Mrs. B.T. Long received word Thursday evening of the death of her father, P. L. Courtney at Payette, Idaho and left for that place Friday. M. O. Courtney of Lostine accompanied her. P. L. Courtney was one of the earliest settlers of the valley and lived here until recent years when he was compelled to try a different climate to relieve asthma from which he was a sufferer. He spent the past year in California from there going to Payette only two weeks ago and on the trip contracted the influenza to which he succumbed.
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Pinkney L. Courtney was born on January 31, 1848, in Mongabala(?) county, Virginia. He moved with his parents from there to Appanoose county, Iowa, ten years later. A few years later they again moved this time to Lucus County, Iowa. On October 17, 1867 he was united in marriage with Jane E. Barger and the same year they united with the Baptist church and remained faithful to the end.
Nine children were born to the union six of whom are living, three dying in infancy. Those surviving are: Alphon W. Courtney, Payette, Idaho. Mrs. B. T. Long of Enterprise, Oregon. C. R. Courtney, Heber, Calif. Mark O. Courtney, Lostine, Ore. Mrs. L.C. Gates, Long Beach, Calif.
In June 1873 he settled on a farm near Summerville, Oregon. In April 1883 they moved to a farm near Lostine, and five years later moved to Enterprise, Oregon and after living there a few years moved on a farm near Lostine. About two years later on account of asthma moved to Corvallis, Ore.
In 1896, he moved back to Lucas county, Iowa and after staying there a few years moved to Bonesteel, S.D. taking up a homestead.
Finding no relief for his asthma there in 1908 moved to Orange, California, staying there until March 27th when he went to Payette, Idaho, hoping to find relief. He passed away April 10, 1919, aged 71 years 2 months and ten days.
Wallowa County Reporter, Wallowa County, Oregon Thursday April 17, 1919