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Sherman County Journal Obituaries 1976 – 1978

The following are the death notices and obituaries contained within the pages of the Sherman County Journal on the microfilm roll containing the issues from January 1, 1976 to May 25, 1978.

January 1, 1976

  • Cassie Holmes Rites Scheduled Tuesday. Cassie Ann Holmes, 84, The Dalles died Saturday in The Dalles after a long illness. Miss Holmes was born Dec. 16, 1891 in Grass Valley.  She spent her early years in Grass Valley and then attended St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles, graduating in 1912. She taught for two years in Sherman County before taking nursing training at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland where she graduated in 1917. She worked in Sherman County as a nurse until 1941 when she took a job in The Dalles where she worked until retiring in 1966. Miss Holmes is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Theodore von Borstel, and Mabel Jane Holmes, both of The Dalles, and one brother, William S. Holmes, Lincoln City. Requiem Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Peter’s Catholic Church with burial service to follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Grass Valley.  The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Smith Callaway Chapel.
  • Moro Personals. Mrs. Gordon Fraser of Arlington, Va. passed away the 23rd of December.  She died of a heart attack.

January 8, 1976

  • Opal Smith Services Held In California. Opal McCoy Smith, 83, 17 Hontar Lane, died early this morning in a local hospital.  She had been in failing health for several months. Born in White Salmon, Wash. her family moved to Wasco, where she attended school and married the late Todd McCoy.  The moved to Petaluma in 1920.   She returned to Oregon but came back to Petaluma 10 years ago. After Mr. McCoy’s death she married the late Harold E. Smith. She was the mother of William McCoy of Petaluma, stepmother of James H. Smith of Costa Mesa, grandmother of William S. McCoy of Wyoming, Gerald McCoy of Arkansas, Tim McCoy of Ukiah and Shelly Smith of Costa Mesa, great grandmother of five and sister of Zetta Carter of Portland, Ruby Agee of Vancouver, Wash., and the late Roy and Pardee Rich.  There are several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Parent Funeral Chapel, Magnolia Avenue and Keokuk St. with the Rev. Herbert Bauck officiating.  Interment will be at Cypress Hill Memorial Park. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Petaluma United Church of Christ, the Order of Eastern Star, and the Rebekah Lodge.
  • Rites For Walter Eaton 60 Years At Wasco. Funeral services for Walter R. Eaton, 81, a resident of the Wasco area the past 60 years, were held Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home with the Rev. Alfred Boyer officiating. Burial followed in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in The Dalles. Mr. Eaton died Monday in a nursing home in The Dalles. He was born in The Dalles April 14, 1894.  His parents were pioneers in The Dalles. Mr. Eaton was graduated from The Dalles High School in 1914 where he was senior class president.  He then worked on the Van Gilder wheat ranch in Wasco for many years until retiring. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Methodist Church. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Iva Christen, The Dalles; three cousins, Mary McLachlan, The Dalles; Dora Nelson, Portland and Nora N. Stansfield, Portland; one nephew, Donald Wintermute, Tacoma, and a niece, Thelma Martin, Vancouver. Pall bears included Don McDermid, Malcolm McDermid, Raymond Van Gilder, Dick Yocum, Glen Wallace, and Harold Engberg. [Note: Walt took care to mark with metal stakes the unmarked graves in the Methodist cemetery near Wasco. He hoped members of the church would erect permanent posts or markers for those graves.]
  • Services Wednesday for Lewis Hastings County Businessman. Lewis J. Hastings, a lifetime resident of Wasco, died in a hospital in The Dalles on Sunday.  He was born Aug. 11, 1910 at Vancouver, Wash. and came to Wasco when a child.  He grew up there and graduated from Moro High School.  He was married July 6, 1932. Mr. Hastings was a businessman in Sherman County and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was a member of Taylor Lodge No. 99 A.F.&A.M., The Dalles Chapter No. 6, Royal Arch Masons, Columbia Commandery No. 13 Knights Templar, Al Kadar Temple Shrine and Frank E. Brown Post 91, American Legion. Besides his wife, Martha other survivors include a son Robert L. Hastings, Madras; a grandson, Greg Robert Hastings, Madras; a sister, Mrs. C. M. Cunningham, Vancouver; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles with Rev. Al Boyer of the Wasco Methodist Church officiating.  Military rites were performed by the American Legion at Sunrise Cemetery at Wasco at 2 p.m. Active casket bearers were George Weedman, David Richelderfer, Ray Van Gilder, John Kellogg, Stuart Macnab and Fred Hill.  Honorary casket bearers were Bill Andrews, Keith McDonald, Hal Shelton, Bob Duke, Marius Douma and Dale Laughlin. The family suggests that contributions be made to the Oregon Lung Association, 1020 S.W. Taylor, Portland, or to the Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children, in care of George Specht, The Dalles.
  • Grass Valley. Roger Haynes of Carlton passed away December 29 and services were held in McMinnville Jan. 3 at 10:30 a.m.  He was born at Kent on February 15, 1911.  Survivors include his wife, Millie and two stepsons and brothers and sisters, Guy, Dorothy Dunlap, Frank, Ralph, Marjorie Shipley, John, Donald, Bill and Louise Kayllo.  Vern Mobley, Mrs. Dunlap, Mrs. Harry Hooper and Mrs. Art Watkins attended the funeral.

January 15, 1976

  • Graveside Rites Held For W.C. Patterson. Graveside services for William C. Patterson, 83, former Sherman County farmer, were held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 8 in the Sunrise Cemetery at Wasco. Patterson was born June 19, 1892 near Kent, and farmed in Sherman County, until he and his family moved to Eugene, 27 years ago.  He worked for Chase Gardens in Eugene until he retired.  He passed away in the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene January 6. Mr. Patterson was married December 17, 1916 in Grass Valley to Birtha Beulah Eslinger.  He was a member of the Wasco County Pioneer Association. Surviving are his wife, Birtha Beulah, Eugene; a daughter Mrs. Leonard (Nerrine) Fields, Wasco; a son, William E. Patterson, Eugene; a sister, Mrs. Isabelle Cole Trout Lake, Washington.  Two grandsons, and seven great grandchildren.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Roy McGee received word on Jan. 2 that his father Mr. Walter McGee has passed away in Bald Knob, Arkansas. Leaving Jan. 4 to attend the funeral and staying a few days to help the family clear things up.  The senior McGee was 80 years of age.

January 22, 1976

January 29, 1976

February 5, 1976

February 12, 1976

February 19, 1976

  • Services At Wasco For Arthur Dahl. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Wasco United Methodist Church for Arthur Dahl, 71, who died Sunday in a hospital in The Dalles. He was a resident of Wasco for the past 21 years and was supervisor of the Sherman Cooperative Grain Growers before his retirement. Mr. Dahl was born Feb. 19, 1904 in Fosston, Minn. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Al Boyer with military rites at the Sunrise Cemetery to be conducted by Frank E. Brown Post 91, American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, Wasco; a daughter, Mrs. Don (Darlene) Ulrich, Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Olga Swehia, St. Helens; four grandchildren, Sandra, Philip, Thomas and Sheryl, and several nieces and nephews.
  • Rites In The Dalles For Esther Kaseberg. Esther Kaseberg, 84, a resident of The Dalles for 30 years and prior to that a resident of Wasco for 20 years, died Monday at a local nursing home after a brief illness. Mrs. Kaseberg was born May 30, 1892 in Dixon, Calif. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Anna Aldruda Waltermire, The Dalles; Mona Jeermans, Tigard; and Theo Noma Silva, Artesia, California; two [step]sons, Robert Kaseberg, Portland; and Daniel Kaseberg, Bothel, Wash.; 12 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Robert W. Kaseberg, preceded her in death in 1960. Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel with Salvation Army Capt. Ross Allemang officiating.  Burial will be at The Dalles IOOF Cemetery. The family has asked that those who wish may make contributions to the Salvation Army in Mrs. Kaseberg’s memory.    [page is dated Feb 11, 1976]

February 26, 1976

  • Mrs. Roy Belshee Dies Services At Freeport. Services were held at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Freeport, Texas on February 16th, for Mrs. Roy (Imogene) Belshee who passed away at a Freeport Hospital on Feb. 14. Survivors include a son, Sidney Glover of Freeport, Texas, a daughter, Julia Holm of Seattle, Washington, a step-daughter, Mrs. J.E. Wilson of The Dalles, Oregon and step-son, LeRoy Belshee of Portland, Oregon.  Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
  • Harold M. Ireland, 65, Passes At Oroville. aaway Tuesday, Feb. 17, in a ros-  Harold M. Ireland, 65, passed pitaal at Oroville, Calif. He kasc a former resident of Wasco and Sherman counties mostly, until a few years ago when he retired to California. He had lived with hi sparents at Big Eddy before is removel by the building of The Dalles dam Survivors aree his sister, Thelma (Mrs. Charles Anderson), a brother, Victor, and several cousins including Marjorie Stewart of Kennewick, Waash. and Joseph A. Mee, The Dalles. He was a veteran of World Wa,r II a member of the local VFW. Graveside services were held on Friday at 11 a.m. aat Oroville, with burial in the military cemetery there.  [copied as it appeared]

March 4, 1976

  • Linda Sue Cecil Rites Held In White Salmon. Linda Sue Cecil, born April 13, 1940 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to Sam and Geraldine Bradshaw, passed away Feb. 11, 1976 in White Salmon. She lived in White Salmon during her school years and was a graduate of Columbia High School.  Cecil’s vocation was that of a homemaker. She is survived by her parents of White Salmon; three daughters, Candice Marie, Patricia Anne and Pamela Lynn, all of Tillamook, Ore.; two sisters, Gail Jacobs of Coquiille, Ore. and Sami K. Bradshaw of White Salmon. A daughter, Phyllis May (Pamela’s twin) preceded her in death in 1965. Memorial services were held Feb. 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Kingdom Hall in White Salmon, Mr. Robert Willsey of Hood River, officiating. Interment was at Idlewilde Cemetery in Hood River, Oregon. The Cecil family will be remembered when they lived in Wasco and Leonard Cecil was employed at the Wasco Market.  He is presently employed in Tillamook.
  • Margaret Pinkerton Eoff, 87, Services Held. Margaret Pinkerton Eoff, who was born in Sherman County on the Pinkerton ranch April 10, 1889, died Feb. 27 in Tacoma. Private funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Moro Community Presbyterian Church with the Rev. T. Ross Paden officiating. Survivors include a son, Robert Eoff, Pullman, Wash., a daughter, Mrs. E. Kirby Ross, Tacoma; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. She was a member of the 7th Church of Christ, Scientist of Seattle and the Yakima Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.
  • Kenneth Burkes Rites Held In North Bend. Memorial services for Kenneth C. (K.C.) Burkes of Woodburn, a former Coos Bay businessman who died Feb. 16, in Woodburn, were Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. in the North Bend Presbyterian Church.  The Rev. Richard Cochran officiated. Born Feb. 15, 1897 in Moro, Mr. Burkes was in business in Merrill before he retired in 1948 and moved to Coos Bay.  He was a member of the Empire Masonic Lodge of Merrill, Coos Bay – North Bend Scottish Rite, Hillah Temple Shrine and Coos Bay Elks Lodge 1160. Surviving are his widow, Ora of Woodburn; son, Michael Burkes of Delano, Ca.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Portland.
  • Moro Personals. Inez Thompson and Lucille Fisher attended the funeral of their sister, Eva Drake, in Portland last Friday.

March 11, 1976

  • Services Held Monday For Ethyle Schadewitz. Ethyle Ona Schadewitz, a resident of The Dalles for the past 1 1/2 years and formerly a resident of Kent, died Friday in a nursing home in The Dalles.  She was 78. She was born Aug. 8, 1897 at Bakeoven. Mrs. Schadewitz was a member of the Kent Baptist Church.  She and her husband, Oliver S. farmed in the Kent area for many years.  He preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 1975. Survivors include four sons, Charles, Spokane; James, Rathdrum, Ida.; Victor and Cecil, both The Dalles; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one niece. Funeral services will be at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles at 11 a.m. Monday with Rev. K.E. Huchinson of the Kent Baptist Church officiating. Casket bearers were Max Nogle, Ted Kelly, Jim Brown, Ern Smith, Bill Smith and John Reckman. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery at Kent.
  • Marie A. Sorrick, 68, Services Held Saturday. Marie Adele Sorrick, who was city clerk for the city of Rufus for several years, died at her home in Wednesday night.  She was 68. Mrs. Sorrick had lived in Rufus for the past 17 years.  She was born Jan. 15, 1908 in Cleveland, Ohio. Survivors are her husband, Joseph Sorrick, Rufus; a daughter, Dana Ames, Gladstone; a sister, Dorothy Sutherland, Keyport, Wash.; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles with the Rev. Charles Easley of the First Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in The Dalles. Casket bearers were Bert Swigert, Oakes Ames, Ardy Jordan, Neal Eaton, Douglas Mahurin and George Fox.

March 18, 1976

  • Arthur Justesen Dies In The Dalles At 83. Arthur Justesen, a longtime resident of Grass Valley, died Sunday in The Dalles after a long illness.  He was 83. Mr. Justesen was a wheat rancher.  He was a member of Eureka Lodge No. 121, A.F.&A.M. of Moro. Survivors are two brothers, Theodore, Tygh Valley, Harry, The Dalles, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Moro Community Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Roger Weeks officiating.  Vault interment will be at Moro American Legion Cemetery. The family has asked that friends who wish make contributions to the Sherman County Ambulance Fund. Serving as casket bearers are Roger, Fred, and Ed Justesen; Rocky Webb, Bob Brisbine and Roger Johnson.
  • Collis P. Moore Rites Held Here Tuesday. Memorial funeral services for Collis Powell Moore were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Moro Community Presbyterian Church. Mr. Moore, a lifetime resident of Moro, was born May 27, 1901 in this community.  He died on March 10 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif. after a brief illness. He was a member of The Dalles Elks No. 303; a charter member of the Oregon Wheat League, the Arlington Club and the Multnomah Athletic Club. He was the third generation to farm the family ranch and many years ago was a volunteer coach at Moro High School, and remained an avid sports fan.  He graduated from the University of Oregon and was a member of Sigma Alpha essilon fraternity. He played baseball for the UO and after returning to Moro he played in “bush league” baseball.  Moore had a lifelong interest in politics and during the 1941 legislative session served as secretary to Giles French where his principal duties were researching school funds. Survivors are his wife, Dorotha Moore, Moro; a son, David, also Moro; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Officiating at the memorial services will be the Rev. Ross Paden. The family has asked that friends who wish make contributions to Dr. Stanley Jacobs, director of research, DMSO; University of Oregon Health Science Center, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, Ore. 97201
  • Herman G. Wiley 73 Services Last Friday. Strevices for Herman G. Wiley, 11691 SE 82nd Ave., who died in a local hospital Monday at the age of 73, will be 11 a.m.____ were held Friday at Mt. Scott Funeral Home.  Interment was in Lincoln Memorial Park, Portland. Mr. Wiley was born in Spokane, where he worktd as a hotel clerk and carpenter’s helper before completing his apprenticeship.  After moving to Portland, he was employed at Chisholm Engineering Co., working on furnacts, then at Jantzen Knitting Mills. Before retiring in 1969, Mr. Wiley had worked 25 years in the poultry business. He is survived by his wife, Marie, two uncles and an aunt. Herman Wiley was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius J. Wiley, early rtsident of Kent “J.J.” as he was familiarly called later owned a saloon in Grass Valley.  He sold the saloon and purchased the ranch east of Grass Valley now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Dale Padget.  [copied as it appeared]
  • Services Held Friday For Clarence C. Davis. Clarence C. Davis, who spent most of his life in Wasco and Sherman Counties and lived in The Dalles six years, died at a local hospital Wednesday. Davis was a dairy farmer.  He is survived by two sons, Gene and J.R. Davis, both of Portland; sisters, Florence Coniger, Eagle Creek; Nora Fritch, St. Helens; and Lorna, California; brothers, Leonard Davis, Bruce Davis, Salem, Clessant Davis, Portland, and Floyd Davis, Banks; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at the IOOF Cemetery Friday at 1 p.m., the Rev. Rusty Kimsey officiating.

