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Wasco News Enterprise Obituaries

Wasco, Sherman County, Oregon

The following are the death notices and obituaries contained within the pages of the Wasco News Enterprise, on the microfilm roll containing the issues from August 16, 1923 to August 12, 1927.

August 16, 1923

August 23, 1923

August 30, 1923

  • Mrs. Margaret Knapp, wife of Ole Knapp, farmer in the John Day river section, died at the Cottage Home hospital here last Thursday morning at 10:30 o’clock.  She leaves her husband and two daughters, aged two years and two months respectively.  The body was shipped from The Dalles Friday, and burial was near Lewiston, Idaho, on Saturday.
  • Billy, 10-year-old son of Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Boddy of Hood River, was drowned in Columbia slough.
  • Arthur Dickison, aged 18, son of Professor J.H. Dickison of Spray, was drowned in the John Day river while swimming.
  • O.V. Simms, a pioneer of Rainer, died the victim of shock following the dart of a shaft of lightning and deafening thunder that followed in its wake.

September 6, 1923

  • Rev. James M. Morrison  dies at Portland home.  Rev. James M. Morrison, father of J. M. Morrison of this city, for several years pastor of Presbyterian churches in eastern Oregon and for the last 16 years a resident of Portland, died at 318 East Sixth street North, Portland, the family home, Wednesday, August 29th.  He passed away while he was having breakfast.  He was in his 92nd year and had been in good health, being able to take his usual walks until the last.

    Mr. Morrison was born in Colerain, Pa., July 21, 1832.  He was graduated from Delaware college and later from Princeton Theological seminary.  He served churches in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Iowa and Oregon for a period of 38 years.  He was one of the pioneers of Sherman county, helping to build up a new country while carrying on his work for the church.

    Nancy Bailey Morrison, wife of Mr. Morrison, died four years ago.  In addition to five great-grandchildren and 18 grandchildren, the following sons and daughters survive: Joseph B. of Arlington, Thomas C., James M. of this city, Mrs. Ella Nelson, Mrs. Nannie Thomas, Mrs. Margaret Bates and Mrs. Maude Keenan.  [Place of Burial Unknown]

September 13, 1923

  • Mrs. Irene May Pashek, 25 years old, and her son, Neil, 4 years of age, were drowned at the foot of Lake Neahkahnie near Wheeler.
  • Pat H. Allen of the firm of Allen & Goodsell, of Portland, and one of the firm’s salesman, William Adams, were drowned when their speedboat, Miss Portland, in which they were en route to attend the American Legion convention at Seaside, filled and sank off the foot of Thirty-ninth street, Astoria.

September 20, 1923

  • Lafayette George Cornwall, said to be the oldest man in Lane county, died in Eugene at the aged of 96.

September 27, 1923

October 4, 1923

  • V. C. Brock Dies at Seattle.  V. C. Brock, an old timer of this community, who has resided at Hood River, Oregon, for several years, died at Seattle, Washington, Monday morning, according to word received her Monday afternoon by Mrs. A. M. Hicks, who is a sister of Brock.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Hood River.  Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Hicks attended.  Brock is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. John A. Allen of Redmond, two sons, Roy Brock of Rock Island, Illinois, and E. C. Brock of Seattle, and three brothers, R. W. Brock of Hood River, J. L. and C. M. Brock of Wasco.
  • Mrs. W.A. May and daughter Flora were called to Medford, Oklahoma, last week by the death of Mrs. May’s mother.

October 11, 1923

  • Macauley Porter Sr., Oregon pioneer of 1848, died at the Porter country home near Corvallis.
  • N. A. McCann, merchant of Harrisburg, committed suicide in that city by shooting himself with a revolver.
  • William H. Bushey, since July 1, 1908, county judge of Marion county, died at his home in Salem after an illness of three days. He was 70 years of age.

October 18, 1923 Missing

October 25, 1923

  • A. Helms Jr., [Helm] editor of the Mitchell Sentinel, died at his home in Mitchell.  He was 84 years old and a veteran of the Civil War.  He founded the Sentinel in 1903.

November 1, 1923

  • Hugh McIntyre was killed Thursday evening in an automobile accident near Pendleton, according to word received here Friday.  Mr. McIntyre had been to Moro, and having rented his farm here to his son, was on his return to his home at Athena.
  • Lou Watson, 70, well known eastern Oregon pioneer, died at La Grande, where he had resided for 51 years.

November 8, 1923

  • Fred Skeen, a young rancher residing near Dorris, just over the California line south of Klamath Falls, was found dead in his bed by a neighboring rancher under circumstances indicating murder.

November 15, 1923

  • Mary Seymour, last of the Wasco tribe of Indians, which once inhabited the basin where The Dalles is now located, and from which Wasco county was named, died at The Dalles at the age of 113 years.

November 22, 1923

  • W. G. Flett, well known pioneer of eastern Oregon, died at his homestead on Rock creek, 16 miles from Condon, at the age of 81 years.
  • After serving through 40 months of the world war with the Canadian corps and coming through safely, James McDonald, 27, met his death by drowning in a pond at Camp 14, near Estacada.
  • Mystery that came to light when the wasted body of a woman whose skull was fractured, weighted under rocks, was found Saturday morning, November 4, in the Columbia river, 15 miles above the little town of Umatilla, is believed to be well on the way to solution when the body was identified as that of Mrs. Edna Pitman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rogers, ranchers in Eagle valley in Baker county.

November 29, 1923

  • William Howard Smith, one of the best known pioneer ranchers of Douglas county, died suddenly at his home near Sutherlin of heart trouble.
  • The fourth fatal accident in Klamath county road construction this season occurred at Dunn and Baker’s rock quarry on The Dalles-California highway near Fort Klamath when  Manuel Jacaba, a Mexican laborer, was caught by a dislodged boulder and killed instantly.

December 6, 1923

December 13, 1923

December 20, 1923

December 27, 1923

  • The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.  L. Tate of Redmond was burned to death when the Take residence took fire from an overheated stove.

January 3 , 1924

  • John W. Wiidenan, of Heppner, formerly of Klondike, died at the age of 37 years, last Friday.  He is survived by his wife and a number of relatives.  Numerous local friends mourn his death.  Mr. Wiidenan had been under a doctor’s care for some time, and his death was not the shock that it might have been. The funeral was held at Centerville last Saturday.  Several local people attended.
  • J. B. Crosfield is Killed on Last Day of Year.  Geo. N. Crosfield, a Son, Goes Tuesday to Portland to Attend the Funeral.   J. B. Crosfield, age 80, of 106 East Twenty-eighth St., Portland, father of Geo. N. Crosfield, of this city, was killed Monday evening about 7 o’clock when run down by a west bound Montavilla street car.  Mr. Crosfield was crossing Glisan street from north to south and is said to have stepped directly in the path of the street car.  He was reported to have not been struck by the wheels, being thrown clear of the track by the car fender.  In striking the pavement he suffered a fractured skull.  He died en route to St. Vincent hospital in an ambulance. A more complete investigation of the accident was made Tuesday by both traction officials and Earl Smith, coroner.  The results were not available here Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Geo N. Crosfield left here for Portland Tuesday to attend the funeral.

January 10, 1924

  • Milton O. Howell is Accidently Killed by Gun Discharge Monday.  Man is found by Step-son on Stairs in Woodshed; Charge of Shot Enter Under Chin and Emerges at Back of Head; Both Coroner and Physician Express the Opinion That Death is Due to Accident.  Milton O. Howell, farmer three and one-half miles east of this city, was shot and killed by a gun in his own hands Monday morning about eight-thirty o’clock in the woodshed at the farm home.  In the opinion of the coroner, W. H. Meyer and the attending physician, Dr. Willard N. Morse, the death was accidental. Howell had taken a large bore shotgun with the avowed intention of going to the woodshed to shoot a wood rat that had been making itself a nuisance.  A shot was heard by members of Howell’s family, but no consequent sound in the woodshed.  Walter Hilderbrand, step-son of Howell, who had been filling his car radiator with water preparatory to leaving the farm for school here, returning to the house on some mission, looked into the woodshed and discovered the still body of Howell. Dr. Morse was called by phone and W. H. Meyer, coroner, was summoned a short time later.  Dr. Morse reported that the body was found head downward on a short flight of stairs in the woodshed, the gun between the man’s legs.  The charge of shot had entered under the chin and emerged at the upper back part of the head, lodging in the ceiling of the room.  Death was instantaneous according to Dr. Morse.  From the position of the body the coroner and Dr. Morse deducted that the death was accidental. Howell is survived by his wife, who was recently married to him, being formerly Mrs. Rebecca Hilderbrand; four step-sons, Ormand, Joe, Ross and Walter Hilderbrand; and three step-daughters, Vesta, Cleta and Grace Hilderbrand. The funeral was held Wednesday from the Methodist church in this city at 2 p.m. Burial was in the city cemetery.
  • Beula Laverne McMillin.  The funeral for Beula Laverne McMillin, daughter of E. R. McMillin, who died on Thursday, January 3d, in Portland, was held from the Christian church here Sunday, Rev. B. L. Hicks preaching the sermon.  Burial was in the city cemetery. Beula Laverne McMillin was born at Wasco, Oregon June 1, 1904, and died at Pierce’s Sanatorium, Portland, Oregon, Thursday, January 3, 1924, at the age of 20 years, 6 months and 2 days. Miss McMillin spent her girlhood days at her former home 5 miles west of Wasco.  She attended the schools here until at the age of 17 she was taken with tuberculosis.  She spent one year at Wallowa Lake, two years in Arizona, and later returned to Portland, putting forth all human efforts to regain her health.  She leaves to mourn her loss her father, E. R. McMillin, two sisters, Mrs. E. H. Fuller and Mrs. E. L. Tomlin, both of Portland, and two brothers, Chester R. of Arlington, Oregon and Lawrence Edwin of this city, besides a host of distant relatives and friends. Mrs. E. R. McMillin passed away three years ago.
  • Dr. E. H. Smith is dead at his home in Lakeview.  Dr. Smith had been county judge of Lake county for the last nine years.

January 17, 1924

  • W.I. Westerfield Dead; Edited Paper 26 Years.  Grass Valley Publisher Taken By Heart Trouble While In His Bed Sunday. William I. Westerfield, aged 60 years, editor of the Grass Valley Journal, died at his home in Grass Valley of heart trouble Sunday night about 6:30 o’clock.  Westerfield published the Journal for the last 26 years. Having felt a little indisposed all day, it was said, Westerfield retired shortly after 6 o’clock Sunday.  Upon hearing him snoring unusually loudly, Mrs. Westerfield went to him, but was unable to awaken him.  The doctor and neighbors were called but no aid was of value. Westerfield is survived by his wife, a son, Floyd, of Springfield, Oregon, and a daughter in California.  The funeral services will be held Friday, January 18th, in the Grass Valley auditorium. Mr. and Mrs. Westerfield were in Wasco on business and visiting a number of friends last Saturday.  Westerfield at that time seemed to be in the best of health.  His death is mourned by scores of people from all sections of the county. [Place of Burial – Body was shipped to Portland to be buried  next to his daughter.]

January 24, 1924

  • Mrs. George M. Tucker and her grandson,  Grant Burrows, about 3 years old, were burned to death at the home of George M. Tucker in Joseph.
  • Father Dies.  J. O. Russell received a telegram Wednesday morning announcing that his father, James Joseph Russell, had passed away early in the morning in Monmouth.

January 31, 1924

  • Accidental Death.   Ralph Howard McDonald, two and one half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. McDonald, of Biggs, died last week at Biggs from accidental inhalation of powdered soap.

February 7, 1924

February 14, 1924

February 21, 1924

  • Albert Allen Mersinger died in this city Monday, February 18, 1924, of pneumonia, at the age of 51 years.  He had been a resident of the community for about twenty years and had numberless friends. Albert Allen Mersinger was born in Joliet, Will county, Ill., November 18, 1873.  He moved to Lincoln county, Kansas, in 1885, and to Oregon in 1905, making his home here since that time. The deceased is survived by the following brothers and sisters:  Mrs. Fred Minter and Mrs. Ella Rielly of Chicago; Mrs. Lottie Spurgin of Kansas; Mrs. Addil Ludditt of Denver; Mrs. C. A. Nish, of Mikkalo; John and Phillip of Los Angles; Earl of Texas; Clarence of Grass Valley; and Will of Bend. The funeral services will be held from the Methodist church at 10 am Friday.  The service will be in charge of the Masonic order.  Rev. R. C. Young will give the sermon.
  • Girl is Killed and Boy Maimed When Dynamite Caps Explode.  Boy is Reported to Have Said That Some “Things” Were Found in a Tin Box, Supposedly Dynamite Percussion Caps, Which Exploded When Tampered With; Accident Happens Monday Noon at Nunn Home.    Elanore Conway, aged seven years, daughter of Mrs. Raleigh Nunn, of Klondike, is dead, and Orville Conway, aged nine years, brother of Elanore, is blinded and disfigured as a result of what is thought to have been an accidental explosion of dynamite percussion caps Monday noon.  The little girl died about 5:30 p.m. Monday. It is not known exactly how the accident occurred.  Ray Morehouse, of Klondike, was the first person at the scene of the explosion.  He heard the explosion and ran in the direction from which the sound came.  He saw the girl Elanore, run about fifteen feet from the Nunn woodshed and fall to the ground unconscious.  Both her eyes were blown out, her left hand blown off at the wrist, her face and body punctured by thousands of little copper particles.
  • The boy, Orville, was found in the woodshed, blinded, his face perforated with particles of copper, and with bad burns about the body.  However, he never lost consciousness. It is reported that the boy said the two children were playing in the woodshed and found some “things” in a tin box.  The shape of the perforations in the children’s bodies and the small particles of copper seem to indicate that these “things” were dynamite percussion caps.  Raleigh Nunn is section foreman of the O. W. R. & N. company at Klondike, and the caps were probably intended for use in railroad work.
  • Mrs. Nunn was in the office of Dr. Willard N. Morse here at the time of the accident.  A. B. Potter, of Klondike, phoned to Morse, saying that the children were frightfully hurt and that they were being brought to Wasco at once.  Mrs. Nunn was told, but not until the frightfulness of the tragedy became evident when she saw her children did she break down with grief. The funeral of the little girl, Elanore, was held from the Christian church here on Tuesday at two o’clock, Rev. B. K. Hicks officiating.  Burial was at Grass Valley.   It is expected that the boy, Orville, will recover, tho he is blinded for life.  [Eleanore Nunn]

