dalles, where he had been confined for some time.  Mr. Schadewitz was born in New York, September 13, 1857.  He came to Sherman county in 1884, with his two brothers, Louis and Charles, who are both still living near Kent.  He was married in 1891 to Miss Emma Parks, who survives him.  He was the father of five children, and grandfather of nine, all of whom are still living.  Mr. Schadewitz had lived in The Dalles for several years, but was often seen in Kent greeting old friends.  He had a kind word and a smile for everyone, and it was his wish to be laid to rest here where he lived for so many years and every man was his friend.  The funeral was held in the Legion hall, and was attended by friends from far and near.

August 8, 1929

August 15, 1929

August 22, 1929

  • Lawrence W. Rakes, county school superintendent, received a telegram Monday, stating that his father, John G. Rakes, died Monday morning at 1:45, at his home in Bentonville, Arkansas, at the age of 75.

August 29, 1929

September 5, 1929

  • Local Resident Passes In Portland Last Thursday. Frank Hull died at St. Vincent’s hospital, Portland, Oregon, August 29, 1929.  Funeral services were held at Wasco September 1st from the Methodist church.  The deceased was born in Christian county, Ill., January 29, 1875.  He came west with his parents in 1889 and has resided in and around Wasco until the time of his death.  He leaves three brothers and four sisters to mourn his loss:  Charles of Chico, Cal.; G.A. of Vancouver, Wash.; Mrs. Josie Underhill, Miss Jessie Hull, Mrs. F.L. Morrow, Mrs. Emma Shearer and Dell Hull, all of Wasco.
  • Local Woman Victim Of Heart Attack Thursday. Edith Pearl Nunn of this city died suddenly last Thursday night from heart failure.  Funeral services were held here Sunday afternoon from the Christian church. Mrs. Nunn was 44 years of age at the time of her death.  Besides her widower, Everett R. Nunn, she leaves 11 children:  E.R. and L.R. of Oakland, Calif.; F.R., of Grass Valley; J.R. of The Dalles; Mrs. Bertha Barnes of Ritzville, Wash., and Harold, Leslie, Charles, Ross, Howard and Barbara, all at home.  Surviving also are her mother, Mrs. George Barnett of The Dalles, a sister, Mrs. Rosebrough, of Rockville, Mo., and a brother, Dr. L.L. Nunn of Rochester, Minn.

September 12, 1929

  • G.R. Walton received a telegram Monday from Roy Guyton, her brother, that her niece Garnet was dead. The funeral was to be held Wednesday.  This was the first funeral in any of the Guyton families here for over thirty years.
  • Florence Hurt of Madras was laid to rest, Wednesday. She lost her life in an auto wreck.  Mrs. Hurt was well known by home of the old-timers of Kent.  A number of Kent people attended the funeral.

September 19, 1929

September 26, 1929

October 3, 1929

  • Gilbert Passes Sunday. Mrs. Etta Gilbert passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. R.L. Casteel, Sunday afternoon.  Mrs. Gilbert had been very ill since coming to Wasco about eight weeks ago. Mrs. Gilbert was 70 years of age.  The funeral was held in Portland Wednesday. She leaves to mourn her death two daughters, Mrs. R.L. Casteel, and Mrs. C.W. Frasier of Portland, who was with her at the time of her death and four sons, J.M. Gilbert of Pilot Rock, M.B. Gilbert of Rosalia, Washington, R.J. Gilbert of Eugene and G.H. Gilbert of Denver, Colorado.

October 10, 1929

  • R.L. Casteel returned Friday afternoon from Portland and Eugene where she went to attend her mother’s funeral which was held in Portland last Wednesday.


  • Tom Thompson Passes Monday. Tommy Thompson, who died at Portland Monday, was born at Mercer, Penn., the 23rd of May 1876.  He came to this state about 25 years ago and has resided in or near Wasco the greater part of the time since first coming here. Mr. Thompson’s death was attributed to an injury sustained some time ago when he was employed on a highway crew placing culverts near Thornberry. The deceased was a member of the local Knights of Pythias, and also the Mason and Elk lodges. No announcement can be made concerning funeral arrangements until further information is available concerning the whereabouts of relatives.
  • The mother of F.M. Duncan died at the Duncan ranch at McDonald’s ferry on the John Day river at six o’clock this morning. Duncan was 86 years of age and follows in death her husband who died here some time ago.

