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Bechtel, Philanda Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, Obit Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Elgin for Mrs. Philanda Bechtel, who passed away Wednesday, March 5, 1941 at the home of a son, Joe Bechtel, of Wallowa. She was born in Sullivan County, Missouri in 1856 and had spent the greater part of her life in the Elgin community. Her husband passed away many years ago. Mrs. Bechtel is survived by three sons, Dan and Homer of Elgin; Joe of Wallowa and one daughter, Mrs. Stella Witty of Elgin. Attending the services from Enterprise were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Davis and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Bechtel. Enterprise Record Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday March 13, 1941. Contributed By: Robert C....

Gastin, Kate May – Obituary

Kate Gastin Laid To Rest Here Wednesday Funeral services for Kate May Gastin were held Wednesday afternoon at the Christian church in Wallowa with the Rev. Floyd E. White of Joseph in charge. Burial was at the Wallowa cemetery beside her husband, James B. Gastin, who died in1924. Mrs. Gastin was 81 years of age. Though her strength and activity was somewhat reduced since the death of a daughter about a year ago, she remained active in her daily duties to the very hour of her death. Her son, Roy, with whom she lived, had been at home until 2 o’clock last Saturday, and left on an errand to Lostine and Enterprise. When he returned at 5:20 he found his mother seated at a chair at a table in the kitchen. She was, however, dead. Irvin, who also lives at home in the Leap district, had been gone all afternoon doing some work in the Gastin pasture nearby. When Roy left, his mother was at work in the garden, gathering cucumbers and squash. Apparently she had come into the house and had done some household work, including putting clean pillow cases on the beds upstairs. She had apparently lain on a couch downstairs for a time. As Roy surmises, his mother suffered a heart attack, perhaps finding it difficult to breath while lying down, she may have risen to take a seat on a chair, and here it was she expired. Because his mother had not yet gone to feed the chickens, as was her custom at 4 o’clock he assumes death may have come about 4 o’clock. Mrs....

Hotchkiss, M.E. Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Hotchkiss Dead Wife of Well-known Stock Buyer Answers the Last Summons Mrs. M.E. Hotchkiss died at her home in Enterprise Friday morning after an illness of over 11 weeks. The body was taken to Elgin Saturday morning and the funeral was held at Elgin Sunday afternoon under the auspices of the Rathbone Sisters’ Lodge of that city. Florence Wheeler was born in Tellico, Texas, January 9, 1870 and was at the time of her death, 31 years, 11 months and 11 days of age. In 1887 in company with her parents she came to Elgin, Oregon, where they arrived on the first day of March. They settled near Elgin and the next few years were spent in that vicinity. She was married to E. Hotchkiss and for 11 years lived in Elgin where she enjoyed the esteem of everyone in the community. A little over a year ago they moved to Enterprise where they have since resided. During the past month, Mrs. Hotchkiss has been quite ill and during that time has won the admiration of all by her fortitude and cheerfulness. The best of medical skill availed nothing and death the only relief arrived at length and set the sufferer free. She leaves three little daughters; Irma, aged 12, Lolyn, aged 9; and the baby, Florence, aged three months; a husband and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Wallowa Sun, November 29, 1907 Contributed by: Sue...

Turnbow, Maybel G. – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Maybel G. Turnbow of Joseph, who had been ill for the past four months, passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 1975 at the Rogue Valley Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient 19 days. She was born Nov. 4, 1902 at Elgin, daughter of Samuel L. and Ella Knight, and had lived in Wallowa County most of her life. On Jan. 22, 1927 she was married at Enterprise to John E. Turnbow who preceded her in death on March 10, 1958. She was a retired school teacher. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Cleve (Lita) Berry of Brookings; her mother, Verda Knight of Joseph; a sister, Mrs. Ray (Roslyn) Snow of Boise, Ida.; two brothers, Loren Knight, Redwood City, Calif. And Mervil Knight of Sacamento, Calif.; and three grandchildren. Memorial services were Monday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Joe Jewett officiating. Organist was Jeannette Powers and soloist was Catherine DeBoie who sang “Beyond The Sunset” and “Rock of Ages”. Casket bearers were: Dexter Yokum, George Kotz, Willard Prout, Alfred Makin, Everett Talbott and George Grandy and vault internment was in the Prairie Creek Cemetery near Joseph, Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, June 19, 1975, Page 6 Contributed by: Sue...