February 28, 1924

  • George Champagne Found Dead Under Gang Plow on Tuesday.  Man Apparently Was Stricken With Heart Failure of Similar Ailment, Falling Forward Under Rolling Coulter of Gang Plow.  Body is Dragged Three Quarters of Mile by Twelve Horses.  Relatives Being Sought.
  • George Champagne, aged 52 years, was found dead under a gang plow he had been running for Harry Proudfoot on the latter’s farm six miles west of here at one o’clock Tuesday afternoon.  Champagne’s head was badly cut and mutilated by the rolling coulter of the plow.  According to Dr. Willard N. Morse, the man probably was stricken with heart failure or a similar ailment, falling under the plow.
  • Evidence showed that Champagne had been dragged by the twelve horse plow team for about three quarters of a mile.  For the first quarter the team had run, getting, however, not more than a few feet from the furrow at any time.  The horses stopped in the corner of the field in perfect order, not one tug unhitched.
  • Proudfoot found the body of Champagne after going in search of him shortly after noon, when he did not appear at the house with the team.  Coroner W.H. Meyer took charge of the body.  No inquest was held.
  • The authorities are searching for relatives of the dead man.  Nothing giving clue to the location of relatives was found on the body, other than a twenty-three jewel Hamilton open face gold watch with the mark “6548653 B.B. Royal 20 years” on the case.  A jeweler’s scratch inside the case was “W.  H. 3-5-8.”  The works of the watch were numbered “1634231.”  Initials on the locket of the watch chain were “G. C.”  It was generally understood that Champagne worked in the winter seasons in the Spokane, Washington, country.  It is possible that relatives will be found in that section.
  • Champagne began work on February 12th for Harry Proudfoot.  He had worked for Proudfoot last fall, and earlier last year had worked for Homer Belshee.
  • March 6, 1924
  • Pioneer Dies — Frank A. Sayrs one of the best known pioneer retired farmers of this county, died at the family home in Moro at 5:30 last Thursday evening.  The funeral service was held at the Methodist church at 11 am Saturday.  Burial was in charge of the I.O.O.F. lodge at the Moro cemetery.
  • Nelly Grace Whealy Fields.  Nellie Grace Whealy Fields was born at Redwood, Minn., September 29, 1893, and passed away at the Cottage Home hospital in this city Thursday, February 28, 1924, at the age of 30 years, 4 months and 28 days.
  • She was married to Cecil Fields on May 21, 1916, at The Dalles, Oregon.  She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, Cecil Fields, two small sons, Norman and Damon, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Whealy, of this city; four brothers, Ralph of Hampton, Oregon, Frank of Biggs, Lyle of Lone Rock, Patrick of this city; and two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Guyton of Shaniko, and Miss Ruth Whealy of Winesap, Wash.
  • Mrs. Fields was an active member of the Rebekah lodge and Neighbors of Woodcraft.
  • The funeral was held Saturday from the Christian church here, Rev. B.L. Hicks preaching the sermon.  The grave ceremony was in charge of the Rebekahs.
  • Jackie Evans Dies From Choking on Pumpkin Seed.  Jackie Evans, 14 months old son of Mrs. W. L. Evans, of Klondike, choked to death on a pumpkin seed Tuesday, while his mother was sorting seeds preparatory to spring planting. As soon as it was found that something was lodged in the child’s throat, he was rushed here by Charles Harper, on whose farm Mrs. Evans was working.  The child was dead when examined by Dr. Willard N. Morse. The body was taken to Corvallis Wednesday for burial.

March 13, 1924

March 20, 1924

March 27, 1924

April 3, 1924

April 10, 1924

April 17, 1924

April 24, 1924

May 1, 1924

  • Fleck Dies – Word was received here Tuesday that Mr. Frank Fleck, old timer in this section, had died Monday in Pendleton.  He was 73 years of age.

May 8, 1924

  • Frank Fleck Dies At Pendleton April 28.  Deceased is Survived by Four Children.  Body is Cremated and Ashes Will Be Buried in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
  • Frank Fleck, of Rufus, died at Pendleton, Ore., April 28, 1924, at the age of 73 years.  He is survived by the following children: Mrs. R. A. Wallis, Portland; Mrs. Van Heywood, De Winton, Alberta, Can.; B. L. Fleck, Klondike; Byarde Fleck, Portland.
  • The body was cremated at Pendleton April 30.  The ashes will be buried in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
  • Wilson Dies – James Wilson, former railroad agent here, died Thursday in Portland.  He was 52 years of age, and is survived by his wife and daughter.   The remains were buried in Prineville.

May 15, 1924

May 22, 1924

  • Died – Mrs. William Peugh, of Long Beach, Cal., died on May 11 at the age of about 75 years.  She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Henry Howell and Mrs. F. L. Barnett, of this city, an unmarried daughter, in Portland, and three sons, John of Long Beach, Charles of Hermiston, and Thomas of this city.

May 29, 1924

June 5, 1924

June 12, 1924

June 19, 1924

June 26, 1924

  • John McClure Dies In Hospital In The Dalles.  John McClure, aged about 60 years, died in The Dalles yesterday. Mr. McClure had been ill in a hospital about a week.  Funeral arrangements had not been decided today.
  • Martha Marshall McKean.  Martha Marshall was born at East Finley, Pa., April 5, 1840.  She was married to James McKean August 31, 1870.  To this union were born eight children.  Hugh, Elizabeth, Viola and Albert have gone to that Better Home.  The husband went to be with the Lord Dec. 26, 1911.  Since that time the mother made her home with her daughter, Mrs. R. W. Coates and family, of Washington, Pa., who gave her every care and comfort that hands and loving hearts could do.  Nothing was overlooked by her two loyal sons in the West to make her declining years ideal and her home happy until the Lord called her to her eternal home May 27, 1924, at the age of 84 years, 1 month and 22 days.
  • She leaves to mourn the loss of a loving mother: J. C. McKean of Moro, Ore.; R. H. McKean, Wasco, Ore.; two daughters, Mrs. R. W. Coats, Washington, Pa., Mrs. J. E. Poland, Bolivar, Mo.; one sister, Mrs. Jennie McKean, of Washington, Pa.; 11 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many relatives in the east. She was buried at Bolivar, Mo., Sunday, June 1.

July 3, 1924

  • John McClure, aged 72 years, died in The Dalles on Wednesday, June 25th.  He had been ill but a short time.  Funeral services were held in The Dalles Friday at 10:30 am.  Burial was in the Odd Fellows cemetery.
  • John McClure was born at Port Patrick, Scotland, December 3, 1852.  He passed away at The Dalles June 25, 1924.  Besides the widow he leaves four children: Mrs. Lloyd Robinson and Robert C. McClure of The Dalles, and Andrew and John Ernest McClure, of this city.  He was married to Helen Small on April 18, 1881.  They established a home at Manchester, England, for a short time.  They came to America, settling at Conway Springs, Kansas.  In 1905 they came west [to] Sherman county.
  • John McClure joined the Presbyterian church in Scotland at the age of 20 and was a member of the Moro church at the time of his death.  He became a member of the M. W. A. at Peotone, Kansas, in 1900, and at the time of his death was a member of the Klondike, Ore., camp.
  • Claude May Suddenly Passes Away Monday.  Funeral is Held Here Wednesday Afternoon Under Auspices of the Knights of Pythias.   Claude Olney May, aged 42, well known local farmer, died in Portland Monday morning, June 30.  Funeral services were held here from the auditorium Wednesday afternoon, under the auspices of Knights of Pythias.  Burial was in Sunset cemetery.
  • Claude Olney May was born September 21, 1882, at Solomon, Kansas, a son of Henry and Docia May.  With his parents he moved in 1891 to Woodburn, Ore.  In the spring of 1904 he came to Sherman county, where he has lived since.
  • He was married December 27, 1906 to Pearl Etta Ellsworth.  To this union were born two children, Norval, now 16, and Willma, 12.  The wife and children survive.  A mother, three brothers and two sisters also survive.  Mr. May was not a member of any church, but his religion was “Truth and Honesty.”  He was a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge, the Elks lodge and of the Woodmen of the World.  He leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure.

July 10, 1924

July 17, 1924

July 24, 1924

  • Death – Thomas Van Landingham, of Grass Valley, a brother of B. M. Van Landingham of this city, died at his near Grass Valley Sunday evening.  His wife, two sons, a daughter and a brother survive him.
  • Baby Dies.   —  Frances Elizabeth Bender, 16 months old baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bender, of Antelope, died Tuesday here.  The child had been brought here by car, but died as Dr. Willard N. Morse was making an examination.  The funeral was held Wednesday in The Dalles.

July 31, 1924

  • Mrs. Richard Dingle.  Following an illness of four months, Mrs. Richard Dingle passed away at her home here Wednesday, July 23, 1924, at the age of 56 years, 5 months and 25 days.  She had been an active member of the Christian church for 38 years, and of the W.C.T.U. for several years.
  • Mrs. Dingle, who before her marriage was Miss Edith Wing, was born January 28, 1868, in Oysterville, Wash. She was united in marriage to Richard Dingle on March 20, 1886, at Goldendale, Wash., after she had lived with her parents in Oysterville, Wash., Washington county, Oregon, and Klickitat county, Wash.  In 1888 Mr. and Mrs. Dingle moved to Sherman county, where they had lived since.
  • Mrs. Dingle is survived by her husband and four children: Richard T. Dingle, William Dingle, Mrs. T. L.  Fields and Miss Prudence Dingle, all of this city.
  • Funeral services were held Saturday, July 26, 1924, at 2 pm at the Christian church.  Rev. B. L. Hicks conducted the ceremony.  Interment was in Sunset cemetery.
  • Isaac Thompson, one of the three surviving veterans of the civil war residing in Sherman county, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Neil McDonald, in Hay Canyon, Tuesday morning, July 22, 1924.  He was aged 89 years, 10 months and 2 days.  At the time of his death he was commander of W. T. Sherman post G.A.R. of Sherman county.
  • Isaac Thompson was born on September 20, 1834, in Harrison county, Ohio.  On May 22, 1856, he married to Mary A. Easly, who died at Trout Lake, Washington, on March 4, 1909.  Of the eight children who were born to this union four have passed to the beyond: Sarah E., Florence E., Richard E., and Vincent G.  The four surviving children are: Elwood, of Oregon City, Ore., Jess B. of Milwaukie, Ore., Bertha A. McDonald of Moro, Ore., and Aaron, address unknown.  31 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren also survive.
  • In the civil war Mr. Thompson was a member of Company D., 151st Illinois infantry and was honorably discharged at the end of the war.  He joined in Illinois the Presbyterian church, and transferred his membership to Moro when coming West.
  • Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the family home, Rev. U. S. Smothers giving the funeral sermon.  Burial was in the Rose cemetery in Hay Canyon.
  • E. T. Van Landingham, aged 74 years, 2 months and 23 days, died at his home in Grass Valley, Ore., Monday morning about 2 am, July 21, 1924.  He had been a resident of this county for 38 years.  He had been in ill health for about a year, but had been feeling fairly well the Sunday prior to his death.
  • E.T. Van Landingham was born in Monroe county, Missouri, in 1850.  Later he came to Oregon, and in 1875 he married Louise Emeline Smith in Medford, Ore.  Three of seven children born to this union survive:  Harry S. and Edwin E. of Grass Valley, and Mrs. Iva VanMetre, of California.  Three brothers also survive: Boaz M. of Wasco, H. A. of Wenatchee, Wash., and George, address is not known.
  • Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Methodist church in Grass Valley, Rev. U. C. Smothers conducting the ceremony.  Interment was in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.  [Place of Burial Unknown – 2 of his children are buried at Grass Valley I.O.O.F. cemetery]

August 7, 1924

August 14, 1924

  • Charles E. Jones Dies Saturday As Result of Wreck.  Man Reaches for Hat and Loses Control of Car, Which Plunges Over Grade With Four Occupants.   Charles E. Jones, aged about 68 years, of Centerville, Wn., former resident here, died at The Dalles hospital Saturday evening as the result of an automobile accident on the Columbia highway near the Tumwater tunnel east of The Dalles Thursday.
  • Jones was injured, when accompanied by Mrs. Elizabeth Marquis and her two small sons, Kenneth and Herbert; the car in which they were riding left the highway and was wrecked at the bottom of the grade, pinning the four occupants beneath.  It was said that the wind blew Jones’ hat from his head, and in grabbing for it he lost control of the car.
  • Jones suffered internal injuries and a crushed chest.  Mrs. Marquis had her back broken, but will recover, according to physicians.  Jones had many friends in Sherman county having lived here for several years.

August 21, 1924

  • Burial – The ritualistic funeral services for Charles E. Jones, who died Saturday, August 9, as a result of an auto accident near The Dalles a short time ago,  were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock by the Elks lodge of The Dalles, of which the deceased was a member.  Interment was in the Odd Fellows cemetery.

August 28, 1924

  • Dies – Mrs. E. E. Jacobson, sister of C.A. Harper and W. C. Harper, died in Portland Tuesday.  Funeral services were to be held today.  The Harper brothers left last night for Portland to attend the services.
  • Dies – John W. Dunn, aged 75 years, died Monday at the Odd Fellows home in Portland.  He is survived by three sons, Ralph Dunn of Bend, Ray K. Dunn of Cisco, Cal., and John E. Dunn of Bend.  A brother, B. W. Dunn, of Grass Valley, and two sisters, Mrs. L. McVicker of Portland and Mrs. Emma C. Lee of San Francisco, also survive.  The deceased was a member of the Grass Valley Odd Fellows lodge, where he was to have been buried.

