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Wasco News Obituaries

Wasco, Sherman County, Oregon

The following are the death notices and obituaries contained within the pages of the Wasco News, on the microfilm roll containing the issues from October 28, 1897 to May 9, 1902, with issues missing from February 22, 1900 to May 2, 1902.

October 28, 1897

  • John W. Bachus committed suicide in Portland recently, that his wife might get the amount of his insurance.  Perhaps he might have been poor, and while the wife may be better off without him, yet the deed was that of a coward.  Any fool can die, but it takes a well-balanced man to live.
  • No man in the history of Oregon has died who will be missed more than Col. S.B. Sinnot, of The Dalles.  He was a stalwart man.  One who had a kind word for everybody.  Indeed, his charity was far more extended than that.  He never refused substantial assistance to anybody.  He was honest in every respect — his word was as good as his bond.  His memory will live forever.

November 4, 1897

November 11, 1897

November 18, 1897

November 25, 1897

December 2, 1897

December 9, 1897

  • Died. Tuesday morning, Dec. 7, at their home near Grant, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hulery, aged three months.  [A son was born and died to this couple in 1897 and is buried at Sunrise cemetery]

December 16, 1897

December 23, 1897

December 30, 1897

  • W.D. Carter, a pioneer printer of Portland, is dead.

January 6, 1898

January 13, 1898

January 20, 1898

January 27, 1898

February 3, 1898

February 10, 1898

February 17, 1898

  • Last Friday Emmett Swann received word from Miles City, Idaho, that his boy, Charley, had been thrown from a horse and killed.  He was a young man about 17 years of age.

February 24, 1898

March 3, 1898

March 10, 1898

March 17, 1898

March 24, 1898

March 31, 1898

  • Word has been received that Mr. Alfred Bettingham, Sr., an old pioneer of The Dalles, died this week at Los Angles.  His identity with the prosperity of The Dalles is very large.

April 7, 1898

April 14, 1898

April 21, 1898

  • DeMoss Springlets.  We had a quite a sensation here last Saturday night.  A Mr. Mark Hayden who for the past week had been stopping at the home of J.H. Miller, had not been seen by anyone since Tuesday, when he had been at Wasco and agreed to work for Mr. Clayton, and was on his way to Mr. Miller’s to get his valise, was found dead where he had apparently fallen from heart failure when walking in a field north of George DeMoss’ barn.  Coroner Brown empanelled a jury, and finding no indications of violence, decided apoplexy the cause of his sudden death.  The remains were placed in a coffin and taken in a hearse to Moro and buried on Sunday.

April 28, 1898

May 5, 1898

  • The infant child of Wm. Hoggard, of Grant, died Tuesday morning, age fourteen hours.

May 12, 1898

May 19, 1898

May 26, 1898

June 2, 1898

  • It is reported the Edd MacInnon, a painter, former of Wasco, died in Dyes, Alaska, May 8th, of pneumonia.

June 9, 1898

June 16, 1898

June 23, 1898

June 30, 1898

  • A Horrible Accident.  Arlington Review.  Mr. John Madsen, a well known farmer of Klickitat county, was accidentally killed at Arlington, Tuesday.  After driving off of the ferry boat when near the edge of the river his wagon struck a rock throwing him off and both wheels of the wagon passing over his body.  He was lifted by tender hands and carried to Dr. Ruedy’s office, where he expired in about twenty minutes, having not regained consciousness after the accident.  His body was taken to Klickitat, Wednesday for burial.  He leaves a wife and seven children, part of whom are grown, to mourn his death.

July 7, 1898

  • A report from Grant states that John Bonie was drowned while bathing in the Columbia Sunday.  The deceased was a promising young man and a son of James Bonie, a wealthy Klickitat farmer.

July 14, 1898

July 21, 1898

July 28, 1898

August 4, 1898

  • Died.  Tuesday morning, August 3, 1898, at Moro Or., Mrs. S.J. Moore, aged 70 years.  She was the mother of Walter, Henry and Lawrence Moore, of Moro, and C.W. Moore, of Grass Valley.  The remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellow’s cemetery of Moro.  [Sarah J.]
  • Died. Sunday, July 31st, 1898, John A. Reid, of Rufus, Oregon.  Deceased was about 37 years of age.  The remains were interred in the Wasco cemetery.

August 11, 1898

  • R.J. Ginn returned Tuesday morning from Walla Walla, where he had been to attend the deathbed of his brother, John Ginn, who died at that place.

August 18, 1898

  • Died, at Grass Valley, Tuesday morning, August 16, 1898, Claude Marquis, age 20 years.  He is a son of J.H. Marquis.

August 25, 1898

  • Last Monday, says the Arlington Review, word was received by Mrs. Butcher that her little grandson was burned in the house of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Bates, who live about eight miles from Blalock.  She left immediately, to render what assistance she could in consoling the parents in their sore affliction.  The origin of the fire is unknown, as there had been no fire in the house since morning.  Mrs. Bates had gone to the garden, leaving the boy, who was only fifteen months old, asleep in the house.  The house was completely enveloped in flames before it was discovered.  Mr. Bates and Mr. Fahrenbecker were in the barnyard unhitching their teams, but arrived at the house too late to do anything.

September 1, 1898

  • A family named Rodgers, living near Monkland, are unfortunate in having typhoid fever, two of the family having died in the last week.

September 8, 1898

September 15, 1898

  • Mrs. Laura Beohmer, sister to Mrs. Lizzie Marsh, died Friday night at The Dalles.
  • Just as we go to press a telegram was received announcing the death of Ray Sink at Salem.  No particulars.
  • The Sleep of Death.  Simeon James Andrews was born in Middlefield Center, Osage county, N.Y., March 23, 1823.  Was married to Rachel E. Wigley Feb. 8, 1849, at Cherry Valley, N.Y.   Raised a family of four boys and two girls.  One boy died in 1863; one daughter is living in Missouri.  He moved with his family to Oregon in 1884. He died at his home near Wasco on Saturday, Sept. 17, 1898, age 75 years, 5 months and 24 days. Mr. Andrews was well and favorably known throughout Sherman county.  Always upright and honorable in his dealing with his fellow man, he counted friends by the score; and enemies he had none.  His voice was always pleasing, and he spoke a cheerful word for everybody.  He made himself so popular that, notwithstanding the fact that his extreme old age naturally invited death, he is sorely missed.  Peace to his memory.

September 29, 1898

  • A dispatch from Salem dated Sept. 26 says: W.H. Magers, charged with the murder of Ray Sink, was discharged today by Justice H.A. Johnson on motion of District Attorney S.L. Hayden.  He was instantly rearrested by the sheriff of Polk county, ironed and taken to Dallas, where he will be compelled to answer to a similar charge.  This was done for the purpose of establishing jurisdiction in the county in which the body was found and the crime is supposed to have been committed.
  • Death of Ray Sink.  It is with sorrow we are compelled to chronicle the death of Mr. A. R. Sink, familiarly known as “Ray,” who was foully murdered and thrown into the river about a week ago at Salem.  Particulars of the murder are very meager, little or nothing having been found out; all the evidence secured is purely circumstantial and points to the man now under arrest for the crime, who worked for him a while back, based on the fact that he was the last man seen with Ray till his body was found floating in the Willamette. Ray had considerable property in Sherman county, as well as a snug bank account, and carried a policy for $3000 on his life.  He was beyond all possibility of a doubt murdered for his money, as he carried several hundred dollars with him on his last fatal trip to the Valley. The remains were brought up to his home Saturday and interred in the Wasco cemetery Sunday amid a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends.

October 6, 1898

  • Miss Mollie Dunlap received a telegram Monday evening conveying the sad intelligence of the death of her grandfather, Mr. F.R. Smith, of Salem.  Mr. Smith was 79 years of age, and was one of the old pioneers of Oregon, having lived at Salem continuously for over 50 years.  His widow and three children survive him, Mrs. Vleda Ohmart, Hamlin F. Smith and Miss Clara Smith, all of Salem.

October 13, 1898

October 20, 1898

  • Mr. Geo. Davis died at his home at DeMoss Springs last Monday.

October 27, 1898

November 3, 1898

November 10, 1898

  • Died — Sunday, November 6, 1898  Mrs. Mary E. Lewis, aged 33 years.  She was buried in the Masonic cemetery. Mrs. Lewis was born at Philomath, OR.  She was the wife of Mr. J.C. Lewis, foreman of construction of the Columbia Southern.  She had been suffering from consumption for the past year, and died at the home of her brother, Mr. J.A. Foister, of Rufus.  She leaves her husband with two little children.  Mrs. Lewis was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and her funeral was largely attended by members of that order.

November 17, 1898

November 24, 1898

December 1, 1898 issue is missing.

December 8, 1898

December 15, 1898

December 22, 1898

  • Mr. J.P. Yates left Tuesday night for Eugene, where he was called on account of the sudden death of his father, Mr. J.P. Yates.

December 29, 1898

  • Died, Saturday, December 24th, at his home near Rufus, Emory Fuller aged about 30.

January 5, 1899

January 12, 1899

  • Died. Sunday, Jan. 8, 1899; Esther Peugh, age five years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Peugh.  [Esther Pearl]

January 19, 1899

  • Died. Saturday, Jan. 15, 1899, Arthur, oldest son of Wm. and Mrs. Henrichs, aged 10 years and 10 days.  He was buried in the Moro cemetery Sunday afternoon. [oldest son of William H. and Etta]
  • Resolutions of Condolence.  Whereas, The Supreme Ruler has called Arthur, the oldest son of our esteemed and worthy brother William Henrichs, and wife, across the dark river, and we realize with them that A precious one from us has gone, A voice we loved is stilled, A place is vacant in their home Which never can be filled. Therefore, Resolved, That we, the other members of Aurora Lodges No. 54, Knights of Pythias jointly and severally hereby express our sincere regrets at our brother’s misfortune, and extend to him and his in this their hour of sorrow and bereavement, our kind regards and knightly sympathy.  We would direct their attention through the gloom of sorrow’s night to the stars that shine beyond.
  • The Reaper said; Shall I have naught that is fair? Naught but the bearded grain? Though the breath of those flowers is sweet to me I will give them all back again. Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the minutes, a copy mailed to our bereaved brother and a copy furnished the Wasco News for publication. –Jos. Marsh.  H.H. White.  C.J. Bright.
  • Resolutions of Condolence.  To the officers and members of Lillian Temple, No. 17 Rathbone Sisters: We, your committee, who were appointed to draw up resolutions of condolence to brother and sister Henrichs respectfully submit the following:  Whereas, the All Loving Father has, in his infinite wisdom summoned from our midst Arthur, son of our beloved and respected brother and sister William H. and Etta Henrichs and realizing how great is their affliction; therefore be it’ Resolved, That Lillian Temple No. 17, Rathbone Sisters, do most sincerely deplore their loss and profoundly regret the apparently untimeliness of the summons, and extend to them our heartfelt sympathy in this severe trial and bereavement. Resolved, That in brotherly and sisterly esteem we would commend them to Him “who doeth all things well” and bid them cherish and be comforted by the hope of everlasting life. Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the records of this Temple, a copy sent to our bereaved brother and sister, and that they be published in the Wasco News. Mildred L. Bright, Etta Hoag, Committee.