March 25, 1976

  • Former GV Resident Jake Eslinger Jake Eslinger, son of Lucy and Robert Eslinger passed away March 16, 1976 and was buried in Willamette National Cemetery on March 19. Palestine Lodge, AF&AM, No. 141 officiated. Jake was born near Grass Valley in May of 1899 and attended school at Grass Valley and The Dalles.  He joined the SATC in 1918. Later he moved to Portland where he was a machinist and worked for the city among other employers.  He married Edna Mattson in January of 1928.  She survives him as do three daughters, Nancy Cerg, Garden Home, Dolores Fay, Portland, and Jane Stoop, Vancouver, Washington.
  • Grass Valley – Jake Eslinger of Portland passed away March 16 leaving a wife, Edna, and three daughters, Nancy Greg, Jane Sloop, and Delores Fay and one sister, Hazel Johnson and seven grandchildren. Services were held at Mt. Scott funeral home and interment in the Willamette National Cemetery.  He was a member of Eureka Lodge, A.F.&A.M., Moro.

April 1, 1976

  • William H. Andrews Died In Wasco Friday. William Henry Andrews, 82, a lifetime resident of Wasco, died at his home in Wasco on Friday. He was born Aug. 6, 1893 at Wasco.  He was a wheat farmer. Mr. Andrews was a past Master and life member of Taylor Lodge No. 99, A.F.&A.M.; and was the last living charter member of Frank E. Brown Post No. 91, American Legion.  He received his 50 year pin and plaque and life membership at a banquet in his honor in May of 1971.  He was also a member of the Veterans of World War I, Barracks No. 145. Survivors include a brother, Roy Andrews, Portland; two sisters, Virginia York, Portland, and Mrs. Belle McPherson, Wasco; two nieces, Helen Andrews, Portland, and Mrs. Gail Holzapfel, Wasco; and one grand-niece, Mrs. Dwayne Carroll, Hermiston. Funeral services were Tuesday at 2 p.m.  Military rites followed under the auspices of Frank Brown Post No. 91 at Sunrise Cemetery in Wasco.
  • Francis John Medler Services In The Dalles. Francis John Medler, 78, a lifetime resident of Wasco and Sherman Counties and a resident of The Dalles for the last 38 years, died at his home Tuesday evening. He was born March 24, 1898, at Wasco.  Medler was retired and had been a warehouseman for Sunshine Biscuit Co. He was a member of United Methodist Church of The Dalles; Wasco Lodge, A.F.&A.M.; White Shrine of Jerusalem; Amaranth and Columbia Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Survivors are his wife, Rachel, The Dalles; a son, Bruce Medler, Portland; two daughters, Mrs. Darrell (Rachel) Gutzler, Portland; and Mrs. Paul (Martha) Stellmacher, Salem; a brother, Leland Medler, The Dalles; two sisters, Mrs. Leo Dumler, Salem, and Mrs F.W. Macnab, Wasco; several nieces and nephews; six grandsons, two granddaughters and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held with the Rev. Charles Easley officiating.  Masonic rites were conducted by Wasco Lodge, A.F.&A.M. The family has suggested that those who wish may make contributions to the Eastern Star and Masonic Home, in care of Smith Callaway Chapel; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

April 8, 1976

  • Walter Parry Dies At Lincoln City Home. Walter M. Parry, longtime resident of Moro before moving to Lincoln City passed away March 8 at his home there. He was one of the early historians and contributed many articles about pioneer days here to the columns of this newspaper.

April 15, 1976

  • Margaret C. Bluett Services Held In Salem. Margaret C. Bluett, sister of Mrs. Paulen Kaseberg, died April 6 in a hospital at Salem.  Kaseberg and sons, Lee and Terry, attended the services for Mrs. Bluett on April 8 in Salem. The services, a celebration of Mrs. Bluett’s life rather than a memorial to her death, were given by Rev. Dan Davis; with a vivid description of Margaret Bluett’s personality and activities presented by her son Peter Bluett. Mrs. Bluett is survived by her husband, Charles Bluett, sons Peter of Salem and Fred of El Cerrito, Calif., sisters Alice C. Koyle of Eugene, Elizabeth Rudow of Seattle, Wash., Margilee Kaseberg of Wasco, and four grandchildren. Mrs. Bluett was a contemporary of Collis and Dorotha Moore at the University of Oregon in the 1920s.

April 22, 1976

April 29, 1976

  • Wayne Adams, California was here for the burial of his father, Walter Adams in Kent on Monday. He stopped off for a visit at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson.

May 6, 1976

  • Arthur Otto Macheel Passes Friday April 23. Memorial services were held Tuesday in San Mateo, Calif., for Arthur Otto Macheel, a former resident of Wasco. Survivors include his widow, Clara, who resides at the family home at 996 Patricia Ave. in San Mateo, California 94401; one daughter, Darlene Anderson, Salem; one son, Otto Levan Macheel, Montain View, Calif.; and four grandchildren; two brothers, Melvin of Sacramento, Calif; Lenard of Parshall, North Dakota; and four sisters, Elsie Senechal, Richmond, Calif., Emma Bell, Seattle, Wash., Eva Voldal, of Seattle, and Wella Smith, Westport, Washington. He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 303, The Dalles, Oregon; San Mateo Rose Society, and Hope Lutheran Church. Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 27 at Hope Lutheran Church in San Mateo, Calif.  Interment will be later at the Wasco Cemetery.
  • Services Held Monday For Dewey Adkins. Funeral services were held Monday for Dewey Adkins who died Thursday at the hospital in The Dalles.  He was 53. Services were at the First Methodist Church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Al Boyer officiating.  Burial followed in the Sunrise Cemetery under the direction of Smith Callaway Chapel. Mr. Adkins had lived in Wasco for 13 years, was a member of the Steelworkers Union in Portland and was a World War II veteran. Survivors include his wife, Cleora, Wasco; four daughters, Krista Fischer and Cathy Rogers, Portland; Vicki Mallonee, Milwaukie, and JoAnne Adkins, Wasco; a sister, Iola Childers, Klickitat; two brothers, Vernon and Bernard, Union; and his stepmother, Edna Adkins, La Grande. Pallbearers were: Charles Runey, Dewey Thomas, J.R. Byers, Vernon Root, Chuck Mansfield and Donald Fischer. The family has suggested that memorials may be made to the Wasco Methodist Church organ fund.

May 13, 1976

  • Pearl Drinkard Service In The Dalles. Mrs. Pearl Dora Drinkard died Monday at age 87 at a hospital in The Dalles. Mrs. Drinkard was born April 7, 1889 at Cokato, Minn. and resided there until she was six when she moved with her parents to Brownsville, Ore.  She attended school there and was married July 28, 1907 to George W. Drinkard, who preceded her in death in 1969.  They moved to Sherman County in 1917 where they lived on a wheat ranch.  She moved to nursing home in The Dalles about three years ago. She has been a member of the Christian Church since she was 16 and of the Rufus Grange for 25 years.  Her survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Roland Johnson of Wasco and Mrs. Bob Brisbine, Moro; one son, Joe W. Drinkard, Oakland, Calif.; a brother, Harvey Ferrell, Halsey; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Smith Callaway Chapel in The Dalles with Rev. Al Boyer of the Wasco Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery in The Dalles.

May 27, 1976

  • William B. Cyphers, 59 Passes At The Dalles. William Bryant Cyphers died at the age of 59 Saturday at his home in The Dalles.  He was born here Jan. 24, 1917. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Mary Cyphers, The Dalles; two sons, Richard Cyphers, The Dalles, and Paul Cyphers, Oregon City; one daughter Patricia Kimbell, Troutdale; five brothers, Richard and Grant Cyhpers, The Dalles,  Paul Cyphers, Moro; Carroll Cyphers, Portland, John Cyphers, The Dalles and Bruce Cyphers, Boise, Idaho; one sister, Mrs. Patricia McDonald, Medford; and six grandchildren. Graveside funeral services were Tuesday at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in the veterans section.

June 3, 1976

June 10, 1976

  • Services Held Monday For Lillian K. Flatt. Funeral services were held Monday at the Moro Community Church for Mrs. Lillian K. Flatt. Mrs. Flatt, age 74 died Thursday at The Dalles. Surviving are two sons, Robert of The Dalles and William Flatt of Condon, a daughter, Lois Axtell of Moro, a sister, Lois Schechinger of Fargo, N.D., and two brothers: Harry Grage of Hunter, N.D. and Lou Grage of Grandin, N.D.  Eleven grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren also survive. Friends who wish may make contributions to the Sherman County Scholarship fund c-o 1st National Bank, Moro.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mike Forest and son Daniel of McMinnville were here for the Lillian Flatt funeral.
  • Ethel Thornton Services In The Dalles. Mrs. Ethel Thornton, a resident of The Dalles for 70 years, died Sunday at a Portland hospital.  She was 75. She was born Aug. 14, 1900 at Menasha, Wis. Mrs. Thornton retired in 1974 after working for Pound’s Jewelry, which later became Monahan’s Jewelry for 26 years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Azelea Rebekah Lodge, Emblem Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband, Joseph J., The Dalles; daughter, Mrs. Malcolm (Phyllis) McDermid, Wasco; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Rusty Kimsey officiating.  Mausoleum entombment followed at IOOF Mausoleum. Casket bearers included Claude Parrot, John Hilderbrand, Jerry Carlson, Don McDermid, Gene Gayer and John Milne. The family has suggested that contributions could be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the U.S. National Bank, The Dalles.

June 17, 1976

June 24, 1976

July 1, 1976

  • Rites Here Thursday For Giles French. [photo]  Prominent eastern Oregon journalist Giles French of Moro died Sunday in a Portland hospital.  He was 81. He was in the newspaper business most of his life, acquiring his first paper in 1929 after serving in World War I and then operating a wheat and cattle ranch in Sherman County.  His first newspaper was in Grass Valley, and shortly after he acquired the papers in Moro and then in Wasco and merged the three into what is now known at the Sherman County Journal. French was best remembered for his “These Things We Note” column in that paper.  The columns continued to appear after his retirement in 1963. He served in the Oregon State House of Representatives from 1935 to 1961 and was also mayor of Moro for 20 years at one time. After his retirement from the newspaper, he taught school for one year in Sherman County High School teaching history and civics. French is the author of four books, The Golden Land; Cattle Country of Peter French; These Things We Note (a collection of his columns) and Homesteads and Heritages. He was a member of the Sherman County Club and one of that organization’s founders; and was a member and was instrumental in the formation of the Sherman County Historical Society.  For many years and at the time of his death, he was a director on the board of the Oregon Historical Society. Early in his career, he began what was to become his trademark; working for the improvement of the quality of life in the Oregon wheat country. He was one of the organizers of efforts which led to the formation of the Oregon Wheat League and Oregon Wheat Commission.  First meetings were held in Moro where the infant organizations were born February 11-13, 1926. The golden anniversary of that event was staged in Moro on Feb. 11, and at that time French, was actively visiting with hundreds of people who flocked to the Sherman County Union High School for the event.  He delivered one of the principal addresses. His incisive and biting commentary on the way things are and how they ought to be attracted wide-spread followings. In an article he wrote just before the celebration, French sized up things today in this manner: “Any business that has existed for fifty years has changed; the ones that didn’t are forgotten or mourned quietly by loyal followers.  They don’t print papers as they did in 1926, nor run railroads, not travel the same kinds of roads.  We exult in our changes and enjoy being reminded how much we have improved and wheat growers now get fifty bushels from an acre of wheat when grandpa thought 20 was a good crop; diesel smelling moderns wonder how their elders picked up a wagon load of wheat sacks.  And to be truthful about it, the elders wonder how they did it themselves.” He was born Dec. 24, 1894 at his father’s homestead in Cottonwood Canyon in Sherman County.  He married Lela Barnum in the summer of 1919. Other than his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William (Jane) Frees, Cupertino, Calif.; and Mrs. Roscoe (Patricia) Moore, Moro; seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.  Two sons preceded him in death.  Also a sister, Beatrice Black, of Seattle. Funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Moro Community Presbyterian Chuch and military rites will follow at the American Legion Cemetery in Moro. Pastor Asa Jensen will officiate. French was a member of the American Legion post in both Moro and Grass Valley, and The Dalles Elks No. 303. He became ill at home on March 25 and was taken to The Dalles General Hospital suffering from internal bleeding.  He was transferred to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Portland that day. Active pallbearers include Ted Thompson, Al Lovell, Orville Ruggles, Chet Coats, Larry Kaseberg and Steven Burnet.  Honorary bearers include Bill Hedlund, Ernie Fatland, John Hounsell, Riddell Lage, Tom Vaughan, Jack Stelwer and John Sell. The family has suggested friends who wish may make contributions to the organization of their choice.
  • We Miss You, Giles. Giles French was respected and admired by many people — far and wide — for his writing of pungent paragraphs under “These Things We Note” and for his historical writing of early days in Oregon. He had many friends in the sports and fishing world, many of whom never met him personally, to feel first-hand his warm, sincere love of living in the great Pacific Northwest.  His ability to report vividly early happenings as well as incidents in Sherman county made him one of the most sought and deeply appreciated speakers throughout the state. His wit was a rare quality only few people are fortunate enough to possess — a characteristic that a human being does not acquire, put possesses at birth.  When Giles was honored at a meeting of the Sherman County Club — which he boosted with his best efforts — his first grade teacher, Mrs. Minnie McFarland, testified he showed many rare and promising qualities at that early age.  His concise barbs were reprinted in many publications of big and small circulation.  He aroused the inner feelings of people in all walks of life, and was a personal friend of everyone he met. Life in many respects will be dull with the passing of writer, historian, philosopher, dedicated newspaperman Giles French.  His every spoken and written word had a sincere meaning for everyone. But we all know; Giles, wherever you are, wherever you go that you will keep right on telling it to them “exactly as it is” — like it or not. [unattributed]

July 8, 1976

  • Anna A. Kuypers Dies In The Dalles Home. Anna A. Kuypers, a lifelong resident of the Rufus area, died at a nursing home in The Dalles on Tuesday.  She was 71. Anna was the youngest of nine children born to John and Jane Mathieson of Rufus. Mrs. Kuypers was born Nov. 2, 1904 in Rufus.  She married Charles Kuypers, also of Rufus in 1924. They farmed in the Rufus area all their lives.  They had no children. Survivors include two brothers, John Mathieson, Rufus, and Hugh Mathieson, The Dalles; four sisters, Jean Thompson, Rufus, Ellen Rickels, Portland, and Anges Barnett and Margaret Saling, both of The Dalles; and several nieces and nephews.  Her husband, Charles, died in 1972. Those who wish may make contributions to the organization of their choice.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Curt Godwin and family drove to Princeton, Texas to attend the funeral of his 83 year-old grandmother Roena Payne on June 25.  Visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Godwin, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.  Returning on the 4th.
  • Herbert V. Watkins Services Held Tuesday. Herbert V. Watkins, 69 years of age passed away July 4, at his residence 423 Juedes Ave. N., Salem, after a long illness. Born October 24, 1906 in Miller, Oregon,  Watkins was a lifetime resident of Wasco where he engaged in farming until moving to Salem in 1961 where he was operations manager for Meier & Frank Department Store. He was a member of the Wasco Masonic Lodge, Presbyterian Church and American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Margaret E. Watkins, Salem; daughters, Mrs. Dolores D. Parish and Mrs. Donna Rothery both of Lincoln City; a son, Keith Landers, Anchorage, Alaska; brothers, Leo Watkins, Wasco; Arthur Watkins, The Dalles; seven grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Private family services were held in Salem Tuesday, July 6.