September 4, 1924

September 11, 1924

  • Robert J. Gilmore is Buried Here Friday.    Robert J. Gilmore died at Hood River Thursday, September 4, 1924.  He was buried in Sunset cemetery near here on Friday, September 5.  One brother, W. D. Gilmore and two sisters, Mrs. M. E. Mitchell, of Hood River, and Mrs. John Fulton, of Wasco, survive him.
  • Robert J. Gilmore was born January 6, 1848, in Yamhill county, Oregon, where he lived with his parents until 1871, when he came to eastern Oregon to engage in stock raising.  He left for Hood River several years ago, having recently been interested in the raising of fruit there. [Place of burial – Wasco Methodist Cemetery]
  • Geo. T. Parr Dies In Berkeley, California.    The following news story was clipped from the Merced Sun by Mrs. Nellie Watkins Matteson, of Fresno, Cal., a former resident here, and sent here last week, with the view that it would be of interest to many of Mr. Parr’s friends here.
  • George T. Parr, 59, one of the most prominent colonization men and land developers of Merced county, active for ten years in colonizing land in the Atwater area, passed away yesterday morning at 6:05 o’clock at his home, 1544 Oxford street, Berkeley.  He had been in failing health for six months, finally succumbing to carcinoma of the liver.  The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock from the undertaking chapel of Edward E. Niehaus, 2434 Telegraph avenue, Berkeley, with cremation to follow at the Oakland crematory.
  • In 1898, and for six years thereafter, Mr. Parr had his headquarters in The Dalles as manager of the Eastern Oregon Land company with holdings of half a million acres.

September 18, 1924

September 25, 1924

  • Otto Peetz Dies In Portland Hospital Last Sunday Night.
  • Funeral For Man Who Held Assessor’s Office for 20 Years is Held Wednesday Afternoon at Moro.
  • Otto Peetz, county assessor of Sherman county, died at the Emanuel hospital in Portland Sunday night.  He had been ill for about three months.  The funeral was held at Moro Wednesday at 3 p.m, Rev. Henry G. Hanson preaching the sermon.
  • Mr. Peetz was about 51 years of age when he died.  He had held the office of assessor of Sherman county for twenty years.  So faithfully did he do his work, and so satisfactory to the public at large was he, that after his first election he had no opposition.  He name was on the ballot for another four year term at the time of his death, and had he lived he would undoubtedly been elected without opposition.
  • Mr. Peetz was a member of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges.  At the annual gathering of the lodge last winter Mr. Peetz was presented with a special badge of honor.  He had at that time been connected with the lodge for over 20 years, and held important offices most of the time.  He was a faithful member of the Moro Presbyterian church at the time of his death being one of the trustees.  He was a man of high personal integrity, very conscientious in the exercise of his duties as a public servant, a lover of home and family, and universally beloved and held in respect.
  • Mr. Peetz is survived by the following: His wife, Margaret Whalley Peetz; a son, Carl Fredrick; his mother, Mrs. Catherine Peetz, of Moro; and the following sisters and brothers:  Mrs. Robert Montgomery, of King Hill, Idaho; Mrs. E. G. Messinger, of Wapato, Wn., Mrs. Al Kirtley, of Wasco; L. L. Peetz, of Moro; H. F. Peetz, of Moro; and Ben F. Peetz of Eugene.

October 2, 1924

October 9, 1924

October 16, 1924

  • Rufus News Items – Mr. Anson Tom is reported being very ill in a hospital in The Dalles.

October 23, 1924

  • Card of Thanks  –  We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors of Sherman county for their kindness and beautiful floral offerings in the sad bereavement of our beloved brother.      Charles H. Tom and family and Mary Vernon and family.  [No obituary could be found in this paper.  The death index shows a Anseon S. Tom, October 17, 1924 died in Wasco county]

October 30, 1924

November 6, 1924

  • Mrs. Maude Electa Appell, wife of John Appell, of this city, died Sunday evening at 7 o’clock at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Shaw.  She was 23 years of age, and is survived by her husband and a nine months old child, besides her parents and two brothers and three sisters.  The brothers are William and Donald Shaw, both of this city, and the sisters are Mabel and Lois Shaw and Mrs. Louise Royse, all of this city.  The burial was in the Rose City cemetery Wednesday.

November 13, 1924

  • Boy Dies As Result of Hunting Mishap.  Shotgun’s Accidental Discharge Strikes Douglas Yocum In Leg When Four Youths Go Hunting For Geese Near Farm.    Life Lasts Two Days.
  • Douglas Yocum, 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.  M. Yocum, old timers in this section, died Wednesday as the result of a wound received in the thigh from the accidental discharge of a shotgun Monday afternoon.
  • Yocum, with a brother and two boy friends from Portland, who were spending the armistice holidays at the Yocum farm home east of here, had gone hunting for geese.  When about two miles from home the boys began going single file down a trail in a canyon.  In some manner the gun carried by the boy behind Yocum became caught in the former’s coat, so that in unfastening it the weapon was discharged.  Hardly more than five feet separated the boys when the charge of shot entered Yocum’s leg near the hip, making a frightfully bad wound.
  • Afraid to try to carry the injured youth from the canyon to the farm house, one of the boys remained with him and the other two ran to the house to phone for medical aid.  A call brought Dr. Willard N. Morse, of this city.  However, it was about two hours after the shot had stuck its mark before Dr. Morse was on had to give aid, due to the distance and the difficulty in getting down in the canyon.
  • But the shock and the effect of the wound itself were too great, and the boy passed away Wednesday morning.
  • It seemed to the two boys who were visiting from Portland that something was destined to wreck their pleasure trip to Sherman county this week, as the car in which they were driving accompanied by Mrs. J.  M. Yocum, when coming from Portland, became unmanageable because of a broken steering gear and ran off the grade a few miles north of Wasco Monday.  Witnesses said it was a miracle how the three persons escaped unhurt.

November 20, 1924

  • Douglas Hathaway Yocum, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.  M. Yocum, was born at Sheridan, Ore., March 1, 1909.  He died at the farm home 10 miles northeast of Wasco on November 12, 1924.
  • He came to Sherman county with his parents at the age of one year.  His earlier days in school were spent at Bigelow and Wasco schools.  He graduated from the eighth grade from the Vernon public school of Portland in June 1924.
  • He leaves to mourn his departure a father and mother, four sisters and four brothers:  Mrs. R. O. Oviatt and Mrs. Henry Happold, of Heppner, Ore.; Mrs. Bert Kane, of this city; and Bessie Yocum, of Portland; Lawrence Frink, of Ione, Ore.; Ercil and J.  O. Yocum, of this city; and Richard, of Portland.
  • Virginia Ramey, A Pioneer Of Rufus, Taken By Death.
  • Mrs. Ramey is Native of Missouri, Coming to Oregon in 1882; Two Daughters and Son Survive.
  • Mrs. Virginia Ramey, for 35 years a resident of Rufus, died at Rufus, Wednesday, November 12th.  She was 87 years of age.
  • Virginia Ball Ramey was born in Boone county, Missouri, a descendant of the old Ball family, the members of which were distinguished soldiers in the wars of the Revolution and 1812.  Their ancestry were English.  In 1870 the Rameys moved to Tulare county, California.  In 1882 they came to Sherman county, taking up land near Rufus.
  • Mrs. Ramey is survived by a son and two daughters: Mr. George W. Ramey, of Rufus; Mrs. Cora Bartholomew, of Rufus’ and Mrs. Ben L. Andrews, of Wasco.

November 27, 1924

December 4, 1924

December 11, 1924 Missing.

December 18, 1924

  • J. R. Howell Dies Sunday at Age 78.  James R. Howell, aged 78 years, 2 months and 2 days, a resident of this community for 27 years, died at his home here Sunday evening, December 14, 1924.  For many years Mr. Howell sold insurance, and kept the governmental weather records here.
  • Mr. Howell was born October 12, 1846, in Newton, Jasper county, Iowa.  On October 10, 1868, he was married to Ruthie J. Bales.  Prior to this in 1863, at the age of 17, Mr. Howell came to Oregon with his parents, settling in Benton county.  In 1897 he came to Sherman county where he resided up to the time of his death.
  • Mr. Howell is survived by his five children: Mrs. Margaret Ellen Haynes, of Newport, Ore.; Charles Henry Howell, of Wasco, Ore.; Mrs. Ruthie May Dunagan, of Portland, Ore.; William Elwood Howell, of Wasco, Ore.; and James Foote Howell, of Los Angeles, Calif.  The deceased is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Barzee, of Portland, Ore.; one brother, Geo. P. Howell, of Underwood, Wn.; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
  • Mr. Howell was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows orders and of the Methodist church.
  • The funeral services were held in Wasco Tuesday.  Rev. R. C. Young, of White Salmon, preached the sermon.  Burial was in Sunset cemetery.
  • Funeral services for John Schassen, 62, Sherman county pioneer and retired rancher, who died in The Dalles Sunday, were held Tuesday in The Dalles, with graveside ritual by The Dalles Elks lodge.  Schassen took up a homestead claim in Sherman county in 1884, which he later developed into a thousand-acre wheat ranch.  He retired seven years ago.  Surviving are his widow, one son, John A., of Kent; and five daughters, Mrs. Emma Davis and Mrs. Anna Clark, of Kent; and Lillian, Minna and Hilda, of The Dalles.
  • Kathryn Elaine Bolton, 6 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bolton, of Klondike, died December 11 at the family home.  Burial was in The Dalles cemetery.

December 25, 1924

January 1, 1925

January 8, 1925

January 15, 1925

  • James P. McMillian Dies January 9; Is Buried Here 12th. Many Local People Friends of Former Sherman County Resident, Who Died in San Francisco, California.   James P. McMillian, of Portland, a former resident here, and well known in this community and surrounding sections, died in San Francisco January 9th.  The body was brought here for burial.  The funeral ceremonies were held Monday afternoon from the Methodist church, Rev. N. W. Phelps preached the funeral sermon.  Burial was in Sunset cemetery.
  • James P. McMillian was born in Dixon, Calif., on September 22, 1865, and died January 9, 1925, being 59 years, 3 months and 17 days.  He leaves to mourn his loss two children, one grandson, two sisters and five brothers, as follows:  Mrs. Iva McMillian Wilson, of San Francisco, Cal., O. J. McMillian, of Fresco, Cal.; J. Dwight Wilson, Jr., of San Francisco, Cal.; Mrs. Clara Robinson, E. R. McMillian and S.M. McMillin of Wasco, Ore.; Mrs. E. M. Hines, of Lookout, Cal.; J. F. McMillin, of Post, Ore.; L. S. McMillian and Eugene C. McMillian, of Portland, Ore.
  • The deceased came with his parents to Sherman county in 1888, and resided here most of the time since that date.

January 22, 1925

  • Grace L. Morse Dies Friday in San Diego.  Mrs. Grace L. Morse, of San Diego, Cal., mother of Dr. Willard N. Morse, of this city, died last Friday, at the age of 76 years.  She had been in failing health for several months.  The body was taken to Portland, where the funeral was held Wednesday.  Dr. Morse left Monday for Portland to attend the funeral.

January 29, 1925

  • C.A. Woods, of Vancouver, Wash., father of J.  M. Woods, of this city, died Monday, January 26th.  Mr. J.  M. Woods and son Kenneth, left here Tuesday to attend the funeral.

February 5, 1925

February 12, 1925

February 19, 1925

  • Samuel Bates died at his home in Grass Valley Friday evening, February 13, 1925.  He was ill but a short time.  He was aged 73 at the time of his death.  The body was taken to Vancouver, Wash., for burial.

February 26, 1925

March 5, 1925

March 12, 1925

March 19, 1925

March 26, 1925

April 2, 1925

  • S. N. Millard, who has been ill for some time and who was taken to The Dalles hospital Sunday, March 29th, died there Tuesday, March 31st.  The funeral was held Thursday afternoon in The Dalles.

April 9, 1925

April 16, 1925

  • Irene Tomlin Is Buried Monday.  Irene McMillin Tomlin was born at Portland, Oregon, on August 25, 1896.  She died at Portland, Oregon, April 11, 1925, at the age of 28 years, 7 months and 16 days.
  • Funeral services were held in Wasco on Monday, April 13th.  Church services at the Christian church under direction of Rev. B. L. Hicks.
  • The grave ceremony at Sunset cemetery was conducted by the Rebekah lodge.
  • At the age of three years Irene McMillian came with her parents to Sherman county, where she attended the public schools of Wasco.  On September 22, 1919, she was married to Edward Tomlin, of Moro, to which union were born two children, Helen Lorraine and Edward, Jr.  The daughter died in February, 1922.
  • Mourning the death of Irene McMillian Tomlin are her husband and son, her father, E. R. McMillian, one sister, Mrs. Gladys Fuller, and two brothers, Chester and many distant relatives and hosts of friends.  [The missing name of the second brother was a typo on the part of the newspaper.]

April 23, 1925

  • Elwood Lamborn Dies In Accident.  John Ellwood Lamborn died in Tillamook, Ore., on April 16th, the victim of an accident in a sawmill.  He was well known in this community, having spent his youth and attending school here.
  • The funeral services were held at the Methodist church here Sunday, April 19th, at 12 o’clock noon.  The funeral was held under the direction of Frank E. Brown post no. 91 of the American Legion, the military ritual being followed.  Rev. N. W. Phelps preached the sermon.  The church was crowded to its capacity.
  • John Ellwood Lamborn was born at Wasco, Oregon, on February 28, 1898.  He enlisted in the army in 1917, and served for 14 months overseas.  At the close of the war he returned to Wasco and finished his high school work.  He entered Oregon Agricultural college in 1920 and received his B. S. C. degree in commerce on June 9th, 1924.  He was a member of the Theta Nu Phi fraternity and of Beta Alpha Psi, honorary was a member of the Knights of Pythias.
  • The mother of John Ellwood Lamborn passed away November 18, 1910.  A twin brother and a sister have also passed on.  John Ellwood Lamborn died in Tillamook, Oregon, April 16, 1925, at the age of 27 years, 1 month and 16 days.  Those who mourn his death are his father, W.L. Lamborn, of The Dalles; two brothers, Frank Lamborn, of Tillamook, and Clarence Lamborn, of The Dalles; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Burch, of Seattle, Wash., and Ella Kammer, of Tacoma, Wash., and a host of relatives and friends.