Wagner, Helen – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Helen B. Wagner passed away at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital on August 8. 1978, where she had been a patient for 16 days. Born on February 17, 1907, at Elgin, Oregon, she was the daughter of Thomas A. and Amy Bills. On August 24, 1925, she was married to Virgil A. Wagner at Payette, Idaho. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1974. Mrs. Wagner was a retired J.C. Penny employee. She was a member of the Christian Church in Enterprise, the Wallowa Valley Chapter # 50 OES of Enterprise, the Wallowa County Rock Club, AARP, Stitch and Chatter and WBA. Funeral services were held Friday, August 11, at the Enterprise Christian Church at 11:00 a.m. with David McKay officiating. Soloist was Judy Carr singing “In The Garden”, Accompanied by Maxine Kooch on the organ. Pallbearers were Jack Wagner, Biden Tippet, Donald H. Davis, Leonard Whitten, Bill Barnett and Dean Gibbs. Vault internment was in the Enterprise Cemetery. Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Kim (Beverly) Edgmand and Mrs. Vernon (Dorothy) Hammack of Enterprise; Her mother Amy Bills Vestal of Redmond, Oregon; 1 sister, Mrs. Roger (Margaret) Sanford of Maupin, Oregon; 2 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, three great-grandsons and 1 great-granddaughter. Those who wish may contribute to the Wallowa County Heart Fund c/o the Bollman Funeral home. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, August 17, 1978, Page 15 Contributed by: Sue...

Scott, Ethel Mary – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Wallowa County native Ethel Mary Scott, who wrote a book about her life growing up in Wallowa County, died April 21, 1989, at Grande Ronde Hospital. She was 80. She was born May 25, 1908, at Joseph to William and Vergie (Pinkley) Halsy. Mrs. Scott graduated from Joseph High School and later from Behnke-Walker Business School in Portland. Following graduation from Business school she worked for an attorney in Joseph. She was married to Noel S. Scott of Wallowa on Christmas day, 1928 in Wallowa. He preceded her in death in 1986. The Scotts owned and operated the Sweet Shop in Joseph and, in the early 1930s moved to Crickett Flat, 13 miles from Elgin, where the owned and operated a ranch and raised four children. In 1965 Noel and Ethel retired from ranching and moved to Elgin where they worked for United Farm Agency and in 1975 Ethel retired. They traveled extensively through Europe and other countries and in 1979 she wrote her autobiography which was published and named “Heritage of the Wallowas.” She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Elgin, W.S.C.S. past member of the Grange and many other organizations. She was named Woman of the Year in Elgin. She was an avid gardener and always kept a full cookie jar for family and friends. She moved into the Grande Ronde Retirement Center in La Grande in 1980. Survivors include one son, Harlan Scott, Prineville; daughters, Rosalie Winter and Anita Wilson, La Grande, Marilyn Thompson, Baker; sister, Ilma Shinn, Enterprise; brothers, Jack Halsey, Elgin, and Ken Halsey, Pasco,Wash.; 11 grandchildren...