July 15, 1976

  • Services Held Recently For DeLoss Benson. A memorial service will be held in The Dalles Saturday at 9 a.m. at St. Peter’s Landmark for DeLoss J. Benson who died July 1 in Vancouver.  The Rev. Asa Jensen will officiate. Mr. Benson had lived in Vancouver for the past 17 years and had been a Portland resident 35 years. He was born Sept 10, 1908, in Moro.  He was a retired tower operator for the Port of Portland.  He was a member of the Erskine Christian Church in Sherman County, Elks Lodge No. 823, of Vancouver, and a 48-year member of the Municipal Employees Union. He is survived by his widow, Elda I. Benson, at the family home, 2805 Stapleton Road; a son, Dennis D. Benson, Portland; a daughter, Dovie L. Lance, Vancouver; three brothers Harry and George Benson, both of Moro and Wilbert Benson of The Dalles; one sister, Farrel Lewis of Newport, and one grandson. Services were held July 6th at the Chapel Memorial Garden Funeral Home.  Interment was at the Garden of Apostles of Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family friends may make memorial contributions to St. Peter’s Landmark.
  • Giles French‘s Career Of Wit Spans 50 Years. By Rep. Roger Martin.  “His is the philosophy of a sage, cast in proverb form, with flashes of humor to illuminate his though.” These words were spoken by the late Gov. Charles Sprague about Eastern Oregon’s Giles French, who was laid to rest last week in his beloved Sherman County. French was best known as a country editor who did his own thinking But he was also a laborer, farmer, stockman, clerk, legislator and historian. His writings, spanning the past 50 years, will be a living legacy to a man who was as big as the big country he loved.  And many of them take on added meaning in our 200th year as a Republic. Here are some samples of the Giles French wit and wisdom:  “There is, in any organized society, a shortage of men willing to evolve a theory or take a stand and readers and listeners react to them favorably.  Sunh men clear the air, provide a basis for decision and are respected…”   “… we have been told that a few hastily passed laws would make everyone happy, provide for the underfed, underclothed, under privileged, under washed and underdog, and lead us to a day of peace and security beyond the dream of an economic royalist… Is it possible that people are going to have to take a hand in preparing their own happiness?”   “There is little evidence to show that the people are winning their battle for more freedom.  Whatever security they have been given has been at the price of part of their freedom… During 1946, therefore this newspaper will endeavor to speak for the people, for their freedom.  Let them obtain their security from the exercise of that freedom, not as a gift from the government.”   “No man knows enough to govern other men… that is why we have this system.  It gives us a check on those who have not yet learned that no man knows enough to govern others.”   “The easier we make it for the weak to escape responsibility for the results of their weakness, the more weak people we will have.  As a nation we are making too many excuses for overselves.”  “There is no limit to things people will think they need if someone else will pay for them.”  “Early in the session the chaplain prays for the legislators, that they might have strength and wisdom and character.  Later the chaplain will pray for the people.”  “There is no way for the government to do something for the people without doing something to them at the same time.”  “No wonder socialists like government ownership.  They couldn’t hold a job under any other system.”  “A government that protects the weak will always have lots of that kind of people; a government that lets the strong develop will have that kind.”  “This generation seems to expect the government to do more for it than the passing generation expected to do for itself.”  In commenting on the death of several others, Giles French put to paper words which may describe our feelings at his passing. “The death of Jim Coleman leaves one fewer of that group of Americans who wre guided by conscience alone.”  “When the spirit of any of us ventures beyond this mortal coil, something goes out of the life of those who remain and occasionally such a passing seems to definitely terminate an era.” And, a statement of his which could well provide an epitaph for Giles French reads thusly: “Maybe it isn’t that the last frontier is gone, but the last frontiersman.”  So-long, Giles French.  We’ll miss you.
  • Boy Is Missing And Presumed Drowned. A 16-year-old Lyle youth was missing and presumed drowned July 6 after an apparent swimming accident July 5 at Horsethief Lake. John C. Parrish, 16, Lyle disappeared while swimming with other young people at the park about 8:30 p.m. Monday. Divers sent to the lake July 6 were unable to locate Parrish’s body.  Parrish is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Parrish of Lyle.  Diving operations were expected to continue the search for the missing youth.
  • Sympathy of their friends are extended to the family of Rev. and Mrs. Roy Biggs in the loss of her mother; Mr. and Mrs. Gene Burnett (Linda Hicks) of Bend in the loss of their new born daughter; Mrs. S.P. Boice and her son, Glenn of Eugene in the sudden death of his wife, Ione; and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Watkins and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Watkins of The Dalles in the loss of their brother, Vinton of Salem.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Leo Watkins drove to Salem Saturday to visit their sister-in-law, Mrs. Vinton Watkins and her son, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Landers and David of Anchorage, Alaska.  Enroute home the Watkins stopped in Portland and visited briefly with and Mrs. Gene Gosson and their daughter, Denise, who had arrived home from her tour of duty in Germany with the U.S. Air Force.

July 22, 1976

  • Services In Indiana For John D. Nichols. A lifetime resident of Michigan City, Ind., John Daniel Nichols, 67, Sr., died Saturday in The Dalles.   Nichols was born August 11, 1908 at Brehms, Ind. A retired storekeeper for Northern Indiana Public Service Company, he was a member of the Church of the Brethren of Michigan City, the Indiana Funeral Directors and Embalmers Assciation and the National Woodcarvers Association.  He had been active for many years in the Boy Scout program. Surviving are his wife, Margaret, Michigan City; a son, John D. Nichols Jr., Dufur; three daughters, Mrs. Carol von Borstel, Grass Valley, Mrs. Robert Hoeppner, Warsaw, Ind., and Mrs. Richard Novak, Michigan City; two brothers, Kenneth Nichols, Valparaiso, Ind.; a sister, Devona A. Nichols, Blue Island, Ill., a sister-in-law, Mrs. G.H. Nichols, Tacoma; and 15 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. John O’Conner at Smith Callaway Chapel.  A service will also be Wednesday afternoon at Carlisle Funeral Home in Michigan City.  Vault interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Michigan City.

July 29, 1976

August 5, 1976

  • Sympathy of the community is extended to Mrs. L.P. Haven in the loss of her brother, Henry Patney. [Patey]

August 12, 1976

August 19, 1976

August 26, 1976

  • Gertrude I. Hogue Dies. Burial Held In Kent.  Gertrude Isabelle Hogue born at Kent, Oregon January 21, 1893 and passed away at Lake Oswego Aug. 21, 1976. Survived by a brother, Lyle V. Hogue of Portland and several nieces and nephews, including Roy Hogue of The Dalles and Mrs. Marcus Eslinger of Grass Valley, she was a life-long member of the Kent Christian Church and spent her life there except for 5 years in The Dalles and the last 20 years in a nursing home. She will be remembered in Kent for her long years of service as treasurer of the church and keeping the Cradle roll records of the Sunday School. Funeral services will be at Kent Community Church on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Arthur Brown officiating.  Mary Eakin of Grass Valley is the pianist, playing The Old Rugged Cross and In The Garden.  Burial will be in the Kent Cemetery. Casket bearers are: J.P. Reckman, Richard Wilson, William Jefferies, Bob Tatum, Kenneth Sather and Marcus Eslinger.

September 2, 1976

  • Blanche Everett Services Last Week. Mrs. Blanche E. Everett, 85, a resident of Sherman County for 68 years who moved to The Dalles three months ago, died Saturday at a local nursing home. She was born Jan. 9, 1891, at Bellview, Idaho. Mrs. Everett was preceded in death in 1961 by her husband, Carl. Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. C.A. (Flora) Blakeney, Portland, and Mrs. Hazel McCarty, Echo, Ore. and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel, to be followed by private interment at the IOOF Cemetery.
  • The community is saddened to hear that Mrs. Blanche Everett passed away on Saturday, August 28.  She had lived in Sherman County many years.
  • Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Blanche Everett, a former resident of Wasco.
  • Gerturde Hogue Rites Held At Kent Church. Gertrude Isabelle Hogue born at Kent, Oregon January 21, 1893 and passed away at Lake Oswego Aug. 21, 1976. Survived by a brother, Lyle V. Hogue of Portland and several nieces and nephews, including Roy Hogue of The Dalles and Mrs. Marcus Eslinger of Grass Valley. She was a life-long member of the Kent Christian Church and spent her life there except for 5 years in The Dalles and the last 20 years in a nursing home. She will be remembered in Kent for her long years of service as treasurer of the church and keeping the Cradle roll records of the Sunday School. Funeral services will be at Kent Community Church on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Arthur Brown officiating.  Mary Eakin of Grass Valley is the pianist, playing The Old Rugged Cross and In The Garden.  Burial will be in the Kent Cemetery. Casket bearers are: J.P. Reckman, Richard Wilson, William Jefferies, Bob Tatum, Kenneth Sather and Marcus Eslinger.
  • Mrs. Clyde Ramer, 82 Services In Montana. Mrs. Clyde Ramer of Havre, Mont. and twin sister of the late Mrs. Wiley (Pearl) McDonald of Wasco, passed away in Bellingham, Wash., August 26, of cancer.  She was 82. Mrs. Ramer, who was well known in Montana having lived there many years and Wasco, visiting her many friends, as a house guest of the McDonalds.  She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Frank Cutler, Sr., of St. Louis, and a son, Wayne Wohlford of Vancouver, B.C.  She also leaves seven grandsons, seven E leves seven grandsons, seven granddaughters and two great granddaughters. Mrs. Ramer was born in Proyer Creek, Indian Territory – before Oklahoma became a state. She and her twin sister (Pearl) were the first white twins to be born in the Indian Territory.  Pearl McDonald, the first born, was delivered by an Indian mid-wife, named Aunt Polly Archer, who was loved by both whites and Redskinned.  These records can be found in the annuals of Oklahoma history.  Mrs. Ramer, as well as her husband, who preceded her in death, were very active in Eastern Star, Masons, and the Presbyterian Church, in Montana and Oregon having lived in Woodburn, for a period of time.  A son Earl Wohlford, died in 1955 at the age of 41 years. Mrs. Ramer will be buried in Havre, August 31, from the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Paul Patrick of Wasco, Mrs. Henry Allen of Cannon City, Colo., Mrs. Robert Ross, Mrs. Frank Willett both of Wichita, Kansas, Orle Dick of Lyons, Kansas, and Mrs. Keith McDonald are the surviving nieces and nephew.  Mrs. Keith McDonald attended the funeral in Montana.  [copied as it appeared]

September 9, 1976

  • Services Last Week For Clara C. Peters. Clara C. Peters, 79, a longtime resident of Grass Valley, died in The Dalles last Wednesday. Mrs. Peters was born in Riverside, Iowa on March 13, 1897. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Grass Valley. Survivors are two sons, Herman A. Peters, Hood River, and Arden L. Peters, Tigard; two sisters, Emmy Wilcox, Newberg, Ore., and Mary Hoffman; and six grandchildren. Funeral services were Friday at 10 a.m. at Grass Valley Baptist Church with Pastor Arthur Brown officiating. Burial is in the Grass Valley IOOF Cemetery. Casket bearers were Doug Alley, Willard Barnett, Boyce Blaylock, Harold Eakin, Harold Owens and Byron Stark.
  • Word has been received that Chester Venable of San Diego, Calif., one time resident of the Wasco and Rufus area, passed away at age 81 in that city on August 31 after a long illness.  He was a brother of Mrs. Everett Watkins.

September 16, 1976

  • Frank G. Smith Dies, Services Set For Moro. Frank G. Smith a resident of Moro passed away at age 68 in Portland, Thursday. Husband of Loleta at Moro.  Father of Bill Smith of Pasadena and Mrs. Keith Thompson of Moro.  Brother of Clifford Smith, Jewel Criger, Ruth Carlton and Dorothy West all of Portland and Mildred Johnson of Damascus. Seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services were held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Moro Community Church.  Private interment followed at Rose Cemetery.  Friends who wish may make contributions to the American Cancer Society c-o U.S. National Bank The Dalles.
  • Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Dick Morgan visited friends here Monday when Mr. Morgan was here to take part in the funeral services of Frank Smith. Mrs. Lee Eikanas, Burns; Tricia Thompson, Portland; and Denise Thompson, Forest Grove, attended the funeral services on Monday of their grandfather, Frank Smith.