April 30, 1925

  • Emma A. Watkins was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on September 13, 1855.  She was married June 20, 1872, to James W. Walker.  To this union were born: Mrs. May W. McMillin, of  Berekely, Cal.; Mrs. Belle W. Fulton, of Stevenson, Wash.; Mrs. Mary W. McMillin, of Portland, Ore.; and two sons who died in childhood.  James W. Walker died August, 22, 1883.  In 1884 Mrs. Walker and James G. Walker were married.  To this union were born three children:  William C. Walker, of Portland, Ore.; Lester W. Walker, of The Dalles, Ore.; and a child that died in infancy.  James G. Walker died on May 20, 1908.
  • In addition to the above surviving children, Mrs. Walker leaves to mourn her death a brother, A. F. Watkins, of Vancouver, Wash.; ten grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a number of distant relatives. Mrs. Walker was a member of the Rose City Park Methodist church, of Portland.

May 7, 1925

  • C.A. Buckley Dies Suddenly Monday.  C.A. Buckley, prominent Sherman county rancher and business man, died Monday night in Portland, after a very short illness.  Buckley was one of the pioneers of this territory, having come here in 1883.  The funeral will be held in Portland Friday at 2 pm.
  • Charles A. Buckley was born on September 29, 1858, in Sag Harbor, N.Y.  Until ten years of age he lived in Sag Harbor, N.Y.  Then, with his parents, he moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he received his education in the schools.  Following this he learned the sole cutting trade and worked at this for five years.  Abel C. Buckley, was a tanner, who died in Brooklyn in 1887.  His mother was Ann E. Penney, who died in Brooklyn, July 30, 1903. 
  • In 1883, a short time after he had come west with William J. Kerr and Edward Williams, Buckley, Kerr and Williams bought the Tilford Moore ranch, fifteen miles southwest of Grass Valley, Oregon.  In 1889 Buckley bought out the other two men, and managed the ranch himself.
  • Minnie F. Patterson and C.A. Buckley were married on November 24, 1888, at Portland, Oregon.  Two children were born of this union:  A. Conklin Buckley and William H. Buckley.  Mrs. Buckley and Conklin Buckley survive the deceased.
  • For the past few years Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Buckley have resided in Portland.  At the time he was taken ill, Buckley was visiting at the home of his son, Conklin, who manages the Buckley ranch near Grass Valley.  He was taken to Portland Monday by an ambulance, but medical aid could not save him.

May 14, 1925

  • Two Moro Women Called By Death.  Mrs. Elizabeth E. Helyer, widow of William J. Helyer, died at her home at Moro, Sunday night.  She was 71 years of age.
  • Mrs. Helyer was born May 2, 1854, in Lane county, Ore.  For the last nine years she has lived in Sherman county.  Mrs. Helyer is survived by the following:  A sister, Mrs. Jennie Smith, of Gresham, Ore.; four sons, William H. Helyer, of Moro, W. C. Helyer and W. G. Helyer, of Kent, and W.L. Helyer, of Antelope; a daughter, Mrs. Minnie Pape, of Corvallis, Ore.; 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
  • Church services were held in Moro Tuesday afternoon after which the body was sent to McMinnville where grave services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
  • Mrs. Rachel Morrison, of Moro, died at a hospital in The Dalles Sunday, at the age of 65 years.  Mrs. Morrison had been a resident of Sherman county for 41 years.
  • Mrs. Morrison was born March 20, 1860, in Green county, Iowa.  She was married to William Morrison, of Moro, who survives her.  Other relatives who survive the deceased are: One daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Huls, of Portland; a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Orchard, of Marshalton, Iowa; and three brothers, J. Dillinger, of Iowa, and John and Alf Dillinger, of The Dalles.
  • The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in The Dalles.

May 21, 1925

May 28, 1925

June 4, 1925

June 11, 1925

  • C. K. Cochran, of Camas, Wash., died Sunday of heart trouble, from which he has been a sufferer for a long time.  The funeral was held at Camas Wednesday.  The deceased is survived by his wife and four sons, Loy, Loran, Clarence and Norval; a brother, James Cochran, of Moro; a sister in Portland; and many distant relatives in this community.
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Foss and family, and Mrs. McCallum, mother of Mrs. Foss, were called to Spokane, Wash., upon receipt of the news of the death of A. D. McDonald, uncle of Mrs. Foss and brother-in-law of Mrs. McCallum.  They left Saturday to attend the funeral which was held in Spokane Sunday.  Mr. Foss, accompanied by Misses Marguerite and Gwendolyn Foss, returned Monday.  Mrs. Foss and Mrs. McCallum remained in Spokane for a short visit.

June 18, 1925   

  • George Wall Meets Death At 78 Years.  George Wall, of Hot Lake, Ore., died at his home Monday, at the age of 78 years.  The body was sent to The Dalles Wednesday morning, where under the Crandall Undertaking company took charge.   The funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m., at the Bigelow school house, ten miles east of here.  Burial was in the Emigrant Springs cemetery.
  • Surviving the deceased are a son, Homer S. Wall, of Wasco, Ore.; and six daughters, Mrs. Malcolm Stephens, of Nooksack, Wash.; Mrs. A. Beery, of La Grande, Ore.; Mrs. A. Hartley and Mrs. R. Baler, of Cove, Ore.; and Mrs. R. Price and Mrs. E. Price, of Pilot Rock, Ore.
  • Eliza E. Hendricks [Hendrick] Dies Here June 12.  Eliza E. Smith was born in Platt county, Missouri, on October 16, 1847, and died at her country home near here Friday, June 12, 1925.  She crossed the plains with her parents in 1853, coming by ox team to Polk county, Ore.  She was married to John Hendrick on December 5, 1864.  To this union were born seven children.  Mr. Hendrick passed away May 3, 1916.  Mrs. Hendrick is survived by thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Mrs. Hendrick united with the Christian church when a young girl, and lived a Christian life.
  • The funeral services were conducted Sunday at the country home.  Burial was at the Emigrant Springs cemetery.
  • J. W. Hull Is Taken Suddenly By Death.  J. W. Hull, prominent local citizen, died suddenly Saturday night.  He was aged 62 years, 24 days.
  • J. W. Hull was born in Pike county, Illinois, May 20, 1863. He came to Oregon in the fall of 1903, where he has resided.  He leaves four sons and one daughter to mourn his loss:  Dwight Hull, of Astoria, Ore.; Bruce Hull, of The Dalles, Ore.; Wade Hull and Wayne Hull, of Wasco, Ore.; and Mrs. F. M. Crews, of Springdale, Wash.  There also survive him four brothers and four sisters: Charles Hull, of Chico, Cal.; Albert Hull, of Vancouver, Wash.; Frank and Dell Hull, of Wasco, Ore.; Mrs. Josie Underhill, Mrs. F. L. Morrow, Mrs. Andrew Shearer and Miss Jessie Hull, all of Wasco, Oregon.

June 25, 1925

July 2, 1925

July 9, 1925

  • Eldon, 2 1/2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Thompson, died Sunday afternoon.  The boy was taken suddenly ill while at Camp Sherman Friday, and was rushed to The Dalles hospital, where he was operated on for an obstruction of the bowels.  He was reported to be improving at first, but his frail body was unable to stand the shock.  The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church Tuesday at 10 o’clock am.  Rev. R. A. Feenstra officiated.  Interment was in the Monkland cemetery.  [Rose Hill Cemetery]

July 16, 1925

  • William Tate Is Taken By Death.  William Tate, retired farmer and pioneer in this section, died at the home of his son, W. E. Tate, here last Friday, July 17th.  He had been ill a short time.  The funeral services were conducted at the residence at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  Rev. B. L. Hicks had charge of the service.  Interment was in the Masonic cemetery.
  • William Tate was born in Ireland, April 4th, 1828, being over 97 years old at the time of his death.  He came to America in 1846, and in 1851 pushed on to California.  In 1872 he came to Oregon, and to eastern Oregon in 1886.  He was married in Chicago, Ill., to Elizabeth Steele in 1858.  To this union were born W.L. Tate, of Los Angles, Cal.; W.E. Tate, of Wasco, Ore.; A.W. Tate, of LaCenter, Wn.; R.H. Tate, of Chicago, Ill.; F.B. Tate, of Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. M. Schreiner, of Portland, Ore.  Besides his children, the deceased is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Reid, of Wasco, Ore., and Mrs. Mary Hosselkus, of Genesee, Cal.  Mrs. William Tate passed on prior to Mr. Tate’s death.

July 30, 1925 Missing

August 6, 1925

  • Dies of Pneumonia.   Franklin Wesley Gibson, aged 54 days, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Gibson, of Portland, died here Sunday of lobar pneumonia.  The boy had been staying with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Bayliss.  [son of Stanley and Edythe Gibson]
  • Mr. and Mrs. E. Siscel made a trip to Portland Sunday on account of the death of Mr. Siscel’s sister-in-law, Mrs. William Siscel.

August 13, 1925

  • Shumacher Dies From Accident.   Having sustained a broken neck in a harvester accident Monday morning, Frank J. Schumacher, well known in Sherman county as “Smokey” Schumacher, died Monday evening at 6:45 o’clock.  Schumacher had been a resident of this county for a long time, having proved up on a homestead on the John Day river about a year ago.
  • The accident causing Schumacher’s death happened at about 11 o’clock a.m. on the Bryant and Hansen farm 16 miles east of Moro.  While Schumaker was oiling a bearing on the jack shaft his shirt sleeve caught on a set screw on a sprocket and he was thrown violently against the machine, breaking his neck.  Dr. Willard N. Morse, of The Dalles, and Dr. J. A. Wonderlick, of Wasco, were called at once and rendered what aid they could in relieve the injured man’s suffering.  Schumacher remained conscious several hours after being hurt.
  • Frank J. Schumacher was about 45 years of age.  He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ida Schmidz, of Kent, Minn.; a brother, Fred Schumacher, in Canada; and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Burghett, of Cordova, Alaska.  A reply to a telegram to Mrs. Schmidz requested that the body be shipped to Kent, Minn., for burial.  Zell’s Funeral Home, of The Dalles, took charge of the body and prepared it for shipment east.
  • A verdict of accidental death was returned by the jury empanneled at the coroner’s inquest Tuesday, stated Dr. C. L. Poley, county coroner.  Members of the jury were Nels Hansen, Hans Thompson, __ Workman, W. J. Brownlee, John Constant and Clifford Constant.
  • Barbara May, three year old daughter of Robert Kaseberg, of Portland, died at the Good Samaritan hospital August 5th from spontaneous hemorrhage of the tonsils and will be buried Wednesday.  Mr. Kaseberg is a brother of Mrs. W. F. Jackson and was formerly a resident of Moro.

August 20, 1925

  • Mrs. Neufeld Dies While Visiting In Bend, Ore.
  • Arlington, Ore., Aug. 14 — (Special)  The entire community was shocked at the word received here Thursday morning of the sudden death of Mrs. A. J. Neufeld at Bend from an attack of pneumonia.  The Neufelds were expected home this week from a vacation trip to Crater Lake and other mountain resorts.
  • The message received here stated that Mrs. Neufeld had been ill for several days at the home of Rev. James, the Methodist minister at Bend, and was taken to a hospital there Wednesday night at 11 o’clock, where she passed away at 4 o’clock Thursday morning.
  • Rev. Neufeld and children returned to Arlington Thursday afternoon.  Funeral services will be held from the Methodist church at 2:30 Sunday afternoon.  District Superintendent A. S. Hisey and Rev. Frank James, of Bend, will conduct the services.
  • Ronald, the four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ellsworth passed away Tuesday night after an illness of six weeks.  He had been taken to Portland for an examination some time ago and their diagnosis was in accord with the local physicians.  The funeral will be held at the Methodist church Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

August 27, 1925

  • The funeral services for Mrs. O. P. King, who died at Ventura, Cal., on the 18th, were conducted at Grass Valley Sunday by Rev. H. G. Hansen.  Mrs. King is survived by her husband O. P. King; three children, Glen P. King, of Moro; Mrs. Gladys Burke, of Ventura, Cal.; and Miss Mabel King, of Ventura, Cal.  The Rebekah lodge of Grass Valley had charge of the funeral.  [Addie]
  • Moro News — The funeral of Ronald Ellsworth, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ellsworth, who died Tuesday, was held Thursday at 3 pm at the Methodist church, Rev. and Mrs. R. A. Feenstra officiating.  Burial was in the Odd Fellows cemetery.  The pallbearers were the Misses Ruth and Helen Bryant, Georgia McKean and Mary Smith.  Mr. and Mrs. Mac Ellsworth and family and Joe Probost, of St. Helens, Ore., and Mr. and Mrs. Bryon Barnum, of Portland, were those outside of Moro who attended the funeral.

September 3, 1925

  • Frank Bafford Dies In Vernonia Aug. 23.  Frank Bafford, age 59 years, was born in Scott county, Iowa, in the year 1866.  He moved with his parents when a child to central Illinois.  Later he moved to Nebraska and afterwards went to Kansas.  From Kansas he moved to Oregon in 1908, residing in Sherman county where he joined the Odd Fellows lodge and remained until a year ago, when he came to Vernonia, making his home at his sister’s, Mrs. Hatten.  Having taken sick about six months ago, he has been declining in health until his death on August 23rd.  He leaves to mourn his loss his mother, seven brothers and five sisters.
  • Funeral services were held at the evangelical church Tuesday, August 25th, at 2 pm, under auspices of the I.O.O.F. lodge, of which the deceased was a member for many years.
  • The funeral service was conducted by C. R. Mathis, of the Christian church, who but recently baptized the deceased into the Christian faith, assisted by Rev. Rademacher of the Evangelical church.  A mixed quartette sang, — Vernonia Eagle.