February 2, 1899

February 9, 1899

  • Rev. Jenkins was called away from his meetings here last week on account of the sudden death of his infant son.
  • Mr. J. A. DeFrance, of the C.S. Ry., was called to Portland last Friday, on account of the death of his mother. [Columbia Southern Railway]

February 16, 1899

  • Frank Abernethy, a well known and highly respected resident of The Dalles, died during the past week at Ellensburg.
  • A.M. Walker, an uncle of H.H. Walker, died at his home in The Dalles last Saturday night.  He was 78 years of age and highly respected.

February 23, 1899

  • When Wm. Honeyman died, Portland lost one of her best citizens.
  • Died. On Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Hotel Brewster in Portland, Herman R. Sears, only son of Col. and Mrs. C.E. Sears, aged 17 years.  The remains were taken to The Dalles for interment, which occurred on Sunday last. Young Sears was taken sick a year since with la grippe, from which he never entirely recovered.  He was ambitious, and was out last fall with a party of surveyors on the Columbia Southern.  The work was too hard for him, and he returned to his home in a short time in Wasco, where the family reside. From this time on he slowly but surely succumbed to that dread disease consumption, and was recently taken to Portland for treatment.  He was in the hotel the afternoon he died, complained of feeling weak.  He was helped to his room and there he suffered a great deal till he became unconscious half an hour before he died. He was known at his former home in Walla Walla by the youngest set as an affable, good-natured boy.  The many friends of the family in this and other places will hear the sad news with regret.

March 2, 1899

March 9, 1899

We have learned of a man, whose name we did not hear, out at Moffets’ place who was thrown from a horse Sunday night.  He suffered concussion of the brain and died within ten hours, not regaining consciousness. LATER — It has been found the man’s name was Cliff Minton, and that his residence was at Waterville, Wash.

March 16, 1899

  • Died. Franklin H. Smith died at his home near Rufus, March 8, 1899, aged 61 years. Comrade Smith was born in Green county, Pa, in May, 1838, and removed to Iowa with his parents while still a young man.  On the outbreak of the rebellion he enrolled in Company C, 8th Iowa infantry, and served until the battle of Shiloh, when he received a gunshot wound in the right arm, and being taken prisoner, the wound was not properly attended to and resulted in the arm being almost useless from that time.  After his exchange and discharge, he returned to his home in Iowa, where, in 1866, he was united in marriage to Joana Vaugn, who survives him. Comrade Smith came to the Pacific coast in the 70’s, and after living a short time in California and Walla Walla, Washington, he settled on a homestead near Rufus, in this county, and resided there up to the time of his death. Comrade Smith joined W.T. Sherman Post of the G.A.R. on its organization, and has been a most zealous member of that order since that time, holding the office of senior vice commander at the time of his death.  He was laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery at Wasco by the members of his post, assisted by his neighbors and citizens of Wasco.
  • Memorial Service.  On Sunday evening, March 19th, a memorial service will be held at the M.E. Church at 7 o’clock, in honor of Miss Frances Willard. All unions are making careful preparations for the observance of the ___eftain’s heavenly birthday, on or near the date of her beautiful home-going.  We hope to stand loyal to Frances Willard in heaven, as she stood by us on earth. And so we raise the conqueror’s shout, Though but by faith we see the rout Of all our enemies and thine. Dear leader of the dauntless mein, Thou art with Good in heaven above — We are with Him in trusting love. ~R.N. Clements.

March 23, 1899

  • Mrs. Ruffner, of The Dalles, mother of Mrs. Jos. Marsh, died at her home March 15th.  She has been an invalid for many years.  She was a noble type of womanhood, and left many friends.

March 30, 1899

April 6, 1898 to June 29, 1898 issues are missing.

July 6, 1899

  • An Awful Death.  Last Saturday one of the employees of the O.R. & N. met a frightful death at Deschutes.  He had filled himself unneccessarily full of liquor and while under its influence staggered in front of a moving train.  He was horribly mutilated and mangled, his head mashed to a pulp, both his arms cut off at the shoulders, and one foot cut off.  Josiah Marsh was deputized as coroner, and summoning a jury repaired to the scene.  The following is their verdict: We, the jury empanelled to hold an inquest upon a dead body at DesChutes, in Sherman County, Oregon, on this 1st day of July, 1899, having examined all persons in reach appearing to know or likely to know anything about the circumstances, and having examined the body of the deceased and the place where found, find that deceased was one Frank Hall, whose address was and is unknown to the jury, a stranger, having no relatives or friends in this locality at all, and who had been and was at the time of his death in the employ of the Oregon Railroad & Navigation Company; and said Frank Hall had been prior to and was at the time of his death under the influence of liquor; that at about one o’clock am on Saturday, July 1, 1899, at DesChutes, in the county of Sherman, State of Oregon, did Frank Hall carelessly and recklessly went upon the railroad track and was struck by an engine and run over, killed and mangled thereby.  That no blame attaches to any person for the death of deceased. –~J.M. Hoag, W.S. Barzee, J.W. Booth, R.T. Murchie, C.J. Bright.

July 13, 1899

July 20, 1899

  • Mrs. W.H. Biggs has just received the sad news of the death of her only brother, Wm. G. Ellis, at La Grange, Missouri.

July 27, 1899

August 3, 1899

  • Died. On Saturday, July 29 about noon, at the family residence near Bigelow, occurred the death of Mr. F. W. VanPatten after a protracted illness.  Besides his wife and three little daughters, his father, Rev. VanPatten and his brother, Dr. VanPatten both of Dayton, Wash., were at his bedside.  His mother and two other brothers one an army surgeon just returned from Manila, arrived in time for the funeral which occurred on Sunday at Emigrant cemetery.  During his long illness Mr. VanPatten received the sympathy of a large number circle of friends who will remember him kindly and extend their deepest sympathy to his bereaved family.

August 10, 1899

August 17, 1899

August 24, 1899

August 31, 1899

September 7, 1899

September 14, 1899

September 21, 1899

September 28, 1899

  • Word comes from the Harris place on the DesChutes that Mrs. Guyton drowned her two little children and then herself last Monday.  A coroner’s jury was empanelled, and the verdict rendered stated that domestic troubles caused the shocking crime.  Mr. and Mrs. Guyton were residents of the south end of Sherman county, but were camping at the time of the drowning at the Harris place.

October 5, 1899

October 12, 1899

October 19, 1899

October 26, 1899

November 2, 1899

November 9, 1899

  • Mrs. Wilkins, the lady at Rufus who we mentioned two weeks ago as slowly failing from the effects of a frightful burn, died on Thursday of last week, and was buried Friday. — [October 26, 1899 – Mrs. Wilkins of Rufus, who was so badly burned by the explosion of a lamp one week ago, is gradually failing with but little hope of recovery.  Both hands and arms to the elbow, the greater part of her back and from her waist to below her knees are completely denuded of skin.  All her children are with her, giving her every attention possible.]
  • Death of E.E. Pierce.  Intelligence was brought to this city early Thursday morning that Mr. Edgar E. Pierce had been found on the Columbus grade, near the Azor Halbert place, dead, his neck having been broken.  The particulars are as follows: He had crossed the river from Grant at 6 o’clock in the evening, and was on his way to Goldendale.  He had probably reached the point mentioned at about 7 o’clock, where there is a turn in the road, the left wheel having run up on the bank and turned over.  As it went over he had been pitched out head first into the road and on his head, which was undoubtedly the cause of his neck being broken.  The horse, a gentle animal, had made a turn to the right and was near him when the body was found by a couple of teamsters en route to the river. As soon as word of the shocking affair reached town Coroner Hart went to the scene.  There was a large crowd present on his arrival, and the unanimous opinion as to the cause of his death being as above stated, the coroner did not deem an inquest necessary.  There was considerable money found on the body.  The body was brought to this city, the funeral being held on Friday.  Mr. Pierce was one of the proprietors of the canyon sawmill, the firm being Pierce & Streeter, and had been in the lumbering business in this county for over 20 years.  He was about 63 years of age, and a brother of the late D.W. Pierce, also of Charles L., George and Henry Pierce.  Agriculturalist.
  • Died.  At The Dalles, Saturday, Nov. 4, 1899, Miss Maude Ruffner, of consumption, aged twenty-two years and seven months. Miss Ruffner was well known and thoroughly liked by everyone of her acquaintances in Wasco.  It is nearly three years since she contracted the disease that finally terminated her life.  Knowing almost from the first what the end must be, she bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude, and with heroic calmness waited for the end she knew could not be far off.  She even distributed her trinkets to the various other members of the family, and designated her burial place.  The funeral took place from the family residence Sunday afternoon, Rev. Poling conducting the services.

November 16, 1899

November 23, 1899

November 30, 1899

December 7, 1899

December 14, 1899

December 21, 1899

December 28, 1899

  • George Wilehart returned from Oregon City Tuesday evening, where he had been attending the bedside of his dying mother, who passed away on Friday.

January 4, 1900

January 11, 1900

January 18, 1900

January 25, 1900

  • Sydney Hawson Suicide.  Sydney G. Hawson, representative from Gilliam county, who has been defending a divorce suit in Judge Cleland’s court, ended his troubles yesterday afternoon by shooting himself through the heart in his room in the Esmond hotel.  He had been greatly wrought up by the trial of the suit, and a letter he wrote to his wife shows that his quarrel with her had preyed upon his mind till he determined on suicide.  He had just paid his bill at the hotel office, and was ready to leave for Arlington, when he fired the shot which ended his life instantly.  A bell boy, Ralph Ross, was in the adjoining room tying up a bundle of letters under Mr. Hawson’s direction when he heard the shot.  He looked up and saw that Hawson had removed his coat and laid on the bed before killing himself, and then the boy gave the alarm.  The coroner removed the remains to the morgue shortly after. Hawson was a native of England and about 35 years of age.  He had formerly been in charge of ex-Governor Z.F. Moody’s warehouse at Arlington, but more recently was in the employ of Morris & Whitehead, of Portland.  He represented Gilliam county at the last session of the legislature.

February 1, 1900

  • Died. Near Bigelow, Sunday, January 28, 1900, Miss Mae Herin, aged about 21 years.  Miss Herin had been a sufferer from consumption for the past three years.  The funeral took place Monday at noon, when a large concourse of relatives and loving friends followed the remains of this most estimable young lade to their last resting place.  [Altie M. ]
  • T.E. Sink left Tuesday for Dallas, this state.  Mr. Sink goes there to witness the execution of Wm. Magers which come tomorrow.
  • W.H. Magers will be hanged at Dallas at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning.  Not the slightest shadow of sympathy is felt here for the condemned man, the general opinion being that hanging is too easy for the one who killed Ray Sink.