September 23, 1976

  • Youth Heart Attack Fatal. Jerry DuBois, a starting defensive guard at McNary High School [Salem], died of natural causes, probably related to the heart, a pathologist reported Thursday night at the conclusion of an autopsy. DuBois, who collapsed and died Wednesday during a football workout at the school had no sign of any traumatic injury that could have caused his death, said Dr. James H. Lium.  The pathologist said there also was no sign of any brain damage or drug useage that could have been involved. Lium said further tests were planned but he was of the opinion that it related to an alteration of the “heart beat mechanism that can produce death.”  He said the heart was somewhat enlarged. The report comes as arrangements were planned for a memorial service Saturday at 10 a.m. at the high school and funeral Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Wasco.  DuBois had attended Sherman County High School before transferring last year. DuBois, a 5-8, 165-pound senior had wrestled at 141 pounds last season and won the Valley League championship and was a finalist in the Cultural Exchange Tournament this spring. Lium said he did not think the change in weights DuBois experienced in preparing for both sports was a contributing factor in his death. A memorial service is planned at 10 a.m. in McNary High School.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Wasco Church of Christ with the Rev. Roy Biggs officiating.  Burial will be in the Wasco Cemetery. Survivors include: his mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis Pryor of Wasco; his father, John DuBois of Corvallis; a brother, John H. DuBois, Jr., Boardman; three half brothers; Wesley Roy Prindel, Rufus, Steven P. Prindel, Ft. Lewis, Wash.; Stewart Daniel Pryor, Wasco; three half sisters, Pamela Lynn Trask, Corvallis; Glenda J. Walling, Lincoln City; Eleanore Wentz, Rufus; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Musgrave of Siletz; his paternal grandmother, Clairbeth Pryor, Bend.

September 30, 1976

  • Ruth Martin Last Rites Held Monday. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. for Mrs. Ruth Martin of Wasco who died in The Dalles last Friday. Services in the Moro Community Presbyterian Church were conducted by the Rev. Alfred Boyer with burial in the Rose Cemetery under direction of Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home. She was born September 30, 1910 at Burns. Surviving are her husband, Donald of Wasco, a son, Donald H., Moro, a daughter, Marcia Hanlon, Kennewick, Wash.; three sisters, Mrs. Marvin Curry, Bayville, Mrs. Horace Wachter, Spokane; Mrs. Norman Sitz, Ontario; three brothers, Alan, Lawen; Jerry (Bill), Ontario and John W. Catteson, Burns; two grandchildren, Jess Martin, Eugene; Christin Hanlon, Kennewick. Mrs. Martin was a member of Eastern Star Lodge and the Women’s Club at Moro.  The family has suggested memorials to the cancer society or charity.
  • DuBois’ Many Friends. By Connie Whitaker.  An overflow crowd of 1,500 paid tribute to an athlete they knew little more than a year Saturday morning at McNary High School gymnasium. Jerry Dean DuBois was praised by coach and school officials as a talented, motivated competitor who left his mark on both school and those who knew him. DuBois died on the football field during practice session last Wednesday, apparently of natural causes.  He had been a starting defensive guard for the Celtics and a district champion wrestler. “A lot of people will remember Jerry for many different reasons,” said the football coach, Larry Miller.  “To me he’ll be remembered as a winner.” Miller described DuBois as “someone who was willing to accept a challenge, no matter how great the odds.  He was willing to make an effort, not just for himself but for the sake of others.  He was willing to fight until the end, no matter what the score.” Bruce Barker, McNary’s principal, praised the 17-year-old as “not only an outstanding athlete but also a fine citizen at McNary and within the community. “We can’t play a winning game,” he told the crowds, “… but when the master referee scores against our name, it won’t be whether we won or lost but how we played the game.  Jerry played it extremely well and we know he’s in the hands of the greatest referee of all.” DuBois’ wrestling coach Jerry Lane said the youth showed an unusual maturity for his age, had a good sense of humor and often displayed a delightful wit. “Jerry was kind of a showman,” he said.  “He always saw the fun side of everything.” DuBois worked hard to attain his status as a top athlete, his coaches said. “He was willing to sacrifice in order to achieve,” Lane said. “Every Friday night he lined up against people larger than him, “said Miller of his 150-pound guard, “but never, never tougher or more determined.” He described DuBois’ last game last Friday night when the Celties lost to Sprague 35-7. “Number 66 played the entire game one way — all out,”  he said.  “He played well, very well, in a losing cause.  But he never let up. Flowers for the memorial services were sent by student bodies of other schools in the Valley league.  The family had requested that friends donate to a scholarship fund in the athlete’s name, rather than send flowers. Burial was in Wasco, where DuBois’ mother lives. The youth grew up in Moro, a small community in Eastern Oregon, and moved to Salem last summer to live with an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Drawford.  He was a senior at McNary. [McNary High School in Salem, Oregon]

October 7, 1976

  • Ruth Martin Last Rites Held Sept. 27. Memorial services were held for Ruth Martin at the Moro Community Presbyterian Church September 27, 1976.  Services were conducted by Rev. Alfred Boyer with burial at Rose Cemetery.  Mrs. Elton Eakin served as organist and Mrs. Howard Ediger as soloist.  Following graveside services the Women’s Association of the Presbyterian Church and other family friends served lunch to approximately one hundred people. Ruth Catterson Martin was born in Burns, Oregon, September 30, 1910.  She resided in Sherman County for thirty-five years, having first come as a teacher.  She was married to Donald J. Martin of Moro, Ore. on June 2, 1945.  Two children, Donald H. and Marcia, were born to them. She was a member of the Moro Community Church, Bethlehem Chapter No. 78, and the Moro Women’s Club.  After moving to Wasco in 1969 she attended the Wasco Methodist Church Women.  She was also a member of the Wasco Women’s Study Club. She is survived by her husband, Donald J. Martin of Wasco; one son, Donald H. Martin of Moro; one daughter, Marcia Hanlon of Kennewick, Wash.; three sisters, Mrs. Marvin (Frances) Curry of Dayville, Ore.,  Mrs. Horace (Marge) Wachter of Spokane, Wash., and Mrs. Norman (Ellen) Sitz of Ontario, Ore.; three brothers, Alan Catterson of Ontario, Ore., Jerry (Bill) Catterson of Ontario, Ore., and John W. Catterson of Burns, Ore.; two grandchildren, Jesse Martin of Eugene and Christin Hanlon of Kennewick; several nieces and nephews.

October 14, 1976

  • Bess Pound Last Rites Held Recently. A 51-year resident of The Dalles, Mrs. Bess Pound, died a week ago Monday at a local hospital. Born in Wasco, her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Marsh.  She married Guy Pound in 1905 and lived in Wasco until 1918, when the couple moved to Portland.  In 1925, Mrs. Pound and her husband came to The Dalles and opened the Pound’s Jewelry Store.  Preceded in death by her husband in 1936, Mrs. Pound continued to operate the store until she sold it in 1951. She was a member of the Christian Science Church, Columbia Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Soroptomist Club, the Old Wasco County Pioneer Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, Gasper White Shrine Lodge, The Dalles Salvation Army Association, the Supreme Emblem Club and The Dalles Garden Club. Survivors include one son, Gary Marshall Pound, Palo Alto, Calif.; two grandsons, Steven Marshall Pound and Guy Nichols Pound, both of Palo Alto; and one sister, Minnie Mocabee, The Dalles. No funeral services are planned.  Friends who wish may contribute to the Oregon Heart Fund, U.S. National Bank, in memory of Mrs. Pound.
  • Services Held Recently For Hollis M. Bull, 70. Funeral for Hollis M. Bull, 16665 S. W. Monaco Lane, King City was held Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. in the Tabor United Presbyterian Church, S.E. 55th and Belmont in Portland. Mr. Bull passed away on Saturday Sept. 25, at Meridian Park Hospital after being admitted through the emergency department, apparently having suffered a stroke. Mr. Bull was born in Moro, June 19, 1906, and graduated from Oregon State College in 1928 with a degree in agriculture, and worked in Eastern Oregon for Kerr-Gifford Grain Co. until assuming the managership of Condon Grain Growers in Condon, a post he held for 16 years.  In 1952 he moved to Portland to work for Continental Grain Co. where he retired in 1971. He was a member of Sunnyside Lodge No. 163 A.F.&A.M., and had served Standley Lodge in Wallowa and Moriah Lodge in Condon as Worshipful Master.  He was also a member of Sunnyside Chapter OES. Survivors include the widow Esther, two sons, Tom of Lake Grove, and Jack of Salem, and four grandchildren. The family suggests any contributions be made to the Oregon Lung Assn. or the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Organ fund.

October 21, 1976

  • Gladys Richards, 63 Longtime Resident Dies. Gladys Richards a longtime resident of Wasco died October 14 in Citrus Heights, Calif.  She was born October 24, 1913 in Flag Center, Ill.  Richards moved from Wasco to California last November. She is survived by her husband, Harry A. Richards, Citrus Heights; a sister, Sona Kerr, Seattle; seven sons, James R., San Lorenzo, Calif.; Marvin M., Alberta, Calif.; Harry R., San Jose; Gordon R., Fremont, Calif.; Michael L., Coati, Calif.; John G. and Thomas C. Richards, both of Sacramento; four daughters, Beverly Feltner, Bereau, Ky.; Carol McIver, Carmichael, Calif.; Sharon R. Richards, Sacramento; and Lilly Bates, Seattle; and 27 grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park, Fair Oaks, Calif., with Mt. Vernon Funeral Home in that city in charge of arrangements. Friends who wish may send donations to the Cancer Fund in Mrs. Richard’s memory the family suggested.
  • Vera Geneva Alley, 84 Passes In California. Vera Geneva Alley, a resident of Stockton, Calif. and a former resident of Grass Valley, died Friday at a hospital in the California city. She was 84. Mrs. Alley was born in Clackamas November 13, 1891. She is survived by a daughter, Mildred K. Alley Jones, of Stockton; and two sons, J. Edgar Alley, Grass Valley and Paul F. Alley, Moro; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home.  Private entombment will follow at The Dalles IOOF Memorial Mausoleum. The family has suggested that friends who desire may contribute to the charity of their choice in Mrs. Alley’s memory.
  • Word has been received of the passing of Mrs. Vera Alley former Sherman County resident, in Stockton, Calif.  She leaves three children Mrs. Mildred Alley Jones of Stockton, Mr. Paul Alley of Wasco and Mr. J.E. Alley of Grass Valley.  Mrs. Alley will be remembered by many of her Sherman County friends.
  • Ralph E. Rust Lifelong County Resident Dies. Ralph E. Rust, a lifetime resident of Grass Valley, died at his home Sunday.  He was 73. Mr. Rust was born in Grass Valley on Dec. 15, 1902.  He was a farmer in that area. He was a member of the IOOF Lodge in Grass Valley and the Eagles Lodge in The Dalles. Survivors are a daughter, Jacqueline Otness, Waldport; a brother, Conrad Rust, The Dalles, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Wednesday with the Rev. Charles Easley officiating.  Burial will be at Parklawn Memorial Cemetery in The Dalles. Casket bearers were Benny Payne, Bud Hubbard, Rocky Webb, Gaylord Mitchell, Kenneth Todd and Wendel Clodfelter.

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November 11, 1976

November 18, 1976

  • El Roy D. Henderson Services Set Saturday. El Roy D. Henderson, 66, died in The Dalles Wednesday.  He had been a resident of Rufus since 1964, and was a former resident of Estacada. Surviving are his wife Alta, of Rufus, two sons, David, Clarkston, Wash.; Kenneth, Rapids City, S.D.; two daughters, Illa Jean Woznick, Rufus; Shirley Smith, Virginia Beach, Va. Also surviving are his sisters Lucille Koho, Napa, Idaho; Dorothy Fitzgerald, Boise; Wanda O. Very, Rocklin, Calif; Marie Henderson, Boise.  Two brothers preceded him in death. Five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive. Mr. Henderson was a member of the Latter-Day Saints Church and the International Order of Operating Engineers No. 701 of Portland.  and Mrs. Henderson had been married 42 years. Funeral services Saturday at 10 a.m. at Smith Callaway Chapel.  Dave Jones and William Koho will officiate on behalf of the LDS Church. Burial following at the IOOF cemetery in The Dalles.  The family asks that those who wish contribute to a charity of their choice in Mr. Henderson’s memory.

November 25, 1976

  • Delbert Earl Barzee Funeral Services Held. Funeral services were held Thursday at Niswonger-Reynolds Chapel in Bend for Delbert Earl Barzee who died October 30 at a Bend hospital following an accidental gunshot wound while cleaning his gun. Mr. Barzee was born July 17, 1919 in Bone, Idaho to Clark and Barbara Rhoades Barzee.  He had been a resident of Kinzua for the past 22 years where he was employed as a millworker for the Kinzua Corporation.  He was a veteran of World War II having served with the U.S. Army. he was a member of the American Legion and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is survived by his widow, Golda of Kinzua; five children, Delene Zemmer, Prairie City; Barbra Boyer, Cornelius; Mavis Oyler, Bend; Cheryl Campbell, Fossil and Joyce Whitbeck, Irrigon; two brothers, Hugh of Copeland, Idaho and Newell of Gooding, Idaho; four sisters, Afton Hokanson, Toquerville, Utah; Delfa Jones, The Dalles; Nellie Sexton and Opal Neilson, both of Yacolt, Washington, and eight grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by three children, Belva, Arlo and Lewis and by his parents. Interment followed in the Deschutes Memorial Gardens, Bend.
  • Word was received on Thursday morning of the passing of Walter Wagner of Federal Way, Wash., due to a stroke.  His brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Wagner left that day to be with the family.

December 2, 1976

  • Services Here Saturday For Belle Conlee, 88. Belle Conlee, 88, a resident of Sherman County for 70 years died at a nursing home in The Dalles last Wednesday. Mrs. Conlee was born March 29, 1888 in Eugene.  She came to Sherman County while still a young woman and taught school for several years.  She was married to Howard Scott Conlee in Sherman County.  He died in 1965. Mrs. Conlee was a member of the Moro Community Church and a 55-year member and past Noble Grand of the Rebekah Lodge. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. William (Jesse) Reid, The Dalles; two sisters, Bertha Toll and Flora Getchell, both of Eugene; two brothers, Carl Toll, North Bend, and John Toll, Eugene. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Moro Community Church with the Rev. Angus Crocker officiating.  Burial was in the American Legion Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mac Hall, Millard and Wayne Melzer, Ted and Larry Thompson and Walter Nichols.  The family suggests that those who wish may make contributions to the American Cancer Society in care of the First National Bank here.
  • Rites Held Tuesday For Archie Cantrall. Archie Walter Cantrall, a resident of Grass Valley since 1936, died at his home Saturday at age 72.  He was born August 20, 1904 in Alpha, Idaho. He was a grocery man in Grass Valley for many years and retired in 1956.  He was a member of the Grass Valley Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Eva Cantrall of Grass Valley; two sons, Everett, Grass Valley; and Gene, Aloha; one daughter, Sharon Rodda, The Dalles; one brother, Perry , Likely, Calif.; one sister, Wanda Dunlap, Kinzua, Ore.; one half-sister, Viola Teske, Tigard; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held at Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home.  The Rev. Arthur Brown officiated.  Burial was in IOOF Cemetery at Grass Valley. Friends who so desire may contribute to the Sherman County Scholarship Fund or the charity of their choice in memory of Mr. Cantrall. Casket bearers were Gordon Lemley, Kenny Crews, Gary Schilling, Boyce Blaylock, Orville Ruggles and Tom Eakin.  Honorary casket bearers were Roy Schilling, Mark Bird, Bill Bardenhagen, Harold Eakin, Don Smith and Harold Owens.

