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Womack, Nellie May Pack – Obituary

Bear Creek, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. William Womack passed away at the family home on Bear Creek, near Wallowa, Sunday, June 10, 1934. Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Christian church at Wallowa, conducted by the Re. C. n. Trout, and burial was in the Wallowa cemetery. Nellie May Pack was born at Prosperity, West Virginia, July 25, 1889, the daughter of of John and Lucy pack. The family moved to Oregon in 1898 and remained in this state until 1903 when they moved to Roswell, Idaho. The daughter was married there, January 3, 1912, to William Womack and they moved soon afterward to Wallowa. Mrs. Womack was survived by her father, her husband and five children, Marley, Wilma, Billy, Bobby and Wanda, all of whom were at home when she passed away. She also had three brothers, Earl and Frank Pack of Idaho, and Marley Pack of Salem, and one sister, Mrs. Eunice Stewart of Idaho. Source: Sue Wells, Elgin, Oregon Enterprise record Chieftain June 14, 1934 Page...

Womack, Charles Crawford – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Charles Crawford Womack, 76, died about 8 a. m . Saturday about four miles southwest of Lostine while deer hunting, apparently from a heart attack. He had had a heart ailment for several years. Womack had gone out deer hunting and had shot a doe about a hundred yards from his car. He had not dressed out the animal and had fallen about five feet from the deer where he was found by Elzie Makin and his son. Womack was the son of pioneer parents, William and Mellie Catherine Womack, and was born at Lostine on April 26, 1890. He is survived by one brother, Fred L. Womack, and one sister, Mrs. Sadie Hall, both of Lostine. Memorial services were held, Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the Lostine Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Bollman Funeral Home and the pastor, Rev. Earl Eyre officiating. Mrs. Luella Miller was organist, and Melvin and Warner Crow sang “Theres A Wideness In God’s Mercy” and “Home On The Range”. Casket bearers were: Robert Hulse, Cecil McCubbin, W.E. McCubbin, James A. Funk, Truman Poulson and Wayne Crow, and burial was in the Lostine...

Hammack, James A. – Obituary

James A. Hammack, 37, Lostine, died Sunday, Jan.27, 1980, at Grande Ronde Hospital following an illness. Mr. Hammack, a milker and ranch hand, was born March 31, 1942 in Enterprise. Mr. Hammack, son of the late Albert Hammack of Enterprise, is survived by his mother, Mrs. John (Marion) Soares, of Enterprise; brothers, Donald H., of Ukiah and Chester W., of Parma, Idaho; and many other relatives. Services are scheduled Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bollman’s Chapel in Enterprise, with the rev. Lewis Frees officiating. Internment will follow at Lostine Cemetery. Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Mr. Hammack to the Oregon Lung Association, c/o Bollman’s Funeral Home, Enterprise, Ore., 97828. Source: Sue Wells, Elgin, Oregon La Grande Observer Jan. 29, 1980 Page...

Hammack, J. W. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. J. W. Hammack, one of the best known of Wallowa an Union county pioneers, died at her home at Lostine, Friday night, June 3, 1927 at the age of 84 years, 7 months and 17 days. Sarah Miller was born in Spencer county, Indiana, Oct., 17, 1842. In 1856 she was united in marriage to J. W. Hammack who passed away Oct. 15, 1912. She united with the Christian church when about 19 years of age and remained a faithful member until her death. About ten years ago she had a severe stroke of paralysis, from which she never fully recovered, although she was able to help herself and do the work at her own little home. She took great pleasure in visiting her daughters who live in Lostine. About five years ago she suffered a second stroke, which left her more feeble. On May 6, of this year she became ill with flu and had been almost bedfast ever since. Friday morning about  5 o’clock she had a third stroke from which she never rallied. She was greatly loved by all who knew her, and every child in the community was her favorite. Her death has cast the whole community in gloom. She had lived in the Lostine community for 27 years, and was an eastern Oregon pioneer, having come to Union county in 1867. In the spring of 1866 the family came across the plains to Oregon with an ox team, arriving six later at Lafayette, in the Willamette valley, where they lived for a while when they moved to Union county, settling near Summerville. Grandma Hammack,...