February 8. 1900

February 15, 1900

  • The first death from smallpox in Moro occurred Thursday morning, when T.M. Anderson, a man well known at that place, died from the disease.  Although his was said to be the worst case they have had in Moro, it was not thought it would prove fatal.  Mr. Anderson is a man about 45 years and a ___ of the Woodmen and also Cedar Circle.  Up to about a year ago he was engaged in farming, and since that time was employed in the Columbia Southern survey. — Chronicle.
  • Mrs. P.H. Robinson, of Bigelow, died Monday night of this week after an illness of only two days.  She was a sister of Mr. G. C. Fridley, also of Bigelow, and was married to Mr. Robinson about two years ago.  Mrs. Robinson was respected and loved by all who knew her and we join with the many friends of the family in extending sympathy to the bereaved husband and relatives.
  • February 22, 1900 to May 2, 1902 issues are missing

May 2, 1902

  • Richard S. Perkins, founder of the Hotel Perkins, died at his Flanders street home in Portland on the 29th of April.  Mr. Perkins was one of the best known cattle raisers in the Northwest.

End of Roll.

Wasco News

Wasco, Sherman County, Oregon

The following are the death notices and obituaries contained with in the pages of the Wasco News, on the microfilm roll containing the issues from December 4, 1903 to January 17, 1908.    Missing: 1904 – March 11; April 8; May 27; August 5; November 25, 1904 to October 20, 1905.           1906 – January  19; March 9; July 20;   September 28;  October 26;  November 16, 23.   1907 – All of February; March 3; October 11 and 20th.

December 4, 1903

  • The little baby of Ed Easton died at Ione, last Tuesday, week.

December 11, 1903

  • Died. Mrs. John Kunsman died Saturday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. Barnum, in Moro.  The remains were laid to rest on Monday, the Rev. Elder conducting the funeral services.  Mrs. Kunsman leaves a large family to mourn her loss of a mother.  They have our sincerest sympathy and that of the whole community.
  • The young son of Rev. Bailey was buried from the Christian church Sunday.  He had been sick for several weeks. [Henry H.]

December 18, 1903

December 25, 1903

  • We regret to record the unexpected death of Mrs. Judd Fish, from pneumonia at The Dalles, on Saturday last.  Mrs. Judd [Fish] comes of one of the oldest families in The Dalles, and her early demise will be deeply regretted by friends all over the state.
  • Obituary.   John Morrow was born at Mr. Pulaski, Logan county, Illinois, July 4, 1830, and lived in that state until September, 1888; leaving there he came to Oregon where he resided until the date of his death, December 18, 1903. He was married to Miss Mary Shoup, November 24, 1853, from which union eleven children were born, six girls and five boys, all of whom are living. He enlisted as a private in Co. H, 7th Reg., Ill. Vol. Inf., April 25, 1861.  He also had two brothers, Jas. and Alex. Morrow, who were all through the war and were in Sherman’s march to the sea with him.  Of these brothers, Alex. survives him; James having died in the fall of 1884. Besides his large family Mr. Morrow leaves many friends to mourn his departure, being well and favorably known in Sherman county, and especially in Wasco where he had resided for a time.  The funeral, which took place Sunday December 20, from the M.E. church, was largely attended, his late comrades of the G.A.R. acting as pall bearers.

January 1, 1904

January 8, 1904

January 15, 1904

January 22, 1904

  • Mrs. John Fredberg died at her home on Wednesday, Jan. 13.  She was born in Sweden 32 years ago, and was married to Mr. Fredberg on Nov. 26th, last.  Mr. Evans preached a very impressive funeral sermon at the M.E. church, after which the remains were laid away, amidst a number of sorrowing friends.  We extend sympathy to the bereaved husband.
  • A man named Robinson died on Thursday last of blood poisoning, out in the county near Grass Valley.  It seems part of a house he was pulling down fell on and crushed his foot.  Three doctors attended and cut his leg off but could not save his life, as he died shortly of the operation.

January 29, 1904

February 5, 1904

February 12, 1904

  • Death of C.N. McCaleb.  Deputy Sheriff of Sherman County Drowned in the John Day River While Goose Hunting. One of the most deplorable accidents that has ever happened in Sherman county took place on Wednesday last when C. N. McCaleb lost his life by drowning in the John Day river. As well as we can gather the circumstances surrounding the sad event are as follows: Mr. McCaleb left Moro on Tuesday last, accompanied by two men named Wright and Hendrick, for his homestead claim, on the John Day river, intending to stay there a couple of weeks and do some work needed on the place.  On Wednesday last they were at work fixing the cabin and in the afternoon McCaleb saw a flock of geese circling over the river, and told the other men he would go down and try and get a goose or two.  He then caught and saddled his horse, took this shotgun and crossed the river. A short  time after, the two men left at the cabin heard four shots fired in rapid succession and saw a regular cloud of geese rise from the river.  After this, nothing was seen or heard of the unfortunate man until he was found dead in about six feet of water on Friday forenoon. The rest of the sad story is circumstantial, the facts being given us by Wm. Hendricks, and G.M. Frost, who headed a search party that left Moro as soon as news of the accident reached here.  It was they who found deceased’s clothes, gun and horse, the latter tied to some sage brush about 400 yards from where he is supposed to have fired at the geese.  Evidently, McCaleb who was a fine hunter, killed several geese with his four shots; one he got, as it was found on the bank of the river with the gun, the rest must have fallen in the river and swept down with the current.  It was in pursuit of these that he lost his life.  His tracks showed that he ran along the bank getting rid of his clothes, shoes and gun as quickly as possible.  These were found in different places; first the gun, one goose and his coat, then his sweater, and then his shoes and undershirt.  From these last the tracks led down to the water, and were plainly discernible to where he plunged into the river.  There is nothing to show what happened afterwards, but the supposition is: he either got violent cramps, or died of heart failure, from the shock when he plunged into the icy water.  McCaleb was an expert swimmer and if something like this didn’t happen he would have had no difficulty in regaining _______the shore, as the river is only about 75 or 100 yards wide at the place where the accident happened. At the coroner’s inquest held on Friday afternoon over the remains of C.N. McCaleb, the jury brought in a verdict of accidental death by drowning. HIS LIFE IN SHERMAN COUNTY.   Charles McCaleb came to this county from Monmouth, Polk county about seven years ago, first taking a position as teacher in one of our country schools.  After that he opened a general merchandise store in Moro, in partnership with Willard A. Brestler.  While running the store he married Miss Kittie Cornwall, whom he leaves to mourn his loss.  Selling out of the store he took a position as deputy sheriff under T.R. McGinnis when he was elected to office some years ago.  This position he held at the time of his death.  Mr. McCaleb, or Charley, as he was generally called, was universally liked by all who knew him, and was one of those young men whom we honestly believe had not an enemy on the face of this earth. We can badly spare such a man, snatched from amongst us, in the very zenith of his usefulness.  He was one of those who could fill almost any position, could work with his hands as well as his head, unusually quick at figures, and capable of taking his place in almost any walk in life.  In conclusion let us say that his untimely death has caused universal sorrow not only in this town but all over the country.
  • Charley Newton McCaleb was born in Winchester, Virginia, in 1873, and met his death by accidental drowning in the John Day river, Sherman county, Oregon, February 3, 1904. With his parents he moved to Oregon when he was six and a half years old.  After finishing the public school he taught several terms, then entered the Oregon State Normal School, at Monmouth, where he graduated in 1897.  In 1899 he was married to Miss Kittie Cornwall of Fall City, Oregon.  The remains were in interred in K.P. cemetery, at Monmouth, Oregon, February 8th, 1904.
  • Died. February 1, 1904, Ida Bell Medler, little daughter of Frank and Hattie Medler, aged three years, four months and fourteen days.  The little traveler set forth With one last smile of sweet content. There were no footprints, south or north, To show us the way she went; No tiny footprints in the snow, No flower for token backward thrown. “Sweetheart,” we wept, “why must you go?” Smiling, she went her way, alone. The little traveler went her way And left us all who loved her so. She journeyed forth at break of day — A long, long way she had to go, The stars were paling in the sky — Their kind eyes must have seen her start. We could not see; we could but cry,  “Come back to us, dear heart, dear heart!” The little traveler’s tiny feet  Have found a path that we must find, She was so little and so sweet! We cannot linger, left behind. We stumble, seeking, day by day. O little traveler!  Who will send A guide to point us out the way To find you at the journey’s end?

February 19, 1904

  • Doctor T.S. Hill died at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Portland, on Saturday.
  • C.C. Deyo has received a message from Omaha, Neb., telling him of the death of his mother, who was born in the Green Mountains of Vermont in 1850.  She taught three terms of school in Illinois and was president of the Ladies’ Aid Society at Omaha at the time of her death.

February 26, 1904

March 4, 1904

  • A child of Henry Frock’s died Tuesday night.

March 11, 1904 Missing

March 18, 1904

  • On the 11th inst., a little son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Glasgow.  The little one was taken seriously ill and lived only three days, the funeral taking place Wednesday afternoon.

March 25, 1904

  • We are sorry to say Mrs. Albert Montgomery is very sick, and is under Dr. Logan’s care, assisted by Dr. Geisendorfer, of The Dalles.  At the present writing she is resting easy.  LATER — Mrs. Montgomery died at 3:00 pm Wednesday.

April 1, 1904

April 8, 1904 missing

April 15, 1904

April 22, 1904

  • William Kaseberg Dead.  William H. Kaseberg died last night at St. Mary’s hospital after having undergone an operation Wednesday for appendicitis.  The body was taken to Cookerly’s undertaking parlors, where it will remain until arrangements are made for the funeral. Mr. Kaseberg was in the prime of life when he fell a victim to this trouble, which has become so common.  A widow and a family of small children survive him. One little child died only four weeks ago. Mr. Kaseberg formerly owned a ranch on the Oregon side of the state line; he moved to town last fall, buying the handsome property on Rose street. — Walla Walla Union, April 15th. Mr. Kaseberg formerly resided in Sherman county, and was one of its earliest settlers.  He has many friends and relatives in this county, his brothers John and Ed Kaseberg being among our most substantial men.

April 29, 1904

  • Harry St. Clair died at the St. Joseph Hospital in Portland on Saturday.  Mr. St. Clair was mentally feeble for some time past.
  • Mr. Fred Martin, brother of Mrs. McHolland, died in Portland Tuesday.  Mrs. McHolland left for Portland, to be present at the funeral, Wednesday.
  • W.O. Harryman, editor and proprietor of the Long Creek Light, died of consumption at the family home near Long Creek April 15th.  Deceased was a member of the Masonic and Knights of Pythias lodges.

May 6, 1904

May 13, 1904

May 20, 1904

May 27, 1904 Missing

June 3, 1904

  • Mrs. Nellie Wheat, daughter of W. B. McCoy, died in Portland Wednesday.  The funeral will take place at Moro today.

