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Alder Slope, Wallowa County, Oregon
One of the most tragic happenings the community has known occurred last Friday evening when Mrs. Harry Richards passed away just one week from the death of her husband. Mrs. Richards was taken ill with influenza just a couple of days later than her husband and although she made a brave fight, the disease and grief over the husband’s death was more than this frail body could endure.
Two little boys, eight and four years of age are left with only the memory of a loving father and mother and a kindly circle of relatives and friends who will do all in their power to comfort and assuage that childish hearts can sense only too heavily.
Minnie Hayes was born Dec. 6th, 1889 and lived the most of her life in this vicinity being the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hayes of Alder Slope. She was united in marriage to Harry Richards in 1908 and died Dec. 6, 1918 at the age of 29 years.
Interment was made in the Alder Slope cemetery Friday afternoon Rev. Cook of Joseph officiating.
Besides the two children, Raymond and Melvn, she leaves the aged father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. James S. Hayes who are at the Imnaha for the winter, three sisters, Mrs. W.P. Hamilton, Mrs. J.K. Lawler, and Mrs. Luther Staumbaugh and three brothers, Omar R. Alfred and Will Hayes all of this vicinity.
Wallowa County Reporter Thursday December 12, 1918.