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Doud, Asa Orvel – Obituary

Promise, Wallowa County, Oregon Asa Orvel Doud passed away at Promise north of Wallowa on June 23, 1984. He was born December 19, 9116 at Alva, Oklahoma, son of William and Q.Z. Maxwell Doud. Asa was a farm laborer most of his life and never married. Survivors include four brothers, Vernie Doud of Oroville, Calif., Lester Doud of Wallowa, Lonnie Doud of Lostine, and Carl Doud of Oroville,...

Carper, Charles P. – Obituary

Promise, Wallowa County, Oregon Early Promise Resident Dies Charles P. Carper, resident of Promise for 42 years, died at La Grande, Monday, May 24, 1937, after an illness of over a year. Funeral services were held at the cemetery in Promise, Tuesday, and were attended by a large gathering of relatives and friends, Rev. Albert Kribs, pastor of the Christina church of Elgin, gave the address. Six of Mr. Carper’s sons were pall bearers, Harold, Robert, Ralph, Melvin, Roy and Orville Carper. Mr. Carper was a son of Washington Carper, one of the first of the many who came to the county from West Virginia. He visited the county and carried back glowing reports of it which, induced the family to move west. Charles Carper was born in Raleigh county, West Virginia, April 8, 1872, and moved to La Grande in1891 and farmed near there for three years and in 1894 came into the forest belt of Wallowa county and took a homestead at Promise. He married Miss Bertha Doud May 12, 1897, to which union 15 children were born, all but one of whom survive him. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Bertha Carper and the following children: Mrs. Curtis Lindsey, La Grande; Mrs. Roy Burnett, Baker; Ralph Carper, Hilgard; Robert Carper, la Grande; Roy Carper, Troy; Mrs. Frank Lindsey, Mrs. Ivan Garrett, Howard, Melvin, Harold, Orval, Ivan, Lewis and Louella Carper, all of Promise; 17 grandchildren the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Jennie Tyree, of West Virginia; Mrs. Julia Sannar, of Promise; Mrs. Rachel Bennett and Mrs. N.S. Fleshman, of Wallowa; Joe Carper, of Rochester, Wash.,...

Carper, Boyd Clement – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Boyd Clement Carper passed away at the Enterprise hospital on Feb. 20 after a lingering illness. Mr. Carper was born Oct. 2, 1872,in Fayette county, West Virginia, the second child of H. and Margaret Carper. His early life was spent near his birthplace. On Oct. 2, 1897, he was united in marriage to Leatha Anne Sannar in Beckly, West Virginia. They came to Promise, Ore., in the spring of 1898 where they made their home for 40 years with the exception of a brief residence of four months in Idaho in 1908. They moved to Wallowa in 1938 where they have since resided. He united with the Christian church in his early teens. Mr. Carper was a charter member of the Promise grange, a director of the telephone company, and a director of the Promise school for years. He always took an active part in everything that meant the upbuilding of the community. He is survived by his widow, Leatha Carper; two brothers, Frank of Beaver, West Virginia and Clyde of Charleston, West Virginia; two sisters, Edith Galloway of Beckley, West Virginia; two half-brothers, Earl and Van Carper, and two half-sisters, Opal and Garnet of West Virginia. Four brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Wallowa Christian church with Rev. O. W. Jones in charge. The church choir sang “Safe in the Arms of Jesus” and “Gathering Home.” Interment was in the Wallowa Cemetery. Wallowa County Chieftain, Front Page – Thursday, February 24,...