June 10, 1904

  • Mrs. Nellie Wheat, the beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben McCoy, departed this life in one of the Portland hospitals on Wednesday last at half past two o’clock.  The remains were brought home to Moro for burial and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery.  The funeral was largely attended by Rebekahs, of which order Mrs. Wheat was a zealous member; the Odd Fellows attended in regalia.  The funeral sermon was preached in the M.E. church by the Rev. Stull, of Grass Valley.  The spacious building was crowded to the doors, many persons having to stand during the ceremony.  It is always sad when a young life is taken from our midst, and especially so in the case of Nellie Wheat, who had a number of friends amongst the young people of Moro who gave silent testimony of their grief, bowing their tear stained faces over her early grave.
  • John Day, an old pioneer, after whom the John Day river was named, died in Montana recently, a very old man, and penniless.  He was well known among the pioneers of the early gold days of Canyon City and camp Watson, acting at times as a United States scout in the numerous Indian wars of the time.  He has won and lost more fortunes perhaps than many of us ever dreamed of.

June 17, 1904

  • A man by the name of Watts was killed in The Dalles one day last week from the effect of too much tangle foot.  He got in the way of the switch engine and failed to get out.

June 24, 1904

  • Died In Arizona.  One of Sherman County’s Most respected Citizens Passed to the Great Beyond. Died, Friday June 16, 1904 at Tucson, Arizona, Joseph S. Amos, aged 39 years, 10 months.  Mr. Amos was born in Baie Road, Westmoreland, N. B.  After arriving at manhood he came to the Northwest and married Miss Jessie McDonald, a Sherman county girl, on the 31st day of January, 1894, since which time he has lived in this county, residing at Rufus, where he had accumulated considerable property.  He has of late been employed by the Oregon Trading Co., until his health became so broken down that he was unable to attend business.  He was stricken with the  dread disease, consumption, and this spring left for Arizona in quest of health, which began to improve and it was hoped by himself and friends that he would soon be at home in full enjoyment of health.  Only a couple of days before his death he wrote his wife that he hoped to come home soon, his only complaint being the excess in heat. His letter and the telegram announcing his death came almost together.  The direct cause of his death was heart disease, due to the excessive heat. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Jessie Amos, and one brother and an uncle in Oregon to mourn his loss; most of his relatives residing in the East and Canada.  Joe Amos was one of the very few men who numbered as his friends all who knew him.  A friend of all, a loving husband, an honest, honorable, straight forward man in every respect, his loss is a real one to the community.  But his wife and friends can console themselves with the thought that if there is a better and higher life than this, Joe Amos is there, free from the pain, disappointment and sorrow of this life. The funeral was one of the largest we have ever witnessed in this county the procession extending over six blocks, while the floral decorations were beautiful beyond description.  A beautiful pedestal of roses from the boarders at The Cottage, of which Mrs. Amos is the hostess, a splendid wreath surmounted by a snow white dove about to take its flight, a gift from Mrs. Fordyce, besides gifts from the order to which Mr. Amos belonged, and other friends whose names we have been unable to learn, formed a fitting last tribute to a loved friend.  The funeral was under the auspices of the IOOF; the Rev. Stuhl, of Grass Valley, delivered the oration. The funeral service was conducted at the home of the deceased, and the remains were interred in the Wasco cemetery June 23, 1904.
  • We regret very much to hear of the death of Joseph Amos, in Tucson, Ariz.  Mr. Amos was a former townsman in Rufus, having conducted a blacksmith shop here for a number of years.  We extend to the bereaved family the heartfelt sympathies of all in Rufus.
  • Grandmother Coates [Coats], aged 86 years who moved to Rufus with her sons last summer, died Monday, June 20, at 3 a.m.  The remains were buried at the Wasco cemetery, Tuesday.  Mrs. Coates is the third of her family to die this year.  Her husband and one son passed to the beyond recently.
  • Miss Maud Miller daughter of J.I. Miller, a former resident of Sherman Co, died very suddenly in Hood River on Sunday.  The funeral took place in Hood River on Tuesday.

July 1, 1904

July 8, 1904

July 15, 1904

July 22, 1904

  • Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. Leonard of Kent on Tuesday morning and claimed their adopted son.  The young man was stricken with the dread disease consumption, which he contracted last spring.  The remains will be taken to the Willamette for burial.

July 29, 1904

August 5, 1904 missing

August 12, 1904

  • J.P. Lucas died in Portland Wednesday August 11, 1904.  Mr. Lucas was a former resident of Wasco, having lived here for years, engaged in the blacksmith business.  He and family were highly esteemed by the people of Wasco.  He has recently been engaged in the manufacture of plows at Walla Walla, where his family now resides.

August 19, 1904

  • It is with sincere regret that we chronicle the death of Pete Tomlin, eldest son of James Tomlin of this town [Moro] on Saturday last, at 4 o’clock, in his 24th year.  It is always sad when a young man of his age is taken from amongst us in the very zenith of his usefulness, and the whole community joins us in sympathy for the bereaved parents and brothers and sisters.  [William Thomas]

August 26, 1904

September 2, 1904

  • Died.  Katie G. Osborne Kollas died at her home in The Nook.  Wednesday afternoon, August 24, 1904., at twenty minutes past three; aged nineteen years, six months and four days. She leaves a bereaved husband and a baby of nine months, her father and mother, two sisters and three brothers, besides many friends, to mourn her loss. Mrs. Kollas was loved by all who knew her, and she will be sadly missed.   The burial took place at Arlington, Aug. 25, many friends following the remains to its last resting place. The sympathy of the entire neighborhood is with the bereaved family.
  • Mrs. Bucannon, mother of Mrs. Roy Martin of this city [Moro], who has lately been visiting in Moro with her daughter, died suddenly in Baker county, on Tuesday last. [Buchanan]

September 9, 1904

  • On Saturday’s train from Kent, Mr. and Mrs. Sleitel brought in their infant son, Richard, aged 5 months, to consult Dr. Goffin, before the doctor could make an examination the little fellow passed away, in his mother’s arms.  Sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved parents. [Richard Herman]

September 16, 1904

September 23, 1904

  • Gone to Rest.  Marita Grace, the three-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton P. Morgan, of The News, died about 4 o’clock, Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17, 1904, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.P. Morgan, in Corvallis, Oregon,  The remains were laid to rest in Crystal Lake Cemetery of that city, at 10 am Monday. The little one had never been real strong, and it was taken to Corvallis in the hopes that its health would improve, but all efforts to save its life failed.  Mrs. Morgan and the baby were stopping at the home of Mr. Morgan’s parents, and as soon as the little one grew worse, Mr. Morgan was telegraphed, and took the night train for Corvallis, but did not reach there until Sunday afternoon. After a short stay in the Valley Mr. and Mrs. Morgan will return to Wasco.  They have the sympathy of everyone in this community.

September 30, 1904

  • Mrs. Annie B. Henton died, last Monday, at 9 a.m., at Grass Valley.  The funeral was largely attended, on Tuesday.  Memorial resolutions will be presented later.  [Annie Bell]

October 7, 1904

October 14, 1904

October 21, 1904

  • Committed Suicide.  Unknown Man, a Stranger in the County, Hung Himself at Rufus.  An unknown man, evidentially of Scandinavian birth, committed suicide by hanging, last Tuesday night at the Rufus Hotel in Rufus, Oregon.  In his work of self-destruction he tore all the clothes hooks from the wall of his room trying to find something substantial enough to hold his weight, and finally, as a last resort, he tore strips from his clothing and made a rope which he threw over the corner of the door, and by dropping on his knees succeeded in strangling himself to death. Early in the evening, after the stranger had secured a room for the night, the landlady, Mrs. Harvey, heard a noise in his room, and went to his door to ascertain the cause.  Getting a glimpse of him moving around in the room, she thinking he was insane, went for help, but as no further disturbance was heard the matter was dropped until morning, when her husband went to the room.  Through the partially open door Mr. Harvey saw the man on his knees, and spoke to him, and upon getting no response he opened the door and entered to find his roomer dead.  Coroner Logan, of Moro was notified, and collecting a jury, held and inquest, the verdict of which was suicide. Before going to his room, the deceased made inquiry for Scandinavians.  Other than this, nothing whatever is known of him, not even his name, as he did not register at the hotel and there were no letters of personal effects on his body.

October 28, 1904

November 4, 1904

November 11, 1904

November 28, 1904

Missing issues from Dec. 1904 thru to Oct. 12, 1905.

October 20, 1905

October 27, 1905

  • Mrs. John Donahue, met with a horrible accident at her home in Hood River last week, while burning some rubbish.  He clothing caught on fire and her body was burned so bad that she died a few hours after the accident.  Mrs. Donahue was well known in this part of Sherman county, and has many friends will greatly deplore her death.  — Grass
  • Mr. Voughn, an old time resident of Wasco and at one time its city Marshal died at Washougal, Washington on the 13th of this month after an illness of about 18 months.  Mr. Voughn was well known and highly respected in Wasco and his many friends will regret to hear of his death.  The funeral took place at Washougal under the auspices of the Forresters.

November 3, 1905

November 10, 1905

November 17, 1905

November 24, 1905

December 1, 1905

December 8, 1905

December 15, 1905

  • Death of A.B. Wooley.  A.B. Wooley, commonly known here as Ab Wooley, died at St. Vincent’s hospital last Sunday night. Mr. Wooley was a member of Sherman Post Grand Army of the Republic.  He joined the army while a very young man and served the greater part of the time during the Civil War.  He at one time owned considerable property in Wasco, which he sold to B.:F. Medler, and moved to St. John where he had invested in real estate.  He was well known in Wasco and had many friends here.  Commander Pike went to Portland Monday to look after the disposal of the remains.