September 10, 1925

  • Merrill Funeral Held in This City Tuesday.   Edward Merrill, well known in this section, died at Portland, Ore., Saturday, September 5th, at the age of 61 years.  The body was brought to Wasco, and funeral services held here Tuesday.  Interment was in the Moro Odd Fellows cemetery, under the auspices of the local Odd Fellows.
  • Edward Merrill was born in Iowa, January 25, 1864.  He spent the early part of his life in Iowa, moving to Sherman county 34 years ago, and having lived here almost continually until the time of his death.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Woodmen lodges and of the Methodist church.  He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ella Wright and Mrs. E. Peoples, both of Portland, Ore.; and one brother, J. T. Merrill, of Seattle, Wash.
  • Rev. N. W. Phelps preached the funeral sermon here.  Mrs. J. T. Johnson played and Wayne Hull and Mrs. M.G. Tuel sang.

September 17, 1925

September 24, 1925

October 1, 1925

  • The funeral of Mrs. Peter Boyer, of Kent, was held Friday at the Methodist church at Grass Valley.  Rev. R. A. Feenstra, of the Methodist church of Moro, officiated.  The Crandall Undertaking company, of The Dalles, was in charge of the funeral.  Interment was in the Grass Valley cemetery.
  • Guy Casen received word Tuesday of the death of his mother at Ione, Ore., Monday night.  She was 55 years of age.

October 8, 1925

  • Mother of Guy Cason Dies At Ione City Last Week.   Ione, Ore., Sept. 29 — (Special) — Mrs. Sarah Hale Cason died here yesterday at about five o’clock a.m., while alseep, from heart failure.  Mrs. Cason was said to have been in poor health, but the day prior to her death seemed to be stronger than usual.
  • The funeral services Wednesday afternoon were conducted from the Congregational church.  At the grave the Eastern Star lodge had charge.
  • Mrs. Cason was born near Brownsville, Ore., February 6, 1865, and was married to Walter Cason on November 26, 1890.  Surviving her are her husband, Walter Cason; one son, Guy Cason, of Wasco, Ore.; and three daughters.

October 15, 1925

October 22, 1925

  • Floyd Riach Is Killed In Mishap.   Floyd Riach, formerly a resident here, was killed in an automobile accident Friday afternoon, a short distance north of Klamath Falls, Ore., when he was enroute to this city.  Riach’s car turned over on him, rendering injuries from which he did not recover.  He was taken to a hospital in Klamath Falls, where he succumbed a short time after the accident.
  • Mrs. Floyd Riach and three children had remained in Wasco when Mr. Riach left here a few weeks ago.  It was reported that Mr. Riach and Charles  Grim, former local baker, had gone together to manage a bakery at Klamath Falls, and that Mr. Riach was coming to Wasco to obtain his family when the accident occurred.
  • The body was to have been shipped to Great Falls, Montana, for burial.  Mrs. Riach was to meet the body at The Dalles yesterday, and to attend the funeral at Great Falls.  Mr. Riach was a member of the Masonic order.

October 29, 1925

November 5, 1925

  • Mrs. Margaret Noonan.  From Columbus Daily Telegram, Columbus, Nebraska.   Monroe, Aug. 14, (Special)   – The funeral of Mrs. Margaret Noonan was held in St. Joseph’s church in Platte Center, Thursday morning.  Solemn requiem mass was celebrated by  Rev. Father Borer of St. Rosalina church of Genoa, assisted by Rev. Father Lavorius, of St. Joseph’s church, as deacon and Rev. Father Ignatius, of St. Bonaventure’s church of Columbus, as sub-deacon, Chas. Kerr, Wm. Nansel, J. T. Gleason, Dean McCleod, Nels Pearson and Chris Christenson acted as pall bearers.  Burial was made by the side of her husband, Thomas Noonan, in St. Patrick’s cemetery.  Relatives from out of town present at the funeral were Mrs. Noonan’s son-in-law and daughter, Tessie, of Omaha.
  • Though a home loving woman, had not been away from it for years save to her church, Mrs. Noonan was perhaps the most widely traveled and one of the most versatile members of the community, who despite her age kept fully abreast of the times through the medium of the printed page.  Her ready wit and humor made her a delightful companion.
  • Benjamin Pearson, of Genoa, paid her this tribute the night of her death: “She was a real mother to me, when as a little boy I herded cattle near her home for three years away from my own family.  Never a day passed that she did not show me some material kindness dear to a little boy’s heart.  The community has lost a member whose worth was too little known.”
  • Margaret Cannon was born in Londonderry City, Ireland, April 20, 1848.  Left an orphan at an early age, she came to America with her aunt with whom she made her home in 1859, landing in Castle Garden, N.Y.  The family home was established at Providence, N.Y., but Miss Cannon spent several years completing her education in a convent school conducted by the Pr__ntation sisters.  A year was spent working in the print mills in New Bedford, Mass., during her girlhood.  Having seen Queen Victoria of England before coming to America, Miss Cannon was also destined to see as famous a personage in American history for a visit to Washington resulted in her presence in Ford’s theatre on the memorable night when Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln.
  • After her return from New Bedford she met Thomas Noonan to who she was married in St. Patrick’s cathedral August 6, 1869.  They took passage at once for Buenos Aires, South America, on a sailing vessel spending 75 days on the voyage.  Referring to this trip often in her later years, Mrs. Noonan said, “No bride ever had such a delightful wedding trip.”  Mr. Noonan conducted a sheep and cattle ranch, though principally the former on the plains for 12 years.  During their stay there, Mrs. Noonan learned to read and speak the Spanish language.
  • Six children were born to them in the southern republic and the desire to bring them back to an English speaking world caused the debate as to whether they should return to Ireland or the States.  A chance copy of an Omaha newspaper which gave an account of a settlement project of their people by Bishop O’Connor, of Omaha, in Greeley county, Nebraska, cast the straw in this direction.  With their family, Mr. and Mrs. Noonan again took passage this time for New York and on a steamer, taking twenty-two days for the voyage, a week of which was spent in port at Rio de Janeiro, and landed in America on St. Patrick’s day in 1881.
  • They came directly to Omaha after communication with the bishop and expected to meet his secretary.  Bishop O’Connor himself came to meet then and to tell them that his plans were not quite ripe for placing them in Greeley county.  Just as he was debating what to do, he saw James North of Columbus in the depot and asked him if he could locate the family.  Mr. North had several desirable places to offer and the deal was made for the farm which is located two and a half miles north of what is now Monroe and three and a half miles west.
  • On April 21, 1881, Mr. and Mrs. Noonan took possession of the property and moved into the little sod house with their family.  This was replaced for many years with a comfortable frame dwelling.
  • Mrs. Noonan with willing hands there began the task of making the home a real haven.  Here the remaining three of their nine children were born.  Life as viewed by the outside world from then until her death might seem uneventful.  This is always the lot of the homemaker but such was not the case for the days were filled with labor and delight as her children grew up about her to useful manhood and womanhood.  On February 24, 1903, her life companion was called in death.  After Mr. Noonan’s departure she remained at home with the younger members of the family.
  • Though acquiring a ripe old age Mrs. Noonan retained her vigor until her last illness, which came suddenly Thursday morning before her death and for the first time in her life a physician was called in to attend her.  Even then her trouble seemed yielding to treatment and her death came as a surprise when she went to sleep quietly Monday afternoon, Aug. 10, passing away without awakening about 6 p.m.
  • Five of her children, Mrs. Ernest Van Allen, Mrs. Daniel Melcher, Daniel, James, and Miss Tessie were with her when the end came.  The others living at a distance did not know of her illness until her death and were unable to attend the funeral.  They are: Joseph Noonan, address unknown; John Noonan, Moro, Oregon; Mrs. P. G. Terzes, Los Angles, Calif.; and Thomas Noonan, Detroit, Mich.  Mrs. Terzes had just returned to her home from an extended visit here with her mother within the past month.

November 12, 1925

  • G. G. Thorpe received word Friday, that his uncle, G.A. Thorpe had died at Salem, Oregon.  Mr. Thorpe left Saturday for Eugene, Ore., to attend the funeral.

November 19, 1925

November 26, 1925

December 3, 1925

December 10, 1925

  • Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Royse left Tuesday for Portland, Ore., to attend the funeral of a sister of Mrs. Royse.

December 17, 1925

  • Mrs. Mary L. Benefiel, aged 81 years, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. R. Laurence, 1531 Melrose, Walla Walla, Wash., at an early hour Monday morning.  She had been confined to her bed for the past four months.
  • Mrs. Benefiel is survived by five sons and one daughter.  They are: Charles W., of Irrigon, Ore.; Ernest, of Walla Walla; J. W., of Wasco, Ore.; John R., of Spaulding, Idaho, and Mrs. Laurence, of Walla Walla, 21 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Clarno, of Prineville, Ore., and Mrs. Paulene Oaks, of Portland, Ore.
  • Mrs. Benefiel crossed the plains with her parents by ox team in 1848.  The family settled in the Willamette Valley.  Mr. Benefiel died in 1920 at Wasco.  Mrs. Benefiel has lived in Walla Walla for the past five years.
  • Short services were held at the Cookerly and Funk Chapel  Monday at three o’clock.  Rev. Davis, of the Baptist  church officiated.
  • The funeral was held at Wasco Tuesday afternoon.  Services were held at the grave.

December 24, 1925

December 31, 1925

January 7, 1926  

  • J. F. Belshee Goes At Death’s Call.  Moro, Ore., Jan. 6 — (Special) — J. Frank Belshee, prominent and well known in Sherman county as one of its early pioneers, passed to his reward on the first day of the New Year at his home here.  Mr. Belshee will be remembered as one who always sought to promote the moral and spiritual interests of the community in which he lived.  He was nearly 70 years old at the time of his death.
  • The funeral was held Sunday, January 3d, from the Methodist church here.  Rev. R. A. Feenstra preached the sermon.  There was an unusually large attendance.  The six sons of Mr. Belshee acted as pall bearers.  Burial was in the Moro cemetery.
  • J. F. Belshee was born at Warsaw, Hancock county, Ill., on April 16, 1856.  He was married to Emma Bledsoe, October 26, 1875.  Twelve children were born to this union, three of whom died in infancy.  The nine living are: Robert, Homer, Charley, Howard, Estella and Edith, of Moro; Roy, of Wasco; Frank, of Portland, Ore.; and Cassie, of Salem, Ore.; all of whom are married.  In addition to these, twenty-eight grandchildren and a large circle of friends mourn the loss of Mr. Belshee.
  • Mr. Belshee came to Yamhill county, Oregon, with his family in 1879, and moved in 1883 to Sherman county.  He homesteaded near Monkland and contributed greatly to the up building of that community.  He was an official member of the Methodist church, whose interests he always espoused and whose fellowship was precious.
  • Elmer Eakin Is Killed By Team.  Grass Valley, Ore., Jan. 6. — (Special) — Death was dealt nearly instantly to Elmer Eakin, 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dell Eakin, yesterday morning when the lad attempted to check a runaway team of horses having no bits in their months.  The four horses, breaking free threw Eakin to the frozen ground and two wheels of a heavy wagon passed over his body.
  • The accident happened at the E. M. Alley farm about seven miles east of Grass Valley at nine o’clock in the morning.  The unfortunate boy and his father had driven from their farm to the Alley farm and were awaiting there the arrival of a number of other persons who were to accompany them to Grass Valley.  Elmer was bound for school, being a freshman in Grass Valley high school.
  • The bits of the bridles had been taken from the mouths of the horses and the team was being watered at a trough at the Alley farm.  Young Eakin, seeing them break and run, attempted to head off the team.  But the horses, beyond control ran around a pump house, threw Young Eakin violently to the frozen ground, and dragged the wagon over him.  It was stated that it was considered by physicians that death was caused by a broken neck sustained in the fall to the ground and not by the wagon striking the youth.
  • The school mates of Elmer Eakin have always held him in high esteem, and he had many friends in the Grass Valley community.  He is survived by his parents and three sisters, Gertrude, Leda and Emmajean.
  • The funeral was held this morning at ten o’clock a.m., from the Methodist church at Grass Valley.  The body was to be interred in the Grass Valley I.O.O.F. cemetery.
  • Kessinger Child Dies at Home Yesterday.  Moro, Ore. Jan 7. — (Special) — Vera Virginia Kessinger, seven months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Kessinger, died yesterday morning from an attack of meningitis, at the Kessinger home east of here.
  • The child was taken ill Monday, and was placed under the care of Dr. J. A. Wonderlick, of Wasco.  She was then suffering from a paralysis, of the right arm and a fever, making it appear a case of infantile paralysis.  Tuesday, when seen at a consultation of Dr. Wonderlick and Dr. Willard N. Morse, of The Dalles, Ore., the child had recovered from the paralysis, but the condition of meningitis became more marked.   The local physician stated that the meningitis was probably not the epidemic type now prevalent in parts of Oregon, but every precaution is being taken.