Womack, John William – Obituary

John William Womack, son of Jacob and Lurreene Bougher Womack, was born in Unionville, Missouri, He, and a cousin Crawford Womack, made an early trip into Wallowa Valley, camping along Bear Creek. During the night their horses wandered away from camp and were found the next morning at what is now the town site of Wallowa. They both returned again in 1877, when they both filed on homesteads. John filed southwest of the town of Wallowa, building a log cabin at the foot of the west slope of Green Hill. He named his homestead “Cove Ranch.” Crawford Womack and John McCubbin spent the first winter with John on his homestead. In 1881, a wagon train left Saint Joseph, Missouri, heading for Oregon, with Russell Thompson as wagon master. Russell and Catherine Hedges Thompson’s oldest daughter, Martha Jane, drove one of the teams and wagons across the plains. Traveling with the Thompson wagon train were Edna and Chella Pickett, also James (Tom) and his wife, Chata Pickett Willett. The train made a one-day layover about the location of Meridian, Idaho (about 10 miles west of Boise), where the Willetts son, Leslie (Leck), was born. The Willett family stopped at Union to spend the winter and the Thompson’s came on to the Wallowa Valley. John Womack married Martha Jane Thompson and they and their eight children lived in the little homestead until 1900 when their new house was built. This is now the home of Roland and Inez McCrae. John and Martha Jane Womack are buried in the Lostine Cemetery. Their children were: Pearl 1882-1954. Married John Richards and lived in...

McCubbin, J. H. – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon J. H. McCubbin, who passed away at his home in Lostine on January 31, 1910, was well known in that town and throughout the surrounding county and his qualities were such as gained for him the respect and friendship of all with whom he came into contact. In his business career he won success and was honored by reason of the straightforward methods, which he always followed. He was born in Miller county, Missouri, on October 25, 1845, the son of William R. and Nancy (Bilyen) McCubbin, who came from Miller county, Missouri, to Oregon. J. H. McCubbin was reared on his father’s farm and acquired his education in the common schools. When a young man he apprenticed himself in the blacksmith trade to his brother-in-law, J. H. Brown, with whom he later entered into partnership in that business. For about one year after his marriage in 1872 he resided in Clackamas county, but in 1873, removed to Wasco county where he engaged in farming and did such blacksmithing as his few neighbors wished done. In 1877 he came to Wallowa valley where he purchased two hundred acres of school land adjoining the town of Lostine and subsequently he added to this until his holdings comprised in all four hundred and eighty acres. He lived on that place until 1906 when he rented the same and moved to Lostine where he spent the remaining years of his life in retirement. On the 4th of September 1872, Mr. McCubbin was united in marriage to Miss Marietta Young, who is a native of Clackamas County and a...

Caudle, Harley Floyd – Obituary

Harley Floyd Caudle Harley Floyd Caudle was born December 23, 1904, in Lostine, and died on April 23, 1997, in Enterprise at the age of 92. Harley was the son of Berkley V. and Carrie Viola Hammack Caudle. As a youngster he attended Lostine school until the age of 10 when he left home to go to work. He then worked for his room and board, milking cows, doing farm chores and continuing to go to school. All his life he was close to the land and animals, especially horses, which he broke and rode until three years ago when he was forced by health problems to leave his beloved ranch and the 10 head of horses he still owned. Harley married Agnes Chapman on June 28, 1942, in Enterprise. When they were first married he worked for the Oregon State Highway Department in Union County. Harley and his father helped build the highway up Minam hill. Later, Harley plowed the first furrow for the road coming around the hill into Enterprise. During Harley’s life he lived in Cove, Union and Lostine. He was active in community affairs, serving as president of Wallowa County Stock growers, receiving the award for Grassman of the Year, and serving several terms on the Lostine school board and Wallowa County Rural school board. Harley was active in Southfork Grange, Wallowa County Wranglers, and the elk’s club. Harley helped with Chief Joseph Days from the very beginning, riding in the parades until a few years ago when he made his appearance with his son-in-law and great-granddaughter. In 1988, in Haines, Oregon, Harley was selected...