December 9, 1976

  • Clarence L. Mersinger Lifetime Resident Dies. Clarence L. Mersinger, 52, a lifetime resident of Moro, died Sunday at his home after a long illness. He was born March 20, 1924 at Grass Valley. Mr. Mersinger attended Oregon State University in 1942, entered the Marine Corps was wounded and received the Purple Heart at Iwo Jima.  After the war he returned to OSU and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  He went to work at the OSU experiment station in Moro in 1949 and worked there all his adult life. He was a member of Chris Schultz Post No. 71, American Legion in Moro. Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Mary Mersinger, Moro; two sisters, Mrs. Charles (Elizabeth) Green, Chester, Mont.; and Mrs Dave (Clara) Mather, Spokane; plus numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Moro Community Chruch with the Rev. Angus M. Crocker officiating.  Miltary rites will follow at the American Legion Cemetery in Moro. Casket bearers are Del Smith, Allen Miller, Millard Melzer, John Shipley, Don Thompson and Mac Hall.  The family has suggested that friends who wish may make contributions to the American Cancer Society in Mr Mersinger’s memory.

December 16, 1976

December 23, 1976

  • Highway Crash Kills Couple Near Astoria. Carl Curry, 65, Long Beach, Wash., and his wife Lena Opal Curry, 72, were killed Sunday when their west bound car went out of control on U.S. Highway 30 about 17 miles east of Astoria and hit a bank, state police reported. Mr. and Mrs. Curry are the parents of Mrs. Del (Lois) Smith, Moro.

December 30, 1976

January 6, 1977

  • Services Set Saturday For Roscoe McGraw. Roscoe B. McGraw passed away at a hospital in Kerrville, Texas on Jan. 2.  He was 82 years of age. He is survived by daughters, Mrs. L.V. Hyman, Moro; Mrs. Alice Masey, Stocton, CA; sons, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Warner L. McGraw, Kerrville, Tex.; Lt. Col. Res. Roscoe E. McGraw, Austin, Tex., and several grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Odd-Fellows cemetery in The Dalles, with graveside services.
  • Couple Near Astoria. Highway Crash Kills. Carl Curry, 65, Long Beach, Wash., and his wife Lena Opal Curry, 72, were killed Sunday when their west bound car went out of control on U.S. Highway 30 about 17 miles east of Astoria and hit a bank, state police reported. Mr. and Mrs. Curry are the parents of Mrs. Del (Lois) Smith, Moro.

January 13, 1977

  • Roscoe Burr McGraw Services Held Jan. 8. Roscoe Burr McGraw, 82 a former resident of The Dalles died a week ago Monday in a Veterans Administration hospital in Kerrville, Texas. He was born in Woodward, Iowa, on July 21, 1894.  He worked for the Corps of Engineers on The Dalles Dam and was a veteran of World War I. Mr. McGraw was a member of the Masonic Lodge; White Shrine of Jerusalem; Gasper Shrine Order of White Shrine; ROSI, Crucine Order of Amroc; American Legion Post The Dalles; and the Retired Federal Employees Association. Survivors include two sons, Lt. Col. (ret) Warner Riley McGraw, Ingram, Tex., and Lt. Col. (reserve) Roscoe E. McGraw, Austin, Tex., two daughters, Mrs. Alice Massey, Stockton, Calif. and Mrs. LV Hyman, Moro, a brother, Leland, Niobara, Neb.; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Graveside funeral services were in the veterans section of The Dalles IOOF Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8 with the Rev. Frank Memenway officiating.  The local American Legion Post conducted military rites. The family has suggested that those who wish make contributions in his memory to Gasper Shrine No. 3, Order of White Shrine, in care of Enid Bolton, 1505 Clark St., The Dalles.
  • Roy Phillip Barnet, 78, Services Held Monday. Roy Phillip Barnet died Saturday in The Dalles.  He was born May 22, 1898 at Ower, Mo.  He had been a resident of The Dalles since 1943 and was a former resident of Sherman County. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, the Odd Fellows Lodge in Grass Valley and the Old Wasco County Pioneer Association. He is survived by his wife Lola E. Barnet of The Dalles; one daughter, Mrs. Bill (Levina) Jefferies of Kent; one brother, Ernest Barnet of The Dalles; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home Monday at 2 p.m. The Revs. Donald Boldt and Kenneth Hutchinson officiated.  Burial was in the IOOF cemetery. Casket bearers were Alex Marshall, Blaine Elliott, Bob Berger, Edwin Elliott, Leon Crawford and Paul Simer. Friends who so desire may contribute to the Calvary Baptist Church or the Kent Baptist Church in Mr. Barnet’s memory.
  • Lt. Col. Warner Riley McGraw, Retired of Ingram, Texas, Lt. Col. Roscoe E. McGraw, Reserve of Austin, Texas; Mrs. Alice Massey and her son of Stockton, Calif., were here with Mr. and Mrs. James (Rip) Hyman last week for the funeral of Roscoe B. McGraw, in The Dalles on Saturday, Jan. 8.  Mr. McGraw passed away in Kerrville, Texas on Monday, Jan. 3, at age 82.

January 20, 1977

  • Mrs. Aletha McInturff of Madras and Mrs. D.C. Bartlett went to Benton City, Wash. on Monday to attend the funeral of their brother, Max E. (Duke) Moon Tuesday morning. They returned to Moro Tuesday evening.

January 27, 1977

February 3, 1977

February 10, 1977

  • Pilot Dies In Plane Crash On Gordon Ridge. [photo] Private Plane Crashes. Dean Ghunz, 39, of Oregon City died when his plane crashed on Gordon ridge five miles northwest of here last Wednesday evening.  He was flying from Pendleton to The Dalles on a routine flight transporting cancelled bank checks to the main office in Portland.  The plane was discovered by Meredith McDermid on Friday morning as she was coming to Moro grade school to teach.

February 17, 1977

February 24, 1977

  • Echo B. Vinton Former Resident Dies. Mrs. Echo Buker Vintin, passed away February 21 at the age of 97.  She was in a nursing home near her daughter Betty, who lives in New York. She was married to George Vintin in 1908 and lived many years in the Grass Valley area where they raised their three children, Geraldine, George Clayton and Betty Jean.  Her husband managed the Wasco warehouse milling company warehouses, and later was the clerk of Sherman County. She was a charter member of both Grass Valley Rebekah lodge No. 118 and Sherman chapter of the Eastern Star. She lived with her son George and his wife Kay for many years in California and the last few years has been in poor health and living in a nursing home near her daughter. She is survived by her son George Clayton who lives in Walnut Creek, Calif., and a daughter Mrs. Richard Ross of New York, one sister Grace Bourhill in a nursing home in Oregon and four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
  • Mae L. Ried [Reid] Services Held In The Dalles. Requiem Mass for Mrs. Mae L. Reid was held at 2 p.m. last Friday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wasco with the Rev. David J. Hazen as celebrant. Reid died a week ago Monday in a nursing home at The Dalles where she has lived for the past few years.  She was born May 18, 1895 in Wasco where she was a life-long resident. Her late husband, William, died in 1967. Survivors include one son, William, The Dalles; a brother, Charles Burkhart, San Francisco, a sister, Minnie Wing, Montesano, Wash. Committal services were held at Sunrise Cemetery, Wasco, under the direction of Smith Callaway Chapel.  Pallbearers were Raymond Van Gilder, David Richelderfer, Floyd Rathburn, Pete, George and Tom Macnab.
  • Mrs. Mae Reid, a former resident of Wasco was buried in the Wasco Sunrise Cemetery on Friday.  The services were held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wasco with Father David Hazin performing last rites.  The Alter Society served refreshments after the services to relatives and others.
  • Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Russel Belshee and Mac Hall attended the funeral of Hazel Nish Kollar, an aunt of Mrs. Belshee and Mr. Hall, on Thursday morning of last week in Portland. Kollar was a sister of the late Clarence Mersinger.

March 3, 1977

March 10, 1977

March 17, 1977

March 24, 1977

March 31, 1977

  • Louis C. Dickson, 89 Services Held Recently. Louis C. Dickson, 89, a resident of Antelope, died at his home on Wednesday. Mr. Dickson was born on Oct. 18, 1887, in Antelope.  He had been a rancher in that area. Survivors are his daughters, Mrs. Roy Forman; a son, Bill Dickson, both of Antelope; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Lottie Dickson, The Dalles; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday at 11 a.m. at Madras Evergreen Chapel.  Burial will be at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras.

April 7, 1977

  • Helen A. Bayer, 60, Services Held Recently. Helen A. Bayer, 60, a lifetime resident of Grass Valley, died Wednesday at her home. She was a clerk at the post office in Grass Valley for more than 15 years, retiring two years ago.  She was a member of Rebekah Lodge 113 of Grass Valley and the American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, Frank E. Bayer, Grass Valley; a son, Byron, Pilot Rock; two daughters, Helen Noriega, Grass Valley, and Julia Donnigan, Maupin; four brothers, Wallace Stark of Laguna Beach, Calif., Hadley Stark of Terrebonne, Harry Stark of Grass Valley and Byron Stark of Kent; two sisters, Josephine Parkhurst, Roseburg, and Eula Brittian, Bend; and two grandsons. Funeral services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Grass Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Arthur Brown officiating.  Burial will be at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Grass Valley.
  • Lilly Hoover Dies Recently In Portland. Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Bird of Wasco received word of the passing of his mother, Mrs. Lilly Hoover of Portland at the age of 74 after a long illness.  Private graveside services were held in Portland at 10:30 a.m. on April 2 with memorial services held at 2:30 p.m. on the same day. At Mrs. Hoover’s request, donations were asked to the Heart Fund in lieu of flowers.

April 14, 1977

  • Moro Personals. A former Sherman County World War I veteran, Frank (Brick) Schamel passed away in the veterans hospital in Spokane.  He was laid to rest beside his wife, Anna in a Spokane cemetery.

April 21, 1977

April 28, 1977

May 5, 1977

May 12, 1977

May 19, 1977

May 26, 1977

  • Funeral Service Held For Former Resident. and Mrs. Irving Hart and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Belshe were in La Grande Monday attending the funeral service for Lyle Edgar Fihn who formerly resided here.  His widow is the former Lois Kenny of Moro. The service was conducted by La Grande Lodge No. 41 A.F.&A.M. with interment in the Island City Cemetery. Fihn was born at Shell Lake, Wis. October 30, 1914 and passed away at La Grande May 19.

June 2, 1977

  • Joseph Thornton, 79 Rites Held Tuesday. Joseph James Thornton, 79, The Dalles, died at a local nursing home on Thursday. Mr. Thornton was born May 16, 1898 near Mitchell, Ore. He was a longtime employee of Sunshine Bisquit Co., a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and a life member of The Dalles Elks Lodge. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Malcolm (Phyllis) McDermid, Wasco; and three grandchildren. Recitation of the Rosary was at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Smith Callaway Chapel.  Requiem Mass was at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with the Rev. William Stone as celebrant.  Mausoleum entombment will be at The Dalles IOOF Memorial Mausoleum. Casketbearers were John Hilderbrand, Clem Welk, Welby Sharp, Claude Parrot, Donald McDermid and Dale Barnes.

June 9, 1977

  • Alex Marshall, Civic Business Leader Dies. Alex Marshall, 72, a retired grocer and a former member of numerous educational boards, died in a Portland hospital Friday night of a heart attack. He had served on the Wasco Intermediate Education Board for many years up until 1974 and prior to that he was on the county board of education.  He also served on the District 12 school board at one time. Mr. Marshall was born in West Kibbride, Scotland in 1905 and went to school there.  He married Katherine Dubro of Germany and came to The Dalles from Portland in 1927. He opened Marshall’s Food Store in 1927 on Second Street, across from Woolsey’s Tires.  After his retirement, he was manager of the Abundant Food Store a predecessor of the Food Stamp program. Mr. Marshall was treasurer of Wasco Lodge No. 15, A.F.&A.M. and was worshipful master in 1937.  He was also a member of The Dalles Kiwanis Club, the Shriners and Gateway Presbyterian Church.
  • Former GV Resident Maybel E. Moore Maybel E. Moore, born July 1, 1890 in Grass Valley, passed away in a Portland hospital May 30.  Maybel was a daughter of Charles W. and Eva Rollins Moore and a granddaughter of Dr. C.R. Rollins, founder of Grass Valley in 1878. Her father Charles came to Sherman County in 1881.  Dr. Rollins and Charles Moore started the Moore & Rollins General Mercantile Store in 1888.  When Grass Valley was incorporated Charles Moore was the first mayor. Maybel left Grass Valley with her parents and brother Ray in 1916 when Theodore Roosevelt appointed her father to the U.S. Land Office in The Dalles.  The family later moved to Portland where she operated a dress shop for many years.  She was a member of the Mother Church of Christ Scientist. Memorial services were held June 3, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Miller & Tracy.  Private burial was in the family lot at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in The Dalles.  She leaves cousins and friends in Moro, The Dalles, and Portland.
  • Arthur Sargent received word recently that his brother, Alfred, had passed away. Alfred Sargent was a resident of Canada.
  • John S. Jenkins, 83, Baker Native Dies. John S. Jenkins, 83, of 3264 N. Willamette Blvd. in Portland a former longtime business and community leader of his native Baker, died Saturday in Portland. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at Grays West and Co. Pioneer Chapel.  The Reverend Robert A. Jackson of Baker officiated.  Vault interment followed in the family plot at Mt. Hope Cemetery with the Baker Veterans Organization folding the flag. Mr. Jenkins was born June 30, 1893, in Baker on the site of the Old Oregon Trail in a cabin which still stands just left of the freeway in Baker Valley.  He was the son of George W. and Lillian Shea Jenkins, one of fifteen children.  His father had been an Indian scout and homesteaded on a site in a draw not far northeast of the present Culley Lane overpass.  His mother developed the homestead as the most noted early day truck garden and fruit ranch on a family commercial basis.  John was the last survivor of the large family. He had his schooling in Baker, graduated from Baker High School and was on the champion debate team.  He was married to Elsie M. Jenkins in Washington in 1914. Mr. Jenkins became manager of the J.C. Penney Co. store in 1932 not many years after the Baker store moved into the new brick building at Main and Valley in 1926. He was for many years a director and worker in the chamber of commerce and was active in the committee work.  He was active in the Mining Jubilee, annual celebration begun by Baker in the 1930’s under the leadership of Leo Adler. Jenkins was elected vice-president of the chamber of commerce in February of 1940 and succeeded Fred Moes as president in March of 1941 and he left Baker soon thereafter to become associated with Sears in the Portland area, residing there the past 35 years and retiring there. He was an avid gardener and worked with dahlias since going to Portland.  He developed three new varieties of dahlias, two of which were champions in the Portland dahlia shows.  He was a lifetime member of the Baker American Legion Post No. 41, a past Exalted Ruler of the Baker Elks Lodge No. 338 and a member of the Portland and American Dahlia Societies and of the Inland Empire Dahlia Society. Survivors include his wife Elsie at home; daughter Jacquelyn von Borstel of Grass Valley; sister Mrs. Ward McCulley of Rogue River; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and in Baker, a niece, Mrs. Roscoe Duncan. The family has suggested that friends wishing to contribute to a memorial may do so to any of the three dahlia societies.  This may be done at Grays West and Co.