Carper, Bertha Doud Mrs. – Obituary

Promise, Wallowa County, Oregon Promise Pioneer Laid To Rest Death came Friday to another Wallowa county pioneer, Mrs. Bertha Doud Carper, who died in Wallowa Memorial hospital after an illness of five months. Funeral services were held Monday morning at 11 in the Christian church at Wallowa. Rev. O. W. Jones in charge and Rev. Gene Robinson of the Christian church in La Grande assisting. The choir sang “Standing on the Promises” and “Under His Wings.” Burial was in the Promise cemetery by the side of her husband. All of her 14 living children were present for the services. One son, William Dale, passed away in childhood. Due to illness, her sister, Mrs. I. S. McDonald, was unable to be present. Mrs. Carper was born in Kansas, Dec. 5, 1878. She was married to Charles Carper in 1897, and most of their married life was spent at Promise. The last seven years she had lived at Wallowa. Bertha Jane Doud came to Wallowa county in 1894 with her parents. She was the first school teacher in Promise. Among her first pupils were A. B. (Burton) Miller and the Maxwell boys. After she and Charles P. Carper were married on May 12, 1897 they made their home on a homestead in Promise and fifteen children were born there. In early life she united with the Christian Church, and was a faithful and active member since she was also a teacher of a Sunday school class in the Christian church until her illness. She took an interest in good literature and current events. Her chief interest, however, was her Bible. Her...

Carper, John – Obituary

Promise, Wallowa County, Oregon John Carper Laid To Rest John Carper, resident of Promise for the past 50 years, passed away Monday. He had been in poor health for several months and bedfast most of the time since the first of the year. Mr. Carper was born on July 16, 1870. He homesteaded in the Promise district about 50 years ago and continued to live on the original homestead until his last illness. He was a leader in grange activities and had many friends throughout the county. Surviving are his widow and six children: Henry of Enterprise, Ed of Wallowa, Fred of the U.S. army air corps stationed in India, Frank in the navy, and Mrs. Maude Haney and Mrs. Lora Barton both of Wallowa. He is also survived by a large number of other relatives. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Promise grange with burial at Promise. Wallowa County Chieftain, Front page – Thursday, August 16,...

Carper, Ivan – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Ivan Carper, 87, of Wallowa, died Tuesday. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wallowa Christian Church. A full obituary will be published later. Bollman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. La Grande Observer, La Grande, Union County, Oregon, November 4, 2004 Contributed by Sue Wells Ivan Curtis Carper, 87, passed away on Oct. 26,2004, in Enterprise. He was born on Aug. 27, 1917 in Promise to Charles Paris and Bertha Jane (Doud) Carper. He was the 13th child born out of 15 children, and spent his childhood growing up in Promise during the Great Depression. Due to family hardships, he had to quit school after the eighth grade to help run the family homestead. He used to bring loads of firewood by horse drawn wagon or sleigh to Maxville and Wallowa to sell for supplies. Ivan was a sheepherder in Oregon and Idaho. He herded sheep from Enterprise, down in the Snake River and around into the Grangeville area. Ivan went into the Navy in 1941 during World War II, and served on five different ships, the SS W.S. Miller, SS Silverado, SS Henry Failing, SS Wallace, and the USS Hornet. When he got out of the Navy he worked at a small sawmill in Wallowa until it burnt down. He then worked at the Wallowa County Grain Growers until 1952. Ivan then went to work for the U.S. Forest Service in Wallowa County until he retired in 1981. He married Wyleigh Hunter on Dec. 21, 1951, in Asotin, Wash. After getting married they moved to Wallowa and resided in the same...

Carper, John – Obituary

Promise, Wallowa County, Oregon 1955-2004 John Wesley Carper, 49, of Promise died Dec. 10. A celebration of life and potluck will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the IOOF hall in Wallowa. Mr. Carper was born March 8, 1955, to John Edgar and Linda Juhola Carper in La Grande. He graduated from high school in Alsea where he was a member of the state champion football team. He had a ranch in Wallowa County and worked at Rogge’s Mill, where he received awards as a lumber grader. He enjoyed hunting, gathering mushrooms and rocks, and loved the history of the Promise area. Survivors include siblings, Elaine Wright, Alan Crawford and Robert Huotari. His parents and a brother, Russell Crawford, died earlier. LaGrande Observer, LaGrande, Oregon, Obituaries From December 13 – December 18, 2004, Published: December 23, 2004 John Wesley Carper, 48, passed away on Dec. 10, 2004, in Promise. John was born on March 8, 1955, in La Grande. He attended several schools in Oregon and graduated from Alsea High School, where he was a member of the state champion football team. In Wallowa County he was a rancher and worked at Rogge’s Mill, where he received awards as one of the best lumber graders in the area. He had a wide variety of outdoor interests, including hunting, mushrooming and rock hounding. He loved, and was very knowledgeable about the Promise area. John was preceded in death by his father John Edgar Carper, his mother Linda Juhola-Carper, and his brother Russell Crawford. He is survived by his sister Elaine Wright and his brothers Alan Crawford and Robert Huotari. Memorial...