January 14, 1926

  • Moro News  –  The funeral of little Vera Virginia Kessinger was held Thursday of last week, interment being in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.  Rev. R. A Feenstra was in charge of the services.
  • Rev. H. G. Hanson received a telegram Monday, informing him of the death of the only son, aged four years, of his widowed sister, Mrs. Hannah Tollefson, of Wilmar, Minn. [Place of burial – unmarked grave 1965 – Grass Valley Cemetery]

January 21, 1926

  • Frances E. Moquet.  Frances E. Britton was born April 2, 1960 at Bunker Hill, Ill.  She was married three times, and ten children survive her.  The last of the children born to the first union, died March 10, 1910 at six years of age.  The children living to mourn the loss of a good mother are: Luther, Roy, Roxy, Coila, Mary, Arno, Clyde, Eunice, Lillian land Hazel.  There are twenty-three living grandchildren.
  • Miss Britton at the age of fifteen joined the Seventh Day Adventist church and was a faithful church worker wherever she lived.  She manifested great faith in God and died happy in the hope of eternal life.
  • Mrs. Frances E. Moquet died at Union Gap, near Yakima, Wash., on January 14, at 7 a.m.  Funeral services were held from the Methodist church, Moro, Ore.  A. M.. Wright was in charge and Reb. H. A. Feenstra conducted the services.
  • Moro News – Clyde and Roy Kessinger left Wednesday the 12th, for Union Gap, Wash., in response to a telephone call informing them that their mother, Mrs. Francis E. Moquet, was seriously ill.  Their sisters, Mrs. Wesley Fuller and Mrs. Robert Belshee left Tuesday with their brother, E. M. Kessinger, who came down after them.
  • Mrs. Wiley A. McDonald received a telephone message Friday evening informing her of the death of her father at his home in Newberg, Ore.  Death came unexpectedly as word was received by Mrs. McDonald the day before that her father was improving.
  • Mrs. A. Rose, who was called to Los Angeles, Calif., by the serious illness of her father, returned home last Thursday.  Her father passed away soon after her arrival.  Mrs. Rose visited her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Harper, at Chico, Calif. on her way home.

January 28, 1926

  • Rufus News — Mrs. Wallace Jones received word Monday that the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bozarth, of Portland, Ore., died January 5 of diphtheria.

February 4, 1926

February 11, 1926

  • Man Dead Below Brink Of Cliff.  The body of a man identified by papers on his person as Duncan McLennon of Spokane, was found at the foot of a cliff, a mile above Rufus, Sunday.  The skull was crushed, indicating that the man either jumped or fell over the cliff, according to C. M. Zell, local undertaker, who brought the body to The Dalles.
  • On McLennon’s person was a marriage certificate dated August 26, 1924. Executed by himself and Josephine Wright, in Malheur county. A water receipt addressed 1627 First avenue, Spokane, was also found on the body.
  • McLennon had dark brown hair, was about 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds.  The body had lain at the foot of the cliff from three days to a week, it was estimated by Coroner Poley of Sherman county, who made an investigation.  The body is being held pending further investigation. — The Dalles Chronicle.
  • Oscar Francis Watkins, age seven years, eleven months and eighteen days, passed away at the home of his parents, two and one-half miles east of Wasco, February 7, 1926.
  • He leaves to mourn his loss, a mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Watkins; four brothers, Vinton, Leo, Arthur and Chester, and a grandfather, A.R. Watkins, of Vancouver, Wash., besides a host of other relatives, friends and school mates.

February 18, 1926

February 25, 1926

  • Mrs. Jane C. Martin was born is Green township, Erie county, Penn., on March 21, 1835, and passed away at The Dalles, Ore., on February 20, 1926, lacking but one month of having lived ninety one years.  In 1851 she married John R. Martin at Waterford, Erie county, Penn., and to this union there were born ten children.  Seven of these survive: Dwight R. Martin, of California; Julius Martin, of Idaho; Elwin E. Martin, Harvey U. Martin, and Mrs. Etta E. Benson, of The Dalles, Ore.; and Wilbert J. and LeRoy H. Martin, of Moro, Ore.  Mrs. Martin’s husband passed away in 1913 at Moro, Ore.  Besides the seven children, there survive 28 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.
  • As a young couple with two children, Mr. and Mrs. Martin started west with the sturdy pioneers of the fifties, crossing the plains by wagon and locating in southern California, where the remaining children were born, with one exception. Verdinal was born on the plains.  About fifty years ago they came to Oregon, living first in Umatilla, and in about 1880 they came to Moro, Ore., and located on the place where Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cunningham and family now reside.  For the last few years Mrs. Martin has lived with her children, in The Dalles, Oregon.
  • Mrs. Martin is remembered for her thrift and neighborliness, her ability to find time amidst a very busy home life to have a kindly thought and friendly ministry for anyone who was sick or in need.  She was baptized in 1853, shortly before leaving the east.  While not uniting with any church, some of her spiritual faith and aspirations can be gained from this public stand just before leaving for the unknown west.  That she looked into the future and contemplated the unseen is shown in the hymn which was here favorite, and which at her desire was sung at her funeral: “I Go to Prepare a Place for You.”
  • The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church at Moro on Monday, February 22nd, at two o’clock p.m., Rev. H. G. Hanson officiating.  A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hutchcroft, Mrs. Wilford Belshe and R. C. Byers sang two hymns, and Mrs. Roy Kunsman sang the favorite hymn.  The pallbearers were W.H. Ragsdale, W.S. Powell, William Henrichs, George Meloy, Henry Ruggles and R.J. Ginn.

March 4, 1926

  • Jean Dutton Is Mourned Here.  Jean Dutton, well known in this community, died Sunday morning in The Dalles.  The funeral was held Tuesday from the Methodist church, Rev. L. E. Tabor officiating.  Burial was in the Wasco cemetery.
  • Jean Dutton was born April 2, 1902, at Wasco, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Dutton, who have been local residents more than twenty-five years.  The deceased attended Wasco schools and Oregon Agricultural college before farming near Klondike.  He was married, and one son was born.  Both his wife and son survive him, as do his parents, one brother, Vernon, and numerous other relatives.  A host of friends extend sympathy to the bereaved family.
  • Klondike News – This community is saddened by the untimely death of Jean Dutton, who has been a resident here since he was a small boy.  Deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved relatives.

March 11, 1926   

  • Mrs. Sarah McClellan[d] died in Moro on Tuesday, March 9th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. C. McKean.  Services were held from the Presbyterian church at two o’clock p.m. Thursday, burial being in the Wasco cemetery. [Sarah McClelland]

March 18, 1926

  • “Bert” Eaton Is Called In Death.  Job Burden Eaton, well known in this and neighboring communities, was stricken dead while at work in the Wasco Warehouse Milling company warehouse here at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.  It was said that Mr. Eaton was stacking grain, and fell to the floor when no one happened to be near.  He was found in a few minutes by other workmen, who summoned a physician.  Dr. J. B. Wonderlick stated that the man was dead upon his examination a few minutes later.
  • Job Burden Eaton, who was known as Bert Eaton, was born in Yamhill county, Ore., September 21, 1860, being at the time of his death 66 years of age.  He was the son of Jesse and Mary Burden Eaton.  His parents brought him to The Dalles in 1862, then to Spanish Hollow, near Wasco.
  • With the exception of a few years spent in Grant county, the deceased had been a continuous resident of Wasco and Sherman counties.  He leaves a divorced wife and five children: George W. Eaton, C. L. Eaton, Mrs. Dora Wilson and Miss Hilda Eaton, all of Portland, Ore., and Harry Eaton, of Los Angeles, Cal.
  • Five brothers and sisters also survive: Mrs. Mary Jane Willerton and George A. Eaton, of The Dalles; Mrs. Martha Barzee, of Portland; Mrs. Laura Mitchell, of Everett, Wash.; and Jesse Eaton, of Early post office, Sherman county.  Nephews and nieces are Mrs. Grace Sexton, Mrs. Bertha Fish, Mrs. Iva Christen, Chester, Gertrude, Mary, John and Paul Eaton, all of The Dalles; Ernest Willerton, of Vancouver, Wash.; and Mrs. Crystal McClain, of Portland.
  • The body of the deceased was taken to The Dalles, but complete arrangements for the funeral were delayed until the arrival of relatives.

March 25, 1926

  • Father of Local People Dies — S. F. Scott, aged 78 years, died at Lafayette, Ore., Wednesday morning.  He was the father of five children:  R. O. Scott, of Wasco; F. M. Scott, of Klondike; Mrs. F. E. Fortner, of Moro; Mrs. W. C. North, of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. A. F. Cattle of Lafayette, Ore.  It was at Mrs. Cattle’s home that Mr. Scott died.  There also survive two sisters:  Mrs. Fred Wagner and Miss Laura Scott, of Portland, Ore.; and 13 grandchildren.  Mr. Scott came to Sherman county in 1914, farming near Klondike for some time.
  • Mrs. S. L. Stark, wife of S. L. Stark of Grass Valley, was buried Saturday, March 20th, from the Grass Valley Methodist church.  Mrs. Stark was the mother of a large family, and her death seems quite tragic.  Mr. and Mrs. Stark came with their family from Missouri in 1913, and have lived at Grass Valley since that time.  W. L. Dillinger retired Methodist minister from Moro, preached the funeral sermon.  Many attended the services.  [Julia C.]
  • Eaton Funeral in Dalles —  The funeral of Job Burden Eaton, held Friday in The Dalles, form the Crandall chapel, was attended by many Sherman county people.  The following local men were pallbearers at the funeral: Cotton Morrow, F. L. Morrow, A. B. Potter, Dan McDermid, John McDermid and Grant Garland.  Following services the body was interred in the Odd Fellows cemetery.  The following local people were among those who attended the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Everett, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Garland, Mrs. Henry Richelderfer,  Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Richelderfer, J. P. Yates, W. E. Tate, A. Cameron, L. J. Lucas, F. E. Fortner, R. R. Fortner, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. McPherson, Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Dutton, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harper, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Belshee, Mr. and Mrs. Dan McDermid, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Morrow, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Sargent, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sink, George Potter, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Porter, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Macnab, Mrs. Jeff Wilson and Ben Andrews.

April 1, 1926

April 8, 1926

  • Pioneers Called From Community.  Henry Richelderfer, aged eighty years, died last Thursday morning in a hospital at Centralia, Wash.  He was a Wasco pioneer, having settled here in 1878.
  • Funeral services were held from the Methodist church here Sunday at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, burial being in Sunset cemetery.
  • Mr. Richelderfer, born in Pennsylvania in 1846, came to Oregon in 1878, engaging in farming three miles from Wasco.  His first land was a homestead.  He helped build the railroad bridges between Celilo and Umatilla, during the construction of the O. W. R. & N. company’s lines.
  • Surviving the deceased are the following:  His wife; two daughters, Mrs. H. D. Dutton, of Wasco, and Mrs. R. Fordyce, of Husum, Wash., and three sons, Asa D., Harry and Earl H., all of Wasco.
  • Charles Wilson Thompson, pioneer of Sherman county, died at the age of 94 years, at the home of his son, Andrew Thompson, at Moro last Friday morning.  Mr. Thompson was an early Moro settler, having located in the Monkland section in 1883, being the first postmaster at that old station.
  • The funeral services, held from the Presbyterian church, were on Saturday afternoon.  Burial was in the Moro cemetery.
  • Mr. Thompson was born at Rock Island, Ill., July 30, 1832.  He moved to Iowa when young, being married at Princeton, Iowa, to Delilah Baxter on December 6, 1857.  To this union were born eleven children, one of whom died in infancy.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Thompson moved in 1883 to Sherman county, Oregon, settling at Monkland.  As well as holding the postmaster’s position, Mr. Thompson ran a store.
  • After the death of Mrs. Thompson in 1893, Mr. Thompson moved to Riverside, Cal., where he was later married to Mrs. Bell Jones.
  • About two weeks ago Mr. Thompson arrived in Moro from California, with his son, Andrew, intending to remain in Moro indefinitely.
  • Surviving the deceased are his second wife and ten children, as follows:  Mrs. Myra Bullard, Mrs. Emma Elliott, Andrew C. Thompson, Edward W. Thompson, all of Moro; Mrs. Harriet Nish, of The Dalles; Mrs. Mary A. Leslie, of Los Angeles, Cal.;  J.  O. and J. Ezra Thompson, of Corvalllis, Ore.; B. R. Thompson, of Los Angeles, Cal.; and I. O. Thompson, of Metolius.
  • Here at Funeral – Mr. and Mrs. Al Busch, of Hillsboro, Ore., attended the funeral of Mrs. Busch’s grandfather, C. W. Thompson, here Saturday.

April 22, 1926

  • Mrs. Catherina D. Peetz died on Friday evening, April 16th, after a short illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. L. Kirtley, near Wasco.
  • Catherina D. Schacht was born April 9, 1844, in Schlesurg Holstein, Germany.  In 1866 she was married to Carl Peetz.  They came to the United States and settled inn Minnesota, where they lived until 1873.  In that year they came west and lived in the Puget Sound country until 1886, when they came to Oregon and settled in Wasco county, which was later Sherman.  Catherina Peetz resided here since that time.  Her husband died in 1918.
  • There were born to Mr. and Mrs. Peetz nine children, of whom six are living.  Two died in childhood, while Otto Peetz died in 1924.  The surviving children are: L. L. Peetz, of Moro; Mrs. E.G. Mersinger, of Wapato, Wash.; H. F. Peetz, of Moro; Ben F. Peetz, of Bend, Ore.; Mrs. O. A. Kirtley, of Wasco; and Mrs. R. W. Montgomery, of King Hill, Idaho.  There are 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren surviving.
  • Mrs. Peetz was brought up in the Lutheran faith and united with that church by confirmation at the age of 15.  Some years ago she united with the Presbyterian church of Moro, of which she remained a member to the time of her death.
  • The funeral services were held Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m. from the Methodist church at Moro, Ore.  Rev. Henry G. Hanson officiated, assisted by Rev. R. A. Feenstra.  A quartet of the Presbyterian church furnished the music, which consisted of three numbers.  There were many floral offerings, which give tribute to the esteem in which Mrs. Peetz was held by those who knew here.

April 29, 1926

May 6, 1926

May 13, 1926

  • Floyd Howell Dies Of Injuries From Accident.  Floyd L. Howell, of Portland, formerly of Wasco, died Tuesday morning in The Dalles as the result of having both legs nearly cut off by a freight train which it was said he attempted to board.
  • The accident, which happened at about six o’clock Saturday, was not then considered fatal.  Having been taken to a hospital, both of Howell’s lower limbs were amputated, one below and the other above the knee.  The injured man rallied for a time, but finally succumbed to the shock of his injury.
  • Howell’s father, G. P. Howell, of Walla Walla, and his wife, Cornelia? of Portland, were in The Dalles at the bedside when death came.
  • The funeral is to be held here this afternoon, Rev. B. L. Hicks preaching the sermon; interment will be in the local cemetery.  Surviving are Howell’s parents and his wife.
  • Rebman Dies at Eugene — Henry Rebman, father of George Rebman of Moro, died at his farm home near Eugene on May 6th, at the age of 74 years.  He was born in German.  Surviving are a wife and seven children.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge.