June 16, 1977

  • Moro Personals. Walt Rhindlisbacher passed away on Monday in Goldendale hospital after being taken there by ambulance Sunday morning. Rhindlisbacher has been ill over a long period of time.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Cemetery with Father Hazen officiating.

June 23, 1977

June 30, 1977

  • Services Held Monday For Kenneth Todd, GV. Funeral services were held Monday for Kenneth Todd, 62, rancher, who died in the hospital Friday after being stricken ill at home. He was born Dec. 23, 1914 at Moro and had lived all his life in Sherman County. Services were at 2 p.m. Monday in the Grass Valley Baptist Church with burial in the Odd Fellows Cemetery under the direction of Smith Callaway Chapel. Surviving are his wife, Mildred; four daughters, Virginia Winebarer (sic), Carol Todd, Geraldine Davis of Portland; Gloria Gill, Pilot Rock; two sons, Michael of Kinzua and Clifford, Portland; two brothers, Bill Todd, Grass Valley and Lawrence Todd, Japan; a sister, Margaret Schilling of Grass Valley; 10 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

July 7, 1977

  • L. Christensen, 59, Services Held Monday. Maynard L. Christensen of West Linn, a longtime Oregon educator, died of a heart attack in his home Thursday at age 59. Funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Chapel by the Lake Mortuary, Lake Oswego with private family vault interment in Zion Cemetery, Canby. Mr. Christensen was born in Dagmar, Mont., and moved to Grass Valley in 1925. He was principal at schools in Pine Grove, Salem, Astoria, Monmouth and Lake Oswego. He was supervisor of curriculum in Clatsop County from 1967 to 1970 and was assistant superintendent of the Washington County Intermediate Education District upon his retirement in 1970. He is survived by his wife, Vera E.; two daughters, Jeanne Benjamin of Hood River and Eileen Kurashara of Portland and three grandchildren.
  • Rev. and Mrs. Al Boyer received word of the passing of his father, Charles Boyer of Portland on Wednesday morning.  Services were held on Saturday morning.  The Boyers returned home on Saturday eve.

July 14, 1977

  • Dora F. Moore Services Held Recently. Mrs. Dora F. Moore, a resident of Wasco and a lifetime resident of Sherman County, died Thursday at a local nursing home at age 85. She was born Nov. 20, 1891, at Emigrant Springs, Oregon. She was a graduate of the College of Education at Monmouth and of Oregon State University.  She taught school at Lexington, Emigrant Springs and Grass Valley. Her husband Roy died several years ago, and she became the owner-operator of the Oskaloosa Hotel in Wasco.  She also owned ranch land in the Wasco area. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Rhuben (Nettie) Elder, Hood River; three nephews and two nieces.
  • Mrs. Dora Moore passed away at a nursing home in The Dalles last week.  Graveside services were held at the Sunrise Cemetery at Wasco on Monday morning, Rev. Al Boyer officiated.

July 21, 1977

  • William P. Jefferies, 59 Passes At Kent Home. Long time Sherman County resident and well known to many William P. Jefferies, Kent area died at his home at the age of 59.  He was born July 28, 1917 in Dickinson, North Dakota.  Jefferies was a member of the Kent Baptist Church and Grass Valley Odd Fellows Lodge.  He is also known for the many community service projects he has been involved with in past years. Surviving are his wife, Verna Levina; two sons, Patrick Roy of Klamath Falls; Timothy L. of Grass Valley; three daughters, June C. McAtee of Milwaukie, Ore.; Colleen L. Day of Cascade, Ida. and Susan J. Jefferies of Grass Valley. Other survivors include three brothers, Jack Jefferies of Cottonwood, CA.; Don Jefferies of Manning, No. Dakota; and Jim Jefferies of Fargo, North Dakota; two sisters, Jane Stevenson of Miles City, Montana, and Jean Sorenson of Fargo, North Dakota, and six grandchildren. Interment was in the Kent cemetery.

July 28, 1977

  • William Carl Reid dies In The Dalles At 65. William Carl Reid, a longtime resident of this area died Friday at a local hospital at age 65. He was born Sept. 23, 1911, at Wasco, where he grew up and graduated from Wasco High School.  He then attended Northwest Business College and went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. He married his wife, Jessie on Jan. 30, 1939.  He served in the U.S. Army in World War II.  He had been a resident of The Dalles since 1939 except for his time in the military. He retired as chief clerk for the Union Pacific Railroad in January 1975. He was a member of the Roosevelt Lodge A.F.&F.M., Portland, and the Frank E. Brown Post 91 American Legion of Wasco. Survivors include his wife Jessie, The Dalles; an aunt, Minnie Wing, of Montesano, Wash.; and a cousin, June Messam, Vancouver, B.C. Masonic rites were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Smith Callaway Chapel.  Burial followed at the veteran’s section of Odd Fellows Cemetery. Casket bearers were Eldon Barzee, George Hasel, Gard Fulton, Millard and Wayne Melzer and Bob Boynton.
  • Services For Pat McHugh. Funeral services for Patrick McHugh, who died Thursday in a nursing home here, have been scheduled. The Recitation of the Rosary was at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Smith Callaway Chapel and the Requiem Mass was celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Catholic Church.  Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Mr. McHugh was born May 18, 1889 in County Mayo, Ireland.  He moved to New York when he was 20, then came to Grass Valley area in Sherman County where he herded sheep and later ranched.  He once owned the Conroy ranch now owned by Mark Bird, a close friend. Mr. McHugh was a member of the St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Grass Valley and of St. Peter’s in The Dalles; Knights of Columbus, Elks and Eagles. Surviving are a niece and nephew, Nellie Murphy and John McHugh, Chicago; the Bird family, several nieces and nephews in England and Ireland. He was known here for his love for his native Ireland and his Irish accent. Active Pallbearers were: Steve, Jim, Pat and Paul Bird and Joe and Kathleen Sharp. Honorary Pallbearers were Edgar Alley, Willard Barnett, William Bardenhagen, Michael Connelly and Tex Irzyk.
  • Frederick L. Stradley Services Wednesday. Frederick Leroy Stradley, a resident of Vancouver, Wash., and a former resident of the Mid-Columbia area died at a Gladstone nursing home Saturday. Born May 9, 1903, at Mosier, he was employed as a civil engineer for the State Highway Department in Washington.  He was a member of the Vancouver Elks Lodge. Survivors are a son, Robert of Portland, a daughter, Margie Atkins, Mulino; two sisters, Doris Smith, Tacoma, and Dorothy Morris, Tacoma; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were at Spencer Libby & Powell Funeral Home Wednesday at 2 p.m., and burial followed at the Mosier Cemetery.
  • Maxine R. Henrichs Services Held Tuesday. Maxine R. Henrichs passed away suddenly in Portland on Friday, July 22.  She was the daughter of Frances E. Henrichs, Maryville, California, and the late Dayton W. Henrichs, she was born in Moro on October 3, 1915. She was a graduate of Oregon State University and received her master’s degree with honors from Columbia University, New York in 1952. Her teaching career commenced in Oregon schools, but for the last 32 years she had been a faculty member of Yuba Junior College, Marysville, Calif., in the business department.  She dedicated the greater part of her life to guidance of young people and her influence touched many of their lives.  She had traveled extensively and was a skilled photographer. Among Miss Henrichs affiliations were the Bethlehem Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, Moro; Marysville PEO; Marysville Presbyterian church and Kappa Delta Pi honorary. Funeral services were held in Finley’s Funeral Home, Portland followed by graveside services at the Moro cemetery. Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Frances Henrichs, a brother, Lloyd V. Henrichs, Moro and a sister, Mrs. Vera Campbell of Springfield, and six nieces and nephews. A memorial service is to be held at Marysville for her many friends and faculty members. The family asks that those desiring to do so make donations to the Heart Association in her memory.
  • Virginia Kortge Civic Worker Dies Monday. Virginia Jane Kortge, a prominently active community worker and 50-year resident of The Dalles, died Monday in the hospital here. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. Mrs. Kortge served on the board of directors for the Rainbow Girls and for 19 years was a 4-H Club leader. She served on the Wasco County Red Cross board and taught swimming including special classes for retarted children.  Those who were unable to attend classes in the public pool were taught at her pool at home. Mrs. Kortge was a charter member of Beta Sigma Phi Chapter, was a frequent judge for 4-H sewing and knitting, was involved in Democratic party activities, worked for United Way Fund campaign, and assisted in numerous rural community activities. She was a member of the First Methodist Church. Her husband O.W. (Bill) Kortge, is a former Wasco County judge and is now manager of the Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District (PUD). Other survivors include three daughters, Linda Brazier, Vancouver, WA., Nancy Black, Bremerton, WA., Billie Jeanne Harris, Milwaukie; a sister, Mrs. J. Ray (Pauline) Kortge, The Dalles; a brother, Kenneth Piercy, Hillsboro; and eight grandchildren. Mrs. Kortge was born Aug. 28, 1922 in Grass Valley. Funeral services for Mrs. Kortge were conducted by the Rev. Charles Easley. Pallbearers were Marvin Markman, Archie Zarewski, Walt Carte, Dick Coram, Don Johnson and Elden Wagenblast.  Honorary pallbearers were Jim Scarbourough, Eldon Emerson, Clayton McCall, Don Spencer, Warren Habluetzel and Vernon Kelly.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wallace were in Portland last week, called there by the passing of her father at a hospital there.  Graveside services were held in McMinnville on Friday.

August 4, 1977

August 11, 1977

  • Theodore R. Pierson Services Held Friday. Theodore R. Pierson, 69, a resident of White Salmon, Wash. since 1958 and of Sherman County 1920 to 1942, died Tuesday, August 2, in White Salmon.  He was born June 19, 1908 in Madras. Survivors include his wife, Ethelyn Pierson of White Salmon; three daughters, Patricia Ruch, Pendleton; Rose Nelson, Condon; Marjorie Yung, Olympia; one sister, Marie Wineberger, White Salmon; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Pierson were held at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon Friday, August 5, and was officiated by Rev. Rusty Kimsey.

August 18, 1977

August 25, 1977

  • Nancy Vie Race, 91, Services Held Tuesday. Nancy Vie Race, who was a native of Moro and spent her lifetime in Oregon, died August 21 at Forest Grove at the age of 91. Funeral services for Mrs. Race were held Wednesday, August 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Riverview Abbey, 319 S.W. Taylors Ferry Road with vault entombment following.  Arthur Schwabe, Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church, formerly of Sherman County, will conduct the services.  Lodge rites under the auspices of Orenomah Chapter No. 141 OES with arrangements entrusted to the Fuiten Mortuary Chapels. Mrs. Race was born December 23 1885 in Moro in Sherman county, the daughter of Frank and Emma Sayrs, pioneer farmers of Sherman county who came by wagon from Prineville in the early 80s.  They settled on what is still known as the Sayrs Ranch.  Mrs. Race was married in Moro to Edgar Race in 1909 and started her married life in Ione where their daughter Marcella was born.  Mr. Race was interested in the lumber business with the Tum-a-Lum Lumber company until his death in 1943 at Bingen, Washington. Mrs. Race then moved to Portland and had lived in the Multnomah – Hillsdale community until the past year when she had been at Forest Grove. Surviving is her daughter, Mrs. Marcella Pancoast of Portland; a son Charles (Bud) Race of Sacramento; two grandsons, Douglas and Stephen Race; Sacramento; a brother, Carroll Sayrs of The Dalles and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Race’s grandparents came from Iowa by Wagon train in 1852 and settled in the Prineville area; her parents then settled in Sherman county.  Mrs. Race joined the Eastern Star in 1919 and later affiliated with Oreomah Chapter No. 141 and had had continuous active membership for 58 years.  She had also been interested in church work and club work, having been president of the Sherman county club, Senior Citizens, Golden Age Club and Church groups in Bingen. Contributions to charity of choice.
  • Chester E. Breidwell Burial Held Tuesday. city councilman to find out how. Chester E. Briedwell, 88, a resident of Grass Valley for the last 21 years died at a hospital in The Dalles Saturday. Briedwell was born May 4, 1889, at Amity, Ore. the son of an old pioneer family in the Willamette Valley.  He was an independent banker, selling his bank to the U.S. National Bank. He was a past master and lifetime member of Amity Lodge No. 20, AF&AM, the Eastern Star Amity Chapter and a member of the Tacoma Order of Elks. Mr. Briedwell is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Ruth Bibby, a grandson, Douglas Bibby, a granddaughter Sally Bibby and a sister, Mrs. Robert Forbes. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the Grass Valley Odd Fellows Cemetery.  Pastor Duane A. Dunham officiating.  Smith Callaway Chapel was in charge of arrangements.  [copied as it appeared]
  • Willis “Woody” Wood Services Held Recently. Word has been received of the passing of Willis “Woody” Wood, 66, formerly of Albany, more recently of Westport, Wash., who died Saturday August 13 at St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash., of a heart attack.  Services were held on Wednesday Aug. 16 at the Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. Morton Booth officiating.  Burial followed at Waverly Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Wood operated a cafe in Wasco from 1963 to 1965.  They moved to New York for several years and returned to Oregon to live in Baker before moving to Westport. A World War II veteran, he was a past commander of a post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and belonged to the American Legion Post No. 958 in Rockaway, New York.  He was a member of Taylor Lodge No. 99 A.F.&A.M. in Wasco and of Baker Elks Lodge. Survivors are his widow, Dorothy, a son, John R. of Baker; two daughters Karen Leys of Albany and Charlotte Williams of Baker, a sister, Mrs. Grace Langholz of Canby; and four grandchildren.  [copied as it appeared]

September 8, 1977

September 15, 1977

  • Nellie B. Dugger, 80, Services Held Recently. A resident of Grass Valley since 1923.  Born October 22, 1896 in Riceville, Iowa.  Dugger passed away at a local nursing home Sunday at age 80. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge No. 118 in Grass Valley. Mrs. Dugger is survived by one daughter, Myrtle Rust of Grass Valley; one sister, Florence Runke of Oak Grove, Ore.; two grandchildren, Geraldine E. Middleton of Portland and Phyllis Jane Charboneau of Portland; seven great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home last Thursday at 11 a.m. Private entombment is at the Riverview Abbey in Portland. Friends who so desire may contribute to the Oregon Heart Fund or the Sherman County Ambulance Fund in Mrs. Dugger’s memory.