December 22, 1905

December 29, 1905

  • A Sad Christmas.  The joys of Christmas Tide for Wasco was chilled to tears and gloom by the merciless visitation of death’s invincible hand, it seemed that the best loved and most widely known had been marked for the occasion by the grim messenger. Mr. E.A.E. Webber long identified with Sherman county and especially with Wasco, was called to answer the summons on Thursday morning, Miss Johnson, popularly known among her friends and associates as Betty, had proceeded Mr. Webber only a few hours, Mrs. W.H. Biggs passed away on the same day in Portland, while in distant New Mexico Mrs. Wm. Froebe was called to her last rest at about the same time.  All these stood very high in the community. — Mrs. Biggs especially was loved by all who had ever had the pleasure of knowing her; with a kind word for all and malice for none she seemed to judge others by her own sweet self, her home a paradise and her gentle disposition a gem of such rare radiance that came under its influence but longed to linger. — Miss Johnson was one of our fairest and most popular young ladies who was best loved by those who knew her best, quiet and retiring in disposition she was a blessing to her parents and her home. –Christmas festivities were for the most part abandoned, there being none who feel that they have not lost friends, while Wasco knows that three of its best have parted to the great beyond.
  • Mrs. Nancy Catherine Froebe, wife of William N. Froebe, died at her home in Silver City, New Mexico, December 18, 1905.  Mrs. Froebe was well known in Wasco and vicinity and the many friends of the family will regret to her of the sad bereavement.
  • Obituary.  Mary E. Johnson, daughter of J. H. and Mrs. Johnson of this city, was born at the old home place northeast of town January 18, 1885.  She was converted to Christ in the summer of 1901, at Elmira, Oregon, where obeying her Master, she became a member of the Church of Christ; at a later date her membership was transferred to the congregation in Wasco, where she remained a member until her death.  She died on the 21st of December, age 20 years 11 months and 3 days. Her funeral, conducted by the local minister, took place from the Christian church at 11:00 o’clock, Dec. 23rd, and interment made in the Wasco cemetery.  [Mary Elizabeth]
  • E.A.E. Webber.  Mr. E.A.E. Webber was born in Germany May 5th 1854, died December 21st 1905 at his home in Wasco, Oregon. He was a Methodist having soon after arriving in America joined the German Methodist church. He came to Oregon about twenty years ago and has since been identified with the history of Sherman county and Wasco in particular where he was at the time of his death the head of one of the large mercantile establishments.  For about two years he has been a patient sufferer from the malady that finally conquered him.  Mr. Webber was highly respected in the community and his loss is one that can not well be forgotten.  The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. [Emil August Edwin]
  • Shadows.  Biggs, Martha Ellen Ellis was born in Lewis Co., Missouri March 22, 1889 died in Portland, Oregon, Dec. 23rd, 1905. Sister Biggs united with the Methodist church at an early age and her life has been one long beautiful day of service for Christ and the church she so loved.  She was united in marriage to W.H. Biggs March tenth 1859 in Canton, Missouri, where they resided until 1874 when she accompanied her husband to California and in 1880 they moved to what is now know as Wasco.  The last twenty-five years of her life have been given to this section of the country in service as loving as it has been efficient. As Secretary of the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society she served lovingly and well the great cause of Missions.  As a worker in the W.C.T.U. she was very capable.  She was a member of the board of Stewards of the Wasco M.E. church and no church was ever blessed with a more loving or successful other.  One of the sweet memories of this congregation will be that for years the elements for the sacramental services were prepared by her hands. W__ __ she served well everywhere and always cared for ____ ___ to her; her throne was her home there she reigned supreme and so beautifully did she dominate that atmosphere that no one could cross its portals with our receiving an inspiration for a more noble life.  Her hospitality knew no bounds and for a quarter of a century her home has been headquarters for the Methodist preachers and right royally have they all been entertained. Sister Biggs had the most remarkable talent of seeing only the good in every one and so well did she emphasize this gift that seldom did anyone display any but the best of their nature in her presence.  She was loved by everyone and every home in the community will feel the loss of a real friend.  Her faith was strong and her experience bright.  Her last words were triumphant exciting in the prospects that to her had already become real. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, W.H. Biggs, two sisters, Mrs. E.J. Agee of Calif., and Mrs. Laura Davis, who has been with her during her last illness and the whole community that has been touched and blessed by her beautiful Christ like life. The funeral was conducted from the Wasco Methodist church by the pastor who took for his text, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”  2nd Cor. 5 8   —  Rev. A. Monroe.
  • Mrs. Kent died in the hospital at The Dalles yesterday just as we were locking the forms.  She with her husband came to Wasco two years ago in search of health.  She conducted a millinery store in Wasco for some time.  While in Wasco both Mrs. Kent and her husband made many friends who sympathize with the bereaved husband deeply in his loss.  Wasco it seems has had her share of sorrow this holiday season and this last is by no means the least.

January 5, 1906

  • Obituary.  Kent, Adda Honsoh was born May 5th 1873, in Ingham county, Michigan, died December 28th, 1905 at The Dalles, Oregon.  She was united in marriage to Mr. J.M. Kent April 21st, 1900, at Mason, Michigan.  The moved to Wasco in 1904. Sister Kent was a woman of tact and ability in dealing with people and always surrounded herself with a host of friends. During the revival conducted at the Wasco Methodist church in June and July, 1905 she dedicated herself to Christ and His work, uniting with the church July 2nd.  From that time till her translation her faith in Christ was unwavering and the consciousness of the favor and help of the Heavenly Father was her strength.  She took us the work of the church with characteristic earnestness and did well that which was committed to her care. She served the church as a steward and was a member of two of the most important church committees when she left the church Militant to join the triumphant which is with our fault before the throne of God.  The last message that we received from her was given in the language of the Psalmest “Though I walk through the valley of the death thy rod and thy staff they comfort me,” and with these words on her lips passed away to be with Christ.  Her husband, J.M. Kent, her son Carroll, and a sister are left to mourn for her, together with a large circle of friends.  The writer conducted the services from the undertaking parlors at The Dalles before the departure for Michigan.  Her body will be laid to rest in the cemetery at Mason, Michigan. — Rev. A. Monroe.
  • Nelson C. Long was born in Whitney county, Indiana, February 6th, 1837, and came to The Dalles, where he was employed by Wells Fargo & Co., for three years.  In August 31st, 1882, he came to Sherman county, where he resided till his death December 29th, 1905.  He was 69 years 9 months and 23 days old.  J.L. Smith was with him at his death.

January 12, 1906

  • Little Fay Large, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Large, a little over a year and a half old, while playing with her sister last Tuesday morning fell back into a tub of scalding hot water, badly burning her body.  From the first the case seemed a hopeless one and the little tot soon succumbed to the injury dying Tuesday afternoon.  The funeral taking place Wednesday at 2:30 o’clock at the M.E. church.

January 19, 1906 missing

January 26, 1906

February 2, 1906

February 9, 1906

February 16, 1906

  • Cotton Morrow‘s baby died Monday night of pneumonia and was buried Tuesday afternoon.  [Louis Monroe]
  • Rufus Items – A man was found dead and torn to pieces, along the railroad last week between Rufus and Grants.  The real cause of his death is not known; he came over the river from the graders outfit and is thought to have had considerable money on his person.  Coroner Logan was down from Moro and took charge of the remains.

February 23, 1906

March 2, 1906

  • C.H. Northrup‘s baby died last Thursday evening and was buried Friday.  [February 23, 1906 issue lists a daughter Born to Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Northup, last Thursday.]

March 9, 1906 Missing

March 16, 1906

  • Arthur Fuller, wife and daughter come down from Lexington Tuesday to attend the funeral of Mr. Fuller’s mother, who died at Biglow Monday.
  • The Translation of Grandma FullerMary Ann Dunhan was born in the state of Mass.  Dec. 29, 1822 and died at Biglow, Sherman county, Oregon, March 11, 1906, age 83 years 2 months and 11 days. When but a mere child her parents moved to Ohio and located near Cleveland.  February 21st, 1847 she was united in marriage to Henry B. Fuller and to this union where born eight children, five of who died in infancy and one at the age of thirty-nine years. Over fifty years ago Grandma Fuller was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church of which she remained a faithful and honored member till the call came for her to join the Church Triumphant that is without fault before the throne of God.  In 1864 the family moved to California and in 1869 her husband died, leaving her the care of three small boys.  In Sept. 1883 she moved with them to Biglow, Oregon.  The Methodist Preacher will all remember Grandma Fuller for her home was always the stopping of the Itinerant and right well did she minister to their needs.  She fell asleep at the home of her son Wesley Fuller at Biglow on the afternoon of March 11th, to awake beyond the river.  The funeral was conducted March 14th, at eleven o’clock from the home of the writer.  Who took for his text, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, thou last faithful over a few things, _ will make thee ruler over many things enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Two sons and eight grandchildren survive her, to cherish in memory the sainted life of mother and grandmother.  –A. Monroe.
  • Shadows.   MeaderMabel Peabody  was born at Sabrook, Illinois December 10th, 1874 — died at The Dalles, Oregon March 8th, 1906. While she was but a child her parents moved to Oregon and took up their residence near Wasco.  On Dec 6th, 1893 she united in marriage to Mr. F.H. Meader. In 1892 Sister Meader united with the Methodist Episcopal church of Wasco.  Later when they moved to Moro she became a member of the Presbyterian church of that place, of which she remained a member till her death.  Her faith in Christ was unwavering — and she obeyed her Master in going about doing good.  Once more this entire community is in mourning, for the death angel has indeed taken a loved one from our number.  Her departure is a personal loss to each of her large circle of friends. While she was an active member of the Order of Rebekah’s and the Circle Lodge and was faithful to the work committed to her care, she was preemenantly a home lover and upon its alters were poured out the sweetest sacrifice of loving devotion.  Her father, Wm. Peabody, her devoted husband, F.H. Meader, and her three boys are left to mourn her loss.  The funeral was conducted from the Methodist church of Wasco, the orders of which she was a member participating in the services.  Interment at Masonic cemetery, Wasco, Oregon.

March 23, 1906

  • F.H. Robertson, formerly manager of the Sandow Milling Co., at this place, died last week at Turner, Oregon.  [Place of Burial Unknown]

March 31, 1906

  • Mrs. C. Barns, mother of Mrs. O.H. Rich, died at Canton, Oklahoma; March 20.  Mrs. Barns was visiting she daughter here for some time about a year ago and made many friends in this vicinity, who join the relatives in regrets at the sad news.

April 6, 1906

  • John Kaseberg, Sr., a pioneer of Sherman county, died at his home in Walla Walla April 2nd, of asthma and bronchitis at the age of 75 years.  Sherman county was his home for about twenty years having removed to Walla Walla four years ago.  Mr. Kaseberg had spent the last few months in California, hoping the change would benefit him, returning home only a few days prior to the time of his death.  He was loved and respected by all and leaves a widow, four sons and three daughters to mourn his loss.

April 13, 1906

  • Card of Thanks.  We take this opportunity to express our thanks to our friends and neighbors for the kindly assistance and sympathy extended in our recent bereavement.  Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Hines.

April 20, 1906

  • Mrs. Nelse Hanson was buried in Rose cemetery Monday.  Quire a number of friends and neighbors from Moro attended the last sad rites, the bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.
  • Mrs. M.M. Stoops died at the home of her parents in Wasco April 13, 1906.  Aged 36 years and 10 months.
  • Card of Thanks – We wish to thank the kind friends who so kindly assisted in caring for our daughter during her sickness and burial, whose willing hands and tender hearts ministered to her every want for which we feel very grateful.  Mr. and Mrs. T.D. Williams and son.
  • Mrs. Ira Hill’s mother died Wednesday night.

April 27, 1906

  • Obituary.  Miss Hendricka Gosslink was born in Holland, January 22, 1834, at the age of 13 in company with her parents they came to America settling at Pella Ponea, where she was married to Sencas Vander Linden in  1854, to this union was born eleven children of which seven are living to mourn her loss.  She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ira F. Hill, April 19, 1905, near Wasco, Oregon. She was converted early in life and lived a faithful christian all these years.  She was kind and gentle to all and had many friends.  She endured her suffering as only a christian can, her funeral was preached at the Biglow Schoolhouse, her body was interred in the Biglow Cemetery, but her spirit rests with God. — Rest  mother from the pain and care Rest wary one and wait You’ve passed along the unknown way And through the unseen gate. The little one you’ve love and kissed And others older grown Must miss the loving tenderness In mother’s touch and tone And others still, the ones away For whom you’ve longed and wept And called in vain through weary years The while they’ve calmly slept You’ve solved with them the mystery That darkly lies between This vale of tear that heaven blest By mortal eye unseen Rest mother where beside your boy You’ve often prayed to rest We leave you her among the flowers With calm hand-follod breast The beauty of the Springs draws near When all things make that sleep Rest mother till the morning dawns When non can make to weep. ~M.E. Bailey

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  • Mary Jane Neimier was born Oct. 10 1835 at Piqua, Ohio.  Was married to Charles Harper at Cathage, Ohio the 20 of March 1853, died the 3rd of June at 3 o’clock 1906 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Peddicord.  She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and six children.  She was the mother of nine children three of who preceded her to the other world.  She united with the Methodist church in 1873, but in later years worshipped with the Christians, the church of her choice. The funeral took place from the residence of her daughter Mrs. Peddicord at 4 o’clock in the afternoon of June 4th 1906.      Rev. C.A. Sias conducting the ceremonies.