October 17, 1929

  • Representative of State Legislature Dies Tuesday. Herbert Egbert, Wasco county representative in last session of the legislature passed away Tuesday, at his home in The Dalles.  Egbert was quite well known throughout eastern Oregon, having been connected with farm union organizations.  A sister Mrs. James Pepper resided in Wasco a number of years ago. Mayor Yates attended the funeral of Herbert Egbert in The Dalles Wednesday.  They were representatives from their respective counties the last session of the State legislature.
  • Chamberlain left for Ashland Tuesday morning to attend the funeral of his brother, who had been victim of an accident while hunting deer.

October 24, 1929

  • Joe Dimmick, mechanic at the Sherman Garage, was called to Woodburn, Oregon, Sunday by the sudden and unexpected death of his father.
  • Joe Brackett returned to his home Friday after spending a few days in the east on account of his brother-in-law’s death. Mrs. Brackett remained in the east where she is going to stay with her invalid sister for awhile.

October 31, 1929

November 7, 1929

  • Former Local Resident Dies. (The Athena Press, Oct. 25)  Bert Taylor, for several years city marshal and water superintendent of Athena, expired suddenly at his home on Fourth street, at 3:30 Wednesday morning, when stricken with heart failure. For some time Mr. Taylor had been afflicted with asthma, and a few minutes before his death, he arose from his bed and smoked a cubeb cigarette for relief.  After returning to bed he coughed several times.  Finally, Mrs. Taylor heard him give one cough which had a peculiar sound.  She inquired of her husband what was wrong, and receiving no reply turned on the light and immediately saw that Mr. Taylor had gone. Mr. Taylor had been a resident of Athena for 14 years and was highly respected in the community.  He was born in the state of Iowa, October 19, 1872, and when a boy came with his parents to California, and later to Wasco, Oregon.  He was united in marriage to Miss Nettie Smith of Wasco.  He is survived by his widow and two sons, Dalberth, who conducts the Taylor dairy and Arthur, of the Athena Press; two sisters, Mrs. Louie Lambert of Santa Anna, California, and Mrs. Minnie Rayburn, of Hood River. Funeral services will be held at the Christian church in Athena, this afternoon, (Friday, Oct. 25), at 1:30 o’clock and interment will take place at Pendleton.

November 14, 1929

November 21, 1929

November 28, 1929

December 5, 1929

  • Man Killed By Flying Belting. F.L. Stanley received word Sunday that her brother, Gilford D. Benton, near Burr Oak, Mich., met instant death while operating a wood saw driven by a tractor engine, when the drive-belt slipped off the driving pulley.  The flying belt hit Mr. Benton with such force as to break his neck.
  • Crosfield’s Life. George Newton Crosfield of this city died on Sunday evening, November 24th, at The Dalles hospital after an illness of four weeks. Funeral services were held on the following Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock at the Congregational church in The Dalles.  John T. Johnson of Wasco opened the service with a beautiful rendition of Beethoven’s “Adagio” on the piano.  The very impressive funeral sermon was preached by Reverend John Richardson, rector of St. Pauls’ Episcopal church.  In closing, Mrs. Johnson played Sullivan’s “The Lost Chord” and Chopin’s “Prelude in E Minor.” The honorary pall bearers were John Fulton, Fred Blau, R.P. Scott, Andy Sandvig, E.A. Medler and W.E. Tate of Wasco and W.C. Bryant and L.L. Peetz of Moro.  The active pall bearers were R.H. McKean, W.A. Medler, J.T. Johnson, Charles Everett and F.S. Lamborn of Wasco and J.C. McKean of Moro. Surviving Mr. Crosfield are his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Jeanette Sexton of The Dalles, one son, George Newton Crosfield, Jr., and a grandson, Newton Ladru Crosfield of Wasco, a brother Charles W. and a sister, Mrs. Emma Cooper, of Portland. George Newton Crosfield was born in West Virginia on February 2, 1870. At the age of eighteen years he came west, first to Portland and then to Sherman county.  In 1894 he was married to Isabelle McDonald of Grants.  He moved to Wasco in 1897, and for these many years, he has been a well known and highly respected citizen, prominent in affairs of our city and county. He was the first mayor of our city and served as councilman for many years.  Mr. Crosfield was known throughout eastern Oregon as a pioneer merchant of this city, his business extending into the several adjoining counties. He was closely identified with the agricultural interests in the community and was ever ready to render an unselfish service to his community, his friends and his neighbors many times at very great sacrifice to himself.  He lived and labored among us and we will miss his kindly greeting, his helpfulness and his association with us. The high esteem in which Mr. Crosfield was held was attested by the host of friends from Sherman county as well as from more distant parts of the state, who attended his funeral, and the many beautiful floral tributes sent to honor his memory and to express sympathy to the bereaved family.