Gray, Erma L. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Erma L. Gray passed away at the Wallowa County Nursing home in Enterprise on December 28, 1983. She was born August 29, 1897 at Elgin, daughter of Thomas and Nettie Henderson Scott. On Nov. 19, 1913 she was married to John Gray at Enterprise. Her husband preceded her in death. She was a homemaker most of her life. Survivors include three sons, Gerald Gray of North Powder, John Gray of Huntington and Clark Gray of Union; six daughters, Leona Scott of Elgin, Lenis Bales of West Fir, Ore., Lela Fordice of North Powder, Lillian Newton of Milton-Freewater, Beulah Tally of Cove and Marilyn McIntyre of Tigh Valley; three brothers, Duard, Hershel and Darrell Scott, all of Wallowa; two sisters, Fay Finley of Enterprise and Bessie Southwick of Burns; 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Elgin Nazarene Church on Saturday, December 31, at 11 a.m. Frank Laci officiated. Organist was Loris Laci and soloist was Ethel Smith. Casket bearers were her grandsons, Dennis Tally, James Tibbs, Jerry Gray, John Gray, Jr., Edward Tibbs, Rob Gray, Keith Fordice, Kenneth Fordice and Larry Bales. Vault internment was in the Elgin Cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, January 5, 1984, Page 5 Contributed by: Sue...

Turnbow, Mabel – Obituary

Mabel G. Turnbow of Joseph, who had been ill for the past four months, passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 1975 at the Rouge Valley Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient 19 days. She was born November 4, 1902 at Elgin, the daughter of Samuel L. and Ella Knight, and had lived in Wallowa County most of her life. On January 22, 1927 she was married at Enterprise to John E. Turnbow who preceded her in death on March 10, 1958. She was a retired school teacher. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Cleve (Lita) Berry of Brookings; her mother, Verda Knight of Joseph; a sister Mrs. Ray (Roslyn) Snow of Boise, Idaho; two brothers, Loren Knight, Redwood City, Calf. and Mervil Knight of Sacramento, Calif; and three grandchildren. Memorial services were Monday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Rev. Joe Jewett officiating. Organist was Jeanette Powers and soloist was Catherine DeBoie who sung “Beyond the Sunset” and “Rock of Ages.” Casket bearers were: Dexter Yokum, George Kontz, Willard Prout, Alfred Makin, Everett Talbottand, George Grandy and vault internment was in the Prairie Creek Cemetery near Joseph. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, June 19, 1975 Page 6 Contributed by: Sue...

Fisher, Columbus W. – Obituary

Fisher, Columbus W. Dies At WallowaColumbus Warren Fisher of Wallowa passed away suddenly last Friday, Feb. 1. Funeral services were held in the Elgin Christian church at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon with Orion lodge No. 73 K.P. in charge. Burial was in the Elgin cemetery. Mr. Fisher was born at Summerville, Ore., on Feb. 1, 1877. He lived at Elgin for a number of years before moving to Wallowa. During his lifetime he had owned several sawmills and more recently was engaged in extensive logging operations. [Note: Columbus Fisher was the son of Union County pioneers Enos Richard Fisher and Sarah J. (McDonald) Fisher of Summerville, Union County, Oregon. He was the grandson of Summerville pioneers Hiram and Margaret McDonald.] The Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Thursday, February 7, 1946 Contributed by: Jan S....

Eckley, John C. – Obituary

In this city, Tuesday, May 8, 1906, John C. Eckley, aged 78 years. The deceased was born in Richland County, Ohio, and crossed the plains, coming to California in 1850. His wife died about five years ago. He has been a life long member of the Methodist Church, and to the time of his recent illness was an active worker. Four children survive his loss. The are, Wm. E. Eckley, of Geneva, Nebraska; Mrs. Lucy H. Bailey of Moore, Mont; Mrs. Madge Breshears, of Elgin and E. L. Eckley of this city. The funeral arrangements have not yet been made, and will not be until Mrs. Breshears arrives this evening from Elgin. The deceased has been a resident of this city for the past several years, during which time he has made many friends who truly sympathize with the grief stricken family. La Grande Evening Observer Microfilm – 5/02/1906 – 12/27/1906 Wednesday, 5/09/1906 Page...
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