June 15, 1906

  • Obituary.  Lillie May Heseman died at the residence of Mrs. B.J. Robinson in Wasco at 8:45 o’clock am on June 1st.  She was born in Marion county, March 27th 1882 near Turner.  The funeral took place in Twin Oaks cemetery at Turner, June 3rd 1906. She came to Wasco last January, but an operation being necessary she went to Portland spending some time at the hospital there.  She failed to fully recover from the effects of the operation. She leaves many friends to mourn her loss being of a loving disposition she was loved and respected by all.  She leaves  to mourn her loss a father, three brothers and one sister, her mother having died when her daughter was but two years old. The friends and relatives feel very grateful to the many acts of kindness and sympathy and especially to the Doctors Beers and Hayes who did all in their power to make the last moments as pleasant and painless as possible.

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July 20, 1906 Missing

July 27, 1906

August 3, 1906

  • T.J. Miller, father of our fellow-townsman W. E. Miller and of the Miller brothers of the DesChutes, died Wednesday night, the funeral taking place at Wasco cemetery yesterday afternoon.  Mr. Miller was of the pioneers of 48 and was an Indian war veteran, who has lived many years in Sherman county and is well and favorably known.  [Thomas Jefferson    Place of Burial  – Sunrise cemetery]

August 10, 1906

  • Death of Capt, T.J. Miller.  Captain T.J. Miller, a pioneer of 1848, and father of the Miller Bros. died at his home at DeChutes on July 31.  He was born at Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1834.  He was a veteran of the Indian Wars of 1855 and 1856 when he served with credit and distinction.  He had long been a resident of Sherman county and was always identified with the great events that led to the final opening and development of the county.  He leaves a widow, three sons and a daughter with many warm friends to mourn his loss.

August 17, 1906

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August 31, 1906

  • Funeral Notice – The funeral of Grandma Brock will take place at the Methodist church, in Wasco Saturday at 2 o’clock pm.

September 7, 1906

  • Herman Douma was called “over the river” by the “maker and taker of all things” Saturday afternoon, after an illness of long standing.  The remains were taken to the last resting place Sunday afternoon.  A large gathering of friends and neighbors witnessed the last sad rites both at the church and at the grave.  The bereaved family have they sympathy of the entire community.
  • An unknown man was found murdered near the mouth of the DesChutes late Sunday evening, and Sheriff McCoy and Justice Rudolf held an inquest over the remains Monday morning.  It was the verdict of the jury that the man met his death at the hands some unknown person.  The skull was mashed in, and lying beside the dead man was the club with which the murder was committed.  It is a mystery that probably will never be solved, although the authorities are making every effort toward that end, it seems there is no foundation for any clue whatever.  The murder was probably committed Friday or Saturday, as the body was slightly decomposed.  He was well dressed, the shoes had been taken off his feet and worn off by the murderer.  In a pocket book found on the body was the name “O.H. Schnaubelt” and several songs written in the German language.  The theory is that he was killed by a companion for his money.  The remains were buried in the “pauper corner” of the Moro cemetery.
  • Obituary. Grandma BrockElvira Ann Brown – Daughter of Marrewether and Marriss Brown was born at Abington, Illinois,  March 16th, 1831.  Died August 30, at 12:15 am at Wasco, Oregon.  She was converted when but a girl while attending Camp meeting in Illinois and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church of which she has remained a faithful member until she received the summons to join the church Triumphant which is without fault before the throne of God.  In 1852 she crossed the plains with her parents and settled in Marion county, near Salem.  She was united in marriage to R.W. Brock September 7th, 1854 and moved to Lynn [Linn] county.  To this union was born nine children, three of whom, one girl and two boys, died in childhood.  Six, one daughter and five sons, remain to mourn the departure of their mother. In 1884 the family moved to what is now Sherman Co. and a few years later to Wasco where Grandma Brock has since resided.  Her husband, R.W. Brock, died at Wasco May 30, 1901. Grandma Brock was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge and remained a member till the lodge surrendered its charter in this place.

September 14, 1906

September 21, 1906

  • The funeral of Mrs. Stricker, mother of Tom Striker, who died Saturday morning, took place at Wasco cemetery Sunday afternoon.

September 28, 1906 missing.

October 5, 1906

October 12, 1906

  • Died. Near Grants, Or., Oct., 6th, the infant babe of Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Fowler.

October 19, 1906

  • Mr. I.C. Richards, brother-in-law of Mrs. W.M. Barnett, died at Goldendale on Oct 11th.

October 26, 1906 missing

November 2, 1906

  • Mrs. I.P. Harding Dead.  There comes to us as a sad surprise the death notice of one of Sherman county’s old and honored citizens.  At eleven o’clock last Wednesday evening Mrs. I.P. Harding passed away, having succumbed to an attack of heart failure.  Mrs. Harding for years resided near Wasco and now leaves, beside a husband and eight children, many friends to mourn her loss. [Hardin]
  • Death of Mrs Lamborn. Margaretta Jane Benninghuff was born Mar. 1, 1833 in Coshocton, County, Ohio, died Oct. 30, 1906 at Wasco Sherman Co., Or., age 73 years, 7 months, 30 days.  Was married to Lindley Lamborn at Columbus, Ohio, January 2, 1851.  To this union eight children were born six of which, Elwood, William, George, Frank, Mrs. Belle McPhearson and Mrs. Mary Elder, survive.  Soon after their marriage they moved to Iowa, residing there until the year 1872 when they moved to California and in the year 1883 she moved to Wasco where she has since continuously resided, her husband having died in the year 1881 at Dixon, California.  From girlhood she has been a consistent Christian, having united with the Baptist Church early in life.  In the year 1886 she joined the Methodist Church at Wasco where she has been a devout, faithful follower of Jesus ever since.

November 9, 1906

  • Peter Ruffner Dead.  In The Dalles, on Monday, November 5th there occurred the funeral of one of Oregon’s oldest pioneers, and a man with whom Wasco people were well acquainted. Peter Ruffner was born near Winchester, Virginia, in 1821.  He came to Oregon in 1859 and settled at The Dalles. He was of an old Virginia family of which he was always proud.  While a resident of The Dalles Mr. Ruffner filled the office of City Marshal for nearly forty years.  Since about eight years ago, when his wife died, he has made his home with his married daughters in Portland, Hood River and Wasco.  He passed away at the home of his daughter in Hood River. Mr. Ruffner was the father of nine children, three sons and six daughters.  Andrew Ruffner, of Bremerton, Wash., Frank Ruffner, of Portland, Willie Ruffner, of Seattle, Wash., Mrs. Lizzie Marsh of Wasco, Mrs. Ellen Koontz of Hood River  and Mrs. Clara Carmichael of Hood River, who survive him, and Mrs. Lora Beerhmer, Mrs. Alice Koontz and Miss Maud Ruffner deceased.
  • George M. Anderson, of Lyle, was burned in a cottage on the Balfour place near the town Friday night.  Anderson was an aged man, probably 85 years old who lived the life of a recluse in the little cabin accorded to his use by Mr. Balfour.
  • Death. Mrs. Harding [Hardin]. Mrs. Mary McGhahey Hardin, was born in Rutherfard, county, North Carolina forty-six years ago, died in Sherman county, Oregon, October 31st, 1906. In the year of 1890, she with her husband moved to Alabama, where they resided until 1896 when they moved to Oregon, settling at Hood River.  They resided there until 1900.  In that year they moved to Sherman county where the family still reside.  Besides a husband and mother, Mrs. Hardin leaves nine children and many warm friends to mourn her loss. The children are:  Sylvester Hardin, of Ione, Mrs. Hester Sink, Weldon, Alice, John, Minnie, Calender and Iva Hardin, of Sherman county, and Romolis Hardin, of Spokane, Wash. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Moro, Oct. 2nd, 1906.  (Moro Observer please copy.)

November 16, 1906 Missing

November 23, 1906 Missing

November 30, 1906

  • Ground to Pieces.  A Lineman Meets a Horrible Death Near Deschutes.    While Stealing a Ride on an East – Bound Northern Pacific Train a Man Unknown Falls and is Instantly Killed. A horrible accident occurred to an unknown man on the Northern Pacific railroad between The Dalles and Grants Saturday night.   From what can be learned it is supposed the unfortunate man was a lineman, who, in company with two others of the same craft, had stopped a day of two at The Dalles in search of employment, failing to secure which it is supposed the trio had boarded an east-bound train with the object of beating their way to some point in the east. The mangled remains were discovered by the train crew of No. 4 when the train reached the tank at Deschutes.  At this point two torn shoes were found with other pieces of clothing.  At Biggs other articles of men’s apparel were found, including several pieces of linemen’s tools.  When nearing Grants the naked body of a man was discovered, with the face badly mashed, as though he had been dragged along the track and the body was fearfully torn and bruised with one leg crushed off.  The missing leg was found alongside the track at Blalocks.

December 7, 1906

December 14, 1906

  • Under the Wheels. John Hull  Victim of a Terrible Accident at The Dalles.   An Old and Respected Farmer of This Vicinity is Run Over by a Switch Engine in The Dalles Yards and Instantly Killed. The community was saddened last Tuesday evening by the report from The Dalles which told that death had overtaken John Hull in its most tragic and horrible form.  Mr. Hull left his home Tuesday morning for The Dalles on a business errand and all unmindful of the terrible fate that awaited him but a few hours after his departure from home. Thus far the News has been unable to learn more than meager details of the unfortunate occurrence.  After arriving in The Dalles Mr. Hull, it would seem, had occasion to cross over the tracks in the O.R.& N. yards and in the vicinity of the switch engine which was engaged at that time in shunting cars to and from in the makeup of trains. Exactly how the accident occurred no one seems to know and as a consequence there are many conjectures and surmises of the affair.  The first authentic version of the accident is that of a stranger who saw him clinging to the engine above the foot board and that a moment thereafter the unfortunate man relaxed his hold and fell across the track immediately in front of the moving engine.  The wheels of the front trucks passed over both limbs just below the knees ___ he received other serious wounds on the back and side of the head.  His death must have been almost instantaneous. The deceased was the owner of a wheat farm located about seven miles north of Wasco.  He leaves a wife and eleven children, one of whom, Dell, operates the Wasco barber shop. The remains were brought up to Grants Wednesday afternoon and the funeral services were held in the M.E. church of Wasco, Thursday evening at 1:30, Rev. Holady officiating.