May 20, 1926

  • Relative Dies — S. A. Myers, of Newberg, father of Mrs. J.  O. Yocum of this city, died Wednesday of last week, at the age of 68 years.  Mr. and Mrs. Yocum motored to Newberg to attend the funeral, returning Sunday.

May 27, 1926

June 3, 1926

  • Harold Venable Accident Victim.  Harold Venable, aged 25, well known local man, was instantly killed in an auto collision Sunday night at about 9:15 o’clock on the Sherman highway about one and one half miles south of here.
  • Mrs. Millie Benson Venable who was with her husband, returning from Moro to Wasco, was not seriously injured.  William Bigelow, local character, is held in the county jail as being responsible for Venable’s death.  From indications at the scene of the accident, witnesses stated that Bigelow was driving his car nearly on the left hand side of the road when the accident occurred.  Witnesses also said that Bigelow’s breath bore evidence of intoxication.
  • The coroner’s jury, convened Monday forenoon, found Bigelow responsible for the accident.  A trial in justice court here Wednesday bound Bigelow over to the grand jury, on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.  It was stated this morning that Bigelow gave indication that he would plead guilty The grand jury will convene Saturday at the county courthouse at Moro, in case Bigelow pleads guilty, the sentence will be passed immediately and Bigelow will be bound for the penitentiary within a week from the time Venable was killed.
  • First word of the accident was brought to Wasco by Lawrence Kaseberg, who with Mrs. Kaseberg was returning to Wasco from Moro a short distance behind the Venable car.  Kaseberg found Bigelow out in the road, saying something about an accident and then found Mrs. Venable.  Not finding Venable, who was thrown about twenty five feet from the car, Mrs. Venable was taken to Wasco, and help called.  A large party was soon at the scene of the accident. John Weedman discovered the body of Venable.  Dr. Joseph Wonderlick pronounced him dead.  A fractured skull was the cause of death.  Other injuries had also been sustained.
  • The Venable car, a Ford coupe was completely demolished.  It was evident that the left front wheels of the colliding cars were all that caught.  Venable’s car looked as tho it had turned over at least twice.  Bigelow’s car suffered one broken wheel and small damage.
  • Harold Venable was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Venable.  He was born and reared here.  At the time of his death he was foreman at the county rock crusher.  His mother passed away several years ago.  The father, J. B. Venable, now lives at Spokane.
  • The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 from the Moro opera house, burial being in the Wasco cemetery.  Many stated that a larger number had never been seen attending a funeral in Sherman county.  The funeral was in charge of the Knights of Pythias, of which order Venable was a member.  Rev. Edwards of The Dalles, who performed the marriage ceremony of Mr. and Mrs. Venable about six months ago read the funeral sermon.

June 10, 1926

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July 1, 1926

July 8, 1926

Mrs. M. O. Howell left Tuesday for Lyle, Wash., to attend the funeral of a nephew who was accidently drowned.

July 15, 1926

  • Ira Knox Axtell was born December 6, 1880, in Page county, Iowa, and died July 9, 1926, at The Dalles, Ore.
  • In the year 1901, at the age of 20, he came with his father’s family to this county, where he was since resided.  He was united in marriage to Bessie McLaughlin [McLachlan] on December 14, 1904.
  • He was preceded in death by his mother, who died May 2, 1905, and by an infant daughter.  He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and one daughter, Marie, his father, J.  M. Axtell, three brothers, Roy, Aden and Claire.
  • As a young man, before he came west, he became an active member of the Methodist church at Blanchard, Iowa.
  • The funeral services were held Monday at Moro.
  • Joshua Henry Elliott was born at Rockford, Illinois, on November 15, 1853, and died at Moro, Ore., July 11, 1926, at the age of 72 years.
  • When 18 years old he moved to Iowa and was married to Emma Thompson, on November 19, 1873.  They came to the Willamette valley in 1876.  Later, in 1886, they settled in the community of Monkland.
  • The deceased leaves to mourn his death his wife, six children, one brother, 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  One child died in infancy.  The names of the living children are: Mrs. George Meloy of Corvallis, Ore.; Mrs. M.A. Bull, of Moro, Ore.; Mrs. E. S. Everett, of Holton, Ore.; Mrs. C.A. Adlard, of Moro, Ore.; J.  O. Elliott, of Wasco, Ore.; M. H. Elliott, of Newport, Wash.
  • Funeral services were held Monday at Moro.
  • Card of Thanks  – To our friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us in our late bereavement in the death of our dear daughter and granddaughter, we offer our most sincere thanks, and express our appreciation of the beautiful floral offerings.  Especially thanks are given to Rev. and Mrs. Dillinger.            Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Hatley, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Johnson.  [Could not locate an obituary]

July 22, 1926

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August 5, 1926

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August 19, 1926

  • William and Elmer Loutje received word Monday that their brother, Walter, had died at the Mid-Columbia hospital from an operation for appendicitis.  He had been working at Wishram.  The funeral will be held at their home at LaCenter, Washington. [Lutje]

August 26, 1926

September 2, 1926

September 9, 1926

September 16, 1926

  • Card of Thanks – We wish to express our sincere appreciation of the sympathy of our friends during the loss of our daughter and granddaughter, Deliah Jean Brooke.   Ben and Viola Brooke     Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Thompson.  [Place of Burial – Sunrise cemetery]

September 23, 1926

  • Funeral services for Miss Edith B. Davis, who died here yesterday from Callaway’s chapel tomorrow morning at 9:30 o’clock.  Following funeral services by Rev. C. A. Edwards, the body will be taken to Portland for cremation.  Miss Davis was born at Norristown, Pa. and had made her home for the last six years with Judge John Fulton at Wasco.  Her sister, Miss Ray Davis, had lived at the Fulton home about twelve years and is the only living relative.  — Dalles Chronicle  Sept. 20.

September 30, 1926 

  • Mrs. R. E. Moore, aged 49 years, died in The Dalles Wednesday night at 6:30 o’clock.  She was the wife of R. E. Moore, who with F. W. Smith, is opening a new garage here next week.  Mrs. Moore had been in poor health for about a year, being in a hospital most of the time.  She is survived by her husband and a 14 year old daughter, Hazel.  The funeral will be held Sunday, and burial services will be at the Wasco cemetery.
  • Man Killed By Fall Off Truck.  Exact Cause Of Accident Near Here Not Revealed; Victim Unknown Here.
  • Jack Galloway, about 28, thought to be from Spokane or Seattle, is dead here today as a result of being thrown from the heavy truck on which he was riding when the truck went into the ditch late yesterday afternoon four miles south of Biggs on the Sherman county highway.
  • While no complaint was filed against the driver of the truck, who was not injured, two reliable men who saw the truck several miles above the scene of the accident declared that the vehicle passed them at a speed of 35 or 40 miles per hour, roaring down through the narrow canyon.  While they followed it with a fast touring car they did not catch up with it until after the crash, it was said.
  • Galloway was an employee of the C. S. Marsh Construction company, moving its equipment from Bend to Spokane.  He apparently had no relatives in this district.  The body is at a local undertaking establishment.  — Dalles Chronicle.  Sept. 24.

October 7, 1926

  • Marian Walker, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker, died Friday night.   The Walker family formerly lived here.  The now live in The Dalles.  Marian would have been 9 years old on October 30.

October 14, 1926

October 21, 1926

  • Birks, Prominent Wasco Resident Dies Suddenly.  R. P. Birks, prominent local farmer for many years, died suddenly at his home near here at 10:30 pm last night.  He has been ill for two days with bronchitis, but it is thought that a heart attack brought on the end.
  • Mr. Birks was a strong church worker, taking part in nearly all religious endeavors in the community. The funeral has been arranged and will be held from the Christian church here tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock.  Burial will be in Sunset cemetery.  [Roy P. ]

October 28, 1926

  • Roy P. Birks was born near Pendleton, Oregon, January 5, 1882.  He passed away at Wasco, Oregon, October 20, 1926.  He was the son of Jeremiah and Mary Howard Birks, early Oregon pioneers.  He was educated in the public [school]. In 1904 he moved to Portland coming to Sherman county in 1915, where he resided until his death.  He was a member of the local Christian church, of the Woodmen of the World, and of the Masonic and Eastern Star lodges.  He had been superintendent of the Christian Sunday school for the past six years.
  • He leaves a wife, Effie M. Birks, a daughter, Maxine, aged 12, and a son, Alan, aged 6.  There also survive four sisters and two brothers, one of whom, W. D. Birks, is a local resident.
  • The funeral was held Friday, October 22, at 11 am, from the Christian church, Rev. Henry Hanson officiating.  The graveside services were conducted by the Masonic lodge.
  • Mrs. George Fridley died at her home here this morning at 5 a.m.  The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. from the Methodist church.  Burial will be in the Emigrant Springs cemetery. [Ermina A.]

November 4, 1926

  • Burial Recalls Indian Murders.  Indians Who Killed Mrs. Geo. Fridley‘s Father And Brother Are Hung To Tree.  Dalles Chronicle, Oct 30.    Funeral services for Mrs. George C. Fridley were held from the Wasco Methodist church at 11 o’clock this morning and interment was in the Wasco cemetery under the direction of the Crandall Undertaking company of this city.
  • Mrs. Fridley’s death recalls a bit of local history, related today by Mrs. Lula D. Crandall.  In its time, the incident to be related caused great excitement in The Dalles and surrounding settlements according to the historian.
  • Mrs. Fridley, at that time Ermina Adaline Briggs, was the daughter of Jarvis Briggs and Amelia Newton.  Jarvis Briggs and his oldest son, at that time about 17 years of age, were killed by Tygh Indians at the Barlow gate, as they were camped on the Barlow road crossing the Cascade mountains in the summer of 1860.
  • They were returning to Linn county from the mines of eastern Oregon where they had driven a bunch of beef cattle a short time before.
  • After selling the beef they were on their way home and had made camp at the gate to rest their jaded animals when they were attacked by the Indians.  Both were killed and the bodies thrown into the creek, near which they were camped.
  • The Indians, it was discovered afterwards, were instigated by some unscrupulous white men in The Dalles, who knew that the elder Briggs was a returning cattle man and undoubtedly had a large quantity of gold dust with him and would be camped at the gate by a certain time.
  • Until a few years ago, the Barlow road across the Cascade was a toll road and there was a toll gate on this side of the mountains.  It was at this spot where the Briggs, father and son, were camped.
  • The Tygh Indians were accused of the crime, and four of them were set upon by Deputy Sheriff John M Marden and a posse from The Dalles.  Three of the redskins made no trouble for the officers, but one hid in a teepee under a pile of blankets and refused to come out.
  • Deputy Sheriff Marden then walked into the teepee and told the hiding Indian that he would shoot if he did not surrender.  The pile of blankets did not move and Marden fired a fatal shot through the coverings.
  • The other three were brought to The Dalles and tried.  Two of them were found guilty and the third gained his freedom through turning state’s evidence.  The two found guilty were hung from the limb of a tree in the west end of the city.  The tree stood about where Trevitt Street cuts through the bluff between Fifth and Sixth streets.  The gun used by Marden is now in possession of the Old Fort Dalles Historical society.
  • Mrs. Fridley’s mother was left with a large family of little children when the husband and oldest son were murdered.  The outrage was the only committed in the neighborhood of The Dalles by these otherwise friendly Indians, and occasioned great excitement.

November 11, 1926

November 18, 1926

November 25, 1926

December 2, 1926

  • A telephone message stating that L. R. Shaw, of Newberg, had died Monday morning was received here Monday by Orville Yocum.  Mr. Shaw was a recent resident of Wasco and has a number of relatives and friends here to mourn his death.  Details of the funeral were not obtained here this week.

December 9, 1926

  • Funeral Services Held For L. R. Shaw, Former Citizen.
  • Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Smith Memorial Presbyterian church at Fairview for the late Lee R. Shaw who died Sunday, November 28, at the family residence at Hubbard as the result of an extended illness followed by a paralytic stroke.  The Rev. E. R. D. Hollenstead spoke words of comfort to the family and the Stone brothers sang.  Interment was made in the family plot in the Masonic cemetery at Parkrose.
  • Lee Ren Shaw was born in Cherryvale, Kansas, December 11, 1875, and came west with his parents six years later making his home at Fairview from 1886 to 1900.  In that year he married Miss Nettie Cook, of Damascus, Oregon, to which union six children were born, five of who survive.  A daughter, Mrs. John Appell, died November 2, 1924.  After marriage Mr. Shaw and his wife moved to Portland where he was employed by the Portland Railway Light & Power company.  He later entered railroad work, which he followed for many years in Oregon and Washington.  The family came to Gresham two years ago and while here Mr. Shaw was taken ill and never fully recovered.  A few months ago they moved to Hubbard where he passed away.
  • The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nettie Shaw; three daughters, Mrs. Mabel Gilbertson of Gresham, Mrs. Louise Royce of Wasco, Oregon, and Lois Shaw of Hubbard; two sons, Albert and Donald; his mother, Mrs. Hannah Shaw, of Gresham; two sisters Mrs. L. T. St. Clair, of Gresham and Mrs. Harry Donley, of Spokane; two brothers, George Shaw, of Fairview and Grant Shaw, of Portland and two grandchildren.  — Gresham Outlook.
  • Mrs. John Medler, of Glendale, Cal., died Saturday morning in that city.  The burial was to have been yesterday.
  • The father of Charles Gore, John Gore, of Princeton, B.C., died Wednesday, according to word received here that day.
  • December 16, 1926
  • R. B. Hailey Passes to Beyond, Dec. 13.   Robert Benjamin Hailey died December 13, 1926, at The Dalles hospital, after a long illness.  He was born December 1, 1881, at Chico, Calif., the son of B. F. and Hannah Fields Hailey.  He came to Sherman county when six months old, and lived here the remainder of his life.   Besides his widow, Estrelle Ford Hailey, one son, Wallis, his father, B. F., and one brother, H. F., survive the deceased.
  • Services were held at the Methodist church in Wasco Tuesday, with Rev. C. E. Edwards, of The Dalles conducting the services, assisted by Rev. Jackson, of Wasco.  The Elks lodge, of The Dalles, of which Mr. Hailey was a member, was well represented at the funeral.