Barton, Thomas Jefferson – Obituary

Promise, Wallowa County, Oregon Thomas Jefferson Barton Passes at Enterprise Hospital Thomas J. Barton of Promise, died at the Enterprise Hospital Saturday (Nov. 8, 1941) where he had been a patient for several weeks and funeral services were held at the Promise Grange Hall Monday conducted by Arvil Hurt, Christian Minister of Wallowa. Burial was in the Promise Cemetery. Music was furnished by the Wallowa Christian ladies quartet composed of Mrs. Coley Wray, Mrs. Joe Rounsavell, Mrs. Spencer Trump and Mrs. Abbie Riggle. Mr. Barton was a native of West Virginia but five years ago came to the Promise Community to be nearer his son and by his kindness had endeared himself to the people of that section. Thomas Jefferson Barton was born in Franklin County, Virginia, Nov. 14, 1858, the son of Wm. E. and Emmoline Griffith Barton. He was married to Cora Belle Powers in 1891 and she passed away in 1932. To this union were born seven children: Charles A. Barton of Fayetteville, W.Va., G. Ruben Barton of Promise, William Elbert Barton who died in 1904, Mrs. Florence Baxter of South Nuttall, W.Va., Edgar H. Barton of Union (Oregon), Mrs. Russie Treadway of Fayetteville, W.Va., and Thomas M. Barton of Huntington, W.Va. He is also survived by two brothers and two sisters, John Barton of Pax, W.Va., E. M. (Elijah) Barton of Promise (Oregon), Mrs. Loucinda Bloxton of Hill Top, W.Va., and Mrs. Susan Humphrey of Pax, W.Va. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Wallowa Chieftain – Nov. 1941 Contributed by: Anita McClung, Fayetteville,...

Thomas, Percy W. – Obituary

Wallowa County, Oregon Percy W. Thomas died recently at the Veteran’s Hospital at Livermore, Cal., and was buried in the government cemetery at San Francisco. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harlow A. Thomas and was born in Promise, January 28, 1897. In the World war he served as a wireless operator in the Signal Corps and since then helped operate a fig farm at Planada, Cal., until his health failed six months ago and he went to the hospital. His parents and one brother have died, and one sister survives, Mrs. Joseph Lloyd of Imbler. After the Thomas family had left Paradise Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd lived in Enterprise several years. Source: Enterprise Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, August 1, 1940 Contributed by: Sue...

Gorbett, Chester E. – Obituary

Chester E. Gorbett Dies at Hermiston. Chester Everett Gorbett, of Hermiston, formerly of Promise, passed away at his home July 12 at the age of 86 years and 9 months. He was born at Colton, Ore. Oct. 13, 1877, one of seven children born to Joshau and Orintha Gorbett. He spent his entire life in Oregon. He was united in marriage to Bessie Phillips April 2, 1905. Survivors include his wife, Bessie, of Hermiston; two sons, Rolin of Wallowa and Duane of Canby, Ore.; also three daughters, Mrs. Harvey (Lola) McDonald of Walla Walla, Wash., Mrs. Grady (Myra) Banks of Hermiston and Mrs., James E. (Vera) of Wallowa,Ore.; seventeen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. One daughter, Verla, passed away at the age of seven and one grandson, Merlin Carper, at the age of nineteen. Mr. and Mrs. Gorbett resided at Colton and Oregon City until March 15, 1911 when they moved to Promise, and purchased her parent’s homestead, which was their home until April, 1959. Then they moved to Hermiston and bought a small acreage. He has been in failing health for several months. He was a member of the Christian Church and an active member of the Grange for several years, having been a charter member of the Promise Grange which was organized in 1922. Funeral services were held July 15 at the Christian Church in Wallowa with Rev. Frank Needles officiating, with internment in the Lower Valley Cemetery. Crawford Overson and Jimmie McCrae sang, “Higher ground” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”. Pallbearers were: Ernest Snuffer, Alva...
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