December 21, 1906

  • In Memoriam.  John Hull was born in Ohio January 29, 1838, and died at The Dalles, Ore., December 10, 1906. Mr. Hull resided in his native state until he reached the age of thirteen years when he removed with his parents to a farm in Illinois.  At 20 years of age he went into business for himself upon a rented farm which he cultivated until 1881.  In that year he came with his son to Oregon and, attracted by the unequaled advantages offered by this section, located upon a farm six miles north of Wasco, where he had since resided. In 1858 he was joined in marriage with Miss Mary F. Johnson of Pike county, Illinois.  To this union twelve children were born, eleven of whom, with his wife, survive him.  The bereaved family are consoled in their great loss by the knowledge that the husband and father was one of Sherman county’s most honored citizens.

December 28, 1906

January 4, 1907

  • Hannah J. Crawford.  Died – At the residence of her second daughter, Mrs. L. A. Adams, in Petaluma, Sonoma county, California, Mrs. Hannah J. Crawford, age 78 years 6 months and 14 days. In 1851 she came across the plains with her husband and two children and settled in Linn county, near Albany.  In 1855 they removed to the forks of the Santiam river, near Lebanon.  In February, 1857, they with their family of four children, moved to California.  He husband was a Presbyterian minister, Rev. C.H. Crawford, who died about four years ago.  She leaves eight children, of whom Mrs. L.D. Williams of Wasco, is the oldest.

January 11, 1907

January 18, 1907

  • Alonzo Young, died at Rufus, January 12, 1907, of old age.  He was born in [S]usquehana county, Pa., January 14, 1825.  From that place he moved to Rufus, Oregon, and in 1886 he was married to Mrs. Mary Weatherford of that place.  Besides a wife, he leaves four children, Mrs. A.W. Mee, Misses Mary and Alta and Grover, all of Rufus.
  • Tuesday evening the little babe of Mr. and Mrs. Winn Fields answered the summons of its Creator and returned to its final home without being called to endure the cold, harsh experiences of this ruthless world.  And it may have been better so.  The child was born Tuesday, January 8, and its funeral occurred Wednesday, January 16.

January 25, 1907

  • Card of Thanks – We wish to extend our sincere thanks to our many friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us in our sad bereavement.  Mr. and Mrs. B.M. Sias
  • Mr. McGregor‘s  baby, which died at the home of Tom Coats on Wednesday of last week, was buried Friday in the Wasco cemetery. [?Nora Mabel ]

February –  All this month are missing

March 1, 1907

March 8, 1907

  • Card of Thanks – The relatives of the late Mrs. Daisy Mee wish to thank their kind friends and neighbors for their help and sympathy in our late bereavement.  Mrs. A. Young,  A.W. Mee.
  • Born — Thursday Feb. 28 to Mr. and Mrs. Frances Pugh,  a ten pound girl.  —- Spared the trials the life here Mr. and Mrs. Frances Peugh little one was called to the other side Monday night.  The funeral occurred Wednesday.

March 15, 1907 Missing

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April 5, 1907

  • In the death of Tunis Swick, Grant County lost one of its earliest and best citizens.  He has lived for more than twenty years within its borders, always active in the improvement of business and social conditions around him.  Of sterling integrity himself, perhaps one of the most pronounced characteristic was his scorn of sham and pretense of what somewhat indifferent to the open ever kind.  He was loyal to his friends rascal, but to man who played double and betrayed his friends he was implacably hostile.  Any man may have well been proud of the friendship of Tunis Swick.  — Grant County News.

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  • Mrs. Maude Bowles, daughter of ex-Governor T.T. Geer, died at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Baker City, after a week’s illness with pneumonia, on Sunday last.  Maude Geer was born in the Cove, Union county, 35 years ago, and had since her marriage to Frank Bowles, a mining man, made her home in Baker City.  Her remains were shipped to Macley and buried on Wednesday by the side of her mother.

June 7, 1907

  • James Paul, a prominent rancher was drowned in the John Day river in view of his wife, while attempting to ford the stream at flood.  He was riding a spirited horse, and his wife, who was also mounted, came to the banks of the stream at a ford with which he was familiar but which appeared so uncommonly dangerous that he deemed it best to try before permitting Mrs. Paul to ride into the water.  In mid-stream his wife saw his horse rear and turn backwards, carrying Paul with him.  Neither horse or man reappeared, nor has the body of either been recovered, though search has been constant.  Paul was an experienced horseman and accustomed to the streams of this region.  It is supposed he threw the horse off his poise by an unguarded pull at his bit.

June 14, 1907

  • Rev. Holladay was called to Grass Valley yesterday to officiate at the funeral of young child.

June 21, 1907

  • Mrs. Emeline E. White is Laid to Rest in Wasco Cemetery. The funeral of Mrs. Emeline E. White occurred here last Sunday afternoon at 1:30.  A large audience attended the sermon preached by Rev. Holladay at the M.E. church and a procession of representative citizens followed the bier to the Wasco cemetery where the remains were laid to rest.  Mrs. White, or as her many friends are wont to call her, Mother White, was well and most favorably known here, she being the wife of Father White, one of the wholehearted pastors who served the Wasco Methodist Church many years ago.  The spirit of Mrs. White passed away at Spokane, Washington, and the body was brought here for interment beside that of her respected husband.
  • The following sketch of her life, from friends in Spokane, was handed us for publication. Emeline E. Reeder was born in Green county, Illinois, October 12,1 1831, was married to George H. White, April 1847.  To this union was born six children, two of which, with her husband, preceded her to the other shore.  In early life she became a Christian and lived a consistent member ever since.  Her life has been an example of patience and kindness and those who knew her best loved her most. In the fall of 1871 she and her family came from Iowa and settled in the then Washington Territory, and one year ago, came to Spokane to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Kate L. Carsan, where on June 14, she passed over to be others who preceded her.  A brief service, conducted by an old time friend, Rev. M.R. Brown of the Union Park M.E. Church, was held at the home. The children living are Morris White, of Walla Walla, Wn., Alice E. Fleck, of The Dalles, Oreg., George L. White, Hoover, Missouri, and Kate L. Carsan of Spokane.  There are also sixteen grandchildren and several great grand children survive her.

June 28, 1907

July 5, 1907

  • Bullet Ends Life Of Man.  Jack Freeman is Dead From Shot in Back.  Aim Not at Victim.  Roy S. Ward is Held in Connection With Killing at McDonald’s Ferry of Man Well Known to People of This County. One man shot dead while under the influence of liquor is the result of affray which occurred at McDonald Tuesday night. Our peaceful little county is disturbed with death in its most horrible form.  Report came to Wasco shortly before midnight Tuesday evening that John Freeman had been shot dead at McDonald’s Ferry on the John Day river.  The instrument of death is said to have been in the hands of “Billy” McDonald, the ferryman, who, it is said, had previously received a wound inflicted by a man named Ward, who has pushed McDonald off his own porch.  The shooting, it seemed, occurred about 8 o’clock, but Freeman’s body was not found until shortly before midnight. Ward and Freeman left Wasco Tuesday afternoon, and together, drove to McDonald’s Ferry, reaching there about 8 o’clock.  When the men reached that place they both appeared to be drunk, and Ward, climbing from his wagon, it is claimed, attacked Freeman. “Billy” McDonald, hearing the fuss, went out to stop it and succeeded in separating the two men.  Then McDonald returned to the porch and, it is claimed, Ward followed him and pushed him off the porch, causing a wound to be inflicted on McDonald’s face, near the right eye. After this McDonald got on his feet and persuaded Ward to go home, which he had agreed to do.  To assist him McDonald went to Jack Freeman, and started to aid the intoxicated man to get into the wagon.  At this time, it is claimed that Ward approached McDonald from behind and struck a blow which fell him to the ground.  This was done with a shovel, but at this point, those who were on the ground say that Ward picked up an ax and that McDonald, fearing for his life, ran to the house and procured a gun.  Becoming frightened Ward ran toward the river, and, McDonald, seeing no one, fired two or three shots in the direction he thought Ward had gone. After the shooting members of the family phoned to Klondike, and Larry Catterlin, George Potter and Mr. Bridges rode down to the scene of trouble.  Word was also sent to Wasco and constable Hoag, accompanied by Dr. Morse, also went to the Ferry.  The two parties arrived before midnight.  Considerable search followed before anything was discovered of the two men who were supposed to have ran to the river.  Finally, Freeman was found lying on his face, apparently in a drunken stupor.  Constable Hoag, remarked that he seemed very drunk, and they would leave him awhile before awakening him.  The party then went to the house, and later, returned, when someone touched the man and found him dead.  Examination then followed and a bullet hole was located in his back just above the kidney. In the absence of Coroner Logan, Justice Westerfield, of Grass Valley, summoned a jury and an inquest was held Wednesday afternoon, the jury rendering a verdict to the effect that John Freeman came to his death from an accidental gun shot wound. The remains of the deceased, Freeman, who had neither family or relatives in this locality, were brought to Wasco by Lem Agie [Agee], Wednesday night, and taken yesterday, to Emigrant Springs for burial. Upon examination by Dr. Morse, McDonald was found to be seriously injured and is lying at his home in a somewhat critical condition.  Ward was placed under arrest and is now in custody of Sheriff McCoy.

July 12, 1907

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July 26, 1907

August 2, 1907

  • Raymond Moore Drowned In River.  Young Son, of Hon. C.W. Moore Meets Tragic End in Columbia. While attending to his duties as register at the land office this morning, a few minutes after 10 o’clock a boy brought the awful news to Mr. C.W. Moore that his young son, Raymond, had been drowned in the river at the Regulator dock.  Rushing out of the office he soon reached the scene to find a number already gathered on the dock and a small boy — Harry Anderson, a son of L. Anderson, who is employed in the Burns meat market — standing on the wharf boat as if he had just been in swimming.  The little fellow was frightened to death and shaking all over told how Ray was in swimming with him when the accident happened.  Between sobs he said that they had been in swimming together for a little while and he got out and was sitting on the dock, when Ray took the “wings” off and threw to him, saying “Guess I don’t need them anymore.”  He started to swim further out when Harry told him not to go that the men had told him that it was not safe.  Just then Ray seemed to strike a suction from the current around the wharf boat and yelled for help.  “He was almost near enough to grab my foot, “said Harry, “and I put my leg out so he could grab it, but he sank right away.  Then I yelled for the men.” In a short space of time a large crowd had gathered on the down, and with wonderful control, but face blanched, the brave father stayed on the wharf boat was they moved it out and assisted while they prepared to drag the river.  All sorts of grappling contrivances were used, but in vain and at the noon hour he had not been found.  The C.J. Billedeu, who has had some experience along that line, rigged up a grappling hook and when the streamer Simons had pulled the wharf boat further out continued to drag the water between the dock and the boat.  At about 1:30 when the hook was twenty-five feet out in water about twelve feet deep, he felt it catch on something and in a moment brought the body to the surface.  The hooks had caught in the trunk Ray wore and the body was not bruised, says The Dalles Chronicle of July 26. Raymond Moore was born at Grass Valley in the year 1802 [?] and was 19 years of age. Owing to his excellent home surroundings and training he was growing up to be a gentlemanly little man, loved and admired by all who knew him and the excellent family which he belonged. The funeral services were held at The Dalles Sunday afternoon the 28th.  More than a hundred Sherman county people were present, returning by special train Sunday evening.
  • Henry Fuller‘s little eight months old baby died at the home of Mrs. Fuller’s father on Wednesday evening, July 31st.  The child was only sick a short time before death came.  [Lila ]

August 9, 1907

  • Henry Burmaster died at the home of his son-in-law, C.C. Deyo, near Rufus, on Monday.  Deceased had been in poor health for some time.  He left a wife and three children, his death being the first to occur in the family.  Henry Burmaster was a born in Germany, having immigrated to the United States 1893, located in this state seven years ago.  His descendants are Henry B. and Herman Burmaster, the former residing at Glenwood, Wis., and the latter at Seattle, Wn., besides the daughter, Mrs. Helen Deyo, at whose home he passed away.  Deceased had attained the ripe age of 73 years.  The funeral took place from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Deyo, on Wednesday, and the remains were deposited in the Wasco cemetery.  Services were conducted at the cemetery by J.P. Easter of the Christian church.