December 12, 1929

  • C.C. Deyo was found dead in his store Friday morning. His son, Delbert, of Yakima arrived that evening and his daughter, Mrs. Carl Thompson, who is living in California, is expected either Sunday or Monday.  His sister, Mrs. Bargenholt, of Hay Canyon came early Friday morning.  The body was taken to Zell’s funeral home in The Dalles.  Funeral announcements to be made later.

December 19, 1929

  • Smith Funeral Held Sunday. The passing of A. Smith of Wasco is regretted by a large number of friends and neighbors.  He had lived all of his 69 years in Oregon the land of his birth.  His parents came to Oregon in 1859 and they were among the pioneer builders of early years.  The state was only one year old at the time Mr. Smith first saw the light of day.  He grew to manhood in the Willamette Valley, near Salem, and was married to Nora Lynes 49 years ago at Jefferson, Oregon. Mr. Smith came to Sherman county about 25 years ago, farming first at Grass Valley, then at Gordon ridge.  For the past 12 years he had lived in Wasco and was filling out his third term as recorder for the city of Wasco.  He was a member of the Methodist church and IOOF lodge of Wasco. Mr. Smith had been enjoying fairly good health until just a few days before his death, becoming ill on Wednesday he was rushed to The Dalles where an operation was performed with the hope that his life might be prolonged.  He died Dec. 13, 1929.  Funeral services were held from the local Methodist church Sunday with Rev. N. Sherman Hawk officiating.  His remains were laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery.  The pall bearers were Judge Krusow of Grass Valley, E.E. Barzee of Moro, Judge E.D. Mckee, Grant Armsworthy, Frank Lamborn and Charles Everett of Wasco. The following remain to mourn his passing:  Children Lester of Grass Valley, Chester of Moro, Arthur J. and Mrs. Darby of Wasco.  A brother C.M. Smith of Jefferson, a sister Mrs. W.T. Rigdon of Salem and six grandchildren. [James Arthur]

December 26, 1929

January 2, 1930

January 9, 1930

  • Pioneer Farmer Buried Tuesday. The passing of George Calvin Fridley on January 4th 1930, at the age of 74 years, is regretted by a large number of friends and neighbors, and early pioneer associates.  He was born Nov. 2, 1855 near Harrisburg, Ore., of pioneer parents, who were among the builders of the western empire.  His father, Jacob H. Fridley, was born in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, 1831, emigrated to Illinois in 1851 and thence by the covered wagon route to Oregon in 1853.  Jacob H. was married to Elvira Powell (relative of Joab Powell) in 1854.  Jacob Fridley died at his home near Corvallis, January 3, 1875. Geo. Fridley came to eastern Oregon in 1883 settled on a homestead on the Old Oregon Trail one mile north of Emigrant Springs now Sherman county.  He was engaged in the sheep business for several years, and about 1890 began raising wheat.  During the 20 years following the time he and his wife came to eastern Oregon, there were many lean years, and new undertakings.  However they surmounted these hardships and were permitted to enjoy their declining years in comfort. Mr. Fridley was married to Ermina Addaline Briggs November 5, 1883 at Lebanon, Oregon.  Fridley’s parents were also of the pioneers who came overland to Oregon in 1844.  Mrs. Fridley departed this life October 28th, 1926. The following children survive: Clifford N., Clyde L., Mrs. Dora Moore, of Wasco; Mrs. Nettie Jackson, Hood River; Callie L.  a Nurse during the world war passed away November 6th, 1918 at Spokane, Washington. Mr. Fridley was married to Alma Barnett July 1929, who also survives. Funeral services were conducted from the M.E. church Tuesday morning at 11:00 o’clock, with N. Sherman Hawk officiating. Interment was in the Emigrant Springs cemetery 10 miles northeast of Wasco.  The pall bearers were A.B. Potter, Jay Freeman, E.D. McKee, J.P. Yates, E.T. Jones and Alec Jackson.
  • William Markey died on the 29 of December at the home of his sister Mrs. Hattie Grant of Seattle, Wash. Mr. Markey had lived here a number of years and has many friends who mourn his passing. He had been ill for the past year.