  • Wasco Electric Man Electrocuted Friday. A lineman for Wasco Electric Co-op was electrocuted while on the job near Wamic Friday morning. Edwin E. Fullenwider, 51, 2306 Skyline Road, was apparently killed instantly when he took 7,200 volts of electricity.  He was brought to The Dalles General Hospital by Maupin Ambulance, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Fullenwider was killed at 11:30 a.m. a quarter mile from the Wamic Store on the Pine Hollow Road.  He was working with a Wasco Electric crew that was taking out old power lines and replacing them with larger sized lines. Wasco Electric Manager Art Thomsen said that Fullenwider was hit in the chest by the energized end of a bypass jumper (a device used to keep flowing while work is in progress).  The bypass slipped off an insulted stick Fullenwider was using to handle the line.  When it struck him in the chest, he automatically grabbed the line to move it.  Both his hands froze to the line and were broken loose by his pole partner, John Shepherd, The Dalles. Shepherd then gave the victim mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and two other crew members in the area, Mark angel and Carl Barnett, both of Maupin gave CPR, but efforts to revive the victim failed.  Also on the scene was Dan Tomsen, the manager’s son. Thomsen said the Maupin ambulance was on the scene within 20 minutes of the accident. Fullenwider has been with Wasco Electric for 11 years. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, two sons, Stephen E. and Marshall D., all of The Dalles; three sisters, Mrs. Harry Quinn, Cartersburg, Ind., Mrs. Steven Conner, Otterbine, Ind., Mrs. Robert Summers, Van Nyns, Calif., four brothers, R.M. of Wenatchee, Wash., Robert of Alton, Ind., Harry of Highland, Ind., and Frank, of Saudi Arabia.

September 22, 1977

  • James Frank Hanlon Services Held Recently. James Frank Hanlon, 32, of 2621 W. Klamath Ave., Kennewick, died Friday in Kadlec Hosptial. Born in Lebanon, Ore., he had been a Tri-City resident for nine years. A nuclear engineer for the Washington Public Power Supply System, he was a graduate of Oregon State University, a Licensed Professional Engineer and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He attended the Christian Reformed Church, Kennewick. Survivors include his wife, Marcia; daughter, Cristin Mary Hanlon; brother, Daniel Hanlon, Portland; and parents Barbara and Dan Hanlon, Sweet Home, Or. Services were Monday in the Christian Reformed Church, with the Rev. Henry Bouma officiating. Burial was held in the Rose Cemetery, Moro. Friends who wish may make memorials to the Cobalt Treatment Unit 1716 W. Eight Place, Kennewick. Mueller’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
  • Joseph A. Sorrick, 73, Rufus Resident Passes. Joseph A. Sorrick, 73, a resident of Rufus, died at a local hospital on Sunday. He was born Jan. 22, 1904 at Colorado Springs, Colo. Mr. Sorrick was a World War II Veteran and worked as an electrician for most of his life.  He was a member of the American Legion the American Association of Retired Persons and the Rufus Grange. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Dana Ames, Tacoma, Wash.; and three grandchildren.  His wife, Marie died in 1976. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sorrick operated Joe’s Freeze in Rufus for a number of years. Graveside services were held at The Dalles IOOF Cemetery at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Charles Easley, Jr. officiating.

September 29, 1977

  • Funeral was held in Kennewick last week for Jim Hanlon with burial at Rose cemetery east of Moro.  Mr. Hanlon was married to the former Marcia Martin.
  • Those attending the funeral in The Dalles on Monday for Mrs. Irene Blagg, former Sherman County resident, were Mrs. Bill Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Fields and Mr. and Mrs. H.N. Riggs.

October 6, 1977

  • Donalda Knighten was in Portland last week to attend funeral services for her sister  Margaret Ann MacGregor.  Miss MacGregor from San Francisco was visiting a sister in Portland when she suffered a heart seisure.  She was known to many in Sherman County, having visited the Knightens often in past years.

October 13, 1977

  • Marie Barnett Cooper Pioneer; Services Set. Marie Barnett Cooper, longtime resident and pioneer of Sherman County passed away at her home in Portland October 10. Mrs. Cooper was the daughter of W.M. and Sarah Barnett, founders of Wasco.  Marie was a longtime banker at her father’s bank in Wasco and a farmer with extensive holdings in Sherman County and Benton County, Wash.  She had been in ill health for several years, but until the past few months was active mentally. Marie was known for her many good works among her friends and neighbors throughout her life. Mrs. Cooper was a member of Wasco Methodist Church, a Charter member of Annie Fulton Chapter of the Eastern Star, the Auxiliary of Frank E. Brown Post No. 91, and a number of other organizations. Survivors include many nieces and nephews.  She had been preceded in death by all of her brothers and sisters. Mrs. Cooper was born January 26, 1884 at Wasco.  Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 13 (today) at 2 p.m. at the Wasco Methodist Church.  Burial following at Sunrise Cemetery in Wasco.  Anyone wishing to may contribute to the Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

October 20, 1977

October 27, 1977

  • Grass Valley. Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Oestreich, former residents of Grass Valley, will be saddened to learn that Alice Oestreich passed away August 24 in Spokane, after a lengthy illness.  Clarence was manager and distributor of Standard Oil products for Sherman County in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s.  Friends wishing to, can send cards to Mr. Oestreich at his current address, Box 306, Ritzville, WA.

November 3, 1977

November 10, 1977

  • Leona E. Van Gilder Services Held Monday. Leona E. Van Gilder, a lifetime resident of Wasco, Sherman County, died at The Dalles Hospital Wednesday at age 80. She was born April 7, 1897 at Wasco.  Her husband Vernon died in 1955.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Wasco and the Frank E. Brown Post, American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by a son, Glenn Van Gilder, Madras; a daughter, Mrs. Emma Jean Gunnels, Moro; three brothers, George and Mason Hines, McArthur, Calif.; Otis Hines, San Jose, Calif.; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Wasco Methodist Church, with the Rev. Al Boyer officiating.  Vault entombment followed at the Sunrise Cemetery at Wasco. Honorary casket bearers included John Kellogg, Pat Macnab, Paulen Kaseberg, Dick Yocom, Pete Macnab and John Foss.  Active casket bearers were Phillip O’Meara, David Richelderfer, Jerry Larsen, Virgil Brock, Paul Patrick and Don DeGrange.  Smith Callaway Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
  • Moro Personals. Nathan and George Hines of Fall River, Calif., Glovena Cress, Beaver, Calif., Neva Hines of Lookout, Calif. and Mrs. Dave Birtwistle were all here with the Lee Gunnels family, coming for the funeral of Leona Van Gilder on Monday.
  • Mary Belle Campbell Services Held Recently. and Mrs. Douglas Alley, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Arden Peters of Tigard, attended the funeral of Mrs. Alley’s mother, Mary Belle Campbell, Saturday, Oct. 29 in Klamath Falls.   Mary has visited in this area quite often, and will be remembered by several local X-O.T.I. boys who had many Sunday dinners in her home. Mary Belle Campbell died Wednesday, Oct. 26.  She was born April 22, 1899 in Canada.  On March 26, 1919 in Mitchell, Nebr. she married Purl Campbell and they recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.  The family moved to Klamath Falls from Mitchell, where they were sugar beet farmers, in 1941.  In her early days she worked as a working cowboy for her father, William Schumacher, along with delivering many babies and helping in a doctor’s office. Mrs. Campbell was chaplain of the World War I Veterans Auxiliary in which she held other offices also and was Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star in Mitchell. Survivors include the widower, Purl Campbell, Klamath Falls; sons, Bill Campbell, Bellingham, Wash.; Dean Campbell, Montague, Calif.; Donald Campbell, Klamath Falls; daughters, Shirley Mitchell, Klamath Falls, Doris Alley, Moro, Ore.; and Sandi Mohr, Medford, also 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Family members suggest that memorial contributions be made to the Vets of World War I Auxiliary, Klamath Falls.

November 17, 1977

  • Word was received of the death of Mrs. Hal (Adrian) White, Portland.  Mrs. White and her husband Hal were former postmasters of Wasco.  Hal preceded her in death.  A son, Jim survives.
  • Moro Personals. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Archer left for South Dakota by plane Sunday at the death of Mrs. Archer’s brother, Cecil Henrichs.

November 24, 1977

  • John W. Miller Passes Suddenly At Residence. John Wesley Miller, 52, a resident of Moro for the last seven years and a resident of The Dalles prior to that, died at his home in Moro Friday morning. He was born Nov. 30, 1924 in The Dalles. Mr. Miller was a member of the Eagles Lodge in The Dalles, the American Legion Post in Grass Valley and was a veteran of World War II. Survivors are his wife, Maxine, Moro; two sons, Samuel Grant Miller, Bend, and John Peter Miller, Moro; a daughter, Linda Waddington, The Dalles; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jess P. Miller, The Dalles; a brother, Joe Miller, The Dalles; and one grandson, Marshall Waddington, The Dalles. Funeral services will be at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning.  Burial will be at The Dalles IOOF Cemetery.

December 1, 1977

  • D. Gochnauer Dies. Services In Portland.  S.D. Gochnauer passed away on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Valle Vista nursing home where he has been confined for a long period of time.  He will be buried at Lincoln Memorial in Portland, where there will be graveside services at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. S. D. leaves 2 children, Norman Gochnauer and Bernice Lawson of Terrebonne, one sister, Pauline McManamon of Portland, 5 great-grandchildren and 11 grandchildren.
  • Moro Personals. Bill Murphy left Friday Nov. 18 by plane for North Platte, Nebr. called there by the death of a good friend, Shirley Lunkuisty in a car-truck accident.  Rosy arrived back home on Tuesday.

December 8, 1977

  • Harry M. Benson, 66, Services This Friday. Harry Messinger Benson, born in Moro March 23, 1911, died at The Dalles Hospital Monday, Dec. 5. Mr. Benson was a retired mechanic and a lifetime resident of  Sherman County having worked for McKeans a good part of his life here. He is survived by his wife Al Benson of Moro, his son Ron Benson, Portland; granddaughter, Pam Benson; grandsons, Corey Benson and Sean Benson; a brother, George Benson, Moro; a brother, Wilbert Benson of The Dalles; and a sister Ferrel Lewis of Newport. Services are to be held Friday, Dec. 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Spencer Libby Powell Chapel.

December 15, 1977

  • Margaret E. Anderson Services Held Recently. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday for Mrs. Margaret E. Anderson, 72, who died at her home in The Dalles last Thursday. She was born Sept. 3, 1905, at Wasco in Sherman County and had lived in The Dalles the past fourteen years. Mrs. Anderson spent most of her life in the Blalock – Arlington area.  She was a member of the Emblem Club in The Dalles. Survivors include a son, Don Eugene of Blalock, a sister Blanche Honald, The Dalles, two grandchildren, a niece and a nephew.  Her husband, Edgar, died in 1973. Funeral services were in the Smith Callaway Chapel with committal at the Arlington Cemetery at 3 p.m. Memorials have been suggested to the Heart Fund, U.S. National Bank The Dalles.
  • Moro Personals. Inez Thompson and Mrs. Lucille Fisher attended the funeral of their brother Arthur Peake in Portland last Monday, Dec. 5.

December 22, 1977

  • Jack Howard Hines Services Held Recently. Jack Howard Hines, 55, a native of Wasco in Sherman County, died at his home in Corbett Wednesday after a heart ailment. He was born in Wasco in 1922 and was graduated from school there in 1940. He joined the Navy in 1940 and served 22 years with flight crews. Mr. Hines was a member of the American Legion in Wasco, Masonic organizations in Wasco and Gresham and he was Shriner. Surviving are his mother and step father, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Yocom, Wasco; two children, Sharon and Roger, Portland; two sisters, June Cross, Fairbanks, Ala., Barbara Gosson, Medford; a brother, Joe Hines, San Francisco; and a granddaughter. Funeral services were held Saturday at 1 p.m. in Carroll’s Funeral Home, Gresham, with burial in the Willamette National Cemetery. Memorials have been suggested to the Heart Fund or the Shriners Hospital in Portland.
  • The community was saddened to learn of the deaths of Jack Hines, son of Mrs. Dick Yocum; and Mrs. Albert Kaseberg, mother of Paulen Kaseberg and Mrs. Pete (Janet) Macnab.  Our sympathy is extended to both families.
  • Mrs. A.C. Kaseberg Sherman Pioneer Dies. Mrs. A. C. Kaseberg (nee Metta Florence Watkins) died Friday, Dec. 16, at Camlu Apartments in The Dalles. She was the daughter of pioneer residents of Sherman County: Arthur and Cora Garlock Watkins, who moved from Kansas to Oregon in 1887.  They built a homestead seven miles west of Wasco in the 1890s where Metta was born on February 11, 1891. In addition to Metta Florence, the Watkins had three other daughters and four sons: Nell Watkins Matteson mother of Velma and Vernal; Delbert Watkins, father of Vinton, Leo, Arthur, Chester and Oscar; Roy Ernest Watkins father of Cleone and Alma Jean; Everett Watkins father of Francis (Fritz) and Hazel Marie Foss; Morris Watkins; Hazel Watkins Simpson; and Edna Watkins. Mrs. Kaseberg attended schools at Locust Grove and Wasco in Sherman County, and then went to Heels Business College at Stockton, California.  After finishing her secretarial training, she worked for three months for Adams Real Estate in Stockton, and then returned to Oregon.  She was employed by a Mr. Suggs, City Attorney at Vancouver, Washington, before she came back to the Wasco area to live. She and Albert Kaseberg were married on May 17, 1912 in Portland, Oregon.  They lived on the Kaseberg homestead ranch for twenty-five years, then moved to Wasco in 1937; they have been residents of The Dalles since 1960, retiring to Camlu Apartments in 1973.  Both have been Wasco County pioneers since they were born in the area that was part of the original county. Mrs. Kaseberg is survived by her husband, Albert, a son Paulen Kaseberg, a daughter, Janet Macnab, a brother, Everett Watkins, two half brothers, Garl Watkins of Chicago and Harold Watkins of Shelton, and a half sister, Wanda Wiggington of Vancouver, Wn.; eight grandchildren Kasebergs — Lee, Terry and Alice, and Macnabs, Loren, Dick, Craig, Joy, and Jim.  There are also many nieces and nephews. Metta Kaseberg helped organize and was a Charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Frank E. Brown Post.  Both she and her husband were Charter members of Annie Fulton Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Wasco, which started in 1916 and they were active and interested members in the organization.  Last year they presented the Wasco Masonic Hall with a chair elevator to be used for the comfort and convenience of the Masons and Eastern Star members.  Mr. and Mrs. Kaseberg were long-time members of the Wasco United Methodist Church and very supportive of the church activities. When the Wasco Garden Club was active in the community, Mrs. Kaseberg was an enthusiastic member and helped with the many fund raising projects of the club to purchase and promote the Wasco City Park.  One of the best remembered projects was the annual civic play presented by the Garden Club and using local talent.  Mary Fortner Hartwig was the director of these plays which took place during the 1930s.