Hammack, Emily Elestia – Obituary

Wallowa-Funeral rites were held here Saturday at the Christian Church for Mrs. E. Gastin. Mrs. Emily Elestia Hammack, Womack, Gastin was born April 12, 1871 at La Grande, Or. and came with her parents to Wallowa County when a small girl. The family settled near Lostine where she grew to womanhood. She was married to T. M. Gastin at Lostine, about 42 years ago. Following the death of her husband Jacob Clairborne Womack a number of years ago ( 1904), Mrs. Gastin had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Eugene Johnson of Middle Valley. she is survived by four other daughters; Mrs. Leola Leaman (not Jacob’s child) of Berkley, California, Mrs. Clara Lureene Womack, Wood, Finstad of Baker, Or. Mrs. Gladys S. Womack Hale of Hermiston, Or. and Mrs. Mina Hazel Womack, Litchfield. Johnson of Wallowa. Or., as well as as a number of of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many relatives. services were conducted by the Rev. Stover of Enterprise with burial in the Lostine Cemetery. Thanks to Gerald (Gary} Jaensch for providing this...

Makin, Elzie O. – Obituary

For many years was engaged in the operation of a large sheep ranch in Wallowa county, is one of the substantial residents of Joseph, where he is now living retired. He was born in Madison County, Indiana, on August 7, 1862, the eldest and only surviving child born of the marriage of William and Mary (Fox) Makin. The father was at one time the largest sheep raiser in the Wallowa valley but he is now living retired in Enterprise. The mother, however, has long since passed away. When he was a child less than one year of age Elzie O. Makin accompanied his parents on their journey across the plains to Oregon. They arrived in November 1862 and the following spring the father filed on a claim in the Grande Ronde valley, where the son was reared to manhood. At that time the educational advantages in the rural districts were very inadequate, and the schooling of Elzie O. Makin was limited to irregular attendance during the three months’ winter session of the school in his home district. When he was nineteen years of age he left home to begin earning his own living. As he had never learned a trade, it behooved him to accept the first business opening that afforded adequate remuneration, so he earned his first wages cutting and making railroad ties in the Blue Mountains for the railroad which was then in course of construction through La Grande. The following year, before attaining his majority, he was married and together with his bride started on a wagon journey toward the east. After spending four months traveling...

Makin, William – Obituary

To the capable and enterprising citizen whose name initiates this paragraph we are pleased to accord a representation in the history of Wallowa county, since he has trod the path of the pioneer in a worthy manner, displaying constantly qualities of moral worth and value, and has achieved a success in temporal affairs that is commendable and praiseworthy, being the meed of continuity in wisely directed effort and energy and sagacity in all of his ways, and consequently it is very fitting that he should be placed to-day as one of the prominent men of the county, which position he fills with acceptability. Mr. Makin was born in Erie County, Pennsylvania, on December 12, 1837, and went hence at the age of five to Marshall County, Indiana, with his parents, Robert and Margaret (Brewer) Makin. Soon after this journey, the father died and our subject was left with the mother, with whom he lived until he reached manhood’s estate. During this time he gained from the primitive schools of the place of education, walking to and from school three miles each way and searching for wisdom’s treasures around the old fashioned fireplace in a log schoolhouse. When our subject reached the age of eighteen, his mother was called to pass the river of death, and the following year he removed to Wayne county, Iowa whence after a short stay, he returned to Indiana. In 1857 he again made the trip to Iowa, remaining this time until 1862. In this last year, he prepared his family and holdings to take the long and arduous journey across the mountains and plains...
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