January 16, 1930

  • and Mrs. Addington and daughters Edna and Pearl motored to Weiser, Idaho, Friday of last week on the account of the death of Mr. Addington’s sister, Mrs. G.F. Kimball. They returned home Sunday of the same week.

January 23, 1930

  • Ole M. Lee died at a hospital in The Dalles on Monday, January 27. He was born at Prairie Farm, Wis., January 3, 1897. He served during the World War as an enlisted man and was discharged in 1921.  He was a member of the American Legion at Dallas, Wis., and was affiliated with the Lutheran church.  He is survived by a father, August; brother, Adolph, sister Mrs. Legia Shedd, a step-mother and several half brothers and sisters. He has lived here for three years and leaves a host of friends who sincerely mourn his loss.  The funeral will be held Monday, February 3rd in Wheeler, Wisconsin.
  • Victim Of Railroad Wreck Passes At The Dalles Tues. (The Dalles Chronicle)    Robert Dugger, veteran Dalles railroad fireman, died Tuesday afternoon from burns suffered January 16th when his engine left the track on the Shaniko branch near Grass Valley and overturned.  Dugger was severely burned about the back when a steam pope broke. Funeral services will be announced later by Zell’s, although it was understood that the services probably would be conducted some time Friday. The wreck, occurring shortly before midnight, was blamed on a spread or broken rail.  John Perry engineer, was burned while assisting Dugger from the overturned cab.  A.E. Dalrymple and Karl E. Smith, also injured in the accident are recovering.

February 6, 1930

February 13, 1930

  • Sister of Local Woman Passes at Goldendale. Flora D. Shelton, of Goldendale, sister of Mrs. W.M. Barnett and well known here died in Goldendale on Monday, February 10th.  She was a native of Goldendale where she had spent most of her life.

February 20, 1930

February 27, 1930

March 6, 1930

March 13, 1930

  • The death of Howard Van Dorn, former resident of Wasco, which occurred at Nunda, New York, has been reported to Grant Armsworthy, an uncle of Mrs. Van Dorn. Mr. Van Dorn had been ill for a long time as the result of flu, and his death was immediately caused by a heart attack. The Van Dorns left Wasco some time past, following a residence of several years, during which time he was employed by Robert Kaseberg and the Wasco Motor Service. In addition to Mrs. Van Dorn there are two children surviving.

March 20, 1930

March 27, 1930

  • Word was received here of the death Monday of Mrs. Hazel Richardson of Bend. Richardson was formerly a Shaniko resident.

April 3, 1930

April 10, 1930

April 17, 1930

April 24, 1930 issue missing

All issues of May 1930 missing

June 6, 1930

  • Walter Blau Killed. Mrs. Walter Blau Dead In Automobile Accident.  News came Memorial Day of the sudden death of Mrs. Walter Blau of Yakima, who was killed in an automobile accident last Thursday.  Mr. and Mrs. Blau and the children were on their way to Pasco to visit a sister and were driving between Sunnyside and Grandview when their car was in collision with another car about 10 p.m. Mr. Blau and the children were not hurt. The funeral was held in Yakima and from Wasco the following friends attended:  Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hennangin, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Proudfoot, Jose Underhill, Mrs. Emma Shearer, Mrs. Jeff Wilson. Mrs. Blau formerly lived in Wasco and was beloved by all who knew her since her early childhood.

June 13, 1930 issue missing

June 20, 1930

June 27, 1930

  • The remains of Judge John Fulton were placed in the mausoleum in the Masonic cemetery at 4 p.m. Sunday. Many friends and neighbors attended the services.  The mausoleum is a beautiful tomb made of granite and cost many hundreds of dollars.

July 4, 1930 issue missing

July 11, 1930 issue missing

July 18, 1930

July 25, 1930

  • Dingle Dies. Mr. Dingle passed away in The Dalles hospital at nine o’clock Tuesday morning.  After a long illness Mr. Dingle was taken to the hospital several weeks ago, where all was done for him that was possible. The funeral services will be held in Wasco Sunday.  [Richard]

August 8, 1930  issue missing

August 15, 1930 issue missing

August 22, 1930

August 29, 1930

  • The funeral of the late C.V. Belknap was largely attended at the Presbyterian church in Moro last Friday.


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