December 23, 1926

December 30, 1926

  • Funeral services for Daniel D. Lauver, 78-year old Sherman county pioneer who died at The Dalles hospital Christmas day, were held from Callaway’s Monday afternoon at 1:30.  Graveside services at the Odd Fellows cemetery were conducted by Rev. David L. Kratz.  Mr. Lauver had lived near Wasco for nearly 30 years prior to his last illness, of nearly two years duration.  He was born in Ohio June 22, 1848.  There are no known surviving relatives.
  • Hostetler Killed In Automobile Mishap.  Funeral services for George M. Hostetler, who was killed when his automobile crashed over a 100-foot bank just east of the Mosier tunnel at an hour placed at 10:45 Saturday morning, were held from the Elks temple at 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.
  • The crash which caused the death of Hostetler is thought to have occurred when the driver of the car fell asleep at the wheel near the end of a long ride from Martinez, Cal., to The Dalles, where he was summoned to take part in a hearing between the depositors of French & company and Frank C. Bramwell, state superintendent of banking.
  • The body was found late Monday afternoon lying on a flat rock nearly 200 feet below the highway and a short distance above the battered remains of the car, by Maynard Guy and Charles Folsom, Mosier youths who had gone to the top of the hill to slide.
  • The cliff at this point drops a most straight for about 100 feet and then takes a more gradual slope, although covered by huge boulders near the bottom.  Because of the rugged character of the bluff it is avoided by motorists and an automobile might lay there for days unless pedestrians passed.  — The Dalles Chronicle.

January 6, 1927

January 13, 1927

  • Funeral Of Mrs. Garrett Is Held Here Thursday.  The funeral services of Mrs. Grace Garrett, who died in Portland Monday, January 10th, were held from the Methodist church here Thursday afternoon, January 13th, Rev. W. F. Jackson preaching the sermon.
  • Mrs. Grace Garrett was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Van Gaasbeck, of Blalock.  She was born January 1, 1905, being 22 years and 10 days old at the time of her death. Surviving are the husband, C.F. Garrett, an infant boy born December 3, 1926, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Van Gaasbeck and an aunt, Mrs. E. D. McKee, of Wasco.
  • Card of Thanks – The aid and sympathy of my many friends at the time of the death of my beloved wife was a great comfort to me.  I wish to extend my appreciation to everyone who made the burden easier to bear.   L. W. Rakes   [Could not locate an obituary]

January 20, 1927

January 27, 1927

February 3, 1927

February 10, 1927

February 17, 1927

February 24, 1927

  • The father of Mrs. M.G. Tuel, Mr. Dixon, of Eugene, died last Sunday, according to word received here.  Mrs. Tuel was at that time in Eugene, and Mr. Tuel left Monday to be present at the funeral.
  • The funeral services of the late Emma Elizabeth Lucas, who passed away at Oakland, Cal., Feb. 20th, will be at the Crandall Undertaking Chapel at The Dalles, and interment will be in the family plot, Odd Fellows cemetery, Sunday, Feb. 27th, at 2 o’clock.

March 3, 1927   

  • Mrs. E. E. Lucus Funeral Held In Dalles Sunday.  Two articles published in The Dalles Chronicle Monday give an accurate account of the funeral of Mrs. E. E. Lucus, former Wasco resident.  They are reprinted here:
  • More than 150 people, most of them from Sherman county, attended the funeral of Mrs. John T. Lucus, held from Crandall’s chapel yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  Mrs. Lucus, Emma Elizabeth Olds, was born February 4, 1853, in Cincinnati, O., and moved with her parents to Fort Scott, Kan., in 1861.  In 1871, she married John Thomas Lucus, and the young couple moved to California four years later.  They came to The Dalles in 1878 and later settled on a homestead in Klickitat county seven miles from The Dalles.  In 1886, they moved to Centerville and in 1893, returned to Grand-dalles.  In 1897, they again moved, this time to Wasco, where they spent their declining years.  The husband died at Portland August 10, 1904, and was buried at The Dalles.  Mrs. Lucus spent her last days at the home of her daughter Mrs. Addie Knight of Oakland, Cal.  Four sons and four daughters survive of ten children.  Pallbearers yesterday were Earl Jones, George Potter, Phil Yates, Frank Fornter, John I. Johnson and Melvin D. Beer.
  • Among those attending the funeral were:  Mr. and Mrs. Roy Belshee, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Van Gilder, Mrs. A. Doan, Mrs. H. McKean, Mr. and Mrs. Newton Crosfield, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Atwood, Mrs. Robert Hailey, Mr. and Mrs. John McDermid, Mrs. Louis Scholl, Mr. and Mrs. Donald McDermi[d], Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh White, Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Porter, Ben Andres and son, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Van Gilder, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Root, Mrs. R. O. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Crosfield, Mr. and Mrs. Al Murchie, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Ruby Yates, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kaseberg, Nellie Dingle, Mrs. Ray Wells, all of Wasco; A.L. Lowell, Grandalles; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fortner, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Chrisman, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Peetz, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Freeman, all of Moro; George Thompson and Frank Turner of Heppner; Miss Pearl Vail of Lexington, and Mrs. Mae Carmichael of Portland.

March 10, 1927

March 17, 1927

  • Miss Vivian Trounce has returned from California where her sister died on March 7th.

March 24, 1927

  • Mrs. Gladys Fuller passed away at her home in Bend, Sunday.  Funeral services were held in the Christian church of this city on Tuesday afternoon.  A complete obituary will appear in next week’s issue of the News-Enterprise.

March 31, 1927

  • Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Walsh were called to Vancouver, Wash., last Friday, on account of the death of Mrs. Walsh’s aunt, Mrs. E.F. Rice.  They returned Sunday night.
  • Mrs. Gladys Lillian Fuller.  Gladys Lillian Fuller was born at Wasco on April 18, 1901, and departed this life on March 20, 1927, age 25 years, 11 months and 2 days.  She was the daughter of E. R. McMillin of this city.  She attended the grammar and high schools here, and was dearly beloved by all her Wasco schoolmates.  She was united in marriage to Emery Fuller of Wasco on November 6th, 1921.  They moved to Portland on January 1, 1922, where they resided until July 1st, 1925.  They then moved to Bend and lived there until the time of her death.  Besides her husband, she leaves an infant son, aged 10 months 21 days and her sister’s four year old son, Junior Tomlin, whom she had in her care after this mother’s death, her father, E. R. McMillin, and two brothers, Lawrence, attending school in Wasco, and Chester, of Antelope.  Her mother and two sisters, Beulah and Irene have already gone on before her.  As much as opportunity permitted she always attended Sunday school and was very faithful.  Gladys had a charming personality and the faculty of making friends and holding them.  To know her was to love her.

April 7, 1927

April 14, 1927

April 21, 1927

April 28, 1927

  • A boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Arvid Anderson last Sunday, but died two hours after birth.  Mrs. Anderson is in The Dalles hospital.
  • Two Are Killed In Auto Mishap.  Four Hours Elapse Before Victims Of Tragedy Are Discovered.  Rufus, Ore., April 21—William Newmeyer, 35, traveling salesman, and Julieanne Newmeyer, 31, both of Seattle, were killed this afternoon when the big automobile in which they were riding hurtled off the summit of the Old Oregon Trail highway, a mile and a quarter west of here and tumbled over and over down an almost sheer embankment into the gully.  The two occupants of the machine were thrown clear during one of its many somersaults, and it is believed, were killed instantly.
  • Time of the accident was placed at about 2 p.m., though the bodies and wreck were not discovered until 6:30 p.m.  Owing to the steepness of the embankment it was not possible to bring the bodies out until a gasoline speeder was sent in over the railroad.  The bodies reached Rufus at 11 p.m. and were taken in charge by Coroner Poley.
  • The couple were believed to have been man and wife, judging from papers found in their effects.  Mr. Newmeyer traveled for the Crenshaw & Bloxom wholesale suit and cloak house of Seattle and lived at 1005 Webster avenue.
  • Examination at the scene indicated that Newmeyer had run into gravel on the inside of the road while driving east and in attempting to get clear the machine had suddenly swerved and leaped over the steep embankment.  The car was demolished and nothing to indicate the cause for the accident could be ascertained from it.  — Oregonian.  

May 5, 1927

May 12, 1927

  • Shull Services Led By Legion.  Head Injuries Described As Cause Of Self Inflicted Death.  Harold R. Shull was found dead Tuesday, May 3d, by his father, Ben F. Shull, on the Shull ranch at Hay Canyon, with a bullet wound in his head, evidently self-inflicted.  The only motive which could be ascribed to the fact was that Shull had suffered injuries to his head several months ago which left a condition of periodic severe pain.  The afternoon of the suicide, Shull took a .22 rifle from the house, telling his father that he was going down to a willow grove to shoot crows.  While here it is thought that one of the painful headaches occurred, and Shull in a moment of unreasoning, put an end to it all.  He was found at about 5:30 p.m.
  • Funeral services were held under the auspices of the American Legion from the Methodist church at 2 o’clock p.m. last Friday.  Shull was one of the first two men to enlist in the U. S. Army when the world war was entered.
  • Harold Ralph Shull was born March 20, 1900, in Whitman county, Washington.  He spent most  of his boyhood in Sherman county, Oregon.  He is survived by his father, Ben F. Shull, of Wasco; two brothers, Ernest E. Shull, of Oakland, California; and George N. Shull, of Juliaetta, Idaho

May 19, 1927

May 26, 1927

  • Two Former Residents Are Taken By Death.  Word was received here this week of the death of two former Sherman county residents: William McNab [Macnab], of Portland, Ore., and Thurston Smith, of Trout Lake, Wash.
  • William Macnab was the father of Alex Macnab of The Dalles and uncle of Ronald Macnab and Ellis Macnab, of Wasco.  He was one of the pioneer wheat growers in this county.  His farm lies about six miles northeast of Wasco.  He was one of the foremost citizens of this community for many years.
  • Thurston Smith came to this county in the late eighties settling at Grants, which at that time was the principal town in Sherman county, then Wasco county.  Together with his brother, J. W. Smith, they were engaged in the general merchandise business at Grants until the high water of 1894 washed away the town.  J. W. Smith later built a store at Rufus.  This building is now occupied by Frank Hulery, a lifelong friend.  Thurston Smith came to Wasco in about 1900 and erected the building joining Dr. J. A. Butler’s dental office on the south, in which place he conducted a saloon for several years.  Seventeen years ago he moved to Trout Lake, Wash., where he had since resided.  Funeral services were held at Trout Lake, Wash., May 22, 1927, under the auspices of the Trout Lake Masonic lodge.  Thurston Smith was seventy four years of age at the time of his death.  His brother, J. W. Smith, died in Florida a few years ago.

June 2, 1927

June 9, 1927

June 16, 1927

  • The funeral services for Elmer Gosson, who died here last Thursday, were held Saturday morning.  Burial was in Sunset cemetery.  The deceased is survived by his wife and child, and his parents, Mr and Mrs. A.L. Gosson, of Klondike.

June 23, 1927

June 30, 1927

July 7, 1927

July 14, 1927

July 21, 1927

  • Old Timer Passes On.  One of Sherman County’s old timers was claimed by death last week when on Monday July 11, Albert Medler passed away at The Dalles.  Deceased was the son of Bruno F. and Minerva J. Medler and was born in Campbell County, West Virginia, Oct. 26, 1875.  Moving from there to Walla Walla, Wash., in 1876, and coming with his parents to Sherman County in 1880, where he grew to manhood and spent the rest of his life, he was well known as one of Sherman County’s pioneers.  Besides his mother, Mrs. B. F. Medler, he is survived by three sisters and three brothers, his father and two sisters having passed on before.  Albert Medler died at the age of 51 years, 8 months and 14 days.

July 29, 1927

August 5, 1927

  • Wasco Old Timer Dies At Yakima.  Mr. Del Anderson* [Andrews], who is the brother of Mrs. W. A. Murchie, passed away at Yakima this week from an attack of pneumonia.  Deceased was 59 years of age, and was the last of three brothers, all of who are buried here.  [Place of Burial – Tahoma Cemetery]  [*See E. A. Andrews, next below.]

August 12, 1927

  • E. A. Andrews.  Better known as “Dell” came from Minneapolis to Wasco with his parents in April 1884.
  • He was employed by the Columbia Southern Railway for several years, later he farmed the ranch now owned by the McClure Bros.
  • Those who are left to mourn his loss in Sherman County are: A sister Mrs. May Murchie, two nephews, Guy and Claude Andrews, two nieces, Mrs. Maude Akers and Mrs. Ruth Ballenger.
  • Earnest A. Andrews, age 59 years, resident of Yakima for the past nine years, died Saturday afternoon in St. Elizabeth’s hospital.  Death was caused by pneumonia.  Mr. Andrews, who was employed in the Cascade Lumber company mill, lived at 902 South Eighth street.  He was born in Black Hawk, Iowa.  The funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning in Shaw and Sons chapel.  The Rev. W. B. Young will officiate.  Interment will be in Tahoma cemetery.  The family includes his widow, Mrs. Mabel Andrews; Five daughters, Mrs. Thelma Darnell, Ardelle, Marjorie Lucille, and Jean Andrews, all of Yakima and a sister Mrs. Mary Murcie of Wasco, Oregon.”  — Yakima Herald.

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