Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon

W. W. Fowler’s Father Passes Away Suddenly

J.J. Fowler, father of W.W. Fowler of Enterprise, died suddenly of heart disease last week in his room in a Spokane hotel. W.W. Fowler was greatly shocked to hear the news on Friday and left at once for Portland, where his father’s body was taken for burial. The father was here in November, leaving on the tenth. He was robust and appeared in the best of health and did not look more than 55 years of age although he was 62.

The senior Mr. Fowler was a salesman for the Clarke, Woodward Drug Company of Portland. He had represented the house on the road for 25 years and was considered the dean of the traveling men of Portland and the most able salesman in his line in the northwest.

He was born in Illinois and came across the plains to Oregon with his parents in 1852. For many years he kept a general store at Glencoe.

His wife had been dead for some years. Six children survive: Mrs. C. W. Michael, Dr. O. S. Fowler, Frank F. Fowler of Portland, W.W. Fowler of Enterprise, Reatha and Howard Fowler of North Yakima, Wash.

Immediately after his sudden death, reports in the Portland paper sought to connect it with a number of fatalities resulting from partaking of poisoned drink of some kind at North Yakima. There was no truth whatever in this. Mr. Fowler had been indisposed for some time, but had just returned to work.

Enterprise Record Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thurs. Dec. 19, 1912
Contributed by Charlotte Carper