August 16, 1907

August 23, 1907

August 30, 1907

  • Mr. Yates and Marie Barnett went to Goldendale to attend the funeral of Herman McKee.
  • Thomas McConnell, a sheep-herder, met death at Shaniko Monday morning from a bullet fired from a pistol in the hands of a drunken gambler named Thomas Hale.  It is said the men were strangers and both in a state of intoxication.  They entered the barroom of the Columbia Southern Hotel at 3 o’clock in the morning when Hale flourished his gun in such a threatening manner that the barkeeper went outside to call the marshal.  On his return with the officer Hale came out to the room with a smoking revolver in his hand and walking to the edge of the porch set down uncertainly.  The body of McConnell lay on the floor of the hotel, having been shot three times.  There were no witnesses to the tragedy except the two men concerned.  Hale claimed he did not know the man he shot and had never seen him before.  A coroner’s inquest was held early in the forenoon, charging Hale with the murder of McConnell and he was placed under arrest and taken to the county seat of Wasco county where he was confined in jail to await trail.

September 6, 1907

September 13, 1907

  • Mr. W. Fowler of Rufus died at Salem Tuesday, Sept. 10.  Mr Fowler had been suffering for some time from the effects of a mental derangement, and the end comes as a sad relief to his many friends throughout Sherman County.  The interment occurred in the Wasco cemetery, Rev. Easter pronouncing the last words of comfort.

September 20, 1907

  • A most horrible tragedy occurred seven miles west of Dufur last Friday, at the McCoy home.  In the absence of her husband, Mrs. Frances E. McCoy sent her two little children to the home of a neighbor and going to the barn, set fire to it and perished in the flames.  Neighbors quickly gathered at the scene of the conflagration, but were too late to save the structure.  The charred remains of the unfortunate woman were found in the ruins.  It is thought the act was premeditated, and that Mrs. McCoy had become temporarily insane from the effect of bodily ills that had beset her for some time.
  • Obituary.  William R. Fowler was born in Pettis county, Missouri, in August, 1840.  He immigrated to Oregon in 1886 and settled on the Columbia river where he resided for 21 years.  He died September 10th 1907.  Brother Fowler obeyed the Master in early manhood in Sedalia, Missouri, and had been a faithful attendant at church services up to the last three years, during which time he had been afflicted.  He was operated on for cancer with x-rays during his illness which left him in a much exhausted condition of body and mind from which he never recovered. Brother Fowler leaves a wife and five children, besides two brothers, one at Rufus and the other at Centralia, Missouri.  Brother Fowler lived a consistent life, attending church services faithfully until his physical condition and the distance of ten miles rendered it impossible for him so to do.  His funeral was preached at his home in Rufus, by the undersigned, on September 12, at 10 o’clock am, to a large number of friends who attended the corpse to its final resting place in the Wasco cemetery, where they were met by a number of friends from Wasco.  A beautiful floral tribute was placed upon his grave by friends. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit, their works do follow them.”         J.P. Easter.

September 27, 1907

  • Word came to Wasco yesterday that  Frank Taylor, a well known and respected farmer near The Dalles, shot and killed himself at or near his home yesterday morning.  Up to the hour of going to press no particulars could be ascertained.

October 4, 1907

October 11, 1907 missing.

October 18, 1907

  • Hon. W.H. Biggs is Dead.  Deep gloom was spread over the community last Wednesday by the report of the death of W.H. Biggs.  Mr. Biggs died at his home in Wasco at 11:40 o’clock, a.m., Wednesday.  The funeral services will be held today at the M.E. church at 11 o’clock.  Mr. Biggs’ health has been poor for some time but he was not confined to his bed until Sunday. Mr. Biggs was the father of two children, both of which died in infancy.  In his father’s family were five sons and one daughter.  Three of the sons, Leonard C., Joseph, and James D., and the daughter, Laura C., are deceased.  His wife also preceded him to the other shore, having been laid to rest on Christmas day, 1905.  Mr. Biggs won a multitude of friends and admirers where ever he went. Hon. William H. Biggs was born in Belmont county, Ohio, May 12, 1831.  He was the son of an old and honorable Southern family.  His father, John, was a native of Kentucky.  His mother, Charlotte Coleman, a native of Pennsylvania. A boy when the West was new and a son of one of those pioneer families who led the way in the westward movement of our nation, Hon. W.H. Biggs was often a frontiersman.  When but nine years old his father’s family moved to Missouri, where he was educated in a country school and grew to manhood on a farm.  In 1850, at the age of 19, he crossed the plains with an ox team to the California gold fields where he remained two years.  Meeting with little fortune in that place he returned to Missouri and engaged in business with good success.  At this period of his life, being yet young and unmarried, he engaged his time in various occupations.  He came to Colorado when the gold excitement broke out at Pike’s Peak.  Later he was on the Mississippi river as a pilot.  At another time he was engaged in the stock business both in Missouri and Montana.  This line of business led him westward, and about the year 1876, he settled at Dixon, California, where he carried on a profitable grocery business. In 1880 Mr. Biggs moved to Oregon and settled on the old Biggs homestead which is now one of the most picturesque homes in Wasco, since which time he has been a leading citizen of Oregon and Sherman county. Mr. Biggs was married March 10, 1859, to Martha E. Ellis, born in Lewiston [Lewistown, Lewis] county, Missouri.  To this union was born two sons, both dying in infancy. Deceased, at different times held public office, both in Missouri and Oregon.  In 1886 he was elected a member of the Oregon legislature, and was author of the maximum rates bill introduced at that session, which was, however, defeated in the senate after having passed the house.  In 1888 he was a candidate for a seat in the state senate but was defeated by the Republican candidate.  While a member of the house he was appointed as railroad commissioner, but owing to a change in the law never served.  Mr. Biggs was author and secured the passage of the bill compelling railroads in Oregon to build sidings where needed.  Under this law two sidings were at once built in Sherman county on the O.R. & N. line  — one at Biggs, named in honor of the author of the bill, and the other at Rufus. Throughout his life he was a staunch Democrat. In 1893 he was appointed receiver of The Dalles Land Office by President Cleveland.  In this capacity he served four years and four months.  After this he took little part in public life.  [William Harrison]

October 26, 1907

  • Died at The Dalles.  ‘Uncle Johnnie’ Graham, one of the old pioneers of Sherman county, passed away at The Dalles, last Sunday.  Mr. Graham was well and most favorably known here, having been a resident of this county from 1886 to 1898, when he went to make his home at The Dalles.  He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and five children, A.R. Graham, of North Yakima and J.D. Graham of Centerville, Wash., Mrs. Caroline Gletcher of Sheridan, Yamhill county, Mrs. Sarah Hulery, of Wasco, Sherman county, and Miss Louisa, of The Dalles.  Among the other near relatives is Mrs. L. Grimes, of Wasco, who is a granddaughter

November 1, 1907

  • Death of Elwood Lamborn.  The funeral of Elwood Lamborn, a highly respected former resident of Wasco, who died of cancer in Portland last week, took place at the Methodist church Saturday, funeral sermon by Rev. F.E. Smith. John Elwood Lamborn was born October 30, 1859, at Oskaloosa, Iowa, died in Portland, Oregon, October 24, 1907, aged 47 years, 11 months and 24 days.  In July 1884 he was married to Luella Taylor, who with three children survives him, two having died in infancy. When a boy Mr. Lamborn went with the family to California, residing there until the year 1882.  He, with his widowed mother and brother and sister, moved to Wasco, Sherman county, Oregon, residing a few years and moving then to Portland, Oregon.  Mr. Lamborn was a man of sterling qualities, uprightness of character and honesty of purpose in all dealing with his fellow men.  His one idea of life was the golden rule, to “do unto others” as they should do by him.  He died believing in the Savior of men, expressing a few moments before his death a belief in his saving power.  He requested that his mortal remains be laid beside his baby Charlie in the Wasco cemetery.

November 8, 1907

November 15, 1907

November 22, 1907 

  • A Sad End.  A man crushed to death between two loaded wheat wagons while in the act of coupling them together was the shocking news sent in on Monday evening from the V.H. Smith ranch near Wasco.  The victim, Elmer Henderson, was engaged in hauling wheat for Mr. Smith at the time.  He had loaded his two wagons and started for the house about four o’clock and when it began to grow late and he did not appear the men on the ranch went out to look for him.  When found at six p.m. the man had apparently been dead about an hour and a half.  He had pulled his wagon up a steep grade and just over the brow of the hill.  Apparently he had uncoupled, pulling his head wagon to the top of the hill, and then took his team and pulled up his trail.  Where he stopped was on a down grade and it is believed that he either attempted to slide the clevis over the reach while his trail was in motion and thus make the coupling or he was working between the two wagons before fastening them together and the trail brake came loose, allowing the wagon to move ahead.  The man was caught on the upper part of the chest and it is thought death came almost instantly.  Sheriff McCoy and coroner, Dr. Taylor, were summoned to the scene at once, but as the cause of death was plain, an inquest was decided unnecessary. Elmer Henderson was a man of about thirty-five years of age.  He came from The Dalles to Wasco and commenced work on the Smith ranch about a month ago.  He was a quiet, well behaved man of sober, industrious habits, but an entire stranger in this neighborhood.  There is no knowledge of his having any correspondence with friends or relatives since coming to this place.  He had on his person one business letter from Denver, and it is believed that he came from Oklahoma to Oregon.  Further than this nothing is known of this past, save that he had served five years as an American soldier in the Philippines and had an honorable discharge from the 34th United State infantry. On Tuesday the body was laid away in IOOF cemetery.

November 29, 1907

December 6, 1907

December 13, 1907

December 20, 1907 missing

December 27, 1907

  • Joshua W. French, a well known banker of The Dalles, died at his home at that place on last Monday afternoon.  Mr. French was 77 years of age and has lived at The Dalles since 1864.

January 3, 1908

January 10, 1908

January 17, 1908

  • Wm. Grant, died in Malheur county on the 9th instant.  Mr. Grant is an old pioneer of this state and is well known to many of the older citizens, having preceded French and McFarland in the general merchandise business at The Dalles.

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