December 29, 1977

  • Jack Howard Hines Services Held Recently. Jack Howard Hines, 55, of Corbett, died Wednesday at his home. Born in Wasco, he enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school.  A career Navy man, he served 22 years in the service and was a member of the Fleet Reserve.  After his honorable discharge in 1962, he moved to the Gresham area. Hines was a member of the Gresham Gold Club, a trumpeter in the Al Kadar Shrine Concert Band and the Drum and Bugle Corps. He was also a member of the Gresham Elks Lodge No. 1805, the Eleventh Hour Club, of Gresham, the Scottish Rite of Portland, the Al Kadar Shrine of Portland, the Camel Herders of Portland, and the American Legion of Wasco. Hines owned and operated the Kirby vacuum cleaner store in Gresham. Survivors include: his mother, Elva Yocum, of Wasco; his wife, Bea; a son, Rodger; a daughter, Sharon Lewis, both of Portland; a stepdaughter, Mary Jane Purvine; a stepson, Gary Purvine, both of Corbett; a brother, Joe of San Francisco; two sisters, Barbara Gosson of Medford and June Cross of Fairbanks, Alaska; and one grandchild. Funeral was Saturday at Carroll Funeral Home with burial at Willamette National Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children.

January 5, 1978

January 12, 1978

  • Rose E. Amidon, 87, Dies Friday At Home. Funeral services for Mrs. Rose E. Amidon, 87, of The Dalles were held Wednesday. She had lived here four years and had been a long time resident of Sherman County.  Amidon died Friday at her home here. Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Smith Callaway Chapel with the Rev. Jim Hazlett, pastor, Gateway Presbyterian Church, officiating.  Mrs. Amidon was a member of Gateway.  Private cremation services will be held in Portland. Her husband, Eugene, died in 1973 and they would have been married more than 50 years in 1977. Survivors include: a stepson, E.H. (Bud) Amidon of Goldendale, four step-daughters: Marie Hoskinson, Moro; Lenore Narkaus, Helix; Doris Patterson, Portland; Gayle Ellis, Corbett; a brother, James Robertson, Seattle; nine step-grandchildren and 23 step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The family has suggested memorials to the Eastern Star Home in care of Smith Callaway Chapel.

January 19, 1978

  • Moro – Mrs. Lance Ballew and son Shane flew to Alabama to be with her parents at the death of Mrs. Ballew’s younger brother, killed in an automobile wreck. [Lance Ballew, Moro school teacher]
  • Hugo Robert Manke Services Held Recently. Hugo Robert Manke, 74, a resident of Grass Valley for 30 years, died at a local hospital on Friday. Mr. Manke was born June 28, 1903, in Kingsley, Kan.  He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Faith Lutheran church. Survivors include two half-sisters, Mrs. Martha Poor, Topsfield, and Mrs. Emma Lanning, Medord; a half-brother, Harry Manke, Salvia, Colo.; three nieces, Mrs. Dianne Erickson, Goldendale; Mrs. Ella Peterson, Eugene, and Mrs. Vera Martin, John Day. Funeral services will be at Faith Lutheran Church on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Hugo Larson officiating.  Military rites will follow at The Dalles IOOF Cemetery. Honorary casket bearers are Harold Eakin, Estoll Hartley, Oswald Lemley, Dick Reckmann, Max Nogle and Norris Gilkison.  Active casket bearers are Kenneth Niermann, Allan Neuberger, Harry D. Eakin, Bob Boynton, Rex Dutro and Tom Eakin. The family has suggested that friends who wish may make contributions to the Faith Lutheran church Memorial Fund or a charity of their choice in Mr. Manke’s memory.

January 26, 1978

February 2, 1978

February 9, 1978

  • Mildred Jones Death Notice Received Here. Word has been received here to the death of Mildred Jones in Stockton, Calif. Mrs. Jones was born April 10, 1918 at Moro.  She was married to Leonard Jones and had one daughter, Susie and one grandchild; two brothers, Edgar Alley of Grass Valley, and Paul Alley of Moro. She graduated from Grass Valley High School. She grew up in Sherman County and her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Tom Alley, lived in The Dalles for many years. She will be remembered as Edgar and Paul Alley’s “little sister.” Friends who wish may contribute to the Sherman County High School scholarship fund in her memory.  Education of youth was her life’s work, both as a teacher and a counselor. Her funeral was held Tuesday in Stockton.
  • Stacey Atlee Wilson Services Held Recently. Stacey Atlee Wilson, 49, a former resident of Rufus, died Jan. 25 at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was born Jan. 1, 1929 in Rufus, the son of Stacey Atlee and Lulu Applegate Wilson and attended schools there until 1946, when he entered the Air Force, serving until 1949.  Then he attended Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls. Mr. Wilson married Doris Hadden in 1949 in Goldendale.  He worked for Boeing Aircraft Corp., then Airjet in Sacramento, Calif., before moving to Idaho Falls in 1970. Survivors include his wife, Doris, Idaho Falls; two sons, Stacey Atlee Wilson III, Seattle; Douglas S. Wilson, Idaho Falls; daughter, Mrs. Charles (Vickie Louise) Stoddard, Idaho Falls; two sisters, Mrs. Vivian Butler, Portland; and Mrs. Lois Miller, The Dalles; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Jan. 28 at Williams Funeral Chapel in Idaho Falls, with burial at Fielding Memorial Park, Idaho Falls.

February 16, 1978

  • Anna McMillan, 87, Services In Arlington. Anna T. McMillan, 87, a former longtime resident of Wasco and a resident of Arlington, Wash., for the past four years died there Saturday. She was born March 4, 1890 at Eugene. Funeral services were held last Saturday at Waller Funeral Home in Arlington, and burial will be 2 p.m. at Sunrise Cemetery in Wasco, with the Rev. Al Boyer officiating.

February 23, 1978

  • Repeat of the same obit for Anna McMillan that appeared in the February 16 paper.

March 2, 1978

March 9, 1978

  • Cecil LeRoy Fritts, 74, Services Held Recently. Cecil LeRoy Fritts, 73, a native of Troutlake and a former resident of Grass Valley and The Dalles, died Feb. 19 in Portland. He was born in Troutlake on Sept. 6, 1904 and moved to Grass Valley as a youth and attended schools in The Dalles. He was married to Edna Winkka on April 14, 1930 in Butte, Mont. Mr. Fritts farmed in the Hazeldell, Wash. area for a few years and later worked in construction at Bonneville Dam.  In the early 1960s he moved to Newport, where he worked for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office and the Newport city police. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, VFW Club in Newport, was a veteran of World War II, and had lived in Amity for the past three years.  His wife, who survives, lives there. Funeral services were held at Scott’s Funeral Chapel in McMinnville on Feb. 23.  Burial was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.  [copied as it appeared]
  • Vera E. McConaughy Former Resident Dies.  Vera E. McConaughy, 79, resident of The Dalles and formerly a long resident of Wasco, died Feb. 23 at The Dalles. Surviving is a son, Gene, Tigard; Mrs. Robert (Doris) Nisbet, Wasco, and Mrs. Clyde (Barbara) Fridley, Spokane; a sister, Mrs. Don Hoff, Southgate, Ca.; eleven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.  Her husband, Dwight preceded her in death in 1970.


March 16, 1978

  • A man and wife by the name of Ira and Lillie Willard lived by the John Day river on a small ranch close to the George Fox and Leland Medler ranches.  They moved from there to Molalla, Ore., where Ira worked in a saw mill for a number of years.  This past December Ira died in the hospital there.  Wife Lillie lives there at 203 Center Ave.,  Apt. No. 2, Gen. Del. Molalla, OR.
  • In December John Jenkins dropped with a massive heart attack as he was working in his yard.  He will be remembered as a longtime principal at the Rufus School.  Mrs. Jenkins now resides in Portland.

March 23, 1978

  • Vera J. Metzger, 74, Services Wednesday. Vera J. Metzger, 74, a resident of Wasco for the last 10 years and a former resident of Portland for more than 50 years, died at a hospital Monday. Her husband, Victor L., died in 1972. She was born May 7, 1903, at Staples, Minn. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Smith Callaway Chapel with the Rev. Al Boyer, pastor of Wasco United Methodist Church, officiating.  Private cremation will be in Portland. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Charles L. (Barbara) Gray, Wasco; three grandchildren, Brett and Cheryl Gray, and Rolinda Stefani; two great-grandchildren and a brother Guy E. Jaques, Portland.
  • Gregory Pashek Dies In Hospital On Sunday. Gregory Pashek, founder of a nursery business in The Dalles died on Sunday at the hospital.  He was 86. Mr. Pashek was born Feb. 19, 1892, at Wrentham in Wasco County and had been active in his nursery until his death. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and was a charter member and past master of the Mill Creek Grange, The Dalles Elks Lodge, American Legion Post No. 19 in The Dalles; and World War I Barracks of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include his wife, Mary, The Dalles; two sons, Phil, in The Dalles, and Robert, State College, Pa.; two brothers, Frances and Urban, both of Spokane; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  He and his wife would have observed their 58th wedding anniversary in April. Recitation of the rosary was held at Smith Callaway Chapel by the Rev. Patrick Leehan.  Requiem mass was at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with the Rev. William Stone as celebrant. Casket bearers are Bernard and James Sandoz, Robert Macnab, Marion Wright, John Lundell and Jerry Kelly.

March 30, 1978

  • Leslie D. Peterson, 79, Passes At Montebello. Leslie D. Peterson was born at Greenwood, Wisconsin, April 4, 1898.  Most of his young life and schooling was at Grass Valley, where he farmed for several years, later he moved to Montebello, California where he passed away March 12. Graveside services were held at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California. Survivors include his wife, Edna; one son, Leslie (Bud) Peterson; one daughter, Betty Lou Unger; three grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Charles Swan, Sweet Home.
  • Bernard Carl Martin County Resident Dies. Funeral services for Bernard Carl Martin, 64, a lifelong resident of Grass Valley, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home with the Rev. Arthur Brown officiating. Burial followed at the Rose Cemetery in Moro. Mr. Martin died Saturday at Yakima.  He was born Feb. 23, 1914 in Grass Valley. Mr. Martin was a farmer in the Grass Valley area.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Moro, the Harlandview Grange and the Grass Valley Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Sallie, Grass Valley; one daughter, Deanna Padget, Grass Valley; two brothers Donald Martin, Wasco, and Kenneth Martin, Kent, and two grandchildren. Pallbearers were Mac Hall, Clarence Higley, Ben Payne, Henry Jaeger, Leroy Martin and Bill Todd.  Honorary pallbearers were Elton Eakin, Alvan Eakin, Vernon Eakin, Ralph Eakin, Owen Eakin, Ivan Blagg and Bob Belshe.
  • Farmer Dies of Fumes. A Jefferson County farmer died Saturday afternoon while he was fumigating seed grain in a silo. According to Carlos Kemper, county medical investigator, Leonard Waldow, 35, appeared to have died due to inhalation of toxic fumes.  An autopsy was scheduled Sunday. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office received an ambulance call from a neighbor after Waldow’s wife reported he had passed out.  Waldow, who had been wearing a mask, was dead when the ambulance arrived at the farm, eight miles northeast of Madras. Kemper said the substance was about 66 percent carbon tetrachloride.

April 6, 1978

  • Services Held Saturday For Frank R. Chase. Frank Russell Chase, 69, a resident of The Dalles for the past 18 years, was found dead at his home last Thursday. Mr. Chase was formerly a longtime resident of the Rufus area.  He was born in Pennsylvania on July 17, 1908. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Ted (Mildred) Elliott, Salem; a brother, Robert Chase, Portland, and many nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at The Dalles IOOF Cemetery.

April 13, 1978

  • Eulogy for My Dad, Bernard Carl Martin. March 1978. Bernard Carl Martin was born in the house at the Jackson Place, out of Grass Valley on Feb. 23, 1914 to Jess and Jennie Martin. Dad was a quiet, special kind of person.  He worked hard all his life from his early years.  His parents and two brothers, Kenneth and Donald, were a supportive and steady influence on his life.  His first 18 years were spent in the red brick house we call “The Old Home Place.”  His mother, Grandma Jennie, taught him compassion and was always ready to give all a helping hand.  Dad loved her as much as any son could possibly love a Mother. He found a “decision-maker” in my Mom, Sallie, whom he married on September 6, 1936, in Dufur, Oregon when he was 22 and she was 19.  Lewis Dillinger performed the informal ceremony.  Dad gave Mom the first real home she ever had had, and he gave her his love.  They worked hard along side each other, and built a good life together amidst toil and trouble for almost 42 years in Grass Valley. Their first baby, Diane Darlene, only lived two months.  Dad was so proud of her and grieved quietly along with Mom over this baby’s death.  Then I came along five years later, and hopefully made some good moments for him. He had his good and bad moments and he wasn’t perfect, but who is? At the age of 39, he was saved and baptized with me on Easter Sunday. Dad always had a good word for everyone, and though he didn’t feel well or socialize much these past years, the basketball games were his greatest interest — how he loved those.  One of the highlights of his last years was being honored at a basketball game at Sherman High in February.  He was watching a game on T.V. up to the last moment of his life. Dad’s goal was to see Trail Blazer Coach Jack Ramsay in person the same night his grandson, Darren, was to get his first sports letter.  He lived for his grandchildren, Dalena and Darren, and he was always interested in them.  He was proud of Dale and his abilities and knew he’d take care of us all when he was done. Dad suffered so much, but he won’t have any more pain now, and for that we’re thankful to God for His mercy upon him.  We loved him so very much and will surely feel a great emptiness without him. In Loving Tribute to My Dear Dad,  Deanna Darlene.

April 20, 1978

April 27, 1978

  • Wasco – Mr. and Mrs. Leo Watkins received word of the death of his niece, Mrs. Donna Rothery, Lincoln City. The community extends sympathy to the family.

May 4, 1978

  • Ralph Thomas Passes At Woodland Home. Ralph Thomas, a former resident of Wasco passed away last Tuesday evening at his home in Woodland, Wash., a victim of lung cancer.  He was born Oct. 14, 1922 and had lived at Woodland for many years. Survivors include his widow, Mary of Woodland and his mother, Mae Thomas of Wasco.

May 11, 1978

May 18, 1978

  • Services In The Dalles For Mrs. G.A. Merritt. Agnes P. Merritt, 94, a resident of Wasco for the past 18 years, died at a hospital in The Dalles last Sunday. Mrs. Merritt was born March 8, 1884 in Centerville, Wash. She is survived by her husband G.A. Merritt, Wasco, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be today (Thursday) at Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Burial will be in The Dalles IOOF Cemetery.

May 25, 1978


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